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Spellbinders Royal Love Greeting Card

Thursday, January 15th, 2015

Today I’m back with another Valentine’s Card for you, but again, it could also be used for an Anniversary or with a change of sentiment a Wedding card.  Let me ask you how carefully you look at the packaging your dies come in?  If you’re like me I kind of glance at them and then really don’t see them again after that.  It’s amazing how you can look at something and really never actually see it.


I was taking the Spellbinders Shapeabilities Royal Love die out of the packaging when I happened to notice the card on the front.  I thought wow that’s a pretty neat card I think I’ll make that. Like most of us I took my inspiration from the card they showed but usually what I make and what I’ve seen change themselves up quite a bit.  Which is fine, it’s the inspiration part that’s important.  This is a gorgeous die, I tried it using quite light weight paper and the glittered decorative paper, both cut well, I did use wax paper between my die and paper which along with my Spellbinder’s Tool ‘n One helped it release very easily.


The top portion of the card is decorated with the Sizzix Textured Impression Embossing Folder Lattice.  These are great buys because you not only get the Lattice folder but also the Butterfly in this two pack combo.  Using three colors of cardstock the triple mats help the different elements pop on the card.


I added two rows of lace to the front below the mats using a string of decorative crystal bling along the top and finishing it off with the bow and charms.  The charm is a Tim Holtz fragment.  I stamped the word LOVE from the Avery Elle Photopolymer clear stamp set Handwritten Notes and glued it to the back of the Fragment.  Then I took Tim Holtz Ranger Adirondack Mixative Silver and coated the sides and back of the Fragment.  I joined it along with a danglely pearl and a silver heart.  I finished them off with a white satin bow and placed them directly below the die cut heart.


The inside is finished with the same colors. The heart was cut from a lighter pink and trimmed down a bit tucking a small flourish I’d snipped from the side to below the mats.  The sentiments are a combination of the Avery Elle stamp I used in the Fragment along with a JustRite Stampers Celebrations Sentiments clear stamp collection.  I’m very happy with my card and hope that the inspiration I derived from the Spellbinder’s packaging will in turn inspire you to create your own Royal Love card.  A list of supplies for the store products follow directly below the video.  Speaking of which the video will give you the Start to Finish process of how I created the card, I hope you’ll join me there.

Have fun and Happy Craftin’!


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Supplies from the Store:
SKU S4-438: Spellbinders Shapeabilities Royal Love dies
SKU CR-02099: JustRite Stampers Celebrations Sentiments
SKU 1316: Avery Elle Handwritten Notes stamp set
SKU T-001: Spellbinders Tool ‘n One

SKU TIM22176: Adirondack Inks Metallic Mixatives Silver

Supplies from my Stash: American Crafts cardstock, Lindy’s Queen Sheba Silver embossing Powder, Stampin’ Up Heat and Stick glue and Dazzling Diamonds Glitter, Versamark, Lace, Bling, charms

Love is in the Air

Thursday, January 8th, 2015

Oh my Christmas no more turns the corner and we begin to think of Love Songs and Hearts, yes you know what I mean, Valentines Day is just around the bend.  Have you made your special someone a Valentine’s Card?  Well today I’ve got one that does double duty, you can use my Tom and Tilly card to either send Valentine Greetings or wish a special couple Happy Anniversary, (shhh don’t tell but that’s what I’m really using my card for today).


Tom and Tilly is the name of this cute couple from Penny Black‘s Slapstick/cling series.  Aren’t they adorable?  I made a little larger card than I normally do choosing a 5″ x 7″ size of Kraft cardstock to be able to accommodate the stamped image and the die cut heart.  I stamped and colored the card and then fussy cut around the colored image.  Using a colored marked I carefully went around the edges to get rid of any white that might be showing.

The hP1140738eart is die cut from Spellbinder’s In’Spire line and is called Love Vine.  I used some glimmer paper from DCWV’s Shimmer Stack but it still wasn’t shiny enough so I covered the top with Versamark and Lindy’s Stamp Gang Byzantine Bronze embossing powder.

These dies are terrific they cut with no problem and just hold their shape so well, even with the added embossing on them.  I did slip a piece of wax paper between the die and my paper to help ease the removal.  Of course I used Spellbinder’s Tool ‘n One to assist popping the paper from the die as well.



My background behind the couple is done on Stratford Watercolor paper with Faber Castell Gelatos, mine are from the Yellow Set.  I also used some Tim Holtz Distress Ink in Peeled Paint across the bottom because I didn’t have a green Gelato.  This was fun, I like the look of the Gelatos on the watercolor paper.  They blend so well and if you’re not happy with the first result wet them down and play some more.  These are a definite must have in your crafty bin.  I cut a piece of chipboard in black to place behind Tom and Tilly so they’d pop up a tad.  I also restamped the bench on a piece of decorative paper, re-colored it and after fussy cutting it out put it atop the original.  It gives just that extra little bit of dimension to the card.


I was going to stamp my sentiment with my teeny tiny stamps but opted instead to use my computer and print them out.  I trimmed around the edges and then used Tim Holtz Distress ink to help them pop a little.  Since the background was colored I used Glossy Accents to glue the words in place assuring myself that they wouldn’t pop off anytime soon.

Well that completes today’s card, a complete supply list is just below the video which will show the entire process start to finish, I hope you’ll join me there.  In the mean time

Happy Craftin’ Everyone!


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Supplies from the Store:

40-098 – Penny Black Slapstick Cling Stamp, Tom and Tilly
IN-009 – Spellbinder’s In’Spire die Love Vine
770157 – Faber Castell Gelatos Yellow set
T-001 – Spellbinders Tool ‘n One
TIM20233 – Tim Holtz Distress Ink in Peeled Paint
658300 – Sizzix Big Shot Starter Kit

Supplies from my Stash: Kraft cardstock, DCWV shimmer paper, Lindy’s Byzantine Bronze embossing Powder, Glossy Accents, Alcohol markers, Stratford Watercolor Paper, White card stock

Happy Holidays!

Tuesday, December 23rd, 2014

This week is a busy holiday week.  Hanukkah ends tomorrow evening (12/24), and the Christmas celebration begins.  The celebration of Kwanzaa begins on Friday (12/26) and ends on January 1.   I hope that it will be a joyous time for you and your family and friends!

hanukkah    Happy Hanukkah

st nick    Merry Christmas

kwanzaa    Happy Kwanzaa


Supplies used  —

Hanukkah card:  Star of David die by Cheery Lynn Designs, blue metallic cardstock, brushed silver cardstock

St. Nick:  St. Nick die by Tim Holtz Alterations (660051 Sizzix), 8×8 paper by Graphic 45 Twas the Night Before Christmas (4500995), white flocking, Doodlebug heart sticker, Tim Holtz Label Letters.  (See the separate “St. Nick” post for additional information)

Kwanzaa card:  Spellbinders Regal Frames die set (S4-446), Memory Box Italic letters, black metallic cardstock, hammered gold cardstock (Hot Off the Press), assorted rhinestones

Thanks and Happy Scrappin’


Quick and Easy Christmas Cards with Penny Black, Leane Creatief, Cottage Cutz and Tim Holtz!

Tuesday, December 16th, 2014

I can hardly believe that next week is Christmas!  This year has just flown by.  Of course I am, as usual, running late with my holiday preparations.  With Christmas just a week away, I must tackle my Christmas card list.   Here’s a look at some of my favorites for this year —

candles   dove

wreath bearer    cardinal

When I begin work on my holiday cards, I always go through my dies and stamps to see if any really inspire me.  I also look through any papers, etc. that I have on hand to see what might make an interesting combination.  It was through this process that I decided to make the dove card.  I started with the great patterned paper, and a nearly identical die (“The Gift” by Penny Black).  From that point there was just a little trial and error to come up with the card that you see posted above.  Note that I was not able to use the dove directly on that patterned paper — it just blended in.  The additional pop of gold (here I used one of the Spellbinders Labels One dies) was just what I needed to make the dove stand out and the card come to life.  Just like the paper beneath, I cut another branch for the dove’s beak in gold.  This is one of my favorite cards.


My next project was the candles by Leane Creatief.  I just love the dies that they produce — they are always so thoughtful and make sure that you have the dies that you need for the job.  I used two sets of dies for this card — Candles and Holly Leaves and Pine Branches.  They coordinate so well . . . and there are many different combinations that you could use successfully to make a holiday card.  Note that when I attached the pine and holly, I used just a few glue dots.  I like to leave foliage a little loose, to give it an opportunity to pop up a little and look dimensional.  It’s a balance, though – if the pine branches or holly are too loose they may get caught on something and pull off of the card.  The “Merry Christmas” sentiment on the card is a gold sticker.  Too easy peasy!


My third card features a die by Cottage Cutz, “Cardinal with Branch“.  I like the simplicity of this die — and it produces a gorgeous card.  As a typical Cottage Cutz die, you need to run the die through the die cutting machine several times in order to cut all of the detail.  Also, since all of the pieces are on one die plate, you need to run it through the die cutting machine several times in order to obtain the various colors of pieces that you need.  This die has some tiny pieces — but they are what makes the cardinal look as it does.  The only thing I needed to do was to add a little white accent at the eye.  How easy is that?  The rhinestones instead of berries gives the card a little sparkle.  I also used a metallic green paper for the holly to make it pop.  When attaching the holly branch, I used only a couple of glue dots so it could  curl up a little and gain some dimension.   I did the same with the cardinal — attaching it only at the body, and allowing the head and tail to raise up a little from the paper.  Little things like that give some life to your cards, as opposed to gluing everything down in place.


Last, but by no means least, is a stamped card featuring one of the Tim Holtz Stampers Anonymous stamp sets, Mini Holiday #5.  I love these stamps, and my favorites are the various holiday mini sets.  I love the quality and attention to detail.  There are so many of the stamps that are appropriate as a focal point for a card, and the mini sets are the perfect size for my A-2 cards.  I chose my holiday minis 5 set, and the gentleman carrying a wreath.  I needed a card that was more masculine, and more appropriate for the guys on my list.  This seems to work quite well.  I also love the plaid cardstock that seems to be popular right now, and I thought it was a good pairing with the Tim Holtz silhouette stamp.  I found a light green cardstock and a dark green ink that matched the plaid well, and I stamped the silhouette onto the green cardstock.  I then cut the oval shape, and finished by sponging ink around the edges.  This creates a soft definition for the oval, and also ties the colors together.  The ribbon that I chose is a fibrous ribbon, almost like a nubby silk.  I added the “Merry Christmas” sticker to the ribbon instead of some bling or something that might have tampered with the more masculine appearance.  I also tied a knot instead of a bow.

wreath bearer


So, I just wanted to share a couple of my holiday cards for this year.  I hope that you’ll join me for this short video where I give you a closer look at the cards and at the dies, etc. that I used to create them.

Supplies from Cut @ Home

Cottage Cutz CC-015  “Cardinal With Branch” die

Leane Creatief 459913 “Candles” and 459920  “Holly Leaves and Pine Branches” dies

Penny Black dies 51-070 “The Gift” and 51-060 “Exultations

Spellbinders S4-161 Labels One die set

Tim Holtz Stampers’ Anonymous Stamp set CMS177 “Mini Holidays #5

Die cutting machine — I used my Sizzix Big Shot

Scor-Tape by Scor-Pal

Supplies from my stash:  gold holiday stickers, assorted cardstock, glue dots, ribbon, bling

Thanks and Happy Scrappin’!


Cottage Cutz Holiday Lights card

Thursday, December 11th, 2014

Lights are so a part of the Holiday celebration, you see them on homes, parks and businesses around the World.  It’s no wonder that I absolutely adored this die from the moment I saw it.


I incorporated Cottage Cutz Holiday Lights die into my Christmas card today.  I wanted to share how you could take one focal panel from a paper collection and make your card as I’ve shown here.  So many collections including Heartfelt Creations (which today’s decorative paper comes from) have cut aparts or decorative elements on their papers that could easily be cut to fit the front of a card base.  Mine today is a standard A2 sized card 4 1/4″ x 5 1/2″, using white for the card itself and accenting with magenta ink around the edges.


This die comes with little bulbs you can cut from different colored papers but I wanted to see how it would work to cut one strand from white cardstock and use my pens to color them to match my color scheme.  Worked great although I had a few hiccups along the way, I left them in the video so you can say ‘looks like something I’d do’ and I also showed the quick fixes to rectify the errors.  That’s so much of what paper crafting is all about, we all make mistakes but it’s often very easy to fix the boo boo and no one is the wiser.  I pulled out my Glitter Snow again, I just love this stuff for giving that snowy look to my projects.


Today’s video will also show you a slick trick for getting your glitter onto your script, and most important having it stay.  I used an older die from the Spellbinders Nestabilites line called Classic Scalloped Squares for my  sentiment to rest on and the words from Tim Holtz Holiday Words die set.  I hope you’ll join me below on the video as I walk you through the whole process of creating this card.  Directly below you’ll find the supply  list from the store.

Thanks everyone,

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Supplies from the Store:

CC-018: Cottage Cutz Holiday Lights with Birds
S4-127: Spellbinders Nestabilities
Classic Scalloped Squares Large
660058: Tim Holtz Alterations Holiday Words Script 
T-001: Spellbinders
 Tool ‘n One
657900: – Sizzix Big Shot

Supplies from my Stash:  White cardstock; Glossy Accents; Copic markers; Aleene’s Glitter Snow; Glitter; pearls, decorative paper focal panel


Victorian Christmas Cards with Spellbinders

Thursday, December 4th, 2014

I think the Victorian era was one of great beauty especially in the architecture of their homes.  So, it was with great delight I spotted a new die in the Cut at Home store recently.  This is a larger die measuring almost 6″ x 4″ when cut, that’s why my card today is a 5″ x 7″, a little larger than I normally make but perfect to showcase this gorgeous Victorian home.


Spellbinders released the Painted Lady as part of their Shapeabilities Die Collection.  This die is quite intricate and will require a little bit of fiddling and some extra care, but don’t that hamper your decision to put it in your shopping cart, it’s absolutely gorgeous when cut out.  Spellbinders suggests using a piece of wax paper between your die and paper when cutting and I second that, it will help release all the fine details much easier (I tried it both ways).  Also don’t forget to use your Sizzix Magnetic Platform and Spellbinders Tool ‘n One if you have them (if not they’d be great in your stocking!!!).  Both these tools just aid in the ease of release of the paper from the die, especially when it has multiple curls and frills.


I added this white poinsettia cut from the Tim Holtz Alterations die Tattered Poinsettia.  I love this die it’s one of my favorites and by trimming the petals a tad can be used year round in your flower making.  I just completed the center with some red bling.  If you don’t have Susan’s Garden Tool Set you might want to put that on your list as well, it includes all the tools you’ll need to shape your flower petals to get the perfect look. Tim Holtz also has an Alterations die that’s called Holiday Words Script, that’s where I got the believe sentiment and the Wonderland and Merry Christmas on the other two cards.  This is another absolute favorite that would be great to have in your Christmas stash.  The words cut and release fabulously from the dies and I just love the font.  Unfortunately the video portion that shows how I glittered up the word Wonderland on the bonus card in the video became corrupted and I had to cut it.  If you’re interested in how I added the glitter to the die cut word let me know and I’ll do another video to show the how to’s.


The Spellbinders Painted Lady die also includes the lamp post.  There are endless ways you could dress it up.  I debated on embossing it with black but in the end opted for doing the vines in Xmas Green Stickles and the berries in Red Stickles.  I added the Holly adornment which I’d covered with Sakura’s 3D Crystal Laquer and the berries with Red Stickles.  I added another of the Holly at the top peak of the roof on the house.  Behind the house is a sheet of green foil which was run through my Sizzix Big Shot with the Sizzix Texured Impressions Dots embossing folder.  I just love how it peeks through the windows at you.

As usual along with the how-to and photos I’ve also included two bonus cards on the video to boost your inspiration levels as you create your own Painted Lady cards.  A complete supply list follows below.

Thanks everyone,

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Supplies from the Store:

S6-018: Spellbinders Shapeabilities Painted Lady Die
660058: Sizzix Tim Holtz Alterations Holiday Words Script dies
658261: Sizzix Tim Holtz Alterations Tattered Poinsettia die
658437: Sizzix Susan’s Garden Tool Set
658438: Sizzix Susan’s Garden Molding Pad, Leaf Pad, Non-Stick Sheet
656499: Sizzix Magnetic Platform for Wafter Thin Dies
658300: Sizzix Big Shot Starter Kit
T-001: Spellbinders Tool ‘n One
659745: Sizzix Textured Impressions Dots embossing folder

Supplies from my Stash: Cardstock, Green foil cardstock, paper scraps, bling, Stickles, Dazzling Diamonds, 3D Crystal Lacquer, dies cuts, Aleene’s Glitter Snow, dyed seam binding

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