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Locker Room: Simple Card

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Hello there! Caroli here and today I’m again playing at the Locker Room and want to show you how to make a simple card in minutes using one of the gorgeous cutfiles from 17turtles, our sponsor this month.

 

When I saw the cut files Juliana Michaels spcially created for november kit I fell in love whith this gorgeous swirl grid, and i thought it would be a good idea to use it for making a card.
I wont lie, I’m not a card person, but I am working in order to improve that and challenged myself to make a simple card using the lovely cut file.

So, first I cut the swirl and placed over my card in order to calculate where to cut the grid.

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Once I decided my work area I cut the swirl and placed some patternet paper behind it. I used the lovely papers from Lemon Owl included on my november kit.

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Although it’s a simple card, I wanted to add some layers and so I did using the gold printed vellum from Studio Calico, also included in the kit. This is one of my fave items on the kit!

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Once I adhered the vellum I also glued the decorated swirl over it.

 

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Now it’s time to include a sentiment, and I used one of the banners included in the embellishments sets by Lemon Owl. Since I am using a lot of white and soft colors I though that black would be the perfect contrast.

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Finally I added a wood bit from my stash and tha’ts all! My card is finished and ready to be sent to comeone I love ūüôā

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I hope you like this idea and give it a try! Remember we still have our November challenge up sponsored by 17turtles and you can win a US$25 gift certificate from their store! Have a nice weekend everybody!

CK_VarsityTeam-Carolina


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Happy Holidays!

I hate to say it but Christmas is literally right around the corner! I am almost done my Christmas shopping and everything that I’ve bought so far for Edward is hidden in suit cases in the basement! Go me! So I’m waiting on the last few gifts to arrive by mail… Oh did you think that I was waiting to go out¬†on black Friday to do my shopping? Heck no… not me. Anyways, here’s a little project to help you get your cards completed! I used the Clique Kits holiday card kit. This kit was truly a delight to work with. There’s so much packed into this fabulous kit to help you those holiday cards¬†completed early!

Every year I create my own holiday card using a favorite family photo. Once I create the card on paper, I scan it¬†and order my¬†prints online! Super easy and not that hard on your pocket! My favorite part of the Holiday card kit was the gorgeous “Oh, Deer” paper pad by Fancy Pants. I just love the green, teal and red in the papers. And I especially like the veneer word titles from Creative Embellishments. And if you’re eyeing up that cute little flair sticker with the Christmas tree, it was made exclusively for the holiday kit by Clique Kits. I love me some flair stickers. They are a must for every crafter. I love how this card turned out. The flair sticker and veneer title really helps pull this card together.

Before I leave for today, I am challenging you to create a Christmas card using a family portrait. Have fun and lets get those cards done early!


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Clique Kits November Challenge with 17turtles

Hello Clique Kits Fans!! ¬†It is time for the Clique Kits November challenge but before we get into the details of the challenge we need to give a big congrats to the winner of our October challenge! ¬†Congrats to Lee Ann-Thornton! ¬†Lee-Ann’s Layout sure does pack a punch and I love the collection she used from Fancy Pants Designs! ¬†The beautiful mint corrugated paper is also from Fancy Pants Designs and I think that is next on my want list! ¬†Thank you so much for linking up with us in October Lee-Ann¬†please email Erica at cliquekits@yahoo.com to claim your fabulous prize sponsored by Fancy Pants Designs!

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As always our challenge is Anything Goes with a twist and that twist is to add product from our sponsor.  This month our sponsor is 17turtles and they are giving our winner a $20.00 gift certificate to their shop!

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10700656_297039457147563_2812940045395669770_oHere is a little bio about our November Sponsor!

17turtles offers a wide range of digital cut files that are perfect for paper crafting, scrapbooking and other craft projects such as cards, home decor, wall art, and more. When you purchase a digital download from 17turtles you will receive a zipped file that includes 1 SVG, 1 PNG and 1 DXF file. These files are for use with a wide variety of electronic cutting machines that will open and cut digital files, including SVG and DXF files. If you know that your machine will cut SVG or DXF files, then you should be able to use my files. You can use my designs with both the Silhouette Studio Software and the Silhouette Studio Designer Edition Software. You do not have to use the Trace feature because the cut lines are already there for you. For more information about my cut files, please visit my shop policy (https://www.etsy.com/shop/17turtles/policy).

I’ve had a love affair with creating and designing for years. When I first discovered scrapbooking over 15 years ago, it gave me a way to combine creating and designing to form a creative outlet that brings me so much joy and happiness. This past year, I began creating my own digital cut files to use with my Silhouette Cameo on my scrapbook pages and other craft projects. I have now opened 17turtles as a way to share my digital design creations with others. For more ideas, inspiration and tutorials about using my cut files, please visit my blog ‚Äď www.17turtles.com.

We are so thankful to have 17turtles sponsor our November challenge and we are also excited about the custom cut files she has created to go along with our November kit Homecoming!

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These custom cut files can be purchased here in the 17turtles shop and you can receive 25% off by using the promo code CK17TURTLES25!  Make sure to check out posts from last week for inspiration using these beautiful cut files by our Varsity Team!  Please make sure to visit the 17turtles shop, their blog and find them on Facebook here!

Here are a few details to go along with this months challenge!

  • You may combine our challenge with other challenges
  • You may enter our challenge up to 3 times
  • Link up your projects by November 30th, 11:55 pm CST
  • You are not required to use a Clique Kit to link up
  • You are not required to use 17turtles cut files to link up but doing so does give you an extra entry
  • Create any type of project
  • Link directly to your challenge project entry post

Here is a look at what the Clique Kits Varsity Team has created for this months challenge

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TYRA

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Marcia

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KAT

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CAROLI

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MARIAH

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Thanks so much to everyone who linked up last month and we hope to see you again this month!


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Study Hall: Stitching with Cut Files —– —– —–

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Salutations! Sophie here and I hope you are ready to have some fun with cut files today.  I think cut files are versatile and inexpensive tools to create with. Beyond using them with an electronic diecutting machine, they are perfect as stitching templates too. Here’s how.

Materials You Will Need

Materials Needed

  • Printout of selected cut file (I’m using the sunflowers¬†digital cut file¬†from 17 Turtles)
  • Scissors
  • Paper piercer (Mine¬†was damaged, so I taped a needle to the handle and it works great too!)
  • Needle
  • Embroidery Floss / thread (Some floss¬†have different tones in the same strand, like the pink one in the photo above. Using¬†floss like these¬†makes it easy to get different tones of the same color without having to switch thread colors)
  • Washi tape
  • Coloring medium (Paint, coloring pencils, water color etc.)
  • Cardstock
  • Foam mat (or a mouse pad)

 

Step 1

Step 1

Roughly cut out the printed sunflower and attach it to a piece of cardstock. Use only a little adhesive to hold your die in place. I would suggest placing glue on areas outside the pattern. For a clearer view of where you would be piercing the holes later, you can use a black pen to outline the shape of the sunflower if you like.

 

Step 2

Step 2

Using your paper piercer and foam mat, punch holes on the sunflower. Start at a corner and space your holes as evenly as possible. Try not to punch the holes too closely together, as the paper may tear when you stitch later.

 

Step 3

Step 3

Separate the printout die carefully from the cardstock and erase any residual tape. Thread your needle, knot the end and stitch through the holes. Here, I used the embroidery floss as it is, to achieve a fuller looking bloom. If you like your stitched image to have a thinner outline, use less strands of the floss. Once all your stitching is completed, you can either knot the end or use a little washi tape to secure it.

