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SMILE - Hexagon Card Print E-mail
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Written by Sandi Briggs   
Thursday, 09 May 2013 00:00

  Unique Everyday Cards with Hexagons
"Smile" Card

This card is the third in our series of cards using Sizzix Hexagon dies,
sharing ideas and "how to's" for unique everyday cards featuring Hexagons.
 

“Smile” card using Sizzix Hexagon dies (1 ¼” sides die)

 DTS Smile HC Finished 1
DTS Smile HC BF Closeup 2     DTS Smile HC Smile Closeup 3

 

 

  

So often the cards and projects that we make are for “everyday” events.  Having a simple go to design element that can be reassembled a million different ways makes those “everyday” cards easier and more fun.  The  simplicity of the Sizzix Hexagon dies makes them flexible enough to create “Clean and Simple” cards, as well as “Shabby Chic” super embellished projects.  This tutorial features the Sizzix Hexagon die in the 1 ¼” side style.  This die cuts cardstock and chipboard quickly and cleanly.  Depending on your paper and embellishments it can also be used as holiday theme or easily incorporated into a scrapbook layout.

 

DTS Smile HC Supplies 4
 

                              

                           

Supplies

 

         Sizzix Hexagon die -  1 ¼” Side #658318
Memory Box dies -  Classic LC Alphabet #98360 and Moonlight Butterfly #98260
Cosmo Cricket Papers -  Baby Jane Hop & Skip #68091 and Knick Knack #68092
Bella Blvd - Sophisticates Chlorine #217
BoBunny Paper - Turquoise Dot #12TD300  
Bazzill Basics cardstock - Pinecone and Maraschino
Miscellaneous Embellishments – bakers twine, rhinestones, and buttons
Scor-Pal
Die Cut Machine such as BigShot or eBosser
Other supplies –  Glossy Accents, Scotch Quick-Dry adhesive, Permanent and removable adhesive
              

Assembly

For die cutting, this tutorial uses the Sizzix Big Shot; however other die cut machines like the eBosser can be used. Just check your product for cutting details.  The Sizzix dies are easy to use in the Sizzix Big Shot, keep in mind you will only need the two Cutting Plates when using these dies.  The cutting plate order, or “sandwich”, used for these dies, starting at the bottom – Cutting Plate, die with cutting edge up, paper and Cutting Plate.  The project also incorporates the Memory Box dies which are easily used in the Big Shot.  With the Multi-Purpose Platform and the two Cutting Plates for these dies,  the cutting plate order, or “sandwich” used for the Memory Box dies, starting at the bottom – Multi-Purpose Platform, Cutting Plate, paper, die with the cutting edge down and Cutting Plate.  While each machine is calibrated differently, both the Sizzix and Memory Box dies are super easy to use and did not require any “shimming”.

       

Cut Bazzil Basics Pinecone card stock cut to 9 ¼” x 8”.  Score at 4” along the 8” edge, fold to make a standard #10 card size.

 

 

 

DTS Smile HC Scorepal 5

 

 

 

DTS Smile HC Folded Card 6

 

 

 

     

Now for some die cutting!  Using the Sizzix, 1 ¼” side Hexagon die, cut a piece of each of the patterned papers, making four hexagons with each die cut pass.  Pay careful attention to patterns that you want to go a particular direction.  You will end up with 16 total hexagons, although you will only need 13.  Yay, extras for another project! 

 

As a reminder, when using the Sizzix Original Dies, the cutting plate order, or "sandwich", used for these dies, starting at the bottom - Cutting Plate, die with cutting edge up, paper and Cutting Plate.

DTS Smile HC Cut Hexagons 7

 

To achieve the border around the edges and throughout the face of the card you will need to make a template.  For 1/8” borders around all of the dies, cut a scrap piece of paper to 3 ¾” x 9”.  This will give you a chance to layout the hexagons in your desired order and trim the hexagons hanging off the edge easily.

 

DTS Smile HC Prep for Layout 8

 

DTS Smile HC Pattern Placement 9


 

Now onto the embellishments, yay!  For this project treat each hexagon as its own canvas.  Let’s take a closer look at the cork and felt flower on the bottom row.  This flower utilizes two Memory Box dies.  The flower uses the Memory Box Blooming Posie die and cork.  The flower center is made using the Memory Box Floral Delights die and wool felt.  When using the Memory Box Dies, these are steel type dies, the cutting plate order, or “sandwich”, used for these dies, starting at the bottom – Multi-Purpose Platform, Cutting Plate, paper, die with cutting edge down and Cutting Plate.  These dies cut beautifully on these unusual surfaces! Use  removable adhesive, just a small dot will do, to attach all of the hexagons as desired. Then turn the template over, and working on a cutting mat, use a craft knife and metal ruler to trim off the pieces hanging over the edges of the template. Once trimmed, turn the piec face up and begin placing the pieces on the card base using a permanent adhesive.

 

  DTS Hello HC Attach and Trim 10

 

 

DTS Smile HC Flip Attach Adhesive 11

 

For the sentiment, use a piece of the Pinecone cardstock (left over from making the card base).  Using the Memory Box, Classic Lowercase Alphabet Set, cut letters for “SMILE”.  Since this is a smaller die and you can always use letters, it was easier to cut the entire die.  However, you can place individual pieces of cardstock on the selected letters.  As a reminder, when using the Memory Box Dies, these are steel type dies, the cutting plate order, or “sandwich”, used for these dies, starting at the bottom – Multi-Purpose Platform, Cutting Plate, paper, die with cutting edge down and Cutting Plate.

 

DTS Smile HC MBO Alph 12

 

 Attach Following the same instructions, die cut the Memory Box Moonlight Butterfly, one in the Pinecone cardstock (yes, still using that scrap) and a second time in the Maraschino (or other small red scrap). Attach the Maraschino butterfly body to the Pinecone butterfly wings and embellish the body with tiny red rhinestones.

 

DTS Smile HC BF Closeup 2

 

Next for the buttons!  Here is a clever crafty tip for threading floss and twine through the adorable tiny buttons… dental floss threader.  If only I could remember who told me this and I could appropriately give them credit, but honestly it has been at least 10 years, so hopefully their feelings are not hurt J.  You can find these in the dental aisle of grocery and drug stores, generally in a box of 20, I am still on that same box from 10 years ago.  Similar to a needle threader, place the twine or embroidery floss in the “eye” of the dental floss threader, and then thread through your button.

 

DTS Smile HC Buttons 13

Finally, attach all of your elements to your card with adhesive. Scotch Quick Dry Adhesive is great for attaching tiny die cuts as it has a small tip and dries quickly and clear. For those heavier and awkward embellishments, try Inkssentials Glossy Accents. The dry time is longer, it dries clear and holds beautifully for those odd-shaped, non-paper items.

 

DTS Smile HC Attach Embellies 14

 

This is such a fun and easy design and it comes together quickly using the Sizzix 1 ¼” Side Hexagon die.  What can you do with this die?

 

DTS Smile HC Finished 1

 Coming Soon - layouts featuring Hexagons! 

 

 
Happy Birthday Card with Hexagons Print E-mail
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Written by Sandi Briggs   
Saturday, 27 April 2013 00:00

  Unique Everyday Cards with Hexagons
"Happy Birthday" Card

This card is the second in our series of cards using Sizzix Hexagon dies,
sharing ideas and "how to's" for unique everyday cards featuring Hexagons.
 

“Happy Birthday” card using Sizzix Hexagon dies (1 ¼” sides and ¾” sides dies)

DTS HB HC Finished Card 1

 

 

  

Can’t decide which patterned paper or embellishment to use? Then this is the card for you!  The simplicity of the Sizzix Hexagon dies makes them a quick, easy element for your card or project.  Combine both the 1 ¼” and ¾” sizes and you have the perfect canvas for your favorite papers and embellishments.  This tutorial features the Sizzix Hexagon die in the 1 ¼” and ¾” side styles and incorporates chipboard to create depth and interest.  These dies cut cardstock and chipboard quickly and cleanly.  Depending on your paper and embellishments they can also be used for any theme or easily incorporated into a scrapbook layout. 


 

DTS HB HC Supplies 2

 

                               

                           

Supplies

 

         Sizzix Hexagon dies -  1 ¼” Side #658318 and ¾” Side #658316
Memory Box dies -  Blooming Posie #862, Floral Delights #98349
JustRite Clear Stamp Sets Topsy Turvy Cakes #CR-02230
Memento Rich Cocoa Ink
Tim Holtz Walnut Stain Distress Ink and Inkssentials Blending Tool & Foam
Cosmo Cricket Papers -  Baby Jane Hop & Skip #68091 and Giggles #68088, Tea for Two Rose Petal Jam #68075
Bazzill Basics cardstock: Candle and Java
Chipboard
Miscellaneous Embellishments – wool felt, ric rac, fibers, ribbon, pins, rhinestones, cork paper and buttons
Scor-Pal
Die Cut Machine such as BigShot or eBosser
Other supplies –  Glossy Accents, Scotch Quick-Dry adhesive
              

Assembly

For die cutting, this tutorial uses the Sizzix Big Shot; however other die cut machines like the eBosser can be used. Just check your product for cutting details.  The Sizzix dies are easy to use in the Sizzix Big Shot, keep in mind you will only need the two Cutting Plates when using these dies.  The cutting plate order, or “sandwich”, used for these dies, starting at the bottom – Cutting Plate, die with cutting edge up, paper and Cutting Plate.  The project also incorporates the Memory Box dies which are easily used in the Big Shot.  With the Multi-Purpose Platform and the two Cutting Plates for these dies,  the cutting plate order, or “sandwich” used for the Memory Box dies, starting at the bottom – Multi-Purpose Platform, Cutting Plate, paper, die with the cutting edge down and Cutting Plate.  While each machine is calibrated differently, both the Sizzix and Memory Box dies are super easy to use and did not require any “shimming”.

       

 

  Start with one piece of Bazzil Basics Candle card stock cut to 6” x 12”.  Score at 6” along the 12” edge, fold to make a 6” x 6” square card size.

 

 

 

DTS HB HC Yellow ScorPal Card 3

 

 

 

 

 

  Then cut a 5 ½” x 5 ½” piece of Java card stock for the layer.     

 

DTS HB HC Brown ScorPal Panel 4

 

Now for some die cutting!  Using the Sizzix, 1 ¼” sides and ¾” sides Hexagon dies, cut a piece of each of the patterned papers in both the large and small sized dies.  You will cut the Cosmo Cricket, Baby Jane, Giggles paper twice for each size as you will need both the front and back of this patterned paper.

After cutting all of the patterned papers, you will need to cut the chipboard. For this project, there are two of the Sizzix 1 1/4" sides Hexagons and four of the Sizzix 3/4" sides Hexagons using chipboard. The chipboard cuts easily and utilizes the cutting plate order, or "sandwich", starting at the bottom - Cutting Plate, die with cutting edge up, paper and Cutting Plate.  

 

DTS HB HC DC Chipboard 5

 

So now you have an assortment of hexagons!  Begin laying these out on your card layer to find the perfect combination.

DTS HB HC Die Cut Hex Shapes 6


 

 

 

Now onto the embellishments, yay!  For this project treat each hexagon as its own canvas.  Let’s take a closer look at the cork and felt flower on the bottom row.  This flower utilizes two Memory Box dies.  The flower uses the Memory Box Blooming Posie die and cork.  The flower center is made using the Memory Box Floral Delights die and wool felt.  When using the Memory Box Dies, these are steel type dies, the cutting plate order, or “sandwich”, used for these dies, starting at the bottom – Multi-Purpose Platform, Cutting Plate, paper, die with cutting edge down and Cutting Plate.  These dies cut beautifully on these unusual surfaces!

DTS HB HC Cork MBO Die 7

 

DTS HB HC Felt MBO die 8


 

 

For the sentiment tag, this project uses the JustRite Clear Stamps, “Happy Birthday”, in the Topsy Turvy Cakes set.  Using Memento, Rich Cocoa ink, stamp the sentiment onto a piece of patterned paper or complimentary card stock.  Cut out with a circle punch or die and ink the edges with the Rich Cocoa ink.  Attach a pin and ribbon to complete the embellishment.

DTS HB HC Stamp 9

 

 

Attach all of your patterned paper to the chipboard using adhesive. Scotch Quick Dry Adhesive is great for attaching paper to paper as it dries quickly and clear. 

 DTS HB HC Glue DC Chpbd to Paper 10

 

Next, using Tim Holtz, Distressed Ink in Walnut Stain and an Inkssentials Ink Blending Tool, ink the edges of each of the covered chipboard hexagons for a finished look.

DTS HB HC Distress Shapes 11

 

Finally, attach all of your elements to your card with adhesive. Scotch Quick Dry Adhesive is great for attaching tiny die cuts as it has a small tip and dries quickly and clear. For those heavier and awkward embellishments, try Inkssentials Glossy Accents. The dry time is longer, it dries clear and holds beautifully for those odd-shaped, non-paper items.

DTS HB HC Finished V2

 

The Sizzix 1 ¼” side and ¾” side Hexagon dies keep the design simple, while  giving you great opportunities to showcase your embellishments and style.  Try this with holiday papers or use as accents for a scrapbook layout… lots of great options with these dies!

 

   DTS HB HC Finished 1

We've got one more card up our sleeves -
the final card in our "Unique Everyday Cards with Hexagons"

.... in the meantime, happy hexagon krafting!

 
Unique Everyday Cards with Hexagons Print E-mail
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Written by Sandi Briggs   
Wednesday, 17 April 2013 00:00

  Unique Everyday Cards with Hexagons
"Thinking of You" Card

This card is the first in our series of three cards using Sizzix Hexagon dies,
sharing ideas and "how to's" for unique everyday cards featuring Hexagons.
 

 

DTS TY Finished Card 1

 

 

  

 A handmade card is a special way of let someone know that you care.
  This unique card features the versatility of the Sizzix Hexagon dies,
while taking advantage of their simplicity.  This project utilizes the ¾” sides size,
some fabulous trims and papers and you have a beautiful card to share.


 

 

 

DTS TY Supplies 2

 

                                           

                           

Supplies

 

         Sizzix dies:  ¾” Side Hexagon #658316, Scallop Card #4 Bigz XL #657372
          Memory Box dies: Scalloped Frame #98247, Magic Flourish #98420
         Sizzix Embossing Folder Birds & Blooms Set #657393
        JustRite With Sympathy Set #CR-03570
         Memento Rich Cocoa Ink
         Elizabeth Craft Designs Gold Shimmer Sheetz
         Cosmo Cricket Tea for Two papers, Butter #68079 and Rose Petal Jam #68075
         Bazzill Basics Leapfrog cardstock
         Maya Road Pleated Satin Trim
         Kaisercraft Chocolate Pearls
         Miscellaneous Embellishments – craft and green cardstock scraps 
        
Scor-Pal
         Die Cut Machine such as BigShot or eBosser
     Other supplies – Liquid/dry adhesive, glue gun, scissors

 

Assembly

For die cutting, this tutorial uses the Sizzix Big Shot; however other die cut machines like the eBosser can be used. Just check your product for cutting details.  The Sizzix dies are easy to use in the Sizzix Big Shot, keep in mind you will only need the two Cutting Plates when using these dies.  The cutting plate order, or “sandwich”, used for these dies, starting at the bottom – Cutting Plate, die with cutting edge up, paper and Cutting Plate.  The project also incorporates the Memory Box dies which are easily used in the Big Shot.  With the Multi-Purpose Platform and the two Cutting Plates for these dies,  the cutting plate order, or “sandwich” used for the Memory Box dies, starting at the bottom – Multi-Purpose Platform, Cutting Plate, paper, die with the cutting edge down and Cutting Plate.  While each machine is calibrated differently, both the Sizzix and Memory Box dies are super easy to use and did not require any “shimming”.

       

 

   Start with one piece of Bazzill Basics Leapfrog card stock cut to 4 ¼” x 12”.  Using the Sizzix Bigz XL, Scallop Card #4 die to cut and score your card base.  The final card base is a standard A2 size card that opens along the top with a scalloped bottom edge.    

 

 

 DTS TY Card Base 3

DTS TY HC Score Card 4

 

Using the Sizzix ¾” sides Hexagon dies, cut two to three pieces of each of the patterned papers. Cut two pieces using the Shimmer Sheetz. This is a wonderful material that can be embossed, distressed and stamped.

DTS TY HC Shimmer Sheetz 5

 DTS TY HC Die Cut Shimmer Sheetz 6

 

After cutting the Shimmer Sheetz, emboss using the Blooms folder from the Sizzix, Birds & Blooms Set.  Place your previously die cut hexagon of Shimmer Sheetz into the embossing folder. The embossing folders can be easily used in the Big Shot.  You will need the Multi-Purpose Platform and the two Cutting Plates for these folders.  The cutting plate order, or “sandwich” used for the Sizzix Embossing folders, starting at the bottom is Multi-Purpose Platform Cutting Plate, embossing folder with paper inside and Cutting Plate.

DTS TY HC Emboss Shimmer Sheetz 7

 

Next, let’s do some die cutting with the Memory Box dies.  With the Scalloped Frame die,cut a piece of the Cosmo Cricket, Tea for Two, Rose Petal Jam paper. I used theback side of the paper for the project.  Second, using the Magic Flourish die, cut two pieces of green cardstock, in two colors.  Both of these dies are super versatile and can be utilized inso many different ways on your projects!

 

DTS TY HC MBO Scallop Frame die 9

 

 DTS TY HC MBO Magic Flourish Die 10

 

For the sentiment, this project uses the JustRite Clear Stamps, With Sympathy Set.Using Memento, Rich Cocoa ink, stamp the “Thinking of You” sentiment on a smallpiece of craft cardstock.  Banner or flag cut the left edge for accent, and attach to the card front, wrapping around the ends of the Magic Flourish.

DTS TY HC Stamp Message 11

 


Using the Maya Road, Pleated Satin trim, attach along the right side of the card edge,lining up the edge of the trim with the card base.  Then attach the Scallop Frame die cut, slightly offset on the card base.  Place the Patterned Paper and Shimmer Sheetz hexagons in the desired design and adhere to the Scallop Frame.  Trim the excess, using the card base as a guide. Attach the two Magic Flourish dies, but only attach at the thickest part of the die cut so you can wrap the ends around the sentiment later.

 DTS TY HC Closeup Emb Hex 12b

 

DTS TY HC Closeup Flwr Message

 

  To complete the flower accent shown above, you will need a piece of the Maya Road, Pleated Satin Trim, a small scrap of craft cardstock and a glue gun.  Wrap the Pleated Trim in a coil, starting tightly and then getting looser toward the end.  Place a small bit of hot glue on the stitched edge of the trim and place on the cardstock scrap.  Adjust to the desired look, and trim any excess.  Attach to the card front. 

DTS TY HC Ribbon Flower 12

 

Embellish with Kaisercraft Chocolate pearls along the top edge,
and you are done!

 The Sizzix ¾” side Hexagon die is super versatile, yet simple and easy to use. Don't forget Shimmer Sheetz, wow what a difference a little shimmer can make on a project!

 

DTS TY HC Finished Card 1

Stay tuned for our next
 Hexagon Card in this card series.

 

 
Vintage Valentine Card Inspiration Print E-mail
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Written by Mary Schoknecht   
Saturday, 12 January 2013 00:00

Nostalgic Valentine Cards

 

Take a step back in time with these vintage cards.
 Decorated with Reminsce Valentine papers,
these cards can easily be adapted for many occasions.

 

We'll take you through a couple of cards "close up"

and then share with you several more to really get those creative juices flowing!

 

 

Amore Card

 

 

 DTM Val Amore Card

 


Supplies

Red Card stock, Memory Box red checked paper
Reminisce “Cupid’s Arrow” paper & MY Sweeet Valentine sticker sheet
Elizabeth Craft Design stickers -  white & gold scroll trim and red border trim
Stickles: barn red, mystic green and gold
Brown distress ink pad
Embellishments – Kaisercraft champagne pearl strips, red and white polka dot ribbon,
 red eyelets, Maya Road white heart straight pin, small vacation ad from Tim Holtz paper

 

 Assembly

Cut cardstock 7 x 10inches and score. Tear red & white checkered paper for left side of background. 

Distress card edges and torn edge of red-checked paper with bronw ink.
Punch 1/8" holes and add eyelets, ribbonand straight pin.
Add any Tim Holtz vacation ad or other background image in upper right corner
of the card so it extends off the card edge.

Cut small images from Reminisce Cupids Arrow paper and place over and under a
Reminisce 2x3 sticker image. Mount on card. Border right hand of sticker image and bottom of
cardwith Reminisce flower border images.

Add Elizabeth Craft Designs gold and white stickers as desired and accent with various
Reminisce imagesto enhance the card.
Highlight flower centers with gold stickles.

  How's that for beautiful?
Here's another vintage card -

 

Sweet Cherub Card

DTM Val Card Cherub

 Supplies

Cardstock – Solid red, Soiree Shimmery Gold
Reminisce My Sweet Valentine sticker sheet
Maya Road red pleated trim
Elizabeth Craft Designs red border edging stickers
Embellishments - Pebbles button candy heart dots, red and white checked ribbon, red eyelets,
safety pin, Heart punched from Soiree Shimmery Gold cardstock, Tim Holtz “Idea-ology” word sticker

 

Assembly

 Cut gold cardstock 8 x 5 1/2". Score.

Select a 2x3” Reminisce sticker image  and place on red cardstock background.

Add red pleated trim to left side of red cardstock with double-sided tape,
covering the stitching with cardstock. Add Reminisce sticker to center of the panel.
Mount the panel in center of card and edgewith Elizabeth Craft Designs sticker border.

Cut heart from gold cardstock. Add Tim Holtz word sticker on back of heart.
Attach heart to trim with pin.

Accent top and bottom edges of card with Reminisce border stickers.
Then add Elizabeth Craft red edging sticker border along the Reminsce sticker edges.

Tie a simple bow from red-checked ribbon, attach to center of top border with a glue dot.
Space Pebbles button candy heart dots along right side of card.

 

Now that those creative juices are flowing,         
 here are some more vintage card ideas to inspire you.

All of these cards were all made with the Reminisce "My Sweet Valentine"
collection and the trims and stickers listed above,
with some additional embellishments and a die cut or two.

 

DTM Val Card 3        DTM Val Card 5

 

DTM Val Card 5

 

Wait, there's more!

 DTM Val Card 6        DTM Val Card 8

 

DTM Val Card 7       

 

And who can resist some vintage tags
to really sweeten things up .....

 

 

DTM Val Tags 3

 

DTM Val Tags 1

 

Last, but certainly not least,

 

DTM Val Tags 2

 

Stop in for your supplies so you can
      make some of these vintage cards and tags
           for your special Valentines this year!

 

 

 
"My Sweet Valentine" Wishing Well Print E-mail
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Written by Mary Schoknecht   
Tuesday, 01 January 2013 00:00

"My Sweet Valentine" Wishing Well

 

So versatile, this lovely wishing well is decorated with Reminsce Valentine papers.
But it could be crafted for any seaon or celebration -
a shower centerpiece (wedding or baby), a special gift ....

 

so many possibilities!

 

 DTM WW Fin

 


Supplies

Kaisercraft Wishing Well Kit 
Reminisce My Sweet Valentine collection
Tim Holtz Aged Mahogany Distress Stain & Victorian Velvet Distress Pad
Maya Road Cream Scalloped Trim & Pink Mini Organza Roses
Petaloo Floral Embellishments, Velvet Hydrangeas - Rose and Cream
Kaisercraft Cranberry Paper Blooms & Mini Paper Blooms, Dusty Pink & Aubergine
Tim Holtz Decorative Tape, any black and white pattern
Elizabeth Craft Designs long red sticker strips
Beautiful Moments Element Stickers
Mod Podge, Glossy Accents, Scotch Quick Dry Adhesive, Twigs (if desired)

 Assembly

 With Tim Holtz Distress stain “Aged Mahogany”, stain both sides of wishing well’s side pieces,
cross-piece, and bottom. Stain one side of wishing well’s front walls, roof pieces and lid ½” from edge.

 DTM WW Sides

 

 

Cut two Reminisce papers 2”x3” for sides, and 2 pieces of 4 5/16” x 3 5/8” for roof.
Decoupage paper on with Mod Podge. Add long red stickers around edges of paper where wanted for borders.

DTM Sides Paper

 


 Tape scalloped edging to roof edge and top with Maya Road roses to cover seam.
On top of roof edge apply any black and white Tim Holtz decorative tape.

 DTM WW Roof

 

 

Make flowers for roof from scalloped edging by sewing more gathers into it to form a circle.Glue to roof with Glossy Accents. Use two cranberry-colored Kaisercraft paper blooms, touching up the edgeswith M scrapbook paint (Manilla) and small brush. Center in flower you sewed. Find some twigs outside and lightly brush with gold metallic paint. Glue under flower.

 Embellish sides of wishing well and top with slot using Petaloo Velvet Hydrangeasin rose and cream colors.  Again use Glossy Accents. You may need to clamp the flowers and leaves in place with clothespins till glue dries.

DTM WW Sides Decorated

 

 

Embellish as desired with other Kaisercraft mini blooms in Aubergine and Dusty Pink.
Assemble using Scotch Quick Dry Adhesive or Elmer’s Glue.

DTM WW Fin CloseUp

 

Happy Crafting!

 
Copic Marker Tutorials Print E-mail
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Written by Cathy Smith   
Sunday, 30 December 2012 00:00

Simple Pleasures Copic Marker Videos

 We have two great copic marker video tutorials for you,
on our Simple Pleasures You Tube Channel,
with blending techniques that will
help you achieve beautiful results with your Copic coloring.

This Copic tutorial features
Copic Shading with Warm Gray Copic markers
and Penny Black stamps.

 http://youtu.be/Yp-biTUwoqA


DTS Copic Warm Gray Video

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 Want to see more?

We have another Copic video to share with you too,
with a Penny Black floral stamp.

 DTS Copic Cool Grays Video

 

http://youtu.be/PFLSSazW3vs

Want more Copic tips and techniques?
We're putting the finishing touches on a
Copic Workshop series of classes --

more info to come!

 
Hot Cocoa Holiday Magnetic Frame Print E-mail
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Written by Deb Lucero   
Monday, 10 December 2012 00:00

Hot Cocoa Holiday Photo Frame

 


We're having lots of fun creating personalized home decor and gifts with
 Magnetic Frames. By attaching the pics with magnet discs that you decorate, these become "perpetual" keepsakes that you can simply
change out the pictures on from year to year!  


 

HCHMF Finished 
           

Supplies

Vertical Rust Magnetic Frame
Impression Obsession dies – , Snowflakes DIE024X, Pine Bough DIE021N, Border Duo DIE017V
Simple Stories “Handmade Holiday” papers – December 25 (2706), Handcrafted (2707), Holiday Flash Cards (2709)
Cardstock – Green, Red and White and Red
Basic Grey Magnetic Snaps
1inch circle punch or Maya Road chipboard buttons
Crop-a-dile
Embellishments - Red Glitter Dots, May Arts Olive and Kraft Jute
Chestnut Roan Chalk Ink
White Galaxy Marker
Die cut machine such as BigShot or eBosser
Other supplies - Adhesives, foam tape, scissors

 Assembly

 Cut 1 yard lengths each of green and kraft jute.  Layer together and cut at 26”.
  This gives you one longer and one shorter piece of each color.
  Run the short length of both colors up the right side of the frame and the longer length up the left frame side.
Keep both raw ends coming out from the back to the front of the bottom holes.
The remaining two ends will meet up at the top right, again coming from the back to the front, to be tied in a bow.

 

 HCHMF String Jute

 

 

To make the buttons for the bottom corners, cut two 1” circles out of chipboard and cut
two 1” circles from Simple Stories “Handcrafted”  red plaid patterned paper. 
Or use Maya Road pre-cut chipboard buttons to cover with the red plaid paper.
Be sure to punch on the outer edge of the  plaid paper since the remaining paper
will be used for the main base piece.  Glue and layer chipboard to red plaid paper. 
Punch 2 button holes per piece with a Crop-a-dile. 
Ink edges with Chestnut Roan Chalk Ink.  Holding a button to the  frame,
run each end through button hole and tie a knot on top.  Repeat for the other side.

 

HCHMF Chpbd Buttons

 

 

 Following the scallop design on the Simple Stories “Handcrafted” paper,
trim around the scallops, slightly smaller than the base of the magnetic picture frame.
Slide your trimmed out paper under the buttons.

 

 HCHMF Trim Base Paper

 

 

 Cut red cardstock 5 ¼” x  6 ½”.  Cut the long side of the cardstock
with Impression Obsession border die DIE017-V.  Cut a thin strip of paper from the
Simple Stories “December 25” paper and adhere to right side. Ink all edges.

 

IOB Border Duo One 17

 

 Die cut two green cardstock pine branches from the
Impression Obsession Pin Bough die.
Accent the die cut branches with a white Galaxy marker to simulate snow. 


HCHMF Accent Boughs


 Die cut snowflakes, 1 of each of the three sizes,
out of white cardstock with theImpression Obsession snowflake dies.
Remove and set aside the tiny center piece from the largest snowflake.
  Glue the largest die cut snowflake to top right hand corner of main base paper
and add a red gem to the snowflake center.

 

HCHMF IOB Dies

 

 

 Turn the medium-sized die cut snowflake into a magnet
with the Basic Grey magnetic discs.
  Lightly apply glue to center of snowflake and adhere to the magnet. 
Add a red gem to the snowflake center.

 

 Cut out the “North Pole Hot Cocoa” flash card from
Simple Stories “Handmade Holiday Flash Cards” sheet.

 

HCHMF SS Flash Cards Sheet

 

 

  Fancy cut around mug.  Ink all edges.  Glue the remaining die cut snowflake
(the smallest of the snowflakes) behind the mug and add the tiny center piece,
previously set aside from the center of the large snowflake, to the bottom of mug.
Accent the center of the small snowflake with a red gem
and sprinkle 2 smaller gems under the title.  Add two magnets to the back.

 

HCHMF Mug CloseUp

 

 

 

 Now position your picture on red cardstock, holding in place with the snowflake
and cup magnet embellishments.  Layer the pine branches with a pop dot to achieve
a bit of dimension.  Tuck  the layered boughs behind the picture.

 Now comes the hard part,

will you keep this lovely keepsake for yourself
or give it as a gift?

Why not do BOTH!!!

 

 

 HCHMF Finished


Next year,   swap out the photo
in your  frame to update it, or send a new photo
to make this a gift that really is timeless!

 

 
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