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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~

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’


Spellbinders Doily Card Ideas

Friday, October 3rd, 2014

I love doilies, I think it stems from spending so many wonderful hours with my Grandmothers, one of which I watched crochet and tat gorgeous projects from balls of thread. Such a beautiful act of love.  Spellbinders Paper Arts has released a new collection of products called Celebra’tions which include the doilies I’ve used today.

Doily Magic

I’ve used an abundance of products from the store for my cards but the primary focus I wanted to bring to you was Spellbinders Celebra’tions Dies Doily Fun Embossing folder and Doily Art stamp set along with the Celebra’tions Just Because stamps.  I’ve created five examples of cards to show you the versatility of these stamps and embossing folders.  You can make your cards as intricate or as easy as your time permits.  Remember a few weeks ago when I shared with you the flowers I’d made using Heartfelt Creations Arianna Blooms?  Well I pulled those out as I was making cards and used them on two.  See making multiple things at one time really helps when you go to make a project, you can have your flowers all ready and just pick and choose.

Doily Magic-016

Today’s video will give you hints on how to manage doing multiple cards at one time
and numerous ideas for card fronts and finished insides

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I pulled lots of goodies out of my crafty cupboards to fuel your imagination,
such as Spellbinders Divine Eloquence Die frame shown above or

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Sizzix’s Frame embossing folder shown here.

So come on and join me in the video, I’ll show you what I’ve used on each card (the supplies are all listed below to the store), give you scads of inspiration and share many more photos of the five cards I’ve made here. For more card ideas you can go to

Thanks everyone and Happy Scrappin’!


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Supplies from the Store:

SCF-003: Spellbinders Celebra’tions Doily Art 3D Embossing Folder
SCF-001: Spellbinders Celebra’tions Doily Fun Stamp
SCF-008: Spellbinders Celebra’tions Just Because Stamps with matching dies
30-229: Penny Black Special Wishes Stamps
658978: Sizzix Bigz 3D Bow & Ribbon
S5-218: Spellbinders A2 Divine Eloquence
658989: Sizzix Textured Impressions 2PK Pinwheel & Stripes
658484: Sizzix Textured Impressions 2PK Frame & Love Set
TIM21414: Tim Holtz Distress Ink – Broken China
TIM21483: Tim Holtz Distress Ink – Scattered Straw
657900: Sizzix Big Shot

Supplies from my Stash: Lindy’s Stamp Gang Embossing Powders in Reindeer Moss Green and Hyacinth Blue Jade; Diamond Stickles, Assorted colored and white cardstock;

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 —

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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’



Deal of the Week – Sizzix Sale!

Monday, September 29th, 2014

Hi again!

The Deal of the Week is 30% off select Sizzix! We have an assortment of dies in all sizes, embossing folders, coordinating stamps – all on sale, so you will definitely want to take a look! Check it out HERE under Sizzix Deals and Tim Holtz Deals

We are nearing the end of the month and you still have time to use your VIP coupons for September if you haven’t already! Those codes again are SEP432 for Spellbinders and SIZ9SE for Sizzix and Tim Holtz Sizzix.

Now to what is NEW this week…

He’s back…..who else could I be talking about than Tim Holtz! We have MORE new Tim Holtz Sizzix Dies, Texture Fades Embossing Folders and ShadowPress Debossing Folders in great holiday designs! You are going to want to order these right away, as I predict their may be a shortage by November. Here are a few of my favorites:

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The Sizzix collections just released are Favorite Things by Brenda Walton and Stephanie Barnard’s Summer CHA release. The Favorite Things collection is always a big seller and here is why:

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Those ornaments are so dainty! They will be gorgeous to add to a gift tag or decorate on a tree!

Stephanie has more Flip-its, Stand-Ups and introducing Step-Ups!

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Your cards are going to be the talk of town with these dies! I think your friends will like the card more the gift!

Avery Elle also has new dies with coordinating stamps:  Just go here to find the new dies:

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The first set is “Be Jolly.” I love this little snowman! he is adorable. The second set is “Noel.” I am a snowflake freak and I really love the intricate detail on these dies.

Penny Black has new Creative Dies and stamps for fall and winter holidays and every days that will look great on any card and scrapbook layout:

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From left to right are Haunted Hollow dies, Autumn Dance Stamp, Let’s Chill Stamps and Red Star stamps.

This week had so much to showcase, I had a hard time choosing my favorites! I know you will too.


Take care and have a really great week. I hope you have time to craft!

Happy Scrappin!


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