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KatyI’m Katy, the Cavalier!  As you can see from the name of this blog, I’m the one in charge and supervise my human, Kim’s, comings and goings and I am especially involved when it comes to card making.  I am her muse.

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Technique Tuesday-Baby Wipes Plaid Background and Stamped Image

Welcome to the second in my Baby Wipe Technique series.  If you missed the first, I talked about several things I learned with this technique.  You can find it here.  The original hop can be found here.  Today we’re taking a closer look at this card which includes two techniques.  A twofer!

Technique Tuesday-Baby Wipes Plaid Background and Stamp Pad-Autumn Leaves

The Technique

Talking about the plaid background first; similar to the striped technique I talked about last week, I applied the ink from Stampin’ Up’s Reinkers to the Baby Wipes in a row, Cherry Cobbler, Crushed Curry, Cajun Craze and Garden Green.  It looked similar to this.

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I tried applying this in three different ways.  First, I tried starting at the top of the paper and dragging down, but no matter what I tried I left small puddles of color at the start.  Then I tried starting off the card stock, but the Baby Wipe didn’t really want to move smoothly on the paper and I really had to fight with it.  My third attempt was to cut the card stock about 1/2″ larger (length and width) than my desired finished size.  This way I was able to cut those little puddles off.  After I finished with the baby wipe I felt the panel needed something more.  I got my Cherry Cobbler and Crushed Curry Stampin’ Write Markers and drew lines with the brush tip.  I did this freehand to get softer lines.  Oh, I forgot to mention I did this on Whisper White card stock.

For the leaves, I folded two Baby Wipes and added the same inks in a random pattern using the rule of thumb I mentioned last week.  I used the maple leaf from the Vintage Leaves stamp set and stamped three leaves on Whisper White.  There is a companion die, Leaflets, which I used, but not on these stamped leaves.  Instead, I fussy cut them right up to the line (leaving no border)…I’ll explain why a little further down.  I took a look at the leaves and felt the white behind the stamped image was much too stark so I sponged the leaves, one in the green, one in yellow and one in red.

Using the Leaflet die, I cut three leaves; one each in Garden Green, Crushed Curry and Cherry Cobbler.  I layered each stamped/sponged leaf on its corresponding mat.

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Now for the construction of the card

I placed the 4″ x 5 1/4″plaid panel on a 4 1/8″ x 5 3/8″ mat of Garden Green.  I wrapped the center with Stampin’ Up’s Burlap Ribbon.  This particular ribbon is retired, but they have a great new Burlap Ribbon.  If you have the old version, when you attach it place the adhesive on the card stock as it doesn’t want to stick to the ribbon.  After I wrapped around the back and secured it, I attached Dimensionals liberally on the back and attached it to a card base of Crushed Curry.  I attached the outer two leaves with Glue Dots and the center leaf with dimensionals.  Raffia in my stash made for a nice bow, attached  to the top with a few pieces tucked in on either side.

I stored the Baby Wipes in an airtight container just in case I wanted to use them again.  I’m glad I did as I created the panel for the inside of the card without having to use new ink.

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After I stamped the leaves, I filled in a bit more with Stampin’ Write Markers for some added dimension.  To create those random dots, I used my much-loved Dots stamp by Stamps by Judith & Heather.  This panel was cut to the same size as the plaid on the front, on the same size and color mat.  A simple sentiment was added (ancient Stampin’ Up) was colored using the thumping method and added off-center.

I hope you’ll join me next week for another variation of the Baby Wipe stamp pad.


Sail Away With Me Blog Hop

Welcome to the Sail Away With Me Blog Hop


If the wind is right you can sail away and find tranquility…

This video should really set the mood for our trip across the water!  Sail away with us to view nautical creations of all kinds by our lovely line up of crafters. Today’s hop should be smooth sailing! If your sails were set correctly, you should have arrived from the talented Amanda’s blog.   Should you veer off course, the first stop on your hop is Alicia and she can get you back on the right course.  However you arrived, I’m just so happy you’re here.

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All you have to do to win this fabulous prize is comment on each of the blogs.  It really is that easy.  Of course, we would love it if you became a follower too.  Now on with the hop!

Lets take a look at what I made to share today:

For this hop, we were asked to create a projects about the ocean, sailing, beach, etc.  My first card is for someone who loves the beach.  Kind of a sleepy card, right?  Yawn!  But wait…there’s more!

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Now this is what I’m talkin’ about!  This says beach, right?  I think it shouts it, actually!

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There’s a lot going on with this card, but I don’t want to keep you from the next stop in the hop, so I’ll provide all the details in the gallery.  Just click on the card and it will take you there.

Next up is a card that celebrates sailing.  Maybe I should say it sail-ebrates it!  This is actually a tri-fold card made using a cut file from Shirley’s Cards; I changed it up a bit to put my spin on it.  As with the card above, additional details can be found by clicking on the card.

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 But I did want to show you the card, opened, just in case you don’t want to take a trip to the gallery.

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Here we have a card from the SVGCuts, Surf Shack Kit, which I thought would be a fun addition to my line-up today.  I do like this card; its bright colors just make me smile.

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The last thing I want to share with you is not a project at all, but a picture of my beach baby, Katy.  This was taken in 2011.  A traveling pet photographer used to come to Petsmart twice a year and they sure did smile when they saw me coming.  They don’t come to Petsmart anymore, which make me sad but Katy is very happy.  She was a patient subject but would have preferred to be off sniffing something.

Beach Baby Katy

Your next destination is with my dear friend, Connie.  I hope you enjoyed sailing with me!

Here’s the full line-up in case you’re adrift:


Japan Here We Come

I was asked to make a card for a couple who were taking a trip to Japan to see their daughter who is stationed there.  It’s been such a long time since they’ve seen her and it’s such a distance, it was felt a card would be appropriate to commemorate the occasion.

The first thing that came to mind was a penny spinner card, but the card just wasn’t coming together for me.  So I played around with some other ideas, but I wasn’t happy with anything I tried. I don’t know about you, but once I get an idea in my head I just can’t shake it.  Even if the idea, doesn’t work, I keep trying…and trying…and trying.  I do believe that’s the definition of insanity…doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result.  Sometimes insanity pays off because I finally arrived at a version of the original idea with which I was happy.

Here’s the end result:

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Full details about the card are in the gallery, but in a nutshell.  I used Garden Green and Pacific Point (one of my favorite blues) to combine to create “Earth”.  I think the embossing brings it to life.  When I make spinner cards, I dislike seeing a background behind the spinner which disrupts the look.  For this card I printed the same design and placed it underneath.  I find it more pleasing to the eye.  I put a little rhinestone heart at their destination.

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For the lower corner, I found a Japanese greeting which finishes the front off nicely.  Since I don’t expect the can read Japanese, I put the translation below it.

Here’s a shot of the jet winging its way to Japan.

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And here it is at its destination.

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Inside, just a heartfelt sentiment to the traveling couple who, I’m sure, can’t wait to see their daughter.

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I will share a little secret.  This card is geographically incorrect; but it worked best for the card, so I went with it.  Can anyone tell me what the error is?


Technique Tuesday-Baby Wipe Striped Background

Today I’m bringing you the first in my Baby Wipe technique series following our Blog Hop.  Before I talk about the card I’m highlighting, I want to share a bit I’ve learned about the technique. These basics apply to each of the four cards I will showcase over the next month.

Here’s what I learned:

  1. This can be a very messy technique.  If you’re one who doesn’t like having ink all over your hands, have a pair of latex gloves you can use.
  2. Not all Baby Wipes are created equal.  I used Kirkland brand and, although they are GREAT for craft room clean-ups, I didn’t have good luck with them for this technique.  They are very thick and absorbent and the ink tends to stay with the Baby Wipe rather than transfer to the stamp. In this case, I found cheaper is better because the ink sits on top of the less absorbent brands…check your local dollar store.  You may need to add an extra Baby Wipe to give yourself adequate cushioning.
  3. Use two Baby Wipes and fold them so you’re creating several layers (and cushion) for your self-made ink pad.  Be sure to place something under the Baby Wipe to protect your work surface because the ink will seep right through.
  4. Place your stamp on the Baby Wipe first to get an idea of how large an inked area you need.  No sense in wasting ink creating an area larger than what you need.
  5. Start with your darkest reinker and apply just a few drops.  You can always add more, but an over abundance of the dark color will make things look muddy pretty quickly.  (Believe me, I know this all too well)  Follow with your medium color(s) and finish with your lightest color, filling in all the open spaces.  Here’s what that looks like:Baby Wipe StripedBackground 4
  6. Did I mention this can be a very messy technique?  I didn’t have gloves on hand…literally! 😉

For this card I used the “Striped Background” method as that’s what it’s referred to on the Internet.  I prefer to call it swiping or swooshing as I didn’t create straight lines from the top to the bottom of the paper.  Rather, I made shorter swipes, which you’ll see further down.

