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The Cutting Cafe Blog Hop

28 Aug

It is the end of the current design team’s term at The Cutting Cafe and we are celebrating with a blog hop today! That is great news for you!  Not only do you get to go from blog to blog of our fabulous design team and see lots of great and inspiring projects, you also get a chance to win the files that are used to make the projects!  Just leave a comment on the blogs to be eligible for the drawing.

My project features the Suitcase Mini Book file.  Please leave a comment below and I will randomly select a winner on Saturday (have comments made by noon central time) to receive the file!  How exciting is that?!  If you are hopping along in order, you should have come here from Lisa Minckler’s blog.  If not, head to the beginning of the hop with Regina Easter’s blog.  Just in case you get lost, follow the order below:

Regina Easter – Begin Here!

Now here is my project…

Suitcase Mini Book Altered Frame

Suitcase Mini Book Altered Frame

I have created an altered picture frame using the Suitcase Mini Book to add more photos (there are five pages under the decorated cover of the suitcase).  I used K & Company’s Around the World by Brenda Walton paper and embellishments.  I added my own sentiment, which I punched out with a scalloped square punch.  The corners and handle also come in the file.  The straps come in the file also, but I did not use them, instead using a snakeskin pattern ribbon.  I used tiny flat back pearls as the rivets and framed pearl brads to hold all the pages together at the handles.  This was a fun project!  Here are a couple more views…

Suitcase Mini Book Altered Frame - Suitcase Mini Book

Suitcase Mini Book Altered Frame – Suitcase Mini Book

Suitcase Mini Book Altered Frame - Embellishment           Suitcase Mini Book Altered Frame - Acetate Title

Remember, leave a comment by noon central time on Saturday, August 31 and you could win the Suitcase Mini Book File!  To continue on with the blog hop, you should now go to visit Leslie Foley!  If you want to watch my video before you hop to Leslie’s blog, here it is…thanks for watching!

Valentine Lace Shaped Card and Altered Valentine’s Day Frame – This Week’s Cutting Cafe Design Team Projects

23 Jan

It’s Inspiration Wednesday and that means a new design team project for The Cutting Cafe!  This week the four files we were to choose from were so fantabulous that I could not just pick one!  So  I made two things! The first is a card using the Heart Lace Shaped Card Template Cutting File and A Love Story Sentiment Printable Stamp Set for the inside sentiment.  The outside sentiment came with the card file.

This file is a cutting file but with all of the files at The Cutting Cafe, you get many options.  I used the PDF and just printed it onto red cardstock.  I did not cut out the inside circles (which would have created the lace effect).  I liked the way the bold outlines looked.  I just Stickled a few hearts, added mesh bling trim, a ribbon slider and flat back pearl, and the sentiment.  For the inside, I used the circle version of the sentiment I chose.  It came in various formats (another plus with many of The Cutting Cafe files).  I punched it with a Fiskars punch, and put it on a circle cut out with an EK Success punch.  The inside heart is just a smaller version of the card.

Heart Lace Shaped Card - The Cutting Cafe Design Team Project

Heart Lace Shaped Card – The Cutting Cafe Design Team Project

Heart Lace Shaped Card Inside - The Cutting Cafe Design Team Project

Heart Lace Shaped Card Inside – The Cutting Cafe Design Team Project

My altered frame used the Valentine Mini Sentiments Backgrounds Printable Stamp Set.  I used the Happy Valentine’s Day version in color.  The stamps also come in black and white versions.  The paper I covered the wood frame with was a bit mod 60’s but I liked it.  I added some pearls, roses, glittered butterflies,and hearts.  I think it is cute and I liked the way it turned out.  This was a bit different for me but I like it.

Altered Valentine's Day Frame - The Cutting Cafe Design Team Project

Altered Valentine’s Day Frame – The Cutting Cafe Design Team Project

The other files we had to choose from were the Fun With Hearts Printable Stamp Set and the Valentine Window Card Tops Template Cutting File.  All of the files this week will give you many options for your Valentine’s Day projects!  Don’t forget to visit the Cutting Cafe’s Blog later today to view all of the great projects from the rest of the design team.  Thanks for stopping by!

Here is my YouTube video with more information on my projects and the products used.

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