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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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Look Outside at Eyelet Outlet

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I love to look outside my window and see a cardinal…it immediately puts me in a good mood.  And that’s what inspired this card made for my Eyelet Outlet post using the Cardinal Brads.

I used a cut file I purchased in the Silhouette store, but altered it a bit because I can never leave anything well enough alone.  I used Whisper White card stock for the base. The blue panel is also Whisper White, which I filled with color on the front and left the back white.  I added the cardinal brads…don’t they just pop right off the page!  My greeting was printed in red using the Channel font and matted on red.

Look Outside|Cardinal|Encouragement|Eyelet Out

Here’s a closer look at the cardinals and the greeting.  Don’t those cardinals look just like the real thing?

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And here’s the inside of the card.  The same filled with blue with the sentiment printed on top.  I cut another tree to place on the side with another cardinal to tie it all together.

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A Year of Card Techniques-Stamping on Patterned Paper

Welcome to:

Welcome to A Year of Card Techniques Blog Hop where each month we feature a different card technique.  We’ve assembled a team of card makers who range from new to advanced, so you’ll see a great variety of cards and ideas.

We all love our stamp sets and our patterned paper.  Well, this month we’re combining our two loves by stamping ON patterned paper for some unique projects.  It will be fun to see what stamps and papers our team decides to pair together.   And, if you would like to check out our past technique hops, you can do that here:

Our amazing sponsor this month is Card a Day Challenge Blog.

Please take a moment to check out the CADC blog here.

And the awesome prize this month is:


We really appreciate feedback, so please leave a comment on each of the blogs in the hop today for a chance to win.   The winner will be announced on Sunday,  August 27, 2017 on A Piece of (my) Heart’s blog, so be sure to go back and check her blog to see if you are the winner!  If you would prefer to be notified, please leave your email address in the comments and someone will contact you if you win.  The winner will have until September 9, 2017 to claim their prize.  

You should have arrived here from the fabulously talented Claudia’s blog.  If you’re visiting here first, you might want to start at the beginning so you don’t miss a thing and increase your chances of winning by commenting on every blog.

Now to my projects:

My first card was made using all Stampin’ Up products, both current and retired.  I’ve always loved this Love is Kindness stamp and I’m glad I got the opportunity to use it.

Stamping on Patterned Paper

Next up, I heat embossed an image from the Sky is the Limit stamp set on an old world map I found on the Internet.  I used several other stamp sets to complete the card.  I don’t know if this happens to other card makers, but I was satisfied with the card until I looked at the pictures I took for my blog.  It was then I discovered the greeting should really be down further and a bit to the right to be more balanced and pleasing to the eye.

Stamping on Patterned Paper

My plan is to follow-up with another post sharing details about the construction of both cards…but you know how it is with plans.  If you happen to have a specific question, just ask in the comments section and I’ll be sure to answer.

Now you’re off to visit with Wilma, whose projects are always a delight for the eyes.  I hope you had fun and thanks for stopping by.  See you next month with another technique!






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

Card A Day Challenge Team


Snowflake Wishes at Connie Can Crop

Today I’m sharing my design team project for Connie Can Crop using an image from our sponsor this month.

I decided to use the Caroling Snowmen for my card today.  I wanted to try a new to me card fold technique and this image worked perfectly for the front panel!

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The image was colored with Copic markers and then accented by both white and black Nuvo Drops and red Stickles.  The image was printed twice; tracing and cutting one of them to pop it on dimensionals.  A little shading behind the snowmen and sponged around the edges with Soft Suede ink to provide depth.   I think you can see all that dimension in this close-up:

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The card fold is called Double Z Joy Fold card…at least that’s what it was called in the tutorial.  I combined Real Red and Soft Suede card stocks for the base and Whisper White for the image and sentiment panels.  Here’s another look at it down from the top:

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I didn’t take a good picture from the opposite angle so you could see the sentiment and another panel covered with patterned paper from the retired Stampin’ Up My Digital Studio.  The sentiment says:

“Wishing you snowflakes, friendship and winter cheer.”

I hope you get the chance to visit Paper Nest Dolls to see their complete collection.  And how about joining us in the monthly challenge on Connie Can Crop.  This month the theme is water coloring.  Any sort of project will work just so long as there’s some sort of water-color technique.  You can find all the details here.


