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What’s trending!! Fairies!

April 1st, 2015

What’s trending this month? Fairies!!
Hello there! Thanks for stopping by the blog today! I’d like to share with you a brag book that I altered using Graphic 45’s Once Upon a Springtime 12×12 Deluxe Collectors Edition Paper Pad. This book has photo sleeves which hold 4×6 photos.

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Snapshot 1 (3-30-2015 9-58 PM)  I’m using a book I picked up for about $1 at Michaels. It has wire binding. I was able to bend back the wires, which allows me to remove the front and back cover.

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I decided to spray paint this album, getting rid of the ugly blue that it is. I choose a color that would best fit my paper. I’m using Krylon Coral Isle. Snapshot 1 (3-31-2015 6-13 PM)     Using the gorgeous Graphic 45 Once Upon a Springtime Collection. I’m such a fan of this paper collection. There are so many beautiful elements to fussy cut out. Fairies are such a classic to use, and so popular right now. This Graphic 45 paper is a perfect project to use fairies on. While the spray paint was drying, I cut down my papers to size, fitting on the front, back and inside covers. To the front of the cover, I cut out one of the elements from the paper collection.

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I then fussy cut out two of the beautiful fairies and some of the flowers. Before adding this straight to my cover, I decided I wanted it to be raised off the page slightly, therefore I cut out two pieces of chipboard to go behind my decorative piece. I cut it almost to size, making sure it was fully covered. I wanted it to fully support my piece. I added my fussy cut pieces. To cover the book with my papers, I chose to use the new Angel Craft Podge.



This new Podge is amazing! I have used it for several books already. I also used it to adhere paper to wood. It works on all mediums. I love that it is a thin consistency and has a brush in the cap, which makes clean up so easy! This Angel Craft Podge cleans up easily with soap & water, and has very little odor. I’m very sensitive to smells and this does not bother me at all! This is a great glue to use…it dries quickly as well! There will also be a matte finish…and even sparkle coming soon, I can’t wait for that!





After adding all my pieces to my front cover, I finished off the book with some beautiful flowers and leaves. I also cut off the manufacturer’s strip from the paper, which displays the name of the paper “Once Upon a Springtime”, and added that to the front cover.

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Thanks so much for stopping by the blog!!

Products used:
Graphic 45 12×12 Once Upon a Springtime: SKU:4501099
Angel Craft Podge: SKU:ACP6SG

Products from my stash:
Flowers, brag book, stamens, leaves, spray paint.

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April 1st, 2015

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Easter Shadowbox featuring Cottage Cutz dies

March 31st, 2015

Today I want to share a fun Easter decoration — a cute little shadow box that features a Cottage Cutz die, Miss Lily Garden Bunny.  Here’s a photo:


This was like most projects, it started with a die.  A number of the Cottage Cutz dies are like this one in that they contain pretty much everything you need for a project on a 3.75″ x 3.75″ surface.  Miss Lily Garden Bunny makes an adorable card, but for this project I wanted something a little more.  I found the cute shadow box on one of my frequent craft store visits (yes, I am a craft-a-holic), and I knew that it was just perfect for a little Easter display.  I thought maybe I would put some little bunnies or chicks in the boxes below the main display, but when I found the flowers I knew they would be much more appropriate.  (Much cheaper too, they’re from a dollar bin!)

I like to do little holiday displays in my home, but storage is always a problem.  I decided to make this little Easter display so that it can be removed from the shadow box and another holiday or special occasion can be substituted.  That way I’m only working with one shadow box, but an endless number of holiday displays.  It is very easy to do that.  First I cut a piece of poster board the size of the largest opening.  This will provide some stability for my Easter decorations.  I also cut a piece of the coral/ivory polka dot cardstock (Graphic 45, of course) the same size.  I used my Angel Craft tape to attach the two together.  The poster board gives a little more stability to the cardstock and makes it a little easier to decorate and move in/out of the frame (see the video for more details);.

To get the pieces that I needed to assemble the shadow box scene, I needed to cut a number of colors using the Cottage Cutz die.  With everything on one die, you have the choice of cutting all of the pieces out of each color (but then do you have a use for a purple bunny?), or you  can use scraps of cardstock and try to just cut only the pieces that you need from that particular color.  I used a mix of both methods for my display.  For example, I cut the greens twice using the entire die; the bunny, was cut from a scrap of brown paper laid just over the bunny portion of the die.  There is no right or wrong answer on this — just do what makes sense.  I cut the “Happy Easter” word from ivory cardstock using my Sizzix Big Shot.  I used two of the new Tim Holtz Distress ink pads to add a little color to the words (sponged the colors on with a small craft marshmallow).  Here’s a close-up of the words —


Assembly of the scene was super easy.  Again, to make this a removable display, I was working just on the cardstock.  I began with the main pieces (the sentiment and the bunny) and placed them appropriately on the polka dot cardstock.  I added greens and flowers, as needed and the scene came to life.  Note that I determined placement of everything before I started to attach it in place.  I also added little bits of chalk or ink to enhance the flowers and the bunny, etc.  This should also be completed before the pieces are attached.

When everything was ready, I began attaching items.  The bunny can be attached early on (use a low dimensional adhesive to pop it), but the “Happy Easter” needs to wait until the flowers/greens behind are glued in place.  It is a very easy process — just lift the pieces one at a time, add the glue (mostly just at the base of the piece to allow some dimension to occur) and set in place.   When everything else is set, add the “Happy Easter” using low dimensional adhesive.  Here’s a close-up of my little Easter scene —


This was a quick and easy project.  I love how it turned out!  I added the scene and the flowers to the   using Scotch removable double-sided tape.  Please take a look at the short video for more information on how I kept my shadow box reuseable.

Cottage Cutz dies are a lot of fun, and are easy to use.  Be sure to check out the full selection on the Cut @ Home site.  Also remember that Cottage Cutz makes a “Universal Shim Plate” that assists in cutting some of their more intricate dies (I didn’t need it for this one, but have needed it for others).

Supplies available from Cut @ Home

Cottage Cutz Miss Lily Garden Bunny (SKU CC4x4-599)

Cottage Cutz Universal Shim Plate (SKU CC-SHIM-1)

Sizzix Big Shot (SKU 657900)

Tim Holtz Distress InksCracked Pistachio (SKU TIM43218) and Abandoned Coral (SKU TIM43188)

Graphic 45 Time to Celebrate 8×8 paper pad (SKU 4501014)

Supplies from my stash — Cheery Lynn “Happy Easter” die; Scotch Quick-Dry Adhesive; Scotch removable double sided tape; 7 Gypsies Solo Shadow box Tray (White – 6.5″ x 6.625″ x .875″); craft marshmallow; assorted cardstock

Thanks and Happy Scrappin’!


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March 30th, 2015

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Happy Scrappin!


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Mother’s Day Cards with Background Stamps

March 30th, 2015

Happy Monday, it’s hard to believe that April is almost here already, this week is already Easter! It got me thinking about the next big card day around the corner, Mother’s Day! Today I have two Mother’s Day cards using Background Stamps!

The first card that I made is a monochromatic card. I used the Tim Holtz Stampers Anonymous Background stamp called Dots & Floral. You get two stamps in this set, for my card today I used the Floral stamp. I decided to do a Monochromatic card, I started with a lighter purple paper and used a purple stamp pad to stamp the image. I made a 5″x7″ card base in a lighter purple as well. I used a Spellbinders die set, Heirloom Rectangle for this project. I cut the stamped image for the center, then I used a darker purple for the die cut image. I also cut the other element that was used for the center of the card in the darker purple.

I inked the edges of all pieces before assembly. Finally I added the roses, the sentiment “You Inspire Me”, which was one of the element tags from Heartfelt Creations Roses on Raindrops paper package. I inked the edge of the tag too. Here is a look at the finished card:

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For the second card, I used a JustRite Stampers background stamp called Elegant Damask, I absolutely love this stamp! I chose a light yellow cardstock to use for stamping the image. I used the same ink color as I did for the previous card. Note how much different the color is just by changing the base that I stamped on! I found a coordinating card stock and cut a 5″ x 7″ base for the card.

I added some washi tape, and I stamped the “Mother” on the yellow card stock as well. I used the same element from the Heirloom Rectangle set. I also used Heartfelt Creations Cut, Mat, Create set 1A for the rectangle to back the sentiment. Finally I added a little bling! Here is a look at that finished card:


Here is a list of the supplies used that are available on the Cut@Home site:

CMS220 – Tim Holtz Stampers Anonymous Dots and Floral Background Stamp
CL-04320 – JustRite Stampers Elegant Damask Background Stamp
HCD2-749 – Heartfelt Creations Cut Mat Create 1A die set

I also used the Spellbinders set mentioned, Raindrops on Roses tag, Hero Arts Grape Juice ink, Studio 112 Mother Stamp, Gems, roses and card stock.


Isn’t it amazing how different the same color looks stamped on a different card stock! These cards were fun and easy to make.

I hope that you enjoyed my post today, til next time…

Thanks and Happy Scrappin!


Using Angel Craft Vinyl to Bling Up and Old Vase

March 27th, 2015

Karen N here today sharing my FIRST-ever vinyl project using Angel Craft Vinyl!  Looking on Pinterest, I’ve seen tons of projects that I want to try using vinyl, but I’ve always been a bit scared of it.  Cut@Home sent me some samples to try, so I decided to give it a shot using my metal dies and my Big Shot.  Yes, you heard it.  My Big Shot!  I didn’t need a super fancy electronic die cutting machine. This vinyl is SO awesome that it cuts like butter with regular dies and a Big Shot!  WoW.

So I dug through my cupboards trying to decide what to do, and I came across this old vase.  (It’s not really crooked at the top; that’s just an odd picture!)


And then, I decided to just PLAY.  I pulled out my Spellbinders Layered Flowers, a swirl die and some circle dies along with brimstone yellow, sepia brown and antique white Angel Craft Vinyl in the 6×12 size, which is perfect for the Big Shot.  And I cut a bunch of each of the dies I selected.  One pass through the Big Shot cuts perfectly!  Next I made sure that vase was clean and peeled the liner from the vinyl and carefully laid it down on the vase smoothing it out well.  Here’s a video showing you the super easy process with a couple of the circles.  It’s SO easy.


Once done, I added a some bling I had in my stash, a big bow and some pretty daisies, and I LoVe my vinyl and blinged up vase!


Hope you give it a try.  I’m thinking I’ll add “Vinyl-addict” to my other list of crafty obsessions!

Supplies used from Cut@Home

Angel Craft Vinyl (Trendy Home #1) – SKU 6X12TRHM-01

Angel Craft Vinyl (Trendy Home #2) – SKU 6X12TRHM-02

Angel Craft Vinyl (Neutral #1) – SKU 6X12NEUT-01

Spellbinders Layered Flowers Dies – SKU S4-355

Big Shot – SKU 657900

Supplies used from my stash

Circle Dies

Swirl Die

3 Girl JAM Ribbon


Thank you so much for stopping by today!

Craftily yours,


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