Friday, September 23, 2011

Echo Park Paper Blog Hop-An Echo Park Christmas with Kim

Welcome to the Cutters Creek Design Team Echo Park Paper Blog Hop! If you just came from Melissa's blog you are on the right track! If you just stopped by my blog, you can begin the hop at the Cutters Creek Design Team blog here.

Here is the the list of each blog in our hop:

Cutters Creek Blog (Chris)
Mandie's Blog
Lori's Blog
Deanna's Blog
Mindy's Blog
Laura's Blog
Melissa's Blog
Kim's Blog

Please make sure you leave comments along the way or ask any questions that you have.  At the end of our hop we will be drawing a prize winner to win a Collection Kit from Echo Park Paper Company!!  However you must complete the blog hop and leave a comment on each blog.  The papers and collections used in this hop can be purchased over at the Cutters Creek online store.  *BONUS* At the end of the hop, return to the Cutters Creek Design Team Blog and sign up for the Cutters Creek Store Newsletter (on the right side bar) and post that you did and get one more chance to win!  (We will be verifying that you signed up.)

For my project, I decided to use the new 6x6 Dots & Stripes Christmas Echo Park paper pad and the Layered Chipboard from the new Echo Park Holly Jolly Collection: 


I removed my Santa from the layered chipboard sheet and decided to "doll" him up a bit.  I added Polar White Flower Soft to the pom pom and trim on his hat.  I then used Icicle Stickles on the buttons on his coat for some sparkle.  I then removed my sentiment from the same sheet and added a dot of Icicle Stickles in the center of the poinsettia.  I set all that aside and started cutting my card pieces.  I cut a piece of striped paper from the 6x6 paper pad down a bit and adhered that down as my background.  Since I used a muted gray, I decided to add some more paper elements to give my card a little "pop" and color.  I used a green dotted paper and cut two triangles for two opposing corners on the card front.  I love using Scotch Quick Dry Adhesive to put cards together, as you can slide things around a bit to get them just so, before the glue grabs.  Although, please remember this adhesive only works well with cardstock so please don't try it with scrapbook paper!  Then I got my Cuttlebug and Spellbinder dies out and cut a plain circle in another dotted paper choice from the pad and a scalloped circle in silver glitter cardstock from American Crafts.  I attached the two circles together with Scor Tape (mounting items on American Crafts Glitter Cardstock needs a sticky adhesive), and now I had a perfect frame to show off my Santa!  Once my Santa was dried, I pulled off the adhesive backing on my Layered Chipboard piece and attached it to my circular frame.  Then for further dimension, I attached all this with foam squares.  Then I took off the backing and attached my sentiment.  I then thought I needed something more, like ribbon, however that just didn't seem quite right.  So I decided to grab some Flower Soft Peel Offs and put those around my card front to frame it off for my final "tada!".  This card was so simple to make and when making holiday cards, I really like simple because I make so many of them.  All it took was a 6x6 Dots & Stripes Christmas Echo Park Paper pad and one of their Layered Chipboard packs, and a few supplies from my stash.  I hope you enjoyed my project!  And please don't forget to leave a comment for a chance to win.

Supplies Used & Found at Cutters Creek:

Saturday, September 3, 2011

Wedding Card & Hurricane Irene

Hurricane Irene has been rough on a lot of us on the East Coast.  When you lose electricity, you lose so many things that you take for granted each day that are just "there".  Running water was the one thing that was the hardest for us.  We could not clean, give animals fresh water, flush, cook, and so much more.  You also find out that you have to communicate with people the old fashion way, actually talk face to face.  I think our world of internet and smart phones has made it so we no longer have to interact with people the old fashion way.  I for one, loved running into strangers and chit chatting as we all were searching for water and ice.  So I am one to have any excuse to craft and Irene gave me that chance.  I made this wedding card for our neighbors.  They are getting married next week.  Since I had so much time on my hands, I really put a lot into this card, including time.  I am more of a scrapbooker, so as my card morphed before my very eyes, I was so pleased I spent the time I did on it.  Here is the front of the card:
I used an Ecstasy Craft kit for the wedding image and put that together with foam squares.  I then hunted through my massive paper stash and found a piece of pearlized 12x12 paper and some American Crafts glitter cardstock in ocean.  I cut down the white paper to a 5x7 card base.  I then took one of my punches and created a lacy edge down the front of the card.  I then took my butterfly punch and punched a butterfly and glittered it and added KaiserCraft pearls in denim for his little body.  I mounted my Ecstasy Crafts image on the glitter cardstock and also cut a strip and adhered it to the inside edge of my card.  I then attached my butterfly with foam squares under the wings to make it look like it was in flight and then added some more denim pearls on the bottom front of the card.
Here is the interior:
On the interior I took a piece of the leftover pearlized paper and stamped a sentiment and found a scrolly heart stamp and stamped that below the sentiment and added tiny denim pearls to each end of the scroll and in the four corners of the sentiment and mounted that on glitter cardstock.  I also took one of my bonus images in my Ecstasy Crafts kit and mounted it on glitter card stock and adhered it to the interior as well. 
All in all, I am pretty pleased with my finished card and took so much time as I know the bride will save all her cards she receives.
All of these items can be purchased at Cutters Creek!
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