A Birthday Card

I have finally had a chance to get a little scrapbooking done.  This has been another crazy month that is flying by, just as fast as last month.  We are still dealing with renovations, hopefully by next week everything will be done.  I did manage to sneak away with my sister Pat, for a fantastic week in San Francisco a couple of weeks ago.  We had so much fun; the weather was gorgeous, lot's of shopping, walking, and laughs. It was hard coming back to our cool temperatures!
Here's my birthday card using the new Sizzix Tim Holtz Tick Tock die:
I don't know why, but I love clocks.  I keep buying different clocks for my home, love any kind of paper with clocks, clock embellishments, and the list goes on.  So when I saw this Sizzix die, I knew I had to have it.  I cut it out with chipboard and "Content"paper from Authentique's collection, Carefree. After glueing the paper to the chipboard, I lightly inked the edges with Weathered Wood and Frayed Burlap Distress Ink, applied Rock Candy Crackle paint and let dry.  I wasn't sure how I wanted the middle of the clock, but after looking through my papers, found this paper (Hip to the Jive-Times Nouveau Collection) from Graphic45, which had clocks that fit perfectly inside.  I also used the paper and stickers from this collection for the rest of the card.  The flowers were made using the Sizzix Pinecone die and Mini Paper Rosette die.  I added in the wood Prima bird, mini Prima flowers, a brad from My Mind's Eye, and my rub-on sentiments were some old ones from 7Gypsies.
Hope this inspires you with at least one idea on how to use your clock die, I'm sure I'll have more in the future!
Have a great day!



Hexagons & Honeycombs

Today I'm posting a tutorial on the Sizzix blog!  I created this layout on a wood panel, the details are here. I had so much fun altering my hexagons!

I hope you visit the Sizzix blog for more photos and instructions.
Have a great National Scrapbook Day tomorrow!


The layout that became a tag

I've had a layout sitting on my desk that I started a couple of weeks ago with Basic Grey's collection called Konnichiwa.  I decided to finish it, and while searching for my lost photo in my huge pile of "stuff", I came across a tag that I had done while doing Tim Holtz's Creative Chemistry class.  The colors matched the paper perfectly so I was inspired to finish off the tag with my flowers I had cut for the layout.
Here's my tag:
The background of the tag is done with Ripe Persimmon Distress Ink, and I think (sorry, it's been awhile since I did it)Scattered Straw and Fired Brick, along with Perfect Pearls.  I then embossed the tag with the Sizzix Book Covers set.  I lightly sanded it and inked Weathered Wood distress ink on top. I added the BoBunny butterfly and metal embellishment, my Konnichiwa paper flowers(cut with Spellbinders Bitty Blossoms die), stickers, paper and the ScrapFX chipboard dragonfly.  I used Lindy's Stamp Gang Starburst sprays on the dragonfly.  If you haven't tried these sprays, they are amazing!
I guess I should go and finish my layout now!
Tomorrow I have another project on the Sizzix blog, hope you visit me there!



May Monthly Challenge

is up at Urban Scrapbook!  It seems like I just finished April's challenge, I can't believe how fast the month went.  April was a busy month for me with seven birthdays in our family, plus we have a kitchen renovation that started.  It's only been two weeks into the reno and it's already driving me crazy, how do people cope with ones that last for months?  We live in an older home, so there have been some electrical surprises, which lead to, us not having any power in my scrapbook room, the computer/t.v. room and the bathroom.  Of course, it had to be the rooms I use!  I think the worst is over, they are inspecting the electrical right now, hopefully there won't be any more surprises!  I'm sitting here, typing with my dog on my lap, I have to keep her away from the electrician while he's busy, she's in love with him!
Anyways, here's my layout for May:
This month, our kits include the new Heidi Swapp collection, "Sugar Chic".  This has been quite popular at the store, along with her new resist paper.  The circle in the middle is the striped resist design.  When you ink or use colored spray on the paper, the resist part stays white, making your paper very unique!  

We had the Sugar Chic Bow-ties in our kits also, which are very easy to take apart and alter.  I ran this one through my Vagabond with the Tim Holtz Dot-Matrix embossing folder. I highlighted a few dots with ink and added a flower cut out with the Tim Holtz Tattered Pinecone die.  The small black flower and the lace looking strips are made with the Tim Holtz Vintage Lace die. The yellow fringe strip is Heidi Swapp's Sunshine Trimmings.  When you lightly heat these, they curl up, and change form!
Inside the kits are Heidi's Buzzwords, which are word stickers.  I used alcohol ink to color the word beautiful, which was a purple/pink to black, so it would show up better on my paper.  Love these words, wish Heidi would make a package of commonly used words, all in black!  This month, the included sketch called for five photos, which wasn't too bad, especially when the four were small.
These photos are from my favorite Greenhouse and gift shop, Wellington Gardens.  They close after Christmas and reopen at the end of March, with wonderful Spring displays.  The owners travel all over the world to bring back antiques and wonderful treasures!
Hope you have a great week!


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