Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Blog Hop Winner for September…

I’m sorry for the delay in posting the winner of this month’s blog hop.  I had a death in my family on Thursday of last week and my weekend was spent at the Visitation and then yesterday the Celebration Of Life.  It’s been a rough few days so I appreciate your understanding.  But now, it’s time to announce the name of our winner from the A Year Of Card Techniques Inlaid & Lifted Die Cut Cards hop picked by Random Name Picker!

And the winner is…


Congratulations, Judy!  Please contact me at apieceofheart.blog@gmail.com with your mailing address and I will pass this info on to Kim so she can send you your awesome prize!

Thanks for playing along, everyone! Don’t forget to check back with us on October 21st for our “Waterfall Cards” hop!  You won’t want to miss your chance to win another fantastic prize!!

Friday, September 15, 2017

A Year Of Card Techniques–Inlaid & Lifted Die Cut Cards

Welcome to

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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.

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’re looking at additional ways in which we can use them; specifically, inlaid and lifted die cuts.   Hopefully, we’ll inspire you to try an idea or two that we’ve 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 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, right here on this blog, so be sure to check back here on Sunday to see if you are the winner.  If you would prefer to be notified if you win, please leave your email address in the comments and someone will contact you. The winner will have until October 14, 2017, to claim their prize. 

Since I am the first blog in the hop, let’s get going.

Card #1:

The first card I tried was an inlaid diecut.  I designed the teacups and used my Silhouette Cameo to cut the image out.  Then I colored the teacups and set the image aside.  Then I printed the designer cardstock and used the Cameo to cut an outline of the teacups.   I mounted the designer cardstock onto a brown mat.  Then I set the teacups into the empty space.  I adhered that to some Kraft cardstock and added my sentiment.  I adhered it all to a white card base.


Card #2:

The next card I tried was a raised and lifted diecut.  I found an image in my stash by Faith Skldra – From The Heart Stamps.  I’m not sure if this shop is still taking orders because, sadly, Faith recently passed away after a brave battle with cancer.  Her images are darling and she will definitely be missed in the creative world!

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I designed this card in Silhouette Studio by adding my image and then typing the word “awesome” and placing it toward the bottom of my image.  I printed the image onto a piece of white cardstock.  I adhered my printed image to my Cameo mat and it cut the word “awesome” out.  This is called a “Print And Cut” design.   I pulled the image off the mat and set the word “awesome” aside until later.  I colored the image and used a stitched die to cut a stitched rectangle around the image.   I stamped the word “friend” below the cut-out of the word “awesome”.  The “friend” stamp comes from a Paper Smooches stamp set, Natural Beauty.  I lightly sponged around the edges of the cut-out stitched rectangle with some Tim Holtz distress ink, Abandoned Coral, and then used some washi tape to hold the piece in place on top of a white card base. I added a little glue to the back of the word “awesome” and laid it into the empty space where the word was cut from.  After I made sure the word was adhered to the card base, I removed the washi tape and lift the stamped piece off.   I used some pop dots to adhere the stamped image to the card base and made sure that it matched up with the word “awesome” so that you could see the word through the cut-out.

I hope you had fun and thanks for stopping by.  See you next month with another technique!

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

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Thankful Shaker Card

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Hey there crafty friends, I’m just here to share a card using Jen Evers Thankful digi stamp set which will be released soon.  The pumpkins, the leaves, and the sentiment are all part of this new release as well as lots of other great digis.  Head on over to koalatcrafts.com and register for the email list to get your special coupon code today.


Don’t forget about our monthly challenge that runs from September 1-30, 2017. We would absolutely LOVE to have you join us!  In the meantime, check out Jen’s blog for some inspiration from our talented Design Team.

If you have some time, please take a minute to visit Jen’s store and check out all her fabulous digi stamps among lots of other fun products as well.  You can also find Jen on YouTube where she posts tutorials that will teach you how to make all kinds of fun stuff.  Live Video tutorials on Thursdays from 6pm – 7pm CST and Sundays from 2pm to 3pm CST each week.

Have a great day and I’ll see you again soon with another card.

Monday, September 4, 2017

Koala T Crafts Challenge #3–Best Friends

Hi there, crafty friends!  September is here and that means it’s time for another challenge over on the Koala T Crafts blog.  This month’s challenge is Orange OR Purple OR Creatures and our Sponsor is the wonderful and talented Sherri Baldy My Besties.   You can create any project using any one, or all, of the monthly themes.  Projects are limited to 3 entries per person and must consist of NEW projects only - no back linking please.  You can find more details about the challenge HERE.

I decided to go purple and I didn’t hold back, lol.   I used this adorable image - Shy Bestie and Pup - which you can find HERE.

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This image was colored using the following Copic Markers:

Copic Colors Used 

Don’t forget that our challenge runs from September 1-30, 2017 and we would absolutely LOVE to have you join us!  In the meantime, check out Jen’s blog for some inspiration from our talented Design Team.

Before you go, take a minute to check out Jen’s new Fall Digi Bundle.  For a limited time only, you can use discount code SHARON to receive 10% off your order.

Frightful Fall Special Bundle