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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!


You can always visit me on A Soul’s Heartbeat on Blogger or Facebook

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’!



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


SpellbindersSizzixTim HoltzHeartfelt CreationsGraphic 45Silhouette AmericaElizabeth Craft DesignsMagnolia StampsSpectrum NoirJustRite Stampers