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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.

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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!)

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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.

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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

Visit me on my Blog or Facebook at A Soul’s Heartbeat

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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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

 

Card Box Featuring Heartfelt Creations Cut Mat Create

Monday, July 14th, 2014

Today I made a card box featuring new Heartfelt Creations products. This was a fun project. I first started seeing these cards recently. They have quite a few patterns that you can purchase at the Silhouette store, http://www.silhouetteonlinestore.com, so I decided to try one. I purchased a 4th of July card box and once I made it I realized how easy it would be to create your own custom cards with the base template. I created a template that I can use for any box card that I would like to make, just add my choice of embellishments and I have a custom card!

Before I get into the details of making the card here is a list of the products that I used that are available on the Cut at Home website.

Heartfelt Creations Cut Mat Create 12 x 12 Paper Collection – SKU: HCDP1 245
Heartfelt Creations Birds & Blooms Rubber Stamp Set – SKU: HCPC 3617
Heartfelt Creations Summer Song Stamp Set – SKU: HCPC 3615
Heartfelt Creations Cut Mat Create 1 A Die Set – SKU: HCD 749
Heartfelt Creations Cut Mat Create 2 B Die Set – SKU: 752
Spellbinders Celebrations Assorted Solid 12 x 12 – SKU: SCP-017
Sizzix Bigz Heart Pendant Die – SKU: 659244
Tim Holtz Distress Ink, Dusty Concord – SKU: TIM21445

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I wanted to mention that I used my Sizzix Big Shot and Silhouette America Silhouette Cameo, both machines can be found on the Cut at Home website.

I used a few items from my stash, Gems, Lace, Pop Dots and Green Card Stock.

I started my project by cutting out the base files that I altered on my Silhouette, but don’t worry, I am including directions for you to use if you do not have a Silhouette too! See the diagram below:

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The diagram shows you the dimensions for the base of the box, the dotted lines are scores and the solid lines are cuts,except the score line above the 1/2 inch score should be a cut, that score line is just to make the tab so that you can adhere the box together. In addition you will need two pieces of card stock cut 3 3/4 inches x 1 inch, score both ends 1/2 inch in, these pieces will create the bracket pieces for inside of the box. For the accent paper you will just cut squares and rectangles a little smaller than the dimensions of the box sides.

Here is the video for the assembly of the box.

After folding and gluing the box I added the accent pieces. Then I created the sentiment to put on the card. I stamped the images and then colored the butterfly image with Spectrum Noir markers. The butterflies are from the Birds and Blooms set, the sentiment is from the Summer Song set.

Next I cut the elements for the card. I cut two of each of the flower die cuts that I used in the green card stock, I glued them together to give the pieces more stability. Then I cut one each of the flowers in the purple card stock, I cut the flowers off of the die cut piece and glued them onto the green pieces, then I added some gems. For the Butterflies I used the Sizzix Bigz die, even though the die is a dimensional banner die you can use the elements individually for many other projects, I cut two butterflies in the purple card stock and two in the patterned paper, I adhered them together in the center and added some gems. Finally I cut the little It’s Your Birthday ticket from the Cut Mat Create paper. Once I had all the pieces assembled I was ready to add them to my card.

The video shows how to add the pieces, I just played around with my pieces until I was happy with how they looked, I used pop dots for dimension. You can add the elements to the inside or outside of the inner brace pieces, this also gives the card dimension.

Here is a look at the finished card folded:

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Here is a look at the card opened:

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And finally here is a look at the elements up close so you can see the dimension.

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These cards are so much fun to make, I hope that you will give it a try! I know I will be making more of them! I hope you enjoyed my project this week, until next time Thanks and Happy Scrappin.

Polly
www.pazasproductions.blogspot.com

Heartfelt Creations Sun Kissed Pocket Card

Thursday, July 10th, 2014

I always like to make cards that do double duty, like my Heartfelt Creations Sun Kissed Pocket Card below.  Not only do they look pretty they also double as a gift as well by allowing you to tuck in a gift card somewhere within the card. That’s why this fussy cut front was positioned to form a pocket so I could tuck a gift card inside.  I thought this card would be perfect for either an Anniversary or Wedding card with the gift card to complete it.

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This collection of paper from Heartfelt Creations, Sun Kissed Collection, has the most gorgeous color combinations!  I really like the dimension you get by cutting elements out from a second sheet of paper and then positioning them atop the bottom layer like I did with the banner above and the layered flowers.  I used Waterfall Blue Stickers for the middle bling on the flowers.

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I used Spellbinders Hibiscus Corner and Heartfelt Creations Bella Rose dies to create the flourishes inside and out, then added one of the cuts from Spellbinders Divine Eloquence for the mat on the inside.  One new thing I tried out was Spellbinders Tool ‘n One.  Oh my goodness if you use dies at all this is a MUST for your crafty tool collection. Using the brush end you simply swipe it across the die several times and all, or almost all, the little bits of paper just pop out, no more poking each little hole to get those stragglers out.  I love it!  The sentiment is from Heartfelt Creations, Celebrate the Journey Collection, the All Occasion Sentiments Set, I love this saying and thought is was so appropriate for this type of card.  I did ink all the edges, I think it just gives a pop to the elements, with Tim Holtz Distress Ink, Gathered Twig.

If you join me on the video we’ll do a complete start to finish making the card with a few extra still photos.  This is a larger card than I normally make measuring 5″ x 7″.

Thanks everyone and Happy Scrappin’!

Patti

Visit me at A Soul’s Heartbeat – blog or Facebook

Supplies:

HCDP1 233 – Heartfelt Creations Sun Kissed 12×12 Paper Pad

HCPC3600 – Heartfelt Creations, Celebrate the Journey, All Occasion Sentiments

HCD 712 – Heartfelt Creations Bella Rose die

S5-218 – Spellbinders A2 Divine Eloquence die

S2-068 – Spellbinders Hibiscus Corner

T-001 – Spellbinders Tool ‘n One

TIM32823 – Tim Holtz Gathered Twig Distress Ink

Stickles Waterfall Blue; ATG; Scotch Quick Dry Adhesive; Stampin’ Up Love stamp; Green cardstock

 

 

 

Pirate Ship Card featuring Nautical Dies by Docrafts

Tuesday, July 8th, 2014

Ahoy Matey!  Today I have a fun pirate ship card featuring the Nautical Build-A-Scene dies by Docrafts.  These dies are just so much fun and so versatile.  To give my card even more dimension and movement, I added an Action Wobble Spring.  You’ve got to love a pirate ship that really sails the ocean!

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I love the Docrafts Build-A-Scene Nautical dies.  There are a lot of different pieces that you can use to build numerous nautical scenes.  The packaging for the dies suggests at least four ideas –

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The dies are versatile enough for card making as well as scrapbooking.  I love the choices, and the ease in creating a fun scene.

I wanted to have quite a bit of dimension and movement for my card.  I began with a light blue base, cut 5″ x 7″.  I also selected four other colors of blue paper to form the waves — varying from dark to light.  I cut 2″ x 5″ strips of each color, and then used the classic wave die (the upside down scallop die) to cut two pieces of waves from the cardstock.  I began attaching these to my card base using Scor-Tape, until I reached the medium blue (the next to the lightest color) — this is where I wanted my ship to ride the waves, and I needed to do something a little different.  I attached the bottom layer of medium blue using Scor-Tape, and then the next layer was tucked underneath and I used a pop dot cut in half and placed half at each end of the wave.  This is to pop it up a little and allow for movement of the ship.

To give the ship additional dimension and movement, I decided to mount it on a wobble spring.  If you haven’t used them, the Action Wobble Springs are easy to use and add a lot of “fun” to a card.  This is a picture of one –

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They are very easy to use — each one is marked so that you can easily determine the top from the bottom, etc. so it will work properly.  Any time that you are using a wobble spring, you’ll need to build the image that will wobble separately from the card itself.  (Normally I would build the ship onto the front of the card.)  I cut out the ship image and a variety of sails.  The ship’s masts are fairly thin, so I wondered if they would handle the wobble spring.  In order to determine that, I needed to continue assembling it by attaching the sails to each of the masts.  I was sure to keep each sail and each mast separate in order to give the appearance of more dimension, and to allow the ship to move about freely.  There was a gap in the middle where I wanted to put the wobble spring (I didn’t want it to show), and I thought that the mast could use a little support so I cut a piece of cardstock the size of the wobble spring as a reinforcement for that area (I used the same color as I did for the sails).  I attached it to the back of the middle mast with some Scor-Tape.  That is also where I attached the wobble spring to the completed ship.  The wobble spring incorporates a strong adhesive on both sides, so no need for anything further.  I cut the words “ahoy there” using one of the dies in the Docrafts set, and attached them using Sticky Dots.   I finished the project by adding a sun and a few clouds in the sky.  Please see the short video for  a further description of how I assembled the card, and to see how much fun and movement the wobble spring adds.

I’m looking forward to using the Nautical Build-A-Scene dies by Docrafts for other projects.   I think the octopus is calling to me . . .

You can also view my tutorial on the Cut@Home YouTube Channel at this link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tts6Qt7WhpU&list=UU_J_Rav4J9_6V2ULdAgbMpw

 

Supply List:

Docrafts Nautical Build-A-Scene dies

Die cutting machine — I used my Sizzix Big Shot

Assorted cardstock

Scor-Tape by Scor-Pal

Sticky Dots by Therm-o-Web

Action Wobble Spring

Sun and cloud dies — I used the small sun and the rainbow and clouds sets by Lil’ Inkers

Pop dot or other dimensional adhesive

 

Thanks and Happy Scrappin’

Cheryl

MamaSaidShare.wordpress.com

 

 

Baby Headbands: Cutting felt with Sizzix Big Shot

Monday, June 23rd, 2014

Did you know you can cut felt with your Sizzix Big Shot using Spellbinders Nestabilities die set?! You can! I am making a ton of newborn headbands for gifts using these two items and beautiful flowers I have been hoarding in my craft room. Baby gifts have never been easier!

 

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Let’s get started.

1. Using your Sizzix Big Shot ( or other manual Die Cutting Machine), cut 2 circles of felt using Spellbinders Nestabilities Standard Circles.

2.  Cut your elastic to newborn head circumference, about 35cm-36cm (average newborn).

3. Glue both ends of elastic onto felt, place second circle over glue area.

 

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4. Proceed to place your ribbon, feather, or boa. Start outside and work the  material in a circle towards the middle.

5. Place decorative flower.

6.  Top it off with gem or button.

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You can use anything to decorate these headband, all of my supplies were in my craft room.  Here is a short, step-by-step video of how I made the purple headband in the picture above.

 

 

Items needed for this project:

Sizzix Big Shot

Spellbinders Nestabilities Standard Circles

Want 2 Scrap Nestabilities Bling

Flowers

Buttons

Ribbon

Felt

Craft or fabric glue

 

I hope you enjoyed this fun and easy craft.

 

 

Thanks and Happy Scrappin’

Crystal

 

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