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Sizzix Movers and Shapers Dies

Friday, November 21st, 2014

Today I want to show you a product that you may not have noticed — the Sizzix Movers and Shapers dies.  The dies can be used on a stand-alone basis — some to make bags or boxes, etc. and some to create small shapes.  It is when they combine, though, that the magic begins — you can, for example, combine them to cut a heart shape in the middle of a bag.  How fun!  Here’s a look at a couple of different uses —

santa bag front   snowflake side

Many of the Movers and Shapers dies are a part of the Tim Holtz Alterations collection, but other Sizzix designers use them too.

To use the Movers and Shapers “little” dies as separate, stand-alone dies, you’ll need the Tim Holtz Alterations Base Tray.  This is a plastic tray with a metal plate in the bottom.  The magnets on the Movers and Shapers die will attach to the bottom.  If you just want the cut image, it won’t matter how you place the die in the tray.  If you want to position a die cut on a sheet of cardstock, then you’ll have to figure out where in the base tray to place the die and how to place the paper.  You may need a few practice sheets to get the placement right, but once you’ve figured it out you can use a permanent marker to mark the base tray so you can easily place it next time.  It really is much easier than it sounds.  Here are a couple of pictures — the dies as they come out of the package (front side of the tall heart, back side of the smaller one), the dies placed in the base try, and a couple of the cut shapes —

m & S dies  dies in base tray

left overs

The more fun use for Movers and Shapers is when you combine them to create objects with fun cut-outs.  You may have noticed that some Sizzix bag or box dies have large open spaces (often there is a square of foam included in that space to eject the paper more easily).  They are usually identified as “Movers and Shapers“, perhaps with an L or an XL somewhere on the packaging.  You can easily place one of the little Movers and Shapers dies into that space (instead of the foam square) and the result will be a cut-out design in the die-cut.  Here are photos of the Tim Holtz “In the Bag” die as it is sold, and then with the addition of a heart-shaped Movers and Shapers die —

bag die  die with insert

It is all very easy, and what a wonderful way to get more use out of those basic dies that you own.  To keep the contents of the bag or box from falling out, you can place either a clear or a contrast piece  behind the cut shape.  I used a piece of clear plastic here.  These are photos of the finished bag, front and back —

santa bag front   santa bag back

The Sizzix Where Women Cook line also has several of the Movers and Shapers dies.  Milk cartons are very popular right now, and how fun is it to be able to cut a design into that carton?  I used a contrasting color behind the “4U” here —

snowflake side  snowflake box

This short video shows both methods of using the Movers and Shapers dies.


Supplies from Cut @ Home

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

Dies — Tim Holtz Alterations “In the Bag” (SKU 657842)

Where Women Cook Milk Carton Box (SKU 659196)

Tim Holtz Alterations Mini Hearts Set (SKU 657212)

Where Women Cook Yum and 4U (SKU 659194)

Penny Black Snowflake Trio die set (SKU 51-015)

Tim Holtz Alterations Base Tray (SKU 657007)

Supplies from my stash — ribbon and adhesives

Thanks and Happy Scrappin’




Bokeh Time Gift Set

Thursday, November 20th, 2014

Are you in need of a gift for a Mother, Sister, Aunt, Friend, another Crafter??? The list is endless isn’t it?  Sometimes though it’s nice to give a gift that keeps on giving that’s why I enjoy making card sets to gift to someone.  I leave the insides blank so that they can personalize them for whatever occasion arises.

Just Rite Stampers always releases the best collection of sentiment stamps which is what I’m drawing from today, Bokeh Time Stamps a set of eight sentiments and additional stamps of hearts, circles, stars etc.  This makes the perfect base to draw from when making a collection of cards.



Now a gift is better if it’s in a pretty package right?  I used my MartP1140560ha Stewart Scoreboard to make a simple six inch square box.  I lined it with tissue and it’s the home for the eight cards I made.  You can see how I layered tissue paper in the bottom and closed it with this gorgeous snippet of fabric that was gifted to me by my friend Eva.  Adding a tulle tie with one of the Heartfelt Creations flowers I created a few weeks back just finishes off the outside



I wanted to try and keep my cards flat ready to fit in a standard envelope with one-stamp postage.  I have difficulty doing this most times.  I like ribbons and bling and bumpy flowers and that in turn bumps the price up when you go to mail to parcel prices. Most of these, with the exception of perhaps one, I think will slip into the mail with no problem at all.


I pulled out white cardstock, some Lindy’s sprays in teal and pink (yes I know I’m really stuck on these colors lately), my Bo Bunny Stickable Stencils, my texture paste and a couple of Tim Holtz distress inks in Peacock Feathers and Picked Raspberry. I sprayed, painted, spritzed with water, textured, well———————- you get the picture I just sat down, had fun, and played. When I had enough papers altered I made enough white and blue card bases (standard A2 size 4 1/4″ x 5 1/2″) to complete the set.


By pre-doing all my card bits and pieces I could just sit down and start assembling, a little of this, a little of that, just having fun seeing what I could come up with using each one of the eight sentiments on cards.  You know we so often buy stamp sets because there’s a stamp in the collection that calls to us.  How often do we use that one stamp and then stick the rest of the package back, sometimes we pull them back out and sometimes we just move on to another new set.  My challenge to all of you is to get a set of stamps with assorted sentiments and use every stamp in the collection making cards.


If we’ve already got all our stuff in front of us why not make a whole set of cards while we’re there instead of just making the one we need right now.  I’ll tell you a secret, once you see those cards begin to pile up and each one different from the other it gets pretty contagious and you want to just keep on going like the Energizer Bunny.


I hope you’ll come join me on this weeks video, I’ve only shown you half the cards here but I’ll share them all on the video plus ideas to inspire you to pull out your stamps and make someone a lovely gift box of love.

Thanks everyone for joining me,

Visit me at A Soul’s Heartbeat on Blogger and Facebook

Supplies from the Store:

CR-02144: JustRite Stampers Bokeh Time Stamp set
10736510: Bo Bunny Stickable Stencils – Brocade
10736512: Bo Bunny Stickable Stencils – Lace
TIM34933: Tim Holtz Distress Ink – Peacock Feathers
TIM34995: Tim Holtz Distress Ink – Picked Raspberry

Supplies from my Stash:

Lindy’s Stamp Gang mists, Glossy Accents, ribbon, bling, foam dimensionals, ATG gun, white and blue cardstock

Tim Holtz Blueprint Snowman Fun

Thursday, November 6th, 2014

Karen N here today sharing some projects I made with the very fun Tim Holtz Snowman Blueprint Framelit Die Set with Stamps.  In the last month, I’ve done a couple posts using fussy cutting techniques.  If fussy cutting is not your thing, this product is perfect for you!  Here’s a video that shows the product and the variations in using it.

My first card today used the die that cuts the image with a small border.  The paper used is Heartfelt Creations Frosty Blanket.  I created a shaker card with that fabulous snowman peering through the window.



Next I created a card using the dies that cut the pieces of the image with no border.  I shot the picture slightly from the side, so you could see the fabulous dimension!


I use my Big Shot plate as a stamp acrylic block since it’s a fairly substantial stamp.  In one stamped image, I didn’t get it as clear as I’d like, but I did get that fabulous hat clear, so I cut only the hat to create this cute and easy little bag topper!



Great way to give out little treats, yes?


Supplies from Cut @ Home

Tim Holtz Snowman Blueprint Framelit Die Set with Stamps

Heartfelt Creations Frosty Blanket collection

Spellbinders Snowflake Bliss dies

Spellbinders Nestabilities – Labels Eight

Tim Holtz Watercolor Distress Markers

Big Shot


Supplies from my stash

3 Girl JAM and lace

Copic At You Spica Glitter Markers

Timeless Twine



Craftily yours,



My Favorite Nut!

Thursday, November 6th, 2014

I’ve said it many times before but you won’t be surprised to hear it again.  Masculine cards or father’s day cards are hard to come up with ideas for!  At least for me that is.  So I’m always super excited when I find a new collection geared toward the men in my life.

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Let me introduce you to Heartfelt Creations newest collection, All Geared Up!  Perfect for those pesky men who like a no-frills, no-bling and Heaven forbid, no-flower card!  Heartfelt Creations has added just the right touch of grunge and manliness to this paper collection to speak to the heart of just about all the men on my card making list!  I love the Grunged up backgrounds and stamps that don’t gush and grin but just talk to the Man!

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I have a very dear friend whose birthday is next month and he’s a ‘do it yourselfer’ so this is going to be perfect for him.  I used a scrap of a cardboard box lid to make my gears.  I use a Big Shot from Sizzix and had absolutely no problem cutting the cardboard with it.  I did add a couple of shims to give a little more pressure through the layers.  Adding some Gathered Twig and Evergreen Bough Distress Inks by Tim Holtz gives the gears that rusty, worn look.  I love them!

Geared Up-007

I used some of the decorative papers from the collection to stamp the screw and bots on and then fussy cut them out to place along side my sentiment and popped up as an accent on the front of my card.  The stamp comes complete with the sentiment that’s on the front of my card along with the images of the screw and bolts.  I didn’t want to stamp them together so I carefully cut the images away from the printed verbiage making 3 stamps instead of 1.  Now don’t gasp and hold your breath! You really can do this, just be careful where you cut and try not to cut at an angle, just straight up and down.

Come join me on the video, I have more tips and ideas to share with you, a fast-forwarded put it together of the card process and more still photos to inspire you to make cards for those Guys in your life!  I love this collection, it’s going to be one of my favorites I’m sure!  All supplies are listed below.

Supplies from the store:

HCDP1-248: Heartfelt Creations All Geared Up 12 x 12 Paper Collection
Heartfelt Creations All Geared Up Die Set
HCPC-3633: Heartfelt Creations All Geared Up Nuts and Bolts Stamps
HCPC-3634:  Heartfelt Creations All Geared Up  Tarnished Gears Stamps
658300: Sizzix Big Shot Starter Kit
TIM32823: Tim Holtz Distress Ink – Gathered Twigs
TIM90910: Tim Holtz Distress Ink – Evergreen Bough

Supplies from my stash:

Kraft cardstock; Aleene’s Paper Glaze; Prima Junkyard Findings, brads; Aleene’s Tacky Glue; ATG; Close to My Heart Paper Ripper; Tim Holtz Distressor

Thanks everyone for joining me,

Visit me at A Soul’s Heartbeat on Blogger and Facebook


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!


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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