Saturday, July 30, 2016

Scrapbook Layout Tutorial with die-cutting


Hello there! How 'bout some Saturday scrapbook inspiration? Can you tell that this layouts is made almost entirely out of diecuts from background to accents?
 

I used the Sizzix Bigz Plus Die - Botanical Flourish by Lindsey Serata along with the Sizzix Bigz Plus Die - Chains and Sizzix Bigz Plus Die - Arrows by Katelyn Lizardi.


To diecut each of these pieces, you'll need to create the following Sizzix Sandwich: on the Sizzix Big Shot Plus Accessory - Cutting Pads, Standard, place the Sizzix Bigz Plus Die - Botanical Flourish, blade-side up and on it place the paper of your choice. Cover it with the other Sizzix Big Shot Plus Accessory Standard Cutting Pad and pass the whole sandwich through the Big Shot Plus machine. This will give you the background piece for the layout.

Repeat this step to die-cut the Chain and Arrows.


Lay the diecut back ground Botanical Flourish piece with a little adhesive on a piece of cardstock and machine stitch along the edges. I used an 8.5" x 11" cardstock. You could easily use a 12" x 12" cardstock instead.


Choose your photos.


Attach the photos to show through the Chain 'frames' and trim off any excess.


Attach the framed photos to the page.


I ended up die-cutting another Arrow. Attach your arrow to the layout as shown.


Brush-letter the title. You can use stickers or diecut alphabets as well.


Attach the title and sew across the arrow. Journal below. Splatter some paints to finish.

Supplies:
Sizzix Bigz Plus Die - Botanical Flourish 
Sizzix Bigz Plus Die - Chains 
Sizzix Bigz Plus Die - Arrows
Sizzix Big Shot Plus Machine 
Sizzix Big Shot Plus Accessory - Cutting Pads, Standard, 1 pair
Other: patterned papers, adhesive, paint, pen, paint brush, adhesive, cardstock, sewing machine, thread

 
Note: I am a project designer for Sizzix. Sizzix provided me with the 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 to get 15% off. It's win-win!

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Cook Korean!


I am rather new to Korean cuisine. What originally attracted me to Cook Korean: A Comic Book With Recipes by Robin Ha is that the recipes are illustrated! I am loving this comic book approach to teaching someone how to cook. 
The book is divided into 10 chapters starting with Kimchi and Pickles, Veggie Side Dishes, Barbecueing Meat and Poultry, Seafood, Soups and Stews, Porridges, Noodles and Rice Cakes, Snacks and Street Food, all the way to Drinks and Cocktails and Korean Fusion. Each recipe is charmingly illustrated which makes it much more likely to be used because it's so much fun!
Tonight I am making a grocery list to get some of the basic ingredients for these recipes. And the first recipe to try out on my list is the Chile Chicken Stew or Dakbokkeumtang.  
I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review.

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Lessons In Classical Painting




"There is no such thing as a flawless step-by-step system that results in a perfect product. Personal struggles, talent, inspiration and passion, when combined with hard work, create a unique outcome. No matter how dedicated and prepared you are, when making art, you are stepping into the wilderness. From this uncertainty comes some of the joy and wonder of art. It is human, imperfect, and filled of mystery." This part of the introduction in Juliette Aristides' "Lessons in Classical Painting: Essential Techniques From Inside the Atelier" deeply resonated with me. However, we learn techniques to move ahead in our creative journeys and this is a great resource for such techniques.

I love how the author explains how an artist can achieve great results by focusing on only one of many components whether it's value pattern (the abstract treatment of lights and darks), tonal shapes, value composition with great examples. She also goes into the details of Form Painting, Temperature and Color. She provides lessons in steps for the reader to understand and practice a given technique.

This book is not only a great reference for beginner and more advanced artists but also a pleasant read.
I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review.

 

Sunday, July 17, 2016

Don't miss out!

**This post contains affiliate links and I will be compensated if you make a purchase after clicking on my links. 
Cricut is celebrating Christmas in July with HUGE price cuts! The sale will run July 16 through July 19 with savings reminiscent of annual black Friday deals.


Check out Cricut's Christmas in July Sale to get a head start for your Holiday shopping. Not only can you create your own holiday ornaments and decorations for your own home, make handmade cards to send out but it's also a great time to buy supplies for the Cricut crafters on your holiday gift list.


My ABSOLUTE favorites are Anna’s Christmas Cards & Embellishments and Anna Griffin® Christmas Kitsch. With so many great choices available, you'll surely find your style.
 
Here's a card I made with Anna Griffin® Christmas Kitsch. 
With all the intricate layers already designed and ready to cut, you just have the glue the layers together to amazing cards that will impress all who get them.

Celebrate Christmas in July with great deals at Cricut! Don't miss out.

Friday, July 08, 2016

A Card Full of Roses


Hello hello! I hope summer is treating you well so far! Our vacation started here on the 24th of June and since then it's been a blur of crazy busy. With graduation, dance intensives and recitals and one of my kids off to Duke TIP in Florida and the other heading to North Carolina this Sunday, I can only recall making a million runs to the grocery store buying snacks for the trips. But it's all good, crazy as it is, I know I'll miss these days terribly when they are gone. 

In between this flurry of activities, I have managed to curve out little time niches for a bit of crafting so I can keep my sanity. Here's a card I made using Sizzix Thinlits Die - Card, Rose Lace Gatefold by Sharyn Sowell and Sizzix Textured Impressions Embossing Folder - Border Blooms by Brenda Walton. Below is the tutorial to show you how to make this card.


Here are the Sizzix Thinlits Die - Card, Rose Lace Gatefold and Sizzix Textured Impressions Embossing Folder - Border Blooms.
 

To make this card, you'll need to diecut two pieces of the Rose Lace Gatefold. For die-cutting, create the following Sizzix Sandwich: on a Sizzix Accessory Magnetic Platform For Wafer-Thin Dies - Standard, lay another Sizzix Accessory Cutting Pad- Standard. Lay your patterned paper on the cutting pad and place the Sizzix Thinlits Die - Card, Rose Lace Gatefold, blade-side down on it. Cover with the Standard Cutting Pad and pass the whole sandwich through the Sizzix Big Shot machine.


You'll notice fold lines on the Rose Lace Gatefold pieces. Press down and fold along the lines.
 

Cut a 6.5" x 4.5" block of coordinating cardstock for the card base. Attach the Rose Lace Gatefold pieces by their bottom flaps to the card base.


Emboss a white core coordinating cardstock, cut slightly smaller than the card base. To emboss, create the following Sizzix Sandwich. Place the cardstock inside the Sizzix Textured Impressions Embossing Folder - Border Blooms. Open to Tab 1 of the Sizzix Accessory Multipurpose Platform - Extended. Place the Border Blooms Folder between a pair of Standard Cutting Pads and lay on the open tab of the Multipurpose Platform. Pass the whole sandwich through the Sizzix Big Shot machine.


Take a sand paper and sand the embossed surface to expose the white core. Clean off any dust with a paper towel.


Attach the embossed block to the center of the card base.


Cut a small banner piece and brush letter the sentiment on it.


Attach the sentiment to the card to finish.

Hope you enjoyed today's tutorial and Happy Summer Crafting to you!

Supplies: 
Sizzix Accessory Cutting Pads - Standard
Sizzix Accessory Multipurpose Platform - Extended
Others: cardstock, patterned paper, watercolor paint, paint brush, adhesive, sand paper, scissors, paper trimmer



                                  

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, July 07, 2016

The Drawing Lesson


In The Drawing Lesson, Mark Crilley takes a young boy David on a drawing journey with a chance mentor, Rebecca. The book explores various aspects of drawing with a taste of what it's like to be taught by a mentor in a light-hearted graphic novel style. What an innovative idea! Whether you are into drawing or into graphic novels, this book is a wonderful combination of both. 
I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review.

Tuesday, July 05, 2016

An Art Journal tutorial


Here's an art journal page I did for Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft. You can find the tutorial here.