Jul 102017

I’m going to give you a quick little tutorial on how to do the out of the box die cutting technique; something that I find myself using quite a bit. Here’s what you need for this technique:
• an image (I used “Feline Friendly“)
• ink
• a die
• scissors
• pencil
• washi tape or similar low tack tape (I forgot to put it in the picture)


This technique works really well for large images (ones that are too big to fit in your die) and needs to have a part or parts of the image that hangs outside the width of the die.


Line up the die around your image where you want it and lightly trace along both sides of the die around the part of the image that falls outside of the die. For my card, it is along the sides of the die just around the cat’s tail. In the next photo you can see where I drew the lines:


Take your scissors, and carefully cut along the IMAGE lines just until you have cut in far enough to be able to pop the piece up over your die (you’ll see what I mean in the next photo). I drew light arrow lines to show how far in I cut.


Slide your die under the cut out part of the image until it lines up between the two lines you traced before and tape it in place so it doesn’t move. You can see how the cat’s tail is up on top of the die.


Run it through your die cutting machine like normal. You can see that my die cut is smaller than the die; I ran it through a second time after adjusting it because I didn’t want all that white space at the bottom.


Carefully and thoroughly erase any pencil lines and smooth the cut out portion down so you can’t see the cuts.


And here is my finished card:


I just love how his little tail is hanging out over the edge; I really think it adds to the cuteness. For my sentiment I used “Friends Make . . .“.

Thanks for stopping by!

~ Heather

May 152017

It’s my turn to post a Project of the Week for The House That Stamps Built. Paper piecing is not a new technique by any means, but I thought I would share a few hints and tips that I like to use.

Here’s what you need:
– your image
– card stock and patterned paper
– scissors (I like to use these scissors with little tiny blades, it helps maneuver around the image better) and I also used a craft knife for the little details
– a black marker
– ink


Stamp your image on your card stock and then again on the patterned paper. This is a great way to use up some scraps; but I do like to use a pattern that I also use on the rest of the card.


Cut out the part of the image you want to use from the patterned paper and color your image stamped on the card stock. Here’s one of the tips: use a marker similar to your patterned paper to color around the edges of the part you will be covering up. It helps just in case you didn’t cut exactly right. I also like to take the black marker and ink around the edges of the cut out piece. This helps eliminate any white edges and again helps if you haven’t cut it perfectly.


Then adhere you patterned paper piece onto your main piece.


I cut out the entire image and adhered it to my card.


I hope this encourages you to use the paper piecing technique, and hopefully my tips help a little bit. Thanks for stopping by!

~ Heather

Stamps: Repeat Impressions “9302-P, Cupcakes” and “1113-D, Birthday
Dies: MFT “Blueprints 13”

Mar 202017

Today is my day to share a Project of the Week for The House That Stamps Built. Do any of you have a pile of scraps that look like this?


Well, I do, so my project focuses on using up some of those scraps. I start by cutting pairs of 1/2 inch strips, making sure I have at least two of each pattern. I cut a base of scrap cardstock a little bit bigger than an A2 size panel. As you can see, it doesn’t even have to be a full square. Then I butt two strips together and adhere them on the backside with a strip of tape, so they stay together.


I use spray adhesive on my base panel, but you could probably use your favorite adhesive. The hardest part is lining up the center piece, but once you’ve got that the rest is really easy. I just lay the next two coordinating pieces right in the “v” (or around the “v” when doing the lower portion).


After I have filled up the base card with strips, I use a stitched rectangle die to trim it down to fit on an A2 card.


And here’s what it looks like:


I like to make tags using the small strips. I just line them up horizontally instead of in the “v” pattern. I use the same process as the card; I cut my tag shape first, apply spray adhesive and layer the paper strips. Then I trim the ends off with my scissors to match the shape of the tag.


And this is what my scrap pile looks like afterwards. The pile in the lower right are scraps even I will consider too small to save. The upper right will probably be made into another tag eventually, and then I have some larger scraps to keep working on.


Here are the card panel and the two tags.


And here they are all finished up. Gorgeous, huh?


I raided my bits and pieces stash for almost all of the additional pieces. The floral oval and two of the blue flowers where in the stash; I did have to stamp a third to finish it off.


The ribbon, vellum oval, die cut sentiment, flower and leaf sprig were all in the stash.


The ribbon, circle, flower and leaf were all in the stash. So not only did I use up some paper scraps, I also used up a bunch of items that had been made for previous projects and just didn’t get used.


Stamps: Repeat Impressions: “Daisy Solid, sm” and “Happy Birthday
Dies: MFT “Blueprints 13” stitched rectangle; Spellbinders “Floral Ovals”
Tag 1:
Stamps: Repeat Impressions: “Daisy Solid, sm
Dies: MFT “Blueprints 13” tag; Spellbinders “Classic Ovals, large”; Verve “Sprightly Sprigs”; MFT “Smartphone” hello
Tag 2:
Stamps: Repeat Impressions: “Daisy Solid, sm“, “Leaf Outline, lg” and “Happy Birthday
Dies: MFT “Blueprints 13” tag; Spellbinders “Classic Circles, large”

~ Heather

Jan 232017

Today is my day to post a Project of the Week here at The House That Stamps Built blog. Pierced dies are really popular right now and I’d love to have them ALL!! But, if you’re like me and can’t spend all that money, I’m going to show you how you can get the look with dies you already own.

What you will need:
Dies (they need to be open on the inside like the ones I used from Spellbinders)
A piercing tool (I used my multi tool from Spellbinders, but I also have a regular piercing tool. You could probably also use a straight pin.)
Some kind of mat to protect your work surface
Stamps (I used Repeat Impressions515-L, Strawberries” and “8602-E, Smile“)


Cut out your card stock with the die and leave it IN the die. Using the piercing tool, pierce the card stock right along the edge of the die.


Continue piercing right along the inside edge of the die. I space mine out about 1/8 inch, but you could do it a little farther apart if you’d like. I don’t measure, just eyeball it; no one will be able to tell if it’s not exactly even.


Here’s what it looks like once I pierced all the way around and removed the die:


A perfectly pierced die cut circle! You can do this with any shaped die as long as it is open in the middle. I hope you will give it a try. Here’s my finished card: