Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Whoooooo Loves Halloween?

Sharing another card for you today that features the CottageCutz Owl. This little fellow is not only extremely cute but he is also versatile. Thought it would be fun to make a witch's hat and use him for a Halloween card. He is roosting on a felt spider's web. :) This die is in several pieces but is SO easy to put together. You can have your owl creation finished in a few minutes. :) Be sure to check out all the great CottageCutz dies at Scrapping Cottage.

This is my last post for Scrapping Cottage. I hope you have enjoyed seeing my work as much as I have enjoyed designing it for you. :) Come see my newest creations at my new blog: May you have a wonderful and creative day. :)

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

CottageCutz Stacked Pumpkins and Ghost dies

I have to say that this CottageCutz Halloween release has got to be my favorite so far. This CottageCutz Pumpkins Stacked die was so simple to put together and I love the detail. This 2x2 ghost die is a must have because he can be added to just about any Halloween card or layout and he's so cute and simple. I just cut him out of white and then put a tiny piece of black behind the eyes and have him some cheeks and he's done.
I love how the background, foreground, leaves, eyes, teeth and stem are all so you can do all your cuts once and not have to run it through your machine over and over again to get all your leaves etc.

It's not even October yet so be sure to order your Halloween CottageCutz dies so you can use these great dies all month long!

Monday, September 28, 2009

CottageCutz Owl

Today's project features the CottageCutz Owl on a birthday card. Since this is a birthday card, I wanted it to be bright and festive. I used two different shades of pink for the owl. Whooooo says owls have to be brown? :) Be sure to check out all the great CottageCutz dies and other products at Scrapping Cottage.

Friday, September 25, 2009

Happy Halloween!

Spooks and goblins, ghosts and pumpkins are
haunting the Scrapping Cottage tonight!

I made this fun little Haunted House with all of its
tricks and trim for my children. I want them to
remember the fun they had trick or treating!

Spooky Tree
Creepy Night Frame
Witch Hat
Spider Web

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Fun with the new Halloween Dies!!

As soon as my new Halloween Cottage Cutz dies arrived in my mailbox, I couldn't wait to get them open so I could start playing!! I just LOVE Halloween products! Every year they just keep getting cuter and cuter and this year is no exception. Something I always enjoy is figuring out how to re-purpose my dies so that I am able to get more use out of them. As soon as I saw the Halloween Cottage Cutz release, I immediately identified several dies that would look GREAT on some Disney layouts!

My layout for today of the Haunted Mansion at Walt Disney World. It is actually a two-page layout, so you have to keep checking back for when I post the second page ;)

I thought the Cottage Cutz Candelabra would make a great and maybe unexpected addition to a Disney Haunted Mansion page! Remember during the ride where you see the floating candelabra?! I also used my silhouette to cut out my title from the font Old English which is equivalent to the QK Haunted alpha. I wanted to make sure that my layout looked spooky without looking Halloweeny.

Be sure to check back later for my second page - lets just say, you might see the Cottage Cutz Haunted House because what would a Haunted Mansion layout be without a haunted mansion embellishment!!

Wednesday, September 23, 2009


Things are getting a little "STICKY" around here.....
Today I wanted to talk about adhesives. I'm always asked "what is your favorite kind of adhesive?" My answer is that there is no one adhesive that is great for everything.
These are the adhesives I like the best and why:
Scotch ATG714 - This is a big adhesive gun but you know what? It's easy to use and I love how it applies adhesive quickly and easy and hold larger rolls of adhesive. You can get regular or acid-free refills.
I use this for adhering my photos to cardstock and all of my bigger jobs.
The Glue Glider Pro is very similar, but came out after I bought my Scotch ATG. This gun is cheaper but the refills are a bit more expensive.
The next adhesive is my Hermafix dispensers. One is the square tabs and the other is tiny dots. These are great for adhering the medium to small items that the ATG is too big for. I also like to cut the squares and apply them to larger letters etc.
Then there is Glue Dots - these are great for buttons, flowers, ribbons, gems and trinkets. They stick super well and are tiny enough for all your little objects.
The last two are the Tombow Mono Adhesives. The purple label is great for metal objects. I use this on the back side of ribbon, metallic cardstock and findings.
The blue label is a life-saver for my diecuts. It has two tips and I always use the small tip as pictured below. This is great for applying diecut letters & putting diecuts together. I use this glue every time I scrap and wouldn't ever want to be without it. It dries clear and lasts for a long time. The only time I ever have problems with this clogging is if I've left the cap off for a long time. If this happens I simply stick a pin down there and it clears out quickly.

