Friday, March 30, 2012

Jar Makeover for Easter

I've had this old jar for maybe 10 years and it has served many purposes over that time. I was thinking it was time to send it to the big thrift store in the sky when I decided it needed to be a candy jar for Easter. Here it is, finished and stuffed with little plastic eggs holding treats.

To decorate the jar, I first cut White Canvas paper into two 4-1/4x11" strips and die cut one piece with S4-218 Lattice Borderabilities Petite in my Grand Calibur from Spellbinders.
The only trick I found was to cut each section apart and adhere them with a strip of tiny dot adhesive such as Glue Rings, making sure that the center of each section, found the center of the jar's sides.
I wanted something a little more vibrant than the usual pastels associated with Spring and Easter. Cut Card Stock's Pop Tone colors were perfect.
Check them out here.
This project was so fun (I think) because decorating the eggs was so fun.
After cutting out plenty of eggs, 2 of each color I used, I cut a number of shapes from a bunch of die templates.
Then I spread the die-cut shapes around the table and started pulling them together for one egg at a time. I adhered several pieces on top of the egg and then trimmed around the back of each one.
I mixed shapes, colors and textures and chose these four as my favorites.
I adhered the favorites to the center of each side and adhere blank ones to the corners.  Finally, I decorated the top with a stamped, colored chick with some die-cut layering.
Happy Easter and Happy Creating to all, Eli

Paper: Pop Tone 8-1/2x11 card stock in Lemon Drop, Tangy Orange, Grape Jelly, Sour Apple, Orange Fizz and Berrylicious; Neenah Classic Linen White (
Die Cuts: S4-218 Lattice Borderabilities Petite, , S4-205 Eyelet Pendants, S4-294 #3 Beaded Ovals, S4-209 Tulip Pendants, S4-243 Ric Rac Diamond Borderabilities Petite, Egg Nestabilities (retired), Sunflower 2 (retired) (Spellbinders Paper Arts)
Other: Memento Tuxedo Black Ink (Tsukineko); Sketch Markers BG01 Aqua Blue, YR18 Sanguine (Copic); Easter Stamp; Glue Dots, dimensional adhesive

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Spring has Sprung!

Spring is in the air, so today I have a bright and cheery little card to share with all of you.  This little nugget is a finished size of 4 1/4" square.

Curious Metallic Virtual Pearl, 8.5 x 11
Curious Metallic Mandarin, 8.5 x 11
patterned paper from SEI Claire collection
Bright orange ribbon
Also: scissors, scoring tool, adhesive and dimensional adhesive

Simple Steps:
Cut your cardstock and paper:
  Card base is from Pearl, cut to 8 1/2 x 4 1/4; score in half (4 1/4) on long side to make a square base
  Mandarin accent cut to 3 3/8 x 3 3/8
  Focal patterned paper cut to 3 1/4 x 3 1/4

Attach the focal paper to the mandarin accent piece.  Add the ribbon and tie with a knot or bow -- whatever gives you a whirl!

In my leftover chunk of patterned paper, I found a flower that I wanted to cut out and use as an embellishment.

Attach the assembled patterned front to the card base and add a few dimensionals on your hand-cut accent piece.

Then in no time, you have a sweet little Spring card, ready to send off to brighten someone's day!


Monday, March 26, 2012

Quick and Elegant Thank You Cards

When you have nice paper to work with, such as Cut Card Stock's Basis and Metallics, simple designs will shine. Making a quick set of cards is no problem at all.

I created this small set in less than an hour (most of the time took for me to choose the colors and patterned paper). The rest was easy. Check out how few steps there are and get going...make a quick set for yourself or for a friend.

Using 8-1/2x11" card stock (I used Basis Light Yellow), cut it into two 8-1/2x5-1/2" pieces then fold each piece in half. This makes the base of your card.

Cut/emboss S4-269 Lotus Pendant die template from Stardream Metallic Sapphire .
Stamp thank you sentiment onto patterned paper. Cut or punch the sentiment to fit into the Lotus die-cut.  Also cut patterned paper into 2" strips.

Assemble cards by layering a card base with patterned strip, Lotus die-cut, dimensional adhesive and thank you circle.

Here they are: 

I've shown several options for the arrangement. Choose one or more for your set.

This is so fun and easy. With just a quick change of the patterned paper, it can be personalized for Mother's Day, teacher appreciation or graduation gift.

Have a great, creative day!!! Eli

Paper Stardream Metallic Sapphire, Basis Light Yellow (, patterned paper
Tools S4-269 Lotus Pendant die template, Grand Calibur (Spellbinders Paper Arts)
Other adhesives, paper trimmer

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Fluttering By...

Who doesn't like a butterfly card with a sweet sentiment?

I, too, was inspired by the challenge, and although I changed the purple for pink, I kept the turquoise and butterfly inspiration.  I used an emboss technique for the sentiment of the card.

First, I used a turquoise A6 folded border card  with a pink border.  I stamped "Fluttering by to say hi!" in VersaMark ink onto the lower right corner.  Then, I embossed with clear detail embossing powder. 

Next, I cut PopTones Razzleberry cardstock using my Cricut and CTMH's Art Philosophy cartridge, I cut several butterflies ranging in size from ¼" to ¾ ".  I also cut one butterfly at 2 ¾". 

To create the clouds, I created a stencil using some leftover cardstock and my Fiskars cloud punch.  Then, I sponged CTMH White Daisy Ink onto the open part of my stencil, especially over the sentiment.  When using a pigment ink, use caution that you do not have ink on the back of your stencil, as pigment ink takes a long time to dry and it can smear.  

Once you've sponged in your clouds, remove ink from the embossed sentiment (I just used a facial tissue!).  Viola! The color of the card shines through, because it was previously embossed.   Since I was working with pigment ink, I used my heat tool to heat any sponged cloud areas to dry the ink faster to make it easier to work with the card.

Next, fold the large butterfly in half and place red line tape on the back of just the body of the butterfly.  Folding the butterfly helps to give the wings the dimension they need.

Next, I positioned the large butterfly onto the card and adhered it to the card front, upper right.   Keep in mind that if you are mailing your card, the large butterfly should be placed completely within the dimensions of the card front, so that it will fit in your envelope.  Then, I placed the ¾" butterflies flat onto the card, followed by the ½” butterflies and finally the ¼" butterflies towards the bottom.  

To add some sparkle, I used CTMH red/purple assortment of sparkles. I used large sparkles on the large butterfly's body, and the tiniest sparkles surrounding the smaller butterflies. 

Happy Stamping!


Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Spring Fling

Challenge inspiration keeps going...
I was so inspired by the CutCardStock Challenge that I couldn't resist one more card with those pretty turquoises and purples, not to mention the ever popular butterfly!
I decided to use my new Cameo to create my card.  The finished card size is about 4.5" square and the white base with the butterfly cut-outs was cut entirely on the Cameo onto Curious Metallic card stock in Cryogen White.
After I removed the cut card from the cutting mat I simply folded the card and then placed a 4.25" square of Sea Glass colored card stock inside the card to show through the cut out butterflies.  The Sea Glass card stock had a nice texture.
Using a Martha Stewart butterfly paper punch, I punched out of Curious Metallic card stock Violette and Lime butterflies.  These really added some punch to this clean and simple (CAS) card.
I stamped Happy Birthday inside and added that lime butterfly there so I could extend the butterfly theme to the interior.  The bright and cheerful colors that are the trademark of CutCardStock really showed up on this glimmery white card base.

Don't forget to pick up some thick, luxurious, glimmery Curious Metallic card stock -- it's on sale HERE.  

Monday, March 19, 2012

Inspiration Challenge Winners!

Here is a closer look at the two winners from our Inspiration Challenge:

1st Place - LindaMarieDesigns

2nd Place - Dee

Congrats ladies.... your gift certificates will be arriving to your inbox shortly.  Thanks for playing along with us!
We know there are many talented crafters out there and we hope that more of you will participate in our upcoming challenges.  It's simple to play along and who doesn't like to win gift certificates to CutCardStock!

Saturday, March 10, 2012

Show Us Your Stuff.... Inspiration Challenge!

There are no specific brands of cardstock you have to use, just include a shade of turquoise and purple.  For the butterfly image you could use a stamp, sticker, clip art or anything else you feel inspired to use!

Join in on the linky party to enter the Inspiration Challenge between Monday, March 12th and Sunday, March 18th.  Check out what the other CutCardStock Blog readers have entered and "Like" your favorite.  On Monday, March 19th, we will announce the Viewer's Choice, 2nd and 1st place winners.  This is a great chance to show off your work and try to win one of these great gift certificates to!

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Thursday, March 8, 2012

Bunnies & Chicks. . .

Oh, spring!  Its that time of year when my favorite sweet treats show up on store shelves... shaped like bunnies and chicks.... Peeps!   Yes, I know they're just sugar covered marshmallows.. but they are still a favorite from my childhood.

This fun card uses a new stamp set by Close to My Heart called "My Peeps."

First, I cut a piece of 12x12 Basis Olive cardstock to 6 x 12 and folded to make a 6x6 card base.  Next, I cut layers of cardstock for the front.  Measurements are:  5 x5  Bloom by Curious Metallic,  4 1/2 x 4 1/2 Violette by Curious Metallic and 4 x4 Cryogen White by Curious Metallic.  Curious Metallic cardstock is on sale this month - I love the thick cardstock and sparkly shimmer of these cardstocks!

Next, I added some texture to the card base by stamping "happy Easter to my peeps" on the card front using Close to My Heart's Olive Ink.  It really makes a nice tone on tone look. The only two rows that are fully seen are the top and bottom rows, so partial stamping on the rest of the card front is ok.

I adhered the layers of Bloom and Violette to the card front using 3D foam tape.  Then, I stamped the egg row several times on a scrap of Cryogen White.  After coloring with Copic Markers, I cut out the images.  I also cut three bunnies from the colored cardstock.  I used my embossing gun to heat set my Memento Tuxedo Black ink so it would not smear.   I cut out the bunnies and then was ready for final assembly.

First, I stamped  "happy Easter to my peeps" at the top of the Cryogen White square using Tuxedo Black ink.  Then, I added 3D foam tape to both rows of eggs.  I used the egg rows as a guide to place the bunnies on the card front.  Then, I adhered each egg row to the front of the card.

To finish the card, I used The Twinery's lilac twine to add another twist of purple.

These sweet bunnies shimmer thanks to the Curious Metallic papers - they look almost good enough to eat!

Happy Stamping!


Monday, March 5, 2012

Up, Up and Away

Flying high...

Spring is in the air!  I created a simple card as my ode to a Sunday afternoon, complete with hot air balloons.  We are fortunate to see many hot air balloons flying above Del Mar and La Jolla, taking lucky tourists on rides above beautiful San Diego.

I used the exclusive stamp set, created just for Paper Made Bakery by Sweet Stamp Shop, in PMB's Sunday Afternoon, kit for March.  The stamp set is called "Old Fashioned Afternoon" and these two hot air balloons are just part of the awesome stamps included.

This is a simple card with only a few pieces involved, but I loved the (almost) monochromatic feel to it, with just the *pops* of additional color coming from the two balloons.  The patterned paper is from My Mind's Eye and wasn't from the kit.  I love how the two balloons (one smaller than the other) help give perspective, making one look closer and one farther away.
Just a few simple pieces
Buttons as baskets
Notice how I used buttons for the balloon baskets?  These were included in the Sunday Afternoon kit, as well as the black jute twine, which "holds" the button baskets onto the balloons.  I simply threaded the twine through the buttonholes and then used a mini glue dot to attach them to the backside of each paper pieced hot air balloon.  I popped the balloons up using 3D glue dots.

I also learned a great tip on making "perfect" pennant notches for banners by reading Lisa Arana's post at Paper Made Bakery.  My square punch was actually a square "postage stamp" punch, so it gave little prickly edges to my notch!  I thought it looked unique...
Just a quick and simple card that will work great for either a masculine or feminine recipient.  The very pretty orange card stock I used for the card base is a gorgeous Curious Metallic called Mandarin.  This thick, luxurious card stock is on sale in March!