Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Oh, Christmas Tree....

Today is the last round of the Sizzix ScoreBoards Blog Hop. I must say I'm sorry to see it come to a close, because these dies definitely challenge me to think outside the box. To learn more about the Sizzix ScoreBoards, visit Eileen Hull, designer.
Today's die is a bow, consisting of several sizes of strips and buttons. I cut six of each size and probably could have added at least three more of each.

Green Cardstock (Stampin'Up@!)
Versamark Ink
Platinum Embossing Powder
Swirl stamp (Inkadinkado)
Wooden Skewer
Sharpie (green)
Makin's Air-Dry Clay
Rhinestone Bling
Angel Pin


1. Stamp and emboss a full sheet of cardstock (8 1/2" X 11"). Cut six of each size strip.
2. Punch hole on each end with largest hole on the Cropadile if needed. You can also use a regular hole punch, but test it first to make sure the hole isn't too big to fit snugly on your skewer. Loop the cardstock strips and add a touch of glue to hold the ends together.
3. Color wooden skewer with Sharpie. Begin adding loops to skewer, largest at the bottom.
4. Add bling to loops and attach angel pin to top.
5. Push bottom of skewer into clay base to make a stand.

This is a very easy project and could be fun for kids, in which case I would stamp and emboss the cardstock ahead of time. (We all know that kids, embossing powder and heat don't mix!)
For more fun ways to use this die, check out the blogs of the talented designers below. Leave a comment on any of the blogs for a chance to win your own Sizzix ScoreBoard die from the first collection.

Ann Butler

Sparkle's Bow Bracelet

Bonnie Bruns

Craftside-A behind-the-scenes peek at a crafty world

Debra Quartermain

Eileen Hull

JGoode Designs

Just a Thought or Two

Life in the Craft Lane

Lolly Chops

Michelle Cummings

Marisa Pawelko

Roxi Phillips

Veronica Goff

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Cake X 2

Another round of the Sizzix ScoreBoard blog hop is upon us. This time, we're using the cake die. This die is great alone, but I added part of the ScoreBoard Cupcake (hence the title, Cake X 2) die as well. Check out all the other ideas from designers listed below. Eileen Hull is the designer of these great dies.

The theme this time was to use our favorite....color, technique, etc. I love the chocolate and peach combo as well as Cuttlebug textures, so that's what I used. I also used up supplies from my embellishment collection, so don't know all of the manufacturers.

The pearls were from my stash, given to me by a dear friend whose mother owned a bead store in the '70s. I wrapped the beads around the cake base, adhering with Be Creative® double stick tape. I draped white pearls around the edge to simulate icing trim. The inside was lined with Bohemia paper which had been spritzed with Tattered Angels Golden Autumn to get the proper color. All edges were inked with Chestnut Roan Colorbox ink.

I painted the scalloped base with Making Memories copper paint then added bling to the scallops as well as the dangled bead trim. The bling was colored with Ginger alcohol ink from Ranger. The base was added to the box with Beacon 527 adhesive.

I tried a lot of different treatments for the top and was just about at my wits end when I remembered the cupcake die Sizzix premiered back at the end of 2009. I cut two pieces from thin metal printing plates (Thanks, Ronnie Goff!) but you could use purchased metal or soda cans as well. I sprayed the metal with Krylon Copper paint, then ran it through the Cuttlebug. I cut the pieces apart, trimmed 1/4" off the straight ends and arranged them in a flower pattern on the top. I glued it down with Beacon 527 adhesive to make sure it stayed put. Additional bling colored with Ginger alcohol ink on the top finished off the outside. The handle was made with a few beads, glued in with Beacon 527 and the bottom of the lid covered with Chocolate Chip cardstock from Stampin'Up!®.

To finish the inside, I made a ball of fiber fill and covered it with brown taffeta fabric then tied it up with copper cord.

This would make a great gift box which could be used later as a place to keep precious jewelry.

Check out the following blogs for more ideas and be sure to leave a comment on at least one for a chance at winning your own Sizzix ScoreBoard die.

Ann Butler
Bonnie Bruns
Craftside_ A Behind-the-scenes-look at a Crafty World
Debra Quartermain
Eileen Hull
Einat Kessler
Just a Thought or Two
Karen Burniston
Laura Bray
Julie McGuffee
Lisa Rojas
Modern Surrealist Marisa Pawelko
Niki Meiners
Roann Mathias
Sandy Laipply
Ronnie Goff
Jen Goode - JGoode Designs
Michelle Cummings

Now, go hug someone you love!

I received products from Sizzix, Be Creative and Clearsnap.