• Coffee Table challenge!

    Thursday, 11 September, 2014

    How are you enjoying our extended summer - I've just sat outside to enjoy the sun whilst having my lunch - I guess there probably won't be too many more days like today so I decided to make the most of it!
    Meanwhile back in the workroom -

    I've covered the sides of the table with 1" foam - cut into strips 1" deeper than the side - I've notched the foam where it goes around a corner - I used a wide double sided tape to fix the it to the table.
    Meanwhile I had extended the strip of patchwork that I had started last week so that it was a bit longer that the circumference of the table (just as a reminder I used the 10" Dresden plate die http://www.sizzix.co.uk/product/660120/sizzix-bigz-xl-die-10-dresden-plate with my Big Shot http://www.sizzix.co.uk/product/657900/sizzix-big-shot-machine-only-powder-blue-teal)
    I turned the table right way up and stretched the fabric up over the foam and onto the inside edge of the coffee table side and stapled in place - it is a little tricky and you may need an extra pair of hands to get started - 

    and the corners are sort of pleated together like this -

    and so it looks like this -
    I'm going to try taping the staples in further with a small hammer later - for today this is what it looks like -
    Next week I'm going to cover the buttons and make the padded top - that should be a lot easier than all this stapling - so until next week - enjoy the extended summer.

  • One natural layout by Karine

    Thursday, 11 September, 2014


    Here is a page with very natural shades and pictures of me during my last trip to Africa. I selected colours that will remind us of the African savannah and which will make these beautiful pictures of zebras stand out.

    Supply list:

    Paper: October Afternoon, Crate Paper
    Cardstock: American Crafts
    Alphabets: Jenni Bowlin Studio, 7Gypsies
    Die-cuts: American Crafts
    Stickers: American Crafts, My Mind's Eye
    Spray ink: Studio Calico
    Ink: Distress Vintage Photo
    Masking Tape


    658300 :Sizzix Big Shot Starter Kit
    659068: Sizzix Thinlits Die-Doily
    659748: Sizzix Thinlits Die Set 3PK-Birthday#2

    Let’s start by gluing my 2 pictures size 10x15 cm directly on my October Afternoon background paper.
    Then I cut a nice doily out of beige cardstock. Once scooped-out, it will be shaded with brown ink (Distress Vintage Photo).
    Once inked, it is partially inserted under ma second picture.

    Then I added tone-on-tone embies, stickers, masking tape and die cuts.

    I also used scraps from a Project Life Card die cut which matches perfectly to my page as a paper addition.
    All the small paper touches mix to my background with subtlety.

    A few drawings with charcoal and some work with ink will come as a completion.

    I hope you liked my page.

    Have a nice day,



    Une page cette fois-ci aux tons très naturels avec des photos de mon dernier voyage en Afrique. J'ai opté pour des couleurs rappelant la savane africaine et mettant en valeur ces beaux clichés de zèbres.

    Matériel :

    Papier : October Afternoon, Crate Paper
    Cardstock : American Crafts
    Alphabets : Jenni Bowlin Studio,7Gypsies
    Die-cuts : American Crafts
    Stickers : American Crafts, My Mind's Eye
    Encre en spray : Studio Calico
    Encre : Distress Vintage Photo
    Masking Tape

    Dies :

    658300:Sizzix Big Shot Starter Kit
    659068: Sizzix Thinlits Die-Doily
    659748: Sizzix Thinlits Die Set 3PK-Birthday#2

    J'ai commencé par coller mes deux photos au format 10x15cm directement sur mon fond de page October Afternoon.
    J'ai ensuite découpé un joli napperon dans du cardstock beige. Une fois évidé, celui-ci sera ombré avec de l'encre marron Distress Vintage photo.
    Une fois encré il est glissé partiellement sous ma seconde photo.

    Ma page est complétée avec des embellissements ton sur ton, stickers, masking tape ou encore die cuts.

    J'ai ensuite utilisé des chutes d'une découpe carte Project Life parfaitement assorties à ma page pour rajouter quelques touches de papiers.
    Celles-ci se mixent en toute subtilité avec mon fond.

    Quelques dessins au fusain et un travail à l'encre seront ajoutées en touche finale.

    J'espère que ma page vous aura plu.

    Très bonne journée à vous


  • Just emboss!

    Wednesday, 10 September, 2014

    The title sounds like an order, but I would never do such a thing. My very Britishness prevents it!

    What I am trying to say is that embossing alone can carry a simple handmade card without any fancy die-cuts (although I slipped a couple of hearts into the second cards) The techniques I have used are so simple and achievable, even for a beginner. 

    I know that many of you make batches of cards for charities or even to sell. When you are making batches of the same design, time is a very important factor and embossing is a great way to get where you want to go in a hurry!

    There is a new range of Sizzix dies created by the very talented Stephanie Ackerman. They are ultra contemporary and will work equally well with textiles as they will with paper and card. This week however, I am focusing on the embossing folders in the collection which are quite possibly my favourites of the year so far, although Tim Holtz October collection is going to give them a run for their money.

    I am using the Borders & Flowers Set for the following projects along with some Distress Inks and gilding wax.

    You can use either stamps or die-cut letters for your card greetings, I however chose to print them directly onto the cards with my PC (Stereo and Candlescript for all you font fanatics!)

    I cut a rectangle of white card and rounded off the corners before die-cutting 5 hexagons from the same card using my ever presents Hexagon Framelits die set. Next, I embossed everything using the flowers folder.

    I wanted to add a splash of colour using some distress inks, namely: Mustard Seed, Ripe Persimmon and Broken china. I chose them for their ability to blend and create secondary colours as you can see below. I always start with the lightest colour and remember, less is more!

    Here are the two cards, I hope you agree that they don't need anything else?

    Next up, the borders folder. I created another couple of card blanks and cut two rectangles of black card before embossing in my Big Shot. I used some Treasure Pewter gilding wax to enhance the detail and create a metallic effect.

    For the second card, I embossed a rectangle of dark brown card and used gold gilding wax before cutting it into random strips, this gives an almost tribal pattern look to proceedings. 

    As I mentioned before, I added a couple of die-cut hearts, also from The Stephanie Ackerman collection. On the 'DAD' card I decorated the perimeter of the heart with 2mm adhesive pearls before applying the pewter wax and I decorated the brown heart with a length of twine tied into a bow.

     I love their simplicity. I hope that you do too?

  • Butterflies and debossing

    Wednesday, 10 September, 2014

    This week I am back to making cards and I've come up with a birthday card combining butterflies and a debossed sentiment.
    My first step was to use the "wishes" debossing folder from the ShadowPress Debossing Folders 6PK - Sentiments Set to deboss the larger part of my sentiment. After I had done that I used distress inks to add colours to the debossed paper.
    The edges of the debossed word will take more colour that the surrounding area but this only helps to make the word stand out even more. Once I had coloured the entire paper and let it dry I stamped the rest of my sentiment.

    I then wanted to add some butterflies to the card so I die cut them directly from my coloured and debossed paper using the Thinlits Die Set 2PK - Winged Beauties. Using the magnetic platform makes it easy to assure that the butterflies are die cut exactly where they should be.
    I wouldn't say that it was easy putting back all the little pieces but I loved the look so it was worth the effort. I even added some glossy accent to these small pieces to give the butterflies some dimension. All that was left was then to add some bling and put the card together.
    Supply list:
    Sizzix Big Shot Starter Kit (Powder Blue & Teal)
    Sizzix Accessory - Magnetic Platform for Wafer-Thin Dies
    Distress Ink (Ranger)
    Stamp (Papertrey Ink)
    Glossy accent
    I denne uge er jeg tilbage ved kortmageriet, og jeg har kombineret sommerfugle og en debosset tekst.
    Jeg indledte med at bruge "wishes" folderen fra ShadowPress Debossing Folders 6PK - Sentiments Set til at debosse en del af mit korts tekst. Herefter brugte jeg forskellige Distress Inks til at tilføje farve til det debossede papir.
    Det debossede ords kanter vil tage mere imod farven end det omkringliggende papir, men det er bare med til at få ordet til at stå tydligere frem. Da jeg havde farvet og tørret papiret, stemplede jeg resten af kortets tekst.
    Som dekoration ville jeg have nogle sommerfugle, som jeg udstansede direkte i mit indfarvede papir med Thinlits Die Set 2PK - Winged Beauties. Her er det en god idé at bruge Magnetic Platform for Wafer-Thin Dies så du er sikker på, at sommerfuglene bliver dér, hvor de skal være.
    Det var tilgengæld ikke spor nemt at få sat alle de små dele af vingerne på rette pladser, men det var arbejdet værd! Jeg valgte at lægge lidt glossy accent på de små dele for derved at give sommerfuglene mere dimension. Så var der kun tilbage at samle kortet og sætte lidt bling på.
    Sizzix Big Shot Starter Kit (Powder Blue & Teal)
    Sizzix Accessory - Magnetic Platform for Wafer-Thin Dies
    Distress Ink (Ranger)
    Stempler (Papertrey Ink)
    Glossy accent

  • Here`s to you...

    Wednesday, 10 September, 2014

    Hello to everyone:) Today is my turn to show you this simply card I made:)

    Sizzix products:
    Sizzix Big Shot Machine 657900
    Sizzix Thinlits Die Set 3PK - Overall Patterns 659758 
    Sizzix Framelits Die Set 8PK w/Stamps - Hello 659464
    Sizzix Bigz Die - Floressa 659708

    Other products:
    white cardboard, Pion Design papers; Shoreline Treasures
    Glimmer mists blue and craft
    Archival Ink "Jet Black"
    stencil "brick"

    Cut the cardboar size 11 cm × 16,5 cm. Apply gesso on to the background and allow to dry. Make the bricks using stencil and craft mist, allow to dry. When dried make drops using blue mist, allow to dry.
    Cut the wire using Sizzix Thinlits Die Set 3PK - Overall Patterns 659758 and take the piece of it, glue on to the card. Cut also the flowers using Sizzix Bigz Die - Floressa 659708, put them together and glue on to the card. Stamp the sentiment and heart and cut out using Sizzix Framelits Die Set 8PK w/Stamps - Hello 659464.

    Happy crafting, Minna

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     Moi:) Tänään minun vuoroni jälleen esitellä kortti-ideoita:)

    Sizzix tuotteet:
    Sizzix Big Shot Machine 657900
    Sizzix Thinlits Die Set 3PK - Overall Patterns 659758 
    Sizzix Framelits Die Set 8PK w/Stamps - Hello 659464
    Sizzix Bigz Die - Floressa 659708

    Muut tarvikkeet:
    valkoinen kartonki, Pion Designin paperit; Shoreline Treasures
    Glimmer mist; sininen ja kraft
    Archival Ink muste musta
    sabluuna "tiiliseinä"

    Leikkaa kartonki kokoon 16,5 cm × 11 cm. Levitä gessoa siihen ja anna kuivua. Tee tiiliseinätausta käyttäen sabluunaa ja kraftin väristä suihketta. Kun kuivunut, lisää sinisellä suihkeella pisaroita.
    Leikkaa verkko käyttäen stanssia Sizzix Thinlits Die Set 3PK - Overall Patterns 659758 ja ota siitä palanen, kiinnitä korttiin. Leikkaa myös kukat stanssilla Sizzix Bigz Die - Floressa 659708 , kokoa ne ja kiinnitä korttiin. Leimaa teksti ja sydän käyttäen settiä Sizzix Framelits Die Set 8PK w/Stamps - Hello 659464.

    Mukavaa keskiviikkoa, Minna

  • Smile

    Tuesday, 9 September, 2014

    Hi everyone
    I hope you all had a great week, today i will show you  a very quick and easy tag to make which can be used on a gift.
    Items I have used:
    Supply list:
    Paper: Prima, StudioLigth-Chabby Chic-cardstock beige
    Stamp: JuteRite-Smile-
    Ribbon,pountura paint.-White- and flowers

    Thanks for stopping by, see you next Tuesday
    Hej alle
    Jeg håber du har haft en dejlig uge. I dag vil jeg vise en let og hurtig tag du kan lave og som kan bruges til at hænge på en gavepakning.
    Sizzix dies jeg har brugt:
    Items I have used:
    Andre materialer:
    Papir: Prima, StudioLigth-Chabby Chic-cardstock beige
    Stempler: JuteRite-Smile-
    Bånd,pountura paint.-White-og blomster
    Tak fordi du kiggede forbi, vi ses næste tirsdag

  • Summer mini album

    Monday, 8 September, 2014

    Hi everybody!

    Summer is almost gone, and today I want to show you a summer mini album I taught in a recent workshop in Sant Feliu the Guixols.

    I always take my Big Shot machine to my workshops. It is very portable and I love the faces of my students when they use it for the first time, It is like magic!

    In this workshop we use the positive and the negative space of the die cut piece to create some embellishments on the front and back covers of the mini album, so I showed them how to get the most of a die.

    And here are my students, all happy with their albums. We had a lot of fun!

    Happy Monday!


    ¡Hola a todos!

    Con el verano que ya toca a su final os quiero enseñar un miniálbum que enseñé hace poco en Sant Feliu de Guíxols.

    Me suelo llevar mi Big Shot a los talleres, ya que es muy portátil y me encanta ver la cara de mis alumnas cuando troquelan por primera vez. ¡Es como magia!

    En este mini utilizamos la parte positiva y negativa de un troquel para adornar la portada y contraportada del álbum y así aprovechar al máximo las posibilidades de un solo troquel.

    ¡Feliz lunes!

  • I *Heart* This !

    Sunday, 7 September, 2014

    Hi, it's Bente and I am here today to show you some fun cards that I made with some of my recently aquired dies.

    Sizzix really has had some truly great releases recently that work perfectly for pocket scrapbooking and traditional scrapbooking and cards  alike.

    For my 'Hello' card I combined dies from two different sets.

    I think the instagram frame with  'I <3 This'  is really fun and I like that you can use the inner square from one and exchange it for a different coloured one. It makes a great background for some cute embellishments. :-)

     I used some pop dots to raise some of my bits and pieces and achieve an even cooler look.

     With these dies you can make nice cards for a variety of occations in no time at all!

    The supplies I used are:
    Sizzix Big Shot Starter kit 
    Sizix Thinlits die set 7 pk - You & Me
    Sizzix Thinlits die set 6 pk - I heart This

    Besides these items I used papers from Crate 'Paper Heart' collection.

    Här har jag ett par nya kort gjorda med mina nyaste dies.
    Många av de senaste kollektionerna är perfekta både för pocket scrapbooking (typ: project life) och traditionell scrapbooking och kort.
    För att göta mitt 'Hello' har jag kombinert två set av nya dies.

    Jag är förtjust i den roliga instgram ramen och tycker att det är en trevlig detalj att du kan använde den inre kvadraten från en ram att matcha med en annan färg . Det blir en fin bakgrund att dekorera med både die cuts och annat pynt.

    Jag höjde upp valda delar av motiven genom att använda limkuddar.
    Som ni förstår kan man snabbt göra roliga kort till envar anledning med dessa fina dies.

    Produkterna jag använde här var:
    Sizzix Big Shot Starter kit 
    Sizix Thinlits die set 7 pk - You & Me
    Sizzix Thinlits die set 6 pk - I heart This

    Och förutom dessa har jag använt Crate's 'Paper Heart' kollektion.

    :-) :-) :-)


  • "I'm blue" layout by Olga

    Saturday, 6 September, 2014

    Hello, my friends!

    Here is my new layout with my younger monkey on the photo. In real life he is very funny and constantly laughs and very seldom he looks like on the photo but I love this look so much!))

    The products I used:

    Have a nice day!


  • Loving Liberty fabrics and Sizzix dies

    Saturday, 6 September, 2014

    Hi to everyone! This last week we enjoyed some days in London with family. I can´t believe we are at home after spending hours and hours walking  through its streets and so much to see. 
    So, time to spend far from my sewing days and finding new places to visit.
    Although we knew the city for two times I was wishing to go to Liberty Shop. Love those beautiful fabrics and I wanted to have them on my hands.

    As you can imagine , a lot of ideas come to my  head when I came in the Liberty world.

    I could to buy some of the lovely fabrics and come back home with something to try  with Sizzix dies.....

    Of course some of  the new collection dies like Nel Whatmore dies for quilting . Have  you see them ? Check them and you will love them.

    I especially love this flower to sew some applique with my Liberty fabric. What´s your opinion ? 

    Well, I have to think , lol. I hope you enjoy  next September  week. We are having our local festival  at the village and waiting to be with family and friends!

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    ¡Hola a todo el mundo ! Esta pasada semana disfrutamos algunos días en Londres con la familia. No me  puedo creer que ya estemos de vuelta en casa después de haber horas y horas por sus calles  con tantas cosas para ver.
    Así que ha sido un tiempo para estar lejos de la costura y ver nuevos sitios para visitar.
    Aunque ya conocía la ciudad  de dos viajes anteriores  estaba deseando ir a ver por primera vez la tienda de Liberty. Me encanta sus preciosas telas y quería tenerlas en mis manos.

    Como puedes imaginarte  , un montón de ideas me vinieron a la cabeza cuando entré en el mundo Liberty.

    Al final compré algo  y regresé a casa  con la intención de usar mis troqueles de Sizzix y coser un  nuevo proyecto.

    Desde luego  con alguno de los nuevos troqueles de Nel Whatmore para quilting. ¿ Los has visto ?
    Echa un vistazo que seguro te encantarán.

    A mí especialmente me gusta uno  de una flor para hacer algo de aplicado con mi tela recién comprada. ¿ Qué te parece ?

    Bueno, tengo que pensarlo. Espero que disfrutes esta próxima semana de septiembre. Nosotros estamos ahora mismo en nuestras fiestas locales que disfrutaremos con familia y amigos.

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