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  • Baroque Bold Blossoms Card

    Saturday, 27 July, 2013




    Hi there! It's Rachel here with a card idea using the Sizzix Baroque Die & Pillow Box with Labels Die with Darkroom Door stamps.


    Here's how I made the card:
    1. Create a green card base by trimming the cardstock to 240mm x 150mm and fold in half.
    2. Ink the Darkroom Door French Script Background stamp using Venetian Orange Archival ink and stamp onto the top left and bottom right corners. Ink the Darkroom Door Flourish Background Stamp using the same ink pad and stamp onto the bottom left and top right corners. Sponge around the edge of the card using Peeled Paint Distress Ink.
    3. Use white cardstock to cut one piece from the Sizzix Baroque die 656633. Ink the flower from Darkroom Door 'Bold Blossoms' stamp set using Distress Markers (Peeled Paint, Spiced Marmalade, Barn Door) and stamp onto the die cut cardstock. Squeeze some Viva Decor Transparent Gloss Gel onto the petals and allow to dry.
    4. Sponge the edges of the die cut cardstock using Crushed Olive Distress Ink. Wrap bakers twine around the base of the cardstock and tie at the front. Adhere to card using foam adhesive.


    5. Create some labels using the Sizzix Pillow Box with Labels die 658268. This die has three different sized labels on it so you can choose the one that suits your sentiment!
    6. Sponge around the edges of the die cut label using Crushed Olive Distress Ink. Stamp the sentiment from Darkroom Door 'Orchids' stamp set using Archival Jet Black ink. Adhere to card using foam adhesive.


    Hope you have enjoyed today's idea! Thanks for stopping by!

    Have a great weekend!

    Rachel

  • Freestyle layout with Sizzix Thinlits and framelits

    Friday, 26 July, 2013

    Hi, how are you doing these days? I'm travelling and teaching now - and attending the CHA show in Las Vegas, so if you are around... ;)
    Today I'm sharing a layout - another simple mixed-media project based on the idea of layering element and splashing the paint and stain. I wanted it messy, grungy, but light... so here it is!




    And some close-ups - I really love the idea of the "Instant frame" - it attracts the eye and focuses  it on the photo :)




    To create a project similar to this you will need 2 different Sizzix dies:
    - 658608 - Sizzix Framelits Die Set 4PK - Frames, Instant
    - 658947 - Sizzix Thinlits Die Set 2PK - Doily & Doily Border

    All the papers, stamps and metal embellishments are releases of my products with Prima Marketing -  Vintage Vanity A4 Journaling pad, Vintage Vanity Clear Stamps, Sunrise-Sunset Collection and Mechanicals.  Layout was finished using a bit of Ranger Archival Jet Black Ink, tea stain and spray paint. For stricking the elements and dimension I used products from Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L: 3D Foam Squares and Crafty Power Tape.

    I hope you are ready to create something messy now :) Any ideas coming to you? Get a longer look at your dies - and have a great creative day!
    xoxxo
    Finn

  • Making a Travel Journal

    Friday, 26 July, 2013

    Hi Sizzix fans! It's Anna posting today. I hope you had a great, creative week!


    Once again I had fun with my Big Shot! Here is a mini album I realized specially for one of my online classes. I completed my mini using my favourite dies of the moment. I really like using Sizzix dies as embellishments in my mini albums!
    The theme of this mini book is a travel to Morocco. I created a mixed paper journal that holds all of my pictures, tickets, brochures, and other mementos...

    cafe creativo - Anna Drai - big shot sizzix - mini album - travel journal (1)


    cafe creativo - Anna Drai - big shot sizzix - mini album - travel journal (2)

    Items used:


    cardboard
    white acrylic paint
    cardstock
    patterned paper
    tissue paper
    scraps of glitter paper, felt
    paper doily
    washi tape
    buttons
    twine
    journaling tag
    stamps
    sewing machine, yarn


    How to make:

    Collect tickets, brochure, postcards, other paper along the way.
    Document your trip on a variety of mixed papers.
    Combine your travel ephemera, mixed papers, envelopes and pictures. To make sure your holes are evenly spaced out, just use a ruler and a pencil to mark where you should punch. Now just slide your book rings through the holes. Since the book rings are super easy to remove, you can add as little or as much stuff as you want.

    For the cover I used two piece of cardboard 15x10 cm. I painted the cardboard with white acrylic paint and I used a doily, some banner, tag, flower and heart that I had cut out with my Big Shot Machine.

    cafe creativo - Anna Drai - big shot sizzix - mini album - travel journal (3)

    Cut the labels with die 657188 to divide each section, sticking out from the mini album.

    cafe creativo - Anna Drai - big shot sizzix - mini album - travel journal (4)

    You're done!

    cafe creativo - Anna Drai - big shot sizzix - mini album - travel journal (5)

    I hope you liked it!
    So I'll say goodbye for this week and show you something else next week!

    **************************************
    Flag_of_Italy Per le amiche italiane! :)

    Buongiorno! Ecco un nuovo appuntamento con Anna per una pausa caffè creativa! Oggi è anche il mio onomastico, che bello :)
    Come potete immaginare, anche questa settimana mi sono divertita con la mia Big Shot!
    Ecco un mini album facile facile per documentare una vacanza o una gita. 
    Il tema di questo mio mini è un viaggio in Marocco di qualche anno fa. Ho creato una sorta di diario di viaggio che contiene tutte le mie foto, biglietti, brochure e altri ricordi. Io ho preferito assemblare il mio mini in ordine cronologico, ma voi siete libere di scegliere come impostarlo.
    Ho così finalmente completato il mio travel journal usando le mie fustelle preferite del momento. Mi piace molto usare forme fustellate come abbellimenti... non so se si era capito! ;)

    Materiali:


    cartone (per copertina e abbellimenti)
    vernice acrilica bianca
    cartoncini tinta unita
    carte fantasia varie
    carta velina
    ritagli di carta glitter, feltro
    centrino di carta
    washi tape
    bottoni
    cordoncini vari
    journaling tag
    timbri
    macchina da cucire, filo

    Procedimento:

    Nemmeno ve lo dovrei dire, perchè so che lo fate già: durante il vostro viaggio dovrete raccogliere ticket, brochure, cartoline e altri piccoli souvenirs, come mappe, tovaglioli o biglietti da visita dei bar o ristoranti... Tutto fa brodo! ;)
    Al vostro ritorno potrete così documentare perfettamente il viaggio combinando i memorabilia con foto e diario, per creare il vostro personale mini album. 
    Se volete, potete anche prepararvi prima la struttura del mini album, così da portarlo con voi in viaggio. Lo userete come un diario da completare giorno per giorno. In questo modo sarete a metà dell'opera: una volta tornate a casa dovrete solo aggiungere le foto e fare i fori ad alcuni souvenirs, semplice, no?!

    Per la copertina:
    Io ho usato due pezzi di cartone 15x10 cm. Ho dipinto il cartone con vernice acrilica bianca e per abbellire ho usato un centrino, alcuni banner, tag, fiore e cuore, che avevo ritagliato precedentemente con la mia preziosa Big Shot e le fustelle Sizzix.

    Per l'interno del mini album:
    Ritagliare alcuni cartoncini tinta unita e fantasia sempre della misura 10x15, per creare le vostre pagine, dove incollerete le foto e scriverete il journaling.
    Se durante il vostro viaggio avete visitato diverse località, potrete fare delle pagine divisorie con i nomi dei luoghi. In questo caso tagliare le etichette con la fustella Sizzix Tiny Tabs & Tags per dividere ogni sezione; le etichette le farete  spuntare dal mini album per ritrovare facilmente il luogo che vi interessa rivedere.
    Potete mescolare pagine 10x15 con buste di varie dimensioni, tag, bustine trasparenti, cartoline, mappe, brochure... basterà praticare due fori, dove inserirete gli anelli metallici apribili, che terranno assieme tutti i ricordi e il materiale documentato.
    Per assicurarvi che i fori siano distribuiti uniformemente, basta usare un righello e una matita per segnare dove forare. Dal momento che gli anelli sono super facili da rimuovere, è possibile aggiungere pagine e documentazione a proprio piacimento... e il gioco è fatto!

    Spero proprio di avervi aiutato per realizzare il vostro prossimo album delle vacanze!
    Ciaoooo! Ci vediamo venerdì prossimo!

  • Not extinct after all!!!

    Thursday, 25 July, 2013
    


     
     

    This is one of our newest dies - from the Cuddly Creatures range. Look them up on our web site - Sizzix.co.uk.
    I decided to make put the dinosaur on a canvas frame to decorate a little boy's room, and it is such a quick project - choose two fabrics about 8" x 6" and iron fusible web to the wrong side of each piece.
    Using Sizzix Bigz Die 658637 place one fabric over the dinosaur body and the other over the legs and arms ( cut 2 complete dinosaurs at once), and roll through the Big Shot machine to cut the fabric, 
    Remove any paper backing from the shapes and position on the background fabric - make sure to place one leg and arm behind the body.
    Iron the pieces in place and zig-zag stitch in place.
    I then created the eye with 2 bullion stitches, because I couldn't find a button that I liked.
    I then stretched the fabric over the canvas, stapling the fabric to the back of the frame.
    I then glued a piece of felt over the back and it's ready to hand on a wall or stand on a little easel.
    This only took about an hour to make so it's an ideal gift for a new baby or a quick birthday gift for a toddler.
    I hope you like it, and of course you could do the same with any of the Cuddly Creatures range - so have fun sewing.
    It's now only 2 weeks until Festival of Quilts in Birmingham, and I hope that many of you will call by and see me on C43 where I will be running short workshops each day of the show.
    See you soon.
    Angela
    

  • New mini book !

    Thursday, 25 July, 2013



    Hello,


    Mini album "Bon Voyage"

    Here are some details of a mini album that I will teach in a class in September in France (in the Maizières area)! This is a nature-themed album with king-sized sleeves which can contain loads of pictures. It is ideal for travel pictures or open air strolls’ pictures.

    Supply list:

    Papers: American Crafts, Crate Paper
    Alphabets: Glitz Design, Crate Paper
    Stickers: Jenni Bowlin Studio, Studio Calico
    Stamps: Craft Origine, Florilèges Design, Aladine, Stampers Anonymous, Glitz Design
    Inks: Black Versafine, Satin Red
    Archival inks: Viridian, Rose Madden, Aquamarine
    Distress inks: Vintage Photo
    Spray inks: Glimmer Mist Its Brown, Chalkboard Decadence Tattered Angels
    Izink inks: mango, orchid, tulip, bamboo, avocado Aladine
    Adirondack inks: Sunshine Yellow, Sunset Orange, Clover, Citrus, and Watermelon (if you have some)
    Masks: Pause Créative, Prima Marketing
    Masking Tape: Lovely Tape
    Others: tags, twine, eyelets

    Dies:

    658290 Sizzix Framelits Die Set 5PK with stamps-Butterflies#4
    658300 Sizzix Big Shot Starter Kit
    658608 Sizzix Framelits Die Set 4PK-Frames, Instant

    The main thread of my album is the Sizzix dies which are used as embellishments. The pretty butterflies are cut out of pattern papers scraps with red as a dominant colour so that they stand out more. There are a lot of pages so don’t hesitate to cut a lot!

    Decorate your pages AND your sleeves, inside or outside, it’s up to you!
    Play with contrasts and clustering, and glue some elements with 3D adhesives.

    A Polaroid frame is cut out of white paper and shaded with Distress Vintage Photo brown ink. It puts the emphasis on the title on the cover.








    An exotic mini album that I enjoyed so much realizing!

    I hope you like it as well!

    Have a nice sunny day

    Karine

    Mini album "Bon Voyage"

    Voici quelques zooms d'un mini que je donnerai en atelier en Septembre en France du côté de Maizières ! Un mini album à pochettes au format XXL tendance nature pouvant contenir un maximum de photos. Idéal pour des photos de voyages ou encore de balades en plein air.

    Matériel :

    Papiers : American Crafts, Crate Paper
    Alphabets : Glitz Design, Crate Paper
    Autocollants : Jenni Bowlin Studio, Studio Calico
    Tampons : Craft Origine, Florilèges Design, Aladine, Stampers Anonymous, Glitz Design
    Encres : Versafine noire, Satin Red
    Encres Archival : Viridian, Rose Madden, Aquamarine
    Encre : Distress Vintage Photo
    Encres en spray : Glimmer Mist Its Brown, Chalboard Decadence Tattered Angels
    Encres Izink : mango, orchid, tulip, bamboo, avocado Aladine
    Encres Adirondack : Sunshine Yellow, Sunset Orange, Clover, Citrus, Watermelon (si vous avez)
    Pochoirs : Pause Créative, Prima Marketing
    Masking Tape : Lovely Tape
    Divers : tags, cordelette, oeillets

    Dies utilisés :

    658290 Sizzix Framelits Die Set 5PK with stamps-Butterflies#4
    658300 Sizzix Big Shot Starter Kit
    658608 Sizzix Framelits Die Set 4PK-Frames, Instant

    Les dies Sizzix sont utilisés dans mon album en embellissements comme un fil conducteur. Les jolis papillons sont découpés dans des chutes de papiers imprimés majoritairement en rouge pour qu'ils ressortent bien. Il y a beaucoup de pages alors n'hésitez pas à faire un petit stock !

    Habillez vos pages mais également et surtout vos pochettes, dessous ou dessus à vous de choisir ! Jouez sur le contraste, le clustering, montez certains embellissements en 3D.

    Un cadre Pola découpé en blanc puis ombré en marron avec de l'encre Distress Vintage Photo permet de mettre en valeur le titre de la couverture.

    Un mini album exotique que j'ai pris plaisir à réaliser !

    J'espère qu'il vous plaira également !

    Je vous souhaite une bonne journée ensoleillée

    Karine

  • Sew far sew good!

    Wednesday, 24 July, 2013


    I woke up this morning and fancied something a bit vintage largely inspired by the  new Antique Faire range of dies and folders from Sizzix. I love this range because it is such an eclectic mash up, but they all seem to work so well together. I particularly love  the Bigz dies which come with a corresponding embossing folder, such a clever idea!

    I know that many of you love both paper crafting and sewing so I thought it might be nice to combine the two

    Here is a list of what I used together with my Trusty Big Shot Machine:
    I also used assorted Distress Inks, Perfect Pearls metallic Powders and Gold pigment ink.



    I die cut a label from blue patterned paper and placed it into the corresponding embossing folder before running through my trusty Big Shot. I then used assorted Distress Inks (Mainly browns) to age the card I followed this up with some Perfect Pearls metallic gold powder to add a vintage patina. Next, I die cut a doily from ivory card and distressed with the inks, once dry I randomly applied a sanding pad to the edges.



    I die cut the Sewing machine from gold textured card and deep grey card, I trimmed away the wheel, needle and bobbin from the grey card and distressed the edges of both. Next, I used a swirly embossing folder to add texture to the grey sewing machine and brought out the detail using a gold pigment ink pad.



    Using My PC I printed to phrases 'I Love You...' and 'Sew much...Sew much...etc' onto cream paper. I trimmed each to size and added a faux stitch effect using a pattern wheel and brown fine marker before scrunching each printed strip and distressing with inks. I then attached the 'I Love You' strip to the centre of the label using 3-D foam pads.



    I mounted the black sewing machine onto its gold counterpart andscrunched, creased and folded the 'Sew much' strip before attaching it to the assembled sewing machine as shown. Next, I mounted the doily and label onto the base card before die cutting the various reels and bobbins. I distressed the edges of the die cuts and wrapped each in assorted lengths of cotton before attaching to the assembled sewing machine after which, I attached the sewing machine to the base card using 3-D foam pads.










  • Layout "Yes!"

    Wednesday, 24 July, 2013


    
    Hi Everyone!

