Miss Kate Cuttables Challenge-Wedding

This month’s Miss Kate Cuttables theme is Wedding! 

Before I share my card, though, I want to remind you Miss Kate offers a free cut file every day.  To get yours, just click here…but don’t forget to come back!

For my card today, I used the Love cut file.  Wait ’til you see this file…it’s chock full of options.  I used the wedding cake and the love title.

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The cake is designed to be cut in one piece, but I broke it into layers to make it a shaker.  In the openings I inserted confetti I found at a party store; small hearts in the tip, bride and groom words in the center and bride and groom figures in the bottom.  The same figure is used as the cake topper.  Here’s a look at the shaker contents from another angle:

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I mounted the shaker on a piece of Brushed Silver Card Stock.  The front was to plain for my taste, so I created an internal offset and embossed the panel with the Textile embossing folder.  I decided to use the flowers from the cut file as well, cutting them in Regal Rose Card Stock; a pearl in the center of each in three sizes.

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For the inside of the card, I used the Mr. & Mrs Title, converting it to print only.  I matted it on more Brushed Silver.

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So now it’s your turn to enter the challenge at Miss Kate’s Facebook Group.  The requirements for the challenge is 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 the month.  Winners will be announced, in the group, Friday of challenge end week.  Remember this month’s it’s wedding.  Good luck!
See you next month with another Miss Kate’s challenge.  


Nothing But the Fox at Eyelet Outlet

If you’re looking for A Pirate’s Life for Me Blog Hop, click here or simply scroll down.

One of the new additions to the Eyelet Outlet store are these adorable Fox Brads, so I just had to make a card using them.  Oh, and if you get to the bottom of this post, there’s a give-away!

I used the standing fox, but I’m eager to make another card using the cute sleeping fox as well…so cute!

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I created a card base with a peek-a-boo feature, so that I could embellish to my heart’s content but still let the fox be the star of the show.  I used Stampin’ Up’s Peach Parfait, Ruby Red and Garden Green card stocks.  Whisper White was used for all the printing.  In the Woods digital paper by NitWit Collections was used for the tree background. Three trees from the collection were used as a backdrop for the fox.

The greeting, a play on the phrase The facts…and nothing but the facts, may elude some people as my sense of punny is sometimes extreme.  I bet my DT sister, Lauren, got it immediately as she has the same sort of humor which you can see in this post

Here’s a closer look at the fox in the woods and a nice little accent using the Green Glitter Enamel Dots.  I’ve loved these enamel dots since I used them on my very first Eyelet Outlet project.

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Inside, I continued with the fox theme.  I thought this was particularly cute for one of my friends who is a “mature” woman.  She will get a real kick out of this!

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Do you attend the Stamp & Scrapbook Expo each year?  Well, if you do, you will be excited to hear I’m giving away two vouchers for free admission to any show (except New Jersey as they don’t participate 馃檨 ).  The vouchers are good for the entire year.   I don’t know about you, but I would love to win these to have that much more money to spend inside the Expo…at the Eyelet Outlet booth!  For your chance to win, all you need to do is leave me a comment telling me how you like to use brads in your crafting or, if you haven’t used them yet, what would you like to try.  If you prefer, you can e-mail me with your response.  Good luck to all who enter!


A Pirate’s Life for Me Blog Hop

Yo Ho Yo Ho

Ahoy there me Matey!!  If ye scallywags want to see some treasures created by these cool landlubbers than ye have come to the right place! Cause we are about to Shiver yer timbers and Batten down the hatches!!

Ye should have arrived from me trusty pirate, Alicia’s blog.  If ye just happened upon this gem of a hop, our mighty sea dog is Captain Connie Can Crop and she is the first stop in this hop.

This is a one day blog hop, but ye have until Sunday to finish hopping and leaving your comments for all of these talented scallywags.

We have an awesome sponsor for this month! With amazing pirate booty!

One lucky winner will win a digital image from Sasayaki Glitter Digital Stamps.  Be sure to check out her shop online HERE and visit her on Facebook HERE.

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 6/21/17 at Connie Can Crop.
Be sure to follow everyone and leave a comment along the way!

And I have a little give-away, too!  Do you attend the Stamp & Scrapbook Expo each year?  Well, if you do, you will be excited to hear I’m giving away two vouchers for free admission to any show (except New Jersey as they don’t participate 馃檨 ).  The vouchers are good for the balance of the year.   I don’t know about you, but I would love to win these to have that much more money to spend inside the Expo…at the Eyelet Outlet booth!  For your chance to win, all you need to do is leave me a comment telling me what you like best about blog hops!

All hands on deck!  Thar she blows!

My first card showcases the Pirate image from our sponsor, Sasayaki Glitter.  He works perfectly for our hop theme this month.

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I sized and printed the image on Neenah Solar White card stock before cutting him and the other pieces using the Window Wave card I purchased in the Silhouette store.  I eliminated the window and flipped the orientation because I never can leave well enough alone.  I used Marina Mist and Pacific Point card stocks for the base and mat and finished off the edges with white Prills to simulate sea-foam.

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I colored this little guy with Copic markers to coordinate with the card stock.  As a final touch, I coated the shovel, boots and vest with Wink of Stella.

Next up, I have a treasure map for you.  I used a Miss Kate Cuttables cut file, but converted it into a card…and made a few other changes as well

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I used shades of brown from Very Vanilla as the lightest to Soft Suede as the darkest.  There are two layers/shades between them for which I used Bazzill scraps I had in my stash.   The original cut file had a ship and a skull & crossbones, but I removed them as I wanted to use the Pirate Ship Brad from Eyelet Outlet and a skull from confetti I had.  I cut the “X” from scrap; coated it with Wink of Stella and Glossy Accents.

For my last card, I made a Skull & Crossbones….can’t live a pirates life without these, right?

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This was a simple card; made using a Lori Whitlock cut file purchased in the Silhouette store.  I used Basic Black and Whisper White with a bit of sponging in black. 

Inside I made a simple greeting with another Brad from Eyelet Outlet.

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Walking the plank next is Marji.  I know you will enjoy seeing what she’s made for you!

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

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

Don’t forget to enter the new Connie Can Crop challenge!

Road Trip at The Cutting Cafe

We’re going on a road trip at The Cutting Cafe!  Well, not really; though I would love to take a joy ride with my Design Team sisters.  Instead, we’re using the It’s Road Trip Time Again cut file for our projects.  Here’s mine:

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I decided I to make a Triple Panel Standing Card using several components (and let me tell you there are a LOT of them with 74 images and 2 shaped cards) including the Interstate shape and inset pieces and the very cool Word Confetti background which I used as my patterned paper. 

To begin, I printed and cut the word confetti first and decided it would look great matted on Basic Black with a card base of Basic Gray.  I color matched the insets to the confetti as well; then print and cut them and matted them on black as well.  For a bit of flair, I heat embossed the insets with clear embossing powder.  Unfortunately, no matter what I tried, I couldn’t get a good picture to show you.  I also ran a row of rhinestones, colored with a black Copic marker, between the green and gray pieces. 

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Here’s a view down from the top:

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For the sentiment on the back of the card, I used several additional components; the words bordering the panel and the suitcases in the center.  I just added a simple, “Enjoy your road trip” to it.

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I can’t wait to see what the rest of the team has done with this file.  You can check it out, too, just by clicking here.  You can also “like” the Cutting Cafe on Facebook to keep up with all the latest and to share your projects made with The Cutting Cafe files.  And The Cutting Cafe has a sister store, too!  You can find that here

Technique Tuesday-No-Line Water Coloring

Before I start my post, I’d like to take a moment to welcome my newest e-mail follower, lizbowles.  So happy you’ve joined us!  We’re now ten away from my card bundle give-away…that’s when my e-mail subscribers reach 100.  Don’t worry if you’ve subscribed via Bloglovin or NetWorked Blogs; you’ll be included in the drawing, too!

As a follow-up to A Year of Card Techniques Blog Hop, World of Watercolors, I’m sharing the details of my first card using the no-line water coloring technique. 

