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  • Showing off!

    Thursday, 30 January, 2014
    


    I've just had an exciting, but very tiring, week in Frankfurt at Creativeworld 2014. It's the second year I've been, along with the rest of the Sizzix team to show what's new in the world of Big Shot and Bigz die cutting. 
    The whole stand looked amazing - and here is a quick snapshot of the quilting and applique section.
     

     
     
     
    Some of the projects you may have already seen on my blog - but as the title says - I'm showing off, just a little, and there is also a  sneak preview of some projects made with new dies that will be available in August.
    This year is going to be even more fun than 2013 - with new dies and fabrics to keep us sewing to our hearts content!
    Now I'm starting on some more projects ready to display at Stitches trade show in February - it's at the NEC - so almost local(!) - and I hope to see some of you there.
    So that's all for this week - have fun and keep sewing.
    Angela
     

  • Do not adjust your sets!

    Thursday, 30 January, 2014



    What a strange title for a blog post I hear you all cry! Truth is, I have spent the last week in the fair city of Frankfurt attending the Creativeworld trade fair where I took some pictures of a project that I was creating on the Craft Emotions stand for whom I was demonstrating. My phone doesn't have the best camera I'm afraid so don't go rubbing your eyes because the chances are most of the photo's are slightly blurred!

    Creativeworld is a visual smorgasbord bringing together the brightest and best crafting talent from all over Europe.It was a great opportunity to meet up with old friends and make a few new ones along the way. We packed away the Sizzix stand at around Midnight last night and flew home this morning.

    While at the Craft Emotions stand I had the opportunity to work with some wicked products which compliment die cutting perfectly, the team will be in Birmingham at the Stiches show in about three weeks so if you're lucky enough to be about it will be worth your while to check out some of their unique and innovative products (click on the link to check out their website).

    The die that I used is the Susan's Garden Poinsettia which is a Thinlits set comprising 7 dies which we have looked at before. I also used my trusty Susan's Garden tool kit which goes everywhere with me.

    I love using mulberry or silk paper because it has such a lovely texture but it is hard to shape as one would with card. I was handed rolls of adhesive silk paper on my first day at the show and this is a great solution to my problem, it allowed me to attach it to medium weight card to make my flowers.Next I die cut all the elements to make my flower which is far fewer than need to make a poinsettia, I just wanted a generic 'pretty flower', I then delicately inked the inner part of the petals.



    Next I used my tools to shape the individual petals using my tool kit and some techniques you can see by following this link.


    After shaping the flower centre, again using my tools, I ponched a hole through the centre to receive the pearl flower stamen ( see the Craft Emotions website), before attaching the individual petals. When the glue was dry I inserted the stamen.



    I die cut a pillow box from printed Kraft card (Craft Emotions again!) and cut a strip of pink paper which I scrunched and distressed with inks before lightly sanding. I then wrapped the strip around the box,



    Craft Emotions do a fab range of wooden embellishments ( I'm trying to think of a cool way to use the boxes too!) I selected 3 and inked them as shown using silver gilt wax for the butterfly, the centre of which I decorated with adhesive pearls before attaching them behind the assembled flower.



    Here is the finished box in all its 'out of focus' glory. I guess I'll never win any photography prizes?



    Here are a couple of other cards created during the show. top left features the poinsettia with some added foliage courtesy of the new Spring Greenery Decorative Strip die by Tim Holtz. the card top left again features the poinsettia  but with pink ink replacing the green and finally, the complete poinsettia in all its glory.


  • Go Green Layout

    Thursday, 30 January, 2014

    Hello!

    Today I’ll show you an all-in-green page to celebrate Mother Nature. I used two sets of dies that were just perfect for my theme “Go Green”!

    Supply list:

    Cardstock: American Crafts
    Papers: American Crafts
    Alphabets: October Afternoon, Jenni Bowlin Studio
    Enamel Dots: Studio Calico
    Die cuts: Crate Paper
    Stamps: Glitz Design, Stampin Up
    Ink: Infocréa
    STABILO Pen 68 pens
    Others: Tracing paper, masking tape

    Dies:

    659436: Sizzix Bigz Die-Garden Greens
    658334: Sizzix Sizzlits Dits-Flights of Fancy

    This is a creation with pastel tone-on-tone colours that is highlighting a nice picture of a stroll in the mountain.
    I started by applying Gesso on a white cardstock with an old loyalty card. Once my paper was dry, I had fun colouring it with watercolour pens from STABILO Pen 68.

    Then I added stamped patterns printed with a tone-on-tone ink colour, and Sizzix dies.
    The first foliage pattern is cut out of white paper then coloured with the watercolour pens.

    The butterflies and dragonfly patterns are cut out of tracing paper. They are stapled to the background to avoid unexpected glue marks.

    Finish by inserting little colourful dots and your title!





    Have a lovely day !

    Karine

    Bonjour !

    Une nouvelle page aujourd'hui toute verte pour célébrer la nature qui nous entoure. J'ai utilisé ici deux sets de dies juste parfaits pour ma thématique "Go Green" !

    Matériel :

    Cardstock : American Crafts
    Papiers : American Crafts
    Alphabets : October Afternoon, Jenni Bowlin Studio
    Enabel Dots : Studio Calico
    Die cuts : Crate Paper
    Tampons : Glitz Design, Stampin Up
    Encre : Infocréa
    Feutres STABILO Pen 68
    Divers : calque, masking tape

    Dies utilisés :

    659436: Sizzix Bigz Die-Garden Greens
    658334: Sizzix Sizzlits Dits-Flights of Fancy

    Une création dans les couleurs pastelles et ton sur ton pour mettre à l'honneur une belle photo de balade en montagne.
    J'ai commencé par appliquer du Gesso sur mon cardstock blanc à l'aide d'une carte de fidélité.
    Une fois ma surface sèche je me suis amusée à la colorer avec des feutres aquarellables de la marque STABILO Pen 68.

    Mon fond est ensuite complété par des tampons imprimés avec une encre ton sur ton et des découpes Sizzix.
    Le premier feuillage est découpé en blanc, il est ensuite coloré avec ces mêmes feutres aquarellables.

    Les découpes papillons et libellule sont quant à elles découpées dans du papier calque. Elles sont agrafées à mon fond afin d'éviter toutes traces de colle indésirables.

    Complétez ensuite avec de jolies pastilles aux couleurs assorties et votre titre !

    Bonne journée à vous

    Karine


  • Welcome to the Fairytale

    Wednesday, 29 January, 2014



    Hi All,

    Daria is here. And today I would like to show you a card. I called this card "Welcome to the Fairytale". 

    Items:
    Big Shot Machine (657900)
    Sizzix ScoreBoards XL Die - Album, Garden Gate (658449)

    I created  the base of card using Album, Garden Gate die.  I colored the images and glued them onto the card. Then I decorated the card with butterflies which I cut using Butterflight die. Also I added flowers, pearls and glitter. 


    Have a nice day!

    Daria.

    Всем привет!

    Сегодня я с открыткой, которую назвала "Добро пожаловать в сказку". Я вырезала основу для этой открытки воспользовавшись ножом Album, Garden Gate. Я вырезала эту форму несколько раз, сначала из бумаги для черчения, потом из бумаги для скрапа. После склеила все слои и затонировала. 
    Я раскрасила цифровые штампы и добавила их на открытку. Затем я добавила бабочек, которые вырезала с помощью ножа Butterflight. И в конце я украсила открытку цветами, жемчужинами и глиттером.

    Материалы Sizzix:

    Всем хорошего дня!

