Were off to see the wizard, and hop with Creative Cuts too!

Yahoo, it is time for another blog hop with Creative Cuts and More! If you just hopped over from Steph Zerbe (what an awesome project!) you are in the right place! If you are starting here make sure you hop over to the Die Cut Diva blog (where you can get a coupon for 15% off!) so you don’t miss any of the fabulous prizes! This month’s giveaway is a Halloween castle album kit, be sure to sign up at the Die Cut Diva blog for your chance to win! This month out theme is Halloween and I wanted to do something a bit out of the box with Creative Cuts and More’s Dress and Tux boxes, there not just for weddings anymore!

Die Cuts: Creative Cuts and more, Stamps: (dog) Pink Persimmion, (Title) Inkadinkado, All others: The Stamping Ground
Die Cuts: Creative Cuts and more, Stamps: (dog) Pink persimmon, (Title) Inkadinkado, All others: The Stamping Ground

That is a lot to get into one photo  so here are the favor boxes closer up:

For Dorothy I used the dress box in blue and hand-drew an apron, cut out and added it with stamped elements.
I'll get you my pretty, and your little dog too! For Dorothy I used the dress box in blue and hand-drew an apron, cut out and added it with stamped elements.
I used a rust colored tux box wrapped with fluffy yarn to make the cowardly loin.
I used a rust colored tux box wrapped with fluffy yarn to make the cowardly loin.
Are you a good witch, or a bad witch? Glenda is my favorite! I used the Angel diecut and trhe dress box cut from pearly pink cardstock to make her! Did you know the actress who playes Glenda was 51 when she played the part, I'll have whatever she's having!
Are you a good witch, or a bad witch? Glenda is my favorite! I used the Angel diecut and the dress box cut from pearly pink cardstock to make her! Did you know the actress who plays Glenda was 51 when she played the part, I'll have whatever she's having!
Oil Can! Here is the tux box again. Tip: when stamping on pearlessect cardstock besure to heat emboss it to prevent smearing!
Oil Can! Here is the tux box again. Tip: when stamping on pearlessent cardstock be sure to heat emboss it to prevent smearing!
If I only had a brain...Why does this sonk keep playing over and over again in my head?
If I only had a brain...Why does this song keep playing over and over again in my head?
Don't forget the ruby slippers! These were cut from Metallic red cardstock, I stickled the buckles and glued them on.
Don't forget the ruby slippers! These were cut from Metallic red cardstock, I stickled the buckles and glued them on.

Here are the Die Cuts I used:

Dress box

Tux Box

Witch

Buckle #01 set

Baby Shoe

Angel

Hot Air Balloon

I also used Stickles Glitter Glue on the shoes and Glenda boxes.

Now that you have seen my project check out Jen’s fabulous creations! Thanks for stopping by and till next time happy hopping and crafting too!

Watercolor Marker Tips!

Happy Sunday folks! I was over at the Creative Belli Challenge blog the other day and they issued a challenge to use water-based markers in a design, I have lots of these that I have forgotten about since discovering Bic mark-its so I thought it would be a good time to show them some love:

Stamps: The Rubber Cafe, Die Cut: Creativecutsandmore.com, ribbon: Target, ink: Versafine, Markers: tombow
Stamps: The Rubber Cafe, Die Cut: Creativecutsandmore.com, ribbon: Target, ink: Versafine, Markers: tombow

I made this card with a die cut from Creative Cuts and More and new Halloween stamps from the rubber cafe called Pumpkin Face Mix and Match, take a look at this set:

Pumpkin Face Mix and Match from The Rubber Cafe
Pumpkin Face Mix and Match from The Rubber Cafe

Yep they are clear! you can mix and match the faces for tons of variety and they are high quality clear meaning they stick well to the acrylic block and they hold the ink well! BTW I made the “magic Mesh” by swiping orange acrylic paint over drywall mesh I found at the hardware store. If you stick, creative cuts and more it to cardstock first you will have fun pattern paper after to peel up the mesh!

Watercolor marker tips:

1 Use waterproof ink to stamp your image or use pigment ink and emboss it in clear before you used the markers to prevent ink smears.

2. Work quickly: I colored the pumpkins yellow, added some light orange shading then dark orange around the edges.

3. My favorite way to use waterbased markers id to color on the rubber and stamp. A great way to may your stamp collection more versatile without buying more ink-pads! I used that technique on this project.

Thanks all for today, have a great Sunday and till next time Happy Crafting!

A “Clearly Cool” Blog Hop with Creative Cuts and More!

Don’t you just love the monthly bl0g hops with Creative Cuts and More? I love to see what the rest of the Design Team Divas have in store, and it’s fun to win prizes along the way! If you have jumped into the blog hop here be sure to start at the beginning by visiting the Die Cut Diva blog. This month’s theme is acetate (clear plastic), it is one of the trendiest products around and you can get nearly all of the die-cuts that are available at CC&M cut with this stuff (I’m talking hundreds folks!) Here is what I made with die cut acetate:

Die cuts: Creative Cuts and More, Ink: Ranger, Stamp: Inkadinkado, font: DB boho Frames (lettering delights/scrapnfont), jewels: Doodlebug
Die cuts: Creative Cuts and More, Ink: Ranger, Stamp: Inkadinkado, font: DB Boho Frames (lettering delights/scrapnfont), jewels: Doodlebug

We are not talking flimsy transparencies here, Creative Cuts and More offers various thicknesses of acetate such as a medium thickness perfect for these Purse bags:

Cute acetate bags from Creative cuts and more, they come clear, I colored these with Alcohol ink ;)
Cute acetate bags from Creative cuts and more, they come clear, I colored these with Alcohol ink 😉

Here is a closer look:

acetatebox1

acetatebox2

To color the bags I used Ranger Alcohol ink (this stuff should be a staple in every craft room!) to dab color to the inside of the acetate bags before assembling. Tip: Instead of buying an ink applicator and felts I made my own by taking a small wooden block (you can get a pack of small wooden child’s alphabet blocks from the dollar store or snag one from your kids toy box 😉 and then I glued Velcro (the rough hook side) to the 4 flat sides of the block.  I bought white felt at the craft sore when it was 10/$1 and cut it into 1″  squares and they will stick to the Velcro block and you can have 4 colors going at once and your fingers stay clean holding onto the remaining 2 sides!

Hook 3 stars together to make a cute wall hanging!
Hook 3 stars together to make a cute wall hanging!

I also used alcohol ink on the wall hanging. I used 2 sizes of star die cuts and punched holes with my crop-a-Dial before adding eyelets and fiber to hook them together. Tip: Use the larger sewing eyelets that come in two parts and the back side of the project was look just as good as the front. They are called 1/8″ eyelets but they are larger than the scrapbook ones, they fit the hole made with the larger punch on the Crop a dial perfectly.

I printed the frame on an inkjet transparency, you can use regular dye based markers and ink on them, for regulare acetate and trancepariencies try solvent inks and markers!
I printed the frame on an ink-jet transparency, you can use regular dye based markers and ink on them, for regular acetate and transparencies try solvent inks and markers!

The pretty clear transparency frames featured on these projects I made by printing on an ink-jet transparency right on my home printer. I used the font DB boho frames and DB Boho Banners. The Believe stamp is by inkadinkado and I stamped with regular dye based ink (stampin up) on the transparency. Tip: If you want to stamp on regular acetate or a regular transparency use Solvent ink such as Staz-On or plain old acrylic paint. I used my famous “hot glue dew drops” (another great used for alcohol ink!) to embellish these pieces as well as some Doodlebug adhesive jewels. Ready to shop? Here is a coupon for 16% off over at Creative Cuts and More: acetatebloghop0809.

Ready for more clear creations? Then hop over to Stephany’s blog to see her awesome acetate!

Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

A giftie for my Sistie…er, Sister!

When my sister gave me the Fuseworks microwaveable bead kiln for my birthday I knew I wanted to make some beads for her to thank her:

Stamp: Stampin Up!, Paper: K& Co., Die Cuts: Creative Cuts & More, Punch: Martha Stewart
Stamp: Stampin Up!, Paper: K& Co., Die Cuts: Creative Cuts & More, Punch: Martha Stewart

To display and protect the beads in the mail I used a shaker kit from Creative Cuts and More. To keep the backs of the post style earrings from poking through the envelop when I mailed it I placed some plastic packaging behind the card and mailed it in a padded envelope, they arrived safe and sound 😉 To attach the beads to the metal bail and ear posts I used E6000 glue, it’s rugged so beware! Have good ventilation.

For the earrings I used black glass for the bottom later, then a bit of silver leafing, then transparent green on top. For the pendant I used black glass with a foil pattern and clear on top. The foil did no damage to my microwave in the kiln!
For the earrings I used black glass for the bottom layer, then a bit of silver leafing, then transparent green on top. For the pendant I used black glass with a foil pattern and clear on top. The foil did no damage to my microwave in the kiln!

That’s all for today, thanks for stopping by and till next time happy crafting!

Easy Treat Cones!

Just popping in for a quick post and to remind you to join in the fun at the Caardvarks blog! They are giving away your choice of a card kit (they are brand new and super cute) from Creative Cuts and More, You have until Midnight on August 3rd to enter a baby or bridal shower themed project for your chance to win!

3 treat cones from one die cut, frugal goodness ;)
3 treat cones from one die cut, frugal goodness 😉
Isn't this cardstock cool? I love how the color is diffrent on the inside!
Isn't this cardstock cool? I love how the color is different on the inside!
We can't forget the girls! Die cut, tape: Creative Cuts And More
We can't forget the girls! Die cut, tape: Creative Cuts And More

Here are a couple more favors I made, this time with a baby shower in mind (little sis is expecting a boy!) I made these with the 11 1/2″ mini scallop circle die out of double-mates cardstock, I love this stuff because you get two colors for the price of one…well it may be a couple  of cents more LOL! The bigger cones were made with half of a scalloped sheet and the standard cones were made with a 1/4 sheet. Don’t be afraid to try making these, even for a big shower because they only take minutes to make. Be sure to try Killer Red Tacky Tape when you assemble these, I even used them to hold on my lace and ribbon! No more burned fingers from the hot glue gun, YAY!

Speaking of burnt fingers I think my new bead kiln is ready for another firing! Till next time happy crafting!

Caardvarks!!!

I am a happy girl because one of my projects is featured today over at the Caardvarks blog! I’ve played along with their fabulous challenges for some time now and this week I get to be a guest designer! Yay! The theme is bridal and baby showers so I made this little bridal shower set using dies for Creative Cuts and More:

Die Cuts: Creative Cuts and More, Stamps: Magents, Rubber Stampese, PSX, PP: DCWV
Die Cuts: Creative Cuts and More, Stamps: Magents, Rubber Stampede, PSX, PP: DCWV

Wanna know something funny? When I was putting together the place card holder I noticed there was a extra piece…know why? Because it was supposed to be a matchbox like this:

An easy to assemble XL matchbox will hold a generous amout of mins or candy YUM!
An easy to assemble XL matchbox will hold a generous amount of mitns or candy YUM!

One great die, two cool uses! The does I used were the cupcake box and the large matchbox both cut from metallic cardstock. There is an insert in the cupcake box so your cupcake doesn’t go sliding all around, it is about 4″ square when it is assembled (try the killer red tacky tape) so you can leave out the insert and have a lovely box for an different gift as well and it is super sturdy too!

Check out the cute window on top of this box!
Check out the cute window on top of this box!

Thanks for stopping by, make sure you visit the caardvarks blog for some awesome eye-candy and check out their other DT members too! Til next time happy crafting!

It’s Blog Hop Time!!!

I am so excited to be a part of another Creative Cuts and More blog hop! They are releasing some brand new die cut card kits with a  birthday theme and they are too cute for words! They were put together by our own talented designer Pam Smerker and you can see several projects from the kits throughout the blog hop today. Also for taking part in today’s blog hop I have a coupon code for you to save 15% on your order at Creative Cuts and More, the code is: birthdaydt0915   Since we have a birthday theme here I made a layout to share with you using my favorite CC&M die cut:  11 1/2″ mini scallop circle.

Paper/Dies: Creative Cuts and More
Paper/Dies: Creative Cuts and More

I made a birthday card to go with it using the square scallop filligre frame:

Card: Creative Cuts and More, Digital Stamp: Lindsay's Stamp Stuff, Rubber Stamps: Inkadinkado, Autumn Leaves, Brads, Ribbon,: Dollar Tree
Card: Creative Cuts and More, Digital Stamp: Lindsay's Stamp Stuff, Rubber Stamps: Inkadinkado, Autumn Leaves, Brads, Ribbon,: Dollar Tree

I stamped swirls on the inside on the card and heat embossed them in with white EP, the cake is a digital stamp that I colored with Bic Mark-its then glazed with Elmer’s 3-d and glitter paint, the fun part is that the paint is scented so it really smells like a cupcake! Here is what the inside of the card looks like, I rubbed some metallic rub ons over the embossed areas so there is a bit of shimmer there too {it doesn’t show in the photo too well but trust me it simmers and smells like a cupcake!}

Cake Stamp: Lindsay's Stamp Stuff, Swirl stamps: Autumn Leaves, "Happy Birthday" Stampin up, Paint Elmers, Markers: Bic, Metallic rub-on wax: Craf-T Products
Cake Stamp: Lindsay's Stamp Stuff, Swirl stamps: Autumn Leaves, "Happy Birthday" Stampin up, Paint Elmers, Markers: Bic, Metallic rub-on wax: Craf-T Products
Yum!
Yum!

Be sure to stop by ALL the blogs along the hop, there are TWO chances to win a birthday card kit and it is CUTE, CUTE, CUTE!!! If you have jumped into the blog hop here you can start at the beginning (so you don’t miss your chance to win the card kits) at the Die Cut Diva blog. Next up on the hop is guest designer Dawn Lusk, hop over to her blog and see what she has for you and don’t forget to leave some love! Until next time happy hopping {and crafting too!}

Hooray for Crochet!

I love all of the pretty dainty crocheted flowers popping up on cards and scrapbook pages everywhere.  tried to make some a while back but they were ANYTHING but dainty, then I found an easy tutorial over at Nicole Heady’s blog and it was so easy. I used embroidery floss and crochet cotton thread to make the flowers her with a #0 hook but it was really weird to get used to the thread so I made a few in sugar & cream cotton yarn first to get the hang of it then tried it with the thread, here is how they came out.

Die Cuts: Creative Cuts and More, Stamp: Stampin Up!, Punch: Martha Stewart
Die Cuts: Creative Cuts and More, Stamp: Stampin Up!, Punch: Martha Stewart

The flowers on this card are not from Nicole’s pattern but I used the same stitches, once you get the hang of it you can make up your own flowers. The little 4 petal flower was made with the crochet cotton then I sprayed it with my trusty homemade shimmer spray, I also sprayed the scroll die cuts to tone down the black. All the die cuts are from Creative cuts and More. They are looking for a few new guest designers so if you are interested check out the call here, you have until July 6th to apply!

I scanned a few of the flowers I made, then removed the background and saved them as a png file (transparent background) so digital scrappers can add the soft homespun look to their pages too 🙂 They are in one file so use the selection tool to pick the one you want!

free flowers to digiscrap with, see download link below.
free flowers to digiscrap with, drop shadow on the preview only, see download link below.

You can download my crocheted flower elements for digital scrapbookers here.

If you want to find more patterns and awesome examples check out this thread over at splitcoast stampers.

There are also some cool flower patterns at Lion brand yarn.

Have fun making your own little crocheted flowers, if you find a cool pattern leave a link in the comments section. Beware these are very addicting but you can make use of little scraps of time my making these while you watch TV or riding in the car or waiting for the kids. It’s fun! Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

Guest DT call for Creative Cuts & More!

Do you love die cuts? Do you love free stuff? Want the fame and fortune of a guest design team member…well, not so much fortune, but a little recognition anyway 🙂 Then check out the Guest DT call at Creative cuts and more, you will be glad you did!

Stamps: The Rubber Cafe, Die Cuts/Cardstock: Creative Cuts and More, Pockets/ribbon: The Dollar Tree
Stamps: The Rubber Cafe, Die Cuts/Cardstock: Creative Cuts and More, Pockets/ribbon: The Dollar Tree
Stamps: The Rubber Cafe, Die Cuts/Cardstock: Creative Cuts and More, Die cut felt: Queen & Co.,Pockets/ribbon: The Dollar Tree
Stamps: The Rubber Cafe, Die Cuts/Cardstock: Creative Cuts and More, Die cut felt: Queen & Co.,Pockets/ribbon: The Dollar Tree

I used the leftover pieces of cardstock that came with a color-block template that I ordered from creative cuts and more to make these bitty cards and my cheapo pockets I got from the dollar tree in the teacher supply section. I also used stamps from the Rubber Cafe. Easy, Quick, fun. Now that is my kind of craft! Thanks for stopping by, Till next time happy crafting!