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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 here.  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.

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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

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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

MamaSaidShare@wordpress.com

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!

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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!

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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’!
Carrie

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

Ribbon

Sentiment stamp

Ink pad

Heartfelt Creations Beautiful Juliet Cards

Tuesday, March 18th, 2014

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.

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The Beautiful Juliet stamp is very easy to use.  It isn’t too big, so you don’t have any issues with covering large areas, etc.  I usually use a green ink for this since it essentially represents the stem and leaves for a flower.  For the two samples, I used Memento Olive Grove ink.  (The samples on the video used Memento Bamboo Leaves ink.)  The important part is to make sure that your stamp block is big enough for the stamp so that you can get a good clear image.  I stamped the image on white cardstock cut 2.5” x 4.75”.

The next step is to make the “Sweet Juliet” flower for one of the cards.  I cut two pieces for the flower using the largest die in the set.  The paper I used was pink metallic vellum.  I found that for this particular flower, using something that is lighter in weight and that has a little flexibility works better than, for example, a heavier weight cardstock.  This is definitely a die that you want to use waxed paper with to make it easier to remove the cut piece.  As you remove the cut image from the die, pull gently and slowly to avoid tearing the paper.  Be sure to cut two of the largest flower pieces.  Once cut, gently curl each petal upward with your fingers to begin to shape the flower.  Assembly is super simple.  You just need a larger brad (one that won’t slip through the large holes already cut in the flower).  One by one, place each of the petals onto the brad (the brad goes from back to front through the hole), and then the brad goes through the center of the flower.  Pause after putting the first flower on the brad (loosely bend the “wings” of the brad to keep the petals from sliding off) and gently straighten out the petals.  When you’re happy with the result, re-open the brad and do the same thing with the second flower – this time trying to stagger the petals in between those of the first flower to fill it out a little.  When the second flower is on the brad, lightly bend the wings down and adjust the petals of both flowers so that they coordinate together.  When you’re satisfied with the result, tighten the brad.  Attach the Sweet Juliet flower to the card with a little Scor-Tape.  Please see the short video for some quick tips on using the Beautiful Juliet stamps and the Sweet Juliet die set.

The “heart” flower is just as easy to build.  I started with some of the May Arts Ribbon satin cut-out hearts.   These are sold by the yard, and attached side-by-side.  To use them I simply cut off the hearts that I needed, carefully trimming around the side curve.   I placed a small piece of Scor-Tape on the back of each heart.   Start by attaching one heart to the stamped image.  For the next heart, slightly overlap it with the first heart, making sure that the points meet.  Repeat this with the remaining three hearts (the May Arts hearts are approx. 7/8”) – you’ll need a total of 5 hearts for the large flower.  I like to add one more heart where the three leaves meet below.

I kept the cards themselves simple so that the attention would be focused on the stamp and die sets.  The background layer is cut 4.25” x 5.5” (A-2 sized).  The patterned paper is cut 3-7/8” x 5-1/8”.  I attached the patterned paper to the background layer with ¼” Scor-Tape.  I attached the stamped panel with the “heart” flower to the card also using Scor-Tape.  The final steps are to add the ribbon, and then attach the card front to a card base.  Super quick and easy!

Supply List:

Heartfelt Creations Beautiful Juliet stamp set

Heartfelt Creations Sweet Juliet die set

Die cutting machine – I used my Sizzix Big Shot

Large decorative brad

Cardstock – a solid and pattern for the layers, white for stamping the flower

Metallic vellum – for the Sweet Juliet flower

May Arts Ribbon – red satin hearts (approx. 7/8” high – sold by the yard)

Ink – I used Memento Olive Grove (Bamboo Leaves in the video)

Scor-Tape by Scor-Pal – ¼”

Ribbon – I used white with a shiny edge

 

Thanks and Happy Scrappin’!

Cheryl

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