• clam chowder - getting close to the boil

    Monday, 19 May, 2014

    Right now I'm in Pittsburgh for International Quilt market, a trade show for the Quilting Industry. This little project is waiting patiently for my return.

    So, I already mentioned in my first post what was happening with these fabrics and the clamshell die, and now I'm progressing onto the sewing part. usually I'd hand stitch my applique down, but for ease and speed I'm machine stitching. It's not as pretty this way, I'm not as keen on the stitches showing at the edges but it does save an awful lot of time. Another bonus will be that the stitches will be hardier - less likely to break and less likely to need occasional fixing (that's always a good thing in my house).
    The full reveal will be in a week or so as part of the Lotus Pond blog hop. I have to admit, I'm really enjoying these prints, and especially the colours - they're really something special!

    (fabrics are lotus pond by Rae Hoekstra for Cloud 9 fabrics)

  • Happy Girls are the Prettiest.

    Sunday, 18 May, 2014


    Hi Sizzix friends!

    It's Sunday and I am back to share a page I made using some of my Sizzix dies.

    There is a lot of layering of different elements on this page and also lots of flowers. Since I received the Sizzix Bigz die 'Tattered Florals' I cannot stop using it to make flowers for my cards and pages. 
    It is truly a wonderful die to create different flowers for your projects!

    The large coral roses here were made using the Bigz die.

    The journalling spot for my title was made using the 'Ovals' Thinlits dies and I made that delicate butterfly with the Sizzlits from the Big Shot starter kit. I added some liquid pearls to embellish it further.

    I hope you enjoyed seeing how I used the dies and could take some inspiration from my page! :-)

    These are te Sizzix products I used:
    Other products used: May kit from Scraps of Elegance, Maya Road, Prima, Petaloo.


     Hej Sizzix vänner!

    Det är återigen söndag och jag är tillbaka för att visa er en sida där jag använde mina Sizzix dies.
    Jag har mycket lager på lager på denna sidan och även mycket blommor.
    Sedan jag fick min Bigz die 'Tattered florals' har jag använt den på nästan varje kort och  sida jag gjort. Den har verkligen blivit en stor favorit!

    Dom stora korallfärgade rosorna gjordes med den diesen. Jag använde 'Ovals' diesen med sju olika storlekar för min journallingspot där jag placerade titeln, och den skira fjärilen gjordes med diesen som följde med i Big Shot sterter kit'et. Jag dekorerade den ytterligare med lite liquid pearls.
    Jag hoppas du gillade min sida med Sizzix dies och att du fick lite inspiration med dig på vägen.

    Här är Sizzix produkterna jag använde:
    Andra produkter jag använt: May kit från Scraps of Elegance, Maya Road, Prima, Petaloo.

  • Clean&Simple Tags

    Saturday, 17 May, 2014

    Hello all!

    Today I would like to share with you my new tags. I like different styles in scrapbooking and this time I tried and made a clean&simple project. As the style requires I didn't use many materials. Two of them are rather monochromic.

    These are the dies I used:

    656938 Sizzix Movers & Shapers L Die - Tag & Bookplates
    658300 Sizzix Big Shot Starter Kit (Powder Blue & Teal)

    When you choose a new machine (or maybe the first one for you) please pay attention to 658300 Kit - it has a lot of basic dies.


  • New quilt in project

    Saturday, 17 May, 2014


    I imagine you know the last collection " April Showers " by 
     Bonnie & Camille  for Moda Fabrics so colorful . I really like  Camille´s style and how she designs her quilts. So I have given a chance to try something with these fabrics.

    You saw how I enjoyed  drunkard´s path dies  in my last post . It was my first time and wanted to do some small project like that cushion.
    Now I ´m ready for something bigger like a quilt using a charm pack and some fabric metres.

    Supply List at this moment.



    New stock code: 659849 


    New stock code: 659850

    Charm Pack April Showers
    Kona Cotton Solid - Snow  1/2 yd.

