Thursday, December 31, 2009

Mandie's Snowman Card

This is so stinking cute! Thanks Mandie! Here is how to make this card, and remember (!), change anything you want to make this card your own!

Snowman Card Instructions:

Form a 5 1/2" x 5 1/2" side fold card from white card stock using Scor-Pal to score the fold. Cut a piece of double-sided patterned card stock to 5 1/4" x 5 1/4" and distress edges. Adhere to card front with Scor-Tape.

Using the Plantin Schoolbook Cartridge and your Cricut Expression Machine cut the following:
1 - 2" Circle - Solid Card stock
1 - 3" Circle - Patterned Card stock
1 - 3 3/4" Circle - Vellum
1 - 1 3/4" Circle - White Card stock

For the next cuts you will be creating a circle and a ring from White Card stock and will use both. Turn on the "Center Point" function. Position your blade at least 2" from the edges of your mat (both vertical and horizontal). Cut a 2 3/4" Circle, the blade will return to the center of the circle. Without moving the blade position or unloading the mat, change the dial size and cut a 3 3/4" circle. Now you have a 2 3/4" Circle and a 3 3/4" ring.

Emboss the 2 3/4" White Circle using the Swiss Dots A2 Cuttlebug Folder
Emboss the 3 3/4" Vellum Circle using the Snowflakes A2 Cuttlebug Folder

Use the Winter Wonderland Cartridge to cut a bunch of snowflakes. Set the dial to 1" and turn on the "Real Dial Size" Function and the "Layers" Function. Select snowflake 4 and cut it from the White Card stock, Patterned Card stock, and Solid Card stock (about 10 of each).

Adhere the Vellum circle to the back of the White Card stock Ring with your Quickie Glue Roller Pen. Adhere the embossed White Circle to the Patterned Card stock Circle. Adhere one solid blue snowflake to the plain White Card stock Circle, then adhere to the Solid Blue Circle. Referring to the photo, adhere the circle to the the right side of the ring.

Use Zip Dry Paper Glue to adhere snowflake to the ring, creating a wreath. Embellish with Liquid Pearls™ White Opal. Adhere to card front with Glue Dots 1/2" Pop Up Dots.

Using the Snow Friends Limited Edition Mini Cricut Cartridge, Cut out Snowman 7 and all of her layers. Assemble with your Quickie Glue Roller Pen. Adhere to the card front with Glue Dots 1/2" Pop Up Dots.

Make a bow out of sheer white ribbon and apply to the upper left side of wreath using a Glue Dots 3/16" Mini Dot.

For the Inside of the card cut Patterned Card stock to 4 1/4" x 3 1/4". Cut the Solid Card stock to 3 1/2" x 2 1/2". Adhere together with Scor-Tape and write "Warm Winter Wishes using Inessentials White Pen. Add some snowflake to lower right corner and embellish with Liquid Pearls™ White Opal to finish.
All these products can be found at Cutters Creek. If you have any questions, for out talented Mandie, please post a comment and Mandie will be happy to assist you!

Monday, December 28, 2009

Lea's Little Christmas Tree

For this image Lea has used a technique known as "Direct to Rubber." See how the tree looks as though she has hand painted it rather than using a stamp? That is the beauty of this technique! By using a solid rubber stamp, adding color and shading directly to the image before you stamp it, you are treated to a light watercolor effect that is very different from a starker stamped image.

Want to know how to make your project look even better? Well here is a tip from Lea herself on how to use this technique to the fullest!

"Direct to Rubber is a technique that I love to use. It gives me the freedom to change and manipulate images based on the look and feel that I want. To get the best image I always lightly spritz my stamp with Copic's blending solution right after coloring. This adds back any moisture that may have evaporated as I worked. Then, once the image is damp I immediately stamp it. The result is a watercolor effect that I love!"

Also, keep in mind that it is important that you use the Copic Blender Solution and NOT Ranger's. The Ranger solution has resins in it that can really mess up your lungs. To use the Copic Blender Solution hold the stamp out away from your body and spritz. You will be thrilled with the unique the results!

Personally, I love how Lea has used her Spica pens to add a little bling to her tree! The sparkling decorations give it that final touch and makes it "Pop!" I just got my very first set of these pens, and I love them so much that I am often tempted to color my own walls. They give a subtle sparkle that is classy and fresh all at the same time.

If you have any questions for Lea about this project or about Direct to Rubber stamping, just ask! I am sure that she would love to help!

Lea's Little Christmas Tree was created using the following products:
  • Copics - YG67, YG63, E35
  • Copic Spica - Mint, Garnet
  • Copic Blending Solution in a Ranger Mini Mister
These products can be purchased directly from Cutters Creek by clicking here!

Thank you Lea for another great project! Now, I'm off to go try this technique!

Sunday, December 27, 2009

Project Using Shimmerz by Lea

Look at this simple, but elegant project done by Lea. Her use of colors are amazing and reminds me of a cold winter night, where wild animals dominate. We are getting a sneak peek into the love these polar bears share with each other.

