Well, it’s little wonky out in the world these days…masks, no masks, shots, no shots. Yikes! So whichever way YOU believe is right, we can all agree that these critters in the GLITTER PROTECTOR set are downright adorbs! Cats and dogs in masks, oh my!
This new set is a September digi release. There are five fun sentiments, the masked cat, the masked dog, some hand sanitizer, a paw and a tail. Of course, a bonus of using the digis is that you can size and group as you wish. I went for jumbo sentiments AND jumbo images. I grouped the tail with the cat and the paw with the dog, added offsets and cut them out with the Silhouette.
I really love Alma’s choice of fonts for these and printing them out really large is so fun. I highlighted the words with a white gel pen. Each background was created by blending various Distress Oxide ink colors and all of the images were colored with Prismacolor Pencils and Gamsol. I love the way this medium looks on Kraft cardstock.
There are quite a few really cute sets and Cutable files this month and I’ll be back later in the month with some more. Check back often to see what the other design team members create using these images. The sky’s the limit when you’re using the digis…and, oh, yea….wear your mask!
Am I really saying “September Release”? Good grief. Where has the year gone?
Kids are back or going back to school and I really wanted this release to celebrate the students and the people that teach the next generation and encourage them to be all they can be, our teachers. So first up is our Teachers Rule Digi. These 5 digis are high resolution pngs, so you can make them big or small while keeping the sharpness. That’s the beauty of digis.
The Cat Pack has been working on some pretties showcasing this release and you will be seeing them all during the month, but I thought this post should be dedicated to showing you the NEW Digis and Cutables (what we call our Cutting Files for electronic cutters). Like this fun digi we call Science. It’s a great set that celebrates Science without being stuffy.
Next up is this fun notecard set. It reminds me of all those notes I used to pass in school. Just a note is three different types of top bound note pages complete with lines. It’s a Cutable that you can use as a Print and Cut since you also get .png files for each. If you prefer to cut the pages you can score, or lightly cut the lines. It’s a great set for journaling or highlighting any image.
So many parents and schools are making the decision to mask up or not, but why not make it fun? These images from Zooza Art are super cute and we paired them with equally super cute sentiments. We call this digi, Glitter Protector
I don’t know about you, but I have a hard time hearing words spoken behind a mask, and hopefully, this Just A Word Balloon Cutable will help, at least the written word, LOL.
And, if you can’t say anything nice, keep it to yourself. 😉 Just think it with this Just a Thought Balloon Cutable. You get four different balloons to express yourself
I thought a Card in a Box Schoolhouse would be perfect for this release and after creating it, I love it. This Back 2 School Cutable not only has .svgs for your electronic cutting machine, but if you don’t have one, you can print and cut out the images and put them together. I also included digital stamps if you prefer to color the images instead of cutting them out
Finally, we are bringing back one of my favorite stamp sets, in this NEW digi, Enjoy Every Cuddle. This set celebrates the ultimate teacher of our kids, parents. I feel that parents are always teaching. Teaching how to walk, ride a bike, how to read. And, they do it from love.
I hope you stay with us this month and check out just what The Cat Pack creates! Have a wonderful September.
Squeezing in one last August new release card tonight. (I planned to post it for Saturday but the time got away from me. Whoops!) SO, our adorable Bunny is enjoying the dog days of Summer playing some BASEBALL!
The PLAY BALL digi set allows for sizing the main image in any size that you like. I made him super big to fit on this baseball shaped card. I printed and cut Bunny, the sentiment, and the ball using Silhouette Studio software and then added a slight offset and cut out. I added paper “stitches” so that I could create the ball. It’s all colored with Copics with tiny wood stars and thick stripe-y twine to tie it up. Wood pattern on the bat added with a thin marker.
DID SOMEONE SAY SNOW?! NOOOOOOOOO. NOPE. NADA. NEGATIVE GHOSTRIDER! Not even close to thinking about snow over here but neither is Santa. He’s enjoying fun in the sun, surf, and sand. And he better watch out for sunburn ‘cuz his bald head and his belly are looking a little “pink” there.
I love this scene…this is where I’d love to be right now too. Santa and the palm trees are in the new WARM WISHES digi set available this month. I just love that I can make him whatever size works for me (this is a LARGE card). So I added him to my Silhouette Design Space and the added the trees, overlapping some. I added an offset path around the grouped images so that the machine would cut it all out with a small white border. All colored up with Copics. The background is various Distress Oxide inks – sponged around and blended, clouds using a TCP stencil, and white gel ink dots for the surf. I also added some hand drawn flowers to Santa’s board shorts with a really thin black pigment ink pen. It’s hard to see here but I there’s Glossy Accents on his glasses to make them shine as well. Twine and enamel dots finish it off.
Digi stamper tip: I see lots of sentiment strips/banners out there that are white ink on black cardstock with white embossing powder. Here’s a little cheat…add the sentiment to your computer workspace, change the color to white. Add a colored rectangle, in this case black, and layer it behind the sentiment. Print and trim to fit your card. Voila…an easy digital sentiment strip.