  • Valentine's Smash Book

    Tuesday, 28 January, 2014

    Hi everyone.
    I hope you all had a lovely week. Today i will show you a " Smash book " i made using the Free Download Valentine's Papers

     Items used:
    Sizzix Movers & Shapers L Die - Tag & Bookplates
    Sizzix Bigz Die - Heart, Stem & Leaves
    Sizzix Bigz Die Phrase Love
    Sizzix Bigz Die Victorian Carolers
    Sizzix Movers & Shapers Magnetic Die Set 2PK - Flower & Heart
    Sizzix Sizzlits Decorative Strip Die - Vintage Lace
    Supply list:
    Paper: Free Valentine's download papers
    Ink: Archival ink -Coffee-, -Sepia-
    Stamp: KaiserCraft clear stamp-YOU-, Tim Holtz -100th Collection-from Stampers Anonymous
    Glossy accent, clips, and brads

     
     
     
    Thanks for stopping by
    Wish you a great week
    Pia
    
    Hej alle
    Jeg håber håber du har haft en dejlig uge. I dag vil jeg vise en "Smash bog" jeg har lavet og hvor jeg har brugt de lækre Free Valentine's Download papirer
    Sizzix dies jeg har brugt:
    Sizzix Movers & Shapers L Die - Tag & Bookplates
    Sizzix Bigz Die - Heart, Stem & Leaves
    Sizzix Bigz Die Phrase Love
    Sizzix Bigz Die Victorian Carolers
    Sizzix Movers & Shapers Magnetic Die Set 2PK - Flower & Heart
    Sizzix Sizzlits Decorative Strip Die - Vintage Lace
    Andre materialer:
    Papir: Free Valentine's download papers
    Ink: Archival ink -Coffee-, -Sepia-
    Stempler: KaiserCraft clear stamp-YOU-, Tim Holtz -100th Collection-from Stampers Anonymous
    Glossy accent, clips og brads
    Tak fordi du kiggede forbi
    Ønsker dig en dejlig uge
    Pia

  • Family Rules - Mini Wall Hanger

    Tuesday, 28 January, 2014



    Hi everyone...today I have a mini wall hanger to show you.




    Supply list:
    657900 Sizzix Big Shot machine
    657691 Sizzix Bigz Die - Heart, Stem & Leaves
    656626 Sizzix On the Edge Die - Ornate

    Papers: Pion Design - A Day in May, chipboard
    Inks: Distress ink Pad - Frayed Burlap
    Other: Cheesecloth, Gesso,

     
    How to do:
    Cut out chipboard measuring 21x13,5 cm. Die cut the edge with Sizzix On the Edge Die - Ornate
    Paint the chipboard with Gesso and let it dry. Cut out two panels and distress all the edges and cheesecloth with Distress ink Pad - Frayed Burlap.
    Die cut the heart, stem and leaves in patterned paper with Sizzix Bigz Die - Heart, Stem & Leaves
    Print out some words you like to have on your "Family Rules". Cut out and glue it on the front.



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

    ♥♥♥♥♥♥

    Hei alle sammen... i dag har jeg et mini veggbilde å vise deg.

    Materialer:
    657900 Sizzix Big Shot machine
    657691 Sizzix Bigz Die - Heart, Stem & Leaves
    656626 Sizzix On the Edge Die - Ornate

    Papir: Pion Design - A Day in May, chipboard
    Inks: Distress ink Pad - Frayed Burlap
    Annet: Osteklut, Gesso

    Beskrivelse:
    Skjær ut chipbard som måler 21x13,5 cm. Stans ut øverste kant med Sizzix On the Edge Die - Ornate
    Mal chipboard med Gesso og la det tørke. Skjær ut to panelser i mønsterark og distress alle kantene og osteklut med Distress ink Pad - Frayed Burlap.
    Stans ut hjerte, gren og blader i mønsterark med Sizzix Bigz Die - Heart, Stem & Leaves
    Print ut noen ord du ønsker å ha i dine  "Familie Regler". Klipp ut og limes i front.

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

  • Valentine's little favor box

    Monday, 27 January, 2014

    Hi everybody!

    Today I want to show you a little favor box I made using the Thinlits Square Box die set by Rachel Bright. Valentine's Day is just around the corner, so it might be handy to have some of these boxes filled with some sweets and chocolate.


    Supply list:

    This box is really easy to assemble, so you can make a bunch of them in minutes, and they are a great gift for teachers, friends, family or party favors. This one is filled with some chocolate, but you can put a lot of things in it. Any Suggestions?

    Happy Monday!

    ......................

    ¡Hola a todos!

    Hoy os quiero enseñar una cajita hecha con un el Thinlits Square Box de Rachel Bright. San Valentín está a la vuelta de la esquina, y aunque aquí no lo celebremos mucho, siempre viene bien tener algún regalito preparado por si acaso.

    Esta caja es muy fácil de montar, así que podéis tener unas cuantas hechas en solo unos minutos, con lo que vienen genial para hacer regalitos para profes, amigos, familia y algún detalle para bodas u otras celebraciones. Esta en concreto tiene bombones dentro, pero se pueden poner otras muchas cosas. ¿Alguna sugerencia?

    ¡Feliz lunes!


  • safari moon 9-patches

    Monday, 27 January, 2014


    
    Hello everyone! Are you ready for another week?

    I had a very busy one last week, and this week looks much the same (and my email inbox is out of control - I have to spend a whole day getting on top of emails and replying to people that have been waiting on me! That is my project for the day I think)

    One of the projects I'm working on involves 9-patches in one of my favourite fabric collections for a long time.

    9-patches are great for using up all your odds and ends of scraps. I'm making 6" finished blocks, which need 2.5" squares.



    Safari Moon by Frances Newcombe for Art Gallery Fabrics is a gorgeous mix of colours and prints, and because it's Art Gallery it has a wonderful drape and softness to it that sets it apart from other manufacturers.


    Just look at that zebra!


    Because I'm mixing these vibrant colours with a white solid I pre-washed them. I don't usually pre-wash fabrics unless there's a big contrast between colours. Once fabric has been washed it loses that crispness that brand new, off the bolt fabric has. I must admit, though, these fabrics washed up really nicely and still had a good 'crispness' to them after I'd ironed them.

    I'm off to make a start on my emails. Wish me luck! I might not be seen for some time!


  • Acetate embossed card

    Saturday, 25 January, 2014


    Hello and Happy belated New Year!

    Today I am sharing another technique for texture impressions folders. This one is using acetate and texture paste.

    I used the Sizzix Winter Leaves folder and the acetate of the XL Bigz dies packaging - yes, I am one of those crafters that keep everything!  


    I trimmed the acetate to measure 5" x  10" and folded in half. Then I embossed it placing the folder in the middle.


    Using a palette knife I put the paste - I used Decoart's Modelling Paste because it is very lightweight, something to consider for this technique. Cover the whole area and using the same palette knife remove as much excess as possible.


    To create the insert, I cut two pieces of paper - I used Carte Postale by Basic Grey - one to measure 3 1/2" x 3 1/2" and the darker one 4" x 4" . I glue the lighter one from the inside and then the darker one from the back. this way it hides away the adhesive.


    Finally I added a sticker and button. I just love the shabby chic look! I hope you do too.


  • Movers and Shapers Camera Die Card

    Saturday, 25 January, 2014


    
    Hi there!

    Today I'm sharing a card created by Godelieve Tijskens from the Darkroom Door Design team. Godelieve has created a photography themed car using the Vintage Alarm Clock & Camera Set Die with the Darkroom Door Film Frame Stamp. Awesome combination! 

     
    Instructions:
    1. Stamp the Film Frame Stamp several times onto white cardstock using Black Archival ink.
    2. Mask around the edges of the Film Frame image with sticky notes and stamp the Pansies Photo Stamp using Achival Saffron (yellow) ink pad. Repeat on another frame.
    3. Do the masking technique again for the other two film frames using the Frangipani Photo Stamp and Archival Rose Madder ink pad. 
    4. Stamp 'click, click, click' using a stamp from the Darkroom Door Photography stamp set. 
    4. Mount the entire piece onto black cardstock and then onto a folded pink card. 
    5. Die cut the camera (Vintage Alarm Clock & Camera Set Die 657840) using black and grey cardstock. Attach to the card to complete! 


    Supplies used:
    Sizzix Movers & Shapers magnetic die: Vintage Alarm Clock & Camera Set 657840 
    Darkroom Door stamps: Film Frame Stamp, Pansies Photo Stamp, Frangipani Photo Stamp,  Photography Rubber Stamp Set
    Inkpads:  Ranger Archival Jet Black, Saffron & Rose Madder
     
    Hope you have a creative weekend!
     

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