Tuesday, September 27, 2011

An Oldie but Goodie and a Winner!

I just wanted to say a big "THANK YOU" to all of you who hopped along our Echo Park Paper Blog Hop over the weekend! I hope that we inspired you to play with your paper too. Remember, Kim has lots of beautiful Echo Park Paper for sale in the Cutters Creek online store. You can click HERE to buy some of your favorites!

This "BOO" sign is one that I created last Halloween with the Echo Park Happy Halloween line. I bought the wood letters at JoAnne Fabrics and painted them black. Then I Mod Podged the letters with some of my favorite sheets of the patterned paper. I really wish the D'Stress tool was out then, it would have been handy for sanding the edges! Then I used my Cricut and the Happy Hauntings cartridge to cut a variety of shapes, as well as the stickers from the collection kit to decorate the letters. Then I added the ribbon to hang it and promptly hung it by my front door. I'm looking forward to pulling this out of the box again this year!

You could easily create a beautiful sign for your home with any of the great Echo Park Paper Collection Kits that are available in the Cutters Creek store! I'm thinking that I want to use either the Season's Greetings or Holly Jolly Kit to create something special for Christmas...

Now, I bet you are wondering WHO my blog winner is....

I used to select my winner and it decided that this one looked like a good number....

And that person is...

Congrats, Joni! I will be emailing you shortly for your information. Thanks again to all of you that hopped and welcome to my new followers!

Monday, September 26, 2011

Brew Crew Layout with Echo Park Paper

Today I have a layout that I created using my FAVORITE Echo Park Paper Collection - Happy Days! I am in love with the vintage flavor that these papers have.

I started with a Kraft Cardstock base and used 5" x 5" squares of the Happy Days paper for my background. Then I simply mounted all of my photos (2 - 4" x 5", 1 = 4" x 6") to a couple of cardstock strips and lined them up on my paper. (Note - the only change I would have made would have been to not line this up right in the middle, I had to cut my daughters face in the photo). I used my Pink ATG to adhere every thing. Then I cut the title "Brew Crew" from the Nifty Fifties Cricut Cartridge and ran the letters through my Xyron 150 to add the adhesive. It's a quick and easy way to add your adhesive and there's no mess! I used the stickers in the Happy Days kit to spell out my other words and then added a few embellishments from my stash with Glue Dots. Finally I added my journaling with the Inkssentials White Pen. I'm really happy with how this layout turned out, but Echo Park's gorgeous papers make it easy to create works of art!

Friday, September 23, 2011

Cutters Creek Echo Park Blog Hop!

Welcome to stop #2 on the Cutters Creek Echo Park Blog Hop! You should have come here from the Cutters Creek Design Team Blog, if not you can pop over there to start at the beginning. Today I used one of my favorite Echo Park Paper collections, Apothecary Emporium. I used the 6 x 6 Paper Pad because I like the smaller scale of the patterns for my little book.

I put together a basic paper bag album and used my Pink ATG and Scor Tape to assemble it. I always make sure to use a good quality adhesive so that my creation will last a long time!

I used my Cricut and the Happy Halloween cartridge to cut a variety of spooky shapes to decorate my album.

For these pages, I added Glossy Accents to the tree on the patterned paper to really make it pop! For the Spider, I actually covered him with Glossy Accents and sprinkled Black Flocking Powder over it while it was wet. I made sure I used my Bazzill Splat Mat under it so it wouldn't stick to anything while it dried. Once it dried, I added googly eyes with a dot of Glossy Accents.

To get the bit of orange on the left side page I masked off a section and sprayed a couple of Glimmer Mist colors to get just the right orange-y color since I didn't have just the right color on hand. I also used it all over the small piece of paper on the center flap because I really wanted more orange in my book. It's a great way to alter papers and add a bit of sparkle!

I also used a lot of Black Soot Distress Ink on my book too. I distressed the edges of just about everything I added!

There are large tags throughout the book in the pockets of the pages but I decided to add one more at the end. I cut the tombstone shape from the Happy Hauntings Cricut Cartridge and also the skeleton. I used the Inkssentials White Gel Pen and a Sakura Stardust Pure Glitter Pen to accent my tag as well.

For the back of the album I cut the phrases from the Happy Hauntings Cricut Cartridge from Glossy White Cardstock. I used the same Glimmer Mist combination to spray it orange so I have sparkle and shine!

I had so much fun creating this book, I can't WAIT to make another! Make sure you are following my blog and leave me a comment and you will not only qualify for the Grand Prize for the hop, you will also be entered to win my own personal blog candy... the 6 x 6 Victoria Gardens Paper Pad! When you're done, hop on over to Lori's Blog to check out her amazing project! Here's the hop line up if you get lost along the way:

Cutters Creek Blog (Chris)
Mandie's Blog - You are Here!
Lori's Blog
Deanna's Blog
Mindy's Blog
Laura's Blog
Melissa's Blog
Kim's Blog

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Echo Park Cool Cat

Today I have a quick and easy card that I made using one of the papers from the Echo Park Papers Happy Days Collection!

I love these beautiful papers! The vintage 50's style of these papers is one of my favorites so I grabbed my Nifty Fifty's Cricut Cartridge and cut this awesome "Cool Cat" shape. The background paper is a mirror finish paper that I have been hoarding for quite some time!

I think this is a great any occasion card and I'm planning on creating a few more to put together as a gift set for some one special!

Come back tomorrow to check out the FABULOUS Cutters Creek Blog Hop! All of the designers have made some great projects using Echo Park Papers! Rumor has it there may be prizes involved...