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Sympathy Cards with Heartfelt Creations Peacock Paisley

Friday, May 22nd, 2015

Karen N here today sharing with you some sympathy cards that I made using the Heartfelt Creations Peacock Paisley paper. I lost a very important person in my life last weekend, and I decided to make sympathy cards for the family. As with all of the Heartfelt Creations line, it’s simply gorgeous.

I’d only received a sample of this paper, so I decided to challenge myself and make all four cards using two sheets of 12 x 12 paper.  In the video below, you will see what I had left along with more details about the cards I made:

I also used some white cardstock and stamped and cut one pass of the Heartfelt Creations Delightful Daisy stamps and dies.  In each case, I inked them with Tim Holtz Distress Ink then watered them a little to make the paper more pliable and to blend the ink a little.  I curled the edges just slightly to make them more dimensional.

In this first card, I inked a couple of the daisies with Tim Holtz Distress Ink Dried Marigold. (The centers of all of my flowers are prills.)  I fussy cut a couple tags from the Peacock Paisley collection and then added some ribbon and lace:


This second card has more of the daisy, this time inked with Tim Holtz Distress Ink Chipped Sapphire.  I love the prettiness added by using part or all of a simple doily.  The leaf in the background is diecut and inked with Tim Holtz Distress Ink Cracked Pistachio.  The little ATC and ticket are part of the Peacock Paisley collection.


Next up is another card with a doily.  This time I used that beautiful blue paper from Peacock Paisley and cut a Spellbinders Decorative Labels 41.  That pretty intricate die cuts so easily using the Sizzix Precision Base Plate and the Big Shot.  If you don’t have one of these cool plates yet, get one!  You’ll love it!  The ink on this daisy is Tim Holtz Distress Ink Mustard Seed.  Remember – ALL of these fun flowers were just one pass!



On this final card, I went a little more CAS.  I stamped an image from a Unity Stamp onto one of the panels from the Peacock Paisley paper and colored it with my Copics.  I was a little worried about the ink bleeding when I added some shading, but it handled it pretty well.


Well, that’s it for me today.  Hope you all have a lovely Memorial Day weekend.  Thanks for stopping by to check out my cards!

Supplies used from Cut@Home:

Heartfelt Creations Peacock Paisley paper – SKU HCDP1-252

Heartfelt Creations Delightful Daisy dies – SKU HCD1-760

Heartfelt Creations Delightful Daisy stamps – SKU HCPC-3656

Tim Holtz Distress Ink – Dried Marigold – SKU TIM21348

Tim Holtz Distress Ink in Chipped Sapphire – SKU TIM27119

Tim Holtz Distress Ink – Cracked Pistachio – SKU TIM 43218

Tim Holtz Distress Ink – Mustard Seed – SKU TIM20226

Sizzix Precision Base Plate – SKU 660320

Big Shot – SKU 657900

Spellbinders Decorative Labels 41 – SKU S4-467

Supplies from my stash:

3 Girl JAM ribbon and lace, Prills, Pearl Girl pearls, button and Neenah white cardstock

Craftily yours,


Scrapbook Layout using Heartfelt Creations Cut, Mat, Create and Angel Craft Vinyl

Monday, May 18th, 2015

Today I am sharing a scrapbook layout that I did using Heartfelt Creations Cut, Mat, Create dies and Angel Craft Vinyl. Recently we took our granddaughter to the zoo. She LOVES Elephants so I decided to make a layout sharing her love for them.

I started with a nice background paper, I also used a coordinating heart paper for my layout. I chose the pictures that I wanted to use and started to get an idea of how I wanted to lay things out. Probably the biggest bit of advise that I pass along to anyone new to scrapbooking is “DO NOT” adhere anything until you are sure of the placement of your layout. I just lay things down on my page and play with the arrangement until I am happy with it.

I chose to use the Heartfelt Creations Cut, Mat, Create dies for my layout. I LOVE these dies, they make scrapbooking a breeze. You can even use them with the newer “Project Life” style scrapbook pages. I used both sets of the dies. They way they work is you have two sets of dies that work together to make layers or “frames” for your pictures. 1A & 1B go together and 2A & 2B go together.

I cut all of my frames and my pictures and assembled them. The only picture that I did not use the dies for is the biggest picture because it was too big to use the dies. I did use cut frames for the background of the picture. I also cut a 3 inch strip of the heart paper to run down the second page.

I wanted to use Elephant foot prints but I wasn’t sure how I was going to create them. I decided to cut them in Angel Craft Vinyl. This vinyl cuts perfectly with every die cutting system that I have tried, and believe me, I have tried them all!

The video above tells how I used the vinyl to make the foot prints. I was really happy with the final results! Finally, I adhered everything to the pages and for the finishing touch I added some epoxy shapes that I made from the heart paper and a epiphany crafts shape maker.

Here is a look at the first page of the layout:


Here is the second page:


Finally, here is a look at both pages put together in a two page spread:


This was a fun project, but of course any projects with such a cute subject would have to be fun! Here is a list of the products that I used that are available on the Cut@Home website.

HCD749 – Heartfelt Creations Cut, Mat, Create Dies, 1A
HCD750 – Heartfelt Creations Cut, Mat, Create Dies, 1B
HCD751 – Heartfelt Creations Cut, Mat, Create Dies, 2A
HCD752 – Heartfelt Creations Cut, Mat, Create Dies, 2B
12X88982-SEP – Angel Crafts Angel Craft Premium Vinyl Sepia Matte 12×8
6X12NEUT-01 – Angel Crafts Angel Craft Premium Vinyl Neutral #1 6X12


I also used the following from my stash:
Patterned card stock and Epiphany Crafts Shapemaker & Epoxy Shapes (Heart). Silhouette Cameo and Cricut Explore, Animal Antics Font for lettering.

I hope that you enjoyed my project this week, until next time Thanks and Happy Scrappin!


Watercolor Stamping Technique

Tuesday, May 12th, 2015

Watercolor projects are so popular today, and I want to share some techniques with you for creating a watercolor look.  Today’s technique is watercolor stamping.  Here are several examples —

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Watercolor stamping doesn’t take too many new supplies.  The essential items are:  1) watercolor brushes (I used standard brushes, but you may also be able to use an aqua brush — one with the water chamber built-in); 2) a source for clean water (I used an artist’s palette cup, but you could also use a cup or anything else that holds water); 3) watercolor paper (see discussion below); 4) a stamp set; 5) an acrylic block; and 6) watercolor markers (I used Tim Holtz Distress Markers and Spectrum Aqua Markers).  I had most of this in my stash — the only things I needed to purchase were the brushes and the paper.

The brushes that you need for this technique should be of fair quality (your kids’ watercolor brushes probably won’t work, but they don’t have to be artist quality either).  You’ll want a round brush (I used mostly size 2, but also have size 4 on hand for bigger projects) and a flat brush (mine is 1/2″).  If you’re looking at artists’ brushes, make sure that they indicate they are for use with watercolors.

The paper that you’ll want to use is watercolor paper.  It can handle the water much better than the regular cardstock that you use (which may tend to just fall apart when soaked with water).  The most recommended brand (I can’t chime in because I haven’t tried it) is the Ranger/Tim Holtz watercolor paper.  It is a heavyweight paper that is textured on one side, and smooth on the other.  You can choose which surface best meets your needs.  Note that stamping on a textured watercolor paper can be somewhat difficult, so you may want to have at least some of the smooth paper.  I generally purchase a pad of artist’s paper and cut it to size.  This is much more economical, especially when you’re just learning the technique.    Watercolor paper varies a lot, so be sure to check it out before purchasing it (i.e. don’t just purchase the cheapest, etc. — it may not meet your needs).

The first card is made using a new Tim Holtz Stampers Anonymous stamp set, “Flower Garden”.  There are six beautiful flowers (and stems) in this set, and I chose the one that I think is a cone flower to start with.    First I cut a piece of watercolor paper approximately 4.25″ x 5″.  I placed the coneflower on an acrylic stamp block, and used Tim Holtz Distress markers to add color to the petals and to the center.  For this pass, I used a darker purple (Seedless Preserves) for the petals and a gold color (Mustard Seed) for the center.  Before stamping, remember to “huff” to reactivate the marker (this adds just a little moisture to make sure that the color transfers properly to the watercolor paper).  You could lightly spray the stamp or the paper as an alternative to huffing, but it often adds too much water so that your image is fuzzy to start with.  Be sure to “rest” your stamp on the paper for a minute to allow the color to transfer to the paper.

Once the image was stamped, I used my #2 round brush to pick up a little water (not too much, you may want to dab some off on your hand, etc.) and then began to carefully color my image.  The water picks up a little of the color from the stamping and so you begin to see you flower becoming a light purple.  Be sure to keep the water under control, the results are not as good with too much water (see my video for an example).  I did the same thing with the center, just using the plain water to pull the color from the stamping throughout.  When I was satisfied with that look, I began to add some additional color.  For the center, I used Brushed Corduroy as an accent color.  To do this, I removed the stamp from the acrylic block and scribbled some Brushed Corduroy on the acrylic block (using the brush tip side).  Then I carefully wet (but not too wet) my brush and picked up a little ink from the acrylic block and carefully applied it to the flower center.  You have so much control with the paintbrush — I was very surprised with this.  I used Shaded Lilac as the accent color for the petals.  Once the flower was complete, I used a similar process to stamp on the stem and leaves using two different greens.  The beauty of this technique is that you can continue to layer and blend the color until you’re happy with the result.  Remember that the image lightens up significantly when it dries.

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My second card, the botanical rose, was stamped using Heartfelt Creation’s Botanical Rose Bouquet stamp set.  This was a larger image with more colors, so I needed to take a little more time in “coloring” the stamp with my watercolor markers.  I used my Spectrum Aqua markers for this image because it has more bright colors than the Distress set does.   Even though this stamp was larger and had more coloring on it, I was able to reactivate the watercolors using the huffing technique.  So I just stamped it on the watercolor paper and colored it as indicated above.  This stamp needed even more depth and dimension than the first one, so I added 2 additional colors to the flower and the center to achieve the desired look.  I thought the leaves were fine with just two colors.  This one took just a little more layering than the first image did to achieve the look I wanted, but it was the same simple technique.

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I used a little different technique for my last card.  This is called “borderless stamping”, and is a way to transfer an image to watercolor paper for coloring.  Because the stamping is so light, it often looks like the image was done free hand.  So I began with one of the butterfly stamps from the Heartfelt Creations Botanical Wings stamp set.  I attached this to my acrylic block and inked it up with Smokey Gray ink by VersaFine.  (I used VersaFine rather than Distress ink because I didn’t want it to react with the water.  Many use Antique Linen Distress ink for this technique.)  This is a light gray, but is still too dark for what I wanted here, so I began by “stamping off” the butterfly image, and then used the remaining ink on the stamp to create the butterfly image on watercolor paper.  It was a very light gray, but easy to see the image.  The next step was to go over the entire image with my watercolor brush using just some plain, clean water.  This helps to define the area that will be colored, and will allow me to use less water when adding color so that the colors turn out more vibrant.  Once this was done, I began coloring the butterfly from the center out to each side using the various colors of Distress Ink markers (the colors don’t matter so much — you just want to pick colors that you like and that work with the rest of the project.  Once done, you can set this piece aside to dry.

I also made a background for the butterfly image — one that I’ll later stamp with Dream in Beauty by Heartfelt Creations.  The background is also very easy.  First I cut a piece of watercolor paper slightly larger than I wanted to use for the project — here 4.5″ x 5″.  I used my 1/2″ flat brush to cover the entire piece of watercolor paper with clean water.  Then I began adding colors randomly, putting them side by side so that they will blend (the already wet paper allows this to happen).  I used the same colors of Distress markers for this as I did for the butterfly.  Of course you could also use traditional watercolors, or Distress inks or any number of other things to make the background.  Once your background is done, you’ll need to let it dry.  When the background is fully dried (you can speed the process by using your heat gun, just be careful to not singe the paper), stamp the Dream in Beauty image on it in black ink.   I used onyx black VersaFine ink (won’t react with water like the Distress inks will) in case I needed to go back and work with the watercolors, etc.  Be sure to let the ink fully dry before completing the card.  In my 20/20 hindsight, I wish that I had heat embossed this image — I think the result would have been nicer.


I had so much fun creating these watercolor cards.  I think you’ll find that this is also very addicting.    My video this week is on the long side (sorry about that!), but it gives you a closer look at the techniques described above.

I hope that you’ll enjoy using this watercolor stamping technique.  There are many more videos on YouTube that demonstrate this technique (I especially like the ones by Dawn from W Plus 9).  Stay tuned to this blog for some additional watercolor techniques over the next several weeks.

Supplies available from Cut @ Home:

Tim Holtz Stampers Anonymous stamp set “Flower Garden” (SKU CMS215)

Heartfelt Creations stamp sets — “Botanical Rose Bouquet” (SKU HCPC-3653); “Botanical Wings” (SKU HCPC-3652); “Dream in Beauty” (SKU HCPC-3655)

Heartfelt Creations die set — “Botanical Wings” die (SKU HCD1-758)

Angel Crafts Adhesive 1/4″ — (SKU ACT-1414)

Sizzix Big Shot –(SKU 657900)

Tim Holtz Distress Markers — (SKU TDMK39082)

Supplies from my stash: assorted cardstock; Spectrum Aqua watercolor markers; ribbon and lace; Sweet ‘n’ Sassy “Lacey Eyelet Borders” die set; Smokey Gray and Onyx Black VersaFine inks; pink Prima wire thread; embellishments


Thanks and Happy Scrappin’!



NEW Heartfelt Creations and JustRite Stamps

Tuesday, May 12th, 2015

NEW this week is a new collection from Heartfelt Creations and more stamps from JustRite!

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The Cascading Fuchsia collection comes with two different die sets, six stamp sets, a 12×12 coordinating paper pad and a card kit. Please note, the card kit is available for a limited time only.

JustRite has five new stamp sets for this month. Below are some gorgeous cards made by the talented Design Team at JustRite.

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For more information on how to create these cards and to see more ideas using their new stamps, please visit the JustRite Stampers Blog.

Happy Scrappin!


Cut@Home Online Retail Store, Owner


Heartfelt Creations Birds and Blooms Handmade Card

Wednesday, April 22nd, 2015

Hello! Today I’m using the new stamp from Heartfelt Creations Birds and Blooms Collage. This is a beautiful collage stamp, which is part of an entire collection from Heartfelt Creations. The cling stamp is approximately 4 1/4 x 5 1/4, therefore it is a perfect size for your card front.


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I used Versa Fine Black ink, and used my Fiskars Stamp press to stamp it on Ranger Water-color paper. If you do not have a large acrylic block, you can actually just stamp it by hand. The image will turn out beautifully. I embossed my image with clear embossing powder, and heat set it.

I wanted to give my image a light background of a pale blue. I choose to use Tim Holtz Broken China Distress Ink, and added a little to an acrylic block. I ran water over my entire image. Using a fairly large paint brush, I added some of the ink to then entire surface, giving it a very soft blue as a background.

I colored my image using Tim Holtz Distress Markers. These have quickly become a favorite of mine. I have listed the colors below.

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I cut a card base (sizes listed below) from white cardstock, adding a purple piece of cardstock to the entire front of my card. After trimming my image and distressing the edges with Dusty Concord Distress Ink, I used Angel Craft Tape to adhere my beautiful image to the front of my card.

Finished off the inside of my card with a purple & white mat which gives me a place for my sentiment. Added a little lace and flowers and this makes for a beautiful all-occasion card to give.

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I hope you’ve enjoyed today’s project. Please check out the entire line that Heartfelt Creations has to offer, they are simply stunning!

Please check out the video below for a step by step process.

Tim Holtz Distress Markers used:
Spun Sugar
Milled Lavender
Victorian Velvet
Shaded Lilac
Scattered Straw
Tumbled Glass
Shabby Shutters
Forest Moss

Card measurements:
Card Base: 11×5 1/4. Scored at 5 1/2
Purple Mat: 5 1/2 x 4 1/4
Inside purple mat: 4 3/4 x 4 3/4
Inside white mat: 4 5/8 x 4

Products used:
Heartfelt Creations Deluxe Flower Shaping Kit: SKU:HCST1-401
Heartfelt Creations Birds and Blooms Collage: SKU:HCPC-3649
Tim Holtz Distress Ink:
Broken China: SKU:TIM21414
Dusty Concord: TIM21445
Tim Holtz Distress Markers: SKU:TDMK39082

Products from my stash: Wink of stella glitter pen, VersaFine Black ink, clear embossing powder, heat tool, white cardstock, flowers, lace.

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My Anchor from Heartfelt’s Everyday Heroes Collection

Tuesday, April 21st, 2015

Today I want to show you more ideas for using the Heartfelt Creations Everyday Heroes Collection.  My focus here is on a single stamp set, “My Anchor” and the anchor die from the Everyday Heroes die set.  I used these to create three very different cards —

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My first card, the navy and silver one, features a fun product called “Vertigo” by Imagine Crafts.  Vertigo is a plastic material that comes in different finishes, each giving a different texture or impression.  I used “Rattlesnake” here — this is the one that I think most looks like water.  I thought it would be fun to stamp the image on using Mediterranean Blue Brilliance Ink (you need to use pigment inks with Vertigo).  While the ink was still wet, I added some Ranger Super Fine Clear embossing powder and heat embossed the image to give it a little more sheen.  It is very easy to heat emboss with the Vertigo, you just need to be careful to not get it too hot or it will melt (similar to the burns that you begin to see when you over-emboss paper).  I trimmed the Vertigo close to the stamped image, and cut a blue layer the same size to go behind it.  I cut the base layer 4.25″ x 5.5″ from blue cardstock, and a second layer 4″ x 5.25″ from a silver hammered cardstock.  I used the anchor die in the Everyday Heroes die set to cut an anchor from the hammered silver cardstock.  I attached all of the pieces with Angel Craft 1/4″ adhesive.  I added a little embellishment at the bottom by tying three half-hitch knots and staggering them at the bottom of the stamped image.  Very easy, but the Vertigo adds a fun new dimension.


My second card is stamped using Hero Arts Ombre Ink in Pool to Navy.  This is a fun ink to use, although it takes just a little practice to achieve a nice ombre effect.  (My video shows the special techniques you’ll want to use with this ink.)  This is probably the simplest of the three cards in that it is just the stamped image layered on two colors of cardstock, but I like the cool ombre look.  Also, I stamped the image on a textured cardstock, and I like how the cardstock texture adds a little interest to the  card too.  I finished the card by adding one half-hitch knot at the bottom.  The twine that I use here is by Maya Road.  It is thicker than most bakers twines, and so only one or two layers is sufficient to make a statement on a card.  The color I used is “blue corn”, and I think it is a good match for the ombre ink.


My last card uses some vintage techniques.  I stamped the image twice on ivory cardstock using Tim Holtz Vintage Photo Distress Ink.  Once the ink dried thoroughly, I took one of the stamped images and trimmed it close to the lettering, and I fussy cut the ship from the other.  I used the anchor die from the die set to also cut the anchor from the second image.  I colored the ship and the anchor using Antique Linen Distress Ink.  I added a few shadows and details to both images using Tea Dye Distress Ink.  I used a foam pad and just a little of my Broken China Distress Ink to add some blue to the ocean areas of the card (I tried just leaving it cream/brown, but I didn’t like the look).  I really think the subtle blue water adds a lot to this card.  I used fussy cutting scissors to trim the image in a sort of random way, trying to set up my vintage look.  Once I was happy with the basic appearance, I used my Prima distressing tool to distress each of the edges and notches, etc.  Once I was satisfied with that look, I added some ink to the edges — first Antique Linen and then Tea Dye.  Once the inks dried, I made one more light pass around with the distressing tool (a perfect ink job on a distressed object just doesn’t seem quite right to me).  I cut a base layer from brown cardstock.  I attached the distressed piece with Angel Crafts 1/4″ adhesive, and the ship and anchor with a low dimensional adhesive.  I tied another half-hitch knot (this time using Ginger Root Maya Road twine), and added it to the bottom of the card.  Another very easy card, but what a cool result!


Please be sure to watch the short video for additional information on the techniques that I used for each card.

I hope you won’t mind if I come back in a week or two and show you more ideas featuring the Heartfelt Creations Everyday Heroes collection.  I just love it, and each time I look at the stamp and die sets I am just so inspired.    I hope that you will also have an opportunity to work with this awesome collection.

Supplies from Cut @ Home:

Heartfelt Creations Everyday Heroes CollectionEveryday Heroes Die Set (SKU HCD1-761); My Anchor stamp set (SKU HCPC-3662)

Sizzix Big Shot (SKU 657900)

Angel Craft Tape 1/4″ (SKU ACT-1414)

Tim Holtz Distress InksVintage Photo (SKU TIM19527); Antique Linen (SKU TIM19497); Tea Dye (SKU TIM19510); Broken China (SKU TIM21414)

Supplies from my stash:  assorted solid cardstock, hammered silver cardstock by Hot Off the Press, Maya Road Bakers Twine (Ginger Root and Blue Corn); generic navy twine; glue dots; Rattlesnake Vertigo by Imagine Crafts, Mediterranean Blue Brilliance Ink, Hero Arts Ombre Ink in Pool to Navy; craft marshmallows; Ranger Super Fine Clear Embossing Powder; Heat tool; Prima Ingvild Bolme distressing tool

Thanks and Happy Scrappin’!



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