Sunday, January 31, 2016

Valentine's Card Tutorial

Hello there! Valentine's Day will be here before we know it and today I have a card tutorial for you for some inspiration.

I decided to make a different shaped card using a Sizzix Framelits Hexagon die.

This Hexagon Framelits Plus set is a new large set made for the Big Shot Plus or Pro Machines.  There are 15 pieces in this set, the largest is 7 3/4" x 8 7/8" and the smallest is 3/4" x 3/4".  I used a framelits that measured 6 x 5 1/4" for my card base.  This size still fit into my Big Shot or Vagabond machine, but the larger sizes require a machine with a larger width.  I folded a piece of patterned paper (Blue Fern's Blush collection) in half and lightly taped the framelits on top.

I let the top edge overhang so it doesn't cut out on the edge.

I place the edge just outside of the folded paper.

Here's what the card base looks like after die-cutting.  The Sizzix Sandwich I used for die-cutting framelits is Magnetic Platform Base, Standard Cutting Pad, Paper, Die, Standard Cutting Pad.

For my large heart I used Sizzix's Layered Valentine Bigz die.  The scalloped heart was die-cut with vellum and the plain heart was with thin chipboard.

For my chipboard heart I used a Ranger Embossing Dabber over the entire surface.  I then applied embossing powder(Lindy's Chateau Rose), heat, then repeated with another layer of embossing powder.  While this was still hot I had a rubber (not Acrylic) Tim Holtz Flower Garden(CMS215) stamp waiting and pressed it into the melted embossing powder and then removed.  That is how I got the impression on the left side.  I than applied a glittered embossing powder(Cotton Candy from Blue Fern) on the right side.

On the front of my card I drew a line all the way around the card with an embossing pen and then applied embossing powder (Lindy's Cafe` au Lait). 

My flowers were created with patterned paper and vellum.  I used Sizzix's Tim Holtz Tattered Floral Bigz die for the vellum ones.  These were edged with the Ranger Embossing Dabber and then embossing powder (Chateau Rose') applied.  The others were die-cut from the Tim Holtz Tiny Tattered Florals Thinlits Die(my favourite!).

I also hand cut some flowers and small envelope from my patterned paper.  I adhered these first, then pop dotted my heart, and adhered the die-cut flowers.  My die-cut word, "love" was die-cut from the Sizzix Tim Holtz Celebration Script Word Thinlits die, then embossing powder(Lindy's Cafe' au Lait) applied.

Here's another look at my card.  I really like this hexagon shape for a change, might have to make a few more!  

Thanks for stopping by,


Saturday, January 30, 2016

Sizzix Tutorial - Love Layout

Hi everyone!  February is almost here, and I know some of you are already thinking about Valentine's Day.  Today I have a tutorial on the Sizzix blog showing you how to create this layout:

Hope you visit me there!


Wednesday, January 6, 2016

Embroidery Hoop Birthday Card

Happy New Year everyone! I hope all of you had a wonderful holiday!  It always flies by so fast, the weeks of preparation and then it's over.  I've also been busy creating a few things for the Tim Holtz CHA booth.  I know he's had a couple of sneak peeks on his blog, and I'm sure you will agree, the new collections are awesome!  I am very fortunate that I will be attending CHA this year along with Lynette, for Urban Scrapbook.  It's always very busy, tiring and a lot of work, ordering for the store, but also so inspiring.  The hardest part is not being able to order it all!

I have a card to share with you today featuring a new die from Sizzix's Eileen Hull.  She has a new collection called, Stitchlits that is sewing themed.

I've used her new Embroidery Hoop Bigz die for the main piece in my card.

I die-cut the hoop using Sizzix's Little Sizzles mat board.  I love using this mat board, it has a nice finish to it and when used with dies that have score lines, it scores so nice and doesn't split.  I traced a circle using the outside of the inner hoop, on a piece of patterned vellum.

I used Glossy Accents to adhere the vellum to the top of the inside hoop.  Glue the two hoops together. I die-cut another hoop from cardstock and using the large outside hoop, stamped it with Distressed Linen distress ink and a woodgrain stamp.  This was adhered to the mat board hoop.

The other embellishments on my card were an embossed ruler from Sizzix's 660318 Buttons, Ruler & Vines set, flowers from Sizzix's Tim Holtz Tiny Tattered Florals (660227), and Happy Birthday from Sizzix's Rachael Bright Card Basics Set.  The flowers were die-cut from patterned paper and vellum, Happy Birthday was die-cut from kraft gold foil Tim Holtz cardstock, the ruler was patterned paper.  The laser cut butterflies are from Bo Bunny.  One of the them was painted with Tim Holtz Gold Paint, and the other was embossed with Lindy's embossing powder.  My patterned paper is from Blue Fern Studios and the vellum is from American Crafts.

Here's another look at my card.

Thanks for stopping by,

See you after CHA!


Monday, December 21, 2015

A Turquoise Village Dwelling

When I created my vintage church in this Tim Holtz Holiday Inspirational tutorial, I mentioned I wanted to do another house but in turquoise, for my mom.  She's crazy for turquoise lately, so I thought I would make a house on top of a gift box as part of her gift.  Here's the finished project:

I used the Vintage Dwelling Bigz XL die for the main house and the Village Winter Bigz die for the window, snow and icicle add-ons.

My snow die-cuts were topped with white texture paste, then Rock Candy Distress glitter sprinkled on top while the paste was wet.
The icicles were cut out with Tim Holtz Frosted Film plastic and Rock Candy glitter applied on top with Glossy Accents.  The entire house and base were covered with Rock Candy Glitter (applied with Glossy Accents).  I added in a little tree (glittered of course).

Before I glued the base to the bottom of the house, I cut out a hole in the middle.  I also cut out a hole in the middle of my box top.  The box top was painted and the bottom covered in patterned paper.

I hot glued a tea light where the hole was so there was a little light inside the house.  It can still be switched on and off from the inside lid.

I'm going to fill the gift box with chocolates.  I've collected a few other gifts for her, wrapped them in what else but turquoise!

 Here's my mom beside her favourite tree at the Christmas shop!  Doesn't she look amazing for 90 years old?!

Thanks for stopping by,


Saturday, December 19, 2015

Sizzix Christmas Card Tutorial

Hello fellow crafters!  Are some of you still making Christmas cards?  If you need some inspiration, I have a tutorial on the Sizzix blog today, featuring new Stand-up card dies by Sizzix's Stephanie Barnard here:

Hope you join me there!


Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Painted Birch Trees Christmas Card

Hi everyone!  I don't know about you, but I always leave my Christmas cards to the last minute.  I wish I could be like some of you and start really early,  have them all done and ready to go by the first of December.  If there's some of you who still need some inspiration, I have a Christmas card featured here today.

I've created this card using the new Sizzix Tim Holtz Birch Trees Thinlits die.

First die-cut your birch trees with thin chipboard.  My Sizzix sandwich for this is my Magnetic Platform, Cutting pad, chipboard, Thinlits die (cutting side down), and cutting pad.

For those stubborn bits of paper stuck in your die-cut or just removing the paper from your die, I use the Sizzix Brush and Foam Pad.

After die-cutting the birch trees, I cut out a slightly larger piece of thin chipboard and adhered the die-cut to this with Ranger's Matte Medium.  Once this was dry, I applied a thin coat of white gesso for a good base before applying my layers of paint.  Starting with the darkest colour, then letting it dry, I dry brushed my different colours, one at a time.

After I was happy with my layers of paint, I splattered a bit of Picket Fence white Distress paint with a splatter brush for a snowy effect.

Season's Greetings is die cut from the Tim Holtz Handwritten Holidays Thinlits die set and his Metallic Kraft cardstock by Core-dinations.

My card was finished off with Tim Holtz Metallic Ribbon (TH93251) and matted onto Metallic Kraft Coredinations cardstock, then adhered to a green cardstock base.
Hey, I'm one card closer to completing my quota!

Have a great day, and thanks for stopping by,


Thursday, November 19, 2015

Leave a Little Sparkle Layout Tutorial

Hi everyone!  Today I have a tutorial on the Sizzix blog featuring this layout:

Hope you visit me there!