Tuesday, February 28, 2017

St. Patrick's Day Washi Tape Banner

Do you have tons of those brightly colored rolls of washi tape lying around just waiting for a project?  (I know I do!)  Here's a way to use up some of that stash by creating pretty plaid panels for a fun and easy St. Patrick's Day banner.

Start by trimming Classic Crest Solar White Cardstock (110 lb) to 4.25" x 5.5" for each pennant you wish to create for your banner (I'm using seven panels).  Pick out four or five washi tapes in different colors and widths (I chose a few different greens, gold, and a golden yellow) and criss-cross them over the panel to form a plaid pattern as shown above.

Trim off the excess washi tape from the edges and either use a pair of scissors or a die to cut the panels into pennant shapes.  An added benefit of die-cutting the pennants is that the die-cutting machine will press the tape into the cardstock for an even firmer hold.

Next, die-cut a slightly larger mat layer for each pennant from Classic Linen Solar White Cardstock.  This heavyweight cardstock adds a sturdy base to the banner flags as well as some beautiful texture.  If you are cutting by hand, simply trim the Classic Linen cardstock a half-inch wider and longer than your plaid panel before adding a fishtail end.

Die-cut or punch seven shamrocks from Curious Metallic Botanic Cardstock.  Score two of the shamrocks from the center out to the tip of each leaf and bend the leaves as shown to add dimension (the other five will remain flat).

Die-cut or punch letters from Gold Bright Foil Cardstock to spell the word "lucky".

To assemble each pennant, layer a plaid washi panel on top of a Classic Linen panel with foam adhesive.  For the pennants on both ends of the banner, use foam adhesive to adhere the dimensional shamrocks, while adhering a flat shamrock and a gold foil letter to the remaining pennants.  These foam tabs are the perfect size for popping up skinny letters like the ones I'm using here!

Punch a small hole in the top corners of each pennant and thread baker's twine or ribbon through each until you've assembled a complete banner.

You can easily change the colors used here to make a pretty springtime banner as well...just grab those pastel washi tapes to make your plaid panels and spell out "spring" or "bloom" instead!

I hope you enjoyed this fun washi tape banner 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 Classic Crest and Linen Cardstocks are on sale this month!

Products used in this project:


Monday, February 27, 2017

Announcing the 2017 CutCardStock Design Team!

Hi, I'm Amber Lawrence and so happy to share that I've been working with CutCardStock for over 6 years now! I live in the Flathead Valley of Montana with my husband of over 17 years.  We have two sons and a Goldendoodle, Bella. I've been papercrafting for over 15 years and have quite a stash built up, if you can imagine!  I love working with CutCardStock and the design team as it brings together all that I enjoy.... design, papercrafting and working with other talented crafters.  In my "real life", I am a freelance Graphic Designer and teach Graphic Design and Web Technology students at our local community college.   I looking forward to seeing all the fantastic work from the new Design Team! Amber's Blog: Amber's Crafty Corner

Hi, I’m Annie Williams and I live in Pennsylvania with my husband of 10 years, a little boy we recently welcomed into our lives, and two cats.  I am a scientist by training, but I have always been interested in art and art history as well.  Although I have been crafting for most of my life, I only just started my blog a few years ago and have enjoyed sharing a mix of home decor, handmade card, and gift ideas ever since. I'd characterize my style as simple and traditional, but I love to experiment with new types of media and various coloring techniques. My projects often reflect my other interests which include outdoorsy things like hiking, biking, and canoeing as well as a love of travel, small towns, and nature photography.  I am thrilled to be a part of the CutCardStock Design Team again and can't wait to see what all of these talented ladies come up with this year!  Annie's Blog: Lab Hands

My name is Lisa McGushion. I live in Northwest Indiana with my husband of 27 years and our daughter. I have been doing crafts of one sort or another as long as I can remember. I began scrapbooking over 24 years ago when our daughter was born. I retired after 28 years of teaching to pursue my passion for paper crafting. I have been designing and teaching classes at our local scrapbook store, Cafe Crop for the past 3 years. When I’m not playing with ink, paint and paper, I might be sewing, quilting, or working on my daughter’s wedding. I am excited to be part of the CutCardStock Design Team. Lisa's blog: Lisa's Ink, Paint and Paper

