• How to assemble the Diorama Card

    Monday, 28 September, 2015

    I love 3D cards so I have always like Diorama cards. Now there is a die that allows you to create 5" square dioramas very simply!

    I used the Card, Diorama Gatefold -  Sizzix Thinlits Plus Die Set 15PK - 660845. If you don't own a Big Shot Plus, fear not, as this die will fit through the standard 6" Big Shot.

    First die cut the front, using the base card die  and one of the spare dies to create a window. I used the smaller one.

    The large die already sores perfectly to either side.

    To create the middle part, I die cut using the base card die and then I used the intricate die to help me position the circle die in the perfect place.

    Once die cut I had a perfect circular aperture. you can of course use different dies for this, just make sure to secure them in place with tape.

    Finally, die cut the base card die using no apertures for the back (blue). As a base, its also a 5" square gatefold card.

    If you would like a simple diorama, with two pieces like on the photo would suffice.

    To create a middle one though, you will need to trim the edges of each side. I trimmed 1 1/4 which is half way.

    Then, it all works as it should.

    To glue the part, fold the core lines, aline the the edge of the middle piece to the score edge of the base and glue.

    Press well to make sure it's well bonded. Turn over and do the same with other side.

    Then repeat the same process with the front panel.

     Make sure that all elements are well glued and that they fold flat.
    Then it is time to decorate! Just make sure that you glue things to just one layer.

    I hope you have fun creating with this Diorama card!

  • A pretty card made with a box die!

    Monday, 14 September, 2015

    Last time I was here with an showing how the  the Sizzix Thinlits Plus Die Set 13PK - Box w/Fancy Lid 660841 makes lovely bows. Today, I will show you that you can use the decorative panels as well for cardmaking. 

    For this card, even though this is a Plus die, all the elements will fit through the regular Big Shot.

    I place the die on the front of the card and secure it in place with low tack tape. Then I run it through the Big Shot and made sure from the back that all those lines were cut. Because it is such a detailed die, you may need to run it through a couple more times.

    I cut a square piece of paper and layered in the inside. I then added a die cut bow from the same set.

    I stamped the message using a sharp black in on a die cut banner (from the 660836
    Sizzix Framelits Plus Die Set 16PK - Banners #2 ) and attach it so it overlaps.

    I used the circles from the Bow set to add interest to the centres of the flowers.
    And it was done. Very quickly but with quite a lot of detail!

  • Bows and boxes

    Monday, 31 August, 2015

    I love bows for cards and gift giving! That is why I thought it would be great to have a set that had a both a box and a bow, the Fancy Lid!

    I have used only a set of dies for this the Sizzix Thinlits Plus Die Set 13PK - Box w/Fancy Lid 660841. And the good news is that even though is a Plus die, all the elements will fit through the regular Big Shot.

    This is the assembled box with the quadruple bow on top!
    To make the box couldn't be simpler, die cut, fold the scored lines and glue the bottom tabs. For the cover, simply die cut, fold and attach the taps.

    The bow has a few options:

    And probably more!

    To assemble the bows, simply die cut, fold to create two loops and glue them to the centre.

    Then glue them to the die cut base. 

    Finally add one of the centres, either the dot or the band.

    To create the quadruple bow, die cut all the elements. Assemble the loops, and then layer them one at at time.

    Finally, simply attach to the assemble box.

    I hope you like this project!

  • Pink Garland Birthday Card

    Monday, 17 August, 2015

    Yesterday was one of my nieces 8th birthday so I was inspired to create a cheerful and bright garland card with flowers as she loves flowers and garlands. 

    This is the finished card. 
    I used the new Tim Holtz punches and one of my stamps designs for the message.

    I used:


    To make it I simply die cut the circle on the pre scored white card. Using the left over I die cut a smaller circle, I stamped the message and set aside.

    Then I punched the flowers out of three shades of the same pink and the leaves of the green paper. Then I shaped them using a foam mat and a ball ended tool. Then I glue them round. I used die cut circles (use any die including tag dies that have small circles for this).
    Finally I punched the bow and used a marker to darken the centre.

     Simple and quick to make but I am sure my niece will love it!
    I hope you do too!

  • One die - three ways with the Thinlits Plus Pillow Box Set

    Monday, 3 August, 2015

    Today I was inspired by a series of projects that Sizzix recently did on one die many ways, in which 6 bloggers took this Pillow Box Thinlit set and each made a different version. (You can check them here part 1 and part 2!). But this time I wanted to highlight the fact that you can use the inner panel dies to create beautiful fronts of cards.

