Sunday, January 31, 2010
Thursday, January 28, 2010
I have so many pictures of my girls fishing off the dock with Granddaddy (my Dad). But that is such a big part of the fun of going to the lake house that I just can't help but get the camera out every time! Now....these pictures were taken when my oldest daughter (now 7) was only about 3 years old. (See I told you I was going to be better about digging back into my picture files!!) You have to look closely at each picture to see the little fish that she has caught, but he is there.
In order to create my Bait Shop, I started with a light grey paper to match the wood planks in my pictures. Then I used my Copic markers to add some shading and detail. I also colored some of the smaller, detail shapes with the Copic markers because it lets me get a nice weathered look that is more difficult to achieve with colored cardstock alone.
This Bait Shop Shape is so versatile and could so easily be turned into a little rustic hunting cabin or even a tool shed. Plus I love all of the "extra" shapes I get with this die like the paddles and the cooler that can be used as embellishments on other projects and in combination with other dies.
Wednesday, January 27, 2010
Unfold the circles and layer them on top of each other, the bigger circles on the bottom and the smaller circles on the top. Use the embroidery thread to sew the button in place. Now, you have a fun beautiful flower for your layout or scrappy project. You can also add leaves to your flowers.
I also tried this technique with the Cottage Cutz Large Hibiscus.
Cut three of the hibiscus shape in two different colors. Crumpled each of the three flowers and added the center of the hibiscus flower to the top flower. Then sew or attach the button to the center of the flower. This technique gives the flower a fun dimension. Almost a 3D look.
I think you could use this technique on many different shapes. It's easy, inexpensive and looks awesome on a layout! Try making your own flowers!!! Happy Wednesday!
Tuesday, January 26, 2010
Sunday, January 24, 2010
Thursday, January 21, 2010
So did you guess it???? Yes, I used the Grizzly Bear from the Camping Release and turned him into a Polar Bear. I don't know about you, but I think he makes a great looking polar bear, too. Now I can use this die all year round!
Wednesday, January 20, 2010
However for today's tip, I thought I would give you a few suggestions with some examples in order to get your own creative juices flowing in new and different ways so that you can experiment with some new die cutting tips on your next project.
Probably the easiest and quickest way to add some extra pop to your die cut shapes is through your choice of paper. There are so many cool and unique types of specialty paper available today that you can use to to make your die cut shapes look really authentic and also really POP off the page.
Some of my "staple" specialty papers that I always like to have handy are gold and silver. I just use a little bit here and there when I need it. I can't even begin to tell you how long I have had the two pieces of gold and silver that I am using right now because most of the time, all I need is just a tiny little piece of the paper.
Silver paper is great for anything metallic looking on your die cut shape. Just a little touch of shiny silver paper makes such a difference. Think about how great the new Cottage Cutz Lock and Key Shape will look using silver paper for the metal lock and key - or what about some of the mini shapes like the Chocolate Kiss or just use a small piece for the heart cookie cutter from the Valentine Baking Set Shape.
Here are a few more examples of die cut shapes where I have used specialty silvery paper in small amounts to give the appearance of metal on my finished shape.
The third type of specialty paper that I keep in my stash is a glitter paper. For me, I like to always have some white and black glitter paper, but I find myself using a lot of pink, too (but I scrap mostly girly layouts). And just think how cute the new Valentines Cottage Cutz dies would look with pink glitter accents on the hearts what about glittery pink icing on some those adorable cupcakes, etc!!
Now, I personally LOVE glittery accents (as evidenced by my collection of Stickles) so I actually try to keep a larger variety of glittered papers in my stash besides just the basics. For instance, nothing brightens up a Halloween pumpkin like orange glitter cardstock! My favorite collection is the Glitter Cardstock Matstack from DCWV. The smaller size papers allow me to get lots more color variety for my $$ which I really like!
Let me show you a few examples of die cut shapes where I have used some glitter paper on all or part of the die-cut shape.
Tuesday, January 19, 2010
So whether your making camp layouts or not these dies are so versatile for all your projects.
Monday, January 18, 2010
Friday, January 15, 2010
Thursday, January 14, 2010
I picked up this Bo Bunny paper over the weekend for the same reason - I can't resist the raccoons! This is actually supposed to be a Valentines line but I thought it would be fun to use for sweet baby pictures. I used several old heart punches to create my different shapes hearts.
The Raccoons were so easy to cut out and piece together thanks to the handy cheat sheet included with the die. I simply ran the die through my machine three times with each different color of brown I had picked out to use. All I had to do then, was pull each piece as I needed it until I had two raccoons pieced and ready to go!
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Wednesday, January 13, 2010
Tuesday, January 12, 2010
Monday, January 11, 2010
On the front, I used the Cottage Cutz snowman with the broom. I added a few snowflakes to give it a little sparkle.
On the top, I used the Cottage Cutz mini snowman.
There are so many wonderful Cottage Cutz dies to choose from to enhance all of your wonderful projects!!!
Saturday, January 09, 2010
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Thursday, January 07, 2010
I am so lucky because my parents have a lake house and we have been taking the girls there since they were babies. Consequently, I have oodles and oodles of lake pictures - most of which involve water activities in some way. My Dad has always loved fishing so he has worked with the girls to get them interested in it, too and boy has it worked! They absolutely LOVE fishing with Granddaddy!!!
Wednesday, January 06, 2010
Next, I tapped the dabber over the die until I got the color I wanted. For the Cottage Cutz candelabra I used the gold dabber .
and for the Cottage Cutz basket of eggs, I used the silver dabber. This technique gives the dies a metallic look without having to buy the expensive speciality paper. The dabbers are easy to use with minimal to no mess and unlike a lot of paint, they dry very fast.