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Back to School Card featuring Spellbinders Celebra’tions Dies

Tuesday, August 19th, 2014

Today I have a fun “back to school” card featuring the new pierced dies from the Spellbinders Celebra’tions line.  These new dies come in circles, ovals, squares and rectangles.  My card features the oval pierced dies –

first day

My first step in making the back to school card was to select an image.  I like this stamp by My Favorite Things.  Since I wanted to color the image with my Copic markers, I stamped it with Memento ink – an ink that dries quickly and doesn’t react with the alcohol ink markers.  I colored the image with my Copics, and then fussy cut it.  When I color this image I sometimes use Glossy Accents to highlight the apple, although I didn’t use it on this card.

To make the notebook paper background, I used a sheet of 4.25” x 5.5” white cardstock and placed it in the Darice embossing folder.  I ran it through my Sizzix Texture Boutique Embossing Machine.  I often use this stand-alone machine for my embossing.  That is what it is made for, and embossing is what it does really well.  I always get a good crisp image from it.  Once my image was embossed, I trimmed it to 3-7/8” x 5-1/8”.  I used colored pencils to add the red vertical line on the left side, and the blue horizontal lines.  I also used my 1/8” hole punch to cut the holes in the side of the paper.  It just took these few very easy steps to make pretty realistic notebook paper sized for a card.

I chose a solid red paper for the background, and cut it 4.25” x 5.5”.  I wanted something very subtle for the image to rest on, so I chose the light blue cardstock.  I cut and embossed the light blue cardstock using the middle-sized pierced oval dies (both the straight cutting die and the piercing die).

The Celebra’tions pierced oval die set includes six dies – three of them straight oval cutting dies, and three of them piercing dies.  To achieve the effect on my card, I used the middle cutting die and the middle piercing die.  You could also use the dies separately – so you could cut a straight oval only, or you could create the pierced effect in the middle of the cardstock only (to highlight a section, for example – but it won’t cut in an oval shape).  Of course you can also use these dies to add several layers to your card.  These are very versatile dies.  Please see the short video for additional information on how the dies can be used.

Or you can view directly on youtube: spellbinders celebrations back to school card

To assemble the card, I attached the notebook paper to the red background using Scor-Tape.  I attached the stamped image to the oval using a low dimensional adhesive, and then attached the oval to the background layers using Scor-Tape.  I added a ¼” sheer ribbon at the side of the card, and centered it over the red line on the notebook paper.  I attached a bow near the top of the image.  The chunky pencil sticker adds a little more fun dimension.  Super easy card!

first day

As a two-for-Tuesday bonus, I have a golf martini card that features the Celebra’tions pierced rectangle dies –

golf martini

This is made using most of the same steps as the back to school card.  See the supply list below for the additional items needed to complete this card.

I love the new pierced dies – they are so easy to use and add just a pop of dimension to an otherwise plain layer.  They work equally well for guy cards and girl cards.  How much fun is that?


Supply List:

Spellbinders Celebra’tions pierced dies – I used the pierced oval and pierced rectangle sets

Die cutting machine – I used my Spellbinders Grand Calibur

Assorted cardstock

Adhesive – I used Scor-Tape by Scor-Pal, the ¼” size; Darice low-dimensional adhesive


Darice embossing folder – Notebook paper

Sizzix Texture Boutique Embossing Machine

Blue and red colored pencils

1/8” hole punch

Copic markers –  E00, E02, Y21, Y23, Y26, COO, C0, C1, C2, C6, R27, R29, YG03, YG06

My Favorite Things stamp – al a modes stamp – “An Apple for Teacher”

Memento Tuxedo Black ink

Pencil sticker by Jolees

Additional supplies needed for golf martini card —  golf ball brad; solid green bakers twine; Impression Obsession stamp 02184 “Golf Martini”; Copic markers B0000, R27, R29, YG03, YG06, E31, E33, C00, C1, C6; plaid paper from Graphic 45 Good Ole Sport collection


Thanks and Happy Scrappin’!



