Friday, September 27, 2013

Create Your Own Napkin Rings

Welcome back to the CutCardStock Blog!  Christine joining you here today to share a quick and pretty way to dress up your dinner table!  
 I created some napkin rings to add to my table using some CutCardStock in beautiful fall colors and a few simple embellishments.

To begin cut a 2 X 5 1/2" strip of cardstock using the  Dark Orange Basis Cardstock and die cut a leaf (I used my Silhouette Cameo - but any shaped leaf, even a punch, would work great) using the Stardream Metallic Gold Cardstock.  I love all the sparkle that the Stardream Metallic Cardstocks add!  

 I love to upcycle items from around the house.  The base for my napkin ring is made up of a gift wrapping tube that was left over!  I cut it down to 2 inches.  The cutting on this does not have to be you can see it is well covered up.

 I covered the tube with my cardstock and then inked the edges in a coordinating color.  I then added a lace border sticker right down the middle.  I topped that with an offset leaf, a cork heart, and a few sparkles.

Once I slid those onto the napkins, I decided I wanted an extra punch of color and texture.  I added a green wired ribbon simply tied with a knot and that took care of it!  

I hope you have been enjoying all the fall inspiration this month - if you haven't caught all of them be sure to scroll back and check them out!

You've got a few more days to get in on this month's sale!

CutCardStock Supplies Used

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Making Fall Special With Creativity And CutCardStock

Hi there CCS friends, 

It's Pinky today with another CutCardStock project. 
With the amazing Orange, Brown and Gold cardstock on sale this
September it's the perfect time to dive into those wonderful rich fall projects. 
Today I have an idea for another handmade touch to your fall season. 
Why not celebrate fall making your own Home Decor project. 

Let me share just how I created this wall decor hanging. 
For the flowers:
  • Using a flower punch system OR Die Cut Machine- Punch out flower petals with CutCardStock Stardream Metallic Gold Cardstock. It is the perfect weight for these roses. 
  • Fold and bend each petal by hand for more realistic feel. 
  • Assemble flower according to manufacturers instructions. 
For the frame:
  • Peel protective film from from acrylic frame.
  • Adhere CutCardStock Pop Tone HOT FUDGE cardstock to back or frame.
  • Trim off excess. 
  • Using copper/coffee colored ultra fine glitter- glitter edges of frame. 

  • Adhere WELCOME FALL to frame. 
  • Apply magnet or ribbon to the back to hang! 

Don't forget just how amazing CutCardStock cardstock is in your die cut machines, 
from my Silhouette Cameo to a Sizzix or Cricut- it works perfectly!
I really hope you enjoyed my project today- I know I had alot of fun making it. 
I have fallen in LOVE with the amazing quality of the Card Stock here!
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Monday, September 23, 2013

Happy Fall Y'all

Happy Fall Y'all! That's how we say it in Texas, though we don't really have a Fall season here. We go from insanely, crazy hot to just hot. It's 90 F today and it feels like a cold front, so it's time to break out the pumpkins!

I made you this darling card to show you two things: how beautifully Neenah cardstock works with Copic markers and how to customize your envelopes with liners to match your cards.

Neenah Magic

Copic markers work best with a paper that has a smooth surface and tight paper fibers. I've tried just about all the varieties of paper out there, and hands down, Neenah is my favorite. 

Most Copic marker officiators will tell you they like Neenah Classic Crest Solar White because its bright white is so vibrant. But, what if you background paper isn't white? A bright white can clash with your ivory or cream background.

I used the Baronial Ivory flavor of Neenah Classic Crest Cardstock to color this little doll. (The pumpkin and her outfit are paper pieced.) The cardstock already had a lovely hint of yellow to it, and it matched the background of my pattern paper. With very light tones in the E Copic family (E0000 and E000), I got a sweet little face.

All orange, brown and gold cardstocks are on sale this month.  I'm crazy about this new-to-me 65-pound Pop Tones cardstock. It's just a little lighter than most cardstocks. It's still sturdy, but its lighter weight makes it perfect for making envelopes. It's more pliable and less bulky. That luscious Hot Fudge is on Sale people!

You'll need the We R Memory Keepers Envelope Punch Board to make your envelope and envelope liner. The paper and score sizes for an A2 envelope to fit a 4-1/4 inches by 5-1/2 inches are not included among the card sizes labeled on the front of the tool, so here they. Make you paper 8 inches by 8 inches and make your first score line at 4-1/4 inches.

Envelope Liners

These instructions will work for any size envelope.

1. We need to figure out the size of our liner. Working with the top flap of your un-assembled envelope, measure from the center point of the top rounded corner, down to the center of the right-punched curve below it.

For my A2 size envelope, the measurement is 4-3/8 inches.

That means my liner will be 4-3/8 inches by 4-3/8 inches. I used a bright teal paper just for demonstration purposes. I suggest you make a test piece before you commit your pattern paper.

2. To calculate where to punch, just deduct 1/8 inch from the width of your liner. So, I made my first punch at 4-1/4 inches.

3. Flip the liner over to the opposite corner and make a second punch at the same measurement (4-1/4 inches for my A2 card).

4. Use the corner rounder at the top of the Envelope Punch Board for the top curve of your liner.

And now you have the perfect liner for your envelope.

Assemble your envelope and liner with a strong adhesive like Tombow Mono Multi-Purpose Liquid Glue, and you're ready to rock.

Come say hi to me at Catered Crop where I still have one more tip for this card. And stay tuned here at CutCardStock. There are still some jaw-dropping, amazing Fall-themed projects coming. I've seen a peak - Holy Cow! supplies:

Thursday, September 19, 2013

Welcome Fall with Jamie Cripps

Is it starting to feel like Fall where you are?  I am up in Michigan and it really feels like it here and I am perfectly fine with that as it is the most beautiful season Michigan has...and it's my favorite!  Jamie back with you today and for my card I am using's beautiful papers.  The background cardstock is Kraft and that stunning, shimmery yellow colored faux stitched mat is the Stardream Metallic Gold Cardstock...I wish you could just see all the shimmer!  I used the Hot Fudge Pop-Tones Cardstock for the leaf background and sentiment, and the beautiful Dark Orange Basis Cardstock for the decorative fold piece as well as the label cut behind the sentiment.  I tied it all together using Samantha Walker's Orchard Harvest paper collection!  The colors of this card are just so warm and cozy...a perfect way to welcome Fall!

Here is the tutorial:
1.  Cut all the pieces of the Welcome Fall card in your desired papers.
2.  Adhere the stitched mat on to the card base.
3.  Fold the decorative piece as shown.
4.  Next place foam on the back of the leaf cut piece and adhere it to the leaf background mat.
5.  It should look like this now.
6.  Place a foam adhesive on the back of the mat.
7.  Adhere it to the center of the decorative piece.
8.  Fold the piece back up.
9.  Then adhere it to the top center of the card.
10. Next adhere the sentiment on the label cut.
11. Adhere it to the bottom area of the card.
12. Next place adhesive on the back of the four triangle pieces.
13. Adhere the triangles on the decorative piece as shown!

Don't forget that all the Orange, Brown, and Gold Cardstocks are on sale in September!  
You can save 10% off and of course there is $5 flat-rate shipping on orders over $49 in the Contiguous USA!   Just click on the image below to start shopping! Supplies:

Be sure to browse the blog to see all the fabulous projects the Design Team has been creating, they have all been so amazing!

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Announcement Envelope Guide

A2, A7, 4-bar.... huh?  The number of choices available for announcement envelopes can be a little overwhelming and even confusing.  Here's some information and a handy guide to help you choose the right envelopes for the project:

A1 (4-bar) - Response card or note card

  • Envelope size - 3.625”x 5.125” 
  • The smallest size the USPS will deliver with standard postage
  • Folded card or flat card insert size - 3.5" x 4 7/8"
  • Envelope size - 4.375" x 5.75"
  • Common size for quarter or half sheet (folded) cards
  • Folded card or flat card insert size - 4.25" x 5.5"
  • Envelope size - 4.75" x 6.5"
  • Folded card or flat card insert size - 4.5" x 6.25"
  • Great for formal and informal announcements, also holds standard 4" x 6" photo prints
  • Can be used as an inner envelope as it fits inside A7, A8 and A9 envelopes
  • Envelope size - 5.25" x 7.25"
  • Folded card or flat card insert size - 5" x 7" or 5 1/8" x 7"
  • The classic announcement envelope size, perfect for formal invitations
  • Can hold 5" x 7" photos

  • Envelope size - 5.5" x 8.125"
  • Folded card or flat card insert size - 5.125" x 7.75
  • Can be used for outer envelope for A6 or A7 inner envelopes
  • Envelope size - 5.75" x 8.875"
  • Folded card or flat card insert size - 5.5" x 8.5"
  • Accommodates two flat, or one folded from a 8.5" x 11" letter-sized sheet of cardstock 

Here's some additional information from the United States Postal Service

Three envelopes are shown representing the largest and smallest a letter can be, as well as a typical envelope. The max/min width and height indicated on the envelopes are shown below.
  • Maximum weight is 3 1/2 oz.
  • Must be rectangular.
  • Minimum size is 5" long x 3 1/2" high x 0.007” thick.
  • Maximum size of 11 1/2" long x 6 1/8" high x 1/4” thick.
  • Maximum weight is 3.5 oz.
  • A letter will be charged a non-machinable surcharge if it’s a square letter 5" x 5" or larger, it doesn't bend easily, has clasps or similar closure devices, has an address parallel to the shorter dimension of the letter, is lumpy, or the length divided by height is less than 1.3 or more than 2.5.

Friday, September 13, 2013

Gift Bag Topper by Christine Meyer

Happy Friday!  Christine blogging with you today!  Many times when I go to wrap a present, I realize that I have a great bag for it but no tissue paper!  Today I have a tutorial to share with you for how to make a gift bag topper that is prettier and more fun than tissue paper!  For my topper I used the gorgeous Stardream Metallic Gold Card Stock available here in the CutCardStock Store!
Gift Bag Topper Tutorial by Christine Meyer for CutCardStock - Who needs tissue paper when you can create something this pretty?

First off you will fold  your 8 1/2 X 11 cardstock in half - the long way. This step you may have to change (cut, fold a different direction, etc.) depending on your bag size...use your best judgement.  My bag was nearly 11 inches wide - making this paper the perfect fit!

Lay the cardstock on top of your bag and mark just beyond the handles.

Using the pencil marks as your guide, use your trimmer and cut down 1/4 inch or less to form a very small slit.

Check to make sure it fits on the top of your bag and then you are ready to decorate it!

Because my bag is plain, I decided to add words, a sentiment, and some fabulous gold washi tape.  
Gift Bag Topper Tutorial by Christine Meyer for CutCardStock - Who needs tissue paper when you can create something this pretty?

To decorate I cut out some leaves, using 140# Muscletone kraft card stock,  on my Silhouette Cameo that were meant to be fan folded. I attached those to the bag and then added some hand cut patterned paper leaves. I also used a couple of rows of washi tape to decorate the bottom of the topper.  I added some burlap fringe to the backside so that it hangs out the bottom. Lastly I topped the whole thing off with a big bow, some twine (with gold in it of course), and pretty medallion.

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Looking forward to crafting with you again soon!
CutCardStock Design Team Member