Friday, October 30, 2009
Firstly I would like to start off by wishing our Blog readers a ‘TERROR’IFIC AND ‘SPOOK’TACULAR HALLOWEEN.
Being Halloween today, I thought this was the perfect opportunity to use my CottageCutz Halloween dies again. I decided to do another Halloween layout this week, but I didn’t want to try cram everything into one page, so decided to spread it out over a 2 page layout.
For this layout I used the following COTTAGECUTZ DIES:-
COTTAGECUTZ Witch On Broom CC4x4-082-D,
COTTAGECUTZ Haunted House CC4x4-074-T,
COTTAGECUTZ Spider from Witch Hat CC3x3-017,
COTTAGECUTZ Skull MINI,
I also used the following QUICKUTZ DIES:-
QUICKUTZ Snake QK-E-0761,
(The Scrapping Cottage has a very limited number of these never released SNAKE QK-E-0761 & LIZARD QK-E-0760 dies for sale in their store for only $7.99 each OR $12.95 for BOTH, and that includes a free CottageCutz MINI die of your choice. Have a look at THE SCRAPPING COTTAGE for these great bargains - They would make a great addition to your Quickutz collection.)
QUICKUTZ City Skyline Border die CC-BDR-040,
QUICKUTZ Suburban Skyline Border die CC-BDR-038,
QUICKUTZ Fence Border die CC-BDR-041,
QUICKUTZ Bats REV-0241-D,
QUICKUTZ Sign RS-0265,
QUICKUTZ Broom RS-0578,
QUICKUTZ Trick-or-Treat pumpkin KS-0885,
QUICKUTZ Cauldron KS-0577,
QUICKUTZ Witch RS-0184,
QUICKUTZ Spider web C-0088-S-REV,
QUICKUTZ Haunted Mini Alphabet Set 4x8-HAUNTED-M,
Wednesday, October 28, 2009
Cottage Cutz dies just make everything better!! Get your orders in now for your Christmas Cottage Cutz dies and be sure to include the Limited Edition Gingerbread House and Christmas Shoppe in your basket! You don't want to miss out on these for sure!
The tip I would like to share today is one that I used just this week and LOVED it! I really like to use buttons on my scrapbooking projects, but I hate having to stop working to thread my buttons each time. So one night this week I was sitting in bed listening to the TV and I decided to grab a handful of buttons and start threading them. Since it is Halloween, I grabbed buttons in Halloween colors and cut some black thread to use inside of them. This was a simple, mindless activity I could do at night when I am too tired to scrapbook but not ready to go to sleep yet.
Today, I was working on a Halloween mini album and I pulled out my little stash of pre-threaded buttons to use. I can't tell you how great it was to just be able to grab a button and glue it on without having to stop and thread it up each and every time wanted to add a button to a page. Plus, I wasn't tempted to just stick them on "naked" to save time because I had already done the work at a more convenient time.
Here is a picture of some of the buttons I pre-threaded to have on hand for my Halloween projects.
You could use this trick with Christmas-colored buttons, too. Just choose a neutral thread color or use a couple of different colors and you'll always have some buttons ready to go!
Tuesday, October 27, 2009
Monday, October 26, 2009
Sunday, October 25, 2009
Saturday, October 24, 2009
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Friday, October 23, 2009
I bought a little black table decoration
with shimmering ghosts all around! I
thought that this would be the perfect
place to launch a new witch!!
I say "new" witch because out of the two
incredible CottageCutz "witch" dies
has come a third enchantress! I combined
elements from each die to make a new
wicked witch of the west!
Witch on Broom
Witch with Cauldron
Thursday, October 22, 2009
For this Halloween card, I decided to use some Bazzill Bling cardstock for the Raven's body. The extra bit of sheen and shine really adds to the spooky feel. I also used pop dots behind him to give some added interest to my main character. Otherwise, the tones of the papers are muted for a more eery feel.
Wednesday, October 21, 2009
Then I took my Distress Ink and a dauber and shaded around the edges. I used the Scotch Mounting Tape to make this piece raised on the broom.
I glued the pieces together and wallah! You have detailed broom ready for your card, layout or other project. I couldn't resist using this cute little spider from the Witch Hat die...again!
Tuesday, October 20, 2009
Monday, October 19, 2009
Go check out all the new Christmas Dies at the Scrapping Cottage!!
Sunday, October 18, 2009
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Are you like me that sometimes has trouble separating the foam from the backing sheet??? Or are you new to using CottageCutz dies and are not to sure how and where you are meant to use the foam. Well then, this tip is especially for you.
I was just about to foam my COTTAGECUTZ HAUNTED HOUSE die, and thought I would share this tip with you.
Please excuse the dirty nails…. Its just ink – I promise!!!!
STEP 1- Firstly, put the CottageCutz die flat on the table – smooth side down with the picture facing up.
STEP 2- Take the foam that is supplied with the die and hold it so that the foam section is at the bottom and the backing sheet is on top.
STEP 3- Because I don’t have long enough nails to use, I use a pair of fine sharp point scissors to carefully wedge in between the Foam and the backing Sheet. It doesn’t have to go in far, just enough for you to be able to see the foam and backing sheet separate.
STEP 4- While my scissors are still in between the foam and the backing sheet, I very gently slide my scissor blade along until I have made enough of a split to hold just the backing sheet with my fingers and then pull it to separate if from the foam. You can know throw the backing sheet away.
STEP 5– I carefully line up the sticky foam with the picture side of the die and stick them together.
STEP 6- Use your fingers to carefully and firmly push the foam down onto the die and rub gently to make sure its attached properly . A good indication that it is attached properly is once you have rubbed the die, you seen the picture indentation show on the foam.
For those of you that are beginners in the die cutting world of COTTAGECUTZ DIES, I hope this helps. And for those of you that are well educated on the subject, I hope you enjoyed the trip down memory lane.
Click link below to see a short video on how to use CottageCutz products...
Friday, October 16, 2009
Today I would like to share a layout I did of my daughter Emily dressed in a Witches Halloween Costume. I have to say that she did NOT like being dressed as a witch and cried the entire time because in her words “Emmy not a witch, Emmy mommy’s princess”.
Don’t look too closely at her face painting, as my face painting skills are Non Existent. It didn’t help that the Green Face paint turned blue when I put it on Emily’s face – Who knows!!!! I think I will just stick to doing my die cuts and leave the face painting to the kids as I’m sure they would have done a better job.
In this layout I have used the following Dies & Products-
COTTAGECUTZ WITCH LEGS CC3x3-018,
COTTAGECUTZ WITCH WITH CAULDRON CC4x4-079-D,
COTTAGECUTZ WITCH HAT (spider only) CC3x3-017,
COTTAGECUTZ CREEPY TREE CC4x4-080-D,
COTTAGECUTZ GHOST WITH LEGS CC3x3-015,
QUICKUTZ PUMPKIN KS-0969,
QUICKUTZ BATS REV-0241-D,
QUICKUTZ REVOLUTION 4x4 SPIDER WEB
QUICKUTZ HAUNTED MINI ALPHABET 4x8-HAUNTED-M
TIM HOLTZ DISTRESS INKS
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Thursday, October 15, 2009
Wednesday, October 14, 2009
Tuesday, October 13, 2009
Friday, October 09, 2009
This week I have made a Halloween Card using the
COTTAGECUTZ WITCH WITH CAULDRON CC4x4-079-D,
COTTAGECUTZ CREEPY TREE CC4x4-080-D,
QUICKUTZ BATS REV-0241-D and the
QUICKUTZ FENCE 12” BORDER CC-BDR-041
I have made these COTTAGECUTZ dies up and love the sizes that they are once they are made up.
As you can see in the bottom photo, the made up die cuts are a lot larger then the picture on the front Of the packaging and are the perfect sizes for cards and scrapbooking pages.
Once made up the Witch measures aprox. 5 ½ inches x 3 ½ inches and the tree measures aprox. 5 inches x 4 ¾ inches.