Monday, August 01, 2016

Clean and Simple cards using Tim Holtz dies from Sizzix




Anyone who is familiar with my work knows I am a Clean and Simple designer. Anyone who knows the work of Tim Holt (duh. everyone.) knows he isn't. So, when you think of my work with Sizzix you'd probably think the Tim Holtz line would not be one I would choose to work with on a regular basis. But, to the contrary, it is almost always one of my top picks. The great things about the Tim Holtz line is that it is perfect for everyone, even if you're not another Tim.

Two of the latest additions to my large collection of are the ones shown below, Sizzix Thinlits Die Set 3PK - Mixed Media #2 and Sizzix Thinlits Die Set 4PK - Detailed Butterflies.




These dies, like many others, make clean and simple cards virtually effortless. The Detailed Butterflies, for example, can be die-cut and layered for a great visual effect.


Simply die-cut one detailed overlay (left) and place onto solid base (right).

And the Mixed Media #2 used with white on white? Lace-like perfection.


To make this card simply cut a white panel slightly smaller than your card base.  Die-cut bottom left corner using the Mixed Media #2 die. Adhere this panel to the card front.

Die-cut your Detailed Butterfly base from patterned paper and intricate overlay from a coordinating solid. Layer together and adhere to card front.

Stamp the sentiment and it's ready to give!





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Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Wild About Sizzix Wildflowers Die by Tim Holtz

If you haven't gotten the new Sizzix Wildflowers die from the Tim Holtz line you are missing out! I am absolutely loving how easily I can make cards with this die set.

Watch just how EASY it is!

Cut a piece of cardstock slightly larger than the desired die shape.

Attach adhesive to the back of the panel.


Die-cut using the sandwich shown on your Magnetic Platform.


You now have a perfectly die-cut shape with an adhesive backing!


Cut a panel slightly smaller than your card front and mat it with the same color as the die-cut flower. Peel backing from flower; attach to panel.


Stamp your desired sentiment.


Adhere to card base and embellish with self-adhesive pearls.
Done! 
Yes, it's just THAT simple.  
Sizzix Wildflowers die = clean and simple perfection.




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Monday, July 11, 2016

Create It Simply: Recycled Can Embellishments Using Sizzix Dies




One thing I love about Bigz dies from Sizzix is the ability to die-cut a variety of materials. One of those materials being metal. For today's project I did just that--I turned an empty aluminum can into an unique embellishment for a card! 

Here's just hoe simple it is:

To begin, cut a piece from an aluminum can slightly larger than the shape to be die-cut. 

Die-cut the shape using your favorite Bigz die. For this project I chose to use the Heartfelt die from the Tim Holtz line.

Next add a little texture by embossing it with your favorite embossing folder. I used the Retro Circles folder.


This is what you'll end up with!

Now add a little Patina ink...


Let dry and sand. That's it! You now have a custom embellishment to use as you please.



But don't stop there! The possibilities are endless, this technique is great for jewelry and home decor as well! For larger pieces simply use aluminum pie pans and trays.



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Thursday, June 16, 2016

Quick and Easy Card of Encouragement



If you're anything like me summer is a super busy time. Thanks to 3 years of allergy shots, this summer is filled with lots of outdoor activities and gardening. While I am enjoying every minute of it, that leaves less time for crafting and card making.  I did take some time last week to make some quick and easy cards to share here on my blog. Today's card uses the new Mixed Media 2 die from Sizzix (which I'm in love with) along with my Rose Wonder stamp set (which I am equally in love with).


To create this card form a card base then, with the card opened, die-cut the image from the front panel. This step is pretty much effortless using the magnetic platform to secure it in the perfect position!! I even learned this week that my platform work with my Big Shot Pro. (more on that soon) 

After die-cutting the card base, adhere a piece of glitter cardstock to the inside of the card so that it shows through the die-cut image. LOVE the hint of sparkle.

Finally, stamp the sentiment and add some self-adhesive pearls. 

Done in minutes!!

Now, back to the garden and my gnomes ;) 


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