Monday, August 13, 2018

Let It Snow!

Hi, Lois here with some exciting news.  It's time to show off a brand- new CottageCutz Christmas die.  Just arrived in the The Scrapping Cottage store is Part 1 of the new 2018 Christmas dies -- and they're 25% off for a limited time.  The card I made for today uses a cute one called Snowman Lane.

Once again I pulled out my little book of Sketch Challenges from Splitcoaststampers and used Challenge 120, which gave me a nice big panel for my snowman scene..

Last week when I was in Michaels, I saw some packaged card bases and envelopes in various sizes.  I picked up two packages of 5 x 7 cards, one with silver trim and one with black trim.  I chose one from the silver-trimmed package for my card.  Along with the card base, I cut some cardstock and patterned paper as follows:

Silver gray cardstock - 4" x 5 1/2", and three pieces 2" x 4 1/2"
White cardstock - 4" x 5 1/2" (which will be trimmed down to 3 3/4" x 5 1/4"
Striped patterned paper - three pieces 1 7/8" x 4 3/8"

I then die-cut my images from a piece of white cardstock.  Look at all those pieces!

After I colored the various pieces with Copic markers, I constructed my snowmen and their accessories and set them aside.

I used a favorite technique for a snowy sky on the 4" x 5 1/2" piece of white cardstock, which uses masking fluid and a toothbrush.

I placed a strip of washi tape along the bottom of the cardstock because I wanted the bottom to remain white.  After dipping the toothbrush into the masking fluid and tapping it against the bottle to get most of it off, I splattered it onto the cardstock by tapping the toothbrush against my finger.  I repeated the process until I was happy with the result.

After letting the masking fluid dry, I sponged on two shades of distress blue ink (Tumbled Glass and Chipped Sapphire) over the whole area . . .

. . . and then removed the washi tape and brushed off the masking fluid with my finger.  Voila!  A snowy sky!  I trimmed off the edges where the ink was heavy from the sponging.

I then layered the patterned paper onto the gray strips and adhered them to the card base.

I created my little snow scene on the white/snowy panel and stamped a sentiment in the corner.  The street sign wasn't really big enough to write Snowman Lane (the name of the die) on it, so I just wrote Main St. with a white gel pen.  By the way, the die also has a pair of ear muffs, which you could substitute for a hat on one of the snowmen.  There are also some small "snowflakes," which I chose not to use because of the created background.

Here again is my finished card:

The CottageCutz die used on this card is:

Be sure to check out all 28 new dies in Part 1 of the CottageCutz Christmas collection for 2018.

Sunday, August 12, 2018

Pumpkin Cards


It's Anja again. I'm still awaiting my new dies from Christmas 2018 Part 1 release. In the meanwhile I came across this cute bear die and decided to add some pumpkins and make an autumn card.

For this card I used:
- Cottage Cutz dies (Romper Bear, Autumn Centerpiece, Nested Stitched Scallop Square Set, Pierced Square Set),
- Distress Inks (Mustard Seed, Antique Linen, Vintage Photo, Fired Brick, Peeled Paint, Mowed Lawn, Spiced Marmalade, Tea Dye, Shabby Shutters),
- craft card base (10x10 cm),
- patterned paper,
- white card stock,
- black pen,
- paper glue.

First I made the bear. I cut the pieces from white card stock and colored it with Distress Inks. I waited till I made the pumpkin to glue the bear together. I cut two heads. I used black pen for the eyes and a bit of pink ink for the chicks.

Then I made the pumpkins and the leaves. I cut two sets of leaves.

And then I just had to cut patterned and white paper for the background. I used the largest scalloped square and the second largest pierced square die.

And then I just had to put the bear together and arrange the pumpkins for the background. And this are my two finished cards.

Have a great Sunday and don't forget to check the new dies. They are currently 25 % off.

See you again next week.

Anja Z.

Cottage Cutz dies I used:

Saturday, August 11, 2018

Rejoice Angel (new die)

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

Well, the unveiling is here. Our new Christmas dies have arrived and are available, and on sale,  in the online store.  There are 29 new designs in this release and it's only Part 1. The design team will be featuring these new designs over the next couple of months to give you lots of ideas for your Christmas cards.

For my card today, I am using the Rejoice Angel. So let's get started on some details of how I created my card.

