Tuesday, August 03, 2021

CottageCutz DT 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), Pinterest, and Instagram.  The position will be a 3-month term commitment with the option to extend. Term will be from September  - December 31, 2021.

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.  We also have just introduced a new line of  stamps and coordinating dies under the brand name Lil' Bluebird Designs. 

We are looking for dependable, energetic, enthusiastic and talented designers who enjoy papercrafting with die-cutting  as well as working with stamped images. We are looking for designers to showcase CottageCutz dies and Lil' Bluebird Designs Stamps 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, or Facebook page.  

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

*Post to the CottageCutz Blog and your personal blog or Facebook Page 4 times per month using only CottageCutz dies or Lil' Bluebird Designs stamps.--No other dies are permitted. 

*Actively promote CottageCutz product or Lil' Bluebird Designs on your personal blog, Facebook or Instagram accounts.

*List all CottageCutz dies or Lil' Bluebird Designs Stamps and appropriate links back to the store.

*Be able to give instructions to how you used our CottageCutz dies or Lil' Bluebird Designs Stamps.

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

*Upload to at least 1 online gallery such as Splitcoaststampers or Instagram. 

*Pin all projects to Pinterest.

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

*Team spirit and able to follow directions accordingly

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

Selected Designer 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 or Lil Bluebird Designs must be listed in the supply list for your project.

To apply, please do the following:

1. Please e-mail Mary Marsh at mrmarsh917@gmail.com with the subject line: CottageCutz Design Team Call

2. Please attach 2 projects showcasing dies and 1 project showing stamped images that you have colored. These can be projects you have already done or current projects. We would like to see Cards, layouts, altered items, etc.

3. Links to your personal blog or Facebook Page and any online galleries where you upload your projects.

4. Tell us why you think you would be a perfect fit for the CottageCutz design team.

5. Please list current and past design teams.

 ** We will be accepting applications until August 31 and the selected stamper will be announced shortly after**.

Monday, August 02, 2021

Live Laugh Love

Happy Monday!  It's Jeanne with today's edition of the blog.  I have a tonal card featuring a wonderful new background slimline die and an older seasonal die.  I am enjoying these new slimline dies because they are allowing me to use dies I already have in fresh, new ways!  The new slimline release is also on sale right now for a limited time.

This card was quite easy to make and would look lovely in any color.  All you need are three shades of the same color.  I chose a light, medium and dark green.

I used the lightest of the greens as my base and cut the trellis from the Lattice die in white.  I used self adhesive backing paper on this as I thought it would be easier to adhere than trying to glue it down.

The sentiment used three shades, each word becoming progressively darker.

For my flowers I used a Christmas die - Seasons Floral 2!  I love that this die can be used for other occasions by switching out the colors.  You would never guess that these flowers are for Christmas when cut in white and light green!  This card would make a lovely engagement or wedding card.

Dies used:


Thanks for visiting today!  I hope you have a wonderful week!

Sunday, August 01, 2021

Awesome Chick


It's Anja here for my Sunday post. While I'm still waiting for the new slimline dies and stamp sets to arrive, I'm still making cards with cute Country Farm release dies. This time I made a smaller card with a cute chick.

For this card I used:

- Cottage Cutz dies (Cowgirl Chick, Nested Stitched Rectangles Slimline),

- Distress Inks and Oxides,

- yellow, orange, red, light brown, dark brown, green and white card stock for die cuts,

- black pen, 

- white ink, 

- dark brown foam,

- black pigment ink,

- sentiment stamp,

- acrylic block,

- scissors,

- plastic stencil (clouds),

- baby wipe, 

- scoring board, 

- adhesive foam pads,

- paper glue. 

First I cut and colored the chick. This time I used colored card stock and just emphasized the edges with Distress Inks. I also cut the hay from foam to give it some dimension. 

Next I cut the rectangle and made a card base out of it.  

Then I colored the card stock with Distress Oxide ink and added the clouds with a plastic stencil and baby wipe. 

Last I stamped the sentiment and cut it out.

When I had all the pieces ready I adhered the chick on the card base. I used adhesive foam pads for the chick and two layers of foam for the hay to give it more dimension. Last I added the sentiment and my card was done. 

And that's all from me for today. Before I go I want to invite you to The Scrapping Cottage online store to check the new Lil' Bluebird Designs release and Christmas in July Sale.
Have a nice week and see you again on Sunday.

Anja Z.

Cottage Cutz dies I used:

Saturday, July 31, 2021

Whisking You a Happy Day (new stamps & 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.

IT'S NEW RELEASE TIME! The Scrapping Cottage has just added a new brand to the company line. Lil' Bluebird Designs is being introduced with 16 new Photopolymer Clear Stamp Sets and 16 coordinating dies. There are stamps for so many of your card making occasions and then some. The coordinating dies just make it a perfect fit for your card making designs. 

