Friday, September 28, 2018

Halloween Treat Bag Holder!

Happy Friday! 

The weather has finally dropped here and it is starting to feel like fall. This project combines a couple of my favorite things fall leaves and candy. 

I made little paper covers for treat bags to give out to some friends for Halloween. These come together in no time at all but I think they are a little more fun then a clear bag. I cut a piece of Pop-tone Cardstock in Hot Fudge trimmed down to 2 3/4"X 8 1/2". 

I took two different size circle dies. I die cut the smaller circle towards the top and the larger circle a little farther down from the smaller circle. The larger is for the opening in the front to see the treat in the bag. The smaller circle is too stick the bag through. 

After all of the circles are die cut I measured 5 1/2" down the strip of paper and just left a little mark and scored 1/2" on either side of the mark for the base of the bag to sit. 

I fill some clear plastic bags up with some of my favorite Halloween treats. I then took some twine to close the treat bags and tied it in a bow. I took the top of the bag and the twine bow and pull it through the small hole. I folded the long side around and to the back of the treat bag. I took the front and tucked it down to the back and adhered it to the back with staples on both sides. 

I die cut some larger leaves out of Classic Linen in Gold Pearl that would fit "Happy Halloween".

I stamped "Happy Halloween" in "Pebble" Finesse ink on to the center of the leaves.

To embellish my treat bags I die cut a bunch of different leaves out of  different colors of orange (Pop-tone in Orange Fizz, Basis Cardstock in Dark Orange, Curious Metallic in Mandarin) cardstock. 

I adhered the large leave to the top flap and smaller leaves around the front. 

Thank you for stopping by today.
 Hope you are having a great Friday!


Thursday, September 27, 2018

Decorating the Insides

I love decorating the inside of greeting cards. Many times I simply stamp a nice quote and add a few images. But this time, I surprised the recipient with a pop-up floral. I purchased a die-set from The Ton to create the pop-up floral. You can see below that I cut the different flower layers from Astrobrights Cosmic Orange Card Stock. I like using a lighter weight paper for this and the Astrobrights worked really well. I added gold leaves and a stamen to the middle of the flower using POW Glitter Paper in Caramel.

To start, I die-cut 6 different layers of Cosmic Orange. Then began folding each layer and gluing it to the inside of the card. There are tabs on each layer that you position on both sides of the card fold. I used a little Tombow Mono Multi-Purpose Glue to attach each layer. I started with the outer layer and worked my way in. To help the pop-up floral close and open, I folded each layer slightly before gluing it to the card. This helps it give when the card is opened and closed. 

Next, I created another pop-up floral with the same card stock and paper to create a coordinating gift bag. I'm all set to give this to a friend for her birthday. 

For another card, I created the pop-up floral using the fibrous, lightweight paper Thai Unryu in Magenta. It looks like tissue paper but is much, much stronger. I love how it turned out. I added a stamen in Astrobrights Cosmic Orange to the middle.  Both of these cards have so much impact without adding bulk. You could easily send these in the mail without extra postage.

Let me know if you have any questions. Don't forget all gold and orange card stock is on sale this month at Until next time, inky hugs!

Marcia K.

Tuesday, September 25, 2018

Halloween Fun

It's hard to believe Halloween will be here soon.  Wasn't it just Christmas? :).  Today I have a cute rather than creepy Halloween card that's clean and simple with lots of bright, happy color.  

I started off with a comic strip background die I cut from Pop Tone Orange Fizz cardstock and adhered it to the front of a notecard I made using Cougar White Super Smooth 100# cardstock.  

Using my stamp platform, I stamped cute little bat and spider images and sentiments in each of the boxes and on the inside.

I colored in the images with with markers and added a few other pieces I colored and cut out to the rest of the empty boxes with foam squares.   

I love how the little bat is peeking out from the side!

A cheerful Halloween greeting perfect for little ones' treat bags or lunch boxes.

Thanks so much for joining me today.  Orange, brown and gold cardstock is on sale this month at the CutCardstock shop just in time for Fall and Halloween.  Have a great day!


Monday, September 24, 2018

Autumn Blessings with Perfect Pearls

I woke up this morning with the idea for this card stuck in my head. I don’t usually use Perfect Pearls because I have an aversion to fine dusts and loose glitters (my desk is right under an A/C vent). But, there was a sheet of Pop-Tone Hot Fudge on my desk that I wanted to use for my project today, and Perfect Pearls works so well on dark Pop-Tones colors!

I quartered the sheet of cardstock, set a piece aside for my card front, and use a couple of the others to die cut several leaves (Stitched Leaves, Lawn Fawn).

To color them, I smooshed the Perfect Pearls Medium ink pad down onto the leaves until they were evenly coated, then added the powders with a small brush that came with the set. I used three different colors and just worked them in on different areas in a random pattern. Then, I used the fluffy brush to clean off any excess powder and blend the colors together.

Note: If you'd like to see the powders in action, I have a short clip of me 'painting' a leaf on my Instagram (link at the end of this post) that you can watch :)

Once I had enough leaves made, I laid them out over the card front to see where they would fit. When I was satisfied with the pattern, I adhered them with foam squares, letting a few hang over the edge.

Then, I flipped over the card front and trimmed off any overhanging leaves with a large pair of scissors. I used these clippings to fill in any empty areas around the edges of the cardstock.

To add the sentiment, I tore a strip of gold vellum and attached it to the card front with some strategically placed foam squares. Then, I die cut the sentiment (Autumn Blessings, Simon Says Stamp) out of a scrap piece of the Hot Fudge cardstock and attached it with some clear tacky gel glue.

And to finish up, I made a card base out of Tan cardstock and adhered the card front with glue tape.

Thanks for reading today! If you’d like to try out this Hot Fudge cardstock with your Perfect pearls, it’s on sale in the shop until the end of the month. Happy crafting!

❤️  Niki • • @cardstoq (on Instagram, Pinterest & Twitter)

Thursday, September 20, 2018

Fall Floral Wreath

Living in Houston, TX, I don't really get four seasons anymore, but I like to pretend it's fall and ignore the fact that it's still 90 degrees outside.  To help support my delusion I wanted to create some fall decor.

I went with a wreath to hang on the inside of our front door and took advantage of a handful of paper flower templates and tutorials I had saved to my Pinterest board.

I started off with a wreath I found on clearance that as a little oblong. I also grabbed some artificial, leafy flowers to add in around the paper flowers.

I took advantage of CutCardStock's sale on orange and stocked up with the 'Beautiful Harvest' pack and Pop-Tone Orange Fizz.  I also used Basis Gold, Basis Navy, Stardream Metallic Antique Gold, Stardream Metallic Ruby, Curious Metallic Ink and Basis Natural. 

I created various types of flowers and used a couple different tutorials for them and used my Cricut to cut them all out. 

Peonies (Ruby paper) 
Small Roses (Navy and Ivory) 
Mums (Navy) 
Anemone (Gold and Orange) 
Small Rolled Flowers (Gold) were a free Cricut image 

Once I had the flowers made I simply attached them to the wreath using the floral wire. After I attached all the flowers I added in some of the artificial flowers to fill it out and added a ribbon loop to hang it. 

To see more of my projects and keep up to date on my new Etsy shop listings, follow me on Instagram @EastMainDesigns. 

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Cut and Emboss Cards

Happy Wednesday my crafty friends! It's Lia at the blog today. Hope you are enjoying the colorful Autumn. Today I'm gonna show you two cards using the cut and emboss folders.

Since some of the background color will be shown through the cut regions, I picked a bright orange cardstock (Curious Metallic Mandarin 111 lb) as the background. Its heavy weight makes it perfect for card base. And I love the metallic shine of this cardstock. BTW, it is on sale till the end of this month.

Cut the card front using the cut and emboss embossing folders. I had some Savoy 100% Cotton Card stock from last project. To my surprise, they worked perfectly with these embossing folders. The cut was very clean and the embossing didn't leave any creases.

Trim the edges of the card front so that the orange card base can also act like a frame.

Stamp the sentiments and glue the card front to the card base.

Thank you for stopping by. Please check CutCardStock on Facebook to get updates on sales and inspirations from the design team. And don't forget that all Gold, Orange and Brown cardstocks are on sale this month. Happy crafting~