Thursday, November 25, 2010

Three from one

Welcome to the Thanksgiving edition of the Sizzix Triple Play Blog Hop!

Today, I am thankful for my friends and family, my freedom, especially my freedom to worship God as I please, and the talented designers, Eileen Hull, Brenda Pinnick and Karen Burniston, and the people at Sizzix who made this blog hop possible.

This week's die is the Frame Die, designed by Eileen Hull. This die has so many great components that I took several days just to decide what I wanted to do with it. I ended up with not one, but three projects with only one cut from this die (except the additional backing sheet for the book): a candy box with see-through top, a recipe book with a framed cover and a tiny little frame to hold a picture of one of my all-time favorite guys.

Be sure to click on the Sizzix icon to the left to continue through the blog hop to see what other designers have done with this die.

Candy Box Supplies
Square Box
Sizzix Bigz Die, Frame (Scallop Frame and Heart)
Krylon Red Spray Paint
Stazon Black ink
Swirl stamp (Stampin'up!®)
Gold Cord
Bead trim
Ivory bead and crochet trim
Beacon Quick Grip
Smooch Pearlized Accent Ink, Taffy
Black ribbon scrap
Acetate Sheet
Viva Decor Gold Glitter Pen
Marvy Marker, Red

1. Cut a 2 1/2" square from box top. Color inside edges with Marvy Marker. Attach acetate to inside of lid.
2. On lid, draw swirls with Glitter Pen and allow to dry.
3. Spray Paint scallop frame red and stamp with black Stazon. Glue to top of box and add gold braid trim around edge/
4. Glue bead trim around edge of lid and cover ribbon edge with ivory trim.
5. Paint heart with Smooch colors and allow to dry. Write sentiment with Sharpie pen and attach ribbon to back of heart. Adhere to top.
6. Fill with your favorite candy.

Recipe Book Supplies
Sizzix Bigz Die, Frame (Smooth edge Frame, Backing(2) and Flowers)
Krylon Espresso Spray Paint
Patterned paper, four 6"squares
Ribbon Scraps to match paper
Beacon Quick Grip
Smooch Pearlized Accent Ink, Siren and Taffy
Viva Decor Copper Glitter Pen
Viva Decor Pearl Paper Pen
Computer-generated title
Binder rings
Chestnut Roan ink pad (Clearsnap)

1. Adhere paper to front and back of covers.Use Pearl Paint Pen to accent paper design on outer edge only. When dry, lightly sponge edges with brown ink.
2. Spray frame with Espresso paint. Allow to dry then draw swirls with copper Glitter Pen.
3. Punch binding holes across top approximately 3/8" from the edge.
4. Adhere sentiment to center of cover and adhere frame.
5. Color flowers with Smooch inks. Sponge edges with brown ink and add accents with Pearl paper Pen and Copper Glitter Pen. Adhere to cover when dry.
6. Add binder rings and tie ribbon scraps to cover.

Tiny Frame Supplies

Sizzix Bigz Die, Frame (Small Frame)
Patterned card stock and ivory scraps
Stazon Black ink
Beacon Quick Grip
Smooch Pearlized Accent Ink, Siren, green and gold
Santa stamp
Red ribbon scrap
Chestnut Roan ink (Clearsnap)

1. Stamp image on ivory card stock, color and set aside.
2. Cover frame with paper, trim and sponge all edges with Chestnut Roan ink.
3. Cover back with extra cardstock, leaving the top open. Insert stamped and colored image and attach frame easel to back.
3. Tie bow through charm jump ring and adhere to frame.

There you go. Three gifts, one die. I had so much fun with this project...and I still have a bag of pieces left that I will have to use for something else.

I hope everyone has a wonderful Thanksgiving! I know I will!

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Flower Power

Welcome to week #3 of the Sizzix Triple Play Blog Hop! This week we are using Brenda Pinnick's Beauty Bloom Flower die. This versatile die has large flowers, small flowers and some in between. You can cut them from paper, fabric, cork or whatever you like.

I have to confess, I looked at these long and hard trying to decide what I wanted to use them for. My first thought was to decorate a frame or shadowbox, then a recipe card box, then little ducks. That's right. Little ducks. The selection of diecuts I received had several yellow felt flowers that looked just guessed feet. If I could felt like Debra Quartermain (also participating in this blog hop), you'd be viewing a collection of fuzzy little yellow ducks with big flower petal feet.

I had to visit the physical therapist office Monday, and while I waited for my tri-weekly dose of pain, I thumbed through a Better Homes and Gardens magazine. There was an ad that had a mask in it, and it hit me: I just had to make a Flower Power Mardi Gras mask.

Here's how I did it:

1. I first traced the flower petals on to four pieces of iron-on interfacing, attached it to four different fabrics, and cut 12-15 flower petals of each fabric. I used a Viva Decor Gold Glitter Pen and Citrus Green Stickles to highlight the edges of the petals and add dots to a few.

2. Using a plain purchased mask as the base, I glued on the petals with Beacon Fabri-Tac adhesive, beginning on the outer edges and working toward the middle. I carefully trimmed the eyeholes and outlined them with Green Stickles.

3. I used the Sizzix Elegant Flourishes die by Tim Holtz to cut swirls from vanilla cardstock, glued them to the mask and added more gold Glitter Pen, arranging some of the paper flowers I received from Sizzix on the swirls.

4. I added ribbon on the upper left side and attached a dowel rod handle that had been painted gold.

That's it. This entire project took less than two hours, and most of that time was waiting for the glue to dry.

Now I just need to find a party to attend!

To see all the projects using this die, click on the Sizzix Triple Play Blog Hop box on the left.

I know next week is Thanksgiving, but be sure to log in Thursday for another great die project. Remember, you are what you eat!

Thursday, November 11, 2010

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas!

Actually, it started looking like Christmas in September, at least in our local discount stores.

Today is the second round of the Sizzix Triple Play Blog Hop, featuring Sizzix dies by Eileen Hull, Karen Burniston and Brenda Pinnick. Each Thursday for the next few weeks, you can start here at my blog and click on the Triple Play Blog Hop button on the left to see more than 50 projects using the same die each week.

Today's die is by Karen Burniston and is designed to be a pop-up box inside a card. This clever design folds flat and pops up when the card is opened, so your card will be remembered way past Christmas.

I chose to make my diecut into an ornament, rather than a pop-up. All designers were sent the diecut in black cardstock. I toyed with the idea of covering the black in a patterned paper, but then remembered the cool new Marvy Uchida snowflake punch in my punch stash. This punch gives you a large (approx. 1 1/2") snowflake as well as a tiny one (approx. 1/2").

Here's how to make it:


Bigz XL Twist Cube die (Sizzix)
Black and white Cardstock
Rockcandy Stickles (Ranger)
Snowflake Punch (Marvy Uchida)
Just Glitter Glitter Pen, Silver (Marvy Uchida)
Crystal Fire Bejeweler Heat Tool
Hot-Fix Crystals
Tear drop Swarovski crystal and assorted small crystals.
Silver eye pin and jump ring
Blue and Silver 3" wired ribbon
Beacon Zip Dry Adhesive
Be Creative Double-stick tape

1. Assemble Twist Cube according to instructions. Where instructions call for brad to be inserted in card, replace with eye pin that has been strung with small crystals. Add tear drop Swarovski crystal with silver jump ring.
2. Punch snowflakes from white cardstock and vellum. Save the large vellum snowflakes and the small white snowflakes for another project.
3. Highlight white snowflakes with Rockcandy Stickles and allow to dry.
4. Adhere large snowflakes with Zip Dry adhesive. For small vellum snowflakes, use only a small dot of glue in the center.
5. Draw swirls randomly with Just Glitter pen.
6. Apply hot-fix crystals to small snowflake centers (this covers the glue spot)and randomly on black box.
7. Add Just Glitter pen dots to fill in blank spots.
8. Tie wired ribbon onto ribbon loop on top of ornament.

This could be given as a gift and you could probably find a way to tuck another gift inside this one by adhering the last flaps with temporary adhesive.

Be sure to come back next Thursday for another exciting Triple Play Blog Hop project!
I know I will!

I received product from Marvy-Uchida and Beacon Adhesives.

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

A Little Wickedness

It's time for another round of the Sizzix Blog Hop with a little twist. There will be a different die each Thursday for several weeks, each by one of three different designers, and there will be more than 60 designs each week using the same die, so you'll get a huge variety of possibilities. Just click on the Sizzix button on my blog and you'll be on your way!

Since I went to see Wicked Halloween night, you know what mode I have been in all week. I had actually started my design, which would have been just a simple little house using patterned papers and some lace to create a charming cottage. Well, THAT didn't happen.

I started ripping the thing apart bright and early Monday morning and this is what I came up with: a perfectly wicked little house, deserving of Elphaba, who you can see peeping out the upper window.


Sizzix Scoreboard Pro house die by Eileen Hull(Product #656836)
Mat board, 6" x 13"
Patterned paper, two coordinating sheets
Smooch Spritz (Splash and Citrus Tickle)
Smooch Pearlized Color(Carrot)
Brown Cardstock
Hole Punches ( 1/2" and 1/4")
Krylon Fusion Paint, Brown
Black Glitter Pen (Viva Decor)
Makin's Air-Dry Clay, black
Brass wire, 8"
Letter dies, 1 1/2" tall
Grungeboard arrow and swirls (Ranger)
Metal embellishments (Ranger)
Collage image (RockCandy Studios' Girly Girls CD)
Black Feathers (Bass Pro Shop)
Be Creative Tape
Beacon Quick Grip Adhesive
Krylon Copper Leafing Pen
Paper Soft Color (Moss Green) and sponge applicator
Decocolor Acrylic Paint Marker, Green (Marvy-Uchida)


1. Spray all die pieces, Grungeboard and brown cardstock with Krylon Fusion. Color doorway and window trims with Krylon Copper Leafing Pen.
2. Cover each piece of house base with patterned paper. Spritz randomly with Smooch colors. Before assembling, color female collage image with moss green Paper Soft Color and insert into window. Assemble house base using double-stick tape.
3. Cut enough 1/2" circles for the larger roof and 1/4" circles for the smaller roof from brown painted cardstock. Adhere to roof, beginning at the bottom of each side, with Quick Grip. Allow to dry and apply Smooch Carrot paint randomly, rubbing excess off to just highlight "shingles."
3. Paint dowel with black paint, pierce top of roof, add glue and insert dowel into hole. Glue Grungeboard arrow to dowel. Color any white spaces on the roof top with black glitter pen.
4. Form witch's hat from black clay and highlight with black glitter pen. Place on top of dowel and allow to dry. Remove hat, apply glue and re-attach to dowel.
5. Apply Grungeboard swirls and metal hardware with Quick Grip. Highlight swirls with green acrylic paint pen.
6. Shape wire into arc and curl ends.
7. Cut letters from painted cardstock and adhere to wire with Quick Grip, then to house.
8. Add black maribou feathers around base of house with Quick Grip.

That's it. I now have a wonderful little tribute to one of the best musicals I've seen and I have friends fighting over it. It just doesn't get much better than this.

Be sure to check back next Thursday for another edition of the Sizzix Triple Play Blog Hop. I know I will!