Saturday, December 31, 2011

New Year's Eve Place Cards with Chris

Need place cards quickly? Want fancy ones? You can make them in less than an hour using your POW Glitter paper and Tim Holtz Rosette Die. I made 3 black and 3 silver rosettes; used my Scor Tape (1/8 inch size) to join the strips and then a bit of glossy accents in the center to hold the circles so they don’t pop. I cut the hands of the clock freehand out of the remnants, glued them on the top circle (again using Scor tape).

I then cut six 3.5x4.25 rectangles from black cardstock; scored & folded them at 2 1/8 inches and used a Glue Dots super strength dot to adhere the clock face to one corner. Then just using a silver pen I handwrote the names and the year—and voila—snazzy place cards for New Year’s Eve.

Happy New Year to each and every one of you!

Resources from Cutters Creek:

American Craft POW Glitter Paper: Silver and Black
Tim Holtz Rosette Die
Scor Tape
Glossy Accents
Glue Dots
Scor Pal

Friday, December 30, 2011

Paper Scrap Jewelry with Lori

If you're like me, by the time you've made several projects with your favorite papers, you have a bunch of scraps left that you can't BEAR to part with because it's SO COOL.  One of my new favorite paper scrap projects is jewelry.  There are plenty of ways to go here, from fast & simple to the limits of your imagination.

So today, I wanted to share a recent jewelry project I made using some of MY favorite papers - Steampunk Debutante from Graphic45.  This paper is currently sold out at Cutters Creek, but I KNOW you have your own favorite to work with already!  Here's the centerpiece of my project:

While this project is super easy, it is a little time consuming, just because of drying time.  Here's what I did: I smashed a bottle cap using a No More Shims mat in my Sizzix Big Kick (this was actually the inspiration for this project, as seeing the smashed bottle cap sitting there the shape reminded me of a gear).  Next, I colored/distressed the bottle cap "frame" area using various inks and embossing powders.  (Distress inks will NOT work for this project as they bead up.)  You can randomly sprinkle on the embossing powders and heat them with a heat tool, then once cool add your ink color(s) and heat again to dry the ink.

Next, I chose the image I wanted to frame, and adhered it to the center of the bottle cap with Glossy Accents and let it dry.  Once dry, I squeezed on more Glossy Accents around the outer edge and sprinkled in a micro bead mixture I had in my stash.  Suze Weinburg's Beadazzles are a great option for this!  I filled the rest of the frame with the Glossy Accents and let it dry over night.  IMPORTANT: If you do this all at once, your Glossy Accents will crack as it dries (what I wanted and got for this piece, but for most you will not) - if you want a clean & smooth surface, be sure to fill in layers, letting it dry completely in between each layer.

Finally, I just needed to decide how to attach the piece to my project.  For this necklace, I chose to drill holes in the sides where I wanted to attach it to the rest of the piece.  An even easier option is to attach a pendant bail to the back of the bottle cap and string it right on to your chain.  Here's a view of my finished project:

If you'd like to see a super easy bracelet project I made for my Mom for Christmas, I've got a post today over on my blog.  Thanks for stopping by!  Be sure to let us know if you have any questions about this fun technique.

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Happy New Year!

I sure hope everyone has been having a great holiday season. I had a little time to craft and put together this New Year’s card to send to a friend.
New Years
My card is 4 1/4” x 5 1/2” portrait card made from Smooth Bazzill Card stock. The solid colored paper is from my scrap bin. I cut a purple mat at 4” X 5 1/4” and the patterned paper is cut at 3 3/4” X 5” and is from the Echo Park Summer Days paper pad. Finally I cut a pink mat 1 1/2” X 3/3/4” and a purple mat at 1 1/4” X 3 1/2”. I used my ATG Gun to adhere the layers together. I cut the bird at 4” from the 3 Birds on Parade Cricut cartridge and adhered the layers and added some white stitching with my gel pen. This image has a cupcake it cuts out in the birds hand but I didn’t want the cupcake so I cut it off and did not cut the other cupcake layers. To finish off my card, I added some Want2Scrap Rhinestones to the birds eye and the four corners of the sentiment layer. I stamped the sentiment in some Memento Tuxedo Black ink. I added the bird to the front of my card with some foam tape. I hope every had a great and prosperous new year!
Items from Cutters Creek:
Smooth Bazzill Card stock
Echo Park Summer Days
Want2Scrap Rhinestones
Memento Tuxedo Black

Monday, December 26, 2011

Mini Album by Chris

A KaiserCraft Beyond the Page album and lots of goodies from my art room came together as a Grandma album. (Check out these catalogue and idea magazines that Kim has been putting in her packages.)

