Monday, December 31, 2018

Thank You So Much!

Here it is -- the last day of 2018!  Before I share my card with you, I must tell you that this is my last card for the CottageCutz design team.  I have so enjoyed these last several years on this team and working with some very talented people.  My card today is two-fold.  First, of course, it is my weekly post; but secondly (and maybe most importantly) is to say thank you to Joanne and Mary for their support.  And now, my card!

After Christmas we all have a need for Thank You cards, and that's what I have for you today.  I used a really cute CottageCutz die -- Hugging Penguins.

I started my card by cutting the die pieces from white cardstock.

Using the packaging for inspiration, I colored the pieces with my Copic markers and constructed the penguins.

I then cut the pieces for my card base:

White - 8 1/2" x 5 1/2", scored at 4 1/4" and folded in half
Red - using the largest die in the Cross-Stitched Rectangle Set
Cream - using the 2nd largest die in the Cross-Stitched Rectangle Set

After shading a line for placement of the die-cuts on the cream panel, I constructed my card base.  This shaded line will "anchor" the penguins.

I cut the "thank you" sentiment from a scrap of adhesive-backed black cardstock.

I then added the die-cuts to my card, and it was finished.

CottageCutz dies used on my card are:

Once again, thanks to everyone with whom I have worked during my tenure on this remarkable design team!

Sunday, December 30, 2018

Almost the New Year

Christmas is behind us, and it's almost the New Year.  I hope you had a wonderful Christmas with family and friends.   Today I have an early Happy New Year's card, using several Karen Burniston dies.  On the front I used her House and Fence Pop-Up -- not popped up!  And, as I live in Florida, I thought I would add a palm tree!  

The markings on the house and the tree trunk were made by sponging some distress ink onto the cardstock before removing it from the dies.

The inside was made using the House Pivot Panel die as well as some more palm trees.

The 2019 was made using an alphabet/number set from Memory Box.

Thanks for stopping by today, and I wish you nothing but happiness in the New Year!

Monday, December 24, 2018

All Is Calm

Happy Christmas Eve!  I hope you have all your Christmas shopping, wrapping, baking, and card-making finished.  If not, I have one last, rather quick and simple Christmas card to share with you today.   I love the way silhouettes look on a card.  This one was made with a not-so-new silhouette die from CottageCutz called Away in a Manger.

To start my card I cut the silhouette from black cardstock.

And then I cut my cardstock as follows:

White - 8 1/8" x 5 1/2", 4 1/4" x 5 1/2"
Black - 4 x 5 1/4"

I cut the smaller white piece larger than I will eventually need; but, because I am going to sponge the background, I made it slightly larger to allow for trimming after I've finished my sponging.   Then, using four different distress inks, I sponged my background.

I then trimmed the piece down on all four sides to 3 3/4" x 5".  What this does is eliminate the darker color around the edges where the sponge initially hit the cardstock.  And then I constructed my card base.

After gluing down the silhouette at the bottom, I stamped the sentiment in the upper left-hand corner, and my card was finished.

As promised at the beginning of this post, this card went together quite quickly.  The CottageCutz die I used on it is:

Monday, December 17, 2018

Ruff Day?

Christmas time is very hectic, and people can get overwhelmed with all the preparations -- shopping, wrapping, food preparation, etc., etc., etc.  My card today is one you could send to a friend who needs a little smile to help with all the madness of the season.  There's plenty of room on the inside of this center-step card to write some encouraging words.

I started my card by constructing the card base, cutting the papers as follows:

White - 5 1/2" x 11"
Black - (2) pieces 3/4" x 4 1/4", (1) piece 3 1/4" x 4 3/8"
Patterned paper - (2) pieces 5/8" x 4 1/8"

I cut a slit at the 1" mark on either side of the card from the 1" mark to the 6 1/2" mark.  Scored from the side of the card in to the slit line at the 1" mark, the 2" mark, and the 6 1/2" mark.  Scored between the slits at the 5 1/2" mark.  To see more detailed instructions for this type of card, see the tutorial on Splitcoaststampers here.

I layered the patterned paper strips onto the black strips and applied to each side, and then adhered the larger black panel to the center section.

Next I cut the die pieces from white, black and green scraps.  Notice that the Spring Grass die was not fully cut out.  By placing the cutting plate above the lower cut line on the die I was able to enlarge the grass section, rather than cutting it out totally.

Using the packaging as a guide, I then colored and constructed that cute dachshund.

I cut another piece of white cardstock 3 1/8" x 4 1/4".  The background sky was created by sponging Ranger Tumbled Glass ink against a cloud stencil.  I went all the way to the bottom because I would be covering the lower section of the panel with the die-cut grass and wanted to make sure the sky was colored low enough on the background.

