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FLOWERS MAKE ME SMILE




Hello everyone!  I've been catching up on my card making lately.  Here's another one using products from Tim Holtz, Sizzix, and Stampers Anonymous.


I've used the Stampers Anonymous Tim Holtz Flower Jar Stamp set, which there are matching Sizzix Flower Jar Framelits.  These stamps are quite detailed so it's great that there are dies to cut them out.


I stamped the larger jar image three times.


One image will be die-cut for the complete image, one for the trim around the jar and the other for the lid(which I die-cut the whole image, then hand cut the lid out).  I also die-cut a jar out of a piece of thin acrylic.


I usually tape the small die with washi tape to hold it in place before die-cutting.



After cutting out the lid, I made a slit through the middle, to put the foliage and flowers through.  This is adhered to the die-cut jar.  I coloured the acrylic jar die-cut with alcohol ink and then cut off the top of the jar(you don't need this part). Adhere this to the jar front, using Glossy Accents, then the twine die-cut on top.


The Glossy Accents underneath the plastic looks kind of watery.  Because the foliage images are very intricate, you will still get a bit of background paper after die-cutting(in this case, white). If that bothers you, just use a light greyish marker, ink or watercolour on those white parts, which dulls the white and gives it a bit of a shadow.


My circles are die-cut from the new Tim Holtz Stitched Circle Framelits.  I've removed the outer stitched part of the patterned circle creating a zigzag edge.


Adhere all the layers you have cut out to your card base, using pop dots on some of them. My patterned papers are from Blue Fern Studios.


I painted some Tim Holtz Typography letters (TH93584) with Ripe Persimmon, Evergreen Bough and Fired Brick Distress paint for my "Smile" word.  Also used was a lightly painted Ruler Piece (TH93565), ribbon and Ephemera Snippets (TH93564).


Here's another look at my finished card!


Thanks for stopping by,


Jan






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DIY SIZZIX BUTTERFLY BIRTHDAY CARD

I have some Butterfly inspiration on the Sizzix blog today!


Who doesn't love butterflies?  These Sizzix Butterflies Thinlits dies cut out the Tim Holtz Stamper Anonymous Flutter stamps perfectly!  Sizzix is having a fun Flutter contest, check out the details here.  There's a very cool prize!

Hope you check it out,

Jan


SUCCULENT CARDS

Hello there! In my previous post I had shared a Succulent DIY project featured on the Sizzix blog.  I couldn't stop creating with this new Sizzix collection from Lynda Kanase, so here are two cards using more dies, stamps, an embossing folder and paper from this collection.

  

This card features the Succulent Birdcage Die Set w/Stamps.  I stamped the image twice on smooth watercolour paper (Tim Holtz), then coloured with markers and a water brush. One image was die-cut whole and there are two separate dies for the bottom and top cluster of flowers.  These die-cuts were pop dotted on top of the full image. The "hello" was stamped and die cut from this set also.  My mats with the rounded corners and the stamp shapes were die-cut from the Journaling Cards Thinlits Die Set.  The flowers were die-cut using the 2-D & 3-D Succulent set



Inside my card I used the Elegant Succulents Embossing Folder.


This card is featuring the Succulent Silhouette Thinlits Die Set.  When I combine different colours together in a die-cut, I place scotch tape on the back of the die-cut before removing it from the die.  Usually it's the one with all the little pieces, not the main silhouette.  When they are left on the tape after carefully removing the paper from the die, they stay in place and are so easy to place behind the other main die-cut.  I even leave the tape on the back to keep them in place, trimming any excess tape.  The "best wishes" stamp and die are from the Succulent Sentiments set used in the next photo.



This set, the Succulent Sentiments Framelits w/Stamps comes with different sentiment stamps and dies for the centre. Can never have enough sentiments!  The patterned papers I have used for these two cards are also part of this Sizzix collection.

Thanks for stopping by!

Until next time, 
Jan

DIY Succulent Home Decor Project

Hi everyone!  I know it's been awhile, but I've been enjoying this amazing summer weather as I'm sure all of you have too!  It's the first time in many, many years that I actually can spend most of my summer days outside.  I was inspired by our unusually HOT weather and did manage to create this home decor project for Sizzix:


There's a tutorial on the Sizzix blog where I am featuring this wonderful new die, stamp and paper collection called "Succulent Serenity" by Lynda Kanase.  Hope you visit me there!

Until next time,

Jan

A Vintage Tag

Hi everyone, today I am sharing a tag I created.


I love this new Tim Holtz Lace Texture Fade Embossing Folder from Sizzix.  It's the perfect background for the vintage lady paper dolls (Tim Holtz TH93555).



I sometimes make a slit on the crease of my embossing folders (taking care to leave the edges attached), to allow my tag to extend past, as shown here in this photo.  After my tag was embossed, I applied Distress Oxide ink (Fossilized Amber) to the entire  tag, then spritzed with water.  Once this was dry, I inked with Vintage Photo, the raised areas.


To embellish my tag, I added in the Tim Holtz coloured (with markers) paper dolls, metal corners, metal word band, Designer tape, charmed metal finding with a gum drop inside (tinted with alcohol ink), and ephemera snippets.  My flowers were die-cut using Sizzix's Tim Holtz Small Tattered Florals Thinlits set and patterned paper from Tim Holtz Memoranda, held together with Hex Fastener brads.  The little white flowers (Tim Holtz Bouquet Findings) were dipped in Ranger's Mica Spray (Buttercup) that was sprayed on my craft mat.  

Thanks so much for stopping by,

until next time,

Jan 

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Celebrate with Floral DIY Card

Hi everyone!  I have a card to share with you today.


After spending a fair bit of time in our local greenhouses these past weeks, all those beautiful flowers inspired me to create a floral card.  


I used the Tim Holtz Mini Bouquet and Flower Garden stamps with the matching Sizzix Flower Garden & Mini Bouquet Framelits set to create my floral images.  The flowers were stamped on the flat side of Ranger's watercolour paper with black archival ink.  I coloured the images with waterbased markers and a water brush.  I usually dab my colour from my markers onto my craft mat and pick the colour up with my water brush to paint onto my stamped image. 


After my images were coloured, I die-cut them with the matching framelits dies. It's so nice when there are matching dies, isn't it?  For the stems, I just die-cut them out of Tim Holtz Kraft Black cardstock, then sanded.  


The oval mat was die-cut from Sizzix's Tim Holtz Stitched Oval Thinlits die.  I used Sizzix's new Satin Sheen paper sheets for my oval and for the pink mat on my card front.

Instead of using an entire sheet of glitter paper for a mat, I just adhered this Glitter Tape from Tim Holtz around the edges.  Once all my mats were adhered (some with pop-dots for added dimension), I adhered my stamped flowers.


My Celebrate was die-cut from the Tim Holtz Thin Sentiment Words Thinlits set.  I used the negative die-cut, trimmed it and adhered it onto a piece of black cardstock that was cut slightly larger.



For the inside, I used the same Sentiment set and die-cut my inside mat.  I adhered a pink satin sheen paper behind, cutting it slightly larger than the patterned paper.


This is how my finished inside looks.


Here's another look at my finished card! 

Thanks for stopping by, have a great weekend!

Jan

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