• Downton continued

    Thursday, 30 October, 2014

    Hello again, are you enjoying the cosy autumn evenings now we have turned the clocks back?
    I'm enjoying the autumn colours in the trees, and the fallen leaves - which I still enjoy kicking my way through ( even when I haven't got my grandchildren with me!!)
    Talking about colours - I received a wonderful box of  'Art Gallery' fabrics last week -
    sent to me by for a whole heap of projects - now this is a little unfair, as you won't get a glimpse of any of the projects until later in the year or even early next year - but these fabrics are so bright and beautiful to work with I just wanted to share the photo.
    Before I show you the latest progress on 'Downton' I just show you a couple of photos from the workshop I taught  yesterday at The Sewing Room in Cinderford, Gloucestershire, the shop - for Anita - you can see her in the second photo below

     We had fun making quick and easy Christmas decorations, using hearts , and stars
    Christmas decorations will feature in my blogs next month - when I hope to have finished Downton.
    So here is the next instalment -
    I finished laying out the triangles and then joined them into strips - here you see all the strips joined together - to make a large central hexagon.
    Now I really want this to be a quilt that I can snuggle up under while watching Downton Abbey - so I'm going to add a neutral fabric - maybe calico to make this into a rectangle, and then maybe add a border to create the size I want - so that will be the final instalment - and then I'll give you the fabric requirements as well.
    Meanwhile enjoy the cosy evenings and keep sewing.

  • New Sizzix dies ! by Karine

    Thursday, 30 October, 2014

    I am back from my week’s off and I’ve just spent two days in Basque Country so I have tons of pictures for scrapbooking…and a good surprise in my mailbox: new Sizzix dies to test!

    Supply list:

    Paper: American Crafts, October Afternoon, 4heures37, Crate Paper
    Labels, wood embies, button: Ephéméria
    Stickers: Carta Bella
    Gold leaves: Martha Stewart
    Glitter adhesive: Pause Créative
    Masking Tape
    Enamel Dots: Studio Calico
    Stamps: Craft Origine, Cat's life Press
    Ink: Distress Vintage Photo
    Spray ink: Mister Huey's Studio Calico
    Others: tag, 3D foam adhesive


    658300 : Sizzix Big Shot Starter Kit
    660060 : Sizzix Thinlits Die Set 17PK-Labels
    659573 : Sizzix Sizzlits Decorative Strip Die-Spring Greenery
    659957 : Sizzix Originals Die-Phrase-Love #3

    Here I wanted to stick with my picture’s colours so I gathered elements to create a kit with the following colours: orange, red, yellow and pink with a hint of sea green here and there.

    This is an easy lay-out built upon a 4heures37 pattern paper. My picture is glued on a mat and fixed. Now time for decoration with my new Sizzix dies.
    I plan to use the foliage, hearts and labels dies!

    The different elements are glued around my picture. Some are glued with 3D adhesive for more volume.
    Add splashes with an orange spray ink and some colourful dots.

    A nice seasonal page, isn’t it?

    Have a lovely day,


    Bonjour !

    Après une semaine de vacances et deux jours dans le Pays Basque me voici de retour avec de nouvelles photos à dans ma boite aux lettres plein de nouveaux dies Sizzix à tester !

    Matériel :

    Papiers : American Crafts, October Afternoon, 4heures37, Crate Paper
    Etiquettes, décoration bois, bouton : Ephéméria
    Stickers : Carta Bella
    Feuilles dorées : Martha Stewart
    Adhésifs paillettes : Pause Créative
    Masking Tape
    Enabel Dots : Studio Calico
    Tampons : Craft Origine, Cat's life Press
    Encre : Distress Vintage Photo
    Encre en spray : Mister Huey's Studio Calico
    Divers : tag, mousse 3D

    Dies utilisés :

    658300 : Sizzix Big Shot Starter Kit
    660060 : Sizzix Thinlits Die Set 17PK-Labels
    659573: Sizzix Sizzlits Decorative Strip Die-Spring Greenery
    659957 : Sizzix Originals Die-Phrase-Love #3

    J'avais envie ici de coller aux couleurs de ma photo je me suis donc confectionné un petit kit dans les orange, rouge, jaune et rose parsemé de quelques touches de vert d'eau.