I then stamped the sentiment at the top and added the die-cut pieces to the panel, popping up the dog with foam pop-dots and adding the pet border across the bottom.

I hope the holidays haven't worn you down; but, if they have, perhaps this card will lift your spirits.

CottageCutz dies used on my card are:

Thursday, December 13, 2018

CCEE1850 Gingerbread Day

Here is the last CCEE Stampers challenge for 2018, as we will be taking a little time to concentrate on family and friends during the holidays. Of course we will be back on the 3rd of January to start another year for fun challenges, hope to see you here too!

We would like to take this opportunity to thank you all for your continued support of our challenges every week, we love that you play along with us.

Wishing you all a Merry and Safe Christmas and New Year.

Now onto our challenge for this week .....

Apparently the 8th of December was Gingerbread Decorating Day and yesterday the 12th of December was Gingerbread House Day. So for our challenge this week Frances asked us to create a card or project that is a Gingerbread theme.  I used the Karen Burniston Castle Pop-Up die and a cute Kindred Stamps gingerbread wizard on my card.

I hope you pop over to the CCEE Stampers blog to check out some more gingerbread fun!

Monday, December 10, 2018

Quick Christmas Card

Sometimes you need a really quick Christmas card in a hurry.  That's what I have for you today.  I think it took me all of about 25 minutes to make.  For me that's pretty quick!  I have a friend who just loves cats.  Even though she has only one at the moment, she refers to herself as that "crazy cat lady."  I think she would like my card.

To start, I cut Miss Kitty from the CottageCutz new Pets release from white card stock.

In addition to Miss Kitty, I cut just the holly leaves and berries from Dakota the Husky, replacing the flower on her hat with the holly leaves.  I then colored all the pieces and constructed my cat.  I wanted the paws to stick out a bit, so I ran a stylus around the back of them and stuck tiny foam pop dots on the back.  I think you can see the dimension.

To reduce a little time, I used a pre-cut card base and then cut a piece of Christmas plaid paper 1 1/2" x 5 1/2" and die-cut the Merry Christmas from a pre-glued scrap of red card stock, which I had previously run through my Xyron sticker maker.

I just glued the plaid paper across the card, added some foam pop dots to Miss Kitty to pop her up, and adhered the sentiment.  I was done -- 25 minutes, start to finish!

CottageCutz dies used on my card are:

Thursday, December 6, 2018

CCEE1849 Elf Antics

The CCEE Stampers have only two challenges for December, and Frances is our hostess.  For this week's challenge, Frances tells us that one of the traditions she loves to do at Christmas has to do with the Elf on the Shelf.  She knows that some people love them and some people hate them.  She is in the "love" category and asks us to include an elf on our card today.   I looked through my inventory of stamps and found very few elves.  This one isn't THE elf on the shelf, but it is AN elf on a shelf.  It also reflects my love of Harry Potter!

Check out the CCEE Stampers blog for some more holiday elves!

Tuesday, December 4, 2018

Karen Burniston Designer Challenge - "Ink It!"

This month's Designer Challenge is all about getting inky.  We were to incorporate inks (or paints or sprays or pastes) into a card of any theme.  I love using inking techniques on my cards, so I tried several different ways of using them.  I finally decided on the Northern Lights Technique, which brings lots of color into a night sky.  I took me a couple of times to get a sky that I liked.  This was my winner.  I used dies from the Karen Burniston Tree Pop-Up, the Houses Pull Panels, and the House and Fence to create my card.

The front of the card is relatively simple, just the tree and a sentiment.

Another top contender for my choice for this month's challenge was an accordion card made using the Galaxy Background technique.  But I use that technique A LOT and wanted to try something different.  I thought I'd show it to you today anyway.  This was made using the Fancy Label Accordion, along with the Fancy Flourish Frames dies.

This is the front of the card when it's closed.

Monday, December 3, 2018

Christmas Ornaments

I have a really quick project for today -- some Christmas ornaments made with a couple of CottageCutz dies.

To start I cut all the pieces of the Snowglobe, Winter Accessories die from white cardstock.

I then colored the individual pieces with Copic markers and constructed each character.

I then cut the largest Nested Ornaments - Ball die from three different colors and the caps from gold cardstock.

It was just a matter of choosing which character would go on which ornament.

I added a bit of gold twine to each ornament. and they were done.

CottageCutz dies used on my ornaments were:

It looks like the Snowglobe, Winter Accessories is currently out of stock, but it will return soon.