Chickie Hop at Eyelet Outlet

Today for my design team post for Eyelet Outlet I wanted to use these adorable Easter Bubble Brads

They are all so cute I wanted to be able to use more than one, so I looked through my sizable collection of stamps and found one I thought would work well.  Here’s my card…don’t you think they were meant to go together?

Easter card made to showcase these adorable Easter Bubble Brads by Eyelet Outlet

I used a cut file I purchased in the Silhouette store and made a few changes to it; adding some layers so I could incorporate the colors of the Bubble Brads.  They were a perfect match to Stampin’ Up’s Lavender Lace, Melon Mambo and Yo Yo Yellow (only the Melon Mambo is current).  The digital patterned paper is from the Hoppin’ Easter Kit by Lliella Designs.  I color matched it to the card stock, but it sure didn’t print out in the colors I expected…but it still worked. 

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The stamp is from Stampendous.  It’s called Chickie Hop.  I used Copic markers to color it and then attached the brads so that each chickie had something to say.  Here’s a closer look.

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The Lavender mat and the focal image were popped for added dimension.

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I thought long and hard about the sentiment I wanted to use inside the card.  I knew I wanted to play off the name of the stamp; this is what I came up with.

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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:

 

 

Get Sketchy at Connie Can Crop

Before I begin my post, I would like to welcome Rob Nest, Romip and Cathy as my newest subscribers.  I’m so thrilled you’ve decided to join us.

Connie Can Crop is having a sketch challenge this month.  Here’s the sketch she’s picked out for us.  I like it; lots of potential for card making and even a single page layout.

Since St. Patrick’s Day is not far away, I decided to use the sketch to make a card in honor of the occasion.  Here’s my finished card; though I’ve got to admit I changed it around many times before I finally settled on this design.

Card made for Connie Can Crop's March, 2017 sketch challenge using a Miss Kate Cuttables

This month’s challenge sponsor is Miss Kate’s Cuttables, so I used their Happy St. Patty’s Day cut file.  They will give three files to one lucky winner, picked at random.

Now back to my card:

I cut the base from Bazzill card stock and embossed the front with the Cuttlebug Simply Charmed embossing folder.   To make the three panels, I used digital paper from the Irish at Heart Kit by Linda’s Digi Creations.  When I placed them directly on the card base, it looked much too busy (still does, actually); so I matted them on white to give the eye a little break.  Then I embossed them using the Square Lattice embossing folder.

For my focal image, rather than cut the individual pieces (as I sized it small to fit the card), I opted to trace only around the edge and made it a print and cut.  I printed the bear twice and fussy cut around his head, placing it on dimensionals.  I coated the rainbow with Wink of Stella and colored the gold, coins and hat buckle with a gold leaf pen.   Here’s a picture of this little guy, close up:

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Using the title from the same cut file, I separated it into three individual pieces.  I created an offset for the “Happy” and “Day” pieces and cut them out.  I made a little banner for the “St.Patty’s”, like the sketch.

Inside, I used several shamrocks from the same file’ converting them to print only.  The sentiment was created using the Alex Brush font in green to match the digital paper. 

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So now it’s your turn.  Make a card or project based on the sketch and enter the challenge here.   In addition to one winner being picked at random, the design team will pick our three favorites entries.  If that’s you, you get a badge to post on your blog or social media; plus bragging rights!  And if you do link to the challenge, you’ll get to see what the rest of the design team has made…I’ve seen their projects; they really rocked this challenge!

Beary Special at Miss Kate Cuttables

Before I share my challenge post, I would like to extend a warm welcome to CrazyCatLady58 as my newest e-mail subscriber.  I’m so happy you’ve joined us!

The challenge at Miss Kate Cuttables this month is to use hearts in your project.  Very appropriate for February, a month to celebrate love, so I decided to use it on my design team post as well.  

Before I share my card, I want to remind you about Miss Kate’s freebie of the day which you can find just by clicking on the link.

And now to my card:

Beary Special card made with an adorable Miss Kate Cuttables cut file

I used the Valentine Polar Bear as the centerpiece for this card.   As I didn’t have the various shades of light to dark gray I wanted to use to make the bear, I converted him to a print and cut.  I did the same with the heart.  After cutting, I sponged all the edges to provide depth…a little more sponging on his cheeks, ears and little paws to give him a little winter glow. 

