Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Nurse Puppy - Piecing Tutorial & Card


Hi! It’s Janet back again with a video project to share with you. If you have visited here lately, you know we’ve been showing off the newest Get Well die release that Scrapping Cottage issued for Black Friday. Today, my project showcases the adorable little dog in the Nurse Puppy die set.

As the case with many CottageCutz dies, you are getting a lot packed into one die. Nurse Puppy includes the precious little puppy plus seven additional accessories related to the medical field. That's right, SEVEN! The pieces could be used separately or combined to celebrate many different events. Since there is so much in this set, my video today concentrates on how to piece together the puppy and all her accessories. Even if you don’t have this die, seeing how it comes together will help you pick up some tips that will come in handy with similarly detailed sets.
   
Click on the video thumbnail below to see how I put this little cutie and all her accessories together.


If this card base design seems familiar it is because our very own Design Team member Lois Bak posted the instructions for it here a little over a year ago on a project titled Center-Step Mushrooms. Lois' card base designs frequently include fancy folds and I am always looking for good ideas for unique folds. This card base is one of many that I have stored away in my archives. I thought the center step design would work great to feature all eight pieces in this die set and I wasn’t disappointed. This base can be used for any kind of card you'd like to make. If you’d like to revisit her post on the blog click on the link. She includes all the measurements, instructions and construction photos for the card base and the mushrooms she artfully placed on it: CENTER-STEP MUSHROOMS

I’ve also recorded a video tutorial of the center step card construction on my channel. Click on this link to visit that: CENTER-STEP CONSTRUCTION TUTORIAL

Thanks for joining me today here at the Scrapping Cottage. I won’t be back until after Christmas so I want to take this time to wish all of you the very merriest and happiest Christmas ever! I’ll be back on the 27th to show you a New Year’s project. 2018 here we come!

Hugs,

Janet

Dies used in this project:






Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Cup of Comfort Ornament Tag

Do you enjoy a little cup of comfort?  You know the kind that is filled with delicious, warm cocoa, coffee or tea.  I created these sweet Cup of Comfort Ornament/Tags using the Nested Stitched Doily Set and the Cocoa & Sweet Treat Dies.
I used watercolors to color in the images.  To add deeper color to areas of the die, I add a base coat of the watercolor then let dry.  Next add a second coat in the areas to you would like a deeper more intense color, letting dry between coats.
Assemble the images, add some red/white twine, lace pieces, embellishments and glitter glue to add shimmer.  Add a hanging tag with the red/white twine.
I hope you enjoyed a little Christmas inspiration.
 Wishing a  creative day, dear friends.


Monday, December 11, 2017

Nativity Easel Card

Hi, Lois here with another fun project.  Even though Christmas is just a few weeks away, I'm still making Christmas cards.  As you probably are aware, I like to make fun-fold cards.  A particularly easy one is an easel card, and I have just that for you today.


I wanted to use navy as the card base, but I don't have any heavyweight navy cardstock; so I used heavyweight white as the base and just used the navy as a mat layer behind this really pretty marbleized pattern paper.  I cut two pieces of white -- 4 1/4" x 8 1/2" and 4 1/4" x 4 1/4"; two pieces of navy - 4" x 4"; and two pieces of patterned paper 3 7/8" x 3 7/8".


I scored the larger white piece on the long edge at 2 1/8" and 4 1/4" . . .


. . . and folded on the score lines.


I then layered the two square panels -- one with white/navy/patterned paper and the other with just the navy/patterned paper.


It's important to use a strong adhesive to hold this panel onto the easel, so I placed three strips of Scor-Tape on the final small section of the easel . . .


. . . and adhered the square front panel.  The other square panel is adhered to the inside.


I then cut my die-cuts from navy, silver and a scrap of red.  You'll notice that I cut several layers of the sentiment.  As the sentiment is going to act as the "bumper" for my easel, it needed to be thick.  The navy cardstock is quite thin (65#), and I actually have five layers there -- two of the Merry Christmas sentiments are double thickness.


Using a fine-tip bottle of liquid glue, I adhered the Nativity scene, bells and bows to the front of the card.  As you can see, I cut down the "hangers" for the bells.


After gluing all the layers of Merry Christmas together, I glued the sentiment to the inside.  Just an FYI, the die I used for this sentiment actually says "We Wish You a Merry Christmas," but I cut out just the "Merry Christmas" portion.


Here again is my completed card.


CottageCutz dies used on my card are:


http://www.scrappingcottage.com/cottagecutzwewishyouamerrychristmaselites.aspx


http://www.scrappingcottage.com/cottagecutzmistletoeandbells.aspx



Sunday, December 10, 2017

Celebrate

Hi!

It's Anja again. We are all snowed in here. It's such a nice Sunday to spend inside with a cup of tea and all my crafting supplies out. I'm on a mission today to make all my Christmas cards. I have my mum to help me, so I hope will be able to do them all.

For today's post I made a card with Christmas florals.


For this card I used:
- Cottage Cutz dies (Christmas Floral, Pierced Circle Set, Nested Stitched Scallop Circle Set, Celebrate Phase),
- Distress Inks (Peeled Paint, Pine Needles, Forest Moss) and Oxide (Fired Brick),
- white card base (14,5x11,5 cm),
- craft paper for background (10x13 cm) and die cuts,
- white card stock for die cuts (300 g),
- texture plates with bricks,
- white pigment ink,
- red and pearl liquid drops,
- brush,
- Wink of Stella glitter brush pen,
- adhesive foam pads,
- paper glue.

First I made the background. I used craft paper and texture plate to make it look like a wall.


I added a bit of white. I just brushed the paper with the whole ink pad.


Then I die cut the greenery and colored it with Distress Inks, a bit of water and a water brush.


I die cut Celebrate phrase and colored it whit red Distress Oxide.


I die cut two circles for the middle of the card. I glued both together. On the backside I added a few adhesive foam pads to glue the circles on top of the greenery.


When all the greenery was dried I glued it together with the brick background to the card base. I added some liquid drops on top of the leaves.


I decided to add a bit of glitter to the celebrate phrase, before I glued it on the card.


And this is my finished card.




Have a beautiful Sunday and thank you for visiting.
Anja Z.





Saturday, December 09, 2017

Merry Christmas Shaker

Hello Scrapping Cottage friends! Thanks for taking the time to stop and visit today. It's Mary Marsh here bringing you the Saturday edition of the Blog.

As you can see, I am still creating Christmas cards. I don't have all that I need for sending this year so I have been busy in my craft room making cards. Christmas is my favorite season and I love making and sending cards.

Today for your viewing pleasure, I created a Christmas shaker card. I used the Merry Christmas w/reindeer and Mistletoe & Bells dies. So let's get started with some details on how I created this card.

Step 1: Shaker cards are not difficult to make. And the following tutorial will show you how simple they really are. I started by cutting my circle in the image panel. Used the 3rd largest of the Circle dies- it's a 2 3/4"" circle. I embossed the panel with a falling snow folder.
Image Panel: 3 7/8" x 5 1/8"
Step 2: Cut the dies I am using for my card. The pine tree inside the shaker is from the Window Christmas Friends die, also used the Merry Christmas w/reindeer and Mistletoe & Bells dies. I used the largest of the Stitched Square dies and cut the panel that would hold the shaker elements in place. I stamped this panel with some snowflakes.
Step 3: Started the assembly of the shaker part of card. Used glue dots to attach the  3 1/2" window sheet to the back side of the image panel. I took a used dryer sheet and rubbed it across the window sheet. It eliminates the static. Used dimensional foam adhesive and attached to edge of circle. I used my powder tool (EK Success) and ran it around the inside of the foam adhesive. It keeps the sequins from sticking to the adhesive.
Added some different colored sequins to the inside of the circle.  
I glued the pine trees to the square panel and then centered the panel over the sequins.  
I used more dimensional adhesive on the back of this panel to allow it to sit evenly on the card base.
Attached this shaker panel to the red card base.
Step 4: Cut my Merry Christmas sentiment in red cardstock.
Used Ranger multi medium matte and attached to card front.
To complete my card, I added the mistletoe and bells and scattered a few red sequins. I hope I have given you some inspiration on a way to use these new dies. I will be back next Saturday- see you then!!!
 
Dies I used to create card:
http://www.scrappingcottage.com/cottagecutzmerrychristmaswreindeer.aspx

http://www.scrappingcottage.com/cottagecutzwindowchristmasfriends.aspx

http://www.scrappingcottage.com/cottagecutzcirclesetbasics.aspx

http://www.scrappingcottage.com/cottagecutzstitchedsquaresetbasics.aspx
http://www.scrappingcottage.com/cottagecutzmistletoeandbells.aspx