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Card Making: Aster Flower Dies

June 10th, 2014 | by Cheryl Harwick

I thought it might be fun to compare the detailed flower dies that Sizzix Susan’s Garden and Spellbinders Die D-Lites offer, specifically the aster flower dies.  Each die set produces a beautiful bloom, and each aster is fun/simple to assemble.  To make it easier to identify, I made the Sizzix aster in purple, and the Spellbinders aster in blue.   If you want to purchase a detailed flower die, it can be difficult to decide which brand to choose.  There are a number of things that you can look at — size, appearance, etc.  As you can see the finished appearance of the flowers  is different — the

Red-White-and-Blue Scrapbook Page featuring Pan Pastels

May 20th, 2014 | by Cheryl Harwick

Memorial Day and Memorial Day Weekend are fast approaching, and that inspired me to create a red-white-and-blue scrapbook page featuring a couple of relatives and Pan Pastels.  I just love Pan Pastels.  They are so easy to use and so addictive!  It is always fun finding new ways to use them. I started this project with a couple of favorite family photos — some vintage pics of our men in uniform.  I wanted to make a patriotic page, but didn’t have quite the right paper for it.  While looking for something else, I came across the star metal stencil and I knew immediately how

Sizzix Tim Holtz Matchboxes featuring Graphic 45 Paper

May 13th, 2014 | by Cheryl Harwick

  Today I have another fun Sizzix project for you — the Tim Holtz Alterations Matchbox die, featuring Graphic 45 Good Ol’ Sport Collection papers.  This little box is so cute and so easy.  I think it is perfect for those small gifts that you might give a guy at Graduation or for Fathers’ Day, etc.   The first step with any good project is selecting the right paper.  Graphic 45 never disappoints!  The Good Ol’ Sport collection is a great “guy” paper, and covers almost every sport.  The two pieces I selected are a plaid pattern and a sheet that has sports pics that

Sizzix Susan’s Garden Pansies and Violets

April 22nd, 2014 | by Cheryl Harwick

Today my project is a “Thank You” card featuring Sizzix Susan’s Garden Pansies and Violets.  I love how beautiful these flowers turn out, and how easy they are to make.   With pansies and violets as the focal point of your card, you don’t really need much more. I started the project by selecting medium purple, vibrant yellow and green cardstock for my pansies, along with a darker purple and green cardstock for my violets.  I followed the instructions on the Sizzix website and used my Sizzix Big Shot to cut the pieces needed to make several pansies and violets.  Note that especially the first time

Sizzix Susan’s Garden Easter Basket

April 15th, 2014 | by Cheryl Harwick

Today I want to show you an Easter Basket that I made to feature some of the Sizzix Susan’s Garden flower dies.  I just love flowers, and I love how easy it is to make very lifelike flowers (ones that don’t fade or wilt) using my Susan’s Garden dies.  My basket features the Tulip dies and the Narcissus/Paperwhite dies (there is actually a separate Daffodil die, but I don’t have it).    This was such a fun and easy project!  I started by making 3 pink tulips and 3 yellow daffodils.  I used my Sizzix Big Shot to cut the pieces. 

Easter Cards Featuring Graphic 45 And Spellbinders

April 8th, 2014 | by Cheryl Harwick

Today I want to share some Easter Cards featuring Graphic 45 Sweet Sentiments papers and several Spellbinders die sets.  I love the beautiful Graphic 45 papers — there are so many different ways that they can be used.  The same is true of Spellbinders die sets — particularly the “card creator” sets.  Together these products make beautiful cards.     I also made some Easter wreath cards using the Graphic 45 papers and a Spring wreath die.   The key to the cards is to first identify an element on the Graphic 45 papers that will serve as a focal point.  I looked

