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

Tuesday, December 16th, 2014

I can hardly believe that next week is Christmas!  This year has just flown by.  Of course I am, as usual, running late with my holiday preparations.  With Christmas just a week away, I must tackle my Christmas card list.   Here’s a look at some of my favorites for this year —

candles   dove

wreath bearer    cardinal

When I begin work on my holiday cards, I always go through my dies and stamps to see if any really inspire me.  I also look through any papers, etc. that I have on hand to see what might make an interesting combination.  It was through this process that I decided to make the dove card.  I started with the great patterned paper, and a nearly identical die (“The Gift” by Penny Black).  From that point there was just a little trial and error to come up with the card that you see posted above.  Note that I was not able to use the dove directly on that patterned paper — it just blended in.  The additional pop of gold (here I used one of the Spellbinders Labels One dies) was just what I needed to make the dove stand out and the card come to life.  Just like the paper beneath, I cut another branch for the dove’s beak in gold.  This is one of my favorite cards.

dove

My next project was the candles by Leane Creatief.  I just love the dies that they produce — they are always so thoughtful and make sure that you have the dies that you need for the job.  I used two sets of dies for this card — Candles and Holly Leaves and Pine Branches.  They coordinate so well . . . and there are many different combinations that you could use successfully to make a holiday card.  Note that when I attached the pine and holly, I used just a few glue dots.  I like to leave foliage a little loose, to give it an opportunity to pop up a little and look dimensional.  It’s a balance, though – if the pine branches or holly are too loose they may get caught on something and pull off of the card.  The “Merry Christmas” sentiment on the card is a gold sticker.  Too easy peasy!

candles

My third card features a die by Cottage Cutz, “Cardinal with Branch“.  I like the simplicity of this die — and it produces a gorgeous card.  As a typical Cottage Cutz die, you need to run the die through the die cutting machine several times in order to cut all of the detail.  Also, since all of the pieces are on one die plate, you need to run it through the die cutting machine several times in order to obtain the various colors of pieces that you need.  This die has some tiny pieces — but they are what makes the cardinal look as it does.  The only thing I needed to do was to add a little white accent at the eye.  How easy is that?  The rhinestones instead of berries gives the card a little sparkle.  I also used a metallic green paper for the holly to make it pop.  When attaching the holly branch, I used only a couple of glue dots so it could  curl up a little and gain some dimension.   I did the same with the cardinal — attaching it only at the body, and allowing the head and tail to raise up a little from the paper.  Little things like that give some life to your cards, as opposed to gluing everything down in place.

cardinal

Last, but by no means least, is a stamped card featuring one of the Tim Holtz Stampers Anonymous stamp sets, Mini Holiday #5.  I love these stamps, and my favorites are the various holiday mini sets.  I love the quality and attention to detail.  There are so many of the stamps that are appropriate as a focal point for a card, and the mini sets are the perfect size for my A-2 cards.  I chose my holiday minis 5 set, and the gentleman carrying a wreath.  I needed a card that was more masculine, and more appropriate for the guys on my list.  This seems to work quite well.  I also love the plaid cardstock that seems to be popular right now, and I thought it was a good pairing with the Tim Holtz silhouette stamp.  I found a light green cardstock and a dark green ink that matched the plaid well, and I stamped the silhouette onto the green cardstock.  I then cut the oval shape, and finished by sponging ink around the edges.  This creates a soft definition for the oval, and also ties the colors together.  The ribbon that I chose is a fibrous ribbon, almost like a nubby silk.  I added the “Merry Christmas” sticker to the ribbon instead of some bling or something that might have tampered with the more masculine appearance.  I also tied a knot instead of a bow.

wreath bearer

 

So, I just wanted to share a couple of my holiday cards for this year.  I hope that you’ll join me for this short video where I give you a closer look at the cards and at the dies, etc. that I used to create them.

Supplies from Cut @ Home

Cottage Cutz CC-015  “Cardinal With Branch” die

Leane Creatief 459913 “Candles” and 459920  “Holly Leaves and Pine Branches” dies

Penny Black dies 51-070 “The Gift” and 51-060 “Exultations

Spellbinders S4-161 Labels One die set

Tim Holtz Stampers’ Anonymous Stamp set CMS177 “Mini Holidays #5

Die cutting machine — I used my Sizzix Big Shot

Scor-Tape by Scor-Pal

Supplies from my stash:  gold holiday stickers, assorted cardstock, glue dots, ribbon, bling

Thanks and Happy Scrappin’!

Cheryl

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Prills by US Artquest

Tuesday, December 9th, 2014

Today I want to share an awesome product – Prills by US Artquest.  Prills are little round balls of fun — they are beads (no hole) very similar to the sprinkles that you put on ice cream or frosted cookies.  They come in a lot of different colors and color combinations, most with a fun name.  Here’s a look at a card that I made using Prills and a little glitter as the embellishments.

joyful

Prills are natural and non-toxic.  They are also heat-resistant and acid free, making them appropriate for many paper crafting uses.  My favorite use for Prills is flower centers.  I love the color variety and the texture for that purpose.  Fans of the gorgeous Heartfelt Creations flowers may recognize Prills as one of their favorite embellishments too.   Here is a close-up of my flower center using “Go Mango” Prills and Lion’s Mane art glitter by Art Institute.

close-up

Prills are simple to use — they attach with a little glue or another kind of adhesive like Scor-Tape.  They can also be used with an embossing paste or a cement, etc.  The possibilities are endless.  Please see the short video for a quick look at some Prills, and how I used them to embellish the flower center, a snow scene and an ice cream cone.

In the video, I used “Prill Spill” for the cupcakes and “Minnie Prill” for the snow scene.  The Christmas tree is the “Little Bits Christmas Tree die by Taylored Expressions, and the ice cream cones were made using the “Cupcake Stand” die by Justrite Stampers (of course Prills would be perfect to decorate cupcakes too!).

Prills are available in three different sets of 12 jars each — “Bright Ideas”, “Rock N Roll” and “Spring Bling”.  It is very difficult to choose between them!  You can find them on the Cut@Home site under US Artquest or via this link.

Let me also take a minute to describe the card above.  The poinsettia is made using the “Joyful” die by Penny Black.  You’ll want to cut the flower head twice to achieve the same fullness.   Both should be attached only at the base — you want the petals to be able to move freely.  The “joyful” word is from a die set by Paper Smooches, “Christmas Words”.

Supplies available from Cut@Home:

Prills “Go Mango”, “Prill Spill” and “Minnie Prill” (Prill sets and a color chart available here)

Penny Black die “Joyful” (SKU 51-059)

Die cutting machine — I used my Sizzix Big Shot (SKU 657900)

Taylored Expressions “Little Bit Christmas Tree” (SKU TE433)

Justrite Stampers “Cupcake Stand” die set (SKU SW-04880)

Supplies from my stash:  assorted cardstock, Paper Smooches “Christmas Words” dies, ribbon, scrapbooking glue (I used Scotch Quick-Drying Adhesive).

Thanks and Happy Scrappin’

Cheryl

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Sizzix Movers and Shapers Dies

Friday, November 21st, 2014

Today I want to show you a product that you may not have noticed — the Sizzix Movers and Shapers dies.  The dies can be used on a stand-alone basis — some to make bags or boxes, etc. and some to create small shapes.  It is when they combine, though, that the magic begins — you can, for example, combine them to cut a heart shape in the middle of a bag.  How fun!  Here’s a look at a couple of different uses —

santa bag front   snowflake side

Many of the Movers and Shapers dies are a part of the Tim Holtz Alterations collection, but other Sizzix designers use them too.

To use the Movers and Shapers “little” dies as separate, stand-alone dies, you’ll need the Tim Holtz Alterations Base Tray.  This is a plastic tray with a metal plate in the bottom.  The magnets on the Movers and Shapers die will attach to the bottom.  If you just want the cut image, it won’t matter how you place the die in the tray.  If you want to position a die cut on a sheet of cardstock, then you’ll have to figure out where in the base tray to place the die and how to place the paper.  You may need a few practice sheets to get the placement right, but once you’ve figured it out you can use a permanent marker to mark the base tray so you can easily place it next time.  It really is much easier than it sounds.  Here are a couple of pictures — the dies as they come out of the package (front side of the tall heart, back side of the smaller one), the dies placed in the base try, and a couple of the cut shapes —

m & S dies  dies in base tray

left overs

The more fun use for Movers and Shapers is when you combine them to create objects with fun cut-outs.  You may have noticed that some Sizzix bag or box dies have large open spaces (often there is a square of foam included in that space to eject the paper more easily).  They are usually identified as “Movers and Shapers“, perhaps with an L or an XL somewhere on the packaging.  You can easily place one of the little Movers and Shapers dies into that space (instead of the foam square) and the result will be a cut-out design in the die-cut.  Here are photos of the Tim Holtz “In the Bag” die as it is sold, and then with the addition of a heart-shaped Movers and Shapers die —

bag die  die with insert

It is all very easy, and what a wonderful way to get more use out of those basic dies that you own.  To keep the contents of the bag or box from falling out, you can place either a clear or a contrast piece  behind the cut shape.  I used a piece of clear plastic here.  These are photos of the finished bag, front and back —

santa bag front   santa bag back

The Sizzix Where Women Cook line also has several of the Movers and Shapers dies.  Milk cartons are very popular right now, and how fun is it to be able to cut a design into that carton?  I used a contrasting color behind the “4U” here —

snowflake side  snowflake box

This short video shows both methods of using the Movers and Shapers dies.

 

Supplies from Cut @ Home

Die cutting machine — I used my Sizzix Big Shot (SKU 657900)

Dies — Tim Holtz Alterations “In the Bag” (SKU 657842)

Where Women Cook Milk Carton Box (SKU 659196)

Tim Holtz Alterations Mini Hearts Set (SKU 657212)

Where Women Cook Yum and 4U (SKU 659194)

Penny Black Snowflake Trio die set (SKU 51-015)

Tim Holtz Alterations Base Tray (SKU 657007)

Supplies from my stash — ribbon and adhesives

Thanks and Happy Scrappin’

Cheryl

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Introducing Bo Bunny Stickable Stencils

Thursday, October 30th, 2014

I am such a crazy person and I bet there are a lot of you out there just like me.  Do you get all excited when you get a new product to play with?  That’s how I felt today when I opened the new Bo Bunny Stickable Stencils.  Wow what fun are they!

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Aren’t these just the cutest stencils ever?  And there are 3 more 12″ x 12″ sheets to pick from.  In my video below I’ll do my review of Bo Bunny’s Stickable Stencils and share different types of mediums I used with them, how they remove and re-adhere to the backing sheet and how they store.  There are pros and cons to everything but I really like these new stencils they seemed easy to clean up and easy to use.  The one draw back I see is storing the 12″ x 12″ sheets somewhere but that’s just a matter of checking out my crafty space and seeing where they fit best.

After I’d played first offline and then in front of the camera for you I had these fun sheets of stencils and I knew I had to do something with them.  In this month’s Design Team supplies I also had a new stamp set from Penny Black called Let’s Chill. You know how cute Penny Black Penguins are and these guys are no exception I just knew I could marry the stencils with the stamps and come out with something super darling.  A little non-traditional colors for the Holidays but that’s ok with me.

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Now you tell me wasn’t this just a perfect match?  I love these little guys they just make me happy to play with them and watch them come to life with personalized scarves and hats.  The three sentiments are also included in the stamps set, what a deal!  I used Aleene’s Glitter Snow for the bottoms to give them ground to stand on instead of looking like they were floating in open space.  The penguins themselves were embossed with black embossing powder.  And if you notice the one in the middle uses Sizzix Step-Ups dies that I introduced last week.  I know bright pink for the Holidays but it sure worked with my stenciled backgrounds and the little penguins.

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P1140423

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 Please join me on the video for a more in-depth look at the stencils and cards.

Supplies from the store include:

10736509: Bo Bunny Bliss Stickable Stencils
10736510: Bo Bunny Brocade Stickable Stencils
10736512: Bo Bunny Lace Stickable Stencils
40-353: Penny Black Let’s Chill Stamps
660023: Sizzix Framelits Die Set 21PK Card Basic Step-Ups
TIM95940: Tim Holtz Distress Ink Mowed Lawn
TIM21490: Tim Holtz Distress Ink Shabby Shutters
TIM32847: Tim Holtz Distress Ink Seedless Preserves
TIM90891: Tim Holtz Distress Ink Festive Berries

Supplies from my Stash include: White and pink cardstock; Mediterranean Twinkling H20; Lindy’s Stamp Gang Starburst in Alpine Ice Rose; Aleene’s Glitter Snow: Glossy Accents: Martha Stewart Arctic Snowflake Punch; Fiskars mini snowflake punch

Thanks so much for joining me today

Patti
You can also find me on A Soul’s Heartbeat on Facebook and Blogger

 

Fun with Fussy Cutting

Friday, October 3rd, 2014

Karen N here sharing a fun card made with Heartfelt Creations {Delicate Asters} paper and Penny Black {Bird Day} stamps.

Crafting for me is a total stress reliever.  I’m sure it is for you too.  One of the things I like to do most is fussy cutting.  There are several ways to fussy cut.  Some people like to leave a little border around their images and some like to have a nice tight cut.  When fussy cutting a super intricate image (like this naughty and adorable cat from Penny Black), I will generally stamp it twice.  One time, I stamp it into the pattern paper that I want to use and one time I stamp the white cardstock that I will color.  Then, I just cut off all the detail and glue it into position.  Here’s the final card:

cah-hedgehogKnof

 

And here’s a video that shows you how I did this.  In the video, I called it a hedge-hog, but it’s a CAT.  LOL, oops!

Some tips for fussy cutting:

1.  Always turn the paper and not the scissors.  This will give you a smoother cut.

2.  Don’t worry too much about your cuts being perfect.  In the above card, I’d accidentally cut the tail off the third bird from the left.  Since the image was stamped into the background, you can’t even tell!

3. If you accidentally cut a little of the outline off an image you are fussy cutting, draw it back on with a very thin lined black marker.

4.  No one will EVER send you a card back and tell you that your fussy cutting isn’t good enough!  (i.e. have fun with it!)

Craftily yours,

 

Karen

 

Spellbinders Doily Card Ideas

Friday, October 3rd, 2014

I love doilies, I think it stems from spending so many wonderful hours with my Grandmothers, one of which I watched crochet and tat gorgeous projects from balls of thread. Such a beautiful act of love.  Spellbinders Paper Arts has released a new collection of products called Celebra’tions which include the doilies I’ve used today.

Doily Magic

I’ve used an abundance of products from the store for my cards but the primary focus I wanted to bring to you was Spellbinders Celebra’tions Dies Doily Fun Embossing folder and Doily Art stamp set along with the Celebra’tions Just Because stamps.  I’ve created five examples of cards to show you the versatility of these stamps and embossing folders.  You can make your cards as intricate or as easy as your time permits.  Remember a few weeks ago when I shared with you the flowers I’d made using Heartfelt Creations Arianna Blooms?  Well I pulled those out as I was making cards and used them on two.  See making multiple things at one time really helps when you go to make a project, you can have your flowers all ready and just pick and choose.

Doily Magic-016

Today’s video will give you hints on how to manage doing multiple cards at one time
and numerous ideas for card fronts and finished insides

Doily Magic-001

I pulled lots of goodies out of my crafty cupboards to fuel your imagination,
such as Spellbinders Divine Eloquence Die frame shown above or

Doily Magic-003

Sizzix’s Frame embossing folder shown here.

So come on and join me in the video, I’ll show you what I’ve used on each card (the supplies are all listed below to the store), give you scads of inspiration and share many more photos of the five cards I’ve made here. For more card ideas you can go to http://pinterest.com/cardmaking

Thanks everyone and Happy Scrappin’!

Patti

Come visit me on A Soul’s Heartbeat on Blogger and Facebook

Supplies from the Store:

SCF-003: Spellbinders Celebra’tions Doily Art 3D Embossing Folder
SCF-001: Spellbinders Celebra’tions Doily Fun Stamp
SCF-008: Spellbinders Celebra’tions Just Because Stamps with matching dies
30-229: Penny Black Special Wishes Stamps
658978: Sizzix Bigz 3D Bow & Ribbon
S5-218: Spellbinders A2 Divine Eloquence
658989: Sizzix Textured Impressions 2PK Pinwheel & Stripes
658484: Sizzix Textured Impressions 2PK Frame & Love Set
TIM21414: Tim Holtz Distress Ink – Broken China
TIM21483: Tim Holtz Distress Ink – Scattered Straw
657900: Sizzix Big Shot

Supplies from my Stash: Lindy’s Stamp Gang Embossing Powders in Reindeer Moss Green and Hyacinth Blue Jade; Diamond Stickles, Assorted colored and white cardstock;

SpellbindersSizzixTim HoltzHeartfelt CreationsGraphic 45Silhouette AmericaElizabeth Craft DesignsMagnolia StampsSpectrum NoirJustRite Stampers