Friday, August 31, 2012

Blog Challenge: Falling For CutCardStock - Win Prizes!




It’s time for another challenge here on the CutCardStock Blog and we hope you’ll join us!   

For this challenge, the rules are simple…. create a Fall-themed card or project.  The kiddos are heading back to school, the weather is cooling off a bit and soon the leaves will be turning.  While we may not be sipping hot apple cider yet, we can certainly be inspired by the upcoming season to create wonderful Fall themed cards and projects!

Beyond following the theme, there are no rules - just be creative!  You can make a Halloween or Thanksgiving card or scrapbook layout…. a project featuring autumn colors and/or leaves…. it’s up to you.

How to enter:  Simply post an image and some details about your challenge creation on your blog, your online gallery, Splitcoast, Flikr, Facebook, etc.  Then add your link through the CutCardStock Blog Challenge post.  The dates of the challenge are September 1 – 14th, so enter before the challenge closes. (The Linky party will be open from 6am (Mountain Time) September 1st until 11:59pm (Mountain Time) September 14th.)

On Sunday, September 16th, we will announce the winners.  Prizes will be awarded for 1st Place, 2nd Place and Viewer’s Choice.  1st and 2nd place winners will be chosen by a panel of CutCardStock Team members and the Viewer’s Choice will be the entry with the highest number of “likes”, so you can vote for your favorite. 

Prize values are as follows:   
  • Viewer’s Choice - $30.00 Gift Certificate to CutCardStock.com, 
  • 2nd Place - $30.00 Gift Certificate to CutCardStock.com and 
  • 1st Place- $40.00 Gift Certificate to CutCardStock.com.
In addition to winning the gift certificates, the chosen entries will be featured on the CutCardStock blog and one winner will be asked to be a guest blog contributor

We hope you are as excited about this challenge as we are; help spread the word!  We can't wait to see your creations are award those great prizes!

PROMOTE this Challenge on your Blog, Facebook, Forum, or Twitter and then email us  the link at info@CutCardStock.com or post your link on the CutCardStock Facebook and we will email or message a coupon for 10% off your next purchase of $30.00 or more!

Thursday, August 30, 2012

Have a Blast!


As we wind up our birthday card posts, I wanted to share a super cute card I made.

Supplies:
Pop Tones Blue Raspberry Cardstock 
Pop Tones Orange Fizz Cardstock
Curious Metallic Cryogen White Cardstock
Black Tuxedo Ink by Memento
Admit One stamp set by The Alley Way Stamps
Copic Markers
3D Foam tape
Stickles
Ticket corner rounder
Patterned paper by Basic Grey



First, I stamped the images on Cryogen White cardstock and colored them with Copic Markers.

I didn't color in his pants, because I knew I was cutting them off, anyway.  I fussy cut both pieces, and set aside.

I then cut my Orange Fizz cardstock in half to create an A2 card.  I layered a piece of 5 1/4" x 4" patterned paper on top, after using a ticket corner punch on each edge.

Next, I cut a 2 3/4" " x 3 3/4" piece of Cryogen White cardstock and used the same ticket corner punch.  Then, I colored in the background using Copic Markers (BG10 and E11).  I feel that people always look better when they are "grounded".

I layered the Cryogen White cardstock onto a 3" x4 " piece of Blue Raspberry cardstock, with the edges ticket punched.

I also stamped the ticket image and sentiment on Cryogen White before cutting out and adhering to the card.  I added the clown popping out of the cannon by adhering him with Tombow tape at the waist, then 3D foam tape behind his head and hands.

Last but not least, I added some yellow stickles to the fuse for added sparkle.

Happy Stamping!

Katherine

Sunday, August 26, 2012

Back to School Treat Box

It's that time of year again.... I always send the kids in with something great during the first week of school! (It never hurts to help them make a great first impression, does it?)  Here's a project I made a while back:

This project was inspired by eighteen25 - one of our favorite blogs here at CutCardStock!  This was super easy to put together and totally affordable so it won't break the bank if you have several teachers to spoil as school begins again.

Just about any great project you  may find can be started and finished with cardstock from CutCardStock!  Build cards, scrapbook layouts and all of your dimensional projects on a solid base of traditional or metallic colors, in different weights and textures.  Shop our assortment collections to try them all and decide which are your favorites.... We think you'll love them all!

Monday, August 20, 2012

Birth Day Album

Let's welcome baby from his birth day to birthday, the first year.

I recently created this album for a friend who had a baby. Their little one's name is Colton and she asked if I wouldn't mind making it with blue, green and brown. The pages of the album are Basis White. The Basis papers are fabulous to work with as they hold up to all kinds of adhesives, embellishments, glues, punching, cutting and more.

Here are the highlights of the album:

 I couldn't find a paper that had the checks "on point," so I simply turned the paper diagonally on the Cricut cutting mat, trimmed around the outside and went about cutting out the letters.

Just a few tips when creating something like this.
  1. Choose 5-6 papers to use throughout, mixing and matching as you go. The only out-of-color-scheme paper I introduced was the red patterned paper on the little house and the heart on the front cover. This spare use of a certain color gives it more drama.
  2. To bring continuity to the project, back every title with the same card stock. In this case, Basis Tan.
  3.  Leave plenty of room on each spread for mom or dad to add photos and journaling.
  4. If there are siblings, pets or extended family living in the same house, include a spread for them.
  5. Other pages that I created and you might want to consider are pages that show new actions such as: smiling, rolling, sitting, eating, playing and the quiet moments of dreaming.
  6. To create the shaped covers, I began with shaped card stock and used it to cover Kraft Chipboard that I then trimmed. I think it gave the finished project a little whimsy.

Don't forget that August's special savings is on all square envelopes. Enjoy a 10% off savings until August 31st!


Supplies
Papers Basis Brown, Tan, and White , Kraft Chipboard (CutCardStock.com); patterned papers
Other stuff Bind-it-All binding system, Owires (Zutter); Doodletype Cartridge and Cricut computerized trimmer (Provo Craft), ribbons, PVA glue



Saturday, August 18, 2012

Square Envelope Accent, plus a Bonus!

The month of August is a great time to stock up on square envelopes from CutCardStock -- They are available in many colors and sizes!

Square cards are fun to make and it's great to add a little extra touch by coordinating the envelope to match the card inside.  This cute set was simply made from a base of Curious Metallic cardstock, topped with a square cut from some patterned scrapbook paper and a punched accent piece added to the flap of the envelope.  Super cute and super easy.... but it looks like you really went the extra mile!

Do you have ideas of how to use our square envelopes?  Is there a special way you like to match your envelopes to your cards?  Would you like to tell us which CutCardStock square envelopes are your favorite?  Leave a comment and your name will be put into a hat.  We'll choose two lucky blog readers and send them one of these cute card & envelope sets and a couple of our square envelopes to get creative with!
** Our two lucky blog readers will be chosen on Monday and we will contact you via email to get your address **

Monday, August 13, 2012

Rainbow Dots Square Birthday Card

I love to build up a little stash of birthday cards to keep on hand.... I especially love making square cards and combining cardstock from CutCardStock and patterned paper from my stash.  Here's a bright and cheery square birthday card that is great to keep around for an unexpected (or forgotten) birthday!
Rainbow Dot Square Birthday Card!

Supplies:
Basis Red 8 1/2 x 11
Pop Tones Orange Fizz 8 1/2 x 11
Pop Tones Gumdrop Green 8 1/2 x 11
Curious Metallic Cryogen White
Rainbow Dots patterned paper
Scallop punch, circle punch
Birthday sentiment stamp, ink
adhesive
ribbon & button
CutCardStock Pop Tones, Basis and Metallic Cardstock

I first created a card base by cutting the Gumdrop Green to 5 1/2 x 11.  I added a slightly smaller square of patterned paper.  I love the choices of square envelopes offered at CutCardStock!

I made a banner piece and cut a tail on the end, then attached it to the card base.

I stamped the sentiment on Cryogen White and then cut it out with a scalloped punch.  I created a larger circle mat by punching a circle from Basis Red.

I assembled the card and added the bit of ribbon and a button for a little accent!

Thursday, August 9, 2012

A Fresh Hip 2 Be Square Card

Square Envelopes from CutCardStock
Hi everyone!  Hope your summer's going well -- it's scorchin' hot here in San Diego.  I've got several birthdays to celebrate in August, and Cut Card Stock has their square envelopes on sale (which I *adore*), so I thought I'd share one of the square fun-fold cards I made for a young lady getting ready to blow out some candles this month!


I began with some really cool denim paper from Cut Card Stock called So Jeans.  Yep, it looks just like a pair of jeans.  Want to know what's even cooler than finding awesome cardstock to work with?  Finding that cardstock at closeout prices!!  Since I had a 5.5" square envelope, I began my fun-fold card by trimming the cardstock to 10.5" x 5.25", rounded the corners on one end, scored it at 5.25" (half way), then folded the left side in half again and pressed the crease with a bone folder.  So now you have a "mountain" on the left side of your card base:
I chose three pieces of patterned paper from Amy Tangerine's "Sketchbook" 6 x 6 paper pad and trimmed two pieces to 5" x 2.5" and the larger piece to 5" x 5" and rounded two corners to mimic the card base:
Amy Tangerine's paper pad coordinates with So Jeans cardstock
Now to add a little stamped fun to the party!  I loved the cool cameras on one of the patterned papers, so I took out my Lawn Fawn "Say Cheese" stamp set and stamped a polaroid-like image onto Neenah Classic Crest cardstock in Solar White.  Ah, that crisp, clean stamped image!  I then used my craft knife and a ruler to cut out the "photo portion" of the image so that I could adhere my own fun photo behind it:
Lawn Fawn Say Cheese Stamps on Neenah Classic Crest cardstock

I wanted to add a birthday cake image, so I borrowed one from a Google search.  Are those malt balls around the edge?!  Mmm....  I "smudged" the polaroid-like image with a sponge and tiny bit of pink ink, then stamped "let's celebrate" from another Lawn Fawn stamp set -- finished it off with a fabric brad also from Amy Tangerine's line:
image credit
Now I needed a nice POP of color, so I chose another hot pink patterned paper from the Sketchbook pad and stamped the sentiment "Picture Perfect", then trimmed it out and notched one end to give it some groovy pennant style.  I popped this up on the top fold section (above the tiny camera print paper) and trimmed a similar width of this paper for the center fold section.

On the final and largest section I wrapped a bit of pink polka dotted ribbon around the lower section of green polka dotted patterned paper, adhered it to the base, then jauntily plonked the finished photo in the center.  When the card is folded up you can't see that the cake is a birthday cake...ssshhh, it's a surprise!
What to do with that scrap of gorgeous hot pink paper?!  Line the envelope, of course!  That was very easy...simply lay the flap of the envelope onto the back side of the patterned paper, trace and cut.  You can trim down the portion that will fit inside the envelope.  Adhere the patterned paper to the inside of the flap, fold and crease -- voila!
Celebrate a Birthday with a handmade card!
Happy Birthday Amy!


Thursday, August 2, 2012

29 again?

I love square cards, and I'm so happy that this month's special is square enevelopes!  Square cards are easy to make, especially from 12 x 12 paper, as I've done on this card, using Basis Olive cardstock.

29 Again Square Birthday Card

Supplies: 
12 x 12 Basis Olive cardstock, cut to 6" x 12".
8 1/2 x 11 Pop Tones Hot Fudge cardstock, for matting 
Patterned paper (I used Victory by Close to My Heart)
Timber Brown ink by Memento
Navigator Stamp set by Raisin Boat
Markers by Copic
Hemp and Corrugated cardstock embellishment by Close to My Heart


After Cutting the cardstock into a 6" x 12" piece, score to create a 6" x 6" card.  Adhere 5 1/2" x 5 1/2" patterned paper to card front, centered.  


Next, stamp the GPS image from the stamp set on Curious Metallic Cryogen White cardstock and trim.  Stamp sentiment on a scrap of the same cardstock, and trim.  Mat sentiment to a scrap of Hot Fudge cardstock.  Adhere to lower right side of card.

Copic markers coordinate with CutCardStock colors
Grab a handful of Copic Markers and color to your heart's content.  I really like the Curious Metallic Cryogen White cardstock for Copics, it gives such a nice, subtle sparkle to any project!





 Viola!  Then, I stamped the directional arrow image onto a scrap of Cryogen White, cut it out, and adhered over the arrow on  the GPS until with foam tape.






Finally, I matted the GPS unit onto Hot Fudge cardstock and adhered to the front of the card.  As a finishing touch, I inked the corrugated cardboard arrow with the Timber Brown ink, wrapped some hemp around the end, and adhered to the card front using foam tape.

Super easy and fun for someone who's 29 again... 

Happy Stamping!

Katherine