Saturday, July 11, 2015


Hello everyone! It's been awhile since I've shared some layouts here. This is a rather long post, I have more to share than I thought!  I am loving the collections from Blue Fern Studios.  The quality of their paper is amazing and the colours are so nice.  The papers used with this layout are from their Deja' Vu collection.

The Floral Medley chipboard frame is also from Blue Fern and I just used Stampendous Chunky White and Shabby White embossing enamel to cover it.  To get a thicker coat, I apply it a couple of times.  The teacup is a Sizzix Tim Holtz die (660234) and the Wave (lattice looking) die is 660027.  I used the Tattered Lace Sun Gem bird die(d741) which I also embossed, this time with Lindy's Stamp Gang embossing powders.  This bird die is beautiful, it comes in three parts so you can choose if you want the long tail feathers and extra wing part.  My flowers are from Petaloo, their velvet collection.  As I'm looking at this layout, I forgot that I tried something different with my Tim Holtz block Friendship Word die (660213), the word "moments".  I hopefully can remember what it was!  I used one of his Embossing Diffusers and placed it so the top half of my word wouldn't cut out on the patterned paper.  I then cut out the word on the dark purple shimmer cardstock and used the piece with the negative space.  I then placed the light purple die-cut piece into the negative space and trimmed the edges.  Hopefully that made sense to you!  A few hand cut paper pieces finished off my layout.
This photo is of my grandmother when she was a young mother, not sure who took it, my grandfather maybe?  I love this photo, I wonder what she was thinking or if she was aware her photo was being taken.

Want to see more layouts?  I haven't shared my Urban Scrapbook Monthly Challenge layouts for awhile, longer than I thought!

This one was from my March kit, featuring Authentique's collection, Classique Beauty.  Loved this yellow and dark grey combination.  There was a Sizzix Tim Holtz bee die-cut in the kit which I embossed with Wendy Vecchi's Buttercup embossing powder.  I put some Prima Micro Beads on it while still hot and then reheat it again.  I also used Tim Holtz Scribbles & Splats (660222) Thinlits die (also embossed and micro beads), Handwritten Thinlits die (the word, Beautiful) and the Limitations Framelits die w/stamp (660189) butterfly set.  I stamped the butterfly with Ranger's Glacier White Pigment ink on vellum, embossed it with clear embossing powder, then coloured with Tim Holtz Distress Markers.  My cup rings and splatters (THS009 Splatters stencil) was also embossed with the Wendy Vecchi Buttercup powder.  The rhinestone flourish was painted with yellow paint.
This layout is of my daughter; loved this instagram selfie she took.

This is my future daughter-in-law.  Hint, hint, son of mine!!  This was my April kit, featuring Kaisercraft's "All That Glitters" collection.  I machine stitched different shapes on my background paper, before I applied gesso, then different mediums.  I think I used gelatos and Distress sprays here.
The doily is a Tim Holtz (660244) embossing folder which, after embossing I cut out and applied IndigoBlu Megaflakes (gilding flakes), sorry not sure which colour. I also used the Tim Holtz (659573) Spring Greenery Decorative Strip die with my Prima and hand cut flowers.

Here's my other daughter, my sweet little Roxy.  No, I did not torture the poor thing, dressing her up.  I haven't done it in awhile, but she loves dressing up.  One time she went into the closet and found her Halloween spider costume that was in a box, and brought it to me.  She whined until I put it on her and she pranced around the house for the longest time.  Did I mention, she doesn't think she's a dog.  This was her in a fairy costume, perfect for May's kit, which was full of Prima's Butterfly collection.
I used Prima's Clear Texture Paste that was lightly tinted with mica powder and a coffee ring stencil (THS009 Splatters).  While the paste was still wet, I applied Prima sequins, Prills, and Prima Mica flakes.   Embossing powder (Lindy's Stamp Gang) and sequins were applied to the ends of the feathers (part of the Prima embellishment Pack).  My flowers were die-cut from the Tim Holtz Decorative Tattered Flower Garland die(657824) and patterned paper.  My "fairy time" word was die-cut using Tim Holtz Handwritten Thinlits dies (Journey 660217 and Love 660218).  These words were created by cutting apart word dies that had those letters, and making my own words.

My last layout I'm sharing is from Urban's June kit:

This one was the chosen layout for the June kit and sold with full instructions.  Sorry, you had to buy the kit to get them!!  Marion Smith had some amazing collections this spring, and this "Timekeeper" one was one of my favourites.  The lightbulbs and rings are chipboard pieces from Blue Fern Studios which were embossed with Lindy's Stamp Gang embossing powders.  I used Tim Holtz's Mixed Media  Thinlits die 660220 for the pieces with holes and his Core'dinations Metallic Kraft Cardstock.  I also embossed some metallic papers with his Globes (660241) texture fade folder and embossed the edge.

If you have a chance, check out the rest of Urban Scrapbook's Design team monthly layouts, they are a very talented group of ladies!  All of our layouts are also on Urban's Pinterest board too.

I really was behind in sharing, wasn't I? It's that two week holiday I took, that put me so far behind.  It's always great to get away, but then there always seems to be so much to do when you get back. Lots of things going on at the end of the month and next month for me, so I better catch up!

Have a great weekend and thanks for visiting!


Friday, July 10, 2015

Card Inspiration

Hi everyone!  Hope you visit me today on the Sizzix blog for some card inspiration!

Sizzix designer,Stephanie Barnard has done it again, creating some new 3-d Drop In Card inserts for quick and easy cards.  Check out the Sizzix blog to see the 3-d inside!

Have a great day,


Wednesday, July 8, 2015


Today I have a tutorial up on the Sizzix blog featuring this layout:

Two of my favourite things, birds and hydrangeas!  Love this Tim Holtz Bird Bigz die.  Hope you join me over at Sizzix!

Have a great day,


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!