• Clean and simple

    Wednesday, 22 October, 2014

    If you asked anyone I work with to describe me, the word 'simple' may crop up quite a bit although the word 'clean' would be conspicuous by it's absence (I'm a bit messy when I'm working!). Having said that, when it comes to card making Clean & Simple is what I prefer nine times out of ten. 

    A few weeks back I made some cards using hexagons which I have taken with me to various shows and demo's recently and they always seem to be popular which I why I want to revisit the idea but with a festive twist.

    I will be using a couple of the new Texture Fades embossing folder sets from Tim Holtz namely the Beaded Garland & Snowflake set and the Greeting & Greens set together with the Framelits Hexagons set.

    I will also be using a selection of Distress inks to bring the embossing to life.

    I started by using a 44 mm wide hexagon to die-cut an aperture in my base card behind which I placed a printed sentiment attached using adhesive foam pads to add a little dimension. I used the same hexagon to die-cut 4 shapes each of which I embossed using my 'Greens' folder.

    I inked over the embossed detail using Ripe Persimmon and Spiced Marmalade before adding a little depth to the edges with Fired Brick. Next, I coloured the berries white using a gel pen (Uni-ball Signo by the way, Good white pens are hard to find!) You may need to repeat the white colour up to three times.

     All that was left to do was attach the separate hexagons around the aperture using adhesive foam pads trimming the bottom one to fit the card.

    For the second card, I repeated the first three steps moving the aperture to the right and debossing with the 'Snowflakes' pattern.

    I used Shabby Shutters, Peacock Feathers and Dusty Concord Distress Inks to add the colour. Once dry, I added tiny 2 mm adhesive gems to the centre of each snowflake and sprayed them with silver 'Spray & Sparkle' to enhance the colours and add a bit off 'Bling'.

    I attached the hexagons as before and that, as they say, is that!

    This is the sort of card I would be more than happy to send or receive and I'm sure that there are endless colour and embossing combinations that you could play about with to equally good effect.

  • Noel candy cane

    Wednesday, 22 October, 2014

    Back to Christmas card again this week and I've gone with one of my favourite colour combinations for Christmas: Kraft, white, red and gold. Love the way those colours come together and instantly remind me of Christmas. This week's card features the new Thinlits Die Set 9PK - Christmas Phrase Cards as well as the new Thinlits Die Set 9PK - Winter Borders & Rosette.
    I kept the card relatively simple and let the card feature a rather large slice of white space.
    On the left most side of the white cardstock, I diecut one of the borders from Thinlits Die Set 9PK - Winter Borders & Rosette. Then I used the same border to cut red cardstock to fill in the empty spaces in the white cardstock and thereby achieving the candy cane look. The second border, also from Thinlits Die Set 9PK - Winter Borders & Rosette, was diecut in a gold paper. I made sure to reserve the stars from the border to use as a detail near the sentiment.
    To create the sentiment for the card I diecut four (and ended up only using three) "noels" using one of the dies from Thinlits Die Set 9PK - Christmas Phrase Cards. Glueing the three diecuts on top of one another will give your diecut dimension as well as stability.

    Once I had mounted three "noels" on top of one another I added the sentiment to my card. I then strung the baker's twine around the card and tied a bow just above the sentiment. To make sure that the ends of the bow remained arranged in a nice way, I put a little glue under each end. The final touch was to add three of the little gold stars above the sentiment.
    Supply list:
    Sizzix Big Shot Starter Kit (Powder Blue & Teal)
    Sizzix Accessory - Magnetic Platform for Wafer-Thin Dies
    Thinlits Die Set 9PK - Christmas Phrase Cards
    Gold paper
    Baker's twine
    Jeg er tilbage til julekortene i denne uge, og jeg har arbejdet med en af mine favorit farvekombinationer til julekort: kraft, hvid, rød og guld. Jeg elsker den måde, de farver arbejder sammen og umiddelbart minder en om jul. Denne uges kort er lavet med dies fra Thinlits Die Set 9PK - Christmas Phrase Cards og Thinlits Die Set 9PK - Winter Borders & Rosette.
    Kortet er hold enkelt og med et relativt stort white space område.
    På den venstre side af det hvide karton udstansede jeg en af strimlerne fra Thinlits Die Set 9PK - Winter Borders & Rosette. Jeg brugte den samme die til at udstanse rødt karton til at fylde i hullerne i det hvide karton, hvorved jeg fik candy cane looket frem. Den anden strimmel, også fra Thinlits Die Set 9PK - Winter Borders & Rosette, udstansede jeg i guldfarvet papir. Jeg sørgede for at gemme de små stjerner, så jeg kunne bruge dem et andet sted på kortet.
    For at lave teksten på kortet udstansede jeg fire "noel" (jeg endte med kun at bruge tre af dem) med en die fra Thinlits Die Set 9PK - Christmas Phrase Cards. Når man limer flere udstansede motiver ovenpå hinanden, får man et stabilt og dimensionelt motiv uden at bruge 3d-puder.
    Da jeg havde limet de tre "noel" ovenpå hinanden, limede jeg dem på det kortet. Herefter vandt jeg baker's twine om kortet, og bandt sløjfen lige over teksten. For at være sikker på at sløjfens ender blev siddende på en pæn måde, limede jeg dem fast med en lille klat lim. Det sidste touch var at montere tre af guldstjernerne over højre side af hilsnen.
    Sizzix Big Shot Starter Kit (Powder Blue & Teal)
    Sizzix Accessory - Magnetic Platform for Wafer-Thin Dies
    Thinlits Die Set 9PK - Christmas Phrase Cards
    Guldfarvet papir
    Baker's twine

  • Best New Year Wishes

    Wednesday, 22 October, 2014

    Hello to all:) It`s never too late to start making Christmas and Happy New Year greetings cards, so here is a one of my, a tag.

     Sizzix products:
    Sizzix Big Shot Machine 657900
    Sizzix Bigz Die - Snowflakes #3 659994
    Sizzix Textured Impressions Embossing Folders 2PK - Borders & Flowers Set 659964

    Other items:
    Pion Design papers Silent Night, vintage image, white cardboard
    embossing powders;Silver and Snowflake, watermark stamp pad, embossing heating tool
    vintage seam binding ribbon blue

    Cut the tag out from the cardboard (size 16,5 cm × 8 cm) and patterned paper at same size, tape them together. Emboss the piece of paper using border folder included the set  Sizzix Textured Impressions Embossing Folders 2PK - Borders & Flowers Set 659964 , tape it on to the tag. Cut the snowflakes out from the cardboard using die Sizzix Bigz Die - Snowflakes #3 659994 and emboss them with powders.
    Tape the image and snowflakes , glue the seam binding ribbon bow and finally greeting. That`s all:)

    Happy crafting, Minna

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    Moi taas, tein tagin uuden vuoden tervehdyksellä, voi yhtä hyvin laittaa myös jouluisen tervehdyksen:)

    Sizzix tarvikkeet:
    Sizzix Big Shot Machine 657900
    Sizzix Bigz Die - Snowflakes #3 659994
    Sizzix Textured Impressions Embossing Folders 2PK - Borders & Flowers Set 659964

    Muut tarvikkeet:
    Pion Designin paperit; Silent Night, vintage kuva, valkoinen kartonki
    embossausjauheet; Silver ja Snowflake, vesileimamuste, kuumailmapuhallin, saumanauhaa

    Leikkaa tagi kartongista ja kuviopaperi kokoa 16,5 × 8 cm, kiinnitä ne yhteen. Kohokuvioi pala kuviopaperia kansiolla setistä Sizzix Textured Impressions Embossing Folders 2PK - Borders & Flowers Set 659964  ja kiinnitä kuvioitu paperi tagiin. Leikkaa lumihiutaleet kartongista stanssilla Sizzix Bigz Die - Snowflakes #3 659994  ja embossaa ne jauheilla. Teippaa kuva ja lumihiutaleet, liimaa saumanauharusetti ja lopuksi tervehdys. Siinä kaikki:)

    Mukavaa keskiviikkoa, Minna

  • Clean and simple

    Tuesday, 21 October, 2014

    Hi everyone
    Today I will show you 3 clean and simple cards
    Items i have used:
    Supply list:
    Paper: Craft & You Design.-Frozen Paper-, . Hello Baby- size 10x 10cm
    Ink: hero art-Art Print brown-, Bubble Gum-, Archival ink-Watering wan-, distress ink-Peeled Paint-, -forest Moss-, Vintage Photo
    3 d foam, Pontura paint -White -and -Pink-

    Thanks for stopping by, wish you a great week
    Hej alle
    I dag vil jeg vise kort som er i clean and simple stilen
    Sizzix dies jeg har brugt:
    Andre materialer:
    Papir: Craft & You Design.-Frozen Paper-, . Hello Baby-størrelse 10x 10cm
    Ink: hero art-Art Print brown-, Bubble Gum-, Archival ink-Watering wan-, distress ink-Peeled Paint-, -forest Moss-, Vintage Photo
    3 d foam, pontura paint -White -and -Pink-
    Tak fordi du kiggede forbi, ønsker dig en dejlig uge

  • Simple goes far ... by Lilith

    Tuesday, 21 October, 2014

    When I got my Big Shot it came with a Bigz die (Basic Shapes). I use it all the time. For this layout I started off with some stamping and made a feature of the stamped images by highlighting them with enamel dots. Then I cut out a heart from some Heidi Swapp 6*6 paper which I placed to the side of the stamping. Then I cut out the shapes using the Bigz Die which I used as embellishments. 

    Other: Favorite things by Heidi Swapp, Studio Calico Color Theory inks, enamel dots, Mr Huey's Mint Julep,

  • Sizzix at Creativa Madrid 2014

    Monday, 20 October, 2014

    Hi everybody! Elena here

    This weekend was very busy for the Sizzix team in Spain. The Feria Creativa Madrid 2014 took place from Thursday to Sunday and me, and other fellow spanish Sizzix bloggers were there!

    I was teaching theese two projects in six different workshops, and more than 50 people learned how to use the Big Shot, Bigz dies, framelits and embossing folders!

    Paula Pascual, Sizzix Designer and blogger was teaching also there, and Raquel Reyes was doing Big Shot demos for Manos Maravillosas. I had the opportunity to meet Mercedes Jiménez Campuzano for the first time there, she was visiting the craft fair. You can see her patchwork works with Sizzix on the blog every Saturday.

    With Mercedes Jiménez Campuzano

    With Paula Pascual and Mercedes Jiménez Campuzano

    With Raquel Reyes
    We had a lot of fun teaching and demoing Sizzix products! Next stop: Creativa Barcelona in November!

    Happy Monday!


    Este fin de semana fue muy activo para el equipo Sizzix de España. Se celebró la feria Creativa en Madrid y yo estuve dando estos dos proyectos en seis talleres diferentes. ¡Más de 50 personas aprendieron a usar la Big Shot, los Bigz Dies, Framelits y carpetas de embossing!

    Paula Pascual, diseñadora y blogger de Sizzix también estaba allí impartiendo talleres y Raquel Reyes estuvo haciendo demostraciones en el stand de Manos Maravillosas. También tuve la ocasión de conocer a Mercedes Jiménez Campuzano, que nos hizo una visita. Podéis ver sus maravillosos proyectos de patchwork con Sizzix en el blog todos los sábados.

    La verdad es que nos lo pasamos genial enseñando y demostrando los productos Sizzix en la feria. Próxima parada: ¡Creativa Barcelona en noviembre!

    ¡Feliz lunes!

  • Advent Calendar part 3

    Monday, 20 October, 2014

    The last stage in making the advent calendar is assembling all of the component parts.
    Before adding the pockets to the pieced background, I made a quilt sandwich with the background, batting and some backing fabric and quilted it with basic diagonal lines. Once the pockets are in place the quilting options are restricted and not doing any beforehand would leave quite large un-quilted areas - as a general rule I like to have a maximum gap of 3in between quilting lines. My pre-pocket quilting was just basic diagonal lines running opposite to the pieced stripes, I had to keep it basic as my walking foot broke as I was fitting it to my machine (aargh) and so all of the sewing was done with a regular presser foot (aargh).

    Once the background was quilted the pockets were arranged on it centrally, 1in apart. I arranged my numbers randomly despite my 7 year old son's insistence that they should be in order - but surely half of the fun with an advent calendar is spending 10 minutes hunting for each number in turn, so he was over-ruled.

    I pinned the pockets in place and then stitched 2 lines of running stitch along the sides and bottom, closing the opening in the bottom of the pocket as a result. The double line of running stitch was for strength, to ensure the pockets were firmly fixed (my two sons aren't renowned for their delicate touch, especially where chocolate is concerned).

    The last job before binding the calendar was to add channels, top and bottom, to the back which would house pieces of (12mm diameter) dowel enabling it to hold its shape as it hangs. Each channel comprised of three sections, to make one complete channel I cut 3 pieces of fabric, two measuring 4in x 2 1/4in and one measuring 12 1/2in x 2 1/4in. Each of the shorter sides on the longer piece were hemmed by folding the ends over twice, a 1/4in each time. The two shorter pieces had the inward facing ends hemmed but the outer ends need to be sealed to fix the dowel inside, one was sewn shut but the other folded in to be closed by hand once the dowel was inside.

    All 3 channel pieces were then folded lengthways and then pinned and stitched along the top/bottom of the back of the calendar starting 1in in from either side.
    All that was left then was to bind the edges, slide the dowel into the channels and sew the ends closed once it was in.

    That's it, done. I love the numbers on it, they're so crisp and consistent having been cut with the Lollipop Shadow Numbers die and the pockets are a good size, allowing more options of what little treats that could fit inside. It will be easy for Santa to slip the note into pocket 24 that tells my boys where he's hidden their new pyjamas for Christmas Eve...

  • 'Hello Owl Friends', and what's so great about the Bigz die,.....

    Sunday, 19 October, 2014

    Today I have made a couple of cards using two popular dies and I wanted to let you see what the difference is between the two. As you see the images they produce are pretty similar; with the Bigz die producing a slightly larger owl. 

    The biggest difference however, is in the die itself. The Bigz die is something very special that Sizzix make and it is what's called a 'steel rule die'. They are much stronger than the common die on the market and also take a lot more to produce. -But the end result makes it all worth it.

    The Thinlits are great if you want to cut cardstock or patterned paper with your dies. If you rarely need to make more than one of each, thay are probably your best choice. However, if you want to get a lot more usage fom your dies you should take a good long look at the Bigz die.

    If you want to make lots of owl-cards, (-for party invitations for example), the Bigz will let you cut several layers of cardstock in one go. If you pick different colours cardstock that will leave you with several cuts that you can combine for a different-looking end result. No owl will be the same :-)
    The Bigz die will also cut most craft materials you can think of, and others too. You can make an owl (or whatever other die you use)  out of  an old cardboard box, or maybe out of a recycled soda can. The possibilities are endless! 
    Since being on the Sizzix UK team I have definitely grown to LOVE the Bigz die!! 
    Can you tell?? LOL!

    To make my simple cards I inked around each die cut piece before assembling the owls, and then I added some liquid pearl to enbellish them a little more. I finished off the cards with a small stamped sentiment.

    This first owl was made with the Thinlits dies.


    This one was made with the Bigz die.

    Ok so I hope this comparison was at least a little helpful and that you now will be making lots of owl cards of your own for friends 'owl' and new,...LOL!
    I know I find it handy to have a few extra cards on hand and these will be given to a couple of little girls who celebrate birthdays soon.
    Thanks for looking!

    The dies I used:
    Sizzix Big Shot Machine Only (Powder Blue & Teal)
    Sizzix Thinlits Die Set 9PK - Owl
    Sizzix Bigz Die - Owl #4
    Sizzix Framelits Die Set 8PK w/Stamps - Hello



    I dag har jag gjort två kort med liknande motiv fast med olika dies. Den stora skillnaden är hur användbara Bigz diesen är. Ska du bara göra ett eller att par kort går det ju lika bra med Thinlits diesen. Med Bigs diesen kan du skära igenom de flesta tänkbara hobby materialoch troligen ännu fler. Du kan skära genom många lager av cardstock eller mönsterpapper samtidigt och sedan kombinera dessa för att gäng ugglor (eller något annat) där ingen är den andra lik,. Du kan dessutom skära ut fina motiv från en papplåda som annars var tänkt för återvinningen, eller varför inte metallen i en läskburk. Möjligheterna är många!!
    Tror nog ni har genomskådat mig nu :-),... JA jag har verkligen fått upp ögonen för alla fördelar med Bigz diesen sedan jag blev med på designteamet här på Sizzix UK!

    Jag inkade runt de utstansade delarna innan jag limmade dom på korten. För att ge mina enkla kort något litet extra använde jag liquid pearl som utsmyckning. Sedan stämplade jag en liten hälsning.

    Hoppas ni har någon nytta av min jämförelse och att det nu kommer produceras många fina ugglekort runt om i stugorna!! Jag känner ett par små tjejer som fyller år snart och då är det ju bra att jag redan ordnat med kort....Tack för att ni tittar inom!

    Jag har använt:
    Sizzix Big Shot Machine Only (Powder Blue & Teal)
    Sizzix Thinlits Die Set 9PK - Owl
    Sizzix Bigz Die - Owl #4
    Sizzix Framelits Die Set 8PK w/Stamps - Hello

  • A pink and green card by Olga

    Saturday, 18 October, 2014

    Hello all!

    Here is my new card on any occasion. I used my favourite colours here - pink, yellow and green and my favourite dies - honeycomb, leaves and gears. Recently I also received wonderful dies - phrases and butterflies. They are very beautiful and perfectly match to any project. 

    The products I used:

    Have a nice day!


  • An autumn table topper finished

    Saturday, 18 October, 2014

    Well, here I go again with my finished table topper with that autumn air that I love.
    I enjoyed a lot the hand and machine quilting with 8 cotton thread and a nice variegated Mettler for my Bernina.
    And here it is !

    If you remember, I started this table topper  that I told you here. It was a good opportunity to use my new dies by Sizzix:

    After I sew  the squares in a row 6 by 6, I quilted with straight lines and on the leaves by machine, then, some cotton thread around and inside . This give them some texture that I love.

     I added some cotton lace. Love how it can gave a different style. Here you can see how I sew between the the bias and the top.

    I love very much these new leaves by Tim Holtz that I have cut in fabric. As  you can imagine I pressed some fusible web on the wrong side before the cutting as it is usual before the appliqué technique.

    My backing  fabric is the same that  the bias, from a collection  by Fig Tree that I had some time ago in my stack.

    Autumn is living in my home, is it in yours too?
    Hope you enjoy your weekend. At last we are having some sunny days again after a cloudy week.



    Bueno ,pues aquí estoy otra vez con mi tapete , ya por fín acabado, con un aire otoñal que me encanta.
    Disfruté un montón acolchando a mano y a máquina con un hilo de algodón del nº 8 y un matizado de Mettler para mi máquina de coser Bernina.
    Y ahí lo podéis ver, en la primera foto, listo  para colocarlo

    Si te acuerdas, lo empecé  la semana pasada y te lo conté aquí. Fue una buena oportunidad de usar los nuevos troqueles de Sizzix.

    Después de coser los cuadrados en filas de 6 por 6, hice el acolchado con líneas rectas y a máquina sobre las hojas, después usé el hilo de algodón alrededor y dentro de ellas. Esto ha conseguido darle una textura que me encanta.
    Añadí  una puntilla en algodón alrededor. Me encanta cómo puede cambiar el estilo  con este detalle. Puedes ver en la foto cómo la cosí entre el biés y el top.
    Me gustan mucho las hojas del troquel de Tim Holtz que he cortado en tela. Como puedes imaginarte, primero planché entretela por el revés antes de hace la aplicación.
    He elegido la misma tela del biés para  la trasera . Es de una colcección de  Fig Tree que tenía por casa hace tiempo.
    El otoño ya está viviendo  casa, ¿ está en la tuya también ?
    Espero disfrutes el fin de semana. Por fín estamos teniendo unos días soleados por aquí , después de una semana de lluvias.

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