• How to decorate a mini album cover: My 5 top tips.

    Monday, 14 October, 2013

    Hi everybody! Decorate a mini album cover can be a little beat intimidating and challenging. Today I want to show you a decorated cover that I have made this weekend and give you my 5 top tips on how to decorate mini album covers.

    Supply list:
    • Embellishments: Brads, pearls, twine
    • Glossy Accents, foam Squares

    Every time I have to decorate a cover I follow these simple 5 steps. They always help me to create an interesting yet balanced cover.
    1. Keep it simple. Having a great cover is very important, but the most important part of a mini album is always in the inside. So keep it simple and let the important part, your story, be in the inside.
    2. Locate your focal point. Every LO needs a focal point. So does a mini album cover. Normally, it is your tittle. Give it all your attention and focus on enhancing it with decoration.
    3. Create a cluster. Sometimes the placement of embellishments is confusing. It is always better to put them in a beautiful cluster than have them randomly all over the cover.
    4. Embrace white space. There is no necessity to put something in every spot of the cover. Let your focal point breathe.
    5. Repeat colors. Use the same colors that you are using in the inside of the album. This will give you unity to your project.

    I hope you enjoyed my tips and you find them useful for your projects.

    Happy Monday!
    ¡Hola a todos! A veces, decorar una portada puede ser un poco complicado y presentarnos todo un reto. Hoy quiero compartir esta portada que he hecho el fin de semana y darte mis 5 puntos más importantes en la decoración de portadas para minis.
    • Embellecedores: Brads, perlas, cordón
    • Glossy Accents, foam Squares
    Cada vez que tengo que decorar una portada me guío por estos 5 pasos. Siempre me ayudan a crear una portada interesante y con balance.

    1. No te compliques. Tener una portada genial es muy importante, pero la parte más importante es siempre el interior del álbum, así que mantén la portada sencilla y deja que lo más importante, tu historia, esté en el interior.
    2. Localiza tu punto focal. Toda página necesita un punto focal. Lo mismo vale para las portadas, normalmente es el título. Dale toda tu atención y concéntrate en darle importancia con los embellecedores.
    3. Crea un clúster. A veces el posicionamiento de los embellecedores es un poco confuso. Siempre es mejor ponerlos en un bonito grupo que tenerlos al tuntún por todos lados de la portada.
    4. Usa el espacio en blanco. No hay ninguna necesidad de poner algo en cada centímetro de la portada. Deja que tu punto focal respire.
    5. Repite colores. Utiliza los mismos colores que estás utilizando dentro del álbum. Eso le dará unidad a tu proyecto.
    Espero que te hayan gustado estos pequeños consejos y que los encuentres útiles para tus proyectos.

    ¡Feliz lunes!

  • cotton reels quilt

    Monday, 14 October, 2013


    Today I want to share a quilt I made over the summer that is now in a magazine (Love Patchwork and Quilting, you can find more details on how to get a copy here). The blocks in this quilt are made from strips - strips you can use your big shot to cut. As you already know, I love the 2.5" strip die and I use it an awful lot. This quilt is also made with 2.5" strips - so you know I used it to speed up the cutting process!

    cotton reels

    I love to be able to save as much time as possible with my cutting, because it's the boring bit. I'd much rather be piecing a quilt than cutting out a gazillion bits.

    I have a baby quilt to make this week, I think I'm going to use either the chevron or a half square triangle to make a simple zig zag from this pretty stack of fabrics (they're all from Art Gallery Fabrics - various collections). Not sure which will win...but I could make things really fast and use the 2 hour quilt top tutorial I posted a while ago. That would be fast, wouldn't it? I'll keep you posted and hopefully have a finished quilt next week!

    Added a couple more prints. Think I'm happy now.

  • A Tag by Gerry van Gent

    Sunday, 13 October, 2013

    Happy Sunday Sizzix friends!
    For today's post I prepared for you a tag where I included a photo.
    It`s a tag about one of my passions - photography.
    657900 Sizzix Big Shot Machine
    656938 Sizzix Movers & Shapers L Die Tag & Bookplates
    658367 Sizzix Movers & Shapers Magnetic Die Set Butterflies
    657840 Sizzix Movers & Shapers Magnetic Die Set Vintage Alarm Clock & Camera Set
    658252 Sizzix Sizzlits Decorative Strip Die Cobblestones
    656631 Sizzix Bigz Die Hanging Sign
    657007 Sizzix Movers & Shapers Accessory Base, Tray L
    658947 Sizzix Thinlits Die Set Doily & Doily Border
    656917 Sizzix Sizzlits Decorative Strip Alphabet Die Chip Block
    657176 Sizzix Sizzlits Decorative Strip Alphabet Die Typeset
    *   *   *
    * I decorated the right side of the tag with a cut-out from the Hanging Sign.
    ** Orange doily, under the framed photo, is part of the Doily & Doily Border die set.
    *** When I die-cut the butterfly I sprayed water and I wrinkled it to give more texture.

    For the title I mixed two different alphabet sets for more fun look.

    And now a few photos from the Scrapbook Werkstatt Mega Event in Germany
    where I gave two workshops to two BIG classes. I enjoyed teaching there so much!
    And....the students enjoyed working with our Sizzix machines and dies.
    I really had to bring not one....
    ....but all 3 Sizzix machines with me so everybody could have enough time 
    playing and experience the excellent quality of the products.
    And one of the lovely and talented students having fun with
    the die-cut fence by Eileen Hull...
    *   *   *
    And four more days to my next event situated in Stockholm, Sweden.
    If you are in Sweden, please, join me at Stockholm ScrapClass Event
    where I will be teaching fun classes - of course with Sizzix products as well!

    Thank you for joining me today!
    I hope you enjoyed my tag.

  • Candy Corn Cake Box

    Saturday, 12 October, 2013

    It's that time of year again for the Halloween candy and pumpkins to come out. I made some little favor boxes using Halloween fabrics and my Sizzix ScoreBoards Cake Slice die. ScoreBoards are unique to Sizzix and have been specially designed to cut and score thick materials like matboard and chipboard. They make nice sturdy boxes, albums and folders. Here’s how to make a Halloween version of the Sizzix ScoreBoard Cake Slice die.
    I like to try different techniques and use interesting materials to cover my boxes. In this project, fun Halloween fabrics were used.
    Box w/Lid, Cake Slice
    Borders & Hydrangeas
    Sweet Treats for You
    Big ShotXL Cutting Pads 
    Little Sizzles Cream Mat Board
    black and orange cardstock
    glue gun
    spray adhesive
    Halloween fabrics
    • Cut two piece of fabric 6” x 13”. Spray the back of the fabric with spray adhesive and place one on each side of the mat board.  This will give you color inside and outside of the box. If you only want color on one side, just add one piece of fabric. You could also paint, ink or stamp one side and use fabric or paper on the other… so many options!)
    • Run through die cut machine with the right side of the mat board facing the Cake Slice die.
    • Fold all score lines over 180 degrees to break the fibers of the board and make it easier to work with.
    • When using fabric to cover boxes, a glue gun is the best bet for a very strong hold. (when making a box with matboard or paper, ThermO Web iCraft Tape works great)
    • Butt the end flaps of the cake body to one another and attach them to the flap of the cake bottom.
    • Fold the cake bottom over and adhere to the cake body. (click for additional assembly instructions)
    • Cut borders from Borders & Hydrangea die and add to the middle of the cake slice.
    •  TIP: To save time, fold a 12″ strip of paper in half and set it right inside the die cutting line on one end- it doubles the length of the strip and it’s just long enough to go around the box.
    • Adhere border to the cake slice placing the fold on the pointy end of the slice. Fold end pieces around the back of the cake slice and adhere in place.
    • Cut out the Hydrangea shapes from black and orange paper. Curl petals with a stylus or bone folder. Secure layers with a brad and adhere to back of box with a glue dot, covering the join of the borders.
    • Cut a label tag from the “For You” Sizzlit from cardstock.
    • Tie a ribbon around the box and add tag and another hydrangea.
    • Add candy corn to box or other Halloween treats!
    NOTE:  I’m sorry, I can’t show you the candy corn but it’s in there. If I open the box to take a picture, I will eat every single one :-(
    What I usually do is cut out 4-5 cake slices using different fabrics and mix and match the pieces to create one of a kind boxes. You can also add spiders or other creepy things as desired. These boxes make quite an impact when you arrange them on a cake plate.

     I don't know if you celebrate Halloween in Europe like we Americans do. Honestly, it creeps me out a little how realistically gory some people get with decorations and costumes. But I can live with cute Halloween :-) 
    Happy Haunting everyone!

  • Space-Media-Dimension in Tours, France!

    Friday, 11 October, 2013

    Hi, it's great to see you here again!
    Last weekend I was really busy teaching classes - this time visiting beautiful, old city of Glasgow... but before that I had a pleasure to teach classes in France, Tours - and I've got a project to share with you - dimensional layout made during "Space-Media-Dimension" class in Tours. I hope you will enjoy!

    As you can see I went a bit crazy with layers here - there are many pieces of patterned papers and many cut-out elements - I used 4 different Sizzix dies to cut white cardstock and get my elements for the layout. 
    Here they are (starting rom the top layers):
    - Sizzix Sizzlits Die - Flower, Daisy (658502)
    - Sizzix Sizzlits Die - Vintage Doily (658506)
    - Sizzix Thinlits Die Set 2PK - Doily & Doily Border (658947)
    - Sizzix Sizzlits Decorative Strip Die - Interlocking Circles (658001) 

    Papers I used for this projects are from 7 Dots Studio: Canvas Resist elements and Mechanicals from Prima Marketing too - and the background is sprayed with Primary Elements (Luminarte) and painted with gesso. Both stencils are from Prima Marketing too!

    All the student were so busy gluing, cutting, addling layers - I managed to take a photo or 2 of them, concentrated on their projects :)

    We had great, creative time and all the students created wonderful, dimensional projects which made me proud and happy. Here is the final, group photo of us all taken just after the class:

    See you soon - next weekend I'm in Sweden, Stockholm :)

  • Christmas Trees Tutorial by Anna Draicchio

    Friday, 11 October, 2013

    Hi Everyone! This is Anna.

    Today I am kicking off my Handmade Christmas! One of my goals for this year was to have as close to a handmade Christmas as possible. And I think I’m actually going to make it happen.
    This week I have been playing with Sizzix Bigz Die - Christmas Trees, 3-D. Fabulous!!! The die have three shape Small, Medium and Large. I created these tiny trees made from scrapbooking paper.

    cafe creativo - sizzix big shot - christmas tree - holiday (1)

    You can make one or several of these cute little Christmas trees to decorate your shelves, table, coffee table, etc. Imagine them as added to Christmas presents or to create the Advent Calendar.

    cafe creativo - sizzix big shot - christmas tree - holiday (2)
    Red tree
    cafe creativo - sizzix big shot - christmas tree - holiday (3)
    Items used:
    sewing machine, yarn
    How to make:
    Die-cut six identical pieces using the Christmas Trees 3-D die.
    Stack them.
    Sew them in the middle along the fold.
    Adjust the folds and decorate.
    Beige tree
    cafe creativo - sizzix big shot - christmas tree - holiday (4)
    Items used:
    patterned paper
    How to make:
    Die-cut five identical pieces using the Christmas Trees 3-D die.
    Fold each piece in half.
    Apply glue to the back side of one piece and glue the back side of another piece to it. Do this until all five pieces are glued together, including the last two that will attach the final two panels.
    The tree will now stand by itself.
    Taa daa! That’s it! Aren't they cute and fun?

    Instruction to make a Medium tree. You should be able to figure out the very similar process for Small and Big Tree.

    cafe creativo - sizzix big shot - christmas tree - holiday (5)

    They are so cute, I just think a forest of Christmas trees would look great on my table.

     cafe creativo - sizzix big shot - christmas tree - holiday (6)

    Thanks so much for stopping by today! 
    I appreciate your visits more than you know!
    Have a great weekend!!!
    Flag_of_Italy Per le amiche italiane! :)

    Ecco un nuovo appuntamento con Anna.
    Oggi do ufficialmente il via al mio Natale Handmade! Lo so che è un po' presto, ma vorrei tanto cercare di portarmi avanti con le decorazioni natalizie, perchè ogni anno i buoni propositi vengono sempre messi da parte. Chi ben comincia è a metà dell'opera... così si dice, almeno!

    Questa settimana ho potuto giocare con una fustella bellissima: Sizzix Bigz Die - Christmas Trees, 3-D (658754). La fustella riesce a tagliare ben tre forme di alberelli, Small, Medium e Large, e taglia anche due piccole decorazioni (stellina e angioletto).
    Sarà divertente realizzare uno o più di questi alberelli di Natale, vedrete! Così per Natale potrete decorare le vostre librerie, tavoli, tavolini, ecc Immaginate questi alberelli anche come regalini per le amiche o se ne realizzate 25 possono diventare un bel Calendario dell'Avvento!
    Le istruzioni qui di seguito sono riferite agli alberelli Medium, ma sarete in grado di declinarle anche per gli altri alberi della stessa fustella, perchè il procedimento è simile.

