Sunday, October 22, 2017

Paper design inspiration


It's Anja here. We got a terrible Sunday weather today here in Slovenia. Rainy and foggy, but perfect for crafting. And crafting is what I'm doing today. I was organizing my Christmas stash and found a fun pack of papers with holiday designs. Two of them caught my eye. I immediately knew which dies to pair them with.

 - Cottage Cutz dies (Santa Napping, Christmas Flamingo, Nested Stitched Scallop Circle Set, Nested Stitched Scallop Oval Set),
- Distress Inks (Fired Brick, Vintage Photo, Walnut Stain, Pumice Stone, Black Soot) ans Oxides (Worn Lipstick, Picked Raspberry, Vintage Photo, Antique Linen),
- craft and white card base (15x15 cm and 10,5x15 cm),
- design paper,
- white, black and red card stock for die cuts,
- Zig markers (grey and flesh shades),
- colored pens (black, green, yellow, red),
- paper glue.

This is the pack of papers I used for my inspiration. I cut two pieces of each. Ones are 14x14 cm and
the others 10x14,5 cm. I used Distress Oxides around the edges.

Then I die cut all the pieces for Santa. This time I also used red and black card stock. Santa was quite a challenge and additional instructions given to the die really helped. I colored him with the combination of Distress Inks and Oxides and different colored pens.

I made the flamingo in the same way as Santa. I die cut all the pieces from white paper.

I also die cut two ovals and two circles. I used one for the outside and the other for the inside of the card.

When I had everything cut and colored I used glued it together and made two cards. 

This is all from me today. I hope you have a crafty Sunday.
Anja Z.

Cottage Cutz dies I used:

Saturday, October 21, 2017

Sweet Greetings Christmas Cupcake

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

Yikes, can you believe that it is already October 21? Time to get a start on Christmas cards. I have about 10 or so made. Not nearly enough that's for sure. That's where my samples will be headed each week for awhile.

Today, I used a new die Christmas Tree Cupcake, for my sample card. I wanted to show a card that would be easy to mass produce using this new die. So let's get started with some details on how I created my card.

Step 1: Since this is a Christmas cupcake, I knew I was going to use red and green for the cupcake itself. So I checked my cardstock and patterned papers for a Christmas theme of red and green. I found this dotted paper that I thought would look good as a background. Dots and stripes always work for me for Christmas.
Step 2: Once I had the shades of red and green chosen, I was ready to cut my cupcake image.  As with all CottageCutz dies, this has such detail with it. I really like how cute this image is.
 Step 3: I wanted to have the cupcake framed inside a circle die. I used the Nested Stitched Doily die and cut in the cherry red cardstock. I also used the stitched circle die (3rd largest) as a layering piece and cut this in kraft cardstock.
I adhered the circles together with double sided tape and then stamped my "Sweet Greetings"sentiment.

Step 4: I started the assembly of my card. I decided that I wanted to break up all the dots on the background panel. So, I used a 3/4" x 4 1/8" piece of the green cardstock and layered some kraft ribbon over that.  It will be just enough once my circles are layered on top.
Attached the cupcake to the circles with dimensional adhesive.  There are little circle ornaments that are part of this die that I forgot to attach earlier. I cut them in white, green and red cardstock. I scattered the extras on the image panel for added interest.
To complete my card, I attached the image panel to the red card base. I thought it just needed something else so I added a small bow made with the kraft ribbon. It finished my card off nicely.

I hope I have given you some inspiration on a way to use the new Christmas Cupcake die. Well, that's it for me for this week. See you next Saturday.

