Hello Sweeties! Happy Friday! I am up on the Sizzix blog today with a fall-inspired project and tutorial, and I wanted to share a peek of it here with you, too.
You all may remember that it was my boy’s birthday earlier this month. And you all know me by now, that means a fun packing idea was in order. Since Pete is off at college these days, I decided to put together a tower of some dorm room necessities for his gift…. like a plate for those late night munchies, a big ramen bowl, snacks, and his personal favorite, the dolla dolla bills. Then all I needed was a festive tag.
Since Pete’s birthday is in the fall, it was just the right time to break out one of my all-time favorite fall Sizzix sets, Tim Holtz’s Leaf Blueprint Framelits Stamp and Die Set. The graphic, slightly grungy feel to the leaf image works so well for a masculine design like this. I used a bunch of Distress Inks and Stains to create a fall-ish color palette on my background and leaf. Dragged my wood sentiment through the inks to give it a distressed finish, too. Mixed the stamped and die cut leaf image with BasicGrey Second City patterned paper for a retro-looking finish that blends perfectly with the gift. So happy when it all comes together like that.
I love that the Blueprints sets come with matching dies that allow you to cut out the entire image, or just portions there of. I cut several pieces so I could build my leaf image, with foam adhesive between some of the layers for added dimension. Gives the tag a fun peek-a-boo quality when seen from the side. I always enjoy that little bit of unexpected whimsy, don’t you?
If you’d like to learn more about my layered leaf blueprint tag, pop on over to the Sizzix blog. I’ve got a full step-by-step tutorial with all the details there today. Thanks so much for stopping by! Wishing you all a wonderful weekend.
Posted in Design Team, Sizzix | Tagged Alterations, BasicGrey, die cutting, Distress Ink, Leaf Blueprint Framelits stamp and die set, Second City collection, Sizzix, Tim Holtz, tutorial | 5 Comments »
Hello Friends! Over the past week or so, I’ve been sharing some cards with you that I made for the recent product match up between BasicGrey and Therm O Web. And today I thought I would keep that ball rolling with another fun match up card, this time a holiday card I made for the Therm O Web blog featuring BasicGrey’s adorable Christmas collection, Evergreen.
I love the look of lots of layers of patterned papers, so for this design I used a mix of papers for an easy pieced background, followed by layers of a 3×4 Snippets journaling card and chipboard shapes. I cut the floral chipboard piece in half so that I could tuck them behind the larger sentiment block. It’s a bit of an nontraditional Christmas look, but I really do like it.
Kinda puts me in mind of a winter wonderland….
….although I must say, it’s rather hard to think about Christmas right now when I’ve got Halloween on the brain!! :)
Posted in BasicGrey, Card Making, Design Team, Therm O Web | Tagged BasicGrey, Christmas cards, Evergreen collection, Mini Snippets, Snippets, Therm O Web | 14 Comments »
Happy Monday, Friends! Hope you all had a wonderful weekend! On Friday, I shared the first of two cards I had made for the BasicGrey blog, for our product match-up with Therm O Web. And today I have the second card for you. Another bright and happy card featuring BasicGrey’s adorable Second City collection, and adhesives and Glitter Dust Deco Frames from Therm O Web.
So although I don’t work with purple often, my second card also features one of the purple Glitter Dust frames, this time from the Vintage Frame assortment. And once again I layered the frame along with Second City die cuts and embellishments to create a focal point with lots of interest. And as before, I adhered some of the layers with 3D adhesive squares for a sense of depth and dimension.
To ensure that the sentiment transparency would be visible, I layered the die cut onto white cardstock first, and trimmed around the edges. Need a trick for adhering transparencies? Therm O Web’s 1/8″ SuperTape placed strategically on the colored borders of the die cut hold the sentiment firmly in place without showing any adhesive.
You know, for a color I don’t often use, I must admit…. I’m really digging all this purple. :)
Best Times Card
BasicGrey Second City
6×6 Paper Pad
Die Cuts & Transparencies
Therm O Web
Glitter Dust Vintage Frame Assortment- Purple
Memory Tape Runner XL
3D Adhesive Squares
Posted in 2013-2014 BasicGrey Design Team, BasicGrey, Card Making, Therm O Web | Tagged BasicGrey, Glitter Dust Deco Frames, Kelly Purkey, Second City collection, Therm O Web | 12 Comments »
Happy Friday, Friends! Over the past couple of weeks, the fine folks at BasicGrey and Therm O Web have partnered up to bring you tons of inspiration and project ideas using Therm O Web adhesives with BasicGrey collections. I hope you’ve had a chance to pop over to both blogs to see all the amazing creations the teams have come up with for you, and gotten yourself entered to win one of two fabulous prize package giveaways, too. Today is the last day to enter, so hurry on over. Trust me… this is one prize drawing you won’t want to miss.
For my project, I pulled out the adorable Second City collection and lots of Therm O Web goodies to create a pair of fun cards, and I am happy to share the first of them here with you today. I know you all are familiar with Therm O Web’s adhesives, but did you know they make fun embellishments, too? I focused on one of these newer embellishments in my cards today, the Glitter Dust Deco Photo Frames.
For my first card, I used a purple scalloped circle Glitter Dust frame to highlight the focal feature of my design. Love how the printed chipboard and flair button nestle perfectly within the frame. Layering the frame with additional die cuts and embellishments draws lots of attention to my focal point, and is a great tip when using smaller accent pieces, like the flair button. I used 3D Adhesive Squares on the sentiment strip for a bit of extra dimension and drama, too.
I’m not normally a purple girl, but I am loving the combo here. So bright and happy, and really eye catching for fall. I used more purple on my second card, too, which you can see over on the BasicGrey blog today. And don’t forget about our amazing prize packages..
How would you like to win a box of Thermo-O-Web adhesives and, of course, some BasicGrey goodies to use the adhesives on? This fantastic prize package is up for grabs!
There is one prize giveaway on the BasicGrey blog, and a second one over at Therm O Web, so double your chance to win. Good luck everyone! And thanks so much for stopping by!
Hello There Card
BasicGrey Second City
6×6 Paper Pad
Printed Chipboard Shapes
Die Cuts & Transparencies
Candy Buttons- Teal and Pink
Therm O Web
Glitter Dust Scallop Circle Frame Assortment- Purple
Memory Tape Runner XL
3D Adhesive Squares
Zots Clear Adhesive Dots- Medium
Posted in 2013-2014 BasicGrey Design Team, BasicGrey, Card Making, Design Team, Therm O Web | Tagged BasicGrey, cards, Glitter Dust Deco Frames, prize drawing, prize giveaways, Second City collection, Therm O Web | 16 Comments »
Happy Wednesday, Friends! I am so excited to share this next project with you. I’ve got some spooky fun for you today. I have made a pair of quick Halloween treat bags using some of my favorite Sizzix Tim Holtz stamps and dies. Now I know you all know me by now, and know how much I adore Halloween. I’ve been counting down the days until I could begin sharing this year’s creepy creations with you. I’ve got my house almost completely haunted by now, and I really love how it’s been turning out. Can’t wait to begin sharing that with you, too. I’ll take you all on the tour soon. So there’s lots of fun things in store here on the ol’ blog this Halloween. For today, let’s kick off the season with some spooky treats.
Aren’t these fun? And horrifyingly cute? I must say, I just adore these little treat bags. Such a great size for a bite of candy or a small trinket. I’m planning on filling these with some Halloween treats to give to the girls at our annual Haunted Halloween House Tour luncheon. I think these will make fabulous party favor table decor.
The little treat bags were created with the Tim Holtz In the Bag Movers & Shapers L die. Really a useful die for so many seasons and occasions, as you can embellish it in any way you like. I added a paper handle at the top and attached a simple hang tag to the side. And then of course dressed up the bag with some favorite Halloween images.
The spooky skulls and tags were made with Tim Holtz’s Skull Blueprint Framelits die set. I absolutely love Tim’s Blueprints series of stamps with matching Framelits die sets. They make creating detailed projects, like these spooky skull and crossbones so easy and fun. I like to die cut several layers of the images, attaching them back together with 3D foam squares between the layers, for really eye catching and interactive designs.
And of course these spooky skulls just scream for some grungy Distress Ink and Paint, right? I pulled out some of my favorite Halloween distress colors here, including a bit of Brushed Pewter Distress Paint for a touch of deathly shimmer, and Rusty Hinge Distress Glitter for some sparkle and shine. I added a few ink splatters, too, and painted the crossbones with Distress Crackle Paint, for good measure. Because you know every good Halloween skull needs to look it’s best.
I hope you enjoyed my first Halloween project of the year! You can find more detailed instructions on the Sizzix blog, in case you’re interested.
And don’t forget, I have a special discount code to share with you, good for 15% off of your regular priced purchase on Sizzix.com. This discount is good through the end of the year. Just use code SZ10B at checkout. (Sorry Sizzix only ships within the US at this time.)
Thanks so much for stopping by! Wishing you all a fabulous day!
Posted in Design Team, Sizzix | Tagged Alterations, die cutting, Halloween, In the Bag die, Skull Blueprints Framelits, stamping, Tim Holtz, treat bag | 14 Comments »
Hello, hello friends! Hope your weeks are off to a great start. Seems like Mother Nature has suddenly flipped a switch on us. We’ve gone from unseasonably hot weather to the cool of fall, overnight. I’m going to miss summer, but I’m ready. Maybe now my Halloween decorations won’t feel so out of place. :)
Recently, I had some cards posted on the BasicGrey blog featuring Kelly Purkey’s Second City collection with a highlight on the adorable die cut Photo Frames. I’ve shown two of them here already, and today I’d like to share the last one with you.
This last card uses one of the Polaroid-style photo frames die cuts, which does double-duty here. Not only does the cute Insta-frame act as the sentiment of the card design, it also is a fun way to frame some additional embellishments, like these die cut leaves. And don’t forget that you can design right on top of the photo frames, as well as underneath them. Here I added a cardstock sticker label behind the frame for an interesting background, and then added die cuts on top of the frame, too, popped up with foam dots for lots of depth and dimension.
If you haven’t had a chance yet, you can see all three of my Second City Photo Frames cards on the BasicGrey blog. I’ve also got a free project sheet there including all the directions for re-creating my cards, in case you are interested. Thanks so much for stopping by today! Wishing you all a wonderful week!
Posted in 2013-2014 BasicGrey Design Team, BasicGrey, Card Making, Design Team | Tagged BasicGrey, cards, Kelly Purkey, photo frames, Second City collection | 15 Comments »
* Edited on 9/6/2014 to add:
I am happy to announce the winner of my Ruby Rock It Essence East Coast prize pack is…
Kirsty Vittetoe! Congratulations, Kirsty! Please shoot me an email with your mailing address to firstname.lastname@example.org! **
Hello, hello friends, and happy Friday! Today is an especially happy day in our neck of the woods, as it’s an early release day for us. School is out at noon, and I get to spend the whole, long, lazy afternoon with my little Miss. I’m hoping to surprise her with lunch out, just the two of us. I love being able to get a jump start on the weekend like that.
Today I wanted to share one last guest designer project for Ruby Rock It. Just a quick and easy gift wrap belly-band I put together to dress up a kraft gift bag, made from a strip of patterned paper and a fussy cut journaling card and label. V-notches cut into the ends of some scraps of burlap paper create instant banners to tuck under the journaling card. I think the whole thing looks like a prize ribbon, don’t you?
I wrapped string around the bag, then added a big shabby flower I made using Tim Holtz’s fabulous Tattered Florals die for Sizzix. Topped the flower with another of the pretty chalkboard labels, and added a few candy dots for a final detail.
There you have it! A few fun Country Cookin’ projects. I hope you enjoyed! And if you haven’t had a chance yet, be sure to leave a comment on this post to get entered in my prize drawing. Ruby Rock It has generously donated an entire set of their beautiful Essence East Coast collection for me to give to one of you (sorry, not including the album). I’ll close the drawing tonight at midnight and will announce the winner here on my blog tomorrow.
Good luck, everyone, and thanks so much for stopping by! Wishing you all a wonderful weekend!
Posted in Guest Design Team, Sizzix | Tagged Alterations Tattered Florals die, Country Cookin' collection, diy gift wrap, gift bag, Ruby Rock-It, Tim Holtz | 18 Comments »