Saturday, January 31, 2015

Winter/Spring 2015 Design Team Call

The CutCardStock Design Team is looking for creative individuals to join our team!  If you would like to be considered, here are the details:

  • Selected Design Team members will be a part of the team from March 1, 2015 to August 31, 2015
  • Create 2 projects per month based on theme/product requirements (a total of 12 projects for the entire term)
  • Simple tutorial created to accompany projects, including good quality photos (you will need to be able to edit size of photos) and well written instructions for the reader
  •  Upload photos and written steps to CutCardStock blog, proof and schedule post to publish on assigned day (you must have a Blogger account to be given access to upload your projects)

Selected team members will receive full posting schedule, including monthly themes, product usage requirements and due dates before February 20th.

Design Team members will receive:
  • CutCardStock Designer’s Packages loaded with lots of products to use for your required posts
  • Gift certificate for to choose additional products to work with
  • An exclusive team discount for any  purchases you make during your term
  • Access to a private Facebook group to meet and connect with the other designers
  • Your name, picture and link to blog/social media showcased on the CutCardStock blog Design Team page
  • Design Team badge to add to your blog
  • Bonus gift certificate for at the successful completion of the Design Team term

How to Apply:
  • Email Amber at with the subject line: 2015 Winter/Spring CutCardStock DT Call 
  •  Attach pictures of 3 projects showing your work.  We would like to see a variety of projects (wedding focused projects, cards, home decor, etc) and a variety of crafting methods (stamping, digital art, altered items, etc).  You don’t have to use CutCardStock products in your submission projects.  This will also be a way for us to see your photography skills in action. 
  •  Include links to your blog and any online galleries where you share your projects 
  •  Introduce yourself and tell us about your crafting style, what inspires you, how long you’ve been papercrafting and why you think you would be a great addition to the CutCardStock Design Team!
The CutCardStock Design Team call is open to everyone; submissions for consideration will be accepted from January 2nd to January 31st, 2015.  New Design Team members will be notified via email no later than February 3rd.

Friday, January 30, 2015

Free Digital Download - 2015 Thinking Of You Calender

Norma is sharing her creative digital download today, and we want to remind you there are just two days to submit your work to be considered for one of the open spots on the CutCardStock Design Team.  Have you submitted your work yet? We'd love to hear from you!

 Here is a very soft, neutral toned "2015" Calender Printable.
I have created a PSD file that you can add your 
own images for a customizable print.

Can be used in Photoshop and Elements. 
Place your image above each frame layer and by 
hitting your Ctrl & G button simultaneously 
(in windows) it will clip it into the frame.
Now it is ready to print.

This calender is great for personal use at home or add your clients images 
into it for a beautiful gift or purchase add on.
(not allowed to be re-distributed digitally!)

Hmmm, you are probably asking yourself 
so what kind of cardstock should I use...

Thursday, January 29, 2015

One Layer Die Cut In-lay technique

Hey there friends!! It's Kristie Larsen here and it's been awhile since I have had the pleasure to share with you. I have missed you!
Today I wanted to share a die cutting technique using some great paper. So lets get started!

How many of you love die cutting? I have a serious obsession with die cuts and so many companies come out with new ones every month and they always blow me away! These die cuts are the PERFECT way to enjoy your various papers. They cut beautifully and if you are anything like me, you won't be able to stop!

I started with a panel of Brown Bag card stock and trimmed it down to be  just slightly smaller than an A2 size (4 x 5.25). I pulled out some of my favorite die cut sentiments and started to line them up on the left of my paper. This is when you want to use a T-ruler. It will be your best friend!!
After I lined it all up and secured it with some washi tape, I ran it through my Cuttlebug and cut all those sentiments at once. BAM!

Next I took a variety of card stocks and die cut the different sentiments in different colours. You can use ANY papers for this. Metallic, glitter, jewel tones, neutrals or mulit-color like I did here. The possibilities of this card are endless!

After I ran the sentiments I secured the panel to a pre-folded A2 invitation. Then, I started playing puzzle. Using some glue adhesive I replaced all the letters from my sentiments. They fit right back into place without any trouble. And it is really satisfying when they all click in. Just like puzzling, which I love ;)

And you know me... had to add some enamel dots, which then makes this not quite a one layer, but look at them!! They are so cute I could eat them! You can see how flat this is (except those pesky enamel dots!) and it would easy to send in the mail all over the world.

And here is the final parting shot....

Actually, I wanted to show you what my son decided would be the best way to display this card. You can get a little peek behind my photography scenes. When I take photos, I use a cutting board (from Ikea) on a chair and put card stock behind it. This was the first take and I decided the white paper didn't show the card well enough. My son wanted his bear to hold up that flat little card for all the world to see. So now you see!! It was funny to me, and I thought it made Mr. Bear come alive and that maybe it would make you smile today.
And we are actually celebrating two birthdays this week at our house, so this post is very fitting. Happy birthday to anyone out there lucky enough to celebrate this month with us. Mr. Bear and I send you love :) 

Be sure to stop by THE STORE there are plenty of specials going on right now for brown bag envelopes and gateway invitations. Plus, don't forget, if you are interested in being on this Design Team, there is a call going on RIGHT NOW! So be sure to cheek it out and apply!

Thanks for joining me today!
Until next time

Products used in this project:

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Vintage Stamp Wedding Escort Card Envelopes

Hi everyone, I'm back and continuing the march towards Spring! I found another cute, simple idea for your wedding escort cards. These feature vintage stamps and are sure to make your wedding wall or table look gorgeous.

I think vintage stamps look great on either white or brown bag kraft envelopes. For this project I selected Avon brilliant white linen.

You need some vintage stamps. The more variety in color you can find, the better.

I used a fine tip (10) Sakura Pigment calligraphy marker to write guests names in a relaxed, lower case cursive. Very fun style to go with the stamps.

Apply more than one stamp to each escort card envelope... The contrasting colors look nice, also the shapes. Portrait vs. landscape.

Once the envelopes are completed they look great either sitting neatly arranged on an escort card table or on a wall. You can either slip the table assignment inside the envelope, or you can save a little and indicate it in the left bottom corner.

Thanks for reading and I'll see you next time!


Cut Card Stock materials used in this project:

Christy Toney
Design Team Member - Winter/Spring 2014 Term

Friday, January 23, 2015

Will You Be My My Bridesmaid / Will You Be My Maid of Honour

Giggles and laughter always follow the special request of 
Will You Be My Bridesmaid & Will You Be My Maid of Honour?

These cards are perfect to ask what is such an important request!

You can download this template here.

 In this zip you will receive... 5 Color Options for each request.

These request can be printed on A2 flat cards or they can be printed on A2 folded cards.
Don't forget the envelopes for these cards!

Now how adorable would it be to match the envelopes with the Hearts on the request cards!
Check out the selection we have in our Astrobright 

Hope you will enjoy the template!

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Kraft Pillow Gift Box

Happy Wednesday to all of you! I hope you are having a great day. This is Alexia here and today I want to share a project created using Kraft invitations with you. If you don't have a pillow box punch board then this is perfect for you because I will be providing you the tutorial and free cut file to create this project, please make sure the cut file is for personal use only.

You can make this gift box for all different occasions but today I'm making these for birthdays.

Tutorial Starts Here:

Step 1: Download the pillow box cut file at the bottom of this post. Cut it with your machine. Since I'm making this with the kraft invitation which already has a folded line in the middle so I don't need to add dotted line in the cutting file. Referring to the following picture, place cut file as shown and align the kraft invitation card as shown in second picture below.

Followings are two examples of what you should get from Step 1.

Step 2: Fold along dotted lines. Apply double-sided adhesive on the closing flap on one side of the box.

Here is result from Step 2.

 Step 3: Close the openings on both sides of the pillow box after putting the gift inside.

Result from Step 3.

Step 4: Using circle punch, make some circles on patterned papers. Adhere to box with glue or adhesive dots.

Step 5: Trim a strip of ribbon and make a bow on the box horizontally. This should prevents item from falling out of the box. 

That's it! Simple? Remember you can always change the theme and use it for a different event! I hope you like the pillow box project I'm sharing today and don't forget to download the free cut file below! Have fun creating!

Download File Here: Pillow Box SVG File

CutCardStock Products Used:


Monday, January 19, 2015

Heart Bag for all Occasions

Happy Monday, everyone! I hope that my friends in the US are enjoying a long and fun weekend and the rest of you are enjoying your usual fun weekend!! Smile!! We are so happy that you have dropped by today to see how we are using the marvelous products available at the CutCardStock shop. I would like to remind all of you that there is a DT call at CCS for anyone who loves to play with paper. Please see all information HERE. The call is open until January get your applications in!!!

Since Valentine's Day is right around the corner I was thinking about a project that I could do to use my favorite red cardstock of all time...Stardream Metallic Jupiter (Red)!!! I loved it for Christmas AND I love it for Valentine's Day!!! I was going through my die stash and happened on a heart bag by Sizzix. This is a project that can be used to hold tiny bits of treats for any occasion. However, the die is discontinued and is very difficult to find now. So I decided that I would share with you how I used the die and give you the pattern so you could replicate the project if you like!!

For the base of the bag I used Cougar White Heavy 160# Cardstock which was absolutely the perfect weight for the project. You can see in one of the pictures below that I tried on a medium chipboard which cracked when I attempted to fold the score lines. I then used the Stardream Metallic Red to cover the base, added a silver key and white bow, along with a pipe cleaner handle and this little jewel was ready for a few Valentine's Day treats!!!!

And a side view which shows that I indented the sides of the bag and added a red band...kinda makes it look like a typical Valentine candy box...don't you think?

First I will give you the pattern which you can size to any measurements you wish. Just remember that as you enlarge the bag, the sides will get deeper.

You will need to cut two of each piece and score according to the score lines. Here are the measurements for the one I made using the die but you can make it just as easily (well maybe NOT as easily...haha) by hand cutting the parts.

The end tabs on the side pieces will help to align the sides. These were the chipboard cuts which cracked when I attempted to fold the score lines.

After I finished the bag I realized that it could certainly be used for more occasions than just Valentine's day. I covered several hearts to give you some ideas although I didn't have time to make them all into heart bags.

For the first one I used Double Sided Collage Writing Origami Paper, adding a Brown Bag Kraft band with bronze buckle and clip. The next one is for a more formal occasion and  is Silver Glitter Paper, topped with a black silk bow and a bit of bling. The baby girl one is just the Cougar White, adding a gingham bow, baby bracelet, and safety pins. The next two are just DP and a tiny bit of embellies.

Thank you so much for coming by and I hope if you try this little heart bag that you will let me know. I would love to see what you make. Big hugs until the next time...Jacque

CutCardStock products used for this project: