Thursday, July 9, 2015

Christmas In July Blog Hop Day Three


Hello everyone! Jessica here with one more Christmas card to share with you for the My Treasured Kutz "Christmas In July" Sneak Peek Blog Hop. Even though today is the last day of the hop don't fret "Christmas In July isn't quite over, I'll be back next week with more Christmas cards to share. Now on to today's hop :)


My Treasured Kutz “Christmas In July Blog Hop” Day Three.
If you missed “Day Two” click HERE.
If you missed “Day One” click HERE.

Hop between our Designers to see what they have created with all of our New Products.  Each day you will have a chance to win a $10.00 Gift card to My Treasured Kutz store, along with a “FREE” SVG Digital Cut File per day, and a 25% discount code for any purchase at My Treasured Kutz for the month of July.  To participate, please visit each of the Designers Blogs for inspiration for all the Christmas Products.  Comment and show them some love for all their hard work.  We will choose One Winner each day to receive the $10.00 Gift Card to My Treasured Kutz store.  The winners will be posted Saturday, July 11th on the My Treasured Kutz Blog. So check back and follow the instructions posted there if you are one of the winners.  Also, as your hopping between blogs, look for the post with the link for the Daily “Free” Digital File.

Decorating The Christmas Tree is the card I've created to share with you today.


I do have to say this card gave me a bit of trouble at first because working with black silhouette images is all new to me. After thinking on it for a while it came to me and I love how this card turned out. It actually ended up being a really easy card to make.

What I Used

~Cricut Explore
~My Treasured Kutz SVG Digital Cut File "Decorating The Tree"
~DCWV Cardstock
~Recollections Patterned Paper
~Burlap
~Silver Brads
~Making Memories Edge Scraper
~Scotch Quick-Dry Adhesive
~Mod Podge
~Pain Brush
~Elmer's CraftBond Foam Mounting Tape
~Elmer's Craft Permanent Tape Runner
~Offray Trim (Tan Ruffled)
~Offray Ribbon (Red)
~Making Memories {Seasons Greetings} Rub-On
~We R Memory Keepers Crop-A-Dile
~Tan Chalk
~Disposable Lip Applicator (For Chalk)
~Chalk Pom-pom

To start with I cut out all my paper pieces with my Cricut Explore. I then used my Edge Scraper to distress the edges of my script patterned paper and attached it to my card base with my tape runner. After the patterned paper was attached, I lined up the burlap in the center of the card and used my Crop-A-Dile to punch a hole in all four corners, then attaching it with brads.

*When using burlap with my paper crafts I stiffen it with Mod Podge. It keeps it from fraying and makes it easier to work with. I do this by laying out a piece of  parchment paper for my work mat. I then use a large paint brush and evenly apply Mod Podge to both sides of the burlap. Then to dry I hang the burlap up with a pants hanger (the ones with the claw clips). If you decide to use this technique, start with a larger piece of burlap (make sure the width is slightly wider then the hanger, you can cut the length as long as you want. Once it is dry it will be ready to cut to size for your craft projects. Also, when I do this technique I use a tightly woven burlap and matte Mod Podge*

Once I had my card base all put together, I chalked the edges of the silhouette cut outs with tan chalk and then attached them to the card. The boy and girl were attached using foam tape to make them pop a bit. The other cut pieces were attached using Scotch Quick-Dry Adhesive (applied with a paint brush).

To finish up this beautiful card I added the tan ruffled trim, gluing the red ribbon to the center of the trim, then adding a little red bow to the bottom. (Adhesive used for the trim and ribbon was Scotch Quick-Dry, applied with a paint brush)

Oh, I almost forgot about the {Seasons Greetings} sentiment, it's a rub on. Rub-Ons work perfect with Mod Podge treated burlap.

Now you can “Hop” over to Shannen's Blog to see her creation.
If you miss one of the posts, here are their direct links:

Thank you for stopping by and hopping along!
**Remember to come back tomorrow for more 
creative, exciting projects**

Have A Blessed Day!!


Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Christmas In July Blog Hop Day Two


Happy Wednesday my wonderful crafty friends. Today is the second day for the My Treasured Kutz "Christmas In July " Sneak Peek Blog Hop and I have two more Christmas cards to share with you. I also have today's Freebie to share with you, so make sure to keep an eye out for the information on how to get it.


My Treasured Kutz “Christmas In July Blog Hop” Day Two.

If you missed “Day One” click HERE.


Hop between our designers to see what they have created with all of our new products.  Each day you will have a chance to win a $10.00 Gift Card to My Treasured Kutz store, along with a “FREE” SVG Digital Cut File per day, and a 25% discount code for any purchase at My Treasured Kutz for the month of July.  To participate, please visit each of the Designers’ Blogs for inspiration for all the Christmas Products.  Comment and show them some love for all their hard work.  We will choose One Winner each day to receive the $10.00 Gift Card to My Treasured Kutz store.  The winners will be posted Saturday, July 11th on the My Treasured Kutz Blog.  So check back and follow the instructions posted there if you are one of the winners.  Also, as your hopping between blogs, look for the post with the link for the Daily “Free” Digital File and the 25% Discount Code.

For my first card I have a lovely Kissing Under The Mistletoe Card.


This card way pretty easy to make. To start with I cut my card base and mat out of Recollections Cardstock from Michaels using my Cricut Explore. I chalked the mat of the card with a chalk pom-pom and some brown chalk, I did it in more of a circular motion bringing it in towards the center to create the look it has. I then inked the edges of the mad with Tuxedo Black Memento Ink.

The mistletoe and Mr. and Mrs. Claus are metal dies by My Treasured Kutz called "Meet Me Under The Mistletoe" and "I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus". I cut both dies using my Sizzix Big Shot and Michaels Recollections Cardstock. 

To create the mistletoe I shaped the leaves and berries using a shaping stylus and then added some green chalk to make it pop a bit more. I also used red Offray ribbon to add a bow to the mistletoe, I felt it added a nice touch.

I attached all pieces of the card using Elmer's CraftBond Permanent Tape Runner and Scotch Quick-Dry Adhesive. Finishing it up with the sentiment "Best Wishes for a Happy Holiday!" To apply the sentiment I used a miscellaneous stamp from my stamp collection and Tuxedo Black Memento Ink.

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Now on to my second card. I couldn't really come up with a catchy name for this one so I'm just going to call it my "Happy Holidays" Card.


Almost all of this card was created using my Cricut Explore. The only thing I didn't cut with the explore is the "Wondering Moose" which is a My Treasured Kutz metal die that I cut with my Sizzix Big Shot.


The grassy hill and winter cabin is from the My Treasured Kutz SVG Digital Cut File called "Winter Mountain Scene Background Card" which was cut with my Explore. When I cut my card base on the Cricut Explore I also used the pen tool and "Has a Writing Style" option to write the sentiment "Happy Holidays". The font I chose was Baby Steps and I used the Cricut silver metallic marker.



Now for the best part of my "Happy Holidays" card; the "Stitched Tree" SVG Digital Cut File. The "Stitched Tree" is today's FREEBIE for the hop. I'm so excited about this SVG File because I actually designed it. I cut the Stitched Tree out with my Cricut Explore - *Because this is a stitched file, it can not be cut out as a small embellishment, it's meant to be more of a medium size or focal point embellishment. When attaching the pieces of the Stitched Tree I used Elmer's CraftBond Foam Mounting Tape on the top and bottom piece to give the tree a little dimension.


To receive your “Free” My Treasured Kutz SVG Digital Cut File” for today.
You must send an e-mail to :  MTKContests@gmail.com, include in subject line:  BLOGHOP070815
And include in body of the e-mail, your e-mail address.  You must do this today, for the file is only free today 7/8/15.  We will then send the file to you.


The 25% Discount Code is WZB19M1509K.
This code is good through July 31, 2015


Now you can “Hop” over to Shannen's Blog to see her creation.
If you miss one of the posts, here are their direct links:

My Treasured Kutz
Wahnita
Jessica
Shannen
Theresa
Mary

Thank you for stopping by and hopping along!
**Remember to come back tomorrow for more 
creative, exciting projects**

Have A Blessed Day!


Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Christmas In July Blog Hop Day One

Hello all my crafty friends, I hope everyone has been having a wonderful summer. Today I have two Christmas cards to share with you. The cards were created for My Treasured Kutz "Christmas In July" Sneak Peak Blog Hop. You know, every year around Christmas time I always tell myself "This year I'm going to make homemade cards to send to all my family and friends". Well, I end up getting so busy with other family Christmas activities, that I end up not having time to make them. I am so thankful that this 3 day hop came about because it's given me a jump on my Christmas cards, and I'm ready to keep making more. I now see how great "Christmas In July" is, because it gives people a reason to create Christmas stuff without having to wait until December. Anyways, read below to find out more about the blog hop and to see what and how I created my Christmas cards.


My Treasured Kutz
“Christmas In July Blog Hop”
Starts Today.

