Thursday, September 27, 2012

Old School Rocks

Retro Flip Flop Card Tutorial
Retro inspired swing or flip-flop card
Kids are back in school and you have some extra time to play with paper, right?!  I made a fun masculine card, called a swing or flip-flop card, using this die-cut and my Silhouette Cameo.  There are several good tutorials online, so you should really give this a try!

Cut the base of your card from good kraft cardstock from CutCardstock.com.  I used fun and funky patterned papers from Cosmo Cricket's Twenty Three mini deck, which comes in Paper Made Bakery's September Fresh Baked Kit.  I chose two patterns and two sort of solid papers.  The Silhouette die-cut will cut these pieces to exactly fit the card base, so it really is easy peasy, but if you don't have a Cameo, you can easily cut your patterned paper to size.  You can even leave the side pieces (shown in red/pink here) off and simply stamp a nice pattern there.
When you 'pull' the edges of the card it swings open and on the backside of the piece with the dots and TV die-cut is this panel on the inside!  I mounted a couple of the barely-patterned papers here, stamped the bold retro images from Lawn Fawn's Stayed Tuned clear stamp set, also included in the Fresh Baked Kit -- and voila, a groovy card is born!  I think this one's great for a guy's birthday or congrats card, don't you?

Here's what the card looks like from above -- lots of neat angles.

Kraft cardstock from CutCardStock.com
Here's another view of the interior of the card -- with the front panel "flip-flopped" to show the great work space available on the inside.  I really like this card and it was very easy to make.  I think this is a nice style to make multiples of and use all those scraps I have building up in my basket!

Here's to a rockin' good weekend!  Why not make a swing or flip-flop card then post a link to it here in the comment section below -- I'd love to stop by and take a look!!

Monday, September 24, 2012

Fall Divided Tray Makeover

I'm always on the look-out for wood "containers" when I go to thrift stores. Anything like a little box, organizer or or tray like this one (I think it was $2):
Fall Tray Makeover Tutorial

I love to cover them with pretty papers and put them around my house. At CutCardStock, we are taking the month of September to celebrate the beginning of fall and hopefully give you some fun fall papercrafting ideas. Here is my project that can be used for all kinds of home decor ideas...


Instructions
Begin by painting the upper edge of the tray. If it's messy, it's fine. It'll look distressed when finished.

Using Neenah Teton Deckle Edge in Warm White, cover the outer edge of the tray. I used decoupage medium.

Then cover the inside sides with the Warm White.

To cover the divider section, first cut Basis Brown paper to fit into the tray but slightly taller than the handle. Trace around the handle.
Neenah Warm White Cardstock from CutCardStock.com

Cut out, decoupage and repeat on the other side.
Then cover the bottom inside and ends with fall patterned paper.

Now that the entire piece is covered, it's time to embellish.
I chose some silk flowers. I liked the distressed coloring already on the petals that coordinated with the tray. I popped the petals off the plastic stems, added brads to hold them together and used a glue dot to adhere them to the tray.

Then I added some twine to the handle and ribbon around the outside.

It's basically done. How about a candle for the fall dining table?

Don't forget that for the rest of the month all Neenah 8-1/2x11" Card Stocks are on sale.
See you soon!!!

Supplies
Papers Neenah Teton Deckle Edge in Warm White, Basis Brown 12x12" Card Stock, Heidi Grace Designs Harvest Flower paper (Fiskars)
Other Flowered ribbon (Michael's), Apple Barrel Light Yellow paint (Plaid), Glue Dots, decoupage medium, foam brushes, twine, silk flowers

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Celebrate the Change of Seasons!

Depending where you are in the world, you may be enjoying a change of seasons.  One of my favorite changes is when the leaves turn to warm orange and reds.  I can't help but think of spiced cider and pumpkin scones when I see Fall foliage!
Here is a simple card I created that incorporates those colors into a seasonal card.  For this card, I dug out my old trusty Stamp-a-Ma-Jig to help with alignment since I am using an older wood blocked stamp.  The blended color of the Spectrum pad makes my job super easy with blending the ink colors.
Fall Invitation Stamping Tutorial

Supplies:
Neenah Teton Deckle edge cardstock in Warm White
Spectrum stamp pad in fall tones
Stamp a Ma Jig (or other stamp positioning system)
wide tree stamp
coordinating ribbon
paper cutting / scoring tool
Neenah Teton cardstock makes a beautiful Fall card!
 Steps:
I cut my Neenah cardstock into two pieces so that my finished card would measure 4.25 x 11.  I scored it in half along the long edge.
I prepared my stamp positioner by aligning the upper left corner of the clear acrylic sheet into the corner nook of the handle.
 I stamped my image, making sure it fits snugly into the corner of the handle.  This creates a guide for me to use to decide where I want my image on the card.  (It's a bit easier to see if you use black ink for this step... I was just lazy and didn't want to clean my stamp before I used it again on my card.)
 
I placed the acrylic sheet where I wanted my image on my card.  Then I realigned my handle to match up in the corner snugly.  Then simply removed the acrylic sheet and stamped my image by matching the corner of the block with the corner of the handle.
 
To add a little detail to this simple card, I scored a line on top and bottom of the image to frame it a bit.  Then tied on some ribbon and that's it.... Simple and Seasonal!
Now's a good time to stock up on Neenah products.... they are on sale.  And CutCardStock now offers $5 flat rate shipping for orders over $25 in the contiguous US!

Monday, September 17, 2012

Handmade flower tutorial

Handmade punched flower tutorial


Today I want to share a fun way to add some 3D flowers without spending a lot of money - by making them yourself.


First, you should select a flower die-cut or punch with 5-6 petals.  For my red rose, I used three flowers.  (I used a Fiskars punch and an EK Success punch).   Next, select some light weight cardstock or text weight paper.  For these flowers, I used Pop Tones Red Hot cardstock, Pop Tones Orange Fizz cardstock, and Stardream Metallic Silver text weight paper.

First, punch the flowers.  As I stated, I cut three for this flower.  Then, cut the flowers as shown below:

Poptones cardstock from CutCardStock.com
 First flower:  cut a slit between two petals towards the middle of the flower.  Second flower: cut out one petal completely (set aside).  Third flower: cut out two petals completely.  NOTE: If you choose a punch with more petals, you'll need to punch additional flowers to cut until you have one petal, two petals, three petals, four petals, five petals, etc...




Next, starting with the flower with all it's petals:  Adhere the two petals together that were divided by the slit.  (I used my Tombow Mono Adhesive for this, but you may choose a liquid or super strong dry adhesive if you prefer.)  Continue with the flowers, adhering the two petals seperated by the cuts until you have several pieces, as shown above.

Next, adhere the smallest piece into the second smallest piece using glue dots.  Some tips of the flower cones may need to be trimmed down to allow the flower to lay flatter.  Once all the flowers have been stacked, you can bend or fan the petals to suit your taste.  Sometimes, I like to ink disress the edges of the flower. Your flower will look like this photo when completed.

If desired, add a small gem or adhesive pearl to the center for some added flair.

For this card, I started with a Pop Tones Whipped Cream base, four flowers, some Kraft cardstock , then layered this with Flirty paper by Close to My Heart.  The sentiment is by Unity.  I tied some hemp around the top of the card, and adhered the flowers using glue dots.

As you can see, it's easy and fun to create handmade flowers on your own, and best of all, it's easy to make sure the flowers are exactly the color you need for your project!

Happy Stamping!

Katherine


Sunday, September 16, 2012

Blog Challenge - WINNERS!

Thank you to those who entered and also who promoted the challenge! It's always great to see what other crafty things people are making. We have a few winners to announce today, so without further delay.....

Viewers Choice winner is Michelle with her Halloween Wall Hanging
2nd Place goes to Sandy for her darling Hazel the Witch Card
And our 1st Place Winner is Becky who created the adorable Back to School Teacher Gift
Ladies, we will contact you with your gift certificates and one of you will be asked to be a guest designer. Thanks for sharing your creativity and enjoy shopping at CutCardStock.com!