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Another Fabulous Project featuring Modern Surrealist Shape Cutters for Sizzix

Genevive Rulona came up with this elegant Parisian style scrapbook layout which makes clever use of the Mini Envelope and Fabulous dies from the Modern Surrealist licensed line of shape cutting tools for Sizzix!


I love how she incorporated the two mini envelopes into her scrapbook page layout, giving this project an extra special feature – little places to store mini mementos or notes! And the gem and pearl stud closures she added to the mini envelopes really take it up a notch!

To bling this project up in honor of her fabulous friend, she used the Fabulous die to make her own custom embellishment with chipboard, glitter and ultra thick embossing enamel. I love how this project lets Genevive’s unique personal style shine through!

Tres chic indeed!

Awesome Chained Card Video Tutorial by Vivian Keh for Sizzix

I’m excited to share this beautiful card design created by designer Vivian Keh for the Sizzix blog. It was made using the Chained die from the Modern Surrealist licensed collection of shape cutting tools for Sizzix.

What I love about this card is how Vivian used the Chained shapes to evoke her own personal style! The colors and patina are very sophisticated and the juxtaposition of the different textures lend itself to a really high end, earthy, distressed and almost steam-punk vibe!

Whats great about the shape cutting tools that I’ve designed for Sizzix is that they can be used to create all kinds of projects to suit your individual sense of style, whether its glamorous, bohemian, retro or even steampunk! The possibilities are truly endless! Enjoy Vivian’s video tutorial showing how to make this beautiful card!

Majestic Unicorn Card Video Tutorial by Tiffany Johnson as featured on I Heart Art Blog

Unicorn Greeting Card by Tiffany Johnson
Unicorn Greeting Card by Tiffany Johnson

I love this high visually stunning greeting card created by designer Tiffany Johnson for the iHeartArtBlog. She cut the unicorn out of adhesive rhinestone sheets from The Buckle Boutique using the Majestic Unicorn die from the new Modern Surrealist for Sizzix collection of licensed shape cutting tools. I love how the black elements stand out against the bright white and the subtle use of color is brilliant! Tiffany was even so kind as to provide a video tutorial showing how to create this beautiful masterpiece yourself! Check it out!

DIY Magic Bracelet | Sizzix Teen Craft

Teen craft sensations Courtney Chambers and Tanner Bell of the wildly popular DIY craft site A Little Craft in Your Day guide you through the process of creating these fabulous, funky, fresh embellished braided pleather bracelets using the Magic Bracelet die from the Marisa Pawelko Modern Surrealist line of licensed shape cutters for Sizzix! Once you get the hang of the braiding technique you will literally be cranking out these fabulous bracelets in no time!

Craft Industry Today Magazine Trend Report featuring Decoden Relic Boxes by Modern Surrealist Marisa Pawelko


Everything old is new again! In more ways than one!

I’m pleased to share with you this article from the Summer 2014 issue of Craft Industry Today – The Craft & Hobby Association Magazine featuring a project that I designed in the Trend Report – Relic Boxes Decorative Time Capsules. I was rather shocked to discover this project in the magazine because it’s a project that I created over 9 years ago when I was a new mother and budding entrepreneur! After all these years now it’s “officially” become a craft trend!

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Before I began working with manufacturers in the CHA, I used to run a business making these Decorative Time Capsules (as well as funky charm jewelry and embellished tank tops) and sold them to several very high end boutiques in Japan, Australia, New Zealand, Canada and the USA. They were featured in trendy Harajuku shops and even the Tokyo Ritz Carlton. It was quite the home enterprise and with a small team of me and a few friends we produced hundreds of these for all sorts of occasions and themes including: baby, wedding, travel, graduation, girlfriends, kids, spiritual, sports, pets and even ones that were highly unique and personalized for custom orders. They were all one of a kind and handmade with love! You can see many of them HERE.


I was proud to learn that my original upcycled craft technique (one of the earliest examples of decoden that I’ve seen) has become a trend in the craft and hobby world. It got me wondering if my handmade products may have contributed to the birth of the decoden crafting craze that’s come out of Japan?

Here’s one of my early videos, a feature on Creative Living on PBS from 2009 where I teach host Sheryl Borden how to create Relic Boxes Decorative Time Capsules out of upcycled baby food jars. To see more of my craft demonstrations on PBS click HERE.