Thank You Mini Notes with Sizzix

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Today I am playing with some scraps. And making some much-needed thank-you notes for a quick and easy tutorial on the Sizzix blog.

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One of my most-needed card supplies is simple thank you cards, and yet I rarely seem to have one on-hand.  This year, I’ve vowed to create a stash of thank you notes that are both quick and easy to make in bulk and are pretty, too. I love this simple design that I’ve come up with. I am crushing big time on pink these days, and love it mixed with the trendy look of gold.

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I have so many pretty papers left over from the Crop & Create: Delivered Kit- Blossoms & Breezes, so I’ve vowed to use those up, too. Love how the woodgrain looks with the soft pink and gold… and that printed vellum is amazing. Makes a fabulous liner for the new Envelope Movers & Shapers die by Tim Holtz. Another new favorite of mine from the winter release.

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I am so excited to see Sizzix adding more stamps to their line-up of products. With ten different sentiment stamps to choose from in Stephanie Barnard’s adorable Thanks clear stamp set, I’ve now got plenty of ways to share my gratitude.

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I’ve got a full step-by-step tutorial for making these quick and easy notecards on the Sizzix blog, if you’d like to learn more. Thanks so much for stopping by! Wishing you all a wonderful day!

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Crop & Create: Delivered Kit- Blossoms & Breezes

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Hello, hello my friends, and a very happy March to you all! It’s a new month, and with that comes lots of bright new opportunities! I am so excited to share some fun things with you this month. First of all, the gorgeous new Crop & Create: Delivered Kit from Scrapbook & Cards Today is now available. This beautiful spring-inspired kit, Blossoms & Breezes features papers and embellishments from some of your favorite scrapbook companies, and includes exclusive sketches, stamps and flair, as well as free SVG cutting files. In addition, there are video tutorials featuring amazing layouts by designer Jennifer Gallacher…. and step-by-step card tutorials by ME!

I am over-the-moon excited to be the featured card designer for this amazing kit! And I hope that you all will love it! You can see a peek of my four cards in this beautiful graphic, or for a little bigger peek, check out my new blog header above. For all the information on the Crop & Create: Delivered Spring 2015 Kit, head on over to Scrapbook & Cards Today!

And in other fun news… did you see?

cardbanner_600 PageMaps U’s first cardmaking class of 2015 is here! This class is brimming with 32 exclusively designed cards and sketches, techniques and how-to’s, full-color instructions, complete supply lists (including paper names!) and free die cutting files, all created by some of your favorite cardmakers, including me!

I am super excited to be able to offer a FREE class to one of YOU! To enter, simply leave me a comment on this post and tell me your favorite embellishment. I’ll pick a random winner on Wednesday, March 11th. Good luck! And thanks for stopping by!

PageMaps U ~ Win a Free Class!

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Calling all cardmakers and PageMaps fans!

 PageMaps U’s first cardmaking class of 2015 is here! This class is brimming with 32 exclusively designed cards and sketches, techniques and how-to’s, full-color instructions, complete supply lists (including paper names!) and free die cutting files, all created by some of your favorite cardmakers, including me!

This four-week, self-paced, online class begins Monday, March 16th. Stop by PageMaps to see all of the sneak peeks, try out a freebie class, and then register for this one. It’s going to be so much fun!

 www.pagemaps.com

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Here’s a little peek at just a couple of the cards I’ve made for this class!

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And now, how would you like to win a free spot into this fantastic cardmaking class? Just leave a comment on this post and tell me what your favorite embellishment is. That easy! I’ll draw a random winner on Wednesday, March 11th. Good luck!

 

Sizzix Tutorial- Friends Always Art Tag

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Hello, hello friends, and happy Friday to you! Today I am excited to share a Sizzix tutorial with you for this fun art tag, made with the gorgeous Butterfly Duo die and Dot Matrix embossing folder by Tim Holtz. This tag features pretty Distress Inks with a very cool linen-texture technique, a bit of simple painting, and lots of shabby crackle glaze, too. I really love how it turned out, and I hope you do, too. Let’s take a closer look.

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Isn’t the background texture on this tag amazing? This linen look is something I first saw on my sweet friend, Tammy Tutterow’s blog, and I’ve been anxious to try it ever since. It’s a super easy technique, and really lots of fun to do. And I’m smitten with the new Butterfly Duo die. The texture that results from the matching embossing folder really can’t be beat. I love the whole shabby look of this. Here’s all the how-to’s.

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Working on a Ranger #8 manila tag, swipe Picket Fence Distress Paint repeatedly across the tag from bottom to top, using straight lines only. Allow the tag to dry, or use a heat tool to speed up the process. Then swipe the paint repeatedly across the tag from side to side, once again using only straight lines. Dry tag with a heat tool. Repeat both steps a second time, drying the tag between each step.

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Randomly dab a mixture of Distress Inks onto a non-stick craft sheet. I used Salty Ocean, Tumbled Glass, Evergreen Bough, and Mustard Seed. Spritz the inks liberally with water until beads of ink form.

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Swipe the front of the tag through the ink mixture, making sure to cover the entire tag. Dry the tag with a heat tool. You can repeat this process to darken the color, if you wish.

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Place the bottom portion of the tag into the Sizzix Tim Holtz Dot Matrix Texture Plate Embossing Folder.

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Then run the tag through your Big Shot die cutting machine using the extended platform open to tab 1, and this Sizzix embossing sandwich: Extended Multipurpose Platform, Standard Cutting Pad, embossing folder, Standard Cutting Pad.

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Using an ink blending tool, apply additional Distress Inks to the tag. I added a bit of Mustard Seed to a few areas on the top of the tag to bring out more of the yellow, and added Mowed Lawn and Peeled Paint to the bottom embossed portion only.

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Using a distressing tool, scuff up the edges of the tag. Then apply Frayed Burlap Distress Ink using an ink blending tool.

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Add a heavy coat of Clear Rock Candy Distress Crackle Paint to the embossed portion of the tag.

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And immediately scrape off the excess crackle paint using a scraper or scrap piece of cardboard or chipboard. This will remove most of the crackle finish from the top of the embossed area, while leaving it in the recessed portions. Allow the crackle paint to dry completely. Once the crackle lines begin to appear, you can finish the process with a heat tool, if you wish.

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Now add details to the finished tag, like patterned paper strips, chit chat word stickers, and vintage ephemera. Machine stitch around the word stickers and bottom edge of the patterned paper. Add Tiny Attacher staples to some of the ephemera pieces. Use pop dots to elevate a round ephemera label.

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Using the new Butterfly Duo Die, die cut one butterfly from manila cardstock. Then place the butterfly into the matching texture fade embossing folder, and emboss using the same steps as outlined above.

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Fill in the recessed portions of the butterfly with Picket Fence Distress Paint using a fine tipped paintbrush and allow to dry.

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Dab yellow Distress Inks onto a non-stick craft mat. I used a combination of Scattered Straw and Mustard Seed. Mist the inks liberally with water. Then drag the butterfly die cut through the ink mixture and dry with a heat tool.

Cut about 1.5′ of crinkle ribbon and sop up any remaining ink from the craft sheet with the ribbon. Dry the ribbon and set it aside.

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Tie the crinkle ribbon around the bottom of the tag, looping the extra length into a sloppy figure eight. Secure the sides of the ribbon with a tiny staple.

Coat the butterfly with Clear Rock Candy Distress Crackle Paint and allow to dry. Embellish the butterfly with twine antennae and candy dots. Adhere the butterfly to the round label section using pop dots. The crackle paint will naturally curl the butterfly wings for even extra dimension. Love that little added bonus. And I think having that small bit of crackle at the bottom of the tag really pulls it all together.

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Here’s a close up shot of that fabulous linen background. It’s so soft and subtle, yet adds a lot of charm and character, doesn’t it? Can’t wait to try it all again.

Thanks so much for stopping by today! Hope you all have a wonderful weekend! We got that extra layer of snowfall last night, so I believe we are in for the weekend.

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It’s beautiful, but it does make me think of one of my favorite local memes….

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So true!

Happy weekend!

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Supplies:

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Sizzix Bigz Die w/Texture Fades – Butterfly Duo

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Sizzix Texture Fades Embossing Folders 2PK – Dot-Matrix & Gridlock Set

Sizzix Big Shot Machine Only (Powder Blue & Teal)
Sizzix Accessory – Multipurpose Platform, Extended
Sizzix Accessory – Cutting Pads, Standard, 1 Pair

Hello Lovely with BasicGrey

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AudreyPettit BG Prism HelloLovelyCardI think I was exploring a bit of my grungy side with my card share for today. Playing with ink, paint, and stamps to create a fun, shabby chic look with some new BasicGrey lines.

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Happy Friday Friends! Hope you all have a wonderful weekend!

 

 

Pretty in Pink with Sizzix

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Recently, a little friend of mine celebrated her 4th birthday. Like most girls that age, this little friend loves all things girly and pink. So for her gift wrap, I put together a super sweet and princess-y gift tag using my favorite Sizzix tag die and lots of new dies from Tim Holtz’s winter release.

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It’s seriously hard to pick a favorite from the new Alterations line up…. but I definitely used a few of them here. Soft cream hearts die cut from the new Heartfelt Bigz die. So love that there are 11 different sizes and shapes of hearts to choose from on one die. A personalized number 4 made with the new Alphanumeric Thinlits set. And gorgeous lattice work cut with the new Mixed Media Thinlits.

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I’ve got more detailed instructions and supplies up on the Sizzix blog today, if you’d like to learn more.

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Thanks so much for stopping by! We’re enjoying our second “snow day” here, although it really is more ice than snow. Regardless, the little Missy and I did mange to do a wee bit of sledding yesterday, and we built a snowman, too. They say we might get a little more snow yet tonight. I say, bring it!

Love This Moment with Simple Stories

Hello Sweeties! Happy Monday! Last week, I was up on the Simple Stories blog with a couple of cards made with the adorable new Say Cheese II collection. And today I would love to share the first of them here with you.

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As the name implies, Say Cheese II is a spin off of the popular first collection released last year. And although inspired by all things Disney, this fun line works for way more than trips to the theme park.

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I love the bright primary color palette in this collection. Mix that with lots of bold black and white and a little bit of Kraft, too, and you have quite the eye catching combo. One of my favorite things about Simple Stories are their unique Elements papers. They are such a great resource for fun focal images and sentiments for just about any card occasion. This heart and sentiment combo are from the 3X4 & 4×6 Elements. I used another of the Elements from the same sheet to create the backdrop for the chipboard frame, too.

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Lots of layers here. A die cut Bits & Pieces sentiment banner. Bits & Pieces stars. A text-print Bradz. Really quick and easy ways to add a lot of extra oomph.

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Thanks so much for stopping by, my friends! Hope you all have a wonderful day! We are predicted to have our first snowfall of the year this afternoon. School is releasing early in preparation. (insert big smiley face here)

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Supplies:

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Say Cheese II Collection
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4322-6×6 Paper Pad
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