• Teenager Christmas Card

    Monday, 16 December, 2013

    Teenagers love very specific things. They like bright colors, glitter, big necklaces, make up, interesting textures... And sometimes they find our crafting boring. So today I created a Christmas card especially for them. It has a little beat of what they like: It is bright, it has glitter and a really big embellishment, it has a background with an interesting texture... Ok, it has no make up, but I would accompany my card with some nice make up kit as a gift ;)

    Supply list:

    Happy Monday!

    A los adolescentes les gustan cosas muy específicas: Los colores brillantes, los brillos, los collares bien grandes, el maquillaje, las texturas interesantes...y a veces encuentran las cosas que hacemos a mano un poco aburridas. Así que hoy he creado una tarjeta pensando en ellos, que tiene un poquito de lo que los gusta: Es brillante, tiene un gran adorno, un fondo con textura interesante... Vale, no tiene maquillaje, pero yo eso lo pondría en un paquetito bien mono como regalo para acompañar mi tarjeta ;)

    ¡Feliz lunes!

  • what's on your wish list?

    Monday, 16 December, 2013


    As it's just over a week to Christmas, and we're busy with last minute panic shopping and wrapping I was wondering - are there any dies that you would like to see Sizzix produce? Not dies that are already available, but shapes that are yet to be released.

    My big dream die is one that has 2 sizes of hexagon on. An extra long die, like the strips, but half of it has 1" hexies, and the other half has 1.25" hexies - the same number of each so that you can use the smaller hexy end to cut papers, and the bigger hexy end to cut fabrics. Of course, they could then expand the range so that you could have diamonds, triangles, and other shapes but each one using the same principle - papers at one end, fabrics at the other.

    What about you? Is there something that you wish Sizzix would make? You never know, maybe it'll happen?!

    And because a blogpost is pretty dull without a photo - here's a cute Christmassy block for you using hexagons....

    quilt around the world  Christmas- Mel

  • "Always Smile" Canvas by Gerry van Gent

    Sunday, 15 December, 2013

    Happy Sunday Sizzix friends!
    Today I would love to share with you a canvas layout
    where I used Sizzix dies to decorate the embellishments
    and the canvas itself.

    Always Smile
    657900 Sizzix Big Shot Machine
    658252 Sizzix Sizzlits Decorative Strip Die Cobblestones
    657735 Sizzix Sizzlits Large Die Baroque Ornament
    658524 Sizzix Bigz Die Classique

    I used three different dies on the canvas but
    none of them was used as a whole die.
    Each one was cut into pieces and "spread" over the canvas.

    A piece of the Cobblestones die was even used to
    decorate the bulb embellishment for a special effect.

    The Baroque Ornament was cut into three pieces:
    * Two ornaments were used as "swirls" for the flowers.
    657735 "Baroque Ornament"
    ** And a piece of the ornament was used to decorate the photo.

    The Classique swirl was also used in pieces to decorate
    all flowers on the canvas.

    Other Products I used:
    Prima Marketing - papers, flowers, embellishments

    Have a creative Sunday with Sizzix products!

  • Hello Scallops Card

    Saturday, 14 December, 2013

    Hi there crafters!

    I have a quick and easy card to share with you today created by Godelieve Tijskens from the Darkroom Door Design Team. Godelieve has used the Scallops Sizzix On The Edge Die 656627 with the Darkroom Door Whimsical Words stamp set to create a cute little card :)

    1. Die cut purple cardstock with the Sizzix Scallops On The Edge Die 656627.
    2. Stamp 'Hello' and the small flower from Darkroom Door 'Whimsical Words' DDRS089 stamp set with Jet Black inkpad. Use a pen to add some stripes inside the words and flower.
    3. Stamp the 'Stone' Background DDBS015 onto white cardstock. Stamp the bird from the Whimsical Words stamp set on top. Colour with pencils and ink pads. Adhere to the right side of the purple cardstock.
    4. Adhere purple cardstock to corrugated cardstock. Staple black rope to the card. Adhere entire piece to folded grey card to complete!

    Products used:
    Sizzix: Scallops On The Edge Die 656627
    Darkroom Door: Whimsical Words DDRS089 Stamp Set, Stone Background Stamp DDBS015
    Jet Black Ink Pad

    I hope you all have a great day!


  • Winter Steampunk Workshop - cute cottage transformed!

    Friday, 13 December, 2013

    Hi, it's my turn again to share my projects and ideas inspired by wonderful Sizzix products!
    Take a cup of tea or coffee, have a sit and enjoy!
    I'm not a great fan of celebrating Christmas long before it's actual date - maybe I'm old fashioned, maybe it is a difference in traditions but I don't let Christmas madness get into my house until very last week before :) I really enjoy creating winter inspired projects though - I simply believe they are more versatile and will be suitable both for Christmas and  just simply as seasonal decorations.

    When I saw this Country Cottage die by Brenda Walton (658743 - Sizzix Bigz XL Die - Country Cottage, 3-D)  I simply knew what to do - it was a quick and simple decision and even if I'm not a great fan of gluing I was ready for a challenge:) I even mentioned to my other blogging friends it would be so cool to create different interpretations of the same house - in different colours and styles!

    Here is my interpretation - Winter Steampunk Workshop... do i have to add, I had great time creating this project? I just wish it was slightly bigger ;)

    Assembling the house wasn't  complicated - it took me a moment to choose the best adhesive, but later everything went smooth.
    I'm happy I could find right add-ons to the project: my Prima Mechanicals (leaves, roman numerals and flower) and some older crystal vines. There are also some beads, pearls cogs and alarm clock parts from my collection. (Once again I'm so grateful to my sweet students who support my hoarding habit and share their collections with me!)

    Papers I used are from 7 Dots Studio - 9th Wave Collection, glued on thick kraft paper and inked after die-cutting with selected colours of Distress Inks (Ranger). The snow effect is created with Light Modeling Paste and Liquid Pearls (Ranger).

    If you want to learn more about Brenda Walton Cottage and other dies from this collection - you will find a video here:) 

    Enjoy - and I wish you a wonderful time creating decorations and gifts for your family and friends. See you soon!

  • Handmade Gift Ideas for Christmas

    Friday, 13 December, 2013

    Hi Everyone! This is Anna.
    Handmade gifts are fun, thoughtful and can be very budget friendly! You can create some easy Christmas crafts this holiday season with Sizzix.
    Always on the lookout for fun, homemade gift ideas, I sometimes make my cookies in large batches to give away at the holidays.

    cafe creativo - Anna Drai - sizzix big shot - christmas gift jar owl (2)
    cafe creativo - Anna Drai - sizzix big shot - christmas gift jar owl (3)
    Items used for jar:
    Sizzix Big Shot Machine Only (Powder Blue & Teal) (657900)
    Sizzix Bigz Die - Stars, Celestial by Brenda Walton (658345)
    Sizzix Bigz Die - Elisse by Prima Marketing Inc. (658526)
    Sizzix Bigz XL Die - Stocking Gift Holder by Brenda Walton (658744)
    Sizzix Framelits Die Set 8PK - Circles, Scallop (657552)
    cardstock: white, red, kraft
    glitter paper
    bakery twine red and white
    cupcake cup
    stripe of green fabric
    small bell
    glue, hot glue
    cafe creativo - Anna Drai - sizzix big shot - christmas gift jar owl (4)
    To make the Jar:
    Fill the jar with your homemade cookies. Place the lid on the top of the jar.
    Use a cupcake cup to cover the lid and glue.
    Cut out a white scallop circle and apply. Create a rosette and add above.
    Assemble a red Star, add a twine to hanging.
    Cut out a tag from kraft cardstock and apply the sentiment.
    Wrap a strip of fabric around the jar lid, add the star, bell and tag, then tie.

    While I was playing with the Owl die I was tempted to try out a Christmas theme. Just using red, white and green, then adding a hat can make a huge change. So now I also have a Christmas owl to give as present to friend :)

    cafe creativo - Anna Drai - sizzix big shot - christmas gift jar owl (5)
    Items used for Christmas Owl Ornament:
    Sizzix Big Shot Machine Only (Powder Blue & Teal) (657900)
    Sizzix Bigz Die - Owl #2 (657694)
    Sizzix Movers & Shapers Die – Ornamental (656641)
    Sizzix Bigz Die - Arbor by Prima Marketing Inc. (658523)
    Sizzix Framelits Die Set 5PK w/Stamps - Retro Christmas (659377)
    Sizzix Bigz Die - Stars, Celestial (658345)
    felt: grey, white, red, green, yellow, brown, black.
    scrap of fabric
    glitter paper
    red strass
    glue, hot-glue
    Do you exchange handmade gifts in your family and friends?
    Thanks for stopping by
    cafe creativo - Anna Drai - sizzix big shot - christmas gift jar owl (1)

    Flag_of_Italy Per le amiche italiane! :)

    Ciao! Ecco un nuovo appuntamento con Anna.
    I regali fatti a mano sono divertenti e possono essere anche più economici e piacevoli di un regalo creato industrialmente, non credete?
    Con Sizzix è possibile abbellire o creare diversi pensierini natalizi adatti a questa stagione festosa.
    Per Natale, cercando di realizzare simpatiche idee regalo fai da te, a volte decido di fare i biscotti in gran quantità da mettere in vaso, per dare il via alle Feste. Così vi mostro un barattolo decorato con una rossa stella glitter 3D che potrà anche diventare una decorazione da mettere sull'albero di Natale.

    Ecco come ho abbellito questo barattolo...
    Materiali utilizzati per abbellire il barattolo dei biscotti:
    Sizzix Big Shot Machine Only (Powder Blue & Teal) (657900)
    Sizzix Bigz Die - Stars, Celestial by Brenda Walton (658345)
    Sizzix Bigz Die - Elisse by Prima Marketing Inc. (658526)
    Sizzix Bigz XL Die - Stocking Gift Holder by Brenda Walton (658744)
    Sizzix Framelits Die Set 8PK - Circles, Scallop (657552)
    cartoncino: bianco, rosso, kraft
    carta glitter
    spago rosso e bianco
    striscia di tessuto verde
    colla, colla a caldo
    Riempire il vaso con i vostri biscotti. Chiudere il coperchio.
    Utilizzare un pirottino da muffin per coprire il coperchio e fissarlo con colla o biadesivo.
    Tagliare un cerchio scallop bianco e applicare sopra il pirottino. Creare una coccarda rossa e aggiungerla sopra.
    Assemblare una stella creata con cartoncino glitter rosso, inserire un spago per appendere la stella.
    Ritagliare un tag da cartoncino kraft e applicare uno sticker con l'augurio.
    Avvolgere una striscia di tessuto intorno al coperchio del barattolo, infilare la stella, il campanellino e la tag, quindi legare e chiudere il tutto.
    Ecco il vaso pronto per essere regalato!
    Mentre stavo giocando con la fustella Gufo ero tentata di provare a fare qualcosa di natalizio. Generalmente vedo usare questa fustella in modo molto semplice, ma io preferisco abbellire e trasformare il simpatico animaletto, a seconda della stagione! E' un po' come vestire la Barbie! :D ehehehe
    Basta infatti aggiungere un po' di rosso, bianco e verde, sistemare un cappello per avere subito un look adatto alle Feste. Così è presto detto, ora ho anche un gufo natalizio da regalare ad un'amica :)

    Ecco i...
    Materiali utilizzati per il Gufo natalizio:
    Sizzix Big Shot Machine Only (Powder Blue & Teal) (657900)
    Sizzix Bigz Die - Owl #2 (657694)
    Sizzix Movers & Shapers Die – Ornamental (656641)
    Sizzix Bigz Die - Arbor by Prima Marketing Inc. (658523)
    Sizzix Framelits Die Set 5PK w/Stamps - Retro Christmas (659377)
    Sizzix Bigz Die - Stars, Celestial (658345)
    feltro: grigio, bianco, rosso, verde, giallo, marrone, nero.
    avanzi di tessuto
    carta glitter
    strass rossi
    colla, colla a caldo
    E voi che mi dite, vi scambiate regali fatti a mano nella vostra famiglia o tra gli amici?
    Grazie della visita
    Alla prossima!

  • Christmas Leftover's

    Thursday, 12 December, 2013

    Don't worry! we're not making cards smeared with sprouts and cranberry sauce. The leftovers that I refer too are those bits and pieces that we all keep in nooks and crannies stashed around our craft room. Little bits of decorative paper that are just too good to throw away, odd buttons, trinkets and of course die cuts.

    The great thing about the freestyle collage style of card making is that anything goes, there's no right or wrong and a s long as you are happy with the visual balance then who's to tell you it aint perfect?

    This is one of my favourite styles of card making although it is a bit hit and miss and you will spend forever moving the various elements around the blank space but it's so rewarding when it all clicks into place.

    I used dies by one of my favourite designers of all time, the wonderful Ms Paula Pascual. I chose the wonderful Christmas Tree Framelits and the super-useful Doilies set.

    Before I go on, I should tell you that I'm not going to itemize every thing I use simply because I have no idea either what it is called or where I got it from, Its STASH!!!

