Sunday, March 31, 2013

Video Tutorial: Kids' Easter Craft

 Happy Easter Blogosphere!  It's Tiffany here with another fun Video Tutorial for you! This time we're grabbing the kiddos and making this fun Easter Bunny Craft with a Faux Decoupage Egg!


You'll need the following supplies:



Video Tutorial:
Click to enlarge. For 8.5" x 11" paper.

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Saturday, March 30, 2013

What is new for April?

Can you believe it is the start of another new month?  April is my favorite month of the year (could it be because it is my birthday month?) and the true start of my favorite season, spring!  This

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If I could only use two words to describe the new Brenda Walton collection for Sizzix, it would be elegant and beautiful!  If you have been a fan of Brenda's designs for a long time like me, you will know that her style is always classic and oh so pretty!  Her new die and embossing folder designs are no exception.  Take a peek and see what I mean....  

See the new Brenda Walton collection at: http://www.sizzix.com/catalog#facets=designer~brenda-walton.



April brings even more fabulous releases from the Tim Holtz Alterations line, including the new Eiffel Tower die and more new Movers & Shapers Sized Shapes!  I am in love with the new Sized Shapes dies and find myself using them over and over again.  They have become such a great addition to my die cutting tool collection.

Check out the April releases for Tim Holtz at: http://www.sizzix.com/catalog#q=tim holtz april


You know Doodlebug Design for their cute designs.  We are thrilled to bring you this collection of stamps and coordinating Framelits dies featuring the fun and fresh designs of Doodlebug Design!  Picking a favorite from this cute collection is so hard!

See the whole collection here: http://www.sizzix.com/catalog#q=doodlebug.


So many fabulous new crafty die cutting tools! I know my personal wish list for April is soooo long! It is hard to pick just one from each collection as a favorite, but mine are:

Brenda Walton: Flights of Fancy (so pretty!!)
Doodlebug Design: Hello Spring Framelits and Stamp set (so cute!!)

Which April new releases are on your list? Tell me in the comments below and I will pick three winners. Each one will receive one of my three favorite selections from this month's collections. You have until 4/30/13 midnight pst to comment. I will announce the three winners here on the blog!

Congratulations to last month's winners Katina, Barb (macmomma), FloJo, and Carla who each won one of my four March picks!
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Friday, March 29, 2013

Adventure, Explore, Travel Altered Book

In January Sizzix unveiled tons of new products at the Craft and Hobby Association show in Anaheim, Ca.  Not only was our booth packed with amazing new products, but it was also full of project samples and demonstrations.

I had the pleasure of working in the Tim Holtz Alterations section of the booth.  It was fun watching show visitors ooh an agh over the samples there made with Tim's new dies.  One project that was looked at, photographed, and touched the most was this fabulous altered book by Debi Adams from the Sizzix Art Room.  I have to say, I couldn't stop looking at it either.  I loved how it captured so memories of a vacation into a single display piece.  How fun to be able to set this piece out and remember the memories of a great trip or occasion over and over again!





Instructions:

Fold all of the pages of a book in half and distress with ink. Decorate the front inside cover as desired. Die-cut shapes from cardstock and patterned papers and embellish with ink and pen. Emboss cardstock and patterned paper with embossing folders of your choice and highlight the raised designs with ink. Trim to size. Add photos and other embellishments. Adhere shapes to the pages near the back of the book if the back cover will be propped against an object when displayed; adhere shapes near the middle of the book if you plan on displaying the book with spine flat.

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I hope you enjoyed taking a look at this project as much as I did and I hope that it inspires you to create something like it to celebrate a special occasion too!




Other Supplies: Book, Cardstock, Patterned Paper, Ink, Metal Embellishments, Photographs, Ribbon, Stickers, Tags, Tissue Tape, Twine, Wooden Game Pieces

You will find this project and 1000s of others like it in our die cutting project gallery at Sizzix.com.  You won't believe all of the inspiration you will find there!
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Thursday, March 28, 2013

Coffee Filter Bouquet

Hello everyone, Eileen here with you today.  Spring is almost here! It's always so exciting to see the bulbs and new life popping up everywhere. In anticipation, I have been having fun with my 3D flower dies. Here's a bouquet for you!



Coffee filters make beautiful paper flowers. They are the perfect weight and work great with mists and inks to create a nice watercolor effect. The price is right- I bought a package of 700 filters for $2.79 at Costco. They come in two colors- white, which are great for custom coloring, and kraft, which grunge up really nicely.

Visit my blog to see a video tutorial on how I made the flowers.

These were the flower dies used in creating the bouquet:



Flowers:
  1. Die cut a stack of eight to ten coffee filters with the Big Shot. I used five flower dies- it's fun to take parts from different flowers and make your own combinations. I made some large, small and medium sized flowers to give interest to the bouquet. 
  2. For full rounded flowers, stack about ten to twelve same-sized petals on top of each other and secure with a brad in the middle. For flowers with a flatter middle, stack small and large flowers. 
  3. Take each separate petal and scrunch into the middle of the flower. 
  4. Fluff it out. 
This method also works great with tissue paper, kraft wrapping/packaging paper and crepe paper.



Adding color:
  1. Stamp dye ink on a non-stick craft mat and mist the ink with water. 
  2. Holding the flower by the back, touch the petal edges to the ink. The ink will wick up giving a cool ombre look. You can also spray the flower itself with water before adding ink. 
  3. If you want more than one color, just add more inks on the craft mat and randomly dip in several colors. Sometimes the combinations are good and sometimes you may not like them. If this happens, you can spray them with water and blot. The color seems slightly less intense after drying. 
  4. Die cut leaves and color in the same way. Allow them to air-dry or use a heat tool to speed drying along. 
WARNING: Be sparing with the inks- too many colors will make a big mess and turn the colors muddy.









Stems:

  1. Wrap a pipe cleaner around the prongs of the brads on the back of each flower and secure with hot glue. 
  2. Add leaves to the stems with hot glue. 
Create an arrangement and when it is to your liking, wrap the stems with another pipe cleaner.
Place in vase or other container.





Best wishes for a beautiful spring and a blessed Easter!

Eileen




There is no end to the ideas of projects you can create with Eileen Hull's flower dies.  For even more ideas, check out this collection of flower themed die cutting projects featuring Eileen's dies in the Sizzix.com project gallery!
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