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  • Christmas Blog Hop - Day 4!

    Thursday, 21 November, 2013
    


     

     


    Monday 22nd November - Katy Jones
    Tuesday 23rd November - Hadley Gordon
    Wednesday 24th November - Carolyn Forster
    Thursday 25th November - me!
    Friday 26th November - Kerry Green

     



    Hello - welcome to day 4 of our Christmas blog hop.
    I've been thinking about what to do for this blog for weeks and had so many ideas - but the winner is a table runner and place mats - which co-ordinate with my Azure coloured dinner service.
    This is such a lovely quick make - using the Big Shot and Bigz dies - 657608 (3" finished square),
    657612 (3" finished 1/2 square triangle), 657633 ( 1 1/2" finished strips for the bindings).
    I was about to go out to my local patchwork shop to buy some new Christmas fabrics, that I'd seen the previous week, when I thought I'd just look in my stash - and I found these gems by Nancy Haslvorsen

     ( I doubt that you'll be able to find them now but there are some fantastic modern Christmas fabrics in stores now).
    For the table runner
    - you will need the following fabrics - fabric 1 is on the left, 2 in the middle and 3 on the right.
    Fabric 1 - 60cms for squares, triangles and binding.
    Fabric 2  and 3 - 40cms so each for squares  Backing 15" x 68"
    Wadding 15" x 68" x 2
    For each place mat you will need -
    Fabric 1 - 30cms
    Fabric 2 and 3 -20cms of each
    Backing - 15" x 24"
    Wadding -15" x 24" x 2.
    I started by cutting all the fabrics for the table runner and place mats ( I'm making 12 mats so I had quite a few to do!
    For the table runner  I cut -
    Fabric 1 - 15 squares using die 657608, 24 triangles with die 657612, and binding strips with Bigz XL die 657633 - 4 strips ( you will need extended cutting plates for this die)
    Fabric 2 - 28 squares
    Fabric 3 - 26 squares.

    Make the rows for the table runner using the photo as a guide - ( bottom of the picture is  row 1)
    Make 2 each of rows 1,2 and 3.
    Make 9 of row 4.
    Join the rows together.
    Layer the back, double wadding ( for heat protection ) and the pieced top, pin and quilt - I quilted in the ditch around fabric 1 squares and triangles. Join the binding strips together, and press in half along the length and attach to the table runner, trim the backing and wadding and then stitch the folded edge of the binding to the back.
    For the place mat use the photo below as a guide - you will need to make 2 each of rows 1 and 2 - and the middle row is row 5 - and you only need 1.

    Complete in the same way as the table runner.
    Now all you need is to make a few more place mats and then add Christmas dinner!
    This set is subtle and I think I'll be able to use it all year round - but you can make it as bright and Christmassy as you like. You can also shorten or extend the runner by adding more or fewer of row 4.
    So at least now I feel like I've started my preparation for Christmas - only presents to buy and food to plan - nearly there really.
    I hope you're enjoying this week of blogs as much as we are.
    Happy sewing.
    Angela


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  • Sweet Boy

    Wednesday, 20 November, 2013



    Hi All!

    Daria is here. And today I would like to show a layout about one sweet boy. I love colors I used and I love these Sizzix dies which help me to create a layout.

    Items:
    Big Shot Machine (657900)
    Sizzix Sizzlits Decorative Strip Die - Washer Border (657826)
    Sizzix Framelits Die Set 9PK - Tags #2 (658611)
    Sizzix Thinlits Die Set 6PK - For the Record (659108)
    Sizzix Framelits Die Set 4PK - Frames, Instant (658608)





    Have a nice day!

    Daria.

    Всем привет!

    Сегодня я хочу показать вам страничку про одного маленького и очень симпатичного мальчика. Цветовую гамму я подбирала под фотографии, и мне нравится, что страничка получилась такой желтой, теплой, солнечной.

    Материалы Sizzix:
    Big Shot Machine (657900)

    Всем хорошего дня!

  • Christmas card

    Tuesday, 19 November, 2013



    Hi everyone
    I hope you all had a great and creative week. Today I have a Christmas card to show you using the
     Sizzix Pop 'n Cuts XL Die Set - Card, Horizontal A2 w/Circle Label, 3-D (Pop-Up.
    Items used:
    Snow Florries On the Edge (656920) and Mini Snowflakes set Movers & shapers ( 657474)I use an older Tim Holtz  design but instead you could use
    Supply list:
    Paper: My Minds Eye-All is Bright-, Vivi Gade design, cardstock
    Stamp: KaiserCraft clear stamps.Christmas Sentiments., Woodware-clear magic singles-
    Ink: Distress ink -vintage Photo-
    Glitter snow,ribbon,paper lace doilies, button and gelatin used as window glass
    Die cut The Sizzix Bigz Die - Window & Window Box in  recycled cardstock and White cardstock glue together, glue gelatine to the die cut window , it is the glass, glue the cut out image to the window
     

    Decorate using the different sorts og Sissix die cut and make snow using glitter snow
    Thanks for stopping by
    Wish you a great week
    Pia
    Hej alle
    Jeg håber i alle har haft en dejlig og kreativ uge. I dag vil jeg vise et julekort hvor jeg har brugt
    Dies jeg har brugt::
    Snow Florries On the Edge (656920) og Mini Snowflakes set Movers & shapers ( 657474) Jeg har brugt nogle ældre Tim Holtz dies men i stedet kan du bruge disse
    Supply list:
    Papir: My Minds Eye-All is Bright-, Vivi Gade design, cardstock
    Stempler: KaiserCraft clear stamps.Christmas Sentiments., Woodware-clear magic singles-
    Ink: Distress ink -vintage Photo-
    Glitter snow,bånd ,papir lace doilies, knap, gelatine/husblads brugt som vinduesglas
    Tak fordi du kiggede forbi
    Ønsker dig en dejlig uge
    Pia

  • Gift Box

    Tuesday, 19 November, 2013

    
    Hi everybody... hope you all had a great week.... today I have a Gift Box to show you, and again a Christmas project. But I think you can use this idea for any occasion.
    On this box I have used Sizzix Bigz Pro Die - Box w/Lid #3
    You have to use Sizzix Big Shot Pro Machine  with this Sizzix Die.



    Supply list:
    656250 Sizzix Big Shot Pro Machine Only (Periwinkle) w/Standard Accessories
    657675 Sizzix Bigz Pro Die - Box w/Lid #3
    658776 Sizzix Movers & Shapers Magnetic Die Set 2PK - Mini Toy Soldier & Ice Skate
    658770 Sizzix Sizzlits Decorative Strip Die - Holly, Beaded & Snowflake Garland
    658373 Sizzix Pop 'n Cuts Magnetic Insert Die - Label, Funky 3-D (Pop-Up)

    657492 Sizzix Bigz Die - Tattered Pinecone
    657468 Sizzix Bigz Die - Holly Branch

    Papers: Tim Holtz Paper Stash Merriment, chipboard, Bazzill
    Stamps: Stampers Anonymous Tim Holtz Collection.
    Inks: Distress ink Pad - Walnut Stain, Distress Paint - Picked Fence, Brushed Pewter, Distress Stain - Fired Brick, Barn Door.
    Other: Melissa Frances - Mica Flakes, Seam Binding ribbon, button

    How to do:
    Die cut the box in patterned paper with Sizzix Bigz Pro Die - Box w/Lid #3
    Glue it together. Die cut ice skates in chipboard with Sizzix Movers & Shapers Magnetic Die Set 2PK - Mini Toy Soldier & Ice Skate . Paint these with Distress Paint - Picked Fence, Brushed Pewter.
    Die cut branches with  Sizzix Bigz Die - Tattered Pinecone and Sizzix Bigz Die - Holly Branch. Distress the edges with Distress ink Pad - Walnut Stain.
    Color seam binding ribbon with Distress Stain - Fired Brick, Barn Door and water.
    Glue Mica flaces on the top of the box.
    Decorate the top of the box with branches, ice skates and a bow.

    Inside the box:
    Cut out a panel 21,5 x 9 cm and die cut in patterned paper with Sizzix Pop 'n Cuts Magnetic Insert Die - Label, Funky 3-D (Pop-Up)
    Glue the panel inside the box. Die cut garland with  Sizzix Sizzlits Decorative Strip Die - Holly, Beaded & Snowflake Garland .
    Glue garland inside of the box.


    Place a small gift or gift card insiden the box.
     

    Thanks for stopping by and I wish you all a great day!
    Anne Kristine

    ♥♥♥♥♥♥

    Hei alle sammen...håper dere har hatt en fin uke... idag har jeg en gave eske å vise dere hvor jeg har brukt  Sizzix Bigz Pro Die - Box w/Lid #3Denne dies er stor og du trenger Sizzix Big Shot Pro Machine   for å stanse ut esken.

    Materialer:
    656250 Sizzix Big Shot Pro Machine Only (Periwinkle) w/Standard Accessories
    657675 Sizzix Bigz Pro Die - Box w/Lid #3
    658776 Sizzix Movers & Shapers Magnetic Die Set 2PK - Mini Toy Soldier & Ice Skate
    658770 Sizzix Sizzlits Decorative Strip Die - Holly, Beaded & Snowflake Garland
    658373 Sizzix Pop 'n Cuts Magnetic Insert Die - Label, Funky 3-D (Pop-Up)
    657492 Sizzix Bigz Die - Tattered Pinecone
    657468 Sizzix Bigz Die - Holly Branch

    Papir: Tim Holtz Paper Stash Merriment, chipboard, Bazzill
    Stempler: Stampers Anonymous Tim Holtz Collection.
    Inks: Distress ink Pad - Walnut Stain, Distress Paint - Picked Fence, Brushed Pewter, Distress Stain - Fired Brick, Barn Door.
    Annet: Melissa Frances - Mica Flakes, Seam Binding bånd, knapp

    Beskrivelse:
    Stans ut esken i mønsterark med Sizzix Bigz Pro Die - Box w/Lid #3
    Limes i sammen. Stans ut skøyter i chipboard med Sizzix Movers & Shapers Magnetic Die Set 2PK - Mini Toy Soldier & Ice Skate . Males med Distress Paint - Picked Fence, Brushed Pewter.
    Stans ut grener og blader med Sizzix Bigz Die - Tattered Pinecone og Sizzix Bigz Die - Holly Branch. Distress kantene med Distress ink Pad - Walnut Stain.
    Farg seam binding bånd med Distress Stain - Fired Brick, Barn Door og vann.
    Lim Mica flakes på toppen av esken.
    Dekorer toppen av esken med grener, blader, skøyter og en sløyfe.
    Innsiden av esken:
    Skjær ut et panel 21,5 x 9 cm og stans ut i mønsterark med Sizzix Pop 'n Cuts Magnetic Insert Die - Label, Funky 3-D (Pop-Up)
    Lim panelet på innsiden av esken. Stans ut garlander med  Sizzix Sizzlits Decorative Strip Die - Holly, Beaded & Snowflake Garland .
    Limes på innsiden av esken.
    Plasser en liten gave eller et gavekort inni esken.

    Ønsker dere alle en fin dag og takk for at du stikker innom her.
    Anne Kristine

  • Welcome Home Card

    Monday, 18 November, 2013

    There is a very famous TV advertisement in Spain that says "Come Home for Christmas" And everyone knows that song :) 

    Today I have made a card inspired by this advertisement, but you can use it in any time someone comes home from a long trip, long stay in hospital or a year abroad.



    Supply list:
    I love this little house from Karen Burniston, and these dies are amazing, you can cut, and use them as stencils, as I did in this card. Isn't it great?

    Here you can see some details. i made the tree with a simple scallop circle from the Wrappers die set from Paula Pascual. 


    Do you have someone who "comer home for Christmas"?

    Happy Monday!
    .......................

    ¿Os acordáis del famosísimo anuncio de El Almendro? ¿Ese que decía "Vuelve a casa por Navidad"? Pues esta vez me he inspirado en ese anuncio para hacer esta tarjeta de bienvenida, que se puede utilizar después de que alguien haya estado un largo tiempo en el hospital, tras una beca Erasmus... En fin, lo que se os ocurra :)

    A mí me encanta esta casita de Karen Burniston. Los troqueles, a parte de para coortar se pueden utilizar como plantillas y estarcir con ellas. Y el arbolito está hecho con un simple troquel de galleta. 

    Y vosotros... ¿Tenéis a alguien que "vuelva a casa por Navidad"?

    ¡Feliz lunes!

  • Christmas Blog Hop - day 1!

