Tuesday, January 23, 2018

To My Love

Hi, Janja here!

This is my first post in the new year. Let's start with love.
I prepared two Valentines cards, and combined on them several dies from various releases.

- CottageCutz dies: Baby Dolls, Baby Doll Girl Clothes, Love Postage, Love Bow & Arrow, English Rose Corner, Square Set, Nested Stitched Scallop Square Set
- red card base: 4.25 x 5.5" (10,7 x 13,9 cm)
- white scalloped edge card base: 5 x 5" (12,7 x 12,7 cm)
- white card stock: 3.74 x 5" (9,5 x 12,6 cm)
- red card stock: 4 x 4" (10 x 10 cm)
- wite and colored card stock
- self adhesive pads, double-sided adhesive tape
- Distress ink pad - Tattered Rose
- Memento ink pad - London Fog

Prepare a red card base, and stamp an inscription on a white card stock.

Cut the word love and a couple of hearts.

With two dies cut all the pieces we need to form a girl. Use socks for the shoes, and shorten them with scissors.
When assembling, slightly change the position of arms and legs.

Spray gray dots on a white card stock, and fasten a girl with self-adhesive pads. For more depth, add a gray color with a makeup brush. These brushes are very useful for such things, especially if the subject is slightly raised from the substrate.

Completed card.

The second card is made with English Rose Corner die. Cut three times. On the backside of a white piece attach adhesive tape, and insert an individual pieces.

From a white card stock cut a square and a frame with the largest die from both sets. Add an inscription.

Complete the card.

Enjoy and have fun while creating.

Monday, January 22, 2018


Hi, Lois here today.  While waiting for the newest release from CottageCutz to arrive, I pulled out one of the stamp/die Birthday Flowers sets, which are currently on sale on the website.  The one I used for my relatively-simple card today is the Narcissus, which is December's flower.  I found some old patterned paper which I thought would work well with this flower.

To start my card, I cut the cardstock for the base:

White - 8 1/2" x 5 1/2"
Orange - 4" x 5 1/4"
Patterned paper - 3 7/8" x 5 1/8"

I constructed my card base.

I then cut my two ovals from white and orange, using the 2nd largest Double-Stitched Oval die for the white and the largest Nested Stitched Eyelet Oval for the orange.

I stamped a small sentiment at the bottom of the white oval and glued it to the orange oval before attaching it to the card base.

Next I stamped my images onto a piece of white cardstock . . .

. . . die cut them and colored them with Copic markers.

I attached the die-cuts to my card using small foam pop dots, and I was finished.

CottageCutz sets used on this card are:




I invite you to check out the CottageCutz store, which has lots of discounts on their dies -- up to 70% off on some of them.

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: