Monday, April 10, 2017

Adding Clean and Simple Interest with Tim Holtz Shape Strips from Sizzix




Today I have another new card to share that can be made in minutes. Even though I like to make cards that are quick and easy I also like to have small details that add interest. 

One of the things I used to add a little extra detail here was the Sizzix Thinlits Die Set 10PK - Shape Strips by Tim Holtz. I love the variety in this set for borders, backgrounds and accents. I also like the fact that they come in both vertical and horizontal orientation. 



One huge plus is how these dies can leave an intricate design without having to adhere a bunch of small pieces. Obviously, you could save each small piece and do that. But to me the easiest way is to die-cut the strips from the panel leaving the negative image and then add a contrasting paper behind it. Notice in the close-up below how I did that. I created a card base (turquoise). I cut a panel slightly smaller than the card front from pink cardstock and attached it to the card front. Then, I cut a piece of patterned paper slightly smaller than the pink panel. I die-cut the simple heart strip from the panel and adhered it to the card front. When you first look you might think I glued each heart to the card front in a perfect line...yeah...not much chance of me getting anything that neat! Once that was finished I added the sentiment using 3D Foam Squares and embellished with rhinestones and bakers twine. Lots of detail but not lots of work! 








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Friday, March 31, 2017

A quick hello with the help of Sizzix and Stephanie Barnard

If you follow Stephanie Barnard you know she is famous for quick and easy cards that can be made in minutes. Today, I created a card to share that is true Stephanie style!


If you follow the Sizzix blog, you probably saw this card I made using Word Circles #2 Thinlits, Square Stand-Ups and Star Flip-its--all Stephanie Barnard dies.


As I was looking through my dies trying to decide what to make I came across the  Word Circles #2   die set. I hate to use dies for just one project and set them aside so I decided it was time to get a little more use from this set.

Notice how the set has a variety of circle sentiments as well as matching sized circles. That makes for super easy cards and projects!!






Simply grab a few pieces of coordinating patterned paper and cardstock along with the die set.



Layer the sentiment die along with the coordinating circle.

Die-cut 5 circles of the same size from coordinating patterned papers.

Finally cut a strip of cardstock slightly wider that the circles and adhere it all to your card front.


Embellish as desired and there you have it! 




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Saturday, March 25, 2017

Simple Coloring and My Cup of Candy



Back today with a super simple card using the new Sizzix Flower Garden Framelits dies and Stampers Anonymous Flower Garden stamps. I have to admit when I first started with this set I kinda freaked out. I will be the first one to tell you I'm not good with realistic images *or* coloring.


But I decided to give it a shot. And you know what? It's was kinda fun! I tried a variety of images and mediums. I finally decided on a mix of my Spectrum Noir colored pencils and then used a Touch Twin marker for shading.


I love having the ability to cut out the stamped image using a die and not trimming all of those points with scissors! Simply stamp the image and die-cut around it using the matching set--Sizzix Flower Garden Framelits dies and Stampers Anonymous Flower Garden stamps.


Create a card base and add some patterned paper. Use a piece of washi tape for the sentiment. Attach the final die-cut and colored image using some 3D foam squares and embellish with rhinestones. That's all there is to it!! And now I'm looking forward to playing even more with this set.

Speaking of looking forward to, why have tea when you can fill your cup with candy?? (I'm always looking forward to candy!) With the help of my Sizzix 3D Tea Cup die  that's exactly what I did in my newest tutorial, found on the Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L blog. It's sweet in so many ways ;)




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Saturday, February 25, 2017

Create It Simply: Add some glitter and glitz to crafty creations

Just a couple of my latest projects to share :)
I think I'm on a wee bit of an orange kick lately.
Also loving the addition of sparkle and shine with glitter and foil.
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Happy Saturday!!
-Tami 



My "Thank You" card  tutorial on the Sizzix blog.










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Monday, February 20, 2017

The excitement when you find your kind of book.



Those that know me know I am not a "book person". On the rare occasion that I do read it is typically non-fiction and takes me forever and a day to read. Although, craft and decor books are a completely different story. Mention anything that involves creating or color and I'm all ears. Naturally, when I first learned about Blogging for Books I pretty much ignored it. I simply don't have time to read. Then I saw the post of a fellow crafter which included CRAFT books...and coloring books. At that point I thought I did a little *happy dance* and excitedly said "count me in!". I was off to find something crafty--Everything Beautiful by WaterBrook was the something I chose.

This book is filled with gorgeous illustrations based on Scripture, quotes, poems and music. There are various images including random doodles like this:


And full scenes like this one:

After thumbing through the full 96 pages I could hardly wait to watch the colors appear and finally decided on the image below. I like that the pages are perforated so that they can be removed from the book. Pretty much the only thing I didn't like about this book was that the pages didn't remove as cleanly as I would have liked; but, it wasn't a deal breaker for me.


I liked that the images were printed on one side with details about them on the back such as lyrics and background information. I thought this was an excellent idea because if your chosen medium soaks through the paper you aren't losing an actual coloring page and you also aren't getting a lot of blank pages. Below is the back of the page shown above. It gives the lyric for the song illustrated. 


As an artist and crafter, I was also very happy to see that each page listed the artist who illustrated and lettered the image to be colored.

As far as the page quality, the pages are nice an thick so they work well with a variety of mediums. For this particular page I wanted to try alcohol ink markers to see if they would bleed through. As you can see below, they did bleed. But, as mentioned previously, this wasn't really an issue since the pages can be removed and there is no illustration on the back side. I would recommend removing them as opposed to leaving them in the book if you want to use a medium that has the potential to soak through the page.


Overall, I found this to be a high quality adult coloring book with beautiful inspirational images that are unique and easy to color. 



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I received this book free of charge from Blogging for Books in exchange for my honest and unbiased review.




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