Paint the Town 1Talking about the card base first.  It’s a 3 1/4″ x 6″ Easel Card.  I’ve made a few cards this size and will be making more.  I tried it initially because I had an abundance of #6 Business Envelopes (3 5/8″ x 6 1/2″) I wanted to use.  Now I make them because I like the look.  The base pieces were cut from Basic Black card stock.  I made a template with measurements to share with you.  You can find it here or you can check out my Hints, Tips & Tutorials page for the complete Paint the Town tutorial including the template is and much more.  There’s also a basic Easel tutorial you can use.   For those of you who have a Silhouette, I’m happy to share the .studio V3 file.

My next step was to create my background paper.  I used Stampin’ Up Reinkers;  Daffodil Delight, Pumpkin Pie, Regal Rose (retired but you can substitute Rose Red), Tempting Turquoise and Wild Wasabi.  I tried this swiping technique on Shimmery White first, thinking the ink would spread more easily.  Not!  There was a bit of drag on it and didn’t get as smooth a look as I wanted.  Next I tried Whisper White card stock and I like the appearance better, a softer look.  I let it sit a bit to be sure it was totally dry. You could speed up the drying process with a heat gun, but be careful not to hold the heat on the paper too long to avoid warping.

A bit differently than shown in the tips above, I placed my reinkers in a row on the Baby Wipe.  To help facilitate the application of the color, I folded, then rolled one Baby Wipe and then folded another and wrapped it around the outside.  Did I confuse you…I must have because it sounds confusing to me, too, and I wrote it!  So here’s a picture of what my “applicator” looked like.

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And here’s what the paper looked like when I finished.  You see I wasn’t concerned about getting a continuous line as I knew the size of my die would fit easily in the in between areas.  I put it aside to allow it to dry while working on the balance of the card.  Just in case I might need the applicator again, I placed it inside a small airtight container to keep it moist.

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To create the focal panel, I used Penny Black’s, Paint the Town stamp set.  I die cut the skyline* from scrap paper to help with placement of my greeting and stars.  I stamped the greeting in VersaMark (if you have to purchase VersaMark, purchase the reinker as well so you have it on hand because you want to keep your stamp pad nice and juicy) and heat embossed it with White Embossing Powder.  Do yourself a favor when heat embossing by always prepping the card stock with the Embossing Buddy.   I did the same with the stars.  I don’t recall what stamp set included this particular star, but any small star will work.

I die cut two *City Scape skylines by My Favorite Things stamps.  I looked for it on their site, but it’s no longer available.  They do have several other skylines which would work equally as well and I’m sure other companies have skyline dies as well.  The remaining paper was used to cut the greeting for the bottom panel.  I used the Abadi MT Condensed Extra font to cut.

I attached one of the dies to the front of the card and wrapped Daffodil Delight Satin Ribbon around the entire panel.  Where the ribbon edges met, I placed another piece, which I first placed in a ribbon slide from Hodepodge Hardware (retired) and attached it with a Glue Dot.  The ribbon I used is no longer available, but you could easily substitute a new Delightful Dijon Mini Striped Ribbon (and use the Delightful Dijon Reinker rather than Daffodil Delight).

You’ll note I left just shy of a quarter-inch on the bottom of the panel.  That allows for the front to tuck behind the black piece and not interfere with the ribbon.

Paint the TownFor the inside of the card, on Whisper White I stamped another image from the Paint the Town set and typed the sentiment using the same font as the greeting.  Looking at it now, I should have stamped the image on the smaller white panel and made the sentiment a single line across the top.  We are own worst critics, yes?  I attached both Whisper White panels.  Then I attached the black greeting panel lined up on the bottom of the white.  I had already attached the greeting when I did this.  Then I decided how much I needed to remove from the bottom of skyline die, cut off that excess and attached.  I added two candles I’ve had in my stash for years.


If you recall, I tucked my Baby Wipe in a Tupperware container to keep it moist.  I thought I’d take advantage of saving it by swiping on the envelope flap.


Stay tuned for next week when I share two more Baby Wipe techniques.




