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Playing with Little B Dies

Thursday, August 28th, 2014

If you’re not familiar with Little B dies I hope you’ll want to be by the time I’ve shared this post with you.  Little B dies are chemically etched cutting dies which have a special coating adhered to them to ensure that they release quickly and easily each time you use them.  What I really liked was how they come to you, complete with their own little storage folder!  Super slick and so easy to stick on a shelf and find just the one you want at a glance.


Each Little B die set come with a photo on the left side of the folder and a magnetic panel on the right to store the dies when not in use.  There are two large round magnets which hold the folder closed when you’re storing the dies.  On the spine is the name of the die set which is a fantastic when you’re searching for a particular set.  Easy Peasy!


You can see how beautifully the scallops cut and emboss in my card below.
Here I’ve used the Scallops to form not only the card base itself but the journaling spot on the inside as well.


 I also used die cuts from the Bouquet sets including flowers and leaves.
You can see how the die looks without the accompanying decorative embossed scallop in the white journaling spot above.


So many possibilities with these dies.  Be sure and check them out in the store today.  The papers I’ve used for the decorative card elements are from Graphic 45‘s new Time to Celebrate collection.  I’ll share a more in depth look at the dies and packaging, close ups of the cards and some more photos in the video below.

Thanks and Happy Scrapin’!


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100380: Little B Cutting Dies – Scallops
100394: Little B Cutting Dies – Bouquet
100396: Little B Cutting Dies – Handwritten
4501015: Graphic 45 Time to Celebrate 12×12 Paper Collection
658300: Sizzix Big Shot
656499: Sizzix Magnetic Platform for Wafer Thin Dies

Papercrafting – Graphic 45 Tag Album

Wednesday, August 27th, 2014

I’m here today with another Design team project for Cut At Home! I’m so excited to share this super easy tag mini album! I’ve used the Graphic 45 Regular tag album, and the beautiful Graphic 45 Botanical tea 8×8 & 6×6 patterned paper. This album is great for little photos, it will hold up to 4×4 photos…great for those instagram pictures!

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I simply traced and cut the paper, and used wet glue to adhere to the tag. I then inked all the edges with Tim Holtz Distress Ink in Vintage photo. On the front of the album, I used some handmade flowers, pearl spray, and a tag from the G45 Botanical tea Chipboard 1.

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I’ve used several pockets, and tags from the Botanical tea Tags & Pockets set, along with the Chipboard 1. I’ve also used the brand new Spellbinders dies that are available for pre-order…they are gorgeous! This was super easy & fun to do, I hope you’ll give it a try!

Here’s a video, showing how I made this album, from start to finish…enjoy! Check out some other great projects of graphic 45 on pinterest as well:

Supplies used:

G45 Regular tag album: SKU: 4500625
Tim Holtz Distress Ink, Vintage photo: SKU: TIM19527
G45 Botanical tea 8×8: SKU: 4500888
G45 Botanical tea 6×6: SKU: 4500887
G45 Botanical tea Chipboard 1: SKU: 4500895
G45 Botanical tea Tags & pockets: SKU: 4500892
Spellbinder dies: SKU: S4-466

Additional items from my stash:  Pearl spray, flowers, brads, ribbon, doily, seam binding, charms, crochet twine, hot glue, and Scotch quick dry glue.

Hope you’ve enjoyed, thanks for stopping by! Please find me on YouTube at: Corene

Spellbinders New Glass Effects Die

Monday, August 25th, 2014

Today I did a couple of cards with Spellbinders New Glass Effects Die. It is designed to make an A-2 Card Front and is a very versatile die. I was so excited to be able to play with this die and had lots of ideas! I used this set of Spellbinders dies as well as the Elegant Ovals set, both are available on the Cut at Home Website. Here is my supply list:
Spellbinders Glass Effects Die – SKU: S4-451
Spellbinders Elegant Ovals – SKU: S4-425
Spellbinders Tool ‘n One – SKU: SKU:T-001
Sizzix Big Shot – SKU:657900

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Items used from my stash:
Spectrum Noir Markers, Clear Acetate, Card Stock, Patterned Paper, Washi Tape, Ribbon, Flowers, Martha Stewart Punches and Gems.

The first card I made was a little more time consuming than the second card. I actually wanted to create a stained glass effect, first I tried coloring directly on the acetate, but I didn’t like the streaks that I was getting, I also tried using alcohol inks but the colors weren’t intense enough. So I decided to color directly onto card stock and layer the acetate over it. I demonstrated this in the video below.

Once I had my paper masked off and did the coloring I put the acetate over the colored image, then cut another frame using both dies, to do this place the smaller die that has the pattern inside of the rectangular die, make sure it is center in the die, I use tape to hold the dies in place, then run it through your machine, I use the Sizzix Big Shot, I really like the results using it. Next I adhered this to a card base and added some ribbon, a punched border, flowers and some bling, then I cut two ovals from the elegant ovals die set and stamped a sentiment in the middle of the smaller oval.

I am very happy with the finished results:

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The second card I made was a Halloween card, I thought this die would be perfect for a spider web! This card was a quick card, I cut a base using the rectangular die, then I cut a frame using both dies out of black. I adhered the pieces together and then adhered them onto a card base. I cut a spider border using a Martha Stewart border punch, I used washi tape and orange pearls for the spiders eyes to dress it up. Then I cut the same two ovals as I used for my first card and stamped a sentiment in the center of the smaller oval. I also added some black pearls to the smaller oval.

Here is my finished Halloween card:

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I had so much fun with this die, there are just so many possibilities. I hope you enjoyed my post this week until next time Thanks and Happy Scrappin!


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 –

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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!

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

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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’!



Heartfelt Creations Arianna Blooms Flowers

Thursday, August 14th, 2014

I am really into making flowers.  I love adding them to my cards, mini albums and any altered projects I make.  There’s just something about adding flowers that you’ve made yourself.  The best part is that you can match your flowers to any papers or projects that you might be working on.

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When I saw the new Heartfelt Creations Arianna Blooms dies and stamps I just knew I had to have them.  Cinching the deal was watching Emma Lou from Heartfelt Creations show how to do these flowers step by step.  I wanted to share my process with you today as well.  The cards above are simply a by-product of the flowers, today’s focus is on the variations you can achieve using the Heartfelt Creations Arianna Blooms and Arianna Lace dies and the accompanying Arianna Blooms stamp.

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The finished look of your flower is hampered only by your imagination.  Roll the edges as the first flower above shows and you achieve a much different look that the ruffled flower in the middle.  Pinch and pleat the smaller petals and round the outers adding a bottom layer of a deeper color and you’ll get a result shown on the right above.

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Combine a few store bought stamens (they were white and I colored them gold) with the paper black stamens cut from the die and you now have another look.  Place your flower on a die cut from the Heartfelt Creations Arianna Lace a lovely lacy look that just finishes the flower.  Join me today on the video and I’ll walk you through my process to create the flowers I’ve shown you today.  At the end of the video I’ll have lots of still photos to give you inspiration and incentive to begin making your own unique flowers for your next card or project.

You can also view the video directly on youtube. We carry all of Heartfelt Creations Dies and Stamps at 10% Off, and they can be visited at:

Thanks and Happy Scrappin’!


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Supplies from the Store:

HCD 748 – Heartfelt Creations Arianna Blooms Dies

HCD 747 - Heartfelt Creations Arianna Lace Dies

HCPC 3608 -  Heartfelt Creations Arianna Blooms PreCut Stamp set

T-001 – Spellbinders Tool ‘n One

658300: Sizzix Big Shot

656499 – Sizzix Magnetic Plate for Wafer Thin Dies

658437 – Susan’s Garden Tool Set

Glittered Rose Card featuring Elizabeth Craft Design Dies

Tuesday, August 12th, 2014

Today I have a beautiful glittered rose card featuring dies by Elizabeth Craft Design.  With all of the components available in this die set, there really are a lot of options for its use.  I chose to do a single long-stemmed rose using the shipping tape glitter method.

