Thursday, June 30, 2016

Oh Happy Day Birthday Card Tutorial

Hello there!  I have a tutorial on the Sizzix blog today.  Hope you join me there, I will be sharing how I created this card:

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Thursday, June 2, 2016

A Whimsical Dog Card

Hi everyone!  For all of you dog lovers out there, I have a card here featuring dies by Debbie Potter for Sizzix.

This collection features dogs and cats with flower accents dies.  I love Debbie's Whimsical designs!

This Best Friends dog Thinlits die comes with it's own frame.  When die-cutting with this die, I used the Sizzix Sandwich - Magnetic Platform, Cutting Plate, Paper, Thinlits die (cutting side facing down) and Cutting Plate.  I always use the Magnetic Platform with my thin dies, they don't move around, perfect for doing multiple dies at the same time and I feel you get a better cut.  When die-cutting parts of the die, it's easy to place the paper where you want it to cut out without the die moving.  I cut out the small flowers in a different colour and adhered them on top of the yellow complete die cut.  I also did that with the dog's nose, eyes, frame, heart and bird.

For the large flower and leaves I used Debbie Potter's Intricate Garden Flowers Thinlits die.  My Sizzix Sandwich was the same as above.  If you don't have the Magnetic Platform, you are going to use the two tabs on top of your Sizzix Platform Base. Cutting Plate, Paper, Thinlits die, Cutting plate.

My patterned papers I used were from the Simple Stories collection called, Heart.  The little "I Heart You" is a clear sticker from the Life in Colour Collection, also from Simple Stories.  I'm a "dog" person, but the cat in this collection is pretty darn cute, I could be tempted!

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Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Sizzix Layout Tutorial - Celebrate Today

It's been awhile, but I'm back today with a layout tutorial on the Sizzix Blog today:

I've been on a month's holiday in beautiful Australia visiting my oldest son, so lots of catching up  to do!

Hope you visit me on the Sizzix blog,


Saturday, April 2, 2016

Butterfly Tag

It's been a long time since I've created a tag.  Tags were always something I would love creating when I wanted to play with new product, but I just seem to be short on time lately.  I enjoyed creating a card using just paints and the Tim Holtz Birch Trees die a while back here, so I decided to make a tag using this same method.

On my tag I used the new Sizzix Tim Holtz Detailed Butterfly Thinlits set and Mixed Media #2 Thinlits set.

I first cut out my Tim Holtz tag twice, using Ranger's Mixed Media Cardstock.  On one of my tags, I die cut  the Mixed Media #2 die (blossoms) in the bottom of the tag.  The butterflies were also cut out from Mixed Media Cardstock. There are two pieces for each butterfly, one is a plain die, the other a detailed butterfly. Once these were cut out, I adhered the two tags together and the butterflies together.  The plain cuts are on the bottom.  The butterflies were then adhered to my tag.

Before painting my tag, I applied a thin coat Ranger's Dina Wakley Black Gesso over the entire tag.  If you want a lighter look to your tag, apply a white gesso.  This primes your surface before applying your paints.  Now you can start applying your colours.  I dry brush (removing most of your paint that is on your brush onto a paper towel before applying) my colours one at a time, usually the darkest colour first.  You need very little paint on your brush, in fact it looks like there isn't any on there at all after removing it on a paper towel.  It's always easy to apply more than removing.  You can always go back and apply the same colour again, if you want more.

When dry brushing, it picks up the subtle texture from your brush strokes when you applied your gesso.    Keep this in mind when brushing on the gesso, I like to apply in all different directions.  The edges of the butterflies can be lighter or more vibrant to highlight them. the paint colours I used were; Tim Holtz Distress Ground Espresso, Fired Brick, Evergreen Bough and Ripe Persimmon.

To finish off my tag, I applied Salmon Alcohol ink to a Tim Holtz Gumdrop embellishment and then adhered it inside a Charmed findings (TH93266).  They fit perfectly inside these new charms!  I also painted and then wiped off, so the paint remains in the recessed areas, a Tim Holtz Philosophy Charm (TH92678).  The charms are attached with a Tim Holtz Loop Pin (TH93200). My go-to ribbon, is seam binding dyed with Evergreen Bough and Ripe Persimmon Distress sprays.

Here's another look at my tag!

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Thursday, March 24, 2016

Butterfly Card

Hope you join me over at the Sizzix blog today, I have a tutorial on this card:

See you there!


Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Rust, Rust, and more Rust!

I don't know why, but I love rust!  The colours, patterns, something about it just speaks to me.  So when, Finnabair came out with her new Rust Effect Paste set, I was anxious to try it out. 

I've had this Blue Fern Studios Grunge Frame Chipboard piece (it measures 11" sq) for a long time, and I've been meaning to use it. I'm so glad I saved it, because it is perfect for this paste set.  Since it's raw chipboard, I first applied black gesso on the surface to prepare it.  This gives it a nice base when applying any kind of media.  I wanted the black, in case I left any spots open when applying my paste.   
Rust Effects Paste set is three different colours of paste; brown, orange and yellow.  I applied the brown first, let dry and then applied lightly, the orange.  I didn't want to completely cover the brown, just highlight areas.  After this dried, I did the same for the yellow.  I went back and applied some brown and orange over certain areas to tone down the yellow.  It's as easy as that!  

I had adhered a piece of Prima Vintage Emporium paper to a piece of chipboard, as I wasn't sure how heavy this large frame would be once attached.  Before attaching anything, I used the new Tim Holtz Gears Stencil with texture paste in the top right corner.  After this had dried, I applied Tim Holtz Vintage Collage Medium (that's what gave it that brown vintage look) and the Tim Holtz Crazing Medium (gives it a subtle crackle/crazing finish).

Once my frame had dried, I attached some Finnabair Rusty Gears and Tin Heart Mechanicals.  The brads (Hex Paper Fasteners) are from Tim Holtz.  

These mixed media bits actually were done before attaching to my layout.  I used my non-stick craft mat and directly applied gel medium, spreading it like the photo above. These are called skins, and can be removed from the craft sheet, once they have dried.  The thinner they are, the more difficult to remove in one piece, and the thicker they are, the longer they take to dry. I had been playing around with this a 4 or 5 days before and had just left to dry, so I'm not sure how long they actually took.  While wet,  I added in my different mediums to colour (paints, sprays) and also Finnabair's new Art Stones.  These are light white small stones that can take any medium and are perfect for adding in texture. Don't they look cool when altered? The gold is Ranger's new Wendy Vecchi Buttercup Mica Spray.  I was really surprised at how beautiful and vibrant this colour was, could be a new favourite!  These mica sprays come in sets of three and there's a set from each Ranger Signature Designer (Tim Holtz, Dina Wakley, Dylusions, and Wendi Vecchi). I can't wait to try the others.

It's so fun and versatile, playing around with these skins on a craft sheet, instead of directly on your paper.  If you don't like what you've done or want to change them, you haven't ruined your paper!  It's fun just to experiment with different mediums, they can even be saved on plastic for future projects. They can be cut out, or even stamped on, once they have dried.  Once they were adhered, I added a bit of sprays, rust texture to make them look like they were applied directly on the paper.  The honeycomb die-cut paper was from Sizzix's Tim Holtz Mixed Media Thinlits die.

I can't wait to apply this Rust Effects on other embellishments!  Thanks for stopping by,


Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Happy Spring Card

Hello everyone!  With our mild winter weather here, it feels like spring is almost here.  I think it's about time to start making those spring and easter cards, don't you?  

Pink Fresh has a fun and whimsical collection, called Felicity.  With a couple of dies, paper and embellishments, this card was easy to put together.

Sizzix makes some great Framelits Shaped sets, and this Bubbly set works well with cards.  I added in some flowers die-cut from the Thinlits set, Secret Garden 660694, using white smooth cardstock, and printed Pink Fresh vellum.

After die-cutting the patterned paper with my Bubbly Framelits, I adhered this to a piece of cardstock cut slightly larger.  Using small fine tip scissors, I hand cut the cardstock, following the shape, just slightly larger than the die-cut. To decorate the white die-cut flowers, I just used a black marker and doodled on them.  The vellum flower pieces were layered and topped with Pink Fresh Puffy Sticker embellishments.  The embellished die-cut shape was pop-dotted on a matted piece of patterned paper, then the patterned card base.

The centers of the flowers were highlighted with a dot of Ranger's Liquid Pearls.  While assembling my card, I added in some puffy stickers from Pink Fresh.

Hope I've inspired you to create your own spring cards!

March is National Craft Month and Sizzix wanted to do something fun with everyone.  Every day, starting March 1st, they have a different  theme/idea for you to post a photo on Instagram.   Make sure you tag your post with #sizzixCM so we can all see your photos!

Happy crafting!