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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’




Christmas Treat Boxes with Sizzix Cake Pop Box Die

Monday, November 17th, 2014

Hi, happy Monday! I received a very cool Sizzix BigZ L die, it is a Cake Pop Box Die. I thought it would be fun to make Christmas Treat Boxes with this die. The first thing I did was pick out some different Christmas papers to use. I cut them in 6″ x 9″ pieces to fit the die. Next, I got out my Sizzix Big Shot, and cut out my boxes, these dies cut so easily!

all three final

I also cut a piece of clear acrylic out for each box, the piece was approximately 1 7/8″ square, this piece should fit in the square panel for the side of the box that has the circle cut out of it. You may have to trim it so that it fits nicely and doesn’t interfere with the box folding. You can also use some of you recycled packaging for this :).

Once I had the acrylic in place, I folded the boxes and used a tape runner to hold them, make sure that you use a good sticking tape so that it holds together once you put the candy in it. You can always use double sided tape as well, most of those are really sticky. I used adhesive dots to keep the boxes closed once I added the candy to them.

I used a few Spellbinders dies in my project to decorate the boxes. I used Lacey Circles, Large Standard Circles and Snowflake bliss. You can find the item numbers for these dies below in my list of supplies. I used the lacy circles and snowflake bliss to cut out the shape, then I used the standard circles to cut out the center of the shape so that you will still have the window there. I show this in the above video.

I made a total of three boxes, they are so much fun to make!

Here is the first box I made:

box 1

I used the scalloped circles and the standard circles to decorate this box as well as a couple of felt holly leaves and some metallic pearls.

Here is the second box:

box 2

For this box I used the Snowflake bliss die set and the standard circles, I dressed it up with some pearls as well.

Finally here is the third box:


For this one I used the scalloped circles and standard circles again, dressed it up with some pearls and a little chipboard accent.

I used ribbon where the hole is for the pop stick, so that you could hang them on a tree.

I hope you enjoyed my project this week, below is a list of the supplies available at CutatHome that I used for my project:


SKU:659940 – Sizzix Bigz L Box Cake Pop die
SKU:S4-293 – Spellbinders Lacey Circles dies
SKU:S4-114 – Spellbinders Standard Circles Large
SKU:S4-433 – Spellbinders Snowflake Bliss Dies

I also used my Sizzix Big Shot which is available at the CutatHome site.

I used gems, ribbon, pattern paper, acrylic, glue dots and tape from my stock.

I hope you enjoy this project as much as I did, until next time Thanks and Happy Scrappin!


Let’s Have a Look at Kaisercraft Dies

Thursday, November 13th, 2014

Storage always seems to be an issue for me, how about you?  Are you always looking for that perfect storage solution to easily find something, especially your dies?  I hate opening a package and having all my dies fall all over the place.  Kaisercraft seems to come up with a unique solution.

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I bet you don’t notice much difference here do you?  Just a very large (4.25″ x 6.5″) flourish die.  But do you notice the package is standing vertical and  the dies stays in place.  That is due to a large magnetic sheet on the inside of the folder.

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The magnetic sheet is the size of your die(s) and holds them snugly in place whether on your desk as you’re using them, or tucked quietly away waiting for the next great craft project.  The whole folder comes in a protective hard plastic sleeve.

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I prefer to use Sizzix’s Magnetic Platform when I run my dies through my Sizzix Big Shot.  The magnetic system within the platform is super strong and holds your dies snugly in place as they pass through the die cutting machine.  These are the 6″ x 4″ and 3″ x 4″ rectangular dies.  They come with the bonus of the file folder tab and the word banner.  Love those two additions.

Kaisercraft Dies

The last die set I got to play with were the Filmstrip, words (smile and love) and heart die.  I’ve never had a filmstrip die and loved how it cut and looked.  I used a glitter paper here that is heavier than regular decorative cardstock and you can see it cut beautifully.  You can also use these metal dies on foil, regular cardstock and paper.  I bet they might even cut lightweight felt.

Kaisercraft Dies-001


I had fun sharing my new dies with you today and hope you’ll check out whole selection of Kaisercraft Dies in the Cut at Home store today.  I must mention I did pull out my Spellbinder’s Tool ‘n One to remove all those little bits from the edge of the filmstrip, easy-peasy, so much less aggravation.  Come join me now on the video so you can see these new dies up close and personal.

Supplies I used from the Store:

DD300: Kaisercraft Film Strip Die
DD701: Kaisercraft Rectangles Dies
DD702 Kaisercraft Large Florish
T001: Spellbinders Tool ‘n One
68300: Sizzix Big Shot Starter Kit
656499: Sizzix Magnetic Platform for Wafer Thin Dies

Thanks for joining me today,


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New Sizzix dies with Card Examples!

Wednesday, November 12th, 2014

Hello! Today I’m excited to share with you two new Sizzix dies! The first one is the Card front, Hearts with layering shapes. This a a new Thinlits die that comes with 7 dies!! I love this die! This large die is 4 3/4 x 6 1/4, so it will cover the front of your entire A2 sized card. I also love that it comes with 6 separate heart dies that you can layer on top, or use separately.

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I have also used the new Sizzix “Just a note” alphabet die set on two of the three cards I’ve done today. This Thinlits die set comes with 69 dies. Upper case, lower case, and lots of extras!

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Today I have three cards to share with you using these dies, along with the Heartfelt Creations Arianna Blooms die that I shared last week.

cards 002      Here are the three cards I’ve made. Two are standard A2 (4 1/4 x 5 1/2) sized cards. The third is a 4×4 notecard. These all came together rather quickly. I do have a process video showing how I’ve made them below.

pics 006 pics 004pics 011 I’ve used Heidi Swapp’s “Mixed Company” paper, and my Sizzix Big Shot machine to cut out the Card front Hearts die. I adhered that down using wet glue. I then cut out the “Hello” from the Just A Note alphabet Thinlit die from Sizzix. Using a piece of paper from My Mind’s Eye the Bramble & Rose collection I cut a strip, and added my “Hello” to it. I then added a few flourishes that were cut from the Silhouette Cameo, and a few of the layering hearts that come with that die…to the inside as well. The flower is one I made last week when I shared with you the Heartfelt Creations Arianna Blooms stamps & dies. I did cut four stamens from that die set, using the same Bramble & Rose collection, and adhered those to the center of my flower. It then coordinated perfectly.

cards 007                          cards 006


Using the same Heidi Swapp paper collection, I adhered this one down with pop dots, giving this card lots of dimension. I then used the Spellbinders Labels 40 die, and made a banner for the top of my card. I then added the word “thanks” using the Just A Note die, a small bow, and a flower. I love how quickly this card came together, but is so adorable.

cards 003 The final card I made is a 4×4 white notecard. I used the same hearts, this time in white. I then used a flower from the Arianna Blooms die, and a few leafs cut from the Cameo. I added a few pearls.

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These are just a few ways to use these new dies from Sizzix. I hope you give them a try!
Here is a video showing the process:

Products I’ve used:

Sizzix Just A Note Thinlits alphabet dies: SKU:660111
Sizzix Card front, Hearts with layer shapes: SKU:660107
Tim Holtz Distress Ink Spun Sugar: SKU:TIM27164
Arianna Blooms Stamps: SKU:HCPC-3608
Arianna Blooms die: SKU:HCD-748
Labels 40’s dies: SKU:S4-465
Sizzix Big Shot Machine: SKU:657900

Products from my stash: Scotch quick dry glue, white satin ribbon, twine, WOC Daisy flower, Cameo cuts, Recollections pearls.

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Tim Holtz Blueprint Snowman Fun

Thursday, November 6th, 2014

Karen N here today sharing some projects I made with the very fun Tim Holtz Snowman Blueprint Framelit Die Set with Stamps.  In the last month, I’ve done a couple posts using fussy cutting techniques.  If fussy cutting is not your thing, this product is perfect for you!  Here’s a video that shows the product and the variations in using it.

My first card today used the die that cuts the image with a small border.  The paper used is Heartfelt Creations Frosty Blanket.  I created a shaker card with that fabulous snowman peering through the window.



Next I created a card using the dies that cut the pieces of the image with no border.  I shot the picture slightly from the side, so you could see the fabulous dimension!


I use my Big Shot plate as a stamp acrylic block since it’s a fairly substantial stamp.  In one stamped image, I didn’t get it as clear as I’d like, but I did get that fabulous hat clear, so I cut only the hat to create this cute and easy little bag topper!



Great way to give out little treats, yes?


Supplies from Cut @ Home

Tim Holtz Snowman Blueprint Framelit Die Set with Stamps

Heartfelt Creations Frosty Blanket collection

Spellbinders Snowflake Bliss dies

Spellbinders Nestabilities – Labels Eight

Tim Holtz Watercolor Distress Markers

Big Shot


Supplies from my stash

3 Girl JAM and lace

Copic At You Spica Glitter Markers

Timeless Twine



Craftily yours,



My Favorite Nut!

Thursday, November 6th, 2014

I’ve said it many times before but you won’t be surprised to hear it again.  Masculine cards or father’s day cards are hard to come up with ideas for!  At least for me that is.  So I’m always super excited when I find a new collection geared toward the men in my life.

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Let me introduce you to Heartfelt Creations newest collection, All Geared Up!  Perfect for those pesky men who like a no-frills, no-bling and Heaven forbid, no-flower card!  Heartfelt Creations has added just the right touch of grunge and manliness to this paper collection to speak to the heart of just about all the men on my card making list!  I love the Grunged up backgrounds and stamps that don’t gush and grin but just talk to the Man!

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I have a very dear friend whose birthday is next month and he’s a ‘do it yourselfer’ so this is going to be perfect for him.  I used a scrap of a cardboard box lid to make my gears.  I use a Big Shot from Sizzix and had absolutely no problem cutting the cardboard with it.  I did add a couple of shims to give a little more pressure through the layers.  Adding some Gathered Twig and Evergreen Bough Distress Inks by Tim Holtz gives the gears that rusty, worn look.  I love them!

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I used some of the decorative papers from the collection to stamp the screw and bots on and then fussy cut them out to place along side my sentiment and popped up as an accent on the front of my card.  The stamp comes complete with the sentiment that’s on the front of my card along with the images of the screw and bolts.  I didn’t want to stamp them together so I carefully cut the images away from the printed verbiage making 3 stamps instead of 1.  Now don’t gasp and hold your breath! You really can do this, just be careful where you cut and try not to cut at an angle, just straight up and down.

Come join me on the video, I have more tips and ideas to share with you, a fast-forwarded put it together of the card process and more still photos to inspire you to make cards for those Guys in your life!  I love this collection, it’s going to be one of my favorites I’m sure!  All supplies are listed below.

Supplies from the store:

HCDP1-248: Heartfelt Creations All Geared Up 12 x 12 Paper Collection
Heartfelt Creations All Geared Up Die Set
HCPC-3633: Heartfelt Creations All Geared Up Nuts and Bolts Stamps
HCPC-3634:  Heartfelt Creations All Geared Up  Tarnished Gears Stamps
658300: Sizzix Big Shot Starter Kit
TIM32823: Tim Holtz Distress Ink – Gathered Twigs
TIM90910: Tim Holtz Distress Ink – Evergreen Bough

Supplies from my stash:

Kraft cardstock; Aleene’s Paper Glaze; Prima Junkyard Findings, brads; Aleene’s Tacky Glue; ATG; Close to My Heart Paper Ripper; Tim Holtz Distressor

Thanks everyone for joining me,

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