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  • "A Smile for Mom" by Gerry van Gent

    Sunday, 19 April, 2015


    Happy Sunday Sizzix friends!

    Maybe you have already guessed (by the title!) that my
    blog post today is dedicated to my mom. Living far away from
    my mom is not only hard for me but also hard for my mom.
    That's why I love sending her photos - and of course, some of
    the photos are scrapped like this one today.
    Perfect present for Mother's Day!
    I chose my favourite "scrap" canvas which is A4 size and
    perfectly matching the Sizzix Big Shot Plus machine.

    A Smile for Mom_gerry
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    660515 Sizzix Big Shot Plus Starter Kit
    660474 Sizzix Thinlits Die Set Decorative Bubbles
    660222 Sizzix Thinlits Die Set Scribble & Splat
    658506 Sizzix Sizzlits Die Set Vintage Doily
    657176 Sizzix Sizzlits Decorative Strip Alphabet Typeset
    558504 Sizzix Sizzlits L Die Flower Rose 3D
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    My very first step was to emboss the background paper.
    I used the A4 Embossing Folder included in the Starter Kit.
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    The die-cut letter "a" was adhered underneath an epoxy sticker.
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    I die cut a few times both of these Decorative Bubbles 
    using different papers. Then I began mixing them and 
    creating embellishments for my photo.
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    The big flower was created by using both sizes Bigz Die flowers included 
    in the Starter Kit - I die cut them so many times until the flower looked "full".
    For the centre I hand made the rose by using one of the old dies (558504 Rose 3D)
    I added a bit of Stickles.
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    Other Products I used:
    Maja Design Papers
    Lindy's Stamp Gang Sprays
    Prima Marketing Embellishments
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    Thank you for visiting today!
    Have a creative Sunday!


  • "Together" layout by Gerry van Gent

    Saturday, 11 April, 2015


    Hello Sizzix Peeps!
    Did you have a great week so far? I hope so :-)

    Well, I am an Instagram fan and I love posting photos there taken
    with my phone. Some of the photos I take are really faves and worth
    scrapping. Just like this photo of my kids - had to treasure up it on a layout.
    For my blog post today I used the absolutely awesome Sizzix Big Shot Plus 
    machine and some of the awesome dies included in the Starter Kit!

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    660515 Sizzix Big Shot Plus Starter Kit (White & Grey)
    660473 Sizzix Thinlits Die Set Decorative Trim #2
    660218 Sizzix Thinlits Die Set Handwritten Love
    658526 Sizzix Bigz Die Elisse
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    I began creating the layout by die cutting the scalloped tags - two of each size.
    For the tags I used corrugated cardboard which I left "natural" ...
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    From the Decorative Trim #2 die set I used the hearts border....
    I die cut it a few times and I outlined some of the hearts with white pen.
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    The beautiful flower die from the Starter Kit was die cut in total 6 times.
    For each flower I used two different colors.
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    I wanted the background to be more playful so....
    I cut separately some of the hearts from Decorative Trim #2
     and adhered them on the background.
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    I am so in love with the butterflies from the Starter Kit....
    they are so intricate and pretty!
    For my project I die cut the butterflies lots of times and 
    I simply layered them - I prepared 3 "sets" of butterflies...
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    One of the layered butterflies was cut in the middle and used 
    for decoration at both (left/right) edges.
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    OTHER PRODUCTS I USED:
    Prima Marketing flowers
    Prima Marketing Bloom Girls Spray
    Ingvild Bolme Metallic Embellies
    Sakura white pen 
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    Thank you so much for visiting us today!
    Have a creative Sunday!

  • An Easter Basket by Gerry van Gent

    Sunday, 5 April, 2015



    Hello Sizzix friends!
    Happy Easter to all of you!
    How many eggs did you eat already :-) ?

    I decided to make a last-minute Easter decoration
    at home so here I am today sharing the result ...
    An Easter basket. 
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    660515 Sizzix Big Shot Plus Starter Kit (White & Grey)
    Craft Asylum A4 Cardstock Sheets
    660473 Sizzix Thinlits Die Set Decorative Trim #2
    660474 Sizzix Thinlits Die Set Decorative Bubbles
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    (blue) Cardstock sheets come from Craft Asylum A4 paper block
    which is included in the Sizzix Big Shot Plus Starter Kit...
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    "Happy Easter" banner comes from Free Easter Paper Downloads
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    After die cutting the cute box I cut out the top part i.e. the "lid".
    In this way I was able to create my basket.
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    After that I die cut the parts I needed for the basket handle...
    The white thin chain-like die-cut comes from Decorative Trim #2 die...
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    Final result....
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    For the 4 sides of the basket I die cut the flourish motif ...
    I used simply white cardstock which pops up very well ...
    The top edges I decorated with die-cut scallops...
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    Now the basket is ready to be decorated and filled in with eggs....
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    This is one of the beautiful butterflies included in the Sizzix Big Shot Plus Starter Kit...
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    One of the flowers included in the Sizzix Big Shot Plus Starter Kit...
    I adhered in the middle an egg. 
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    The egg itself is decorated with the heart border from Decorative Bubbles.
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    Thank you so much for visiting us today!
    Enjoy your Easter Weekend with your loved ones!

  • An Easter Card with Free Paper Downloads

    Sunday, 29 March, 2015


    Happy Sunday Sizzix friends!

    Today I have another Easter card to share with you.
    This card was also created by using the gorgeous
    free to download Easter papers which are available ------> HERE

    Free Easter papers 2015

    Happy Easter card_gerry
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    NEW 660515 Sizzix Big Shot Plus Starter Kit
    660804 Sizzix Thinlits Die Set Happiness Phrases
    660220 Sizzix Thinlits Die Set Mixed Media
    660222 Sizzix Thinlits Die Set Scribbles & Splat
    658554 Sizzix Sizzlits Dec. Strip Alphabet Die Wanted 
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    I began creating the card by stamping an egg pattern on 4
    different coloured scraps from FREE EASTER PAPER DOWNLOADS.
    I needed 5 eggs because of the word "happy" 
    so I added a white egg in the middle....
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    When my stamped eggs were ready I adhered them on front of the card.
    After that I added the letters H-A-P-P-Y on top of each egg.
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    I die cut the splats and honeycomb from white cardstock
    and distressed them just a bit with yellow ink to match the title.
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    OTHER PRODUCTS I USED:
    clear stamp egg - brand unknown
    papers "Easter" title - "Webster's Pages"
    white cardstock; yellow ink
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    Thank you for your visit!
    Have a creative Sunday!

  • Easter Cards & Free Download Papers by Gerry van Gent

    Sunday, 22 March, 2015


    Happy Sunday Sizzix peeps!

    Today I created for you two cards using the beautiful and so fresh
    Free Easter Paper Downloads - these papers are perfect for your Spring
    or Easter projects! The patterns are playful, bright and fun and when you combine
    them with your favourite Sizzix dies make your project personal and unique!
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    657900 Sizzix Big Shot Machine
    NEW 660097 Sizzix Thinlits Die Magical Butterfly
    NEW 660095 Sizzix Thinlits Die Fanciful Fairy
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    My first card using the FREE EASTER PAPER DOWNLOADS and
    the intricate Magical Butterfly die ... 
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    I die cut the butterfly twice and added pearl dots ...
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    My second card ....this time using the pretty Fanciful Fairy die ...
    Happy Easter 1

    I die cut the Fanciful Fairy die twice.
    From the 2nd die-cut I used only the wings which I added
    to the first Fanciful Fairy die. Once again I added pearl dots.
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    Hope you enjoyed my cards today!

    Don't forget to check the FREE EASTER PAPER DOWNLOADS !!!
    Free Easter papers 2015

    HAVE A CREATIVE SUNDAY!

  • "Be Happy" layout by Gerry van Gent

    Saturday, 14 March, 2015


    Hello Sizzix friends!
    Happy Sunday to all of you!

    Today I have another layout to share with you... this time
    mixing some new and old dies which were so much fun to play with.
    This photo (of my daughter and I) makes me smile and feel so happy -
    a great memory of last Summer so I decided to scrap it and of course
    Happiness Phrases dies were the perfect touch to it.

