Saturday, March 31, 2012

The Sizzix Girls in Boston

This past weekend I traveled to the Boston area to meet up with Karen Burniston, Cheri Kimball, and Jill Tarayao to teach at the Collins Group Spring Education and Trade Show for Sizzix.

We had a great time teaching classes to the retailers who attended.  We offered classes about the new Pop 'N Cuts die system, Stamp2Cut and the eclips machine, and a class with a fun mix of new designs by Eileen Hull, Hero Arts, Dena Designs, and Scrappy Cat

We also participated in the evening make and take session which featured a dessert bar (yum!).  On the final day we participated in the trade show where Karen and Jill both demonstrated products.

During the in-between times we played tourist and visited downtown Boston to site see.  We visited Boston Harbor and Quincy Market.

We snapped so many cell phone photos that 3 of the 4 cell phones died before making it back to our car.  (Hmmn. . . where did we park that car?)

We ate some really amazing sandwiches at Sam La Grassa's and real New England seafood at Legal Sea Foods.

And finally, we shopped for fun souvenirs to take home.  We had a great time exploring Boston and teaching  at the event.

As I packed up my suitcase, I had our blog readers on my mind and how much they love fun giveaways. . . so I scored three sets of our weekend projects to share with three lucky blog readers!  Each set has three different class kits and one make and take project with a bonus Textured Impressions folder.  All include complete instructions.  All you need to do to have a chance at scoring these awesome project kits is to leave a comment on this post.  You have until midnight Friday April 6th, 2012 PST.  I will randomly select three people to receive one of the three collections of kits.  Good luck!
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Friday, March 30, 2012

Spring Crown

One of my favorite things to do with Sizzix dies is use them in unexpected ways. Simply by cutting from different materials, layering different dies and embellishments,  and adding surface treatments, you can create something unique and personal.

Tim Holtz On the Edge dies are some of my favorites. Here, I've used the Scrollwork die to create the base for a spring crown. I cut multiple strips from chipboard, then embossed them with silver embossing powder and Ultra Thick Embossing Powder. They are joined together with brads to form a crown. Now, the fun begins - embellishing!

Rosettes were created with the Mini Paper Rosettes die and added to the outside of the crown. The inside was lined with crepe paper to give the crown a 'full' look. Next, flowers were cut from polyester lining fabric using the Tattered Florals die. Heating them lightly with a heat tool causes them to shrink and ruffle - I love using this technique! They were then layered, attached to a wire and adhered to the inside of the crown.

The butterflies were cut from paper - French text and plain, lightweight paper - using the Mini Butterflies Magnetic Movers and Shapers dies. A bit of ink and glitter were added and then they were attached to a wire and adhered to the crown. The flourishes were cut from chipboard using the Elegant Flourishes die, given a coating of glitter, and then attached.

I hope you enjoy this bit of spring whimsy. I think it would make a lovely gift for Mother's Day or a special birthday!


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Thursday, March 29, 2012

Flower Card

Hello, Friends!

Today I have a beautiful card to share with you by Debi Adams. 

Cut patterned paper to size and fold to form card base. Cut Edge, Lace out of cardstock using the eclips machine and the Backgrounds, Edges & Flowerful cartridge. Attach to the card. Trim strip of patterned paper to size and adhere to top of the Lace Edge. If desired, embellish with stitching. Cut Square, Ornate out of patterned paper using the eclips machine and the Backgrounds, Edges & Flowerful cartridge. Attach to the card using foam dots. Wrap a ribbon around the card and tie into a bow. Embellish bow with twine and button. Cut several Flower w/Oval Loops in various sizes out of patterned paper using the eclips machine and the Backgrounds, Edges & Flowerful cartridge. Make smaller flowers by cutting the Flower w/Oval Loops in down lengthwise and roll inward to create dimension. Layer flower with appliqué decorative trim, embellish with buttons and velvet leaves and adhere to the card front. Cut Swirls out of cardstock and attach to the card base. Stamp with a sentiment.


Other Supplies: Cardstock, Patterned Paper, Button, Foam Dots, Ink, Ribbon, Sewing Machine (Optional), Stamp Sentiment, Twine, Velvet Leaves

I also wanted to share with you a sneak peek I posted on the Sizzix Facebook page recently....

Butterflies, purple and green...doesn't get better than that! :) Oh, wait, it does! Add Die Cutting and Stamping! ;)  This is a sneak of a class I'll be teaching soon in Irvine, Ca.  Click Here for more info on the class.

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Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Wishing you...springtime card!

Spring is here! It's time for flowers and butterflies. I'm so in love with the new Tim Holtz Tattered Flower Garland Decorative Strip die, it's amazing how many flowers you can get from a two inch piece of cardstock.
To create this card cut a piece of green cardstock 4 1/4" x 11" (Core'dinations Distress Collection in Peeled Paint) then score and folded the card in half. 
Now choose a few colors to die cut your Tattered Flower Garland. These new Sizzix Cut & Emboss Collection cardstock stacks by Core'dinations are prefect for the Sizzlits Decorative strips. 
 I die cut the Flower Garland using my Vagabond. 
Here are all the Flowers and Leaves you get using only one piece of each color. Amazing!
Ink the outer edges of the flowers with Distress Ink (Wild Honey, Dried Marigold and Worn Lipstick) on an ink blending tool.
Add a generous coat of Rock Candy Distress Stickles to the flowers and butterfly. Let dry. After the Distress Stickles has dried assemble your flowers with glue dots and add a gemstone to the center. 
 I love the look of the Distress Stickles when it dries it's like a sugar coating. 
Using the Springtime Background and Borders Set from the Tim Holtz Alterations line emboss the Butterfly Border several times across the 4" x 5 1/4" piece of white cardstock. I started at the top and worked my way down. When putting the cutting pad on top of the embossing folder do not cover the previously embossed area or it will flatten out. 
Now that your image is embossed ink the raised areas with Distress ink (Wild Honey, Dried Marigold and Worn Lipstick) on an ink blending tool.
Next tie a little piece of tule or ribbon around your card. 
Using the Mini Labels set from the Tim Holtz Movers and Shapers line. Die cut the label from green and white cardstock. Stamp you message using Monarch Orange Archival Ink onto the white cardstock. Cut the green label in half lengthwise. 
 Adhere the green by shifting it off the top a little and bottom a little. 
Add the flowers, butterfly and message label using pop dots or glue dots. 

You will love making flowers with this Beautiful Flower Garland Die. I know it's going to be a new favorite of mine. 

Enjoy your day!

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