Monday, March 29, 2010

The doctor is in...

Time for a new blog hop! This is the first of my projects made with the new soon-to-be-released Sizzix ScoreBoard dies, designed by Eileen Hull. I'll be posting projects cut from mat board every other Wednesday for the next few weeks, and here's a bonus: Vote for your favorite project (Trust me: All are amazing!) on Eileen's blog and leave a comment on any participating designer's blog and you could be a winner!
The ScoreBoard die used in the project will be given to the designer whose project gets the most votes, and one viewer who leaves a comment will receive a ScoreBoard die from the first Sizzix ScordBoard collection. To qualify to win, you must write a comment on any of the participating designers' sites. Voting ends the Monday following the Wednesday hop at 6 PM.

Our die for this week is the Sizzix ScoreBoard Scalloped Box and the theme is office supplies. I don't know about you, but a first-aid kit is definitely a staple in my office. Between burning-the-midnight-oil headaches, upset tummies from pressing deadlines, heartburn from fast-food dinners and those pesky craft blade and paper cuts, I am constantly refilling! This little kit could be used as a desk accessory or tucked in a purse or travel bag as well.

I wanted it to have the look and feel of an old-fashioned doctor's bag. I began by spray-painting the entire die cut with Krylon Glossy Black paint. This helps cover the edges as well as those crevices in the scallops and folds and gives you a good clean base. It also covers any marks or scratches on your mat board, so you can use up all those old scraps and discolored mats - think green!

I used a Cuttlebug plate to add the leather texture to the black cardstock, adhered it with 3M Super 77 adhesive, trimmed around everything with a craft knife and sanded the edges where they were a little rough from my trimming. I rubbed black Metallic Rub-ons over the surface for highlight. The arched shrine trinket and angel charm were highlighted with bronze Metallic Rub-ons. (The Metallic Rub-ons and arched shrine trinket are available from I printed the Rx on my inkjet printer and aged the paper with Colorbox Burnt Sienna dye ink, then adhered it to the arched shrine trinket and both to the box with Beacon Quick Grip. A Velcro dot completes the project.

To see other gorgeous projects made with this die as well as vote for your favorite, go to

To register for a chance to win a Scoreboard die (a $40 value!), leave a comment on my blog or any of the following:

Ann Butler

Bonnie Bruns

Cindi Bisson


Roxi Phillips

JGoode Designs

Jennifer Ellefson

Just a Thought or Two

Karen Burniston

Laura Bray

Veronica (Ronnie) Goff

Melony Bradley

Michelle Cummings

Marisa Pawelko

Niki Meiners

Pink Lemonade

Julie McGuffee

Sandy Laipply

Sparkle's Studio

Stampin' Queen Creations

Carla Schauer

Brenda Pinnick

Now go hug someone you love then make them their own office first-aid kit!

I received product from Sizzix, Beacon and Clearsnap for this project and am a partner in RockCandy Studios.

Sunday, March 21, 2010

In Stitches...

As promised, this is the wall hanging I made yesterday at our River City Stampers monthly meeting. Roxi Phillips and Shelly Hickox led the project, selecting some beautiful vintage prints, felt, and textures for us to use. I particularly love the fabric at the top with the tiny cherries. It reminds me of my grandmother.
Everything on here has been altered in some way. Most of the fabric is either tea-dyed or spritzed with walnut ink. I also used some Stazon in black and brown for aging and stamping. The large piece of white felt, second layer from the bottom, was heated with a heat tool to create the lacy look.
Most of the assembly was machine stitched, but I added another piece after I got home and didn't want to drag out the machine.
I topped it off with a french laundry hanger and a scrap of red rayon ribbon, both from from RockCandy Studios
Go hug someone you love and dig through your scrap basket to see what you can come up with!

I am a partner in RockCandy Studios.

Friday, March 19, 2010

Paris Exposition

This is my swap ATC for our River City Stampers stamp club swap tomorrow.
I used Midwest Products cork and gold Styrene for the base. The styrene was stamped with purple Stazon ink using a Stamping Up!® French words background stamp.
I sponged on Stazon iris, magenta azure and mustard inks to the cork background to give a sunset/twilight effect.The remaining stamps are from ArtistiOutpost, one of my favorite companies.
I added gold pinpoint dots to the Eiffel Tower and balloon with a Zig Painty pen and highlighted the balloon basket and top with tiny half-pearls from Prima.
The lock and key (The collections in the Paris art museums are the key to my heart!) are from Explorer Traditions. I punched the hole with the Cropadile and used one of Tim Holtz's large jump rings for the attachment.
I finished off the title with ink jet printing on parchment, sponged the edges with Colorbox Chestnut Roan and edged the title with RockCandy Studios' mini-french borders. I added just a touch of RockCandy Studios' yellow label wax rub-ons.

Go hug someone you love!

I received Styrene and cork from Midwest Products and am a partner in RockCandy Studios.