Triple-Play Blog Hop Week 7

Merry Christmas

It’s been a busy seven days!  Paul and I visited Washington, DC and enjoyed seeing the Washington Ballet’s version of the Nutcracker.  The choreography, dancing, costumes, and sets were amazing and inspiring. 

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The past seven weeks of this blog hop seemed to have passed in a wink of Santa’s eye!  It’s been so much fun and I hope you have enjoyed seeing my work and the hard work of my fellow designers.

This week, we have an awesome topper die that will be perfect for Christmas and throughout the year.  It’s a die that is on my Christmas wish list and you’ll want it on yours as well.

Some of you may think that you don't have the time to create toppers for your gifts.  Time is getting short. You can still create some toppers for those loved ones in your life.  Create one special topper for each of them.  The Sizzix dies make it a snap to create a number of these at one time.  Once you cut the shapes, you can enlist other family members to help you assemble the pieces. 

The smallest bag in my instructions can be used as a place card.  Just slip after dinner mints or Christmas candy in the bag and place the person's name on the top of the package.  You can also use the wide snowflakes as tags.

Learn how to create these three looks with these free instructions.
Note from Eileen Hull:
"Thanks for checking out the Triple Play Blog Hop! Please visit for more fun ideas from Brenda Pinnick, Karen Burniston, Eileen Hull and friends. 

If you have enjoyed seeing all of the inspiring ideas on the blog hop, please "like" Triple Play on Facebook:!/pages/Triple-Play/125068950891362. Happy Holidays!"

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! 

Week Six - Triple-Play Blog Hop

Snowflake Angel

Lace-like snowflakes swirling around in the night air gave inspiration for this beautiful Christmas card. 

The Sizzix® Bigz™ XLDie - Album, Brackets by Brenda Pinnick makes it easy and fast to create a great card on which to display your photos of your little angel.   This die has so many possibilities, as you will see when you visit the blogs of my fellow designers.  Just click on the blog hop link to the right.

The paper from Die Cuts With A View Christmas collection is a sturdy paper that will make this card look great.  Using the collection will allow you to mix and match colors and patterns quickly.

Inka Gold gold wax by Viva Decor is placed on the edges of the card and brackets, giving your cards a wonderful feel. 

Although you can use double-stick tape to create this card,  Aleene’s® Original Tacky Glue® by ILovetoCreate™ will give the card a sturdy feeling when dry.  When you use glue, you won’t have to worry about tape that may fail to hold after a few weeks. 

View the instructions for this Christmas card

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All-Star Issue of Scrap and Stamp Arts Magazine
Remember to pick up the January, 2011, issue of Scrap and Stamp Arts Magazine for my article on 
Layered, Mixed-Media Collage 
featuring instructions on how you can create your own
 batik background paper.  

You can find the magazine at craft stores, book stores, and Walmart.

Week Five - Triple-Play Blog Hop


Project and Instructions by Carol Heppner

Sizzix® Bigz™ XLDie - Gift Card Holder with 3-D For You, Pop-Up Die 
 by Karen Burniston

Tis the season to create your Christmas cards and Karen’s For You Pop-up Die is what you need to showcase that special Christmas photo.

You’ll get the best of both worlds with this die because it’s made for gift cards.  It can be altered, as seen here, to be used with photographs as well.

The paper I used on the card is my batik paper.  The instructions for making the paper can be found in my Layered, Mixed-Media Collage article in the January 2011 All-Star Issue of Scrap and Stamp Arts magazine.  You can substitute any holiday scrapbook paper.

The heart balloon rubber stamp isn’t a Christmas image, but I love this stamp and wanted to work it into the design to remind you to think about using your rubber stamps in new ways.  

Here, it gives the card a child-like quality, which works with the photograph.  

Pretty Pink Sparkles

A few weeks ago I won a great die by Eileen Hull (Thanks, Eileen).   My four-year-old niece picked out the glittery paper colors that we used to make the purse. 

I added a soft-pink ribbon for the handle and matching bow.  I think she showed a good eye for color. 

Don’t you?

I found these cute shoes last week and wanted to give them a little bling.  Sometimes, you really don’t need a lot to make a shoe extra special.  And, what girl doesn’t love shine and sparkle?  It was easy with Liquid Fusion™ from and Tulip’s® Iron-on Glass Crystals™.   Just use the Liquid Fusion™ to glue the crystals to the shoes

Christmas Tradition

My Mom, Anna May Petrone-Marchelitis is a talented woman.  She used to make all our clothes and even made a few Tuxes for the guys in our family.  

My Mom’s family has a tradition of creating Christmas villages under our Christmas trees.  This tradition was started by her grandmother, Angela Maria Spadafora-Lopetrone, and continued by my Mom’s Mother, Julia Fiehl-Petrone.   

After my grandmother died, the items from Gram’s tree were divided among her children.  Those are special items now under Mom's tree. 

Christmas has always been a special occasion in our family, thanks to my Mom’s creative talent.  Love you, Mom. 

Click on the photo above to enlarge the photograph. 

About the card photograph at the top of this post:  The special star-effect in this photograph was not created in post-production.   The effect known as “Shaped-Bokeh” is created as the photo is taken. 

Thanks for visiting.  Remember to check out what my fellow designers are doing by clicking on the blog hop to the right. 

Week Four - Sizzix Triple-Play Blog Hop

 Simply Golden

The scent of pine drifts about my house.  I close my eyes and breathe deeply to savor the bouquet.  Immediately, memories of my childhood and the many wonderful Christmases I spent with my family fill my thoughts.

Ruby red, emerald green, and antique gold are just a few of the luscious colors that adorned our family’s tree.   Being of Italian heritage, our ornaments were always colored in opulent gold.  It is these memories that are the inspiration for this week’s project.


The Frame/Frame Back Die by Eileen Hull is perfect to create ornaments for your Christmas tree or as gifts for family and friends. They also work great as hostess or teacher gifts.

The Madonna rubber stamps by Stampsmith are perfect for this time of year and give your collage and old-world charm.

Inka Gold wax by Viva Decor provides the rich gold color for the frame.   This dense wax covers quickly and dries fast.  Buff it with a tissue and it acquires a soft shine.

-- Altered Shoes --

All that glitters is just not gold.  These cute shoes are a quick way to put a bit of bling in your little one’s wardrobe.   Liquid Fusion by ILovetoCreate makes it easy to attach little gems, seed beads, and pearls to shoes that your little girl will love.  

 All-Star Issue of Scrap and Stamp Arts Magazine
Pick up the January, 2011, issue of Scrap and Stamp Arts Magazine and learn how to create Layered, Mixed-Media Cards.  My article also includes instructions for paper batik backgrounds. 

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Week Three - Sizzix Triple Blog Hop

 One Die - Two Projects

This versatile die, Beautiful Bloom flowers by Brenda Pinnick, was such fun to use that I had to create two projects from the flowers.

From paper to fabric, you’ll find so many ways to use this great flower die just like my fellow Designers.  Remember to click on the blog hop link on the right to see more ideas. 

Quick Floral Journal

The first project is a quick journal cover that is perfect for gift giving.  The journal is a simple black book that is embellished with batik paper, ribbon, and a felt flower.  You can use the same technique to alter a simple photograph album for those photographers on your holiday gift list.

The instructions for creating paper batiks can be found in  my article for the January, 2011, All Star issue of Scrap and Stamp Arts Magazine Tulip dies  by ILovetoCreate and Inks by Ranger Industries, Inc. help you create rich-looking batiks. .

Quick Floral Bracelet

Deck your wrists with flowers with this fun bracelet and/or Choker Necklace.  Although I made my own  jump rings and  closures for the bracelet, you can purchase these findings at your local craft store. 

The bracelet takes very little time to create.  If you can sew a button on a shirt, you can make this bracelet.  You can make a matching choker necklace just by adding more length to the ribbon.

Since spam has started showing up in my comments area, I have decided to review comments before they are posted.  Wish I did not have to do that, but I'm not a lover of spam.

Sizzix Triple-Blog Hop Week 2

Romantically Chic Cube

Twist Cube, 3D Pop-up, Bigz XL Die by Karen Burniston, Sizzix®

For Project and Instructions by Carol Heppner Click Here

Twist Cube Die:

When we think of parties, we normally focus on indoor decorations. But think o
utside of the box and let your guests know they are in for a treat as they pull up to your home.

Imagine, if you will, a small tree outside your house alive with little white lights for the holidays. Pretty? Sure. But, at this time of year, everyone has pretty white lights. You want more.

Imagine that very same tree with a few of these Romantically Chic cubes gently swaying in breeze. Your guests will know they are in for a very special time. And, Karen's Twist Cube Die will help making these cubes a breeze.

No trees outside? Then fill a garden planter with sand, add some sturdy twigs, attach your lights and these cubes and then place your homemade tree on your porch.

What's nice about this project is that you can use these cubes as outdoor decorations any time of the year making this Sizzix die one that should be on your wish list.

These cubes are not weather proof, so they will not stand up to rain, snow, or any type of moisture. So you will have to bring them indoors right after your party.

They can be used indoors as well and would look great on Christmas trees.

If you eliminate the flower and crystal from this project, it can be folded and sent as a greeting card. Just add a Thanksgiving or Christmas greeting to one of the sides of the box.

For instructions on making this project visit my Triple-Blog Hop Page. At the bottom of the instructions, you will find a link that will allow you to download the instructions. There is also a list of companies whose products were used in this project.

To see the master post on Sizzix blog visit:

Please make sure to visit my fellow Designer's blogs for more ideas.
Just click on the Blog Link on the right-hand column.

Thanks for visiting and I hope you liked this week's project.

Triple-Play Blog Hop with Sizzix Dies

Week 1 - Sizzix's Triple-Play Blog Hop

You Make Our House A Home.

Click on the Triple-Play Blog Hop Tab (pink tab above) for the instructions to create this fun little house. It will make a perfect gift for the loved ones in your life. The red and green color scheme makes it a perfect gift for the holidays.

The 3-D House Die created by Eileen Hull for Sizzix makes it simple to produce a sturdy base on which to work. And, as you will see when you visit the other blogs in this hop, you can produce a number of awesome looks from this fantastic die.

What is the Triple-Play Blop Hop?

It features 62 designers creating projects from one Sizzix die. It's a seven-week project. Each week, I will post the main photo of the project on this page, then direct you to the Triple-Play Blog Hop Page on my blog. There, you will find additional photos and instructions on how to complete the project. There will also be an instruction sheet that you can print out.

After you view the project on my blog, you are invited to visit the other blogs in the Sizzix Hop by clicking on the link in the right-hand column. Just hop forward and hop backwards, but remember to come back here every Thursday after 12:00 est to see the next project.

There is also a Project Page. This is the page on which I will place new projects I'd like to share with you.

Remember to bookmark my blog and come back and visit often. I love having you visit.

Coming Soon All-Star Article

Learn more about my All-Star Article
that will be in the January, 2011, issue
of Scrap and Stamp Arts
by clicking on the All-Star Tab (above).

New Sneaker Project

I found these inexpensive white sneakers at Walmart and they were the perfect canvas on which to create.

Click on the Sneaker Project Tab (above) to see how you can recreate these fun children's shoes.

iLoveToCreatetm products are used to make these fun sneakers. You'll also be surprised at how easy and quick these sneakers are to decorate.

Have fun!

CHA Summer Show 2010

Silk-Batik Scarf by Carol Heppner

I love to create batiks and when it comes to dyes, I want them to not only looking great, but easy to use.

Did you visit the iLoveToCreate booth and see all the wonderful products and samples there?

My Silk-Batik Scarf can be seen at the iLoveToCreate booth at the Craft and Hobby Association 2010 Summer Show.

Tulip's One-Step Dyes, which can be purchased separately or in Tie-Dye Kits make batiks so easy to create.

As you can see, the dyes leave a rich color on the silk. It's the only dyes I use on my batiks.

The powder dyes come in bottles. You just fill the bottles with water and then paint the dye on the exposed areas of the silk.

Craft & Hobby Association Show

If you are visiting CHA, check out my work at:

The iLoveToCreate Booth, #807, - Silk-Batik Scarf

Paper-flower necklace at the Viva Decor Booth, #1913

at the CHA 2010 Summer Trade Show
Donald E. Stephens Convention Center, Rosemont, IL

July 27, 28, 29, 2010


Under the Sea Theme Benefit for the Wyland Foundation

Nirvana - framed polar bear photograph and

Tropical-fish Batik Scarf

Grand Ballroom, The Intercontinental Hotel, Rosemont, IL

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

6:00 - 8:00 pm

Tulip One-Step Dyes were donated and used on my tropical-batik silk scarves. The dyes are so easy to use and provide such wonderful colors. They are the only dyes that I use.

Coming Soon!!

Coming Soon!

A brand new look to my website

and a sneak peek at artwork that will be appearing at

Craft and Hobby Association's Summer Trade Show.

You will also see my artwork

for the silent auction that will benefit

Wyland Foundation.

So check back often!!!

Fashion-Forward Shoes

July ArtSmarts!tm in Scrap and Stamp Arts Magazine
Fashion Forward Shoes

Pick up your copy of the magazine today to learn how to make these fun little shoes. The article comes with the pattern that I created for these shoes. They are so much fun to make and they are perfect for party favors for any time of year.

You'll also find instructions on how to alter a pair of shoes with rubber stamps.

This issue is all about shoes and it's a popular issue, so make sure you get yours before they sell out. I know the Walmart near me only has two copies left.

Altered Sneakers

Altered Sneakers Project
by Carol Heppner

Looking for great designer sneakers for your little one without spending an arm and a leg? Then, I have a project for you! These great sneakers are created with Tulip's Fabric Markers and the ribbon used as laces will stop fraying when you use Aleene's Stop Fraying by iLovetoCreate tm.

Click on the photo below to see a close up of the products below.

While made for fabric, you use these markers just like the ones you use on paper. Just draw your design, let the marker dry, and that's it. No heat setting and no worrying about the fabric bleeding through the canvas.

This project was so simple that my four-year-old niece helped make these sneakers. She added some of the dots and helped to color the sides of the sneakers. She also helped pick out the colors.

Can't find the ribbon to match the shoes? Then just pick up white ribbon and create dots on the ribbon with the markers. It's that easy!

The Altered-Canvas Sneaker project is a pdf file which you can print out.

Once you create your altered sneakers, join me on Facebook and show me what you have created. Hope you enjoy this project and I look forward to seeing you on Facebook!