Thursday, October 19, 2017

CCEE1742 - Acetate

This week Frances asked the CCEE Stampers to use acetate somewhere on our card.  I've been wanting to make a Magic Color Slider card again, so that's what I've got for you today.  I've got three photos of my card so you can see how the color magically appears when you pull the tab.

Stop over at the CCEE Stampers blog for more uses of acetate on your cards.

Monday, October 16, 2017

Autumn Blessings

Yesterday one of the challenges on Splitcoaststampers was entitled "Textures of Fall."  I was inspired by that challenge to make my CottageCutz card for today.  It combines all kinds of textures and texture techniques -- embossing, layering, sponging.

I started my card with the Pine Cone Branch die. Originally, I was going to cut it from white cardstock and color the various elements; but I decided that I wanted a bit more "texture."  So I cut it from both green and tan cardstock.  I thought that building up the pine sprigs (the green onto the tan) would give some more depth to them.

I then sponged Ranger Pine Needle ink onto the green die-cut and Vintage Photo ink on the tan one.

Then I cut the pine sprigs off the green die cut and glued them to the tan one . . .

. . . and added the additional pinecones and pine sprigs.

Once the tedious part was complete, I cut my cardstock.  

Dark Gold - 5 1/2" x 8 1/2", scored at 4 1/4"
Cream - 4" x 5 1/4"
Scrap of Dark Gold large enough for the focal panel

I have a Darice embossing folder of fall foliage.  I took some Ranger Distress ink (Dried Marigold, Fired Brick, Rusty Hinge, Vintage Photo) and rubbed various parts of the embossing folder.

When I embossed the cream cardstock, the ink gave the embossing some nice fall coloring, and then I cut the focal panel with the largest Rounded Rectangle die.

I constructed my card base, using Scor-Tape to hold down the embossed panel and large foam pop dots to add the rectangle.  I had stamped the word "Autumn" in the Pine Needle ink at the lower right-hand corner of the dark gold panel and die-cut the word "blessings" using one of the Expressions Plus dies.

I then added my constructed pine bough, and my card was finished.

CottageCutz dies used on this card are:

Don't forget that CottageCutz has lots of new Halloween and Christmas dies on their website.  Be sure to check them out!

Thursday, October 12, 2017

CCEE1741 - "Old Farmers Day"

Frances continues as hostess for the CCEE Stampers, and this week we are again celebrating an unusual holiday -- Old Farmers Day.  Frances aaked us to show our appreciation to our farmers by creating something farm-related today.  I pulled out two CottageCutz stamp/die sets for my step card.

Check out some more rural life over at the CCEE Stampers blog.

Monday, October 9, 2017

Refrigerator Magnets

Today I have a different type of project for you.  I used a couple of the new CottageCutz bird die/stamp combos to make some refrigerator magnets.  They were really simple and quite fun using the stamps, dies, and my Xyron sticker maker -- with the laminating/magnet cartridge.

First I stamped the images onto 110# white cardstock.  I thought the heavier cardstock would be more sturdy in the final project.

Then, closely following the photos on the packaging, I colored both birds with my Copic markers.

I cut them out using the dies included with the set.

I had bought the laminating/magnet cartridge for my Xyron 510 sticker maker some time ago and just recently pulled it out for another project.    I inserted my die-cut bird images into the machine . . .

. . . cranked the handle, and out they came.

I fussy cut them with small scissors, leaving a narrow border of magnet material showing.

And my project was complete.

I just wanted to show that you can do more with these stamps and dies than just make a fun card.  I hope you give this a try!

CottageCutz products used on my refrigerator magnets are:

Thursday, October 5, 2017

CCEE1740 - "Balloons Around the World Day"

Frances is hostess for the CCEE Stampers this month, and for her first challenge she asked us to help celebrate "Balloons Around the World Day" today.  Don't you just love the sentiment on my card?  Oh, how I wish it were true!!!

Stop over at the CCEE Stampers blog to see some more fun balloons!

Monday, October 2, 2017

Bluebird and Morning Glories

CottageCutz has a new stamp/die series of birds, which are now available on their website, along with new Halloween and Christmas dies.  Be sure to visit the store and see what they have to offer.  My card today was made using the Bluebird and Morning Glories stamp and die set.

Like Mary Marsh has done so many times, I started creating my card using a Sketch Challenge layout from Splitcoaststampers.  This sketch was from several weeks ago.

Sometimes with brand-new stamps you have a little difficulty getting the ink to stamp evenly on the first go-round.  One of the reasons I love the MISTI is that you can re-stamp an image several times until you're happy with the result.

After getting a good stamped image, I colored the bluebird and morning glories with my Copic markers.  I like to do my coloring while the image is still in the MISTI in case I need to restamp the image after I'm finished.

I then die cut the image and also cut an oval, using the largest Nested Stitched Eyelet Oval die.

Then I cut my cardstock.  The card base is heavyweight white cut at 5 1/2" x 8 1/2", scored at 4 1/4", and the patterned paper is cut at 4" x 5 1/4".  I liked this patterned paper because it picked up several of the different shades of blue from my bluebird.

I then started the construction of my card, adhering the patterned paper directly on the card base but popping the die-cut bluebird on large foam pop dots.

I stamped my sentiment on the edge of the same pale aqua cardstock as my oval and, using a scrap of white cardstock, stamped one of the morning glories, which I colored and fussy cut.

I then adhered the sentiment panel flush with the left side of the card below the oval and popped up the morning glory on a foam pop dot at the end of the strip (where the heart appeared on the original sketch).  And I was finished!

I hope you check out all the new items in the CottageCutz store.   The holidays are just around the corner!!!

CottageCutz dies used on my card are:

Sunday, October 1, 2017

"More Than One Score" Challenge - Treat Holders

This month's challenge on the Scor-Pal blog is Treat Holders.  Halloween is at the end of the month, so that's where I went with my project.  I found a tutorial on Splitcoaststampers for an acetate box.  Here is the link - Acetate Box.  I found some fun jack-o-lantern paper and used a new die from CottageCutz called Happy Toad Wizard.  Of course, I had to fill it up with candy that I like!  Hershey's Kisses with Almonds -  yum!!!

Here's a close-up of the box.

Check out the Scor-Pal blog for some other treat holders you might like to try.  And, in case you'd like to try some other boxes, the Scor-Pal website has lots of tutorials.