Monday, October 29, 2012

Giving Thanks Invitation

Giving Thanks Together
Thanksgiving may just be one of my favorite holidays. It's a time to be around people you love, eat until you are silly, and take a moment to be thankful for all the blessings that we have. It's a wonderful pause in the midst of what most of us would call a busy life.For your viewing pleasure today is an invitation for Thanksgiving, you can tailor it to your special festivities:
Begin with a folded invitation from and die cut the card elements. With the Grand Calibur's larger size, it makes it easy to get all the cutting done in one pass. I used 2 patterned papers along with 2 Curious Metallic papers, including Poison Ivory and Olive.
Then change out your mats according to the machine directions and emboss all of the die templates. Choose some chalk inks and stencil through the dies.
Since these templates have fairly small openings, I also used a stencil brush to go over the dies in a circular motion to really get the colors into the die cut holes and well blended. Then I used the stencil brush on the edges of the tag, the border and the card for a bit of an earthy look.
Weave a ribbon into the top "pearl" edge of the oval. Add a ribbon to the tag.
Add letter stickers to the tag for "together." Create a tag for "Give Thanks" and add letter stickers to it.
Cut a Curious Metallic Super Gold Mat 6x4-1/4" and scallop cut the corners as shown in the second photo below.
Adhere all elements to card. Be sure to tuck the satin ribbon under the gold matting for a finished look. The following picture shows some of the shine of the metallic papers.
Sometimes when we create, it doesn't always come out the way we planned. When I put the elements together on the front, I didn't see a need for the pumpkin and leaf on the front, so I put them inside. A nice addition, I think.

As we approach the month of November, give yourself permission to take a few minutes with a cup of tea or coffee, relax and be thankful.

Cut Card Stock Papers
Curious Metallics in
Poison Ivory
Super Gold
Tools: Die Templates S3-057 retired, S4-226 Harvest Border Petite, S4-245 Fancy Tags; Grand Calibur die cut system (Spellbinders Paper Arts)
Other: Letter stickers, Ribbons, PVA Glue, Double-sided tape 

Friday, October 26, 2012

Free Templates for your next project or celebration!

Did you know that offers free templates for you to download and personalize?  We offer many templates to make it easy for you to customize your project, from placecards and response cards, many sizes of folded and flat cards, and of course envelopes.

The templates are easy (and free!) to download and customize using Microsoft Word.  Not only does it make it a snap to print just what you want on your cards, invitations and envelopes, but then you can add any embellishment you want.  Jazz your project up a bit by stamping, adding ribbon or embossing -- your options are plentiful.
CutCardStock offers free templates for your greeting cards and invitations
 And now, during the last few days of the invitation sale, it's a great time to think about your upcoming occasions.  Our family's choice for holiday cards this year is the A6 folded card.... it's big enough to hold a 4x6 photo inside so we can share family snapshots with everyone.

Monday, October 22, 2012

Halloween Treats

Halloween seems to be the holiday for candy!  Or maybe it's just the harbinger of the candy-eating holiday season?  No matter how you look at it, there's a big bag o' candy for the little ones who scurry door-to-door on Halloween night.

This card celebrates the sweet treats of the jack-o-lantern season, with its Pixie Stick flag welcoming the scariest of nights above a row of whimsical witch's hats.  This card is 4" x 9.25" and fits inside CutCardStock's Brown Bag Kraft String and Button No. 10 envelope, which is the reason I made it.  I LOVE these envelopes!

I started out with a 4" x 9.25" piece of Neenah Classic Crest card stock as my base.  Then I chose two patterned papers from Fancy Pants' 6 x 6 paper pad called "Oct 31".  The length of this card made it perfect for my favorite ribbon treatment:
Punch two holes about 1" front top and bottom of card and slip a length of ribbon through the front of the card.
Then bring the ends back through the holes toward the front of the card.  Snip the ends diagonally as shown.
Next I stamped orange and purple candies from the Fresh Squeezed Stamps set called "Christmas Treats".  Now, clearly, this isn't a Christmas card, but the sweet images are quite versatile and are perfect for any candy-filled occasion!  I inked each candy image (there are two), one in orange and the other in purple.
I then stamped the apothecary jar in black over the candy images, trimmed out the candy-filled jar, and adhered it into the orange section of my card with foam tape.  Then I stamped part of the sentiment "Sweetest wishes for the happiest of holidays" below the candy jar.  For a little extra spunk, I inked up the holly berries from the Christmas Treats set in purple and scattered them about!
To create the flag greeting on the paper straw, which I think looks like an old fashioned Pixie Stick, I printed "Happy Halloween" onto another piece of patterned paper from the "Oct 31" collection, trimmed it to 1" width, and then wrapped it around the piece of paper straw.  I inked the edges with black ink for a "grungier" look.  But, it needed a little bling, so I added three lavender rhinestones below the sentiment.
And here's the best part, the String and Button envelope!  I used VersaMark ink on the gumdrop image from Fresh Squeezed Stamps' "Christmas Treats" set and scattered them over the front -- it creates a tone-on-tone look that belies the colorful card inside!

Saturday, October 20, 2012

Guest Designer: Becky's Pumpkin Wall Hanging

We are so pleased to share a special project with you today from Becky, the 1st place winner from our recent "Falling for CutCardStock" Challenge!

Hello there! My name is Becky and I am thrilled to be the October guest designer for CutCardStock! I received a box filled with some amazing products and was excited to get to work!

I began scrapbooking about 10 years ago. When I'm not up to my elbows in glue and paper, I enjoy my job as a school teacher (although sometimes I'm up to my elbows in glue and paper there, too!).
For my Tricks and Treats project, I decided to make a pumpkin wall hanging. I've seen pumpkin paper piecings around the web and wanted to give it a try. I started with this frame that my good friend found at a thrift store. It's a pretty frame, but not exactly right for my project.
 I spray painted the frame with black matte paint and voila! Instantly spooky! 
To begin making my pumpkins, I cut ovals using the Stardream Metallic paper in Flame. I am in love with this metallic paper. The quality of it is superior to any other I have worked with. Once I cut my ovals, I played with formations until I was happy with 2. For one pumpkin I folded the ovals in half and glued them together. For the other, I simply layered them and popped the middle oval up.
For the background I used paper from We R Memory Keepers. It still wasn't quite finished so I punched a doily from a sheet of the Flavours Gourmet in Black Truffle. Then I glued it all down and added it to my frame. I love that the pumpkins have a faint shimmer to them.
 Thanks again to CutCardStock for asking me to be a guest designer this month!


Friday, October 19, 2012

Let's Hang out. . . .

For today’s post, I thought it would be fun to create a “Let’s Hang Out” invitation for a girl’s night in!

First, I used 12 x 12 Basis Olive 80# cardstock for my 8 ½” x 5 ½” card base.  I punched the edge with a decorative punch, and folded the card slightly off center so that the scalloped edge shows from the bottom. 

Next, I used my Cricut to cut some cute tags using the scrap from the Basis Olive cardstock.   I love how great this cardstock works with my Cricut!    I also cut some ovals using the Cricut from 8 ½” x 11” PopTones Whipped Cream cardstock

I adhered the oval to the tag, then stamped my sentiment and image, from Close to My Heart’s Pun Fun stamp set (C1505).  I stamped the dress image again on patterned paper, also by Close to My Heart (Stella) and fussy cut around the dress, leaving the ruffle on the bottom off.   I adhered the dress to the tag over the stamped dress image, with the ruffle peeking through on the whipped cream cardstock. 

Finally, I adhered patterned paper to the card front, and adhered the tag to the card using 3D foam tape. 

To add a little fun to the girl’s night in, I created some coordinating tags in the same size and color for little gifts to the girl’s night. The purses were cut with the Cricut Artiste cartridge by Close to My Heart.

Happy Stamping!


Monday, October 15, 2012

Spooky Invitations your guests will love!

A great way to set the mood for any event is with a fantastic invitation.  There are many options for everything from the everyday casual to the elegant at  Here is a fun way to invite guests over to a spooky celebration for Halloween....

Greengrocer's No 10 String & Button Kraft envelopes
Greengrocer's Kraft 65# cardstock
Halloween themed patterned paper and stamps
Paper cutting and scoring tools
Ribbon & adhesives
Text program such as Microsoft Word

For the invitation to fit in the envelope, I created a basic folded card from a cardstock piece I cut to size 8 1/2" x 7 1/2" so it will fit in the No. 10 envelopes; I scored it lightly and folded it in half.  Would you rather work with prefolded invitations?  There are many to choose from here.

I created the wording for inside the invitation.  I typed the words I wanted inside of a text box that was just smaller than my card.  When it came time to print, I cut my patterned paper to fit in my printer and removed the outline on the text box.  I trimmed the printed paper to the right size and adhered it into my card.
For the front of my invitation, I just pieced the two Halloween patterns to cover.  I left myself enough room to stamp the Trick or Treat image.
I love a little ribbon on my cards.  Sometime I will wrap it just around an element, but other times I like it to wrap around the entire card front.  An easy way to make that work in an invitation like this is to create a small slit to allow the ribbon to sneak through the fold.
To finish the front a bit, I just used a fine pen to draw in some stitching lines and extend the banner of my stamped image all the way to the edges of the paper.  So maybe it's not such a spooky invitation.... but it sure is cute!

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Quick & Easy Halloween Invite

Your goblin just came home shouting, "I want a haunted house party!"  What's a monster mother to do?  Grab some card stock, clear stamps, a bit of ribbon and bling -- and in no time at all you'll have several adorably scary invitations for your little ghoul to hand out at school!

Step 1:  Break out the good stuff -- the Cut Card Stock Pop Tones "Orange Fizz" and cut several 8.5" x 11" pieces in half; score in the middle and you've got invitation/card bases.

Step 2:  Find leftover patterned paper in Halloween, black, purple OR cut up a few pages of an old dictionary or book to use as the invitation/card's front.  These should be cut to 4" x 5.25" and adhered to the front of the invitation/card.  (I used some old 7 Gypsies "Angelo" patterned paper for this sample)

Step 3:  Don't settle for second best -- get your Cut Card Stock Neenah Classic Crest 80# in Solar White and cut several pieces to 2" x 4".

Step 4:  You're on a roll -- get your new favorite clear stamps from Fresh Squeezed Stamps, you know the set called Subway Series: Holidays, and ink up the Halloween stamp in black or purple ink; stamp away!  Add a little Distress Ink along the edges to scarify it, too!

Step 5:  Almost done!  Back the stamped piece in Pop Tones "Black Licorice" and while you're at it, punch out some black bats.  Adhere the stamped piece with the black backing to the card front and add a few purple rhinestones at the bottom.  Tie some ribbon along the edge and throw on that punched bat with a bit of foam tape for "lift"!

Step 6:  Print out the details of your Haunted House Party (either on your printer or by hand) and adhere inside the invitation/card.
This font is called "Smiley Monster" by

Stop by the market for some tricks and treats, then sit back and enjoy the party!

Monday, October 8, 2012

Baby Shower Invite Tutorial

Winter, Spring, Summer and Fall. . .It doesn't matter what time of year it is, babies come.
So while CutCardStock is having a sale on all folded invitations (10-15% off for the month of October), I decided to share a little baby shower invitation. I have a friend who is having a baby in a few months and she doesn't know whether it is a boy or a girl. So I thought this would work for either.
It was so fun to create with just a little bit of hand sewing to complete the impression of rain.
Here's how to make it:
  • Using Pop Tone Spearmint paper, cut b-a-b-y with Doodletype font on the Cricut. Letters are 1" with no additional embellishments. Then punch 5-7 hearts from 6 small-print patterned papers.
  • For this invitation, I wanted to include some handwriting but I needed to make sure my marker was actually a good color. Here you can see how I tested them to see which coordinated with my silk embroidery floss best. I chose the top. You could also stamp or computer print the sentiment.

  • Next, choose a coordinating print paper and trim to 1x6.25". Adhere to the top of the card for a border.
  • Thread a needle with a single strand from a 6-ply silk embroidery thread. Knot the end and poke the needle through the card from the back, coming up behind one of the hearts. Make a "rain stream" by bringing the needle down near the top border. 
  • As you can see by the photo below, to line up the next stitch, it is helpful to place the card in front of a light. Continue sewing on top of the card for the rain drops and below the card to go from one drop to the other. Finish all the drops.
  • To create the bottom border, add a strip of 1/4" double-sided tape. Add as many heart punches as you can to the strip. Also add some under the "shower" sentiment with liquid glue.

  • To fill in the places where no hearts lie, add a sprinkling of glitter. Tap off the extra. Again, add some glue and glitter under the "shower" sentiment.
  • Now all you have to do is make a few dozen and throw a delightful party. They are super sweet and not difficult to make.

Papers A6 pre-folded invitation (4.5x6.25 folded--6.25x9 flat) Curious Metallics Poison Ivory, Pop Tone Spearmint, patterned papers
Tools Heart punch, Ultrafine blue pen (Sharpie), Doodletype cartridge, Cricut computerized die cutter (Provo craft), needle, scissors
Embellishments Silk embroidery thread, Mauve glitter (Sparkle N Sprinkle)
Adhesives Double-sided adhesive 1/4" (Scor-Pal), PVA glue