Sunday, January 21, 2018

Walk in the Woods


This is Anja again. My brother is finally doing better and we hope he'll be home in the next few days. We have a beautiful sunny Sunday here in Slovenia. Perfect for a nice walk in the woods. Like this fox I made for today's post.

For this card I used:
- Cottage Cutz dies (Fox & Bird, Birch Trees, Rustic Sign & Trees, Snowy Tree),
- Distress Inks (Wild Honey, Spiced Marmalade, Peacock Feathers, Broken China, Pumice Stone, Black Soot, Bundled Sage, Peeled Paint, Forest Moss, Pine Needles, Antique Linen, Tea Dye, Vintage Photo, Walnut Stain),
- craft card base (15x15 cm),
- craft paper for background (15x14,8 cm),
- white card stock for die cuts,
- paper cutter,
- white pigment ink,
- white pen,
- black brush pen,
- black liner pen,
- paper scissors,
- paper glue.

First I cut the card base. I cut the front for 6 cm. The inside of the card base was a little lighter, so I decided to cut another background (15x 14,8 cm) that's the same color as the outside of the card base. I used white pigment ink to add a bit of mist to the sky. I glued the background inside.

Then I used the dies and cut and colored all the pieces. I cut two sets of birch trees.

I colored the black parts with the black brush pen.

First I glued the birch trees on the card base. I cut two identical stripes of white card stock for the ground.  First is 9 cm long, the second is 14,8 cm long.

When I had the background finished, I added the remaining trees and animals. And this is the final result.

Have a nice Sunday and we'll see each other in a week.
Anja Z.

Cottage Cutz dies I used:

Saturday, January 20, 2018

Farm Animal Birthday

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. Hope you are staying warm during this cold snap that is currently with us.

While we are preparing for a brand new CottageCutz release, the design team has been showing you a mix of creations from some of the older dies. And, that's where my card is going today. I created this birthday card from the stamp & die combo farm animals. So lets get started with the details on how I created my card.

Step 1: As I frequently do, I started my card with the layout. I saw this sketch posted on the Splitcoaststampers site and a card idea immediately came to mind. Well a rough idea had been brewing in my mind for awhile. Then this sketch just finalized everything.
Step 2: As with any sketch you can change things up a bit. Like the shapes that are shown here. I decided to used the circles and stitched circles die for my shapes. I chose circles because of the background designer paper I am using. The paper reminded me of cow spots so I decided to go with a circle to place the cows on. The circle die only is currently on sale at 60% off the regular price. So you can pick it up for only $7.95 right now.

Card Base: 4 1/4" x 5 1/2"
Patterned Paper: 4 1/8" x 5 3/8"
White Circle: 4th largest die
Black stitched circle die: 4th largest

Step 3: I stamped the cow images, used the corresponding die and colored the images with both Copic markers and Prismacolor pencils and gamsol. Gamsol is odorless mineral spirits that is used to spread the wax in the pencil around.
Copic Markers: E000 + E02
Primsmacolor Pencils: Black PC935 + Warm Grey 70% PC1058
Step 4: I thought the cows needed a little pop on the white circles. So I cut a scallop circle for a cloud template and I stamped the hay from the "on the farm" stamp & die combo. Sponged the clouds with distress ink and colored the hay with alcohol blenders.
 Step 5: I am ready for the card assembly. I attached the cows to the circle panels with Scotch mounting tape. And used the same adhesive to attach the circles to the patterned paper layer.
Step 6: I decided to make layer 4 of the above sketch my sentiment panel. I wanted the panel to be a pierced rectangle but the rectangle dies were just a bit too big to fit in the corner. So I adjusted the size of the 4th largest pierced rectangle.
The first photo below shows the finished panel with my stamped sentiment as well as the original size of the rectangle.
I placed the panel back in my big shot and just moved the die to where I wanted to re-cut it.
Once I re-sized the panel, it was the perfect fit for my sentiment as well as the corner of the card.
And that my friends, completes my card for this week. If you have these stamp & die combos, I hope I have given you a new idea for using them. If you don't have them they are still available in the online store. In fact, the on the farm stamp & die set is on sale for 50% off. You can get it for just $10.
See you all next Saturday!!
Dies I used to create card:

Friday, January 19, 2018

Kitty Valentine

Happy Friday!  It's Jeanne posting today with another Valentine's card!  I love this sweet kitty and had to make her grey like my sweet, old grey kitty, Andreya.
I started with an A2 (5 1/2 x 4 1/4 inch) card base in Real Red, a piece of patterned paper cut to 5 3/8 x 4 1/8 inches and a heart die cut using the largest of the Stitched Hearts dies.
Next, I cut out the cat and small heart using the patterned paper and two shades of grey - Basic Grey and Smoky Slate.
I used Smoky Slate ink and a sponge dauber to add some depth to the edges.  I colored the ears pink and nose black using Copic markers.  Then I assembled the cat.
I put an  adhesive sheet on the back of the red cardstock and die cut the sentiment.
Finally, I assembled the card.  Since the sentiment die also cut out a little red bow, I thought that would be the perfect finishing touch for my sweet kitty.  You can see it in the final card.
Dies I used:

Thanks for stopping by today - have a wonderful weekend!

Thursday, January 18, 2018

Fox and Friend!

Good Morning Scrapping Cottage Family!

It is Pam sharing ideas with you today!

I can honestly say I am almost done with my Valentine's Day cards!  I can't wait to send them off to friends and family!
The one I created for you today is one of my favorites!  I love the little fox and his birdie friend!

Designer Steps:
1.  Start by using the Sweet Fox die and cut out a rust colored fox and a light tan fox.
2.  Use the rust colored body of the fox and ink the edges for depth.  Use the light tan for the chest and tip of the tail.  Also ink the edges of both of those pieces.  With your makers color the tan bird blue and the wing dark blue.  Color the heart red, the nose and eyeball black
3.  Assemble the pieces as shown above.  I used a white gel pen for the eye dot
4.  Next cut out the grass using the Spring Grass die and green card stock.  Cut out the fence in white using the Victorian Fence die.  Cut out the piece of cloud DP with the largest Double Stitched Rectange die.  Glue all pieces to the DP
5.  Add the fox to the DP by tucking it into the grass
6.  Use an A2 white card base with an embossed inset
7.  Place a piece of fun foam on the DP panel and pop it to the card front.  Add the sentiment and your Valentine is complete
Cottage Cutz Products

This card is such a sweet Valentine and it was very quick and easy!