Monday, June 29, 2015

Card in a Box Tutorial

Hello everyone!  Hope all of you had a great weekend.  It's been really hot here this last week, I'm trying not to complain; I just have to think back to those -30c winter days!  
Today I'm sharing a card made from a Sizzix Bigz XL Die, called Card in a Box (660296).  You may have seen different variations of this type of card, but this die cuts and creases everything for you.

I used Prima's new paper collection called, "Debutante" for my card.

First I die cut my main box from patterned paper.  My Sizzix Sandwich for this was; Extended Cutting Pad, Bigz XL die, paper, and another Extended Cutting Pad.  I then die cut out four of the single mat sections in a different paper.

Once these were all die cut, I inked the edges with Tim Holtz Victorian Velvet and Forest Moss Distress ink.

 I then adhered the mats to the four sides of the card box.  The mats will be on the inside of your card.

After this was done, I adhered the ends of the card box together.  I then die-cut three of these tabs from the Bigz XL die and inked the edges.

These tabs are then adhered to the inside of the card box.  Each end of the tab is bent on the crease line and will face the back of the card.  Your card base is finished, and ready to embellish.

There are pinwheels and a cloud that can be die cut from this die, but I those to stay with the romanic look of the paper.  I hand cut two paper dresses from patterned paper.  Using a stylus, I gently shaped the edges of my cutouts.  Ink the edges.

For my extra bits and pieces, I die cut small flowers using Sizzix Tim Holtz Tiny Tattered Florals Thinlits set, a banner and sprig from Sizzix 660256 Brenda Walton Floral Wreath Thinlits set,  a postage stamp from Tim Holtz 660060 Labels Thinlits Set and the word Hello from Tim Holtz Handwritten Celebrate 660215 Thinlits Set.  These are all thin intricate dies so my Sizzix Sandwich when die cutting these was: Magnetic Platform, Standard Cutting Pad, paper, Thinlit die(cutting side down) and another Standard Cutting Pad.  Run this through your Big Shot Machine.  After my pieces were assembled, I inked the edges also.

I also added in some ribbon around the outside of the box.  This piece and the sparkly cluster are from A Gilded Life (for Spellbinders).  I adhered my small postage stamp die cut under the ribbon.  The card folds flat for placing in an envelope.

I  adhered all my bits and pieces, along with some hand cut flowers and shapes from my paper.  These are attached to the inside tabs.  While you are adhering, just make sure that the card can still fold flat.  Mine has a few lumpy parts as the flowers are a bit thick.  I chose the smallest flowers when die cutting so it wouldn't be too thick.

There you have the finished card!  These are fast to put together, and slightly addicting!

Thanks for visiting me here on my blog and have a great week!


Saturday, June 27, 2015


Hello everyone!  Thanks for stopping by here and hopefully you will join me over on the Sizzix blog today too.  I have a tutorial there showcasing this Train Case Box:

Have a great weekend!


Saturday, June 6, 2015


Hi everyone!  Sizzix has a new Designer, Sharyn Sowell, who's Beach collection is sure to inspire those summer layouts.  I have an inspiration post on the Sizzix blog today using some of her collection on this layout:

Hope you visit me there!


Sunday, May 31, 2015


Hello everyone, thanks for stopping by!  I have a short layout tutorial here today showing some of my favourite Sizzix dies.  I love using simple shapes in the Bigz dies, as these can be used with many different types of materials and textures.

This layout is of my mom's 80th birthday party, which was 10 years ago.  I think she's the only one that  looks the same today!  Unfortunately my dad passed away last year, so this photo brings back happy memories.

My paper is from Blue Fern Studios,  called Shannon's Dream, which is from the Ombre Dreams Collection.  It already has a nice faded mixed media type pattern on it which is great for a background paper.  I used the Tim Holtz Doily(THS018) stencil with Wendy Vecchi's embossing paste.  After applying my paste on the stencil, I then spritzed a bit of Worn Lipstick Distress Spray before removing the stencil.  I randomly applied it in different areas, not using the entire stencil area.  I sprinkled a bit of Wendy Vecchi Pink Peony and Tea Rose Embossing powder in a few areas of the wet paste.  Lightly tap the extra powder off and let this dry naturally (without a heat gun).  Once your paste has dried, use the heat gun to melt your embossing powder. I also added in a bit of soft colour around the stencilled areas using Faber Castell Gelatos.

Hearts can be used on anything and are such a great embellishment, so this Sizzix Heartfelt Bigz die by Tim Holtz (660233) is a great die to have, especially with so many sizes on one die.   I've die-cut an assortment out of Sizzix's Little Sizzles Mat Board which is very lightweight.  For those of you who have a hard time finding good chipboard for die-cutting, this comes in 6 x 12 sheets and is especially good for those 3-D dies, it does not split on those crease or fold lines.  Your Sizzix Sandwich is Cutting Pad, Bigz Die, chipboard, Cutting Pad.  I applied different textures to my hearts with embossing folders and just pressing rubber stamps into melted embossing powder that was still hot.  The Sizzix embossing folders used were Tim Holtz Tiles and Diamonds.  These were inked then the raised areas, embossed with Wendy Vecchi embossing powder.  The other hearts were inked with Wendy Vecchi archival ink, then embossing powder.  You have to work fast, but once the powder is melted, quickly press a rubber stamp into it.  I like to lightly coat the stamp with clear embossing ink, just so it releases fast.  I do not do this with acrylic stamps, I've read that this can melt the acrylic.  I usually use tweezers to hold the edge of my piece to avoid burning of fingers!

