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  • Back to basics: Album using the Starter Kit and basic shapes

    Monday, 28 July, 2014


    As you can see, this was a very big project, with 40 photos and I wanted to keep it simple yet beautiful and time resistent so I chose a clean and simple style and basic shapes. Thats why I love the Big Shot Starter Kit and all the basic shape dies like hearts, cicles, scallops, swirls, stars... You can use them in many ways, and they never will be out of style.



    Happy Monday!

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    ¡Hola a todos!

    Hoy quiero enseñaros un álbum que hice para una amiga mía.  Como podéis ver éste era un proyecto de bastante envergadura, con unas 40 fotos, así que me decidí por un estilo limpio y que resistiera el paso del tiempo. Por eso me gustan tanto los troqueles del Starter Kit y las formas básicas de Sizzix: Las puedes utilizar de un montón de maneras diferentes y nunca van a pasar de moda.

    ¡Feliz lunes!


  • Congratulations!!

    Sunday, 27 July, 2014

    Hello again Sizzix friends, it's me Bente back with a new project to share :-)
    Today I did not make a page , but quite a straight forward shabby card instead. 
    I have a few birthdays coming up and it's nice to have a small pile of cards stashed away.


    1.I used the Framelits die Trellis and cut a piece of chipboard with it. 
    2. I prepared both the die cut and the cardbase with stamps, gesso and mists and used a black pen for outlining.
    3. I made and added a Tattered Floral bloom that I had misted a lovely turquoise colour.
    4. I used the Susan's Garden dies to cut out a few leaves to add to my flower.
    5. I stamped and aged a sentiment for my card. 


          I love that you can vary the Tattered Florals bloom so much, both in size and appearance.


         The Bigz dies are wonderful for cutting thicker materials and they cut through it like butter!!


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    Hej igen Sizzix fans! Idag har jag ingen layout att visa utan ett kort i shabby stil.
    Det er snart flere som har bursdag og det er bra å ha noen kort i reserve.

    1.Jag använde Frameworks Trellis diesen för att skära ut en bit i chipboard.
    2. Jag förberedde underlaget på kortet och det utskurna motivet  med stempel, gesso och mist, och använde en svart penna för att markera runtom.
    3. Jag tillverkade en Tattered Florals blomma som jag mistade med en herlig turkos färg
    4. Jag använde Susan's Garden dies för att stansa ut några blad till min blomma.
    5. Sedan stämplade jag 'Gratulerer' og distressade det lite innan jag limmade det på kortet. 

    Jag gillar skarpt hur Tattered florals blomman kan varieras i det oändliga, både i storlek och utseende.

    Bigz diesen är helt underbara vad gäller att skära genom tjockare material och skär dom som smör!



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  • Flowers and gears

    Saturday, 26 July, 2014




    Hello all!

    Here is my new card with wonderful Sizzix dies. As usually I made the background using stamps, watercolour and a gel pen. But this time I decided to add some "steampunk" elements to my style.





    These are peons and a rose created with the Sizzix dies:


    I used foam tape for the hearts:


    The products I used:

    Sizzix Frameworks Die - Honeycomb

    Sizzix Bigz Die - Love Gears


    Have a nice day!

    Olga

    Всем привет!

    Это моя новая открыточка, в которой я решила к своему стандартному стилю добавить элементы "стимпанка" - это шестеренки с сердечками, которые можно использовать и как отдельные элементы. Роза и пион сделаны с помощью ножей, а сердечки я приклеила на объемный скотч.

    Всем хорошего дня!

  • Scrappy Crossroads sew along by Lori Holt

    Saturday, 26 July, 2014

    Hi again ! Today I  want to share a new project that I´m working on and it´s sure you have heard lately. First I will tell you I was wishing to get my package with all these nice fabrics with a vintage  and  childhood touch. I spent time chosing them so it was a pleasure when I could   see them in my hands.
    They are  from the collections : Toy Box, 1930´s Classics, Pam Kitty Picnic, Aunt Grace Miniatures, Old New Fabric Collection 30', Everything but the kitchen sink X, Storybook Playtime, Vintage Happy....... So with these beauties I  took my  Big Shot and started to cut .....







