Tuesday, July 26, 2016

In the color of lavender

Hi, Janja here!

Stunning scent of Mediterranean bush is expanding far and wide. Tiny flowers with its violet blue color catches the eye. Lavender is fully blooming.
I tried to catch some of its color and romance on a birthday card.
Let's see how it is made.

For the card we need:
- white card base: 5.3 x 5.3" (13,5 x 13,5 cm)
- patterned paper: two sheets in size of - 5.24 x 5.24" (13,3 x 13,3 cm) and four sheets in size of - 5 x 5" (12,7 x 12,7 cm)
- white and violet cardstock
- ribbon

We prepare two cutouts from a white cardstock with the die oval doily & frame. Also cut out two oval holes in a patterned paper with the die in which we will later insert white ovals.

From a white cardstock cut out birds with the die bird trio and 4 lace borders with the die fancy floral lace border.
For more contrast cut birds also from violet cardstock and the basic of two flowers. The upper part of the flowers and leaves is cut out from a white cardstock with the dies: doodle flowers set 1 , doodle flowers set 2, and leaves & stems.

Glue patterned papers with double-sided adhesive tape between themselves and insert white ovals in oval holes. On a card base we attach a ribbon.

Assemble the card.

Look on a spread card with a space for greetings and an inscription happy birthday.

Exterior of a card.

I would like to remind you on our challenge #4 - greenery
You still have time to share your projects with us.

I hope you have been inspired by my card today.

 List of dies used:



Monday, July 25, 2016

Home Sweet Home

Hello everyone,

It's Donna with another card from the new release from June's "home sweet home" collection. This release is really nice, it's all about the home. I am using the Build-A-House Set 2, The first die in the set is to build your house and the second one is accessories for the outside of your house.   The words are from  "Home Sweet Home Phrase set." which includes three words , so if you wanted to use the "home's" or "sweet" separately you can.

My card is an A2 card (4 1/4 x 5 1/2).

I have die cut all the pieces that I need to build my house.  The pieces that I cut out and I don't use, I like to keep them because I can use them later if I want to use the die.

I sponged all the pieces I needed to, to give the dies some dimension.

I cut out the clouds from the Clouds and Sun die cut set to use the largest cloud to make clouds in the background of my card.  I saved the pieces that I did not use to use at another time.

Here is how I used the largest die to make the clouds.

Dies used:

Saturday, July 23, 2016


Hello dear friends !!!!

Happy Saturday to you !!! Are you all geared up to enjoy the weekend !!! I hope you have some plans for crafting also. I have set aside a few hours for making cards !!! I would like you all to have a look at all the CottageCutz dies , especially the new releases. They are simply fabulous.

Today, I am sharing a very simple yet elegant card with you. I have always been fascinated with bird baths and so when I saw this die , I was so happy.

So here is my card.

 I combined two die cuts CottageCutz die Victorian bird bath and Bird Bath together. This gave me more birds on my birdbath. I have distressed the die cut a little with Distress ink Worn Lipstick.

This is another close which shows how I have used the CottageCutz Blossom Branch. I have cut the leaves from the branch and distressed them with Peeled Paint distress ink and arranged with the flowers.

The backdrop is the Swirl embossing folder on white card stock cut to the size 4 inches by 5 inches.
Then I used CottageCutz  Wide Rectangle Stitched Frame and on top of that I attached the CottageCutz Stitched Oval frame set as shown in the picture.

For the filigree background, cut four CottageCutz Fancy Floral #2 die in white card stock, and arrange at the four corners of the frame.
Place the whole thing on a pattern paper measuring 5 inches by 7 inches. Adhere on green card stock folded to form the complete card that measures 7.5 inches by 5.5 inches. Add a die cut from stash for sentiment. Add a bow on the left side.

The finished card.

The CottageCutz challenge 4 is going on at the blog. So do share your entries to win awesome prizes.

Friday, July 22, 2016

I chair-ish your friendship

Hi, Vladka here!

On today's card I used dies from Home sweet home release and create a card which can be send to a friend. Nice way to tell anyone you like his/her company or to invite a friend to come around. 


White card base: 4 1/4 x 6 inches (cut 4 1/4 x 12 inches, fold in half)
Additional piece of white cardstock and some white cardstock to cut out the die cuts 

Other Supplies:

CottageCutz Dies: Listed Below
Distress Ink: Fired Brick,  Aged Mahogany, Gathered Twigs, Ground Espresso, Victorian Velvet
Distress Markers: Fired Brick, Broken China, Wild Honey, Gathered Twigs, Hickory Smoke
Other: Scissors, Paper trimmer, Sizzix machine, Scor-buddy, Water, Sheet of Acetate, White watercolor in tube

1. First cut all die cuts out of the white cradstock: Bookcase, Lamp and Rug and a Chair. Color the Bookcase and the Rug with brown distress ink and use blending tool for that. Distress the edges with darker brown distress ink. Now, color the Lamp and the Chair with red distress ink and distress the edges with darker one. For finishing touch, add with a sponge also some white watercolor on the edges.

2. For coloring the books, plant, cat and all other small pieces use distress markers or any other markers:

3. Now it is time to do some smooshing on additional piece of paper. Add some Victorian Velvet Distress Ink on acrylic block and spritzed some water on it. Then take a piece of plastic acetate and gentle pressed it against the block to pick up some of the ink. Now, press the plastic on the paper to transfer the ink. This will give you a splotchy look. Do the same with Hickory Smoke distress ink on the bottom of the paper. This will look like the floor.

4. After paper is dry (you can use also heat gun to speed the process) is time to glue everything together. Just put all the pieces together as shown on the photo. Use 3D foam adhesive squares to glue the Chair and upper part of the Lamp.

I hope you like this easy and cheerful card. Enjoy the summer and have fun creating. And don't forget, fourth CottageCutz challenge is waiting for you. This time theme is GREENERY. You can linked your project here. And please, use only Scrapping Cottage dies.

Thursday, July 21, 2016

It's a Girl!

Hello everyone,

It's Donna here to share a cute waterfall mini album made with one sheet of 12 x 12 paper.  I saw a tutorial on youtube, so I thought I would give it a try.  Here is the link to the tutorial.

Here is how I put it together:

  1. The mini album measures 3" x 4".
  2. I used one sheet of black 12 x 12 -  65 lbs card stock to construct the mini 
  3. I scored the 12 x 12 paper at 4" and 8" turned my paper and scored at 3", 6", 9 (please refer to the tutorial to learn how to put the album together)
  4. My design paper is cut at 2 3/4 3 x 3/4 - 8 pieces 
  5. I cut the "It's a Girl", giraffe and lion die with my big shot to decorate the book.
The first two pages when you open the book, the little giraffe is a CottageCutz die

The next page, the lion is from the CottageCutz die 

First waterfall

 Both waterfall's

Back of the waterfall mini

I hope you are inspired!  Please stop by and join the challenge, this months theme is greenery. 

Dies used: