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October 17, 2014

Camera Ready Cards!

Guest Post: Steph Ackerman

We have Steph Ackerman back on our blog! We love featuring guest designers on our blog, and Steph was so great to work with the first time, we invited her back! 

See her cute card projects below!

Hi everyone, I am thrilled to be guest designing again for Craftwell USA today.  Craftwell is the maker of eBrush, Teresa Cut 'N' Boss, eBosser,  and eCrafter as well as some amazing large format embossing folders.

I received this awesome Theresa Collins embossing folder - Snapshots.  This embossing folder is  approximately 8 1/2" x 12".  The possibilities are endless with an embossing folder of this size.  



























It's almost Halloween and what better way to say Happy Halloween than with a hand made card.  The card is 5 1/2" x 5 1/2" and I used the Snapshots embossing folder on Bazzil cardstock to create the background.  I inked  across the embossed sections to add additional color to the card. 



Just add some black matting, fussy cut some pumpkins and add to the card with foam adhesives for dimension.  A Halloween card is quickly and easily created.



I've created another card, but this time I've used some Robin's Nest pattern paper for my background.   It's amazing to see how different papers become when you use an embossing folder.



After embossing the pattern paper, I inked the paper with brown ink to highlight the embossed sections to create some definition.


Next, I added fussy cut butterflies,  added a sentiment plus some dew drops to create the butterfly tail.


Dress up your papers with embossing folders.  You will find the results will be amazing.



Thanks for stopping by today.

Steph

Thank you for creating for us Steph! 

Be sure to stop by Steph's personal blog to see more project ideas: www.stephaniescraps.blogspot.com

Holiday 'Shaker Card'

Cut 'n' Boss Design Team: Joy Dickson Week 2 Cycle 10

Shake it, shake it, like a Polaroid picture! The card that is! See how you can create this cute shaker card to hang on a Christmas tree or to give to a very special friend! Joy Dickson breaks down the steps below!

Hi Friends! It's Joy from Joy's Life.com here today to share some shaker making tips using the Cut 'N Boss!


Recently, I showed you how to cut felt with the Cut 'n Boss. Well, today I want to use the same "happy frame" die from the Teresa Collins Lifestyle Die Collection to show you that the Cut 'n Boss can also do a great job cutting craft foam. It's how I made this shaker tag. I love this versatile die because there are so many possibilities for using it and because it cuts so well! Can you believe it can do such a good job cutting out felt, glitter paper and craft foam? That's just super cool to me.


I want to start with this graphic that I made for you (and me) so we can remember the "sandwich" of platforms to make craft foam cut in the Cut 'n Boss. I'm using that super cheap foam that you find in the craft stores. It's inexpensive and available in a ton of colors. I'm using white because it gives a nice clean look on most projects. If you have a different color foam you can use that.


Another quick note! If you want to cut a specific area of paper using your dies, tape them down with washi tape Post It tape so they don't move around.


Here are the layers you need to create a shaker tag or a shaker card...well, any kind of shaker. Start with a piece of cardstock that fits the entire size of your die cut. Optional: If you want to add more stability to your shaker card or just want to add a layer of decorative paper that is different from your backing add that in now. Next, glue the craft foam layer onto the cardstock back. Add your filler pieces. I'm using sequins and stars from the Teresa Collins Lifestyle dies. Cover the filler with a piece of clear acetate. The final step is to glue your top piece over the acetate layer. You're done! Shake your booty...or your tag/card...or both.



I used Core'dinations Glitter Silk cardstock for the top layer (happy) and the stars.


There are all the layers. In this picture, you can really see how well that craft foam layer cut. I glued everything together using Glossy Accents. It dries clear which helps keep smudges and mistakes from showing. I can use all the help available when it comes to that. LOL!


I love making shakers. I think they're so happy and fun! If you want to turn a shaker into a tag just add a loop of ribbon to the back. Want to make it into a card? Simply glue it to a card base. Sooooo easy!

When I'm not here you can find me at Joy's Life.com!

Happy Crafting!


Thank you Joy! 

We are loving this festive card! Isn't easy to create? We thinks so! 

Be sure to let Joy know if you enjoyed this project in the comment section!

October 16, 2014

'Heart You' Card Ideas!

Cut 'n' Boss Design Team: Alexia Misso Week 2 Cycle 10

Gorgeous cards alert! Need some card making inspiration? Check out what Alexia Misso created below!

Hello all crafty friends! How are you today?

It’s me Alexia, it’s my turn to post today and I’m going to share with you two cards I made using Craftwell Teresa Collins dies (love them!!).  These dies are so versatile that you can use it in so many different ways!  Now, let’s take look at some of the ways that you can create with these dies, shall we?

