Sunday, March 31, 2013

Easter Wishes!

All the best for a blessed Easter Day from the Team!  Enjoy your day and feel free to enjoy a recap of Easter projects from this year and some favorites from years past!


Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Copic Markers in my Easter Basket!

Today I wanted to show you how I colored a cute little Easter card with my Copic markers.  I'm fairly new to Copics, so my skills are still developing, but I *LOVE* playing with them!
I printed out this cute digital stamp from Digi Web Studio using my Canon ink jet printer and gave it just a bit of time to dry.  If I was in a bit of a hurry, I could have set it with my heat gun.  The image is printed on Basis 110# White cardstock.  There was next to no feathering; the bit there was is probably due more to my techniques and not the cardstock!
I colored in the skin tones first, then moved on to her bonnet and then her dress.  I finished up with her basket and shoes, then added a bit of shadowing under her feet.
I matted the card on a layer of Pop Tones Blue Raspberry and then a layer of Pop Tones Grape Jelly.  I attached my matted image to a Cougar Blank A2 invitation.
I paired the card with a Pop Tones Grape Jelly A2 envelope and I'm ready for Easter morning!
CutCardStock products used in this project:

Monday, March 25, 2013

Die Cut Shaped Card with Lizzie

Hellos!  Lizzie here with a quick and easy tute on how to turn your die cuts into a FUN card!  The possibilities are endless... or maybe they are just limited to your die cutting stash.  But I swear... it's super duper easy.  Here is what you need to do...
Grab some Neenah Classic Crest Cardstock and get out your die cutting machine.  Here I am using a Spellbinder's die.  If you have an electronic cutter just choose the shape you want your card to be.  This can work for all sorts of cutters, manual or fancy smancy electric. 
Once you have a shape chosen, you need to cut it out twice.
Next cut a strip that is 1x3 inches.  Make sure to score this strip down the center (at 1.5 inches), we are working with the Neenah Cardstock and it's SUPER thick, which is a great thing, but scoring helps to keep the lines crisp. 
Take your 1x3 strip and fold it on the score line.  Apply glue from the score line all the way down to the end of one side of the strip.  Adhere to one of the shapes that you have cut out.
Now, let's do that again to the other side.
To complete this card, I added a colored image along with hand made rolled flowers and leaves using CutCardStock Curious Metallic Lime.  It adds such a nice amount of shine and really makes the card pop.  
If you try this tute out, please share!  I would love to see how your spin!!
And don't forget!  The Curious Metallic line of CutCardStock is on sale!  You can save 10% the month of March... which leaves you about a week left to get in on this great deal!
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Friday, March 22, 2013

Color Inspiration: Lime Burgundy and Purple

Happy Spring (officially) everyone. Carol here with another Spring time birthday card. I'm not much of a gardener, but I love using florals in my card making. I had a piece of floral and fern patterned paper in my stash that inspired this card using Curious Metallics lime and burgundy linen cardstock from

I chose some colors inspired by my floral paper along with some coordinating scrapbooking embellishments I had on hand ( self adhesive scrapbook borders and paper flowers) and decided to use the Curious Metallics Lime cardstock as my card base. I trimmed it to 10x7 so when folded it would be a 5x7 card. 

I like to use a scoring board and a "bone" folder to make really good scores and creases for my cards. Score your card down the middle using the pointy end , fold then run the square end down along the fold to make a good crease. 

Cut the burgundy cardstock to 4.75x6.75 and the patterned paper to 4.5x6.5 and layer. Cut another piece of the patterned paper to 3x3 and another piece of the burgundy to 2.75x2.75 and layer as shown. I hate wasting paper so I took the scraps of the lime paper after making my card, and trimmed them as shown to use in my card. 

Trimmed one of the scrapbooking border stickers to size and applied across the top of the burgundy panel; layered the paper flowers using Glue Dots and finished with a coordinating self adhesive button. products used in this project: 

Curious Metallic LIME 111 lb Cardstock 8.5 x 11 -25 pk - Buy Cardstock Royal Linen Card StockGlue Dots Mini Dot N' Go

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

A Basket Full of Easter by Jamie Cripps

Good Morning!  Jamie back with you today sharing another basket using the gorgeous Curious Metallic Cardstock!  The weight of this cardstock is perfect for many things, including making 3D projects!  I love the sturdiness that this cardstock gives my 3D projects, it really makes them feel professional!


For my basket, I am using  Samantha Walker's Woven Easter Basket Silhouette cut with the coverstock cut setting for my Silhouette Cameo and the Curious Metallic Lime and Curious Metallic Violette.

1.  Cut the basket in the colors you want.
2.  Place adhesive tape on one end of the basket strip cut.
3.  Remove the adhesive tape backing then form a circle, adhering the two ends together.
4.  Next take the basket weave cut and fold the strips of paper up from the circle base as shown.

5.  Place the circle form on top of the basket weave cut with the strips of paper on the outside then begin weaving a couple of the strips through the circle form.
6-7. Continue around the basket.
8.  After you have them all weaved through half of the basket or so, begin pushing down the circle form to the base of the basket weave cut.

  9. Continue weaving and pushing down the rows until you are complete.
10. Straighten out your weaving lines.  Your basket should look similar to this image.
11. Fold the scallop cut on the score line then while folder, run across the edge of your work table to form a curve.
12. Your scallop piece should look like this.

13. Open the scallop piece back up and place adhesive down the center.
14. Begin placing the scallop piece on the top edge of the basket, adhering the basket between the scallop folds.
15. Your basket should look like this now.
16.  Take the rectangle cut and run it across the edge of your work table (as we did with the scallop piece to help form a curve).  This will be the basket handle.

17.  My basket is going to younger kids so I wanted to really secure the handles.  I added adhesive to the basket ends and then used a tool to push a fastener through.  (You could use a staple or brad as well)
18.  This is what the basket looks like with the handle in place.  You can make it shorter or longer if you'd like.
19.  Cut two pieces of the White Organza Ribbon  and tie one on each side of the handle toward the basket edge.
20.  I am placing a Life-Saver roll in each basket, but the color of the wrapper did not coordinate so I cut a piece of the Curious Metallic Violette cardstock to the width of the roll and then placed an adhesive tape on one end.

21.  Roll it around the candy to form then place a second piece of adhesive on the other side as shown.
22.  Remove the adhesive backing and roll around the candy.
23.  Place stickers or rub-ons on the front of the candy to decorate.
24.  With the Curious Metallic Botanic Cardstock, cut blades of grass with fringing scissors.

25. Cut the fringed cuts so that they are individual blades.
26. Place the blades of grass in the bottom of the basket and add in all the goodies you want!

The weight of this cardstock makes this basket very sturdy so you can really load it up and it doesn't even budge!

 CutCardStock products used in this project:

  Shimmer Green Metallic Card StockCurious Metallic VIOLETTE  111 lb Cardstock 8.5 x 11 -25 pk - Buy CardstockCurious Metallic LIME 111 lb Cardstock 8.5 x 11 -25 pk - Buy CardstockOrganza ribbon

Thanks so much for stopping by today!  

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Floral Center Piece Tutorial by Norma

I was asked this year to decorate for our Valentine's Dinner and make some center pieces and decided to get creative using some of  our gorgeous Rose Quartz Stardream Metallic Paper.

The center pieces were super easy to make! Basically my husband went out into our back yard and cut down a bunch of branches :' ) . I than found at BIG LOTS some really nice yet inexpensive battery operated  branch lights to mix into the cut branch mix & added some moss. I wanted a pop of pink and that is where the Stardream Metallic Paper came into play.

I actually had this Sizzix die, so I did not have to go and buy it. I have used this one for many projects, including fabric ones and it sure has been nice to have!

 It was super easy to cut the Rose Quartz metallic paper using the Sizzix Die and I was super glad that the shop is now carrying these Glue Dots. It really made layering the cuts super easy. But before you layer make sure you give the petal dimension by rolling the petal edges as I did on the above picture.

The results are so pretty and you can even add glitter to the center. I than just hot glued it to the out door branches that my husband Damien cut. I even made extra flowers to toss on the table and it really gave the room a nice pop of color. Matter of fact we plan on re-using these center pieces for Mother's Day this year.