This project is fun and easy to do. Make a ton of cards or work on tan or white paper mache for different results. The tan mutes the color of the Shimmerz but it still shines with its pearlized reflection. Stamp the polar bear image on card stock. Immediately cover with copper embossing powder and heat with heat tool until the powder turns shiny. Let set a minute. Shade areas of the image with Shimmerz. For the background, Lea used the caramel and marigold, plus the lilac with sugar plum on top. For the bear and dip in the snow, blueberry cobbler was used. Play with these paints to achieve the look you want. They flow easily letting one blend colors, with a soft, shimmery look.


Card stock: a cream or tan Bazzill would be great and also Core'dinations if the bottom is ripped
Embossing Powder – Copper from Ranger
Heat Tool – Ranger
Shimmerz – Blueberry Cobbler, Caramel, Sugar Plum, Marigold, and Lilac
Soft watercolor brushes
Pigment ink of Choice

Please check out Cutters Creek to find these items and more to recreate this beautiful project Lea has done. Please leave a comment, if you would like Lea or one of out other Design Team members to contact you.

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Product Review: Flipbook Calendar by K & Company

How many times have you forgotten a good friend's birthday? How many times have you forgotten anniversaries? This Flipbook Calendar by K & Company is a perfect choice to remembering those birthdays, anniversaries, and special occasions. What's also nice, is that it's a perpetual calendar will go through 2012, so you have another three years to use it! The stickers are included to change the year. It's gender neutral, even though K & Company are known for their floral designs. You'll find those floral designed pages in here, along with masculine pages. Everything you need to make this calendar is here. There are page-by-page instructions to show you how to make this calendar, so there's no guess work involved. There are also date cards included for each month that slide into the photo pocket so you can list those special dates. This project kit will take you about 2 or 3 hours to put together, and after it's done, people will be amazed at what you've put together. These also make great gifts! What grandmother wouldn't want pics of her grand kids through the year? You'll find this items listed at Cutters Creek under K & Company.

Sunday, December 20, 2009

Lea's "Frosty" Gift

Okay Ladies! I am sure that all of us out there are in the same boat in that we have these last minute gifts that we are throwing together and want a cute way to send them out. Well look no further because Lea is coming to the rescue! And she is doing it using something that we all have laying around right now, and empty frosting can!

Look how cute this it! It's perfect for filling with cookies, candies, or (my personal favorite!) spiced Russian tea!

And, the best part is, because she used her Cricut, this only took her a few short minutes to put together!

Start by covering the outside of your container with

the paper. Then, decorate the outside with images of your choice, cut a cute topper, fill with goodies and give away! It's just that easy! I especially love the snowflake on the top of the container.

I'm telling you, this is an idea that I will absolutely be using in the very near future! Thank you Lea for another amazing project idea!

If anyone has questions about this fantastic gift wrapping product, just ask! Lea or another member of the Design Team will get back to you shortly.

Lea's "Frosty" Gift was created using the following products:
You can purchase all of these fantastic products from Cutters Creek by Clicking Here!

Thank you so much Lea! Your work always inspires me!

Vicki's Wild Christmas Card

Vicki is officially a girl after my own heart! Let me explain. I LOVE to send out handmade Christmas cards. The only problem is that when I start counting Friends, Family and Colleges, the number of cards I need quickly stretches to well over 300! (My hand hurt for a week after addressing wedding invites.) So, when planning what I want to do, I have to keep it simple. The challenge is finding an easy-to-make option that still has that touch of class that makes it special.

This is why I am so in love with this card! First, I LOVE my Cricut. And the Wild Card Cartridge is one of my favorite ones that they have put out. Not only can you cut pretty much any type of card that you can think of, but each card also has a matching envelope! In fact, the card pictured here is actually created from one of the envelop cut outs. The opportunities are endless my friends. But don't take my word for it! Click Here to skip over to Cutters Creek and see for yourself.

Check out the non-traditional way that this card opens. I love the papers that Vicki has chosen! How cute would it be to open this card to reveal a sweet pic of your family? You could also print out a Christmas message onto the red paper before you attached it. Then, as the card unfolded, your loved ones would be treated to Holiday Greetings as they looked at your smiling faces. So perfect!

With this card Vicki has done a great job of showing us how your Cricut can make your crafting life easier. She has also shown how you can take a blank card face, and using the supplies that you have on hand, give it personality and "pop!"

By using Stickles to create the Garland and Star, Vicki has made her tree sparkle. (Which is just what a Christmas Tree should do!) Then, she dusted the edges of the tree with Angel Wings Shimmerz. For a finishing touch, Vicki hand colored clear Twinkle Jewels with her Copic makers to get the perfect shade of red. Then, she just attached them to her card with clear adhesive. The results? A super cute Christmas Card that anyone would love to find in their mailbox!

Another idea would be to let your kiddos decorate the trees so that each person got something truly unique and special!

If you have any questions for Vicki about her Wild Christmas Card or about the techniques that she used, just ask! She will be happy to get back with you.

Vicki's Wild Christmas Card was created using the following products:
  • Cricut Expression
  • Cricut Wild Card Cartridge - Ornament Envelope
  • Gold Stickles
  • Christmas Red Stickles
  • Shimmerz Angel Wings
  • Shimmerz Frosted Lace
  • Clear Twinkle Jewels
  • Copic R29
You can purchase all of these fantastic products from Cutters Creek by Clicking Here!

Thank you Vicki for sharing this quick and easy Cricut Card!

Saturday, December 19, 2009

Kim B's Christmas Gift For Her Mom

Before I present you with my project, I wanted to share a photo from one of my craft room windows. The east coast is being pounded by a Nor’easter, and we are smack in the eye of the storm right now and are snowed in our home at the moment. We have gotten over a foot of snow, and last we heard, they are predicting two feet! Okay on to the project, and you will see what the snow has to do with all this.

As the owner of Cutters Creek, I have done little to no holiday shopping as I have been so busy with customer orders, and now their family and friend’s orders as well. This is the last shopping weekend before Christmas, and I am snowed in, so can’t shop. So I decided to use some of my ever growing stash and make gifts and also try out a new product that I am thinking about carrying over at Cutters Creek. It has been well over two months, since I have had the chance to do any serious crafting and I am having the time of my life. Thank goodness my mom loves me, and as any mom, loves her child’s art whether they are seven or forty seven, as each card is a little different. I just could not help but play! I made my mom a set of thank you cards for Christmas, as she loves to sit down and write notes to those who have given her a gift. As a child, she made me do the same thing and it was always one of those “oh, Mom!” moments, however I am glad she taught me those social graces. I will list all the products used at the end. I loved playing with my Cuttlebug, dies, tools, etc…and I love that new punch. I am thinking I just may have to put it up in the Cutters Creek store.

For my finishing touch, I boxed them in the clear boxes available at Cutters Creek and finished it off with some ribbon. Blue is my mom’s favorite color, so she should love these. Well, I am off to make more Christmas gifts, since I can’t shop! All these products and more, can be found at Cutters Creek, for your buying pleasure.

Products used:
Cuttlebug border folder: With Love
Twinkle Jewels: Winter
Spellbinders Dies: Classic Circle & Scalloped Dies
JustRite Stampers
Glue Glider Pro
Glossy Accents
Clear Boxes: A2

Friday, December 18, 2009

Mandie's Very Merry Christmas Tag

Okay, raise your hand if you were one of the lucky few who bought the Very Merry Tags Cricut Cartridge from Kim a few months back? Now keep your hand in the air if you are currently wrapping tons of Christmas presents and need tags for them? Still up? Last question......keep your hand up if you have used this amazing little cartridge to make those tags. Yeah....I know that a bunch of us just hung our heads on that one!

And I have to admit that I am one of them!

In her very first Design Team project, Mandie is showing us just how easy it is to make a beautiful, handmade tag in just a few minutes using the Very Merry Tags Cartridge. By using two lovely shade of green she was able to create a very cute hang tag that would be the perfect accent to any holiday gift!

Just check out how cute it looks hanging on
a package!

I fell in love with this cartridge because of all the different tags that you could make. To me, it was just fantastic that you could match your tags to each gift and then give them a little "pop" of something extra. Mandie has done exactly that! After she assembled the two layers of her tag, she used her Sakura Quickie Glue Pen to dab a little glue into each open space on the tree. Then, she coated those areas with clear iridescent glitter. The result? This tree sparkles just like a Christmas Tree should!

I hope that seeing how great this tag looks will motivate you all to dust off those cartridges and put them to good use. Those of you who don't have one yet, may be able to snag one of the very few that Kim has left. This is an amazing cartridge that you will be able to use for years to come. At only $19.99 it is a steal of a deal for sure. BUT it is VERY limited edition, and once it's gone, it's gone forever! Click Here to see exactly how many are still available.

If you have any questions for Mandie about how she created this project, or if you would like to welcome her to the Design Team, then just leave a quick comment! We always love to hear from you!

Mandie's Very Merry Christmas Tag was created using the following products:
  • Cricut Cartridge - Very Merry Tags
  • Bazzill Card Stock
  • Sakura Quickie Glue Pen
All of these products can be purchased directly from Cutters Creek!

Thanks Mandie for sharing this quick project! We are so happy to have you on our team.

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Product Spotlight - Ribbon Rings by Lisa!

Are your ribbons all stuffed in a box or plastic bag? Have they worked themselves into such a tangled mess that they look more like a bird's nest than they do any type of crafting supply? Or are they still wound tightly onto little tiny rolls so that you can’t tell how much you have left? Are you ready for a new way to organize your stash that is fast, easy and cheap? If so, then look no further my friends! Ribbon Rings are EXACTLY what you have been waiting for!

Ribbons Rings are a wonderful way to quickly and easily organize all of your ribbons and fibers. And the price is definitely right! For only $7.99 you can get the COMPLETE “Ribbon Ring Starter Set”. The perfect way to get started with Ribbon Ring, the starter set is a jam-packed option that includes one 2” Metal Ring, 30 Plastic Ribbon Tabs and 12 inventory dots.

Here’s how it works:

· Each tag is designed to hold a variety of ribbon in various lengths and sizes, making the system ideal for organizing your collection by color, length or style.

· The “Inventory dots” are perfect for helping you remember which ribbons you have available on a larger roll, or you can place a dot directly on the end of a piece of ribbon, to remind you to re-order when you reach the dot!

· Simply place your ribbons on the tags, hang the tags on the ring, and your birds nest will quickly transform into a flowing mane of color that is easily accessible and easy to use!

It’s just that simple!

So…..If your ribbon looks like this –

Or even this!

And you would RATHER it look like this-

Or this!

Then Ribbon Rings are exactly what you NEED! Easy to afford and easy to use, Ribbon Rings puts your entire “stash” of ribbon right at your fingertips. You can find all our Ribbon Ring products ready and waiting at Cutters Creek.

Monday, December 14, 2009

Wendy's Red-Nosed Reindeer

Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer.....da da-da da-da da da!!! (insert music notes, you all know the tune!)

O...MY...GOSH...!!! Do you see this card! How freakin cute is that? I mean really. We will talk about the details here in a minute, but right now I just want to send Wendy some props! She has really out done herself this time!

First, ignore the image (I know...its hard) and just look at the card base. This is something that you could easily put together ahead of time and then add the appropriate image when you were ready to send. Actually, this is something that I do all the time. If I have a day when I get to camp out in my craft room, I pick a fun layout and assemble at least half a dozen blank cards. Since I am doing them in bulk, and cutting all the pieces at once, it goes together really quickly. Then, when I need a card, all I have to do I choose the image I want, color it, and I'm ready to go!

And about that image! There are so many things that I want to point out that I am having trouble figuring out where to start! Look closely at Rudolph's nose. Do you see how it seems to actually glow? This is thanks to a product called Glossy Accents. An option that we haven't touched on before, Glossy Accents would make the perfect addition to your box of tricks. Wendy has used this product to accent the little pom-poms on the hats as well as the studs on the belt around Rudolph's waist. To apply Glossy Accents, just use the precision tip to gently squeeze a small amount of product directly where you want it to go. The result is a clear, domed effect that adds shine and depth to your project. Click Here to check it out at Cutters Creek.

The image for this card is off of the Pink Cat Itty Bitty Christmas set. Wendy is really showing her Copics skills here with the shading on Rudolph! He is perfect! And, the use of an Inksentials Gel Pen on the cheeks is the perfect finishing touch. This image could be used as a card, an ornament or even as a place holder at Christmas dinner. The options are endless!

If you have any questions for Wendy about the products or techniques that she has used in this awesome card, just ask! As always, we are here to help!

Wendy's Red-Nosed Reindeer was created using the following products:
  • Glossy Accents
  • Copics
  • Coredinations, The Chocolate Box
  • Inksentials Gel Pen in White
All of these products can be purchased directly from Cutters Creek!

Thanks for sharing Wendy! As always, you have outdone yourself!

Sunday, December 13, 2009

Design Team Entry Carrie W!!

This has been a long time in coming, as Carrie was the last Design Team entry I received. This entry was never was posted, however I have to share the fabulous art received by Carrie. This card is interactive and so gorgeous! The snowflake rolls from side to side and the bling is fabulous!! I so love the ribbon she chose and it is so pretty in person. The snowflakes and the word "snow" give me that winter wonderland feeling and could imagine a snowball fight with my kids. So much bling, so little time!
Please post a message and let Carrie know how absolutely gorgeous her project is. This is why she is on the Cutters Creek Design Team, as she is so very talented!


New Design Team Member!! Mandie W.

Everyone please welcome Mandie as our newest Design Team member! She does wonderful work and am thrilled to have her on our team. I am so excited and can't wait to share her work with all of you. She is in the process of getting up to speed on what we have been up to, and I am sure you will be seeing her work very soon!

Lea, Lily and Tweet!

Good morning ladies! I hope that all of you had a marvelous Saturday and are now sitting back and enjoying a quite Winter Sunday. For me that means having the chance to finally spend some real quality time in my craft room with my goodies. Fingers will happen today! But, for now, I'll just have to settle for sharing this beautiful Pink Cat card that Lea made with all of you. I know....I live a rough life!

I am always excited when one of Lea's projects comes across my desk. You really have to see it in person to fully appreciate the quality of her work, but I'll do my best to put it into words! First, there is no detail left undone. Every edge is perfect, no
adhesive shows, the colors are gorgeous, and (best of all) the images are so nicely done that they look as if they are printed rather than hand colored. So not kidding! Lea is an amazing artist, and the Design Team is very fortunate to have her as part of our team. She uses her Copics to their best advantage and is able to quickly give her images life and depth with just a few colors.

Look at the layering in the image to the right. Beautiful papers in various patterns are layered just so to form a very expensive and high end look. I love the extra touch of having the word "surprise" included as part of the stamped image. I also really like how Lea has used Stickles to accent the swirls on the package. It gives just that little touch of sparkle that makes the image pop. And, even though this card looks very posh, it is actually very simple to make and there are very few supplies involved! Lea has used a DCWV card and layered on coordinating paper. Then she chose her Pink Cat image, colored it, embellished it, and added it to the center of the card. That's it! Done! This is a card that any of you could make, and I hope that you will.

If you have any questions for Lea about the supplies or techniques that she used to make this card, just ask! We are always happy to help in whatever way that we can.

Lea, Lily and Tweet was created using the following products:
  • Pink Cat Studio's Stamp Lily & Tweet
  • Copics: 0, YG63, YG67, RV32, RV34, V12, V15, V17, BG49, BG45, YR04, YR07
  • Pastel Pencils: cream, red-brown
  • Stickles - clear
  • DCWV card base
All of these products can be purchased directly from Cutters Creek!

Let's all give a huge thanks to Lea for sharing this great card!

Saturday, December 12, 2009

Wendy's Winter Lily

And the hits just keep on coming! See ladies, the way I figure it, it is my job to keep you on your toes. Keep you guessing. You never know when a new post might go up, so the best bet is just to check back early and often to make absolutely SURE that you don't miss something!

So....on that note.....I am pleased to introduce you to Wendy's Winter Lily! The latest Design Team project dedicated to showcasing Pink Cat Studios, this sweet little girl reminds me of my own little one on a cold Sunday morning before we head off to church. Notice that I said BEFORE. This is key as after church the hat would be gone, the scarf would be brown, and the hair would look as though her little tongue recently came into very close contact with a light socket. But...I digress.

Take a close look at this card, and check out all of the detail that Wendy has worked in. I love how her muff sparkles as though she has just come in from walking in the snow! In this card
Wendy shows us how small touches can make a huge difference to a project as a whole. Her use of Copics, shimmerz, and Kaisercraft Rhinestones all work in synergy
to yield a cohesive project that looks polished and finished.
I love the flower accent in the bottom right and how the brads and each corner really balance the card and frame the picture. Honestly? This is just a stinking cute card!

Here again, Wendy has used Copics to take a plain 2D image and make it come to life. Little Lily has rosy cheeks, a striped scarf, and her birdie friend had depth to its wings and body. Let me tell you ladies, when it comes to Copics Wendy (as well as some of the other Design Team ladies!) really knows her stuff. So if you have questions about how to use your markers, or where to start if you are new, just ask! She is a sweet lady and she will be happy to help!

And for that matter, if you have a question for Wendy, or for any member of the Design Team, just ask! We are always here to help!

Wendy's Winter Lily was created using the following products:
  • Pink Cat Studios's Winter Lily
  • Copics - R20, G24, B21, Boo, B24, G20, E00
  • Glossy Accents
  • Shimmerz - Baby Breath
  • White Gel Pen Ranger Inksentials
All of these products can be purchased directly from CuttersCreek!

Thank you Wendy for sharing this sweet and sassy card with us!

Angela's Hot Cup of Cocoa

Okay, let me just start by saying that I am in LOVE with this card! Seriously Angela! Could it be any sweeter? I want to adopt it and give a good forever home! The stamp is adorable, the scalloped edging is a technique that I HAVE to learn and how cute is it that the fur lining on her coat actually looks furry?!?!?!

So stinking cute!

As you may have guessed, this is the latest post dedicated to Cutters Creek's new line, Pink Cat Studios. Truly some of the cutest little stamps I have ever seen, every image from Pink Cat has enough personality to make it fun, but not so much going on that it is overwhelming to color or embellish. I promise you this, after using just one image, you are going to be hooked! These sweet and sassy images are the perfect size to set off just about any project. I have to admit, I was hooked before I even got my hands on one. I just had to see it to fall completely in love! Click here to jump straight to Cutters Creek and see the whole line. While you are there, make sure that you check out the Limitless Limbs! My favorite of the bunch!

Angela has outdone herself with all of the detailing for this card. I already pointed out the fur that lines the hood, cuffs and trim. This is a look that you can re-create at home by using your favorite adhesive and some Polar White Flower Soft. The perfect product to accent any winter scene, Flower Soft's Polar White is a true bright white that is not muted or dull in any way.

Angela has colored the image for this card (Pink Cat's Hot Cocoa Lily) using her favorite Copic markers. I love the pink tint to her cheeks, and how her bright red boots seem to jump off the page and grab your attention. Copics are the perfect medium for adding POP to your projects and (as I have recently found) they are well worth the investment! Click here to see the different options that can be found at Cutters Creek!

Let's all thank Angela for sharing this adorable card with us! Angela, please feel free to send it to me if you can't think of anyone else!

If you have any questions for Angela about the techniques that she used to create this super cute card, just ask! Any of us will be happy to answer.

Angela's Hot Cup of Cocoa was created using the following products:
  • Copics
  • Polar White Flower Soft
  • Spellbinder Nestabilities
  • Atyou Spica Glitter Pen
All of these products can be purchased directly from CuttersCreek!

Lisa's Itty Bitty Christmas Card

Well ladies, I promised....and now I am delivering! Here is the first card from the Pink Cat Studio line! Brought to us by Lisa, I think that anyone would be excited to go out to their mail box and find this sweet little card ready and waiting for them.

The stamp used for this project is from Pink Cat Studio Itty Bitty Christmas Stamp Set which you can quickly find by jumping over Cutters Creek. As you can see by the sweet little girl that Lisa used, this is a fun set that could be used for a variety of Christmas or holiday projects. My personal favorite image is the two little elves sitting on a Candy Cane that is being carried by three Gingerbread men. SO CUTE!!! I am telling you, I NEED these stamps! Click Here to see the full set.

Like Wendy did in an earlier Pink Cat Studio project, Lisa has colored this sweet little girl using Copics. You all know by now that I am a huge fan of Copics, and looking at this image will show you why. This close up shows how Lisa has colored and shaded each facet of the image to give it depth and vibrancy. The hair has two tones, the cheeks are pink, the star is shaded, and the dress has scope far beyond a traditional stick figure. The best part? This is all done without any of the annoying lines left behind by traditional markers.

Give it up for Lisa! She has done a great job!

If you have any questions for Lisa about this projects or about Pink Cat Studio stamps, just let us know! Lisa or another member of the design team will be happy to answer.

Lisa's Itty Bitty Christmas Cards was created using the following products:
  • Pink Cat Studio Itty Bitty Christmas Stamp Set
  • Copics
  • Cuttlebug Machine
  • Cuttlebug Embossing Folders - Tiny Bubbles
  • Spellbinders Dies - Classic Oval
  • Stickles - December Special Holiday Set
  • Ranger Inkssectials - Opaque Pen in White
  • Glue Dots
All of these products can be purchased directly from CuttersCreek!

Thanks Lisa for sharing this super sweet card!

Exciting News from Cutters Creek!!!!!

Okay......are you ready......this is big!!!!!

Cutters Creek is extremely excited to announce the addition of Pink Cat Studios to the Cutters Creek Store! If you haven't seen these stamps then I highly suggest that you CLICK HERE to go check them out for yourself. The images are so cute you just want to paper your house with them. Its crazy how cute they are! Every time I go look at the list I find more "must-haves" that simply NEED to come and live with me.

I am sure that I will be lonely with out them! that I have seen these little beauties.....every time I sit down to craft I catch myself think how this "Lily" or that "Q.T. Owl" would just be the perfect image to set off my page or card.

Oh! For those of you who love your Copics (or would love to learn!) Pick Cat images lend themselves perfectly to this medium. These sweet 2D images can be given depth and life by using Copics to add true and vibrant color.

Look for more examples of Pink Cat Studios coming from the Design Team very soon. How soon? Well.....I wouldn't want to give away the surprise.

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Lea's Sweet Country Christmas Tag

I think that everyone is fully aware that Christmas is coming. Everyone...that is...except my 2 yr. old. She just turned two and the whole Christmas thing is something that she just doesn't quite get yet. SO, in an effort to get her excited and teach her about my favorite holiday, we have been watching tons of old school christmas movies. Shows like Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer, Jack Frost, and (of course!) Frosty the Snowman. And not the shiny new version, the old almost "clay-mation" movies that I remember from growing up in the 80's! It's been fantastic!

That is exactly what I think about when I see this super cute tag that Lea has created for us! Classic Christmas! She has used all the classic elements of the Holiday Season to create a project that will still be cute no matter what year the calendar says it is! I love how she has mixed stamping, Copics and her Cricut to create a piece that anyone would love to have waiting for them on Christmas morning.

The Snowman stamp by Inkadinkado (don't you just LOVE that name?!?!) gives a very polished look to the tag, but is still simple enough that a beginner stamper wouldn't be intimidated to give it a try. Notice how Lea has used her Copics to accentuate not only the edges of the Snowman, but also what would normally be just forgotten white space. It's a simple element to add, but it goes a long way in giving the card a polished and finished look.

The die-cut images featured here can be found on two different Cricut Cartridges, Joy of the Season and Winter Wonderland. If you haven't had a chance to look at either of these georgous cartridges, then I highly recommend that you Click Here to go straight to CuttersCreek and see for yourself. They could be the perfect addition to your holiday crafting, including creating fun tags like this one or your yearly Christmas Cards.

If you have any questions about this project, or about how to use Copics or your Cricut, then just ask them! Lea, or another member of the design team will be happy to help!

Lea's Sweet Country Christmas Tag was created using the following products:
  • Stamp: Uptown by Inkadinkado
  • Copic Spica in Garnet
  • Copics: E33, RV32, YG63, BG45
  • Sakura of American Gelly Roll Glitter Pen
  • Cricut Cartridges: Joy of the Seasons and Winter Wonderland
All of these products can be purchased directly from CuttersCreek!

Thank you Lea for sharing this sweet tag! I love it!

Monday, December 7, 2009

Cutters Creek Design Team is now on Facebook!

Calling all crafters! We are thrilled to announce that the CuttersCreek Design Team now has its very own Facebook page and we would love for you to become a fan!

Those of you who have Facebook accounts can Click Here to go straight to the Design Team page and see what its all about. The great part about becoming a Facebook fan of the Design Team is that every time we add a new project to the blog, you will get an automatic update right on your home page. Its the perfect way to never miss a project!

Hope to see you there!

Lea's Winter Rose

I just love the mix of hard and soft elements that Lea has used to create this beautiful card! She is using her natural artistic eye to create a cohesive piece from seemingly unrelated individual facets. The pink on the tip of the rose and the pink of the ribbon match perfectly and really work to make the color "POP" and draw the eye straight to the focal point.

To create this piece Lea has called on several different elements and mediums. The first is her fantastic use of Copics! I have to tell you that the longer I work with the Design Team, the more excited I get about using these markers. Never before have I seen a marker that blends as easily as a chalk, yet gives a permanent velvety smooth finish. They are fantastic! Honestly if you try one you'll be hooked forever!

Look closely at the detail on the leaf. The shading done here is accomplished by coloring the area of the leaf with a medium toned Copic in green. Then, with a darker shade from the same color family, Lea went back through to shade her work and give it depth. If you have questions about how to do this technique or about choosing the right colors for your projects, then just ask! Lea or one of our other Copic Certified Design Team members will be happy to point you in the right direction. You can see a full list of available Copic styles and colors at CuttersCreek. Just Click Here to go straight there! With hundreds of colors, you are sure to find just the right one!

The accents on the berries are done using another popular Copic product, the Copic Spica. Spica pens are like Copics, but they are PACKED with bling. You can use them to add that extra little touch of sparkle to make specific elements of your project just jump off of the page. Much like Rhinestones, Copic Spicas can offer you that quick finishing touch that you need to make your project perfect! Spicas are available in two different color packs, or you can order an individual Clear Spica from CuttersCreek. Click Here to see the full line and learn more!

As always, if you have any questions for Lea about her gorgeous work, or for any member of the Design Team, don't hesitate to ask! We will be happy help!

Lea's Winter Rose was created using the following products:

  • Stamped Image by Printworks
  • Scissors by Tonic
  • Copics in - YG67, YG63, RV32, B32, 0, and E47
  • Ranger Glossy Accents

All of these products can be purchased directly from CuttersCreek!

Thank you Lea for sharing your beautiful work us!

Wendy - Whimsical Winter Wonderland!

When I first saw this card it made me think about being little and growing up in Alaska. We use to hear all of these stories about how no two snowflakes were alike, and that was a theory that we often put to the test. My cousin and I would RUN outside like crazy people and try to catch as many snowflakes as we possibly could and then run back to each other to see if any matched up. Of course, they always melted before any real comparison could be made. But, in that brief moment before they became nothing more than a tiny speck of water on the sleeve of our far-too-big snow suit, they were beautiful.

Wendy has created this card using techniques that are as delicate as they are beautiful. Her elements of airbrushing, bling and shading all work in harmony to form a cohesive and finished piece that is very ascetically pleasing. First, if you look closely at the little girl perched on her swing, you will see that she has quite a bit of depth and dimension for a 2-D line figure. This comes directly from careful shading with the fantastic Copic markers.

Never used Copics? Never fear! Wendy may be a pro, but I can promise you that I am
brand new. In fact, I picked up my very first Copics TODAY and used them for the first time. I had honestly thought that they would be just like any other marker, but I WAS WRONG. The ink glides on to the page in such a way that it blends together without the stark lines that are often inherent with marker use. I'm telling you ladies, don't be afraid of these little beauties. They have the power to change the way you craft from now on. Plus, as Copics can be used on so many different mediums, and in so many different ways, the options are truly endless.

This piece is rounded out with careful detailing to really make the image pop off of the page. Look at the Kaisercraft Rhinestones that mark the center of the snowflake as well as the tips of her hair. They help to naturally draw the eye to the focal point and capture your attention. The best part? Kaisercraft Rhinestones are self-adhesive! So all you have to do is peel and stick. CuttersCreek carries a large variety of Kaisercraft, including both pearls and rhinestones. I highly recommend keeping several options on hand as they are an extremely quick way to add a bit of class to any project that you are working on.

