Thursday, February 14, 2019

Mini Love Cards - Happy Valentines Day!

Hello friends! Happy Valentines Day everyone! I love creating different shaped cards and making them small always adds the cute factor. Did you know you can use your Thinlits dies to create a folded card? It’s all in how you line up the die on the fold of your base card and look how perfect the Faceted Heart is on these cards. 

Mini Love cards!


Score and fold cardstock in half. The cardstock should be a little larger then the die you’re using. Place folded cardstock just below the blade on the die and tape with low tack tape. Die cut card with the Stacked Postage Stamp Thinlits Die.

Die cut the Faceted Heart from colored cardstock.

Cut cardstock to fit the front of card and add stitching as desired. 

Die cut “Love” from the Shadow Script and/or Valentine SideKick Side-order Thinlits die using colored cardstock. Fold Faceted Heart on all score lines and ink edges with Distress Ink on an Ink Blending Tool. Ink edgers of all the pieces as desired. 


Glue Faceted Heart together using the Sizzix Glue Gun

Tie ribbon around cardstock with a bow and then adhere layers to card. 
Adhere Faceted Heart and flowers to card.

These adorable cards will be perfect for the ones I love on Valentines Day. 

Thanks for stoping by! 
Richele

Sunday, February 10, 2019

Blog Hop Winners!

Hello and happy Sunday! 
Thank you all so much for stopping by all the blogs and leaving comments, I hope you were inspired I know I was. 
Now for the winners!


From Tami B's Blog "Plays Well With Paper"

Mel Roberts-Hareld said...
Tami...what a beautiful, beautiful home decor piece! You have hit it out of the idea•ology PARK, with this project! Wow! (your directions are terrific, too, as always)

From Debi Adams Blog "Doodles In My Sketchpad" 

You know what amazing me about your projects? You incorporated paper crafting into something unexpected! That wreath and birdhouse… thought those were floral greens and flowers from the craft store not created out of paper. And I gotta tell you I am now on the look out for a vintage watercolor tray to recreate your daisy project. Thanks for all the unique inspiration!

From Mae Nazareth's Blog "Just A Little Bit Sweet"
Tiffany Hopkins says
February 6, 2019 at 10:25 PM
Beautiful card, love the bees!

From Bobbi Smith's Blog "Vintage Muse Designs"

Dana M said ....
February 7, 2019 at 9:58 PM
Wow, amazing project! Incredible layers of colors, textures and patterns - so much depth and interest.

Congratulations to all the winners...
Please email me your address at californiaARTgirl@me.com 
I'll get the prizes off to you this week. 
Thank you all so much for participating in the Blog Hop. 
Richele


Tuesday, February 5, 2019

Tim Holtz - Creativation 2019 - Blog Hop

Hello friends! Welcome to the Tim Holtz - Creativation 2019 Blog Hop and give away. It's going to be a great hop full of amazing projects and inspiration! I hope you enjoy all the beautiful project from the talented artists. 
The Tim Holtz booths included Idea-ology, Ranger, Sizzix, Stampers Anonymous and Tonic Studios. A special thanks to Tim Holtz for inspiring us, creating products we all love to use and being so innovative with new products. Thanks to Mario for all the BTS! and a big thank you to Paula for all her hard work and dedication. 





First I took a paper cache heart and cut it in half with scissors. 

Cover the outside of the heart with Collage Paper using Distress Collage Medium in Vintage. Brush the heart with the Collage Medium then carefully res the Collage Paper to the heart, continue working until it's completely covered and let dry or dry with a heat tool.

Sand the edges to remove the excess Collage Paper. 


Apply a thin coat of Collage Medium over the top of the Collage Paper. 

Repeat the process and cover the inside of the heart. don't forget to apply a layer over the top to seal. If the inside of the heart is dark you may want to paint it a light color. 

Add Gadget Gears, Mini Gears, Sprocket Gears, Game Spiners, Keys, Story Stick, Pocket Watch. Hardware Heads etc... Use small wood blocks and/or foam tape to add gears at different levels.  


Once you're done here please head over to 
Stacy Hutchinson blog to see her gorgeous project! You are sure to be inspired! 
But before you leave please leave a comment below for a chance to win some prizes. Comments must be posted by midnight on February 9th and winners will be announced on the 10th. 

CREATIVATION 2019 BLOG HOP
Thanks to everyone below for sharing their inspiration!

Products for making this project available at Simon Says Stamp. 

Sunday, January 27, 2019

Sizzix - Thinlits aren't just for paper!

Hello friends! When I think of Thinlits I think of using paper but they will also cut other thin surfaces like fabric. Here are a few projects I made for Creativations with fabric and felted wool. 

I purchased a tote from one of the chain stores so if you're not a sewer this is a great choice. I used a fusible web like Wonder Under* and ironed it to the back of my wool then die cut the flower and letters as if it was paper. Super easy. 
*Wonder Under is a paperbacked fusible interfacing. Peel one side and apply with an iron to the back of wool, die cut as usual, peel and stick to finished piece and iron again to adhere. 
Here is a close up! You could always add stitching if you want but it looks great just the way it is.  

Create a framed piece with a pot full of flowers. 

The pot was cut from cork fabric and a little tag was added.

Pillows are also a great option. The light bulb was cut from a steel rule die, ironed on to the background fabric then stitching was added around the bulb and the filament. 

I used a gold metallic embroidery floss for the filament.

Adding a verse to a simple pillow is very easy and could even be added to a purchase pillow. I love this new alphabet, Society XL Bigz die! 

Think outside the box when using your Sizzix dies! Fabric is always an option. 

Thanks for stopping by.
Richele

These dies available now from Simon Says Stamp... Click on the link for details. 

Saturday, January 26, 2019

Creativations at the Tim Holtz Sizzix Booth

Hi Friends! I'm back from Creativations and what a great show! I had the honor of working in the Sizzix booth in the potting shed. Shout out to Marty for his awesome craftsmanship! 
Here are a few photos from the booth and I'd like to add that the samples were so amazing, they were the BEST ever! 
Thanks to all the artist for the unbelievable inspiration. 















Can you believe the incredible samples? 
Check out Tim and Paula's video about all the projects! See the Tim Holtz blog for details. 

I'll be back soon with details for a blog hop from all the artist that made samples for Tim's booths, Stampers Anonymous, Ranger, Sizzix and Idea-ology. 

Thanks so much for stopping in!
Richele

Here are a few of the dies that are available now from Simon Says Stamps...

Monday, December 10, 2018

Wisemen Framed Panel - Sizzix Blog Post

Hi friends! I'm over on the Sizzix Blog today with this elegant Home Decor piece using the Tim Holtz Alterations Line from Sizzix. 

You can see the full tutorial here
I've also used the new Sizzix Glue Gun and I fell in love with the detail tip and finger caps so you don't get burned working on small things. 

Thanks for stopping by.
Richele

Christmas Kits available!

Hello friends! I have a few kits left in my Etsy store if you're looking for a fun project to do over the holidays. 

Believe in the Magic of Christmas Configurations
Design your own magical assemblage piece for the holidays filled with special treasures from the Idea-ology line. You will create a wintery scene with glittered trees, children playing in the snow, and even some sweet little deer in the woods. All the trinkets and treasures will be included to create this charming project to display for the holiday season. Paper Dolls, Baubles, Lights, Icicles, Stars, Charms, Trees, Die Cuts, Papers, Wood Blocks, Wood Slices, Pine Cones, Deers, Bells, etc... all included. Includes step by step instructions with photos. 

Magical Christmas Etcetera Tag
Create this magical Etcetera Tag for the holidays complete with a little Snowman, a lite tree and cute little presents under it. Learn the art of layering using some of my favorite Distress products. Includes Etcetera Tag, Vignette box, all die cuts, vintage ribbon, Idea-ology trinkets, fairy lights, wood blocks, stars, bells, deer, snowman, trees etc... You will love your finished piece to display for the holidays. Includes step by step instructions with photos. 

Tick Tock Christmas Clock
Explore your creativity using Idea-ology and Distress products to transform an ordinary Assemblage Clock into this beautiful holiday deco piece. Includes... Assemblage Clock, die cut snowflake, canvas, collage paper, Paper Doll, Baubles (pearls), charms, trinkets and treasures. Includes step by step instructions with photos. 

Holiday Art Journal 
Design your very own beautiful Midori style Art/Travel Journal that can be used for collecting memories, creating art, doodling or just playing with new techniques. You will be able to add and/or take out signatures anytime. Learn techniques to create this mixed media journal using layering and coloring with Distress Inks, Distress Sprays and Distress Crayons. The inside will have several signature including Watercolor cardstock, Heavyweight Mixed Media cardstock, dot paper and more. Kit includes cut journal cover, 4 booklets for the inside for you to decorate, vintage paper, Christmas papers, die cuts, package of mini ephemera, remnant rubs, clippings sticks, snowflakes, hinge clips, index clips, jump rings, story sticks, tokens, etc. Includes step by step instructions with photos. 
Approximate size is 5” x 9” x 1”( Midori travel journal size)

Kits include everything (die cuts, papers, trinkets, treasures, and more) except for glues, paints, inks, etc. FREE SHIPPING 

Thanks for stopping by.
Richele