Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Hi! Today, I have a fun get well card that showcases an adorable little puppy in the Nurse Puppy die set from the Scrapping Cottage.

As the case with many CottageCutz dies, you are getting a lot packed into one die. Nurse Puppy includes the cute little puppy plus seven additional accessories related to the medical field. SEVEN!

Since there is so much in this set, my video today concentrates on how to piece together the puppy and all his 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. You can also click on this link if the thumbnail is not working on your device: NURSE PUPPY PIECING TUTORIAL

Does this card base seem familiar? It’s a design that one of the Design Team members, Lois Bak, posted here a little over a year ago titled Center-Step Mushrooms. Her card base designs are always full of interest. 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. If you’d like to revisit her post on the blog to get the card base instructions, here is the link to that post. She includes all the measurements and instructions in it for the card base and the mushrooms she artfully placed on it: CENTER-STEP MUSHROOMS

As additional help, I’ve recorded a video tutorial of the center step card construction on my channel. Click on this link: CENTER-STEP CONSTRUCTION TUTORIAL or click on the thumbnail below:

Thanks for visiting me today. See you soon!



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Saturday, December 9, 2017

Quick & East Christmas Cards #3

Hello everyone! I have posted the 3rd and final Quick & Easy Card #3 on my YouTube channel. 

This card uses again the same large Merry Christmas element on the front but adds an embossing folder pattern and a single cut CottageCutz bell die cut to accent the greeting. All in all, this card is also very quick to put together, especially if you employ an assembly line process. If the video thumbnail doesn't work on your phone, you can click directly on this link instead: Quick & Easy Christmas Cards # 3 (Link)
All the supplies are listed in the video description. I hope you'll stop by and watch all 3 Quick & Easy Christmas cards in the series. 

Take care and see you soon!


Thursday, November 30, 2017

Quick & Easy Christmas Card #2

Hello there! Christmas is soon upon us and if you're like me, you've been thinking about sending out some Christmas cards. There's so many great cards you can buy but why not consider making your own this year? It can be done if you plan a simple card design that you can replicate quickly.

That's what my Quick & Easy Christmas Card series is here to help with. It's the second card in the series so if you missed the first one, please be sure to click on the thumbnail below or at this link: CARD 1

Card #2 is a little more complicated but still very doable and really not all that more time consuming. It's a pretty card showcasing a gold greeting and gorgeous big gold snowflakes on a blue background. It can be found on the thumbnail below or at this link: CARD 2

Supplies used for this card:

White card stock for 5 x 7 card base
White card stock for center panel 4.5 x 6.5 
VersaMark Ink
Ranger Extra Fine Detail embossing powder - gold

Distress Oxide ink - Broken China
Designer Stamps from Echo Park Co. - Christmas Sentiments & Snow is Falling

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Oh No Kitty Get Well Card - Double Window Fancy Fold

Hello everyone! It's my turn to share a project using CottageCutz dies for the Scrapping Cottage. I all of you enjoyed a few days off and lots of time with family and friends! Likely among all that you visited with there were people recovering from a cold or some other ailment. It seems so many people are suffering with something or other right now.

There's no better way to make someone feel better than to receive a cheery get well card from someone. Well, we have that covered! You've been seeing lots of the new get well projects from our talented design team lately and I'm showing another twist on the Oh No Kitty die. This kitty is so darn cute with all of his little owies bandaged up! I couldn't help but us it on a project.

Click on the thumbnail link to learn how this double-window card was made. It's a little tricky to cut the windows so they are centered over each other but pretty easy once you learn a few tips. You can also click on this link to watch the video: VIDEO LINK

If you'd like to see all twelve of the Get Well themed dies in the new release, click on the thumbnail link below. You can also get there by clicking on this link: VIDEO LINK

These dies and many others found in the Scrapping Cottage site are on sale through December 1st. Don't miss it!

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Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Hello everyone! I'm so happy to show you what I've been up to lately. Christmas is going to be here soon and I am working on Christmas cards and tags at a feverish pace. Did you know there are only 5 Mondays left before Christmas! Yikes! There's a lot to do!

Lately I have been so inspired by card makers who are using mixed-media elements in their projects. Although an entire card was overwhelming, I felt I could tackle some tags using the new Christmas Tags die cut set. Somehow it's not as daunting when you are working on a smaller canvas.

I experimented with a number of different mediums on these tags and they turned out rather glamorous and diva-like. Some of the products I used were Distress Oxide inks, glimmer sprays, water, sequins, gold paste, perlen pens, gems, brads and Christmas mini-ornaments. I also used all kinds of ribbons from the traditional to furry and a few things in between! Most of these items were already in my stash, I just had to pull them out and put them to use!

This set also has a lot of little shapes you can use on these tags and they're sized just right for them. Instead of using the pieces, I used the negative space in the die cut as a template for the gold paste. Now I'm thinking about all the other applications for using negative space as templates for paste, spray or inks. It was a little tricky but it's the first time I've used a paste and ultimately I was pleased with the results. I definitely learned a few things by doing this project and I am warming up to the mixed-media style. I'm going to try something a little larger now that I have a little experience under my belt.

I invite you to watch my tutorial on these tags and learn along with me. I hope you'll be inspired to try something out of your comfort zone. It's satisfying to stretch your wings a little and try something new! These tags were the perfect size and scope for experimentation. Love it!

Click on the thumbnail below click on this link:
Tag Video

Enjoy the rest of your week!


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Saturday, October 28, 2017

Country Bird Christmas Shaker Card

It's me again! It's Day 2 of the video blog hop and I'm posting a project today that features the new stamp and coordinating die called Sparrow on Post. 

I grew up in the country where sparrows were the most common bird around. This fella spoke to me and said, "Craft with me!" How could I say no to the little guy!

Follow the link below to watch the video tutorial. Learn some tips on how to cut thick burlap, using your dies and fun foam to create a shaker window well and a couple alcohol ink coloring tips and tricks. If you can't see the link, you can also click on this link to see the video:

Thanks for stopping by! Be sure to follow the links in the video description to the other 7 videos. To be entered for great prizes including a surprise CottageCutz Grand Prize and their CottageCutz channel prize, you must comment and subscribe to every designer's channel. Each artist is giving away great stuff too so be sure to get in the fun.

Thanks so much and I hope you have a fantastic weekend!

- Janet

Friday, October 27, 2017

Let the Video Blog Hop Begin!

Happy Friday all! The CottageCutz blog hop is officially kicked off! Follow the link below to the first video. Links to the other videos are in the description. There are so many awesome prizes for you to qualify for! Each artist may have some different requirements for their prizes so be sure to listen carefully. To qualify for the CottageCutz channel and the CottageCutz Grand Prize, you only need to comment and subscribe to every channel in the hop. I've seen some sneak peaks and the holiday inspiration you are going to see will blow you away and get you started on your own holiday projects. Hugs everybody! See you at the hop!

P.S. - The winner of the Tuesday Hop Announcement video can be found in today's video description. Thanks to everyone who commented. I so appreciate and treasure each and every one of you!

- Janet

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