Technique Tuesday-Converting a Cut File to a Digital Image

One of my subscribers (thank you, Sarah) asked me to further explain converting a cut file to a digital image as shown in this post.  Since there may be others who haven’t tried this yet, I thought it might be nice to share a tutorial.  I’ll show you step by step instructions here, but there’s a freebie printable version on the Hints, Tips & Tutorials page.

  • Start by finding the cut file you want to use.  We’re going to start with a very basic image, easy to convert in a few steps.

  • Change the line color from the most commonly found red to black.  To do this, select the image then open the Line Color Window, click on black in Basic Options.

  • Now open the Line Style Window.   With the image still selected, change the Line Thickness to at least 1.0; just increase the number if you want a thicker line.  Then scroll down and select Print Lines of Selected Shapes.

  • The last, and very important, step is to change the line from cut to no cut.

Image when set to CUT

Image set to NO CUT

  • And that’s it!  You’re ready to print on your desired paper.

If you’re using an ink jet printer, know your ink can bleed if you water-color.  It can be done, but you need to be really careful not to get water near the ink; rather place the water in the center and carefully move the color up to, but not over, the line.

If you want to print on water-color paper, I suggest Strathmore #90 cold press. I get mine through Amazon.  I like using this paper even when I work with alcohol markers, like Copic, as I think the texture really adds something.

It’s not always this easy to convert cut files to digital images, so stay tuned to future posts when I talk about what do know when the files have many pieces.  And then, in a separate post, I’ll share how I convert clip art into cut files.  Stay tuned!



Miss Kate Cuttables Challenge-Summer Fun

It time for another challenge at Miss Kate Cuttables, but first don’t forget to pick up your Freebie of the Day at Miss Kate’s today…and every day!

The Dog Days of August are the perfect time for our challenge this month; Summer Fun!

Summer fun makes me think of sandy beaches, cool breezes and the sound of the waves.  And, to be hones, a cocktail in my hand wouldn’t hurt!  Here’s my card which has all the components…but the cocktail…for a perfect summer day!

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To make this card, I used the Tropical Sunset cut file as the centerpiece of a shadow box card.   I made it a 5″ x 7″ card because I wanted to components of the file to be large enough to appreciate.  The moon’s circle was traced and made into the opening. Then placed the background of the waves and flowers and welded them into the circle.  I placed the moon on the inside of the back panel while the moon’s glow, waves and flowers are attached to the front panel.  The palm trees are attached to the back of the front panel with dimensionals and the top of the tree is brought to the front.  Clear as mud, right?  Here’s a close-up which might make more sense.

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I added pearls, colored with Copics to the flower centers and coated the top layer of the waves with Wink of Stella.  I also sprayed the moon with Shimmer Spritz.

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After I assembled the card, it looked a little plain to me, so I added a mat of digital paper from the Sunkissed Summer kit from Peppermint Creative.  I also ran ribbon down each side with a small knot in the middle as an accent.

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I found this sentiment on the Internet and typed it in brown using the Channel font.  I also brought the waves to the back and converted them to print only.

So now it’s your turn to enter the challenge at Miss Kate’s Facebook Group.  The requirements for the challenge are to follow the theme of the month and use a Miss Kate Cuttable’s file in your creation, including any/all freebies you have.  The challenge will run from this evening through the 4th Monday of each month.  Winners will be announced, in the group, Friday of challenge end week.  Remember this month’s theme is summer fun.  Good luck!

See you next month with yet another challenge project!

The Dog Days of Summer at Eyelet Outlet

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I always refer to the hottest days of the year as “the dog days of summer.”  

A little research, however, reveals that phrase is not about dogs at all.  Rather, it actually refers to the star “Sirius”, also known as the dog-star.  It’s name is derived from the Greek word “seirios” which means scorching.  Sirius is found in the Canis Major (big dog) constellation and is most visible in our hemisphere during the summer months as the brightest star in the heavens.  So now you know!

But for the purpose of this post, let’s just pretend it’s all about dogs; as is my card…well, cards as I have two to share with you today.

My first card features Eyelet Outlet’s Dog Bone Quicklets and Pearl Bling Sheets.

I know I’ve mentioned that sometimes when Katy dreams she smiles.  I’m thinking this is what her dream looks like…she’s a real food hound.

Here's one for the dog-lovers. Card made using the Dog Bone Quicklets and Pearl Bling.