    Une mise en page simple sur un papier imprimé jaune 4heures37. Ma photo mattée et collée il ne me reste plus qu'à compléter ma page avec des décorations réalisées grâce à mes nouveaux dies Sizzix.
    Au programme : découpe de formes feuillages, coeurs et étiquettes !

    Les différents éléments sont collés autour de ma photo, certains sont montés en 3D pour plus de volume.
    Complétez avec des éclaboussures réalisées à l'encre en spray orange et des pastilles colorées.

    Une jolie page de saison, n'est ce pas ?

    Très bonne journée à vous !


  • More Circles Fun!

    Wednesday, 29 October, 2014

    Yes that's right, I am once again using my blog to broadcast my ongoing obsession with the humble circle, In truth, I've had a pretty good response from you all in the past so I hope you will indulge me just a little more?

    I'm also bringing my old friend the Decorative Strip Paper Rosettes Die along for the ride together with the Bigz XL Alphabet Die, Block Talk Capital which is never far from my grasp.

    I have used two sets of Framelits circles dies imaginatively titled Circles and Circles#2. I combined the two sets as between them they offer me every size I will ever need. Just click on the highlighted links above to see the dies in question.

    Materials wise I just dragged out scraps of decorative paper from my ever growing stash so I'm afraid that I can't provide anyone with descriptions or codes, it will be fine as long as you have a few festive papers dotted about the place.

    The first thing I did was to die-cut the larger paper rosette from the blue patterned paper before sanding the edge to expose the white core of the card beneath after which I assembled my rosette by concertina folding it along the perforations.

    Next, I die-cut a circle and folded it in half before placing the die back onto the folded circle in such a way that it forms a moustache shape when cut in my Big Shot. I then sanded the edges of the paper moustache before gently curling the tips.

    Next, I die-cut a circle of cream card and a slightly larger circle of blue patterned card together with a tiny cream circle to form the nose. I then applied ink to create rosy cheeks and add some colour to the nose, I'm sure that we would all have a bit of colour in our cheeks if we got through a couple of billion glasses of sherry on Christmas eve?
    I mounted the circle together with the rosette to form the face,hood trim, nose, beard and moustache. 
    Next I die-cut a circle from patterned red card and used the same die to cut the circle in half, I then used the half in the shape of a crescent moon as the hood before adding a small blue die-cut bobble on the end.

    With Santa sorted, it's time to create my sentiment. I die-cut the letter 'M' from green tartan card and I used the negative rather than the die-cut letter itself. I trimmed it to shape using scissors and repeated the process using a variety of shades of paper to create the word 'MERRY'. Finally, I die-cut the word 'Christmas' from gold card using one of the 17 different dies from the Thinlits Holiday Words: Script set which is new from Tim Holtz.

    And here its is , the finished card. The stamps I used come from a festive set by the clever people at Darkroom Door  entitled 'Christmas Reindeer'

    I do hope you like it?

    If you are anywhere near Birmingham between 9-12th of November why not pop-along the the Hobbycrafts show at the NEC where I will be teaching Christmas themed mini workshops all day, everyday!!! I look forward to seeing you!

  • Glittering ornaments

    Wednesday, 29 October, 2014

    Wednesday again and time to post yet another Christmas card. This week I went with a cool colour scheme and three stylish ornaments from Triplits Die Set 9PK - Ornaments.


    I used two of the ornaments to diecut directly into the white cardstock that will go on top of everything. The diecut that is complete, I used as the third ornament for the card.

    I bought some cheap glitter wrapping paper after Christmas last year with the specific intention to use it when making cards. It works so well and it is much cheaper than buying regular glitter paper. Here I've simply added the wrapping paper behind the negative spaces formed by the ornament as well as on top of the third ornament.

    The Triplits Die Set 9PK - Ornaments comes with a small die with which you can make the metallic hanger for the ornaments which I of course did. I also used thread to make the ornaments look like they hang from the top of the card. As decoration for the ornaments I used three different small diecuts from Triplits Die Set 9PK - Ornaments and Triplits Die Set 14PK - Christmas Trees.

    Supply list:
    Sizzix Big Shot Starter Kit (Powder Blue & Teal)
    Sizzix Accessory - Magnetic Platform for Wafer-Thin Dies
    Triplits Die Set 9PK - Ornaments
    Triplits Die Set 14PK - Christmas Trees
    Cardstock (Papertrey Ink)
    Silver cardstock
    Wrapping paper
    Foam adhesive


    Så er det onsdag igen, og jeg har i denne uge lavet endnu et julekort i kølige farver og med fancy julekugler fra Triplits Die Set 9PK - Ornaments.
    Jeg brugte to af kuglerne til at udstanse direkte i det hvide karton, der skal blive til kortets øverste lag. Den ene af de to udstansede kugler blev så til den tredje, der sidder monteret på 3d-puder på kortet.
    Sidste år efter jul købte jeg noget billigt glimmer-indpakningspapir med det formål, at jeg ville bruge det, når jeg laver kort. Det virker rigtig godt, og så var det en del billigere, end rigtigt glimmerpapir er. Her har jeg klistret noget af indpakningspapiret bag de negative udstansninger samt ovenpå den sidste af julekuglerne.
    Triplits Die Set 14PK - Christmas Trees kommer med en lille die, som kan lave de små metaldimser, der sidder på toppen af julekugler, hvilket jeg naturligvis gjorde. Med lidt snor fik jeg det til at se ud som om kuglerne hænger fra toppen af kortet. Jeg dekorerede kuglerne med små udstansninger fra Triplits Die Set 9PK - Ornaments og Triplits Die Set 14PK - Christmas Trees.

  • Flowers

    Wednesday, 29 October, 2014

    Other products:
    Cardboard, Pion Design and Prima marketing papers, Distress Paint; Peeled Paint
    gesso, Memory Box stencil, Bo Bunny stamp; Stitches, Kaiser Craft Stamps; Tiny Dot, black ink

    Cut the cardboad to size 10 cm × 14 cm and apply gesso, allow to dry. Paint with Distress Paint and allow to dry. After that make the ornament using your stencil and gesso, when dried stamp the dots and edges.
    Cut the wire, flowers and borders using Sizzix dies and place all together like picture above.

    Happy crafting, Minna

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    Moi, tein tällaisen mixed media kukkakortin tällä kertaa:)

    Sizzix tarvikkeet:
    Sizzix Big Shot Machine 657900
    Sizzix Textured Impressions Embossing Folders 2PK - Hexagons & Chevrons Set 659744
    Sizzix Thinlits Die Set 9PK - Rondeaux 659706
    Sizzix Thinlits Die Set 3PK - Overall Patterns 659758
    Sizzix Bigz Die - Floressa 659708
    Sizzix Thinlits Die Set 7PK - Borders 659200
    Sizzix Thinlits Die Set 14PK - Flowers Intricate 659975
    Muut tarvikkeet:
    kartonkia, Pion Design ja Prima Marketing paperit, Distress Paint; Peeled Paint, gesso, Memory Boxin sabluuns, Bo Bunny leima "Stitches" ja Kaiser Craft leima "Tiny Dot", muste.
    Leikkaa kartonki kokoon 10 cm × 14 cm ja levitä gessoa siihen, anna kuivua. Maalaa pohjaan Peeled Paintilä ja anna kuivua. Tee kuviot sabluunalla ja gessolla. Kun tämä on kuivunut leimaa pisteet ja ompeleet korttiin.Lopuksi leikkaa verkko, kukat ja reunat Sizzixin stansseilla ja asettele kuten kuvassa.
    Mukavaa keskiviikkoa, Minna

  • Halloween in Tivoli

    Tuesday, 28 October, 2014

    Hi everyone
    Today i will show you a layout , Halloween in Tivoli Copenhagen i was there together with my grandchild and husbond, very nice visit
    Items I have used:
    Supply list:
    Paper: BoBunny-Burnt Orange vintage-, Tim Holtz Collection -Menagerie 8x8-
    Ink: distress ink- Peeled Paint-, Vintage Photo-
    Spider and Spider webs, ribbon
    Thanks for stopping by, wish you a great and creativ week
    Hej alle
    I dag vil jeg vise et layout fra vores tur i Tivoli til Halloween en dejlig tur sammen med mit barnebarn og min mand, trods regnen som silede ned.
    Sizzix dies jeg har brugt:
    Andre materialer:
    Papir: BoBunny-Burnt Orange vintage-, Tim Holtz Collection -Menagerie 8x8-
    Ink: distress ink- Peeled Paint-, Vintage Photo-
    edderkop og edderkoppespind og bånd
    Tak fordi du kiggede forbi, ønsker dig en dejlig uge

  • A bit of Spring in Autumn with Lilith

    Tuesday, 28 October, 2014

    Autumn has settled in and the crisp air and warm colours have taken over the the country side. I love autumn but I still hunger for a tiny bit of spring. The Sizzix Framelits Die Set 8PK with Stamps Beautiful You, was just the product I needed for this easy card project that brings a bit of spring along with it.

    I stamped one of the flower images onto some watercolour paper, using versamark. I then sprinkled some white embossing powder onto it which I then heat embossed with my heat gun. I then took out some Distress Inks, stabilo pens and coloured the flowers and leaves. 

    The cards themselves were easy to put together. A 4" x 6" base with a 3.5"x5.5" piece of patterned paper. A kraft tag, a small white twine, some embellishments and a sentiment finish off the card. I love how easy the stamps are to use and that I can use any colour for any type of project. 

    Sizzix Framelits Die Set 8PK with Stamps Beautiful You
    Distress Inks, Stabilo 68 pens, 
    Paper: Carta Bella,
    Embellishments: Studio Calico Color Theory Buttons, Enamel dots, 
    Ink: Versafin Black Onyx.
    . Start text

  • A layout with lots of flowers!

    Monday, 27 October, 2014

    October is being a busy month for me but a great one too. In June my cousin Angela (who is one of my closest friends as well as being my cousin) and I decided we wanted to participate in this year' Ofrenda de las Flores in our native Zaragoza (Spain). It is a lovely fairly modern (sixty years or so) celebration and it consist of dressing up in our local traditional attire and take flowers to a Virgin Mary statue. We already done it together once before fifteen years ago and we felt it would be nice to do it again. So we did! We had a blast that day and the previous and after days, and because of it I felt I really needed to keep the memories with a layout.

    I wanted a layout with pictures of us two. As she lives in Spain and I in London we dont have that many moments of us together, so this is more about us than the sights. I printed my favorite in a larger and then the rest in more or less half the size. I cut all the photos to size ready for later.

    I like to have a border all round and a white base. It is something that I do all the time, and I always cut the bit of the patterned middle to save for a future project. Frugal? Me? Of course!

    I placed all the photos on the page and started to pull different dies to see how would they look. Since I was there to bring flowers, I thought it had to have loads of them so I die cut them using my Intricate Flowers 2 dies and the Happy card from the Phrase cards set.

    Finally, I added embellishments for the centers and some printed stickers from the same collection as the papers which is Spice Market from Basic Grey.

    And a couple of close ups:

    I treasure this moments and I think it is important to capture and preserve them. That is the point of scrapbooking, isn't it?

  • Advent Crown

    Monday, 27 October, 2014

    Continuing the advent theme and using the Lollipop Shadow Numbers die again (I love this die, it saves so much time and gives perfect results), last week I made a quick and easy advent crown. Instead of the traditional wreath with 4 candles this version is simply numbered sleeves fitted onto old jam jars with tea-lights inside.

    The jars I used were little 8oz ones that measured 8 1/2in in circumference, for larger jars either the sleeve itself can be increased in size or a longer piece of elastic used for the loop (I tried one on a jar with a 9in circumference and they fit ok but the elastic was pulled fairly tight, a 3 1/2in long piece for the loop would probably be better and the easiest alteration to make).

    I cut the numbers 1 to 4 from in the same way as for the advent calendar by cutting a piece of iron-on adhesive to size, pressing it to the reverse of the fabric and then placing it backing paper side up on the die to cut with my Big Shot.

    From a couple of festive fabrics (I used Gnome for the Holidays and Many Mini Gnomes by Michael Miller) I cut 4 sleeve fronts measuring 8in x 2 3/4in and then 4 sleeve backs to the same measurements from a co-ordinating red and white chevron fabric.

    I folded the sleeve fronts over to find the centre and then peeled off the backing paper from the numbers and pressed them in place (the numbers can be sewn in place at this stage if preferred to quilting them at the end). With an approximately 3in long piece of elastic I made a loop and basted it to the right hand side of a sleeve front.

    Then right sides together, the sleeve front was placed on top of a sleeve back and then both were placed on top of a piece of thin batting that was slightly larger than them overall. Once pinned they were sewn together around the outside (1/4in seam allowance) leaving a 2in opening on one side at the bottom. The excess batting was trimmed away and the seam allowance at the corners snipped off.

    Then the sleeve was turned the right way out and pressed flat with a warm iron before the opening was hand-sewn closed.

    I hand-stitched around the inside edge of the numbers and around the border of the sleeve to quilt them. I opted to quilt them by hand because I'm currently having problems with my sewing machine but I'm glad I did as it was a nice relaxing-on-the-sofa evening job.

    The last job was to add a button to the left hand side, fit it around an empty jam jar and pop a tea-light inside.

    Being a safety-conscious sort (a worrier) I feel the need to stress that lit candles should never be left unattended and this advent crown should be stood on a heat-proof surface. The sleeves should do no more than warm up slightly on the side of the jar and should not prove a fire risk - I've done quite a bit of testing.

    These are now ready to go into the centre of our dining table during Advent to be lit each Sunday (predicting a few heated discussions between my sons over who gets to blow them out afterwards, that was always what happened in our house when I was a child).

    It's half term for us this week and I'm away with the boys but some sewing is coming with me for the 'quieter' moments.

  • Notepad Cover mini album.

    Sunday, 26 October, 2014

    Hi again!
    Today I've had a play with one of my new Bigz dies and a couple of thinlits as well. Today's main event is the Notepad Cover by Brenda Walton. Originally it's meant to use to spruce up your ordinary post-it notes, but I decided I wanted to use it to make a small album.

    Here are some pictures I took along the way:

    Cut out as many pages as you like for the inside of your mini album. A good size would to fit inside this cover would be ca 7 cm square.

    I made small holes in all the pages for the binding and after pulling the thread through I added some glue to the knot to make sure it will hold.

    I used the new Scalloped circles for my inside pages. I cut some of my photos with them and also made journalling spots.

    I added some Liquid pearl to the outside cover after inking the edges.

    After finishing my little 'book' for the  inside I used  some double tape to add it to the back of the cover.

    Here are a few more shots of the finished album:

    Thanks for looking! I hope you enjoyed this post and I'll see you back here next Sunday! :-)

    I used:
    Sizzix Big Shot Machine Only (Powder Blue & Teal)
    Sizzix Bigz L Die - Notepad Cover
    Sizzix Framelits Die Set 7PK - Circles, Scallop

    Papers etc are by Lemoncraft.

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