Christmas Configurations Book

Today I have a tutorial on the Sizzix Blog.  I hope you visit me there to see how I created this Christmas Configurations Book:


There's lots of Sizzix inspiration inside too!

Thanks for stopping by,

Jan
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A Frosty Shoe

I've been creating some Christmas cards for Urban Scrapbook's display, and found myself at a creative standstill.  I decided just to make a Christmas shoe like the Halloween one from Sizzix's Brenda Walton  Slipper die that I made here, to get those creative juices flowing again.  I think I'm hooked on these shoes, they are so fun and easy to create.  One of our customers at the store thought these would make great party favours for women, with a bottle of nail polish tucked inside.  But one of the staff came up with an even better idea, one of those little tiny bottles of liquor!  Everyone agreed, and the nail polish was quickly forgotten!



I used Echo Parks, "Tis the Season" paper, white cardstock and vellum for my shoe.  The snowflake rosette is from Sizzix's Tim Holtz Mini Two Rosette Snowflake Decorative Strip die and the vellum bits on the heel are cut out from Sizzix's Tim Holtz Festive Greenery Decorative strip die.  Once I had my shoe and rosette constructed and the greenery cut out, I applied glossy accents to all of these and poured on Tim Holtz Rock Candy Glitter.  I love using this stuff on everything Christmas!


I added a strip of tinsel across the top of the shoe before adhering my rosette.  The small jewel in the middle of the rosette is from Maya Road.
Sorry, these aren't the greatest photos.  I took lots, but for some reason these were the only two that weren't as blurry.  I don't know what I did wrong there!

It did help me, I went on to making more cards!  I also can't wait to make more shoes!

Thanks for stopping by,

Jan



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Christmas Pop 'N Cuts Cards


With so many wonderful Christmas paper collections out this year, it doesn't take much to create some great cards.  Even dies that aren't Christmas specific, can work so well with seasonal papers.  I used this new Sizzix Pop 'n Cuts House die insert and the Thinlit House Die set to create two very different Christmas cards.



First up is this card created with Webster's collection, "A Christmas Story".





First off, I die cut my card base with the house insert.


I usually cut out an outside base, a little larger than the inside die-cut base and adhere this to the inside base.  I like a sturdy card!


With the thinlit house set, I die-cut the house, chimney and window pieces in white cardstock and the other parts in pale gold glitter paper.  For the front of my card, I used my Sizzix Tim Holtz Poinsettia die and matching Poinsettia Embossing Folder with light pink cardstock.  I love that this die has a matching embossing folder, it adds so much dimension to it.


I also used this Sizzix Labels and Stitched Frames framelit by Karen Burniston for the inside of my cards.   I love the stitched effect!

For the poinsettia, I lightly swiped white Tim Holtz Distress paint to give it a more frosty pink look.  After drying, I spread a layer of glossy accents on top and then poured Rock Candy Glitter over, and shook off the excess.  Let this dry and then assemble your flower.  I added in some hand cut paper pieces underneath, some gold bling swirls on my base and my front was finished.

For my house, I lightly inked the edges and embossed areas and adhered to the house card base. Adhere all of the house parts and again apply glossy accents.  I didn't do it to the entire area of the house and trim, just random areas.  Apply the Rock Candy Glitter as done to the poinsettia.  I used a small section of Tim Holtz Silver Tinsel Twine, coloured it with pink alcohol ink and made it into a small wreath for the door.  I added in my stitched label and Webster's elements.  

Here is another version of the exact same Pop 'N Cuts card:

I used Bazzill's new Christmas Line, "Nordic Pines" for this card.  The letters are by Tim Holtz and the snowflakes are die-cut with black chipboard from Sizzix's Tim Holtz mini snowflakes die.


Isn't it amazing how different the two cards look, just by changing up the papers?
This is such a versatile die too.
I'm off to create more cards, thanks for stopping by!

Jan


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"Recorded" layout

I have a short tutorial on the Sizzix blog today, featuring this layout and their new Shabby Chic dies:


Hope you visit me there!

Jan
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Urban's November Layout

Hi everyone,  it's that time again for Urban Scrapbook's monthly Design Team Challenge.


This month our kits included paper and embellishments from Echo Park's line called, "Reflections" designed by Lori Whitlock.  Love this collection, and they have added a Christmas line by Lori this year too.



I had a bit of fun playing with my Lindy's sprays and embossing powders and also Viva's Ferro Metallic paste on the background.

  
I used my Sizzix Christmas Cardinal Die for the bird, I just cut off the pointed part of his head.  It was cut from the burgundy cardstock and embossed with Lindy's Midnight Copper Obsidian embossing powder and while still hot, a rubber stamp pressed into the bird's body.  I highlighted a few areas with Viva Gold Copper paste. Some hand-cut leaves and dragonfly from patterned paper, my stamped and embossed wood circle, wood altered frames, a altered embossed burlap flower, and buttons were added.  The stencils I used were from Prima and Tim Holtz.

My husband and I were in Vancouver this summer and decided to spend the day at the Capilano Suspension Bridge Park.  I am a little afraid of heights but I decided to conquer my fear!  I didn't do too bad, even walked across the cliff walk!  The frame in my photo is actually a giant frame that everyone posed behind for photos.  I remember going there once as a kid and being terrified, so I'm glad I went again.  I would highly recommend it if you are ever in Vancouver!
The layouts are on display at the store and up on Urban's blog, make sure you check out our talented team of designers!

Thanks for stopping by,

Jan


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