Monday, January 15, 2018


There is a card-making technique that is currently popping up all over the place -- the Eclipse technique.   Basically, it involves stacking layers of die-cuts for a raised, camouflaged sentiment or image.  I used this technique today on my Joy Fold Card, in which I used the CottageCutz HOPE die.

The cardstock and patterned paper for my card was cut as follows:

Pink - 4 1/4" x 8 1/2"
Brown - 4" x 8"
Patterned paper:
     1 piece - 4" x 5 1/4"
     1 piece - 2 3/4" x 4"
     2 pieces - 2 3/4" x 3 3/4"
Pieces of white and dark pink cardstock

I used a second, larger sheet of patterned paper the same as the paper I will be using on the front of my small panel.  I matched up the pattern of the smaller piece and placed my die so that the word would be centered on the smaller panel and the patterns would line up.

I then found a piece of darker pink cardstock and cut five of the large ribbons from the dark pink cardstock (as well as the small "inside of the ribbon") and the rest of the letters from white cardstock.

I then ran the letters through my Xyron sticker maker so that it would be easy to stack them.

I colored the small "inside" of the ribbon with a Copic marker (see small photo in upper left-hand corner) and stacked the letters, making sure the patterned paper was the top layer.

To construct my card, I scored the 4 1/4" x 8 1/2" pink cardstock at 5 1/2" and the 4" x 8" brown cardstock at 4".  I then added the patterned paper, as shown.

The small panel is centered on the inside panel of the card base, so that the small top panel folds over the left hand panel of the base.

I then carefully added the letters, making sure that the pattern on the letters lined up with the designer paper.

For the inside, I cut a brown and a white oval shape, using the CottageCutz Double-Stitched Oval.  

I stamped an encouraging sentiment on the white oval and carefully trimmed it down by cutting on the inside stitch marks . . .

. . . glued the white oval onto the brown oval and adhered it to the inside of the card.

I added the photo clip to the bottom left-hand corner with a matching brad to hold the small panel closed, and I was finished.

CottageCutz dies used on this card are:

Thursday, January 11, 2018

CCEE1802 Hot Tea Month

Liz continues as the CCEE stampers hostess for January and told us that this is "Hot Tea Month."  As a tea drinker, I feel a bit remiss that I did not know that.  She asked us to use a tea pot or tea cup on our cards, or we could use a "tea stain" technique.  I chose the former suggestion, using both a tea pot and some tea cups.

Be sure to check out the CCEE Stampers blog for more cards honoring my favorite breakfast beverage.

Monday, January 8, 2018


Crafters are always working months in advance, so today I'm bringing you a relatively simple Valentine's Day card, using some CottageCutz dies (an old one and a newer one).  I'm a fan of the Sketch Challenge on Splitcoaststampers, so I used last week's layout and varied it just a bit.

This is my card.  I stretched out the three images further across the center and added a sentiment.

When I started my card, I did not have plans for the extra panel (the black one), so I cut the cardstock I thought I would need.

Red - 5 1/2" x 8 1/2", scored at 4 1/4"
White - 4" x 5 1/4"
Red/White gingham - 1 1/2" x 5 1/4"

After lining the back of a piece of red cardstock with a section of Scor-Tape two-sided adhesive sheet, I cut the die-cuts.  Because of the adhesive back, the die-cuts were a bit wonky when I took them out of the dies, but I knew they would straighten out once I added them to my card.

I then constructed my card . . .

. . . and added the die cuts.

At this point I didn't think there was enough contrast on my card, so I pulled up the white panel, cut it down by 1/8" on both sides and added a black layer, which I had cut at 4" x 5 1/4".  I then added some small black sequins.

I was much happier with this version.  CottageCutz dies used on this card are:

Thursday, January 4, 2018

CCEE1801 Waddle We Do in 2018?

Liz Williams started the new year off with a little pun -- "Waddle we do in 2018?"  She asked the CCEE stampers to use a penguin or other animal that loves the cold.  Right before Christmas I had bought a cute little Mama Elephant winter set with some skating penguins.  They were perfect for Liz's challenge.  I tried a new Heartfelt Creations product on my trees.  It's called Frosting Powder.  I love it!

Stop over at the CCEE blog to see what the rest of the team did with Liz's challenge.

Monday, January 1, 2018

January Birthday Card

Happy 2018!!!  I hope you and your family had a wonderful Christmas and are looking forward to a happy and healthy new year.

We all need birthday cards throughout the year, and CottageCutz has a series of stamp/die combos that can help you with that.  There is a set for each month of the year, celebrating the "flower-of-the-month."  My card today is for January and the Carnation.

The layout is simple, making the carnation the star of the show.  To begin my card, I stamped and colored the images.

I then cut them out with the coordinating dies.

The pieces for the card base are as follows:

Green base piece - 8 1/2" x 5 1/2" (scored at 4 1/4")
Patterned paper - 4" x 5 1/4"
Green oval - largest Stitched Scallop oval
White oval - next to the largest Double-Stitched oval

Constructing the card base was simple.

I added large foam pop dots to the back of the die-cut images, trimming the one for the butterfly just a bit.

I then adhered the die-cut images to the front of the card.

I added three sequins and brushed the carnations and butterfly with a clear Wink of Stella brush.  You may be able to see some of the "glitter" on the images.   IRL it is much more visible.

This again is my finished card.

CottageCutz dies used on my card are: