• Decorated lantern

    Tuesday, 8 July, 2014

    Hi everyone, I hope you all had a great week. Today I will show you a decorated lantern
    Items used:
    Supply list:
    Paper: Studio Light-Chabby Chic-
    Ink: Vintage Photo / Ranger
    Buttons, ribbon
    Thanks for stopping by, see you next Tuesday
    Hej alle
    Jeg håber i alle har haft en dejlig uge, i dag har jeg en dekoreret lanterne at vise
    Sizzix dies jeg har brugt:
    Andre materialer:
    Papir: Studio Light-Chabby Chic-
    Ink: Vintage Photo / Ranger
    Knapper og bånd
    Tak fordi du kiggede forbi, vi ses næste tirsdag

  • Kitchen paper towels and embossing folders

    Monday, 7 July, 2014

    Today I am back with techniques using textured impressions folders and something so basic as kitchen paper towel.

    From Sizzix I used:

    I started by laying plenty of old newspapers to protect my working area. Then I place a single sheet of kitchen paper towel. It is important that it is plain white otherwise the patterns will show through. Then spray the chosen sprays around.

    Once you are happy with all the colours, apply clear embossing powder while the ink of the sprays is still wet. The reason why I used paper towels rather than toilet paper is because they are very different. One (toilet paper) is designed to disintegrate with water and there fore coloured sprays will damages the paper itself, and the other (paper towel) is designed to not disintegrate even with loads of water, perfect for this technique.

    Use a heat gun to melt the powder. This step is to give the paper towel some rigidity in order for the next step. You can see that the paper now does not bend like it would without the embossing powder.

    I trimmed a rectangle and embossed it. You can see on the right photo how it retains the patterned embossed. 

    To highlight the embossed pattern, I used Black StazOn all over. Dabbing gently in circular motions. I die cut the hearts with the rest of the towel using the starter kit framelit and bigz die.

    To add the message, I used one of my stamp messages and layered on black card. The white card I also spritz with exactly the same sprays, yet the effect is more muted due to the card/paper towel different consistencies.

    And this is the finished card.

    I hope you like this technique and have fun with it!

  • Bente's card made with recycled paper bag.

    Sunday, 6 July, 2014

    Hi there!
    It's Bente  here to share a card that I made mainly using my Sizzix Tattered florals die and a brown paper bag that I got some scrap goodies in. It feels good to do some upcycling now and then. In fact there are so many things around the house that make great embellishments for a card or a page :-)

    Here are the pieces I cut out from the paper bag. I then used the Susans garden tool kit to prepare the layers before glueing it all together.

    I love the shabby look it lends to my card.

    I even cut out the  kraft coloured square for my background from the bag. I used some scalloped scissors.

    Thanks for looking at my Sunday project! I hope you like it!

    Sizzix products:

    Other products:
    Paper; Marion Smith, Bazzil white cardstock
    Magnolia apricot coloured roses,
    Papirdesign letter stickers,
    Maya Road metal embellishments, 
    Websters pages- small chipboard sentiment


    Hei hei! Bente her for å vise dere ett kort som jag har laget med bruk av mine Sizzix Tattered florals die og enbrun papirpose som jeg fikk hjem scrappe-saker i. Litt gjenbruk kjenns bra fra tid til annan og det finns faktisk mange saker runt om i huset som passer bra til både kort og layouter.

    Her er et bilde på de delene som jeg skar ut fra papirposen. Siden brukte jeg Susans Garden verktöyene for å lage til blonsterlagrene för jag limet dem sammen.

    Jeg liker godt så 'shabby' allt ser ut nå. Også den brune bakgrunnen ble klippt fra papirposen. Jeg brukte en spesialsax for å få den bölgete kanten.
    Takk for at dere kommer inom og tar en titt. Håper kortet mitt fallt i smak!

    Sizzix products:

    Andre produkter:
    Papir; Marion Smith, Bazzil hvit cardstock
    Magnolia aprikos coloured roser,
    Papirdesign bokstavsstickers,
    Maya Road metalt dekoration, 
    Websters pages- liten chipboard dekorasjon

  • Fabric Covered Die Cut Wreath

    Saturday, 5 July, 2014

    I am back safe and sound from my #PaperTrail trip! It was busy, fun, exhausting, and quite satisfying all in one. To read about my travels, start at Day 1 here.

    Scotty, my vintage trailer, did pretty well but there are a few things I need to fix before I leave again in September for a two month trek to California.  I loved meeting lots of new people and sharing the Sizzix love with them.

    Throughout all of the traveling and teaching, I didn't really have much time to create! So it was nice to have some time in the studio today to make a fun little summer wreath for the trailer. I used one of my favorite dies- the Cupcake Ruffle, along with the Butterfly, Flower, Layers #9 and Leaves.

    Apologies for bad pics- couldn't find my camera last night...

    I used the Cupcake Ruffle for something other than to hold a cupcake. I cut three and layered them to make a wreath! Cover the matboard with fabric before die cutting keeping the fabric in position using spray adhesive...

    Cover the matboard with fabric before die cutting keeping the fabric in position using spray adhesive... then run it through the Big shot three times...

    Trim off end sections of each piece, form into a wreath shape and glue it together.

    Die cut a selection of large and small butterflies, flowers and leaves for the wreath.

    Assemble your pieces and start laying out the arrangement that you like.

    Once they are in place, add clear adhesive Zotz to the bottom of each piece and press them onto the wreath. Die cut about ten layers of coffee filter flowers, insert brad in the middle and fluff layers up. Tuck leaves cut from green paper in among the flowers.

    Add butterflies as desired. I curled the wings to give them dimension and added double layers to some to make them look as though they are flying off the wreath.

    Add a piece of lace for a hanger and you are all set! 

    I would also like to invite you over to visit our sister site, The Artists on the Block, to see what amazing things are being created every day using Sizzix Artist Trading Blocks. Many of the projects are created by talented UK artists like Tracy EvansAnne Redfern and Jenny Buttons. You would be absolutely amazed at some of the things that can be created using blocks!

    Thanks for stopping by and hope you are enjoying your summer...

  • Plastic pattern for hexagons

    Saturday, 5 July, 2014

    Today I come back to hexagons using the  Sizzix dies but with a trick for making nice hexagons with a  drawing centered. 
    I´m designing a blue quilt in a traditional style  with these pieces , yo- yos   that I told you some weeks ago and something more that I will tell you later.  So  I wanted some of my hexagons had a nice  finished design.




    Fabric with a nice pattern for hexagons

    The only thing I had to do it was to cut out the plastic with the hexagon die ( depends of the size you need for it you can change the die  ) with the Big Shot Machine, selected  the pattern  I liked for my hexagon and drew a line around of  the plastic hexagon. You can recicle the plastic from the boxes dies as I did.  Next , cut out with scissors..........

    ...... you can make beautiful hexagons deppending of what you chosen. These are mine, really nice , aren´t they ?

    I know this is a slower method for cutting the fabric but I think it ´s great if your quilt needs these kind of hexagons with a draw in the middle.
    I hope you enjoy this idea and have  good summer holidays!!

    Hope you have a wonderful weekend!!



    Hoy  vuelvo de nuevo a los hexágonos usando los troqueles de Sizzix pero con un truco para conseguir que tengan un bonito diseño con estampados centrados.

    Estoy diseñando un quilt  en azules al estilo tradicional  utilizando estos hexágonos,  los yo – yos que te conté hace unas semanas y alguna cosa más que verás más adelante.




    Telas con un bonito estampado para centrar en los hexágonos.

    La única cosa que tuve que hacer fue cortar las formas geométricas   en plástico  que puedes adquirir en planchas en la papelería o reciclando la funda en la que vienen los troqueles , como fue mi caso.
    Una vez cortado el hexágono  con la máquina Big Shot , seleccioné el dibujo  , dibujé una línea alrededor y corté con las tijeras.
    De esta manera puedes hacer preciosos hexágonos según el diseño elegido. Los míos creo que  han quedado estupendos ¿ verdad ?
    Sé que esta es una manera más lenta de cortar la tela pero genial si tu quilt necesita este tipo de montaje con el dibujo centrado.
    Espero que te haya gustado la idea y que estés disfrutando de tus vacaciones estivales. 

    Que tengas un maravilloso fin de semana

  • Adopted blocks 2

    Thursday, 3 July, 2014

     Hello again - technology is driving me crazy today - I keep loosing what I've written and have to start again!!
    Let's hope that I manage to complete this now - or I may have to go and lie down in a darkened room!!! or watch the tennis - I love watching Wimbledon - and the quality of the tennis has been amazing -even if some of the favourites have lost, my favourite is still playing, but even if he doesn't win it will have been a good year!!
    So to continue where I left off last week - I've included all the dies and codes in case it will make it easier for you!
    The following Bigz dies are used throughout this quilt, with the Big Shot machine -
    657606 Square - 2 1/2" finished http://www.sizzix.co.uk/product/657606/sizzix-bigz-die-square-2-1-2-finished-3-unfinished
    657620 - Quarter square triangle 2 1/2" x 5" finished  http://www.sizzix.co.uk/product/657620/sizzix-bigz-l-die-triangle-3-1-8-h-x-5-1-2-w-unfinished
    657610 - Half-square Triangles 2 1/2" finished http://www.sizzix.co.uk/product/657610/sizzix-bigz-die-half-square-triangles-3-finished-square
    657624 - Rectangle 2 1/2" x 5" finished http://www.sizzix.co.uk/product/657624/sizzix-bigz-l-die-rectangle-2-1-2-x-5-finished-3-x-5-1-2-unfinished
    657627 - Trapezoid 2 1/2" x 5" finished http://www.sizzix.co.uk/product/657627/sizzix-bigz-l-die-trapezoid-3-x-5-1-2-unfinished
    I am trying to keep the instructions simple - so use the photo of each block as a guide throughout.

    Block 8 Pinwheel
    White fabric - 8" x 11" - cut 4 squares and 4 half square triangles
    Blue fabric 7" square - cut 4 squares
    Pink (and black print) -  8" x 11" - cut 4 squares and 4 half square triangles.
    Join together the pink and white triangles.
    Join 2 blue squares to 2 white squares and 2 blue squares to 2 pink squares.
    Join 2 pink squares to 2 pink and white squares, and join 2 pink squares to 2 pink and white squares.
    Lay the rectangles out to match the photo and join together to 4 rows.
    Join the 4 rows together.

    Block 9 Lotus Flower
    White fabric - 16" x 8" - cut 2 squares, 6 half square triangles and 2 rectangles
    Orange print - 8" x 4" - cut 1 square and 2 half square triangles
    Blue print - 20" x 4" - cut 3 squares and 4 half square triangles
    Join the orange triangles to 2 white triangles. Join 1 orange and white square to a white square and join the other to an orange square - join these all together to make a square.
    Join the blue triangles to the white triangles.
    You will need to look at the photo to see which way to join the blue and white squares to the remaining squares - 1 to a white square and 3 to blue squares - lay them out to make sure that they are correct before stitching.
    Lay these pieces out with the white rectangles to create 3 squares - stitch together.
    Join the 4 squares together.
    Block 10 - Star
    White fabric 24" x 8" - cut 8 half square triangles and 4 squares.
    Orange print - cut 8 half square triangles and 4 squares.
    Join 2 orange triangles to 2 white triangles.
    Join 1 white square to 1 orange and white square, and 1 orange square to 1 orange and white square.
    Join these together to create a square which is 1/4 of the complete block. Repeat 3 times and then join the 4 squares together to complete the block.
    Block 11 Return of the Swallows
    White fabric 16" square - cut 16 half square triangles
    Green print and pink print - 16" x 8" of each fabric - and cut 8 half square triangles from each.
    Join a white triangle to each of the pink and green triangles.
    Join a pink/white square to a green/white square - repeat 7 times.
    Join 2 pairs of squares together to make a square - repeat 3 times.
    Lay the squares out so that the 'swallows' are spinning around as in the photo.
    Join the squares together.
    Block 12 - Steps
    White fabric - 20" x 4" - cut 2 rectangles and 4 squares
    Orange print and pink print fabrics - 7" square - cut 2 rectangles from each.
    Join a white square to each end of a pink rectangle. Repeat once.
    Join an orange and a white rectangle end on. Repeat once.
    Join the rows together to match the photo.
    Block 13 - Checkerboard
    Pink/white print - 14" x 8" cut 8 squares
    Pink/black print - 14" x 8" cut 8 squares
    Join 4 squares together alternating the prints - repeat 3 times.
    Join the rows together to create a checkerboard.
    Block 14 - Windmill
    White fabric  and orange print - 12" x 7" of each fabric - cut 4 rectangles from each.
    Join the orange and white rectangles together to make squares.
    Join the 4 squares together to create the windmill.
    Block 15 - Single Chain
    White fabric - 24" x 8" cut 12 squares
    Pink print - 8" square cut 4 squares
    Join 3 white squares together and 1 pink, repeat once.
    Join 2 white squares, 1 pink and 1 white, repeat once.
    Lay the rows out to create the diagonal chain and join the rows together.
    Block 16 - Quartered Log Cabin -
    White fabric - 10" x 4" cut 1 rectangle and 1 square
    Pink/white print - 4" square - cut 1 square
    Blue/white print - 16" x 4" - cut 2 rectangles and 1 square
    Pink/black print - 22" x 4" - cut 3 rectangles and 1 square
    Join the white and pink squares, and join to the white rectangle to make a square.
    Join a blue rectangle to the white rectangle.
    Join the blue rectangle and blue square together and join to the side to create a square.
    Join the pink/black square to a pink/black rectangle and add to the square.
    Join the 2 remaining pink/black rectangles and add to the square to complete the block.
    Well I think that was a good mix of  blocks and we only have 4 blocks left for next week!!
    It's now only 5 weeks until Festival of Quilts! at the moment the amount of work to prepare and complete before then is crazy!! the new bunting is almost complete and I think it's looking lovely. Then I need to make some new table runners, using some of our lovely new dies and pin cushions - and that's just for a start - the stand is going to look amazing and I'm beginning to get excited ( as long as I don't look at the pile of fabric still to be used, oh and did I mention the 400 plus project packs that have to be put together.
    I think I need a cup of tea!
    Have fun.


  • Family Layout by Karine

    Thursday, 3 July, 2014


    Today I used a pretty family picture for this new page! I took the opportunity to use the stash from my creative box: the K box!

    Supply list:

    Papers: K Box Scrap Plaisir, Echo Park
    Alphabets: Basic Grey
    Chipboards: Studio Calico
    Stickers: K Box Scrap Plaisir
    Dies-cuts: K Box Scrap Plaisir
    Masking Tape K Box Scrap Plaisir
    Stamps: Florilèges Design, K Box Scrap Plaisir
    Chalk ink: Prima
    Spray ink: Tattered Angels
    Others: 3D foam

    659436 : Sizzix Bigz Die-Garden Greens
    658300 : Sizzix Big Shot Starter Kit

    I started by working on my background using two stamps combined with two chalk ink colours: pink & blue.

    Once my background is ready, I glued my picture matted on a turquoise paper.

    I cut two branches out of matching sea green paper. The die cuts are glued on both sides of my page which gives a really nice effect for my lay-out.

    Then I had fun decorating by adding colours, patterns or text with the help of stickers or die cuts.

    Feel free to glue some elements with 3D adhesive like I did with a small heart coming from the Big Shot Starter Kit or with these pretty frangipani flowers.

    Add some strips of masking tape here and there and here we are!

    Thank you for visiting the blog!

    Have a lovely day,


    Hello !

    Une nouvelle page aujourd'hui avec une jolie photo de famille ! J'ai utilisé pour l'occasion ma box créative, j'ai nommé la K Box !

    Matériel :

    Papiers : K Box Scrap Plaisir, Echo Park
    Alphabets : Basic Grey
    Chipboards : Studio Calico
    Autocollants : K Box Scrap Plaisir
    Dies-cuts : K Box Scrap Plaisir
    Masking Tape K Box Scrap Plaisir
    Tampons : Florilèges Design, K Box Scrap Plaisir
    Encre Chalk : Prima
    Encre en spray : Tattered Angels
    Divers : Mousse 3D

    Dies :
    659436 : Sizzix Bigz Die-Garden Greens
    658300 : Sizzix Big Shot Starter Kit

    J'ai commencé par retravaillé mon fond de page en jouant avec deux tampons associés à deux couleurs d'encres Chalk rose et bleu.

