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Sizzix Stand Up Card Dies!

Wednesday, November 27th, 2013

Have you seen the Sizzix Stand Up Card dies that were recently released? I LOVE them! Similar to Flip-Its and Pop Up dies, these Movers & Shapers dies will allow more motion and dimension to your cardmaking. They are so fun! I just HAD to use this one to make my sweet hubby a card for his Birthday this month. I can’t wait to see what he thinks of it!

For my project I used 658845-  Movers & Shapers XL Card Square Stand-Ups showcasing the vibrant style of Ellison design artist Stephanie Barnard. You receive one die to make a stand-up card.










Measuring 6 x 13 3/4″, this base die can accommodate most of the other window or photo corner Movers & Shapers magnetic dies. The set is compatible with the BIGkick, Big Shot and Vagabond machines (with one Extended Cutting Pad, one Extended Crease Pad and 6 x 12″ paper). Extended Premium Crease Pad recommended to use this base die. All items sold separately.

Sizzix Movers & Shapers are creativity in motion! With these movable magnetic dies, now you can create a card or envelope with a window anywhere you want for a truly customized shape-cutting experience. Sizzix Movers & Shapers are creativity in motion! With these movable magnetic dies, now you can create a card or envelope with a window anywhere you want for a truly customized shape-cutting experience.

Other products used:

Authentique Thankful Collection cardstock paper

658835 Sizzix For You & Thank You Framelits w/Stamp

658954 Sizzix Thinlits Borders

CR-04580 JustRite Stampers Birthday Vintage Labels Four

AF214 Hero Arts Cup ‘O Joe Shadow Ink

656499 Sizzix Magnetic Platform for Wafer-thin Dies

657900 Sizzix Big Shot Machine


1/4″ Scor-Tape

One more thing. This really doesn’t pertain to this blog post, but I keep forgetting to add the video that we filmed for the Scrapbook Expo. They asked us to do a couple short videos with helpful tips, so we did! The following video shows how to cut stamped images with coordinating dies. If you have not already mastered this technique, then hopefully this will help you. This is kind of my official video debut, as this is a much bigger deal than our little “How To” videos. It was fun.

FYI- Our office will be closed the next 4 days for our Thanksgiving Holiday, though you may continue to shop our Black Friday Sale all weekend! We will resume normal business hours on Mon. December 2nd.  For those in the USA- Have a safe and wonderful Thanksgiving!

Thanks & Happy Scrappin’!




Wintery Get Well Soon Card

Friday, November 22nd, 2013

We needed a get well soon card and we have received a lot of really cute winter stuff lately, so we thought  we would combine the two and make a wintery get well soon card this week. It is starting to feel a lot like Christmas, or at least winter. I like to get through Thanksgiving before I get into Christmas, but Heather just got our house all set up for the Christmas tree so guess what we will be doing this weekend?

This card was a lot of fun, we got to use our new Recovery Wishes stamp set from Heartfelt Creations and some winter die cuts from Spellbinders. This snowman was really fun to decorate, just cut out the main parts which are the snowman, hat, and scarf and add the rest by just putting paper behind different parts. Also Heather had a good time with the glitter, all she did was take a glue pen to draw on the designs, then poured on the glitter. It is easy to see on the dark paper but hard to see in the picture- the fun swirls on the patterned paper, but it is really cute.

If you need a get well card then here is an idea for you. This card can easily be adapted to be a Christmas card or any other card you would need this time of year. Hope you have an enjoyable Thanksgiving and holiday season!
















S4-403: Spellbinders– Mr and Mrs Snowman

HCD740: Sweet Juliet– Snowflakes

HCPC3566: Heartfelt Creations– Beautiful Juliet

HCPC3565: Heartfelt Creations– Recovery Wishes

SEA017: Authentique– Bundle Seasons: Winter




Glue Pen


Thanks & Happy Scrappin’!

Doug and Heather

Quick and Easy Halloween Treat Holders

Tuesday, October 15th, 2013

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Today I want to share a really fun project — quick and easy Halloween treat holders.   They are sure to be a hit with your favorite trick-or treaters.

I began by selecting some of my favorite circle and oval dies, as well as a some solid and patterned papers.  The dies I selected were Spellbinders petite scalloped circles, scalloped circles, picot-edged circles and pumpkin circles.  I also selected a set of My Favorite Things oval dies to make the taller pumpkins.

My first two pumpkins were made using Dried Marigold from the Tim Holtz Distress Core’dinations paper stack.  I cut two shapes each from the largest of the petite scalloped circle and oval dies.  Then I scored each piece at 1” using my Scor-Buddy by Scor-Pal.   I love how convenient and easy it is to use.   (Note that I use a stylus instead of the bone folder included with the Scor-Buddy.  I think the stylus is a little easier to use and gives a more crisp line.)  After I scored all 4 pieces, I selected two of the new Darice embossing folders — Flowers and Vines and Diamond Plate.  I used Flowers and Vines folder with the round shapes, and the Diamond Plate folder with the oval shapes.  To emboss, I placed the round or oval shape in the embossing folder up to the scored line, and ran it through my Cuttlebug.  (You do not want to emboss the entire shape – if you do, it likely won’t sit flat on a table.)  Sometimes it is easier to see the placement for the embossing folder, if you lightly fold the shape along the scored line.

There are a couple of different methods you can use to add dimension or interest to the embossed shapes.   The first is to ink the embossed areas with a marshmallow.  I used Tim Holtz Distress Tea Dye ink and a Darice Foamies marshmallow to add this dimension – use light pressure and the marshmallow will glide over the embossed area leaving just a touch of ink.  I used this technique on the round shapes.  The second technique is to sand the embossed area, leaving it slightly distressed.  I used this technique on the oval shapes.   Here is a close-up of the two treat boxes made with the Tim Holtz Distress Core’dinations solid papers.

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Of course you can also use patterned papers to make the treat box.  The patterned papers I used here are all by Authentique, most of them from the Thrilling Collection.  The patterned paper could be embossed with an embossing folder if you prefer, but the examples below are not embossed.  Here is a close-up photo of two of the treat boxes made with patterned paper.

treat holders 3

To assemble the treat boxes, you’ll fold the shapes along the scored line, and then add a piece of Scor-Tape to one of the scored flaps.  When you add the second shape from the opposite direction (right sides of both facing out), the two flaps will overlap, and the basic shape of the treat holder is formed.   You can see the steps to create the treat holders in this short video.

I used one of the leaves from the Spellbinders fall leaf set and Peeled Paint Core’dinations paper to cut leaves for the pumpkin shapes.  I cut the stems from a scrap of Vintage Photo Core’dinations paper.  The stems I cut were approximately 1” x ½”, and some of them I trimmed almost to a point (the point end was attached to the pumpkin).  I used a small piece of Scor-Tape to attach the leaves and the stems to the pumpkin shape.   The leaves and stems can be inked or sanded to add extra dimension or interest.

To finish the treat holders, I placed a small piece of Scor-Tape on the inside of one of the round or oval shapes.  I then removed the liner and pressed the wrong sides together.   I attached a small bow to the “front” of the treat holder as a decoration.  (As an alternative, you could punch holes in both of the round or oval shapes and use the ribbon to string them together.)

For me, the fun part was decorating.  I used some of the fun stickers that came with the Authentique Thrilling Collection, buttons from Dress It Up, and small black gemstones.  There are so many possibilities . . . google eyes and a silly mouth would be fun, and you could also add names, etc.  Of course don’t forget the important part – place treats inside the treat holders and watch your little trick-or-treaters’ faces light up.

Supply List:

Assorted circle and oval dies.  I used Spellbinders Scalloped Circles, Petite Scalloped Circles, Picot Edged Circles and Pumpkin Circles.   The oval dies I used were Oval Stax 1 by My Favorite Things.

Leaf die.  I used one of the leaves from the Spellbinders Fall Leaf set.

Embossing folders – I used Flowers and Vines and Diamond Plate by Darice.

Die cutting/embossing machine – I used my Cuttlebug.

Assorted Halloween papers.  The patterned papers I used were by Authentique.  Most of them were from the Thrilling Collection.  The solid papers were from the Tim Holtz Distress Core’dinations paper pad, including Tea Dye, Dried Marigold, Peeled Paint and Vintage Photo.

Tim Holtz Distress Inkpad – Tea Dye

Fine sanding paper

Assorted embellishments – I used buttons from “Dress It Up”, stickers from the Authentique Thrilling Collection, assorted ribbons, and black rhinestones.

Scoring board – I used the Scor-Buddy by Scor-Pal.

Adhesive – I used Scor-Tape by Scor-Pal.


Thanks and Happy Scrappin’!


Use 12×12″ Paper For Fall Porch Decor!

Wednesday, September 25th, 2013

No, I am not crazy, and yes, you can use 12 x 12″ paper for fall porch decor! With a little help from Mod Podge, you can seal your paper project to withstand the elements to enable you to decorate your outdoor area as cute as your inside areas.

For this project, I purchased my ladder and monthly wood kit from Crafty Wood Cutouts HERE which is a local woodcraft store. I actually consider this cheating, because I have been a wood cutter for many years, but I just don’t have the time to get out to my shop very often any more, so I have resigned to buying pre-cut wood. Its easier.
I had to give the edges of each piece a light sanding with fine sandpaper, then I stained the sides and back of each piece. I used a stain/sealer purchased from the hardware store which has been laying around my house for who knows how long, but the color worked for me.











I collected several sheets of 12 x 12″ fall paper that I wanted to use, and traced each wood piece on the desired sheet of paper. Make sure to put the front of your wood piece on the back of the sheet of paper so it will trace exactly as you want it to fit when you adhere them together.










Once all the shapes were cut out, I inked around all the edges with Distress Ink, let dry, then I adhered each shape of paper with the coordinating wood piece with a coat of Mod Podge. I let them dry before I applied the vinyl lettering (included in the kit) and covered the top with Mod Podge, let dry and applied a second coat.











When completely dry, I used wood glue to attach wood pieces together and hot glue to apply ribbon, flowers, etc. Attach hooks to the appropriate pieces and tied pieces that did not require hooks with ribbon or raffia to the ladder. This way I can change the ladder’s decor each month to fit the season! FUN!




































Supplies used:

Wood Kit
fine grit sandpaper
SEA028 Authentique Autumn Collection 12 x 12
14716887 Bo Bunny Autumn Song 12 x 12 Collection (available on our website Oct. 4, 2013)
TIM19534 Tim Holtz Distress Ink Pad Walnut Stain
wood stain
sponge brushes
Mod Podge
Orange acrylic paint
White cardstock (for eyes)
silk flower

So remember, If you have some fun outdoor projects that you would rather cover with paper than paint, you can totally do it!

Thanks & Happy Scrappin’!

Simple Halloween Cards Featuring “Thrilling” by Authentique

Tuesday, September 24th, 2013

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Today I want to show you some frighteningly simple Halloween cards featuring the Authentique “Thrilling” Collection.  I love the variety of papers and stickers available in Authentique’s Thrilling Collection – enough to satisfy all of my Halloween card needs and then some.  I especially love the paper called “Mystic”, and that is what I used to make some super simple Halloween cards.

To create these cards, I first cut apart the various elements on the “Mystic” page.  In some cases I cut the outside borders off, and instead used a coordinating solid paper as a border or frame for the element.   I decided to make A7 (5”x7” cards) and wanted the base of each card to be black, so I cut 5-5”x7” bases from Bazzill Blackbird cardstock (I prepare card fronts and simply mount them to 5”x7” folded cards as a last step).

Some of the elements are quite large, so a few simple layers are all that is needed (for example, the first 2 cards pictured above).  For those cards, I started with the 5”x7” base in black, and then layered complementary colors.  The layer on the first card is cut 4.75” x 6.75”.  For the second card, I chose to cut off the printed border, and substituted a second layer.  I cut the card base at 5”x7”, the first layer at 4.75”x6.75”, and the second layer at 4.5” x 6.5”.  Of course the Spellbinders 5 x 7 Matting Basics dies would make this even easier (I’m going to have to add those sets to my wish list).

For the smaller elements on the “Mystic” paper, I used a Spellbinders die and a pop of color to add interest.  The Spellbinders die, “Tapestry”, is one of their “shapeabilities expandable pattern” dies, and I thought it had a perfect “Halloween” feel.  So for the last 3 cards, I cut the card base from black cardstock at 5”x7”, the first layer from a complementary color cardstock at 4.75”x6.75”, and a second layer from black cardstock at 4.5”x6.5”.   The second layer for each card was cut using the Spellbinders Tapestry die.

This short video will give you a closer look at the Authentique “Thrilling” collection and the Spellbinders tapestry die, and will illustrate the basic instructions given above.

I finished each of the cards with a few embellishments – they really don’t need much.  I started by using a little glitter pen and the Smooches pearlized accent ink (adds a subtle shimmer) to enhance the “Mystic” elements.  I just used a little, so it may be hard to detect in the photos.  I thought, for example, that the Sundance Smooches ink really enhanced areas that were supposed to represent candle light.  Then, of course, I added ribbon and rhinestones, etc. to finish the cards.

Supply List:

Authentique Thrilling Collection – 12×12 papers and 2 sticker sheets

Spellbinders Shapeabilities Expandable Pattern die, “Tapestry” (S5-198)

Bazzill cardstock, solid colors – I used Blackbird, Navel, Yukon Gold, Pomegranate and an unidentified soft medium brown.

Smooches pearlized accent ink – I used Tuxedo, Siren and Sundance

Viva Glitter Liner – Holo Iridescent (or substitute your favorite Stickles)

Miscellaneous embellishments – I used what I had on hand including assorted rhinestones, black and ivory gingham ribbon, May Arts satin cutouts small brown leaves, Dress It Up pumpkin button from  the “Vegetables” pack, Maya Road “harvest corn” bakers twine, and May Arts chocolate and bittersweet burlap twine.


Thanks and Happy Scrappin’!


A Girl Always Needs A Stylish Purse!

Thursday, September 5th, 2013

I don’t know how many of you have used the excuse that a girl ALWAYS needs a stylish purse, but it is true! Styles change and in order to keep up, we just have to keep up with the change. Well, here is a purse that will keep your goodies in style as fast as you can cut the paper! All you need is one sheet of 12 x 12″ paper and some adhesive.

Sizzix Bigz Pro Die Bag Purse w/ Flower-656833 is totally fab! It is big enough to hold any chocolate lovers fill of goodies, cookies or even baby clothes as shown here! I was able to fit a 3-6 month Onesie and shorts inside perfectly. I loved that it wasn’t a standard gift bag.  I don’t know if you noticed, but the tag is actually one of the centers to the handles! See HERE for more fun Bigz Pro Dies.












The Bigz Pro Die Bag Purse w/ Flower requires the Big Shot PRO die cutting machine. Measuring 12 x 12 3/4″, this Bigz Pro die showcases the whimsical style of E.L. Smith and also requires the use of a Big Shot Pro Cutting Pad, a Big Shot Pro Crease Pad and 12 x 12″ paper.  Decorate and use for small shower gifts, birthdays, Easter baskets and all occasions!

My product list:

656833-Sizzix Bigz Pro Die Bag Purse w/ Flower

Authentique Renew 12 x 12 Paper

202-Scor-Pal 1/4″ Scor-Tape (see HERE for all sizes of Scor-Tape)

Prima Flowers

Robin’s Nest Dew Drops


Now you can create chic bags for all your friends and family for any occasion! I am thinking ahead a bit, but this bag would be a hit with my trick-or-treaters in Halloween paper and filled with mini candy bars. What do you think?

Thanks and Happy Scrappin’!


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