Friday, September 23, 2011

Cutters Creek Echo Park Blog Hop

Welcome to the Cutters Creek Echo Park blog hop. You should have found your way here from Deanna’s Blog. If you are off track, I will post the order again at the end of the post. For my project I have used 2 different Echo Park paper packs. I combined the Essentials dots and stripes packs in Metropolitan and Candy Shoppe to make this Halloween stair step card.

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I love this type of card when you want to fit a bunch of die cuts into a small space. The stairs are graduated and the back one is the tallest. I cut the Halloween shapes from the Happy Hauntings cricut cartridge. I alternated between the stripes and the dots in the two paper packs.

To make a stair step card you start with an 5 1/2 x 10 inch piece of paper. You score the paper at 1 1/4, 2 1/2, 4 1/4, 6 , and 8 1/4 inches with a scor-pal and then accordion fold it. Stagger the die cuts so you can see them when the card is both open and closed. Here is a picture of the card when it is closed.

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Now from here you need to hop on over to Laura’s Blog. If you have gotten off track, here is the full line up.

Cutters Creek Blog (Chris)
Mandie's Blog
Lori's Blog
Deanna's Blog
Mindy's Blog
Laura's Blog
Melissa's Blog
Kim's Blog

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Echo Park Joy Fold Card Tutorial

It' my turn to host Tutorial Tuesday for the Cutters Creek Design Team. As you know we are featuring Echo Park products this month. I have made a Joy Fold Card using the Echo Park Country Drive Collection.

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It’s hard to tell from the picture, but this card has a very unique fold . Here is a picture of what the card looks like when it is open.

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The little car on the front opens up to give you lots of room to write a message to your recipient.

To make this card, you will need to gather your supplies. You will need a piece of cardstock 4 1/4 x 8 1/2, a piece of cardstock 3 x 8, 3 pieces of patterned paper 2 3/4 x 4, a piece of patterned paper 4 x 5 1/4, a scor pal and adhesive.

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You need to score your larger piece of cardstock at 5 1/2 inches and your smaller piece at 4 inches. Then you can cover the cardstock in the paper of your choice. I matted my paper to give it an extra layer. You only decorate the outside of your smaller card and leave the inside blank for a message.

echo park tutorial 004 [1280x768]These are my cardstock pieces after I had them decorated. Then you put adhesive on the back side of the smaller card and stick it in the middle of the larger card.

echo park tutorial 005 [1280x768]If you are confused by any of my steps, there is an excellent tutorial on split coast stampers with a video. The main thing I changed from this tutorial is the way I kept the card closed. I thought this would be a perfect opportunity to use the new craft velcro I got.

echo park tutorial 006 [1280x768]I love this stuff! I cut one of the ovals in half since I only needed a small amount. I stuck it to the inside of the flap with while it was still attached. I pulled off the backing and pushed the card together. This is much easier than trying to make sure you have the pieces lined up perfectly. That’s it a really simple way to make an interesting card. Here is a picture of the finished card again.

echo park tutorial 009 [1280x768]I have a couple of friends who have been sick and when I saw this yellow bug the sticker elements that came with this pack, I knew it would be perfect. I had the sentiment caught a bug from a stamp set I got a long time ago. I added a strip of ribbon and this was it. I really just wanted this card to be clean and simple.

Friday, September 16, 2011

Echo Park Country Drive

We are featuring Echo Park this month at Cutters Creek and it’s my turn to post a project.  I have used one of the new collections Country Drive.  This pack is full of bright fun colors and great patterns like birds and butterflies.  I used the 12 x 12 kit which comes with some great sticker elements. 

Here is the card I made with the paper and the included elements.

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I used the butterfly pattern for the base of my card.  The large butterfly in the center was cut with my cricut. The pink pattern used for the butterfly is actually the reverse side of the butterfly paper.  I love when both sides are really cute.   I used the new Sophie cartridge which is a circle exclusive, but there are several cartridges with butterflies that would work just as well.  I added 2 of the sticker borders that came with the paper pack across the center of the card and then I pop dotted the butterfly oval up off the card with some clear foam tape.  I finished the card with some flower stickers in the corners.  These were also part of the element sheet included in the pack.  I put some green adhesive pearls in the center of the flowers.

I made this card an easel card.  It folds flat to be a normal 5x7 card, but when you open it up the strip across the bottom holds the front in place.  This border strip is popped up once again and decorated with more flower stickers and pearls.  I then added the sentiment which is also a sticker from the element pack.

I hope you have enjoyed my echo park project and that I have encouraged you to take a look at the 12 x 12 packs.  The paper is adorable and the included elements work great with cards as well as scrapbook pages.