Monday, July 16, 2018

Golden Pineapple

The Golden Pineapple.... doesn't that sound like a trophy you'd win for a Hawaiian surfing competition, or something? In this case, it's me jumping on this huge trend of pineapples and adding some fantastic gold foil cardstock.

I started with a blank card, which is something CutCardStock does so well! I chose a smaller size card, A1 (also known as 4 bar). It's nice to have a stock of these cut and scored so that when I'm ready I can just grab the card base, matching envelope and go....

I knew I wanted to compliment the gold foil cardstock I was going to use on this card, so I chose to emboss the pineapple and sentiment in gold embossing powder. Versamark ink and the Misti are must-haves for me!

After I embossed the stamped images, I added in some color detail with my Primacolor pencils. I'm not sure how realistic I colored the body of the pineapple, but I had fun with it!

Here's a close up after I added the stamped front panel onto the pre-made card, and added some gold foil cardstock strips down both sides for accent. I love the bling and the simplicity of this card. I say you can never go wrong with a little added gold, and now is the time to stock up because all gold and silver cardstocks are on sale this month!

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Friday, July 13, 2018

Summer Party Decorations

I love summer! And throwing summer parties! My project this time is a decoration for an upcoming party. It's hard to get a good picture of the entire project. It's a Happy Birthday banner strung together with jute twine. It's 70 inches in length and a great decoration for an upcoming party.  I used the following products for this project that are pictured below. Stardream Metallic Card Stock in Sapphire and SilverMirriSparkle Red Card Stock, and Tombow Mono Liquid Glue to hold it together along with the jute twine. 

The Stardream Metallic Silver looks great with these patriotic colors. I originally purchased the MirriSparkle Red Card Stock for Christmas cards but it's perfect for a July party too; especially with the blue card stock.

I used dies to create the entire project but you could create a template for the triangles and cut them free-hand. I also think you could create decorative edges with scissors or whatever dies you have around. For the letters, I also used dies. Those might be harder to draw free-hand and cut out but if you kept them simple you should be able to do it. I purchased the letter dies at Kat Scrappiness. They are a little pricey but I've created so many different things with them I think they were worth it.

After die-cutting all the pieces, I glued everything together with Tombow Mono Adhesive. I used several acrylic blocks to add weight after gluing. This just ensures that the images adhere really well. 

To punch the holes for the jute, I punched the first triangle pennant by eye-balling it. Then used that as a template for the remaining ones. I drew a tiny circle on the back of each triangle pennant. This made it much easier to punch them out and ensure they were all the same.

For additional interest, I added silver stars between each triangle.  I used the same hole punch on the stars and was able to punch 4-5 of them at a time. Next, I stacked the triangle pennants in order with a star between each one. Then flipped the stack over so everything was facing upside down. I started pulling the twine through from the last triangle pennant first.

One tip for pulling the jute twine through all those holes is to add some kind of liquid glue to the end of it. I spread the glue on the end of the jute and let it dry for 30 minutes until it was stiff.  If I didn't do this, the jute started to bunch up and come apart as I pulled it through the pennants and stars. By adding the adhesive the twine stayed together. 

Here's part of the banner hanging up. I left extra twine on both ends so I can fiddle it with it when it's hung up for the party. I want the stars to hang freely between each triangle pennant. 

It's a simple project that I pulled together pretty quickly. It's fun making your own party decorations. I hope you'll give it a try. 

For more inspiration from the design team keep scrolling down to check out the other crafty creations.

Thanks so much for visiting. 
Until next time. . . . inky hugs!!
Marcia K

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Cheerful Congrats

Daisies are flowers that always seem to bring good cheer and a smile.  Their uniform shape and bright yellow centers have a "happy" vibe about them that I love.

For today's project, I thought it would be fun to try using a daisy shaped die cut with some silvery card stock to create a shimmery congratulations card.  I used Currency Cover Silver Card Stock  which is on sale this month over at the CutCardstock shop.

To adhere my daisies, I used some Stick It adhesive tape which is very helpful when you're trying to adhere intricate die cuts.

I wanted the daisies to act as a background, so I cut out four of them from the silver card stock backed with the Stick It adhesive.  I arranged them on the front of a white note card with some of the edges hanging off to create interest.  The note card was made using Cougar White Super Smooth 100 lb. card stock.  I trimmed one daisy in half to fill in the areas I needed.

After arranging the flowers, I trimmed off the excess with some non stick scissors.

I added a scalloped frame cut from Pop Tone Banana Split card stock and placed my sentiment on top using some more Cougar White Super Smooth.  Some enamel dots finished the card.

Clean and simple with a little metallic shimmer.  Thanks for joining me today.  Be sure to head over to the CutCardstock shop to see all the gold and silver card stock that's on sale this month.  Have a great day!


Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Afternoon Tea Treat Bags

Aren’t summer weekends fabulous? There’s nothing like a lazy Sunday afternoon… except maybe a lazy Sunday afternoon that includes a tea party!

I made these cute little treat bags as favors for an afternoon summer tea this past weekend. It was full of bright colors and sunshine, and of course good food and friends, so I thought a take-home treat with be just the thing for a send-off.

I knew I wanted something glittery for my treat bag, and I didn’t have any ready-made ones on hand. I did, however, have a gift bag punch board (We R Memory Keepers) and a few sheets of Mirrisparkle cardstock in Gold.

All it took was to follow the instructions on the punch board and adhere the edges with a strong craft tape, like Scor-Tape. Once I filled them with honey drops, tea packets, and a wrapped sugar cookie, I threaded a ribbon through the holes along the top and tied the bags shut.

To decorate, I cut a straight scribble (Scribbles and Splats Die, Tim Holtz) out of Poptones in Blue Raspberry and a roughly two-inch stitched circle (Honey Bee Stamps) from Poptones in Sweet Tooth.

I’m not a big patterned paper fan, But I found this super cute teacup pattern in my stash, and it was perfect as a background for my sentiment.

I used Versafine CLAIR in Glamorous to stamp my sentiment image (Papertrey Ink), then layered the patterned paper and scribble die cut on the front of my treat bag with a couple of pieces of Scor-tape.

To give the design a little dimension, I layered on the sentiment circle with foam squares.

Thanks so much for reading today! Do you do Sunday afternoon gatherings in the summer? Don’t forget to pin this idea to your summer party board on Pinterest!

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

Friday, July 6, 2018

Wedding Congrats Card

Happy Friday my crafty friends! Hope all of you are enjoying the summer time. Summer and Fall are the wedding seasons. Do you need to make any wedding congratulations card? Here is one card I made using the gold and silver cardstocks.

The front frame was cut using the Classic Crest Solar White Cardstock. Any backgound cover die would do this job.

Prepare the Stardream Metallic Fine Gold cardstock in A2 size (5.5'' x 4.25''). I love how the gold color pops through the holes of the frame.

Stamp and cut the flowers and leaves for the card front decorations.

I tried the sentiment "congrats" in both gold (Stardream Metallic Fine Gold cardstock) and silver (CCS Silver Glitter Paper) colors. It turned out that the silver one was more eye-catching.

Glue all pieces together completes the card. I'd also like to try the Mirrisparkle Glitter Silver Cardstock as the background with gold sentiment.

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