Bonus Tutorial from Cut@Home Design Team Member Karen Nofziger and a Give Away!

This week we have a bonus tutorial for you, brought to you by one of Cut At Home‘s designers Karen Nofziger. Before we show you Karen’s project, let’s get to know her a little bit more…

Cut At Home Designer – Karen Nofziger

KarenNofzigerProfilePic-250WI’m a California girl, through and through. Like…totally. Born in Southern California, my family moved to Northern California when I was 9.  I love it here. I’m a second-time-around-happily married mother of four boys. Two are mine; two are his. They are all 20 and 21 (set of twins in there).  They make life crazy and wonderful, and I’m super proud of them. My hubby and I grew up around the corner from each other, but we never met until we were in our 40’s on an online dating site. When we married, our boys were all pre-teens and living with us full-time. Yes, we’re nuts! They are turning into such fabulous men; I couldn’t be prouder of my family. I started scrapbooking when my oldest was born, and I’ve been hooked on paper crafts since then. I craft mostly cards, but I’m also an avid scrapbooker and have dabbled in mixed media, altered art and home décor. During the day, I manage the arts departments at a local university.  That can be super stressful, but all that stress melts away when I have paper and scissors in my hands!

Heartfelt Creations Classic Sunflower Collection

When I was at CHA recently, I saw a lot of craft companies with their products being displayed by plastic easels.  I decided I needed to make my own easel.  I tore the back off of a 12×12 paper pad and cut it in half twice.  I tied two of the resulting 6×6 chipboard pieces with Timeless Twine and covered them with paper from the Heartfelt Creations Classic Sunflower collection paper.  On the front, I added a 1.5″ border to the bottom with a different paper and only adhered it on three sides with Angel Craft Tape to create a pocket.  At the very bottom of this pocket is a small piece of chipboard, so that my photos will have something to rest on.  On the back, I added another larger pocket.  The top is stuck together with a “table tent” adhered again with that wonderful super sticky Angel Craft Tape.

I created two sunflowers using stamps and dies from the Heartfelt Creations Classic Sunflower collection.  To create these, I stamped and then cut them with my Big Shot.  I spritzed water on them and then crinkled up the leaves of the flowers.  Once dried, I distressed them a little with Tim Holtz Tea Dye ink and layered them up.  The centers are a little bit of brown glitter flower soft.  I added some lace and ribbon, and then put the sunflowers on the frame.  The top sunflower is adhered with a small piece of chipboard.

I created a couple small lay-outs to exchange out in my frame.  I love how the lay-outs match the frame, so that it really has a coherent feel.  The back pocket is to keep my lay-outs with my frame.





My video includes instructions for completing a similar card.

I hope you enjoyed my project as much as I enjoyed making it!


Heartfelt Creations – Classic Sunflower 12×12 pad
Heartfelt Creations – Classic Sunflower stamp and dies
Angel Craft Tape
3 Girl JAM Lace and Ribbon
Timeless Twine
UmWow Studio Heart Confetti Chipboard

We hope you have enjoyed today’s project courtesy of Karen Nofziger a Cut@Home design team member. Be sure to stop by Karen’s blog to see even more of her beautiful work (and let her know we sent you).


And now for a give away…Cut@Home is graciously offering a give away which includes paper, stamps and a die from the Heartfelt Creations Classic Sunflower Collection:

Classic Sunflower 12×12 Paper pad which has 24 double-sided papers, 2 sheets of each design
Classic Sunflower die – one die with multiple sunflowers of different sizes
Sunflower Bouquet stamp – two cling stamps
Chick Retreat stamps – three cling stamps with two sentiments
Classic Sunflower stamp – one cling stamp that coordinates with the die
Sunflower Stem stamps – four cling stamps, one sentiment, a butterfly, sunflower and seeds
Summer’s Day stamps – three cling stamps, two butterflies and one rooster on a fence
Sunflower Patch stamps – two cling stamps, a sunflower and a sunflower patch

Total value is $175.00!!!  Wow!

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In order to enter the give-away, please leave a comment in the comments section of this post. The winner will be announced next Friday.

200 replies on “Bonus Tutorial from Cut@Home Design Team Member Karen Nofziger and a Give Away!”

  1. lovely flowers are getting me in the mood for spring! but sunflowers are my happy fall flower.

  2. Adore the sunflowers! Always have them growing in my garden & how wonderful to grow them now on paper!

  3. If you look at all of my “flower” stamps first you see roses and the second you will see sunflowers. Love the sunflower die cut, the texture and color are beautiful.

  4. Wow, what a stunning project. I have never tried this type before, but might have to start. thaanks for the inspiration.

  5. Such beautiful images. I really love your video on the easel. It would be great to win this fabulous prize!

  6. I love heartfelt creations. These stamps are so pretty and detailed. I would love to win.

  7. I love the flavor of this card; the flowers and the lace.
    Thank you so much for a chance to win such a lovely collection.

  8. My Heavens, You have major talent Karen! Your easel with tiny layouts are just my style!!!! I love the products you used! Excellent job! Thanks for sharing and inspiring! I’m going to follow your blog starting today!!!

  9. I love how you did the sunflowers! I do a lot of easel type things to display around the house, your ideas are great! Love the give away set. Thanks for a chance to win it. I am also going to start following your blog!! Have a great weekend!

  10. This is such a beautiful project and one I will definitely be trying, as I love dimensional flowers!!!!

  11. Thanks for letting us have some insight into your life. Always fun to read about how folks got started, etc. your sunflowers are GORGEOUS!

  12. I LOVE this easel frame idea. What a great project!! Thanks for the opportunity to win this prize.


  13. What a great idea, love the ability to quickly change out the photo layout. Thank you for sharing.

  14. love love love this collection!!! Heartfelt Creations papers and probably one of The best on the market! Would like to try to make the frame shown in her video! I love to learn new was to use and make things!!

  15. Love your projects. Sunflowers are one of my favorite flowers and my husband plants many different kinds every Spring.

  16. That big sunflower makes me think of summer and realize that it’s not that far away.
    Beautiful project.
    thanks for sharing.

  17. Great project, Karen! I can’t wait to try it. Wow — thanks Cut at Home for offering such a great prize package! They are just the best!

  18. LOVE the easel idea!! Will be giving it a go! Your layout is gorgeous!
    I have to say that just the THOUOGHT of winning this collection has me in tears! I am a die hard Heartfelt Creations fan and LOVE sunflowers and butterflies. I wanted to buy this collection so badly but between a death in the family and medical expenses I just couldn’t afford it. I will be keeping my fingers crossed in hopes of seeing my name as the winner of this collection!
    Thank you so much for all of the wonderful posts and giveaways that you do for us!! Fingers crossed and prayers being sent to the Crafting Goddesses!

  19. Wow! What a beautiful project! Am going to need to give it a try. Thanks so much for sharing your talent!

  20. Wonderful creations here, I’ll need
    to make my easel now! Thanks
    for the great giveaway!
    Carla from Utah

  21. Oh,my gosh …got the old wheels turning in my head this morning for other ways to use this idea also. I’m thinking calenders would be cool Love the idea of mini layouts so what about a monthly themed Valentine for Feb etc…thanks for the idea!

  22. I love your layouts! I would love to use the products to create pages & cards. Thanks for the chance!

  23. Heartfelt Creations offers beautiful products and stunning results with their stamps and dies.
    Thank you for this wonderful opportunity!

  24. Who doesn’t need new ideas for flower cards?! A large portion of my stamp hoard is flowers!
    Thanks for the chance to win the great giveaway!

  25. Spring is in the air (Well maybe that’s pushing it a little but) I love paper flowers more than real ones. I can change out the paper ones and have pretty flowers all year long so I really love your isea!

  26. I love the Heartfelt Creations line. The way they offer a complete line and leave you wanting more! thanks for the offer of the awesome prize package

  27. Karen, what a FABULOUS idea! Your easel is wonderful and I can’t wait to make one myself. Thanks so much for sharing this!

  28. Sunflowers are a thing of beauty! Heartfelt Creations is the GO TO place for making paper flowers. I do love making my own flowers. Looking forward to winning this wonderful opportunity to create with this lovely collection…Thanks!

  29. What a gorgeous product. I love the sunflower it reminds me so much of being stationed in Germany. Nature is crafts greatest companion. Thank you for the opportunity to use this product…I am very excited and will enjoy crafting and will invite Spring to Alaska. Thank you Charlene

  30. I have found myself to be on a very restrictive income, and am now making my own greeting cards. It feels more like a gift than just a card, and this would help me tremendously in making more beautiful creations I can give from the heart to my family and friends!!

  31. Sunflowers are my favorite flower. Thank you for the great tutorial. Love how you used the flowers in your project! Would love to win this giveaway so I can create for myself!

  32. Thank you for the chance.
    Sunflowers are so heartwarming. They give sunshine on cloudy days, and food for the birds in the fall and early winter.
    In art/crafting, they never seem to go out of style.

  33. The sunflowers are gorgeous. And I also love your easel idea! Particularly because you can change the layout so easily. Great job! Thanks for sharing.

  34. Wonderful products, I am so excited about these collections! Fantastic video..THANK YOU! The classic sunflower collections? OH YES! What a great paperpack! Thank you for the opportunity to join the website and the awesome giveaway!

  35. Karen, I just wanted to tell you how beautiful everything
    came out. I just loved the paper that you used. It gave
    it a vintage and yet classy look to the pictures chosen
    and the embellies used. Great job!!!! I love sunflowers
    they were really pretty! Mimi

  36. i love sunflowers. They always make me smile. I would love to win this set. Thank you for the chance.

  37. Fantastic and gorgeous project!…thank you so much for sharing ♥

    WOW….double win! Fantastic project and vid AND a VERY generous giveaway!

  38. I love florals for everything. wreath making, arrangements and always on cards or scrapbook pages. Would love to win these.

  39. I just recently discovered the Heartfelt stamp company!! I love the concept they have with the matching stamps and dies.

  40. I love the art work of the barn and chickens. To me, there is not enough of this style in the stamp world.

  41. I love, love this sunflower collection and what you did with it Karen!! I am a scrapbooker, and these layouts are totally my style. I would love to win this collection so I can CASE your pages!!

  42. Beautiful project! Those flowers are just gorgeous! Great giveaway as well…very generous!

  43. Both my daughter and I have a soft spot for sunflowers! I have made a few easel sunflower cards and they turned out awesome. Would love to get my hands on these supplies.

  44. Beautiful job. Love your flowers. I love Heartfelt Creations and their stamps and dies and own several, but not the sunflower collection ones. Would love to add them to my stash.

  45. OMG!!! This is absolutely beautiful and a great idea of an easel to display your photos. Love the way you have shaped the flowers. Thanks for the chance to win.

  46. Thank you for sharing your beautiful project and tutorial. I love Heartfelt Creations stamps and dies. I think they add so much to my own creations.

  47. Simply stunning! Really such a clever idea to have the pockets so that you can change up your lo. I do love the die that gives you a shaped sunflower.

  48. Love the sunflowers. Great layouts. Thanks for the chance to win.

    craftymom205 at yahoo dot com

  49. This is a gorgeous project made with gorgeous products! I have some Heartfelt Creations things in my craft stash, but don’t have these except for the die, which I would have two friends to choose from tho give it to if I was lucky enough to win this gorgeous pack of goodies!! Thanks for the chance!

  50. Sunflowers are my favorite flower so this project really speaks to me. Thanks for the chance to win such an awesome prize.

  51. this is wonderful love sunflowers and they are my daughters favourite. Thanks for sharing and for the opportunity to win such a wonderful giveaway!!!!!!!

  52. What a beautiful frame Karen, love the flowers, they are beautiful! Thanks for sharing your talent with us! Thanks to Cut@home too, for such a generous giveaway!

  53. At one point I had some sunflowers growing in my flower bed and they looked so lovely. Well I guess the birds must have enjoyed the color because they couldn’t get enough of just looking because they nibbled away at the seeds. These sunflowers would be ones that I could enjoy. Thank for sharing such a beautiful collection.

  54. Hi Thank you for the tutorial I did not think they would look so good made of paper but then you know how to make them look so good

  55. What a wonderful idea! I can see the easel used as a display for cards received in addition to just photos. Clever idea for the back pocket, too.

  56. Gorgeous sunflower! They are one of my favorite flower images. Your easel is absolutely fabulous, Karen. I love how it turned out and the storage pocket to change out the layout is an awesome idea!

  57. I love the pretty!! I’ve never heard of heartfelt creations before this…but had heard the name cut@home though have never seen their products. Would really like to see a tutorial on how she made the easel. It’s really something unique

  58. I have recently discovered Heartfelt Creations paper pad collections, and I am in love! The colors chosen are truly heartfelt, and I simply love the muted shades of colors. I love yellow as it represents happiness and a sunny day! I know I will enjoy working with this glorious collection, and the sunflower! Thank you!

  59. Wowzers! Awesome projects. The sunflowers are gorgeous!!! Thanks for sharing them with us!

  60. Lovely flowers! I can’t get enough flowers in my life, and this project is awesome! The die, and stamps are really must haves! Thanks for sharing!

  61. Love the whole concept, especially the “Happy Day” Something we should always focus on each day. thank you for sharing. I am a newbie here. I

  62. Oh, I do love Heartfelt Creations, and these sunflower projects are gorgeous! Love the dimension in those flowers!

  63. What beautiful flowers! I especially like the frame with the small layouts in it! Pretty and lovely vintage design

  64. That is absolutely beautiful!!!!! I would love to try one myself. Thanks for the directions too.

  65. Sunflowers bring such joy to me. I would love to win this special prize. Big smiles!

  66. What a wonderful and creative project – I love it! The different papers you used are really beautiful and I can’t wait to get my hands on some! Thank you so much for sharing your project and I looked at several other of your projects as well – great ideas! Thanks too for the chance to win! 🙂

  67. Wow~ this project is gorgeous! I love the sweet sunflowers. What an awesome prize package that I would be over the moon, thrilled to win! Thanks for the opportunity.