Embossing with Darice embossing folders and Washi tape

Monday, August 4th, 2014

Washi tape is all the rage right now so this week I decided to emboss with Darice embossing folders and Washi tape. I did two cards, one thing I discovered that I never knew is that you can sand washi tape!

Before I get started here is a list of the supplies used that are available on the Cut at Home website.

First Card
Darice Embossing Folder, Flower Frenzy 5 x 7 Embossing Folder – SKU: 1217-66
Sizzix Framelits Die Set 7PK w/Stamp, Doilies – SKU: 659730
Heartfelt Creations Summer Song Precut Set – SKU: HCPC 3615
BoBunny Our Lil’ Monster Self-adhesive Jewels – SKU: 15807224


Second Card
Darice Embossing Folder, Birdcages – SKU: 1219-101
Sizzix Framelits Die Set 7PK w/Stamp, Chandeliers – SKU: 657777
Spellbinders Feathers dies – SKU: S4-428
Spellbinders A2 Valiant Honor dies – SKU: S5-217
Spellbinders Tool ‘n One – SKU: T-001


Other items used: Washi Tape, Ink, Gems, Card Stock, Sanding Block and Pop Dots.

I used my Sizzix BigShot for both cards and my Silhouette America Silhouette Cameo for the sentiment on the second card.

Here is a video of the first card and instruction on using Washi Tape with Embossing folders.

For the first card I started with a 5″ x 7″ card base, I cut a 4 3/4″ x 6 3/4″ piece of card stock in a contrasting color. I selected my Washi tape and applied it to the 4 3/4″ x 6 3/4″ piece of card stock being careful to align the pattern. Once the sheet is covered select your embossing folder and emboss. I sanded the embossed image to make it pop.

Next stamp your images from the framelits set on the same contrasting color, I stamped three of them in purple and the largest one that has the sentiment was stamped in a light green so that I could stamp the sentiment over the image. Once you have your images stamped cut them out with the corresponding dies. I use a piece of tape to hold my dies in place so they do not shift before or while cutting them out. Next I stamped the edges, and stamped the sentiment, I added some green inking on the images that I stamped in the purple to bring everything together. I used a scalloped Washi tape and piece of ribbon on the left side of the card and adhered them before I attached the sentiment Doily. Adhere the doilies to the card using pop dots, then add your gems.

Here is a look at the first card:

Here is a close up of the sentiment:

For the second card I used a sheet of Washi tape, it already has a backing on it so I didn’t have to adhere it to anything I just put it in the embossing folder and embossed it, next I sanded it to make the embossed images pop. I adhered the Washi tape embossed image to a 5″ x 7″ card base. I added some foil striped washi tape to border the embossed image. T cut two feathers and a text bar from the Spellbinders dies out of a dual color core paper and sanded them, I also inked the edges of all three pieces.

Then I stamped 5 of the birds from the framelits Chandelier set and cut them out, I adhered them to the bird cages, I adhered the feathers and sentiment block to the bottom of the card. I created the text for the sentiment on my Silhouette Cameo using the print and cut feature and adhered it to the card, lastly I added a little bling!

I also wanted to add that this was the first time I got to try my new tool, the Spellbinders Tool ‘n One, I couldn’t believe how easy it was to remove all the paper that stays stuck in the dies, just use the brush and it takes care of them all! I was really happy I decided to get it, it’s a must if you have lots of Spellbinder dies.

here is a look at that card:

These cards were fun to make and I discovered another way to use some of my Washi tape stash since I am addicted to it! Hope you enjoyed my project this week, until next week Thanks and Happy Scrappin.


Darice Embossing Folders and Letterpress Technique

Monday, June 2nd, 2014

Today I wanted to try a technique using Darice embossing folders and letterpress technique. I saw this technique from Spellbinders and wanted to give it a try. You use your embossing folders and ink pads to create a kind of letterpress look with your embossing folders. Before I get started here is a list of the products that I used which are available at the Cut at Home website.

Darice Scrolls Embossing Folder – SKU: 1215-49
Darice Dot Embossing Folder – SKU:1217-67
Sizzix Framelits Die Set, Banners Pennant Scallop – SKU: 657571
Silhouette America, Silhouette Cameo – SKU: SILHOUETTE-CAMEO-3T
Sizzix Big Shot – SKU: 841182068880

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Supplies used from my stash, Darice core’dinations Pearls card stock, ink pads, brayer, gems, washi tape and twine.

This is a fun technique, but it may take a couple of tries, I used the Big Shot for the embossing, it worked well, you just have to make sure that you use flat plates so that the pressure is even when embossing. My video demonstrates how to do the letterpress technique.

I started with a card base of 10″ x 7″, I scored it at 5″ to make a 5″ X 7″ card. I cut a 4 1/4″ x 5 3/4″ card stock for the letter press technique, I also cut a 4 1/2″ x 6″ card stock for the border around the embossed piece. Once I had the embossing done I used my Silhouette to cut out the letters and numbers. The card I made for my demonstration is a graduation card. To assemble the card, first I bordered the side and bottom edge of the card base with washi tape, then I adhered the embossed card stock to the 4 1/2″ x 6″ card stock, then I adhered them to the card aligning the card stock to the top of the card, leaving an even boarder around the two sides and the bottom. Next I adhered the twine to the top of the card for the banner pieces. Next I adhered the banner pieces, then I added the words Class of 2014 and congrats, finally I finished off the card with a little touch of bling!

Here is the finished graduation card:
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I wanted to show how versatile this design is so I went ahead and created a birthday card using the same format, I was amazing how different the cards look just changing the colors and wording! To make the birthday cards follow the above directions for assembly, just change the wording.

Here is the finished birthday card:
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This was a fun project and I really liked the results, there are so many things you can do with embossing folders! I hope that you enjoyed my post this week, until next time Thanks and Happy Scrappin!


Heartfelt Creations Once Upon A Time Collage

Tuesday, May 27th, 2014

Today I want to show you a mixed media collage featuring Heartfelt Creation’s Once Upon A Time Collection.  It would make a great Fathers’ Day Gift.  The Once Upon A Time Collection features timepieces and is a very versatile collection.  There is quite a variety to choose from, and the collection is perfect for a mixed media project (featured today), card making or scrapbook layouts.

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Sometimes its difficult to begin a mixed media collage project.  I usually begin with a theme (here time/timepieces), and decide whether the project is for a guy or a girl (or both).  I look through the “treasures” I’ve collected and pull anything that might fit the theme and then I may go shopping to find a few more elements.  I always gather way more than I need — that’s okay, because you don’t know exactly what will fit until you do the project.

supplies  supplies+frame

For this project, I used a frame that my Sister found at a garage sale (25 cents, yay!).  It was a little beat up and needed some restoring using a tinted furniture wax and some Copic markers.  With just a little effort (mostly hers – yay for sisters!) it was perfect.

I knew that I wanted to use some of the timepiece elements from several of the Once Upon A Time Collection stamp sets.  I stamped them onto ivory cardstock using my Impression Obsession Mega Mount (works great with large stamps), and several colors of Tim Holtz Distress Ink.  I like to vary the colors a little to add some interest.  I also used the same basic ink colors to distress the edges of the timepiece elements to make them look a little more vintage.  I cut the timepiece elements using the Once Upon A Time die that is a part of the collection and my Sizzix Big Shot.

I began to assemble my collage by choosing a background paper.  I liked one in the collection — it already looked a little vintage, and was framed nicely.  I wasn’t sure if the edges of the frame, etc. were straight, so I fussy cut it out of the center of the 12×12 paper.  Then I made a diagonal cut into the frame (be sure to leave the corners intact), and fussy cut the center piece.  Both were just a little large for my frame, but I knew I could trim them to fit.    I had a vintage lace in the pile (I know, lace for a guy project??  But it worked!) that I used between the background paper and the frame.  I distressed all of these (including the lace) using my Tim Holtz Distress inks.

The Tim Holtz pocket watch comes empty, so I used one of the Recollections clock faces and a Tim Holtz game spinner to add a clock face and hands.  I thought it would be fun to add “tick tock” to the front glass using the Tim Holtz Label Letters.  The Label Letters are just so much fun to add a quick word or two to a project!  I distressed a piece of the Linen Ribbon and used it to suspend the watch just slightly off-center on the project.

With the major pieces in place, it was time to begin to arrange some of the smaller elements.  I missed having something floral in this project, but thought it would take away from the masculine nature.  I used a couple of feathers instead, and I thought they added the missing textures, etc. and a little interest.  I selected a few of the time pieces I stamped and placed those on the collage with a couple of timepieces (and parts) that I cut from the piece of cardstock I selected.  I added the metal timepiece to the lower right corner, and added traditional corner pieces to the other corners.  I used sticky wax to attach most of the elements, and Scor-Tape where I thought the sticky was might not hold.  My last element was the clock key — I initially thought I would suspend it from the glass side of the frame, but that didn’t work as well as I anticipated.  I found it better to just mount it with all of the other collage pieces.  Please see the short video for a look at the Heartfelt Creations Once Upon A Time Collection, and how I approached the project.

Here are some close-up pictures and the finished project.

upper half  lower half

closed  open standing

This is a fun collection, and there are lots of different projects that can be made with it.  It isn’t just a “guy” collection — several pieces incorporate flowers, etc. and would be nice for other projects.  I know that you will enjoy using it.


Supply List

Heartfelt Creations Once Upon A Time Collection — I used a sheet of cardstock from the paper collection; 3 stamp sets (Time Sentiments, Numeral Clocks and Timeless Clock) and the Once Upon A Time die

Die cutting machine — I used my Sizzix Big Shot

Impression Obsession Mega Mount

Tim Holtz Distress Ink — I used Tea Dye, Vintage Photo, Walnut Stain and Wild Honey

Ivory cardstock

Display Frame 5×7 (opening is approximately 4×6) — garage sale find

vintage lace


Tim Holtz Pocket Watch, Timepieces, Clock Keys, Game Spinners, Label Letters, and Linen Ribbon

Prima Engraver Brads

Darice Hemp Twine – brown

Sticky Wax (this is a product sold primarily to hold a candle upright in a candlestick — the packaging will indicate whether it is safe for scrapbooking projects, etc.)

Scor-Tape by Scor-Pal

Recollections decorative corners and mini embellishments (clock faces)


Thanks and Happy Scrappin’



Using Darice Embossing Folders With Die Cuts

Monday, May 5th, 2014

I was so excited to get some of my Easter pictures developed, considering this is the first Easter with our Granddaughter! The pictures turned out so cute! I did a two page scrapbook layout using a Darice Embossing Folder and die cuts from my Silhouette.

First of all here is a list of the products that are available at Cut at Home that were used for my layout.
Darice Dot Background Embossing Folder – SKU: 1217-61
Graphic 45 Artist Trading Tags, Ivory – SKU: 4500846
Sizzix Big Shot – SKU: 657900
Silhouette America, Silhouette Cameo – SKU: SILHOUETTE-CAMEO-3T

I also used the following items from my stash, Echo Park Hippity Hoppity Mini Theme, this I got at Cut at Home but I don’t think it is available anymore. Echo Park Dots and Stripes Neapolitan collection, DCWV white core card stock, Washi tape, Tim Holtz Distress Marker, Worn Lipstick, a sanding block and some Doodle Bug Sprinkes in Lily White.

