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Stitched Snowflakes by Lawn Fawn

Tuesday, January 13th, 2015

Today I have a fun card featuring some very cute Lawn Fawn dies, the Stitched Snowflakes.  Lawn Fawn has several die sets available with the cutest stitching detail.  I love how the stitching adds a fun element to your cards and layouts.

stitched snowflake

This card was very easy to do.   I started with a great patterned paper, “Large Chevron” by Carta Bella (part of their All Bundled Up collection).  I attached an A-2 base (4.25″ x 5.5″) to a layer (4″ x 5.25″) of the chevron paper using Scor-Tape.  Then I embossed the two layers using an all-over embossing folder (Plus from the Smile & Plus set by Sizzix).   The idea was to use a small all-over pattern to simulate a quilt.  I used a little ink to add some color to the edges of the quilt to make it look a little worn.

The snowflakes were so very easy.  I just needed to cut them the same as I would cut a shape with any other die — the stitched detail is added automatically.  No separate embossing step is needed.  Yay!  I attached my snowflakes using a little Scotch Quick-Dry adhesive.  The sentiment is just a generic “Thinking of You” from a stamp set that I had, and I added the little white epoxy heart to add more warmth to the card.  The edging on the sentiment matches the edging on the quilt.  I attached the sentiment with a low dimensional adhesive to make it pop a little.  To finish the card I added some May Arts burlap string.  It was just that easy!  Please see the short video for a few additional tips on how I made the card.

Be sure to try out one of the stitched die sets.  I think you’ll really like the added detail, it really enhances the appearance of your cards.  Here’s a close-up of one of the stitched snowflakes —

stitched detail

Supplies available from Cut @ Home:

Lawn Fawn Stitched Snowflakes (SKU LF775)

Sizzix Textured Impressions Embossing Folders Smile & Plus (SKU 659785)

1/4″ Scor-Tape by Scor-Pal (SKU 202)

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

Supplies from my stash:  white cardstock, Carta Bella “All Bundled Up” large chevron cardstock, Memento Danube Blue ink, Jenni Bowlin Malted Milk ink, Navy May Arts burlap string, Scotch Quick-Dry adhesive, “Thinking of You” sentiment, small epoxy heart

Thanks and Happy Scrappin’


Graphic 45 Time to Flourish Stand-up Calendar

Tuesday, January 6th, 2015

Today I have a fun and simple project featuring Graphic 45’s Time to Flourish paper collection.  The project is a stand-up calendar and can be used on a desk or table.  Here are some pictures —


front cover    back cover

You will begin with A-2 cards — 5.5 x 8.5″.  You’ll need to score and fold each of them.  I used the cut-apart pages and the floral pages from the Graphic 45 8×8 paper pad.  For each month, I cut a background layer from the “words” page (on the back of the floral page).. Then I selected several of the pieces from each month’s cut-apart pages to decorate that month’s calendar page.  Some of these you’ll be able to cut with a paper trimmer, and some will need to be cut  by hand (so you don’t waste any of the little elements).  You’ll decorate the inside of the first A-2 card with January and February, the second with March and April, etc.  Nothing goes on the front or back of the A-2 card at this time.  Here are some pictures

jan feb  nov dec

may june  july aug

sept oct  nov dec

You’ll also need to select a small calendar online that you can print out and put with each month.  There are many different styles available — some black and white and some color.  Be sure to select a calendar before adhering the cut-aparts — there are so many different sizes and shapes available.

The last thing to do is to make the front and back covers.  These will be separate, and will be attached to the calendar in the last step.  I cut two pieces of black cardstock 4″ x 5.25″ (layers nicely on an A-2 card), and two sheets of off-white cardstock 3.75″ x 5″ to layer on the black.  The “Time to Flourish” on the front and the two flowers on the back are from the Time to Flourish stamp sets.  As an alternative, you could simply cut other pieces from the floral or the cut–apart pages.  Here are the covers —

front cover   back cover

I also added a list of the 2015 holidays to the back calendar page for ready reference.

It is so easy to assemble this.  I started with the 4 middle pages (March/April through September/October), and I attached these on top of one another using Scor-Tape.  The edges should match on each card.  I then added the ribbon around the spine of the four pages.  The video explains much more clearly how I did this.  The last steps are to add January/February and November/December.  Then I tacked the ribbon on each cover, and attached the cover pages with Scor-Tape.  It is just that easy!  Please see the short video for additional information on assembly.

Supplies available from Cut @ Home

Sku: 4501054 – Graphic 45 Time to Flourish 8×8 paper pack (the one with floral pages and cut-aparts);

Sku: IC0323  – Graphic 45 Time to Flourish 1 stamp set

Sku: IC0324 – Graphic 45 Time to Flourish 2 stamp set

Scor-Pal Scor-tape

Supplies from my stash — ribbon, printable calendar (from the internet), off-white and black cardstock.

Thanks and Happy Scrappin’




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.


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.


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’


Taylored Expressions Sack It Dies

Tuesday, December 2nd, 2014

As the holidays approach, many of us are considering what to use for table decor for the holidays.  It is fun to have a little something at everyone’s place at the table.  It makes the table look so festive, and sometimes those are the most popular gifts of the day.  One of my faves is a little gift bag, and I’ve found the perfect die sets to make those bags — the Sack Its by Taylored Expressions.  Here’s a look at a couple of the Christmas bags —

house    santa bag

The “bag” die in the series is called “Sack It To Me“.  This set contains the basic bag shape and an optional handle.  You just need to cut two of the bag pieces and a handle or two, if desired, and the bag is quickly assembled.  Along with those basic dies, you get bonus dies that allow you to create the cute Santa bag featured above.  Its very fun and easy!  There are a number of other seasonal and every-day sets that you can purchase that work with the basic sack.

Everything starts with a basic sack — just two pieces to cut and assemble.  The die cuts beautifully and scores as it cuts, so assembly is very quick and easy.  In a matter of just a few folds, the sack begins to take shape.  It is a very sturdy little sack — particularly if you use a strong adhesive to assemble it, such as Scor-Tape.  The sack has a double bottom giving more strength and stability.  When deciding on a color for the sack, you generally look to see what you are creating — so, for example, the Santa suit would be red and so you would want to begin with a red sack.

The accessory die sets are easy to use also.  Taylored Expressions offers a number of sets — from dogs and cats to holiday characters — that can be used to decorate your sacks.  Each die set contains all of the pieces needed to customize the basic sack.  No doubt the first sack you’ll make is the Santa — all of the pieces needed to make it come as a part of the Sack It To Me set.  The picture below shows you the basic Santa suit assembled using the pieces provided, but I’m sure that you can imagine how cute it would be with a few of your little embellishments — perhaps using black pom poms instead of the black paper buttons, adding some white glitter around the top, etc.  The best part is that it is a very family friendly project too — you can encourage everyone to join in the fun of making the sacks.

santa bag

The Gingerbread House Sack It has a few more pieces, but is also very easy to assemble.  You can use the picture on the front of the die set as a guideline for how the finished product should look (of course feel free to use your own colors and style, etc. to finish your project).  For the house, I found it easiest to pre-assemble some of the pieces before adding them to the sack.  These included the roof, the front entrance and the lollipops.  As with the Santa version, I made this using only the pieces from the die set so that you can see how cute it is as is.  It just gets better when you add your little touches like glitter, bling, etc.  Here’s another look at the front and side view of the Gingerbread House

house   side view

Please watch the short video for additional information on the Sack It dies and basic assembly, etc.  I also demonstrate how to emboss the front and back of the sack to add some additional dimension and character.

I always like to find other uses for my dies and stamps, etc.  The Sack Its can also be easily used to create A2 sized cards (4.25″ x 5.5″).  So instead of creating a sack in an appropriate base color, you’ll create an A2 card front or layer in the appropriate base color.  The decorations are cut and assembled just the same.  Placement is slightly different since the card is a little wider and a little taller than the sack, but it is very easily adaptable.  Be sure to try this too when you get your Sack Its sets.  Here’s a look at the Gingerbread House dies as a card —


Be sure to check out all of the new Taylored Expressions dies on the Cut @ Home site.  I know that you’re going to enjoy using them!
Supplies available at Cut @ Home:

Taylored Expressions Sack It dies —

TE240 – Sack It To You dies

TE454Sack It Gingerbread House dies

657900Sizzix Big Shot

Scor-Tape by Scor-Pal

Supplies from my stash:  assorted cardstock

Thanks and Happy Scrappin’




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!




Sizzix Camera Box Die

Tuesday, October 7th, 2014

Today I have another fun Sizzix die to show you — the Camera Box die.  It is just a perfect size to hold a gift card or other small-sized gift, and perhaps a few treats too.


Like many other Sizzix projects, this one was very fun and easy to create.  I started with the Camera Box die.  This is a Bigz XL die, so it means that you need to use your Big Shot (or other supported machine) to cut it.  You’ll need extended cutting plates and the extended premium crease pad.  The crease pad is recommended for this project, and I second that.  I tried once to cut it without (I often do this because sometimes you don’t really need the crease pad).  The fold lines just weren’t strong enough without use of the crease pad.

First you need to decide on a color scheme.  They recommend two colors for the base camera, two different patterned papers to decorate the front, and a little metallic paper for the flash, etc.  I went with a classic black and white theme.  When I selected my papers, I picked a plaid with a little red in it also, and the red serves as a great accent color.  In addition, you’ll need a small piece of vellum or a piece of clear plastic for the camera opening, depending upon which look you like better.  This is a Bigz XL die, so you’ll need to use 12×12 paper at least for the main box piece.  The other pieces are really accents and, although you could cut out the entire box piece five times, I think it is more economical to just cut the parts of the box that you need.

Once you’ve selected cardstock (two solids, two patterns and one metallic), then its time to cut.  I started by cutting a full piece for the main box from my black cardstock.  I selected a heavier-weight cardstock because I wanted my box to be stable, and to stand up to a little use (several openings).  For the white contrast, I also cut out the entire box piece.  Thinking back on it, I should have just used a 6″x6″ piece and cut only the back of the camera (this is the only place where you’ll use the contrast).  When I cut the two patterned papers for the front, I cut both 6″x6″, and cut the front of the camera only.  The last piece to cut for the main camera is the flash — this is cut  from a metallic paper (I used a silver matte metallic).  There are three accent pieces that you also need to cut.  Two are from a separate die set called “You & Me” — the word “smile” is cut from a contrasting color, and the heart is cut from red paper.  The final piece to cut is the ring around the circle opening.  You’ll need a standard circle die set for this.  Select a die that is as close as possible to the size of the circle opening.  If you don’t have one that fits exactly, then select one that is just a little smaller.  I used the Sizzix Framelits circle set and found that the second and third dies (counting from the center) are perfect for this project.  Again, you are trying to cut a ring to place over the opening (the opening itself will cut when you cut the main box piece).

On the inside of the box, you’ll want to attach a piece of vellum or a piece of clear plastic over the hole in the front of the box.  I used vellum for mine, and it was cut approximately 2.5″ x 2.5″.  I used plain tape since it was attached on the inside and wouldn’t show.  I continued assembling the box by adding the white contrast piece.  I attached it to the inside of the back of the black main camera piece.  As an alternative, you could cut the back piece off and replace it with the white (you would need to retain some of the tabs, etc. to hold it in place), but I think that the box is more sound the other way.  I also attached the small metallic piece representing the flash.  I used Scor-Tape for both.  The next step is to assemble the box, so you’ll want to fold on all of the fold lines.  Add some Scor-Tape to the side flap, and attach the two ends of the box at the side.  Then you can fold in the flaps, etc. to see the completed box.  I also used Scor-Tape on the bottom flap to hold it securely in place, leaving the only entry into the box through the top.  This will keep the box square and the contents secure.

The next step is to decorate the front.  I began by trimming the two patterned papers to fit, and layer on, the box front.  I attached those layers to the box with Scor-Tape.  I used Scor-Tape to attach one end of the ribbon at the center of the edge of the circle opening, and then pulled it all of the way around the box — I attached the other end at the opposite side of the circle also using Scor-Tape.  I used “Sticky Dots” to attach the ring to the center front opening, being careful to cover up those ribbon ends.  I tied a bow and attached that to the left side of the camera front using Scor-Tape.  I added the word “smile” using “Sticky Dots”, and finally I used a little piece of dimensional adhesive to attach the heart to the vellum inside the circle on the front of the camera.  All very easy peasy.  Please see the short video for additional information on how I cut and assembled the box.

Here are some additional pictures of the completed box.  It can be so easily customized to satisfy any member of your family.

camera  back

side 1   side 2


This box will be a great gift box, particularly for those holiday gift cards.  I also think it is perfect to make and give to a child — it is much safer for their play than a “real” camera, and can be easily replaced if it is damaged.


Supplies used:

Sizzix Bigz XL Camera Box Die

Sizzix extended cutting pads

Sizzix extended premium cutting plate

Die cutting machine — I used my Sizzix Big Shot

Sizzix Framelits circle dies (or other circle set)

Sizzix You & Me die set

assorted cardstock including two solid colors, two coordinating patterned papers and one metallic cardstock.  You also need a small piece of vellum or clear plastic to cover the center opening — approximately 2.5″ x 2.5″

Scor-Tape by Scor-Pal

Low Dimensional  Adhesive

Plain tape (to attach the vellum inside the box)

Sticky Dots by Therm-o-web



Thanks and Happy Scrappin’


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