    For this project you will need:

    Sizzix Big Shot Plus Machine Only - 660020
    Sizzix Pillow Box Thinlits Plus Die - 660844
    Sizzix Accessory - Precision Base Plate for Intricate Thinlits Dies - 660320
    Sizzix Accessory - Die Brush & Foam Pad for Wafer-Thin Dies - 660513

    I took a landscape A6 folded card, and placed the intricate inside die for the pillow box and secure it with low tack tape in place (just right to the scored line). I used instead one of the cutting plates the awesome Precision Base Plate

    Because there is so much detail in this die, you may have to run it two or three times through the machine. After running through machine just turn it over and check that you can see all the cut lines.

    While the die is still in place, use the die brush to release all the die cut small bits. I love this brush! It comes with the black mat that  its quite static so all those pieces don't fly away.

    Then I place the same die in the other part of the card. I tried to link them as closely as possible. There are many possibilities, I could have left a bigger gap  or even not die cut it at all.

    Once run it through the die cutting machine, I saw that I overlapped it too much, but not too worry!  

    I  trimmed a piece of the same white card and stamped the message on it. Then just attached it to the front.

    To finish it off, I just added the wooden hearts.

    Finally I just added a contracting panel for the background. If you are wondering where would you write the message, there two options, the back of the card or make the pink paper a folded one so that you can write inside.

    The box is simple, and you can add a contrast panel for the flap.

    And with the other panel you can create this simple card too. As you can see a single pass through the die cutting machine

    I hope this inspires you to try your dies in a different way!

  • How to assemble the Cupcake box!

    Monday, 20 July, 2015

    Have you seen the new Framelits and Thinlits Plus? I love that Sizzix now does A4 dies to use with the Big Shot Plus!
    Last time, I showed how to use all the small dies that accompany one of those new dies, the Cupcake Box. Then I realised I should have started with the beginning, showing how to assemble the box step by step not that it is difficult! And probably there is more than one way to do it, but this one works for me.

    For this project you will need:

    Two pieces of A4 card and adhesives, that is it!

    Die cut two pieces of the largest die (left bottom), one base (right) and one cupcake base (centre top, optional). It all can be cut using just two pieces of A4 card and you will get leftovers.

    Make sure that you fold all scoring lines before gluing. Makes a huge difference when assembling. If you wanted to die cut an aperture, now is the moment. With the kit you get quite a few options: an oval, a window, a rectangle, and a circle.

    Attach the flap to the other piece lining up the edge of the right piece and the score line of the left piece.

    Add glue to one of the flaps of the bottom piece.

    Attach to the panel that has no flaps.

    Fold the right piece, towards the centre. Add glue to its right flap.

    Fold over the left piece so that it overlap perfectly over the glue flap.

    Add adhesive to the unglued three bottom flaps. I use magnets to secure the pieces in place while the strong wet adhesive is drying. If you are using double sided tape, this is not needed.

    Close down the bottom and make slight pressure inside to secure the bond if you are using wet adhesives.

    Overlap the flaps at the top to keep the box close.
    There you have it, all done. And it really takes less than 5 mins from start to finish!

    Now, if you want to pretty it up a bit, you can use one of the many dies that come in the set. Here I used the larger rectangle (there are two) and die cut patterned paper. 
    Then I simply glue one rectangle to each side.

    Done! Perfect for cupcakes but also perfect for presents as a gift box.

  • Bright and Cheerful Photo display

    Monday, 6 July, 2015

    I love bright and cheerful colours, but sometimes I stay away from them because they can overwhelm a page. But for a photo display? What better than to use hot pink, bright warm yellow and refreshing turquoise for the summer?

    This is what I made today!
    I used just one set of dies, one of the brand new Thinlits Plus called Cupcake Box 660842!

    I am a hoarder so I keep absolutely everything that I think is usable, like all sort of glass bottles and their tops. Those three cork tops? Balsamic Vinegar ones. (I have about 12 of their bottles waiting to be used!) I selected my colours given by a set of Paperarsty Fresco Acrylic paints.

    Once painted, I placed a Tim Holtz Memo Pin in each one. Although the bottom part of the bottle top is wood and heavy the top part is cork so perfect as a base of a photo display.

