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Sizzix Susan’s Garden Paperwhites!

Tuesday, March 4th, 2014

Today I want to show you a gift that I made using Sizzix Susan’s Garden  Narcissus/Paperwhites dies.   Paperwhites are beautiful flowers that can bloom indoors in the worst of winters.  They add such beauty and fragrance, as well as a reminder that spring is just around the corner.  This year I received a Thanksgiving gift of some paper white bulbs.  It was such fun to watch them grow – very quickly they were more than three feet tall.  The blooms were lovely and fragrant.  I’ve included pictures below of the real flowers, as well as my interpretation.

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paperwhites  paperwhites tall

Paperwhites are very easy to assemble using the Sizzix die set.  First, I cut the pieces from the appropriate colors of cardstock.  I used a nice smooth heavy-weight (80lb.) cardstock to get the best results.  Lighter weight cardstocks or cardstocks that have a linen finish (or other rough finish) do not work as well.  The die set contains twelve dies – only one piece cut from each is needed to complete the flower.  I used my Sizzix Big Kick to cut the pieces.  These are the Thinlits dies, so there should be no difficulty using them in any die cutting machine.

Once the pieces were cut, it was simple to follow the directions from the Sizzix website to assemble the flowers.  Click on this link to access the instructions.  It is important to have the proper tools and mats in order to mold the paper appropriately.  I used the Sizzix Susan’s Garden tool set which includes the needed tools and mats to make any of the Susan’s Garden flowers.  The McGill flower-making tools will also work so long as you have both sets (including mats).  Note that where the instructions tell you to add adhesive to the stamens and dip in Woodland Scenic pollen, I did not use the adhesive or the pollen.  I just added a little orange Pan Pastel to the ends of the stamens for a more subtle color.  Please see the short video for a discussion of the tools and other supplies needed to successfully complete the flowers.

The most important thing in making the flowers is to take your time and work through assembly of the first flower.  Any flowers you do after that will be so much simpler and quicker.   Sizzix and the designer, Susan Tierney Cockburn, do such a nice job of breaking down the steps for making beautiful paper interpretations of the flowers that we love so much.  They are quite simple and so much fun to make!

Once the flowers were complete, it was very easy to attach them to the chalkboard frame using a little bit of Scor-Tape by Scor-Pal.   I tied a few strands of ivory burlap string to the burlap rope hanger on the chalkboard frame for added decoration.  This ended up being a very quick and easy project.

Supply List:

Sizzix Susan’s Garden paperwhite/narcissus dies set

Die cutting machine – I used my Sizzix Big Kick

Cardstock – white, cream, yellow and green

Flower tool set and mats – I used the Sizzix Susan’s Garden tool set

Small chalkboard frame

Adhesive – I used Scotch Quick Dry Adhesive and Scor-Tape by Scor-Pal

Pastels – I used orange (stamens) and bright yellow green (leaves) Pan Pastels

May Arts ivory burlap string

Scissors

 

Thanks and Happy Scrappin’!

Cheryl

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Children’s Cards featuring Die-Versions I {Heart} You Animals

Tuesday, February 18th, 2014

Today I’m using a super-fun die by Die-Versions, “I {Heart} You Animals”.  This single die can be used to make at least eight different animals – a lion, a dog, a cat, a bear, a pig, an owl, a monkey and a cow.  How fun is that! I really think that with a little creativity, you can probably come up with even more animals by mixing and matching the parts, changing colors, etc.   Any of the animals would make a really cute children’s card for a birthday or any occasion – even an “I love you.

dog  bear

lion  owl

pig

The Die-Versions dies are  thin metal dies, so you can use them with almost any die cutting machine.  I chose my Sizzix Big Kick because it is well-suited to heavy-duty cutting.  With even my heaviest papers, I was able to cut at least two layers at a time (so I could cut both feet at the same time by stacking the two scraps together, etc.).  This saves a little time, and gets me to the fun of assembling the animal faster.

There are a couple of ways you can approach using the die.  You can select an animal and the colors of cardstock needed to make it.  You might then cut a full sheet of “parts” for each of the colors needed (for some of the colors you would have to cut two full sheets to get enough parts), and then only use the parts you need for the selected animal.  The left over parts can be held and used on another card.  I think the better way to approach it is to just use your scraps to cut only the pieces that you need for the selected animal.  For example, a 2-1/4” x 3” scrap is an appropriate size for the heart, a 2” square for the head, 1” squares for the feet, etc.  If you use this method, it really takes very little paper to assemble any of the animals.  If you lay the scraps on the die carefully, you can cut most of the parts needed for an animal in one pass through the die cutting machine.

If little pieces tend to make you crazy, note that the eyes and the paw pads, etc. are made from small circles.  If you have small circle hole punches (1/8”, ¼”, 3/16”, etc.) you may find it easier to just punch out the shapes needed rather than trying to wrangle the little circles on the die.  You may also prefer to cut the larger white circle for the eyes and draw in the pupil with a black marker (a black Glaze pen would give a nice result).   Markers can also be used if you want to create an animal with stripes (for example, a tiger cat, etc.).  This is all optional – everything that you need is included on the die.  Please see the short video for more tips on using the I {Heart} You Animals die.

To assemble the card, I first selected a patterned paper to place the animal on, and a coordinating base layer.  I cut the base layer 4.25” x 5.5” (A-2 size), and the patterned paper 3-7/8” x 5-1/8”.  I used Scor-Tape by Scor-Pal to attach the patterned layer to the base layer.   The next thing I did was to lay the animal pieces on the card front to see how everything fits.  When I was happy with the placement, I began to glue the pieces in place.  I used Scotch Quick Drying Tacky Glue for the larger pieces.  For the smaller pieces, a glue pen or a product called “Sticky Dots” will work best.  Of course, you could also run the pieces through a Xyron before attaching them.  For ears and tails, I also used some low dimensional adhesive to add a little dimension.  Note that I added the sentiments to the hearts before I assembled the animals.  Instead of the sentiments you could use stickers or other die cuts, etc.

There are many other fun ways that you can use this die.  If you don’t want so much emphasis on the heart, you can cut the heart  in the main body color, or replace the heart with an appropriate sized circle or oval.  You could also assemble the animal separate from the card base and mount it using a wobble spring (imagine the “giggles” that will bring!).  It is a very versatile die.

 

Supply List:

Die-Versions die “I {Heart} You Animals

Die cutting machine – I used my Big Kick by Sizzix

Assorted cardstock for the animals – scraps will work fine

Assorted  cardstock for the card layers

Adhesives – ¼” Scor-Tape by Scor-Pal, Scotch Quick Drying Tacky Glue, glue pen, Therm O Web Sticky Dots, etc.  You may also want a low dimensional adhesive such as Darice foam squares.

Sentiments or stickers – I used several of the new small stamp sets and bars by Heidi Swapp.

Ink – I used Versafine Onyx Black ink.

 

Thanks and Happy Scrappin’!

Cheryl

 

McGill Paper Blossoms Tool Kits Have Arrived!

Thursday, May 5th, 2011

Hoorah!!! We finally received the McGill Paper Blossoms Tool Kits today! For those of you who have been patiently waiting, we thank you so much for your patience! Your orders will be shipping right away!

These Tool Kits are extremely popular! This kit includes 3 dual tipped stylus tools and 1 straight reverse tweezers in a convenient storage case and snap closure.  It can be used to break down paper fibers to create flowers with a 3D effect or many other uses. Each of 3 ball stylus tools offers dual tipped ball stylus giving you the variety of sizes you need to create the desired look ready at your fingertips.  With easy to read identification for each tip, referencing the sizes is now easy…no more guessing.  Stylus and Tweezers offer you the variety of tip sizes so that your paper flower and leaves shapes are molded to a realistic shape.  The straight tweezers makes all small punch designs easier to hold and apply small parts allowing you to focus on your project all the way to the finest detail.

Use with the Paper Blossoms Craft Molding Mat which provides a nonskid cushioned surface to shape and mold paper flowers.  Its cushioned surface provides the density needed to break down the paper fibers in order to manipulate paper to your desired shape.  Ample workspace area allows to work on a multiple petals at the same time.  Perfect for making 3-D flowers. The mat size is 8″ x 5 3/4″ x 1/16″.

* Cushioned surface to apply different levels of pressure for molding paper shapes.
* Made of synthetic materials and rubber material for great resistance.
* Non Skid surface keeps projects in place
* Can be used for other crafting uses: Paper molding, Perforating crafts and Dry Embossing.

I hope that you enjoy using your kits!

Thanks and Happy Scrappin’!

Carrie

More News About Back Orders!

Monday, April 11th, 2011

Well, here goes! We have more back order news from Spellbinders, Sizzix and McGill! The following are the new stock dates for each group of dies that are back ordered:

stock date 04/28:

S3-146     S4-136     S4-137     S4-321

stock date first week of May:

S3-150     S4-316     S4-318     S4-328     S5-030     GC-001

stock date 05/21:

All LF Dies     S5-028     S5-029     S4-319     S4-317     S4-324     S5-032

 

McGill- Paper Blossom Tool Kits are now back ordered until mid-May!

Sizzix- Back ordered items:

656339-Stars,   656512-Butterfly#12,   656515-Dragonfly#3,   656539-Flower Layers#3,   656639-Elegant Flourishes,   656946-Postcard & Sheet Music,   657195-Clock & Steampunk

Item 655807-Extended Adapter is discontinued and no longer available.

I-Rock items are coming in approximately 04/22!

We know that this is disappointing news, but we know that May will be here and gone before we know it, so we are asking that you please be patient for these items! We still have tons of great items available to keep you satisfied and busy in the meantime!

Remember that Butterflies, ladybugs  and flowers are moving in big, even if some of us are still seeing snow!

Thanks and Happy Scrappin’!

Carrie

 

 

 

 

Introducing McGill Paper Blossoms Tool Kit!

Wednesday, February 2nd, 2011

Are you searching for that perfect stylus to help you with your projects? Search no further! We have the perfect stylus set for you! The McGill Paper Blossoms Tool Kit 65800 has everything you will need to complete your projects from start to finish! These stylus’ break down paper fibers in seconds to shape flowers and foliage, or any other image you desire!

This Set includes:

– 1mm, 5mm Ball Stylus
– 2mm, 4 mm Ball Stylus
– 3mm, 6mm Ball Stylus
– Straight Reverse Tweezers

* Carrying case provides elastic loops to hold and protect your tools in place.
* Ball Stylus millimeter sizes are printed on handles.
* Easy Grip handles for add comfort.
* Extra loops are included for added storage to other tools you want to include.
* Storage Case with magnetic snap for easy portability.

This set compliments McGill Paper Blossoms Molding Mat 65900 sold separately.

If you would like to watch an informative video on the Paper Blossoms Tool Kit just click on it at the top of this BLOG and the link will take you right to the item! Scroll down to the video and be prepared to be amazed at how well these little babies work! Easy!

Thanks and Happy Scrappin’!

Carrie

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