Thursday, June 30, 2011
The card is a 5.5-inch square, which means I cut the easel base at 5.5 x 11 inches, and scored the base at 5.5 and 2.75 inches. I used the Le Cirque Graphic 45 for all the embellishments and fancy cut the majordomo, the Le Cirque banner, and the clown with my Cutter Bees. All edges were rubbed with distress inks (either Aged Mahogany or Black Soot). I cut the aerialist out ((2.75 x 3) and layered her over a 3.5 x 3 inch rectangle (red paper) and a 3 inch square (yellow paper). I covered the front part of the base with another Graphic 45, layered on the clown, and then attached the top square to my base. (Of course, I used Scor Tape to adhere everything.)
The top was trimmed that with Golden Rod Stickles and the yellow square with Black Diamond. (Some day I will develop a steady hand so it goes on perfectly straight!) I also added dots of Golden Rod Stickles on the background to glitz it up some more. Setting that aside to dry, I worked on my Kusudama flower (an origami floral shape). I started with five 2-inch squares and followed a tutorial by Folding Trees, inking the paper edges with Aged Mahogany and Black Soot Distress Inks. When the flower was done, I needed to trim off the bottom so I could have a flat surface and used my Fiskars finger tip blade to slice it. I covered the center with a button and two gems over the thread holes.
The next piece I made was the sentiment and for that I used Spellbinders Fancy Tags 2. I printed the sentiment (a quote from Water for Elephants) on cream cardstock and then ran the cardstock through my Xyron Sicker Maker. I adhered the sentiment to a piece of blue foam and then ran both through the Xyron together. I then cut the tag, inked it with Aged Mahogany and Black Soot Distress Inks and laid it over the cut out clown.
The banner was folded along the lines of the image to give it a bit more of a realistic look and attached with Pop Up Dots. I decided the Majordomo needed his own piece of pizazz and attached him with an Action Wobble. I know you can’t see it in the photo, but boy does he look great when he wobbles--looks like he is really drawing your attention to the aerialist! To finish the card I cut a square of Scor Tape and used it to adhere my flower as the stopping point inside the card. While it took me a while to dream this card up, it was probably one of the easiest to put together. Now I just need to make a box to deliver it in.
What are your Fab Five products? I bet you can find them at Cutters Creek!
Monday, June 27, 2011
Paper: Graphic 45, Cosmo Cricket
Embellishments: Stickles, CuttersCreek: Aquamarine; Prima Flowers:Splash,
Other: ATG, Scor-Pal
Stash: Pop Dots
Now on to my Favorite things.... I decided to use American Crafts Glitter Cardstock, Stickles, Glimmer Mist, The Greeting Farm Stamps and my Cricut to create this card.
It is a bit hard to capture all of the Bling Factor in this card in a photo but it really sparkles! I started with a piece of black cardstock. I guess-timated where to cut the star on a larger piece so I could cut it down exactly. I used my Cricut and the Plantin SchoolBook Cartridge to cut the star out at 3 1/2". Then I cut it to fit the 5 x 6 1/2" card base that I had.
Next, I spot spritzed with my Gold Glimmer Mist. I wanted a kind of blobby look so I depressed the sprayer slowly and only about 1/2 way with each spray. The gold on the black really pops! The picture above has my plain black paper and the spritzed one for comparison.
Before I put away my Glimmer Mist I stamped the phrase "you Twinkle more than stars" from The Greeting Farm Because of You Stamp Set on a scrap piece of white cardstock with my Staz-On Black Ink and spritzed that with some Glimmer Mist too. I matted it on a piece of the spritzed black before I added it to my card.
Next I grabbed my bottle of Golden Rod Stickles. This one seems to match the Glitter Paper perfectly. I added a few stars and a few little dots here and there for even more dimension. I also decided to cut a few tiny stars out of the Glitter Paper as well. Then I used a scrap of the American Crafts Gold Glitter Cardstock along the bottom to put under my sentiment.
Finally, I adhered my 4 x 4" square of American Crafts Gold Glitter Cardstock to the base of my card, under where my cut out is. Then I used some Pop Up Dots to attach the front of my card. I love the look of this card and I can't wait to use it!
Saturday, June 25, 2011
Hi, it’s Mindy and it’s my turn to tell you about some of my favorite things. I love my cricut, but I have a few other favorite products as well. I LOVE stamps and copic markers. Coloring a great stamped image can be very relaxing and I don’t think anything makes a stamped image look as good as copic markers do. For this card, I used one of my favorite stamp companies- House Mouse.
House Mouse has so many adorable stamps it’s hard to pick a favorite, but I think this one called You Snooze You Lose is really sweet. The image is of course colored with copic markers. I chose the background paper I used because it reminds me of ice cream.
Patterned paper is another one of my favorite things. I can’t get enough of it. I especially love this Echo Park paper. The pack is called Dots and Stripes and it is the Candy Shoppe collection. This pack is awesome! It is full of different colors of stripes and polka dots and to make it even better- it’s double sided! I used the front and back sides of these papers to showcase the stripes and the dots.
Another one of my favorite things is Nestabilities. I just can’t get enough of them. I love how easy it is to mat your image and make it look great. This image was actually a little large and if I matted it, it would take up almost the entire card front. I cut the image, embossed it, and then went over the embossing with some pink chalk. This not only highlights the embossing, but it kind of makes the image look matted.
My final favorite thing is embellishments and one of my favorite types of embellishment is flowers. I love flowers and there are so many different types available. The new Cutter Creek Flowers are my current favorite. They come in several different types, sizes, and colors. I never have a problem finding the perfect one. For this card I used one of the gardenias up in the left corner and two of the lillies down on the bottom. I love how these flowers are not flat and add decoration and dimension to your projects.
I hope you have enjoyed reading about the design team’s favorite things as much as we have enjoyed sharing them with you.
Thursday, June 23, 2011
Tuesday, June 21, 2011
Inkssentials Glossy Accents
Tim Holtz Distress Ink in Walnut Stain
Tim Holtz Design Ruler
Sakura Quickie Glue Pen
Scor Pal Scor-Tape
Monday, June 20, 2011
All the composition books use 1 1/2" Scor Tape to adhere the cardstock. I’ve found it works so much better than the aerosol adhesive I was using. After gluing on the papers (both inside and out), I’ve sanded the edges and then inked with Distress Inks. The green and pick floral is edged with Tattered Rose, the black and silver with Black Soot, and the blue ‘Health” one with Faded Jeans. Then using my Scor Pal, I created a pocket for the back page by cutting an 8.5 x 11 sheet of paper in half and scoring it around three sides at .5, .75 and 1 inch. I folded those creases in and again used Scor Tape—this time the 1/8-inch size to attach. Taking a circle punch I clipped out a partial circle to make it easier to grab papers or notes stored inside. The smaller pocket inside the front cover was cut using my SCAL and was then scored and taped in place. I usually add a small note card explaining how the journals came about and that it is a gift from me to the recipient.
Going back to my cover I used the Alterations die and grunge paper to cut out the fastener, which I colored with Tim’s Alcohol Ink Agate on Grunge. I applied Stream, Cloudy Blue, Shell Pink, and Pearl Mixative as well as the Blender with the Ink Applicator and felt pads. These colors closely matched the ribbon scrap I adhered—with Scor Tape—along the edge. Then I turned to my SCAL and traced a Kanji character that means health. I cut it four layers of a cereal box, glued them together and then embossed using the Clear Distress Ink Pad and Silver Super Fine Embossing Powder. Using some old plastic letters I had in my stash, I embossed them and glued both the letters and the symbol down with Glossy Accents.
Friday, June 17, 2011
page would work great as a LO for a Dad, Grandpa, Husband,
and really for any special guy in your life.....I happen to have
3 in my photo!!
Graphic 45 "A Proper Gentleman" 12x12 paper pad is the
main focus in this LO, with a bit of black and cream solid
cardstock to finish it off.
I started by making a "tile" or embellishment for the page.
I first cut my strip of cars for the right side of the page,
then from the remaining piece of this pattern, I cut out
one of the cars in it's rectangle, and then distressed the
edges with Black Soot Distress Ink and a distress tool.
Then I applied some Rock Candy Crackle Paint, which
was dried with a heat tool. Once dry, I gently rubbed
this piece with Vintage Photo Distress Ink, using a
foam applicator, and the result is in the pic below....
Once the tile was ready, I started my page. I used the 12x12
diamond pattern paper, inked the edges with Black Soot
Distress Ink, and roughed it up with a distressing tool.
I made 2 little rips in the paper, inked the torn paper with
more Distress Ink, and then put a small 1&1/2" square
piece of hounds-tooth patterned paper behind it to peek thru.
