Wednesday, February 22, 2017

It's the Little Things

Hello, Colorful People! I finally had some time to sit and color images a few weekends ago! I was "itching" to get out my pens and pencils and paints! I went on a crafty retreat with some friends in early February, and now I have a stack of things all colored and ready for cards! Here is one of the images I colored.
This sweet image is called "Emma and Ellie" and is from Conie Fong Art and DesignI am new to Conie's stamps, but you can be sure I will be buying more and coloring them! 

This is a digital image, which I printed from my printer onto Hammermill cardstock. I really had the urge to color some purple I did! What fun! I used Copics to color the image and for the hair I used BV02, 04, 08, 25, 28. (I did not write down the other colors I used, unfortunately.)
I pulled out some printed paper from my vast hoard of 6x6 pads and made a 6" x 5" card. I found the sparkly button in my stash and had to use it with some purple twine. I also added some sequins (because, I was taunted by friends to buy a boat load of sequins a few years ago, so I need to start using them). I lined the inside of the card with white cardstock, so now it's all ready for a special message. 
I just adore this image. Emma's sweet face is so unique. Many children's images that I find are...well...a bit creepy! I find Conie's work to be very refreshing and whimsical. Plus, I love that they are digital because I can size them to suit myself! Digital stamps are easy to store and inexpensive! Win-win!

If you love this image, and you love to color,  Conie is having a design team call just now. Read about that HERE

Digital stamp: Conie Fong Art and Design Emma and Ellie
Clear Stamps: Stampin' Up Hello Life
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black
Markers: Copic
Paper: C.C. Designs Snowy Day, My Favorite Things Tiny Check
Cardstock: CutCardStock Flavours Gourmet Smoked Sea Salt, WorldWin Dark Pink, Hammermill Digital Copy
Trims: Really Reasonable Ribbon Yellow Grosgrain with Silver Edge, Violet Burlap String
Sequins: Craft Medley (pink), Pretty Pink Posh (pewter)
Button: unknown
Border punch: Stampin' Up
Dies: My Favorite Things Fishtail Flag Stax and Layers, Spellbinders Grand Rectangles
Adhesives: ATG tape, Scor-tape, foam squares, multi medium, hot glue

Monday, February 20, 2017

Pretty Pink Bikes Accordion Album

For those of you looking for the February Folio Series Tutorial, it is COMING on the 26th (at the latest). I am a bit behind due to a nasty cold. My apologies. 

Hello and welcome to the CutCardStock Blog! This is my last post as part of the CutCardStock 2016 Design Team! It has been a wonderful experience and I want to thank all of you for reading my posts this past year. I especially want to thank the CCS crew for their support and appreciation over the past 12 months!
For my post today I have created a 6 1/8" x 20 1/2" accordion fold mini album. I have decorated just one side of the album in order to turn it into a table-top decor piece. My little album contains photos of vintage bicycles! I have a love for pretty pink bikes!
 (photos downloaded from Pinterest)

I printed my photos onto Natural White Classic Linen Cardstock. I was surprised at how well my printer printed these bright photos onto the linen. Plus, the photos have that soft, vintage look that I love!

After the photos were printed, I cut them each to approximately 6" x 4". I reserved one photo to use on the front of the album. 
To create the mini album, Cut two pieces of 130lb Brown Bag Kraft Cardstock to  6 1/8" x  11". Score on the 11" side at 4 1/8" and 8 1/4". Place one piece of the kraft cardstock onto the work surface and measure 1 3/8" from the second sore line. Draw a line to mark the measurement. Place scor-tape on the space to the right of the line.

Remove the liner from the scor-tape. With the short panel of the second piece of cardstock overlapping the scor-tape area of the first piece of cardstock, secure the pieces together. You will have one long piece of cardstock measuring 6 1/8" tall by 20 1/2" long. 
Fold the paper in a mountain-valley pattern. Burnish all score lines. You should have five (5) panels, each 6 1/8" x 4 1/8". 
Create an embellishment for the front of the mini album. Ink a chipboard bicycle with embossing ink. Sprinkle the bicycle with various shades of pink embossing powder. Heat to melt the powder.  Set the embellishment aside to cool.
Decorate the first panel of the album. Start by cutting a piece of Prima Tales of You and Me paper to 6" x 4". Attach the paper to the album panel. Cut a white paper doily in half and glue to the top, left edge of panel. Glue the chipboard bicycle to the bottom of the panel, as shown.

Glue various paper flowers to the bicycle embellishment. Use a stitched square die cut template to cut out a photo and attach it to the album, at an angle as shown. Add a tiny, pink clothes pin to the photo. Using the sticker letters from the Prima Tales of You and Me 6x6 paper pad, spell out the phrase "pretty pink bikes" on the top of the album page. Glue a few pink sequins to the page, as desired. 
Cut four (4) pieces of Prima Tales of You and Me paper to 6" x 4" and attach one piece to each of the remaining panels. Attach a photo to each panel as shown.  
Thanks for looking!  

Natural White Classic Linen Cardstock
130lb Brown Bag Kraft Cardstock
Prima Tales of You and Me 6x6 paper pad
Double-sided Adhesive

Chipboard bike: Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts
Mini clothes pin: Canvas Corp Brands
Flowers: Wild Orchid Crafts
Sequins: Craft Medley
Doily: craft supply
Die cut template: Elizabeth Craft Designs stitched squares
Embossing powder: various pink shades
Ink: Top Boss clear embossing ink
Adhesive: hot glue

Thursday, February 16, 2017


Blogger Peeps! The tutorial for this steampunk mini album is READY!
Click HERE to print this full-color, step-by-step, FREE tutorial.

For more details on this project, click HERE.

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

NEW Graphic 45 Portrait of a Lady Collection

Hello, G45 Fans! I am up on the G45 Blog today, a rare occurrence these days. I have stepped down from my Special Projects Designer position with G45, but they still ask me to create something for them now and again. I think it is hard for us to "part company" after so many years! {grin} I will ALWAYS be a G45 Girl. 

I am introducing the Portrait of a Lady collection, which is such a lovely, soft, feminine collection! I have not been this giddy about one of the pastel collections since Le Romantique was released years ago! I am super excited to see what I can make with this paper during the coming months!
This card was on display at Creativation in January!

I created a standard A2 card from ivory cardstock and loaded it up with beautiful papers. Rather than add pre-made flowers, I used seam binding to make a fluffy bow, and then I fussy cut some of the flowers from the paper for decoration.
A few sequins scattered around give the card just a bit of sparkle. I found a faux vintage button in my stash that suited this card perfectly. This is going to be my go-to collection for wedding cards, Mother's Day cards, and birthday cards this year!
I added a few bits of paper to decorate the inside.

Graphic 45:
Portrait of a Lady: Grace, Isabelle, Victoria, Blanche, Elizabeth, Maria

Cardstock: Ivory
Trims: Really Reasonable Ribbon dark peach seam binding, ivory burlap string
Button: craft supply
Sequins: Craft Medley
Adhesive: Foam tape, tape runner, multi-medium, hot glue

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Steampunk Spells Mini Album

Hello steampunk fans! I have a remarkable mini album to share! I am cross-posting this to the Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts Blog, as it is my day to post over there. Make sure you hop on over to see all the creative work by the rest of the Design Team. As you can see by my watermark below, I am going to be on the GSLCuts team for one more year! Woot woot! 
This project is a joint project with Graphic 45 and GSLCuts. G45 had asked me to make some things for the Creativation show, but this project was so big that I did not finish it in time. However, goth GSLCuts and G45 graciously allowed me to share it as one of my GSLCuts DT posts!

I have created a 6" x 6" x 2" mini containing 18 pages (36 sides). This little gem is chock full of pretty papers and awesome chipboard embellishments! This is the perfect project for photos and journaling. Display this beauty on a shelf or easel for maximum enjoyment!
 Each page contains pockets or tags or ephemera. It is a steampunk-ers dream.
The spine sports a metal door plate and knob, plus two wonderful metal keys.
You need the following Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts embellishments for this project:

Mini Bird Cages

For a full supply list, scroll down to the bottom of the post. To purchase G45 papers from various on-line stores, click the links in the supply list below. (I am not affiliated with any of these stores, nor do I recommend them or vouch for them. I am simply passing on some links to where you may find G45 papers.)
The front of this album is packed with metal charms, grungy steampunk chipboard shapes, and flowers. To create the large, butterfly embellishment, ink one Butterfly of Gears with black pigment ink. Cover the shape with Black Soot Distress Embossing Powder and heat set. 

For all the other chipboard shapes in the album, either keep them "raw" or color them with a black marker or black ink. I sprayed a few shapes with black glimmer mist. See the printable tutorial for specific directions. (COMING SOON!)

The inside front cover contains an envelope for hidden journaling or photos. I have used two of the corners from the Wrought Iron Set to decorate the envelope.
The inside back cover also has a pocket for a square tag. This pocket is decorated with a spectacular Steampunk Gentleman. I sprayed this shape with glimmer mist and weighted it down with some heavy books so that he could dry flat.
This is just a sneaky peaky of all the wonderful chipboard shapes contained in this book!

To see all the pages of this wonderful, little album, check out the video! 
You can also print a step-by-step project sheet for this project. Click HERE to print this full-color, step-by-step FREE tutorial. 

Thanks for looking!

Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts:

Partner products:
Graphic 45:
DCE - Old Curiosity Shoppe (with stickers and decorative chipboard)
DCE - Steampunk Debutante (with stickers and decorative chipboard)
DCE - Botanicabella (with stickers and decorative chipboard)
Rare Oddities (retired)
Artisan Style (retired)
Steampunk Spells (retired)
Eerie Tale (retired)
Square Tags - blackkraft
Artist Trading Tags Tags - black, kraft
Ornate Metal Keys


Cardstock: black, kraft
Markers: Zig black, Stampin' Up black
Ink: black pigment
Embossing powder: Ranger Distress Black Soot
Embellishments: decorative brads, metal gears, paper and fabric flowers, filmstrip, bingo tile, lightbulb, metal frame, metal spigots, charms, pen nib, wishbone
Punches: Stampin' Up 1" and 1/2" circles, Creative Memories corner rounder, EK Success bumpy road border
Dies: Spellbinders standard circles large, small; Cheery Lynn Designs French Pastry Doily
Magnets: Basic Grey
Adhesive: ATG double-sided tape, Scor-tape, Scrapbooking Adhesives by 3L 3D foam squares, 3M foam tape, Ranger Multi Medium, hot glue
Tools: Paper trimmer, scissors, craft knife and cutting mat, bone folder

Wednesday, February 08, 2017

Midnight Masquerade Box and Tags

I am dazzled by the fantastic jewel tones of the NEW Graphic 45 Midnight Masquerade Collection! Some of my favorite colors in the world are deep, dark shades of blue, purple, yellow, and orange. I almost did not want to cut into this collection because I wanted to save every tiny bit of it!
G45 asked me to make something for the Creativation show in January, and I ended up making an altered ATC Book Box stuffed with tags! This sweet box, contains seven (7) tags. Just looking at it is like a feast for the eyes. The box sits on four metal claw feet. The G45 claw feet are perfectly made for this paper collection. 
Six tags fit into the box. There are three regular-sized tags and three ATC-sized tags. 
A square tag fits into the extra pocket that I created on the back of the box. A chunky clothespin is ready to clasp notes, photos, or more tags.
Once you use all the tags, you can use the empty box to hold your treasures, office supplies, or embellishments. I added just a bit of decor to the box with two art deco photo corners (from GSLCuts).
The pocket that I constructed for the back of the box is large enough to hold sticky note pads and pens.
The tags are suitable to tie onto packages or for gift bag decor. You could even add them to a mini album. Each tag is a masterpiece, filled with color and texture!
I created one square tag to fit into the pocket on the back of the box. I fussy cut some of the images and added them to the front of the tag. This collection just begs to be fussy cut!
I added a fleur de lis brad to a shabby chic key hole for the right side of the tag. The white, die cut doily sets the stage for all of the marvelous colors. 
I covered the back of the tag with paper and another fussy cut image.
I used three regular-sized tags to tuck into the altered box. I cut 1/2" off the bottom of the second tag and 1" off the bottom of the third. I wanted the tags to be various heights as they sat in the box. I rounded the corners to match the regular-sized tag.
This tag makes me think of Mardi Gras, music, and dancing. The pops of teal, orange and purple against the white doily make me happy!
The Cheery Lynn French Pastry Doily die cut template is one of my favorites. I can cut doilies out of any paper or cardstock to match my projects. 

I tucked some twine under a nosegay of flowers to make a lovely tag. 
The second tag is 1/2" shorter than the first tag. I used some of the cut apart elements from the paper, as well as some fussy cut images to decorate the tag. You can see a bit of doily peeking out on the left. I created a scrunchy bow from yellow seam binding. 
I added a flattened bottle cap and some twine to another tiny bouquet of flowers. 
To create the next tag, I cut 1" off the bottom of a regular tag and rounded the corners. I fussy cut an image and a partial frame to decorate the tag. 
I found some matching flowers in my stash and added them. It looks as if the Harlequin is holding a giant bouquet! 
I added paper to the back of each tag. 
The ATC Book Box comes with three ATC tags. I decorated those three tags to coordinate with the box. 
The first ATC tag is a fussy cut mask and flowers inside a partial frame. I die cut some feathers and added them to the mask. The rolled sentiment at the bottom gives another layer of interest. 
The second ATC tag is all about the bow! I found the perfect color in my stash - it's called noble peacock - to match the papers. I dampened the seam binding and scrunched it in my hand to make a crumpled mess. Once it was dry, the seam binding made the most gorgeous bow! I added an image cut from the paper and some die cut feathers. 
The third ATC tag is simple, but pretty. The images in the paper are so interesting that there is not much need to "gild the lily." 
I added paper to the back of each tag to finish them off. 
I used up almost every scrap of this paper! I cannot wait until it starts to ship and I can get my hands on the full collections!

Thanks for looking!

Graphic 45:

Cardstock: ivory, black
Flowers: Wild Orchid Crafts, Petaloo, Prima
Trims: Really Reasonable Ribbon mimosa yellow and noble peacock seam binding, tangerine diamond satin, grape satin, ivory burlap string; May Arts teal ribbon
Chipboard: Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts art deco corners; Graffix heavy weight black
Clothespin: American Crafts
Bottle cap: craft supply
Brad: Teresa Collins
Tools: corner rounder, 1" and 1/2" circle punches
Adhesive: Foam tape, tape runner, Scor-tape, multi-medium, hot glue