Back to School at Paper Crafting World

It’s my turn to post on Paper Crafting World’s blog today and I brought you a card made with the adorable Chalkboard Card cut file.   This file is perfect for “back to school” which will be here in the blink of an eye.  My mother used to say back to school time came at the dismay of kids and to the delight of parents everywhere!  Before I talk about the recipe, here’s my card:

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All too often when making cards on my Silhouette, I pay little attention to the dimensions of cut files.  I presume they’re going to be A2 sized.  Such was the case with this card, which turned out to be note card sized or even a bit smaller.  As a side note, I tend to do the same thing when I purchase tchotchkes through a catalog…I never look at the size and there are times, when I open the package, I’m stunned and not in a good way.  If you click on the link, you will be taken to the Urban Dictionary just in case tchotchkes is not a familiar word to you.  But…back to the card, this little surprise was serendipitous as it will work perfectly as a little lunchbox note!   What an adorable way to help your student usher in a new school year.

I used Stampin’ Up’s Brushed Silver (retired), Creamy Caramel (long retired), Pool Party and Whisper White and scraps for the ABC’s.  The digital ABC paper is from the Teacher’s Pet Kit by Tracey Howard.  I placed an appropriate greeting on the chalkboard.  I dusted it lightly with an Embossing Buddy to give it a realistic look.

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To create the sentiment inside I used the note paper from the front of the card and used a digital greeting from Stampin’ Up (retired).

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While the card above is perfect for school related events, I wanted to make another card showing how versatile this cut file can be.  This time ’round, I enlarged the card to the standard 5 1/2″ x 4 1/4″ size.  I call it:

Chalk It Up

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I again used Stampin’ Up Crisp Cantaloupe, Whisper White and a pink from Bazzill.  For the bottom section, I used another digital paper card stock from the Party Time Kit by Amanda McGee for the bottom of the card.   This kit also includes notebook paper which I superimposed on the note paper in the cut file.

For the greeting, I used another PCW file, Chalkboard Word Art Set, which is a perfect companion to the chalkboard card.  This file includes four greetings which really expands the use of the card.  I replaced the alphabet with the year, but the banners could be left blank.  I print and cut the numbers after color matching them to the cupcakes in the digital paper.

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For the inside, I created a sentiment  playing off the chalkboard on the front using the Bradley Hand ITC font.  I printed it on the same notepaper piece as found on the clipboard.

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I hope I’ve inspired you to try working with one of Paper Crafting World’s many cut or print files.  They are great fun and you can make some wonderfully creative projects with them.  Right now there’s a sale going on…purchase $10.00 in product and get a 50% discount with this code.  What are you waiting for??


I’ll be sharing more PCW projects next month.  I’m trying to come up with something unique and different.  I hope you’ll love it as much as I love making it to share with you!  I don’t have any kids who would get a lift from the little lunchbox note.  If you do, let me know and I’ll send it to you.  I only have one, so the first person to request it, gets it.  You can respond in comments to claim it, then follow-up with an e-mail directly to me with a mailing address.


Silly Old Bear Blog Hop

If you’re looking for the August Technique Blog Hop-Baby Wipes, please click HERE.


Welcome to the Silly Old Bear Blog Hop


“Winnie the Pooh, Winnie the Pooh, a tubby little cubby, all stuffed with fluff.  He’s Winnie the Pooh.  Winnie the Pooh.  A willy, nilly, silly old bear.”

Thank you for joining us for a blog hop dedicated to everyone’s favorite bear, Winnie the Pooh!  Did you hop here from the talented Angela’s blog?  If so, you’re in the right place!  If you came here first, you might want to start at the beginning so you don’t miss a thing and increase your chances to win a great prize from our sponsor.  However you arrived, I’m just so happy you came for a visit.   Let’s head on it to the Hundred Acre Woods and visit with this Silly Old Bear!

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What do you need to do to win? Easy… become a follower of each of the fabulous blogs in this hop and leave each of them a comment letting them know what you like best about their projects.  You will have until 10 pm Sunday to finish the hop and leave your comments.Winner will be announced on Wednesday 8/17/16 at Connie Can Crop.  Be sure to follow everyone and leave a comment along the way!

I looked, without success, for Winnie the Pooh cut files or digital images.  I’m thinking they have to be out there, but I didn’t find them.  Then I decided to try coloring pages and hit the jackpot.  As a result, all my cards use images from the pages I found in that search.

