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NEW Darice Embossing Essentials Dies

Tuesday, September 23rd, 2014

As a die fanatic, I am so excited that Darice now has dies available.  Yay!  As usual, the quality that we’ve come to expect from Darice is absolutely there and, best of all, the dies are affordable.  Let me show you a card that I made using one of the basic die sets, scalloped circles.

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Isn’t that just the cutest shape?  I love the pointy edges instead of the traditional rounded ones, and that they are larger and more spaced out than the traditional pinking circles.

In the debut, Darice released a variety of dies — both basic sets and seasonal ones.  When I say new, I mean brand new and not just new to Cut at Home.  That means there may be some delay in availability while they (Darice)  catch up with orders, etc.  You’ll notice in the Darice Embossing Essentials die area that there are a lot of the basic dies, for example, and not so much for the holiday dies.  This should all sort out as they catch up with their orders, etc.  If you want something pictured here that is not currently on the site, contact the wonderful Customer Service folks for assistance.

The dies are the thin dies, and so can be used in a number of different die cutting machines.  The package gives instructions for four machines (the Big Shot, the Cuttlebug, the eBosser, and the Evolution), but they should work in any machine that can handle thin dies.  They have a coating that is designed to prevent those little chads from sticking in the dies.  If you do find that some little pieces stay behind, whack the die against a hard surface and most of the bits should come flying out (it is a lot easier than picking them out, but you do have to chase those little pieces).

I was able to purchase a variety of dies, including some of the basic sets and some of the holiday sets.  For each I cut out a piece of scrap paper using the largest die in the set (all fit comfortably on an A-2 sized card).  Here is a look at some of them —

cuts 1  These are three circle sets — scalloped circles (top), wavy circles (left) and bumpy circles (right).  The bumpy circles look like they will be a lot of fun to use on cards, etc.

cuts 2  The curved rectangles set is at the top, and wavy squares on the bottom.

cuts 3  These are my two favorite sets — stars and the book pages dies.  I love the puffy, rounded edge stars.  They are perfect for kids’ cards or for baby items.  The book pages set is, to me, the “must have” die set in the collection so far.  You could make some very cure mini-albums using this set, or the individual pieces would be perfect layered on cards, etc. to make pockets or flaps or whatever.  It is such a fun set and has so many possibilities.

cuts 4  These are two of the holiday dies — the evergreen border and the snowflake border.  Both fit the long side of an A-2 card (so are approximately 5.5″ long).  The trees can be used all together, or you can cut them apart and just use a few, etc.  I also think they would be perfect stacked creating a forest of sorts.

cuts 5  Last, but by no means least, these are mostly holiday dies.  The top left piece is called swirl vine (it is not holiday).  Next to it is small holly.  On the bottom are poinsettia and snowman with hat.  All very cute!  With these dies, it is important that you take the extra step and emboss them after cutting.  There is so much detail that adds to/enhances the look of the piece (none of these images were embossed).

For a closer look at the dies and cutout shapes, please see the short video below.  In it I do spend some time with the dies, their packaging, and how the cut shapes (focusing on the largest sizes) fit on an A-2 sized card.

So that’s just a quick look at some of the sets that are available.  Watch for additional posts from me featuring Darice Embossing Essentials dies.

For the “hello sunshine” card above, I used the second largest die in the scalloped circles set.  I cut it using my Sizzix Big Shot.  I did not emboss it for this project.  I added some Dandelion and Tangelo Memento inks to the edges to give it some dimension (I even used a little light orange to add some “blush” to the sun face).    I used the same color cardstock to cut a card base 4.25″ x 5.5″ (A-2 sized), and I cut the yellow and white paper 4″ x 5.25″.  I added some of the Dandelion and Tangelo inks to the edges of the layer to add some dimension.  The cool shades gave my sunshine a little ‘tude (the frame is black with clear rhinestones, the lenses are cut from bottle green vellum).  The “hello sunshine” sentiment is from one of those dollar rubber stamps that you just can’t resist.  Easy peasy.    This card is sure to bring a smile to someone’s face.

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Be sure to check out the selection of Darice Embossing Essentials dies.   You’ll see that even the basic dies are different from the other dies available out there.  With the reasonable price tag you might just be able to buy 2 or 3 sets for what you would have paid for just 1 set of another brand.

 

Supply List

Darice Embossing Dies — I used a variety of sets as described above.  The card is made using the Scalloped Circles set.

Die Cutting/Embossing machine — I used my Sizzix Big Shot.

assorted cardstock

Memento inks — I used tuxedo black, dandelion and tangelo

Scor-Tape by Scor-Pal (to adhere the card layers and to attach the glasses to the sun, etc.)

Sunglasses – this is a Taylored Expressions die called “Spectacles”

The lenses of the sunglasses are cut from  bottle green vellum

4 small clear rhinestones to embellish the glasses

Low dimensional adhesive (used to attach the sun and the sentiment)

 

Thanks and Happy Scrappin’

Cheryl

MamaSaidShare.wordpress.com

 

Silhouette Vinyl and Heat Transfer paper – Deal of the Week!

Monday, September 8th, 2014

Hello scrappers!

We are clearing the decks for all the NEW Silhouette America product! I know last week I told you the new vinyl and heat transfer paper was in stock. Well…I got my order and it wasn’t in the box. I was passed incorrect (albeit hopeful) information which wasn’t true, so I apologize for that! The good news is it is on its way and that means I have to clear out the discontinued stock. So the Deal of the Week is select vinyl and heat transfer from Silhouette at 30% off!

heat transfer and vinyl

 

 

 

 

 

The VIP codes for September are SEP432 for Spellbinders and SIZ9SE for Sizzix and Tim Holtz Sizzix.

When I got into work this morning, I had a pleasant surprise waiting for me from Spellbinders. Their new Create-A-Flower and Pretty Petal Die D-Lites are shipping this week! You see the video of the new Cherry Blossoms on our Youtube channel. Here is what the project looks like:

cherry blossoms

 

 

 

 

They look so real!!

Other new items I am introducing this week is the Pink Lemonade collection from Magnolia. Tilda is dressed in her best summer finery and you will love this stamp collection.

Magnolia stamp

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Isn’t she adorable!

Another item I am really excited about is the Darice Embossing Essentials dies! We all LOVE their embossing folders and these dies will compliment the EF’s great! These chemically etched dies come in a variety of geometric shapes as well as other popular shapes like hearts, labels, etc. They can be used in most die-cutting machines and at $13.49 per set, the price point is really a bargain. Give them a try and let me know what you think!

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We will be featuring a separate blog post and video on these later this month.

Emma Lou from Heartfelt Creations has done it again with another gorgeous collection of dies, stamps and paper! You are going to really go for the Classic Sunflower Collection! Here is an example of a card from this collection. I love the pairing of sunflowers with denim.  Here is an example of two of the papers.

 

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Makes me want to redecorate my entire house in sunflowers and denim!

For those of you who happen to be shopping this weekend, and noticed our store was empty of all products for a few hours, we had a corrupt file in our product table. It was probably me, as I was loading the new Silhouette vinyl fast and furiously! I take credit for it and offer my apologies to any of you who were inconvenienced. If you happen to be caught by a “Marcie Bug” as I like to call them, let Tristan or Tauna know, and mention free gift in your next order and for your inconvenience, we will add one to your order. The store was still totally safe and secure, it was NOT a breach, just me going too fast! Sorry!

Have a great week! I will see you next Monday with our NEW Deal of the Week and other fabulous new products. Until then, keep watching our blog and youtube channel as my incredibly talented Design Team give you ideas and tips on how to make the most of your papercrafting hobby.

Happy Scrappin!

Marcie

Cut@Home Owner

Back to School Card featuring Spellbinders Celebra’tions Dies

Tuesday, August 19th, 2014

Today I have a fun “back to school” card featuring the new pierced dies from the Spellbinders Celebra’tions line.  These new dies come in circles, ovals, squares and rectangles.  My card features the oval pierced dies —

first day

My first step in making the back to school card was to select an image.  I like this stamp by My Favorite Things.  Since I wanted to color the image with my Copic markers, I stamped it with Memento ink – an ink that dries quickly and doesn’t react with the alcohol ink markers.  I colored the image with my Copics, and then fussy cut it.  When I color this image I sometimes use Glossy Accents to highlight the apple, although I didn’t use it on this card.

To make the notebook paper background, I used a sheet of 4.25” x 5.5” white cardstock and placed it in the Darice embossing folder.  I ran it through my Sizzix Texture Boutique Embossing Machine.  I often use this stand-alone machine for my embossing.  That is what it is made for, and embossing is what it does really well.  I always get a good crisp image from it.  Once my image was embossed, I trimmed it to 3-7/8” x 5-1/8”.  I used colored pencils to add the red vertical line on the left side, and the blue horizontal lines.  I also used my 1/8” hole punch to cut the holes in the side of the paper.  It just took these few very easy steps to make pretty realistic notebook paper sized for a card.

I chose a solid red paper for the background, and cut it 4.25” x 5.5”.  I wanted something very subtle for the image to rest on, so I chose the light blue cardstock.  I cut and embossed the light blue cardstock using the middle-sized pierced oval dies (both the straight cutting die and the piercing die).

The Celebra’tions pierced oval die set includes six dies – three of them straight oval cutting dies, and three of them piercing dies.  To achieve the effect on my card, I used the middle cutting die and the middle piercing die.  You could also use the dies separately – so you could cut a straight oval only, or you could create the pierced effect in the middle of the cardstock only (to highlight a section, for example – but it won’t cut in an oval shape).  Of course you can also use these dies to add several layers to your card.  These are very versatile dies.  Please see the short video for additional information on how the dies can be used.

Or you can view directly on youtube: spellbinders celebrations back to school card

To assemble the card, I attached the notebook paper to the red background using Scor-Tape.  I attached the stamped image to the oval using a low dimensional adhesive, and then attached the oval to the background layers using Scor-Tape.  I added a ¼” sheer ribbon at the side of the card, and centered it over the red line on the notebook paper.  I attached a bow near the top of the image.  The chunky pencil sticker adds a little more fun dimension.  Super easy card!

first day

As a two-for-Tuesday bonus, I have a golf martini card that features the Celebra’tions pierced rectangle dies –

golf martini

This is made using most of the same steps as the back to school card.  See the supply list below for the additional items needed to complete this card.

I love the new pierced dies – they are so easy to use and add just a pop of dimension to an otherwise plain layer.  They work equally well for guy cards and girl cards.  How much fun is that?

 

Supply List:

Spellbinders Celebra’tions pierced dies – I used the pierced oval and pierced rectangle sets

Die cutting machine – I used my Spellbinders Grand Calibur

Assorted cardstock

Adhesive – I used Scor-Tape by Scor-Pal, the ¼” size; Darice low-dimensional adhesive

Ribbon

Darice embossing folder – Notebook paper

Sizzix Texture Boutique Embossing Machine

Blue and red colored pencils

1/8” hole punch

Copic markers –  E00, E02, Y21, Y23, Y26, COO, C0, C1, C2, C6, R27, R29, YG03, YG06

My Favorite Things stamp – al a modes stamp – “An Apple for Teacher”

Memento Tuxedo Black ink

Pencil sticker by Jolees

Additional supplies needed for golf martini card —  golf ball brad; solid green bakers twine; Impression Obsession stamp 02184 “Golf Martini”; Copic markers B0000, R27, R29, YG03, YG06, E31, E33, C00, C1, C6; plaid paper from Graphic 45 Good Ole Sport collection

 

Thanks and Happy Scrappin’!

Cheryl

MamaSaidShare.wordpress.com

 

Embossing with Darice embossing folders and Washi tape

Monday, August 4th, 2014

Washi tape is all the rage right now so this week I decided to emboss with Darice embossing folders and Washi tape. I did two cards, one thing I discovered that I never knew is that you can sand washi tape!

Before I get started here is a list of the supplies used that are available on the Cut at Home website.

First Card
Darice Embossing Folder, Flower Frenzy 5 x 7 Embossing Folder – SKU: 1217-66
Sizzix Framelits Die Set 7PK w/Stamp, Doilies – SKU: 659730
Heartfelt Creations Summer Song Precut Set – SKU: HCPC 3615
BoBunny Our Lil’ Monster Self-adhesive Jewels – SKU: 15807224

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Second Card
Darice Embossing Folder, Birdcages – SKU: 1219-101
Sizzix Framelits Die Set 7PK w/Stamp, Chandeliers – SKU: 657777
Spellbinders Feathers dies – SKU: S4-428
Spellbinders A2 Valiant Honor dies – SKU: S5-217
Spellbinders Tool ‘n One – SKU: T-001

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Other items used: Washi Tape, Ink, Gems, Card Stock, Sanding Block and Pop Dots.

I used my Sizzix BigShot for both cards and my Silhouette America Silhouette Cameo for the sentiment on the second card.

Here is a video of the first card and instruction on using Washi Tape with Embossing folders.

For the first card I started with a 5″ x 7″ card base, I cut a 4 3/4″ x 6 3/4″ piece of card stock in a contrasting color. I selected my Washi tape and applied it to the 4 3/4″ x 6 3/4″ piece of card stock being careful to align the pattern. Once the sheet is covered select your embossing folder and emboss. I sanded the embossed image to make it pop.

Next stamp your images from the framelits set on the same contrasting color, I stamped three of them in purple and the largest one that has the sentiment was stamped in a light green so that I could stamp the sentiment over the image. Once you have your images stamped cut them out with the corresponding dies. I use a piece of tape to hold my dies in place so they do not shift before or while cutting them out. Next I stamped the edges, and stamped the sentiment, I added some green inking on the images that I stamped in the purple to bring everything together. I used a scalloped Washi tape and piece of ribbon on the left side of the card and adhered them before I attached the sentiment Doily. Adhere the doilies to the card using pop dots, then add your gems.

Here is a look at the first card:
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Here is a close up of the sentiment:
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For the second card I used a sheet of Washi tape, it already has a backing on it so I didn’t have to adhere it to anything I just put it in the embossing folder and embossed it, next I sanded it to make the embossed images pop. I adhered the Washi tape embossed image to a 5″ x 7″ card base. I added some foil striped washi tape to border the embossed image. T cut two feathers and a text bar from the Spellbinders dies out of a dual color core paper and sanded them, I also inked the edges of all three pieces.

Then I stamped 5 of the birds from the framelits Chandelier set and cut them out, I adhered them to the bird cages, I adhered the feathers and sentiment block to the bottom of the card. I created the text for the sentiment on my Silhouette Cameo using the print and cut feature and adhered it to the card, lastly I added a little bling!

I also wanted to add that this was the first time I got to try my new tool, the Spellbinders Tool ‘n One, I couldn’t believe how easy it was to remove all the paper that stays stuck in the dies, just use the brush and it takes care of them all! I was really happy I decided to get it, it’s a must if you have lots of Spellbinder dies.

here is a look at that card:
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These cards were fun to make and I discovered another way to use some of my Washi tape stash since I am addicted to it! Hope you enjoyed my project this week, until next week Thanks and Happy Scrappin.

Polly
pazasproductions.blogspot.com

Darice Embossing Folders and Letterpress Technique

Monday, June 2nd, 2014

Today I wanted to try a technique using Darice embossing folders and letterpress technique. I saw this technique from Spellbinders and wanted to give it a try. You use your embossing folders and ink pads to create a kind of letterpress look with your embossing folders. Before I get started here is a list of the products that I used which are available at the Cut at Home website.

Darice Scrolls Embossing Folder – SKU: 1215-49
Darice Dot Embossing Folder – SKU:1217-67
Sizzix Framelits Die Set, Banners Pennant Scallop – SKU: 657571
Silhouette America, Silhouette Cameo – SKU: SILHOUETTE-CAMEO-3T
Sizzix Big Shot – SKU: 841182068880

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Supplies used from my stash, Darice core’dinations Pearls card stock, ink pads, brayer, gems, washi tape and twine.

This is a fun technique, but it may take a couple of tries, I used the Big Shot for the embossing, it worked well, you just have to make sure that you use flat plates so that the pressure is even when embossing. My video demonstrates how to do the letterpress technique.

I started with a card base of 10″ x 7″, I scored it at 5″ to make a 5″ X 7″ card. I cut a 4 1/4″ x 5 3/4″ card stock for the letter press technique, I also cut a 4 1/2″ x 6″ card stock for the border around the embossed piece. Once I had the embossing done I used my Silhouette to cut out the letters and numbers. The card I made for my demonstration is a graduation card. To assemble the card, first I bordered the side and bottom edge of the card base with washi tape, then I adhered the embossed card stock to the 4 1/2″ x 6″ card stock, then I adhered them to the card aligning the card stock to the top of the card, leaving an even boarder around the two sides and the bottom. Next I adhered the twine to the top of the card for the banner pieces. Next I adhered the banner pieces, then I added the words Class of 2014 and congrats, finally I finished off the card with a little touch of bling!

Here is the finished graduation card:
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I wanted to show how versatile this design is so I went ahead and created a birthday card using the same format, I was amazing how different the cards look just changing the colors and wording! To make the birthday cards follow the above directions for assembly, just change the wording.

Here is the finished birthday card:
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This was a fun project and I really liked the results, there are so many things you can do with embossing folders! I hope that you enjoyed my post this week, until next time Thanks and Happy Scrappin!

Polly
pazasproductions.blogspot.com

Heartfelt Creations Once Upon A Time Collage

Tuesday, May 27th, 2014

Today I want to show you a mixed media collage featuring Heartfelt Creation’s Once Upon A Time Collection.  It would make a great Fathers’ Day Gift.  The Once Upon A Time Collection features timepieces and is a very versatile collection.  There is quite a variety to choose from, and the collection is perfect for a mixed media project (featured today), card making or scrapbook layouts.

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Sometimes its difficult to begin a mixed media collage project.  I usually begin with a theme (here time/timepieces), and decide whether the project is for a guy or a girl (or both).  I look through the “treasures” I’ve collected and pull anything that might fit the theme and then I may go shopping to find a few more elements.  I always gather way more than I need — that’s okay, because you don’t know exactly what will fit until you do the project.

supplies  supplies+frame

For this project, I used a frame that my Sister found at a garage sale (25 cents, yay!).  It was a little beat up and needed some restoring using a tinted furniture wax and some Copic markers.  With just a little effort (mostly hers – yay for sisters!) it was perfect.

I knew that I wanted to use some of the timepiece elements from several of the Once Upon A Time Collection stamp sets.  I stamped them onto ivory cardstock using my Impression Obsession Mega Mount (works great with large stamps), and several colors of Tim Holtz Distress Ink.  I like to vary the colors a little to add some interest.  I also used the same basic ink colors to distress the edges of the timepiece elements to make them look a little more vintage.  I cut the timepiece elements using the Once Upon A Time die that is a part of the collection and my Sizzix Big Shot.

I began to assemble my collage by choosing a background paper.  I liked one in the collection — it already looked a little vintage, and was framed nicely.  I wasn’t sure if the edges of the frame, etc. were straight, so I fussy cut it out of the center of the 12×12 paper.  Then I made a diagonal cut into the frame (be sure to leave the corners intact), and fussy cut the center piece.  Both were just a little large for my frame, but I knew I could trim them to fit.    I had a vintage lace in the pile (I know, lace for a guy project??  But it worked!) that I used between the background paper and the frame.  I distressed all of these (including the lace) using my Tim Holtz Distress inks.

The Tim Holtz pocket watch comes empty, so I used one of the Recollections clock faces and a Tim Holtz game spinner to add a clock face and hands.  I thought it would be fun to add “tick tock” to the front glass using the Tim Holtz Label Letters.  The Label Letters are just so much fun to add a quick word or two to a project!  I distressed a piece of the Linen Ribbon and used it to suspend the watch just slightly off-center on the project.

With the major pieces in place, it was time to begin to arrange some of the smaller elements.  I missed having something floral in this project, but thought it would take away from the masculine nature.  I used a couple of feathers instead, and I thought they added the missing textures, etc. and a little interest.  I selected a few of the time pieces I stamped and placed those on the collage with a couple of timepieces (and parts) that I cut from the piece of cardstock I selected.  I added the metal timepiece to the lower right corner, and added traditional corner pieces to the other corners.  I used sticky wax to attach most of the elements, and Scor-Tape where I thought the sticky was might not hold.  My last element was the clock key — I initially thought I would suspend it from the glass side of the frame, but that didn’t work as well as I anticipated.  I found it better to just mount it with all of the other collage pieces.  Please see the short video for a look at the Heartfelt Creations Once Upon A Time Collection, and how I approached the project.

Here are some close-up pictures and the finished project.

upper half  lower half

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This is a fun collection, and there are lots of different projects that can be made with it.  It isn’t just a “guy” collection — several pieces incorporate flowers, etc. and would be nice for other projects.  I know that you will enjoy using it.

 

Supply List

Heartfelt Creations Once Upon A Time Collection — I used a sheet of cardstock from the paper collection; 3 stamp sets (Time Sentiments, Numeral Clocks and Timeless Clock) and the Once Upon A Time die

Die cutting machine — I used my Sizzix Big Shot

Impression Obsession Mega Mount

Tim Holtz Distress Ink — I used Tea Dye, Vintage Photo, Walnut Stain and Wild Honey

Ivory cardstock

Display Frame 5×7 (opening is approximately 4×6) — garage sale find

vintage lace

feathers

Tim Holtz Pocket Watch, Timepieces, Clock Keys, Game Spinners, Label Letters, and Linen Ribbon

Prima Engraver Brads

Darice Hemp Twine – brown

Sticky Wax (this is a product sold primarily to hold a candle upright in a candlestick — the packaging will indicate whether it is safe for scrapbooking projects, etc.)

Scor-Tape by Scor-Pal

Recollections decorative corners and mini embellishments (clock faces)

 

Thanks and Happy Scrappin’

Cheryl

MamaSaidShare.wordpress.com

 

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