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Seasonal Fun featuring Little B Dies

Tuesday, October 14th, 2014

Little B is a product name that we’ve known for a while in the craft world, but they are new (at least newer) in the die market.  Hopefully you’ve had a chance to try Little B dies — I really like their creativity in approaching the basics, as well as the versatility that they offer.  Today I want to show you three new sets of dies from Little BHalloween, Autumn and Holiday.  They are seasonal sets, and I just love them!  Here are some cards featuring them —

ghosts   spider

squirrel   ornaments

As you’ve probably seen before, the Little B dies are wafer thin dies.  They can be used with most die cutting/embossing machines.  I used my Sizzix Big Shot and got great results with them.  I love the convenience of the magnetic storage binder that keeps the little pieces in place so it is much more difficult to lose something, etc.  Each of these die sets can be used separately, or in conjunction with other stamp and die sets that you currently have.  My sample cards illustrate both approaches.

For the Halloween cards, I had so much trouble deciding among the little elements that are available.  I ended up featuring the ghosts and the spider, but wish I had more time to do something with the bat!  Be sure to check him out on the video.  Little B always puts emphasis on the design and on the details.  The little bat was designed with dimensional wings that make him so very cute for Halloween projects!   Anyway, each of the Halloween cards was quick and easy to complete.  Both are A-2 sized cards (4.25″ x 5.5″).  For the spider card, it was simply a matter of finding the right background paper and sentiment.  The paper is Authentique Spellbound – Spiderweb.  The sentiment is from Impression Obsession.  Too fun.  So then it was just a matter of cutting out the little web piece from ivory cardstock, and the spider from black cardstock.  The sentiment is stamped in Onyx Black Versafine ink on ivory cardstock.  I edged the sentiment with a little of the black ink to make it stand out.  I used a natural hemp twine to “hang” the spider from the web.


For the ghost card, I simply cut three of the ghosts from white cardstock.  I stamped the Magnolia Boo Background Stamp in Cloud White VersaMagic chalk ink on black cardstock, and used a decorative corner chomper to soften the corners.  I attached the background with dimensional adhesive, and the ghosts with Scor-Tape.  The eyes on one of the ghosts hit in the “wrong” place (on the white chalk ink), so I used my black Gelly Roll pen to fill them in.  With ribbon and a bow at the bottom, the card was complete — how easy peasy.  The background paper was from the Jolees Halloween paper pad.


I created the Autumn card using only the Little B die set.  I cut each of the elements from colored cardstock, and then assembled them on the acorn background paper (Authentique Harvest – Acorn).  With so many colors of leaves to cut, I thought it was a good time to test and see if I could cut multiple layers of paper with the Little B dies.  It worked!  The cardstock I was using wasn’t too heavy (probably 80 lb. max.), and the die cut easily through both layers at once.  I wasn’t sure this was possible given how thin these dies really are.  Yay!  The dark box at the top of the card says “Give Thanks”.  This is one of the dies in the set.  Rather than cutting letters, it embosses them into the paper.  It was very difficult to get a photo that really shows that detail well.  I rubbed on some gold ink to help, so hopefully that is enough that you can see it.  There are still a number of dies in this set that I didn’t use, other leaves, circles (or berries) and feathers.  I wanted this to be a very quick and simple card, so I didn’t spend a lot of time edging the leaves with color, etc.  That certainly would make them stand out more against the background.  I used my black Gelly Roll pen to add some facial features to the squirrel.


Finally, my card for the Holiday die set features only the large ornament and the holly and berries dies.  There is a lot more to offer in the set — pin branch, light swag, etc.  I cut three ornaments from gold metallic cardstock, and sets of holly leaves and berries for each.  I used a 1/8″ ribbon to suspend the ornaments, and a dimensional adhesive to raise them from the paper a little.  I decorated each with the holly leaves and berries.  The sentiment is from an Our Daily Bread stamp set, “Turtle Dove Ornament”, and is stamped in Delicata Golden Glitz ink.   I put a piece of green cardstock behind the ivory cardstock to frame it a little more.  Again, another super easy card!  Sorry that the photo didn’t turn out as well as I wanted it to — I had so much trouble with glare on the gold paper.



Please be sure to watch the short video for a closer look at each of these die sets.  They are a good value, and I know you would enjoy using them for your seasonal paper crafting needs.


Supply List —

Little B Dies — Halloween, Autumn and Holiday

Die cutting/embossing machine — I used my Sizzix Big Shot

Patterned papers — Authentique Harvest – Acorn and Spellbound – Spiderweb; SEI Holiday Traditions Cardmaker pad; Jolees Halloween paper pad.

Assorted solid cardstock

Adhesives — regular tape; Scor-Tape (1/4″ and 1/8″); dimensional adhesive

inks — Versafine Onyx Black; VersaMagic Cloud White; Delicata Golden Glitz

Stamps — Magnolia Stamps – Boo Background; Our Daily Bread – Turtle Dove Ornament

natural hemp twine

1/8″ gold ribbon; Halloween ribbon


Thanks and Happy Scrappin!




Fourth of July Cards Using Paper Piecing Technique

Tuesday, July 1st, 2014

I can’t believe that it is July already!  One of my favorite holidays, the Fourth of July, is coming up very quickly and I wanted to make a few Fourth of July cards to send to friends and family.  When I looked at my stash, I found that I’ve previously used everything that I have for the Fourth, so I wanted something new and different.  I decided to use some of the “everyday” My Favorite Things Pure Innocence girls to make my cards.   Here they are —

star   painter


Check out the Paper Piecing Technique in full detail I used here:


Happy Scrappin’


Window Cards

Tuesday, January 7th, 2014

Window Cards are very popular, and today I want to give you a few tips for making them.  First, you need to start with a good die.  I like the Window & Window Box die by Sizzix/Tim Holtz Alterations.  This is a Bigz die, so you can use it to cut all kinds of different materials.

Window cards can be all about perspective – are you on the inside looking out of the window, or on the outside looking into the window?  This is a critical decision, as it will affect the materials/supplies that you’ll want to use.  I made two window cards – one from each direction.

window1  window2

I usually begin by cutting two window frames from plain cardstock.  These need to fit together, so it is important that they both be cut the same way (i.e. right side down, etc.).  I attach one of the window pieces to my cardstock with the finished “view”, and then trim that background material so that it is no larger than the window.  I use Scor-Tape by Scor-Pal to do this (love that adhesive!).  Then I take the other window piece, and add a low dimensional adhesive to the back of it (I like the Darice 1/8” strips for this).  The window frame should be solid, so I find it best to cover it from edge to edge with the low dimensional adhesive.  I also place a small piece in the center so that it doesn’t collapse (it doesn’t take much – just about ½”).  Then I carefully attach the two window frames together (attach the wrong side of the top frame to the right side of the bottom frame).  This short video gives a few tips, and a brief description of the process.

For my “inside looking out” card, I selected a smaller print paper to kind of look like wallpaper.  I chose a plain ivory for the window frames, and a snow  stamp (complete with snowman).  I stamped the snow scene on white cardstock with Memento Espresso Truffle ink, and colored it in using Faber Castell Pitt Pastel pencils (the pastel pencils are so easy to use).  I made my window “sandwich” as described above, and used Scor-Tape to attach it to the print cardstock layer and the tan base layer.   I finished by decorating the window with a few pine branches and a bow, along with a “missing you” flag.  Finally, I attached the card front to an A2 card base.


For my “outside looking in” card, I wanted a brick background.  I selected the “Fired Brick” Distress Core-dinations Cardstock, and embossed it with the Darice brick embossing folder.   I used a sanding block to distress the “brick” cardstock, and then added some Peanut Brittle and Rich Cocoa Memento ink to the edges. I also used a gray Faber Castell Pitt Pastel Pencil to enhance the “cement” between the bricks (It still doesn’t photograph very well, but is a nice touch in person).   I stamped the kitchen scene with Memento Espresso Truffle ink, and colored the image with Faber Castell Pitt Pastel pencils.  I cut around the image (close to the stamped lines)  because I wanted the green background to surround it.  I assembled the window “sandwich” as described above, and then sanded it lightly.   I sponged on a little Memento ink – mostly Peanut Brittle, with just a hint of Rich Cocoa.  I used Scor-Tape to attach it to the brick layer and the dark brown base layer.  I finished by decorating the window with a few pine branches and a bow. I added the “missing you” flag, and then attached the card front to the card base.


Supply List:

Sizzix/Tim Holtz Alterations Window & Window Box die

Cardstock (assorted colors/patterns)

Die cutting machine – I used my Sizzix Big Kick

Stamps or paper with suitable “window view” – I used “Baking Table” and “Warm Wishes”, both by Our Daily Bread Designs

Darice brick embossing folder

Faber Castell Pitt Pastel pencils

Embellishments – I used a bit of ribbon and pine branches cut from a pine branch and pine cone die by Impression Obsession (DIE-097M)

Adhesives – I used Scor-Tape by Scor-Pal and a low dimensional adhesive strip by Darice

Ink – I used Memento Espresso Truffle, Rich Cocoa and Peanut Brittle



Thanks and Happy Scrappin’!



Quick Holiday Cards

Thursday, December 19th, 2013

joy  candy cane

poinsettia holly  seasons greet


We’re very near Christmas, so I wanted to share some Quick Holiday Cards.  Several of the cards feature stamps from the beautiful Heartfelt CreationsSeason of Joy” collection, and most use a background stamp.

Background stamps and other large stamps used to make me “cringe” because I often had trouble getting the stamp to work consistently and give a nice clear image.   I’ve learned two methods that help with background stamps (or other large stamps), and I want to share those with you today.  The first method is to use a “Mega Mount” acrylic block by Impression Obsession.  This is a large clear stamping block with a handle.  It has a very gentle curve on it, and really helps to facilitate stamping.  To use it, you adhere your clear or cling stamp to the Mega Mount, and then be sure to cover the stamp fully with ink.   This can be another problem in using large stamps — it is very important to keep checking and adding ink until all parts of the stamp appear “wet”.  Then you turn over the Mega Mount and begin stamping at one end of your image, following the gentle curve of the block to the other end.  You want to apply a firm consistent pressure, and this is usually easiest if you stand.  Don’t rock the mega mount back and forth as this might result in a double-stamped image.  One pass is sufficient if you keep the firm, even pressure.

The second background stamp technique is a brayer technique.  Here you’ll place the cling or clear stamp on a large flat stamp block (if you don’t have a large enough stamp block, you can use one of the cutting plates from your Sizzix or Cuttlebug or Grand Calibur.  The acrylic block should be placed on a flat, solid surface like a counter top or table.  (Some people even feel comfortable placing the stamp face up on a work table with no block underneath.)  The second step is to ink the stamp.  Again you’ll want to be careful to add plenty of ink.  Next, you’ll lay the paper you want to stamp face down on the inked surface.  You can run a brayer over the paper, or run your fingers over the back of the paper — either with a firm, even pressure.  The key is to make sure that the paper doesn’t move, so you have to hold it firmly in place with one hand while you use the brayer or your fingers to transfer the image.

I usually am able to get a good impression with large wood-mounted background stamps.  (If you have problems, you can use the brayer technique described above.)  I do have a problem lifting the stamp without dropping it, and spoiling the stamped image.  To prevent this, I add a “handle” to the large wood mount stamp.  This is done with packing or shipping tape.  You’ll start the tape at one end of the wood stamp and run it to the center.   Fold over the tape there to create a handle, and then run the tape to the other end.  The tape handle is secure and you can use it to lift your stamp off of the stamped image — much easier than trying to get a good grip on a large stamp.  Please see this short video for a demonstration of the two background stamp techniques and the stamp handle.

joy  joy closeup

I began this card by stamping a snowflake background by Our Daily Bread in a very light blue ink (Memento Summer Sky).  Next, I stamped a few larger snowflakes over the top of the background to add some dimension.  The larger snowflakes are a stamp by Impression Obsession, and are stamped in Memento Danube Blue ink.  (This technique shows very well on the card, but is somewhat hard to photograph.  I tried to zoom in a little with the corner photo to try to capture an image of the light blue background.)   I also stamped the featured quote (stamp by Impression Obsession) in Danube Blue ink.  I chose a coordinating blue paper, and cut a 4.25” x 5.5” piece for the background, and a 2.75” x 3.75” piece to frame the sentiment.  I trimmed the snowflake background to 3-7/8” x 5-1/8”, and the sentiment to 2.5” x 3.5”.  I added a little 3/8” white velvet ribbon along the left side and bottom of the snowflake background paper, and then attached the background paper.  I attached the sentiment to the smaller piece of blue background paper using Scor-Tape, and then to the snowflake background using dimensional adhesive.  To finish, I added a silver snowflake (cut from a piece of May Arts satin cutouts ribbon), and a blue rhinestone in the center.

candy cane

I began this card by stamping the “Christmas Story” background by Penny Black using Black Versafine ink on red paper. Then I used two stamps from the Heartfelt Creations “Season of Joy” collection – Striped Candy Cane and Christmas Poinsettia.  I used Versafine Smokey Gray ink to stamp these to keep the images soft.  I colored the candy cane image using colored pencils, and also colored three of the smaller poinsettias (you can select the right sizes based on the size of the poinsettia in the center of the candy canes).   I hand cut the candy canes.  The poinsettias can be hand cut or cut using a die (a Spellbinders die made for Heartfelt Creations, called “Sun Kissed Fleur”.  To assemble the card, I cut a piece of black background paper 4.25” x 5.5”.  I trimmed the stamped background paper to 4” x 5.25”, and attached the candy canes to it.  I ran a narrow white satin ribbon across this layer, and added a bow slightly off-center, just beneath the poinsettia.  I then attached the top layer to the black base.  To finish the card, I added the top poinsettia layers, and curved the edges of the petals slightly to give the flower a little dimension.

poinsettia holly

This card also features stamps from the Heartfelt Creations “Season of Joy” collection.  I used Christmas Poinsettia and Delicate Holly Swirls.  I stamped the poinsettia with Versafine Smokey Gray ink, and the holly with Memento Northern Pine ink.  I colored the three largest poinsettia images using Faber Castell Pitt pastel pencils, and I also colored the largest leaf set.  I cut these out using the Spellbinders Sun Kissed Fleur die.  I hand cut two of the holly images, and colored the leaves using colored pencil.  My background papers for this project were both hand-made papers (by Jolees).  The gold is cut to 4.25” x 5.5”, and the red is cut to 3-7/8” x 5-1/8”.  I placed the two holly pieces on the paper first (they kind of “lock” together in the center), and then placed the poinsettia on top.  I added red rhinestones to the holly to represent berries – it doesn’t show well in the photo, but I actually used two different colors of rhinestones to add some interest.  Finally, I built the poinsettia by alternating the three layers of petals and then adding the leaves.  I used yellow rhinestones to enhance the center of the poinsettia.  Then I curved the edges of the petals slightly to give the flower some dimension, and I used a small piece of Scor-Tape to attach the poinsettia to the card front.

seasons greet

I began this card by stamping the background using an Our Daily Bread poinsettia background stamp.  It is stamped with Crimson Versafine ink on kraft paper.  I cut the sentiment from a set of holiday words from Die-Versions called “Holiday 1 Complements”.  The poinsettia is cut using the Blooming Poinsettia die from Poppy Stamps.  To assemble the card, I cut a background piece of deep red paper 4.25” x 5.5”.  I trimmed the background poinsettia kraft paper to 3-7/8” x 5-1/8”, and attached the red mesh ribbon.  I used Scor-Tape to adhere the poinsettia layer to the deep red background.  I attached the “Seasons Greetings” using “Sticky Dots” by Therm-o-Web.  I built the poinsettia, attaching the various layers with a glue dot, and curving the edges of the petal slightly to give some dimension.  I finished with a small red rhinestone in the center.  I attached it to the card front using a small piece of Scor-Tape.


Supply List

Heartfelt Creations stamps – Striped Candy Cane, Christmas Poinsettia, Delicate Holly Swirls

Impression Obsession Stamps – Joy to the World, Crochet Snowflake 2

Our Daily Bread Stamps – poinsettia background, snowflake background

Spellbinders / Heartfelt Creations – Sun Kissed Fleur Die

Poinsettia die – I used Poppy Stamps Blooming Poinsettia

Colored pencils / Faber Castell Pitt pastel pencils

Ink – I used Versafine black and crimson; and Memento Summer Sky, Blue Danube and Northern Pine

Miscellaneous ribbon and rhinestones

Assorted cardstock 

Scor-Tape by Scor-Pal

Glue dots

Sticky dots by Therm-o-Web


Thanks and Happy Scrappin’!


Spellbinders Fall Leaf Wreath Card

Tuesday, September 17th, 2013

fall wreath final

My project today is a Spellbinders fall leaf wreath card.   I love the colors of fall – the rich shades of gold, red, russet and brown.  This wreath represents those colors and is easy to make thanks to two of my favorite Spellbinders die sets — Decagons and Little Leaf Sets.

You’ll begin by making a foundation for the wreath.  You’ll need to use two Spellbinders dies nested together to cut the foundation.  Color doesn’t matter since you’ll cover this with the leaves and it won’t show through.  I used Spellbinders Decagon dies, although one of the circle sets would also work (the angles of the Decagons die make it easier to make the wreath balanced).   I selected a Decagons die for my outer cut that is approximately 3” wide (counting from the outside in, the third die).  I wanted my foundation to be approximately 1/2” wide, so I counted in 2 more dies and selected that one as the center cut (actually the third die when counting from the center of the stack).  When cutting, be sure to use your magnetic mat or a piece of removable tape to hold the dies in place.

You’ll need to select several colors of paper for the leaves.  I selected five colors – enough to add some depth and dimension.  I used four of the Spellbinders Little Leaf Sets to cut an assortment of leaves from each color of paper.  You’ll need to cut at least two full leaf sets of each color.  Be sure to take the time to emboss the leaves as you cut them – this will add dimension to the leaves and to the wreath when assembled.

Next you’ll prepare the leaves to add them to the wreath.  This is a two-step process.  In the first step you’ll add a little contrasting or complementary color to the leaves to give them dimension.   I used my Memento inks and Darice Foamies small marshmallows to do this.  Tap the Foamies marshmallow on the ink pad to pick up some ink, and then tap most of the ink off on scratch paper before applying it to the edges, etc. of each leaf (using the ink full-strength will likely be too much contrast).    Use very light pressure to glide the Foamies marshmallow over the leaf surface.  Unlike a sponge, the Foamies marshmallow will place ink on top of the paper and won’t get ink into the embossed areas, etc.  You can use a contrasting ink (such as Morocco on the gold leaves) or a complementary ink (such as Peanut Brittle on the orange leaves) – try a couple of options until you are happy with the finished result.  The second step in preparing the leaves is to break down the paper a little by curling it between your fingers, and folding or wrinkling each leaf to give it dimension.   You can see both of these steps in this short video.

Before beginning to assemble the wreath, you’ll want to make the bow.  I used an ivory silk ribbon to tie a simple bow.  Keep this close by as you assemble the wreath.  You’ll want to see how the wreath looks with the bow, etc. as you’re attaching the final leaves (I left a spot that was a little less dimensional for the bow).

Now you’re ready to begin building the wreath.  Use the large leaves only as you work around the foundation piece (made with the Decagons die set) – I tried to keep this layer of the wreath balanced, using similar leaves/colors on each side.  Use just a little glue in the center only as you attach these leaves.  You’ll need to overlap the leaves somewhat to cover the foundation piece entirely.   Once the glue dries on that first layer of leaves, you’ll go back through and place a little dimensional adhesive underneath some of the leaves to begin to establish the texture/dimension of the wreath.  I used the Darice 3/16” squares for this – the Darice adhesive isn’t too thick, so the layers are built gently.  Add more leaves to the wreath using the dimensional adhesive or glue.  Use mostly the medium size leaves from the sets, although a few more of the large leaves may be desirable.  (The smallest leaves are probably too small for this project.)  If your initial layer fully covered the Decagons foundation, you’ll only need one layer of medium-sized leaves to finish the wreath.  This picture shows the wreath from a side view – you can see the white squares of the dimensional adhesive.

fall wreath side view

I also used the dimensional adhesive to attach the bow to the wreath.  Although you’ll want the ends of the bow to be free, I found it helpful to use the dimensional adhesive in several places to make sure the bow stays nice.

Finally, you’re ready to assemble the card.  Since the wreath itself is so “busy”, I thought it best to pick solid layers.  I used a white with gold shimmer metallic paper to enhance the rich colors of the leaves, and to make the wreath really pop.  The background layer should also complement the wreath as a whole (not necessarily one of the colors used on it).  I used a cinnamon-colored Memory Box paper.  I thought the “Autumn Blessings” sentiment from Our Daily Bread fit nicely with the wreath.   To finish, I added a few matching leaves on each side, and used dimensional adhesive to attach the sentiment.  I attached the wreath with ScorTape by Scor-Pal.  A strong adhesive is needed since the wreath is heavy and may want to pop off the page.

Supplies used:

Spellbinders Decagons (S4-369)  (You could substitute a round die set)

Spellbinders Little Leaf Sets (S4-385)   (You could substitute Spellbinders Fall Leaf Set)

Die cutting machine – I used my Spellbinders Grand Calibur for best results

Cardstock for base of wreath – a scrap approximately 3 x 3

Cardstock for leaves – I used Bazzill basics tomato, blissful, honey, mud puddle and navel

2 cardstock layers for card – I used white with gold shimmer metallic cardstock from The Paper Cut and a cinnamon-colored solid cardstock by Memory Box.

Sentiment – I used “Autumn Blessings” from Our Daily Bread (set F481)

Inks – I used Memento Peanut Brittle, Rhubarb Stalk, Morocco and Sweet Plum to edge the leaves.  The sentiment is stamped with Rhubarb Stalk.

Adhesive – I used ScorTape by ScorPal and Scotch Quick-Dry Adhesive

Dimensional Adhesive – I used Darice Adhesive Foam – 3/16” squares

Ribbon – I used an ivory May Arts 7/8” silk ribbon

Blending foam – I used Darice Foamies foam marshmallows – small size



Thanks and happy scrappin’!



Our Daily Bread Quatrefoil Pattern Die!

Wednesday, September 4th, 2013

If you want a beautiful background die to dress up a card or layout, then you might just want to check out Our Daily Bread Quatrefoil Pattern Die. It is a Spellbinders die co-branded with ODB that can cut beautifully embossed designs that look great on any paper crafting project. It also can be used as a stencil. It will work in most leading die cutting and embossing machines. The Quatrefoil Pattern die is 5 1/2 x 11 1/4 inches and consists of 1 die.  It is PERFECT to use as a background for other dies or as the feature die on your project.

On my fairy card, I used the Quatrefoil Pattern as a lattice screen and placed a silhouette fairy behind it, making it appear that the fairy is hiding behind the screen.  I used a pre-printed card from DCWV Citrus Box of Cards, to have a background print for my fairy, then placed Prima flowers on top of the Quatrefoil Pattern.  The fairy is 4X4330-Cottage Cutz Filigree Fairy Made Easy.












To finish off the card I used Robin’s Nest Dew Drops on the 4 corners, brads in the flower centers and Baby Bling Silver Rhinestones-6044 from Want2Scrap throughout the Quatrefoil Pattern. After all, where there’s fairies, there’s sparkles!

I fell in love with this die and knew I had to have it! It is gorgeous!  The fairy die is adorable too, and my granddaughter is going to love it! She loves fairies and princesses. Tinkerbell is her favorite fairy. Isn’t she everyone’s?

Be sure to check out all of Our Daily Bread’s dies and stamps! FYI-Even though ODB dies are made by Spellbinders, they are exclusive to ODB and do not qualify for the 40% coupon. Sorry!

Thanks & Happy Scrappin’!


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