Tuesday, February 28, 2017

CottageCutz Design Team Call

Design Team Call
 We are looking for Design Team members who are very active on social media. These sites include: Blogger, Facebook (page or groups), Twitter, YouTube Channel, Pinterest, and Instagram. We have two designer positions open and one opening for a person who enjoys creating videos (Video Artist) showcasing CottageCutz dies in a Tutorial/How-To project.  All positions are a 6-month term commitment with the option to extend. Term will be from March  - August 31, 2017

 We specialize in universal metal dies for papercrafting.  CottageCutz designs are unique, intricate, fun and whimsical.  We have the largest selection of the most beautifully hand drawn designs.  CottageCutz are available in craft stores world-wide. 

We are looking for dependable, energetic, enthusiastic and talented designers who enjoys papercrafting with die-cutting. We are looking for designers to showcase CottageCutz dies in different ways (layouts, cards, altered items, tags, etc.)  shabby chic, vintage, simple, whatever your style may be, we would love to see what you have to bring to our team.  

What we expect:

*Must have a personal active blog

*Good communicator, reliable, dedicated and on time with deadlines.

*Post to the CottageCutz Blog and your personal blog 4 times per month using only CottageCutz dies--No other dies are permitted. Video artist will be required to create 2 videos per month.

*Actively promote CottageCutz product on your personal blog, Facebook or Twitter accounts.

*List all CottageCutz dies and appropriate links back to the store.

*Be able to give instructions to how you used our CottageCutz dies

*Access to camera that is able to take high quality well lit photos.

*Upload to at least 1 online gallery such as Splitcoaststampers

*Pin all projects to Pinterest.

*Create at least one project for each die given - All dies need to be used and featured in a project. 

*Each project that is featured on the CottageCutz blog will be sent to The Scrapping Cottage, Inc. and will become the property of The Scrapping Cottage, Inc. with the understanding that it may be used at CHA tradeshows, consumers shows, advertising, sample boards, etc.  **Please only use CottageCutz dies on your projects.  No other competitor dies are permitted.

*Team spirit and able to follow directions accordingly

*Support DT members by commenting on their posts on the CottageCutz Blog

*Be willing to participate in Blog Hops, Challenges, or other events.

*Have lots of fun with our talented team of designers

 Selected Designers will receive:

*Generous amount in product each month.

*Your name and picture linked to your blog from CottageCutz Blog

*Worldwide exposure of your projects

*CottageCutz Design badge to feature on your blog

*Great product discount

*Bonus given to those who are published in a printed crafting publication. CottageCutz must be listed in the supply list for your project
To apply, please do the following:

 1. Please e-mail Joanne at scrappingcottage@cox.net with the subject line: CottageCutz Design Team Call

2. Please attach 3 projects showcasing dies.  These can be projects you have already done or current projects. We would like to see Cards, layouts, altered items, etc

3. If you are applying for the Video Artist position, please provide us with links to a few of your videos.

4.  Links to your personal blog and any online galleries where you upload your projects.

5. Tell us why you think you would be a perfect fit for the CottageCutz design team and what your favorite technique is when using die-cuts and which die-cutting machine you use.  Please indicate which position you are interested in.

6. Please list current and past design teams

 ** We will be accepting applications until February 28th and the team will be announced shortly after.

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Wildflower Sympathy

Hello Scrapping Cottage friends! Thanks for taking the time to stop and visit today. It's Mary Marsh here bringing you the Wednesday edition of the Blog.

We have some fabulous new Spring dies in the store. Today for your viewing pleasure I am featuring some of the new Wildflowers dies. I have used Wildflowers 1 and Wildflowers 3 on my card for today.

Let's get started on how I created this card.

Mint Green Card Base: 5 1/2" x 4 1/4"
Navy Layering Panel: 5 3/8" x 4 1/8"
Patterned Paper Panel: 5 1/4" x 4"

I wanted to use these beautiful wildflower dies to create a sympathy card. My choice of colors today came from the Splitcoaststampers color challenge #622. When I was looking through my cardstock, I found these A2 card bases in my stash that had a watercolor wash. It was perfect for my card idea.

So all I did was cut the A2 card to the size panel that I needed. The card had the watercolor design on the front and back of the base. So now I have another panel to create a 2nd card. I matched it up with a mint green and navy blue panels.
Even though I was creating a sympathy card, I still wanted a splash of color for the flowers. I used the watermelon color for the wildflowers. I thought that would look good against the mint and dark blue of the card front.
I stamped my sympathy sentiment on the image panel in navy ink before I assembled my card. I then assembled the panels with double sided tape. I didn't add my die cut images because I didn't want the flowers to interfere with the layering. Sometimes it can through off your eyeballing of getting the layers straight.
My next step was to add my wildflowers, butterfly and scatter a few sequins to finish off this card. I like to have a sympathy card or 2 in my stash for when the occasion arises. It's easier for me to create a sympathy card when you don't need one. Below is a photo with a close-up view of the dies. You can always click on it to get a larger view.
 Well that's it for me for today. Thanks for dropping by today and leaving your comments. I read them all. Until next time.........
Variation of card. On this one I used navy blue enamel dots and a dragonfly.


Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Happy Spring

Hi, Janja here!

Winter has not said its last word, but the sun is already showing its charm.
Today I share with you two cards with the spring flowers.

- CottageCutz set of stamps and dies: Daffodil Flower - March, Daisies Fower - April, Calendar Months, Pillow Box Plus (ladybugs), Fancy Pocket Plus (button), Stitched Square Set, Stitched Wide Square Frame Set,  Stitched Wide Rectangle Frame Set
- white and kraft card base: 5.3 x 5.3" (13,5 x 13,5 cm), folded
- patterned paper: 4.9 x 4.9" (12,5 x 12,5 cm)
- white cardstock: 4.3 x 4.3" (11 x 11 cm)
- patterned paper: 4.8 x 2.2" (12,1 x 5,6 cm)
- white and colored cardstock
- watercolor paper
- Distress ink: Antique Linen, Mustard Seed, Scattered Straw, Wild Honey, Rusty Hinge, Tumbled Glass, Broken China, Twisted Citron, Mowed Lawn, Peeled Paint
- Memento ink: Desert Sand
- liquid pearls: buttercup
- string

Stamp flowers on watercolor paper and color them. Mine are colored with Distress inks.

When coloring is completed, shadow both backgrounds with Antique Linen Distress ink and stamp partly old letter writing.

Cut out the part of frame with a die. Color it with Distress inks.

Cut out March sign with calendar months die. Also, cut out a square frame from kraft cardstock, and another square of white cardstock.

Start by assembling the card. Add a white square on the card front. On the remainding card base add small buttercup dots.

Fix frame and tape, which is cut with scissors to the half.

When the card is completed, it seemed to me that something is missing. I added a button and a bow.

For another card I used a patterned paper.

Add a sentiment and cut out two ladybugs.

That's all for today. Thank you for coming over. 



Monday, February 20, 2017

Ben Up, Up and Away

Lois here today with a card I made using one of the new Chloe and Ben die/stamp sets.  I decided that I wanted to make another card using the layout from last week's Sketch Challenge on Splitcoaststampers, using Ben Up, Up and Away.

Here is the layout from the challenge. . .

. . . and here is my card:

Supplies for my card are:

Red cardstock - 5 1/2" x 8 1/2", folded in half at 4 1/4", three small panels 1" x 1 1/4", scrap for label
White cardstock - three small panels 7/8" x 1 1/8", scraps for Ben and label
Red/white polka dot patterned paper - 5 1/4" x 4"
Scraps of blue, red, green cardstock for balloons
Ink - Memento Tuxedo Black and Lady Bug
Copic markers and White gel pen
Copic Colorless Blender
Word Window punch and Modern Label punch
Foam pop dots, tape runner
CottageCutz dies - Ben Up, Up and Away; Calendar Icons

To begin my card, I die-cut three balloons from the Calendar Icons die, coloring the strings with a black Copic marker.  I then stamped, colored and die-cut Ben.  A little hint for getting the "fuzzy" look to Ben's fur.  After coloring his fur (but before coloring anything else), squeeze a little bit of Colorless Blender onto a piece of terrycloth.  Gently dab it onto the fur.  This will remove some of the color in places, giving it an uneven look.  Should the ink bleed into the white areas, you can "repair" that by dabbing on the white gel pen after the ink is completely dry.  I had to do that around his feet.

After cutting the small red and white panels, I assembled them by gluing the white panels to the red panels and popping the balloons in the centers with the foam pop dots.

I stamped the sentiment onto the white scrap, punched it out with the Word Window punch (as well as punching out the Modern Label from red cardstock) then assembled my card, using the layout as my guide.  It went together quite quickly.  Here again is my completed card.

The CottageCutz dies used on my card are:

Sunday, February 19, 2017

Daisies Flower - April

Hello everyone!

It's Donna here sharing with you another one of the stamp & die combo set. I am featuring one of the new Birthday Flowers sets. This one is the Daisies Flower - April set. This set has two stamps, the flower and the bumble bee.   Please take some time to browse around on the blog, there are some very creative projects using the birthday flower stamp & die combos.

Here is my card, my card is an A2 (4 1/4 x 5 1/2)

Here is a closer look:

 I stamped the image from the Daisies Flower with memento ink and colored it with copics.

I then centered the dies from the Daisies Flower - April set and die cut them with my big shot.

This is how the flowers look when it is die cut.  I then sponged some light blue ink on the Stitched Oval die and used foam tape to pop the daisy image on it.  I then added it to my card.

I used these copics to color all the elements on the flower and bee.

To finish the card, I added the "April" word from the Calendar Month die set.

Dies I used: