CC&M Blog Hop Time!!!

Yippee Skippie, it is time for the Creative Cuts and More Blog Hop. If you just arrived here from Jen’s blog thanks for joining us and WOW, wasn’t her project FAB! If you are jumping in in the middle of the hop make sure you start from the beginning over at the Die Cut Diva blog…rumor has it that there is some blog candy hidden along the way 😉 Here is my Creative Cuts project, I used the Castle mini album cut from brown chipboard:

Album: Creative Cuts and More, Stamps: Imagenesance, Watercolors M Graham, Paper: Autumn Leaves

Album: Creative Cuts and More, Stamps: Imagenesance, Watercolors M Graham, Paper: Autumn Leaves

Tip: I used a Bic Mark-it to color my clear rhinestones pink!

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Wing Stamps: Sunday international, Swirl: Autumn Leaves, From Imaginescense

Wing Stamps: Sunday international, Swirl: Autumn Leaves, Frog: Imaginescense

the horse was a coloring page downloaded from: http://dulemba.com

the horse was a coloring page downloaded from: http://dulemba.com

and another of the sweet little imagenessance (I have no idea how to spell that!) stamps I won a couple weeks ago!

and another of the sweet little imagenessance (I have no idea how to spell that!) stamps I won a couple weeks ago!

First I traced all if the pieces on to Autumn Leaves paper, trimmed them and glued them to the blank chipboard pages. Don’t forget to color the backs! Then I sanded and inked the edges, added photos, stamped images, bling and punches. I bound the book together by punching holes with my Crop a dial and inserting a cheap-o binding coil from Staples (you get 25 11″ long coils for $5!) Who need a Bind it all? OK I’d love one but it’s not in the budget so this will have to do 🙂

Now that you have seen my Creative Cuts and More mini Album (I know your disappointed that I have no candy for you 😦 ) you can hop right on over to Guest Designer Eva’s blog to see what she has in store for you. Thanks for stopping by and as always happy crafting!

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Fit for a tween! (and an envelope freebie!)

My mom was complaining the other day that she can never find the card she wants with the right sentiment and she asked if I could come up with a set of versatile cards with different sayings that could be added. Being the obliging daughter I am I said “sure!” Well I’m sure this isn’t what she had in mind but I was itching to use the new dollar stamps my Imaginessance I got at Judy’s the other day so I came up with this…I’ll work on something a little more sophisticated for mom LOL!

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I used my homemade dew drops for inexpensive embellishing! I colored the frog with Watercolor Crayons and a blender pen but you can get the same effect with chalk.

There are 8 blank cards in the set with envelopes made from pattern paper. It’s a great way to use up the extras that come in pads. I but most of my paper this way because it is only pennies a sheet that way, the paper I used here is by My Minds Eye, Everyday Tango Collection.

You can download the envelope templates here:

Expression users (with Design Studio and the George cartridge) click here for a file that cut 2 envelops on a 12″ paper.

Cricut users with the original 6×12 machine, design studio and george click here for a single envelope that will cut on a 6″x12″ paper.

For a SVG file compatible with SCAL and re-sizable to any size you want click here.

Assemble the envelops then use my envelope glue recipe to seal them.

I covered some plain pencils with pattern paper to match. You could even stick fake flowers or feathers to the top to make it extra fancy! The box I am using was rescued from the trash pile, it contained a paint your own piggy bank by the Melissa & Doug toy company. Such a cute sturdy box, and pink too, how could I toss it. I added some crackle medium and acrylic paint and die cuts and viola! A stationary box!

And I made a little notebook to match by cutting a large tag out of two scraps of mat-board and cut pages out of a sheet of cardstock. I joined them with a screw-post then decorated it.

I think this design has a lot of possibilities. You could save yourself some work and increase the recipient’s fun buy giving blank cards, the stamp, ink and, ribbon and colored pencils and let her design them.

Have fun and make some cards with a tween today!

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