Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Introducing the NEW Big Shot!

Hello, Friends!

There's a new machine in town!  Check out the video to find out all about it!

The new Big Shot will be shipping to stores on May 1st, so keep your eye out at your favorite store!

On another note, we are planning lots of videos for the future.  Is there something YOU would like us to do a video on?  If yes, leave a comment on this blog post.  I can't guarantee we can do every video idea, BUT, we'd love to hear from you about what you'd like to see! 

Happy Crafting!

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Monday, April 29, 2013

Video Tutorial: Accentuating Edges

Hello Sizzix fans! Vivian here with my first post as a designer on the team - I'm still pinching myself I can't believe it! Today I have a mixed media card for you and an accompanying video tutorial.

Hope you enjoy the video. In it I share some fun and easy mixed media techniques...

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... as well as steps you can take to accentuate the edges in papers beautifully die-cut with Sizzix.

This mixed media card project uses Flower, Daisy #658502 Sizzix Sizzlit, drawing attention to all the lovely varied lines in this bloom's shape. I blinged it up a bit, but really wanted these shapes to take the starring role in this project.

Thanks for looking!

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paper: Recollections - White Cardstock; Aquabee - Bristol Vellum
stamps: Hampton Art - PS0680 Distressed Words Woodblock Stamp, PS0707 Tree Top Woodblock Stamp, SC0038 Blooming Memories Clear Stamp Set, Clear Embossing Powder
mist: Clearsnap - SMOOCH Spritzes
ink: Tim Holtz Distress Ink- Salty Ocean; Tsukineko - Black Stazon Ink, Versamark Watermark Ink
mediums: Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft - Gelatos; Liquitex - Gesso
markers: Tim Holtz Distress Marker- Black Soot
embellishments: Me & My Big Ideas - Gems; Really Reasonable Ribbon - String Metallic Iridescent
tools: Tiny Attacher; sanding block
other: bubble wrap

For more ideas and inspiration for die cutting projects featuring the Scrappy Cat collection collection for Sizzix, visit the project gallery at Sizzix.com. While you are there, be sure to check out Scrappy Cat's entire collection of dies and embossing folders!
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Sunday, April 28, 2013

Video Tutorial: Mother's Day Postage Photo Card

Hello Blogosphere! It's Tiffany here with another fun Video Tutorial! This time, I'll be showing you how to create this cool folded photo card using the Sizzix Postage Frame Base and Camera Movers & Shapers Dies by Tim Holtz.

To show you how I created my card, I made this video tutorial.  I hope you enjoy it!

Thanks so much for stopping by!

ink: Tim Holtz Distress Ink- Antique Linen 
stamps: Lawn Fawn- Smitty's ABCs, You've Got Mail, Happy Everything 
paper: Crate Paper Collection by Maggie Holmes
embellishments: Kaisercraft Rhinestones; Doodlebug Baker's Twine; Jolee's Puffy Heart Stickers
adhesive: Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L- white foam squares 1/4", E-Z Dots Mini runner, Crafty Power Tape

Nothing says "I Love You" more than a handmade gift! Visit our die cutting project gallery at Sizzix.com for more Mother's Day project ideas that are sure to put a smile on your Mom's face this Mother's Day!
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Saturday, April 27, 2013

Sweet Treats Candy Holders

Hi everyone, Audrey here, with a fun sweet treats project to share today.

Making up a package of treats is one of my favorite small gift ideas. They are quick and easy, and work for pretty much everyone on my gift-giving list. They make fabulous party favors, too. And best of all, you can adapt them to any size or theme you wish, making this gift idea perfectly customizable.

To get started, cut strips of patterned paper to size. For my project, I used small 3" cello bags, so I cut my strips 3" x 10". If you use a different size cello bag, measure the width of your bag and cut the strips of paper the same width.

Using a scoring board or bone folder, score each paper strip along the long edge at 4 3/4", 5", and 5 1/4".

If you like things a bit shabby, like I do, edge all your paper pieces for this project with brown ink.

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Die cut an opening in the bottom flap of each strip using the oval tag die from the Thinlits Tags die set.

*Note: to get perfect placement of the opening, place the die with the cutting side down on your paper where desired and secure with a small piece of tape or a post-it note. Then turn the paper back over and run it through your die cutting machine as usual.

Now fold along your score lines, creating a mountain peek along the center line.

Now die cut your accent pieces. For each candy container, I cut one On the Edge Distressed Doily from naturals cardstock, and one Sizzlits Rose 3D Flower from patterned paper.

Insert the cello candy bag inside the container and secure at the top with a staple. My bags were a little taller than my paper, but you can easily trim off the excess before proceeding. Apply adhesive to the back of the Distress Doily, center the front in the die cut opening, and wrap the ends around to the back of the container.

Tie ribbon and string around the top of the containers. Add a sentiment strip and the rolled Rose 3D Flowers. Die cut leaves from green patterned paper using the Leaves die and tuck into the top of each bow.

And last of all, add inked canvas butterflies to the bottom of each candy container.


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Cardstock: Stampin'Up (Naturals)
Patterned Paper: WeRMemoryKeepers (yellow gingham), October Afternoon (blue dots), My Mind's Eye (green)
Stamp: Stampin'Up
Embellishments: Maya Road Canvas Butterflies
Trim: Stampin'Up (seam binding), Craft Supply (string)
Ink: Clearsnap

Ready for even more ideas for party treat and gift packaging?  Our die cutting project gallery at Sizzix.com is packed full of ideas and instructions for projects that will make your next party treats even more unique!
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Friday, April 26, 2013

It's a Sizzix Mother's Day!

Hey everyone – Catherine Scanlon here to share a quick and easy Mother’s Day project you can whip up for that special woman in your life.

The supplies I used for this project are:

Let’s start this project by preparing the wood block. Lightly sand the edges of the wood block. Wipe clean and paint the sides and back with the Victorian Velvet Distress paint. Use a paper towel to smooth the excess paint away.

When the paint is dry, trim the patterned paper and use a glue stick to adhere it to the top of the block. When dry sand the edges of the block smooth. Wipe clean and use a brown inkpad to ink the edges of the block. Set aside to let the ink and glue dry.

To create the embossed cardstock you’ll need a piece of cream cardstock, the Peacock Embossing Folder and the Victorian Velvet Distress Paint. Trim the cardstock to fit in the folder and apply a light coating of the distress paint on one side of the folder. Spritz lightly with water and insert the paper. Emboss.

When the paint is dry, trim the cardstock to 4’ x 4”. For a distressed look, use an edge distressing tool to lightly rough up the edges and add some brown ink to the edges.

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While the cardstock and wood block are drying, prepare the other pieces:
  • Add some spray ink or color to the Heidi Swapp Note. 
  • Cut the Regal Crest from the Tin ATC and Emboss with the Peacock Embossing Folder. Spray with pink spray paint. Sand with a sanding block when dry to reveal the pattern.
  • Spray the white paper doily with the black spray paint. 
  • Spray the metal Frame from Fancy Pants with Pink Spray Paint, lightly sand when dry. 
  • Attach the screw eyes to the bottom of the wood block. 
  • Stamp the sentiment on cream cardstock and trim to fit on the metal frame. 
  • Trim the patterned paper to fit on the back of the wood block (approx. 3 ¼” square). 
For the assembly begin layering the various pieces on the wood block:

Glue the Embossed Cardstock to the wood block with Glossy Accents.  Glue the Black Doily in the center of the embossed cardstock with Glossy Accents.  Insert the Black Ribbon in the Heidi Swapp Note and secure the ends on the top and bottom on the backside of the block with a hot glue gun.

Glue the patterned paper on the backside of the wood block to cover the ends of the black satin ribbon.

Add the Regal Crest with 3D Dots or Foam Tape to the center of the Heidi Swapp Note.  Add the Silhouette on top of the Regal Crest with 3D Dots.

Adhere the sentiment block to the metal frame and attach it to the screw eyes on the bottom of the wood block using the jump rings.  

To finish, add a double or triple bow to the top of the Heidi Swapp Note using the black Hug Snug.

There you have it, a quick and easy piece of art for a special Mother in your life!
Thanks for joining me, see you next time!

Catherine Scanlon

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Nothing says "I Love You" more than a handmade gift! Visit our die cutting project gallery at Sizzix.com for more Mother's Day project ideas that are sure to put a smile on your Mom's face this Mother's Day!
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Thursday, April 25, 2013

English Garden Daisy Card

Hello everyone!  It is Kim from Scrappy Cat here with you today sharing a card created with the new Scrappy Cat English Garden collection.

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Materials needed:
Sizzix Scrappy Cat Textured Impressions 658515 Courtyard & Medallion
Sizzix Scrappy Cat Large Sizzlit 658502 Flower, Daisy
Sizzix Scrappy Cat Sizzlit trio  658507 Garden Variety Set
Coredinations cardstock - Blue Lilac, celestial and white

1. Create a card using the blue lilac cardstock.
2. Emboss a piece of celestial cardstock using the Medallion texture impression folder.
3. Emboss a strip of white cardstock using the Courtyard texture impression folder to 4"x2". Adhere the embossed white strip about 3/4 towards the bottom of the card.
4. Cut the floral blooms(white, celestial and blue lilac) and layer as shown or create your own combination.
5. Cut 2 sets of leaves and tuck them under the large floral bloom.

I hope you enjoy the card!


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For more ideas and inspiration for die cutting projects featuring the Scrappy Cat collection collection for Sizzix, visit the project gallery at Sizzix.com. While you are there, be sure to check out Scrappy Cat's entire collection of dies and embossing folders!
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