Welcome to the August 2017 Pals Blog Hop. Thank you so much for joining us today. This month we’re going to “Cut It Out”. Participants will feature projects with “cuts” from punches, dies, Framelits, Edgelits, or Thinlits.

Whether you’re just starting the hop, or have come from a previous Pal’s blog, you’ll find the line-up toward the end of my post to help you move along.

It was easy for me to comply with this month’s blog requirement of using things that cut. Give me those tools, and I’m a happy gal! I began by using the blade of my Stampin’ Trimmer to cut a piece of cardstock in half, 4 1/4″ X 11.” It had been a while since I made a Z-Fold card, and I was ready to create a scene with the Carols of Christmas Bundle.

 

I scored this Thick Whisper White cardstock at 2 3/4″ and 5 1/2″. Next, I cut a 1 1/4″ X 11″ strip, scored it the same, and ran it through the Big Shot using the Ruffled embossing folder to make it look like snow drifts. Time to select the background, so I chose a piece of patterned Tranquil Tide from the Delightful Daisy Designer Series Paper. Don’t the dots look like falling snow? I cut two pieces, 2 1/2″ X 4″, and one piece 5 1/4″ X 4″ and adhered those to the card base. 

 

Now for more cutting! I used the corner thinlits from the Card Front Builder Thinlits dies to cut decorations in two corners. I saved the six cut-outs, which I later placed on dimensionals and made them part of the scene. They were just too cute to toss! I used the two tree thinlits from the same set to cut trees from Tranquil Tide cardstock. And, my favorite die of the set, the deer, was used after stamping him three times in Chocolate Chip ink on Thick Whisper White cardstock. Dimensionals were used to enhance the 3D effect.

TIP: The trickiest part of the Z-fold is fastening the band. Apply glue to the front of the card where the band will go, and to the back of the end fold of the band, then close the card while fastening to make sure it attaches evenly.

Not to be outdone by the dies was the Pretty Label Punch. I discovered that the sentiment I wanted to use from the Christmas Pines stamp set fit perfectly within this punch. It looked a little plain until I dusted the edges with a Sponge Dauber of Tranquil Tide ink. Can you guess the final touch? Yep, that hard to miss little, red, enamel star.

No matter what season we are in, “May the simple joys of the season be yours.”

Please take a minute to mark your calendar for our next hop on September 13, 2017. Now hop along using the Blog Hop Line-up below. Thank you so much for hopping with the Stampin’ Pretty Pals today. Don’t forget to leave us a comment. We’d love to hear what you have to say about our creative “Cuts”.