All My Ducks in a Row at Eyelet Outlet

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I have several cards in mind using these

Duck Brads.

But the idea for this card just made me smile so, of course, I made it first!  I started with the digital patterned paper and matched it with Tangerine Tango and Bashful Blue cardstocks by Stampin’ Up.  I wanted to give the plaid a bit of dimension, so I scored it on all the orange lines…it was subtle, but it did the job.  Then I sponged the edges of the plaid panel before attaching it to a larger mat.  The panel with the ducks looked a bit too plain, so I embossed that with the Argyle embossing folder.

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Looks like your ho-hum average card, but upon closer look, you see the panel with the ducks is actually a flap which opens to say this:

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And the statement continues on the inside.  Sad but true.

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That wraps it up.  Except to mention I added some yellow and white Baker’s Twine to the end of the tab. 

I made another card with a newer Eyelet Outlet Duck Brad…only when I made the card I thought it was a goose.  Apparently, I can’t tell the difference. 馃槈  Although when I look at him, I do hear “Aflac” in the background!

To Die For Challenge at Connie Can Crop

This month at Connie Can Crop, the challenge is to use a die cut in your project.  There are so many die cuts available today, and when you add an e-cutter to the mix, the choices are just about limitless!  Nevertheless, it was an easy decision as to what I would use…a cut file created by our sponsor this month:

I love the cut files at Dreaming Tree.  They are so unique, a real “cut” above the rest.  Despite all the detail in their files, you never have to worry that things might not be sized properly or won’t fit together.  And a video tutorial is provided, so you’re never on your own when cutting or assembling.

I opted to use the Stingy Jack Lantern II, which is also available as part of the Collector’s Starter Bundle.  This bundle is a great way to get a nice selection of Dreaming Tree files at an equally great price.

When I first looked this lantern I really wanted to make it, but I was leery of having to color the vellum so it would have that same smooth, well-blended look.  Turns out I needn’t have worried because the file includes a .pdf with it so you can just print it out on vellum.  How cool is that?

Here’s the lantern:

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I love the distressing on the panels!  It was suggested by Leo in the video tutorial and it made for a lot of depth and dimension.  Here’s the opposite side.

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And here it is lit up and ready to put on a show for Halloween:

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I can’t wait to work with more Dreaming Tree files throughout the month…so stay tuned!  I’ve made Dreaming Tree projects in the past, too.  If you’d like to see them, you can do that here, here and here.

Now it’s your turn.  Make any project you wish so long as you use a die cut or e-cutter.  Then link up your project on the Connie Can Crop challenge post.  One winner, picked at random, will win a $20.00 gift certificate to the store.  You can get some really great files with that!

Absolutely Fabulous at Eyelet Outlet

For my Eyelet Outlet project today, I decided to use the Shoe & Purse Brads.  As you can see from the picture, the shoes come in three different shades of pink and there are two different type of purses. 


I used all the options available and several other EO products like the Woman’s Eye Glass Brads, Swirl Bling-Clear, Pink Dot Washi Tape, Pink Checked Washi Tape and Glitter Black Washi Tape.  And here’s the card I made; a Side-Step Card (for which there’s a free template on the Hints, Tips & Tutorials page):

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For my card base, I used Basic Black card stock.  I double matted it with Melon Mambo card stock and Pop of Pink DSP (SU).  I added the Pink Checked Washi Tape on a diagonal to break up the pattern of the DSP a bit and I think it helps to let the brads stand out!  The mirror was cut using a Silhouette store cut file.  I just created an oval to fit inside for my mirror and cut it from Silver Foil Paper (SU)

Now, as for my little boutique display, I created shelves for the merchandise and spaced them so everything would fit nicely.  The hat and its base, as well as the perfume bottle and dress form, were created by tracing around free clip-art in my Silhouette.  As finishing touches, I added a bracelet hanging from the top shelf, a band to the hat with a small flower with a tiny Swirl Bling Jewel in the center, a pair of jewels on the glasses and the perfume bottle cut from Glitter Black Washi Tape.  I colored all the clear bling with Copic markers.  Those are some well-stocked shelves!

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The dress was free clip art on the Internet and traced around it, cutting it in white cardstock.  I knew I wanted to use the Pink Dot Washi, but it wasn’t looking right so I tried something new and I love how it worked…I made pleats in the skirt.  Easy to do really.

  • Fold the washi tape in on itself, each side into the middle. 
  • Make nine of these slightly longer than the length of the dress from waist to hem
  • Place a piece of unfolded washi down the center of the dress, waist to hem
  • Start layering your “pleats” from the outside in.  The two outermost pleats will be trimmed to the sides of the dress as will the waist and hem.  You can adhere your pleats as you go or dry fit them to make sure you have your placement correct
  • Continue placing each pleat, slightly overlapping each until you get to the center.
  • I decided to cut the dress at the waist when I was trimming the sides and hem.  Then I placed it on a second dress where I placed two pieces of washi from shoulders to waist.  I placed the Swirl Bling Jewels down the center.
  • At the waist, I placed a sash, which I just sketched and fussy cut after adding Glitter Black Washi Tape

Just in case that sounds clear as mud, I have a freebie pictorial for you.  I included the dress and belt as well as the other traced clip-art items I used.

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Rather than put a greeting on the front, I placed it in a unique location and I like it.  I would definitely do this again.

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Then the sentiment follows with a picture I purchased in the Silhouette store.  I color matched it to the brads.

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I enjoyed making this…it’s a close as I’ll come to going for a shopping spree!

Rowing the Boat at Miss Kate Cuttables

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When I saw this Miss Kate Cuttables Man Fishing cut file in the Silhouette store, it reminded me of something that happened long ago.  Here’s the card I made for my design team post today:

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And here’s the memory it brought back…

After years of hard work, a friend of mine was promoted to department manager to replace a retiring manager.   She was warned this would be quite an undertaking as the outgoing manager had lost control and the department was in chaos. 

On her first day in the new position she was met with lots of opposition and even hostility.  One employee angrily threatened her, saying, “don’t rock the boat”.  She was determined to get this department back to functioning properly.  It took her over a year, and it was a very stressful time; but she did it.  Most employees became more productive and happier and the man who had threatened her actually thanked her for stepping in.  There were a few who simply wouldn’t come around and she had to fire them. 

Had I been making cards at the time, I would have liked to have made this card for her.

The original file had a fishing rod.  I substituted that for some oars from clip art I found.  I print and cut the fisherman and boat and layered the pieces on a circle of  yellow.

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The waves were made using Miss Kate’s Underwater Borders.  What would be more appropriate given the don’t rock the boat comment than to make the card a rocker.

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And here is the sentiment.  Now it will finally make sense it relates to the story I shared.  Certainly good advice.

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Be a Good One at Eyelet Outlet

I love so many of the brads, eyelets, and washi at Eyelet Outlet, it becomes a difficult choice when deciding what I want to use on my next card.  I couldn’t wait to use these Eggs, so that’s what I’m working with today in my card that offers some good advice:

The package includes 12 eggs, 6 brown and 6 white.  I’m working with just the brown eggs today, so I needed two packs to make a dozen.  But I have plans for the white eggs in future cards; so stay tuned.

Be a Good One|Encouragement Card|Eyelet Outlet

I knew I wanted to have a carton of a dozen eggs on the front, but I couldn’t find a cut file for an egg carton anywhere; so I made one!  It took me way too long to do; but once I have my mind set on something, nothing else will do.  I have a template for it on the Hints, Tips & Tutorials page (under templates & tutorials) should you want to make one for your Eyelet Outlet Eggs!  I love how it turned out and I’m now thinking of how I can use it on another card!  Maybe something with cooking!  Here’s a closer look:

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I have no idea where I got this digital patterned paper.  It has been on my computer for a long time and this card seemed like the perfect reason to use it.  I print and cut it and then used it to select the coordinating card stock; Garden Green, Peach Parfait and Really Rust with Whisper White for printed pieces. 

I embossed the patterned paper with the Chicken Wire embossing folder, which was just the thing the paper needed. 

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At the bottom I placed a little banner with one of the companion pieces to the paper and topped it off with Glitter Enamel Dots and, inside, I used the eggs from the Bacon, Egg & Toast Brads in the perfect sentiment. 

After I added the patterned paper, the card still seemed bland.  Embossing the entire card base with the same embossing folder…better!  The right-hand side was still too plain, so I added another companion piece.  I simply enlarged the pattern and cut out a single chicken for the front and another for the inside.

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Here’s a closer look at the sentiment.  Those sunny-side-up eggs worked perfectly.

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I hope you liked my card.  I’ll be working with eggs again soon, so stay tuned.  In the meantime, if you want to take a peek at another I made a while back with the Colored Egg Brads, you can find it here.  




The Weather with The Cutting Cafe

Before I share my project with you today, I’d like to give a shout-out to my newest subscribers.  There’s Jewel, Judie, langiwhite, dlcrips, Dottie, Barb and Lisa.  There are so many blogs out there today; I’m so honored you decided to subscribe to mine.

The weather certainly has been a topic of conversation of late.  I’ve been watching first Harvey then Irma and even as I write this Jose is in the wings.  So it seems appropriate to share a card asking,

“Has the Weather Got You Down?” 

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To create my card, I used Rain Boots Shaped Card & Cutting File as well as the Rain Rain Go Away Printable Set.   The cut file for the boots comes with an adorable shaped card and I will be making a shaped card soon ’cause it’s just too darned cute not to, but I wanted to show you how you can get more out of the files by using the single boot toppers.   More bang for your buck…or should I say your booty. 馃槈

The remaining items, the greeting, umbrella, cloud shape, and rain drops are part of the printable set.  A must have, in my opinion, if you’re purchasing the Rain Boots set.

Here’s a bit about how this card came together for those who are interested:

  1. I pattern filled the boots with digital patterned paper in my Silhouette Design screen, making sure the boot bottoms and decorative bands we set to “no cut” while the boot outline was set to “cut”.
  2. I imported the printable set into my Silhouette design screen and traced the umbrella and rain drops, filled them with pattern to create print and cut files. 
  3. For the background, I created a rectangle of 5 1/4″ x 4″ and filled that with pattern as well.  Then I traced the cloud and set it to cut the opening you see above. I also inserted the greeting from the set.
  4. I created a 5 3/8″ x 4 1/8″ rectangle and filled it with the light gray, color-matched to the clouds
  5. Before attaching the top panel to the bottom with Foam Mounting Tape, I coated the raindrops with Glossy Accents (and of course allowed them to dry well before placing them in the shaker.
  6. I placed it all on a base of Bermuda Bay card stock.

Inside the card, I reduced the size of the boots, umbrella, and rain drops and converted them to print only.  I added a sentiment with the “BoyzRGross” font as it matched the greeting well. 

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Before I sign off, I wanted to let you know about a new product coming to The Cutting Cafe ShopPrinted Ribbon!  And you can have almost any custom message you want placed on a large selection of ribbon.  I have some and will be using it on some projects soon.  I can’t wait for you to see it!

If you’d like to see what the rest of the design team has created to share with you, and I hope you do as it will be a treat, just click here

Scaring Up Some Halloween Inspiration with Eyelet Outlet

I have a few more Halloween cards to share with you today.  My first card provides the “perfect recipe” for some Halloween fun.  We have Monster Mash, Pickled Eyes, and Spider Legs on the menu today!

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I used the Monster, Small Eye, and Spider brads as well as Medium Jewel Bling Strips and Jewel Bling Strips and Glitter Black Washi.

To make the card, I used a cut file purchased in the Silhouette store.  I used Basic Black, Orchid Opulence, Tangerine Tango, and Whisper White.  The digital patterned paper from the Green Cauldron Kit by Peppermint Creative was used to fill that panel behind the potions.  Speaking of the background, I placed the Jewel Bling randomly on the stars.  You can’t see it too well in this picture; but if you click on it, it will take you to the gallery with some close-ups.  The Glitter Washi was used on the bottle corks and as the shelf on which the potions sit.

Next up, we have a nighttime walk; which can be pretty scary, especially around Halloween.  This card was simple to put together; so if you like Halloween cards, but don’t feel like you have the time to make them, this would be a good option. 

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I used the Spooky Eye brads for this card as well as the Small Eye brads…’cause you just have to have a cyclops or two on Halloween.  You’d need two packs to duplicate this look.  In fact, I want to go back and add another set of eyes in that open spot I didn’t notice until I looked at the picture.  I have a template of the man and his dog (which I managed to cover with my watermark) on the Hints, Tips & Tutorials page if you’d like it.  And, if you missed them, here’s a link to more cards I made for Halloween. 

Well, that’s it for today!


Happy Birthday From the Herd at Eyelet Outlet

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Old McDonald may have had a farm, but he can’t hold a candle to what Eyelet Outlet’s got!  That’s right; their new fall collection includes  Cow & Goat, Sheep & Pig, and Rooster Brads!  A veritable herd!  They’re in the store now, so be one of the first to get them!

And here’s the card I made:

From the Herd|Birthday|Stand Up Card|Eyelet Outlet

I used all the new barnyard animal brads plus I added the chicken, a pastel balloon, and the sun and clouds brads.  Here’s a close-up so you can get a better look at them.  Check out that detail!

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I call this a stand-up card, though I’m sure not that’s the official name for this technique.  There’s no card to open; the sentiment is on the reverse and the little fence holds the card upright.  To create the barn, I used a cut file by Miss Kate Cuttables.  I changed the size of the barn doors and created a center opening.  Three hay bales provide the backdrop for the sheep and cow and, true to form, the goat climbed to the top.  The little pig brought a balloon to the birthday celebration.  It’s attached with a single strand of black embroidery floss.  And the rooster is overseeing everything!

