Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Use Your Scraps!

Weekly Challenge #38

Challenge:   Use your Scraps
September 24 - 30th, 2013

Hello Crafty Friends!   Today is my Design Team posting day for the Cuttin' and Stampin' Challenge Blog.  This week we are being asked to "Use Our Scraps".  Any of us that do paper crafting always have little bits of paper left over. Do you save them or recycle them or just toss them in the trash? I am a "saver" - especially if it is a "special" paper- a pretty pattern, glitter cardstock,  or a neat texture.  But I really am good at saving any usable size left over pieces of paper and I turn to my scraps first when I am creating, before cutting into a brand new piece of paper!
Today I made a birthday card for a sweet friend that lives in Alaska. (Hi Lori!!) 
 Let's take a look at it and then we'll talk about it!

I used an adorable Paper Smooches Stamp from the set called
"Chubby Chums" set.  I recently purchased some water color pencils and stamped the chick on water color paper and then used the pencils to color her in- then used a water color paint brush dipped in water to blend. I then "fussy cut" around the chick. To create the "nest" she is sitting in, I drew a nest with the water color pencils and then again used the paint brush to help blend the color. I did a light blue watercolor back ground as well for the chickie and the nest to rest on!  
I used foam squares to give the card dimension.

I used another Paper Smooches Stamp for the little flag the chick is holding - from the same stamp set, "Chubby Chums".  I just hand cut a little banner shape.

For the inside sentiment I stamped the "happy birthday" from a super cute set called Sentiment Sampler.  
You can get your very own Paper Smooches stamps from The Cuttin' and Stampin' Challenge Blog. Tammy has some amazing weekly specials going on right HERE! 
I KNOW you have some scraps laying around your craft area!  Please join us in this challenge and enter your own project!

Please make sure your creation post has a link back to Cuttin' and Stampin'

Thanks for playing along we will be announcing the winners on October 4, 2013. 

You can link your project 

Thank you so much for visiting today! I'd love to hear your comments!

Sunday, September 1, 2013

End of Summer Blog Hop!

End of Summer Blog Hop

September 1st and 2nd, 2013

Cuttin' and Stampin' is celebrating 

We have five new Design Team Members to introduce to you.  
We also have our Weekly Special starting this weekend.  From this point forward, you will be able to purchase the items the design team is using for the weekly challenge at a discounted rate.   

So you can start the hop at Cuttin' and Stampin' and work you way through our 13 wonderful Design Team members.  Each of us has used the Bazzill Basic Paper collection called Lucy's Crab Shack.

You should have hoped here from Robin S.  blog

I hate to see Summer coming to an end, especially since here in my area, we had a cooler than normal summer, especially early in the season.  I guess I feel cheated!
I decided to create this cute little card as a birthday card for my sister in law. 
We got to enjoy a beach vacation together earlier this summer so as we say "goodbye" to summer,  I hoped this card would remind her of the fun times we had at the beach!

I used a file from the Silhouette store to cut the flip flops. I decided to use a brad and a little flower instead of the button shape that is included in the cut file.  

I inked the edges of the flip flops to make them "pop" a bit more.

I embossed the straps of the flip flops with the Swiss Dot Cuttlebug embossing folder.
How cute is that orange polka dot paper?  It is from the Lucy's Crab Shack collection that is on special in the Cuttin' and Stampin' store!

To create the "sand" I just tore the kraft card stock and then inked the rough edges. I tucked the flip flops in the sand dunes!

I found that I had the perfect sentiment stamp that says "Sole Sisters" and added that to the front of the card.  It is by Pink By Design's "Shop-A-Holic" set. 
I'm very close to my sister in law, and she's dealt with an ankle surgery and I've dealt with foot surgery and both of us have had some complications following.  So I thought "Sole Sister's" was a perfect sentiment for us! 
For the interior of my card, I added another patterned paper from the Lucy's Crab Shack collection.  I then typed and printed my sentiment and added that to the card as well.

I hope you enjoyed my little project and have fun with the rest of the Hop!

After me, you need to hop on over to Kim at:
Enter to win a great blog candy gift pack on the Cuttin' and Stampin' Challenge blog.

 Thanks for playing along we will be announcing the winners on September 6, 2013.

If you get lost along the way, here's a complete line up.

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