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Spellbinders Labels Forty-One and Forty-Two Card Ideas

Thursday, September 18th, 2014

Spellbinders has a large assortment of dies, as you probably already know and their label collection is one of my favorite and I feel the most versatile especially for the Cardmaker.  The dies are always sorted per category and these new Labels Dies are part of the Nestabilities collection.  This means they will nest well within one another to add dimension and pop to your card fronts, layouts, mini albums or whatever you decide to use them for.  I’m going to share three cards and three ideas to get your creative juices flowing.  At the bottom of this post will be the complete list of all the dies and supplies I’ve used from the store.

Labels 41-42

I’ve used the Spellbinders Decorative Accents Labels Forty-Two, Decorative Accents Labels Forty-One and Decorative Elements Labels Forty-One.   At the time of this post these dies are pre-order only, so you’ll want to get your orders in now so that once they hit the store shelves they’ll be shipped out right away to you.

Labels 41-044

This first card measures 5″ square.  I’ve used a combination of pink and white cardstock along with Spellbinders Labels Forty-Two, Decorative Accents dies.  This cuts the large white base and the pink solid in the forefront.  Along with my Sizzix Big Shot I also used the Sizzix Magnetic Plate for Wafer Thin Dies and the Spellbinders Tool ‘n One.  These two items just make your die cutting so much easier.  Oh yes I used Scor-Pal’s No More Shims rubber mat to help even the pressure as I emboss the cut outs.

Labels 41-047

This beautifully intricate accent is cut from the Spellbinders Decorative Accents Labels Forty-One.  You may have to use paper shims as you cut and rotate your plate after each pass until you get all the details cut completely.  But oh my isn’t it worth it? Check out more spellbinders card ideas on!

Labels 41-051

This card base was cut with Spellbinders Labels Forty-Two, as you watch the video I’ll show you exactly how to create this fantastic card base from your die.   The beautiful center is cut using Spellbinders Decorative Elements Labels Forty-One.  See how all these dies compliment one another adding another layer to your card.  This card starts with the standard A2 size card base, 4 1/4″ x 5 1/2″ but once you cut the decorative shape to the edges your card goes down to about 4 1/4″ square.

Labels 41-056

The last card uses all the dies in the Spellbinders Decorative Accents Labels Forty-One.  I’ll show you how to cut them all at the same time on the video.  You also can see the difference of using one color, like this card, as opposed to the pink and white combination in the first card.  It just depends on the look you want to achieve.  This is the largest card and measures 6″ square.  Any decorative paper on the cards was cut from Heartfelt Creations Arianna Blooms 12×12 paper collection.  I hope you’ll come follow along on the video, I’ll share lots of ideas and more photos.

Thanks and Happy Scrappin’!

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Supplies from the Store:

S4-469: Spellbinders Nestabilities Decorative Accents Labels Forty-One
S4-470: Spellbinders Nestabilities Decorative Elements Labels Forty-One
S4-471: Spellbinders Nestabilities Decorative Accents Labels Forty-Two
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
HCDP1-244: Heartfelt Creations Arianna Blooms 12×12 Paper Collection
202: Scor-Tape 1/4″
203: Scor-Tape 1/2″

Sizzix Tim Holtz Embossing Diffusers

Tuesday, September 16th, 2014

Today I want to show you a fun Tim Holtz product — Embossing Diffusers by Sizzix.  You can use a diffuser along with an embossing folder to create an open spot (an area that does not emboss) on your card or other project.  It is a great way to gain additional use of your all-over embossing folders.  Here are a couple of examples (I used Pan Pastels to enhance the embossed areas so that you can see them better) —

card 3  card 4

Two sets of Tim Holtz Embossing Diffusers Dies are available — set 1 and set 2.  Each set has three different sizes/shapes for openings.   Each diffuser consists of two parts — the full plate and the cut-out.  Each serves a different function.  You may already think that this sounds a little complicated, but it really isn’t.  This is a very simple process.

You begin by selecting an embossing folder to use, one with an all-over design.  Place the sheet of cardstock that you want to emboss inside the embossing folder as you normally would.  Next you’ll want to select your embossing diffuser.  There are circles, ovals, rectangles and squares — even a cathedral window (that I used upside down like a banner).  Once you’ve selected the diffuser you want to use, remove the cut-out and set it aside.  Place the full plate over the embossing folder, adjusting it as necessary so that the opening occurs where you want it to on the design.  Use a low-tack tape (painter’s tape or other tape with light hold) to tape it onto the embossing folder.  Now it is time to run it through your die cutting/embossing machine.  I used my Sizzix Big Shot for this, and the instructions here apply to the Big Shot.  If you have another die cutting/embossing machine, you’ll have to adjust them accordingly, keeping in mind that the diffuser is the thickness of a plate and takes the place of one plate for your machine (the one closest to the base plate — you always need a plate on top).  For the Big Shot, open tab 2, and place the sandwich you just made (embossing folder and diffuser taped together) on plate 1.  Run through the machine and do the initial embossing.  You’ll see that the only areas that are embossed are the ones covered by the plate, the open areas do not emboss.  You can stop here, and the effect is a soft opening in the center (it is not particularly well-defined).

To add further definition to the open area, remove the embossed cardstock from the embossing folder.  (Again these instructions are for the Big Shot, you’ll have to adjust them accordingly for other machines.)  Place your silicone mat on top of tab 1 (tab 2 is still open).  Place the embossed cardstock, face up, on the silicone mat.  Place the appropriate cut-out shape (if you used the circle diffuser, then the circle cut-out, etc.) on top of the non-embossed area.  Top the sandwich with your impressions plate, and run it through the Big Shot.  This will add definition to that non-embossed area and, in most cases, will create a more finished appearance.

That’s it!  That is all there is to it!  It is so very simple.  Instead of embossing normally, you’re going to add a diffuser plate, tape it in place, and run through the machine without one of the cutting plates that you normally use.  As I said, the second step is optional, but I think adds a little polish.  Note that you can separately use the diffuser plate — it just ends up with a softer, less defined center.  You can also use the cut-outs separately to add a dimensional shape in the center of otherwise plain cardstock.  You could also use the cut-out shape or the diffuser shape to trace an outline of the shape on cardstock (embossed or not), or to dry emboss.   This really is a very versatile tool.  Please see the short video for additional information on how to use the embossing diffuser — I even show you how to use it to create an embossed envelope for that special card.

I made six quick cards using each of the available diffusers (both sets 1 and 2).  Because they are designed to showcase the diffusers and available sizes/shapes, I didn’t add ribbon or other embellishments that would take away from the view.  I used the extra step for each of the cards to add the extra definition in the unembossed area.  All of the embossing folders that I used are by Sizzix, although you can use the diffuser with any similar embossing folder.  I use various shades of Pan Pastel to make the embossed areas more visible for the photos (I normally do not do this).  Information on the supplies used for the cards is below in my “Supply List”.

card 2  card 5  rectangle, small oval

card 1  card 6  square, cathedral window (or banner)

card 3  card 4  large oval, circle

I’m sure that you’ll enjoy using the embossing diffusers.  They are a great idea to help you find new uses for your existing embossing folders.


Supply List

Tim Holtz Embossing Diffusers by Sizzix — I used both sets 1 and 2

Die Cutting/Embossing Machine — I used my Sizzix Big Shot (you’ll need the silicone pad and the impressions pad in addition to the multipurpose platform)

assorted cardstock

adhesive (to assemble the cards)

low tack tape such as painter’s tape, etc.

The sunflower is by My Favorite Things (sunflower die)

The poinsettia is from Poppy Stamps (small blooming poinsettia die)

The die cut words are all Die-Versions Sweet Wordlets

The stickers are from various sets of Halloween Mambi stickers by Me & My Big Ideas

I used clear Wink of Stella to highlight the trees and words “Let it Snow”, also the tips of the poinsettia petals.

I enhanced the embossed areas with various colors of Pan Pastel


Thanks and Happy Scrappin’!


Must Have Tools for Cardmakers

Thursday, September 11th, 2014

Hi Everyone, today I’m sharing some of my best loved tools with you.  Tools I feel any Cardmaker should have in their stash, eventually.  That doesn’t mean you must run out and buy them all today, especially if you are new to this fun and rewarding hobby.  But I wanted to share what works for me and why.  Things I use on a daily basis in my cardmaking and crafting. This will help you with all your projects on sizzix,spellbinders, and tim holtz






Sizzix Scallop Star Ornaments

Tuesday, September 9th, 2014

Today I have a fun and easy ornament idea, the new Sizzix Scallop Star Ornament DIE SET.  I love how cute and versatile this design is.  It would make great Christmas ornaments (a little larger than most) or great party or wedding decorations.  Here’s a picture of the large ornament done in holiday colors —

star 1

The Scallop Star ornament die set is brand new, and can be used to make two different sizes of stars — small and large.  The small size is a little plainer than the one pictured (it does not have the scalloped edge or the pierced edge).  The samples on this post are of the large ornament (approximately 8″ in diameter — the small one is approx. 5″).  It is just so easy peasy to assemble that I think it would make a great family project — with the only downside being that you have to  use hot glue to assemble it, and I’m not a fan of using hot glue around children.

There are not many of dies in this set — only 6.  Four of the dies give you options for centers for the small or large ornament.  That means that this beautiful star is created essentially using just one die — you just need to cut seven of them.  Of course I used my Sizzix Big Shot to cut the needed pieces.  These are thin dies so you should be able to use them in any die cutting machine that can accommodate thin dies. If you haven’t seen or been introduced to SIZZIX take a look at this “Intro to Sizzix Ellison Video“.

The shaping process is easy too.  You begin by finding the two flaps in the center of the die cut and coaxing them toward the center.  Place a drop of hot glue on one of the flaps, and fold the other over to glue them together.  Watch those fingers!  The glue is hot!  You really need to use the high temp hot glue — lower temp glues just don’t have the holding power for this.  I also tried Scor-Tape, but you just can’t use a large enough piece especially in the two center folds for it to be effective.  There’s a lot of tension in the first two folds and very little space to put the glue, so there is a tendency for it to let go — but the high temp glue will hold.   Once that part has dried, you flip the piece over.  The next set of flaps (moving from the inside out) is a little larger, and you can curl those around a pencil or pen to get a curve in the paper (the paper will want to lay flat — curling it around the pencil will coax it into a curved shape).  Then you place a drop of glue on the point of one of the flaps and bend the other toward it to glue them together (how easy is that?).  Be careful to not develop creases or folds in the paper that will take away from the finished appearance.  Once those flaps are secure, you flip the piece over again, and follow the same process with the third set of flaps.  When those are secure, you flip again and attach the final set (the outer edges with the scallop).  It really is a very quick and simple process!  Once you’ve finished, the piece should look like this. You can see some more ideas here: Christmas Cards on Pinterest!


petal 3   petal 2

You’ll continue to form each of the “arms” for the stars in this same manner.  If you’re using a patterned paper like I did, you want to be consistent in how you assemble them (which side is up when you begin, etc.) — the arms should be identical (unless doing otherwise is part of your design).  Once the arms are all completed, you begin the assembly.  First attach four of the arms together making sure that they are all facing the same direction.  Then attach the remaining three arms together, again making sure that they all face the same direction.  Finally, you join the two groups together in the center.  Before gluing, make sure that the individual arms all face in the same direction around the star.  You’re using the hot glue throughout, being careful to keep things matched as carefully as you can.  Please see the video below for additional tips on assembling the stars.

As the video points out, sometimes you’ll want to do an additional step in assembling the stars.  Once you’ve put all of the arms together, if you find your star looking a little scraggly, you may want to add some glue in between the arms (at the sides where they touch).  This will hold the star together and give you the desired look.  You will see a big difference between the basic assembled star as shown in the video, and the look below.  The difference is that additional glue to hold the sides together

star 2

It really only takes a few more minutes to add the glue to the sides.  This step was needed because the cardstock that I used was thinner than the cardstock that I used for the star pictured above which looks just fine with only the center points glued together.  That doesn’t mean that I recommend heavy cardstock for this project.  Heavy cardstock is more difficult to coax into shape, and can give you problems trying to glue it into place.  I used two different sheets of standard-weight patterned cardstock here — one was just heavier and more textured, the other lighter and smoother.

The final step is to decorate the center of the star and hide all of those joins.  I used the hexagon piece for both (you have a choice of a scalloped hexagon or a circle) and glued it in the center of the ornament.  I added a button to one ornament, and a ribbon flower to the other.  I didn’t have any large bling, but that would have been perfect for the centers too.  Here are close up pictures of the centers

center    center 2

You can see that I forgot to clear all of the glue strings and glubers from the second finished project.  Oops!  Definitely a necessary step with hot glue!

One of the pretty ornament hangers that are available at Christmas would be perfect to hang this ornament.  As an alternative, you could make your own hanger with wire and standard jewelry making supplies.


Supplies used

Sizzix Scallop Star Ornament die set

Die cutting machine — I used my Sizzix Big Shot

Cardstock — the large star will take 1 sheet of 12×12 cardstock or 2 sheets of 8-1/2×11 cardstock

High temp hot glue gun

Decoration for the center — could be buttons, ribbon flowers, bling, etc.

Ornament hanger


Thanks and Happy Scrappin’



Changing it Up With Card Fronts

Thursday, September 4th, 2014

First off, I forgot to mention in the video these dies are ‘Pre-Order’ which means they haven’t hit the store yet, but if you like them order them now and they’ll be shipped as soon as they hit the shelf.  OK on with the show folks!  Spellbinders, bless their hearts, have done it again.  They are just so darn creative.  They have some new dies in their Shapeabilities Collection called Card Fronts.  I’m going to introduce you to two of them today.  They are super!  The 3 F kind – – – Fast, Fun and Fantastic! SEE VIDEO!

Card Fronts

I made one using each of the dies I have the Spellbinders Contemporary Strip and the Leaves A Fallin’ Card Front Dies.  I used Graphic 45’s Time to Celebrate  and  Heartfelt Creations Sun Kissed paper collections along with some solid cardstock for my card bases.  Both cards are standard A2 size 4 1/4″ x 5 1/2″.

Card Fronts-001

These dies cut a decorative panel (which you can emboss for more detail) that fit directly on your A2 card front.  Or, if you don’t use the outer die to cut it out you can use a paper trimmer to trim to a custom size.  That’s what I’ve done on the Get Well Card because I was using a scrap of paper that didn’t quite fit the width of the die.  So I just used the inner panel for the decorative elements, embossed it and then cut it with my paper trimmer leaving the top edge wider than what you’d get if you used the die mat frame included.  I also snipped off the lower portion below the last row of circles.  So don’t be stuck in the ‘do it as it shows it’ puddle, change it up to fit what you have or the look you’d like to achieve.

Card Fronts-010      Card Fronts-002      Card Fronts-005

Using the Spellbinders Die D-Lites Sentiments 4 I added the script ‘thinking of you’ and ‘get well’ to each card.  These are fantastic word sentiment dies that cut easily and pop out with no problem at all.  You can always add some glitter and/or Glossy Accents to give the words more zip and pizzazz.  The last die I used was the  die-namites ‘Lovely Grass for the inside.  This is a darling die and I cut it down quite a bit to fit the card base.  I haven’t tried it yet but they say among other things you can cut even thin chipboard and cork sheets.  So I hope you’ll check out the card fronts and watch the video too, I’ll walk you through the dies and the construction of the cards to inspire you to change up your card fronts with the new Spellbinders Shapeabilities Card Front Dies.

Go ahead and check out my video as well if that helps!

Thanks and Happy Scrappin’!


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Supplies from the store:

S4- 454: Spellbinders Shapeabilities Card Front Die – Contemporary Strip
S4- 461: Spellbinders Shapeabilities Card Front Die – Leaves A Fallin’
S2- 140: Spellbinders Die D-Lites Sentiments 4
DN-1024: die-namites Lovely Grass Die
4501006: Graphic 45 Time to Celebrate 12×12 Paper Collection
HCDP1 233: Heartfelt Creations Sun Kissed Paper Collection
657900: Sizzix Big Shot Machine
656499: Sizzix Magnetic Platform for Wafer Thin Dies
T-001: Spellbinders Tool ‘n One

Wedding Card using Graphic 45 Raining Cats and Dogs

Tuesday, September 2nd, 2014

A great Card idea for Dog Lovers! This week I decided to make a Wedding card or invitation using Graphic 45 Raining Cats and Dogs. This may seem like and unusual choice for a Wedding card, but not if you are making a card for an animal lover! Anyways here are the supplies that I used for my card. View more wedding cards or other cardmaking ideas!

Products available at Cut at Home:

Spellbinders Decorative Elements, Label Thirty-Nine – SKU: S4-464
Graphic 45 Raining Cats and Dogs 12 x 12 Paper Pack – SKU: 4500970
Graphic 45 Raining Cats and Dogs Ephemera Cards – SKU: 4500976
Tim Holtz Distress Ink, Black Soot – SKU: TIM19541
Sizzix Big Shot – SKU:657900

photo 1 (10)

I also used a stipple brush, corner punches and bling from my stash.

This was a pretty quick and easy card. I used a 5″ x 7″ card base, I cut a piece of the black pattern paper 6 3/4 x 4 3/4, I also cut a piece of the gold pattern paper using the Spellbinders die. This is where the sentiment will be placed. I inked the edges of the black patterned paper.

After I had the pieces cut I used a paper punch and punched photo corners out of both the 6 3/4 x 4 3/4 paper and the other patterned paper. I adhered these pieces to my card base. The I place the die cut in the middle of the card and added the sentiment, before I adhered the sentiment I used a corner rounder and rounded the edges. The I was ready to add the finishing touch, the bling!

Here is a look at the finished card:

photo 2 (10)

I hope that you enjoyed my project, it was lots of fun!

Till next time, Thanks and Happy Scrappin!


SpellbindersSizzixTim HoltzHeartfelt CreationsGraphic 45Silhouette AmericaElizabeth Craft DesignsMagnolia StampsSpectrum NoirJustRite Stampers