• A bit of Spring in Autumn with Lilith

    Tuesday, 28 October, 2014

    Autumn has settled in and the crisp air and warm colours have taken over the the country side. I love autumn but I still hunger for a tiny bit of spring. The Sizzix Framelits Die Set 8PK with Stamps Beautiful You, was just the product I needed for this easy card project that brings a bit of spring along with it.

    I stamped one of the flower images onto some watercolour paper, using versamark. I then sprinkled some white embossing powder onto it which I then heat embossed with my heat gun. I then took out some Distress Inks, stabilo pens and coloured the flowers and leaves. 

    The cards themselves were easy to put together. A 4" x 6" base with a 3.5"x5.5" piece of patterned paper. A kraft tag, a small white twine, some embellishments and a sentiment finish off the card. I love how easy the stamps are to use and that I can use any colour for any type of project. 

    Sizzix Framelits Die Set 8PK with Stamps Beautiful You
    Distress Inks, Stabilo 68 pens, 
    Paper: Carta Bella,
    Embellishments: Studio Calico Color Theory Buttons, Enamel dots, 
    Ink: Versafin Black Onyx.
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  • A layout with lots of flowers!

    Monday, 27 October, 2014

    October is being a busy month for me but a great one too. In June my cousin Angela (who is one of my closest friends as well as being my cousin) and I decided we wanted to participate in this year' Ofrenda de las Flores in our native Zaragoza (Spain). It is a lovely fairly modern (sixty years or so) celebration and it consist of dressing up in our local traditional attire and take flowers to a Virgin Mary statue. We already done it together once before fifteen years ago and we felt it would be nice to do it again. So we did! We had a blast that day and the previous and after days, and because of it I felt I really needed to keep the memories with a layout.

    I wanted a layout with pictures of us two. As she lives in Spain and I in London we dont have that many moments of us together, so this is more about us than the sights. I printed my favorite in a larger and then the rest in more or less half the size. I cut all the photos to size ready for later.

    I like to have a border all round and a white base. It is something that I do all the time, and I always cut the bit of the patterned middle to save for a future project. Frugal? Me? Of course!

    I placed all the photos on the page and started to pull different dies to see how would they look. Since I was there to bring flowers, I thought it had to have loads of them so I die cut them using my Intricate Flowers 2 dies and the Happy card from the Phrase cards set.

    Finally, I added embellishments for the centers and some printed stickers from the same collection as the papers which is Spice Market from Basic Grey.

    And a couple of close ups:

    I treasure this moments and I think it is important to capture and preserve them. That is the point of scrapbooking, isn't it?

  • Advent Crown

    Monday, 27 October, 2014

    Continuing the advent theme and using the Lollipop Shadow Numbers die again (I love this die, it saves so much time and gives perfect results), last week I made a quick and easy advent crown. Instead of the traditional wreath with 4 candles this version is simply numbered sleeves fitted onto old jam jars with tea-lights inside.

    The jars I used were little 8oz ones that measured 8 1/2in in circumference, for larger jars either the sleeve itself can be increased in size or a longer piece of elastic used for the loop (I tried one on a jar with a 9in circumference and they fit ok but the elastic was pulled fairly tight, a 3 1/2in long piece for the loop would probably be better and the easiest alteration to make).

    I cut the numbers 1 to 4 from in the same way as for the advent calendar by cutting a piece of iron-on adhesive to size, pressing it to the reverse of the fabric and then placing it backing paper side up on the die to cut with my Big Shot.

    From a couple of festive fabrics (I used Gnome for the Holidays and Many Mini Gnomes by Michael Miller) I cut 4 sleeve fronts measuring 8in x 2 3/4in and then 4 sleeve backs to the same measurements from a co-ordinating red and white chevron fabric.

    I folded the sleeve fronts over to find the centre and then peeled off the backing paper from the numbers and pressed them in place (the numbers can be sewn in place at this stage if preferred to quilting them at the end). With an approximately 3in long piece of elastic I made a loop and basted it to the right hand side of a sleeve front.

    Then right sides together, the sleeve front was placed on top of a sleeve back and then both were placed on top of a piece of thin batting that was slightly larger than them overall. Once pinned they were sewn together around the outside (1/4in seam allowance) leaving a 2in opening on one side at the bottom. The excess batting was trimmed away and the seam allowance at the corners snipped off.

    Then the sleeve was turned the right way out and pressed flat with a warm iron before the opening was hand-sewn closed.

    I hand-stitched around the inside edge of the numbers and around the border of the sleeve to quilt them. I opted to quilt them by hand because I'm currently having problems with my sewing machine but I'm glad I did as it was a nice relaxing-on-the-sofa evening job.

    The last job was to add a button to the left hand side, fit it around an empty jam jar and pop a tea-light inside.

    Being a safety-conscious sort (a worrier) I feel the need to stress that lit candles should never be left unattended and this advent crown should be stood on a heat-proof surface. The sleeves should do no more than warm up slightly on the side of the jar and should not prove a fire risk - I've done quite a bit of testing.

    These are now ready to go into the centre of our dining table during Advent to be lit each Sunday (predicting a few heated discussions between my sons over who gets to blow them out afterwards, that was always what happened in our house when I was a child).

    It's half term for us this week and I'm away with the boys but some sewing is coming with me for the 'quieter' moments.

  • Notepad Cover mini album.

    Sunday, 26 October, 2014

    Hi again!
    Today I've had a play with one of my new Bigz dies and a couple of thinlits as well. Today's main event is the Notepad Cover by Brenda Walton. Originally it's meant to use to spruce up your ordinary post-it notes, but I decided I wanted to use it to make a small album.

    Here are some pictures I took along the way:

    Cut out as many pages as you like for the inside of your mini album. A good size would to fit inside this cover would be ca 7 cm square.

    I made small holes in all the pages for the binding and after pulling the thread through I added some glue to the knot to make sure it will hold.

    I used the new Scalloped circles for my inside pages. I cut some of my photos with them and also made journalling spots.

    I added some Liquid pearl to the outside cover after inking the edges.

    After finishing my little 'book' for the  inside I used  some double tape to add it to the back of the cover.

    Here are a few more shots of the finished album:

    Thanks for looking! I hope you enjoyed this post and I'll see you back here next Sunday! :-)

    I used:
    Sizzix Big Shot Machine Only (Powder Blue & Teal)
    Sizzix Bigz L Die - Notepad Cover
    Sizzix Framelits Die Set 7PK - Circles, Scallop

    Papers etc are by Lemoncraft.

  • Bookmarks by Olga

    Saturday, 25 October, 2014

    Hello all!

    Today I would like to share an unusual project with you. These are tag bookmarks. Now paper books are not much used though I think they can give much more pleasure during reading than electronic ones.
    I also used printed quotes about books for decoration:

    This might be a nice present for paper book fans))

    The products I used:

    Have a nice day and enjoy reading!))


  • Visiting Creativa Madrid Fair

    Saturday, 25 October, 2014

    Hi everyone!It looks like everybody is enjoying good weather in autumn, great! Here in Madrid it´s sunny and hot again, yippie! So, it was fantastic to go to Creativa Fair in the capital too with good weather. I imagine you read the post Elena Roche did  last Monday ,as usually she does, telling her great weekend spent in Creativa Madrid.

    This time my post won´t be about a new project but about the fair.
    If you have had the opportunity to visit a craft fair some time you will know how exciting it is.

    The best thing for me is meeting my old and loved friends, even if it is a lot of time you haven´t see them.
    But another great thing is finding new " goodies " for  next projects and of course know  new friends.
    So , I took the opportunity to meet some of   Sizzix´s people doing workshop or demos.

    One of the most great things was to meet Elena Roche at last.
    It was a surprise to find  Paula Pascual  Sizzix Designer too.
    You can imagine how I felt, really really happy.
    Both are fantastic!

    Manos Maravillosas stand was doing demos and giving away a  Sizzix prize!

    Here with Raquel  Reyes in Manos Maravillosas stand. We talked some minutes about Sizzix and how fun it is playing with dies and scrap  stuff... 

    At last I visited Innspiro stand with all their craft workshop during those Creativa days.
     I didn´t know this company. They are Sizzix  distributors. I had the opportunity to talked with some of the managers.... very interesting chat.

    They had cute wooden letters decorated with nice elements , some cut with the Big Shot machine.

    It was a wonderful weekend full of surprise!
    Hope you enjoy this one and have a creative week with Sizzix.


    ¡Hola a todos! Parece que todo el mundo está disfrutando de buen tiempo en este otoño !¡estupendo! Aquí en Madrid  hace calor y disfrutamos de unos soleados días. Así que fue fantástico trasladarse a la capital para ir a la feria Creativa el pasado fin de semana. Imagino que  habrás leído el artículo de Elena Roche  el pasado lunes,  como ella suele publicar , contando el estupendo fin de semana en  Creativa.
    Esta vez no hablaré de un proyecto nuevo  sino de la feria.
    Si has tenido la oportunidad alguna vez de  ir a una feria de manualidades sabrás  lo excitante que es.
    Para mí , lo mejor es volver a encontrarme con queridas amigas que hace tiempo que no veo. Por supuesto  ver nuevas “ cositas “ para los próximos proyectos y desde luego , conocer nuevos amigos.

    Así que fui a ver los stands en los que se encontraban algunas personas del equipo de Sizzix haciendo talleres o demostraciones con troqueles y la Big Shot.

    Una de las mejores cosas de este encuentro fue conocer a Elena Roche por fin. También fue una sorpresas  encontrar a  la diseñadora de Sizzix Paula Pascual. Podéis imaginar cómo me sentí , realmente muy contenta. ¡ Las dos son fantásticas!

    En el stand de Manos Maravillosas estaban haciendo  un sorteo de la Big Shot . Allí conocí a Raquel Reyes que enseñaba cómo manejar la máquina.  Ella  cuenta también desde su blog cómo hace proyectos estupendos con ella.

    Hablamos algunos minutos sobre Sizzix y lo divertido que es usar los troqueles  y los materiales de scrap.
    Por último  me acerqué al stand de Innspiro con todos sus talleres en marcha durante los días de Creativa. No conocía esta compañía catalana. Son distribuidores de Sizzix. También tuve la oportunidad de hablar con uno de sus responsables…… una charla muy interesante.
    En las fotos podéis ver las letras de madera  con su nombre  y decoradas con  algunos materiales cortados con la máquina Big Shot.
    Fue un maravilloso fin de semana lleno de sorpresas.
    Espero que tú también disfrutes éste y tengas una semana creativa con Sizzix.


  • Downton part 3

    Thursday, 23 October, 2014

    Have you enjoyed the last week?
    I've had great fun, playing with the grandchildren, shopping for a holiday later in the year and choosing some fabrics for new projects.
    But I've also had  moments of wanting to scream or just cry - why? because of my Downton quilt!!
    I had stitched lots of half hexagons into triangles but when I came to lay them out in strips somehow they didn't match!!! Even my husband couldn't see how to  make it work - so after a while of unpicking I proceeded to lay them out again - but the cautionary note to this tale is pin the half-hexagons into triangles -
    and then pin the triangles into rows -
    and as long as you're careful as you stitch them it should become quite straight forward!
    This is how far I've got -
    and this is a closer look at how the 'whirligig' looks -
    I now have a clear idea of how to complete this quilt - but it means that I need to order some background fabric -  maybe from the new 'downstairs' range in Downton fabrics!
    As usual I think it's time for a cup of tea, and then it's time to start planning for next week.
    Enjoy the weekend.


  • Black & white by Karine

    Thursday, 23 October, 2014

    Hello !

    Are you up for neon colours? I’m being very trendy today with a page all in black & white with neon colours touches here and there!

    Supply list:
    Cardstock: American Crafts
    Paper: American Crafts
    Stamps: Méli-Mélo, Tim Holtz, Florilèges Design
    Labels: Ephéméria
    Inks: Aladine, black Versafine
    Felt-tip pens: Stabilo Pen68
    Masking Tape
    Others: Charcoal pencils


    658300 :  Sizzix Big Shot Starter Kit
    659956 :  Sizzix Originals die, Phrase # Hello 2

    Start by dividing your lay-out into 6 equal rectangles.

    Use the smooth side of your cardstock and print in each 15x10 cm rectangle several stamp patterns such as text, camera and foliage patterns. Use ink that dries rapidly like black Versafine.

    Cut your title “Hello” out of black cardstock with the new Originals die, Phrase #Hello 2. This is a die I could use on all my pages!

    Now insert some colour here and there with labels and printed stamp patterns. Splash your page with neon pink as a finishing touch.

    Your page is now done! It was a piece of cake, wasn’t it?

    Have a lovely day,


    Bonjour !

    Une page fluo ça vous dit ? Aujourd'hui je surfe sur la tendance avec une page toute en noir & blanc parsémée de quelques touches de fluo !

    Matériel :

    Cardstock : American Crafts
    Papier : American Crafts
    Tampons : Méli-Mélo, Tim Holtz, Florilèges Design
    Etiquettes : Ephéméria
    Encres : Aladine, Versafine noire
    Feutres : Stabilo Pen68
    Masking Tape
    Divers : Fusain

    Dies utilisés :

    658300 :  Sizzix Big Shot Starter Kit
    659956 :  Sizzix Originals die, Phrase # Hello 2

    Divisez dans un premier temps votre page en 6 rectangles égaux.

    Utilisez le côté lisse de votre cardstock blanc et imprimez plusieurs tampons, tels du texte, appareil photos, feuillages dans chaque rectangle de 15x10cm. Utilisez de l'encre à séchage rapide comme la Versafine noire.

    Découpez votre titre "hello" dans du cardstock noir à l'aide du nouveau die Originals die, Phrase # Hello 2. Voici une nouvelle découpe que je risque d'utiliser sur toutes mes pages !

    Intégrez maintenant quelques petites touches en couleur à l'aide d'étiquettes, d'impressions tampons.
    Eclaboussez votre page en touche finale avec du rose fluo.

    Votre page est maintenant terminée ! Un jeu d'enfant n'est ce pas ?

    Bonne journée


  • Clean and simple

    Wednesday, 22 October, 2014

    If you asked anyone I work with to describe me, the word 'simple' may crop up quite a bit although the word 'clean' would be conspicuous by it's absence (I'm a bit messy when I'm working!). Having said that, when it comes to card making Clean & Simple is what I prefer nine times out of ten. 

    A few weeks back I made some cards using hexagons which I have taken with me to various shows and demo's recently and they always seem to be popular which I why I want to revisit the idea but with a festive twist.

    I will be using a couple of the new Texture Fades embossing folder sets from Tim Holtz namely the Beaded Garland & Snowflake set and the Greeting & Greens set together with the Framelits Hexagons set.

    I will also be using a selection of Distress inks to bring the embossing to life.

    I started by using a 44 mm wide hexagon to die-cut an aperture in my base card behind which I placed a printed sentiment attached using adhesive foam pads to add a little dimension. I used the same hexagon to die-cut 4 shapes each of which I embossed using my 'Greens' folder.

    I inked over the embossed detail using Ripe Persimmon and Spiced Marmalade before adding a little depth to the edges with Fired Brick. Next, I coloured the berries white using a gel pen (Uni-ball Signo by the way, Good white pens are hard to find!) You may need to repeat the white colour up to three times.

     All that was left to do was attach the separate hexagons around the aperture using adhesive foam pads trimming the bottom one to fit the card.

    For the second card, I repeated the first three steps moving the aperture to the right and debossing with the 'Snowflakes' pattern.

    I used Shabby Shutters, Peacock Feathers and Dusty Concord Distress Inks to add the colour. Once dry, I added tiny 2 mm adhesive gems to the centre of each snowflake and sprayed them with silver 'Spray & Sparkle' to enhance the colours and add a bit off 'Bling'.

    I attached the hexagons as before and that, as they say, is that!

    This is the sort of card I would be more than happy to send or receive and I'm sure that there are endless colour and embossing combinations that you could play about with to equally good effect.

  • Noel candy cane

    Wednesday, 22 October, 2014

    Back to Christmas card again this week and I've gone with one of my favourite colour combinations for Christmas: Kraft, white, red and gold. Love the way those colours come together and instantly remind me of Christmas. This week's card features the new Thinlits Die Set 9PK - Christmas Phrase Cards as well as the new Thinlits Die Set 9PK - Winter Borders & Rosette.
    I kept the card relatively simple and let the card feature a rather large slice of white space.
    On the left most side of the white cardstock, I diecut one of the borders from Thinlits Die Set 9PK - Winter Borders & Rosette. Then I used the same border to cut red cardstock to fill in the empty spaces in the white cardstock and thereby achieving the candy cane look. The second border, also from Thinlits Die Set 9PK - Winter Borders & Rosette, was diecut in a gold paper. I made sure to reserve the stars from the border to use as a detail near the sentiment.
    To create the sentiment for the card I diecut four (and ended up only using three) "noels" using one of the dies from Thinlits Die Set 9PK - Christmas Phrase Cards. Glueing the three diecuts on top of one another will give your diecut dimension as well as stability.

    Once I had mounted three "noels" on top of one another I added the sentiment to my card. I then strung the baker's twine around the card and tied a bow just above the sentiment. To make sure that the ends of the bow remained arranged in a nice way, I put a little glue under each end. The final touch was to add three of the little gold stars above the sentiment.
    Supply list:
    Sizzix Big Shot Starter Kit (Powder Blue & Teal)
    Sizzix Accessory - Magnetic Platform for Wafer-Thin Dies
    Thinlits Die Set 9PK - Christmas Phrase Cards
    Gold paper
    Baker's twine
    Jeg er tilbage til julekortene i denne uge, og jeg har arbejdet med en af mine favorit farvekombinationer til julekort: kraft, hvid, rød og guld. Jeg elsker den måde, de farver arbejder sammen og umiddelbart minder en om jul. Denne uges kort er lavet med dies fra Thinlits Die Set 9PK - Christmas Phrase Cards og Thinlits Die Set 9PK - Winter Borders & Rosette.
    Kortet er hold enkelt og med et relativt stort white space område.
    På den venstre side af det hvide karton udstansede jeg en af strimlerne fra Thinlits Die Set 9PK - Winter Borders & Rosette. Jeg brugte den samme die til at udstanse rødt karton til at fylde i hullerne i det hvide karton, hvorved jeg fik candy cane looket frem. Den anden strimmel, også fra Thinlits Die Set 9PK - Winter Borders & Rosette, udstansede jeg i guldfarvet papir. Jeg sørgede for at gemme de små stjerner, så jeg kunne bruge dem et andet sted på kortet.
    For at lave teksten på kortet udstansede jeg fire "noel" (jeg endte med kun at bruge tre af dem) med en die fra Thinlits Die Set 9PK - Christmas Phrase Cards. Når man limer flere udstansede motiver ovenpå hinanden, får man et stabilt og dimensionelt motiv uden at bruge 3d-puder.
    Da jeg havde limet de tre "noel" ovenpå hinanden, limede jeg dem på det kortet. Herefter vandt jeg baker's twine om kortet, og bandt sløjfen lige over teksten. For at være sikker på at sløjfens ender blev siddende på en pæn måde, limede jeg dem fast med en lille klat lim. Det sidste touch var at montere tre af guldstjernerne over højre side af hilsnen.
    Sizzix Big Shot Starter Kit (Powder Blue & Teal)
    Sizzix Accessory - Magnetic Platform for Wafer-Thin Dies
    Thinlits Die Set 9PK - Christmas Phrase Cards
    Guldfarvet papir
    Baker's twine

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