ScrappyShak Design Team: Tim Holtz Blossom

Hello crafty friends! Today, I’m sharing this card that I made for the ScrappyShak Design Team. I’m not gonna lie, it took me a couple days or three to finish this, so don’t think I just sit down and this happens! 🙂 There’s lots of try this and maybe that, with some good old prying off foam tape and trying again. I’m pretty happy with how it came out in the end.

To start off, I planned on using the Tim Holtz Sizzix Blossom Die. I know it’s pretty big, so I was leaning towards a bigger card, like a 5×7. But first, the flower… I picked dried marigold, scattered straw, and antique linen to start. I colored some watercolor paper with those inks, and also inked some paper with mowed lawn and rustic wilderness, which I was planning on using for the leaves. I also did a piece of iced spruce, just to see if it would fit in for the background. After messing around a bit, I decided the flower was going to be too washed out. I colored some paper with rusty hinge, and liked where that was going. It felt better with the colors for the leaves. So for the flower, I was going to use the rusty hinge, scattered straw, then dried marigold. When I cut those layers out, the dried marigold seemed too washed out. I put that piece back in the negative space of the watercolor paper, and blended some spiced marmalade over it. That looked better. Fitting the die back into the negative space helped to keep all the detailed edges from getting out of shape when I blended over it. I colored some scraps with walnut stain ink and gathered twigs oxide for the center of rhe flower.

I really wanted to use that piece of Iced Spruce, but it just wasn’t working in my mind. Maybe too outside the box for me? I decided to try my go-to blue background, Stormy Sky. I colored a piece of watercolor paper, then ran it through my machine with the Dotted embossing folder, and rubbed some lost shadow oxide ink, direct pad to paper, over the raised dots. This showed up better before it dried, but I’mn happy with how the lost shadow just lightly highlighted the dots after it dried.

I got a little stuck with how to finish up the card, but lucky for me, my ScrappyShak order arrived! I had ordered some of the new idea-ology papers and ephemera and stuff! Yippee!! Because I knew this was going to be a blog post eventually, I wanted to be sure that the card would be something you could reproduce. So I kept the stuff I added to the card to just the Backdrops #5, the Ephemera Palette Pack, and the Quote chips, so you don’t have to purchase the whole release like I did!

This is the fun part for me, pulling out things that I like, or just things that are the right color. I picked an orange piece from the Backdrops #5 pack, as well as a darker blue floral piece. I thought I’d layer them for the background. I also used a piece of the dark blue paper to cut a die from the older Crochet set to add some feminity to the card. I used my favorite squiggle from the Media Marks dies to add some more orange. You can use whatever you have, if you don’t have these same sets. The goal was just to add a layer of something interesting with a touch of coordinating color. You could add some small cirles instead. You could even use the center flower dies to cut some circles out of a coordinating color. Use your imagination! Look through what you have! Shop your stash!

I really wanted to use the oval photo of the young girl reading the book that is in the photo above. But, in the end, it just didn’t seem to work with this card. I chose another piece (this moth) from the Palette Ephemera pack. It sort of has that same neutral silvery blue color that iced spruce has, that I had wanted to use in the beginning. I used the new Large Fasteners on the Quote chip, but I actually just used them as a decoration, and used foam squares to attach the quote chip to my card. I wasn’t sure exactly where I wanted to put it, so this way was more flexible. I could wait until the end.

I hope you enjoyed this card, and I hope you can add some of the new idea-ology items to your stash. It’s so much fun to have more color! If you can only add one thing, I’d suggest the Backdrops Volume #5, because you can always cut it up, and get lots of use out of each piece. Easy to say of course, I had a hard time cutting it because I didn’t want to use up all of my favorites! Thank you for stopping by my blog, I appreciate you!

Products used, available at ScrappyShak:
Tim Holtz Sizzix Blossom die
Tim Holtz Sizzix Dotted Embossing Folder
Tim Holtz Idea-ology Backdrops Volume #5
Tim Holtz Idea-ology Ephemera Pack Palette
Tim Holtz Idea-ology Quote Chips
Tim Holtz Idea-ology Large Fasteners
Distress Ink Spray Stains – Rusty Hinge, Scattered Straw, Stormy Sky, Rustic Wilderness, Mowed Lawn
Distress Oxide Spray – Gathered Twigs
Distress Ink Pads – Walnut Stain
Distress Oxide Pads – Spiced Marmalade, Lost Shadow, Dried Marigold
Bearly Arts Glue with precision tip

Also used:
Tim Holtz Sizzix Crochet Dies
Tim Holtz Sizzix Media Marks Dies

ScrappyShak Design Team: HBD with Celebrate Colorize

Hello crafty friends! I wanted to share this card that I made for the ScrappyShak Design Team. I was inspired by the Sizzix Celebrate Colorize die set by Tim Holtz. And, it just so happens to be my hubby’s birthday next week! SHHHH! Don’t tell…. it’s a surprise!

After picking the die set, and the format for the card (slimline), I started working on a color scheme. At first I thought red and blue, because I just had to have a red balloon (I’m a Stephen King fan). But I didn’t want to be all July 4th red and blue. Also, in an effort to keep it simple, I decided to go through my paper stash instead of inking paper myself. I found some lighter blues that seemed to work together for the hat (you need 4 shades). I found some lighter mint green paper that I liked for the present, but I only had two shades of paper. I got another shade by blending a little Cracked Pistachio Distress Ink onto the lighter paper. I also didn’t want all the colors to be too light, like baby colors, so I picked a darker yellow.

I assembled the party hat, the present, and a couple balloons. The rest should be easy, right? Pick and background and a sentiment, and boom! you’re done! Well, this was the hard part for me. I decided to have three parts to the design, the hat, the present, and the balloons. To anchor them, I cut out 3 rectangles with an older dies set – Stacked Deckle. You could also use the Deckle Trimmer to cut similar squares or rectangles, or use any other geometric die you have. I can’t even remember how many different colors I cut before I settled on off-white. I tried black, white, green, darker blue, lighter yellow, light orange… nothing seemed to look good behind all of the diecuts. I also tried to add texture to the off-white rectangles with an embossing folder, but that just got too crazy busy in my opinion for this card. The light orange for the rectangles wasn’t so bad. That’s when I thought maybe orange would be a good background.

Before gluing anything down (I’ve learned my lesson!), I was trying to find a place for a sentiment. Nothing seemed to fit. I had an idea to use “HBD” instead of spelling it out, so I started playing around with the new Alphanumeric Bulletin dies. What colors? Here we go again… but, it’s just paper! After walking away a few times, I convinced myself red would balance out the balloon and make it seem not so out of place. I used yellow for the outline. These things are tiny! You will want to either back your cardstock with double sided adhesive before you diecut the letters, or make sure you have some good, thin, glue with a precision tip applicator. I love my Bearly Arts glue. It worked great for this.

After I got the HBD aligned as good as I could and glued down, I played around arranging the other diecuts. I decided to add another balloon – blue. I attached the dies to the card using foam tape for dimension.

I don’t usually make slimline cards. My mind words in A2. But I felt I needed more space to add all the elements I wanted to add. For the base of the card, I cut an 8.5″ by 7″ piece of Neenah Classic Crest Solar White in 110lb, and folded it half. The orange base was 8.25″ by 3.25″. I built my card design on the piece of orange cardstock, and then glued the panel onto the base.

This really wasn’t a difficult card, it just took me a while (days) to figure out the colors, mostly. I wanted a color scheme that would not be absolutely feminine, but could be used for anyone. And, I wanted it to be fun! I will be making duplicates of this card while I have all of my paper scraps out. It does go together fairly quickly and easily. When I do finish a card that I start from scratch, and I’m happy with the results, I like to make a few more to have on hand. Then it seems like the time I spent figuring it out was well spent! (of course it was well spent, I enjoyed it!)

Thank you for stopping by my blog, I appreciate you!

Products used, available at ScrappyShak:
Tim Holtz Sizzix Celebrate Colorize dies
Tim Holtz Sizzix Alphanumeric Bulletin dies
Distress Ink Pad – Cracked Pistachio
Bearly Arts Glue with precision tip

Also used:
Tim Holtz Sizzix Stacked Deckle dies – try the Torn Edge Deckle Trimmer instead

Altenew Academy: Easy Die Cutting Techniques

Hello crafty friends! Today I’m sharing a card that I made after participating in Altenew Academy’s Easy Die Cutting Techniques class.

I was inspired by the technique of inlaying a die cut into another piece of paper. This course also taught the technique of using a die cut for dry embossing. I didn’t have an embossing pad to do that technique, but I was inspired to use the inlay technique, and then emboss with an embossing folder. It’s a pretty simple technique, and definitely gives a unique look to a background. I think I’ll definitely be using this again in the near future.

I used the Craft-A-Flower Sulfur Cosmos Layering Dies as my focal point. Since I wanted to inlay the leaves into the background, I needed to figure out the placement of the leaves before I cut them into the background. First, I diecut the bottom layers of the flower so I could figure out the placement of them, then tuckes the leaf dies into place. When I was happy with the layout, I taped down the leaf dies onto my blue background, and then ran it through my diecutting machine. I then used the same dies to cut the leaves out of green cardstock. I adhered the blue cardstock to a piece of white cardstock, and then glued the green leaves into the corresponding spaces. After the glue was dry, I ran the panel through an embossing folder that had a nice leaf pattern, to give the whole background some leafy texture.

I decided the pink cardstock I had selected for the flowers at first was a little too dark, so I picked a lighter one and cut out the flowers a second time. I randomly darkened parts of the petals with a blending brush and some dye ink. I guess I could have done a better job at shading where they should be shaded… maybe there’s a class I can take on that! After assembling the flowers, I curled up the petals a little to give them a little more dimension. I used Versatile Greetings for the “thanks” sentiment.

Thanks for stopping by my blog, I hope you try this fun inlay-then-emboss technique! I appreciate you!

Altenew products used:
Craft-A-Flower: Sulfur Cosmos Layering Die Set
Versatile Greetings Die Set

ScrappyShak Design Team: My Bunny Valentine

Hello crafty friends! OOPSIE! I wanted to share this card that I made for the ScrappyShak Design Team BEFORE Valentine’s Day, but I just found this post hanging out in my Drafts folder… I had shared on Social Media, but forgot to finish my blog post! It stinks getting old, that’s for sure!

The idea for this card started with the bunny, and thinking of him leaning back in recline, munching through a box of chocolates. He’s just so darn cute! Then I thought of the Easter Bunny, who obviously loves candy. What would he be doing on Valentine’s Day? Well, he’d probably just be there for the candy, and thanks to Tim Holtz, there’s a die for that! It’s in the Bold Text Halloween set.

I started by making a bunch of candies from the Tim Holtz Sizzix True Love Colorize Dies. I used colored cardstock to speed things up, as opposed to coloring my own paper. I wanted my bunny to be holding a candy with a bite out of it, so I made one without the wrapper, and cut some bunny teeth marks in it. After making the candies, I got the idea to use the top of the candy box heart in the True Love set on my card, and die cut the words out of it. I used Victorian Velvet to color a piece of watercolor cardstock, and used the Bold Text Halloween sentiment. I wanted a brownish red for the background of the card, so I used Fired Brick Distress ink, leaving room to layer over Kraft cardstock for a border.

I made the bunny to coordinate with the chocolates. I started with white Canson XL watercolor paper, and colored it with Brushed Corduroy and Vintage Photo Distress inks, using the several layers of ink for interest.

All that was left to do was to add my bunny and chocolates to the card, and finish off with a little distressing around the edges.

Thank you for stopping by my blog, I appreciate you!

Products used, available at ScrappyShak:
Tim Holtz Sizzix True Love Colorize dies
Tim Holtz Sizzix Bunny Stitch
Tim Holtz Sizzix Bold Text Halloween
Distress Ink Pads – Vintage Photo, Brushed Corduroy, Fired Brick
Distress Oxide Ink Pads – Victorian Velvet

Altenew Academy: Seasonal Scene Building

Hello crafty friends! Today I’m sharing a card that I made after participating in Altenew Academy’s Seasonal Scene Building class by Nichol Spohr.

I must say I was slightly intimidated by this class… I mean… Nichol Spohr was the instructor! I’ve admired her work since I started papercrafting again. But I found the sessions very informative, and not intimidating at all. She shared some good tips and helped me to understand her thought process. She’s a great instructor.

There were 6 lessons in this class. I chose to make a card using the masking techniques that Nichol shared in the first lesson. I love this Goldfish Pond set from Altenew. It was the first set I purchased from Altenew. I have a small garden pond of my own, and have always been drawn to water and fish.

For the first layer, I stamped the center goldfish, the flower, and the underwater plant on the right. I stamped again onto masking paper, cut out the images, and applied the masks. Next I stamped the darker lily pads and the other two fish. I made a mask for the lily pad with the flower, and then finally stamped the last lily pad and the rock/grass cluster.

Before removing the masks, I added the stamps to color the fish, using the Summer Afternoon Crisp Dye Ink Mini cube set. I colored in the rest of the images with Copic markers, using no skill whatsoever! I added a sentiment from the stamp set, masking off part of it. Finally I cut the panel down and added a piece of blue green cardstock as a border, before attaching the panel to an A2 card base. I added some water droplets as bubbles.

I debated making this into a shaker card, but I really wanted to focus on the masking process. We have a saying in our house – “No apologies for food”. This keeps me from being overly critical with myself. “I think there’s too much salt… I should have used a lower temperature… I think the bottom stuck…” I’m adding a new one: “No apologies for cards”, so I won’t be overly critical with my lack of Copic coloring skills, or a misaligned layer, or a couple random smudges. You get what you get and you don’t throw a fit, right?

The course inspired me to practice my masking technique, and to break out my copic markers, two things that I generally avoid at all costs. I enjoyed the lesson on the window cards, as well as the shaker scene. I will definitely use a window in a project very soon. Thanks for stopping by my blog, I appreciate you!

Altenew products used:
Goldfish Pond Stamp Set
Crisp Dye Ink Mini Cube Set – Summer Afternoon

Altenew Academy: Celebration: Stencil Techniques

Hello crafty friends! Today I’m sharing a card that I made after participating in Altenew Academy’s Celebration: Stencil Techniques course by Laurel Beard.

This was a fun class, and I really enjoyed combining several of the techniques discussed during this class into this card. In fact, I absolutely love this card, and it’s probably the first card I’ve made for myself, hence the “yay!” sentiment. I just love the watercolor effect that I was able to achieve with the the Blooming Flower Bed stencil set from Altenew.

I wanted the background to be blue, so I flipped over the last stencil, nunmber 3, the one with the leaves, and carefully applied 3 different shades of blue from the Lapis Lazuli mini ink cube set. I used the direct method from ink pad to stencil, pressing down to release some ink, but making sure not to catch any of the stencil cutouts on the ink pad. I randomly added Ultra Marine, Eastern Sky, and Iceberg until I felt I had covered the stencil. Then I misted the stencil with water, let the colors flow together, flipped it back over, and laid it on top of a piece of watercolor paper that I had cut to the stencil size (6×6). I put a piece of paper towel over the top, and pressed lightly, to get the ink off of the stencil and on to the paper. I carefully lifted the stencil off the paper, and thought, there’s a hot mess! But, as they say, you get what you get, and you don’t throw a fit! The results are the first photo above. I cleaned off my stencil, and then placed it on the paper again, this time right side up, so I could blend on the leaves and the flower stems. I used Forest Glades green and Paper Bag.

I went back to stencil number 1 to do the flowers. I smooshed some Warm Sunshine ink onto my craft mat, and then added Distress Crackle Paste in Translucent, to color the paste yellow. I applied this through the stencil in a light layer, and then waited for it to dry. For the last stencil layer, I added yellow and clear Stickles glitter glue through the stencil. I picked part of the design, and cut a 4×5.25 inch rectangle for my card front, layered a piece of green cardstock behind it, and attached it to a white A2 card base.

I just loved how this background came out… very loose and almost Monet-esque. I chose the “yay” sentiment, cut from some green patterned paper, layered with 2 white diecut layers, and offset with another white layer.

The course inspired me to use several differnet stencil techniques, including stamping with the stencil to achieve the watercolor background, and using texture paste which I first colored with ink. Thanks for stopping by my blog, I appreciate you!

Altenew products used:
Bloomin Flower Bed Stencil Set
Fancy Yay Die
Crisp Dye Ink Mini Cube Sets – Lapis Lazuli, Green Fields, Summer Afternoon

Also used:
Distress Crackle Paste, Translucent

Altenew Academy: Let it Shine

Hello crafty friends! Today I’m sharing a card that I made after participating in Altenew Academy’s Let it Shine course.

I found this to be an interesting course, and really reminded me of all of the different ways to add shine and sparkle to a card. I may have overdone it on this one, because I used a bunch: hot foiling (hello), silver embossing powder (Sparkle on, Darling), a strip of “glimmer paper”, and finally some highlighting on the flower with a ZIG Wink of Stella brush in clear. I tried to balance all of the sparkle with a matte black card front, a mostly white flower, and the vellum leaves. I’m pretty pleased at how it came out.

Not often do I immediately know what color scheme I want to use with a card, but this one came together in my mind before I even sat down at my desk. For the shine, I wanted to use silver. That made me thing of black paper, with white flowers, to really make it stand out. I wanted to give the flowers a hint of greenish yellow, so I thought of Distress Ink in Shabby Shutters. I’m sure there’s an Altenew ink color that is similar, but it wasn’t in the front of my mind, like the Distress colors are.

I used the Altenew Craft-A-Flower: Sulfur Cosmos Layering Die Set for the flower and the leaves. The set comes with two flowers. I used the smaller one. I die cut all of the pieces with a piece of watercolor paper first. Then I placed the die cuts back into the negative space to hold them, so I could lightly blend some ink onto them with a mini blending brush, staying mainly in the areas that would become the center of the flower. I also used a foam blending tool to lighly apply color to the edges of the petals. Wanting to keep the card on the “clean and simple” side, I used vellum for the leaves. To finish the card off with just a touch more sparkle, I added clear Wink of Stella brush marker highlights along the die creases in the flower petals.

The course inspired me to use a bunch of shine-producing techniques on the same card, in a hopefully balanced way. I used the rounded corner and strip of glitz down the left side of the card that the course instructor demonstrated. I really love the Craft-A-Flower layering dies from Altenew. They go together very easily, as they have a keyhole cutout in the center that helps you line everything up in the right orientation. It couldn’t be easier! The flowers are gorgeous as well, so you just can’t go wrong. One flower is large enough to create a beautiful focal point for your A2 sized card, or use both for a really impressive look!

Thanks for stopping by my blog, I appreciate you!

Altenew products used:
Craft-A-Flower: Sulfur Cosmos Layering Die Set
Versatile Greetings Hot Foil Plate Set
Sentiment Strips 3 Stamp Set
Tim Holtz Distress Ink – Shabby Shutters, Scattered Straw
Tim Holtz Distress Heavystock – Black
ZIG Wink of Stella Brush II – Clear
Deco Foil – Silver
Ranger Detail Silver embossing powder

ScrappyShak Design Team: Road Trip Colorize

Hello crafty friends, and Happy Saturday! I wanted to share this card that I made for the ScrappyShak Design Team. I made this last week while I was thinking about getting out of the dreary, cold weather here in Virginia. Gladys the flamingo hopped in her sunny yellow car and decided to head out to SoCal for the rest of the winter. She’s stopping to visit her BFFs in Arizona on her way. I used the new Tim Holtz Road Trip Colorize dies for my inspiration.

This is just a quick post to share some of the details in this card, as it’s just basically picking colors and putting the dies together. First I made Gladys using Distress Watercolor Paper. I colored the paper first with Kitsch Flamingo, Picked Raspberry, and Cocktail Party Mica Spray. Her beak is Mustard Seed. I used black and white cardstock for some details. I shopped her legs off so she would fit in the car, but I kept one to make it look like she has a foot steering the car.

The car is mostly made with yellow cardstock. I added some watercolor paper sprayed with Harvest Moon Mica Spray, and some metallic gold paper for the highlights. There are 4 layers to the main passenger compartment of the car. To make it look like Gladys was inside the car, I put her in between the 4 layers. I glued the bottom two layers together, placed her “in” the car, and then put the top two layers on.

For the background, I used Stormy Sky Distress Spray and Tumbled Glass Oxide Spray. I wanted it to be a bit dreary. I used the exhaust puff for grey, overcast clouds. I added Crypt Grit Paste on the bottom of the card for the road. I wanted a bit of green grass to transition from the road to the sky… but I had already colored my whole background piece with the blue sprays. How can I get some green in there? Well, blue and yellow make green. I took some Mustard Seed Spray stain (stain instead of Oxide because I wanted it to be more transluscent) and dabbed it on with a dry brush. It looked green enough for me! The letters and the numbers on the sign are from the Specimen die set. My first thought was to have Gladys driving out of Darlington County, but there wasn’t a “g” in the Specimen set, and Darlington didn’t fit on the sign. (I’m a die hard Bruce fan, and the song kept running through my head).

If you have this die or are contemplating purchasing it, I hope you are inspired to give it a try. Look through your dies to find a different character to put in the car in stead of Gladys! What about a snarky cat? Paper doll? I’m sure you can find something fun. Thank you for stopping by my blog, I appreciate you!

Products used, available at ScrappyShak:
Tim Holtz Sizzix Road Trip Colorize dies
Tim Holtz Sizzix Gladys Colorize dies
Distress Oxide Ink Pads – Kitsch Flamingo, Picked Raspberry
Distress Mica Spray – Cocktail Party, Harvest Moon
Distress Spray Stain – Stormy Sky, Mustard Seed
Distress Oxide Spray – Tumbled Glass
Distress Grit Paste – Crypt

Also used:
Tim Holtz Specimen dies

Altenew Academy: For The Guys

Hello crafty friends! Today I’m sharing a card that I made after participating in Altenew Academy’s For The Guys course.

I send cards to guys, and in general I try to pick more “masculine” colors, but not all of the time. I don’t think most cards are gender specific, but I do understand the idea of more of a masculine theme. I had seen and purchased the new Altenew Fresh Dye Inks. When I first saw them together, a blue violet set, brownish pinks, and sage greens, I got a masculine vibe. I also loved how they coordinated together. So, I chose to use all three Fresh Dye Ink mini cube sets for this card. I wanted to use flowers, but incorporate the tips and suggesions that were shared in the course. I was inspired to go with a geometric theme, and used the lovely String Panel cover plate die from Altenew. To add more of a masculine flair, I cut the die out of wood veneer cardstock. I think using lots of texture or different mixed media can help give a card a masculine feel, and this wood veneer cardstock seemed perfect. It’s surprising to me how well it cuts, and how well it stays together, even when using fine detail dies. I cut the die twice, and turned one piece 180 degress to get more of a pattern.

For the flowers, I chose the Jumbo Garden Picks Layering Die Set. I made all of the four flowers, but in the end, decided to use two of them, with one leaf sprig, sticking to the idea of three elements.

I cut the flower pieces out of Neenah Classic Crest Solar White 110 lb. cardstock, as I like to blend on this paper. After I cut the pieces, I placed them back into the paper, and held them in place with low tack tape on the back of the paper (that’s the green). This helped hold the pieces so I could use domed blending foam to apply the ink. It’s very helpful when you are trying to color the smaller pieces especially.

I had the idea of added the sentiment to one of the leaves instead of cutting a strip of paper for it. I think it turned out well. The “BE FEARLESS” sentiment strip in all caps seemed on the masculine side to me. When I was arranging the flowers and leaves on my cardfront, I thought it would look cool to layer some of the String Panel over and under the flowers. I played around with it until I liked it, then applied low tack tape to the top of all of the pieces to hold everything in position, flipped it over, and added glue and foam squares to the back. Then, when I flipped it back over in place onto my card base, everything stayed where I wanted it. After the glue sets, you can carefully peel the tape off the top of your card.

The course inspired me to use geometric elements, color combinations that had a masculine feel, and interesting paper (wood vaneer) to create this card. Thanks for stopping by my blog, I appreciate you!

Altenew products used:
Jumbo Garden Picks Layering Die Set
String Panel Cover Die
Sentiment Strips 3 stamps
Fresh Dye Ink mini cube set in Blue Mountains, Woodland Escape, Frosted Foliage
Sequins in Satin White

ScrappyShak Design Team: True Love Colorize

Hello crafty friends! I wanted to share this card that I made for the ScrappyShak Design Team. The inspiration for this card made with the Tim Holtz Sizzix True Love Colorize die set was a box of Valentine’s Day chocolates that I remember from my childhood. What I recall, not that it’s a fact, is that my Dad got my Mom a huge box of chocolates for Valentine’s Day, which was. a big thing, because our family didn’t have the luxury of splurging like that. I remember that it was a huge yellow heart, covered with satin flowers and ribbon. I thought it was the prettiest thing I had ever seen, and hoped that one day I would have someone who loved me enough to do the same for me (which I do). I remember my Mom kept that box for a long time, and kept special treasures in it. I had the most fun putting this die set together, imagining the flavor combinations, and who of my family would enjoy each one the most.

I started by building the chocolate box first. I chose several shades of gold foil kraftstock, including one from the Metallic Confections pad, and a couple from the Metallics Classics Idea-ology pack. Although I remember my Mom’s box being yellow, it seems odd to me now, and I could be wrong… unless the yellow boxes were on sale! After I put it together, I thought the top of the box needed a bow, so I got out my Bowtied Colorize die and made a big red bow. To get three colors I needed, I used two different pieces of red cardstock, and darkened the lighter one with Lumberjack Plaid Distress Ink to get three different shades for the bow. I don’t have a huge collection of colored cardstock, and I often use ink to alter the color that I’m looking for.

Next was the really fun part… putting together the chocolates! I couldn’t decide what color to use for the wrappers, so I went with something similar to what Tim showed on the packaging. After picking through my brown cardstock, I found pieces that looked the most like milk chocolate and dark chocolate, and then picked a slightly lighter shade for the wrappers. I also found some cream cardstock for the white chocolates, and picked a light pink for a pink confection. I cut out more than what I thought I would use. I think this was a tip from a Jennifer McGuire YouTube video. In hindsight, I might have cut all the circle pieces first, then assembled, so as not to mix things up, and make it easier on myself. I kept seperate piles of each different shape, including the decorations, just to keep things sorted. Once you get the hang of one of the shapes, it seems easier to do all of the same shape at the same time. I put together the wrapper pieces first, then added my chocolates, and finally the decorations. I used Bearly Art glue with a precision tip, but I could see using double sided adhesive sheets before cutting everything out, to make the assembly easier. Tweezers are your friend. What helped a lot for me was to use my Sizzix Sidekick die cutting machine, which I didn’t know I couldn’t live without until I bought one. I had a hard time justifying the expense for a smaller size manual die cutting machine, but I was lucky enough to find one on clearance. It’s perfect for something like this for me. The way my studio is set up, I have to get up from my worktable to get to my BigShot. It was very handy to be able to run a small die through my sidekick if I wanted another dark chocolate, or a different color for the decorations. Amazingly enough, the Sidekick works really well for having such a small footprint. I love having it right on my worktable.

I decided to make a 5×7 card so I could fit everything, and have room for a sentiment. I went through my Christmas Backdrops paper and found one I liked that reminded me of my Mom. I wanted to add some texture, so I embossed a piece of white cardstock with the Doily 3D embossing folder, after applying Tattered Rose Distress Oxide to the “inny” side. I misted the back of my paper, and also the side of the embossing folder with the ink. You can see I was a little heavy handed with the water, as I got a bit of a smear, but I decided to leave it. I don’t mind it, I think it adds a little something. Before I put everything together, I distressed the edges with coordinating inks. I added splatters of Vintage Photo and gold mica spray to the cream cardstock for more interest.

For the sentiment, I used the Crazy Talk stamps and Archival Vintage Photo. While I was straightening up my worktable, I noticed one of the candy embellishments fit around the work “love”, which I thought was pretty cute!

If you have this die or are contemplating purchasing it, I hope you are inspired to give it a try. Make sure you have some real chocolate on hand, because you’ll be craving some for sure! Thank you for stopping by my blog, I appreciate you!

Products used, available at ScrappyShak:
Tim Holtz Sizzix True Love Colorize
Tim Holtz Sizzix Bowtied Colorize
Distress Archival Ink – Vintage Photo
Distress Ink Pads – Tea Dye, Lumberjack Plaid, Vintage Photo
Distress Oxide Ink Pads – Antique Linen, Tattered Rose
Tim Holtz Idea-ology Christmas Backdrops Paper
Tim Holtz Idea-ology Kraft-Stock Metallic Confections
Tim Holtz Idea-ology Kraft-Stock Metallic Classics

Also used:
Nuvo Mica Mist Aspen Gold
Tim Holtz Sizzix 3D Embossing Folder Doily
Tim Holtz Stampers Anonymous Crazy Talk CMS236