Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Christmas Card Idea...#2

Hello, Friends!


I'm excited to share this stunning card by Beth...




Instructions:
Create a card base out of patterned paper. Layer patterned paper and decorative trim and adhere to card front. If desired, embellish with stitching. Print sentiment, cut to size and adhere to card front. Die-cut Flourish and Flowers out of cardstock and highlight with ink. Layer die-cuts and adhere to card front. Finish by embellishing with a button and ribbon.

Supplies Used:
Sizzix Bigz Die - Flourish #3
Sizzix Bigz Die - Flower Layers #6

On another fun note...I was in the warehouse a few weeks ago and ran into this...



It's TONS of Tim Holtz Vagabond Machines! I can't wait to share this incredible machine with you. Talk about POWER! :) They are hitting stores, so check out your local store and get one!

Happy Crafting!

Hugs,
Stephanie
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Monday, November 29, 2010

Christmas Card Idea...

Christmas is in the air! Our tree is now up, and the house is almost completely decorated. {Thanks to my hubby and 13 year old daughter!}

One thing that I do every year is our Christmas cards. I can't assign that project to anyone in the house since my friends {expect} handmade creations from me every year.

Debi created this beautiful card...




Instructions:
Create a card base out of cardstock and patterned paper. Embellish with stitching, a paper doily and ribbon. Die-cut Phrase, Noel out of patterned paper and adhere to card front. Die-cut Holly with Berries out of colored cardstock and patterned paper; embellish with pen and adhere to card front.

Sizzix Supplies Used:
Sizzix Sizzlits Die - Phrase, Noel
Sizzix Sizzlits Die - Holly w/Berries #5

I'm thinking this card might be a possibility for my cards this year. :)

Happy Crafting!

Hugs,
Stephanie
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Friday, November 26, 2010

It's Time to Think about Christmas!

Hello, Friends!

I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving! We had dinner at our home for 14 family members. It was so great to catch up with everyone. I think we should have Thanksgiving once a month! I loved sitting at the table with my extended family and realizing how much I have to be thankful for. :)

However, now that Thanksgiving is {sadly} behind us, it's time to think about Christmas! I fell in love with this towel that Debi created.




Instructions:
Apply fusible web to a variety of fabrics as indicated on manufacturer’s instructions. Die-cut Ornaments from fabric. Iron Ornaments onto towel. Layer embellishments over Ornaments and iron in place. If desired, embellish with stitching. Finish by embellishing with buttons.

Supplies used:
Sizzix Bigz Dies Ornaments #3

I'm starting to think my brother and his wife might like some towels for their guest bathroom...perhaps I'll make some for them for an early Christmas present!

Happy Crafting!

Hugs,
Stephanie
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Thursday, November 25, 2010

Triple Play Blog Hop: Week 4-Frame AND Happy...




It's blog hop day again! This week our guest designers are using the Sizzix ScoreBoards Pro Die - Frame & Frame Back w/Stand by Eileen Hull. I love this die because it has so many possibilities!


We've asked the designers to have their projects loaded by noon, EST, today. Hop around and be sure to leave a nice comment for the participants- they are putting out amazing projects that we hope will inspire you!

Ready to get started? Click on any of the designers' blog links below and then use the navigation buttons that you'll find in the blogs' sidebars to hop in either direction around the ring. At any point if you want to return to the Sizzix blog you can hit the center "Sizzix" button or just click on the logo.

Not sure where to start? Use our random generator to plop yourself somewhere on the ring:
CLICK HERE TO START!




Happy Crafting!

Hugs,
Stephanie
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Wednesday, November 24, 2010

An eclips Card

Hello, Friends!

Have I told you today how much I love my eclips?!?

I use it every time I scrapbook/stamp/papercraft!

Here's a quick card I created using the soon-to-be-released Cards and Envelopes cartridge.



Look at how detailed that edge is! AND, you can change the size of the card! Love it! ;)

Supplies Used:
Sizzix eclips Machine
Cards and Envelopes Cartridge (Coming Soon!)
The Stamps of Life Stamps
Clearsnap Ink

Happy Crafting!

Hugs,

Stephanie

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Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Quick Thanks Card

Hello, Friends!

Sometimes, the best projects are the quick ones! ;)

Here's a card I created....



I love the Sizzix Card Die I used for this card. It has two cards on one die, so it's like a "Buy one, get one" type die! ;)

Supplies Used:
Sizzix Bigz XL Die - Card Fronts, A2 Eyelet & Ornate
The Stamps of Life Thanks2You Stamp Set
PK Glitz Glitter
Prismatics Cardstock from Discount Cardstock

I hope you are enjoying our Blog Hop Thursdays! Even though this Thursday is Thanksgiving, we will still be having our Blog Hop. Check it out!

Happy Crafting!

Hugs,
Stephanie
Sizzix
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Monday, November 22, 2010

Frame by Debi and the eclips!

I love this photo frame that Debi created. I love it for two reasons.

1. It's ADORABLE!
2. It was created with my favorite machine! The eclips! ;)




Instructions:
Create a photo mat out of layered patterned paper stitched to cardstock. Crop a photo to size, mat on cardstock and adhere to the matting. Tie a ribbon around the mat. Cut Phrase, One of a Kind out of cardstock using the eclips machine and All Occasions cartridge. Adhere phrase to the mat. Cut flowers out of cardstock using the eclips machine and Flowers & Phrases cartridge. Layer colors and adhere cutouts to the mat. Embellish flower centers with buttons. Attach photo mat to frame.

What a great idea!

Happy Crafting!

Hugs,
Stephanie
Sizzix
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Friday, November 19, 2010

Live! The Sizzix Warehouse Sale!

It's happening right now!

Here are some pictures! :)

Here's a picture of Ken showing off our new eclips machine!


Here's a picture of Rachael and Wendy.



Here's a picture of Rachael signing one of here Texture Impressions Folders. ;)

If you are in any part of Southern CA, it's worth it to come on over! You are in for a treat! :)

The sale is open until 7pm today, and 8-2pm tomorrow! Click Here for more info!

Hugs!
Stephanie
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A Great Gift Idea!

Today Deena is sharing with us a great gift idea!

Take it away, Deena....

I’m always looking for creative ways to give gifts for the holidays. For the last several months I’ve been saving oatmeal
And bread crumb canisters to decorate. They are great ways to give cookies and other baked goods. I just wrapped them with
Patterned paper and decorated them with several die-cuts. One of my favorite parts of this project is the frosty look achieved
By embossing vellum with a snowflake embossing folder.

Lastly don’t forget to make a matching card!



Dies Used:
656944
657003
656927
656920
656916
656641

Deena! Thanks so much for this great idea! I guess I need to go buy some oatmeal! :)

Happy Crafting!

Hugs,
Stephanie
Sizzix
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Thursday, November 18, 2010

Triple Play Blog Hop: Week 3-Beauty Bloom


It's blog hop day again! This week our guest designers are using the Beauty Bloom Originals die by Brenda Pinnick. This die has been a consistent seller since it was first introduced in Brenda's very first collection with Sizzix! This die is versatile and fun to use because it can be layered with individual petals cut out of differing papers or fabric. It'll be a lot of fun to see what all the Designers do with it – you can put a flower on anything and it will just make it better!

We've asked the designers to have their projects loaded by noon, EST, today. Hop around and be sure to leave a nice comment for the participants- they are putting out amazing projects that we hope will inspire you!

Ready to get started? Click on any of the designers' blog links below and then use the navigation buttons that you'll find in the blogs' sidebars to hop in either direction around the ring. At any point if you want to return to the Sizzix blog you can hit the center "Sizzix" button or just click on the logo.

Not sure where to start? Use our random generator to plop yourself somewhere on the ring:
CLICK HERE TO START!




Happy Crafting!

Hugs,
Stephanie
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Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Beauty Bloom Die for a Little Beauty

Brenda has some great news for us!

Check it out!



Hi friends,
My live has changed in such a "grand" way by a 7 lb. 3 oz. little angel! Her name is Heidi Rose and she is our first grand-baby! I am now all about pink...just can't get enough of it! We didn't know beforehand what gender the baby was so I had put off making things until after she was born. (although, I was absolutely RIGHT all along thinking it was a girl!)

I designed and sewed this tiny little bonnet for her the other day and it was such fun to use my "beauty bloom" flower die which happens to the be featured die on this weeks Triple Play Blog Hop. What I love about this die is it's versatility. I designed it to be layered and provided an extra single petal just in case you like to mix it up like I do. Here, I've used some of my "Couleur Vie" fabrics by Henry Glass & Co. and I'm so glad I decided to add pink into the color palette!
The main bonnet was made with National Non-Woven's exotic bamboo felt and if you've never used this felt, well, you just need to go find some because it is soft like butter! I like using felt because of course, the edges don't fray.

I've also used two of my new crafting dies, the ribbon and scallop die, found here. You'll notice on the image that it's a ruched flower but if you use it as it is, without the ruching, you have a wonderful border die. And of course, these can be used for paper crafting also! These dies are very fun to use and I designed them to create a length of about 15" by leaving one edge of the die uncut – that is where you place the folded edge of the fabric. Try them out, you'll find all sorts of ways to use them, I promise.

I hope you're enjoying the blog hop, I know I am!
until next time, take care and have some fun, will ya?
Brenda

Thanks so much Brenda! The bonnet is adorable! :)

Happy Crafting!

Hugs,
Stephanie
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Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Embossed Sunflowers in Wheelbarrow Card

This card by Cara uses the same Sizzix Textured Impressions Embossing Folders as Monday's post. Use your left over supplies from the layout to create the card! ;)





Instructions:
Create a card base out of cardstock, patterned paper and decorative trim. Emboss a piece of cardstock using the Wheelbarrow w/Sunflowers embossing folder. Trim to size, embellish with colored pencils and a stamped sentiment. Adhere to the card front. Finish by embellishing with a button and ribbon.

Supplies:
Sizzix Textured Impressions Embossing Folders 2PK - Autumn Sunflowers Set

Happy Crafting!

Hugs,
Stephanie
Sizzix
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Monday, November 15, 2010

Scrapbooking Fall!

This Fall page by Cara really puts me in the mood for pumpkin pie! :)

Fall is in full swing in Southern California (or at least what we call fall!). I love how the embossing really pops off the page!



Instructions:
Create a scrapbook page out of patterned paper and cardstock. Emboss Autumn Phrases onto a piece of cardstock. Trim to size, embellish select phrases with watercolor paint and adhere to page. Trim photo to size, embellish with an embossed phrase and adhere to the page. Embellish page with a ribbon by creating holes in the page with an eyelet setter and weaving ribbon through the page. Die-cut Leaves out of cardstock and attach to the page. Embellish with decorative fibers.

Products:
Sizzix Textured Impressions Embossing Folders 2PK - Autumn Sunflowers Set
Sizzix Sizzlits Die - Leaves #5

Happy Crafting!

Hugs,
Stephanie
Sizzix
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Friday, November 12, 2010

Family Frame

Hello, Friends!

I hope you enjoyed the Blog Hop yesterday! I loved going through all the blogs and seeing such GREAT ideas! :)

Speaking of great ideas, I love this Family Frame idea by Debi Adams! I'm thinking it will make a great Christmas gift for my parents!




Here are her instructions: Use the eclips to cut Frames, Heart w/Wings and the word Family out of colored cardstock. Print photos and adhere to the Frames. Embellish Frames with buttons, ribbon, paper doilies and a metal charm. Attach Frames to the picture wire that runs behind a store-bought frame using small painted clothespins. Adhere the word, Family, to the bottom of the store-bought frame.

How easy is that?!? And the best part? It uses my favorite machine! The eclips machine!

Happy Crafting!

Hugs,
Stephanie
Sizzix
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Thursday, November 11, 2010

Triple Play Blog Hop: Week 2 - Twist Cube

It's Blog Hop Day again! This week our guest designers are using the Bigz XL Cube, Twist 3-D (Pop-up) Die by Karen Burniston. Each of the designers received a set of pieces to construct a twist cube. The decoration was completely up to them. Take a spin through the blogs to see amazingly clever ideas for using this versatile pop-up die. We've asked the designers to have their projects loaded by noon, EST, today.


Ready to get started? Click on any of the designers' blog links below and then use the navigation buttons that you'll find in the blogs' sidebars to hop in either direction around the ring. At any point if you want to return to the Sizzix blog you can hit the center "Sizzix" button or just click on the logo.

Not sure where to start? Use our random generator to plop yourself somewhere on the ring:
CLICK HERE TO START!



Happy Crafting!

Hugs,
Stephanie
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Wednesday, November 10, 2010

An Eclectic Mish-mash of Styles

When Debi shared with me this card, the first word that came to mind was, "STUNNING!" Here it is, in her own words.....

It was such a joy to create this card for a co-worker and friend of mine for
the top of her wedding gift. It's an eclectic mish-mash of styles and
techniques as I tried to capture her vision for her wedding day.




Using foil-covered chipboard, die-cut the Keyhole then apply the Texture
Folder to the entire shape. I covered the shape with acrylic paint and then
lightly wiped it off to reveal the silver underneath. The Lilac flowers were
cut from various shades of purple and pale green. I randomly,(of course!),
water-colored the Lilacs using my ink pads, brush and a dish of water.
Everything was assembled on a patchwork of paper. Little bits of lace and
pearls, as well as a Flourish Swirl, added details to the card. The word
"love" came from the Hope & Strength eclips cartridge. So nice to be able to
select the size of the sentiment that I need. I used glitter glue to give
it that extra sparkle.

So, let's see now if I hit that eclectic blend...foil, paper, paint,
watercolors, trim, pearls and glitter mixed with
Bigz dies
#656562

#656632

#656560

Original die
#655402

Texture Impression
#656796

eclips Cartridge
#656889

Kind of like homemade soup :)! Enjoy! Debi


Debi! Wowsers! Thanks so much for the inspiration! :)

Happy Crafting!

Hugs,
Stephanie
Sizzix
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Tuesday, November 9, 2010

I love....

There are two things I really love. Die cuts and stamps!

And when I can make them work together, I am a happy crafter! :)

Here's a card I recently created with stamps and a die cut. Of course, I also added some spice with a Textured Impressions Folder! ;)



I stamped the 'S' and the black frame onto white cardstock. I then added it on top of the black die cut. Then, I stamped the border stamp on white, and matted it with red and black.

After running the card through my Texture Boutique, I added my elements and I was done!

What a great gift idea this card would make. Imagine customizing a pack of cards and giving them as a gift! {I'm thinking a teacher, neighbor and carpool Mom are going to get a pack from me this year!}


Die used for black cardstock:
Ornate Square

Embossing Folder:
Sizzix Textured Impressions Embossing Folder - Dots

Stamps
The Stamps of Life

Happy Crafting!
Hugs,
Stephanie
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Monday, November 8, 2010

Let's Play...

Soccer!

I love this layout Beth created! I played soccer as a child and I miss the 'good old days!' :)



It's just so amazing what you can do with the eclips machine! If you've missed one of the 40+ videos we have on the eclips machine, you can visit them all here.

Happy Crafting!

Hugs,
Stephanie
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Friday, November 5, 2010

Fall stands for Family...

When I think of Fall, I think of falling leaves, crock pot dinners and family.

I love this project Deena Ziegler created using the eclips machine.



I think I'm going to scraplift this idea for our Thanksgiving dinner table. ;) By cutting out the word 'Family' and decoupaging it onto the wood plaque, I'll stamp the edges just like Deena did. But now, I'm thinking wouldn't it be great to create smaller plaques and use them for placecards for the table?!?

Ahh, decisions, decisions! ;)

Thanks, Deena for this great idea! My mind is swimming with possibilities! :)

Happy Crafting!

Hugs,
Stephanie
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Thursday, November 4, 2010

Triple Play Blog Hop: Week 1- House


Welcome to our first in a series of seven blog hops! This week our guest designers are using the ScoreBoard Pro Die- House, 3-D by Eileen Hull. Each of the designers received a set of pieces to construct this house. The decoration was left completely up to them. Take a spin through the blogs to see amazingly clever ideas for using this sturdy house die.



Ready to get started? Click on any of the designers' blog links below and then use the navigation buttons that you'll find in the blogs' sidebars to hop in either direction around the ring. At any point if you want to return to the Sizzix blog you can hit the center "Sizzix" button or just click on the logo.

Not sure where to start? Use our random generator to plop yourself somewhere on the ring:

CLICK HERE TO START!




Happy Crafting!

Hugs,
Stephanie
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Wednesday, November 3, 2010

eclips Classes!

You asked for it, you got it! We are now offering classes on the new eclips! Class location will be on-site in the Ellison/Sizzix building in Lake Forest, CA.

Check out the flier for more info....



In the class, we will be creating THREE projects using the eclips! ;)

Not in or near us in Southern Ca? Leave a comment and let us know where you are. Just maybe we will be able to offer classes at a store near you! {And if you are in Hawaii or Florida, I'd love to come visit, so make sure you leave a comment!} {grin}

Check back tomorrow for our huge Blog Hop!

Happy Crafting!

Hugs,
Stephanie
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Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Who, Who?!?

Deena has a great card to share with us today!

Check it out...

Fall is in the air and owls seem to be popping up all around. We recently celebrated a birthday in the art room and had a woodland/owl theme. I made this card for Jill using lots of pattern and texture to the dies I chose.



No card is complete unless it has a matching envelope. I created this one by stitching a piece of paper together to form a pocket and added lots more dies. Hope you’re feeling inspired to make yourself some fun fall projects!

Dies Used...
656904
656579
656568
656579
655012
656333

Deena, what a great card! I bet Jill loved opening it on her birthday!

Happy Crafting!

Hugs,
Stephanie
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Monday, November 1, 2010

My eclips saved the day!

Picture this....it's 8:30 at night and I get a text message from my 17 year old daughter. (She's been at school ALL day and didn't get home until 11:30 that night due to school, ROP then ASB duties setting up for the Homecoming festivities.)

The text: Mom, Are you busy?

Wow! What a loaded question! Well, honestly, I was watching TV, trying to relax, so, I guess I wasn't 'busy'.


I answered: Why? What do you need?
(I'm such a nice mom!) ;)

Kirstin's reply: I have to get little things for 6 teachers. Could you print out little notes like "Thanks for all your hard work, Love ASB" And I'll buy candy bars.

My reply: Ok.

Her reply: thank you!!!!

Well, gee. I jumped up and got to work. Luckily, I have my handy dandy eclips machine to save the day! (Please forgive the pics...they were taken with my phone!) :)

I started by printing out the "Thank You" message. Luckily I have some handy dandy digital stamps to grab from! ;)

I then added the printed cardstock to my eclips mat and put it on Center Point. And cut out the printed circles using the PIP Circle. (This shape is on every cartridge!)


I then added teal cardstock to my mat and chose the PIP scalloped circle. (This shape is on every cartridge!) :) Since my white circles were 2.5 inches, I made the scalloped circles 2.75 inches. I also chose FILL.

I love how the eclips figures out for me how many to do on the page. I'm horrible in math, so I'm very thankful for this feature! ;)

I then added the circles together. Easy, peasy! :)

Once the candy bars arrived, (yes, at 11:30pm!) I simply wrapped a teal piece of cardstock around the bars and added the scalloped circles.

Now, yes, it's true, I only needed to make six 'notes'. But, I'm the type that always makes more, because you just know another child will forget, so I don't want anyone to feel left out. ;)

It was nice to feel like 'Super Mom' even if it was just for a few moments. ;)

Just another reason why I {love} my eclips!

Happy Crafting!

Hugs,
Stephanie
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