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Children’s Cards featuring Die-Versions I {Heart} You Animals

Tuesday, February 18th, 2014

Today I’m using a super-fun die by Die-Versions, “I {Heart} You Animals”.  This single die can be used to make at least eight different animals – a lion, a dog, a cat, a bear, a pig, an owl, a monkey and a cow.  How fun is that! I really think that with a little creativity, you can probably come up with even more animals by mixing and matching the parts, changing colors, etc.   Any of the animals would make a really cute children’s card for a birthday or any occasion – even an “I love you.

dog  bear

lion  owl


The Die-Versions dies are  thin metal dies, so you can use them with almost any die cutting machine.  I chose my Sizzix Big Kick because it is well-suited to heavy-duty cutting.  With even my heaviest papers, I was able to cut at least two layers at a time (so I could cut both feet at the same time by stacking the two scraps together, etc.).  This saves a little time, and gets me to the fun of assembling the animal faster.

There are a couple of ways you can approach using the die.  You can select an animal and the colors of cardstock needed to make it.  You might then cut a full sheet of “parts” for each of the colors needed (for some of the colors you would have to cut two full sheets to get enough parts), and then only use the parts you need for the selected animal.  The left over parts can be held and used on another card.  I think the better way to approach it is to just use your scraps to cut only the pieces that you need for the selected animal.  For example, a 2-1/4” x 3” scrap is an appropriate size for the heart, a 2” square for the head, 1” squares for the feet, etc.  If you use this method, it really takes very little paper to assemble any of the animals.  If you lay the scraps on the die carefully, you can cut most of the parts needed for an animal in one pass through the die cutting machine.

If little pieces tend to make you crazy, note that the eyes and the paw pads, etc. are made from small circles.  If you have small circle hole punches (1/8”, ¼”, 3/16”, etc.) you may find it easier to just punch out the shapes needed rather than trying to wrangle the little circles on the die.  You may also prefer to cut the larger white circle for the eyes and draw in the pupil with a black marker (a black Glaze pen would give a nice result).   Markers can also be used if you want to create an animal with stripes (for example, a tiger cat, etc.).  This is all optional – everything that you need is included on the die.  Please see the short video for more tips on using the I {Heart} You Animals die.

To assemble the card, I first selected a patterned paper to place the animal on, and a coordinating base layer.  I cut the base layer 4.25” x 5.5” (A-2 size), and the patterned paper 3-7/8” x 5-1/8”.  I used Scor-Tape by Scor-Pal to attach the patterned layer to the base layer.   The next thing I did was to lay the animal pieces on the card front to see how everything fits.  When I was happy with the placement, I began to glue the pieces in place.  I used Scotch Quick Drying Tacky Glue for the larger pieces.  For the smaller pieces, a glue pen or a product called “Sticky Dots” will work best.  Of course, you could also run the pieces through a Xyron before attaching them.  For ears and tails, I also used some low dimensional adhesive to add a little dimension.  Note that I added the sentiments to the hearts before I assembled the animals.  Instead of the sentiments you could use stickers or other die cuts, etc.

There are many other fun ways that you can use this die.  If you don’t want so much emphasis on the heart, you can cut the heart  in the main body color, or replace the heart with an appropriate sized circle or oval.  You could also assemble the animal separate from the card base and mount it using a wobble spring (imagine the “giggles” that will bring!).  It is a very versatile die.


Supply List:

Die-Versions die “I {Heart} You Animals

Die cutting machine – I used my Big Kick by Sizzix

Assorted cardstock for the animals – scraps will work fine

Assorted  cardstock for the card layers

Adhesives – ¼” Scor-Tape by Scor-Pal, Scotch Quick Drying Tacky Glue, glue pen, Therm O Web Sticky Dots, etc.  You may also want a low dimensional adhesive such as Darice foam squares.

Sentiments or stickers – I used several of the new small stamp sets and bars by Heidi Swapp.

Ink – I used Versafine Onyx Black ink.


Thanks and Happy Scrappin’!



Gift Tag Holiday Banners

Thursday, December 12th, 2013

Today I want to share a couple of gift tag holiday banners.  There are so many fun gift tag dies on the market right now, and banners are still very popular.  It seemed a logical choice to put the two together to create a quick and simple Christmas decoration.

Bright Banner

Christmas Banner resized










For the “Merry & Bright” banner, I used the “Tilda TagMagnolia DooHickey die.  What a fun tag!  I love the little distress edging, and the topper that goes with this tag.  It is perfect to showcase in a banner.  I began by cutting 12 tags and toppers from white cardstock.  I edged each of the tags and toppers with Memento Lady Bug ink (using a Darice craft marshmallow).