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The Elizabeth Craft rose die set is very versatile.  For this project I needed only the long stem, the rose shape and the rose cut-out shape.  I wanted a special paper for this, perhaps something a little brighter this time.  I remembered the beautiful pinks and greens and browns in the Botanical Tea collection by Graphic 45.   I chose a paper called “Just Because” that has a lot of fun words like “hello friend” and “thinking of you”.    The pink in the paper is a salmon pink, so my next challenge was to select glitter.   (Have you noticed how hard it can be to match pinks?)   Since I wanted to use a ombre technique, I really wanted at least 3 complementary glitters.  I was unable to find 3 colors in my stash, but ended up with two coral (almost neon) glitters.

I previously did a post and video demonstrating the shipping tape glitter method.  That post is linked here (Valentines’ Day Love Card).   What I did differently with this card is to use a second, complementary color of glitter to add some additional dimension to the project — a ombre technique.  This requires a bit more planning, and some more controlled application of glitter.  Generally in an ombre technique you want at least three shades of a color to give the proper variation.  In ombre, I generally begin with the darkest shade of glitter, and apply a little, then move to the medium and finally the lightest shade.  I don’t want to use each in equal proportions — I will use just a little of the darkest, more of the medium tone, and the most of the lightest shade.  You want to blur the lines a little – so a little dark creeps into the medium shade, etc.  Although not the same, you can achieve a more dimensional look using a similar technique with only two colors.

For my project, I began by cutting a piece of ivory cardstock 3″ x 4.5″.  I laid the stem and rose dies on the ivory cardstock to determine placement, and then I placed the stem and cut that piece.  My next step was to cut the rose — this needs to be placed carefully so that it is as close to the stem as possible without making additional cuts to the stem area (place the cut out piece aside for now – it will be needed later in the card assembly).   I also needed to cut the stem piece from green cardstock, and the cut-out rose piece from pink cardstock.

I carefully applied the shipping tape to the back of the ivory cardstock, making sure that it covered the entire opening.  If necessary you can place a second piece of shipping tape — the joins won’t show in the finished project.  Use something non-stick to press the tape firmly around the edges of the cardstock.   Then I placed the stem in the cut-out area, again using the non-stick “tool” to press it into place.  It is very important to keep your fingers off of the tape — the glitter, etc. won’t stick properly.  The next step is to place the detailed rose cut-out, and press it into place with the non-stick tool.  Now its time to glitter.  Begin with the darkest color.  You need to use a method to control the glitter as opposed to just shaking it on.  You either want to use a small glitter spoon to control the amount used, or use a pinch method with your fingers to do it.  I used most of the darker color in the center of the rose (the bud), and just a little sprinkled around the outside.  If you keep the amount of glitter minimal, there is no worry about removing the excess.  Then I added the lighter color.  It doesn’t matter so much how this glitter is applied since it will cover the rest of the image.  Be sure to pat down the glitter and make sure it covers the entire taped area.  The final step is to burnish the glittered area with your finger to restore the shine, and to use a soft brush to brush off any excess glitter.  Please see the short video for additional information on how I completed the glittered rose.

You may also see the video here on youtube.

With the glittering done, it is easy to finish the card.  I cut the background layer from brown cardstock  4.25″ x 5.5″.  I cut the patterned paper 4″ x 5.25″, and attached the two layers with Scor-Tape.     I added the ivory ribbon strip and bow, also using Scor-Tape.  Before adding the glittered panel, I placed the cut rose shape (the piece from the ivory cardstock) behind the glittered rose and taped it in place.  You’ll notice that the glittered area is very sheer, and if you don’t put the solid paper behind this, the patterned paper shows through and will give a very odd result.  I used Scor-Tape to place the ivory panel on the card.  The last thing I did was to add a couple of light ivory Dew Drops to the ribbon.

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Supply list

Elizabeth Craft Design Rose die

Die cutting machine — I used my Sizzix Big Shot

assorted cardstock



Scor-Tape by Scor-Pal

Glue – I used Scotch Quick Dry Adhesive

shipping tape


black ink


Thanks and Happy Scrappin’!


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