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I used a Sakura Gel Pen on his nose and eyes and Wink of Stella on the heart, which I attached with dimensionals.  I popped the upper most portion of the body with dimensionals, too.

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To showcase him, I used a 3D frame card cut file by Lori Whitlock.  I cut it in Stampin’ Up’s Pool Party card stock as it coordinates with the digital papers from the More Amore collection, retired Stampin’ Up.  The frame was easy to assemble; there’s also a video tutorial on YouTube by Lori Whitlock if guidance is needed.  As an aside, Lori also has a cut file for a 3D box envelope as well.

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The frame is attached to a standard card base of Rose Red; another color coordinating with the digital paper.

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For the sentiment, I used the AR Blanca font in a dark gray and added the heart as an accent after converting it to print only.  The Whisper White was cut to 3 3/4″ x 5″ and matted on another piece of Pool Party before attaching to the base.  

And that, as they say, is that!

Favorite Peeps at Eyelet Outlet

I have so many incredible goodies from Eyelet Outlet I want to use in my design team posts, I’m having quite a difficult time deciding upon which I want to work with first.

I finally decided upon the Clear Bumpy Bling and it couldn’t have been a more perfect choice for the bunny tails on this Easter card.

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The card was made using a cut file purchased in the Silhouette store.  I wanted to make the card smaller; to fit in a 3 1/2″ x 6 1/2″ remittance envelope, but I also wanted to maintain the proportions, so I had to add a little banner to the top of the card to get it to the proper height.

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I cut each bunny in a different color; Daffodil Delight, Certainly Celery, Pool Party, Wisteria Wonder and Pretty in Pink, all from Stampin’ Up.  Additionally, I used three embossing folders, Spring Flowers, Spring Leaves and Swiss Dots for variety and dimension.  The base is SU’s Baked Brown Sugar.  To ensure good adhesion, I used Ranger Multi-Medium. 

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The Bumpy Bling is adhesive backed, so they were a breeze to attach to the bunny “butts”.  It’s asking a lot of embellishments to hold firm to embossed backgrounds, and I often add liquid adhesive to strengthen the bond; but these held extremely well on their own.

Here’s a closer look at the bling.  I tried to capture how it catches the light, but I’m afraid I didn’t do them justice.

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Look at all that luscious dimension.

To create the greeting and the sentiment using the Abadi MT Condensed Extra Bold.  The greeting was color matched to the card base and, for something a little different, I colored them to match the bunnies on the front.

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More Than Chocolate at Paper Crafting World

Today I’m showcasing the card I made for my design team project at Paper Crafting World.  Though Valentine’s Day has passed, I wanted to share one more card with you.  I used the Bears Sweetheart Cut File with Printables to make my card. 

I wanted to use all the goodies provided in this cut file, but I didn’t have enough card!  So I decided I would make a tri-fold card and do a triple-play!  The base is cut from 12″ x 12″ Real Red card stock and scored at 4″ and 8″.  I cut just a bit from the panel folding to the inside so the card closes without buckling.  Here’s the front:

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I cut this standing bear from Stampin’ Up and Bazzill scraps.  As I’ve mentioned in the past, when I’m working in my Silhouette Design Screen I carefully place all the pieces exactly as I want them.  Once I’m satisfied, I copy it all and weld it to make a solid base.  Then I’m able to place the pieces without trial and error…especially with adhesive on the back.  I sponged all the pieces with coordinating ink.  His ears and muzzle were chalked as the are area around the eyes.  A little Uni-Ball White Gel Pen for his eyes and nose.

Before attaching the bear, I embossed the front with the Happy Heart embossing folder.  I also sprayed it with Shimmer Spritz

I used the candy box for the middle panel:

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I printed the sentiment in brown using Always Forever font.  I sized the candy box to fit and, again using scraps, I cut the various pieces.  As you can see, I used various shades of brown so the individual pieces would stand out.  I’m a milk chocolate gal; what about you?  Unlike the bear, I didn’t cut a solid base as I wanted to play around with the pieces to get an arrangement I liked.   After I attached all the pieces, I coated the tops with Glossy Accents

And the inside:

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Here I placed the balance of the sentiment in the same color and font.  I used another cut file from the set, but converted it to print only.  I printed his paws a second time and cut them to give just a bit of dimension. 

One final touch was to add heart-shaped rhinestones to the front.  I am so NOT good at placing embellishments, it took me almost as long to get them the way I wanted them as I did to make the rest of the card.

