Saturday, April 28, 2012

CottageCutz Blog Hop

 Good morning!  Welcome to the first CottageCutz Blog Hop of 2012!  We're so glad you could join us for the hop.  Grab your favorite beverage, sit back, relax, and enjoy some fabulous paper crafted creations using the amazing CottageCutz dies.  If you're hopping along in the listed order, you should have arrived here from The Scrapping Cottage Blog, but if you just happened along, then you'll definitely want to go back and start there so you don't miss a thing!  

I have a card to share with you today that features the beautiful CottageCutz Filigree Butterfly Trio  and Circles w/Eyelet dies from The Scrapping Cottage.  These intricate and beautiful dies are so easy to work with, and they cut like a dream!  I created the paper I used to cut these beauties using a technique I found HERE.  I used yellow, and lavender shades of ink to match this gorgeous K&Co. patterned paper.
 I hand crocheted the bottom lace border, using the Sharp Crochet Hook, and for bling, I added some dazzling diamonds to the butterflies, pearl flourishes,  pearl strands, and ribbon. 
Here's a closer look that shows off the sparkle of the dazzling diamonds glitter on the butterlies.  They are SO pretty IRL!  The sentiment, which goes so perfectly with this card comes from Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps Everyday Miracles clear stamp set.

Your next stop on this hop is at the amazing and so incredibly talented Cindy Haffner's Blog.  Should you happen to get lost along the way, below you will find a complete list of stops with links to help you get back on track.  Now, you're going to definitely want to comment on EACH blog on this hop, because come Monday we're going to have a drawing for THREE LUCKY winners who will each win a gift certificate to The Scrapping Cottage.  We don't know which blog will have a winning number chosen, but the more blogs you comment on, the better your chances of winning!  

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Once again, thank you SO much for joining us today!  Have a blessed and beautiful day, and HAPPY HOPPING!!!!!

Thursday, April 26, 2012

CottageCutz Caught A Bug?

Good morning and happy Thursday to ya!  Today I bring you a card style that I'm finding I like more and more.  Usually, I'm one who likes to spend a lot of time fussing over cards, adding lots of detail, but I'm finding myself more often thinking hard about how to make a clean and simple (CAS) card, that looks classy, without overdoing the frill.  Sometimes that's easier said than done, but that's what I've attempted with my card today.  For this one I used the CottageCutz Grasshopper Mini die.  I tried a new technique on the paper I used for the grasshoppers.  You can find the tutorial I followed, along with complete instructions HERE.
I followed the instructions for the tutorial using colors I thought went well with the background paper, then cut the grasshoppers out using the mini die and my Bigshot.  After they were cut, I did add some sponging around the edges in both green and brown.  I took a tiny Sharpie marker and filled in the debossed eye.  Above the center grasshopper you'll see what looks like a little heart.  That's a total accident, as I used confetti white card stock, and it has little colorful flecks in it.  It just happened that the red fleck showed up right smack dab in the middle of the embossed stripe background.  The embossed background was done using a Stampin' Up! embossing folder.
Here's a look at the CottageCutz die that I used.  These minis are GREAT for simple cards, and scrapbook layouts.  Wouldn't this be cute cut out in patterned paper?  Maybe green with polka dots?    A must have for ALL your Summer themed paper crafting!
I'm so happy to be able to share with you today, and I hope you like what you've seen.  We've got a big blog hop coming up in just a few days, and let me tell you that you DON'T want to miss it!   Be sure to You're in for LOTS of inspiration and maybe even some fabulous prizes, too!  See you at the Hop!