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Avery Elle Twisted Treat Halloween Tags

Wednesday, October 22nd, 2014

Today I have a quick and easy Halloween project for you featuring the Twisted Treat stamp and companion die by Avery Elle.  I love the Avery Elle stamps and dies — they are just really fun and trendy.  Here’s a look at my treat tags —

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The tags are super easy to make.  All you really need is some scraps of black and white cardstock, and the Avery Elle Twisted Treats stamp set and companion die.  The tags will attach to any treat with just a little of your favorite washi tape (why use plain tape when you have washi?).

To create the tag on the black background, I first cut the background tag 2″ x 3″.  I rounded the corners using a small corner rounder.  Then I stamped the bat frame from the Twisted Treats stamp set on white cardstock using Black Soot Distress ink.  I immediately covered the ink with Ranger super-fine detail clear embossing powder.  If you haven’t used this product, you’re missing out — to me it is a must-have item.  Because it is super-fine detail, it doesn’t distort images or clump – it provides just a uniform, even embossing.  Because it is clear, it will work with any ink color, and will preserve the original color.  I also stamped the sentiment, “Devilish Delghts” with the Black  Soot and covered it with the embossing powder.  I heat embossed both.  I love to see the transformation — this is kind of embossing “light”, though, since it is super-fine detail powder.  It is absolutely embossed, but not as much dimension as you get with some other types of embossing powders.  It just leaves the great dimensional detail that you can see in the tag.  Once the bat frame was embossed, I cut it out using the companion Twisted Treats die.  Assembly is easy — I just put a few small pieces of Scor-Tape on the back of the bat frame.  I adhered the bat frame to the background cardstock only at the top.  This will allow me to slip in the sentiment and center oval at the right place.  I attached the sentiment to a black oval (left over from cutting  the bat frame in black cardstock) using Scor-Tape, and then slid it underneath the bat frame.  Once I was confident about placement, I removed the tape liner and attached it.  I lifted the bat frame one last time and removed the Scor-Tape liner pieces at the bottom of the frame and stuck the frame to the tag.  The final steps were to punch a hole in the top (I used my 1/8″ hole punch), and add some solid black baker’s twine to hang the tag.  Super easy!


The tag on the white background was also very easy.  I stamped the sentiment “Frightfully Good” with Black Soot ink, applied the Super Fine Detail Clear embossing powder and heat embossed as described above.  I cut the bat frame from plain back cardstock (no stamping on this one).  I also cut two dimensional bats from the Little B Halloween die set.  To assemble the tag, I attached the frame and sentiment as described above.  I used my white Gelly Roll pen (any opaque white pen will work) to add a face to the little bats, and then folded their wings and used Scor-Tape to attach the bats to the black bat frame.  Then I punched a hole in the top, and added some solid white baker’s twine to hang the tag.


Please see the short video for additional information on how I assembled the tags,

Of course you can add your Halloween greetings to the back of the tags, and you’re ready to attach them to your favorite treats.  I used my white Gelly Roll pen to add the greeting to the black tag.

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Please be sure to check out the full selection of Avery Elle stamps and dies on the Cut @ Home site.  You’ll fund a lot of cute and trendy ideas there!


Items available from Cut @ Home

Avery Elle Twisted Treats stamps — SKU 1327

Avery Elle Twisted Treats companion die — SKU D1327

Scor-Tape by Scor-Pal.  I used 1/4″.  — SKU 202

Tim Holtz Distress Ink, Black Soot — SKU TIM19541 (full-size pad); TDPK40330 (in the mini kit #3 – shown on video)

Little B Halloween die set — SKU 100465

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


Items from my stash — Ranger Super-Fine Detail Clear Embossing Powder; White and black Gelly Roll pens; candy corn washi tape (Queen & Co.); heat embossing gun; solid black and white baker’s twine; 1/8″ hole punch; scraps of black and white cardstock.


Thanks and Happy Scrappin’!



Tim Holtz Distress Ink Techniques

Monday, October 20th, 2014

Happy Monday, I cannot believe it is already the middle of October. That means that Thanksgiving is right around the corner. Today I am going to show you a couple of techniques with Tim Holtz Distress Inks and show how to make some lovely Thanksgiving Napkin holders. This was such a fun project, a little messy, but I think we have all had inky fingers at one time or another!


I made four different napkin holders/rings using a couple of techniques demonstrated in the video above. The first thing I did was use my Silhouette America Cameo to cut out my circles and images that are available for download at, I also cut the circle pattern I used for the base of the napkin holder on the Silhouette. I used three different colors of card stock, a off white – cream color, yellow and brown. The yellow has a raised dotted pattern and is a Bazzill card stock.

When I had all of my images cut I started to play with my techniques, that is when I created the first napkin ring. I used the Darice Dot Background for the pumpkin image, I also cut a circle a little larger than the inked circle to adhere the inked circle on, it makes the napkin ring a little sturdier and it also covers up any ink that you get on the back of the inked circle piece. Once I had everything adhered to my circle I glued the bases by matching up the ring pattern, then I used the same glue to adhered the circle to the base. I also used glossy accents to dress it up a bit.

The second one I used the same techniques, just a different embossing folder and image. I used the glossy accents again as well as a little pearl for the Turkey’s eye.

Here is a look at the first two Napkin Rings:



The third one was really fun, the first part of the technique is the same as in the two above, but next you use a mask to cover part of the image once it is dry, for my mask I used some old stickers that have just been laying around. I love how this technique turned out! To finish this one I inked around the edge, mounted it on the brown circle, added a sentiment sticker and the napkin ring base.

Finally, for the forth one I used a different embossing folder and image, I love how this one turned out. To finish it off I added a little bling!



Here is a list of everything that I used that is available at the

Tim Holtz Distress Inks in the following colors:
TIM19527 – Vintage Photo
TIM27157 – Rusty Hinge
TIM19534 – Walnut Stain
TIM27201 – Wild Honey
TIM20226 – Mustard Seed
TIM21407 – Aged Mahogany
1217-67 – Darice Dot Background Embossing Folder
1215-63 – Darice Fleur De Lis Background Embossing Folder
SILHOUETTE CAMEO – 3 T – Silhouette America Cameo Machine, Cut@Home also has the brand new Cameo available for pre-order, and the price is great so if you have been on the fence about the Cameo now is the time to order :).

Other items that I used from my stash are card stock, Ranger Mini Mister, Heat Gun, Craft Mat, Glossy Accents and some embellishments. I also used a blending tool. Cut at Home has the IBT40965 -Mini Blender as well as the IBT40972 – Mini Replacement Foams available.

I hope you enjoyed my post today, until next week, Thanks and Happy Scrappin!


Graphic 45 Mixed Media Box, using Tim Holtz Wallflower

Wednesday, October 15th, 2014

Hello! I’m so excited to share my project with you today! I am using a Graphic 45 Mixed Media Box in Ivory. These also come in black, and kraft. This box is 5×5, and has a window in the front. It has a magnetic closure on the side. I’ve already decided I need lots more of these boxes in my stash…there are so many things that can be done with this box!! A mini album would look great in this, an accordion album, or simply a trinket box.

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I used a black acrylic paint, and gave it two coats. I love how easily these take paint, no priming necessary.

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The paper I choose is Tim Holtz Idea-ology Wallflower.  I love this paper!! In this 12×12 paper stack, it includes 4×3, 3×3, 6×6 & 12×12. I was able to use the 6×6 patterns, which looked great on this box. I simply traced the inside window, and cut it 1/8″ larger, to frame the window. I inked all the edges, using Tim Holtz Distress ink in Black Soot. I’ve also added a G45 Shabby Chic Door Pull.

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I wanted this to be a shadow box, therefore I kept the window open. It would be a great place to add transparency, or lace.

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I added lots of pretty flowers from my stash, and a beautiful saying that I printed out. The recipient can add a 2×2 photo, next to the quote, if they’d like.

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This really makes a great decorative element to a shelf, or a coffee table. This would also make a great box to hold an album, or a great wedding gift, with the couples picture in it.

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Hope this inspires you to give one of these boxes a try! Thanks for stopping by! If you’d like to see a video showing how I put this together, please see below:

Products used:

Graphic 45 Mixed Media box Ivory: SKU:4500985
Graphic 45 Shabby Chic door pull: SKU:4500842
Tim Holtz Idea-ology 12×12 paper: Wallflower: SKU:TH93110
Tim Holtz Distress Ink Black Soot: SKU:TIM19541
Tim Holtz Ink Blending tool: SKU:IBT40965

Products used from my stash: Black acrylic paint, flowers, rhinestone buckle, pearls, heart locket, leafs, wood title, wood clock hands.

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On the Edge with Tim Holtz Distress Inks

Monday, October 13th, 2014

Happy Monday, today I am starting the first of a series of posts demonstrating techniques you can use with Tim Holtz Distress Inks. Today I will demonstrate inking on the edge of your project. Before we get started here is a list of products used that are available on the Cut At Home website.

Heartfelt Creations Raindrops on Roses 12 x 12 Paper Collection – SKU: HCDP1-240
Tim Holtz Distress Ink, Victorian Velvet – SKU: TIM27195
Tim Holtz Distress Ink, Peeled Paint – SKU: TIM20233
Tim Holtz Distress Ink, Forest Moss – SKU: TIM27133
Sizzix Big Shot – SKU: 657900


I used a Tim Holtz/Ranger Blender and Blending Foam, the one I used is not available at the Cut at Home site but they do have the Tim Holtz Mini Ink Blending tool available – SKU: IBT40965, as well as the Tim Holtz Mini Ink Blending Replacement Foams – SKU:IBT40972. I am actually going to be ordering these, I like the round shape, I think that will make blending easier.

I also used a Sizzix die, Classical Lace Doily and some Darice Gems and a stippling brush.

I love to ink the edges of things, it really adds a lot of interest and dimension. Take a look at my project in the video below, before I start inking, then take a look at my finished piece, inking makes a BIG difference!

I started by picking my paper, the Raindrops on Roses paper worked beautifully with my granddaughter’s dress so I decided to go with that paper. I also used some of the accent pieces they have with the paper packs, there are a lot of frames, tags and all kind of interesting accents included in the pack that can be used for card making and scrapbook pages. The Heartfelt Creations paper packs work beautifully with inking as well, the pallets are beautiful.

Once I got all of my parts and pieces cut I arranged them on the page to see how I wanted everything laid out. I fussy cut some of the elements from the paper and I die cut four of the Doilies with my Big Shot. Next it was time to ink. I used two tools for applying my ink, a stippling brush and a blender. I started with the stippling brush and applied my first color, them I used the blending tool and applied the second and third color. The inking technique is shown in the video above.

A little helpful hint that I use with the blending foams is I keep one for each color, and reuse them. The ink really never dries on the foam so to keep my colors true, I keep the foams in a little container and reuse them when I use that color the next time.

I applied ink to every element on the page, including the 12″ x 12″ background paper. For the background paper I used the Forest Moss and added some of the Victorian Velvet here and there as accents.

Once I was happy with all of my inking I assembled the layout. I applied the doilies and cut off the parts that were over the edge of the page. Once everything was adhered I added the bling! I did not add any Journaling or a title to this piece. What I have been doing is if I do not add any I will make a little notation on the back of the page including the date the picture/pictures were taken.

Here is a look at my finished page:


And a look at one of the doilies close up:


I hope that you enjoyed my post today, until next week, 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~

Using the Tim Holtz Distress Spritzer

Monday, October 6th, 2014

Happy Monday! Today I will be demonstrating how to use the Tim Holtz Distress Spritzer. This is a fun and easy tool to use once you will be hooked. Before I get started here is a list of the products that I used that are Available here at the Cut at Home Website.

Tim Holtz Distress Marker Spritzer Tool, SKU:TDA39730
Tim Holtz Distress Markers 49 Pack, SKU: TDM39082
Spellbinders Snowflake Bliss Die Set, SKU: S4-433


I also used the following items from my stash, Unity Stamps Snowflake Kisses stamp set (personally one of my favorites), Clear Plastic Acrylic snow flake shape, Queen & Co. Rock Candy gems, Anna Griffin Washi Tape, Silver and Denim ink, Heidi Swapp Stencil and a silver metallic Sharpie.

The weather was chilly this weekend so it made me start to think about the upcoming winter season and making winter themed cards. I just love snowflakes so when I saw these dies from Spellbinders I knew I had to have them! I decided to use a plain white piece of card stock to show you how easy it is to create a beautiful background with the Tim Holtz Distress Spritzer tool.

I decided to use three different shades of blue for my background, I started with the Faded Jeans on the upper right and lower left edges. Next I used Broken China and continued in the above pattern, finally I used Tumbled Glass to finish it.

It is so easy to use the spritzer tool, the most important tip is to make sure the marker is positioned correctly in the holder. The tip of the marker should be a little past the hole in the spritzer, if you insert the marker and it is not working correctly move the marker down a little and see how your results are. Also to remember the closer you spritz the darker/heavier the ink will spritz, the further away you get the lighter the ink will spritz.

Did you know that you can use most other brands of marker in the spritzer tool, they thought of everything, there is a piece that can be removed to accommodate larger markers, I demonstrate that in the video above. I used a metallic Sharpie to accent the card once I had the blues the way I wanted them.

After the background was finished I took my stamp set and stamped some random snow flakes on the background, then I cut my paper to 5 3/4″ x 5/34″ and adhered it to a silver piece of card stock that was 6″ x 6″. Before I adhered my spritzed pattern I added a washi tape border along the top and bottom of my design, I just wrap any remaining washi tape to the back of the card stock before I adhere it to the silver piece.

Next I cut the largest snowflake from the Spellbinders set out of a white shimmer card stock, and spritzed it with the silver Sharpie. I also accented it with the Broken China distress marker. I adhered the die cut snowflake to a clear acrylic snowflake that I had and spritzed that with the silver metallic as well. I adhered the snowflake to the front of the card and added the gems. Finally I stamped the sentiment on white with a denim color ink and fussy cut it to adhere to the card.

I was really happy with the finished result:


Here is a closer look at the snowflake:


I hope you enjoyed my project this week, it was so much fun, you will love the Distress Spritzer, you can create your own backgrounds for cards, scrapbook pages, and home décor or altered projects!

Until next week, Thanks and Happy Scrappin!

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