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Monday, May 30, 2016

A Father's Day Project You Can Create with the Kids


Father's Day is just around the corner and you too might be looking for ideas to create something personal and handmade for these special men in our lives. Here's a tutorial for a cute bird cage that you can make with the kids using Lori Whitlock's Sizzix Thinlits Die Set 13PK - For the Birds. So, let's get started!


Here's the Sizzix Thinlits Die Set 13PK - For the Birds.
To die-cut the bird cage, create the following Sizzix Sandwich: on the Sizzix Accessory Standard Magnetic Platform for Wafer-Thin Dies, lay another Sizzix Accessory Cutting Pads - Standard. Lay the kraft cardstock on the Standard Cutting Pad and lay the
Sizzix Thinlits Die Set 13PK - For the Birds blade-side down. Cover with the other Standard Cutting Pad and pass the whole sandwich through the Sizzix Big Shot machine.
Repeat three more times to get all four pieces needed to assemble the bird cage. 
 

Here are the die-cut bird cage pieces. Press along the crease lines on each piece to fold the tabs.


Apply adhesives along the side tabs and join the pieces together.

Attach the bottom tabs together to close the base. Join the top tabs to complete assembling the bird cage.  


Brush some paints on the bird cage.


Also included in the Sizzix Thinlits Die Set 13PK - For the Birds, 
are the birds, heart and feather pictured above and some words. Die-cut them out of white cardstock using the same Sizzix Sandwich as described above. 
Paint details on the die-cut pieces.


Attach the birds, heart, feather and the words 'Thanks' to the bird cage as shown.


To make a hanger for the bird cage, thread a needle and knot the thread at the end. Be sure to make the knot big enough so it doesn't come out. Insert the needle through the upper part of the cage and pull it out through the small opening at the very top. Sew in a couple of pom poms and bead. Loop the thread back into the bead and tie a few knots to finish.

Hope you enjoyed today's tutorial!


Supplies: 
Sizzix Accessory Cutting Pads - Standard

Others: cardstock, acrylic paints, paint brush, palette knife, thread, pom poms, needle, bead, adhesive

THERE'S A HUGE SALE OVER AT SIZZIX...CHECK IT OUT!!!
 

Note: I am a project designer for Sizzix. Sizzix provided me with the above dies to create the above project. If you click the links to buy these dies, I will earn an itsy bitsy portion of the sale. Use the code SZB2015 at checkout. You get 15% off and I get an itsy bitsy portion of the sale. It's win-win!  

Saturday, May 28, 2016

Create a Celebration Bunting


Whether you celebrate occasions or the everyday, won't it be cool to have a handmade bunting to add to your decor? I created the above bunting with a piece of cardstock, some paints, thread, a few pom poms and Brenda Walton's Sizzix Thinlits Die Set 9PK - Phrase, Celebrate. Let me show you how!


Start with the Sizzix Thinlits Die Set 9PK - Phrase, Celebrate.


Take a piece of kraft cardstock. Mine is 8.5" x 11".


Apply various colors of acrylic paints with a brush and palette knife.


To diecut the word 'Celebrate', create the following Sizzix Sandwich: on the Sizzix Accessory Standard Magnetic Platform for Wafer-Thin Dies, lay another Sizzix Accessory Cutting Pads - Standard. Lay the colored cardstock on the Standard Cutting Pad and line up the Sizzix Thinlits Die Set 9PK - Phrase, Celebrate
blade-side down. Cover with the other Standard Cutting Pad and pass the whole sandwich through the Sizzix Big Shot machine.


Here are my die-cut letters.


Gather some pom poms in coordinating colors, thread and needle. Thread the needle and string the pom poms and letters of the word Celebrate alternatively, leaving extra lengths of thread at each end.
 

Here's a close-up of my bunting.

Hope you enjoyed today's tutorial!
 
Supplies:
Sizzix Accessory Cutting Pads - Standard
Others: cardstock, acrylic paints, paint brush, palette knife, thread, pom poms, needle

THERE'S A HUGE SALE OVER AT SIZZIX...CHECK IT OUT!!!

 

Note: I am a project designer for Sizzix. Sizzix provided me with the above dies to create the above project. If you click the links to buy these dies, I will earn an itsy bitsy portion of the sale. Use the code SZB2015 at checkout. You get 15% off and I get an itsy bitsy portion of the sale. It's win-win!  

Thursday, May 26, 2016

The Acrylic Painter

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What is your favorite paint medium? 

I mostly dabble in Watercolors and Acrylic Paints and therefore, always on the lookout for books that will teach me the techniques with these mediums in a simple way. I picked up James Van Patten's book, 'The Acrylic Painter' with that goal in mind.

The author walks us through the basic tools and surfaces and touches on color theory and then goes on to subject selection for your paintings and the deeper aspects of the artist's vision. He details the techniques of under and over painting, blending, glazing and also impasto painting. He even includes a section for presenting your finished art- sealed, matted, mounted and framed.

It is a great resource to refer to for beginners to intermediate acrylic painters.

I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review.

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

The Coloring Studio Summer 2016


The Coloring Studio Summer 2016 will hit the stands on June 1st. Here's the cover that I can share because I got my artist's copy a little sooner than the marketplace.


Here's a peek inside the magazine and that's my page.

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Here's a HSN Video

Ensemble Image 

I am so excited that THE Anna Griffin made one my layouts using her Seafarer collection into a video for HSN!!! Check out the video here by clicking on the 'How-To's From Anna Griffin' button.