Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Scrapbook with Pop-Tones Cardstocks!

Alexia here and I'm back today with another scrapbook page using pop-tones cardstocks. You need to see the entire range of this collection, all the colors are so beautiful (and delicious - each cardstock color is assigned a special name such as blue raspberry, orange fizz, banana split, lemon drop, etc. Don't they sound delicious?!). I created this scrapbook layout using cut-out pop-tones cardstocks and a patterned paper pad which you can find on CutCardStock website as well.   
The direction to create the above layout is pretty easy. First you will need to choose the cardstock colors that you want to use for your layout. I used the following for mine: lemon drop, blue raspberry, orange fizz and spearmint cardstocks. 

Then trim the cardstock to 3 x 3 squares, do the same to the patterned paper you choose to use.

Start by arranging the 3 x 3 squares prepared in previous step on a 12 x 12 cardstock. Make sure the color is arranged in a desirable way then adhere the squares permanently on the 12 x 12 cardstock. Trim pictures to be used on the layout slightly smaller than 3 x 3 so it can fit in the squares prepared. 

Lastly, decorate the page with embellishments and sticker sentiments and that's it!

I have no specific rules when it comes to scrapbooking, I just let my heart flows and I think the result will come out better that way. I hope you enjoy scrapbooking like I do! Until next time CutCardStock fans, have a crafty day! - Alexia

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Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Big Books Bookmark

I don't know about you, my fellow crafters, but I have a thing for rainbow color patterns. I like to store my inks and cardstocks in rainbow color and I love to craft using the bright colors of the rainbow. I think that is something that hit me when I was about 9 years old, and has stuck all these years since.

The Pop Tones line sure makes rainbow projects a breeze. I mean look at these colors. Really, just take a minute and soak it in. Does that make you smile too, or am I just a crazy crafting lady....

So the project I am sharing with you today is the result of a recent craft room purge. I have to force myself every year to look through my supplies, especially my stamps and "weed" some out that I thought I loved but have since changed my mind, or ones that I never have and most likely never will use. I set one particular set aside because I had never used it and have had it for quite some time. I told myself that if I don't use it, I had to give it to someone who will. Well, I'm happy to report that I used it on this little bookmark I am sharing with you today...

This bookmark was a breeze to put together. I started with two layers cut from Sweet Tooth (white) and then strips cut from each color I wanted in my rainbow pattern. They are Red Hot, Orange Fizz, Lemon Drop (that makes me pucker up just thinking about it), Berrylicious and Grape Jelly.

Using Score-Tape, I adhered the strips down to the Sweet Tooth cardstock on a diagonal. When the first was attached, the rest were easy to align. The Score-Tape made it easy to get these strips attached well. I kept them long enough to wrap around to the back side.

I trimmed the ends and wrapped them around the front of the bookmark. I used my bone folder to make sure that each strip with pushed down firmly.

Then I stamped my images on the front of the bookmark. I used the MISTI stamping tool to help align the images and make sure I got nice, clear impressions.

Finally I adhered the second bookmark shape to the back to cover up the folded over strips and give it a bit more thickness. I created a hole reinforcer with Black Licorice, also from the Pop Tones line and tied in some white twine.

I hope you'll give Pop Tones a try. They are on sale until the end of the month, so now is the perfect time! Thanks for stopping by  --Amber
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Monday, June 27, 2016

DIY Wedding Favor Pillow Boxes

Hello, hello!  It's Lisa Lahiff here with you today and I have a bright, bold and fun wedding favor that takes only a matter of minutes to make!  And when you are a bride with a mile long list, every minute counts!  So let's jump in on how you can make these favors yourself...

 1.  Start by choosing your colors of card stock.  I created my boxes using Pop Tones Card stock for several reasons.  One is that the weight of this particular card stock (65 lb) is perfect for scoring and folding along those curved lines.  I also like this card stock, because it comes in so many colors.  As it is summer time I chose a bright and bold wedding color combo, and I LOVE it! (Don't know what colors would match yours?  Don't worry there is a sample pack for you to make your own color swatch with!)  Here are the colors I am working with:

2.  Trim card stock into 4" x 6" panels.

3. For my pillow boxes I used the We R Memory Keepers Pillow Box Board which has the punch you need for the tops as well as the areas for you to score your boxes.  There are several ways to create pillow boxes: you could use a template, a die cut or possibly even a cutting machine.  I just found my board works best for me.

4.  I then trimmed the 1/4" curve off the top and bottom of the little flap piece and added double sided adhesive along the one side.

5.  Remove backing to your adhesive and adhere the flap to the inside part of your box, as shown below.  Using the scored curve lines fold the ends in, one at a time.  ( Tip: for a nice cohesive look make sure whatever curve you fold in first on the one side you fold the same one in on the other side)

6.  Add your ribbon to keep your box closed.  Nothing too fancy on mine, just a double knot, but you can tie a box, use two ribbons, do whatever you want to make this project your own.

7.  (Optional)  I just added some leafy embellishments in white to dress my boxes up a little more, but there are so many ways you could personalize them, and make them fit your theme.

Thanks so much for stopping by and happy crafting!!!

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Friday, June 24, 2016

Sticky Note Holders

Looking for an inexpensive thank you gift that's also easy to make?  These handmade sticky note holders are perfect for those times when you just want to let someone know you're thinking about them.  And with the bold colors of Pop Tones Cardstock, they're as pretty as they are useful!

I chose a bright and colorful palette for my sticky note holders to contrast with the beautiful white pearl base.  Flowers and leaves are made from Bubble Gum, Banana Split, and Sour Apple cardstock, while the background is a beautiful Blue Raspberry.

Start by cutting a piece of Classic White Pearl Linen cardstock to 3.25" x 8.5" for each notepad holder (these measurements will create a holder for a standard 3" x 3" sticky notepad).  Then score the cardstock at 1", 1.5", 4.75". and 5.25".

Punch or die-cut a decorative edge in the white pearl cardstock on the end where you first scored at 1".  Try to choose a shallow edge punch or die so that some solid areas remain on the front flap of the holder.

Trim a panel of Blue Raspberry cardstock to 3" x 3" and emboss a decorative pattern into it.  Alternatively, you can use a background stamp and a closely matching blue ink for a subtle tone-on-tone pattern if preferred.  

Die-cut flowers and leaf flourishes from Banana Split, Bubble Gum, and Sour Apple cardstocks and ink them with closely matching inks to add a bit of depth and dimension.

Fold the white pearl linen holder base on the score lines and burnish well with a bone folder.  Then, adhere a sticky notepad in the middle using either just the adhesive on the back sheet of the pad, or for a sturdier hold, several strips of Scor-Tape.

Embellish the front of the holder with your embossed and die-cut elements.  First, adhere the Blue Raspberry panel to the center of the front flap with tape runner.  Then, glue your Bubble Gum and Banana Split flowers and Sour Apple leaves to the panel using Tombow Mono Multi-Purpose Liquid Glue.  Tie a piece of twine or ribbon around the short flap to keep the holder closed.

These sticky pad holders are easy to make, so I made a few to have on hand just in case I needed to send a small thank you to someone quickly.  I hope you enjoyed this fun gift idea and thanks so much for stopping by today!  Be sure to visit the CutCardStock store to purchase any of the supplies showcased today and remember that Pop Tones Cardstocks are on sale this month!


Thursday, June 23, 2016

The Matryoshka Dolls Notecards

Hello all,
Agnes' here with some 
 paper nesting dolls from the Paisley Cricut Cartridge to share with you.

-Matryoshka dolls are originally from Russia and are also known as babushka or grandma's, as we would call it in the states. The first Matryoshka doll was made in 1890-

I used these dolls on note cards but think about the possibilities here: from paper dolls games to room decor, to banners and more.
How about a Matrioshka birthday party theme? 
They are super easy and fun to put together.

I used the Pop Tones cardstock from Cut Cardstock with its beautiful and bright colors were perfect for these dolls. 
I set the Cricut Explore to the cardstock setting and cut the notecards base at 4". The dolls were cut at 2-3/4" tall. I also cut some squares to use them as frames for the inside. I cut those at 3 x 3-1/2" and 2-3/4 x 3-1/4". 
(In this pic you see white squares with some words written on them; I ended up not using them but they were written using the Cricut Explore).

After assembling the dolls, I closed the notecard flap with the open shape and used that shape to position the dolls to the inside and glued them using some Tombo liquid glue.
I then stamped some clear stamps sentiments instead using the white cards I had previously made.
A girl can change her mind as many times as she wants to, right? 

See the opening on the first pic? that is the flap you bring over to help position the dolls. The sentiments read: Long time no see you, Thinking of you and Happy Hello. 

The Pop Tones colors used are Blue Raspberry, Wild Cherry, Tangy Orange, Gumdrop Green, Lemon Drop, Razzleberry and Grape Jelly....I say it again: these colors make me crave for frozen pops, lol.

Hope you like the Matryoshka dolls and the many ideas they can be used.

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Cut Cardstock Products Used:
PopTone Card StockMono Multi-Purpose Liquid Glue

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Watercolor Flowers for a Friend

Happy Summer everyone! Can you believe how quickly 2016 is speeding along? Sometimes in the hustle and bustle-crazy speed of life these days, we need to take a moment out to breath and do something to recharge our souls. For me, watercoloring is just the ticket....

Today I'm sharing a card I watercolored and paired up with the bright and cheery colors from the Pop Tones line of cardstock.

I started by heat embossing random stamping of flowers from one of my stamp sets. I used white embossing powder that will resist the watercolor. I used Strathmore watercolor paper for the base; beginning with a piece larger than I needed so that I'd have some excess to tape down and cut off when I'm done painting.

Using my Zig Clean Color markers and a water brush, I colored in the flowers with one of my favorite color combos - orange and purple.

I trimmed down the finished watercolor card front to 4 x 5 1/4 and added it to a card base made from Pop Tones Orange Fizz. You can buy entire packs of each of your favorite colors, an assorted pack with all the colors in the entire line and you can also get pre made cards... they are already cut and scored!

For my sentiment, I continued the white heat embossing on a piece of Grape Jelly cardstock, again from the Pop Tones line.

I love how this card came together and that I was able to give myself some quiet time to make it and now I can get it in the mail to someone special!

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Thanks for stopping by, and happy crafting! -Amber