Here’s a picture of the tri-fold, open:

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If you want to see what the other design team members have created using Paper Crafting World files, just click here.  I’ll see you soon with another project!  In the meantime, here’s a tidbit of information:  Fifty-eight million pounds of chocolate are sold during Valentine’s Week.

 

February Technique Blog Hop-So Sketchy

Welcome to the February Technique Blog Hop

It’s month two of our year-long journey through various techniques, card folds and products.  This month we have been presented with a sketch challenge.  Here’s the sketch with which we’re working.  It will be interesting to see how the ten of us interpret the sketch to put their own spin on it.

 Our sponsor this month is Claudia Henderson of:

And she is generously giving this adorable Easter Bunny set to one lucky winner.

We really love feedback, so please leave a comment on each of the blogs in the hop today.  The winner will be chosen from all comments on the hop as of February 4th and will receive a nice prize! (winner will be announced on March hop).  And if you become a follower of my blog, you will be entered in a card bundle give-away when I reach 100 e-mail followers.  Don’t worry if you subscribe via NetWorked Blogs or Bloglovin’, you’re included in the drawing, too.

You should have arrived here from my friend Amanda’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 to win by commenting on each blog. 

Now to my projects:

When I participated in my first sketch challenge, I took the sketch very literally and tried to duplicate the sketch exactly.  As I’ve become more experienced, I try to think creatively…we’ll call it thinking “outside the sketch”.   Today I want to share with you several variations to show you the wide range of possibilities available to you.

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This card is back to the vertical orientation, but I moved the ornamentation to the top of the card.  With this card, the banner is represented by the negative space, the area without the die cutting; so the concept is reversed.

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Next, I thought this fairly new card fold that’s all the rage now would work perfectly with the sketch.  You can see the elements, right?

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Since Valentines Day is a good card choice for February, I thought I make a “LOVE” card!

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I hope you’re inspired to try a sketch challenge if you haven’t previously.  There are so many great challenges on the Internet; a search under sketch challenge blogs will give you quite a few choices.

Now you’re off to visit with Sandy of Scrapbook Blessings Club.

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

 

Miss Kate Cuttables Challenge-Hearts

Before I share my challenge project, I want to extend a warm welcome to two new followers, Barbara and Christi.  Thank you so much for joining us!

 

The challenge at Miss Kate Cuttables this month is, appropriately, “Hearts”.  I wanted to go in a un-traditional direction and you don’t get much more “un” traditional than using a monkey in a heart themed challenge, but I did just that.  I used the Monkey on Vine, I’m Bananas for You Title and Valentine’s Banana.

Before I show you my card, I want to remind you that Miss Kate offers a free cut file each and every day.  You can get yours here

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I decided to make the monkey swing from the vine, so I made this a spinner card…so I guess that means technically he’s spinning from the vine.  I also made it a tri-fold as I wanted to use the title inside my card, but didn’t want to view it through the oval. 

The base, in Tempting Turquoise, was cut to 5 1/2″ x 12″ and scored at 4″ and 8″.  I inserted an oval on the front, sized large enough to accommodate the spinning monkey. The monkey was created by cutting the .png image and a mirror image for the two-sided spinner.  I did the same with the vines and bananas.

I attached a 5 1/4″ length of clear thread between the two sides of the monkey and stretched it across the opening, attaching it securely at both top and bottom.  Here’s a little video so you can see the monkey spin.  I find it almost impossible to operate the camera with one hand and open the card with the other…the quality of the video will attest to that.

To cover the ends of the thread and add some pizzazz, I created a mat using digital paper from the  All Heart Kit by Melissa Bennett.

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For the panel behind the opening, I color matched the background to the darker green in the vines and then randomly placed the vines on top…in essence I created my own digital paper.

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For the sentiment, I used the I’m Bananas for You Title; changing on the color on one of the words to match the card stock.  Using the .png image made this a snap!

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 today through the 4th Tuesday of each month.  Winners will be announced, in the group, Friday of challenge end week.  Remember this month’s theme is hearts.  Good luck!

A Wish at Eyelet Outlet

If you’re looking for the Get Well Blog Hop, please click here.

I’ve been so eager for this day to come!  It’s my first official post as a design team member for Eyelet Outlet.  Seems like it took forever to get here…I’ve been like a child waiting for Christmas.

So without further delay, here’s my card.  Well, as you can see, I made a matching gift box as well…perfect for some “Irish Potatoes“.

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I used Glitter Enamel Dots as corner accents and as the centerpiece of the shamrocks.  You should see these in person!  Beautiful!  They actually have small flakes of glitter baked into them and really put on a show when the light hits them.   The Glitter Enamel package contains three sized dots and I used all three in each corner.  They’re adhesive backed, so placing them on your project is easy as 1-2-3.

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To make the card and gift box, I combined components from several cut files purchased in the Silhouette store.  I used the specks of color in the Enamel Dots to select the card stock.  They range from a very pale green from Bazzill, and Cucumber Crush and Garden Green from Stampin’ Up.

I scored down the center of each leaf on the shamrock; turned it over and scored the “veins” in each leaf.  The edges of the leaves were brushed with gold Wink of Stella.  The finishing touch is another Glitter Enamel Dot in the center of the leaf.

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As I’ve mentioned in previous blog posts, I like to use craft foam as a backing rather than dimensionals as it provides a much smoother look (especially after mailing).  Here’s a peek from the side of the panel.

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On the coordinating gift box, the top is similar except the edges are scalloped. 

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I wanted to add a bit of bling to the sides so I placed this grouping all around.

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Inside is a sentiment I found on-line.  I printed it using the American Uncial font in Garden Green on a shamrock of Cucumber Crush (which is the same shamrock from the front, converted to print only).

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I love sending dimensional cards, but they don’t mail well and purchasing padded envelopes can get pricey.  I use cushion foam as a less expensive alternative.  I cut it to size and lay it over the card front, topped by a piece of card stock.  The foam cradles around the embellishments allowing it to go through the mail without a problem. 

I’ll be sharing cards and projects made with Eyelet Outlet products several times a month.   If you’re not familiar with the wide array of embellishments they offer, here’s a link to their store.  And here’s their blog and their Facebook page

 

Get Well Soon Blog Hop

Being Sick is definitely not fun! Recovering from a surgery, accident, or severe illness is even worse. We are here to spread some sunshine and smiles and help inspire you to remember that sending even the simplest of cards to someone when they are feeling bad can help brighten their day. This particular hop is being dedicated to the memory of Connie’s life-long friend, Bernadette Baldanado Hernandez, who lost her battle to cancer.  What a lovely way to ensure the memory of Bernadette goes on forever. 
 
This is a one day blog hop, but you have until Sunday to finish hopping and leaving your comments for all of these amazing crafters.

We have an awesome BRAND NEW sponsor for this month:

RUBY MARTHA with

One lucky winner will win a super cute limited edition stamp set from FSJ!!

Be sure to visit her website 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 2/15/17 at Connie Can Crop.  Be sure to follow everyone and leave a comment along the way!

If you arrived here from Rebecca’s blog, you’re in the right place.  If you happened upon my blog first, you may want to start at the Connie Can Crop so you don’t miss a thing and increase your chances of winning.   However you arrived, I’m thrilled you’re here and am eager to share my cards with you.

My first card was made using a template by Creations by AR.  I thought it was so cute, I just had to try it.  I’ve seen chickens made using hearts so I decided to make one and have her roost in the barn.  The sentiment inside plays off the chicken.

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This card is a little play on words.  Great for anyone with a foot injury.

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I made this using a cut file by My Scrap Chick using Blush Blossom and Crisp Cantaloupe card stock.  All the pieces were sponged before assembling.  The card went together in a snap.  After I made it, I thought of a relative who has gout…wouldn’t this be cute with a piece of actual bandage gauze tied around the toe.

A little dose of humor helps with the healing process, right?  So this card should be just what the doctor ordered.

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Inspired by a card made by my blogging friend, Kelly;  I found this free clip art image on the Internet.  I converted it to a .png image after removing the background and imported it into my Silhouette design screen.  Next I made a cut line around it, but I removed the line from all areas except this legs and tail.  The card base cut file was purchased in the Silhouette store.   I placed the image on the panel, with grass behind him.  Before sending it to print and cut, I created a text to path for the greeting.

He was colored with Copic markers, the sky was stippled with soft sky ink and I drew in the little bugs.  I cut another section of grass to place in front of him, so his legs were sticking out.  The panel was attached with foam adhesive strips.

Next up is my friend and fellow Connie Can Crop DT member, Angela

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