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Kaisercraft Kaleidoscope Scrapbook Layout!

Wednesday, April 23rd, 2014

I’m positive that many of you can relate when I say I barely purchased this paper pack only to run right home to open the Kaisercraft Kaleidoscope for my scrapbook layout shown below. Even in the car, I kept picking it up to admire how pretty it was. Please tell me that I’m not the only one who does this! I just couldn’t wait to tear into it, especially since my daughter had just sent me the print of me and my new little granddaughter taken last week on the day I left them to come home after a 2 week stay to help with things after the baby was born. To be honest, I didn’t want to come home. I miss them terribly already! There are to many miles between UT and TX.

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How grateful I am for technology which helps us be able to communicate so fast and easy these days. I am also grateful for beautiful products which enables us to document and preserve those precious memories we make with our loved ones. I am especially blessed to work for a company which allows me access to some of the best quality products which feeds my scrapbooking addiction! :)

Kaisercraft, Spellbinders and Scor-Tape are three of those products that I used on this project that made putting this layout incredibly easy! As usual, the hardest part was choosing which papers to use because they are all gorgeous!

I used all three dies in the set for my layout, using the oval die to cut the center out of the middle die, then cut a second piece for my center.

I actually used parts of 5 sheets total from the pack. One of them I just fussy cut the roses in the upper left corner to lay over the back sheet for dimension using foam squares. I also used foam squares on the sticker placed in the lower left corner over the Mystical Embrace die cut. It is not only a pretty layer, but if you look close, one of my dies slipped without my knowing and cut a chunk out of the larger piece and made it so the larger die didn’t cut all the way through the bottom, so the sticker covers it up very nicely! You probably wouldn’t have noticed if I hadn’t told you, but I hate to waist if I can save a goof up!

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I also noticed that on one side of the sheets there is a pattern on the waste edge. Well, why not use this as well? The rose strip on both ends of the photo mat is exactly that! The rest of the embellishments are from the sticker sheet. I love them! Simple but beautiful. Totally works for me!

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PK469-Kaleidoscope Paper Pack contains twelve patterned 12×12″ double-sided papers (2 each of 6 designs) and one 12×12″ coordinating sticker sheet.

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S6-012-Spellbinders 5×7 Mystical Embrace Card Creator die set includes three dies with a fancy design full of intricate swirly cuts and embossing around a rectangular outline in the center. Use alone with its embossed center or use with any Spellbinders 5×7″ Matting Basics sets for perfect layering.

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If you are new to our blog, or not, you can find these products and much more on Cut@Home’s online store: www.ucutathome.com! Glad you joined me for today’s blog!

Thanks & Happy Scrappin’!

Carrie

 

 

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

Spellbinders Create a Rose

Monday, April 21st, 2014

This week I made a 3 dimensional card using the Silhouette Cameo and Spellbinders Create a Rose die set. I used a design that is available on the Silhouette On Line Store it is a flower pot card design, then I put my own twist on it.
Here is a list of the products that I used that are available on the cut at home website.
Spellbinders Create a Rose die set – SKU: S2-067
Graphic 45 Botanical Tea 12 x 12 Paper Pack – SKU: 4500889
Tim Holtz Distress Ink, Peeled Paint – SKU: TIM20233
Silhouette America, Silhouette Cameo – SKU: SILHOUETTE-CAMEO-3T
I also used card stock, Washi tape, ribbon and brads from my stash.
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I started by cutting the card pieces on the silhouette, I resized the card for my own preferences. I did not cut the flower that comes with the card template instead I made some roses with the Spellbinder dies and cut a few other flowers on the Silhouette.
These new flower making dies from Spellbinders are fabulous once you get the hang of it, it took me a couple of tries to get it down right and I went from a variety of glue till I found what worked best for me. I ended up having the best luck with a glue gun. There are quite a few steps but the results are really worth it. Watch the video below for my first try making a rose.
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After I made the first one the others were easier to make, I also ended up inking the edges of the flowers which I didn’t show in the video. I really love the way the flowers turned out.
After I made the flowers I printed the sentiment for the inside of the card on my Cameo, It is easy to do, I made a previous video on how to do this, the video is available on the Cut at Home blog.
Next I assembled my card, I made a total of 6 flowers, three roses and three other flowers, I arranged them on the top of my card, added the leaves that I made with the Spellbinder dies, added the Washi tape and ribbon. Here is the finished product.
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Here is a look at the inside of the card.
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I hope you enjoyed my card, until next week, Thanks and Happy Scrappin.

Polly
pazasproductions.blogspot.com

Card Making: Kaisercraft Spring Bloom Card

Friday, April 18th, 2014

Spring is here and so lovely, best part of spring is a paper pack by Kaisercraft. The name is Spring Bloom and the colors are absolutely stunning featuring rich corals, pink and teal.

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I could not pass up this stack to make a very happy Spring card.

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Let’s get started! For this project you will be using 4 sheets from your stack. Next proceed to trim them to the following sizes:

Large background 5 in. x 4 in.,

Square 3 in. x 3 in.

Long rectangle 2.5 in. x 3.75 in.

Paper ribbon 5.25 in. x 1.5 in.

Once trimmed, proceed by using a dark brown ink to edge around each piece of paper. Here I used Hero Arts Cubes in “Cup O’ Joe”.

Now to glue them in the same order as above.

To give the card a 3D effect, use foam adhesives when placing the paper ribbon.

Next place your sentiment, which can be found in the paper stack and a flower from theKaisercraft Spring Bloom Collectables die cuts.

A step-by-step video is at the end of this post.

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Items needed for this project:

Kaisercraft Spring Bloom 6×6 Paper Pack and Spring Bloom Collectables die cuts

Hero ArtsQuiet Morning ink cubes in Cup O’ Joe

Paper trimmer

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Thanks and Happy Scrappin’

Crystal

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

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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

 

 

 

 

Tim Holtz Distress Marker Spritzer Tool and Masks

Monday, April 14th, 2014

Today I made a scrapbook page using Tim Holtz Distress Marker Spritzer Tool and masks. We took our Granddaughter to see the Easter Bunny this weekend so as soon as I got the pictures I knew what my project was going to be this week! I was also very excited to try this new tool!

But before I get into the details here is my list of products that I used for my project. The Tim Holtz Distress Market Spritzer Tool is a brand new tool and it is available on the Cut at Home website, SKU: TDA39730
Silhouette America, Silhouette Cameo – SKU: SILHOUETTE-CAMEO-3T
Silhouette America Sketch Pen Starter Kit – SKU: KIT-PEN-3T
I also used Tim Holtz Distress Markers in Spun Sugar, Mustard Seed and Dusty Concord, Hazel and Ruby Scallop Away Washi Tape, Queen and Co. Polka Dot Purple Washi Tape, Bazzill Card Stock and small pearls.
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First I created a mask using a couple of bunny shapes from the Silhouette on line store. I have the file available if anyone wants the Silhouette Studio file. When I was happy with my design I cut it and used a repositionable adhesive to adhere it to card stock. Then I was ready to try my new tool!

I was very happy with the result and how it looks with the distress markers, I did a little experimenting with different markers, so you can use a variety of markers. Now I was ready to put together my page. I cut two 4 1/2″ x 7″ pieces of yellow card stock.
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I tied in the border with the picture frames, I decided to use the rabbits that were cut out of the mask part of the boarder so I spritzed them and added little pearls for the eyes. Then I created a title on the Silhouette using the Silhouette sketch pens, and added a couple of bunnies to the title.
I was very happy with the results, I didn’t want to over decorate the page to take away from the beautiful background.
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I hope that you like my project and get a chance to try this awesome new tool!

Till next week, Thanks and Happy Scrappin.
Polly
pazasproductions.blogspot.com

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