Sunday, July 21, 2013

Recently I entered a give away on Shelly Hickox's blog - 'StampTramp' and won a couple of Sizzix dies!  I was so excited as I love, love, love Karen Burniston's Pop n' Cuts.  (I'm a big kid at heart and Karen's pop-ups are stealing, I mean STEALING my heart!  Most people think 'travel' when they think of suitcases, but my mind was wandering and I was thinking - maybe create a child's birthday card with clowns and have balloons appearing to be floating out of  the suitcase!  After receiving the dies, my first stop was at Hobby Lobby where I found this cute balloon patterned paper to work with.  Then I pulled out my chosen stamp set  from the 'Big Top' collection -(head portions only) from Oxford Impressions (http://www.austingallerycom). After coloring the images with copic markers, I fussy cut them out.  The Sizzix Thinlits #658954 helped create two loop trims that I attached to the edge of a sticker strip (Hobby Lobby - The Paper Studo - Birthday Boy #358838).  From there I die cut a label from Sizzix Framelits #657913 to use for the message.  I had some rub-on's in my stash that I used for the 'happy birthday' sentiment.  Then I dug thru my stickers and found some little gold stars to make it look more festive.  The suitcase die is a breeze to work with, and I added tiny brads to the corners to make it look old (don't clowns usually carry around old looking suitcases??!.  (I even found some paper at Hobby Lobby that had a leather look to it so that made my project go together even quicker!)  I stamped the balloons, cut them out and tied some scrappers floss

to the ends.  The strings were tucked  between the pop up itself and the suitcase.  Such fun!!  Sorry my photography skills aren't the best, but hopefully you will enjoy seeing yet another option for these dies.  Thank you Shelly, Karen and Sizzix.  You make paper crafting a REAL treat.  Have a good week everyone and thanks for stopping by:)!