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Paper Cutz Challenge #9


IMG_3011.JPGThis weeks Paper Cutz Challenge was a Christmas layout, project or card.  Tomorrow is my Mother’s 81st Birthday and I took this challenge to make her a Christmas Ornament.

This is the snowflake from the Provo Craft Cricut Christmas cartridge cut at 4″.




First IMG_3004.JPGI cut 2 snowflakes out of white chipboard.  This white chipboard is actually the backing to a paper pack that I tore apart.  I tried using chipboard that I recycled from a cereal box but I was not having any luck. It has rained so much here and the humidity is so high that the cereal box chipboard felt damp and would not cut correctly.

I also cut two snowflakes out of blue colored cardstock.  I used pale blue coarse German glass.  You can click on the picture and enlarge it to see the beautiful color of the German glass. 

TIP:  Make sure the color background of your item is close to the same color of your glitter or German Glass.  When you do this, if you miss a place it is not as obvious as it would be if the white was showing through.  Once all the snowflakes were glued together I used the Basic Grey files to get in between the cut out areas and file away any burrs and define the detail of the snowflake.


IMG_3007.JPGI ran both the two white chipboard snowflakes and the two blue cardstock snowflakes through a Xyron machine and glue the white to white and then adhered both blue cardstock snowflakes to each side of the white snowflake.   This makes the snowflake very dimensional and puts the white chipboard in the middle.

Put an eyelet in so it can hold ribbon or wire.  I originally started to put the glue on with a foam brush.  However, the glue dried out too much and it was too thin to hold the coarse German Glass on the snowflake.

TIP:  You need to use a semi-thick consistency glue that will dry clear.  I use Art Glitter Designer Adhesive ( because it is excellent for glitter and German Glass.  It is a little pricey ($18.59 for 8oz.) but it has lasted me for a long time and it works great. 


IMG_3008.JPGI found that if you dab the glue in a small area at a time and then pour the German Glass over it, it adheres better.  This process takes a little while and I took two days letting one side dry and then did the other side.




IMG_3013.JPGOnce dry, I went back and looked over it to see if there were any areas that I missed.  Well of course there was…. because with coarse German Glass it is too large and will not get in all those little twist and turns and edges.

To fill in those areas, I put on additional glue and used a very fine glitter in a color that was close to the German Glass.  Coarse German Glass does not have the eye popping glitz that glitter does so by adding the fine glitter it really makes the snowflake shine and catch light.


Warning:  German Glass is not glitter.  It is little shards of glass and should not be used on items where children will be handling them.  So be sure and be very careful.

My Mother’s favorite color is blue.  Her B-card is white and blue and her little snowflake ornament will be an additional surprise.  I need to find a little box to put it in, oh wait, I think I can have my Cricut Expression cut me one.  There it is another project, I don’t think it ever ends.

Oh my I love German Glass

IMG_2997.JPGThis is not glitter, although it looks like glitter,  it is glass.  German glass will cut you because it is little shards of glass.  This is not the type of stuff you want to use on a project that kids will be receiving or handling.

If you click on the picture you will see it says fine and that it will tarnish.  When this tarnishes it will take on a patina that looks very old and it is beautiful on Christmas projects.


IMG_2995.JPGMy Mother loves blue, so I’m in the process of making her  B-card.  I’ve taken some white core blue paper and used nine different folders on 1″ squares.  Once embossed I took some sand paper and scuffed off some of the paper to bring the embossing alive.




IMG_2998.JPGI took  each of those nine squares and edged them with the silver (fine)  German Glass.  You will need to use a glue that adheres and holds really well and dries clear.




So stay tune, you will see how I put all of this together for Mom’s B-Day Card and I’m going to use German Glass on the Paper Cutz #9.


Paper Cutz Challenge #8

IMG_2975.JPGThis weeks challenge was an ABC Fall, where we had to use elements from the following:

A = Apple, Acorn or Autumn Leaves; B = Button, Brad or Bow; C = Circle, Charm or Crochet Embellishment.

My A = autumn leaves found on the pumpkin vine, my B = bow on the medallion and my C = the circle of the pumpkin or the circle of the medallions.


The pumpkin with the vine is a scut file for Scal2 that was free from Carla  over  at  Her designs are absolutely beautiful.  Be sure and visit her sight and be prepared to be amazed…. thank you Carla.

I used Prisma color pencils and the MCPT technique to color the vine and the pumpkin.  The pumpkin and vine is a paper piecing and I also used some orange Stickles on the pumpkin  and then an overlay of Glossy Accents to give it that finish shine. 

I used Scor-Pal to add the embossed frame and the Sakura Star gel pen to give it a little bling.  If you enlarge the picture you can also see that I used it around the vine on the card.

IMG_2978.JPGI cut out a couple of medallions (Mini Monograms cart) from some yellow glitter paper and stamped them with a $1 stamp I got at M’s.  Some chestnut brown inking around the medallion helps it to stand out.

I punched holes in the top of both medallions and ran some copper colored wire through the holes after I put foam circles between the medallions to give it dimension.  I then used the copper wiring to hold the corkscrew bow in place  and make the tendrils for the beads.


To see how to get the ribbon to curl like a corkscrew, click on my link here

IMG_2981.JPGThis is a side few so you can see the foam circles to give the medallions lift.  These were made out of the sticky fun foam that has been run through the Xyron machine.  The full instructions on how to use sticky fun foam for dimensional tape can be found by clicking on my link here.  This makes a nice dimension and it is in the same color (yellow) as the medallions, giving it a finish look.



IMG_2980.JPGThe inside of the card is a couple of mats with another $1 stamp I found at M’s.  You can’t see it in this picture but I used a Sakura Star gel pen to add a little sparkle to the webbing on the stamping.




IMG_2977.JPGSo, thanks to Mary for Challenge #8 and keeping our creative juices flowing and thanks to Carla at www.scrappedlives.nlfor the beautiful pumpkin to use on the card.





By the way today is Phyllis’ Birthday – “HAPPY BIRTHDAY GIRLFRIEND”!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Paper Cutz Challenge #7

PCC_7Sketch091.jpgThis weeks challenge was to design a layout, card or project around this sketch.  Simple enough right?

For some reason this was a very difficult challenge for me.  As the days ticked by, I begin to panic a little bit.

Part of the problem for me I think is when I see items (i.e., the embellishments looking like flowers) I can not get past trying to make the design match exactly.


IMG_2925.JPGUnfortunately, the camera does not do the colors of the card justice. The actual colors make me think of fall and apple cider.  The original design actually had three little icons for fall, like a tree without leaves, a leaf and a pumpkin.

I used the Cricut Expression along with the Graphically Speaking and Stretch your Imagination carts on the cup and the word “Autumn”.




IMG_2907.JPGI couldn’t get the Cricut to cut out the leafless tree, leaf, and pumkin I wanted to use so I found a M’s $1 stamp that I had for a year or more.  I stamped the apples onto the burgundy colored card stock with Staz-on ink.  I then took color pencils and use MCPT to give them some shading and highlighting.  Once I got the colors I was looking for I applied Glossy Accents.

Glossy Accents gives your embellishments a dimensional look.  Here you notice that the apples look a little cloudy.  Once everything dries the card stock, that has been colored underneath, will show through the Glossy Accents.  The Glossy Accents will dry clear.


IMG_2927.JPGI took the word Autumn and ran it through the Xyron face down to get the sticky on the front side of the word.  I then glittered it using a glitter called “Butter rum”.  This is the same color glitter that I used to edge each of the mats.

Tip:  I like to glitter the edge of the mats for a couple of reasons: 1) It helps to tie the glitter on the embellishments together, and 2) I just run a  glue pen along the edge of the CS then start using the CS to move the glitter down the tray to the opening.  This helps get the edge glitter and gets the glitter back down the tray so I can put it back in it’s proper container.

This word was very fragile so I used a glue pen that was very thin to get the glue where I needed it to be to attach to the card.

IMG_2933.JPGI love putting beads on pins and using them as embellishments.  With the arrangement of the items on this challenge, this was a perfect fit to include them.  Also, if you enlarge the picture there are some PW Dazzles underneath those pins.

I took gold alcohol ink to change the color of the ends of the pins so they would match the color pallete of the card.  The ribbon is from HL that I got on sale.


IMG_2929.JPGThis is not the best picture, but if you look close you will see little leaves on the apples.  They have been blinged up with Stickles and the Apples were mounted on the card using black pop dots that I made out of the foam board.




IMG_2926.JPGThe inside of the card has some of the same rich papers that are used on the outside.  There is a little embossing on the left hand side of the burgandy that has been enriched with perferct pearls and some 3-D gold paint.  The CB embossing border is one of the new ones just released called Organic Flourish.

I’ll probably use this as a friend card, sending it to ask them to meet me for a latte or apple cider.


Whew! This truly was a challenge for me, but I enjoyed it.  Joining the Paper Cutz Challenge has certainly made me have to think alot, but that is a good thing.   One it exercises the brain and two it develops my designing skills. 

Thanks Mary for taking the time to pull these challenges together and coming up with things for us to work on.  Be sure and join in the fun.

Click on the picture to get a closer look at the elements and thank you for stopping by and visiting.

Paper Cutz Challenge #6

IMG_2888.JPGThis weeks Paper Cutz Challenge was to do a baby layout, project, craft or card in green, yellow and orange.

This is an acrylic tag card with a large B cut out of  DVCW’s Fun in the Sun pack.  I cut the tag card out with my Cricut Expression using the Tag, Bag and More cart.  The tag  is 4″ wide and 5.5″ high.  The pattern paper is orange and green. 

Acrylic cards are difficult to get a picture where you can see all the details, so be sure and click on the pictures to get a closer view.  The green flower color looks off in the picture because of the shadow on it; however, the colors all blend and compliment each on the tag in “real life”.

The edge of the tag has been inked (or should I say painted) with Adirondack’s Willow (a light green).  There are rub ons on the outside of the tag and on the inside in white.

