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Quick and Easy Christmas Cards with Penny Black, Leane Creatief, Cottage Cutz and Tim Holtz!

Tuesday, 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.

wreath bearer


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’!


Cottage Cutz Holiday Lights card

Thursday, 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


Deer of Many Colors

Friday, November 14th, 2014

Karen N here today, sharing some cards with {rein}deer of many colors.  I just love playing around with color!  Who says that reindeer need to be just in brown!?  Not me!  All of my cards today use the FABULOUS Cottage Cutz Flying Deer die.  This die is quickly becoming one of my favorite for Christmas cards!  I just love cutting it with my Big Shot!

This first card uses a reindeer in pretty gold and some paper from the Heartfelt Creations Snowy Blanket collection.


I love the elegant deer, the pretty lace and that funny sentiment!  hahaha!  My mom, who is an awesome grandma, will probably appreciate it!

Here’s a video showing me putting together this fun and quick card.


My second card also uses paper from the Heartfelt Creations Snowy Blanket collection.


My final card today uses paper from the Heartfelt Creations Festive Christmas collection.  I just got this paper, and I looooooove it!  I decided one of my deer better be in brown (Kraft).  :)



Supplies used from Cut@Home

Big Shot SKU:  657900

Cottage Cutz Flying Deer die SKU: CCE-170

Heartfelt Creations Frosty Blanket SKU: HCDP1-225

Heartfelt Creations Festive Christmas SKU: HCDP1-246

Supplies from my stash

White, Kraft, Blue cardstock

3 Girl JAM Lace

Sentiment from Unity Stamp Company

Pearls and Flowers

Craftily yours,



Cottage Cutz Dies

Friday, October 17th, 2014

Karen N here from Craftily Yours with a FUN design team project….I am playing with Cottage Cutz Dies!  There are SO many fun sizes and shapes available here at Cut at Home, and I’m showing off a few of them here!

My first card uses Cottage Cutz Teacup & FlowersHeartfelt Creations Sunflower paper, a doily, some sequins and 3 Girl JAM Distressed Lace.  This die is one of the “petite” dies and is the perfect size for card-making.  Many people ask what’s the difference between the petite and the mini.  The mini is smaller and is great for adding fun embellishments or for use in repeating images!  I LoVe this paper and it was perfect to pair with this adorable die.


The next card I’m sharing today uses one of the Cottage Cutz Elite Dies, the Stylized Owl. Cottage Cutz Grass Border die,  Graphic 45 Mother Goose 6×6 Paper, googly eyes and some sequins.  For the owl, I cut him with the tan solid from the Graphic 45 paper and colored his beak, feat, branch, wings and tail with Tim Holtz Distress Markers.  I also inked the edges of the owl body and tummy cuts with Tim Holtz distress ink in Walnut Stain.


The final card today uses the Cottage Cutz Flying Deer die, Cottage Cutz Mini Holly Berry die and Heartfelt Creations Frosty Blanket paper along with some star sequins and twine.  I cut this fabulous deer from a small piece of gold paper in my stash.  I just love him; so much fun detail in his antlers!


To see more about these projects, check out my video!

Supplies used from Cut@Home:

Cottage Cutz Teacup & Flowers SKU: CCP-031

Heartfelt Creations Sunflower paper SKU:  HCDP1-247

Cottage Cutz Stylized Owl SKU: CC4X4-231

Graphic 45 Mother Goose 6×6 Paper SKU: 4500754

Cottage Cutz Grass Border die SKU:BR07-001

Tim Holtz Distress Markers and Inks

Cottage Cutz Mini Holly Berry Mini die SKU: CC-MINI-025

Cottage Cutz Flying Deer die SKU: CCE-170

Heartfelt Creations Frosty Blanket SKU: HCDP1-225

Supplies from my stash:


3 Girl JAM Distressed Lace



Craftily yours,


Trending – Fun Owls for Scrapbooking

Thursday, September 18th, 2014

Karen N here today sharing with you some cards with an “on-trend” animal that I just adore – the owl!  Cut at Home has all sorts of fantastic owls available, and I’ve included a link to them at the end of this post.  Be sure to check them out.  Today happens to be my 50th Birthday.  I’m super stoked about turning 50 as this is the decade that I’ll retire from work and have MORE time to CRAFT!  The only “bit” of a downer today is that my son is so far away (in the U.S. Army).   BUT it makes me happy that he is chasing his dreams, and I am so proud of him!  Still, I miss him…..I didn’t realize it until I put the post together, but you may see that theme in today’s cards!

Now, onto the fun!  My first two cards today use the Magnolia Tilda Owl stamp.  This owl is SO adorable.


Other ingredients for this card includes the BEAUTIFUL Heartfelt Creations Delicate Asters paper, Spellbinders Labels Four, Spellbinder Nested Lacy Pennants, a button, some twine, Candi dots, and some markers.  Here’s a fun video that shows how I put together this card.

Here’s card number two!



For this card, I also used Tim Holtz Idea-ology Motif paper, Spellbinders Big Scallop Circles, Circle Dies, Shadowpress Debossing FoldersTim Holtz Distress Inks in Rusty Hinge, Walnut Stain, Worn Lipstick and Mowed Lawn, Timeless Twine, markers and a piece of scrap paper from my hoard.  Note the repeating images that was featured as a trend last month!  Love that!

My final card today uses the Cottage Cutz Sylized Owl.  This owl is so stinkin’ adorable!


Recipe for this card includes Tim Holtz Idea-ology Wallflower paper, Tim Holtz Distress Markers, Circle Dies, Unity Stamp Company sentiment, and a doily.

Hope you enjoyed these fun owls.  If you love owls as much as I do, check out the other Ca-Ute owls at Cut at Home by following this LINK!  Eek, so many FUN choices!

Craftily yours,





Thanksgiving Gratitude Journal!

Wednesday, November 20th, 2013

I am a firm believer in celebrating each holiday by itself (even though I started Christmas shopping months ago) and this year I wanted to start a Thanksgiving gratitude journal for our family to write down what they are thankful for. We are celebrating with my side of the family of which I am the oldest of 10 children. If everyone comes, which there will be a few going elsewhere, there is almost 60 of us so far and counting. I thought it would be fun to pass the journal around and see what kind of response there is. Some of my brothers are pretty corny so it could be interesting, but fun.










I started out with a simple $1.00 notebook that you can find just about anywhere. I used 2 sheets of double sided pattern paper and some card stock scraps. My colors don’t match perfectly, but if you look outside this time of year, neither do the colors in nature, right? Besides, by the time I get it back after being passed around, there might be additional gravy and pie stains adorning it as well. No biggie!
I inked around the leaves, covered them with Glimmer Glaze to give them some sheen and stiffen them up a bit. Once dry, I crinkled them to give them a more realistic look and some dimension as well. I also ran my fingernail along the edges to curl and tear them up a bit. Real dead leaves are not pristine, so mine shouldn’t be either.
I placed a few foam adhesive squares in places to raise parts of the leaves off the cover and cut up a paper doily and placed a few sections under a couple of the leaves.

IMG_6777  IMG_6778










On the background of leaves and sentiment I inked the embossing folder used to give it a letterpress effect, but its hard to see in the picture. If you want a bookmark like I did, cut your ribbon a little longer than double the length of the front. That way it is decorative and useful. Everything else is pretty self explanatory.

Product List:
Bo Bunny Back to Basics The Avenues Collection
656927 Sizzix Tim Holtz Bigz Tattered Leaves
CCE-065 Cottage Cutz Elegant Harvest Leaf
1218-33 Darice Full Leaf Background
S6-006 Spellbinders 5×7 Branching Out
AG-04565 JustRite Stampers Mix and Match Sentiments
7501 Want2Scrap Swirls Rhinestones Black
2054 Want2Scrap Rhinestones 72 Black
Tim Holtz Distress Inks Tea Dye and Black Soot
4500546 Graphic 45 Ornate Metal Key Holes
4500545 Graphic 45 Ornate Metal Keys
1/4″ Score-Tape
Card stock
Tattered Angel Glimmer Glaze
Martha Stewart Border Punch (can’t remember the name)

Maybe all of you have something you jot down your gratitude thoughts in like my journal. If not, there is no better time to start than the present. For starters-I am thankful at this time for my wonderful family, a great job and sweaters!(I am freezing now that its turned off cold!)

Thanks & Happy Scrappin’!

SpellbindersSizzixTim HoltzHeartfelt CreationsGraphic 45Silhouette AmericaElizabeth Craft DesignsMagnolia StampsSpectrum NoirJustRite Stampers