Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Pop it Ups Double Z Fold Card Tutorial

Hi all! Today I'm over on the Elizabeth Craft Designs blog with a tutorial for this cool, double z fold card.

I have been wanting to make one of these for ages and thought the combination of Graphic 45's new Nature Sketchbook paper and Karen Burniston's Iron Fence die would be perfect for this card style.

The best thing is that it folds completely flat for mailing!

Pop on over to the ECD blog to see how to create one yourself!

The supplies I used can be found at ECD and Simon Says Stamp via the links below.

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Happy Pi Day!

Hi all! This month the Paper Pros challenge falls on 3-14, which is Pi day. A quick Google search told me that "Pi Day is celebrated on March 14th (3/14) around the world. Pi (Greek letter “π”) is the symbol used in mathematics to represent a constant — the ratio of the circumference of a circle to its diameter — which is approximately 3.14159." Whew! What is means for our challenge is that we were to make something that featured either a pie, or a circle. I decided to make an updated version of a card I did a few years ago, this time using Karen Burniston's Twist Circle Pop Up die set.

A few months ago, Karen posted a video featuring a window technique using this die set. I had been dying to try it and this was the perfect opportunity!

The Twist Circle die is just the coolest, isn't it? Amazing how the pop-up element spirals out when the card is opened. I combined it with Karen's Clock and Gears set, another one of my faves. The gears are all cut from Shimmer Sheetz that were lightly sanded, coated with black paint, and then wiped off. I love the rough, vintage look it gives them.

I think this will be the perfect card for my father or brother's birthday - they both have birthdays at the end of the month - I can't decide who will get it!

So fun!! Below is a list of the Paper Pros - have a peep and see what they came up with for the challenge.

You can find the supplies I used at Elizabeth Craft Designs and Amazon via the links below.

Thanks so much for stopping by today! Check back tomorrow for a fun card I made for the Elizabeth Craft Designs blog - you're going to love it!

Friday, March 3, 2017

Artful Dwelling Shadow Box

Hi all! It's been ages since I've spent any time in my studio and I've been itching to make something to celebrate the springlike weather we've been having here. I have been seeing so many cute houses using Tim Holtz's new tiny houses die and I was dying to make one. I don't have that die, but I do have his older artful dwellings die (which is on sale at Sizzix right now for just $12!) and decided to make it into a 3D shadow box, which would give me a similar look.

First, I cut the largest house from medium weight chipboard. Then I measured the sides and roof and cut pieces to fit. I also cut a piece to fit the bottom.

Next, I lined up the pieces and taped them in place using masking tape. Very easy! It doesn't matter how the tape looks because it will all be covered up. Now you can go crazy decorating your little shadow box.

I covered the inside of mine with book pages, then brushed over it with a white dabber to lighten the text a bit. I stamped the eggs from Tim's Nature Walk stamp set, and added some stamped text (from an older set by Time to Stamp that's discontinued). The kids are Found Relatives that have been cut out and glued inside the box, along with some moss and a rose adornment. I covered the roof with a piece of metal that I had lying around - it's good to be a pack rat! :) Finally, I dyed a piece of ribbon with Tumbled Glass Distress ink and tied it around the bottom.

Mardi Gras Sale

If you are looking to stock your art room with some fantastic dies, now is the time! Sizzix is having a huge sale with amazing deals on some of my favorite dies from Tim Holtz and Eileen Hull. Click the banner above to go directly to the site. Have fun! :) So sorry, this sale has ended!

You can find the supplies I used at Sizzix, Simon Says Stamps, and Amazon via the links below. SSS is also having a great sale right now. Use the code LUCKY to save $10 off of $50, or use the code LEAP to save $5 off of $5.

Thanks so much for stopping by today! I'm entering this into the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge - Based on a Book, and Frilly and Funkie's Welcome Spring challenge. Be sure and check out all of the other wonderful submissions on their blogs!

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Shake it Up! Valentine's Shaker Card

Happy Valentine's Day, everyone! Since my last post with Karen Burniston's Designer Challenge team, we've regrouped as a casual group of crafty friends called Paper Pros and are participating in a monthly, no-stress challenge. I'm so excited that the team is still together and happy to get to work with such a talented group of friends!

This month our challenge is Shake it Up. We all created cards with either a shaker or some other type of movement. I'm still on my addiction to shakers, so I used Karen's Hearts Pivot die to created a three panel card using some pretty papers from Prima. You might remember I used this fabulous technique from Summer Hills-Painter a couple years ago, but with the Butterfly Pivot. I love that it looks so complicated, but is really quite easy!

I created the shaker portion by using the two smaller heart dies to cut two layers from fun foam. I adhered them, then covered the top with a clear piece of acetate cut from the larger heart die. The final layer was another frame, this time cut from pretty paper. I added dots of Platinum Stickles to decorate the edges. I filled the heart with pearl beads and sequins, then glued a backing on.

Here are links to the other Paper Pros.
Caz Counsell - Valentines treat boxes with wobbling critters
Fran Sabad - beach-themed shaker card
Karen Aicken - pop-up Valentine with shaker balloon
Sandy Diller - accordion Valentine with wobbling bear
Frances Byrne - pop-up Lorna label window shaker card
Donna Wright -
Summer - Hills Painter -
Raquel Mason -
Helen Cryer -
Kelly Booth -

Thanks so much for stopping by today! You can find the supplies I used at Elizabeth Craft Designs and Simon Says Stamp via the links below. The Heart Pivot die is on sale right now for just $12.95, so grab it while you can!