YouTube Subscriber Question Monday – Original Sizzix Machine.

Last week I received a question from one of my YouTube Subscribers.  The question was regarding the “Old Sizzix Machine” and how to use it.  Mary Kim Nance’s question is as follows.

Hi Leslie, I love watching your videos.  They are inspiring!  I have a request to see how to use the original SIZZIX machine.  Lol…the big red heavy one your husband bought you.  I picked one up at Goodwill and I don’t know how to use it or if you can still buy folders/dies (?).  I thought I would give this a try before investing in a new model.  Any input would be appreciated. Thank you for inspiring me!  Take care.  Mary Kim.

It has been a long time since that, once loved, machine has seen the light of day.  Answering this question was an ideal time to get reacquainted with the old thing and get into my stash of dies.

Original Sizzix machine with some of my dies and embossing folders

Original Sizzix machine with some of my dies and embossing folders

Currently, many rubber stamp companies are making coordinating sets of dies and stamps.  They make it easy to be creative.  Stamp an image then use the appropriate die to cut the image out.   The dies for the stamp sets are all super thin, much like the Spellbinder dies.  In the photo above, the Spellbinder dies are above the Original Sizzix nesting together on a magnetic sheet that doesn’t work so great.  :/

I have created a 34 minute video showing how to use each of the dies I display in this photo.  I have included how to use the embossing folders which are to the top right.

Like many old “Work Horses”, they are put out to pasture when the newer versions come along.  :/

There are a few dies that will NOT work with the Original Sizzix machine.  The die body is too wide to fit through the throat of the machine, under the presser head.  Tim Holtz Alterations dies will not work on this machine.  His border dies WILL work with this machine because they are narrower, about half the size of his other dies.

I have used two cameras to create this video.  I found out that I can do “Picture in Picture” using my iMovie program during editing.  I have used this feature to highlight portions of the tutorial on making this old machine work for Mary Kim.

If you watch the video, keep in  mind that most of the time I don’t think things out very well.  Especially the portion using the Spellbinder dies and the “shimming” required to get the best use of the die sets.  I should have cut the shims to the size of the cutting plate making it easier to make the die work correctly.  :/

Oh, well…..at least the viewer will see what NOT to do when working with this machine.  😀

Leslie

Scrap Rehab – Card Front Stock

Joe is home from a month long trek across the US.  He’s had about as much fun as he can stand with moving old and decrepit trucks from one place to another.  I know my time at home is limited and it will be back out once again for a few weeks.  :/

Operation Write Home Card Sketches.

I have been using my stash of scrap papers to create card fronts.  Not the whole entire card(s), just fronts.

My stash of scraps

My stash of scraps

Click on the image(s) below to enlarge the photos to see the details.

OWH Sketch #1

OWH Sketch #1

I used a Stampin’ Up! embossing folder (don’t know the name of it) to add texture to the background for Card Sketch #2.

OWH Sketch #2

OWH Sketch #2

I used a Tim Holtz Alterations embossing folder for the background texture on the bottom most card front in the following photo.  The next card front features a Cuttlebug embossing folder (I think it is Damask).  The second one down is another Stampin’ Up! embossing folder and I don’t remember the name of it either.  This top card front has a texture made using a Fiskar’s Texture Plate titled “Fabric”.  These card fronts are OWH Card Sketch #3

OWH Sketch #3

OWH Sketch #3

For Card Sketch #4 I used a Thin Cuts “Drill and Bits” die on the bottom card, a Stampin’ Up! embosslet titled Beautiful Wings for the butterflies, a Sizzix Thin Die titled Buttons #5 for the second card front, and finally I used stickers I purchased from Scrap Your Trip that I’ve had for a while.

OWH Sketch #4

OWH Sketch #4

I’ve made a video featuring the making of Operation Write Home Sketch #4 and the reasons why I make them as you see them.

My thinking is to have a stash of ready made card fronts available.  When I need to have a card for some reason all that would be necessary would be a stamped sentiment added to the front of the card then attach the assembled front to an A2 card base then add a piece of white card stock and another stamped sentiment to the inside of the card.  Kind of a “Wham Bam” thing.

Personally, thinking up a concept design and sentiment to make a complete card is not my forte.  I don’t think well on my feet in this type of creativity.  Seems to add more stress to me and take all the fun out of making cards.  Having a visual already in front of me will make choosing a sentiment easier.  All I need to worry about is getting the stamped images straight and clean without worrying about having to remake the card all over again because I screwed up the inking and stamping.

I got to get into my die stash.  I was reminded of the tools I have had for years and years and not use.  I also got to get into my embossing folder stash to create some really great background texture.  I have not been so happy to be crafting in quite a long time.

Christmas cards!  This would be a fantastic way to make Christmas cards.

If you would like to have access to the Operation Write Home Card Sketches you can click the link  above, or HERE, to get the downloadable PDF files.  One day, when I’m not having to leave home for long periods of time, I will get cards made for our military service people.  If I would have known that I could have this much fun I would have done this so much sooner :/.

I would like to know:  Do you like to make full cards?  Do you make card fronts already?  If not, would you consider trying this type of creative design and just let the papers and tools take you where ever they will?

Leslie

 

Remember When? A road trip with Dad.

Who remembers a family road trip with Dad driving?

I only remember one long trip with my father and it started, for him, in Denver, Colorado as he traveled north to pick my sister and I up at the foster home where we lived in Greeley. The three of us were going to Mount Rushmore in the Dakotas. South Dakota to be exact. That was a long and mostly silent trip.

When I met Joe, back in 1989, he took his kids on lots of road trips. He just loved traveling somewhere, seemingly anywhere, away from home. 50, 100, or even 1,000 miles didn’t give him a minutes pause. Get in and let’s go.

Road trips with Joe, then with the family and now in our day job, always had a ticking clock. Time to leave home, time for gas stops, time for the unscheduled roadside pee stops for one of the kids, meal time stops. Joe planned in advance how long it would take to get there. He planned how long the stay would be. He planned how long it would take to get back home.

I’ve created a Father’s Day card for the “Road Trip Dads”.

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Tim Holtz Alterations embossing folder with watches was used on some khaki paper (unknown) to represent the ticking clocks in our Dad’s heads.

The map paper bits are from Stampin’ Up! and I don’t remember what pack. Maps of the roads, whether real or in their heads, are a feature of traveling with Dad.

The “Road Trip” images are from Club Scrap. I think from the Journey collection.

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I only had enough room for two of the images. I used the Mica water colors in place of shimmer spritz stuff. It is cold and freezing now as we travel and not good for water based fabulous sparkle sprays.

The “Remember When” is a Stampin’ Up! stamp from the Word Play set.

I had to use Glossy Accents to adhere the map pieces atop the embossed paper. The deep impression didn’t play well with the ATG tape. You might want to keep that in mind if you are having trouble getting papers to stick to the bumpy texture left behind after embossing.

Do you have a favorite “Road Trip” memory? Hopefully it didn’t include many “Do I have to stop this car?!” threats to you and your wiggly siblings.

Leslie