June 22, 2016

Using the Anna Griffin Fantastic Flip Card Dies

Hi!  It's Christine from iamcocoasmom.blogspot.com sharing all my trials and tribulations using the Anna Griffin Fantastic Flip card dies.  Thank you, Sheila, for inviting me back to share.  I know that all your bloggy friends join me in wishing you a speedy return to health.

Sooooo, I did succumb to the lure of Anna Griffin on HSN and have to admit that I enjoyed putting together the cards in the kit in as many different ways as I could think of.  However, I really, really wanted to try out the dies that came with the kit and when I finally acquired the extended platform plates for my Big Shot, I was ready to go.

Here's what I learned:-

*  Close your eyes, grit your teeth and ignore the cracking and popping of the plates as you crank the Big Shot sandwich through.    I understand that it does the same in the Cuttlebug.

*  Anna does not include a die that will cut a frame for the opening.  I mean, really?  Plan A - Searching Design Space, I could not find a frame of the same proportions, even among Anna's carts.  On to Plan B - I folded a 4 by 6 inch piece of cardstock and inserted it at the frame end of the die before cranking it through.  This is what's left over when the frame cut is removed.

Unfortunately, the frame cut in two parts but when glued around the opening, I found that it presented a perfect opportunity for embellishment.

And using patterned paper worked well too.

*  Using double sided paper gives a variety of interesting results.  The embellishments that come in the kit are printed on one side only and to my mind, look ugly and unfinished on the inside of the card.  Using double sided paper with the small embellishment dies results in a nicer look inside.  And, because the cardstock is generally thicker, there isn't the need to strengthen the outer edge of the flip fold. (Since this is the edge that holds the embellishments, it needs all the strength it can get!)

*  The smaller dies work with the Sizzix magnetic plate and are held firmly in place for the second, embossing pass.

*  The quality of the dies is not what I expected from Anna Griffin and I reverted to my good old Heartfelt Creations dies and stamps to embellish this card.

*  The more cards I made, the more frustrated I became with the fact that they will not fold flat.   I did try running the folded card through the Big Shot before embellishment, but it wasn't much better.

You know, I think I'll put the dies in my next garage sale and continue to use the Flip cards on the Artfully Sent cart.  Sigh!  Here's a couple of You Tube videos I found particularly useful:-



Thank you for visiting with me today.   : )  Christine

June 20, 2016


Hi, everyone, this is Charlotte C.  Recently on Design With Sassy on Facebook Sheila challenged us to make a shaped card, and this is what I created to meet that challenge.  I thought for today I would give you details on how I put it all together.  Please come join us on Facebook to see all the wonderful creations our members have posted.

The house itself is from April Showers and it only has two layers.  I brought in five of them on my canvas and ungrouped all, saving only one of the top layers. 

I welded two together at the rooftop to form my card base, which I cut in dark brown.  The base is 11 x 4.12.  For some reason it did not fit in a standard A2 envelope so I needed to make one with my WRMK punch board at 4 ½ x 6. 

I used a lighter brown for the next three:  one is full size and covers the front of the card base; one I sliced to keep just the roof so I could emboss it; and one I shrunk a bit to use for the inside of the card.  The designer paper used for the top layer is from my stash.

The potted trees are from Bloom.  I changed the color, flattened them for print then cut, inked the edges and adhered to the base, as you can see.  The flower boxes are also from Bloom and I flattened them for print then cut and used foam tape to pop them off the front.  A little brad for the doorknob, Wink of Stella on the flowers, and some white gel pen finished off the card.  Since I first posted on FB I decided to add a small pink heart on the door which I also used Wink of Stella on. 

Thank you, Sheila, for inviting me here again, and I wish you a speedy recovery.  I hope you all enjoy this card.

June 14, 2016

Father's Day Cards

Adrienne, here from Eagle Canyon Arts.  Thanks to Sheila for inviting me to contribute again this month.  It's always such a pleasure to be part of the talented Sassy Lady Design Team!

Although summer is still a couple of weeks away, Father's Day and grilling season is already upon us.  The clean lines and spots of color on this card are sure to please any man.

Close To My Heart Supplies

Artbooking Cartridge (Z3169) p. 64 Overlay "Freedom"
Artistry Cartridge (Z3167) p. 32 "Away We Go" (1.75"h x 2.45"w)
Daisy White Cardstock (1385)
White Cards and Envelopes (X254)
Enamel and Glitter Duos - Blue Dots (Z3122)
Kaleidoscope Papers (X7202B)
"Framed" SOTM 1508 (retired)
Smoothie (Z2196), Peacock (Z2649) Inks

Other Supplies

Sizzix Embossing Folder #657196 "Distressed Frame A2"
3D Double-sided Adhesive Dots

The embossing layer made a nice base for the card front.  The "Freedom" overlay went on top of that, using bits of kaleidoscope paper in back of random designs to add color.  The blue dots also added glitter to the white background.  

Enjoy your Father's Day with friends and family.  Thanks for following along on this project.

Phillipians 4:19

June 6, 2016

Happy Summer Card

This is Pam from TheBugBytes & PapillonDigitalDesign
Today I made a simple card for summer for Design with Sassy facebook group.
Theme - Summer or using Sun.

I have used Lawn Fawn set "Happy Summer" ( Ants , watermelon and sentiment).
The grass is impression obsession die I think. The sun was a circle punch and Mcgill flower punch combined together. Used copics to color them all. Hope you all play along . If you do make a card please visit  design with sassy facebook group.and post your card

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May 28, 2016

Guy Card Colaborations YouTube Fun!

Published on May 28, 2016
We have put together quite the group of YouTubers to hopefully inspire your Guy themed cards! Just in time for Father's Day 2016 and perfect for the men in your life.

There will be 26 videos starting May 23rd through June 5th. We will do this hop style, so you will watch the first video on Maymay Made It's Channel then you will hop to the others using the description box to see who is next. Today is the 28th, you will watch my channel and then tomorrow you will watch Darrile Faris at Cutter Punk https://www.youtube.com/c/CutterPunkC....

CORRECTION:  There are 3 prizes not 26, we grouped some together and we will have 3 lucky winners!

The contest is super fun, each creator will name a tool from their dad's tool box using the alphabet to keep us straight. You can start a list on your paper A thru Z and each time you catch a video write down the tool mentioned in the video. In the last video (Gareth's) there will be a link to a giveaway, you will list the tools you collected to be entered. Open internationally to persons 18 years and over.

Go ahead and subscribe to all these Monday the 23rd First Day
Maymay - Maymay made it crafts http://www.youtube.com/maymaymadeit
Tuesday 24th
Dana Kersey Joy - Got Joy https://www.youtube.com/user/mzdanajoy
Shae Leigh - Shae206 - https://www.youtube.com/user/shae206

Wednesday 25th
Esther Carver - Craft Corner with Esther wonderful channels! https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCzvH...
Tracey Philips - Gift Basket Appeal - https://www.youtube.com/user/giftbask...

Thursday 26th
Nicky Parr - Carsondcatslife https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC7Iv...
Fleurette F Bloom - Fleurette Bloom - https://www.youtube.com/user/fleurett...
Friday 27th
Lisa Jones - L.J. Creations - https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCO_z...
Cindy Brown Nemec - MiMi mixed bag - https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCK0V...

Saturday 28th
Christopher Alan - Christopher Alan designs https://www.youtube.com/user/christop...
Sheila McShea - Sheila McShea https://www.youtube.com/user/macsheilam

Sunday 29th
Darrel Faris - Cutter Punk https://www.youtube.com/c/CutterPunkC...
Edith Wray - Scrapbooking with ME - https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCnYz...

Monday 30th
Donna Clerkin James - Little Spaceman paper crafts https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCLE7...
Jenny Barnett Rohrs - Craft test dummies - https://www.youtube.com/user/crafttes...

Tuesday 31st
Ken & George - Crafts by Two https://www.youtube.com/user/CraftsByTwo
Ken Hess - Ken’s Kreations - https://www.youtube.com/user/hesskr

Wednesday 1st
Sarah Crankshaw - The Cranky Crafter https://www.youtube.com/user/crankygang
Georgia Ann Gibbs Carl - Georgia’s Crafty Creations https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCYgn...
Thursday 2nd
Michelle Ratcliffe - Creative Chellebear https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCJ1z...
Pam Tanino - pTanino - https://www.youtube.com/user/pTanino

Friday 3rd
Melody Lane - Melody Lane Designs https://www.youtube.com/c/melodylane
Maria Clark - Sweet Willow Designs - https://www.youtube.com/user/SweetWil...

Saturday 4th
Lorrie A Nunemaker - https://www.youtube.com/user/LONU2008
Lyne Schnable - Blodgett - Lynn's Every Day ideas - https://www.youtube.com/user/lynnseve...

Sunday the 5th Last Day
Gareth Frewer - G’s Creations https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCYIy...

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