CHA 2016- You are My Sweetheart with Tim Holtz & Sizzix

Hello, Friends! It’s just a few days until Valentine’s Day!  And of course I couldn’t let the day pass without sharing a fun lovey-dovey project with you, featuring some of my most favorite love birds of all…. those crazy Bird Crazy birds from Tim Holtz and Sizzix.

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What’s Valentine’s Day without the love? Well these silly little birds have plenty to share with you. I can’t think of a more fitting Valentine than these crazy birds, and their matching Crazy Things hearts and Crazy Talk sentiment. So love that there are tons of adorable accessories and greetings to go with these birds, for every occasion. And love even more that there are Sizzix dies for all of them. And how fun is that new Mosaic Bigz Die background that creates the perfect little window frames for all your little bits and pieces? The mosaic die has quickly become a new favorite of mine. Use the positive frame, or the negative shapes…. turn it upside down, or flip it to the other side. There are just so many ways to use this die!

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It never ceases to amaze me how closely the Bird Crazy and Crazy Things Thinlits dies cut to the edge of the images. It’s as close to fussy cutting as you can possibly get, without all the work. You gotta love that!

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And I love how the Mosaic die cuts almost a tower framework with so many little windows that can be filled with so many different things. I used a layer of fun foam behind the mosaic to create a dimensional window frame here, with my pair of birds tucked in and behind the openings for a 3D effect. Here’s a little closer peek at the new Mosaic die.

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Since the Mosaic die is a Bigz die, it can die cut all sorts of surfaces and materials, including thick substrates, like the watercolor paper and fun foam combo I used here. I used adhesive-backed fun foam, available at your local big box craft store to create an instant dimensional window frame. Much easier than trying to apply foam tape or dots to some of those thin bridge areas between the rectangular openings.

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To die cut, simply adhere the fun foam to the back of your paper, and run it through your Big Shot machine using this standard die cutting sandwich for Bigz dies: Standard Cutting Pad, Bigz die (cutting side up), paper or surface to be cut, Standard Cutting Pad.

Once your frame is die cut, you can add color with your Distress Inks as usual, watercolor, or add a layer of patterned paper. Just avoid hitting the foam with a heat tool if you’ve used any watercolor techniques, as the heat will quickly melt the foam layer.

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Then have fun adding your images and accents. And speaking of accents…. I went a little crazy with the Glossy Accents. And the gold! Check out that gorgeous gold metallic cardstock and Tim’s new Gilded remnant rubs. Swoon! And how about that adorable hanger? That is one of the new Idea-ology Display Hangers, and I am crazy about them. Little tip for you…. the hangers are originally silver, but are easily alterable, like all Idea-ology findings. I quickly turned mine gold with a few dabs of Tarnished Brass Distress Spray Stain.

Thank you so much for stopping by today! Happy Valentine’s Day, everyone!


The supplies I’ve used are listed and linked below:

Ranger WATERCOLOR PAPER Inkssentials Surfaces ISW39532Tim Holtz Core'dinations KRAFT CORE METALLIC 12 x 12 Paper Stack GX196001Tim Holtz Cling Rubber Stamps BIRD CRAZY cms212Tim Holtz Sizzix BIRD CRAZY Thinlits Die 660954Tim Holtz Cling Rubber Stamps CRAZY TALK CMS236Tim Holtz Cling Rubber Stamps CRAZY THINGS CMS237Tim Holtz Sizzix CRAZY THINGS Thinlits Die 660953Tim Holtz Idea-ology 1088 CHITCHAT STICKERS TH92998RESERVE Tim Holtz Idea-ology GILDED ACCENTS REMNANT RUBS Findings TH93287RESERVE Tim Holtz Idea-ology DISPLAY HANGERS Findings TH93271Tim Holtz Distress Ink Pad AGED MAHOGANY Ranger TIM21407Tim Holtz Distress Ink Pad TATTERED ROSE Ranger TIM20240Tim Holtz Distress Ink Pad BARN DOOR Ranger TIM27096Tim Holtz Distress Ink Pad WILD HONEY Ranger TIM27201Tim Holtz Distress Ink Pad PUMICE STONE Ranger TIM27140Ranger Archival Ink Pad JET BLACK AIP31468Tim Holtz Distress Spray Stain TARNISHED BRASS Ranger TSS42549Ranger Inkssentials GLOSSY ACCENTS Glue Dimensional Adhesive GAC17042Sizzix BIG SHOT MACHINE Gray And White 660425Sizzix Big Shot Kick STANDARD CUTTING PADS 1 Pair 655093

CHA 2016- Thinking of You with Simple Stories

Happy Wednesday, Friends! I’m still working through my CHA projects, and today I have one last official Simple Stories project to share, made with the adorable new Life in Color collection.

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Celebrating the pretty florals in this line with this sweet thinking of you card. Just a simple pieced background with a scalloped border, and lots of my favorite stitching.

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A couple of SN@P journaling cards make an instant sentiment and focal point. Truly doesn’t get any easier than that.

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I added a few die cut ephemera bits and pieces and a chipboard flower. Then a simple ribbon tie finished my sweet and girly look.

It’s been a great year with Simple Stories! Thank you for all your sweet comments and support, and as always, thanks for stopping by!


The supplies I used today are listed and linked below:

Simple Stories - Life In Color Collection - 12 x 12 Double Sided Paper - Teal Water ColorSimple Stories - Life In Color Collection - 6 x 6 Paper PadSimple Stories - Life In Color Collection - Bits and PiecesSimple Stories - SNAP Collection - SNAP Pack - Life In ColorSimple Stories - Life In Color Collection - Chipboard StickersFiskars - Border Punch - Scallop Sentiment

CHA 2016- Hello with Simple Stories

Happy Monday, Friends! And congratulations to all the Denver Broncos fans out there! I have to say, it was tough to see my panthers lose after the season they had. But what a great game on the Broncos part. Well played, and well deserved! And what a class act that Peyton Manning is!

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I’m still working my way through CHA projects, and today I wanted to share a sweet and simple card I made for Simple Stories. This is the adorable new Life in Color collection.

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I was having fun with my corner rounder, and just focusing on the adorable die cut bits. It’s not often that I use so many solids on a design, but I really do love the bold and graphic look.

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Just a bit of foam adhesive for dimension. And a pretty bow tie. Very quick and easy. And completely mail-friendly, too.

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


The products I used are listed and linked below:

Simple Stories - Life In Color Collection - 12 x 12 Double Sided Paper - Coral Water ColorRanger Ink - 8.5 x 11 Cardstock Pack - BlackNeenah Classic Crest 80 LB SMOOTH SOLAR WHITE Paper Pack 25 SheetsSimple Stories - SNAP Collection - SNAP Pack - Life In ColorSimple Stories - Life In Color Collection - Bits and Pieces3M Scotch DOUBLE-SIDED FOAM TAPE Permanent

CHA 2016- Dreams and Secrets with Tammy Tutterow Designs

Happy Friday! I’m still working through my CHA projects, and today I have another project to share that I made for my sweet friend, Tammy Tutterow, to help launch the release of her new product line with Spellbinder’s. Tammy’s fabulous new line is filled with vintage-inspired treasures, in stamps, embossing folders, and dies. And this fun project today uses a little bit of everything.

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This sweet pocket portfolio is made with one of three new pocket-style steel-rule dies that Tammy is releasing in her debut collection. This is the Trifold Pocket Page die. The Trifold Page has two fold lines and has a notch that keeps the page closed, and makes a fabulous mini-card, mixed-media piece, or page element for hidden journaling in albums, notebooks, and journals. Perfect for hiding a few dreams, secrets, and notes of your own.

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Isn’t that flower beautiful? I cannot tell you how excited I am to now be able to create my own vintage millinery flowers in any shape or color I wish, thanks to Tammy’s new dies. This sweet flower here makes me so happy with it’s bright yellow Distress Ink finish, and I love the texture and dimension I was able to get by mixing paper with fabric. The flower itself is from the Flowerette Posies die. I die cut three layers from paper, inked and scrunched the petals, and stacked them together, securing at the center with a bit of tacky glue. Bunching the top layers of petals together in the center creates the look of a daffodil. Love how many different styles of flowers you can create with good basic die sets like these. The leaves were die cut from inked crinoline fabric using the Pom Pom Posies die set.

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One of my absolute favorite pieces from Tammy’s new collection is her Dear Ruby background stamp. The story behind this image melts my heart, and I am just a sucker for text print of any kind. Love how it looks here backing the library cards. So perfect for my theme of handwritten notes. And isn’t the texture from the Horsehair Em-bossing Fold’er amazing? Tammy’s embossing folders are extra large in size, which I think is just genius. Love being able to emboss larger items like this pocket, all in one go.

If you haven’t had a chance to see Tammy’s line yet, go and check out this post on her blog, recapping her entire new line in the 2016 Spellbinder’s catalog.

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


Tammy’s new product line will be available in April. But I’ll list and link you to what product I can below:

Ranger Inkssentials 8.5 X 11 MANILA CARDSTOCK Surfaces ISM28246Crate Paper OPEN BOOK 6 x 6 Paper Pad 683595Tim Holtz Idea-ology 1088 CHITCHAT STICKERS TH92998Tim Holtz Distress Ink Pad SQUEEZED LEMONADE Ranger TIM34940Tim Holtz Distress Ink Pad AGED MAHOGANY Ranger TIM21407Tim Holtz Distress Ink Pad TATTERED ROSE Ranger TIM20240Tim Holtz Distress Ink Pad MOWED LAWN Ranger Summer TIM35008Ranger Ink - Wendy Vecchi - Archival Ink Pads - Potting SoilAdvantus - Tim Holtz - Idea-ology - Tiny Attacher with 100 Tiny Staples

PageMaps Free Valentine Card Class

Happy Wednesday, Friends! Have you all seen the fun going on at PageMaps this month?

ALL PMU CARDMAKING & LAYOUT CLASSES
ARE ON SALE THROUGHOUT FEBRUARY!

Layout classes $12 (reg $19.50)
Cardmaking classes $10 (reg $16)

 Throughout the month, all PageMaps U classes are on sale. So if you’ve ever been thinking about taking a class, now is a great time!

— PLUS —
We’ve put together a free Valentine
Card Class just for you!


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And cardmakers, be sure to check out the Valentine Card Class going on now, too. The class is free and includes instructions and cutting files for creating nine adorable Valentines, made by designers across the country, including me!

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You can check out all the fun here!

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


The supplies I’ve used are listed and linked below:

BasicGrey DEAR HEART 12 x 12 Paper Collection Pack CDHT5059Ranger 8.5 x 11 KRAFT CARDSTOCK Inkssentials Surfaces ISM35244Tim Holtz Core'dinations KRAFT CORE METALLIC 12 x 12 Paper Stack GX196001We R Memory Keepers Crop-A-Dile 2 in 1 Corner Punch Chomper Tool Corner Rounder

A Vintage Valentine

Happy February! It’s the month for love and Valentines, so today I have a sweet and shabby work of heart to share with you. A little fabric project, made with a few of my favorite things.

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I’m sure it’s no secret that I love vintage things. Awhile back, a friend gifted me her collection of vintage buttons. And ohmyword, how I love those buttons. I’m not quite sure how a simple bag of buttons could evoke such feelings of nostalgia and home and grandmothers and simpler times… but they do. Perfect for a little “from the heart” project like this.

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One lesson I learned from both my grandmothers is to not let anything go to waste. So when I saw a small pile of leftover fabric scraps on my desk that I couldn’t bring myself to throw away, a challenge was issued. And this is what I made. Some sweet pink hearts, outlined with vintage pearl buttons, and topped with a vintage-inspired millinery flower made with dies from my dear friend, Tammy Tutterow‘s, new die collection with Spellbinders. This flower is made from her new Shabby Posies die set, die cut from buckram fabric and dyed with Distress Ink. I think I want these flowers in every color!

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Just a happy project, made from leftovers and vintage treasures, both. A cute little pillow tuck or pin keep.

They are available now, in my Winter Shop, in case you’re interested!

Thanks for stopping by. Wishing you all a wonderful day!

Matchbook Valentine’s with BasicGrey

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Hello, hello! Happy Friday, my friends! I have a little Valentine project to share with you today. Some sweet mini Valentine notecards that I made for BasicGrey using their adorable Sunkissed collection.

AudreyPettit BG Sunkissed JusttheGirlsI loved Valentines when I was a kid. I think my favorite were the interactive kind, with a hidden surprise inside. These matchbook-style Valentines are perfect for adding that extra element of fun to your kids’ classroom cards this year. I think they will get a kick out of clipping and removing the clothespins and die cuts up top, and tucking and un-tucking the top flap, too.

AudreyPettit BG Sunkissed JusttheGirls2And the best thing is, these little cards are so easy to create, even for kids. Just simple tri-fold cards, secured at the bottom with a staple. The top of the card slips behind the bottom flap to stay in place, and easily flips up to reveal the inside.

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I added several layers of Sunkissed patterned papers to the front of the card, and a few strips across the bottom flap. Twine from the embellishment pack was wrapped around the front flap of the card and through a die cut tag. Cut a small slit in the top fold of the card for the twine to pass through. Then dress up the front with additional accents like die cuts, clothespins, and sequins.

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Open the card to reveal a secret message inside. Or, this is a great spot to attach a small piece of candy, a sticker, or a temporary tattoo.

AudreyPettit BG Sunkissed MainSqueezeI used the same design to create a boy Valentine, too. By changing out the papers and accents, you can get a whole different look from the same design. I stuck with a blue, grey, and yellow color scheme for my boy look, and added die cut tickets and labels for a more masculine feel.

AudreyPettit BG Sunkissed MainSqueeze2Love the main squeeze lemon image here. Riddles and jokes and puns were always a favorite with classroom cards.

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I’ve got more details and information on creating these matchbook cards up on the BasicGrey blog, if you’d like to learn more. And unfortunately, this is my last post for BasicGrey.

I’m sure I’m not the only one surprised and saddened to hear their news this week. After twelve years in the industry, BasicGrey is leaving the scrapbooking world. They have always been one of my absolute top favorite companies, and I am going to miss them terribly. Another loss for the scrapbooking community.

To every thing there is a season…..

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


BasicGrey SUN KISSED 12 x 12 Paper Collection Pack CSUN4975*Fiskars - Border Punch - Scallop SentimentAdvantus - Tim Holtz - Idea-ology - Tiny Attacher with 100 Tiny Staples