 

Step 4

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Color in your image using your medium of choice. Trim away excess cardstock around the image and you are done! As you can see from the photo, I chose not to stitch the center of my sunflowers. Instead, I left the holes empty and outlined them with a brown marker. You can use a French knot for the center or perhaps use some perfect pearls to dot it too.

And here’s a look at my layout using these stitched sunflowers:

Sunshine Smile, @Colortypes Sophie @CliqueKits, #Cliquekits #scrapbooking #DIY #CKhomecoming

 

Remember I mentioned using floss that come with different tones? The roses on the layout in my previous blog post were stitched using it. This resulted in blooms that had darker outlines in the middle and lighter pink tones on the outer petals.

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Well, I hope you are inspired to create some stitched images of your own. Try different stitches and floss for completely different looks. If you are on the look out for some awesome cut files, don’t forget that¬†you get to take 25% off your order at 17turtles with CK17TURTLES25.¬†And, to make the deal even sweeter, you get to enjoy 25% in the Clique Kits shop using CKNOV25. Both promotions are till the end of November 2014. Do share and leave a comment should you find yourself picking up your needle! Happy stitching and creating!

 

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Yearbook: Let’s Do the Write Thing!

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Hello everyone! Sophie here today to share with you about writing on your creations. In a journaling rut? Have no fear!¬†Today I’m going to share with you¬†numerous ways to climb out of the hole and plunge right into your journaling. So pick up your pens and let‚Äôs Beg, Borrow or Brave it to get our words on a page, without the need to buy anything. Yay!

1. Beg It.

Sometimes the words to a page are best written from a different perspective. When I am stuck or lost for words for a page, I turn to my husband to get his thoughts. Some of my best writings are the result of interviews with family members and friends. I love my colornote app on my mobile phone, which allows me to quickly write precious gems of stuff my kids say or do. I refer to these notes whenever I am creating, and they are my fuel for words. Alternatively, get someone to write a sentence or two on the subject matter that you are scrapping. Perhaps have a family quiz where everyone answers the same questions. Not only does it work a treat for family bonding, but you produce instant fodder for your journaling purposes. I have asked my daughter the same list of questions every year in her birthday month ‚Äď favorite color, place, food etc. and love how the responses show she is evolving as she grows up. Next year, she will have to write her answers and this mama will score some words without lifting a pen.

Other ways to get words from others include using those penned by your child’s teacher in progress reports, greetings written in cards, thoughts found on Facebook status and even comments on your photos on Instagram. Since many of us actually spend time on social media, why not use those words for our pages too? While at it, look out for numerous free printables that are everywhere these days. Clique Kits have some of the loveliest around and they are oh, so versatile to be used as part of your journaling. These often have beautiful sentiments that work great as embellishments too.

See the title on the following page? That’s from a 17 Turtles cut file:

Grateful, @Colortypes Sophie @CliqueKits, #cliquekits #scrapbooking #DIY #CKhomecoming

2. Borrow It.

Why reinvent the wheel? There are loads of great journaling stuff found in quotes and famous speeches. Try searching online for quotes with specific words in them that convey the sentiment of your page or use lines from your favorite show, song, book or even the tagline of products and mottos of institutions. Many of these make great titles too and you kill two birds with one stone in the process. Personally, I love including lines from poems and children’s books on my pages. I have also found myself reading information leaflets for words and descriptions of the places we have been. No harm using those on a page since they have already been written and edited.

Instead, of having entire chunks of words as journaling, have a list of words, or use a definition. Perhaps a list of synonyms describing your feelings, child, day or trip. Consider having the definition of ‚Äúlife‚ÄĚ, ‚Äúbreathe‚ÄĚ or ‚Äúexcitement‚ÄĚ for a page about your everyday. Clean the dust off your dictionary and thesaurus and there you have before you, instant potential journaling material at your disposal. In the above page, I chose to include¬†a list of wishes we have of our daughter. That made journaling on the page much faster.

3. Brave It.

Do it yourself. Set the timer for a minute and write. No editing or doubting yourself. Never mind grammatical or spelling errors. If you would like to edit what you have written, then write on scrap paper first. If you are in the habit of journal writing, read through your entries and select choice sentences to use on your page. To shake things up a little, try writing using a different medium. Think crayons, markers, paint brushes or calligraphy. Have fun with your own handwriting. If you are one of those who would really rather not have your handwriting on a page, there is always the option of typing on a typewriter or a computer. Play with the fonts, size and colors. The possibilities are endless!

Or perhaps you are after some extra oomph in your writing? Play with words. Use literary devices like puns (words that sound alike such as ‚Äúright‚ÄĚ and ‚Äúwrite‚ÄĚ), alliterations (words starting with the same letter), metaphors (likening a person to something ‚ÄúYou are my cupcake‚ÄĚ) or onomatopoeia (sound words like ‚Äúah‚ÄĚ, ‚Äúwhoosh‚ÄĚ and ‚ÄúWham‚ÄĚ) in your journaling. These often add a dimension of humor, fun and deeper thought to your creation and will certainly illicit a laughter or conversation with whoever admires your pages.

And there you have it. Three possible ways to get you writing again. To make things even easier for you my dear reader, all these journaling tips have been summarized in a chart for your quick reference.

Clique Notes: Do the Write Thing

Tips to Get Out of a Writing Rut

 

How?

Where?

Beg It Interview someone 

 

Someone else’s handwriting

Create questionnaires

Free printables

Progress reports

Comments from Social Media

Family 

 

Kids

Friends

Schools

Websites

Notes you have taken

Borrow It Stories, poems 

 

Quotations

Movies, songs, taglines, mottos

Definitions, synonyms

Overheard conversations

Information leaflets

Dictionary 

 

Thesaurus

Websites

Books

Notes you have taken

Pamphlets

Brave It Type it 

 

Paint it

Write without editing

Play with fonts

Literary devices

Keep a Journal

Typewriter / Computer 

 

Brushes

Personal handwriting

Calligraphy

Dictionary

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Print it out and the next time you find yourself in a journaling rut, pull out the chart and try one of these ideas. So go on now and do the write thing! Oh, and before I leave you, see those blooms on my page?

Grateful Sewing Detail, @Colortypes Sophie @CliqueKits, #cliquekits #scrapbooking #DIY #CKhomecoming

Those were hand sewn using 17 Turtles cut files as a template and painted thereafter. There are loads of¬†yummies in the Clique Kits store¬†waiting to be discovered, so¬†don’t forget to enjoy 25% in the Clique Kits shop using CKNOV25 and take 25% off your order at 17turtles with CK17TURTLES25.¬†Promotion runs till the end of November 2014. Happy creating!

CK_VarsityTeam_Sophie


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November Mood Board: Homecoming

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Are you starting to get in the mood for November? What is November like in your neck of the woods? The Clique Kits November kit Homecoming may surprise you! Do¬†you live where the seasons change and November means fall foliage and cool air, or where its endless summer like Hawaii, or is it¬†turning Summer¬†in your hemisphere? No matter where you are from you won’t be disappointed with Homecoming. ¬†Homecoming is all those moments that define home for you. Homecoming can be about the loved ones you are with and the adventures you take around your region. Our spotlight collection is Weekend Trip from the Ukrainian company Lemon Owl. It also features radiant elements from the gorgeous Webster’s Pages Nest Collection. Filled with a soft watercolor palette of blues and lavender, yellows and pinks, and neutral grey, you will love the variety of elements that draw you in to all of nature’s beauty and texture. We are thankful to have this abundance of unique and eclectic products to offer our subscribers! In this season of gratitude, we are thankful for you!

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Check out some of the companies with product in our November Kit:

  • Lemon Owl
  • Webster’s Pages
  • Freckled Fawn
  • Studio Calico
  • Pretty Little Studios
  • Pinkfresh Studio
  • 17Turtles

For the complete product listing click here…

We would love for you to make Clique Kits your paper crafting home! We have subscription openings right now!