First up is this Thank You card! I love the heart-shape so much I used the same die to create the outer ring (circle only) and the original shape itself which is the layer beneath.  To do this, you need to cut two of the same shape then you take one of the cut-out and run it through the same die again, the only difference is this time you need to position the cut-out on the die in a certain way in which it will trim the heart out from the circle. Glue the result and original shape together (use different colors/patterns of card stocks to show the difference in each layer). Place colored card stock in the background and pop the main card with double-sided foam stickers.


Second card for today is this Happy Couple Card. I used the Happy frame die to create this happy couple shaker card with heart-shape die-cutting in the background. For this card, first you will need to use the heart-shape dies from Teresa Collins and create what will be displayed in the background of the shaker card. I die-cut the heart shape ring on a ivory card stock and a glittered pink card stock, remove the ivory heart-shape ring and replaced it with the pink heart-shape ring.  After that use a smaller heart-shape die,  die cut on the shape you just created and also on a glittered pink card stock. In the same way, remove the cut-out and replace it with pink cut-out shape. It sounds complicated but it’s not, I call this the “Fill in the blank” technique if you get what I mean. Hehe.

As for the frame itself, adhere a piece of acrylic rectangle to the back of the cut-out frame, trim the excess if any. Use double-sided foam stickers on all  edges of the frame (remember to put some sequins in the center before you seal it up) and stick on to the background. This will give some room for the sequins to move around when you shake it.



I hope you like the cards! Thank you for visiting today and happy creating! 

- Alexia

Thanks Alexia! 

Be sure to visit Alexia's personal blog here for more project inspiration! What is your favorite card? Be sure to leave Alexia a comment!



October 15, 2014

I Love Fall Plaque/ Home Decor

Cut 'n' Boss Design Team: Pam Bray Week 2 Cycle 10

Modeling paste, cutting, gluing, inking. For a project that sounds so messy, it sure turned out pretty neat! See this gorgeous wall plaque created by Pam Bray below!



Today I am sharing with you the Fall Plaque I made using Craftwell Cut N' Boss along with Teresa Collins Lifestyle Collection Dies.


 I began by purchasing an inexpensive plaque from our local craft store that measured 5" x 18' and stain it with distress stain. I placed my pattern paper on the back  of the board using my tape runner. I used a small doily stencil and modeling paste to add texture to my piece and once it was dried added my ribbon to form a border.



I ran my Teresa Collins Lifestyle Collection dies through my Cut N' Boss.
Once cut I took the Happy Photo Mat, placed a photo of my grand-daughter throwing leaves in the air and placed it using  pop dots on the plaque along with the Heart Die Cut Clip and some leaves I cut out using a leave die. 


I thought the Wonderful Tag Die from the Lifestyle Collection worked perfectly with my plaque. I also cut and used more of the fabulous hearts from the die set on the plaque.


I hope you enjoy seeing my Fall Plaque which I am gifting to my sweet daughter. I hope you will try to make a fall plaque using the new Lifestyle Collection. Hugs Pammejo


Supplies:

Craftwell Cut N'Boss
Craftwell Teresa Collins Lifestyle Collection Die
We R Memory Keepers Harvest Collection
Xyron Tape Runner and Adhesive Dots
Modeling Paste
Small Doily Stencil
Distress Stain
Plaque 
Random Buttons, Ribbon and Twine

Pam

Thank you Pam! WOW! What an impressive project! Where do we begin?! Be sure to visit Pam's personal blog  for more inspiration here.

October 14, 2014

'Beware' Halloween Scrapbook Layout!

Cut 'n' Boss Design Team: Suzanna Lee Week 2 Cycle 10

Suzanna Lee is back this week with a gorgeous spooky Halloween layout! See how she used the Cut 'n' Boss, and Teresa Collins Lifestyle Dies to create today's project!

Suzanna back again to share with you a Halloween layout featuring all kinds of embossed and die cut goodness using the Craftwell TC Cut'N'Boss!


Have you ever thought about or noticed that we hold certain beliefs as to what elements ought to be on holiday or themed layouts? I associate vellum with Halloween layouts. Perhaps it's something to do with ghosts but that opaque needs to be on my layouts. This layout incorporates vellum using the TC Cut'N'Boss.



Beginning at the top of the layout, the stars. I actually used the TC Cut'N'Boss and the stars from the Lifestyle collection pocket dies to cut OUT stars from my background. I then backed those "holes" that remained with vellum. Not wanting to waste, I then used the actual stars on my background after sanding the Core'dinations chalkboard cardstock, thus leaving the white edge. A touch of sanding created the perfect Halloween night sky, don't you think?



I also incorporated vellum behind the forefront elements on the bottom of the page. I ran a sheet of vellum through the woodgrain embossing folder in my Cut'N'Boss for a fun whirly background against the night sky.



No additional shims necessary with the vellum. Above is the "sandwich" used for the Core'dinations vellum which I ran through with the Teresa Collins woodgrain embossing folder.

I also ran a Polaroid TC Lifestyle collection pocket die that said "happy" through and overlaid that on some embossed Core'dinations color chalkboard cardstock which I sanded for a very neat effect. It just amazes me what one can with with dies and embossing folders. You truly can create amazingly detailed and textured layouts with just cardstock!

Thanks for stopping in today!

Supplies
Craftwell Cut'N'Boss
Craftwell Teresa Collins Woodgrain Embossing Folder
Craftwell Teresa Collins Design Grids Embossing Folder
Craftwell Teresa Collins Lifestyle Collection Pocket Dies
Core'dinations Vellum and Chalkboard Color and White Cardstock
Coredinations Sand It Gadget
Patterned Paper, Photo Overlay and Stickers - Pebbles
Washi - October Afternoon

Suzanna
http://lifestrivialities.typepad.com/


Thank you Suzanna!

We are loving all the distressing and use of stars! What is your favorite detail in today's project?

October 13, 2014

DIY Paper Mache' Pumpkin Home Decor!

Cut 'n' Boss Design Team: Debbie Sherman Week 2

Just like Cinderella this pumpkin got the transformation of a lifetime with the Teresa Collins Cut 'n' Boss  & the talented Debbie Sherman! See the gorgeous project below!


Hi everyone!  Debbie with you today to share a fun project just in time for Fall decorating.

This project is pretty simple and actually I took it few steps further than you really have to.  You don't really have to add the base to this but I wanted to add more leaves.

Turn this: 



Into this:


 I started of with a bare paper mache' pumpkin.  To get this Aged Metal look I used HVAC tape...the kind you buy in the hardware stores.  It has and adhesive backing so it's easy to apply.  I ran strips of the HVAC tape through the Cut n Boss using the Design Grids embossing folder. I adhere the tape in small pieces so it would go around the round edges of the pumpkin. After the pumpkin was covered I applied black acrylic paint to the tape and then wiped it off as I went along.  

You can see the how-to technique in the picture video below!

It gives this aged effect you see here!
I embellished the pumpkin with  silk leaves, flowers, burlap ribbon and twine to finish it off.

Hope you enjoyed this project today and I hope you will give this aged metal technique a try.
Products I used:
HVAC Tape
Black Acrylic Paint

Additional Items used:

Paper Mache Pumpkin
Silk Leaves
Tattered Angels Sprays in Various colors
Diamond Glaze
Diamond Dust
Burlap Ribbon
Miscellaneous Flowers
Twine

-Debbie
Visit Debbie's blog here.

Thank you Debbie! WOW! I mean, using tape is WAY easier than modge podge and paper! What a great idea! What do you think? Did you know Debbie used tape for this project at first glance?

October 10, 2014

#happiness/ Scrapbook Layout using Teresa Collins Cut 'n' Boss!

Guest Designer: Jordan Hasek

Super excited for today's guest designer! Meet Jordan. A talented 15 year old entrepreneur with an eye for scrap-booking and a good taste for awesome crafting tools ;) Get to know him, and check out his awesome project below! 


My name is Jordan Hasek. I am 15 years old. I'm an avid scrapbooker and crafter. I love doing anything with paper! I started scrapbooking and crafting in 2012 and have been loving it ever since! I am also the owner of the online shop SharBearCrafts! And today I have a layout to share with all of you!


I cut out multiple rectangle and square shapes then embossed them with my Cut 'n' Boss machine using the Love Triangles and Stardust embossing folders. Then scattered the embossed shapes across my page!


I also embossed a glassine bag using the Honeycomb embossing folder, then layered my picture on top of it and started embellishing my page!


I made my own wood veneers by die cutting thin balsa wood and the Teresa Collins gold star dies. I love how they came out! You can make your own wood veneers with any die!


Then I finished my layout off with some sequins, buttons, and some cardstock die cuts!!

Thanks so much Craftwell for having me! It was my pleasure!

Jordan Hasek
www.jordanhasek.com

Thank you for creating for us Jordan! Visit Jordan's awesome blog here.

Happy Halloween Photo Card with Craftwell Cut 'N Boss & Teresa Collins

Cut 'n' Boss Design Team: Joy Dickson Week 1 Cycle 10

We have a fun project tutorial for you today! The talented Joy Dickson shows you how to cut felt using the Teresa Collins Cut 'n' Boss! 

See the project details below!

Hi Friends! It's Joy from Joy's Life.com here today to share a fun felt Halloween project with you!



I love this picture I took of my sons back when they were shorter than I am. It looks like Iron Man should probably have slept with one eye opened. LOL! It was super fun making a frame for this using a bit of the ton of craft felt that I have on hand along with the Craftwell Cut n' Boss.

Happy Halloween Photo Card with Craftwell Cut 'N Boss & Teresa Collins #Halloween #Craftwell #TeresaCollins #CutNBoss #SimpleStories #card
I made this easy to reference felt "sandwich" image so we can all remember the setup. Here's a link to a .pdf of more Cut 'n Boss platform combinations.
Happy Halloween Photo Card with Craftwell Cut 'N Boss & Teresa Collins #Halloween #Craftwell #TeresaCollins #CutNBoss #SimpleStories #card

I'm using the "happy frame" die from the Teresa Collins Lifestyle Die Collection. Can you believe how well that felt cut? I am so impressed!! It even cut out the tiny centers of the letters. Now, just so you know the letter "A" is made as a solid in this die, so that's exactly how it should look. I printed out that photo of my boys and mounted purposefully sideways to a black piece of cardstock.

Happy Halloween Photo Card with Craftwell Cut 'N Boss & Teresa Collins #Halloween #Craftwell #TeresaCollins #CutNBoss #SimpleStories #card

I used Simple Stories Frankie & Friends cardstock and a Core'dinations Kraft card base along with some sequins and the felt photo to make my card. I cut a space out of the patterned cardstock for the felt frame to fit.
Happy Halloween Photo Card with Craftwell Cut 'N Boss & Teresa Collins #Halloween #Craftwell #TeresaCollins #CutNBoss #SimpleStories #card

I ran a black Memento pen around the edges of the cardstock and then cranked the whole thing through my Xyron Creative Station. I glued sequins onto the card using Glossy Accents as my adhesive. Then I attached the photo using the Xyron Mega Runner.

Happy Halloween Photo Card with Craftwell Cut 'N Boss & Teresa Collins #Halloween #Craftwell #TeresaCollins #CutNBoss #SimpleStories #card

Aren't you floored at the precision of the cut felt? I didn't think it would cut but it did! Now I want to make more things out of felt using the Cut 'n Boss! I'm going to use this same die and make a Happy Birthday card. It's cool that the "Happy" is so versatile. Simply vary the word below it and you've got a whole different theme. So cool!

Happy Halloween Photo Card with Craftwell Cut 'N Boss & Teresa Collins #Halloween #Craftwell #TeresaCollins #CutNBoss #SimpleStories #card

When I'm not here you can find me at Joy's Life.com!

Happy Crafting!


-Joy

Thank you Joy! We absolutely love this project! How exciting are you to have Joy create for us this design team term? 

Be sure to check out Joy's mega blog and leave her a comment!

October 9, 2014

Fall Picture Frame – Home Décor

Cut 'n' Boss Design Team: Alexia Misso Week 1 Cycle 10

It's FALL! And we are so excited for today's gorgeous home decor project by the talented Alexia Misso! This is her first post of this design team term, and if today's post is any indication of her ability to inspire, then we will have a very successful term!

See the tutorial below!

Happy Thursday everyone! I’m Alexia and this is my first post here at Craftwell. I’m very excited and feeling grateful at the same time for this amazing opportunity given to me to be on this creative team! Thank you Craftwell!

Today I’m sharing a fall-themed frame that I created with Craftwell dies and embossing folder, instructions for making this frame are elaborated in this post as well. However, you will need a few basic supplies:

-          -A wooden frame (I got mine from Michaels)
-         - A patterned card stock
-         - A picture
-          -Some faux fall leaves
-          -Adhesives
-         -Trim of ribbon (optional)

I used a fall patterned card stock with foil accent that gives the final result a shiny look, such as this:



Here is how to make it:

Step 1: Trace around outside and inside frame and cut the shape out (do this on the back side of the patterned card stock)



  
Cut the outer and inner frame according to the traced lines


Step 2: Adhere the cut-out from Step 1 to the front of the frame


Step 3: Take a sheet of card stock (preferably one that matches the theme), trace around the area of the back of the frame as shown below and cut it out.


Step 4: Run the cut-out from Step 3 through Craftwell’s Cut n’ Boss machine using Teresa Collins’ Wood Grain embossing folder


Step 5: Insert the embossed card stock to the frame



Step 6: Start embellishing the frame with Craftwell’s die-cut shapes, sandwich the cutting plate and card stock in between cutting platforms (picture below is for illustration only).


Step 7: Apply adhesive to cut-outs (To create contrast, I layer another card stock behind all cut-outs and stick them together, for example see Step 8)


Step 8: Embellish away!

Tips: For this cut-out tag, I cut a rectangle out around the word “Lucky” to create a see-through affect.



Tada!!! Here is the final result, I love those little details created using Craftwell’s products! It adds so much life, story and cuteness to the frame!



Happy Autumn!! Thank you for stopping by, have a great day!

Alexia


Thanks Alexia! 

Can you say WOW project?! We are running to make one! What do you think? We are loving the texture and the placement! Leave Alexia a comment! She would love to know what you think!
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