Flattening out your Big Shot Sizzix cutting plates

Do your cutting plates look like mine?

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Here’s a fix if you don’t want to go buying another set just now.  You can get them here but you might like to get a bit more life out of them before you replace them with a new set.  Here’s how I ‘refresh’ mine.

1: Turn on your oven to 160 c (if you are running on ‘F’, then 325) – I’ve not tried these on gas so don’t know the conversion (or if it works with a gas oven)

2: Grab your plates and wrap each one individually with some tin foil.

Flatten sizzix cutting plates

3: I put each pad on a separate baking sheet and then get something heavy, in my case a pyrex dish and pop this on top of your wrapped plate.

Flatten sizzix cutting plates

4: Set your timer to 20 minutes, check after this time, you might find they want another 5 – 10 minutes.  Note that if you cook them too long you can ruin them so don’t go wandering off and wash your hair or something.  I would also say, don’t put them on the bottom rack, go for the middle, so you may find you do them separately.  I treat mine afterwards to a clean with just some washing up liquid and a brush (old toothbrush is great), and then let them air dry.

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5: To help stop them warping in the first place, alternate which side you use to do your cutting!

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Tutorial – scalloped topper punch treat box

I’ve seen a few of these on my jaunts around Pinterest when the topper punches were released back in the spring, I made a few (great for little mini easter eggs) and by request, have put this mini tutorial together with the measurements I have used.

The ingredients are given at the bottom of my post.

You need a piece of cardstock or patterned paper, your choice, trimmed to 21cm x 14cm (8.25″ x 5.5″)

You then need to score along the long edge (21cm side) at:

4.5cm   /   6.5cm   /  14.5cm and 16.5cm     (1.75″  /  2.5″  /  5.75″ and 6.5″)

Then score along the short edge (14cm side) at:

2.5cm  /  4.5cm  /  9.5cm and 11.5cm     (1″   /   1.75″  /  3.75″ and 4.5″)

Trim the areas shown:

Scalloped topper treat box

And then snip the flaps as shown and using the scalloped topper punch, punch the short edges:

Scalloped topper treat box

All that is left is to decorate your little box.

Treat box scalloped topper punch

Hope you have fun making one as well.

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The expanding card

It’s week 25 of the 52 card challenge, nearly halfway through 2014 already!  This week the theme is weather.  Here in the crafting cave, I’ve tied my card in with a little tutorial for you, here is an expanding card. They fold down flat so you can post them out and give a delightful surprise for the recipient as it pops when you take it out of the envelope.

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My weather card features the new stamps Hello Love coming in July as a hostess reward.  I love the little cloud in the set and so the mojo fired and the stamps came out to play.

Here is how I made my card:

Trim a sheet of 12 x 12″ cardstock down to 4 x 12″
Cut two pieces measuring 4 x 4″
2 strips measuring 4 x 1″
2 strips measuring 4 x 0.5″

Score at 4″ / 3.5″ /  3″ / 2.5″ /  2″ / 1.5″ and 1″ along the long edge, turn the paper and repeat on the other side, so you have this.

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From what will be the front, cut an aperture that is 3″ square.

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I stamped one of the 4×4″ pieces which formed the ‘rear view’ of the card.

The 4 x 1″ strips are for the bottom of the card.

The 4 x 0.5″ strips form the support for the top.

For the first strip I have stamped an image and fixed this to the ‘bottom rung”.

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You then basically add strips to the other ‘Zs’ – here is how mine looks.

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For the rear, I have stuck piece that I stamped to the large flaps and so that it is tidy, the other 4×4″ piece simply goes on the back to hide the messy look.

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Do show me if you have a go 🙂 and don’t forget to check my shares coming next month 🙂

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Stampin’ Up! Creating Art with He{Art} Challenges, Project Life Blog Candy

I am keeping up!  And apologies this is a long one so I hope you can keep up 🙂

First up, it is the release of the next challenge over at Kool Kitty, we have sparkle – yay, get out the glitter!  We have three elements to include on our card, these are:

  • Zigzags/chevrons
  • Sparkle
  • A number

So, here we go…

Have you embossing powder and heat gun ready for this!

A little technique picked up in my scrapbooking/cardmaking life. For the card I have used the Chevron embossing folder and inked this using a versamark ink pad.  Sprinkle the inked side with embossing powder and heat it up. Voila!

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For the rest of the cards I have used some new things <sorry for being wicked and teasing you> I am loving the new framelits 🙂

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And here is the final card, hope you like it?

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And, seeing the extra challenge is to make two cards, here you go another one for you.

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It is a bit of a splurge of new product coming in the catalogue – order yours today (see at the top right!). Or… join my hostess group starting 1 July and put them in your order! Or, even better, join me today and add some of them to your starter kit!   (Don’t forget to check out my other place (here) and see what exciting things are happening there.)

Tangelo twist cardstock (1162306)
Something for baby stamp set (134030)
Baby’s First framelit dies (133735)
Lullaby dsp (133695)
Lost lagoon cardstock (133686)
Washi tape from the Project Life everyday adventure accessory pack (135301)
Baked brown sugar thick baker’s twine (135639)
Clear stamps – metro type alphabet (133666)
Star punch from the Itty bitty accents punch pack (133787)
Traveler stamp set (134513)
Hostess stamp set Hello Love (133928)

You’ve made it this far, fantastic!  Tomorrow, is a pre-release for YOU of the brand new Stampin’ Up! meets Project Life.  Yup, we have a selection of Project Life goodies coming your way.  As you may know, we have had digital downloads for a while, if these have passed you by you can find them here.  Tomorrow, you can get your hands on some of the touchy feely products.  You will find them in my store so, if you are a Project Life fan or want to get started, you know where to be tomorrow ~~~ here!

Are you thinking that is it and I have missed something.  Nope, glad you made it down here.  Blog Candy whoop whoop we all like blog candy.  All you need to do is share your creation by adding your blog post url address to the linky to this blog post – remember to link your post not your blog address.  A simple rule is that your creation should have sparkle (glitter, gems, bling etc) or be a Project Life/scrapbook layout, a decoration..  Easy.

And here is the candy, the Everyday Adventure Project Life Accessory Pack:

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And here are the other ingredients.

Stampin’ Up! Creating Art with He{Art} Block Card Stair Step – Tutorial

Digging through my ‘to do’ folder to make something different, I found doc on making a Block Card Stair Step card – come stair pop up folding card!  I had to have a go as the crafting mojo is in gear, and I have a feeling dear reader that you’d like to play along as well.  So, I have done a step by step for you – done as I was going along!

You need a heavyweight paper that has an edge that is 12″ long for this.  Or, use  piece of cardstock as it can be decorated later.  I’ve used the new Tangelo Twist released on 1 July for mine.

Trim your cardstock down into two pieces.  One piece measuring 12″ x 4.5″ the other measuring 4.5″ x 1″.

Taking the smaller piece, score at 0.5″

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Then the larger piece, along the long edge, score at 1.5″ intervals (1.5 / 3 / 4.5 / 6 / 7.5 / 9 and 10.5)

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Rotate and again score at 1.5″ intervals so, 1.5″ and 3″

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You can put your scoreboard away now as it is now cutting time.

I’ve marked on mine before cutting with some dots so you can see what needs to be cut:

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This is what you should end up with.

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Glue time.  But before you do, give you score lines a good crease.

Glue the flaps as shown below.

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Finally, take the small strip and crease – this piece forms a closure.  Glue and stick as shown.

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For the final card you rotate it so that you have a ‘top’ to the cards, like this as it is probably easier to show you than explain it.

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Finally, decorate it, I have used some of the new lullaby papers and the new hostess stamp set Hello Love.  I’ve coloured the birdies in using the Daffodil Delight Assortment Blendabilities. The other stamps used are from the Something to Say set, coming soon.

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There you go, it folds down to fit nicely in your envelope.

Show me if you make one too 🙂

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Stampin’ Up! Creating Art with He{Art} Shadow Box Card Tutorial

Catching up with the challenges and I am at week #22 of the 52 card challenge and thought I would include in this post a tutorial for shadow box card.  Week 22 for the 52 card challenge is all about colour, green.  Also, as I generally endeavour to create 2 cards, I have taken part in the Freshly Made Sketches challenge #138.

Here is how I have made my card for the 52 card challenge.

Start with a piece of cardstock trimmed to 30cm x 14.5cm. Then score the cardstock at 10cm / 19cm / 20cm and 29cm.

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Trim one piece of dsp down to 8cm x 14xm and affix to the centre panel.

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On the far right edge, I used a framelit to create an aperture in this section.

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You can decorate the part with a sentiment or do what I have done and popped another heart – go carefully with the lining up when you do this.

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With the card open as above, on the far right 1cm edge, add some sticky tape to this edge – it needs to be on the bit that is face down.  You then fold the card.

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And you should end up with this.

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Stampin' Up! fancy fold tutorial

 

I made several of these shadow box cards last year and in the aperture hung snowflakes.  This was great fun and also makes a great workshop.

For my next card,this is based on the sketch at this week’s Freshly Made Sketches.

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And this is what I have made.

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Hope you like them. Do leave a comment to say “Hi”.  Do check my South Hill Designs blog  and see the beauties there, you may find a little giveaway which ends on 3 June 2014!

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Envelope punch board – file folder cards tutorial

Time to play with the envelope punch board in the crafting cave.  These are really quick to make and I made a few base cards so I can just grab them out of the card blank box.

All you need to get creating is one piece of cardstock trimmed down to 4.25×11″ and then fold it in half.  Then get your punch board out and do the following:

With the fold of the card on the left, line this up with the punch button of the score board like so and punch.

Envelope punch board file folder card tutorial

Next, move your cardstock along to the 2.5″ mark and punch again

Envelope punch board file folder card

For the final punch, move your cardstock to the right hand end and punch again.

Envelope punch board file folder

Open up the card and you are going to trim off two of the tabs:

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You should then have this:

Envelope punch board file folder

When folded gives you your card which you can then decorate. (I have corner rounded the front of mine)

Envelope punch board file folder card

Here is the final card I have created.  I hope you like it 🙂

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Envelope Punch Board – Making Bows

The envelope punch board is one piece of kit that is so versatile.  As well as making envelopes it can do so much more and if you like making bows, you will love the envelope punch board even more.

Stampin up Envelope punch board

The bows take no time at all and once you have made one you may find you end up a tub full 😉

You can make the bows in various sizes and here are the instructions for a small bow.

All you need is paper which measures as follows:

1 piece = 1″ x 6″
1 piece = 1″ x 4″
1 piece = which is about 1″ x 0.25″ (this is the bit that goes in the centre)

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Taking the 6″ piece, line up at the 3″ mark and punch. Flip it over, line up at the 3″ mark and punch.

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Then punch the ends.  You just need to line up the edge and punch on each of the corners.

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So you end up with this.

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Next take the 4″ piece, line up at the 2″ mark and punch, flip it and repeat.

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You then need to punch the ends.  Line it up in the centre and punch.

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A little tip, if you turn the punch board over you can see where the centre is 😉

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Next, taking the 6″ piece, pop some adhesive on the end and then fold over, giving it a bit of a curl with your fingers, and glue to the centre.

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Pop some glue on the small strip and then wrap around the centre:

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Finally, put some glue on the 4″ strip and stick the bow on top.

Envelope punch board bow tutorial

There you, if you are like me, then it is one of many!

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