Friday, July 21, 2017

DIY Traveler's Notebook with Silver Card Stock Embellishments

I am in love with the traveler's notebook (TN) journaling system, as it's built around this idea of individual inserts that you can use together and swap out when you're done with them. I was once more into using a TN for all my planning needs. Lately, I've regressed to using my phone calendar and it's easy note-taking system. However, I have so many ideas for art journaling - and TN's are absolutely perfect for creative purposes!

This week's project will take you through how to make a cover for your TN from a vinyl placemat. I got mine from the dollar store, but you may have one around the house that you aren't using.

For full step by step instructions, be sure to check out the video tutorial I have up at my youtube channel!

I started by tinting the vinyl with alcohol markers, moving the pigment around with a sponge that had been dampened with rubbing alcohol. I also splashed some black ink on and blew it around with a straw. Once I was happy with the look and everything had dried, I took triangles of silver glitter paper from POW! and placed them on with matte Mod Podge.

Everything in this process of decorating the cover was quite intuitive. As I was working from building on texture and color, I just sort of went with it. I also knew I'd be filling this up with intuitive mixed media art, so thought it would be nice if the outside would give a guess as to what was inside.

I added some acrylic painted geometric illustrations with a brush, in white and black. Breaking up the geometric forms with some organic illustrations helped to harmonize the design. I also added some more color with Tombow dual brush markers. I just had to be sure to seal everything with a thick final coat of Mod Podge to protect it.

The inside cover was also tinted with alcohol ink, which I applied with a paint brush. I sprayed a clear coat of varnish to protect it from the elements before I started punching the holes for the elastic.

I found some 2 mm elastic in my stash in pale pink and blue and cut it to fit the journal size, threading it through the holes as shown. I also included a piece of elastic to keep it all together.

I made three standard size inserts, each cover cut from Curious Metallic card stock in various shades of silver. The inside stock is 90 lb Neenah, which will be good to use for whatever mixed media art journal effects I might want to apply.

I rounded all the edges of my paper with a corner chomper and am quite happy with the finished effect. Can't wait to fill it up and swap out the inserts as I go.

If you'd like to see a full tutorial on how to make TN inserts, I have that available on my Youtube channel as well!

- Haley

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Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Hand Decorated Wedding Gift Bag

Weddings are the kind of occasion where I really like to personalize a gift...all the way down to the packaging.  Decorating a plain kraft gift bag with a couple's wedding colors or flowers is the perfect way to add a unique touch to that ordinary registry item.

Start by trimming a piece of foiled patterned paper and Silver Bright Foil Cardstock to fit the front of your Brown Bag Shopping Bag.  Since I'm decorating a small gift bag, I cut my foil cardstock to 7" x 9" and my patterned paper to 6.5" x 8.5" to leave a small border around the panel when I adhered it to my bag.

Die-cut enough flower layers and leaves to form three dimensional flowers from Neenah Classic Crest Solar White Cardstock.

Stamp the die-cuts with the coordinating stamps in Versamark ink, add silver embossing powder, and melt it with a heat tool.

Ink the die-cuts right over the silver embossed lines with several colors of dye-based ink.  Here I used pink, purple, and blue inks for the flowers and green for the leaves, inking more heavily in some areas to give the images dimension.

Shape the petals of the flowers and leaves with your fingers or a ball-tipped stylus and adhere the layers together with Tombow Mono Multi-Purpose Liquid Glue.  I added a small silver glitter enamel dot to the center of each flower with liquid glue as well.

To create the matching tag, die-cut nesting tag shapes from Silver Bright Foil Cardstock and patterned paper and the sentiment from Neenah Classic Crest Solar White.  Ink the sentiment with the same pink and purple inks used to color the flowers.

Adhere the patterned paper to the foil cardstock for both the tag and gift bag panel with tape runner.  Add tape runner to the back of the foil cardstock and press onto it the front of the gift bag firmly.

Arrange the flowers and leaves to form a scene on your bag with lots of depth.  Here I've adhered the leaves flat onto the bag with liquid glue first, added the two pink and purple flowers next with one layer of foam tabs, and popped the blue and purple flower up on the corner of the bag last with a double layer of foam tabs.  A simple butterfly die-cut was added with liquid glue for a little more visual interest.

Punch a hole in matching tag and tie it to the handle of the gift bag with silver ribbon.  Add your gift to the bag, nestling it inside with tons of white and silver tissue paper.

I hope I've inspired you with this easy hand decorated gift bag 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 gold and silver cardstocks are on sale this month!

Monday, July 17, 2017


Do you love heat embossing as much as me? Doubtful...I LOVE it! I just love to see those little granules's a guilty pleasure. Soooooo....I decided to go all heat embossing...LOVE the glittery result. I also learned something can heat emboss on foil card stock...LOVE the result. Be sure to pan down and check out my Pictorial for this card along with the full recipe of supplies used. Thanks for stopping by...Lee-Ann :)

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-I chose to use American Crafts Foil 6" pad and Basis Card stock from CutCardStock

-I also chose to use dies and stamps from Jaded Blossom

-I quickly cut an 8.5x11" piece of Basis card stock in half vertically then scored that piece at 5.5" to make an A2 size portrait card...I also cut a Rectangle 3.25x4.5" using an stitched rectangle die...I then applied EK Success powder tool to the whole card front and stamped my daisies using my Misti tool and Versamark ink...and then applied my Princess Gold Ranger embossing powder and melted it with my Marvy Heat tool

-There they all-all glittery

-I then cut a piece of American Crafts foil card stock using Jaded Blossom Card mat dies at 4x5.25"

-I then cut a gold label with the Jaded Blossom label dies(yes, I cut it out of the center of my back layer-no one will know) I cut the shadow layer of the label with vellum...for a soft buffer

-I then chose to heat emboss a sentiment from Jaded Blossom on my label...first powder tool...then Versamark ink stamping using my Misti tool...then melt with marvy heat tool

-All layered up and pretty...I glued everything down with ATG gun and foam tape for a little lift...I then applied Cartwright's Moonshine sequins and Nuvo Crystal drops Simply white in the center of each one...and dots in the flower centers for some interest...LOVE!


  1. CutCardStock-American Crafts Christmas foil 6" pad, Basis white cover stock
  2. Jaded Blossom-Card mat dies, Daisies, Stitched Rectangle dies, Label dies and Coworkers
  3. Nuvo Crystal Drops-Simply white
  4. Ranger Princess Gold and Detail White embossing powder
  5. Versamark
  6. Carwright's Moonshine sequins
  7. Worldwin vellum
  8. Vagabond machine
  9. Marvy Heat tool
  10. Misti Stamping Tool
  11. Fiskar's paper trimmer
  12. EK Success powder tool

Friday, July 14, 2017


Hi Friends!! kel here today :) First off, let me apologize so greatly for the pictures! I'm experimenting with my camera rig and this is definitely NOT a winner. Oh well, live and learn!! I promise I'll figure it out for next time!

This was a really simple card to make but it looks so pretty because of the shimmery paper! Today's card is made using some gold Stardream Metallic 65# cardstock and a couple pieces of Basis white 80# cardstock. So easy to put together!! I started by cutting my sheet of gold Stardream Metallic 65# cardstock in half to make a top-folding card.

I knew I wanted to put a piece of white cardstock inside the card to make it easier to write on - not every pen takes nicely to shimmery paper so I wanted to make it easier for whoever got this card to write inside!!

Then I took some matching yellow ink and a pretty circle stamp set and just stamped over the bottom of the card, making sure to go off the edges a little bit.

Then I took my sentiment and stamped it in a nice, bold black just above the circles.

The last thing I added was some matching black and white baker's twine to the top of the card...

... and then finished it off with a nice bow before sticking the white cardstock piece to the card front.

And this is another view of the card, trying to show off the shimmer. So pretty, and such a simple thing to put together!!

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lovies, =o) kel

Thursday, July 13, 2017

A Plum and Silver Wedding Card

A Plum and Silver Wedding Card

Weddings. Don’t you just love them? All the people, dresses, cakes, traditions, and decoration options often make me seriously reconsider a career as a wedding planner… except I’m terrible at planning. 😃

So, I just browse through Pinterest and pin all the things I like in the hopes that I can use them for inspiration for my projects.

One of my favorite color combos this year is silver and dark purple. And I’m not talking a muted silver either - all out glittered ornaments and the deepest of plums. It looks so elegant and festive!

The card I made today draws from that color palette and is post office friendly (with an extra slip of paper over the card). Of course, you can swap out the colors to match any wedding and send it along to congratulate the happy couple.

You’ll need:

To start, cut a 5 1/2 x 4 1/4-inch card base from Basis White 110lb cardstock. Then, cut a 5 3/8 x 4 1/8-inch rectangle from the Silver Glitter cardstock. Next, run a piece of Cougar White cardstock through your die cut machine with the largest Stitched Rectangle die.

To finish up the cutting, run your stitched rectangle piece through your die cutting machine again, except this time place the Corbel Heart off center to the left (as shown).

A Plum and Silver Wedding Card

I wanted to use foam to pop up the die cut cardstock piece, but I knew that wasn’t going to work at the post office in a regular envelope. Instead, I opted to use Scor-Tape to adhere the white panel directly on the Silver Glitter cardstock.

Have I told you how much I love this glitter paper? I think I did, but just in case I wanna remind you that this paper is the real deal. It’s just as glittery as loose glitter without all the mess - no flaking here! 😃

Next, I added the ribbon.

A Plum and Silver Wedding Card

If you’re like me and terrible at tying straight bows around a card panel, try this:

Pull a long length of ribbon (about 1.5x the length you need to go around the paper) and tie the ends together first to make a beautiful bow on a loop. Figure out where the bow should land on the card front, then snip the loop open and wrap it around the edges and secure with adhesive to hide the ends.

I know, it’s cheating, but whatever gets the job done, right?

The reason I did the ribbon first is that I wanted to use it to line up my sentiment. You may prefer to stamp first if you like, just be sure your ribbon doesn’t cover your stamped area. The ink I used is called Grape Jelly, and it’s a super nice shade of dark purple. The Cougar cardstock produces some lovely crisp images, too! Check out those tiny letters:

A Plum and Silver Wedding Card

To finish off the card, I added some purple and lilac sequins and adhered my completed panel to the card base.

A Plum and Silver Wedding Card

Thank you so much for stopping in today! Why not scroll down through the blog to check out what other fabulous projects the Design Team has been up to? You never know what inspiration you'll find!

❤️  Niki • (on Instagram, Pinterest & Twitter)