• Spring Cards !

    Thursday, 20 March, 2014


    Spring is nearly here so here are two colourful cards to celebrate its arrival!
    Are you up to acidulous Nature effect?

    Supplies list:

    Papers: Studio Calico
    Cardstock: American Crafts, Bristol
    Tape, Stars, Enamel dots: Studio Calico
    Frames: Crate Paper
    Watercolor inks: Twinklings H2O
    Stamps: Craft Origine, Technique Tuesday
    Embossing powder: Aladine
    Others: Masking Tape, Tulle


    659436 : Sizzix Bigz Die-Garden Greens

    Both cards’ background are realised the same way. The watercolour dry inks Twinklings H2O are just perfect to work on both smooth Bristol Paper or white cardstock.
    Spray a bit of water in your ink jars. With a paintbrush, apply the ink on your background with small circular moves. Let the colours spread by spraying water and mixing colours.
    Here I used the “Branch” Sizzix die. It is cut out of white paper and worked with three colours of watercolour inks: 2 different green and a yellow one for a luminous and colourful note!

    Once your elements are dry, superimpose them and glue them with double-sided tape. Staple a little piece of tulle for more volume.
    Add some masking tape strips and 3D matching embellishments!

    Have a lovely day!


    Bonjour !

    A quelques jours du Printemps, voici deux petites cartes printanières qui annoncent bien la couleur !
    Un côté nature acidulé ça vous tente ?

    Matériel :

    Papiers : Studio Calico
    Cardstock : American Crafts, Bristol
    Stickers : Studio Calico
    Scotch, étoiles, enabel dots : Studio Calico
    Cadres : Crate Paper
    Aquarelles : Twinklings H2O
    Tampons : Craft Origine, Technique Tuesday
    Poudre à embosser : Aladine
    Divers : Masking Tape, tulle

    Die utilisé :

    659436 : Sizzix Bigz Die-Garden Greens

    Les fonds de mes deux cartes sont réalisés de la même façon. Que ce soit sur une surface lisse comme le Bristol ou sur du cardstock blanc les aquarelles sèches Twinklings H2O se travaillent à merveille !
    Vaporisez un peu d'eau dans vos godets et à l'aide d'un pinceau appliquez sur votre fond en effectuant des petits mouvements circulaires, faites fuser la couleur avec votre vaporisateur et mixer les couleurs.
    J'ai utilisé ici une découpe "branche" Sizzix. Celle-ci est découpée dans du papier blanc et travaillée avec 3 couleurs d'aquarelles. J'ai utilisé ici deux sortes de verts et du jaune pour une décoration lumineuse et colorée !

    Une fois vos éléments secs il vous suffit de les superposer et de les coller avec du double face. Un petit morceau de tulle sera agrafé pour donner un peu de volume.
    Complétez avec des touches de masking tape et des décorations assorties en volume !

    Très bonne journée à vous,


  • Sewing For Pleasure!

    Thursday, 20 March, 2014

    At last - all the prep has been completed and the stand looks lovely!  We have decorated with beautiful double sided butterfly bunting and we've embellished an apron, cushion and towel - to show off this  lovely die.

     So far we have run 3 workshops, only 24 for to, and all 3 have been full and at least 30 needle-cases have been completed and others taken home to complete.

    So do come along - don't miss out - the earlier you come the more likely I am to still have a voice!!!! I think I'll might be using sign language or flash cards by Saturday afternoon.

    Also you can find Beth, my beautiful youngest daughter, demonstrating the dies and Big Shot on the Cotton Patch stand. You'll also be able to see some lovely quilts displayed, that have been made by Nik from Cotton Patch.

    It's a great show - I'm surrounded by temptation - buttons, ribbons, not to mention thread and wonderful fabrics - too much to choose and so little time - which is why the Big Shot and dies are so fantastic, I still have more ideas than I have time to create, but it does re-dress the balance a little.

    If you're coming to the show - ENJOY - and don't forget to come and see us on stand G08 - very near the main entrance.
    Bye for now.

  • A Good Vintage!

    Wednesday, 19 March, 2014

    Just to clear up one thing before we start.....I'm not referring to my Mum in the title of this blog, but to the style of card so if you are reading this Mum I'm sorry for any confusion!

    Last week I had the absolute pleasure to be invited to a wonderful event in the beautiful city of Maribor in Slovenia. I was one of several workshop instructors from around Europe and the US teaching a wide range of skills including card making, jewellery, Painting, felt work and much more. It was so well run and attended, the customers and staff were so friendly and helpful and the organisers Primoz and Mihaela were such gracious and attentive hosts.

    If you ever find yourself in that (very beautiful) part of the world drop in and see what they are all about, you won't be disappointed. To find out more, follow this link.

    This week I am featuring a card which was very similar to one of the workshops I did in Maribor with a few minor tweaks.

    I used My Mind's Eye paper from the Lost & Found 2 collection, an assortment of Distress Inks and thats pretty much it with the exception of my dies and folders.

    I used the butterfly Sizzlit and Tab Framelits die from the Big Shot starter Kit I'm sorry if you don't have these dies but there a dozens of similar dies which you could substitute achieving equally stunning results. The Embossing folder I used is the Circle Frame & Rosemary Set which is currently on sale so click on the link and grab yourselves a real bargain. I also used some tiny flowers from the Susan's Garden Yarrow, you could also use the Black-eyed Susan, the Sunflower or the Forsythia to create a similar effect.

    I started by debossing a 13 x 13cm piece of the spotty card and I then used my craft knife to trim around the pattern in the centre to create an aperture. I then used an Old Paper Distress Ink pad to enhance the debossed motif by gently rubbing over the pattern in a circular motion with my foam applicator.I also took special care to ink around the outer part of the square.

    Old Paper is quite a light shade and I always work gradually starting with the lightest colour and working through. The other colours I used were Mustard Seed, Wild Honey and Vintage Photo the last of which I use very sparingly and with great care. As I add the colours I do so in a random fashion working heavier in some areas than others, I concentrate mainly on the pattern and edges.

    Once the inks are dry I scrunched the corners and sanded lightly over the creases before distressing the edges for which there is a fabulous little tool designed to do the job, failing that you can use the blade of your scissors.

    The photograph I found on the Internet and printed it out onto matt white photo paper before trimming to size and adding a little colour with my inks to age it further and help it to blend with the rest of the card.

    I die cut two butterflies from the spotty card and trimmed away the right hand wing from both before inking. I then attached them together at the body and curled the edges of the top wing to add dimension prior to attaching them to the rear of my photo.

    I die cut several tiny flowers and inked the edges prior to shaping them using a stylus and foam mat from the Susan's Garden Tool Kit . Next, I attached a row of flowers to the fairies head forming a garland and added a tiny pearl gem to the centre of each, I used the rest to decorate the aperture card.

    Finally, I used my PC to create the Mother's Day phrase (Muffaroo for all you font fans)  and printed it onto the spotty paper before die cutting with my Framelits die and attaching to the card after inking of course!

    And here is the finished card, I attached the assembled aperture and fairy to a 15 x 15cm base card at a slight angle using 3D foam pads and added a vintage looking bow to give a softening effect.

    I do hope you like it (I hope my mum does too!)

  • Spring card

    Tuesday, 18 March, 2014

    Hi everyone
    I hope you had a great week, today i will show you a spring card.
    Itemes used:
    Sizzix Bigz Die Ornate Frame 658720
    Sizzix Bigz Die Garden Greens 659436
    Sizzix Sizzlits Decorative Strip Die - Brick Wall 659436
    Supply list:
    Paper: Bed of Roses from Galeriapapieru
    Ink: Archival ink watering Can from Ranger
    Stamps: Happy Birthday Tim Holtz colletion- Simple Sayings CMS 155
    Brads and flowers
    Thanks for stopping by, see you next Tuesday
    Hej igen
    Jeg  håber du har haft en dejlig uge, i dag vil jeg vise et forårskort jeg har lavet
    Dies jeg har brugt:
    Sizzix Bigz Die Ornate Frame 658720
    Sizzix Bigz Die Garden Greens 659436
    Sizzix Sizzlits Decorative Strip Die - Brick Wall 659436
    Andre materialer:
    Papir: Bed of Roses from Galeriapapieru
    Ink: Archival ink watering Can from Ranger
    Stempler: Happy Birthday Tim Holtz colletion- Simple Sayings CMS 155
    Brads og blomster
    Tak for at du kiggede forbi, vi ses næste tirsdag

  • 4 you...

    Tuesday, 18 March, 2014

    Hi I have a tag to show you.

    Supply list:
    657900 Sizzix Big Shot machine 
    659573 Sizzix Sizzlits Decorative Strip Die - Spring Greenery 
    659372 Sizzix Framelits Die Set 5PK w/Stamps - Framed Silhouettes

    Papers: Manila Tag # 8, Vellum, Manila Kraft Cardstock, old book paper
    Stamps: Stampers Anonymous Tim Holtz Collection
    Inks: Distress Stain - Pumice Stone, Dusty Concord, Peeled Paint, Mowed Lawn, Distress ink Pad - Walnut Stain, Pumice Stone, Archival Ink - Jet Black
    Other: Tulle, Seam Binding Ribbon, Rubons, ChitChat, Glue N'seal

    How to do:
    Glue old book paper to the tag with Glue N'seal. Color the tag with Distress Stain - Pumice Stone and Dusty Concord. Dry it with heat gun.

    Stamp  frame, silhouette on Manila Kraft Cardstock and die cut with Sizzix Framelits Die Set 5PK w/Stamps - Framed Silhouettes.
    Distress the edges with Distress ink Pad - Pumice Stone.
    Color Manila Kraft Cardstock with Distress Stain - Peeled Paint and Mowed Lawn.
    Die cut greenery with  Sizzix Sizzlits Decorative Strip Die - Spring Greenery
    Color Seam Binding Ribbon with  Distress Stain - Pumice Stone and Dusty Concord. Let it dry.
    Glue the frame and silhouette on the tag with 3D foam. 
    Stamp and die cut banner in vellum with Sizzix Framelits Die Set 5PK w/Stamps - Framed Silhouettes. 
    Glue greenery, banner and tulle on the tag. Add a bow on the top of the tag.

    Thanks for stopping by...wish you a great day!
    Anne Kristine 


    Heisann...  i dag har jeg en tag å vise deg...

    657900 Sizzix Big Shot machine 
    659573 Sizzix Sizzlits Decorative Strip Die - Spring Greenery 
    659372 Sizzix Framelits Die Set 5PK w/Stamps - Framed Silhouettes

    Papir: Manila Tag # 8, Vellum, Manila Kraft Cardstock, old book paper
    Stempler: Stampers Anonymous Tim Holtz Collection
    Inks: Distress Stain - Pumice Stone, Dusty Concord, Peeled Paint, Mowed Lawn, Distress ink Pad - Walnut Stain, Pumice Stone, Archival Ink - Jet Black
    Annet: Tyll, Seam Binding bånd, Rubons, ChitChat, Glue N'seal

    Lim gammel bokside til tag'en med Glue N'seal. Farg tag'en med Distress Stain - Pumice Stone og Dusty Concord. Tørk med varmepistol.
    Stemple ramme, silhouette på Manila Kraft Cardstock og stans ut med Sizzix Framelits Die Set 5PK w/Stamps - Framed Silhouettes.
    Distress kantene med Distress ink Pad - Pumice Stone.
    Farg Manila Kraft Cardstock med Distress Stain - Peeled Paint og Mowed Lawn.
    Stans ut grener med  Sizzix Sizzlits Decorative Strip Die - Spring Greenery
    Farg Seam Binding bånd med  Distress Stain - Pumice Stone og Dusty Concord. La det tørke.
    Lim ramme og silhouette på tag'en med 3D puter.
    Stamp banner på vellum og stans ut med Sizzix Framelits Die Set 5PK w/Stamps - Framed Silhouettes. 
    Lim banner, grener og tyll på tag'en. Sett på en sløyfe i toppen av tag'en.

    Takk for at du stikker innom her og ønsker deg en fin dag!
    Anne Kristine

  • Feeling romantic...

    Monday, 17 March, 2014

    With the arrival of spring I like to incorporate (even!) more flowers to my projects, and today I have made a very romantic tag.

    I love the 3-D effect of this flower and the realistic appearance achieved only inking the edges of the card with Distress Ink.  

    You can use many adhesives to put this flower together (Glossy Accents, hot glue...) but in this one I have used Glue Dots. You just have to find what works for you.

    Happy Monday!


    Con la llegada de la primavera me gusta incorporar (¡todavía más!) flores en mis trabajos. Hoy os enseño un tag muy romántico donde la protagonista es una preciosa rosa.

    La verdad es que me encanta el efecto 3D de este troquel y el aspecto realista que se puede conseguir tan solo poniendo tinta distress en la cartulina.

    Para pegar la rosa se pueden usar muchos adhesivos (Glossy Accents, silicona caliente...) pero en esta en concreto he utilizado Glue Dots. 

    ¡Feliz lunes!

  • still at it with those hexies

    Monday, 17 March, 2014


    I've decided to take a sudden sprint and get my hexies sewn together. These poor little blocks have been going on forever and they don't seem to be getting anywhere fast (although, in my defence, it's tricky to sew in the dark in my house on a winter's night). I keep saying I'll invest in a daylight lamp, but still haven't done so and my eyes are not great when there's limited light.

    But, this week I'll be spending quite a lot of time waiting around in the hospital, while my husband has some treatments, so it's a perfect opportunity to get those hexies out, isn't it?

    For a much faster hexagon project, you can download my hexy placemat on the Sizzix website

    Use the hexagon dies to cut your fabrics and your papers - it's a breeze!!!

    Hopefully I'll be able to show you some progress next week - cheer me on, I need a good nudge to get this finished!!!

  • Mother's Day Card by Gerry van Gent

    Sunday, 16 March, 2014

    Hello Sizzix friends!
    Did you check already our free to download 
    beautiful papers for Mother's day?
    I did :-) and I even created already a card
    using a few of the papers.
    In case you missed them here is the link for you:
    Free Paper Downloads for Mother's Day

    My double card is based om white cardstock
    and it has sizes: 10 cm x 15 cm
    On Mother's Day_Fotor
    657900 Sizzix Big Shot Machine
    659436 Sizzix Bigz Die Garden Greens
    658850 Sizzix Thinlits Die Conservatory Window
    *     *     *
    I didn't use the Conservatory Window itself but 
    the "leftover" frame. I used a pair of scissors to round
    the top corners and then adhered the frame on top of the pattern paper.

    I fussy cut two of the patterns and one phrase 
    so I can use them on my card.
    I combined the banner with the heart and
    added the phrase above them.
    OMD_close 2

    For the Garden Greens I used white cardstock -
    simply because they pop up very well against the background.
    Then I added three cute flowers as a final touch.
    OMD_close 1

    I didn`t miss to adhere most of the card "ingredients" :-)
    with my favourite foam squares so I will have more dimension.
    OMD_close 3
    Other Products I Used:
    Prima Marketing Flowers
    *     *     *
    Thank you so much for visiting today!
    Have a creative Sunday!

  • DIY Wedding Favor Boxes

    Saturday, 15 March, 2014

    Wedding bells are ringing! My daughter is getting married in six weeks! The replies are starting to come in and Pam and I are gearing up to start making the wedding favor boxes. 

    I happen to have a few Sizzix boxes for her to choose from :-). She decided that she would like to give Jordan almonds in a little net bag. This is the same favor that my mother gave at her wedding many years ago!


    The almonds will be packaged in the 2" square box from the Blocks/Cubes ScoreBoard die. (I haven't bought them yet- afraid I will snitch them)

    These blocks above are decorated in a Baby theme but they can easily be changed to accommodate any style- the block are a blank canvas to decorate! By adding paper, embellishments and trims, you can make boxes for any occasion.

    The colors in Pam's wedding are white, aqua and violet. Her invitations are thick white cardstock that are embossed with the new Polka Dot and Starflower folders and then lightly inked over in aqua to show off the embossing. The boxes will match that theme.

    You will need:
    1. Die cut boxes from white matboard. You will need to cut 2 strips to make one box. 
    2. Place strip in embossing folder and run through Big Shot. You will notice that it takes a little more effort to roll this through but it works fine. The matboard is thicker than paper so there is a bit more resistance.
    3. Lightly ink over embossing in aqua.
    4. Add 2" black and white photo to top of box. (*I used a product called Craft Attitude which is a film that you can print on, trim and glue directly to the box and it looks like the image is printed right on the surface- cool stuff!) 
    5. Add double sided tape to three of the four tabs. Remove the release paper and assemble box, leaving the top flap without adhesive to open and close the box. Here's a video of the Square Box being assembled- same idea for this one.
    6. Add almonds to box!
    And now for some more great news... drumroll please! The Eileen Hull Inspiration Team has been announced! 

    Meet the Eileen Hull Inspiration Team! | #lovesizzix

    I can't believe how much talent we have in this group! Check out my blog to see a bio of each designer and links to their sites. Every month we will have an Art With Heart Challenge with a certain theme. You are invited to post your creations along with the team. At the end of the month, someone will win a prize package.

    Many thanks to my Inspiration Team Coordinator, Amy Bowerman of Plucking Daisies for making this all happen. I am looking forward to seeing what these amazing designers create!

    Please LIKE my Facebook page. That's where I will be posting my travels. In two weeks, I am headed off in my vintage camper for Phase 1 of the #PaperTrail, a teaching extravaganza. The camper is my mobile studio and will be crafting my way around the US. Stay tuned for updates on my blog! Yes, I know it's right before the wedding- it's just how things worked out... 

    Thanks for stopping by...I think life is about to get a little crazy!

  • 2 Works You Can Make With Only Flower

    Friday, 14 March, 2014

    Happy Friday everyone, It's Anna with a new Sizzix project. I'm back with some more inspiration for you... and I hope you will like it :)
    Today I wanted to show you two works that are really quick and easy to make: I created a card and a headband with a fabric flower using Bigz XL Die - Jumbo Tattered Florals.
    cafe creativo - Anna Draicchio - sizzix big shot - chiffon flower 2
    This is my flower card:
    cafe creativo - Anna Draicchio - sizzix big shot - card chiffon flower
    cafe creativo - Anna Draicchio - sizzix big shot - card chiffon flower 2
    This is my headband:
    cafe creativo - Anna Draicchio - sizzix big shot - headband
    cafe creativo - Anna Draicchio - sizzix big shot - headband 2
    I show you how to make these fabric flowers. There are so many ways you could utilize these feminine florals. Used to decorate wedding favours, table cloth, shirt, minialbum...
    cafe creativo - Anna Draicchio - sizzix big shot - chiffon flower
    Take some material and fold it into a square slightly bigger than your flower die and cut out. Repeat the process until you end up with enough chiffon layers to make a full flower.
    Place the cut out flower shapes on top of each other. Stagger the alignment of the petals. Use your needle and thread to secure the flower together in the centre.
    To create volume, pinch the centre of the flower together (from underneath) and secure it with a few stitches. This will give the flower volume.
    Sizzix Items used:
    Other products i used:
    For card:
    patterned paper
    organza or chiffon material
    needle and cotton
    hot glue, glue
    For headband:
    organza or chiffon material
    needle and cotton
    I hope you enjoyed today's inspirations.
    Have a great weekend.
    Flag_of_Italy Per le amiche italiane! :)
    Buon Venerdì! Sono Anna con un nuovo progetto Sizzix per voi.
    Eccomi di nuovo con qualche ispirazione primaverile... spero vi piaccia :)
    Oggi vorrei mostrarvi due lavori, che sono veramente veloci e facili da fare, entrambi realizzati grazie alla bellissima fustella Bigz XL Die - Jumbo Tattered Florals.
    Con questa fustella, infatti, ho realizzato due fiori identici utilizzando tessuto di organza sintetico: uno l'ho utilizzato per abbellire un cerchietto, da usare in una cerimonia, l'altro l'ho incollato in una card per un compleanno nella stagione primaverile.
    Ci sono tanti modi in cui si potrebbero utilizzare questi fiori leggeri e molto femminili. Ad esempio, per decorare delle bomboniere, una tovaglia, un centrotavola, una borsa, il collo di una maglietta, la copertina di un minialbum... Insomma i nostri fiori di organza possono darci grandi soddisfazioni e credo proprio che non vi mancheranno le idee! ;)

    Vi spiego dunque come fare questi fiori in organza o chiffon:
    Prendete un po' di tessuto (io ho usato quello per tende di Ikea) e piegatelo più volte in un quadrato leggermente più grande del vostro fiore, quindi fustellate. Ripetere il processo fino a quando si pensa di avere abbastanza strati per fare un fiore bello pieno. Mi raccomando, ritagliate un po' di fiori grandi e un po' di fiori più piccoli, per creare varietà e volume.
    Posizionate i fiori ritagliati uno sull'altro, sfalsando l'allineamento dei petali.
    Usare ago e filo per fissare i fiori tutti assieme al centro.
    Poi pizzicare e "arrotolare" con le dita il centro del fiore, fissare con un paio di punti. Questo darà più volume al fiore, che non rimmarrà piatto.
    Infine potete usare il fiore di organza per decorare, come meglio credete! ;)
    Materiali Sizzix utilizzati:
    Altri materiali:
    Per la card:
    cartoncini tinta unita
    carte fantasia
    organza o chiffon sintetico
    ago e filo
    colla a caldo, colla

    Per il cerchietto per capelli:
    organza o chiffon sintetico
    ago e filo

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