• 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!

  • A tribal layout

    Monday, 11 May, 2015


    I love bright colours but I am often intimidated by them. But since summer is not that far away, I decided to go a bit brighter.

    I love the new Tribal collection of Craft Asylum for Sizzix, specially the Hearts die, and they cry for strong colours.


    I first cut the white card to size. Then I die cut all the hearts in three shades of pink and once of dark of yellow. I then die cut the leaves from a different die from the same collection, layer them all out and glue them.

    Then I placed the photo, which features my cousin and myself on Christmas day 2014. It doesn't matter that the layout does not reflect the holiday itself but rather the friendship and love between us.

    I placed the crystals on the photo and then the clip.


    The letters are die cut from using my favourite alphabet die at the minute, Tim Holtz Block Talk Lowercase.


    I just love how the intricate hearts match perfectly the solid ones, allowing you to layer them up perfectly or slightly of set.

    Finally I added the strips of colour on the left of the layout.

    bright and summery, even if the photo is from Christmas. I love that about scrapbooking, there are no rules, and as long as you like it, its all good!

  • Monochrome Butterfly card

    Monday, 27 April, 2015


    We have had the most glorious days here in South East England, days perfect for softer and beautiful colours like corals and soft teals. Inspired by those colours and the good temperatures as well as by the lovely butterflies that will come in a few weeks to my garden I created these two cards.

    Clean and simple!

    I used Butterflies, Intricate by Paula Pascual 659971 and Tab Cards by Paula Pascual 659970.

    To make the coral one, I trimmed a piece of the coral paper to fit the landscape A6 folded card. Then I trimmed the wave at the end using a circle cutter. I stamped the message using one of the clear stamps sets I have designed, called Tab messages that match beautifully the Tab Cards  dies.

    I die cut the butterflies using the solid large die (using white card) as well as the intricate large (coral paper). I layered them up and attach them to the card with glue only on the body of the butterfly. Then I placed the hexagon crystals through the body of the butterfly to give a bit the impression of being caught flying.


    To make the soft teal one, I trimmed a piece of the patterned paper to fit the landscape  card. Then I trimmed the wave in the middle using a circle cutter, and on the bottom left over i did the same. I glue them down.

    I die cut the butterflies using the solid large die (using white card) as well as the intricate large (teal paper). I layered them up and attach them to the card with glue only on the body of the butterfly. Then I placed the crystals under the body of the intricate butterfly but over the solid one.

    I stamped the message from the same set as before called Tab messages and then I die cut it using the long thin Tab Cards  die. Finally I added the three crystals in the body of the butterfly.

    I hope you like them!


  • 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.

    Paula

  • 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!

    Paula

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