Darice Easter Bunny Embossing Folder

April 1st, 2014 | by Cheryl Harwick

Today I want to share a card using the Darice Easter Bunny embossing folder.  I also want to give you some tips on using things that you already have in your stash in different ways so you can “stretch” both your supplies and your craft budget. A successful card always has a good focal point — here I’ve used the bunny face from the Easter Bunny embossing folder.   (The entire embossing folder is darling too, but it doesn’t leave much room for embellishment.  Click here to see the full embossing folder design.)  To isolate the part of the design that I wanted to

Sizzix Umbrella 3-D Die and Big Shot Machine Product Review

March 25th, 2014 | by Cheryl Harwick

Today my post is a little different — first I want to show you a fun Sizzix 3-D Umbrella die, and then I want to do a “product review” of the Sizzix Big Shot.  It is finally Spring (although you can’t tell it by the weather), and wedding season will soon be upon us.   The umbrella die is a perfect accessory for bridal showers or weddings, and is also versatile enough to be used for almost any other purpose.   The umbrellas are just so easy to make using this Sizzix Bigz die.  All it takes is one pass through the Big

Heartfelt Creations Beautiful Juliet Cards

March 18th, 2014 | by Cheryl Harwick

Today my cards feature the Beautiful Juliet stamp set and Sweet Juliet die set by Heartfelt Creations.  I love the stamp, the beautiful stem and greens with the saying “you are so beautiful to me” along the side.  The die set is also wonderful, and you can create so many different kinds of flowers with it.  I think that these were released around Valentines’ Day, but they are definitely appropriate for use throughout the entire year.  The first card below features both the stamp and the die sets; the second card features only the stamp set.     The Beautiful Juliet stamp is

Die-Versions Easter Bunny Cards

March 11th, 2014 | by Cheryl Harwick

Today I’m using another really fun Die-Versions die – this time to make Easter Bunny Cards.  The bunnies are also perfect for other Spring or Easter decorations.  This is a single die that makes either a standing or sitting bunny along with accessories.  I love how they put a little scalloped edge around the bunny to make it look more fuzzy and cuddly.   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 this type of cutting.  Although it could cut

Sizzix Susan’s Garden Paperwhites!

March 4th, 2014 | by Cheryl Harwick

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.       Paperwhites are

Spellbinders Venetian Accents Mardi Gras Card!

March 4th, 2014 | by Cheryl Harwick

Today is Mardi Gras, or “Fat Tuesday”.  In certain parts of the country, that means a day of parades and masks and beads and lots of fun.  In my part of the country, it is paczki day – a day to overindulge in a traditional Polish jelly donut like creation (paczki are actually richer and heavier than a jelly donut).  Regardless of how you celebrate, I wanted to make a card to mark the occasion. This is a very simple card, and of course you could dress it up more if you prefer.  I started by making the components.  The masks

Violet Gift Box

February 26th, 2014 | by Cheryl Harwick

My project today is a pretty violet gift box featuring a Sizzix die by designer Eileen Hull and Sweet Sentiments papers by Graphic 45.  Two weeks ago my blog post featured this die too – at that time I made some very quick, “plain jane” cupcake boxes.  The violet gift box is the “dressed up” version – still easy peasy, but what a nice result!  (I’ve included a link below to the cupcake box post). This Sizzix die, like many of the Bigz dies, is specially designed to cut through heavier materials like chipboard, etc.  This time I wanted a sturdy box

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

February 18th, 2014 | by Cheryl Harwick

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.     The Die-Versions dies

Red Dress Card

February 5th, 2014 | by Cheryl Harwick

Friday is “red dress” day, and I wanted to make a Red Dress Card as a reminder of the importance of women’s heart health.  Heart disease is the NUMBER ONE killer of women!  It is often a silent killer (our symptoms are quite different from those that men experience).  Heart disease kills 1 in 3 women!  So, can I ask you to do three simple things?  First, talk to your doctor about your heart health and ways to maintain and/or improve it.  Second, remind other women of this silent killer and urge them to take steps to reduce their risk factors.  Finally, wear

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