Albums are a piece of cake to do; you just need some imagination (which every one of you has!), glue, and a variety of supplies. All the pages in this album are covered with Echo Park paper, sanded, coated with some Picket Fence Distress Stain and edged with either Tattered Rose Distress Ink or Mustard Seed Distress Ink. The gems adorning the different pages are I-Rocks and Silver Pearl Liquid Pearls. I used my Alcohol Inks—willow and Citrus to color the metallic letters (grandchildren) and Xmas Red Stickles to outline one rose. The white photomats on the last two pages are edged with Ripe Persimmon Distress Ink and run through either the swiss dot cuttlebug embossing folder or the Tim Holtz Regal Flourish one and the flourish is using the flourish die and white glitter cardstock. To finish it off, I sprayed each page with Tattered Angels Old Lace Mist and used 1/8 inch scor tape to adhere the green ribbon around the edges of the largest page.

What’s on your shelves that you could combine with a Beyond the Page project?

Supplies from Cutters Creek:
KaiserCraft Beyond the Page Album
Echo Park paper
Tim Holtz Distress Stain—Picket Fence
Tim Holtz Alterations—Elegant Flourishes
Tim Holtz Distress Inks—Ripe Persimmon, Tattered Rose, Mustard Seed
Ranger Liquid Pearls—Silver Pearl
AC Glitter Cardstock
Tattered Angels—Old Lace
Scor Tape

Friday, December 23, 2011

Merry Christmas & Happy Holidays From Cutters Creek

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year from the Cutters Creek Design Team!  Your business this year is so appreciated and the Design Team has had a blast bringing you beautiful projects all year long.  Have a safe holiday and a wonderful time with your loved ones.  And as you celebrate remember, it is not the presents you receive but the presence of those in your life both family and friends.

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Taking your Scrapbook Supplies off the page

We all spend a lot of time collecting scrapbook supplies and most of us got started with scrapbooking because we loved crafts in general.  I thought I would share a few ways I use my scrapbook supplies to make things other than paper crafts.  Also I would like to apologize for the lateness of this Tutorial Tuesday.  I accidentally washed my iphone in my jeans pocket the other day and I didn’t know how to function.  I had my calendar in there, all my contacts and everything so I’ve  been a little out of sorts for the past few days.

This first project is a flower I made for my daughter to wear in her hair. 


I printed the Santa image from Santa’s Village on my Imagine and then punched it out with a 1 inch circle punch.  I added it to a bottle cap with a glue dot and sealed it with an epoxy sticker. 

My next project and the tutorial part of this post is how to make a glass tile pendant.  First, I picked some paper that had a nice small repeating pattern.  You pick paper because you think it’s pretty so why wouldn’t you like jewelry made out of it ?  I chose this pattern from Echo Park and punched a 1 inch square you could also use your paper cutter if you don’t have a 1 inch square punch. 

Here is a picture of my paper square and my glass tile  ( you can also use a scrabble tile if you have those laying around).

paper and tile

Next you take some glossy accents and kind of dot it all over the front of the piece of paper.  Move slowly and don’t shake it you don’t want to get bubbles. 

crystal effects

Then you lay your tile on top of the paper and center it.  Let it dry for quite a while.  I laid mine of wax paper so I didn’t glue it down to my desk. 


After it is good and dry, you need to turn it over.  If you have any excess paper, gently sand it off around the edges and put a coat of glossy accents over the back of the paper too. When both of your coats are dry, you need to add a bail to the tile with some really good strong glue  so that you can attach it to a necklace.  My paper tile isn’t done yet, so I’m using Miss Piggy as an example for this step.


Now I’m ready to add it to some chain or a ribbon and wear it as a necklace. 

Cutters Creek Shopping List

Glossy Accents

Scrapbook paper

Saturday, December 17, 2011

Baby Shower Card by Chris

I love my Nestabilities Labels Four and have used 3 graduated sizes here to make this shower card. I cut four labels—2 from the largest die, skipped a size and did one each of the next two dies. All edges were inked with Tattered Rose Distress Inks.

To assemble the card base I scored the back piece straight across the top of the side parentheses. I then used my ATG gun to glue above the score line and glue the two pieces together and trimmed off the bottom of the card so it would stand as an easel. The yellow layer was glued down next and the green swiss dot layer was mounted with pop ups. I wrapped the bakers twine around the top and bottom.

To make the stork and baby I used New Arrival Cricut Cartridge and cut the baby at 2 inches. The face is one of Peachy Keen stamps. (I used Just Baby Face Assortment which I bet Kim can get for you if you want.) The stork was cut at 3 inches. To make this stork I cut 2 extra body pieces because I wanted to make the wings look as if they were flapping in flight. All three pieces went through my Cuttlebug D'vine Swirls embossing folder. I didn’t want the neck and face to have the swirls so I left those parts hanging out as it went through my Big shot. I glued the first layer down. The next two layers I trimmed off the neck and head and glued down only the part closest to the neck. I inserted pop ups between the wings to raise them up and then layered the baby bundle over his beak. The top of the bundle is glued down, but the bottom is raised on another pop up. (Lots and lots of dimension in this card.)

To finish off the card I made a rosette using Tim Holtz Alterations Paper Rosette (which Kim had special ordered for me) and a Winter Twinkle Jewel on the outside and a sentiment on the inside.

These Products can be found at Cutters Creek:
Spellbinder Dies
Tim Holtz Distressed Inks
Twinkle Jewels
Peachy Keen Stamps
Doodlebug Bakers Twine

Sunday, December 11, 2011

Ho Ho Ho Garland

I have a garland or banner that I made to decorate my office at work. All of the colors and patterned paper were printing and cut on my Imagine using the Snow Angel Imagine Cartridge and the Mr Frosty Patterned Imagine Cartridge. The stocking is cut at 5" using the Simply Charmed Cartridge. This picture was taken with my cell phone at work hanging on my white board in my office.

Here is a close up of one of the stockings. I adhered all the layers with some Scotch Quick Dry Adhesive. The letters were added with some ASI Kool Tac Clear Foam Pads. I cut the patches for the toe and heel of the stocking out of white card stock as well as the top cuff. I used my Xyron to add some adhesive to the top of each of these white pieces and then covered them with Ultra Fine White Flower Soft. Finally I used my Crop-a-Dile to punch a hole at the top of each stocking. I ran someDoodlebug Twine through the holes to hang my stockings. Below are close ups of the other stockings.

Friday, December 9, 2011

Telescope Card by Chris

I used my Spellbinders Nestabilities to cut three graduated circles. The smallest (3 inches) is the large circle of the Nestabilities Standard Circle set; the second circle (3.5 inches) is the second to largest of the Petite Scallops set; and the largest one (4.25 inches) is the largest of the Lacey Circles set. I inked up the recessed side of the Cuttlebug Snowflakes embossing folder with Tim Holtz embossing ink and after running it through my big shot I sprinkled it with white embossing powder that I heat set and then sanded. It gave it a nice glossy finish and (I hope) looked a bit like snow. I edged the circle with iced spruce ink from the Limited Edition set. The 3D snowflake is from Joys of the Season cricut cartridge, cut at 2 inches. (I bet Kim can get it for you if you don’t have it.) Both layers were sprayed with Tattered Angels Pearl Mist, mounted using ASI’s Kool Tak 3D Clear Foam pads and a Twinkle Jewel (Winter) added to the center with a Mini Glue Dot.

Next I used Spellbinders Fancy Tags Two and a Let It Snow stamp that I had in my stash. I embossed it using Tim Holtz’s embossing pad and white embossing powder. I glued this with my zig pen across the center of the second circle. For the third circle I again used the embossing pad and covered it with silver powder. I didn’t worry about keeping the inside edges neat as I knew I would cover this with another white circle (3.5 inches) on which I again stamped with the embossing pad, but this time I used clear embossing powder and heat set it. I made a second snowman on a scrap piece of paper and cut it out and used as a mask. With the mask covering my stamped image, I brayered on layers of distress ink, starting with Tumbled Glass, then Broken China, and finally, Faded Jeans. I used a wet watercolor brush to blend the inks a bit more and create some shadows inside the snowman. To give it some more dimension I cut one more 3.5 circle and tore off the top edge of it to set before the snowman. It’s edges were also inked with Tumbled Glass.

To put it together I centered the medium circle so the image was upside down over the large circle with its image right side up and pierced a hole. I put aside the large circle and centered the top circle (again upside down) over the middle one (right side up) and pierced it. The final hole at the top was made through the circle and a ribbon loop to pull it open. After all holes were punched, I lined the holes back up and used small brads to join them and voila—folded it looks like a stacked circle, open--a tiered card.

These products can be found at Cutters Creek:

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Quick & Easy Cards with Lori

So, we're getting closer to Christmas here - who else needs some quick & easy cards?  Ecstasy Crafts to the rescue!  Some of my favorite images are "Gorjuss Girls", and Cutters Creek carries a beautiful sheet of "Winter Friend" images to make two cards.  Best of all, they are currently on sale for 15% off - but you better hurry, there are only 4 left in stock as I type this!  Of course, if those are all gone, there are lots of other awesome choices from Ecstasy Crafts available; just have a look around.

Here are the two cards I made, keeping it simple:

Using a white 5"x7" card base, I assembled my EC image.  Then I used a pin clip to hold my "title" like a sign, and added a little bow of Doodle Twine to it.  I added some black organdy ribbon beneath the image, then layered on some ribbon printed with a sentiment from my stash.  I colored over a few little details in the image using a Copic Atyou Spica glitter pen in Black for a tiny bit of bling, but it doesn't show well in the photo.

Again I chose a 5"x7" white card base and layered my image onto it.  I repeated the layered ribbon and added an accent made of white & black paper flowers and a blue plastic flower, held together with a black brad center.  I again posted my "title card" in a pin clip and tied it with some Doodle Twine.  This time, I highlighted some areas of the image using a Sakura Jelly Roll Stardust pen in clear.

Thanks for stopping by and checking out my quick Gorjuss Girls!  I have a more time-intensive, stamped and colored image over on my personal blog today if you'd like to check it out.

Monday, December 5, 2011

Do You Play??? Tutorial Tuesday by Laura C

Today's "Tutorial Tuesday" is really going to be
"Tim Holtz Tuesday" Many people play
along with his "12 Tags of Christmas". Do you?

I love the inspiration, and I love trying to use
my "stash", but ok, I always need to pick up a
FEW new goodies

Now it IS day 5.....but I just had my Thanksgiving
company leave yesterday! So my take on Tag #1
is above. Now Tim can give you the directions much
better than can see them HERE.

But I can tell you....don't be overwhelmed, it's fun
to improvise! I love bling, not really the mess of
glitter, tho'....but I do love Stickles!! So the Noel
chipboard letters are done with Silver Stickles.
I made my own music paper also....using the
Holiday Wishes Stamp Set from Stampers stamping the sheet music in
the set twice, right next to each other, and
centering the banner die over the notes.

I hope you all are inspired to play today....
maybe go and get a little inky....just pick a
tag and have fun! And if you do know you
just can't live without one of the cool products
on this or another tag.....Kim's got your back
over at Cutter's Creek.....just let her know,
and she'll help you out! She's awesome that
way, ya know!

Items from Cutter's Creek:

Stampers Anonymous Holiday Wishes Set
Silver Stickles
Rock Candy Distress Stickles
Paint Daubers in Snow Cap
Limited Edition Winter Distress Inks
(this tag used Iced Spruce)
and Kim is glad to special order items
for ya too--just ask!!

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Smash Books

Hi and welcome to Tutorial Tuesday a day late. I'm sure all of you have heard people talking about Smash books. They are the latest thing in scrapbooking and allow you to have fun and not stress about your scrapbooks. The pages don't need to be perfect, just have fun. I have made this brief video to try and explain some of the smash products and hopefully inspire you to smash your memories into a journal.

Sunday, November 27, 2011

Simple Christmas Ornaments by Deanna M

To help get your holiday decorating started, today I have for you some ornaments for your tree. I found these wooden ornaments at a local store and picked up several. I started by painting them, the tree and wreath I painted green and the candy cane I painted red. The gingerbread man I did not paint.  I used my Crop-a-dile to punch a hole in the top of each ornament.
For the tree ornament, I covered it with some Flower Soft glue and generously covered it with some Pine Ultra Fine Flower Soft. I used some Gold Stickles on the star and then added a bunch of different sizes and colors of pearls to the tree for decorations. I added a piece of red and white striped twine to hang the tree and it was finished.
The wreath ornament was done similarly to the tree. However I used some Vintage Christmas Flower Soft on the wreath. I added some Candy Cane Stickles to the ribbon and finished it with some tiny red pearls that I applied in groups of three and again added the twine to hang the ornament from my tree.

First, if I had to do the candy cane again, I think I would paint it white instead of red. For the candy cane I used some Candy Cane stickles to the ribbon. I used the Christmas Red stickles to add some red stripes and used the Frosted Lace stickles for the white stripes. This was a hard one to get a good picture of because of all the sparkle. I added the twine to hang this ornament as well.
This little gingerbread man is probably my favorite. Instead of painting this guy I sprayed him with some Sugar Maple and Coffee Shop Glimmer Mist. He sure does sparkle. I then added some faux stitching with my gel pen. I stamped his face using the Snow Cuties Peachy Keen stamps. I added some little pink cheeks with a Copic marker. I gave him a little bow tie and used some black pearls as buttons.
Items available at Cutters Creek:
Flower Soft Glue
Vintage Christmas Flower Soft
Pine Ultra Fine Flower Soft
Peachy Keen Snow Cuties Stamp
Blush Copic Marker

Friday, November 25, 2011

Asian Themed Birthday Card by Chris

I decided not only make a gatefold card, which I haven’t done in a while, but also, to use my neglected Copic Markers. I had a free digi image already printed and some paper that had an Asian flavor to it—a perfect match.

I started with a 5.5 x 12 inch piece of plum Bazzill Card Stock and scored it at 2, 4, 8, and 10 inches with my Scor-Pal and creased the folds. On the front panels I layered black Card Stock (1 ¾ x 5 ¼ inches) and decorative Card Stock (1 ½ x 5 inches). Inside I put another piece of decorative Card Stock (3 7/8 x 5 7/16 inches). All the decorative panels were edged with Tim Holtz Milled Lavender Distress Ink.

I colored the geisha; then hand trimmed her and mounted her with my Zig Glue Pen onto some black Card Stock, which I also hand-trimmed with my Cutter Bee Scissors. She was mounted with Pop Up Glue Dots on a two-layer panel. The black piece is 3 1/8x 4 ¼ and the plum piece is 4 1/8 x 3. Using my ATG, I glued one half of the panel she was on and set it on the left front of the card. To finish the card I added some red Twinkle Jewels (Skittles) on the front panel, and used one of my Parisian Accents from the Spellbinders Shapeabilities set to cut a black Card Stock label for inside. The sentiment was printed on my computer using a free font.

The geisha girl is colored with:
Hair: C5, C7, C9
Skin: E00, E000, E50
Teapot: C1, C2, C3
Kimono & hair flower: R29, R39, R46
Flowers and butterflies: YR21, YR23, BG72, G82, YG61
Socks & Cat: C1
Sandals: E13, E35
Shadow: BG000

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Happy Thanksgiving From Us To You!

CHA Summer 2011
While cleaning and reorganizing, I came upon this photo of myself and some of the Cutters Creek Design Team Members at CHA Summer 2011.  Maybe this would have been better if I found it at Halloween……………lol!  From left to right: Laura C, Kim B. Mandie W, and Lori B.  We were goofing around a bit and let our hair down!  Don’t you just love Laura’s pink hair?

I am thankful for all of you wonderful customers and crafters that come to the Cutters Creek Design Team blog and check out our projects each week.  Thank you!

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving and enjoy your families during this wonderful holiday of thanks and giving.

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Mandie's Tim Holtz Inspired Tags

I will admit, I look forward to seeing what Tim Holtz comes up with each year for the Tags of Christmas Past. So this year, before he begins, I decided to review some of the previous years tags for some inspiration and here are a few of the tags I came up with (please excuse the iPhone photos)

For this first tag I used Walnut Nut Stain, Frayed Burlap and Gathered Twigs Distress Inks. I used the direct to paper method and just kept adding ink, strait from the pad onto the paper, until I was happy. Then I stamped my deer onto Kraft Cardstock and cut it out. I coated it with my Rock Candy Crackle Paint for a bit of bling. Finally I tore some strips of natural denim and stamped the music notes. I stuck them down with some Scor Tape and attached the deer with some foam adhesive. I added a cool strip of fabric (from the remnants section at a fabric store) to the top and called it done!

For my "Autumn Splendor" tag, I used Festive Berries, Ripe Persimmon and Peeled Paint Distress Inks with my Blending Tool to create the background. Then I used a set of leaf stamps and stamped my images with Distress Inks. On a piece of scrap cardstock I stamped "Autumn Splendor" with Embossing Ink and embossed it with Gold Embossing Powder and my Heat Tool. Then I blended a bit of ink over to top of it. I attached my phrase with some foam adhesive ad added an acrylic acorn.

For this tag I used only my Winter Seasonal Distress Inks for color. I added the Festive Berries and Evergreen Bough to the background. Then I spritzed it all over with my Mini Mister and crumpled the tag. I dried it a bit with my Heat Tool while it was still crumpled up and then carefully smoothed it a little. I used the Iced Spruce and ran it over the top of the tag, catching the raised wrinkles. Then I used my hands to smooth it a bit more. On some scrap paper I stamped my Santa and my "Merry Christmas". I inked Santa with the Evergreen Bough and then coated him with the Rock Candy Crackle Paint. When he dried, I added the Festive Berries to the rest of the piece. I tore it out and then matted it on a piece of torn Kraft Cardstock. I also inked my Merry Christmas with the Festive Berries and Iced Spruce. Then I attached both pieces with foam adhesive. I inked up my piece of mesh ribbon with Festive Berries too!

My last tag is my favorite. I used Broken China, Evergreen Bough and Seedless Preserves to ink up my background. Using the same colors, I stamped snowflakes all over the background. Then I used some Stickles and smeared them across the background with my finger for a bit of sparkle. I stamped my deer with Evergreen Bough, coated it with Rock Candy Crackle Paint and fussy cut it and attached it with foam adhesive. I had the "Season's Greetings" epoxy sticker in my stash and added some tinsel ribbon.

For clean up when you are done playing with your inks, I HIGHLY recommend the Inkssentials Craft Scrubbie! It get all of that ink off of your fingers!

Monday, November 21, 2011

A Beautiful Autumn Card by Chris

I am still working on ways to use and reuse many of my cool items from Kim. One that kept looking at was the Cuttlebug Owl Flourish Embossing Folder, which I just didn’t want to do as an embossed card front again and I wanted to try out a new technique I learned, but what to do, to merge them?

I started with a center step card. The base was 11 by 5.5 inches and I had some cute paper that looks like tree bark. I decided to use my Scor-Pal and I cut both sides one inch in from the edges and from 1-inch mark to about 6.5 inches. Both sides were then scored between the cut line and the edge at 1 inch (mountain), 2 inch (valley), and 6.5 inches (mountain) and the center piece was scored at 5.5 inches (mountain). I then folded them to make my card shape.

I used my Cricut cartridge Stretch Your Imagination (check with Kim if she can get you this one) and cut the squirrel and nuts with the shift key at 4 inches. I made a shadow piece and using Pop Up Dots raised the acorns up slightly. I used my ATG to glue it down to one of the side steps. I then took my Owl Flourish and embossed some Core’dinations Cardstock, sandpapered the raised image, and fussy cut the owl and flourish out of the paper. I glued this right along the top of the lower fold in the center and added some Cinnamon Stickles for the eyes. I then cut the word "Autumn" from the Stretch Your Imagination cart at 5 inches and rubbed the edges with some Walnut Stain Distress Ink. The shadow is cut from Chestnut American Crafts Glitter Cardstock. I did a multi-cut of 2 to get this out and inked the cut edges with Walnut Stain. I used my Zig Glue Pen to attach the word to the shadow and then pop dotted the shadow up along the base.

The card needed a sentiment and I decided to use my Spellbinders Labels Twenty Three, printed the sentiment with my computer and inked the edges with Vintage Photo, Mustard Seed, and Ripe Persimmon Distress Inks and glued it to the back of the card.

The card still needed some pizzazz. Taking a fall leaf stamp, a Clear Tim Holtz Distress Ink Pad, my Embossing Magic pad, and some white embossing powder I stamped and embossed the image several times on cream cardstock. I then used several of my Distress Inks (Dried Marigold, Mustard Seed, the Limited Edition of the Fall Colors, Walnut Stain, Spiced Marmalade, and Crushed Olive) and applied them directly to the paper smearing them alongside of each other over the leaves. Then I took my Tattered Angels Dazzling Diamonds and sprayed the heck out of each of the leaves. It looks a mess but be patient. Set them aside and let them dry—totally dry, no rushing. You get a blended, shiny and crisp texture to the cardstock when it dries. (It works terrifically on watercolor paper too.) When the leaves were totally dry, I fussy cut them out and used pop dots to arrange them on the card. I do so hope you can see the shine in the pictures, but if not—take my word for it, it’s great!