My name is Sonja. I am a mother of two young children, boy (8) and a girl (4). A wife to a wonderful Software Developer. And an avid crafter who specializes in cards, 3D paper objects, painting, vinyl, and so much more. I enjoy taking something from paper and molding it into a “WOW” moment. Sonja's Blog: Sugar Bean Cards

My name is Birgit Norton and I live in a small town in the beautiful state of Maine and I'm married to my high school sweetie.  We've been married for 27 years and have two children, both grown and married but no grands kids as yet.  We've also given forever homes to three crazy cats and a rescue dog who is completely a "mama's boy".  I enjoy projects of all kinds from painting and refinishing furniture to making cards and other paper projects.  My passion is for making cards for friends and family.  I am so excited to be joining the CutCardStock Design Team and I'm looking forward to a year filled with new experiences!  Birgit's blog:  Crafting While I Wait

My name is Kelli but most people call me kel. I am located in beautiful Kaneohe, Hawaii. I am a 30-something, happily married mama of 3 boys and a non-traditional college student, working with my local community college's Upward Bound program while working towards my Master's degree in History (US Social History, if you're actually interested!) and aspiring to be a polyglot!!  I started scrapbooking in 2003 when pregnant with my oldest son, turned into a collector, and then started seriously creating again in 2013 because my stash grew out of control! Who am I kidding... it's still outta control!! haha! I like to think of my style as clean and simple... I gravitate towards clean lines and minimal embellishments when I craft. I LOVE patterned paper and cardstock though!!  Cardmaking is my new favorite papercraft, although scrapbooking is something I desperately need to catch up on.  In addition to papercrafting, I spend whatever free time I have in my veggie garden, reading, cooking, baking, and updating my planner and BuJo!! Kelli's blog: Scraps & photoGRAFFS

Hi, y’all! I’m Niki and I live in San Antonio, TX with my husband, two kiddos and a plethora of pets. I’ve been making pretty things as long as I can remember… as a child, I used to spend my money at the tiny craft store next to my grandmother’s house in outport Newfoundland, Canada. I graduated from pompoms and popsicle sticks to a love of all things paper. I started with scrapbooking, but that quickly morphed into quilling, and then to handmade greeting cards. My crafting style is clean and simple, not a lot of fussy details, just minimal and impactful designs with a feminine twist. I like clean lines, bold shapes, floral designs, and pops of color. When I’m not crafting, you can find me relaxing in the backyard, searching online for craft inspiration, or taking an interesting online course. I am so glad to be a part of the CutCardstock Design Team this year and I look forward to sharing projects, ideas and inspiration with you!  Niki's blog: Cardstoq

Haley is obsessed with color and has been working in the design industry for nearly 10 years. You can see what she's up to now at Pigmentology where she designs hand-lettered products and mixed media art for Etsy (@pigmentologyshop) and makes process videos on YouTube and Instagram (@pigmentology).

I have been married to my high school sweetheart for 25 years and have 2 beautiful children. I started Scrapbooking our family trips in 2000...and I have never looked back. My local Scrapbooking store haunted me to next try card making...and I finally gave in...this is my joy! A fast project beginning to end and useful to send to family and friends. The same person forced me to start a blog...and I fell in love. I truly enjoy creating and posting those creations to share with the world. I have been published twice and served on many wonderful design teams. I am truly thankful to have been chosen to design for CutCardStock. I can't wait to get started using their fabulous products.  Lee-Ann's blog: Snappy Scraps

My name is Trisha Neal, and I live in a lovely rural area south of Kansas City.  Married to my high school sweetheart for 28 years, we have four children, with two still living at home.  We homeschooled all four children all the way through high school, and now that the "baby" has graduated, I have more time to explore various art projects.  When not elbow deep in my latest creative mess, you might find me helping out at our family run business of 30 years, The Baseball Card Store, or babysitting our first grandchild, who joined the family in January.  I love paper, paints, crayons--all things art--and look forward to many great makes with CutCardStock.  Trisha's blog: Easily Amused Hard to Offend

Friday, February 24, 2017

Wedding "Bows"

Welcome to the Cut Cardstock blog! 

Today is about weddings and I have made a super simple square box with a scalloped edge lid, a few rectangles to use them as cards/tags to display the bow pins and a few rosettes just for decoration.

I chose the Classic Linen cardstock as my main cardstock. I like the texture and I like its weight. It was perfect to hold and display the small guests "mementos".
I also chose the lovely Gold Glitter cardstock to complement the Linen cardstock. 

The box and lid are from a Cricut cartridge called "Sweet Tooth Boxes". I cut the box at 4 inches and it is a square box.
The heart border is from Ribbons and Rosettes. The hearts are super tiny but cut amazingly well on the Gold Glitter cardstock.  I used the double-sided score tape to assemble the box and lid.

The bows are from a digital shop but Cricut has many to choose from. 
I added a thin rectangular gold strip around the heart cards to continue the gold and white color combination.
I used a glue gun to attach the pin to the back of the bows and a piece of square foam tab to adhere it to the card, as seen below. 
A small white pearl was then added to the center.

A few more pics of how this small ensemble is coming together.

The rosettes were made with one-inch strips of the Classic Linen cardstock and scored at every 1/4 of an inch. 
A gold heart was added to the center.
All Done!
A very pretty and simple ensemble for any event, in this case, a wedding. 

Hope this project helps as an inspiration to you all.

Take care!
and a huge thank you for all your love and likes.

Enjoy the new team!

Cut Cardstock Supplies Used in this project: 

Classic Linen Solar White Card StockGold Glitter Card StockScor-Tape for paper crafting3-D Foam sticker adhesives

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Business Spotlight: Celebration Studios

We are excited to announce a new blog feature.... a spotlight on businesses that are using CutCardStock products!  Kicking it off this month is Meryl from Celebration Studios.

We sent some questions to Meryl to get to know a little bit about her and her business.  Celebration Studios creates custom bar and bat mitzvah invitations that don't cost a fortune.

CutCardStock: Tell us a little bit about yourself.
Meryl:  I'm a stay-at-home mom with a passion for paper, who's been lucky enough to turn this into a small business.

CutCardStock:  How has your business evolved?
Meryl:  After making both my son's bar mitzvah invitations, my best friend came to me with a problem. Her daughter was in love with a 3-layer bat mitzvah invitation they saw in a book, but it was thousands of dollars. I knew I could make it for a fraction of the cost. She started spreading the word, and it's really been word-of-mouth since then.

CutCardStock:  What is your favorite part of business?
Meryl:  I love getting creative, trying new ideas and new paper, but the best part is seeing parents get emotional about their kid's mitzvah, and seeing them super excited about their finished invitation.

CutCardStock:  What is your favorite CutCardStock product?
Meryl:  POW Glitter paper

CutCardStock:  What bit of advice could you offer to someone starting their own business?
Meryl:  Don't underestimate the power of social media and word-of-mouth advertising!

Speed round fun questions....
Mountains or Beach?  Mountains
Coffee or Tea?  Coffee
Pie or Cake?  Cake
Phone call or text?  Text
Email or Snail mail?  Snail mail

Thanks for playing along with us Meryl!  

Here are some pictures of Celebration Studios work.  Give a thumbs up and follow Celebration Studios on Facebook.

Are you a CutCardStock customer who would like to see your business featured in our blog spotlight?  If so, contact amber@cutcardstock.com for more information.

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

It's in the Cards!

Several years ago, while attending the National Stationery Show in New York, I met a writer for Southern Living magazine and we exchanged business cards.

Four years later I received a phone message from a friend congratulating me on the photo of my business card featured in Southern Living.  I had no clue as to what she was talking about so I rushed out and purchased the newly released issue.  There it was!  My business card featured in an article about memorable business cards!!!  The SL writer held onto my card for four years!  

From that moment on, I realized how important it can be to make a lasting impression with a simple piece of paper - Or, in the case of letterpress, a lasting "DEPRESSION", since the image is depressed into the paper!

This article features dozens of memorable cards I've created over the past several years for clients wanting to make their own statement.  

I'll let the cards speak for themselves,  but will mention they were printed on Crane Lettra, 300 or 600 gsm. stock paper available from CutCardStock.  (There are a few other cards letterpressed on various other papers also available from CutCardStock.  The grey paper is Gmund).

Although I have a automatic paper cutter, I have on occasion had CutCardStock cut my paper down for me as this can be an invaluable service (especially if you don't have the professional equipment to do so yourself).  

I'd like to give a very special thanks to CutCardStock for selecting me to be a part of the 2016 Design Team.  It has been a pleasure working with you, the rest of the team, and your delightful products!  

If you'd like to see more of my work, please visit my website at:  www.dellacarta.com or FB Page 

All the best,
Kathryn Podorsky
Della Carta Studio, LLC