Sizzix Tutorial- Tea Time Card

Hi everyone, and a very happy Monday to you! Today I’ve got a quick Sizzix tutorial to share with you, made with the adorable new Tea Time Bigz die from Tim Holtz’s new CHA release.

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If you like coffee and tea related products, you are going to love the new Tea Time die. This wonderful die cuts both of the tea cups you see here, as well as the tiny tag and saucer, all in one fell swoop. And even better than that, the die cuts the slit at the top for you, making it super easy to nest the cups together into a nice tall stack. I used just two cups here, but think how fun it would be to keep going, and have a whole tower of cups to play with.

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Since this is a Bigz die, you can die cut your pieces from any number of materials, including chipboard, foam, fabric, wood veneer, thin sheet metal, or any paper or cardstock you wish.

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For my projects, I cut my shapes from Ranger manila cardstock using this basic Sizzix die cutting sandwich for Bigz dies: Standard Cutting Pad, Bigz die (cutting side up), cardstock, Standard Cutting Pad.

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If you look very closely at the tea cups, you may notice a faint white script print on each. I got that look by stamping a Tim Holtz script stamp onto the cups using Picket Fence Distress Paint before adding color to the images using a variety of Distress Inks.  It’s a very subtle touch, but adds just that extra element that will make your projects shine.

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Here is my color palette for this project. I used Salty Ocean, Mustard Seed, Evergreen Bough and Tumbled Glass inks, and since I had a bit of Picket Fence paint still left on my craft sheet, I added that in, too. Once I had colored the two cups and the saucer, I sopped up the remaining ink with Tim Holtz crinkle ribbon, for a finished trim that perfectly matches my card design.

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The tea tag was simply inked with brown Distress and embellished with a Small Talk sticker. I used a tiny attacher staple to secure white string to the back of the tag, then slipped the end of the string through the slit die cut on the top cup. Added the hand-dyed crinkle ribbon below the cups, and finished off with a stamped sentiment from Stamper’s Anonymous. Background papers are a mixture of patterns and cardstock from Tim’s Wallflower and Core’dinations paper collections.

I hope you enjoyed my card! This was one of my favorite projects I made for Tim’s CHA Sizzix booth in January, and I hope you like it, too. Thanks so much for stopping by. Wishing you all a wonderful day!

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Sizzix Bigz Die – Tea Time

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Crossroads Denim Bunny with Therm O Web & Indygo Junction

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Hello, hello! Happy Friday, Friends! This week, I’ve been sharing lots of Easter projects here on the blog. So I thought I would round out the week with yet another fun Easter share. This time, a little fabric project I made for the Therm O Web blog.

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This week we are excited to be hopping with our friends at Indygo Junction, sharing projects featuring Therm O Web sewing and adhesive products along with the gorgeous denims from the Crossroads Denim collection by Amy Barickman.

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I am a huge lover of rag dolls, and since spring has finally arrived, I decided now was the perfect time to make a bunny doll using the beautiful denim fabrics from the Crossroads collection.

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I love rag dolls, as there is really no need to worry about patterns or making sure everything is perfect. In my opinion, the more “raggedy” and homemade they look, the better, which works out just fine for me.

AudreyPettit Thermoweb IndygoDenimBunny2I pulled out lots of my favorite bits of hoarded trims to dress up my bunny, and even added a few vintage buckles and findings from my grandmother’s sewing kit. And since Therm O Web now has this amazing line of Deco foils, I added a bit of that, too, to create my own unique custom fabric design. So easy, and so fun! I’ve got a complete step-by-step tutorial up on the Therm O Web blog, if you’d like to learn more.

And by the way… did you all know that March is National Craft & Quilt month? Some of your favorite companies have gathered together to celebrate with tons of amazing prize giveaways, including a special bundle of Therm O Web Deco Foils. This week is GRAND PRIZE WEEK! Be sure to stop by the blog to learn more!

Thanks so much for stopping by. Wishing you all a wonderful weekend!

Hello Easter with Sizzix

Hello, hello Friends, and happy Wednesday! Today is a happy day in our house! After losing the beginning of our spring break for snow make up days, today is the last day of school before we start our wee mini baby spring break tomorrow. I know two days off isn’t much of a spring break… but I’m thinking of it more as an extra long weekend. And that is still A-Okay in my book!

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This week, I’ve got a bit of an Easter Theme going here on the blog. Today I thought I would continue on with another card idea, this time one I made for the Sizzix blog using lots of favorite Tim Holtz dies and bright and happy papers from BasicGrey’s Vivienne collection.

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One of my absolute favorite images for Easter projects is this fabulous big chocolate bunny from the Tim Holtz Easter Elements Bigz die. I really love the large size of this bunny, and have used it for so many different kinds of projects. For today’s card, I’ve framed my rabbit in a little garden scene, complete with lots of green grass and spring flowers. And I’ve used a couple of different techniques for adding extra interest to my die cuts with stamps, embossing, and watercolor ink

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I do love the embossed flowers I added to the bunny’s behind, and the washed ombre effect on the framework is kind of fun, too. I’ve got a complete tutorial on all of that over at the Sizzix blog, if you’d like to learn more.

Thanks so much for stopping by! Hope you all have a wonderful day!

Hoppy Easter with Authentique & Petaloo

Hello my friends, and happy Monday! Thank you so much for all the wonderful comments on my cards for My Creative Time last week. I had so much fun playing along with the MCT team for their 41st Edition Release week, and appreciated each and every visit from you. This week, the Authentique team is hopping with our friends at Petaloo, sharing Easter projects featuring the adorable Treasure collection and Petaloo flowers, notions, and trim. I am first up today with a set of quick and easy Easter cards.

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One great thing about card sets is how time saving they are. Once you figure out your design, the cards come together really quickly. I started with a simple base of patterned paper, with a strip added to the left hand side. Using the same design for all really speeds up the process and keeps the set uniform, but changing up the papers makes each card unique.

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The adorable 3×4 journaling cards from the Enhancements paper make wonderful sentiments and focal images for cards. And with their large size, you really don’t need much else. I added a variety of die cut tabs to the top of the Enhancements and layered them onto a mat of patterned paper. By matching the paper to the prints on the tabs, the two look like all one piece and give a really seamless flow.

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To dress up my cards, I used Petaloo’s fabulous textured burlap flowers in ivory. A bit of dabbed paint coordinates the flowers to each card. I cut apart one of the green burlap flowers to create a pair of leaves for each one, too. Last touch was to add Petaloo trims in crochet lace and pom poms.

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Super simple and cute, and hopefully… even flat enough for mailing! :)

Be sure to stop by the Authentique blog this week for lots more Easter inspiration and project ideas. And leave a comment while you are there for your chance to win an Authentique/Petaloo prize package. Thanks so much for stopping by! Wishing you all a wonderful day!

My Creative Time 41st Edition Release Blog Hop

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Hi everyone, and welcome to the My Creative Time 41st Edition Release Blog Hop! All of the wonderful products you’ve been seeing in the sneak peeks throughout this past week are now available for purchase at the My Creative Time shop, and today we are celebrating with another look at all the amazing new stamps and dies from this month’s release. I am so excited to have had the opportunity to play along this week, and join you now for this blog hop. I have a very cute card to share with you, made with two new stamp sets and the coordinating die set.

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My card for today is a sweet little encouragement card made with my favorite stamps from this month’s release. I am smitten with those funny birds from the Tweet Me stamp set. They look so adorable all stacked up on the wire, and I love them paired with the beautiful Every Little Thing sentiment. I can almost picture the birdies singing along to the song, can’t you?

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The Fun Tweet Me die set has dies to match all the birds in the stamp set, along with tons of additional dies to create lots of fun scenes for your birds. The tiny hearts are from the set, as well as the heart outline “wire” I used to perch my birdies on. There’s a bird house and party hats, music notes, a tree branch, and more. The creative possibilities with this one are endless.

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I hope you’ve enjoyed my card and are inspired to get creating. Don’t forget that all of the product you’ve seen this week is now available at the My Creative Time shop. Emma is offering a free stamp to the first 150 shoppers, as well as a discount code good on your entire purchase, and an opportunity to win a $50 gift card, too. For all the information, be sure to head over to the My Creative Time blog.

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Thanks so much for stopping by! The next stop along the hop is Vicky.
Hope you all have a wonderful weekend!

My Creative Time Release Week- I’d Pick You

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Hi everyone, and welcome to day 3 of sneak peeks for My Creative Time‘s 41st Edition Release. Today we are showcasing a beautiful new set called Love YOU Bunches, and I am excited to be joining in on the fun with this sweet and shabby Mother’s Day card.

AudreyPettit MCT PickYouCardThe Love YOU Bunches set contains ten lovely stamp images for celebrating Mom and all those special women in your life. I made a card for my momma using my favorite flower from this set, in a happy bumble-bee color palette perfect for spring. I absolutely love the flowers in this set, and love the mixture of sentiment even more. And what could be better than having dies made to match, too?

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To highlight my focal flower, I created an oval window using dies from the Scalloped Stitched Ovals set. One of my favorite things about these dies is that there is stitching around the inside and the outside of the frames, so whether you use the positive shape, the negative, or a mixture of both like I’ve done here, you will always see the fabulous stitched lines. I popped my top panel up with foam dots for lots of depth and dimension. Love the peek-a-boo quality that gives to the frame.

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I stamped the flower onto watercolor paper, once with the entire image and a second time using just the blossom. Colored the images with markers and Distress, then die cut just the flower head using the matching die. The die cut was centered over the floral image and adhered using pop dots. A bit of Glossy Accents was added to the very middle of the flower. A sentiment from the set, stamped onto cream cardstock and wrapped over the oval opening, adds the final touch.

***Sneak Peek giveaway!***

Would you like to win the new Love YOU Bunches set? Emma is giving one away to a lucky winner. Simply leave a comment here, then pop over to the Creative Time for Me blog to see more amazing projects from the MCT team. The more comments you leave, the better your chances to win. You can read all about it there.

Thanks so much for stopping by! Wishing you all a wonderful day!

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Love YOU Bunches stamp and die set

Scalloped Stitched Oval Dies

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Patterned Paper: Authentique, Pink Paislee
Trim, Markers, Cardstock: Stampin’Up
Ink: Ranger

My Creative Time Release Week- Gears to You!

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Hi everyone, and happy Monday to you! It’s release week over at the Creative Time for Me blog, and I am very excited to be joining in on the fun with some guest designer posts throughout the week. Today starts the sneak peeks for the 41st Edition release, and we’ll wrap up the week with a blog hop on Friday. There’s lots of fun products to see and opportunities for you to win them all, so let’s get started!

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Today we are highlighting a super cool new die called Circle Stitching Pattern. I’ve used it to create a geometric background border for my little robot buddy here. Love that this die doesn’t actually cut all the way through, but just pierces the paper, creating a very unique and eye catching design element.

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Here’s a close-up of this fabulous die. So fun and could be used in so many different ways. I think it would make an amazing subtle background if used as-is, but I decided to really highlight all the circles by outlining them with a Distress marker and then giving them a wash of color with a very wet paintbrush. I really love the grungy effect I ended up with. Think it works so well with that adorable MCT Best Bots Forever robot.

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Although the Circle Stitching Pattern die does only paper pierce, there’s so much more you can do with it. I traced along the bottom edge of the die with a pencil, and then hand cut to create a fun scalloped border. I also removed the inside of one of the stitched circles to make a little peek-a-boo window in which to frame the robot. The whole panel was die cut with the largest Stitched Rectangular Frame Dies, then popped onto my card base using foam adhesive.

And then finally, I finished the inside of the card with one of the sentiment from the Best Bots Forever set.

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***Sneak Peek giveaway!***

Would you like to win the new Circle Stitching Pattern Die? Emma is giving one away to a lucky winner. Simply leave a comment here, then pop over to the Creative Time for Me blog to see more amazing projects from the MCT team. The more comments you leave, the better your chances to win. You can read all about it there.

Thanks so much for stopping by! And P.S.- thank you, Julie, for the fabulous happy mail. As you can see, I put the paper pad straight to use! :)

Wishing you all a wonderful day!

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Circle Stitching Pattern Dies
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Best Bots Forever Stamp Set

Stitched Rectangular Frame Dies & More

Stitched Rectangular Frame Dies & More

Patterned Paper: Teresa Collins, Crate Paper
Ink, Watercolor Cardstock: Ranger
Markers: Ranger, Stampin’Up
String: The Kraft Outlet