This DIY Is An Amazing 2 in 1 Project!


Hi everyone! Jan here, from In My Own Imagination, sharing this extra large card. Don't let this photo deceive you, this Love Lives Here Card Thinlits Plus Die by Katelyn Lizardi measures 8 3/8 x 11", making this a perfect home decor decoration.

I have been busy for the last month, along with my sisters; packing up my mom's 57 years (or finding new homes for most of it ) worth of treasures, selling her home and moving her into a senior's apartment.  I'm sure a lot of you can sympathize with me, this is a big job!  I created this card for her new apartment, and am going to add in some favourite photos of our family home and moments.  I haven't quite decided which special photo I want to put in the oval frame, there are so many!  The small green rectangle is actually a pocket, to hold a few more small photos.  She can sit this on her dresser or table.  Here's how I created it:


To die-cut this card you will need the Sizzix Big Shot Plus machine or the Big Shot Pro.  To die-cut the card base on the Plus machine, the Sizzix sandwich is; Big Shot Plus Standard Platform Accessory. Big Shot Plus Solo Wafer-Thin Die Adapter A, Standard Big Shot Plus Cutting Pad, paper, Thinlits Die, and another Plus Standard Cutting Pad.  The base has a little notch near the bottom, which your paper arms will go into.  I used a heavier weight patterned paper that had a nice border around the edges, as you are only cutting off a 1/2" on each side of your 12 x 12 paper, except for the bottom.  If the paper you have chosen is a lighter weight, I would recommend backing it with another layer of cardstock, so it stands up better.


Next I die-cut my two paper arms that go onto the bottom of the card base, using the same Sizzix sandwich.  I set these pieces aside and went on to die-cut my embellishments.


This Card set has a total of 23 dies, so there are lots of small dies to create more than enough embellishments. I created my own pattern paper for the flowers and embellishments, using mixed media cardstock, stencils, and Ranger's Distress Oxide inks, along with white cardstock.  I die-cut my corner embellishment twice, cutting the flower out of one of them, so it could be layered on top.


Adhere the tabs of each of your arms the back of the card base, with the flat bottom edges of the arms aligned with the card base bottom. The short arm should be on the side farthest away from the slit in the card base.  Insert the tab at the end of the short arm into the front of the card base, then insert the tab at the end of the long arm into the slit of the short arm.  Adhere the corner embellishment to your card front, layering the flower on top.  The small flower dies come with the filigree pieces plus solid backs. Some of these filigree pieces, I cut two of, in contrasting colours and adhered the pieces in the open spaces.  i usually just apply tape on the back and when the pieces are pressed in, they stick well. Adhere these to the solid backs.  One of the smaller flowers were also adhered on top of flower in the corner embellishment.


There is also this scalloped circle die with an insert. Without the insert, your circle can be die-cut solid, which I have here in white cardstock.


I die-cut it again with the insert to get my scalloped ring and the word "Home", plus floral pieces.  These piece were inked  and adhered to my back white circle.  You could also use the negative piece in layering your circle.


I also die-cut multiples of these pieces in white cardstock.  Some of them were cut apart to add in different places around my card front.


I cut out a piece of white cardstock approximately 6 x 4" and a piece of patterned paper slightly smaller (about 1/8" showing the white mat all around).  From my card set, I used this scallop piece, die-cutting two in white.  These was adhered to the top of my card.


My white cardstock oval and the rectangle patterned cardstock were both die-cut using the Sizzix Tim Holtz Stitched Oval Thinlits set and Tim Holtz Stitched Rectangle set.  I can't tell you how much I use these two, they are my favourite shape sets.


I have one more embellishment to create , this is again just two pieces of rectangle patterned papers, about 3 1/2" x 5 1/2".  The blue mat was cut out slightly larger than the front, and I also used the edging strips from the Stitched Rectangle Thinlits set.  When using these strips, you can make your rectangle, or square if you want, any size.  I die-cut the "love lives here" thinlits die from the card set into the top piece, using the negative. Die-cut the word again, in white cardstock and adhere into the negative space of your card.  I also die-cut a little tab embellishment which was also part of the card set.


Adhere all your pieces to your card base. For the green rectangle piece, apply adhesive around the the edges, excluding the top, creating a pocket for photos.  I adhered some of the white leafy pieces inside of that center arm, as shown in the photo, giving the foliage a bit more dimension.


I've got a few photos in that pocket to show you how it looks.  Now just have to choose one for the oval!


Here's another look at my finished card.  Hope my mom likes it!  Thanks for stopping by and wish me luck on the move this weekend!


Other Materials Used:

  • Blue Fern Patterned Paper
  • Paper trimmer
  • Adhesive
  • Ranger Distress Oxide Ink
  • Mixed Media Cardstock, white card-stock

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One thought on “This DIY Is An Amazing 2 in 1 Project!”

  • Kelly

    OMgosh Jan, your mom will love it! Stunning as always. Hope everything is working out for your mom. Lots of new beginnings for all of you. We miss you, xo K

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