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Sizzix Susan’s Garden Pansies and Violets

Tuesday, April 22nd, 2014

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 making a flower from Susan’s Garden, you need to be prepared to make a practice flower or two, etc. that perhaps won’t be useable in the end project.  I thought that might especially be true with the pansy since it needed so much color added, but I was wrong — it was actually quite easy.

The first step for the pansies and for the violets is to add the color to the flower petals.  This is easily done using the Pan Pastels and Copic marker.  I used a violet Pan Pastel on the pansy, and yellow on the violets.  The same Copic marker worked for both.  Please see the short video for additional information on how to color the flower petals.

Once the petals are colored, the rest of the assembly is easy.  I used a larger ball stylus to shape the petals, and then the tweezers to pinch and bend the edges.  For the pansy, used a large ball stylus to cup the calyx.  I glued the two purple petals side by side onto the calyx first, and then the two smaller yellow petals on either side of the purple ones.  The larger yellow petal is glued in the final position on the calyx.  Each of these petals should overlap the others slightly.  It is a similar process for the violets, only there is no particular order to gluing the petals onto the calyx.  Because they are smaller petals I needed to use smaller tools, etc.   Each of the flowers needs to dry and “shape” for a while  in one of the Sizzix flower pots (or a similar container).  I also needed to stem, vein, pinch and bend each of the leaves.  There are detailed instructions for all of this on the Sizzix website (just search for the Pansy/Violet die and then click on the pdf instructions).  Videos are also available there to guide you through the steps.  I know that all of this sounds very complicated, but it really isn’t — especially if you’ve made other of the Susan’s Garden flowers.

Once the flowers had a chance to dry and shape in the flower pots, I removed them and added the leaves.  The final step was to add the drop of yellow in the center with the Viva Paper Pen.  Note that you have to allow sufficient drying time for this — generally at least 3-4 hours.  I usually place the flowers back into the pots while the center is drying to prevent any “accidents”.

Assembling the card was very easy.  I cut an A-2 sized background paper (4.25″ x 5.5″).  For this card I used a Graphic 45 paper from the Sweet Sentiments collection.  I selected a square doily to dress things up a bit.  My doily was 5″ wide, too large to fit onto the card.  Instead of cutting it, I centered it, keeping equal margins on the bottom and sides, with the excess folded to the back.  I first placed my ribbon bow and flowers, etc. to see how they would best fit on the card, and then attached everything with Scor-Tape — 1/8″ for the doily, and wider for the other pieces.  To finish, I added a gold “Thank You” sticker, and then mounted the card front onto a card back.  I stamped an appropriate sentiment on the inside of the card.


This was a very fun and easy project.  The main thing is to be sure to allow enough time for drying, etc. for the flowers.   Next time I will make a few extra flowers to have on hand for a quick card in the future.

Note that you might want to add some protection for the flowers if you want to mail a card that is dimensional like this is.  Sizzix makes domes that you can place over the flowers to protect them.  I also was able to find an A-2 card-sized plastic box to hold the card and protect it while in transit.


Supply List

Sizzix Susan’s Garden Pansy/Violet

Sizzix Big Shot

cardstock – assorted

Sizzix Susan’s Garden Tool Kit

Sizzix flower pots

Pan Pastels — 470.5 violet and 250.5 diarylide yellow

Copic marker – V17 amethyst

Viva Paper Pen — 201 sunny yellow

square doily

soft white 1″ ribbon

gold Starform sticker “Thank You”

Scotch Quick Drying Adhesive

Scor-Tape by Scor-Pal


Thanks and Happy  Scrappin’!


Easter Cards Featuring Graphic 45 And Spellbinders

Tuesday, April 8th, 2014

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.

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I also made some Easter wreath cards using the Graphic 45 papers and a Spring wreath die.

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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 to two papers in the Graphic 45 Sweet Sentiments collection for my card inspiration — “All My Love” and ”Easter Greetings”.  Each paper has a lot of choices to offer, but you first have to “unlock” it from the paper.   This is portion of the “Easter Greetings” paper.


You can see the elements here are separated into “boxes”, so it is possible to use your paper trimmer to separate the boxes.  Sometimes you can use the item as is, and other times it will be desirable to cut away the “box” and just use the remaining image.  You’ll decide that when you decide how you want the card to look.  For example, I wanted some small images to use with my Easter wreaths, and so the smaller pictures along the side of the paper were perfect.  I just trimmed the extra borders off and they were ready to go.  Other images I wanted to use with the Spellbinders Card Creator dies, and so it was necessary to fussy cut them, at least a little, to fit into the space available.

This is a picture of a portion of the “All My Love” paper.


Here the images and elements are intertwined, and you need to first figure out how to separate and isolate the image that you want to use for your card.  I began by hand cutting this paper into about thirds.  I started by cutting just underneath the roses (I’m left-handed so I started cutting from the left side of the paper), and between the butterflies, up above the umbrella, and then dipping back down to miss the egg, etc.  Once the paper was in a more manageable size, then I looked at the strip of paper I had cut and determined which images were intact and which I would feature on a card.   I ”freed” those first from the paper strip to avoid any inadvertent  damage while cutting other images.  Usually when I’m making cards, I only cut the images I really need at the time, and I set aside the remaining parts for another time when I will cut out the other useable images to add to my stash.  Please see the short video for a more detailed description of how I “free” images from patterned paper, and also some tips on fussy cutting.

Assembly of the cards is quite easy.  I cut A2-sized background layers (4.25″ x 5.5″) from various solid cardstock.  I like to use metallic cardstock for this since it adds a bit of shimmer and interest.  Then I cut a variety of layers from ivory paper using several of the Spellbinders card creator sets including Tranquil Memories, Filigree Delight, Diamond Effects and Floral Ribbon Threader.  I love the detail that each of these sets adds to a card.  From there it was a matter of determining which element(s) I would select from the “cut” pile, and what layers were appropriate for them.  I added ribbons and other embellishments, as appropriate to finish the cards.  The four cards I made this way are –

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For the “wreath” cards, I did not use one of the Spellbinders die cut layers because I wanted the emphasis to be on the wreath.  Sometimes I just stick with plain edges, etc. to avoid losing my focal point.  For the two wreath cards I cut a colored background layer that was A2-sized (4.25″ x 5.5″), and an ivory layer that was 3-7/8″ x 5-1/8″.  I attached the ivory layer to the background layer using Scor-Tape.  I cut two wreaths — one from green cardstock and one from vellum.  The vellum wreath was placed over the top of the green wreath (you can secure these with adhesive if you like — I did not feel it was necessary).  I wrapped the wreath with ivory/gold baker’s twine, and then adhered it to the card layers using a low dimensional adhesive.  I added the ribbon at the bottom of the card.  Next I added the cut element from the Graphic 45 papers to the bottom corner using regular dimensional adhesive.   Then I decorated the remainder of the wreath using die cut flowers and sequins, and added the ribbon “tie” at the bottom.  The two wreath cards are below –

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All of these are very easy, simple cards to make.  Of course you can add more to them if you prefer.  Some people cut the image (or parts of the image) two or three times, and pop them on top of one another to create a dimensional image.  You could also separate the images into even smaller parts and change the placement, etc. or pop smaller parts of the design.  Of course glitter always enhances a card and adds to its style.  There are just so many options.  It is all up to individual taste and style.

Supply List

Graphic 45 Sweet Sentiments “Easter Greetings” and “All My Love” papers

Spellbinders die sets – Tranquil Memories, Filigree Delight, Diamond Effects and Floral Ribbon Threader

Spring Wreath die by W Plus 9

Assorted plain cardstock


Assorted ribbon, bakers twine and embellishments

Scor-Tape by Scor-Pal — 1/4″ and 1/8″

Dimensional adhesive; low dimensional adhesive

Scotch Quick-Drying glue


Thanks and Happy Scrappin’!



Picture Frame with Silhouette Silver Foil and Graphic 45

Monday, March 31st, 2014

Hi everyone today I made a picture frame with Sihouette Silver Foil and Graphic 45 “Good Ol’ Sport” paper. A friend of mine has a son that is active in sports so I decided to make a picture frame for her, he is starting the baseball season so that’s the theme I went with.

Here are the supplies that I used that are available on the Cut at Home website:
Graphic 45Good Ol’ Sport Patterns & Solids 6 x 6 – SKU: 4500864
Silhouette America Printable Foil Silver – SKU: Media-SVR-ADH
Tim Holtz Distress Ink, Peeled Paint – SKU: TIM20233
Silhouette America Silhouette Cameo – SKU: SILHOUETTE-CAMEO-3T
I also used a few items from my stash, FolkArt Enamels – Metallic Silver Acrylic Paint, Darice Press Wood Frame, Xyron lamination/adhesive and Epiphany Crafts Star Shapemaker.
The first step was to paint the frame, this step probably took the longest because of having to let the paint dry between coats. I painted the sides and the back, including the edge where the picture goes. I didn’t paint the front since I was going to cover it.
Next I created the print and cut files on the Silhouette Cameo.

The next step was to cover the front of the frame with paper, I ran all the paper through my Xyron machine so that the paper would have lamination over it an would be easy to dust and keep clean.I used two sheets of the striped paper, I cut around the picture area with an Exacto knife, then I put the silver foil that I cut and print on the frame.
I still wanted to add a little more pop to the frame so I decided to go back and print the words file again on a light cream colored stock to match the cream color in the stripes on the paper, then I reprinted the large “Play” in the silver foil. I inked the edges of the cream stock with the peeled paint distress ink, I also cut some stars on the silhouette using the paper from the collection, I tried to cut the stars out of the areas of the paper that had baseball images on it. After I cut the stars I inked the edges of them. Then I cut out the baseball player inking those corners as well. I used the shapemaker to make the small stars.
Here is the finished frame:
I was really happy with the finished product and hope that she will like it as much as I do! Have a great week until next time thanks and happy scrappin.

Graphic 45 Botanical Tea Card and Gift Bag

Monday, March 24th, 2014

Today I made a Graphic 45 Botanical Tea card and gift bag for a dear friend of mine, she really loves tea and tea pots, so when Graphic 45 released Botanical Tea I just had to get her a set of the stamps, what better way to give her the stamps but to make her a card and gift bag.

Here is a list of the supplies that I used which are available on the Cut at Home website.
Spellbinders Elegant Ovals – SKU: S4-425, these are a new release.
Spellbinders Classic Scalloped Ovals, small – SKU: S4-113
Graphic 45 Botanical Tea 12 x 12 Paper – SKU: 4500889
Graphic 45 Stamps 1 – SKU: IC0296
Graphic 45 Stamps 2 – SKU: IC0297
Sizzix Big Shot – SKU: 657900

I also used the following from my stash:
Memories Dye Ink – Artprint Brown, VersaMark ink, Zing Embossing powder – Chestnut, Martha Stewart border punch, BoBunny Gabrielle Brads, Ribbon, Lace, Flowers and a kraft bag/card stock.

The technique that I demonstrated today is stamping and embossing on patterned paper. See the video below.

I cut a 7 x 10 piece of kraft card stock and scored it to make a 7 x 5 inch card. I used three different patterns from the Botanical Tea paper pack. I stamped my images, then I used a Martha Stewart border punch and Spellbinders dies to cut out my stamped images. I also inked the edges of my cut out pieces, then I assembled my card.
I also stamped a sentiment for the inside of my card as well as embossed a teapot to use inside the card.
Next I made my gift bag. I random stamped the bag with two of the stamps from the set, then I stamped a sentiment on the patterned paper, die cut them and adhered them to the bag. I also bordered the top of the bag to match the border on the card and added a couple of the flowers and brads.
Here is another look at the card and gift bag, I cannot wait to give it to my friend!
I hope that you enjoyed my project, till next time Thanks and Happy Scrappin.


Sizzix Fancy Favor Box!

Wednesday, March 19th, 2014

Tomorrow begins the official start of spring, which means wedding, parties and showers, which means party favors, and this beautiful Sizzix Fancy Favor Box is perfect for any of these occasions!




It is SOOOO easy to put together! All you really need is one sheet of 12 x 12″ double sided paper, adhesive and a small piece of acetate (I use the clear packaging that my dies come in-I’m cheap), ribbon and a sentiment. Yup, that’s it!

**This is a Big Shot Pro die, so it does require a Big Shot Pro Machine. I adore this machine, but then I am totally hooked on making the adorable boxes and bags that Sizzix has has created dies for. (Thank you Sizzix!)

Now, on to the extremely simple instructions.

1. Cut one piece of double sided paper
2. Fold along score lines
3. Apply adhesive-I prefer using Scor-Tape because I can easily control the placement and application.
4. Cover opening on front of box with acetate or clear plastic
5. Assemble box and lid -Approximate size: 2 5/8 x 3 7/8 x 2 5/8″ (assembled)
6. Stamp or apply sentiment to tag (I used another Sizzix die set with a similar tag for a smaller piece that I layered over the tag for a matted effect.
7. Attach tag to ribbon bow and attach bow to top of box.
8. Fill box with goodies and give away!





















Well, it can’t get much simpler than that. You can use this little box for weddings, bridal showers, baby showers-you name it, all you have to do is coordinate paper with occasion!

Now you see why I’m a box junkie and Sizzix enables me to feed my addiction, so to speak-Hi, I’m Carrie and I’m addicted to making bags and boxes out of paper….. Oh, and my job kinda has a small part in allowing me to see all of the fun products on a daily basis. I just can’t help myself!!!! Is there a Scrapper’s Anonymous out there somewhere?

Anyway, I hope that if you have a Big Shot Pro machine you have as much fun with these fabulous dies as I do! If you only have a smaller Big Shot, you can enjoy creating smaller boxes with several fun Bigz XL, Bigz Scoreboard and Bigz Movers & Shapers dies, so don’t feel deprived. They are thinking of everyone!

Thanks & Happy Scrappin’!

Product List:

656250 Sizzix Big Shot PRO Machine

658943 Sizzix Bigz Pro Die Box, Fancy Favor

659176 Sizzix Framelits Die Set 9PK Card Triple Fancy Frame Flip-its

4500809 Graphic 45 Sweet Sentiments Paper Pad 12 x 12

202 Scor-Pal 1/4″ Scor-Tape


Sentiment stamp

Ink pad

Graphic 45 Botanical Tea Mini Album

Thursday, March 13th, 2014

Sigh………… I’m in love………..with Graphic 45′s Botanical Tea Collection!  Oh wait, maybe I’ve said that before, oh well, I’m saying it again, this collection is just gorgeous and so nostalgic, at least for me anyway.  I’ve created a mini album this week and fussed and fumed over the binding until I think I finally got it right (3rd times charm isn’t that what the old saying is?).

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To make this album it’s super simple, no really, it is!  I started with white cardstock, around 100# and cut 8 pages 5″ x 6″. The reason it’s not square is because I had made a coordinating gift box to put it in (check out my blog – link below- to see the box) and I wanted to leave room on the 5″ side to add a Cinch binding.  Once I cut my decorative papers I realized the white was too stark so I inked the edges, about an inch in with Tim Holtz‘s Antique Linen Distress Ink.  Then I cut my decorative paper from the collection about 1/4″ small (4 3/4″ x 5 3/4″).  I cut 16 mats, two of each design  so when you open the book the right and left sides compliment one another.

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Leftover pieces can be used to compliment the main page patterns in the form of pockets, belly bands and focal accents.

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By trimming and following the pattern edge you can create a fun border.

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As I said in the beginning I redid the binding several times, first using white coils and my Cinch, next blue coils and fibers hanging and finally I gave up on the wires, it just wasn’t the right look.  Instead, I took blue 1/4″ ribbon and laced it from bottom to top, tied it in a knot, added the metal butterfly and ran the ends through it to the back adding a knot on each loose end.  I added a few charms, I especially love the little teacup that a friend had given me just this week, perfect timing! The point is, don’t give up, if something doesn’t look or feel right keep tweeking it otherwise you’re never going to be happy with the end result.  It may be just the color that’s off and by changing it up you’ll be so much happier, I know I am!

Catch the rest of the pages in the video below and the gift box I made to house this in is in my blog post here -> Graphic 45 Botanical Tea Gift Box. One last thing I used Spellbinders Die D-Lites Corner Flourish around the Botanical Tea tag on the front.  The paper had flourishes around it but that’s way beyond my fussy cutting abilities so I added my own with some blue paper, love the look. I also misted the solid outside papers with Lindy’s Frosted Forget-Me-Nots Starburst and Alpine Tea Rose Starburst sprays then inked them with a combination of browns from Tim Holtz’s Distress Inks, the last step was to lightly mist overtop with Lindy’s Blazing Sun Glitz Spray.  I love how it turned out, I hope you do to.


So why not try this mini today, yes you can do it and you’ll love the end result!

Thanks and Happy Scrappin’!


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Supplies from the Store:

4500889: Graphic 45 Botanical Tea 12×12 Paper Pad

4500895: Graphic 45 Botanical Tea Chipboard 1

4500896: Graphic 45 Botanical Tea Chipboard 21

 4500893: Graphic 45 Botanical Stickers

4500896: Graphic 45 Botanical Tea Chipboard

4500892: Graphic 45 Tags and Pockets

S2-050: Spellbinders Die D-Lites Corner Flourish

S4-418: Spellbinders Labels 36

TIM19497: Tim Holtz Distress Ink Antique Linen

TIM32823: Tim Holtz Distress Ink Gathered Twigs

TIM19510: Tim Holtz Distress Ink Tea Dye

Supplies from my Stash: Cardstock; medium weight chipboard, ATG, Beacon’s Fabri-Tac, 3D Crystal Lacquer, Metal pieces, bling, ribbon, Lindy’s sprays, Aleene’s Tacky Glue


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