• Spring Flowers on a Tag

    Tuesday, 17 March, 2015

    Spring is finally in the air and the sun is shining again in the Netherlands. The nice weather brought me in the mood to create something colourful and bright with flowers and butterflies. 
    I have been having the beautiful Flower Layers die for a while, but haven't had the chance to use it yet. I had a wonderful time finally putting them to good use by making this spring-themed tag. 

    The base of my tag was made with the Tags & Bookplates die from the Alternations series. I cut out the tag from kraft cardstock and patterned paper and layered two other sheets of paper on top of it. My center on the tag consists of a frame sticker and a butterfly from chipboard. I also made two 3D flowers to further embellish my tag.

    The flowers are made by die-cutting flowers from patterned paper with two dies. I used the smallest flower from the ' ' die and also used the small flower from the Bigz Petal Power die to cut out four flowers. I layered them on top of each other with foamtape and added a button to their centers. 
    I further embellished my tag with several small hearts, which were cut out with the Heartfelt die

    I hope you liked my blogpost.
    Thank you so much for stopping by!
    Have a wonderful sunny day!

    In Dutch:
    Het is eindelijk lente en de zon schijnt weer. Het mooie weer zorgde ervoor dat ik zin had om iets kleurrijks en vrolijks te maken met bloemen en vlinders.
    Ik heb de mooie Flower Layers & Leaves stans al een tijdje liggen, maar had nog niet eerder de mogelijkheid om hem te gebruiken. Dat was tot vorige week. Ik heb met veel plezier met deze stansen gewerkt om een tag met een echt lentegevoel te maken.

    De basis voor mijn tag is gemaakt met de Tags & Bookplates stans uit de Alternations serie.Ik heb de tag uitgestanst uit kraft cardstock en dessinpapier en heb er laagjes uit twee andere vellen papier opgestapeld. Het midden van mijn tag bestaat uit een frame sticker en een vlinder van chipboard. Ook heb ik twee 3D bloemen gemaakt om mijn tag verder te versieren.

    De bloemen zijn gemaakt door bloemen uit patroonpapier te stansen met twee verschillende stansen. Ik heb de kleinste stans gebruikt uit de Flower Layers & Leaves stans en de kleine bloem van de Bigz Petal Power stans. Ik heb de bloemen op elkaar gestapeld met foamtape en een knoopje in hun roosje geplakt. Verder heb ik de tag versierd met een aantal hartjes, die zijn uitgestanst met de Heartfelt stans

    Ik hoop dat jullie mijn blogpost leuk vonden.
    Heel erg bedankt voor je bezoekje!
    Nog een mooie zonnige dag!

  • Gourmet break

    Tuesday, 17 March, 2015

    Hello everybody,

    Today, I propose a gourmet break, a display of pretty boxes filled with delicacies to be savoured with tea or coffee.

     I realised 3 boxes, thanks to the Die "Box Milk carton", in Gold printed paper for the elegant and festive side.

    You can put inside small cakes or candies... This can be a lovely present to offer to a host or a delicate way to welcome someone.

    You need:

    To decorate the trio of boxes, I played with volumes using the Die rosette and knot to create relief. I used pastel colours to soften the gilt, and a glitter adhesive tape for the Happy cut in order to remind the sparkling side of the gilt.

    Small hearts and half-pearls (little dots) finish the whole with elegance.

    That's it for today, I hope this presentation has inspired you!
    See you very soon.

    Supply list:

    658300:  Sizzix Big Shot Starter Kit
    658823: Sizzix Thinlits Die - Box, Milk Carton 
    658541:  Sizzix Big Die - Brows
    657177: Sizzix Sizzlits Décorative Strip Die - Mini Paper Rosettes (2 sizes)
    660804:  Sizzix Thinlits Die Set 3PK - Happiness Phrases NEW! 

    Paper: Swirlcards
    Strass: Artemio
    clip: Scrapboukits

    Have a good day, 



    Bonjour à toutes et tous,

    Pause gourmande

    Aujourd'hui, je vous propose une pause gourmande, une présentation de jolies boîtes remplies de gourmandises à déguster autour d'un thé ou d'un café.

    J'ai réalisé les 3 boîtes grâce au Die - Box Milk carton, dans du papier imprimé d'Or pour le côté élégant et festif.
    On peut y insérer des petits gâteaux ou des friandises… cela peut être un joli cadeau à offrir à son hôte ou une jolie façon de recevoir.

    Pour décorer le trio de boîtes, j'ai joué avec les volume en donnant du relief grâce au Die rosace et au die noeud, découpés dans des couleurs pastels pour adoucir le doré. Et j'ai utilisé du ruban adhésif à paillettes pour la découpe Happy afin de rappeler le côté pétillant du doré.

    Des petits coeurs et des demi-perles (littles dots) finissent l'ensemble avec élégance.

    Bon journée,


  • Playing with the new Big Shot Plus in Papergift Lisbon

    Monday, 16 March, 2015

    Hi everybody! Elena here

    This past weekend I was in Lisbon in Papergift Trade Show demoing the brand new Sizzix Plus and all the new die ranges for Do Art. It was so much fun and everybody was very interested on the new machine!

    Here you can see all the dies, the Big Shot and Big Shot Plus together and, of course, me :)

    I had the new Big Shot Plus Starter kit and a lot of dies to play with, so I made a lot of samples for them. I want to show you one card I made using the Sizzix Big Shot Plus Starter Kit and some fabric. I love the flower of this kit!

    Happy Monday!

    ¡Hola a todos! Este fon de semana estuve en Lisboa en la feria Papergift demostrando la nueva Sizzix Plus y los nuevos troqueles de Sizzix para Do Art. Todo el mundo estaba muy interesado por la nueva máquina y fue muy interesante y divertido!

    Aquí podéis ver la parte del stand con la Big Shot y la Big Shot Plus juntas y todos los nuevos troqueles.

    Tuve un poco de tiempo para hacer alguna muestra para ellos, así que estuve jugando con la nueva máquina, el Starter Kit y alguno de los nuevos troqueles para hacer esta tarjeta. Me encanta la flor del Starter Kit!

    ¡Feliz lunes!

  • A Birthday card

    Monday, 16 March, 2015

    Today I am sharing this card that I made while I am at my parents house, in Campanet (Mallorca, Spain) house I grew up, the room where I started making cards in my early teen years.  It was the first time that I used a big shot in the room that started it all for me, so it was a bit of an emotional experience!


    Saturday was my mum's birthday and I managed to get her as a birthday present a brand new Big shot starter kit. I love all the dies and folder that comes with it, so I decided to make my mum's card using them. And I took the finished card photo in the balcony that my old room has. I spent many hours reading there.

     had small amount of supplies, though I had my basic tools, so it was a bit of a challenge to make a card that would work. But I think she loved it! 

    One of the things I had was gold flakes and adhesives, so I decided to use them since my mum loves gold and I didn't have any other type of gold card.

    Once the whole area was covered, I embossed it using the fabulous dotty A4 folded that comes as part of the Big Shot Plus starter kit. I love this machine! And so does my mum, who is just starting in paper rafting but is an expert seamstress.

    I am always impressed on how even the pressure is through out.
    I die cut White card using the Bigz die included in the kit to die cut the leaves, and the small thinlits to cut the individual leaves using black and yellow paper.

    And this is the finished card, with the background a bit less out of pho us so you can see what I used to get up to every morning.


    Monday, 16 March, 2015

    Did I really say that I was realistically aiming to have my quilt finished by now? What was I thinking?! It turns out that target was incredibly optimistic - to say the least!

    It was basted on schedule but after that, once the quilting began, the schedule crumbled. The quilting design is quite dense and whilst simple is really time-consuming.

    Using the machine foot as a guide I'm quilting 3 lines on either side of the vertical and horizontal seams. I really like the grids that form where the lines intersect and the un-quilted squares in the centre of each pieced square.

    The backing fabric is Mustang in Olive by Cotton and Steel. I absolutely love this fabric, it feels a little extravagant using it for backing but seeing as the quilt is for our bed and I have a bolt of it I decided that it was an acceptable extravagance.

    So far I'm about halfway through the quilting but I'm not giving any estimates as to when it will be finished! Soon though, hopefully.

    Half-Square Triangles, 4 1/2in Finished Square die used for entire quilt top.

  • Happy BDay! Tag

    Sunday, 15 March, 2015

    Hello Sizzix Readers!
    I'm addicted to colours but sometimes I like using black and white for my gift wrapping.
    Today I want to share with you how to realize a coloured Happy BDay tag combining it with a b/w paper bag. So elegant and pretty!
    You need:
    Paper bag
    Yellow ribbon
    White twine

    Die cut the phrase HAPPY BDAY! using the Alphanumeric Thinlits Die Set and a white cardstock.
    Paste the floral washitape on another white cardstock.
    Paste the first cardstock on the second cardstock.
    Paste the scraps of the die cut letters (A, P, B, D) to complete the letters.
    Die cut the cardstock using a die from Banners Framelits Die Set.
    Punch the cardstock to get a tag.
    Paste the floral washitape on one side of the paper bag and cut the excess.
    Fill the paper bag and wrap it with the white twine. Make a double knot.
    Add the tag using a yellow ribbon.
    Make a knot.


    The gift package is done!
    Happy sunday!
    *Per le lettrici italiane*
    Buongiorno lettori!
    Come sapete adoro i colori ma qualche volta mi piace utilizzare anche il bianco e nero per i miei pacchetti regalo.
    Oggi voglio mostrarvi come realizzare una coloratissima etichetta regalo con la scritta Happy BDay!
    abbinandola ad un sacchettino di carta bianco e nero.
    Ho usato:
    Sacchetto di carta
    Nastro giallo
    Spago bianco
    Cartoncini bianchi

    Fustellare la frase HAPPY BDAY! usando l'Alphanumeric Thinlits Die Set e un cartoncino bianco.
    Incollare il washitape su un altro cartoncino, in corrispondenza della scritta realizzata precedentemente.
    Incollare il primo cartoncino sul secondo in modo che il washitape sia visibile.
    Incollare gli scarti delle lettere A,P,B,D in modo da ricomporre le lettere.
    Fustellare il cartoncino così ottenuto con una fustella del Banners Framelits Die Set.
    Bucare il cartoncino con una fustella in modo da ottenere una tag.
    Incollare il washitape sul un lato del sacchettino di carta e tagliare l'eccesso.
    Riempire il sacchetto e avvolgerlo con due giri di spago bianco. Fare un doppio nodo.
    Aggiungere la tag con un nastro giallo e fare un nodo.

    Spero vi sia piaciuto!
    Buona domenica


  • "Be Happy" layout by Gerry van Gent

    Saturday, 14 March, 2015

    Hello Sizzix friends!
    Happy Sunday to all of you!

    Today I have another layout to share with you... this time
    mixing some new and old dies which were so much fun to play with.
    This photo (of my daughter and I) makes me smile and feel so happy -
    a great memory of last Summer so I decided to scrap it and of course
    Happiness Phrases dies were the perfect touch to it.

    Be Happy_gerry
    657900 Sizzix Big Shot Machine
    NEW 660804 Sizzix Thinlits Die Set Happiness Phrases
    NEW 660236 Sizzix Bigz Die w/Texture Fades Butterfly Duo
    NEW 660220 Sizzix Thinlits Die Set Mixed Media
    NEW 660222 Sizzix Thinlits Die Set Scribbles & Splat
    656938 Sizzix Movers & Shapers L Die Tag & Bookplates
    657491 Sizzix Texture Fades Embossing Folders Springtime Background
    *       *       *

    To make the butterflies I used my favourite brown fabric canvas. 
     On top I adhered another layer of the pretty Butterflies but this time I
    used another material - sort of hard fabric which looks like grid.
    They used it as anti-slip underlay for carpets/rugs (Ikea)

    To make my butterfly pop and catch attention I added
    a small flower and I added cute white antennae.... 

    ...and some more close-ups for you.....



    Before I used the Mixed Media thinlits die I
    cut a strip of the bottom part of the background pattern paper (approx. 6cm).
    Then I die cut the paper strip from begin to end - using 4 times the Mixed Media die. 

    Maja Design Pattern Papers
    Prima Marketing Flowers
    Ingvild Bolme Distressing Tool
    *        *        *

    Thank you for your visit!
    Have a creative Sunday!

  • Poetry Tags

    Saturday, 14 March, 2015

    today I will show you my variation of Poetry Tags.
    I used my Big Shot and the classical Sizzix Framelits Die Set Squares #657585 to cut out some squares for my tags.

    A big one and a small on for each tag.
    I used white, light grey and craft colored cardstock, gluedots, eyelets and cotton ribbon.

    To fix the cotton ribbon, I used a vertical slot punch and my crop-a-dile for the eyelets.
    I selected also a few stamps out of my stock with proverbs and poetry.

    You can use the poetry-tags to decorate some arrangements of branches in spring

    or add it on gift wraps for example.

    I hope you enjoy and have a nice day!


  • Happy Spring Decoration with Mini Paper Rosettes

    Saturday, 14 March, 2015

    Hi everybody,
    it´s me again - Julia. :) Hope you had a nice week and some sunny days? I am totally in the mood of decorating my home in beautiful spring colors and fresh handmade items. The first thing I have made was this beautiful paper wreath.

    It is super easy and a fun to make. So here is my list of supplies:
    Pattern Paper from Crate Paper Open Book Collection
    Ribbon to hang it on the wall later
    Glue and a Cardboard Ring to get your wreath in shape

    For my paper wreath I needed 13 small and big Rosettes. I love this Decorative Strip Die because you get two different sizes immediately. :) Put them together and paint your cardboard ring white. I used some acrylic paint for that. Let it dry and place your ribbon on the back, so you can hang it on the wall later. Place the Mini Paper Rosettes on it, just as you like it. Fix it with some glue and wait a few minutes. I love how the result! I think of making some more. :)

    Have you made some wreaths for your home decoration? Which Dies from Sizzix are you using for it? :) Have a nice day, Julia


    Ihr Lieben,
    bei mir ist gefühlsmässig der Frühling eingezogen und ich würde am liebsten unser ganzes Häuschen mit bunten selbstgemachten Dingen dekorieren. Den Anfang macht derzeit ein wunderhübscher Kranz aus Mini Rosetten. Die sind so toll! Und es macht eine Menge Spaß sie auszustanzen, mein Mann hat fleissig geholfen. ;)

    Also alles was ihr braucht sind folgende Dinge:
    Pattern Paper von Crate Paper aus der Open Book Kollektion
    Stoffband für die Halterung
    Kleber und Pappe um euch einen Pappring als Grundlage zu gestalten

    Für meinen Türkranz (der gar nicht an einer Tür hängt, weil ich keine Halterung dafür habe… :D ), habe ich jeweils 13 Rosetten in den zwei Größen ausgestanzt. Ich finde es absolut genial, dass die Stanze direkt zwei verschiedene Größen anbietet. So kommt man nicht nur schneller voran, sondern kann - je nach Projekt - sogar einfach mal schauen, welche Größe denn nun besser passen könnte. ;)

    Den vorbereiteten Pappring habe ich mit weißer Acrylfarbe grundiert und das kurz antrocknen lassen. Auf der Rückseite habe ich mein Band dann befestigt und auf der Vorderseite die hübschen Papierrosetten gleichmässig verteilt. Und dann wurde auch schon geklebt, dass noch kurz trocknen lassen und fertig war meine kleine hübsche Dekoration! :) Ich glaube ich mache noch ein paar. Einfach um sie zu verschenken. ;)

    Habt ihr auch schon Kränze gemacht für eure Dekoration zu Hause? Welche Stanzen von Sizzix habt ihr dafür benutzt? :) Habt einen schönen Tag, xo Julia

  • For the love of stars....and speech bubbles....

    Friday, 13 March, 2015

    Hello there,

    Don't you love stars as i do?
    Stars could be used for everything...

    There are poems about stars...
    Pictures with and about stars...
    Fairytales with stars...

    And of course stars are perfect for cards...
    as perfect as speech bubbles....

    I watercolored white cardstock with a little red and than i arranged seven white stars on (i used the 3 smaller ones from the Framelits Stars Set #657567)...
    one of the smallest stars i also colored in darker red...

    Than i sewed the card edging.

    For the speech bubble (Thinlits Speech Bubbles Set #660801) i used a paper leftover in a totally
    different color and added a simple "hello"-stamp....
    It was a little bigger than the bubble - so i painted the missing parts...

    The little mistake i made while stamping, i hid with a gemstone...
    and i added some more all over the card.

    And than i placed the little red star - finished...

    A quick and easy bright card u can use for everything...

    Greetings Stephanie

    Sizzix Big Shot Plus Starter Kit #660515
    Sizzix Thinlits Set - Speech Bubbles #660801
    Sizzix Framlits Set - Stars #657567
    Cardstock, Gemstones, Sewing Machine


    Hallo ihr,

    mögt ihr Sterne so gerne wie ich?
    Sterne gehen immer...

    Es gibt Gedichte über Sterne...
    Gemälde mit Sternen....
    Märchen über Sterne...

    und Sterne sind perfekt für Karten.
    genauso perfekt wie Sprechblasen...

    Zuerst habe ich weißen Cardstock mit roter Wasserfarbe eingefärbt und dann sieben Sterne
    darauf arrangiert (ich habe die drei kleineren aus dem Set Sizzix Framlits Set - Stars #657567 benutzt...)
    Einen der ganz kleinen Sterne habe ich dunkler rot eingefärbt....

    Dann habe ich den Rand meiner Karte genäht.

    Für die Sprechblase habe ich einen Papierrest in einer ganz anderen Farbe verwendet und
    ein simples "Hallo" darauf gestempelt.

    Den kleinen Stempelfehler habe ich mit Schmucksteinen versteckt ;-)
    noch den kleinen roten Stern drauf setzen . fertig.

    Eine schnelle Karte für alle Gelegenheiten....

    Liebste Grüße, Stephanie

    Sizzix Big Shot Plus Starter Kit #660515
    Sizzix Thinlits Set - Speech Bubbles #660801
    Sizzix Framlits Set - Stars #657567
    Cardstock, Schmucksteine, Nähmaschine

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