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Using the Birthday Blooms Set from Stampin’ Up, I stamped the large flower in Smoky Slate on Strathmore Water Color Paper.  The image is sufficiently dark enough to be visible, but light enough so you won’t see it after water coloring.  The flower was colored with Marina Mist, Mint Macaron and So Saffron with just a bit of Pacific Point, Cucumber Crush and Crushed Curry to accent.  I colored one petal at a time; jumping around, being careful not to paint next to a wet petal.  Here’s a closer look at the flower:

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To finish off the panel, I stamped the greeting from the same set in Pacific Point with and the Stamps by Judith & Heather Dots in So Saffron.  This is one of their dowel mounted stamps.  I use this stamp quite a bit and keep it handy.  Next, I distressed the edges of the panel, dragged the edge across the Marina Mist Ink Pad and softened it with water. 

Added a dragonfly cut with the Small Dragonfly die from Elizabeth Crafts (apparently no longer available) in Marina Mist,Mint Macaron and White Vellum.  The final touch was a combination of sequins and small dots of Glossy Accents.

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I matted the focal panel on a mat of Mint Macaron 1/4″ larger and distressed the edges of it.  It was offset on a panel of Marina Mist, embossed with the Spring Leaves embossing folder and another panel of water-color paper, also distressed.  And…finally…on a card base of Marina Mist.

Inside, another panel of water-color paper with the sentiment and small flower from the same set.  The sentiment was stamped in Pacific Point and the flowers were water colored (with a lot less care than on the front.  I distressed and matted it in the same fashion as the front.  On the base, I stamped the large flower for a monochromatic look.  I actually intended that for the front but didn’t like the look once I stamped it.

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I hope to have the opportunity to share additional posts on the other cards I made for the hop. 


Morning Swim at Eyelet Outlet


Before I begin my post, I want to welcome a new e-mail subscriber, lizpir.  Welcome to our little family.  I’m so glad you’ve joined us.

For my Eyelet Outlet project today, I’m using several of their fun brad sets; Sea Shore Brads and Seagull Brads and Sun & Cloud Brads and the new Flip Flop Brads on the front:

and from the Spring release, the Sandcastle Brads on the back with a few veterans:

I knew I wanted to make a card with a beach scene, so I let the brads determine what sort of image I used.  I thought the open and airy look of a shadow box card would be the perfect backdrop.  The image is from Nana Vic’s collection.  Of course, I couldn’t leave well enough alone and resized it, reversed it, removed some items and separated the rope frame to place it on the front…gotta love that Silhouette. 

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I used both types of shells on the front after embossing the Soft Sky card stock with the Cloudy Day embossing folder and placing the rope frame around the opening.

The image was colored using Copic markers with a bit of Marvy Snow Marker for the white caps.  I used both types of seagulls on the inside.  The sun is an unexpected surprise you see when you peek inside.  And the flip-flops finish it off perfectly.  Here’s a closer look:

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I didn’t intend this card for any specific event; just a friendship card for someone who loves the beach…who doesn’t?  These beach words are a Miss Kate Cuttables file, converted to print only.  I arranged them so I could place more brads on the back. 

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I think the seagulls like this card.  I hope you do, too!

It’s a Guy Thing at Connie Can Crop

The challenge this month at Connie Can Crop is “It’s a Guy Thing”, so anything for guys (of all ages) will work.  Our sponsor this month is Sasayaki Glitter, so I decided to use one of her adorable images for my challenge project.   I picked the Shy Pilot digi image for my card.

Card in a box card made for "It's a Guy Thing" challenge at Connie Can Crop 6/1/17

A card-in-a-box seemed like a great backdrop for him, so I started with a cut file by Lori Whitlock.  I changed almost everything, but it was a good starting point.  To create the front insert, I imported and sized the digi image.  Then I traced him and welded him to the insert.  Here’s a closer look at this little cutie:

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For the second insert, I stacked clouds to accompany his high-flying adventure.  I added some with dimensionals for a layered look.   If I had to do it over again, I would have spread them out a bit to make them more visible.  Here they are from another angle:

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And here’s the back.  I took my color cues for the greeting and sentiment (and the card base) from the Get Going digital paper kit from the now defunct My Digital Studio.

