Sizzix Holiday Blowout Sale

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Just in case you didn’t get everything you wanted for Christmas.   (you’re welcome)

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A Plate Full of Thanks

This month I started working with a company called Tape Technologies, the maker of

Styletch Vinyl, as their New Design Team Coordinator.

Being that it’s November…

I decided my first project should be something that I could use for Thanksgiving.

I perused my new collection of 12″ x 12″ adhesive vinyl and decided on the Sunflower

Transparent Glitter Vinyl sheet.  (fyi…Styletech has a great selection of vinyl to work with.)

You can find a 10 assorted pack of 12×12 Glitter Self Adhesive Vinyl Sheets* on Amazon.

Some of you may gasp…

when I tell you that I still don’t have one of those fancy electronic die cutting machines.

(although it may be on this year’s Christmas list)

To begin this simple project…  I cut the word “Thanks” using a thin steel die and my

Sizzix Big Shot Die-Cutting/Embossing Machine*.  I cut out 8 for my large plate and

one for my small plate.  Because I only wanted the “thanks” around the edge of the plate

I cut the flourish off the bottom of the “k”.

After figuring out my plate placement, I placed my die-cut “thanks” onto a flat surface and

picked up the die-cut with my Vinyl Transfer Tape*.

Once on the transfer paper I peeled back the protective layer and secured it in place on my

plate.  I burnished the transferred die and removed the transfer paper.

Because I couldn’t help myself I added another die cut “Thanks” with the flourish in tack onto

a cute little thrift store find.

FYI…While I would not place the plates in the dishwasher, I did try to see how it would hold up to hand-washing.   It did fine.

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Snowman Banner with Kunin Felt

Is it too early for a Snowman Banner?

I admit it’s a little early, but when I found this adorable Sizzix Snowman Die by Tim Holtz*

I really wanted to use it in this month’s Designer Craft Connection Blog Hop with Kunin Felt.

Seriously though…Who doesn’t love a snowman?

To see what the other designers made using their Kunin Felt make sure to click on the

Blog Hop link at the bottom of this post.

Here’s what I used to make my Snowman Banner.                           (*affiliate link)

      • I made a simple banner pattern out of white cardstock.
      • I traced 2 banners onto the felt.

I die-cut the felt into snowman pieces using the Sizzix Snowman Die* and my Sizzix Big Shot Machine*.

      • Glue or Sew the felt shapes onto the banner.
      • Sew both pieces of the banner together leaving a small pocket on the top to insert a bamboo skewer or small wood rod for hanging.
      • Add pom pom trim to the top of the banner.
      • Iron on embroidered letters to spell “let it snow”

Did you know???

Kunin Felt recycles billions of water bottles every year that would otherwise be in the landfills and makes them into a product which becomes felt. 12 bottles equals 1 lb. of fabric.

For more fun projects with Kunin Felt click here.

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Sizzix Bigz Die by Tim Holtz, 5.5 by 6-Inch, Assembly Snowman*

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DIY…Christmas Chalkboard

DIY…Christmas Chalkboard

Christmas in July…

Last week it was so hot that when I went out at 9:00 in the evening to water my flowers it

was hard to breath.  It was so hot that our unheated pool felt like bath water.

Summer’s in full swing and vacation (for me) is fast approaching.

And with all the things I could or should be doing, I felt like making a Christmas Chalkboard.

It’s not too early?  Is it?

The Christmas Chalkboard is really easy to make…

and would be a wonderful gift for those of you thinking ahead.

And if you’d like…you could make it a two sided chalkboard and really get creative.

       

Here’s how I made the Christmas Chalkboard…  

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Just in case you didn’t know.  Sizzix is having a Christmas in July Sale.  (#AD)

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My Creativation Adventure 2017

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It’s been a few weeks since the Creativation Trade Show in Phoenix…

and I’m finally getting around to sharing.

You might want to sit back and grab a cup of coffee.  (it’s a long one)

The Creativation Show was a fast, busy few days.

Getting the opportunity to see old friends, meeting in person online friends you’ve known for years.

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And the best part making new friends. 

Creativation, for me, is more than seeing the latest and greatest in the Creative Industry

(although that’s great too)

it’s about the opportunity to meet and network with people from all over the world.

When you’re at a show like this, you sit by a stranger on the convention bus and talk the whole way.

You go to lunch by yourself and instead of looking for a empty table, you sit with a group or

a table of one and the conversations flow.  That’s where we share ideas and inspiration.

We ask… “what did you see that excited you?”

During one of those conversations I heard someone say this is where our “tribe” is.

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(The cactus in front of my hotel.)

This was my first trip to Phoenix and the first time this Midwest gal saw cactus this large.

Can you tell I was impressed?

I wish I would of been able to see more of Phoenix, it poured the first evening I was there

and the sun didn’t come out until the last day.  Most of the time, it really didn’t matter as it was

dark outside when I left and it was dark when I got back to the hotel.

I didn’t even notice the mountains out my hotel window until the second day.

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I left the hotel before 7:00 on Saturday morning to take a class before working all day

in the Deflecto booth.  We made mini desk calendars using Deflecto’s 3″ x 4″ clear acrylic

frames, paper from Paper House Productions “One Big Happy Family” collection and cute

little calendars from Taylored Expressions.

Also in the booth was the “Caddy Challenge”.   ↓

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Each challenger was given two empty caddies and a variety of craft supplies.

Every caddy container had to have at least one craft item and put back into the caddy,

each layer had to be locked and put on the base.

The whole thing was timed and the timer stopped when the caddy was lifted.

It was so much fun watching how competitive it became.  (there were Visa gift cards at stake)

Co-worker against co-worker, friend against friend, husband against wife.

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SO…What’s NEW at Deflecto?

An interlocking wheel base for the craft caddy and the Interlocking Marker Organizer.

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Right next to the Deflecto Booth were my good friends at

Canvas Corp Brands, 7Gypsies and Tattered Angels.

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So many new things there.  They introduced their new line called “Architextures”.

I can’t wait to get my hands on all that vintage inspired goodness.

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Coming Soon from Canvas Corp Brands… Relics and Artifacts.

A lot of mixed media potential.

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On Sunday afternoon, I got to hang out in the Paper House booth where I helped attendees make

the Discover USA travel mini book project.  I’m so lucky to work in such a fun industry.

For full Discover USA project instructions click here.

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Monday was the last day of the show and a half day for me.

After working in the booths all day on Saturday and Sunday,

I decided I needed to take some time to do something fun.

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DecoArt, 3M and Pinspiration had a clear acrylic booth set up called the “Splatter Room”.

Dressed in a hazmat suit and goggles…

I went to town choosing paint and splattering onto a 12″ x 12″ canvas.

Oh, what a glorious mess.  It was the highlight of my day.

After painting and splattering…

I walked the show floor, taking pictures and making connections.

I always wish that I would have taken more pictures and maybe even a video or two.

Time at these shows go fast and I needed to make the most of that time.

Below are a few of the booths that I remembered to take pictures of.  (Enjoy!)

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Probably one of the most photographed booths is the Tim Holtz Idea-ology booth.

For Vintage lovers this is serious eye-candy.

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Lovely Mixed Media from Rebekah Meier Designs.

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Somehow my camera setting got changed and I didn’t get a lot of sharable pictures of the Sizzix booth.

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And the always impressive Graphic 45 Booth.  ↓

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Of all the wonderful things I saw, do you want to know what impressed me the most?

Let me start by saying, I’ve been a stamper for 20 years and it takes a lot to impress me…

the clear animated stamps from Uchis Design did just that.  (it’s the simple things)

Below is the business card they gave me.

I hoped you enjoyed my adventure to Creativation.

I just want to say…

I am very thankful that I have the opportunity to work with all the wonderful and talented people

and companies in the Creative Industry.  I am one lucky girl.

 

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Discover USA Mini Album

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No matter what part of the country you visit, Paper House Production’s

New Discover USA collection has you covered.  I used this new collection along with

Eileen Hull’s adorable suitcase die from Sizzix, for a cute little make and take project

in the Paper House Productions booth at Creativation.

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It’s a fun project that could be used with Vacation Memorabilia or even as a going away present for someone getting ready to retire and travel the good ole’ USA.

Products Used:            (*affiliate link)

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Directions: 
  1. Cut a 6″ x 12″ piece of  P-2123 “woodgrain” scrapbook paper.
  2. Run the paper woodgrain side up through the Xyron Creative Station using permanent adhesive.
  3. Adhere paper onto the mat board.
  4. Die-cut covered mat board using the suitcase die and Big Shot Machine.
  5. Fold each piece along score lines.
  6. The larger of the four pieces is the suitcase body.  Using extreme double sided tape, adhere and secure the four corner pieces.
  7. The next largest piece is the lid.  Apply extreme double sided tape to the flap.  Place the lid over the opening of the suitcase body and slide into position.  Adhere the flap.
  8. Attach the closure flap at the top of the lid using extreme tape.  Leave approximately twice the thickness of the mat board used between the hinge of the flap and the top edge of the lid.  The lightly folded tab will press against the inside of the suitcase to keep it closed.
  9. Attach the handle and embellish with the 3D stickers.destinations-mini-album-inside-sues-creative-workshop
  10. Cut a piece of brown cardstock 3 3/4″ x 11″.  Using a score board and the scoring tool, score the cardstock lengthwise 2 3/4″, 5 1/2″ and 8 1/4″.  Fold along score lines to create a mini accordion book.
  11. Choose one of the Discover USA tag 12″ double sided scrapbook paper.  Cut tags just slightly smaller than 2 3/4″ x 3 3/4″
  12. Adhere tags onto the mini book using the tape runner and embellish with 3 D stickers.

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