Close up of Tombow Mono Adhesive and Glue Dots.
The adhesives I've shown above are very similar to other products on the market, these just happen to be the ones I've used and like the best. I take ease of use and cost when I consider an adhesive. I don't recommend glue sticks because they lose their stickiness after a few years and then your projects start falling apart. I avoid them completely from experience.

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Happy Halloween Window

I love Halloween! It's such a fun time of the year for parties, decorations, crafts and fun food.
I took the CottageCutz Window w/canopy and transformed it into a Halloween window for my card.

I cut out my window in black and purple and layered them for dimension. I shaded around the purple layer. I backed it with some gray cardstock and added some little window markings with my black Zig pen. I also used the pumpkin from the Quickutz Cornacopia die and the ghost die. The little ghost is from the Treat bag die.

I love to add mounting tape to my diecuts to add dimension. The first picture shows the dimension of the card. (I was having difficulties getting the picture where I wanted it to be this morning.....)

Monday, September 21, 2009

Sizzix Decorative Strips

It's the time of year to start thinking about Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas.
Wow, this year has gone by fast! :) Today's card features one of my favorite
Sizzix Decorative Strips. I've always loved to use ric-rac on my cards and this one
has a "faux" ric rac plus two other great designs. You won't have to stress about not having the right shade of ric rac with this die. :) Be sure to check out all
the Sizzix products at Scrapping Cottage.

Saturday, September 19, 2009

New Autumn Cottage Cutz Dies!!!!!!!

The latest release of Cottage Cutz Dies is now available for pre-order!!! Don't miss out on your chance to save up to 25% with introductory pricing good through Sept 28th!! Plus, with any order from the new Autumn Cottage Cutz dies, you get your choice of one of the adorable new Cottage Cutz Autumn Minis! Don't delay!!

Friday, September 18, 2009


It has been a little while since I last posted a project to the Cottage Blog, and I am very excited to be able to share my work with you all once again.

Today I would like to share a 12x12 page layout I did of my son Jacob playing in our back yard. He just loves this Trike his daddy bought him at a garage sale a few months ago, and would love it even more If only his little legs would actually reach the peddles.

For my layout I have used the following dies:-

For the smaller font, I used the inside of the QUICKUTZ DISCO 4X8 FONT,
and the larger letters are from the QUICKUTZ BLOSSOM GRAND ALPHABET.

I used Tim Holtz Distress Ink to ink all my dies cuts before assembling them to give them a much nicer 3D look. I have got so used to inking and Love it, as It’s just so quick and easy and the finished product looks Great :-)

Spooky, Kooky, Creepy, and Fun!!

Halloween is the time of ghosts, witches, and
scary black cats. Of spooks and spirits and
silly-fun tricks! And candy corn,
jack-o-lanterns, haunted houses, and bats!

I created this "Halloween" box to sit on our
kitchen table for the season. I will keep it
filled with fun, tasty treats for all of us to

It would have been impossible to make such an
animated piece without the awesome designs of
CottageCutz and some fun QuicKutz shapes.

Witch Hat
Spooky Tree
Black Cat
Ghost with Legs

House and Tree
Spooky Scroll

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Ghouls Rule :)

Ever since The Scrapping Cottage previewed the Sept. Halloween Cottage Cutz release, I have been chopping at the bit to get my hands on these adorable Halloween dies!! Finally, I just couldn't wait any longer to make a Halloween layout. (I know, it is only Sept - what can I say - I love scrapping Halloween pics!!!) So, as I was thumbing through my Cottage Cutz dies looking for some inspiration, it hit me - how about a Haunted Tree House!! So I went about turning the already adorable Tree House Cottage Cutz die into a spooky Haunted Tree House.
I had so much fun putting this tree house together! And everything you see came from the Tree House die except the little ghost swinging on the tire swing. He comes with the Haunted House die from the Sept Halloween release. It is hard to tell, but I actually painted my little ghost with glow-in-the-dark paint! I can't wait to see if it really works!!

If you haven't already purchased your Cottage Cutz Halloween dies yet, you had better get your order in fast!! Well over half of the first shipment has already sold out so you want to be sure to get your name on the waiting list for the second round!!

Happy Haunting :)

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Watch for it Wednesday #27

This week's Watch for it Wednesday features...
Tissue Paper!!!

Tissue paper can be a very valuable asset to
every scrapbooker! It is a wonderful and
inexpensive way to highlight, enhance, and
give dimension to all of your paper crafting
projects!! There are a multitude of colors to
choose from as well!! Today I chose to use a
scrap of white tissue paper, as well as, a
scrap of white cardstock.

First, I ran the white cardstock through my die
cutting machine to create a die of this sweet
little ghost. After that I took the piece of tissue
paper and crumpled it up into a ball to give
it a wrinkled look. I smoothed it out, just a
little, and ran it through my machine.

I lined the die cut tissue paper up with the die cut
cardstock and glued it on. After, I took a few more
scraps of the tissue paper and crumpled them up.
I then smoothed them out, ever so slightly, and
glued them onto the ghost. The tissue paper adds
dimension and also gives the ghost more of a
flowing, transparent look.

Fun, Fun Fun!!!

Check back on Friday to see
I used this little guy!!

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Anyone Having a Bird-day today?

Today's card is made from the CottageCutz Tropical Bird #1 which is a 3x3 die. I really wanted to create a card with this cute bird that you could give a guy. I Googled tropical birds and was amazed at how many different colors real tropical birds come in. I found one that was this gorgeous blue and tried to copy it.

I added 2 extra tail feathers and some gems for the eyes to give him a different look than the sample picture on the die. Remember to think outside the box when it comes to using your dies.
I placed some mounting tape on a few tropical leaves to give him some dimension.

I'm anxious to make a girly card next with this cute little bird.

Monday, September 14, 2009

CottageCutz Penquin

I have a fun card for you today using the CottageCutz Penguin. He is a super easy one to cut out and put together. On this card there are a couple of different patterned papers plus black and white cardstock. There is a little zig zag stitching
at the top and bottom. The letters are foam thickers by American Crafts and I used
some circle punches for the "snowballs." Just think of all the fun things you could do with the CottageCutz Penquin! :) Be sure to check out all the great CottageCutz dies at Scrapping Cottage.

Sunday, September 13, 2009

Wild About You!

CottageCutz are incredible!!
Everytime that I work on a layout,
I look through my stash of
these awesome dies and I always
find the greatest addition to
all of my pages.

From hibiscus flowers and wishing wells
to pelicans and ghosts with legs.....

CottageCutz bloom wherever they are planted!

Friday, September 11, 2009

Spooky News

For all those that pre-ordered the awesome Halloween CottageCutz dies they are starting to ship!

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Mad Tea Party with the Scrapping Cottage Exclusive Die

As soon as Scrapping Cottage released this Exclusive Tea Set Die, I snatched it right up. I just knew there were going to be so many opportunities to use all the different parts of this die in my future scrapping. Princess tea parties...heritage showers...the list goes on!!

When I started working on my Disney World pictures of the Tea Cups ride, I immediately thought of using this Tea Set. I don't use a lot of stickers because I like to be able to coordinate my die cut embellishments to my pictures and papers. However, I have purchased some of the Disney character stickers and so forth for my Disney pages. But the teacups sticker that came with the Mad Hatter package of Disney stickers was cute but way too small for a layout. So, by using the cup and saucer from the Tea Set die, I was able to recreate the stacked cups sticker in a much larger and perfectly color-coordinated form.

I also used my Silhouette to cut the Spinning in the Teacups title as well as one of the 12" Wave Borders to create the spinning trail coming off of the title.

Last Day for Cottage Cutz Special Sale!!!

Wednesday, September 09, 2009


Ink Chart

I created this ink chart a few years ago and I am amazed at how often I reach for this.
I have one for all my inks, but today I'm just going to show you the one for my Distress Inks.
I simply type up a list of the colors I have (or plan on getting) and then stamp the color right next to it's name for easy reference. I do a lot of shading on my patterned papers and diecuts and like to match the color as close as I can.
I just place the ink chart up to my paper and see what color or colors match the best.
I have found that the color on the pad or the top of the box isn't always an accurate match to the actual stamped color.

I also like to label my distress inks so I can easily see what color I'm reaching for. I always store them upside down too to keep the ink at the surface.

Tuesday, September 08, 2009

Get Well "Well" Card

The moment I saw this die I knew what I wanted to do with it. This is the perfect die to make Get Well & Best Wishes cards with.
For this card I cut out my pieces from cardstock and then used my Copic Caio markers to color them. I used a darker brown to outline the marks in the wooden roof and made some of my own details, then colored the whole piece with a lighter brown. For the brick part of the well I used a Copic to outline and then applied a little white ink shading to the side. I wanted some flowers in my pail so I punched out two circles and shaped them to look like flowers. I wanted the well to stand out a bit so I mounted it with mounting tape on top of a cardstock panel I ran through my Cuttlebug with an embossing folder.

These CottageCutz dies are so original and fun to work with. I can't wait to work with the upcoming Halloween dies! There are some spooky things ahead....