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The fence was created just by welding a few rectangles together and adding a tab on the end so I could attach it to the back of the barn.  It works well as support for the card and an excellent spot for the chicken to strut her stuff!

To pair with the greeting on the front, this is the sentiment I created on the back:

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There are so many ways to use these barnyard animals!  My head is spinning with ideas; so stay tuned for more cards featuring them.  I made another stand-up card with the same barn.  If you’d like to see that variation, you’ll find it here

Thank you for spending time with me today!  Hope to see you soon.



A Year of Card Techniques-Inlaid and Lifted Die Cuts

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

Die Cuts are certainly popular in the crafting world and there are so many from which to choose. But they can be expensive, so we鈥檙e looking at additional ways in which we can use them; specifically, inlaid and lifted die cuts.   Hopefully, we鈥檒l inspire you to try an idea or two that we鈥檝e shared with you.

If you would like to check out our past technique hops, you can do that here:   

We have an amazing sponsor this month, Katydid Cards.

Please take a moment to check out the Katydid Cards blog (you’re already here, but please consider subscribing to be entered in our card bundle giveaway when we reach our next subscriber milestone) or Facebook page.

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, September 24, 2017, on A Piece of (my) Heart鈥檚 blog, so be sure to check her blog on Sunday. The winner will have until October 14, 2017, to claim their prize.

You should have arrived here from my friend, Claudia’s, blog. If you’re visiting here first, you might want to start at the beginning to increase your chances of winning by commenting on each blog.

Now for my cards:

I watched a fabulous video by Jennifer McGuire which inspired me to make my first card.  For another card I made using the stacked die cut technique, I used colored card stock.  This time I used white card stock and colored each layer with Copic markers; such a soft, subtle appearance!  The flowers have different layers, so it’s got a lot of great dimension.

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I coated each flower with Wink of Stella and then Glossy Accents and then added some colored coordinated sequins.  The result was beautiful.  Here’s a close-up:

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In fact, I liked this card so much, I decided to try it again with some changes:

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This time I flipped the die and moved the panel to one side.  As an accent, I added a strip to the right of the black panel with the same color combination of the flowers.  I toyed with leaving the white unadorned, but the bling won out.

Here’s a how I finished the inside of each card:

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I didn’t make any inlaid die cut cards this time ’round, but I’m sharing a link to an older post with some of my very favorite cards using this technique.

Now you鈥檙e off to visit with the talented Wilma. Hope you had fun and thanks for stopping by.  See you next month with another fabulous technique!






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

Tic Tac Christmas Boxes for Connie Can Crop

When Christmas rolls around, I love to share a little sweet treat to those people with whom I interact on a daily basis.  Those to whom I wouldn’t necessarily give a gift, but I want them to know I appreciate them as they:

  • check me out at the food store (we always look for the same person as she’s always got a smile on her face)
  • handle my deposit at the bank drive-through (and sends out a treat for Katy even when she’s not with me)
  • sell me my lottery tickets and wish me luck (that never seem to be winners, but I still appreciate the effort)
  • retrieve my prescriptions (and there are a lot of them)

and there are many more who impact my life in a positive way. 

Since putting a Tic Tac in your mouth gives you a “bang out of life” (isn’t that how the jingle goes?), I thought giving them one with a decorative cover would “give ’em more bang for the buck”.  Excuse me for mixing my metaphors here.

I used the Tic Tac Christmas Boxes file from our sponsor, Treasure Box Designs.  They have such cute designs!  If you want to take a closer look at what they have to offer, here’s the store. And, if you want to get inspiration on a regular basis, join their Facebook page here

I made five of the six designs provided in the file. 

Christmas Crafts|Tic Tac Box|Treasure Box Design

If you click on the image, you’ll be transported to the gallery for a close-up of each box.  Which is your favorite?  I think mine is the Snowman.

For those of you who sell your handmade crafts at shows and boutiques, this would be a great idea to try.  A sheet of 12 ” x 12″ patterned paper will net you four boxes.  I tried so hard to get the fifth box on that page but it just wouldn’t fit.  All the other elements can be cut from scrap card stock, so the only other expense is that of the Tic Tac Boxes themselves.  I found them for a dollar each but didn’t really do a lot of searching.  If you like this idea, Treasure Box Designs also has another file with eight other boxes for various occasions and events.  I’ve made a few other things in the past which are quick and easy to make for a craft show.  Here’s one example. And another.

Before I leave you today, I want to remind you about the monthly challenge at Connie Can Crop.  The theme this month is “Anything Goes”.  That makes it really easy for you to share your work of art!  One lucky winner, picked at random, will win $20 in free files!  You can get all the details or, better yet, enter just by clicking here