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  • Fantastic Mr. Fox

    Wednesday, 20 August, 2014

    The title of this blog refers to one of Roald Dahl's fabulous collection of children's books illustrated by the genius that is Quentin Blake. I am particularly partial to children's book illustration as is my good buddy and fellow designer Debi Potter.

    Debi and I trained as illustrators at the same time, in the same college where I specialised in cartoons and she specialised in children's book illustration which brings us neatly to my point.

    Debi has designed a range of woodland themed dies which are just adorable so if you like Die-cutting, foxes and owls you need look no further. Luckily for us Europeans it is exclusive to our region too.

    For today's post I chose the Sizzix Bigz Die - Fox Face (659910) which I have used quite a bit recently for both paper and textile based projects. I began by die-cutting the face from ivory corrugated card and some Orange patterned paper from the My Mind's Eye Collectable range. I inked the edges of the die-cut shapes and attached the corrugated card shapes in position.


    Next, I employed one of my favourite paper craft cheats by using a pattern makers wheel and marker pen to create a faux stitched effect around the perimeter of the die-cut shapes. Sometimes, life's to short to pull out your sewing machine and change the bobbin! I die-cut the nose from brown card and attached it with a 3D foam pad. I used adhesive black pearls for eyes although you can die-cut them if you prefer.
    I folded an 8 x 11 cm base card before trimming to my desired shape. Next, I applied Distress Ink to the edges to add definition and added my faux stitching.

    I wanted to make a tail, so I die-cut the fox's cheek from orange patterned card and ivory corrugated card. I trimmed off the top of the ivory card and attached it to the orange die-cut before adding the stitching.

    The next bit is all scissor work, I decided to smarten up Mr. fox by adding a collar and tie. The collar is cut from stiff ivory card and the tie from patterned paper from the Collectable range. I inked the edges and crumpled the tie before attaching both to the base card along with the assembled tail.


    And here is the finished card, Quite dapper I think?















  • Black & White Arrows

    Wednesday, 20 August, 2014

     
     
     
    I really like the look you can achieve when using embossing folders and the arrows you can emboss using one of the folders from Textured Impressions Embossing Folders 2PK - Arrows & Typewriter Keys is very cool. I wanted to create a card that show cased the arrows and this is what I came up with:
     
     
     
    The design is very simple: I simply cut a piece of paper a little smaller than a standard A2 card and ran it through the Big Shot using the Textured Impressions Embossing Folders 2PK - Arrows.
     


    Once I had done that I curled up each of the corners slightly because I wanted my card to have even more dimension than what you get when using embossing folders.
     


    I wanted to add some stitching and I needed it to be very precise. That need led me to using the smaller rectangle die from Thinlits Die Set 8PK - Basics as a stencil: I placed the die in the middle of the card and lightly traced around it with a pencil prior to machine stitching with a black thread. Once I was done sewing, I carefully erased the pencil lines.



    To fit in a sentiment I die cut a label using one of the dies from Thinlits Die Set 12PK - Ornate Labels, stamped my sentiment in the middle of the label, added some enamel dots as decoration and finally mounted the label on the card using foam adhesive.

    Supply list:
    Textured Impressions Embossing Folders 2PK - Arrows & Typewriter Keys
    Thinlits Die Set 12PK - Ornate Labels
    Thinlits Die Set 8PK - Basics
    Sizzix Accessory - Magnetic Platform for Wafer-Thin Dies
    Sizzix Big Shot Starter Kit (Powder Blue & Teal)
    Cardstock
    Stamp (Lawn Fawn)
    Enamel Dots (My Mind's Eye)
    Thread
    Ink (VersaFine)

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    Jeg kan rigtig godt lide det look, man kan opnå, når man bruger embossingfoldere, og de pile der kan laves med en af folderne fra Textured Impressions Embossing Folders 2PK - Arrows & Typewriter Keys er rigtig cool. Jeg besluttede derfor at lave et kort, hvor pilene var hovedmotivet.

    Jeg har anvendt et ret enkelt design, hvor jeg skar et stykke hvidt papir ud, som var lidt mindre end et A2 kort, hvorefter jeg løb det igennem Big Shot'ten med Textured Impressions Embossing Folders 2PK - Arrows.

    Da jeg havde embosset papiret, valgte jeg at krølle hvert af de fire hjørner lidt, fordi jeg gerne ville have endnu mere dimension på kortet.

    For mig er syning en af de fineste detaljer, man kan bruge på papirprojekter, og jeg ville naturligvis også have en syet detalje på dette kort. Det var vigtigt for mig, at syningen blev meget præcis, hvilket ledte mig til at bruge den lille rektangulære die fra Thinlits Die Set 8PK - Basics som skabelon. Jeg placerede dien midt på kortet, tegnede forsigtigt rundt om den med blyant, syede oveni blyantstregerne, og til sidst viskede jeg blyantsstregerne væk.

    For at få plads til en hilsen på kortet, udstansede jeg en label fra Thinlits Die Set 12PK - Ornate Labels, stemplede teksten midt på og dekorerede med nogle enamel dots. Slutteligt monterede jeg labellen på kortet med 3d-puder.

    Ingredienser:
    Textured Impressions Embossing Folders 2PK - Arrows & Typewriter Keys
    Thinlits Die Set 12PK - Ornate Labels
    Thinlits Die Set 8PK - Basics
    Sizzix Accessory - Magnetic Platform for Wafer-Thin Dies
    Sizzix Big Shot Starter Kit (Powder Blue & Teal)
    Karton
    Stenmpler (Lawn Fawn)
    Enamel Dots (My Mind's Eye)
    Sytråd
    Sværte (VersaFine)
    

  • Hello my friend

    Wednesday, 20 August, 2014

    Hello to everyone:)  Today I want to show you this card I made using my new dies.


    Sizzix products:
    Sizzix Big Shot Machine 657900
    Sizzix Thinlits Die Set 3PK - Overall Patterns 659758
    Sizzix Framelits Die Set 6PK - Enchanted 659702
     
    Other products:
    Pion Design papers; Vintage Garden, Sweet Baby
    white cardboard
    Archival Ink - Jet Black
    3d pillow
    glue
    fastener
    cement board seam tape

    How to do: 
    1. Cut the cardboard size 10 cm × 14,5 cm. Take the piece of cement board seam tape and attach it on to the cardboard.
    2. Stamp the flower and leaves and cut them using set Sizzix Framelits Die Set 5PK w/Stamps - English Garden 659526.
    3. Cut the wire using die Sizzix Thinlits Die Set 3PK - Overall Patterns 659758,  tear the piece off and fasten on to the card using fastener.
    5. Stamp and cut the sentiment using  Sizzix Framelits Die Set 8PK w/Stamps - Hello 659464
    6. Make the card ready combinig all the embellishments like picture above.  Glue the leaves and use 3d pillows for flowers.
     
    Happy crafting,Minna
     
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    Moi, tällainen kortti tänään:)
     
    Sizzix tarvikkeet:
    Sizzix Big Shot Machine 657900Sizzix Thinlits Die Set 3PK - Overall Patterns 659758
    Sizzix Framelits Die Set 6PK - Enchanted 659702
     
    Muut tarvikkeet:
    Pion Design paperit: Vintage Garden, Sweet Baby
    valkoinen kartonki
    Archival Ink muste - Jet Black
    3d tyynyjä
    liimaa 
    nitoja
    saumausteippiä

    Kuinka teet tämän kortin:
    1. Leikkaa kartonki kokoon 10 cm × 14,5 cm. Ota pala saumausteippiä ja kiinnitä kartonkiin.
    2. Leimaa ja leikkaa kukat ja lehdet käyttäen Sizzix Framelits Die Set 5PK w/Stamps - English Garden 659526.
    3. Leikkaa verkko käyttäen stanssia Sizzix Thinlits Die Set 3PK - Overall Patterns 659758 ja ota siitä palanen ja kiinnitä korttipohjaan.
    4.Leikkaa kehys käyttäen stanssia Sizzix Framelits Die Set 6PK - Enchanted 659702.
    5. Leimaa ja leikkaa teksti käyttäen Sizzix Framelits Die Set 8PK w/Stamps - Hello 659464.
    6. Tee kortti valmiiksi kooten kaikki koristeet. Liimaa lehdet ja kiinnitä kukat 3d tyynyillä.

    Terveisin,Minna


  • Birthday Mini Album

    Tuesday, 19 August, 2014





     
    Hi everyone, I hope you all had a lovely week, today i will show you a mini birthday album using the beautiful sizzix dies/ Prima
    Items i have used:
    Sizzix Framelits 6 dies Enchanted 659702
    Sizzix  Bigz Die Floressa 659708
    Sizzix Thinlits Pandora 8 dies 659705
    Sizzix Thinlits Winged Beauties 659707
    Supply list:
    Stamp:Kaisercraft-Birthday- and .Today-, Stempelglede-Follow Your Heart-, JustRite-happy Birthday-
    Ink: Archival ink-watering Can-, Color box-brown-
    Paper: Pink, green and creme cardstock, old book page
    ribbon, 3D foam and brads

     
    Thanks for stopping by, wish you a great week
    Pia
    Hej alle
    Jeg håber i har haft en skøn uge. I dag vil jeg vise et lille fødselsdags album hvor jeg har brugt de nye Sizzix dies /Prima
    Sizzix dies jeg har brugt:
    Andre materialer:
    Stempler:Kaisercraft-Birthday- and .Today-, Stempelglede-Follow Your Heart-, JustRite-happy Birthday-
    Ink: Archival ink-watering Can-, Color box-brown-
    Papir: Pink, grøn og  creme karton, gammel bogside
    Bånd, 3D foam og brads
    Tak fordi du gav dig tid til at kigge forbi, jeg ønsker dig en dejlig uge
    Pia

  • A rainbow necklace made with shrink plastic and a Bigz banner dies

    Monday, 18 August, 2014

    A few weeks ago I shared a necklace I made using the Prima Love Gears in this blog. I was one of my favorite projects I have done and today I would like to share another necklace project but this time with a very different look.


    I used Sizzix Bigz Pennats die 659739, a Big Shot, shrink plastic either in frosted or clear, Versamagic ink pads in different light colours, a 3/16" whole Punch, jump rings, heat gun, link chain and if possible jewelry tools.


    I started by die cutting the banners.  One of the beauties of Bigz dies is that you can cut pretty much anything you can cut with scissors, so two layers of shrink plastic is no problem, so with one go I die cut 12 banners. A part from time saving, die cutting makes sure than all are exactly the same, which is very important when you want a handmade look not a homemade look. I placed them in a row to make sure that the right mix of shapes in the "right" order.


    I made a template to place the wholes in all the banners. The holes are about 5mm from top and left/right edges. I used the template to punch out each hole in all banners. I place the ink pads in order so I would know which ones to use in which order.


     I colored each banner separately on a piece of scrap paper. This is important since if ink gets to the other side will show later. Then I placed it on a heat resistant surface and heat it up with a heat gun. If you font have one, you could always use the oven with very low heat, but follow the shrink plastic manufacturers instructions!


    I love watching the shrink plastic get all curly and more curly. It looks that it is all going wrong, but you just need persevere to keep the heat on.


    Once that it looks pretty even, still is very hot, so if you would like to flatten it use a acrylic block or any heat resistant flat object.


    On the left you can see how they look colored and shrinked beside the original size. On the right, you can see all the coloured banners.


    One of the things you need to consider with shrink plastic is that the colour intensifies, so some may not look as you thought they would, like the pink and purple. So I redid them with a different ink pad to get the right hue. Once I was completely happy, I started to link them with jump rings.



    OK, this step I recommend to do before than I did this. To preserve the color layer it is best to apply some sort of glaze all over the back of the banners. I like to use a clear gloss spray glaze from DecoArt and let them dry completely.


    Open each jump ring with the help of two flat nose pliers or similar. Then I thread the banners  through the jump ring: right hole from one - left hole of the next one.


    Once I had them all linked, I used a link chain and joined the ends. Finally I added a lobster clap in the middle.


    And here it is, a rainbow banner necklace!


    I love how colorful it is and how shinny looks.  I hope you do too!
    And give shrink plastic + Bigz dies a go!


  • Some useful cards.

    Sunday, 17 August, 2014


    Hello, Bente here! :-)
    I hope you had a good week. I started working again this week and I suppose in some ways it's nice to get back to the old routines, but I sure loved having he extra time to create....

    Some days ago I received a very generously sized new box  of dies and folders from my friends at the Sizzix European HQ. I could kiss them!!... Such a gorgeous chest of new treasure to play with!!

    Of course I could not wait to try out my new toys, and decided to put my die cut, stamped and embossed little pieces to good use. There are always occations for a cute card and and here are three that came about just for fun.





    I love that little saying. Some good advice there ....


    Both the typewriter and the butterfllies are part of sets that lets you die cut a stamped image. This time I left the butterflies 'bare'. Below there is a picture of the sets I have used here.




    That typewriter is just sooo cute.
    Actually, when I made this I could not find my 'good' ink pad but it turned out ok anyway.




    These are the Sizzix products I used for my cards:

    Sizzix Big Shot Starter Kit (Powder Blue & Teal)

    Sizzix Textured Impressions Embossing Folders 2PK - Houndstooth & Dots Set

    Sizzix Framelits Die Set 4PK w/Stamps - Noted

    Sizzix Framelits Die Set 5PK w/Stamps - Simply Lovely

    Sizzix Thinlits Die Set 10PK - Be Thankful

    Sizzix Thinlits Die Set 6PK - I Heart This

     

     

     



  • Chevron Layout

    Saturday, 16 August, 2014




    Hello all!

    Today I would like to share with you my new layout. There is my elder son on the photos. My favorite style with splashes and watercolor. I didn't use a scrappaper for the background - it's just a white watercolor one. I often use it in my projects as it let create any background to your taste.


    My favorite dies (Chevron and Love gears) perfectly matched the style.






    The products I used:

    Sizzix Bigz Die - Love Gears


    Have a nice day!


  • Scrappy Crossroads quilt top finished

    Saturday, 16 August, 2014



    Hi everyone!! Do you remember I told you about my Scrappy Crossroads quilt start ? You saw it at the end of July here . I finally got finished my four  blocks and I´m really happy because I love it !!!











    I enjoyed a lot my fabric selection  with a feedsack style , love , love how easy is this block and  how easy it is with the squares dies by Sizzix.











    I decided to add a border with white fabrics again and squares in the middle , what ´s your opinion ? Do you like  it ? 

    I wanted a bigger quilt and I thought these would be a good option.







    Now , I´m ready for quilting . I´m thinking I will be hand quilting  better than machine quilted.
    So , for the moment you can see the top finished. 










    If you wish to do something similar , use    Sizzix Bigz XL 25" Die - Squares, 2" Finished (2 1/2" Unfinished) and take a  look to the previous post I told  you before to find how to sew it. 
    Thanks for your comments and have a lovely week . 




    Love
    Mercedes


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    ¡ Hola ! ¿Recuerdas  cuando te conté sobre el comienzo del quilt Scrappy Crossroads ?  Lo viste al final de Julio aquí . Pues finalmente conseguí acabar los cuatro bloques y estoy realmente feliz porque me encanta cómo ha quedado.

    Disfruté un montón con la selección de telas que había hecho  y me gusta mucho lo fácil que es y cómo me ha ayudado el troquel de cuadrados  de Sizzix para facilitar la tarea de corte.

    Decidí añadir un borde con  algo de tela blanca y  cuadrados en el medio. ¿Qué te parece ? ¿ Te gusta el efecto ?
    Quería un quilt algo más grande y por eso creí   que  ésta  era una buena opción.

    Ahora toca pensar en el acolchado. Creo que va a ser a mano porque lo merece , así que de momento solo tengo el top acabado.
    Si quieres hacer algo similar , utiliza  el troquel   

    Sizzix Bigz XL 25" Die - Squares, 2" Finished (2 1/2" Unfinished)

      
          y echa un vistazo al artículo  previo que te dije antes y podrás ver cómo se monta el bloque.
    Gracias una vez más por los comentarios que quieras dejar.








    Que tengas un maravilloso fin de semana
    Cariños 
    Mercedes



  • Diecut Flower Hair Clips

    Saturday, 16 August, 2014


    It's been a busy summer for the Hull family! At the end of July, we traveled to NY to watch my youngest daughter compete in her first triathlon. We brought three of our four kids and all three grandkids. We got there a few days ahead of the race so that meant there was time for some crafting.

    No, I did not bring my Big Shot. But I did die cut some of my 3D flowers before we left: Trinity's Flower (of course!), Flower with Heart PetalsFringed Flower and Leaves. I also brought clips and headbands... just in case. Six month old Hunter is overseeing the process.

     I cut flowers from fleece in different shades of a few colors. I like fleece because it is very inexpensive, available in a wide range of colors and prints and the edges do not fray. The texture is really soft and it also stands up to rain very well! Ask me how I know...
    Here Trinity is arranging the colors and layering them smallest to largest. When they are stacked, she added a brad to the center.

    Then she fluffed the flowers up and threaded the prongs of the brads into the back of the clip.
    Cute!
    What's better than one flower? 
    Three?
    I think she is running out of room! We had a fun time making these hairclips. I love that Trinity is always ready to take on a new craft. We also did some stitching together. I had her draw a picture and then showed her how to make it into her own stitching pattern. It came out awesome.

    My daughter did finish the triathlon and we were all so proud! Of course I was an emotional wreck by the time she finished 16 hours and 36 minutes later. Thanks for stopping by! Next time I will show you a Sneak Peek of the new collection that came out at the Paper Arts Show- Vintage Kitchen! I hope you will love it!

    See you in two weeks I am gearing up right now for the BIG Paper Trail Tour departing from Virginia on September 3. I will be traveling for two months in my vintage camper teaching classes in stores, shops and art galleries with my Sizzix and Clearsnap lines. Follow along on my blog!

  • Butterfly monochromatic cards

    Friday, 15 August, 2014

    
    Hello everyone! It's again my turn to bring you brand new Sizzix inspiration today! Recently I created 3 monochromatic cards (one color with a few hues of it) in my favorite color palette. Today I would like to share with you how to make similar cards, because these are very easy to re-create and I think these are perfect for any occasion. My cards are with "just because" words, so I can use them whenever I will need.



    Main decorations on my cards are large butterflies, which I cut out and embossed using Sizzix Bigz Die w/Texture Fades - Layered Butterfly set. To make smaller decorations, I used also wings from the Sizzix Thinlits Die Set 2PK - Heavenly set, matching butterfly theme. Cards were supposed to be light, very layered and dimensional, so I decided to use vellum and cut out large decorative doily using die from the Sizzix Thinlits Die Set 2PK - Doily & Doily Border set.



    As my bakcgrounds are made using mediums, I decided to use them one more time to color large butterflies. I used color blooms and color shine mists and at the top I inked embossed parts using pale brown ink and added a touch of white gesso, as I always do. 



    Stave with treble clef from the Sizzix Thinlits Die Set 11PK - Juke Box & Music set is a very versatile motif, I decided to use it in a very pale, delicate version. Each of the layer (large butterfly, additional wings, stave and the words in scalloped circle) were adhered using 3D cubes, to add more dimension and depth.




    Sizzix supplies used:

    I strongly encourage you to craete your own monochromatic set of card in your favorite colors, using amazingly beautiful and very versatile Sizzix dies and embossing folders!

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


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    Witajcie! Dziś znów moja kolej na blogu Sizzix i dziś przynoszę Wam kolejną świeżą inspirację. Tym razem będą to 3 ostatnio stworzone monochromatyczne kartki w moich ulubionych kolorach. Monochromatyczne, czyli w jednym kolorze, lecz z wieloma jego odcieniami. Chciałabym pokazać Wam jak prosto wykonać podobne kartki, ponieważ są niezwykle łatwe do odtworzenia, a dodatkowo nadają się na każdą okazję. Moje kartki ozdobiłam neutralnymi napisami "just because", dzięki czemu mogę je wykorzystać kiedy tylko zajdzie taka potrzeba. 
    Główny motyw na kartkach to duży motyl, wycięty i zemnossowany przy użyciu wykrojnika i folderu do embossingu z zestawu Sizzix Bigz Die w/Texture Fades - Layered Butterfly. Dodatkowo, nawiązując do głównego motywu, postanowiłam użyć wykrojników ze skrzydłami, czyli Sizzix Thinlits Die Set 2PK - Heavenly, dodając po dwa, różne na każdej z kartek - skrzydełka. Ponieważ założyłam, że kartki mają być lekkie, przestrzenne i delikatne, pomyślałam, że warto wykorzystać trochę kalki i to właśnie z niej wycięłam duże, ozdobne serwetki, za pomocą wykrojnika z zestawu Sizzix Thinlits Die Set 2PK - Doily & Doily Border. Ponieważ do stworzenia teł moich kartek wykorzystałam media, postanowiłam wykorzystać je ponownie kolorując duże motyle. Po wyschnięciu mediów na powierzchni motyli,  potuszowałam wypukłe, zembossowane fragmenty za pomocą jasno brązowego tuszu, a następnie dodałam nieco białego gesso, jak to mam w zwyczaju. Motyw pięciolinii z kluczem wiolinowym jest jednym z klasycznych, uniwersalnych motywów, świetnych na każdą okazję i pasujących do właściwie każdego stylu. Wykorzystałam go w moich kartkach w bardzo delikatnej wersji, a pięciolinię wycięłam wykrojnikiem z zestawu Sizzix Thinlits Die Set 11PK - Juke Box & Music.

    Gorąco zachęcam Was do stworzenia własnego zestawu monochromatycznych kartek, w Waszych ulubionych kolorach, wykorzystując niesamowicie piękne i uniwersalne wykrojniki i foldery do embossingu Sizzix!

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

    ~~ Karola ~~

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