• "Grot" layout

    Wednesday, 7 August, 2013

    Hi All!

    Daria is here.

    Today I would like to show you a layout and a process.

    Items used:
    Big Shot Machine (657900)
    Sizzix Sizzlits Decorative Strip Die - Vintage Lace (657481)
    Sizzix Sizzlits Decorative Strip Die - Washer Border (657826)

    To create background for my layout I used different sprays. I added decorative tapes after sprays dried. Also I cut laces using Vintage Lace die and glued them onto the layout. 
    I cut border using Washer Border die. I used this border as stencil (with white Gesso).
    I used Sprays and Distress Stains to add color to my layout.
    Then I added photo and embelishments. 

    Have a nice day!

    Всем привет!

    Сегодня я хочу показать вам страничку и немного процесса ее создания.

    1. Я побрызгала лист разными спреями. Затем приклеила кусочки декоративного скотча. Чтобы разнообразить фактуру, я вырезала кружева используя нож Vintage Lace. Мне нравится этот нож тем, что он разом вырезает три разных бордюра, и они такие классные ( в моем вкусе).
    2. Я вырезала бордюр с использованием ножа Washer Border. Я очень люблю этот узор использовать в качестве трафарета. В этот раз я использовала его с Гессо.
    3. Чтобы добавить цвет, и сделать фон более похожим на грот, я использовала разные спреи и Distress Stains.
    4. Добавила фото и немного украшений. Страничка готова.

    Всем хорошего дня!

  • Pop-Up Fun!

    Tuesday, 6 August, 2013

    Hello, this week I would like to share some cards that I have created using Karen Burniston's amazing range of Pop'n'Cuts dies. These ingenious dies really do take card making to another dimension...I love them!

    Creating pop-up cards has never been this fun! This collection uses a beautiful array of magnetic insert dies with a base die to design impressive 3-D pop up shapes in just a few quick steps. There are videos with instructions on the Sizzix web-site so I won't bore you with the how-to-do's, I will just show you just what I have done with them and hope that you will be inspired to give them a go!

    My photograph doesn't show the lovely embossed design that appears in the right bottom corner, it is such a perfect partner to this cute cup cut out.

    This has to be my favourite from the collection. I recently made this for my son who left home to pursue  his career as a chef over in Rhodes at the beginning of the summer, I was so nervous when he left but was sure he would have the time of his life so made him this. How wrong could I have been? He was returned to me as it said on the card....within two weeks of leaving having hated every second!

    I have created this card in quite masculine colours because I am always thinking of a solution to every crafters puzzle...what to do when faced with making a card for the men in your life! The wide arms of the pop-up chair are quite accommodating and perfect for adding personality to the card. I have added a newspaper which is what I would find on the arm of my Dad's chair but for a female version, change the colours and maybe add a miniature ball of wool with cocktail stick knitting needles?

     The rug has been created using Karen Burniston's embossing folder, just emboss your card and then carefully cut around the shape.

    The amazing shape of this card allows you to stick with a really simple design, coordinated papers and a few well placed buttons are all you really need.

    Here is a list of the lovely dies that I have used from the Karen Burniston's collection.

    Sizzix Pop 'n Cuts Magnetic Insert Die - Chair, 3-D (Pop-Up)

    Sizzix Pop 'n Cuts Magnetic Insert Die - Mug & Heart, 3-D (Pop-Up)Sizzix Bigz Die - SuitcaseSizzix Pop 'n Cuts Magnetic Insert Die - Suitcase, 3-D (Pop-Up)Sizzix Textured Impressions Embossing Folders 2PK - Foyer SetSizzix Pop 'n Cuts XL Die - Card, Square w/Ornate EdgeSizzix Pop 'n Cuts Magnetic Insert Die - Label, Funky 3-D (Pop-Up)
    Sizzix Textured Impressions Embossing Folders 2PK - Coffee Set

    Don't forget to look for the online tutorials which you can find on the Sizzix websites!

    Have a great week!