Click.Connect.Create.


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Clique Kits October Wrap Up

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Happy Friday Clique Kits fans!  Erica here with you today and I am excited to be bringing you the October wrap up!  This is a new post that will happen each month where I take you back and highlight some fun and exciting moments that happened over the month and also give you a peek at what is coming up!  We had an exciting month starting with the kick off of our very first Varsity Team (design team).  They have all done an amazing job so far and we can not wait to share more of their amazing talent with you!  You can check out the Varsity Team HERE and remember to follow their blogs and grab their special discount code to use in the Clique Kits shop!  We also have our October Challenge going on right now that you will want to link up to for your chance to win this fabulous prize sponsored by Fancy Pants Designs!

We hope you enjoyed all the amazing projects, tutorials, and inspiration that the Varsity Team shared with you so far this month!  Now lets take a look at a few of the amazing projects created this month by our fabulous Varsity Team!

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TransamericaPyramid, @Danielle de Konink, @Cliquekits, #cliquekits #scrapbooking #DIY #ckmasqueradeball

Danielle created this gorgeous layout and shared how she used created custom backgrounds using the Clique Kits exclusive cut files!  Click on her layout to go directly to her blog post.

Little Day Out, @Colortypes Sophie @cliquekits, #cliquekits #scrapbooking #DIY #masqueradeball

 

Sophie pulled out this amazing tassel tutorial that you just have to check out!  I love how she added them to her layout and it adds so much interest to her page.  Check out her full tutorial HERE.

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And last but not least Aliza takes us for a walk through her hometown with this fabulous mini album she created using the October 2014 kit!  For more tutorials and projects using the October kit please head on over to the Clique Kits blog!  Another highlight this month was our Designer in the Spotlight Kelly Purkey!  We were all so thrilled to have her share a little bit about herself on our blog!  If you missed the Q&A with Kelly you have to check it out HERE!

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Of coarse no month would be complete without our Clique Kits Blog Share and this month was our biggest blog share ever!  Our subscribers and Varsity Team wowed us this month sharing their projects using this months kit.  In case you are not familiar with our monthly Blog Shares let me give you the details!  Each month our subscribers have the option to join the Clique Kits founders and Varsity Team in sharing what they have have created using the current Clique Kit.  There is always an optional challenge to go along with the blog share and a winner not only for one randomly chosen blog share hopper but also for one of our subscribers.  Subscribers participating in the blog shares are also awarded honor credits that can be used in the Clique Kits store!  Each blog share is 5 honor credits and each credit equals $1.00 and these credits can be rolled over!  Just a perk of being a Clique Kits subscriber!  We would love to see your name in our next blog share line up so subscribe today!

As I wrap up this post I want to leave you with what is coming up for November!  We are so excited to be bringing you our November kit HOMECOMING and subscriptions are now open and each new subscription will include a free paper pack from Studio Tekturek.  This kit is jam packed with a full paper collection from Lemon-Owl, vellum from Studio Calico and cut apart sheets from Websters Pages Nest collection.  The embellishments in this kit are not only beautiful but unique and this month we have a special treat for you with cut files from 17turtles!

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We are so excited to be teaming up with 17turtles to bring you some custom cut files that coordinate beautifully with this months kit and also they will be sponsoring our November Challenge!  Stay tuned to the blog as the Varsity Team begins sharing projects using the November 2014 Kit Homecoming!  I leave you today with two promo codes that run from today until the end of November! Enjoy 25% in the Clique Kits shop using CKNOV25 and take 25% off your order at 17turtles with CK17TURTLES25.  Make sure to also stop by the 17turtles blog and Facebook page for more inspiration!

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Thanks so much for stopping by today!  We look forward to a creative November and we hope you will join us!  Enjoy your weekend!