Tuesday, February 28, 2017

CottageCutz Design Team Call

Design Team Call
 We are looking for Design Team members who are very active on social media. These sites include: Blogger, Facebook (page or groups), Twitter, YouTube Channel, Pinterest, and Instagram. We have two designer positions open and one opening for a person who enjoys creating videos (Video Artist) showcasing CottageCutz dies in a Tutorial/How-To project.  All positions are a 6-month term commitment with the option to extend. Term will be from March  - August 31, 2017

 We specialize in universal metal dies for papercrafting.  CottageCutz designs are unique, intricate, fun and whimsical.  We have the largest selection of the most beautifully hand drawn designs.  CottageCutz are available in craft stores world-wide. 

We are looking for dependable, energetic, enthusiastic and talented designers who enjoys papercrafting with die-cutting. We are looking for designers to showcase CottageCutz dies in different ways (layouts, cards, altered items, tags, etc.)  shabby chic, vintage, simple, whatever your style may be, we would love to see what you have to bring to our team.  

What we expect:

*Must have a personal active blog

*Good communicator, reliable, dedicated and on time with deadlines.

*Post to the CottageCutz Blog and your personal blog 4 times per month using only CottageCutz dies--No other dies are permitted. Video artist will be required to create 2 videos per month.

*Actively promote CottageCutz product on your personal blog, Facebook or Twitter accounts.

*List all CottageCutz dies and appropriate links back to the store.

*Be able to give instructions to how you used our CottageCutz dies

*Access to camera that is able to take high quality well lit photos.

*Upload to at least 1 online gallery such as Splitcoaststampers

*Pin all projects to Pinterest.

*Create at least one project for each die given - All dies need to be used and featured in a project. 

*Each project that is featured on the CottageCutz blog will be sent to The Scrapping Cottage, Inc. and will become the property of The Scrapping Cottage, Inc. with the understanding that it may be used at CHA tradeshows, consumers shows, advertising, sample boards, etc.  **Please only use CottageCutz dies on your projects.  No other competitor dies are permitted.

*Team spirit and able to follow directions accordingly

*Support DT members by commenting on their posts on the CottageCutz Blog

*Be willing to participate in Blog Hops, Challenges, or other events.

*Have lots of fun with our talented team of designers

 Selected Designers will receive:

*Generous amount in product each month.

*Your name and picture linked to your blog from CottageCutz Blog

*Worldwide exposure of your projects

*CottageCutz Design badge to feature on your blog

*Great product discount

*Bonus given to those who are published in a printed crafting publication. CottageCutz must be listed in the supply list for your project
To apply, please do the following:

 1. Please e-mail Joanne at scrappingcottage@cox.net with the subject line: CottageCutz Design Team Call

2. Please attach 3 projects showcasing dies.  These can be projects you have already done or current projects. We would like to see Cards, layouts, altered items, etc

3. If you are applying for the Video Artist position, please provide us with links to a few of your videos.

4.  Links to your personal blog and any online galleries where you upload your projects.

5. Tell us why you think you would be a perfect fit for the CottageCutz design team and what your favorite technique is when using die-cuts and which die-cutting machine you use.  Please indicate which position you are interested in.

6. Please list current and past design teams

 ** We will be accepting applications until February 28th and the team will be announced shortly after.

In the garden (center step card)

Hi, Janja here!

Officially it is still winter, but the beautiful sunny days remind us that it is time for the spring work in the garden. Chloe and Ben are already fully occupied.
Let us see how successful they are at this.

- CottageCutz stamp & die sets: Chloe with Flowerpot, Wreatf & Flowers, Ben with Wheelbarrow of Love, Spring Greenery, Clouds & Sun
- white card base: 10.6 x 5.3" (27 x 13,5 cm)
- patterned paper
- white and colored cardstock
- watercolor paper
- Distress ink: worn lipstick, abandoned coral, faded jeans, mustard seed, spiced marmalade, antique linen, tea dye, vintage photo, ground espresso, twisted citron, mowed lawn
- Memento ink: dandelion

Stamp both bears on watercolor paper and color them.

Cut them both with the matching dies.

Prepare few spring greenery cutouts, cloud and sun.

Cut and fold card base as shown.

Fasten selected patterned paper on the card base.
Start by assembling the card. Apply glue and self-adhesive foam pads.

Completed card.

Thank you for coming over and have a nice day.

Monday, February 27, 2017

Honey of a Day!

Hi, Lois here with another cute CottageCutz stamp and die set to show you today -- Ben w/Beehive.  These bears are just the cutest things!  If you haven't seen Chloe and Ben yet, take a look at the whole set.  My card is relatively clean and simple, although the die cut is popped up on foam dots.

Supplies for this card:

Yellow cardstock 8 1/2" x 5 1/2", folded in half
Black cardstock 4" x 5 1/4"
White cardstock 3 7/8" x 5 1/8", scrap for stamping Ben
Honeycomb stencil
Memento Tuxedo Black ink
Ranger Distress ink - Scattered Straw, Wild Honey
Copic markers
Clear Wink of Stella
Foam pop dots
CottageCutz die -Ben w/Beehive

I stamped the image of Ben and the beehive with black ink onto a scrap of white cardstock, then colored the image with various Copic markers.  I added some clear Wink of Stella to the bees to give them a bit of sparkle.  I then cut him out.

