Monday, March 2, 2015

Welcome our new Design Team

As we send off our departing team with a fond farewell, we welcome our new team! Please join us as we welcome back a few familiar faces along with a few new talented crafters. This team hopes to inspire you over the next six months with their creative use of products from

Hi, I'm Amber Lawrence and so happy to share that I've been working with CutCardStock for over 4 years now! I live in the Flathead Valley of Montana with my husband of 15 years.  I've been papercrafting for almost 13 years and have quite a stash built up, if you can imagine!  I love working with CutCardStock and the design team as it brings together all that I enjoy.... design, papercrafting and working with other talented crafters.  In my "real life", I am a freelance Graphic Designer and teach Graphic Design and Web Technology students at our local community college.  Oh, and not to mention chase after my husband, two boys, our Goldendoodle Bella, and help tend to our 100+ fruit tree orchard!  I work to find time in my schedule to create for others, something that brings me a lot of joy!  I looking forward to seeing all the fantastic work from the new Design Team!  Amber's Blog: Amber's Crafty Corner

Hi! My name is Kristie Larsen. I am a stay at home mother to 4 crazy boys all under the age of 10. I am from the USA but currently live overseas in Singapore. I have been creating for most of my life dabbling in different crafty things but in 2009, I found card making and have loved all things paper, stamps and ink ever since! I have an special place in my heart for die cutting and trying out different techniques with my stamp stash. When I'm not crafting I like to read, play the guitar and hang with the boys in my life, which usually involves skateboarding, soccer, swimming, movies and regular ninja-fighting mayhem! 
Kristie's Blog:  The Kristie Sessions 

Hi, my name is Alexia Misso and I'm from Long Island, NY. I'm married, and my husband and I have two young children (2 and 4). Before I got married I worked as a software engineer, now I'm a full time SAHM. I started crafting back in 2011 around September and fell in love with it since then. I don't have a specific style for creating but I did notice my creations tend to stay clean. I usually make cards, and occasionally I scrapbook and create mixed media arts too. I'm thankful for CutCardStock for giving me this amazing opportunity to design for them and I look forward to working with other talented team designers and be inspired by them!  Alexia's Blog: Picture Life

Hello, my name is Nicole Stark. I live in Utah with my three boys: husband Brandon and our two boys Wesley (12) and Thomas (3). I work part time in the mornings as a cake decorator at Baskin Robbins. My little guy gets to tag along with me and then I'm home the rest of the day doing the usual stay-at-home mom things. I've been doing design work in the scrapbook industry for about ten years. I started scrapbooking after my oldest was born and became hooked. I love that one hobby combines all my favorite things together: color, textures, photos, and memories. The past year I've really started branching out and doing more home decor projects. We moved this past summer and I have a whole new space that I've been decorating and making ours. Besides being crafty I love taking photos, reading, antique shopping, cooking, and spending lots of time with my boys. Nicole's Blog: Our Comings and Goings

Hello! My name is Giovana Smith, born and raised in Peru, living in Washington State since 2002. I am married, have a daughter who loves to craft with me (when she is in the mood) and take all the scraps she thinks she can use. I am a SAHWM, I babysit during the day and craft at night. I started papercrafting in 2006 and haven't stopped since, everything started when I needed a baby shower card and didn't have time to go to the store, I use a little cross stitch piece I finished for a bib and the rest is history. Super thankful to have the opportunity to design for CutCardStock and I can't wait to show you what the projects I will create with the amazing products.  My blog:  Believe

My name is Mynn and I have been crafting for over 10 years now and blogging for almost 5.  I live in Kansas with my husband of 10 years and our fur baby, a female rescue dog named Hundie (HOON-dee).  I love working with new and quality products and so I am incredibly excited to be joining the CutCardStock Design Team for the next 6 months!  I look forward to working with this talented team and connecting with you, our customers!  In addition to being an avid paper crafter, I am a full-time student working towards my teaching degree who loves to read, cook, and make jewelry and other crafts!  My blog is On A Stampage

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Watercolor with dye inks

Hello and thanks for stopping by today! Amber here, and I'm sharing a card I made using dye inks as watercolors. I have been so inspired with all the watercolor trends, and you may remember the comparison post I did using watercolors on different types of white cardstock. Today I wanted to see how some of my dye inks handled as watercolors on Savoy cotton cardstock.

I gathered all my supplies and first stamped the images I wanted to watercolor, and embossed them with white embossing powder.

Then, I smeared a bit of my inks on to my work surface and added some color to my flower and leaf images using the handy watercolor brush.

As they were drying, I stamped my sentiment on the same Savoy cotton cardstock using Versafine Onyx black ink. I trimmed it out and snipped in some ribbon ends.

There are coordinating dies for this stamp set, so I cut out my images. I held the dies in place with just a bit of washi tape.

Then it was time to assemble my card. On a card base of Basis Light Yellow, I added a decorative tag from my stash and adhered on my flowers, leaves and sentiment. I used glue dots to adhere the pieces I wanted flat on the tag, and then used 3D Foam Tabs for the flower I wanted to add some dimension to. The Mono Multi helped my secure the tag to the card front.

Thanks for joining me today! I'd love to hear any tips you have to share for water coloring or card making in general... please leave a comment.

CutCardStock supplies used:

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Ombre Birthday Card

Happy Tuesday everyone! This is Alexia here and I'm going to share a card with you today. Tomorrow is one my son classmates' birthday (she is turning 5) and I made this card for her. It's not too carton-ish because I'm not used to making cards for kids. I hope she will like it.  Before I start I would like to share with you that CutCardStock is having sale on the Metallic card stocks this week (I used it on my today's project too), check it out!

Now, here is the card that I'm talking about: 

To make this card, I first stenciled the card background on CutCardStock's Classic Crest solar white card stock in an ombre pattern, at the same time I masked out the area where I want to keep the sentiment. I also stenciled the two yellow bars to bring the focus to the center of the card. Next will be stamping the present images and coloring them with alcohol ink markers.

To create a matching envelope, I stamped the same present images on a CutCardStock's A2 white envelope. I actually also heat embossed the back of the card with my name and email address and I can tell you that this Metallic card stock is perfect for heat embossing. The card stock stays flat during and after embossing, totally worth investing for all who do paper crafting. 

CutCardStock Products Used: 

I hope you like my project, it's fun to play with stencil and inks! I would love to see what you create too. Thank you for checking out my post today, I appreciate your time! Happy Creating! - Alexia

Saturday, February 21, 2015

Dry Embossed and Ink Sponging with Classic Crest

Hello there! Kristie Larsen here to share with you another fun card for February. I couldn't get love off of my mind, so I created this little number. It doesn't necessarily have to be for Valentine's Day. You can just send a card of love ANY day! Let me show you what I did.

I started with some  Classic Linen Cardstock in Natural. It has this lovely creamy color and a subtle texture. I started by running it through my Cuttlebug with an embossing plate.

Afterward, I took these two different chalk inks and rubbed them over the dry embossing. I chose to do the teal color roughly on the square tiles and put the purple around everywhere else. You can see the finished panel here:

I then die cut my sentiment and washed over it with some different colours that matched my sponged panel. Watercoloring is so much fun!

 I die cut 4 of the LOVE sentiments so I could stack them up for added dimension. I only watercolored the one sentiment for the top.

I trimmed my panel down and adhered it to a natural color pre-folded Cougar Invitation. Card making is SO easy when you have prefolded cards on hand. I love it! The store has lots of options for fast card making. Click on the link to check them out. So many colours to choose from! I then added some pearls for a nice finishing touch.

And there you have it! A lovely card using all sorts of fun techniques with some amazing products.

I am SO excited to be staying on for the next DT term for I hope to have some fun creating with these amazing products and sharing with you too. Thanks for stopping by!

Products used in this project:

 Prefolded Cougar Invitations

Classic Linen Cardstock

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

A Thank You With Flowers!!

A very happy Wednesday to everyone and a warm welcome to the CCS Blog where, with each posting, you will find ways to use the multitude of products from the CutCardStock shop. I trust that your weather is much better than ours. On Tuesday we had at least a couple of inches of solid ice and the entire town was shut down and today we are supposed to have a bit of snow to top off this power and internet service has been a a bit sketchy for the past couple of days. I am so sorry that so many of you are experiencing much more severe weather than I am--that keeps me from complaining too much!!

Today is my last scheduled posting here and I would like the thank the CutCardStock shop for allowing me to use the CCS products for the past six months, Cindy Crots, Owner of the Company, and Amber Lawrence, DT Coordinator.. I would especially like to thank my many followers and friends who have supported me in such a sweet and kind way during my time on this Design Team. You all have just been so wonderful to visit and follow this blog, to comment on my postings, and to evaluate my tutorials on each posting!! Big hugs and many thanks to each of you!!

It is certainly appropriate that for my project today I have made a THANK YOU card for all of you!! I have used some of my favorite cardstocks: the white is Curious Metallic Ice Gold and the green is Stardream Metallic Emerald. All of the Metallic Papers are now on sale at 15% off with the use of Coupon Code: Shimmer. There are so many gorgeous colors available in these collections so check them out!

For the flowers I used Magnolia layered flowers and to add more interest and dimension, I have used a wee technique which I think adds so much to many of our punched, die cut, or hand cut flowers. I have merely burnished the backs of the petals using small circles using a ball stylus and on the front just a press of the ball in the center of each flower. Below you will see what difference this step can make. On the left side are the flat flowers and leaves and on the right side are the flowers and leaves after burnishing.

You can see what tools I have used but you could do the same technique with any small rounded implement (handle of a knife,round end of a pen or marker, etc). For the leaves I used one press with a narrow tool on the back. Just remember to start with small circles and you will be an expert in no time. Following is a side view which will hopefully show the dimensional difference.

To finish my card I added a sweet sentiment, a silk bow, and a few pearls.

Again, thank you so much for dropping by and I hope this little hint will make your flowers pop off the page!! See you all in blogland.....Big hugs from Jacque!

CutCardStock products used in this project: