• Bags of fun!

    Wednesday, 1 April, 2015

    Today is a complete change of direction from last week, I wanted to do something 'off the page' as they say. 

    I love using recycled materials wherever possible and I can often be found haunting the local charity shops for things to die-cut or decorate. 

    I have been working with fabrics recently, and I'm forever picking the brains of Angela, our in-house textile guru asking increasingly ridiculous questions about various fabrics and their properties thinking that one day I can put all this knowledge to some good use (don't hold your breath!)

    I am using another of those stunning Sizzix Bigz flower dies. I love the contemporary feel of the shapes and the leaf is just gorgeous as you will see. The die in question is called Flower Layers & Leaf #2 by the clever people at Doodlebug Design.

    I raided the local charity shops and left with a grey clutch bag, two pairs of jeans and some lace fabric (I get the funniest looks!!). I cut away the seams in the legs of the jeans and layered two strips of denim back to back, I put a sheet of Bondaweb in between the strips and applied a hot iron. Having that double thickness will give my flowers more spring or body, and another advantage of using the heat fusible web stops the fabric from fraying when die-cut. 

    I die-cut four large denim flowers and four lace flowers before laying a lace flower over each denim flower.

    I folded the flowers in half and half again before securing with a a few stitches where the flowers come to a point. I recommend a good strong thread for fabric of this thickness. I repeated the process with the other three sets of flowers and placed them point to point. At this stage you can stitch them onto a circle of fabric to keep them together ready to mount onto your project. 

    I die-cut one of the smaller flowers from a single layer of darker denim backed with bondaweb to stop any fraying. Next, i used a needle and thread to add a few stitches down the centre of each individual petal to give the flower some added dimension before dipping into my bling box which is a treasure trove of recovered costume jewellery including bracelets, necklaces and earrings etc. I came up with a rather lovely diamante gem which, if memory serves, came from a hair band! I added the gem to the centre of the flower before mounting this into the centre of our assembled denim/lace flower. I die-cut the leaf from the same dark denim before attaching both to the rear of the flower.

    I attached the flower by stitching through the bag, any unsightly stitching can be covered with a button if preferred. Not bad for recycled materials? You can use this flower as a broach or to decorate a hat too if preferred.

    Here is a card made using the same die to show the oval centre and retro star shape which are part of the design. I love the versatility of these shapes and this is another in a long list of dies that I could not be without.

  • A beautiful vanilla, raspberry and white chocolate easter cake

    Wednesday, 1 April, 2015

    Hi everybody!

    One of my favorite annual traditions is that which involves to godfathers buying a typical Easter cake to his niece; this cake is called Mona and usually is topped by chocolate eggs.

    Besides the cake and chocolate eggs, usually it come with beautiful trimmings and some toy figure. Is not that wonderful?

    If we are among the most daring that we like to handmade it , we can also decorate with die cut paper elements

    here some details of my proposal for this year, hoping that the person that is going to receive it as a gift is not seeing this blogpost at this moment (fingers crossed!)

    Happy easter again and be happy!

    The Sizzix products I'm using in this tasty project are:


    Una de mis tradiciones anuales favoritas es la que hace que los padrinos compren un típico pastel de Pascua a su sobrina; este pastel se llama Mona y por lo general está coronada por huevos de chocolate.

    Además de la tarta y los huevos de chocolate, por lo general viene con hermosos adornos y alguna figura de juguete. ¿No es eso maravilloso?

    Si estamos entre los más atrevidos que nos gusta lo hecho a mano, también lo podemos decorar con elementos de papel troquelados

    Podéis ver algunos detalles de mi propuesta para este año, con la esperanza de que la persona que lo va a recibir como regalo no está viendo este blogpost en este momento (crucemos los dedos!

    Los productos Sizzix que he usado en este sabroso proyecto son:

    Buena Semana Santa y sed muy felices!

  • Owl Card

    Tuesday, 31 March, 2015

    Hi Sizzix fans!
    The new Bigz Die Owl #2 is one of my new favourites.
    I think it's just adorable and very versatile as well. 
    I used this die to make a cute card for a baby girl. 

    This card was entirely made with the Owl #2 die. I cut out the eyes, paws, beak, and the hearts from different papers and inked the edges. I also added a few pearls, a wood crown and several fussy cut butterflies and then my card was finished. 

    Thank you for visiting the Sizzix blog today!

    In Dutch:
    Hoi Sizzix fans!

    De nieuwe Bigz Die Owl #2 is een van mijn nieuwe favorieten.
    Ik vind het zo'n schattige en veelzijdige stans..
    Ik heb deze stans gebruikt om dit kaartje voor een babymeisje mee te maken.

    De kaart is helemaal gemaakt met de Owl #2 stans. Ik heb de ogen, pootjes, snavel en hartjes uit verschillende vellen papier gesneden en heb de randjes aangezet met inkt. Daarna heb ik een aantal parels, een houten kroon en uitgeknipte vlindertjes toegevoegd om mijn kaart af te maken.

    Bedankt voor je bezoekje aan het Sizzix blog vandaag!

  • Garland of paper flowers

    Tuesday, 31 March, 2015

    Hello crafter,
    Spring is back!!!
    Finally the sun is here......and the FLOWERS bloom!
    Today we present a project simple and great effect:
    Garland of paper flowers



    Sizzix Big Die - Camelia
    Sizzix Thinlits Die Set 4PK - Sunny Flower
    Sizzix Thinlits Die Set 4PK - Sweet Floral 
    Sizzix Flowers Layers #9
    Sizzix Flowers Layers #10
    Cardstocks and paper craft
    Wire thin
    Hot glue
    Cotton thread


    Cut the dies in the various shapes and compose to create the flowers with the stick glue using fantasy.

    Shear wire thin grow on you to form a circle.
    Whit cotton thread  form a noose and start to past the flowers with hot glue.


    Welcome SPRING!
    See you soon with a new project.....

    Pasticci di Carta

    Ciao a tutte,
    la primavera è arrivata!
    Finalmente c'è il sole e i fiori sbocciano!
    Oggi vi presentiamo un progetto semplice e di grande effetto.....una ghirlanda di fiori di carta!

    Sizzix Big Die - Camelia
    Sizzix Thinlits Die Set 4PK - Sunny Flower
    Sizzix Thinlits Die Set 4PK - Sweet Floral 
    Sizzix Flowers Layers #9
    Sizzix Flowers Layers #10
    Fogli di carta scrap
    Carta craft
    Fil di ferro
    Colla a caldo
    Filo di cotone

    Tagliare le varie forme di fiori e comporle a piacere. Poi incollare con la colla stick.
    Tagliare il fil di ferro e dargli una forma circolare.
    Con il filo di cotone creare un cappio ed iniziare poi ad incollare i fiori con la colla a caldo.
    Questo è il risultato finale!

    Buona PRIMAVERA!
    Ci vediamo presto con un nuovo progetto....

    Pasticci di Carta

  • Happy Easter

    Tuesday, 31 March, 2015

    Hello everybody,

    Today, I am suggesting to prepare the Easter holiday by decorating a small egg box and to associate it with a card.

    I kept this small box which contained 4 eggs with in mind to decorate it, fill it with chocolate eggs and offer it during Easter celebrations.

    I chose to paint it using a slightly spangled pink bomb: on all surfaces, inside and outside.

    The benefit of this technique is the speed of realization, within 5 minutes it's done. But it is necessary to do this in a safety way: outside or in a well-ventilated place, wearing a mask and gloves.

    Let dry the box outside. Then, it's time to decorate...

    Please yourself with the pretty colours of the spring! I used papers and printable labels Sizzix, which you can download for free here

    I have added flowers cut in pink, yellow and fuchsia Bazzill, using the Die Flowers in 3D. This gives a lot of pep and volume to the decoration of this box.

    The box closes with a small ribbon. Do not hesitate to play with the theme by adding small eggs or rabbits.

    You can also decorate the inside and leave a personal message.

    For the card, I used the same papers and technique for the flowers and I used the Die Leaves to create a foliage in a green Bazzill.

    Here is for this Tuesday, I wish you a happy Easter holiday!

    Supply list:

    658300:  Sizzix Big Shot Starter Kit
    656545:  Sizzix Big Die - Flowers, 3-D
    657119:  Sizzix Big Die - Leaves

    Paper, Alpha, Chipboards & stickers: Bella Boulevard
    Strass & Doily: Scrapboukits
    Cardstock: Bazzill
    Paper: Easter collection Sizzix

    Thank you and bye for now

    Joyeuses Pâques 

    Aujourd'hui, je vous propose de préparer les fêtes de Pâques en décorant une petite boîte à œufs et de l'accompagner d'une carte.

    J'ai récupéré cette petite boîte qui contenait 4 œufs, pour la décorer, la remplir d'oeufs en chocolat et l'offrir à l'occasion des fêtes de Pâques.

    J'ai choisi de la peindre à l'aide d'une bombe rose légèrement paillettée: sur toute sa surface, intérieur comme extérieur. L'avantage de cette technique est la rapidité d'execusion, en moins de 5 minutes c'est fait, mais il faut faire ça dans les règles de l'art, c'est à dire de préférence à l'exterieur ou dans un endroit très aéré, en portant un masque et des gants. Laisser sécher aussi à l'exterieur.

    Ensuite, il suffit de décorer... Faites vous plaisir avec les jolies couleurs du printemps, j'ai utilisé les papiers et les étiquettes imprimables Sizzix, que vous pouvez télécharger gratuitement ICI

    J'ai ajouté des fleurs découpées dans sur Bazzill rose, jaune et fuchsia grâce au Die Flowers 3D ce qui donnent du pep's et du volume à la décoration de cette boîte.
    La boîte se ferme avec un p'tit ruban et n'hésitez pas a jouer avec le thème en ajoutant des petits œufs ou des petits lapin.
    Vous pouvez aussi décorer l'interieur et y laisser un petit message personnel....

    Pour la carte, j'ai utilisé les même papiers et la même technique pour les fleurs, j'ai utilisé aussi le Die Leaves pour créer un feuillage dans du Bazzill vert.

    Voilà pour ce mardi, je vous souhaite de très jolies fêtes de Pâques.

    Merci et à très bientôt

  • Shoefly Quilt Block

    Monday, 30 March, 2015

    Hello Sizzix friends! 
    I've not made much progress on the Vintage Dresden Quilt this month as I need to add some borders and figure out the best way to do the scalloped border - but I'm on the case ;-) Instead I thought I would share a simple Shoefly block I put together recently. 

    Dies Used:
    Square, 2" Finished (2.5" Unfinished) #657607
    Half Square Triangle, 2.5" Finished Square # 659831

    For each block cut the following;
    x1 square, dark fabric 
    x4 HST's, dark fabric
    x4 square, light fabric
    x4 HST's, light fabric

    Arrange as follows. If you are using directional fabrics ensure they are placed the correct way. 

    Starting with the HST units sew these together, then join so you have completed rows. Join the rows together to form your block. 

    Now the fun part is to decide what I'll be turning these blocks into! Sometimes I have an urge and just have to sew a few random blocks, with no plan - though I do have a sneaky idea for these… something along the lines of this. I've had that bag pinned on my Pinterest board for-ev-er with the intention of making one similar, so maybe now is the ideal time to make it as I'm off on a trip to France next month visiting a quilt show! A quilty bag for the quilt show! Perfect.

  • Teaching all the goodness of Sizzix

    Monday, 30 March, 2015

    I am really lucky to travel a lot for work, one of my favourite parts of my job is teaching die cutting in different places. I specially enjoy when it is in my native Spain, where I get to teach them in my mother tongue, Spanish. 

    This is the project I taught, a 4 x 4 mini album with many different tecniques of die cutting.

    Two weeks ago I taught for the second time in Mallorca where I grew up. And this time one of the students was my mum? Can you guess who she is in this photo?

    Then it was time to prepare for the following workshop in a shop in Barcelona. as I was cutting loads of Frameworks and of course I was left out with loads of bits.

    I thought to make pretty cocktail sticks, which are always useful in clases to poke things out of their dies and to attach glue. A fine and useful idea courtesy of Katie Skilton and Elena Roche.

    In the morning I taught this Big Shot Materclass. A bit too grand of a name, but basically this frame has over 20 different techniques and 16 different materials all die cut. Form embossing and sanding to paper patchwork and duck tape.

    I loved how two students made a different colour scheme. Love when they do that!

    And all of them finished the project! So proud!

    Just as a confirmation, I introduce you my mum! 

    My mum had never till three weeks ago used a die cutting machine but recently had said how much she would like one as it would be great to create craft projects with her granddaughter as well as to incorporate elements into her sewing, her true craft. My father, a professional full time artist, is now also very very interested in the Big Shot Plus, all those textures!

    And in just two weeks of having the Big Shot Plus is addicted! Everyone can die cut and everyone can have a great time crafting, even if you never thought that it would be possible.


    Monday, 30 March, 2015

    The end is definitely in sight, I still haven't quite finished my quilt but the actual quilting is now complete.

    I totally underestimated how long it would take to actually quilt the design I chose for it. It's quite a dense pattern and not being an experienced quilter I had no real idea of the amount of work involved (including all of the un-rolling and then re-rolling the sides whenever it was turned for quilting in the other direction).

    I am so, so pleased with the results though, it's been well worth the effort. The quickest part of making this quilt BY FAR has been cutting all of the half-square triangles on my Big Shot (using the Half-Square Triangles, 4 1/2in Finished Square die) at the beginning!

    Also since starting it I've realised how versatile half-square triangles are and noticed lots of great designs using just half-square triangles recently. It's such a useful die to have with so many options.

    So all that is left now is to hand-stitch the binding down on the back and as that's my favourite bit I'm saving that job to take away with me when we go away for a couple of days during the Easter break.

    The binding fabric, as with every other fabric except for one Michael Miller print (Tiny Tiles, Topaz), is Cotton and Steel. Sticking mainly with one manufacturer meant any concerns about how well or not the colours would work together were minimal, colour choice tends to be my weak spot and this seemed the safest way to use vibrant colours.

    Making this quilt has been a great learning experience, along with gaining a more realistic idea of the time involved in piecing and quilting, I've got to know my new sewing machine much better too!

  • Monogram favor

    Sunday, 29 March, 2015

    Hello Sizzix friends!
    Today I'd like to share with you a party favor idea.
    When we decide to arrange a party at home or outside it is always a good idea to make a small gift for our guests.
    In Italy we love this kind of candies so much that I decided to suggest you a nice way to pack them by customizing the package.
    You can choose the candies according to colours or flavours.

    You need:
    Sizzix Big Shot Machine Only (Powder Blue & Teal) (657900)
    Cardstocks (acid green, white)
    Glitter silver cardstock
    Plastic vial
    Lace ribbon
    Baker's twine (grey-white)
    Violet italian candies
    Fill the vial with candies. 
    Die cut the banners in two size (the biggest using the acid green cardstock, the small using a white cardstock).
    Die cut the monogram letter using the glitter cardstock.
    Die cut a small star (I used the smallest star from the Sizzix Framelits Die Set 5PK - Stars) using the acid green cardstock.
    Paste the white small banner on the green big banner with the glue.
    Cut the banners with a hole punch to get a tag.
    Paste the monogram letter on the tag and paste the star on the plastic vial.
    Place a piece of lace on the vial hole and made a knot.
    Place the baker's twine on the vial hole, above the lace.
    Make a knot, add the tag and make a bow.
    Cut the baker's twine in excess and cut the lace.

    This kind of favor is perfect for a party, to give your guests a little gift.
    You can fill the vial with candies or with a message.
    Thank you for reading.
    See you next sunday!

    *Per le lettrici italiane*
    Oggi voglio condividere con voi un'idea per realizzare un piccolo dono per i nostri ospiti.
    Quando decidiamo di organizzare una festa in casa o fuori, è sempre bello fare un piccolo dono ai nostri ospiti.
    In Italia amiamo così tanto queste caramelle che ho deciso di suggerirvi un modo carino per realizzare confezioni personalizzate.
    Potete scegliere le caramelle in base al gusto e ai colori disponibili magari in coordinato con le decorazioni della festa.

    Ho usato:
    Sizzix Big Shot Machine Only (Powder Blue & Teal) (657900)
    Cartoncini (verde acido e bianco)
    Cartoncino glitterato argento
    Fialetta in plastica
    Nastro in pizzo
    Baker's twine (grigio e bianco)
    Caramelle alla violetta
    Riempire la provetta con le caramelle.
    Fustellare le due misure di banner (la più grande usando il cartoncino verde, la piccola, usando il cartoncino bianco).
    Fustellare la lettera per personalizzare la confezione utilizzando il cartoncino glitterato. 
    Fustellare una piccola stella (io ho usato la più piccola disponibile dal Sizzix Framelits Die Set 5PK - Stars) usando il cartoncino verde.
    Incollare tra loro i due banners con della colla.
    Fustellare un foro nei banner ottendendo così una tag.
    Incollare la lettera sulla tag e la stella sulla provetta di plastica.
    Inserire un pezzo di nastro in pizzo nel foro del coperchio della provetta e fare un nodo.
    Inserire lo spago nello stesso buco, proprio sopra al nodo del pizzo.
    Fare un nodo, inserire la tag e fare un fiocco.
    Tagliare l'eccesso di spago e rifinire il pizzo.
    Potete usare questa idea di confezione per le vostre feste e decidere di riempirla con caramelle oppure con un messaggio. Che ne dite?
    Grazie per la visita.
    A domenica prossima!

  • An Easter Card with Free Paper Downloads

    Sunday, 29 March, 2015

    Happy Sunday Sizzix friends!

    Today I have another Easter card to share with you.
    This card was also created by using the gorgeous
    free to download Easter papers which are available ------> HERE

    Free Easter papers 2015

    Happy Easter card_gerry
    NEW 660515 Sizzix Big Shot Plus Starter Kit
    660804 Sizzix Thinlits Die Set Happiness Phrases
    660220 Sizzix Thinlits Die Set Mixed Media
    660222 Sizzix Thinlits Die Set Scribbles & Splat
    658554 Sizzix Sizzlits Dec. Strip Alphabet Die Wanted 
    *     *     *    

    I began creating the card by stamping an egg pattern on 4
    different coloured scraps from FREE EASTER PAPER DOWNLOADS.
    I needed 5 eggs because of the word "happy" 
    so I added a white egg in the middle....

    When my stamped eggs were ready I adhered them on front of the card.
    After that I added the letters H-A-P-P-Y on top of each egg.

    I die cut the splats and honeycomb from white cardstock
    and distressed them just a bit with yellow ink to match the title.
    clear stamp egg - brand unknown
    papers "Easter" title - "Webster's Pages"
    white cardstock; yellow ink
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    Thank you for your visit!
    Have a creative Sunday!

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