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Sizzix: Book | Butterfly

Hello! This year had been a great start for me and I have been making a point to practise more on my book binding. Today, I found inspiration from Sizzix - large delicate butterfly die by David Tutera. 

I love this die set. I have been using this die for a previous album and from there, I thought it would be cool to make a book with this die as well. For the cover, I used a different base patterned paper so there is contrast. For these 2, I trimmed off the edge so there is no folding. The inserts are folded in half, and align on the dotted lines indicated on the die. 

The binding connects the inserts and links up the left and right side of the butterfly. It is as though the stitching was the body of the butterfly! For this binding, I chose to use the long stitch method, and then finally gathering up the long stitches on the last stroke to mimic a star styled binding. 

To finish up, I added light details. This die really doesn't need too much embellishments to shine. I only used some pearl drops at random parts of the butterfly to increase texture, and let the butterfly shine!

I will be sharing a couple Sizzix projects soon on my Instagram and blog, the new dies are so fun to play with! Stay tuned~

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MWL DT: LO | Love

Hello crafters! Happy 2018! I can't believe it, 2017 has wheezed past so quickly, and I am writing my first blog post of 2018! Here's wishing all of you a blessed, happy and healthy 2018 ahead!

Today, I'm am inspired by the pretty Crate Paper - Good Vibes collection available at Made with Love! Just a walk around the shop gives me great inspirations!  

The elements and vibrant colors in this collection are gorgeous! I was so excited and nearly fussy cut 3 pieces of the pattern paper! Adding elements of fussy cutting does give me much joy. I find that the layout becomes less rigid, and the variation of shapes makes the layout look more alive. Here's a couple of the fussy cutting. I do them while watching TV or waiting for my food to arrive. After all, it's a much better activity to do than using the handphone all the time!

Another inspiration I got off from the collection was to use some thread / twine and hook them up so that they look like tassels all around my photo. To do this, I made use of the Sizzix Framelits Die Set 9PK - rectangles, dotted and die cut a rectangle. Then I used the dotted markings to pierce a hole and attach the thread.

Adding layers behind the photo helps to enhance it. Here, I've cut some tags from the collection and randomly added some fussy cuttings to accompany the layers.

Lastly, to finalize the entire layout, add journaling. I tend to forget the details of the photo after some time, so I make sure to add some details. Sometimes, the photo says it all, and in that case, I would add the date. Journaling is one of the most important detail for a layout, yet also the most commonly forgotten by a lot of people. I make use of my WRMK typewriter to do my journaling. It is not only a pretty sight, but also my favorite tool for layout journaling.

Supplies used are from Made with Love:
  • Crate Paper - Good Vibes Collection
  • Sizzix Framelits Die Set 9PK - rectangles, dotted
  • WRMK Typewriter, Mint
  • American Crafts Thickers

Thank you for joining me on this new year, hope you have enjoyed the walk through. Have a blast in 2018 and stay creative!

Sizzix: Card | Christmas

Just 4 more days to Christmas! I can't wait to spend the day with my family and loved ones. It is also the day we exchange gifts and have a feast! 

To prepare for the day, I would need a total of 10 cards and gifts. Usually, I would opt for gift cards as they are the most practical option for the year. This year, I am sending them some Starbucks gift cards, and I wanted to package it together with some hand written greetings.

I tried to keep things simple. I find that a simple card usually means that it is easily accepted by most people, and it is always a good idea when dealing with last minute cards! I do tend to whip up cards at the last hour, so simple cards using sizzix dies are the best solutions!

For the bases, I used the Sizzix Framelits Die Set 6PK - Rectangles. Then I used one of the dies from Sizzix Tim Holtz Alterations - Home for the Holidays to diecut the pull up tab. 

Next, I tool my Sizzix Framelits Die Set 5PK - Labels, Fancy #4 for the centerpiece. As you can see, basic framelits dies really works wonders. They are essential to my work!

Next I made use of the other dies from Sizzix Tim Holtz Alterations - Home for the Holidays for the decoration. The Sidekick is useful for small dies like these, it makes it easier to handle. I find it convinient, and it is always on my table, waiting for its next use. 

Setting up the scene on the card front is super fun! Just layer the elements to create a fun christmas scene! For the title, I used a combination of dies. The word Merry came from the Sizzix Thinlits - Retro Merry Christmas and Christmas came from Sizzix Tim Holtz Alterations - Home for the Holidays. The word Christmas was die cut 3 times with foil paper, and then layered one on top of the other so as to achieve a pop up effect.

I love how the card slides out with a gift card for the receiver! It is a fun and surprising element to add~

Looking for last minute Christmas ideas? Check out the Sizzix UK blog for more ideas!

Here is wishing everyone a Merry Christmas and happy holidays! 

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