Special Guest: Tammy Tutterow

Please welcome our special guest (and inspiration for this week’s challenge) Tammy Tutterow!

Hello everyone! I am so very excited to be here with you at the Monday Challenge Blog. I am always so inspired by the challenges here! I can’t tell you what an honor it is to be a featured guest here!


Today I want to share a tip with you that I love and use often. If you are like me, as you create you are bound to create something you don’t love. Maybe it is a tag or a card front, something that somewhere along the way turns into a crafty don’t, or at least you think so. What do you do with your craft don’ts? I keep a little scrap bin that I throw them in. When it is time to die cut a small element I head to that bin. Even though the original piece hit the scrap bin, it doesn’t mean it isn’t still usable. Having a piece already with color makes adding a quick and unique die cut element quick and easy.


I recently made a tag that just didn’t end up clicking. I had applied different colors of Distress Stains and Perfect Pearls Mists. I even applied an intricately die cut piece of vellum. The vision I had for the tag and what ended up on my table were two different things. Into the scrap bin it went. This week I had two different tag projects that needed a die cut element. I grabbed that tag. The back of the tag had color that had seeped through. I stamped a label (From the Tim Holtz Sizzix Stamp and Cut Leaf Blue Print) onto the back side of the tag.


I then used the matching die along with my magnetic platform to cut out the label. The touches of color were the perfect touch to make the label a little something extra. (You can see that finished tag here)


The second project I used the tag for was to die cut feathers using the Simon Says Stamp Feathers and Pointed Feathers. I wanted lots of color and sparkle for the feathers but I didn’t want to spend a lot of time coloring the feathers after die cutting them. Instead, I grabbed the rest of the scrap tag. The tag already included the colors I wanted to use. There were still bits of vellum stuck on the original tag which I left since it added some interesting texture.


After die cutting, I used an ink blending tool to accent the edges of the feathers with Vintage Photo Distress Ink.

I absolutely LOVE the way the finished feathers and label look. I think I may start experimenting with colors on larger sheets of manila cardstock just for the purpose of quick die cutting later on. Until then though, I have plenty of tag and card rejects to salvage in my scrap bin.


Thank you so much for letting me share with you today! And a HUGE thank you to the team here at Simon’s Monday Challenge blog for using my tutorials as inspiration for their projects this week. I am beyond flattered!


PS. Would you like to see more of my Free to Fly tag shown above? I am featuring it this week on my blog here.



How great is this tip? Thank you to the fabulous Tammy Tutterow for sharing with us this week and for being such an inspiration!

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  1. I just love your gorgeous tag Tammy, that feather die is not on my wish list…….. As ever, thank you for your tips. Anne x

  2. Gorgeous tag Tammy, like you I die cut from pieces of coloured card that has been destined for the bin. Your feathers look wonderful. Tracy x

  3. Beautiful tag. I now need a bigger scrap bin to toss my “didn’t turn out” pieces in.
    Thanks for sharing.

  4. Gorgeous! Fantastic feathers! So glad you played along with the DT this week and shared your inspiration!

  5. I’m sure my project fails are far worse than yours Lol but now I have a whole new outlook on what was destined for the garbage bin, could now be salvaged for the scrap bin. Thanks for another beautiful tag and tutorial!

  6. Beautiful tag Tammy! Love the feathers tied with that ribbon and the wonderful sentiment. Using papers in my scrap bin for die cutting is a favourite of mine too.

  7. What an awesome tip!! I have projects that I sometimes do not like and just throw them away. Not anymore! This is a wonderful tip and I just LOVE, LOVE, LOVE your tags!!!! Beautiful work!

    ♥ Jo’s Scrap Shack ♥

  8. Great tip, I really should remember this when I next head towards the bin to toss projects gone wrong.
    Love the tag that has been created, very pretty colours and I love the feathers. xNx

  9. Beautiful tag Tammy! Thank you for sharing that great tip. Also thank you for sharing that you have art fails. It is very encouraging for me to see the fails, better still how to use them. Great idea to play with media and have backgrounds ready for die cutting. Thank you for sharing and for the creative inspiration.
    Jacquelene L

  10. This is an AWESOME card! I really love it! I have to admit that the feathers are my favorite die cut since I first saw them at SSS, but Tammy did a great work with them on this tag! Thank you Tammy for sharing this so inspiring tag and for the great tip about scrap items!

  11. That is a beautiful tag and I love the feathers. I do the same thing with my scraps and boo boo cards. I have them separated into zip plastic envelops from Office max and it is my go to place for small pieces of paper. Great job.

  12. Absolutely gorgeous tag, Tammy. So sweet and feminine …. definitely your beautiful style of creating! Thanks for always being so willing to share ideas and techniques with all of us! <3 Candy

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