  • Envelope album

    Tuesday, 6 August, 2013

    Hi everyone
    I hope you have a great  and creative week
    Today i will show you my envelope mini album using different sorts of Sizzix dies.I want to  use the album for photos of my projects  I've created and published on the Sizzix blog in 2013, a wonderful memory of all those lovely creative hours with wonderful Sizzix product.
    Items I have used:
    Big Shot starter kit(658300)
    Sizzix Bigz Elisse ( 658526 )
    Sizzix Bigz Abor ( 658523 )
    Sizzix Bigz Manposa ( 658530 )
    Framelits Tags ( 658611 )
    Framelits Wrappers, Circle ( 658613 )
    Thinlits Bunch of Flowers ( 658602 )
    Decorative strip Vintage Lace ( 657481 )
    Supply list:
    Paper: Graphic45- 8x8 paper Bohemian
    Ink: Vintage Photo from Ranger
    Glossy accent, pontura paint-orange and red

     Thanks for stopping by and I hope it gave you some inspiration. See you next  Tuesday. Wish you a great week

    Hej alle
    Jeg  håber du har haft en dejlig og kreativ uge. I dag vil jeg vise et album lavet med kuverter. Jeg vil sætte foto ind af alle de blogindlæg jeg har  her på Sizzix bloggen i 2013. Et dejlig minde om mange pragfulde  kreative timer med de fantastiske Sizzix produkter.
    Dies jeg har brugt:
    Big Shot starter kit(658300)
    Sizzix Bigz Elisse ( 658526 )
    Sizzix Bigz Abor ( 658523 )
    Sizzix Bigz Manposa ( 658530 )
    Framelits Tags ( 658611 )
    Framelits Wrappers, Circle ( 658613 )
    Thinlits Bunch of Flowers ( 658602 )
    Decorative strip Vintage Lace ( 657481 )
    Andre materialer:
    Paper:Graphic45- 8x8 paper Bohemian
    Ink: Vintage Photo from Ranger
    Glossy accent, pontura paint-orange and red
    Tak fordi du kiggede forbi, jeg håber du fik lidt inspiration. Vi ses næste tirsdag ønsker dig en dejlig uge

  • Recycle....

    Tuesday, 6 August, 2013

    Hi I will show you how to alter tin with some old paper and Adironack Alcohol Ink. I have decorated it with a flower and leaves. I have used 658443Sizzix Bigz Die - Flower, Trinity's   and 658523 Sizzix Bigz Die - Arbor on this project.

    Supply list:
    657900 Sizzix Big Shot machine
    658443Sizzix Bigz Die - Flower, Trinity's  
    658523 Sizzix Bigz Die - Arbor

    Paper: Pion Design - Silent Night, old paper, paper doilies
    Stamp: Stampers Anonymous Tim Holtz collection
    Inks: Archival Ink - Jet Black, Distress ink Pad - Peeled Paint, Moved Lawn and Walnut Stain
    Other: Tin, Multi-Medium Matte, Cheesecloth, Lace, Adironack Alcohol - Mixatives Copper, Ginger and Pesto, Gesso

    How to do:
    Glue som old paper to the tin with Multi-Medium Matte. Let it dry!
    Remove left over papers and apply Adironack Alcohol - Mixatives Copper, Ginger and Pesto here and there. Let it dry and apply some Gesso.
    Die cut flower and leaves, distress these with Distress ink Pad - Peeled Paint, Moved Lawn and Walnut Stain.
     Glue Cheesecloth and Lace on the edge of the tin.

     Glue paper doily to the tin together with the flower and the leaves.

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

    Hei alle sammen... i dag viser jeg dere hvordan jeg har fornyet blikkboksen med noen gamle boksider og Adironack Alcohol Ink. Jeg har brukt 658443Sizzix Bigz Die - Flower, Trinity's   og 658523 Sizzix Bigz Die - Arbor.

    657900 Sizzix Big Shot machine
    658443Sizzix Bigz Die - Flower, Trinity's  
    658523 Sizzix Bigz Die - Arbor

    Papir: Pion Design - Silent Night, gamle boksider, kakeserviett
    Stempler: Stampers Anonymous Tim Holtz collection
    Inks: Archival Ink - Jet Black, Distress ink Pad - Peeled Paint, Moved Lawn og Walnut Stain
    Annet: Blikkboks, Multi-Medium Matte, osteklut, blonde, Adironack Alcohol - Mixatives Copper, Ginger and Pesto, Gesso

    Glue som old paper to the tin with Multi-Medium Matte. Let it dry!
    Remove left over papers and apply Adironack Alcohol - Mixatives Copper, Ginger and Pesto here and there. Let it dry and apply some Gesso.
    Stans ut blomst og blader, distress disse med Distress ink Pad - Peeled Paint, Moved Lawn og Walnut Stain. 
    Lim fast osteklut og blonde på kanten av blikkboksen.
    Lim kakeserviett, blomst og blader på blikkboksen.

