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Sizzix Triple Play Blog Hop: Treat Topper Die

sizzix scoreboards treat topper bookmark

Wow!  It’s the final week of the Triple Play blog hop already!   We’re finishing up this week with another fabulous Scoreboards Die by Eileen Hull, this time the Treat Topper.  I think this is my favorite Scoreboards so far, just because it is so amazingly useful.  I actually own this die, and have already made several different projects.  It cuts felt, foam, matboard, chipboard, cardstock, thin clay sheets…  possibilities are endless.

While the treat toppers are handy for gifts, class treats, and lots of other things, I decided to show another way to use the die.  Any guesses what the project is?

It’s a bookmark!

sizzix scoreboards treat topper bookmark

I cut the medium-size topper out of glitter cardstock by Best Creation.  It’s a really heavy paper, so it cuts and scores well.   Since the bookmark fits right on the corner of the page, I used 1/8″ double-sided tape to seal the top and right side closed.  I wanted to keep the embellishments flat so the book will close nicely, so I opted for ribbon and flat flower stickers, along with one of the hearts from the die set (which sticks out past the book).

sizzix scoreboards treat topper bookmark

I added some bright pink chalk to edge the sticker letters and the heart, and that’s it!  Quick, easy, and cute!   Cute enough that I now have to make one sans glitter and flowers for a 10 year old boy who helped photograph this one.

Thanks for stopping by and checking out Eileen’s die, and for hanging out with us these last weeks.   I’ll be continuing to add new content on a regular basis, so feel free to stop by any time!

Until next time…
C.

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December 16, 2010 at 2:08 pm 9 comments

Sizzix Triple Play Blog Hop: Peace Banner

Week 6 already!  Welcome back to the Triple Play Blog Hop, where 60 designers are giving their takes on the 656053 Sizzix Bigz XL Die – Album, Brackets by Brenda Pinnick.

My project this week was one of those projects that morphs along the way into something that ends up very different than how it started looking in my head.  First one of the colors change, then another, add a little embossing, take away a little leafing…   Until the traditional red/green/gold vertical banner becomes a pink/aqua/lime horizontal banner with 4 extra pieces.   What can I say.  I’ve never really been a traditional kind of girl anyway.

handmade peace banner sizzix blog hop

After I changed my mind a hundred times, I decided on an embossed brushed metal look.  The pieces of the album arrived cut out of heavy white cardstock, so I embossed each piece with my Big Shot and the dotted embossing folder, then brushed them with a matte silver acrylic paint.

**Tick-tock-tick-tock-tick-tock–amuse myself by watching paint dry.**

handmade banner sizzix blog hop

Then, the rest of the project went together pretty quickly.  I added aqua cardstock behind the open end album pages, and layered the silver and fabric brackets (from Brenda’s Coulour Vie fabric line from Henry Glass &Co).  The thin center bracket frame was hand cut from one of the open album pages and colored using aqua chalk ink.

One of the best things I’ve learned from Brenda is to never be afraid to add bold color, so I chose a bright citron green paint to tie the mismatched chipboard letters together.   I used this paint drying time to ink and back the chipboard words I found while rummaging around for my letters, and add an extra hole in the brackets to match the one that came punched in the die-cuts.

handmade banner sizzix blog hop

An aqua ribbon laced through the brackets for hanging and an embossed paper tree finished the project.  I added the tree using a removable adhesive dot so I can take it off after the holidays and hang the banner in my craft cave.  With our family schedule, I could use a little peace year-round!

Thanks for stopping by!  Keep hopping using the graphic in the sidebar or check out the main list on the Sizzix blog, and don’t forget to hop with us next week as we finish up the hop with some great treat topper Scoreboards by Eileen Hull.

Until next time…wishing you

homemade peace banner sizzix blog hop

C.

December 9, 2010 at 12:18 pm 14 comments

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…
C.

 

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?

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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…
C.

November 4, 2010 at 11:55 am 27 comments

Crafts n Things Fall Issue

Fall Crafts n Things magazine cover

I just finished leafing through the latest issue and it is fantastic!  From the adorable owl on the cover above, to Melony Bradley’s awesome autumn tea towel tutorial, to a sweet needle-felted snowman from Debra Quartermain, the magazine is packed with inspiration.

Felt Halloween Treat Bags

Find the directions for my Halloween Treat Bags made with felt and a Sizzix ScoreBoards die on page 9.

Until next time…
C.

September 21, 2010 at 11:37 am Leave a comment

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…
Carla

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…
Carla

March 31, 2010 at 1:05 pm 16 comments

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