• A loved layout

    Monday, 13 April, 2015

    Spring is here and brighter colour and cheerful layouts are in order!

    I often print out many photos from my mobile in smaller sizes for mini albums. Not all of them make it in to the album so I have some photos laying around that are pretty special but just simply were the wrong size. But they are perfect for my favourite size of scrapbook layout, 6 x 8. So I grab one of those photos and I started die cutting!

    For this layout, I used :

    I used Simple Stories papers from their collection I AM. I die cut two chevron borders out of the solid papers using one of the Decorative Trim dies. I layered them on the white card and glue them at their centres. I die cut thre banners and glue them on the left hand side.

    I used the other trim die from the same set to decorate the bottom left corner. The word is from a pattered paper I had left over.

    The little heart on the top right corner is from the left over of the bottom left border. The flowers is from the Flowers Intricate 2.

    Simple but bright and spring full of colour! I hope you like it!

  • Teaching all the goodness of Sizzix

    Monday, 30 March, 2015

    I am really lucky to travel a lot for work, one of my favourite parts of my job is teaching die cutting in different places. I specially enjoy when it is in my native Spain, where I get to teach them in my mother tongue, Spanish. 

    This is the project I taught, a 4 x 4 mini album with many different tecniques of die cutting.

    Two weeks ago I taught for the second time in Mallorca where I grew up. And this time one of the students was my mum? Can you guess who she is in this photo?

    Then it was time to prepare for the following workshop in a shop in Barcelona. as I was cutting loads of Frameworks and of course I was left out with loads of bits.

    I thought to make pretty cocktail sticks, which are always useful in clases to poke things out of their dies and to attach glue. A fine and useful idea courtesy of Katie Skilton and Elena Roche.

    In the morning I taught this Big Shot Materclass. A bit too grand of a name, but basically this frame has over 20 different techniques and 16 different materials all die cut. Form embossing and sanding to paper patchwork and duck tape.

    I loved how two students made a different colour scheme. Love when they do that!

    And all of them finished the project! So proud!

    Just as a confirmation, I introduce you my mum! 

    My mum had never till three weeks ago used a die cutting machine but recently had said how much she would like one as it would be great to create craft projects with her granddaughter as well as to incorporate elements into her sewing, her true craft. My father, a professional full time artist, is now also very very interested in the Big Shot Plus, all those textures!

    And in just two weeks of having the Big Shot Plus is addicted! Everyone can die cut and everyone can have a great time crafting, even if you never thought that it would be possible.


  • A Birthday card

    Monday, 16 March, 2015

    Today I am sharing this card that I made while I am at my parents house, in Campanet (Mallorca, Spain) house I grew up, the room where I started making cards in my early teen years.  It was the first time that I used a big shot in the room that started it all for me, so it was a bit of an emotional experience!


    Saturday was my mum's birthday and I managed to get her as a birthday present a brand new Big shot starter kit. I love all the dies and folder that comes with it, so I decided to make my mum's card using them. And I took the finished card photo in the balcony that my old room has. I spent many hours reading there.

     had small amount of supplies, though I had my basic tools, so it was a bit of a challenge to make a card that would work. But I think she loved it! 

    One of the things I had was gold flakes and adhesives, so I decided to use them since my mum loves gold and I didn't have any other type of gold card.

    Once the whole area was covered, I embossed it using the fabulous dotty A4 folded that comes as part of the Big Shot Plus starter kit. I love this machine! And so does my mum, who is just starting in paper rafting but is an expert seamstress.

    I am always impressed on how even the pressure is through out.
    I die cut White card using the Bigz die included in the kit to die cut the leaves, and the small thinlits to cut the individual leaves using black and yellow paper.

    And this is the finished card, with the background a bit less out of pho us so you can see what I used to get up to every morning.

  • A masculine layout

    Monday, 2 March, 2015

    Today I fancied doing a layout to celebrate my husbands 40th birthday last year. I can't believe myself that he is 40 already but he certainly is. 

    I went for a 6 x 8" layout which is my current favourite. Its not too small and the proportions are just right for me. 

    I selected a few dies that i wanted to use which are:

    The Butterfly card set comes with several very useful dies. I love the feel of the postage stamp so i designed two for this set that actually work together both nesting and sideways.

    No matter which way you want to distribute them the edges match!

    I die cut several of the large and small ones out of white card. then I distress them using Pumice Stone ink pad.

    My husband does like butterflies but not in feminine colours, so I decided to add a detail but not to obvious. Using the smaller die I embossed using the Sizzix Texturz Silicone Rubber pad and the Sizzix Texturz Impressions Pad. I followed the instructions on the multipurpose platform on how to layer it. Basically Tab 1 - clear cutting plate - die with the cutting side up - card - rubber - Impressions pad.

    The effect is pretty unique! I highlighted it with distress inks. I die cut the 40 and the words and glue them. I like to use the foam strips from Stix2 as they come in two small widths and you can cut them to the desired length. Makes live so much easier!

    On elf the beauties of this set is that you have matching dies to layer on to top of the postage stamp die cuts. I die cut the photos to match the stamps perfectly, no measuring needed!

    I spray some ink on the background and assemble some elements over the edge, and there it was finished:

    Its a bit different from my usual pretty and clean style, but I think it is perfect to remember that fabulous day!

  • A love frame using letters from Tim Holtz Alphabet Sizzix die

    Monday, 16 February, 2015

    A couple of days ago was Valentine's day. That very commercial day. That day many hate. Well, I was one of them, but I think anything that celebrates love, even if it's through a commercial interest, its a good thing.

    I decided to make something for my house that celebrated love in an understated way, something that can be there all year round and still look and feel right. A frame with letters A-Z and Love inside seemed a good idea.

    I only used two dies, both from Tim Holtz: the Bigz XL Alphabet Die - Block Talk Capital and the Bigz die Heartfelt.

    I selected first my frame, with an opening of about 18 x 24 cm.I lay down some letters to see if it fit nicely and they did. I cut to fit in a mixed media card (340 gsm) that I know will work well with paint.  Lay down the letters and space them vertically.

    Then I marked the horizontal lines where they should go. I made two per letter, but one was a mistake.
    I place then horizontally, arranging them visually. As my aim is to paint them all white, the spacing isn't that essentially perfect, but still.

    Once I was on the fourth row I added the letters LOVE with a bit more space in between.
    Then To proceed to glue them, I used a ruler as a guide and glue the left border ones as well as the right ones.

    To make sure the spacing was as good as possible, I then glued the centre ones of each row. Finally I glue the rest. I then glued more layers of letters a bit random. to create some with more height than others.
    Actually, I rather like it with the white and Kraft. But, still went ahead with my plan"

    Paint it all with white acrylic paint. 

    Then I die cut again the word love using a page from an old book. I also die cut the heart and attach it with wet glue.

    Finally I painted the frame with gold and silver acrylic spray paint and assembled it.

    I hope you like it!


  • Hello card

    Monday, 2 February, 2015

    Who is up for a simple card? A simple die cut heart and a sentiment makes for a quick one. 

    I am loving the new Craft Asylum word dies Thinlits Die Set 3PK - Happiness Phrases 660804, specially the Hello. And of course the craft staple than is the Big Shot starter kit

    I sprayed the background with two tone coloured mist and then layered on a yellow card.
    I glued the patterned paper to chipboard and then die cut it using the Bigz die from the Big Shot starter kit.

    I die cut twice the sentiment, once out of white card and of turquoise. Then I glue them with the white off set by a tiny bit to make it stand out more. I then added the crystals and the bow.

  • Butterfly Birthday card

    Monday, 19 January, 2015

    One thing I always have a need for is birthday cards, even though I have numerous ways to be reminded of birthdays, I always forget to make and send them in time. Like many other years before, I am trying to be better this year and what better way to start than with a few Sizzix simple but effective birthday cards.

    My love affair with the intricate butterflies continues this cold and wet January.

    For this card I used the Sizzix Thinlits Intricate Butterflies 659971 and the Tim Holtz Block Talk lowercase alphabet die (659442) as well as Basic Grey Kissing Booth papers, white card, gold flakes, foam pads and Scrapbook Adhesives 3L adhesive sheets.

    I placed the patterned paper on the the front of my card. Then I trimmed a piece of white card to size. I place the intricate butterflies dies over as well as die cut letters to see their visual weight. Once I was happy with their placement, I die cut them using my magnetic platform to secure them in place. I used the intricate butterflies instead of the Framelits included in the same set because I did not want any residual embossing on the outside. Then I glued the white card with foam pads.

    To create the gold effect letters I used adhesives sheets by 3L. They are a super fine double sided film that is much more delicate and thin than the one I usually use from Stix2. I am a fanatic o adhesives so I find different thicknesses have different uses. I apply the adhesive to both front and back of a cereal cardboard.

    I die cut each letter and then position them on the card. Once I am happy with the position, I use low tack tape to secure them in place (relative to each other).

    I lifted the backing of the adhseive sheet, and glue them in to position. rub down the letteres well and then I removed the low tack tape.

    I removed the protective sheet from the adhesive sheet and place the card in my golden flake tub. I brushed the letters with a sponge to make sure all the adhesive is covered in gold flakes.

    I then stamped the message using one of the clear stamps I have designed and then trim it to size.

    Finally I added more die cut butterflies (from the same set), ribbon and golden adhesive beads.

    It didn't take long at all to make, but it is quite detailed. So I hope who ever is going to receive this card this year is going to like it!

  • Flying Butterflies Home Decor

    Monday, 5 January, 2015

    Happy New Year!

    Very exciting things ahead in 2015.

    I will start with a project I have been wanting to do for a while.
    I love glass jars, domes and bell jars. I also love butterflies so it was a given that I would combine this two loves to create a project to display in my living room.

    I used: Sizzix® Thinlits™ Die Set 14PK - Flowers, Intricate by Paula Pascual 659975,
    the Big Shot with its magnetic platform; a small glass dome, some  small dry branches from my garden, a glue gun, green and yellow faux moss.

    I started by die cutting the butterflies. I die cut the black card with the intricate die, and with the solid butterfly matching die I die cut white card that I sprayed with different colored misters. (Use plain colored card if you wish, it works almost as well.)

    Then, I glue them together by just applying glue on the body of the butterfly.

    To glue the branches in a vertical position, I used the hot glue gun, making sure that they didn't stick out too much so that they fit inside the glass dome.

    To disquise the obvious glue, I place some more glue and sprinkled artificial moss.

    Then I placed the butterflies. Again, glued with hot glue gun. Finally I added a sentiment from Basic Grey Fresh Cut collection stickers that I had in my stash.

    And there it is...

    It didnt take long at all to make and the result it is quite pleasing!

    Have a very Happy Crafting New Year!

  • Personalised Christmas table decorations using Sizzix dies

    Monday, 22 December, 2014

    Last minute Christmas decorations? Well, if you are like me (always leaving everything for the last minute) then yes, is now or never!

    Here is a simple way of making Christmas table decorations in the shape of napkin holders. The idea came because we are going to be six people during Christmas in my parents house, and since my parents insist on using traditional fabric napkins, I thought to personalized holders would be a good idea.

    Since they only have to last about a week, i thought paper and chipboard would be good enough, otherwise I would have used fabric which last much longer and still can be die cut nicely. 

    I used  Sizzix Bigz XL Alphabet Die - Word Play 657837, 659976 Sizzix - Ornament Tree by Paula Pascual and Sizzix Bigz Die - Circles 656333.
    i attached the papers (Apsen Frost from Basic Grey) and attached them to mount board (the stuff used to frame pictures which is prettier than chipboard).
    Then I die cut the circles (medium circle of the die) and die cut plain paper using the smaller circle included in the die.
    I used the paper attached to the mount board to die cut the letters that correspond to our family's initials.

    Using a distress ink, I inked all the edges and then glue them together. Using a glue gel I attached cardboard cylinders to the back.

    I let the glue dry completely. I was going to take the easy option and spray paint the backs, but then I opted for paper. Finally, to add extra detail, I used the leftovers - all the little flowers and dots - from the Ornament Tree (659976 Sizzix - Ornament Tree by Paula Pascual).

    And, this is how all looked together once finished, I quite like them!

    And while my mum will insists on using proper table linen, I don't have any so I had to use kitchen paper towels for the photo. But you get the idea!

  • Christmas Box decoration using Sizzix dies

    Monday, 8 December, 2014

    Christmas is only a few days away. But I like to make small decorations each year during the month of December. This time I have made a box for an artificial tea light candle.

    I used the Thinlits Christmas Phrase Cards 659973, card, vellum and adhesives.

    I took a piece of red card that measure 6 x 12".
    I started with the smaller of the two outer cards included in the set as a guideline on where to make the score lines, top, bottom and side always on the outside of the die.
    then I scored those long horizontal lines.

    By placing the same die over I ensured that it was the right size each time. You see that die create a thin border but with the added metal on the side creates a perfect size panel as you can see on the right.

    I kept making marks and scoring each panel.

    The final one creates a tiny 5th panel which is brilliant to close the box.

    Before starting to die cut I made a few marks. Left, you can see the two arrows on the little strip to make sure that I die cut the Phrase cards all in the right direction (as you can see I did the same with the die with a permanent marker after I did a mistake). I also wrote Back on the left panel to make sure I did not die cut it.

    Because this die has a lot of detail and you have to die cut it for the box laid horizontally every time I die cut it I turned it over to make sure all the words are die cut. I secure the die each time with low tack tape to make sure the die is in the correct position all the time, even if I had to run it through the machine a second time.

    Once finished die cutting it should look like this.

    I used the same die to die cut a shiny mirri gold card to add more reflection to the light and attached it to the back panel.

    I also die cut three vellum cards to attach from the inside so that the light would be more diffused.

    To assemble the box I trimmed the tabs to make the folds better, as well as the bottom to become thinner so that I could place the battery operated tea light. I glue the little 5th panel o the back using wet adhesive for a strong hold.

    I then glue the tabs together and place a square card to make it look prettier.

    And here it is, lighted and with the lights of the room on.

    You can do this one in so many diferent ways, I hope you give it a try.

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