Thursday, February 28, 2013

Video Tutorial: Pop 'n Cuts & Watercolors

Hello, it's Tiffany here with a fun video tutorial for you!

I created this fun mixed-media Pop 'n Cuts Hello card using a cool watercolor technique on resist cardstock!

Here's the inside of the card:
You can find a full list of supplies for my card linked below.

Here's the video tutorial:

I hope you enjoyed this video tutorial!!!
Now, go get those work areas messy :)

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Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Tattered Florals Challenge

One of the very first dies I ever bought was the Tim Holtz Alterations Tattered Florals die.  I have used that die for so many die cutting projects and classes that I couldn't even begin to count the number of flowers I have cut with it.  It is just hands down a must-have die.  Just the same way you have scissors in your crafting tools, you need this die as well!  Forget buying pre-made flowers, this die lets you cut your own over and over again!

I was super excited this week when Tim posted a challenge on his blog featuring this die.  Sometimes we get so excited about new designs that we forget about old favorites.  The Tattered Florals is definitely an old favorite of mine and seeing it get a special shout out made me smile!  I could not wait to play along and create something with it for the challenge.

For my project, I decided to embellish a vintage hat with vintage millinery style flowers.  Since the Tattered Florals die is a steel rule die (one with the thick case) it can cut a number of different materials.  For some materials, like the fabric I used, you can multiple layers at one time, making the creative process even faster and easier.  

One of my favorite fabrics to die cut is crinoline.  I love the way it can be dyed and the way flowers made with it resemble vintage style fabric millinery flowers.  I posted a step-by-step tutorial on my blog showing how I created these flowers.  I hope you will stop by and take a look!

There are tutorials and prizes on both blogs (mine and Tim's) so be sure and visit both!

For more die cutting project inspiration featuring the Tattered Florals die, visit the Tattered Florals die product page on  Click on the "Related Projects"tab for project ideas and instruction.
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Tuesday, February 26, 2013

I Love When Everything Works Together!

Hello, Friends!

I just got back from the Grapevine, TX Scrapbook Expo....What a great weekend! My favorite thing in the world is to share my love of papercrafting with others. I love to see someone buying a Big Shot for the first time! I can't even imagine all the wonderful creations they will create! :)

As you may, or may not know, I also own a stamp company called, The Stamps of Life. One of my favorite things to design is matching stamps for my Sizzix Framelits dies.

Here's an example:

Designed by Bev Gerard

This card uses: Sizzix Framelits Die Set 5PK - Labels, Fancy #4:

The coordinating stamp set is labels4cutting:

Created by Laura Williams

This adorable project uses: Sizzix Framelits Die Set 5PK - Labels, Fancy #5:

This Framelits set coordinates with stamp set: Framefive2stamp

Designed by Laura Williams

This card uses: Sizzix Framelits Die Set 5PK - Labels, Fancy

The coordinating stamp set is: Stamps4FancyLabel

I'll be doing lots of teaching and traveling this year, I hope to see you at an event soon! Here's a list of events I'll be teaching at this year (with more dates coming soon!)

  • March 22-23 Creating Keepsakes Convention Portland, Oregon
  • April 5-6 Creating Keepsakes Convention St. Louis, Missouri
  • April 10-12 Canada, Scrapbook, Eh! Event for Sizzix
  • April 18-22 Collins Event for Sizzix
  • April 26-27 Creating Keepsakes Convention Manchester, New Hampshire
  • May 9-11 Mega Meet Novi, Michigan (Demos only)
  • June 21-22 Creating Keepsakes Convention Las Vegas, Nevada
  • June 28-29 Creating Keepsakes Convention Houston, Texas
  • July 26-27 Creating Keepsakes Convention Lancaster, Pennsylvania
  • August 16-17 Creating Keepsakes Convention Charlotte, North Carolina
  • September 20-21 Creating Keepsakes Convention San Marcos, Texas
  • October 4-5 Creating Keepsakes Convention Chicago, Illinois
  • October 11-12 Scrapbook Expo Ontario, California (Demos only)
  • November 1-2 Scrapbook Expo Sacramento, California (Demos only)
  • November 8-9 Creating Keepsakes Convention Seattle, Washington
Happy Crafting!

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Monday, February 25, 2013

For You Pillow Box

Hello Everyone!  It's Ronda here.  Today I am sharing with you a sweet but colorful pillow box.

I love making handmade packages for my gifts and this pillow box makes it so easy.  It's the perfect size to hold a little gift for my God Daughter.

To start this project, I cut the watercolor paper using Tim Holt'z Pillow Box Die-cut.  I wasn't sure which label I was going to use on top so I decided to die-cut all three.  I can always save the other two to use on other projects.  Labels never go out of style.

Next I used Distress Paints to paint the background of the pillow box.  This is the underlayer of color.  I knew I was going to add more layers of color but needed a good base coat of colors.  Once I completed that layer, I cut another pillow box shape using old maps.  I like having it match the shape of the pillow box so when i tear the layers they will fit the edges perfectly.

After adding the torn map pieces, I added more layers of color in reds and purples.  Next using waterproof stamp ink, I stamped scipt images onto the pillow box.

I already had some embossed metal foil paper laying around from another project.  I had embossed it with Tim Holtz's Regal Flourish Texture Fade.  I layered the sticky metal foil paper onto some grunge paper and die cut the butterfly.  Note* if you want more texture, then add the metal foil paper to the grunge paper, die cut, them emboss it.

I added a layer of pitch black paint to the butterfly foil diecut.  Using a paper towel, gently wipe away the excess paint.  It gives the metal piece a nice burnished look you will totally love.

I decided to use the large label on the front.  I used more yellows, oranges, and reds on the label to bring the colors from the back to the front.  I stamped the sentiment "For You" over layers of maps, stamped images, and paint.

The metal butterfly and bakers twine add the finishing touches to the adorable gift box.  I love the way the black paint adds depth to the embossed butterfly.

My Mom always says the back should look as pretty as the front, so I made sure I had plenty of vibrant colors on the back.  Now it's time to get this pretty little package in the mail with some extra special gifts tucked inside!

Thanks for stopping by today!

paint: Ranger: Tim Hotlz Distress Paints
stamps: Tim Holtz Pampillion Butterfly CMS106; Maya Road Art Journal Stamps
ink: Ranger Archival- Jet Black
twine: Twintery
metal foil: Ranger Metal Foil Sheets
tools: Ranger Non-stick Craft Sheet, Mister Water Bottle

Pillow boxes are so easy to assemble and are fun to decorate. For even more pillow box ideas, visit our die cutting project gallery on Pillow Box Ideas.
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Sunday, February 24, 2013

Flip-its Gift Pocket Card

Happy Sunday! Jeanne here with you today!

I'm always looking for interesting ways to present a gift card. Today I'll show you how to make a little envelope to add to a Flip-its card.

die cutting
Die cut your card with Sizzix Movers & Shapers L Die - Card, Rectangle Flip-its, Sizzix Big Shot Machine and Premium Crease Pad, Standard.

Sponge edges and openings with brown ink. To get a crisp edge on the openings I mask with Post-it notes.

This is what it will look like after removing the masks.

To create an interesting edge slide a Sizzix Framelits Die Set 5PK - Labels, Fancy #4 die under the edge of your paper and die cut.

Once cut you'll have a pretty edge like this.

Assemble your envelope by running adhesive along the inside edge. I added a repositionable adhesive to close the envelope. Stamp the sentiment from Sizzix Framelits Die Set 8PK w/Stamps - Banners #2 on the envelope.

Use Sizzix Framelits Die Set 8PK w/Stamps - Banners #2 to stamp and die cut your flags & flowers.

Here is a closer look at the front of the card.

Attach the envelope to the inside of the card as shown.

To finish your card add more flowers along the edge and a flower on the flap of the envelope.

Papers: The Paper Loft
Ink: Clearsnap Colorbox Premium Dye Inks by Stephanie Barnard
Embellishments: Adhesive Pearls
Tools: Sponge; Post-it notes & adhesives (Scotch/3M)

Isn't that such a great tip about the Framelits die on the envelope?  To see even more ideas for Framelits dies, check out our Framelits category in our die cutting project gallery on!
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