• Mixed media card

    Wednesday, 4 February, 2015

    For today`s post I made a little bit different card than usually, mixed media card with beautiful flowers made by Sizzix dies.

    Sizzix products: 
    Sizzix Big Shot Machine 657900
    Sizzix Thinlits Die Set 14PK - Flowers Intricate 659975
    Sizzix Bigz Die - Floressa 659708
    Sizzix Thinlits Die Set 7PK - Borders 659200
    Sizzix Framelits Die Set 5PK w/Stamps - English Garden 659526
    Sizzix Frameworks Die - Chevron 659428
    Sizzix Thinlits Die Set 5PK - Couquette 659701

    Other products:
    Pion Design and Prima Marketing papers, glue, tape, mists, gesso,  cement board seam tape, metal embellishment, gauze

    I cut the backgroundpaper and made mixed media background using different colors of mists. After drying I used some cement board seam tape and gauze. Then I cut the chevron and all the flowers from different colors of papers and leaves. Finally placed them all like above.

    Have a nice day, Minna

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    Moi, tällainen mixed media kortti tänään.

    Sizzix tarvikkeet:
    Sizzix Big Shot Machine 657900
    Sizzix Thinlits Die Set 14PK - Flowers Intricate 659975
    Sizzix Bigz Die - Floressa 659708
    Sizzix Thinlits Die Set 7PK - Borders 659200
    Sizzix Framelits Die Set 5PK w/Stamps - English Garden 659526
    Sizzix Frameworks Die - Chevron 659428
    Sizzix Thinlits Die Set 5PK - Couquette 659701

    Muut tarvikkeet:
    Pion Design ja Prima papereita, liimaa, teippiä, suihkeita, gessoa, saumausnauhaa, metallikoriste, harsoa.

    Ensiksi leikkasin taustapaperin ja tein siihen "mixed miédia" taustan käyttäen erivärisiä suihkeita. Kun se oli kuivunut, laitoin pari suikaletta saumausnauhaa ja harsoa koristeeksi. Kukat ja lehdet leikkasin erivärisistä papereista Sizzixin stansseilla ja lopuksi asettelin ja liimasin paikoilleen.

    Mukavaa keskiviikkoa, Minna

  • Hello card

    Monday, 2 February, 2015

    Who is up for a simple card? A simple die cut heart and a sentiment makes for a quick one. 

    I am loving the new Craft Asylum word dies Thinlits Die Set 3PK - Happiness Phrases 660804, specially the Hello. And of course the craft staple than is the Big Shot starter kit

    I sprayed the background with two tone coloured mist and then layered on a yellow card.
    I glued the patterned paper to chipboard and then die cut it using the Bigz die from the Big Shot starter kit.

    I die cut twice the sentiment, once out of white card and of turquoise. Then I glue them with the white off set by a tiny bit to make it stand out more. I then added the crystals and the bow.

  • My Third Quilt: part 1

    Monday, 2 February, 2015

    Earlier this month we bought a new bed which is just crying out for a new quilt to go on top. I'm still a bit of a novice when it comes to actual quilts as despite having done lots of small quilting projects such as cushions etc, I've only made 2 proper quilts before.

    Sewing time was very limited last week as both of my sons were off pre-school and school ill, but it did give me some time to look at my Pinterest quilt board and plan a quilt. There was one geometric design that, when I realised that it was made entirely from half-square triangles, I had to make. I needed to make sure that my husband liked it too (seeing as he would also be sleeping under it) and so once I had his seal of approval on design and fabrics it was just a case of working out quantities and ordering the fabric. I needed half in a mix of strong colours and half in a single solid colour.
    This is where things went a little wrong. The fabric arrived and the colours are fantastic (it's mainly Cotton and Steel)...

    ...but it turns out my maths let me down fairly significantly and I didn't order enough - I'm blaming a draining week looking after two poorly children (in all honesty it was an embarrassingly simple calculation but let's leave it there).

    The cutting was going so, so quickly and smoothly, I was cutting 8 triangles at a time using the Half-Square Triangles, 4 1/2in Finished Square die and speeding though my fat quarters.

    With careful positioning on the die I could cut 32 triangles really efficiently from one fat quarter - the fat quarter was folded in half (cut edge to start of selvedge) and then folded over again (central fold to start of selvedge/cut edge) and then it was pressed with an iron before being laid over the die (folds lined up with shorter side of the die).

    After realising my quantity mistake I was too bad-tempered to cut the solid fabric but it will get done when the extra fabric that's on order arrives and hopefully there will be more to show next week! 

  • "Captured Moments" Card by Gerry van Gent

    Sunday, 1 February, 2015

    Hello Sizzix friends!

    It's Sunday and I am back with another project I created for you.
    For today's post I prepared a card using a few Sizzix dies.

    Captured Momentssiz
    657900 Sizzix Big Shot Machine
    658508 Sizzix Sizzlits Die Set Roses Flower Set
    658221 Sizzix Originals Die Curly Gate
    658551 Sizzix Sizzlits Decorative Strip Die 
    658711 Sizzix Sizzlits Dec. Strip Die Ironwork Gate
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    Once I die cut the stems with leaves from the Roses Flower Set I used them to decorate 
    the flower clusters. Before adhering them I used a white pen and drew round the edges.
    N.B. The stem & leaves on the right side of the card were die cut twice and
    adhered partially on top of each other.

    From the Ironwork Gate I used only a bit as decoration.

    The Curly Gate was die cut twice - once using white cardstock and 
    second time using some corrugated cardboard.
    I used the corrugated cardboard die-cut as a shadow.

    I love so much how the Mini Filmstrip turned out - I call it the "dancing" Filmstrip :-)
    I glued the filmstrip fristly only in the beginning and the end.
    Then I partially  adhered parts of the filmstrip to give this "dancing" feeling.
    As a final touch I added the buckle. 

    The Scrapbook Diaries Clear Stamps
    KaiserCraft papers
    Tim Holtz stencil
    Prima Marketing flowers
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    Have a creative Sunday!

  • Valentine Garland

    Saturday, 31 January, 2015

    Here is a quick and easy decoration for Valentine's Day!

    The die I used is the Garland from the Vintage Kitchen collection.

    I have fond memories of cutting strips of paper and gluing them together as a child making paper chains to decorate our Christmas tree. But with this die is there is no need to cut or glue! Each strip has interlocking slots at each end and all you have to do is join them together!  Keep adding links until the chain is as long as you'd like. This is a great activity for kids to do too.

    Make a chain to decorate for parties, special occasions, and seasonal decor. Hang flowers, letters or photos from it to personalize. There are so many ways to use this die.

    It also fits around your wrist so you can cut it from leather or fabric to make bracelets! There are three different designs on the die. Each link can also be used as a bracelet and the negative space has lots of uses too (see here).

    To assemble a chain, hold a strip with your thumbs over slots on either end and raise one hand above the other. Press one slot under and one slot up so one slot is depressed and one is raised. Now curl the strip so the slots meet and connect the strips to make a chain. Repeat. And that’s it!

    If you want to keep this as a permanent garland, you can staples or glue the slots together. If you want to store it flat, just take the links apart and store for the next time to conserve space and prevent the chain from being crushed in storage.

    Here are some more Valentine projects to inspire you...

    Quick and Easy Valentine Cookie Box by Lisa Hoel- visit her blog for how-to's!

    Here's a Round Robin banner I made with some friends last year... a fun way to create together. 
    Read about it here.

    Romantic Canning Jar tags- how-to here...

    Happy Valentine crafting everyone! See you in two weeks...    Eileen

  • Soft tag by Olga

    Saturday, 31 January, 2015
    Hello all,

    today I would like to share with you my new tag. This time I created a soft project which can be gifted to anybody as expression of gratitude. Or like an addition to a main present.

    I used tag die for the base and flourish and a butterfly to decorate it.

    The products I used:

    Have a nice day!


  • Come back to hexagons

    Saturday, 31 January, 2015

    Hi everyone!! I come back to hexagons again using Sizzix dies. After selecting my fabrics  I had kept for something especial, I finally decided I wanted a nice grandma garden quilt. It won't´be very big , but enough to enjoy sewing nice hexies.

    First of all I cut out a lot of   cardstock  hexagons  with  658317
    Sizzix Bigz Die - Hexagons, 1" Sides #2, so quick so easy.  Then I did the same with the fabrics  and die 658318 Sizzix Bigz Die - Hexagons, 1 1/4" Sides

    I try to sew  the hexagon fabric  through the corners on the wrong side , so I don´t need to cut  the thread  on the right side and I save time. Maybe you do the same.

    And here it is my first big and " round" block finished and two more ready to sew a new round.

    I love the idea to spend some time watching a movie on tv after a long day and have a rest sewing my hexies.
    I will show some progress in my blog Las labores de Mercedes  if you want to follow me. 
    Hope you have a nice week and start February full of ideas using Sizzix dies in this blog. 
    See you next Saturday with a new Valentine project. 


    ¡Hola a todo el mundo! Vuelvo de nuevo con hexágonos utilizando los troqueles de Sizzix. Después de seleccionar mis telas que tenía reservadas para algo especial, decidí que quería montar un quilt , no muy grande. Haciendo un jardín de la abuela.

    Primero corté  un montón de hexágonosde cartulina  con  el troquel de 1” de lado     658317
    Sizzix Bigz Die - Hexagons, 1" Sides #2,             super fácil y rápido. Luego hice lo mismo con las telas y el  del 1.1/4” de lado 658318 Sizzix Bigz Die - Hexagons, 1 1/4" Sides

    Intento siempre coser las esquinas  por la parte trasera del hexágono  , así no tengo que cortar el hilo  por delante y ahorro tiempo. A lo mejor tú haces lo mismo.
    En las fotos puedes ver mis progresos y cómo he montado el bloque “ redondo “ a partir de los hexágonos.
    Iré enseñando mis progresos en mi blog Las labores deMercedes por si quieres seguirme. Espero que tengas una estupenda semana y empieces febrero lleno de ideas que el blog de Sizzix puede ofrecerte.

  • Setting the table

    Friday, 30 January, 2015

    With Valentines just round the corner, this month I chose a rather lovely bundle of Cotton and Steel blenders paired with some Kona Snow and the Equilateral Triangle Die (658663) with my Big Shot machine.

    I'm not one for making a huge deal out of Valentines, but with the new year has come a renewed effort to rid my home of clutter.  Its working!  The easiest spot to de-cluttered was the table, often found piled with papers, laptop, post, handbag, ... you get the picture.  So what better than to celebrate with a new table runner.

    I had a rough plan, which I mapped out on EQ7, so I knew to cut 22 patterned triangles and 70 background.  To manage my time and fabrics easier, I cut 5" strips from my fat quarters of cotton and steel, and the same again across the width of fabric for the background.  This meant I could manage the fabric cuts to maximize yield.

    you can get 7 triangles from one FQ strip or 14 from a full width of fabric strip.  Layer up your fabrics and position them just over the previous cut line with each pass through the machine.

    I started by making background half hexi's from 3 triangles. a total of 22 of these. 

    then laid everything out, to piece patterned triangles to the half hexi's and then into strips. Once you have 2 strips, joint these together. 

    Trim the ends, ensuring you have 1/4" beyond the points for seam allowance.

    measure your top, add borders, mine were 4" finished, layer up, and quilt as desired. 

    Of course the pattern creates the perfect opportunity for some fancy quilting!

    I trimmed up the runner after quilting and used the left overs from the fat quarters and the 2 1/2" strip die (658328) to cut my strips for a scrappy binding.

    I'm really pleased with the result, and its making it easier to keep the table clear too!

    If you haven't seen already, pop over to my blog to see what I used to keep the runner in place. 

    This runner is 60" x 24" and is just perfect for my table.  I hope you'll give the equilateral triangle die a go, and create something beautiful in time for Valentines too.  

  • Snug as a bug!

    Thursday, 29 January, 2015

    That's what I'll be when this little lap quilt is complete -
    I decided to try to use up all of the wool fabric that I had - so this really is a scrap quilt - which is already becoming a favourite before it's quite finished - maybe partly because the weather forecast is for much colder weather and I will be able to curl up under this beauty!
    To get the most out of the pieces of wool I had I decided to cut more squares and rectangles in different sizes - I have already cut out rectangles using Bigz die 658113 - 8 1/2" x 4 1/2" unfinished
    and squares using Bigz Die 659838 - 4 1/2" unfinished square - http://www.sizzix.co.uk/product/659838/sizzix-bigz-die-square-4-finished-4-1-2-unfinished
    using the Big Shot machine, and then
    I also cut out some 3 1/2" unfinished squares with die http://www.sizzix.co.uk/catalog#q=657608 
    and some 3 1/2" x 6 1/2" unfinished rectangles - http://www.sizzix.co.uk/catalog#q=657625
    My plan was to create 12" finished blocks - so I could make some using all of the 4"/8" shapes and some using the 3"/6" shapes --
    The photo below shows the lay out for the 4"/8" pieces
     and this photo shows the layout for the 3"/6" pieces. ( the photo is a cheat because the proper one came out a very strange colour so I laid out another block but didn't have enough rectangles!!!)
    I had enough pieces to make a total of 16 blocks which I decided to lay the pieces out randomly, but took care to make sure that the colours and patterns were mixed in each row.
    I joined the blocks into 4 rows of 4 and then joined the rows - so I have a lap quilt measuring 48 1/2" square.
    Just a note that I still only used a 1/4" seam and I pressed the seams flat open on the wrong side to try to reduce bulk at the seams.
    I like it so much I'm going to add another photo -
    I'm going to back the quilt with either a plain wool or fleece - I'll show you a photo of it finished next week.
    And just as I was going to finish this blog - one of my friends, Alex, suggested that there were enough pieces left to make a cushion so I trimmed the remaining pieces to 3 1/2" squares and laid them out like this -
     which when stitched together became a cushion front -
    which then just left this -
    I'm very pleased to have used so much of these beautiful fabrics and will show you the finished quilt and cushion next week - along with a lovely valentine project.
    Keep warm this week - I'm hoping for snow to go and play in with the grandchildren - we can hope.


  • Snowflakes and winter layout by Karine

    Thursday, 29 January, 2015

    Hi everyone,

    Here is a seasonal winter page with a picture of my son & me taken a few years ago

    Supply list:

    Cardstock: Scrap Plaisir
    Glitter paper: American Crafts
    Papers: 4heures37, Carta Bella
    Stickers: Very Merry Kit EntreARTistes
    Stamp: Bloomini Studio
    Ink: Black Versafine
    Masking Tape
    Spray ink: Mister Huey's Studio Calico


    658300 :  Sizzix Big Shot Starter Kit
    659994 :  Sizzix Bigz Die-Snowflakes #3

    Select a soft colour combo: beige, pink and icy blue. Sprinkle the whole with glitters by inserting an American Crafts paper. Splash some white spray ink and your page is done!

    The two snowflakes are cut out of a Glitter Pow! Paper from American Crafts. It is really the ideal paper to use on your winter lay-outs. The snowflakes are stapled (not glued) for more volume. Simply add some golden stickers and some masking tapes strips put down here and there.

    Finish by creating fake snowflakes with the help of your Mister Huey’s ink spray.

    Have a lovely day!


    Bonjour tout le monde,

    Une petite page hivernale ce jour, bien de saison avec une photo de mon fils et moi-même prise il y a quelques années :)

    Matériel :

    Cardstock : Scrap Plaisir
    Papier Paillettes : American Crafts
    Papiers : 4heures37, Carta Bella
    Autocollants : Very Merry Kit EntreARTistes
    Tampons : Bloomini Studio
    Encre : Versafine noire
    Masking Tape
    Encre en spray : Mister Huey's Studio Calico

    Dies utilisés :

    658300 :  Sizzix Big Shot Starter Kit
    659994 :  Sizzix Bigz Die-Snowflakes #3

    Sélectionnez un combo couleur tout doux à savoir : beige, rose et bleu glacial, parsemé le tout de paillettes en intégrant un papier American Crafts, saupoudrez d'encre en spray blanche et votre page est prête !

    Les deux flocons sont découpés ici dans un papier Glitter Pow! American Crafts juste parfait pour illustrer et accompagner vos pages hivernales. Les flocons sont agrafés et non collés pour plus de relief. Complétez simplement avec des autocollants dorés et des petits bouts de Masking Tape collés ici et là.

    Terminez en simulant des flocons blancs avec votre encre en spray Mister Huey's.

    Bonne journée !


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