thecutstudio @ gmail . com

Sunday, September 20, 2015

Fall decorating

Apparently, I haven't taken pics in awhile. I like to keep track of what I do so it's easier to redo it the next year. Particularly if it came out good enough. I could've sworn I've taken pics since the last time.

So this is what I've got going on this year. Will add the mantel when it's finished.

Right now I don't have the figures out that go with the village because the cat likes to play hockey with stuff and they'd have to be stuck down somehow.

Here's the living room and hallway. (yeah, hutch needs to be cleaned up and that globe needs a new home but nowhere to keep it. It's a cool globe - lights up with constellations.)

Last pic above is living room entry into kitchen. So here's the kitchen. (oh, table not done either. It's a mess right now actually.)

And there's a couple fall hand towels hanging on the stove. No photo. LOL

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Gnome for the Holidays

Here's a card inspired by one in PaperCrafts Holiday Cards & More vol 7.  I chose not to do the snowglobe in part because my gnome was bigger and using a snowglobe would take up almost the whole card front. My gnome was holding a flower pot so I kept ink off of where the flower was and stamped in a tree with an evergreen stamp. The sentiment I carefully avoided inking 'home' leaving a space in it and then inked just the gnome word from another stamp set.

Sunday, August 16, 2015

I'm on a roll...

The last few days or so I've really been enjoying making knock-offs or 'counterfeit' cards from ones I've seen online. The idea being to recreate the cards using what I have on hand which may be similar to the products in the cards.

Here are 2 more cards from the Lawn Fawn design team that caught my eye. I knew I had a bee and a polaroid camera. (I still keep eyeing that adorable LF bee though!) 

Here's my versions followed by the originals.  On the bee card, I used a cutterbee perforating tool rolled in ink to give me some stitch lines. The lines are pretty light so I went over them with a pen. (The white stitching is freehand though.)  On the camera card I used an embossing folder to imitate the ray paper used on the original. I chalked the rays with a darker color to mimic the patterned paper.

Friday, August 14, 2015

more counterfeit cards....

Here are more cards using pinterest for inspiration. Fun seeing how I can make something similar with what I have. When I saw this card I thought it could be done with dies/punches or stamps so I did both versions. My embossing folder didn't really have branches off the birch trees so I concentrated the leaves near the top as if they were hanging or falling down from up higher. (I later found I have a 12" birch tree folder that would've worked better and had branches like the original. Figures. LOL)  I think the punches would've worked better if 1. they were hanging from branches and 2. were smaller.

Here's my versions and then the original.

using Kaleidoscope Creations stamp Autum Season and In the Fall

Monday, August 3, 2015

Counterfeit Cards

With Lawn Fawn's new releases coming up I saw a couple of cute cards on their blog I thought, hey, I have a sheep stamp! I have a scarecrow stamp! And I wanted to try and make a copy with what I had. Only I did NOT have a cornstalk stamp. But I did have some leftover stamp rubber material (from trimming around a rubber stamp) and I was able to cut my own. Unfortunately, it ended up in much larger proportion to my scarecrow. LOL

Here's my cards compared with the original LF.
the LF blog:

I did not have the LF grass die, but I did have a different one from Impression Obsession. So I worked with it, layering it with some strips of paper cut with a deckle edged scissor. And while my scarecrow stamp had a couple of crows on it, I decided to use some bird dies from IO and covered them up. I think I'll be getting the LF grass die because I like that it's different from what I have, not so open, and I think it will also layer well with the IO one.  The sheep card is varied a bit more from the original. I drew the scarf/needles and the ball of yarn myself.

Sunday, February 22, 2015

One folder, three cards

I got the general ideas of using dots and snowflakes when doing an image search for the super powder puff embossing folder.

Friday, February 6, 2015

trash to treasure

I had thought for quite some time that the style of this tampon box was pretty cool. So today I finally covered the box over. It will fit A2 sized cards so you can keep cards in it or blanks for making cards. Unfortunately, it is sized to only fit cards and not envelopes which are a bit larger.
(side note: this was a brand new box I removed the contents from. No 'dirty' hands touched this box. LOL)
*Click the image to view larger.*  Sorry for the bad photo, I was losing daylight at the end.

Saturday, January 31, 2015

I love you card

I made this card for the ScrapyLand Challenge blog.
The theme was spots and dots. Since we are coming up on Valentine's Day, I thought a love themed card would be a good one.

I used the Spellbinders D-Lites Ornamental Tags One  and embossed some silver metallic tape.

'I love you' was dry embossed on the die and traced over with a silver stardust pen. (This was done using the folder open and the 'blind method' of dry embossing. Which basically means you have to rub firmly over your paper with a blunt object or your embossing tool to find your lines you need to trace with a stylus. A light box does not work with paper that is too dark.)

Sorry for the off colors - my camera didn't capture the red very well and made it look pink.

Sunday, January 11, 2015

Spinning ribbon rack storage

A couple of quick pictures on what else you can use the Cropper Hopper spinning ribbon rack for - besides ribbon!
If you use binder clips you can hang little baggies of things like eyelets or buttons. You can also make little boxes and use binder clips to hang them from the rods. (note: the mini ones won't fit the rods but the small binder clips do) The top two tiers will hold 3 x 5 inch boxes. These are 3/4 in on the sides but may accommodate up to 2 inches I think.The bottom is lower and only fits 1 1/2 inch tall boxes (you can see a clear one in the second picture below.)
You could also hang toilet paper rolls from the rods and use them to hold pens and markers. I don't use mine this way but I thought I'd take a picture to show. That tube holds 7 Marvy Le Plume markers.

Friday, December 26, 2014

Hanukkah cards

For this design, I was going with the 'festival of lights' that is Hanukkah so chose a lamp post which I embossed. The card base was misted with silver mist although you can't tell in the picture.
The second card was for someone whose family is interfaith and celebrates both Hanukkah and Christmas. And a holiday greeting stamp worked well, too, with the theme of the cards.
I did not realize I had planned the outside and inside with different orientations. LOL So the front of the card is horizontal while the inside is vertical.