Tuesday, December 30, 2014

DIY Pocket Page Scrapbooking

Good morning.... Amber here with you today. I hope you all had a wonderful holiday and spent it with those you love! Sometimes the holidays can be stressful, but we still want to capture and record those special moments. If you're like me, the thought of creating a beautiful layout appeals to your crafty side, but can be overwhelming against all the other chores and responsibilities. That's why I really love the new simple movement toward pocket page layouts! You don't even need a fancy kit to complete a page; I would like to show you how simple it is to create your own inserts using the cardstock and other items to you have on hand.

I started by collecting items that would work together to create the theme I was going for. I will be adding a few pictures from our Christmas celebration, so I chose some Neenah Desert Storm Kraft, Pop Tones Gumdrop Green and Basis Red cardstocks. I also grabbed some washi tape, chipboard and glitter snowflakes, some stamps and an assortment of pens.
I cut my cardstock down to create the inserts I'll need based on the openings in the sheet protector. For mine, I cut four pieces to 4 x 6", and four to 3 x 4". Then, I just got creative. I used a couple of sentiments together to create a word background and then added some embellishment. I stamped a background stamp and used a good amount of washi tape.

I created a journaling card by drawing lines with a Signo White gel pen so I can write details later when I add the photos.

Here's how it looks in my album; it's all ready for a couple of those great Christmas morning photos of the kiddos!

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Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Snowflake Party Label

Hello all! Happy Christmas Eve! It's Alexia today to share a DIY party project with you! I created these snowflake themed party labels to be used as gift labels or cupcake toppers! The Stardream Metallics cardstocks are so perfect for this, can't tell you how much I love the shiny surface of the card stocks! And I found myself fell in love with this Blue Bell Metallic color, perfect for winter projects. 

For this project, you can always change the label to something else such as Happy Birthday, Bridal Shower, Happy Anniversary, etc to fit your theme! It also can be easily turned into a cupcake topper by simply apply a trimmed skewer to behind the snowflake, and of course you might also want to make a smaller version of snowflake than the one displayed below. Please find tutorial below, and did I mention I will be sharing this cut file with you for free (please, it's only for personal use! Thank you!).

Tutorial Starts Here:

Step 1: Download and cut the svg files provided at the end of post. The svg file provided makes two labels/toppers, cut twice to make four.

Step 2: Download and print the word document provided at the end of post, manually cut out the banners. This document already have banners enough to make four labels/toppers. To make more than four, simply copy and paste.

Step 3: Assemble the cut out pieces. Adhere the medium size snowflake onto the largest snowflake cut out followed by the star to the medium snowflake using double-sided foam tapes.

Step 4: Using foam tapes, adhere the banners from Step 2 to the result from Step 3.

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Download SVG File (Cameo User): HERE
Download Word Document: HERE

Thank you for stopping by today, I hope you like the project above and enjoy making it! Tomorrow is Christmas and I want to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas & Happy New Year! Enjoy your holidays and time with loved ones! See you next year! :) - Alexia

Monday, December 22, 2014

Snowy Greeting Cards

Hello there CutCardStock fans!! It's Kristie here sharing with you a little flurry of snowflake action for your holiday season. For today's post I was slotted to do something with a snowflake theme using the Stardream Metallic papers. And in true Kristie fashion, I just couldn't decide what to do so I just make a bunch of different things. So, when I say "flurry" I MEAN it!

Let's start with this little snowflake card. Now you may remember my last post here on the blog. I had all of these glorious die cut snowflakes and I wanted to use up the rest of my stash. I am a firm believer in using things up, especially when they are this pretty! And once they are already cut you need to use them on something, like this:

I chose some white Stardream Metallic paper for my card stock base and then laid out the blue Stardream Metallic snowflakes across my card front.

Once I found the layout I liked I glued them all down with Glossy accents and trimmed off the sides. I then added my sentiment and focal point. I added some rainstones for a finishing touch.

Next up is another snowflake card. I had this die cut panel that I wanted to make into my focal point. This Stardream Metallic paper looks amazing when it is layered together. That is just double metallic goodness!

I added a simple sentiment and then popped it up on my Stardream Metallic card base. I love these papers because they go really great with adhesive pearls. And I still have quite a stash of them so it was good to use some up.

Lastly I made up this little gable box that is a perfect fit for those Ghirardelli chocolate squares that I love to buy during the holidays.

I die cut my two panels using the Stardream Metallic in silver. This paper is AMAZING! There is such a wonderful shimmer to these and they look so stunning in the light. It's a feast for the eyes!

This little baby pulled together fast. It's just the right thing to make during the holidays because it doesn't take too much time out of your already busy schedule.

I layered two snowflakes and popped up my banner. I added some CutCardStock ribbon that is gorgeous too.

And that's it for my snow flurries! Thanks for joining me today, and sharing with me in these projects. Have you checked out the store yet? There is a special going on for all the Stardream Metallic papers, as well as white cardstock! Two items I know everyone needs!

Thanks for your visit. Happy Holidays and Merry Christmas!


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Thursday, December 18, 2014

Stardream Metallic Tea Boxes

Hello to everyone and Happy Holidays to you and yours. We are so happy that you have dropped by to see what's happening in the CutCardStock world and hope you will come by often! At this time of year especially, I like to have a number of small packages on hand to drop off to neighbors and friends to spread a little bit of cheer. This year I have made a number of tea boxes for some special seasonal tea and some honey packs.

These boxes are so quick and easy to make for those times you need a little gift. Here are two examples showing that you can make them as simple or as decorated as you wish.

The measurements I am giving you are for the items shown above--a box of tea bags and 6-8 packs of honey-to-go. You first will need to determine the size of the items you wish to include. For each box I  used two sheets of 12"X12"  Basis White 80# Cardstock cut to 11"X11" square. I then scored each sheet at 2 7/8" and 8 1/8" in both directions. Using a bone folder, make all of the score lines crisp.

This picture shows where you will need to clip in and where you can use either double-sided tape or a strong adhesive to make the bottom of the box, folding the tabs to the inside.

For the top of the box, you will cut out two adjacent corners which will allow for the back of the box. This picture will hopefully show the cuts and adhesive pattern I have used.

The panel covered with tape will be the back of the box which will allow the box to be a flip-top style. The small tabs will again be folded to the inside. The is what the box will look like when the back is adhered and the top is flipped back.

At this point you can decorate in any way you wish--as simply or as decorated as you prefer. For these two boxes I used gorgeous shimmery papers from the Stardream Metallic Cardstock Collection. I'm not sure you will be able to tell in the pictures but these papers glisten so beautifully!

The snowflakes are cut from the Stardream Metallic layered with POW Glitter Paper, the Noel is a glitter ornament, and the corners are POW papers as well.

This box was decorated with pre-gathered lace, braided trim, mulberry flowers, and cut-outs and stickers from a Tilda collection.

This gorgeous Stardream Metallic Collection of papers and all white cardstock are on a special sale at the moment at the CutCardstock store...so come on over and check it out!!

Thank you so  much for your visit today. If you try this little project I would love to see your creations...so please let me know!! Until the next time, hugs from Jacque!!

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Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Winter Themed Place Cards

Hi everyone... December is flying by like a blur (as usual). Today's project will definitely put you in the mood for snow. I have been dying to work with Epsom Salt for a while now and this winter theme this month is the perfect time. I found some recipes where you boil the salt, and then paint the concoction onto your paper. It forms some small crystals when it dries, and gives you a shimmer/snow effect. I tried it and it was WAY too subtle. I decided to just use the salt in its raw form and I couldn't be more pleased with how these turned out.

These place cards are perfect for a winter wedding, or a holiday party you might be hosting. Definitely festive and will only add to your decor!

What you'll need:
- Epsom Salt
- Glue
- Snowflake rubber stamps or other embellishments
- Stardream Place Cards from CutCardStock (love the shimmer on these!)
- Sakura Pigma Black Calligraphy Pen (Optional)

You can use rhinestones, washi tape, patterned paper, etc. to decorate your place cards. I chose snowflakes again because its also ties in to this month's theme. I also like the way the stamps look as they bleed OFF the stock. The stardream place cards are nice and thick, durable and have just the right amount of shimmer. These are Opal. I think darker place cards with the salt will look even nicer than the color I selected.

Go ahead and embellish, add glue to either the spine OR the bottom of the front flap, and then add your epsom salt. Shake off the excess, and then fold. I like to wait until I have the salt and the embellishments on first before I letter the name. This is just to make sure its done neatly and centered, but you can also do it beforehand if it feels easier to you.

**BONUS** Do you have a color theme that you'd like to stick to? Perhaps you'd like to infuse a little color into your "snow" just for some variety when you display your cards. Its super easy. Just take a chalk stick and crunch it into the salt until some of the dust is distributed throughout the mixture. You can do this in a bowl too, but I just like to attack baby piles...

Voila! You are done.... These look so pretty on a display table with other winter decor. You can also take it a step further and display your cards on a bed of epsom salt. Make sure you get rid of the debris during the gluing/shaking process in order to reduce the shedding of the salt.

Take care til' next time and have WONDERFUL holidays!

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Christy Toney
Design Team Member - Winter/Spring 2014 Term