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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’!



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


Victorian Christmas Cards with Spellbinders

Thursday, December 4th, 2014

I think the Victorian era was one of great beauty especially in the architecture of their homes.  So, it was with great delight I spotted a new die in the Cut at Home store recently.  This is a larger die measuring almost 6″ x 4″ when cut, that’s why my card today is a 5″ x 7″, a little larger than I normally make but perfect to showcase this gorgeous Victorian home.


Spellbinders released the Painted Lady as part of their Shapeabilities Die Collection.  This die is quite intricate and will require a little bit of fiddling and some extra care, but don’t that hamper your decision to put it in your shopping cart, it’s absolutely gorgeous when cut out.  Spellbinders suggests using a piece of wax paper between your die and paper when cutting and I second that, it will help release all the fine details much easier (I tried it both ways).  Also don’t forget to use your Sizzix Magnetic Platform and Spellbinders Tool ‘n One if you have them (if not they’d be great in your stocking!!!).  Both these tools just aid in the ease of release of the paper from the die, especially when it has multiple curls and frills.


I added this white poinsettia cut from the Tim Holtz Alterations die Tattered Poinsettia.  I love this die it’s one of my favorites and by trimming the petals a tad can be used year round in your flower making.  I just completed the center with some red bling.  If you don’t have Susan’s Garden Tool Set you might want to put that on your list as well, it includes all the tools you’ll need to shape your flower petals to get the perfect look. Tim Holtz also has an Alterations die that’s called Holiday Words Script, that’s where I got the believe sentiment and the Wonderland and Merry Christmas on the other two cards.  This is another absolute favorite that would be great to have in your Christmas stash.  The words cut and release fabulously from the dies and I just love the font.  Unfortunately the video portion that shows how I glittered up the word Wonderland on the bonus card in the video became corrupted and I had to cut it.  If you’re interested in how I added the glitter to the die cut word let me know and I’ll do another video to show the how to’s.


The Spellbinders Painted Lady die also includes the lamp post.  There are endless ways you could dress it up.  I debated on embossing it with black but in the end opted for doing the vines in Xmas Green Stickles and the berries in Red Stickles.  I added the Holly adornment which I’d covered with Sakura’s 3D Crystal Laquer and the berries with Red Stickles.  I added another of the Holly at the top peak of the roof on the house.  Behind the house is a sheet of green foil which was run through my Sizzix Big Shot with the Sizzix Texured Impressions Dots embossing folder.  I just love how it peeks through the windows at you.

As usual along with the how-to and photos I’ve also included two bonus cards on the video to boost your inspiration levels as you create your own Painted Lady cards.  A complete supply list follows below.

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Supplies from the Store:

S6-018: Spellbinders Shapeabilities Painted Lady Die
660058: Sizzix Tim Holtz Alterations Holiday Words Script dies
658261: Sizzix Tim Holtz Alterations Tattered Poinsettia die
658437: Sizzix Susan’s Garden Tool Set
658438: Sizzix Susan’s Garden Molding Pad, Leaf Pad, Non-Stick Sheet
656499: Sizzix Magnetic Platform for Wafter Thin Dies
658300: Sizzix Big Shot Starter Kit
T-001: Spellbinders Tool ‘n One
659745: Sizzix Textured Impressions Dots embossing folder

Supplies from my Stash: Cardstock, Green foil cardstock, paper scraps, bling, Stickles, Dazzling Diamonds, 3D Crystal Lacquer, dies cuts, Aleene’s Glitter Snow, dyed seam binding

Tim Holtz Stampers Anonymous Stamp Sets

Monday, December 1st, 2014

Today I want to highlight some awesome stamp sets — the Tim Holtz Stampers Anonymous sets.  They are cling-mounted, red rubber stamps.  The quality and detail in these stamps is amazing, and I’m sure that you would enjoy having some as a part of your collection.  These Christmas cards feature stamps from several sets —

selfie santa   card4

Of course there are many different types and styles of Tim Holtz stamps available — at this time I mostly have holiday stamps in my collection.

There are so many things that I really appreciate about the quality of these rubber stamps.  One of the first things is the ease of use.  Often when you first purchase a rubber stamp, particularly a background stamp, you have to “season” or “cure” the stamp in order to obtain a good stamped image.  I’ve never had to do that with any of the Stampers Anonymous stamps.  They stamp beautifully the first time, and every time.  The stamps also have a beautiful level of detail — the fine lines and shadings make your stamped images the focal point of any project.  I am amazed at the level of detail that they can achieve with the rubber, and that the detail remains in the stamped image (no smudging or running together, etc.).   Also, a favorite technique is second-generation stamping (stamp an image and then stamp it again without re-inking).  This adds a level of dimension to a project.  Of course you get a beautiful result when using that technique with these stamp sets.  I included a couple of pictures below (black ink on ivory paper) to illustrate some of the stamps’ qualities —

cats  good, solid images

angel  fine detail

greetings  thick or thin writing stamps clearly and is very readable

flakes  stamps perform well when using the second-generation stamping technique

The stamps come on a plastic card that can be used for storage (it is 3-hold punched too).  The set size is pretty standard, usually approximately 8-1/2″ x 7″.  Some of the stamps are actually pretty large — they will easily take up most of the space on an A-2 card.  I prefer smaller stamps, so most of the stamps that I use are from the “mini” sets.  The stamps in the mini sets are smaller than the full-sized sets and are perfect  for tags or A-2 cards (I think that a lot of the full-sized images are a bit big for an A-2 card, particularly if you use layering and other images, etc.).  Usually the mini set represents a combination of images from several of the regular sets.  For example, the Mini Holidays 5 set incorporates smaller versions of some of the images from the Old Fashioned Christmas and the Deco Christmas sets.

Please take a look at this short video for additional information on the stamps, and a look at some of the sets in my collection (such as Handwritten Holidays 1 and 2 and Half-tone Halloween, along with several mini holiday collections).

Be sure to check out the full collection of Tim Holtz Stampers Anonymous stamps on the Cut @ Home site.  I’m sure that you’ll find something there that is perfect for your next project.  There are several sets of Sizzix Thinlits dies and stamps in the Tim Holtz category.  The stamps in these sets are also made by Stampers Anonymous.


Supplies Available from Cut @ Home

 Tim Holtz Stampers Anonymous stamp sets — Halftone Halloween (SKU CMS199), Mini Holidays 5 (SKU CMS177), Hashtags (SKU CMS183), Handwritten Holidays 1 and 2 (SKUs CMS209, CMS209)

Sizzix Big Shot (SKU 657900)

Little B Circles Cutting Dies (SKU 100381)

Lawn Fawn Say Cheese die (SKU LF491)

Tim Holtz Adirondack alcohol inks (to create plaid background)


Supplies from my stash:  ribbon, flair


Thanks and Happy Scrappin’


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’




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