Here’s my first card which was made with a 215 Round Rocker Card from CraftsUPrint. The designer is Rae Carr, one of my favorites.  I substituted the scalloped circle in the file with a sunflower.  It originally started as the 3D Sunflower by Amanda McGee, but I altered it to suit my needs.  I used several layers of Summer Sun (SU retired) for the petals, two layers of Soft Suede for the flower center.  Whisper White was used for the focal image.  I printed the image on an inkjet printer and colored it with Copic markers.

Before I printed the image (and all the images I used today), I converted them to .png files, removed the background and increased the dpi to 300 in Photoshop Elements.  Don’t have a photo editing program?  Not to worry, here’s Inkscape which you can download, for FREE.  There are others; you just need to perform a search for photo editing programs.

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Here’s another view from the side, so you can see the rocker base.  When I’ve made rockers in the past, I simply cut a 5 1/2″ circle and scored it down the middle.

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I created a panel for the inside of the card  For the background, I converted the petals to print only and increased the transparency to 70.  I created the sentiment using Alternate Gothic 2 BT and Allure Script and color matched it to the Soft Suede card stock.

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My next card also uses a card base from CraftsUPrint, 386 Open Tri-fold Card.  The image gave me the idea to go with an autumn theme.  I cut the mats from Autumn Traditions digital paper from Stampin’ Up, old MDS.  I cut the scalloped circles from Cherry Cobbler, Crushed Curry and Concord Crush.

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My final card uses yet another CraftsUPrint cut file.  This time I used the 511 Pink Ruffle Easel.  It’s a print and cut, but I only used the cut file as I wanted to do my own decorating.  I included Tigger as well this time around as he’s my favorite character.  I found a Winnie the Pooh quote which I thought was perfect for this.  If you click on the card, it will take you to the gallery to see the quote.  I cut the base from Watermelon Wonder as it matched Winnie’s shirt.  I had some matching lace ribbon, which I placed around the edge of the focal image.

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Now you’re off to visit with my friend and blogging buddy, Holli, who has something fun to share with you.  I know because I got a sneak peek!

And before you leave I want to remind you about the sketch challenge at Connie Can Crop.  You have until August 31st at 11:59 pm PST to enter.  One lucky winner, picked at random, will win a digital CD from our sponsor!  Quite a nice prize.  Plus we’ll be picking our top three…if you’re a favorite you get a badge for your blog or social media and bragging rights!  Here’s the sketch:


Here’s the line-up in case you get lost:

Do you have a Winnie the Pooh project you’d like to share, but don’t have a blog?  Send it to me and I’ll showcase it here!


August Technique Blog Hop-Baby Wipes

Welcome to the August Technique Blog Hop


It’s month eight of our year-long adventure into different card-making techniques, folds and paper crafting products.  This month we are using Baby Wipes for our cards so you won’t want to miss the amazing and fun projects we’ve got for you today.

We hope you got the chance to hop with us each of the previous month; but if you haven’t, it’s not too late to hop and comment to be entered into our prize drawing.  If you missed the previous months, you can click on the month to be taken directly to the start of that month’s hop.

January-Emboss Resist   February-Ink Layering   March-Inlaid Die Cutting   April-Shaker Cards   May-Spinner Cards   June-Step Cards   July-Watercoloring

We really love feedback, so please leave a comment on each of the blogs in today’s hop and if you become a follower on my blog you will be entered in a card bundle give-away when I reach 100 e-mail subscribers (although my Networked Blogs and Bloglovin followers will be included in the drawing).  Each comment on the 12 hops throughout the year will be entered into a drawing for a $25 Blitsy.com or a Stampin’ Up gift certificate (Winner’s Choice).

If you arrived here from my friend and fellow blogger, Lisa, you’re in the right place.  If you came here first, you may want to start the hop at the beginning so you don’t miss anything and have the opportunity to comment to be entered to win.  However you came to be here, I’m just so happy you’ve joined me today!

Funny, I thought Baby Wipes were for…babies.  Little did I know they were a crafting tool.  I seem to use household supplies, like bleach, an iron, and Swiffer dust cloths a lot more for crafting than cleaning.

Let me show you what I came up with for this hop…

For my first card, I tried droplets of color on a baby wipe and swooshed (a highly technical term 😉 it on glossy paper before die cutting it.  I’ll share the details of this and all the cards later in the month on “Technique Tuesdays”.

Card I made for the Baby Wipes Technique Blog Hop. I call this card Paint the Town

Next up is a card featuring two different Baby Wipe Techniques and I can’t wait to share them with you in my follow-up series.  I decided to use Autumnal colors to make a colorful Thanksgiving card.  I guess I’m pushing the season, but I really wanted to make a plaid with these colors.

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I felt this Stampin’ Up Seasonally Scattered stamp set (now retired) would be a good choice for this technique.  I’ve had it for so long and this is the first time I used it.  About time, wouldn’t you say?  I found a video showing a clever way to make a Z-Fold card.  I share more about that in the coming weeks.

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My last card uses more Stampin’ Up products and another new to me card fold I learned from Susan Campfield’s Suestampfield Blog.  Here I inked a stamp, but used it to create a background before die cutting.

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If you’d like to know more about any of these cards, stay tuned for my Technique Tuesdays where I will share detailed information about each of the cards.

Now you’re off to the incredibly talented Claudia.  I know you will love what she has in store for you.  I hope you’re enjoying the projects you’ve seen along the way.  If you were inspired to try your hand at the Baby Wipes technique and would like me to showcase your card here, please e-mail me with a picture.

And here’s the full line-up in case you get lost:


It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas at Connie Can Crop

Today is my day to post at Connie Can Crop where it’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas…at least today!  I’m bringing you a card (although it could also be used as a decoration) using a cut file from this month’s sponsor, CraftsUPrint.  I’m a big fan of CraftsUPrint for a number of reasons.  Not least among them are freebies, discounts and a chance to win prizes.



But let’s get to the card, shall we; because I just can’t wait any longer to share it with you!

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This Accordion Christmas Wreath card was designed by Tina Fallon, one of the many talented designers at CUP (and one of my personal favorites along with Rae Carr and Tina Fitch).  On this card I used the same color scheme as Tina’s sample, but I want to make another with a red border….I think that’ll really set off the wreaths.

Here’s another view from the side, so you can see how the card folds; the wreaths folding in the opposite direction of the card base.

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And one more picture.  This time a close-up of the wreath showing how it was decorated with pearls of two different sizes.  I colored some with Stampin’ Up’s retired Blendabilities, others with a gold leaf pen and the balance left plain.

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I made another version of a Tina Fallon Accordion card last year and it was a real hit.  Here’s a link to that card on my blog just in case you’d like to see it.

So that’s the card, but there’s a lot of excitement coming up here at Connie Can Crop of which I want to make you aware.  First, we have the Silly Old Bear Blog Hop coming up this weekend!  If you can, come on back and help us celebrate Winnie the Pooh!

This hop should be a lot of fun and, if you hop and comment, you are entered for a chance to win a fabulous prize from our sponsor.  And then…

We also have a monthly challenge and you can make any project using the sketch as a jumping off point.  You have until August 31st at 11:59 pm PST.  Here’s the sketch and here’s some inspiration from the design team using CraftsUPrints files.


Hope you’re having a great day.  See you soon!


Summer at Paper Crafting World

Today I’m sharing my Design Team project for Paper Crafting World.  I have something really fun for you today and I hope you get a kick out of it…it makes me smile every time I look at it.   And it’s perfect for the summer months.  I’ll share my card first and then chat a bit about how it came together.

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I made this using the Bear with Floatie cut file.  To start, I arranged all the pieces the way I wanted them and then traced around the outer edge to provide myself with a solid base on which to attach everything.  I cut the bear’s body from Soft Suede, the floatie and mats from So Saffron, his muzzle from Very Vanilla.  I turned the nose and eyes into a print and cut.  I used blue for the card base.  The border pieces were cut from Whisper White and Cherry Cobbler.  All card stock is Stampin’ Up except for the base, which is Bazzil.

To make the floatie look more realistic, I heat embossed it with Clear Embossing Powder.  I embossed it three times to make it nice and thick.  One thing I forgot to do before photographing was to coat the eyes and nose with a clear glaze pen and highlight it with a Sakura White Jelly Roll pen.  I will go back and to that as it really brings the face to life.  Looking at the picture, I think he also needs a smile on his face.

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A bear this cute deserves his own swimming pool, so that’s exactly what I made for him!  And he’s having a grand old time bobbing around!  Here’s another look at the “water” which I made following a tutorial for gel cards. Basically, all you need to do is place gel (I actually used Dawn dish detergent as I wanted a deep blue color) in a plastic bag that will seal really well or you will have quite  a mess on your hands.  I attached it to the card base with double-sided tape and then placed the border over it with mounting tape.  I actually triple layered the Whisper White to provide more support around the gel.  Even with all that, I still don’t think this is a card I would want to send through the mail…it’s fragile and heavy!

