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Spring Cards featuring Penny Black Dies

Wednesday, March 4th, 2015

Today I have some Spring cards to share with you.  They all feature very cool Penny Black dies — Dainty, Bashful and Soft Caress.  I just couldn’t pick a favorite!




All of the cards were easy to complete.  I started with the tulips — the Penny Black die is called Dainty.  For these, I cut 3 of the tulips in green, and then 3 sets of the heads only in yellow (I cut them from a strip of paper approx. 1-1/2″ wide — there was no need to waste the extra paper cutting yellow stems).  An alternative to cutting the two colors is to simply cut them out of a neutral color like white, and then add color with markers or colored pencils.  I used my fussy cutting scissors to trim the tulip head from the small stem that remained.  I added a little color to the tulips and stems/leaves using Tim Holtz Distress Ink.  Then I attached the tulip heads to the full flower/stem cut in green with my 1/4″ Angel Craft Tape (don’t you just love this tape!).  For the card, I cut a piece of green paper (the same green as the stems/leaves) 4.25″ x 5.5″.  I also cut a piece of lightly patterned paper 4″ x 5.25″, and added two colors of Distress Ink around the edges (the two colors should be complementary — here I used a yellow similar to the tulip color and the same orange I used previously).  Then I attached the patterned paper to the base layer.  I used Black Soot Distress Ink to add the sentiment at the top.  Then I placed the tulips — first the center bunch and then the ones on each side.  I attached them only at the bottom using the Angel Craft tape.  I used a variety of dimensional adhesives (some regular, some low dimension, some Angel Craft tape) to attach the tulip heads.  You’ll want to vary the adhesives to give the arrangement a more natural appearance.  I did not attach any other part of the tulips.  That will allow the leaves and, to a certain extent, the stems to have some natural dimension.  My last step was to add the bow at the bottom of the arrangement.  All very easy!


Next I made the birthday card using the Soft Caress die.  I cut two pieces from the die — one in green and one in pink.  I trimmed the hearts from the pink die cut, and edged them with Distress Ink.  I also added some Distress Ink to the green die cut.  Using my Angel Craft tape, I attached the pink hearts to the green stems.  I cut a red card base 4.25″ x 5.5″, and a layer from patterned paper 4″ x 5.25″.  I attached the two layers with Angel Craft tape.   I added the three ribbons and bows to the side of the card base.  I cut a white piece of cardstock approximately 7/8″ x 2.5″ for the Happy Birthday sentiment, and stamped it in Aged Mahogany Distress Ink.  I edged the white cardstock with Tattered Rose Distress Ink, and attached it to the card base with a low dimensional adhesive.  I also attached the Soft Caress element, attaching the stems (or base) with glue, and the hearts with a low dimensional adhesive.   Once I added this element, I was concerned that the ribbons I chose were maybe too bright for the project and so I toned them down a little by sponging on some Aged Mahogany Distress Ink.  This was a very effective way of “saving” my card.   I think this die is just so sweet — don’t you think it would make a darling baby card?


My last card used the Bashful die.  I am such a daisy fan, so this is probably one of my favorite Penny Black dies.  To build this flower, I cut one entire flower in green, and then two heads only in white.  I trimmed the extra stem from the white flower heads, and then colored the centers by sponging on a little Squeezed Lemonade and Spiced Marmalade Distress Ink.  I used a little Bundled Sage Distress Ink to add some dimension to the green leaves and stem.   I attached one of the flower heads directly on top of the green die cut using my Angel Craft tape.  I attached the second one at the center using glue, and then alternated dimensional adhesive and low dimensional adhesive on the petals to add differing levels of dimension.  (Note that I placed the second flower head directly over the first one.  As an alternative, you could offset the petals to create a fuller flower.)  I cut a blue base layer for my card 4.25″ x 5.5″, and a patterned paper layer 4″ x 5.25″.  I attached the two layers using my Angel Craft tape.  I stamped the “Hello” sentiment on a small piece of white cardstock, and edged it with the same Distress Inks that I used for the flower centers.   I attached the flower to the card front using glue, and the sentiment using dimensional adhesive.  To finish, I added the ribbon and bow at the bottom.


Please take a look at the short video below for additional information on how I made these cards.

Supplies available from Cut @ Home:

Penny Black dies – Dainty (SKU 51-043); Bashful (SKU 51-008); Soft Caress (SKU 51-092)

Die cutting machine — I used my Spellbinders Grand Calibur (SKU GC-200)

Tim Holtz Distress Inks – Bundled Sage (SKU TIM27102); Spiced Marmalade (SKU TIM21506); Shabby Shutters (SKU TIM21490); Squeezed Lemonade (SKU TIM34940); Aged Mahogany (SKU TIM21407); Tattered Rose (SKU TIM20240); Black Soot (SKU TIM19541); and Walnut Stain (SKU TIM19534).  Note that I used my mini ink pads for this project.  Bundled Sage, Squeezed Lemonade and Tattered Rose are in Kit 10 (SKU TDPK40408), Spiced Marmalade is in Kit 1 (SKU TDPK40316), Black Soot and Walnut Stain are in Kit 3 (SKU TDPK40330), Shabby Shutters is in Kit 11 (SKU TDPK40415), and Aged Mahogany is in Kit 12 (SKU TDPK40422)

JustRite StampersThank You Daffodil (“Hello” sentiment) (SKU CL-02137); Best Wishes Stamps (“Sending Easter Blessings” and “Happy Birthday” sentiments) (SKU CR-02152)

Angel Craft Tape 1/4 (SKU ACT1414)

Supplies from my stash — assorted cardstock, assorted ribbon, Scotch Quick Dry Adhesive, regular and low dimensional adhesives

Thanks and Happy Scrappin’!




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Monday, February 16th, 2015

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Happy Scrappin!


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Valentine Cards with Sizzix Tim Holtz Embossing Diffuser Set #2

Monday, February 9th, 2015

Hi fellow crafters, Happy Monday! Today I am sharing a couple of Valentine cards that I made using Sizzix Tim Holtz Embossing Diffusers Set #2. I love making Valentine day cards and I love embossing folders. If you love embossing folders like I do you have to try the Tim Holtz Embossing Diffusers, they make it so you can have an area on you card that is not embossed!

The first card that I made was a fun card, and perfect for a man since it has a masculine feel. I started with a 5″ x 7″ card base in a deep almost burgundy/brown red. Then I took a piece of Coredinations White wash card stock, this card stock has a different color core so it works wonderfully with embossing folders. I used my Silhouette Cameo to cut the mustache and to draw the outline for the words on the card stock, then I cut it to the size of the embossing folder. I cut the mustache in card stock as well as in vinyl, I also cut the lettering in Angel Crafts vinyl, I love the look of vinyl.

Once I had my card stock cut I embossed it using a mustache embossing folder, mine was a Cuttlebug folder but Cut@Home has a Darice embossing folder that is almost identical. When making your sandwich for the embossing using the diffusers use the bottom plate as normal, next the embossing folder, then the diffuser replaces the top plate, run it through the big shot, or whichever die cutting machine you are using. The final result is an embossed piece with a window area that is not embossed.

The next thing I did on this card was to sand the embossed image, this brought out the mustaches on the embossed piece, I also distressed the center a bit. Finally I added the vinyl lettering using the outlines that I created, the out lines allowed me to line up the letters exactly where I wanted them. I also layered the moustache so that I could use pop dots to adhere it to the front of the card. The only other thing I added to this card was some washi tape.

Here is a look at the finished card:


The second card that I made was more of a Victorian style card, I love the vintage feel of this card! I used Spellbinders 3D M-Bossabilities Royal Wings embossing folder with another one of the diffuser templates. I forgot to mention that you get three diffusers in a package, so it’s a great value!

I started with a 5″ x 7″ base, for this card I used a Bazzill two scoop dotted paper, it is also a two color paper so it’s great for sanding. I didn’t sand the base though, instead I inked the edges with Tim Holtz Walnut Stain distress ink. Next I cut a heart using Sizzix Thinlits Alluring Hearts dies, I used the same card stock but for the heart I sanded the card stock, after I finished sanding it I inked the edges with the Walnut Stain.

I took a piece of brown card stock cut to the size of the embossing folder, I used one of the Diffusers to emboss it, for these thicker Spellbinders embossing folders you will need to remove the first pad so the sandwich will be the platform, embossing folder than the diffuser. After I finished the embossing I inked the embossed image using Tim Hotz Aged Mahogany distress ink.

I adhered the embossed piece to the card base, finally I added my stickers and embellishemnts. The lace heart was a white sticker that I colored with the aged mahogany ink. I used pop dots and added the cut heart on top of the heart sticker. Then I added the cupid sticker, chip board stickers, hearts and rose embellishments. I did also ink the edge of the large chip board sticker on the bottom of the card.

Here is a look at the finished card:


Here is the list of products/or similar products that I used that are available on the Cut@Home website:


SKU: 658728 – Sizzix Tim Holtz Embossing Diffuser Set #2
SKU: 1219-124 – Darice Mustaches Embossing Folder
SKU: 658916 – Sizzix Alluring Hearts Dies
SKU: 6X12NEUT-01 – Angel Crafts Angel Craft Premium Vinyl Neutral #1 6X12
SKU: TIM21407 – Tim Holtz Aged Mahogany Distress Ink
SKU: TIM19534 – Tim Holtz Walnut Stain Distress Ink
SKU: E3DS-002 – Spellbinders 3D M-Bossabilities Royal Wings Embossing Folder
SKU: SILHOUETTE-CAMEO-2-3T – Silhouette America Silhouette Cameo

Other products I used from my stash included card stock, washi tape, sanding block, stickers and embellishments.

I hope you enjoyed my blog post today, I know I had fun making the cards! Until next week, Happy Valentines Day!

Thanks and Happy Scrappin!


Taylored Expressions Birthday Card

Thursday, February 5th, 2015

Have you bought any of the stamps and die sets that fussy cut the pieces out for you?  It makes life much more simple doesn’t it.  I do a lot of fussy cutting because I love the look of it.  The idea of a die doing the fussy cutting for me is very appealing!


I ran across this die and stamp set from Taylored Expressions called Notable Blooms. Taylored Expressions was a new company to me and I wanted to see just what they were about.  Wow I’m going to have to put them on my list of companies I really like and would like to expand my collection of!  Today’s video is going to walk you through the complete process of making the card while I talk you through the steps I go through.  This card base is created using Spelbinders Labels 36, the largest die.  You must place the edge of the die over the fold to cut it. I used my Sizzix Big Shot and the result is a lovely shaped card base.


I used numerous Tim Holtz Distress inks in the coloring of the stamps, a complete list with the stores item numbers will directly follow this post.  Using a water brush to paint I filled in the flowers and leaves, added a little clear Wink of Stella and a pearl to the middle of the flowers to complete them.  Don’t you love the script Taylored Expressions used on parts of the sentiment?


When the card was complete, well let’s say when I thought the card was complete, it still felt like it needed a little something more so I pulled out some Liquitex Modeling Paste, the Seedless Preserves Distress Ink and my Bo Bunny stencils (the store no longer carries these, they are what I had handy, so grab any stencil that appeals to you they all produce the same effect).  I colored the paste with the ink and then added the stenciled bit to the top and bottom of the card front and a touch to the inside. Now it felt finished.  Amazing what a touch here or there can do to change the look.



To complete today’s card I used my Martha Stewart score board and made a matching envelope.  Using one of the stamps I stamped the flowers on the front and back and outlined the edges with faux stitching with a white gel pen. It’s always a struggle for me to keep my cards to one layer, which  I almost succeeded in doing this time, I did pop the one set of flowers up.  I’m happy with less layers letting the flowers and greeting shine by themselves.  I hope you’ll join me on the video so I can share my ideas with you.

Thanks everyone and Happy Crafting!


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Supplies from the Store:
TEMD21: Taylored Expressions - Noteable Blooms Stamp set
TE390: Taylored Expressions – Noteable Blooms Die set
S4-418: Spellbinders Nestabilities Labels 36 dies
TIM32847: Tim Holtz Distress Ink Seedless Preserves
TIM21445: Tim Holtz Distress Ink Dusty Concord
TIM27164: Tim Holtz Distress Ink  Spun Sugar
TIM20233: Tim Holtz Distress Ink Peeled Paint
TIM27102: Tim Holtz Distress Ink Bundled Sage
ACT1412: Angel Craft 1/2″ Tape
658300: Sizzix – Big Shot Starter Kit
656499: Sizzix – Magnetic Platform for Wafer Thin Dies
STAMPPOS1: Apple Pie Memories – Stamp Positioner

Supplies from my Stash: White cardstock. Purple cardstock, pearls, Wink of Stella in clear, Liquitex Modeling Paste, Stencil, water brush


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

St. Nick card with Tim Holtz

Tuesday, December 23rd, 2014

Today I want to share a Tim Holtz Alterations (Sizzix) die called St. Nick.  It is just perfect for holiday cards for “kids” of all ages.

st nick

St. Nick is a bigz die (one of the thick dies), so it will work best on a Sizzix Big Shot or Big Kick.  As is typical of Tim Holtz products, it is well-designed and easy to use.

The easiest way to begin is to cut all of the pieces on the die from white cardstock.  Save the “negative” of the cut also, and that will help you to determine sizes and placement for the pieces that need to be re-cut in color.  Those include the face, nose, eyes, hat and holly.   Once all of the pieces were cut, I edged each of them using two Distress inks: Antique Linen and Tea Dye.  The edging helps to add some definition to the pieces and enhances the overall appearance of your project.

Once the pieces are edged, it is very easy to assemble St. Nick.  The base piece gives a lot of cues on placement of the other pieces — for example the holly and the mustache (both are easy to line up on the base).   I used a little craft glue to hold each of the pieces in place.  With all of the pieces in place, I added the flocking.  This is a pretty large area to flock, so it works best to do one area at a time.  I started at the forehead and worked my way around — adding glue ot a small area and then adding the flocking, etc.  I did try to flock it all at once but found that some areas of glue just went dry and I ended up having to flock it all over again.  I like how the edging shows through the  flocking and gives definition to the white-on-white areas (the mustache on the beard, etc.)  Please see my short video for additional instructions on the process for creating St. Nick.

The background paper I used is from the Graphic 45 Christmas paper collection, “Twas the Night Before Christmas”.  The words were perfect on this page, and I loved that I could isolate “St. Nick” and have it appear above the image.  Note that I used the 8×8 paper for this.   I used a small heart instead of berries on the holly to add a personal touch.  The words “See you soon” use another Tim Holtz product, “Label Letters” — a very easy way to add any words or sentiment that you want to a project.

st nick

Merry Christmas to all . . . and to all a good night!

Supplies from Cut @ Home:

Tim Holtz Alterations (Sizzix) die – St. Nick  (SKU 660051 )

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

Graphic 45 Twas the Night Before Christmas 8×8 paper pad (SKU 4500995)

Supplies from my stash:  Assorted cardstock, Tim Holtz Ideaology Label Letters, white flocking powder (I used Stampendous), heart sticker, and Scotch Quick-Dry Adhcvesive.

Thanks and Happy Scrappin’!



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