    I chose colours in groups of four squares , like grey , greens, red , white and blue.
    I could to cut  until eight units in only one time with my Big Shot Machine ... there were four fabric squares in  each pack.

    Here you can see how perfect is the cutting 

    Then , I cut the other  piece with the white Kona . I folded the fabric  until four times and got eight pieces.

    This is how I ´m ready to do my quilt with a total of 32 drunkard´s path quarter circles  and 32 drunkard´s path arch & fan backgrounds

    I have an idea to do the blocks and sew the quilt, but this will be next Saturday , when I hope I can show you my finished quilt quilted.

    Hope you have a wonderful weekend!!!

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    Me imagino que ya conoceis la última collección  " April Showers " de   Bonnie & Camille  para  Moda Fabrics tan alegre y colorida. La verdad es que me gusta mucho el estilo de Camille y el estilo de sus quilts. Así que le he dado una oportunidad a esta colección probando estas telas.

    Ya viste que me encantó usar los troqueles Drunkard´s Path en mi último artículo. Era la primera vez y quería  hacer algún proyecto pequeño como el cojín, antes de hacer algo más grande.

    Materiales en este artículo:



    New stock code: 659849 


    New stock code: 659850

    Charm Pack April Showers 
    Kona Cotton Solid - Snow  1/2  yarda.

    Elegí colores en grupos de cuatro cuadrados como gris, verdes, rojo , blanco y azul. Hasta ocho unidades pude cortar de una vez colocando en grupos de cuatro telitas.
    Si echas un vistazo verás lo limpio que son los cortes.

    Después corté la otra piece con la tela blanca. La doblé cuatro veces y conseguí cortar ocho  de una vez. Mirando la foto  lo verás.

    Así que tengo preparadas , para hacer mi quilt,  32 piezas de cada modelo .
    Tengo una idea de cómo  hacer los bloques para montar el quilt pero eso sera el próximo Sábado ,cuando te lo enseñé acabado y acolchado. 

    Que tengas un maravilloso fin de semana

  • Flowers, Flowers & More Flowers!

    Friday, 16 May, 2014

    What a beautiful day it is today.  At last the sun is getting warm and we can enjoy the outdoors once again!

    Today I wanted to share some projects with you featuring the Susan Tierney Cockburn dies.  With the help of the Sizzix Garden Tool Kit  this amazing dies create the most realist effects for flowers and greenery.

    The first project is a gift box decorated with the Hydrangea Die.  Each petal is cut, inked and shaped and then adhered to a polystyrene ball cut in half to give the shape.

    This is the Crocus Die and again is inked and shaped to create the realistic effect.  These would be a beautiful way to decorate a table at a wedding or special occasion. 

    Finally I used the Lilac Die to decorate this card.  With the use of the burlap it creates a lovely soft and natural effect.

    I have had such fun creating these projects, each flower gives such different results.

    Thank you for reading.

    Enjoy your weekend hopefully in the sun!

    Until Next Time...


  • Card Inspiration: Masks and Mists

    Friday, 16 May, 2014

    Hello, Anna  here today and I have two cards to share with you using two of the new Frameworks die from the Tim Holtz Alterations Collection.
    This week I had fun making these cards, playing with stencils and mist. This is one of the two cards I made:

    Anna Draicchio - sizzix big shot - scrapbookimg card mist (1)

    I die cut my mask from Frameworks Die – Honeycomb using acetate sheet and I misted the card base.

    Anna Draicchio - sizzix big shot - scrapbookimg card mist (2)

    I cut out the little hexagons from patterned papers and filled a few of the spaces. This is a great way to use up your scraps!!!
    It was so fast and super easy! I love the effect and it's such a easy way to add splashes of color to a design.
    Items used:
    Sizzix Big Shot Starter Kit (Powder Blue & Teal) (658300) machine+dies
    Sizzix Frameworks Die – Honeycomb (659430)
    acetate sheet
    spray ink
    scrap of patterned paper
    acrylic paint
    foam board tape
    Here is my next card... a masculine card, using Frameworks Die – Chevron to make the mask:
    Anna Draicchio - sizzix big shot - scrapbookimg card mist (3)
    Anna Draicchio - sizzix big shot - scrapbookimg card mist (4)
    Items used:
    Sizzix Big Shot Machine (657900)
    Sizzix Frameworks Die – Chevron (659428)
    Sizzix Bigz XL Alphabet Die - Word Play (657837)
    acetate sheet
    spray ink
    patterned paper
    vellum paper
    alphabet stickers
    acrylic paint
    Thanks so much for joining me today and I hope you like the cards I shared with you.
    Per le amiche italiane! :)

    Ciao, sono Anna e sono qui per condividere alcune idee utilizzando i prodotti Sizzix.
    Oggi ho due card da mostravi, dove ho utilizzato due fustelle Frameworks della collezione Tim Holtz Alterations.
    Questa settimana, in particolare, mi sono divertita a creare alcuni biglietti d'auguri, giocando con stencil creati con la Big Shot e colori a spruzzo!
    Per la prima card, molto femminile, ho tagliato la mia maschera con la fustella Frameworks Die – Honeycomb usando un foglio di acetato, in modo da poterla riutilizzare in futuro, basterà solo lavarla! Poi ho posizionato la maschera sul biglietto vuoto ed ho spruzzato il colore.
    Ho tagliato poi i piccoli esagoni con la stessa fustella, da alcune carte fantasia e riempito alcuni degli spazi del mio alveare. Questo è un ottimo modo per riutilizzare tutti i vostri avanzi di carta! Per alcuni esagoni ho usato lo scotch spessorato per dare un po' di volume.
    Infine il "sentiment" e la farfalla tagliata con la fustella dello Starter kit, sia su cartone che cartoncino celeste "sporcato" con un po' di acrilico color oro (purtroppo in foto non si vede bene).
    E' stato così veloce e facile creare questa card! Mi piace l'effetto ed è una tecnica semplice per realizzare uno sfondo personalizzato.
    La seconda card, pensata al maschile, usa lo stesso principio, ma come vedete il risultato è molto differente. Per questa, invece degli esagoni ho usato la fustella Frameworks Die – Chevron, per realizzare un look più "rock" ;)
    Grazie per esservi soffermati fin qui, spero che queste ispirazioni vi siano piaciute.
    Card Esagoni
    Sizzix Big Shot Starter Kit (Powder Blue & Teal) (658300) machine+dies
    Sizzix Frameworks Die – Honeycomb (659430)
    foglio di acetato
    colore spray
    ritagli di carte fantasia
    colore acrilico oro
    scotch spessorato
    Card Chevron
    Sizzix Big Shot Machine (657900)
    Sizzix Frameworks Die – Chevron (659428)
    Sizzix Bigz XL Alphabet Die - Word Play (657837)
    foglio di acetato
    colore spray
    carte fantasia
    carta da lucido
    cordoncino bicolore
    colori acrilici
    filo nero

  • Quilts UK at the Three Counties Showground at Malvern

    Thursday, 15 May, 2014

    What a beautiful day - the sun has been shining all day and I'm working at the foot of the beautiful Malvern Hills, at the Three Counties Showground, for Quilts UK.
    I didn't manage to capture any photos - other motorists don't appreciate the need to suddenly stop to take photos!
     So here are a couple of photos of our preparations on the Cotton Patch stand, on Wednesday  - ( sorry this one is a bit blurry) -as I hope to be too busy to take photos today!
    and here is Liz celebrating the finish of set up -
    So we're ready, all we need is YOU - come along - see what new Bigz dies we have, including an Alphabet in lower and upper case, and matching numbers. We also have more sizes of hexagons, some of which you can piece by machine. We also have 2 new Dresden Plate dies and lots more.
    You can also see some lovely quilts on display.
    I'll try to take some photos of the show to put in the blog next week.


  • Mint Layout

    Thursday, 15 May, 2014


    Here is a monochrome page. This is not very usual for me! Though I must say that I’m in love with this trendy colour that is mint green!

    Supply list:

    Papers: Webster's Page, Jillibean Soup
    Transparency: Scrap Plaisir
    Cardstock: American Crafts
    Alphabets: American Crafts, Scrap Plaisir
    Strass rhinestones: Prima Marketing
    Stamp: Glitz Design
    Silver embossing powder: American Crafts
    Spray ink: Vert Orchidée Scrap Plaisir
    Masking Tape
    Others: Tag


    658300 Sizzix Big Shot Starter Kit
    656545 Sizzix Bigz Die-Flowers 3-D
    659436 Sizzix Bigz Die-Garden greens
    659133 Sizzix Thinlits Die-Moroccan Card Front

    Start by gluing a scooped-out piece of paper on a sea green pattern paper. Let’s take it easy and staple it at its core.

    Now let’s prepare the paper on which you will glue your picture. Use the scooped-out die in your Big Shot Machine. Let it go through the machine only once so that it isn’t completely cut. You’ll obtain a light embossing effect.

    Spray some sea green ink and add a little water to lighten the colour. Let it dry in the open.

    Spray ink on a nice foliage die cut out of white paper. Repeat the process with a tag and a 3D flower.

    Add some silver drops here and there, glitter masking tape and strass rhinestones.

    This is a feminine and sweet lay-out. I like them this way!

    I hope you like my creation!

    Have a lovely day,


    Bonjour !

    Une nouvelle page monochrome, chose pas vraiment courante pour moi ! Mais j'avoue craquer particulièrement sur cette couleur en ce moment ! Le Mint !

    Matériel :

    Papiers : Webster's Page, Jillibean Soup
    Transparent : Scrap Plaisir
    Cardstock : American Crafts
    Alphabets : American Crafts, Scrap Plaisir
    Strass : Prima Marketing
    Tampon : Glitz Design
    Poudre à embosser argent : American Crafts
    Encre en spray : Vert Orchidée Scrap Plaisir
    Masking Tape
    Divers : Tag

    Dies utilisés :

    658300  Sizzix Big Shot Starter Kit
    656545 Sizzix Bigz Die-Flowers 3-D
    659436 Sizzix Bigz Die-Garden greens
    659133 Sizzix Thinlits Die-Moroccan Card Front

    Commencez par coller un papier évidé sur un imprimé vert d'eau. Le plus simple est encore de l'agrafer au centre.

    Préparez maintenant votre mat photo. Utilisez le die évidé et passez le à la Big Shot , un seul aller pour éviter de le couper complètement, vous obtiendrez ainsi un léger embossage.

    Vaporisez à l'encre en spray vert d'eau, ajoutez un peu d'eau pour l'éclaircir. Laissez sécher à l'air libre.

    Vaporisez également un joli feuillage découpé dans du papier blanc. Faites de même avec un tag et la fleur en volume.

    Complétez en ajoutant quelques pastilles argentées, du masking tape pailleté et des strass.

    Une page qui se veut douce et féminine comme j'aime.

    J'espère que ma page vous aura plu !

    Bonne journée


  • Vintage metal!

    Wednesday, 14 May, 2014

    This isn't a blog about Black Sabbath, Thin Lizzy, Deep Purple and the like, (although it can be arranged!) I want to share a cool technique which I picked up from none other than Mr Tim Holtz in one of his inspirational online classes. 

    There are two sets of classes namely Creative Chemistry 101 and 102, Follow the link to Tim's website to find out more, It's a great place to start for those of you who want to dip your toes into the often confusing waters of inks and acrylics, I learnt so much from the first set of lessons you wouldn't believe.

    Much of what Tim does in his demos is centred around his range of die cutting and embossing tools created by Sizzix and today I wanted to give one of the ideas a go with absolutely no idea how I am going to use what I make! (sometimes it's the best way).

    The dies I used are:

    I started by die cutting the frame from stiff ivory card, I then chose my Distress paints namely Evergreen Bough, Tumbled Glass and Tarnished Brass. Next I applied some blobs of the first two paints onto my craft sheet.

    I sptitzed over the paint to help it blend better and moved my die cut frame through the paint until completely covered before drying it with my heat tool. Next, I took my Tarnished Brass paint dauber and applied it to the frame before strategically spritzing with water.

    Now here's the clever bit...... I started to dry the painted frame with my heat tool while at the same time strategically dabbing at it with a dry cloth. Where the paint was still wet it lifted straight off to reveal the blue/green colour below. This is a really cool effect if you want to get that tarnished brass finish. 

    I applied the Tumbled Glass and Evergreen Bough paints to the sheet as before and coloured a rectangle of the ivory card before drying with my heat tool and used this to die-cut the flowers, foliage and a couple of butterflies before applying my metallic technique, I also distressed a resin cherub (from Prima Marketing) at the same time

    Once everything was dry, I used the frame to die-cut my photo which I aged with Old Paper Distress Ink and placed in the aperture, I then attached all the elements using a hot glue gun. I WILL use this for something in the coming weeks, honest!

  • Bright and cheerful hexagons

    Wednesday, 14 May, 2014

    Yet another Wednesday and yet again it is time for me to share a project with you. My mother had asked if I could do a card for a little girl's baptism using bright and happy colours and this is what I came up with.

    It is indeed and bright and happy card and I enjoyed creating it using fun papers and various Sizzix dies.

    The pattern on the right side of the card was created by die cutting a number of matching patterned papers into hexagons using the Sizzix Frameworks Die - Honeycomb.

    Next up I die cut a frame using the same die (in a white piece of scrap paper) to use as a stencil when lining up the hexagons to form a pattern. I simply alligned the stencil where I wanted it, glued down all the hexagons directly on the front of the card base and once I had all of them in place I cut of what ever extended beyond the card base. To finish off the patterned portion of the card I ran a green sliver of paper as well as some glitter tape down the card.

    The final touch was to add two tags made using the Sizzix Framelits Die Set 12PK - Tags, Sentiments to house the sentiment and the little girl's name. The tags hang from a piece of baker's twine wrapped around the green paper.

    Supply list:
    Sizzix Accessory - Magnetic Platform for Wafer-Thin Dies
    Sizzix Framelits Die Set 12PK - Tags, Sentiments
    Sizzix Frameworks Die - Honeycomb
    Patterned paper (Echo Park)
    Sticker alphabet
    Enamel dot (My Mind's Eye)
    Glitter Tape (American Crafts)
    Baker's twine


    Endnu en fin onsdag, og jeg har et nyt projekt til jer her på bloggen: Min mor havde bestilt et kort til en barnedåb, og det skulle være i friske, klare farver, hvilket jo heldigvis er en favorit kombination for mig, så her er hvad jeg fandt på.

    Mønstret på den højre side af kortet er lavet vha. Sizzix Frameworks Die - Honeycomb. Jeg startede med at udstanse et antal sekskanter i forskellige mønstrede papirer. Herefter udstansede jeg en stencil med samme die, som jeg brugte, da jeg lavede mønstret: Stencillen blev placeret direkte på kortbasen, og så monterede jeg alle sekskanterne. Da jeg havde dem på plads, var der bare tilbage at klippe af, hvor nogle af dem stak ud over kanten på kortet. For at indramme mønsteret lod jeg en grøn strimmel papir og lidt glimmertape løbe hele vejen ned over kortet.

    Det sidste punkt på dagsordenen var at tilføje to tags, som jeg lavede med vSizzix Framelits Die Set 12PK - Tags, Sentiments. Herpå satte jeg en hilsen samt den lille piges fine navn. Tagene hænger fra en omgang baker's twine, som er bundet omkring den grønne stripe papir.

    Sizzix Accessory - Magnetic Platform for Wafer-Thin Dies
    Sizzix Framelits Die Set 12PK - Tags, Sentiments
    Sizzix Frameworks Die - Honeycomb
    Mønsterpapir (Echo Park)
    Sticker alphabet
    Enamel dot (My Mind's Eye)
    Glitter Tape (American Crafts)
    Baker's twine

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