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Sizzix Triple Play Blog Hop Week 2: 3D Twist Cube

What do you do when your kids are fascinated by your Sizzix 3D Twist Cube?

You let them decorate it!

Sizzix 3D twist cube

Welcome back to the Triple Play Blog Hop!     This week I allowed my kids to lead the way when it came to decorating the project.    They love to draw pictures and make cards for their family and friends, and were begging to be the next one to try twisting the cube.

I tend to be a little overprotective of my craft supplies, but I’ve been in a good mood this week.   The kids were allowed to shuffle through my patterned paper to decide what would go on top, and each one colored a picture on coordinating DCWV cardstock to celebrate their Grandma’s birthday later this month.

We eventually chose paper with coordinating embellishments from My Mind’s Eye, which we layered with Prima flowers and a Wordsworth sentiment from the deep dark recesses of my stash.  Once the kids’ pictures were attached, we were finished!

As much as I love to create detailed, time-intensive crafts, this cube project reminded me that not every project has to be my masterpiece.  Sometimes it’s better to let the masterpieces come from little hands and big hearts.

Sizzix 3D twist cube

This project uses Karen Burniston’s Sizzix Bigz XL Die – Cube, Twist 3-D (Pop-Up) – #656739.    For a complete listing of the designers and their blog links, see the Sizzix Blog Hop master list, or to keep traveling along the hop use the links in the sidebar (top right).

Happy crafting, and happy almost-birthday Mom!

Until next time…



November 11, 2010 at 11:52 am 19 comments

Sizzix Triple Play Blog Hop Week 1: Gingerbread House

Welcome to the Sizzix Triple Play Blog Hop!

Halloween is over, so Christmas is just ahead!  Ok, not really.  In fact, I have a personal rule about not decorating for Christmas until after Thanksgiving.

Except…when I saw this cute house die designed by my friend Eileen Hull, I knew I had to make it into a gingerbread house.  Oh well, rules are made to be broken, right?    Happy Thanksgivmas!

gingerbread house christmas craft

For this project, each of us started out with the following Sizzix products:

#65279;Sizzix Scoreboards Pro Die – House, 3D, by Eileen Hull
Sizzix 12×12 matboard, white
Sizzix Big Shot Pro die cutting machine

I started by assembling the house base using double sided tape and brads.  I like to assemble the Scoreboards dies before painting so I can get the edges covered without touch-ups.  I applied two  quick coats of a 1:1 mixture of DecoArt Texturizing medium and Americana acrylic paint in Light Cinnamon, leaving the tops of both roof pieces, the fence, windows, and door frame white.

To get a fun faux-snow/icing look to the roof pieces and window frames, I applied Marvy Puffy Velvet Fabric Markers and heat set the pieces when dry.  I made the peppermint candies for the roof with a quick swish of white paint on some wooden discs and some red glitter glue, with a coat of Diamond Glaze for a smooth finish.  The red glitter glue also added the perfect peppermint touch for the door frame.

sizzix gingerbread house craft door

Of course I can’t just leave well enough alone, I’m a detail girl.  I glued on some premade glittery candy cane and gumdrop buttons, and used one of the brad punch-outs for a doorknob.

sizzix gingerbread house die side view

The matboard fence made its way over to the side of the house, surrounding a lollipop tree made with white cardstock and Clearsnap’s Design Adhesives.  The fence also gets a holiday makeover with a Clearsnap Smooch garland and a tiny red ribbon bow.

sizzix gingerbread house detail

I finished up with some pale yellow cardstock to give a warm glow inside the windowpanes, and an itty bitty foil and Smooch decorated tree peeking out to show some holiday spirit.   Did I mention that I love details?

To check out the next of 60 blog hop projects, use the navigation buttons at the top of the sidebar over there ————————>

or use the master list here:  Sizzix blog hop master list.

Thanks for hopping by!  Tune in next week to see Karin Burniston’s Pop-Up Cube!

Until next time…

November 4, 2010 at 11:55 am 27 comments

Sizzix ScoreBoards Blog Hop–Rectangle Box

It’s Sizzix ScoreBoards blog hopping time again, this time featuring an adorable rectangle box with a lid!  My friend and ScoreBoards designer Eileen Hull sent me this sweet little box to work with and my brain started racing with possibilities.

The box measures 3 3/8″ x 1 3/4″ x 1 7/8″ when it is assembled, which makes it a great size for all sorts of things.  While I could have filled it with candies or other treats as a favor box, or kept it for the doodads that collect on my dresser (I was tempted!), I decided it would become an extra-special gift box for the earrings I made for a friend’s birthday.

I wanted to give the box a metallic look with a little bit of texture, so I used Watermark ink, a stamping wheel and clear embossing powder from Clearsnap to emboss a circle design onto the box.   After heat setting, I used a paintbrush to rub in Antique Silver Pearl-Ex powder and give the metallic sheen.  What I failed to consider, however, is how the metallic would photograph.  Whoops!  It looks fantastic, trust me!   The feet are beads, attached with glue to each corner, and the sentiment is stamped and embossed.

I was super-happy with the dry embossing on the lid that I did using the Sizzix Dots embossing folder and my Big Shot. I’ve never tried dry embossing mat board before, and the results were fantastic.  I love it when that happens!  A quick embellishment cluster of a printed sentiment, a glittered bookplate and leaf, and a Prima flower finished off the top of the box perfectly.  I used a small velcro dot to secure the lid closed.   Voila!  A special gift box for a special friend!

Don’t forget to hop around to the other artists’ blogs to see the other fabulous takes on Eileen’s ScoreBoards design!  If you enjoyed seeing these ScoreBoard projects on the hop, please leave a comment here or on Eileen Hull’s blog so we know you stopped by.   This makes you eligible for a random drawing for a ScoreBoards die!

See more projects here:

Stop by again for our next hop on May 12, we will be making cakes!

Until next time…

April 27, 2010 at 9:40 pm 18 comments

It’s a Sizzix ScoreBoards Blog Hop!

Yes, I’m blog hopping again, this time using one of the ScoreBoards Dies from Sizzix, designed my friend Eileen Hull. Looking at the cute little folded Scalloped Box, my immediate thought was that it was the perfect size for holding a gift card. Turns out, I was right!

I wanted the box to look beachy, so I turned it on its side, painted it with Americana paint from DecoArt (Indian Turquoise), and sanded it to reveal the white matboard underneath. I also used another Celebrations die (Flower Layers Set #3) to create the beach blooms. After die-cutting, I moistened the paper with water and bent it around the end of my paintbrush to fold and twist the petals. After inking the folded flowers with Creamy Brown ink from Clearsnap, I adhered them using my trusty Helmar 450 Quick Dry Adhesive over stems die-cut using the Flourish Corner die and trimmed apart.

I then painted the inside using Butter paint and sanded it to distress. I painted and distressed an old chipboard tag, added rub-on letters and attached it with my 450 Quick Dry. I slipped in the gift card, added some sticky velcro, and POOF! Dressed up gift card.

Hop over to the blogs of some fellow craft designers to see what they created with the “Box with Scalloped Flap and Flowers” die. When you are finished, hop back to Eileen Hull’s Blog (or if you get lost, she has the master list) and vote for your favorite project. The winning designer will win the die that made this gift card holder. Don’t forget to leave a comment here or on any other participating blog for a chance to win a die from Eileen’s first collection!

Thanks for “hopping” by, and here are the rest of the links!

Bonnie Bruns
Candice Windham Designs
Cindi Bisson- Fat Cat Creations
Craftside-A behind-the-scenes peek at a crafty world

Designs by Roxi
Jenn Ellefson
Just a Thought or Two
Jen Goode
Julie McGuffee
Karen Burniston
Laura Bray
Lisa Rojas
Marisa Pawelko- Modern Surrealist
Michelle Cummings
Melony Bradley
Niki Meiners
Pink Lemonade
Sandy Laipply
Sparkle Studio
Veronica Goff
Carla Schauer Designs
Brenda Pinnick

Until next time…

March 31, 2010 at 1:05 pm 16 comments

The Liquid Scrap Dots winner is…

Thanks everyone for checking out our first Helmar Blog Hop!   I appreciate your wonderful comments about the Liquid Scrap Dots and my project.  Feel free to stop by again anytime!  So now with no further ado… chose #38!


38. Cathy La Hay |  March 20, 2010 at 4:44 pm

What a great project and this looks like a fantastic product. I will have to find me some of it!!


Congratulations Cathy!  Please e-mail Helmar (tracyw@helmarusa. com) with your information so she can mail your prize!  Please let us know what you create with the Liquid Scrap Dots, we’d love to see.

Thanks again everyone!

Until next time…

March 22, 2010 at 12:33 pm 1 comment

Liquid Scrap Dots

Welcome to the next step of the Helmar Blog Hop, featuring Helmar Liquid Scrap Dots, a notebook full of dimension, and a chance to win!

I absolutely love Liquid Scrap Dots.  One of the most unique adhesives on the market, it allows me to create unlimited dimension on my projects.  I don’t have to stack anything or be careful where I put glue so it doesn’t hit air.  All I need to do is squeeze out my desired amount of Liquid Scrap dots and stick!  It squishes into all the crevices so I get dimension where I need it.  And once it dries, the embellishments are secure and supported!

I also love notebooks.  Even though much of my life is organized via electronic gadgets, there is still just something about writing in a notebook that makes me happy.  Since it is the first day of spring, I decided to celebrate with a new notebook full of dimension.



  1. Remove covers from notebook.  Cut paper to fit covers, then mark and cut holes for spiral binding.  Glue paper to front and back covers with 450 Quick Dry Adhesive.  Reassemble notebook.
  2. Stamp 5 large flower-print petals in Sour Apple ink, 3 “bloom” printed petals in Coral Red, # medium flower print petals in Moss Green, and 3 small dotted petals in Canary onto white cardstock.  Cut out petals leaving thin white border.
  3. Stamp one stem and 2 swirled circles in Moss Green, and one dotted circle in Sour Apple.  Cut out images.  Cut small rectangle of white cardstock and stamp “smile” in Coral Red.  Edge in Canary.
  4. Arrange largest petals as desired on notebook cover.  Apply thin layer of Liquid Scrap Dots to underside of petals and attach, lifting ~ 1/16 inch.

5.  Repeat step 4 using Coral Red, Moss Green and Canary petals.

    Glue one green swirl circle to center of flower using Liquid Scrap Dots . *note how the Liquid Scrap Dots is able to get into all the layers to support the entire embellishment.  Can’t do that with foam!*

    6.  Use Liquid Scrap Dots to attach flower stem under flower layers.  Layer
    remaining Moss Green circle, Sour Apple dotted circle and sentiment
    rectangle in lower right corner of notebook.

    7.  Cover pen with coordinating paper using 450 Quick Dry Adhesive.

That’s all there is to it!  Strong, easy dimension for any embellishment.  I’ve used Liquid Scrap Dots with paper, wood, metal, chipboard, flowers, clay, and even ribbon.  It has worked wonderfully with everything I’ve tried.

Want to try some yourself?  Leave a comment on this post to be entered into the drawing to win a tube of your own.   I’ll pick a winner on Monday!

Then, hop on over to see what Laura Achilles has in store for the next step! Thanks for stopping by!

Until next time…

March 20, 2010 at 12:57 pm 115 comments

Get ready to hop!

We are excited to announce our Helmar Design Team, 1st ever, Blog Hop.  Everyone seems to be on that continual hunt for creative inspiration, so what better way to beat the winter blahs, than to take a creative journey through the net.

Helmar’s Design Team has created some unique dimensional projects for you. Each designer will highlight a new creation, featuring one of her favorite Helmar products that will hopefully inspire your spirit. Whether this be a layering effect, a new technique for that special crackly look, or even just a lift of flower power, we hope you find Helmar products to be the perfect match for your upcoming projects.

All of our Design Team will have their creations and links posted Saturday, March 20th by 11am MST. You will have the entire weekend to participate in Helmar’s Blog Hop.

For any first time “Hoppers,” this is how to join in on the fun. We will start here at our Helmar USA Design Team Blog and “Hop” through a series of Blogs, which will serve as a stop. You will need to leave a comment at each designers stop, which in turn will enter you into a random prize drawing for that individual stop. Each designer will then link you to the next stop on your journey. Upon completion, you will hop back to the Helmar USA Design Team Blog and post your final comment telling us about what Helmar product you discovered and liked the most on your hop. This will complete your Blog hop.

On Monday, March 22nd, we will randomly pick a number and the person whose post on the Helmar USA Design Team Blog matches the number picked, will win the grand prize from Helmar:


Each designer will randomly give away a Helmar prize from the individual postings on her own blog so don’t forget to post those comments. Yes, my friends, there are lots of cool “Sticky Adhesives” for prizes! You will need to complete the blog hop to be eligible for prizes. And we all know how much we all need quality adhesive. They are a must!

Winners names will be posted on the Helmar USA Design Team Blog and the winners will need to EMAIL their address to receive prices. Fun, creative, and super easy!  So get to get a’ hopping and join us Saturday!

Until next time…


March 20, 2010 at 12:36 am 3 comments

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