Friday, August 22, 2014

New CutCardStock Design Team announcement!

So happy to announce the new CutCardStock design team!  Though the official start of the new Design Team term isn't until September 1, we just couldn't keep the news to ourselves any longer!
Leave a comment to welcome our new team.  We are certain their creative use of the CutCardStock products will inspire you for the months to come.


Meet Amber, Design Team Coordinator: 

Hi, I'm Amber Lawrence and so happy to share that I've been working with CutCardStock for over 4 years now! I live in the Flathead Valley of Montana with my husband of nearly 15 years.  I've been papercrafting for almost 13 years and have quite a stash built up, if you can imagine!  I love working with CutCardStock and the design team as it brings together all that I enjoy.... design, papercrafting and working with other talented crafters.  In my "real life", I am a freelance Graphic Designer and teach Graphic Design and Web Technology students at our local community college.  Oh, and not to mention chase after my husband, two boys, our Goldendoodle Bella, and help tend to our 100+ fruit tree orchard!  I work to find time in my schedule to create for others, something that brings me a lot of joy!  I looking forward to seeing all the fantastic work from the new Design Team!


Meet Christy:
Christy Toney is the founder and lead designer of CT-Designs Calligraphy and Wedding Stationery. Christy has a decades long background in art, gaining a B.A. from Columbia College (Chicago), as well as receiving professional training from Chicago's Art Institute, The American Academy of Art and The Palette and Chisel. She also owns more than a passing knowledge of printing. Christy boasts 13 years of experience as a print production manager, coordinating and managing all phases of print projects for mid-size and Fortune 500 companies. She now leverages all of her experience, coupled with multiple vendor relationships to deliver full-time, professionally managed print materials at a competitive price point.  
Christy's Blog: CT Designs

Meet Kristie:
Hi! My name is Kristie Larsen. I am a stay at home mother to 4 crazy boys all under the age of 10. I am from the USA but currently live overseas in Singapore. I have been creating for most of my life dabbling in different crafty things but in 2009, I found card making and have loved all things paper, stamps and ink ever since! I have an special place in my heart for die cutting and trying out different techniques with my stamp stash. When I'm not crafting I like to read, play the guitar and hang with the boys in my life, which usually involves skateboarding, soccer, swimming, movies and regular ninja-fighting mayhem! 
Kristie's Blog:  The Kristie Sessions 

Meet Jacqueline:
I am a retired college professor of Spanish and Psychology and live in Western 
North Carolina. Obviously, I love all things PAPER, and have enjoyed the past 5 years in the papercrafting world. After much research, I found CutCardstock and the Curious Iridescent White (Cryogen White) for Copic coloring early in 2009...and have been a fan of CutCardstock since that time. The magic in that product with the motion it brings to the image through the mica inclusion is amazing. I would describe my papercrafting style as quite eclectic and I can certainly attribute any of my successes to all of the impressive papercrafting artists I have met in Cyberia over these past years. After a bout with breast cancer and the ensuing surgery, chemo, and radiation I also look to the beauty of each day as an inspiration. I have been active in the Zumba and running world for motivation and the papercrafting world for friendship, fun, and relaxation. I am humbled and thrilled to have been selected for this most auspicious Design Team and am looking forward to showing my friends in blogland the magnificent products available at CutCardstock!
Jacqueline's Blog: Jacque's Joie de Vivre

Meet Alexia:
Hi, my name is Alexia Misso and I'm from Long Island, NY. I'm married, and my husband and I have two young children (2 and 4). Before I got married I worked as a software engineer, now I'm a full time SAHM. I started crafting back in 2011 around September and fell in love with it since then. I don't have a specific style for creating but I did notice my creations tend to stay clean. I usually make cards, and occasionally I scrapbook and create mixed media arts too. I'm thankful for CutCardStock for giving me this amazing opportunity to design for them and I look forward to working with other talented team designers and be inspired by them!  Alexia's Blog: Picture Life

Thursday, August 21, 2014

A New School Year




The kids are heading back to school, cool crisp days are ahead. This time of year is always exciting! Here is a little card I made to welcome the new school year. I started with some traditional school colors red hot and lemon drop from the collection Pop Tones 

I used the red to create a card, lined it with the bright yellow. I then added the yellow scallop edge. 
I then used embellishments from my stash to put this card together. 



Thank you
Designer: Laura Davis 



Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Custom Paper Hanging Pouches

 As children return to school, it should be noted just how much paper can accumulate in a short time. This paper can include graded papers, supply lists, activity announcements, permission slips, vocabulary/spelling word lists just to name a few. Typically they end up in tattered folders at the bottom of a child's book bag.

Why not protect these sheets (and be able to access them easily) with some pouches that can hang in a common area like your family room or play room.

What you'll need:
  • Custom die-line (included in blog)
  • CutCardStock 12" x 12" Crystal (or other color of choice) Metallic Cover weight stock
  • Spray Mount and glue
  • Exacto Blade
  • Paper, vinyl or adhesive letters
  • Embellishments of choice 
  • Round corner tool (optional)

1. Download the pocket die-line using this link.

2. Output the die and mount to the Metallic cover stock and trim out carefully with an exacto blade.


3. Trim a square from the 12" x 12" stock that is 8.75" x 11.5" (this is important because MOST homework assignments, etc. will be standard letter size, so you want to make sure your pocket is large enough to hold to sheets) 11" x 17" stock will work as well.

4. Score the pocket and glue it to your square sheet. You can use a bone folder for this or if you don't have one, go ahead and use the BACK or opposite side of your exacto blade!

Fold your flaps with the paper side facing you so that the outside of the pocket has the crystal metallic exposed. Make certain that you ONLY glue the flaps. If you do this in a messy way, your papers will not neatly slide inside this pocket!

I go ahead and mount to the pocket to my full sized 12" x 12" sheet and trim later. One less measurement I have to make! Just a shortcut for you.


5. Begin to embellish with the name of what will go inside and other decor. Add a drill hole at the top for easy hanging and you are done! A nice finishing touch for this is to round corner the edges.
Note: A magnet strip is also nice if you want to stick to the refrigerator, but careful about how many sheets you slip in because it will fall with that kind of hanging mechanism.



Start organizing those papers and have great weeks!
--ct

Cut Card Stock materials used in this project:
     


Christy Toney
Design Team Member - Winter/Spring 2014 Term





Friday, August 15, 2014

Back to School Encouragement!

Hello Everyone!
It is that time of year and I am already back to school!


I thought a fellow co-worker/ teacher could use a bit of encouragement, so I made a school themed card for her.  I think I should have made a school nurse themed card for myself, as this week is killing me!  :)
Chalkboard style cards have been popping up here and there and I wanted to try my hand at one.
To make this card-
1.  Fold a piece of 4.25 x 11 Basis Black Cardstock in half.  Measure about 1 5/8" up from the bottom of the card and draw a line across the card.  Measure 1/2" in along both sides at the bottom of the card and draw lines to the horizontal line.  Cut this rectangular area out from both front and back of card.   
2.  Stamp a woodgrain image on a piece of Brown Bag Kraft Cardstock- in this case, I used Stampin' Up's Hardwood stamp.
3.  Cut strips of the stamped Brown Bag Kraft cardstock 1/2" x 5 1/2" (cut 4) and 1/2" x 3 1/4".  Adhere the longer pieces to the "legs" of the chalkboard on the front and inside of the card.
4.  Adhere the shorter pieces horizontally at the top and bottom of the chalkboard on the front and inside the card.
Cut one more piece of hardwood stamped Brown Bag Kraft cardstock 1/2" x 3 7/8" to use as the chalkboard tray.  Adhere to the bottom of the chalkboard using  3D Double Sided Foam Tabs.
5.  Stamp sentiment on the chalkboard using white craft ink.   I used a Stampin' Up sentiment.
6.  Stamp an apple image on Classic Crest Solar White Cardstock, color and cut out.  In this case I used Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps Punny Fruits and Veggies Stamp Set.  Adhere to the right side of the tray.
7.  Cut a banners from Basis Light Yellow and Light Lime Cardstock.  Stamp with patterned stamp.  Adhere to upper left corner of chalkboard.
8.  Punch or die cut star from craft metal.  Mine is from Add A Little Dazzle.  Make a bow; I used Hemptique cord.  Adhere both above banners.

 Here's to a great school year!  Thanks so much for stopping by!

Lee Ann Barrett
CutCardStock Design Team Member




Products used for this project~
http://www.cutcardstock.com/collections/adhesives/products/foamadhesivetabshttp://cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/0402/3309/products/BrownBagPaper_44fa8ec9-1939-4c98-8173-5a32417caed8_grande.jpeg?v=1404964652
http://www.cutcardstock.com/collections/basis-colored-card-stock/products/basissamplepackhttp://cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/0402/3309/products/CCsolarwhite_grande.png?v=1404964664

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Back to School Teacher Card with Jamie Cripps



Good Morning!  Jamie with you to share a Back to School bus shaped card!  This card is perfect for giving to the Teacher on the first day of school!


Here is my tutorial: 
1.  Join the bus shapes then cut out on your digital die cutting machine.  Use a score board to score the buses to fold.
2.  Fold the shaped card in half.
3.  Create an offset mat and adhere it inside for the message. 
4.  Use a white pen to create dashes around the bus openings.
5.  Use your digital die cutter to write the teacher's name on the front of the bus!  Now you are ready to leave it on his or her desk!


Here is a list of the CutCardStock.com supplies:

 


Thanks so much for stopping by today!
Jamie