• Tattered Leaves monochromatic card

    Monday, 16 September, 2013

    Hi everybody! Today I want to Show you a very simple and monochromatic card made using very few supplies but has great result and, as fall is just around the corner, I'm using one of my all time favorites Sizzix Bigz Dies: Tim Holtz's Tattered leaves.

    Supply list:
    To make this card just stamp the background plaid stamp on the card base with distress ink and adhere the ribbon and the twine on the bottom of the card. Then die cut some leaves using the same cardstock and ink the edges. Finally, glue them on the card and bend the leaves to create some movement and volume. It was easy,wasn't it?

    Happy Monday!

    ¡Hola a todo el mundo! Hoy os quiero enseñar una tarjeta muy simple y monocromática hecha utilizando muy pocos materiales pero que tiene un resultado estupendo y, como el otoño está a la vuelta de la esquina, voy a utilizar uno de mis troqueles favoritos: Tattered Florals de Tim Holtz.

    Supply list:
    Para realizar la tarjeta tan solo estampa el sello de fondo con tinta distress y pega la cinta y el cordón en la parte baja de la tarjeta. Después troquela algunas hojas con la misma cartulina y entina los bordes. Por último, pega las hojas a la tarjeta y dóblalas un poco para conseguir volumen y movimiento. Fácil, ¿verdad?

    ¡Feliz lunes!

  • Tim Holtz halloween

    Monday, 16 September, 2013

    It seems that the imagination of Mr Tim Holtz knows no bounds which is great news for the rest of us on planet Sizzix. my favourite collections are Tim's Halloween and Christmas collections which always seem to transcend the norm and avoid the obvious or at least give it a new spin. 

    Tim's collections almost dare you to try something new, transporting your creative imagination away from the flat page or card and into other previously undiscovered realms.

    I decorated a couple of frames (below) for a recent event which we attended using a selection of the dies from Tim's new collection and I had an absolute blast experimenting with inks and different distressing techniques. I also got to use the new Christmas dies which I will be showing you at the beginning of October, I think they will be worth waiting for too!

    Below are some close ups of some of the elements I used. I particularly like the mirror which is decorated with a stamped skull using a very subtle, washed out look. The ink pot and quill are a welcome edition to the Sizzix cannon, those of you with long memories may recall a similar Sizzix die from about ten years ago which was always very popular. The Spooktacular alphabet is, as are all Tim's alphabet very well balanced and fun to use.

    I can't believe how well the ironwork Gate  cuts, it's so clean and great fun for distressing, I went for the rusty look!

    The Bigz wall clock die is a new favourite of mine, it comes in various parts and I embossed it with one of Tim's new folders before going crazy with inks and Perfect Pearl powders.

    Two of the stand out dies of this collection for me are the decorative strips Bats & Crossbones and Cobwebs. Cobwebs like the gate is very complex in design but cuts so crisply and is a great edition not only to your Halloween projects but anything for boys too (we love that kind of thing!).

    Finally, let's not forget the Apothecary bottles which I embossed using the Ink Splats folder and attacked with my Distress Inks. Later on this week I will show you a wicked clock card with a very masculine feel which has a description of the techniques used to create it so stay tuned!!!

    Click on the individual dies to follow the links. The dies used are:

  • planning for Christmas gifts

    Monday, 16 September, 2013

    With the weather changing here in the UK and Autumn most definitely here, it's time to think ahead to Christmas and ideas for simple gifts.

    Last year I made zipped pouches and filled them with soaps and face cloths for inexpensive and personal gifts for members of my family.

    I made simple patchwork blocks and framed them with larger pieces of fabric, added lining and a zip and in no time I had wash bags.

    christmas gift making

    This block - the shoo fly is simple to make using the Sizzix big shot. Use the 2.5" square and co-ordiating half square triangle die, cut a total of 4 triangles from background fabric, and  4 squares from background fabric, plus 1 square and 4 triangles from a second fabric.

    2 flannel pouches cut out and waiting for zip delivery so they can be sewn together. (Flannel from @quiltmehappy )

    Piece the blocks together, sewing the background triangles to the second fabric triangles and pressing the seams open, and then construct the rows as below, pressing each seam open.

    You can find hundreds of tutorials for constructing zipped pouches online, but a favourite of mine is the Noodlehead open wide pouch. It has clear and easy to understand directions and makes really perfect pouches.

    Next week I'll show you how to make a pot holder using the big shot, which could also be used as a coaster. We'll have Christmas gifts made in no time!

  • A "Dear Santa" Gift Box by Gerry van Gent

    Sunday, 15 September, 2013

    Happy Sunday Sizzix friends!
    Today I'd love to share with you a gift box I created
    for a small present that I'll give during Christmas holidays.
    The box size is approximately 16cm x 7cm. 
    657900 Sizzix Big Shot machine
    658735 Sizzix Sizzlits Decorative Strip Die Winter Florals
    658621 Sizzix Framelits Die Set w/Stamps Flowers, Star
    658622 Sizzix Framelits Die Set w/Stamps Snowflakes #2
    658615 Sizzix Decorative Strip Die Leafy Border

    I due cut once the Winter Florals decorative strip from white cardstock
    and cut in two parts. Then I "wrapped" the box with the two pieces and
    adhered them partly. Some of the stars from the strip die I used 
    to decorate the box. 

    I continued the "wrapping" on the left side of the gift box and 
    I added a small label from the pattern paper "It`s Christmas".
    The right side of the boxes was left "clean" so the box will be open
    easily without being damaged.

    The Flowers, Star was die-cut from different pattern papers and
    glued on top of one another. I added a small die-cut snowflake
    and added a tiny gem in the middle of the flower as a final touch.

    Webster's Pages - "It`s Christmas" collection 
    Webster's Pages - trinkets

    I hope you enjoyed my project today! 
    Have a creative Sizzix Sunday!

  • Shopping Bag Mini-Album

    Saturday, 14 September, 2013

    I bought a Gelli Plate the other day and went a little crazy making papers. So I decided to make a tiny mini-album using a piece from my Coupon/Mini Shopping Bag die and add the Gelli papers inside. It goes together super fast, which leaves you more time for the fun part- embellishing!

    Here are some of the papers I made. I used my embossing folders on the Gelli plate to give pattern and dimension. I also have all of the pieces I trimmed off and am saving them for accents on future projects.

    You will need:

    658055  Coupon/Mini Shopping Bag ScoreBoards die by Eileen Hull
    658053  Flower Layers with Heart Petals by Eileen Hull
    657119  Leaves  by Eileen Hull
    658458  Jar Labels set by Eileen Hull
    657900  Big Shot

    painted paper strips 4 1/4" x 8 1/2", twine for book binding 12" each, inks, gold paint pen, brad, seam binding ribbon
    Here is one of the sayings I wrote in the book:

    I highlighted the edges of the album and pages with gold paint pen. I just think that adds such a rich and subtle texture to the pages. To assemble the book, I tied signatures into the spine and knotted on the outside. You could also add different dimensional elements to the pages and just use fewer pages if it got too big. In the book I did there are 7 signatures of two pages each and that seems to be about right.

    I would appreciate if you could like my Facebook page. I will be holding a giveaway for some dies in the next week and that's where it is taking place, plus I post lots of other fun craft ideas and tips. Thanks so much for stopping by.

  • Art Journal obsession - more journaling with Thinlits!

    Friday, 13 September, 2013

    Hi, it's me again!
    Last week I posted a page from my ongoing project - "Odyssey" vintage book which I keep filling with pages inspired by my old family photos. Well, the problem is I got so inspired after last time that I simply couldn't stop! so today I've got another journal page - this time dedicated to my beloved grandpa - Edward - who passed away way too early in 1993.

    This time I also focused on Echo Park Paper skeleton flower die (aren't these shapes just amazing?) - Sizzix Thinlits Die Set 4PK - Springtime (659117) - and vintage papers and tickets from my home collection. I had so much fun creating it. Here you can see  more details!

    Again- all the colours come from homemade tea stain, Vintaj Patina and sprays (Luminarte Primary Elements with water), there is a bit of gesso and some 3D Foams by Scrapbook Adhesives used as embellishments too ;) As finishing touches I used some metal elements such as paper clips, an iron plate I found on the street, piece of wire I got from one of my students, buttons and staples. The checked fabric is one of the Canvas Resist Sheets (my Elementals by Prima) and stamps are a choice of background patterns from my Prima Vintage Vanity collection.

    See you soon - have a great week!

  • Altered Canvas Bag

    Friday, 13 September, 2013

    Happy Friday everyone! This is Anna.
    How are you doing? It's September already, can you believe it?

    This week I have taken a break from the usual scrapbooking, and chosen to make this bag for me!
    I found this brown canvas bag for just €3 in my local market. I just wish I had picked up more than one now! This is a large bag that can hold all your stuff.
    For this project I painted a piece of canvas bag with gold acrylic paint. Next I’ve used three felt and fabric flowers cut out on my Big Shot using Sizzix dies.
    cafe creativo - sizzix big shot - flowers bag (1)
    cafe creativo - sizzix big shot - flowers bag (2)
    So Fun!!! I love so much make this bag that I would like to create another, in other colors trend.
    So... What do you do if you have a canvas bag lying around your house? Alter it with some Sizzix dies, of course!
    cafe creativo - sizzix big shot - flowers bag (3)
    Have fun and do let me know if you attempt to make one of this :)
    Items used:
    canvas bag
    fabric and felt
    gold acrylic paint
    hot glue

    Flag_of_Italy Per le amiche italiane! :)

    Ciao! Sono Anna con un nuovo progetto Sizzix per voi.
    Questa settimana ho preso una pausa dal “solito” scrapbooking ed ho scelto di fare questa borsa per me! Solo per me!
    Ho trovato questa borsa di tela marrone per soli 3 € in un mercato locale. Vorrei solo averne comprate altre! Questa è una borsa abbastanza capiente, che può contenere tutte le tue cose che noi donne ci portiamo in giro ;)
    Per questo progetto ho spennellato una parte della borsa con vernice acrilica color oro. Una volta asciutto, ho incollato tre fiori di feltro e stoffa tagliati con la mia Big Shot utilizzando le fustelle Sizzix, tra cui anche la bellissima Peonia (fustella n°658423). Ho rifinito con qualche bottone.
    E' stato così divertente! Mi è piaciuto molto fare questa borsa che vorrei crearne un'altra, magari in altri colori di tendenza.
    Quindi... Cosa fare se avete una borsa di tela in giro per la vostra casa? “Alterarla” con alcune fustelle Sizzix, naturalmente!
    Buon divertimento e fatemi sapere se ci avete provato :)
    Ciao! a presto!
    borsa di tela
    stoffe e feltro
    colore acrilico oro
    colla a caldo

  • Oodles of Triangles

    Thursday, 12 September, 2013

    Before I begin on triangles - I am happy to announce the arrival of my grand daughter, Oona Rose, on Monday evening at 10.50pm. Of course I think she's beautiful, not wrinkled and sleeps peacefully in Grandma's arms - now I really must complete that quilt for her!
    So back to Triangles - I never thought they would become such a favourite of mine - but then I never used to have a Big Shot machine and the Bigz dies to cut them!
    At the weekend I was in Helsinki teaching workshops for Sinelli

     - a really lovely shop, a little outside Helsinki, full of almost everything you could wish for as a crafter! It was a good job I was working most of the time, otherwise I'm sure my suitcase would have been overweight and I would be starting several new hobbies ( I did  manage to buy some lovely Christmas fabrics and a few other fabrics).
    So back to the point - there was an exhibition of quilts by Ritva Ljungquist - a lovely Finnish lady, who allowed me to photograph some of her quilts to share on this blog.
     I just love the variety of patterns that she has created from using just triangles
    I've added a close up so that you can clearly see that the blocks are made just usings triangles - so get out your Big Shot machine and Bigz dies - 657613 and 657611 ( 4" and 2" finished 1/2 square triangles)
    and start cutting - you can use some of those delicious small bits from your scrap bag - selecting a mixture of light and dark, or you can splash out on new fabric for a colour themed quilt.
    I suggest you cut a selection of different fabrics and then lay them out to make sure that you have a balance of dark and light and then start sewing.
    I'll just add another few photos to whet your appetite -
    I hope that inspires you to start cutting and sewing lots of lovely triangles.
    I loved my brief visit to Finland, meeting quilters, working for Sinelli and the beautiful views I saw of Helsinki. I think it may have to be a holiday destination soon!
    Now I'm off to sew some of those Cuddly Creatures onto the quilt for my grand daughter.
    Enjoy your week.

  • Butterfly Card !

    Thursday, 12 September, 2013


    Today let me show you how to do a card which is simple & feminine with volume and texture.

    Supply list:

    Papers: Crate Paper
    Label: Crate Paper
    Stamp: Craft Origine
    Ink: Black Versafine
    Others: tracing paper, sewing thread


    658518 Sizzix Textured Impressions Embossing Folder 2PK- Pom-poms and Roses Set
    658334 Sizzix Sizzlits Die-Flights Of Fancy

    With the “Flights of Fancy” die, cut out an XXL pretty butterfly. This die introduces you to softness and femininity, don’t you think?

    I wanted to play with soft colours, pink and transparence. The butterfly is at first cut out of a Crate Paper paper scrap, then out of tracing paper. The two butterflies are then stapled together.

    Then I used a “flowers” embossing folder with light pink paper. The papers are superimposed and stapled. Add a touch of texture with mustard sewing thread.

    Add a “tab” sticker and a stamp “Home Made”.

    The whole will be glued on a geometric pattern paper size 12x17cm.

    See you next Thursday!


    Bonjour !

    Aujourd'hui je vous propose une carte toute simple, très féminine toute en volume et texture.

    Matériel :

    Papiers : Crate Paper
    Etiquette : Crate Paper
    Tampon : Craft Origine
    Encre : Versafine noire
    Divers : calque, fil couture

    Dies utilisés :

    658518 Sizzix Textured Impressions Embossing Folder 2PK- Pom-poms and Roses Set
    658334 Sizzix Sizzlits Die-Flights Of Fancy

    Découpez un joli papillon format XXL dans le die "Flights of Fancy", une découpe qui invite à la douceur la féminité, vous ne trouvez pas ?

    J'ai eu envie de couleur tendre, de rose et de transparence. Le papillon est découpé une première fois dans une chute de papier Crate Paper, puis une seconde fois dans du calque. Les deux formes sont ensuite agrafées.

    J'ai également embossé dans du papier rose clair une plaque fleurs. Les papiers sont ensuite superposés et agrafés. Ajoutez une touche de texture avec du fil couture couleur moutarde.

    Complétez avec un stickers onglet et un tampon "Home Made".

    L'ensemble sera collé sur un papier imprimé à motifs géométriques découpé au format 12x17cm.

    A jeudi prochain !


  • Notebook

    Wednesday, 11 September, 2013

    Hi Everyone!

    Daria is here. And today I would like to show you a notebook which I made using Sizzix dies.

    Items used:
    Big Shot Machine (657900)
    Sizzix Sizzlits Die - Frame, Renaissance (657736)
    Sizzix Framelits Die Set 6PK - Banners, Fancy (658601)
    Sizzix Sizzlits Decorative Strip Alphabet Die - Inside Out (657827)

    I used beautiful Renaissance Frame and Banners dies to make a base more layered. Also I used canvas, gesso and different mists to make the cover of my notebook more interesting.

    I used Inside Out alphabet die to make the title.

    Have a nice day!


    Всем привет!

    Сегодня я с блокнотиком. Его формат А6, он не большой, но очень милый. Я сделала его с использованием холста, гессо, спреев. И конечно использовала чудесные ножи от Sizzix, чтобы сделать фон более интересным, а так же чтобы создать надпись на блокнотике.

    Big Shot Machine (657900)
    Sizzix Sizzlits Die - Frame, Renaissance (657736)
    Sizzix Framelits Die Set 6PK - Banners, Fancy (658601)
    Sizzix Sizzlits Decorative Strip Alphabet Die - Inside Out (657827)


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