Embellish, embellish, embellish

It only takes a few minutes to take your die cuts from OK to amazing by adding shading, Stickles, and markers.

Since it is 100 degrees outside, I thought I would stay cool by playing with something that reminds me of cooler weather — like a little gingerbread man.

First, I cut out the gingerbread man out of a thin sheet of magnet and cardstock. Both the die and the magnet sheet are available from Dies Direct.
I glued the two pieces together and then, to add a little dimension, I inked the edges with Distress Ink.

I cut the bow out of a scrap of paper and highlighted it with a gold metallic pen. The remaining pieces I cut out of white cardstock and attached. I added Stickles to the frosting pieces to help them sparkle. And, dressed up the eyes with a black marker.

Rather than using the little dots on the die, I found some Making Memories brads that look like tiny buttons. Had I been thinking ahead, I could have attached the brads to the cardstock before I glued it onto the magnet. But, since I never think like that, I just cut the prongs off and used a Mini Glue Dot to attach them.

I think he’s adorable!

Photo Block

Sometimes a vacation deserves more than to be hidden inside a scrapbook.

Or, perhaps you just want a little something extra for your desk.

Either way, this is a cute and inexpensive project to make.

It started life as a styrofoam block from the dollar store.

I then added tan velvet paper to the top (to give it a sandy feel) and covered each side with paper from Imaginisce.

It does require a bit of patience and a strong liquid glue, but it will, eventually, stay stuck.

I then attached photo frames, cut from the same paper,  from Dies Direct http://www.diesdirect.com on each side. I filled two with photos, but left the fourth for journaling.

I then added some stamped images that coordinate with the paper, colored with Copic markers, to the front.

For the top, I cut out the beach chair, umbrella and sea shells with dies from Dies Direct and used Memo Pins from Tim Holtz to attach them.

Another Memo Pin holds a final photo.

This one is simple, but imagine what you could do with lace and flowers and ribbon, oh my!

Just have fun!

Time-Saving Die Cut Tip

I am a lazy scrapbooker.

I like complex pages, but I don’t like to spend a lot of time on them. If there is a way to shorten drying time, cut out a step or do it quicker, I am likely to discover it.

As I was creating a page for Dies Direct, I thought of two ways to save a bit of time on the die.

I was using the luggage tag die from Dies Direct. The die has a tiny border that adds dimension. But, lazy cropper that I am, I never want to take the time to cut out the die twice with two different colors of paper. I suppose I could have trimmed my paper and run two different colors through at the same time, but I came up with two other options.

For the first one, I ran each of the little pieces through my Xyron. Then, while still attached to the backing, I colored them with Distress Ink and then attached to my tag.

In the second option, I used the paper left over after cutting out the die as a stencil and, using Distress Ink, stenciled the pattern onto the tag.

After journaling, I covered both with Diamond Glaze and added a brad.

In the end, I liked the first option best, but because I wasn’t thinking when I did the journaling, I used the second option on my page. Here’s the finished page …