During the next 3 days you can Hop between our Designers to see what they have created with all of our new products.  Each day you will have a chance to win a $10.00 Gift card to My Treasured Kutz store.  Along with a “FREE” SVG Digital Cut File per day, and a 25% discount code for any purchases at My Treasured Kutz for the month of July.  To participate, please visit each of the Designers Blogs for inspiration for all the Christmas products. Comment and show them some love for all their hard work.  We will choose One Winner each day to receive the $10.00 Gift Card to My Treasured Kutz Store.  The winners will be posted Saturday, July 11th on the My Treasured Kutz Blog. So check back and follow the instructions posted there if you are one of the winners.  Also, as your hopping between blogs, look for the post with the link for the Daily “Free” SVG Digital Cut File and the 25% Discount Code.

Now, it's time for me to share my cards. For my first card I have this beautiful Evergreen Christmas Tree card I made.


To start with I used my Cricut Explore to cut the card base and a triangle measuring 4 inches tall and 2.75 inches wide (I'll explain the triangle in a minute) out of cardstock. 


Now, on to how I created this beautiful Evergreen Christmas Tree. This is where the triangle I cut comes into play, it is the base that I glued all the evergreen branches on. The evergreen branches were cut using a My Treasured Kutz metal die called Evergreen Branch and my Sizzix Big Shot. I cut out several branches and glued them on using Scotch Quick Dry Adhesive (only applying a small dot to the end of the branch). I started at the top center of the triangle. I then moved down slightly gluing a branch to the right and left at a slight angle and also adding one to the center of that same row. As I moved down the triangle base I added more branches to the right, left and center to fill it in. After all my evergreen branches were glued on I slightly curled the tops of them outward to create a full look making it more realistic. * The initial idea for this tree was not my own. I got the idea from Kattie Caracciolo (click her name and it will take you to her post that I got the idea from).*

It's time to decorate the tree now! I broke into my craft stash for this part. I used strings of mini pearls, some mini candy canes, and Dress It Up Button Christmas lights which are actually called Jack Frost. All decorations were glued on using one of my favorite adhesives, Scotch Quick-Dry, it dries quick and holds strong.

The last touch I added to the tree is the presents. They actually are Jolee's Boutique Dimensional Stickers. I did layer a couple strips of Elmer's CraftBond Foam Mounting Tape to the back of the presents to make them pop out a bit more.

Now that the evergreen tree is finished it's time to decorate the card. I first attached the fireplace which is a Jolee's Boutique Dimensional Sticker, and then glued down my tree. The "Merry Christmas" sentiment was applied using a miscellaneous clear stamp from my stamp collection. For a final touch I tied some twin to the top of the card.


I do have to say how much I love the My Treasured Kutz Evergreen Branch metal die. I feel there is so much you could make with this die; a wreath, some garland to trim your card, or even bunch a few branches together adding things like pine cones, snowflakes, or red berries. Your imagination in limitless. 

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For my second card I have this simple with a touch of vintage snowflake card I made.


Don't you just love this snowflake? I know I do! Well, it's today's SVG freebie for doing the hop. Make sure to keep an eye out as your hopping along for information on how to get this beautiful My Treasured Kutz Snowflake Doily SVG File; it's posted in one the girls blogs along the way.


I pretty much created this entire card using my Cricut Explore. Well, except for the inking and chalking. The snowflake SVG, the mat behind it and the card base were all cut with my Cricut Explore. 

For the snowflake I used white DCWV textured paper and chalked all the edges, even the edges of all the circle and oval cuts using blue chalk and a disposable lip applicator. I then used a chalk pom-pom to spread the chalk out on the card, adding a little extra to the outside edge and edge of the center circle. 

The card base was cut with some kraft paper from my craft stash. The sentiment "Christmas Blessings" was written with the pen feature of my Cricut Explore. Both words were written with the "Has a Writing Style Option" but I chose two different fonts; Cake Basics for "Christmas" and Baby Steps for "Blessings". The pen used to write this sweet sentiment is the Cricut metallic blue pen.

The mat behind the snowflake is Recollections pattern paper from Michaels, it's a dictionary script pattern. After the mat and card base were cut I inked the edges with brown Rubber Stampede Acid-Free Dye-Based Ink by brushing the ink pad along the edges. I finished up by attaching the mat using an Elmer's CraftBond Permanent Tape Runner and then attaching the snow flake with Elmer's CraftBond Foam Mounting Tape

Now you can “Hop” over to Shannen's Blog to see her creation.
If you missed one of the posts, here are their direct links:


Thank you for stopping bye and hopping along!
**Remember to come back tomorrow for more 
creative, exciting projects**