• A nordic quilt: the beginning

    Saturday, 6 December, 2014



    Hi everyone! I come back with a new quilt . This time I have choose some of the Ikea cotton fabric I had in my stack long time ago . I love these stripes and the color combo.
    I found a nice cream fleece fabric in my local fabric store last winter. It looked like perfect for the backing of a warm quilt. I wanted a quilt made of big blocks.
    I used again these dies:







    After  the selection I had a lot of triangles  and squares cut out.





    I sew  the pieces as I liked in blocks of three or four in a row......






    ........ and some blocks bigger.







    My idea is now cut out big rectangles  and sew to these blocks.
    Then I will use the soft fleece fabric  (  you can see it under the blocks done )  as backing and I will do a tie quilt. 
    I hope I can finished this next week and enjoy a nordic style quilt just on time for holidays.
    Have a great weekend !!
    Love
    Mercedes

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    ¡Hola a todo el mundo ¡ Hoy regreso con un nuevo quilt. Esta vez he elegido algunas de las telas que tenía guardadas de Ikea de una de sus pasadas colecciones. Me encantas esas rayas y la combinación de los tonos.
    En la tienda de retales de mi localidad  donde suelo comprar, encontré el invierno pasado una estupenda tela  de borreguillo muy finito  que podía servir como trasera para un cálido quilt..

    Quería hacer bloques grandes así que corté con los troqueles  de cuadrados y triángulos.





    Después de la selección ya tenía un montón cortado y listo para coser.
    Hice bloques de tres y de cuatro combinando telas. También algunos bloques más grades hechos de dos filas.
    Mi idea es cortar rectángulos grandes y coserlos a estos bloques. Luego añadir la guata de borreguillo como trasera y  sujetar el sandwich  atándolo con rabitos de lana o hilo de algodón  para que todo quede sujeto.
    Espero acabarlo para la próxima semana y tener un quilt de estilo nórdico listo para las fiestas.
    Espero que tengas un  fin de semana estupendo.
    Cariños
    Mercedes

  • Artist Trading Block Tree

    Saturday, 6 December, 2014


    Hi all! December is a such busy and exciting month!

    If you check on my blog every day this month you will see lots of quick and easy ways to use your dies to help save time with all of your holiday preparations- to wrap gifts, decorate, package food gifts, make cards and 3D decor!

    The project I made for you today is a mini-tree sitting on an Artist Trading Block base. This is the perfect little tree to tuck in a tiny niche in your kitchen to remind you of the season. Cleanup after Christmas is so easy too...


    I decorated the tree with dies from Kitchen Labels, part of the brand new Vintage Kitchen collection.

    The ornaments were die cut from metal sheets from MD Hobby and Craft,


    and then I embossed them with the new Sunburst and Waffle Textured Impressions folders. They emboss so beautifully. It would also be fun to color them in with alcohol inks! I have to admit that I was surprised at how well the wafer-thin dies cut through the metal and I only did one pass through the Big Shot!


    The pitchers and canning jars were hung on the tree with red and white twine.




    The tree is sitting on top of an Artist Trading Block (Blocks/Cubes/Bank die) die cut from chipboard. I doodled some holiday sayings and images on the sides of the boxes and it made a nice sturdy base for the tree.



    Underneath I tucked a die cut doily from a red velvety ribbon material from the Doily Medallion die.


    I hope you will pop over to my blog for a look at some of the quick and easy ideas featured this week! My amazing Inspiration Team has been crafting up a storm- come and see!


    I invite you to like my Eileen Hull Designs Facebook page- check in to see what's new. Or visit me on Instagram to see some behind the scenes looks at getting ready for the Craft and Hobby Show coming up in January. It's coming up quick and guess who is not ready...

    Every month we host the Art with Heart Challenge- a place for you to show us what you're making. The theme this month is Holiday Traditions. We love to see what you are doing with the dies... and whoever enters has the chance to win a really nice giveaway. I hope you will stop by and post your latest creations on my blog.

    Thanks for stopping by!

