Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Ecstasy Craft Sneak Peak-Part 2 by Deanna

I have another sneak peak for you of some of the awesome holiday Ecstasy Craft items that Kim has just added to the store.

These are called Reddy Die-Cuts and this is Popcorn the bear. As you can see I got 4 cards from one package. As you can see they come with a background paper to build your image on. Building the image is easy as 1,2,3. All of the punch out items are numbered in the order that you layer them. It took me just about an hour to make all 4 cards which is fast for me. The individual card toppers measured just under 4" so I cut 4 white card stock card bases at 4 1/4" X 8 1/2" and scored and folded them to make four 4 1/4" square cards and rounded the corners. These will fit in a standard size A2 envelope so you won't have to pay extra postage to mail a square card.

On this little guy I added some Frosted Lace Stickles between the snowline and the sky and also on the 4 larger snowflakes. (sorry it doesn't show up better in the photo).

On this one I again added some Frosted Lace Stickles to the snowline and I also added some Stardust Stickles to the stars by the moon.

For this one I added some Ultra Fine White Flower Soft to the snow along the top of the fence and also to some of the snow on the tree limbs.

On this one I again added some Stardust Stickles to the fireworks in the sky.

Check out the dimension you get with these wonderful little layered images.These were quick and easy to make and are beautiful as is without any additions. It is a fun and quick way to make some cards to give as gifts or to mail to family and friends.

There are some great new Flower Soft products that have been added to the store just in time for your holiday crafting so be sure to check them out. Also be sure to check the  new CHA 2012 Release section of the store to find out the latest and greatest additions including these wonderful Ecstasy Craft items.

Sunday, July 29, 2012

Ring Ring

Today I have another card featuring one of the adorable La La Land Craft stamps.  Cutters Creek has just started carrying these stamps and they are so cute.  Right now Kim just has the holiday stamps in the store, but if you want a certain one and you don’t see it in the store, send her an email and see if she can get it for you.  For my card I’ve chosen Telephone Marci. 


I love the retro telephone and her glasses, so I chose papers that with retro colors.   I colored Marci with copic markers to match the colors in the Echo Park Walk in the Park paper pack.  I wanted to add some dimension and texture to the card, so I went over the phone and her glasses with some glossy accents  so they would look like shiny plastic.

marci phone close up

This is a fun way to make certain elements of your image stand out.  I finished the card off with a sentiment (included with the image) and a big flower.  I made a paper covered brad to match the papers of the card and added that to the center of the flower. 

I encourage to keep checking the store to see what new stuff Kim is adding.  I ‘m trying to use up all my old stuff to make room for all the new stuff I want. 

Cutters Creek Shopping List

Copic Markers

Echo Park Walk in the Park paper

Ranger Glossy Accents

Saturday, July 28, 2012

Stair Step Card Tutorial by Fran


I fell in love with the cutest decorated stair step card I saw on the Whiff of Joy Blog.  I also loved the theme too.  It really inspired me to give it a try.  I guess you can say that I scrap lifted but added my own style to my version of the card.  I like to share with you the steps I took to come up with the same size card as on the Whiff of Joy Blog that folds to approximately 5” by 5” square card.

I was undecided on how I was going to decorate it so I colored the images I wanted to use.  And the background piece I wanted to use also.  But the rest of the elements may be different in the finished card then what you see below.  But not that much of a difference. I added lots of flowers and butterflies that I did not show below.

(Click on photos for larger view)

Pieces Of All Elements For Card

To get the finished size as indicated above you need a piece of card stock that measures 10-1/2” by 5”.  And you score it using the measurements indicated in the photo below.

Stair Step Card Measured and Creased

  1-1/4”, 2-1/2”, 4-1/4”, 6”, and 8-1/4”

Once you score your card you fold accordion style.  But make sure the first small fold is folded down.  And this is the portion that is the front of your card.  See photos below of how it looks once folded.

Preliminary Card Base Folded

Preliminary Card Base Folded_Side View

Once I had my card folded in the stair step style I began putting elements on the different layers (steps).  Below is a photo of the beginning stages of my card.

Partial Layout of Stair step card


Here is the finished card!  I had fun making this card and will probably make more but it does involve lots of elements.  And it helps to think of the theme so you can gear all of your elements to that theme.  I hope you like it.  Details about the card are below the photos.

Front View 1

Side View

Close close up

o  Images:  Fence & Stone Path (La La Land) now at Cutter’s Creek

o  Sassy Sally Sets in Wonder (Sassy Cheryl’s Digital Images

Note:  Fence and Sassy Sally colored w/Prisma Colored Pencils

o  Background Sky & Sun Paper (Digital paper by Creativeqube)

o  Pattern Papers – Recollections (my stash)

o  Squirrel – Free Digital Image (my stash) Colored w/Prisma         Colored Pencils

o  Mushrooms – Free Digital Image (colored using Paint Shop Pro)

o  Grass – Free SVG Cut File (my stash)

o  Sentiment – Cuddly Buddly Crafts

o  Flowers – Fancy Blossoms Die Cut by Memory Box

o  Butterflies – Butterfly Delights Die Cut by Memory Box

Liquid Pearls – by Ranger

Stickles Glitter Glue by Ranger

   Thank you for stopping by

Cutters Creek!

Thursday, July 26, 2012

Christmas in July with Lori and Sarah Kay

Who's ready to start their Christmas crafting?  I especially love to get started on Christmas cards early so I don't feel so rushed!  I don't like to spend a lot of extra money on stamps just for Christmas, so I thought I would show you how just changing the colors can make many of your regular stamped images great for Christmas.  Kim has a bunch of stamps that would be perfect for this, and I especially like the cute Sarah Kay stamps!

If you stopped by my blog on Tuesday, you saw this same image colored in "everyday" colors great for whatever occasion you'd like.  So today, I colored it in with traditional Christmas colors and voila, perfect for Christmas wishes!

Doesn't she look like she just got that sweet little kitty for Christmas? I layered her on some cute papers from Echo Park's 6x6 Season's Greeting pad and added Making Memories paper flowers from my stash and some American Crafts Glitter Tape to complete the look.  (By the way, I'm sure it's not recommended, but I used one of my border punches to punch the Glitter Tape into scallops.)

I forgot to write down the exact numbers I used, but as I remember these are the Copic Markers I colored her with: R24, R29, R39, Y11, Y13, Y15, G03, G05, G07, E000, E00, E02, E13, E15, E37, C1, C3, C5, W1, W3, W5. I'm not sure how well you can see in the photo, but I added a bit of a yellow glow to the left edge to give it the appearance of a fireplace.

Supplies used for this card:
Thanks for stopping by today!  I hope to see you again soon.

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

It's Time for a Sneak Peek: by Laura C

Yep...it's hot off the CHA presses everyone!
These gorgeous Easel Frame Card Kits from
Ecstasy Crafts!  Kim will have them in store
REALLY soon....so keep an eye out!!

Super simple....but you can embellish them
up too.  Here is the sample I made:

It's tough to see the "easel" portion, but here is
the cover sheet pic:

You get 4 different cards, you also the
foam tape to assemble them, and also
the Peel Offs stickers to embellish them!

Step One: Pop out a pre-punched and
scored card base:

Step Two: Cut out the matching image base:

Step Three:  Adhere together, and then
punch out the matching frame and layer
it on the piece with foam tape:

Notice that inside "star" piece I left in the circle,
that's an extra piece that could be used for
making a different card!

Step Four: Start the paper piecing and layering...
super simple with the pre-punched, numbered
pieces and foam tape (remember it's included!):

And then with a few simple peel offs,
a sticker sentiment (you can get many
different ones in store) and a few pearls
I added from my stash (Kaiserkraft),
it's a complete card:

Ecstasy Crafts makes so many beautiful
kits, just WAIT until you see the new
ones coming to the store!!  They make
holiday cards super easy, but super

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Etching with WOW! Embossing Powder by Deanna M

Today I have another video for you on the WOW! Embossing powder. This video shows you how to do the etching on the dress form skirt. I cut my dress from the Nifty Fifty's Cricut Cartridge at 6 3/4".

My finished card is a 4 1/4" X 5 1/2" white card stock base. I added a black mat cut at 4" X 5 1/4" and a black and white patterned paper cut at 3 3/4" X 5". I adhered my dress form with some foam tape to the front of my card.
Cutter's Creek Products used in this project: WOW! Embossing Powder Silver Ultra Wooden Manniquen by KaiserCraft Glimmer Glam-Special order item

Monday, July 23, 2012

Halloween in July - Witches Hat by Tee

With everyone doing "Christmas in July" I decided that Halloween was not getting enough attention so why not do Halloween in July?

I made this Witches Hat by cutting a circle and a cone made in MTC then embellished it...

My paper is Echo Park (love it) and flowers were cut using Cricut's Flower Shoppe (shocker).... I also added some ribbon and straight pins from my stash. Everything is inked in black and of course some diamond stickles (since I seem to stickle everything).

