Friday, June 27, 2014

Summer Kickoff Series - Paper Flowers

I hope you've enjoyed our Summer Kickoff Series and have been inspired to try some new techniques and even give origami paper a try!  For the last project of the series, I wanted to share the paper flowers I created.  I came across this tutorial, and thought that origami paper would be perfect!

So I didn't have any florist's wire around, but I managed to find a couple of wire hangers lost in the back of the coat closet.  I snipped them down to a straight stem using some heavy duty wire cutters.

From the Robin Joy's collection of origami paper, I cut my assorted sizes of petals.  Like the tutorial suggested, I cut four to five of each size and tried to keep the shapes a little random so they look more natural.  I rolled the edges of each petal a bit using the wire hanger, it worked like a charm!

Using my hot glue gun, and perhaps leaving a few of my finger prints behind, I glued each leaf on the the rolled center of the flower.  I just kept adding leaves from small to larger size, shaping them as I went along.

To finish the stem, I didn't have florist's tape, but I had green washi tape on hand so I figured that would do the trick!

I paired up my flowers with some peonies from my garden and sweet talked my hubby into holding the bouquet for my picture.  I can really see these origami flowers mixed in with real flowers, or even an entire arrangement of paper flowers!

Be sure to join us on July 1st as we begin our search for the next CutCardStock Design Team!

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Thursday, June 26, 2014

Summer Kickoff Series - Table Decor with Lee Ann

Hello, Everyone!

Lee Ann here, sharing fun table decor for your summer backyard gatherings.  Drinking straw embellishments  are so trendy right now, so I made some fun citrus embellies, perfect for glasses of lemonade.

I made lemon, lime and orange slices, using refreshing citrus colors from the Pop Tones Sample Pack.

To make these, die cut a circle in White from the Basis Sample Pack and 2 circles in the color of your choice.  

I used the Orange Fizz, Lemon Drop, and Sour Apple card stock from the Pop Tones Sample Pack
My circle sizes are approximately 2 1/8", 2 1/2", and 2 3/4" in diameter. 

Cut the smallest circle into eighths.  Slightly round the corners of each piece.  Glue them to the white circle, then glue the white circle to the largest circle and cut the unit in half.
Cut a piece of white card stock- I used Curious Metallic Cryogen White card stock to give it a bit of a shimmer- approximately 1 1/4' x 2 1/2".  Stamp a background image onto your card stock.  This gingham pattern was perfect for picnic/summer backyard entertaining.  Punch holes near both ends of the card stock.

Lastly, smear a small amount of Tombow Mono Multi-Purpose glue over the citrus pieces and sprinkly generously with glitter.  

Now all you have to do is glue the citrus wedge to the rectangle card stock and insert the straw through the holes!

There you have it for a super quick and easy project!

I hope you like it and are inspired to try your own summer party decor!

Thanks for stopping by!  

Lee Ann Barrett
CutCardStock Design Team Member

CutCardStock supplies used in this project~

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Summer Kickoff Series - Guest Designer Leslie

Thanks for joining me today! Leslie here, I’m honored to be a guest designer this month and I’m excited to share my summer time project with you. This past winter sure has been a long one! I’m more than thrilled to be finally welcoming summer!!! With that being said, I was asked to design a summer project using the Painted Art Origami collection. I knew right away I wanted to create a fun summer wreath for my front door. I must admit I love creating wreaths for my front door for every season and holiday. Here is a look at the supplies I gather to create my Summer Pinwheel Wreath, which includes the Painted Art Origami collection and 2 sheets of Stardream Metallic Cardstock in Fine Gold and Sapphire.

I decided to create pinwheels using the origami paper. First, I glued two pieces of the origami paper together, pattern sides out. I repeated this step10 times. I then used a pinwheel template and traced the pattern onto each of the origami papers. Don’t own a pinwheel template, no worries there are tons of tutorials on the web showing how to create them. Once all 10 pinwheels were traced, I cut them out and hot glued the longest points of the pinwheel to the centers, creating a dimensional pinwheel.

I wrapped the straw wreath with the wire burlap ribbon making sure to completely cover the straw. I then positioned the pinwheels onto the wreath and used pins to secure them in place.

For my final steps, I added a burlap bow; a few colorful curly paper flowers and lastly, I cut a monogram P out of the Stardream Metallic papers for my last name.

I just love how whimsical, colorful and fun this summer wreath is for my front door. What a wonderful way to welcome guests to our home! I hope I have inspired you to create a wreath for your front door this summer.
Thanks for joining me today and happy crafting! Leslie

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Summer Kickoff Series - Party Decor

Good morning!  It's Jamie back with you today to share 
some fun party decor made with Origami Paper!

Origami Paper is thin and easy to fold but it is also perfect for layering on card stock!

I used the Origami Paper on my invitation, layering it on the white Basis Card...

I also used the Origami Paper to wrap my water bottle and to create the rosette, scoring two  2-1/2 x 6" pieces every 1/2".  I adhered the two strips together then accordion folded the pieces.  Next, I adhere the ends together to form a circle then pushed in the center to form the rosette.  I adhere a circle on the bottom to hold the shape together then a 
small circle on top with a twine bow to finish.  I folded my napkin 
then used the rosette to hold the napkin closed.

And, Did you know that you can use Origami Paper in your digital die cutting machines?  I created the banner and used my Silhouette Cameo to cut it on the Vellum setting.  I adhered the Origami Paper on top of black Basis Card Stock mats.

Just look at all the detail...

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Here's another look!

I hope this project has inspired you to try Origami Paper in a new way!
Be sure to stop by to check out all the varieties of Origami Paper!

Thanks so much for stopping by today!

Monday, June 23, 2014

Summer Kickoff Series - Free Digital Download!

There's always a reason to send a Thank You card, summer is no exception!  Here's a free digital download so you can have plenty of bright and cheery thank yous on hand.
The inspiration for these cards came from a recent shopping spree where I found some adorable scarves in these colors and I had to not just get one, but all of them!

These cards can get put to many uses and can be used for Wedding, Baby Shower & Birthday Thank You cards.

Here I used them on our Solar Yellow Astrobrights A2 Folded Cards with their matching Envelopes.

The digital design was created to show case which ever cardstock you use behind it.

Hope You will enjoy them!

Download Link : Click Here

Friday, June 20, 2014

Summer Kickoff Series - Luncheon Invites

Summer is here and it's the perfect time to get some of your girlfriends together for a refreshing summer luncheon! I made these little luncheon invites using the reversible Travel Origami paper, I also paired it with coordinating solids from the Pop Tones collection. 

 I first cut a 5" square with my solid cardstock so it would fit perfectly in the center of my origami paper. I then just folded in the corners of the origami paper making the cards own little envelope. I then lined the solid cardstock with white cardstock so the part details can be written.

 I then added some extra embellishments and tied the card up with a bow to hold it all together. I hope you all enjoy your summer with friends and family and hopefully a little crafty, creative time.

Thank You
Designer: Laura Davis