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Tim Holtz Distress Marker Spritzer Resist Technique

Monday, April 28th, 2014

This week I wanted to try something new. I used the Tim Holtz Distress Marker Spritzer and a resist technique. I also needed to make a sympathy card, which I have always thought was a challenge. So I tackled both of them!

Here is a list of products that I used that can be found on the Cut at Home website.
Tim Holtz Distress Marker Spritzer tool – SKU: TDA39730
Spellbinders Feather Dies – SKU: S4-428
Spellbinders In’Spire Bird Banner – SKU: IN-002
Tim Holtz Distrss Ink Pad, Vintage Photo – SKU: TIM19527
Silhouette America, Silhouette Cameo – SKU: SILHOUETTE-CAMEO-3T

I also used the following supplies from my stash. Heidi Swapp spray stencil, Tim Holtz distress markers in vintage photo and crushed olive, Whimsy Stamps Sympathy Noteables stamps and die, Recollections ribbon, American Crafts twine, BoBunny double dot card stock, green and white card stock and decoupage medium.

I cut a 10 x 7 piece of card stock, I scored it at 5 inches to make a 5 x 7 card base. Using the stencil andd the decoupage I prepared the surface for the spritzer.

The video explains how I got the results that I did, after I applied the technique to the masked section I cut it 4″ x 6″, then I cut a piece of brown cardstock 4 1/2″ x 6 1/2″. I also cut two feathers and the bird banner, which I used the distress marker tool on as well, I also inked the edges off those pieces. I stamped and cut out my sentiment out. I cut a piece of ribbon and adhered it to the bottom of the masked piece, then i adhered my other images and added the twine. I gathered the twne where the feathers were adhered.

Here is my finished card:

Finally I added some text to the inside of my card using my Silhouette Cameo and my ink jet printer. Anyone that has the Silhouette can use it to print and cut. This is one of my favorite features on the Silhouette, I did a previous video showing this technique. Here is the link to the video if you missed it.

Even though I struggle with making sympathy cards, I was very happy with the results and how the card turned out! I hope that you enjoyed my project and hope that you give this technique a try!

Till next week, Thanks and Happy Scrappin.


Magnolia CHA 2014 Booth!

Thursday, January 23rd, 2014

For those of you who are Tilda and Edwin fans, you will go nuts over what I have to show you in the Magnolia CHA 2014 booth! Their designers are incredible with making elaborately elegant creations with the simply cute designs of Tilda and Edwin. I am in awe! The images will be available for order on our website as soon as we get the okay to make them available, so keep an eye out!

I will just let the video speak for itself and I hope that you will forgive me for a few spots where I was slightly out of focus. My apologies.

Thanks for watching! I hope you enjoyed what you saw on display. There was more, but I just didn’t have the time to show you everything, as much as I would have liked to.

Thanks and Happy Scrappin’!

Floral Key Mini Album

Thursday, January 23rd, 2014

Floral Key Mini-033


Today I want to share a mini album I’ve made using Heartfelt Creations Floral Key Collection.  I’ve bound this album with a ring binding using my Cinch and used medium weight chipboard for the front and back covers.  The outside measures 5.5″x6″ and the five inside pages (not including the tabs) measure 5.25″ square.  On the cover I fussy cut an oval from the paper and recut the flowers and leaves across the bottom.  I glued the additional flowers only on the outside edge which left a nice pocket to stick the tags in your see here.  Two of my friends kindly shared some of their EBAY metal purchases which I’ve used to accent the papers here.  The pearl oval band actually came as an afterthought.  I had wanted to outline the oval with a bead of Glossy Accents but after it dried I wasn’t happy with it, you know how that is.  The joy of crafting though is that you can add another layer to change it up, thus the addition of the pearls.

Floral Key Mini-001

The five inside pages came in a RAK and are from the dollar bins at Michaels.  They originally were white with 3 holes along the one side for binding.  I don’t care for albums bound with single rings so I cut about 1/2″ off the side and bottom of the pages, covered them all with papers from the collection and then inked the edges heavily with Tim Holtz Walnut Stain Distress Ink. Now mind you when you have shaped edges this way you do have to use a little extra energy around the curves.  In my stash of tools I have an old set of files which worked perfectly around the curves.

Floral Key Mini-004

Floral Key Mini-010

Here’s the first and last pages of the mini.  You can see I’ve added some flowers cut from the Sizzix Flower Layers die, a brad over the door knob on the page on the far right (this added great depth and interest).  I also fussy cut from the paper and popped up some of the flowers, the corner stopper and key hole (you’ll be able to see them much better in the video).  All of the mats are backed with camel colored cardstock, inked around the edges and overlayed lightly with some of the stamps from the Floral Key Collection.

Floral Key Mini-015  Floral Key Mini-020 Floral Key Mini-021

There are lots of inserts for added photos and journaling, I counted spots for at least 47 and you could easily add more tags to accommodate more photos.   I did use some matte medium over the corner pockets I made.  I find when I’m making places that tags will be taken in and out of repeatedly it helps to add a few coats for extra stability.  As you watch the video you’ll see where I used the Sizzix Doily die to create two matching frames (on corresponding pages) for photos to slip behind.  I backed these with acetate that is actually discarded packaging material.  Also notice the popped up metal pieces, the heart and key, that were placed over the printed ones on these two pages.  I loved how the paper became dimensional with the metal charms.

Well I hope I’ve inspired you to create a mini for yourself.  This is a beautiful paper collection that lends itself well to albums and cards.  There are just so many possibilities for your pages by either cutting the mats provided or fussy cutting elements from the paper for bits and bobs throughout.

Thanks and happy scrappin’!


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Supplies from the Store:

HCDP1 238:  Heartfelt Creations Floral Key 12×12 Paper Collection

HCPC 3573: Heartfelt Creations Burnished Key Hole Stamp Set

HCPC 3572: Heartfelt Creations Floral Keys & Locket Stamp Set

HCPC 3574: Heartfelt Creations Journey of Love Keys Stamp Set

HCPC 3571: Heartfelt Creations Keys & Roses Stamp Set

658229: Sizzix Flower Layers w/Leaf die

S4-113: Spellbinders Classic Scalloped Ovals Small

658910: Sizzix Doily, Jewel Heart die

657900: Sizzix Big Shot

Supplies from my stash: Glossy Accents, Aleene’s Tacky Glue, ATG double side tape, metal embellishments, Petaloo brads, camel cardstock, ribbon, Wink of Stella-clear, pop up dimensionals, Basic Grey magnets

Quick Holiday Cards

Thursday, December 19th, 2013

joy  candy cane

poinsettia holly  seasons greet


We’re very near Christmas, so I wanted to share some Quick Holiday Cards.  Several of the cards feature stamps from the beautiful Heartfelt CreationsSeason of Joy” collection, and most use a background stamp.

Background stamps and other large stamps used to make me “cringe” because I often had trouble getting the stamp to work consistently and give a nice clear image.   I’ve learned two methods that help with background stamps (or other large stamps), and I want to share those with you today.  The first method is to use a “Mega Mount” acrylic block by Impression Obsession.  This is a large clear stamping block with a handle.  It has a very gentle curve on it, and really helps to facilitate stamping.  To use it, you adhere your clear or cling stamp to the Mega Mount, and then be sure to cover the stamp fully with ink.   This can be another problem in using large stamps — it is very important to keep checking and adding ink until all parts of the stamp appear “wet”.  Then you turn over the Mega Mount and begin stamping at one end of your image, following the gentle curve of the block to the other end.  You want to apply a firm consistent pressure, and this is usually easiest if you stand.  Don’t rock the mega mount back and forth as this might result in a double-stamped image.  One pass is sufficient if you keep the firm, even pressure.

The second background stamp technique is a brayer technique.  Here you’ll place the cling or clear stamp on a large flat stamp block (if you don’t have a large enough stamp block, you can use one of the cutting plates from your Sizzix or Cuttlebug or Grand Calibur.  The acrylic block should be placed on a flat, solid surface like a counter top or table.  (Some people even feel comfortable placing the stamp face up on a work table with no block underneath.)  The second step is to ink the stamp.  Again you’ll want to be careful to add plenty of ink.  Next, you’ll lay the paper you want to stamp face down on the inked surface.  You can run a brayer over the paper, or run your fingers over the back of the paper — either with a firm, even pressure.  The key is to make sure that the paper doesn’t move, so you have to hold it firmly in place with one hand while you use the brayer or your fingers to transfer the image.

I usually am able to get a good impression with large wood-mounted background stamps.  (If you have problems, you can use the brayer technique described above.)  I do have a problem lifting the stamp without dropping it, and spoiling the stamped image.  To prevent this, I add a “handle” to the large wood mount stamp.  This is done with packing or shipping tape.  You’ll start the tape at one end of the wood stamp and run it to the center.   Fold over the tape there to create a handle, and then run the tape to the other end.  The tape handle is secure and you can use it to lift your stamp off of the stamped image — much easier than trying to get a good grip on a large stamp.  Please see this short video for a demonstration of the two background stamp techniques and the stamp handle.

joy  joy closeup

I began this card by stamping a snowflake background by Our Daily Bread in a very light blue ink (Memento Summer Sky).  Next, I stamped a few larger snowflakes over the top of the background to add some dimension.  The larger snowflakes are a stamp by Impression Obsession, and are stamped in Memento Danube Blue ink.  (This technique shows very well on the card, but is somewhat hard to photograph.  I tried to zoom in a little with the corner photo to try to capture an image of the light blue background.)   I also stamped the featured quote (stamp by Impression Obsession) in Danube Blue ink.  I chose a coordinating blue paper, and cut a 4.25” x 5.5” piece for the background, and a 2.75” x 3.75” piece to frame the sentiment.  I trimmed the snowflake background to 3-7/8” x 5-1/8”, and the sentiment to 2.5” x 3.5”.  I added a little 3/8” white velvet ribbon along the left side and bottom of the snowflake background paper, and then attached the background paper.  I attached the sentiment to the smaller piece of blue background paper using Scor-Tape, and then to the snowflake background using dimensional adhesive.  To finish, I added a silver snowflake (cut from a piece of May Arts satin cutouts ribbon), and a blue rhinestone in the center.

candy cane

I began this card by stamping the “Christmas Story” background by Penny Black using Black Versafine ink on red paper. Then I used two stamps from the Heartfelt Creations “Season of Joy” collection – Striped Candy Cane and Christmas Poinsettia.  I used Versafine Smokey Gray ink to stamp these to keep the images soft.  I colored the candy cane image using colored pencils, and also colored three of the smaller poinsettias (you can select the right sizes based on the size of the poinsettia in the center of the candy canes).   I hand cut the candy canes.  The poinsettias can be hand cut or cut using a die (a Spellbinders die made for Heartfelt Creations, called “Sun Kissed Fleur”.  To assemble the card, I cut a piece of black background paper 4.25” x 5.5”.  I trimmed the stamped background paper to 4” x 5.25”, and attached the candy canes to it.  I ran a narrow white satin ribbon across this layer, and added a bow slightly off-center, just beneath the poinsettia.  I then attached the top layer to the black base.  To finish the card, I added the top poinsettia layers, and curved the edges of the petals slightly to give the flower a little dimension.

poinsettia holly

This card also features stamps from the Heartfelt Creations “Season of Joy” collection.  I used Christmas Poinsettia and Delicate Holly Swirls.  I stamped the poinsettia with Versafine Smokey Gray ink, and the holly with Memento Northern Pine ink.  I colored the three largest poinsettia images using Faber Castell Pitt pastel pencils, and I also colored the largest leaf set.  I cut these out using the Spellbinders Sun Kissed Fleur die.  I hand cut two of the holly images, and colored the leaves using colored pencil.  My background papers for this project were both hand-made papers (by Jolees).  The gold is cut to 4.25” x 5.5”, and the red is cut to 3-7/8” x 5-1/8”.  I placed the two holly pieces on the paper first (they kind of “lock” together in the center), and then placed the poinsettia on top.  I added red rhinestones to the holly to represent berries – it doesn’t show well in the photo, but I actually used two different colors of rhinestones to add some interest.  Finally, I built the poinsettia by alternating the three layers of petals and then adding the leaves.  I used yellow rhinestones to enhance the center of the poinsettia.  Then I curved the edges of the petals slightly to give the flower some dimension, and I used a small piece of Scor-Tape to attach the poinsettia to the card front.

seasons greet

I began this card by stamping the background using an Our Daily Bread poinsettia background stamp.  It is stamped with Crimson Versafine ink on kraft paper.  I cut the sentiment from a set of holiday words from Die-Versions called “Holiday 1 Complements”.  The poinsettia is cut using the Blooming Poinsettia die from Poppy Stamps.  To assemble the card, I cut a background piece of deep red paper 4.25” x 5.5”.  I trimmed the background poinsettia kraft paper to 3-7/8” x 5-1/8”, and attached the red mesh ribbon.  I used Scor-Tape to adhere the poinsettia layer to the deep red background.  I attached the “Seasons Greetings” using “Sticky Dots” by Therm-o-Web.  I built the poinsettia, attaching the various layers with a glue dot, and curving the edges of the petal slightly to give some dimension.  I finished with a small red rhinestone in the center.  I attached it to the card front using a small piece of Scor-Tape.


Supply List

Heartfelt Creations stamps – Striped Candy Cane, Christmas Poinsettia, Delicate Holly Swirls

Impression Obsession Stamps – Joy to the World, Crochet Snowflake 2

Our Daily Bread Stamps – poinsettia background, snowflake background

Spellbinders / Heartfelt Creations – Sun Kissed Fleur Die

Poinsettia die – I used Poppy Stamps Blooming Poinsettia

Colored pencils / Faber Castell Pitt pastel pencils

Ink – I used Versafine black and crimson; and Memento Summer Sky, Blue Danube and Northern Pine

Miscellaneous ribbon and rhinestones

Assorted cardstock 

Scor-Tape by Scor-Pal

Glue dots

Sticky dots by Therm-o-Web


Thanks and Happy Scrappin’!


Heartfelt Creations Christmas Card Collection!

Wednesday, August 14th, 2013

It is already the second week in August, which means Heartfelt Creations Christmas Card Collection release! This collection is really exciting and you will soon see why.

The Christmas Card paper pad has 76 card fronts that will enable you to create quick and easy Christmas cards that are embellished or simple- you pick! This paper pack is a fantastic solution for getting the most beautiful cards for the least amount of time. If you don’t need one side, flip it over and use the other side! The coloring is done for you. There are many panels for utmost variety and the best selection. The stamps and dies released with this collection are absolutely festive and ornamental. The gorgeous type and frames will help you create the most beautiful Christmas project your friends have ever seen!

You will see how lovely this collection is when you see these examples from the design team at H.C. To see more examples, click HERE to visit their blog.

HC 1

HC 2











HC 3

HC 4










HC 5

HC 8











HC 6

HC 7













We have included 2 videos this time. The first will give you a closer look at the products and in the second, Emma Lou will explain what you can do with the products.  This collection is FABULOUS for beginner to advanced card maker and scrapbooker alike! They have literally given you the project. You can either choose to dress it up or not. Seriously-you just can’t ask for more.

I hope you’ve enjoyed the Christmas Card Collection from Heartfelt Creations! Time to get those holiday cards made now.

Thanks & Happy Scrappin’!


Huge Labor Day Sale Aug. 31-Sept. 3!

Thursday, August 30th, 2012

Every body loves a sale and we are having a huge Labor Day Sale Aug. 31- Sept. 3!  Hundreds of items have been marked down, so you won’t want to miss out! These are fantastic prices that will enable you to get those items you have been longing for!

Now, I know the men will be hitting the home improvement stores for the tools they need, so ladies, now is your chance to shop for the tools you NEED for scrapbooking and card making at reduced prices! Whoo-hoo! Let’s go shopping!

We offer slashed prices on dies, stamps, paper, bling, design cards, embossing folders and accessories from many manufacturers like:

Quickutz        Spellbinders        Heartfelt Creations         JustRite Stampers       Tim Holtz       Hero Arts     

DCWV      Making Memories     Provo Craft Cuttlebug      My Min’s Eye      Want2Scrap    Sizzix

I can’t even begin to name everything there is in the sale! You will have to check it out for yourself. Remember, you don’t have to get dressed or put on your makeup to catch our sale-BONUS! It’s come as you are and don’t wait. Some of these items are available WHILE SUPPLIES LAST!

Thanks and Happy Scrappin’!



SpellbindersQuickutzProvoCraftScore-PalSizzixGraphic 45Die Cuts With A ViewMy Minds EyeHeartfelt CreationsJustRite Stampers