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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

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.

Kaisercraft Dies-003

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.

Kaisercraft Dies-006

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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Notecards featuring Spellbinders Die D-Lites Sentiments

Tuesday, November 4th, 2014

Today I want to show you the new Spellbinders Die D-Lites Sentiments Three, Four and Five.  These sentiments are perfect for your “everyday” use, and they also work wonderfully to make a set of notecards that you can give as a holiday gift.  Here are a couple of the cards from my set —

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At this time of the year I begin to think about my holiday gifts — especially what I can make and use as a nice gift.  We all have those situations — teacher gifts, hostess gifts, etc. where we want to give something nice, but often we’re on a tight budget.  I fell in love with these dies when I first saw them because I like them as sentiments for my everyday cards, but I can also use them to create note card sets to take care of those gift giving needs.  Each Die D-Lite sentiment set has two dies (sentiments), so you need to purchase all three to get all of the sentiments shown here.  Fortunately they’re Die D-Lites, and so they’re more affordable.

I’m not sure yet who will be the recipient of my note card set, so I chose colors that are trendy and suitable for almost everyone — black and white.  (If I knew the recipient, I probably would have selected her favorite colors.)    The design I chose is pretty classic and doesn’t take a lot of paper.  For the entire set of 12 cards I needed:  2 sheets of 12×12 patterned cardstock (the polka dots); 2-1/2 sheets of 8-1/2 x 11″ white cardstock and 2-1/2 sheets of 8-1/2 x 11″ black cardstock.  I cut 6 black backgrounds and 6 white backgrounds (4.25″ x 5.5″), along with 12 pieces of the polka dot cardstock (3-7/8 x 5-1/8″).  The solid color strip for each is cut 1-1/2″ x 5-1/8″.    I cut the sentiments from the remaining paper.

There is no real magic in cutting the sentiments.   They do, in my opinion, qualify as one of the “detailed” dies, so you’ll want to use all of the tricks that you normally use with a detailed die.  First, you want to run it through the die cutting machine at least twice, perhaps rotating it so that all parts are well-cut.  You also want to use wax paper in between the die and the cardstock.  This will make it so much easier when it is time to remove the cut sentiment from the die.  Without wax paper, the sentiment tends to stick and is difficult to remove; with the wax paper, the cut sentiment separates easily from the die.  Opinions differ on whether you should use wax paper each time you cut — for this I recommend that you do.  Why take the risk of getting a sentiment “stuck” in the die?  This is not only frustrating, but can also lead to having to re-cut the sentiment since the now-thin paper may easily tear.  I also typically add an extra shim when cutting a detailed die.  Please see the short video for a closer look at the sentiments, and additional information on the steps that I took to cut them easily.

Now that everything is cut out, it is just a matter of assembly.  I attached the polka dot paper to the background, and the color strip to the polka dot paper using 1/4″ Scor-Tape.  I used a product called “Sticky Dots” (Therm O Web) to attach the sentiments.  You could also use a little well placed glue for this, but I was going for the quick and easy solution.  Note that I didn’t worry about the dot for an i.  The die does cut them properly, but they were much too small to place quickly.  I simply put the sentiment in place on the color strip and then used my Gelly Roll pens (black or whie) to add the dots.  Okay, it is a cheater’s solution, but sometimes that’s okay.  I finished the cards by embellishing them with a ribbon and bow, and three enamel dots.  Easy peasy!

Here is a look at the completed cards.  You can see that I have two cards for each sentiment, one mostly white with black accents, and one mostly black with white accents).  I couldn’t decide which style I liked  best, so I decided to do both.  Obviously a set of just one or the other would also make a nice gift.

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003  012

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005   007

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All I have to do to finalize the gift is to add envelopes, and find a tin or box to put them in.  What a simple way to check one gift off of the holiday list!


Supplies available at Cut @ Home

Spellbinders Die D-Lites Sentiments Three (SKU S2-139), Four (SKU  S2-140), and Five (SKU S2-141)

Die cutting machine — I used my Sizzix Big Shot (SKU 657900)

Scor-Tape by Scor-Pal (1/4″) (SKU 202)


Supplies from my stash:  Solid black and white cardstock (2-1/2 sheets of each); 2 sheets of black polka-dot 12×12 cardstock; black and white ribbon; Sticky Dots by Therm O Web; Lily White and Beetle Black enamel dots (Sprinkles) by Doodlebug; and wax paper.


Thanks and Happy Scrappin’!



On the Edge Dies with Blooms One

Monday, November 3rd, 2014

Happy Monday! This week I am showing two exciting products! Tim Holtz On the Edge Dies and Spellbinders Blooms One dies. I love the Tim Holtz On the Edge dies, they are designed to work perfectly with A2 cards, but they are not limited to cards you can use them for borders on many things, they would be perfect for a mini scrapbook. This week I decided to make a few Thanksgiving cards, since it is right around the corner.

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For the first card that I made I started with a 8 1/2 x 5 1/2 card stock base, I cut one edge of the card stock with the Scrollwork On the Edge die, next I scored the piece of card stock at 4 1/4 for my card base. I inked the edges of the card and the border. Next I added a card stock border from a fall paper collection that I had from my stash, added a ribbon over that, and a sentiment from the same collection. It is an Echo Park Fall Collection. Finally I made the flower using the Spellbinders Blossom One dies. I layered two of the largest die, two of the middle die and one of the smallest die. I inked the edges using Tim Holtz Walnut Stain Distress Ink. next I cut some ribbon and put everything together with a brad to make my own flower embellishment. I also cut a 4 1/4 x 5 1/2 piece of card stock to line the inside of the card.

Here is a look at that finished card:


The video below details the use of the on the edge dies and blooms one dies.

The second card that I made used the Distressed Doily On the Edge die by Tim Holtz. I really love the look of this die! I cut the base the same as described for the card above. After I cut the edge of the card I inked the edge of the die cut piece with the Walnut Stain distress ink. I also cut a piece of card stock for a liner, I inked the edge of that piece with Peacock Feathers distress ink. I added a card stock border from the paper collection, next I created another flower using the Blooms One dies. This time when I inked the edges I alternated between the Walnut Stain ink and the Peacock Feathers, i really like the way that this flower turned out. I also added a brad in the center and a couple of pieces of printed ribbon that I had in my stash.

Here is a look at that card:

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Finally I did a third card. With this card I wanted to demonstrate just one of the many other ways that you can use these dies. I used a 4 1/4 x 5 1/2 card base, next I cut out an edge from a piece of card stock, I trimmed it so that I could use it on the card as a border. Next I ran some ribbon and washi tape along the scroll border that I added. I cut some flowers from the Blooms one for this card as well, but instead of layering them I left them as single blooms instead of layering them. i also inked the edges using both the Peacock Feathers and the Walnut Stain. I added a sentiment and a couple of flags that I made using some wording from the paper pack. I then adhered the flowers, I added wood centers to the flowers.

Here is a look at that card:

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I had a lot of fun with this project! The Tim Holtz “On the Edge” dies are amazing, I hope that you will give them a try!

Here is a list of items that I used that are available for purchase on the cut a home site.


S2-044 -Spellbinders Blooms One Dies
656624 – Tim Holtz On the Edge Die, Scrollwork
Tim Holtz On the Edge Die, Distressed Doily
TIM19534 – Tim Holtz Distress Ink, Walnut Stain
TIM34933 – Tim Holtz Distress Ink, Peacock Feathers
457900 – Sizzix Big Shot

I also used the following supplies from my stash: Washi tape, ribbon, gems, wooden adhesive dots, card stock plain and patterned paper.

I hope that you enjoyed my projects this week, until next time Thanks and Happy Scrappin!


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