Monday, September 17, 2018

Simple Gratitude Expressed

Sometimes a simple thanks is just that... not complicated or crowded out with detail. That's exactly what I'm sharing with you today.

I started with some basic supplies to create a fall look to my card. Savoy Cotton, Dark Orange and Brown Bag cardstocks. I knew that because I was using the cotton cardstock, Distress inks would blend beautifully! I also grabbed some simple dies from my stash of supplies.

I created the autumnal blend I wanted on the cardstock that I would be die cutting my flower from. These inks are beautiful, and I love the slight texture I got from using the Savoy cotton cardstock.

Not only does the cotton cardstock take ink well, it die cuts like a champ! I chose to cut the "thankful" die from Dark Orange Basis cardstock.

I adhered the simple elements to a card from cut from Brown Bag cardstock. I thought it needed a little something extra, so I used a fine tip marker and straight edge to add a slight border. I thought this created the grounding effect it was missing.

And that's all there is to it. Simple, but heartfelt thanks can be the perfect way to express gratitude!
Thanks for stopping by, and don't forget to stock up on orange, brown and gold cardstocks this month.

Friday, September 14, 2018

Fall Paper Pumpkin Home Decor

Fall is by far my favorite time of the year. I love when the weather cools down; the colors for fall are just gorgeous. I think I might actually like decorating for fall just as much as Christmas. 

Today I have some paper pumpkins to share. I have all of my fall decorations out but it's actually still in the 90s here so not feeling too much like fall. 

These pumpkins are super fast and simple to make but are so cute added to any fall decor display or even as a center piece for a Thanksgiving table setting.  


Start with either die cutting circle with a die or trace and cut out by hand. For each pumpkin you will need 6 circles. You could do all one color or a mix of colors. 

For my pumpkins I used: 

Once all of the circles are cut out trim 3/4" off of the bottom of each circle. I trimmed 3/4" off of all of the circles no matter what size the circle was.

Starting at the flat bottom measure the middle and score all the way up. 

Add strong adhesive (Leaving the top where it is rounded free of glue)
 and start attaching the folded circles to each other lining the bottom up in a stack. Once all 6 circles are attached attach the first and last paper circle to for a ball shape. 

For the stem I used: 

Score 3/4" along the cardstock  then cut at 1/2".  Once you have 6 scored pieces glue them together one on top of each other gluing the first and last together like on the pumpkin. 

Add a little glue on the stem which will go into the top of the pumpkin. This part can be a little tricky just put the stem in the top of the pumpkin. 

For the last little detail which could be skipped is to die cut some leaves and adhere them to the stem or the top of the pumpkin. 

For the leaves I used Astrobright Cardstock in Gamma Green

Thank you for stopping by please share if you make your own pumpkins I would love to see them. 


Thursday, September 13, 2018

Grateful for You

It's hard to believe it's September already. I know the leaves will be changing colors soon here in Michigan. Those thoughts inspired my card for today. I like to send cards on holidays when someone isn't expecting one. Thanksgiving is one of those holidays when I do that. I created these cards with that occasion in mind. Maybe you want to surprise someone with a "grateful" or "thankful" card this autumn. Here's some inspiration.

I used Concord & 9th's leaf turnabout stamp to create the background. But you could create a similar look with different leaf stamps you might already have on hand. I created a 6"x 6" panel with the stamp. Then cut it in half diagonally to get a different look. I adhered the leaf panel to a Stardream Metallic Flame A2 Folded Invitation Card. These folded cards have a gorgeous shimmery look that is perfect for fall cards like this one. 

I added some glitter gold washi tape along the border of the leaf panel. Then die-cut some additional leaves that I heat embossed with metallic powders. I popped these up with Double-Side Foam Adhesive. Next I added a die-cut sentiment using Pop-Tone Card Stock in Hot Fudge

My next card uses the other half of the leaf panel. I used the same Stardream Metallic Flame A2 Folded Invitation Card for the base. This time I added copper washi tape where the leaf panel meets the card base. Using a Concord & 9th Leaf die, I cut the two-part leaf from Curious Metallic Card Stock in Cognac and Mandarin. I glued the two different leaves together, slightly off centered, and attached a small bow made from twine. 

For this card, the sentiment was stamped on vellum and heat embossed with gold powder. I added a few gold sequins for interest. Then adhered the vellum with Tombow Mono Liquid Glue. This glue dries clear but just to make sure you don't see it, I placed small drops behind the sequins, gold embossing letters and where the vellum is under the leaf. Basically anywhere you won't see it.

Below are the different card stocks I used for these cards. I love making autumn cards. The colors are so rich and vibrant especially when using the orange, brown, and gold colors which are on sale this month at

Thanks so much for visiting. Let me know in the comments if you have any questions or need further explanation about anything. Until next time, inky hugs!

Marcia K.

Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Autumn Blessings

I love that just by seeing Fall colors, you get a feeling for what the season is all about.  A calm warmth, getting settled in for the colder weather, leaves changing, hot drinks :).....For today's project, I wanted to capture that feeling on a card with some ink blending and simple stamping.

I started off with a white card panel I cut down to 5 1/8" x 3 7/8" and stamped some trees and a sentiment onto the front to create a scene.  

I wasn't sure where I wanted to place more trees, so I started my ink blending to kind of see what I wanted to do next.  I used Distress Oxide inks coming in from the sides, then the top and middle in Fall themed colors of red, yellow and orange.

For the ground, I added some green along with a little gray.  

After all of the ink blending was done, I added a couple more trees along with some birds using black ink.  I added my panel to another panel of Currency Cover Gold cardstock (5 5/16" x 4 1/16") and then added that panel to a notecard created with Pop Tone Hot Fudge Cardstock.  The Hot Fudge cardstock is such a nice, rich brown--so perfect for Fall-themed projects.  I love how it looks with the gold peeking out a little. 

Thanks so much for joining me today.  I hope your Fall season is getting off to a great start.  Be sure to head over to the CutCardstock shop where orange, brown and gold cardstock are all on sale this month.  Have a great day!

Monday, September 10, 2018

Pumpkin Tag Décor With the Silhouette CAMEO®

Happy Monday! Do you have a bunch of seasonal decorations that you swap out through the year? Our house didn’t really have a place for me to set up a pretty display until this past weekend. I finally got the shelf I wanted for the corner of the kitchen, so now I have a place to display my Rae Dunn collection-in-progress and all kinds of lovely seasonal stuff. I’m so excited!

There’s a problem with seasonal decor, though: finding space to store the off-season pieces. That’s why I opt for paper and cardstock decorations; fun to make and super easy to stack away.

Today, I have the cutest giant tag to show you! I cut it with my CAMEO®, which I have to admit has been collecting dust over the past year since  I’ve been working primarily on cards. It was nice to fire it up again.

To do this project, I used the Fall Pumpkin (ID #275585), Autumn Word Art (ID #47146), and a Tag Set (ID #197341) in the Silhouette Design Store. I always make a mock-up in the software by coloring the pieces and testing size and placement so I can visualize how it will turn out and to make sure the dimensions look good.

From there, I separated all the components by copying and pasting them into separate design space tabs.

For the tag, I ungrouped the design, kept the one I wanted to work with and deleted the other. Then, I chose 'Release Compound Path' in the right-click menu so I could make the hole in the top of the tag smaller and move it higher. When I was finished, I selected both shapes and used “Make Compound Path” so it would cut properly.

I resized it to 8.25” x 10.75”, loaded a piece of Kraft Woodgrain Cardstock onto the cutting mat and sent it to the CAMEO® to cut. The settings for Textured Cardstock in the design software cut the tag beautifully.

While the machine was working, I set up my other two designs with an extra mat I had lying around. They weren’t very big, so I just put a piece of Basis Cardstock in Green on the top of the mat and a piece of Curious Metallic Cardstock in Mandarin on the lower portion.

I resized the design to 8" wide first, then ungrouped the two pieces of the pumpkin and positioned them all the way to the left of the page in the software (by using the rulers on the sides) so they would cut in the right place on each piece of cardstock.

Once I unloaded the completed tag from the machine, I used the cut settings for Heavyweight Coverstock to cut out the pumpkin and stalk. When they were finished, I resized the word art to 6.5" wide and cut it using the same settings from a piece of Basis Cardstock in Natural.

I thought the stalk needed a little something extra since the pumpkin was cut out of the sparkly Curious Metallics. I used a gingham background stamp from Whimsy Stamps with some Versamark Ink to add a fun pattern to the die cut.

You get the best impression if you use the stamp face up and press down on your cardstock (don't forget to cover it with a piece of copy paper to keep your fingers ink-free!).

The last thing I did before putting everything together is to add a little bit of Frayed Burlap Distress Ink around the edges of the pieces. Then, I adhered the pumpkin and stalk with foam squares and the word art with tacky craft glue. To finish off the tag, I threaded a piece of cord through the hole in the top to make a hanger and tied a pretty bow around the stalk.

Don't forget the orange and brown cardstocks are all on sale this month! Do you have an electronic cutting machine? Leave a comment below and tell me what's your favorite brand of machine :)

Thanks for reading today!

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