Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Pumpkin Placecards

Are you planning a Halloween party or family get-together for Thanksgiving? We try to do a little something each year, either a Halloween party or a fancy Thanksgiving, or both!

There are three households close to one another here in San Antonio & Buda. We like to designate a house, and all the families will gather and have a big ol’ shindig. When it’s my turn to host (which doesn’t happen very often, our place is the smallest!), I like to do a little bit of DIY decorating.

Today, I’m going to show you how to put together these cute place cards.

These will be for Thanksgiving, but you can easily spruce them up for Halloween with purple ribbon and some jack-o-lantern faces!

The first thing to do is cut the card bases, and I chose Hot Fudge from Pop Tones as the color. They are 3.75 x 5-inches, scored at the 2.5” mark. Round the corners now, if you like, but it’s important to score them since we will be using it as a guideline for the next part.

Next, line up your pumpkin die (Stitched Pumpkins, Simon Says Stamp) as shown in the photo below. Position the cardstock so when you make your die-cutting sandwich, the top part of the pumpkin in inside the plates and the bottom is hanging off the end.

The scoreline should be aligned right along the edge of where the plate starts to curve. Tape it in place, so it doesn’t move as you’re running it through your machine.

What will happen is your machine will only cut the top portion of the pumpkin, so when you fold over your card again, it pops up. Make as many cards as you need, then get you some Curious Metallic Cardstock in Mandarin and cut out your pumpkins.

For mine, I snipped off the stem on the larger one so the brown stem underneath will show through.

Then, grab a white gel pen and doodle some stitching around the edges.

All we have left to do now is a bit of layering and stamping!

I attached the pumpkins with thin foam squares before I stamped the names (Invisible Alpha, Altenew) so I could use them for alignment and spacing, but you can stamp first if you prefer. I heat embossed the letters with Nuvo Clear Mark ink and detail white embossing powder.

Then, I added a tiny bow to each of the large pumpkin stems. You can tie 'em in place, or use a glue dot to stick on premade bows :)

That’s all there is to it! I hope you add these to your fall festivities this year!

Don’t forget the brown, gold, and orange cardstock is on sale now in the store until the end of the month. Click here to shop!

Thanks for stopping in!

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

Monday, September 25, 2017

Bright Birthday

Hi Friends!! kel here today :) Taking a break from the fall-filled posts with a bright birthday card! I'm here to share a card with you today that ended up so different from what I intended!!

I started out with some beautifully bright (but not too bright!) colors from the Pop Tones collection. The colors I ended up using are Sweet Tooth, Blue Raspberry, Lemon Drop, Bubble Gum, Sour Apple, Grape Jelly, and Black Licorice (not pictured).

I ran a piece of Sweet Tooth cardstock through my Big Shot in a beautiful embossing floral folder, and I know some of you notice this is not the embossed panel in my finished card. But bear with me, I promise I'll explain why!

And since I had it out, ran a piece of Black Licorice through with a thinlit that said "happy" in this gorgeous script.

Here's what they look like together... I almost just stopped there for my card lol!

I cut all the colorful papers into 1/2" strips. If you remember a few months back, I made a Best Friends card using 1/2" strips. Same idea here but this time not creating my entire background from strips!

I covered every bit of a scrap piece of cardstock with adhesive from the Honeycomb Dot Adhesive Roller and then stuck down my strips, making sure to cover the whole piece from end to end. 

After trimming off the ends, I was able to use the trimmed-off strips to cover the rest of my piece, so ended up really only using one strip of each for this project. WHOOPS I cut too many haha!!

After looking at the colors together, I decided that floral REALLY didn't match. So this is where my card ended up completely different! To me, it looked like this strip piece needed to be matched with some unicorns and rainbows!! So I dug through my embossing folders and realized I don't have a embossing folder with clouds on it (which makes me really sad!) but found this trellis one that is kinda close and definitely works until I find a good cloud embossing folder!

I ran my super skinny "happy" diecut through my trusty (dusty!) sticker maker. I did try to dust it off before use, so please pretend you can't see how dusty it is haha!!

Then I stamped out some matching images. The unicorn I had in mind was WAAAAY too big for the card, but the rainbow and sun worked just fine!!

I had tacked down my strip piece with 3d dots, so needed to be able to tuck the rainbow and sun under the corners... so I just eyeballed it and snipped away!!

See how nicely they tuck in now? 

And here's the finished card, so fun and bright and definitely not floral!!

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

Friday, September 22, 2017

Festive Fall Candle

Warm days, cool nights and turning leaves have welcomed fall in abundance here in Maine!  One of the things I love about fall and cooler weather is burning my favorite candles.  Here's a project using a battery operated candle, so it's beautiful to look at and not a safety issue.

Here's a glimpse at some of the products I used:

I started with a 5 1/2 " battery operated candle and made layered wraps using 111lb Gmund Tindalo Wood Grain Cardstock cut at 4"x10".  The next layer uses CCS Gold Glitter Paper cut at 2 3/4"x10" and the last layer is a leftover scrap of Tindalo Woodgrain paper cut at 1"x10".  I adhered each layer using Score-Tape for a strong bond.

I cut my shapes out using cardstocks in  Basis BrownBasis OlivePop Tones Lemon DropPop Tones Orange Fizz, and Gmund Tindalo Wood Grain Cardstock.  I distressed the edges of each shape using Gathered Twigs Distress Ink.

I glued the two pumpkins together using Tombow Mono Multi-Purpose Liquid Glue and heat embossed a sentiment in gold.

I then started layering the shapes on using Glue Dots.  This allowed the shapes to hang off the edges and not be completely stuck down giving the appearance of more dimension.  

I finished the project off with a piece of bakers twine and a pretty fall leaf charm.

You'll find all these wonderful products and more when you visit Cut Cardstock online.  You'll also find fabulous sales on brown, orange and gold cardstocks as well as the wood grain cardstock!  

While you're there, be sure to sign up for their newsletter so you'll be the first to know when new items are on sale.  You can also follow Cut Carstock on facebook.

For more details on the dies I've used, please visit my blog.  Thanks so much for stopping by!  Blessings~ Birgit

Thursday, September 21, 2017


Everyone loves a good treat every now and then!
I used metallic gold and tan along with some great CutCardStock Halloween colors, orange, black, and purple for this treat box
 I decided to emboss the gold tag
 with a forest

 Once all the pieces have been cut out, it was time to assemble.

 At the last moment, I decided a little ghost would tie everything together for this treat box.
 You can't have a 'Boo' sentiment without a creepy forest and a popping out!
The back of the tag and sentiment have pop up tape on them to allow for the ghost to appear more 3D

For more CutCardStock supplies, please visit the shopping page.

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

It's Pumpkin Time

It's pumpkin time here in the midwest. I created a card in honor of all the local pumpkin patches. It can be used for birthday, thinking of you or just to welcome spring.

I cut a piece of Cougar White Super Smooth to 2.75" x 4", stamped the image and colored it with colored pencils. I love how smooth the paper is, and it is easy to color on.

Then I used PopTone papers for most of the card. I used PopTones Hot Fudge (5.5" x 8.5" for the base and 2 7/8" x 4 1/8") for the first layer. Then PopTones Tangy Orange (3" x 4.25"), PopTones JellyBean Green (3.25" x 4.5"), Stardream Metallic Fine Gold (3.5" x 4.75").

I used a corner rounder to add more detail to the corners and then layered the pieces.

I die cut leaves from the PopTones Tangy Orange and JellyBean Green. Some leaves were also die cut from Basis Gold cardstock. I crinkled the leaves up, then inked the leaves with Wild Honey, Rusty Hinge and Forest Moss.

Next I attached three leaves to the front of the card. Then I added a piece of twine to the leaves. A few leaves were attached inside the card.

Thanks for stopping by today. Check out CutCardStock.com for all these papers and more.