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Darice Easter Bunny Embossing Folder

Tuesday, April 1st, 2014

Today I want to share a card using the Darice Easter Bunny embossing folder.  I also want to give you some tips on using things that you already have in your stash in different ways so you can “stretch” both your supplies and your craft budget.

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A successful card always has a good focal point — here I’ve used the bunny face from the Easter Bunny embossing folder.   (The entire embossing folder is darling too, but it doesn’t leave much room for embellishment.  Click here to see the full embossing folder design.)  To isolate the part of the design that I wanted to use, I first cut an oval using my Spellbinders Nestabilities Large Classic Ovals (the largest die), and then carefully placed the oval in my embossing folder and ran it through my Sizzix Big Shot.  I added light (or subtle) color to the embossed image using various colors of Memento ink, applied with small Darice craft marshmallows.  Very quick and easy!  Note that you could also emboss the entire image and then place the oval die on it and cut the appropriate section.  Here you risk losing some of the raised image because it may flatten somewhat as it goes back through the die cutting machine.  It can also be wasteful if you aren’t using other parts of the full embossed image.  I generally only use that method when I’ve embossed something that turns out not suitable for the card in its entirety (it is crooked or off-center, etc.).

Sometimes the hardest part of putting together a card is choosing the right cardstock for the accents and layers.  I try to pick the patterned paper first, and then find a coordinating solid.  Sometimes I have a solid color that I want to use, and then have to work backwards to find a coordinating patterned paper.  That was the case with the bunny card pictured above.  This season I just love the soft peach color, but it can be sooooo hard to find.  I had this A-2 sized (4.25″ x 5.5″) piece of cardstock left from another project, and so just needed to locate a coordinating patterned paper.  Done.  Yay!  The patterned paper was cut 3-7/8″ x 5-1/8″.

The scalloped oval behind the embossed bunny is also cut using a Spellbinders Nestabilities die, “Big Scalloped Ovals” (small).  The largest size die fit nicely with the embossed bunny oval.  Rather than reaching for another sheet of my “precious” stash of soft peach paper, I cut the scalloped oval from the bottom card layer.  Yes, it is okay to do this — just stay in the center of the card so that your patterned paper will completely cover the hole.  No one will know that you did this — and it is a great way to “stretch” each sheet of paper for maximum use.  I also conserve colored papers and patterned papers by making card fronts, and then mounting them on plain white cardstock.  White cardstock is almost always sold at a lower price.

Now it is time to embellish.  Soft peach coordinating embellishments are almost impossible to find.  This is one of the many reasons why I am so grateful for my stash of Copic markers.  With so many colors to choose from, there is always something that will work.  Copics (or another alcohol ink marker) can be used to color lots of different kinds of embellishments — ribbon, pearls, rhinestones, ribbon roses, etc.  Try this with any white or clear embellishment.  Note that other alcohol ink markers will also work (Copic is my preference because of the beautiful, vibrant ink colors).  Some other examples are Spectrum Noir markers, Shin Han art markers, and Sharpie markers.  Yes, you read that right — Sharpie markers!  Sharpies will work, although I don’t like the result as well since the ink and the colors can be a little intense.  Please see the short video for information on how I added color to the various embellishments that I used on the card.

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I repeated the bunny card in a number of different color combinations to show you just how easy it is to change the look and match the embellishments.  The embellishments all began as white or clear, and were colored with various Copic markers.

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It is very difficult to have a ready supply of all of the “right” colors of ribbons and other embellishments.  I always keep plenty of “colorable” supplies on hand, and then purchase additional colors that I use frequently or are difficult to reproduce, etc.  You can also use your Copics to “tone down” a color of ribbon  that is too bright, etc. or to change the shade to just the right color.  Just experiment on a small-scale first to find the look that you like.  (Toning down the ribbon often involves using one of the gray markers rather than a color coordinating one.)

Assembling the card is also very easy.  Attach the patterned cardstock to the background layer (the one with the hole in the middle) using Scor-Tape.  Attach the embossed bunny oval to the scalloped oval using low dimensional adhesive.  Be sure to use some of the dimensional adhesive in the center too — sometimes an object this large will sag over time if there isn’t a little dimensional adhesive to support it.  Use Scor-Tape to attach the ovals to the patterned paper.  Attach the ribbon, bow and ribbon rose with Scor-Tape.  Add the pearls or rhinestones to the ribbon (if you use the “cheap” ones like me, you may need to glue them in place).  Mount the card front to an A2-sized card, and stamp a sentiment inside.  Done.  Easy peasey.

