• You are everything treat bag

    Sunday, 26 April, 2015

    Have I already said how much I love the new amazing Sizzix Big Shot Plus?!
    Well, it's the truth.
    Every crafter dream a machine like this and I'm so happy to share with you all the amazing things you will be able to do with it.
    Last week I realized a treat bag, it was so funny and the result such pretty!

    You need:
    Sizzix Big Shot Plus Starter Kit (White & Gray) (660515) new!
    Sizzix Thinlits Die Set 9PK - Layering Frames (660476) new!
    Sizzix Bigz Die - Flowers, 3-D (656545)
    Sizzix Movers & Shapers L Die - Sweet Treat Bag (660265)
    Sizzix Accessory - Premium Crease Pad, Extended (656159)
    Chevron cardstock
    Polka dots cardstock
    White cardstock
    Label maker
    Black label tape
    Floral washitape
    Tissue sticker
    Thin double-sided tape
    Golden ink + small pad

    The hardest part, even if, as a matter of fact, there is nothing so difficult, is arrange the treat bag with precision (I used a thin double-sided tape).
    After that you are able to decorate the bag.
    I decided to realize a cardstock tag, a cardstock frame and a 3d flower (I decorated the small flower using a gold ink and a small pad creating some shadows on its petals)
    I pasted all these decorations using double-sided tape.
    At the end I pasted a floral washitape with the same colours and some stickers.
    I hope you like it!
    Happy sunday and happy birthday to me ^^
    *Per i lettori italiani*
    Ho già detto quanto amo la nuova Sizzix Big Shot Plus?
    Beh, è la verità!
    Ogni crafter sogna una macchina del genere e sono felicissima di condividere con voi le cose pazzesche che si possono creare.
    La scorsa settimana ho realizzato un sacchettino regalo, è stato molto divertente e il risultato adorabile!

    Ho usato:
    You need:
    Sizzix Big Shot Plus Starter Kit (White & Gray) (660515) new!
    Sizzix Thinlits Die Set 9PK - Layering Frames (660476) new!
    Sizzix Bigz Die - Flowers, 3-D (656545)
    Sizzix Movers & Shapers L Die - Sweet Treat Bag (660265)
    Sizzix Accessory - Premium Crease Pad, Extended (656159)
    Cartoncino a fantasia chevron
    Cartoncino a pois
    Cartoncino bianco
    Macchina per etichette
    Nastro nero per etichette
    Washitape a fiori
    Label maker
    Adesivo in tessuto
    Nastro biadesivo sottile
    Inchiostratore oro e tampone

    La parte più complessa, anche se di difficile non c'è nulla, è montare con precisione il sacchetto (io ho usatio un nastro biadesivo molto sottile).
    Una volta effettuato questo passaggio scatenate la vostra fantasia e decorate il sacchetto come più vi piace.
    Io mi sono divertita creando una tag di cartoncino, una piccola cornice e realizzando
    un fiore di carta che ho successivamente decorato con dell'inchiostro oro, creando delle leggere sfumature sui suoi petali.
    Per completare il tutto ho attaccato un washitape che riprendesse tutti i colori utilizzati e alcuni adesivi.
    Spero vi piaccia!
    Buona domenica!


  • A "Mother's Day" Card by Gerry van Gent

    Sunday, 26 April, 2015

    Happy Sunday Sizzix friends!

    Did you check our Free New Baby Paper Downloads?
    They are so adorable and cute! And, yes, they are especially
    designed for new-borns....but today I used the softness
    they radiate to create a sweet card for Mother's Day.

    Mother's Day Card

    660515 Sizzix Big Shot Plus Starter Kit Machine
    660473 Sizzix Thinlits Die Set Decorative Trim #2
    *        *        *

    Card size: 15cm x 15cm
    I chose two different patterns for the background.
    Then decorated the card with different embellishments which 
    I cut out from the embellishment sheet - heart border, letters, 3 circles.
    N.B. I made my own banner from the heart border. I simply
    cut out small triangles in both ends of the border.

    {660473} Decorative Trim #2
    I used one to the hearts from the Decorative Trim #2 to adhere
    in the middle of one of the round shapes.
    The other Decorative Trim #2 I used to decorate the heart banner. 

    I found in my stash some matching pattern papers and used as add-ons.
    Added a matching button as well for more cuteness :-)
    Megs Garden pattern papers
    white cardstock
    a green button
    *       *       *

    Thank you for your visit!

  • New Baby Card - It's A Boy!

    Sunday, 26 April, 2015

    Happy Sunday everyone! I hope you all have a crafty day ahead.

    Lots of my friends are having babies or expecting lately, so I thought I'd make some quick and simple cards to get ready for the new arrivals!

    Sizzix are kind enough to give us free downloadable papers, so I started with these New Baby papers and printed onto white card stock on my home printer. Of course there are girl papers available too.

    Supplies needed:

    I love the A4 embossing folders! I firstly cut two speech bubbles using the thinlits dies and then embossed them to give a textured effect. I used foam pads to attach them to the front of the card.

    I used some alphabet stamps on the front of the card, but also on the inside for a congratulations message. I also added some star confetti - I love putting a little sprinkle inside the card! we think the Royal Baby will be a boy?!!

    I hope you liked this quick make today - happy crafting!


  • Decorative Bubbles

    Saturday, 25 April, 2015

    Hello there,

    today I will show you some colorful cards with the Thinlits Die Set 'Decorative Bubbles' #660474.
    I used my Big Shot Plus, one acrylic block, brush markers with water-based ink - this was very important for the watercolor-look, vellum, handmade paper, spray of water, Versamark ink pad with white Embossingpowder  and some embellishments for decoration.

     First I stamped with a Versamark ink pad a nice aphorism on the handmade paper and embossed it with white Embossingpowder. Than I colored directly on my acrylic block with the markers and sprayed water on it. I pressed the block on the handmade paper and I got this beautiful watercolored impressions.
    The watercolor rolled off the print and it looks really great.

    You get different results with using different quantity of water. Try it by yourself, you will see, it is very simple.
    I like to decorate these cards with the SIZZIX Decorative Bubbles, I think it matches well.

     Great cards for different occasions!I hope you enjoy and wish you a lovely weekend!

  • Butterfly Kisses and Flower Petal Wishes

    Saturday, 25 April, 2015

    Hello crafty people out there,
    it´s me again, Julia. I hope you guys had a nice week? :)
    The last days I got totally into heat embossing. I just bought a bunch of new colors of embossing powder and couldn´t stop trying it out. So that´s why my project for this week is heat embossed all over it.

    This is what you will need:
    (it includes all Dies you need: the box, butterflies and flowers)
    embossing powder, embossing ink pad, heat embossing gun, cardstock
    If you are ready making a few of butterflies with your Big Shot Plus and the Framelits, you can start giving them a glittery finish with your embossing powder. Just dip the wings onto your embossing ink pad and cover your whole butterfly with the embossing powder of your choice.

    With a brush you can remove it on places you won´t like to have the embossing powder. I am always using a big wood cloth pin while heat embossing, because I don`t want my hands to get burned. ;)

    I think it looks pretty real, as they would fly away in a blink of an eye. :) Do you like it? Hope you got inspired a little bit to combine heatem bossing with your die cutting projects.
    Have a nice day everyone, xo Julia


    Hallo ihr Lieben,
    ich bins wieder, die Julia. :) Derzeit bin ich total im Embossingwahn. Da mussten diese Woche auch direkt ein paar neue tolle Farben gekauft werden. Das macht ein Spaß! :) Und aus diesem Grund gibt es  heute ein Geschenkschachtel mit glitzernden Schmetterlingen. 

    Was ihr benötigt:
    (hier sind ALLE Dinge drin die ihr zum Stanzen benötigt: die Box, die Schmetterlinge und auch die Blümchen oben auf)
    Embossingpuder, Embossingstempelkissen (z.B. Versamark), Embossingfön

    Wenn ihr die Schmetterlinge ausgestanzt habt, legt ihr immer nur die Flügel in euer Embossingstempelkissen. Dann das Embossingpuder drüber geben (ich bin da immer recht großzügig ;) ) und den Schmetterling wieder herausheben. Das Embossingpuder bleibt nur an den Stellen haften, die vorher auf dem Embossingkissen lagen. Mit einem Pinsel könnt ihr noch an den Stellen das Puder entfernen, die frei bleiben sollen. Dann den Embossingfön anschmeissen und das Puder zum schmelzen bringen. Bei solch filigranen Formen verwende ich immer eine große Holzklammer, damit ich mir die Finger nicht verbrenne. ;)

    Ich finde die Schmetterlinge sehen zauberhaft aus, oder? Vielleicht seid ihr nun auch ein wenig inspiriert eure Embossingpuder herauszukramen und mit euren gestanzten Projekten zu kombinieren.
    Habt einen tollen Tag, xo Julia

  • Butterfly Frame... A Mothersday Gift...

    Friday, 24 April, 2015

    Hello crafters out there,

    just a few days and Mothers Day is here.
    Time to think about the perfect present.

    I love my mother... she brought up two lovely kids ;-)
    and she is also a loving grandmother since one year.

    So i made her a special "Grandmothers Day" present...
    A butterfly frame with a picture of her grandson...

    All you need is an embroidery frame and a photo,
    a coloured pen, cardboard,
    Sizzix Big Shot Plus Starter Kit #660515
    Bigz L Die (Everyday Essentials) (comes together with the Starter Kit),
    Thinlits Plus Die Set (Basic Shapes) (also with the Starter Kit).

    First of all you need a lot of butterflies...

    Don't throw away the pickings from the inside of the filigree butterflies (Thinlits Plus Die Set (Basic Shapes))  - some of them look like cute little hearts - we need them later.

    Then i took the cardboard and cut out a background for the embroidery frame
    and painted it white.

    Now i arranged all the butterflies on - first the full ones, then the filigree ones...

    Next i put the photo on... painted the small leftover hearts golden and spread them
    on the frame...

    finished.... i hope my mom will love it...

    embroidery frame and a photo,
    a coloured pen, cardboard,
    Sizzix Big Shot Plus Starter Kit #660515
    Bigz L Die (Everyday Essentials) (comes together with the Starter Kit),
    Thinlits Plus Die Set (Basic Shapes) (also with the Starter Kit)

    Greetings, Stephanie


    Hallo Ihr Bastler,

    nur noch ein paar Tage bis zum Muttertag.
    Zeit sich Gedanken um das perfekte Geschenk zu machen.

    Ich liebe meine Mama.
    Sie hat zwei zauberhafte Kinder aufgezogen :-)
    und seit einem Jahr ist sie jetzt auch schon eine liebevolle Oma.

    Und so hab ich Ihr ein "Großmutter Tag" Geschenk gemacht.
    Einen Schmetterlingsrahmen mit dem Bild ihres Enkels.

    Alles was ihr braucht ist ein
    Stickrahmen, ein Foto,
    einen farbigen Stift (ich hab einen goldenen Edding genommen), Pappe,
    Sizzix Big Shot Plus Starter Kit #660515
    Bigz L Die (Everyday Essentials) (kommt zusammen mit dem Starter Kit),
    Thinlits Plus Die Set (Basic Shapes) (auch zusammen mit dem Starter Kit)

    Zuerst braucht man eine ganze Menge Schmetterlinge.
    Hebt auch die Kleinteile aus den filigranen Schmetterlingen auf - einige
    Teilchen sehen aus wie kleine Herzen - die brauchen wie dann noch.

    Dann habe ich aus Pappe einen Hintergrund für den Stickrahmen geschnitten
    und diesen gestrichen.

    Arrangiert nun die Schmetterlinge auf dem Rahmen.
    Zuerst die gefüllten, dann oben drauf die filigranen.

    Dann habe ich die kleinen Herzen (ihr erinnert euch an die Reste aus den Schmetterlingen?)
    golden bemalt und diese zusammen mit dem Foto auf dem Rahmen verteilt....

    Fertig - ich hoffe meine Mama mag es.

    Liebste Grüße, Stephanie

  • Layout: Spring Time

    Friday, 24 April, 2015

    Hi Sizzix friends!

    During the Easter Holidays we discovered new beautiful nature trails on a little village we often visit. And in one of the walks we saw lot of almonds trees in bloom. So to remember these Spring days with our parents I make this layout with a branch of the almonds trees. 

    The flower die of the Big Shot Plus Kit is perfect for this layout so I have used combine different colours papers !!!

    We can see swallow on this season that’s why I have used the Flying bird die designed by Brenda Walton for Sizzix. I have die-cut two birds and glued with a little movement to create a shadow effect. This bird is fliying to the almond tree doesn’t it? 

    I have curved the scrapbook papers to create dimension effect at the page:

    I have die-cut the title of this layout with the Alphanumeric dies in the same colour as one of the strips papers.

    I’ve choose these beautiful papers designed on my country, they are very floured and perfect for my layout because the colours match with the photo.

    The Spring give us a lot of colour and beautiful flowers but for me the tree's flowers are the most beautiful!!! 

    I have used the following Sizzix products:

    I hope you have enjoyed this Spring layout. Thanks for your visit!

    Have a creative and happy Friday!

     ¡Hola a todos!

    Durante las vacaciones de Semana Santa descubrimos nuevos senderos en un pequeño pueblo que solemos visitar. En uno de los paseos nos encontramos con unos almendros en flor preciosos. Así que para recordar esos paseos con la familia he realizado esta página con una de las ramas de almendro en flor.

    La flor que incluye el kit de a Big Shot Plus era perfecta para esta página. Y, cómo en primavera se puede ver la llegada de las golondrinas, he utilizado el troquel de Flying bird, lo he troquelado en dos papeles para pegarlos un poco desplazados y hacer ese efecto de sombra. Parece que vuele hacía el almendro ¿verdad?

    He curvado los extremos de los papeles decorados para darle volumen. Y cómo no, el título lo he troquelado con los Thinlits Alphanumeric utilizando uno de los papeles de las tiras laterales.

    Para esta página he utilizado papeles diseñados en nuestra casa. Además eran perfectos para el tema y combinan perfectamente con mi fotografía.

    La primavera nos regala colores y flores, pero sin duda las flores de los árboles son las mejores de la estación!

    He utilizado los siguientes productos Sizzix:

    Espero que os haya gustado esta página primaveral. ¡Gracias por la visita!

    ¡Os deseo un feliz y creativo viernes!

  • Antique Inpsiration

    Friday, 24 April, 2015

    I'm back with another historical block made new with the Big Shot Plus (or the Big Shot) and Bigz quilting dies.

    This month I am looking at the Crazy House block, similar to the Lucky Clover block, but with the addition on half square triangles.  and not a Y Seam in sight!

    This block can be traced back to the Ladies Art Company between 1928 and 1934.

    For this block you will need the following: 

    2 1/2" x 4 1/2"Trapezoid die

    I had a play with my new Big Shot Plus machine, and I was not disappointed.  The machines extra space means that any overhang of fabric slides through the machine happily.  I found there was no need to hold the machine as I wound my dies through.  

    I cut 8 background half square triangles, 5 background squares,  4 pink squares, and 4 each of each blue trapezoids.  When cutting the trapezoid, you will need to keep all your fabrics right side up, otherwise you will have mirror images, which will not work for this design. 

    Piece the half square triangles to the trapezoids and pair up a background square with each of the pink squares.  

    Next you need to join pairs of the trapezoids as below

    once you have 4 units like the one on the right, you are ready to lay out your block.

    Now it is just a case of piecing this in the same way you would piece a 9 patch.  Sew into rows, then sew the rows together.  

    This makes a 10" finished block, a great size for easy maths when planning a quilt top.  It can easily be upsized too, using bigger sized dies.

    Whilst this mock up has sashing, the secondary pattern of the pinwheels is clear, Imagine cornerstones in the sashing and a whole new pattern is created.  

    That's what I love about quilting, the possibilities are endless!

  • Travel Journal using Big Shot Plus Starter Kit

    Friday, 24 April, 2015

    Happy Friday everyone, It's Anna here with you. Today I have a Mini Album to show you, which I created using the Big Shot Plus Starter Kit. To keep a record of my travel I created this quick and simple travel journal.

    sizzix big shot plus - scrapbooking - mini album - travel journal - by Anna Drai - cafecreativo (1)

    sizzix big shot plus - scrapbooking - mini album - travel journal - by Anna Drai - cafecreativo (2)

    sizzix big shot plus - scrapbooking - mini album - travel journal - by Anna Drai - cafecreativo (3)

    The New Big Shot Plus offers huge opportunities to make full use of the A4 size. I'm not gonna take advantage of that? ;)
    I made the cover of this mini album with just an A4 paper. Let me show you how created this...

    sizzix big shot plus - tutorial - scrapbooking - mini album - travel journal - by Anna Drai - cafecreativo

    To begin, take a rectangle of scrapbook paper, slightly larger of A4. To cut the title for the album, choose letters from the Alphanumeric Sizzix Thinlits die set. I used the removable tape to hold my letters into place before cut out. Pass the sandwich through the Big Shot Plus Machine.
    After you have cut your cover page, trim a patterned paper into strip to place on first inside page, the backside of your title.
    Take some page A4 of cardstock and notebook sheet. Make as many pages as you’d like. Fold the papers in half to make inside pages. Line up the pages with the cover. Use a punch hole to make two holes in the center. Take the twine to tie it all together.
    Use some dies included on Starter Kit for main embellishment of cover and inside pages. Attach the second title to the cover to finish.
    sizzix big shot plus - scrapbooking - mini album - travel journal - by Anna Drai - cafecreativo (4)

    sizzix big shot plus - scrapbooking - mini album - travel journal - by Anna Drai - cafecreativo (5)
    This was a really quick and easy way to make a lovely mini album. I love the effect of die-cut title! It creates a nice contrast with the floral paper. It add so much interest to the cover.
    sizzix big shot plus - scrapbooking - mini album - travel journal - by Anna Drai - cafecreativo (6)
    Thanks so much for joining me today! I hope I have inspired you to create a mini album using A4 papers ;)
    Let me know if you have any questions. Can't wait to see what you create :)
    Items used:
    patterned papers
    notebook sheets
    glitter alphabet stickers
    wood veneer stars
    acrylic paint
    washi tape
    punch hole
    Per le amiche italiane! :)

    Buon Venerdì a tutti, sono Anna ed oggi sono qui per condividere un mini album, che ho creato con il Big Shot Plus Starter Kit.
    Come saprete, la nuova Big Shot Plus offre l'opportunità di lavorare con il formato A4. Potevo forse non approfittare di questa grandiosa novità messa in campo da Sizzix? ;)
    Ho deciso così di creare la copertina del mini album con un foglio A4. Lasciate che vi spieghi come ho fatto...

    Per cominciare, prendere un foglio di carta da scrapbooking e tagliarlo leggermente più grande di un A4 (ovvero grande quanto i pad della Big Shot Plus). Per tagliare il titolo dell'album, scegliere le lettere dal set di fustelle Thinlits Alphanumeric. Ho usato del nastro rimovibile per tenere ferme le mie lettere, prima di tagliare. Passare il sandwich nella Big Shot Plus Machine.
    Dopo aver fustellato la copertina, tagliare una striscia di carta a fiori da mettere sulla prima pagina interna, in corrispondenza della parte posteriore del vostro titolo.
    Prendete un po' di fogli A4 di cartoncino e di block notes per fare il numero di pagine interne che si desidera creare. Piegare tutti I fogli a metà. Sovrapporre le pagine con la copertina. Fare due fori al centro e rilegare con lo spago.
    Utilizzare le fustelle incluse nello Starter Kit per l'abbellimento principale della copertina (ramoscello, foglie) e per le pagine interne (farfalla ecc.). Posizionare il secondo titolo adesivo sulla copertina ed aggiungere altri dettagli a piacere.

    Come vedete, questo è stato un modo molto semplice e veloce per fare un mini album. Devo dire che mi piace molto l'effetto del titolo “traforato”! E si crea un piacevole contrasto con la carta a fiorellini.

    Grazie essere passati di qui! Spero di avervi ispirato a creare un mini album con fogli A4 ;)
    Fatemi sapere se avete domande. Ciaooo!
    carte scrap
    pagine di block notes
    alfabeto adesivo glitter
    stelline di legno
    colore acrilico bianco
    washi tape

  • Mom Card

    Thursday, 23 April, 2015

    Hello readers!
    Happy thursday!
    Today I want to share with you a simple card that you can use for the Mother's Day!

    I used:
    Sizzix Big Shot Plus Starter Kit 660515
    Sizzix Thinlits Die Set 4PK - Speech Bubbles
    Sizzix Thinlits Die Set 8PK - Toppers, Borders & Corners
    Bigz L Die everiday Essential included in Sizzix Big Shot Starter 660515Kit 
    Thinlits Plus Die Set included in Sizzix Big Shot Starter Kit 660515
    Pink Glitter 
    White cardstock cm 13x18
    Take the white and the other colored cardstocks. Paste colored cardstocks on white card. Die cut the border using Sizzix Thinlits Die Set 8PK - Toppers, Borders & Corners. Then embossing it using Textured Impressions Embossing Folders 2PK - Rose Vines & TrellisSet by Brenda 658356. Paste on card.
    Die cut the flower with different paper using Bigz L Die everiday Essential included in Sizzix Big Shot Starter. Die cut another flower using Thinlits Plus Die Set included in Sizzix Big Shot Starter Kit 660515
    Die cut bubbles using Sizzix Thinlits Die Set 4PK - Speech Bubbles and two hearts using Bigz L Die everiday Essential included in Sizzix Big Shot Starter Kit 660515.
    Now assemble all!
    Your card is ready!!
    Do you like it??
    See you the next thurday!!!
    Ciao a tutte!!
    Oggi voglio condividere con voi una semplicissima card creata in vista della Festa della Mamma.
    Ho usato:
    Sizzix Big Shot Plus Starter Kit 660515
    Sizzix Thinlits Die Set 4PK - Speech Bubbles
    Sizzix Thinlits Die Set 8PK - Toppers, Borders & Corners
    Bigz L Die everiday Essential incluso in Sizzix Big Shot Starter 660515Kit 
    Thinlits Plus Die Set incluso in Sizzix Big Shot Starter Kit 660515
    Glitter fucsia
    Cartoncino bianco cm 13x18
    Cartoncini vari

    Prendere il cartoncino bianco e incollarci sopra gli altri cartoncini colorati che avrete scelto. Fustellare il topper e quindi embossarlo. Incollarlo al centro della card. Fustellare il fiore con differenti cartoncini. Fustellare la vignetta e i fumetti. Fustellare i cuoricini. Assemblare il tutto cercando di dare alla card un aspetto armonico. Abbellire con i glitter!
    La vostra card è pronta!!
    Vi aspetto il prossimo giovedì!!

    Ciao a tutti!!

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