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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,


NEW Sizzix Big Shot Plus

April 30th, 2015

From Sizzix comes a new addition to the Big Shot Family, the Big Shot Plus!
















The Big Shot Plus offers you everything you love about the Big Shot — PLUS the versatility to use 8 1/2 x 11″ materials! You will LOVE the 9 inch opening! This machine has a sleek white and gray color scheme and the Sizzix logo embossed on the handle. The Big Shot Plus Die-cutting Machine offers plenty of stylish appeal with the same versatility of working with the all the Sizzix products (with the exception of Bigz Pro dies) including their smallest Embosslits to their new 9″ wide plastic-backed dies (coming soon). It also goes along well with the Sizzix embossing tools. Just like the standard sized Big Shot, this portable roller machine cuts and embosses many different materials.

Here is a video by Stephanie Barnard at the 2015 Winter CHA show:


Happy Scrappin!


Cut@Home Online Retail Store, Owner

Sizzix Fold-A-Long Cards

April 30th, 2015

Cards that have different shapes or folds are so fun but they are much nicer to make when there is a die that can cut them for you instead of you needing to measure and score and cut and figure it all out yourself.  Simpler is so much nicer and much less stressful.


This week I’m using Sizzix’s Fold-A-Long Thinlits dies to make my cards.   This set comes with six dies that cut the card base, the decorative inside element and three tag pieces.  In the card above I used Graphic 45‘s Artisan Style collection with the dies.  I fussy cut the peacock from the paper to make my plain yellow envelope pop a little and give a sneak peek of what the card will be.  The die cut card accordion folds on both sides to meet in the middle.  I again fussy cut the flowers and dragon fly from the paper collection, ran them through my Xyron sticker maker, placed them on black cardstock and recut them leaving a small border around them.  The flowers and dragonfly intertwine to hold the card closed.


Here’s a view for you from the top showing the decorative mats and the way it folds.  In order to get the mats I cut my decorative paper with the card base die in the set and then trimmed the pieces to fit.  In the video below I’ll show you how to use the die and how to cut and fold it and the mats to create the Fold-A-Long card.  The card starts with a 12″ x 6″ piece of cardstock for the base and folds to a standard A2 size.


This card used an older Graphic 45 collection, Curtain Call, any collections that you have on hand that has several 12×12″ sheets will do you for these cards with matching envelopes.  I found it much easier to place the card die and paper I’m wanting to cut on my Sizzix Magnetic Platform.  It holds everything in place snugly to prevent a shift as you cut.  Since this die is placed on the fold of your paper to create the card it’s great to have that extra help.  I used the Angel Craft tapes and podge to adhere my papers together.  I love using the Podge as a glue since it dries quickly and leaves no wrinkles or puckers in your papers.  One thing I did have to do with some of the papers before folding or scoring was to lightly spritz them with water. Since the decorative papers I used tended to be on the heavier side I didn’t want to take a chance on the paper splitting as I folded or scored it, the water just helps expand the fibers a tad and helps prevents those awful cracks.


Here’s a sneak peak of the other examples you’ll see on the video.  I sure hope you’ll try this die set and make some Fold-A-Long cards for yourself.

A list of the supplies I used from the store, with links, will be directly below the video.

If you have a moment I’d love for you to visit my personal blog or Facebook page.  You can find me at A Soul’s Heartbeat.

Thanks and Happy Scrappin’!

Supplies I used from the store:

660373: Sizzix Thinlits Fold-A-Long die set
4501114: Graphic 45 Artisan Style 12×12 Paper Collection
658300: Sizzix Big Shot Starter Package
656499: Sizzix Magnetic Platform for wafer thin dies
ACT1412: Angel Craft Tape 1/2″
ACT1414: Angel Craft Tape 1/4″
ACP6SG: Angel Craft Semi-Gloss Podge
TIM19527: Tim Holtz  Distress Ink Vintage Photo

Birthday tag and gift card holder with Graphic 45 and Tim Holtz!

April 29th, 2015

I’m here today to share a birthday tag, which also holds a gift card. I’ve used the Graphic 45 Large Tag Album and Lawn Fawn Bake Me A Cake Stamp set.

G45 tag                         Screenshot_2

I  traced my tag on Simple Stories patterned paper and cut it out. For the top hole, I use a 1/2″ circle punch, which works perfectly with these tags.

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I love how cute this tag turned out to be. Using Angel Craft Podge, I adhered my paper to the front & back of my tag. The attached brush really comes in handy, and makes clean up so much easier! I’ve distressed the edges of my tag with Distress Ink in Vintage Photo.

ACP semi gloss


I stamped out my cake layers from the Bake Me A Cake Stamp set, with Momento London Fog ink. This ink will not smear, when it comes in contact with water. Using my Tim Holtz Distress Markers, I choose colors based on my paper selection. These markers go great with the Simple Stories collection since it also has a distressed look.

Snapshot 1 (4-20-2015 6-31 PM)

After adding my color to the cake, I used my water brush to move the color around, which gave it a water colored look. I have listed the colors used below.

I cut all my layers out, leaving a small tab below each layer, which then allowed me to glue it to the previous layer. Before cutting out my layers however, I did re-stamp the top of each cake layer with Versafine black ink, giving it a clean edge.

Stamping directly on the tag, I used one of the cake stands & black ink. I then added my cake to the tag with a few candles to the top.

Snapshot 2 (4-20-2015 6-32 PM)

Next, I cut out three balloons from the Cameo. Being that I wanted the colors to match perfectly, I used my Distress Markers, and colored in the balloons. There are three layers to the balloon. For the first and second layer I used the same color but gave one of them one coat, the other two coats, which then gives it a tone on tone look. I love that it all coordinates so well. I used Baker’s Twine for the balloon strings. Two of the balloons I popped up off the page, leaving one adhered flat by adhering it with Angel Craft Tape.

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I stamped the Happy Birthday sentiment on white cardstock after coloring the paper with my markers. I used a Spellbinders Labels Forty die to cut it out & adhere with pop dots to the front.

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In the stamp set, there is a tiny star that I colored with my markers as well & added several to the front of the tag.

Finishing up the front of the tag with a bow cut from the Cameo.

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To the back of the tag, I used a piece of scrap paper that matches the front, and cut it to approx. 1″ larger then the width of my tag, scoring it 1/2″ on both sides. I cut it to approx. 3 1/2″ tall, giving it a score 1/2″ down. I then mitered the corners, which will reduce bulk when I fold it. Using Angel Craft Tape, I adhered it to my page.

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Cutting out another mat for my sentiment to slip into the pocket, I used a larger die from the same Spellbinders Labels Forty set and cut it from my Sizzix Big Shot Machine. This now gives me a spot to write my greeting. This pocket will also hold my gift card.

If you’d like to see the process of how this came together, please check out the video below.

I hope you’ve enjoyed this project! Thanks for stopping by!

Tim Holtz Distress Markers used:
Vintage Photo
Fired Brick
Evergreen Bough
Stormy Sky
Rusty Hinge
Forest Moss
Wild Honey
Antique Linen

Products used:
Heartfelt Creations Deluxe Flower Shaping Kit: SKU:HCST1-401
Graphic 45 Large Tag Album: 4500421
Lawn Fawn Bake Me A Cake Stamp Set: SKU:LF335
Angel Craft Tape: SKU:ACT1414
Angel Craft Podge: SKU:ACP6SG
Spellbinders Labels Forty die: SKU:S4-465
Tim Holtz Vintage Photo Distress Ink: SKU:TIM19527
Tim Holtz Blending Tool: SKU:IBT40965
Tim Holtz Distress Markers: SKU:TDMK39082
Sizzix Big Shot Machine: SKU:657900
Cutting Pads Standard Mint: SKU: 660522

Products from my stash: Ranger water color paper, Versafine Black ink, Momento London Fog Ink, Simple Stories paper.

Silhouette Designs:

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NEW Tim Holtz Sizzix, Sizzix and Angel Crafts!

April 29th, 2015

This week we have new product from Tim Holtz Sizzix, Sizzix and Angel Crafts!

Here is a sample of the new Sizzix dies from Tim Holtz:










As you can see, he added more of his very popular “Word” dies, in block, script and handwritten. GREAT fun and so versatile!

Next we have NEW Sizzix collections:  Made From Love by Lori Whitlock, Doodlebug Designs and Fabi Quilting and Applique Dies.



























Angel Crafts has a NEW adhesive vinyl color you are going to LOVE! The Sepia was so popular from our Trendy Home #2 collection, we decided to offer it in a roll. We also decided to give you an extra 2 feet, so this comes in a 12×8 roll!










Angel Craft adhesive craft vinyl is great for all your crafting needs.

Have fun this week!

Happy Scrappin!


Cut@Home Online Retail Store, Owner

Mothers’ Day Card featuring Penny Black Camelia

April 28th, 2015

My card today features the Penny Black die, Camelia.  It is such a beautiful die set, and makes an awesome Mothers’ Day card.


The Camelia die is appropriate for most special occasions (such as anniversaries and weddings, etc.) and also for most everyday occasions.  It can be dressed up or dressed down to suit the occasion.  Best of all, it is easy to use.

My card today is a tone-on-tone card.  I love this trend, although I don’t do it often.  I wanted a light, feminine color for the card, so I chose a beautiful light pink.  All of the pieces (except the leaves) are cut from the same color of cardstock.  You do see some color variations, but that is due to some ink I applied.  I began by cutting the card base 4.25″ x 5.5″ (A2-sized).  I embossed it using one of my favorite Sizzix embossing folders (actually a Christmas folder, the Basic Grey Snow and Trees folders).  This embossing folder creates an overall embossed image that I think looks very old-fashioned.  I love to use it behind cards with flowers or baskets, etc.  To emboss I used my Sizzix Texture Boutique “purse”.  It is just so convenient!

Next I cut the elements for the card.  I cut 3 sets of flowers from pink (including the base and the detailed top), 3 sets of leaves from green, and the word “love” from pink (this die is from the Penny Black “Texting” set).  I sponged some Memento Angel Pink ink on the flower bases and the “love” word to add just a little color and to help to distinguish them from other pieces on the card.  I sponged a little Memento Pistachio ink on each leaf to add a little detail.

Once the ink dried on the pieces, I attached the detailed flower to the flower base using glue.  I also added a bling center to each of the flowers.  I created a custom ribbon for the project by using my Angel Pink Memento ink to dye white May Arts ribbon.  As usual it turned out great (see the video for instructions on how to do this).  Once dry, I attached the ribbon to the card front.  I attached the 3 completed flowers using dimensional adhesive — thin dimensional adhesive for the two end flowers, and a standard dimensional adhesive for the one in the corner.  This gives the bouquet a little dimension and makes it look a little more natural.  I used Angel Craft 1/4″ adhesive to attach a few of the leaves around the flower arrangement.  I attached the “love” word using glue, and also attached the bow at the bottom.  That’s really all that is necessary — the card was complete with just a few simple steps.  Please see the video for additional information on how I made this card.

This is one of many beautiful die sets by Penny Black.  I’m sure that you can find one that will meet your needs.  This link will take you to the great selection of Penny Black Dies at Cut @ Home.

Supplies from Cut@Home:

Penny Black Dies:  Penny Black Camelia die (SKU 51-133); Texting (SKU 51-052)

Angel Craft Tape 1/4″ (SKU ACT-1414)

Sizzix Big Shot (SKU 657900)

Sizzix Texture Boutique Embossing Machine (“Purse”) (SKU 656225)

Supplies from my stash:  pink and green cardstock; Angel Pink and Pistachio Memento inks; Queen and Company pink “Bubbles”; May Arts 5/8″ sheer white ribbon; dimensional adhesive; Sizzix Basic Grey Snow and Trees embossing folder set with bonus Sizzlits die

Thanks and Happy Scrappin’



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