    Takk for at du stikker innom....ha en fin dag!
    Anne Kristine

  • My summer notebook

    Monday, 5 August, 2013

    August is here! Yay! It is time for me to get some vacations and enjoy the rest of the summer, I can't wait :) I needed  a notebook to write down my memories of my vacations, but, of course I had to embellish it. Just a plain notebook? Never!

    Supply list:
    • A6 Notebook
    • Paper and carstock scraps
    • Buttons
    • Black gel pen
    • Liquid glue

    I wanted it to be very simple and colorful, so I grabbed an A6 craft notebook and some paper scraps from my stash, my new Big Shot machine (Isn't it cute?) and my dies and in less than a half an hour I had my summer notebook ready.

    I have used the edge Thinlits directly on the notebook. It is very easy to do, just keep the bulk of the notebook outside the Multipurpose Platform. I have used also the edge Thinlits to create this flower strip. Just die cut it twice and glue the two pieces on the notebook one looking to the right and the other looking to the left. And embellish it with a thin strip of cardstock an some buttons. You can get the most out of your dies by using them in very different ways!

    On the back cover I have created a little embellishment with some circles and a heart, just to cover the brand of the notebook.

    Happy Monday!

    ¡Agosto ya  está aquí! ¡Bien! han llegado por fin las vacaciones y el poder disfrutar del resto del verano. Por supuesto necesito una libreta para apuntar todas las vivencias de mis vacaciones, pero por supuesto la tenía que adornar un poco. ¿Una libreta sosa? ¡Nunca! 


    Quería que mi libreta fuera colorida y sencilla, así que cogí una libreta tamaño A6 y algunos restos de papeles que ya tenía, mi nueva y flamante Big Shot (¡Es monísima!), mis troqueles y en menos de media hora ya tenía mi libreta de verano lista.

    He utilizado los Thinlis de bordes directamente en la libreta. Esto es muy fácil de hacer, solo deja el volument de la libreta por fuera de la plataforma multifunción. Y también los he utilizado para crear la tira de flores. Troquela dos veces uno de los bordes y pégalos sobre la libreta a modo de espejo, uno mirando a la derecha y el otro hacia la izquierda y adórnalo con una tira de cartulina y unos botones. ¡Puedes sacarle mucho partido a estos troqueles utilizándolos de muchas formas diferentes! 

    En la parte de atrás de la libreta solo he creado un pequeño adorno con círculos y un corazón para tapar la marca de la libreta.

    ¡Y listo! Preparada para no olvidar nada de nada de las vacaciones :)

    ¡Feliz lunes!

  • your questions - answered

    Monday, 5 August, 2013


    Wow! What a great response from last week's post asking whether you had any questions for me! I'm going to work my way from the first comment down and hopefully those of you that are curious about the Big Shot will be more enlightened!

    Quite a few people asked specifically about which are my must have dies. Personally I am one for dies that I know will get a lot of use - so my tip to you is look at the quilts you make, what are the most popular shapes, what do you like to do?

    My must haves are the following;

    The 2.5" strip die is great - you can use it for cutting sashing, binding, making strip pieced quilts (such as  the scrappy trips around the world quilts that I've been obsessed with making recently). It's also easy to sub cut the strips into smaller rectangles, squares or diamonds using your rotary cutter and ruler. For the money you get a lot of use out of the strip die - it might seem a large investment at first because it is one of the most expensive dies but I use mine so much, I can't really imagine not having it now.

    Squares - I like the 2.5" (unfinished) square for scrap quilts. I cut my smaller scraps as I go with this die, it makes them easy to store and ready for when I want to start a scrappy quilt. The one with 4 squares or the single 2.5" square, both of these are incredibly useful.

    There are other sizes of square too - you might prefer a larger one - maybe one that cuts 5" squares to co-ordinate with charm packs you already have?

    Half Square Triangles - how many times have you cursed because you have a million HST to trim for a quilt? The HST die trims off the dog ears so there's none of that cursing - it's a really handy die, and you can get a square to co-ordinate size wise which makes it a great duo for an awful lot of traditional blocks.

    Hexagons - I like to have one size for cutting papers, and the next size up for cutting fabrics but you don't need both. Get the size you want to cut your papers and then use squares or roughly cut around the paper for your fabric if your budget is tight. The paper cutting is what makes this die the most useful - I use old envelopes or scrap paper to cut my papers (takeaway menus are particularly good for nice sturdy papers)

    Then there's the shapes you don't much enjoy cutting with scissors or a rotary cutter - the curved shapes like the drunkards path, or the clamshell or an apple core. Of these 3 I think the most useful is the drunkards path. You need 2 dies for this. The quarter circle and the arch and fan

    I love these 2 dies - they make piecing drunkards path blocks a breeze, and I am not the best at curved piecing but I've been really successful with those dies.

    So those are my top tips for the most useful basic dies and the ones I most enjoy using.

    Jan asked about waste fabric - do you get much waste? You do get a little more waste than if you were using a rotary cutter and ruler, and some dies waste more fabric than others. If you are frugal with your placement, and only cover the area that is going to be cut rather than the whole die you will waste very little fabric. Here's an example from cutting squares (the waste is to the top of the picture)...

    waste 2

    Pippa asked why we don't get all of the dies that are available in the US over here in Europe. Well, there are more dies coming over all the time and it's really a case of patience and waiting. Like fabric it takes a while for things to trickle over to us. The US market is so huge compared to the rest of the world for everything regarding the quilting industry and sometimes there isn't the demand for every single product, whatever they may be (not just dies - it may be fabric, or wadding, or tools).

    Deb asked about distribution down under - specifically New Zealand. Print Blocks is the Australian distributor and they might be able to help you better. Also try the site for stores, they have a list of suppliers. Annies Designs in Australia might also be able to help you out. Sizzix is there down under, so hunt them down!

    Helen asked specifically about storage for dies. I use boxes from Ikea for the smaller dies (the range I like is Kassett), I take my dies out of the packaging because it's a little awkward getting them back into it once you've opened the box and they fit really nicely (the lids perch on top rather than fit snugly - but that works well for me)


    The larger (long or big squares for my big shot pro) I put on a shelf, again out of their packaging. I've used a dymo to label the very ends so I can grab them quickly.

    If this post has spurred any of you to think of more questions - please ask them, I'm happy to answer! I will also be at the Festival of Quilts this week in Birmingham, so if you are taking the trip come and find me. I'll be on the Cotton Patch stand (part of the Coats Crafts stand - you can't miss it, it's stand number A24/D14) and there are free patchwork workshops run by Angela on stand C43 where you can give the Big Shot a whirl for yourself (and have a sit down for a little while, which is always nice!)

  • "One of a Kind" Tag by Gerry van Gent

    Sunday, 4 August, 2013

    Happy Sunday Sizzix friends!
    Today I have a tag to share with you.

    657900 Sizzix Big Shot Machine
    656938 Sizzix Movers & Shapers L Die Tag & Bookplates
    658449 Sizzix ScoreBoards XL DieAlbum, Garden Gate
    657179 Sizzix Sizzlits Dec. Strip Die Tattered Banners
    658074 Sizzix Sizzlits Dec. Strip Die Flower Vine #2
    657745 Sizzix Sizzlits Dec. Strip Die Filigree Border

    *  *  *
    Before I go on with my close-up photos I wanted to tell you
    how much I Love, Love the NEW Big Shot Machine
    I Love working with it ! 
    *  *  *
    *I used for both tag and gate corrugated cardboard as a base.
    *I used for the title a transparent phrase which I adhered
    on top of the tattered banner using double sided tape.

    Once I die-cut the gate from pattern paper I adhered it 
    on the corrugated cardboard and distressed it by using 
    sand paper.

    To add an extra touch to the resin bird house I added
    a swirl from the Filigee Border die.

    "INKIDO" Paper collection {Beautiful Memories}
    Ingvild Bolme, Prima Marketing - Tiny Junkyard Findings {clock parts, special screws}
    Ingvild Bolme, Prima Marketing - Shabby Chic Treasures Resins
    *  *  *
    And I wanted to share one of the layouts I created for
    Summer CHA 2013 where I am using different Sizzix dies.
    This layout was created for Webster's Pages booth...
    *  *  *
    I hope you enjoyed my tag today!
    Wishing you a sunny and creative Sunday!

  • Inspired by music - little tag in whites and greens

    Friday, 2 August, 2013

    Hi, it's great to see you here again! I hope you have a great creative summer (or winter - depending when you are at the moment!). I'm still on my way, but ready to share another tag project - this time inspired by music!
    When I create something that will be given to my family or friends I try to make it as personal as possible to show my love and interest. The tag below would be just perfect for somebody who loves music - especially classical music, right? And creating it was fun and easy! 

    All you need to have is a tag base (I used standard manila tag), some lace and crochet doilies, vintage looking paper, a bit of crystals and an epoxy sticker. When you layer the elements, add some dimension and beautiful cut-out details the whole project is ready in minutes!

    Here is the list of Sizzix dies which were used to create this tag:
    - 659109 - Sizzix Thinlits Die Set 3PK - For the Record 2, Documented
    - 658947 - Sizzix Thinlits Die Set 2PK - Doily & Doily Border

     All the papers I used are new, coming release of my products with Prima Marketing - Vintage Vanity A4 Journaling pad. Tag was finished using a bit of Ranger Distress Inks. For sticking the elements and dimension I used products from Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L: 3D Foam Squares and Crafty Power Tape.

    Have a great weekend - and see you soon!

  • Pop 'n Cuts: Wedding Card

    Friday, 2 August, 2013

    Hi again Sizzix fans!
    Anna here and I’ve got a fun project today using some of Karen Burniston’s new dies from her Journey collection. I love how versatile these cards are!
    Even today though I'm featuring Wedding this card can be used for birthday. I used also the cake die by Brenda Walton: this is faboulus!
    I know I sometimes wonder which of the Sizzix dies is my favourite and I have now decided that it really is the one that I'm working with at the moment, I suppose that is fickle but then they are all so useful...

    cafe creativo - big shot sizzix - card wedding pop up (1)

    cafe creativo - big shot sizzix - card wedding pop up (2)

    cafe creativo - big shot sizzix - card wedding pop up (4)

    The card front:

    cafe creativo - big shot sizzix - card wedding pop up (3)

    I hope you enjoyed my project today. Have a great weekend, see you next Friday!

    Items used:

    Sizzix Big Shot Starter Kit (658300) machine+dies
    Sizzix Pop 'n Cuts Magnetic Insert Die - Frame, Wavy 3-D (Pop-Up) (658371)
    Sizzix Pop 'n Cuts XL Die - Card, Square w/Ornate Edge (658378)
    Sizzix Framelits Die Set 5PK - Labels, Wavy (658363)
    Sizzix Bigz Die - Layered Cake (658357)
    Sizzix Thinlits Die Set 4PK - Love Birds & Hearts (659006)
    Sizzix Thinlits Die Set 4PK - Border, Label, Medallion & Key (658953)

    cardstock white, vanilla, turquoise
    patterned papers
    scraps of glitter paper
    tissue paper
    washi tape
    color mist

    Flag_of_Italy Per le amiche italiane! :)
    Ecco un nuovo appuntamento con Anna. Oggi vi mostro un altro progetto divertente, dove ho usato alcune fustelle disegnate da Karen Burniston’s dalla sua Journey collection.
    Ho realizzato questa card 3D per un matrimonio, ma potrebbe andare beissimo anche per un compleanno.
    Vi avevo già mostrato un esempio di card pop up, ma questa volta ho usato anche un'altra fustella per il pop-up ovvero la bellissima torta a strati progettata da Brenda Walton.
    Mi piace moltissimo l'effetto pop up del biglietto, spero piaccia anche agli sposi!
    Se volete provarci anche voi ecco le spiegazioni...


    Sizzix Big Shot Starter Kit (658300) machine+dies
    Sizzix Pop 'n Cuts Magnetic Insert Die - Frame, Wavy 3-D (Pop-Up) (658371)
    Sizzix Pop 'n Cuts XL Die - Card, Square w/Ornate Edge (658378)
    Sizzix Framelits Die Set 5PK - Labels, Wavy (658363)
    Sizzix Bigz Die - Layered Cake (658357)
    Sizzix Thinlits Die Set 4PK - Love Birds & Hearts (659006)
    Sizzix Thinlits Die Set 4PK - Border, Label, Medallion & Key (658953)
    cartoncino bianco, beige, turchese
    carte fantasia in tono
    carta velina
    ritagli di carta glitter
    washi tape
    colore a spruzzo giallo senape e turchese

    - Con la Big Shot tagliare la copertina della card da un cartoncino bianco, utilizzando la fustella Pop 'n Cuts XL Die - Card, Square w/Ornate Edge die (658378), senza l'inserto.
    - Posizionare l'inserto Pop 'n Cuts Frame, Wavy 3-D (658371) all'interno della fustella usata in precedenza, allineare i segni delle pieghe dell'inserto con il centro della fustella base e tagliare così un rettangolo di carta fantasia.
    - Piegare lungo le linee per portare la parte pop-up in avanti, come mostrato in foto.
    - Poiché la torta che andremo a fare con l'altra fustella sarà piuttosto alta, dobbiamo “allungare” la card esterna per fare in modo che una volta chiusa non fuoriesca il pop up.Tagliare quindi i bordi (superiore ed inferiore) dell'esterno card. Tagliare poi un rettangolo beige largo quanto la card ed alto circa 32 cm (io ho usato un comune bristol). Incollare quindi le parti terminali sagomate tagliate in precedenza. Coprire le giunture dell'interno con due strisce di carta. Piegare a metà la card esterna. Incollare la parte interna ed esterna insieme.
    - Tagliare la torta a strati con carte di sfumature diverse. Comporre la torta con piedistallo ed incollarla sul pop up. Abbellire con altre forme fustellate, rub-on e sentiment.
    - Per fine abbellire la parte anteriore della card. Spruzzare qualche goccia di colore, aggiungere un ritaglio avanzato precedentemente per l'interno della card. Incollare una chiave fustellata, sovrapporvi la carta velina e l'etichetta turchese tagliata con i Framelits. Tagliare anche un piccolo bordo traforato con i Thinlits. Rifinire con paillettes e rub-on.

    ciao, a presto!

  • Ready, set, go

    Thursday, 1 August, 2013

    I remember having to label everything when my girls went to school ( I have 4 so there was a lot of labelling!) Now I have 2 grandchildren about to start school in September, and 1 will be starting nursery,

     and I have offered to help out with the labelling - so here we go.
    Abi starts nursery in September and so needs a P.E. bag.

    She chose the fabrics and decided that 2 elephants were just what she wanted on it!
    I really like the Cuddly Creatures range of dies - and the Elephant is so cute.
    You will need a piece of fabric 16" x 28" for the P.E. bag.
    I bought 1m because I am going to make her a book bag and an apron - so that everything matches.
    I also have extra of the 2 fabrics for the applique for the same reason.

    I ironed fusible web onto the wrong side of the red and striped fabrics.
     I used Bigz Die 658638 and the Big Shot machine to cut 2 red bodies and 2 ears and 2 sets of legs from the striped fabric.
    Once ironed in place I machine stitched the pieces in place with a close zig-zag stitch.

    To make the bag I folded it in half with Right sides together and stitched, using a 1/2" seam, across the bottom, and up the side, leaving 3/4" unstitched 1" from the top, see photo below -
    I then zig-zag neatened the edges up to the opening.
    Neaten the top edge and fold over 1" to the inside of the bag, and press.
    Stitch in place, and thread ribbon, or tape through the opening - knot the ends together
     Slide the knotted ends into the casing.
    Sew buttons on the elephants for the eyes.
    We will still sew on a name label on, but Abi will be able to easily find her P.E. bag on her peg.
    So one complete only 2 more to make.
    This time next week I will be at the NEC preparing the stand for the workshops when the show opens next Thursday. I hope as many of you as possible come by to say hello.
    Enjoy the sunshine and keep on sewing.

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