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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.

DIY Sunglasses Picture Canvas | Sizzix Teen Craft

Just in time for summer! It’s getting HOT in here!!! Teen DIY crafting expert Tanner Bell shows off this fun and thrifty home decor project idea featuring the uber-mega-awesome 3 in 1 Sunglasses die from the new Marisa Pawelko Modern Surrealist shape cutting collection with Sizzix. This versatile shape cutting tool allows you to cut 80’s style shutter shades, Lolita heart sun glasses and Ray Ban-esque James Dean glasses all in one pass! I love Tanner’s clever use of the free paint swatch samples, a fun craft supply you can pick up at any hardware store in tons of fun colors! Stay tuned for more fun DIY project tutorials coming soon!

Sizzix Tutorial | Love Note Mini Envelopes by Audrey Pettit


Today Sizzix featured an awesome new project idea created by design team member Audrey Pettit called Love Note Mini Envelopes which incorporates two of the licensed Modern Surrealist for Sizzix steel rule dies that I designed – the Mini Envelope and Thought Talk Bubbles. Click HERE for a full step-by-step project tutorial.


I love that Audrey took these dies and created this awesome project in her own very elegant and individualized crafting style! There are lots of cool project ideas for things you can make using the shape cutters I designed on the Sizzix website which are done in my signature outrageous style. I really like how this designer took those same shapes and incorporated them into a project which reflects her own unique signature style!  Here you can see how Audrey cleverly used the mini envelope as an interactive design accent on the front of a handmade greeting card!


Crafters may purchase this fun collection of shape cutters in independent and chain craft supply stores as well as on Amazon.com. These shape cutting tools work with a variety of machines, but their small size and portability make them ideal for using with the Sizzix SophistiCut die cutting machine.



Stay tuned for more fresh new project ideas using the Modern Surrealist for Sizzix line of licensed shape cutting tools coming soon!