Make 'em laugh...

is the theme for the Operation Write Home blog hop.  I don't know if my card is going to make you laugh, but if you had seen me trying to take a photo of this card, you would have been pretty amused!  I had to take it outside, for better light, and it was windy out.  It kept blowing over and in my attempt to catch it when it fell, I tripped and made a grab for it, breaking the little pop up tab.  After fixing it, I finally was able to take a photo. I'm such a klutz!  Here's my card using Sizzix's Zig Zag die by Karen Burniston:
I used October Afternoon's Sasparilla paper, flags, buttons and stickers for my card.  The stickers are great for the inside pop ups!  I backed mine onto cardstock and then cut out to make them sturdier.  You can also put a little bit of baby powder with a Q-tip on the back of the sticker to remove the stickiness.

Make sure you visit the Sizzix blog, where you can also enter to win one of these dies!

For Canadians who are interested in making cards for our troops, I did find this blogger who has information and links.
Have a wonderful weekend and THANK YOU to the men and women who serve our countries.


My new favorite die....

this week, is the Sizzix "In the Bag" by Tim Holtz.  I've been eyeing this one at the store, and I finally gave in.  Notice how I said this week? It's so hard to be good when every week all these boxes of wonderful things are delivered!

What's really cool about this die, is that it's a Movers & Shapers die.  That means you can use any of your small Movers & Shapers mini dies inside either side of the bag as cut outs. 

 Here's a project I did:

I used Kaisercraft's "Tigerlilly" collection for this bag and tag.  I love anything with butterflies, and this collection is covered with them.  I used the Movers & Shapers mini Butterfly die on the bag front and the Sizzix Tim Holtz Tag die for the tag inside the bag.  I just cut it down to fit inside.

The stamped butterfly is from a Stamper's Anonymous Tim Holtz stamp set, Papillon.  I think this little bag would make great thank-you gifts or teacher's gifts.  You could attach a coffee card or gift card to the tag inside.  If you cover the cut out hole with clear plastic, it could be filled with candy and sealed at the top.  Wouldn't it be cute to give out at Halloween?  I think I'm going to be using this one a lot!  The best part is, it's quick and easy to make a fast gift.
Until next time!


My first post....

as part of the Sizzix Design Team is up today on their blog!

Check out my full project with instructions on the Sizzix blog!

Happy Easter!


April Monthly Challenge

It seems like I just finished posting about Urban Scrapbook's March monthly challenge and here it is April's already!  Although you would never think it is April if you live here, this is what I woke up to yesterday morning:

At least the sun came out by the afternoon, and it all started to melt!

This month our kits included Bo Bunny's Weekend Market papers, jewels,trinkets and buttons.  Our sketch, done by Lynette, calls for 4 photos.  Here's my layout for April's Challenge:


One of the items that I included in the kits, was a piece of corrugated cardstock. I gave all the design team a challenge to make an embellishment out of it.  I was really looking forward to seeing what everyone came up with and they did not disappoint!  After playing around with my corrugated piece, this is what I ended up with:

         I cut very thin strips, across the corrugated, one end not quite 1/4 inch, narrowing down to a tip at the other end.  I started rolling the wider end, right to the thin end, and then glued it in place.  Lynette says they remind her of barnacles or something that you would find on the beach.  That's exactly what I was going for with my photos of the Bay of Fundy Hopewell Rocks.  Last October, my husband and I went  here for the first time and loved it.  Unfortunately, it started pouring and we were soaked!  Luckily the tide was out and we were able to walk around the rocks for a short time.  There were only three other people out there (it was off season and who else would go out in a downpour!) and we were all a little nervous, the tide comes in really fast.  The Bay of Fundy has the highest tides in the world, when it's in it's all the way to the top of these rocks.  It is so beautiful, I would love to go back when it's not raining.
All the diecut pieces of paper were cut using Tim Holtz On the Edge dies by Sizzix.  The dies were; File Tabs, Ornate, and Brackets.  I cut them out of patterned paper and cardstock and then layered them, just showing a little bit of each paper.  When I'm layering different patterned papers, I find that placing just a small bit of solid in between (you don't need much) separates the patterns and they don't look so busy, plus the patterns stand out on their own.
I hope you check out Urban's website and check out all the Design Team's April layouts, they are amazing!
And, speaking of amazing,  you have to see the carrot treat boxes Jeanne Streiff created on the Sizzix blog.  Perfect for Easter!

Have a great weekend!

Exciting News!

I have been keeping a secret for awhile now, and today I can finally share!  I have been invited to be on  the first, and no this is not an April Fools joke,....

I was so excited and honored when the extremely talented Team Leader, Tammy Tutterow, asked me to be a part of this team.   I am really looking forward to working with the following talented ladies:

For lots of inspiration, take a moment and visit their blogs!

I'm a big Sizzix fan, especially those Tim Holtz dies, so I am looking forward to working with this amazing company and all their fabulous products!  I hope  I can inspire all of you with my creations and look forward to a great year of creating!  Thank you Sizzix for the opportunity to be part of this amazing team!
 Sizzix is also celebrating that their Facebook page has passed 20,000 followers and they have a great giveaway on their blog.  Make sure you visit their blog and leave a comment!

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