    Monday, 18 November, 2013


    



    Today I'm over on my personal blog, Monkey Do, kicking off a week of fun blog hopping. Every day visit a different blog and get a different Christmas themed project idea. Today's project is a patchwork stocking....

    patchwork stocking


    Win a Big Shot and Dies! You can enter the competition by clicking on the link here. (UK and EU residents only)



  • A "Merry Christmas" Card by Gerry van Gent

    Sunday, 17 November, 2013



    Happy Sunday Sizzix friends!
    Today I prepared for you a Christmas Card using some
    gorgeous new & old Sizzix dies.
    657900 Sizzix Big Shot machine
    659127 Sizzix Thinlits Dies Frame Layers & Flower #2
    657906 Sizzix Framelits Dies Frame, Snowflake
    659131 Sizzix Thinlits Dies Labels, Long
    658622 Sizzix Framelits Dies w/ Stamps Snowflakes #2
    *  *  * 

    Card Size: 12.5 cm x 14cm
    To make the circle I used two different dies.
    From the  Frame Layers & Flower #2 die I used the inside circle
    of the doily which is the solid, main circle.
     Then I used the Frame, Snowflake die as this one I used
    as a frame. I distressed with ink and adhered on top of the
    solid circle.

    The round shaped dates you see are fussy cut from the
    pattern paper and then glued on top of the die-cut snowflakes.

    I love this new set with long labels - it`s so intricate and 
    beautiful.
    Labels, Long
    For my card I combined two of those labels.
    The smallest label is used as a base of the title.
    From the largest label only the top ornate part
    was used to decorate the smallest label on the card.

    OTHER PRODUCTS:
    Webster's Pages - "A Christmas Story" collection
    Webster's Pages - a paper clip bow

    *  *  * 
    And ... I want to share another card I created recently for 
    Maja Design blog using two of my favourites new dies...

    658780 Sizzix Bigz Die Window & Window box
    658221 Sizzix Originals Medium Die Curly Gate

    OTHER PRODUCTS:
    Maja Design "Vintage Frost Basics" collection
    *  *  * 
    I hope you enjoyed my cards today!
    Have a creative Sunday!

  • A little birdie told me...

    Saturday, 16 November, 2013


    
    Hi everyone! It's Rachel here with a card to share using the Sizzix Bow Strings Textured Impressions Embossing Folder 656975 and Darkroom Door stamps!


    Here's how I made the card:

    1. Emboss white cardstock using the Sizzix Bow Strings Embossing Folder.
    2. Lightly sponge Archival Sepia ink over the top to highlight the texture.
    3. Adhere to amber coloured card.
    4. Stamp the birds branches from the Darkroom Door Love Birds DDRS057 stamp set onto white cardstock using Archival Sepia ink. Trim and adhere to the card.
    5. Stamp the birds from the Darkroom Door Carved Birds Vol 2 stamp set DDRS118 onto white cardstock using Archival Saffron and Vermillion ink pads. Trim and adhere to the branches on the card.
    6. Stamp the sentiment from the Darkroom Door Love Birds DDRS057 stamp set onto white cardstock using Archival Sepia ink. Mount onto amber cardstock and tear along the bottom just to give it a fluffy look :) Adhere to the card to complete!

    I love this embossing folder - it almost looks like a willow tree!

    Hope you've enjoyed today's inspiration!

    Thanks for looking! Have a great weekend!

    Rachel

  • Perfect detail - Thinlits

    Friday, 15 November, 2013

    Hi, it's great to see you here!
    I'm having a time in my creative life when I'd like to use  a very limited color palette, focus more on the texture and free space than color. When it comes to texture - what can be better than layers of beautifully cut and ripped paper? Great, matching detail here and there makes a huge difference and it is great if you can decide what shape you want to use - and repeat this pattern many times too! This is one of the reasons why I like using Sizzix dies - I'm not limited with number of elements I want to use!
    On the layout below I used just one cut-out element - but it is matching perfectly with the stencil, crochet doily and all the layers I put on the background. Simply perfect!


    Here is the set I used for this project:
    659010 - Thinlits die set - Christmas

    You can see more on the close-ups:



    All I needed here was a bit of watercolor - Distress Ink - some chalk paint and stamping - with my Vintage Vanity stamps from Prima. Finishing touches were done with soft pencil.

    I wish you all a great, creative week!
    best wishes
    Finn

  • Christmas Stocking Garland

    Friday, 15 November, 2013

    Hi Everyone! This is Anna.
    This week I was inspired to create a stocking garland when I spied this Sizzix die stocking from while… too cute! The die even included the ruffly cuffs for the top of the stockings and more embellishments – love it!!!
    You can Recycle fabric scraps. I used a scrap piece of fleece blanket and grey sweatpants :D

    cafe creativo - Anna Drai - sizzix big shot - stocking christmas (1)
     
    cafe creativo - Anna Drai - sizzix big shot - stocking christmas (2)
     
    cafe creativo - Anna Drai - sizzix big shot - stocking christmas (3)
     
    cafe creativo - Anna Drai - sizzix big shot - stocking christmas (4)
     
    Items used:
    glitter paper (DCWV - The Christmas & Winter Combo Glitter Cardstock Matstack)
    white fleece fabric
    grey sweat fabric
    scrap of flowers patterned fabric
    lace
    red ribbon
    twine white and red
    red and white buttons
    harness bell
    sequins
    hot glue
    sewing machine, yarn
     
    How to make:
    Cut different parts of the Stocking Gift Holder by Brenda Walton from different materials: cut out two piece of front from white fleece fabric, cut out the topper of stocking from grey sweat fabric, cut out a star from red glitter paper. Use Framelits to cut out a snowflake.
    Set to assembling the stocking. Sew the front of stocking above the back. Sew/assembly the topper.
    Now comes the fun part… decorating the stockings!
    Apply ribbon, lace, snowflake, buttons, sequins... When you are done decorating the stockings, leave enough ribbon on each end to create a loop for hanging.
    When you are happy with the placement of all the stockings, tie a loop for hanging onto each end and Voilá! … you’re done!
     
    You’ve created a stocking garland that will be a treasured keepsake for many years to come. This will also make a beautiful Advent Calendar or holiday gift for that special someone on your list!
    Thanks for stopping by and have a wonderful weekend!
     
    cafe creativo - Anna Drai - sizzix big shot - stocking christmas (5)

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    Flag_of_Italy Per le amiche italiane! :)

    Ciao! Ecco un nuovo appuntamento con Anna.
    Questa settimana ho creato una ghirlanda natalizia, ispirata da questa bella e versatile fustella Sizzix Bigz XL Die - Stocking Gift Holder (658744) troppo carina e versatile!!!
    La fustella comprende anche il bordo decorato per la parte superiore della calza. Nella stessa fustella c'è anche una decorazione a forma di coccarda e ci sono anche punta e tallone, che per questo progetto non ho usato, perchè non erano adatti alla ghirlanda semplice e veloce, che avevo in mente di fare. Ho ritagliato solo come abbellimento la parte a stella della coccarda, che è molto decorativa, soprattutto se si usa carta glitter.
    Credo comunque che prossimamente con questa fustella farò una prova anche con la carta, ma il fatto è che una Bigz e non ho resistito a tagliare subito stoffa e feltro! In questo caso ho usato un pezzo di morbido pile (un avanzo di coperta!) e un ritaglio di felpa grigia, anch'essa di recupero. Quindi possiamo ben dire che è un progetto di riciclo creativo ;)

    Ecco come ho fatto a realizzare la ghirlanda di calzine da appendere a Natale:
     
    Materiali:
    carta Glitter (DCWV - The Christmas & Winter Combo Glitter Cardstock Matstack)
    tessuto in pile bianco (di recupero)
    tessuto grigio di felpa (di recupero)
    avanzo di tessuto a fiorellini
    pizzo
    nastro rosso
    spago bianco e rosso
    bottoni rosso e bianco
    campanellino
    filo di paillettes
    colla a caldo
    macchina per cucire, filo
     
    Procedimento:
    Tagliare le diverse parti della calza da diversi materiali: tagliare due pezzi del davanti da pile bianco, tagliare la parte superiore della calza da tessuto felpato grigio, tagliare una "stella" di carta glitter rossa. Utilizzare i Framelits per tagliare un fiocco di neve glitter.
    Cucire lungo i bordi le due parti di calza, una sopra l'altra. Cucire o incollare il bordo grigio.
    Ora arriva la parte divertente... decorare le calzine! Applicare nastri, pizzi, fiocchi di neve, bottoni, paillettes... il tutto a piacimento. Quando avrete finito di decorare le calze, incollare un cordoncino su ogni estremità. Posizionare tutte le calze sullo spago, fare un fiocco e voilà... la ghirlanda è pronta per essere appesa!

    Io l'ho realizzata con sole tre calze, ma voi potete abbondare!!! Si può inoltre infilare cioccolatini, torroncini o caramelle al loro interno, come regalino per i bambini, soprattutto se ne realizzate 25 per il calendario dell'Avvento.

    Grazie per essere passati di qui!
    Felice fine settimana!

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