Friday, December 9, 2016

Holiday Countdown Series, Day 9

Hello, and Welcome to our blog!
How many times have you found yourself wrapping a last minute gift and in need of an easy handmade tag to tie it all together? I have been in that situation plenty of times. In the past, I have made enough holiday gift tags ahead of time but I still encounter that last minute gift and the need or want of a tag. Other times I had made so many I have had so many leftovers because I went overboard and by the time Christmas came around the corner again, I had forgotten where I stored them or my taste had changed.
Nowadays, I die cut plenty of tags throughout the year when I have extra time but I do not embellish until I need them for a specific occasion. I use scraps of pretty cardstock, preferably in a variety of solid colors, I can use throughout the year.

Easy Tags
We already know we need to have plenty of die cut tags ready to embellish. Use a variety of solid colors for all types of gift tags: birthdays, graduations, anniversaries and so on.

All the supplies below are optional because...we are making last minute tags. I am mentioning them in case you want or have time for a few extra details.
A metal die cut was used to cut these tags but you can use scissors and a ruler or a paper trimmer, thin dies for the deer (deer and foxes) seem to be popular this holiday season), embossing folders and some manual texture tool I have in my stash, foam tape, score tape or any other double sided tape, liquid glue and some ribbon or twine and some bling (I used diamond dust, glitter and sequins).

For cardstock, I turned to the beautiful Stardream Metallic Collection from Cut Cardstock. This cardstock has an amazing shimmer similar to beautiful Curious Metallic and perfect for the season. Stardream cardstock is a 105lb cardstock and that is a nice weight. I am thinking it will also look awesome for New Year's and also weddings.
The names of the cardstocks used are: lagoon is a beautiful aqua color, Mars is the red I like- dark red, the green is Fairway and Bronze is the brown.

After die cutting the tags I embossed some and textured others. You see a variety of ideas you can replicate if you have the extra time or for future projects.

On some tags I applied glue with an old brush on the bottom part and sprinkled with diamond dust, on another, I used a strip of double sided tape and covered it with glitter, on others, I rediscovered the handiness of shaped scissors to make borders and so on. Some of the deer were mounted on foam squares.
The final step was adding ribbon or twine to hang if necessary.

A few more pics:

I also made a few tags with paper punches and added commercial embellishments for a really fast way for the really last minute gift.
Hope you are enjoying this short series my teammates and I are sharing with you.
For the Stardream Collection, please, click here

Have a great day! and, thanks for visiting.

Cut Cardstock Supplies used in this project:
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Thursday, December 8, 2016

Holiday Countdown Series, Day 8

Welcome to Day 8 of the Holiday Countdown series for 2016!  Since the holidays are all about spending time with friends and family, today I wanted to share these easy reindeer treat bag toppers perfect for crafting alongside little ones.

This project requires just a handful of dies or punches and a couple of different shades of gorgeous Stardream Metallic Cardstocks.

Start by die-cutting a large label shape (~5.5" tall) and two small scalloped ovals (~1.125" wide) out of Copper cardstock and score the label shape down the center as shown.  Then cut the same scalloped ovals out of Crystal cardstock and two 0.5" circles and one 1" circle out of Onyx cardstock.  Finally, use a branch die (or part of a tree) to cut two antlers out of Opal cardstock.

To create the eyelids for your reindeer, simply run the Copper ovals through your die-cutting machine again with the oval die placed over the center as shown.

To assemble, glue the small Onyx circles onto the white scalloped ovals with Tombow Mono Multi-purpose Liquid Glue (liquid glue adheres coated cardstocks the best), then place the eyelids on top.  Fold the label shape in half and glue the eyes and nose onto the front of your bag topper while gluing the antlers to the back.

Fill your bag with your favorite holiday treats and staple it onto the back of the treat topper so that the smooth side of the staples face outward.  Then glue the front of the treat topper down to the front of the bag using glue dots.

You can add a red nose instead, but this little guy reminds me of the dog from the Grinch movies who dresses up like a reindeer, so I kept mine black.  And since it's such a cute and simple craft, kids will love putting them together too!

I hope you enjoyed this easy reindeer treat bag topper and thanks so much for stopping by today.  You can visit the CutCardStock store to purchase any of the supplies showcased today and remember that Stardream Metallic Cardstocks are on sale this month!

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Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Holiday Countdown Series, Day 7

We hope you're enjoying this series, and are finding some inspiration! In the spirit of the season, we have a little something extra today -- a free download! Just click on the image below to download the pdf and print at home. Then trim out the tags and add them to some special packages under the tree!

There are a few more projects headed your way in this Holiday Countdown series. Be sure to check back for some more handmade inspiration!

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Holiday Countdown Series, Day 6

Hello and welcome to the CutCardStock Blog! It's Gloria with you today. Welcome to Day 6 of our Holiday Countdown Series! We want to inspire you with quick and easy gifts that you can put together at the last minute!

I always want to keep a few gift cards on hand, just in case I need a last minute gift. However, sometimes I just don't manage to do that! Giving cash or a check seems so impersonal to me, but if I dress up "cold hard cash" with a pretty wrapper, it makes me feel better!

I created this easy-to-make money wallet from cardstock and some bits of Christmas-themed scrapbook paper. It is the perfect size to hold money, checks, gift certificates, or even gift coupons! 

1. Start by cutting Esse Pearl Smooth White Cardstock to 8 1/4" x 7" and scoring on the long side at 3" and 6".

2. Rotate the cardstock, making sure the score lines are horizontal. Use an envelope making tool (We R Memory Keepers) to cut a notch in the paper by placing the left edge of the paper at the 3 1/2" mark on the envelope guide. Punch the notch.

3. Flip the paper over to the "wrong" side and slide the paper to the right so that the left edge is centered at the punch mechanism. Punch another notch.

4. Use a paper trimmer to trim the small section of paper from the center notch to the straight edge as shown. Fold on the score lines.

5. Select four coordinating papers. (If you are not a scrapbooker or cardmaker, you may use Christmas wrapping paper to decorate your wallet.) Trim two pieces of print #1 decorative paper to 2 7/8" x 6 7/8". Attach each piece to the center area, between the folds, one on each side of the cardstock.

6. Place Scor-tape on the bottom section, on the left and right edges. Fold and secure to create a pocket.

7. Trim a piece of print #2 decorative paper to 2 1/8" x 6 7/8" and follow Steps 2-4 above to shape the paper for the pocket.

8. Attach the decorative paper to the pocket. Cut a another piece of print #2 decorative paper to 2 7/8" x 6 7/8" and attach to the top section of the wallet.

9. Use circle dies or punches to cut two decorative elements from printed paper. Cut circle mats from Esse Pearl Smooth White Cardstock and Jupiter Stardream Metallic Cardstock.

10. Attach the circle embellishments s as shown.

11. Cut print #3 decorative paper to 2 7/8" x 6 7/8" and attach the paper to the front of the wallet.

12. Create a belly band for your wallet. (This step is optional.) Cut Esse Pearl Smooth White cardstock to 1 1/8" x 7". Cut print #4 decorative paper 1" x 6 7/8" and attach to the cardstock strip. Wrap the strip around the wallet and secure together.

13. Mat a coordinating cardstock sticker with Esse cardstock and attach to the seam area of the belly band with foam squares.

14. Create a matching envelope for your wallet.

15. Score a White Pearl A7 Classic Pearl Linen Envelope at 3 1/2" from the edge of the envelope flap.

16. Fold on the new score line to create a 4" x 7 1/4" envelope. Attach a decorative paper strip to cover the original score line.

17. Mat a coordinating cardstock sticker with Esse cardstock and attach to the center of the envelope with foam squares.

18. Cut another decorative circle and attach to the lower left corner of the envelope front.

19. Stuff your wallet with cash!

Thanks for looking!

~ Gloria Stengel: Scraps of Life

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Monday, December 5, 2016

Holiday Countdown Series, Day 5

Welcome to Day 5 of the Holiday Countdown Series for 2016. Lisa M here today with my project for the Holiday Countdown.  Need a quick and easy way to give a gift card or little treat. Here is a quick matchbook style gift card holder.

I started with an 8.5" x 11" piece of Stardream Metallic Mars Cardstock and cut it into 4 pieces 2.75" x 8.5" I then scored the pieces at 3 3/8", 3 7/8, and 7 5/8".

I then used Emerald Stardream Metallic Cardstock cut to (2) 2.25" x 3", 2.25" x 2.75", and 2.25" x .5" These are used to embellish the outside and inside of the matchbook. I embossed them for some added texture.

I added a Riley and Co. (Stocking Sophie) stamped image to the front, with a brad to hold the stocking. 

Fold up the small flap and staple near the bottom edge. Attach the small strip to cover the staple.  Add a small treat or gift card inside.

 Tuck the top flap and and you are ready to give to your favorite person.

Here are some other suggestions for decorating. 

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