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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!


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.


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.




 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

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Background Plaids featuring Tim Holtz Adirondack Alcohol Inks

Tuesday, October 28th, 2014

Today I want to show you a fun technique using the Tim Holtz Adirondack Alcohol inks — making a plaid background paper.  There are so many fun colors to choose from in order to create a beautiful plaid.  My sample cards are mostly for the upcoming Christmas holiday, but I also did a quick fall plaid.  Here are two sample cards —

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It is very easy to use the Tim Holtz Adirondack Alcohol Inks to make plaid backgrounds.  You only need a few colors that will work well together (I tend to use an odd number such as 3 or 5 because I think that it turns out better that way), the alcohol ink blending solution, a blending tool and some felt applicators.  Of course this is one of those projects where the silicone craft sheet is a must (it makes clean-up so much easier than other alternatives).

To begin, I selected five alcohol ink colors that I thought would make a good holiday plaid — red pepper, cranberry, meadow, bottle and pitch black.  I lined them up in the order that I thought they would work best, and then removed the tops (my lineup was meadow, cranberry, pitch black, bottle, red pepper).  I also removed the lid from my alcohol ink blending solution.  I cut one of the felt applicators in half (you don’t need the full surface for this project, so I cut the felt pad in half), and turned it sideways on the blending tool.  Starting at one end of the felt pad, place 2-3 drops of each color of ink — lined up side-by-side — the drops can either be touching or be separated by some space.  Each will create a different result, and you can experiment with spacing as well as color to find a plaid that is appealing to you.  Once all of the colors are in place, I put a thin line of the blending solution above and below the dots of color.  This helps the color to flow better on the paper.

The paper you’ll want to use for this project is the Ranger “gloss” paper (8-1/2 x 11) or the alcohol ink cardstock (4″x6″).  These are made to work with the alcohol inks, and other glossy papers just don’t work in the same way  When you’re getting started and experimenting, any photo or glossy paper should work — and it is often a lot less expensive to practice with.  When you’re making a “good” project, though, you’ll want the Ranger gloss paper or the alcohol ink cardstock.  Either one will work beautifully.

To begin the plaid paper, you’ll turn your applicator so that the dots of color are lined up on top of one another.  Swipe the applicator fr                                      om one side of the cardstock to the other, trying to keep the lines somewhat straight.  Overlap slightly, and put a second strip of color across the page.  Continue this until you have added horizontal strips of color across the page.  At this point you can re-ink the felt pad, or you can continue on.  I generally just continue without re-inking.  I then put the vertical stripes on the paper — sometimes overlapping the lines of color a little, and sometimes creating some space in between the stripes of color.  There are many different ways of approaching a plaid, and you’ll just want to  experiment with colors and/or placement until you find a plaid that is appealing to you.

The alcohol ink dries almost instantly, so there isn’t any concern about drying times, etc.  Once the plaid pattern is complete, you can stamp on it using Ranger’s Jet Black Archival Ink.  This ink has a beautiful glossy black finish, and is perfect for use with the glossy papers.  It is also capable of producing the fine detail that is a part of many stamp sets — particularly the Tim Holtz Stampers’ Anonymous stamps that I feature below.  You use this ink like any other — my only caution is that the wet ink can be somewhat slippery on the glossy cardstock.  Be sure to place your stamp carefully.  Try to avoid too much pressure as this may cause the stamp to slide and ruin your image.  If you press down lightly on the stamp and then let it rest for a few seconds on the cardstock, the power of gravity will take over and the ink will transfer to the cardstock as it should.  That way you get a nice clean, crisp image without any worries of smudges and smears.  Please see the short video for additional information on how I created the plaid backgrounds and then stamped them.

Note that the plaid backgrounds can be very different based on a number of factors — colors used, positioning of colors, whether the dots of color are touching one another, etc.  Experiment with your technique and try different kinds of plaids.  Even the same 3-5 colors are capable of producing multiple plaids.  For the plaids below I stayed with the same reds and greens (bottle, meadow, red pepper and cranberry), but changed the order that I used them and also what else I put with them (sometimes pitch black, sometimes slate, sometimes the snow cap mixative and sometimes the gold mixative).  It is fun to see how different the plaids turn out, and how different the stamped images look depending on whether the plaid is dark and muted or light and bright.  If you’re stamping on one of the darker plaid backgrounds, you may have to bleach out the area to be stamped.  Instructions for this are on my video.

Here are the sample holiday cards using the plaid backgrounds with Tim Holtz Stampers’ Anonymous stamps —

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card3  card1

card5  card6


Note the technique on the last two cards.  I used only one portion of the Little B circles dies to create the frame of little circles around the image or the background — how cool is that!  I love the versatility of the Little B die sets!

Of course I couldn’t resist showing you a sample Halloween/Autumn plaid using butterscotch, latte, sunshine yellow, eggplant and sunset orange alcohol inks —


Clean-up is very easy for this project.  You can use standard hand sanitizer to clean your craft mat and your hands — easy peasy!


Supplies from Cut @ Home

Alcohol Ink Blending Tool – SKU TIM20745

Extra felt pads – SKU TIM20844

Alcohol Ink Blending Solution – SKU TIM19800

Assortment of Adirondack Alcohol Inks and metallic mixatives — use the link to find various sets available on the Cut @ Home site

Tim Holtz Stampers’ Anonymous stamps Mini Holidays – SKU CMS142 and Mini Holidays #5 – SKU CMS177

Scor-Tape by Scor-Pal – 1/4″ — SKU 202

Little B Circles Cutting Dies — SKU 100381

Sizzix Big Shot — SKU 657900


Supplies from my stash — Ranger craft mat (silicone); hand sanitizer (for clean-up); Ranger gloss paper or Alcohol Ink cardstock; Close to My Heart stamps S1209 Fall Favorites; Tim Holtz Stampers’ Anonymous CMS142 Mini Holidays #2; Ranger Archival Ink Jet Black; May Arts stain cut-outs holly; red rhinestones; assorted ribbon and cardstock; Sizzix Framelits Tickets dies; Sizzix Framelits Egg dies; Scotch Quick-Dry Adhesive


Thanks and Happy Scrappin’!




Hearts, Hearts Everywhere

Friday, October 24th, 2014

Karen N here from Craftily Yours, sharing a couple projects using Heartfelt Creations Antiquity Paper and Spellbinders Cascading Hearts Card Front Die!

For my first project, I made my hubby a birthday card.  He’s four years older than me, and I’m constantly telling him that he’s “Much, Much Older” – so the vintage-feel to this card is perfect for him.  For the small piece on the right side of the card, I ran it through my Big Shot with the cascading hearts die.  I love the way that it turned out!


For my second project, I decided to scrap a picture of me, my family and my brother and his family with our grandfather at Thanksgiving.  Gramps loved his pie!  In this card, again, I used the cascading hearts die to create the element in the lower left corner.  The shape is cut with Spellbinders Labels 16.  This die is great for creating fun card fronts, but it has so many other uses as well.  It’s super fun!  The flowers are fussy cut from Tim Holtz Idea-ology Wallflower Stash paper.  The title is cut with Sizzix Triplits tag dies.


To see more of my project, check out my video:

Supplies used from Cut@Home:

Heartfelt Creations Antiquity Paper SKU: HCDP1-237

Spellbinders Cascading Hearts Card Front die SKU: S4-457

Tim Holtz Idea-ology Wallflower Stash paper SKU: TH93110

Sizzix Triplits tag dies SKU: 659930

Supplies from my stash:

Timeless Twine

Spellbinders Labels 16

Unity Stamp {Consider Yourself Vintage}

Stampin’ Up Early Espresso Ink

UmWow Studio Confetti Hearts


Craftily yours,


Sizzix Step-Ups Cards

Friday, October 24th, 2014

It’s always fun to create and give cards that have different folds or flaps to them, something other than just a straight cut and fold.  Sizzix has created a whole line of dies called Framelits that allow you to create cards with these additional folds and today I’d like to share the Step-Ups Card.

Step Ups

I followed the Instruction sheet staying as close to the suggested design as possible.  If you’d like to follow along you can find the PDF here.  You can see from the photo that the card gives you 3 steps to put sentiments or embellishments on.  In this case I used the flowers cut from the Sizzix Framelits Die Set: Basic Step Ups.

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You can achieve this darling little tag and sentiment by using the complimentary Sizzix Framelits Die Set w/Stamps: Tags and the Sizzix Clear Stamps: Birthday.  All of these Framelit and Stamps sets were designed by the super talented Stephanie Barnard.

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Look at the difference you achieve by just changing up the paper and embellishments.  Here I’ve made the perfect birthday card using Graphic 45‘s Time to Celebrate papers. All of these cards fold flat for easy mailing and fit a standard A2 size envelope.  You can reverse the folds on the card base to have your steps on the left instead of the right (I’ll show you this in the video).  You can also use the inside as the pretty side if you want something a little different.

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Christmas is just around the corner and wouldn’t those on your Christmas card list love opening their envelope to find a card like this on the inside?  If you come join me on the video I’ll show you the whole process step – by – step and also give you a few more examples to inspire you to create your own Step-Ups cards.

Supplies from the Store

660023 – Sizzix Framelits Die Set: Card, Basic Step-Ups by Stephanie Barnard
659650 – Sizzix Framelits Die Set w/Stamps: Tags by Stephanie Barnard
659798 – Sizzix Clear Stamps: Birthday by Stephanie Barnard
4501015 – Graphic 45 Time to Celebrate 12×12 Paper Pad
657900 – Sizzix Big Shot Machine
656499 – Sizzix Magnetic Platform

Supplies from my stash included white and Kraft cardstock for card bases; scraps of decorative papers; pearls; stickles; brads; seam binding; glossy accents

Thanks everyone,


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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!




Sizzix Notepad Cover Bigz Die

Wednesday, October 8th, 2014

Hello! Thanks for stopping by! Today I have a new Sizzix Die to share with you! This is the Notepad Cover Bigz die, by Brenda Walton.

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Once I started to play with this die…I could not put it down. This die includes the Notepad Cover, rosette, small scallop, and a butterfly. I made several of these and they are so simple to make. They take less then 10 minutes, and make a great gift.
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I used my Sizzix Big Shot Machine. It cuts so well…you can even cut several papers at once.
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This perfectly fits the 3×3 Post It notes.

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This is a great project, to use up some of your scrap paper. I prefer to use double sided paper, so the inside looks finished.
I have also used two of the Notepad Cover’s to make a longer journal book, notebook, or brag book!
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This book measures approximately 6 1/2 x 3. I enjoy that this die is versatile, and can be used in a few different ways. On the outside of this booklet, I used the beautiful Tim Holtz Wallflower Idea-ology paper. Went around all the edges with Tim Holtz Distress Paint, in Vintage Photo.  I added a few rhinestones, from Prima…along with a flower. I added a Tim Holtz ticket, seam binding, and the butterfly that comes with this die. On the inside, I used Kraft paper, along with a couple pieces of the patterned paper. The paper inside is 6×3, and I scored each one at 1/2″. This way the paper can fold up nicely. With this Bigz die, you can cut cardstock, felt, fabric, foam, magnet, leather, craft aluminum and many other materials. This can be used in most die cut machines.
For more detail on how I made both the regular Notepad Cover, and the extended one, please check out my video.

Products used:

Sizzix Big Shot Machine: SKU: 657900
Sizzix Notepad Cover Bigz Die: SKU:659728
Tim Holtz Distress Ink Vintage Photo: SKU:TIM19527
Tim Holtz 12×12 Idea-ology paper “Wallflower”: SKU:TH93110

From my stash: Seam binding, paper, flowers, rhinestones, pearls.

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Thanks for stopping by…hope you have a great week!  ~Corene~

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