Caught a Bug with The Cutting Cafe

Well, here’s some news for you.  I’m now a member of The Cutting Cafe Design Team.  It seems like I’ve come full circle.  When I started using an e-cutter, which was the Wishblade at that point, my first projects were made with The Cutting Cafe’s files and I learned so much from their design team members.  I often speak of Kreative Korner by Kelly, she was one of the designers and always made time to answer my questions when working with these files was new to me.

I’ve come a long way since then and so has the The Cutting Cafe.   They now have a sister site, The Cutting Cafe Shop chock full of stamps, kits and supplies; including custom clear stamps.   They have a YouTube Channel and a Facebook Page in addition to their Blog  and various boards on Pinterest

I like the way Regina sets up her design team assignments.  She gives us the files with which she wants us to work several weeks in advance.  We make our projects and post to our own blogs.  Regina then takes pictures from each of us and posts a compilation on The Cutting Cafe blog on the 7th and 21st of each month.  This way you get to see each design team member’s project…it gives you all sorts of inspiration in one post.

My first “assignment” was to use either the Mason Jar or the Jar Shaped Cards.   I opted to work with the mason jar and here’s the card I made:

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I wanted to make a peek-a-boo card with the little bug inside.  To create the front panel, I created an offset of the jar as I wanted the opening slightly larger.  This was you can see the jar, itself, through the window as well.  I typed the greeting, using text to path, with the Dragline BTN font and color matched it to the Garden Green card stock I used for the card base and leaves.

I cut the little cover for the jar (which is just one of the many pieces to this cut file) using the Flower Pot DSP from Stampin’ Up.  Baker’s Twine was wrapped twice around cover and tied a little knot which gives it a homespun feel.  The Cutting Cafe has many options I could have used for the little flowers.  I opted to use the cute flowers from the Surfboard Shaped Card Shape for the front corner of the card.  Pearls were placed in the center, colored with Copic markers.  I cut an extra jar cover in white to place on the inside to cover the dimensionals used to attach the cover to the front.

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Now for the inside of the card, where we meet the cute bug.  I printed him from the Cute Critters Printable Stamp Set (he’s just one of many in the set) and placed him inside the jar.  The jar was converted from a cut file to print only and I made the lines thicker (1.0).  For interest, I added a few extra lines in the jar.  Here’s a closer look at our bug:

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I colored him with Copic markers and then coated him with Glossy Accents.   I found the sentiment on the Internet and thought it would be perfect for this card.   Another little flower in the corner as an accent and the card is finished.

The Cutting Cafe’s Blog will be sharing all the design team projects in a post on March 7th.  Be sure to pop over to get lots of great ideas on what you can do with both the files we’re featuring.  She will also be announcing the other new design team members in this post!

This card has been entered in the following challenges:



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  1. Joan says:

    Love your cards!!

  2. JenniferE says:

    super cute card! love the peek-a-boo effect!

  3. donnastamps1971 says:

    Super cute card! Love the mason jar cut out!
    Thanks for getting GREEN WITH ENVY with the sisterhood of snarky stampers!!

  4. Super cute and funny get well soon card. Great take on our theme. Thanks for playing with us at Pile it On. Keti (DT)

  5. Denise Sayers says:

    Love the bug in the jar and the sentiment. You certainly make great cards and I am sure the early ones were good too. Amazing how styles evolve.

  6. Carol says:

    I love the peek a boo card and the bug is so cute! Congrats on being selected…they are lucky to have you. Thanks for all your inspiration.

  7. That’s a really lovely card and a very cute little bug. i’m sure it would cheer up anyone feeling poorly. Thank you for sharing at the Sisterhood of Snarky Stampers.

  8. Shelly Schmidt says:

    I am so happy for you- congrats on the DT (and I think they are so lucky to have you and all your talent!!!). I love this card- the peek a boo panel is awesome- and love that you made it a tiny bit larger to see the jar on the inside. Beautifully done!!!

  9. What a cute card! Congrats on your design team membership with The Cutting Café and good luck in the challenges! 🙂

  10. regina easter says:

    kim, i am so excited to work with you. This card is the cutest ever…i am in love with the bug in the jar…fantastic my friend…and welcome again to the team….

    • Kim&Katy says:

      Thank you, Regina! And thank you for the opportunity to work with your fabulous files. I’ve been a customer for years, so it feels natural!

  11. Kim, as always you blow me away! So excited to work with you! Wonderful job! Love you!

    • Kim&Katy says:

      Thank you, Christi. Were it not for you, I wouldn’t be a part of the design team. So thank you twice!

  12. Lynn McAuley says:

    Who would feel bad after receiving this delightful card? I love this, Kim!

  13. Tina Goodwin says:

    Congratulations and welcome to the team Kim! I love your card. That little bug is way too cute!

  14. Maria says:

    I love your card !!

  15. V Kittie says:

    Obviously this card is as cute as a bug! Thanks for joining us at the Sisterhood of Snarky Stampers for the Green with Envy challenge.

  16. Lindsey says:

    Love the peekaboo design using the mason jar and that sweet little bug. (If only all bugs were so cute. :D) Thanks for joining the fun at the Sisterhood of Snarky Stampers!

  17. Leigh Penner says:

    Congratulations! Your card is super cute!

  18. Majo says:

    That is so sweet. Thank you for sharing your creation at the Sisterhood of Snarky Stampers.

    Majo – DT ♥

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