Monday, April 7, 2014

Sizzix Tutorial - Enjoy the View Layout

Hi Everyone!  Today I have a Tutorial on the Sizzix blog.  I will be sharing instructions for this layout:

Hope you join me there!

Have a great day,


Sunday, March 23, 2014

Sizzix 3-D Chair Tutorial

Hi Everyone!  Today I have a tutorial on the Sizzix blog featuring this 3-D chair die from Eileen Hull's Cherish collection:

Hope you visit me there!


Monday, March 17, 2014

Compendium of Curiosities Book Winner!

Congratulations, Karen!  You are the winner of Tim's new book!  Just email me your info and I'll send it out to you.

Congratulations on a great achievement being published in a Tim Holtz book! Can't wait to see it in person; I know it's full of wonderful ideas and bits of inspiration!

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Thanks for all the wonderful comments everyone and have a great day!      

Sunday, March 16, 2014

A Bit of Green and a Give Away!

Happy Sunday!  Just a reminder for everyone, that today is the last day to leave a comment on my Happy Mail post; for a chance to win an autographed copy of the new Tim Holtz Compendium of Curiosities Volume III book.  I will draw the name tomorrow morning!

I can't have a post without something to share!  Here's a tag I created:

I used Memory Box die, Lucienne Tile (98774) and Memory Box Floral Mask stencil (88525) here.
The stamps were from Tim Holtz (Nature Walk) and Stamper's Anonymous (Classics#16).
I inked my die-cut tag with Distress Squeezed Lemon ink, heat set it, then with my Ranger Embossing dabber, dabbed on and around the die cut area.  I used a clear embossing powder, so this part acted as a resist.  Then sprayed with Lindy's Starburst sprays Rusty Lantern Lime, Yellow Roses of Texas, and Ponderossa Pines Olive, using the stencil and stamps between layers.  I let my tag dry a bit between each layer.
I did my stamping with Wendy Vecchi's Fern Green Archival ink.  To finish off the tag, I added in some Petaloo flowers, Kaisercraft flowers, Prima Ribbon, patterned paper behind the die-cut area, and a few hand-cut leaves  from my Kaisercraft Limelight patterned paper.  I usually add another piece of cardstock or patterned paper to the back of my tags, to cover all the drips and mess!

Thanks for dropping by, and have a great day!


Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Prima Frame Shadowbox

We just received these Prima Metal Frames at Urban Scrapbook last week, and I could hardly wait to alter one!

So, with some new Prima Stationer's Desk papers, flowers and Sizzix dies this is what I created.

I love the distressed colour of the frame, so I didn't want to completely cover it on the inside. I started off die-cutting two chipboard pieces with Sizzix's Tim Holtz Trellis Frameworks die. Next with my patterned paper, I wanted it the double width for my frame so I folded my paper in half.  When I placed it on my die, I placed the folded edge of paper just before the cutting edge so it wouldn't cut out.  I then glued my chipboard to the back of the paper, clipping a bit off of the chipboard edge so the paper would fit.  I die-cut my matchbook box from patterned paper, inserting the mini heart in the movers and shapers matchbook die before I cut it out.  I inked the edges before gluing together.

After sanding and inking the edges of my Trellis, I randomly applied Stampendous Aged Silver Embossing powder.  I then took a Stationer's Desk small journaling card and embossed it with a Vintaj Moroccan Fresco Embossing folder.  I inked it on the raised areas and edges.  Before adding these pieces, I cut a strip of paper the width of the inside edge, inked it and adhered it all around the inside of the frame.  I adhered the embossed card first to the back of the frame, and then pop-dotted the Trellis next.

Once my back two pieces were in place, I was ready to finish it off.  I stamped on two other journalling cards, (Prima's Stationer's Stamp), inked the edges and adhered to my Trellis.  The ruler was also a stamped image cut out.  I then glued a small metal heart to the inside of my Matchbook box and adhered that on top of the papers.  I then added in a mixture of Prima flowers and Sizzix die-cut Tattered Bigz flowers, Tattered Decorative Strip Flowers and Spring Greenery.

To finish off the inside, I painted and embossed a Prima Resin Butterfly, and adhered that to the corner of the matchbox with pop dots. 

I tied some stained seam binding to the top of my frame and I was finished.  Instead of the journalling cards, you could tuck in a small photo there.  Love making these small shadowboxes, there's one that's shaped like a vintage television that I really like too.

Thanks for stopping by!


Monday, March 10, 2014

Sizzix Inspiration - Artist Blocks

Let's start off the week with some Sizzix inspiration on the Sizzix Blog!  I have a short tutorial there today featuring this project, hope you visit me there.

Don't forget to enter a comment on my previous post, for a chance to win an autographed Tim Holtz Compendium of Curiosities Volume Three book.  Thank you everyone for the kind words and wonderful comments, they are so appreciated!

Thanks for stopping by,


Saturday, March 8, 2014

Happy Mail!

I came home from work the other day and this happy mail was waiting for me!

I've been anxiously waiting for this book to arrive. Not just because it's a fantastic book filled with lots of inspiration and techniques, but because I am so lucky to have two of my projects featured in it!

I feel very honoured that Tim Holtz chose my (top right and bottom left) two projects to be included in his book.  He even signed it for me!  But that's not all, he sent me an extra autographed copy to give away here on my blog!  Thanks, Tim!

So, all of you Tim Holtz fans out there, leave a comment here before March 16th, Midnight MST for a chance to win this book!  I'll announce the winner on March 17th.

Good Luck!

Have a Great Weekend,