Friday, October 31, 2014

Happy Halloween from!

From all of us at CutCardStock, Happy Halloween..... may the treats outnumber the tricks today!

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Tuesday, October 28, 2014

An Autumn Ensemble

A very Happy Tuesday to everyone! It is such a joy to see you visiting our blog where we love to show you how we use the products from the CutCardStock store. For my project this time I made a vase for sunflowers and a basket full of note cards.

I started out with a straight edge clear glass vase which you can pick up in the dollar stores or from shops like Crate and Barrel, which is where I purchased this one. I then selected autumn colors of cardstock--Basis Orange, Flavours Gourmet Carmelized Mustard, Basis Olive, and  PopTone Tangy Orange. I also secured 5/16" dowels which I cut to 6" long which is the height of the vase. I think they are usually 36" long and can be found in Walmart or any craft store.

After measuring around the dowels, I cut the cardstock into 6" X 1 3/8" strips which would give enough for a bit of a lap. I then ran 1/2" Scor-Tape down each side edge of the strips as well as around the top, middle, and bottom of the vase.

 I then wrapped a strip of CS around each dowel. And I have a hint here which proved so necessary after several mishaps..haha  Remove the tape backing off of only one side at a time, place the dowel evenly in the middle of the strip and roll the dowel over the sticky tape, and continue to roll the dowel all the way over the tape with the backing. This will give a curvature to the strip and will be so much easier to handle. Remove the second strip of tape and roll the dowel over it to cover it completely.

After I had all of the dowels covered I then removed the backing from the tape around the vase and began standing the dowels upright around the vase, making sure that the seams were against the vase.

 I also adhered some silk ivy leaves around the top for a prettier finish.

To finish the vase I added a strip of burlap around the middle and tied it with burlap twine and filled it with sunflowers.

And there is a bit more to this story!! After I had my project completed, I was strolling through Michaels and saw a little basket on sale which matched my project exactly. The pictures don't show the colors exactly but IRL they are exact matches. All I did to the basket was add ivy leaves and a bit of burlap and twine.

I had so many scraps left after this project, that I decided to use them to make some very simple note cards to put into the little basket. I die cut several different sentiments using an IO die and adhered them to the note cards. I made 5 of each color using the various sentiments. I used Basis Natural A-2 Folded Invitations and Basis Natural A-2 Envelopes.

Thank you so much for coming by today and I would love to hear what you think about my project and if you try it, I would love to see your creations! Until the next time, big hugs from Jacque!

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Monday, October 27, 2014

Copic Marker comparison, and a special coupon!

Hi, Amber here with you today. I had the absolute treat of being able to attend the Copic Certification for Papercrafters this weekend in Portland, Oregon. In two full days, I completed the Standard and Intermediate classes and learned so much from instructor Sherrie Siemens. I've dabbled in Copics for some time now, but have had my eye on the workshops, just waiting for all the stars to align to be able to go.  Luckily that time arrived and I am so thrilled to have had the opportunity. My hubby and boys were completely supportive as I trotted across a few states to be able to go color for the weekend!

I wanted to share with you how a few of the cardstock lines we carry here at hold up to working with Copics. I know that many Copic users love how the Neenah Solar White cardstock works, so I'm showing you that in a couple of weight, along with the Cougar line in a couple of weights.

For my comparison, I started with an image from a Penny Black stamp set called "Dahlias". I stamped the leaf with Tuxedo Black Memento ink.  This ink is recommended as it is stable for use with the alcohol-based Copics. I chose a trio of markers (my collection is still growing) of BG72, BG75 and BG78, less for it's specific shade but mostly to replicate the trio of blending many of us do when coloring with Copic markers.

Here are my results when stamping and coloring the same technique on the different cardstocks. (I'm showing you the front and the back so you can see how much bleeding occured. For some crafters, bleeding isn't an issue because you layer your work, but I just thought I'd share my results.)

Overall, I thought they all did pretty well. I have grown to love the Neenah Solar White and I'm really used to how it handles the Copic ink. I was impressed with the Cougar too. With the heavy 160# Cougar, I felt it used a lot more ink and I did have a little feathering outside the line, but there is no sign of bleeding through, so I would consider using this for a single layer card.

