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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.


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’


Tim Holtz Alterations Dimensional Cutting Pad

Wednesday, October 1st, 2014

Today I want to show you another one of those products that can help you get additional use out of supplies you already have — the Tim Holtz Alterations Dimensional Cutting Pad.  When you use this cutting pad in place of one of your regular cutting pads on your Sizzix Big Shot (or other Sizzix die cutting machine), it creates a dimensional image instead of fully cutting it out.  The obvious use for the cutting plate is for objects like butterflies, where you might want to pop up the wings a little to add some dimension.  Really it can be used for so much more.  Here’s my sample card, one created using the Sizzix Framelits Scalloped Hearts 2 dies.


How fun is that to be able to add the popped heart behind the figure in the card.  You can’t see it, but the heart remains attached to the gold/white paper at the center, both top and bottom.  I just added a few foam squares on the inside to keep the dimension (so it isn’t lost in mailing, etc.).  Here are a couple of close-up images of the sides of the card —

side 1   side 2

My foam tape is buried in there closer to the center so it is not visible in the pictures.  My goal was to give some support so that the heart stayed dimensional, but not too much. Here are some other ideas as well to check out whenever:

The dimensional cutting plate is easy to use no matter what type of die that you select — from Sizzix originals to thin dies.  The dimensional cutting pad is the same thickness as one of the regular cutting plates, and is used instead of the top plate.  So the cutting sandwiches are very similar to what you would use normally.  For the original dies and other thick dies, you’ll use just one cutting plate and the dimensional plate.  For the magnetic repositionable dies, you’ll use one cutting plate, the Movers & Shapers Base Tray, and the dimensional cutting pad.  For the thin dies (such as Sizzix Thinlits or Framelits), you’ll use the platform with all tabs closed, one cutting plate and the dimensional cutting pad.  It’s all so very easy — please see the short video where I show you the appropriate sandwiches, and also samples of the dimensional cut pieces.

When choosing a die to use with the dimensional cutting plate, you’ll need to remember a couple of things.  First, it is only 6″x6″ (approximate), and so it will not help with any of the larger dies.  Second, the area that won’t cut is in the center of the plate.  This doesn’t give you too much room to adjust and try to offset your dimensional image (it will likely always be pretty much in the center of your paper).  There is some opportunity to work with positioning with the small magnetic repositionable dies — you can move those around in the base plate and can cut the dimensional image on one of the sides of the cardstock, etc.  Finally, the dimensional cutting plate probably won’t do well with anything too detailed.  In my video, I show an example of snowflakes that are just too small and too detailed to work effectively with the cutting plate.

Be sure to flip over the dimensional cutting pad periodically to ensure more even wear.  You do cut into it, and you don’t want the cuts to always be on the same side.  Like other cutting plates, you may eventually have to replace the dimensional cutting pad to get continued good results.

To create my sample card, I began with a sheet of gold cardstock cut 4.25″ x 5.5″.   I cut the gold/white patterned paper 3-7/8″ x 5-1/8″, and used the second to the largest scalloped heart and the dimensional cutting plate to cut a heart just slightly above the center of the paper.  I attached the dimensional piece to the background layer using Scor-Tape, and then added some dimensional adhesive under the “wings” of the heart so that it would remain dimensional.  I stamped the image using Black Soot Distress ink, and colored it with my Copics.  Then I fussy cut the image, and attached it to the dimensional heart with dimensional adhesive.  I cut and shaped the three sunflowers, and attached them with Scor-Tape.  The “leaves” peeking out underneath were made by tying a knot in the center of some green paper raffia.  The knot is what gives the sunflowers their dimension.  I finished by adding the little “blessings” sentiment at the top.



I think that the Tim Holtz Alterations Dimensional Cutting Pad is a great addition for those who own a Sizzix die cutting machine.   It allows you to convert a standard die into a dimensional one, giving a different look and feel to things that you’ve already used.  It truly is a great way to s-t-r-e-t-c-h your supplies.


Supply List —

Tim Holtz Alterations Dimensional Cutting Pad

Die cutting machine — I used my Sizzix Big Shot

assorted cardstock

Sizzix Framelits Scalloped Hearts #2

My Favorite Things Pure Innocence Sunflower Girl

Black Soot Distress Ink

Copic markers — E00, E02, E25, E31, E33, E35, Y32, Y35, Y38, B93, B95, B97, YG06

My Favorite Things Sunflower Die Set

Green paper raffia

Scor-Tape by Scor-Pal

Dimensional Adhesive


Thanks and Happy Scrappin’



Spellbinders 3D Christmas Tree Cards

Thursday, September 25th, 2014

It’s hard to wrap my mind around the fact that Christmas is soon on it’s way again and it’s certainly not too early to be thinking about making cards for those special someones on your card list.


Spellbinders has released this fantastic Shapeabilities 3D Christmas Card Tree which creates this stunning dimensional card front.  Now whom on your Christmas Card List wouldn’t love to find this in their mailbox.  Oh and speaking of mailing, the tree will fold flat to fit in your envelope.  The one I’ve made is a standard A2 size card 4 1/4″ x 5 1/2″.  The dies include the Christmas ornaments, holly and star to add that extra somethin’ special to the tree.


Include a few packages that you’ve cut from your scraps and wrapped with ribbon or cord for under the tree, there must be presents under the tree!  I also topped the Ornaments with a dab of Silver stickles to add that little Christmas sparkle.


For the inside of my cards I picked another Spellbinders die, the Die D-Lites Miracle of Lights.  I added some Martha Stewart Glitter Glue to the flames so they’d shimmer a little and stamped my sentiment from JustRight Stampers – Christmas Inner Thoughts collection.


I won’t lie to you, if you add the holly and Ornaments like I have this card is a little time consuming, but so worth it!  If you want to speed up the process use some Stickles on the Ornaments instead of cutting the individual pieces, but I’ll tell you you’ll prefer the die cuts to the Stickles!  Join me on the video and I’ll show you how I put the card together.

Thanks and Happy Scrappin’!

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Supplies from the Store:
S6-014: Spellbinders Shapeabilities – 3D Christmas Tree
S2-122: Spellbinders Die D-Lites Miracle of Lights
CL-04625: JustRite Stampers – Christmas Inner Thoughts
658300: Sizzix Big Shot
656499: Sizzix Magnetic Platform for Wafer Thin Dies
T-001: Spellbinders Tool ‘n One
404: Scor-Pal No More Shims Rubber Mat
STAMPPOS1: Apple Pie Memories Stamp Positioner Kit


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