Wednesday, November 30, 2011

CHRISTMAS Gift Certificate GIVE AWAY!

CutCardStock CHRISTMAS BLOG GIVEAWAY
CutCardStock.com will be giving away 5 Gift Certificates to our On-Line Store on  Monday, DECEMBER 5 , 2011   Leave a comment or two to be entered and you could win one of the following prizes:
1st place: $30 Gift Certificate
2nd Place:  $25 Gift Certificate 
3rd Place:  $20 Gift Certificate
4th & 5th place: $10 Gift Certificate



To be entered in the drawing for the GIFT CERTIFICATE GIVEAWAY:
1.  Leave a comment on this post telling us how you use Card Stock, Paper, and Envelopes for the holidays. If you could also leave a way of contacting you along with the comment, that would be helpful for us in contacting the winners; otherwise, be sure to check back on Monday, December 5 2011,  to see if you are the winner..  

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Sunday, November 27, 2011

Give like a Tootsie Roll

It is that time of year. If you've been to the mall, the crowds are gathering and the cash is flying. It's the season of giving and special gift boxes, bags and other containers are "on the make". Crafters, order your supplies today from Cutcardstock.com so you have plenty of time to create.

While I was out shopping (boy that always gets me in trouble), I saw this darling package filled with Yummy Peppermint Bark.

I could not resist re-creating the box at home.
Now that I've figured it out, it's your turn!
Gather supplies as seen in the list below.
  1. The first step is to prepare your cardstock by scoring it. Using 12x12" 80# Basis Olive Card Stock, score at 3", 4", 8" and 9".
  2. Rotate the paper and Score at 2", 5", 7", 10" and 10-3/4"
  3. Score from the top of the page to the first line at 1", 6". Be sure to create the same score lines at the bottom of the page.
  4. Trim at the 10-3/4" line.
  5. With the short end on the upper edge, circle the crosses found at 8 points in the paper as seen here. Then mark 1-1/8" above and below and 7/8" to the right and left of each cross point.
    image...need to see all 8 points.
  6. Place the paper on a self-healing mat and use a kraft knife to cut out the diamonds, paying close attention to how the ends are cut. Also mak sure to complete both sides of the box.
  7. Fold all lines as shown here.

  8. Adjust a hole punch to 1/2" depth punch holes into the outer section of the box.
  9. Trim 8-1/2x11" Stardream Metallic 81# text weight in Mars in half vertically. Use Spellbinders Edgeabilities of choice, to make the edge decorative.
  10. Embellish the box with the decorative strip. Add red line tape to the small flap sections at the end of the box and close the box. Creasing if needed.
  11. Fringe the ends.
  12. Add a little bling and Christmas image.
  13. Finish by tying one ribbon, putting in the treats and tying the second ribbon.

Supplies
Papers: Stardream Metallic 81# text weight in Mars, 12x12" 80# Basis Olive (Cutcardstock.com)
Tools: E8-001 Classic Scalloped Edgeabilities, Wizard (Spellbinders Paper Arts); Crop-a-dile (We R Memory Keepers); Martha Stewart Crafts The Scoring Board (EK Success); Fringing Scissors
Other: Bling, Fringing Scissors, Ribbon, Vellum Christmas Saying

Happy Crafting, Eli
PS: I thought I'd leave you with a couple of re-posts of other gift giving options. Happy Gift Wrapping: Sweet Treat Box Gift card holder, Photo carrying card, and Basket Box.

Friday, November 25, 2011

Gift Boxes - Just in time for the holidays!

Black Friday is here, which means the holiday shopping season has begun!  A great way to save money and have beautiful gifts under your tree is to create your own gift boxes!

For the boxes I used:

8 1/2" x 11" Pop Tones Blue Raspberry cardstock and
12" x 12" Basis Brown cardstock

Of course, I also had on hand my red line tape by Thermo Web,
Martha Stewart's Scallop Snowflake punch
Ribbon in turquoise and silver
Adhesive Rhinestones
and a great scoring board.

The smaller finished box measures 4" square by 2" high.  The larger finsihed box measures 6" square by 3" high.

For the smaller box, you'll need two 8x8 squares of cardstock.  For the larger box, you'll need two 12x12 sheets of cardstock.
Scoring:  For the smaller box, score the base at 2" and 6", rotate 90 degrees and score again at 2" and 6".  Score the second 8x8 square at 2" and 6 1/8".  Rotate 90 degrees and score again at 2" and 6 1/8". 

For the larger box, score the base at 3" and 9", rotate 90 degrees and score again at 3" and 9".  Score the second 8x8 square at 3" and 91/8".  Rotate 90 degrees and score again at 3" and 9 1/8". 

Be sure to use a bone folder to make sure score lines are crisp.

Next, cut the cardstock along the bottom vertical score lines to the next score line.  Repeat for the top of the paper, as well.


Fold the box sides up, to shape the base.  Using red line tape or other super strong adhesive, adhere the cut flaps to inside of the shorter side. 

For the lid, it's a good idea to do any stamping or punching before assembly.  On the smaller box, I cut a piece of patterned paper to adhere to the top.  Then, I punched the all over the page punch snowflake in the center of what will become my box top.  You can also use a stencil to cut out a shape you desire, or you could decorate the top with stamps and stickers.  For the larger box, I punched a series of snowflakes on the top of the box lid and also along the sides.  Then, I adhered Pop Tones Blue Raspberry cardstock cut in 2 1/2" x 6" strips inside the box lid to show off the snowflake motif.

After you've completed the decorating process, repeat above process of shaping and ahering lid flaps to the inside of the shorter side. 

Tie with a ribbon and viola!  A cute, one-of-a-kind box for those one-of-a-kind people in your life!  The coordinating card and tag were completed just using scraps of the cardstock left over!

Happy Stamping and shopping!
Katherine

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Create A Holiday Card with a Free Bonus!

Creating your own Christmas cards are a lot of fun!  While there are lots of ways to put your own crafty touch onto cards, personalizing and printing your own is a fun and economical way to send some holiday cheer.  To make it even more economical, CutCardStock is offering a festive digital image for free to the first 24 blog readers who download it. (Don't worry if you miss out on the free image... it will be available for purchase.)  To get your free copy of the the digital design, visit the CutCardStock website and click on the Digital Elements category.

Now that you have an image, here are a few easy steps to format a document in Microsoft Word and print out your own greeting.  There are many ways of creating a card on your computer for printing; I wanted to share a common and pretty simple way of getting the job done.

While types and versions of word processors may vary, the steps are similar.  I am showing you in Microsoft Word 2007. 

First, open a new document by going to Mailings / Labels.  Select Avery US Letter and find a wide postcard format that measures 5.5" wide by 4.25" high.

Click OK and then click on New Document.

You'll see 4 areas; to create the front of the printed card, work with the bottom two rectangles.  This way, when you print your document, you can cut it in half lengthwise and then fold each half to create a card.
Click in the bottom left rectangle.  Across the top of the document, you'll see a ruler that shows where your margins/indents are set.  Click and move the triangles on the left all the way to the left.  Then move the triangles in the center to the center line.  Next, select the bottom right rectangle and do the same with the margins.  This will allow your digital image to use the entire space and not be cropped by margins.
Now that you've created the right sized workspace, you're ready to place your digital image.  Click on the bottom left rectangle and then from the top menu bar, select Insert / Picture / From File.  Get the image from the location you saved it when you downloaded it, and click on Insert.
Place the image on right hand side as well so you can get two cards from one piece of cardstock.

All that's left now is to print your cards.  You could add some typed text inside or handwrite a personal message.  Choose your favorite CutCardstock product to print on... there are lots to choose from!

Friday, November 18, 2011

Furry Friends Forever

Techniques we love...
This cute little card used a variety of papers, techniques, inks -- everything!


The focal panel is made from Neenah Classic Crest in Solar White.  I used this paper because it works so well with Copic markers.  This paper allows for smooth coloring and absorbs the ink just right, without bleeding.  Memento Ink in Tuxedo Black is a really good ink to stamp with when you're coloring with Copic markers.  The inks stay where they need to stay, creating wonderful shading and blending.


The edges of the focal panel are shaded with Distress Ink in Shabby Shutters, a classic in my book.  And speaking of inks, I used VersaMark on the kraft cardstock to create the shaded background of flying acorns!  I love to use this technique because the VersaMark allows you to create lovely monochromatic backgrounds with ease.  There are two types of faux stitching -- a fine black line of stitching on the top edge of the focal panel and white gel pen along all the edges of the kraft cardstock.


This happy group of animals scrunched themselves onto the front of the card -- those bunnies sure add up!  To provide the dimension, I masked the bunnies by stamping the bunny image onto a regular piece of white paper and then cut out the image.   These clean images are so easy to cut out, too!  Lay this mask over the stamped image and stamp again, but this time slightly over the first image.  When you remove the mask the second stamped image appears to be standing behind the first.
(1) Stamp image  (2) Place the mask over original image  (3)  Stamp 2nd image slightly over 1st  (4) Front & Back
The furry friends are part of an adorable 3" x 4" clear photopolymer stamp set from Sweet Stamp Shop called Furry Friend Forever.  This smaller set is perfect for anything from an autumn card, like I've made here, to an Easter brunch invitation next spring!  The images are a great size, plus you get several "accessories", like an adorable log, and several cute sentiments.  Here's how I finished the interior of my woodland pals card...
Hello Friend


Lots of techniques give this simple card a stylized look.  The right paper, stamp set and inks are key to creating fun cards and layouts.

Monday, November 14, 2011

Windowpane card for the holidays

I especially like windowpane cards during the holidays.  They are easy to make and look great.  Grab your favorite stamp set and some cardstock from Cutcardstock.com and give one a try!

Supplies needed (those in parentheses are for the elf card):
8 ½” x 11” Pop Tones Cardstock in Grape Jelly, Blue Raspberry, and Hot Fudge (or Red Hot, Sour Apple and Hot Fudge)
8 ½” x 11 Malmero Perle Blanc cardstock
12” x 12” patterned paper of your choice.  I used CTMH (Reminisce “Gift Wrap” )
Stamps – I used CTMH Snow Flurries (Raisin Boat’s North Pole Toymakers and Handy Dandy Helpers)
Inks  - I used CTMH Twilight, Crystal Blue, Spring Iris and Heavenly Blue (Memento’s Tuxedo Black)
Copic Markers (for elf card only)
12” ribbon
Sparkles
3D Foam Tape

 Step One:  Cut the  8 ½” x 11 Pop Tones Blue Raspberry cardstock to 10” x 7 “  Fold in half to create a 5” x 7 “ card.

Step Two:  Cut the 12x12 patterned paper to 4 ¾” x 6 ¾”.  Adhere to card front.

Step Three:  Cut the 8 ½” x 11 Pop Tones Grape Jelly cardstock to 4 ½” x 4 ½”.  Cut the  8 ½” x 11 Pop Tones Hot Fudge cardstock to 4 ¼” x 4 ¼”.  Adhere the Hot Fudge cardstock to the Grape Jelly cardstock.

Step Four:  Cut 8 ½” x 11 Malmero Perle cardstock to 4” x 4”.  Randomly stamp snowflake images in several coordinating ink colors.  I really like the Malmero Perle shimmer for these cards.


Step Five:  Cut the 4” x 4” Malmero Perle cardstock into quarters by cutting at 1 7/8” horizontally then vertically.



Step Six:  Adhere to 4 ½” x 4 ½” Hot Fudge cardstock, leaving an 1/8” border on all sides of the squares, simulating a window pane.

Step Seven:  Wrap ribbon around the three matted squares and tie in a knot in front.  Adhere to the front of the card using 3D Foam tape.

Step Eight:  Stamp sentiment on a scrap of ½” x 4 ¾” strip of Malmero Perle cardstock. Adhere to a ¾” x 4 ¾” strip of Grape Jelly cardstock.  Adhere to the card towards the bottom. 


I used the same measurements for my elf card.  These are fun to create using a scene, or using the random stamping technique.   Have fun with these! 

Happy Stamping!
Katherine 



Thursday, November 10, 2011

Joy to the World Banner with tutorial

The crafter who wants to give hand-made gifts this holiday season is ramping up for the home streatch. Time seems to blow past us fast and suddenly there's no time to create. So why not take some time this weekend to create a gift.

With CutCardStock.com's Neenah sale going on until the end of November, it's a perfect time to stock up!

I've created a special holiday banner, something a good friend can display in her home while sharing with family and friends.

and here's a little close up


I chose a subtle color scheme: white, cream and pink but feel free use your imagination for any color and saying. Try  a blue and white "Happy Hanukkah" banner or black, white and silver for "Happy New Year." 

Supplies
Papers: Neenah Classic Crest 80# Natural White, Neenah Classic Linen 80# Solar White, Stardream Metallic 105# Opal (Cutcardstock.com)
Tools: Die templates S4-294 Beaded Ovals, S5-029 Lacey Pennants Banners, Wizard (Spellbinders); R14 Sketch marker, Airbrush system (Copic); Cricut cartridge Cupcake, Cricut (Provo Craft)
Embellishments: Clear glitter glue, sticky gems, pink ribbon, mini white cupcake papers, heart head pins
Adhesives: 3-IN-1 Advanced Craft Glue (Beacon Adhesives), Glue Dots (Glue Dots International)


Instructions
  • Cut/emboss thirteen S5-029 Lacey Pennants Banners (largest size) from Neenah Classic Crest 80# Natural White  (or however many you need for your banner words).
    This is the cutting sandwich: master mat, paper, die template
    with cutting edge facing down, magnetic spacer and master mat.
    This is the embossing sandwich:
    master mat, die template with paper in it, embossing pad, master mat.
    You can find great instructions on how to cut and emboss here.
  • Cut/emboss the same amount of S4-294 Beaded Ovals (also largest size) from Neenah Classic Linen 80# Solar White
  • Stencil the S4-294 Beaded Ovals by airbrushing through the die template holes.
    Airbrush through the die template holesi
     Look what you get!
  • Bling up the pennants and ovals by tracing around the main shape with glitter glue. It's easy by just following the embossed edge
    Follow the embossed edge with glitter glue
  • Pull small flowers from silk flower bunches. Add glitter glue to 20-25 flowers. Allow to dry and add a gem to each center.
    Add glitter glue to bling up the flowers
  • Cut the title letters with Cupcake cartridge from Stardream Metallic 105# Opal
  • Cut mini cupcake papers in half (enough for 2 halves/pennant)
  • Layer each pennant piece: Pennant, cupcake papers, Beaded Ovals die templates, title letter.
  • Embellish each pennant with the flowers and extra gems.
  • Tie letters together with pink satin ribbon, 6". Tie a longer piece on each end.
  • Mail the banner off to a good friend!! or display it in your home so many can enjoy it.

Thanks for stopping by...get all the papers you need by going to CutCardStock.com's home page.

Eli

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Veteran Appreciation!

CutCardStock.com appreciates those who are serving in the United States military!  
We would like to say THANK YOU, by offering you a special savings coupon to use for purchases made in NOVEMBER 2011.  If you or your spouse have served or currently serve in any branch of the US Military, please email us;  and we will reply with a coupon code to save you on your next CutCardStock order placed in the Month of November:

Email the following information to info@cutcardstock.com :
--Name of person serving in military (please specify if this is you or your spouse),
--Branch of the miltary they serve in,
--Years they served.

A special THANK YOU To those who serve or have served in the US Military!!!
From,
The CutCardStock Team
 Darrell, Cindy, Tyler, Ellen, & Ruth


Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Holiday Cash Card

While I love the thoughtfulness of gifts during the holidays, I know that for some, cash is the best way to go.  Jazz things up a bit by creating a simple, but cute holiday cash card!

Holiday Cash Card by Amber Lawrence
Supplies:
 
Steps:
Score the solar white cardstock on the long edge at 4" and 8".  This will create a tri-fold card that will become your money holder.

Cut the patterned paper that will be on the front and inside to 3 7/8" x 7 7/8" and 2 7/8" x 7 7/8".  Cut the other patterned paper that will be the band into a 1" x 12" strip.

Create the "money pocket" with staples, securing the smaller bottom flap.

Adhere the patterned paper to the front of the new inside pocket and also to the front of the card.

Fold the band of patterned paper around the card and adhere the ends.  This will be the belly band that holds your card closed.

 Add a little embellishment to the band by stringing some baker's twine through a button and attach it with a strong glue dot.  You now have a cute and simple card that's the perfect little way to slip a little holiday cash to someone special!