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,

Jan


Sunday, April 19, 2015

Sizzix Layout Tutorial

Hi everyone!  I have a tutorial today on the Sizzix Blog featuring this layout:


I couldn't wait to use this paper from Blue Fern Studios, love this collection.  This is a photo of my daughter in her teens, how time flies!
I have a few new techniques to show you with your dies, so hope you visit me there!

Thanks for stopping by,

Jan

Monday, April 6, 2015

Sizzix Card Inspiration

Good morning everyone!  I have an inspiration post up on the Sizzix blog today featuring this card:


Hope you visit me there for all the details!

Have a great day,


Jan

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Happy Birthday Card

Hello everyone!  With all these wonderful new big dies that have been released at the winter CHA(Craft & Hobby Assoc.) show, I sometimes overlook the smaller sets.  But these sets are usually the ones that I find those small dies that I look for to complete cards.  Someone was asking me the other day, what small flower dies do I use for my cards.  Sizzix has Thinlits cards sets that have anywhere from 12 to 20+ dies in each set and usually it's those ones that have great small flowers.  Here are two new Thinlits sets from Sizzix that I think are wonderful for cardmakers.  I created this card:


With just cardstock, vellum, and patterned paper, I created this dimensional birthday card.



The Sizzix Brenda Walton Floral Wreath Thinlits 23pc. die set (660256) is a great set, look at all those pieces!  I love the font on this Sizzix Happy Birthday 3pc Thinlits set from Jen Long (660368) too.


I used BoBunny's new collection, "Garden Journal" for my card.  After my card base was prepared (matted postcard on patterned paper on cardstock), I was ready to apply my various die-cuts.

  To die-cut these Thinlits, my Sizzix "sandwich" used was, Sizzix Magnetic Platform (656499), new Precision Base Plate (660230), paper, Thinlits die(facing down, cutting into metal base plate), Standard Cutting Pad.  These new Precision Base Plates are a metal base that replace a clear acrylic cutting pad (they are the same thickness), and when cut into, there is no give, giving a sharper cleaner cut.  The Happy Birthday was die-cut with brown cardstock, then a thin coat of Olive Vine Twinkling H2O's to give it a slight green shimmer.  The flowers were die-cut with pink cardstock, then sprayed with a combination of Distress Stain Sprays (Victorian Velvet, Tattered Rose, and Aged Mahogany).  While the flowers were damp, I moulded them and attached the layers with a brad.  The green leaves were die-cut with green cardstock, then the edges inked.  Patterned paper was used with the square die-cut, then edges inked.  The two butterflies were die-cut from patterned vellum (Webster's Pages), the edges darkened with a Tim Holtz Distress marker.  The filigree butterfly has Prima's pink Sugar glued to random areas.
 Once I had my die-cut embellishments finished, I adhered everything to my card base.


Here is my finished card again!

Thanks for stopping by,

Jan


Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Sizzix Layout Tutorial

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



Hope you visit me there!

Jan

Friday, March 6, 2015

Love You Layout

When I brought this new My Mind's Eye paper collection home, I couldn't wait to use it.  The colours are so soft and beautiful, and the gold is so rich looking. I'm sure my daughter (her photo) would cringe at the colours and fussy die cuts, definitely not her style, lol!  I decided just to do a layout for me; no tutorial, no step by step photos, just enjoy.  I don't get to do that very often, I need to do it more.



I was surprised how fast it was to complete, not having to stop and take photos throughout the process. I was pretty proud of myself, until…. wouldn't you know it, after I finished my layout, I decided to add in some dots from my black pearl pen on the large flower and nothing came out.  The darn thing was plugged.  You know what I'm going to say, don't you.  I even removed the flower to add the dots just in case, but when I held the pen up and slightly squeezed to see if it really was plugged, a blob of black shot up into the air and landed in front of my desk.  Whew, that was close.  I couldn't believe it went that far and missed my layout.  Until I looked at my daughter's photo and saw tiny black dots everywhere and that nice pink empty space that now has sequins to hide those little dots.  I rather like those sequins.  Note to self:  buy more sequins.  And wouldn't you know it, when I went to print a new photo, my printer ran out of photo black and would not print and I had a box of every other colour except that one. I know if I don't pick some up, someone is going to need  to print something in a panic.  Drove to the store that was a couple of blocks away for printer ink, they didn't have any.  Drive many blocks further in the other direction to get it.  Ever have days like that?

The dies used were from Tattered Lace; Floral Crescent (D497), Wren (D556), and Summer Rose (D119).

Thanks for stopping by and have a great weekend!

Jan

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Sizzix Inspiration - Friends Card

Hi Everyone!  Today I have a Sizzix Inspiration post featuring this card on the Sizzix blog.



Hope you visit me there!

Thanks for stopping by,

Jan