Sunday, September 30, 2012

Die Cutting Inspiration: September Design Team Review

Each month when it is time for the monthly design team review post, I find myself wondering where the month went!  I don't know about you, but for me September flew by!  As the days start growing cooler and shorter, I am finding life slowing down a bit from busy summer activities.  Slower family schedules mean more crafty time for me.  If it means that for you too, you will love the assortment of crafty projects from our team this month.  These projects and tutorials were all featured on their blogs and all are full of great Sizzix inspiration.  Enjoy!

Amy Friend once again wow's with this fabulous quilted pillow.  You definitely want to take a closer look on her blog to check out the gorgeous details!  Find the tutorial here:

Anna- Karin Evaldsson create this Pop 'n Cuts card that is full of whimsy and fun.  I find myself smiling at it each time I see it!  Find the tutorial on her blog at:

Gretchen Schmidt wow's again with a fun Halloween Pop 'n Cuts card.  Trust me when I tell you that you need to click through to her blog to see the inside!  Gretchen's tutorial is here:

Hilary Kanwischer is simply the queen of homespun vintage styled goodness!  In her tutorial for this pillow she shares how she used a die cut to create an embroidery pattern.  Find the tutorial at:

Jan Hobbins... what can I say?  This project by Jan simply took my breath away.  I found myself zooming in on the photos of it trying to take in all of the fabulous details.  Trust me when I say you must click through to her blog to see more:

Jeanne Streiff is a card making machine!  Her blog is always packed with card making ideas that range from clean and simple to detail packed.  I love that for this card she used the super adorable Happi Scotty die to create a fun and simple Halloween card.  Check out the details on her blog:

Melony Bradley is a master at turning plain clothing into something fabulous.  These t-shirst are a perfect example of how she uses craft products to turn the ordinary into extraordinary!  Find her tutorial on her blog at:

Richele Christensen created this fun notepad with the eclips and Stamp2Cut.  Her inking technique is not only amazing, but also draws attention to the detail cut Eiffel Tower that was cut with Stamp2Cut.  You can get all of the details on her blog:

Ronda Palazzari is in my book, the undisputed queen of color and layers!  I love how she layers on vibrant color and textures, creating project that are so rich and vibrant.  I love that you can look at her pieces again and again and see something new.  Be sure to visit her blog to learn more about this tag:

Shelly Hickox is a master at detail.  Her projects leave no detail left undone.  Look closely and you will always find a detail you hadn't noticed before.  Find Shelly's tutorial for this card at:

Tamara Tripodi is our resident eclips pro!  She makes crafting with the eclips not only look easy, but also gives me many a-ha moments when I see how limitless electronic cutting can be.  This project is no exception!  Tamara demonstrates how to turn simple metal pails into charming and unique holiday decor.  Find out how here:

Tammy Roberts' blog is called Paperie Sweetness, which is so appropriate because Tammy's work is sweetness personified!  The masterful way she combines paper, fabric, and vintage elements is simply perfect!  This strawberry box project is so amazing!  Find the tutorial and details here:

Tammy Tutterow for my project this month I shared a card I created for CHA Summer showcasing the new Tim Holtz Tattered Poinsettia die.  I truly love this die and love the way the finished card turned out.  You can read the details about the card on my blog here: .

Tiffany Johnson created this fun card using the new Mustache Textured Impressions and I simply adore it!  I love that the mustaches give the card a fun feel while adding detail.  I think you can't help but smile looking at it!  She shares a tutorial of how she created the card on her blog at:

I know I am partial, but I think the Sizzix design team is such an amazingly talented group.  They inspire me and show me over and over just how versatile crafting with dies is.  I hope that their projects this month on the Sizzix blog and on their own blogs has inspired you too!  
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Saturday, September 29, 2012

Die Cutting Supplies: New products coming soon and a giveaway too!

I love, love, love new releases at Sizzix!  With every new batch of new products my die cutting supplies wish list grows longer and longer!  This latest group of new products is no exception!  From the fabulous new DecoEmboss and DecoEtch dies from Vintaj to the fun and festive new winter holiday designs by Hero Arts, I am certain that you too will find several "must haves" for your own list!

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Vintaj products are a personal favorite of mine and this new release of DecoEmboss and DecoEtch dies may very well be my most favorite Vintaj Sizzix release ever!  The new numbers, letters, and intricate botanical designs are must have additions for all Vintaj fans!  You can view all of the new Vintaj releases here:  For fabulous jewelry making inspiration and tutorials, be sure to visit Vintaj's website at:

To me, Framelits dies are staple dies that every crafter should have in their craft stash.  They are small and compact and are easy to store and make die cutting so easy!  They can cut a variety of materials including paper, cardstock, and even some fabrics!  This new release adds to the already fabulous collection of basic shapes and ornate frames by including some fun holiday shapes perfect for holiday cards, scrapbook pages, and craft projects.  Check out the new shapes here:

Hero Arts is one of my personal favorite stamp companies.  They have designs that range from fun and whimsical to detailed and sophisticated.  Their line partnered with Sizzix is pure stamping bliss, combining fabulous Hero Arts stamps with coordinating dies and embossing folders by Sizzix.  This holiday collection features themed designs that are perfect for winter holiday stamping and crafting and also offers new background stamp designs with coordinating Textured Impressions that are great for year round crafting.  Take a look at the new designs here:  Also be sure to visit Hero Art's website for top notch stamping instruction and inspiration.

Sizzix's collection of Textured Impressions just got even more amazing with new sets combining coordinating Framelits Dies!  The new collection offer holiday themed designs, as well as ornate backgrounds and even fun mustaches!  See all of the new additions here: 

Are you as in love with the new releases as much as I am?  If so, leave me a comment here on this post telling me your favorite design from the new releases.  I will select one random comment to receive a Sizzix goody pack in the mail!  You have until midnight PST Friday October 5th to leave your comment.  Good luck and enjoy taking a look at all of the new designs!

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Friday, September 28, 2012

Die Cutting Paper: Crumpled Flower Garland Tutorial

Hello, it's Tiffany from the Sizzix Design Team here with a fun festive tutorial! The air has cooled and the the leaves have begun to fall here in Washington State and I can't help but to break out the Fall Decor! I'm sure you're just as excited as I am to welcome in a new season, especially one as beautiful as autumn! 

I was inspired by the Pantone Fall 2012 Colors. Just click on the screenshot to see the full report on the Pantone Website.

First, as per the die instructions (always keep these with the die as they are full of valuable info), mask off the die using straight-sided tape. I used washi tapes. I also chose an array of India Ink markers to color my patterned paper. The india ink does not bleed on the reverse side of the paper nor does it run with wet!

Cut your patterned paper to 4" squares and color one side with the india ink markers. I used Creative Imaginations Marah Johnson Paint It! Collection papers with Design Memory Craft Stamper's Big Brush Markers.

This photo shows the colored side and the uncolored side of the pattern paper.

Fold the 4" squares twice and line the folds along the masked off areas. The tape provides a good visual  guideline for placement. You can even stack 2 folded squares on top of each other to die cut more in one pass.  The sandwich will be as follows (from the bottom up): cutting place, die, folded papers, cutting plate.

After die cutting, use a a spray bottle or a mini mister to spritz each die cut piece lightly with water.  After misting each piece, crumple the paper.

Layer die cut pieces to create your crumpled flower. Vary the number of layers for different types of flowers. 

Once you have layered the pieces, use a needle and thread to stitch through the layers, finishing with a knot. You can also use glue or hot glue to create your crumpled flower.  Repeat this process until all the flowers have been created. 

Once your flower in complete you can adhere it to your silk ribbon or twine. Adhere by adding a bit of hot glue to the back before adding the ribbon/twine and an addition die-cut circle of patterned paper (left-over scraps from die cutting the layers).

Flip the flower over and hot glue a coordinating button. Repeat this process with each of the flowers spacing them out 2" - 4".  With the number of pieces I die-cut, I was able to create a 12' garland with 30 crumpled flowers. 

Here is what the final product will look like.

I added my Crumpled Flower Garland to my home decor on an antique wooden ladder.

I also used a garland to accent a table centerpiece.  (Pumpkin Bowls are Princess House and the table runner was purchased through!)

Thanks so much for following along today!

die cutting supplies

Patterned Paper: Creative Imaginations by Marah Johnson Paint It!
Markers: Faber-Castell's Design Memory Craft Stamper's Big Brush Markers- Scarlet Red, Orange Glaze, Light Flesh, May Green, Cold Grey, Cobalt Blue
Adhesive: hot glue
Ribbon: May Arts 1/4" Silk Ribbon- white
Additional Supplies: buttons; embroidery thread; needle; spray bottle with water; washi tape

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Thursday, September 27, 2012

Die Cutting Fabric: Burlap Jack-o-Lantern Treat Bags

Hello, hello! Tamara here today with another fun Halloween project to share! Thank you for stopping by and I hope you love the project I am about to share!

I am knee deep in Halloween projects over here (I literally.. I have 4 currently in the works!). This one is different from any papercraft project that I normally do. I decided to use up some of the yards of burlap I've been hoarding so I made some Jack-o-Lantern treat bags!

Aren't those fun? Burlap is so popular right now and these are very easy to make! Get yourself a few yards of burlap and you can easily make a whole pile of these.. or just two!

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I embellished the Jack-o-Lantern bags with some burlap ribbon, button, wire and burlap leaves. What do you think? If you'd like to make some here are my steps:

First you will use the pumpkin dies; Pumpkin tall and Pumpkin short.  After die cutting two of each pumpkin, zig-zag stitch them together around the edges to create a bag.  Remember when stitching around the top to leave it open for treats! I may, or may not have sewn my first bag completely shut..  You will cut two sets of Jack-o-Lantern faces with the Mini Scary Jack-o-Lantern die using black burlap. A tighter weave burlap will work best. Zig zag stitch the faces to the pumpkins.

I used the Birch Leaves Framelits dies for leaves on my pumpkins. For the larger pumpkin I used the two smaller dies.  For the small pumpkin I used one of the smallest leaf. After die cutting the leaves from green burlap, stitch around the edges with green thread to prevent fraying. Hot glue the leaves to the top corners of the bags. 

For the cute wire handles, Cut an 8" piece of wire and a 10" piece of wire. I used jewelry wire from the craft store. Bend it into a 'U' shape, stick ends through the burlap at the edge of the bags, then bend into a small 'U' shape at the ends.

Embellish the completed bags with burlap ribbon bows and buttons.

I hope you've enjoyed this project today! Grab yourself a pumpkin spiced latte and get crafting! (Aren't those holiday coffee drinks the BEST?!.. Mmmmm...)


die cutting equipment

Fabric: Burlap- orange, green, and black
Ribbon: May Arts- burlap ribon
Embellishments: buttons; wire
Tools: sewing machine and thread
Adhesive: hot glue gun
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Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Die Cutting Paper: A Beautiful Bird Ornament

Quite simply, I have been having a ball with my Sizzix BigShot Pro. I was a little intimidated by it at first but soon I decided that it was just a really big die cut machine that has the capacity to cut some really cool materials. I love the mat board that Sizzix makes, it is lightweight yet sturdy and paints up very nicely. When I ran out last week, I decided to try and cut foam core board with the BigShot Pro and was amazed at the results.

I used the Beautiful Bird die to create some unique hand painted ornaments. Die cutting the foam board with the BigShot Pro was easy. Imagine all the birds you can get from one sheet of foam core board that generally costs less than $2.00.

After die cutting my pieces, I used a craft to trim any rough edges on the foam.

I painted the shapes using DecoArt's Antique White acrylic paint.

I applied two coats to the ornaments and let them dry on both the back and front. I applied Warm White to a large ornate foam stamp. Tip- You can also apply paint to the stamp using a cosmetic sponge.

I stamped the bird in random places on both sides of the bird shape and wings. I added some script on the bird and wings with Staz-On ink. I also added a black dot, made with the end of a paintbrush.

Not being one to pass up embellishing, I cut several flowers from red wool felt.

Stack multiple flower layers together adhering them together with fabric glue. Attach the wings with adhesive glue lines.

This ornaments can be made to hung year round or for a unique Christmas tree decoration. Thanks for letting me share.

Live Life Creatively,

Surfaces: foam core board
Fabric: Wool Felt- red
Stamps: ornate foam stamp; script stamp
Paint: DecoArt Americana Acrylics- Antique White, Warm White, Lamp Black
Ink: StazOn- black
Adhesive: Aleene's Tacky Lines; fabric glue
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