A Flip-it Card

Well, the holidays are coming to an end, but there are always other occasions to celebrate.  Here's a card created with Stephanie Barnard's Triple Square Flip-its set by Sizzix.

This set comes with 10 framelit dies, six of them are different sizes of small squares.  Three of those have little tiny dots around the edges that cut out, just like the one I used behind my butterflies.  Love these, I think these can be used for so many different projects.  I used Kaiser's new collection, "Violet Crush" for my card.

With my Sizzix Magnetic platform, I cut out one card base from white cardstock.  After folding along the creased edges, I adhered my card pieces that I also cut out with the platform and patterned paper.
I know I've said this many times but, using that platform makes cutting out wafer thin dies so much easier.  They do not move, so if you need an exact spot that you need to cut out, this makes it super easy.  After my squares were cut out and adhered, I applied Violet Crush butterflies on top with pop-dots.  The inside of the card is a journaling card and a few cut out flowers from paper.

I also cut out two sizes of squares, one out of patterned paper, the other cardstock as a mat, three times.  See how I was able to position my paper so that a small flower was in the center of the square?  Using the platform makes this so easy.  I adhered these to the inside of my card front.
A very easy and fast card to make!

The holidays aren't quite over for Sizzix!  For those of you living in the US and Canada, Sizzix has extended their $250 Gift Card Giveaway to January 12th, 2014.  Check out the details here and make sure you enter!
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Christmas Centerpiece

I don't know about you, but I'm starting to panic!  How can it be Christmas next week?!  There is so much I have to get done and the days are just flying by.  If you are one of the lucky ones and are ready for Christmas, you might want to check this out.  I have a tutorial on the Sizzix blog today on how I made this Christmas centerpiece:

I was going to make a few of them for my Christmas table, but so far, this is the only one!  Oh well, maybe next year!

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Decorating for Christmas

I have a short tutorial on the Sizzix Blog today, featuring this project:

You will be surprised as to what die I used to make my lantern!  Hope you visit me there!

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Countdown to Creativity

I have a special preview for everyone today!  I'm sharing a canvas that I created using three new Sizzix Tim Holtz dies that are being pre-released before CHA in January.  I know that a lot of you will want these dies, they are amazing!  I created this 16 x 20 canvas:

One of the dies is a Bigz XL die called, "Jumbo Tattered Florals(659441)".  Yes, that's right, your favourite tattered flowers but jumbo!  The largest flower measures 5" in diameter, and there are three other flowers, along with two leaves.  The other two dies are Garden Greens(bigz die 659436) and Spring Greenery(decorative strip 659573).  I see a lot of fabric cutting in the future!

Here's how I created my canvas:

First I took my 16 x 20 linen canvas (it came already primed with a clear gesso) and using black crackle paint, painted the center area.  Then with Tim Holtz Bubble and Dot Fade stencils, I painted randomly around the edges.

After my canvas was dry, I added in a few places, leaves with black crackle paint that was tinted with Primary Elements pigment powders. I used a  stencil I made with acrylic and the Garden Greens bigz die.  That's the beauty of bigz dies, you can use acrylic to make your own stencils.  After my paint dried, I used my Dot Fade, Bubble and Splattered stencils and green Tim Holtz Distress paint to add a bit of colour in random areas. I also used a bit of Lindy's starburst spray.  Set this aside to dry.

For my flowers, I used a combination of burlap, Tim Holtz "Eclectic Elements" fabric and paper.  After I cut out my larger burlap flower, I used a very fine wire and machine zigzagged it to my flower.  I wanted to be  able to shape my flower so it was more dimensional.  I then layered a fabric die cut flower over top with a hot glue gun.  

I cut out various flowers and leaves out of the different materials.  For the large paper flower, I embossed it with Sizzix's Tim Holtz Springtime (657491) embossing folder.  The smaller flower was fabric and burlap pieces glue gunned together.  

Glue these altogether and add a Tim Holtz compass coin in the middle.  When I was working with the burlap, I found it came apart easy.  I ended up painting a layer of Ranger's Matte Medium on one side which held the piece together and it dried transparent.

For the greenery, I cut these out of various patterned papers.  I always cut out quite a few, as sometimes I like to cut them apart.

I adhered a 12 x 12 fabric piece from Tim Holtz elements with a clear thick gel molding paste.  For my various die-cut pieces, I applied Tim Holtz clear rock candy crackle paint generously to the area and then laid down the die cut and applied more crackle paint.  Some of the pieces, I didn't glue down the entire piece.

I added in my flowers, more die-cut greenery, my photos (inserted into Tim Holtz Cabinet Card Frames), my title, and a small quote on a die-cut piece of paper.  When I was searching for photos, I realized I don't have very many recent photos of my kids!  I have to resort to using what I can find on Facebook or Instagram!  

 I love using different types of greenery dies in my layouts and cards, I know these dies will be well used! Make sure you let your local scrapbook store about these dies, I know The Urban Scrapbook will definitely be preordering these.  To learn more about these dies, visit the Sizzix website or visit Tim's blog.  

To help get you inspired, the Sizzix Design Team has created projects using these dies.  Throughout the month, the Sizzix blog will be sharing a link to one of the designer's blogs featuring their fabulous project.

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Christmas Card Inspiration

Just a short post today, for some Christmas Card inspiration.

I created this card using Sizzix's Tim Holtz Framed Silhouettes Framelit Set and BoBunny's Silver & Gold collection.

These framelits are so easy to use, especially with Sizzix's new Magnetic platform.  Love, love this platform, your dies do not move!  First I stamped my images on my paper and embossed (I used Stampendous Aged Green Embossing Enamel).  Then I placed my paper on my platform, lined up the framelit and ran it through my machine.  I highlighted some of the flower centres and the snowflake with Stickles, then adhered them to my card.  How easy is that?!

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Merry Christmas Layout

It's time again for the monthly challenge at Urban Scrapbook.  This month our kits were filled with papers and embellishments from Heidi Swapp's "Believe" collection.  Here's my layout:

Once again the girls on the Urban Design Team created some amazing layouts.  Make sure you check them out!  Kits are also for sale at the store.

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