I’m thinking that this might look lovely as part of a table centerpiece rather than mailing it out. What do you think?

Saturday, November 19, 2011

It's Leftover Time....

Well, it's time for the end to our series, on the
amazing Echo Park paper packs! I made the
card above with a kraft cardstock base, the
chipboard santa, "tis the season" sentiment,
and button, the "north pole" sticker, and the
"nice list" is a journal box. Some twine and
some Want2Scrap pearls, and it's a quick,
cute card for the holidays.

Then, I just still had so many goodies, I
thought I'd make some tags too.....

I used a few stamps from my stash, the tags are
inked with Distress Ink in Walnut Stain, the
Happy Holidays is from the journal box sheet,
the noel and poinsettia are from the sticker
sheet. A pretty punched edge on red cardstock,
some red pearls and bling, and yes, my fav, a
bit of twine finish them off.

And in honor of the upcoming Thanksgiving
holiday, I thought it was only fair that I
share my leftovers.....

This week you saw 11 cards and 3 tags....and there is still
this much of the papers and stickers make more
cards, to scrap many options!

Hope you enjoyed this week, I sure did.....but time to
use up my finish making my holiday

Stop by Cutter's Creek to find:
Echo Park paper packs
Echo Park Chipboard
Want2Scrap Bling
Distress Inks
Doodlebug Twine

Friday, November 18, 2011

Are We There Yet? EP Cards day 5!

Are you tired of me yet?? I hope not!!
Today these are really two of my fav cards.
And still so easy to make! Both cards are just
a layer of pretty paper from yes, again, the
Echo Park Season's Greetings collection
(the 2nd card, I roughed up the edges a bit),
on a base of kraft cardstock. Both cards have a
second layer of paper, corners rounded, inked
with Vintage Photo ink (the top card, kraft
cardstock, the bottom card, the gorgeous stripe).

For the bottom card....that center piece is just one
of the journal boxes in the's so
pretty on it's own! A little twine, the wreath
and sentiment from the sticker sheet in the
collection, a bit of glossy accents on the berries
on the journal card and wreath, and it's done.

The finished project is here:

Now the top card....yep, another journal box....
those things, truly make card making a snap!!!
I added crinkle ribbon (I pleat that using score tape)
and bow, and topped it with a snowflake sticker,
the large chipboard snowflake, and a chipboard
button from the collection as well, tied up with twine.
A few of the red Want2Scrap Pearls scattered,
the "happy holidays" sentiment from the alpha
sticker sheet in the kit.....and it's also complete!

Hope you are inspired to get in some crafty fun
time this weekend!

Let me know what you think of the series....
would you like to see something like this again
with a different collection? Was it helpful?

All your cardmaking needs are available at Cutter's Creek:
Echo Park 12x12 paper collections (Season's Greetings)
Echo Park chipboard
Distress Ink (Vintage Photo)
Want2Scrap Bling
Glossy Accents

Ode to Cardmaking Joy.....

Cardmaking joy, is buying one AWESOME kit from
Echo Park....yes, that wonderful Season's Greetings
Kit, adding a fav punch, a little bling, a little ink, and
making quick, beautiful cards!!

The first card today, used the gorgeous burgundy
swirl paper, on a black cardstock base. Then just
a 1&1/2" strip of black punched with a lacy punch,
the black polka dot banner strip from the border
sheet, the JOY and tree stickers that are in the kit,
the tree layered on the burgundy swirl and then
black cardstock, frames it just right, and then a bit
of Black Soot Distress Ink around the edges, and
a bit of bling, and it's a finished, simple, but very
elegant card!

Next up is this "picture postcard":

Love that swirly background paper, and the pretty
tree stickers from the sticker set! I ripped a piece
of brown paper, and a piece of kraft paper that I then
inked with Vintage Photo Distress ink. The stamp
sticker on a square of brown cardstock, and then
placed in the upper right corner....and how simple
is that??

Hope you enjoyed today's cards.....I've got to say....
I think I saved the best for come back
tomorrow and Saturday, and see what you think!

And remember, I have a giveaway on my blog HERE,
so please stop by to can't win unless
you comment!!

And while you patiently wait for tomorrow....check
out Cutter's Creek for all your cardmaking/crafting

Available at Cutter's Creek:
Echo Park Season's Greetings 12x12 kit
Want2Scrap bling
Distress Inks (Black Soot & Vintage Photo)
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