Sunday, July 31, 2011
So with 30 minutes left before I had to swing by and pick up Mandie, I pulled out a composition notebook, some Scor-Tape, a few embellishments, and a couple of sheets of paper from Graphic 45. Ten minutes later, I was ready to go with this in my bag:
Yes, I appear to be jumping the gun a little on Halloween, but I promise I'm not. I happen to have been called the Wicked Witch of the West more than a time or two, just ask my husband. (Honestly, I don't know where people get that idea.) Besides, have you taken a look at that new Graphic 45 Primer paper pad? Wouldn't that make an awesome notebook for a teacher at the beginning of the school year?
The Graphic 45 papers are perfect for a project like this. They have lots of detail, so there's not a lot of work involved and you still get some wow factor. I kept it all relatively flat, so as not to have something rip off while shoving it in my bag. The ribbons are the perfect extra touch as they don't add a lot of bulk. Note that this project requires 2 sheets of the same paper if you want the back to match the front. I didn't think to take a picture of the back, but I used the backside of the paper on the back of the notebook, because it was the same color and a coordinating pattern. Don't get anxious about making the edges perfect - swipe a little distress ink along all of the edges and it covers anyplace that isn't quite perfect, plus it adds dimension.
Supplies available at Cutters Creek:
Saturday, July 30, 2011
Monday, July 25, 2011
"tutorial"....lol. There was truly a wonderful explanation of
the I Rock and how it works early this month (HERE), and
here is another project showing the difference it can make!
The above card is pretty, but when you "bling it on", look
what you can get:
It adds so much to your card in just seconds, it's quick and easy
and these I Rock gems HOLD!!! And it's so versatile, since you
can use it on so many surfaces!
Give the I Rock "hot rocks" a try.....you won't be disappointed!
(PS....do you like the pretty paper on the card? It's a sneak peek
of the Victoria Gardens paper from EP!! Kim has this on pre-order,
so grab it before it's gone!)
Available at Cutter's Creek:
I Rock "hot rocks"
I Rock jewel tray
Echo Park Victoria Gardens (pre-order!)
I really like the look of white ink on black paper, so I wanted the white to look a little messy on the embossed images. The first card I used Flourished Frame and added the white ink and flowers after stamping my words on some Kraft paper from my scrap paper. Who says brown and black don't go together :o) I topped it with someCuttersCreek branded and Prima flowers.
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, white ink from stash
Embellishments: Prima Flowers: Dimmet, Aurora. CC Flowers: Aqua Marine, B, W, G. Organic Flourishes, Flourished Frame.
Other: ATG, Glue Dots, Big Shot
Sunday, July 24, 2011
While I was waiting for the ink to dry on the scanned image, I cut an 8.5x11 piece of white cardstock down to 7.5x11 and scored it at 5.5 with my ScorPal. I then cut a piece of green shimmery paper at 7.5 x 5.5 and used ScorTape to adhere it to the card front. The gold rectangle is another piece of Graphic 45 cut to just a quarter of an inch smaller than the background (also glued with ScorTape). The lace stickers were in my stash and since the matched the green so well that I couldn’t resist adding them to frame the angels. Before I started to build up the angels, I used my Gold Spica pen and traced over the sentiment and glued it down. It really darkened the sentiment and gave it a soft glow that I just love.
Then, using pop dots I built the angels up. I followed the colors on the Graphic 45 and used my Pink and Melon Spica pens to highlight them and the Clear Spica to fill in the white with some sparkle. I hope you can see that because it makes all the difference in the card. My final touch was one of my PDC Poinsettia’s I had made at Christmas time. I used some Glue Dots to set it on the card. And gee, a Christmas card done in July! Maybe I need to be challenged more this summer so my Christmas letters will be all ready before school goes back into session—LOL.
Friday, July 22, 2011
Do you like to get a jump on making those holiday cards? I do!!
Things get so busy, it's hard to actually find the time during the
holidays. These Ecstasy Card Kits are a wonderful way to do
just that! They have a pre-printed sheet, that you just punch
out each piece, in order (it's paper piecing by number!) and
attach it to the base piece with foam dots. Ecstasy has the
perfect foam dots for the job, which makes this craft even
easier....but it looks so amazing!
I made this card in minutes.....blinged it up a little with
Stickles (Christmas Red to the berries and Icicle to the
white berries and candle flames) and a bow, and you have
one beautiful holiday card....ready to give!!
Check out the Ecstasy Crafts section in Kim's store....and if
you have already.....check back soon.....lots of NEW coming
Available at Cutter's Creek:
Ecstasy Kits (3D diecut Christmas-Old Parchment)
Ecstasy crafts foam dots (lg and micro)
Ranger Stickles (Christmas Red and Icicle)
Thursday, July 21, 2011
This month on the Design Team blog to help everyone start thinking about their holiday crafts we are featuring some Christmas in July project. My project today for you is this cute little treat box. A friend gave me the new Sweet Tooth Boxes project cartridge and when I saw this sweet house in the book I knew what I wanted to do.
I started with some kraft card stock and using the suggestion in the book cut my house and it's layers at 10". To make the house you have to cut 2 of the actual house. Because I wanted to dress mine up a little and add a Christmas Tree to the inside I used my Gypsy and hid the window on one side of the house so it wouldn't cut. I also hid the flowers and the flower boxes because I wasn't using them. I hope you can see the tree I added to the inside of the house. I cut the tree at 3.1" using my Imagine and the Snow Angel Cricut Imagine Cartridge. I used Scor-tape to assembly the house together. I added some clear acetate to the window of my house so it looked like glass. I cut the grass for the house out of white and ran it through my Cuttlebug and the D'Vine Swirls embossing folder. I then ran it upside down through my Xyron and covered it with some chunky glitter and adhered to to the sides of the house.
Polar White Flower Soft along the roof line and edge. To the front of the house, I added a brad for a door knob and using the Snow Angel cartridge and the layers feature on my Imagine I cut two pots of poinsettias to place on each side of the door. I then used my Jolly Holidays Lite cartridge to cut a wreath that I attached to the door.
Christmas Red Stickles for the berries on the wreath and also the ornaments on the tree. I used some Star Dust Stickles to some of the poinsettias to help them stand out and add a little more bling. The roof slides on to the top of the box and over those two solid pieces that act as a handle. It was a lot of fun making this and I am ready to fill it later this fall with some yummy goodies!
Tuesday, July 19, 2011
This summer my 5 year old went to a fun Vacation Bible School and she had this really cute I Heart VBS shirt but it wasn't "girly" enough for her. So I grabbed my I-Rock and my Gem Compact and went to work!
First I did a dry fit of the stones in a pattern I liked. Then I grabbed my I-Rock and let it heat up for about 30 seconds. Then I started adhearing them. *Special Note* when you are doing a project like this make sure you have fresh batteries in your tool, it will save you a LOT of frustration! You only need to hold the tool on the stones for about 10 seconds... maybe a few extra on the big ones. You will kind of see the glue at the edges melt and you know it's done.
After I finished the front I added a few stones to the back too... the State Of Liberty's Crown, the Top of the Chrysler Building and the Taxi and got a bit of bling!
Here's a shot of the completed heart. I will say, I SHOULD have done the stones on the FABRIC of the shirt and NOT the paint. The stones on the back stayed put but the ones one the heart shed off during the day. But, my friend who also did this with me did her's around the outside of her heart and they worked perfectly!
You can wash your shirt after it is blinged, just make sure to turn it inside out and hang to dry! You can easily personalize a store bought shirt with many of the gorgeous gems available at the Cutters Creek Store!
Monday, July 18, 2011
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Copics, Copic Multiliner
Stash: green paper
Friday, July 15, 2011
Thursday, July 14, 2011
Supplies I used:
- American Crafts glitter cardstock, Silver
- Cuttlebug embossing folder, Snowflakes
- Stamping Ink
- Glimmer Mist, Pearl
- Sentiment Stamp, Inkadinkadoo
- Silver Embossing Powder
- Heat Tool
- i-Rock tool
- i-Rock gems, silver
- ATG adhesive
- pop-up foam adhesive
Thanks for stopping by today! I'd love if you'd hop over to my blog and check out my giveaway, and the next several days of White Christmas.
