Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Gifts of Thanksgiving with CutCardStock.com

Welcome welcome! It's a great day here are CutCardStock.com. We are celebrating all things gold, orange and brown as the fall season is upon us. I made up a little gift here for my mother. Shhhh, don't tell! I live far away from her and wanted to send her a lovely thank you gift as this special season comes. I made up a wreath for her door accompanied with a lovely handmade card.

I started by gathering the colours I wanted. I used some Curious Metallic brown for pinecones. Basis dark orange, Flavours Gourmet brown, mustard and olive for leaves. Vellum for beautiful swirls, and a lovely Stardream Metallic Antique Gold for added sparkle. I die cut more than enough to make up what I wanted. First tip #1: when it comes to making up your own holiday wreath, make sure you die cut WAY MORE items then you think you need! It's so much easier in the end. 

Also, you might be asking yourself what is the difference between Stardream Metallic and Curious Metallic? Well, mostly the Stardream is much more shimmery.  Like the whole paper is shining bright. Curious Metallic is shimmery but not as bright. Just more like flecks throughout the paper. They are both beautiful! If you want something striking, go with the Stardream. Something more subtle but pretty go with the Curious. Personally I love them both and use them both a lot! And don't forget all orange, brown and gold card stock is NOW ON SALE!

So I started with the die cut flourishes and hot glued them down where I wanted them. Tip #2... ALWAYS use hot glue when making a wreath. So much faster and easier. 

Ok, another little tip... #3: when I want to add some dimension to the items I'm glueing on, I start by pulling a dollop of glue on the back and letting it cool. Then I add more glue to adhere it. It gives it an automatic bump or dimension to work with. Kind of like a dimensional foam adhesive. It works great.

Ok, so I just laid things out and figured out where I wanted to glue them. For the final touch I made up a bow for the top. I looped this ribbon twice around and left the tails hanging out.

I wrapped it with wire and made it nice and tight.

Then I took another strip of ribbon and tied it in a knot in the back over the wire.

Then wrapped it to the top of the wreath with the wire.

Because I was so zealous with the die cutting at the beginning of the project, I had some left over leaves and bits that I could make a card with. I love that! I started by layering them using some foam adhesive.

I stamped the sentiment in the corner with black and a lovely yellow swirl underneath.

So now its just a matter of packing it up with some tissue paper in a box and mailing it out to my mom. A nice little gift to share my gratitude for her in my life and festive decor for her to celebrate this coming fall season. Thanks to CutCardStock.com, gift giving just got a lot more beautiful!

Thanks for joining me today. I hope you enjoyed it! I know I did. Happy crafting this week!

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Friday, September 25, 2015

Fall Candy Indian Corn Favor

I think Fall is such a beautiful time for a wedding! It's a great season for color and wedding or not, it's a great time to make sweet treats to hand out as favors, or just because!

This project was Pinterest inspired, and I thought it would be a great mashup of everything that's going on at the CutCardStock blog.... DIY Wedding, Fall craft inspiration and brown, orange and gold cardstock on sale this month at CutCardStock.com.

I have to admit, this was super easy to make. And honestly, I had two young boys, one on either side of me as I was assembling them, asking if I needed some assistance "sampling" the chocolate. I think just for their benefit, these treats may be making an appearance at our Thanksgiving table.

I started by printing my label on Brown Bag Kraft cardstock. This cardstock is light weight and runs like a dream through my printer! I also grabbed orange, deep red and brown cardstock, pretzel treat bags and the fall colored Sixlets I found at a local craft store.

My printed cardstock was cut into circles by my trusty circle punch. I then cut strips from the Kraft, brown, orange and red cardstock and called upon those boys by my side to "rough them up a bit", or as a refined crafter might say "distress them."

Then I folded them all together in a bunch and tied them to the top of the filled pretzel treat bag.

I added the tag with a small piece of gold twine, and I think this is just the greatest fall favor. I got married in the fall, but 16 years ago we didn't have Pinterest. So my favors weren't nearly this cute!

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Leaf Frame

Hello!  Lisa here with you today and with some of the leaves changing on the trees out my window I'm excited to share my project for today.  I love the different colors Fall brings us here in Ohio, and the various colors of Card Stock I used from the Basis Card Stock Sample Pack and I decided to add a touch of shine with the Curious Metallic Card Stock in Mandarin this frame was a cinch to make!  Here are some step by step photos on how to create your own leaf frame...

First you will need to select the colors you want to work with, and find a sturdy piece of cardboard (mine came from old packaging).  I chose to work with the Basis Card Stock Sample Pack ( did you know you can create your own sample pack? Score!) Dark Red, Brown, Gold, and Golden Green, as well as the Curious Metallic Card Stock in Mandarin.  You will then need to either hand cut leaves out, or use various dies as I have done below...

Once you have all of your leaves cut out you may want to cover your cardboard with a brown or gold paint.  I used various spray mists and chose to rub some of the gold mist onto my leaves for added shimmer...

Adhere your photo to the center of your board and begin gluing your leaves around your photo, making sure to have them overlap.  Tombow Multi Mono Liquid Glue is perfect for adhering your leaves and keeping them on.

Once all of the leaves are on and completely dried you may wish to add some ribbon for hanging purposes.

Thanks so much for stopping by and I hope you have an amazing day!
Happy Crafting!

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Monday, September 21, 2015

Halloween Treat Box ...

Good morning. Ruza here to share an All-in-One Halloween Treat Box featuring some beautiful Fall Colors, along with dies and ribbon from my stash.

I love checking out all of the different Tutorials they have over at Splitcoaststampers, and found a Tutorial and Template on how to make an All-in-One Box. These boxes are very easy to make, and with Halloween fast approaching I decorated my All-in-One Box for Halloween.

I pulled out my cardstock and chose those pictured above for creating my Halloween Treat Box. First up is the actual box which I created with Flavours Gourmet Toasted Nutmeg (Clay).

The Template shown above is provided with the All-in-One Box Tutorial. After printing the Template I adhered it to Flavours Gourmet Toasted Nutmeg (Clay) with Removable Glue Dots, and followed the instructions for cutting out and putting together the All-in-One Box.

The next step is to decorate the box.

I used the Stardream Metallic Bronze (Brown) to wrap around the base of the box, and used an EKS Punch to create the zig-zag for the top of the box. The pumpkins were cut out from Stardream Metallic Flame (Orange), and the fence was cut out from Esse Pearl Smooth White.

The box, bottom pumpkin, fence and pumpkin, and zig-zag border were adhered with Tombow Mono Multi-Purpose Liquid Glue. The other 2-pumpkins were attached with Tombow 3D Double Sided Foam Tab Adhesive for a stacked look.

I used a die and sentiment from my stash to create the Halloween Tag, and then tied it on with some sheer ribbon.

Since this post is all about Halloween, I filled my box with some Hershey Kisses. YUM!

This was the first time I used CutCardStock products with my dies. I have to say that the crisp clear quality of each die cut was a nice surprise!

The Stardream Metallic Bronze (Brown) and Stardream Metallic Flame (Orange) cardstock are 10% off as part of the Fall into Saving Sale going on right now.

Until next time ... Enjoy!

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