Next, I cut an 8&1/2" square of black cardstock, as a mat for
an 8" square of the hounds-tooth patterned paper from the
Graphic 45 paper pad. I distressed and inked this and then
centered it onto the 12x12 piece of diamond patterned paper
(along the right edge). The odometer paper is also from the
Graphic 45 "A Proper Gentleman". I cut a 4&3/8" strip from
the top of the page, trimmed off 1" from the right side, and
then inked it with the Black Soot Ink. It was adhered about
1" from the top of the black cardstock mat with the hounds-
tooth paper, and even with the left side of the page. I added
the strip of the car patterned paper on the right side of the
page....and matted and added my photo to that piece.
To finish it off, I added the car tile piece I made earlier, using
foam tape. It really makes the page "pop". You can see
the difference in the 2 pics below....first without....
and then with the "tile".....
I typed up my journaling on the computer, printed it on
cream cardstock, and then cut it apart, inked each piece
with Black Soot and then.....the end result....
Hope this page inspires you, to remember to take lots of
Father's Day, or any day, guy pics, and don't be afraid to
scrap away to remember that special guy!!
And a Happy Father's Day to all the Dads out there!!!
Available At Cutter's Creek:
Graphic 45 12x12 paper pad (A Proper Gentleman)
Tim Holtz Distress Ink (Black Soot & Vintage Photo)
Distress Crackle Paint (Rock Candy)
Thursday, June 16, 2011
- Clear embossing ink and clear embossing powder
- Heat tool
- Glossy Accents
- Stamping Ink
- Pigma Micron Pens in black
Next, use your stamping ink to color the background. You can use your choice of applicator tools, or even direct-to-paper. I used a brayer on this piece; I also chose to use textured cardstock here for a fabric-like appearance. Wipe off excess ink using a tissue, then trim the panel to your chosen size.
That stamping ink comes in handy for all kinds of things, and many of them don't involve a stamp at all. I used mine to color part of some Petaloo Color Me Crazy flowers, as well as edging a ribbon slide sentiment label for added definition. Ink also adds some awesome dimension to your die cuts when you sponge all the edges with coordinating ink.
fairy paper, outlined it with Glossy Accents, then filled it in. Any air bubbles can be popped with a pin before it dries, if you choose. This technique does involve drying time (sorry, the heat tool won't work here), and the thicker the gloss the longer it will take to dry.
|The wet Glossy Accents will look milky.|
|Dry Glossy Accents will be shiny and dimensional.|
Finally, the Pigma Micron pens are perfect for adding all kinds of details. I love the set of three, since the different line widths can give a different feeling on your projects. They dry quickly and won't smudge, so I love to use them when I need to hand write all or part of my sentiment. Another alternative is decorative pen work, such as doodling some flourishes. Or, as I did, adding drawn stitching. To make it more realistic looking I punched holes first, using a paper piercer and my Tim Holtz ruler.
With these few basic supplies, you can create all kinds of different designs. Simply change your stamps, paper color, and/or ink color for a completely different look in a short period of time!
Monday, June 13, 2011
Cutters Creek is selling SCAL once again! This is such an awesome product and will work with the following products:
- Works with Craftwell eCraft™ (we sell this machine)
- Works with Black Cat Cougar/Lynx™
- Works with BossKut Gazelle™ (we sell this machine)
- Works with Pazzles Inspiration™
- Works with Silhouette SD™
- Works with USCutter™
- Works with Craft ROBO/Graphtec™ machines including Wishblade™ (Windows Only)
If you own one of these machines and would like $25 off on SCAL V3, use coupon code "SCAL25" at Cutters Creek while supplies last!!
Tuesday, June 7, 2011
Hi, it’s Mindy. It’s my turn to post a design team project for you. I have used Fleur Anya by the Greeting Farm.
This stamp is so sweet looking and I think it really works well with the Echo Park For the Record paper pack. I tried to find some copic markers to match the gorgeous colors in the papers and colored Anya. I added some stitching, some ruffly ribbon, and a bright yellow Cutters Creek Gardenia. I also added some self adhesive pearls to the centers of the flowers in her hair. Ruffles and pearls are two of my favorite things! I love the colors in this paper pack. They’re not my normal colors which is nice, it gives my pink copic markers a rest.
Sunday, June 5, 2011
Saturday, June 4, 2011
I recently got the Kate’s ABC’s Cricut cartridge and knew immediately what I wanted to do when I saw this image on the cartridge. This image reminded me of the chives in bloom that I grow on my back patio in pots.
My card base is an A2 4 1/4” X 5 1/2” cream card stock. My orange and patterned paper is from a Basic Grey 6” X 6” paper pad I got from Cutter’s Creek several months ago and is no longer available. I really encourage you to get some of the 6” X 6” pads that Cutter’s Creek sells like the new Echo Park pads. They are great for card making, the patterns are shrunk down to be in proportion to the size and work great for cards reducing waste. Check them out.
Back to my card. I used the Elegant Edges cartridge for the decorative mat and cut both the shadow and the base image from page 38 of the handbook using the oblong creative feature.
My yellow layer of the decorative mat was actually cut out of white card stock. I used some Wild Honey Distress Ink and my Inkssentials Blending Foam and the Alcohol Ink Applicator to apply the ink in a circular motion over my entire piece of white card stock. Then I sprayed it with some Sun Sister’s Glimmer Mist. Once I sprayed the card stock and lightly blotted it with a paper towel and let it dry.
While the card stock was drying I cut out my image from page 67 of the Kate’s ABC’s handbook. I cut all the layers at 3” and followed the colors as they worked for what I wanted to do. After adhering all the layers together I got out my Sweet Pea Flower Soft and my Flower Soft Glue and got to work. I applied the glue to the flowers and sprinkled the flower soft over the glue and tamped it down using my finger. I allowed it to dry and then gently tapped off the excess and loose flower soft.
To finish my card, I added a piece of twine from my stash to the pot and attached the image to my card front with some foam tape . I then added some pink I-Rocks Glitter Gems in two sizes using my heat set tool to each corner of my yellow mat. Love this gem set, it has several different colors and each color and several different sizes. I opted to use two sizes with a larger one in the middle. I haven’t stamped a sentiment yet as I haven’t decided who will be getting this card and for what occasion.
While the cricut cartridges are not listed on the Cutter’s Creek site Kim might be able to order them for you, just ask.
Thursday, June 2, 2011
some of my absolute favorite products!! This is our
theme this month, so watch for some absolute goodies!!
I LOVE anything and everything that is Tim Holtz,
and the Tim Holtz (TH) Sizzix Texture Fades are
number one on the list!! The ability to create layers
with these embossing folders and Tim's inks is limitless!!
The first way to do this, is to ink the actual folder.....the
pic below shows the look WITHOUT ink on the left,
and WITH ink on the right.....
I love the depth you get when you rub the TH Distress Inks
(Brushed Corduroy here) directly onto the embossing folder.
But you don't have to stop there....next, a layer of TH Walnut
Stain Distress Ink was applied with a foam applicator, it really
"pops" the numbers and creates even more visual texture.....
Next step....it's very subtle in the pic (sorry!) but it really
brings out the numbers even more, to use an even darker
color of ink, a layer of Distress Ink in Black Soot applied
the same, but concentrating on just the numbers on the
Then....a little detour....lol.....to the center of my card......
I used a HUGE favorite of mine, the Fancy Tags 3. I had
saved the negative image from cutting a tag out for a
different card, and then just trimmed it to fit my card.
And the finishing touch of the clock piece, was brushing it with
a little gold paint (I use the Adirondack Daubers) and then
lightly sanding it to take some of the gold back off. Then a piece
of the original kraft cardstock is centered under the black
cardstock "frame" and the word "DAD" stamped with an alpha
from my stash. I added a bit of TH Walnut Stain Distress Ink
to darken the cardstock around the word "DAD" a bit, resulting
in the finished project....
A great card for Dad (it would also work for a "Grad"!!).
Hope you enjoyed some of "My Favorite Things".....check
them out at Cutter's Creek!!
(PS this card was made with a 5&1/2" by 4&1/4" base,
and the kraft piece was 5&1/4" by 4")
Available at Cutter's Creek:
Tim Holtz Texture Fades (Clock & Steampunk)
Tim Holtz Distress Inks (Brushed Corduroy,
Walnut Stain & Black Soot)
Tim Holtz ink applicator
Adirondack Paint Daubers
Fancy Tags 3
Ok--many of these items are sold out (I guess they
are truly favorites....lol) but Kim can re-order....
please just ask!!