Tuesday, June 30, 2020

Hugs from all of us

Hi. It's Janja here with you.

This is my last post here on the Scrapping Cottage blog. It was an honour for me to work for such a great company. Thank you very much for your encouragement and for the trust you have placed in me. I loved to work with all these incredibly cute dies.

Let's take a look at my card.

- CottageCutz dies: Mama Raccoon & Baby, Mushroom Fairy Garden, Hide & Seek Bunny
- card blank: 5.3 x 5.3" (13,5 x 13,5 cm), folded
- different colors of cardstock
- different colors of ink pads
- glue, double-sided adhesive tape, self-adhesive foam pads

As usual, first die-cut all the pieces for main image out from different colors of cardstock. Use different ink pads for more depth.

Trim white cardstock and shade the blue background.

Cut out the grass twice and add a green strip.
It seemed to me that it would look better if I added a frame. Cut it out of white cardstock. 

Attach the green strip to the back of the frame and everything to the background we prepared earlier.

Stamp or print the sentiment. Cut out two banners and attach them to the stick.

Complete the card.

I would like to thank you all for all your comments and support over all these years.

Sunday, June 28, 2020

Planting A Garden


It's Anja here. I have the last gardening card for you today. I combined my favorite gardening quote with this lovely ladder die and this is the final result.

For this card I used:
- Cottage Cutz die (Garden Ladder),
- Distress Inks,
- craft card base (15x15 cm),
- white card stock for die cuts,
- white paper for printing (220 g; 14,2x14,2 cm),
- silver pigment ink,
- black pen,
- orange pen,
- printer,
- paper trimmer,
- brush,
- paper glue.

First I cut and colored the ladders and all the other smaller pieces. I cut three ladders for more dimension. On the last one I used a bit more color to add the shadows.

Then I printed the sentiment and trimmed the paper for the background.

I added a bit of color for grass and sky using a brush.

And when I had all the pieces ready I combined it in a card.

That's all from me for today.

Before I go I just want to inform you there's 4th of July sale going on on The Scrapping Cottage site. You can save up to 60% on selected CottageCutz designs

Have a nice Sunday and see yu again next week.

Anja Z.

Cottage Cutz die I used:

Saturday, June 27, 2020

Tropical Fish (new die)

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 dies in the online store. This one is all about the sea with Pirates and undersea creatures.  There are 14 new whimsical designs and each one is cuter than the next. These cards would be ideal for so many occasions.  The entire bundle is currently 60% off and you can pick it up for less than $100. Each individual die is also 25% off.  The DT will begin showing more samples next week. So stay tuned and let your imagination soar.

For my card today, I am featuring the new tropical fish die and I created a non-traditional graduation card for my niece. She just graduated high school and is planning to go to college in the fall as an elementary education major. So let's get started with some details on how I created my card. 

Design Steps:
Since I knew what die I was going to use, I started my card by selecting a designer paper that had an undersea vibe to me. The color gradient from a light to a darker green works well for an under the sea scene. And, by choosing my paper first, I could coordinate the colors of my fish, sea grass and clamshell.

Green card base: 4 1/4" x 5 1/2" 
Designer paper layer: 4 1/8" x 5 3/8"
Next, I cut the undersea elements in a variety of colored cardstock. You could use white cardstock and then color with alcohol markers, pencils or distress inks. I just prefer using colored cardstock.
I stamped the sentiment in the darker green ink that matches the cardstock. This sentiment ties in with the clam that produced a pearl. I just thought it would work for a graduation card. I think it sends a message of encouragement to my niece that even the smallest thing can be a gateway to experience  the extraordinary.
Now that all my elements are prepared, I am ready to start card assembly. I attached the fish with dimensional adhesive. I wanted them lifted slightly off the background. The sea grass and clamshell were attached with Ranger multi medium matte. I like this adhesive for die cuts because it dries clear.
There are air bubbles that come with this die. I first cut them in clear acetate but I didn't like the look. So I used a very light seafoam green and cut the air bubbles in that color. I did a double layer just for added dimension. Then I thought I needed something else on the bottom of my card. So I added some additional sea greenery. This greenery is part of the new mermaid die. And she is super cute, by the way. I also used  some clear Nuvo drops just for added interest on my card.
To complete my card I attached the image panel to the green card base. I decided I needed one more layer and change the card base to white. The base is 4 1/2" x 5 3/4"

And, that's a wrap on this card and post. See you next Saturday! Also in addition to the new dies being on an introductory sale there is also a big rth of July sale going on with savings of up to 60%. It's time to go shopping.

die I used to create card:

Friday, June 26, 2020

Card for a Friend Far Away

Happy Friday!  It's Jeanne today with a card for a friend who lives in another state.  This uses the beautiful Potting Shed die from the Gardening release.
I wanted a soft, shaded look and I find I can achieve this by cutting the elements in white and then coloring them with various inks.
I used Distress Oxide Vintage Photo and Ground Espresso for the shed, door and roof.  For the rest of the elements I used dye ink.
I wanted just a little bit of green shading and blue sky behind my shed and decided to use ink blending.  I started with an A2 card base in white and laid the negative from the shed cut about where I wanted to place my shed.
I lightly drew the outline on the card in pencil so I would know where to begin blending.
If you have never ink blended before, you should know that wherever you initially touch your brush or sponge usually gives you a very harsh and dark spot.  A good way to avoid this is to start off of your paper or lay  down a piece of paper over your work.  But  here I can start inside the pencil outline I drew because I know it will be covered up by the shed.
I stamped my sentiment on a 3/4 inch wide piece of card stock and picked out coordinating washi tape.
I added the herbs, wreath and flowers to the shed and the washi tape about 1/4 inch from the bottom of  the card.
Using foam tape I adhered the sentiment to the card.
I love the soft feel of this card for my friend who is far away.

Dies used:

Thanks for visiting today.  I hope you have a fun and creative weekend!

Thursday, June 25, 2020

Mr. Bear

Hello Scrapping Cottage Friends!

It is Pam creating with you today!

As we enter the first few weeks of summer it is fun to see all of the plants and flowers in full bloom.  That also brings the honey bee.  We have some fruit trees in the backyard and they still have a few blooms and the little bees love them! That is my inspiration for this card!
Background Photo by Nikhil kumar on Unsplash

Design Steps:
 1.  Cut the pieces out of a variety of colored card stock using the Garden BearPotted PlantsFlower Power Tomte and Potting Shed dies.  Shade the pieces and assemble with a fine tip glue
 2.  Use a piece of white card stock 3 3/4 x 5 and shade in some blue ink for the sky
 3.  Glue your pieces onto the blue shaded background

4.  I decided I need a bit of green at the bottom to ground my scene so I added it using a blender brush just as I did the sky.  Next layer onto a piece of black card stock

5.  I then added the extra pots and the little sign to complete the scene

6. Here is a good trick if you don't have any paper to match your scene.  I used the same ink that I colored the flowers with and brushed it onto the edges of a piece of white card stock 4 x 5 1/4.  Glue the edged panel to a white A2 card

7.  Mount the bear panel to the purple edged panel.  Stamp Hello to the little sign, add sparkle to the bees wings and black dots to the flower centers and your card is complete

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Thanks so much for stopping by and Happy Summer!!

Blessings and See You Next Thursday!