    Une fois mon fond préparé, j'ai collé un mat photo turquoise et ma photo.

    Deux branches sont découpées dans du papier vert d'eau assorti. Les motifs partent de part et d'autre de ma page créant une jolie mise en page.

    Je me suis ensuite amusée à décorer en ajoutant de la couleurs, des motifs ou encore du texte avec des autocollants ou des dies cuts.

    N'hésitez pas à mettre certains éléments en 3D tel un petit coeur provenant du Starter Kit Big Shot ou encore les jolies fleurs de frangipanier.

    Un peu de Masking Tape ici et là et le tour est joué !

    Merci pour vos visites !

    Bonne journée


  • Hexagon Fun!

    Wednesday, 2 July, 2014

    Hexagons are such a great design feature in the card maker's arsenal, they're like a circle designed by an engineer. I love their versatility and they are an essential for modern paper crafting styles.Having said all that I didn't know that they could be fun too!

    I was looking through some old dies when I came across a decorative strip die called Flower, Folded which is basically a collection of perforated circles which when put together form a really cool 3D flower. I started to wonder what you could do with other shapes to create a similar effect when that little light bulb appeared above my head (maybe that's what caused my bald spot!!!)

    It was at this point I grabbed my hexagon Framelits set and the rest as they say is history.

    I started by die-cutting six identical hexagons from paper with a different pattern on either side (My Minds Eye - So Sophie range) I then used a tool to crease each one as shown in the diagram below. Once I had all six I placed them carefully onto a rectangle of adhesive tape sheet.

    Once they were all stuck down I placed a pearl brad through the centre and matted them onto two further hexagons in contrasting shades of patterned card. Next, I folded a rectangle of stiff ivory card stock in half and placed my large hexagon die overhanging the folded edge (as indicated by the white arrow), this forms the hinge as the die cuts through both layers.

    Finally I attached the matted layers to the hinged base card, I think the finished card is pretty cute!

    I couldn't stop at one card so I thought I'd try a different colours, I know it's a bit early for Christmas cards but it made such a wicked snowflake. This time I folded the flaps closed and strategically applied some Pinflair Ice Diamond together with a pearl charm in the centre.

    I was about to pack my tools away when I thought 'what would it be like using say... Framelits hearts' well here's the answer.I cut six hearts as before and used a set square as a guide to add the creases, this end of the set square has an angle of 45 degrees which was perfect as luck would have it.

    And here is the finished card. I'm sure that there is more mileage in this technique but I have to move onto more pressing matters. If you can think of any variations on this theme I would love to hear them.

  • Alma tumler i sneen

    Wednesday, 2 July, 2014

    I had a beautiful picture of Alma in the snow and I wanted to make a wintery scrapbook page for that photo so I went with my favourite winter colour scheme: blues, red and white.

    The page is fairly simple but that is the way I like my pages: I cut a piece of pattern paper to work as a frame for the photo and then I added various embellishments and a title around the photo.

    I die cut the largest of the snowflakes from Sizzix Framelits Die Set 3PK - Snowflakes and divided it in two adding one part to the upper left corner of the photo and the other part to the lower right corner of the photo.

    Besided from the snowflake I die cut multiple tags using the Sizzix Framelits Die Set 12PK - Tags, Sentiments, stamped them using various winter themed stamps and hang them from baker's twine wrapped around the entire layout a few times.
    Supply list:
    Sizzix Big Shot Starter Kit (Powder Blue & Teal)
    Sizzix Accessory - Magnetic Platform for Wafer-Thin Dies
    Sizzix Framelits Die Set 12PK - Tags, Sentiments
    Patterned Paper: Basic Grey
    Baker's twine
    Flock: Doodlebug
    Stickers: LilyBee & American Crafts
    Stamps: Papertrey Ink & Wplus9
    Ink: Papertrey Ink & VersaFine
    Jeg havde et skønt billede af Alma, som jeg ville bruge til en vinter-side med, og jeg valgte mit ynglingsfarvetema til siden: blå, rød og hvid.
    Siden er relativt enkel, men sådan kan jeg godt lide mine layouts: Jeg skar et stykke mønstret papir ud, så det kunne være en slags ramme for billedet, og derefter tilføjede jeg pynt og en titel rundt om billedet.
    Jeg udstansede det store snefnug fra Sizzix Framelits Die Set 3PK - Snowflakes og delte det i to. Den ene del satte jeg rundt om øverste venstre hjørne af fotoet, den anden del om nederste højre hjørne.
    Udover snefnugget udstansede jeg forskellige tags med Sizzix Framelits Die Set 12PK - Tags, Sentiments, stemplede dem med vinterstempler og hang dem fra noget baker's twine, jeg viklede et par gange rundt om layoutet.
    Sizzix Big Shot Starter Kit (Powder Blue & Teal)
    Sizzix Accessory - Magnetic Platform for Wafer-Thin Dies
    Sizzix Framelits Die Set 12PK - Tags, Sentiments
    Mønstret papir: Basic Grey
    Baker's twine
    Flock: Doodlebug
    Stickers: LilyBee & American Crafts
    Stempler: Papertrey Ink & Wplus9
    Sværte: Papertrey Ink & VersaFine

  • Vintage card

    Wednesday, 2 July, 2014

    Hello to all:) It`s Wednesday and my turn to show you this vintage card which I have done.

    Sizzix products:
    Sizzix Big Shot Machine 657900
    Sizzix Sizzlits Decorative Strip Die - Card Edges, Flower Vines 658073

    Other products:
    Pion Design papers - For Mother, Grandma`s attic - Love
    Flowers from Prima and Kort & Godt
    colored vintage seam binding ribbon
    Distress Ink - Walnut Stain
    douple sided tape

    How to do:
    1. Cut the background paper size 14 cm × 14 cm, sew all the edges, distress and ink them with Walnut Stain.
    2. Take the other papers; music paper size 12,5 cm × 7 cm, yellow 4,5 cm × 11,5 cm and flower paper 10 cm × 9 cm, distress all the edged and ink them.
    3. Cut the image about size 9,5 cm × 8 cm, sew all the edges , distress and ink using Walnut Stain.
    4. Cut the piece of cardboard 10,5 cm × 9,5 cm and place the image, flower paper and cardboard one on the other using douple sided tape.
    5.Cut the flower vine using  Sizzix Sizzlits Decorative Strip Die - Card Edges, Flower Vines 658073.
    6. Now you can assemble the card; place all the papers you have like above in the photo using tape, glue the flower vine, flowers and seam binding ribbon. And finally tape the cover on to the cardboard.

    Have a wonderful day, Minna

    *  *  *  *

    Moi, jälleen keskiviikko ja minun vuoroni näyttää uusi kortti:)

    Sizzix tuotteet:
     Sizzix Big Shot Machine 657900
    Sizzix Sizzlits Decorative Strip Die - Card Edges, Flower Vines 658073

    Muut tarvikkeet:
    Pion Design papereita; For Mother,  Grandma`s attic - Love
    kaksi kukkaa; Prima ja Kort & Godt
    värjätty saumanauha
    Distress Ink - Walnut Stain
    kaksipuolista teippiä

    Kuinka teet tämän:
    1. Leikkaa taustapaperi koko 14 cm × 14 cm, opele reunat, ressaa ja levitä mustetta Walnut Stain.
    2. Ota kaksi muuta kuviopaperia; musiikkipaperi koko 12,5 cm × 7 cm,, keltainen 4,5 cm × 11,5 cm ja kukkapaperi 10 cm × 9 cm, ressaa reunat ja levitä mustetta.
    3. Leikkaa kuva koko 9,5 cm × 8 cm, ompele reunat, ressaa ja levitä mustetta.
    4. Leikkaa pala kartonkia 10,5 cm × 9,5 cm ja asettele kuva, kukkapaperi ja kartonki päällekkäin teipillä.
    5. Leikkaa kukkaköynnös käyttäen Sizzix Sizzlits Decorative Strip Die - Card Edges, Flower Vines 658073.
    6. Nyt voit kasata kortin; kiinnitä paperit kuten kuvassa yläpuolella äyttäen kaksipuolista teippiä , liimaa kukkaköynnos, kukat ja saumanauha. Kiinnitä lopuksi valmis kansi korttipohjaan.

    Terveisin,  Minna

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