Monday, July 1, 2013

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Friday, June 28, 2013

A Video Tutorial with the Versatile Seed Packet Die

Hello Sizzix fans!  Vivian here today to share with you a mixed media project using some of my favorite Sizzix dies - Bigz dies!

Sizzix Die Cutting Tutorial: Mixed Media Seed Packet by Vivian Keh

This "Seed Packet" Die designed by Eileen Hull has so many uses - of course for the many seeds we gardening enthusiasts like to harvest and gift, but also for pockets in layouts and mini-albums, and as envelopes to hold small notes or pictures for folks we love.  Because it's a Bigz, it will cut cleanly through a wide variety of materials.  And because of its versatile shape and use, it will suit all crafting styles, from Clean and Simple to Grunge.

Today, I have a project that shares my deep love of mixed media and grunge.  Here's a shot of the back.

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To embellish, I used a few mediums, which I show in detail in my video tutorial.  And for my focal image, I used this beautiful new "Mariposa" die, (also a Bigz!) that is cobranded with Prima.

There is a video tutorial to accompany this project, too.



Hope you enjoy my tutorial!  Thanks so much for stopping by today.



die cutting supplies


paper: Strathmore - watercolor paper
stamps: Hampton Art/ 7 Gypsies - IC0221 "Nature's Kingdom" Cling Stamp Set
paint: Claudine Hellmuth - Charcoal Black Acrylic Paint; Jacquard - Metallic Olive Green Lumiere Paint; Liquitex - Gesso
embossing powder: Lindy's Stamp Gang - Bayou Boogie Gold Mist
mists: Clearsnap - Wineberry SMOOCH Spritz
ink: Tim Holtz - Distress Ink, Distress Marker
embellishments: Bo Bunny - Pearls; Me & My Big Ideas - Gems
other: Rubbing Alcohol


You will find 1000s of great ideas and tutorials in our die cutting project gallery at Sizzix.com. You won't believe all of the inspiration we have waiting for you there!
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Thursday, June 27, 2013

Birdhouse Photo Display

Sizzix Die Cutting Tutorial: Birdhouse Photo Display by Tami Mayberry

Hi All! Tami Mayberry here today to show you how to dress up your home decor with a  quick and easy, yet fun, photo/note holder using the new ScoreBoards XL 3D Birdhouse die

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I began by die-cutting the shapes from some black Little Sizzles mat board. You can use cardstock for this as well; but, I prefer the stability I get from the mat board. This is a longer die so you will need an extended cutting pad if you don't already have one. It also works best paired with the extended crease pad.


After it's cut out these are the 3 pieces you will have-the bottom, roof and main house piece. Each piece is not only die-cut but also scored for easily assembly.


Next, I die-cut a piece of patterned paper and adhered it to the base. You'll want to use a strong adhesive for this so that it stays in place after folding. I used Scor-Tape for mine as I prefer dry adhesives.


After I covered the piece I simply folded it into shape adhering the tab on the end in place. There are 2 tabs at the top for attaching the roof which I completed next. 


I wanted to turn this into a photo holder so I added a toothpick in the center. I began by piercing a hole along the score line. I wanted to leave the roof black and decorate with gems. If you would like to cover the roof with patterned paper or paint that would be done before adding the hole in the top.


Next, I inserted a toothpick through the hole. I used a round one since that is what I has close by but I believe a flat one would work really well when attaching the photo. Skewers or pieces of wire would work also.


I cut the end off and secured it in place with hot glue. This is the side that goes to the inside of the house and will not be seen so it doesn't have to be neat, as you can see. ;)

Then all that is left is to decorate as desired and attach your favorite photo with a clip. 
This idea can be adapted to any season and will also work well for holding notes or used to hold place cards for weddings and parties. It is also easily mass produced thanks to the cut and score ability of the die.

Thanks for stopping by today!

Tami


die cutting supplies




You won't believe all of the fun die cutting projects you can create with the dies in Eileen Hull's collection. For more project ideas and instructions, visit the Eileen Hull project gallery at Sizzix.com!
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Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Video Tutorial: Picket Fence Home Decor

Hi there! It's Tiffany here today with another Video Tutorial!

Sizzix Die Cutting Tutorial: Picket Fence Home Decor by Tiffany Johnson
This time I'll be showing you how to create this unique picket fence home decor using brand new Sizzix Moroccan Products by Dena Designs. This can easily be made into a party centerpiece or even a special gift for the grandparents!

Video Tutorial:

I hope you enjoyed the video tutorial! Here are some close-up shots of the details:




Thanks so much for watching and for stopping by!




die cutting supplies


Cardstock: Core'dinations Brights
Ink: Fresh Ink- Pool
Stickers: Kelly Purkey White Alphabet Stickers
Embellishments: Impress Flower Sequin Kit, Close To My Heart Hinges, Bazzill Brads (3mm white)
Twine: Lawn Fawn Variegated Twine
Paint: Ranger Distress Crackle Paint (Picket Fence, Rock Hard Candy)
Adhesive: Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L (Dodz Medium, Dodz Small, MyStik Permanent Runner Refillable, MyStik Repositionable Dots Adhesive Runner Refill, Photo Corners White)
Tools: Core'dinations (Sand It Gadget, Dust Grabber Cloth)


Let your personality shine through by filling your home with decor elements that are as unique as you are! For more ideas of ways to create unique decor, check out the Home Decor projects in the die cutting project gallery at Sizzix.com.
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Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Quickie Card

Hello, Friends!

I'd like to share with you my most recent video of a 30 Second Card {in Five Minutes!}

These episodes are designed to show you that each card you create doesn't have to be a masterpiece.  

Sometimes, it's about just having fun!  ;)



Products Used:

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Stamps:  The Stamps of Life
Inks:  ColorBox Dye Ink by Stephanie Barnard


Happy Stamping!

Hugs,
Stephanie
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Monday, June 24, 2013

For You Money Holder Card

Hi everyone, it's Audrey! June is a busy month for gift giving between weddings and graduation. One of my favorite gifts to give the new couple or young graduate is good old cash, so today I'm going to share with you a quick and easy way to create a fabulous money holder, perfect for all such special occasions.

Sizzix Die Cutting Tutorial: For You Money Holder by Audrey Pettit

Not only does this little folder hold money, it also has room within for a tucked note or tag, so this does double duty as both gift packaging and gift card, all in one. You gotta love that!


And made from just a single sheet of paper, this folder is easy and very inexpensive to make. To get started, cut a 7" x 10" panel of cardstock or heavy weight patterned paper.

Along the 10" side, score paper at 6.5". This will give you a 3.5" pocket flap to fold up.
Along the 7" side, score paper at 3.5". Cut the 3.5" pocket flap along the center fold line until you reach the score mark at 6.5". Your paper should look like this.


Fold the cardstock closed on the long side and insert paper into an embossing folder. I used Brenda Walton's Rose Vines & Trellis Set for mine.


And run paper through your embossing machine.


Dry brush the embossing with white acrylic paint. As you can see, the money holder is a little longer than the embossing folder, so I added a strip of decorative paper at the bottom.


Open the holder so the inside is up. Dry brush the inside with white paint. Add strong adhesive tape to the pocket flaps and adhere the flaps. Note* if the flaps overlap slightly in the center, making the folder bulky and awkward to close, just trim off a tiny bit of the paper along that center edge.


Close money holder and tie with string or trim.
Die cut an oval tag from the Thinlits Tags Die Set in kraft cardstock. Emboss tag using the Rose Vines embossing folder. Lightly dry brush the tag and add subtle color with chalk pastels, if desired. Tie tag with string.

Stamp For You tag sentiment onto patterned paper using the Doodlebug/Hampton Arts Framelits Tags Set. Die cut using the matching tag die. Add tag to the money holder.

Die cut a leaf from the Bigz Leaves die and add to the tags.


Now let's make the flower.


Dip coffee filters into water tinted with color from ink refills or spray ink. Allow to dry completely.


Following the directions on the packaging, prepare the Flowers, 3-D #2 die from Eileen Hull by masking off the edges with cello tape. Fold the filters in half, and then in half again. Line the folded corner up with the die, and die cut all the coffee filters. For my flower, I used just three, but you can use more for a fuller finished flower.


Open the die cut filters and punch a hole in the center of each. Thread them onto a wrapped wire stem, and scrunch and manipulate the flowers until you get a pretty flower shape.


Tuck the flower in the bow, and enjoy!



Patterned Paper: My Mind's Eye, Glitz Designs
Ink, Chalk Pastels: Stampin'Up
Paint: Delta
String, Wire: Craft Supply 

Audrey
http://audreypettit.wordpress.com/



Sizzix Die Cutting Supplies


Patterned Paper: My Mind's Eye, Glitz Designs
Ink, Chalk Pastels: Stampin'Up
Paint: Delta
String, Wire: Craft Supply 


You will find 1000s of great ideas and tutorials in our die cutting project gallery at Sizzix.com. You won't believe all of the inspiration we have waiting for you there!
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