Monday, July 11, 2011
Continuing with our Irock Tutorial Tuesdays, I decided to make a precious little baby girl card to show you how I like to use my Irock. Here are a picture of the Imaginesce supplies I used on this card.
In this picture you can see my Irock tool, a compact full of rhinestones, a couple of lip gloss like containers full of gems, and my little tray which lets me keep track of all my gems. In the tray you will see one of the applicators that comes in the lip gloss tubes. When you wet the end of the applicator, it can be used to pick up the gems and place them where you want them to go. This is a lot easier than trying to pick them up, especially if you have long nails.
Here is a picture of the card I made using the Irock gems and my Teresa Collins Baby Boutique Imagine cartridge.
I like to look for obvious places in the die cuts themselves or the pattern that look like a rhinestone would fit. In this case, the middle of the wheels was perfect for a rhinestone, as well as the point of the sentiment, and I also mixed a few into the polka dot pattern on the stroller randomly. To finish the card off, I added a couple of Cutters Creek branded gardenias. The flowers come with stamens in the middle of them. I didn’t think it really went with my bling theme, so I carefully cut them out of the flowers and added an Irock rhinestone to the center of each flower.
Using the Irock is extremely simple. First, you need to place your gems where you want them using the applicator I told you about earlier. Then you place you Irock tool on top of the gem. Here is a link to a video showing you how to use the Irock. You can feel the gem move just a little bit when the glue has melted, that’s the best way for me to know it’s done. It will go a little quicker after the tool is completely warmed up. Your first few may take a little longer. If you are looking for an easy way to bling up your projects, then the Irock is the tool for you.
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Teresa Collins Baby Boutique (available for special order)
Friday, July 8, 2011
I would love to have a little bit of cold weather right now. It’s been over 100 degrees so many days that nothing sounds as good as a little bit of Christmas in July. I decided to make a 2 page layout for my Christmas in July project. It was really simple and quick to do with my cricut Imagine. I used the Snow Angel cartridge to print both pages of my background paper. Snow Angel has some of the sweetest looking images on it I have ever seen. I love printing the patterns on textured cardstock, I think it gives a great look.
After I printed my background pages, I printed and cut a few elements to add to it. I popdotted the mom figure in the coat, but I glued the snow angel child directly to the paper. I love the dimension of the pop dots, but if you were making a snow angel, you would be flat in the snow, so I applied that one directly to the paper. The title is from Winter Woodland and filled with patterns from Snow Angel. I used the same technique on the companion page. I stuck the dear directly to the paper, but pop dotted the adorable little snowman up, so I could tuck the picture underneath it a little bit. All I needed to make this layout was my cricut Imagine, 2 cartridges, and a few sheets of white cardstock, you can’t get much easier than that!utters
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Tuesday, July 5, 2011
July is going to be an exciting month for us here on the blog because we have Summer CHA coming up and that means Kim is going to be adding some great new products to the store again... This month we are going to be focusing on the i-rock gems on Tutorial Tuesday and here's the card I made:
First I stamped out the image from The Greeting Farm, Cheeky Beach, and colored her in my my Copics. I've been very slowing expanding my collection so I actually have a couple colors besides the skin tones now! I'm still learning about my Copics too... like use GOOD paper, this one got a bit runny. My coloring wasn't awful but the colors traveled in this paper. But I still thought she was cute enough to use! If you click the close up picture you can see how I added a bit of sparkle with my Stardust Gelly Roll Pen.
Next I made the sandy layer. I started with a tan cardstock for my base then used Yellow Daisy, Walnut Gold and Coffee Shop Glimmer Mist to create the sandy look. Then I grabbed my Echo Park Summer Days 6 x 6 Paper Pad and grabbed the blues for the sea and sky. I tore the paper by hand for the "waves" and I really like how they came out. Once the sea, sand and sky were in place I decided that I needed a big blingy sun! So I cut a 5/8" circle from white cardstock and used the Yellow Daisy Glimmer Mist to color it. Then I grabbed my i-rock and the Hot Rocks Compact and added the yellow rhinestones to my sun.
Finally I stamped "Fun" and "Sun" with some alphas from my stash and wrote "in the" in between for my sentiment. What a fun summery greeting to send! Thanks so much for joining us for another Tuesday! Make sure you check back often, we have a surprise filled month!