Thursday, April 25, 2013

One Fine Day Pop `n Cut card | tutorial

Hey there! Thanks for stopping by! I’ve got a new tutorial to share with you today featuring one of my favorite Pop `n Cut’s dies and several other Sizzix dies including a new stamp & die-cut set. Hope you like it!


I kept the front of my card pretty simple because the party’s on the inside (so to speak!). As a fun twist, I used the Label PNC in a different way too – on it’s side. It’s always fun to mix it up!

Making the card


Start by creating a standard vertical card base (4-1/4” x 5-1/2”) and decorate it with two different pieces of patterned paper. Add a strip of solid cardstock for some contrast. Round the corners and then outline the card front in black.


Using the Sweet Day Stamp & Die-cut set, stamp and cut out the “one fine day” sentiment.


Mat sentiment onto coordinating patterned paper, round corners of patterned paper, and adhere to card front.


Add Label PNC insert (my favorite!) to PNC base tray and line up tick marks. Lay a piece of patterned paper that is 6” long and not over 5-1/2” wide over your insert, centering the paper and the tick mark. Sandwich your die with extended cutting pads and run through your Big Shot machine.


Fold Label PNC pieces according to package directions and then turn on it’s side.


Cut a coordinating piece of cardstock using the Label PNC. You just need enough cardstock to cover the label portion, not a whole card piece. Cut label apart from excess cardstock, trimming just inside the fold lines so when assembled, everything folds nicely.


Stamp and cut one bike and one bird from the Sweet Day Stamp & Die-cut set.


Add cardstock label pieces to the front of your main Label PNC piece and decorate with the bike and the bird.

Note: I normally do all my assembling after I add my PNC piece to the inside of my card but this time I did it a little different. Either way works just fine.


Adhere decorated PNC piece to the inside of your card. Don’t add adhesive all the way to the right and left sides of the PNC however, leave a little space to tuck border pieces underneath. Outline inside with black pen.


Using the Scallops On The Edge Die (which seems to be my most used On The Edge die!), cut two border pieces to go on the edges of your PNC. I used two pieces of patterned paper that where cut to 4-1/4” x 2”, laid them on top of the die, and cut.


Cut two banner pieces using the Birthday Thinlits set. Stamp sentiment onto banner pieces and outline in black.

To stamp, I curved my sentiment onto my block to match the curve of my banner piece.

Extra note: The packaging shown is a storage envelope that comes with the Thinlits. I love that they come with an automatic storage solution! You can also buy the Plastic Envelopes separately, they’re the perfect size for Thinlits, Framelits, and coordinating Sizzix stamp and die sets.


Add adhesive to the back side of your borders and tuck underneath the left and right sides of the PNC. Add your sentiments to the upper left and lower right portions of your card.

Yes, I did repeat the sentiment twice... I did it on purpose. I liked it that much and thought it looked cute so went with it. ;-)


Other: white cardstock (Stampin’ Up); Polar Ice cardstock (Core’dinations Foundations).
I went with a spring theme for my card, in hopes that our weather will change and stop being so bipolar. A girl can dream!
Have a fabulous day! Think happy weather thoughts!

Sunday, April 21, 2013

birthday wishes card (otherwise known as “mom, I need a card real fast!”)

My 17 year old son said, “mom, I need a card real fast!” And by real fast he meant how long it took him to take a shower and get ready to go to a 7 year olds birthday party.

This is what I came up with…


I finally decided to invest in some Copic Sketch Markers. I am far (so very far!) from an expert but oh my gosh I love them. I still have a lot to learn however. This card is my first official project using them.

I’m used to using chalks, which for me has been about shading, highlighting, and defining. I’ve never bothered with a light source. Trying to do so now is a change.

I picked up a Colorless Blender yesterday. I obviously have no idea how to use it properly – check out the fire and the blue on the dragon. I was tempted to start over after the bleeding occurred but I figured it was for a 7 year old and it would probably end up in the trash anyway so I just went with it. With a “real quick” request, there is no starting over, lol!

Not bad for a first attempt if I do say so myself!


Other: birthday2celebrate (The Stamps of Life); Stamper’s Select White Cardstock (; patterned paper (Scenic Route).
Copic colors: YG03, YG06, YG09, BG000, BG02, BG05, Y00, Y02, Y06, R22, YR00, C1, C3, 0.
Enjoy your day!

Friday, April 12, 2013

You Mean the World to Me Pop `n Cut card | tutorial

Hi everyone! I’ve got a fun new tutorial to share with you today on the Sizzix blog featuring Karen Burniston’s Pop `n Cuts base die and several fun new dies from Echo Park as well as a new On The Edge die by Tim Holtz. Hope you like it!


 Visit the Sizzix Blog for full tutorial


Wednesday, April 10, 2013

FREE Scrapinar | Signed, Sealed, Delivered: Envelope Art with Windy Robinson


Check out the FREE April scrapinar from Layout A Day called Signed, Sealed, Delivered: Envelope Art with Windy Robinson. If you are a card maker, then this is the scapinar for you. Windy (a former Paper Crafts Magazine Go-To Gal!) will show you how to create gorgeous hand-crafted and hand-embellished envelopes and mail art that will knock your socks off!

Join in On April 23! Don’t forget, it’s FREE!

Can’t join in live? No worries. A replay will be made available for a limited time after the event – but you MUST pre-register.


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Speaking of things from Layout A Day, if you haven’t signed up for LOAD 513 yet, there’s still time! Sign up today, April 10, by midnight Eastertime and use code FNF and save $10! If you’ve never partidicpated in LOAD before, I highly recommend it!

Hope everyone is having a great week!