Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Flip Calendar - Part 1

Hi, Lois here today.  I was really excited when I saw that CottageCutz was making dies with coordinating stamps.  I've created a project that will cover my next three blog posts.  As you may or may not know, I love making 3-D projects as well as cards.  When I saw two of the dies from the CottageCutz Valentines 2017 release (Calendar Months and Calendar Icons), I immediately knew that I wanted to make a calendar of some sort.  My idea solidified itself after I saw the new stamp/die sets being released.  Here is a photo of my finished project.  My follow-up posts will explain how I made it.

Supplies for today’s post:
Cardstock – white, various colors based on choice of patterned paper
Patterned Paper – DCWV All Seasons 12” x 12” pack
Small monthly calendars or Excel spreadsheet software
CottageCutz dies – Calendar Months, Calendar Icons, Double StitchedRectangles

To start my calendar, I die-cut the months of the year and the icons.  I cut the icons from white cardstock and colored them appropriately with markers.  In addition, I cut a white panel using the largest Double Stitched Rectangles die.

I created a calendar for each month using Excel, cut it out as well as the background cardstock and appropriate patterned paper for each month.  The color scheme of the patterned paper determined the color of the base cardstock.  The photo here is for the month of January.  Each page of the calendar was created in a similar manner.

After adhering the panels onto the blue background panel, I adhered it to a 5 ½” x 7 ¼” white panel.  Each calendar page is two-sided so that the final calendar has six panels (January/December, February/November, March/October, April/September, May/August, June/July).

In my next post, I'll show how I made the scenes on the individual months.

Dies used on today's post are:

Monday, January 30, 2017

Baked with love

Hi, Janja here!

They say that love goes through the stomach. When you want for someone to embellish his day, or show your love for him, cook something good. Or send to the best friend as a little attention a card and home baked cookies.
So today something from our kitchen.

- CottageCutz stamp & die: baking in the kitchen
- kraft 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)
- watercolor paper
- colored cardstock
- Distress ink: Festive Berries, Aged Mahogany, Scattered Straw, Tumbled Glass, Broken China, Hickory Smoke, Antique Linen, Ground Espresso

Stamp motives, paint and cut them out.

For layout I chose an older die - parlor table & chairs. I placed all tools on them. Under the table I added a rug - floor lamps, rugs & plant die.

When we are satisfied with the layout, attach the cutouts to background.

Thank you for coming over and have a nice day.

Sunday, January 29, 2017

Cup of Love

Hello everyone!

It's Donna with another Valentine card. I hope you have stopped over at the Scrapping Cottage store to see all the new releases!  If you have not, here is the link most of the newly released dies and stamps are on sale.

I am using the new CottageCutz Cup of Love on my card. I love this die set, there are three cups in the set and you can make them a coffee, tea or hot chocolate cup.....the possibilities are endless and this is a must have in your stash of coffee related dies.  To see all the newly released Valentine dies, click here.

closer look of the card

Here is how I put it together:

1.  Card is an A2 card (4 1/4 x 5 1/2),

2.  All cut all the pieces with the colors I wanted to use on my card,

3.  I inked all the edges,

4.  I used liquid glue to put my pieces together,

5.  I embossed the base of my card,

6.  I then die cut the second to the largest die from the Cottagecutz Stitched Rounded Rectangle set,

7.  I put foam dots on the back of the heart piece,

8.  I added the coffee mugs and all the elements,

9.  I cut two stripes of paper and stamped my image on one piece,

10.  I finished my card off by adding some foam heart dots.

Thank you so much for stopping by, please come back again soon!

Dies Used:

Saturday, January 28, 2017

Love Postage + Sketch

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.

We have some fabulous new stamp & die combo sets released and they are available at 25% off in the online store. The new sets include Chloe & Ben Adventures, Birthday Flowers (A flower for each month of the year) and Spring 2017 that not only includes spring dies but Easter themed as well. The Design team will be showing projects with these stamps and dies soon.

For today though, I have a Valentine card for your viewing pleasure. This one is made with the Sweet Valentine stamp and die set and the Love Postage dies. So let's get started with some details on how I created my card.
I started my card by using this weeks sketch #629 from Splitcoaststampers. Using a sketch most always is a good starting point for me. When I saw the square blocks in this one I thought the love postage dies would work perfectly.

Black Card Base: 4 1/4" x 5 1/2"
Red CardstockLayer: 4 1/8" x 5 3/8"
Patterned Paper Layer: 3 7/8" x 5 1/8"

Once I chose my card colors, I decided to use this red patterned paper because it has the same dotted lines and hearts as on the bear in the envelope. And for the wavy border on the sketch I am using red ribbon. After the picture was taken, I added the licorice twine.
My next step was to stamp my bear image. I stamped multiples just in case I wasn't happy with how  I colored him. I used both Prismacolor pencils and Copic markers for my coloring. This "Sweet Valentine" stamp set also has matching dies. I also cut the Love Postage images.
Finished the assembly of my card. Once it was done, I thought the ribbon and twine needed something so I added a bow. I used my bow-easy tool. The name does just what it says- makes bow tying really easy. 
Here is a close -up photos of the dies and bear image.
Well, that's my card for this post. I hope I have given you some additional ideas for these new Valentine dies. See you next week!


Tuesday, January 24, 2017

On the farm

Hi, Janja here!

Another new CottageCutz products line I share with you today. This are stamp & die combo sets. You can choose from eight sets for different occasions.
I have chosen the set - On the farm and supplemented it with two stamps and dies from the set - Farm animals.

- white card base: 5.3 x 5.3" (13,5 x 13,5 cm), folded
- white cardstock: 4.6 x 4.6" (11,7 x 11,7 cm)
- watercolor paper
- Distress ink: Dried Marigold, Worn Lipstick, Festive Berries, Aged Mahogany, Spiced Marmalade, Scattered Straw, Twisted Citron, Mowed Lawn, Tumbled Glass, Broken China, Hickory Smoke, Antique Linen, Ground Espresso

Since I use Distress inks for coloring, I stamped selected motives with black Archival ink on watercolor paper.

Once we have all the motives that we want to put on card painted, cut them out with matching dies that are attached to the set.

For background trim a white cardstock, shadow it with Distress inks, and stamp "Hay friend".

When the background is dry, begin by placing the elements on the card. Some of them are fastened with glue and some with self-adhesive foam pads to create depth.
The sun is from the Campsite die set.


Thank you for coming over and have a nice day. 

Monday, January 23, 2017

Hi, Chick!

Hi, Lois here today,  using one of the new stamp/die sets from CottageCutz -- Farm Animals.  I think the red gingham patterned paper gives a warm, country feel to my card.

Supplies used on my card:

Card base - 8 1/2" x 5 1/2", folded in half
Cream layers - 4" x 5 1/4", 3 1/4" x 4 1/2"
DP layer 3 7/8" x 5 1/8"
Ink - black, red
Other - Copic markers, Foam pop dots

I stamped, colored, and cut out my three Farm Animals images.

Then, using two pale shades of blue and tan, I "painted" the background to my focal panel.

I stamped my sentiment on a scrap of cream cardstock and then cut out two ovals using the Double Stitched Ovals dies.

When I layered the two ovals, I thought the difference in size was too wide; so I trimmed the gold oval at the inner stitch line, sanded it smooth, and then mounted the cream oval onto the gold one.  I liked the size contrast much better.   Then I constructed my card.  All the die-cut elements are popped up on foam pop dots.

Dies used on this set are: