Monday, June 25, 2018

Dad's Tool Box

Hi, Lois here with a really special card today -- a real labor of love.  My late husband was an auto mechanic, who had several large tool chests, chock full of the tools of his trade.  When I saw the new "Just for Guys" release from CottageCutz, and particularly the die called "Dad's Tools," I knew I would have to make a card like this one.

If you've followed my blog at all, you know that I love fun-fold cards.  This card is a variation on a side-step card, but with only one step on the side rather than two.  To start the card, I cut a piece of 110# red cardstock 8 1/2" x 5 1/2".  I cut a slit longways down the center (at 2 3/4") from the 3 1/4" mark to the 7 1/2" mark.  Then I scored the left side at 4 1/4" and the right side at 3 1/4", 6 1/2" and 7 1/2".

For the small pieces, I cut cardstock as follows:

Red - 5 1/8" x 5/8", 2 3/8" x 2 7/8", and 2 3/8" x 5/8" (2 pieces)
Silver - 5 1/4" x 3/4", 2 1/8" x 3", and 2" x 2 1/2"
Medium Gray - 2 1/4" x 2 3/4"

On the three small pieces, I drew a horizontal black line at 1/4" and then scored on that same line.

I then adhered Scor-Tape on the sides and bottom of each piece.

The three pieces were then adhered to the silver pieces.  The gray piece was centered on the coordinating silver piece, and the red door piece was vertically scored at 1/4" from the left side and attached over the gray piece, as shown in this photo.  I drew a black line around the gray piece to give a bit more dimension.

These were then glued to the front of my step card.

I drew some lines inside the door to give the effect of the floor and shelf.

I then cut the images from the Dad's Tools die -- in both silver and white, picking out which pieces would be silver and which ones would be colored . . .

. . . and constructed the various tools.

My husband's tool check was on wheels, so using die-cut pieces from both the Classic Car and the Train, Bike and Plane dies, I made some wheels for the bottom of my tool chest.

I added the wheels to the bottom of the front of my card and placed the other die-cut pieces in the drawers and/or cabinet, utilizing one of the unused silver screwdriver handles as a handle on the cabinet door.  Because the wheels were rather small, I decided to reinforce them by cutting a strip of clear acetate packaging about 1" high and long enough to span the space between the wheels.  I added some Scor-Tape to the top and sides.

I adhered the acetate strip between the wheels, stamped an appropriate sentiment on a small piece of silver cardstock and glued it to the front of the cabinet door -- and I was finished.

Here is a photo of the inside of the cabinet.

CottageCutz dies used on this card are:

Sunday, June 24, 2018

Let's race!


This is Anja. I have a simple card for you today. I made a card with the racing car die, and used just black and white, with a bit of blue for the sky.

For this card I used:
- Cottage Cutz dies (Racecars & Flags, Oval Set),
- Distress Inks (Pumice Stone, Black Soot, Stormy Sky),
- watercolor paper for background (20,8 x 9,8 cm, 20,8 x 1cm),
- white and black card stock for die cuts,
- black card stock for background (20,8 x 3 cm) and ovals,
- heat gun,
- water spritzer,
- pencil,
- scissors,
- paper glue.

First I made the background. I cut watercolor paper and did the smooching technique. I dried the paper with the heat gun.

I cut a strip of black paper and then I had everything for the background. I glued all the three pieces on the card base.

I die cut the cars and the flags. I used white and black card stock.

Next I cut the ovals and again colored it with smooching.

I cut two ovals from black card stock. I drew around the die with the pencil and then cut it with the scissors.

I glued the ovals together and then added the cars. When I had everything glued together, my card was finished.

Thank you for stopping by. I wish you all a nice Sunday.

Anja Z.

Cottage Cutz die I used:

Saturday, June 23, 2018

Graduation Card

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.

We have a brand new release of Just For Guys dies in the online store, and they are currently 25% off.  There are 14 new designs and they are ideal for masculine cards, guy stuff or car buffs. They all have a retro and classic look. The design team has been showing samples using the new dies. So if you haven't seen them, take a look back on the Blog for some creative ideas for your masculine cards. 

 For my card today, I am featuring the new Traffic Light die. I needed a graduation card, and I thought this die would make something a little different.  Let's get started with some details on how I created my project. 
Step 1: I chose my card colors based on the school colors. It's a blue -gray theme. My blue cardstock is called lost lagoon and I used patterned paper to match. I used the largest Stitched Scallop die to cut my rectangle panel.
Card Base: 4 1/4" x 5 1/2"
Patterned Paper Layer: 4 1/8" x 5 3/8"
Stitched Scalloped Layer: 3 1/2" x 4 1/2"
Step 2: Cut out the traffic light pieces. I like to use colored cardstock when I cut my dies. It's easier for me to do it that way. But you can certainly use white cardstock then the color medium of your choice. Either way works great.
I cut the 2018 from gray cardstock and I used the Stitched Numbers die. This card is going to a girl so the scalloped panel and the stitched numbers give it a bit more femininity.
Step 3: Time to start a bit of the card assembly. I attached the PP layer to the card base with double sided tape. 
Started the assembly of the image panel. First, I had to stamp my "go" word on the greenlight. I didn't have a stamp with just that word. But, I found one with the word "got".
By masking off the "t" and the rest of the sentiment I had what I wanted. Sometimes we just have to get a little resourceful with what we have to work with.  
Attached to panel then I stamped my sentiment in the bottom right corner. Used the Stamp-a-ma-jig for help with keeping it straight.
I applied Ranger multi matte medium to the numbers. Placed them on an angle just for added interest.
Step 4: To finish off my card, I used mounting tape and attached image panel to base.  I thought it needed something else to complete it so I added a few gray enamel dots. It was just a little bling but not too much to overwhelm the other elements of my card.
Well that's it for me for this post. I hope I have given you another idea for a way to use these new dies. See you next Saturday!!

dies I used to create card: