Friday, May 31, 2013

Flip-Its Tips & Tutorial

Hello Blogosphere! It's Tiffany here today with another video tutorial. I've been struggling with making Flip-Its Cards lately & recently had a breakthrough! So, I'm here to share 15+ Tips on using Flip-Its Dies.

You will need the following Sizzix Supplies: Sizzix Movers & Shapers L Die- Card, Ornate Flip-Its, Sizzix Framelits Die Set 9PR, Labels Ornate #4, Sizzix Die-Cutting Machine

Enjoy the video tutorial:

Here are more views of my Flip-Its Card:

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Thank you so much for joining me! I hope you are able to make some fun interactive Flip-Its cards after viewing my tips & tutorial! 

die cutting supplies

Stamps- SimonSaysStamp Kelly Purkey Exclusive (Dude)
Paper- SimonSaysStamp June 2013 Kit
Ink- Fresh Ink (Slate, Blue Sage, Navy), Versafine (Onyx Black), Memento (Tuxedo Black)
Adhesives- Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L (E-Z Dots Permanent, E-Z Dots Repositionable, 3D Foam Squares Regular White)
Additional: washi tapes

We love how easy it is to create fabulous and unique die cutting projects by using products designed to work together. To see more ideas using Stephanie's line of products, be sure to visit the Stephanie Barnard project gallery on!
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Thursday, May 30, 2013

Trending Chevron Lap Quilt

Hello everyone, Amy Friend here with you today!

Sizzix introduced some really wonderful new quilting dies at spring quilt market in Portland earlier this month. One of them is the 7" x 3 1/2" Chevron die that I used in this quilt.

I named this quilt Trending because it's a combination of so many things that are trendy right now in the quilting world: chevrons, low volume fabrics, and text prints. Plus, I chose my colors based on the Pantone fashion color report for spring 2013.  It was such a fun quilt to pull together. I added a bit of a modern twist to the timeless chevron by wrapping the colors from row to row and breaking them.

To create this lap sized quilt measuring roughly 56" x 66", you will need both the Chevron die and the 3 1/2" half square triangle.  As you cut your fabric, it is helpful to arrange the pieces on a design wall as seen above.  This is the kind of quilt that you have to lay out completely before you begin to sew. 

To recreate this quilt, you will need to cut:

112 chevrons in various ivory textured solids and text prints
17 chevrons in lavender
15 chevrons in yellow
15 chevrons in red
16 chevrons in emerald
15 chevrons in peach
38 3 1/2" HST in various ivory textured solids and text prints (cut from the waste after cutting chevrons)

Arrange your pieces in 19 columns each 10 chevrons high, with a HST at the top and bottom.

In order to assemble this quilt top, you must sew each column and then attach the columns to each other.  To begin each row, a 3 1/2" HST is sewn, right sides together, at the upper edge of the first chevron.

Next, sew the chevrons together as shown above.  End the column with another HST.

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I found it easiest to sew the columns together in pairs as shown above.  Then I joined the pairs.  I alternated the direction in which I ironed my seams so that they nested neatly.

I quilted simply, a quarter inch on either side of the seams, and then two evenly spaced rows within each row of chevrons.

I like the texture and dimension that the quilting gives the quilt without being over powering.

Here are just a couple more finished quilt shots to hopefully inspire you to try your own chevron quilt.

This is a quick quilt top to put together.  It is fun and satisfying and has so many possibilities. 


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Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Picket Fence coming soon...

Hi everyone- Eileen here...

FINALLY! My new Picket Fence collection is shipping any day to your local scrapbook stores! It's so hard to wait sometimes... This collection was released at CHA in January and is coming to you just in time for the gardening and gift giving seasons. Each die is designed to be used in several different ways for added value. When I buy a die, I want options- don't you?

Here's a look...
Canning Jars are all the rage! This die is such a great value because it comes with both size jars- quart and pint- and even has a well in the middle so you can use it to hold something. See the coordinating Textured Impression folder set below, Jar Labels, that embosses the quilted jelly jar pattern onto the jars. Use clear die packaging to die cut the jar and emboss it, then rub with turquoise Staz-On- so pretty! Oh this is a fun one! You need it.

The embossed labels make great accessories for the jars and also coordinate with other base dies in this set.
The Garden Gate Album is one of my favorites! This can be cut from matboard to make a cute little mini OR cut from cardstock to make cards. If you accordian fold paper and position the folds inside the die cut lines, you can create borders, banners and a fence repeat to set around little houses or to set a pretty party table.
The Birdhouse die is so quick and easy to assemble. Adhere text pages to matboard with spray adhesive and then die cut. You will come out with an adorable vintage birdhouse. Add buttons, bling and the trim to outside of the house. If you secure one side of the roof, the other side may be left open to tuck in treats or candy or small favors. Wouldn't small flower bulbs make cute favors?
The Windowbox die is another favorite. Assembly is super quick. This would be great with a photo behind the window and little paper flowers growing in the Windowbox. Add an ivy vine (see below) and you are all set! You can also use the separate Window piece and cut two for album covers. Perfect to hold graduation memories or as Father's Day mini- albums too... 

The Decorative Ivy Strip can also be used in many ways- great for layouts, on cards and to embellish boxes and books. I cut a bunch to keep on hand. You can trim off what you need according to the size of the project. 

The Watering Can XL ScoreBoards is another 3D die that can be painted, inked, texturized or stained to replicate the look of old metal. Add wax seals, old broaches, or flowers to embellish. Paper flowers look great inside this box. You can also die-cut from paper, cut apart and use on the front of a card. 
The Garden Tools Sizzlits are the perfect size to add to cards. Beth Reames from the Sizzix art department did an amazing job of using different inks, powders and metallics to mimic the look of vintage tools with wooden handles. Great little accessories!
This 3D flower is named Trinity's Flower after my 6 year old granddaughter. And you should see her go to town making these! Use fabric, paper, felt, recycled brown kraft packing paper, tissue paper, crepe paper and coffee filters to make a 3D flower bouquet. I like to glue a pearl bead to the center. The pieces from this die may be layered and combined with my other 3D flowers to make unique new creations.
The Leaves, Bouquet Bigz die is a must have in your stash. If you like to make flowers, you need some green leaves for balance. These are a good size to use for cards or to tuck behind flowers for interest.
Wouldn't the Bloom & Plant Markers work great as cupcake toppers? Don't be afraid to think outside the box when coming up with uses for these dies. I can see them cut from clear plastic packaging and inked with Staz-On with the name of each child invited to a birthday party. Or as actual plant markers cut from thin wood veneer or balsa, then stamped and sealed. Or to label different cheeses at a party.... "Bloom" fits perfectly on the front of the Garden Gate Album and on the Windowbox die. 
The sweet little Clay Pot also contains a well to hold fun surprises and pretty flowers. Or cut from paper and add to the front of a card. I experimented with ways to get a terra cotta effect and think I came pretty close. Look for this on my blog- coming soon!
This Basket is a great value too. I call it a mini-ScoreBoard (one that fits on a Bigz die). You can cut it from matboard or chipboard and you have such a cute sturdy little basket to hold candy, small needlework projects and floss, Easter grass and Cadbury eggs, a pair of earrings, etc.

But wait there's more! A coordinating companion Textured Impression folder set embosses Basketweave & Honeycomb (hexagon) patterns (this was all over the National Stationery Show I just got back from!). These designs are great for card backgrounds as well as fun texture on the boxes, books and containers in the collection. 
There is so much you can do with the Seed Packet Bigz L die. My friend Kitty made a really cool album using the Garden Gate Album as a base and added in these Seed Packets as pages. Then another friend Pam lettered some beautiful sayings on them. I'll share this with you on my blog in June- it is so amazing.

Here's the coordinating Rosebud & Seed Packet Textured Impressions folders that may be used to embellish the Seed Packet die.

So that's the official Picket Fence tour- thanks for joining me :-) I'll be posting lots of projects on my blog in June so please stop by... 

If you haven't tried a ScoreBoards die yet, you should! ScoreBoards are quick, easy and unique- they are exclusive to Sizzix- you won't find anything like them anywhere else. 

I love seeing what you all do with my dies... please send pics to I'd love to share your great ideas! 

Lastly, I am way behind and just started a Facebook page- I'd be very grateful if you "liked" me there. 

Have a great week, my friends :-)


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Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Pop 'n Cuts Floating Floor Birthday Card with Guest Designer Kelly Booth

Hi I’m Kelly Booth and I’m so excited to be a guest designer on the Sizzix blog today. I have a super fun card to share with you using Karen Burniston's Label Pop N Cut with a Floating Floor.

I'm a huge Fan of All of these dies Designed by Karen Burniston. Action Cards have always been my thing, I just think it adds more Fun to an everyday Card.

The First Thing I do When Making a Pop N Cut I Get all my Pieces Cut. I started this card by Cutting all my Kraft main card Pieces. One Card Base with no insert, One Card Base with the Label Pop n Cut Insert and the Floating floor from Karen's Template HERE. I printed it out on some label paper and use it over and over again.

Then I Lay them all out and add some Mr. Huey's Color Mists Opaque White for a Speckled Background. The Way I do this is to lay the paper out and take the whole lid off and hit it over my paper to fling it. Easy Peasy....

I then lay my Floating Floor Template over my Cut Floating Floor and Score the Fold's on my Martha Stewart Score Board Like this.

Then I proceed to get all the other pieces cut.

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For the Inside I cut the label Pop N cut by itself on a piece of Pool Card Stock and a Small Circle from a White piece of Card Stock. Like This..... It is a Good idea to go ahead and attach the pool colored label to the card before you attach the floating floor since it is sunk down where the adhesive will be.

Then for the outside I cut A Larger Framelit Circle from White and a Black Scalloped Framelit to go behind it and Two Flagpoles from the Sizzlit Flagpole with Lantern Die. Like This.....

I took some Ranger Distress Paints and Almost Like Dry Swiped the White Circle From the Bottom up with Mainly Broken China but added a little mowed lawn as well. 

At this Time I go ahead and get my Stamping Done I used Paper Smooches Alligator from the Zoo Crew Set Colored him with some Inktense Pencils and Added a Dot of Black enamel accents to his eye. I stamped the 29 Again from Paper Smooches Hullabaloo on the Large Circle in the White area and Cut a Piece of Pool Card Stock for the Very Bottom of the Card Front and Stamped it With a Hero Arts Birthday Background in Black , The Small circle for the inside was stamped using Paper Smooches Happy Birthday from the Hullabaloo set. 

Now it is time to put the card together and I like to get my Card Put together and finish the inside first.

I first Put adhesive on the Inside and outside and adhere them together, I like to use a strong adhesive or score tape as these get handled a lot.

Then I do the floating floor.

I cut two Slits for my Flagpoles to go through and put score tape on all tabs like this:

I put the flag poles together like this:

I put the flagpoles through the slits in the floating floor and fold a bottom foot forward underneath and add score tape to that foot.

I then take the backing off the tabs and start from the back to the front to adhere the floating floor to the card base.

Here is a side view of how the flagpoles look when adhered.

I make a little banner with some Washi tape and Twine like this:

I put a little glossy accents below the ball of the flagpole and wrap the sides of the twine around it to secure.

Here is my Finished Front:

and the finished inside:

Pretty Simple and FUN Huh?

Thank You so much to Sizzix for Having me, I Love your Dies!


die cutting supplies

paper: Neenah Desert Storm Card Stock; Papertrey Ink Black and White Card Stock; Hero Arts Pool Layering Papers
paint: Tim Holtz Distress Paint- Mowed Lawn and Broken China 
mists: Mr. Hueys Color Mists- Opaque White
stamps: Paper Smooches Hullabaloo Set and Zoo Crew; Hero Arts S5027 Design Block Birthday
misc.:  Ranger Glossy Accents and Inksentials Enamel Accents Black; Inktense Pencils
embellishments: assorted Washi Tape and Kiwi Twine from the Twinery
adhesive: Sookwang Score Tape

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