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Cut@Home Blog - Scrapbooking & Card Making Ideas

Crazy for Tim Holtz Bird Crazy!

April 24th, 2015

Karen N here.  Today, I’m SO excited to be sharing with you several cards that I made with Tim Holtz Stamper Anonymous Bird Crazy stamps.  LoVe, super LoVe these fun stamps!  Have you seen ’em?  Here’s a video that shows the cards I made.

The first two cards I made use paper from Heartfelt Creations Majestic Morning.  On this card, I watercolored that quirky bird with Prima watercolor pencils, fussy cut him and then glued him onto a Spellbinders Label Four.  I added a scallop border, some twine, a few pearls, and a doily (sorry, don’t know the brand name).  All of these fabulous shapes were cut with my Big Shot.  The inside of this funny card just says, “Sorry.”  Love it!


In the next card, I stamped the bird onto the Majestic Morning paper.  I also stamped him onto the green background paper and then fussy cut him out (cutting off his feet because they are on the background paper).  I didn’t want his eyes to be yellow, so I added some googly eyes.  The card is embellished with a doily and some flowers I stamped and die cut from the Birds and Blooms stamps and dies.  I painted some Angel Craft Podge onto those fab flowers to add a little shine.  The sentiment is a die from Lawn Fawn.


For the next two cards (yes, I went a little bird crazy here), I used Spellbinders Celebra’tions Prints and Solids.  On this first one, I colored him up with Copic Markers and added some twine and sequins.  I splashed a little glimmer mist onto the background.  To make sure I didn’t splash the bird, I quickly fussy cut his image and masked him.  I love the look on this bird’s face.



The final card I made for today post was also colored with Copics, but this time I colored his teeny little wing and tail feathers in a slightly different color.  The sentiment is from a NEW-to-me set by JustRite called Handwritten Sentiments.  How fabulous is that huge sentiment?  That bird looks so sad, I thought it matched the sentiment perfectly.


Before I go, I wanted to mention that all of my images were stamped with the fabulous Spellbinders Celebra’tions Berry Black ink.  This super great ink is good for both watercolor and alcohol ink coloring.  I love the simplicity!

Supplies purchased from Cut@Home:

Tim Holtz Stamper Anonymous Bird Crazy Stamps – SKU CMS212

Heartfelt Creations Majestic Morning – SKU HCDP1-239

Spellbinders Label Four – SKU S4-190

Big Shot – SKU 657900

Heartfelt Creations Birds and Blooms – SKU HCPC-3644

Heartfelt Creations Leafy Branch die set – SKU HCD1-757

Angel Craft Podge Semi-Gloss – SKU ACP6SG

Celebra’tions Solids – SKU SCP-017

Celebra’tions Prints – SKU SCP-016

JustRite Handwritten Sentiments – SKU CR-02172

Spellbinders Celebra’tions Berry Black Ink – SKU SCI-001

Supplies from my stash:

Unity sentiments, Timeless Twine, 3 Girl JAM Ribbon and Lace, Doilies, Pearls, Lawn Fawn Die, Glimmer Mist

Thank you so much for stopping by today and for allowing me to go a little bird crazy!

Craftily yours,



Tim Holtz Bird Crazy Art Journal Page

April 23rd, 2015

For months now I’ve been procrastinating about playing in my new Dylusions Creative Journal.  I keep picking up a little of this and a little of that all with that thought in the back of my mind that I really am going to do Art Journal pages.  This is so out of my element that each time I say I’m going to start it’s easy to get side tracked and not get it done.


When Tim Holtz came out with the new Stampers Anonymous Bird Crazy I knew my time had come.  These guys just spoke to my wacky side and I knew in my mind exactly what I wanted to do with them.  We all balance our lives on a thread sometimes, because well lets face it life is full of ups and downs and you have to keep looking for the bright side to come out on top.  These birds were my answer to how to transfer my life thought to my first Art Journal Page.


I share the process on the video below so be kind as I said it’s my first attempt and with all things new I realized as I went along, oops I should have reversed those steps and done that one first. But all new things have a learning curve so if you’ve been contemplating jumping outside your box do it, jump with both feet and delve into something new that calls to you.  We never know how much enjoyment can lay in the next crafty adventure until we pick up the ink, or paper or paint and try it.


I focused on three birds for my page from the six that come in the collection.  I used a multitude of  Tim Holtz Distress inks and Angel Craft Semi-Gloss Podge.  I also used some of the Distress Paints for my background and added a mix of stencils and modeling paste.  Lots of new mediums for me to experiment with.


For my background design I stamped with Stampers Anonymous Bitty Grunge stamps and used two of the new Distress Inks in Cracked Pistachio and Mermaid Lagoon.  I love that there’s a new color monthly to choose from.  I hope you’ll join me so I can share my process with you.  The page took me about one hour and fifteen minutes to make (of course you won’t be watching but less than a fifth of that time).  It’s long enough to have fun, experiment and try something new without being totally overwhelmed.  I wished afterwards I had remembered to use crinkled tissue paper for my background before the inks, oh well next time.  Supplies from the store will be listed below the video.

Thanks and Happy Scrappin’!

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Supplies from the Cut at Home Store:
CMS212: Stampers Anonymous Bird Crazy stamp set
CMS089: Stampers Anonymous Bitty Grunge stamp set
ACP65G: Angel Craft Semi-Gloss Podge
Tim Holtz Distress Inks in the following colors:
Mermaid Lagoon, Tumbled Glass, Cracked Pistachio, Black Soot, Frayed Burlap, Mowed Lawn, Milled Lavendar, Victorian Velvet, Seedless Preserves, Squeezed Lemonade, Abandoned Coral, Spiced Marmalade
TDMK39082: Tim Holtz Distress Ink Markers 

Supplies from my Stash:
Dylusions Creative Journal and Dotted Flower stencil, Tim Holtz Rays stencil, Crafter’s Workshop Mini Bricks stencil, Distress Paints in various colors, Glossy Accents, Liquidtex – Modeling Paste, Gel Medium and Gesso, Memento Tuxedo Black ink, Perfect Pearls in Perfect Copper, Wink of Stella clear

NEW Spellbinders!

April 22nd, 2015

NEW Spellbinders are starting to arrive! Their release for April includes more warm and cozy home themes and Richard Garay has a bunch more items to add to his Celebra’tions line.

We have new Card Creator dies, Die D-Lites, Shapeabilities and Decorative Elements. Here is a sample:







Here is a video from JustRite Stampers talented Darsie Bruno demonstrating one of the new Spellbinders dies, Scalloped Pop up Box dies:

Richard has added new dies, stamp sets, paper and sequins. These latest additions center around wedding and birthday celebrations. Here is some of what you can find that is new this month:






Happy Scrappin!


Cut@Home Online Retail Store, Owner


Heartfelt Creations Birds and Blooms Handmade Card

April 22nd, 2015

Hello! Today I’m using the new stamp from Heartfelt Creations Birds and Blooms Collage. This is a beautiful collage stamp, which is part of an entire collection from Heartfelt Creations. The cling stamp is approximately 4 1/4 x 5 1/4, therefore it is a perfect size for your card front.


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I used Versa Fine Black ink, and used my Fiskars Stamp press to stamp it on Ranger Water-color paper. If you do not have a large acrylic block, you can actually just stamp it by hand. The image will turn out beautifully. I embossed my image with clear embossing powder, and heat set it.

I wanted to give my image a light background of a pale blue. I choose to use Tim Holtz Broken China Distress Ink, and added a little to an acrylic block. I ran water over my entire image. Using a fairly large paint brush, I added some of the ink to then entire surface, giving it a very soft blue as a background.

I colored my image using Tim Holtz Distress Markers. These have quickly become a favorite of mine. I have listed the colors below.

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I cut a card base (sizes listed below) from white cardstock, adding a purple piece of cardstock to the entire front of my card. After trimming my image and distressing the edges with Dusty Concord Distress Ink, I used Angel Craft Tape to adhere my beautiful image to the front of my card.

Finished off the inside of my card with a purple & white mat which gives me a place for my sentiment. Added a little lace and flowers and this makes for a beautiful all-occasion card to give.

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I hope you’ve enjoyed today’s project. Please check out the entire line that Heartfelt Creations has to offer, they are simply stunning!

Please check out the video below for a step by step process.

Tim Holtz Distress Markers used:
Spun Sugar
Milled Lavender
Victorian Velvet
Shaded Lilac
Scattered Straw
Tumbled Glass
Shabby Shutters
Forest Moss

Card measurements:
Card Base: 11×5 1/4. Scored at 5 1/2
Purple Mat: 5 1/2 x 4 1/4
Inside purple mat: 4 3/4 x 4 3/4
Inside white mat: 4 5/8 x 4

Products used:
Heartfelt Creations Deluxe Flower Shaping Kit: SKU:HCST1-401
Heartfelt Creations Birds and Blooms Collage: SKU:HCPC-3649
Tim Holtz Distress Ink:
Broken China: SKU:TIM21414
Dusty Concord: TIM21445
Tim Holtz Distress Markers: SKU:TDMK39082

Products from my stash: Wink of stella glitter pen, VersaFine Black ink, clear embossing powder, heat tool, white cardstock, flowers, lace.

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My Anchor from Heartfelt’s Everyday Heroes Collection

April 21st, 2015

Today I want to show you more ideas for using the Heartfelt Creations Everyday Heroes Collection.  My focus here is on a single stamp set, “My Anchor” and the anchor die from the Everyday Heroes die set.  I used these to create three very different cards —

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My first card, the navy and silver one, features a fun product called “Vertigo” by Imagine Crafts.  Vertigo is a plastic material that comes in different finishes, each giving a different texture or impression.  I used “Rattlesnake” here — this is the one that I think most looks like water.  I thought it would be fun to stamp the image on using Mediterranean Blue Brilliance Ink (you need to use pigment inks with Vertigo).  While the ink was still wet, I added some Ranger Super Fine Clear embossing powder and heat embossed the image to give it a little more sheen.  It is very easy to heat emboss with the Vertigo, you just need to be careful to not get it too hot or it will melt (similar to the burns that you begin to see when you over-emboss paper).  I trimmed the Vertigo close to the stamped image, and cut a blue layer the same size to go behind it.  I cut the base layer 4.25″ x 5.5″ from blue cardstock, and a second layer 4″ x 5.25″ from a silver hammered cardstock.  I used the anchor die in the Everyday Heroes die set to cut an anchor from the hammered silver cardstock.  I attached all of the pieces with Angel Craft 1/4″ adhesive.  I added a little embellishment at the bottom by tying three half-hitch knots and staggering them at the bottom of the stamped image.  Very easy, but the Vertigo adds a fun new dimension.


My second card is stamped using Hero Arts Ombre Ink in Pool to Navy.  This is a fun ink to use, although it takes just a little practice to achieve a nice ombre effect.  (My video shows the special techniques you’ll want to use with this ink.)  This is probably the simplest of the three cards in that it is just the stamped image layered on two colors of cardstock, but I like the cool ombre look.  Also, I stamped the image on a textured cardstock, and I like how the cardstock texture adds a little interest to the  card too.  I finished the card by adding one half-hitch knot at the bottom.  The twine that I use here is by Maya Road.  It is thicker than most bakers twines, and so only one or two layers is sufficient to make a statement on a card.  The color I used is “blue corn”, and I think it is a good match for the ombre ink.


My last card uses some vintage techniques.  I stamped the image twice on ivory cardstock using Tim Holtz Vintage Photo Distress Ink.  Once the ink dried thoroughly, I took one of the stamped images and trimmed it close to the lettering, and I fussy cut the ship from the other.  I used the anchor die from the die set to also cut the anchor from the second image.  I colored the ship and the anchor using Antique Linen Distress Ink.  I added a few shadows and details to both images using Tea Dye Distress Ink.  I used a foam pad and just a little of my Broken China Distress Ink to add some blue to the ocean areas of the card (I tried just leaving it cream/brown, but I didn’t like the look).  I really think the subtle blue water adds a lot to this card.  I used fussy cutting scissors to trim the image in a sort of random way, trying to set up my vintage look.  Once I was happy with the basic appearance, I used my Prima distressing tool to distress each of the edges and notches, etc.  Once I was satisfied with that look, I added some ink to the edges — first Antique Linen and then Tea Dye.  Once the inks dried, I made one more light pass around with the distressing tool (a perfect ink job on a distressed object just doesn’t seem quite right to me).  I cut a base layer from brown cardstock.  I attached the distressed piece with Angel Crafts 1/4″ adhesive, and the ship and anchor with a low dimensional adhesive.  I tied another half-hitch knot (this time using Ginger Root Maya Road twine), and added it to the bottom of the card.  Another very easy card, but what a cool result!


Please be sure to watch the short video for additional information on the techniques that I used for each card.

I hope you won’t mind if I come back in a week or two and show you more ideas featuring the Heartfelt Creations Everyday Heroes collection.  I just love it, and each time I look at the stamp and die sets I am just so inspired.    I hope that you will also have an opportunity to work with this awesome collection.

Supplies from Cut @ Home:

Heartfelt Creations Everyday Heroes CollectionEveryday Heroes Die Set (SKU HCD1-761); My Anchor stamp set (SKU HCPC-3662)

Sizzix Big Shot (SKU 657900)

Angel Craft Tape 1/4″ (SKU ACT-1414)

Tim Holtz Distress InksVintage Photo (SKU TIM19527); Antique Linen (SKU TIM19497); Tea Dye (SKU TIM19510); Broken China (SKU TIM21414)

Supplies from my stash:  assorted solid cardstock, hammered silver cardstock by Hot Off the Press, Maya Road Bakers Twine (Ginger Root and Blue Corn); generic navy twine; glue dots; Rattlesnake Vertigo by Imagine Crafts, Mediterranean Blue Brilliance Ink, Hero Arts Ombre Ink in Pool to Navy; craft marshmallows; Ranger Super Fine Clear Embossing Powder; Heat tool; Prima Ingvild Bolme distressing tool

Thanks and Happy Scrappin’!



NEW Sizzix Big Shot White & Gray

April 21st, 2015



















CLICK HERE to order your new Big Shot!

Happy Scrappin!


Cut@Home Online Retail Store, Owner

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