Thursday, February 11, 2016

I Am Lost Without You!

 

Hello there! Is there someone in your life without whom you'll be lost? If you answered yes, then you should totally make this card for that special person using these cute Sizzix dies by Debi Potter!


Start by die-cutting the Kitten and Garden Flowers. To do so, create the following Sizzix sandwich: lay the Sizzix Bigz Die - Kitten blade side up on a Sizzix Accessory Cutting Pads - Standard. Lay cardstock on the blade surface of the Kitten die and cover with the other Standard Cutting Pad. Pass the whole sandwich through the Sizzix Big Shot machine.

Repeat the same sandwich as above to die-cut the flower, leaves, etc. with the Sizzix Bigz Die - Garden Flower.


Here are all the die-cut pieces.


Attach the die-cut pieces of the Kitten and Garden Flower to a 5.5" x 5.5" card.


Outline the pieces with a black pen.


Color the Kitten and Garden Flower with Gelatos colors.


Color the background with Gelatos and watercolor pencil.


Draw some hearts on the background.


Brushletter your sentiment 'I am lost without you!' or stamp it. Cut out and attach to card to finish. 
 
Supplies:
Sizzix Bigz Die - Kitten
Sizzix Bigz Die - Garden Flower
Sizzix Accessory Cutting Pads - Standard
Sizzix Big Shot machine
Others: cardstock, Gelatos, watercolor pencils, paint brush, pen, paint, adhesive

 
Note: I am a project designer for Sizzix. Sizzix provided me with the above dies to create the above project. If you click the links to buy these dies, I will earn an itsy bitsy portion of the sale. Use the code SZB2015 at checkout. You get 15% off and I get an itsy bitsy portion of the sale. It's win-win!

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

A Layout with the RG Make Amazing collection


So, for today's layout, I used the following supplies:
Make Amazing stamp and die sets (coming soon)
Celebra'tions Linen Thread (SCT-001) 
Celebra'tions Captivating Coral & Luscious Lime inkpads 
Journey Silk



Stamp the pharses with Hazelnut Blend ink on Whip Cream cardstock. Diecut them using corresponding dies using the Journey Platinum machine with plates.


Paint a frame for your photo with paints.


Attach the photo with  Easy Glide Permanent Adhesive Runner.


Mount the phrases to the layout with small Journey Foam Squares.


Wrap around some Celebra'tions Linen Thread around the bottom of the layout. Staple in place to secure.

 
 
Splatter some green Journey Silk on the page.


Stamp the flower twice with Celebra'tions Captivating Coral ink pad. Stamp the stem with Luscious Lime inkpad. Diecut the stamped images using Journey Platinum machine with corresponding dies.

Doodle some details on your diecut stamped images.


Attach the flowers and stems to the layout. Attach a painted tag and journal on it to finish.

Thanks for stopping by!

Tuesday, February 09, 2016

Hello Love: A Crazy Bird Valentine


Say Happy Valentine's Day with this a Crazy Bird card!
 
 



Stamp these pieces from Bird Crazy and Crazy Things Cling stamp sets on cardstock using Ranger Dye Ink pad Black Tie.


To die cut the Crazy Things, create the following Sizzix sandwich: lay a Sizzix Accessory Standard Cutting Pad on another Sizzix Accessory Standard Magnetic Platform for Wafer Thin Dies. Lay the stamped cardstock on the Standard Cutting Pad and the corresponding Crazy Things Framelits dies blade side down on the stamped images. The strong magnets of the Magnetic Platform for Wafer Thin Dies will hold each die in place for neat and precise die cutting. Cover with the other Standard Cutting Pad and pass the whole sandwich through the Sizzix Big Shot machine.


These are the die-cut Crazy Things pieces.


To die cut the Bird Crazy bird, create the same Sizzix sandwich as above: lay a Standard Cutting Pad on the Standard Magnetic Platform for Wafer Thin Dies. Lay the stamped cardstock on the Standard Cutting Pad and the corresponding Bird Crazy Framelits dies blade side down on the stamped images. 

You'll notice that I stamped the same bird twice. That is because I want to create this bird in layers. First, we are cutting the whole bird and just his wings from the second stamped image. 

Cover with the other Standard Cutting Pad and pass the whole sandwich through the Sizzix Big Shot machine. 


Repeat the exact same sandwich as above to die-cut the eyes and beak of the bird.

NOTE: Do not try to cut the wings and face of this bird in one go because your Bird Crazy Framelits dies will overlap and ruin the dies during the cutting process. So, best to take it in steps!


Here are all the pieces of the bird from Bird Crazy set.


Now is THE most fun step of this process: you get to assemble the layers to make this Crazy Bird look the part! 

Use pop dots in various sizes and you still might have to cut the dots smaller to hide behind the fine die-cut lines, especially for his spectacles. For this, use a sharp non-stick pair of scissors like Tim Holtz Kushgrip scissors.


Fold a cardstock to make a 5.5" x 4.25" card.  To create an interesting backdrop for the Crazy Bird, diecut a heart trio from the Crazy Things set, out of the front flap of the card. To do this create the following Sizzix Sandwich: lay a Standard Cutting Pad on the Standard Magnetic Platform for Wafer Thin Dies. Unfold the card and lay on the Standard Cutting Pad. Lay the heart trio Crazy Things Framelits die blade side down on the front flap of the card. Cover with the other Standard Cutting Pad and pass the whole sandwich through the Sizzix Big Shot machine.


Brush letter the sentiment 'Hello Love!' and cut out with scissors. Attach the Bird to the card and the sentiment below it. 


You can now color your whole Bird, just parts of it like I did or just leave it black and white if you like.

No matter what color scheme you choose, this little bird will surely bring your valentine plenty of cheer!  

Supplies:
Sizzix Framelits Die Set 33PK - Crazy Things
Sizzix Framelits Die Set 18PK - Bird Crazy
Stampers Anonymous Cling Mount Stamps - Crazy Things
Stampers Anonymous Cling Mount Stamps - Bird Crazy

Sizzix Big Shot Machine
Sizzix Accessory Cutting Pads, Standard
Sizzix Accessory - Standard Magnetic Platform for Wafer Thin Dies
Others: cardstock, markers, adhesives, inkpad, scissors, paint, paintbrush
 

Note: I am a project designer for Sizzix. Sizzix provided me with the above dies to create the above project. If you click the links to buy these dies, I will earn an itsy bitsy portion of the sale. Use the code SZB2015 at checkout. You get 15% off and I get an itsy bitsy portion of the sale. It's win-win!

Sunday, January 31, 2016

Another Valentine Idea

 
Today I have another Valentine idea for you! Wherever I go shopping, I see Valentine's Day decorations... lots of hearts everywhere. I am inspired by all those hearts! 
So, for today's card, I used the following supplies:
Noteworthy Patterned Paper (coming soon)
Noteworthy Stamp set (coming soon)
Banner Trio SCD-019
Crease Tool [TO-0040]
Others: thread, sewing machine

Now, let me walk you through the steps of making this card.


Fold cardstock to make a 5.5" 4.25" card. Trim Noteworthy Patterned paper to 5.25" x 4". Attach to card with Easy Glide Permanent Adhesive Runner.


Wrap some thread around your palm and slide it off. Attach it to the card with some tape.


Diecut a heart using Pierced Heart dies using the Journey Platinum Machine. 


Diecut a banner using Banner Trio dies using the Journey Platinum Machine. 


Stitch the banner to the heart. Mount the heart to the card with Journey Foam Squares.


Stamp the 'You & Me' sentiment on a piece of Whip Cream Cardstock using Hazelnut Blend Ink pad.  


Cut the sentiment out and attach it to the card with Journey Foam Squares.

Hope you enjoyed today's card tutorial and found some fun ideas to use in your own projects. 

Friday, January 29, 2016

Another Valentine Gift Card Holder


How would you like to treat your Valentine? Sweetly, I'm sure! But that is so much easier when you are in pre-school, isn't it? Just give candies. But the older we are, it gets a bit harder. I get chocolates and roses practically every time. Sometimes, perfumes. But I'm a crafter. While I appreciate the roses and the chocolates and the perfumes very much, I crave more for a collection of Golden acrylic paints or a collection of interesting stencils or an audio book to listen to while I craft. And I am usually very stumped when I have to pick gifts for such occasions. A man can only have so many sweaters and socks and ties!!! With time, I have come to realize that gift cards work better in my family. I know, he stops at a Starbucks on his way to work. So, this year, Starbucks it is! But that doesn't mean that I can't add my personal crafty touches to the gift! So, here's a gift card holder fit for the occasion made with my collection of new Echo Park dies from Sizzix.


Start by die-cutting Card A2 Striped. To die cut this card, create the following Sizzix sandwich: Lay the Card, A2 Striped blade side up on a Sizzix Accessory Cutting Pads - Extended. Lay a 6" x 12" cardstock on the die and cover with another Extended Cutting Pad. Pass the whole sandwich through the Sizzix Big Shot Machine.

To diecut the silhouette, create the following Sizzix sandwich: Lay Sizzix Bigz Die - Pocket, Heart die blade side up on a Sizzix Accessory Cutting Pads - Standard. Lay a 6" x 6" patterned paper on the die and cover with another Standard Cutting Pad. Pass the whole sandwich through the Sizzix Big Shot Machine.

Repeat this step with the Sizzix Bigz Die - Heart Viewfinder and Sizzix Bigz Die - Love Silhouettes  to die-cut the pieces for your gift card holder.

Here are the die-cut pieces.


Fold the A2 Striped Card diecut and fold in the tabs of the Heart pocket.


Attach the  Heart pocket to the A2 Striped Card. This will be the pocket for your gift card.


Attach the Silhouette to the Heart Viewfinder.


Attach the ribbons to the A2 Striped Card. 
To add some texture, wrap some thread around your palm loosely, pull out and lay on the A2 Striped Card surface. Use tape to hold it in place.
Attach the Silhouette and Viewfinder to the card overlapping the thread. Personalize to finish.
 
Happy Valentine's Day to you all!

Supplies:
Sizzix Bigz XL Die - Card, A2 Striped
Sizzix Bigz Die - Love Silhouettes
Sizzix Bigz Die - Pocket, Heart  
Sizzix Bigz Die - Heart Viewfinder 
Sizzix Big Shot Machine
Sizzix Accessory - Cutting Pads, Extended
Sizzix Accessory Cutting Pads, Standard
Others: Cardstock, Patterned paper, Thread, Adhesive 


Note: I am a project designer for Sizzix. Sizzix provided me with the above dies to create the above project. If you click the links to buy these dies, I will earn an itsy bitsy portion of the sale. Use the code SZB2015 at checkout. You get 15% off and I get an itsy bitsy portion of the sale. It's win-win!

Thursday, January 28, 2016

Timber, I'm falling for you


Hello there! Today I have another Valentines idea for the rough and tough men in our lives! And even if they are not the lumberjack type, I think it's totally cute to give them a card like this one. What do you think?

Here's what I used to make this card:
Bubble Gum 8.5x11 Cardstock Product # [CS-0099]
Whip Cream 8.5 x 11 Cardstock [CS-0040]
Lumberjack Days Stamps & Dies sets: Bromance LJSD-005, Timber LJSD-002 (coming soon)
Lumberjack Days Printed Paper 6" x 6" LJPP-001(coming soon)
Journey Platinum Machine w/Plates [TO-0090] 
Others: color pencils

And now, let me walk you through the steps. 


Start by trimming the cardstock down to 8.5" x 5.5". Fold in half to make a 4.25" x 5.5" cad. Use the crease tool to make a crisp fold on the cardstock.


Trim the Lumberjack Days patterned paper to 4" x 5.25". Attach to the card with Easy Glide Permanent Adhesive Runner.


Stamp images from the Bromance and Timber sets on a piece of Whip Cream Cardstock using Hazelnut Blend Ink pad. 


Diecut the stamped images using corresponding dies from the above sets using the Journey Platinum Machine. 
Color the pieces with color pencils.


Attach the colored diecuts to the card with Journey Foam Squares to finish.

Hope you enjoyed today's card tutorial and found some fun ideas to use in your own projects.