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!

Thanks for stopping by,


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!

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

CHA Tim Holtz Projects

I've been very fortunate for the past couple of years, to be asked to create for the Tim Holtz booth at CHA (Craft & Hobby Association) Mega Show.  I'm always amazed  that I get to be a part of this with an amazing group of talented people.  It is so exciting when that box arrives!  My husband can't quite get what all the excitement is about, over this box of paper, metal pieces and such.  That's the worst part, you can't share it with anyone, it's top secret!  Here are the samples I created this year:

Who can resist doilies!  I know I can't, so loved using this Thinlits Doily(Sizzix 661497) die on this card.  After die-cutting it with cardstock, I inked with Distress Ink, then embossed with clear embossing powder.  I sprayed Distress Spray Stain (I think Stormy Skies) all over the embossed doily and then heated it again with my heat gun.  The heat kind of melted the colour into the clear melted powder, giving it a mottled blue glassy look.  The papers are from the new Dapper collection, the metal charm is the TH93270 Antique Cameo frame, with a rub-on 6  from TH93287 Gilded Accents, and my other dies were Tiny Tattered Florals 660227, Scribbles & Splat 660222, and Debossing Months Set 660046.

I was also asked to use this Typo Upper Alphabet Die.  This is a Bigz XL Steel Rule die, so the letters are 1 1/4" tall and can be cut out with thicker materials. This die is released in April.  I used the new adhesive backed Textile TH93294 paper on top of chipboard for the letters and coloured them black.  These extra large gadget gears TH93297 made great flowers!  The stems are patterned paper (Dapper collection) cut in strips and the leaves were die-cut from the Textile paper.

This Dapper guy is another new Bigz die 661192, also releasing in April.  I die-cut this from a piece of Substrate paper (TH93291) that was embossed with the Herringbone embossing folder (661201).  This paper comes in three different colours, is resilient, flexible and can be stitched, painted, punched, however you want to alter it.  I adhered adhesive backed linen from the Textile Surfaces pkg behind the die-cut.  There's new design tape in gold or silver and two different widths.  This is what I used around the edge of my mat.

This Dapper Paper Collection has a masculine theme but it can be used in other ways too, like this vacation 8 x 8 layout.  These are older dies used in this layout, the Globe(660214), Handwritten Journey(660217), Mixed Media (660220), Courtyard Frameworks (659429), Labels Set (660060).  The courtyard frameworks were die-cut from chipboard, then painted with a mixture of black gesso and texture paste.  This gave the rough texture that I highlighted with Distress Paints.  The metal embellishments are new also; the Watch Cameos (TH93264) and Nailheads (TH93277).  These Display Hangers (TH93271) are perfect for hanging those special projects.

This 8 x 10 layout features the Dapper Bigz die again, this time the die-cut pieces, not the negative piece.  There's also the Black & Gold Mini Cabinet Card, Nailheads, Watch Cameo, Dapper Design Tape, Gilded Accents and Alphabet rub-ons from the new release.  The Typo Bigz XL die was used again, with fabric covered chipboard.  The Mixed Media Thinlit die was used with Dapper paper and metallic Tim Holtz Core-dinations paper.

My last project is a 12 x 12 vacation layout, again featuring the Typo Alphabet die.  This is used with paper covered chipboard.  The "explore" is from Adventure Block Words 660212 and the negative die-cut is used.  I die cut the patterned paper and then die-cut the "ex" on my photo, the brown cardstock mat shows through.  The metal gears have the Dapper epoxy brad and pearl in the center.  A mini Plaquette (th93296) is hanging from twine with a globe charm.  The small leaves are punched out from the Tim Holtz Large Laurel Punch (660172).  The Tim Holtz Labels Thinlits dies are used here also, along with the mini Filmstrip (658551) die-cut from the Substrate paper.  Can't forget the Dapper Design tape, love this stuff!

Well, that's all my CHA projects!  Don't you love this release?  I'm always crazy for all the different metal embellishments, they can be used on everything.  
I'm so grateful for the opportunity to design for this show.  Thank you, Tim!

Until next time,


Friday, February 19, 2016

A Stamped Doily Card

Hello!  Today I sat down just to play and create something.  No deadline, not for work, just for me.  It doesn't seem to happen as much as I would like, but it's pretty hard to resist the need to use some new products.  There has been a lot of that arriving in the past week at the store.  I seemed to have spent a small fortune (how did that happen?), thank goodness it was payday!  One of my purchases was this Tim Holtz Doily Stamp set:

How did I  get the floral pattern on my stamp?  It's easier than you think!

This is my favourite paper from the new Tim Holtz Paper Stash "Dapper" Collection, so I decided to use this for my pattern.  I cut out a piece 5 3/4 x 5 3/4 and stamped three of the doilies from my set(CMS254) on my paper with clear embossing ink.  I then used clear embossing powder on the images and heat set.  This now acts as a resist.  Next I sprayed the entire surface with Aged Mahogany Distress Spray Stain.  Wipe off the excess that has pooled on the resist doilies. Don't you love this colour?  The pattern shows through on the areas that resisted the spray. See, how easy is that!

To accent my stamped doilies, I applied and rubbed in with a Walnut Stain Distress Crayon along the outside edges.  Love these crayons, they are so creamy.  I just rubbed with my finger, so it gave a soft shadow.

To finish off my card, I applied Tim Holtz Gold Design Tape to a strip of Gold Metallic Core-dinations cardstock and adhered this to my card.  I dyed some Tim Holtz Crinkle Ribbon with Tarnished Brass Mica Spray and Tarnished Brass Distress Stain Spray and tied it into a bow after it had dried.  Hung from it is one of the new Idea-ology Cameo Frames(a piece of patterned paper inside).  My "celebrate" is from Sizzix's Tim Holtz 660215 Celebrate Handwritten die. This is matted on black cardstock, then gold metallic core-dinations paper, before my card base.

This is just another way to use your stash of stamps and patterned paper!

Thanks for stopping by and hope you come back and visit.  I haven't had a chance to show my Tim Holtz CHA booth projects, I will be doing that soon!