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Christmas Cards with Heartfelt Creations, Tim Holtz and more!

December 17th, 2014

I’m sharing two handmade cards today. The first card is a large card, that will fit into a business size envelope. It is a 9 x 3 7/8″. I have used white cardstock, and cut it to 9 x 7 3/4, scoring it in half. I then added the Tim Holtz Idea-ology Postale Tissue paper to the background of this entire card, using a gel-medium to adhere it. While adding this, I made sure to crinkle it as I went, giving it dimension. I have used the beautiful Heartfelt Creations Arianna Blooms die set to cut several flowers out. They also offer the stamp set as well, but I did not use that in today’s project.


To the center of some of my handmade flowers, I added stamens. I love to make white flowers, to use on tone on tone projects. I have used the Die-Namites Floral Deer die, and the Die-Versions Jingle bells die, adding VersaMark ink to both & sprinkling with silver embossing powder. I love the look it gives these dies. Using the beautiful Kaisercraft Street Light die, I cut a grey piece, but then decided to add a white layer to the top of that, leaving a small shadow. I then adhered all my dies, along with my Arianna Blooms flowers, and a few other flowers, to add a touch of color. I also used the Tim Holtz Holiday Words Script die, in Wonderland, embossing that as well, in silver. I added the sentiment to the inside of the card. For all of my dies, I used the Sizzix Big Shot Machine. I have a process video, showing this card if you’d like to see it, the video is below.

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The second card I made, is a 4 3/4″ sq. card. I added two layers, 1/4″ smaller on each layer. The first layer is a scrap piece of patterned paper in soft yellow, the second layer is white card stock. On that layer, I used the Sizzix Brenda Walton embossing folder, Border Blooms & Garden Roses. Which are currently on sale!! The embossing folder makes such a beautiful & clean impression. I then added a handmade flower using Heartfelt Creations Arianna Blooms die, and a few soft yellow Cherry blossom flower. I then added the Kaisercraft Mannequin die, and a couple of leafs to finish it off.



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I hope you’ve enjoyed these two cards I had to share with you today. Thanks for stopping by the blog.

Products used:

Sizzix Brenda Walton Embossing folders
Border Blooms & Garden Roses: SKU:659625
Heartfelt Creations Arianna Blooms dies: SKU:HCD-748
Kaiser Craft:
Street Light: SKU:DD513
Mannequin: SKU:DD102
Tim Holtz:
Holiday Words Script dies: SKU:660058
Idea-ology Postale Tissue Paper: SKU:TH93181
Die-Versions dies
Die-Namites Floral Deer: SKU:DN-1219
Silhouette Cameo: SKU: SILHOUETTE-CAMEO-2-3T
Sizzix Big Shot Machine: SKU:657900

Products from my own stash: pearls, flowers, cardstock, patterned paper, big bite, stamins, wink of stella glitter pen.
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Quick and Easy Christmas Cards with Penny Black, Leane Creatief, Cottage Cutz and Tim Holtz!

December 16th, 2014

I can hardly believe that next week is Christmas!  This year has just flown by.  Of course I am, as usual, running late with my holiday preparations.  With Christmas just a week away, I must tackle my Christmas card list.   Here’s a look at some of my favorites for this year —

candles   dove

wreath bearer    cardinal

When I begin work on my holiday cards, I always go through my dies and stamps to see if any really inspire me.  I also look through any papers, etc. that I have on hand to see what might make an interesting combination.  It was through this process that I decided to make the dove card.  I started with the great patterned paper, and a nearly identical die (“The Gift” by Penny Black).  From that point there was just a little trial and error to come up with the card that you see posted above.  Note that I was not able to use the dove directly on that patterned paper — it just blended in.  The additional pop of gold (here I used one of the Spellbinders Labels One dies) was just what I needed to make the dove stand out and the card come to life.  Just like the paper beneath, I cut another branch for the dove’s beak in gold.  This is one of my favorite cards.


My next project was the candles by Leane Creatief.  I just love the dies that they produce — they are always so thoughtful and make sure that you have the dies that you need for the job.  I used two sets of dies for this card — Candles and Holly Leaves and Pine Branches.  They coordinate so well . . . and there are many different combinations that you could use successfully to make a holiday card.  Note that when I attached the pine and holly, I used just a few glue dots.  I like to leave foliage a little loose, to give it an opportunity to pop up a little and look dimensional.  It’s a balance, though – if the pine branches or holly are too loose they may get caught on something and pull off of the card.  The “Merry Christmas” sentiment on the card is a gold sticker.  Too easy peasy!


My third card features a die by Cottage Cutz, “Cardinal with Branch“.  I like the simplicity of this die — and it produces a gorgeous card.  As a typical Cottage Cutz die, you need to run the die through the die cutting machine several times in order to cut all of the detail.  Also, since all of the pieces are on one die plate, you need to run it through the die cutting machine several times in order to obtain the various colors of pieces that you need.  This die has some tiny pieces — but they are what makes the cardinal look as it does.  The only thing I needed to do was to add a little white accent at the eye.  How easy is that?  The rhinestones instead of berries gives the card a little sparkle.  I also used a metallic green paper for the holly to make it pop.  When attaching the holly branch, I used only a couple of glue dots so it could  curl up a little and gain some dimension.   I did the same with the cardinal — attaching it only at the body, and allowing the head and tail to raise up a little from the paper.  Little things like that give some life to your cards, as opposed to gluing everything down in place.


Last, but by no means least, is a stamped card featuring one of the Tim Holtz Stampers Anonymous stamp sets, Mini Holiday #5.  I love these stamps, and my favorites are the various holiday mini sets.  I love the quality and attention to detail.  There are so many of the stamps that are appropriate as a focal point for a card, and the mini sets are the perfect size for my A-2 cards.  I chose my holiday minis 5 set, and the gentleman carrying a wreath.  I needed a card that was more masculine, and more appropriate for the guys on my list.  This seems to work quite well.  I also love the plaid cardstock that seems to be popular right now, and I thought it was a good pairing with the Tim Holtz silhouette stamp.  I found a light green cardstock and a dark green ink that matched the plaid well, and I stamped the silhouette onto the green cardstock.  I then cut the oval shape, and finished by sponging ink around the edges.  This creates a soft definition for the oval, and also ties the colors together.  The ribbon that I chose is a fibrous ribbon, almost like a nubby silk.  I added the “Merry Christmas” sticker to the ribbon instead of some bling or something that might have tampered with the more masculine appearance.  I also tied a knot instead of a bow.

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So, I just wanted to share a couple of my holiday cards for this year.  I hope that you’ll join me for this short video where I give you a closer look at the cards and at the dies, etc. that I used to create them.

Supplies from Cut @ Home

Cottage Cutz CC-015  “Cardinal With Branch” die

Leane Creatief 459913 “Candles” and 459920  “Holly Leaves and Pine Branches” dies

Penny Black dies 51-070 “The Gift” and 51-060 “Exultations

Spellbinders S4-161 Labels One die set

Tim Holtz Stampers’ Anonymous Stamp set CMS177 “Mini Holidays #5

Die cutting machine — I used my Sizzix Big Shot

Scor-Tape by Scor-Pal

Supplies from my stash:  gold holiday stickers, assorted cardstock, glue dots, ribbon, bling

Thanks and Happy Scrappin’!


Deal of the Week – 50% off Magnolia dies and stamps!

December 15th, 2014

The Deal of the Week is 50% off select DooHickey dies and stamps from Magnolia!

If you are looking for something to increase the cuteness factor on your cards and layouts, then Magnolia is for you! They remind me of the Holly Hobbie books from when I was a little girl. You will love Tilda and Edwin and all of their friends, along with some really nice background and accent stamps. Here are a few of the stamps:

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The DooHickey dies are thin, steel dies and are compatible in most die-cutting machines. Here are a few of the dies:

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Happy Magnolia scrappin! Enjoy!


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Cutting Vinyl on the Silhouette for Holiday Ornaments

December 15th, 2014

Hi, Happy Monday! Can you believe that the holidays are only a little over a week away! Today I am sharing a project to assist with your holiday décor, but they also make lovely gifts! I will also demonstrate how to cut vinyl on the Silhouette. The new Cameo is available here at the Cut@Home website! We also have one left of the older version of the Cameo, that is brand new, never been opened, and at a steal of a deal – only $209.99!

This was such a fun project to make and trending in the craft world right now! Glitter Ornaments decorated with vinyl, they are absolutely stunning, and if you have a Silhouette you can purchase cut files for ornament boxes, so they make a perfect holiday hostess gift, or personalized ornaments for friends and family.


To start you will need fine glitter, floor polish ( I used Pledge Future), but you can google it: this for other recommended products. I hear that the pump hair spray works well too, and it is less costly that the floor polish.

There are a few different methods to this but I will share what worked best for me. I used glass ornaments, fill the ornament almost to the top with the polish, do not shake the polish at all, this will cause air bubbles. Pour the polish back into the bottle slowly rotating the ornament so that all sides of the neck of the ornament are covered. Let the polish drain out for a minute. Next pour your glitter into the ornament. Slowly rotate the ornament in a circular motion to cover the ornament with the glitter. You will be able to see if everything is covered as you are rotating it. Once you have full coverage pour the remaining glitter out of the bulb, let the bulb dry.

Now I will cover how to cut the vinyl on the Silhouette:

I hope the video makes sense and is easy to follow. You can customize them with names, dates, whatever you want. Cut@Home has Silhouette America brand vinyl available for purchase. I like the Chalkboard vinyl, I am thinking of doing an ornament with that! For the snowflakes I used a Spellbinders die set called Snowflake Bliss. The Spellbinders dies also cut the vinyl like butter.

After I adhered the wording and snow flakes I added bling! (of course!!!). I am planning on making boxes for my ornaments, I purchased a cut file from the Silhouette On Line Store, they have a few different ones to pick from.

Here is a look at my finished project:

Ornament Front:


Ornament Back:


Here is a list of supplies that I used that are Available on the cut@home website:

SKU: S4-433 – Spellbinders Snowflake Bliss
SKU: SILHOUETTE-CAMEO-3T – Silhouette Cameo (This is the original)
SKU: SILHOUETTE-CAMEO-2-3T – Silhouette Cameo ( This is for the new one, it’s on my wish list!)
SKU:657900 – Sizzix Big Shot (used for cutting the Spellbinders dies)

After making these ornaments I decided that I am going to make ornaments for my son, daughter-in-law and granddaughter! I normally buy them an ornament each year, but I think these are awesome, so I better get busy!

Till next time, Thanks and Happy Scrappin,

Box Easel Card with Heartfelt Creations Classic Sunflower collection

December 12th, 2014

Karen N here today with a fun box-easel card using the beautiful Heartfelt Creations Classic Sunflower collection.



3-D cards are SO fun, and this one is super easy to make.  The base of the card is 4 1/4″ x 11″ and the front piece is 5 1/2″ x 3″.

To make this card, score the base at 1/2″, 2″, 4″ and 5 1/2″.  Score the smaller front piece at 1/2″ and at 2″.

The panel sizes on the card base are:  Back (polka-dot in picture) 4″ x 3 1/2″; base and step (light greenish in picture) 4″ x 1 1/4″; front (plaid):  4″ x 1 3/4″.  Note that I added a scrap piece of chipboard to the base of the card to give it a little weight (so it stands well).

On the front piece, the patterned panel sizes are:  front (with the sunflower stamp): 2 3/4″ x 2 3/4″  and top (cannot be seen in pic): 2 3/4″ x 1 1/4″

Here is a video that shows you the full process once you have all of your pieces cut.


I hope you decide to make a box easel card.  The fun part about this card is that it folds up into the size of a regular A2 envelope.  I put the sentiment on the back (and will write there).  Here’s a picture from the front.


Supplies used from Cut@Home:

HCDP1-247 Heartfelt Creations Sunflower 12×12 paper

HCPC-3627 Heartfelt Creations Sunflower Stem Stamps

Supplies from my stash:

cardstock, ribbon, pearls and Stickles

Craftily yours,


Cottage Cutz Holiday Lights card

December 11th, 2014

Lights are so a part of the Holiday celebration, you see them on homes, parks and businesses around the World.  It’s no wonder that I absolutely adored this die from the moment I saw it.


I incorporated Cottage Cutz Holiday Lights die into my Christmas card today.  I wanted to share how you could take one focal panel from a paper collection and make your card as I’ve shown here.  So many collections including Heartfelt Creations (which today’s decorative paper comes from) have cut aparts or decorative elements on their papers that could easily be cut to fit the front of a card base.  Mine today is a standard A2 sized card 4 1/4″ x 5 1/2″, using white for the card itself and accenting with magenta ink around the edges.


This die comes with little bulbs you can cut from different colored papers but I wanted to see how it would work to cut one strand from white cardstock and use my pens to color them to match my color scheme.  Worked great although I had a few hiccups along the way, I left them in the video so you can say ‘looks like something I’d do’ and I also showed the quick fixes to rectify the errors.  That’s so much of what paper crafting is all about, we all make mistakes but it’s often very easy to fix the boo boo and no one is the wiser.  I pulled out my Glitter Snow again, I just love this stuff for giving that snowy look to my projects.


Today’s video will also show you a slick trick for getting your glitter onto your script, and most important having it stay.  I used an older die from the Spellbinders Nestabilites line called Classic Scalloped Squares for my  sentiment to rest on and the words from Tim Holtz Holiday Words die set.  I hope you’ll join me below on the video as I walk you through the whole process of creating this card.  Directly below you’ll find the supply  list from the store.

Thanks everyone,

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Supplies from the Store:

CC-018: Cottage Cutz Holiday Lights with Birds
S4-127: Spellbinders Nestabilities
Classic Scalloped Squares Large
660058: Tim Holtz Alterations Holiday Words Script 
T-001: Spellbinders
 Tool ‘n One
657900: – Sizzix Big Shot

Supplies from my Stash:  White cardstock; Glossy Accents; Copic markers; Aleene’s Glitter Snow; Glitter; pearls, decorative paper focal panel


SpellbindersSizzixTim HoltzHeartfelt CreationsGraphic 45Silhouette AmericaElizabeth Craft DesignsMagnolia StampsSpectrum NoirJustRite Stampers