    Today I would like to show you a layout. To create this layout I used different dies with frames, banners and circles. These dies are my must-have dies. I use them in almost every project.

    Items used:
    Big Shot Machine (657900)
    Sizzix Thinlits Die Set 6PK - For the Record (659108)
    Sizzix Framelits Die Set 8PK w/Stamps - Banners #2 (658696)
    Sizzix Framelits Die Set 8PK - Circles #2 (658604)
    Sizzix Framelits Die Set 4PK - Frames, Instant (658608)


    Have a nice day!

    Daria.


    Всем привет!

    Сегодня я со страничкой, в которой использовала мои одни из самых востребованных наборов ножей. Я использую их практически в каждом проекте:
    Big Shot Machine (657900)
    Sizzix Thinlits Die Set 6PK - For the Record (659108)
    Sizzix Framelits Die Set 8PK w/Stamps - Banners #2 (658696)
    Sizzix Framelits Die Set 8PK - Circles #2 (658604)
    Sizzix Framelits Die Set 4PK - Frames, Instant (658608)

    Дарья.

  • Gift tags

    Tuesday, 23 July, 2013


    Happy Tuesday everyone.
    Today I will show you two gift tags using Ellise and Manpose by Prima marketing, Flower,Black-Eyed Susan.
    
    Items used:
    Sizzix Big Shot Machine only (657900)
    Sizzix Bigz Die - Elisse (658526)
    Sizzix Bigz Die- Mariposa ( 658530)
    Sizzix Bigz Die-Flower,Black-Eyed (658422)
    Supply list:
    paper: Prima-Divine_ 6x6 paper pad
    Ink: Distress ink -Vintage Photo-, -Peeled Paint-
    Stamp: IO clearstamp
    Ribbon, Pontura paint-babypink-,brads
      
    I hope you enjoyed my project, see you next Tuesday.
    Wish you a great week
    Hej Alle
    Så er det tirsdag igen og jeg vil vise nogle gave tag hvor jeg har brugt Ellise og Manpose by Prima marketing, Flower, Black-Eyed Susan.
    Dies jeg har brugt:
    Sizzix Big Shot Machine only (657900)
    Sizzix Bigz Die - Elisse (658526)
    Sizzix Bigz Die- Mariposa ( 658530)
    Sizzix Bigz Die-Flower,Black-Eyed (658422)
    Andre materialer:
    papir: Prima-Divine_ 6x6 paper pad
    Ink: Distress ink -Vintage Photo-, -Peeled Paint-
    Stempler: IO clearstamp
    Bånd, Pontura paint-babypink-,brads
    Jeg håber du fik lidt inspiration, vi ses næste tirsdag.
    Du må have en god uge

  • The Devil's in the Detail

    Tuesday, 23 July, 2013

    Hello,
    I have recently been playing....I mean working with the gorgeously intricate Thinlits dies, these wafer thin dies are incredible for cardmaking and scrapbooking and I never cease to be amazed at the detail that they are able to cut with my trusty Big Shot machine. I have kept the cards deliberately simple just to demonstrate how beautiful the designs are.


    As you can see the Doily Thinlit Dies are really breath taking. I have used them in a contemporary way but I have seen so many examples of how these are used in a Vintage style to amazing effect with the use of inks and other mixed media. I think this style of die will prove to be a vital component of any paper crafters tool box, something that will be returned to time and time again either for use as a feature of a card or scrapbook layout or as a really useful background.



    This isn't really a good example of the amazing intricacy of Thinlit dies but I couldn't resist using it because it is so-o-o-o cute and brilliant for a male card! I always struggle to find masculine card ideas and this is perfect for all occasions with the right sentiment of course.


    Another cool feature of some of the Thinlit dies is that they will emboss as well as cut, my photography isn't the best but I hope that you can pick up the gorgeous raised details of these designs.



    Below I have shown how easy it is to emboss using a Thinlits die and the Silicon Rubber and Impressions Pad

    ...oh and by the way, how cute are these lovely storage envelopes that come with the Thinlits Dies?!

       
    Place your multi-purpose platform onto the bed of your machine fully closed at Tab 2 and then place one of the cutting pads on to the top. Place the Thinlits die face upwards onto this and then your card stock (good side facing the die). Place second cutting plate on top to create the 'sandwich' and then roll through the Big Shot Machinemachine.


     Remove the die-cut shape but leave it within the die then open up the multi purpose platform to Tab 1.


    Place one of your cutting pads onto the surface of Tab 1 and then put your die with the card still inserted onto that with the card facing up. Cover this with the sheet of silicon rubber.


    Place the Impressions Pad onto the top of the Silicon Rubber to complete the 'sandwich' and roll through the Big Shot Machine.


    Carefully remove the card from the die to reveal your cut and embossed shape.
    Easy!

    Have a great week of crafting.





  • Pop - Up card

    Tuesday, 23 July, 2013

    Hi everybody....hope you all had a great week. Today I have a Pop - Up card with butterflies to show you.


    Supply list:
    657900 Sizzix Big Shot machine
    658378 Sizzix Pop 'n Cuts XL Die - Card, Square w/Ornate Edge
    658369 Sizzix Pop 'n Cuts Magnetic Insert Die - Butterfly Window, 3-D (Pop-Up)
    658365 Sizzix Bigz Die - Edge & Scroll

    Paper: Maja Design
    Stamps: Stampers Anonymous Tim Holtz collection
    Inks: StazOn - Jet Black, Archival Ink - Jet Black
    Other: Seam Binding ribbon, button, plastic packaging

     How to do:
    Die cut Pop - Up card in patterned paper with 658378 Sizzix Pop 'n Cuts XL Die - Card, Square w/Ornate Edge  and 658369 Sizzix Pop 'n Cuts Magnetic Insert Die - Butterfly Window, 3-D (Pop-Up) . Die cut two edges with 658365 Sizzix Bigz Die - Edge & Scroll and glued to the card on both sides. Die cut two swirls/ornaments with 658378 Sizzix Pop 'n Cuts XL Die - Card, Square w/Ornate Edge and glue it to the inside of the card, add some text too.
    Die cut big butterfly from 658369 Sizzix Pop 'n Cuts Magnetic Insert Die - Butterfly Window, 3-D (Pop-Up) with plastic. Stamp text on the plastic with StazOn. Sew and glue the butterfly to the card.



    Thanks for stopping by!
    Anne Kristine

    Hei alle sammen.... håper dere alle har hatt en fin uke. I dag har jeg et "pop - opp" kort å vise dere.

    Materialer:
    657900 Sizzix Big Shot machine
    658378 Sizzix Pop 'n Cuts XL Die - Card, Square w/Ornate Edge
    658369 Sizzix Pop 'n Cuts Magnetic Insert Die - Butterfly Window, 3-D (Pop-Up)
    658365 Sizzix Bigz Die - Edge & Scroll

    Papir: Maja Design
    Stempler: Stampers Anonymous Tim Holtz collection
    Stempelputer: StazOn - Jet Black, Archival Ink - Jet Black
    Annet: Seam Binding bånd, knapp, plastikk fra emballasje.

    Beskrivelse:
    Stans ut Pop - Opp kort i mønsterark med 658378 Sizzix Pop 'n Cuts XL Die - Card, Square w/Ornate Edge  og 658369 Sizzix Pop 'n Cuts Magnetic Insert Die - Butterfly Window, 3-D (Pop-Up) . Stans ut kanter med 658365 Sizzix Bigz Die - Edge & Scroll og disse limes på begge sider av kortet.Stans ut to swirls med 658378 Sizzix Pop 'n Cuts XL Die - Card, Square w/Ornate Edge.
    Limes på innsiden av kortet sammen med tekst.
    Stans ut den store sommerfuglen fra 658369 Sizzix Pop 'n Cuts Magnetic Insert Die - Butterfly Window, 3-D (Pop-Up) i plastikk. Stemple tekst på sommerfuglen med StazOn. Sy og lim sommerfuglen på kortet.

    Takk for at du stikker innom og ha en fin uke!
    Anne Kristine

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