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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

april  June

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

 

 

12 Picture Heartfelt Creations Cut Mat Create Layout

Monday, July 28th, 2014

Hi everyone, today I am sharing a 12 Picture Heartfelt Creations Cut Mat Create layout. I love these new dies, they make it easy to utilize lots of pictures in you layouts!

First here is a list of products that I used in my layout:

Heartfelt Creations Cut Mat Create 1 A – SKU: HCD 749
Heartfelt Creations Cut Mat Create 1 B – SKU: HCD 750
Heartfelt Creations Cut Mat Create 2 A – SKU: HCD 751
Heartfelt Creations Cut Mat Create 2 B – SKU: HCD 752
Spellbinders Celebrations Assorted Solid 12 x 12 – SKU: SCP-017
Silhouette America Silhouette Cameo – SKU: SILHOUETTE-CAMEO-3T
Sizzix Big Shot Machine – SKU: 657900

Supplies

I also used some patterned paper, some older Graphic 45 paper and some BoBunny Primrose bling.

To begin I decided what background paper I wanted to use and what paper I wanted to use for the mats. I also decided what pictures I wanted to use. I chose two patterned papers, one for the background and one for some of the mats. I also selected two colors of pink from the Spellbinders Celebrations card stock collection.

I knew that I wanted to get 12 pictures on the layout one picture for each month until my granddaughter was 1 years old. I picked out the dies I wanted to use and played with the layout. A helpful hint, if you aren’t sure what dies you want to use you can cut some extra mats out of old scrap paper and play with the shapes until you know how you want your page layout. The possibilities are endless with these dies!

Once I had all of the mats and pictures cut out and adhered I started to layout my title. I wanted to use a calendar theme since I was using a picture from each month. I found a cute image on the Silhouette on line store called “Calender 12 Months” which is available for purchase, www.silhouetteonlinestore.com. I cut out these and used them for the months. I ended up cutting a background for the images out of card stock.
I cut the wording out on the Silhouette and used the outline feature to make the shadow. Finally I cut two hearts and added some bling to everything.

This was such a fun layout and I love how it turned out.

Here is how it looks as a two page spread:
12 months

Here is a closer look at the first page:
photo 3 (6)

Here is a closer look at the second page:
Second Page

I hope I gave you some ideas for using these new dies, they are welcome addition to my craft room, I love them!

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

Holiday Angel Card Featuring Heartfelt Creations Dies

Tuesday, July 22nd, 2014

My project today is a beautiful holiday angel featuring several sets of Heartfelt Creations dies.  This project appears to be much more difficult than it is — with the right dies and the right paints, etc. it really comes together quite easily.

christmas angel

I recently purchased some of the Viva Décor 3D Stamp Paints, and was searching for instructions on how to best use them, etc.  While doing that, I came across the Vintage Angel Card project on the Heartfelt Creations website. I was instantly drawn to the project, but wanted a few changes to make it my own.   Click on the following link to go to the original project on the Heartfelt website: http://www.heartfeltcreations.us/gallery/?project=4492&product=3073.

I began by cutting the main pieces using the appropriate Heartfelt Creations dies.  So I cut a piece of lace from ivory cardstock using the Decorative Lace Boarder die, and the angel wings from green cardstock using the Decorative Lattice Swirl die.  I wanted my angel to be a Christmas angel, so I selected the 3D paint colors that I thought were best to give a holiday feel — carmine red, moss green, gold and walnut brown.  To do this, it is best to work on a non-porous surface (I used a sheet of craft plastic).  I cut an art sponge into four pieces, and dipped each piece into a different paint color and placed that color on the plastic sheet.  From there I sponged the colors randomly on the skirt piece and then on the two angel wings.   For the skirt, I wanted more of the red to show through; for the angel wings, I wanted more of the green to show through.  On each, I added quite a lot of the gold paint to make it appear more festive and cohesive.  The walnut brown was used sparingly — just enough to add some depth or dimension where needed.  There is a video link on the Heartfelt site that gives more information on how to “distress” or paint the lace and then how to shape it.

The 3D stamp paints dry almost instantly.  When the lace piece is dry, it is time to shape it.  To do this, you’ll spray the piece with water — enough to make it pliable to work with, but not so much that it falls to pieces.  I found it easiest to accordion fold the lace, and then pinch the top together forming a skirt.  You’ll need to be careful with the wet paper — it is very easy to  tear it.  It will take a while to dry (2-3 hours), and while you’re waiting for this to happen, check back periodically to make sure that the skirt keeps the desired shape.

I prepared a face for the angel by using the largest oval die in the Spellbinders Media Mixage ovals 1 die set to cut an oval from ivory cardstock.  I added the features using my E35 Copic marker, R20 for the cheeks, and the hair using the Walnut Brown paint.  Once dry, I trimmed the oval to shape a face — don’t worry about whether or not it is perfect.  It is the imperfections that give faces character, and draws people to handmade projects.  I made a halo for the angel by cutting the middle circle in the Media Mixage circles 3 set, ivory paper paint painted with the gold 3D paint.  I attached these two together using Scor-Tape.

For the flower garland, I made some beautiful small roses using the Vintage Floret dies.  Since I needed fairly small flowers, I used only the smallest three rose dies along with the cap.  I chose a bright Christmas red cardstock — a heavyweight smooth cardstock will work best.  To create a full flower, I cut two of each of the flower shapes.  I tipped each of the petal sets with the gold 3D paint, and shaped them as shown in the Heartfelt video (the link above to the Angel Card provides a link to a video giving great instructions on how to shape and assemble the flowers).  I used a hot glue gun to assemble the flowers, and it worked very well — I just needed to spend a little time removing the glue strings that always seem to happen with glue guns.

In addition to the flowers, some sort of foliage is needed to help to cover the joining of the lace “skirt” and the wings.  For my Christmas angel I chose some short pine branches by Impression Obsession.  I cut lots (about 65 pieces total) so that I would have plenty to cover as needed.  I tipped each of the pieces with a little of the gold 3D paint.

With all of the pieces complete, it is time to assemble the project.  I began by attaching the angel wings to a piece of 5″ x 7″ cardstock.  When placing the wings, watch for a heart shape that forms in the space between the two.  This is an element that adds a lot to the finished piece — when the wings are placed correctly, the heart shape will remain as a focal point.  Place the face and halo at the lower part of the heart, and the skirt below the face.  I used Scotch Quick Dry Adhesive to glue down the wings, and Scor-Tape to attach the face.  For the skirt, I used Scor-Tape to attach the top pleats (pushing them as flat as possible), and then a little of the Scotch glue at the base of the skirt to tack it in place.  I used the hot glue gun to add the five flowers, one at a time, beginning with the center flower.  I tucked the pine branches underneath the flowers, in groups of 3 branches, and held them in place with either the hot glue or with the Scotch Quick Dry adhesive — whichever I thought would work best.   I went back and filled in where needed with individual pine branches.  The goal was to cover the areas where the skirt joined the wings (especially the lumpy part).  I added a bow at the bottom of the rose garland to further decorate the piece, and to continue to hide the joined pieces.  To finish, add some small pearls or rhinestones to the heart shape that formed when placing the angel wings.  Please see the short video for tips on assembling the angel.

I love how quickly and easily this project came together.  I used this project for a demonstration at a Christmas in July Open House at my local paper crafting shop.   My original project is on display there, and a copy was given to an attendee.  I also created a third angel — one for those who either don’t like to make the small flowers or who don’t have time to.  For this version I used pre-made ribbon roses that I purchased at a local fabric store.  They are approximately 1″ in diameter, similar to the ones I created with the Vintage Floret dies.  I also needed some foliage to add cover with those, and I selected a set of rose leaves from an Elizabeth Craft Designs rose die set.  These provided the needed cover.  This version of the angel is featured in the video above.

purple angel

Although this project turns out a bit large for most card makers (with the addition of the face, it needs at least a 5″x7″ base), it could easily be a project to send in lieu of a card.  I would add a small tag to the back with a sentiment, and place the finished project on a small easel cut from matching cardstock (the Cheery Lynn Angel Wing easel would work for this, or you could use the Tim Holtz Bigz Small Easel die).  Because of the dimension on the piece, it would be best sent in a bubble wrap mailer.

This was a beautiful project and, although some parts took a little time, it was a simple project to make (even the flowers!).  Be sure to check out the Viva Décor 3D paints — you’ll love the shimmer and dimension that they add to your projects.  Of course you can’t go wrong with the Heartfelt Creations dies and stamp sets!

 

Supply List

Heartfelt Creations dies — Decorative Lace Border (HCD 713), Decorative Lattice Swirl (HCD 733), and Vintage Floret (HCD 727)

Oval and round dies to create face and halo — I used Spellbinders Media Mixage Ovals 1 and Circles 3

Foliage dies — I used Impression Obsession pine branches (DIE097-M) for the Christmas angel, and the rose leaves from the Elizabeth Craft Designs Rose die (799) for the purple angel

Die cutting machine — I used my Sizzix Big Shot

Cardstock — ivory, green, red and assorted matching/coordinating cardstock for the layers behind the angel

Adhesives — hot glue gun, Scor-Tape by Scor-Pal and Scotch Quick Dry glue

Viva Décor 3D stamp paints — for the Christmas angel I used carmine red, moss green, gold and walnut brown; for the purple angel I used silver, moss green, violet and walnut brown

Assorted sponges, paint daubers, etc. to add the paint (these will clean up easily with soap and water after you’ve finished — keep them wet to make it easier to clean them later)

Copic markers E35, R20

ribbon

small pearls or rhinestones

optional – purchased ribbon roses (or other pre-made flowers) – approximately 1″ in diameter  (5)

 

Thanks and Happy Scrappin’

Cheryl

MamaSaidShare.wordpress.com

Scrapbook pages with Heartfelt Creations Cut Mat Create Dies

Monday, July 21st, 2014

Hi everyone, I am so excited to share some new dies that make is easy to create fantastic scrapbook pages, so today I will show you how easy it is to make scrapbook pages with Heartfelt Creations Cut Mat Create Dies! These dies are so versatile and will make it a breeze to create layout and cards. There are two sets of dies but you will want to get all four. There are also stamps and paper for this collection.

Here is a list of the supplies that I used for this project:

Heartfelt Creations Cut Mat Create 1 A – SKU: HCD 749
Heartfelt Creations Cut Mat Create 1 B – SKU: HCD 750
Heartfelt Creations Cut Mat Create 2 A – SKU: HCD 751
Heartfelt Creations Cut Mat Create 2 B – SKU: HCD 752
Silhouette America Silhouette Cameo – SKU: SILHOUETTE-CAMEO-3T
Sizzix Big Shot Machine – SKU: 657900

photo 1

I also used the following items from my stash, black and red patterned paper, red card stock and white card stock, Epiphany Crafts Shape Maker – Star.

For my layout I decided to use 5 pictures, I selected my paper and decided what dies that I wanted to use. I cut my mats using the A sets then my pictures using the B sets. You will need to get the corresponding A & B sets to use the dies the way they are intended to be used, but you will definitely want to get all four sets once you have had a chance to play around with them!

Once I had my pictures mounted I laid them out the way I wanted them and adhered them, all that was left to do was to add some finishing touches. I cut two of the arrows from the 1B set and did some journaling on them. I used my Silhouette Cameo for the title and used an tool shaper from Epiphany Crafts for the stars.

These dies make is so easy to get a scrapbook layout completed as you can see in the video above. To create a layout all you have to do is decide what dies you want to use based on how many pictures you want on the page. I am planning on doing a scrapbook layout of my granddaughter featuring a picture from each month for the first 12 months of her life.

Here is a look at my finished layout:
photo 3

Here is a close up of the matting:
cropped

I cannot wait to make my next project using these dies. I just love that I can make a quick layout using lots of pictures seamlessly. I also wanted to mention that the stamps and the paper that go along with this collection are beautiful. I hope you like my project this week, stop back next Monday for another layout idea with these very versatile die sets. Till next week, Thanks and Happy Scrappin!

Polly
pazasproductions.blogspot.com

Sizzix Juke Box Card

Thursday, July 17th, 2014

Sizzix has released some new Retro dies, along with the dies I also got the Sizzix Instruction Sheet for the Sizzix Juke Box Card officially known as the Let’s Party Card I’m sharing today.  I’ll include the link to the PDF for the Instructions at the bottom of this post.

Juke Box Card

I tried to stay as close to the Sizzix instructions as possible with the paper scraps I had on hand.  I used the Sizzix Thinlits Jukebox and Music Die set plus the Sizzix Original Die Retro Sign #2.  I hunted through almost every sheet of paper I had (and believe me that’s quite a chore) for the black checkerboard paper and couldn’t find any so I substituted the black and white polka dot which still has that 50′s retro feel (now watch tomorrow I’ll find the checkered lol).  I used the Sizzix Magnetic Plate with these thin dies, wow it’s so nice not to have your dies move all over when you cut them.  And I used the Spellbinders Tool ‘n One again as well.  I have to admit I was thinking that little paddle tool was pretty wonky when I first looked at it but I’ll tell you it was wonderful when I needed to release the cuts from these dies.  Especially like the music notes and records.  They were so tight I’m sure I would have torn them had it not been for the Tool ‘n One.  (hint hint you really need this, lol, if you cut very many dies, I’m now a true believer in it’s worth!)

Juke Box Card-001

The video will show the complete step by step to make the card.  I sped a lot of it up pretty fast but I still wanted you to see the steps taken to assemble the juke box and card. It’s not at all hard, the PDF instructions will walk you through the whole process and the end result is darling!  I’ve completed the inside for a Happy Anniversary card for a special couple in my family that loves the 50′s Retro style.  I don’t share doing the inside on video, I did that off camera, but I’ll include more still photos to give you ideas.  I also added the ribbon off camera and wanted to share that I started with white and colored it with Tim Holtz Distress Inks in Evergreen Bough and Peacock Feathers to match the teal of the card.  It’s so easy to color any ribbon this way by simply wiping the ink pad onto a plastic surface (I used some throw away packaging) adding a few spritzs of water and then dragging your ribbon through it.  Repeat the process until you get the color you like.

Juke Box Card-005

I hope you’ll try out the dies and make a few of these cards yourself.  Don’t forget that jukebox would look adorable on a layout as well or you could combine the pieces as embellishments for a mini.  You can always back them with light weight chipboard, like I did the star, to create a thicker embellishments.

Link to the PDF Instructions are at http://www.ellison.com/images/pdfs/instructions/30361.pdf

Thanks everyone and Happy Scrappin’!

Patti

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Supplies from the Store:

659502: Sizzix Thinlits Dies Set: Juke Box & Music

659511: Sizzix Originals Die: Retro Sign #2

658300 – Sizzix Big Shot Starter Kit

656499 – Sizzix Magnetic Platform for Wafer Thin Dies

T-001: Spellbinders Tool ‘n One

90910: Tim Holtz Distress Ink in Evergreen Bough

95910: Tim Holtz Distress Ink in Peacock Feathers

Supplies from my stash:  White cardstock, scraps of decorative paper, Aleene’s Paper Glaze, Scotch Quick dry adhesive and ATG, Stickles Xmas Red and Diamond, Versamark, Black Embossing Powder, Black Glitter

Accordion Fancy Label Dies by Elizabeth Craft Design

Tuesday, July 15th, 2014

Today I want to share a fun project featuring the Accordion Fancy Label Dies by Elizabeth Craft Design.    These dies are so fun, and so easy, and so very versatile.  You have many choices — from a two or three panel card to a mini-album with as many pages as you like.  As a sample of this versatility, I made a 14-panel mini-album featuring the Twelve Days of Christmas papers by Graphic 45.

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I had so much fun making this little mini-album.  It was unbelievably easy.  Some of the elements took a little time (primarily all of the fussy cutting), but it went together very quickly.

The first step was to cut apart the die set — Accordion Fancy Label by Elizabeth Craft Design.  The set comes attached together with tabs in between.  This isn’t a set that you can simply break apart — you need to cut it apart with wire cutters, etc.  Once that was done, I selected black paper for my front and back covers, and twelve sheets of paper from the Graphic 45 Twelve Days of Christmas 6×6 patterns and solids pad.  Because of all of the colors involved, I thought it best to keep the paper styles to a minimum, so I used three sheets each of four different color patterns.  I even tried to keep the patterns somewhat consistent.  With the paper selected, it was very simple to cut the individual pages on my Sizzix Big Shot.

It is important to decorate each page before beginning to assemble the book.  To be certain that the book can be assembled properly, be sure to keep the short tabs (on the label) and the long tab on the panel to the right.  For the front and back cover pages, I wanted to add a pop of color.  I selected the beautiful plaid design in the Twelve Days of Christmas set, and cut a center label (the main die set has four sizes of nesting labels).  I also wanted to add some color to the base, and I used a coordinating die set to accomplish this.  The coordinating die set, Fancy Frame Edges, is also by Elizabeth Craft and provides a choice of three different frame styles to go around the outside of the window.  You can see how I decorated my front and back panels below.  Note that I put the border only on the one side of each cover — I’m having second thoughts about that and think I probably should have decorated both sides (when the mini-album is folded, the plain black side shows).

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Each of the pages were easy to decorate — I simply cut a black label layer for each page, and fussy cut the appropriate elements from the Twelve Days of Christmas 8×8 paper pack.  I attached the fussy cut elements to the black label before attaching it to the appropriate page.  I also added the words at the top and bottom — at the top “on the first day of Christmas”, and at the bottom “a partridge in a pear tree”.  I used Scor-Tape to attach each of the elements.  Here are more pictures of the decorated panels –

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008   009

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Once the pages were decorated, it was time to attach the pages.  I started with pages 1 and 2.   I added Scor-Tape to the two tabs on the label, and to the long tab on the side of the panel.  I removed the liner from the long tab on the side of panel 1 and attached it to panel 2.  Then I folded them together, forming a “valley” fold.  When the two base panels were attached, I folded the center label of each up so that I could attach them (in a “mountain” fold).  The two tabs from the center label of panel 1 attach to the center label of panel 2.  It really is much easier than it sounds!  You just keep up the process, alternating mountain and valley folds, until all fourteen panels are attached together.  Be careful to alternate the folds so that the accordion is formed properly.   On the last panel, simply cut off the two extra tabs on the center label and the long tab on the side of the panel.   Very easy assembly!  Please see the short video for additional information on decorating and assembling the panels.

I really couldn’t get a good photo of the entire assembled project (it is just too large), but hopefully you can see how cute this turned out from the snipped photos below.

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There are so many different uses for this die set.  It also coordinates with the Elizabeth Craft Designs Accordion Circle dies (they can be used together).  The Accordion Oval dies are similar, but the size differs so they can’t be mixed with the other two sets.  Each has a set of coordinating frames or borders.  I think they are great for so many different projects.

 

Supplies used

Elizabeth Craft Designs Accordion Fancy Label dies and Fancy Frame Edges dies

die cutting machine — I used my Sizzix Big Shot

cardstock — I used black cardstock and various sheets from the Graphic 45 Twelve Days of Christmas 8×8 and 6×6 paper packs

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

ribbon and embellishment

 

Thanks and Happy Scrappin’!

Cheryl

MamaSaidShare.wordpress.com

 

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