• Candy Bag

    Tuesday, 26 May, 2015

    Hi Crafter!

    Today I want to create with you a candy bag with the new Sizzix dies . 
    You can choose from many themes , and use for different events.
    It' s a punch with which you can play a lot, there are writtens , flowers of different sizes and leaves . 
        I hope you like it. 
        I really enjoyed that !!

    cardstock or paper scrap
    stick glue or hot glue
    transparent bag cm 13x13 

    *per i lettori italiani*

    Salve crafter!

    Oggi voglio creare con voi una candy bag, o sacchetto per caramelle, con le nuove fustelle sizzix.
    E' possibile scegliere tantissimi temi, e proporli per diversi eventi.
    E' una fustella con cui si può giocare molto, ci sono scritte, fiori di grandezze diverse, foglie.
    Spero vi piaccia.
    Io mi sono divertita molto!!

    cartoncini colorati e carta scrap
    colla stick o colla a caldo
    bustina trasparente

  • Floral Card

    Tuesday, 26 May, 2015

    Hello Sizzix fans!

    Today I would like to give you some inspiration on how you can use the beautiful floral square die from the Big Shot Starter's Kit. I made a vintage card to show you a unique way to use it. 

    The basis of my card was made with the beautiful Postage Stamp Frame die from Tim Holtz. I then used the lovely floral square die from the Starter's Kit to cut out two squares from this card. I attached a piece of pink paper behind it so that the floral patterns would stand out nicely. 
    I attached a chipboard embellishment in the middle of my card, so that the divide between the squares would not be visible anymore.

    I further decorated my card with tiny hearts cut out with the beautiful Bigz Heartfelt die. I also cut out two branches with one of the lovely Thinlits Floral Wreath dies.

    I hope I could inspire you with a new way to use these beautiful dies.
    Thank you so much for stopping by! 

    In Dutch:
    Hallo Sizzix fans!
    Vandaag wil ik jullie graag wat inspiratie geven voor hoe je de mooie stans van een vierkant met bloemen uit de Big Shot Starter's Kit kunt gebruiken. Daarom heb ik een vintage kaartje gemaakt waarop ik deze stans op een unieke manier heb verwerkt. 

    De basis voor mijn kaart is gemaakt met de mooie Tim Holtz Postage Stamp Frame stans. Ik heb vervolgens met de vierkante stans uit de Starter's Kit twee vierkanten uitgestanst uit de postzegelvorm. Daarachter heb ik een stuk roze papier geplakt, zodat de bloemenpatroontjes beter zouden opvallen.
    Verder heb ik een chipboard embellishment geplakt in het midden van mijn kaart om de scheidingslijn tussen de twee vierkantjes te verbergen. 

    Ik heb mijn kaart verder versierd met kleine hartjes die zijn uitgestanst met de Bigz Heartfelt stans. Ook heb ik twee takjes uitgestanst met een van de stansen uit de Thinlits Floral Wreath set.

    Ik hoop dat ik jullie met mijn kaartje heb kunnen inspireren.
    Heel erg bedankt voor je bezoekje!

  • Love

    Tuesday, 26 May, 2015

    Hi everybody!

    For our Tuesday meeting, I suggest creating a small card, quick & easy to realize.

    First, you will need to prepare a background on a watercolour paper and to add it a splash of colour using a brush or a water pen and watercolour paint.

    You can matt your background on a paper of the same colour or on a darker paper to bring some contrast.

    Simply decorate with a cut of the " Scribbles & Splat " Die of Tim Holtz, then write the small message that to wish to deliver with this card.

    Here you go, a pretty card to offer!

    Items used:

    Good day to you all!


    Pour notre rendez-vous du mardi, je vous propose de réaliser une  petite carte, facile et rapide à réaliser.

    Il suffit de préparer d'abord un fond sur un papier aquarelle, et d'y réaliser une tâche de couleur avec un pinceau ou un stylo à eau et de la peinture aquarelle.

    Vous pouvez mater ce fond sur un papier de la même couleur ou sur un papier plus foncé pour donner du contraste.

    Décorez simplement avec une découpe du Die "Coeurs" de Tim Holtz, puis écrire le petit message que vous souhaiter faire passer avec cette carte.

    Et voilà une jolie carte à offrir!

    Bonne journée

  • Recycled 3D flower centerpiece

    Monday, 25 May, 2015

    Hi everybody! Elena here.

    Today I want to show you a gorgeous centerpiece you can make reusing old newspaper.

     Supply list:

    As you can see in the step by step photos, the process to make these flowers is very simple. You can make a lot of different flowers with this Bigz die fom Eileen Hull, the ones I made are just one of them!

    I find this centerpiece very elegant, and you can use it for many occasions. I bet your guests never will guess that you have made the flowers with old newspaper ;)

    Happy Monday!


    Hola a todos,

    Hoy os enseño un centro de mesa hecho reciclando hojas de periódico viejo. 

    Tal como puedes ver en las fotos del paso a paso, estas flores son muy sencillas de hacer. Con este troquel se pueden hacer un montón de flores diferentes, éstas son sólo un ejemplo!

    Este centro de mesa es muy elegante y lo puedes utilizar en un montón de ocasiones. Apuesto a que tus invitados nunca adivinarán que lo has hecho con periódicos viejos ;)

    Feliz lunes!

  • A chocolate box using basics and tribal dies

    Monday, 25 May, 2015

    I know the word Basics sounds a bit off, but when it comes to crating I think Basics are the most important thing you can have in your crafting area. And die cutting is no exception, I think one of the best investments you can do for your crafting aside from a Big Shot (Plus!) is to get a few basics dies like boxes and tags that will stand the test of time. One of my favourites, the Milk Carton (659196):

    To add some decoration I used the latest dies from Craft Asylum Tribal Collection. 

    Because my intention is to add something inside that may stain a bit, like chocolates, I wanted to make sure there was a plastified inside. Sticky back plastic to the rescue! I attached it to the back side of the paper.

    Note that I am using the Big Shot Plus, so the die is smaller than the aperture. If I was using the Big Shot, the die would still fit nicely but would occupy the whole aperture. I used first my crease pad to die cut the box. However it didn't cut that well due to the plastic.

    Now, this is an important photo on the right. Most wont think it is, but basically this is to showcase the difference when to use the Crease Pad (It comes in 4 sizes aprox:, 6x8, 6x13, 8x15 Plus, and 13 x 13 Pro) or the regular cutting pad. 

    The Crease pad is perfect for making sure that the score blade does not cut, while the cutting blade still cuts. This is specially important in a dry place, including places with high heating or strong air con.

    As you can see, because there is plastic on the back, I needed to cut it through using the cutting plate and not the crease pad. If I was die cutting just paper or card, I would need to cut it through with the crease pad, why? because although I live in damp England, my studio is kept warm and dry all year round!

    I folded the score lines and to glue it together I used red line tape. Wet glue would not have work because of the plastic.

    I glue both ends. Remember to use a strong tape for this.
    Then I was ready to decorate it using the Tribal Borders die, die cutting it twice and joining them by overlapping them.

    I glue the top first and then the bottom. Then I die cut one of the flowers from the Intricate Native Florals.

    I die cut it a second time using coral paper and then layered them inside a blck 2 1/4" circle.
    I attached it to the box using a foam pad.

    The finished box.

    You can see here than the pieces fit nicely in the inside of the flower, except one that I messed up a bit gluing it down.

    And then there is the back, a little more simple.

    I hope you like it!

  • Rainbow Dots Cushion: Completed

    Monday, 25 May, 2015

    Die used: Circles, 3/4in

    The cushion I began last week decorated with an explosion of little rainbow spots is now all finished, complete with two buttonholes on the reverse. Having said in my previous post that I would finally learn how to do buttonholes on my new sewing machine, I did have to keep my word really!

    Initially I sewed the front and back together around the edge with wrong sides facing and then turned it the right way out. This meant the side was plain and once the cushion pad was inserted it wrinkled and lost some definition. After deliberating for a while over whether to add a thin side panel or binding the edge, I opted for binding and so unpicked the sides and began again.

    It was definitely worth taking the time to unpick and re-do it as the binding provides a nice outline and accentuates the circular shape of the cushion.

    The back is made using some Amy Butler fabric from my stash and a couple of buttons from my button jar.

    And that's it all done, no more cushions again now for a while.

    Happy sewing!

  • Customized card with a flower

    Sunday, 24 May, 2015

    Hello Sizzix Friends!
    When I saw, last week, the new products Sizzix made with the amazing Doodlebug Design inc. team I fell in love, really!
    I needed to try the dies I received immediately and wow, they are fabulous!
    So springy, so delicate..I love everything!

    Today I share with you a card I made with Sizzix Bigz Die - Flower Layers & Leaf #2 (660403) and the Sizzix Textured Impressions Embossing Folder - Tiny Daisies (660406).
    They are perfect for this season, you can't miss them!

    You need:
    Cardstocks (white, pale yellow, striped green-white)
    Thin washitape
    Double-sided tape
    White Card
    3D Letter sticker
    First of all place the pale yellow cardstock into the tiny daisies texture folder and emboss it.
    Die cut the biggest flower of Sizzix Bigz Die - Flower Layers & Leaf #2 (660403) using the embossed cadstock.
    Die cut the smallest flower of Sizzix Bigz Die - Flower Layers & Leaf #2 (660403) using the white cardstock.
    Die cut the leaves using the striped green-white cardstock and the embossed yellow cardstock.
    Die cut the circle of Sizzix Bigz Die - Flower Layers & Leaf #2 (660403) using the striped green-white cardstock.
    Arrange the flower using the double-sided tape and paste it on the white card with a piece of double-side tape.
    Add a piece of washitape on the lower part of the card.
    Paste a letter 3D sticker on the center of the flower.

    I hope you enjoyed this idea.
    We can realize this kind of card in every colours and patterns and place them on our table as a place setting.
    They will immediately bring colours and happiness!
    Happy Sunday!
    *Per i lettori italiani*
    Ciao a tutti!
    Quando ho visto, la scorsa settimana, i nuovi prodotti che Sizzix ha realizzato in collaborazione con il fantastico team di Doodlebug Design inc. mi sono innamorata, davvero!
    Ho avuto bisogno di provarli all'istante e wow, sono favolosi!
    Così primaverili, delicati..amo ogni cosa.

    Oggi vi mostro il biglietto che ho realizzato usando Sizzix Bigz Die - Flower Layers & Leaf #2 (660403) e Sizzix Textured Impressions Embossing Folder - Tiny Daisies (660406).
    Questi prodotti sono perfetti per questa stagione. Non potete farveli scappare!
    Ho usato:
    Cartoncini (bianco, giallo pastello e a righe verde-bianco)
    Washitape sottile
    Nastro biadesivo
    Biglietto bianco
    Adesivo lettera 3D
    Prima di tutto inserire il cartoncino giallo nella cartella con texture a margherite ed effettuare la goffratura.
    Fustellare il fiore più grande del Sizzix Bigz Die - Flower Layers & Leaf #2 (660403) usando il cartoncino giallo goffrato
    Fustellare il fiore più piccolo del Sizzix Bigz Die - Flower Layers & Leaf #2 (660403) usando il cartoncino bianco.
    Fustellare le foglie del Sizzix Bigz Die - Flower Layers & Leaf #2 (660403) usando il cartoncino a righe verde-bianco e il cartoncino goffrato giallo.
    Fustellare il cerchio del Sizzix Bigz Die - Flower Layers & Leaf #2 (660403) usando il cartoncino a righe verde-bianco.
    Comporree il fiore usando il nastro biadesivo e incollarlo nella parte alta del biglietto bianco.
    Aggiungere, nella parte bassa del biglietto, una striscia di washitape.
    Attaccare infine l'adesivo al centro del fiore con l'iniziale della persona alla quale volte regalare il biglietto.

    Spero che questa semplice idea vi abbia incuriosito.
    Possiamo realizzare questi biglietti in tantissimi colori e fantasie differente
    e disporli sulla tavola come segna posto.
    Doneranno subito colore!!
    Buona domenica


  • A Quote Tag by Gerry van Gent

    Sunday, 24 May, 2015

    Hello Sizzix friends and Happy Sunday!
    I hope you are all doing well.
    For my post today I prepared a simple tag.
    660515 Sizzix Big Shot Plus Starter Kit
    656551 Sizzix Bigz Die Birds
    660222 Sizzix Thinlits Die Set Scribble & Splat 
    660473 Sizzix Thinlits Die Set Decorative Trim #2
    656938 Sizzix Movers & Shapers L Die Tag & Bookplate
    *       *       *

     There are two beautiful paper pads included in the 
    Sizzix Big Shot Plus Starter Kit machine by Craft Asylum.
    I used one of the pattern papers to die cut the bird.
    Then I simply distressed all edges with ink.

    Splats were die cut from white cardstock and distressed with ink.
    From the Decorative Heart Trim I used only two of the hearts.

    The Letter "S" here stands for Surprise :-)

    Glitz Design papers, quote and gemstone
    Ink pads
    *     *     *
    Thank you for visiting!

  • Geometric Pen/Plant Pot

    Sunday, 24 May, 2015

    I am a bit of a stationery geek and I seem to accumulate pens and pencils on a weekly basis. Stationery stashes need cute storage so I decided to make a monochrome geometric pen pot which can also be used as a plant pot.

    Supplies needed:
    I used thick black cotton fabric, but you could also use cardstock if you don't have fabric available. I used just the tag and triangle shapes from the speech bubbles die set.

    I used craft glue to attach the shapes to the pot. If you wanted it to be durable, you can add a layer of glue or Mod Podge over the top of each shape. 

    I think I will also use mine as a plant pot too - although I am rubbish at keeping plants alive, so I use fake flowers!

    Have a crafty Sunday and I'll see you next time!

  • Butterfly Duo

    Saturday, 23 May, 2015

    Hi there!
    the preparations for my bookbinding workshop have made so much fun this week.
    The wonderful sunny weather invited us in our old cottage-style garden and the decoration had to "beam" us into the summer!
    Therefore, I have chosen the wonderful SIZZIX Bigz Dies Butterfly Duo
    from the series by Tim Holtz.

    First I punched out the butterfly duo of different-colored cardstock and embossed them.
    Then I sewed on the midsection sequins and cut apart the butterflies. 
    Finally I used hot glue to fix the finished butterflies on clothespins.

    The brackets keep my business cards on the notebooks for my workshop participants.

    I hope you enjoy and I wish you a lovely weekend!

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