Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Winter Wishes card with Copic coloring, and a winner!

After those amazing posts from our Holiday Countdown series, I am so in the Christmas crafting mood! My list of things to do grows each day, but I wanted to take some time out to make a card that could be handy for the season, not really specific to any holiday.

I printed my image and colored it on Neenah Solar White cardstock. This is really one of my favorite to use for anything that I do on white cardstock. It's become such a "go to" for me, that I recently ordered A2 flat cards to have on hand as easy card fronts. They can be stamped on or colored on, and then layered on to a card base.

For this image, I created slightly larger piece from Stardream Metallic Emerald to really draw out the green in her outfit. To make things super easy, I layered both of those on a pre-cut, pre-scored A2 sized card made from Cougar white cardstock.

To add a little bit of sparkly, I colored over the fur on her hat with the Wink of Stella clear glitter brush pen. I also used the Signo white gel pen to add the light refection back into her eyes.


I also have a winner to announce today..... thanks for all your wonderful comments throughout the holiday series. We chose a random winner - Congrats to Laura C. aka Scrapaddict! Check your email inbox Laura.

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Monday, November 24, 2014

Holiday Countdown Series - Bonus Day and Wrap Up

Today is our last day of the Holiday Countdown Series for 2014. We have a bonus project from CutCardStock Design Team alumni Pinky. Don't forget to leave a comment today and any other day to be entered into a drawing for a $50 gift certificate! We will announce the winner tomorrow. 

Here are the simple steps from Pinky to make this stunning ornament:
  • Simply take oval frame SVG file and cut out 2 sets using Stardream Metallic Cardstock in Silver and Bluebell.
  • Take acrylic and trim to oval shape using scissors make 2 pieces. 
  • Add glitter, then press acrylic together. 
  • Adhere layers of oval frame with acrylic in the center. 
  • Add snowflake and crystals. 
  • Punch hold in the top and thread using silver ribbon from CutCardStock.

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 Have you enjoyed this series? We sure hope you've been inspired to create handmade happiness this holiday!

Friday, November 21, 2014

Holiday Countdown Series - Day 12


 Hello, Super excited to offer you a simple gift but never the less one straight from the heart.
One of my most treasured items I own is a recipe my grandmother had jotted down with her hand writing for me. It was written on a simple yellow lined piece of paper but it has so much meaning  to me! Everytime I pull it out I get so emotional just to see her handwriting and knowing what it meant to her to pass down a recipe that had been in our family for many generations.

These recipe cards are perfect for that Christmas gift that is really straight from the heart!

I made it super easy so you can print two 5x7 cards on and 8.5x11 sheet of cardstock 
or you can print four 5x3.5 cards on an 8.5x11 cardstock sheet. 
but another favorite is our Cougar White 100lb stock.

 There are 3 design colors and printing a mix of these and putting them in one of our A7 Curious Metallic 5.25x7.25 Envelopes would be a perfect finishing touch for this gift!


You can find these Recipe Card printables in our sharing Goggle Drive site along with many other printable projects and invitations.

 

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Holiday Countdown Series - Day 11




Hello, everyone and welcome to the Holiday Countdown 2014 sponsored by the CutCardStock shop. We hope you are enjoying all of the ideas and are getting much inspiration from the various projects we have made using the fabulous CutCardStock products.

I want to show you one of my favorite projects ever. I certainly did not invent this one but found it some 6-7 years ago and I use it for so many things when I need a little gift on hand. For the holidays, it is wonderful for packets of hot chocolate mix or hot apple cider mixes. At other times it can be used for note cards, tags, images, coupons, chocolate bars--the sky is the limit. Please note that I have made this 6 pocket folder in a size for the hot drink mixes, but after you make your first one, you are going to see how easy it is to change the size as well as the number of pockets. Keep in mind that since my sample starts as an all white base, I felt it might be easier to see in the initial photos if I used some brighter colors so you could see the folds and nuances of adhering. I also marked the score lines which you would not do.

I started with six 5" square envelopes which I sealed and trimmed a scant 1/8" from the bottom of each envelope. This makes the 6 pockets for the project.



I cut two 5" X 6" pieces of very heavy cardstock to make the front and back of the folder.

I also cut a 5" X 8" piece of lighter weight cardstock for the folded accordion bottom of the folder. This piece of CS will be scored at 1", 2", 3", 4", 5", 6" and 7".


Flip the piece of CS over and score at 1 1/2", 2 1/2", 3 1/2", 4 1/2", 5 1/2" and 6 1/2".


In order to make the accordion bottom, use a bone folder to make the folds very crisp, paying attention to the valleys and ridges. Your folded CS should look like the following.


At this point I adhere the front and back to the accordion bottom, being certain to align the edges.

This is what it will look like from the inside...


And on the outside...


And now for the pockets. Adhere the first pocket to the first fold of the accordion bottom, making sure to line up the outside edges and to sink the pocket all the way into the valley AND be certain to have the opening at the top!!!


Continue with the remaining 5 envelopes in the same manner. You will now have this...


Run a length of double sided tape down the middle of each envelope front and one finally down the back of the last envelope.


Starting with the first envelope, remove the tape backing and adhere the first envelope to the front cover. Continue with the remaining envelopes adhering one to the other...finally adhering the last envelope to the back cover. And this is what you have and ready to decorate and have fun!!!!



So now to give you a little bit of information about my projects I would like to add that you can make these folders as simple or as decorated as you wish. First, I started with  all white bases. I found the weight of  the Couger White Heavy 130 LB Cardstock was wonderful for the cover of my project and for the accordion fold bottom I used Basis White 80 LB Cardstock and  here is what I started with after following the above instructions. The only other thing I did was to round all of the corners of the cover.


To decorate the first folder in a very simple way, I used Stardream Metallic in Jupiter (red) and Stardream Metallic Emerald (green) for all double matting and Stardream Metallic Crystal (white) for the top panel.  The Whimsy Stamps Holly Vine diecuts were dotted with red Stickles for the berries and the Merry Christmas sentiment is from Impression Obsession. (Note: Remember to think of a way to keep your folder closed before you adhere anything to the base.) I used a wide satin ribbon to tie my folder closed after filling the pockets with hot chocolate mixes.


And here is a side view after the folder is filled...


For my second, more decorated folder, I used an image from Whimsy Stamps Art by Mi Ran Collection, colored with Copics and Promarkers, adding some Prisma Glitter for the snowflakes and Stardust Stickles for the snow. This time I used a green satin ribbon for tying the folder closed after placing hot spiced cider mix in each pocket.


I hope you enjoy my tutorial and will let me know if you try it. I would love to see what you create. Thanks again for coming by and we hope to see you again real soon! Until the next time, big hugs from Jacque!

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Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Holiday Countdown Series - Day 10

We have just a couple of days left in our series, so make sure you leave comments on the blog so you can have a chance at that $50 gift certificate! Amber here today, and I'm so happy to share a Christmas card with you.
I didn't do any stamping on this card, although you could easily modify this design if you'd prefer to stamp the background. I used a Tim Holtz stencil and some embossing paste to create the sweater background on a kraft card base made from Neenah Desert Storm.
 For the sentiment, I used a "Christmas Blessings" die and cut it out three times from Red Lacquer cardstock. I wanted to create a very dimensional sentiment, one that almost looked like chipboard. By cutting it out three times and adhering the layers to one another, I think I achieved that dimension I was going for.
The dots on the i's were just a little smaller than I wanted to deal with, so I added in a couple of red sparkle gems and it added just a little touch of bling to the simple card!

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