Sunday, April 28, 2013

April Showers Bring May Flowers!

Today I wanted to show you a sweet little card that will surely brighten someone's day, whether it's sunny or raining!
I used Savoy Natural White 92# cardstock for the card base and the embossed layer, as well as the small square that later gets stamped and colored with Copic markers.

From the American Crafts "Hip Hip Hooray" 6x6 paper pack, I picked out cheery stripe paper and cut a 1" wide strip to make my banner with.

I stamped my imaged with Memento Tuxedo black ink and colored it in with various Copic markers from my collection. I matted the colored image with Stardream Metallic Aquamarine, cut just slightly larger than the white piece I stamped on.

I used a lot of dimensional adhesive to just pop these element a little from the card.
And there you have it... a simple, yet detailed card that will help you send a sweet wish of sunshine to someone!
CutCardStock products used in this project:

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

A Little Thank You by Jamie Cripps

Hi guys!  Jamie back with you again today sharing another feminine card using lots of fabulous products from and my Silhouette!  Have you tried using the Curious Metallic Cardstock with your digital die cutting machine yet?  I absolutely love it!


1.  Cut out the pieces using the Curious Metallic Cardstock and your digital die cutting machine.
2.  Fold the cardbase on the score line then adhere one of the Poison Ivory mats to the front of the card.
3.  Use foam adhesive to adhere the Galvanised cardstock mat to the center of the card.
4.  Your card should look like this image.
5.  Adhere the Nude detail cut to the center of the card.
6.  Place the metal "thank you" sticker in the center as shown.
7.  With the Satin Center Organza Ribbon, slide the ends of the ribbon under the foam adhesives, centering.
8.  Tie a bow to the left of the "thank you" sentiment.
9.  Place a pink flower in the center of the bow. Supplies:

Glue Dots Mini Dot N' Go 

Other Supplies:

Dies:Tall Fleur De Lis Card (Loni Stevens/Silhouette)
Flower: Pink Printed (Prima Flowers)
Metal: Thank You Sticker (Momenta)

Thanks so much for joining me today! 

Monday, April 22, 2013

Tutorial Time with Lizzie

Lizzie here and I want to share with you a tute on how to create fun and kitschy hand stitched cards.  
I promise you, it looks a lot harder to put together then it is.  Don't let me intimidate you!  
Thread (variety of colors)
Paper piercer
Let's take the pencil and draw our design.  For this set of cards I am creating a fun and funky floral theme.  Remember to draw lightly and have a good eraser near by for your mistakes. 
 Now we take your piercer and start poking holes.  The first holes you want to punch are at the intersections of your stitches.  As you see above, I have a leave with lines going in a few different directions but there is some crossing going on.  Poke thru here first.  Then work your way around and try to keep your holes close yet far enough so they do not tear into each other.  When working with CutCardStock, it's nice to know you have a thick surface and you hardly have to worry about the holes merging together!
 Once you have all the holes pierced out that have intersecting lines, go to town with the rest of the piercing!  This is actually my favorite part of this project.  Stab stab, jab jab... no one gets hurt and you get some frustration released!  Don't judge!  I said no one gets hurt!  That's a good thing right?
 Hopefully you have a nice feel of the design you are going to stitch up.  This is where you take your eraser and get rid of all those lines.  Sure we are covering it up with thread, but that doesn't mean we can leave it all dirty and smudgy... we want something super cute here people!!
Once you have a nice and clean design complete with a million holes, it's time to get your thread and let the creative stitchery inspiration hit you.
Here are a few tips for stitching:
  • When stitching in a circle or a curve, poke the holes as close together as possible.  The more holes you have, the tighter the curve or circle will come out.
  • Use a basic back stitch when creating solid lines.
  • Make sure to count your holes on areas you want to have a running stitch.  These need an even amount of holes.  Before you poke your holes, map them out first.
  • Think about your color pallet and the cardstock you are using.  Will the colors show up?  Do the colors flow together?  I drew inspiration from the colors of the Basis A7 Envelopes.
  • Invest in a nice set of needles.  Sure you can buy a pack of needles from Walmart for a dollar... but the eye of those needles are so small and the weight of the needle is so flimsy it's not going to be a good time.  Most fabric stores have great embroidery or tapestry needles that are thick and have a nice big eye.  Perfect for full strands of thread!
  • You do not need to spend a ton of money on thread.  When using thread in this fashion, there is no need to spend extra money on fancy thread.  I'm sure your BFF won't be able to tell if you are using grass feed only alpaca thread imported from South America or thread straight from the shelves off the kidds craft aisle. 
Lastly with my cards, I added a lil flair by using buttons.  It gives the card a lil pop of dimension which goes great with the texture of the stitching.
 I really hope you enjoyed this tutorial on how to create your own hand stitched cards.  You can use this technique for anything you want to add a kitschy flair to.  So go have fun with this up and coming trend in the paper crafting world and don't forget to show me what you create using my tute!  I love gawking over your creations!!!
Don't forget, the WHOLE MONTH of April, all A7 Invitation Envelopes are 10% off!  Head over to the shop and let the colors combos of the sets inspire your next project. Products used:

Sunday, April 21, 2013

Add a Little Flair with Calligraphy Pens

Hand lettering is super trendy right now, and why not?  It's such a great way to add a little flair to any project!  You don't have to be a formally taught calligraphy pro, either.  With a little practice and a set of our Pigma Black calligraphy pens, you'll be on your way!

Check out some great projects for the CutCardStock Design Team:

Pirate Party Invitation by Lizzie

"Just Because" Tag by Carol

Pretty Placecards by Eli

A7 Envelope Addressing by Amber

Check out this demo for a little more inspiration!

Friday, April 19, 2013

Springtime Poppies

Today I have a very simple card to share with you.  When I decided to make it, I knew I wanted to keep things very simplistic and clean.  In a way, the card is helping me send the message to "slow down, take time and smell the flowers"; a message that often needs to be shared with others!

I stamped my image (from Stampin Up! | Pleasant Poppies) with Tuxedo Black Momento ink on a Cougar White A7 flat card.

I colored in the flowers and the stems and added a very slight shadowing under the heads of the flowers using W0 Warm Gray No. 0.

To finish it off, I simply added some coral colored ribbon around the bottom of the card and paired it up with a Basis A7 envelope in "Coral".

CutCardStock products used in this project:

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Die Cut, Dry Embossing, and Gatefold Oh My!

Hi everyone, Carol from the Design Team here back with a coordinating birthday card and lined envelope idea to share with you. 

This is my mom's birthday card....sssshhhhh don't tell her it's here OK? I won't give her the link until after she gets it. In case you can't tell, she loves purple. I mean seriously loves purple. So I make sure and use lot of purple in her birthday cards. 

The star of this show is "Violette" by Curious Metallics. I used it to dry emboss the focals for the front of the card. 

I started with a gatefold card I made from cream cardstock. trimmed to 10x7 and then scored the sides at 3 inches and 2 inches. This is what we call in the card making world an oops. I meant to do 2.5x2.5 and ooops. I decided it worked anyway. 

I grabbed some purple damask scrapbook paper from my hoard stash and trimmed to 1.75 x 6.75 , 2.75x6.75 and 4.75x6.75. I adhered the smaller papers to the outside panels and the largest paper to the inside panel. 

I used half a sheet of the Violette to make the focals for the front. Ran one piece through my Cuttlebug using a Flourished Frame embossing folder. Used the other piece to diecut a swirly flourish. 

I cut the center of the embossed piece out and adhered a scrap of the printed paper behind it. Then trimmed the frame closely using scissors. You might recognize the 3-D iris sticker from my earlier card this month. My mom and the recipient of that card both love irises. 

Other embellishments are glitter tape, paper flower, glitter self adhesive rhinestone. Using another scrap of the Violette, I embossed "Live Laugh Love" , my mom's favorite expression with gold embossing powder and adhered this on the inside of the card. 

Since I try to use up my scraps, I attached a torn scrap of the patterned paper and some washi tape to this panel. 

To finish up, I lined the inside of a purple Basis envelope. I used the envelope as a guide and traced the shape onto my leftover scrapbook paper. You want to trim this so it's slightly smaller than your envelope. Inserted into the envelope to position, folded the top down and then taped the paper inside. 

and Voila le Violette!

Remember, sssshhhhh don't tell her ! 

Cut Cardstock products used in this project: 

Curious Metallic VIOLETTE  111 lb Cardstock 8.5 x 11 -25 pk - Buy CardstockBASIS Colors A7 ENVELOPES - 25 pack - Buy CardstockGlue Dots Mini Dot N' Go

Don't forget, during April A-7 Envelopes are on sale! Details here