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 


Dies Used In This Card:

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

Dies Used In This Project:







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

Dies used in this project:





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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Dies Used in This Card:











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

- Janet

Wednesday, June 7, 2017


Happy Wednesday scrapping fans! Today's project once again features super cute dies from CottageCutz. Today I'm sharing a summer card with a die cut circle background. I'm always looking for ways to get the most of my basic dies and this is one more idea for that. I hope it will inspire you to try it. Circles could work equally well on a scrapbook page don't you think? This technique adds a lot of texture, especially if you emboss them as I did here. The stitched detail on the circles really add a nice touch to the overall image too.


Here in North Carolina, we're already hitting low 90's regularly so I am totally in the mood to create summer scenes on my projects. Today's project features the Gladiolus stamp and die set which is the August flower in the Birthday Flowers release from January. I had to have this one because Glads were my Grandma's favorite garden flower and August is my birthday month. After coloring the die cut with PrismaColor pencils and a little Wink of Stella on the flower centers, I mounted it on the background with foam tape. The card also features the Discover Expression Plus die which I coated with clear heat embossing to add thickness and gloss. So pretty!

There's a lot more to share with you about this project. To find out all the details of how to make this card along with dimensions and supplies, please click below to see the video. While you're there, don't forget to give me a thumbs up and subscribe to my channel.


Thanks for spending some time with me today. Hope the rest of your week is great!

Janet

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Two Ways to Make Shaker Cards - Traditional and Tulle


Hi Everyone! Hope you're making it through Hump Day! If you feel like you could use some words of encouragement then you're in the right place. Today's project is a set of clean and simple cards featuring some of the 35 available dies in May's Expressions Plus word release. 


When I saw these dies, I immediately knew I would use the negative space of the words as windows for shaker boxes. In the video I show the traditional shaker box created by making a well for the shaker confetti with foam tape and covering it with an acetate window. The second method uses tulle to create both the window and the pocket to hold the shaker confetti. I'm a big fan of using tulle! It's much quicker, doesn't add additional bulk to your card and doesn't allow the shaker bits to gather at the bottom of the window. The size of the new Expressions Plus dies worked perfectly for either shaker method.

Check out the card set featuring the new Expressions Plus Dies by clicking below:



If you'd like to see more of the Expressions Plus die release, click on the YouTube video link below. See how these new dies compare to the older Expressions dies, ideas on using the two styles together and other thoughts to jump start your crafting imagination.




Thanks for spending some of your valuable time with me today. Have a wonderful Wednesday!

- Janet


Dies used in this project:


Card Recipe:
CottageCutz Expressions Plus Dies Used:
friends, happy, thanks, family, wish, grateful

Card base: A2 (4.25" x 5.5" when folded)
Front card panel: 3.75" x 5.5"
Various party table confetti from Walmart:
balloons, stars, discs
Sequins from my stash
white tulle, glitter patterned tulle
3M foam tape
Scotch ATG adhesive
Tear It adhesive tape
Scotch Quick Dry liquid adhesive
Cuttlebug embossing folders (bee hive and flower patterns)
Office Depot Color Inkjet Transparencies

Sunday, May 14, 2017

Colorful Collage Mother's Day Card

Happy Mother's Day! It's my day to post for CottageCutz dies. In honor of Mother's Day I present a colorful card featuring one of the CottageCutz Baby release dies called, Elephants on Parade. I also used the Oval Doily & Frame, Stitched Oval Set, and the Double-Stitched Rectangle Set to make this card. Find all the new baby release dies here.

Card Front
Inside of Card

 I had a ball playing on the idea that in the Indian culture, elephants are honored and revered, just like our Moms are. Although this card focuses on Mother's Day, it could easily be changed into a birthday card too. I've included all the dimensions and supplies needed for this card in the video description.



I hope you have a most wonderful Sunday and for all the Mom's out there, have a happy Mother's Day. It's your day. Enjoy it!

- Janet





Saturday, May 6, 2017

Teacher Appreciation Cards

Happy Saturday everyone! Earlier this week, I was challenged with mass producing six cards for my son's teachers. In our district it was Teacher Appreciation week. I'm not sure if that's a national week or if each district chooses their own week but in any case, I want to share with you a teacher thank you card set that worked well for the occasion.


These were relatively easy to put together and it took me about an hour once I figured out what to do. These are 4-Bar sized cards (3.5" x 4 7/8") so they are a little smaller than A2. Part of the reason I chose that size was so that it was a little less work to prepare the card front backgrounds but it was still big enough to fit a Target gift card inside.

For the card front, I cut six pieces of white card stock at 3 1/4" x 4 5/8". Next, I used Tim Holtz Distress ink in four colors by applying Salty Ocean first, then Mustard Seed, then Spiced Marmalade and finally Worn Lipstick. When I applied the Mustard Seed over the Salty Ocean, it created the greenish range you see between the blue and yellow. Once I finished blending the colors over each other, I stamped the school house on each one. Once everything was dry, I sprinkled water droplets over the top. Water and distress ink interact with each other and it lightens all the areas where water touched the ink for a cool effect.


The "Thanks" sentiment is from CottageCutz and I cut six of them out of black card stock and adhered one above each school house image. The final step was spritzing Pewter Shimmer Mist from Tsukineko over each card. I love this mist and it gave the whole background a pretty shimmer.

I completed the cards by stamping, "A+ Well Done" on the inside of the card. All the stamps come from a Close To My Heart set called, School Rocks. This is a retired set but is still available from online sellers per my check as I was writing this. I've used this set a lot as it has some super cute school images in it.


Well, that does it for me today. If you have any questions, just leave me a comment. Don't forget that I now have a YouTube channel you can visit for more ideas. You can find me there at SugarShine's YouTube Channel. I'll be back soon!

- Janet


Sunday, April 30, 2017

Twist Pop-Up Card for Baby

Hi everyone! It's been a while since I posted but our family have been busy little beavers and I'm sure you're in the same boat!

Today it's my turn to post for CottageCutz and I'm featuring a card that will really wow your recipients! It's called the Twist Pop-Up card and it's an eye catcher.


This card features six dies highlighting all things baby. I've geared it for a girl but of course, you can always change the colors to be gender neutral or boyish.

This card has a surprise when you open it. Describing it isn't adequate so please go to the link below for the video showing how I decorated this fun card base. You'll find the mat measurements in the video's description. 



I've posted another video that shows in detail how to make the card base itself. For those of you who don't have a lot of supplies, I hope you'll check out the card base construction because all you need are scissors, ruler, card stock, glue and some stickers to decorate it. I'm confident you will be able to make this card after you watch it but I will answer any questions you leave for me there to help you if you get stuck. 



Thanks for joining me on this beautiful Sunday morning. Enjoy the rest of the weekend!

Janet

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Baby Monkey Congratulations Card


Happy Hump Day everyone! It's my turn to post a project using CottageCutz dies. Today I'm celebrating baby using one of the new dies from the CottageCutz baby release! This little fella is such a cutie and is a perfect way to congratulate someone special who has welcomed a new little monkey of their own.

I invite you to visit the video which shows you how I made this card in detail. Also included in the video description are the dimensions for all the pieces I used in this project and links to the products (Disclaimer - I don't earn commissions on CottageCutz die sales).


I used several techniques on this monkey to maximize his cuteness. First I shaded him using brown and black chalks before putting him together. I raised up his paws with foam tape and rounded his tummy before placing a strip of foam tape down his middle to help retain the baby tummy roundness. He demanded some googly eyes and I happily complied! Then his mouth was traced with a black fine-lined marker so his personality could really shine. I also rounded the balloons and attached them with foam tape to the strings. The balloons are part of this monkey set and I know I'll use them for many other projects. It's always nice when a die can be versatile.




Hope you enjoyed this little guy. I'll be posting again for CottageCutz on April 30th but I'm going to try to post a project this weekend. It all depends on how much spring yard work I get done! Take care and see you soon!
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