Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Spring Flowers by Jamie Cripps

Good Morning CutCardStock fans!  It's Jamie back with you today!  I am over here in Michigan still dealing with Winter...and since it appears it's going to be a while before Spring actually makes it here, I decided I would make a set of Lilac stems to help brighten up the house!  I love paper flowers and Basis card stock works so wonderfully for creating them!

Basis colored card stock is an 80# card stock weight and it can be purchased in 8-1/2 x11 or  12 x 12 size in many different colors!  It has a smooth finish and it works beautifully with Silhouette die cutting machine!  It really is my go-to card stock for all of my projects!

Here is a tutorial for how I created these Lilac Stems...

 1.  Cut out the pieces to the 3D Lilac Flowers using the Basis Light Purple, Basis Purple, and the Pop Tone Lemon Drop card stock. 
 2.  Curve each individual petal using a wood skewer or pencil then fold up the circle centers, squishing them tightly.  Apply a glue dot on the back of the circle center and adhere it in the center of the individual petal as shown.  Repeat this for all twenty flowers.
 3.  Next grab your two stems.  Fold on all the score lines, bringing the center together in the middle and folding each flower back.  Place adhesive in the center of one of the stems and adhere the two sides together.  Your stems should look like this now. 
 4.  For the second stem, place a strong adhesive down the middle as shown.
 5.  Place your folded stem in the center of the open stem.
 6.  Adhere the open stem around the folded stem.  Run a bone folder or ruler along the edge to make sure you have it adhered well.
 7.  Grab your skewer (or pencil) and curve each of the petals on the stem piece.
 8-9.  Place glue dots on the center back of each of the individual flowers and begin adding them to the flowers on the stem.
10. Once you have all the flowers in place, go through and fluff up the individual flower petals as needed.
11.  The file comes with a stem cover (to make it green) or you can use a green ribbon to cover the base of the stem.  I am using a green velvet ribbon to cover mine.  Embellish with a ribbon around the stem or create multiples and place them in a vase!


Thanks so much for stopping by today!

Monday, February 24, 2014

Making Shaped Cards Using CutCardStock!

Hey there CCS friends, 
It's Pinky today and I wanted to share how to make shaped
cards using your Silhouette, Cricut, or any machine really!
I created this card using 100% CutCardStock card stock and 
it's not as hard as you might think. Magazine quality cards 
right in your craft room- wow those friends!

If you are using a Cricut, you just find your file and cut TWO 
of the SHADOW shapes, then the original shape. Make sure
they are the same size. For the silhouette just copy the background
shape and be sure to cut 2. 

I used Pop-Tones Spearmint Cardstock for the backgrounds,
Astorbrights Pulsar Pink Cardstock for the image itself.
 Set aside second "shadow" shape. Adhere cut image to front of first shadow. 
Embellish card as desired. 
 Lay BOTH shadow cuts onto scoring board- find a straight line across
top of shadow cut. I use the front of the card as a starting point
to make sure when my card stands that it will stand evenly. 
Score the back of card shadow cut. 
Adhere the scored panel above score line. 
 Lay front of card onto scored card and press firmly to adhere fully. 
Open card! There you have a fully functional unique shaped card and
you can do this with ENDLESS designs! Any die cut machine you can apply
these principles too. 
I think you will be happy to use this technique and 
I hope you share with your friends.
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Thursday, February 20, 2014

Love at First Sight

Hi CutCardStock fans!  It's hard to believe that six months has passed and my term with this fabulous company is over!  I can't wait to see what fabulous creations the next team comes up with!  For my last project I decided to do a layout with a whole lot of paper piecing!

My base is a piece of Solar White Neenah Cardstock.  I then used papers from the Pop Tones line to create my chevron pattern. I also used some CTI Glama Marbled White Translucent Paper to create the heart behind my picture.  Here's the scoop on how I created my chevrons:

I cut out one of each color

And then cut them apart at each parallelogram.  Then I pieced them back together on the layout.
It requires patience but is worth it because of the results!

CutCardStock Supplies Used:
Light Blue Card StockAqua Card StockLight Blue Card Stock
Marble Translucent Text
Solar White CardStock
Thanks so much for an awesome six months CutCardStock!
CutCardStock Design Team Member

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Out of This World

Adventure is worthwhile in itself.
 ~ Amelia Earhart

Hey everyone. It's Linda McClain again. 

Congratulations to the newest members of the cutcardstock design team! I know you're going to love their work and I can't wait to see what the make for us.

My tenure with is just about to come to an end. I've had a blast playing with you and these fabulously talented ladies at For my almost-last card, I wanted to bring a little bit of Texas to you with a tribute to Nasa's Space Center. So, Houston . . . we have lift-off. 

My little astronaut is Copic colored, paper pieced and fussy cut. To color his face I used my favorite standbys: Copic Markers E30, E11 and E000 and some Stampin' Up! Pastels (chalks) for his cheeks.

Copic markers are my go-to color medium, and these 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. So, of course, I used Neenah cardstock to create this little astronaut. Lucky us! Neenah is on sale this month. 

Here's the inside of this birthday card.

I'll be back soon, and until then, I'll see you at Catered Crop supples:

Monday, February 17, 2014

Announcing the Winter/Spring 2014 Design Team!

Please join me in welcoming three new members to our team, along with three returning members.  Though the official start of the new Design Team term isn't until March 1, we just couldn't keep the news to ourselves any longer!
Leave a comment to welcome our new team.  We are certain their creative use of the CutCardStock products will inspire you for the months to come.

Meet Amber, Design Team Coordinator: 

Hi, I'm Amber Lawrence and so happy to share that I've been working with CutCardStock for over 3 years now! I live in the Flathead Valley of Montana with my husband of nearly 15 years.  I've been papercrafting for almost 13 years and have quite a stash built up, if you can imagine!  I love working with CutCardStock and the design team as it brings together all that I enjoy.... design, papercrafting and working with other talented crafters.  When I'm not working with the blog and the rest of the CutCardStock Design Team, I am a freelance Graphic Designer and teach Graphic Design and Web Technology students at our local community college.  Oh, and not to mention chase after my husband, two boys, our Goldendoodle Bella, and help tend to our 100+ fruit tree orchard!  I enjoy clean and simple, textures and bright colors, but I'm never one to turn away from a chance to stretch my creativity.  I looking forward to seeing all the fantastic work from the new Design Team!

Meet Jamie, Senior Designer:
Hi! I am Jamie Cripps, a 30-something mother of two! I live near Detroit, Michigan with my craft-supportive husband of almost 16 years! I was introduced to scrapbooking when my daughter was born 14 years ago, but it wasn't until our first Disney vacation in 2006 that I became obsessed! I am currently designing for several companies, working as a contributing artist for Silhouette, and working part-time at my dream role of a Social Media Director and Design Team Lead for crafting companies! I have published in several print and online magazines and have done catalog work for companies too! I am so excited to be continuing on the CutCardStock design team and can't wait to share my projects with you!

Meet Pinky:
Hi there, I am Cristal but everyone calls me Pinky. I am thrilled to be here.  I live in Tennessee by Nashville in the country with my hubs, 3 crazy boys, 20 chickens, 2 dogs, and a Cockatiel.  I have been crafting about 7 years now (time flies!) and love every second of it. I believe that all crafting is art and EVERY single piece is beautiful because it all comes from the same place- LOVE. Pinky's Blog: Much Ado About Nothing 

Meet Lee Ann:
Hi! My name is Lee Ann Barrett and I live in St Louis, Missouri with my 21 year old son and a devoted Greyhound named Bella. I have been a crafter as long as I can remember, having done everything from cross stitch to quilting. Scrapbooking became my crafting addiction about 20 years ago. Then I was introduced to stamping a few years back, and cardmaking slowly started taking over my life! I love all styles of crafting, but most everything I do leans towards the classy and elegant style. Being a huge nature lover, I love creating with trees, flowers, leaves and other 'natural' images, especially dies. When I am not cutting paper or getting inky, I am a school nurse. I also enjoy travelling and photography. I am thrilled to be a part of the CutCardStock Design Team! 
Lee Ann's Blog: Greyt Paper Crafts

Meet Christy:
Christy Toney is the founder and lead designer of CT-Designs Calligraphy and Wedding Stationery. Christy has a decades long background in art, gaining a B.A. from Columbia College (Chicago), as well as receiving professional training from Chicago's Art Institute, The American Academy of Art and The Palette and Chisel. She also owns more than a passing knowledge of printing. Christy boasts 13 years of experience as a print production manager, coordinating and managing all phases of print projects for mid-size and Fortune 500 companies. She now leverages all of her experience, coupled with multiple vendor relationships to deliver full-time, professionally managed print materials at a competitive price point.  Christy's Blog: CT Designs

 Meet Laura:
Hi my name is Laura Davis. I have been scrapbooking/card making for 18 years. I love to inspire and be inspired by others. I have a 19 year old daughter that is off at college, who I adore. I am a stay at home mom to four very loved and spoiled kitties. Cooking, working out, and playing in my scrap room for hours keeps me happy. I am super delighted to be a part of the CutCardStock design team. 
Laura's Blog: The Paper Poppy

Friday, February 14, 2014

A Happy Valentine for You!

Just wanted to share a little crafty love this Valentine's Day!  Here's to your day being just a little bit sweeter!

I made this simple, yet sophisticated Valentine by using the iris folding method.  I found a template here and by using our origami paper, I was able to fold and twist this heart into shape.

Enjoy the day and be sure to check back on Monday when I share the official announcement to welcome our new Design Team!