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I knew I wanted to use a lot of pictures in my layout, but I also like a attractive layout that uses a lot of design elements. For the main page I used three photos, I cut a background that is available on the Silhouette on line store, I also made three scalloped eggs that I cut on the Silhouette then I embossed them, I used white core card stock to cut them so that I could use a sanding block and get a nice effect.

I also cut an extra egg for my second page. After I embossed and sanded the eggs I was ready to put my layout together. On the first page some elements are in front of the background and other items are in back of it. I also cut a scalloped banner for my title. I always play around with my images and other elements before I tape anything down, that way I can move things around until I am happy with the layout. After I had everything in place I taped it down, I also used the Graphic 45 tags for Journaling. I trimmed them in washi tape and used a distress marker, worn lipstick to do the writing. I added the final touches of washi tape, sprinkles and some sticker elements from the Echo Park Hippity Hoppity collection.

Here is how the first page turned out:
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For the second page I wanted to use a lot of photos to include all of the family in the photos, I figure I am making these for my granddaughter to have when she is older so I want to include me and my husband as well as all of my daughter-in-laws family. I cut the borders and used them on the top and the bottom of the page, then I added some washi tape as a trim, after I did that I played around with the layout until I was happy with it. I also added a journaling card on this page, I have always been bad at journaling but I am trying to get better! I taped down all of my photos added my journaling tag then to finish it off I added the sprinkles on the page and a few sticker elements.

Here is how the second page turned out:
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I am very happy with the results, the pages look really nice together and the pictures are the focal point of the layout! Here is a look at both pages together, I tried to get a good picture.
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I had a lot of fun with this project! I hope that you enjoyed it :)

Till next week, Thanks and Happy Scrappin,


Card Making: Spellbinders Embossed Window Cards

Monday, April 7th, 2014

Today I made a couple of window cards for Easter. both cards are embossed window cards. Below are a list of supplies that I used for the cards.

For the first card I used the following supplies that are available at Cut at Home.
Crafts Too Embossing Folder, Invitation – SKU: CTFD3052
Spellbinders Elegant Ovals – SKU: S4-425
Magnolia Rubber Stamps, Exclusive Easter Egg – SKU: 102005-1
Supplies used from my stash, Hazel and Ruby Scalloped Away Decorative tape, Ribbon, Gems, Bazzill card stock, Smooch paint and TPC Studio Sunny Bunny clear stamps.
I started with a 5″ x 7″ card base that I made, then I did the cutting and embossing, I am sure there is more than one way to accomplish this, I shared mine in the video below.

After I got my pieces cut and embossed I assembled my card, I stamped the center and embossed it with clear embossing powder and a heat gun, then I colored in highlights with smooch paint. Then I stamped the sentiment and fussy cut it. I finished with adding the decorative tape, ribbon and gems.
Here is the finished card:
I was really happy with the finished result. I also decided to make a second card, this card is much simpler and took considerably less time. Here is a list of the Cut at Home products that I used:
Darice Embossing Folder, Easter Bunny – SKU: 1218-43
Spellbinders Classic Scalloped Ovals, Small – SKU: S4-113
Echo Park Mini Theme 12 x 12 paper, Hippity Hoppity – SKU: 1218-43
I also used a few things from my stash, I used the scalloped tape again, I also used Queen & Co Pearls and CoreDinations Box of Chocolates card stock.

For this card I embossed the CoreDinations card stock and sanded it with a sanding block, I also cut an additional piece of that card stock 1/4 inch larger and framed the embossed rabbit. For this card I cut out the scalloped window after I embossed the paper and sanded it, it came out fine. I cut a 5″ x 7″ piece of patterned paper from the Echo Park collection, I also cut out a smaller scallop in the patterned paper, I assembled the card, I use a sticker from the collection for inside the scallop and the Easter banner on the top of the card. I added the scalloped tape, ribbon and pearls.
Here is that finished card:
This card was a quick and easy card to make, but it looks nice and has a lot of interest.
Now I have a start on my cards for Easter, I hope that you enjoyed my projects!
Until next time, Thanks and Happy Scrapin!

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