Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Disney Mini-Album

Hi Friends!! kel here today :) I can't believe it's the end of the month!! Where has the time gone? I know my time has gone to the end of the semester and finals... but luckily I still manage to carve out some crafty time for myself once in a while too!!

I just found out that my niece is going to visit her sister in Florida next week!! My Florida niece is working at Disney World, and she gets to hang out in character all the time!! What fun for her!! So my project to share today are these matching mini-accordion albums perfect for holding a handful of Instax pictures!

This beautiful glitter paper and glitter cardstock were actually my inspiration for this project. I've been hoarding this Disney-inspired paper since it came out, and now that it's been reimagined and done a 3rd time, I figured it was time to do something with it!! haha!!

The first thing I did was cut down some scrap 12" x 12" paper into 5" x 12" strips, and then fold them into thirds. I also cut down some Black Glitter Paper and Gold Glitter Cardstock into 3.25" x 4.25" mats, perfect for these pocket cards.

I overlapped one panel of the white strips, and then glued them together. This made a nice mini-album of 5 panels on each side.

I cut down some 12" x 12" paper into 4" x 5" pieces and then glued them down to all the panels.

On the very back panel, I used some sticky to center my ribbon. It's okay that the sticky is bigger than the ribbon, because I knew I was going to cover it up with a pocket card, which I matted with one of the Black Glitter Paper pieces.

The last thing I did before tying up the album was to add the front pocket card (mounted on the Gold Glitter Cardstock piece) and then add some more pocket cards to every-other panel. Here's the front side of the album:

And the back side of the album:

And what it looks like all tied up! I made sure to leave the ribbon extra long because I know the album will get thicker as they glue in their pictures.

Thanks so much for stopping by!! I absolutely love how the glitter paper I used just added that little extra pop to these albums!! Make sure to stay up to date with the latest news and sales on the CutCardstock Facebook Page!!

lovies, =o) kel

Monday, April 24, 2017

Mother's Day Glitter Framed Art

My mom knows flowers are a given on Mother's Day, but this year I was looking for the kind that would last a little bit longer.  With Printable Glitter Cardstock from CutCardStock, I was able to whip up a sparkly watercolor piece in no time while adding a few handmade touches.

I used my Silhouette to print this watercolor wreath design on my glitter cardstock, but an internet search will yield hundreds of free printables that would work just as well.

Printable Glitter Cardstock is super easy to use...just tear a sheet out from the pad, place it in your inkjet printer, and print a page just like you would normally!  Afterwards, you can trim the cardstock to your desired size (here I'm using a 5" x 7" panel).

To add a sweet sentiment, I die-cut several words from Gold Bright Foil Cardstock.  I could have used my Silhouette for this step, but I really love the way manual die-cutting machines emboss the edges of designs when I use this gorgeous cardstock.

However, since I'm limited by what my thin metal dies can "say" for me, I had to trim up some of my words.  Using detail scissors, I just snipped off parts of the designs I didn't need until I had spelled out "to my Mother, my Friend".

To give the sentiment a tiny bit more emphasis, I die-cut the same words out of Curious Metallic Galvanised Cardstock and adhered them underneath the gold die-cuts with liquid glue to form a shadow.  For a little fun texture, I also tied a quick bow using some white Satin Edge Organza Ribbon.

When adhering elements to glitter cardstock, you'll want to use a strong adhesive like glue dots or foam tabs.  Although this would make a great Mother's Day card as well, I framed the piece instead to make it a little more special.  Take a look at that sparkle and shine!

I hope you enjoyed this quick Mother's Day gift idea and thanks so much for stopping by today.  Be sure to visit the CutCardStock store to purchase any of the supplies showcased today and remember that glitter cardstocks are on sale this month!

Friday, April 21, 2017

Get Ready For May With A May Basket

May is just around the corner and thinking about what project I wanted to make conjured up memories of making May Baskets as a child in school.  This idea brought back many fond memories of weaving construction paper to make baskets or decorating paper cones to be filled with a fistful of little white posies I'd pick off our front lawn and then hanging the baskets on the doors of my neighbors homes.    Do children today even know what a May Basket is?