Step 1: I wanted to use background sheet music to feature the Rejoice Angel die. Normally I wouldn't use black on a Christmas card but I knew I could use white and silver cardstocks to brighten it up. Plus, I thought it would give it a more elegant look.
Silver card base: 4 1/2" x 5 5/8"
White Layer: 4 1/4" x 5 3/8"
Patterned Paper Panel: 4 1/8" x 5 1/4"
Step 2: Die cut the angel in silver paper. I decided to layer her on a white star. It's from the previously released Nested Star Ornaments die.
I used a flag banner as another layer for the star and angel image. I cut it in vellum paper so not all of the music would be covered up. Also, I wanted the name of the song to show, which is Cantique de Noel or O Holy Night.
I attached the patterned paper to the white cardstock first. I wanted to use some silver cord and it's layered underneath these panels. 
Step 3: All my card elements are cut and ready to begin the assembly process.  Attached the angel to the star. Used some glue dots and Ranger multi matte medium. After I assembled the card I realized I didn't like my placement of the angel on the star. So I cut the elements again and replaced it for the final picture.
 Attached the image panel to the card using dimensional adhesive. Fortunately, for me, what I used wasn't super sticky and allowed me to lift this panel for replacement. I had 2 pieces of this adhesive not sure where it came from (lol)!
To complete my card I added some silver sequins to the vellum flag banner and a silver cord bow. Then the completed panels  were attached to the silver card base.  And, that's it for me for this week. I hope I have given you an idea of how to use this new Rejoice Angel die. I think it's a good representation of what the Christmas season is about.

That's it for me for this Saturday! See you next week.

dies I used to create card:

Friday, August 10, 2018

Christmas Cardinal

The new Christmas Dies Part 1 are in and they are FANTASTIC!  For a limited time they are 25% off as well.  Head on over the the website and check them out (after reading this post of course - LOL).  My card today features two of the new dies.
I started this card by die cutting the pieces in red, green, black and a metallic gold card stock.
I cut a panel for the front 5 1/2 x 4 1/4 inches (A2) and heat embossed my sentiment in gold.  I felt this sentiment was perfect for the cardinal.
Next I sponged the edges of the bird body and wing with the matching red ink.  This added just a little shading to him.
I assembled him and glued him to the fourth smallest oval in the Stitched Oval set.
For the flourishes in the background I cut them so that I could separate them under the oval.  Originally I was going to use all of the gold sprigs but decided that was a bit too much gold so I just snipped off the portions I wanted to use.
I glued those to the card and then die cut three more ovals from red card stock.
The ovals are stacked and glued together.
This gives just a little peek of red underneath the cardinal.  I then glued the panel to an A2 card base.

These new dies are so much fun - I'm looking forward to seeing what the design team creates!

 Dies used:

 Thanks for stopping by.  I hope you have a fun and creative weekend!

Thursday, August 09, 2018


Good Morning Scrapping Cottage Fans!

It is Pam from Stamper At Heart Blog sharing with you today!

We are getting very close to our new release for Christmas!  And it will soon be time for us to share the new dies but until then we are showing you some new ideas for those favorite dies from the past!
I was blessed to be able to go to Paris on vacation one year and it is truly a beautiful city.  The Z - fold card I made for you today was inspired by that amazing visit!  And the best thing about this fun card is it took just one fantastic die!!

I would like to share the steps for this fun and feminine card!

1.  Start by using a 4 1/4 x 11 piece of white card stock score at 2 3/4 inches and 5 1/2 inches

2.  Cut Pink card stock 1 piece 4 x 5 1/4 and 2 pieces 4 x 2 1/2 set aside
3.  Cut Pink DP  1 piece 3 3/4 x 5 and 2 pieces 3 3/4 x 2 1/4.  Glue the Pink DP to the pink card stock  and then attach to the card

4.  Cut an 11 x 1 1/2 inch piece of white card stock and score at 5 1/2 and 8 1/4
5.  Cut pink card stock 1 piece 1 1/4 x 5 1/4 and 2 pieces 2 1/2 x 1 1/4.  Glue the pink card stock to the white

6.  Attach the strip to the card making sure you only place glue on the first 4th of the strip and the last 4th of the strip.  The middle fold will pop out toward you as you fold the card

7.  Cut out all of the pieces using the Eiffel Tower, Lamp & Poodle die.  I used black and white card stock plus a small piece of yellow for the lamp glow

8.  Tape the piece of yellow for the lamp on the backside of the post and stamp merci! on the white part of the sign
9.  Glue the sign post to the front of the card and add the sentiment to the lamp post
 10.  Glue the Eiffel Tower to the inside back
 11.  Add darning thread to the dogs for their collars and small pearls for the eyes and them glue the black poodle down first and pop up the white poodle next to it

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Thanks so much for stopping by and stay posted for our new release coming soon!