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  • 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 ... 
    Happy easter 2

    I die cut the butterfly twice and added pearl dots ...
    2a

    2b

    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.
    1b

    1a

    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.

    Be Happy_gerry
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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! 
    Disneyland Paris_sig
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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. 
    c3

    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.
    c4

    c5

    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. 

    Cards 1
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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....
    You 1

    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.
    You 6

    The stamped and die cut Word Label was used to decorate the flower.
    I simply adhered it in the center of the flower.
    You 3

    I added glitter for a bit of shiny effect.
    You 4

    You 2

    And my second card today...
    To make this card I used the Circles dies with approx. sizes 4 1/4" and 3 3/4".
    Hello 1
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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". 
    Hello 8

    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...
    f2
    ... 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.
    How letters

    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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    660220_Mixed media_Tim Holtz
    I used this flower shape to decorate my embellishments.
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    I hope you enjoyed my project today!
    Have a creative Sunday!

  • "Friends" Layout by Gerry van Gent

    Sunday, 8 February, 2015

    Hello Sizzix friends!

    I hope you are all enjoying your weekend!
    I am a bit late with my post today so I am sharing straight away
    my project I created for you today! I used NEW dies and I love them.
    Friends_gerry van gent
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    657900 Sizzix Big Shot machine
    NEW 660222 Sizzix Thinlits Die Set Scribbles & Splat
    NEW 660218 Sizzix Thinlits Die Set Handwritten Love
    658571 Sizzix Bigz L Die Pocket Watch Frame
    657190 Sizzix Bigz L Weathered Clock
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    I began layering the photo with two "old" dies which were matching
    perfectly the new Scribbles & Splat dies with their round shape.
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    All  Splats were adhered on the background with foam tape to give more dimension.
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    Before die cutting the Splats I chose paper where I could use a beautiful pattern 
    in the middle of the splat.
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    I wanted the heart be the shining "queen" on my layout....
    I didn`t have to use any glitter ....
    I simply chose red cardstock which made it pop perfectly!
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    ...I fell in love with all the Handwritten words....
    so cool and perfect touch to your project!
    c1
    OTHER PRODUCTS I USED:
    Prima Marketing - papers, flowers, stencil
    Dutch Doobadoo - modelling paste

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    And before I finish my post for today I would love to share with you 
    a few photos of my daughter who often comes to my studio and 
    creates with me. This time she did't miss the chance to try the new
    Sizzix dies I received and even created a layout using them :-)
    She is having so much FUN....
    Lea and sizzix
    ....and wondering is this beautiful butterfly can fly.....
    leanne butterfly
    ....and she is dreamy....
    leanne heart
    ...and of course she organised mommy's NEW letter dies on a 
    flexible magnetic sheet ... waiting for my approval ;-)
    lea and TH letters
    ....and she did a great job....now the letters are so easy to use.....
    which reminds me I have a project to share with you next Sunday!!!
    flexible magnetic sheet_organization
    Hope you enjoyed my post today!

  • "Captured Moments" Card by Gerry van Gent

    Sunday, 1 February, 2015



    Hello Sizzix friends!

    It's Sunday and I am back with another project I created for you.
    For today's post I prepared a card using a few Sizzix dies.

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    657900 Sizzix Big Shot Machine
    658508 Sizzix Sizzlits Die Set Roses Flower Set
    658221 Sizzix Originals Die Curly Gate
    658551 Sizzix Sizzlits Decorative Strip Die 
    658711 Sizzix Sizzlits Dec. Strip Die Ironwork Gate
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    Once I die cut the stems with leaves from the Roses Flower Set I used them to decorate 
    the flower clusters. Before adhering them I used a white pen and drew round the edges.
    N.B. The stem & leaves on the right side of the card were die cut twice and
    adhered partially on top of each other.
    1

    From the Ironwork Gate I used only a bit as decoration.
    2

    The Curly Gate was die cut twice - once using white cardstock and 
    second time using some corrugated cardboard.
    I used the corrugated cardboard die-cut as a shadow.
    4

    I love so much how the Mini Filmstrip turned out - I call it the "dancing" Filmstrip :-)
    I glued the filmstrip fristly only in the beginning and the end.
    Then I partially  adhered parts of the filmstrip to give this "dancing" feeling.
    As a final touch I added the buckle. 
    3a

    OTHER PRODUCTS I USED:
    The Scrapbook Diaries Clear Stamps
    KaiserCraft papers
    Tim Holtz stencil
    Prima Marketing flowers
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    Have a creative Sunday!

  • "This Moment" by Gerry van Gent

    Sunday, 25 January, 2015


    Hello Sizzix peeps!
    Hope you are all enjoying a relaxed Sunday!

    Today I want to share with you a canvas I created
    using awesome Sizzix dies. Scrapping on canvas is an 
    absolute pleasure for me for the last years.
    So here is one I created especially for you :-)

    0 This Moment
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    657900 Sizzix Big Shot Machine
    658837 Sizzix Framelits Die Set w/Stamps Love, Hugs & Hearts
    659133 Sizzix Thinlits Die Moroccan Card Front
    657495 Sizzix On the Edge Die Butterflight
    656640 Sizzix Bigz Die Tattered Florals
    658506 Sizzix Sizzlits Die Vintage Doily
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    For the die Moroccan Card Front I used black cardstock in order to have
    contrast to my pastel coloured background. Once it was die cut I separated 
    it in a few pieces and added as decoration to the photo.
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    When I die cut the butterflies I carefully fussy cut three of them 
    so I can use them separately on my project!
    657495_Butterflight
    2

    To make my project even more personal I hand made some of the flowers
    by using the super awesome die Tattered Florals.
    3
    I chose brown fabric canvas which I combined with some white lace and ...
    of course a brad to fasten the pieces altogether.
    I also die cut two small flowers extra to use them on the canvas.
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    The two hearts were stamped and die cut with Love, Hugs & Hearts Die set.
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    I hope you enjoyed my canvas today!
    Have a creative day!

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