Monday, January 22, 2018

Asters for your Valentine

As we near the end of January, my mind is focused on Valentine's Day which will be here before you know it!  Birgit here with you today with some flowers that will last, to give to your Valentine.

Here's a snapshot of the products I used:



I started with an A2 sized card front which was cut from Astrobrights Stardust White.  I cut the heart cutouts from the center and misted it with some gold shimmer spray.

I cut a square piece of Astrobrights Pulsar Pink just large enough to cover the space where the hearts will show through and mounted it with Score-Tape.

 Next I cut three aster flowers out of Astrobrights Re-Entry Red, shaped them on a molding mat and glued them together using Tombow Mono Multi-Purpose Liquid Glue.  The centers of the flowers were cut using scraps from my scrap bin and the leaves were cut using Basis Light Lime and other green scraps.  The weight of the Astrobrights Cardstock is 65lbs. which makes it the perfect weight for creating beautifully formed flowers.


I mounted the top piece with the heart cutouts using foam tape to give it some dimension and then arranged the flowers on the card front using Tombow-Mono Multi-Purpose Liquid Glue.  A stunning card to give to someone special!  

You'll find all the Astrobright Cardstock on sale until the end of January at Cut Cardstock.  While you're there, be sure to sign up for their newsletter so you'll be among the first to be notified about up coming sales and special deals.

Thanks so much for stopping by today!  Blessings~ Birgit

Friday, January 19, 2018

I Whale-y love you

The astrobright series of cardstock brings an extra pop of color effortlessly to this card set. To create this card, I started with the Pop Up Box Card Whale file from Lori Whitlock, found in the silhouette store. 
After cutting all the pieces out with my Silhouette Cameo 3 it was time to play. With the added assistance of highlights with the Craftwell eBrush, the paper tends to really pop.

One thing I like to do with bubbles is float in different colors because well, why not!

 The sloppier the work with the ink, I find it to be better
Since I used three different blues/teal from the Astrobright collection, I decided to add some other pops of color on the card to kind of break it up a bit. Adding seaweed and other small sea creatures accomplished this.

To bring a bit of shimmer and shine to the tops of the waves on the card and treat bag, I added some silver Ranger Ink embossing powder and ink pen.


 Final product



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Thursday, January 18, 2018

There's Still TIme to Apply! CutCardStock Design Team Call




The CutCardStock Design Team is looking for creative individuals to join our team! If you are a card maker, DIYer, hand-letterer, scrapbooker, digital designer or mixed media artist, we would love to hear from you. Applications are being accepted until January 31, 2018. Contact amber@cutcardstock.com if you have any questions. If you would like to be considered for the team, here are the details: 

Expectations: 

  • Selected Design Team members will be a part of the team from March 1, 2018 to February 28, 2019 
  • Create 2 projects per month based on provided theme/product requirements (a total of 24 projects for the entire term) 
  •  Simple tutorial created to accompany projects, including great photos (you will need access to photo editing software) and clearly written instructions for the reader 
  • Upload photos and written steps to CutCardStock blog, proof and schedule post to publish on assigned day 
  • Sharing and promoting on social media platforms 

Benefits: 

  • Design Team members will receive: CutCardStock Designer’s Packages loaded with lots of products to use for your required posts 
  • Quarterly product shipments and/or gift certificates for choosing product from CutCardStock.com 
  • An exclusive team discount for any purchases you make during your term 
  • Access to a private Facebook group to meet and connect with the other designers 
  • Your name, picture and link to blog/social media showcased on the CutCardStock blog Design Team page CutCardStock.com 
  • Design Team badge to add to your blog 
  • Bonus gift certificate for CutCardStock.com at the successful completion of the Design Team term 

How to Apply: 

  • Complete the Design Team Application Form
    • The application form will ask for some information so we can get to know you a little bit.
    • The projects that you share in the application process should reflect your style and represent the types of projects you would like to create for CutCardStock. 
    • You don’t have to use CutCardStock products in your submission projects. 
    • You will be asked to share links to your blog and other social media platforms. 
    • Previous design team experience is not required.
The CutCardStock Design Team call is open to everyone; submissions for consideration will be accepted from December 15, 2017 to January 31st, 2018. New Design Team members will be notified via email no later than February 5, 2018.

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Twist and Shout It's Almost Valentine's Day


Don't judge a card by its front cover. This card looks like a simple Valentine's Day card, but just wait until you see the inside.


I started with 2 pieces of Astrobright Cardstock. One piece of Pulsar Pink cut 5" x 11" and one piece of Re-Entry Red cut to 4.5" x 10.25".


Then using the Karen Burniston's Twist Panel Pop-Up (and following her directions) I die cut the Re-Entry Red base. I also scored and folded the Pulsar Pink in half.


Next using the dies, I cut the all the needed pieces and parts. I also cut additional layers for the front (stripped 4.5" x 5) and inside (2 XO's 4" x 4.125") using paper from my stash.

Now the fun begins. 

I began to assemble the card. I started with the inside layer and the action pieces.


I added the pink layer to hide the action pieces from the outside. 


Now I added the decorative pieces.


I can't decide who is going to get this extra special card for Valentine's Day. I may need to make a few more to give to the special people in my life.

Thanks for stopping by. 

If you enjoy the projects we share, have you thought about joining the CutCardStock Design Team. You still have a few more day. For more information check out the CutCardStock Design Team Call.


Monday, January 15, 2018

Marbled Valentine's Day Gift Box


For me, nothing says Valentine's Day like a handful of those classic conversation hearts...so when I was searching for a unique gift box to make, I immediately fell in love with this heart box cutting file.  Super simple to cut and assemble, you can make a ton of the basic design for a classroom of kiddos or enlarge and embellish just one special box using gorgeous cardstock from the CutCardStock store.


Start by cutting your main gift box shape from Bazzill Marble Wax Lips Cardstock with your Silhouette machine (similar dies can be found for manual die-cutting machines if needed).  This cardstock is the perfect weight for 3D projects and its subtle marble pattern makes any papercraft look just a little more elegant.  Then, cut the window embellishment pieces from Stardust White and Plasma Pink Astrobright Cardstock.


Assemble the box using a strong liquid glue like Tombow Mono Multipurpose Liquid Glue.  I die-cut a "love" sentiment out of Mirrisparkle Gold Glitter Cardstock and added this and the heart window shapes with liquid glue as well.


To embellish the box even more, I die-cut several strips of different flower quilling shapes out of Stardust White, Plasma Pink, and Gamma Green Astrobright Cardstock.  For a little added dimension, I inked all of the die-cuts around the edges with red ink and a sponge dauber.


Add liquid glue to the bottom of each paper strip and roll the flower tightly with your fingers, a quilling tool, or even a bamboo skewer to create the quilled flower.  Curl the petals downward using a pencil or your fingertips.


Arrange the flowers and leaves on the bottom corner of the box and adhere them with liquid glue or glue dots.  I enlarged the box as much as I could when still cutting it from one piece of 12x12 cardstock, so the final piece is about four inches wide by six inches tall.  Fill the box with a small gift, a ton of conversation hearts, or any other sweet treats!

I hope you enjoyed this Valentine's Day gift box idea and thanks so much for stopping by today.  Be sure to visit the CutCardStock store to purchase any of the supplies showcased today and remember that Astrobright Cardstocks are on sale this month!