I love all the new word and letter thinlits dies by Tim Holtz.  He has different word series, that come in either Block, Script, or Handwritten words.  These block words are easy to use and are great for titles.  This one is called, "Celebration-Block" and has some great words  that are perfect for cards.  I just cut some strips of paper (this ombre one is from Webster's Pages) and die-cut my words.  The Sizzix sandwich used here for my Thinlits was Magnetic Platform(656499), Precision Plate(660320), paper, Thinlits, Cutting Pad.  The Precision Plate is a metal base that is used instead of a cutting pad(its the same thickness), and is awesome!  There's no give when cutting into the metal, giving you nice crisp cuts with the intricate wafer thins dies.  I adhered a different colour of paper behind the cut-out piece and adhered the little inner letter parts (the b, r and a).

Once I had my word strips, I round the corners with a punch and inked the edges.  I die-cut the "happy" and the "th" (I just die-cut the th from the word thinking) from the Thinlits set, Celebration-Script.  These both were embossed with Wendy Vecchi's embossing powder.  I love the shiny finish on this embossing powder, once it's melted.  The "80" was die cut from Sizzix's Tim Holtz Alphanumeric (1") Thinlits set.

Once I had my embellishments finished, I adhered them all to my layout.  The small journaling card was cut out from a Blue Fern Ombre Dreams paper.

Once again, here's my finished layout.
Hope you enjoyed this tutorial and thanks again for stopping by!


Friday, May 22, 2015

Sizzix Card Tutorial

Good morning everyone!  I have a tutorial on the Sizzix blog today featuring this card:

Hope you join me there!


Saturday, May 9, 2015

Sizzix Card Inspiration

I have a card inspiration post on the Sizzix blog today:

Hope you visit me there!


Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Sizzix "Thanks" Card Tutorial

I haven't been around as much as I would like lately. Seems like I always start the beginning of the month with lots of ideas and plans, and then I blink and it's the end of the month.  Time is going too fast lately and I'm having a hard time keeping up!
I've had a few extra projects to do this month, so I'm not getting to that long list.  Hopefully next month??  Hmmm….  I do have a card here today, showing off the new Sizzix Tim Holtz Tiny Tattered Florals Thinlits Set and Watering Can Bigz die.

This Floral Thinlits set comes with 8 different flowers, 7 leaves and it's own quilling tool.  Love this set, I know it will be used over and over.  To cut out these dies, my Sizzix sandwich was, Magnetic platform, Sizzix Precision base plate (this takes the place of a clear cutting pad), paper, die (facing down so you are cutting into the metal plate for a sharper cut), and clear cutting pad.  There's a little slot in your quilling tool to place the outside end of your paper die-cut flower coil into, and then you just wrap the rest around.  The end (that's in the center) is glued to the bottom of your wrapped flower.  I usually use my hot glue gun for these type of flowers, they never come undone.

  I also like to run my stylus tool along the back of the petals to give them some shape before wrapping.  For those of you who haven't used a stylus on your flowers, it's a tool with a ball on the end and when rubbed on the back of your petal, shapes it beautifully.  I use the Sizzix Garden Tool kit (658437), it has three different sizes of stylus plus the one with loops on each end which is great for leaves and the edge of petals.  On the other end of the smallest stylus is a curved pointed tool which is awesome for scoring the veins on leaves.   Lightly ink the edges, and build your flowers.

This watering can is so cute!  It's smaller than I though it would be, which is great for cards.  It's about 3" high and 4" from handle to spout.  I first cut it out with Tim Holtz Grunge Paper, (Sizzix Sandwich - cutting pad, die, paper, cutting pad) and then embossed the can with the Sizzix Tim Holtz Mesh Embossing folder.  The band across the can, was embossed with  the Tim Holtz Dotted Bullseye Embossing folder.

Once my two pieces were embossed, I painted them with Tarnished Brass Distress paint.  Once that was dry, I painted randomly with Black Soot Distress paint, rubbing some off with a baby wipe.  For the can, I sprayed a bit of Brushed Pewter Distress spray, then highlighting the raised areas with Antique Linen  and Gathered Twig Distress Paint.  For the band, I sprayed, Aged Mahogany Distress paint, rubbing off a bit with the wipe, then highlighting the raised areas with Tarnished Brass paint.

I adhered the band to the front of the watering can.  

The paper I used for my card is from Blue Fern Studios and it's their collection called, "Love Story".  The frame is from one of the papers (Calling Cards) that is all journalling cards.  This was pop-dotted on black cardstock and then adhered to another patterned paper mat(Sweet Song), then the card base(Twenty One).  I used this Twenty One paper for my flowers also plus a light pink cardstock.  I added in the die-cut black cardstock"thanks"from the Tim Holtz Thinlits set, Handwritten Celebrate.
I adhered the watering can, then my flowers, and leaves to my card and I was finished.  To give the watering can more dimensional shape, I used a couple of pop dots in the center and then flat sookwang tape on the edges.

I believe these dies are arriving in our next order at Urban Scrapbook, hopefully that's very soon!

Thanks for stopping by,