Sunday, September 25, 2011

ENTER THE GIFT CERTIFICATE GIVE AWAY. . .


CutCardStock BLOG GIVEAWAY
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Thursday, September 22, 2011

Halloween Pixy Stick Treats!

Sugar in a paper tube isn't something I encourage kids to eat, but at Halloween, all bets are off!  Here's a quick and easy treat holder that's fun to make and hand out.

Halloween Pixy Stick Holders from Amber Lawrence

    Supplies
  • Coordinating patterned paper
  • Corner rounder
  • Matching ribbon
  • Adhesive, Red sticky tape is a must and another of your favorite adhesive
  • Cutting and Scoring tools
  • Pixy Sticks
Steps
Cut orange cardstock into 2” x 11” strips (four from each standard sized piece).  Cut 4 pieces of patterned paper, each should be 4” x 1 7/8”.
Score the orange cardstock strips at 4 ¼” and fold.
Glue on the patterned piece to the front side of the folded orange strip.
Using the red sticky tape on the inside edges of the flap, create a pocket from the scored orange cardstock strips.
Round the top corners.
Add a little ribbon around the top edge of the pocket.  Fill with some sugary sweet pixy sticks; each treat holder will easily fit 4 pixy sticks.
These are so super easy – make lots to pass out in a classroom or to hand out to your little (and big) trick-or-treaters!

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Spooky Halloween Explosion Box

Oooooh, an Explosion Box


It's getting to be that time of year...goblins will appear anywhere so you'd better be prepared to capture them inside this fun and friendly keepsake!  Cut Cardstock's 12 x 12 cardstock comes in a huge variety of colors, but I went with the obvious orange and black for my Halloween Explosion Box.


I've created a handy tutorial PDF with all the instructions, plus lots of photos, so you can make these boxes for your friends and family.  While they may look complicated, they're really quite simple to make.


I used some older Karen Foster and Stampin' Up! patterned Halloween papers, a Nestabilities die and Martha Stewart bat punch, plus some sheer ribbon, tulle, rhinestone stickers, tiny brads and mini metal clips.


Interior with pockets down
Interior with pockets up
You can easily change up the colors of the cardstock and patterned papers to create a fun explosion box for any occasion.  The instructions will give you the basics -- try one today because all 12 x 12 cardstock is on sale in September at Cut Cardstock, so stock up now!


Inside the folded box without its lid
We're giving this Halloween Explosion Box away Friday!  Leave a comment below, including your email address, and we'll pick a winner this Friday, September 23, 2011.  Free shipping to continental U.S. only.

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Boogie Down with a Dancing Skelton card!

I am so excited that 12 x 12 cardstock is on sale now at Cutcardstock.com.  It helps when I want to make a 5" x 7" card and also use card accents in the same color.

Supplies:

1 sheet 12 x 12 cardstock (I used Basis Dark Purple)
1 sheet 12 x 12 cardstock Malmero Perle' Blanc
1 sheet 8 ½ x 11cardstock ( Pop Tones Sour Apple)
1 sheet coordinating patterned paper ( I used a collection by Stampin' Up called Cast a Spell)
Black ink (I used Memento Black Tuxedo)
Stamps (these are from Inkadinkadoo's Skull set)
3D Foam Tape
Edge punch, if desired (I used the large spider web by EK success)
Craft Knife and Cutting Mat
Glue Dots
A Penny

Step One: Cut a 10 x 7 piece from your 12 x 12 Basis Dark Purple cardstock.  Score at 5" on the 10" side. This creates your card base.

Step Two:  Cut coordinating patterned paper to 4 ½ x 6 ½. Scissor distress edges by running open scissors along the edge of the paper.  It will take off the straight edge and leave a jagged, rough appearance.

Step Three:  Cut a 3 ½" x 4" piece from your remaining Basis Dark Purple cardstock.  Cut a
3" x 3 ½” from Pop Tones Sour Apple cardstock. 

Step Four:  Stamp Sentiment onto Sour Apple Cardstock.  Mount to Dark Purple Cardstock, and then mount to the card front.

Step Five:  Stamp Skeltons on a portion of the Malmero Perle Blanc cardstock.  Fussy Cut the skeletons.  Adhere two with 3D Foam Tape to either side of the matted sentiment block, leaving room in the center for the third skeleton.

Step Six:  Using 3D Foam Tape with the backing still attached, lay the last skeleton onto the card front to determine the best position.  When you have centered the skeleton, make a small pencil mark on the card.  Cut a hole slightly larger than your piece of 3D Foam Tape at your mark.  Be sure to round the bottom of the hole you've created, to help the skeleton "dance."

Step Seven:  For the motion, you'll need a 1" x 7" scrap of Dark Purple Cardstock and a penny.  Fold the 1" x 7" cardstock in half, creating a 1" x 3 ½” strip.  Adhere the penny inside the cardstock strip at the fold with glue dots.  Use Glue Dots to seal the strip at the top.

Step Eight:  Place the third skeleton on top of the card, making sure the 3D foam tape pokes through the hole you created.  I used a second layer of 3D Foam Tape to ensure there was enough clearance.  Adhere the 1" x 3 ½”  strip you created in step seven to the back of the foam tape, penny side down.
video

Step Nine:  Finish card as desired.  I cut a 4 ¾ x 6 ¾ piece of Malmero Perle' as an inside liner for the card, punching a border with the spider web border punch and then stamping a dancing skeleton on the inside. 

Hope you have fun with this technique- it's also fun to make bobble head cards using the same technique.  The trick is to cut the strip of cardstock that holds your penny the same length as the card.  With larger "bobbing" images, you can create larger holes - you really just want to be sure the holes you create are covered by the images that bobble.

Happy Stamping!

Katherine

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Halloween Memory Game

I like to get a jump on little Halloween crafts, so I am stocking up during the 12 x 12 sale this month at CutCardStock.  One of the fun little goodies I am making is this easy to make memory game.  This is a project that can be mass-produced if you want to make it for a classroom of kids, or spend a little extra time and make it special for your favorite Trick-or-Treater!
Halloween Memory Game by Amber Lawrence
Supplies
Steps
Punch out 20 shapes from each color of cardstock, each color being a different size punch.
      Stamp each of the 10 images twice so that you have a pair for every stamp.

Adhere the different color punched pieces together to create a matted image.
(Optional:  You could color in the images yourself, or let the recipient of this fun little gift color them in.)
When all the pieces are finished, you’ll have 20 game pieces.  The object is to shuffle the pieces and then lay them face down and use your memory to match the pairs together.
Package your gifty game in a little cello bag tied with a cute ribbon and it’s ready for your favorite Trick-or-Treater!

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Card Making is Fun


Card making is fun.  Plain and simple.  It's also a great way for beginning paper crafters to get their feet wet.  A first challenge many face when handed a piece of solid cardstock to use for a card base is "how do I cut this?"  While it's mathematically not really a challenge, to envision how one piece of paper can create two cards, and additionally, the cards can have various layout styles, does require some practice before it becomes second nature.


Cut Card Stock is having a great sale on their 12 x 12 cardstock, so I stocked up!  I know I can produce two "regular" A2 cards, plus a couple gift enclosure cards from one piece of 12 x 12 cardstock.  You can also get two larger square cards from a single 12 x 12 piece of cardstock as well, you just need to plan your cuts.  To get two A2 cards and two gift enclosure cards (3 x 3) you make your first cut at 8.5" and set aside the shorter strip.  Now rotate the 8.5" piece a quarter turn and cut at 11".  You now have an 8.5" x 11" piece of cardstock, which is also a standard size easily purchased.  You'll cut this piece in half at 5.5", and score each of those at the halfway point (4.25") to create standard A2 (5.5" x 4.25") cards.  I really like the look of a card base where you cut the 8.5" x 11" piece by laying it Portrait in the cutter and cutting at 4.25", then score the fold at 5.5".


Going back to those gift enclosure cards from our original 12 x 12 sheet, trim down the 3.5" x 12" piece to 3" x 12", then cut that in half to get two 3" x 6" pieces.  Score those at the halfway point and you'll get two lovely little gift cards or tags to hang on a gift bag!  Waste not, want not!


That's a lot of numbers, but remember that practice DOES make perfect!


Before I close I thought I'd share a quick idea with you about the joy of card making.  I dreamed up a fun activity you can do with your fellow crafty friends who also love to make cards -- it's called Sketch It Forward.  Each month I'll gather together four card sketches from all over Bloggyland and use them to create four cards.  I'll put those four cards and the Sketch It Forward sheet into a pretty little package (using one of my 3 x 3 gift enclosure cards!) and give it to a friend.  She'll turn around and use the Sketch It Forward sheet to create four of her own and pass them along to one of her friends and so on, and so on... Wanna play?  Of course you do!  Click here to find out more details...

Friday, September 2, 2011

Stationery Portfolio

This stationery holder holds 5” x 7” or smaller cards.  It’s great for gift giving, or organizing your own card stash.  Best of all, it uses 12 x 12 cardstock, on sale this month at Cutcardstock.com!



Supplies:
1 sheet 12 x 12 Basis Olive Cardstock
Stamps of your choice ( I chose S1109 Limited Edition by Close to My Heart)
Inks (I used Cocoa, Olive, Autumn Terracotta and Desert Sand by Close to My Heart)
20” ribbon
Red line tape
Other Adhesive
Scoring Board and Bone Folder
Corner Rounder
Sponge
Craft Knife or paper trimmer
Other Embellishments as desired (I used Just Blooms Flutter Paper Shapes by Close to My Heart)


Step One:  Score the Basis Olive cardstock at 7 ½”.  Rotate 90 degrees (so that your first score line is closer to the top) and score at 6”.

Step Two:  Score at 5 ½” and 6 ½” only down to the score line at  5 ½”.

Step Three:  Using a craft knife or paper trimmer, cut along the 5 ½” and 6 ½” score lines.  Cut across the 5 ½” score line, removing the rectangle of cardstock. 

Step Four:  Fold both short tabs in towards the center of the cardstock.  These will make the pockets.  Make your folds crisp using the bone folder.  Fold the cardstock at the 6” score line, use bone folder to make a crisp fold.

Step Five:  Round inside corner of each short piece.  Round outside top corners, too.

Step Six:  Sponge desert sand ink on edges of the pockets, and around the outside of the folio.

Step Seven:  Cut ribbon into two 10” lengths.  Using a small bit of red line tape, adhere ribbon end to the inside of the folio, where it will be covered by the pocket.  Repeat on other side, making sure the ribbons are an equal distance from the bottom of the folio.

Step Eight:  Using red line tape just on the outside edge of each smaller flap, fold the flap upward to adhere.

Step Nine:  Cut two 5 ½” x 1” strips from the Curious Metallic Chocolate cardstock.  Adhere to inside of portfolio towards the bottom of each pocket.  Cut one 6” x 1” strip of Curious Metallic Chocolate cardstock.  Adhere towards bottom front of the portfolio.

Step Ten:  Stamp images on Pop Tones Sweet Tooth cardstock, cut out and mat to Curious Metallic Cognac and Gold Leaf cardstocks as desired.  (I like to cut mats ½” larger than the stamped image for a small border).

Step Eleven:  Add embellishments as desired.  Fill with cards.  Viola!  It’s that easy.

This is a fun project that would be easy to mass produce as thank you gifts, shower favors, etc!

Happy Stamping!

Katherine