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Merry Embroidery Hoop | Tim Holtz Sizzix Christmas

Today I'm continuing the Christmas theme and sharing a home decor piece I made using an embroidery hoop. I created this Merry Embroidery Hoop for the recent Tim Holtz Sizzix Chapter 3 release. You may have seen this featured during Tim's Facebook live, but if you happened to miss it you can still check it out either on Facebook or Tim's Blog.

Merry Embroidery Hoop by Juliana Michaels featuring Tim Holtz Sizzix Merry and Bright Thinlits and Festivities Bigz Dies

This Merry Embroidery Hoop features the Festivities Bigz Die and Merry and Bright Thinlits Dies.


To begin, I took an 8 inch wood embroidery hoop and gave a good distressing! I used my finger to paint the wood parts of the embroidery hoop with Walnut Stain Distress Paint. Once the paint was dry, I again used my finger to paint on some Crackle Texture Paste. This I applied in random areas on the wood parts of the hoop but with the hoop pieces together. After all the crackly goodness was complete, I added some Vintage Photo Distress Crayon to bring them out. I recommend working in small sections before the crayon has time to dry and you can use either your finger or even a small stencil brush to work the crayon into the cracks.


You would normally have some sort of cloth inside of an embroidery hoop, but I decided to go with Christmas themed patterned paper instead. I used the outside of the hoop as a template to trace and then cut out a piece of chipboard. I then adhered a piece of paper from a past Christmas Paper Stash to the chipboard using Distress Collage Medium. I then trimmed off the excess and inked the edges with Vintage Photo Distress Ink. I then adhered this to the back side of the embroidery hoop using Collage Medium.


Merry Embroidery Hoop by Juliana Michaels featuring Tim Holtz Sizzix Merry and Bright Thinlits and Festivities Bigz Dies

Merry Embroidery Hoop by Juliana Michaels featuring Tim Holtz Sizzix Merry and Bright Thinlits and Festivities Bigz Dies

Now for the die cutting! To create the beautiful poinsettia, I used the new Festivities Bigz Die. I cut the flower two times from red felt and layered it together to give it more dimension. I then stitched three Idea-ology Tiny Bells to the center. The felt I used to create this was inexpensive felt from my local craft store. Most of this type of felt is rather thin and flimsy, so to make it more stiff, I adhered the felt to a sheet of double sided adhesive. I then peeled off the liner and adhered this to a piece of 110 pound cardstock and then die cut the various shapes. This is the wonderful thing about Bigz dies...they can cut through all different kinds of materials and thicker items. The leaves are also cut from two different colors of green felt using the same technique I used for the poinsettia. If you do happen to have real wool felt, you could probably skip this step as that sort of felt is usually thicker and holds its shape better.

Merry Embroidery Hoop by Juliana Michaels featuring Tim Holtz Sizzix Merry and Bright Thinlits and Festivities Bigz Dies

Merry is die cut from the gold paper in the Metallic Kraftstock using the Merry and Bright Thinlits Die. I cut it out several times and glued the layers together to give it more dimension.

Merry Embroidery Hoop by Juliana Michaels featuring Tim Holtz Sizzix Merry and Bright Thinlits and Festivities Bigz Dies

The final touch for this Merry Embroidery Hoop was the vintage crinkled bow. I took Hug Snug Seam Binding Ribbon and dyed it using Aged Mahogany, Vintage photo and Festive Berries Distress Stain. I sprayed the different colors of ink onto the ribbon, spritzed it with just a bit of water, wrinkled it up into a ball and then used my heat gun to dry it. Viola...beautiful vintage looking crinkled ribbon!


Merry Embroidery Hoop by Juliana Michaels featuring Tim Holtz Sizzix Merry and Bright Thinlits and Festivities Bigz Dies

Thank you for stopping by today. I hope you enjoyed learning how I created this Merry Embroidery Hoop to add to your upcoming Christmas home decor.

Supplies

You can find a supply list of the products I used to create this project below. This post contains compensated affiliate links to Scrapbook.com at no cost to you. If you want to learn more about what an affiliate link is, you can see my full affiliate and product disclosure statement here. The products I used to create this project are a mix of products I purchased myself and products I received as compensation for creating for the Tim Holtz Sizzix Chapter 3 Release.

Joy Shaker Card | Tim Holtz Sizzix Christmas

Joy to the world and Happy Monday my crafty friends! Today I'm sharing this Joy Shaker Card I created for the recent Tim Holtz Sizzix Chapter 3 release. You may have seen this featured during Tim's Facebook live, but if you happened to miss it you can still check it out either on Facebook or Tim's Blog.

Joy Shaker Card by Juliana Michaels featuring Tim Holtz Sizzix Stunning Snowflake Thinlits and Alphanumeric Shadow Upper Thinlits


Joy Shaker Card by Juliana Michaels featuring Tim Holtz Sizzix Stunning Snowflake Thinlits and Alphanumeric Shadow Upper Thinlits

To get started, I cut a piece of cardstock to a square shape and die cut the center of it with the largest die from the Stunning Snowflake Thinlits. This left me with a large negative opening, perfect for a shaker card and I saved the actual die cut shapes for another project. I then added some machine stitching and inked the edges.


I then cut a piece of acetate just slightly smaller than the cardstock square and adhered it to the back side of the paper.


To create the shaker box I adhered strips of foam adhesive to the backside making sure there were no spaces or openings where the strips met. This ensures that the shaker filler won't be able to escape from the shaker box.


For the shaker filler, I used Distress Mica Flakes. These are perfect for adding a little shimmer and shine. Other options to use could be sequins, tiny jewels or seed beads.  To create the backside of the shaker, I stamped the word stamp from the Stripes and Holiday stamp set onto black cardstock with embossing ink and then heat embossed it with white embossing powder. I then adhered this to the shaker box filled with the mica flakes.


After completing the shaker box portion of the card, I layered it onto two pieces of patterned paper from the 2019 Christmas 8x8 Paper Stash.

Joy Shaker Card by Juliana Michaels featuring Tim Holtz Sizzix Stunning Snowflake Thinlits and Alphanumeric Shadow Upper Thinlits

To create the sentiment, I used the Alphanumeric Shadow Upper Thinlits and die cut each of the letters three times from the gold metallic paper in the Metallic Kraft Stock. I then adhered the letters using double sided foam adhesive to give it a little dimension. Using the Stripes and Holiday Stamp Set I stamped and fussy cut "joy to the world" and layered it onto of the die cut letters.

Joy Shaker Card by Juliana Michaels featuring Tim Holtz Sizzix Stunning Snowflake Thinlits and Alphanumeric Shadow Upper Thinlits

I hope you enjoyed learning how to create this Joy Shaker Card featuring the Tim Holtz Sizzix Alphanumeric Shadow Upper Thinlits and the Tim Holtz Sizzix Stunning Snowflake Thinlits. Thanks so much for stopping by today!

Joy Shaker Card by Juliana Michaels featuring Tim Holtz Sizzix Stunning Snowflake Thinlits and Alphanumeric Shadow Upper Thinlits

Supplies

You can find a supply list of the products I used to create this project below. This post contains compensated affiliate links to Scrapbook.com at no cost to you. If you want to learn more about what an affiliate link is, you can see my full affiliate and product disclosure statement here. The products I used to create this project are a mix of products I purchased myself and products I received as compensation for creating for the Tim Holtz Sizzix Chapter 3 Release.

Pink & Main Ergonomic Blender Brush Review


Hello friends! Today I'm sharing something a little different...a product review! Pink & Main recently sent me their Ergonomic Blending Brush and their brand new Mini Ergonomic Blending Brush which was just released.

As a retired Physical Therapist, I've worked with many patients over the years who had a variety of impairments that limited their hand function, such as strokes and spinal cord injuries. So needless to say, I was immediately intrigued by the idea of an ergonomic crafting tool. What does ergonomic mean? The definition of ergonomic is as follows: relating to or designed for efficiency and comfort in the working environment. 

Pink & Main Ergonomic Blending Brush Review

Upon receiving the brushes (and a beautiful stencil to try them out with!) I sat down to test them out. At first glance, I was impressed with the pretty pink packaging. I also love that each brush has its own little case that you can sit on your desk.

When I first picked up the brushes I immediately loved all of the options you have for holding either brush size. If you happen to have difficulty with gripping small items the larger brush is 2 inches in diameter and I found it very comfortable to hold with a loose grip and still get wonderful ink blending. The mini brush has a 1 inch diameter and gives you the ability to do more detail blending while still being easy to hold in the hand.

Both brushes have super soft bristles. This helps the brush to glide easily over your stencil and paper with minimal pressure and effort. They are also super easy to clean. I used a slightly damp microfiber cloth to wipe them off and was able to easily move on to my next color.

They are a bit on the expensive side when you compare them to other ink blending brushes, however if you are in need of something that won't hurt your hand and will give you effortless ink blending, then this tool is the one for you. I could certainly see myself having one for each color family if I didn't want to have to clean them in between color changes. However, since they are easy to clean you could certainly make do with just one brush.

PROS: 
Ergonomic design with multiple holding options
Storage case for easy storage
Easy to clean
Effortless ink blending

CONS:
Just one - Price - However, with just about anything you get what you pay for. So personally, I think the price is worth it.

Pink & Main Mini Ergonomic Blending Brush Review

All in all, I would highly recommend the Pink & Main Ergonomic Blending Brush and Mini Ergonomic Blending Brush if you are looking for a new blending brush option. I hope you enjoyed my review of the Pink & Main Ergonomic Blending Brush and Mini Ergonomic Blending Brush. Have you tried them yet? I'd love to hear what you think of them.

Supplies

You can find a supply list of the products I used to create this project below. This post contains compensated affiliate links to Pink & Main, Scrapbook.com and Simon Says Stamp - all at no cost to you. If you want to learn more about what an affiliate link is, you can see my full affiliate and product disclosure statement here. The products I used to create this project are a mix of products I purchased myself and products I received with no expectations from Pink & Main.

Merry & Bright Card | Tim Holtz Sizzix Christmas

Hello friends and welcome! It's Christmas in July here at 17 Turtles! Today, I'm sharing one of the projects I made for the recent Tim Holtz Sizzix Chapter 3 release that includes all of his new Halloween and Christmas dies. You may have seen this during Tim's Facebook live, but if you happened to miss it you can still check it out either on Facebook or Tim's Blog.

Merry & Bright Card by Juliana Michaels featuring Tim Holtz Sizzix Merry Bright Thinlits and Holly Pieces Thinlits Dies

The dies I used to create this Merry & Bright inlaid die card include the Holly Pieces Thinlits Dies and Merry and Bright Thinlits Dies.



Now let me walk you through how this inlaid design came together.  When I was originally creating this card, I seriously took the long and difficult road. I don't want you to have to struggle like I did, so I'll be sharing what I think might be a slightly easier option as well as how I actually created it. Either way you choose will end up with this final result and you may actually prefer one method over the other if you attempt something like this.

Merry & Bright Card by Juliana Michaels featuring Tim Holtz Sizzix Merry Bright Thinlits and Holly Pieces Thinlits Dies

To get started, I cut a piece of Bristol Smooth Paper to 4.25 x 5.5 inches. I then placed the larger die from the Holly Pieces Thinlits into the right corner. I used Therm O Web Purple Tape to hold it in place and ran it through my die cutting machine. I then flipped the die around, placed it in the opposite corner, taped it in place and ran it through my die cutting machine a second time. As you can see, I placed it so there would be a small border around the outside edge of the cut areas. Feel free to die cut some sections using the tiny berries that are included as well.

Merry & Bright Card by Juliana Michaels featuring Tim Holtz Sizzix Merry Bright Thinlits and Holly Pieces Thinlits Dies

This next step is where I would now change things quite a bit.  Begin with a 4.25 x 5.5 inch piece of Bristol Paper and ink blend it with your choice of red Distress Ink. Repeat this process with your choice of green Distress Inks. For my card I used Candied Apple, Fried Brick, Peeled Paint and Forest Moss. I then took each of these papers and die cut each of them with the Holly Pieces Thinlits, making sure to keep all the little pieces. You will also need 2 of each image to fill in all of the openings.

Next, take the original panel you die cut with the holly pieces in each corner and back it with a sheet of double sided adhesive cut to size. Then start popping in the pieces from the ink blended paper to fill in the die cut design. Once all of the pieces are in place, ink the edges with a bit of Vintage Photo and Walnut Stain Distress Ink. And there you have your inlaid design!

Originally, I cut the initial panel and kept all the pieces intact and adhered a double sided adhesive sheet to the back side of the panel. I then die cut an extra Holly Pieces from a scrap of cardstock and used it as a mask to ink the red and green areas. Because the areas are so close together, I had to tape off the areas to prevent the red and green ink from covering up each other too much. 

Either option takes a bit of time to complete, but now that you know the different ways to achieve this look, you are certainly free to take your pick! You may prefer one over the other!

Merry & Bright Card by Juliana Michaels featuring Tim Holtz Sizzix Merry Bright Thinlits and Holly Pieces Thinlits Dies

To create the sentiment for the card, I die cut Merry from black cardstock several times using the Merry & Bright Thinlits Dies. I then adhered them together using a little Collage Medium. I then finished it off by stamping "merry & bright" from the Stripes & Holiday Stamp Set. This is a background stamp, so I stamped it onto black cardstock with embossing ink and heat set it with white embossing powder. I then trimmed off the words I wanted to use for this card and saved the others for future projects.

Merry & Bright Card by Juliana Michaels featuring Tim Holtz Sizzix Merry Bright Thinlits and Holly Pieces Thinlits Dies

I then finished off the card by mounting it onto a piece of patterned paper from the Christmas 2019 Paper Stash and then again onto another piece of cardstock inked with Vintage Photo and Walnut Stain Distress Ink.

Merry & Bright Card by Juliana Michaels featuring Tim Holtz Sizzix Merry Bright Thinlits and Holly Pieces Thinlits Dies

I hope you enjoyed learning how to create this Merry & Bright inlaid die cut card featuring the Tim Holtz Sizzix Holly Pieces and Merry & Bright Thinlits Dies.

Supplies

You can find a supply list of the products I used to create this project below. This post contains compensated affiliate links to Scrapbook.com at no cost to you. If you want to learn more about what an affiliate link is, you can see my full affiliate and product disclosure statement here. The products I used to create this project are a mix of products I purchased myself and products I received as compensation for creating for the Tim Holtz Sizzix Chapter 3 Release.

Better Days Ahead Card | Sizzix Donate To Make

Hello crafty friends! I'm thrilled to be sharing some inspiration today featuring the brand new dies being launched by Sizzix! These 2 brand new dies are being launched in support of their chosen charity, Feeding America®.  

These cheerful and uplifting die sets have been lovingly created to help you in your pledge to continue to spread hope and joy through your creative pursuits! Including the iconic rainbow along with a selection of encouraging phrases, these sets are perfect for use for a variety of occasions to spread some positive vibes!

Better Days Ahead Card by Juliana Michaels featuring Sizzix Rainbow Die Set and Good Vibes Die Set

For every Sizzix Thinlits Die Set (Rainbow 8PK or Good Vibes 6PK) purchased, Sizzix will donate $10 to Feeding America® COVID-19 Response Fund. Through the purchase of this product you are helping to support their vital work with food banks and leading the fight against hunger. For more information, visit sizzix.com/donatetomake. If you would like to learn more about the Feeding America please visit their website at https://www.feedingamerica.org/.

These 2 new die sets are AVAILABLE NOW and exclusively on the Sizzix website! One of the die sets is called Rainbow and is made up of 8 die pieces. The other is called Good Vibes and includes 6 sentiments that are perfect for spreading love. Here's a look at each of the die sets.
Rainbow Die Set
Good Vibes Die Set

Better Days Ahead Card

Let me share a bit on how the card I created using these new dies came together. I began by die cutting each of the pieces from the Rainbow Die Set from watercolor paper. I then colored each piece using Distress Ink.

Better Days Ahead Card by Juliana Michaels featuring Sizzix Rainbow Die Set and Good Vibes Die Set

Here you can see how I smooshed the ink pad onto my craft mat, spritzed it with just a bit of water and then dipped the paper into the ink. I dried it with my heat tool and then repeated the dipping. The ink colors I used are Picked Raspberry, Spiced Marmalade, Mustard Seed, Mowed Lawn and Salty Ocean.


For the background, I die cut a bunch of extra clouds and used them as a mask to create a cloudy sky. I used non permanent adhesive to position them on a piece of Bristol paper. I then inked over them using Tumbled Glass Distress Ink.


I used double sided foam adhesive to adhere the rainbow and clouds. The little heart is from the Tim Holtz Falling Hearts Thinlits Die. I finished off the card by adding the sentiment from the Good Vibes Die Set.

Better Days Ahead Card by Juliana Michaels featuring Sizzix Rainbow Die Set and Good Vibes Die Set

#donatetomake
I hope you enjoyed this bit of inspiration using the Sizzix Rainbow and Good Vibes Die Set. I also hope you'll consider supporting their chosen charity...Feeding America. When you get your dies, make sure you share what you create and tag Sizzix on social media using #donatetomake.