Thursday, January 31, 2013

Ómbre Valentine's Table Runner

Hello Blogosphere! It's Tiffany here with an easy Valentine's Decor project that you don't want to miss!

This Ómbre Valentine's Table Runner with Crumpled Coffee Filter Hearts is so simple to make and you can easily switch the colors and shape motif to make the same decor for another season or party!

Here are the materials you'll need to get started: Sizzix Scoreboards XL Heart Box Die by Eileen Hull, Sizzix Vagabond or other embossing and die-cutting machine, Natural coffee filters (about 1/2 a pack), 6- 8 1/2" x 11" pieces of card stock, sewing machine, thread, wet sponge or towel.

Here is a video showing you how to create the garland.

The crumpled coffee filter hearts garland.

The stitched hearts simply lay on top of the crumpled paper runner.

Lovely layers!

Thanks for stopping by,

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other: natural coffee filters (about 1/2 a pack); 6- 8 1/2" x 11" pieces of card stock; sewing machine; thread; wet sponge or towel

With Valentine's Day quickly approaching, you may find yourself in the mood to create projects with Heart! Be sure to check out the project gallery at to see over 200 die cutting project ideas full of heart!
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Wednesday, January 30, 2013

A tisket, a tasket, a pretty little wedding basket!

Hello everyone! Tammy Tutterow here with you today!  Today I want to share with you a flower girl basket I recently made for a wedding themed display for Therm O Web at CHA.
I made this fabric basket from my own pattern (I used to make these to sell on Etsy) and embellished it with die cut flowers using the Eileen Hull Flower Layers Heart Petals die from her new From the Heart collection.  

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I die cut the flowers from the same silk dupioni fabric that I made the basket from.  I wanted the petals to be fairly stiff when assembled so I added lightweight fusible interfacing to the back of the fabric before die cutting it.

After die cutting, I stacked two of each of the three sizes of flowers from the die and pierced a hole through the center of the stack.  I placed a wired bunch of stamens through the hole in the centers of the flowers.  (I shared step-by-step photos of the same assembly process in this tutorial on my blog:

 I love how the stamens add a punch of color to the white flowers.

Ribbon leaves made from green ombre and satin ribbons add another bit of color.  I added floral wire to the stamen bunches and wrapped them with green floral tape.  I wrapped the extra length of wire around a dowel rod to create a curly-q effect.

You could easily embellish a purchased flower basket simply and quickly by adding clusters of die cut flowers like I did on this basket.  The same flowers could be added to other elements of the wedding ensemble like the ring pillow, sashes on dresses, pew bows and more.  With one die you could easily create a custom and unique wedding theme.

fabric: silk dupioni
misc: flower stamens, floral wire, floral tape

Do you have a wedding in your future?  We have tons of die cutting project ideas for you that can help you make your wedding truly one of a kind!  Check out our wedding project gallery on for more great ideas!
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Tuesday, January 29, 2013

A New 30 Second Card {in 5 Minutes!}

Hello, Friends!

Exciting news! My new Sizzix products....Framelits, Flip-its, Framelits with stamps, and Textured Impression folders are now shipping!

Woo Hoo!

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I have a New 30 Second Card {in 5 Minutes!} Video to share with you today. In it, I use one of the NEW Flip-it Dies! :)

 Can't see the video? Click Here!

Are you in the Orange County, CA area?!? If yes, come visit me this week at the Scapbook Expo in Anaheim, this Thursday, Friday and Saturday! (Jan. 31-Feb. 2) Look for the PINK booth!

Not in the area? Check out my travel schedule: Click Here to see if I'll be coming to an event near you! :)

I'll be teaching Sizzix classes at many Creating Keepsakes Events this year, so be sure to check out the schedule! :)



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stamps: The Stamps of Life
inks: ColorBox by Stephanie Barnard

Cards and tags and gift bags, Oh My!  You won't believe all of the project ideas we have for you with Stephanie's fun line of die cutting and stamping products!  Be sure to visit the Stephanie Barnard project gallery at for lots of great project ideas!
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Monday, January 28, 2013

Steampunk Winged Heart

Happy Monday, everyone! I hope you had a fantastic weekend. With Valentine's Day being just a little over two weeks away, I thought it would be fun to create a decoration with a more masculine feel.

I was so excited at CHA to see that the Steampunk movement is still going strong. I adore the mix of metal and gears and this piece has lots of that! I had received Tim Holtz' new Layered Angel Wings die at Christmas, but didn't have a chance to use it. I love the movement it gives this piece - and it's always great to remember that your dies can have more uses than the obvious ones!

Begin by cutting a heart shape from chipboard (I made a template from a sheet of paper and traced it onto the chipboard). Emboss the heart using the Steampunk Texture Fade.

Die cut an assortment of gears from chipboard using the Gadget Gears and Mini Gears dies. Cut wings from chipboard using the Layered Angel Wings die. After die cutting, paint all chipboard pieces with metallic paint as shown. Let dry.

Cover the embossed heart with Studio 490 black embossing paste. Immediately wipe off, leaving some of the paste in the crevices. Repeat with all of the chipboard pieces. Let dry completely.

Trace the heart shape onto a piece of foam core and cut out with a craft knife. Paint the edges with silver paint.

Paint and antique a wood base and dowel in the same way you did the chipboard pieces. Adhere the embossed heart to the foam core and cover edges with copper tape. You can antique it with black paint, if desired.

Now for the fun part! Begin laying your gears out, gluing them down with 3-in-1 glue. Continue to build the layers of gears, raising some with foam tape and adding additional gears.

Adhere the wings to the back side of the heart, using Beacon's 3-in-1 glue, or other strong adhesive. Add the Idea-ology Mini Numerals, Clock Key, and Philosophy Tag as shown.

Drill a hole in the painted base. Adhere die cut gears as shown. Thread a single gear through the dowel and insert into base, securing with glue. Finally, using hot glue, adhere the heart to the dowel.

Looking at this piece, it's hard to believe it's mostly just paper and paint! That's my favorite thing about Sizzix dies - if you can imagine it, there is a die out there that can bring your idea to life. I hope you've enjoyed this project and are inspired to create art for someone you love - or for yourself!
Until next month, 

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paint: Ranger Adirondack Dabbers - Silver, Copper, Gold, Pitch Black; Studio 490 Embossing Paste - Black
adhesives: Beacon 3-in-1; foam dots; Ranger Inkssentials Collage Glue Stick
embellishments: Tim Holtz Idea-ology Long Fasteners, Mini Fasteners, Sprocket Gears, Philosophy Tags, Mini Numerals, Clock Key, Mini Gears, Custom Fasteners
other: Copper foil tape, foam core, chipboard, wood dowel, round wood plaque, foam brush, hot glue gun, craft knife

Ready for more ideas on how you can incorporate die cutting projects into your home decor? has tons of ideas in our home decor project gallery!  You are sure to find something just right for your space!
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Sunday, January 27, 2013

Pop 'n Cuts Floating Floor 2.0

Hello all! Back in October I posted a YouTube video and blog post showing how to create a Floating Floor to fit the Pop 'n Cuts Base Die. That technique has been very popular and I've loved seeing what people have created using the template.

While working on cards for a class it struck me that we needed a template to add a Floating Floor to one of the "Stand-up" Pop 'n Cuts designs. These are the designs that open up to a fully flat card with a pop-up item in the middle. (Frame, Star, Poinsettia, Ribbon Tree) I decided to make a Floating Floor to fit the Frame die, since it is the most generic shape and can be used for any theme.

My class card uses the Floating Floor to animate the Flagpole Die, providing the ability to move the poles away from the center of the card for more dimension.

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Download the Floating Floor Template to fit the Frame Pop 'n Cuts die

*Edited to add* If you're having problems with the above link loading, you can also download the template on my blog here: Floating Floor 2.0 Template

You can also use the Floating Floor to animate additional pop-up items by cutting slits and using "L" supports as explained in the YouTube video.

By combining die cutting with an add-on template, you can take your Pop 'n Cuts Frame cards to a whole other level!


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pop 'n cuts baseframe insertheartflagpoleribbonhelloborder

Are you ready to put movement in your die cutting projects?  If so, Pop 'n Cuts dies are the perfect tool for you!  You can find tons of project ideas in our Pop 'n Cuts project gallery on!
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