Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Love Bunnies

Hey Everyone. Sherry here from CPR - Craft, Pray, Repeat on YouTube. This is my last video as a guest designer for the Scrapping Cottage. I would like to thank Joanne, the owner, for this amazing opportunity and Mary, the DT coordinator for all the help she gave me making sure that my videos were up correctly and understanding when I messed up. It has been a privilege to be a part of this amazing team.
Here is my video for today and I hope that you really like it. It's turned out to be one of my absolute favorite cards. Click on the photo below to watch the video.

Remember to practice your CPR - Craft Pray Repeat. Thanks for visiting me today and happy crafting.
God Bless,

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Jars of jam

Hi, Janja here!

Nothing can be compared to homemade jams. In the month of May, when the first strawberries are mature, I begin to prepare our jams.
I like how my home smells when I cook fruit. I like the taste and beautiful colors.

I used cute stitched jars on today's first card and filled them with strawberry jam.

- Cottagecutz dies: Stitched Jars, Kitchen Chef (Chef hat), Stitched Sewing Notions (hand made label), Springtime Strawberries, Nested Stitched Scallop Oval Set, Oval Set, Stitched Wide Oval Frame Set
- white card base: 5.3 x 5.3" (13,5 x 13,5 cm, folded
- patterned paper: 5 x 5" (12,7 x 12,7 cm)
- white cardstock
- Memento inks: Lady Bug, Rhubarb Stalk, Dandelion, Peart Tart, Bamboo Leaves
- white pen
- glue, double-sided adhesive tape, self-adhesive pads

Cut out all pieces, and color them with ink pads. I used the stamp for sentiment. For oval cutouts use the largest dies from the three basic oval sets.
When we have everything ready, we begin with gluing.

A card with a glass of homemade jam can also be a nice gift. 

Nothing is better than one afternoon in a company of good friends and a cup of coffee. 

- white card base: 4.25 x 53.5" (10,7 x 13,9 cm, folded
- kraft cardstock: 3.74 x 5" (9,5 x 12,6 cm)
- watercolor paper 
- Distress refill Brushed Courduroy
- Distress inks: Antique Linen, Spiced Marmalade, Wild Honey, Peeled Paint, Forest Moss
- watercolor brush

Cut out a rectangle from watercolor paper, and add drops with a brush on it. It does not matter if a few drops are spilled. This is the purpose of this background. 
In the middle we add some nice phrase about coffee and friends. 
Cut out the tray and cups and color them.

Completed card.

I would like to remind you that the new "Llamas & Botanical" release is available for 25% less. 

Thank you for coming over. Have a nice day. 






Monday, April 16, 2018

Potted Cactus

Hi, Lois here with my Monday post.  My card today uses part of one of the dies from the CottageCutz Llama and Botanicals release, which are currently 25% off.  You might want to check them out.  The die I used, Potted Cactus, actually has two plants included in the set, but I'm using only one of them.

I keep some small notebooks with layouts from Splitcoaststampers Sketch Challenges.  When I'm stuck for a layout, I pull out one of the notebooks and try to find something that will inspire me.  This is the case today.  I found this layout, which dates back to a 2007 challenge.

This is my card, based on that sketch.

To start my card I cut out the pieces with the die.   I'm not going to use all the pieces that were cut, so I just chose the pieces for the right-hand cactus on the packaging.  I'll save the other pieces for another card.

Using Copic markers, I colored the die-cut pieces and assembled my cactus, succulent and pot.

The paper I used for the card is as follows:

Yellow cardstock - 8 1/2" x 5 1/2", scored at 4 1/4"
Rust cardstock - 4" x 5 1/4" and 2 3/8" x 3 1/8"
Cream cardstock - 2 1/4" x 3"
Rust checkered patterned paper - 3 3/8" x 3 7/8"
Yellow plaid patterned paper - 1 5/8" x 3 7/8"

I glued the two pieces of patterned paper onto the rust cardstock, using the sketch for positioning.  I sponged a bit of Ranger Rusty Hinge ink onto the small cream piece of cardstock, adhered it to the small rust piece of cardstock and glued on the cactus.

I then placed some foam pop-dots behind the panel and placed it on the card.  I then added three enamel dot stickers, and I was finished.

Here again is my card:

The CottageCutz die used on this card:

Sunday, April 15, 2018

Hello Spring


It's Anja here. I have two cards for you today, made with new Cottage Cutz dies. You have to check out the new Llamas & Botanical release that is already available in the store. The llamas are so cute. But first I tried out the lovely spring flowers.

For two cards I used:
- Cottage Cutz dies (Botanical Garden 1, Botanical Garden 2, Sugar & Cream Alphabet),
- Zig Rel Brush Markers (Numbers: 021, 023, 025, 026, 027, 041, 043, 044, 045, 046, 050, 051, 052, 070, 080, 084),
- Gansai Tambi watercolors,
- Distress Oxide (Peeled Paint),
- white card base (2 15x11 cm),
- watercolor paper for background (2 14,6x10,6 cm) and die cuts,
- adhesive foam pads,
- foil,
- heat gun,
- watercolor brush,
- paper glue.

First I cut two rectangles from watercolor paper and spritzed with green color first.

I used foil and put it over the drops and to get different marks.

Then I spritzed other three colors and did the same with the foil.

I cut flowers and other greenery with Botanical Garden dies. I used watercolor paper for the die cuts. I glued the cuts on the background paper.

Then I started coloring. I used Zig markers and watercolor brush. I colored first and then glued some cuts on the colored flowers.

When I had everything colored I used Distress Oxide Peeled Paint to shadow the edges of the paper and also the spaces between the flowers.


Then I cut Hello and Spring words and colored it with Zig markers.

I glued the words on smaller pieces of paper. I did the same with the edges.

In the end I glued the everything on the card base using adhesive foam pads.


And this are my colorful spring cards.

I hope you'll give llamas and other botanical dies a try. You can get them for 25 % discounted price. I can't wait to use the other new dies.

Have a wonderful Sunday and see you again next week.
Anja Z.

Cottage Cutz products I used: