Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Spotlight on The Knotted Note

The Knotted Note

Last year, when Erin Abdelnour set out to launch her online stationery store, http://www.theknottednote.com/, she knew one thing for sure: she needed REALLY good card stock!

Disappointed by limited choices of low quality card stock at her local arts and crafts store, Erin took her search to the worldwide web. There she found a number of suppliers, but was now faced with the problem of which to choose. What better way than to simply place an order and try them out!

Supplier one delivered merchandise that was improperly packaged and damaged in transit. Supplier two could not deliver the size of card stock Erin needed for her line of personalized note cards. Supplier three's shipping costs were sky high! Who knew that card stock could be so complicated?

Then Erin found CardCardstock.com. First, she called to get advice regarding what card stock to select and was pleased to find a real, live, available, helpful, and friendly person on the other end. Feeling hopeful after her long tiring search, she placed an order. Her card stock arrived in a timely manner, free of shipping costs, and carefully wrapped. Her card stock had been cleanly cut to her exact specifications and was in pristine condition. But then for the real test: what would it feel like in her hand? Would it be crisp, weighty, and smooth? From the first touch, she was in love! Armed with her Neenah Classic Crest Smooth 110 Pound card stock, http://www.theknottednote.com/ was in business!

Since the discovery of CutCardstock, Erin has successfully launched http://www.theknottednote.com/ to include an offering of personalized stationery, announcements, and even recipe cards! Each is uniquely embellished with a ribbon and a charm. Her product is well received and her customers often comment on the quality of her card stock.

Erin was honored when her sister recently asked that The Knotted Note create her wedding invitations. With the resources available to her at CutCardstock, Erin was able to use new card stock and sizes to create the Save The Date, Wedding Invitation, and even the Thank You Notes.

Check out more of Erin's wedding invitation project at http://www.theknottednote.com/store/WsPages.asp?ID=4 .

Perfect Pockets Mini Album

This is such a fun and easy project - you can make several in one evening or in stages!  This makes a cute gift for a new grandparent, an end of the year Thank You to a special teacher, or as a mini album showcasing one event, as I have created here.

Supplies needed:
One A9 size Basis Perfect Pockets Card (I used red)
Coordinating Patterned Paper (I used Close to My Heart's Fanfare Paper pack)
Inexpensive 8 1/2" x 11" plastic page protectors (you'll need one for every two photos)
Paper Trimmer
Hole Punch
Two large brads
One 8 1/2" x 11" sheet Blanc Malmero Perle cardstock
Printer or Alphabet Stamps or both
Coordinating Embellishments
5x7 photos - I used 11 photos

Step 1:  Cut the 8 1/2" x 11" page protectors in the following manner.  First, cut off the strip with the holes in it, leaving the inside seam intact.  Then, cut the page protector with the bottom seam at the 5 1/4" mark.  Then, cut 1/2" off the side opposite your side seam. 

Step 2:  Score the card 1" on either side of the fold (opposite the pocket). 

Step 3:  Holding the scored section as above, punch holes in at 1 1/2" and 4", about 1/2" from the edge.  Place the page protectors inside the card, flush with the inside fold.  Using the card as your guide, re-punch holes through the page protectors. Continue to hold the album together as you set your brads to hold the pages in place.  (You can also then expand your book at any time by opening the brads and adding more pages!)

Step 4:  For the cover:  Cut a 4 1/2" x 6 1/4" mat and adhere, centered on the front of your album.  Then, place a 4" x 5 3/4" patterned paper on top, centered.   I stamped the title on Blanc Malmero Perle using Close to My Heart's Pacifica ink and their Friendship Alphabet set.  I also fussy cut some stars from the patterned paper to adhere to my title.

Step 5:  Inside Covers:  This space may be used for additional photos, journaling, a personalized note, or information about your photos.  Again, I used Blanc Malmero Perle cardstock to print a description of my photos.  For the other inside cover, I adhered CTMH's fanfare patterned paper cut to 5 1/2" x 5". 

Step 6:  Pocket:  Cut a 2 5/8" x 5 1/4" patterned paper and adhere inside.  I used a sentiment from Close to My Heart's Horizon stamp set.  The pocket is perfect for smaller photos, memoribilia, additional journaling, you name it!

Step 7:  Insert your photos into the protectors and adhere one photo to the back of the album.

Wasn't that fun and easy?  Just imagine the variety of fun ways you can give a memory using these Perfect Pockets cards!

Happy Stamping!

Friday, April 22, 2011

Sweet Owl Pocket Card

Sweet Owl Pocket Card

I just love these pocket cards for invitations or parties, but I love finding new ways to use them and this is one of my favorites so I hope you give it a try!

Here is what you need:
Off white Perfect Pockets card from Cutcardstock.com
Free polka dot paper printable courtesy of Wilson Designs (below the supply list)
Glue roller
Foam dimensional tape
Owl stamp set, mine is Wilson Designs Everything's Owl-Right
Black stamp pad
Copic Markers in your choice of colors
Off White cardstock from Cutcardstock.com
Pink cardstock from Cutcardstock.com
Kraft cardstock from Cutcardstock.com

  • Cut the first flap off the Perfect Pocket card leaving only a folded card with pocket.
  • Print the patterned paper onto off white cardstock, cut strip and adhere to bottom of card base.
  • Stamp branch and adhere to card using foam tape.
  • Stamp owl, color and paper piece, adhering pieces using foam tape to a stamped owl base.
  • Adhere owl to card base using foam tape or glue roller.
  • Stamp flowers, color centers, fussy cut, and adhere to card base with foam tape.
  • Wrap pink ribbon around front flap, tie and trim.
  • Cut strip of patterned paper for inside pocket.
  • Add goodies!

Thats all! Sounds easy enough right? :)

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Chalkboard Technique Tutorial

Here's a unique way to add color and detail to dark cardstock.  With a little pigment ink, chalk and a couple cotton puffs, you can make a beautiful, creative card to brighten someone's day!

Chalkboard Technique - Mother's Day Card by Amber Lawrence

Supplies Needed:
Bloom Curious Metallic, cut to 4 ¼ x 11
Cryogen White Curious Metallic, cut to 3 7/8 x 5 1/8
White Pigment ink
Cotton balls or cosmetic puffs
Adhesives, including dimensional
Score the Bloom cardstock in half so that it folds to be a portrait oriented card.  Set aside.
Stamp images on Chocolate cardstock.  While pigment ink is wet, carefully daub on chalk using cotton puff.  Completely cover the sticky pigment ink with chalk.  Mix colors as you want to create variation within your stamped images.
Tie the ribbon in a bow or knot around the Chocolate cardstock.
Using dimensional adhesives, attach the chocolate cardstock to the cryogen cardstock mat.
Finally, attach the stamped card front on to the bloom colored card base.
Add your personal message inside and send to someone special!

Monday, April 18, 2011

Perfect Pockets Picture Card

If you like to send pictures through the mail, but hesitate because they don't fit in traditional 4 1/4 x 5 1/2 sized cards, CutCardStock has the perfect solution.  With the A7 Perfect Pocket Cards, standard pictures fit so nicely into the pocket.... it's easy to send pictures through the mail!  -Amber

Friday, April 15, 2011

Beautiful Ballerina Card using Perfect Pocket Card

The Basis Perfect Pocket cards are so much fun!  The pockets are the perfect size for a gift card or cash (folded).  As soon as I saw this pink card, I thought of making it look like a ballerina. 
Supplies:  Basis A7 Pink Perfect Pocket Card
Tulle – I cut three 3” wide strips four times the width of the card.  For a fuller tutu, you may want to cut more.
Needle and thread (I used embroidery floss)
One sheet 8 ½” x 11 Palmero Perle cardstock
Coordinating Ink (I used CTMH Baby Pink)
Ribbon (about 3 feet)
Eyelet Setting tool
Pop Dots and Red line tape
Stamps as desired (I used CTMH’s Little Princess Set).
Paper Flowers (I used Prima flowers)

Step 1:  Cut the Malmero Cardstock to 5 ½ “x 5 ½”.  On one side, mark with a pencil at 2 ¾”.  Using that mark and the upper corner as a guide, cut off a diagonal strip.  Cut the other side in the same way to form a triangle.  

Step 2:  Punch holes for eyelets – I suggest 5 on each side.  Start about 1” above the point of the triangle and place holes about ¾” apart and about 1/4" from the edge.   If desired, cut the top of the triangle with decorative scissors for a ruffled look. 

Step 3:  If you would like to emboss the triangle, do so before setting eyelets.  Then, sponge ink onto the embossed area of your triangle. 

Step 4:  Set eyelets.  With the back side up, thread the ribbon through the top two holes, making sure that the ribbon is equally long on the front side.  Criss-cross the ribbons through the eyelets and secure on the back.  I used pop-dots between the eyelets and across the top of the triangle to adhere to the front of the card. 

Step 5:  Holding the three strips of tulle together, loosely stitch with the needle and thread.  Make sure the end knot is large enough not to get pulled through the tulle.  When completed, pull both ends of the string, bunching up the tulle in the middle.  Stick a piece of double sided red line tape to the edge of the front flap of your card.  Adhere the tulle, pulling to the edge of the card.  Tie off the thread on either side in a tight knot (again, be sure it’s a large enough knot ).

Step 6:  Cut a 4 ¾” x 6 ¾” piece from your remaining Malmero Perle cardstock.  Use a stamped sentiment or printed sentiment and adhere inside the card.  You may want to add additional embellishments as desired. 

Step 7:  Adhere paper or silk flowers to the front of your card to cover the stitching on your tulle.  Viola!  The perfect card for a princess! 

This fun card would make a cute birthday card, or you could create muliples to make birthday invitations for your little ballerina!  (The pocket could hold directions, the birthday girl's wish list, or even a small bag of  some "pixie dust" made from glitter).

Happy Stamping!


Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Perfect Pockets Invitation

In the supplies that were sent to me for my Cutcardstock post today were Basis A-7 Perfect Pockets.  And one of them was orange.  As I was trying to think of something brilliant to make I thought of my friend Amy and her annual Halloween party. So I decided to design a Halloween party invitation.

I began with my Halloween in Wonderland 8x8 pad of paper by Graphic 45.  It matches the orange and dark purple Basis card stock perfectly.  I also used some dies, a black Pearl pen and some gems.  Then the fun began.  I just cut paper to fit all the panels of the Perfect Pocket and added a few embellishments.

When you flip back the front flap, this is what you see................
Then when you flip down the bottom panel , you see the inside.......

Here are some closeups of the great papers and embellishments.  
Bottom front flap...

Inside top flap....

Inside center panel, I gave the Mad Hatter a watch.....

And then the Pocket panel with the invitation...

Now I know it is not Halloween but this was so much fun.  However, can you imagine making a graduation card with each of the panels dedicated to the life of the student and a great gift card in the pocket.  Or how about a wedding card with fabulous pics of the happy couple.  The possibilities are endless.  Finished size of my Perfect Pocket invitation is 5 x 7 inches. 

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Thursday, April 7, 2011

Nautical Envelope Tutorial

Hi friends!
I dont know about you guys, but I am LOVING the new, nautical trend. It inspired me to make something a little different with this Petal Card. I turned it into an envelope that is perfect for a small gift, some candy bars or a card!

Here is what you need to make this project:
(And where I got my supplies from)
Cutcardstock.com White Petal Card
Polka dot patterned paper (PTI)
Navy polka dot ribbon ( May Arts)
Nautical stamps ( Wilson Designs-Nauti-Cool)
Button (Michaels)
Yellow and black ink (SU)
Navy blue cardstock (Cutcardstock.com)
Brown bag cardstock (Cutcardstock.com)
Scrap of paper or cardstock
Paper cutter or ruler and scissors
Pinking shears
Glue roller
Repositionable adhesive
Hot Glue
Foam tape

  • Open petal card and fold the two sides in.
  • Glue the bottom flap of the card to the two sides.
  • Stamp the sun onto the bottom flap using the scrap of paper or cardstock to keep the ink from getting onto the side flap.
  • Cut a 8 ½ x 11 strip of navy cardstock that is 1 ½ inches wide.
  • Using the pinking shears trim a small edge off the strip to make the pattern.
  • Wrap strip around the card and adhere with the glue roller.
  • Stamp ship sails onto card base and paper piece the sails using the foam tape for dimension.
  • Stamp ship bottom, cut out and adhere using the foam tape.
  • Attach pattern paper to the top flap using the glue roller and trim around flap.
  • Using the repositionable adhesive, glue and close the flap.
  • Tie a ribbon bow and glue to the flap using the hot glue.
  • Glue on the anchor button.
  • Fill with goodies!

Hope you give it a try!

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Perfect Petals Recipe Card

Want a cute and creative way to share a favorite recipe?  Whip up this petal recipe card and serve it with your tasty treats to someone special!
Perfect Petals Recipe Card from Amber Lawrence
Coordinating Patterned paper and accents (I used Cosmo Cricket “Early Bird” Crafting Kit)
Matching ribbon
Adhesives, including dimensional adhesive
A favorite recipe, printed on a 4 x 6 piece of cardstock or paper

Mat your printed recipe with a piece of patterned paper cut to 6 ¾ x 4 ¾.  Add an accent piece to the bottom of the recipe card.  Attach recipe card to the inside of the perfect petals card.

Choose a favorite accent or two to add to the front of the card.  When attaching them to the front, use dimensional adhesive and only tack it to the top petal.  It will keep it attached, but still allow the card to open.

Keep the card closed with ribbon tied in a knot or bow.

My card includes one of my family’s favorite meatloaf recipes.  I found it on allrecipes.com and it’s been a big hit for a few years now.  Here’s the recipe:

Brown Sugar Meatloaf, Serves 8
1/2 c packed brown sugar
1/2 c ketchup
1 1/2 lb lean ground beef
3/4 c milk
2 eggs
1 1/2 t salt
1/4 t ground black pepper
1 small onion, chopped
3/4 c finely crushed Ritz crackers
Preheat oven to 350F; lightly grease a 5 x 9" loaf pan.  Press the brown sugar into bottom of the prepared pan and then spread the ketchup on top of the brown sugar.  Thoroughly mix all the remaining ingredients in a large bowl.  Shape into a loaf and place on top of the ketchup.  Bake for one hour or until juices run clear.  To serve, flip it out onto a serving platter so the glaze is on top of the meatloaf.