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Bon Voyage Sizzix Pro Suitcase Treat Box!

Wednesday, July 30th, 2014

I know I have said many times before how much I love the Big Shot Pro Machine and my Bon Voyage Sizzix Pro Suitcase Treat Box is just one example of why I love this machine! I totally love making the darling boxes and bags that you can do with it! If you are not familiar with the Big Shot Pro, it is a larger version of the Sizzix Big Shot and will cut pretty much ANY manufacturer die. It’s wonderful and I love using the Bigz Pro Dies!

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This die may look intimidating, but trust me, it took only a few minutes to assemble once I had it cut and the Scor-Tape in place. All of the pieces for the suitcase are on one Pro die. The tag which I tied to the handle is from Little B, but worked well with my project.

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All of the score lines are automatically done at the same time the die is cut, so all you have to do is fold along the score lines, place your adhesive where the instructions tell you and assemble! One thing I will tell you is to make sure you insert the handle first thing! I made several of these boxes and forgot to do that on the first couple and had to peel up the one end to put it in. DUH! I have included some assembly photos for you to get an idea, but the instructions are pretty self explanatory for this die.

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Once I had assembled the box, I cut small embellishments from the 8 x 8 paper pad to adhere to the box, which were perfect size. I stamped the saying on the tag, inked around the edges and tied it to the handle with twine. Fill with candy or other treats and you’re on your way!

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Here is my list of supplies used for this project:

658488 Sizzix Bigz Pro Die Box, Suitcase

Tim Holtz Crowded Attic Paper Pad

IC0310 Graphic 45 Come Away With Me 3

4500923 Graphic 45 Come Away With Me 8 x 8 Paper Pad

202 Scor-Tape 1/4″

HF214 Hero Arts Shadow Ink Cup O’ Joe

100386 Little B Tags Dies

Twine

I thought the suitcase was perfect for this blog post, as this is my final post for Cut@Home. I am moving on to other things and will miss showing all of you the fun things that you can create with paper and dies! Oh, don’t worry, I will still be scrapbooking and making cards, but just won’t be posting them. You will still be able to get lots of inspiration from our other designers on our design team!

So, for my final post I would like to say Bon Voyage to all you wonderful crafters! Maybe our cyber travels will bring us together again someday!

Thanks & Happy Scrappin’!

Carrie

 

Three Cards Featuring Triple Circle Flip-its Dies by Sizzix

Tuesday, July 29th, 2014

 

Today I have three cards for you that feature the Triple Circle Flip-its dies by Sizzix.  This die set is so much fun — and is so very easy to use.  I love the simple style that can be dressed up or dressed down.  The finished card fits into an A-2 sized envelope.  Here is a quick look at my three samples

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November

The Sizzix  Triple Circle Flip-its Dies are a very complete set.  There is a die that cuts out the main piece of the card, and then dies to cut out the patterned paper inserts for the left and right sides.  There is a scalloped edge die if you choose to do a scalloped edge somewhere, and there are three different sets of small and large circles (straight circles, scalloped circles and pierced circles).  There is no measuring, no mess, and really not much thinking required.  They are thin dies, and so you can use them with almost any die cutting machine.

To begin, I cut the base card from a heavier ivory cardstock.  The base doesn’t have to be extremely heavy, but a heavier weight cardstock will hold up better to the opening and closing, standing open, etc.  Then I needed to select my patterned papers and how I would decorate the cards.  I immediately thought of the Place in Time cut-apart papers from Graphic 45.  They are a couple of years old now, and so are getting a little hard to find.  If you’re like me, you either have a good source or have a couple of favorite sheets tucked away for future use.

Before I could cut the patterned paper pieces, I needed to select the elements that I wanted to feature on the Graphic 45 sheet.  I liked the three elements grouped together at the bottom of the page, and selected those as my “inner” circles.  For the outside circle, I thought it made sense to use a matching or complementary word cut from the cardstock.  I also chose an element to place on the larger patterned paper panel in lieu of a sticker (Sizzix recommends use of a sticker in that location).  Using my ivory cardstock, I cut three of the largest scalloped circles and three of the smaller pierced circle to go with the decorative elements.  I cut the three decorative pieces using a scalloped circle that I had from another die set.  That die is the same size as the large pierced circle.  It isn’t always necessary to use another set of dies, here it was a matter of preference.

To assemble the card, I first folded the base piece along the scored lines.  Once folded, I carefully attached the patterned paper panels.  In placing these, be sure to use a sufficient amount of a strong adhesive (like Scor-Tape).  Next I added the front circles to the piece.  I attached the word to the circle using Scor-Tape, and then used Scor-Tape to center the circle in the appropriate location.  Then I added a piece of Scor-Tape to the reverse side of each of the circles.  Beginning at the top, I carefully placed the large scalloped circles so that they appear centered from the front (they will be larger than the circle opening that is created.  Once all three circles are in place, I used a piece of Scor-Tape to add the decorative elements to the circles.

To finish the card, I added a decorative element on the side with the large patterned paper.  I also added a plain paper (or a plain paper with a sentiment) that will provide an area where the card can be signed by the giver.  If desired, you can also add a bow or a small decoration to the front flap of the card (the one with the small patterned paper).   To keep the card closed in transit and other times, as desired, I made either a ribbon bow or a belly band.  I kept these a little loose so they could be easily removed and/or replaced as needed.  The belly band on the Thanksgiving card was made using a border found on the November Place in Time cut-apart sheet and the Spellbinder Belly Bands 2 die set.   Please see the short video for additional information on assembly of the cards.

I made three different cards — one using the April Place in Time paper (a Thinking of You card); one using the June Place in Time paper  (a wedding card); and one using the November Place in Time paper (a Thanksgiving card).   Pictures of each follow –

april  april inside

June  June 2

June 3

November   November 2

November 3   belly band

I know that you will have as much fun as I did with these quick and easy cards.

 

Supply list

Sizzix Triple Circle Flip-its Die Set

Die cutting machine – I used my Sizzix Big Shot

ivory cardstock (a little heavier weight will work better)

assorted patterned papers — I used several sheets of the Place in Time cut-apart sheets by Graphic 45

Small scalloped circle dies (optional)

Assorted ribbon and embellishments

Spellbinders Belly Band 2 die set (optional)

Scor-Tape by Scor Pal

appropriate sentiment, as needed

 

Thanks and Happy Scrappin’

Cheryl

MamaSaidShare.wordpress.com

 

 

Card Making: Heartfelt Creations Majestic Collage Card

Friday, July 18th, 2014

Hello! Today I am making a thank you card using a very gender neutral color and an AMAZING stamp I been wanting to play with. Heartfelt Creations Majestic Collage. This stamp is from the Heartfelt Creations Majestic Morning collection released earlier this year. To play along with this stamp we have Tim Holtz’ Distress Ink in Linen and a few color coordination enamel dots.

Let’s get started!

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1. First start by trimming your brown piece of card stock to card size and fold.

2.  Trim your second piece of card stock to a square that will be matted with your stamped image.

3. Cut your stamping paper to fit in the mat, and proceed to stamp Heartfelt Creations Majecstic Collage in ink that matches your mat cardstock color.

4. Using Tim Holtz’ distress ink, edge around your stamped sheet.

5.  With a brush, stroke the same ink  used to stamp on to the petals of the flowers.

6. Using glitter spray, spray your card stock and let dry.

7. Stamp sentiment onto brown card stock then layer and glue.

8. Place enamel dots middle of flowers.

9. Place bow or decorative item.

Enjoy!

Thanks & Happy Scrappin’!

Crystal

 

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Fourth of July Cards Using Paper Piecing Technique

Tuesday, July 1st, 2014

I can’t believe that it is July already!  One of my favorite holidays, the Fourth of July, is coming up very quickly and I wanted to make a few Fourth of July cards to send to friends and family.  When I looked at my stash, I found that I’ve previously used everything that I have for the Fourth, so I wanted something new and different.  I decided to use some of the “everyday” My Favorite Things Pure Innocence girls to make my cards.   Here they are –

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window

Check out the Paper Piecing Technique in full detail I used here: http://ucutathome.com/blog/paper-piecing-card-making-projects/

Thanks!

Happy Scrappin’

 

Graphic 45 Good ‘Ol Sport Birthday Card & Treat Wrap

Wednesday, June 25th, 2014

I don’t know about you, but I seem to struggle with ideas for men, so I hope this Graphic 45 Good ‘Ol Sport Birthday Card and Treat Wrap idea will help you in your “What do I do for him?” moments.

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When I first laid eyes on the Graphic 45 Good ‘Ol Sport Collection, it reminded me of my grandpa who loved sports! Oh boy, did he love sports! The vintage football and baseball uniforms shown in the designs were just like he wore in high school and collage and I thought it would be perfect to scrapbook some of those old photos of him in those days, but when I needed a birthday card for my boss (who also played sports in high school), I automatically went for this collection, because it works for men of any age! Even my 2 year old grandson has an infatuation with balls of any size, shape or color! It is highly likely that he too will love sports. He already knows how to take a ball and run with it (especially if its NOT his ball!)

On the card I created a base card with some cream card stock, took two sheets from the 6 x 6 paper pad and cut them to fit the front. Then I adhered a strip of 1/8″ Scor-Tape over the flap and ran a strip of brown ric rack over it to hide the edge. For the top banner I used the cardstock banners and smudged brown ink around the entire outer edge of the card.

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For the inside I used the Good ‘Ol Sport 1 stamp set and Alphabet Stickers for the sentiment. Look for this collection under Graphic 45 on the Cut@Home website for great prices.

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For the Treat Wrap I cut a strip of 12 x 12″ pattern paper to fit the width of the Twizzlers package, then used one of the 12 x 12 stickers and twine to embellish it. EASY!!! You can doll up just about any candy bar or other sweet treat with a simple wrap like this and it coordinates with your card, so it looks really nice. Make a simple gift look like a million bucks! Well okay, maybe not a million, but you get the picture.

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Even though Father’s Day is now past and your special guy may not have a birthday coming up, I’m sure he would be pleased if you surprised him with fun treat all wrapped up with a nice card to show him that you love an appreciate him “just cuz”.

Supplies Used:

Card stock
1/8″ Scor-Tape
4500866-Graphic 45 Good Ol’ Sport 12×12 paper pad
4500864-Graphic 45 Good Ol’ Sport Patterns & Solids 6×6
4500869-Graphic 45 Good Ol’ Sport Stickers 12×12
4500870-Graphic 45 is Good Ol’ Sport Alphabet Stickers
IC0299- Graphic 45 Good Ol’ Sports 1
Ink

Thanks & Happy Scrappin’
Carrie

Using Faber-Castell Gelatos with Background Stamps

Tuesday, June 17th, 2014

Today I want to share a technique for using Faber Castell Gelatos with background stamps.  Of course when you begin a project with an awesome Penny Black background stamp paired with Faber Castell Gelatos, you just can’t miss! Check this out!

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Using Gelatos with a background stamp is really very easy.  First step is to select the background stamp.  For my samples I used Penny Black background stamps — “Star Ivy” and “Bed of Roses“.  Both are beautiful stamps and will easily cover a layer for an A2 card (4.25″ x 5.5″).  The next step is to select the Gelato colors that you want to use.  There are quite a few colors, including some metallic colors, so sometimes you have to experiment a little to get that perfect color combination.  For example, for the ivy/violets card, I selected Green Tea as my “all over” color, and  Margarita Mix and Spearmint as my accent colors.   I like using the accent colors to add some depth and sometimes to add some highlights.  When I’m selecting accent colors, I generally choose a lighter and a darker shade of the same color if my all over color is a mid-tone (like Green Tea), or I select a mid-shade and a darker shade if my all over color is light.  Sometimes one accent color is all that you need.   I chose an off-white paper to stamp on, and cut it 4.25″ x 5.5″.  I always cut my paper a little larger than what I will need in the finished project.  This way I can trim away any edges that aren’t as nice.

Stamping is the easy part.  I just mounted my Penny Black Star Ivy cling stamp on a clear acrylic block.  I used my Ranger mini-mister to lightly mist the rubber stamp, and then I took my Faber Castell Green Tea Gelato and colored over the entire stamp, being sure to cover all of the edges, etc. When coloring, use a light touch — if you press too hard, some of the Gelato will flake off.  (You’ll see these little “goobers” in the finished work — but if you let them dry, you can usually scrape them off with no problem.)  The water helps to spread the Gelato a little so that coloring is very easy (it also takes less than if you spread the Gelato on a dry stamp).  Be sure that your stamp isn’t so wet that puddles are forming, etc.  The end result will be fine, but it will be a little more fuzzy.  Once the stamp was covered with Green Tea, I added just a little Margarita Mix Gelato (this is a lighter/brighter shade) to add some highlights.  Then I used the Spearmint Gelato to work around the edges, and to add some deeper tones to the stamp.   There’s really no right or wrong way to do the accents — just do what makes sense to you, adding as little or as much as you want.  When I finished the accents, I misted the stamp again.  It is important to be careful to moisten the entire stamp, but not to soak it with water.  If you see “puddles” forming, it may be a good idea to try to sponge a little off with a piece of a paper towel.  Then I turned the moistened stamp over and placed it on the paper.  I added a little pressure for a couple of seconds, and then let the stamp “rest” on the paper for a few seconds while the Gelato transferred to the paper.  Finally, I carefully lifted the stamp.  Usually the paper comes up with the stamp and that is okay, you just need to carefully peel the paper from the stamp.   Set the paper aside to dry (it won’t take long).  Typically there is enough Gelato on your stamp to do another background or two, although they will be a little lighter.  You can also “refresh” by adding more Gelato before stamping.  When you’re done, the stamp cleans up easily with a little soap and water.  Because the Gelato will stick in the detail of the stamp, you may find it easier to use an old toothbrush to remove it (use the brush with soap/water — not dry).  Please see the short video for additional information on how to use background stamps and Gelatos.

Once the Gelato background has dried, finishing the card is simple.  I just selected some background layers for my cards, and added sentiments and embellishments in coordinating colors My sentiments are all cut from the background layer using the Die-Versions Sweet Wordlets (love those dies!).  For the silver and pink cards, I also cut the words from ivory cardstock.  I placed the ivory words beneath the silver or pink to add some dimension, and to make the words more readable.  Since my Gelato background was a little larger than I needed, I trimmed the edges to fit.

My Gelato combinations are as follows –

ivy  Overall color – Green Tea; accents – Spearmint and Margarita Mix

rose  Overall color – Watermelon; accents – Cherry and Guava

silver  Overall color – Metallic Silver; accent – Squid Ink

The background stamps are Penny Black — Star Ivy and Bed of Roses.

These are some cards that I made last year using a rose background stamp by Stacy’s Stamps.  You can see that even stamps with fine lines work nicely with Gelatos.

stacy rose  overall color – Watermelon; accent – Cherry

stacy gold  overall color – Metallic Gold; accents – Butterscotch and Chocolate

This is such a fun and simple technique.  I hope that you have a chance to try it.

 

Supply List

Faber Castell Gelatos

Penny Black background stamps — Bed of Roses and Star Ivy

large acrylic stamp block

Ranger mini-mister

assorted cardstock

assorted ribbon

assorted embellishments — most of the ones I used are purchased; the violets on the ivy card were made using the Sizzix Susan’s Garden Pansies and Violets die set

adhesive — I used Scor-Tape by Scor-Pal

Sentiments – I used the Sweet Wordlets by Die Versions — “happy”, “birthday”, “anniversary”, “thanks”

Die cutting machine — I used my Sizzix Big Shot

paper trimmer

 

Thanks and Happy Scrappin’

Cheryl

MamaSaidShare.wordpress.com

 

 

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