Since I had all these lovely leaves colored, I thought I might as well make a little card to share too! And best yet, I have a coupon to share with you. Because I love working with Copics and the Neenah Solar White cardstock so much, we are offering a 15% off coupon for the next few days so you can stock up! Just enter coupon code COPIC at checkout to receive this special discount, valid October 27 - October 31.

For the card, I kept it pretty simple. After I fussy cut the leaves out, I went over the edges with a black marker to give them a more finished look. And then, to add a little bling, I brushed some Wink of Stella across the tops of the leaves. I didn't have any thread the color I wanted, so I simply colored it with the Copic marker.  You can do this on buttons, sequins and of course ribbon!
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Thursday, October 23, 2014

Paper Pumpkin Centerpiece

Hey there! Happy day to you. It's Kristie Larsen here!  Sooo,  I hear fall is upon us. Is that correct? ? We don't have fall where I live, but I will tell you it is the ONE thing I miss the most about living overseas in a tropical climate. So please oh please, crunch some leaves and sniff some of the crisp fall air, just for me.  

I wanted to get my house dolled up for fall since I am missing it so much and I thought I would share with you my sweet little project. We don't really have pumpkins in abundance here in Singapore so it was time to make my own!

I started using some colors from the Flavours Gourmet pack to make my little paper pumpkins. (Chili Arbol, Caramelized Mustard, Moroccan Cocoa, Thai Basil, Tangelo)

I cut my strips at different lengths but at 3/4 inches wide.

I stamped a subtle image on each strip using different colours of ink. I lined up the strips and hole punched the lot of them with my Cropadile. I tell you what.. I LOVE that thing. So easy and helpful to use!

Once they were punched I inserted a brad into each end with the tongs facing out. Then curved around the strips to make a little ball.

I die cut some leaves and added some accent stamping. Then punched holes in them and added it onto the brand tongs. The brads used this way make it easy to add things and flatten it right down.

I also added some raffia under the tongs and curled it around a paint brush to give it some life.

For the stamp I cut some card stock at an angle (just on one side) and curled it up. Gluing it down with some Glue Dots glue lines found in the store. I then used some hot glue to adhere it to my pumpkin. The glue helps keep everything in place.

For a final touch I splattered some gold spray mist to my pumpkins.

The only thing left to do was to enjoy them! I set up my table and these are now adorning the center. A quick project for anyone with a desire for fall decor but with limited time. They whip up so fast!

 How do you like to decorate for fall? Or are you like me and live in a "fall free" environment? If you do, then this is a perfect little project to get into the fall spirit! Don't forget has special deals each month. Be sure to hop on over to the store and see what on for this month! And be sure to keep checking back. This month is almost over which means we will have a new theme of projects to share with you next month and on into the new year. There will be a lot of holiday inspiration to share with you.

Thanks for joining me today! I hope you have a great week!
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Tuesday, October 21, 2014

A2 Envelope Mini Garland

Hi all... This month, Cut Card Stock has a coupon for A2 Envelopes that runs from the 16th to the 31st! I thought it would be cool to put together a garland of envelopes that honestly have no purpose other than to look cool on your wall! This is hanging in my studio now.

Honestly, it was so refreshing to design/embellish envelopes WITHOUT having to worry about mail regulations, Post Office guidelines, etc.! These are completely for fun and decoration and in my case, also include some of my cute/inspirational quotes:

"Everyday I'm hustling" - Pinterest
"To win big sometimes, you have to take big risks" - Bill Gates
"We don't want one million fans, we want one thousand loyal customers" - Pinterest

What you'll need:
- Variety of A2 Envelopes
- Watercolor paint
- Leftover miscellaneous embellishments (I used floral stickers, washi tape, vintage stamps, etc.)
- Calligraphy pen
- Ribbon
- Glue Dots

I went ahead and added my embellishments and glued them to the ribbon and viola! Pretty simple, but I think I want to add some envelopes (quotes) to this one because my eye is now drawn to it as I sit and work. Have great weeks everyone!

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Christy Toney
Design Team Member - Winter/Spring 2014 Term