• Louise Nelson - Prima Marketing Blog Switch Day 2

    Wednesday, 8 May, 2013


    Here is my blog post for the Prima and Sizzix blog switch!

    Layout – ur way speesh!
    Tag – 4 you

    Materials List


    • 950682 Jodie Lee Designs Art Journal pad
    • 564704 Hello Pastel Brads
    • 562946 Hello Patel Alphabet Stickers
    • 544232 Alphabet Stickers
    • 551322 SIIC
    • 564124 Trim 
    • Cotton Thread
    • Staples
    • Hero Arts Water Color Wheel paint
    • Sakura felt tip pen

    Photo credit: Georgie Daniels Photography

    I first began with creating a painterly background for my photos and Sizzix die cut embellishments using water color paints.

    Whilst the paint was still wet I blotted up some of the paint with 2 of the Sizzix die cut leaf branches (blot up paint on the patterned side of patterned paper).

    When paint was dry I then arranged the cotton thread and adhered my photo to the background.

    I cut out 3 lots of the Sizzix die cut flowers, I coloured these with splatted water color paint.

    Prima chalk ink was applied to the edges of all the flowers, along with Prima decorative brads and crystals to their centres. The layout was completed using one of the smaller Sizzix die cut branches and assorted small medium and large Sizzix die cut flowers; [as can be seen in close up layout photos].

    All the edges of the tag were inked with the Prima chalk ink.

    Use the painterly technique as for the background on the tag and allow to dry.

    Adhere one each of the larger Sizzix die cut flowers and smaller branch to the tag.

    Complete tag by adding sentiment with Prima alphabet stickers and painting them to coordinate with the tag color scheme.

    I coloured a strip of trim with coordinating water color paint for the tag, this was then threaded through the hole and stapled in position. Hope you enjoyed my project.

  • Puddles Layout

    Wednesday, 8 May, 2013

    Hi all!

    Today I would like to show you a layout about my daughter. She is 7 years old and she loves to walk through puddles. :)
    Items used:
    Big Shot Machine (655268)
    Sizzix Thinlits Die Set 9PK - Doilies, Lovely (658605)
    Sizzix Framelits Die Set 8PK - Circles #2 (658604)

    Have a nice day,

    Всем привет!

    Сегодня я хочу показать страничку о своей дочке. Ей 7 лет и она просто обожает ходить по лужам. Если на ней резиновые сапоги, то каждая лужа по пути куда-либо будет измерена.


    Всем хорошего дня!


  • Paper Treats

    Tuesday, 7 May, 2013

    Well here I am back in the Sizzix Design room after an amazing Bank Holiday weekend, I hope you were all as lucky as us with the weather, here in Wales the sun shone all weekend making it extra special.

    Today I have been crafting with my chocaholic friend in mind, we all have at least one! I have kept away from typical female colours because lets face it, not everyone likes pastels. I have chosen several different papers from the scraps left over from past projects and tied the scheme together using a dark chocolate brown card stock.

    The box is a simple blank wooden box which can be found on the high street in a variety of shapes and sizes. A combination of double-sided tape and PVA will make covering the box an easy task, then you can get on with the fun part...decoration!!

    The elements that I have used are from the gorgeous Fresh Moments collection designed by the very talented Paula Pascual consisting of Framelits and Thinlits for use with paper and thin card.

    Removing the label from a chocolate bar is a really cool way to make an inexpensive gift into something a little more special. This idea is great for personalising children's party favours too, just type or hand write the name of each child and then use the Thinlit die to cut them out perfectly.

    I love the effect of scrunching die-cut paper flowers and then apply distress ink to their edges. It creates such a lovely effect without being too grungy and I think paper projects often need that contrast of textures to prevent them becoming too flat.

    I really hope that you like my ideas, it would be amazing to read your comments. Have a lovely week, happy crafting!

  • Birthday Card

    Tuesday, 7 May, 2013

    Hi everyone...hope you had a great and creative week. Today I have a Birthday card to show you with hidden tags. It's the first time I used my new Pocket Watch Frame... Love this Die ♥

    Supply list:
    Papers - Pion Design - Vintage Garden, white Bazzill 
    Stamps: Stampers Anonymous Tim Holtz Collection
    Inks: Distress ink Pad - Walnut Stain, Memento - Rich Cocoa, Archival Ink - Jet Black
    Other: Feather, Seam Binding Ribbon, Tissue paper, Cheese cloth, Flowers - Wild Orchid Crafts

    How to do:
    Die cut the Doily with Tissue paper. Die Cut the border with white Bazzill. 
    Die cut the Pocket Watch Frame with Sizzix Little Sizzles - 6" x 13" Mat Board Pack, 6 White Sheets. Stamp the motif on the Pocket Watch Frame. 
    Glue some patterned paper innside the white Bazzill before you glue it to a pocket.
    Decorate outside of the "envelope" with Doily, Pocket Watch Frame and some embellishments. 
    Die cut Banners with patterned paper and stamp some text. Put it together with brads.

    Thanks for stopping by...wish you a great day!
    Anne Kristine

    Hei alle sammen...håper dere har hatt en fin og kreativ uke. I dag har jeg et kort med skjulte tags å vise dere. Testet for første gang min nye Pocket Watch Frame...liker den veldig godt ♥

    Papir - Pion Design - Vintage Garden, white Bazzill 
    Stempler: Stampers Anonymous Tim Holtz Collection
    Stempelputer: Distress ink Pad - Walnut Stain, Memento - Rich Cocoa, Archival Ink - Jet Black
    Annet: Fjær, Seam Binding bånd, tørkepapir, osteklut, blomster - Wild Orchid Crafts

    Stans ut Doily i tørkepapir. Stans ut bården i hvit Bazzill. 
    Stans ut Pocket Watch Frame i Sizzix Little Sizzles - 6" x 13" Mat Board Pack, 6 White Sheets. Stemple motivet på Pocket Watch Frame. 
    Lim mønsterark på innsiden av hvit Bazzill før du limer dette sammen til en konvolutt/lomme.
    Dekorer utsiden av "konvolutten" med Doily, Pocket Watch Frame og detaljer.
    Stans ut bannere i mønsterark og stemple tekst på disse før du setter de sammen med en splittbinders. 

    Takk for at du stikker innom her og ønsker deg en herlig dag!
    Anne Kristine

  • Geochacnig layout

    Tuesday, 7 May, 2013

    Happy Tuesday everyone
    Today i will show you a layout.I have used a different sorts of beautiful Sizzix dies.

    Items  I have used:
    Word Play Alphabet 657837
    Doily and Doily Border 659058
    Ornate Labels 659062
    Border,Label, Medallion,Key 658953
    Garden Vine 658511
    Supply list:
    Paper: Maja Design-Vintage Spring basics- of March
    Stamp: Vilda stamp-Scrap & Mixedmedia Kit
    Ink: Distress ink from Ranger- Broken China-Peeled Paint-
    Glossy Accent,Pontura Paint-Babyblue-

    I hope you enjoyed my layout today. Have a great week. See you next Tuesday
    Hej alle
    I dag har jeg et layout at vise hvor jeg har brugt mange forskellige af de skønne Sizzix dies
    Dies jeg har brugt::
    Word Play Alphabet 657837
    Doily and Doily Border 659058
    Ornate Labels 659062
    Border,Label, Medallion,Key 658953
    Garden Vine 658511
    Andre materialer:
    Papir: Maja Design-Vintage Spring basics- of March
    Stempler: Vilda stamp-Scrap & Mixedmedia Kit
    Ink: Distress ink from Ranger- Broken China-Peeled Paint-
    Glossy Accent,Pontura Paint-Babyblue-
    Jeg håber du kunne finde inspiration i mit indlæg. Du må have en dejliguge, vi ses næste tirsdag

  • building blocks

    Monday, 6 May, 2013


    I've been working on some bits and pieces that are for editorials or web projects that can't be fully shared as yet so I thought I'd share just the sneakiest of peeks of one of them today.

    blocks in progress

    I'm using some of the basic 'building block' dies such as half square triangles and squares to make these blocks and I'm really enjoying playing around with layouts and sketching out ideas onto paper before I do the piecing.

    One of my favourite dies are the half square triangles - they make cutting and piecing accurate half square triangle units such a breeze. There's no need for marking with pencil lines or trimming down to size. Half square triangles are such a useful unit in patchwork, but the cutting, marking and trimming can be very tedious. Not with these dies it isn't!

    What do you find tedious in patchwork, but love the finished look of? 

  • Pastel layout

    Sunday, 5 May, 2013

    Happy Sunday crafters!

    Today I wanted to share a pastel layout. 
    And I have used A LOT of different Sizzix dies to create it.

    I started the layout by stamping randomly over the background paper.
    Then I built a photo mat using layers of papers including the Distressed Doily and the Ornate Oval Frame.
    I also put in some Hardware Findings and Tags under the photo mat.

    To frame the photo I used the Decorative Flourishes set and made some black swirls.
    And to frame my flower cluster I used Branches and also a Decorative Card strip (roses) and cut it into pieces and used it on three different places.

    Then I added a few hearts .

    Sizzix products used:
    657902 Sizzix Framelits Die Set 4PK – Frame, Fancy Oval

    I hope you will have a great Sunday! See you in a week!



    Glad söndag på er!

    Idag ska jag visa en pastellig layout.
    Och jag har använt MASSOR av olika Sizzix dies för att skapa den.

    Jag började med att stämpla lite här och var på bakgrundspappret.
    Sen byggde jag upp en fotomatta med flera lager papper, inklusive the Distressed Doily och the Ornate Oval Frame.
    Jag stack också in Hardware Findings and Tags under fotomattan.

    För att rama in fotot använde jag the Decorative Flourishes set och gjorde ett par svarta swirls.
    Och för att rama in mina blommor använde jag Branches och också en Decorative Card strip (roses) och klippte den i tre bitar som jag placerade på olika ställen.

    Sen lade jag till några hjärtan.

    657902 Sizzix Framelits Die Set 4PK – Frame, Fancy Oval

    Jag hoppas att du får en underbar söndag! Vi ses om en vecka.


  • Muted colors, inspiring die-cuts... a bit moody today!

    Friday, 3 May, 2013

    Hi again Sizzix fans!
    I can't stop being amazed how easy it is to create a layout using Sizzix dies to make some main parts of the composition! If you have your background done and papers chosen - and a have a look on your dies - you will always come with plenty of ideas! I got inspired by very subtle,muted color palette of 7 Dots Studio Papers (Queen's Heart Collection) and 2 lovely Sizzlits Dies from Scrappy Cat collection: Vintage Doily and Flower - Bloom with Leaves.

    I wouldn't be myself if I didn't try something a bit different. This time instead of creating a sweet, pretty flower as suggested on die packaging (Bloom with Leaves) I used the cut out element as it was... somehow it reminded me a fern leaf and was a perfect balance for the Vintage Doilies I used on the same layout.

    What is more, I kept a part of the cut out leftover and used in the composition too... I love the effect - how cool is this?

    After adding 2-3 pieces of paper, some splashes of paint, stamping and a bit of embellishments my "Hard Day" layout was ready!

    Here is the list of the supplies I used:

    - 658506 - Sizzix Sizzlits Die - Vintage Doily 
    - 658501 - Sizzix Sizzlits Die - Flower, Bloom w/Leaves 3-D 
    - 7 Dots Studio - Queen's Heart Collection
    - 7 Gypsies - numeral stamps
    - Prima - background stamp, crystals
    - Tim Holtz - Tissue tape

    - Ranger - Jet Black Archival Ink
    - Tattered Angels - Glimmer Mist

    I wish you all a great, creative week! See you soon!

  • Layout Travel

    Friday, 3 May, 2013

    Hi Everyone!
    this is Anna. Today let’s get back to layouts!
    I wanted to create a page with photos from trip we took during the year 2012, showcasing them in polaroid form. When I looked at layout of Pinterest site, I immediately saw a grid design and decided to use the same pattern for my layout page.

    Anna Drai - big shot - scrapbooking - Travel Holland (1)

    Items used:

    Big Shot Machine (655268)
    Sizzix Bigz Die - Tiny Tabs & Tags (657188)
    Sizzix Framelits Die Set 6PK w/Stamps – Banners (658289)
    Sizzix Sizzlits Die - Vintage Doily (658506)
    Sizzix Framelits Die Set 4PK - Frame, Square w/Ornate Edges (657560)
    Sizzix Framelits Die Set 8PK - Squares (657565) Sizzix Framelits Die Set 6PK w/Stamps - Flowers, Daisies (657916)

    8 photo (cm 6x6)
    cardstock: Bazzill pink light, white, kraft
    patterned paper: Studio Calico, Bella Blvd, Echo Park
    alphabet: Doodlebug
    embellishments: American Crafts
    notebook paper
    sewing machine, yarn

    Anna Drai - big shot - scrapbooking - Travel Holland (2)

    Anna Drai - big shot - scrapbooking - Travel Holland (3)

    How to make:

    1- Use pink light cardstock for page base. Cut a stripe of cm 9,5x30,4 from yellow patterned paper and adhere to the right of the page. Sew the strip in the seam.
    2- Die cut the following: a banner from patterned papers, one tag from the notebook paper, two doilies from the paper kraft. Use the big rectangle die with the third square die of Framelits to create twelve polaroid frames from white cardstock.
    3- Attach the photos behind the polaroid frames. Cut four square 6x6 cm from different patterned papers and glue behind the last polaroid frames.
    4- Create a 3 by 4 grid of polaroid, place in a staggered arrangement with some polaroid to run off the page.
    5- At the top right corner of layout, adhere a piece of big kraft doily followed by a banner and a tag.
    6- Adhere a second piece of doily into a polaroid with patterned paper, near the yellow stripe.
    7- Cut in half the small doily and attach a piece on the top and a piece on the bottom of page.
    8- Add the title above the yellow stripe
    9- Accent the page with some strass and embellishments to finish.

    Anna Drai - big shot - scrapbooking - Travel Holland (4)

    Hope you like this layout! :)

    Flag_of_Italy Per le amiche italiane! :)

    Ecco un nuovo appuntamento con Anna. Oggi torniamo ai layout!
    Volevo creare una pagina con le foto di un viaggio in Olanda che abbiamo fatto l'anno scorso, mostrando alcune foto in forma di polaroid. Ma sono tante, come disporle?!
    Osservando il layout del sito Pinterest, ho visto una disposizione a griglia molto interessante ed ho deciso di utilizzare lo stesso modello per la mia pagina.
    Quindi, l'ispirazione mi ha dato l'idea per una disposizione a griglia sfalsata per ospitare tutti gli elementi della pagina. Questa disposizione mi piace, perchè dono un senso di dinamismo alle foto... non sembrano muoversi? ;)
    Ecco qui di seguito le spiegazioni dettagliate.


    Big Shot Machine (655268)
    Sizzix Bigz Die - Tiny Tabs & Tags (657188)
    Sizzix Framelits Die Set 6PK w/Stamps – Banners (658289)
    Sizzix Sizzlits Die - Vintage Doily (658506)
    Sizzix Framelits Die Set 4PK - Frame, Square w/Ornate Edges (657560)
    Sizzix Framelits Die Set 8PK - Squares (657565) Sizzix Framelits Die Set 6PK w/Stamps - Flowers, Daisies (657916)
    foto (cm 15x11)
    cartoncino: Bazzill rosa chiaro, bianco, color kraft
    patterned paper: Studio Calico, Bella Blvd, Echo Park
    alfabeto: Doodlebug
    abbellimenti: American Crafts
    pagina di notes a quadretti
    macchina da cucire, filo


    1 - Utilizzare il cartoncino rosa chiaro come base della pagina. Tagliare una striscia di cm 9,5 x30,4 dalla carta fantasia a righe gialle e incollare alla destra della pagina. Cucire la striscia nel punto di giunzione.
    2 – Con le fustelle Sizzix tagliare: una bandierina dalle carta fantasia verde, una tag dalla carta a quadretti, due centrini della carta kraft. Utilizzare la fustella del rettangolo grande con il terzo quadrato dei Framelits per creare dodici cornici polaroid con il cartoncino bianco.
    3 - Incollare le foto dietro le cornici polaroid. Tagliare quattro quadrati 6x6 cm da diverse carte fantasia ed incollarle dietro alle ultime cornici polaroid.
    4 - Creare una griglia 3 per 4 con le polaroid, creando una disposizione sfalsata, con qualche polaroid che esce fuori dalla pagina.
    5 - In alto a destra del layout, incollare un pezzo di centrino grande kraft seguito dalla bandierina e dalla tag.
    6 - Incollare il secondo pezzo di centrino in una polaroid senza foto (con la carta fantasia) con il bordo aderente alla  striscia gialla.
    7 - Tagliare a metà il centrino piccolo e incollarne un pezzo sulla parte superiore e un pezzo sulla parte inferiore della pagina, in corrispondenza di due metà di polaroid.
    8 - Aggiungere il titolo sopra la striscia gialla
    9 - Rifinire la pagina con alcuni strass e abbellimenti a piacere.

    Spero vi sia piaciuto questa mia paginetta :)
    Ci vediamo presto!

  • The final two.

    Thursday, 2 May, 2013

    It's the end! - well only of making the blocks for our quilt.
    I'm often asked which is my favourite die and I usually answer that it's the one that I'm working with at the moment, but having used the 2 1/2" half square die again this morning I have to admit that I always enjoy removing the triangles from the die and seeing them so perfectly cut.
    The first block I am making today is a variation on Churn Dash, using 4 fabrics instead of the usual 2.

    Using die 657609 and the darkest fabric and the Big Shot to cut the one square.
    Die 657605 is used to cut 4 rectangles from a medium fabric, and then use die 657611 to cut 4 squares from each of a medium dark and light fabric.
    Join the medium dark triangles to the light triangles, and join these to opposite ends of 2 rectangles, see picture below.
    Join 2 rectangles to opposite sides of the square.
    Join the 3 pieces together to complete the block.

    For the second block I used 3 fabrics to make a variation on a pin wheel block.

     Use die 657607 and dark fabric to cut 4 squares.
    With medium fabric and die 657611 cut 8 triangles, and with die 657613 and light fabric cut 4 triangles.
    Join the triangles to adjacent sides of the square, to create a triangle.
    Join these pieced triangles to the light triangles.
    To complete the block join the 4 squares together.

    So that completes the 20 blocks for the quilt.
    Next week I will be cutting and attaching the sashing.
    The Bank Holiday on Monday is supposed to be fine - which would be lovely - but whatever the weather I hope you all enjoy the weekend.
    Until next week, have fun.

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