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Here’s another thing I would have done.  To digress, do you ever do this with your cards and projects; continue to think of things you should have, would have, could have done?  Anyway, I would have used this cut file instead.  It’s new in the store, so wasn’t available when I made my selection.  I think the bear would look so cute wearing those goggles and the beach ball would be a great companion piece.  Well, I’ll just have to make another card using these new bears.

Here’s the inside of the card with a cute summertime sentiment.  Both the greeting and sentiment were typed using Atlas of the Magi font and color matched to Cherry Cobbler.

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That’s it for this card.  I’ll be posting later in the month with another card for Paper Crafting World, which I’m working on now.  These files are a lot of fun.  If you want to take a look at them, here’s the link to their store.



Card A Day Challenge-July Cards

I have two new followers I’d like to welcome.  MSlater and Maryann, I’m so glad you’ve decided to join us.  You are now eligible for the card bundle give-away when my e-mail subscribers reach 100 and, thanks to you, we’re two closer to that goal.  But my Bloglovin and Networked Blog subscribers, don’t worry, you’re included, too!

July for Card A Day Challenge was a stenciling extravaganza.  We were not given daily prompts, but rather suggested stenciling techniques.  Other than that, we could do whatever we wanted.  This is a fairly new technique for me, so just about everything I tried was a “first”.  For details about the card, click on the headers and it will take you to the CADC blog, for more pictures of the each card, click on the image.   If the header is not a link, my card didn’t make it up on the blog because we had more cards than days!  Okay, here’s what I came up with:

Basic Stenciling

I actually cheated with this card.  It was made for a previous challenge, but I loved it so much I’m sharing it again.  I want to make more of these.  It’s just such a nice, simple card to say thank you.

Thank You for Being You wm 1

Creative Mediums

This card is far from my favorite.  In fact it’s probably my least favorite since…maybe forever.  When I watch videos on creative mediums, it looks so simple, but I did not find it simple at all…I made quite a mess in fact.  Perhaps it was my choice of stencil, so I will try it again…some day!

Happy Birthday Wishes wm 1

Double Stenciling

Way Better wm 1

Layered Stenciling

This card didn’t make it on the challenge, so I’ll tell you a bit about it here.  First, I used the Tim Holtz Scribbles stencil…though this looks like flowers to me, not scribbles.  I used Worn Lipstick Distress Ink over the stencil.  Then I stenciled over it with using Picked Raspberry Distress Ink using a Mesh Screen stencil from Dreamweaver. (Although now that I purchased it, I realize I could have used a piece of fiberglass window screen.)  I got the idea for this from a Jennifer McGuire video and can’t wait to try a card like those she demonstrates.  Once the panel was finished, I cut it on an angle and attached the upper and lower pieces with mounting tape over the greeting which was printed directly on the card front.  This is a simple card, but I like the bold greeting aside the airy stenciling.

You're Wonderful wm 1

Partial Stenciling

This partial stenciling technique is something I want to try again.  With the Silhouette I can make any sort of stencil to coordinate with my stamps. I think this provides a soft, subtle background.

My Friend wm 1

Stenciling Over Stamping

This is a Stampin’ Up stencil and it happens to be a perfect match for the embossing folder.  The digital image is from the old My Digital Studio days.  On a white panel, I applied Spiced Marmalade Distress Ink directly to the paper by running it across the top.  Then, using the Happy Patterns stencil (Retired SU), I applied Vintage Photo Distress Ink.  I then dry embossed it using the Elegant Dots Embossing Folder.  Why Stampin’ Up retired the stencil while keeping the embossing folder I’m not quite sure.  Taking my cue from the circle in the line, I made the center piece in my Silhouette Design Studio by welding a circle and a rectangle.  I cut a slightly smaller circle in brown and then created the focal image using an image from SU’s My Digital Studio (which is, sadly, no more).  I just had to eat a truffle so I could use the wrapper on this card…oh, the things I do for my art. 😉

I'm That Friend wm 1

If you’d like to check out what the rest of the Design Team has created as well as some Guest Designers, just click on this link to Card A Day Challenge Blog.  You’re sure to get lots of inspiration.  If you decide to try stenciling and don’t have a blog of your own you can send me a picture of your card and I’ll showcase it here.

I’ve taken a little break from Card A Day Challenges for a while.  I will be a Guest Designer in October, so I will share with you then!