My Life Scripture

Philippians 4:4-7 (ESV English Standard Version) Holy Bible
Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, Rejoice. Let the reasonableness be known to everyone. The Lord is at hand; do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds through Christ Jesus.

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

"Caged Bird" Cards--Tim Holtz Alterations Cutting Die

"Caged Bird" Cutting Die by Tim Holtz Alterations
This is the thick cutting die by Sizzix.  I use the following 'sandwich' in the Cuttlebug
B Plate
Die with cutting edge turned up (the picture shows the cutting edge facing down)
Project paper
B Plate
Click the link for more information and tutorial for using thick and thin cutting dies
Card measures 4 1/4 inches x 5 inches
Card base is from a box of 80 blank card/envelopes from Michaels Craft Store
The jeweled square and clear jewels are by Recollections
Twine, ribbon, and red textured cardstock complete the card.
Card measures 4 1/4 inches x 5 inches
Card base is from a box of 80 blank card/envelopes from Michaels Craft Store
Added the bird from the die.  The bird was cut in yellow and colored with markers.
The 3-D flower is from a set of cutting dies by Cuttlebug "Flower Strips"
The green leaves are from a set of Spellbinders cutting dies "Foliage"
Card measures 4 1/4 inches x 5 inches
Card base is from a box of 80 blank card/envelopes from Michaels Craft Store
Bird is cut from 3 different colors of paper, then trimmed to create all layers.
The flowers is another one from the Cuttlebug "Flower Strips"
The green leaves are from a Sizzix cutting die "Branches with Leaves"
Cuttlebug "Flower Strips" ( 2 pieces)
Spellbinders thin cutting dies "Foliage"

Monday, April 28, 2014

Spellbinders Gazebo Cutting Die--"Down by the Pond"

Spellbinders Gazebo Cutting Die
The white gazebo was cut using the Cuttlebug 
a mechanical die cutting machine from ProvoCraft
"Sandwich" used...
A Plate
2 thin cardboard shims
C Plate
Cutting die with sharp edges turn up
Waxed paper
Paper used for project (front side facing the die)
B Plate
First card using the Gazebo cutting die.
Card measures 4 1/4 inches x 5 1/2 inches.
The background is created using torn paper.
The embellishments are assorted flowers and butterfly by JoLee.
The second card is larger and has a great deal more detail.
I made the background by tearing paper and inking the edges.
I crumpled the mountains and clouds, then inked the paper.
The paper layers are extended beyond the edges of the card base.
I will trim off the extra when the background is finished.
The trees are cut from a Cuttlebug cutting die "Pine Trees"
This die is no longer available on the Cuttlebug site.  I think it has been "retired".
The gazebo is bright white.  I am using the clouds to balance the impact of the gazebo on the card.
I added "water" with a strip of light blue paper.  
This will help reduce the white of the gazebo, too.
The edges have been cut away.
This defines the area I have to work with when I add the gazebo.
The card measures 5 inches x 7 inches.
To add depth to the card front, I put double sided foam tape on the bottom image.
The second image was positioned on top.
The gazebo is placed on the card front and adhered with liquid glue.
Completed card!
It was fun selecting the flowers and birds to complete the scene!
The flowers are embellishments by JoLee.
A large selection of these embellishments were on the clearance shelves at
Michaels Craft Store.
The birds in flight are from a paper punch by Martha Stewart's collection

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Thursday, April 24, 2014

Window Cards using Spellbinders "Decorative Windows"

Spellbinders has two window frame dies that cut beautifully in the Cuttlebug!  These dies are designed to be used with stamps created by Heartfelt Creations.  For more information, click the link to the Heartfelt Creations website...
The thin metal dies can be used in the Cuttlebug by using this sandwich...
A Plate
2 pieces of thin cardstock as shims (this will vary according to each machine)
C Plate
Metal die with sharp edges pointing up
Waxed paper to cover die
Cardstock or desired paper
B Plate
The window has been cut.  The photo shows the waxed paper as it is peeled from the image.  The waxed paper aids in cutting and releasing the paper from the die.
This is a free-hand scene that was created to appear in the window.  There are two windows that have been adhered with foam tape to give dimension.

When using the window dies, I like for the edges to be clear so that the background of the card base shows.  I only want the 'window' part to show what is outside.
Here is the way that I create the background for the window.
Step 1--Turn the image over, and draw around the inside edges of the 'window' on a piece of heavy cardstock.
Step 2--Cut outside the drawn edges.  Leave enough space for a line of liquid glue.  This is the part that will be hidden on the window image.  There isn't much room, so make the cut edges as narrow as possible.
Step 3--This photo shows the pattern that I just cut out.  I will keep this for future use.
Important....Turn the pattern to the right side and cut out the background from the paper of your choice.  I am using a light blue for the sky.  Put a line of liquid glue along the edges of the background.  The metal tip that you see was purchased from Heartfelt Creations.  The tip is very small and useful on many projects.

The glue, Art Glitter Designer Adhesive, and tip are sold separately.  The products are pricey, but worth every cent!  Follow the link for more information...
Step 4--Line up the image on the background and press down.  The blue background shows, leaving the edges clear!!  But what about the 'scene'???  Ok, let's backup a little...
I am not an artist, but I do like to create!
I used VersaMagic Multi-surface Chalk Ink and 'smeared' the background into existence!
Spanish Olive Green for the grass and leaves on the tree.
Aegean Blue for the mountains.
Thatched Straw for the sun.
Gingerbread for the tree trunk.
I put a thin line of glue on the background, lined the 'window' over the scene and adhered the window down.  Then added foam tape to a second window and adhered it on top of the first window.
Completed card!
Measures 4 1/4 inches x 5 1/2 inches

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Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Cuttlebug Inventory and Storage Tips!

I am blessed to have an extensive collection of cutting dies and embossing folders.  
The only mechanical die cutting machine that I use is the "Cuttlebug" by Provocraft.
Cuttlebug!

Having such a large collection of dies and folders caused a problem of not knowing what I have.  I found myself constantly looking through my dies and folders and never finding just the right image that I wanted or needed.  A storage system and inventory guide was necessary to help get the best use of my collection.  I didn't want to spend more money for a storage system, so I began searching through my craft room for a solution.
The two drawer storage unit was purchased at Staples from the clearance department.  The little cabinet is made from a strong, heavy duty product that has withstood the passage of time and use.  Using the ArtBin magnetic case and sheets was the answer to the thin dies such as Spellbinders.
Dividers were made for each die/folder.  The dividers are the front of envelopes that are labeled with the name of the die/folder.  The envelopes are in alphabetical order.  I wrote a large letter in the center of each envelope divider for easy location.
This picture shows both drawers open and example of the envelope divider.  I labeled the dies/folders, too.  I had to buy a new labeling machine!  Should have bought "stock" in the label tape as well!!!
The ArtBin magnet sheet case is used to hold assorted thin metal dies.
There are 18 sheets in the box at the present time.  I lay the dies on the sheets, draw around the dies with a marker, and label each one.

At this point, I have a way to store dies/embossing folders, BUT, I still need a way to remember what I have!
I created an inventory book of all the embossing folder.  The front and back covers are made with decorated and labeled chipboard.  The front and back covers are held in place with 0-rings.  This allows extra pages to be added as needed.
A sheet of cardstock was embossed with each of the folders.  I swiped a dye ink pad over the design for easy viewing.  The samples are labeled and put into plastic photo sheets.  The sheets are added to the 0-rings.

I can now look through the booklet, see the folder that I want/need, then go to the cabinet and find the folder.  The folders are in the cabinet in alphabetical order, which makes finding the correct folder quick and easy!!
Cutting dies are in this little journal that I found at Michael's Craft Store.
A sample of each image was made, glued to the pages, and labeled.
The journal contains approx. 55 pages.  I used front and back of the pages and had plenty of room for all the dies and space to add more!
The dies are in alphabetical order in the cabinet!
Quick and easy to find!


Tip--When using a particular die, take time to cuts multiple colors!
I have a collection of the pieces to use on projects as needed/wanted!


Card measures 4 1/4 inches x 5 inches.
"Flower Pot" cutting die from Provocraft
"Butterfly paper" punch from Martha Stewart
Blue layer "Deckeled Rectangle"


See more tips, techniques, and projects by clicking the link...
All things Cuttlebug! Collection of tips, techniques, and projects

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Thursday, April 10, 2014

Wallet Cards! What shall I do with them?

I know! I'll make greeting cards!

Wallet cards are designed for people that need comfort, inspiration, or any reason!
The little cards measure 3 1/2 inches x 2 1/4 inches (approx).  They are usually laminated and can be purchased in the stationery department.  Because of the trademark on the wallet cards, I can't sell the cards I make.  
I need some personal greeting cards to send and give away!
These are the wallet cards that I haven't made into greeting cards....yet!
My friend, Ann, is moving to a new house.  While cleaning out the old house, she found a large stash of wallet cards.  She gave me her large collection!  I immediately thought of making cards!
Cards measure 4 1/4 inches x 5 1/2 inches (folded)
My goal is to create cards that do not have thick or bulky embellishments.  
I want to send the cards with regular postage
Inside of the card has been left blank.  A sentiment can be added later.
These cards are made using a set of solid colored and patterned cards and envelopes that I purchased at 
Michael's Craft Store.
There are multiples of some cards.  I did not duplicate the cards.
The bird and button are punched paper embellishments.
 
Three sweet puppies!  Perfect for a friend with a furbaby!
Paper button punch by Martha Stewart.
 
Smaller cards measure 3 1/2 inches x 5 inches (folded)
Paper butterfly punch by Martha Stewart. 'Star' border punch is "An American Girl" brand
 
Another collection of small cards!
The flower embellishments are from JoLee that I found on clearance in Michael's Craft Store.
Scalloped oval is a Sizzix cutting die
 
Two more cards!
 
Most of the wallet cards are one-sided.  There are several cards that are double-sided.  To see the back side of the wallet card, I used a piece of clear plastic for the card front.  The wallet card is adhered with glue dots.

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Have a terrific Thursday and wonderful weekend!