Tuesday, September 29, 2015


Meet Carmelita! She is a file from Paper Crafting World or PCW. She is the second file in the Chico and Carmelita set. My last project from PCW was Chico and this adorable female Chihuahua is Carmelita.

Here's how to make the card!

1. Open up your Silhouette program and purchase design 42687 from Lori Whitlock. Cut out your card in red. The card opens up the size you need so don't adjust anything. Add paper to your mat and cut out the base card only.
2. Change the paper on the mat to your favorite dog paper for the background. Mine was from Creative Imaginations by Samantha Walker. I welded the square base to the bottom border to make one solid background for the front of the card. Don't forget to make the top 1/8 inch larger to replace the over lapping weld. See below:
 3. Make sure you also cut out the two side panels if you want them to match your base paper. If not, change out your paper and cut side panels.
4. Set that aside for now. On to the dog. Arrange all the pieces of Carmelita on your mat and assemble the dog in your program. Over lap where you would normally glue. Then select the whole image and size the dog to 4.5 inches, this includes the top of her ears. Select the whole dog and make a 1/8 inch shadow around her and cut out of black.
5. Disassemble the dog and place each puppy part in groups by color. Cut out the puppy parts with the colors you would like her to be. Ink the edges of all the cut pieces with Distress Inks. Use inks that are a shade darker then the paper you used to shadow.
6. Assemble the dog and add any details you would like to embellish. I used a rhinestone on the collar and some Wink of Stella on the bow and flower charm on the collar.
7. Add base papers to card and pop up Carmelita with foam squares. I added some extra embellishments on my card with stickers from Karen Foster Design Love my Dog #10475 and Sandy Lion stickers Dog Phrase.

Thursday, September 17, 2015

Paper Craft World's Chico the Chihuahua

 I love this Chihuahua file from Paper Craft World. This is also a September Challenge from Paper Craft World's Blog. The challenge is: Anything Goes. The Twist: Use a digital or stamped image.

Here's how to made the card!

  1.  Cut the pieces of the Chihuahua out with your favorite die cutting machine. I used my Silhouette Cameo
  2. Ink all the pieces with distress inks. Whatever paper you use, choose an ink to match. The papers I used were Recollection from Michaels. Assemble the dog and glue together.
  3. Cut your backing paper to fit a 5x7 card base. I used a bone pattern from Die Cuts with a View (DCWV) paper pad called "The Pets Stack." Attach your base paper to your card base with an ATG tape gun or any tape runner.
  4. Cut a piece of 3.5x5 inch piece of paper and use a corner chomper to round the corners. My dog names paper was from DCWV "The Pets Stack."  I am not sure this is still available so use any papers you think would go with your card.
  5. For your border strip, cut a 2x7 inch piece of solid brown paper as your base and layer a 1.5x7 inch piece of decorative paper over it.  My puppy paw print paper was from a 8.5x8.5 inch paper pad by daisy hill called "Top Dog."
  6. Attach a ribbon to the border strip and adhere to card with tape. Tie the bow separately and use glue dots to attach the bow.
  7.  Now for the twist, which is optional. In Microsoft Word, type "Ruff Day" about an inch tall. Then use the stamp and die set from Lawn Fawn "A Birdie Told Me " to stamp the talk bubble in versa fine around the word group and cut it out with the matching die set.
  8.  Attach the die cut of the dog and the talk bubble with 3D foam tape. You are done!

Monday, September 7, 2015

Paper Crafting World Design Team

I'm so excited to announce that I have been selected to serve on Paper Crafting World's design team! Over the next 6 months I will be designing exciting projects featuring designs from Paper Crafting World! Check out their web store for fun SVG files and other cut files to use with home die cutting machines! They also have a great blog you can follow where other design team members and I will be making awesome projects with Paper Crafting World's (PCW) adorable cut files!

So to help celebrate the new design team, PCW is having a special! Just use the code PCW55 at the checkout and you will get 55% off your entire purchase with no minimum! This special offer will close on September 18, 2015.

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