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I am so excited to introduce you to Jen Long’s Hello Love Sizzix collection. Jen flew out to Sandy, Utah in February to have lunch with me and show her fantastic dies and stamps from “Hello Love”. Jen is as adorable as her dies and we had a great time together! Here is the video Jen did for me:
Didn’t I tell you?? ADORABLE!! Here is a closer look at those Sizzix Fold-a-long dies:
Here are the Center dies that go with the Fold-a-long dies:
And here are the Interchangeable Stamp sets with cute cards ideas!
I hope you will enjoy this new collection by Jen Long as much as I do. Something I should mention is this collection is VERY popular and my Sizzix Rep informed me a few days ago some of the items are on back order. I don’t know which ones, so order what you want and we will let you know as soon as we find out.
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Good Morning Scrappers!
Have you seen the Peacock Paisley collection from Heartfelt Creations? It is a rich, detailed oasis of refreshing colors, stamps and dies that ignite creativity. Every piece of this collection is vibrating in bold, creative patterns. I’m hoping your fingers are ready to get inky with fresh daisies and mysterious peacocks. Here is a quick look at this amazing collection!
This photo does not do the colors in this palette justice! The blues and green are so rich and gorgeous!
Sizzix has brand new dies and embossing folders from talented artists like Brenda Walton and Pete Hughes. First let’s look at some of the dies from Brenda Walton’s Favorite Things collection:
New Sizzix designer Pete Hughes has debuted with his Elegance collection. Here are few of the dies:
Sizzix also has some great new accessories for your Big Shot machine. Look at the fun colors these Cutting Pads come in! What a great idea. Everyone I talked to LOVES how you can find them on your craft table now! They come in three colors: grape, mint and watermelon. We have all three colors in stock, so order soon so you don’t have to wait!
Then we have Die Brush & Foam Pad, Precision Base Plate and the Extended Magnetic Platform!
The Precision Base Plate was featured in another blog post last month. Here is the youtube video in case you missed it:
Tomorrow I will do a special post on Jen Long’s Hello Love collection, featuring her fabulous Fold-a-long Cards and Centers and Interchangeable Stamp sets!
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Don’t you love things that make crafting a little simpler and the outcome simply divine? Today’s four cards are based on that principle. Each card is a standard A2 size, 4 1/4″ 5 1/2″ and if you keep the embellishments to a minimum can be sent in a regular envelope without extra postage. Just for fun I made matching envelopes for each of my cards.
That’s exactly how I felt when I made these cards with Sizzix’s Frameletits Die Set – Flip-it’s #2 by Stephanie Barnard. I decided to get the add on to this, Sizzix Bugs, which had not only the stamps but the dies to cut them out as well and they are designed to go hand in hand with the basic Flip-its. I had so many ideas when I got these sets of dies that I couldn’t settle on just one card for you today so I’ve made four to give you lots of inspiration.
Each card is shown start-to-finish on the video. The one above uses Graphic 45‘s new Artisan Style Collection. I fussy cut the flowers from the paper, backed them with black cardstock and then fussy cut them again before adhering them to the card. Off camera I added some Prima Micro beads in Copper. I hadn’t used these before and wasn’t sure exactly how you were to use them so I simply added a layer of Glossy Accents to the yellow flower centers and poured the beads on top and then set it back to dry.
This card uses Heartfelt Creations Arianna Blooms paper Collection and again I fussy cut the flower for the center flip part. What you don’t see here, but will on the video, is on the reverse side I have one of the birdcages from the collection. Because the birdcage showed the reverse side on the front I covered it with the Just a Note ticket and added another ticket on the reverse side to make both sides finished. I used a Martha Stewart paper punch on the envelope flap. Just a simple thing like this really adds to your card. On these die cut pieces I decided to back them with black to give a little extra pop to the card.
Here’s a bright cheery card bound to make you glad Spring is just around the corner. The butterfly was so fun to make. Her wings are stamped twice with embossing powder, I used Stampendous. The first set are placed directly onto the body wings but the top ones are offset and popped up with a foam adhesive. I used Angel Craft tape, both the 1/4″ and 1/2″ along with liquid glues for my cards. I hate having messing looks either on the inside or backs of my cards so I had another card base I’d cut in the green, I cut it apart and glued it to the front and back of the reserve side of the card, offsetting the scallops just a tad so you can see the green from the front side.
This last card was so fun. A while back a friend sent me some Happy Mail. She had wrapped the box with this brown paper which she’d stamped completely with a hodge-podge of stamps. Now not only had I gotten a gift on the inside I had a gift on the outside as well. I carefully removed the paper, not knowing then what I’d be doing with only knowing I couldn’t throw it away. Today’s card was perfect. I took the steampunk gal and covered her with Glossy Accents adding a Tim Holtz spinner and brad to the clock hands. Outside to the Center Circle I added some cogs I’d cut from my Cricut. I used more of the Stampendous powders to make them shimmer and glitter. The envelope has a crown (from the wrapping paper) glued to the flap and the front has a dragonfly.
So your cards are limited only by your imagination and the supplies you want to use. Let go and have fun and most importantly enjoy the process! I hope you’ll spend some time with me on the video so I can share how I put together each of the cards. There will be a complete list of the supplies below the video.
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Supplies from the Store:
659171: Sizzix Framelits Flip-it’s #2 dies
660193: Sizzix Bugs dies and stamps
4501114: Graphic 45 Artisan Style Paper Collection
HCDP1-244: Heartfelt Creations Arianna Blooms Paper Collection
ACT1412: Angel Craft Tape 1/2″
ACT1414: Ange Craft Tape 1/4″
658300: Sizzix Big Shot Starter Kit
Supplies from my Stash: Cardstock, Glues, Prima Micro Beads, Stampendous embossing powders and glitters, Versamark, Glossy Accents, Ribbon, Tim Holtz spinners and brads, Stickles in yellow and ice,
Today I have another fun Sizzix die that I want to show you. This is the Basket #2 die by designer Lori Whitlock. I made two versions — one for St. Patrick’s Day and the other for Easter.
The best part is that these baskets are so very easy to make. They’re a perfect family project!
The Basket #2 die is one of the Bigz L dies. That means it is one of the thicker Sizzix dies, so it will run best on your Big Shot (or Big Kick or Vagabond). Cutting is very easy. You need two of the main basket piece and one of the handle. Double-sided cardstock works best — that way you get a great decorative finish inside the basket and outside. One 12×12 sheet of cardstock is needed for each basket (there will be left-over pieces that you can use for card making or other projects). In the cutting process, the die also scores the paper for perfect folding. A premium crease pad is recommended for this die, although it is not absolutely essential. My experience was that without the crease pad, the score lines were pretty faint and somewhat difficult to find — of course that was not an issue once I did use the crease pad.
Assembly of the basket is very easy. You’ll fold each of the main pieces along the score lines. Place 1/4″ Angel Craft tape on the base of one side of the basket, and then adhere it to the other basket piece. Essentially the bottom and the ends of the basket are then a double layer of card stock. This will provide support for even the heavier treats or gifts that you might want to place in the basket. To finish the basket, place a brad through the basket handle, and then through the middle section of one of the sides. Place the brad through the other two side panels of the basket. Once you open the ends of the brad, that side of the basket is secure. You’ll follow the same process for the other side of the basket. It’s that easy! Then you just have to decorate the basket . . . Please see the short video for a look at how to assemble the baskets.
Decoration is very easy. For my St. Patrick’s Day basket, I wanted to use a decorative handle. I put one together easily using some of the components from the Spellbinders Celtic Motifs die set. This die set is beautiful, and made a great handle here. I cut two matching pieces for the ends of the handle, and one center piece. I attached each of these using tiny brads (these are the same color as the brads that I used to assemble the basket). I also added a motif (this time from the Spellbinders Celtic Accents die set) to the side of each basket just below the brad. Here’s what the basket looks like (without the leprechaun and the gold pieces) —
Here’s the finished basket —
The Easter Basket was even easier. I used the handle that is a part of the die set, so there was no extra cutting needed. I simply assembled the basket as described above, and added a ribbon. Here are some pics of the basket without the flowers and jelly bean eggs (how cute are they???) —
Here is the decorated basket. complete with jelly bean eggs —
This basket is so easy and so versatile that it can be used for any holiday or other occasion. It is even a perfect size to hold small gifts, etc. I know that you’ll use it again and again!
Supplies from Cut@Home —
Sizzix Bigz L Basket #2 Die (SKU 659897)
Die cutting machine — I used my Sizzix Big Shot (SKU 657900)
Sizzix Premium Crease Pad (SKU 655092)
Angel Craft Tape 1/4″ (SKU ACT1414)
Supplies from my stash — Spellbinders Celtic Motifs (S5-163, discontinued) and Celtic Accents (S5-162, discontinued), brads, assorted cardstock, ribbon
Thanks and Happy Scrappin’!
Today I want to show you an awesome little machine, the Sizzix Texture Boutique Embossing Machine. It does one thing, and it does it really well — that is embossing. Those who only have electronic die cutting machines often miss the opportunity to add texture through the use of embossing folders. Similarly some of the die cutting and embossing machines do a great job of cutting, but take a few extra steps to emboss, or just aren’t that good at it. The Texture Boutique is the answer to both situations. Here is a look at the machine —
It’s actually kind of cute, and looks a lot like a toy. Its operation is simple enough that it could be used by a child, but keep it for yourself. Although it has some limitations (most importantly that it will not work with embossing folders larger than A2 sized), this little powerhouse is a must have for your craft room. It embosses so easily and so well, that I turn to it for embossing more often than I use my standard die cutting and embossing machines. It is also very compact and light-weight, so it is great to take with you for a class or on a crop, etc. It is a sturdy machine, so I haven’t really had any concerns about it being damaged in transit, etc.
The Texture Boutique comes with two plates and a shim — that’s all there is to keep track of. Instructions for use are even included on one of the plates. How easy is that! Here’s a pic of the plates and shim —
To use the Texture Boutique just insert your cardstock into a standard embossing folder, put it between the two plates (include the shim if it is only 1 layer of cardstock, otherwise no), and crank it through the machine. It is just that easy! Please see the short video for a look at the Texture Boutique in action, and a little additional information.
Here’s a picture of the sample that I embossed in the video —
(Sorry — it is so hard to get a good pic of the embossed detail.) Here’s a pic of a card that features the same embossing folder —
As mentioned previously, the Texture Boutique will meet most of your needs. The only downside to the machine is that A2 embossing folders are the largest that will fit through the machine. In addition, it can’t accommodate the thicker folders such as the Spellbinders folders. That said, it will work for so many things. You can use it to emboss A2 cards (card fronts or the entire card), envelopes, etc. You can use the smaller embossing folders with it (the little 2×2 folders and the borders, etc.). If you have a longer border you will have to stop and reposition the plates periodically, but otherwise it will work just fine. I use it all the time!
Supplies Available from Cut@Home:
Sizzix Texture Boutique Embossing Machine (SKU 656225)
Textured Impressions Butterflies & Flowers (SKU 657597)
Supplies from my stash: cardstock
Thanks and Happy Scrappin’!