Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Creating Texture with the Sizzix Butterfly Lantern

Hi everyone, I'm sharing how I made this rusty lantern with a tutorial on the Sizzix blog today!

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Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Village on a Box

Hello there! I have been patiently waiting (that's really hard for some of us scrapbookers) for quite a few dies I had ordered from Sizzix and so I was happy to see most of them arrive a month ago!

Sizzix heaven, right?  Usually when I get a new die, I want to use it right away, but this many is a little overwhelming!  I'm slowing making my way through them, June was such a busy month and not much time for crafting.  I'm hoping July will be different!

It's been awhile since I've created a 3-d project, it seems like I usually find time only for cards or layouts lately.  Not that I don't like creating those, but I like getting lost in the creation of something a little more.  In that wonderful pile, was the new Tim Holtz Village Brownstone, Village Rooftops, and Village Bungalow dies that were the inspiration for this project.  I have a tutorial here with lots of photos, enjoy!

I wanted to make a grouping of houses on a base, and I ended up covering a box to place my houses on.  The papers I used were from Blue Fern Studio's beautiful collection, 'Tranquility".

This was just a 7 3/4" x 7 1/4" x 2 1/4"deep paper mache box.  I gessoed the edges, then painted them with Distress paint, a combination of Stormy Sky and Black Soot before covering with paper.

I also covered the inside of the box.  Love this woodgrain paper in the Tranquility collection!  

I built two Village Brownstones and a Village Dwelling, with my patterned paper.  I die-cut the walls first.  There is directions on the back of the package, but there is also PDF instructions on the Sizzix website, right next to the die photo. 

I die-cut the window frames and roof with a different colour of paper so they would contrast.  The frames were then adhered to my house.

I cut small pieces of Tim Holtz Tissue and glued these to the inside of the windows.

Once I had my windows and doors finished, I adhered the wall of the house together.  I applied tape to the tabs at the top of the house, for the roof.

Now for the Village Rooftops!  I cut out the twelve strips and one ridge cap for each roof. These were lightly sanded and inked before adhering to the roof.

After my shingles were adhered, I die-cut the chimneys and adhered them to each roof.

Next, came the Village Bungalow accents.  I die-cut two dormer windows for one of the brownstones.  There is also shuttered windows, which I die-cut two for one of the other houses.  Fence pieces were also die cut.

Here is a photo of my finished Village Dwelling house.  I added the shuttered window die-cuts to each side after I took this photo.

Here's all three completed houses. That tiny doorknob on the middle house is a Tim Holtz Hex Fastener (TH93268). The houses are ready for my box base.

I decided to put legs on the box.  These are Tim Holtz Metal Box Feet Foundations(TH92821).  These were applied with Ranger's Matte Medium.  Isn't it amazing how a set of legs can change an ordinary box into an amazing piece.

I had a thin round metal filigree piece (I think it was from Fab Scraps) that bent very easily to fit over the edge for decoration.  It was attached with a rhinestone brad.  Now the box is ready for my houses.

I was going to hot glue the houses to the box top, but didn't want the glue to show.  So I cut small strips of paper, bent them in half, then hot glued these to the bottom as shown.  The hot glue was applied to the bottom of the strips and then my houses were adhered to the box.

Here's how the placement of the houses look from the top.

Here's the houses from the front.

The fences were bent slightly so they were curved, and then adhered in-between the houses.

Here's the back of the box.

I die-cut many little flowers using Sizzix's Tim Holtz Tattered Flower Garland Decorative Strip die and the Tim Holtz Tiny Tattered Floral Thinlits set. The light ones were die-cut with cream cardstock and lightly inked with Squeezed Lemonade and Hickory Smoke Distress Ink.  I usually use my hot glue gun to adhere the bottoms of the Tiny Tattered Florals so they stay secured when rolled with a Quilling Tool that comes with the set.

I also die-cut a few pieces from Sizzix's Tim Holtz Wildflowers Thinlits Set for my flower clusters.

I hot glued the flowers on the inside of the fence pieces and a few on the outside.  

And that my friends, is the end of my tutorial!  Here's another look at my finished project.

This is what it looks like from the back.

Thanks for stopping by, 


Thursday, June 30, 2016

Oh Happy Day Birthday Card Tutorial

Hello there!  I have a tutorial on the Sizzix blog today.  Hope you join me there, I will be sharing how I created this card:

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Thursday, June 2, 2016

A Whimsical Dog Card

Hi everyone!  For all of you dog lovers out there, I have a card here featuring dies by Debbie Potter for Sizzix.

This collection features dogs and cats with flower accents dies.  I love Debbie's Whimsical designs!

This Best Friends dog Thinlits die comes with it's own frame.  When die-cutting with this die, I used the Sizzix Sandwich - Magnetic Platform, Cutting Plate, Paper, Thinlits die (cutting side facing down) and Cutting Plate.  I always use the Magnetic Platform with my thin dies, they don't move around, perfect for doing multiple dies at the same time and I feel you get a better cut.  When die-cutting parts of the die, it's easy to place the paper where you want it to cut out without the die moving.  I cut out the small flowers in a different colour and adhered them on top of the yellow complete die cut.  I also did that with the dog's nose, eyes, frame, heart and bird.

For the large flower and leaves I used Debbie Potter's Intricate Garden Flowers Thinlits die.  My Sizzix Sandwich was the same as above.  If you don't have the Magnetic Platform, you are going to use the two tabs on top of your Sizzix Platform Base. Cutting Plate, Paper, Thinlits die, Cutting plate.

My patterned papers I used were from the Simple Stories collection called, Heart.  The little "I Heart You" is a clear sticker from the Life in Colour Collection, also from Simple Stories.  I'm a "dog" person, but the cat in this collection is pretty darn cute, I could be tempted!

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Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Sizzix Layout Tutorial - Celebrate Today

It's been awhile, but I'm back today with a layout tutorial on the Sizzix Blog today:

I've been on a month's holiday in beautiful Australia visiting my oldest son, so lots of catching up  to do!

Hope you visit me on the Sizzix blog,


Saturday, April 2, 2016

Butterfly Tag

It's been a long time since I've created a tag.  Tags were always something I would love creating when I wanted to play with new product, but I just seem to be short on time lately.  I enjoyed creating a card using just paints and the Tim Holtz Birch Trees die a while back here, so I decided to make a tag using this same method.

On my tag I used the new Sizzix Tim Holtz Detailed Butterfly Thinlits set and Mixed Media #2 Thinlits set.

I first cut out my Tim Holtz tag twice, using Ranger's Mixed Media Cardstock.  On one of my tags, I die cut  the Mixed Media #2 die (blossoms) in the bottom of the tag.  The butterflies were also cut out from Mixed Media Cardstock. There are two pieces for each butterfly, one is a plain die, the other a detailed butterfly. Once these were cut out, I adhered the two tags together and the butterflies together.  The plain cuts are on the bottom.  The butterflies were then adhered to my tag.

Before painting my tag, I applied a thin coat Ranger's Dina Wakley Black Gesso over the entire tag.  If you want a lighter look to your tag, apply a white gesso.  This primes your surface before applying your paints.  Now you can start applying your colours.  I dry brush (removing most of your paint that is on your brush onto a paper towel before applying) my colours one at a time, usually the darkest colour first.  You need very little paint on your brush, in fact it looks like there isn't any on there at all after removing it on a paper towel.  It's always easy to apply more than removing.  You can always go back and apply the same colour again, if you want more.

When dry brushing, it picks up the subtle texture from your brush strokes when you applied your gesso.    Keep this in mind when brushing on the gesso, I like to apply in all different directions.  The edges of the butterflies can be lighter or more vibrant to highlight them. the paint colours I used were; Tim Holtz Distress Ground Espresso, Fired Brick, Evergreen Bough and Ripe Persimmon.

To finish off my tag, I applied Salmon Alcohol ink to a Tim Holtz Gumdrop embellishment and then adhered it inside a Charmed findings (TH93266).  They fit perfectly inside these new charms!  I also painted and then wiped off, so the paint remains in the recessed areas, a Tim Holtz Philosophy Charm (TH92678).  The charms are attached with a Tim Holtz Loop Pin (TH93200). My go-to ribbon, is seam binding dyed with Evergreen Bough and Ripe Persimmon Distress sprays.

Here's another look at my tag!

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Thursday, March 24, 2016

Butterfly Card

Hope you join me over at the Sizzix blog today, I have a tutorial on this card:

See you there!