Monday, October 16, 2017

Handmade Gratitude Jar

A gratitude jar is a project that has been on my to-do list for a long time.  The idea is to write down the things you are grateful for on a slip of paper and place the slips into a jar over the course of a year, pulling them out to read with loved ones at year's end.

In my household, the jar might be forgotten by the end of the year, so I chose a shorter, more manageable timeframe - daily additions to the jar for the month of November leading up to Thanksgiving.  After we've eaten our weight in turkey and stuffing, we'll pull the slips out and share them with each other over dessert.

Choose a jar to decorate and measure the circumference with a measuring tape.  I'm using a small mason jar with a circumference of about 10.25".

Trim a piece of Royal Sundance Burgundy Linen Cardstock to fit around the jar with at least a half-inch overlap.  Here, I've cut my cardstock to 2" x 11", stamped a pretty leaf design along the length in Versamark ink, added gold embossing powder, and melted it with a heat tool.

Stamp a fun sentiment onto Royal Sundance Natural Felt Cardstock with brown ink.  Since the felt cardstock is fairly textured, you may not get a perfect stamped impression, but I preferred the rustic feel!

Die-cut the sentiment out of the Natural Felt Cardstock and then die-cut a slightly larger mat layer for it out of burgundy linen cardstock.

Wrap the band around the jar snugly and glue into place with Tombow Mono Multi-Purpose Liquid Glue.  Adhere the sentiment label over the seam of the band with foam tabs.

I needed to make a lot of gratitude slips, so I kept them simple by choosing a die with a decorative edge to cut 56 slips (one for both my husband and I for 23 days) from Natural Felt Cardstock.

For just a tiny bit of embellishment, I stamped a sentiment in brown ink in one corner of each slip and a small leaf in burgundy ink in the opposite corner.

I can't wait to focus daily on the things I'm grateful for next month...and who knows, maybe it'll become a habit and last throughout the year as well!

I hope you enjoyed this easy handmade gratitude jar project and thanks so much for stopping by today.  Be sure to visit the CutCardStock store to purchase any of the products showcased today and remember that Royal Sundance Cardstocks are on sale this month!

Friday, October 13, 2017

Christmas Thank Yous

Hi Friends!! kel here today :) Can you believe it's only 2 short months until Christmas?!?! Every year I challenge myself to make thank you cards, but always end up buying them because it's so much easier and faster. Well this year, I'm determined to send out some handmade thank you chards, so am experimenting with some quick and easy designs!!

I started out with some beautifully textured cardstock from the Royal Sundance collection. The beautiful Christmas green color is from their linen textured collection, 80# Emerald Cardstock. This color is just gorgeous, and I wanted to show you how beautifully textured this paper is!! And it's SUPER thick and sturdy too!!

I cut my paper in half lengthwise so that I'd have a card with the fold on top. And since I cut the 8.5"x11" sheet in half, I got two bases out of it so thought I might as well make two cards to see how quick it would be to make a whole bunch of them!

I paired it with some super fun and shiny holly patterned paper, but thought it needed a little oomph. Too much green going on for me!!

So I added a pop of red using the Basis 80# Dark Red Cardstock and thought that worked perfectly as a mat!!

Using that same Basis 80# Dark Red Cardstock, I cut some strips for a sentiment and then heat embossed it. I think my embossing powder might be old (?) because it doesn't melt really nicely anymore. Something I should look up I guess!!

The last thing I did was fish-tail the strips into banners, and then pop them up on some pop dots across the center of the card. How quick and easy is that?!

Thanks so much for stopping by!! Make sure to stay up to date with the latest news and sales on the CutCardstock Facebook Page!!

lovies, =o) kel

Thursday, October 12, 2017

easy thank you favors

Looking for a thank you gifty or favor?  These tiny tea wallets are perfect for a little thank you, or a birthday, baby shower, bridal shower, or even wedding favor.
These can be a simple or as intricate as you like.  Each uses only 1/2 sheet of paper--I used Brilliant White Royal Sundance Felt in a coverstock weight, which was perfect for these favors.  I ran it through the printer for the thank you tags, with fabulous results--the slightly textured surface of the paper and the hand lettered look to the font were a lovely pairing. 
You can find any number of free, printable "Thank You" tags online.  Any other stamping or embellishing is your call--I stuck to some simple trims, but Washi Tape would be great, as well.

First, cut the 8 1/2 by 11 paper in half to 8 1/2 by 5 1/2.  Second, fold the paper in half.  Third, open the paper, and fold up about 1 1/2--tall enough to hold a Tea Packet .

While the paper is folded like a little book, punch a hole in the open end, about 1/2 inch in, making sure not to punch into the tea packet pocket.  This is where the tag will be attached, and the wallet ties shut.

Here is what the tea wallet will look like open.  Oh oh oh, I used a corner rounder on this one!  With no packets in the pocket, use a glue dot or other adhesive and tack down the top two corners of the pocket.

I finished off each of these tags and wallets a little differently--here the bottom of the tag is torn, and the trims are fall/Halloween appropriate.

Rounded corners, scalloped bottom to tags, pretty ribbon trim = bridal shower or wedding appropriate

Baby shower colors!

The Royal Sundance papers are on sale this month, some really lush colors, along with the Brilliant White used for these wallets.  You can find the specials HERE.

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Senimental Succulents

Good morning crafters~  This month at Cut Cardstock they are having a sale on all their Royal Sundance Cardstocks.  Have you seen or tried their Linen cardstock?  It has a wonderful texture and is just perfect to show off your stamping.  I tried to capture the detail of the cardstock in the photo's but my photography skills are very limited but believe me when I say the detail is exquisite and is great for any project from elegant to casual.

Here's a snapshot of products I used today:

I started by cutting an A2 size panel using 80lb. Royal Sundance Linen in Natural.  I also cut a 1" strip of POW Glitter Paper in the color of Cricket and attached it to the left side of the linen panel using Score-Tape.  I adhered the entire panel onto an A2 sized cardbase using 110lb. Neenah Solar White Classic Crest Cardstock.  This cardstock is super sturdy and perfect for card bases.

 I stamped the succulent images onto the linen and wasn't too fussy about getting full coverage.  I really wanted the linen to show well on this card. 

Be sure to visit Cut Cardstock to find all kinds of great deals on all your card stock needs.    You can also visit my blog for more details on other products I used.  Thanks so much for stopping by today!
Blessings~ Birgit

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Folded Floral Thank You Note

Do you send thank you notes to others? I do. I’m a firm believer that you can never have too many thank you notes stockpiled in your stash. I even carry a few around with me in my planner, just in case. Everyone enjoys a handwritten thank you now and then, so why not up your game a little and make today’s fancy folded card for the next time you need to send a note of gratitude!

I am obsessed with the texture of Royal Sundance Felt cardstock, so that’s what I’m using for the card today. The front of the card is very plain, but the paper's texture really adds some fancy to all that white space.

To start, get you an 8 1/2 x 11-inch sheet of Royal Sundance Felt cardstock in Brilliant White and cut it lengthwise. You’ll end up with two 4 1/4 x 11-inch pieces. We are going to stick them together again later, but for now, score them across the center at the 5 1/2-inch mark.

Next, take one piece and flatten it out again. Position your tab die (Curved Package Tab, Memory Box) about two inches up from the bottom edge and tape it in place. I used the grid on my mat and some Post-It tape to get it to the right spot before I ran it through the Big Shot.

To find the right spot for the slot on the other cardstock piece, use the scrap from the tab. Align it along the folded edge (I know it seems upside down, but trust me, it works!). Make sure the slot die will cut in a place where the tab can tuck almost entirely into it, and align the stitched edge die (Stitched Basic Edges, My Favorite Things) about 2 1/2 inches above the folded edge, as shown.

Open the piece up, so it is flat again, remove the scrap and run it through your die cutting machine.  The two parts you end up with should look like this:

Time to do the stamping! Oh, as a sidenote, since this cardstock is textured you’ll want to use a stamping tool or stamp positioner in case you need to re-stamp any of your images for clarity.

On your tabbed piece, stamp your sentiment (I used ‘thanks,' from Thankful Heart, Simon Says Stamp) above the tab with black pigment ink, and heat emboss. Set that piece aside.

On the slotted piece, fold up the stitched edge and lightly pencil a line so you can tell what part of the flowers will be visible. You won't be able to see the pencil line if you use darker inks; if you use a lighter ink like a yellow, for instance, try to just eyeball it. You can't erase pencil once it's been covered with ink or paint.

Begin by stamping two images of the stamp set you’d like to use on masking paper. Cut them out and use them to mask and create a dimensional look for your design. The stamp set I used (My Best Friend, Clearly Besotted) has several layers that you can build up to create a more realistic images.

When I was stamping the floral design, I didn’t want it to be perfect since the paper I’m using isn’t perfectly smooth. Instead, I stamped the layers just a little off center from each other to add a bit of interest. Once you are happy with your design, add a little sparkle with a clear Wink of Stella brush pen.

Then, dot the flower centers with Nuvo Crystal Drops in Gloss White. While that’s drying, fold up the stitched flap and stamp the rest of the sentiment. I curved my wording a bit as I was positioning it on the acrylic block so it would fit all comfy-like along the curve.

To finish this card off add some Scor-tape to the back of the rectangle piece with the floral design (this will be the inside of the card), align, and stick it onto the rectangle portion of the tabbed section. Make sure the “for always being there” slot folds up, and the “thank you” tab folds down to tuck in.

Thanks so much for stopping in today! Don’t forget to pick up some of the Royal Sundance Felt Cardstock - it’s on special this month at the shop!

❤️  Niki • (on Instagram, Pinterest & Twitter)

Monday, October 9, 2017

Thank you

I received an order for a set of thank you cards. After some planning, I was able to make 6 A2 thank you cards using sheets of CutCardstocks Royal Sundance Linen Card Stock in the colors (1) Burgundy, (1) Midnight Blue, and (1) Ivory as well as (6) Natural Basis Card Stock for the base of each card.
The Royal Sundance line has a great linen texture to it that would make for an elegant invitation set. 

With one sheet of the Burgundy and one sheet of the Midnight Blue I was able to make the details for each card
 I decided to break out the Stampin' Up stamps for the sentiments on each card

Stamping the sentiments on a sticky mat helps keep your paper where you need it.
 Out of nine sheets of 8.5 x 11 paper, I am able to get 6 cards ready to construct. 
Final product: