Thursday, August 30, 2018

CCEE1835 Flowers

Frances ended her month as hostess for the CCEE Stampers today.  She told us the in her part of the world (Australia), Saturday (Sept. 1) is the first day of spring.  Flowers are beautiful any time of the year, so she asked us to show some flowers on our cards this week.  I love making shaped flowers with the many Heartfelt Creations flower stamps/dies.  That's what I used on my card, on which I placed no sentiment.  I may add one when I use this card.

Be sure to check out some more floral beauties on the CCEE Stampers blog.

Monday, August 27, 2018

Teacup Snowman

I've got another card made with one of the new CottageCutz Christmas dies -- a cute little one called Teacup Snowman.  I thought I would make a fun fold card today called the Joy Fold Card.

To start my card, I cut all the cardstock:

Two pieces of red - 4 1/4" x 8 1/2" and 3" x 8"
Two pieces of patterned paper - 2 3/4" x 3 3/4"
One piece of patterned paper - 2 3/4" x 4"
One piece of patterned paper - 4" x 5 1/4"
White cardstock for die cutting

I constructed my card first by scoring the two red pieces of cardstock -- the larger one at 5 1/2" and the smaller one in half at 4".

I then adhered the patterned paper on both pieces . . .

. . . and glued the smaller piece to the inside panel.

I opened the small panel and stamped a sentiment on the inside.

I set my card aside and cut the Snowman Teacup die from white cardstock.

Using Copic marrkers, a small black pen, and a white gel marker, I colored and constructed my snowman . . .

. . . adhering him to the front panel.

A Joy Fold card usually requires something on the front to hold the small panel closed.  So I pulled out an old CottageCutz holly die and made a closure for the front, adhering it with large foam circles.

Here again is my completed card.  You can see how the corner tucks in behind the holly sprig.

CottageCutz dies used on this card are:

Thursday, August 23, 2018

Ride the Wind Day

Frances continues as hostess for the CCEE Stampers this week and tells us that today is Ride the Wind Day.  This day was created to celebrate the anniversary of the first man-powered flight.  There are so many things that rely on wind for them to work, and Frances asked us to include something that needs wind on our cards today.  One of the things on my bucket list that I have accomplished was to ride in a hot air balloon.  That's what I included on my card.

Be sure to check out some other wind-driven things over on the CCEE Stampers blog.

Monday, August 20, 2018

Rainbow Nativity

I've got another Christmas card made with one of the new CottageCutz Christmas dies.  This one is relatively simple, but I think it says a lot.

I used a precut 8" x 11" card base, and cut two smaller panels 4 1/4" x 5 1/2" -- one white and one black.

Using the Journey to Bethlehem die,  I cut two images -- one from the white panel and one from the black panel.   I was going to use the black one on my card, but the white one would be used as I was creating my background.  I may use it for another project.

I started sponging my rainbow at the bottom right-hand corner.  The colors I was going to use are Ranger Distress inks -- Dried Marigold, Fossilized Amber, Bundled Sage, Tumbled Glass, Milled Lavender, and Worn Lipstick.

I wanted the green to be high on the paper to show through the palm trees, so I checked the placement as I went along.

After I determined that the trees would be green, I continued my sponging up to the top left-hand corner.

I laid the black silhouette onto the background and marked where I wanted to trim the rainbow panel.

After I trimmed the background, I applied glue to the back of the die-cut scene -- using a fine-tip glue bottle.

I then placed the die-cut panel onto to rainbow background, and it was ready to be adhered to the white cardbase.  As I had said previously, it was a relatively simple-to-make card.  Here again is my finished card.  I chose not to put a sentiment on the front of the card

The CottageCutz die used on my card is:

Thursday, August 16, 2018

World Honey Bee Day

Because Saturday (August 18th) is World Honey Bee Day,  hostess Frances asked the CCEE Stampers to include a bee or two on our cards this week.  I pulled out a die from CottageCutz to make my card today.

Be sure to check out the CCEE Stampers blog for some more sweet honey bees!

Monday, August 13, 2018

Let It Snow!

It's time to show off a brand- new CottageCutz Christmas die.  Just arrived in the The Scrapping Cottage store is Part 1 of the new 2018 Christmas dies -- and they're 25% off for a limited time.  The card I made for today uses a cute one called Snowman Lane.

Once again I pulled out my little book of Sketch Challenges from Splitcoaststampers and used Challenge 120, which gave me a nice big panel for my snowman scene..

Last week when I was in Michaels, I saw some packaged card bases and envelopes in various sizes.  I picked up two packages of 5 x 7 cards, one with silver trim and one with black trim.  I chose one from the silver-trimmed package for my card.  Along with the card base, I cut some cardstock and patterned paper as follows:

Silver gray cardstock - 4" x 5 1/2", and three pieces 2" x 4 1/2"
White cardstock - 4" x 5 1/2" (which will be trimmed down to 3 3/4" x 5 1/4"
Striped patterned paper - three pieces 1 7/8" x 4 3/8"

I then die-cut my images from a piece of white cardstock.  Look at all those pieces!

After I colored the various pieces with Copic markers, I constructed my snowmen and their accessories and set them aside.

I used a favorite technique for a snowy sky on the 4" x 5 1/2" piece of white cardstock, which uses masking fluid and a toothbrush.

I placed a strip of washi tape along the bottom of the cardstock because I wanted the bottom to remain white.  After dipping the toothbrush into the masking fluid and tapping it against the bottle to get most of it off, I splattered it onto the cardstock by tapping the toothbrush against my finger.  I repeated the process until I was happy with the result.

After letting the masking fluid dry, I sponged on two shades of distress blue ink (Tumbled Glass and Chipped Sapphire) over the whole area . . .

. . . and then removed the washi tape and brushed off the masking fluid with my finger.  Voila!  A snowy sky!  I trimmed off the edges where the ink was heavy from the sponging.

I then layered the patterned paper onto the gray strips and adhered them to the card base.

I created my little snow scene on the white/snowy panel and stamped a sentiment in the corner.  The street sign wasn't really big enough to write Snowman Lane (the name of the die) on it, so I just wrote Main St. with a white gel pen.  By the way, the die also has a pair of ear muffs, which you could substitute for a hat on one of the snowmen.  There are also some small "snowflakes," which I chose not to use because of the created background.

Here again is my finished card:

The CottageCutz die used on this card is:

Thursday, August 9, 2018

World Lion Day

Frances continues as hostess for the CCEE Stampers this week by telling us that tomorrow is World Lion Day.   As the lion is often referred to as the "King of the Jungle," she asked us to use jungle animals on our cards this week -- bonus points if we use a lion.  Bonus points for me!

Be sure to check out the CCEE Stampers blog for some more jungle animals.

Monday, August 6, 2018

White Llama

Today I have a really quick card to show you.  While the CottageCutz design team is waiting for the next release, we have been using previously released dies during our "throwback month."  I used Traveling Llama and Spring Grass today.  The other day while I was in Hobby Lobby I saw some cool llama patterned paper and decided to build my card around it. 

I started by cutting the llama from a scrap piece of white cardstock.  I decided that my llama was not "traveling" today, so I didn't use any of the suitcases.

I colored him with Copic markers and glued him together.  One of the things I really like about CottageCutz dies is the details -- like the tassels on the strap

I then cut my cardstock.

Red - 4 1/4" x 11" scored at 5 1/2"; 2 1/2" x 4"
Brown - 1 1/2" x 4"
Llama patterned paper - 3" x 4"
Sky patterned paper - 2 3/8" x 3 7/8"

I also cut a strip of grass using the Spring Grass die.

I then constructed my card base, adding a strip of ribbon over the seam of brown/llama paper pieces.

I adhered the llama with foam pop dots onto the smaller panel and added the strip of grass, trimming on each side to fit.  I then stamped some birds in the sky.

I glued the llama panel to the card, and I was finished.

CottageCutz dies used on this card are:

Thursday, August 2, 2018

Coloring Book Day

Frances starts her month as hostess for the CCEE Stampers by telling us that today is Coloring Book Day.  Coloring books are popular for both young and old.  For our challenge today, she asked us to use an image on our cards that needs to be colored -- bonus points for those who have coloring books and use an image from one of those for the card.

First off, I LOVE to color!  I always say that I'd make a great first-grader because coloring is one of my favorite things.  I have several adult coloring books, one of which is made up of postcard-sized pictures.  I used one of them (cut down to A2 card size after I colored it with Copic markers) on my card.  I didn't want to cover up the tropical picture, so I just added a simple oval with the sentiment.

Stop over at the CCEE Stampers blog to see some more coloring skills!