Thursday, February 28, 2013

Doily Dies with Lori

How much are you loving those new Cheery Lynn doily dies in the store?! They are just gorgeous, and I love the design I ordered to try. Due to some technical difficulties, I only have one photo of my project for you today. (Someone mislaid my camera charger...) It doesn't quite do this beautiful card justice, but for now at least, it will have to do!

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:
Thanks for stopping by today! I hope you enjoyed my project.

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Make Your Own Dry Erase Board

Since today is tutorial Tuesday, I thought I would show you how you can make your own dry erase board.  All you need is a picture frame and some scrapbook paper.  Depending on what type of frame and paper you use, you can make it as big or as small as you need.  Take the backing off the frame and add a piece of scrapbook paper (or you could use fabric).  You can embellish  the paper with die cuts, flowers, or leave it plain.  I wanted mine to be a count down board to the Disney vacation we’re taking in May. 
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

You’re In My Thoughts

I found a sweet digital image created by Sassy Cheryl’s Digis and just had to color it for this project.  The image is something a little different from what I normally do because all you see is the back of characters and the image is called Better Than a Thousand Words.  I think once you see the photo you will agree with the title.  This time I did a little paper piecing by cutting out the little girl’s top and skirt using the This & That Paper Pad.  I really love how easy it was to paper piece the outfit.  The rest of the image was colored using my Prisma Colored Pencils.  All the paper (6 different prints) used to create the card is from Echo Park called This & That Graceful (6x6 paper pad).  The card base and the card stock used for the image is from Wal Mart.  I added some distress ink to the background of the image.  And also added lots of stickles.  More details about what I used and where to purchase will be listed below the photos.
Inside View

Recipe:  This & That Graceful 6x6 paper pad, Distress Ink Pads (Fade Jeans, Scattered Straw, & Pine needles, Ranger Stickles Glue (Turquoise & Star Dust), Spellbinders Grand Nestablilities (Labels One) and Spellbinders Nestablities Labels One, Spellbinders Rose Creations by Donna-Salazar, Sentiment by Sophie Gallo from the Silhouette Store (inside of card), and one red dew drop for the center of the flower.
NOTE:  If there is anything I used that is not currently sold in the Cutters Creek Store or is out of stock please contact Kim Bush here.
Thank you for stopping by, Fran

Friday, February 22, 2013

Rabbit Chinese Take Out Box

Hi Everyone and Happy Friday - Today I am here to share with you a cute little Easter Rabbit basket made with Cricut Sweet Tooth's Chinese take out box and Cricut George Basic Shapes.

Here is the how-to:
Cut and assemble the Chinese take out box at 6 1/4" from Sweet Tooth

From George:
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

Craft Some Organization by Laura C

I'm trying to be more organized....and this simple project is
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!

Just measure width and length of the clothespin and
cut out.  I used Echo Park Hello'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 looks great
sitting on my counter in my kitchen! I can menu plan and
write a "2 do" list for each helps keep me organized!

Have you ever made a "crafty" organization item?  Please share!! 

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Washi Tape Die Cutting by Deanna M

I wanted to share the technique I used to make the flower on this birthday card. For all of you in the Cutters Creek Washi Tape club or Adhesive Club (even better, both!) should like this one as it uses Washi Tape and Inkssentials Glue n Seal. I love this adhesive.

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).

Here is a short video showing you how I did this.

On my original sample I cut the excess Washi Tape off, in the Video I did not. However I think it is better to cut the excess of. To finish my flower I added some Kool Tak clear adhesive foam squares between my layers of my flower as well as to adhere the flower to the card. For the center of my flower I first added a 3d Glue Dot to the center. Then I took another 3d Glue Dot and dipped into some Strawberry Ultra Fine Flower Soft and attached it to the glue dot already in the center of the flower. To finish the card I also added some white faux stitching with my white gel pen.

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

Distressed Card by Deanna M

I received some new WOW! stamps and of course I had to try them out. The sets I bought were Everyday Sentiments, Funky Border Strips and French Music. This is what I came up with. This card style is a bit out of my comfort zone, I don't make a lot like this one. However, I had a lot of fun working on it.

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

Blooming Love with Lori

Happy Valentine's day to you all! Today I have a cute little project to share with you that can easily be made using any of the 6x6 paper pads carried in the store.  I chose a love theme for today, but obviously you could use it for so much more.

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.
If you'd like to make your own version of this project, I have a supply list.

Items available from Cutters Creek:
Other Items:
  • 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

My Heart Belongs 2 Laura C

Sometimes....don't you want to just get inky and have fun?
That is what this project is about....just pulling out
different inks, paints, stamps.....and having a 
crafter's paradise of playtime!

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

Design Team Call

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

To view the Cutters Creek store site please go here. To view the Design Team blog please go here.

We are looking for submissions by all skill levels. Submissions can be emailed to 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

One More Valentine’s Card

This card says it boldly!  It all began with the flower.  I wanted to make it smaller but it look so pretty in this size so I decided to build my card around the size of the flower.  So next came the sentiments (Front and Inside).  I chose two very pretty fonts and sized them accordingly.  I kept looking at the card and said something is missing.  So I used a Martha Stewart heart punch for the bottom, front of the card.  Then I cut out a heart border and added it to the front of the card.  Then a strip of red card stock that matched the flower and added it to the bottom front too.  Inside I cut a background bordered with hearts out of the same card stock as the flower.  Sprayed the outside and inside with Iridescent Glitter Dust (gorgeous in person).  I Added some liquid pearls in Rouge to the flower center and heart border.
Iridescent Glitter Dust; Liquid Pearls (Rouge);  Martha Stewart Heart Punch; Silhouette Cutting Machine: (Sentiments, heart border, heart background Mat-inside, and flower from Silhouette Store);  Neenah Card Stock (white and Red).
NOTE:  If you see anything that is not sold at Cutters Creek (contact Kim Bush )and she may be able to order it for you.  She ordered the Silhouette Cutting machine for me and I got it from Kim in no time.
Thank you for stopping by, Fran

Saturday, February 9, 2013

Valentine card and Shabby Chic Pearl pendant by Ms. Pebbles

This card was so fun to make...and fast! I used all card stock and printed paper from my stash.

 After cutting all of my layers, I used my eCraft Purpleberry to cut the heart. I inked the edges of the base of the card, the pink card stock, the printed paper and the heart. I embossed the word "Love" with some red embossing powder. After I glued all of my pieces down, I added some Stickles to the corners of the red card stock and around the heart. I also added a heart shaped gem as a last minute touch.

I wanted to share this Shabby Chic Pearl pendant I made as a gift to one of my scrapbooking friends. I made a smaller one some time ago and added to the "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.

eCraft Purpleberry
Distress Ink pad
Stickles-Xmas Red
Stickles-Cotton Candy
Wow Embossing powder
Scor Tape

Friday, February 8, 2013

Hershey Nugget Valentine Mailbox by Tee

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)

Round the corners of the 3 1/2 x 1 piece of cardstock then stack the two chocolates in the middle of the strip. Add a strong adhesive (I used score tape)  to one end and fold up. 

Fold up the other side of the cardstock as seen here

Glue the strip of pattern paper to the cardstock and wrap around the chocolate. I start at he bottom and fold up over the top and back around to the bottom. Trim excess paper to the paper lines up at the bottom but doesn't overlap.  Add a strip of paper for a mail flap and decorate as desired. 

Thursday, February 7, 2013

Scrapbooking Resolutions with Kim B Continued

Continuing with my New Year's Resolutions to keep attempting to catch up with my scrapbooking, here is another layout I completed that has creatures around my yard.  I apologize for my photos, as I have a new computer and I need to purchase new photo editing software, I just have not done it yet and another thing on my "to do" list.  One thing I would like to point out is my matting.  I always use Perfect Layers and this system makes matting easy and gorgeous.  A long time ago, I was one of those people that had to keep shaving off a bit here and there to make my mats look perfect to no avail.  This is a great product and if you would like a set for yourself and also at a discount, please check out the sidebar on the right for a link and discount code as I am a brand ambassador.  This is one of those tools that I purchased "once upon a time" and use over and over and over again!

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

New Year's Resolutions with Kim B

So were any of you silly like me and made crafting New Year's Resolutions?  And if you did, are you keeping them?  I was getting a bit behind and so I decided to try and do some catching up.  I sure keep trying to be not more than a year behind in my scrapbooking, however I have not attained that goal yet.  The good news is that I am no longer more than a couple of years!  Last year was the first year I made a crafting resolution and I was over three years (just call it four) behind.  As of today I am around November of 2011, so I think I am doing okay.  This month, I decided that to keep me motivated, I would start sharing layouts that I am getting done.  I love scrapbooking and for me, I have so many different albums going on at one time, it makes it even more challenging to keep up!  I am finding that if I schedule myself to go to crops in my area and to actually put crafting time on my calendar (make an appointment with yourself) that I do much better getting the things I need to get done, done.  Also, get those photos off of your computers, cameras, and phones.  You can't scrap them if you don't print them. 
So how are you tackling your scrapbooking projects?  Please share your ideas with our readers!

Sunday, February 3, 2013

Teacher's rock!

Hello everyone! Today I made a card for youngest darling daughter Sunshyne's teacher, using My Mind's Eye School Daze paper pad!
I wanted to do a little something for her to let her know that I appreciate the extra help she gives my daughter.
The sentiment says, "Teachers make the little ones count". I love how everything coordinates so well with this pad. I only added 3 pieces of solid card stock from my stash to create this card.
After fussy cutting the pencil out, I used my alphabet rubber stamps with some embossing ink to add little extra touch.

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. :)

Glossy Accents
Red ink pad
Black ink pad
Black fine tip marker
My Mind's Eye
Scor tape
Embossing ink
eCraft Purpleberry
eCraft Fundamentals 1
Card stock

Friday, February 1, 2013

Painting with Liquid Pearls by Deanna M

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.

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