Friday, March 29, 2013

CSI: Guest Detective | Carnival at the Rodeo

The Sizzix Design Team members were invited to be Guest Detectives at CSI: Colors, Stories, Inspiration for the month of March. I was exited to get to participate and create a layout. Sizzix is the main sponsor for the month of March and the design team had several different case files to choose from. I made my layout based on Case File No. 65.

65 flat

My husband, youngest son, and I recently went to the Houston Livestock and Rodeo Show Carnival earlier this month so I knew exactly what photos I wanted to use to match the fun, bright colors in the case file. It’s like this challenge was made for me!

Carnival at the Rodeo


The Scene and The Color Scheme: I used kraft as my base and then went through my stash to find colors similar to the ones in the case file. I think I did pretty good.

Evidence: I like white space so using it with my layout was a no brainer (and it just happened it be on the evidence list so it worked out well!). I also loved the idea of circles so I used my Sizzix Circle Thinlits to create various circle sizes and added them to my layout. My third evidence item are the mini brads, I think they add just the right touch.

Testimony: I loved the idea of spreading my journaling across three spots but I loosely interpreted it to fit my needs. I ended up spreading it out over three main sections, using those spaces for journaling and text.


Other: red, blue, and yellow cardstock; brads.
Head on over to CSI: Colors, Stories, Inspiration for more challenges and inspiration!
Have a wonderful weekend!blog-signature-225

Friday, March 15, 2013

You Mean the World to Me Accordion Card | tutorial

Hey there! Today on the Sizzix blog I’m sharing with you how to make a card using the Accordion Flip Album Die and matching Frame & Label Die by Karen Burniston. It’s a fun twist on a traditional card!


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Thursday, March 07, 2013

Free Scrapinar: Template Tantrum

Join Lain Ehmann on March 21st for Template Tantrum, a FREE scrapinar. Put your templates, masks, and stencils to work for you.

Tons of info will be covered in this hour long scrapinar including:

  • how to make your own templates
  • what kind of materials you can use
  • how to get several different looks from one template
  • how to take care of your templates
  • and much more!

Head on over to the Template Tantrum site and sign up today and join in on March 21! Can’t join us live? No worries. A replay will be made available for a limited time after the event – but you MUST pre-register.

Sign up for the FREE Template Tantrum Scrapinar

Did I mention it’s free? Gotta love free!

Monday, March 04, 2013

happy 19th birthday card | tutorial


This past weekend my beautiful daughter celebrated her 19th Birthday! In honor of my baby girl, I bring you a colorful and fun birthday card tutorial. For today’s tutorial, I am using the Fancy Frame Flip-its die with matching Fancy Frame Framelits, both designed by Stephanie Barnard.


Start by cutting a piece of cardstock using the Sizzix Fancy Frame Flip-its die. Fold the flip-it over at the second crease and while the card is “closed,” fold the top crease back again. The finished fold will be mountain (on the left) and then valley (on the right).


Cut two pieces of patterned paper to decorate your card. The piece for the left hand side of your card will be approximately 2-1/4” x 4-3/4” and the piece for the right hand side will be approximately 3-1/4” x 4-3/4”. Lay them right side down and center them with the edge of the die and the crease marks as shown. Make sure not to overlap the crease. Run through your Big Shot machine.

3-adhereAfter your pieces are cut, flip them over and glue them down onto your card front. Add the pieces with your card laying flat using the cut Fancy Frame Flip-its portion as a guide, make sure not to overlap that portion.


Use the two smallest sizes from the Fancy Labels Framelits set to create a backing piece and a spot to put your sentiments for both the front and back of the Flip-its card. Basically, the larger piece is meant to frame the smaller piece.


Adhere the larger piece to the center portion of your Flip-Its die and then add the smaller piece for the sentiment on top of that. Outline smaller piece using black pen. Stamp “happy birthday” onto light cardstock, cut each word out, and outline them. Use your Word Play die create the number 19 (or whatever number you need for your recipient!) and glue down the number. Add your happy birthday sentiment into center of your Flip-its card as shown and then stamp the “th.” Outline left and right patterned paper pieces on card.


Use the Scallops On The Edge Die to create a thin decorative strip to place on the right hand side of your card. I added the paper right side down to cut.


Add the decorative strip you created to the right hand side of your card and outline.

Adhere the larger and small pieces within the center portion of your Flip-Its die as you did before. Outline smaller piece with black pen. Stamp sentiment and then add a star that you’ve outline with black above your sentiment. I created the star using the Sizzix Stars Framelits set.

To make the card a bit more personal, I stamped my daughters name. I did this with the flip-its closed so I could get the placement I wanted since I wanted it to be visible before fully opened.


Tie a piece of twine on the right hand side overlapping your border and wa-la! you’re done!


When you pull the left and right side of the card, it literally flips open. Pretty cool huh?


I think this is the first birthday my daughter has had where we haven’t all been together to celebrate. She’s off at college so it’s a whole new ballgame now. That whole, “they grow up to fast” saying is so very true.

Hope you had a great birthday baby girl! We love you and miss you!