    My plans were different at the begining but then I found the sew along Scrappy Crossroads  by Lori Holt  ( Bee in my bonnet )  for this summer .If you are a vintage girl and love patchwork, you know her , sure. That is my case, I love Lori Holt work and like instagramer  I went to there I learnt about her scrappy crossroads  tutorial soooo easy and perfect for my loved fabrics.











    It looks like the block is being done for lot of quilters and you can find vartiations because the fabric combination.
    So I took my Sizzix Bigz XL 25" Die - Squares, 2" Finished (2 1/2" Unfinished  just the size that the tuto calls,  and  cut a bunch of them. You will need too  4.5" squares , mine are white.








    I spent some time playing with my squares on a mini design board ( you can find Lori ´s tutorial in her blog if you like )  and sew quickly.







    Here it is my first block finished. I plan doing three more and complete a quilt.
    I´m in love with this scrappy block and my die that let me to save time. 
    Go to Instagram and then  to  " beelori1" if you want to try too. 







    Thanks so much to Lori Holt for this tutorial and  much of them you can find in her blog. 


    Hope you have a wonderful weekend!!

    Love
    Mercedes


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    Hola de nuevo, Hoy quiero compartir con vosotros un nuevo proyccto que tengo en curso y que seguro habéis oído hablar de él.
    Pero primero os contaré que estaba deseando recibir mi paquete con nuevas telas con un aire vintage e infantile.La verdad es que estuve un montón de tiempo eligiendo las que quería y ahora que las tengo ha merecido la pena.
    Son de las siguientes colecciones si te interesa: Toy Box, 1930´s Classics, Pam Kitty Picnic, Aunt Grace Miniatures, Old New Fabric Collection 30', Everything but the kitchen sink X, Storybook Playtime, Vintage Happy.

    En un principio los planes eran otros pero entonces encontré este bloque en el blog de 
    Lori Holt  ( Bee in my bonnet ) que está haciendo para este verano. Si eres una chica con estilo vintage y te gusta el patchwork , entonces  la conoces seguro. A mí me encanta el trabajo que hace y como instagramer fui a su cuenta y ver cómo era el tutorial, facilísimo y perfecto para las telas que había recibido.

    Al parecer el bloque está siendo hecho por un montón de quilters y puedes encontrar variaciones en función de las telas escogidas.
    Así que cogí mi troquel  
    Sizzix Bigz XL 25" Die - Squares, 2" Finished (2 1/2" Unfinished  ,justo el tamaño requerido de cuadrados y corté un montón. También necesitarás cuadrados de 4.5” , en mi caso en tela blanca.

    Estuve un rato probando mis cuadrados en mi tablero de diseño ( puedes encontrar el tutorial en el blog de Lori ) y lo cosí rápidamente.

    En la última foto podéis verlo acabado. Haré tres más para completar una colcha. Me encanta este bloque y mi troquel que me permite ahorrar  bastante tiempo.
    Ve a Instagram y allí a la cuenta de “ beelori1” si quieres intentarlo.
    Muchas gracias a Lori Holt por este tutorial y tantos otros que ofrecen en su blog.


    Que tengas un maravilloso fin de semana
    Cariños 
    Mercedes

  • Fresh hydrangeas and winged beauties

    Friday, 25 July, 2014

    
    Welcome to another Sizzix blog post, in which I would like to share with you my new inspiration, created using the fantastic Sizzix dies and Big Shot machine.
    This time I decided to create a tag in the summery, fresh colors, which can be a small home décor, an element of greeting card or addition to gift wrapping. The main decoration in my tag is a bouquet of hydrangea, created using a set of dies designed to create handmade flowers from a very popular Susan’s Garden line - Susan’s Garden - Sizzix Thinlits Die Set 5PK - Flower, Hydrangea.


    Dies from this set cut out tiny hydrangea petals, I cut them and using fantastic Sizzix Accessory - Susan's Garden Tool Kit, I tried to add more dimension and more realistic look to my small bouquet. After modeled of each petal, I sprayed them with a turquoise mist, and when petals dried I adhered together each part of each flower. After gluing and dried petals, I embellished centre of each flower creating a  small dots using 3D paints (you can use liquid pearls as well). Before 3D paint dried, I sprinkled petals with turquoise embossing powder, without melting it, and only creating light texture on the petals. In addition to the petals, I cut out the leaves, using dies from the sets: Sizzix Thinlits Die Set 5PK - Flower, Hydrangea and Sizzix Thinlits Die Set 8PK - Flower, Rose. Leaves was also modeled with a Sizzix Accessory - Susan's Garden Tool Kit. I really love the non-stick pad from this set - allows you to ink the edges of the petals and leaves or coloring using any other mediums - any paint, mist or ink do not stick to this small but very practical mat and can be easily washed off (wet wipes or paper towel).



    Another dominant embellishment on my tag are absolutely wonderful butterflies, cut out with new dies from the line Prima Marketing Flora Grande line - Sizzix Thinlits Die Set 2PK - Winged Beauties. These extraordinary dies from Thinlits series are the essence of gentleness and romanticism – die cutting with these dies is very comfortable, and the cutouts are beautiful, very open-work and very versatile. I cut out butterflies using white card stock and colored them a little bit using turquoise mist.


    Sizzix supplies used:

    Thank you for visit us today! 
    Have a lovely, creative weekend! 
    ~~ Karola ~~ 


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    Witam serdecznie w kolejnym poście, w którym chciałabym podzielić się inspiracją stworzoną z wykorzystaniem fantastycznych wykrojników Sizzix.
    Tym razem postanowiłam stworzyć tag w letniej, świeżej kolorystyce, który może stać się niewielkim elementem wystroju wnętrz, elementem na kartce okolicznościowej lub dodatkiem do prezentu. Główną ozdobą w moim tagu jest bukiecik hortensji, stworzony z pomocą kompletu wykrojników do samodzielnego tworzenia przestrzennych kwiatów z serii Susan’s Garden- Sizzix Thinlits Die Set 5PK - Flower, Hydrangea.
    Wykrojniki z tego zestawu wycinają maleńkie płatki hortensji, które po wycięciu modelowałam za pomocą zestawu narzędzi do tego przeznaczonych - Sizzix Accessory - Susan's Garden Tool Kit. Po wymodelowaniu każdego płatka, spryskałam je turkusową mgiełką, wysuszyłam, a następnie sklejałam ze sobą części każdego kwiatka. Po sklejeniu i wyschnięciu płatków, ozdobiłam środki tworząc małe kropeczki z farbki 3D. Zanim farbka 3D wyschła, posypałam płatki turkusowym pudrem do embossingu, nie topiąc go, a jedynie tworząc lekką teksturę na płatkach. Oprócz płatków, wycięłam również liście, korzystając z wykrojników z zestawów: Sizzix Thinlits Die Set 5PK - Flower, Hydrangea i Sizzix Thinlits Die Set 8PK - Flower, Rose. Liście również modelowałam narzędziami z zestawu Sizzix Accessory - Susan's Garden Tool Kit. Ogromnie podoba mi się mata „Non-stick pad” z tego zestawu - pozwala na tuszowanie brzegów płatków i liści czy kolorowanie innymi mediami - żadne media nie przywierają do tej małej ale bardzo praktycznej maty i z łatwością dają się zmyć (mokra chusteczka).
    Kolejną dominującą ozdobą na moim tagu są przecudne motyle, wycięte za pomocą nowych wykrojników z linii Flora Grande, sygnowanych logo marki Prima Marketing - Sizzix Thinlits Die Set 2PK - Winged Beauties. Te niezwykłe wykrojniki w serii Thinlits to esencja delikatności i romantyzmu - motyle wycinają się bardzo komfortowo, a wycinanki są przepiękne, bardzo ażurowe i bardzo uniwersalne. Motyle wycięłam w białym cienkim brystolu i pokolorowałam je, tak jak kwiatki - turkusową mgiełką.

    Wykorzystane produkty Sizzix:

    Dziękuję za dzisiejsze odwiedziny na naszym blogu!
    Życzę Wam cudownego, kreatywnego weekendu!
    ~~ Karola ~~


  • Love - Wedding Mini Album

    Friday, 25 July, 2014


    Hello! It's Anna here to share some ideas using Sizzix products.
    I love making mini albums and today I want to share with you a quick and easy mini album that you can make for someone you love.
    I made this mini album for a friend who got married recently. To make the cover I used an ring binder for office. Here is the cover which has been finished.

    Anna Draicchio - sizzix big shot - scrapbooking album (1)

    For embellishments I am using some Sizzix Dies: a Doily Classical Lace and dies of “Life Made Simple” collection.

    Anna Draicchio - sizzix big shot - scrapbooking album (2)

    To streamline the process, choose an easy size to work with. My album is essentially 20x20 cm, so trimming down papers was simple and fast. I love the look of albums with different size and shape pages, but those fabulous minis will take some extra time.

    Anna Draicchio - sizzix big shot - scrapbooking album (3)

    Anna Draicchio - sizzix big shot - scrapbooking album (4)

    I wish you all crazy creative weekend - see you soon on the blog!
     
    Items used:
    ring binder
    cardstock: vanilla, turquoise, kraft
    patterned papers
    buttons
    acrylic paint
    washi tape
    stapler
     
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    Per le amiche italiane! :)

    Ciao, sono Anna e sono qui per condividere alcune idee utilizzando i prodotti Sizzix.
    Mi piace fare mini album da regalare e oggi voglio condividere con voi un mini semplice e veloce.
    Ho realizzato questo mini album per due cari amici che si sono sposati da poco, dopo anni di convivenza. Per loro non volevo creare il classico album da matrimonio tutto fiori e pizzi color avorio. Ho scelto quindi di fare qualcosa di più allegro e moderno, scegliendo di usare per la copertina, un quaderno ad anelli trovato da un rivenditore per materiali per ufficio. Ha la possibilità di infilarvi un foglio di carta nelle buste trasparenti esterne, così ho inserito carte fantasia, che prima avevo macchiato con qualche goccia di acrilico.
    Ho poi completato decorando con alcuni ritagli di carte, tag e naturalmente forme ritagliate con le mie belle fustelle!
    Ho fustellato un centrino turchese (Classical Lace) e poi ho creato una tag con la scritta LOVE usando la collezione “Life Made Simple”, con cui ho realizzato anche il fumetto con il cuoricino. Adoro queste fustelle!
    Gli interni, che non ho fotografato, sono comunque molto semplici per dare la possibilità ai miei amici di incollare le foto secondo le loro preferenze, giusto piccoli abbellimenti fustellati agli angoli di qualche pagina.
    Un consiglio per aiutarvi a realizzare mini album in modo più veloce: per semplificare il processo, scegliete una dimensione facile da lavorare, il mio album è circa 20x20 cm. Mi piacciono gli album con pagine di diverse dimensioni, ma occorre più tempo per la loro creazione. Se poi dovete regalarli e non avete da subito le foto da inserire, una misura costante quadrata permetterà di incollare le foto standard sia nel formato orizzontale che verticale.

    Auguro a tutti voi un simpatico week-end creativo! Arrivederci a presto sul blog Sizzix!
     
    Materiali:
    quaderno ad anelli da ufficio
    cartoncini: panna, turchese, kraft
    patterned papers
    bottoni
    coloi acrilici
    washi tape
    graffettatrice

  • Pin cushions and tablerunners!

    Thursday, 24 July, 2014
    

     Are you enjoying the summer sun? I'm  hoping that it will be sunny tomorrow morning so that I can have breakfast on the patio - I'll pretend I'm on holiday and that the Festival of Quilts is still weeks away!
    I'm working in the office today - and have a fan blowing straight on me - it's the only way not to melt.
    I am making progress with the preparations for the show - this week the pin cushions are all completed - and one of the patchwork table runners is ready to be quilted - I've used the tessellating pinwheel for the table runner -http://www.sizzix.co.uk/product/658661/sizzix-bigz-die-tessellating-pinwheel-4-1-2-assembled , and the pin cushions were in last weeks blog.
     
     
     

    the next task is to make 2 more patchwork table runners -
    As you can see the pieces are already cut a nd ready to sew - the dies I've used for these are - Equilateral triangle -http://www.sizzix.co.uk/product/658663/sizzix-bigz-l-die-triangle-equilateral-4-3-4-h-x-5-1-2-w-unfinished and the Half Hexagon - http://www.sizzix.co.uk/product/658880/sizzix-bigz-die-5-half-hex.
     
    Without the Big Shot and the Bigz Dies I wouldn't even contemplate trying to get so much done in just under 2 weeks - because I haven't mentioned the applique table runners still to be made.
    I know I've mentioned counting down to an event by the number of sleeps - well in this case I feel it might be a case of how many sleepless nights are left!!!
    Well I'm going to switch from the computer to the sewing machine and see how much I can accomplish this afternoon.
    I hope you can keep cool and enjoy the summer.
    Angela
     
     
    

  • Mini book by Karine

    Thursday, 24 July, 2014


    Hello!

    I hope you’re all fine and that you’re spending great holidays! Here is a new mini book that I will soon teach in class.

    Supply list:

    Papers: Basic Grey, Crate Paper
    Alphabets: Glitz Design
    Stickers: Basic Grey, Jenni Bowlin Studio, Glitz Design
    Wood embellishment: Scrapfellow
    Stamps: Florilèges Design
    Inks: Chalks
    Spray inks: Scrap Plaisir
    Others: tag, masking tape, 3D foam, twine

    Die:

    658300 : Sizzix Big Shot Starter Kit
    657721: Sizzix Borders & Hydrangeas
    659436: Sizzix Bigz Die-Garden Greens

    I started by using one of my favourite dies of the moment: the foliage one! I colorized it with spray inks. This die is cut out of white Bristol and sprayed with two ink colours (green & turquoise). Use a water spray if you wish to lighten your shades and let the colours spread!
    Print a text stamp tone-on-tone.
    Let it dry in the open then glue on your page with double-sided tape.

    I also cut some little flowers in orange leather thanks to my Sizzix Borders & Hydrangeas die. It is cut really easily! You can add a brad or a button as a flower center.




    I wish you have a creative day!

    See you soon!


    Karine

    Bonjour !

    J'espère que vous allez bien et que vous passez de bonnes vacances ! Voici aujourd'hui un des mini que je présenterai en atelier prochainement.

    Matériel :

    Papiers : Basic Grey, Crate Paper
    Alphabets : Glitz Design
    Autocollants : Basic Grey, Jenni Bowlin Studio, Glitz Design
    Décoration en bois : Scrapfellow
    Tampons : Florilèges Design
    Encres : Chalks
    Encre en spray : Scrap Plaisir
    Divers : tag, masking tape, mousse 3D, cordelette

    Die :

    658300 : Sizzix Big Shot Starter Kit
    657721: Sizzix Borders & Hydrangeas
    659436: Sizzix Bigz Die-Garden Greens

    J'ai tout d'abord utilisé mon die feuillage préféré du moment que j'ai colorisé avec des encres en spray. Celle-ci est découpée dans du Bristol blanc puis vaporisée avec deux couleurs d'encre ( vert et turquoise). Utilisez un vaporisateur d'eau si vous souhaitez éclaircir vos teintes et faire fuser les couleurs !
    Complétez avec une impression de tampon texte ton sur ton.
    Laissez sécher à l'air libre puis collez avec du double face sur votre page.

    J'ai également découpé des petites fleurs dans du cuir orange grâce à mon die Sizzix Borders & Hydrangeas. La découpe se fait très facilement ! Vous pouvez compléter le centre avec une attache parisienne ou un bouton.

    Je vous souhaite une très bonne journée créative !

    A bientôt

    Karine

  • No Rust for the wicked!

    Wednesday, 23 July, 2014

    If I am wicked then my worst crime is the use of terrible puns in the title of my blogs as I'm sure you will all agree?

    A little while back I gave a beautiful die cut 1950's car the 'rusty' treatment and I said at the time that I will use it at some point in the future. I have scrapped the car idea but I want to use the rust technique which was featured in Tim Holtz' Creative Chemistry 102 online classes...Hey! if your gonna steal, steal from the best I say!!! 

