Best of 2021

I thought I’d have a scroll through my photos and pick out a few of my favourite projects from the past year. It’s been another fabulous year for me working for Sizzix, and I’ve been lucky enough to work with so many gorgeous products. The designers are Sizzix really are a talented bunch, and when I looked back through my photos it was hard to pick just nine photos.

The shows I did in the summer with the crepe paper flowers were a real highlight – having never made crepe paper flowers before this, I was amazed at how much fun it was.

Another highlight from the year was the Botanicals collection from Lisa Jones. Florals are always inspiring to me, and this collection features all my favourite colours. The whole range is beautiful, so this was another show I really enjoyed doing.

2021 was another fabulous year of releases from Eileen Hull. Her journals are some of my most-used dies, and she came out with two fabulous journals – the Folio Journal and the Full Size Journal, as well as some very clever dies to create extra elements such as a waterfall.

Happy New Year, and thank you for following me this year on all the various platforms. 2022 is going to be an exciting year for me. I am giving up my PA job to concentrate full-time on my crafting, so you will be seeing lots more of me – as well as doing more work with Sizzix, I’m planning to do lots more on my YouTube channel, I have so many ideas, and I can’t wait to have the time to put them into action!

I’ve listed below most of the products used on these projects in case you want to find them.

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Stampers Anonymous Papillon stamp set
Stampers Anonymous Papillon stamp set
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Sizzix Eileen Hull Full Size Journal Bigz Plus die
Sizzix Eileen Hull Full Size Journal Bigz Plus die
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Sizzix TH Flowery
Sizzix TH Flowery
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Sizzix Ranunculus
Sizzix Ranunculus
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Sizzix Wild Blooms #1
Sizzix Wild Blooms #1
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Sizzix Wild Blooms #2
Sizzix Wild Blooms #2
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Sizzix Wild Blossom Borders
Sizzix Wild Blossom Borders
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Sizzix Wild Blossom Corners
Sizzix Wild Blossom Corners
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Sizzix Wild Leaves Wreath
Sizzix Wild Leaves Wreath
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Sizzix Wild Peony
Sizzix Wild Peony
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Sizzix Eileen Hull Card, Waterfall & Tags
Sizzix Eileen Hull Card, Waterfall & Tags
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Sizzix Eileen Hull Folio pages, pockets & flowers
Sizzix Eileen Hull Folio pages, pockets & flowers
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Sizzix Eileen Hull Mandala die
Sizzix Eileen Hull Mandala die
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Sizzix Eileen Hull Scoreboards Folio Journal
Sizzix Eileen Hull Scoreboards Folio Journal
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Sizzix Geo Floral Frame
Sizzix Geo Floral Frame
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Sizzix TH Winter Wonderland
Sizzix TH Winter Wonderland
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Sizzix TH Perspective Butterfly
Sizzix TH Perspective Butterfly
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Sizzix Cardstock Botanical
Sizzix Cardstock Botanical
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Sizzix Crepe Paper Vintage
Sizzix Crepe Paper Vintage
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Sizzix Crepe Paper Color Splash
Sizzix Crepe Paper Color Splash
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Sizzix Crepe Paper Serenity
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Sizzix Patterned Paper Botanical
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Ranger TH Distress Mica Set 1
Ranger TH Distress Mica Set 1
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Ranger TH Distress Mica Set 2
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Sizzix Big Shot Die Cutting machine
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Sizzix Tim Holtz Butterfly Impresslit

I was inspired after watching the Tim Holtz Chapter 3 live on Saturday, and I realised that I had the butterfly Impresslits die, so decided to make a butterfly card!

If you aren’t familiar with Impresslits, they are embossing folders, that have a thin metal die embedded in the folder, so that as well as embossing the image, they cut them out at the same time. Very clever. This one is a 3D folder too, so the detail you get is absolutely stunning.

I cut the butterfly from watercolour card, then gave it a first coat of colour with some Antique Linen Distress Oxide spray – I put some on my glass mat and used it with a wet brush. I dried this off, then added some Vintage Photo Oxide spray to the body part of the butterfly. I then added various colours to the wings, drying in between and occasionally spritzing with water to move the colour around until I was happy with it. I used Scattered Straw and Crackling Campfire towards the bottom, and Bundled Sage and Speckled Egg on top, then added little splatters of Salvaged Patina. Once dry, I then went in with some Sizzix Luster Wax in Gold, as well as little bit of Sizzix Acrylic Paint in Gold and Rose Gold. Last detail was a splatter of Vintage Photo with a small brush to add some little splatters of dark colour.

For the background, I covered a card blank with some cream card (from the Sizzix Botanicals card stock pack). Then I die cut the Sizzix Tim Holtz Flowery Die from black card. I used a brayer to add some colour with the Sizzix Acrylic paint in Rose Gold and Gold, and touches of Salvaged Patina Distress paint.

Because this background is quite busy, I didn’t want the butterfly to get lost, so I added a torn strip of the same cream card across the front, then added a little gold wax to tie it in with the background. I added the butterfly with foam pads – just sticking in the centre so the wings can be shaped upwards a little, then added a little sentiment sticker.

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Distress Paints
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Distress Water Sprayer
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Sizzix Cardstock Botanical
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Sizzix Cardstock neutrals
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Sizzix Effectz Creamy Matte Paint
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Sizzix Effectz Luster Wax Gold
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Tim Holtz Brayer
Tim Holtz Brayer
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Sizzix TH Butterly Impresslit
Sizzix TH Butterly Impresslit
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Sizzix TH Flowery
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