I used a set of Memory Box dies (Parker) to cut the letters and symbol needed for my holiday sentiment.  Attaching the letters to the tags can be somewhat tricky because of all of the small parts.  I found it easiest to use a product called “Sticky Dots” by Therm-O-Web.  Sticky Dots comes as a small sheet of adhesive.  To use this product, you lift a liner sheet to place the small pieces face up on the adhesive, and then replace the liner and rub over the images to be adhered.  You then pull back the liner, and remove the “sticky” images.  This product works great any time that you have small pieces to be adhered (or, for example, if you have an intricate die cut design).

To finish, I placed a letter on each tag.  I decorated the tag with a couple of candy canes cut from May Arts candy cane satin cut-outs (adhered with Scor-Tape by Scor-Pal).  I added a green nailhead where the candy canes intersected.  I used 1/8″ red and white satin ribbon to string the tags.  This sentiment works best as one long banner – I separated it into two only for purposes of the photograph.

For the second banner, I used the Christmas Label die by Nellie ‘s Choice.  This is a two-piece tag, and I love the finished look of attaching the two pieces with dimensional adhesive.  These tags were cut from ivory cardstock and each piece was edged with Memento Pistachio ink before attaching them with the dimensional adhesive

This banner is finished pretty much in the same way as the “Merry & Bright” banner.  For this one, I used the Memory Box typewriter alphabet to cut the letters from a sheet of red velvet specialty paper.  The flowers I attached to each tag were also made of red velvet.

Tag banners are such a quick and easy holiday project.  They are also perfect as a family project.


Supply List:

Tilda Tag die by Magnolia Doohickeys

Christmas Star tag die by Nellie Snellen

Memory Box alphabet dies – Parker and Typewriter

Memento ink – Lady Bug and Pistachio

Darice craft marshmallow

May Arts satin cutouts ribbon – candy cane

Small green nailheads

Red velvet flowers (the brand I used was Offray)

Scor-Tape by Scor-Pal

Dimensional adhesive

Sticky Dots by Therm-O-Web

1/8” ribbon to string the banners – red, white and ivory


Thanks and Happy Scrappin’!


Thank You, Veterans!

Tuesday, November 12th, 2013

Today I want to say “Thank You Veterans!”   I am so very grateful to each hero and their families for their service and sacrifice for our Country.

This scrapbook page honors my favorite Veteran, my brother-in-law, Tom.   The pictures of him were taken as he returned from an Honor Flight earlier this year.

veterans page

The close-up photos below may be easier to see –

veterans top  veterans bottom

The dimensional stars on the page were made with the “Star” folding die by Nellie Snellen.  I just love these stars!   I made the stars by cutting two strips using the die.  These are folded and attached together to form a star shape.   The original design of the star is a 6-pointed star, but I modified it to make it a more traditional 5-pointed star by removing just a small section of one of the strips. These photographs show the original six-pointed star, and the portion I removed to make a five-pointed star.

six point star  cut off 6th point

Whether you make the 5-pointed or 6-pointed version of the star, you will need foundation pieces so that the star will keep its shape.  I used the Nellie Snellen 5-point star shape dies for this.  It is a very cute set – the largest star is only 2.25” across.

Carrie demonstrated how to use the Nellie Snellen folding dies in her video a couple of weeks ago.  I’ve linked that video below.

The background paper is a piece of heavyweight handmade paper.  It came with the rough, deckled edges.  I added a little red and blue color with a Darice craft marshmallow and some Memento inks.  I stamped the sentiments with Black Versafine ink, and embossed them using Ranger Super Fine clear embossing powder.  The stars and the backgrounds are from red, white and blue metallic papers by The Paper Cut.

Supplies used

Star folding die by Nellie Snellin

5-point star Shape Dies by Nellie Snellin

Die cutting/embossing machine – I used my Cuttlebug

One 12×12 sheet of heavyweight handmade paper – I used white

Memento inks – Paris Dusk and Lady Bug

Cardstock in red, white and blue – I used metallic papers by The Paper Cut

Black Versafine ink

Ranger Super Fine Clear Embossing Powder

Heat Gun

Patriotic sentiments – I used “My Hero Sentiments Set” by Stamper’s Best

DoCrafts frame die set “Doorplate”

Adhesives – I used Scor-Tape by Scor-Pal


Thanks and Happy Scrappin’!




Nellie’s Choice Dies For Cardmaking!

Wednesday, October 30th, 2013

No matter what you preference, choosing Nellie’s Choice Dies for cardmaking will give you beautiful handmade embellishments every time!

What are Nellie’s Choice? Nellie’s Choice Dies by designer Nellie Snellen create frames dies or Border templates dies that can be used for simply cutting and even some embroidery stitching. Nellie’s Choice Dies can add that perfect stitching effect to your scrapbooking project or card. These dies can be used with most die cutting and embossing machines. Nellie’s Choice dies can be categorized into the following designs: Stitching dies,Folding dies,Filling Dies,Multi Frame Dies,Shape Dies, and their 4×6 Embossing Folders. These dies and folders for cardmaking and scrapbooking are imported and so we ask that you allow just a little more time for shipping.

Need more details?

Filling Dies are unique dies that you can actually fill in design outlines with quilling rolls made from strips cut or even fill in these with glitter or micro beads and more! These come in shapes for hearts,butterflies,doves,filling strips and more.

Folding Dies are so much fun to use as you can cut the same die out multiple times to create an accordion fold of a shape such as a 3D heart,flowers,stars, or other shapes. This would be absolutely fun to add to any scrapbooking page or card or even for a party decoration. I have included an example of  what I did with NFD008 Round Point Rosette. SO CUTE!













Shape Dies are perfect designs in all styles for scrapbooking and cardmaking projects. These dies are similar to any other dies you see on the market and will work in most die cutting and embossing machines!

Stitching Dies can be used in most die cutting and embossing machines for pricking the stitching pattern and cutting frames! When embroidering, you want to secure the end of the embroidery thread to the card with self adhesive tape. Embroider the pierced template pattern. Make the long stitches in a straight line and pull the thread tight. Nellie’s Choice Dies can add that perfect stitching effect to your scrapbooking project or card.

Multi Frame’s Dies are similar to other geometric dies you see on the market from other die cutting companies. These will work in most, if not all leading die cutting and embossing machines to create beautiful frames for any card or layout.

Here are a few examples of what you can do with the Multi Frame’s dies. I used MFD047 Decorative Oval, 5/pkg for these examples.














You can also view our videos on how to use a few of these dies in a die cutting machine. I used my Sizzix Big Shot for the demo but if you have a different machine, you will use the sandwich formula that you use for any of your wafer thin dies. They are very easy to use!

I hope that you will give Nellie’s Choice dies a try now that you’ve seen them in action (so to speak), as they are a great addition to any crafter’s tool supply!

Thanks & Happy Scrappin’!

Bewitching Pop Up Halloween Card!

Wednesday, October 2nd, 2013

Sizzix Pop N Cuts XL Card Horizontal A2 w Circle Label Base Tray Kit worked marvelously for my Bewitching Pop Up Halloween Card! With the help of the VERY popular Steampunk Spells Collection from Graphic 45, this card went together like a charm! Now, if I could just find my wand…..















Although I really don’t have a “Book of Spells” full of incantations to help me conger up magical projects for this Halloween season, having all the right ingredients (ie. supplies) really helps get the creative magic flying!

I am a Harry Potter fan, and if we were on our way to Hogwarts this season, I would suggest picking up the following items from Diagon Alley (AKA-Cut@Home) for this card:

4500692 Graphic 45 Steampunk Spells 12 x 12
4500694 Graphic 45 Steampunk Spells Patterns & Solids 6×6
4500700 Graphic 45 Steampunk Spells Chipboard Die-cuts 1
4500698 Graphic 45 Steampunk Spell Stickers
4500699 Graphic 45 Steampunk Spell Alphabet Stickers
IC0256 Graphic 45 Steampunk Spells 3 Stamp Set
NFD007 Nellie’s Choice Sharp Point Rosette Folding Die
657802 Sizzix Pop N Cuts XL Card Horizontal A2 w Circle Label Base Tray Kit
S4-290 Spellbinders Labels Fourteen
Spellbinders Bats Nestabilites (discontinued) or other small bat die.
TIM19541 Tim Holtz Distress Ink Pad Black Soot
Black cardstock
adhesive foam squares
die cutting machine

I started with a piece of 6×6 patter paper for my base, glued it onto a piece of 6×12″ piece of black cardstock for the card, added the pop up piece that was cut with the Sizzix die and decorated from there.
Cut 2 of the Nellie’s Choice Sharp Point Rosette and glue ends together to create the lovely rosette. I used adhesive foam squares to raise the Spell Book on the front, which I hand cut from a piece of the pattern paper, to give dimension.
The Strip of paper on the front has a work look which was created by running my fingernail down both sides, crinkling the paper then sanding to distress. I inked around the card with Black Soot ink pad.

On the inside it is pretty self explanatory by looking at it, but cut two of the flying bat and glue the wire between the two pieces to secure, then secure the other end between the pop up circle label and the Labels Fourteen to give the impression of a flying bat when the card opens! Cardmaking is such a blast!

I know that you are haunted by all the numerous Halloween projects you need to do, so I hope that sharing my spells, I mean tips, will help you get them brewing!

Thanks & Happy Scrappin’!

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