    Seriously though, follow the link and sign up, it's jam packed with inspirational ideas showing how to get the best out of all your favourite inks, stains and acrylics and there's plenty of Sizzix inspiration to feast your eyes on too.

    The dies I'm using this week are:

    As last week, it's another mash-up of designs from different collections which work particularly well together. This week I am again using dies from Prima and Lori Whitlock with one of my old favourites namely the big ol' tag die from Tim Holtz.

    I started by die-cutting four cogs two heart locks (for layering), a key (which didn't make the final project) and a delicious butterfly from ivory card. Next I lightly applied some embossing ink before sprinkling with Vintage Photo Distress Embossing Powder which is great for adding a gritty texture and works in a different way to conventional embossing powders in that it gives random coverage, ideal for distress applications.


    I fixed the powder with a heat tool and inked the die-cuts with a combination of Distress inks to achieve the rusty iron look. Next I die-cut the beautiful flourish from ivory card and gave it the same rusty treatment.
    I applied a rectangle of patterned paper (My Mind's Eye Nostalgia Collection) to a piece of mount board before die-cutting the tag before selectively inking around the perimeter. Next I stamped onto the top right-hand edge using various Distress inks and my trusty Dear Lizzy Lucky Charm rotary phrase stamp before stamping onto ivory card, trimming to size and distressing the edges. Finally, I attached the phrase to the tag using tiny staples.


    Now all I need to do is attach the cogs and flourish to the tag, I have used screw head brads in the centre of some of the cogs. I attached the layered padlock using a couple of tiny jump rings and then I lightly inked the butterfly before curling back the wings and dousing with Clear Rock Candy Distress Glitter followed by a little strategically placed crushed glass glitter around the edges, I had to add a bit of bling with all that rust, and I love the contrast it gives.

    And that, as they say....is that! except for a bit of Crinkle Ribbon dyed to match the rust colours for a finishing touch. I love the flourish so next week I'm going to put it to good use on my wife's birthday card. 






  • Notepad dressed up

    Wednesday, 23 July, 2014

     
     
     
     
    A few weeks ago I bought a small notepad (on sale) at a new favourite store. My idea was to have the pad stay on my work table and be the place where I jot down lists of various kinds so I was slightly disappointed when I couldn't remove the sales sticker from the front.
     
     
    Since it is just a little pad I decided to dress up the front covering the sticker with a fairly simple design and not a lot of bulk.
     
     
    I cut an ombre paper the same size as the notepad and then I die cut a white delicately patterned paper and a bright green cardstock using the Frameworks Die - Courtyard. I began by attaching the white die cut and then I used a roller stamp to stamp multiple sentiments haphazardly across the paper. Finally, I added a few green diamonds to the white die cut.
     
     
     
    I liked the idea that the green diamonds stand out due to the fact that I didn't stamp on them. It adds some contrast to the entire project.
     
    Supply list:
    Notepad
    Roller stamp (Hema)
    Stickers (Søstrene Grene)
    VersaFine, black ink
    Paper (American Crafts)
    Cardstock
     
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    For et par uger siden købte jeg en lille notesblok i en ny favoritbutik med den intension, at den skulle bo på mit skrivebord, så jeg kunne bruge den til diverse lister. Derfor var min skuffelse også stor, da jeg ikke kunne fjerne tilbudsklistermærket.
     
    Løsningen blev at give blokken en ny og relativt enkel forside uden at tilføje for mange lag til den.
     
    Jeg skar et stykke papir i samme størrelse som notesblokken, og derefter udstansede en hvid og en hidsig grøn figur ud med Frameworks Die - Courtyard. Først limede jeg den hvide figur fast, og stemplede med et rullestempel mere eller mindre tilfældigt over en stor del af forsiden. Herefter monterede jeg nogle af de grønne diamanter, hvilket gav en fin kontrast, fordi de ikke er blevet stemplet på.
     
    Ingredienser:
    Notesblog
    Rullestempel (Hema)
    Klistermærker (Søstrene Grene)
    VersaFine, black ink
    Papir (American Crafts)
    Karton

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