Supply list:

Die cutting machine — I used my Sizzix Big Shot

Oval dies — I used Spellbinders Nestabilities Large Classic Ovals and Small Big Scalloped Ovals

Darice “Easter Bunny” embossing folder

various cardstock

paper trimmer

white ribbon – I used May Arts 1/4″ sheer ribbon (white)

White ribbon roses

pearls – white or natural

rhinestones – clear (not the ones that are iridescent and shine in various colors — these don’t take the ink very well)

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

low dimensional adhesive

Assorted Memento ink — I used Toffee Crunch, Lulu Lavender, New Sprout, Cantaloupe

Darice craft marshmallows – small

Thanks and Happy Scrappin’!

Cheryl

MamaSaidShare@wordpress.com

 

Spellbinders 3D M-Bossabilities and Tim Holtz Distress Inks

Tuesday, February 18th, 2014

Hi Everyone, I can hardly believe that we have already celebrated Valentine’s day, the next holiday coming up is St. Patrick’s day, so I made a couple of St. Patrick’s day cards to share with you using Spellbinders 3D M-Bossabiities and Tim Holtz Distress inks.

Here is a list of the supplies that I used that you can find at the Cut-at-Home on line store.

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Heartfelt Creations Sun Kissed 12 x 12 Paper Collection SKU: HCDPI 233
Spellbinders 3D M-Bossabilities, Oval Accent SKU: E3D-017
Echo Park St. Patricks Day Mini Theme 12 x 12 Collection SKU: SW3905
Silhouette-America Emerald Rhinestones 16ss SKU: SILH-RHINE-GRN16
Tim Holtz Distress inks, Peeled Paint SKU: TIM20233, Pine Needles SKU: TIM21476 and Iced Spruce SKU: TIM32878
I also used a few items from my stash for this card.

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The first thing I did for both cards that I made was to emboss and ink the Spellbinder embossing folders that I used, the video below will walk you through the process.

After I finished the embossed backgrounds I was ready to make my cards. On the first card I decided to cut an oval from the Elegant Ovals die set, I used the second largest Oval for my card. I used my Big Shot to cut and emboss the oval, I used my tape runner and glued it to the center of the embossed oval, I wanted to use a shamrock in the middle of the card but I wanted some bling so I used my Silhouette Cameo to design a shamrock trimmed in rhinestones. I used a rhinestone setter to adhere the gems, the Silhouette gems are heat set gems and can be used with any setter. I also used a strip of coordinating paper and a buckle to dress the card up a little more. I also added a couple of stickers from thee sticker sheet that was included with the Mini thee paper kit. The card base is 5 X 7 which is the size of the embossing folder.
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I had so much fun making the first card I decided to make another one! Here is a list of thee supplies for the second card.
Heartfelt Creations Sun Kissed 12 x 12 Paper Collection SKU: HCDPI 233
Tim Holtz Distress inks in Peeled Paint SKU: TIM20233 and Evergreen Bough SKU: TIM32854
Spellbinders 3D M-Bossebilities Celtic Knot SKU: E3D-012
I also used Gold ink, washi tape and gems.
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The first thing I did on the second card was the background as demonstrated in the video. I used some gold ink on this card as well since It was being made for a 50th anniversary.
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I adhered my embossed piece to a 5 x 7 card base then sketched and cut a celtic knot and 4 shamrocks for the corners on my Silhouette Cameo. I also cut the heart and used the fill and print option that I shared with you in a previous video. For a finishing touch I added washi tape and gems.
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Both of these cards were fun to make, the possibilities are endless with this technique so give it a try and have some fun!
Till next week, Thanks and Happy Scrappin
Polly
pazasproductions.blogspot.com

Quick and Easy Halloween Treat Holders

Tuesday, October 15th, 2013

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Today I want to share a really fun project – quick and easy Halloween treat holders.   They are sure to be a hit with your favorite trick-or treaters.

I began by selecting some of my favorite circle and oval dies, as well as a some solid and patterned papers.  The dies I selected were Spellbinders petite scalloped circles, scalloped circles, picot-edged circles and pumpkin circles.  I also selected a set of My Favorite Things oval dies to make the taller pumpkins.

My first two pumpkins were made using Dried Marigold from the Tim Holtz Distress Core’dinations paper stack.  I cut two shapes each from the largest of the petite scalloped circle and oval dies.  Then I scored each piece at 1” using my Scor-Buddy by Scor-Pal.   I love how convenient and easy it is to use.   (Note that I use a stylus instead of the bone folder included with the Scor-Buddy.  I think the stylus is a little easier to use and gives a more crisp line.)  After I scored all 4 pieces, I selected two of the new Darice embossing folders — Flowers and Vines and Diamond Plate.  I used Flowers and Vines folder with the round shapes, and the Diamond Plate folder with the oval shapes.  To emboss, I placed the round or oval shape in the embossing folder up to the scored line, and ran it through my Cuttlebug.  (You do not want to emboss the entire shape – if you do, it likely won’t sit flat on a table.)  Sometimes it is easier to see the placement for the embossing folder, if you lightly fold the shape along the scored line.

There are a couple of different methods you can use to add dimension or interest to the embossed shapes.   The first is to ink the embossed areas with a marshmallow.  I used Tim Holtz Distress Tea Dye ink and a Darice Foamies marshmallow to add this dimension – use light pressure and the marshmallow will glide over the embossed area leaving just a touch of ink.  I used this technique on the round shapes.  The second technique is to sand the embossed area, leaving it slightly distressed.  I used this technique on the oval shapes.   Here is a close-up of the two treat boxes made with the Tim Holtz Distress Core’dinations solid papers.

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Of course you can also use patterned papers to make the treat box.  The patterned papers I used here are all by Authentique, most of them from the Thrilling Collection.  The patterned paper could be embossed with an embossing folder if you prefer, but the examples below are not embossed.  Here is a close-up photo of two of the treat boxes made with patterned paper.

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To assemble the treat boxes, you’ll fold the shapes along the scored line, and then add a piece of Scor-Tape to one of the scored flaps.  When you add the second shape from the opposite direction (right sides of both facing out), the two flaps will overlap, and the basic shape of the treat holder is formed.   You can see the steps to create the treat holders in this short video.

I used one of the leaves from the Spellbinders fall leaf set and Peeled Paint Core’dinations paper to cut leaves for the pumpkin shapes.  I cut the stems from a scrap of Vintage Photo Core’dinations paper.  The stems I cut were approximately 1” x ½”, and some of them I trimmed almost to a point (the point end was attached to the pumpkin).  I used a small piece of Scor-Tape to attach the leaves and the stems to the pumpkin shape.   The leaves and stems can be inked or sanded to add extra dimension or interest.

To finish the treat holders, I placed a small piece of Scor-Tape on the inside of one of the round or oval shapes.  I then removed the liner and pressed the wrong sides together.   I attached a small bow to the “front” of the treat holder as a decoration.  (As an alternative, you could punch holes in both of the round or oval shapes and use the ribbon to string them together.)

For me, the fun part was decorating.  I used some of the fun stickers that came with the Authentique Thrilling Collection, buttons from Dress It Up, and small black gemstones.  There are so many possibilities . . . google eyes and a silly mouth would be fun, and you could also add names, etc.  Of course don’t forget the important part – place treats inside the treat holders and watch your little trick-or-treaters’ faces light up.

Supply List:

Assorted circle and oval dies.  I used Spellbinders Scalloped Circles, Petite Scalloped Circles, Picot Edged Circles and Pumpkin Circles.   The oval dies I used were Oval Stax 1 by My Favorite Things.

Leaf die.  I used one of the leaves from the Spellbinders Fall Leaf set.

Embossing folders – I used Flowers and Vines and Diamond Plate by Darice.

Die cutting/embossing machine – I used my Cuttlebug.

Assorted Halloween papers.  The patterned papers I used were by Authentique.  Most of them were from the Thrilling Collection.  The solid papers were from the Tim Holtz Distress Core’dinations paper pad, including Tea Dye, Dried Marigold, Peeled Paint and Vintage Photo.

Tim Holtz Distress Inkpad – Tea Dye

Fine sanding paper

Assorted embellishments – I used buttons from “Dress It Up”, stickers from the Authentique Thrilling Collection, assorted ribbons, and black rhinestones.

Scoring board – I used the Scor-Buddy by Scor-Pal.

Adhesive – I used Scor-Tape by Scor-Pal.

 

Thanks and Happy Scrappin’!

Cheryl

Spellbinders 2013 Holiday Release!

Monday, July 8th, 2013

Okay ladies and gents, the CHA season is upon us and  Spellbinders 2013 Holiday Release is now showing in our Pre-Order section and we are taking pre-orders for these items!

You’ll find snowflakes, trees, reindeer and ornaments dies and M-Bossabilities that will enable you to create gorgeous cards and layouts to your hearts content!

Here’s just a sample of what you can see in the Spellbinders Holiday release:

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So, be sure to check out the rest of this fabulous release! Remember that pre-orders can NOT be combined with regular items and the coupon does not apply to these items.  If you choose to pre-order, you will be one of the first to receive these items once they are released. Whoo-hoo, I love this time of year!

Thanks & Happy Scrappin’!

Carrie

Getting Ready For Mother’s Day!

Tuesday, April 30th, 2013

It is the end of April already and we are busy getting ready for Mother’s Day! Our designers are getting projects made to give you ideas and we have tons of products available to help you with your projects or even give as gifts for mom.

If you don’t have anything specific in mind, you can go to our Mother’s Day category HERE to find items that are geared specifically toward mothers.

If you are looking for the latest products, look in NEW PRODUCTS under each of the main categories.

We have just brought on dies from Die-Versions and Cottage Cutz! Of course, Spellbinders, Sizzix and Quickutz are always popular gifts for the creative mom.

New stamps have just been released from JustRite Stampers and Heartfelt Creations!

Don’t forget that your crafty mom will need paper from DCWV, Graphic 45, Trimcraft, Authentique, & Bo Bunny.

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Embossing Folders from Provo Craft, Crafts Too, Darice & Sizzix.

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Value Pack Ribbon from American Crafts, and definitely don’t forget some beautiful Bling from Want2Scrap!

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Find these and many more name brands on our site.

If your mom is just getting into scrapbooking, or if you want to put together a quick album as a gift, Project Life by Becky Higgins is perfect! Project Life is a solution-based approach to scrapbooking that was created to simplify the process in order to allow you more time to enjoy life! It requires no glue, no scissors, no tools, and no skills of any kind. The design of these CORE kits takes the guess work out of layout design so that you can focus on recording your everyday moments through your photos and journaling.

Each Core Kit includes:

- 500 3×4 journaling cards (filler design printed on the back of each card)
- 40 Bi-fold Journaling Cards (when you have more time to write)
- 8 First Page Cards (4 cards are 4×6 + 4 cards are 3×4)
- 8 Last Page Cards (4 cards are 4×6 + 4 cards are 3×4)
- 60 4×6 Title Cards (for horizontal or vertical use)

NOTE: These contents are designed to be paired with Becky Higgins Photo Pocket Pages.

There is just so much to choose from! I’d better get shopping for some fun things for my mom.  She loves to scrapbook!

Remember to shop early as we may be waiting for some items to arrive from manufacturers.  We normally ask that customers allow 2-14 days for shipping, however, we ship orders as quickly as possible. If we have everything on shelf, we ship within 24-48 business hours! We fill orders in the order in which they are received.

Thanks and Happy Scrappin’!

Carrie

Darice Embossing Folders Organizer Storage Solution!

Wednesday, April 24th, 2013

I always have an eye out for organization tips, so I completely flipped over the Darice Embossing Folders Organizer storage solution for the many embossing folders that I have acquired! It is awesome! I bought one, then turned right around and ordered 3 more!

The Darice Embossing Folders Organizer retails for $19.99, but our everyday low price is $17.39!

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Simply said, I love it! You can see 8 folders at a time and they are secured under clear plastic so you can see the whole design on the folder. Made of Black Nylon, it holds up to 40 folders and has a zip around closer. Now instead of thumbing through a bin or basket, I can open the folder and easily see what I have! I am thinking I will store some of my nesting dies in one of these as well, so I bought some magnetic sheeting, which I cut into quarters and will put my dies on that. They fit perfectly!

We all have different ways of storing our beloved craft supplies, so this may or may not work for you, BUT if you are looking for a better storage solution, then this is most definitely worth a try!

For a better look at the Embossing Folder Organizer, I have included this video which will give you an inside view!

Thanks and Happy Scrappin’!
Carrie

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