Summer’s flying by…hope you’re out there ENJOYING IT!
It’s AUGUST people! Summer is flying by! I hope, in between your crafting endeavors, you’ve found time to lounge around on the beach or at the pool. That’s what I’d be doing seven days a week if I could!
Alma’s sweet GNOMIE is enjoying some pink lemonade (or somethin’ – maybe a daquiri!) at the beach. I used colored pencils and gamsol on kraft cardstock for this first card. I really love that you can create a shaped card so easily using the digi images. The gnome and the sentiment are in the CHILLIN’ WITH MY GNOMIES set and I also used one of the new EVERY DAY TAGS cutables for the little sentiment tag. Quick and easy!
A short 1-2-3 on making a shaped card using the digi files:
Open and size the main image in your cutting machine software. Place the image towards the right of your onscreen paper. (You need to have enough room for two of the same image side by side.)
Create a copy of this same image and flip it horizontally.
Move the images so that the copy is to the left of the original with a small space in between. (Enough for your fold without cutting off the edge of your main image.)
Group the two images and create an offset of them – size to your liking.
Now ungroup your digi images and delete the one on the left. You don’t want to print that one. (Although, you could print and have a double sided shaped card!)
Print your page.
Run the printed image through your cutting machine, making sure that you’re only cutting the offset outline.
Once complete, fold in the middle and color.
Voila! You have a shaped card!
My second card also uses the CHILLIN’ WITH MY GNOMIES set. This time I printed the little gnome much smaller so that he would fit on regular sized card front. It’s the sentiment that I made jumbo sized! I blended some Distress Oxide inks over the sentiment image. (I print on a laser printer and when I rub over the printed image it does seem to take away some of the ink. It doesn’t bother me but you can use a thin black marker to fill in any areas that you’d like to be a darker black.)
I grabbed a palm tree from the new WARM WISHES set to add to the beachy scene. I colored the gnome and the tree with Copics and added a bit of white gel pen to brighten up his beard and to add some details. Enamel dots and hemp twine finish it off.
Don’t miss out on the last of the sale goodies…this week is THE LAST WEEK for polymer stamps, dies, embellishments, and stencils – 70% off! Happy Crafting, Gnomies!
I love a good GNOME pun…GNOEL…tee hee! I’m back with another July release card. The GNOEL digi stamp is THE cutest. A nice big dark sentiment and a big open image with plenty of room for coloring. (AND, there’s a matching cutable too!)
The WOODGRAIN COVERPLATE background Cutable is an easy answer for a great backdrop for a woodland image. The pine bough in the new SIMPLY WINTER Cutable file was too cute not to try out. These were tricky on my Silhouette but I’m not sure if it was me or maybe the wrong blade or pressure? I had to run it through twice – lucky I learned a little trick: DON’T UNLOAD THE MEDIA UNTIL YOU KNOW THAT IT’S CUT THROUGH YOUR CARDSTOCK. Obviously, all cardstock is different and might be slightly thicker than what you cut with last. Lots of little cuts for these but I LOVE them so much. They add texture and depth to the card.
I really just love the greenery with the the wood card base. WOODGRAIN ROCKS! This super cute little gnome has that giant ornament and I’m thrilled with how it turned out. I actually cut two of them and colored both – more detail on the top layered gnome but I didn’t want the underneath gnome to look awkward.
Ribbon corners and enamel dots complete the look on this fun slimline card…ready for CHRISTMAS cardmaking anyone?
Head over to the shop and see what’s still available during the “going digi” sale…super deals right now!
Hey there crafty friends! It’s Kerry here and I’m back to share a fun little cuttable project I created using the new Red and Black Ornament Tags Cutable files and my Silhouette Cameo. I thought I would start prepping some cute tags for the season and am working on trying new cookie recipes…I am working on new healthy cookie recipes and am experimenting with some yummy ingredients in hopes that I will perfect the treats in time to plate them for Santa… This recipe includes oatmeal, vanilla, dates, egg and gogi berries. These seem to be really dark cookies and are not burnt. I think the color comes from the dates and gogi berries… They are tasty, but not perfect…yet!
I really love these little tags and they’re so easy to assemble. I chose to use only red and white and used the Copic YR01 to color Santa’s nose.
I will definitely be adding a little white pom-pom to the ball on his hat but that idea didn’t come until I was finished posting these pictures. I can’t wait to make some of the ornaments in metallic colors…That will be fun!
As a fun gift idea, I used a clear bag and tucked all the cookies into it. I added some tiny M&M’s and some festive mini Gobstoppers too. Yum!
Thanks for hopping over to check out my project. Remember to check out the store and take advantage of the 60% sale going on NOW until the end of the month.
What better way to “chill out” in the summertime than by planning your holiday cards NOW?! Christmas in July…for those forward thinking crafters is the perfect time to start. I, being a HUGE procrastinator, usually wait ’til the last minute. Alma, always ahead of the game, is featuring CHRISTMAS NOW!
Bunny is back in the BUNNY SHOWGLOBE set. I love his pudgy fluffiness! Our July release also features WOODGRAIN COVERPLATES Cutable files. I’m in for woodgrain any day, every day. Funny story…the woodgrain background here was cut using dark brown cardstock. I thought I might use it as a stencil to ink over onto gray cardstock to match my bunny. That didn’t quite work as I wanted but I decided that I really liked the cutout when it was layered with Oxide ink with splatters of white acrylic paint and some black ink spray. Gives it a barnwood aged look.
I colored Bunny with Copics and added glitter snow and glitter to his little hill to give it sparkle. For the snowglobe base, I swiped various brown ink marker across the image and then hand drew in the woodgrain with a very thin marker. Wooden stars, orange ribbon, and enamel dots in between a way cool sentiment finished it off. Woodgrain…it’s my jam! :0) LOL!
My second card for the day is also a Bunny card…this time the SKI BUNNY set. I love that, because these are digi images, you can make them as big or small as you like. I’m not a big planner so I kind of just eyeball it and print then cut the image on the Silhouette. I let the image size determine the card size as I go. (Yup, that means custom envelopes…which is why most of these cards are still sitting here…hmmm, gotta do something about that.)
On this one, I created a gray-blue cloudy background for Bunny using the TCP GREAT OUTDOORS stencil and Distress Oxide inks. I added a few snowflakes to match the ones in the image with my think black marker. I used the same technique as above to add some woodgrain to Bunny’s skis. Some patterned paper that made me think of mountains, a pinked circle layer, buttons and twine tie it all up.
Make sure that you check in at the TCP store for items that are now 60% off! As we go digi over here all other items are on big-time sale. Whooohooo!
Hey there COOL Cats! Kerry here and I’m popping in to share a little beachy number with you today! I hope your summer is off to a great start! I haven’t gone to the beach yet but I plan on doing it before the summer ends…unless I’m cooped up recuperating from back surgery. I’ll find out more soon…
How are you enjoying the new digis? I really love the versatility of digis and for this project, I pulled some of the brand new digis that debuted recently! To create my fun little beachy scene, I started out by using the waves digi image in the Seafaring Gnome digi set to create a little stencil so that I could use a blender brush and various Ranger Distress Oxide inks to create a fun wavy beach. I then splattered with water to give it extra beachy oompf. After that, I pulled the crabs and the gnome from the Hang Loose, Gnomie! digi set and colored them up with Copic markers. After that, I grabbed the fun starfish and Beach Please sentiment from the Penguin Summer digi set, colored the starfish and then proceeded to fussy cut all the images. It took a long time as I cut exactly on the lines- instead of giving it some white border/buffer. I love fussy cutting!
After cutting everything out, I added some foam squares and put them to the side so I could work on the little sand mound for the gnomie to stand on. I cut a piece of cardstock and then used some Distress Oxides and Catherine Pooler inks to give it the sandy color I was going for. I added some foam and popped that up on the beachy/wavy water. I then assembled all the images…making sure to let one little crabbie hitch a ride on Mr. Gnome’s hat! After assembling and mounting everything, I attached this panel to a piece of black cardstock to define the border and then mounted it onto a cardfront with a side fold.
And…There you have it! A fun little beachy card to get you in the mood for a little dip! Hope you enjoy!
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Oh how I love these GNOMIES! I can’t express enough how much I’m digging the digi thing. I really didn’t know if it would be for me but it’s soooo freeing! I can print in whatever size suits my project AND the Silhouette cuts everything out for me. Super easy, coming from an Xacto knife queen, which is a big time saver.
The HANG LOOSE GNOMIE set features our favorite gnome once again. I think Alma should make him doing ALL OF THE STUFF…you name it! I colored him up with Copics and gave him a madras hat…he’s preppy cool. His colorful floatie and oh-so-adorable crabs are squeeeeee worthy for sure.
Ranger Distress Oxide inks blended into my background cardstock and clouds created with the TCP cloud stencil make a bright beautiful sea. . I download the scalloped rectangle for my base from the Silhouette store – just like any nested set of dies – ONLY DIGITAL – printing the sentiment and cutting the background piece from the printer then the cutting machine. Tiny white gel pen dots distinguish the water’s edge. Saw it somewhere and had to try it too!
My second card uses the SEAFARING GNOME set. Ack! It’s just soooo CUTE! And the STAY SALTY MY FRIEND sentiment is spot on and so fun! Again, printed my background rectangle with the waves and the sentiment then cut on the machine. Blended Distress Oxide inks for the sea. Since my base and images were on Kraft cardstock, I used the white gel pen to color the sails and a few other details. It really makes them POP!
I really do hope that you give digi a try, if you haven’t already done so. Not only is it freeing for the cardmaker, it allows Alma come up with MORE new stuff…AND QUICKLY! What will her creative brain give us next…I can’t wait!
Don’t forget that during the month of June, the remaining polymer stamps, dies, stencils and embellishments at The Cat’s Pajamas are now 50% OFF. Big deals!