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Spellbinders Celebra’tions My Friend Cards

May 28th, 2015

Do you find that sometimes when you begin to see a certain stamp or die set emerge on designers projects that you’re just drawn to it?  Perhaps it’s the shape or the item itself that calls to you and says ‘put me in your crafty stash you won’t be sorry’!  Todays cards are a result of just that kind of feeling.

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I saw the flower on a card in the Spellbinders Celebra’tions stamp collection called My Friend and I just loved how it looked, simple yet elegant.   I decided to try and duplicate the card that was showcased on the package, since that’s the one I’d seen numerous times and was so taken by it.

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Here’s my card, a standard A2 size (4 1/4″ x 5 1/2″) on a 110# white card base.  I used a solid yellow from the Spellbinders Celebra’tions Paper Collection and stamped it with Versamark and clear embossing powder with the Spellbinders Celebra’tions Doily Fun stamp.  The corners were rounded with Martha Stewart’s Deco Fan punch.  The flowers were stamped using Tim Holtz Distress ink in Chipped Sapphire which was very close to the original design and provided just the right pop of color when placed on the white mat.  I used Spellbinders Celebra’tions Pierced Rectangle dies for the mat and tied the bow with Spellbinders Celebra’tions Linen Thread adding Spellbinders Celebra’tions Sweet Dreams sequins here and there.  All the card mats and pieces were adhered with Angel Craft‘s 1/4″ craft tape.

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This card is one of my favorites I think because of that gorgeous blue spotted paper from the Spellbinders Celebra’tions Special Occasion Prints Collection.  I really am taken with these Spellbinders papers which come in a pack of six designs.  The paper is a wonderful weight for cardmaking and doesn’t crack when scored.  The mat comes from the Spellbinders Celebra’tions Assorted Solids Collection which gives you a taste of all the colors in this line in one package.  This time I used the new Tim Holtz Mermaid Lagoon Distress Ink for my flower and again added the Spellbinders Celebra’tions Linen thread for the accent bow and ties.

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Changing the card up to pinks and greens really gives a different look.  Much more whimsical this time.

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Look what happens when you use the new Tim Holtz Abandoned Coral and this great green, wow what a pop!  Aren’t you amazed that I was able to find solid paper that matches the distress ink so well?  Well the secret is, I couldn’t!  I inked white cardstock with the distress ink to form the mats I needed.  You don’t need to ink the whole mat just the portion that is visible to the eye, no one sees what’s glued underneath.  To give a little more pizzazz to this card I took Sizzix‘s Textured Impressions embossing folder in Pinwheels and inked the inside with the Abandoned Coral distress ink, inserted my white mat and ran it through my Sizzix Big Shot.  The result is this embossed mat that has the ink in the debossed portions (I inked the debossing side so when the mat ran through the machine the ink was pushed into the indents, you need to choose which look you’re going for before embossing).

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OK the last card is the one we’ll make on the video, so come join me and see how simple and fast you can make a card.  Your creations can be as simple or as complex as you like. So many of you stress that cards must be loaded with papers and embellishments to make a statement but I’m here to show you sometime less is really more.  Simple sometimes can have a big WOW factor too.  Check out all the supplies from the Cut at Home store linked directly below the video.

Thanks for joining me today, Happy Crafting!

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Supplies from the Cut at Home Store:

SCS-002: Spellbinders Celebra’tions My Friend stamp set
SCD-012: Spellbinders Celebra’tions Pierced Rectangle dies
SCS-001: Spellbinders Celebra’tions Doily Fun stamp
SCT-001: Spellbinders Celebra’tions Linen Thread
SCI-001:  Spellbinders Celebra’tions Berry Black True Color Fusion Ink
SCP-018: Spellbinders Celebra’tions Special Occasions 12×12 paper collection
SCP-017: Spellbinders Celebra’tions Assorted Solids Collection
SCE-001: Spellbinders Celebra’tions Sweet Dreams Sequins
TIM43256: Tim Holtz Distress Ink Mermaid Lagoon
TIM20233: Tim Holtz Distress Ink Peeled Paint
TIM43188: Tim Holtz Distress Ink Abandoned Coral
TIM34995: Tim Holtz Distress Ink Picked Raspberry
658989:   Sizzix Textured Impressions 2PK Pinwheel & Stripes embossing folders
S5-218: Spellbinders A2 Devine Eloquence Card Creator dies

Supplies from my stash: Martha Stewart punches Deco Fan, Cathedral Lace; white Georgia Pacific 110# cardstock; brads; Versamark; clear embossing powder; Stampendous Fran-tage embossing powder; bakers twine; pearls; Wink of Stella in clear

Lawn Fawn’s Candy Box!

May 27th, 2015

I’m so excited to share a fun die with you today! I’m showcasing the Lawn Fawn Die Candy Box.

LF857_CandyBox   This is a great die to add a little treat, gift, or money to.

Once I started playing with this die, I could not put it down!

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I made several of these. I ran the die through my Sizzix Big Shot Machine using patterned paper, two separate times. When cutting out your paper, it will score it for you as well.

Snapshot 1 (5-26-2015 8-04 PM)

You want to simply fold along the score marks. There will be tabs along one edge of your paper. On that edge, you want to add a strong adhesive. I used Angel Craft Tape in the 1/4″. Do this to both dies. Line up one of the dies tab side to the other non-tab side. When lining up to the score mark, you will see it will give you a perfect diamond shape.

Snapshot 2 (5-26-2015 8-05 PM) Simply fold over the side with the adhesive, then fold over the other side. This will form your box. Now you can add ribbon, twine, or tulle to the edges of the box. Do one side, then add your goodies, then tie off the other side.

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I hope you give this a try! These would make great goodie bags for a bridal shower, or baby shower. Whatever you’d like! If you’d like to see a process video, please click on the video below. Thanks for stopping by. I hope you’ve enjoyed today’s project.

Products used:
Lawn Fawn Candy Box Die: SKU:LF857
Angel Craft Tape 1/4″: SKU:ACT1414
Sizzix Big Shot Machine: SKU:657900
Sizzix Cutting Pads Standard Mint: SKU:660522

Products from my stash: patterned paper, flowers, tags, twine, pearls, ribbon.

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Memorial Day Card featuring Heartfelt Creations Everyday Heroes collection

May 26th, 2015

Today I want to share a Memorial Day card that I made using some of the stamps and the dies from the Heartfelt Creations Everyday Heroes collection.  I love that this set can be used for almost any occasion, and especially that it can be used to thank our heroes.  This is the card —

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The card looks much more difficult than it really is.  I began with a Sizzix die set — the Hearts Step-Ups card designed by Stephanie Barnard.  I used this to cut the base.  When planning a card like this, I often do a “draft” or “sample” card to see how things will lay out.  So my first step card was cut out of blue cardstock.  I used images from three different stamp sets in the Everyday Heroes collection — Everyday Hero Newsprint, You Inspire Me, and My Hero.  I stamped all three on scrap paper.

I began planning the card by fussy cutting all of the words that I wanted to use from the stamped images.  I didn’t want to use “you stand the test of time”, so I set that part aside.  I cut a flag from kraft paper and from white, and added the “You Inspire Me” message to that.  I cut two cards from kraft paper to fit on the step side of the card — one 4″ x 2.75″, that would stand behind and contain the words “You Inspire Me . . . . with honor, integrity and compassion”.  The second card was 2.75″ x 2.5″, and I added the words “You are my Hero” to that one.   I did experiment with a little taller card in the front (2.75″ x 2.75″), but that was too tall.  I attached all of this with a removable adhesive so that I could reposition the pieces until I found a layout that I liked.

I had some holographic patriotic stars that I purchased, and I thought they would add a little patriotic flair to the card.  I tried using them as they were, but quickly found they were just too big.  I used a Lawn Fawn die set, “Puffy Star Stackables” to cut the stars a little smaller.  Even though the pre-made stars were a heavy-weight plastic, I was able to cut them with the dies, although there were a couple of places where I needed to trim the star out.   I kept both the smaller star and the outline star that it created, because I knew that both would be useable at some point.

I added three of the smaller stars to the solid portion of the step card.  They were staggered to avoid any overlapping, etc.  I wanted to place the circle die-cut, “We Will Always Remember”, in that area but first needed to build it up a little to give it more dimension.  I could have done this with dimensional adhesive, but instead decided to cut 4 more of the circles from chipboard and glue them together with the stamped version.  This created a very solid image for that area.  I experimented with a center flag in the circle, but thought it just detracted from the already busy card.

The last area to decorate was the bottom of the step card.  I added another flag — “Celebrating You” — which fit perfectly with the theme for the card.  Similar to what I did above, I cut a flag from white cardstock and one from kraft cardstock, added the sentiment and then attached the two together.  I added it to the base of the card, at a slight angle.  The last element I added was the boots.  I placed one of the star outlines in the area where the boots would be attached.   I attached the boots, being careful to cover the heart that was a part of the step card design.  I added a smaller outline star on top of the boots as a final step.

I did all of this in draft version, trying out various placements of the pieces until I was satisfied with the result.  When I was satisfied, it was time to create the final card.  First, I cut the step card from a kraft cardstock with gold polka dots.  I re-stamped all of the images that I wanted to use, this time with VersaFine black onyx ink.  I also heat embossed the images using Ranger’s Super Fine Clear embossing powder.  I re-cut the flag pieces, etc. but kept them in plain kraft paper because I didn’t want too much gold on the card.  I reassembled the card, this time with Angel Craft 1/4″ adhesive.  I chose to rest the “you inspire me” and “my hero” cards against the hearts on the step base, but you could also choose to attach them to the hearts (this may be preferable if mailing the card, etc.).  To finish the card, I cut a piece of white cardstock just a little smaller than the card back.  This is to allow a space for a personal message, etc.  I attached it to the back with the Angel Craft adhesive tape.  This card took a little time, but was all very easy.  Please see the short video for further information on how I planned and assembled it.

Here are two more views of the card (from the side and from the top)

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I just love the versatility of the Everyday Heroes collection.  Of course you could use a similar design to this one with almost any of the stamp collages in the collection to create a wonderful Fathers’ Day card.  I also like that the Hearts Step-Up card is useable for many different occasions (you could cut or fold down the hearts if you don’t want them to be seen).

Supplies available from CutatHome:

Heartfelt Creations Everyday Heroes CollectionMy Hero (SKU HCPC-3664); You Inspire Me (SKU HCPC-3667); Everyday Hero Newsprint (SKU HCPC-3665); Everyday Hero Die Set (SKU HCD1-761)

Lawn Fawn Puffy Star Stackables Dies (SKU LF521)

Sizzix Framelits Hearts Step-Ups die set (SKU 660025)

Sizzix Big Shot (SKU 657900)

Angel Craft Tape 1/4″ (SKU ACT-1414)

Supplies from my stash — assorted cardstock, purchased patriotic stars, Ranger Super Fine Clear Embossing Powder, VersaFine Black Onyx ink, heat gun.

Thanks and Happy Scrappin’!



Sympathy Cards with Heartfelt Creations Peacock Paisley

May 22nd, 2015

Karen N here today sharing with you some sympathy cards that I made using the Heartfelt Creations Peacock Paisley paper. I lost a very important person in my life last weekend, and I decided to make sympathy cards for the family. As with all of the Heartfelt Creations line, it’s simply gorgeous.

I’d only received a sample of this paper, so I decided to challenge myself and make all four cards using two sheets of 12 x 12 paper.  In the video below, you will see what I had left along with more details about the cards I made:

I also used some white cardstock and stamped and cut one pass of the Heartfelt Creations Delightful Daisy stamps and dies.  In each case, I inked them with Tim Holtz Distress Ink then watered them a little to make the paper more pliable and to blend the ink a little.  I curled the edges just slightly to make them more dimensional.

In this first card, I inked a couple of the daisies with Tim Holtz Distress Ink Dried Marigold. (The centers of all of my flowers are prills.)  I fussy cut a couple tags from the Peacock Paisley collection and then added some ribbon and lace:


This second card has more of the daisy, this time inked with Tim Holtz Distress Ink Chipped Sapphire.  I love the prettiness added by using part or all of a simple doily.  The leaf in the background is diecut and inked with Tim Holtz Distress Ink Cracked Pistachio.  The little ATC and ticket are part of the Peacock Paisley collection.


Next up is another card with a doily.  This time I used that beautiful blue paper from Peacock Paisley and cut a Spellbinders Decorative Labels 41.  That pretty intricate die cuts so easily using the Sizzix Precision Base Plate and the Big Shot.  If you don’t have one of these cool plates yet, get one!  You’ll love it!  The ink on this daisy is Tim Holtz Distress Ink Mustard Seed.  Remember – ALL of these fun flowers were just one pass!



On this final card, I went a little more CAS.  I stamped an image from a Unity Stamp onto one of the panels from the Peacock Paisley paper and colored it with my Copics.  I was a little worried about the ink bleeding when I added some shading, but it handled it pretty well.


Well, that’s it for me today.  Hope you all have a lovely Memorial Day weekend.  Thanks for stopping by to check out my cards!

Supplies used from Cut@Home:

Heartfelt Creations Peacock Paisley paper – SKU HCDP1-252

Heartfelt Creations Delightful Daisy dies – SKU HCD1-760

Heartfelt Creations Delightful Daisy stamps – SKU HCPC-3656

Tim Holtz Distress Ink – Dried Marigold – SKU TIM21348

Tim Holtz Distress Ink in Chipped Sapphire – SKU TIM27119

Tim Holtz Distress Ink – Cracked Pistachio – SKU TIM 43218

Tim Holtz Distress Ink – Mustard Seed – SKU TIM20226

Sizzix Precision Base Plate – SKU 660320

Big Shot – SKU 657900

Spellbinders Decorative Labels 41 – SKU S4-467

Supplies from my stash:

3 Girl JAM ribbon and lace, Prills, Pearl Girl pearls, button and Neenah white cardstock

Craftily yours,



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Tim Holtz Crazy Birds Graduation Card

May 21st, 2015

I’ve had several requests to do more things with the Tim Holtz Bird Crazy stamp set.  Since it’s so close to Graduation for many I thought a humorous graduation card might be just the thing!

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I’ve got to tell you these birds just make you happy when you use them.  I had a really old stamp set from TPC Studio called Valedictorian which I don’t think I’d ever used.  This stamp set had the graduation hats and once I saw that in my stamp book I knew the birds would be just the right guys to wear them!  Using white for my card base I cut a standard 10″ x 7″ card, scored in the middle to create a finished 5″ x 7″ card, a little larger than I normally make but perfect to get in all I wanted.

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I’m not sure if you’re aware but Spellbinders has a line called Celebra’tions, you must check it out.  These collections are bright and fun, perfect to group with the birds.  I used the Spellbinders Celebra’tions Solid 12″x12″ assortment pack for the blue solid paper and the one birds beak in orange.  This paper is wonderful and I’m pretty picky about my paper.  It scored and cut without a problem.  I also used the Spellbinders Celebra’tions Special Occasions Prints for paper piecing the birds.  Both these paper packs come with 24 sheets of paper.  The sequins are also from the Celebra’tions collections called Sweet Dreams.  (There are lots and lots of sequins in that jar!)  I used my computer to print out the front sentiment to co-ordinate with the inside.

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This sentiment comes from JustRite Stampers Bokeh Time set.  Perfect sentiment for a new graduate!  I used the Spellbinders Celebra’tions Pierced Rectangle dies for the mats.  This is the first dies I’ve gotten that have the perforations in them and I so like this look!  I did use my Sizzix Magnetic Platform with these dies, it’s just so easy with it to keep the frames lined up one within the other.  To make the inside sentiment pop a little more I added foam pieces around the blue frame and then placed the sentiment mat through the opening directly to the card base.  All the mats were adhered with Angel Craft 1/2″ tape.  As I said on the video you should always burnish tape well before putting the papers together for this is what provides a tight closure.  I hope you’ll come join me on the video as I share the start to finish process of this card.  All supplies are directly below the video.

Thanks and Happy Crafting!

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Supplies in the Cut at Home store:
CMS212 – Tim Holtz Stampers Anonymous Bird Crazy
CR-02144 – JustRite Stampers Bokeh Time
SCD-012 – Spellbinders Celebra’tions Pierced Rectangle dies

SCP-017 –  Spellbinders Celebra’tions Assorted Solids 12×12″ pack
SCP-018 – Spellbinders Celebra’tions Special Occasion Prints 12×12″ pack
SCE-001 – Spellbinders Celebra’tions Sweet Dreams Sequins

656499 – Sizzix Magnetic Platform for Wafer Thin Dies
TIM43256 – Tim Holtz Distress Ink – Mermaid Lagoon
ACT1412 – Angel Craft Tape 1/2″

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