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Sizzix Christmas Tags for Cards

October 31st, 2014

Karen N here today!  Happy Halloween!

For my post today though, I’m highlighting another holiday…Christmas!  It’s coming!  Yippee!  With it, comes the parties and the fun!  One of the things that I like to do when I go to a party is bring a bottle of the host’s favorite adult beverage.  To dress it up a bit, I like to add a fun tag, so I usually make up several in advance.  I recently got the Sizzix Bigz Tickets and Tags die.  It made making my tags SO easy.


How fun are these?  The paper is from the Heartfelt Creations Frosty Blanket collection.  These literally took me a few minutes to make.  So easy!  And they add a great personal touch to your gifts!

Here’s a video that shows all the different parts of these fun tags and how I put them together.

Here is a fourth one I made using the same die and paper… action!



I guess you know what my favorite adult beverage is now, just in case.  *grin*

Supplies from Cut @ Home

Sizzix Bigz Tickets and Tags die

Heartfelt Creations Frosty Blanket collection

Elizabeth Craft Designs Die – Flower Set 2

Supplies from my stash

3 Girl JAM ribbon and lace

Timeless Twine



Craftily yours,



October 31st, 2014

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Happy Halloween from Cut@Home!

We hope you have a ghoulish and boo-tiful day! And to help you with your Halloween layouts, you can shop by theme at Cut@Home. To find all our Halloween products CLICK HERE.

To further provide you with more inspiration, here are some Halloween projects from the blog posts by our very talented DT at Cut@Home!

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Avery Elle Twisted Treat Halloween Tags


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Halloween Tags                                         Spellbinders Jack-o-Lantern            Quick and Easy Halloween Treat Holders


Halloween matchboxes








Halloween Matchboxes


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Bewitching Pop Up Halloween Cards








Graphic 45 8 x 8 Matchbook box “The Witch”

Happy Halloween Scrappin!


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Spellbinders Halloween Jack-o-Lantern



Introducing Bo Bunny Stickable Stencils

October 30th, 2014

I am such a crazy person and I bet there are a lot of you out there just like me.  Do you get all excited when you get a new product to play with?  That’s how I felt today when I opened the new Bo Bunny Stickable Stencils.  Wow what fun are they!


Aren’t these just the cutest stencils ever?  And there are 3 more 12″ x 12″ sheets to pick from.  In my video below I’ll do my review of Bo Bunny’s Stickable Stencils and share different types of mediums I used with them, how they remove and re-adhere to the backing sheet and how they store.  There are pros and cons to everything but I really like these new stencils they seemed easy to clean up and easy to use.  The one draw back I see is storing the 12″ x 12″ sheets somewhere but that’s just a matter of checking out my crafty space and seeing where they fit best.

After I’d played first offline and then in front of the camera for you I had these fun sheets of stencils and I knew I had to do something with them.  In this month’s Design Team supplies I also had a new stamp set from Penny Black called Let’s Chill. You know how cute Penny Black Penguins are and these guys are no exception I just knew I could marry the stencils with the stamps and come out with something super darling.  A little non-traditional colors for the Holidays but that’s ok with me.


Now you tell me wasn’t this just a perfect match?  I love these little guys they just make me happy to play with them and watch them come to life with personalized scarves and hats.  The three sentiments are also included in the stamps set, what a deal!  I used Aleene’s Glitter Snow for the bottoms to give them ground to stand on instead of looking like they were floating in open space.  The penguins themselves were embossed with black embossing powder.  And if you notice the one in the middle uses Sizzix Step-Ups dies that I introduced last week.  I know bright pink for the Holidays but it sure worked with my stenciled backgrounds and the little penguins.




 Please join me on the video for a more in-depth look at the stencils and cards.

Supplies from the store include:

10736509: Bo Bunny Bliss Stickable Stencils
10736510: Bo Bunny Brocade Stickable Stencils
10736512: Bo Bunny Lace Stickable Stencils
40-353: Penny Black Let’s Chill Stamps
660023: Sizzix Framelits Die Set 21PK Card Basic Step-Ups
TIM95940: Tim Holtz Distress Ink Mowed Lawn
TIM21490: Tim Holtz Distress Ink Shabby Shutters
TIM32847: Tim Holtz Distress Ink Seedless Preserves
TIM90891: Tim Holtz Distress Ink Festive Berries

Supplies from my Stash include: White and pink cardstock; Mediterranean Twinkling H20; Lindy’s Stamp Gang Starburst in Alpine Ice Rose; Aleene’s Glitter Snow: Glossy Accents: Martha Stewart Arctic Snowflake Punch; Fiskars mini snowflake punch

Thanks so much for joining me today

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Heartfelt Creations Tag using Spectrum Noir!

October 29th, 2014

Thanks for stopping by the blog today. I’m loving the weather we are having lately! We’ve had such an unusually warm October this year, that I’m glad it’s finally cooling down. It’s finally feeling like fall…which leads me to my project I have to share with you today. I made a fall tag, using Heartfelt Creations, and Spectrum Noir colored pencils.

Cut At Home Tag 002                            Cut At Home Tag 001

I had colored all my images using Spectrum Noir colored pencils. This was my first time using these pencils, and I was so impressed with how easy they colored, and how easy I was able to get some very pretty shading.

Cut At Home Tag 008                Cut At Home Tag 009

I had stamped the Sunflower Bouquet stamp, using Chestnut roan ink. I also stamped the Classic Sunflower, and used the Die to cut it out.

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I cut two tags from the Silhouette, using Heartfelt Creations Classic Sunflower 12×12 paper collection.  I inked all my flowers, papers, and images with Tim Holtz Distress ink in Vintage photo. To my tag, I added a ticket that I cut from the paper collection, along with some satin ribbon, and a little jute twine. I added a few pearls as well. This tag made a cute embellishment for a small gift bag. I used a brown paper bag, after adding a few treats, I folded over the top a couple of time, added a staple to keep it shut, and added my tag to the front. It was a perfect addition to dress up this little bag.

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I really hope you’ve enjoyed my project this week…it was fun to make & I’m so happy you stopped by!

Here is a process video showing how I made this tag:

Products used:
Spectrum Noir Pencils Primary: SKU:SPECL-PRIMARY
Silhouette Cameo: New for pre-order: SKU:SILHOUETTE-CAMEO-2-3T
Heartfelt Creations:
Classic Sunflower 12×12 paper: SKU:HCDP1-247
Classic Sunflower Die: SKU:HCD-753
Classic Sunflower Stamp: SKU:HCPC-3626
Sunflower Bouquet Stamp: SKU:HCPC-3628
Tim Holtz Distress Ink Vintage photo: SKU:TIM19527
Tim Holtz Ink Blending tool: SKU:IBT40965

Pencil colors used on the Sunflower Bouquet: All from The Spectrum Noir Primary collection:
Bucket: 065, 068, 066.  Sunflowers: 017, 087, 084, 107.  Floral spray:  029, 034, 035.  Leaves:  050, 052. Single flower: 078.

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Background Plaids featuring Tim Holtz Adirondack Alcohol Inks

October 28th, 2014

Today I want to show you a fun technique using the Tim Holtz Adirondack Alcohol inks — making a plaid background paper.  There are so many fun colors to choose from in order to create a beautiful plaid.  My sample cards are mostly for the upcoming Christmas holiday, but I also did a quick fall plaid.  Here are two sample cards —

card8   card4

It is very easy to use the Tim Holtz Adirondack Alcohol Inks to make plaid backgrounds.  You only need a few colors that will work well together (I tend to use an odd number such as 3 or 5 because I think that it turns out better that way), the alcohol ink blending solution, a blending tool and some felt applicators.  Of course this is one of those projects where the silicone craft sheet is a must (it makes clean-up so much easier than other alternatives).

To begin, I selected five alcohol ink colors that I thought would make a good holiday plaid — red pepper, cranberry, meadow, bottle and pitch black.  I lined them up in the order that I thought they would work best, and then removed the tops (my lineup was meadow, cranberry, pitch black, bottle, red pepper).  I also removed the lid from my alcohol ink blending solution.  I cut one of the felt applicators in half (you don’t need the full surface for this project, so I cut the felt pad in half), and turned it sideways on the blending tool.  Starting at one end of the felt pad, place 2-3 drops of each color of ink — lined up side-by-side — the drops can either be touching or be separated by some space.  Each will create a different result, and you can experiment with spacing as well as color to find a plaid that is appealing to you.  Once all of the colors are in place, I put a thin line of the blending solution above and below the dots of color.  This helps the color to flow better on the paper.

The paper you’ll want to use for this project is the Ranger “gloss” paper (8-1/2 x 11) or the alcohol ink cardstock (4″x6″).  These are made to work with the alcohol inks, and other glossy papers just don’t work in the same way  When you’re getting started and experimenting, any photo or glossy paper should work — and it is often a lot less expensive to practice with.  When you’re making a “good” project, though, you’ll want the Ranger gloss paper or the alcohol ink cardstock.  Either one will work beautifully.

To begin the plaid paper, you’ll turn your applicator so that the dots of color are lined up on top of one another.  Swipe the applicator fr                                      om one side of the cardstock to the other, trying to keep the lines somewhat straight.  Overlap slightly, and put a second strip of color across the page.  Continue this until you have added horizontal strips of color across the page.  At this point you can re-ink the felt pad, or you can continue on.  I generally just continue without re-inking.  I then put the vertical stripes on the paper — sometimes overlapping the lines of color a little, and sometimes creating some space in between the stripes of color.  There are many different ways of approaching a plaid, and you’ll just want to  experiment with colors and/or placement until you find a plaid that is appealing to you.

The alcohol ink dries almost instantly, so there isn’t any concern about drying times, etc.  Once the plaid pattern is complete, you can stamp on it using Ranger’s Jet Black Archival Ink.  This ink has a beautiful glossy black finish, and is perfect for use with the glossy papers.  It is also capable of producing the fine detail that is a part of many stamp sets — particularly the Tim Holtz Stampers’ Anonymous stamps that I feature below.  You use this ink like any other — my only caution is that the wet ink can be somewhat slippery on the glossy cardstock.  Be sure to place your stamp carefully.  Try to avoid too much pressure as this may cause the stamp to slide and ruin your image.  If you press down lightly on the stamp and then let it rest for a few seconds on the cardstock, the power of gravity will take over and the ink will transfer to the cardstock as it should.  That way you get a nice clean, crisp image without any worries of smudges and smears.  Please see the short video for additional information on how I created the plaid backgrounds and then stamped them.

Note that the plaid backgrounds can be very different based on a number of factors — colors used, positioning of colors, whether the dots of color are touching one another, etc.  Experiment with your technique and try different kinds of plaids.  Even the same 3-5 colors are capable of producing multiple plaids.  For the plaids below I stayed with the same reds and greens (bottle, meadow, red pepper and cranberry), but changed the order that I used them and also what else I put with them (sometimes pitch black, sometimes slate, sometimes the snow cap mixative and sometimes the gold mixative).  It is fun to see how different the plaids turn out, and how different the stamped images look depending on whether the plaid is dark and muted or light and bright.  If you’re stamping on one of the darker plaid backgrounds, you may have to bleach out the area to be stamped.  Instructions for this are on my video.

Here are the sample holiday cards using the plaid backgrounds with Tim Holtz Stampers’ Anonymous stamps —

card8  card2

card3  card1

card5  card6


Note the technique on the last two cards.  I used only one portion of the Little B circles dies to create the frame of little circles around the image or the background — how cool is that!  I love the versatility of the Little B die sets!

Of course I couldn’t resist showing you a sample Halloween/Autumn plaid using butterscotch, latte, sunshine yellow, eggplant and sunset orange alcohol inks —


Clean-up is very easy for this project.  You can use standard hand sanitizer to clean your craft mat and your hands — easy peasy!


Supplies from Cut @ Home

Alcohol Ink Blending Tool – SKU TIM20745

Extra felt pads – SKU TIM20844

Alcohol Ink Blending Solution – SKU TIM19800

Assortment of Adirondack Alcohol Inks and metallic mixatives — use the link to find various sets available on the Cut @ Home site

Tim Holtz Stampers’ Anonymous stamps Mini Holidays – SKU CMS142 and Mini Holidays #5 – SKU CMS177

Scor-Tape by Scor-Pal – 1/4″ — SKU 202

Little B Circles Cutting Dies — SKU 100381

Sizzix Big Shot — SKU 657900


Supplies from my stash — Ranger craft mat (silicone); hand sanitizer (for clean-up); Ranger gloss paper or Alcohol Ink cardstock; Close to My Heart stamps S1209 Fall Favorites; Tim Holtz Stampers’ Anonymous CMS142 Mini Holidays #2; Ranger Archival Ink Jet Black; May Arts stain cut-outs holly; red rhinestones; assorted ribbon and cardstock; Sizzix Framelits Tickets dies; Sizzix Framelits Egg dies; Scotch Quick-Dry Adhesive


Thanks and Happy Scrappin’!




What’s New this Week!

October 28th, 2014

Hi Scrappers!

We have two new collections from Sizzix, an updated version of Spellbinders die-cutting machine and a new Scor-Pal to feature in this blog post! Lots to talk about, so let’s get started!

The Sizzix Susan’s Garden Thinlit die sets came on the scene about one and half years ago making a HUGE impression taking paper flowers to an entire new level. Artist Susan Tierney-Cockburn designed dies that give you truly life-like flowers that papercrafters went crazy for. This months release contains more nine more flowers, two leave sets, a Grid Works box and a Pine Cone all in the Thinlits die sets, as well as a Bigz and Bigz XL dies. Here is a sample of the new Susan’s Gardens dies from Sizzix:

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Me & You is the new collection by Sizzix designer Jen Long. I love Jen’s style. Her style is very warm and friendly, yet exciting at the same time. I have a large family and I can always find something in Jen’s collections to express how much they mean to me. The Me & You collection has twelve new Thinlits dies including three Card Fronts perfectly sizes for A2 cards, a Calendar set and 79 piece alphabet. Here is a look at a few of these new dies:

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Spellbinders has improved on their die-cutting machine, the Grand Calibur. It has a new grey color to match the re-branding they are doing, along with stronger support beams and heavy duty gears. It is available for pre-order now and should be shipping in December.











Also available for pre-order, is a brand new Scor-Pal scoring board sized by eighths. Same great engineering and thought went into creating this score board as the original and metric Scor-Pals. With Scor-Pal products you can always be assured of getting top quality products. This should be shipping in November.

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We have new blog posts and additions to our Youtube channel, so make sure to check those out as well.

Happy Scrappin!


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