    I die cut the tree from Kraft board and randomly applied some pale green acrylic paint with my fingertip. Next, I went to my online dictionary and typed in the word 'Joy' (the other two are for the coming weeks) I typed up the definition in a typewriter font and printed it onto graph paper before triming it to size and lightly inking with 'Old Paper' Distress ink.

    I die cut a doily from Core'dinations card stock and lightly sanded around the edges,Next I mounted it onto a base card with a piece of green patterned card stock, before adding a strip of news type paper and my printed phrase. I then added an ornate button alongside a threaded wooden button.

    Finally, added assorted pearls and gems to the tree and news type strip along with a couple of staples and there we have it. 

  • Christmas cushion

    Thursday, 12 December, 2013

    Only 13 sleeps to Christmas morning! and I've been to one of my grand children's school nativity plays - where Mary cried half way through her speech, one of the angels had stage fright before she was due to go on, but the cows managed to stay on their bench - so all in all a great result!
    Almost time to finish the last of the Christmas presents - but here is a simple but fun cushion - which you can make as simple or complex as you like.

    I used with a selection of pre-fused Christmas fabrics I cut 21 of the smallest circle and then arranged them in a tree shape - you could use a bigger circle and cut more or less circles to make your tree, which you could use to decorate table mats, place mats, aprons, bags - the list is almost endless!!!
     I cut a 2 1/2" square for the pot using
    You will need 2 pieces of white fabric for the cushion cover, one piece of muslin and one piece of wadding - all measuring 16 1/2" square.
    Now for a very quick  make you could just fuse the tree in place, or if time allows you could stitch the around the circles and quilt the background.
    I stitched around the circles with matching thread, and then Nicky from Cotton Patch quickly quilted the background using the Sweet 16 quilting machine - now that is something I would love to find under the Christmas tree this year!!!!
    As for the quick quilt - it is finished - but you'll have to wait until next year to see it
    That's all for this week - - I'll let you know when and where.

  • Nature mini book

    Thursday, 12 December, 2013


    Here I am back with a mini book on the Nature theme! Once again the Sizzix dies helped me embellish my album.

    Supply list:

    Papers: Glitz Design
    Alphabets: American Crafts
    Stickers: Glitz Design, Jenni Bowlin Studio
    Mechanism, metallic corners: Ephéméria


    658778 Sizzix Texture Fades Embossing Folders 2PK-Birch trees & Candy Stripes Set
    658730 Sizzix Bigz Die-Gift Tags
    658574 Sizzix Texture Fades Embossing Folders 2PK-Airmail & Compass Set
    658508 Sizzix Sizzlits Die Set 3 PK-Roses flower set

    I used a foliage pattern as a common thread everywhere in my album. I love this die, it is very easy to fit in! It is cut out of white Bristol paper so that it can be shaded with ink or stamped on as you wish.

    I also used and abused of the Label stamp from the Tim Holtz set. Here it will be printed in red, blue or black ink. I print all my stamps on white Bristol paper then I cut them out to insert them easily into my mini book.

    I also inserted embossed patterns. I stuck to my Nature & Travel theme.
    Then I shaded my patterns with Adirondack and Distress inks.

    See you next week,


    Bonjour !

    De retour avec un mini book tendance nature cette fois ! Les dies Sizzix m'ont une fois de plus aidé à embellir mon album.

    Matériel :

    Papiers : Glitz Design
    Alphabets : American Crafts
    Stickers : Glitz Design, Jenni Bowlin Studio
    Mécanisme, coins métal : Ephéméria

    Dies utilisés :

    658778 Sizzix Texture Fades Embossing Folders 2PK-Birch trees & Candy Stripes Set
    658730 Sizzix Bigz Die-Gift Tags
    658574 Sizzix Texture Fades Embossing Folders 2PK-Airmail & Compass Set
    658508 Sizzix Sizzlits Die Set 3 PK-Roses flower set

    J'ai utilisé des feuillages tout au long de mon album. J'adore ce die, si facile à caser ! Il est découpé dans du Bristol blanc de manière à pouvoir l'encrer, le tamponner comme bon vous semble. Les feuilles telles un fil conducteur sont utilisées partout sur mon mini.

    J'ai utilisé et abusé également du tampon étiquette provenant du set Tim Holtz. Il sera tamponné ici en rouge bleu ou encore en noir. Tous mes tampons sont imprimés sur du Bristol blanc, puis découpés pour être ensuite intégrés à mon album.

    J'ai également intégré des motifs embossés, je suis restée dans le motif nature et voyage pour coller à ma thématique.
    J'ai ensuite ombré mes motifs avec des encres Adirondack et Distress.

    A la semaine prochaine


  • Ornament for Christmas Tree

    Wednesday, 11 December, 2013

    Hi All!

    Daria is here. And today I would like to show you a small tutorial how I created a boot for my Christmas Tree.

    Sizzix Bigz Die - Christmas Cardinal (658206)
    Sizzix On the Edge - Snow Flurries (656920)

    1. Cut 2 boots from white cardstock.

    2. For the first boot use background stamp with music sheet, then add pink paint. After paint will dry apply violet structure paste with stencil on to the boot. For the second boot use background stamp with music sheet, then add gesso with the same stencil.

    3. Add white dots using gesso and stencil on to the both boots. After gesso will dry add pink and violet sprays on to the boots.

    4. Glue both boots together.

    5. Cut two snowflakes borders using Snow Flurries die. Cut bird using Christmas Cardinal die. Create two rosettes used Mini Snowflake Rosettes.

    6. Onto the first side of the boot glue one snowflakes border, ribbon, big rose, and rosette.

    7. Sprinkle onto the boot pink and violet sprays. Also add lime spray. Color the bird using paints.

    8. Glue the bird onto the boot. Add dots onto the boot edges using pink liquid pearls. Create snow using white acrylic paint.

    9. For another side of the boot cut ornament using Ornaments #3 die set. Use white embossing powder with stamp from the same dies set. Use heat tool. Sprinkle lime spray onto ornament. Glue snowflakes border, ribbon, big flower, and Snowflake Rosette onto the boot.

    10. Sprinkle onto the boot pink, violet and lime sprays. Glue the ornament onto the boot. Add dots on the boot edges using white liquid pearls. Create snow using white acrylic paint. The boot is ready.

    Have a nice day!

    Всем привет! 

    Сегодня я хочу показать процесс создания новогоднего сапожка на елку. Я люблю украшения на елочке сделанные своими руками. Поэтому каждый год, перед новым годом я делаю несколько штук. В этом году, первое украшение – сапожок. 

    Материалы Sizzix:
    Sizzix Bigz Die - Christmas Cardinal (658206)
    Sizzix On the Edge - Snow Flurries (656920)

    1. Я распечатала шаблон на принтере, вырезала его, обвела на бумаге для черчения в двух экземплярах и снова вырезала. Это две стороны сапожка. 

    2. Для первой стороны я на сапожок наштамповала ноты фоновым штампом, нанесла розовую краску кистью, а затем фиолетовую структурную пасту через трафарет. Для второй стороны я так же отштамповала ноты, а затем белым гессо нанесла тот же узор, что и для первой стороны. Т.к. трафарет я не мыла, то узор получился местами сиреневым. Высушила. 

    3. После высыхания на обе стороны я нанесла белым гессо кружочки через трафарет. Затем, используя розовый и фиолетвый спреи, брызгала и создавала потеки и капли. Сушила. 

    4. Склеиваем обе стороны вместе. Подрезаем края так, чтобы они совпадали и были красивыми с обеих сторон. 

    5. Вырезаем бордюр из снежинок (2 шт.), используя нож  Snow Flurries. Создаем гофрированные снежинки-цветы с помощью ножа Mini Snowflake Rosettes . Вырезаем птицу на ветке с помощью ножа Christmas Cardinal. 

    6. На первую сторону приклеиваем 1 бордюр из снежинок, объемную ленту, большую розу, снежинку-цветок. 

    7. Брызгаем на них розовым и фиолетовым спреями, так же добавляем еще один цвет – салатовый, чтобы освежить цветовую гамму. Пока сапожок сохнет, раскрашиваем птицу на ветке. 

    8. Приклеиваем птицу на сапожок, покрываем ее глосси-акцентом. По краям добавляем точки с помощью жидкого жемчуга, имитируем снег с помощью белой краски. Первая сторона готова. 

    9. Для второй стороны вырезаем елочную игрушку с помощью ножа Ornaments #3. С помощью штампа из этого же набора, делаем эмбоссинг белой пудрой. После запекания, брызгаем салатовым спреем, чтобы проявить рисунок. На сам сапожок приклеиваем второй бордюр со снежинками, ленту, гардению и второй гофрированный цветок. 

    10. Брызгаем спреями. Добавляем точки по периметру с помощью жидкого жемчуга. Имитируем снег с помощью краски. Делаем дырочку и вставляем в нее ленточку. Игрушка готова!

    Надеюсь вам понравился мой сапожок! Всем хорошего дня!

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