Thursday, July 24, 2014

The Story of Us Sizzix Layout

I have a tutorial on the Sizzix blog today.  I'm still in the 50's mood!  I'll be showing you how I created this layout:

Hope you join me there!

Scrapbook Generation has a fantastic free digital online magazine that focuses on sketches and how to use them.  This month, their July issue is featuring Sizzix.  Some of the Sizzix Design Team have created projects using sketches featured in this issue.  Here's a sneak peek of my two projects!

This is a great magazine, with over 200 pages of scrapbooking articles and inspiration.  Hope you check out what the Sizzix Design Team have created just for this issue!
Thanks for stopping by and have a great day,


Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Sizzix Layered Bee Card

Remember my bee that never made it into a previous project?  I used it in this card:

Using the Sizzix Tim Holtz Layered Bee die with embossing folder, I die-cut my shape out of chipboard that I adhered patterned paper to.  The patterned paper I used was from BoBunny's "Somewhere in Time" collection.

After this, I embossed the bee with the coordinating embossing folder and inked the edges.

I cut out and embossed the bee again, but this time I used vellum.

Next, I cut off the wings of the chipboard bee and then cut out the vellum wings as shown in my photo.  After the vellum wings were cut out, I applied a few shades of alcohol ink.  I attached my vellum wings to the back of my bee with a glue dot.

My bee was done!

I added in some flowers from Petaloo, Letter Stickers from Tim Holtz, and BoBunny chipboard pieces to my card base.  I then adhered my bee to my card.

I also have a layout featured today on the Weekly Scrapper blog here.  It's a layout that I did for the Tim Holtz CHA booth, featuring my favourite dies from this year's Tim Holtz CHA release.  Our shipment of these new dies should be at the store any day now!  Love these Seashore dies.  Hope you visit their blog, lots of inspiration!

Thanks so much for stopping by,


Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Urban Scrapbook Monthly Challenge Kit

Hi everyone, it's that time again, Urban Scrapbook's Monthly Layout challenge!  This month our kits were filled with paper goodness from Heidi Swapp, embellishments, gelatos, and even a stencil!  Here's my layout:

The kits are for sale at Urban Scrapbook, and this month the instructions for my layout are included in each kit.  You can also check out what the other design team members created with this same kit here, here and last but not least, here.

I have a few other projects to share, but it will have to wait for another day.  I haven't taken photos yet, (that would help, wouldn't it!), just haven't had a chance.  The weather has been so nice here, so I have been spending a lot of time in the yard, working on my flower beds.  They have been a bit of a disaster,  we now have not one, but two dogs who like to charge through them!  They have been foraging in the beds, looking for peanuts that the Blue Jays have hidden.  I can always tell what they've been up to, both their noses are full of dirt!

Thanks for stopping by,


Monday, July 7, 2014

Fab 50's Sizzix Inspiration

Hi Everyone, hope you join me today on the Sizzix blog for some 50's layout inspiration!

Have a great day!


Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Tea Light Stand

Have you ever had one of those projects that you are excited to start and you think you have a great idea, and then it just goes downhill from there?  I'm not sure where I was going with this one, it all started with the new Tim Holtz layered bee with embossing folder die.  I was really excited to use it, but as you can see there's no bee on this project!  Oh well, I'll use it on something else.

I did end up with this which I'm going to call a tea light stand.

I used the Mini Cupcake Stand die by Sizzix's Brenda Walton and patterned paper from BoBunny called, "Somewhere in Time".  Love the colours in this collection, and it has a bit of a steampunk look to it.
The instructions for this mini cupcake stand can be downloaded from the Sizzix website where the die is showcased.

It's very easy to assemble! These stands would be fun for cupcakes at parties or on a dinner table. Once I had mine assembled, I inked the edges, and applied Pumice Stone Distress Glitter to the scalloped edge.
For my wired cage, I used this tea light holder:

I have a few of these, and thought that without the glass insert, it would look great upside down on my stand.

The wire cage is very light, so it was perfect for my stand.  You could always make your own cage out of wire, that new Prima covered wire would look great!
I made two flowers from my Bo Bunny paper and Sizzix's Susan Tierney Poppy die.  There are also step by step instructions that you can download for assembling this die.

The various leaves were die-cut from Sizzix's Tim Holtz Spring Greenery Decorative Strip Die and Bo Bunny patterned paper.  The dark blue leaves were hand cut from my patterned paper.

Once I had my flowers and leaves finished, I adhered them to the top of my wired cage.  I also added in a few small flowers from Petaloo.

And that is my finished project.  

As for the bee, ...

It was too big for my tea light stand so I used it on a card.  I haven't taken a photo yet of the card, it got dark here early, lots of rain!  Hopefully I'll have it on here in the next day or two.

Wishing all Canadians, a great Canada Day tomorrow!

Thanks for stopping by,


Saturday, June 28, 2014

Dragonfly Card

I can't believe it's the end of June already.  I thought I was finally getting things done and on time, but it seems like every week more gets added to my list.
My sisters and I are having to share the responsibility of taking care of our parents more every week, so the free time is shrinking.  You'd never know by looking at her, our mom is 89 and our dad will be 91 on July 1st.  Unfortunately, he is really starting to look and feel his age.  It's hard to believe he was still driving at the beginning of the year!  Hope I do as well as them in my old age!
It was also my sister's birthday last week and here is a card I made for her:

I just received this new Tim Holtz Dragonfly die and embossing folder last week.  I have been anxiously waiting for this one, the butterfly and the bee, ever since I saw them at CHA.  Hope you don't get sick of looking at my projects using these ones, I'm pretty sure I'll be using them a lot!
I used Bo Bunny's new Enchanted Garden paper collection.  Love the colours in this line.

 The "happy birthday" is a new Sizzix ShadowPress Debossing folder called Sentiments.  For those of you who haven't used these, they mimic the look of letterpress designs.  The words are pressed down instead of raised up, and the negative space can be filled with inks, markers or other colour mediums.   I just lightly inked the flat surface, which highlighted the negative area.  I love how subtle the words look on the card.

Behind my dragonfly is a trellis die-cut, cut out from Sizzix's Trellis Frameworks die.  I glued patterned paper to a piece of chipboard and then cut it out.  Seems like I have been using these Sizzix frameworks dies a lot,  they are perfect for adding dimension to any project.

For my dragonfly, I again glued patterned paper to chipboard and then cut out.  After cutting out, I placed the dragonfly in the matching embossing folder, and ran it through my Big Shot.  I inked the edges with Evergreen Bough Distress ink, and Prima's Metallic Purple Chalk Ink.  With Ranger's Crackle Accents, I applied it over the entire dragonfly and let dry.  Once it was dry, I applied a very small amount of Gold Rub 'n Buff Metallic Wax finish(with my finger) to the dragonfly and wiped off any excess, leaving it just in the cracks. I think I'm obsessed with crackle, can't stop crackling everything! lol.

To finish off my card, I added a couple of flowers from Petaloo (Botanical Blooms).

I'm working on card using the bee, will show and tell soon.    
We were hoping that these new dies were going to arrive last week at the store, but the shipment has been delayed.  Hopefully this week!

Thanks for stopping by,


Friday, June 20, 2014

Compendium of Curiosities Challenge #4

It's been a hectic couple of weeks here, inventory at the store and busy on the home front, so I wasn't sure if I would be able to find the time for Linda Ledbetter's Compendium of Curiosities Challenge #4.
I managed to fit in a tag for the Texture Paste and Layering Stencils challenge (page 49 from Tim Holtz's book).  Here's my tag:

If you haven't played with stencils and modelling paste, you're missing out! The stencils I used were, Tim's Splattered, Measured, and Speckles.  I also used Tim's stamps from his Typography and Cracks & Speckles sets.  I used Wendy Vecchi's Crackle paste, Tim Holtz Distress stains and inks.
My gears were cut out with paper covered chipboard and Sizzix's Tim Holtz Movers & Shapers Gears.

If you haven't played along yet, head on over to Linda's blog and check out what the Curiosity Crew have created for each challenge.  They are amazing artists! And if that isn't enough, there are prizes to be won for each challenge.

I've mentioned this previously, but to play along you need a copy of Tim's Compendium Of Curiosities Volume 3, which I believe there are still some left at Urban Scrapbook!

Have a great weekend everyone!