Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Hello everyone! I'm so happy to show you what I've been up to lately. Christmas is going to be here soon and I am working on Christmas cards and tags at a feverish pace. Did you know there are only 5 Mondays left before Christmas! Yikes! There's a lot to do!


Lately I have been so inspired by card makers who are using mixed-media elements in their projects. Although an entire card was overwhelming, I felt I could tackle some tags using the new Christmas Tags die cut set. Somehow it's not as daunting when you are working on a smaller canvas.


I experimented with a number of different mediums on these tags and they turned out rather glamorous and diva-like. Some of the products I used were Distress Oxide inks, glimmer sprays, water, sequins, gold paste, perlen pens, gems, brads and Christmas mini-ornaments. I also used all kinds of ribbons from the traditional to furry and a few things in between! Most of these items were already in my stash, I just had to pull them out and put them to use!


This set also has a lot of little shapes you can use on these tags and they're sized just right for them. Instead of using the pieces, I used the negative space in the die cut as a template for the gold paste. Now I'm thinking about all the other applications for using negative space as templates for paste, spray or inks. It was a little tricky but it's the first time I've used a paste and ultimately I was pleased with the results. I definitely learned a few things by doing this project and I am warming up to the mixed-media style. I'm going to try something a little larger now that I have a little experience under my belt.


I invite you to watch my tutorial on these tags and learn along with me. I hope you'll be inspired to try something out of your comfort zone. It's satisfying to stretch your wings a little and try something new! These tags were the perfect size and scope for experimentation. Love it!

Click on the thumbnail below click on this link:
Tag Video


Enjoy the rest of your week!

Hugs,
Janet

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Saturday, October 28, 2017

Country Bird Christmas Shaker Card

It's me again! It's Day 2 of the video blog hop and I'm posting a project today that features the new stamp and coordinating die called Sparrow on Post. 

I grew up in the country where sparrows were the most common bird around. This fella spoke to me and said, "Craft with me!" How could I say no to the little guy!

Follow the link below to watch the video tutorial. Learn some tips on how to cut thick burlap, using your dies and fun foam to create a shaker window well and a couple alcohol ink coloring tips and tricks. If you can't see the link, you can also click on this link to see the video: https://youtu.be/60pqwfe_fA4


Thanks for stopping by! Be sure to follow the links in the video description to the other 7 videos. To be entered for great prizes including a surprise CottageCutz Grand Prize and their CottageCutz channel prize, you must comment and subscribe to every designer's channel. Each artist is giving away great stuff too so be sure to get in the fun.

Thanks so much and I hope you have a fantastic weekend!

- Janet

Friday, October 27, 2017

Let the Video Blog Hop Begin!



Happy Friday all! The CottageCutz blog hop is officially kicked off! Follow the link below to the first video. Links to the other videos are in the description. There are so many awesome prizes for you to qualify for! Each artist may have some different requirements for their prizes so be sure to listen carefully. To qualify for the CottageCutz channel and the CottageCutz Grand Prize, you only need to comment and subscribe to every channel in the hop. I've seen some sneak peaks and the holiday inspiration you are going to see will blow you away and get you started on your own holiday projects. Hugs everybody! See you at the hop!

P.S. - The winner of the Tuesday Hop Announcement video can be found in today's video description. Thanks to everyone who commented. I so appreciate and treasure each and every one of you!

- Janet

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Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Hop Announcement, Haul and Prize Giveaway!

Hello everyone. I'm excited to announce that the Scrapping Cottage is sponsoring a video blog hop which will be held this Friday and Saturday, October 27th and 28th! Six talented YouTube crafters will be showing off their interpretations of some of the new holiday release dies during the hop. I've seen some sneak peeks and there's going to be some beautiful projects and a variety of project types to give you some inspiration as we start thinking about making all of our holiday creations this season. Please read the whole post because there is an opportunity for a pre-hop giveaway from me that you can qualify for today.

Here's a summary of the hop details:
1) It will start with some videos being released on Friday and some on Saturday.
2) The CottageCutz hop video will be released right here on Friday morning.
3) Friday's video will include links to all the project videos in the hop so you can visit them all.
4) You'll have about a week after the hop ends to watch all the videos before the prizes are drawn.
5) The CottageCutz video channel will be giving a $20 store credit to the lucky winner who comments and subscribes to all the channels!
6) Doing #5 will also automatically enter you in the Grand Prize drawing for the hop. This is going to be something really special from the Scrapping Cottage!
7) Every artist will be giving something fabulous away as well. Make sure you watch their videos to learn what to do to qualify for their channel prizes.
8) I'll be giving away a 24 pack of Spectrum Noir markers to a lucky participant over at my channel!
9) Have FUN and be INSPIRED!

So now on to my video for you guys. In it, I repeat the information for the hop and I also show you the dies I received as a DT member to use in my projects here on the blog. Although there are a lot of them, it's still a drop in the bucket compared to all the designs that are part of the release. It's a truly a mammoth release of holiday goodness!

Today's Giveaway:
After you watch the video below, leave a comment in the video description section to say that you'll be hopping with us and hit the thumbs up icon. That's all it takes to be entered into the drawing! You'll see what's included in the prize at the end of the video. I'll include the winner's name in the description of Friday's hop video so make sure you come back to find out who won.


Have a great week and I'll see you back here on Friday!

-Janet

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Spooky Halloween Orb

Happy Wednesday! Just a couple more days until the weekend. Yeah! Hope your week has gone well so far. 

Today I'm presenting my final CottageCutz Halloween project of the season. In today’s video, I will show you how I used a die set that is part of the Christmas release along with two of the new Halloween dies to create a spooky glowing orb card. I know it’s getting close to Halloween but it’s still not too late to get new dies in time to make some great cards before Halloween arrives.


Before I describe more about today’s project, I want to share exciting news with all of you. The Scrapping Cottage is sponsoring a VIDEO BLOG HOP on October 27th and 28th. It will feature several of the new holiday dies. Many prizes will be given away from the video artists and Scrapping Cottage is providing the Grand Prize! More information will be coming in a future post so keep an eye out for it. 

So back to today’s card! My inspiration is the orb that the Wicked Witch used in the classic Wizard of Oz movie with Judy Garland. I wanted to create an orb that looked like something was inside it and I wanted it to appear to glow from within. Unfortunately, I didn't have any flying monkeys or poppy fields available for my orb but that didn't deter me! 



I used the base and bow of the new Snowglobe with Fawn die but used the Stitched Circle Set to build a thick frame out of several cardstock layers and an acetate layer under which the Ghost House resides. Then I used the Halloween Phrase & More die for the sentiment. I also used the witch’s hat and the Jack O’ Lantern from the phrase set as additional props for the card. Click on the video thumbnail and learn more about how this card was put together or click on this link: Spooky Halloween Orb Video



Well, thanks for stopping in to have a look at today’s project. Have a great week!

- Janet

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Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Santa and Snowman Window Cards

Hey everyone! It's Janet dropping by to show you two cards I made using two new holiday release dies. The first is called Window With Shutters and it has a great window, complete with a header, flower box and shutters. This die could be used year round to create a cute window scene by itself or filled with characters of your choosing that fit in the window space.
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Today, I chose to use the companion die set made just for this window called Window Christmas Friends. It includes adorable Christmas figures including a pine tree, Santa, Snowman and Poinsettias with greens for the flower box.


Since the Santa and Snowman are both cut when you use the set, I decided to use both in each card. Nothing should go to waste right?! For Santa, the snowman is saying hi when you open the card. The opposite is true if the snowman adorns the front. I also used the Nested Stitched Scallop Rectangles inside for the stamped sentiment and die cuts. These are such cheerful little figures!


To learn how I made this card including how I created the acetate window effect, click on the video below. I hope you enjoy this one because I had a lot of fun creating them!

Have a great week and thanks for spending some time with me today.

Hugs,
Janet
SugarShine Designs


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Friday, September 22, 2017

Apple Watch - Creating a Faux Red Digital Crown

Hi everyone! Today I'm showing you something a little different than normal. You see, I recently received an Apple Watch 2 for my birthday. I love the watch but it was a little bit of a bummer to hear that the Apple Watch 3 was coming out the very next month. 

As it turned out, the only aesthetic difference between my watch and Apple Watch 3 is that the newest version comes with a red center in the digital crown. As soon as I saw that, I knew just how to create my own faux red digital crown.

This video walks you through a tutorial to create your own faux crown with red vinyl. It's really easy, especially when I give you all the measurements you need. I took all the trial and error out of it for you. 

If you don't have an Apple Watch but someone in your family does, whip up their own red digital crown or any color you choose! They will think you are a genius! 

In addition to the crown, I also show you how to make a vinyl cover for the side button. It's a nice way to make your watch extra stylish!

Click below to see the video. 


Thanks for joining me today. Have a great week!

- Janet

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Happy Haunted Halloween!

Happy Wednesday! I'm so excited because it's finally fall and it's time to start creating projects for my second most favorite holiday of the year, Halloween!

CottageCutz has gotten another outstanding new collection of Halloween dies ready just in time for all your creative naughtiness. Fortunately no candy is ever harmed in the making of our fun Halloween projects. Well, no candy that survives to tell the tale anyway! 

Today's card features a super versatile set of Halloween phrases called Halloween Phrase & More. It's "more" because in addition to four cute phrases, there are also four icons that could be used on your planners, tags and just about anything your tell-tale heart desires. The spooky haunted house is also new and it's called Ghost House. I love working with the CottageCutz silhouette-style dies like this one. With one pass and a single color of card stock, you are ready to start creating your project. They also work great when you want to use a patterned background because they always enhance your scene without adding a lot of colors to compete for your eye's attention. 

I had so much fun creating this project for you. Click on the video thumbnail below to learn how you can make your own or inspire you to put your twist on it.
Please note that the store is currently on hold while their warehouse is in the process of being moved to larger digs to serve you better. Today's dies will be available when the store opens again on September 20th. But don't get scared. The store will be back in a frog's leap. Until then, jot down your wish list items and stop by again to place your order. 

I hope you finish out the week strong and don't forget to check back every day for some more fall ideas. It's guaranteed to be a scary good time! 

Hugs,
Janet 


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Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Rub-A-Dub-Dub Birthday!

Hello all! I hope the week is treating you well so far. It's back to school time and I'm sure many of you sent your students off to start a new year like I did yesterday. Time flies alarmingly fast!

For your viewing pleasure today, I'm taking a little break from the wedding theme to bring you a birthday card for a little one in your life. It features the Bathtub Time die that that was part of the baby release this spring. This die has ten individual elements you can use to create a large variety of scenes. It's a great die to play around with and easy to construct. There are enough pieces to decorate both the front and the inside of a card like I did on this one.


I also used the Stitched Oval Set to create the frame on the front and the mat inside the card. The Happy and Birthday Expression dies were used for the sentiment inside.

To learn how this card came together, please click on the YouTube thumbnail or the link below:
Bathtub Time Birthday Card Video

If you are a fan of embossing or want to some additional ideas on combining embossing techniques, I think you'll enjoy this one.



Thanks for spending a few minutes with me today. I'll be back tomorrow with another video.

- Janet

Sunday, August 20, 2017

Wedding Cake & Butterflies Wedding Card

Happy Sunday! It's a beautiful day and I want to share some creative inspiration with you. 


Today's project is a card featuring the beautiful new CottageCutz Tiered Wedding Cake die. I had a lot of fun putting it together. It has a lot of small pieces but I found a way to make them easier to manage and color. I share this tip with you in the video and show you how well it works. You may have seen it before but you'll get to see it in action in the video.


The card also features the new CottageCutz Nested Stitched Eyelet Oval Set, the Celebrate Expressions Die, Butterflies, and the Leafy Foliage dies. 


I cut all the pieces in white card stock and used my Spectrum Noir markers and clear Wink of Stella so that each of the die cuts complemented each other as a set.

For full instructions and a look at how it was put together, click on the video link below.


It was great spending a little time with you today. I hope the rest of your weekend is great!

- Janet

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Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Elegant Wedding Card


Hello friends! I hope you are having a great week! It's the middle of the summer wedding season so I thought I'd make a wedding card using some beautiful CottageCutz dies you can find in the store. Click below for the video tutorial showing how this comes together.


This is a 5" square card that features the Bride & Groom die on the front in holographic white card stock. I just love this simple but beautiful lacy die that is so smart, it cuts out the groom's bow tie so it can stand out. Very elegant! The couple is attached to a 4.75" square black embossed card stock that is lifted off of the card base with a 4.5" square of fun foam. This is a great way to get a little lift but not make it so thick that it can't be mailed. Across the couple, I placed another die called Tweet Love. It includes the Love sentiment and also two "tweet" little birds. I thought the birds were too big for my design but they are cute! I saved them to decorate the envelope. As a substitute, you could choose the new Love Expressions die or give it a slightly different twist by picking Celebrate, Adore, Dream, Cherish, etc. The pretty script in those dies would match the elegant feel of this card perfectly. To finish the front, I used three metallic flower sequins and white gems.


Inside I used the largest square from the Stitched Square set and added the lacy Balloon Bouquet die in the same white holographic paper as the Bride & Groom on the front. The balloon die is super versatile. It would work for any elegant celebration from birthdays, parties, weddings and anniversaries.


Thanks for joining me today. I'll see you soon with another video tutorial!
Janet

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Wednesday, June 21, 2017


Hello my crafty friends! Father's Day may be over but I've still got masculine cards on the brain. This week's project  is called a double-fold card and is also known as a Joyful card fold. This is a nice fold design because it starts out a normal A2 size but once opened expands to three panels and 10.25" wide.


I used many different CottageCutz die sets to create this project but if you don't have these dies, just substitute with different dies or whatever you have on hand. This same idea can work on a number of different themes. Just start by thinking about what you want to use for the closure and then go from there.

In my case, I started with the tree from the Grass, Trees & Vines set and built the rest around the outdoors theme. I also used all the dies from the stamp and die set called Woodlands. The detail in these stamps and dies are awesome. You can color these any number of ways but I chose to use my PrismaColor pencils. I colored the dies from the Fishing Gear set with distressed ink. 

For complete instructions and dimensions, please visit my YouTube Channel by clicking on the video image below. As always, ask any questions you have and give me a thumbs up if you enjoy the video. If you haven't already, please subscribe so that you won't miss any future CottageCutz videos. Thank you for supporting the channel. I appreciate every one of you who follow me across any of my social media platforms.

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Thanks for spending some time today with me today. See you again soon!

- Janet
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