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Introducing Bo Bunny Stickable Stencils

Thursday, October 30th, 2014

I am such a crazy person and I bet there are a lot of you out there just like me.  Do you get all excited when you get a new product to play with?  That’s how I felt today when I opened the new Bo Bunny Stickable Stencils.  Wow what fun are they!


Aren’t these just the cutest stencils ever?  And there are 3 more 12″ x 12″ sheets to pick from.  In my video below I’ll do my review of Bo Bunny’s Stickable Stencils and share different types of mediums I used with them, how they remove and re-adhere to the backing sheet and how they store.  There are pros and cons to everything but I really like these new stencils they seemed easy to clean up and easy to use.  The one draw back I see is storing the 12″ x 12″ sheets somewhere but that’s just a matter of checking out my crafty space and seeing where they fit best.

After I’d played first offline and then in front of the camera for you I had these fun sheets of stencils and I knew I had to do something with them.  In this month’s Design Team supplies I also had a new stamp set from Penny Black called Let’s Chill. You know how cute Penny Black Penguins are and these guys are no exception I just knew I could marry the stencils with the stamps and come out with something super darling.  A little non-traditional colors for the Holidays but that’s ok with me.


Now you tell me wasn’t this just a perfect match?  I love these little guys they just make me happy to play with them and watch them come to life with personalized scarves and hats.  The three sentiments are also included in the stamps set, what a deal!  I used Aleene’s Glitter Snow for the bottoms to give them ground to stand on instead of looking like they were floating in open space.  The penguins themselves were embossed with black embossing powder.  And if you notice the one in the middle uses Sizzix Step-Ups dies that I introduced last week.  I know bright pink for the Holidays but it sure worked with my stenciled backgrounds and the little penguins.




 Please join me on the video for a more in-depth look at the stencils and cards.

Supplies from the store include:

10736509: Bo Bunny Bliss Stickable Stencils
10736510: Bo Bunny Brocade Stickable Stencils
10736512: Bo Bunny Lace Stickable Stencils
40-353: Penny Black Let’s Chill Stamps
660023: Sizzix Framelits Die Set 21PK Card Basic Step-Ups
TIM95940: Tim Holtz Distress Ink Mowed Lawn
TIM21490: Tim Holtz Distress Ink Shabby Shutters
TIM32847: Tim Holtz Distress Ink Seedless Preserves
TIM90891: Tim Holtz Distress Ink Festive Berries

Supplies from my Stash include: White and pink cardstock; Mediterranean Twinkling H20; Lindy’s Stamp Gang Starburst in Alpine Ice Rose; Aleene’s Glitter Snow: Glossy Accents: Martha Stewart Arctic Snowflake Punch; Fiskars mini snowflake punch

Thanks so much for joining me today

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Background Plaids featuring Tim Holtz Adirondack Alcohol Inks

Tuesday, October 28th, 2014

Today I want to show you a fun technique using the Tim Holtz Adirondack Alcohol inks — making a plaid background paper.  There are so many fun colors to choose from in order to create a beautiful plaid.  My sample cards are mostly for the upcoming Christmas holiday, but I also did a quick fall plaid.  Here are two sample cards —

card8   card4

It is very easy to use the Tim Holtz Adirondack Alcohol Inks to make plaid backgrounds.  You only need a few colors that will work well together (I tend to use an odd number such as 3 or 5 because I think that it turns out better that way), the alcohol ink blending solution, a blending tool and some felt applicators.  Of course this is one of those projects where the silicone craft sheet is a must (it makes clean-up so much easier than other alternatives).

To begin, I selected five alcohol ink colors that I thought would make a good holiday plaid — red pepper, cranberry, meadow, bottle and pitch black.  I lined them up in the order that I thought they would work best, and then removed the tops (my lineup was meadow, cranberry, pitch black, bottle, red pepper).  I also removed the lid from my alcohol ink blending solution.  I cut one of the felt applicators in half (you don’t need the full surface for this project, so I cut the felt pad in half), and turned it sideways on the blending tool.  Starting at one end of the felt pad, place 2-3 drops of each color of ink — lined up side-by-side — the drops can either be touching or be separated by some space.  Each will create a different result, and you can experiment with spacing as well as color to find a plaid that is appealing to you.  Once all of the colors are in place, I put a thin line of the blending solution above and below the dots of color.  This helps the color to flow better on the paper.

The paper you’ll want to use for this project is the Ranger “gloss” paper (8-1/2 x 11) or the alcohol ink cardstock (4″x6″).  These are made to work with the alcohol inks, and other glossy papers just don’t work in the same way  When you’re getting started and experimenting, any photo or glossy paper should work — and it is often a lot less expensive to practice with.  When you’re making a “good” project, though, you’ll want the Ranger gloss paper or the alcohol ink cardstock.  Either one will work beautifully.

To begin the plaid paper, you’ll turn your applicator so that the dots of color are lined up on top of one another.  Swipe the applicator fr                                      om one side of the cardstock to the other, trying to keep the lines somewhat straight.  Overlap slightly, and put a second strip of color across the page.  Continue this until you have added horizontal strips of color across the page.  At this point you can re-ink the felt pad, or you can continue on.  I generally just continue without re-inking.  I then put the vertical stripes on the paper — sometimes overlapping the lines of color a little, and sometimes creating some space in between the stripes of color.  There are many different ways of approaching a plaid, and you’ll just want to  experiment with colors and/or placement until you find a plaid that is appealing to you.

The alcohol ink dries almost instantly, so there isn’t any concern about drying times, etc.  Once the plaid pattern is complete, you can stamp on it using Ranger’s Jet Black Archival Ink.  This ink has a beautiful glossy black finish, and is perfect for use with the glossy papers.  It is also capable of producing the fine detail that is a part of many stamp sets — particularly the Tim Holtz Stampers’ Anonymous stamps that I feature below.  You use this ink like any other — my only caution is that the wet ink can be somewhat slippery on the glossy cardstock.  Be sure to place your stamp carefully.  Try to avoid too much pressure as this may cause the stamp to slide and ruin your image.  If you press down lightly on the stamp and then let it rest for a few seconds on the cardstock, the power of gravity will take over and the ink will transfer to the cardstock as it should.  That way you get a nice clean, crisp image without any worries of smudges and smears.  Please see the short video for additional information on how I created the plaid backgrounds and then stamped them.

Note that the plaid backgrounds can be very different based on a number of factors — colors used, positioning of colors, whether the dots of color are touching one another, etc.  Experiment with your technique and try different kinds of plaids.  Even the same 3-5 colors are capable of producing multiple plaids.  For the plaids below I stayed with the same reds and greens (bottle, meadow, red pepper and cranberry), but changed the order that I used them and also what else I put with them (sometimes pitch black, sometimes slate, sometimes the snow cap mixative and sometimes the gold mixative).  It is fun to see how different the plaids turn out, and how different the stamped images look depending on whether the plaid is dark and muted or light and bright.  If you’re stamping on one of the darker plaid backgrounds, you may have to bleach out the area to be stamped.  Instructions for this are on my video.

Here are the sample holiday cards using the plaid backgrounds with Tim Holtz Stampers’ Anonymous stamps —

card8  card2

card3  card1

card5  card6


Note the technique on the last two cards.  I used only one portion of the Little B circles dies to create the frame of little circles around the image or the background — how cool is that!  I love the versatility of the Little B die sets!

Of course I couldn’t resist showing you a sample Halloween/Autumn plaid using butterscotch, latte, sunshine yellow, eggplant and sunset orange alcohol inks —


Clean-up is very easy for this project.  You can use standard hand sanitizer to clean your craft mat and your hands — easy peasy!


Supplies from Cut @ Home

Alcohol Ink Blending Tool – SKU TIM20745

Extra felt pads – SKU TIM20844

Alcohol Ink Blending Solution – SKU TIM19800

Assortment of Adirondack Alcohol Inks and metallic mixatives — use the link to find various sets available on the Cut @ Home site

Tim Holtz Stampers’ Anonymous stamps Mini Holidays – SKU CMS142 and Mini Holidays #5 – SKU CMS177

Scor-Tape by Scor-Pal – 1/4″ — SKU 202

Little B Circles Cutting Dies — SKU 100381

Sizzix Big Shot — SKU 657900


Supplies from my stash — Ranger craft mat (silicone); hand sanitizer (for clean-up); Ranger gloss paper or Alcohol Ink cardstock; Close to My Heart stamps S1209 Fall Favorites; Tim Holtz Stampers’ Anonymous CMS142 Mini Holidays #2; Ranger Archival Ink Jet Black; May Arts stain cut-outs holly; red rhinestones; assorted ribbon and cardstock; Sizzix Framelits Tickets dies; Sizzix Framelits Egg dies; Scotch Quick-Dry Adhesive


Thanks and Happy Scrappin’!




Hearts, Hearts Everywhere

Friday, October 24th, 2014

Karen N here from Craftily Yours, sharing a couple projects using Heartfelt Creations Antiquity Paper and Spellbinders Cascading Hearts Card Front Die!

For my first project, I made my hubby a birthday card.  He’s four years older than me, and I’m constantly telling him that he’s “Much, Much Older” – so the vintage-feel to this card is perfect for him.  For the small piece on the right side of the card, I ran it through my Big Shot with the cascading hearts die.  I love the way that it turned out!


For my second project, I decided to scrap a picture of me, my family and my brother and his family with our grandfather at Thanksgiving.  Gramps loved his pie!  In this card, again, I used the cascading hearts die to create the element in the lower left corner.  The shape is cut with Spellbinders Labels 16.  This die is great for creating fun card fronts, but it has so many other uses as well.  It’s super fun!  The flowers are fussy cut from Tim Holtz Idea-ology Wallflower Stash paper.  The title is cut with Sizzix Triplits tag dies.


To see more of my project, check out my video:

Supplies used from Cut@Home:

Heartfelt Creations Antiquity Paper SKU: HCDP1-237

Spellbinders Cascading Hearts Card Front die SKU: S4-457

Tim Holtz Idea-ology Wallflower Stash paper SKU: TH93110

Sizzix Triplits tag dies SKU: 659930

Supplies from my stash:

Timeless Twine

Spellbinders Labels 16

Unity Stamp {Consider Yourself Vintage}

Stampin’ Up Early Espresso Ink

UmWow Studio Confetti Hearts


Craftily yours,


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 —

black tag front   white tag

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.

black tag back

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.

G45 box pics 001
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.

G45 box pics 011             G45 box pics 012

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.

You can also find me:




SpellbindersSizzixTim HoltzHeartfelt CreationsGraphic 45Silhouette AmericaElizabeth Craft DesignsMagnolia StampsSpectrum NoirJustRite Stampers