Thursday, December 16, 2010

Sweets, Stamps and Tea

This is the last day of the Sizzix Triple Play Blog Hop, featuring Sizzix dies created by multi-talented designers Brenda Pinnik, Eileen Hull and Karen Burniston. This has been so much fun and has made me push the creative envelope. These dies have been so easy to work with and, in a time of year that is extremely hectic, they have made me slow down and relax with the thing I enjoy most, creating art.

This final die, by Eileen Hull, is one that truly stretches the imagination. It is designed as a baggie topper, but the elements can be used for so many other items. The embellishment pieces alone (hearts, scallops, nameplates) conjure up a variety of ideas for future projects.

I used three toppers and one embellishment, all cut from mat board, to create a traditional bag topper, a book and a little storage space for stray postage stamps.

Here's how I made them:

Valentine Bag Topper
You don't have to wait for Valentine's Day. Show your love anytime!
Sizzix ScoreBoards XL Die - Treat Bag Toppers
Sizzix ScoreBoards XL Die - Frame, Easel
Sizzix Mat Board
Patterned paper, 1 sheet 12 X 12
White card stock scrap
Border Punch (Stampin'Up!®)
Smooch Spritz, Cosmic Pink (Clearsnap)
Krylon Gold Leafing Pen
Stickles Glitter Glue, Gold (Ranger)
Beacon 3-in-1 Adhesive (Beacon)
Brads, 3
Be Creative Double-stick tape
Wide wired ribbon (Designer Trimmings, Sam's Club)


1. Adhere paper to both sides of one sheet of Sizzix matboard (6" X 13"), being sure to align paper front and back. Cut frame/easel. Spray Smooch Spritz on a paper towel or sponge and color edges and folds. Paint outside and window edges and draw swirls with Krylon Pen. Paint swirls and open heart embellishment with Stickles Gold Glitter Glue and set all aside to dry.
3. Cut topper from Sizzix matboard and color with Smooch Spritz. Punch border from white card stock and adhere to underside of topper front and back.

1. Fold Frame/Easel along score lines and use brads to secure.
2. Place candy pouch inside and secure with double-stick tape.
3. Add topper to Frame/Easel using double-stick tape.
4. Adhere heart embellishment with Beacon 3-in-1 adhesive.
5. Insert ribbon in punched holes and tie into bow.

Tea Time Book

This is the perfect gift for the tea lover on the go. It fits easily in a brief case or handbag, so the recipient can always have their favorite tea on hand, no matter where they are.

Sizzix ScoreBoards XL Die - Treat Bag Toppers
Sizzix Mat Board
Chipboard, two pieces 3" X 6"
Coordinating patterned paper, 2 3/4" X 5 3/4"
Textured Card Stock, two sheets with coordinating textures (Bazzill)
White Card Stock scraps
Alcohol Ink, Espresso (Ranger)
Distress Inks, Vintage Photo, Broken China, Black Soot, Marigold and Fired Brick (Ranger)
Felt ink applicators (Ranger)
Stamps, Afternoon Tea (Oxford Impressions)
Satin Ribbon, Brown (Stampin'Up!®)
Glassine Envelopes, three 2 3/4" X 5"
Tea Bags
Be Creative Double Stick Tape
Glue Dots


1.Attach one piece of textured paper to mat board and cut die. Using the handle topper, ink with alcohol ink and wipe off excess.
2. Cover two pieces of chipboard with second sheet of textured paper for covers. Line inside with patterned paper.
3.With inside of covers together, attach topper with double-stick tape. Tie satin bow in handle loop.
4. Color white cardstock with distress inks and stamp cup and tag with Black Soot. Trim images and ink edges with Vintage Photo ink. Attach to book front with glue dots.
5. Insert two tea bags into each envelope and clip envelopes closed with circle paper clip. Use double-stick tape to adhere opposite ends together so that the paper clips are on the right hand edge. Apply double-stick to front and back left hand edges and press between covers. Your envelopes should swing free except at the left side.

Stamp Caddy
This last one fits right in my wallet and will save me a lot of money when I need an extra 1¢ stamp.

Sizzix ScoreBoards XL Die - Treat Bag Toppers
Sizzix Mat Board
Colorbox Chalk Queue, Sand Dunes (Clearsnap)
Stazon Ink, Fuschia, Mustard and Black
Flourish and Word Stamps (unknown manufacturers)
Small glassine envelope or waxed paper
beacon 3-in-1 Adhesive
Glue Dot

1. Cut die from matboard. Ink small scalloped topper front and back, blending colors.
2. With Black Stazon, stamp words randomly on topper
3. Tint glassine envelope with Mustard Stazon and tint edges with Fuschia. Stamp image with black Stazon.
4. Attach top to envelope, gluing front and back with Beacon 3-in-1 adhesive. Attach glue dot to inside of envelope flap and close.If glue dot is extremely sticky, tap it a couple of times on your clothing and adhere the stickiest side to the flap. The side that is less sticky should open and close easily.

Be sure to click the box on the left to hop forward or back and see what 60 other designers have done with this die. You will be amazed. I know I always am!

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Triple Play Blog Hop, Week #6

I can't believe we are almost through with this blog hop. Each week has been an adventure in creativity! Be sure to click on the Sizzix button on the left side of this page to see what 60 other amazing designers did with this die!

Between this event, my 3X weekly posts at the Memory Keepers blog, and Christmas shopping, I am just about created out. When I took Brenda Pinnick's lovely fabric and Sizzix diecuts out of the bag, my brain malfunctioned. There were so many possibilities, but also 60 other designers using the same materials. I always like to push the envelope, but how could I top what I had done in the past few weeks without spending days on the project?

I read somewhere that when you are writing a novel and you get your hero stuck in one of your mind blocks, you should turn him around and go in the opposite direction. If it works for writers, it should work for crafters, so I turned backwards and went to my crafting beginnings, which was scrapbooking.

Brenda's fabric and shape designs were perfect for a scrapbook page about our recent visit to the Memphis Zoo. The fabric lent itself well to the subject, and the shapes were perfect for my photos.

Here's how I did it:

Sizzix Die (656053, Sizzix Bigz XL Die - Album, Brackets)
Fabric (Henry Glass, Couleur Vie #7270-74, tan solid, and blue felt)
Clearsnap Inks, Prussian Blue and Bronze
Patterned cardstock, Holly Jolly 12 X 12 (My Mind's Eye)
Dark Brown cardstock, 12 X 12 (Bazzill)
White cardstock
Beacon Zip Dry Adhesive
Kraft and black cardstock strips, 11" X 2"
1/8" Hole Punch
Hemp scraps, 6"
Computer-generated title and journaling

1. Trim 1/2" off two adjacent sides of patterned cardstock. Ink edges with blue and brown inks and adhere to dark brown cardstock. Set aside.
2. Cut two large frames from tan fabric and one each from felt and white paper. Cut one small frame center from printed fabric. Ink all edges with brown ink.
3. Cut photos with large frame then trim 3/8" from each. Ink edges and adhere to frames. Print journaling, cut from small frame center and trim 1/4". Ink edges and adhere to small frame center.
4. Adhere all photos and journaling tag to page, keeping elements lower to the bottom to allow for the title at the top.
5. Cut kraft paper to 11" X 1 3/4" and ink edges with brown ink. Punch three holes on each side and run hemp through, wrapping around edges and adhering in back with tape. Tear black cardstock to fit on kraft strip. Trim out each word of title and ink edges. Adhere to title strip and add photo at end.

That's it.

Now I have a page to remember our lovely day at the Memphis zoo. I also added a pocket to the back with the cd of the rest of our visit, so I''ll always know where to find it.

Have a fun-filled rest of the week! Be sure to stop by next Thursday for another round of the Sizzix Triple Play Blog Hop.

Only sixteen days 'til Christmas! WhooHoo!

Thursday, December 2, 2010

From pop-out card to pop-out book title

Welcome to this week's edition of the Sizzix Triple Play Blog Hop! Today, the featured die is Karen Burniston's Sizzix Pop-up Gift Card Holder Die (#656740).

Sometimes gift cards are the only way to to make sure you give what the giver wants, but when it comes to presentation, we are limited to a gift card envelope or pay way too much for a special holder. This die comes with the holder and several extra pieces, and when assembled, your gift card will pop out of the greeting card enclosure as a little extra surprise for the recipient.

I chose to make the pop-out portion a book title rather than a card holder by just placing the extra little label cutout portion over the words to create a permanent title page for my 2010 Christmas album.

Sizzix Pop-up Gift Card Holder Die, #656740
Christmas Cardstock, 2 sheets 12" X 12"
Chipboard, 3 sheets 5 1/2" X 6 1/2"
Green Card stock, 8 1/2" x 5 1/2", folded to 4 1/4" X 5 1/2"
Black Card stock, 5 1/4" X 6 1/4
German Die-cut Santa (Paper Dreams Factory)
Snow Marker (Marvy Uchida)
Beacon Zip Dry Adhesive
Krylon Spray Paint, Burgundy (This is optional if your card stock is already the color desired.)
Be Creative double stick tape
Smooch Spritz, Green Olive (Clearsnap)
Color Box Chalk Ink, Dark Moss (Clearsnap)
Designer Trimmings Wired Ribbon (Sam's Club, a real bargain at $7.98 for 50 yards!)
Zutter Bind-it-all and Bronze O Rings (Zutter)
Computer-generated sentiment, printed on parchment

Note: All paper edges were sponged with Dark Moss Chalk ink.

1. Spray paint both sides of gift card pop-out and 5" strip if desired. Apply Smooch Spritz to card cover and extra label cutout portion.

2. Assemble card according to die instructions. Glue label cutout over words, apply vintage Santa and sentiment. Add Snow Marker to base of Santa, allow to dry and heat to pop up.

3. Cover chipboard front and back covers with Christmas Cardstock inside and out.

4. Assemble black inside pages between covers and punch and bind with Zutter Bind-it-all and O Rings. Cut ribbon into twelve 8" pieces , tie through rings (two pieces per ring) and trim ends into fish-tails.

5. Trim a portion of leftover Christmas card stock to cover card.

That's it.

Be sure to click the Sizzix box on the left to hop forward and see lots of other beautiful creations using this die, and don't forget to join us for another round next week!

We're having a marathon candy-making party with out-of-town guests at our house this weekend! Hope you have as much fun as we will!