• Happy Birthday Card by Gerry van Gent

    Sunday, 26 July, 2015

    Happy Sunday Sizzix friends!
    Today I am sharing a card my daughter and I created for a friend of hers.
    We used the Free Paper Downloads "Colour Your Own Papers" and
    the New paper punch by Tim Holtz.
    660163 Sizzix Paper Punch Bow, Medium
    *       *       *

    Before I adhered the cupcake I gave it to my daughter 
    to colour it. She chose the colours herself and I matched with  
    a coordinating double card. 
    I cut carefully the top part of the cherry so when glued 
    it will be on top of the card. I added two extra leaves -
    - you will find a branch with a heart on the Free Paper Downloads.

    I cut carefully the top phrase "Happy Birthday"
    and gave it to my daughter to colour it in.

     Then I simply adhered it under the cupcake.
    I used the two hearts for balloons. 

    I added a punched bow for a fun touch.

    Thank you for visiting us today!

  • Decorated Paper Drinking Straws

    Sunday, 26 July, 2015

    Planning summer parties is such a fun activity! I love throwing ice cream parties and making ice tea for my guests. At the moment we always have a jug of strawberry and cranberry ice tea in the fridge for hot summer days.

    This week I wanted to do a DIY with some paper straws to make them more fun for a party.

    I used the following products for my DIY. I wont list the steps as the photos show how easy these drinking straws are!

    I think these are so cute for my glass jars with ice tea. You could even write the guests names on the hearts so people know which drink is theirs.

    Are you throwing any summer parties this year?

  • Gift Bag

    Saturday, 25 July, 2015

    Hi there,

    today it's Saturday and I hope you have a nice weekend.
    I would like to inspire you with a small gift bag made from the free Papers by SIZZIX. You can find them here

    I printed the design on strong vellum and made a gift bag. The tag I printed on white cardstock and colored with watercolors.

    I used my Big Shot Plus for the new SIZZIX BigZ Flower, Daisies. Isn't it beautiful?

    I wish you a lovely weekend!
    See you next saturday!

  • Elephant Parade - Part 2/2

    Saturday, 25 July, 2015

    Hey everyone,
    do you remember my project from last week? Yes, this is the second part of it. I love the elephants! That´s a fact. ;) I am always looking for pretty gift wrapping ideas, especially things that I can make by myself. When I saw the elephant dies I had the idea to make my own garland for birthday gifts, maybe for a little baby girl or a little girl who loves pink. :) 

    I die cutted a lot of circles in a light pink and a cardstock with a floral pattern. For the elephants I choose a white and a pink cardstock. Believe me, the pink elephants are a blast! :) Need to make a project with them very soon. :) 

    Of course I needed a sparkling detail on my gift-wrapping-garland, so I took some sequins in white and gold to sew them onto the circles. :)

    List of Supplies:

    Do you like it? I think I have to make some more… Sewing with paper is so much fun! Can´t wait to wrap it around a beautiful gift. :)

    Have a nice weekend, xo Julia

  • Inspiring me Quilt : Blocks 10-15

    Saturday, 25 July, 2015

    Hi everyone! I come back with more blocks for my Inspiring me Quilt. If you remember I talked to you in this post as my own challenge using just Sizzix Dies!!
    My idea is getting 100 blocks!
    I have designed six more , some of them with a little of embroidery with DMC floss.

    Hope you  like them and enjoy , I´m sure maybe you can sew some project with a block you can find here. 

    Ok, here I go with the blocks.
    First of all a new one for me and one of the traditional blocks in quilting,
    It´s fantastic how quick you  have have these pieces cut and just start to sew!!

    You can see a video tutorial at the web.

    I came back to hexagons again and I have designed a new block.
    Hexagons, 1 1/4" sides ( for fabric )
    Hexagons, 1" sides ( for pattern)
    For the squares I have used


    I cut the fabric with the 2" die and my cardstocks with 
    I have try this big hexagon now and I have to say I love this size too.So I ´m sure I will do more things with it!!

    This is my first time trying this apple core block. I have to confess I was wishing to have this die at home , especially because this is one of the traditional block that is complicate  to be cut BUT easily with the Big Shot Plus , so you can have a lot of apple cores cut in just some minutes.
    Thanks so much to Sizzix who let me to enjoy new and waited blocks!!

    You can find a video tutorial at Sizzix web.

    I have cut the block assembled  to my size block in a square 8.5"

    Here it is my last one , the Drunkard´s path. 
    If you love this block as me, you can check my projects  Valentine Square Cushion ,Vane quilt  or even my lovely Drunkard´s Path cushion with pom poms



    This is some details of my embroidery.

    And here they are all my 15 blocks 

    Hope my project inspire you!!
    Have a wonderful weekend and see you in two weeks.

    ¡Hola a todo el mundo! Hoy vuelvo de nuevo con algunos bloques más de mi quilt Inspiring me. Si recuerdas, te hablé  en éste artículo  sobre él y cómo está siendo mi propio reto para usar sólo los troqueles de Sizzix.
    ¡ Mi propósito es conseguir hacer 100 y espero conseguirlo!
    He diseñado seis más , algunos de ellos con bordado usando hilo de DMC.
    Espero que te guste y que lo disfrutes, estoy segura que a lo mejor te anima a idear algún proyecto con alguno de ellos.
    Echa un vistazo a las fotos.
    El primero ha sido una  novedad, Robbing Peter to Pay Paul es uno tradicional que quería probar y que he tenido la oportunidad gracias a Sizzix. Es comodísimo cortar de una vez todas las piezas del bloque.
    Tengo que mejorar el montaje porque ha sido mi primer bloque pero no dudo que haré más cosas con él.
    Pincha en los enlaces de las fotos para ver los troqueles.

    Vuelvo a los hexágonosy pruebo por primera vez el troquel grande de 2 pulgadas de lado. Me gusta esta medida. Es cómoda y para hacer los patrones he usado el troquel que ya tenía de  1 ¼ de  pulgada en los lados.

    Otro bloque  que he hecho por primera vez ha sido el de Corazón de Manzana , Apple Core,  otro bloque tradicional en un buen tamaño. Le tenía ganas  la verdad. Lo bueno es que puedes cortar un montón de una vez con la Big Shot Plus y no tienes que estar usando patrones o reglas con lo que te ahorras un montón de tiempo. Por cierto en el enlace junto a la foto podrás ver un video tutorial.
    Por cierto , éste lo he cortado  en un cuadrado de 8.5” para adaptarlo a las medidas de  mis bloques.

    Por último otro bloque que repito, Drunkard´s Path  y que me encanta por la cantidad  de combinaciones que puedes hacer con él.  Si te gusta tanto como a mí puedes ver otros proyectos que he cosido como   Valentine Square Cushion ,Vane quilt   o también  el cojín Drunkard´s Path cushion with pom poms.

    En la última foto puedes ver todos los que  ya tengo hechos así como el detalle de los bordados. 
    Espero que mi proyecto te inspire  y que tengas un maravilloso fin de semana.
    ¡Te veo en un par de semanas !

  • a rustic card....

    Friday, 24 July, 2015

    Hi there,

    last week i received wonderful new Sizzix stuff...

    Look at the great new Cutting Pads - isn't this color cool?
    (also available: Watermelone and Grape)

    And those cool tribal hearts - you know i love hearts.... Aren't they perfect?

    Time to make a a card with this great things...

    Sizzix Big Shot Plus Starter Kit (White & Gray)
    Sizzix Bigz Die - Tribal Hearts
    Sizzix Accessory - Cutting Pads, Standard, 1 Pair (Mint)
    Sizzix Textured Impressions Embossing Folder - Woodgrain #3
    Sizzix Textured Impressions Embossing Folders 2PK - Rose Vines & Trellis Set

    Have a wonderful weekend, Stephanie


    Hallo Ihr Lieben,

    letzte Woche habe ich tolles neues Material von Sizzix erhalten...

    Mint-farbene Cutting Pads - ist diese Farbe nicht genial?
    (Gibt es übrigens auch in Watermelon und Grape)

    Und diese zauberhaften Tribal Hearts - ihr wisst ich liebe Herzen....sind sie nicht perfekt?

    Zeit eine schicke Karte damit zu machen...

    Sizzix Big Shot Plus Starter Kit (White & Gray)
    Sizzix Bigz Die - Tribal Hearts
    Sizzix Accessory - Cutting Pads, Standard, 1 Pair (Mint)
    Sizzix Textured Impressions Embossing Folder - Woodgrain #3
    Sizzix Textured Impressions Embossing Folders 2PK - Rose Vines & Trellis Set

    Habt ein schönes Wochenende, Steffi

  • Hello hello card

    Friday, 24 July, 2015

    Hi Sizzix friends!

    Today I share you my last card created with the dies designed by Craft Asylum includes the last ones I received the Tribal Adventure!!! I have a nice time playing with them to create this fun card.

    I like a lot play with the embossing folder to try how emboss a paper that is bigger than the embossing folder. In this case, the card size is 10x20 cm folded.

    Here is the video where I explain how to make this fun card and a tip for the embossing folder.

    I have used the following Sizzix products:

    Other supplies and sizes:
    • White cardstock 20cmx20cm (folded 10cmx20cm)
    • Scrapbooking paper 9,5cmx19,5cm 
    • White cardstock 7x19 cm
    • Sparkle adhesive paper Oh Glitter
    • Coral and dark blue cardstock to die-cut.
    • Enamels

      I hope you have enjoyed this fun card and the video. Thanks for your visit!

      Have a creative and happy Friday!


      ¡Hola a todos!

      Hoy os comparto la última tarjeta que he realizado utilizando los troqueles diseñados por Craft Asylum para Sizzix, incluídos los últimos que he recibido los Tribal Adventure!!! La verdad es que he pasado un buen rato creando esta divertida tarjeta.

      Una de las cosas con las que más disfruto es con las carpetas de relieve, me encanta probar cómo puedo conseguir que un papel más grande que la carpeta de relieve pueda tener el repujado en toda la superficie. ¡Es como un juego! 

      En este vídeo podéis ver cómo he realizado esta tarjeta y el truco para la carpeta de relieve.

      He utilizado los siguientes productos Sizzix:

      Otros productos utilizados y medidas:
      • Cartulina blanca 20cmx20cm (doblada10cmx20cm)
      • Papel para scrapbooking  9,5cmx19,5cm 
      • Cartulina blanca 7x19 cm (para repujar)
      • Papel adhesivo de pupurina Oh Glitter (para troquelar).
      • Cartulina texturizada coral y azul marino (para troquelar).
      • Enamels

      Espero que os haya gustado esta divertida tarjeta y el vídeo.¡Gracias por la visita!

      Feliz y creativo viernes

    • Happy Birthday Card in a Box

      Friday, 24 July, 2015

      Happy Friday everyone, It's Anna posting today.
      I hope you had a great creative week! Here is the card in a box I’ve done for birthday of my friend. This is such a fun craft and a special way to show someone you care. I love putting together a “happy birthday” in a box. It’s fun to have a garland all nicely tucked into a box waiting to surprise someone!
      sizzix big shot plus starter kit-Happy Birthday in a Box (1)
      The dies of Big Shot Plus Starter Kit allowed me to do this box super fast!
      sizzix big shot plus starter kit-Happy Birthday in a Box (2)
      When your special someone opens the box, the Garland will look like a pop up card!
      sizzix big shot plus starter kit-Happy Birthday in a Box (3)
      sizzix big shot plus starter kit-Happy Birthday in a Box (4)
      Can I say how much I adore this Starter Kit? The Thinlits die box has the lid attached. For this project, I tried to change.
      To make the box's lid: first I cut out half lid from yellow cardstock; then I inverted the die and cut out the other part, so as to realise a unique lid.
      sizzix big shot plus starter kit-Happy Birthday in a Box-tutorial (1)
      I cut out the box from floral paper and assemble it. Then I selected the papers and cardstock to use for my garland and I cut out hearts, tag, butterflies...
      Fortunately, Sizzix now has the perfect solution for intricate dies: the Sizzix Die Brush & Foam Pad for Wafer-Thin Dies. This accessory easily rolls away excess paper to reveal the perfect cut!
      sizzix big shot plus starter kit-Happy Birthday in a Box-tutorial (2)
      To make the garland: I used a sewing machine to stitch the shapes together. Simply start by placing the first piece under the presser foot, put the needle in the down position and start stitching. Continue stitching, allowing the machine to stitch a few stitches between each new shape.
      sizzix big shot plus starter kit-Happy Birthday in a Box (5)
      sizzix big shot plus starter kit-Happy Birthday in a Box (6)
      The fun thing about creating your own is that you can customize them to match your color scheme!
      I hope my small project gave you some inspiration today!
      Happy crafting!
      Items used:
      Sizzix Big Shot Plus Starter Kit (White & Gray) (660515)
      Sizzix Die Brush & Foam Pad for Wafer-Thin Dies (660513)
      patterned papers (Basic Grey, We R Memory Keepers, Studio Calico)
      sewing machine, thread
      brad (Prima)
      ticket (Prima)
      ink pad
      Per le amiche italiane! :)
      Ciao a tutti, come ogni venerdì Anna è qui per una nuova ispirazione.
      Spero abbiate avuto una bella settimana creativa! Ecco un “biglietto di compleanno in scatola” che ho creato per il compleanno di un'amica. Ho scelto colori estivi e fruttati, vista la stagione. Si tratta di un lavoretto che avevo in mente da diverso tempo, perchè è un modo davvero speciale per fare gli auguri: l'effetto sorpresa è assicurato!

      Le fustelle comprese nel Big Shot Plus Starter Kit mi hanno permesso di fare tutto ciò più velocemente di quello che avevo immaginato. E quando finalmente la persona apre la scatola, la ghirlanda esce fuori, quasi come un pop up!
      Posso dire quanto mi piace questo Starter Kit?! Si riescono a fare tantissime cose e ve ne ho già mostrate diverse. Solo che la fustella Thinlits in formato A4 ha il coperchio attaccato. Per questo progetto, ho provato a fare una piccola modifica, perchè altrimenti la scatola con ghirlanda sarebbe risultata un po' scomoda da aprire.

      Vi spiego come: prima ho tagliato metà coperchio dal cartoncino giallo; poi ho invertito la fustella e ritagliato dall'altra parte, in modo da realizzare un coperchio unico (vedi foto dei passaggi). Più semplice a farsi che a dirsi!
      Ho quindi tagliato la base della scatola ed ho assemblato i due pezzi. Poi ho selezionato le carte da utilizzare per la mia ghirlanda ed ho fustellato diversi cuori, tag, farfalle ...
      A proposito di farfalle, avete visto la novità? Sizzix ora ha la soluzione perfetta per le fustelle “traforate”: si tratta dell'accessorio Sizzix Die Brush & Foam Pad for Wafer-Thin Dies, che fa rotolare via la carta in eccesso e rivelare il taglio perfetto. Non ci credevo, ma è molto utile!

      Ed ora vi spiego come ho creato la ghirlanda: con la macchina da cucire, bisogna cucire insieme le forme di carta ritagliate e sovrapposte. Basta semplicemente iniziare posizionando il primo pezzo sotto il piedino, mettere l'ago in posizione abbassata e iniziare a cucire. Continuare a cucire, inserendo nuove forme, facendo in modo di cucire alcuni punti tra una forma e l'altra, per lasciare un po' di spazio.

      Questo progetto è molto versatile ed è possibile personalizzare la combinazione di colori a piacimento.
      Spero vi sia piaciuto. Ora tocca a voi... Happy crafting!
      carte scrap (Basic Grey, We R Memory Keepers, Studio Calico)
      macchina da cucire, filo
      brad (Prima)
      ticket (Prima)

    • Decorations for homemade soaps

      Thursday, 23 July, 2015

      Hi everybody!!!

      One of my hobbies is the production of olive oil soap homemade! I love it and I use it! 
      Often I'll give it to my friends and I like to package it well.
      The Big Shot Sizzix is extremely useful to create decorations for our delicious homemade soaps.
      Follow me and you'll discover how to make!

      I used:
      A piece of soap
      White Cardstock
      Polka dots Cardstock
      White Raffia
      Acrylic golden color

      On a white cardstock create a colored background with yellow and green watercolor.

      With the polka dots cardstock die cut a topper using Sizzix Thinlits Die Set 8PK-Toppers, Borders and Corners.

       Now decorate homemade soap with the topper and create a beautiful bow with raffia.

      Finish the job gluing flowers, decorate with acrylic golden color.
      Now your soaps are ready to be given away!!!


      Ciao a tutti!!
      Uno dei miei hobbies è creare da me sapone all'olio di oliva. Lo adoro e lo uso spesso!
      A volte lo regalo agli amici e allora mi piace confezionarlo per bene!
      La Big Shot Sizzix è estremamente utile per creare delle deliziose confezioni o decorazioni per i nostri saponi fatti in casa!
      Seguitemi e scoprirete come fare!
      Per questo progetto ho usato:
      Un pezzo di sapone
      Cartoncino bianco
      Cartoncino a pois
      Rafia bianca
      Acrilico dorato

      Su di un cartoncino bianco creare un fondo colorato usando gli acquerelli giallo e verde.
      Fustellare adesso due fiori usando Sizzix Thinlits Die Set 2PK-Layering Daisy #2.
      Con il cartoncino a pois fustellare il topper che utilizzeremo per decorare il sapone.
      Ora decorare il sapone con il topper e creare un bel fiocchetto con la rafia bianca.
      Adesso incollare sul fiocchetto i due fiorellini e rifinire con l'acrilico dorato.
      Ora il vostro sapone sarà pronto per essere regalato!!
      Non è carinissimo???

      Alla prossima!!

    • A turbulence of butterflies - baby quilt

      Thursday, 23 July, 2015

       I'm not sure this is a correct name for a collection of butterflies but it got stuck in my head!
      A friend has just had a baby girl, and so I thought I'd make a little quilt for her and, as I really like the new Echo Park range of dies, I decided to applique butterflies on it - and this view is where I started - and where the name turbulence originated.
      Here is an image of the die that I have been using - Bigz die 660448
       I decided not to use the butterfly body's to keep the design simple.
       I used Heat and Bond on the wrong side of the fabrics - which I liberated from my stash - which I applied before cutting out.
      I then cut outs of all three sizes of butterflies, and just scattered them over the background fabric, which is a cream print, also from my stash.
      then came the job of trying to arrange them - but not too much so that it remained quite an informal arrangement -
      This was just a bit too rigid - too much of a straight line -
      this was closer - but seemed a bit too wide - so it became this -
      I think I'm happy with this now - so I have to fuse the butterflies onto the background and stitch them! Yes that's all and I was hoping to finish it today - not really realistic but I'll have a go. So next week will follow on with the stitching and quilting of this quilt - hopefully.
      Until then - enjoy the school holidays, and get ready for Festival of Quilts - 2 weeks today - see you there.

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