  • Snowflake placemat

    Thursday, 4 December, 2014

    It's December - and the Christmas quilt is complete -  not only am I pleased with myself for completing it - I also really like the quilt -
     
    and so to these little cuties -
     
     - as you can imagine  the excitement is growing - I think the Christmas tree might have to be put up and decorated this weekend!!!
    So now the adrenaline is flowing and maybe just a touch of panic can be felt - how about a really quick easy present to make?
    I have 'discovered' this beautiful snowflake die - http://www.sizzix.co.uk/product/660052/sizzix-bigz-l-die-stacked-snowflakes - which cuts fantastic snowflakes -
     
    So I have bought some ready made place mats, and a table runner, and with the aid of some fusible web, and my sewing  machine I have embellished the mat in a matter of minutes -
    Now if this colour co-ordinated with my china I would be keeping this and not giving it as a gift!
    If you can't find the colour you need in ready made then there maybe time to make it all - it depends just how crazy your life is at the moment!!
    I love this die so much I'm going to play with some other ways of using it.
    We also have another snowflake die that I have used to make some bunting - http://www.sizzix.co.uk/product/659994/sizzix-bigz-die-snowflakes-3 -

     This is again a very quick make - I fused to layers of fabric together to make it double sided - and then I stitched them together using  machine - stitching down the middle of each snowflake and leaving a space between each one.
    Honestly I could just keep using these 2 dies over and over again!!!.
    So next week I  hope to have some more quick makes for you to enjoy - until then I think it's an evening with some mulled wine and soft candle light -mmmmm can't wait!!!
    Angela

    

  • Christmas frame with Karine

    Thursday, 4 December, 2014




    Hello!

    It is the Sizzix gifts’ week! I chose to show you a nice wood frame from Pause Creative which is decorated with pictures of my niece :-)

    Supply list:
    Frame: Pause Créative
    Papers: 4heures37, American Crafts
    Embellishments: Studio Calico, Freckled Fawn
    Dots: Ephéméria
    Giant Rhinestones: Glitz Design
    Paint: Pébéo
    Glitter: Pause Créative
    Others: Masking Tape

    Dies:

    658300Sizzix Big Shot Starter Kit
    659957: Sizzix Original Die-Phrase, Love #3
    659994Sizzix Bigz Die-Snowflakes #3
    1. Start by painting your frame with gold paint! Use acrylic paint or a spray paint to go even faster.
    2. Print several pictures. I printed 4 black and white portrait pictures. Glue your pictures on your wood structure with double sided tape.
    3. Choose a colour combo: here it is pink, blue and gold. Add paper into the empty compartments. It is better if you use scrap papers. You are not compelled to choose Christmas themed papers. The embellishments will be here for the festive atmosphere!
    4. Grab your favourite dies: here a pretty snowflake and the word LOVE. Cut them out of adhesive paper. Glue your word and shapes directly on your paper then sprinkle with gold and turquoise blue glitter powders. Retrieve the extra powder. No need to heat like for embossing. Glitter is fixed thanks to the adhesive paper.
    5. Add some matching embellishments.





    I hope you will like today’s creation!
    See you soon,

    Karine

    Bonjour !

    C'est la semaine des cadeaux avec Sizzix ! J'ai choisi de vous présenter pour l'occasion un joli cadre en bois Pause Créative décoré avec des photos de ma petite nièce :)

    Matériel :
    Cadre : Pause Créative
    Papiers : 4heures37, American Crafts
    Embellissements : Studio Calico, Freckled Fawn
    Bouton, pastilles : Ephéméria
    Giant Rhinestones : Glitz Design
    Peinture : Pébéo
    Paillettes : Pause Créative
    Divers : Masking Tape

    Dies utilisés :

    658300: Sizzix Big Shot Starter Kit
    659957: Sizzix Original Die-Phrase, Love #3
    659994: Sizzix Bigz Die-Snowflakes #3

    1-Commencez par peindre votre cadre en or ! Utilisez pour cela de la peinture acrylique ou encore une bombe pour aller plus vite.
    2-Développez plusieurs photos, ici 4 portraits en noir et blanc. Collez vos clichés avec du double face sur votre socle en bois.
    3-Déterminez un combo couleur ici : rose, bleu et or et habillez de papier les cases restantes.
    Utilisez de préférence des chutes de papiers, vous n'êtes pas obligé de choisir des imprimés NOEL, les embellissements se chargeront de donner l'ambiance festive !
    4-Sortez vos dies préférés, ici un joli flocon et le mot love, découpez dans de l'adhésif, collez votre forme et/ou mot directement sur votre papier, puis saupoudrez de paillettes dorées et turquoise. Récupérez l'excédent. Inutile de chauffer comme pour l'embossage, les paillettes sont fixées grâce à l'adhésif !
    5-Complétez en ajoutant quelques embellissements assortis.

    J'espère que ma création du jour vous aura plu !

    A très vite,

    Karine

  • Snow Princess

    Wednesday, 3 December, 2014

    At Christmas we observe all those time honoured traditions and clichés which is one of the many things I love about the season.  

    I love to cook and fiddle about with recipes and ingredients, my kitchen can resemble a mad scientists lab at times and some experiments are more successful than others as I'm sure my long-suffering family will confirm. Christmas day however, is not a time to go messing about with a successful formula although I'm still striving to create the perfect roast potato (any hints/tips are welcome!).

    The Christmas gift is another part of the season steeped in tradition..... socks for Dad, smellies and deodorant for the teenage boys, school photo for Mum/Gran etc.

    One tradition which I started myself (and as my birthday falls on Christmas day I have special dispensation to do as I please!) is to create an embellished photo frame for my Mum featuring a photo of my daughter Poppy. This year will be no exception so I'm using this blog to work through a couple of ideas.

    I wanted to use a slightly less predictable colour palette than the usual Christmas/winter combinations and I threw in a little mustard (the colour not the condiment....that would just be silly!)

    The dies I used are listed below, click on each one to bring up a link for more information.
    I also used a little gesso and Distress Glitter, a combination which I am trying to wean myself off but it just seems to work so well with the current Christmas collections.

    I started by choosing my photo and colour palette assembling a collection of plain and pattern card and paper from my ever growing stash. I die-cut two pieces of the foliage and applied a thin layer of gesso to subdue the colour intensity, using gesso in this way helps everything blend together in the final piece. 


    I die-cut two snowflakes giving them the same gesso treatment before die-cutting the 3D flowers. I used a sanding pad on the edges of the flower die-cuts to give a little distressed contrast although I used a light brown Distress Ink (Old Paper) on the ivory flower. Next, I assembled the flowers and matted the snowflakes together adding an adhesive gem to the snowflakes' centre. I also added a little Distress Glitter to the tips of the foliage and snowflakes.

    I chose my photograph and printed three copies in black and white. I carefully cut around two of the figures and used one as a mask which I placed directly over the main photo before applying spray glue. After removing the mask I sprinkled the photo with Distress Glitter giving the entire background a magical frosting. It's quite hard to pick up in the images but it is quite spectacular (Honest!!!). Next I attached the other pre-cut figure in place using adhesive foam pads this gives a wonderful sense of dimension, especially when combined with the contrasting frosty background.

    I took a wood effect picture frame and lightly distressed the edges using a fine sanding block  before inserting the spotty background and the assembled photo. Next I attached the foliage die-cuts together with some assorted flower stamen.

    All that remains is to attach the snowflakes with adhesive foam pads before applying the flowers with my trusty glue gun.

    Hopefully this will turn into a nice little collection of as the years go by, I have even bigger ideas for the final gift which sadly I can't share just now as my Mum reads this blog from time to time!

    Why not start a creative Christmas tradition of your own.... you have my permission!









  • Jams for Christmas

    Wednesday, 3 December, 2014


    This 4th and last week of the Christmas Challenge 2014 brings you different ideas for homemade Christmas presents. I love giving and receiving homemade goods and this year I've made quite a lot of different jams and I think they make for great little presents.


    While the main attraction of course is the jam itself, it never hurts to dress things up a little. First of all I used the largest scallopped square from Framelits Die Set 6PK - Squares, Scallop to cut out the fabric that covers the top of each jar. Then I used a die from Thinlits Die Set 12PK - Ornate Labels to create tags for each jam jar. On these I've stamped the name of the jams and as a final little touch I've added a heart made using my favorite heart die from Thinlits Die Set 10PK - Phrase Cards.



    I decided that it would be a nice idea to not only have the jam be the present but also the recipe for making more of each jam. This led me to writing up and printing each of the recipes and then diecutting them using a die from Framelits Die Set 12PK - Fancy Cards. Once again I stamped the names of the jams and decorated the recipe cards with red hearts.


     
    Supply list:
    Sizzix Big Shot Starter Kit (Powder Blue & Teal)
    Sizzix Accessory - Magnetic Platform for Wafer-Thin Dies
    Cardstock
    Baker's twine
    Gold thread (DMC)
    Fabric
    Wink of Stella
    Glossy Accent (Ranger)
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    Denne fjerde og sidste uge af Christmas Challenge 2014 byder på hjemmelavede julegaver. Jeg holder af at give og modtage hjemmelavede gaver, og da jeg i år har syltet ganske meget, har jeg også givet en del syltetøj væk som gaver.
    Selvom syltetøjet naturligvis er den primære gave, så sker der bestemt ikke noget ved at gøre lidt ud af indpakningen. Jeg startede med at bruge den største die fra Framelits Die Set 6PK - Squares, Scallop til at udstanse det stof, der dækker toppen af hvert af glassene. Derefter lavede jeg tags til glassene med en die fra Thinlits Die Set 12PK - Ornate Labels. På disse tags stemplede jeg navnene på syltetøjerne, og så brugte jeg min favorit die fra Thinlits Die Set 10PK - Phrase Cards til at udstanse små hjerter som dekoration.
    Jeg syntes, at det ville være hyggeligt at give modtageren muligheden for selv at lave mere syltetøj, så jeg besluttede at give opskriften med også. Jeg printede hver opskrift, og derefter brugte jeg en die fra Framelits Die Set 12PK - Fancy Cards til at udstanse dem. Igen stemplede jeg navnene og dekorerede med små røde hjerter.
    Ingredienser:
    Karton
    Baker's twine
    Guldtråd (DMC)
    Stof
    Wink of Stella
    Glossy Accent (Ranger)

  • Christmas Challenge 2014 - Gift Idea, necklace

    Wednesday, 3 December, 2014

    

    Hello to all and happy Wednesday:) Today I show you this gift idea I made using a  one great Sizzix die.


    Sizzix products:
    Sizzix Big Shot Machine 657900
    Sizzix Bigz Die - Floressa 659708

    Other items:
    silver necklace or chain, empty beer can, button, glue

    How to do:
    Cut a piece of the empty can and then the flowers, three bigger and one small using die
    Sizzix Bigz Die - Floressa 659708. Glue the flowers like above and then button. Finally glue the flower on to the chain. That`s all:)

    Happy crafting, Minna

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    Moi, tällä viikolla lahjaideoita:) Tein tällaisen kaulakorun vanhasta tyhjästä oluttölkistä.

    Sizzix tarvikkeet:
    Sizzix Big Shot Machine 657900
    Sizzix Bigz Die - Floressa 659708

    Muut tarvikkeet:
    hopeinen kaulakoru tai ketju, tyhjä tölkki, liimaa, nappi.

    Leikkaa oluttölkistä palanen ja tästä palasesta kukat, kolme isoa ja yksi pieni. Liimaa kukat kuten kuvassa ja lopuksi nappi. Kiinnitä ketjuun. Tässä kaikki:)

    Mukavaa keskiviikkoa, Minna

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  • A christmas gift ideas

    Tuesday, 2 December, 2014




    Hi everyone , today i will show you a gift I have made using the beautiful deer
      I have used: jeg har brugt:
    Sizzix Bigz Die -Prancing Deer- 660033
    Sizzix Thinlits -Holiday Greens- 658759
    Paper: Frozen Paper/ Craft & You design, thick cardstock, brown cardstock glitter, Christmas tree,
    I have  die cut the deer out of thick cardboard and glued two pieces of pattern paper for and back of the deer, decorated with glitter and punched out snowflakes which I have decorated the deer and a small flower and a little glitter.
    Deer are glued on a styrofoam plate decorated with many holiday greens and glitter

    Thanks for stopping by, wish you a great Christmas week
    Pia
    Tak fordi du kiggede forbi, ønsker dig en dejlig juleuge
    Pia

  • Christmas week 4: Gift wrapping idea with Lilith

    Tuesday, 2 December, 2014



    Welcome to the last week of the Sizzix Christmas Challenge. This week is all about gift ideas. These last years my family has tried to cut down on the gifts. I love just spending time together and not getting into a spending frenzy and just buying things that don't get used. We do make each other gifts or give each other vouchers. Now just giving an envelope isn't that exciting so I decided to reuse some chique black boxes.

     I grabbed a gold and a white doily and then cut out some snowflakes using the Sizzix Bigz Die - Snowflakes #3 . I sewed the snowflakes together and then adhered them to th doilies. 
    A bit of ribbon to hold the box together and I have a pretty box to put under the tree. I just added a tiny tag so that I can add a name to it. 
    Easy and it instantly makes the gift so much more fun. 



     
    Supplies:
    Sizzix Bigz Die - Snowflakes #3   , Big Shot Starter Kit, Other: Gold and white doily, Studio Calico star, American Crafts premium ribbon, twine.  

  • Home made food gift ideas with Sizzix

    Monday, 1 December, 2014





    Hi everybody! and welcome to the Sizzix Christmas Challenge 2014 week 4. In this week, my fellow Sizzix Bloggers and myself are giving you some ideas for your las minute gifts.


    Who doesn't like some home made food? I love to gift and receive some delicious jam or cookies, so today I want to show you two ideas to make cute food gifts.


    The first one is a decorated jar of jam. You need one jar of home made jam, some ribbon, gold card, some pearls and, of course your Big Shot with the Christmas Trims die set by Deby Potter. So easy, quick and festive. You can put it in a beautiful basket with some fresh bred and coffee and make an awesome "breakfast" gift to someone.


    The second idea is a cookie recipe. Put the ingredients of your favorite cookie recipe in a beautiful jar and make a little card with the instructions of the recipe. In this case you need the Flowers Intrincate die set by Paula Pascual, some card, ribbon and ink.

    I hope you like theese Ideas!

    Happy Monday!



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