Thursday, August 29, 2013

Take Note, Teacher!

If the kiddos aren't already back in school, then they must be in their final days of summer like mine.  With just a few vacation, sun soaking, video game playing days left, I thought I'd whip up a little note book to pass along to the teacher on the first day.
With the combination of kraft chipboard for the notebook backing and the amazing Gmund Savanna woodgrain card stock for the front, this little notebook is quite sturdy!  Using one of my ol' favorite dies from Stampin' Up!, I cut the backing, front and a stack of grid paper for the inside.
For the front detail, I cut a stripe of my patterned paper and a slightly wider stripe of 140# Muscletone kraft card stock.  I adhered them together with the Mono multi glue and then die cut the strip so it would fit perfectly on to the front of the my notebook.

I used a bit of washi tape to hold my stripe exactly where I wanted it cut.  I was worried it would shift as it made way through the Big Shot... the washi tape worked like a champ!
I added a die cut apple embellishment I had left over from another project.  Then I added some sticker letters to the front as well.

One of the best tips I ever received was to use a clear ruler when aligning letters and stickers.  Just put a little pressure on the stickers so they stay on the ruler; then you can make sure everything is lined up how you want it before that stick of commitment!
I lined up all my notebook parts, and with my super-duper Crop-a-Dile punch, I punched a hole through the entire notebook with one squeeze.  I finished it off with a piece of polka dot ribbon to keep things together!

CutCardStock products used in this project:

Monday, August 26, 2013

Teacher Mug by Jamie Cripps

Good morning!  Jamie back today sharing an easy back to school gift for the Teachers!  I am using the Neenah Classic Linen Duplex 120# - Patriot Blue | Solar White Cardstock for the mug base.  This cardstock is thick and really sturdy.  I love how deep the blue color is and that it is white on the opposite side...perfect for mug making I must say!  :)  I am also using the Stardream Metallic Gold Cardstock to give it some shimmer and the Basis Red Cardstock for the Teacher stitching backing.  

Here's how I created it...
1.  Cut out the Teacher Stitching Template 
2.  Thread your needle with Solid Marigold Twine and begin stitching through the holes.
3.  Continue stitching until you have completed all the letters.
5.  You can stop once you get to the end and your template should look like this...
6.  Or you can continue stitching back through the template covering the areas you didn't stitch before and have this result.
7.  Set your Teacher piece aside and cut the Mug pieces with your digital die cut machine.
8.  Add adhesive to the tab area of the mug and join the ends.
9.  Place adhesive around the edges of one of the circles.
10.  Press the circle (adhesive side down) into the cylinder.
11.  Flip your mug over and adhere the little tabs.
12.  Cover the back of the remaining circle with adhesive.
13.  Adhere the circle on the bottom of the mug to cover the tabs.
14.  Place the small strip in the center of the handle.
15.  Insert the handle into the mug wrap piece then place adhesive on the back and begin adhering it to the mug.
16.  At the end, place strong adhesive then adhere the remaining wrap to the mug.
17.  Adhere the Teacher stitching to the mug with foam adhesive and fill with your items!


Other Supplies:
Die Cut: 3D Mug & Teacher Template (Jamie Lane Designs)
Twine: Solid Marigold (The Twinery)

Be sure to keep an eye on the blog for more Back to School inspiration from the Design Team!

Friday, August 23, 2013

Bon Voyage Treat Bags and Bidding The Design Team Adieu

It seems like it was just yesterday I did my first post as a new Design Team member for the blog and here I am doing my last. It's been such a great opportunity to share this space with such talented and creative paper crafters. 

With my son in college, I no longer send lunches to school but I've always loved the simple elegance and functionality of a brown paper lunch bag. My mom and auntie are going on a little trip and I thought it would be fun to send them off with some treats. 

I used the  color of the lunch bags as my inspiration and wanted to keep things simple so I went with White Malmero Perle and Kraft cardstocks to decorate my bags. 

This is a super simple project.  For the front of the bags, I cut two different sized labels from the white cardstock using my die cutting machine. Layer with foam dots and finish with a coordinating paper flower.

The toppers were very very simple. Cut two pieces of white card stock 5x6 and score in the middle. Trim one side with decorative edge scissors. Cut smaller panels of kraft and white cardstocks and layer as shown. Stamp sentiment and finish with washi tape: 

I stapled some scraps of ribbon to each side when I stapled the toppers to the bags. 

Again, wishing the new Design Team all the best. Can't wait to see what beautiful ideas they share. And thanks to everyone at for the wonderful opportunity. Truly a great experience working with you and so glad to have a source for my cardmaking needs! products used in this project: 

BROWN BAG PAPER 8 1/2 x 11
Brown Bag Kraft
White Sparkle Card Stock
Malmero Perle White

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Love Rings True engagement card

While most families are getting ready for school to start or are in the midst of the first weeks, some people are doing other getting engaged, getting married and having babies. So this week, I created a card for a friend who's getting married in October. Her wedding shower theme is "Love Rings True," so I created a coordinating card for the event.
It is super easy to create, so gather some paper, a square envelope, your favorite computerized cutter (I used my Cricut and the Sweethearts cartridge.) a texture plate, a small bling and your adhesives. Let's get creating.
Cut a card base using Neenah Classic Linen Cardstock in Classic Natural White 10-3/4x5-3/8". Fold in half. Then cut the Stardream Metallic Amethyst to 5-1/8x5-1/8" for the mat.
Choose a texture plate and dry emboss the Amethyst paper.
Using the Sweethearts cartridge, cut the silhouette couple from Stardream Metallics Lapis Lazuli at 4". Then cut the medallion and couple's layers from coordinating patterned papers. Layer the card base, mat, medallion and couple. Adhere the elements with Tombo Multi Mono Multi-purpose liquid glue.
Cut or punch out 13 hearts. Stamp sentiment letters onto the hearts and add them to the card as if they are hanging from a banner. Trace around the hearts with a purple pen. Finally, add a gem to the top of the ring. (sorry the pic below doesn't show it very well but it is there.)

In this photo you can almost see the shimmer from the Stardream Metallics Amethyst and Lapis Lazuli. I love this paper!!
Don't forget your Cryogen White Curious Metallic 5.5"'s lovely too.

Cut Card Stock Supplies used in this project:

Monday, August 19, 2013

Tutorial Time with Lizzie... sniff.

Today is a very bittersweet day for me.  First, I'm here with you with my LAST tutorial for  My Design Team term is over and I am so sad to be leaving all the great people here.  But please say that you will continue to follow me on my personal blog... you never know when a fun tute or printable will come up!  And second, this tutorial was hard to complete b/c my baby girl is starting Kindergarten this year /sniff
So with all the sadies out of the way... let's get to making something super cute and super functional for the new school year!!!
We will be making a Student Info Card.  If you have a kiddo that rides the bus or a kiddo in elementary school, then you know how important these little cards are.  With having a Kindergartener it's so easy for them to get lost in school and even on the way to the bus.  With one look, a teacher is able to see exactly where that student needs to be by the information on the back.

You will need:
Embossed Panel A2 Flat Cards 
Squid Ink CardStock
Pattern Paper
Hole Punch
1. Take your A2 sized flat cards and print out the information above.  I have already made a FREE Printable for you to use.  Just download and print.  Make sure to print at actual size and to print on paper no larger then 4x6 or smaller then 3x5.
2.  On the front of your A2 Flat Cards you will begin to decorate your card.  I used the Squid Ink Grey CardStock.
3.  On top of the Grey CardStock, I added a fun school themed pattern paper and then another piece of ivory CardStock.  This is where I will write my child's first name/nick name.  The paper I used here is by Lawn Fawn.
4.  Next I added a simple apple embellishment which is part of a paper line by October Afternoon.
5.  Add the child's name and then punch TWO holes in the top.  This is to help prevent the card from flipping over and having the personal information show to anyone that is watching.  Hopefully no one is watching... but you can never be too careful.
6.  Add your yarn and tie a knot at the end.  Viola!  You are done!!  

Now grab some tissues b/c it's time for that first day of school.

Five years old and already to conquer the world.  I know she feels ready... but this momma is not.  
And don't forget about our sale this month... all Esse Pearlized Card Stock is 10% off!  Think of how pretty your Student Info Card would be with Pearlized CardStock instead of the plain CS I used.  Oh the possibilities!!  Stock up now while it's on sale!!! Products Used:

Friday, August 16, 2013

The new Design Team has been selected!

We were blown away by all the talented submissions we received for our recent Design Team Call!  There were so many creative projects sent in, it was a tough choice.  But we are happy to announce that we have selected our Fall/Winter CutCardStock Blog Design Team.  Please join me in welcoming the three new, and two familiar faces!  You'll see their creative works on the blog starting in September!

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Special Lunch Time Treats with Jamie

Hi guys!  It's Jamie back with you today sharing special lunch time treats!  The kids often ask for packed lunches in lieu of school meals and I love to have cards already made and ready to pack in their bags for a special surprise...I am certain that is why they ask for sacked lunches, right!?  :)
For these cards, I used a lot of my favorite CutCardStock products!  The banner notecard was created using the Limba Nature Gmund Savanna Paper which has an Embossed Woodgrain on one side of the paper and is just simply gorgeous!  I also use the White Satin ribbon on this card too!  

For the "hi" notecard I used the Vino Cotto Flavours Gourmet Cardstock and the White Basis Cardstock.

Both of these notecards fit perfectly in the Leader White 6x6 Envelopes!  These envelopes are perfect for printing on and are compatible with many printing types including inkjet!  I type the kids' names out in a word processing program and then run them through the printer ahead of time so I have them ready to stuff!

All I have to do now is make the lunches and jot a quick note!

other supplies:
Font: Brannboll Small

It is such an easy way to brighten their day and to show them that they are special!
I hope you give it a try with yours!

Be sure to check back for more Back to School ideas!