  68. Fabulous project!!! I have loved Heartfelt Creations’ products since I started stamping!! Thanks so much for the chance to win some!!!

  69. Great project. Love the way you used the Heartfelt Creations products. The back pocket used to hold the pictures not currently being used is brilliant. Thank you for the inspiration.

  70. I love the sunflowers. I live in New Mexico and every summer look forward to the wild sunflowers that line the roads. These sunflowers are just as pretty, even when it’s cold and snowy outside!

  71. You always produce such great projects to inspire us with. Thanks – and for the giveaway as well. lots to be able to get one’s teeth into.

  72. I just love love love heartfelt creations. They always bring out beautiful coordinating kits that make my life in crafting so much easier they make my crwatiobs look good. Thanks for the chance to win k dake from Durham.

  73. I had never heard about these kits but they look adorable. I am researching them online right now.
    Thank you for sharing these with us. It is always nice to learn about new products and projects.

  74. What a fabulous idea! You personalized family pictures using your creativity to make a functional easel. The sunflowers are full of life and texture. Thanks for sharing your talent, Karen. I would love to win.

  75. WOW! Karen what an awesome take of an easel card, certainly a wonderful idea so that one can change the pictures layouts at differently stages, thanks ever so much for sharing your expertise, it is really appreciated.

  76. This project is great and I love the sunflower collection. Can’t wait to try this project.

  77. Heartfelt Papers and stamps they are always beautiful. Just love them.
    Love the card and flowers.
    Thank you so much for the chance to win these.

  78. I just stumbled across Cut@Home today and then they introduced me to your site 😀
    What a wonderful project as well as give-away! I’m looking forward to browsing your site. Thanks, con

  79. I love the idea of the easel, thanks for telling us how you did it. That is such a pretty Heartfelt Creations set, I would love to give it a good home.

  80. Absolutley gorgouse!! I love everything Heartfelt and I have to have it all. Thanks for the tutorial and a chance to win!

  81. Hi all, I was just blog hopping around and stumbled in here…and I am so glad I did. I love the layout of this blog and am slightly overwhelmed by the tons of inspiration 🙂 just when I thought it couldn’t get better I see this awesome giveaway!!!! Off for a browse through your informative and fun posts 🙂

  82. I just love Heartfelt Creations! LOVE LOVE the sunflower easel. Thanks for all the inspiration!!

  83. I love these Sunflowers from Heartfelt Creations. My kitchen is done in the sunflower theme, and I can so see me making many of these to add to the decor. Pictures of my family, especially my adorable granddaughter would be perfect in these frames. The pocket on back is very smart to keep things together and I loved the fact you recycled the cardboard. Thank you Cut@Home Design and Karen Nofziger for the video and a chance to win the Heartfelt Creations Classic Sunflower collection. Thank you Andrea for sharing this company and guest with all of us.

  84. What a gorgeous mini easel!
    I know Karen from another craft blog.
    She has really progressed as a crafter
    and is not afraid to try anything crafty!
    I’m so happy to know her 🙂
    What an amazing prize package!!!

  85. The easel is such a great idea. I’m going to create one to display pictures of my grandsons. Love the way you decorated this one with the sunflower themed paper and the sunflowers. Lovely!

  86. Beautiful layouts and love all the lace and flowers! What a clever idea for an easel card and I sure want to try this! Love the pockets so that you can change up the loving layouts as time goes by, and especially those gorgeous 3D Sunflowers!! Love so many Heartfelt Designs and would be thrilled to actually WIN these!! Great gift pack with the stunning Sunflower pad with matching dies and stamps!! Am enthralled with ALL your papers, stamps and dies! Great products and of course, great inspirations!

  87. Beautiful paper. And love the great easel idea. I know a lot of people look forward to the sunflowers and I do too, but I am quite interested in that rooster on the fence too! =) Thanks for sharing a wonderful opportunity to learn something and possibly win something!

  88. I have just found your blog via SSS, and it’s great. So much inspiration, I’m just about to head up to my craft room for a “play”. Thanks for the opportunity to win such a generous prize.

  89. I love Heartfelt Creations and all the beautiful flowers. I never imagined how stunning that sunflower would be! I love the unique way it was used and indeed a beautiful gift it makes for sure or just to brighten up your own decor! Thank you for sharing your creativity!

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