• "Joyful Days in Rome" Layout

    Friday, 9 October, 2015

    How can we capture a happy day of our life??
    Thanks to the Big Shot and to the fantastic Sizzix dies!!
    In this work I wanted to remember a few days spent in Rome with my husband.
    I used a lot of dies and I had so much fun with autumn colors.
     I used:
    Hot Glue
    Ink Pads
    to create a floral background on the white cardstock.
    to die cutting the photos.
     I used some dies from
    to die cutting many leaves of various colors.
    to die cutting three 3D roses. I die cut the "Joyful" and "Holiday" words
    I cut off "Holi" from the "Holiday" word.

    I assembled everything and created this beautiful layout!!
    I love it!!

    Thank you for visiting today!!

  • Bows for a little boy....

    Friday, 9 October, 2015

    Hello there...

    monday was the first day after my boss' baby break.
    We bought a present, decorated her office with ballons and garlands...


    oh my, i forgot the greeting card....

    Sunday night, when we came home from our weekend trip - there was only
    time for a simple card...

    Fortunately there were some cute Sizzix Bigz Die - Bows waiting for me.
    And i knew, my boss would not have loved a kitschy baby card...
    Together with a cute speech bubble,  the bows it looks great - don't you think?

    Have a great weekend, Stephanie

  • Be happy and enjoy set

    Friday, 9 October, 2015

    Hi Sizzix friends!

    It’s Friday again so Raquel is here. The project I want to show you today is a smart set that consists in a card and an open box to keep some sweets inside. Let me show this cute set...

    To create this set I’ve used my Big Shot Plus and the starter kit, the trellis embossing folder, the Be happy die, the leaf die and the ticket Framelit. I have chosen neutral colours for this set that it could be perfect for a man as for woman.

    The box:

    This open box was perfect to create a beautiful package that keeps the sweets inside a burlap bag. To decorate the box I’ve die-cut a ticket label, stamped a positive message and added a die-cut leaf.

    Here are some steps of the process:

    I’ve die-cut the box, but not the cover, in dark brown. Then I’ve die-cut the ticket label and the leaf, cut the corrugated cardstock -5mm smaller than each face of the box and then I’ve glued all the parts together.

    The card:

    I’ve modified the order of the colours but I’ve used the same dies to create the set. 

    I’ve used the trellis embossing folder to create this beautiful background, I’ve die-cut the ticket label and die-cut also the Be happy on it. As I wanted to use the same elements as in the box, I’ve also die-cut the leaves in white colour.

    I love this neutral colour combination that gives to the set a smart result. 

    I have used the following Sizzix products:

    I hope you liked this cute set and that it has given you a bit of inspiration. Thank you for your visit!

    Have a creative and happy Friday!


    ¡Hola a todos!

    De nuevo es viernes así que aquí estoy con un nuevo proyecto. En esta ocasión se trata de un elegante conjunto que consta de una tarjeta y de una caja abierta que contiene unos dulces. Pero mejor os lo enseño...
    Para crear este conjunto he utilizado mi Big Shot Plus y el kit de inicio, la carpetilla de  la carpetilla de embossing trellis , el troquel Be happy, el troquel de hoja y el ticket Framelit.  para este set que es perfecto tanto para mujer como para hombre.

    La caja: 
    Esta caja abierta es ideal para contener, de forma decorativa, una bolsa de arpillera con los dulces. Para decorar la caja he troquelado la etiqueta, he sellado un mensaje positivo y he añadido una bonita hoja troquelada.
    Algunos pasos del proceso:
    He troquelado la caja, pero no la tapa, en cartulina marrón café. Después he troquelado la etiqueta y la hoja, he cortado cartulina corrugada 5mm más pequeña que las caras de la caja y finalmente he pegado todos los elementos.

    La tarjeta:
    He modificado el orden de los coloes pero he utilizado los mismos troqueles para que conjuntaran.
    He utilizado la la carpetilla de embossing trellis para crear este bonito fondo, he troquelado la etiqueta y el mensaje en ella. Como quería utilizar los mismos elementos que en la caja, he troquelado también las hojas en cartulina blanca.

    Me encanta esta combinación de colores que le aporta un toque de elegancia al conjunto.

    He utilizado los siguientes productos Sizzix:

    Espero que os haya gustado este conjuto y que os pueda servir de inspiración. ¡Gracias por la visita!

    Feliz y creativo viernes.

  • Felt Flower Pendant Necklace

    Friday, 9 October, 2015

    Hello, welcome to a new inspiration! It's Anna here.
    Sizzix Bigz Dies are so versatile! These dies are designed to cut through fabric, chipboard, acetate, metallic foils and more. These dies are great for cutting felt by itself.
    Today I wanted to share how you can create jewelry by simply using felt together with leather. I created a Pendant Necklace with my Big Shot Plus Machine and two dies.
    The pendant is focal point in pendant necklace:
    Felt Flower Pendant Necklace-rose die-sizzix big shot-by cafecreativo (1)
    Felt Flower Pendant Necklace-rose die-sizzix big shot-by cafecreativo (2)
    Read on for tutorial…
    Felt Flower Pendant Necklace-tutorial-rose die-sizzix big shot-by cafecreativo
    Firstly cut out a Rose - Sizzix Bigz Die - Love Birds 3-D Rose (660834) - from felt and two Leaves from leather. If you use the Big Shot Plus, you can position two Bigz (or Bigz L) dies, thus save time!
    To make flower: starting at the outside of the Flower, wrap the end around a wood dowel like a wooden skewer. When you finish rolling the Rose, remove the stick. Finish the Rose by adding the hot glue to the inside of the circular flap. Close the flap against the bottom loops of the Rose.
    Layer two leaves of leather and glue (glue for leather). Glue the felt rose above the leaves. Glue or sew the stems of the leaves to create the loop.
    Attach pendant to a chain to form a necklace.
    Felt Flower Pendant Necklace-rose die-sizzix big shot-by cafecreativo (3)
    You can do this using colour combination of your choice. It’s also a perfect gift for Christmas!
    Hope this felt flower pendant necklace would bring you other inspiration.
    Thanks for stopping by.
    Items used:
    Hot Glue Gun
    Glue for leather

    Ciao, sono Anna, con una nuova ispirazione per voi.

    Le fustelle Bigz sono molto versatili! Come saprete, queste fustelle sono state progettate per tagliare tantissimi materiali come tessuto, cartone pressato, balsa, acetato, lamierino e molto altro. Sicuramente saprete che sono perfette per tagliare il feltro in modo preciso e netto, cosa che non avviene con le forbici. E tagliano anche il cuoio e la pelle!

    Così oggi vorrei condividere come creare semplici bijoux utilizzando appunto feltro e pelle.

    Infatti, ho creato un ciondolo grazie alla mia Big Shot Plus e due sole fustelle. Le foglie sono un classico di Sizzix mentre la rosa è una vera novità, si tratta della fustella Bigz - Love Birds 3-D Rose (660834). Bellissima! E’ grande e può essere usata in tantissimi modi.

    Continua a leggere per conoscere tutti I passaggi della collana...

    In primo luogo tagliare una rosa dal feltro e due foglie dalla pelle. Se si utilizza la Big Shot Plus (in formato A4), è possibile posizionare ben due fustelle Bigz (o Bigz L), quindi si risparmia tempo!
    Per fare il fiore: cominciando dall'esterno del Fiore, avvolgere l'estremità intorno a uno stecchino di legno. Dopo aver arrotolato tutta la Rosa, rimuovere lo stecchino. Incollare il retro del fiore con la colla a caldo, per fissare la rosa.
    Sovrapporre le due foglie di pelle e incollare (usando colla per la pelle). Incollare quindi la rosa di feltro sopra le foglie. incollare o cucire i gambi delle foglie per creare l'asola.
    Infilare il ciondolo in una catena per formare la collana. Finito!

    Naturalmente potete usare una combinazione di colori a vostra scelta. Tenetelo presente come regalino veloce per Natale o altre occasioni!
    Spero che questo ciondolo vi possa dare altre ispirazioni per i vostri gioielli handmade.
    Grazie per la visita.
    Pelle o cuoio
    Feltro spesso
    Colla a caldo
    Colla per pelle

  • Fan Blade

    Thursday, 8 October, 2015

     Hello again - this week I'm in Alexandra Palace, with Lady Sew and Sew, at the Knitting and Stitching show - do come and see us - we are on stand G16/17.
    I'm demonstrating the Big Shot, Big Shot Plus and the Big Shot Express - which is the electric model.
    Along with lots of  Bigz Dies - both old and new.
    As promised I've used one of the new dies this week - it's the Fan Blade - 660459 http://www.sizzix.co.uk/product/660459/sizzix-bigz-l-die-fan-blade-30-degrees-
    and I'm going to be using this die for a couple of weeks to show different effects.
    I used 3 different fabrics and cut out 4 fan blades in each -
    With right sides of fabric together I joined the 12 blades together in sequence to create a circle (take care to keep your seam allowance precise) -
    Press the seams flat, and trim the threads.
    Stitch around the edge of the circle - 1/4"/6mm from the edge -

    and then press the hem allowance to the wrong side - and pin in place to the background fabric -
    the circle is 7"/18cm in diameter, and the centre circle is 1/2"/1.3cm - the choice is to cut a 1"/2.5cm circle to cover the hole - or use a button.
    You can hand or machine stitch the piece in place.
    Now at this moment I'm not sure what project I am going to create - so I am going to leave it just pinned onto the background for the moment.
    Next week I'm going to use the same die to create a different effect and then I may combine them to create a cushion of a table runner.
    So enjoy the autumn colours and plan some lovely sewing for the darker evenings.
    I hope to see some of you at the show sometime.

  • Mint layout by Karine

    Thursday, 8 October, 2015


    Here I am today to show you a fresh lay-out realized last week-end for EntreArtistes with the latest collection from 4heures37! The newest 2 collections, Autumn & Winter, are mixed in my project which proves they can be adapted to every season!

    Supply list:

    Papers: 4heures37
    Cardstock: Ephéméria
    Alphabets: Webster's Pages
    Embellishments: Ephéméria
    Labels: 4heures37
    Stencil: The Crafter's Workshops
    Ink: Distress Ink Evergreen Bough
    Stamp: Florilèges Design
    Grey Versafine ink
    Others: Stabilo Pen68, Woody
    3D foam


    650515 :  Sizzix Big Shot Plus Starter Kit
    660320 :  Sizzix Accessory -Precision Base Plate for intricate Thinlits Dies
    660837 :  Sizzix Framelits Plus Die Set 10PK-bunting

    This is a page I particularly like with my favorite colours of the moment! It is very easy to realize thanks to the triangle dies by Sizzix!

    Start by cutting 3 pictures. Do not hesitate to create unusual framings. Get rid of the superfluous and go directly to the point!
    Use several die shapes with different pattern papers and cardstocks. Then put your shapes on white cardstock which has been previously stamped on with a stamp “definition de l’été” (a summer definition).

    Superimpose your shapes; glue some of them with 3D foam for more volume.

    Then cut small foliage shapes & nice trees out of your 4heures37 pattern papers. Decorate with labels and here you are! Finish by making some splashes with your Stabilo Pen68 felt-tip pens.

    Time for pictures now dring the class ! Thanks to my creative students !


    Bonjour !

    Je reviens vers vous aujourd'hui avec une page pleine de fraicheur réalisée le week end dernier pour EntreArtistes avec les toutes dernières collections 4heures37 ! Les deux dernières collections automne & hiver sont mixées ici, comme quoi elles s'adaptent à toutes saisons !

    Matériel :

    Papiers : 4heures37
    Cardstock : Ephéméria
    Alphabets : Webster's Pages
    Embellissements : Ephéméria
    Etiquettes : 4heures37
    Pochoir : The Crafter's Workshops
    Encre : Distress Ink Evergreen Bough
    Tampon : Florilèges Design
    Versafine grise
    Divers : Stabilo Pen68, Woody
    Mousse 3D

    Dies :

    650515 :  Sizzix Big Shot Plus Starter Kit
    660320 :  Sizzix Accessory -Precision Base Plate for intricate Thinlits Dies
    660837 :  Sizzix Framelits Plus Die Set 10PK-bunting

    Voici une page que j'aime énormément dans mes couleurs du moment ! Très simple à réaliser grâce aux dies triangulaires Sizzix !

    Commencez par découper 3 photos, osez les cadrages non conventionnels, on élimine le superflus et on va à l'essentiel !
    Utilisez plusieurs formes de découpes, des imprimés différents et du cardstcok. Placez ensuite vos formes sur votre cardstock blanc préalablement tamponné ici et là avec un tampon “définition de l'été”.

    Superposez vos formes, montez certaines en 3D pour plus de relief.

    Découpez ensuite des petits feuillages, des jolis arbres dans vos papiers imprimés 4heures37, décorez simplement avec des étiquettes et le tour est joué ! Eclaboussez enfin avec vos feutres Stabilo Pen68 en touche finale.


  • More than meets the eye!

    Wednesday, 7 October, 2015

    Many thanks to Brenda Walton for cheering up an otherwise grey and rain swept day in my little corner of Wales. She only went and designed another fabulous set of dies for us all to play with!

    The title of this weeks blog refers to the set in question which is a Thinlits die set named Lanterns and is made up of 23 separate dies.

    The reason I titled the post 'more than meets the eye' is because the first time I saw it as a set of line drawings I was somewhat less than enthusiastic. That all changed when I received a sample and realised what a wonderfully versatile set this is with bags of creative potential.

    I set out to make a card using only the lanterns but I thought 'No! that doesn't tell the whole story' so I couldn't resist making another couple of cards to show off some of the other dies too.

    For this card I have assembled a selection of shades of grey Bazzill card together with some ivory and metallic silver card. I chose a floral stamp from one of Tim Holtz' Stampers Anonymous sets and stamped two rectangles of card using grey ink before die-cutting my two lanterns.... two of six I might add!

    Next, I used a Hougie Board to add embossed stripes to the lanterns. you can also use a ribbler if you have one (wish I could find mine!)

    I die-cut two tassels and two of the lantern centres before attaching them to the rear of the lantern using adhesive foam pads.

    Next, I cut the three separate elements needed to create the flower from silver and two shades of grey before using a stylus to give them a little dimension.

    I cut a rectangle of light grey card and embossed it using the trellis folder (one of my faves!). I used the same floral stamp to add detail to the face of my base card and attached the embossed card along with a strip of mid grey card and a rectangle of ivory card. I stamped the word 'enjoy' onto card and cropped it using one of my beloved circle dies before attaching a strip of darker grey card to the rear using an adhesive foam pad. Finally,I die-cut the tiny butterfly from silver card.

    Here is the finished card assembled using a combination of PVA glue, double-sided tape and adhesive foam pads. As you can see I also attached loops of natural twine to the top of the lanterns and added a smattering of adhesive gems and pearls.

    There is so much more that you can do with the lanterns alone as I will probably prove in the coming weeks (I've just sent for some Chinese calligraphy stamps!)

    As well as all those cool lanterns there is a three tier cake and stand in the set, not to mention the lovely heart. I used quite a contemporary colour palette for this card 

     Last but not least there is a gorgeous little cupcake frosting and case die. A suitable stamp and a hand full of diamante gems later........

    It IS okay to be different! I have to remind myself every morning when I wake up!

  • It's Autumn yes.... but I still remember summer

    Wednesday, 7 October, 2015

    Hi everybody!

    Archiving pictures of my Iphone on my computer I could not avoid certain melancholy of summer days, I selected a few photos of those hot days and I make a Layout remembering last season.

    Also I really wanted to play with two of my new dies, that from now are in my favorites; the branches back to nature and the fabulous Bigz Die Love birds 3D Rose. 

    This are the Sizzix products used in this projects:

    Be Happy!!


    ¡Hola a todo el mundo!

    Archivando fotos de mi Iphone en mi ordenador no he podido evitar cierta melancolía de los días de verano, Así que he seleccionado algunas fotos de esos días calurosos y he hecho una página recordando la pasada temporada.

    También tenia muchas ganas de jugar con dos de mis nuevos troqueles, que a partir de ya están entre mis favoritos; las ramas back to nature y el fabuloso Bigz  Love Birds 3D.

    Estos son los productos Sizzix utilizados en este proyecto:

    Sed muy felices!!

  • A Quick Christmas Tag

    Tuesday, 6 October, 2015

    Hi Sizzix fans!
    Have you started working on your Christmas cards yet? I usually have to make quite a lot of them each year, so I figured I would better start on time this year. Since I have to make about 40 Christmas cards, it's important for me that it doesn't take me too much time to work on one card. That's exactly why I love Sizzix Christmas dies so much. They allow me to make a Christmas card or tag in less than an hour. Today I will show a quick Christmas tag that I made in only 50 minutes.

    Sizzix Supplies:

    The tag itself was cut out of cardstock with the Tim Holtz Bigz Die Tag & Bookplates. After that, I used the beautiful Thinlits Die Set Holiday Knit to cut out two decorative borders, which I attached on the bottom and at the top of my tag. 

    For my sentiment, I used the beautiful Thinlits Die Merry Christmas & Happy New Year. Using a large die such as this one makes it really easy to whip up a card or tag rather quickly, because this die covers a large part of my tag already. As I wanted to add a little detail as well, I cut out two tiny stars with the Thinlits Die Set Festive Scribbles and added them on the left and right side of the sentiment. 

    Finally, I added two reindeers as well. They are actually the left-overs of a border that I cut out with the Thinlits Die Set Holiday Knit. Never throw away your left-overs, because they could always come in handy on another project :) 

    I hope you liked my tag.
    Thank you for stopping by!

    In Dutch:
    Hoi Sizzix fans!
    Zijn jullie al begonnen met het maken van kerstkaarten? Ik moet er vaak aardig wat maken, dus besloot ik dit jaar op tijd te begonnen. Aangezien ik ongeveer 40 kerstkaarten moet maken, vind ik het fijn als ik niet al te veel tijd aan een kaartje hoef te besteden. Juist daarom werk ik graag met de mooie kerststansen van Sizzix als ik kerstkaarten maak. Daarmee lukt het me vaak om een kerstkaart of tag te maken in minder dan een uur tijd. Vandaag laat ik bijvoorbeeld een tag zien die ik in ongeveer 50 minuten heb gemaakt. 

    Sizzix benodigdheden:

    De tag zelf is uit cardstock gestanst met de Tim Holtz Bigz Die Tag & Bookplates. Daarna heb ik de mooie Thinlits Die Set Holiday Knit gebruikt om twee decoratieve randjes uit te stansen, die ik bovenaan en onderaan op mijn tag heb geplakt. 

    Voor de tag heb ik de Thinlits Die Merry Christmas & Happy New Year gebruikt. Als je een grote stans als deze gebruikt ben je ook relatief snel klaar met een kaart, omdat hij al een groot deel van je kaart vult. Omdat ik ook wat kleine details wilde toevoegen heb ik twee sterren uitgestanst met de . Thinlits Die Set Festive Scribbles en heb ik deze links en rechts van de tekst opgeplakt.

    Ten slotte heb ik nog twee rendiertjes aan mijn tag toegevoegd. Dit zijn eigenlijk de restjes van een randje dat ik heb uitgestanst met de Thinlits Die Set Holiday Knit. Gooi dus nooit de restjes van je stansen weg, want je weet nooit wanneer die nog van pas komen :) 

    Ik hoop dat jullie mijn tag leuk vonden.
    Dankjewel voor het langskomen!

  • Spider Garland for Halloween

    Tuesday, 6 October, 2015

    Hi friends!

     Today we will make a simple Spider Garland for Halloween, using two basic dies as the Circles and the Alphabet.

     I used these spiders to make a garland, but can also serve as cake toppers by hitting a stick, or to decorate whatever comes to mind.

    You need:

    Cut circles with our Big Shot and Circles Die, many circles as spiders want to do. I put cardboard for up to 6 at the same time to get 6 circles with a single cut. To make the legs I used the letter L of Alphabet Die, need 8 legs for spider .

     To make the spiders I glued four legs on each side of the circle on the back side, on the forward side glue the eyes. 

    To mount the garland spiders, stick  on the thread with a piece of tape on the back side.

     What do you think? See you next Tuesday with a new tutorial!


    Ciao amici!

    Oggi faremo una semplice ghirlanda di ragnetti per Halloween, usando due fustelle basiche come i cerchi e le lettere. Io ho usato questi ragni per fare una ghirlanda, ma si possono benissimo usare per fare dei simpatici cake toppers con un bastoncino incollato dietro, o qualsiasi altro uso vi venga in mente.

    Tagliare dei cerchi con la nostra Big Shot, tanti quanti ragnetti volete fare. Io ho tagliato fino a 6 cartonicini tutti insieme. Per fare le zampe ho usato la lettera L della mia fustella Word Play, servono 8 zampe a ragno.

    Per fare i ragni incollare 4 zampe ad ogni lato del cerchio, girare ed incollare gli occhietti. Per fare la ghirlanda, attaccare i ragni al cordone usando lo scotch.

    Che ne pensate? Ci vediamo il prossimo martedì con un altro tutorial!


    Hola amigos!

     Hoy haremos una sencilla guirnalda de arañas para Halloween, usando dos troqueles básicos como el de círculos y el del alfabeto. Yo he usado estas arañas para hacer una guirnalda, pero también pueden servir como cake toppers pegándoles un palito, o para decorar cualquier cosa que se nos ocurra.


    Cortamos círculos con nuestra Big Shot y el troquel de círculos, tantos círculos como arañas queremos hacer. Yo he puesto hasta 6 cartulinas a la vez, para obtener 6 círculos con un solo corte. Para hacer las patas he usado la letra L del troquel alfabético, necesitamos 8 patas por araña.

     Para hacer las arañas pegamos cuatro patas de cada lado del círculo del lado de atrás, del lado de adelante pegamos los ojos. Para montar la guirnalda pegamos las arañas al hilo con un trozo de cinta por el lado de atrás.

     Qué os parece? Nos vemos el próximo martes con un nuevo tutorial!

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