    Vi spiego due metodi diversi, scegliete voi quello che preferite:
    Alberello rosso
    Materiali usati :
    cartoncino colorato
    macchina da cucire, filo
    Fustellate sei pezzi identici utilizzando la fustella Christmas Trees 3-D.
    Sovrapporli uno sull'altro.
    Passarli sotto la macchina da cucire in mezzo lungo la piega.
    Aprire e regolare le pieghe in modo uniforme e decorare a piacere con le due decorazioni (stellina e angelo) facenti parte della fustella.
    Alberello beige
    Materiali usati:
    carta patterned
    Fustellate cinque pezzi identici utilizzando la fustella Christmas Trees 3-D.
    Piegare ogni pezzo in mezzo.
    Applicare la colla sul lato posteriore di un pezzo e incollare sul lato posteriore di un altro pezzo. Procedete così fino a quando tutti e cinque i pezzi sono stati incollati insieme, compresi gli ultimi due per fissare le due parti finali.
    L'albero così potrà stare in piedi da solo. Decoratelo a piacere.
    Ecco fatto! Non sono carini e divertenti?
    Penso che sarebbe bello poter realizzare una foresta di alberi di Natale per abbellire il tavolo o la mensola del camino.
    Ho creato questi piccoli alberi usando semplice cartoncino e carta da scrapbooking, ma la prossima volta voglio provare a fare qualcosa con il feltro, visto che è una fustella Bigz e quindi taglia praticamente di tutto!
    Grazie per essere passate di qui!
    Apprezzo tantissimo le vostre visite :)
    Al prossimo venerdì creativo!

  • Knitting and Stitching at Alexandra Palace

    Thursday, 10 October, 2013


    Well I have been so busy recently with demonstrations, of the Big Shot machine and Bigz Dies, not the protesting type!! I have recently been to Finland and Spain and now I'm in London for the Knitting and Stitching show at Alexandra Palace, working alongside Cotton Patch on stand F27.

    The show started this morning, closing at 7pm tonight, and continues until 5pm on Sunday 13th October, so come and visit us - I have lots of lovely dies to demonstrate.
    You can see some of the quilts that the clever people at Cotton Patch have made using our Bigz Dies and just 8 fat quarters. With so much choice of fabric and dies it really is the place to come for Christmas ideas and quick makes for Christmas.
    I've only had a little while to look at fabrics but I'm already itching to choose something for a new project for the New Year.
    Unfortunately because I have been so busy recently the Cuddly Creatures Quilt is no nearer being finished - I think I am going to have to make that the project that I have to finish before the end of the year! Watch this space to see if I manage it!
    If you're at the show come and say Hello - I love to catch up with you all and find out what projects you're working on.
    How ever you spend it - have a lovely weekend.

  • Card Une pensée pour toi

    Thursday, 10 October, 2013

    Card Une pensée pour toi

    A very simple but trendy card with a kraft, gold and white combo. I had fun playing with the latest new products from Sizzix.

    Supply list:

    Cardstock: American Crafts
    Paper: Infocréa, Bazzill
    Embellishment: Studio Calico
    Stamp: Craft Origine
    Ink: Chalk Prima Dry Sand
    Spray Ink: Poussière de fée Infocréa
    Others: Sequins, thread


    658222 Sizzix Original Die-Frame-Ornate#2
    658797 Sizzix Textured Impressions Embossing Folders 2PK-Sassy& Circle Label Set

    Start by embossing a pretty “chevrons and labels” folder with white cardstock. This is a trendy design that fits with all themes.
    Then mat on a grey pattern paper and mat again on a kraft cardstock.

    Afterwards cut a baroque frame out of a Bazzill pattern paper and out of kraft paper. The oval shape is mounted with 3D foam adhesive.

    A title realized with a Craft Origine stamp and Chalk Dry Sand ink comes as a completion.

    I glued a wood bird and sequins as embellishments. The whole is sprayed with gold ink.

    See you next Thursday!


    Carte Une pensée pour toi

    Une carte toute simple toujours dans la tendance du moment avec un combo kraft, or et blanc. Je me suis amusée ici avec les dernières nouveautés Sizzix !

    Matériel :

    Cardstock : American Crafts
    Papier : Inforcréa, Bazzill
    Embellissement ! Studio Calico
    Tampon : Craft Origine
    Encre : Chalk Prima Dry Sand
    Encre en spray : Poussière de fée Infocréa
    Divers : Sequins, fil

    Dies utilisés :


    Commencez par embosser dans du cardstock blanc une joli plaque chevrons et étiquettes. Un design bien tendance qui convient à toutes thématiques.
    Celle-ci est ensuite mattée sur un imprimé gris puis du cardstock couleur kraft.

    J'ai ensuite découpé dans un imprimé Bazzill et toujours du kraft un cadre baroque. La forme ovale est montée en 3D à l'aide de mousse.

    Un titre réalisé au tampon Craft Orgine et imprimé avec la chalk Dry sand vient compléter l'ensemble.

    En guise de décoration j'ai collé un oiseau en bois et des sequins. Le tout parsemé d'encre en spray or.

    A jeudi


  • Hip to be Square!

    Thursday, 10 October, 2013

    The other day I was rounding off the corners of a gift tag using my wonderful Corner Chomper which, for those of you who haven't come across it yet, is a heavy duty corner punch, and when I say heavy duty I mean Mount board!

    As I started rounding the corners I had one of those all-too-rare 'light bulb over the head' moments all from rounding off the diagonal corners from a simple die cut square. 

    Anyone who regularly reads this blog will know that I love to play around with simple shapes and get the most out of them, usually with a simple, graphic card; well here's four for the price of one today, I was really pleased with the results, I hope you agree.

    The first idea that struck me was to create a flower, so I wanted something strong and graphic like a..... poinsettia, as I was making it the other ideas popped into my head.

    1. I started by cutting four red squares using the smallest die from my Framelits, squares set. With a shape like a square, although it is simple to cut by hand, using the same die over and over gives you that extra degree of accuracy which can be priceless. 2 & 3. Using the half inch punch i trimmed two diagonal corners of each square. 4. Next, I cut and trimmed four green squares before curling up one of the pointed corners on each red 'leaf'. 5. I attached each red to each green square.

    I created the base card using my PC and printer before attaching each petal/leaf combo to the card with a 3D foam pad, The yellow centre was die cut using the Winter Elements decorated strip designed by the lovely Paula Pascual and finished with an adhesive pearl.

    The Merry & Bright card was created in a similar fashion die cutting two set of three squares from pale blue and turquoise card. The snowflake is die cut from silver card, again, using the Winter Elements die.

    The 'Feliz Navidad' card was created by cutting a selection of carefully chosen Christmas colours. Each of the 'leaves' has its top-left hand corner curled back and a pearl in the bottom right.

    Finally, the little robin was cut from a brown die cut square onto which I first attached a red die cut circle prior to rounding off the corners the Base card was produced using the computer/Printer and the robin's legs are a lower case 'll' . I had a blast making these cards, hope you like them.

  • Art Journal For My Daughter

    Wednesday, 9 October, 2013

    Hi All,

    Today I would like to show you art journal that I made ​​especially for my daughter. She is 8 years old. She loves to draw, she loves to create collages and different projects from paper. And she wants her own art journal.

    I created the inner sheets using watercolor paper. And I decorated the cover using Sizzix dies. My daughter loves animals. And she choose this cute dog for art journal cover.

    Items used:
    Big Shot Machine (657900)
    Sizzix Bigz Die - Dog, Scotty w/Bone (657688)
    Sizzix Bigz Die - Tree & Heart (657697)
    Sizzix Bigz Die - Fence (657689)

    Have a nice day!


    Всем привет!

    Сегодня я хочу показать арт-журнал, который сделала для моей дочки. Ей 8 лет. Она любит рисовать, делать коллажи и всякие штучки из бумаги. И конечно, насмотревшись на меня, она хочет свой арт-журнал. Я не могла ей отказать. :)

    Она очень любит животных, поэтому на обложке у нас красуется такая милая собачка, которую она выбрала сама.

    Big Shot Machine (657900)
    Sizzix Bigz Die - Dog, Scotty w/Bone (657688)
    Sizzix Bigz Die - Tree & Heart (657697)
    Sizzix Bigz Die - Fence (657689)


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