You may remember I made this card previously as a shaker.  This time I decided to use the Dog Bone Quicklets and I like this card better.  The pup is from Eureka Stamps and the chair is an Eat Cake Graphics image.  I found a speech bubble in the Silhouette store as well as the “Dream Big” title which I turned into a print and cut.  The patterned paper is retired My Digital Studio.  I go into a lot more detail about how I created the card in this post.  

Inside, a continuation of the thought…and important words to live by.

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My second card uses the Puppy Brads, Chalk Board Washi Tape,  and Swirl Bling-Clear and another Dog Bone Quicklet.

This little puppy in a huge dog bowl makes me smile and brings home the point that “attitude is everything”.  I created a circle and filled it with digital patterned paper from the Tail Wags Kit by NitWit Collections.  That was matted on Basic Black where I also created my greeting using the text to path option.  I offset that to create another made from Tangerine Tango.  The rectangle was filled with another patterned paper from the same kit and matted on the same two colors. 

I ran  a piece of the Chalk Board Washi Tape across the bottom.  For accent, I added a Dog Bone Quicklet to the center and paws from the Paw Washi Tape.  I attached the Paw washi to the same blue as the card base and punched out the paws with a small circle punch.  One final touch was to add jewels to the top of the circle and the center of the bone after coloring them black with a Copic marker.  I hand-lettered the name on the dog bowl…that was the most difficult part of making this card.

This little puppy definitely has the right attitude! Card made using the Puppy Brads, Dog Bone Quicklets, Chalk Board Washi Tape, Paw Washi Tape and Jewel Bling.

Inside, a another simple but important message.  I color matched it to the patterned paper and printed it on Whisper White card stock.

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Catch a Wave Blog Hop

Welcome to the

Cow-a-Bunga Dude!! Grab your sunscreen, your surf board and join us as we search for that perfect wave in this Catch A Wave Blog Hop! It’s sure to be gnarly!!

You should have arrived from my wonderful DT sister, Angela’s, blog; but if you need to catch the first wave in, Connie Can Crop is the beginning of this epic summer blog hop.  This is a one day blog hop, but you have until Sunday to finish hopping and leaving your love for all of these talented crafters.

We have an awesome sponsor for this month!

One lucky winner will win 3 digital images of your choice
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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.  Winners will be announced on Wednesday 8/23/17 at Connie Can Crop.
Be sure to follow everyone and leave a comment along the way!

And now to my projects:

The title of this hop makes me think of surfing, of course.  My first card is perfect for all those “surfer dudes” out there!  I think this cut file from SVGCuts is so darn cute.  If you’re interested in how this card came together, click on the image and it will take you to the gallery with all the details and additional views.

Surf themed card I made for the "Catch a Wave" blog hop using a cut file from SCGCuts

But, since our projects can extend to include waves or water, I thought I would share a card using this adorable image from Eat Cake Graphics.  It’s called, “Scooter’s Day at the Pool“.  I made another card using this image.  If you’re interested in seeing it, you can find it here.

Summer themed card using Scooter's Day at the Pool by Eat Cake Graphics.

I really like easel cards.  The clever fold allows you to display the front and the sentiment inside simultaneously.  Love the card stock and patterned paper on this card, too.  The card stock is long retired Stampin’ Up.

My last card was inspired by the quote.  I’m not sure where I got this stamp; I got it in the days before I was keeping track.  It’s such a great sentiment and, in my opinion, true.Saltwater note card.  I love this sentiment.Before I began sponging, I cut a rectangle frame from Stick-It to use as a mask.  To create the waves I tore a piece of paper and sponged in layers.  The sky was sponged randomly in purple.  Once that was done, I stamped the quote and the birds.  Next I cut the rectangle from the center and matted both panels on black card stock.  I tore a piece of tan card stock and splattered it darker ink.  Before adding it to a piece of Confetti White card stock, I finished off with some colored and fussy cut shells and twine.

Hang Ten Dudes and Dudettes!!  Now SURF on over to the talented Holli’s blog.  I know she’ll be sharing something you’ll love, cause I got to see a sneak peek! 

