Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Happy Halloween by Phyllis Parkins

Everyone at Boss Kut would like to wish all of you a Happy Halloween. Have fun and enjoy all your little goblins.
I wanted to share a couple of last minute Halloween projects with you.
A Halloween Card I made for my daugther with the new flying witch by La La Land Crafts and my Gazelle. La La stamps are available from our Boss Kut Store.  The moon was cut from the amazing non- shedding glitter paper we carry at www.bosskut.com , the tree is the spooky tree from our diecut site, www.bosskutdiecuts.com and I used the Gazelle to do all the cutting . The stamp was colored using copic markers. Not only do these images make a cute card but would be perfect to add to a Halloween scrapbook page or treat bag topper.
Another Card using two of the new La La Land stamps that we carry in our Boss Kut Store. www.bosskut.com.  Using the new print and cut feature on our Gazelle makes cutting these out a breeze.  I used a doily and sprayed it black with Tattered Angels glimmer mist.
Stamps colored with copic markers which we also carry at Boss Kut.
Last but not Least I made this adorable treat box for 7 of my youngest grandchildren.  The Gazelle makes this so easy and fast. The pattern is one that can be found on the internet.  Here is the link that has instructions etc.
Debbie from Boss Kut downloaded the .pdf file and then imported it into Funtime and did an auto vector on it and converted it to a .wpc file. So fast and easy. I used the glitter paper that doesn't shed glitter  for the eyes and beak. I used white chalk ink to edge the feathers.  I used a piece of velcro as a snap to close the box, filled them with candy and they were ready to be sent to my favorite little goblins. As far as I can tell the original pattern was designed by Kristin Magee.



Friday, October 26, 2012

Halloween " Welcome" Sign by Jamie G

Files Used: Bat Pop Kut by Judy Stark BKD039, Broom Riding Witch by Judy Stark BKD044, Haunted House by Olivia Myers 0486, Flying Ghost by Olivia Myers 0493, Ghost Pumpkin 0498, Happy Ghost by Olivia Myers 0494
Materials: Piece of wood, vinyl, card stock, Mod Podge, origami paper

I just love Halloween! It's so much fun and enjoy all the decorations that go with it. I'm having a blast working putting my Gazelle to work.

For this project I started out with a plain white wood scrap that I got for free at a local hardware store. I've had this for the longest time and just wasn't sure what to do with it! I used some fine sand paper on the surface I wanted to work with because I wanted to make sure that the scrapbook paper I was putting on it would stay.
Then using Mod Podge, I put a layer over the whole surface and put my scrapbook paper on top. Again, I put a layer of Mod Podge on the paper.

While I was waiting for the Mod Podge, I hopped on Funtime and got to selecting the images for my welcome sign. Using the Funtime font Frankenstein, I typed out "Welcome" and "The Gillahan's." I added a border and cut it all out using vinyl.

In Funtime, I placed the ghosts where I would want them in the windows and using the scissors I "cut" them so it appeared that they are in the house.

To help complete the look, I cut out a circle for the moon for the witch to ride across. I added some chalk to the sides of the haunted house and some glitter to the ghosts.

I really enjoy making kusudama flowers!! I make them for all sorts of occasions and enjoy giving them to family and friends. When I first started making them, I started out by following this tutorial by Folding Trees. It gives 2 different options for folding them and the instructions are really easy to follow.

BUT I could just stop at making kusudama flowers! There's always has to be a way to incorporate them into the season. For these ones, I started out by using a file that was shared by Jules in the Gazelle Owner's Forum during a challenge. It's another great reason why if you're a Gazelle owner to visit the forum from time to time!!

Using the spider web that she created, I cut it into quarters and sized it appropriately for the size paper I chose. If you haven't made or looked at the instructions for making these flowers, each pedal is a single sheet of square paper. While I've used thin scrapbooking paper before, I used black origami paper for these.

I finished off my flowers by adding them to floral stem with a bead in the center. 13 flowers in total, with one of them housing a beaded spider. :o)

This was one of those projects that I truly was able to incorporate several different crafting projects that I enjoy doing!

For more information on how I added each flower to a stem, please visit my blog post here. Or for more information on this bouquet, please visit my Halloween Kusudama Flowers.

Jamie Gillahan – BossKut Design Team Member
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Wednesday, October 24, 2012

"Hoppy Birthday" Card by Lori m.

By Lori m.

 When I saw the newly released Bosskut PopKut Frog, I knew I had to make a card using it for my daughters' birthday.  Using my Gazelle cutter, it only took a few minutes to cut everything! 


Lori m.

Monday, October 22, 2012

Gift Bag by Kenya

Hello Gazelle Lovers!

One thing I love to do is dress up gift bags. It is so much fun to have the bag coordinate with the occasion and or the gift. On today’s project, I used the O’Hannah Square Frame Set and the O’Hannah Oval Frame Set. I really adore this set….can’t you tell? The detailed images cut beautifully on the Gazelle!

 For the border, I welded two of the borders from the Square Frame Set in Fun Time. Once they were welded together, I duplicated the border. I then copied the label from the Oval Frame Set. I added a hole for the ribbon.  Then I added a “W” and cut the image on the BossKut Gazelle. 

Although it is straightforward it adds just the right amount of something to the bag. Customizing a bag is a great way to present your gift to the recipient. I hope you try it out! Thanks for stopping by and do not forget to drop by BossKut for more files, supplies and inspiration! Kenya~


Saturday, October 20, 2012

"BOO" Layout by Judy S

 Halloween is 2 weeks from now and it is time to get my layouts done and make treat bags!!  Be sure to check the Bosskut Facebook often, as our Design Team has been busy making some great things.

  I used quite a few different designs for this layout and all are available at the Bosskut diecut store.

Files used:
  Ghost Pumpkin, Broom Flying Witch, Candy Apple, Treat Bag, Corner Spider Banner and Halloween Popkut Frog.  Available at   http://www.bosskutdiecuts.com/halloween.aspx 

                         Above are the newly released  Treat Bag and PopKut Halloween Frog

My frames are the tombstone pattern with a mat.  I used Bo-Bunny stickers I bought a few years ago for my title.  I added a few bows and candy pieces into my bag and done!

Judy Tesla Stark- Bosskut Design Team

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Friendly Ghosts Using Press'n Seal by Jamie G.

Files Used: Ghost Pumpkin 0498
Materials: Glad Press'n Seal

Back again with another Boss Kut Die Cut inspired and Pinterest twist project!! I've been looking for that one project where I can attempt a project that is larger than my mat size. So, following Terri's incredible training video I "cut" up the adorable ghost from the Ghost Pumpkin 0498. I just love the smile on his face and friendly feel he brings to the house!

The for the "ghostly" effect, I used Glad Press'n Seal. To keep the number of cuts down, I used the 12 x 24 mat. The large ghost in the door wall is 41.15 inches high. This ghost is in 5 different pieces and you can obviously tell that I didn't use the whole ghost.

Note: When putting the press'n seal on the mat only press down enough to make it stick to the mat. Too much and it will cause problems removing it after you've made your cut. Also, when you put the press'n seal on your window or glass, do NOT press it down. The static cling, will keep it against the surface as you position it where you want it. Then in places where it is curling up, use 1 or 2 fingers and press down there. Pressing the whole cut will make it wrinkle and when you take it down, there's A LOT more clean up.

The ghost on the mirror is 18.75 inches high. I used the 12 x 24 mat again so that I could cut him out in one piece. Well, I guess it's technically 2 but that's just how the cut file is made. :o)

I still can't get over how adorably cut this ghost is!! My children love it and it makes Halloween less scary for the younger ones.  It's an incredibly easy project that can spruce up your home for Halloween!

Jamie Gillahan – BossKut Design Team Member
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Monday, October 15, 2012

Turkey Front with Title by Judy S

  I needed a Fall Layout for a large bulletin board and the newly released Turkey was perfect!  I made this for a friend and she will add other items to the board.  Cutting this Turkey file with my Bosskut Gazelle only took a few minutes.  I chalked out the cutting lines on my turkey with a marker.  Chalked out the mats with regular chalk.  Turkey is 7.5 wide by 8.5 tall.  I then cut the Bosskut oak leaves and added to the bottom.  I also colored the cutting lines with a marker and then added 1 application of the liquid embossing. 

To make my title, I used my Bosskut Funtime program.   After deciding on which font I wanted, I then used my outline feature to make the mat.  Just a push of a button!     

After chalking the mat, I added the Bosskut Curly Scrolls by Phyllis Parkins and an Oak leaf.
Judy Stark- Bosskut Design Team                        

Saturday, October 13, 2012

Pumpkin TeaPot Card and Tea Bag Gift Box by Jamie G

                                               Pumpkin TeaPot Card and Tea Bag Gift Box by Jamie G

Files Used: Pumpkin Teapot by Judy Stark BKD145, Presleys Curls by Judy Stark BKD101
Materials: Cardstock, pearl brads, ribbon

When the Pumpkin Teapot by Judy Stark BKD145 was released by BossKut I was so excited to be able to use this adorable cut file!!

For the card I started by cutting out the layers and rounding out the edges in Funtime. I didn't want to take away from the adorable teapot, so I kept it simple. I added some clear stickles to the eyes, nose, and mouth for a little more added dimension.

I added the sentiment "Take time for Tea" to Presleys Curls by Judy Stark BKD101 and used the print and cut feature to print the sentiment out with my printer. Then using stickles, I added some glitter to the curls. With a green ribbon, I threaded it through the top and bottom of the cut file to attach it to the card.

The tea bag gift box took a little more time while working with Funtime. I first had to create the bottom of the box but with the help from the training videos available through BossKut I was easily able to create it. Then I took the border of the teapot and copied it so that I had 2 (this will create the front and the back of the gift box. With the welding tool in Funtime, I attached one of the teapots to each side of the bottom of the box I created and welded them all together. I added some kiss cut lines to where I wanted the gift box to fold and voila!! My gift box is completed and now all I had to do was decorate it.

After cutting out the teapot and the lid, I added a small piece of yellow paper behind the eyes, nose, and mouth. Then I added some clear stickles to the eyes, nose, and mouth to give it some more dimension. The green ribbon at the top holds the gift box together until you're ready for some tea!!

Jamie Gillahan – BossKut Design Team Member
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Thursday, October 11, 2012

Halloween Banner by Judy S

The Halloween Banner series are now available for purchase at www.bosskutdiecuts.com

  I made these using heavyweight cardstock, ribbons,chalk and added a few rhinestones. The banner pieces above are 11 inches in width each and 3 designs will make a nice size banner. Perfect to hang over an average 36" size window.  Average time per banner was around 30 minutes, even with a 6 year old helping me! 

This banner comes with the die cut pieces needed to add to the shoes.  I added bows and rhinestones. I added rhinestones to the with hat trim and quickly chalked the broom for more dimension.  I pulled the main cord down so you can see what I used.
These diecuts can also be used for card overlays, cut with vinyl for party accessories 
or on your windows for decoration. 

Check out the Bosskut home site for supplies www.bosskut.com  and www.bosskutdiecuts.com for digital cut designs. 

 The Bosskut Gazelle is now assembled in the USA in Rolla,Mo. 

Judy Tesla Stark - Bosskut Design Team

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Thinking of You Swing card by Jamie G

Files Used: O'Hannah Oval Frame Set by Judy Stark BKD129
Materials: Cardstock, pearl heart brads, purple rhinestones

Here a simple step card that I made to send to one very special lady in my life. I started by creating a 4.25 x 5.5" step card in Funtime. I've made this file available in the Gazelle Owner's Forum under *File Sharing*.

For the bottom border, I had to weld a few more the decorative pieces together to get it long enough. After attaching it to the card, I added some purple rhinestones.

I added the sentiment to the oval frame and used a couple of pearl heart brads to secure it to the card.

Jamie Gillahan – Bosskut Design Team Member
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Sunday, October 7, 2012

Candy Cauldron by Jamie G

Files Used: Corner End Spider Web Banner by Judy Stark, Happy Halloween Banner by Judy Stark BKD132, Ghost Banner by Judy Stark BKD135

Materials: Black plastic cauldron (I purchased mine at Jo-Ann's), vinyl, ribbon, ¼ " high tack X-Press it double sided tape

 Have you ever noticed as a crafter you can't look at something plain without a ton of ideas on how to make it prettier?! Something I may have passed up before, with my Gazelle I look at everything and see endless possibilities.

 After seeing this plain black cauldron I just knew I needed a new candy dish. Why, I'm not entirely sure because we live in the middle of nowhere down a private drive . . . we never have any trick-or-treaters. So I sweetly suggested to my husband that we fill the candy dish to the top and whatever we have left over after Halloween we'll just keep. For some reason he just laughed at me!! I get that A LOT though.

 I started out by cutting the Corner End Spider Web Banner by Judy Stark, Happy Halloween Banner by Judy Stark BKD132, and Ghost Banner by Judy Stark BKD135 in white vinyl (each was sized to 2 ½ inches high).

 With the Corner End Spider Web Banner by Judy Stark, I ended up cutting out an extra spider in purple so that I could add some color.

For the Ghost Banner by Judy Stark BKD135 I cut out the "Boo" in orange and layered it over the white vinyl.

 To add the ribbon on the top, I used ¼" high tack X-Press It double sided tape.


I cut out various size circles in purple, orange, and white vinyl to add around the top of the cauldron. There was no pattern, I just removed each of the circles from the vinyl backing and placed it where ever the mood struck me.


Now I just need to get to the store to purchase the candy to fill this lonely cauldron. ;o)
Jamie Gillahan – Bosskut Design Team Member
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Friday, October 5, 2012

O'Hannah Wedding Card by Kenya

Hello Everyone,

It’s Kenya here to share a simple card using the O’Hannah Oval Frame Set! If you have not checked out the O’Hannah Collection, I encourage you to pop over to BossKut and give them a looks see! They are awesome!
I cut the shadow on a piece of chipboard to use as a blackout (deep cut blade, force of 5 and speed of 2). I wanted to emboss and stamp without all of the layering. As you can see, the shape in the middle did not emboss. I stamped my sentiment in the blank space.

I used the O’Hannah Frame detailed cut as a ribbon slider. This adds a little splash of elegance to the card. To this, I added two different sized pearls and that is it!

I hope you try out embossing with a blackout shape; you can use positive and negative to give your card a different look  J Please stop by BossKut to check out the O’Hannah Collection!

 Thanks for stopping by, Kenya~

O’Hannah BKD129 by Judy Stark

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Etched Drinking Glasses by Jamie Gillahan

Materials: Drinking glass, etching cream, vinyl
The one thing crafters learn is that as family and friends learn of their ability, the requests we get to make things for others increases! I LOVE IT!! At times it's a way to go in directions that we wouldn't otherwise venture and others it's an idea for a gift that we know someone might love.
Then there's the website Pinterest, where there are ideas a plenty. A cousin of mine provided me with a picture of this etched glass and asked if it was something I could do. With a huge smile on my face all I could say was, with my Gazelle I can do anything!! Of course I told her that I could and made a trip to the store to find some glasses that would work.
The glasses that I found only came in a pack of 4, so I suggested adding the phrase to 2 of them and a skull and cross bones to the other 2. While it may be a little early still, these would be great for a Halloween party!! Add a little homemade dry ice rootbeer, also found on Pinterest, and you are all set!!

For the phrase "You have just been poisoned" I used the font Helvetica Medium available in the Funtime software. After making sure to use the weed and mirror option available in the cut menu, I cut it out on vinyl, and positioned it centered on the bottom of the glass. There were some minor imperfections on the bottom of the glass so I had to make sure that I removed ALL the air bubbles between the glass and the vinyl for a secure fit.

With the Skull and Cross Bones by Olivia Myers 0901, I started by placing the bones where I wanted them on the skull and created an outline of the whole thing. With the edit tools, I cut the bones so that they weren't going across the skull and connected the ends. I did have to do the little editting so that I could get the outline cut properly from the vinyl and that's yet ANOTHER reason I love my Gazelle, Funtime, and the video tutorials! The versatility and ease of use make it fun to create projects just as you would like them.
 Jamie Gillahan – BossKut Design Team Member
My Crafting Blog

Monday, October 1, 2012

Lemons Card by Lori m.

Lemons Anyone?

   Here's a couple cards that I made using a photo I took in California of my cousin's lemon trees as inspiration. 
I found the perfect cutting files over at www.bosskutdiecuts.com, that worked beautifully with my photo.  Aren't they darling? 


The Lemonade Pitcher-JS  file you can find in the store for sale now, and the pretty Lemon Doily by Judy Stark is a "new soon to be released" file, so keep checking.

Enjoy, thanks for dropping by.

Blessings and hugs, Lori m