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Shaker Valentine featuring dies by Taylored Expressions

January 27th, 2015

Don’t you just love the fun shaker cards?  I do, and I am always happy when I can find something new and different to use as the confetti in a shaker.  Taylored Expressions inspired me to make a fun Valentines’ Day shaker card using with their new die, “Kisses Confetti” — lips and mustaches.  Too cute!  Here’s a picture of the card —

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This card was super easy to make.  I started with a fun “XO” paper from my stash.  I cut it to 4″ x 5.25″ so that it would layer nicely on an A2 card.   I cut the balloons from the patterned paper using the Taylored ExpressionsMake a Wish Balloons” die.  I used only the largest of the balloons in the set, so I needed to cut twice.  I also cut a piece of plain white cardstock 3-7/8″ x 5-1/8″ (just slightly smaller than the patterned paper) to serve as the back for my shaker (although you only need to back the cut areas, I like to back the entire area when I’m making a card, etc. for a smoother finish).  I also needed an A-2 card (8.5″ x 5.5″ – scored at 4.25″), and a piece of plastic acetate cut 3.75″ x 2.5″.

Assembling the card is very easy.  I first taped some ribbon on the inside of the base of the balloon cutouts, and extended it to the bottom of the card. Then I tied the two ends of the ribbon into a bow that sits at the bottom of the patterned paper layer.  Next I rubbed a dryer sheet across the clear plastic piece to try to reduce its static cling (you don’t want all of your confetti simply adhering to the plastic), and then taped it in place on the back of the patterned paper, over the balloon cut-outs.  Then I added strips of low dimensional adhesive to “box in” each of the balloons, and then around the edges of the card, etc. to hold the backing layer in place.  If you’re going to use any glitter with your confetti, be sure that the boxes around the cut areas are complete and tight so that the glitter cannot escape.

Now the fun part begins.  I cut two sets of lips from red cardstock, and two sets of mustaches from black cardstock.  I added some of them (they’re pretty large, so you only need 4-5 of them in a balloon) to the balloons above.  I always like to mix my confetti, so I also added some pink hearts and gold stars (these are tiny — they are sold at a beauty supply store for decorating finger nails).  The last thing I added was a little clear super-fine glitter.  This adds a shimmer and sparkle to the project.

With the confetti, etc. in place, I removed the liners from the low dimensional tape, and then added the white backing piece.  Since the backing piece is cut just a little smaller than the patterned paper, it is easy to find an appropriate placement (it won’t show so it doesn’t need to be exact).  With that done, you can flip the card over and shake away – the materials in the shaker windows should move freely.  Once in a while, things get stuck and you have to shake the card vigorously to free them, but that usually isn’t a problem.   I added a cute bow to the “girl” balloon, and a dashing tie to the “guy” balloon.  How fun!  The last step is to add the dimensional banner.  The sentiment I used was from a set of stickers by Mambi, and the two hearts were from a set of stickers by Doodlebug.  That’s it — the card is finished.  Please take a look at the short video below for additional information on how to assemble a shaker card.

You’ll find so many fun uses for shaker cards — kids of all ages love them!  Watch for fun seasonal confetti around the holidays, and for fun dies like the ones from Taylored Expressions to cut your own confetti.  A good clear micro-fine glitter is all that you need to add the sparkle and shine.  You can fill the shaker area as full as you want, although often “less is more”.  If you put too much in, it is difficult to see what is shaking around in there, and sometimes it just clumps and won’t move at all.  Here’s a close-up of the balloons on my card —

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Here’s another look at the final card —

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Supplies from Cut @ Home

Taylored Expression dies:  Kisses Confetti (SKU TE492); Build a Tag 1 (SKU TE459);

1/4″ Angel Craft tape (SKU ACT1414)

Die Cutting Machine — I used my Sizzix Big Shot (SKU 657900)

Supplies from my stash:  Tie Die by W Plus 9; assorted cardstock; clear plastic sheet; scotch tape; dryer sheet; low dimensional adhesive; microfine clear glitter; small heart and star confetti; stickers; 1/8″ white satin ribbon, Basic Bow die; Make a Wish Balloons die

Thanks and Happy Scrappin’!

Cheryl

MamaSaidShare.wordpress.com

 

 

Cutting Angel Crafts Vinyl in the Cricut Expression

January 26th, 2015

Happy Monday today I am going to show you how easy and beautifully Angel Crafts Vinyl cuts in the Cricut Expression II, but it would basically work the same way in the original Cricut Expression as well.

First lets take a look at Angel Craft Vinyl, this vinyl is a high quality vinyl that is available in a few different size sheets, 12″ x 6″, 12″ x 12″, as well as a few different size rolls. The rolls are on a larger core so it makes the vinyl easier to work with. You can do so many things with the vinyl, wall art, home decorating projects, mini albums, cards and scrapbooks to name a few.

The picture below shows some of the colors that they vinyl is available in:

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This week I made a cute frame for a new baby, I used two shades of grey vinyl for the frame, the colors that I used are found in the Angel Crafts Angel Craft Premium Vinyl Trendy Home #1 collection.

To begin I found a cute elephant that I wanted to use, it is from the Anna Griffin® Bridal & Baby Soirees Cricut Cartridge. The elephant has two layers, I cut the base layer in the light gray and the top layer in the medium gray. In the blade settings icon on the Cricut Expression I selected the Vinyl setting, I set my blade to 2, and the vinyl cuts perfectly! You can adjust the blade settings if needed. I cut both a regular version of the elephant, then I reversed the image so the elephant would face the other direction and cut one of those as well.

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I found a frame that I liked at Michaels, it came complete with a white mat, I wanted to add the elephants, the baby’s name and the birth date. I added a boarder of washi tape on the top and the bottom of the mat, next I added the two elephants that I cut from the vinyl. One advantage to using vinyl for a project like this is that you do not have to add any adhesive so there is no residue from tape or glue to worry about, also it is easy to re-lift and reposition if you need to without ruining the mat.

Finally I added the baby’s name and birth date in the medium gray. This project is a way to take a plain frame and personalize it for any occasion. Here is a look at my finished frame:

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Here is the item number for the vinyl that was used for my project:
6X12TRHM-01 – Angel Crafts Angel Craft Premium Vinyl Trendy Home #1 6×12

Check out cut@home.com for all of your vinyl needs!

I hope that you liked my project this week and it inspires you to make something with Vinyl. Keep in mind that the Angel Craft vinyl cuts beautifully in many different die cutting machines with many different dies, so you do not need a Cricut. It works beautifully with the Silhouette Cameo, Sizzix machines and steel rule dies, and Spellbinders machines and dies to name a few.

Till next time Thanks and Happy Scrappin,
Polly
pazasproductions.blogspot.com

All Geared Up Notebook Holder

January 23rd, 2015

Karen N here today with a fun project.  I’m a list-maker.  Since I have a bit of old-lady-itis, I tend to write down my ideas about projects when I think of them.  Otherwise, they are gone.  I have a cheap pad of paper on my craft desk, but it gets lost in the creative clutter.  (Yes, it’s a MESS!)  I decided to make a decorative folder for it in hopes that I’ll be able to spot it more easily.  Here’s what it looks like.

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The folder was super easy to make.  I just took a piece of paper and measured it with about an inch extra on top and bottom.  Horizontally, I made it twice as large as the pad of paper plus an additional 1.5 inches.  I then scored to fold it in the center.  I decorated it up with paper, dies and stamps from the Heartfelt Creations All Geared Up collection.  I love the cool detail on these dies so much.  Here’s a video showing you how I put it together.

Supplies used from Cut@Home:

Heartfelt Creations All Geared Up 12 x 12 Paper (SKU: HCDP1-248)

Heartfelt Creations All Geared Up Dies  (SKU: HCD-741)

Heartfelt Creations All Geared Up Plates and Gears Stamps (SKU: HCPC-3632)

Supplies used from my stash:

3 Girl JAM crinkle ribbon and lace

Craftily yours,

Karen

Remember Valentine’s Day!

January 23rd, 2015

Time to get your romantic juices flowing! THINK PINK! And red and white and lace and doily and HEARTS dies,paper, and stamps. What could I possibly be thinking about ? VALENTINE’S DAY!! Valentine’s Day is Saturday, February 14th in the United States and will be here before you know it! Did you know you can shop by themes on the Cut@Home website? This is a very cool feature for those of you who just find a good heart or need inspiration on a wedding card. You can access our shop by themes in two places: the horizontal bar under our logo OR the vertical boxes on the left.

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Now if you use the horizontal bar, just know that depending on the size of your iphone or computer screen, you are not going to see all the themes available. To see ALL the themes, use the vertical box on the left. Make sure you click on the little box that has a + (plus) or – (minus). You want it on the – (minus)

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It is that easy! I hope you give this feature a try and see all the fun stamps, dies and paper we have for Valentine’s Day in hearts, doilies and flowers, and order early. The heart dies and stamps fly out of here the closer we get to Valentine’s Day, and our manufacturer’s can’t keep up with the demand.

While you are shopping, I thought I would share with you some of the Valentine’s Cards my Design Team has done over the years to help give you ideas and inspire you!

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Animals make a darling Valentine’s Day Card, especially for children. You can print whatever you like in the heart. Eyelet hearts with ribbon give it a vintage look with the right paper.

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Balloons, doilies and butterflies can make a really cute Valentine’s Day arrangement.

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Swiss dots are a good addition, along with a touch of foil and glitter, can really make your Valentine’s Day cards POP!

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Here is a cute idea. A coupon book! Good for dinner, service and lots of hugs and kisses!

Here are some gorgeous Valentines trimmed with lace, pearls and sparkle!

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Here are some Valentine fold out cards to get really intricate and fancy!

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Many thanks to my amazing DT for contributing this post and continuing to support me in all I ask them to do. They are truly MY SWEETHEARTS!

Happy heartfelt Scrappin!

Marcie

Cut@Home Online Retal Store, Owner

 

Quick Background Techniques with Pan Pastels

January 22nd, 2015

Happy Thursday, today I will show you a couple of fast quick background effects that can be created using Colorfin Pan Pastels. First of all these pastels are wonderful to work with, the colors are very vibrant, and they go on very smooth. You can do many things with them including coloring images, backgrounds, painting, drawing and mixed media art.

I did a couple of quick demonstrations to show you how easy it is to create beautiful backgrounds for your projects.

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The first background that I created was using an embossing folder and the Pan Pastels. I cut a piece of white smooth cardstock and embossed it using my Sizzix Big Shot. Next I took my two colors of Pan Pastels, Pearlescent Violet and Turquoise Extra Dark. I started with the lighter color and randomly added color to the embossed paper, then I added the darker color. I kept adding the colors until I was happy with the finished result, finally I sprayed it with a fixative to set the pastels. You can find spray fixative at any craft/hobby or art store. To finish the card a adhered the embossed piece onto a card base, added a piece of lace and ribbon, die cut the small scroll from KaiserCraft doilies die set. I stamped a hexagon from a ClosetomyHeart stamp set, fussy cut it and adhered it to the center of the doily, for a finishing touch I added some bling around the doily. Here is a look at the finished card, it was a quick and easy card to make.

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For the second card I did a stamping technique with the Pan Pastels. I used a JustRite Stampers cling stamp for this, it is a background stamp called Script Background. It has a very elegant romantic look. I stamped the image using a VersaMark stamp pad. Next I colored over the stamped area using the Pan Pastels, the technique is demonstrated in the video above. I also used the fixative spray on the stamped image once it was completed.

To finish this card I used a couple of beautiful die sets from Spellbinders. I used Heirloom Rectangle and Victorian Accents 2. I love both of these die sets! They are very intricate and Spellbinders gives you a couple of helpful hints for cutting these. The first is to use a piece of wax paper in between the paper and the die. This really does make it much easier to release the paper once the die is cut, also they recommend using a paper shim and to run it through your machine more than once.

I cut the stamped image I created using the center die, next I used Heartfelt Creations Raindrops on Roses paper collection and cut the remaining pieces. I did end up using the Turquoise Pan Pastel on the edges of my die cuts for an extra pop. Then I used some small roses that I had from my stash and one of the tags from the Raindrops on Roses paper pack to finish my card. I used a 5″ x 7″ card base for this card. Here is a look at the finished card. I really like how this turned out and it can be used for many different occasions.

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Here is a list of the products that I used that are available on the Cut@home website, www.ucutathome.com

S6-016 – Spellbinders Shapeabilities Heirloom Rectangle Dies
CL-02157 – JustRite Stampers Cling Script Background Stamp
S3-212 – Spellbinders Die D-Lites Victorian Accents 2
30062 – PanPastels Pearlescent Violet
30075 – PanPastels Turquoise Extra Dark
HCDP1-240 – Heartfelt Creations Raindrops on Roses 12″ x 12″ Paper Pack
DD504 – KaiserCraft Decorative Dies Doilies

I also used the following from my stash – lace, ribbon, ClosetomyHeart stamp set, purple ink, VersaMark ink pad, white smooth card stock, gems, flowers and spray fixative.

I hope you enjoyed my cards this week, till next time, Thanks and Happy Scrappin!

Polly
pazasproductions.blogspot.com

Introducing Angel Crafts Transfer Paper!

January 21st, 2015

Hi Cut@Homeys!

I would like to take a minute and introduce you to our  brand new line of Transfer Paper from Angel Crafts! We are very excited about being able to offer you two sizes – 12 in x 8 ft roll and a 6 in x 50 ft roll. What’s that you say? 50 feet of transfer paper?? YES!!! This new size gives you so much value, and is perfect for your smaller projects.

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Like the Angel Craft adhesive vinyl, the Transfer Paper comes on a 2 1/2″ core, which means it has less memory so it stays flatter than those with a smaller core. The grid lines make it so easy to make sure your image is on straight.

If a picture is worth a thousand words, than a video must be worth ten thousand words, so I am going to let Cut@Home Designer Corene tell you more about it and demonstrates its use. Watch the video below:

Thanks and Happy Scrappin!

Marcie

Cut@Home Online Retail Store, Owner

 

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