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    657900 Sizzix Big Shot Machine
    NEW 660804 Sizzix Thinlits Die Set Happiness Phrases
    NEW 660236 Sizzix Bigz Die w/Texture Fades Butterfly Duo
    NEW 660220 Sizzix Thinlits Die Set Mixed Media
    NEW 660222 Sizzix Thinlits Die Set Scribbles & Splat
    656938 Sizzix Movers & Shapers L Die Tag & Bookplates
    657491 Sizzix Texture Fades Embossing Folders Springtime Background
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    To make the butterflies I used my favourite brown fabric canvas. 
     On top I adhered another layer of the pretty Butterflies but this time I
    used another material - sort of hard fabric which looks like grid.
    They used it as anti-slip underlay for carpets/rugs (Ikea)
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    To make my butterfly pop and catch attention I added
    a small flower and I added cute white antennae.... 
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    ...and some more close-ups for you.....
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    Before I used the Mixed Media thinlits die I
    cut a strip of the bottom part of the background pattern paper (approx. 6cm).
    Then I die cut the paper strip from begin to end - using 4 times the Mixed Media die. 
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    OTHER PRODUCTS I USED:
    Maja Design Pattern Papers
    Prima Marketing Flowers
    Ingvild Bolme Distressing Tool
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    Thank you for your visit!
    Have a creative Sunday!

  • "Disneyland Paris" layout by Gerry van Gent

    Sunday, 8 March, 2015


    Hello Sizzix friends!
    Enjoying your weekend? I hope so :-)

    For my blog post today I prepared a layout where I scrapped
    some funny photos (of my kids) taken in Disneyland, France.
    And because I couldn't decide which photo to scrap I decided
    to scrap more than one... and the Splat Die solved my "problem"
    for placing so many photos on one page perfectly! 
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    657900 Sizzix Big Shot Machine
    657551 Sizzix Framelits Die Set Circles
    NEW 660220 Sizzix Thinlits Die Set Mixed Media
    NEW 660210 Sizzix Thinlits Die Set Alphanumeric
    NEW 660222 Sizzix Thinlits Die Set Scribbles & Splat
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    I used the Splat Die for decorating my photos.

    Firstly, I die cut the photos with the smallest Circle (3.18 cm = 1 1/4") 
    which fits perfectly on top of the Splat Die.
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    Secondly, I die cut twice the Splat Dies for each photo 
    using two different pattern papers.
    The dark die-cut splat I used as a shadow.
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    Here are more close-up photos for you...
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    When I die cut the diamonds motif from the Mixed Media set
    I used part of it for decoration. I fussy cut it carefully
    ...and doodled a bit by using white pen. 
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    Love how perfectly the smallest Circle (3.18 cm = 1 1/4") fits...
    great solution if you want to use more photos on a one-page layout.
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    Mickey got some cool diamonds motifs as well :-)
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    Lots of dimension because of the foam tape I used...
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    OTHER PRODUCTS I USED:
    White Cardstock
    Prima Marketing - pattern papers, flowers,
    mask, Paris embellishment, chalk edgers
    Tim Holtz mask
    Crafters Workshop mask
    The Scrapbook Diaries clear stamps
    Pan Pastels
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    Thank you for visiting us!
    Have a creative Sunday!

  • Colourful Cards by Gerry van Gent

    Sunday, 1 March, 2015

    Hello Sizzix Friends and Happy 1st of March!!

    Can you believe it? It is already March? Time surely flies :-)
    I am already in a Spring mood and I am absolutely looking forward
    to some warm and colourful season like Spring. And by saying this
    my projects today are two cards in bright, happy and cheerful colours. 

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    657900 Sizzix Big Shot machine
    NEW 660220 Sizzix Thinlits Die Set Mixed Media
    658701 Sizzix Framelits Die Set w/Stamps Word Labels
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    My first card is featuring the diamonds Mixed Media die....
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    I basically die cut the diamonds twice on a piece of white cardstock.
    Then I misted the cardstock and adhered it on top of another white piece of cardstock.
    After that I tore it diagonally somewhere in the middle - 
    I kind of resized it to fit on the front of my (14 cm x 10 cm) card.
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    The stamped and die cut Word Label was used to decorate the flower.
    I simply adhered it in the center of the flower.
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    I added glitter for a bit of shiny effect.
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    And my second card today...
    To make this card I used the Circles dies with approx. sizes 4 1/4" and 3 3/4".
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    657900 Sizzix Big Shot machine
    657551 Sizzix Framelits Die Set Circles
    NEW 660220 Sizzix Thinlits Die Set Mixed Media
    NEW 660210 Sizzix Thinlits Die Set Alphanumeric
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    I used white cardstock to die cut the Circle with size 3 3/4".
    Then I die cut the Mixed Media die twice - top and bottom of the circle.
    Once ready I misted it in green and placed it 
    underneath another die-cut Circle with size 3 3/4". 
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    The Alphanumeric letters were die cut twice using white and red cardstock.
    The red letters I used as shadow letters.
    Hello 3

    Hello 5

    Hope you enjoyed my "Spring-inspired" cards today!
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    Thank you so much for visiting us today!
    Have a creative Sunday!

  • Home Decor Frame by Gerry van Gent

    Sunday, 22 February, 2015

    Hello Sizzix friends and happy Sunday!

    Today I prepared for you a home decor frame
    featuring two stunning NEW dies by Sizzix. This frame is super
    easy to create and it makes it a great present for your....friends :-)
    The size is 25 cm x 25 cm (approx. 9,9 inches x 9,9 inches)

    HD Frame
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    657900 Sizzix Big Shot Machine
    NEW 660218 Sizzix Thinlits Die Set Handwritten Love
    NEW 660236 Sizzix Bigz Die w/Texture Fades Butterfly Duo
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    The white background paper was treated with a few colors of spray paint and ink. 
    N.B. The inner frame is 19 cm x 19 cm! 
    Two different stamps were used here:
    1. A text stamp so it will match my "Friends" title.
    2. A flourish stamp to match the butterflies - Flowers & butterflies 
    are always a perfect match .
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    The "friends" title was die-cut twice and adhered on top of each other.
    I used black cardstock...and because I was missing a bit of "glam" I 
    "painted" the letters by using a black "Sharpie" marker.
    Love the "shiny" result!
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    Well, I simply love the new Butterflies Die by Tim Holtz. 
    No wonder I made this home decor frame featuring these cuties.
    I used 4 different pattern papers to die-cut them and then emboss them.
    Did you know that the Butterfly Duo Bigz die comes with an 
    Embossing folder so you get this amazing texture on these butterflies?
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    Once the butterflies were die cut and embossed I used sanding paper to distress them...
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    ... after that I fussy cut four images so I can decorate the butterflies...
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    OTHER PRODUCTS I USED:
    Prima Marketing - stencil, clear stamps
    Maja Design - pattern paper
    Tattered Angels - clear stamps
    Lindy's Stamp Gang Sprays
    Dutch Doobadoo - modeling paste
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    Have a creative Sunday!
    Gerry

  • A "Congrats!" Layout by Gerry van Gent

    Sunday, 15 February, 2015

    Hello Sizzix peeps!
    Happy Sunday to all of you ....
    Hope you all had a great Valentine's Day with your loved ones!
    Today I prepared another layout for you using New Sizzix dies and a 
    "touch" of old ones ....a perfect combination :-)
    This photo of my son was taken last Summer on his 11th birthday -
    a day certainly worth remembering :-) and treasuring on the wall.

    Congrats!

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    657900 Sizzix Big Shot Machine
    NEW 660210 Sizzix Thinlits Die Set Alphanumeric (1" Tall) 
    NEW 660222 Sizzix Thinlits Die Set Scribbles & Splat
    NEW 660220 Sizzix Thinlits Die Set Mixed Media
    657826 Sizzix Sizzlits Dec. Strip Die Washer Border
    656938 Sizzix Movers & Shapers L Die Tag & Bookplates
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    To give more dimension and "glam" to the letters from my title I 
    added "Dimensional Magic".  To be sure the letters won't  wrinkle and
    to make them flat I die cut each letter three times.
     Then I adhered each letter on top of each other - it makes them now stable.
    Subsequently I added the three dimensional accent.
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    N.B. I used the exclamation mark as a "body" for the dragonfly. 
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     It took 3 hours for the letters to dry!
    But once dry the result is simply amazing. 
    As a final touch I distressed the letters with ink. 
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     The Bookplate was die cut from corrugated cardboard and dark brown pattern paper.
    When I adhered the pattern paper on top of the corrugated cardboard I distressed the
    pattern paper with sanding paper. As a result you get "white" spots - 
    these white spots I painted with blue paint.
    I did almost the same with the die cut pattern paper matting the photo.
    First I die cut the paper by using one of the NEW Mixed Media dies.
    Then I painted the edges with gesso and once drie I painted with blue paint.
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    I used this flower shape to decorate my embellishments.
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    I hope you enjoyed my project today!
    Have a creative Sunday!

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