• Some more hearts.... A Wedding card

    Friday, 12 June, 2015

    hi there,

    do you remember my last weeks hearted card?
    I think i am in a hearted-mood at the moment..

    And as it was time to make a wedding card - its my boss' wedding next week - i decited
    to use this mood to make a hearted one.

    Sizzix Big Shot Plus Starter Kit (White & Gray)
    Sizzix Thinlits Die Set 2PK - Decorative Trim #2
    Sizzix Bigz Die - Flower Layers & Leaf #2
    Crêpe-Paper, Sewing Machine, Cardstock

    First of all i sew some crêpe-paper onto the cardstock.
    Then i took some of the  hearted Sizzix Thinlits Die Set 2PK - Decorative Trim #2
    and cut them into pieces....
    I added a flower and stamped the title...

    Ready... and i love how it turns out.

    Have a great weekende, Stephanie


    Hallo Ihr Lieben,

    erinnert ihr euch noch an die herzige Karte von letztem Freitag?
    Ich glaube ich bin gerade in einer herzigen Stimmung....

    Denn als es jetzt Zeit für eine Hochzeitskarte war - mein Chef heiratet nächste Woche - habe ich
    entschieden diese Stimmung gleich auszunutzen und eine herzige Karte zu machen.

    Sizzix Big Shot Plus Starter Kit (White & Gray)
    Sizzix Thinlits Die Set 2PK - Decorative Trim #2
    Sizzix Bigz Die - Flower Layers & Leaf #2
    Krepp-Paper, Nähmaschine, Cardstock

    Zuerst habe ich das Krepppapier auf den Cardstock geklebt.
    Dann habe ich die Herzbordüre aus dem Set Sizzix Thinlits Die Set 2PK - Decorative Trim #2
    in Einzelstücke zerschnitten und die aufgeklebt.
    Dann noch eine Blüte drauf und den Titel gestempelt...

    Ich mag sie....

    Liebste Grüße und ein schönes Wochenende, Steffi

  • Decorative gift wrap

    Friday, 12 June, 2015

    Hi Sizzix friends!

    Today I want to show you how I’ve decorated a kraft paper bag to use as gift wrap. To make this decoration I’ve used the dies included in the Big Shot Plus Starter Kit and a Decorative Strip die designed by Doodlebug for Sizzix. 

    In this case I’ve decided to combine the kraft colour with blues and whites. Normally I like to combine it with red but I felt this combination was more elegant which was perfect for the person who received this gift.

    Here are some details:

    I’ve fixed the flowers using a blue brad and curved the petals and the leaves to give some volume.

    Once I’ve die-cut the decorative strip, I’ve embossed it using the embossing folder included in the Big Shot Plus kit.

    It’s really easy to create a cute decoration for our gift wrapping, isn’t it?

    I have used the following Sizzix products:

    I hope you have enjoyed this decorative gift wrap. Thanks for your visit!

    Have a creative and happy Friday!


    ¡Hola a todos!

    Hoy quería enseñaros cómo he decorado una bolsa de papel kraft para utilizarla de envoltorio de regalo. Para esta decoración he utilizado los troqueles incluidos en la Big Shot Plus Starter Kit y la cenefa decorativa del troquel de Decorative Strip diseñado por Doodlebug para Sizzix.

    En esta ocasión he optado por combinar el kraft con azules y blancos, Normalmente me gusta combinarlo con rojos y blanco pero en esta ocasión el azul le aportaba un toque elegante y dulce.

    Algunos detalles: 

    He fijado las flores con un brad de color azul y las he curvado así como las hojas para darle un poco de volumen.
    Una vez troquelada la cenefa la he hecho el embossing con la carpeta (imposible decirle carpetilla) del kit. 

    Es realmente sencillo realizar una decoración para decorar nuestros paquetes de regalo ¿no os parece?

    He utilizado los siguientes productos Sizzix:

    Espero que os haya gustado esta decoración para adornar nuestros regalos. ¡Gracias por la visita!

    ¡Feliz y creativo viernes!

  • Tree love – Shabby Chic Frame

    Friday, 12 June, 2015

    Happy Friday everyone! It's Anna posting today.
    Today it’s time for a tutorial :) Would you like to create an easy, cheap and cute frame? Then, keep reading this post! If you’re into shabby chic, then this project will be perfect for you ;)

    cafe creativo - sizzix big shot plus - fustelle - home decor - cornice shabby chic (1)

    cafe creativo - sizzix big shot plus - fustelle - home decor - cornice shabby chic (2)

    The first thing you'll need is a frame to paint. I found a cheep frame at the furniture store, but you could use one you already have to give it a new look.

    cafe creativo - sizzix big shot plus - fustelle - home decor - cornice shabby chic (3)
    Here’s a video for you! In the video I explain how I made the frame. Have fun! The supply list is below.

    Items used:
    picture frame
    cardstock: white, grey, red
    acrylic paint: black, white
    sand paper fine
    painting brush
    Per le amiche italiane! :)

    Buon Venerdì a tutti, sono Anna ed oggi tocca a me regalarvi qualche ispirazione.

    E' il momento giusto per un tutorial! Vi piacerebbe creare un quadretto semplice, economico e carino? Allora, continuate a leggere questo articolo! E se siete shabby chic, questo progetto sarà perfetto per voi ;)
    La prima cosa di cui avrete bisogno è una cornice da dipingere. Ho comprato un paio di semplici cornici presso un celebre negozio di arredamento, ma ovviamente potrete utilizzare una cornice che avete già in casa.
    Questo home décor è un modo piuttosto semplice per aggiungere un tocco romantico alla vostra casa, ma anche per fare un bel regalo ad un'amica, ad una giovane coppia...

    Ecco dunque il mio videotutorial per voi! Nel video spiego passo-passo come ho creato l'intero quadretto.
    Buona visione!
    cartoncini: bianco, grigio, rosso
    cartone di recupero
    pittura acrilica: nero, bianco
    carta vetrata fine

  • The dancing fairy of dreams

    Thursday, 11 June, 2015

    Welcome back thursday!
    Today for the project I was inspired to creative working with iron wire.
    I really admire this technique, it is not simple: it needs imagination, instruments suitable for folding the iron and some strength in the hands.
    But now we see how to make this fairy!!
    I used:
    Sizzix Big Shot Plus Starter Kit 660515

    Sizzix Thinlits Die Set 16PK - Card, Birthday Pop-Up

    Pink chiffon
    Got glue
    White and yellow cardstocks
    Iron wire
    Pliers for jewelry
    Gilding paste
    Gold flakes
    Golden glitter

    Take a piece of iron wire and, with the help of pliers, to model a dancer.
    Take the chiffon e create a pompom.
    With the hot glue, paste the pompom on the dancer.
    Die cut the magic wand with white cardstock. Brush it with the gilding paste and wait until it turns transparent. Now apply the gold flakes. Paste the magic wand on the arm of the fairy.
    Die cut some stars using the yellow cardstock.
    Now create a rectangular frame with iron wire and wrap the chiffon on one long side of rectangular frame. Hang the fairy in a corner of the frame, the stars in another corner.
    Now missing only the moon!!!
    Create a moon with yellow cardstock, cover it with glue and sprinkle with golden glitter.
    Right now the picture is ready!!!
    This dancing fairy will bring sweet dreams in all starry nights!
    See you next time!!

    Bentornato giovedì!!!
    Per questo progetto mi sono ispirata a tante creative che utilizzano il fil di ferro per le loro creazioni e, in particolare, a Le Bianche Margherite, che ammiro tantissimo!
    Ho pensato così ad una piccola fatina danzante che porta dolci sogni nelle notti stellate....
    Ecco come realizzare questo progetto.
    Ho usato:

    Sizzix Big Shot Plus Starter Kit 660515

    Sizzix Thinlits Die Set 16PK - Card, Birthday Pop-Up

    Tulle rosa
    Colla a caldo
    Cartoncino bianco e giallo
    Fil di ferro
    Pinze per bigiotteria
    Colla per foglia oro
    Foglia oro
    Glitter dorati

    Aiutandosi con le pinze, creare una ballerina con il fil di ferro. Con il tulle creare un pon pon e incollarlo sulla ballerina. La nostra fatina danzante è quasi pronta.
    Fustellare una bacchetta magica, ricoprirla con la colla per foglia oro e aspettare che diventi trasparente. A questo punto spolverare con foglia oro. Incollare la bacchetta magica così ottenuta sul braccio della fatina.
    Con il cartoncino giallo fustellare alcune stelle. Con il fil di ferro creare una cornice rettangolare, avvolgere uno dei lato lunghi con il tulle rosa.
    Appendere in un angolo la fatina, in un altro angolo le stelle.
    Adesso manca soltanto la luna.
    Creare una luna, ricoprirla di colla e spolverare con i glitter dorati. Appenderla insieme alle stelle!
    Il nostro quadretto adesso è pronto!!
    Alla prossima!!!

  • Tool roll for Father's Day

    Thursday, 11 June, 2015

    For several weeks now I've been convinced that Father's Day is this coming Sunday - BUT I was  wrong - so I may even be able to create another Father's Day gift next week.
    I used to find it difficult to find things to give to my Dad - but I think he would have loved this -
    He was a carpenter and he often helped with jobs around our home - and so this would have been very helpful when moving his tools around.
    Now I will give you the measurements for the one I have made, but you can vary the size and the sections to suit the tools that your father, husband, boyfriend, grandpa, uses.
    You will need a strong piece of fabric - I had a heavy twill type fabric, but you could use denim or canvas ( if you re-cycle a pair of old jeans please make sure they aren't his favourite old jeans!!)
    80cm x 50cm (31" x 19 1/2")
    3 pieces of cotton fabric 15cm (6") square in different colours.
    45cm x 15 cm (18" x 6") fusible web.
    1m (1yd) heavy ribbon
    Cut the fusible web into 3 x 15cm (6") squares and fuse to the wrong side of the cotton squares.
    Select the letters that you need on each die and cut out - remember to place the fabric right side down on the die when cutting.
    Arrange the letters on one end of the main fabric about 10cm in from the right, 6cms from the bottom edge, and 15cms from the left side. Fuse, and then stitch in place -

     Fold the raw edge of the left edge to the wrong side and zig zag stitch. 
    Make a fold 15cm from the edge and stitch a 2cm seam from the fold to the neatened edge -
    and make a double fold and stitch to neaten the rest of the edge. Turn right side out, and repeat with the other end. This creates the pocket section
    Mark the compartments along the pocket section - I made my sections 9cm (3 1/2") to fit the tools, but your tools may be different sizes so measure before stitching - I stitched along the bottom edge for 9cm, then stitched up to the edge, and double stitched at the top before stitching back to the bottom, and repeated along the length of the roll -
    Next I made a narrow double fold along the last raw edge and stitched with a straight stitch, then folded the edge over 8cm to create a flap. Stitch along the fold.
    Finally - I put the tools in the roll,
    and rolled it up to find where to stitch the tie -
    I stitched the ribbon tie just above the line of the pockets and reinforced with several rows of stitching.
    I apologise for the rather scruffy tools but they are rather old now!
    It's quite a quick project, and I hope it's useful, as I mentioned before it can be adapted to take all sorts of different tools, or cables.
    That's all for now - I'll be back next week.


  • Ethnic style creations by Karine

    Thursday, 11 June, 2015


    Thursday, here we come with an ethnic-style creation! This lay-out has been realized with scraps from my latest mini book on the same ethnic theme. I also realized 3 cards.

    Supply list:

    Papers: Crate Paper
    Glitter paper: American Crafts
    Cardstock: American Crafts
    Alphabets: Jenni Bowlin
    Spay ink: Studio Calico
    Black Versafine ink
    Stamps: Stampin'up, Kési'Art
    Masking Tape


    650515 : Sizzix Big Shot Plus Starter Kit
    659957 : Sizzix Original Die-Phrase, Love #3
    660801 : Sizzix Thinlits Die Set 4PK-Speech-bubbles
    660804 : Sizzix Thinlits Die Set 3PK-happiness-phrases

    I started by selecting three tiny pictures which are very representative of my stay in Africa.

    The background has been partially built with Crate Paper pattern paper pieces.
    Some splashes and stamp prints are added to wrap up the whole. They are printed with black ink for a maximum of contrast.

    The words “hello” & “Love” are cut out of white cardstock.

    I had fun creating a frieze with the Speech Bubbles die. I cut little triangles out of pattern paper, cardstock and glitter paper. The shapes are sewn with white thread with a sewing machine, not glued, to add some texture and volume.

    I wanted to keep this ethnic atmosphere when I created these 3 little cards: a gold triangle, masking tape and a small leave cut out of white paper. This pretty die is to be found in the Big Shot Plus kit!

    Then the tiny accents are sewn :-)

    I hope you liked today’s realizations!
    See you soon,


    Hello !

    Une nouvelle création en ce jeudi, tendance ethnique ! Une page réalisée avec des chutes de mon dernier mini album sur le même thème, elle est accompagnée de trois petites cartes.

    Matériel :

    Papiers : Crate Paper
    Papier pailleté : American Crafts
    Cardstock : American Crafts
    Alphabets : Jenni Bowlin
    Encre en spray : Studio Calico
    Encre Versafine noire
    Tampons : Stampin'up, Kési'Art
    Masking Tape


    650515 : Sizzix Big Shot Plus Starter Kit
    659957 : Sizzix Original Die-Phrase, Love #3
    660801 : Sizzix Thinlits Die Set 4PK-Speech-bubbles
    660804 : Sizzix Thinlits Die Set 3PK-happiness-phrases

    J'ai tout d'abord sélectionné trois mini photos bien représentatives de mon séjour en Afrique.

    Le fond de page est particiellement reconstitué de petits morceaux de papiers imprimés Crate Paper. Quelques éclaboussures et tampons viennet habiller l'ensemble. Pour un maximum de contrastes ils sont imprimés à l'encre Versafine noire.

    Les mots “hello” et “Love” sont découpés dans du cardstock blanc.

    A l'aide du die Speech Bubbles, je me suis amusée à créer une frise en découpant des petits triangles dans du papier imprimé, du cardstock et de l'imprimé paillette. Pour ajouter une touche de texture et de relief, les formes ne sont pas collées mais cousues à la machine de fil blanc.

    Dans le même esprit 3 petites cartes : un triangles doré, du Masking Tape et une petite feuille découpée en blanc, ce joli 

  • Fan(tashe)tic!

    Wednesday, 10 June, 2015

    Terrible pun I know, but for once I'm not responsible. It is a word that I would use if I were trying to teach someone how to do a bad Sean Connery impersonation!

    Moustaches will appear at some point in this blog even though we don't have any moustache dies.... you know what that means, it's Framelits time again!

    Father's Day is just around the corner here in the UK so I thought I would create a nice vintage style card, in the sense that it has an abstracted art deco vibe.

    I started by making a tri-fold base card from heavy weight cream card. Below is a template with a rough guide on how it was made including the all important measurements.

    After folding the card I sketched the face/nose profile onto the front (if you have any french curves they are a great help!). Next, I cut around the lines with my craft knife before Inking around the edges using Antique Linen Distress Ink and a foam applicator. This should be done with care as the effect needs to be quite subtle. Antique Linen imparts a lovely warmth when used with cream card.
    To hold our card flat we are going to create a wrap with a difference and there is a diagram below with all the measurements etc.
    The Wrap will not only hold the card flat, it will form a retro style wing collar.... very Downton! After cutting the shape from white card I creased and folded back the collar before wrapping around the bottom of the base card. We don't want it to stick to the base card so I removed it before securing at the back with a glue gun where it overlaps.

    To create a bow tie, I folded a rectangle of black card in half and cut the shape with my scissors to create the perfect mirrored image. I gently curled the bow tie before attaching to the collar using adhesive foam pads.
    In case you have forgotten, this is a Sizzix blog and you have probably noticed that we haven't been doing much die-cutting yet. I always save the best till last!

    I am using two of my favourite Framelits die sets namely Labels, Fancy and Hearts. I die-cut a medium sized fancy label from black card before placing my large heart Framelits die over the die-cut as shown. One swift pass through my Big Shot later and we have a perfect moustache, Lord Kitchener would have been proud of that one! you can also use the Scalloped Hearts Framelits as we will see a little later

    Next, I used my beloved circle Framelits (remember, I have combined two sets)  and I used two to create the silver ring before die-cutting a cream circle using the largest of the two. I inked around the cream circle using the Antique Linen pad before attaching the silver ring over the top to create a monocle. I curled the ends of the moustache before slipping it under the nose and attached the monocle using adhesive foam pads.

    Now all I need to do is slip on the collar and there you have it, a card fit for a......Dad!

    I didn't forget the centre, I stamped and inked a rectangle of cream card which was then matted onto a brown plaid background before mounting onto the centre panel all ready to write on.

    Here are a few more styles of moustache that we could have chosen. The top one using two Framelits hearts, the centre using the Fancy labels and hearts and the bottom using hearts and scalloped hearts. I'm sure there is a lot more mileage in this idea. If you have any ideas why not pop them along?

    Lastly but by no means least! Our friend and colleague Hannah gave birth to a beautiful baby daughter named Alyssa Ivy last week, she was a little early but Mum and baby are doing fine as is Dad Aaron, who will be receiving his first Father's day card in the not so distant future. 

    But for now here's a little card I made. Hannah loves Tim Holtz dies and any excuse for me to revisit some old favourites!

  • Paper apple blossoms in my home

    Wednesday, 10 June, 2015

    Hi Everybody,

    Although spring, the season of flowers, is ending, I have not resisted sharing a spring wreath with apple blossoms which I love!

    One of the things I like most of the flower dies is that you can cut it in watercolor paper and color them according to the flowers you want to represent. I enjoy a lot thinking what is the flower I want to do, and what are the colors I have to paint to get it

    In this case with Distress Ink Mustard Seed and Cracked Pistachio (and also a little bit of Cracked Pistachio Distress Spray for the branches), I managed some beautiful apple blossoms. Adequately combined we can do this wreath which gives a 100% spring style to our house. Here, some details of my wreath.

    This are the Sizzix products used in this project:

    Be Happy!!


    Hola a todo el mundo,

    Aunque la primavera, la estación de las flores, está terminando, no me he resistido a compartir una corona de flores de primavera con flores de manzano que me encanta!

    Una de las cosas que más me gusta de los troqueles de flores es que se pueden cortar en papel de acuarela y colorearlos según las flores que deseamos representar. Disfruto mucho decidiendo qué flor quiero hacer, y cuáles son los colores que tengo que pintarlas para conseguirlo

    En este caso, con la Tinta Distress Mustard seed y Cracked Pistachio (y también un poco de Distress Spray Cracked Pistachio para las ramas), realicé algunas hermosas flores de manzano. Adecuadamente combinadas podemos hacer esta corona que le da un estilo 100% primaveral a nuestra casa. 

    Estos son los productos Sizzix utilizados en este proyecto:

    Sed muy Felices !!

  • Paper ICE CREAM

    Tuesday, 9 June, 2015

    Hi crafter!
    Here it is very hot and summer is next.
    Friends, birthdays, special and happy evenings to spend all together.
    I can't resist a nice ice cream, strawberry, pistachio and cream!

    What is your favorite??

    Ice cream can be a wonderful greetings card too.


    - pastel cardstock
    - scissors
    - stick glue
    - a paper straw

    After you punched ice cream balls, remember to punch a part of the border with flower die.
    And try to make many colors and flavors!

    Have a nice day 

    Pasticci di carta

    *per i lettori italiani*

    Ciao crafter!

    Qui fa caldissimo e l'estate si avvicina..
    Periodo di compleanni e di serate speciali e fresche.
    Io non ho resistito ad un bel gelato, fragola, pistacchio e panna..

    E voi quali gusti preferite??

    Un gelato può diventare un biglietto d'auguri sorprendente.


    - cartoncini pastello
    - forbici
    - colla stick
    - una cannuccia di carta

    Una volta fustellate le palline del gelato, ricordatevi di fustellare una parte del bordo con il fiore.
    E provate a farne tanti di tantissimi colori e fantasie.

    a presto

    Pasticci di carta

  • It's a Love Tag

    Tuesday, 9 June, 2015

    Hi Sizzix fans!

    Today I have a new tag to share with you for some inspiration on how you can use the lovely Sizzix dies. One of the things I love about the Sizzix dies is that they make it really easy to create a card or tag that does not need a lot of embellishments. In fact the dies are almost all you need to create something pretty. 

    Sizzix products:

    The only embellishments that I used on my tag are two resin cherubs and a few sparklers. All other elements were made with Sizzix dies. 

    I used the beautiful Movers & Shapers Tag & Bookplates Die as the basis for my tag. On top of it I added a beige paper. I used one of the Tim Holtz Thinlits Mixed Media Dies to cut out a honeycomb pattern from the corner of this paper. I used both the background itself and the hexagons that I cut out on my tag. 

    After that, I cut out two circles with the Framelits Die Set Circles, four hearts with the Bigz Heartfelt Die and a star with the Bigz Die Primitive Stars. I inked the edges of all elements and arranged them on my card. I attached one of the hearts with foamtape to make it stand out more. 

    Finally, I also added the word 'Love' to my card twice. This word was cut out with the beautiful Tim Holtz Handwritten Love Thinlits Dies

    I hope I was able to inspire you on how you can use your dies to create a pretty tag.
    Thank you so much for stopping by! 

    In Dutch:
    Hoi Sizzix fans!
    Vandaag heb ik een nieuwe tag met jullie te delen. Hiermee hoop ik jullie te inspireren om ook je Sizzix stansen te gebruiken. Eén van de dingen die ik zo leuk vind aan de stansen van Sizzix is dat je er een kaart of tag mee kunt maken zonder veel embellishments te gebruiken. De stansen zijn eigenlijk alles wat je nodig hebt om iets moois te kunnen creëren.

     Sizzix producten:

    De enige embellishments die ik op mijn tag heb gebruikt zijn twee resin engels en een paar bling steentjes. Alle andere elementen zijn uitgestanst met stansen van Sizzix.

    Ik heb de mooie Movers & Shapers Tag & Bookplates Die gebruikt als basis voor mijn tag. Daarop heb ik beige papier geplakt. Ik heb de Tim Holtz Thinlits Mixed Media Dies gebruikt om een honingraatpatroon uit de hoek van het papier te halen. Zowel dit patroon als de restjes daarvan heb ik op mijn tag verwerkt. 

    Daarna heb ik twee cirkels uitgestanst met de Framelits Die Set Circles, vier harten met de Bigz Heartfelt Die en een ster met de Bigz Die Primitive Stars. Ik heb de randjes van alle stansjes geïnkt en op mijn tag geplakt. Een van de hartjes is met foamtape bevestigd om hem meer te laten opvallen. 

    Tenslotte heb ik ook het woord 'Love' twee keer op mijn kaart bevestigd. Dit woord is uitgestanst met de mooie Tim Holtz Handwritten Love Thinlits Dies

    Ik hoop dat ik jullie heb kunnen inspireren hoe je stansen kunt gebruiken om een leuke tag te maken.
    Dankjewel voor je bezoekje! 

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