Tuesday, October 25, 2011

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HELP US TURN 100 -- Facebook Fan Page LIKES, that is!  We want to hit the century mark and you can help us.  "What's in it for me?", you might ask.  How about some fabulous Memory Box stamps, 6x6 patterned paper packs, notecards and envelopes -- a card maker's dream kit!  There are several ways to earn an entry to win one of these Fresh Baked Kits {value $25} from Paper Made Bakery.  TWO random winners will be chosen, so...

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Friday, October 21, 2011

Framed!


Cardstock frame and decorative hearts

CutCardstock's fabulous Savoy 100% cotton cardstock is 236 pounds of fabulous! I used bright white cardstock to die cut these simple shapes -- a scalloped square and three primitive hearts using two Sizzix dies.

Using dies makes covering the shapes super simple; just run the patterned paper through...whizz, bang!  I used a couple pieces of Crate Paper's Farmhouse Collection with an apple orchard feel.  I love the old yardstick pattern.  These are the elements I used to create a simple little frame.

After covering the scalloped square and two of the three hearts, I adhered the hearts to the right side of the square using foam tape, then added a couple buttons tied with baker's twine and a small apple slice stamped and colored with Copic markers.
To create the frame's stand I used the third and largest of the primitive hearts.  I just scored the pointy end of the heart about 1.25" from the end and then used a Tim Holtz Tiny Attacher (stapler) to anchor a 1.5" piece of thin red ribbon between the frame's back and the stand.  The staple does show through onto the front of the frame, but the pattern is busy enough that you hardly notice.  And, once a photo is placed onto the frame, it won't show at all.













Now, this little frame is super cute all by itself, but I thought it would be fun to give it as a gift and remembered I had some luxurious 6" square envelopes from CutCardstock so I cut a 5.75" x 11" piece of white cardstock (regular weight, not heavyweight) and scored it at 5.5".  This didn't create a perfect square when folded, but it was the perfect size to frame my frame!
Finished frame
Next I cut a 5.25" x 5.5" piece of patterned paper and rounded two edges to mirror what I'd done to the actual card base.  I then cut a slit into the patterned paper before adhering it so that I could slip the frame's stand into it and have it hold the frame squarely in the center of the card.  Genius!
Cut a slit into the card front for frame

Stamped & paper pieced interior
I added a couple paper pieced apple images from a set called "The Core of It" from Sweet Stamp Shop to coordinate with the apple slice on the frame itself.  The sentiment "Life is messy, take a bite!" fit the photo I plan to use perfectly.  On the back of my card I used a cute apple image from the set with "Made By:" inside it.  I stamped the apple slice on the corner of the envelope and colored it with pencils.  This stamp set is perfect for paper piecing, coloring and has plenty of images that I can use on cards and page layouts.
Set from Sweet Stamp Shop
Life is messy, take a bite!
After slipping the frame into the card front my simple gift is ready to give.  You can make this easy project even without the help of dies, but be sure to use some wonderful Savoy heavyweight cardstock -- it's the best!
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Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Autumn Bliss Mini Album, Part 2

AFTER: Finished Mini Album
Here's the finished mini album featuring Cut Cardstock's Savoy heavyweight cardstock.  As I left you in my last post my intent was to "embellish with relish!", and that's exactly what I did.

There are loads of different and fun techniques used throughout this mini album and I'm going to share several of them with you.  Feel free to drop me a note if you have any specific questions.

On the cover I used Tattered Angel's Glimmer Mist in bronze to color this beautiful flourish from their Glimmer Chips line.  After the flourish dried I edged it with Distress Ink (tea dye) to give it an aged look.  While the chips are self-adhesive, I found that I needed to add a bit more liquid adhesive (Glossy Accents) to ensure it stayed put and didn't lift.  Next I added some paper flowers and bling from Prima Marketing, as well as a couple suede-like leaves.

Page 1 - Apple Orchard
Gluber, Sheet Music, Scallop Punch
With bottle cap, vintage pins & ribbon
On the first page I created an easy-to-make paper flower using sheet music and a 2" Gluber (kind of like a giant glue dot), as well as an old bottle cap, a couple vintage leaf pins and a swatch of ribbon.  Simply use a scallop circle punch to punch 10-12 pieces from sheet music, fold each piece twice (into a quarter/slice) and adhere around the Gluber until filled.  Add the two pins and piece of ribbon to the sticky back of the Gluber, then adhere to the page.  Add the bottle cap with a 3D Glue Dot.  A matted wallet-sized photo fits on this page and I added a little button and twine collage at the bottom.  This page reminds me of an apple orchard.

Page 2 - Pumpkin Patch
Page two became the pumpkin patch with stamped images from Avocado Art's September stamp set called Thankful For You.  I used a masking technique to add the stem to the pumpkin itself, and then colored them with Copic markers.  Next I added some bittersweet jute twine and some bling to add interest to this page, which will hold a 4 x 6 inch photo (choosing the just-right pumpkin, no doubt!)

Page 3 - Thanksgiving Dinner
The next page is a simple one with a solid background and coordinating patterned photo mat with a scalloped edge, the bittersweet jute twine from page 2, a big button and a manila tag I stamped with Avocado Art's October set called Ho Ho and Holiday Blessings.  I added a bit of velvet ribbon, a couple tiny staples and then put some Glossy Accents on the leaves to give them a dimensional shine.  They're colored with Copics and the tag is edged with Distress Ink.  These pages are an ode to Thanksgiving Day, so a photo of the family around the table will go great on this page.

Page 4 - Thanksgiving Day
Faux Soldering Technique
Page four continues the Thanksgiving Day theme and on this page I used some maple leaf shaped Spellbinder dies, some decorative cording and a faux soldering technique using an old microscope slide, Glossy Accents, Krylon silver leafing pen and a vintage postcard.  To create this piece I simply applied (with my finger) some Glossy Accents to the slide, placed the slide over the image and pressed down firmly to remove any air bubbles and to make sure I got a complete "seal" on the image.  When it was dry I used my Exacto knife to trim around the slide and then ran the silver leafing pen along the edges -- viola!  There are three mats available for some little photos, too.  Everything has the aged look by edging with ink.

Page 5
Page 6
Resin flower, misted chips, and bling
The last two pages are a bit more elegant, but still host that shabby chic look.  I used more ribbon, swirled bling with rhinestones and pearls, more Glimmer Chips with bronze Glimmer Mist, a resin flower and a yo-yo ribbon flower with a bingo piece and more vintage leaf pins.  The number 11 is special to me this year, but any fun game piece would look great.

Because the album grew in dimension, I needed to bump up the metal rings to 1.5" rings, and added pieces of ribbon to them to make them a bit more pretty.  All of the embellishments were from my stash -- you'd be surprised at all the goodies you have squirreled away!  Embellish with relish!  This Autumn Bliss Mini Album is now ready for the season.  
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Monday, October 10, 2011

Autumn Bliss Mini Album, Part 1


BEFORE: Mini Album features Heavyweight Cardstock

Fall is in the air and it's time to enjoy the glow of an autumn day full of warm oranges, browns and a blue sky above.  This mini album was made using CutCardstock.com's heavyweight cardstock called Savoy in Bright White.  It's 100% cotton and rocks in at 236 lbs!  The quality of this cardstock is far superior to using chipboard because you get even more sturdiness without a lot of bulk.  Can something be heavyweight and light all in one?  Well, this is perfect cardstock for creating a mini album to celebrate autumn's bliss.

Mix & Match #1 Dies


I cut the 8.5" x 11" Savoy cardstock into these very cool album pages by using Accucut's Mix & Match #1 jumbo dies.  I cut one of each of the four different shapes this set provides.







Wallpaper using brayer & glue stick
Then I covered the smooth white pages with My Mind's Eye Stella and Rose papers from my stash.  This technique is called "wallpapering" and you'll need a glue stick, brayer, a craft knife and cutting mat.  Simply apply the glue to the cardstock page and then flip the page so that the glued side adheres to the opposite side of the paper you want to end up showing.  Use the brayer to ensure the paper smoothly adheres to the cardstock page.  Now use a craft knife to cut along the edges.  An important tip to really get a nicely finished page is to file the edges of the page after papering.  I like to use Basic Grey's Precision File Set because it has several file sizes to get into any area and sand it smooth!
File edges smooth























I used both patterned paper and solid cardstock to cover my album pages.  Because the dies provide holes in the pages make sure to punch through the newly laid paper on each side as you go; don't paper both sides and then try to re-punch the holes.  One-inch binder rings hold this album together leaving enough room for me to add lots of embellishments, photos, ribbons and more.

Come back tomorrow to check out how this simple mini album gets turned into a pretty ode to autumn.  Let's embellish with relish!


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