Hope this inspirses you to start your Halloween decorations in July and not let Christmas in July get all the credit :).


Sunday, July 22, 2012

WOW! Embossing Powder Preview-By Deanna M

Here is a video I did to show you the WOW! Embossing powder. This powder is awesome stuff and I hope you enjoy it.

Saturday, July 21, 2012

Happy Birthday! By: Ms. Pebbles

Hello everyone!
I made this card the other day for my cousin and she shares the love for the same color as I do, so it was a joy to make a card using purple!! :)

I inked the edges of a base white card with some purple pigment ink. Then I cut a piece of soft pink cardstock 1/4 inch smaller than the base card and used a emery board to rough up the edges and then inked those edges with a pink pigment ink. After that I layered a scrap piece of white cardstock with a  piece of pattern paper from my stash, then a piece of purple ribbon and added some Kaiser Rhinestones for a little bling.

Now I know I've done this flower before using my eCfrat Purpleberry, but she liked it so much on my other project that she asked could I make her one. This time I used purple, pink and white cardstock for the flower and jewel brad for the center.

After creating the flower, I adhered it to the card using 3D Pop Dots for some added dimension!
Thanks for looking and always remember, if we are out of stock on anything, ask Kim if she can special order it for you. Have a great weekend everyone! :)

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

My Sunshyne! By Ms. Pebbles

Hello everyone! :)

I guess you would consider this a "layout" that I created of my youngest darling daughter Sunshyne. I wanted to create something to put on one of my walls in my scraproom, but I wanted to get a little more creative than the standard sizes and frames.

So I used my eCraft Purpleberry to cut out the black and purple flower shape that I used as my background.

In this close up, you can see where I used some Black Diamond Stickles to border the title "BEAUTIFUL", that I adhered using foam adhesive squares.

I used some Say it in Pearls as some corner bling. I replaced the original champagne colored bling with the purple rhinestones.

I used one of my purple makers to color these Color Me Crazy flowers to match and added a large gem I had in my stash to the center. I had allot of fun making this unconventional layout and my daughter loves it!
Thanks for looking! :) 

Remeber....if we are out of an item, Kim may be able to order it for you.

Monday, July 16, 2012

Bright and Cheery

There is no doubt we are smack dab in the middle of Summer.  Summer always reminds me of bright cheery colors, so I thought I would make a bright Summer card.  When I saw this digital image, it screamed for bright cheery colors.  I pulled out my one of trusty Echo park paper packs and decided which colors I wanted to use.  This pack is an older one, that’s not in the store any more but I ‘m trying to clear out my stash because Kim leaves for CHA tomorrow and I know she’ll be bringing back a ton of new stuff I need to make room for. 


I colored this adorable image with my copic markers to match the bright cheery colors in the Echo Park paper.  I don’t use my bright darker markers a lot, so it was fun to break them out and give them a chance to play.  Be sure to check back often this week to see all the exciting new stuff Kim is ordering at CHA.  I can’t wait to hear about all the new goodies!!


Cutters Creek Shopping List

Echo Park Paper

Copic Markers

Friday, July 13, 2012

First Pony Ride Layout by Chris

The background is painted Caspian Sea Glimmer Glam on  the back of a piece of decorative paper that I just knew I would never use. The photo does not do the glimmer justice. It absolutely GLIMMERS!

I mounted a 5x7 photo on Echo Park’s Country Drive paper and used my Perfect Layers ruler at ¼ inch, distressed with the Zutter Distrezz-It, and inked with Peacock Feathers Distress Ink. Another strip—yellow—was cut at 2.25x8.5 inches, inked with Squeezed Lemonade Distress Ink, and partially layered under the photo mat.

I made my own Washi Tape using the paper towel I had under my glimmer mist backgrounds project. I peeled apart the layers and backed it with Scor Tape, ripped off a piece, and voila—washi tape. (Great way to recycle, not lose a bit of glimmer mist, and get creative color combinations!) Along the top of the photo is a decorative edge (also from the background paper I had made a few weeks ago) cut with Spellbinders Shapeabilities Banner Basics Two.  I also cut a set of the larger banners and trimmed one off and edged it also with Peacock Feathers. The letters are from Echo Park and from my stash.

The best part of this simple layout is the Stkr.it card, which is coming soon to the Cutters Creek Store. Keep a look out for it and if you got one of the samples Kim gave out, play with it. It is so easy to do and adds a special touch to your cards or LOs. To see what is on my Stkr.it card you can either scan with your smart phone if you have the Stkr.it app, or you can go to the site: http://stkr.it/#home and enter the code that’s written below the scan square. Once you do you should see a short clip of Quinn riding the pony.

 I think I am in love with this product and will be trying it out on a few other pieces. To make it was also easy. You just need to enter the code that’s on the Stkr.it you are going to use and follow the directions. It was so easy to do.

Resources from Cutters Creek
Caspian Sea Glimmer Glam (Kim’s monthly club—yippee! She can special order this, just ask)
Zutter Distrezz-It
Spellbinders Shapeabilities Banner Basics Two (Check with Kim for this product.)
Stkr.it card

Thursday, July 12, 2012

I'll be Home for Christmas Card by Deanna M

To help with your planning there are just 165 days left until Christmas. I can't believe we are almost halfway through July and it just is never to early to start working on your Holiday Cards, and Craft sale items. To help get you in the mood, I have for you this fun Christmas card.

I used the Handyman Cricut Lite cartridge and welded two shadows of this house together and cut it from white card stock. I cut one additional shadow layer from white and adhered it to the front of the card. I cut the card base and all the layers at 5". I cut the layers for the house out of patterned paper from My Minds Eye. While there isn't any of this paper left, check out what is in the store from Echo Park, it would work perfect. I used some Polar White Flower Soft on the roof edge. I then cut a snowman at 2 1/4" from the Winter Frolic cartridge (need this cartridge? Kim can special order it for you, just ask) and stamp his face with  the Snow Cuties Peachy Keen Stamp Face. I also cut a tree topiary from the Joys of the Season cartridge also at 2 1/4". I used some Sugar Can Glimmer Glaze (Yes, Kim can special order this for you) to glaze my pot on the tree to give it a brassy look. Finally I used some Rouge Liquid Pearls to added some decorations to the tree and the buttons on the Snowman. Finally I added a black nail head for the doorknob.

I hope I have inspired you to get out those papers and get a jump start on  your holiday crafting!!

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Clear Scraps Tutorial Tuesday with Lori

Since it's Tuesday that means it's time for a tutorial!  There was a question on the Cutters Creek Yahoo Group about the Acrylic Sheets from Clear Scraps, so I thought I would share a project and some tips about them.

These clear acrylic sheets are 12"x12", so they are the perfect size for scrapbook pages or decor projects.  They can also be cut with scissors, dies, and cutting machines (see video for cutting machine tips).  There are plenty of ways to take your projects from everyday to extraordinary using these cool clear sheets!  Today I have my most recent project to share with you, as well as a longer-than-my-usual video with more information.  There's just too much information to type out, so if you're not able to watch videos and have a question, just leave it in the comments and I will respond as soon as possible.  Here are two photos of the layout I made:

Looks like an average layout, yes?

But aha, remove the cardstock behind and it's a super-cool clear layout!

This layout looks WAY more cool in the video where you can see the lights glaring off of it.  I think it would look awesome in a floating frame on a wall, but in my scrapbook I'll keep the yellow CS behind it so that whatever layouts are behind it in my album will not show through.  It still has all kinds of awesome dimension just perfect for my daughter's album!

Here's the video:

FYI: I checked and it looks like several of the Doodlebug Designs twine assortments have colors that will match this Echo Park collection so shop away!  (And as always, you can ask Kim any question.  If she's got items in stock, I'm sure she would be happy to color-compare for you.)

Here's a list of supplies I used that are available at Cutters Creek:
Other supplies used:
I'll have that layout with acrylic accents done soon, and I hope to have my new video on the clear cards finished by next week (kids home for Summer tend to slow me up some!).  Be sure to head over to my blog and sign up to follow me by email if you want to be notified when they're posted.  There's a simple signup box near the top of the right hand hand column!

Thanks for stopping by today; hope to see you again soon!

Monday, July 9, 2012

A Ladies Diary Tio by Tee

Look what I did with three pieces of Graphic 45's a Ladies Diary patterned paper, one sheet of tan cardstock, half a sheet of chipboard and embellishments from my stash....

First, I cut my chipboard into three pieces 3x6, 1x6 and 6x6. I then cut apart my patterned paper and used Scotch Quick Dry to glue the papers onto the chipboard. Then I got out my Tim Holtz Distressed Ink Pads in Frayed Burlap and Victorian Velvet and went around all the edges using Tim Holtz foam applicator.

  I used my Cricut and Flower Shoppe Cartridge and cut some rolled flowers at 3" and 2". I applied a heavy coat of Victorian Velvet.I used a straight pin and some beads used several glue dots to hold it in place.I added some stickles and rock candy to finish it off.

I then made a Dresser Card

And finally a small gift box.

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