• Christmas tree decorations week 3

    Tuesday, 25 November, 2014

    Hi everyone
    Today i will show you some Christmas tree decorations using the lovely new dies
     To the first one I have used: Til den første har jeg brugt:

     To this one I have used: Til denne har jeg brugt:
    Paper. White cardstock
    pearls and ribbon
    To this one I have used: Til denne har jeg brugt:
    Paper: Christmas Story/ Craft & You design
    ribbon, brads ,stickles gold/ Ranger
    Thanks for stopping by, wish you a great creativ week
    Tak fordi du kiggede forbi, jeg ønsker dig en skøn kreativ uge

  • Christmas week 3 with Lilith

    Tuesday, 25 November, 2014

    This week's theme is Tree Decorations. I have made many decorations in the past and really wanted to make something different. I decided to tweak the theme a bit and I made a decoration by not for the tree. (naughty me). I also wanted the project to be quick and this one was SUPER FAST but I really love the end result. All you need is a water glass (I used a wide one), some embroidery thread and the Sizzix Let it Snow thinlits die.
     Just cut out the design, add some thread to recreate scarves for the snowmen and adhere it to your glass. Pop in a candle, light it and voilà. A pretty feature to add to your decorations or on the dinner table. 

    Let it Snow thinlits die, embroidery thread, glass, candle, glue. 

    Oh and just a reminder NEVER leave candles unsupervised. They are beautiful and add lots of ambiance but can also be dangerous. Have a wonderful week.


  • Christmas tree decorations! Christmas Challenge week 3!

    Monday, 24 November, 2014

    It's week three of the Sizzix Christmas Challenge 2014! And it is Tree Decorations! So I decided to do a large bubble with a decorated inside.

    For this third Christmas Challenged I used:

    Thinlits™ Die Set 9PK - Winter Borders & Rosette by Paula Pascual 659978
    Thinlits™ Die Set 9PK - Christmas Phrase Cards by Paula Pascual 659973
    Framelits Die Set 8PK - Circles #2 658604
    Bigz Die - Ribbon, 3-D 658978

    And I used the free downloadable papers from Sizzix, click here for the link.

    I started by die cutting the rosette from the Winter Borders & Rosette set. I die cut two strips and covered the back with washi tape to make sure that the perforating lines don't brake. (They usually don't, but if you live in a very dry place or have the heating up as I do, the fibers are more brittle and tend to break much easily than they should.)
    I cut the strips to be five pointers each amd making sure that one of the ends ended in a W and the other on a M. Then I linked those to create a lampshade sort of shape.

    I die cut two circles using the medium circle die included in the set. I placed a bop of  hot glue in the center of one and pressed down on the rosette. then I used another circle to secure it in place.

    I used a double sided adhesive sheet from Stix2 on white paper and die cut it using the larger circle die from the Winter Borders & Rosette set. I removed the backing of and placed the white paper die cut snowflake (also from the Winter Borders & Rosette). Then I dumped in my gold flake tub and rub any excess off - To see more of this technique click here.

    I finished it off layering it with circles die cut from the Circles #2 set. On the opposite side I die cut the word peace from the Christmas Phrase Cards and snowflakes. Then I placed it on a plastic bubble and pour chunky matte glitter. Finally I added a die cut bow, embellishments from the Hobby House and a ribbon loop.

    And there it is...
    Soft Christmas Tree Decoration!

  • Simple Circle Strings

    Monday, 24 November, 2014

    My son, Aidan and I have had lots of fun this week making super-easy circle strings to decorate the house and tree with this Christmas. Aidan has been fascinated by the Big Shot for a while and so was delighted to get the chance to help me use it. At 7 he's too young to operate it without adult supervision but he was more than happy to just be in charge of handle turning whilst I handled the die and dealt with the fabric.

    We used the Circles, 3/4in die to cut all of our circles and used 6 different coloured felts in total (as selected by Aidan).

    Once we had a sufficiently large pile of felt circles they were then fed them under the presser foot of the sewing machine one at a time, sewing straight down the centre. The next circle was fed under just as the last stitch was made on the previous one so that they were chain pieced together.

    I can't remember where I first saw the idea for these but I expect it was somewhere on Pinterest. They are so quick and easy to make and really effective, we made an 8ft or so string in little over half an hour from start to finish.

    They make a great simple decoration and could even be used as a trimming to tie around gifts too. We might try a different shape and colours next time, little hexagons would look good. Aidan is hooked on making them and so by the start of December I'm expecting the inside our house to be webbed.

  • Bente's Week 2 post 'Gift wrap & Tags'.

    Sunday, 23 November, 2014


    Hi and welcome to my week 2 post using the gorgeous free papers that you can download from the Sizzix web page. There is a link at the end of my post :-)

    This week here at Sizzix UK we are focusing on gift wrapping and making cute tags for the recipients. I have been busy doing some of that too, and here is the result:

    I used some of my fave dies at the moment for my giftwrap and tags.
    The 'Circles, scallop' finds it's way to most of my projects.And when I am thinking of a seasonal project the 'Winter Borders and Rosette' by the talented Paula Pascual is one of the first sets I look for.

    As I said I used the free downloadable papers here and the snowflake on blue is one of the neat little labels on them. I love how it turned out after I used the scallopped circle to cut it out.

    I used the snowflake-patterned strips as they are and added a single little white snowflake as well. For a different texture I also used a silvery chipboard snowflake. It is so much fun to use corrugated cardboard for giftwrapping as it will almost always turn out looking rustic and decorative. It is also such a great way to recycle something you would otherwise throw away. :-)

    I used:
    Free downloadable papers
    657900 Sizzix Big Shot Machine Only (Powder Blue & Teal)
    Sizzix Framelits Die Set 7PK - Circles, Scallop
    Sizzix Thinlits Die Set 9PK - Winter Borders & Rosette

    Thanks for looking today and as always thanks in advance for any comments you my leave me ;-)


    Hej och välkomna till vecka 2 av hur vi kan använda de fina papprena som du kan ladda ner helt gratis från Sizzix hemsida. En länk finns i produktlistan på slutet.

    Denna veckan har vi fokuserat på att göra fina inslagningar och tags. Det har jg också gjort och här är resultatet:

    Jag använde några av mina favorit dies för ögonblicket. 'Circles scallop' kommer med på de flesta av mina projekt just nu, och ska jag göra något vinter/jul relaterat så är en av de första jag använder  'Winter Borders and Rosette' av den duktiga Paula Pascual.

    Som jag sa så använde jag gratis papprena för mina paket och den lilla snöflingan med blå bakgrund är ett av de söta motiven att klippa ut.

    Jag använde de tryckte stripen med snöflingor som de är och la till en extra liten snöflinga i vitt. För att få lite extra textur använde jag en färdig silvrig chipboard snöflinga. Jag tycker det är jättekul att använd wellpapp för att slå in paket. Det ser så härligt rustikt ut och det är dessutom ett bra sätt att återanvända något som kanske annars skulle hamnat i soptunnan. ;-)

    Jag använde:
    Gratis nerladdningsbara papper
    657900 Sizzix Big Shot Machine Only (Powder Blue & Teal)
    Sizzix Framelits Die Set 7PK - Circles, Scallop
    Sizzix Thinlits Die Set 9PK - Winter Borders & Rosette

    Tack för att ni tittar inom och även för eventuella kommentarer ni är snälla att läna mig :-)

  • Chritmas Tag and Wrap by Olga

    Saturday, 22 November, 2014

    Hello all!

    We continue Christmas challenges with Sizzix and this time it's a Gift Wrap and Tag week. I love tags and ready to create them as often as cards)) I don't wrap presents this way but when I do this is a separate project for me)) I used again FREE Christmas Papers Downloads as the designs are so beautiful and so festive!

    I wrapped Kinder chocolate so I hope my kids will like to unwrap it))

    The products I used:

    Have a nice day!


  • The Christmas Blog Hop!!

    Saturday, 22 November, 2014

    Hello and welcome to the Sizzix Christmas Blog Hop! This is my first time posting a Blog Hop with Sizzix in my personal blog, and I´m very happy to invite you!
    I´m the last blogger  this week offering some gift idea for Xmas.
    You can find my tuto in Spanish and English.
    Take a look to preview post  and find more inspiration ,please !!

    The Blog Hop line-up!:

    Tuesday 18th November: Katy Jones 
    Wednesday 19th November: Jessie Fincham 
    Thursday 20th November: Angela Southey 
    Friday 21st Trudi Wood 
    Saturday 22nd November: Me!

    Don´t forget to enter the great giveaway  !!

  • Paper Trail Tour and more...

    Saturday, 22 November, 2014

    Hello friends! I have been off the blog for a while because I took off on the Paper Trail, a two month trip in my vintage camper all around the US. While on the road, I taught classes in stores using my Sizzix dies and Clearsnap inks. I loved it- although there were some disasters along the way. You can read about it here on my blog.

    Here's the invitation to the Paper Trail Blogger event that was held while I was out in California at Ellison Global Headquarters! What a fun time...

    Take a look at what happened at the party. My camper Scotty is parked in the background...

    More exciting news- my new collection, Vintage Kitchen, is now on its way to stores! You can create pretty and practical packaging for food gifts, jewelry and small treasures. See the all of the dies here.

    I hope you will check out my blog- every week there are amazing projects created by my super talented Inspiration Team. You are sure to be inspired... here are a few pics from this week. Please click on each designer's name to see the post about their projects.

    I hope you will add your latest project to our Art With Heart Challenge. Prizes are involved!

    Thanks for reading. See you in a few weeks!    Eileen

  • Blog hop - Advent cones

    Thursday, 20 November, 2014

    It’s that time of year for the blog hop – and as I prepare my contribution I start feeling excited about what our other bloggers will make – I can’t wait to see.

    Here's our Blog Hop line-up:
    Monday 18th November: Jo Carter 
    Tuesday 19th November: Katy Jones
    Wednesday 19th November: Jessie Fincham
    Thursday 20th November: Angela Southey
    Friday 21st Trudi Wood 
    Saturday 22nd November: Mercedes Jiménez Campuzano

    ... And to celebrate this festive Blog Hop, we have a giveaway with a selection of fantastic dies and the Big Shot™ Machine up for grabs! Click here to enter 
    So here’s my contribution – I’ve been thinking for a long time about making an Advent Calendar – but wanted to make something slightly different – this year I had this idea – hope you like it – I know my grandchildren will!
    So here they are! 

    Advent Cones
    You will need about 75 cm of fabric for the circles and about 1.25m of fusible interfacing.
    For the numbers you will need about 15cm of contrasting fabric.
    You will need 10m of ribbon cut into 20cm lengths ( you will need 48, two for each cone).
    I used the Big Shot Pro and die to cut 24 circles in Christmas fabrics and 24 in fusible interfacing. I fused the interfacing to the wrong side of the fabric circles.
    I used Tim Holtz Word Play die to cut all the numbers 1 -24 , for the numbers I fused some fusible web to the wrong side of some Michael Miller Fairy Frost fabric and then cut out the following quantity of each number ( remember to lay the fabric RS down to cut out ),  -2 x 0, 13 x 1, 8 x 2, 3 x 3, 3 x4, and 2 each of numbers 5, 6, 7, 8, and 9.
    Fold,  the circles in half to create semi-circles, press the fold and then fuse the numbers in place - 

     (as these are only used for a short time I haven't stitched the numbers in place but you can if you want to)
    Pin 2 lengths of ribbon to each semi- circle  - and zig-zag stitch around the edge, and across the ribbons.
    Overlap the straight edge of the semi circle, by about 4cms/ 1 1/2", to create a cone, pin and straight stitch in place photo 4

    Your advent cones are now ready to fill and enjoy, and they are large enough to put more than one chocolate in!!! I have made the ribbons to be tied for hanging so that you can hang them anywhere you like - so if you don't put your Christmas tree up until part way through Christmas you could hang the cones around the house - in a sort of treasure hunt. Have fun.


  • Christmas Week 2 with Karine

    Thursday, 20 November, 2014


    It is the Christmas tag’s week at Sizzix! Here is what I have done. I chose a glittery and natural combo which makes me think of the end-of-the-year celebrations :-)

    Supply list:

    Kraft bag
    Cardstock: American Crafts
    Glitter paper: American Crafts
    Note paper
    Embellishments: Teresa Collins, Freckled Fawn
    Stars: Studio Calico
    Ink: Distress Vintage Photo


    658300:  Sizzix Big Shot Starter Kit
    659958:  Sizzix Bigz Die-Banners and hearts
    659994:  Sizzix Bigz Die-Snowflakes #3
    660058 : Sizzix Thinlits Die Set 17pk-Holiday Words Script

    I didn’t want to create a classic tag for a change. So I selected a kraft bag and I had fun decorating it :-)
    I started by cutting out large banners out of note paper (with the die Banners).

    The beautiful large snowflake is cut out of white cardstock and shaded with Distress Vintage Photo ink to give it an aged aspect.

    The various elements are assembled and glued with double-sided tape.
    Small hearts are added as a finishing touch. They bring sparkle to the creation. They are cut out of American Crafts glitter paper; I just can’t stop using this paper these days!

    So here is my small tag (not that much small, isn’t it?) realized in a New-York’s minute!

    Have a lovely day,


    Bonjour !

    C'est la semaine des tags de NOEL sur Sizzix cette semaine ! Voici ma contribution, je reste dans un combo naturel et pailleté évocateur pour moi des fêtes :)

    Matériel :

    Sachet kraft
    Cardstock : American Crafts
    Papier paillettes : American Crafts
    Papier partition musique
    Embellissements Teresa Collins, Freckled Fawn
    Etoiles : Studio Calico
    Encre : Distress Vintage Photo

    Dies utilisés :

    658300 Sizzix Big Shot Starter Kit
    659958:  Sizzix Bigz Die-Banners and hearts
    659994 Sizzix Bigz Die-Snowflakes #3
    660058 : Sizzix Thinlits Die Set 17pk-Holiday Words Script

    Pour changer et ne pas partir sur un tag classique, j'ai opté pour une pochette en kraft que je me suis amusée à décorer :)
    J'ai d'abord découpé des larges bannières avec le die Banners dans du papier musique.

    Le grand et beau flocon est découpé dans du cardstock blanc, il est ensuite ombré à l'encre Distress Vintage Photo pour lui donner un aspect vieilli.

    Les divers éléments sont ensuite assemblés et collés au double face.
    Des petits coeurs sont ajoutés en touche finale et ajoutent une touche de brillance, ils sont découpés dans du papier paillettes American Crafts dont je ne peux me passer !

    Et voilà un petit tag pas si petit que ça réalisé en quelques minutes !

    Bonne journée


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