There are three little rectangles that have been inked using alcohol inks in lettuce and then “ABY” is stamped in white Staz On ink.  The little tags have orange thread tie through them. 

IMG_2889.JPGThis is a view from the back side of the tag, just to show you that the back side looks as good as the front side.

I cut two B’s out using Sure Cuts A Lot software and my Cricket Expression, with one of them being the mirror image of the other.  The font is Arial, which is a nice clean no frills font. 

Where the tags were attached to the front of the tag I put some Stickles on both the front of the tags and on the inside, too.  This helps conceal where they have been attached and adds another dimension to the inside.

IMG_2891.JPGHere is a close up so you can see the rub ons and what the mini-tags look like.  Plenty of Stickles in green, yellow and orange spread around on the tag.

I punched a hole in the top of the tag card and put an eyelet through the hole.  Threaded three strips of ribbon to finish it off.  The flower is three layers orange, yellow polka dot and green with some yellow stickles.  The brad in the flower is orange.


If you look back at the first picture at the bottom of the tag card is the word “Congratulations” written acrossed it.  This was done using a Sakua Souffle pen in yellow.

I’m going to slip a gift card inside this tag card for my Pastors wife, who is expecting.  Hopefully, I can find a gift card that had the colors green, yellow and orange.

If you have questions about the tag or need clarification, be sure and let me know.  I’ll be glad to fill in any gaps.

Paper Cutz Challenge #5

Tip Toe Through the TulipsPaper Cutz Challenge #5 is anything that flys.  I’m going to have to fudge just a little bit since I made this card back in April for my #1 Daughter’s Birthday.

This has been a very busy week for me and time got away before I knew it, I was faced with meeting the challenge and no time left to make the card that I had in my mind.

There are three things on this card that flys… the lady bug, the bee and on the inside of the card there is a dragon fly. 


Tip Toe Through the Tulips -2The card uses the Cricut Expression to cut out the tulips, grass, bee,  lady bug and the dragon fly.  The tulips have been colored using MCPT (magic color pencil technique) and a full blown description can be found in my blog post from May 4 – Tip Toe Through The Tulips.

I’ll do my best to get the card that is in my brain done and upload it hopefully, by tomorrow and that way I’ll can post two for the challenge.  Thank you for understanding and I’ll try to get some new post up quickly.

PaperCutz Challenge #4

IMG_2812.JPGI know what you are thinking….”these are not the right colors”!  You are correct; however, this was the PaperCutz Challenge #4, to make something that was Halloween but not use the usual colors of black and orange.

This is a scraplift from Paper Wishes webisodes on engineered cards.  I used the scroll embossing folder from Cuddlebug (it has skeleton heads mixed in the scroll work).  There is a little bling here and there and I glittered the buckle.  The papers are ones I had in my stash and I used a Sakura glaze pen to doodle around the hat.  I also used the Clear Star gel pen from Sakura to do some line work and doodling.

IMG_2813.JPGThe saying I made up myself and although you don’t see much of it in this picture, the deboss side of the embossing shows on the left hand side.

A few faux tags (that really does not pull anything) made with the same ribbon on front ties the inside to the outside.

Thanks for stopping by and let me know if you like the card.

Paper Cutz Challenge #2

This is my first time to contribute something as a designer for Paper Cutz.  There is a very talent lady,  named Angela, who creates digital stamps.  You can get more information at this link, and you can also visit her blog, just check her link out on my blog roll under D’ployed Designs.

This weeks challenge at Paper Cutz was to use one of her digital stamps.  By the way, be sure to hop over to Paper Cutz and look at all the cute cards that were designed for last week’s and this week’ s challenge.  There is a badge on the right hand side, just scroll down and click on the Paper Cutz Challenge badge.  Mary at Cardz4U organizes this challenge and she too is one talented lady.

The little fish’s name is Fawn and he/she is peeking out from under the leaves on the pumpkin and ready for the adventure that lies ahead.


I made this digi stamp into a pumpkin shape card and cut Fawn out separately.  I used a pumpkin colored cardstock and then used Prismacolor pencils and the MCPT technique to enhance the pumpkin’s detail.

The stem of the pumpkin has been glittered with “Gilded Grape Leaf” and the black part of the stem is black Stickles.  The leaves are cut using Cricket Expression and Stretch Your Imagination cartridge.  I again enhanced the leaves with Prismacolor pencils and the MCPT technique.  The leaves are glittered around the edge using glitter named “Butter Rum”.  The flourish is a stamp from Inkadinkado.  The ribbon is 1/8″ chiffon ribbon in three colors that I took and wrapped around a bamboo skewer and baked in the oven for 45 minutes on 250 degrees.  To finish it off I tied the ribbon on the stem with dark green wire and coiled the wire around a bamboo skewer to make it look like tendrils.


I finished the inside of the card to make it look like a pumkin, again using the MCPT technique.  I’m thinking a saying along the lines of “Trick and Treat”, might work since you don’t usually see a fish in a pumpkin and then you tuck a sucker or some gum inside the card, or better yet a Starbucks card.

Thanks for looking and be sure and leave me a comment.  I enjoy hearing from you!