Today for your viewing pleasure I am featuring the new In the Kitchen stamp & Coordinating die set. I created a birthday card for my next door neighbor who is an avid baker and shares many of her creations with my hubby and I. A card using these new stamps would be perfect for her. So let's get started with some details on how I created my card.

Design Steps:

I started my card by stamping and coloring the images. The coordinating dies made it so easy to cut the images.  
I used a combination of alcohol markers and Prismacolor pencils as my coloring medium. The photo below shows the markers and pencils I used. 
Before I started card assembly, I stamped the sentiment from the stamp set. I used my MISTI just in case a double inking was needed. 
Once that was done I put together my card layout. I wanted to use designer paper for the background images but I didn't have paper that wasn't overpowering the images. Then I happened to notice some washi tape that I had. So I covered a panel of white cardstock with the tape. I used the 3rd largest Double Stitched Rectangle die and the 4th largest Stitched Square die and cut from the washi tape panel I created. 
Now I am ready to start card assembly. I attached the images to the washi tape panels with glue dots and the panels to the image base with double sided tape. The vanilla image panel is 4 1/8" x 5 3/8".
To complete my card, I added a mint green card base 4 1/4" x 5 1/2" and scattered a few mint green enamel dots. 
And that's it for me for this post. I hope I have given you an idea for this new stamp & die set. Many more samples coming from the DT next week. See you again next Saturday. 

Stamps & Dies I used to create card:

Friday, July 30, 2021

O-fish-ally Awesome

Happy Friday!  It's Jeanne with today's card.  Before I get to my card I'd like to let you know about the wonderful Christmas in July sale that is going on right now in the online store.  You can save up to 65% on select dies!

And another big announcement - the Scrapping Cottage is now offering great stamps and coordinating dies from Lil' Bluebird Designs!  I can't wait to begin coloring and designing with these adorable images. Be sure to check them out in the online store.

Now for today's card.

A few weeks back I mentioned that I had saved an extra strip of watercolored paper (click here for those instructions) and extra fish for another card.  Well...here is that other card!  With a few extras.

I used my leftover strip and fish (I ended up using only one fish) and added a crab and jellyfish.  I struggled with what color to use for the jellyfish, then hit upon using vellum.  I love it because he really does look like a jellyfish!

Using the Circle Windows Slimline die I cut a panel from wood grain paper.  I also used the largest of the Nested Slimline Rectangles in dark brown as a backing panel because the Circle Windows die has rounded corners and I knew these would show on the card.  I cut three portholes from brushed gold cardstock using the middle of the Stitched Wide Circle Frames dies.

To get everything placed I laid the wood grain panel over the dark brown and used a pencil to outline the circles.  I then placed my water panel over this (it is slightly narrower than the circles so I could see the tops and bottoms of the circles), placed a frame over the middle circle and traced the center on the water panel.  In this way I knew exactly where to stamp my sentiment.

After gluing down the water panel, I placed the wood panel on top without adhering it. One at a time I placed my creatures underneath and gently lifted the wood panel.  I marked where to place the creature in pencil where it could not be seen.

This method allowed for me to place the critters exactly where I wanted them.  I glued the wood panel to the base and trimmed the jellyfish tentacles (they were a bit long.)  You can see here that the water strip is narrower than the height of the openings for my portholes.  

But not to worry, it was covered up when I added the porthole frames.  Finally I used a few gems as rivets.  A fun card for an awesome friend.

Dies used:

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

Thursday, July 29, 2021

Gnome Birthday

Hello Scrapping Cottage Friends


ALSO........ We have a HUGE SLIMLINE DIE RELEASE with 20 fantastic dies.  The dies are at a savings of 25% off right now in the store.  The new designs are just so amazing.  They are sure to put your imagination into overdrive!!  Check them out right HERE.

I am using the Whimsical Heart Slimline today!  I have 8 birthdays in September so I am getting a jump start with this cute little gnome birthday card!

Design Steps:

1.  Use a white slimline card base and cut the background in white using the Whimsical Heart Slimline die
2.  Glue the heart panel to the white card base
3.  Using the Flower Power Tomte die cut out all the pieces in: green, tan, white, blue, yellow and dark brown.  Shade the pieces then assemble the Gnome
4.  Cut out the balloons using yellow, red and blue card stock.  Tie a white string to each balloon
5.  Pop dot the gnome and balloons to the front of the card.  Stamp and layer the sentiment then pop it just under the gnomes feet.  Add a few sequins and your card is complete

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I really appreciate you stopping by today!  I hope you get some time to get crafty especially on a hot summer day. It is so relaxing!!

Blessings and Take Care