• Christmas layout by Karine

    Thursday, 18 December, 2014


    Here is today’s program: a seasonal page with traditional matching colours and a touch of gold!

    Supply list:

    Papers: Elle's Studio, My Mind's Eye
    Cardstock: American Crafts
    Dymo label writer: Miss Clic
    Doily: Crate Paper
    Masking Tape
    Stamp: Jenni Bowlin Mercantile
    Ink: Black Versafine
    Others: Golden twine


    658300 : Sizzix Big Shot Starter Kit
    659426: Sizzix Decorative Strip Die-Bow-Tied
    660058 : Sizzix Thinlits Die Set 17pk-holiday-words-script

    This is a very easy lay-out to create, with two horizontal pictures of the same size. A touch of whimsy is brought thanks to the right amount of gold elements (doily, twine and the My Mind’s Eye pattern paper).

    The word NOEL (so happy to have a French word now in my favourite dies) is cut out of kraft cardstock. It is so thin that you may want to glue it with a spray or a stick.

    I enjoyed using this pretty knot cut out of white cardstock. It brings volume and is a symbol that makes us remember about the numerous pretty presents that will be waiting for us under the Christmas tree this year!

    Have a lovely Thursday,



    Une petite page de saison avec des couleurs classiques assorties d'un soupçon de doré, voici le programme du jour !

    Matériel :

    Papiers : Elle's Studio, My Mind's Eye
    Cardstock : American Crafts
    Dymo : Miss Clic
    Napperon : Crate Paper
    Masking Tape
    Tampon : Jenni Bowlin Mercantile
    Encre : Versafine noire
    Divers : Cordelette dorée

    Dies utilisés :

    658300 : Sizzix Big Shot Starter Kit
    659426 : Sizzix Decorative Strip Die-Bow-Tied
    660058 : Sizzix Thinlits Die Set 17pk-holiday-words-script

    Une page toute simple à réaliser avec deux photos horizontales de même format. La petite touche fantaisie est ajoutée ici par le judicieux dosage de dorure ( napperon, cordelette or et le papier imprimé My Mind's Eye.

    Le mot NOEL, yes ! Enfin un petit mot français chez mes petits dies chéris ! Celui-ci est découpé dans du cardstock kraft, il est tellement fin que je vous conseille d'utiliser de la colle en bombe ou baton pour le fixer.

    Je me suis faite plaisir avec ce joli noeud découpé dans du cardstock blanc, du volume et un symbole pour rappeler les nombreux jolis cadeaux qui seront je l'espère au pied de mon sapin cette année !

    Bon jeudi à vous


  • The Magnificent Seven

    Wednesday, 17 December, 2014

    I loved that film when I was a kid! It was always to be found in the festive TV schedule usually on a Sunday afternoon between Christmas and New Year. In this context however it is the most spurious title I have used this year and as regular readers will know, it has some stiff competition.

    I wanted to set myself a challenge again this week. The challenge was to create a number of different 'Quick Make' cards for last minute emergencies (we always forget someone!). I also wanted to use the same set of dies namely the marvellous Paper Snowflakes Thinlits set from Tim Holtz winter collection. I also used a couple of stamp sets the Christmas Reindeer set from Darkroom Door (DRD). The 'Let it Snow' stamp is from my stamp stash and I'm afraid I can't remember where it comes from!

    The reason that the title of this blog falls a little short is that ....... I only made six cards, OOOOPS!!

    .....and they are not that magnificent really, but I like 'em!

    They are as I said quick makes and it is pretty self evident how they were created so I did away with my usual step-by-step images and just added a few simple instructions to each picture, I hope they show a little bit of versatility for such a simple die set, I could have kept going for ages.... maybe one more would have been nice?

  • Bright hello

    Wednesday, 17 December, 2014

    I love Christmas dearly but right around now creating something non-Christmassy feels wonderful so I've made a bright cheerful card that can be send for any occasion.

    I went with a bright colour palette, a bold patterned paper and a minimum of embellishment for this card. It almost makes me think of spring...
    My main focus was a diecut hello (made with a die from Thinlits Die Set 7PK - You & Me) that I coloured in an ombre pattern using Inktense colour pencils. I diecut two extra words and glued under the one I'd coloured giving the word some dimension.

    I used a die from Thinlits Die Set 10PK - Phrase Cards to cut a black cardstock rectangle on which I ground my sentiment and a few embellishments. I tied some baker's twine around the card before adding the black rectangle to the card.
    Supply list:
    Sizzix Big Shot Starter Kit (Powder Blue & Teal)
    Sizzix Accessory - Magnetic Platform for Wafer-Thin Dies
    Inktense pencils (Derwent)
    Patterned Paper (Simple Stories)
    Enamel Dot (My Mind's Eye)
    Baker's twine
    Jeg holder meget af julen, men lige omkring på dette tidspunkt kan det være skønt at skabe noget, der overhoved ikke har noget med jul at gøre.
    Til dette kort valgte jeg friske farver, et enkelt mønstret papir og nogle få detaljer, og resultatet er et kort, der nærmest minder mig om forår.
    Fokus for kortet er et ord udstanset med en die fra Thinlits Die Set 7PK - You & Me. Jeg farvelagde ordet i en farveskala med Inktense farveblyanter, før jeg limede to udstansninger af samme ord under den farvelagte. Det giver ordet dimension.
    Med en die fra Thinlits Die Set 10PK - Phrase Cards udstansede jeg en sort rektangel, som jeg brugte til at samle mine forskellige detaljer på. Inden jeg monterede det på kortet, bandt jeg lidt baker's twine omkring kortet.
    Sizzix Big Shot Starter Kit (Powder Blue & Teal)
    Sizzix Accessory - Magnetic Platform for Wafer-Thin Dies
    Inktense farveblyanter (Derwent)
    Mønstret papir
    Enamel Dot (My Mind's Eye)
    Baker's twine

  • Christmas card by Minna

    Wednesday, 17 December, 2014

    Hello to everyone:) Here is my newest card where I have used a one of my favourite die, Snowflakes.

    Sizzix products:
    Sizzix Big Shot Machine 657900
    Sizzix Bigz Die - Snowflakes #3 659994

    Other products:
    Pion Design papers; Days of Winter, Sweet Baby, vintage image
    corrugated cardboard, white cardboard, page  of the book, glue, tape

     The card is size 10 cm × 15 cm. I have sewn all the edges and inked them with Distress Ink Walnut Stain.  Snowflakes are cut using die  Sizzix Bigz Die - Snowflakes #3 659994 . Cut them both white cardboard and corrugated cardboard. Finally place these all together like above.

    Happy crafting, Minna

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    Moi, enää viikko jouluun:)) Tässä vielä yksi joulukortti näytille jossa olen käyttänyt suosikkistanssiani, Snowflakes.

    Sizzix tarvikkeet:
    Sizzix Big Shot Machine 657900
    Sizzix Bigz Die - Snowflakes #3 659994

    Muut tarvikkeet:
    Pion Design papereita; Days of Winter, Sweet Baby, vintagekuva
    aaltopahvia, valkoista kartonkia, liimaa teippiä, kirjan sivu

    Kortti on kooltaan 10 cm × 15 cm. Papereiden reunat on ommeltu ja niihin on laiteetu Distress Ink mustetta Walnut Stain. Lumihiutaleet leikattu stanssilla   Sizzix Bigz Die - Snowflakes #3 659994   sekä kartongista että aaltopahvista. Asettele kaikki osaset kuten kuvassa:)

    Mukavaa viikkoa, Minna

  • Christmas decoration

    Tuesday, 16 December, 2014

    Hi everyone
    Today i will show you a Christmas decoration to boost your Christmas free or in a window

    Items i have used:
    Paper: White cardstock
    embossing gold /ranger, flowers
    How to make:
    I die cut the dies 2 pieces and glued them together to make it thicker.Then I emboss using gold embossing. I die cut Holiday greens and decorat the top front and back
    Thanks for stopping by, Wish you a great week
    Hej alle
    I dag vil jeg vise hvordan du  kan lave en juletræs dekoration eller et ophæng til dit vindue.
    Sizzix dies jeg har brugt:
    Papir: White cardstock
    embossing gold /ranger, roser
    Fremgangs måde:
    Jeg har udstanset die to gange for at gøre den mere stabil, derefter har jeg guld embosset den. Udstanset Holiday Greens og dekoreret med disse på begge sider.
    Tak fordi du kiggede forbi, ønsker dig en dejlig julet uge

  • Flowers and details with Lilith

    Tuesday, 16 December, 2014

    I know it is nearly Christmas and that winter is just around the corner but at this time of year I usually get a wee bit nostalgic and I start longing for summer again. When I started thinking about my project for this week I couldn't help myself and just had to use this cute photo of my sun sitting in the garden of our holiday home where we stayed this summer. He was observing every little detail: the grass, the flowers and most importantly the insects. I love how to see the tiniest things. I think as adults we sometimes forget to look more closely.
    I used an embossing folder with flowers to create one of the layers underneath my photo which I cut out using a frame die cut. I also spent a bit of time cutting around the embossed flowers. 

    Supplies:Paper: Shimelle's Collection (American Crafts), Maggie Holmes Open Book (Crate Paper), Other: Doily, American Crafts tiny attacher, American Crafts gold staples, white paint, Mr Huey's Mint Julep (Studio Calico),
    Sizzix Textured Impressions Embossing Folders 2PK - Wreath & Flowers Set 659815
    Have a wonderful week and see next Tuesday.


  • Last minute Christmas card with dies and masking.

    Monday, 15 December, 2014

    Hi everybody! Are you done with your Christmas cards? Just in case, here is a very quick idea for you using Tim Holtz Bigz dies

    • Foam squares

    You can use your dies in many ways. Here I have die cut the snowflake and I have use it as a mask to give some interest to the background of my card. Then I have used the actual inked snowflake in my card, so there is no waist!

    Then have die cut the presents with different pattern papers and have attached them to the card base with foam squares and to finish the card I have attached some red and green pearls and doodled some dash lines with white gel pen on the snowflake.


    Hola a todos! ¿Ya tenéis todas las felicitaciones navideñas hechas? Aquí os dejo alguna idea de último minuto para hacer con troqueles de Tim Holtz.

    La verdad es que los troquelados se pueden utilizar de muchas maneras, en este caso he utilizado el copo de nieve como máscara para entintar el fondo de la tarjeta y que tenga más interés. Después he utilizado el copo entintado como parte también de la tarjeta. ¡Aquí no se tira nada! 

    Después he troquelado los regalos con diferentes papeles decorados y los he pegado con foam adhesivo. Para terminar la tarjeta unas perlitas adhesivas verdes y rojas y unos toques de rotulador blanco en las puntas del copo de nieve. 

  • Mini Hexagon Stockings

    Monday, 15 December, 2014

    I'm sticking with hexagons at the moment and have been making some mini quilted hexy stockings (hang-on-the-tree size) to give to my sons' teachers for Christmas.

    I've never made presents for teachers before and so wanted to start off with something small but personalise it for each recipient.

    Out came the Big Shot and the Hexagons, 1in Sides #2 die to turn this pile of Christmas fabric scraps into a neat stack of hexagons.

    The Hexagons, 3/4in Sides was used to cut all of the papers to use with them.

    I English paper pieced the front of the stocking, joining the hexagons together until they formed a piece big enough to cover the template I'd drawn out (I did cheat a bit and adjusted the template here and there if the hexagons didn't quite reach by a fraction).

    I drew around the template with a water erasable pen, cut it out and then, because I'd just cut through some of the seams, machine-sewed around the edge to hold them together. With some scrap lining and a thin piece of batting I quilted the front with a simple diamond pattern.

    The template was used (in reverse) to draw out and cut the back of the stocking from a neutral fabric. Before pinning and sewing it to the front, I wrote Aidan's teacher's name on it in water erasable pen and embroidered over the top in red before sponging away the remaining visible ink.

    The front and back of the stocking were sewn together leaving the top open. The lining was made in the same way but the bottom of the foot part left open as well, to allow the stocking to be turned out the right way at the end.

    I basted a ribbon hanging loop to the top back of the stocking outer and then stitched the lining to the outer around the top, reversing over the section that held the loop before continuing on to make sure it was well secured.
    Then all that was left was to turn it the right way out and close the opening in the bottom of the lining. I say all that was left but I do still need to buy the bits and bobs to go inside...and make 2 more. One down though.

    Hope your Christmas makes are going well!

  • Bente's last minute Christmas cards

    Sunday, 14 December, 2014


    Hi Sizzix friends!
    Today I am sharing some last minute Christmas cards using the basic oval shape and a couple of the new sets this Winter.

     I used the ovals die to cut out a sweet vintage picture of  some wintery children I used the largest oval for this one.

    Here I used  the Tim Holtz 'Holiday block words' and one of the snowflakes from a lovely set by Paula Pascual.

    For the next one I used the Tim Holtz 'Holiday greens' die with four different  seasonal leaf/twig shapes.

    And here finally is a picture of all three cards in the set.

    So you see,...if you have not yet finished your cards it's still not too late.
    Making a few simple but cute cards is so easy :-)

    The dies I used are:
    Sizzix Thinlits Die Set 4PK - Holiday Greens
    Sizzix Thinlits Die Set 17PK - Holiday Words: Block
    Sizzix Thinlits Die Set 9PK - Winter Borders & Rosette
    Sizzix Framelits Die Set 7PK - Ovals

    The lovely papers are by the Polish manufacturer Lemoncraft

  • Present boxes

    Saturday, 13 December, 2014
    Hello all,

    it's my new Christmas card. Presents is what my kids are waiting most of all so I've decided to decorate the card with present boxes.

    I used some white acrylic paint to make the leaves look like covered with snow.

    The products I used:

    Sizzix Bigz Die - Retro Packages

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