Thursday, June 30, 2011

July Sale

Valid July 1 - 31, 2011
 10% off all REDWHITEBLUE 8.5x11 Card Stock & WHITE Paper

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Fun Banners with Flat Bordered Cards

Banners are all the rage - and making banners using the flat bordered cards from Pop Tones and Curious Metallic are easy and fun!

Materials Needed:
Bordered A2 size cards
Ribbon (at least one yard)
Cardstock (I used PopTones Red Hot)
Die - cutting system or stencil
Hole Punch
Eyelets and Eyelet Setter

Step 1:  Determine how many cards you'll need based on the number of letters in your banner.  Using a ruler, make a small mark about 1/2" from the top and about 1/2" from the left and right sides of one card flat. 

Step 2:  Using a hole punch (my favorite is the crop-a-dile), punch holes where you marked.  Using the first card as a guide, punch remaining holes. (This ensures that the cards will hang evenly because all the holes will be placed in the same exact spot).  If desired, set eyelets in the holes.  I prefer eyelets because it protects your cards when threading the ribbon through the holes.  It also keeps your project looking nice because the ribbon will not wear through the cardstock over time.

Step 3:  Thread the ribbon of your choice through your holes (or eyelets) from the FRONT side of the card.  You may wish to tie a knot between cards to keep the spacing even.  In my "PARTY" sample, I did not tie knots because the Twill 5/8" ribbon I used was very thick and it did not require knots. 

 Step 4:  Using your favorite die-cutting machine or stencil, cut out the desired letters.  For my "PARTY" sample I used my Cricut and the Mickey Font cartridge.  For the "MERRY" sample, I used the Cricut cartridge Storybook with Gumdrop Green Pop Tones Cardstock.    For the "MERRY" sample, I put adhesive on the front of each letter and sprinkled glitter over each letter.  This made the letters even more lovely, especially paired with the Pop Tones glittered A2 card flats.  (I used the sweet tooth with RED border).

Step 5:  Adhere letters to the card flats in order. 

Step 6:  Tie coordinating ribbons along your banner, and embellish as desired.

Happy Stamping!


Friday, June 24, 2011

Mini artworks by Amber M Moran Custom Artwork

I absolutely LOVE Not only because they are a family based business whom many of us can relate, they offer such great products that give our stationery and artwork that professional, upscale look. I came across their website a little over a year ago and haven't found any other paper company that I like better.
I usually order thicker cardstock from CutCardstock to use to create custom stationery and invitations. I'm very very fond of using their Royal Complements Bright White Canvas product. My work always looks great when printed on this cardstock since I usually use watercolors and ink in most of my original designs. When they are printed, they look like mini artworks on canvas! Mini artworks that you can share with your family and friends.
Christening Invitation
Tripletail in Love Wedding Invitation

Sailboat Place Cards
Amber M. Moran Custom Artwork

  Amber Moran creates handmade custom invitation suites for weddings and other special occasions. Each individual invitation is detailed with original artwork and embellished with shimmer ink by hand to represent your personal style.
You can find more information and samples if you visit!/pages/Amber-M-Moran/112172141121. Thank you!

Monday, June 20, 2011

The Blue Envelope

The Blue Envelope is a customized invitation business. We specialize in invitations for weddings, parties, baby showers, holiday cards, and much much more. Everything we do is custom and unique to fit your style. The samples we sending are merely starting points from there you can change font, color, layout, style, etc…

We are always up for trying new ideas and creating that perfect invitation to wow your guests and truly reflect the spirit of your event. Each piece we make is designed unique for each client. We are open to any new ideas or designs and would love to create the invitations for your next event! The design process starts with defining your needs and style, and it ends with the perfect invitation for your occasion and your budget!
After starting my business I realized living in a small town had its disadvantages when it comes to local paper selection. I searched for months trying to find the best quality cardstock and envelopes at the best price. I came across while doing a paper search online one day. Their turn around time is so quick and they are great to use especially for those rush orders I need to have done within a few days and I've ran out of cardstock or envelopes.
The quality of their products is fantastic! We purchase from them at least once a week and will continue to use them in the future. Everything is always packaged nicely and we always receive our products within a few days from when we placed our order. I could not ask for better service. Most of the products we use from cutcardstock are the brown bag envelopes and their neenah paper.
Our etsy store is filled with many of our products as well as our website
You can also find us on facebook which is frequently updated with new designs and samples.
My name is Amanda I am the owner of The Blue Envelope and you can contact me anytime at:

Friday, June 17, 2011

Wine Bottle Tag Tutorial

Many times I find myself in need of a quick birthday, anniversary or hostess gift.  This project is perfect to quickly create a gift tag that is ready to hang on a great bottle of wine.  Simply change the color scheme and sentiment to fit your occassion!

Wine Bottle Tag Tutorial by Amber Lawrence
  •  Brown Bag Kraft cardstock, cut to 3” x 6 ½”, plus scrap large enough for sentiment
  • Coordinating patterned paper, cut to 2 7/8” x 2 ¾”
  • Matching ribbon
  • 1 3/8” circle punch
  • Fancy label punch (or other shape for your sentiment)
  • Sentiment stamp and coordinating ink
  • Favorite adhesive, including dimensional
  • Scissors and scoring tool

Stamp your sentiment on Kraft scrap and punch it out.  Set aside.
Score 3 x 6 ½” piece of Kraft at 2 ¾” on the long length.  This will create a square area.  Punch a circle in the center of your square area.
Glue down the piece of patterned paper, leaving a small but even border of Kraft around 3 sides of it.
Tie a piece of ribbon, either with a bow or knot.
Add your sentiment punch, using foam adhesive for a little dimension.
Then simply hang your wine tag on your favorite bottle and you’ve got a great gift, ready at hand!

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Spotlight on Inkadinkadoodle

Inkadinkadoodle - is located in the heart of central Wisconsin where we create elegant flat and letterpressed paper goods that are timeless and classic. Our designs embellish greeting cards, invitations and other paper goods for gorgeous correspondence and elegant gift giving. Our design inspiration comes from architecture, vintage clipart, gardening and nature.

When we decided to introduce letterpress printing into our product line we searched the web to find just the right paper. After many samples and lots of choices to choose from, we decided upon Reich Paper Savoy 100% Cotton. After a search on the web we found it at at the most reasonable price, size and quantity.

Inkadinkadoodle buys all of their letterpress paper at We love the quality, packaging and fast shipping. It is even cheaper than buying directly from the manufacturer! Our customers love the quality and often tell us how wonderful the paper is and that makes our job easier when we use it.

We have been experimenting combining flat printing with letterpress printing and the Savoy paper handles this process very well.

Our Etsy store - is filled with all of our products that we use Savoy paper for. Please feel free to visit us and check out our products. We like to think of our creations like little works of art, so whether you choose to share or keep our creation for yourself we hope you do one thing ~ Enjoy!

Sunday, June 12, 2011

Simple, Elegant Notecards with Bordered Card Flats

There are so many possibilities with the bordered cards and flat cards on sale this month at!  I LOVE that you don't have to waste good cardstock to make a nice border for your cards.   It's so easy to create an elegant gift with these beautiful note cards in minutes!

Curious Metallic Bordered A2 Flat cards - Gold Leaf with black border (found here)
Black A2 envelopes (found here)
Cardstock  - Black Licorice and Whipped Cream by Pop Tones (found here)
Ribbon - I used two ribbons layered together  you'll need 18" for the simple look or about 30" for the bow
Circle punches 1 ½” circle and 1 ¾”scallop
Alphabet stamp set (I used Old World Alphabet by CTMH)
3D Foam Tape
Black Embossing Powder
Versamark Ink Pad
Embossing Gun

Step 1:   Ink the monogram of your choice in VersaMark Ink.  Stamp where desired on the card front.

Step 2:  Cover the image in black embossing powder.  Tap off the excess.  Heat with embossing tool about 2” from the project.  Use a circular motion with the heat tool; don’t leave the heat tool in one place too long or you could scorch your paper.  You will see the embossing powder change from a grainy, matte finish to a raised, shiny finish.  When the entire image is raised and shiny, remove from heat.   Repeat on each card.

Step 3:  Punch a scalloped circle out of Pop Tones Black Licorice cardstock.  Using a ribbon slot punch, punch holes in the center of the circle.  If your slots are not long enough for the ribbon you’ve selected, line up the punch again just above or below the existing holes to enlarge them.

Step 4:  Thread your ribbon through the holes on the black scalloped circle. 

Step 5:  On  Pop Tones Whipped Cream cardstock, stamp the monogram again and emboss as above.   Do not punch the circle first, as you need the extra surrounding cardstock to prevent burning your fingers while embossing. 

Step 6  Punch out your monogram using the 1 ½” punch, making sure it’s centered.  Place 3D foam tape on the back of your monogram. 
Simple ribbon version
Bow version

Step 7:  Stack your cards and envelopes together.   Wrap the ribbon around the stack.  If you would like to have a bow, move your monogram to one side and tie a bow on the other.  If you prefer the simple look, adhere one end of the ribbon to the back of your black scalloped circle.  Pull the ribbon taut and secure the other end behind the black scallop as well. 

Of course, you’re not obligated to give these elegant cards away – you can keep them for use in your own special greetings.

Happy Stamping!

Friday, June 10, 2011

Feature : Image to Impact - stationery, design, photography

Hello! I'm Ashley Ruff. I graduated from Winthrop University with a fine arts degree in graphic design and also photography. I was fortunate enough to land a position as art director of our state magazine, then went on to become the art director of a local marketing firm. I absolutely love art and what I do. On the side, I own a business called Image to Impact, where I design custom and affordable wedding stationery, and photograph weddings and portraits. I love creating relationships and personalizing your special day with all the perfect details.

Here are a few examples of my work (using gatefold invitations from cutcardstock and a custom designed belly band.

Below is a fun spring wedding design printed on metallic paper with metallic envelopes.

Below is another bold statement with a perfect pocket and custom monogram seal.

Aside from wedding stationery design, I'm a firm believer in handwritten cards. I think there is always a reason to stay in touch with the people you love. Here are some custom card designs from my collections and a few other projects (such as wedding programs and shower invites.)

As you may know, I really enjoy working with I have found so many uses for their products and they have unbeatable customer service. I couldn't be happier with them. I'm very thankful for the opportunity to showcase my business on their blog.

Well, I hope you enjoyed reading about my business and I'd love to hear feedback from you all. Please, check out my blog. There, you will find fun tips for weddings, inspiration, some personal projects, and a lot about me. I have a lot of interest and love writing and creating art. Please drop by and write me a line!

If you are interested in any of my services, please feel free to contact me via my website, facebook, connect on twitter, or check out my shop. I'd love to hear from you!