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Cardmaking with Tim Holtz Shadow Press Station, Debossing Folders and Distress Inks

May 6th, 2015

Hi, hope everyone is having a great week. This week I did a couple of cards using the Tim Holtz Shadow Press Station and Tim Holtz Debossing Folders. I had lots of fun with this project! I made two cards to share with you.

The video below shows how to use the Shadow Press Station with the Debossing Folders:

The first card I made was a birthday card. I started with a 5″ x 7″ card base. Next I chose two colors that I wanted to use for my card and I cut 5 strips the same length and width of the debossing folders, 1 1/2 x 5 3/4. Next I used three of the debossing folders and the Shadow Press Station and inked my folders using Tim Holtz Distress ink in one of his new colors, Mermaid Lagoon, this is a beautiful shade of blue. Next I inserted my strips of paper and ran the folder through my Sizzix Big Shot. I used three of the folders, happy, birthday and wishes. Next I used an embossing folder with the Shadow Press Station. I used one of the folders from Tim Holtz Texture Fades 4PK Americana Background & Borders which is available at CutatHome. I used the stripe border embossing folder, it worked perfectly with the Shadow Press Station.

Next I adhered the strips onto my card base, I found the exact center and put the birthday sentiment in the center, then I added the other strips. Once I had the strips adhered I cut off any excess card stock. Finally I added some baker’s twine and gems. This was an easy card to make and I really like the look of the debossed lettering.

Here is a look at the finished card:


For the second card I used a piece of scalloped card stock from my stash, I used the thank you debossing folder and I used the Shadow Press Station and added the debossed image directly to my scalloped card stock piece. I used Tim Holz Dusty Concord Distress ink for stamping the sentiment. Next I inked the edges of the scalloped card stock, I also added some splotches of color in the background of the paper. I added some other colors, Shabby Shutters, Cracked Pistachio and some White craft ink to create a faux water color background. I adhered this to a 5″ x 7″ card stock base that I made from a 10″ x 7″ piece of paper, scored and folded. I added a piece of glitter ribbon to the side, some flowers with gems and finally a butterfly. For the butterfly I inked the edges with the Dusty Concord and added some Shabby Shutters in the center. I added some twine to make the body and the antennas on the butterfly.

Here is a look at that finished card:


These cards were fun to make and I really love this Shadow Press Station and the Debossing Folders, I am pretty sure I will be collecting them all, I hope you give them a try.

Here is a list of the products that I used that are available on the Cut@Home web site.

660209 – Tim Holtz Shadow Press Station
659858 – Tim Holtz Debossing Folders, Sentiment Set Wishes


657489 – Tim Holtz Texture Fades 4PK Americana Background & Borders
TIM43256 – Tim Holtz Distress Ink Mermaid Lagoon
TIM43218 – Tim Holtz Distress Ink Cracked Pistachio
TIM21490 – Tim Holtz Distress Ink Shabby Shutters
TIM21445 – Tim Holtz Distress Ink Dusty Concord


I used my Sizzix Big Shot which is available at Cut@Home.

I also used the following from my stash, card stock, white craft ink, glitter tape, baker’s twine, flowers, a butterfly and gems.

I hope you enjoyed my post today, until next week Thanks and Happy Scrappin!

Graduation Banner featuring Spellbinders Celebra’tions Dies

May 5th, 2015

Don’t you just love to use a fun banner to celebrate an important occasion?  This banner is one that I made to celebrate the upcoming graduations at Cleveland State University.


This banner was super easy to make.  I wanted to place it on my office door, so I needed to keep it kind of small.  Tag dies make great smaller banners, and I especially like the Spellbinders Celebra’tions Build a Tag One and Two die sets.  The straight tag and the scalloped tag nest together perfectly, giving me just the right color combo!  The finished size is perfect too — each banner measures approximately 2-1/8″ x 3-1/8″.  I began by cutting 14 green scalloped banners and 14 white banners with a straight edge.   To add the letters, I had the choice of either cutting green letters and gluing them on, or cutting the letters from the white tag so that the green beneath showed through.   I liked the second approach better, so I selected one of my favorite alphabet sets (Little B “Monogram”) and cut one letter from each of the tags.  For some of the letters, it was important to keep the “insides” to glue back in to form the complete letter (for example, O and D and R, etc.).  I cut two graduation caps from black cardstock – 1″ x 1″.  The graduation tassel was cut from another Spellbinders die set, “Victorian Tassels“.  Too easy!  I printed the logo onto white cardstock, and then cut it out using the straight tag die.

With all of the pieces cut, it was time for assembly.  I attached the white tags to the green tags using Angel Craft 1/4″ adhesive.  I used a little glue to replace the center of the letter (where needed), and to glue down the edges where the letters had been cut.  I made my two graduation caps by trimming the top of the tassel slightly (1/8″ – 1/4″), and then attaching the tassel to the black square using a black rhinestone.  The caps were attached to the first and last tags using a dimensional adhesive.  I glued sequins on the individual tags to decorate them further, and then punched holes in the top for the twine.  To string the tags together, I used some Maya Road bakers twine.  This twine is thicker than most, so one strand was perfect for the banner.  Here are some close-up photos of the tags —

banner closeup2

banner closeup1

A special occasion is just more fun when you have a banner to commemorate it.  With great tools like the Spellbinders dies, it is quick and easy to make the banners.  Please see the short video for additional information on how I created the banner.

Supplies available from Cut @ Home:

Spellbinders Celebra’tions Spellbinders Build a Tag One (SKU SCD-010) and Build a Tag Two (SKU SCD-011)

Spellbinders Spellbinders Victorian Tassels dies die set (SKU S5-226)

Angel Craft Tape 1/4″ (SKU ACT-1414)

Die cutting machine — I used my Spellbinders Grand Calibur die-cutting machine (SKU GC-200)

Supplies from my stash:  green, white and black cardstock, assorted sequins, Little B Monogram die set, Scotch Quick-Dry adhesive, Maya Road Twine (Wheatgrass), 1/8″ hole punch

Thanks and Happy Scrappin’!




NEW Graphic 45 for Pre-order!

May 4th, 2015

Graphic 45 has two NEW collections that are available for pre-order!

G45 Gilded Lily banner









Gilded Lily is a look at old France in muted colors of blue, peach and tan.

G45 Rare Oddities banner










Rare Oddities is a whimsical Halloween collection in vibrant colors of purple, orange, green and black.

Both collections contain three different sizes of paper pads, chipboard embellishments and three different Hampton Arts stamps. They will be shipping the end of May.

Happy Scrappin!


Cut@Home, Online Retail Store, Owner

NEW Tim Holtz!

May 4th, 2015

Tim Holtz has released his new Ranger Distress Ink color of the month, Fossilized Amber!











All his Stampers Anonymous Stamps are out of pre-order, and most of them are shipping. We do a few that are VERY popular and we can’t keep up with the demand. He also just released some new Sizzix “Words” dies and Texture Fades embossing folders. Here is a sample of what is NEW:









Happy Scrappin!


Cut@Home Online Retail Store, Owner

Deal of the Week 30-40% off Angel Crafts!

May 4th, 2015

The Deal of the Week is 30-40% ALL Angel Crafts products!! Here is what we have to offer:

AC group




Chalk Ink Markers in two different sets, Classic and Earth Tone. Great for smooth surfaces like glass and mirrors!

ACT group





Adhesive Craft Tape in two different sizes, 1/4″ and 1/2″

ACP semi gloss







Podge in Semi-gloss finish. This craft podge glues, seals, protects and finishes your craft projects!







Transfer Paper in three different sizes! Everyone loves the 6×50 because it is such a great bargain!









Vinyl in rolls and sheets, in classic and trendy home decor colors! The quality of the Angel Craft vinyl is the best in the business!

Happy Scrappin’


Cut@Home Online Retail Store, Owner


Tim Holtz Watercolor Mother’s Day Cards with Butterflies

May 1st, 2015

Karen N here today sharing with you several Mother’s Day cards I made using the fabulous Stamper’s Anomymous Watercolor stamps by Tim Holtz and many of the Tim Holtz Distress Inks.

Here’s a video showing you all the cards close-up with descriptions of what I did:

Here’s my first card:


In this card, I heat embossed the butterfly using some silver pearl embossing powder.  I used Tim Holtz Distress ink in Broken China, Mustard Seed and Picked Raspberry and a Tim Holtz Mini Ink Blending tool to add color through a stencil.  I have piles of these things that I just do not use enough!  The white-silver embossing resists the distress ink.  Suck a pretty effect.  I then stamped a sentiment and added some lace, ribbon and bling.  The solid paper border is from Celebra’tions Assorted Solids.

Here’s my second card:


In this card, I used paper from Heartfelt Creations Birds and Blooms.  Such pretty paper!  I used the Tim Holtz Mini Ink Blending tool to add Tim Holtz Distress ink in Cracked Pistachio and Broken China directly to the stamp.  I then stamped onto Vellum and fussy cut a few out.  The pearls cover the glue dots.  I added some lace, ribbons and pearls.  I love that dimensional butterfly, don’t you?

Here’s my third card:



On this card, I daubered Tim Holtz distress paint in Picket Fence onto white cardstock.  I then used the Tim Holtz Mini Ink Blending tool to add Broken China and Cracked Pistachio ink.  Again, the distress paint acts as a resist.  I think VERY lightly sprayed water to make it have a dapple effect.  I stamped the butterfly (using Celebra’tions Ink in Berry Black) onto vellum and colored the back of the butterfly.  I added the sentiment, some lace and ribbons and some sequins.

And my final card for today:


In this card, again, I used a stencil and the Tim Holtz Mini Ink Blending tool this time with Cracked Pistachio, Chipped Sapphire and Dusty Concord.  I stamped the butterflies and heat embossed them with black powder.  I colored the images with the same colors as the background.  I added the sentiment, some lace, ribbon, twine and a button.

Thank YOU for hanging with me through this long post.  These stamps are SUCH fun.  Here’s my supply list:

Supplies from Cut@Home

Stamper’s Anomymous Watercolor stamps – SKU CMS217

Tim Holtz Mini Ink Blending tool – SKU IBT40965

Celebra’tions Assorted Solids – SKU SCP-017

Spellbinders Berry Black Ink – SKU SCI-001

Tim Holtz Distress Inks

Broken China – SKU TIM21414

Picked Raspberry – SKU TIM34995

Mustard Seed – SKU TIM20226

Chipped Sapphire – SKU TIM27119

Dusty Concord – SKU TIM21445

Cracked Pistachio – SKU TIM43218

Supplies from my stash:

Tim Holtz Distress Paint – Picket Fence

Embossing powder in black and silver

White and black cardstock

Circle dies

3 Girl JAM Ribbon and Lace

bling, pearls, sequins

Thanks for stopping by today!

Craftily yours,


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