Monday, February 08, 2016

Spring Butterflies

Hi, Vladka here!
The card I did today was inspired by spring colors! I used Distressed Inks to get the look I wanted. Let’s go step by step so you too can create this card. I used white cardstock for the background with some stamped leaves for more interest. For the stamping, I used yellow and green Distress Inks. I also spritzed some water on it to get more of a watercolor look.

I cut out the circle with the new die from the  Stitched Circle Set and added some splashes of yellow Distress ink mixed with water. When everything was dry, I cut out two Butterflies. One out of yellow cardstock and one green. I attached them over the circle with the splashes. I added the  Happy Birthday Cupcake expression out of white cardstock (after I cut off the cupcake) to the middle of the two butterflies.
This is a clean and simple card for someone’s birthday. The colors just scream happy!! Also check out our other dies from the Happy Birthday release. They are all so beautiful and fun to play with!!

Have a great day!
Card Supplies I used:

CottageCutz dies: they are listed below
Card stock: white, yellow and green cardstock
Distress Ink: Fossilized Amber, Peeled Paint
Other:  scissors, paper trimmer, scor-buddy, brush, water

Saturday, February 06, 2016

Pretty in Pink /Gift card Envelopes

Hello everyone,
Cheryl here today with 2 Gift Card holders that I created using the Beautiful New CottageCutz Birthday Release!

1st Gift Card Envelope 
CottageCutz Gift Card Envelope- I just cut my double sided card stock out , not need to glue or use sticky tape.
CottageCutz Filigree Bow- Cut out in white card stock, then colored with pink copic marker and left part of the bow white.
CottageCutz Bows Varity-cut out in white card stock, and dipped in glue, then course glitter. Love the look of this!!!
CottageCutz Basics Stitched Heart Set/Heart Set- Cut these out in Pink and brown for layering
CottageCutz Fancy Floral Lace Border-cut out in white card stock
Embellishments-Ribbon, Button, Flower, Ric Rac, Glitter, and half backed pearls

I absolutely LOVED making these, as they are super fun to decorate, easy to make, and perfect for giving gift Cards.
2nd CottageCutz Gift Card Envelope
On this second Gift Card Envelope I chose to use the CottageCutz Balloons, as I wanted it to really look like a birthday gift :) I love the balloons, and used Glitters on those, to give them a different look. Also I LOVE the New CottageCutz Tag Toppers, as they are fun and perfect for layering.

 CottageCutz Used:
Party Hat Tag Topper(New)- Cut using brown and pink card stock
Balloons,Variety(New)- cut in pink ,brown and white card stock. Next I dipped them in glue and added different glitters to each. I also used some seam binding and a flower to tie them all together.
CottageCutz Basics(New)-Stitched Square set/Square Set-cut in brown and white card stock. Next I dusted the white with a little distressed pink ink.
CottageCutz Fancy Floral Lace Border- Cut out using white card stock
Embellishments- Seam Binding , Glitters, Ric Rac, Flower ,

The picture above is the gift envelope open. I love that you can either glue /sticky tape the sides down, or leave them how I chose to :) This makes it easy to see the gift card.
I hope you enjoyed my post today, and thank you!
CottageCutz Dies:

Thank you for looking and have a lovely day!
hugs to all,

Thursday, February 04, 2016

Cupcake Matching Memory Game

Hi everyone, Janja here. 
For my first post at Scrapping Cottage blog I decided to make a memory game.
We already played and it was a lot of fun; searching for pairs of small cupcakes.

I chose a die from the new CottageCutz Basics set - rounded square set. I cut 60 squares (20 white, 20 from patterned paper for backside and 20 colored for front sides, 2 for each color).
After cutting, it was time for gluing. 
On each white square I placed a patterned back paper and a colored front paper.
While I waited for glue to dry, I made 20 cupcakes. I cut them with die, stitched cupcakesin different colors as well. Of course it was important to make pairs of the same cupcakes. Finished cupcakes were attached to the front sides and our game is finished. 

After playing the game, I did not want to lose the squares so I made a custom box, using a ruler, scissors and a paper cutter. For the box cover I printed a sign in Word and attached a cupcake.

Dies used in making memory game:


I hope you enjoyed my company. 

Thursday, January 28, 2016

Movie Night

Hi, Vladka is here today!

I like to experiment at card creating sometimes and this was one of my little experiments. Every time I'm surprised how I enjoy such things. My hands, dirty because of the different colors, make me feel like artist, which I'm not, but we can feel like it sometimes, don't you think? :) 

So, I took light blue and white watercolor tubes which I added to my working surface and with a little sponge I started to tapped and drawing lines on my piece of kraft paper. But I was careful not to press too much, because I didn't want to cover the whole surface. This was my base. Then I cut out all my die pieces, for what I used dies from Lights, Camera, Action release. Special set which I like very much and it's perfect to create invitations for Movie Night. I used following dies: Film ReelsFilm Strip and Movie Night and Ticket.  Except word Movie, which was cut out of red paper, everything else was cut out of black paper. Also on these pieces I applied some white and light blue colors and after that distressed them with brown distress ink to get more rusty look.

I needed something more, so I took a little piece of scrapbook paper with text, tore it apart and glued all pieces back together with Vintage Antique Matte Mod Podge glue, which gave me yellow look. After it was dry, I also distressed it with brown Distress ink. I glued everything together and here is the finish look. I hope you like my mixed media experiment. :)


Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Happy Birthday Cupcake!

Hello everyone, Cheryl here today with a Happy Birthday Cupcake card.

I made this card using the DARLING New CottageCutz Birthday Release, and CottageCutz Basics.

On my card I cut out the CottageCutz Stitched Oval die in a pink card stock, and then distressed it. Next I cut the CottageCutz Oval one, and distressed the inside with a light pink. The brown frame is the CottageCutz Fancy Victorian Frame. These are all layered together to give a nice layered look.

Next I cut the Stitched Cupcake, Laurel Wreath, and Happy Birthday Cupcake all in White Card Stock, and then colored with copic markers. These are the colors I used to color all the pieces. RV21,RV11,RV34E29,E57,G24,YG03  I also added some fun glitter to the heart on the cupcake. Love the look of it~

All photo's below are linked to the Scrapping Cottage Store for easy finding. :)

Lastly I used some vintage lace, some seam binding, and some beautiful pink gingham ribbon. I added a button, and some half backed pearl type things....heehe

Thank you for looking and hope you have a wonderful day!
hugs to all

Sunday, January 24, 2016

CottageCutz Design Team Call

Design Team Call
We are looking for Design Team members who are very active on social media. These sites include: Blogger, Facebook (page or groups), Twitter, YouTube Channel, Pinterest, and Instagram. We currently have 3 positions open:  2 positions for a talented Designer and one opening for a person who enjoys creating videos (Video Artist) showcasing CottageCutz dies in a Tutorial/How-To project.  All positions are a 6-month term commitment with the option to extend. Term will be from March 1 - August 31, 2016
We specialize in universal metal dies for papercrafting.  CottageCutz designs are unique, intricate, fun and whimsical.  We have the largest selection of the most beautifully hand drawn designs.  CottageCutz are available in craft stores world-wide. 
We are looking for dependable, energetic, enthusiastic and talented designers who enjoys papercrafting with die-cutting. We are looking for designers to showcase CottageCutz dies in different ways (layouts, cards, altered items, tags, etc.)  shabby chic, vintage, simple, whatever your style may be, we would love to see what you have to bring to our team.  

What we expect:
*Must have a personal active blog
*Good communicator, reliable, dedicated and on time with deadlines.
*Post to the CottageCutz Blog and your personal blog 4 times per month using only CottageCutz dies--No other dies are permitted. Video artist will be required to create 2 videos per month.
*Actively promote CottageCutz product on your personal blog, Facebook or Twitter accounts.
*List all CottageCutz dies and appropriate links back to the store.
*Be able to give instructions to how you used our CottageCutz dies
*Access to camera that is able to take high quality well lit photos.
*Upload to at least 1 online gallery such as Splitcoaststampers
*Pin all projects to Pinterest.
*Create at least one project for each die given - All dies need to be used and featured in a project. 
*Each project that is featured on the CottageCutz blog will be sent to The Scrapping Cottage, Inc. and will become the property of The Scrapping Cottage, Inc. with the understanding that it may be used at CHA tradeshows, consumers shows, advertising, sample boards, etc.  **Please only use CottageCutz dies on your projects.  No other competitor dies are permitted.
*Team spirit and able to follow directions accordingly
*Support DT members by commenting weekly on the CottageCutz Blog
*Be willing to participate in Blog hops, Challenges,  or other events.
*Have lots of fun with our talented team of designers
Selected Designer will receive:
*Generous amount in product each month.
*Your name and picture linked to your blog from CottageCutz Blog
*Worldwide exposure of your projects
*CottageCutz Design badge to feature on your blog
*Great product discount
*Bonus given to those who are published in a printed crafting publication. CottageCutz must be listed in the supply list for your project

To apply, please do the following:
1. Please e-mail Joanne at with the subject line: CottageCutz Design Team Call
2. Please attach 3 projects showcasing dies.  These can be projects you have already done or current projects. We would like to see Cards, layouts, altered items, etc
3. If you are applying for the Video Artist position, please provide us with links of a few of your videos.
4.  Links to your personal blog and any online galleries where you upload your projects.
5. Tell us why you think you would be a perfect fit for the CottageCutz design team and what your favorite technique is when using die-cuts and which die-cutting machine you use.  Please indicate which position you are interested in.
6. Please list current and past design teams

** We will be accepting applications until February 15th and the team will be announced shortly after.

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

CottageCutz Preview of Birthday Release

Hello everyone, Cheryl here with my Birthday Delight Card
using the NEW CottageCutz Birthday Release! Absolutely LOVE this release and I know you will too! Lots of Delightful things to choose from! This Release will be available in a couple of days! Can't wait for you all to see!

Card Measures 6 x 6
On my card I used CottageCutz Floral Spray(NEW), CottageCutz Butterfly Kayla(NEW),CottageCutz Gift Tag Topper(NEW) & CottageCutz BASICS which are also NEW Release! I used the Rectangle die set, and the Stitched Rectangle set! LOVE These too! The fancy Frame is the CottageCutz Victorian Frame! Absolutely LOVE this and it works perfect with the new Basics.
all photos are linked to the scrapping cottage store for easy finding.
Floral Spray-I colored all the flowers and leaves and such with copic markers E93 & RV11 for the roses, for the leaves I used YG03. Love this die, as it was easy to use and color up. Im sure you could cut out the green and distress the edges, for a beautiful look as well.
Kayla Butterfly- was airbrushed using copics RV13,RV11, R85, and E57. I added some Viva Pearls to the outer part of the butterfly.

Gift Tag Topper-I absolutely LOVE these! I love how they can be layered and cut so easy! Super fun!

Victorian Frame- Super fun and easy! I just cut it out with Black card stock, for a layered look for my card.

CottageCutz BASICS- these are fun shapes, the ones I used are Rectangle and Stitched Rectangle- Love how the nest and how you can mix and match the sets. The stitched is cut using Pink card stock. for the Rectangle plain I used white, and then distressed a bit.
Thank you for looking and have a lovely day!
hugs to all,