Saturday, August 1, 2015


Hi everyone,  thanks for stopping by!  I have a card to share with you, using a new embossing folder from Sizzix.

Sizzix has a new machine called the Big Shot Plus.  This machine has a width of 9 inches so they have started to create larger dies and embossing folders for this machine.  These larger folders also work with  the Big Shot Pro machine which I have, that is an even larger machine with a 13" width.  This machine can cut or emboss every size of die or  embossing folder in the Sizzix product library!

This new embossing folder is called Botanical Swirls by Rachel Bright.  Love this larger 8 1/4" x 113/4" folder!

I cut this copper metallic cardstock (Tim Holtz Metallic Core-dinations) to the size of my folder and embossed it.

I scored down the center and trimmed my embossed cardstock to make a 5 x 7 card base,

I decided I didn't want the paper to be so shiny, so I toned it down.  I think I like how it turned out. I lightly sanded the raised embossed areas.  I then applied ink on those areas, and then embossed with embossing powder.  Some of the embossing powder stuck in the low areas, but I kind of like that.  It did turn out a lot darker than I thought it would.

For the inside of my card, I cut out a piece of patterned paper a little larger than the card base (1/8" larger on all sides) and scored down the middle.  I applied SookWang tape along the outside edge.  After I removed the backing, I applied Prima's Charcoal Art Sugar (a very fine glitter).  It makes a nice sparkly edge. This inside piece is then adhered to my embossed card. I also cut out two pieces of patterned paper (4 x 3 1/4") for my card front.  The darker piece is the mat(3 1/2 x 4 1/4) and also has Charcoal art sugar around the edges.

I die-cut this Sizzix Thank You Thinlits die set with the metallic paper also.

The Thank you was adhered to my matted square.

For my flowers, I created them with vellum, patterned paper, and velvet paper and Tim Holtz Tiny Tattered flowers Thinlits dies.  Assemble these with the quilling pen and adhesive

Adhere these flowers and the branches from the Thank You Thinlits die, to the corner of the matted square.  Adhere this square to the front of your card. with pop dots.


Here's my card again! 

Thanks for visiting, have a great weekend!


Saturday, July 11, 2015


Hello everyone! It's been awhile since I've shared some layouts here. This is a rather long post, I have more to share than I thought!  I am loving the collections from Blue Fern Studios.  The quality of their paper is amazing and the colours are so nice.  The papers used with this layout are from their Deja' Vu collection.

The Floral Medley chipboard frame is also from Blue Fern and I just used Stampendous Chunky White and Shabby White embossing enamel to cover it.  To get a thicker coat, I apply it a couple of times.  The teacup is a Sizzix Tim Holtz die (660234) and the Wave (lattice looking) die is 660027.  I used the Tattered Lace Sun Gem bird die(d741) which I also embossed, this time with Lindy's Stamp Gang embossing powders.  This bird die is beautiful, it comes in three parts so you can choose if you want the long tail feathers and extra wing part.  My flowers are from Petaloo, their velvet collection.  As I'm looking at this layout, I forgot that I tried something different with my Tim Holtz block Friendship Word die (660213), the word "moments".  I hopefully can remember what it was!  I used one of his Embossing Diffusers and placed it so the top half of my word wouldn't cut out on the patterned paper.  I then cut out the word on the dark purple shimmer cardstock and used the piece with the negative space.  I then placed the light purple die-cut piece into the negative space and trimmed the edges.  Hopefully that made sense to you!  A few hand cut paper pieces finished off my layout.
This photo is of my grandmother when she was a young mother, not sure who took it, my grandfather maybe?  I love this photo, I wonder what she was thinking or if she was aware her photo was being taken.

Want to see more layouts?  I haven't shared my Urban Scrapbook Monthly Challenge layouts for awhile, longer than I thought!

This one was from my March kit, featuring Authentique's collection, Classique Beauty.  Loved this yellow and dark grey combination.  There was a Sizzix Tim Holtz bee die-cut in the kit which I embossed with Wendy Vecchi's Buttercup embossing powder.  I put some Prima Micro Beads on it while still hot and then reheat it again.  I also used Tim Holtz Scribbles & Splats (660222) Thinlits die (also embossed and micro beads), Handwritten Thinlits die (the word, Beautiful) and the Limitations Framelits die w/stamp (660189) butterfly set.  I stamped the butterfly with Ranger's Glacier White Pigment ink on vellum, embossed it with clear embossing powder, then coloured with Tim Holtz Distress Markers.  My cup rings and splatters (THS009 Splatters stencil) was also embossed with the Wendy Vecchi Buttercup powder.  The rhinestone flourish was painted with yellow paint.
This layout is of my daughter; loved this instagram selfie she took.

This is my future daughter-in-law.  Hint, hint, son of mine!!  This was my April kit, featuring Kaisercraft's "All That Glitters" collection.  I machine stitched different shapes on my background paper, before I applied gesso, then different mediums.  I think I used gelatos and Distress sprays here.
The doily is a Tim Holtz (660244) embossing folder which, after embossing I cut out and applied IndigoBlu Megaflakes (gilding flakes), sorry not sure which colour. I also used the Tim Holtz (659573) Spring Greenery Decorative Strip die with my Prima and hand cut flowers.

Here's my other daughter, my sweet little Roxy.  No, I did not torture the poor thing, dressing her up.  I haven't done it in awhile, but she loves dressing up.  One time she went into the closet and found her Halloween spider costume that was in a box, and brought it to me.  She whined until I put it on her and she pranced around the house for the longest time.  Did I mention, she doesn't think she's a dog.  This was her in a fairy costume, perfect for May's kit, which was full of Prima's Butterfly collection.
I used Prima's Clear Texture Paste that was lightly tinted with mica powder and a coffee ring stencil (THS009 Splatters).  While the paste was still wet, I applied Prima sequins, Prills, and Prima Mica flakes.   Embossing powder (Lindy's Stamp Gang) and sequins were applied to the ends of the feathers (part of the Prima embellishment Pack).  My flowers were die-cut from the Tim Holtz Decorative Tattered Flower Garland die(657824) and patterned paper.  My "fairy time" word was die-cut using Tim Holtz Handwritten Thinlits dies (Journey 660217 and Love 660218).  These words were created by cutting apart word dies that had those letters, and making my own words.

My last layout I'm sharing is from Urban's June kit:

This one was the chosen layout for the June kit and sold with full instructions.  Sorry, you had to buy the kit to get them!!  Marion Smith had some amazing collections this spring, and this "Timekeeper" one was one of my favourites.  The lightbulbs and rings are chipboard pieces from Blue Fern Studios which were embossed with Lindy's Stamp Gang embossing powders.  I used Tim Holtz's Mixed Media  Thinlits die 660220 for the pieces with holes and his Core'dinations Metallic Kraft Cardstock.  I also embossed some metallic papers with his Globes (660241) texture fade folder and embossed the edge.

If you have a chance, check out the rest of Urban Scrapbook's Design team monthly layouts, they are a very talented group of ladies!  All of our layouts are also on Urban's Pinterest board too.

I really was behind in sharing, wasn't I? It's that two week holiday I took, that put me so far behind.  It's always great to get away, but then there always seems to be so much to do when you get back. Lots of things going on at the end of the month and next month for me, so I better catch up!

Have a great weekend and thanks for visiting!


Friday, July 10, 2015

Card Inspiration

Hi everyone!  Hope you visit me today on the Sizzix blog for some card inspiration!

Sizzix designer,Stephanie Barnard has done it again, creating some new 3-d Drop In Card inserts for quick and easy cards.  Check out the Sizzix blog to see the 3-d inside!

Have a great day,


Wednesday, July 8, 2015


Today I have a tutorial up on the Sizzix blog featuring this layout:

Two of my favourite things, birds and hydrangeas!  Love this Tim Holtz Bird Bigz die.  Hope you join me over at Sizzix!

Have a great day,


Monday, June 29, 2015

Card in a Box Tutorial

Hello everyone!  Hope all of you had a great weekend.  It's been really hot here this last week, I'm trying not to complain; I just have to think back to those -30c winter days!  
Today I'm sharing a card made from a Sizzix Bigz XL Die, called Card in a Box (660296).  You may have seen different variations of this type of card, but this die cuts and creases everything for you.

I used Prima's new paper collection called, "Debutante" for my card.

First I die cut my main box from patterned paper.  My Sizzix Sandwich for this was; Extended Cutting Pad, Bigz XL die, paper, and another Extended Cutting Pad.  I then die cut out four of the single mat sections in a different paper.

Once these were all die cut, I inked the edges with Tim Holtz Victorian Velvet and Forest Moss Distress ink.

 I then adhered the mats to the four sides of the card box.  The mats will be on the inside of your card.

After this was done, I adhered the ends of the card box together.  I then die-cut three of these tabs from the Bigz XL die and inked the edges.

These tabs are then adhered to the inside of the card box.  Each end of the tab is bent on the crease line and will face the back of the card.  Your card base is finished, and ready to embellish.

There are pinwheels and a cloud that can be die cut from this die, but I those to stay with the romanic look of the paper.  I hand cut two paper dresses from patterned paper.  Using a stylus, I gently shaped the edges of my cutouts.  Ink the edges.

For my extra bits and pieces, I die cut small flowers using Sizzix Tim Holtz Tiny Tattered Florals Thinlits set, a banner and sprig from Sizzix 660256 Brenda Walton Floral Wreath Thinlits set,  a postage stamp from Tim Holtz 660060 Labels Thinlits Set and the word Hello from Tim Holtz Handwritten Celebrate 660215 Thinlits Set.  These are all thin intricate dies so my Sizzix Sandwich when die cutting these was: Magnetic Platform, Standard Cutting Pad, paper, Thinlit die(cutting side down) and another Standard Cutting Pad.  Run this through your Big Shot Machine.  After my pieces were assembled, I inked the edges also.

I also added in some ribbon around the outside of the box.  This piece and the sparkly cluster are from A Gilded Life (for Spellbinders).  I adhered my small postage stamp die cut under the ribbon.  The card folds flat for placing in an envelope.

I  adhered all my bits and pieces, along with some hand cut flowers and shapes from my paper.  These are attached to the inside tabs.  While you are adhering, just make sure that the card can still fold flat.  Mine has a few lumpy parts as the flowers are a bit thick.  I chose the smallest flowers when die cutting so it wouldn't be too thick.

There you have the finished card!  These are fast to put together, and slightly addicting!

Thanks for visiting me here on my blog and have a great week!


Saturday, June 27, 2015


Hello everyone!  Thanks for stopping by here and hopefully you will join me over on the Sizzix blog today too.  I have a tutorial there showcasing this Train Case Box:

Have a great weekend!


Saturday, June 6, 2015


Hi everyone!  Sizzix has a new Designer, Sharyn Sowell, who's Beach collection is sure to inspire those summer layouts.  I have an inspiration post on the Sizzix blog today using some of her collection on this layout:

Hope you visit me there!