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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.

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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.

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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’!

Cheryl

MamaSaidShare.wordpress.com

Kaisercraft Art of Life Birthday Card

Thursday, April 17th, 2014

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My other half is having a birthday this week and I wanted a ‘manly’ card for him, you know the kind, no bling, no flowers, no ribbon!  Ughh, that can be boring if you’re not careful.  In order to dress up my masculine card I started with Kaisercraft‘s Art of Life Collection and Spellbinders Labels Thirty-One dies.  Using Core’dinations Sand Castle paper for my card base I took a folded sheet and placed it in my Sizzix Big Shot with the long edge of the die protruding a tad over the fold.  By cutting this way you’ll end up with your three sides decorative cut but the top edge folded to make a base for the card.

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I placed a piece of cut filmstrip, from the paper, for the focal point on the front and then used the domino paper from the collection to cut the numbers out backing them with medium weight chipboard and using my Wink of Stella glitter brush pen to give them just a hint of sparkle.  When I started to video the card I do in the step-by-step for you I realized I didn’t have enough of the brown stickers to spell out my words so I actually took some neon green ones and a black permanent felt tip pen and colored them.  The trick here is to make sure when you remove the sticker from the sheet you use the pen around the edges (you can color the letters while they are still attached to the full sheet and just touch up when removed, much easier this way). to add a bit of ‘manly’ bling I used Tim Holtz gears here and there on the front.

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Inside are two Journal Stickers from Tim Holtz idea-ology line.  I took an extra-small alpha stamp set and stamped my message and then used a tiny paperclip (also Tim Holtz) to attach the two tickets together before gluing them to the paper mat inside.  Using a white gel pen to do faux stitching around the inside mat just gives it a little pop.  So there you have it, a very masculine birthday card for someone special in your life.  Please check out the video for a complete walk through on how to make this card.

Thanks and Happy Scrappin’!

Patti

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Supplies:

PP926: Kaisercraft Art of Life 6×6 Paper Pad

SS213: Kaisercraft Art of Life Cardstock Stickers

S4-406: Spellbinders Labels Thirty-one

TIM32823: Tim Holtz Distress Ink Gathered Twigs

657900: Sizzix Big Shot

207: Scor-Tape 1″

203: Scor Tape 1/2″

Supplies from my Stash: Kaisercraft Art of Life 12×12 Paper Collection, Core’dinations Sand Castle cardstock, Tim Holtz idea-ology Journaling Tickets – Gears – Tiny Paper Clip, Wink of Stella clear glitter pen, Webster’s Pages alpha stickers, mini alpha stamps, dimensional foam, ATG gun, Beacon Fabri-Tac, Scotch Quick Dry Adhesive, white gel pen

Sizzix Susan’s Garden Easter Basket

Tuesday, April 15th, 2014

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).

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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.  I love how quickly you can cut the pieces by taking advantage of the extended platform, etc.  I don’t have the Susan’s Garden Daffodil die, but I did have the Narcissus/Paperwhite dies and I thought that they would be close enough for this purpose.  I think that both flowers turned out great.  I previously did a post using the narcissus/paperwhite dies.  You can find that post at the following link:

http://ucutathome.com/blog/2014/03/04/paperwhites/

The tulips were super simple to make.  They are a little different in that the calyx actually ends up inside the flower (as opposed to the outside).  This is very easily done.  You need to dry the partially-completed tulip upside down in a Susan’s Garden flower pot to achieve the usual tightly cupped shape.   Also to make the life-like stamens for both flowers, you need to dip them into a “pollen” (orange for the daffodils, yellow for the tulips).  Please see this short video for a few tips on how to complete the tulips.

As always, the Sizzix website contains detailed instructions (including a video) on how to complete and assemble the flowers.  The instructions are great and the steps are easy to follow.  Be sure that you have a good tool kit – I like the Sizzix tool kit — it contains all of the tools and all of the mats that you need to make the flowers.  My only concern with the dies is that the small dies very easily “leak” from the cute envelopes that Sizzix packages them in (both the old and new styles).  For extra security, I place my dies on small magnetic sheets (pre-cut to be business card sized), and I enclose those in a small zipper top bag inside the Sizzix envelope.  I’m not taking any chances!  Note that most of the Susan’s Garden dies are thinlits dies, and so they will work in almost any die cutting machine.

Once the flowers were fully dry, I attached stem wire.  I’m sure there are many methods to do this — mine was very simple.  I cut a short length of 20  gauge stem wire, and a 1/2″ circle of paper (the same green as I used for the leaves and calyx).  I punched a hole in the center of the circle with a 1/8″ hole punch.  This was more than large enough to accommodate the wire.  I wrapped the wire tightly around a pair of needle-nosed pliers to create a little “knot” that wouldn’t be able to pass through that 1/8″ hole, and then I placed a piece of 1/2″ Scor-Tape on top of the circle (on top of the knot too), and attached the stem wire to the flower head.  The 20 gauge wire is firm enough to hold the flower upright, but also easily bent to allow adjustment in the flower.  This is a picture of the flowers attached to the floral wire

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Once the flowers were on stems, I created a little “bundle” with the flower and some leaves and buds that I purchased to go with them.   I knew that I would need some green “filler” for my basket, so I purchased something with similar leaves, etc. to what would be found on a tulip or daffodil.  The stems I purchased were much longer than what I needed, so I had to cut them back accordingly.  This is a picture of one of the bundles that I created –

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I assembled the basket by first placing the eggs and the “critters”, and then adding flowers where it made sense.  Here is an early picture of the basket

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Note that it took only six of the flower bundles to make the basket look full without over-filling it — I wanted each flower to show and to not get “lost”.  I added the small violet groupings (I separated flower picks to make them) to tie everything together.   (I wanted to use the Susan’s Garden violets, but they were just too large.)  I added a bow and a banner to complete the project.

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To make the banner, I cut the small eggs using the smallest size in the set of Docrafts Egg dies and my Sizzix Big Shot.  I also cut a small flag for each egg.  I needed a total of twelve flags — one for each letter needed to spell out “Happy Easter”, plus an additional center flag to separate the words.  I stamped the letters using the “Banner Alphabet” stamp set by My Favorite Things and Espresso Truffle Memento ink.  The butterfly was punched from a Martha Stewart butterfly punch.  I folded the butterfly in the center to make it dimensional, and added a couple of rhinestones for interest.   I attached each egg to a banner using low dimensional adhesive.  I punched two 1/8″ holes at the top of each flag, and strung them together on 1/8″ ribbon.  I thought it looked best to push the flags together and overlap them slightly.  The banner was a better fit for the basket this way.  Pictures of the banner are below –

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The banner was easily attached to the basket with the extra ribbon (I tied it to the handles).  I used a few glue dots to keep the individual flags in place.

Once you are able to complete the simple tasks needed to create any of the Susan’s Garden flowers, they really do go together quickly and easily.  There are unlimited uses for the flowers, and I know that you’ll enjoy finding new and creative ways to use your favorites.

Supply list –

Sizzix Big Shot

Sizzix Susan’s Garen Tulip and Narcissus dies

pink, yellow, black and green heavyweight smooth cardstock

Scotch quick-dry adhesive

Sizzix Susan’s Garden Tool Kit (contains the tools and mats needed to make flowers)

Sizzix Susan’s Garden flower pots

Yellow Pan Pastel

Yellow and Orange Woodland Scenics pollen

Copic Marker – 100 (black)

floral tape

Scor-Tape by Scor-Pal

20 gauge stem wire

basket

Styrofoam block for center of basket

natural excelsior

easter eggs (mine look like they are wrapped with burlap string)

purchased stems with leaves and buds, violet stems, bunny and chick

ribbon

assorted cardstock for banner

Docrafts (X-Cut) Egg dies

Verve small banner dies

My Favorite Things “Banner Alphabet” stamp set

Memento Espresso Truffle ink

1/8″ hole punch

1/8″ ribbon

thin dimensional adhesive

glue dots

 

Thanks and Happy Scrappin’!

Cheryl

MamaSaidShare@wordpress.com

 

 

 

 

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.

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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.

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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

Vellum

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’!

Cheryl

MamaSaidShare@wordpress.com

 

Darice Easter Bunny Embossing Folder

Tuesday, April 1st, 2014

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.

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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 use, I first cut an oval using my Spellbinders Nestabilities Large Classic Ovals (the largest die), and then carefully placed the oval in my embossing folder and ran it through my Sizzix Big Shot.  I added light (or subtle) color to the embossed image using various colors of Memento ink, applied with small Darice craft marshmallows.  Very quick and easy!  Note that you could also emboss the entire image and then place the oval die on it and cut the appropriate section.  Here you risk losing some of the raised image because it may flatten somewhat as it goes back through the die cutting machine.  It can also be wasteful if you aren’t using other parts of the full embossed image.  I generally only use that method when I’ve embossed something that turns out not suitable for the card in its entirety (it is crooked or off-center, etc.).

Sometimes the hardest part of putting together a card is choosing the right cardstock for the accents and layers.  I try to pick the patterned paper first, and then find a coordinating solid.  Sometimes I have a solid color that I want to use, and then have to work backwards to find a coordinating patterned paper.  That was the case with the bunny card pictured above.  This season I just love the soft peach color, but it can be sooooo hard to find.  I had this A-2 sized (4.25″ x 5.5″) piece of cardstock left from another project, and so just needed to locate a coordinating patterned paper.  Done.  Yay!  The patterned paper was cut 3-7/8″ x 5-1/8″.

The scalloped oval behind the embossed bunny is also cut using a Spellbinders Nestabilities die, “Big Scalloped Ovals” (small).  The largest size die fit nicely with the embossed bunny oval.  Rather than reaching for another sheet of my “precious” stash of soft peach paper, I cut the scalloped oval from the bottom card layer.  Yes, it is okay to do this — just stay in the center of the card so that your patterned paper will completely cover the hole.  No one will know that you did this — and it is a great way to “stretch” each sheet of paper for maximum use.  I also conserve colored papers and patterned papers by making card fronts, and then mounting them on plain white cardstock.  White cardstock is almost always sold at a lower price.

Now it is time to embellish.  Soft peach coordinating embellishments are almost impossible to find.  This is one of the many reasons why I am so grateful for my stash of Copic markers.  With so many colors to choose from, there is always something that will work.  Copics (or another alcohol ink marker) can be used to color lots of different kinds of embellishments — ribbon, pearls, rhinestones, ribbon roses, etc.  Try this with any white or clear embellishment.  Note that other alcohol ink markers will also work (Copic is my preference because of the beautiful, vibrant ink colors).  Some other examples are Spectrum Noir markers, Shin Han art markers, and Sharpie markers.  Yes, you read that right — Sharpie markers!  Sharpies will work, although I don’t like the result as well since the ink and the colors can be a little intense.  Please see the short video for information on how I added color to the various embellishments that I used on the card.

I repeated the bunny card in a number of different color combinations to show you just how easy it is to change the look and match the embellishments.  The embellishments all began as white or clear, and were colored with various Copic markers.

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It is very difficult to have a ready supply of all of the “right” colors of ribbons and other embellishments.  I always keep plenty of “colorable” supplies on hand, and then purchase additional colors that I use frequently or are difficult to reproduce, etc.  You can also use your Copics to “tone down” a color of ribbon  that is too bright, etc. or to change the shade to just the right color.  Just experiment on a small-scale first to find the look that you like.  (Toning down the ribbon often involves using one of the gray markers rather than a color coordinating one.)

Assembling the card is also very easy.  Attach the patterned cardstock to the background layer (the one with the hole in the middle) using Scor-Tape.  Attach the embossed bunny oval to the scalloped oval using low dimensional adhesive.  Be sure to use some of the dimensional adhesive in the center too — sometimes an object this large will sag over time if there isn’t a little dimensional adhesive to support it.  Use Scor-Tape to attach the ovals to the patterned paper.  Attach the ribbon, bow and ribbon rose with Scor-Tape.  Add the pearls or rhinestones to the ribbon (if you use the “cheap” ones like me, you may need to glue them in place).  Mount the card front to an A2-sized card, and stamp a sentiment inside.  Done.  Easy peasey.

Supply list:

Die cutting machine — I used my Sizzix Big Shot

Oval dies — I used Spellbinders Nestabilities Large Classic Ovals and Small Big Scalloped Ovals

Darice “Easter Bunny” embossing folder

various cardstock

paper trimmer

white ribbon – I used May Arts 1/4″ sheer ribbon (white)

White ribbon roses

pearls – white or natural

rhinestones – clear (not the ones that are iridescent and shine in various colors — these don’t take the ink very well)

Scor-Tape by Scor-Pal — I used both 1/4″ and 1/8″

low dimensional adhesive

Assorted Memento ink — I used Toffee Crunch, Lulu Lavender, New Sprout, Cantaloupe

Darice craft marshmallows – small

Thanks and Happy Scrappin’!

Cheryl

MamaSaidShare@wordpress.com

 

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

Tuesday, March 25th, 2014

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.

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The umbrellas are just so easy to make using this Sizzix Bigz die.  All it takes is one pass through the Big Shot to cut and score the piece you need for the umbrella top.  Note that the instructions for the die recommend use of a premium crease pad.  I did mine without, and they turned out just fine.  It probably depends on the materials you’re using and other factors, so it is best to do a test cut and see if the crease pad is needed.   You will want to use double-sided paper for the umbrellas.  The inside shows, and you get a much prettier effect with a nice color or cardstock on the inside too.

Assembly of the umbrella is very easy.  I first folded the umbrella die cut along the score lines (you want to do an accordion fold).  There is a tab on one side of the die cut piece.  Add a little quick drying glue to that tab, and press it against the back of the other edge of the umbrella.  Set this piece aside to dry.  For the umbrella pole, you can either use a coffee stir stick (I prefer the round ones) or one of the Doodlebug Pixies (these come in 12 different colors).  I used the Pixies for my project — some of them as they are (where there were good matching colors), and others covered with ribbon for a softer effect (or a better match).  To wrap the Pixie with ribbon, place approximately 1″ of Scor-Tape on a length of ribbon (a 1/4″ or 3/8″ ribbon is easiest to work with).  Remove the Scor-Tape liner.  Fold the ribbon end over the top of the Pixie, and begin wrapping toward the opposite end.  It is usually best to wrap diagonally.  Stop periodically and adjust the ribbon as needed to keep it tight and as wrinkle-free as possible.  When you reach the other end of the Pixie, place another 1″ piece of Scor-Tape on the back of the ribbon.  Carefully wrap the other end of the Pixie so that it is covered, and isn’t too bulky.   You will follow pretty much the same steps to use the Pixies as is, except that you’ll only wrap about 1″ at the top with ribbon rather than the entire length.  The ribbon foundation will help in the assembly.

To finish the umbrella you need two more items:  1) something to act as a foundation piece at the top of the umbrella (provides coverage, a foundation for a pin, etc.); and 2) a floral pin or other decorative pin.  For my umbrellas, I cut a daisy from some daisy trim (usually available for purchase by the yard at most fabric stores) and placed a Maya Road trinket pin in the center of it (there are a lot of fun shapes and sizes including hearts, butterflies, and plain gemstones, etc.).  I placed some quick drying glue on the daisy (the side that will be against the umbrella), and then inserted the pin in the top center of the umbrella.  I held the pin and daisy in place until the glue set, trying to keep the pin centered in the umbrella.  Next I added some of the quick drying glue to the inside center of the umbrella (it is okay to be generous with the glue here, it won’t show and you want to make sure it holds).  Then I inserted the pin into the center of the ribbon-covered Pixie (or coffee stir stick, etc.).  It is important to hold the stick in place for a couple of minutes so that the glue begins to dry.  Once the center pole seemed set in place, I put the umbrella aside to dry, making sure that the proper positioning was maintained, etc. (I found it easiest to lean the center pole of the umbrella against a cup).  After the glue was thoroughly dry, I added a small bow at the bottom of the center pole.

There are many different ways the umbrella can be used.  The die itself is part of the Sizzix wedding collection, but I think the umbrellas would also be appropriate for a baby shower or even just a fun summer party, etc.  I made some umbrellas in bright summer colors to show you how they might look.

 

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Any time you work on a paper crafting project like the umbrellas, everything goes so much better when you have a good die cutting/embossing machine to back you up.  I think the Sizzix Big Shot is a perfect machine for almost any need.  It is so wonderfully versatile –  it works well with just about any die or embossing folder, and will cut many different types of materials.  Of course it pairs well with Sizzix dies of any size or shape (except for the “Pro” dies that only work with the Big Shot Pro) — thick  or thin, large or small.  The Big Shot can also cut using competitor dies — you just need to figure out the correct sandwich.  In most cases the competitor will recommend a sandwich; if not, you can decide on the proper sandwich by picking a Sizzix die that is similar and following the instructions for that.  Sandwich instructions are printed on the multipurpose platform, so they are always close at hand.   I love that in the newest version of the Big Shot, they include an extended multipurpose platform.  This allows use of the longer dies and embossing folders so long as you have the longer cutting plates (in the past you had to purchase the longer platform also).  The Big Shot is just so easy to use!

The kinds of materials that you can cut with the Big Shot (i.e. cardstock, chipboard, mat board, felt, etc.) are pretty much controlled by the type of die that you are using.  Dies like the Bigz dies are designed to cut through the heavier materials  (the package insert usually says what materials are appropriate),  but they can also handle thinner cardstock, etc. with ease — even multiple layers.  Thinner dies won’t do as well with this.   The Big Shot adds so much versatility to your paper crafting.  I love being able to  cut my own chipboard shapes and sturdy boxes, etc.   The Big Shot is also designed for convenient use.  The front and back platforms are long enough that you can use them to set up your sandwiches.  Then it is just a simple crank through the machine and the cutting and/or embossing occurs usually on the first pass.  Although you hear the customary cracks and creaks from time to time (the ones that are a normal part of the die cutting process), you don’t need extra pressure or muscles to crank the materials through.  They slide through easily.   I just love my Big Shot!  Please see the short video for a demonstration of how the Big Shot works.

 

Supplies used

Sizzix Umbrella 3-D die

Sizzix Big Shot machine

assorted cardstock

Doodlebug Pixies in assorted colors

assorted ribbon

Daisy trim

Scotch Quick-Dry Adhesive

Maya Road Trinket Pins (assorted)

 

Thanks and Happy Scrappin!

Cheryl

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