If you have any questions about Copics or any of the other products used in this card, the please feel free to ask Wendy! As always, the Design Team is here to help!

Wendy's Whimsical Winter Wonderland Card was created using the following products:
  • Stamp, by Pink Cat Studios
  • Copics - B00, B02, G20, G21, E00, R20, R81, & R85
  • Scor-Pal
  • Cardstock
  • Kaisercraft Rhinestones
  • Copic Airbrush System
  • Inkssentials White Gel Pen
All of these products can be purchased at CuttersCreek!

Thank you Wendy for sharing this gorgeous Card!

Sunday, December 6, 2009

Fun with Flower Soft!

For many crafters, winter is a time of great inspiration. With colder weather forcing many of us indoors for the season, this is the time to curl up with a nice hot cup of something yummy and dig into projects that have been put off for far too long.

This is exactly what came to mind when I first saw these two beautiful cards that Lisa has put together for us! At first glance, they seem quite simple, but as you look closer, you will see how all of the small details work together to form a creation that is quite lovely!

In these cards Lisa is taking full advantage of the beautiful Flower Soft line of products. For those of you who haven't used Flower Soft it is like glitter on steroids! Not only do you have the freedom to choose the color that best fits with your work, but you can also choose from different shapes and textures. Best of all, when I say that it works like glitter, I mean it! If you can use glitter, then you can use Flower Soft! Just apply the adhesive of your choice, sprinkle on the Flower Soft, and gently tap or brush off the excess. See, simple!

The images for these beautiful cards are also part of the Flower Soft line. They are called "Toppers," and the two featured here are the Polar Friends, and The Carol Singers. Toppers are great options if you are short on time, or if you would rather embellish than create your own artwork. These two are available from CuttersCreek in a convenient six pack featuring three each of two designs for just $3.99! Click Here and jump straight to them.

Look closely at each of these cards and you will notice the each appears as though it has small drops of water that have been forever frozen in time. They are beautiful aren't they! Many of you may be familiar with this product, but for those who are not, let me be the first to introduce you to Twinkle Jewels! Hand dyed and packaged by our very own Kim B at CuttersCreek, Twinkle Jewels can provide that small last minute touch that takes your project from just being "good" to being completely unforgettable! Twinkle Jewels are currently available in several colors and mixes, and you can see the full line exclusively at CuttersCreek.

If anyone has any questions, or comments, I am sure that Lisa would love to hear them! The Design Team is here to help, and will be happy to answer any questions that you might have!

Lisa's Flower Soft Cards are created using the following products:
  • Flower Soft - Polar White
  • Flower Soft - Delphinium Blue
  • Flower Soft - Boxed Sets - Pastels
  • Flower Soft - Toppers, Polar Friends & The Carol Singers
  • Flower Soft - Glue
  • Glue Glider Pro
  • Bazzill Dotted Swiss Card Stock
  • Stickles in both Yellow and Crystal
  • Crop-A-Dile Corner Chomper
  • Twinkle Jewels - Mixed
These products can all be purchased from CuttersCreek by Clicking Here.

Thank you Lisa for your beautiful work!

Christmas Is Coming - New Projects from the Design Team

Creative Inspiration is on its way! Are you ready for Christmas? The Design Team is busy designing holiday cards featuring Copic Markers and Flower Soft. Be sure to check the blog often for more terrific ideas and projects. Here is a quick sample of a poinsettia colored with Copics, Copic Spica, and Sakura of America's Gelly Roll Glitter Pen. Fast and easy, finish several cards in no time! Don't forget, all the highlighted products can be purchased through Cutter's Creek Store

Copics: V15, V12, V17
Copic Spica: Garnet
Ink: Memento - Tuxedo Black

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Cutters Creek Design Team Announced!!

I first want to apologize to all the entrants, as Cutters Creek has been slamming busy (a good thing) and I needed to take some time to spend with my family on Thanksgiving, as my daughter and her husband flew in from MN and my daughter in law and grand daughter drove up from NC and I was the one in charge of entertaining and meal making. So unfortunately, matters that were less pressing when to the back burner and boy was this a hard decision! I want to say all of your work was absolutely lovely and I had decided to pick between 4-8 people. Well as the decision got harder and harder, I decided to go with 8!! I hope the other entrants will consider joining in the future, when space allows, as honestly I would have taken all of you! So here is your new Design Team:

Angela B.
Carrie W.
Lea C.
Lisa H.
Peggy C.
Sharon S.
Vicki W.
Wendy P.

Thank you again for your patience and waiting on me to get this done. As you can see, I will need your! Congrats to you all!!!

Everyone, please leave a comment and welcome the NEW CUTTERS CREEK DESIGN TEAM!!

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