A tag using techniques from Tim Holtz's Chemistry 102 class!


Who Are You?

Sizzix is having a great contest! 

To enter the contest, you need to share a picture of yourself, your favourite Sizzix creation, and three words that best describe you. You can learn all about it here. Click here to enter.

The Grand Prize Winner wins a trip to Sizzix for her/him and a friend.  The top 12 entrants win $100.00 Sizzix gift cards.  The top 12 will be chosen by January 15, 2014 and the Grand Prize Winner will be announced February 2014.

The Sizzix Design Team have been asked to play along, so here goes it:

Here's me at work, surrounded by lots of creativity at The Urban Scrapbook!

Three words to describe me:


I've been creating things ever since I can remember.  I sewed my first piece of clothing when I was in grade five (a skirt) and haven't stopped.  Although most of the time lately, I seem to be sewing paper.  Every time I see Amy Friend's and Ebony Love's Sizzix quilting projects, I am so tempted to work on fabric again!  Besides sewing, I've dabbled in oil, water-colour painting, and just about every other medium, so scrapbooking is just an extension of all my hobbies.

I call myself a collector, it sounds nicer.  I love vintage things, they have a story to tell and unfortunately my little house is getting overrun with lots of stories!  I work in a scrapbook store, "The Urban Scrapbook" and it's hard not to collect scrapbook supplies.  My scrapbook room is small and it is getting harder to find a place for everything.  

I've always loved reading.  I can remember getting into trouble as a kid, for not getting my chores done, because I couldn't put my book down!  I always have a book on the go.  I just finished, "The 100 Year Old Man Who Ran Away and Disappeared" and highly recommend it!

My favourite Sizzix project is, and this was hard to choose:

Tutorial for this Dressform Gift box is here.
I hope you will check out the contest and play along.

Thanks for stopping by and have a great weekend!



Trick or Treat

Today I have a tutorial on the Sizzix blog.  Hope you join me there and check out how I created this layout:

I know I've used this photo a number of times, but Roxy looks just too darn cute!

Thanks for stopping by!


Halloween Projects

This month at Urban Scrapbook, our theme was Halloween for the October challenge.  I created this layout on a wood canvas with my kit:

It looks pretty flat from this angle, but there's a lot of dimension here.  I used Sizzix's Brenda Walton Shadow box die for the striped box and filled it with apothecary bottles and chipboard embellishments.

I pop dotted the skeleton chipboard die cut and adhered his arm to the tulle ribbon, so it looks like he's carrying the box.

My sides of the wood canvas were quite wide, so I covered them with Tim Holtz black Shattered card stock, then crackled with clear crackle paint, and to highlight the cracks, added Viva Gold paint.
The orange border was cut from one of my patterned papers.  This collection of papers and embellishments were from My Minds Eye.

I've had this Brenda Walton ballroom slipper die for awhile, but just haven't had a chance to use it.  I decided to make a halloween slipper.  I had so much fun making this, I can see I'm going to be making a few more!

It's so easy, just die cut the shoe parts and paste together.  I added a Tim Holtz Sizzix Mini Rosette die to the top of the shoe, with a Tim Holtz halloween charm.  On the heel of the shoe is a section of Sizzix's Ironwork Gate Sizzlit die.  The paper is from Teresa Collins.

And lastly, I just wanted to share a tag I made from Tim Holtz's Creative Chemistry 102 Online class.  It's the only one I've managed to complete so far, the Eroded Metallic Technique and Coloured Crackle. The leaves are Sizzix's Tim Holtz Leaf Blueprint die & Stamp Set.  If you haven't taken any of his classes, I highly recommend them.  You learn so much about his products and how to use them.  

Hope you have all had a great long weekend, and thanks for stopping by!



Halloween Shadow Box

Today I have a tutorial on the Sizzix blog, hope you visit me there!

Thanks for stopping by,


Pop 'n Cuts Cards

Well, October has arrived and with it, the colder weather.  Of course, I haven't started any clean up in my flower beds, as the weather was so beautiful.  So now I will have to work on them in the cooler temperatures.
I haven't been around here much lately.  Unfortunately, we have been going through a very sad and unexpected family illness.  My mother-in-law was diagnosed unexpectedly with stage four pancreatic cancer in August.  As my in-laws live about an hour out of town, we have had them stay at our house, so we could look after them both better. It was nice that the whole family could be closer to her during her illness.  It turned out to be a very aggressive cancer and sadly mom passed away last week.  We are all still in shock, as she was a very healthy person up until then.
Gwyn was a very vibrant, happy person who will be missed greatly by all those who have known her.  She was so unselfish, her family meant everything to her, and was determined to make every person she met, smile and feel like they were the highlight of her day.  I have great memories of my time with her and will miss her a lot.
She always loved the cards I made for her and displayed them proudly in her china cabinet. So, today I'm going to share a few of my Sizzix pop-up cards that I have made.  Some of them are on display at the store and some of them I have given away.  I love giving away pop-up cards, they are always a nice surprise when opened!

To make these pop-up cards, I used Sizzix's Karen Burniston Pop 'n Cuts Bigz XL base die and different magnetic inserts you can change out.  If you would like to learn more about these dies and lots of inspiration, check out Karen's blog, "I am not left-handed."  She even has video tutorials on how to make spinners inside the cards, as I did on my halloween one.  When opened, the skeleton moves from behind the gravestone!

Hope you have a great day, and maybe this post will inspire you to make someone special in your life, a card.  Why wait for a special occasion, just send one to let them know they are important to you.

Until next time,


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