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Now it’s your turn to enter Connie’s monthly challenge.  Remember it’s any guy related project.  If you’d like to link up or get more information, just click here.  One lucky entry will be picked at random and will win a prize from our sponsor.  The team will also pick our favorite three projects and, if that’s you, you’ll get a badge for your blog or social media plus bragging rights.

A Ball to Be Around at Sunsational Stamps

On behalf of Sunsational Stamps, today I’m sharing a Father’s Day card using the Great Sport Set.   Here’s a peek at the full set:

I thought a circle flip card would be a perfect backdrop for the basketball…or the baseball or bowling ball, for that matter.  I’ll chat a bit more about the basketball in my next paragraph, but I want to tell you about the rest of the card first.  The base is made using a Christmas Wreath Flip Card cut file by Lori Whitlock in the Silhouette Store (minus the wreath, of course) using Night of Navy card stock.  The file comes with one set of mats, but I wanted to double mat it.  To do this, I simply created a 1/8″ offset to create a slightly larger mats from scrap card stock for under the patterned paper.    Speaking of the patterned paper, it’s Basketball Digital Paper by ScrapbookGems.

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Here’s a close-up of the basket ball.  To give it the appearance of spinning, I copied one of the vertical lines, flipped it and ran it horizontally across the top.  I used the Tiny Bubbles embossing folder to give it a basketball-like surface.

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Flip cards are such a great design.  I wonder who figured out this clever fold as I wouldn’t even know where to begin.  

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You just flip to read the sentiment.  The idea for the sentiment came from the Sunsational set, I just changed the font to match the patterned paper and I color matched it to the card base.

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That wraps up my post for today.  If you want to take a better look at Sunsational’s whimsical images, just click here.  And for some inspiration and interaction, you can check out the blog and the Facebook page.

High-Flying at Eyelet Outlet

For my Eyelet Outlet post today, I enlisted the help of these adorable Woodland Animal Brads.  Their job was to pick up the balloons for the birthday celebration; but on their way back, something happened…

…it seems those helium filled balloons were a bit too powerful for these cuties and up, up and away.  Only a few left safely on the ground.  But I think they might be having fun!

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The card base was made using a cut file purchased in the Silhouette store.  As always, I modified it as I can never leave well enough alone.  My first change was to create an internal offset for the sky.  Bashful Blue Small Polka Dot digital paper was used to fill this panel and then embossed using the Cloudy Day embossing folder.  The hills were cut using another Silhouette store file and filled with Garden Green Grid digital paper.  The hills were also embossed using the Square Lattice embossing folder. 

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I cut the balloon outlines from Whisper White card stock and then the balloons from shimmer paper in various colors.  The stars of the show are holding on (for dear life) to the balloons and, in some cases, each other.

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On the ground, three more animals witnessing these high-flying escapades.  The little skunk is busy holding the happy birthday greeting that was intended to be attached to the balloons.

Inside, I converted the sky panel and the balloon outlines to print only.  I added the balloons using the same paper and typed the sentiment.

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When they eventually land, these Woodland Animals will be able to help the recipient celebrate their birthday!

I also submitted this card to the Challenge Up Your Life: Challenge #67 Brads


The Grad at Paper Crafting World

Graduations will be happening soon, so I decided to share a card I made using The Grad Title CF from Paper Crafting World.  Here’s my card:

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Despite the fact that this cut file is designed as a scrapbook title, it’s pretty easy to turn it into a card.  I mirrored the large mat and welded them together to create the base.  I cut a single mat the second time to place on top as I prefer the look to a “flat top” where the card folds.

I used some very old card stock to cut the pieces.  It’s Bazzill card stock for the base and the title, but I don’t know the names of the colors.  The cap is Basic Gray by Stampin’ Up. 

To create the card base, I centered a dashed line in the center of the card as my score line.  I made a second copy of the card base and made a compound path in the modify window.  This enables me to do an internal offset to use as a mat for the sentiment inside the card.  I played around with various fonts to come up with something to match the front.

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Hope this gives you a bit of inspiration to make the cards for the graduates in your life!