Sunday, January 31, 2016

How To Make the CCD Heart Spinner Card

Hi everyone!  By now I'm hoping that you've seen all the new SPINNER CARDS by Cuddly Cute Designs.  If you haven't, you are missing out on some amazing new patterns!  There are TWELVE different styles of these cards so far, and I'm sure there's something there for everyone!

Here are three of the SPINNER CARDS that I have made so far:

Heart Spinner Card
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Frog Spinner Card

Cupid Bear Spinner Card

The ‘spinners’ can be paper pieced OR made with Print & Cut by using the included PNGs with each Spinner Card pattern.  My Heart and Frog pieces were paper pieced and my Cupid Bear was made by using the Print & Cut function on my cutting machine.

Although these are pretty simple to cut out and assemble, I thought I'd share how I put together the Hearts Spinner Card.

The most important piece of advice I can share with you is to MAKE YOUR SPINNER PIECE FIRST!  I got so caught up and excited when I was making my first Spinner Card at how cute it was turning out that I completely forgot to glue my elastic cording to the spinner base and ended up having to take it apart -- aauugghhh!!!  Not fun!  So take my pearls of wisdom and make your spinner piece first and save yourself some frustration LOL!

So here goes:

My pieces are shown here all inked up.  I like to keep my loose pieces on my cutting mat so I don't lose any of them while assembling.

Parts are assembled and now I'm ready to put the entire card together.

I started by placing a glue strip down the center of my base front.  Next I placed the elastic cording on top of the glue strip to hold it in place. **IMPORTANT: Leave enough extra cording at the top and bottom to adhere later to your card.**  I used the elastic cording that you make jewelry with but you can also use thread, fishing line, etc.  I just happened to have some of the cording in my stash. 

Next I glued the four hearts on top of the spinner base and over the elastic cording.  Notice that there is plenty of cording on each end to adhere to my card in the next step.

I then placed the Spinner piece in the middle of the card base opening and glued it in place.  Although it doesn't show in my photo, in addition to my dot runner I also added a Glue Dot.  Probably overkill, but I wanted to make sure it stayed in place. 

The card front was then placed onto the card base and glued together.  Since I wanted just a tiny bit of my black card base to show and look like a border on the card front, I trimmed 1/16" off each of the four sides of my patterned paper.  Just a personal preference for this particular card.

After the card front was glued to the base, I simply snipped off the exposed elastic cording from the top and bottom.

This is a look at the back of the Spinner piece.

Now it was time to add the rest of the paper embellishments.

Lastly, I glued a piece of matching ivory cardstock to the inside of my card for my sentiment and Voila! my beautiful new Heart Spinner Card was complete! 

I hope you love these new SPINNER CARDS as much as I do and that this Step-By-Step was helpful.  You can also see my three Spinner Cards "in action" by viewing this Spinner Cards Video

Thanks for stopping by!  Until next time ... Happy Scrapping!

Thursday, January 28, 2016

I Love You Layout

February is almost upon us which means that Valentine's Day is right around the corner.  Today I'm sharing a single page layout I made using the "Heart Flourish Set" by Cuddly Cute Designs.

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This cutting file is so beautiful and looks like a lot of work, but it's super easy to make.  Each piece is only three layers and that means your cutting machine does all the work for you!  Since I made these flourishes using a heavier cardstock, I did use the multi-cut function on my machine (Sizzix Eclips) to cut them twice which worked perfectly.  This made weeding and lifting off my cutting mat so easy!  

Here is a closer look at the top flourish:

As you can see, there is a base, then the two side flourishes, and then the three hearts in the middle.  Doesn't get any easier or prettier!

Next are the Heart Frame and Corner flourishes:

Since I was using the Heart Frame on top of patterned paper, I decided to add an additional 'blackout' layer for it so that it would 'pop' on my page instead of just blending in. I did this by simply making a copy of the heart base, selected it and clicked on the "Blackout" tab. Simple dimple!

The Heart Flourish Set is so beautiful and could be used for all sorts of projects from Valentine's Day, a wedding, a new baby, or anything that you want to put your "heart" into!

Thanks for stopping by today and viewing my latest project.

Until next time ... Happy Scrapping!


Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Who Wants Pancakes????

I just love pancakes and also this layout!  It's using the "Pancakes and Syrup" file from the new Cuddly Cute Designs "We Go Together Like..." series. Whenever my grandson spends the night with us, he usually asks for pancakes the next morning for breakfast, so this was a perfect file for me!  And, to be honest, I purchased these GREAT pancake papers online about 6-7 months ago and have been hanging onto them just hoping that something would come along at some point so I could use them.  I'm thinking these papers and this new file were made for each other!!!

Here are both pages together:

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And here are Page One and Two separately:

I created my own title "Who Wants Pancakes" in SCAL2 using two different fonts.  The little boy and girl from the "Pancake and Syrup" file turned out so darling!  I also made the bacon strips from the "Bacon and Eggs" file by Cuddly Cute Designs because you just need some bacon to go with your pancakes, right???

The "I do I do!" part of the title was made using Thickers alphabet stickers.  I have to say these are some of my favorite style of Thickers and I have them in several different colors.  The mixing bowl, spoon and eggs are from the "Baking Christmas Cookies" file.  Since I make my pancakes using Bisquick, I designed and created my own "Baking Mix" box and think it turned out so cool - and, yes, I actually had a box of Bisquick in front of me while I was doing that LOL!

The whisk is also from the "Baking Christmas Cookies" file and the spatula is from the "My Chef" set.  I wanted the spatula handle to match the one on the whisk, so I just made two of the handles and swapped out the original one that was part of the spatula.  

Thanks for visiting today!  Until next time ... Happy Scrapping!

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

New Layout

Today I'm sharing a "royally" fun layout that says "Daddy, Someday I will meet My Prince but YOU will ALWAYS be My King".

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For this layout I used three cutting files by Cuddly Cute Designs:  My Prince, Spooky Cutie Wizard (frog), and Horizontal Heart Borders (which is the latest FREEBIE).  Let's take a closer look at these pieces:

First, on top I used one of the FIVE Horizontal Heart Borders included in this FREEBIE (YES! There are FIVE amazing borders PLUS two Heart corner pieces!!!). Because my background paper was a little busy (gulp! did I just say that??) and it took away from the heart design, I decided to copy the border in SCAL2, change it into a "blackout" and layer it behind the border. Ahhh, all better!  Oh, and I cut these borders out on my 24x12 mat.

Next is this completely fantastic frog!  I absolutely LOVE this little guy!  Since girls need to kiss a lot of frogs before they meet their Prince, I thought adding a crown to him and a bouquet of flowers added a bit of fun whimsey.  The crown is from the "My Prince" title. Isn't he just the cutest thing???

And, speaking of the "My Prince" title, the original pattern includes the crown on it but since I knew I wanted the other piece of my title to be the main one, I decided to delete it.  To make this revised piece, I basically took just the words "My Prince" from the pattern, copied them, shadowed the copy, and then made another shadow to create the layered mats. Hope that makes sense!  For the "Daddy" part of the title, I used some red Thickers alpha stickers from my stash.

For the second part of my title (My King) I found a font that sort of resembled the font used in the original pattern, laid it out on my SCAL2 cutting mat, and then decided to add the crown and sword to jazz it up.  I think this turned out pretty cool if I say so myself LOL!

And last, but not least, is my King!  I have loved this pattern ever since it was released by Cuddly Cute Designs and got it right away.  But then the holidays came around and this file was put on the back burner. But he's here now and I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE how he turned out.  At first I was a little intimidated by all the little pieces (especially in the crown), but I have to say they were not hard at all to cut out, chalk up and assemble.  The end result is so worth the extra couple minutes!

In case you'd like to see what the original cutting files looked like before I 'tweaked' them a little, here they are (the Heart Borders can currently be found under the **FREEBIE** link on the website):

My Prince

Spooky Cutie Wizard

Horizontal Heart Borders

And click HERE to link over to the CCD website.

So there you have it -- I hope you enjoyed this project!

Until next time ... Happy Scrapping!

Monday, January 18, 2016

Frosty Fun, Turtle Card and Cocoa Express Projects

Happy Monday to you all!  Today I'm sharing three recent projects that I made, all using cutting files from Cuddly Cute Designs.

First is my two-page layout using the "Cocoa Express" file.  I'm so happy with the way this turned out!

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My background papers are some that I've had on hand for a really long time; guess I was hanging onto them just waiting for the perfect project to use them on LOL!  The larger snowflake border is actually a ribbon that was in my stash and it matched perfectly!  The small border on the top of the pages is a strip I cut from the lined pattern paper.  Here are some closer looks at this layout:

Although you can't really tell from my photo, the spoon was made using silver paper.  This cutting file has quite a few small pieces to it and, at first I was a little intimidated by that, but I have to say everything went together so easily and quickly -- even surprised me!  And that little bit of extra inking and gluing is so worth the end result!

Next is an all-occasion card I made using the "Cuddly Critters Turtles" file.  I used an ivory card and topped it with different shades of green cardstock.  This turtle is actually one of four that are included in the cutting file set.  He's just so adorable and I love how he turned out!  Doesn't he have just the cutest face???

For quite a while I was punching out different shapes from any leftover project scraps and saving them for future embellishments.  That is where my dragonfly, flowers and leaves came from.

Lastly, here is another two-page layout that I titled Frosty Fun and it uses the "Playful Snowmen" file and trees from "The Great Outdoors" file.

These three Snowmen are having so much fun and they were so EASY to cut, chalk and assemble!  The trees were so simple and I added some Perfect Pearl pen to make them look like they had snow on them -- easy breezy!  I designed my own title and think it worked perfectly.  Here are some closer looks at this layout:

I found the snow covered tree patterned paper in my stash -- how perfect was that!!?!  I used glitter papers for the snow, snowflakes, photo mats and title for a 'glistening' effect and love how it looks!

I hope you've enjoyed these three projects!  If you'd like to check out the Cuddly Cute Designs files I used and more, you can find them HERE.  Right now ALL PATTERNS are on sale at 50% off.  Tami, the owner/designer of CCD, has released some more adorable patterns -- most recently some great Valentine's Day sets so be sure to check them all out!

Until next time ... Happy Scrapping!


Saturday, January 9, 2016

Latest Projects

Hi everyone!  Here are some of my latest projects that I'd like to share with you today.  First off is a one-page layout I made that I titled "Santa Claus Is Coming To Town".  I used the "Christmas Carols" file by Cuddly Cute Designs on this layout and just love how my little caroling bears and lamp posts turned out! I co-chaired a ladies event in December where we had our "guys" (spouses, sons, friends, etc.) serve as our butlers and they all got together to surprise everyone with their rendition of the song "Santa Claus Is Coming To Town".  I'm so happy I was able to snap a photo or two of this terrific surprise and that it made such a fun layout.

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Next I made the Freebie "Swirly Tree" file from CCD which also includes a "Merry Christmas" title.  What a great giveaway!  I cut the tree out two times, each time using a different glitter paper for the swirls and different colored cardstock for the background.  I'm sort of liking the black background best, but actually love both looks!  The Merry Christmas title couldn't be any easier to assemble!

Next, a friend of mine was celebrating her son's First Birthday and asked me to make a banner for his party. It was a lumberjack themed party, and I couldn't be any happier with the way this banner turned out.  I used one of the Cuddly Cute Designs patterns from the "Banners Galore" file for the base and base shadow, and then used the lantern, campfire, roasting marshmallows, and tree elements from "The Great Outdoors" file. They worked perfectly for this theme, don't you think?  The lettering took a little patience but was soooo worth the extra effort.  I cut the letters out of a font called Pinewood and placed them on the digital woodgrain papers I had printed on a laser printer.  The red and black plaid paper is also from the digital paper pack I purchased online and was the absolute perfect background for this banner.

My latest project was using the "Pudgie Palz Gingers" file, also by Cuddly Cute Designs.  This one page layout highlights photos of me and my sister-in-law when we were at our downtown Old Fashioned Christmas Festival and "caught" the Gingerbread Man.  Imagine my surprise when I found out it was an old friend of mine!  This was such a fun layout and I just love how it turned out.  I printed all of the title and journaling from my computer but for the Gingerbread Man I used alpha stickers from my stash.  The black polka dot ribbon near the bottom was a great accent on top of the burlap looking patterned paper, and I couldn't resist using the little Gingerbread brads I had on hand either! 

Thank you for stopping by and checking out my latest projects!

Until next time ... Happy Scrapping!