Sniffles and Sneezes with The Cutting Cafe

When you’re feeling “all duffed up” with sniffles and sneezes, I can’t think of better medicine than to receive this adorable Tissue Box Cover by The Cutting Cafe. 

As you can see, I intend to use this as a get well gift with a card to match.  With a full box of tissues included, it’s the gift that keeps on giving.

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This file comes with covers for both the square and rectangle tissue boxes.  So you’re all set no matter your preference.   And as a bonus, it also comes with tags and cuttable phrases.  The beauty of having a file like this is that you can make one for any and every occasion,  How easy is that to add a decorator touch in the blink of an eye.

While the star of the show is undoubetedly the tissue box, I’m sharing each side with you.  I filled and embellished them using a digital kit called Under the Weather by Sweet Pea Designs. 

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If you’d like to see the other 3D files available at The Cutting Cafe, just click here.   And don’t forget to stop by The Cutting Cafe blog to see what all the other designers have created for you.  Leave a comment for a chance to win three free The Cutting Cafe files of your choice.  No cutting machine?  No problem!  All the files come complete with a .pdf so you can also cut them by hand.  Sweet!

I made another get well card using The Cutting Cafe files.  You can find it here if you missed it previously.

Christmas Wreath with Eyelet Outlet

I’m posting again today with the last of the Christmas cards I made using Eyelet Outlet products.  I ran out of time, but I still have ideas for so many more Christmas and holiday cards.  Well, there’s always next year.

I made this Christmas wreath using four sizes of Pearl Bling, colored with Copic markers.  I placed them randomly placed in a circle of green cardstock.  The bow was made by placing Gold Skinny Glitter Washi Tape


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I cut the card base from Brushed Gold cardstock (retired Stampin’ Up) which was the perfect backdrop for the wreath.  The make the base, I used a cut file from the Silhouette Design Store to make the accordion base and mats.  I cut the mats from Stampin’ Up patterned paper…from a Christmas long ago collection.

I’m really liking the look of this and am trying to think of other shapes I can use.  I think I might look for rhinestone setting patterns and go from there.

Here’s a closer look:

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This card would be a little difficult to mail, but I use this cushion foam and it keeps everything safe and sound.  I just cut it to size and place it on the top of the card.  It’s a less expensive alternative to a padded envelope. 

Have you seen the other Christmas cards I made for Eyelet Outlet this year?  No?  Well, here they are!  I’ll be sharing more with you in the coming weeks. 

Song Cues with Eyelet Outlet

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This week I’m working with song cues.  Deck the halls with…llamas?  Yep, that’s exactly what this card does.  This adorable trio of llamas are all decked out in their Christmas attire; Santa Hat, Holly and Antler Brads.

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I printed the llamas on Whisper White and cut them in the scalloped oval using a cut file I purchased in the Silhouette Design Store.  There was very little coloring needed; just their faces, ears and feet.  I placed the brads where I wanted them and lightly marked their outlines on the llamas.  Then I removed them and applied their “fur” with the Marvy Snow Marker.  I heated it and…instant fur.  When it was fully dry, I replaced the brads.

This focal panel was placed, on pop dots, on a larger scalloped oval cut from Red Foil Paper.  They were placed on a mat covered with Glitter Red Star Washi Tape…this is absolutely beautiful washi tape.  I ran Red Foil Washi Tape around the perimeter of the card base.  As a finishing touch, I placed some of the Red Foil Washi on some scrap cardstock and punched out using a Star Confetti Punch from Stampin’ Up.

Next, I have a card for cat lovers.  Those of us with cats can so appreciate the humor…and the truth of the greeting on this card.  And the sentiment inside, too. 

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To make this card I used the Cat and Holly Brads as well as Pink Pearl Jewel Bling Strip and Chalkboard Washi Tape.  I used several Silhouette Design Store files to make the window and banner.  

Here’s a peek at the inside:

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I hope you liked these Christmas cards and are busy working on yours!  I shared two Christmas cards last week as well.  You can find them here if you missed them and would like to see them. 

November Technique Blog Hop-Masking Magic

Welcome to the:

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.


Our amazing sponsor this month is Jodie Park of Close to My Heart

Please take a moment to check out her store 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.  The winner will be announced on Sunday, November 26, 2017, on A Piece of (my) Heart’s blog, so be sure to check her blog on Sunday. The winner will have until December 14, 2017, to claim their prize.

You should have arrived here from my talented friend, Sharon’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 each blog.

Inspired by a video I saw on Jennifer McGuire’s Blog, my first card uses a coordinating stamp and die.  I don’t know about you, but there are times when I find my personal experience with techniques is not nearly the smooth sailing I see on videos.  Such was the case with this card, but I wasn’t going to let it get the best of me.  Then again, maybe it did; but I still finished it.

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My first mistake was to use the wrong adhesive backed”masking” paper.  That’s what I reached for, but I pulled out “Stick It” which is designed to be used on the back of intricate die cuts…not intended to be removed.  But that didn’t matter because I forged ahead with die cutting and it wasn’t until I was done that I realized had the adhesive facing up…thus, the reverse of what it should have been to coordinate with the stamps…grrr! 

When I got to the point where I was sponging with Delicata White Shimmer Ink., despite the fact this was a new ink pad, it was so dry it was a real chore getting the ink onto the paper.  Even more difficult was getting the green ink to show on the shimmer ink.  Thankfully I used the Misti as I stamped at least five times and it’s still very light.  But worse…I didn’t think when selecting the stamp set which happened to be red rubber rather than photopolymer.  Let me share it’s almost impossible to line up a stamp through solid rubber.

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Finally, I got to the point where I wanted to die cut the greeting.  At this point in the project, I opted for the word “prayers” rather than the “hello” I originally intended…I should have said prayers before starting!!  A bit of stamping on vellum to complete the greeting.

This card was made using Molotow Fluid as my masking medium on the cacti while doing the ink layering.  This is time-consuming as you have to allow the fluid to dry fully before working on it.  In my case, I let it sit overnight.  Although I used Staz-On, the found the fluid caused the ink to bleed slightly.

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I made another card using the same masking fluid and ink layering I’m sharing with you today because I was really happy with the end result.

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And this card shows yet another way to use the masking fluid.  Here I covered the image with fluid so I could sponge around him in blue. 

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Now you’re off to visit with Wilma, who will delight you with her projects!  Hope you had fun and thanks for stopping by.  See you next month with another great technique!






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You Know You’re Old with Connie Can Crop

You know you’re old when…

Boy, we can finish that sentence in any number of ways, can’t we?  My card, featuring an image from our sponsor this month, Bugaboo Stamps, offers one way to complete the thought!

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For this card, I used the Stella-Rocking Chair image.  Stella is a cantankerous old gal and has no problem in sharing her somewhat tarnished opinions…as I get older I find some of my opinions are starting to sound like hers!  Time for an attitude adjustment, I think!

To create the focal panel, I imported the image into my design screen and traced around the outside edge.  I welded it into a rectangle so the balloons extend slightly above the rectangle.  Next, I traced around the front balloon and the presents at Stella’s feet so I could pop them for added interest.

Stella is matted on a rectangle I filled with digital patterned paper from the Party Time Kit by Amanda McGee.  I added two additional mats of Peach Parfait and Concord Crush before adding all to a base of Cucumber Crush (all retired Stampin’ Up cardstocks).  To finish, some Glossy Accents on the balloons and her glasses.

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The greeting was color matched to the purple in the patterned paper and printed on a curved banner using the text to path option in my Silhouette.  I matted it on the peach card stock.

Inside, I printed the sentiment in the same purple and double matted before adding.

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I can actually relate to this; sad but true.  And there are times when I don’t even need to be in a rocking chair to get that sensation!

Have you participated in Connie Can Crop’s monthly challenge yet?  You still have the rest of the month, so get crafting! 

This month it’s a color challenge.  You can make any sort of project you want, just so long as you incorporate these colors:


One winner, picked at random, will win their choice of four digital images (a $12 value) from Bugaboo Stamps.  Visit them at their store to see what they have and check them out on Facebook to see the latest.

To obtain more information about the challenge or to link up your project, just click here

If you like Bugaboo Stamps, you might want to take a look at a few cards I’ve made previously.  You can do that here, here and one last link here, which showcases the Stella Calendar Bundle.


Miss Kate Cuttables Challenge-Pumpkins

It’s time for the October challenge at Miss Kate Cuttables.  This month the theme is Pumpkins!  But first, don’t forget to get your Miss Kate’s freebie of the day

For my project, I decided to work with this fantastic Pumpkin Patch Pumpkins cut file.  I really liked the pumpkin in this file; the fence was a bonus.  In the background is the Fall Words Set.

And here’s my card:

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While it may appear my card has yellow in it, the card base is actually acetate.  I like using acetate card bases as it’s an unexpected twist.  When using them, you just need to be mindful to take steps to cover both sides so no adhesive is peeking out.

I used Stampin’ Up’s card stock; Peach Parfait, Pumpkin Pie, and Tangelo Twist for the pumpkin.  For the leaves, a bit of Green Galore and Crushed Cucumber.  Finally, the fence was made with scraps of tan card stock.  The sentiment inside was printed on Whisper White, I simply tinted the background a pale blue behind my fall words.  As with all Miss Kate’s files, there are lots of luscious layers here; so I didn’t have too much of anything to add dimension; just a bit of sponging on the pumpkins as I just can’t help myself.

A look from another angle allows you to see the acetate.

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Here’s a close-up so you can see some of the detail in the file:

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When you open the card, you see how I covered the adhesive by welding the three pumpkins together. 

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Inside, I printed the sentiment in brown.  I placed it strategically so it wouldn’t peek out from behind the pumpkins. 

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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 each month.  Winners will be announced, in the group, Friday the end of the challenge week.  Remember this month’s its pumpkins.  Good luck!

If you’d like to see some of Miss Kate’s past challenges, just click here.


Merry & Bright with Eyelet Outlet

If you’re looking for A Day of Thanks Blog Hop, click here or simply scroll down. 

Today I’m sharing two cards for the holidays.  I love making Christmas cards and I love making them early so I’m not hustling at the last-minute to get them done!  These have been finished for a while, but I have so many Eyelet Outlet cards to share with you I just don’t know which to show you first.  I thought it best to get to post these sooner than later in case you wanted to make something similar…that’ll give you time to get your EO supplies.

First up is a twisted easel card using the Holiday Light Brads and the Clear Jewel Bling Strips.  This little reindeer is all “caught up” in his decorating efforts!


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I used the Christmas Reindeer with Lights #52259 cut file from the Silhouette Design Store as well as a Halloween Twisted Easel card #95892 (from which I removed the Halloween elements obviously 😉  To coordinate with the lights, I found digital patterned paper and cardstock.  I love this card’s whimsical look.

Do you like the look of that twisted easel card?  I’ve made one other in the past.  You can see it here.

My second card was made using the Wreath Brads and allowing it to be the star of the show!  I also used the Skinny Yellow Washi Tape on either side of the focal panel to set it off beautifully. 

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I used the Stampin’ Up Christmas Lamppost Thinlits Die, cutting it from the panel and separately from Basic Black cardstock.  Back to the panel, I used Tim Holtz Distress Oxide Inks for the first time and, oh my, do I love these inks.  They apply like “butta”!  I applied the color Broken China first, applying it to the entire panel except for the areas behind the lights.  Next, I added some Salty Ocean randomly and finished up on the upper perimeter with Faded Jeans.  Finally, I added some Fossilized Amber in the areas behind the lights.

I sprayed it liberally with Shimmer Spritz before inserting the Basic Black and Daffodil Delight pieces for a beautiful inset look.  The Shimmer Spritz pulled the color from the blue so that it looks like snow!  I added Embossing Paste across the bottom and sprinkled Dazzling Diamonds Glitter over it while it was still wet.

When everything was dry, I added the wreath.  Love it!  I think this is going to be my Christmas card this year…if you’re on my list, turn away!  LOL  Get your Wreaths from Eyelet Outlet now as I may buy them out!

A Day of Thanks Blog Hop

Welcome to the

As we approach the busy Holiday seasons, let us take a few minutes this weekend to stop and reflect on the things in our life we are thankful for.  We bring you this hop as a way to inspire and encourage you to reach out and say thank you to those who surround you.  This simple gesture can go a long way!  I know I’m thankful for each and every one of you who visits my blog and I’m happy to have yet another opportunity to tell you so. 

You should have arrived from Connie Can Crop, which is the first blog in this 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 a gift certificate.  Be sure to check out the shop online 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 11/22/17 at Connie Can Crop.  Be sure to follow everyone and leave a comment along the way!

Now to my projects:

First, a shaped leaf card.  To make this, I traced a leaf from an image from Stampin’ Up’s My Digital Studio.  Converting it to a card was fairly simple.  First, I tilted the image until two leaf tips were level at the bottom allowing the card to stand.  Next, I created a mirror image, making sure the stem and another leaf tip met.  As my final step, I welded them together.  I created an internal offset for the front piece into which I cut the leaf veins and then embossed with the D’Vine Swirls Embossing Folder.

I cut two smaller leaves from patterned paper and wrinkled them before attaching them with the greeting, ribbon and some Eyelet Outlet bling.

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Next, another autumn themed thank you with a focus on Copic coloring.  I find coloring like this very relaxing but it does take a long time to finish, so I don’t do it as much as I would like.  I placed it on a mat cut from a Stampin’ Up patterned paper, Well Worn.  Everything is set off nicely with a card base of Night of Navy cardstock.

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This card was so simple to create with a Silhouette store cut file #51471.  I cut it from Real Rust cardstock and popped it on a base of Crumb Cake.  I cut a little tag and leaf from the same two card stocks for an accent and attached it with Linen Thread.  Just like I said; simple…and easy.  Gotta like that, right?

Last, a simple but effective thank you card for any occasion. I typed the “Thank You”, created a slight offset which I welded to the heart and centered on a square card base of Cherry Cobbler card stock.  I cut the letters and backer from Whisper White.  I think I’m going to give this to my cardiologist on Valentine’s Day…I think he’d appreciate it since he did keep my heart beating more than a time or two.

Now, it’s time to hop on over to the talented Holli’s blog. 

And don’t forget to join our current challenge

Connie Can Crop Challenge #64

Color Challenge
due 11:59 P.M. Thursday, November 30th, 2017 Pacific Time

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Welcome to the Neighborhood with The Cutting Cafe

Our challenge with The Cutting Cafe this month gave us some flexibility as to which cut file we wanted to use.  We could pick from the Happy Fall Scene Card Template and Cut File or the Welcome to the Neighborhood Scene Card Template and Cut File.  As you can see from the title of this post, I opted for the second; but the first is adorable and I want to use that for a card very soon. 

I wanted to try something a little different with my card to show you just how versatile these cut files can be; so I didn’t use the shaped card base provided with the file.  Rather, I used an acetate card base with just the toppers and extras for the houses.  And here’s what I did:

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I sized the pieces to fit on an A2, or 4 1/4″ x 5 1/2″, card.  The file provides a topper (which is a weld of all the pieces).  When working with acetate, you have to figure out a way to hide the adhesive; so I cut four of these.  On one I printed the sentiment and filled the individual pieces with pattern paper from the Sunny Garden collection (retired Stampin’ Up MDS) in my Silhouette design screen and created a print and cut. 

Before I did any assembly, I embossed the card base with the Cloudy Day embossing folder.  That warped the card a bit, so I placed some heavy weight on it and allowed it to sit overnight.  It’s still slightly warped, so back under the weight it goes now that I took the pictures.

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To assemble, I added one of the toppers to the front of the card.  Since the adhesive on the back would show on the inside of the card, I placed another topper on the inside, carefully lining it up to the piece on the front.  Next, I turned the card over and added the third topper to the back of the card, lining it up with the front.  The final topper, with the sentiment, is added to the inside of the card.  Placing the piece on the back first makes it easy to get that sentiment in the right spot.

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Then I placed all the printed pieces, sponging the edges first.  When I finished, I felt there was a bit too much open area on the top of the card, so I also used the sun from the Pocket Shaped Card Template and Cutting File as a print and cut.

I love working with acetate on cards.  Here’s another card I made for The Cutting Cafe’s challenges using acetate.

Be sure to stop by The Cutting Cafe blog to see what all the other designers have created for you.  Leave a comment for a chance to win three free The Cutting Cafe files of your choice.  No cutting machine?  No problem!  All the files come complete with a .pdf so you can also cut them by hand.  Sweet!

Plumbing Problems with Eyelet Outlet

Yesterday I shared a card about an indoor plumbing project gone awry.  Today I’m sharing a card about plumbing problems of a different sort using the new Pipe Brads and Tear Drop Bling

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I have a friend who is dealing with Crohn’s Disease, but she handles it well.  She says a good sense of humor helps get her through it and everything else life has to offer.  So, I know she is going to love this card and appreciate my “dry” humor.

This Inverted Center Step card seemed to be the perfect backdrop for the pipe brads.  This sort of card doesn’t provide much space for an image or text, so I was happy this combination worked out so well.  I’ve created a template to share with you if you’d like it.  It’s on the Hints, Tips & Tutorials page.

The patterned paper reminded me of bathroom tile and it makes sense that it should as it was part of the Bubble Bath Collection by Peppermint Creative.  I pulled the colors for my cardstock from that.

Here’s a look at the inside:

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If you missed my post yesterday, here’s another card using the Pipe Brads and Tear Drop Bling.