Sizzix Helps Spread Crafting Passion with Craft & Hobby Association at Curacao’s Children’s Fair

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CHA SoCal Chapter LogoApril 7, 2014 – Lake Forest, CA – Sizzix®, the crafts market leader in steel-rule dies, die cutting machines and accessories, will be empowering family crafting at the Curacao’s 19th Annual Children’s Fair (La Feria de los Niños) on Saturday, April 12, noon – 5 p.m. in Los Angeles, Calif.

In partnership with Univision and Telefutura, the Children’s Fair aims to give children and parents access to valuable community resources and information that provide after-school alternatives and engage children in organized activities.

Held at the Los Angeles Curacao store, Sizzix will participate in “The Creative Hub” booth, along with Craft and Hobby Association SoCal chapter members Stampendous! Inc. and Cool2Craft, to promote arts and crafts through the use of make-and-take projects and product demonstrations. Donations from several companies including The Buckle Boutique, Chameleon International, Prima Marketing Inc.®, Faber Castell and Aleene’s®, helped to make the event possible.

In support of Curacao’s “Be a Star” program, which seeks to reward educational efforts, the Sizzix education sister brand, Ellison, will donate AllStar® SuperStar™ Starter Sets (MSRP $189.99). Five participating local Los Angeles schools will receive a Block alphabet and number die set, a machine, cutting pads and storage rack.

“Ellison is excited to participate in Curacao’s Kids Event by introducing die cutting to the next generation of crafters,” said Saema Khwaja, Ellison Curriculum Integration Specialist. “We hope to show how die cutting can be a fun activity that parents and children can do together!”

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Launched in 2001, Sizzix is a division of Ellison Educational Equipment Inc., the market pioneer and leader of die cutting machines and accessories. Through its portfolio of die cutting machines and die cutting products, Sizzix leverages Ellison’s 37 years of proven manufacturing and technology heritage to empower creativity among its customer base with new and innovative products. Sizzix is a recognized global brand that can be found in over 100 countries and in major and specialty retailers. For more information on Sizzix and its line of craft-inspiring products, please visit


Celebrate National Craft Month #CRE8TIME Craft Your Passion Photo Contest

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Cre8time Photo Contest 2014

Celebrate National Craft Month by entering the “Craft Your Passion” #cre8time photo contest! To enter, just take a picture of your finished craft project and upload it to the #CRE8TIME Facebook contest app or the Instagram contest app. Be sure to hashtag your picture #CRE8TIME and explain your entry in the photo description area provided.

Watch Tiffany’s video invite!

CRE8TIME is a grass roots movement dedicated to reminding people to take time out from their busy schedules and CRE8TIME for the things they love!


Fresh Vintage Blog Hop – You’re Invited!

Just in case you haven’t heard, my creative friend Eileen Hull has a new collection of Sizzix Dies. You can check out the second in a series of 12 hops featuring her Fresh Vintage die collection. Today’s die is the Fringed Flower. On her blog today you’ll see 10 amazing designers’ versions of ways to use this die:

One of my designs will be featured in the hop in a few weeks but I thought you might want to start following the hop today! Enjoy!


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April 2011 Cool2Craft Creative Play Contributor Eileen Hull

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The Cool2Craft Creative Play Theme for April 2011 is “What’s You Cup of Tea?”  For Eileen Hull, it’s creating amazing matboard, foamboard and paper art!  Eileen is the author of Foamboard Magic and Matboard Magic, and she also has several cool projects on FaveCrafts using Sizzix products. In fact, she even released her own line of dies for Sizzix.

I have Eileen’s Matboard Magic book and totally love it! 

Eileen says:

“I don’t drink tea but love teacups. I like to collect them and then fill them with fun little gifts for friends who drink it.”

I LOVE that idea!  You can see more of Eileen’s work on her blog.

Here is the link to the instructions for this project on

Thank you, Eileen!

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For submitting her fabulous Sizzix tea cup die project, Eileen has earned one CoolCash Smacker! 

Anytime a contributor earns four Smackers, I will send them handmade swag from my studio!

Launched in October 2009, Cool2Craft TV broadcasts weekly internet TV episodes and special live-streaming events featuring industry recognized hosts, reporters, designers, authors and manufacturers. Visit to watch this week’s show via the LiveStream player. Visit our channel for full archived episodes, our YouTube Channel for project and technique demo videos and check out our current programming schedule for upcoming LIVE-streaming events. Visit for current programming schedule.

Cupcake Die Wedding Dress by Eileen Hull

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This is the time of year for weddings and showers and if you are looking for a unique idea for a bridal shower gift – this is it! It was the clever imagination of Eileen Hull who transformed her cupcake die shape into this adorable wedding dress. Featured in Cool2Craft FaveCrafts newsletter.

To make the dress, you will need:


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Die-cut Cupcake Holder from mat board.

  1. Place die-cut cupcake holder in Textured Impressions folder and run through Big Shot.
  2. Cut bodice from two segments of the cupcake, top skirt from three segments and bottom skirt from three segments as seen in photo. (You may have to trim a little bit from both sides of the skirt so everything lines up right.)
  3. Place a little double-sided tape in between bodice and top skirt. Add vintage lace to hem of skirt and a sash around the waist. Layer underskirt below top skirt and secure with more tape. Add a small paper rose to the side of the lace belt.
  4. That’s all there is to it!

The frame had been purchased recently at a discount store, but I already knew I was going to paint it. It was too dark, and the embossed areas didn’t stand out enough. I took some cream paint and dry brushed all around the frame and embossed mat. In one of my thrift shop adventures a while ago, I had found a cool old book titled “Vogue’s Book of Etiquette” from 1948, which goes into some detail on any possible event and how to dress for it. I tore out an appropriate page and placed that behind the dress. Then I matted the dress on a piece of mat board for contrast, added some foamboard on the back to give it dimension and adhered that to the backing. I layered everything in the frame, and it’s ready for the shower!

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A Tiskit, a Tasket, a cute little Easter Basket! by Eileen Hull

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Tisket Tasket Basket by Eileen Hull - Hero

Featuring Eileen Hull’s ScoreBoards Scallop Box Die, this peat pot Easter Basket features the bright and fresh colors of spring.  Embellished with flat back pearls and rhinestones, it’s a perfect little project to use your matboard scraps. Featured in Cool2Craft FaveCrafts newsletter.

You will need:


  1. Cut peat pot from group (mine came in a block of 6, all attached).
  2. Dry brush paint lightly over peat pot. I used aqua satin finish that I had out after painting my bathroom.
  3. Die-cut small flowers from mat board in different colors (use scraps) and glue to base.
  4. Add rhinestones and pearls to flower centers.
  5. Punch two small holes in either side of basket and thread wire through. With round pliers, twirl ends into curly shape.
  6. Add ribbon and peanut M&M’s.

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A Breath of Spring Box by Eileen Hull

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This handy dandy little matboard box may be used for so many things! Test out your doodling skills. Draw your favorite flower and then have fun coloring it in. Created by Eileen Hull. Featured in the Cool2Craft FaveCrafts newsletter.

Sizzix Products:
• Big Shot Machine
• ScoreBoards XL Die – Box w/Flap
• Little Sizzles Mat Board, White, 6″ x 13″
Other products:
• Papers by Scrappy Cat (Darice)
• Copic markers
• Magnets (BasicGrey)
• Brads
• Double-sided tape
• Stamp ink – turquoise, aqua
• Sponge
• Glue pen
• Fine yellow glitter

Breath of Spring Box by Eileen Hull - 31. Cut box from white matboard using Big Shot machine and Box w/Flap ScoreBoard die. This box may be used to hold ATC’s, playing cards, crayons, gift cards and tons of other small items.

2. Sketch out lightly in pencil a basic outline of a flower and leaves. Go over the lines with a fine-tip permanent marker. Draw the central image and then add in leaves and smaller flowers. The flap will cover a good part of the flower, so match the design on the flap to the box. Mine is not perfect, but it works!

3. Erase pencil lines and color in the flowers and leaves with Copic markers in shades of greens and yellows. (You could also stamp a flower image with Staz-On or Memento inks pads and color).

4. Line the box with paper. You will need to trim a tiny bit at each fold because the paper will buckle and shift, especially if you are using cardstock. There’s too much bulk there for everything to lay flat. Cut off enough paper so that when you glue it back on, there is a little bit of white showing between sections.

5. But BEFORE you put the paper on, adhere the magnet to the box flap. Apply double-sided tape to the wrong side of the flap magnet and to the right side of the other magnet. This will go inside the box and line up with the flap magnet. Adjust the positioning of the magnets until the box closes neatly. Now tape or glue the paper on the box flap.

6. After outlining, coloring and blending the flowers and leaves, add a background. Lightly tap on dye-based inks with a sponge and softly color in the background.

7. To assemble the box, add doubled-sided tape down the sides of the flap and two brads for decoration.

8. Thought I was done but could not resist adding a line of fine glitter around the edges of the petals just for a little sparkle.

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I’m not sure yet what I will put in this box, but just looking at it reminds me that spring and the new life it brings is just around the corner!





Eileen Hull – Quick and Easy Guest Towel Cupcakes – Cool2Craft LIVE TV

Guest Towel Cupcakes by Eileen Hull

In this video, Eileen Hull shares how to make Guest Towel Cupcakes featuring her Sizzix Cupcake die. A quick, easy and clever way to treat your guests to their own personal hand-towel! They’re so pretty your guests will probably want to admire them rather than use them! As featured on Cool2Craft LIVE TV Quick & Easy 5-Minute Craft projects –

 Watch Eileen’s Guest Towel Cupcake YouTube video tutorial

Eileen Hull on Cool2Craft LIVE TV – Guest Towel Cupcakes – Monday January 3, 2011

Guest Towel Cupcakes by Eileen Hull

Guest Towel Cupcakes by Eileen Hull
Eileen Hull demonstrates how to make a Guest Towel Cupcake on Monday January 3, 2011 Cool2Craft LIVE TV! The show theme is Quick & Easy 5-Minute Crafts! Watch LIVE from your computer at noon Eastern! Join in the LIVE chatroom! Ask your questions LIVE! Did we mention it’s LIVE!

Facebook Members can log-in here or everyone can log-in here through our general link to watch the show! If this is your first time watching Cool2Craft LIVE TV, click “allow”, enter your name and click enter room! Then sit back, relax and enjoy the show!

If you can’t watch Monday’s live show, click here to view archived show clips!

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Check out our broadcast schedule of upcoming shows featuring live craft demos and chat!

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Sizzix Triple Play Blog Hop: Week 6 – Color Me Happy

Color Me Happy Art Canvas by Tiffany Windsor

Color Me Happy Art Canvas by Tiffany Windsor

How could you not be happy when you have these cool colors to play with!

This week’s Sizzix Triple Play Blog Hop features Brenda Pinnick’s Bigz XL Die – Brackets, Album.  In the packet I received lots of different die cuts in plain white, but I quickly scanned by those because it was the fabric cuts that immediately caught my attention. Oohwhee! I was like a kid in a candy store! I love the design of this die cut with its full, rounded corners and cute points – it looked like the perfect punctuation for a super simple project. I knew exactly how I wanted to pair them up.  I quickly dug out some embossed resin pieces I had recently made, found the bright pink pieces and was delighted to see that they matchedColor My World Mini Art Canvas by Tiffany Windsor - Close up View Color My World Triptych by Tiffany Windsorperfectly with Brenda’s playful Couleur Vie fabric patterns and “color-me-happy” pinks and greens.

Next I grabbed some look-of-tie-dye quilting fabric in bright lime green for my background fabric and a mini canvas.

I decided next to cut and secure the background fabric to the mini canvas with my staple gun. That was quick and easy.

Then, I grabbed my Aleene’s Fast Grab Tacky Spray and sprayed the back of the fabric bracket and placed it exactly where I wanted it on the canvas.  Using my Aleene’s Fast Grab Tacky Glue, I secured the resin embellishment to the center and now I have a color me happy mini art canvas.

You can hang one mini canvas alone or group them together for a big splash of color!

So now that you’ve had your color therapy for the day, it’s time to get hopping. Click on the Sizzix Blog Hop image in the upper right column or head on back to the Sizzix blog to see all the AMAZING projects made with Brenda’s brackets!

I’m headed back to the design studio to decide what I want to make with all the leftovers brackets that are now in my design stash :)