I temporarily adhered the white cardstock to my work surface and taped the stencil on top.  Using an ink blender tool, I sponged the Scattered Straw and Wild Honey ink over the stencil.

I constructed my card by layering the black panel onto the yellow card base and layering the stenciled white panel onto the black.  I stamped the sentiment in black at the top of the panel and popped Ben and his buzzing friends on with foam dots.

I hope you like my card and will check out the rest of the Chloe and Ben stamp/die sets in the Scrapping Cottage store.

The die used on this card is:

Sunday, February 26, 2017

Have a Bee-utiful Day!

Hello everyone,

It's Donna here and I am using one of the new Bumblebee Chloe and Ben stamp and die sets.  If you have not seen the new sets, be sure to go over to the store and see all these adorable Chloe and Ben's Adventure Stamp and Die Sets!

Here is my card:

closer look

Here is how I put my card together:

1.  A2 card - 41/4 x 5 1/2,
2.  I embossed the base of the card,
3.  The design paper is cut at 2 1/2 x 5 1/2 and I cut two stripes and added it to the side,
4.  I stamped the sentiment, 
5.  I die cut and colored the images and used foam tape to pop them up on the card.

Very simple, these stamps are so easy to color and die cut out.  I really enjoy working with these.  

This will be my last post with CottageCutz! I can't believe I was on the team for one year! My how time flies when you are having fun. It has been a pleasure to work with the wonderful ladies on the Design Team. Thank you to all the awesome blog followers who read and commented on my post. Thank you Joanne for having me on your team!
Stamp and Die Used:

Saturday, February 25, 2017

Easter Cross & Tulips

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 Spring dies in the store. Today for your viewing pleasure, I am featuring the Butterfly Cross die.

 I started my card by using this weeks sketch #633 from Splitcoaststampers. Using a sketch almost always is a good starting point for me. When I saw the layout and the rectangle layer in the circle I thought of using the Butterfly Cross die for that part of the sketch.

Daffodil Yellow Card Base: 5 1/2" x 4 1/4"
Patterned Paper Layer: 5 1/2" x 2 7/8"
Circle Dies: 2nd largest in set
Stitched Circle Die: 3rd largest in set

I wanted the card to be bright to reflect the Spring & Easter season. So I looked through my stash first for patterned paper. I chose this lilac striped paper and decided to pair it with a daffodil yellow card base.

I cut the first elements of the sketch: the card base, patterned paper circle, purple layering piece and the scalloped border. For the scalloped border, I used the Sweet Love Border die. When I placed it underneath the patterned paper, I moved it up just to reveal the scallop edge. For the lilac layer above the patterned paper, I cut it 3/4" x 5 1/2". It's not necessary to use a bigger piece of cardstock to layer in this case.
I cut the Butterfly cross in lilac. I decided to add some tulips at the base of the cross. The tulip die is from the Hello Spring die set. This was a 2016 spring release. I cut the tulips in yellow to pick up the card base color. Easter sentiment is stamped in Tuxedo Black ink.

The greenery under the tulips is the snow bank from the Snowman w/Lamp Post die set. I cut it then placed it in the circle die and cut it again to get the rounded edge. Just another way to get more mileage out of the dies you already own.
To complete my card, I added a butterfly. I used the butterfly die from the Fancy Pocket Plus die set. I cut it in with the lilac cardstock and then a top layer of daffodil yellow patterned paper. Finished it off with a couple of light yellow pearls. 

Well, that's it for me for this week's post. Just a reminder that we are having a Design Team call right now. You can get all the info here. So until next time.........
Dies I used to create card:





Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Wildflower Sympathy

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

We have some fabulous new Spring dies in the store. Today for your viewing pleasure I am featuring some of the new Wildflowers dies. I have used Wildflowers 1 and Wildflowers 3 on my card for today.

Let's get started on how I created this card.

Mint Green Card Base: 5 1/2" x 4 1/4"
Navy Layering Panel: 5 3/8" x 4 1/8"
Patterned Paper Panel: 5 1/4" x 4"

I wanted to use these beautiful wildflower dies to create a sympathy card. My choice of colors today came from the Splitcoaststampers color challenge #622. When I was looking through my cardstock, I found these A2 card bases in my stash that had a watercolor wash. It was perfect for my card idea.

So all I did was cut the A2 card to the size panel that I needed. The card had the watercolor design on the front and back of the base. So now I have another panel to create a 2nd card. I matched it up with a mint green and navy blue panels.
Even though I was creating a sympathy card, I still wanted a splash of color for the flowers. I used the watermelon color for the wildflowers. I thought that would look good against the mint and dark blue of the card front.
I stamped my sympathy sentiment on the image panel in navy ink before I assembled my card. I then assembled the panels with double sided tape. I didn't add my die cut images because I didn't want the flowers to interfere with the layering. Sometimes it can through off your eyeballing of getting the layers straight.
My next step was to add my wildflowers, butterfly and scatter a few sequins to finish off this card. I like to have a sympathy card or 2 in my stash for when the occasion arises. It's easier for me to create a sympathy card when you don't need one. Below is a photo with a close-up view of the dies. You can always click on it to get a larger view.
 Well that's it for me for today. Thanks for dropping by today and leaving your comments. I read them all. Until next time.........
Variation of card. On this one I used navy blue enamel dots and a dragonfly.