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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!


Graphic 45 Botanical Tea Card and Gift Bag

Monday, March 24th, 2014

Today I made a Graphic 45 Botanical Tea card and gift bag for a dear friend of mine, she really loves tea and tea pots, so when Graphic 45 released Botanical Tea I just had to get her a set of the stamps, what better way to give her the stamps but to make her a card and gift bag.

Here is a list of the supplies that I used which are available on the Cut at Home website.
Spellbinders Elegant Ovals – SKU: S4-425, these are a new release.
Spellbinders Classic Scalloped Ovals, small – SKU: S4-113
Graphic 45 Botanical Tea 12 x 12 Paper – SKU: 4500889
Graphic 45 Stamps 1 – SKU: IC0296
Graphic 45 Stamps 2 – SKU: IC0297
Sizzix Big Shot – SKU: 657900

I also used the following from my stash:
Memories Dye Ink – Artprint Brown, VersaMark ink, Zing Embossing powder – Chestnut, Martha Stewart border punch, BoBunny Gabrielle Brads, Ribbon, Lace, Flowers and a kraft bag/card stock.

The technique that I demonstrated today is stamping and embossing on patterned paper. See the video below.

I cut a 7 x 10 piece of kraft card stock and scored it to make a 7 x 5 inch card. I used three different patterns from the Botanical Tea paper pack. I stamped my images, then I used a Martha Stewart border punch and Spellbinders dies to cut out my stamped images. I also inked the edges of my cut out pieces, then I assembled my card.
I also stamped a sentiment for the inside of my card as well as embossed a teapot to use inside the card.
Next I made my gift bag. I random stamped the bag with two of the stamps from the set, then I stamped a sentiment on the patterned paper, die cut them and adhered them to the bag. I also bordered the top of the bag to match the border on the card and added a couple of the flowers and brads.
Here is another look at the card and gift bag, I cannot wait to give it to my friend!
I hope that you enjoyed my project, till next time Thanks and Happy Scrappin.


Echo Park St. Patrick’s Day Cards

Friday, March 7th, 2014

My Echo Park St. Patrick’s Day cards were pretty much completely made from the Echo Park St Patrick’s Day Mini Theme Collection. This mini theme collection kit is just the right amount of St. Patrick’s day items to make a 6 scrapbook pages or numerous cards. With St. Patty’s fast approaching I have made this set of cards using this collection and a foil over technique to color my shamrocks.


Start with cutting 2 of the journaling cards included in the kit to use as my background image. Next, using one of the 12×12 double sided papers I used the Silhouette Cameo to cut the clovers using file “3D Bunch of clovers” from Jamie Lane Designs.SW3902_St Patricks_Journaling










Setting 1 pair clovers aside for one card we are going to “foil” one of the clovers. You can do this with glitter, but I am using glitter color sprays. Step one is to spray your clover with the bright green, let dry for 15-20 seconds. Next spray with your gold glitter, while the spray is still wet using a tissue paper dab over to show some of the green. Let the clover dry before using to prevent smudging.


Now to put everything together:

Card #1

1.Emboss journaling card using Spellbinders 3D M-Bossabilities European Tapestry folder.


2. Glue non-foil clover to top corner of card

3. Glue foiled clover slightly over the first clover.


4. Place ribbon across the stem of the foiled clover.

5. Using the “Irish” sticker from stickers in collection

6.  Using the stickers spell “SPD” and place at bottom of card.


Card #2

1. Trim shamrock journaling card so the card shows in back.

2. Using larger clover glue on the center of the white shamrock.


3. Layer the second clover to give the card dimension.


4. Place green pear on center of clovers.

5. Using stickers spell” GOLD” at the bottom of card.


These cards are ready to be sent out, and still plenty of St. Patrick’s Day paper goodies left to play with. These cards would be perfect paired with a baggie full of gold coins or rainbow colored candy.  Please enjoy this step-by-step video!


Echo Park Mini Theme St. Patrick’s Day Collection

Spellbinders 3D M-Bossabilities European Tapestry

Glitter Sprays in green and gold

Silhouette Cameo


Thanks and Happy Scrappin’!






St. Patrick’s Day Frame Using Spellbinders Card Creator Dies!

Wednesday, March 5th, 2014

I don’t have many St. Patrick’s Day decorations, so I made this fun St. Patrick’s Day Frame Using Spellbinders Card Creator Dies and Echo Park St Patrick’s Day Sticker Accents.  Simple but fun.













I started with a wood frame that I picked up from one of our local craft stores.  I sanded the rough spots down, inked the edges of the frame with an ink dauber traced and cut the pattern paper, inked the edges, and applied Scor-Tape to the frame, then carefully laid the paper over the top. That was the hardest part of the whole project because I had to line up the paper without touching the tape or it would stick and I couldn’t lift it off.

I embossed the matting for the sticker I used inside the frame, and inked over the top to accent the embossed pattern. I used adhesive foam squares to support the Reflective Moment frame over the open area of the frame, since the opening of the actual frame is larger than the die cut. I used Glittered Accents to adhere the outer framework of the die to the  pattern paper.

To finish off the accents, I used adhesive foam squares on the clovers to lift them off the frame and add more dimension, cut pieces off some bling flourishes to place in the bottom corner and added dots of Crystal Stickles around the frame die cut. Done.











Product List:

S6-011-Spellbinders 5 x 7 Reflective Moment

S6-001-Spellbinders Nestabilities 5×7 Matting Basics A Card Creator

EL-002-Spellbinders M-Bossabilities Regal

SW3901-Echo Park St Patrick’s Day Sticker Accents

210-Scor-Pal Scor-Tape 6×6″

Bling Flourishes

Crystal Stickles

Adhesive Foam Squares

Pattern paper


Have fun creating your own LUCKY projects for St. Patrick’s Day coming up soon! Even if you’re not Irish, you will will feel like you’ve got the best pot ‘o gold in the amazing products you’re using for your crafts! What could be better? (Well, actually, that pot ‘o gold would be kinda nice)

Thanks and Happy Scrappin’!


Tiny Gift Jar Boxes

Thursday, February 20th, 2014

I was able to make these tiny gift jar boxes because a couple of days ago Christmas arrived again at my house and I received a box of goodies from the Cut at Home store!  Nothing makes an addicted crafter happier than pawing through a box of surprise goodness!  Inside I found a bundle which made these cute little jar boxes.  I love the idea of filling the little box with either a gift card like I show in the one or a couple of bags of tea like I’ve put in the other.


The Sizzix  Bigz Score Boards Food Jar die comes complete with the darling jar, spoon and box to hold a goody.  I used the Sizzix Bigz Ribbon 3D die on the blue jar to make the 3-D bow and ribbon.  They cut so nice even through two pieces of decorative paper and the medium weight chipboard.  The box comes pre-scored so all you have to do is fold and glue, I used my hot glue gun.


All the pieces are cut from medium weight chipboard, you glue your paper (on both sides of the chipboard) and then cut, I used my Sizzix Big Shot.  I covered the chipboard that I was going to cut for the spoon with some silver foil that I had on hand, it has adhesive on one side so you simply peel the paper back and stick it down (you can find something similar in your local hardware store).  If you don’t have that try gluing some regular heavy duty kitchen foil to the chipboard and then die cutting.  The last step for the spoon was to run it through the Sizzix Embossing folder, Corner Flower Vine.  I only placed the handle of the spoon in my embossing folder so the bowl wouldn’t have impressions on it.


For the jar lids I laid a piece of paper (foil on the one above, Kraft on the other box) and cut out just what would be the jar lid.  I placed it in my scor board and scored lines like a canning jar lid would have and glued it on top.  In the photo above the inside striped paper is actually just plain pink cardstock but I inked the inside of the Sizzix Textured Impressions Stripes embossing folder with Tim Holtz Victorian Velvet distress ink and then ran the paper through my Big Shot.  The result is an embossed paper with colored stripes, this is a great technique.


I’ve used Graphic 45‘s Botanical Tea papers on both boxes.  You could make these little gift boxes for any occasion or just to say I’m thinking of you with a couple of chocolate truffles put inside.  How about using them as favors for a baby or wedding shower?  Or at Christmas time, when I make my neighbor gifts, I can change them up with Christmas paper and put little peppermints inside.  The possibilities are as many as your imagination!

Check out my video for a start to finish and more photos!

Thanks and Happy Scrappin!


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Supplies from the Store

658981:  Sizzix Bigz ScoreBoards Food Jar 3-D & Spoon dies

658978: Sizzix Bigz Ribbon 3-D die

658989: Sizzix Textured Impressions 2PK Pinwheel & Stripes Embossing Folders

657783: Sizzix Textured Impressions 2PK  Floral Vines Set

TIM27195: Tim Holtz Distress Ink Victorian Velvet

657900: Sizzix Big Shot Machine

Supplies from my Stash:  Pink cardstock, Aleene’s Tacky Glue, Hot Glue gun, Ribbon, Tulle, pink bling, black medium weight chipboard

Majestic Blooms Birthday Card

Friday, February 14th, 2014

Howdy! Today I am creating a Majestic Blooms birthday card utilizing the Heartfelt Creations Majestic Blooms stamp set and a minimum amount of products. Who doesn’t love simplicity and a fast project? To start I selected 4 sheets from the Blossom Song stack. For the background I am a using a plaid sheet, trimming it and placing in my Silhouette Cameo to write “Happy Birthday” with the Silhouette Sketch Pens in Glitter Green.



Next, I embossed the same piece of card stock with Darice “Swirls” using my Cuttlebug. Now you have your “base layer ready”.

Now for the details, using the Silhouette Cameo I proceeded to cut leave vines that can be found in Silhouette Online Studio. The card stock is a green from the same paper stack.


Moving on from cutting the vines, I proceeded to die cut the flowers using Heartfelt Creations Majestic Bloom Die Set.



Curl the petals with your nails or pen, then glue them together. Finally place your pearl or embellishment.



To create you 3rd flower, use one of the glittered card stock from the stack and cut it.


Now that everything is cut, simply paste it on your card. First the leaf vine, then your flowers. I have a short step-by-step video at the end of this post.

Here is the finished product.



Products used for this project:

Silhouette Cameo

Silhouette Glitter Sketch Markers

DCWV Blossom Song Stack 12×12

Darice Swirls Embossing Folder.

Heartfelt Creations Majestic Blooms Die Set

From my stash:



Thanks and Happy Scrappin’!


SpellbindersQuickutzProvoCraftScore-PalSizzixGraphic 45Die Cuts With A ViewMy Minds EyeHeartfelt CreationsJustRite Stampers