Here’s our amazing line up in case you get lost:

Connie- http://conniecancrop.blogspot.com
Lisa- http://lisaslittlerascals.blogspot.com/
Amanda- http://salnclts76.blogspot.com/
Alicia- http://goldengoddessdesigns.blogspot.com/
Angela- mermaidsnmonograms.blogspot.com
Kim- http://katydidcards.com
Holli- http://sunflowerholli.blogspot.com
Shannon H- http://shannonhdesigns.blogspot.com/
Sue- http://suek86401.blogspot.com/
Marji- http://fstampaholic.blogspot.com/
Veronica- http://vickyscrappingpassion.blogspot.com
Miranda- http://www.nanasscrapspot.com
Rebecca- http://rebeccaanndesigns.com/
Sandy- http://simplycraftycreationsbysandys.blogspot.com

Don’t forget to join our current challenge
Connie Can Crop Challenge #61 Watercolors due 11:59 P.M., Thursday, August 31st, 2017 PST.  Click here for complete details.



Cat Note Cards at Miss Kate Cuttables

For my Miss Kate Cuttables design team post today, I decided to use the Cat Silhouette Set, in honor of International Cat Day earlier this month, to make a set of note cards in their own little gift box. But first, don’t forget to pick up your Freebie of the Day at the Miss Kate Cuttables store.


Here’s the full set with the gift box in the back:

Cat note card set made using the Cat Silhouette Set by Miss Kate Cuttables

I made the cards and the box with Basic Black, Cherry Cobbler card stock and the Crumb Cake note card set, by Stampin’ Up.  The cat silhouette is cut out of the Cherry Cobbler and the same silhouette was cut from Basic Black.  I placed the black cat in the cut out on the Cherry Cobbler and attached them to a mat of Black.  Then I embossed it using the Square Lattice embossing folder.  To fill an empty corner, I cut a circle framed cat paw in Crumb Cake and placed it on a slightly larger circle of Basic Black.

Here’s a picture of the gift box in which the cards are stored.  I made this using a cut file in the Silhouette store.  It was actually intended as a box for a thick card, but I changed the dimensions to work with these note cards:

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And here’s an individual picture of one of the cards.  You can see the remaining cards in the gallery, if you’re interested, by clicking on any of the images.

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Waste not, want not…I used the Cherry Cobbler cut out inside the note card for a cute little accent.

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I know just who is getting these notes cards.  They will be purr-fect for her!

Christmas Blessings at The Cutting Cafe

Many blogs jumped on the Christmas in July bandwagon; but at The Cutting Cafe we’re going rogue!  We’re celebrating Christmas in August!  Our challenge was to use any of the Christmas cut files or printable stamp sets, and there are many, for our project today.  After much deliberation, I chose to work with the Christmas Ornament Fun file to make my card today.

A tent card made using The Cutting Cafe's Christmas Ornament Fun cutting file. If you'd like additional information on how this card came together with more images, please visit my blog.

This file is chock full of options!  There’s nesting ornaments, shaped, folded and window cards and two borders.  I used the window card and the nesting ornaments to make a suspension card and I added an extra piece on the bottom to make it a tent card.

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I cut the ornament from textured patterned paper and added a bit of bling across the front and finished off with a stamped, curved banner across the top.  Here’s a closer look at that:

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I placed the sentiment on the back of the card, double matting it.  Inside the card I placed an embossed panel just because I didn’t want to leave it unadorned…heaven forbid!

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Thank you so much for stopping by!  Don’t forget to check out what the rest of the design team came up with on The Cutting Cafe blog. If you leave a comment on the inspirational post, you will be entered in a chance to win 3 free Cutting Cafe files of your choice. 

Shell-ebrate at Eyelet Outlet

I’m using one of Eyelet Outlet’s new products, this adorable turtle, to make two versions of the same card.

Here’s the first version:

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This version is an angled gate-fold card with a belly band.  The base is cut from Sahara Sand card stock which has been layered with digital patterned paper from The Fishing Hole collection by Kristin Aagard.  I embossed the striped paper with the Tiny Bubbles embossing folder…it works nicely with the turtle.

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The belly band is cut from Soft Suede card stock and run through a crimper.  The center medallion is layered with a blue circle where I typed the greeting using the text to path option in my Silhouette.  Next, a circle of green, a scalloped circle of Soft Suede and the smallest circle of Sahara Sand where my little turtle sits.  Isn’t that turtle cute?  Here’s a picture of the card without the belly band.

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And here it is, fully opened:

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The second version eliminates the belly band.  I used all the same papers, but this time I created a split front and popped the patterned paper on craft foam. 

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A thin scalloped border was added as the opening just needed a little something extra.  This card doesn’t open…you flip it over to write a personal message.  And it was an opportunity to use another turtle.

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So, which version to you like better?  I’d love to know what you think.