Thursday, February 28, 2013
I wanted to use my English Tea Party die in a different way, so I made a giant rosette. I just cut 2 doilies from the same paper, then I scored them using my Scor Pal. I just laid the doily on the board, lining up 2 high points across from each other on a score line and scored. Then I rotated it to 2 low points ans scored again. I continued all the way around, then repeated for the other doily. I cut down one score line on each doily into the center of each, then accordion folded them. I overlapped one section and adhered them to each other with a bit of Glossy Accents.
I made a 6 x 6 card base from black cardstock, and added a border of black diamond Stickles. After that was dry, I adhered my rosette using more Glossy Accents. I used some circle punches to create a center. I layered them with ATG adhesive and adhered the whole thing using more Glossy Accents. I added some ribbon and a bow to balance my design. You can't see it in this photo, but I also used Copic Spicas in Blossom, Silver, and Pitch Black to highlight portions of the picture in the center of my rosette. (I will try to add another photo once I find my charging cord!)
This particular design is currently sold out in the store, but there are lots of other beautiful designs to choose from. Or, if this one is on your must-have list, be sure to contact Kim and ask her about another shipment.
Items available from Cutters Creek:
Tuesday, February 26, 2013
I used my cricut to cut the shapes I used to decorate my board. The Mickey head and the word Disney are from the Mickey and Friends cartridge. The words days til are from Pooh and Friends font cartridge. This is an 8 x 10 frame. The Disney is cut at 6 inches and the Mickey head is cut at 3.4 inches. When you put your background paper in the frame, the glass of the frame becomes your dry erase surface. Now every day I can change the numbers on the frame and I ‘ll be able to keep track of how many days are left until my vacation! These are so simple to make and would make great gifts or party favors.
Sunday, February 24, 2013
Friday, February 22, 2013
Here is the how-to:
Cut and assemble the Chinese take out box at 6 1/4" from Sweet Tooth
Face: Circle at 2"
Ears: Long Oval 2" (white with shadow turned on)
Paws: Oval at 1"
Nose: Heart at 1"
I inked the everything in Pink and added some ribbon to the chinese take out box only because I didn't have grass - so need to get some grass....
If you don't have the Sweet Tooth cartridge - It is a must have - Kim can special order it for you.
Thursday, February 21, 2013
an easy way to do just that! I picked up one of the jumbo
clothespins (you can find them at a lot of craft stores right
now) and fixed it up to become somestylish organization!
cut out. I used Echo Park Hello Summer....it's sold
out in store...but Kim may be able to order....but so
many of the Echo Park kits lend themselves to home
decor projects!! And one of the best adhesives for
this type of project....Scor Tape. It will hold the paper
to the wooden clothespin without any problem--it's
truly my "go to" adhesive for any home decor type
of project! To finish the piece off, decorate as you'd
like....I added stickers, and some Thickers to dress it up.
Then it was just cutting 3x5 index cards in half and they
fit right into the Mini Kraft Bags by Canvas Corp
(Kim also had these....she can re-order!). I'm finding
so many uses for these....just love them! Great for
holding journaling on a LO or holding a tea bag or a gift
card....they are awesome! I fussy cut out the clouds,
and added alpha stickers to spell the days of the week
and a little twine made them super cute....it looks great
sitting on my counter in my kitchen! I can menu plan and
write a "2 do" list for each day...it helps keep me organized!
Have you ever made a "crafty" organization item? Please share!!
Tuesday, February 19, 2013
A co-worker is redoing her bathroom in black and white tile and her favorite color is red so I decided to incorporate all 3 colors into a birthday card for her.
My card base is white card stock cut and folded to make a 4 1/2" X 6" card base. I added a black mat cut at 4 1/4" X 5 3/4" and then another white mat cut at 4" x 5 1/2" and finally a black patterned paper mat cut at 3 3/4" X 5. My flower is die cut using a sizzix die and I embossed the sentiment with some WOW! Opaque Bright White embossing powder. (it is currently sold out but I am sure Kim will be adding more to the store soon). I added a black stitched white ribbon and tied a knot bow on it.
For the flower I cut a piece of white card stock big enough to fit my die and lightly coated it with some Inkssentials Glue n Seal. I then added rows of Washi Tape to my card stock in a diagonal pattern (just because I wanted to).
As I said in the video, I think this would be a great technique for a background mat on a card as well. I sure hope you will give this technique a try.
Sunday, February 17, 2013
My card base is a light tan card stock cut and folded to make a 4 1/4" X 5 1/2" card base. I added a dark brown mat cut at 4" X 5 1/4" from the Tim Holtz Nostaglic Collection Core'dinations card stock. And another tan mat cut at 3 3/4" X 5".
For my final layer, I started with some white card stock cut at 4" X 5". I used some Tim Holtz distress ink in old paper, antique linen, tea dye, and vintage photo to ink up my paper. I started with my lightest color and worked my way to the darkest color layering the color as I went. I then lightly spritz the paper with some water and allowed it to dry. Next I took some of the Tim Holtz Distress Stain in tarnished brass and inked around outer edges of my paper. I allowed it to dry for a few minutes then turned the paper over and spritzed it with water until it was fairly damp and then crumbled it all up. I spritzed from the back so my ink on the front wouldn't react to the water. I carefully opened up the paper and dried it with my heat tool. Once it was dry I took my blending tool and some Vintage Photo and lightly went over the top of my paper to enhance the wrinkles I had created.
Using Vintage Photo and the French Music stamp I stamped the inked paper. Because of some of the creases, and wrinkles I got a very broken up image which was what I wanted. I then cut it down to 3 1/2" X 4 3/4" so it would fit the front of my card. I took my scissors and distressed the edges of the paper and the adhered all my layers together.
I wanted my sentiment to be the focal point of my card. So using my Cricut and the Elegant Edges cartridge and the Oblong creative feature I cut a scallop and shadow at 3". The shadow was cut out of the dark brown and the top layer was cut out of the light tan.
I inked the edges of the tan scallop with some Tea Dye Tim Holtz Distress Ink and used Vintage photo to stamp my sentiment. Because this ink lightens a bit when it dries, it was a perfect choice to use with the sentiment to carry my distressed theme.
I added some rhinestone flourishes to the front of my card. These were actually clear rhinestones that I colored with a Spectrum Noir marker GB10.
My flowers are a 3d Rose cut that I cut with my Silhouette Cameo. The paper is Core'dinations Gemstone card stock, but not sure of the name of the color but it is a light golden yellow.
I rolled my flowers and adhered a gold pearl in the center of each flower. I didn't have enough small gold pearls to trim my scallop so I used some Gold Pearl Liquid pearls for that. I adhered the sentiment mat to my card using some foam tape.
I hope you like it. I had a lot of fun working on this one as it was a bit more of a challenge for me.
Thursday, February 14, 2013
This sweet little Lolli-pot favor was cut with a file from Creations by AR (they come in SVG, DXF, and PDF format and this one is easy to cut by hand). Each piece was cut from a different pattern from the paper pad. Before placing the insert in the pot, a sucker is inserted through the hole upside down. I then created my large flower using an oversize bottle cap and some flowers from my stash. The package of Petaloo Color-Me-Crazy flowers has some large flowers that are perfect for this! To finish off my project, I used Stickles in Baby Blue, Cotton Candy, Lime Green, and Pink.
Now, for a little talk about adhesive - if you belong to our Yahoo group, you know that Kim has been taking signups for an adhesive club. Officially, signups are closed for the club, but if you get in touch with Kim by end of day Friday (2/15) she should be able to add you in. I use a variety of adhesives when putting this type of item together, and I have a feeling that all of them will be making an appearance in the adhesive club! Here's what I use, and why I use it:
- Scor Tape - great for holding together simple 3-D items because it holds instantly, but once it's stuck, it's stuck. I used this on the actual flower pot.
- Glossy Accents - great for small areas and for more complicated items because it gives a bit of wiggle room for adjustments but it does dry pretty quickly. (I usually count to 60 to be safe!) I used this to assemble the tray for the pot and to stick the pot to the tray.In addition to being a great adhesive, as its name implies, it makes great epoxy-like accents.
- Mini Glue Dots (3/16") - great for sticking small things to other things, or sticking things to small and/or odd-shaped things. I used three of them to stick my big flower to my sucker stick.
- Cosmo Cricket Glubers (2") - great for sticking larger items together, especially heavy items. I used these to adhere the layers of my flowers and the bottle cap to the center.
Items available from Cutters Creek:
- 6x6 paper pad - mine is Echo Park Paper, but there are almost 30 choices in the store!
- Scor Tape 1/4"
- Glossy Accents
- Mini Glue Dots
- Glubers 2"
- Color Me Crazy flowers
- Lolli-Pot template from Creations by AR
- 2" bottle cap
- Epiphany Crafts heart 25 punch and epoxy bubbles
- sucker (I used a Charm's blow pop)
Tuesday, February 12, 2013
I started with a blank base tag.....then I stamped and
embossed the heart (a Tim Holtz stamp) using WOW embossing
glitter in Angel Wings then inked the rest of the tag up
with Distress Inks:
Festive Berries, Barn Door, Shaded Lilac.
I dripped water on it to give the background
a more distressed look.
After using a distressing tool around the edges of
the tag....I reinked with more Barn Door ink.
Then I lightly brush the tag with Adirondack
Paint Dauber in Pearl. I also used the daubers
on the metal #2....first Red Pepper, then while
still wet....some Pearl to mix it into a silvery pink.
I also used the Pearl to fill in the word "Cherish" on
the metal tag and brushed it around the edge of
the plastic TH fragment piece under the letter
"U".....that piece was also colored with Red
Pepper Alcohol Ink. Then I inked up the
love definition stamp from the TH
"Love Struck" set in white, and stamped
randomly on the tag. Then it was just finishing
touches....a bit of TH tissue tape under
the letter U (which is a TH sticker) and
attaching TH baubles, charms, and some
seam binding ribbon.
Many of these fun items are in Cutter's Creek,
if you can't find them in store....please ask Kim,
she is glad to order for you as well!
Take some time to have a little of your own
creative playtime....hope we can inspire you to
do just that!
Monday, February 11, 2013
Cutters Creek Design Team Call
Cutters Creek is looking to add some members to its Design Team. The Design Team call will run February 10th through March 2nd.
Design Team: (initial requirements)
1. Must live in the US.
2. Submit a paragraph why you would be an asset to the Design Team and your experience.
3. Submit a picture of a scrapbook layout, card, or project show casing your work and describe it as well as a link to your blog.
4. Commit to submitting a minimum of two projects a month as well as blog hops and other special events hosted by the design team and be willing to let Cutters Creek display your art. (You will receive credit for your creation.)
5. Must be able to communicate well with others.
6. Must have a blog
We are looking for submissions by all skill levels. Submissions can be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org no later than Saturday March 2nd midnight EST.
If any of the above requirements cannot be met, please do not submit an entry.
Other compensation and requirements will not be discussed until the above items have been met, as this will be a two phase process.
Thank you for your consideration!!! I thank you in advance for your submission.
Sunday, February 10, 2013
Saturday, February 9, 2013
"Altered Box". There's a link to my tutorial on my blog.
Thanks for looking! Here's a list of the supplies you can use to create a card like the one above.
Distress Ink pad
Wow Embossing powder
Friday, February 8, 2013
Hi Everyone, I wanted to share with you a quick and easy tutorial on making these adorable mini valentines mailboxes using two Hershey Nugget candies. These are so simple to make!!!
Two Hershey Nugget candies (dark chocolate with almonds are my favorite)
Two strips of cardstock (3 1/2 x 1 & 4 x 1 1/4)
One strip of Pattern paper (4 x 1)
Thursday, February 7, 2013
If you have been inspired to catch up on your scrapbooking, please post and let our readers know how it is going for you.
Tuesday, February 5, 2013
Sunday, February 3, 2013
Thanks for looking and here's a list of items you can use to make a card like this. Remember, if we are out, ask Kim if she can order it for you. :)
Red ink pad
Black ink pad
Black fine tip marker
My Mind's Eye
eCraft Fundamentals 1
Friday, February 1, 2013
So when I was sick last month I spend a lot of time just watching card making youtube videos. I found a couple of videos the used liquid pearls to paint with and of course I had to give it a try.
I used my eBosser and the magnetic mat to die cut my violets. I then ran them back through the eBosser after removing the magnetic mat and topping the die with the rubber embossing mat and embossed them. It worked wonderfully.
To paint my violets I first laid my craft mat down. I then put some of the Squeezed Lemonade distress ink on my mat then I squirted a little dab of the Daffodil and White Opal liquid pearls in the center of the distress ink. I think added some water with a misting bottle just to the side of the ink and liquid pears. Using my brush I I mixed the ink and liquid pearls together adding a bit of water as I went. Then I painted it on the center of my violets and let them dry. After they were dry I used some Seedless Preserves distress ink and some Majestic Purple and more of the White Opal liquid pears and repeated the mixing process and then painted that color to the outer edges of my violets and then let them dry.
For the stems and leaves I used Mowed Lawn distress ink and Avocado and White Opal liquid pearls. Again I mixed them together and added water to get the colors I wanted. Added the color to my leaves and stems and let them dry.
While they were drying I put my card base together. I started with a white card stock card base cut, scored and folded to make a 4 1/4" X 5 1/2" card base. I cut a lavender mat at 4" X 5 1/4" and the patterned paper mat at 3 3/4" X 5". My patterned paper is from a Prima paper pad.
Next I used my Elegant Edges Cricut Cartridge to cut out a scalloped mat and it's shadow for my violets to be placed on. The mat was cut at 3". I ran the lavender mat through my eBosser and embossed it with the Swiss Dots Cuttlebug folder. I added my violets to the mat and attached it to my card with some foam tape. Finally I cut out a zigzag border using yellow and dark purple card stock my Silhouette Cameo and adhered them to my card. I added some Lavendar Lace Liquid Pearls to the dark purple card stock. I stamped my sentiment with the Seedless Preserves . Finally I added some Lemon colored Kaisercraft Pearls to the centers of my flowers.