Dies I used to create card

Friday, October 20, 2017

Polar Bear Shaker Card

Happy Friday!  It's Jeanne today and I'm sharing a shaker card!  I LOVE creating interactive cards.  When I saw the Snow Globe dies from the new release I knew they would make great shaker cards.
First I cut plaid paper and a piece of lightweight white card stock to 5 1/12 x 4 1/4 inches (A2 size) and used snail adhesive to glue them together.
I then used the third largest circle from the Circle Basics set to cut a circle approximately 3/4 inch from each side and the top (it's actually a little bit over 3/4 inch).  It's important to use lightweight card stock under the paper since you will be cutting through two layers.
Next I die cut the pieces from the polar bear in the Snowglobe Friends set and the base from the Snowglobe with Fawn set.  (By the time I finished with the card I decided to change the color of my snowglobe base and I cut another.)
I sponged the edges of the snow in soft sky, the bears in smoky slate and the sign in crumb cake.  I hand wrote "North" on the sign and colored in the bears' eyes and noses.
I took a piece of white card stock that was A2 size and used Distress ink to blend a blue sky on about half of the piece.
Then I placed my patterned piece with the cut-out on top so I could place all my die cut pieces and glue them down.
I took the top piece off and used a piece of acetate on the back to cover the circle.  Then I added foam tape two layers thick to the back.  I also used some anti-static powder on the inside edges of the foam tape so the sequins wouldn't stick.  You can use baby powder for this as well.
I piled a small amount of sequins to the card front.  Deciding on the amount of shaker elements is always difficult as it depends on how big your window is.  It just comes with experience, but if you do not place your foam tape closely against your window (as I have done) you will need more elements as they will fall into corners and not be seen.

I removed the backing from the foam tape, placed the top piece on the front and adhered it. Then I glued the whole thing to an A2 card base. 

My final steps were to add the snowglobe base with bow sentiment.  For the sentiment I used a 7/8 x 4 1/4 inch strip of the green card stock layered under a 3/4 x 4 1/4 inch strip of red card stock and I heat embossed the stamped sentiment in white.

I love this set of dies.  It gives you so much variety in making fun interactive cards!

I hope you have a great weekend and do something creative!!!

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Christmas Shine!

Good Morning Scrapping Cottage Friends!

It is Pam sharing with your today!  I am loving this new die Lantern with Pine Boughs!  I decided to use some gold card stock to really make it pop! I love how the green and red look against the gold.  The colors are so beautiful together.

Design Steps:
1.  Using the Lantern Die cut all of the pieces out using the following colors: red, gold, light brown, dark brown, green, cream and yellow.
2.  Use copic markers to add some shadowing to the pieces

 3.  Cut out a white large Cottage Cutz Scalloped Eyelet Rectangle and assemble the pieces onto the rectangle
 4. Cut an A2 white card stock base and a gold snowflake piece of DP 4 x 5 1/4.  Glue the DP to the white card base then glue down the Scalloped Eyelet Rectangle
Cottage Cutz Products

I think this is such an elegant card and I just love how it shines! Thank you for visiting us today and be sure to leave us some comments!  We love the hear from you!


Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Spooky Halloween Orb

Happy Wednesday CottageCutz fans! It's Janet from SugarShine Designs. Today I'm presenting my final CottageCutz Halloween project of the season. In today’s video, I will show you how I used a die set that is part of the Christmas release along with two of the new Halloween dies to create a spooky glowing orb card. I know it’s getting close to Halloween but it’s still not too late to get new dies in time to make some great cards before Halloween arrives.

Before I describe more about today’s project, I want to share exciting news with all of you. The Scrapping Cottage is sponsoring a VIDEO BLOG HOP on October 27th and 28th. It will feature several of the new holiday dies. Many prizes will be given away from the video artists and Scrapping Cottage is providing the Grand Prize! More information will be coming in a future post so keep an eye out for it. 

So back to today’s card! My inspiration is the orb that the Wicked Witch used in the classic Wizard of Oz movie with Judy Garland. I wanted to create an orb that looked like something was inside it and I wanted it to appear to glow from within. Unfortunately, I didn't have any flying monkeys or poppy fields available for my orb but that didn't deter me! 

I used the base and bow of the new Snowglobe with Fawn die but used the Stitched Circle Set to build a thick frame out of several cardstock layers and an acetate layer under which the Ghost House resides. Then I used the Halloween Phrase & More die for the sentiment. I also used the witch’s hat and the Jack O’ Lantern from the phrase set as additional props for the card. Click on the video thumbnail and learn more about how this card was put together.

Well, thanks for stopping in to have a look at today’s project. I consider it a privilege to be part of the Scrapping Cottage family which includes the most important people – you! Have a great week!

Dies used in this project: