Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Sizzix 1950s Blog Hop

[It is a busy day on the blog today; you'll find the Darkroom Door and Art Journey blog hop below. Don't miss it!]
 
Hello and welcome to my post for the Sizzix 1950's Blog Hop! We're having a blog hop to celebrate The 50's, a new Sizzix collection by Jen Long. The dies and embossing folders included in this line are fabulous. So kick of your shoes, do the twist and follow us on this inspirational hop.
 
The 50's dies made me think of my maternal grandmother, since many of them fit so well with her. I made a scrapbooking page about her love for dogs, particularly Poodles. The 50's dies are so much fun and certainly not only for 50s style projects. Most of them are Thinlets sets and you put them together a little bit like paper piecing, only a lot easier. This was a hard project to photograph, with lots of shiny parts, metal and textured black elements. I took some step photos. 
 
Let's start with the background. I like to sometimes cover my entire background with dry embossed papers and these fun and detailed embossing folders were perfect for this. I used Ranger's Specialty Stamping Paper, and the Retro Sewing & Pattern and Retro Kitchen Sets.
 
Carefully, ink some of the images with Peacock Feathers, using an ink-blending tool. Next smear some Peacock Feathers ink on a craft sheet, mist once with water and pick up with a paint brush. Tap the brush to create splatters. Finally, I inked and distressed the edges. My grandmother was very fond of turquoise.
 
Adhere the embossed panels to turquoise cardstock, overlapping them slightly. Sew with a sewing machine.
 
These are the parts for the TV set. I die cut the largest one from glossy cardstock and inked with Peacock Feathers, giving it almost an old enamel look. The middle part and the antenna were die cut from paper covered with foil tape and the glass part from black paper. The legs and the horizontal bar were die cut from glossy cardstock and inked with Gathered Twigs.
 
You simply glue the pieces together and you'll have this cute TV. I coated the glass with a thick layer of Glossy Accents.
 
These are the dies and pieces needed to make the camera. My grandfather was an amateur photographer so the camera was a perfect accent for this page. The pieces were die cut from black cardstock and foil. The Magnetic Platform is the perfect companion to these dies, making die cutting a breeze.
 
I embossed the camera body and the two buttons with clear embossing powder, which created a texture similar to that of a camera. I don't know if you can see it so well in the photo. The metallic part of the lens was distressed with a needle tool and the central part was coated with Glossy Accents. The lens was adhered to the body with a foam dot.
 
Next up, the super cute radio, very similar to the brown radio my grandparents had. If you struggle to die cut any of these detailed dies, a sheet of wax paper between the die and the paper usually does the trick. It works like magic. The radio was die cut from glossy cardstock and inked with Gathered Twigs, since I used wax paper when die cutting it, a little bit of the wax had been transferred to the radio creating a great subtle resist effect.
 
Piece the parts together to make this. So cute! I used Glossy Accents to adhere all the tiny pieces.
 
The records and music notes were also die cut from black cardstock and embossed with clear powder. The text and centres of the records were die cut from glossy cardstock and inked with Peacock Feathers.
 
You can see the texture of the embossing powder here.

The Poodle is a steel rule die, so you can use it to die cut thick material. I used mat board and covered it completely with Black Soot Distress Ink. Immediately toss clear Ultra Thick Embossing Enamel on the dog, and melt with a heat gun. Don't touch the powder since it gets very hot. Just one layer of UTEE creates a great texture, very similar to the fur of a Poodle. The bow was inked with Peacock Feathers and coated with Glossy Accents.
 
Here you can see the great texture of the Poodle better. 

The title was die cut from glossy cardstock with the Vintage Market Sizzlits die, and inked with Gathered Twigs. It translates to 'Poodles'. I also die cut a tag for my journaling, tucked behind the photo to the left. 
 
Don't miss checking out all the projects by the DT members participating in the hop.
 
Anna-Karin Evaldsson (you are here)
  
There are prizes to be won, and don't forget to head back to the Sizzix blog when you are done hopping before 29 July.
 
Later 'gators. Have a blast! And thank you for stopping by!
 
Anna-Karin
 
Supplies:
Embossing folders: Sizzix: Retro Sewing & Pattern Set, Retro Kitchen Set
Surfaces: Sizzix Little Sizzles White Mat Board; Ranger: Specialty Stamping Paper, Glossy Cardstock, Foil Tape
Ink: Distress Ink: Black Soot, Peacock Feathers, Gathered Twigs
Embossing powder: Ranger: Clear Ultra Thick Embossing Enamel, Clear Detail
Embellishments: Tim Holtz Idea-ology: Chit Chat Stickers; We R Memory Keepers Baker's twine

59 comments:

  1. Really like how you achieved the background and the little TV is a hoot.

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  2. oh my goodness, what an amazing page! the bg looks just like vintage ceiling tiles! what a neat idea to put all of the embossed cs pieces together this way. love it!

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  3. Anna-Karin, this layout is gorgeous! I love, love, love your dry embossed background, it's definitely a technique I want to try now. Thanks for the inspiration.

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  4. Your layout is splendiferous!! I just love these dies!!

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  5. Genius way to use embossing folders - would never have thought of that!

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  6. Love everything about your pages from the embossed background to the very detailed die cuts.

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  7. This is one of my all time favorite pages ever!

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  8. Wonderful collage type scrapbook page....great use of colors too! Love what you did with the poodle....soooo cute!
    TFS
    Jan

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  9. Such a fun theme. Love how you've used these die cuts. Jenny x

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  10. My jaw is on the FLOOR at how much you put into this - WOW! Your details are amazing and I love how you used what I think of as retro colors to tie it all together. Lovely.

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  11. Awesome layout Anna-Karin!! Love the 50's!! :)

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  12. What a great layout! I love those embossing folders and the dies! Great retro style! :)

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  13. Love how you did the backroung. and the tv is just perfect

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  14. That poodle fur technique was perfect!!!!

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  15. Each and every one simply ADORABLE! I'm a baby boomer and can relate to ALL of these fun images! thanks so much for sharing with us

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  16. Wonderful scrap book page!!!

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  17. Beautiful page ! love the colors.

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  18. Very interesting! I like the metallic accents very much.

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  19. Great idea to use lots of embossed papers for the background.
    thanks for the idea.

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  20. I really love how you used the dies to feature the photographs, you have done a great job.

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  21. The bubbles are cool! Love your creation-absolutely gorgeous!

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  22. Gorgeous layout! I love the colors and embellishments.

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  23. Thanks for sharing your wonderful layout! Love the pics and colors!

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  24. Great layout with all the vintage icons!

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  25. Love the die cuts and embossing! Great layout!

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  26. These are awesome!!! Love the dies and the embossing folders! Can't wait to get some of these! Great layout!

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  27. very very fun!!!! Love the poddle!

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  28. Anna I love to visit your blog. I get the most inspiration from here and I am also most intimidated by it too. Your attention to detail is just astounding. I would love to see you in action. This is just an exquisite layout. I love it.

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  29. I love how you used the embossing folders for your page. You are so very creative.

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  30. What a fantastic layout! I love all of the texture and layers you added to it. BTW, your grandmother was a beautiful and elegant woman!

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  31. Have so many memories from this time in life. Great to see that there are embellishments I can use for scrapbooking

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  32. Wonderful layout! Great for those great older photos.

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  33. Love how you've clear embossed some of the die pieces - what a fun page - great background!

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  34. Love how you've clear embossed some of the die pieces - what a fun page - great background!

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  35. Gorgeous retro page, love all your super elements !

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  36. Perfect icons for scrapbooking family!

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  37. Oh my gosh, I think this is the cutest layout ever! That UTEE on the poodle makes the perfect texture! I need to get myself some UTEE now for sure! LOL tfs hugs, Kristina

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  38. Crafty Paws, took the "Oh my gosh" , right out of my mouth. I thought the same. So many fun details on your layout, reflecting upon the 50's. I love all of these dies.

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  39. A totally brilliant retro look - perfect in every wonderful detail!
    Alison xx

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  40. What a FABULOUS LAYOUT!!! LOVE those embossing folders too! They go SO WELL with the new Sizzix dies! AND those DIES...... WOW!!! LOOK AT THE DETAIL!!!!!! LOVE WHAT YOU'VE DONE WITH THEM!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!:D THE TOPS!!!! :)

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  41. Great layout...my eyes were going everywhere and the embossed background is such a great idea!

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  42. Anna-Karin, Absolutely Love Every Single Detail about this gorgeous tribute to your grandmother!! Really--every detail is Perfect and I can tell made with Love!! I'm just like WOW!! Fabulous!! XOXO-Shari

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  43. I really like your idea of using the embossing folders as a background.

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  44. Fabulous layout! Love all the details you put into it!

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  45. Learnt a lot! Thanks - great work

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  46. what do I love more? the TV die or the embossing folders? I cannot decide...would love to have all of these dies and folders. I love Sizzix and this "hop". thanks!

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  47. What a fabulous collection of die cut images, and I especially love the poodle as he is so cute. x

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  48. OH MY! What a fab layout-love the embossed background and those dies!

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  49. Whoops! Thought I already commented, but guess not. A fantabulous page! The embossed BG, the 50s die cuts and how you used them, wow.

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  50. This really captures the feel of the 50's. Awesome color choice and I love how you created the feel of vinyl records with embossing powder. Seriously, you have such an incredible eye for details. -- Mary Elizabeth

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