Congrats Trophy Tag Tutorial with Sizzix

Hello, hello Friends! Happy Monday. I’m so glad you stopped by! I’ve got a Sizzix tutorial to share with you today. It’s one of my gift wrapping projects, with a fun trophy-shaped gift tag, made with some of my favorite stamps and dies from Brenda Walton.

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I’m sure it comes as no secret by now that I am crazy for fancy gift wrapping. To me, the outside of the package is almost as important as the inside. Recently, some young friends of mine celebrated a milestone event by getting their first apartment together. And you know a special event like that requires some special gift wrapping.

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Since my package was going to a couple, I wanted it to appeal to both of them, so I picked some nice bold colors and patterns and paired them with my favorite kraft wrap, which I think works well for every occasion. And since my package was fairly large, I wanted a tag that would be big enough to really stand out on it’s own, too. And this adorable Trophy Card Bigz L die by Brenda Walton was just what the doctor ordered.

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Just the perfect size for my package, with the perfect amount of space on the back for adding a hand-written note. And lots of fun to make and super easy, too. I’ve got a quick tutorial for you, so let’s take a closer look.

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Here’s a peek at the adorable stamps and dies I used, and the fun gift I found. A copy of the original Moosewood cookbook, circa 1977, beautifully hand-lettered and illustrated by one of the chefs at the famous Moosewood restaurant in upstate New York. I have this book myself, and it is a true treasure.

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To create the tag, begin by die cutting the trophy cup from your favorite patterned paper or cardstock using your Big Shot machine and this standard die cutting sandwich for Bigz dies: Standard Cutting Pad, Bigz die (cutting side up), paper, Standard Cutting Pad.

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Continue to die cut the trophy shape from a variety of contrasting papers. I made my base trophy from the blue striped paper, and then cut the trophy again three more times from some additional papers (although you only see two of them here), and trimmed the pieces down to do some paper piecing. By the way, this adorable paper is from the So Rad collection by Simple Stories.

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Here you can see the trophy all pieced, and the fun part is that you can add as many or as few layers here as you wish.  Once I had my trophy complete, I added a bit of trim and stitching along the paper seams for a decorative touch.

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The blue ribbon die cut was a great size for the middle of my cup, and I love how it matched my papers… but the sentiment didn’t work for me. No problem, though. As you can see, the round die from Brenda’s Awards Framelits w/Stamps was the perfect fit.

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I die cut the pinked circle from solid navy paper, and sanded the edges lightly to expose the white paper core underneath, before adding it to the center of my blue ribbon. Followed that up with another So Rad die cut, cause I’m all about the layers. And finished off with a stamped congrats banner.

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I die cut the entire trophy one last time from white cardstock and adhered it to the backside of the pieced version. Great way to hide the stitching, and gives a nice finished surface with room to write. Last step was to punch a small hole in the top and thread it with a bit of hemp twine, tied into my ribbon bow.

Thanks so much for visiting! I hope you enjoyed!


If you’re interested in any of the products I’ve used today, here’s some quick links to the supplies. Don’t forget, I’ve got a special discount code for Sizzix products! Use code SZB2015 anytime before December 31st for 15% off regular priced purchases at (sorry Sizzix only ships within the US at this time).


Sizzix Big Shot Machine Only

Awards Framelits w/ Stamps

Trophy Bigz L Die

Standard Magnetic Platform

Standard Cutting Pads, Mint

Distress Watercolor Best Blossoms

Yesterday I allowed myself the creative freedom to sit down with a classic old stamp set and play, just for fun. The challenge was to work on my stash of birthday cards using only supplies I already had out on my desk, along with the help of my favorite colors of Distress and this sweet old floral set from Stampin’Up.

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Now considering what a terrible mess my desk is, this challenge sounds much harder than it actually was. Even so, it did help me to use up a few paper scraps, and combine papers I might not of otherwise ever put together… let alone use this old Best Blossoms stamp set, circa 2006. And for that, I do have to say I feel pretty good!

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I really do adore these flowers, old though they may be! And this Tattered Rose, Antique Linen, and Brushed Corduroy Distress combo is one of my absolute favorites. First step was inking the background watercolor paper in a light wash of pink and brown ink. And once dry, the leaves were stamped on top using both first and second generation stamping with the darker brown Brushed Corduroy ink. After all the leaves were stamped, I went over them with a wet paintbrush to soften and blur the outlines.

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The flowers were stamped onto a separate piece of watercolor paper using Abandoned Coral Distress ink, and were once again softened with a wet paintbrush. I went back in with a heavier concentration of color in the middle of the flowers once they were dry, and added Antique Linen to the very centers. And finally, I added dots to the centers using my Vintage Photo Distress marker, before cutting them out and adding them to my card base with foam adhesive.

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The thin strip of pink striped patterned paper was a leftover scrap from Simple Stories’ Summer Vibes collection, and the black woodgrain background is from Authentique’s new Beloved line. The sentiment is Sizzix. May Arts twine and a few craft sequins from my stash.

It really does feel good to use older supplies every once in awhile! I need to challenge myself more often. Of course that means not everything is still available… but I’ll try to link you to as much as I can below. Thanks so much for stopping by! Wishing you all a wonderful weekend!



Authentique Devoted 6×6 Paper Pad

Ranger 8.5 x 11 KRAFT CARDSTOCK Inkssentials Surfaces ISM35244

Ranger WATERCOLOR PAPER Inkssentials Surfaces ISW39532

Simple Stories SUMMER VIBES 12 x 12 Collection Kit 6300

Sizzix Framelits HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU Combo Wafer Thin Die And Stamp Set 660287

Ranger Archival Ink Pad JET BLACK
Tim Holtz Distress Ink Pad TATTERED ROSE Ranger
Tim Holtz Distress Ink Pad ABANDONED CORAL
Tim Holtz Distress Ink Pad ANTIQUE LINEN Ranger
Tim Holtz Distress Ink Pad BRUSHED CORDUROY Ranger
Tim Holtz Distress Markers VINTAGE PHOTO Ranger
May Arts NATURAL Twine String Burlap

Celebrate Pocket Card with Simon Says Stamp

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Hi everyone, thanks for stopping by today! I’m sneaking back here a day early from my regularly scheduled posts with a special surprise. I am so excited to share that I am guesting today over on the Simon Says Stamp blog! And I have got a fun birthday project for you. It’s a pocket-envelope, gift-card-holder card. Now how’s that for a bit of a tongue-twister?

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I know you guys are probably like me, and are always in need of birthday cards, right? This weekend, I had a very special birthday to celebrate, and instead of a gift, the girls and I chipped in together to get a gift card for the birthday girl for a luxurious day at the spa. Now I know you can present a gift card in those plain little envelopes, but that seems a little boring. So I’ve come up with a fun alternative. It’s a pocket, and a card, and a gift-card holder, all in one.

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I’ve got all the details, along with a step-by-step tutorial up at Simon Says Stamp, and I would love it if you guys would stop by for a peek! Thank you all so much, and huge thanks to the team at Simon Says Stamp for having me today!


All supplies used are available at the Simon Says Stamp shop, and are linked for you below:

Lawn Fawn KRAFT ENVELOPES Fawndamentals


Simple Stories SUMMER VIBES 6 x 6 Paper Pack 6322*

Simple Stories SUMMER VIBES Snap Cards 6323

Simple Stories SUMMER VIBES Ephemera Bits And Pieces 6329

Simple Stories SUMMER VIBES Chipboard Frames 6338

Simple Stories SUMMER VIBES Enamel Dots 6331

BasicGrey BARISTA Cardstock Die Cut Frames BTA4889

Sizzix Framelits HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU Combo Wafer Thin Die And Stamp Set 660287

Tim Holtz Layering Stencil LATTICEWORK THS019

Tim Holtz Idea-ology TINY ATTACHER Stapler Tool Mini Staples TH92800

EK Success 1 1/4 INCH CIRCLE Punch 54-31000

Ranger Inkssentials Non Stick CRAFT SHEET 15 X 18 Reusable NSC20677

Ranger Large 2 oz MISTER BOTTLE Inkssentials MIS30676


Ranger Archival Ink Pad JET BLACK AIP31468
Tim Holtz Distress Ink Pad TATTERED ROSE Ranger TIM20240
Tim Holtz Distress Ink Pad ANTIQUE LINEN Ranger TIM19497

May Arts NATURAL Twine String Burlap

Best Day Ever with Simple Stories

Hello Friends! Happy, happy Friday! I’ve got some Simple Stories for you today. A quick and easy card made with the Lovely SN@P! Pack.
Simple Stories’ SN@P! Packs are seriously a ton of fun. Each kit collection contains well over a hundred pieces of pre-cut journaling cards and die cut ephemera Absolutely perfect for pocket scrapbooking, of course, but also great for so much more.

Included in the Lovely SN@P! Pack are these adorable little 2″x2″ journaling cards you see here. So fabulous for creating quick and easy blocked designs, and small enough to work perfectly on cards.

One of the best things about SN@P! cards are the pre-printed images and titles that are great for journaling, but also make fabulous instant card sentiments, too. Love that these cards are all double-sided, for even more creative possibilities. I added a few Lovely die cuts, a bit of twine, and enamel dots, and this super easy, but super cute, card is complete.

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


All supplies are linked below:

Quilt-Inspired Papercrafts with Therm O Web

Hi Friends, Happy Wednesday! Today I have a quilt-inspired card to share with you, made with Simple Stories’ new Summer Vibes collection and pretty gold iCraft Deco Foil from Therm O Web.

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AudreyPettit Thermoweb DecoFoilBirthdayWishesCard2I seriously love how fun this cupcake is, and to make sure it took center stage, I created a petite 4×4 card base to really show it off.

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There’s water-coloring and paper piecing. Wink of Stella clear glitter and Glossy Accents. The wrapper has been accented with beautiful Rose Gold deco foil. And the background was blocked and embossed for the look and feel of a worn patchwork quilt. Such a fun shabby chic combo.

AudreyPettit Thermoweb DecoFoilBirthdayWishesCard4I’ve got all the details up on the Therm O Web blog, if you’d like to learn more. And if you’re interested in any of the products I’ve used today, I’ll link to them below.

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



The Stars & Stripes with Simple Stories

I’ve got a couple of patriotic projects to share with you today, just in time for the Fourth of July, made with Simple Stories’ new 12×12 Collection Kit, Stars & Stripes.

Stars & Stripes is such a great collection. Of course it’s perfect for all your summer papercrafting needs, but I have to say that I am crazy for the ol’ red, white, and blue any time of the year. I think my favorite thing from this collection has got to be that adorable surf wagon, and I couldn’t resist using it in both projects today. It’s got that laid-back California surfer vibe I remember from my early days.

First up, a quick and easy home decor frame, made with one of the larger 4×6 journaling cards. I had just enough room for a couple of layers of papers underneath, and because I removed the glass, I could build up layers on top, too.

I simply added a twine tie, and a few Stars & Stripes stickers. Thought the scalloped border made an awesome “road” for my wagon to cruise on. Super simple, and fun.


And because I love that little car so much, I made a matching card using the smaller cardstock sticker.

A smaller 3×4 journaling card this time and Stars & Stripes stickers.  I popped some of them up with foam dots for a bit of depth in my little scene. I’ve got the details, along with the complete supply list, up on the Simple Stories blog, if you’d like to learn more


Thanks so much for stopping by! Just a few more days until the 4th! Have any fun plans in the works?

Birthday Birdies with Sizzix

Hello Sweeties! Happy Friday! Well, we made it, my friends. School is over!

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Graduation is still over a week away, but in the mean time, there is much to do.  I’ve got my family coming in, and we’ve got preparations and rehearsal and so much more to think about. It’s a crazy time, but oh…. is my Little Miss ever happy.

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Besides graduation, this past week has been super busy with birthdays in our house. Now as many of you know, one of my most favorite parts of a birthday is the packages! I do love me some pretty packages. So today, I thought I would share the sweet little tag and bag I put together for my bestie, Joanne, who loves nature and animals and all things yellow.

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I knew Joanne would melt over these adorable little birds, and I have to say, I’m pretty crazy about them, too. They are from a new Sizzix stamp and die set by Doodlebug Designs, and they are full of Doodlebug-y cuteness. I stamped the birds on watercolor paper, and colored them with my Distress markers. The sentiment is also from the same set. I used a tag die set from Tim Holtz, and some border dies from Stephanie Barnard, too.

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And the tag actually opens like a card base, which is a little bit of a fun surprise. I’ve got the full tutorial up on the Sizzix blog today, if you’d like to learn more.

Thanks so much for stopping by! Sending you love and hugs from me and my big graduate!

nik last day of school may 27, 2015