I love it when a manufacturer thinks ahead for us crafters, supplying not only the tools we need to create a darling project but then posting the instructions online as well.
Sizzix has done just that with their BigZ Die Tree w/Flower, Heart & Leaves along with their Framelits and stamp set, A Little Birdy told me. You can find the Instruction PDF online to guide you step by step through the process. I’ve stepped up my card a little by adding the additional grass along the bottom with the Martha Stewart multi blade scissors, a few additional flowers and leaves. I decided to use a 5″x7″ card base which allowed lots of room for all my die cut elements. The card base is cut from the Spellbinders Celebra’tions Solids and the mat atop it is from the Spellbinders Celebra’tions Special Occasions Prints. I love this Spellbinders paper it folds and scores wonderfully! The white mat was cut with the Spellbinders Celebra’tions Pierced Rectangle dies, I so like the look of the pierced edge.
Aren’t these birds just the cutest? Once you have the Framelits set in hand you’ll soon discover you have an extra bonus die to cut out another bird, just add and eye and beak and you’ll be all set. I used Tim Holtz Distress inks in Hickory Smoke, Mermaid Lagoon, Peacock Feathers and Salty Ocean to color the birds. Adding the beaks which I stamped and fussy cut from a solid orange cardstock adding a dab of Glossy Accents on the eyes, feet and beaks. Don’t you love the these darling little guys?
On the Sizix BigZ die you get not only the tree but this heart, flowers and leaves. I used my flower tools to shape the leaves a tad and colored their edges with Tim Holtz Distress Ink in Vintage Photo. A little clear Wink of Stella on the heart topped by Glossy Accents just makes it pop. I also touched the Glossy Accents to the bird’s feet, eyes and beaks.
I hope you’ll join me on today’s video where I run through all the supplies used and do a start to finish on the card.
Thanks for joining me and Happy Craftin’!
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Supplies from the Store:
660404: Sizzix BigZ Die with tree, heart, leaves and flowers
660397: Sizzix – Framelits Dies Sets with a 4 piece stamp set A Little Birdy told me
SCP-017: Spellbinders Celebra’tions Assorted Colors Paper Pack
SCP-016: Spellbinders Celebra’tions Special Occasions Paper Pack
SCI-001: Spellbinders Celebra’tions Berry Black Ink
SCD-012: Spellbinders Celebra’tions Pierced Rectangle Dies
4501112: Graphic 45 Artisan Style 6×6″ Patterns & Solids Paper Pad
4501151: Graphic 45 Rare Oddities 6×6″ Patterns & Solids Paper Pad
ACT1412: Angel Craft 1/2″ Tape ACT1414: Angel Craft 1/4″ Tape
TIM43256: Tim Holtz Distress Ink – Mermaid Lagoon
TXX34902: Tim Holtz Distress Ink – Salty Ocean
TIM95910: Tim Holtz Distress Ink – Peacock Feathers
TIM43232: Tim Holtz Distress Ink – Hickory Smoke
TIM19527: Tim Holtz Distress Ink – Vintage Photo
658300: Big Shot Starter Package
Supplies from my Stash: Glossy Accents, Art Glitter Glue, Bling, Wink of Stella in Clear, Black Marker
See what’s NEW at Cut@Home this week!
Sizzix just released new Quilting Dies! Lots of great designs and geometrics to check out.
Elizabeth Crafts Designs has a bunch of cute critters to choose from! Karen Burniston has new dies to add to her Pop It Up collection.
Lawn Fawn has some new dies and stamps with more critters! They also have a coupon of new box dies, geometric nesting dies with piercing and border dies. Something for everyone!
Angel Crafts has debuted two new types of transfer paper. This is CLEAR with grid lines! How fantastic is that?? It comes in two sizes.
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This week I want to show you some stamp and die sets from Lawn Fawn. I love their fun style, attention to detail, and the fact that the various stamp and die sets can often be mixed and matched to create your own unique creations. That’s a great plus! Here are my projects —
My first card features the Happy Trails stamp set and coordinating die set. This card was so easy to do — it was as simple as stamping the various pieces on an appropriate color of cardstock, and then cutting the items with the matching dies. I did need a couple of stamp or die sets to finish my little scene — first I needed sunshine in the upper right corner. For this I used the sun die in the Hello Sunshine coordinating die set. The entire sun wouldn’t fit on the card, so I simply used as much as I wanted and then trimmed off the rest. Easy solution. Because I wanted quick and easy cards so I can go and enjoy the summer sunshine, I was looking for a few short-cuts. All of my cards feature notecards by Lawn Fawn. They measure 3-1/2″ x 4-7/8″ (so are smaller than A-2 cards), and they fit into an envelope size called 4-bar.
My second card is a fun thank-you card that features the Float My Boat stamp and die set. This was so very simple too. First I used the Stitched Journaling Card die set to cut the white layer. I love the detail in this die! The rounded corners and stitched detail enhance any project! I added the “You’re a Lifesaver” sentiment in the lower center of the card using blue ink, and separately stamped two red and one blue lifesavers. I cut the lifesavers using the coordinating dies, and then attached them to the card using a low dimensional adhesive. A very simple, fun card!
My last card features the Summertime Charm stamp and die sets. This set includes a mason jar and a number of things that can be put into the jar. Of course I chose the fireflies — a summer activity that most of us have engaged in. Again the card was quite simple. I cut a journaling card as a base layer, and stamped the sentiment at the bottom. On a separate sheet of white cardstock I stamped the fireflies in black ink. When they were dry (its a little icky-sticky here right now, so my ink needed just a little bit of extra time to dry), I colored the bottom part with my Squeezed Lemonade Tim Holtz Distress Marker. I also used my Tumbled Glass marker to add just a little blue at the base of the wing near the body (this gives the appearance of a little dimension). Once the fireflies were colored, I cut them using the coordinating die. Isn’t that just amazing that they created a little die for the fireflies? I don’t think I would have fussy cut five of them!
My last project is for the upcoming Fourth of July holiday — a little decoration for my house. I started with three picture frames from the dollar bin at my local craft store. The frames were already conveniently painted red, white and blue. My first step was to open one of the frames and measure the size of paper needed for a background, and then I cut a red, a white, and a blue background. Because the frame opening had rounded corners, I needed to round the corners on my background too to make it fit properly. I wanted something fun as a layer for my USA letters, so I chose the Lawn Fawn Puffy Stars Stackables dies. I love these pudgy little stars! They are perfect for kids cards, etc. and one of the smaller sizes fit perfectly into these frames. Following my color theme, I cut one star each out of red, white and blue cardstock. I wanted to add larger letters to spell out “U-S-A” in the frames, but did not have any Lawn Fawn alphabet sets. I chose a My Favorite Things Die-Namics die set, Peek-a-boo Alphabet Set, to cut the letters into the stars (this die set does not cut out a letter, rather it cuts small holes in the shape of a letter). Once all of this was ready to go, I assembled the frames making sure to mix the red, white and blue colors. My final detail was to add an ant parade onto the bottom of the frames. I did this by stamping and cutting the line of ants from the Happy Summer stamp and die set by Lawn Fawn. Too fun! I couldn’t believe that they had a die set to cut out something so small with a fair amount of detail. Not only was there a die for the line of ants, but there was a die to cut the single ant that appears to be standing (you see him holding a flag on my “A” frame). I wasn’t sure that my Angel Craft tape would be the best choice for attaching the ants to the frames — instead I used my Angel Craft Podge to do it, and it worked perfectly. I also attached the flag pick using Angel Craft Podge. Here are separate pictures of the frames, as well as a close-up of the ant parade and flag-holder ant on the “A” frame.
Oops! I think I might have cut that “S” upside down. Geez . . . .
I had so much fun with all of these great Lawn Fawn stamps and dies. Please see my short video for a closer look at the stamps and dies that I used, and some additional information on how I made my projects.
There was an announcement on yesterday’s Cut@Home blog about a sale on select Lawn Fawn products (while supplies last) so this is a great time to boost your Lawn Fawn stamp and die collection. I know that you’ll enjoy using them as much as I do.
Supplies from Cut at Home:
Lawn Fawn stamp and die sets — Float My Boat stamp set (SKU LF654) and companion Float My Boat die set (SKU LF661); Happy Trails stamp set (SKU LF601) and companion Happy Trails die set (SKU LF609); Hello Sunshine companion die set (SKU LF798); Summertime Charm stamp set (SKU LF449) and companion Summertime Charm die set (SKU LF493); Stitched Journaling Card die set (SKU LF578); and Puffy Star Stackables die set (SKU LF521).
Sizzix Big Shot (SKU 657900)
Angel Craft Tape 1/4″ (SKU ACT1414)
Angel Craft Podge (SKU ACP6SG)
Supplies from my stash: Lawn Fawn Happy Summer stamp and die sets; three purchased frames; assorted cardstock, Lawn Fawn notecards, American flag pick, Taylored Expressions Build a Scene On the Road, My Favorite Things Die-Namics Peek-A-Boo Alphabet die; Versafine inks (satin red, majestic blue, onyx black); corner chomper
Thanks and Happy Scrappin’!
The Cut@Home Deal of the Week is select dies and stamps by Lawn Fawn are 30%! This deal is limited to excess inventory I have on hand, so as soon as it is sold, the price will go back up.
Lawn Fawn has great stamps and coordinating dies. Their stamps also stand alone without the dies. They have great sizes for cards! Here is a sample of the style and design of Lawn Fawn:
If you haven’t tried them already, now is the time!
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Happy Monday! Can you believe that June is just about over! My granddaughter just turned two last month, boy does the time fly! Today I created a scrapbook layout of my granddaughter, my daughter-in-law took this picture the other day and I absolutely loved it, I knew it was going to be my next scrap project.
I decided to use Graphic 45 Precious Memories for this layout, I like the soft colors in this collection and it worked perfectly with my layout. I also used Spellbinders Celebrations card stock as well as a couple sheets from my stash.
This was a fun layout to make. I decided that I wanted to frame the picture with a few different layers of paper. I used the peach floral print “Cherish” for the back ground of the layout. I used the coordinating blue floral print “Pat-A-Cake” for the border and the base frame around the picture. I cut the border strip 1 1/2″ x 12″ and the frame at 6 1/2″ x 8 1/2″. The next frame was cut from Celebrations card stock, it was the medium green in the assortment. I cut this at 5 3/4″ x 7 3/4″, for the final frame I used a green dotted paper, it is from an old retired Graphic 45 line. I cut that piece 5 1/2″ x 7 1/2″, the picture is a 5″ x 7″ print.
I also used a Bo Bunny double dot card stock “Slate Dot” for my layout. I cut a 1″ x 12″ strip and layered that over the floral strip I cut, next I cut three chains from a Sizzix die that I have called Chained. (It is no longer available for purchase at Cut@Home) This die worked perfectly with my layout since it matches the links in the swing on the picture. I used a die cutting machine to cut out the lettering and to create the banners. But even if you do not have an electronic die cutting machine the banners are easy to make.
The layout uses my granddaughters name as the first letter in all the words that I chose to describe her personality. Then I added the flowers and enamel dots to finish off the layout. The biggest tip that I have for scrapbook layouts is never adhere anything to you page until you have everything where you want it. I just lay everything out and move things along as I go, you can also use a magnetic platform and use magnets to hold the pieces down until you are sure of the placement. I cannot tell you how many times that I decide to move something, add something or omit something at the last minute!
Once I have everything just how I want it then I begin to adhere everything down to the page.
Here is a look at the finished page:
I absolutely loved how this layout turned out! It was so much fun!
Here is a list of the products that I used that are available at Cut@Home.
4501093 – Graphic 45 Precious Memories 12″ x 12″ Paper Pack
SCP-017 – Spellbinders Celebrations 12″ x 12″ Assorted Solids
657900 – Sizzix Big Shot
I also used some supplies from my stash, Sizzix Chained Die, card stock, flowers and enamel dots.
I hope you enjoyed my post, until next week, thanks and Happy Scrappin!