Here's a little vintage inspired gift basket I made that might just find its way to someone's door some warm May morning. 

I started by die cutting some flowers out of Silver POW Glitter Paper and coloring the flowers using a Copic marker.  This is a great way to give color to neutral glitter paper.  I then layered the flowers as seen above, using large Glue Dots.

I cut two squares of Pink Lemonade Pop Tone Cardstock and ran them through my machine with a polka dotted embossing folder.  I then glued paper doiies to the cardstock and ran them through the die cutting machine again using a scalloped heart die.

I also cut several leaves out of Gumdrop Green Pop Tones Cardstock and glued them into 4 sets as pictured above.

Next I cut a paper bag die out of Kraft Cardstock and stamped each side of the bag in black ink, using a script background stamp.

 Then came the fun part of assembling the hearts and flowers to the bag using Score Tape.  I also added a silver chenille handle and some pearl accents.
I hope you enjoyed today's project and are inspired to make a May Basket of your own to share with an elderly neighbor, perhaps.  You can find these products and many more at Cut Cardstock.  You can also visit Cut Cardstock on Facebook, Pinterest and Twitter.

Thanks so much for stopping by!  Blessings~ Birgit

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Making a Glittery Multi-Purpose Card

Does glitter paper scare you? It scares me - it’s usually messy with pieces flaking off and glitter getting everywhere. And you know once you have the glitter, there’s no getting rid of it. :)

Usually, I stick to Pow! Glitter Paper even though it's more of a glittery foil instead of actual glitter. It's not as sparkly, but it gets the job done.

BUT - I have to tell you about the particular glitter paper I used for this card. I really thought it was going to be the flaky kind. It’s not. And it is super glittery to boot, just like if you made it with loose glitter and adhesive. It’s my new go-to for when I want to create glitter embellishments!

Today’s card is super easy to make, so I don’t have a lot of photos for you. The beauty of this card is you can change out the papers and sentiment and use it for several different occasions: Mother’s Day, birthdays, graduation, even the holidays.

You will need:
Make an A2-size (4 1/4 x 5-inch) card base out of the aqua paper, then cut a 4 x 5 1/4-inch rectangle out of the scraps. Emboss the rectangle with the embossing folder and set these aside.

Next, cut a 4 1/8 x 5 3/8-inch rectangle from the silver glitter paper. Die-cut your bow as well. I was ecstatic that this paper didn’t even flake after running it through my Big Shot. It’s a keeper, I tell ya. Stock up! Also, please excuse my craft mat. It's well-loved :)

From the glitter paper scraps, cut a 1/2-inch strip and a frame-style tag. Then, die-cut a small stitched tag from the white cardstock. Stamp your sentiment on the white tag and overlay the glitter frame tag with some liquid glue.

Now, to put the whole thing together! Layer your embossed rectangle over the glitter rectangle and adhere with glue tape. Wrap your 1/2-inch strip around the panel and use more glue tape to secure the ends on the back. Adhere your bow in the center and add the sentiment tag. All done! Easy-peasy, right?

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❤️  Niki • cardstoq.com • @cardstoq (on Instagram, Pinterest & Twitter)

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Poppy Shadowbox

What goes better than black and red?! Other than shiny red foil and sparkly black glitter paper of course.
 Black makes a good frame for a shadowbox. So I had to use the glitter black cardstock
 To make this little shadowbox, I started with a file I had in my library.
The glitter paper cut simply well and did not snag or tear. 
 I always keep a little bowl of clips around to clip the corners on things until they dry so I can move forward with my project while the glue dries.
 I decided that the pedals of the poppy would look best in red. But not any red, I needed a shimmer red so I turned to my Rinea Foil paper.
 Just to bring some flex to the pedals, I maneuvered them around a tooth pick. There was really no art to this step, just playing around until I got the look I wanted!
Assembling the flowers was a fun part. Like a puzzle. 
 Just taking the extra time to play with the pedals gave them more of a pop.
 Next I measured the back of the shadowbox and cut the background paper to size.
 I like the red polka dots of this paper. Ties it all together.

Cut Card Stock materials used: