Thursday, October 31, 2013

Happy Halloween with Sizzix

Check out the Sizzix blog for the tutorial.

Raven blog hop with Glitz Design

Happy Halloween everyone and welcome to the Raven blog hop with Glitz Design!

and here's a close-up shot
To make this card, I used:
Glitz Design "Raven" papers - Grey
Glitz Design "Raven" 6x6 paper pad
Glitz Design "Finnley" 6x6 paper pad
Glitz Design "Raven" Stamp Tin
Glitz Design "Raven" Washi Tape - B & W Chevron
Other: white cardstock, black acrylic paint, black ink, black ink pad,

Want to win some prize? Glitz Design will be giving a Raven prize package to one lucky winner from all of the comments on all the blogs. The more blogs you comment on, the better your chance to win.
Please post only ONE comment on each blog you stop at.
Jaime Warren –
Karine Cazenave –
Karola Witczak -
Lea Lawson –
Leica Forrest –
Lisa Andrews –
Marie Ramirez –
Mou Saha – [You are here!]
Nina Ostermann –
Noel Culbertson –
Stephanie Bryan –
Glitz Design Blog –

Be safe and have fun :)

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Sizzix wants to know

          Sizzix is having a great contest! You can win a trip to Sizzix in Lake Forest, CA for you and a friend or a $100 Sizzix gift card just by telling them Who Are You!

Here are some details you might like to know:
You could win
  • Grand Prize Winner: wins a trip to Sizzix for her and a friend
  • Top 12 entrants: win $100 Sizzix gift card.
  • Top 12 chosen by January 15, 2014.
  • Grand prize winner announced February 2014.
Check out the full campaign here and the contest page.

To join in the fun, each Sizzix designer is sharing who they are! So, here's who I am:
Treasure hunter: Even though I don't get to do it often, I love finding old toys in flea markets, antique stores, etc. Here's one of my favorite finds.

Art journal maker: They are my friends. I can pour my heart out to them. I always have a few around me withing arm's reach.

Mom: These two people make my world go round.

I have always enjoyed making things with my hands... ever since I started scrapbooking, Sizzix machines, dies, embossing folders, etc. have been part of my go-to-supplies. Right now I'm very much into the various 3D dies that Sizzix has released.

And my current favorite Sizzix project is

Good luck to all who enter!

Monday, October 28, 2013

Glitz Design & Prima, part 2

It's Prima day 2 at Glitz Design and once again, I'm excited to be playing along!
Here's today's project using the Raven collection from Glitz Design and embellishments from Prima.
Every year I create special Halloween treat bags for a few friends of my kids. The Raven collection from Glitz Design seemed to be the perfect choice this year. I didn't even have to cut up whole sheets, I just used the scraps from other projects. Some Raven stickers to spell out 'Halloween Treats', 'Halloween Candy', etc. along with the cute Giant Rhinestones paired with Prima ribbons, bark stars, frames, flowers, and some splatters of paint made the treat bag toppers just as fun as the treats inside.

Glitz Design "Raven" paper - Lines, Grey
Glitz Design "Raven" 12 x 12 Stickers - Alphabets & Words
Glitz Design "Raven" Giant Rhinestone
Prima Marketing Inc. Natural Bark Shapes - Stars
Prima Marketing Inc. La Tiza Collection Chalkboard Flower Embellishments 4 
Prima Marketing Inc. Wood Icons in a Box - Frames
Other: white cardstock, gold and black acrylic paints, orange Bistro marker, glassine paper, thread, paint brush

Thanks for stopping by :)

Sunday, October 27, 2013

Quick & Easy Christmas card with Sizzix

Here's a simple and quick card using Sizzix Textured Impressions Embossing Folders 2PK - Be Merry Set by Brenda Walton.

You'll need:
White cardstock
Distress Ink pad Evergreen Bough by Ranger
Ink blending tool by Ranger
Gem stickers (I used the ones by Die Cuts With A View)
Gold acrylic paint
Paint brush
Sewing machine & thread

Here are the steps:
1. Trim cardstock to about 4.5" x 6" to fit inside the Be Merry embossing folder. 
2. Emboss the piece and using ink blending tool add some color with the Evergreen Bough Distress Ink pad.
3. Flick some water with paint brush. 
4. Mix water water with some gold acrylic paint and flick the paint water on the piece. Let dry.
5. Attach some festive ribbon strips along the edges as shown and stitch them in place.
6. Add a few pearly gem stickers to the centers of the embossed snowflakes to finish.
7. Attach the piece to a cardfront created by folding a piece of cardstock and write your personal message inside.
And before you go, here's a close-up shot.

Here's to handmade cards this Holiday season!

Monday, October 21, 2013

Glitz Design & Prima

It's Prima day at Glitz Design and I'm excited to be playing along!
Prima embellishments always make me want to layer and cluster. Given the bright oranges and muted greys of Glitz Design's Raven collection's papers and stickers, the textured Prima embellishments just came to life with a sparkle!
Here's a layout using pretties from the Raven collection by Glitz Design and embellishments from Prima.

Layout: Picture This

Glitz Design "Raven" papers - Lines, Grey
Glitz Design "Raven" 6x6 paper pad
Glitz Design "Raven" 12 x 12 Stickers - Alphabets & Words
Glitz Design "Raven" Giant Rhinestone
Prima Marketing Inc. Natural Bark Shapes - Stars
Prima Marketing Inc. Bellas Collection Flowers
Prima Marketing Inc. La Tiza Collection Chalkboard Flower Embellishments 4 
Prima Marketing Inc. Donna Downey Collection Rose Trim - Orange
Prima Marketing Inc. Everyday Vintage Chalkboard Paper Notecard Set
Prima Marketing Inc. Wood Icons in a Box - Cameras
Prima Marketing Inc. Resin Embellishments - Feathers
Prima Marketing Inc. Finnabair Elementals 12 x 12 Stencil - Halftone
Other: white cardstock, yellow and black acrylic paint, black journaling pen

And here's a card:

Card: Happy Halloween

Glitz Design "Raven" papers - Grey
Glitz Design "Raven" 12 x 12 Stickers - Titles & Accents
Prima Marketing Inc. Natural Bark Shapes - Stars
Prima Marketing Inc. Bellas Collection Flowers
Prima Marketing Inc. Parola Collection Flowers
Prima Marketing Inc. Everyday Vintage Chalkboard Paper Notecard Set
Prima Marketing Inc. Say It In Studs
Other: white cardstock, thread

Glitz Design is giving away a prize of Raven collection pack.
Make sure to visit the Glitz blog for more chances of winning. Good luck everyone!

Friday, October 18, 2013

Green, Pink , and Neutrals with Glitz Design

I'm loving the Neon greens of Finnley alongside the soft pinks of Love You Madly on a grey woodgrain background from Raven. While usually you don't expect a Halloween collection to work well with a baby or love or masculine collections, Raven worked great for me with Finnley, Love You Madly, and Dapper Dan collections! A few black and white giant rhinestones from the Wild & Free collection were just the touches I needed to bring my layout together.

And some close-ups

I used:

Raven 12 x 12 paper Lines
Finnley 6 x6 paper pad
Love You Madly 6 x 6 paper pad
Wild & Free Giant Rhinestones
Dapper Dan 12 x 12 Stickers- Words & Alphabets

Thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, October 17, 2013

Apple Cider

Loving the warm autumn hues of Apple Cider from October Afternoon...

Those Tin Pins are cute!!!

Thursday, October 10, 2013

Triangles with Glitz Design

Triangles are now trendy! And Glitz Design has a ton of new products featuring this trend. I only used a few on my layout here... papers, washi tape, and stamps from Raven, Wild & Free, and Finnley collections. With a little paint and ink, they together for me in quite a fun layout. 

Raven 6 x 6 paper pad
Wild & Free 6 x 6 paper pad
Wild & Free 12 x 12 Stickers: Alphabets & Words
Finnley Washi Tape Triangles
Wild & Free Rubber Stamp Tin
Giant Roller Doodle Triangles

And here are some close-up shots 

Thanks for stopping by :)

Wednesday, October 09, 2013

Dare to Dream with Sizzix

I have always had a fondness for shadow boxes... they intrigue me! As a kid, I used to save up match boxes to make little pieces of art. Then when I learned to alter items, I made little holders out of Altoid tins. I have recycled tea bag cartons to make my own shadow boxes. I have played with Tim Holtz's configuration boxes too. So, when Sizzix released Brenda Walton's Shadow Box Bigz XL die, my heart sang :)

Here are the bits and pieces I cut out of thick cardstock using Brenda Walton's Shadow Box Bigz XL die with the Big Shot machine and extended cutting pads.

Using little table scraps, I collaged the back wall of the shadow box and the curtains.
TIP: I think it's a good idea to decorate the pieces individually first and assemble later.

Next, I painted the pieces and let them dry.

With a blending tool, I inked the pieces with Brushed Corduroy Distress Ink pad.

I stamped the phrase "Dare to Dream" from Tim Holtz's Simple sayings stamp set using Jet Black archival ink pad. Choose a phrase or a word that speaks to you.

Assemble the shadow box and secure with adhesive.

Diecut a small butterfly using Sizzix Bigz Die Mariposa. With pencil, sketch some details. Paint the butterfly. Add details with pens and markers.

Once the butterfly is ready, attach it inside the shadowbox using pop dots stacked together to create dimension.

With this die, the possibilities are truly endless!

Tuesday, October 08, 2013

Do the best you can

Lately, I've been thinking a lot about these famous words by Theodore Roosevelt:
"Do what you can, with what you have, where you are."
School's back in session and extra-curricular activities are in full swing. But unlike years past, my crafting time has been drastically cut short because of the kids attending different schools leading to several changes in our transportation scenario. I find myself spending a lot of time commuting and waiting, when my heart really yearns for my studio desk. But it is what it is... and I want to make the most of it. In fact, while I waited in the car line these last couple of weeks, I took photos of a lot of little things that I usually don't pay much mind to, such as the flashing speed limit sign, children crossing the road, school signs and more. Taken with my Droid phone, they aren't the best photos, but they do capture the details honestly. I ended up with quite a few photos that I narrowed down to six. Keeping in mind this Daily Flash sleeve, I resized and stitched them together in Adobe Photoshop 5.0 to create a 4 x 6 print.

And thought about filling in the remaining pockets with some of the cute papers and embellishments from the Milk Money mini collection.
 Product # SL-1072
SL-1072 - Daily Flash - 6x8 Sleeve for 2x2 (A)
I had two more photos I really wanted to add. So, I created another photo composite with two 3 x 4 photos and printed it as 4x 6.

The goal was to cut them apart to fit inside this sleeve.
Product # SL-1074
SL-1074 - Daily Flash - 6x8 Sleeve for 3x4 (A)
When I set out to put my pages together, I realized that I didn't have any of the SL-1072 - Daily Flash - 6x8 Sleeve for 2x2 (A) left. I had also used up the two 4 x 4 paper blocks I wanted to use on the layout. So, a little change of plan was in order. This is what I did.
1. I picked these sleeves instead

2. Instead of cutting apart my first photo composite with the six 2x2, I decided to use it as a 4x6 photo to go in the bottom right sleeve pocket.
3. I made my own journaling card by cutting a piece of white cardstock to 4" wide and 3.5" tall, stitching a few Snap Caps near the top edge, and splattering some paint on it.

4. For the other 4x4 pocket, I just cut a piece from the 12 x 12 Lunch paper as it fit my theme perfectly.
5. For the 2 x 8 pocket, I cut apart the 'Clocks Tell Time' strip from one of the 8x8 papers from the Milk Money collection and added a couple of Tin Pins to embellish. And the left half of the spread came together like this

The right half was all about the photos. I just added a couple of Snap Caps for fun.

And together

So, you see even with little time and without your top pick of products handy, you can still finish a spread quite easily. I guess, sometimes it's about embracing a philosophy! 
Thanks for stopping by!