Sugar Bean Cards
Friday, March 24, 2017
Thursday, March 23, 2017
Here's how to make your own Super Simple Smooshes: Get a small bowl of warm water, some Tacky Glue or Tombow Multi-Purpose Glue, cardstock for a base (I usually use the same color as the rose paper, but for demonstration purposes, this time it's blue), and strips of Curious Metallic Cardstock cut into various sizes. Mine are all different lengths, and no bigger than 1/2 in wide. You can make these roses any size you want.
|All the puddles of glue filled with flowers!|
|Smoosh Roses and pearls--perfect for this little Easter girl|
The Curious Metallics Cardstock comes in lots of luscious colors, and (this part makes me really happy) there are metallic ENVELOPES, too!
Wednesday, March 22, 2017
In your Easter bonnet, with all the frills upon it, you'll be the grandest lady in the Easter parade. Or in this case your gift will be the grandest. A gift with a surprise.
I created this Easter bonnet using as SVG file from Dreaming Tree. I sized the file to fit on the 8.5" x 11" Ice Gold Curious Metallic Cardstock. I cut the file using my Sizzix eClips2. The paper cut and scored easily.
I assembled the base of the hat following the directions found on the Dreaming Tree website.
For the embellishments, I chose Curious Metallic in Botanic, Lime, Violette, Mandarin, Cognac and Ice Gold.
I inked the Ice Gold cardstock with Distress Inks. I love how the shimmer shines through the ink.
Then I assembled the flowers and attached them to the hat. I also added a ribbon bow, some pearls, bead strands, and tip of cotton swabs for the pussy willows.
Add a few small gifts inside the hat and you are ready to go.
Stroll on over to CutCardStock to find these gorgeous papers and more. Also check out our Facebook page CutCardStock for more inspiration.
Tuesday, March 21, 2017
This month's Business Spotlight feature is sharing a bit about Valerie Harb Graphic Design Services!
We sent some questions to Valerie to get to know a little bit about her and her business. She offers custom, handmade invitations, stationery and materials for events -- such as seating cards, small signage and other creative decor.
CutCardStock: Tell us a little bit about yourself.
Valerie: I am a mom of three boys who has found her happy place in working with people who are celebrating. I enjoy the freedom to be creative and collaborating with my clients to bring their visions to life. I love that every event I do takes me on another journey of learning and experimenting with color, texture and design.
CutCardStock: How has your business evolved?
Valerie: After starting out doing primarily corporate and small business marketing materials, I took a chance on creating invitations for a party given by a friend. I was hooked. My whole focus changed to concentrating on celebrations and events. It was love at first sight.
CutCardStock: What is your favorite part of business?
Valerie: The people I get to meet. I get to work with families celebrating mitzvahs, weddings, graduations, births.... I get to share in their joy and excitement and be a small part of it.
CutCardStock: What is your favorite CutCardStock product?
Valerie: Metallic stock & envelopes. Love them.
CutCardStock: What bit of advice could you offer to someone starting their own business?
Valerie: Trust your instincts and in your own skills. Never underestimate the importance of quality customer service.
Speed round fun questions....
Mountains or Beach? Beach. No Contest.
Coffee or Tea? Coffee
Pie or Cake? I'd take a salty snack over either!
Phone call or text? Text. I'm all about efficiency.
Email or Snail mail? I need both to stay in business!
Thanks for playing along with us Valerie!
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Posted by Amber at 6:00 AM
Monday, March 20, 2017
Every once in a while (when time permits), I really enjoy building complex three-dimensional pieces out of just paper and glue, like this Easter egg decor that doubles as a candy dish. The key to constructing beautiful papercrafts is choosing high-quality and sturdy cardstock as your foundation, like the Curious Metallic Cardstocks from CutCardStock.
I started by assembling my egg shape base out of Curious Metallic Chocolate Cardstock (because all Easter eggs should be chocolate 😊) using Tombow Mono Multi-Purpose Liquid Glue. While I used my Silhouette to cut the materials that form the foundation of this piece (an SVG file I purchased from Dreaming Tree), you can also find resources for cutting and assembling similar pieces by hand by doing an internet search for "3D egg template".
I wanted the inside of my egg to be smooth and golden, so I cut liners from Curious Translucent Iridescent Gold Cardstock. Although this vellum is quite thick, you'll still want to use a special vellum adhesive if you don't want glue marks to show through.
Next, decorate the exterior of the egg shape with assorted pattern paper in springtime hues. Liquid glue is always a good choice when adhering paper to a coated cardstock like Curious Metallic Cardstock.
To make the flowers a little more lifelike, I curled the petals under with my thumb and forefinger and layered some of the smaller flowers on top of the larger ones with a dot of liquid glue. A gold glitter enamel dot sits in the center of each to finish them off.
You can adhere the flowers to the egg base with more liquid glue if desired, but I chose to use hot glue because it works quickly and allows you to apply objects with a little dimension. For example, the large pink flower is able to sit up higher and be tilted precariously on the very tip of the egg.
Add lots of wispy foliage behind the flowers to give the piece tons of movement...and if your egg is open like mine, don't forget to fill the bottom with crinkle fill and goodies!
I hope I've inspired you to try out Curious Metallic Cardstocks in your next big springtime papercrafting project and thanks so much for stopping by today! Be sure to visit the CutCardStock store to purchase any of the supplies showcased today and remember that Curious Metallic Cardstocks are on sale this month!