Friday, October 20, 2017

Polar Bear Shaker Card

Happy Friday!  It's Jeanne today and I'm sharing a shaker card!  I LOVE creating interactive cards.  When I saw the Snow Globe dies from the new release I knew they would make great shaker cards.
First I cut plaid paper and a piece of lightweight white card stock to 5 1/12 x 4 1/4 inches (A2 size) and used snail adhesive to glue them together.
I then used the third largest circle from the Circle Basics set to cut a circle approximately 3/4 inch from each side and the top (it's actually a little bit over 3/4 inch).  It's important to use lightweight card stock under the paper since you will be cutting through two layers.
Next I die cut the pieces from the polar bear in the Snowglobe Friends set and the base from the Snowglobe with Fawn set.  (By the time I finished with the card I decided to change the color of my snowglobe base and I cut another.)
I sponged the edges of the snow in soft sky, the bears in smoky slate and the sign in crumb cake.  I hand wrote "North" on the sign and colored in the bears' eyes and noses.
I took a piece of white card stock that was A2 size and used Distress ink to blend a blue sky on about half of the piece.
Then I placed my patterned piece with the cut-out on top so I could place all my die cut pieces and glue them down.
I took the top piece off and used a piece of acetate on the back to cover the circle.  Then I added foam tape two layers thick to the back.  I also used some anti-static powder on the inside edges of the foam tape so the sequins wouldn't stick.  You can use baby powder for this as well.
I piled a small amount of sequins to the card front.  Deciding on the amount of shaker elements is always difficult as it depends on how big your window is.  It just comes with experience, but if you do not place your foam tape closely against your window (as I have done) you will need more elements as they will fall into corners and not be seen.

I removed the backing from the foam tape, placed the top piece on the front and adhered it. Then I glued the whole thing to an A2 card base.  My final steps were to add the snowglobe base with bow and heat emboss the sentiment.

I love this set of dies.  It gives you so much variety in making fun interactive cards!

I hope you have a great weekend and do something creative!!!

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Christmas Shine!

Good Morning Scrapping Cottage Friends!

It is Pam sharing with your today!  I am loving this new die Lantern with Pine Boughs!  I decided to use some gold card stock to really make it pop! I love how the green and red look against the gold.  The colors are so beautiful together.

Design Steps:
1.  Using the Lantern Die cut all of the pieces out using the following colors: red, gold, light brown, dark brown, green, cream and yellow.
2.  Use copic markers to add some shadowing to the pieces

 3.  Cut out a white large Cottage Cutz Scalloped Eyelet Rectangle and assemble the pieces onto the rectangle
 4. Cut an A2 white card stock base and a gold snowflake piece of DP 4 x 5 1/4.  Glue the DP to the white card base then glue down the Scalloped Eyelet Rectangle
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I think this is such an elegant card and I just love how it shines! Thank you for visiting us today and be sure to leave us some comments!  We love the hear from you!


Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Spooky Halloween Orb

Happy Wednesday CottageCutz fans! It's Janet from SugarShine Designs. Today I'm presenting my final CottageCutz Halloween project of the season. In today’s video, I will show you how I used a die set that is part of the Christmas release along with two of the new Halloween dies to create a spooky glowing orb card. I know it’s getting close to Halloween but it’s still not too late to get new dies in time to make some great cards before Halloween arrives.

Before I describe more about today’s project, I want to share exciting news with all of you. The Scrapping Cottage is sponsoring a VIDEO BLOG HOP on October 27th and 28th. It will feature several of the new holiday dies. Many prizes will be given away from the video artists and Scrapping Cottage is providing the Grand Prize! More information will be coming in a future post so keep an eye out for it. 

So back to today’s card! My inspiration is the orb that the Wicked Witch used in the classic Wizard of Oz movie with Judy Garland. I wanted to create an orb that looked like something was inside it and I wanted it to appear to glow from within. Unfortunately, I didn't have any flying monkeys or poppy fields available for my orb but that didn't deter me! 

I used the base and bow of the new Snowglobe with Fawn die but used the Stitched Circle Set to build a thick frame out of several cardstock layers and an acetate layer under which the Ghost House resides. Then I used the Halloween Phrase & More die for the sentiment. I also used the witch’s hat and the Jack O’ Lantern from the phrase set as additional props for the card. Click on the video thumbnail and learn more about how this card was put together.

Well, thanks for stopping in to have a look at today’s project. I consider it a privilege to be part of the Scrapping Cottage family which includes the most important people – you! Have a great week!

Dies used in this project:

Tuesday, October 17, 2017


Hi, Janja here!
We are already in the middle of October, and it's time for my monthly post on the Scrapping Cottage blog.
Before starting to create with the new Christmas dies, I would like to show you two stamps from the new release of CottageCutz - Birds.

- CottageCutz stamps and dies: Sparrow on Post, Robin & Baby, Nested Stitched Scallop Square Set, Square Set, Circle Set (8th die from the middle), Stitched Circle Set (7th die from the middle)
- brown card base: 4.1 x 5.4" (9,5 x 12,7 cm), folded
- white card base: 5.3 x 5.3" (13,5 x 13,5 cm), folded
- white natural paper: 3.8 x 5" (9,6 x 12,7 cm)
- red cardstock: 4 x 5.2" (10 x 13,2 cm)
- patterned paper: 5 x 5" (12,6 x 12,6 cm)
- watercolor paper
- watercolor brushes
- red satin ribbon
- string
- glue, double-sided adhesive tape, self-adhesive foam pads
- Distress ink pads: Spiced Marmalade, Worn Lipstick, Barn Door, Aged Mahogany, Broken China, Twisted Citron, Peeled Paint, Vintage Photo, Hickory Smoke, Black Soot

Stamp both birds on a watercolor paper and color them.
For coloring I always use Distress ink pads, watercolor brushes and water. I used a white ink pen for finishing.

Stamp only branch with flowers one more time on a watercolor paper.

When we finish with coloring, stamp the sentiment.

Cut out two frames from patterned paper and white cardstock with two largest dies from the sets. Glue them to each other.

With the matching die cut out a bird. For a trunk in the background, use the die - Grass, Trees & Vines
Add a string at the bottom.

For a second card, cut out round holes in the middle of natural paper and brown cardstock. Apply a few light blue drops on a white natural paper with a brush. 
Both papers are glued together. 
Attach the red ribbon with the Dior Bow at the bottom. 

Now everything is ready to assemble the card. 

Thank you for coming over. Have a lovely day!

Monday, October 16, 2017

Autumn Blessings

Hi, Lois here with an autumn card today.  Yesterday one of the challenges on Splitcoaststampers was entitled "Textures of Fall."  I was inspired by that challenge to make my CottageCutz card for today.  It combines all kinds of textures and texture techniques -- embossing, layering, sponging.

I started my card with the Pine Cone Branch die. Originally, I was going to cut it from white cardstock and color the various elements; but I decided that I wanted a bit more "texture."  So I cut it from both green and tan cardstock.  I thought that building up the pine sprigs (the green onto the tan) would give some more depth to them.

I then sponged Ranger Pine Needle ink onto the green die-cut and Vintage Photo ink on the tan one.

Then I cut the pine sprigs off the green die cut and glued them to the tan one . . .

. . . and added the additional pinecones and pine sprigs.

Once the tedious part was complete, I cut my cardstock.  

Dark Gold - 5 1/2" x 8 1/2", scored at 4 1/4"
Cream - 4" x 5 1/4"
Scrap of Dark Gold large enough for the focal panel

I have a Darice embossing folder of fall foliage.  I took some Ranger Distress ink (Dried Marigold, Fired Brick, Rusty Hinge, Vintage Photo) and rubbed various parts of the embossing folder.

When I embossed the cream cardstock, the ink gave the embossing some nice fall coloring, and then I cut the focal panel with the largest Rounded Rectangle die.

I constructed my card base, using Scor-Tape to hold down the embossed panel and large foam pop dots to add the rectangle.  I had stamped the word "Autumn" in the Pine Needle ink at the lower right-hand corner of the dark gold panel and die-cut the word "blessings" using one of the Expressions Plus dies.

I then added my constructed pine bough, and my card was finished.

CottageCutz dies used on this card are:

Don't forget that CottageCutz has lots of new Halloween and Christmas dies on their website.  Be sure to check them out!