Monday, October 02, 2023

Fall Wagon Wheel Shaker

Happy Monday friends!

Kris here to share a fun Fall shaker card using some brand new dies from our FALL 2023 RELEASE!  There are 15 designs in this release and they are all on sale!  Individual dies are 30% OFF and for a limited time only, you can get the whole bundle for 50% OFF!

This release has so many wonderful dies (I love Fall!)  and the first thing that came to mind when I saw the Fall Wagon Wheel and Fall Barrel dies was to create shaker cards!!  I decided to use them together and make the wheel into a shaker.  Super easy to do!  

All the patterned papers I used came from the Pumpkin Spice paper pad from Doodlebug Designs


Low-tack tape
Foam strips
Acetate or window sheet
Sequins or other shaker elements


• Card Base is a 5-1/2" square in Pumpkin Pie cardstock - set aside until the end.

• Leafy paper is cut at 5-1/4" square.

• I die cut a square using the largest of the Pierced Square Set from the blue plaid and glued to the center of leafy paper.

• I also die cut a circle (not pictured below) using the 4th largest of the Pierced Circle set from the green plaid paper that will be the back inside of the shaker.

• I die cut the Wagon Wheel from 2 shades of brown/tan and the Barrel from white and the same 2 shades of brown.  I then colored the white leaves and sunflowers.

• I glued the leaves behind the barrel and then to the bottom left of my plaid square.

• Next, I taped (with low-tack tape) the 5th largest Pierced Circle slightly overlapping the barrel, then die cut thru all layers.

I glued the larger outer wheel on top of die cut opening, then the smaller wheel on top.

 • On the back, I added Scor Tape all around the wheel, then removed backing and add the window sheet.  

***TIP:  running a used dryer sheet over the acetate will help prevent sequins from sticking!

• I added 1/8" foam strips closely around the circle opening and all around the edges... then can fill in with a few strips.

Add sequins or other shaker elements 

Add your circle shaker backing to lock in the sequins.

Apply glue to the back of the shaker part and remove backing of foam strips and center it onto card front.

• Add Sunflowers and "Fall" and glue the wagon wheel center to the wheel.



We have more inspiration on our YouTube Channel HERE
Happy Crafting!


Sunday, October 01, 2023

Father Christmas (New Die)

Hello CottageCutz 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.

It's new release time!!! We have our Christmas 2023 release in the online store that has 40 designs. It's an old-fashioned Christmas theme. You can pick up the bundle at 50% off or the individual dies at 30% off for a limited time.

We also have a new Fall 2023 release in the online store with 15 designs. You can pick up the bundle at 50% off or the individual dies at 30% off for a limited time.

Today for your viewing pleasure, I am featuring the new Father Christmas die. I have a collection of vintage Santa images that my mother-in-law passed along to me and this die reminds me of those images. I may just send this card to her for Christmas. So, let's get started with some details of how I created my card.

Design Steps:

I started by selecting the designer papers I wanted to use for my layout. I have an older Christmas pack that had the name of Father Christmas. It contains vintage designs. I picked 2 different patterns and cut them as the background for my image.

Light Green Card Base: 4 1/2" x 5 1/2"
Light Green Image Panel: 3 1/8" x 4 1/8" (I used the largest rectangle die)
Dark Green Layering Panel: 3 1/2:" x 4 1/2"
 Next, I cut the Father Christmas image. I used the colors from the packaging as they coordinated well with my designer paper. I wanted a more vintage look to my card so I cut the bow from the Vintage Holiday Lantern die and also used the Corner Flourish die (2016 release) for another corner accent. 
I decided a stamped sentiment would work best for my layout. I stamped in a cherry ink that matches the ribbon and other embellishments on my card. 
Now I am ready to start attaching the panels and the images. I used double sided tape and clear drying glue. 
Next, I secured the Fathe Christmas images with dimensional adhesive. I wanted him lifted off the card slightly. 
I wanted some other embellishment on my card since the vintage style is always a bit busy. So I decided to use one of the images from the new Christmas Ornament die. I think it works well with the other images. 
And that completes my card for this week. I hope I have given you an idea for a way to use the Father Christmas die. See you on Wednesday. We are having a group post featuring the new Fall designs

Reminder: Marla has a new video up on our YouTube channel. There is a giveaway. Click here

Saturday, September 30, 2023

Holiday Window Tag With New Christmas Release Die

Happy Saturday crafty friends,
Melinda here and today I am sharing a quick, easy but super fun Christmas Tag. I used a beautiful new die from the new Cottage Cutz Christmas release. Here it is.

I started by adding the backer sheet to the back of the window outline. It is a bit shorter but snow covers it up from the front.

Here's the back of the yellow colored back piece. I put some adhesive to apply the black outline.

I used the window die outline to outline the outside so I can cut it out.

After adding the black back, I added some foam tape to the back. I also added the cute beads with the wire for the tie/hook. I also added a cute bow.

Holiday Window

Be sure you head over to and check out all the amazing dies from both new releases!
Hurry this is a limited time sale!

Well that about covers it for today. Be sure to head over to the Cottage Cutz You Tube channel. They have some amazing projects on there. Until the next time, have a wonderfully crafty day!

Friday, September 29, 2023

CottageCutz Christmas 2023 Release

I am so excited to share this card that I created using the new CottageCutz Christmas release. I have been anxiously awaiting this release that is a split between vintage and classic CottageCutz cute. I have so many ideas and wasn't sure where I wanted to start, but eventual landed on the "Vintage Holiday Lantern." I paired it up with some pattern paper in my stash to add non-traditional colors with an old-fashioned flair and I think it worked. Let's get started.

I die cut all of the pieces using white cardstock. Next, I colored them using Catherine Pooler inks as follows: Lantern, Cotton Candy with white gouache painted on top. Candle, Butter Cream and Sauna. Holly, Skylight and spattered with Spruce. Small leaf, Spruce. Ribbon (cut twice), Polished and Pebble. Twigs, Mocha. Berries, Polished and Cotton Candy. I added both water splatters and white gouache splatters to some of the pieces. For the bow, I used the white gouache with a paint brush to mute some of the color and add distressed interest.

When I assembled the lantern, I chose not to use the wick for the candle that is available, and I added vellum behind the first lantern layer to mute the patterned paper from behind. I then added one more lantern layer behind the vellum for a little dimension.

To assemble the card, I began with a 4.25" x 5.5" white top folding card base. I used two pieces of patterned paper.  The first piece was cut to 4" x 5.25 and the second was cut to approximately 1.5" x 5.25" and hand torn on the right edge to add a distressed look. I then adhered the pieces to the center of the card panel.

I glued my finished lantern down to the right of center and arranged my foliage around the top ring of the lantern. I added a couple sprigs flowing down on the right side creating a visual triangle. Then, I off set my gray and red bows using a small foam dot in between each piece for dimension. Finally, I added "Crystal" Stickles to the twigs and berries for added sparkle.

That completes this card. I hope my card inspires you to create something new today. The vintage pieces included in this release really warms my heart.  If you missed my review of the new "Old Fashioned Ornaments" you can head over to the CottageCutz YouTube Channel to see a sample of each ornament fully assembled.  


Until next time.... Marla