Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Blog Challenge Giveaway!

Would any of our readers like a chance to win one of two gift certificates we're giving away?  Have you been working with a new technique that you'd like to share with other crafters?  Here's a chance to share and possibly win a little shopping spree at

Have you discovered a new technique?  Is there a technique you've always wanted to try?  How about an old standby technique that you seem to go back to often?  We would love to see how our viewers are getting creative, so share a link to a card or project you've made and tell us what technique you used.

I've been seeing so much water coloring lately and I've always been intimidated to really try it.  But I gave it a shot and thought I'd share it with you today.

I heat embossed my image first, with white embossing powder.  Then water colored using some old ink refills I had on hand.  I used my craft sheet as the surface to grab my inks from and it made for quick clean up!

I used CutCardStock's Savoy 100% cotton for my base, and it worked beautifully for my water coloring!  I used the same cardstock for the base.

Share your links below and vote for your favorite.  We will award two gift certificates on Friday, May 9th.  One will be given to the entry that receives the most "Likes", the other will go to the favorite pick from the Design Team.

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Upcycled Embellished Gatefold

Hello everyone! Continuing the celebration of Earth Day this month, this week's post highlights earth-friendly brown bag kraft products (100% recycled) and a gatefold piece. This was a learning experience for me because I'm embarrassed to say that I typically use all new paper when crafting. I ended up LOVING the look of the old book print though and will definitely be incorporating this style more.

I took a Cut Card Stock Gatefold item (Ponderosa Pine and Baronial Ivory) that I absolutely loved and added vintage paper to it to create a lovely envelope holder. It can be given as a gift to someone with the brown bag kraft envelope inside to hold money, another physical card or a gift card.

Step 1.
Take your gatefold and begin to trim the vintage paper. I used a circular punch and paper strips.
I think its best to not have this too planned. It makes the layout more dynamic. The older your book the better. The yellowing of the paper is important. The book I used has yellowing on the edges. Not the middle as much as I'd like :-(.

I didn't do it, but you might want to use a bone folder and go over the scores once again so that the gatefold will lie completely flat. If you don't no worries. Your outer envelope will end up "deadening" the fibers and it will be flat by the time your recipient opens!

I'm a big belly band person. Moreso than ribbon actually. I just think a trimmed belly band is a nice, clean look.

Wasn't sure how the circles would work, but I ended up layering them. Not too many though because I did want the beautiful pine green to be a nice contrast.
 Step 2.
Affix the vintage paper to the gatefold piece carefully. Add some more embellishments if you like. I went through my embellishment drawers to see what worked nicely with the paper and I found these super cute orange florals.

I only added the floral CLOSE to the center because you don't want your recipient to struggle opening it. Sometimes with pieces like these though if you prefer it to ACTUALLY be closed, its fun to use some velcro.

Step 3.
Now its time to place the brown bag kraft envelope inside of the gatefold and add a message of congratulations to your recipient. You'll have to trim your A7 envelope just a little, but it won't matter because you'll be sealing your sides with glue so no gifts (money, gift card, etc.) will fall out!

Step 4.
Finally, you can adorn your kraft brown bag envelope with more vintage paper, a personal message and even more embellishments if you prefer! This envelope is large enough for yet another card, but not too large if you'd like to place monetary gifts.

CutCardStock products used in this project:


Christy Toney
Design Team Member - Winter/Spring 2014 Term

Friday, April 25, 2014


Every day is Earth Day...or at least it should be. 

One of my favorite techniques is to incorporate embellishments that are being recycled! I often use fabrics from old tee shirts, burlap from a bag, cardboard from a box etc.

 In my project I combined the awesome cardstock from CutCardStock with a piece of natural fabric. I then ran a seam through the center to give it a ruffled look. I also disassembled an old card board box reveling the corrugated look of the cardboard and punched out some butterflies.... so simple for a really cute embellishment!! 

Using a piece of patterned paper I then stamped a polka dot pattern to match my CutCardStock paper, which is the Raspberry Blue in the Pop Tones Pack.  I then mounted that patterned paper to an already folded Brown Bag Kraft from CutCardStock. 
I then assembled my card adding a few more embellishments.

It's easy to be earth friendly everyday even in crafting!! 

Thank you 
Design Team Member
Laura Davis 

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

It's Natural!

Hello Everyone!

Lee Ann here, sharing a card that is all things nature, including using cardstock that's earth friendly!  I tend to be a bit of a nature freak, so any time I can include nature images and products on my cards, I do. 

I started out with some gorgeous CutCardStock and stamps and dies~

1.  I stamped my background tree image on Savoy 100% cotton cardstock from a bit of texture- earth friendly too!  The trees were die cut out and then backed with a gorgeous shade of blue. Berrylicious- from the Poptones Sample Pack.
2.  The birds were stamped on Neenah Cryogen White Cardstock for a bit of a sparkle and then colored with Prismacolor Pencils. 
3.  The tree branch was stamped twice on Brown Bag Kraft Cardsock (again, earth friendly!) and then colored with Prismacolor Pencils.  To get a true green color on the leaves, they were first colored with a white pencil.

4.  Now for my favorite part- I used my Spellbinders Square Dies to make a window to frame my images with. To do this I used this amazing CutCardStock product, Nature Gmund Savanna cardstock, with a gorgeous woodgrain embossed finish.  It is truly stunning!

Here is a close up of the fabulous texture~

5.   I also used this for my background mat.  Adhere the window frame square over the background trees, assemble and adhere the die cut trees and bird pieces to the background trees/frame and then adhere this to the Nature Gmund Savanna cardstock mat.

6.   Cut one more rectangular piece of the Nature Gmund Savanna cardstock to place on the white mat beneath the window scene.

7.  Tie a seam binding bow around this portion of the card.
8.  I chose a stunning piece of cardstock from the Curious Metallics collection, called Shadow, to use as my card base.

 9.  Die cut circle out of Vellum, stamp sentiment in Versamark and heat emboss with gold embossing powder.  To prevent adhesive from showing through the vellum, I used my Tombow Mono Multi Purpose Liquid Glue and sparingly applied it to the backside of the vellum, tracing the embossed words.

Your card is complete;  I hope I have inspired you to create! 
CutCardStock Design Team Member

CutCardStock Supplies Used for this project~

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Home is Where the Heart is!

In honor of Earth Day, all month we are showing ways to use the CutCardStock "Earth Friendly" products, as well as ways we get crafty in repurposing items around the house.  We've seen keepsake and coupon albums made from envelopes, jewelry made from cardstock scraps and gift card holders made from regular envelopes.  Today I wanted to share another "upcycle" project with you.

I was inspired by seeing this darling project on Facebook, and couldn't wait to try it myself.  Considering we are a military family, my husband and I have moved many times in throughout our marriage, so there are lots of places we've called home!

I started with a wood frame I picked up at the local thrift shop for 50 cents, and grabbed my trusty can of spray paint.

While the paint was drying, I was able to get my hands on an old 2002 road atlas and grabbed my heart shaped thin die.  I rough cut the six locations I wanted to highlight on my finished art, then kept the die in place with a little washi tape as I ran it through the Big Shot.

For my background, I could help but use Brown Bag kraft... it's my go-to for many projects.  I spaced out my heart locations and secured them down while giving a little lift using the Tombow foam tabs.

The project cost me less than a buck, so I'm not worried that there's no glass over the map hearts.  I like to change out the art on my desk every so often, so this will be my focus piece for a little while.  Something like this would make a fantastic anniversary gift for someone special, and that's when I would splurge on a deep frame so that it can be a keepsake!