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Cut@Home Blog - Scrapbooking & Card Making Ideas


Card Making: Kaisercraft Spring Bloom Card

April 18th, 2014

Spring is here and so lovely, best part of spring is a paper pack by Kaisercraft. The name is Spring Bloom and the colors are absolutely stunning featuring rich corals, pink and teal.

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I could not pass up this stack to make a very happy Spring card.

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Let’s get started! For this project you will be using 4 sheets from your stack. Next proceed to trim them to the following sizes:

Large background 5 in. x 4 in.,

Square 3 in. x 3 in.

Long rectangle 2.5 in. x 3.75 in.

Paper ribbon 5.25 in. x 1.5 in.

Once trimmed, proceed by using a dark brown ink to edge around each piece of paper. Here I used Hero Arts Cubes in “Cup O’ Joe”.

Now to glue them in the same order as above.

To give the card a 3D effect, use foam adhesives when placing the paper ribbon.

Next place your sentiment, which can be found in the paper stack and a flower from theKaisercraft Spring Bloom Collectables die cuts.

A step-by-step video is at the end of this post.

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Items needed for this project:

Kaisercraft Spring Bloom 6×6 Paper Pack and Spring Bloom Collectables die cuts

Hero ArtsQuiet Morning ink cubes in Cup O’ Joe

Paper trimmer

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Thanks and Happy Scrappin’

Crystal

Kaisercraft Art of Life Birthday Card

April 17th, 2014

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My other half is having a birthday this week and I wanted a ‘manly’ card for him, you know the kind, no bling, no flowers, no ribbon!  Ughh, that can be boring if you’re not careful.  In order to dress up my masculine card I started with Kaisercraft‘s Art of Life Collection and Spellbinders Labels Thirty-One dies.  Using Core’dinations Sand Castle paper for my card base I took a folded sheet and placed it in my Sizzix Big Shot with the long edge of the die protruding a tad over the fold.  By cutting this way you’ll end up with your three sides decorative cut but the top edge folded to make a base for the card.

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I placed a piece of cut filmstrip, from the paper, for the focal point on the front and then used the domino paper from the collection to cut the numbers out backing them with medium weight chipboard and using my Wink of Stella glitter brush pen to give them just a hint of sparkle.  When I started to video the card I do in the step-by-step for you I realized I didn’t have enough of the brown stickers to spell out my words so I actually took some neon green ones and a black permanent felt tip pen and colored them.  The trick here is to make sure when you remove the sticker from the sheet you use the pen around the edges (you can color the letters while they are still attached to the full sheet and just touch up when removed, much easier this way). to add a bit of ‘manly’ bling I used Tim Holtz gears here and there on the front.

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Inside are two Journal Stickers from Tim Holtz idea-ology line.  I took an extra-small alpha stamp set and stamped my message and then used a tiny paperclip (also Tim Holtz) to attach the two tickets together before gluing them to the paper mat inside.  Using a white gel pen to do faux stitching around the inside mat just gives it a little pop.  So there you have it, a very masculine birthday card for someone special in your life.  Please check out the video for a complete walk through on how to make this card.

Thanks and Happy Scrappin’!

Patti

Visit me at A Soul’s Heartbeat or on YouTube

Supplies:

PP926: Kaisercraft Art of Life 6×6 Paper Pad

SS213: Kaisercraft Art of Life Cardstock Stickers

S4-406: Spellbinders Labels Thirty-one

TIM32823: Tim Holtz Distress Ink Gathered Twigs

657900: Sizzix Big Shot

207: Scor-Tape 1″

203: Scor Tape 1/2″

Supplies from my Stash: Kaisercraft Art of Life 12×12 Paper Collection, Core’dinations Sand Castle cardstock, Tim Holtz idea-ology Journaling Tickets – Gears – Tiny Paper Clip, Wink of Stella clear glitter pen, Webster’s Pages alpha stickers, mini alpha stamps, dimensional foam, ATG gun, Beacon Fabri-Tac, Scotch Quick Dry Adhesive, white gel pen

Sizzix Susan’s Garden Easter Basket

April 15th, 2014

Today I want to show you an Easter Basket that I made to feature some of the Sizzix Susan’s Garden flower dies.  I just love flowers, and I love how easy it is to make very lifelike flowers (ones that don’t fade or wilt) using my Susan’s Garden dies.  My basket features the Tulip dies and the Narcissus/Paperwhite dies (there is actually a separate Daffodil die, but I don’t have it).

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This was such a fun and easy project!  I started by making 3 pink tulips and 3 yellow daffodils.  I used my Sizzix Big Shot to cut the pieces.  I love how quickly you can cut the pieces by taking advantage of the extended platform, etc.  I don’t have the Susan’s Garden Daffodil die, but I did have the Narcissus/Paperwhite dies and I thought that they would be close enough for this purpose.  I think that both flowers turned out great.  I previously did a post using the narcissus/paperwhite dies.  You can find that post at the following link:

http://ucutathome.com/blog/2014/03/04/paperwhites/

The tulips were super simple to make.  They are a little different in that the calyx actually ends up inside the flower (as opposed to the outside).  This is very easily done.  You need to dry the partially-completed tulip upside down in a Susan’s Garden flower pot to achieve the usual tightly cupped shape.   Also to make the life-like stamens for both flowers, you need to dip them into a “pollen” (orange for the daffodils, yellow for the tulips).  Please see this short video for a few tips on how to complete the tulips.

As always, the Sizzix website contains detailed instructions (including a video) on how to complete and assemble the flowers.  The instructions are great and the steps are easy to follow.  Be sure that you have a good tool kit – I like the Sizzix tool kit — it contains all of the tools and all of the mats that you need to make the flowers.  My only concern with the dies is that the small dies very easily “leak” from the cute envelopes that Sizzix packages them in (both the old and new styles).  For extra security, I place my dies on small magnetic sheets (pre-cut to be business card sized), and I enclose those in a small zipper top bag inside the Sizzix envelope.  I’m not taking any chances!  Note that most of the Susan’s Garden dies are thinlits dies, and so they will work in almost any die cutting machine.

Once the flowers were fully dry, I attached stem wire.  I’m sure there are many methods to do this — mine was very simple.  I cut a short length of 20  gauge stem wire, and a 1/2″ circle of paper (the same green as I used for the leaves and calyx).  I punched a hole in the center of the circle with a 1/8″ hole punch.  This was more than large enough to accommodate the wire.  I wrapped the wire tightly around a pair of needle-nosed pliers to create a little “knot” that wouldn’t be able to pass through that 1/8″ hole, and then I placed a piece of 1/2″ Scor-Tape on top of the circle (on top of the knot too), and attached the stem wire to the flower head.  The 20 gauge wire is firm enough to hold the flower upright, but also easily bent to allow adjustment in the flower.  This is a picture of the flowers attached to the floral wire

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Once the flowers were on stems, I created a little “bundle” with the flower and some leaves and buds that I purchased to go with them.   I knew that I would need some green “filler” for my basket, so I purchased something with similar leaves, etc. to what would be found on a tulip or daffodil.  The stems I purchased were much longer than what I needed, so I had to cut them back accordingly.  This is a picture of one of the bundles that I created –

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I assembled the basket by first placing the eggs and the “critters”, and then adding flowers where it made sense.  Here is an early picture of the basket

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Note that it took only six of the flower bundles to make the basket look full without over-filling it — I wanted each flower to show and to not get “lost”.  I added the small violet groupings (I separated flower picks to make them) to tie everything together.   (I wanted to use the Susan’s Garden violets, but they were just too large.)  I added a bow and a banner to complete the project.

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To make the banner, I cut the small eggs using the smallest size in the set of Docrafts Egg dies and my Sizzix Big Shot.  I also cut a small flag for each egg.  I needed a total of twelve flags — one for each letter needed to spell out “Happy Easter”, plus an additional center flag to separate the words.  I stamped the letters using the “Banner Alphabet” stamp set by My Favorite Things and Espresso Truffle Memento ink.  The butterfly was punched from a Martha Stewart butterfly punch.  I folded the butterfly in the center to make it dimensional, and added a couple of rhinestones for interest.   I attached each egg to a banner using low dimensional adhesive.  I punched two 1/8″ holes at the top of each flag, and strung them together on 1/8″ ribbon.  I thought it looked best to push the flags together and overlap them slightly.  The banner was a better fit for the basket this way.  Pictures of the banner are below –

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The banner was easily attached to the basket with the extra ribbon (I tied it to the handles).  I used a few glue dots to keep the individual flags in place.

Once you are able to complete the simple tasks needed to create any of the Susan’s Garden flowers, they really do go together quickly and easily.  There are unlimited uses for the flowers, and I know that you’ll enjoy finding new and creative ways to use your favorites.

Supply list –

Sizzix Big Shot

Sizzix Susan’s Garen Tulip and Narcissus dies

pink, yellow, black and green heavyweight smooth cardstock

Scotch quick-dry adhesive

Sizzix Susan’s Garden Tool Kit (contains the tools and mats needed to make flowers)

Sizzix Susan’s Garden flower pots

Yellow Pan Pastel

Yellow and Orange Woodland Scenics pollen

Copic Marker – 100 (black)

floral tape

Scor-Tape by Scor-Pal

20 gauge stem wire

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Styrofoam block for center of basket

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easter eggs (mine look like they are wrapped with burlap string)

purchased stems with leaves and buds, violet stems, bunny and chick

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assorted cardstock for banner

Docrafts (X-Cut) Egg dies

Verve small banner dies

My Favorite Things “Banner Alphabet” stamp set

Memento Espresso Truffle ink

1/8″ hole punch

1/8″ ribbon

thin dimensional adhesive

glue dots

 

Thanks and Happy Scrappin’!

Cheryl

MamaSaidShare@wordpress.com

 

 

 

 

Tim Holtz Distress Marker Spritzer Tool and Masks

April 14th, 2014

Today I made a scrapbook page using Tim Holtz Distress Marker Spritzer Tool and masks. We took our Granddaughter to see the Easter Bunny this weekend so as soon as I got the pictures I knew what my project was going to be this week! I was also very excited to try this new tool!

But before I get into the details here is my list of products that I used for my project. The Tim Holtz Distress Market Spritzer Tool is a brand new tool and it is available on the Cut at Home website, SKU: TDA39730
Silhouette America, Silhouette Cameo – SKU: SILHOUETTE-CAMEO-3T
Silhouette America Sketch Pen Starter Kit – SKU: KIT-PEN-3T
I also used Tim Holtz Distress Markers in Spun Sugar, Mustard Seed and Dusty Concord, Hazel and Ruby Scallop Away Washi Tape, Queen and Co. Polka Dot Purple Washi Tape, Bazzill Card Stock and small pearls.
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First I created a mask using a couple of bunny shapes from the Silhouette on line store. I have the file available if anyone wants the Silhouette Studio file. When I was happy with my design I cut it and used a repositionable adhesive to adhere it to card stock. Then I was ready to try my new tool!

I was very happy with the result and how it looks with the distress markers, I did a little experimenting with different markers, so you can use a variety of markers. Now I was ready to put together my page. I cut two 4 1/2″ x 7″ pieces of yellow card stock.
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I tied in the border with the picture frames, I decided to use the rabbits that were cut out of the mask part of the boarder so I spritzed them and added little pearls for the eyes. Then I created a title on the Silhouette using the Silhouette sketch pens, and added a couple of bunnies to the title.
I was very happy with the results, I didn’t want to over decorate the page to take away from the beautiful background.
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I hope that you like my project and get a chance to try this awesome new tool!

Till next week, Thanks and Happy Scrappin.
Polly
pazasproductions.blogspot.com

Spellbinders Die D-Lites Create A Lily Cards

April 10th, 2014

I’m back this week with another set of cards using Spellbinders Die D-Lites Create-a-Flower dies.  This week I’m using the Lily dies to create two cards and three different colored lilies to give you some inspiration and ideas for your own flower garden of cards or embellishments.

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You aren’t going to pop these flowers out in a minute or two, but the time you spend will be will worth it when you hold the finished product in your hands.  They are so delightful to make.  Once the petals and stamens are glued to the base you can really see the flower take shape from paper pieces to a beautiful embellishment to add to your cards or projects.

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I used lily images from Google to get an idea of how to do the spots on the flowers. On the card above I used some lace from my stash along with papers from Tim Holtz new Wallflower paper collection.  A few metal pieces and a stickpin were just enough to complete this A2 size card (4 1/2″ x 5 1/”).

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The second card example is using a pink lily.  I cut the petals from pink cardstock and painted the edges with white pigment ink.  The die underneath is Spellbinders French Harmony.  Adding just a wrap of pink stained seam binding to the flower gives it a nice finish.  I tucked in a flower spray and stick pin from my stash.

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Please check out my video for a step-by-step walk through of how to make a yellow lily.  Be sure to check out the huge assortment of flower dies in the store to create your own garden of embellishments.

Thanks and Happy Scrappin’!

Patti

Visit me at A Soul’s Heartbeat or on YouTube

Supplies:

S2-065: Spellbinders Die D-Lites Create-a-Lily dies

S5-222: Spellbinders Expandable Patterns French Harmony

657900: Sizzix Big Shot

656499: Sizzix Magnetic Platform for Wafer Dies

TH93110: Tim Holtz Wallflower Collection

TIM32823: Tim Holtz Distress Ink, Gathered Twigs

TIM35008: Tim Holtz Distress Ink, Mowed Lawn

TIM27102: Tim Holtz Distress Ink, Bundled Sage

TIM21438: Tim Holtz Distress Ink, Dried Marigold

TIM21506: Tim Holtz Distress Ink, Spiced Marmalade

Supplies from my stash: Wink of Stella in clear, Seam binding, stick pin, metal embellishments, cardstock, lace

Heartfelt Creations Celebrate The Journey Collection Debut!

April 9th, 2014

We are pleased to bring you Heartfelt Creations Celebrate the Journey Collection debut which is an inspiring classic travel-themed collection. Whether you are traveling around the world or around the block, you will find papers, stamps and dies to document your life’s adventures. The coordinating stamps and papers feature maps, compass roses, bicycles, hot air balloons, vintage suitcases, boarding passes and postcards. The clever Luggage and Tag die even creates a delightful 3-D suitcase! Soft hues of light green, deep teal, pink and rose merge with subtle, neutral backgrounds that are richly layered with beautiful fonts, flourishes and focal images. “Celebrate the Journey” is just the ticket for both masculine and feminine projects, the perfect traveling companion for all of life’s journeys great and small.

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As always, Heartfelt Creations will awe you with their beautifully illustrated 12 x 12 paper pad, stamps and coordinating die set manufactured by Spellbinders, but also, if you act quickly, you can purchase the Celebrate the Journey Card Kit. This limited edition class kit includes the pieces you need to create and complete four cards. It includes pictures, step by step instructions and links to coordinating videos. It is like taking a class in the comforts of your own home. You can even get together with friends and create the cards together, but you’ll need to act fast! This kit is only available while supplies last.

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To see some great projects that the H. C. design team has done with this collection as well as an informative video, please visit the Heartfelt Creations Blog. You can also watch the video below to get a closer look at some of the projects show by Emma Lou Beechy.

Thanks & Happy Scrappin’!

Carrie

 

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