Monday, December 31, 2012

Happy {Neon} New Year

Happy New Year! 

It's Tiffany from the design team here today to share a fun party ensemble for you!

This kid-friendly NEON New Year's Party is sure to be a big hit and it uses my most loved die cutting machine, my Sizzix eclips!

I love that the eClips uses both cartridges and digital files with the eCAL software. This project incorporates both in an approachable way!

Favor Boxes

First up, I'm going to show how fun it is to make these cute little kids' favors boxes using the cartridge, Albums, Bags, & Boxes, along with a digital cutting file from, New Year's Eve:
For this project you will need the Sizzix eclips, Sizzix eclips Albums, Bags, and Boxes cartridge, eCAL software, 12x12 or 12x24 cutting mat, eclips Cutting Mat Adhesive, New Year's Eve kit from, 12x12 piece of cardstock (1/box), 12x12 black cardstock (sentiment mats), 12x12 grey cardstock (grey cardstock)

When you insert the cartridge and start up the machine, the following screen appears. Ensure that your speed & pressure is set for your material (I always use the default), adjust your mat size for your project, and choose the "boxes" category.

There's a little manual that comes with each cartridge that has TONS of useful information. I always look at the height recommendations so that I can adjust the height of the project. I want to make a 5" tall box, so I need to adjust my project height to 10.24", as shown in the manual.

 You can adjust the height using the keyboard.

Here's the cut milk carton box! I cut out 5 boxes and used the 12"x24" cutting mat to make mass production faster!

Measure one of the faces on your milk carton project. For a 5" milk carton, the face should measure 2.5"x3.75". This will help you determine the dimensions for your sentiment.

Open both files: Happy New Year bottom & Happy New Year top under the extras. Select both of the files before resizing. Resize both files together so that the Happy New Year bottom measures 2.5" tall.

Here are the cut pieces! Note how precise the Sizzix eClips cuts the smaller cuts? AWESOME!

Using an adhesive of your choice (I like spray adhesive for little letters), adhere the letters to their mat.

Position on the 3rd face of the milk carton.

Assemble as per the instructions using a strong adhesive.

Now, you can add little favors and activities! I made these little tic-tac-toe mats from fun foam and washi tape. Top your milk carton box with washi tape and a clothespin. This will allow it's recipient to open and close the milk carton easily without damaging it!

Paper Clock Activity

Speaking of activities, I have a fun paper plate clock activity you can make with the kiddos using a small black dessert paper place, the clock from the New Year's Eve kit, a brad, some cardstock, and your extra Thickers (I know you have some).

For this project you will need a black paper plate, thickers or number stickers, 5" square grey cardstock (clock face bottom), 5" square of colored cardstock (clock face top), 1" x 2" black cardstock (clockhands), brad, Sizzix eClips with eCAL.

Just like we did for the Happy New Year sentiment before, make sure to open all the clock parts in a new document and select all the parts before resizing. This ensures that they're proportional to each other. Once cut, the kids can layer the two circles and attach them along with the clockhands with a brad in the center. Start the clock for younger kids be adding thicker letters at 12, 3, 6, and 9.

Hipster Glasses and Moustaches

I also have some fun props for the party!

Open the glasses file from the New Year's Eve Kit on a new document and copy and paste other glasses until you have the desired number.

You can use scrap pieces of cardstock or cut larger pieces to size to save paper. This way you can multiple colors of the glasses as desired in one pass through the eClips!

 Here they are all cut and pretty!

Use a cut dowel, skewer, paper straw, or lollipop stick and cover with glitter tape. I used the Recollections Glitter Tape. Now, you can adhere the glasses with a glue dot or hot glue!

Using the same technique, you can also create mini moustaches!

2013 Banner

No party is complete without a banner!

You will need 12"x12" grey cardstock (small triangles), 6" x 9.25" colored cardstock (per penant), 12"x12" Black cardstock (cityscape penant toppers), 6"x6" colored cardstock (per colored cityscape penant topper), Sizzix Moustache Embossing Folder, Sizzix Vagabond Embossing Machine, 2 standard cutting plates, cutting platform, Sizzix eClips with eCAL, washi tape, May Arts metallic string, hole punch.

First, using the shapes menu at the bottom, open the triangle and size the triangle approximately 6" wide. Copy and paste 3 times for a total of 4 triangles. When you select the triangle shape you can rotate them to fit nicely on a single 12"x12" piece of cardstock. Cut. 

Now, you can determine the size of the 2013 numbers.

Using the Bebas Font, prepare a new document to cut the 2013 numbers for the banner. Copy and paste 2013 in another part of the document and using the menu at the far right, create a square shadow. This shadow, once cut, will be the black mats for the 2013 numbers. Cut.

Open the cityscape wide (top and bottom) in the New Year's Eve Kit, select both, and resize to 6" wide using the Properties menu to the right. These will be your penant toppers. Cut.

Now, open the triangle shape again. This time, resize the triangles to 6"x9.25". Cut.

Once all the elements are cut, emboss the smaller triangles using the Sizzix Mustache Textured Impressions embossing folder. Now, you can mat and adhere everything.

I hope you enjoyed reading this tutorial! If you'd like to cut the other elements for this party ensemble, just go to and look up the New Year's Eve Kit. For my party ensemble, I have included the tuxedo gift box, cityscape party favor box, and the party hats!

die cutting supplies

cardstock: Recollections South Beach Cardstock 12"x12"; Bazzill Cardstock 12"x12"- Ash & Black
embellishments: washi tapes; Recollections Glitter Tape; 1/8" wooden dowel; lollipop sticks
ribbon: May Arts Metallic String- silver
adhesive: Elmer's Spray Adhesive; Scotch ATG Adhesive 1/4"; hot glue

Are you ready for more ideas for ways to embellish your party scape with eclips electronic die cutting? Check out our eclips Party Project Gallery for more fun ideas!
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Saturday, December 29, 2012

I Spy Saturday 12/29

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Today I am sharing some I Spy projects from our Pinterest "I Spy YOUR Sizzix Creations" board.  This board is a fun one because it is a group board with members of our US and UK design teams and also some of our licensed designers pinning projects.  Today I am inspired by the snow falling outside my window, so I selected projects from that board that feature snowflakes.

Marjie Kemper created this stunning snowflake project featuring Tim Holtz Snow Flurries On the Edge die and Texture Fade.  Visit her blog for more details on this project:

Tracy Evans created this stunning ATC with the Tim Holz Snow Flurries Texture Fade.  She shares details of how she created this ATC as well as two others.  Find the post at:

Linda Cain created this stunning tag by combining several Tim Holtz dies and embossing folders, including the Snowflake Rosette die.  She shares all of the details with several great tips that you won't want to miss:

Pam Hooten created this stunning gift box that is embellished with the Tim Holtz Tattered Pinecone die.  It also features the Vintage Lace and Woodgrain Texture Fade.  The snowy and icy accents give it a really special touch.  Find out more details on her blog:

I hope these frosty inspirations have inspired you a little today, even if you don't have frost or snow where you are!
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I hope you enjoyed this edition of I Spy Saturday! Don't forget, we share die cutting projects that we have spied on PinterestFacebookTwitterFlickr, and Instagram as well as from around the world wide web.  (FYI- A Sizzix hashtag (#sizzix) will help us find your amazing art on most of the social sites.)  We also invite you to share with us via the InLinkz gallery below.
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Friday, December 28, 2012

Home Entertaining by Dena Designs

Home entertaining by Dena Designs is brand new and now shipping!  The collection ranges from fun and frilly to fancy and formal.  The collection features die cutting product designs for party favors in several sizes in both classic and contemporay designs.

To view the entire collection, visit the Dena Designs Home Entertaining collection page at

While you are there, don't forget to click on the project tab to view the fun projects created by Debi Adams.  All projects in the gallery include instructions to help you get started on creating your own unique creations featuring this stunning collection!

Here are a few peeks at the projects available in the Home Entertaining project gallery:
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The collection also includes intricate banners, frames, accents, and cards.  It truly has something for every die cutting project need!  Take a look, I promise you won't be disappointed!

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