    What I love about this set is that aside from the box elements, you get a lot of little ones that you can use for so many things, like apertures on a card and little cupcake flags. You will see more ideas from me soon.

    I die cut all the small elements out of paper and card of similar colours to those of the acrylic paints.

    I assembled the basic elements.

    I used the oval Framelit to die cut my photos.

    And finally, I added ribbon to the base.

    And there you are, some of my favourite people (and cat, don't forget the cat!) are brightly and cheerfully by my side!

  • Bright colourful card

    Monday, 22 June, 2015

    Last time I shared how to make gorgeous bright and delicate flowers from the Tribal Collection by Craft Asylum for Sizzix for a layout. today I share how to use them in a card.

    I used the same dies:

    I used the exact same process to make this flowers as I did for the layout: die cut with the Bigz die the solid flowers using watercolour card, then spray the colour and then layer the intricate ones die cut using the Thinlits sets.

    This time, though I added a sentiment from the Everyday Tab Messages stamped in black as well as patterned paper on the right edge.

    I love the brightness of the flowers and the delicate intricate white detail. I am sure this will brighten some one's day very soon!

  • Loads of flowers layout

    Monday, 8 June, 2015

    Today I fancied getting my hands dirty creating flowers with some distress inks sprays. 
    Here is how.

    I used:

    plus a Big Shot or a Big Shot Plus!

    The beauty of these flowers is that the framelits match the Bigz dies of the same name, the framelits offering the intricate detail and the Bigz the solid flower shape.

    I die cut four or five flowers of each size using the Bigz dies and watercolour paper. I die cut them all in one go, one of the beauties of the Bigz dies! Then I spray distress ink over them to create different intesities.
    Then I die cut one by one several flowers using white card.

    You can see that different effects can be created and then when putting the intricate layer over, it changes the look quite a lot.

    I glue them all, selected my photo and layered them all over a thick acetate sheet. Then I proceed to glue them down and finally I added a card behind so that i can write the story behind the photo.

    And here it is! A bright layout full of luscious flowers!

    I added some enamel dots in the centres to create a finished look.

    I hope you like it!

  • A chocolate box using basics and tribal dies

    Monday, 25 May, 2015

    I know the word Basics sounds a bit off, but when it comes to crating I think Basics are the most important thing you can have in your crafting area. And die cutting is no exception, I think one of the best investments you can do for your crafting aside from a Big Shot (Plus!) is to get a few basics dies like boxes and tags that will stand the test of time. One of my favourites, the Milk Carton (659196):

    To add some decoration I used the latest dies from Craft Asylum Tribal Collection. 

    Because my intention is to add something inside that may stain a bit, like chocolates, I wanted to make sure there was a plastified inside. Sticky back plastic to the rescue! I attached it to the back side of the paper.

    Note that I am using the Big Shot Plus, so the die is smaller than the aperture. If I was using the Big Shot, the die would still fit nicely but would occupy the whole aperture. I used first my crease pad to die cut the box. However it didn't cut that well due to the plastic.

    Now, this is an important photo on the right. Most wont think it is, but basically this is to showcase the difference when to use the Crease Pad (It comes in 4 sizes aprox:, 6x8, 6x13, 8x15 Plus, and 13 x 13 Pro) or the regular cutting pad. 

    The Crease pad is perfect for making sure that the score blade does not cut, while the cutting blade still cuts. This is specially important in a dry place, including places with high heating or strong air con.

    As you can see, because there is plastic on the back, I needed to cut it through using the cutting plate and not the crease pad. If I was die cutting just paper or card, I would need to cut it through with the crease pad, why? because although I live in damp England, my studio is kept warm and dry all year round!

    I folded the score lines and to glue it together I used red line tape. Wet glue would not have work because of the plastic.

    I glue both ends. Remember to use a strong tape for this.
    Then I was ready to decorate it using the Tribal Borders die, die cutting it twice and joining them by overlapping them.

    I glue the top first and then the bottom. Then I die cut one of the flowers from the Intricate Native Florals.

    I die cut it a second time using coral paper and then layered them inside a blck 2 1/4" circle.
    I attached it to the box using a foam pad.

    The finished box.

    You can see here than the pieces fit nicely in the inside of the flower, except one that I messed up a bit gluing it down.

    And then there is the back, a little more simple.

    I hope you like it!

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