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Accordion Fancy Label Dies by Elizabeth Craft Design

Tuesday, July 15th, 2014

Today I want to share a fun project featuring the Accordion Fancy Label Dies by Elizabeth Craft Design.    These dies are so fun, and so easy, and so very versatile.  You have many choices — from a two or three panel card to a mini-album with as many pages as you like.  As a sample of this versatility, I made a 14-panel mini-album featuring the Twelve Days of Christmas papers by Graphic 45.

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I had so much fun making this little mini-album.  It was unbelievably easy.  Some of the elements took a little time (primarily all of the fussy cutting), but it went together very quickly.

The first step was to cut apart the die set — Accordion Fancy Label by Elizabeth Craft Design.  The set comes attached together with tabs in between.  This isn’t a set that you can simply break apart — you need to cut it apart with wire cutters, etc.  Once that was done, I selected black paper for my front and back covers, and twelve sheets of paper from the Graphic 45 Twelve Days of Christmas 6×6 patterns and solids pad.  Because of all of the colors involved, I thought it best to keep the paper styles to a minimum, so I used three sheets each of four different color patterns.  I even tried to keep the patterns somewhat consistent.  With the paper selected, it was very simple to cut the individual pages on my Sizzix Big Shot.

It is important to decorate each page before beginning to assemble the book.  To be certain that the book can be assembled properly, be sure to keep the short tabs (on the label) and the long tab on the panel to the right.  For the front and back cover pages, I wanted to add a pop of color.  I selected the beautiful plaid design in the Twelve Days of Christmas set, and cut a center label (the main die set has four sizes of nesting labels).  I also wanted to add some color to the base, and I used a coordinating die set to accomplish this.  The coordinating die set, Fancy Frame Edges, is also by Elizabeth Craft and provides a choice of three different frame styles to go around the outside of the window.  You can see how I decorated my front and back panels below.  Note that I put the border only on the one side of each cover — I’m having second thoughts about that and think I probably should have decorated both sides (when the mini-album is folded, the plain black side shows).

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Each of the pages were easy to decorate — I simply cut a black label layer for each page, and fussy cut the appropriate elements from the Twelve Days of Christmas 8×8 paper pack.  I attached the fussy cut elements to the black label before attaching it to the appropriate page.  I also added the words at the top and bottom — at the top “on the first day of Christmas”, and at the bottom “a partridge in a pear tree”.  I used Scor-Tape to attach each of the elements.  Here are more pictures of the decorated panels –

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Once the pages were decorated, it was time to attach the pages.  I started with pages 1 and 2.   I added Scor-Tape to the two tabs on the label, and to the long tab on the side of the panel.  I removed the liner from the long tab on the side of panel 1 and attached it to panel 2.  Then I folded them together, forming a “valley” fold.  When the two base panels were attached, I folded the center label of each up so that I could attach them (in a “mountain” fold).  The two tabs from the center label of panel 1 attach to the center label of panel 2.  It really is much easier than it sounds!  You just keep up the process, alternating mountain and valley folds, until all fourteen panels are attached together.  Be careful to alternate the folds so that the accordion is formed properly.   On the last panel, simply cut off the two extra tabs on the center label and the long tab on the side of the panel.   Very easy assembly!  Please see the short video for additional information on decorating and assembling the panels.

I really couldn’t get a good photo of the entire assembled project (it is just too large), but hopefully you can see how cute this turned out from the snipped photos below.

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There are so many different uses for this die set.  It also coordinates with the Elizabeth Craft Designs Accordion Circle dies (they can be used together).  The Accordion Oval dies are similar, but the size differs so they can’t be mixed with the other two sets.  Each has a set of coordinating frames or borders.  I think they are great for so many different projects.


Supplies used

Elizabeth Craft Designs Accordion Fancy Label dies and Fancy Frame Edges dies

die cutting machine — I used my Sizzix Big Shot

cardstock — I used black cardstock and various sheets from the Graphic 45 Twelve Days of Christmas 8×8 and 6×6 paper packs

Scor-Tape by Scor-Pal — I used both 1/4″ and 1/8″

ribbon and embellishment


Thanks and Happy Scrappin’!



Christmas Cards in July with Tim Holtz Products!

Monday, July 7th, 2014

When I was shopping around on the Cut at Home website I ran across a set of Tim Holtz Christmas stamps that I fell in love with, so I decided to do a Christmas in July with Tim Holtz Products! There are a few other items that I used that can be found on the Cut at Home website as well.

First here is a list of all the products I used that are available at the Cut at Home store:

Tim Holtz Stampers Anonymous, Deco Christmas – SKU: CHS176
Tim Holtz Texture Fades, 2 PK Snow Flurries & Snowman – SKU: 656944
Tim Holtz Distress Ink, Brushed Corduroy – SKU: TIM21421
Tim Holtz Alcohol Ink, Assorted colors available, here is the SKU for one of the three packs that is a similar color to the one I used – SKU: TAK25924

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I also used a couple of Spellbinders die sets:
Spellbinders Elegant Ovals – SKU: S4-425
Spellbinders Tile Works – SKU: S5-193

Other products that I used from my stash, K&Company Patterned Paper, American Crafts Foil Card Stock, Recollections Rhinestone Stickers, Little B Metallic Washi Tape, Anna Griffin paper and washi tape and a Martha Stewart border punch.

For the first card I made I used two stamps from the set, the man with the wreath and the “A Merry Christmas” sentiment. My video walks you through this card and also a cool technique that I learned with the Alcohol Inks.

I started with a 5″ x 7″ card base, then I cut the largest tile works die on a patterned paper using my Sizzix Big Shot that went nicely with the patterned paper that I chose for the card base. I stamped the image in the center of the die cut piece, then I inked the edges. Next I picked a patterned paper for the sentiment and stamped it, I cut it in a rectangle shape to go along the side of the card, I inked the edges of it as well. Finally, I bordered everything with the metallic washi tape, including the glittered ribbon, I punched three holes in the glittered ribbon for the brads that I dyed. Finally I adhered everything to my card.

Here is a look at the finished card:

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I also wanted to make a card using the couple in the sled so I made a second card. For this card I started with a 5″ x 7″ card base, then I cut the largest oval from the Elegant Ovals die set using my Big Shot, next I stamped the horse and sled image using Tim Holtz distress ink. Next I placed the stamped piece in the snow flurries embossing folder and ran it through the big shot. After the image was embossed I inked the edges going in lightly over the embossed snow flakes to make them stand out. Next I cut an oval out of gold foil card stock and adhered the image to the foil.

Next I took a piece of coordinating card stock from Anna Griffin and punched it to create a boarder. I lightly inked the edges of the card stock, trimmed it in washi tape and adhered a border along both sides of the card. Next I adhered the oval image and added a little bling.

Here is a look at that finished card:

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This project was a lot of fun, and was a first for me, who knew I would be making Christmas cards in July! I guess it’s never to early to get a jump on making my Christmas cards! Here is a final look at both cards.

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I hope you enjoyed my project this week, Happy July! Till next time, Thanks and Happy Scrappin!


Christmas Layout

Friday, December 27th, 2013

I hope that you had a very merry Christmas and now that it is over we are all in serious need of page layout ideas to be able to get all of those pictures scrap booked. Here is one that heather did as part of her scrapbooking exchange she is a part of. These layouts have to be fairly quick because she has to duplicate it multiple times.

First start with cute paper, we used Spellbinders Media Mixage. Next we knew we wanted to use the embossed Christmas tree we got a little while ago from Darice Embossing Essentials. and the Christmas bells from Tim Holtz. And the last bit is just aranging it all to fit the page.

These pictures are of our kids last year setting up the Christmas tree. it is really sad now that it is all over it is time to take it down but hey we still have the memories, right? Hope you had a great Christmas and have a fun and safe New Year!!!



MM-:Spellbinders-Media Mixage

658765:Tim Holtz-Christmas Bells

1218-118:Darice Embossing Essentials-Christmas Tree

S5-190: Spellbinders-Nestabilities Majestic Elements

2228: Want2Scrap- Amber Rhinestones

4038: Want2Scrap- Baby Bling

Thanks and Happy Scrappin’!

Doug and Heather



Twelve Days of Christmas Tags

Tuesday, December 24th, 2013

Christmastide, or the Twelve Days of Christmas, begins soon so my project for today is a set of Twelve Days of Christmas Tags.  The tags are made using Graphic 45 Twelve Days of Christmas papers and a Sizzix/Brenda Walton die (Inserts and Envelopes Mini Correspondence), and are very quick and easy to make.

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I began by selecting papers from the Graphic 45 Twelve Days of Christmas, Patterns and Solids 6×6 paper pack to make the pockets.  I also selected a solid paper for the tag – Bazzill “Cream Puff”.   I used 1/2 sheet of the 6×6 paper for each pocket, a 2″x3″ piece of the Bazzill paper for each tag.  I used my Sizzix Big Kick to cut the twelve tags and pockets from the Mini Correspondence die.  The pockets are easily assembled with just a couple of folds (the die adds the score lines as you cut each pocket) and a little Scor-Tape by Scor-Pal.

I used the “Turtle Dove”, “Calling Birds”, “Golden Rings”, “Swans a Swimming”, “Ladies Dancing”, and “Drummers Drumming” sheets from the Twelve Days of Christmas 8×8 paper pack to cut the elements to decorate the pockets and tags.  The 12 days lists that I used on the back of each tag are from the back of the “My True Love” paper (you’ll need both sheets to cut 12).   It takes just a few minutes to decorate each tag and pocket.  I attached each of the elements with 1/8″ Scor-Tape.  I added an eyelet and some ribbon to the top of each pocket to finish it.  The finished tags and pockets are approximately 2″x3.5″.  Here’s a close up of the front and back of day 5.

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I thought this was a very cute, and easy holiday project.  Merry Christmas!


Supply List 

Graphic 45 Twelve Days of Christmas 8×8 paper pad and 6×6 Patterns and Solids paper pad

Bazzill 12×12 paper – Cream Puff (you’ll only need 1/2 sheet)

Sizzix/Brenda Walton Bigz XL die - Inserts and Envelopes Mini Correspondence

Sizzix Big Kick

Scor-Tape by Scor-Pal

Scissors and paper trimmer

Ribbon (approx. 3 yards)

We R Memory Keepers Crop a Dile


Thanks and Happy Scrappin’




Cristmas Gift Idea

Friday, December 20th, 2013

So in case you didn’t realize, Christmas is almost here and I have a gift idea that you can throw together to give to any friend or family member. Just grab a can, we used a can of Pirroettes and some cute paper and begin by covering it, If you are looking for some really cute Christmas paper we used Elf Magic from BoBunny. Next, we cut out these really ornate doilies which we though were great for snowflakes from Spellbinders and fancied them up with some bling. Last but not least the top was simply the the die cut backed with corrugated paper.

It is fun to give a gift a personal touch and it really does not take all that long. As you give those gifts, get creative, get out your crafting stuff, and make a gift one to remember.




14916921: Bo Bunny-Elf Magic Collection Pack

DVW-244: Die-Version-On The Trail Wispers

S5-205: Spellbinders-Delicate Dolies

MS-019-00002: DCWV- The Courigated Stack

7524: Want2Scrap-Baby Bling

2057:Want2Scrap: Royal Blue Rhinestones

Score Tape



Hot Glue


Thanks and Happy Scrappin’!

Doug and Heather

Sizzix Sleigh Favor Box!

Wednesday, December 18th, 2013

I just can’t believe that Christmas Day is exactly one week from today, but it truly is, so I have made this adorable Sizzix Sleigh Favor Box by Brenda Walton for a few special people who put up with a lot from me. I SOOOO love this die! It surprised me at how quickly it actually went together once I had all the pieces cut out. I can’t tell you how long that took because I cut out enough for 8 boxes, and I cut some chipboard runners as well as the paper to cover them to give more stability for the candy, but the assembly took less time than the cutting and I had a great time putting them together. You could even verify that with my husband who was watching TV (or trying to) next to me, and had to listen to me say how cute they were, more than a few times! He tells me all the time how easy I get excited over the littlest things. He’s right (this once).  ;)








Here’s what I used:

658742 Sizzix Sleigh Favor Box die by Brenda Walton

Red card stock


pattern paper


Tombo glue

glue dots for flowers

Very simple. You can dress them up as simple or elaborate as you choose, but I was getting down to the wire here, so I chose to keep it simple. I have since wrapped them up in some cellophane and ribbon and they look awesome!

Since I will not be blogging on Christmas Day, I want to wish all of you a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! Be safe!

Thanks and Happy Scrappin’!



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