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Celebrate the Journey Hot Air Balloon Mini

Thursday, July 24th, 2014

Paul and I love going to Hot Air Balloon festivals and feel fortunate to have gone to five of them.  I have lots of photos from each event just sitting on my hard drive waiting to be scrapped.  Most of you that watch my videos and read my blog posts know I rarely make anything for my own use.  This time was a perfect exception!



When I saw Heartfelt Creations Celebrate the Journey Collection I knew I had to make something for my Hot Air Balloon photos.  The bonus was as I was surfing Sa Crafters Zibbet store I found the clincher!  She had just released a Hot Air Balloon chipboard mini which was going to work perfect with the papers.  I have to tell you this was so fun, doing a shaped mini this way!  I was a little stumped how I was going to open and close it, I punched the four holes across the bottom basket on each page with my Cinch and tried the coils but I pulled those out instantly, it just wasn’t the right look.  I had already used the jute cording on the basket and decided I’d lace the holes through each page and knot them below leaving them hang.  This was perfect.

I stP1130406ill needed some way to keep the mini closed when not looking at it.  and since it opens downward that meant something had to attach to the top.  The solution ended up simpler than I had thought.  I had some Tim Holtz Grungeboard, I guess you’d call them latches.  I painted them with Distress inks and then sprayed them with Mission Bells Brown and Time Travel Teal Starburst Sprays from Lindy’s Stamp Gang, perfect colors, in fact I used this duo several other places in the book to tie the colors into the papers. Adding the brads on the back was fine but hindsight is always better.  I should have done this before any papers were laid so now I had the ends showing inside but I just trimmed a saying from the paper and glued it with Beacon’s Fabri Tac and Scor-Tape, I don’t think it’s moving any time soon.  I punched a hole in the front flap, adhered a Tim Holtz hitch fastener and now I can simply slip it on and off when opening and closing the mini!


The balloon is pretty good size measuring 7 1/4″ at the widest point and 11″ from top to bottom.  Since I had 5 events to house photos for I had to devise ways to incorporate more than one or two photos on each of the 5 pages (10 sides).  This is accomplished the easiest by making flipouts, flipups, waterfalls and tuck in booklets, each of which hold 6 to 12 photos.


There is nothing better than working on a project that makes you happy the whole time you’re doing it and that’s how I felt as I made this mini.  I wish time had permitted me getting the photos printed and in the book for you, perhaps I’ll do a later video and share that with you as well. Each page just seemed to take on a life of its own and I moved through the pages. Of course, using Heartfelt Creations, Celebrate the Journey, certainly made my job much easier. The papers lent themselves to this type of project and the pictures, sayings and cut aparts were perfect for what I had stirring around in my brain.  I used the die that accompanies this set, the Heartfelt Creations Luggage and Tags, they cut the printed pieces out in a snap.


As I said earlier there were five pages of chipboard giving me ten sides to work with, so to try to show you each page and everything that’s on it would take up so much blog space I’m going to content myself with just sharing a taste of the fronts above and the backs below.  I hope you’ll join me on the video which will give you a total walk through of each page and scads of photos for inspiring you to create a shaped mini of your own.



Thanks everyone and Happy Scrappin’!


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HCDP1 242 – Heartfelt Creations Celebrate the Journey 12×12 paper pad

HCD 745 – Heartfelt Creations Luggage & Tag dies

TIM32823 – Tim Holtz Distress ink Gathered Twigs

90910 – Tim Holtz Distress Ink Evergreen Bough

95910 – Tim Holtz Distress Ink Peacock Feathers

Supplies from my stash: SaCrafters Chipboard Hot Air Balloon mini, arrow words, mini hot air balloons, wood sayings; Lindy’s Mission Bells Brown and Tim Travel Teal Starburst Sprays, jute twine, extra cardstock for matting, Scotch Quick Dry, Beacon’s Fabri Tac, stickles, glitter, Aleene’s Paper Glaze

Sizzix Fabi Machine vs Big Shot Machine!

Wednesday, May 28th, 2014

Question- What is the difference between the Sizzix Fabi Machine vs Big Shot Machine?
Answer- Basically, the Fabi Machine was produced to go with the Sizzix Quilting line of products, does not include a multi-purpose platform, and has a different paint job. (You may purchase the Multi-Purpose Platform separately if you wish to use dies other than Bigz dies with this machine)

Yep, that’s basically it. Take a look below for an overview of both machines. If you don’t want to read through all the details, just watch the video tutorial below and I will demonstrate both machines in the video.

Sizzix Fabi Starter Kit:

You receive one machine, one pair of cutting pads and one Bigz die, Flower Layers #11.

fabi 1


fabi 2


fabi 3

The Sizzix Fabi Machine offers plenty of stylish appeal with the versatility of working with the entire Sizzix product library (with the exception of Bigz Pro dies), and that includes their smallest chemically etched dies to their big 6″ wide steel rule dies (Originals and Bigz) and embossing tools. If that wasn’t big enough, this portable roller machine cuts a wide range of materials, everything from cardstock to leather including cotton, batting, flannel, wool and much more.

The Fabi features a sturdy working platform, durable rollers and a large, easy to turn side handle. With the Fabi, charming shapes can be easily created for applique, home decor, fashion, quilting and many more crafts. (To ensure compatibility, always check accessory requirements on your dies.) The Cutting Pads precisely compensate for the proper pressure and height required to make a detailed die-cut. Simply sandwich the die and the material to be cut between the cutting pads, feed into the machine opening and turn the side handle to advance the sandwich through the machine.

The Fabi Machine measures approximately 14 1/4 x 12 3/8 x 6 5/8″ and features a three-year limited warranty.

fabi 4


fabi 5



Sizzix Big Shot:

With a swirl of powder blue-and-teal colors and the Sizzix logo bursting out brightly, this version of the Big Shot Machine offers plenty of stylish appeal with the same versatility of working with the entire Sizzix product library (with the exception of Bigz Pro dies) – and that includes our smallest dies to our big 6″ wide plastic-backed treasures and embossing tools. If that wasn’t big enough, this portable roller machine cuts and embosses many different materials. Create your own one-of-a-kind cards, invitations, scrapbook pages, home decor, fashion, altered art, quilting and much more! To ensure compatibility, always check machine and accessory requirements. Machine accessories may be sold separately.

Included with the Big Shot are a pair of Standard Cutting Pads and the adjustable Extended Multipurpose Platform, which makes all makes all Sizzix components thinner than a Bigz Die compatible with the Big Shot Machine and even works with other brands’ dies and embossing tools! The diagrams on the Extended Multipurpose Platform offer easy guidelines about how to make the perfect Sizzix sandwich.

The Big Shot Machine measures approximately 14 1/4 x 12 3/8 x 6 5/8″ and features a three-year limited warranty.

** The Big Shot Machine also comes in a Starter Kit for beginning die cutters which includes the following die designs along with the machine, platform and cutting pads:

1 Bigz die (Basic Shapes)
2 Medium Sizzlits dies (Butterfly, Delicate; Flowers #20)
1 Framelits die set (Basic Shapes)
1 A2 Large Textured Impressions Embossing Folder (Dotted Lattice)
10 Assorted Samples of Core’dinations Cardstock

big shot 1


big shot 2


big shot 3


Both machines are the same in dimension, design and pressure.

Both machines are manually operated with a turn handle crank.

Both machines are compatible to cut a variety of materials such as paper, cardstock, chipboard, fabric, felt, cork, leather, thin metal, fun foam, vinyl, burlap, craft plastic, magnetic sheets, etc.

Both machines are compatible with other manufacturer dies and embossing folders.

Both machines use the same accessories (cutting pads, platform, crease pads, etc.)

Both machines are extremely fun to use and will give you years of use if used properly!

Now, if you are in the market for a die cutting machine, the only question left is which one is for you? That all depends on personal preference!  I hope this has helped you in making your decision.

Thanks & Happy Scrappin’!




Picture Frame with Silhouette Silver Foil and Graphic 45

Monday, March 31st, 2014

Hi everyone today I made a picture frame with Sihouette Silver Foil and Graphic 45 “Good Ol’ Sport” paper. A friend of mine has a son that is active in sports so I decided to make a picture frame for her, he is starting the baseball season so that’s the theme I went with.

Here are the supplies that I used that are available on the Cut at Home website:
Graphic 45Good Ol’ Sport Patterns & Solids 6 x 6 – SKU: 4500864
Silhouette America Printable Foil Silver – SKU: Media-SVR-ADH
Tim Holtz Distress Ink, Peeled Paint – SKU: TIM20233
Silhouette America Silhouette Cameo – SKU: SILHOUETTE-CAMEO-3T
I also used a few items from my stash, FolkArt Enamels – Metallic Silver Acrylic Paint, Darice Press Wood Frame, Xyron lamination/adhesive and Epiphany Crafts Star Shapemaker.
The first step was to paint the frame, this step probably took the longest because of having to let the paint dry between coats. I painted the sides and the back, including the edge where the picture goes. I didn’t paint the front since I was going to cover it.
Next I created the print and cut files on the Silhouette Cameo.

The next step was to cover the front of the frame with paper, I ran all the paper through my Xyron machine so that the paper would have lamination over it an would be easy to dust and keep clean.I used two sheets of the striped paper, I cut around the picture area with an Exacto knife, then I put the silver foil that I cut and print on the frame.
I still wanted to add a little more pop to the frame so I decided to go back and print the words file again on a light cream colored stock to match the cream color in the stripes on the paper, then I reprinted the large “Play” in the silver foil. I inked the edges of the cream stock with the peeled paint distress ink, I also cut some stars on the silhouette using the paper from the collection, I tried to cut the stars out of the areas of the paper that had baseball images on it. After I cut the stars I inked the edges of them. Then I cut out the baseball player inking those corners as well. I used the shapemaker to make the small stars.
Here is the finished frame:
I was really happy with the finished product and hope that she will like it as much as I do! Have a great week until next time thanks and happy scrappin.

Distressed Sunflower Bag

Tuesday, October 22nd, 2013



Today I want to show you a distressed sunflower bag featuring Sizzix sunflower dies that are part of the Susan’s Garden collection.   I love flowers of all kinds, and I especially enjoy being able to create my favorites using various paper crafting techniques.

The Sizzix Susan’s Garden dies are very detailed, and sometimes those little pieces can be a little intimidating.  If you’ll invest a little time and patience, you’ll be able to create a beautiful flower too.  Be sure to go to the Sizzix website to download the instructions for creating the flower you’ve selected, along with the general directions.  Sizzix also has videos available, if that is an easier way for you to learn the techniques.

 Sizzix recommends a smooth cardstock for the flowers, but I wanted a vintage or distressed look.  I selected the Tim Holtz distress Core’dinations cardstock to achieve that look.  Even though it has a canvas finish instead of a smooth finish, it worked well for me.  Perhaps I did lose a little fine detail, but I liked the overall finished look.

The first step is to cut all of the pieces you’ll need.  Check the directions – you’ll need two of some of the pieces.   When I did my first flower, I also cut some practice pieces so I could work on the techniques.

Normally the next step would be to add some color at the base of the petals to add some depth and dimension.   For my flower, instead of adding color at the base, I removed a little color at the ends of the petals by sanding.  I also lightly sanded the edges of the leaves. This gave me the distressed or vintage look that I wanted.

Now it is time to shape and form the pieces.  The Sizzix website has great instructions for this, so I won’t repeat them here.  Although it takes a few minutes to work through each of the pieces, the techniques aren’t difficult.  Also it takes less time after the first few pieces, as you become more comfortable with the process.  You can see the basic techniques in this short video.

I think assembly is the fun part.  This is where the pieces come together to make a beautiful flower.  The key is to have good glue.  I used a tacky formula so that the pieces would stay in place quicker.  Again, refer to the Sizzix instructions for the detailed steps.  Note that for my flower, I added some extra petals to fill it out.  Another change I made was to add a little Flower Soft to the center of the flower (instead of the product Sizzix recommends).  The instructions are there to guide you through the basic process, and you can modify as you see fit to make your flower.  The beauty in nature is that no two flowers are exactly the same, and you’ll find the same is true of the flowers that you create.  The pieces are so adaptable, don’t be afraid to experiment and/or use the products you have on hand.   Here is a close-up view of the finished sunflower.


I purchased a pre-made bag.  To finish the bag, I added buttons around the outside band (I glued mine, but you could also sew them on), and then attached the sunflower.   The Saggy Baggy I used is just right for a pint-sized mason jar that could be filled with any kind of gift or treat.  All in all, an easy project – and who wouldn’t want to receive this as a gift!

Supply List:

Sizzix Susan’s Garden sunflower dies

Sizzix Susan’s Garden tool kit or similar

Yellow, green and brown cardstock – I used Tim Holtz distress Core’dinations paper in wild honey, crushed olive and walnut stain.

Glue – I used Scotch Quick-Dry tacky formula

Fine sandpaper

Flower Soft – nut brown

Saggy Baggy by Canvas Corp.  I chose burlap, but they have other canvas options available.

Buttons by Dress It Up – I selected the fall assortment.


Thanks and Happy Scrappin’!


Explore Beyond-Spellbinders Sneak Peak Day 6!

Monday, January 7th, 2013

Explore Beyond-Spellbinders Sneak Peak Day 6 has some especially exciting news! Today, Spellbinders is announcing one of the biggest launches in Spellbinders history! Spellbinders is pleased to bring you… Media Mixage™, a collection of products from bezels to blanks, matching die templates, metals, and more! Their new Media Mixage line makes it fun and easy to bring color, layers and dimension to products of all kinds! Explore Beyond to create jewelry, home decor, paper crafting, art journals, and fabric art!

They’re also announcing an exciting collaboration with renowned artist, jeweler, and  metalworker, Susan Lenart Kazmer! Susan brings added beauty and elegance to this new line with her own additions of bezels, blanks, and ephemera papers. Check out Susan’s amazing tutorial using the new Media Mixage line and Ice Resin.

And that’s not all! They’re also announcing the release of a brand new machine! The Artisan X-Plorer is a multi-purpose, high pressure, roller machine. Unlike the large format Grand Calibur machine, the Artisan X-Plorer is a small machine for more targeted pressure. This new machine cuts and embosses a wide range of materials. Our mixed media friends will appreciate this! In the video below, Stacey and our Education Director, Kim, share some of the amazing new features of the Artisan X-Plorer machine and our fantastic new Media Mixage line!

Artisan X-plorer


Susan has created this incredible necklace using Media Mixage, and the Artisan X-plorer. The product shown is part of that line! This is going to be a lot of fun create projects with!


MB1-005 Hearts One Hobnail Bezel:

Hearts One Hobnail Bezel

Susan Lenark

Seth Apter is a well known mixed media artist and author and a new member of Spellbinders design team. He is sharing his unique projects using three new products, which I am positive you will enjoy!

S4-386 Cogs:


Approximate sizes:

1: 1/2″

2: 1″

3: 1 1/2″

4: 2 1/8″

5: 3″

6: 4″

MT1-005 Texture Plates Grate Works Three:

Grate Works Three

Approximate size: 3 3/8 x 3 3/8″

MM1-004 Aluminum Metal:

Aluminum Metal

Seth Apter 1

Seth Apter 2

Seth Apter 3

Amazing! Don’t you think? Delving into Mixed Media is going to be a blast with these latest innovations from Spellbinders! Once again, they have surpassed my wildest imaginations as to what they could impress us with!

Be sure to come back tomorrow for our final day of Spellbinders sneak peak!

Thanks and Happy Scrappin’!


Score Fold Create Scor-Pal Project Book

Tuesday, July 17th, 2012

scor-pal project bookThe Scor-Pal Project Book is a book including 80 pages spiral bounded that lays flat for easy reference while crafting or card making. Absolutely beautiful hand picked design projects will be shown in this book. The actual name of the book is called, “Score Fold Create Scor Pal Project Book” (click on link to order & read more). Crafters can now learn how to use the Scor-Pal Scoring tool and board with the ease of these tutorials that will show you how to assemble cards,boxes, and other paper crafts. Lovely hand made cards, gift boxes, and decorative ideas will also be included in the project book. These can be treasured up by family and friends for many years!!!

So what if you are new to paper crafting and don’t know what the Scor-Pal is? Or you have never HEARD of the art of scoring and folding paper? Well…. welcome aboard!!! This will be the “perfect” guide to get started.

Here is some more information though about scoring paper and folding. So it is much like origami except that you will use a board that has grooves in it where you will then use a tool to press down on your paper in those groove lines following a pattern to create creases or folds in certain positions. Once this is done you then can assemble with Scor-Tape to create your card or box!!! You can CLICK HERE to read more about the Scor-Pal OR if you are interested in the Scor-Buddy which is the mini portable version for only doing cards go HERE!

scor-pal scoring tool






Here is a video also talking about this BOOK in case you would rather watch and listen!

Thanks for reading!

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