Monday, May 22, 2017

Hello, Fishies!

Clean-and-simple cards are not my usual style, but every once in a while I go outside my comfort zone.  Today is one of those days.  CottageCutz has a new line of Expressions Plus dies, which are very nice, script words.  My CAS card today has one of them.

Supplies used on this card are:

Heavyweight white cardstock 8 1/2" x 5 1/2", scored at 4 1/4"
Lightweight white cardstock for masking
Scraps of orange and blue cardstock for fish and sentiment
Sponge daubers
Fine-tip glue dispenser
Black marker
Foam pop dots
Ranger Distress ink - Tumbled Glass, Salty Ocean, Spiced Marmalade

Janet, the video artist for the CottageCutz design team, has created a U-Tube video showcasing some of the other Expressions Plus dies.

I cut and scored my heavyweight white cardstock and centered the mask piece slightly below center.  This mask was actually the negative piece left from when I had cut a circle for a previous card.  I anchored it with a couple of Post-It notes and then sponged on  the Tumbled Glass ink using a sponge dauber.

Using the same sponge dauber, I added some areas of Salty Ocean ink to give some depth to the water area.  As you can see in the photo, after inking up the dauber I sponged off a bit of the color onto the Post-It note.  Better to have to add color to the circle area than to try to remove it!

Then I cut my fish and sentiment from the scraps of orange and blue cardstock.

Once again using the sponge daubers, I added some texture to the two fish around their fins and gills.

Using the fine-tip glue applicator, I carefully added glue to the back of the sentiment.

Similarly, I added glue to the back of the blue fish.  I also adhered a small foam pop-dot on the back one of the fins. 

I repeated the process on the orange fish and adhered both of the fish and the sentiment to the card.  I added a few drops of glue to make the bubbles coming from their mouths and drew in their eyes with a black marker.

This close up shows how the fins with the foam dots stand out from the card.

Here again is my card, which I thoroughly enjoyed creating!

CottageCutz dies used on this card are;

I would invite you to step outside your comfort zone and create a different type of card today.

Thursday, May 18, 2017

CCEE1720 - Fun Fold Card

As you probably know, I love making fun-fold cards.  So I asked the CCEE Stampers to make a card for today's challenge that has more than one fold.  It didn't have to be complicated, just more than just a "fold in half" card.

Check out the CCEE Stampers blog to see if they met the challenge with a simple or complicated card.

Monday, May 15, 2017

Koala Shaker Card

CottageCutz recently released a whole batch of baby-related dies.  One of them is a cute koala, which I used on my shaker card today.

Supplies used on this card are:

Blue cardstock - 8 1/2" x 5 1/2", scored at 2 1/8" and 6 3/8"
Blue cardstock 4 1/4" x 4 1/4"
White cardstock approx. 3 3/4" x 3 1/2"
Patterned paper (2 panels) 1 7/8" x 5 1/4"
Scrap of patterned paper approx. 3 1/4" x 2"
White fun foam
Copic markers (B0000, B60, BG32, BG34,Y21, and 100)
Ranger inks - Tea Dye and Antique Linen
Various sequins and seed beads
2 black mini brads
Liquid glue, foam pop dots, and tape runner
CottageCutz dies - Baby Koala w/ Blanket, Pierced Wide Circle Frame Set,  Double-Stitched Circle Set, Double-Stitched Oval Set

When I was thinking about what I wanted to do with this cute koala, I thought he would look cute framed in a shaker card.  To start the card, I cut the koala from white cardstock and sponged him with Tea Dye and Antique Linen ink.  The blanket and baby bottle were colored with Copic markers.

Then I cut the card base and shaker pieces.  I tried an experiment and instead of using foam tape to create my shaker box, I cut three layers of white fun foam with the Wide Circle Frame die. 

As an afterthought (and not shown), I decided that the koala would look better if he were sitting on a little rug.  So I cut another piece of patterned paper using an oval die.  I layered the three pieces of fun foam using liquid glue, glued the white circle to the bottom, and let it sit until the glue was dried.  At the same time I glued the blue frame to the acetate circle.   I adhered the two 1 7/8" x 5 1/4" panels of patterned paper to each side of the "gate."

After the glue had dried, I brushed the insides of the foam with some baby powder to make it less "sticky" (just in case some of the glue seeped out from between the layers and glued the shaker frame to the card base -- just on one side.

I constructed the koala using foam pop dots and glue.  It was at this point that I realized that he really should be sitting on a rug and cut one from another piece of patterned paper, which I glued to the inside of the acetate.

Then I poured the various sequins and seed beads into the shaker box and glued on the acetate circle.   I adhered the 4" x 5 1/4" piece of white cardstock to the inside of the card and stamped a sentiment (not shown).  I must admit that, even though I had rubbed the baby powder around the inside edge of the glued fun foam, I did get some errant sequins and beads stick to the sides.  I may have to rethink that in the future.

I did enjoy making this shaker card and hope you might give it a try.

CottageCutz dies used on my card are:

Thursday, May 11, 2017

CCEE1719 - Wildflower Week

Today on the CCEE Stampers blog we're celebrating Wildflower Week, the second week in May.  As hostess, I asked the team to include some flowers on their cards.  I made a rather clean and simple card for the challenge.

Check out the CCEE Stampers blog to see how the rest of the team handled this challenge.

Monday, May 8, 2017

Noah's Ark Bendi Card

I recently saw a U-Tube video on a variation of a Bendi Card, with just a little different look.  Instead of the two narrow panels crossing each other, they just met in the middle.  I was intrigued by this variation and decided to try to make one myself.  I used one of the new baby dies from CottageCutz called Noah's Ark.

Supplies used on this card:

White cardstock - 4 1/4" x 11", scored at 5 1/2"
Light blue cardstock - 4" x 5 3/8"
Aqua cardstock - 4" x 5 3/8", two strips 2 1/8" x 4 3/4", two panels 4 1/4" x 5 1/2"
Patterned paper - 4" x 5 1/4"
Pieces of brown, gray, and white cardstock for the die-cuts
Wave border punch
Various inks and markers
Sponge daubers
White gel pen
Foam pop dots
2 small washers
CottageCutz dies - Noah's Ark, Congratulations

To begin my card I cut all the cardstock I would need.

Score the white piece in half and glue the light blue cardstock to the upper section (sky) and the 4" x 5 3/8" aqua piece (ocean) to the lower section.  Then using the wave punch, punch a border on the two 2 1/8" x 4 3/4" strips and score them at 1/2" and 4 1/4".   Sponge along the bottom with Ranger Distress Salty Ocean ink and run a white gel pen along each of the waves.

Adhere some Scor-Tape on the 1/2" sections and adhere to the upper section of the card, just above the score line to allow some leeway for the fold.   Cut two strips from one of the 4 1/4" x 5 1/2" pieces of aqua cardstock and punch along the top, forming the waves on the background.  Sponge as above and apply white gel pen to the waves.   Trim to 4" wide.  Glue to the background.  Using scissors, cut at the front score lines on each of the "wave" strips -- down halfway from the top on one of them and up halfway from the bottom on the other.  This will allow the two panels to lock into each other.   Here is the completed card base.

Now the fun begins.  Die cut the pieces of the ark.  I cut the ark itself, as well as the monkey, the owl, and the cow, from brown and/or tan cardstock; the hippo and elephant from gray cardstock; the wave from aqua cardstock; and the rest from white.  Then I colored the various pieces with either distress ink or Copic markers.

This part was actually the hardest -- constructing each of the animals and placing them in the ark.

Next, cut the sentiment from brown cardstock.  To make it easier to adhere to the card, I ran a strip of brown cardstock through my Xyron X sticker maker and removed the protective clear sheet before I ran the die through my die-cutting machine. 

To finish off the outside of the card, I adhered the other 4 1/4" x 5 1/2" piece of aqua cardstock to the back of the upper section and then applied the patterned paper.   This hides the two tabs on the back from the "wave" pieces. As this is actually the back of the card, I didn't think it was necessary to put any kind of sentiment or design on it.

When I put the card together, the back was rather heavy and tipped the card back.  After some thought, I found two flat washers, which I adhered to the inside bottom of the two "wave" panels.  This allowed for a balance in weight and allowed the card to stand upright.

I then adhered the sentiment on the lower section in front of the "waves," and I was done.

This was such a fun card to make.

CottageCutz dies used were:

Thursday, May 4, 2017

CCEE1718 - National Candied Orange Peel Day

I'm hostess for the CCEE Stampers for the month of May.  When I was deciding on the themes of my challenges, I found out that today is National Candied Orange Peel Day.  That's a weird one!  To celebrate, I asked the team to include the color orange on our cards.  It was to celebrate the Day, not just because ORANGE is one of my favorite colors! 

Here's my card, made with a stamp/die set from CottageCutz.

Stop over at the CCEE Stampers blog to see some more orange cards.

Monday, May 1, 2017

Colorful Tri-Shutter Card

My card today is full of bright sunny colors -- and lots of folds!   The Score-Pal "More Than One Score" challenge for May is to use your favorite color combination.  I'm not sure I have a favorite combination (there are so many good ones), but orange is one of my favorite colors.  Yellow, orange, and lime green make a "happy-looking" combination, so that's what I chose.   I used a die/stamp set and several other dies from CottageCutz.

Supplies used on today's card are:

Yellow cardstock - 12 x 5 1/2"
Lime green for the mats
Patterned paper for the panels
Scraps of orange and black for the sentiment and butterfly
Copic markers
Foam pop dots
CottageCutz dies - Marigolds - October (stamp/die set), Happy, Birthday, Double-stitched Ovals, Spring Butterfly 1

Cut the yellow cardstock to 12" x 5 1/2" and score on the 2", 4", 8", and 10" marks.

Place the panel in your paper cutter with the long edge at the 1 1/" mark.  Cut a slit from the 2" scoreline to the 10" scoreline.  Rotate 180 degrees and cut the same way on the other side.

Fold on the scorelines as shown in the photo.

I used the card base and traced around the end T-shape section and cut a template.  I then cut 1/16" around the edge to make a template for the mat piece, and again another 1/16" to make a template for the patterned paper piece.

Cut the mat and patterned paper pieces as follows:

Lime green - 4 pieces 1 3/8" x 1 7/8", 2 pieces 1 3/8" x 3 7/8", 1 piece 2 3/8" x 3 7/8", and one piece using the larger of the two T-shaped templates.

Patterned paper - 4 pieces 1 1/4" x 1 3/4", 2 pieces 1 1/4" x 3 3/4", 1 piece 2 1/4" x 3 3/4", one piece using the smaller of the two T-shaped templates.

Layer and adhere the patterned paper to the lime green pieces.  Adhere to the card base.

Stamp and color the marigolds onto white cardstock and then cut all the die-cut pieces.

Apply the die-cut pieces to your card, and you're finished.

This is such a fun card to make.  I hope you'll give it a try.

CottageCutz dies used on my card are: