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  • 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?
    f1
    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...
    m2

    m1

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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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    close 5

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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.
    c3

    All  Splats were adhered on the background with foam tape to give more dimension.
    c4

    Before die cutting the Splats I chose paper where I could use a beautiful pattern 
    in the middle of the splat.
    c5

    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!
    c2

    ...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 :-)

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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.
    1
    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.
    How

    The two hearts were stamped and die cut with Love, Hugs & Hearts Die set.
    4
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    I hope you enjoyed my canvas today!
    Have a creative day!

  • Memories from Wrexham by Gerry

    Sunday, 18 January, 2015


    Hello Sizzix friends!

    Today's project is about me :-)
    I don't know about you but I often take selfies so I can share them online.
    This photo is one of my favourite selfies and a special one because it was
    taken in Wrexham when I visited for the first time Sizzix Europe headquarters.
    And of course for my favourite photo I had to use my favourite Sizzix products!

    As a base for my A4 layout I used the cardboard back of our old family agenda - 
    yes, I never throw cardboard! You can use it in various ways. 
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    657900 Sizzix Big Shot Machine
    659573 Sizzix Sizzlits Decorative Strip Die Spring Greenery
    658711 Sizzix Sizzlits Decorative Strip Die Ironwork Gate
    656938 Sizzix Movers & Shapers L Die Tag & Bookplate 
    659127 Sizzix Thinlits Die Set Frame Layers & Flower #2

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    Love how the Spring Greenery branches match 
    the fussy cut branches from the pattern paper.
    2d

    I used the small die-cut circles from the Tag & Bookplate to decorate
    all over the layout - I simply die cut them in different colours and 
    adhered them on my project.
    2b

    I cut two small ends of the Ironwork Gate and coloured them in black.
    Then I glued them on top of the other ends - 
    in this way I wanted to have more contrast and also
    to match the rest of the "blacks" on the layout.
    2c

    I die cut the doily by using two different pattern papers.
    One of the pattern papers I used for the doily itself and 
    the circle where I stamped the quote.
    From the black pattern paper I used only the circle for the layout.
    I cut into two and used half underneath the other as a shadow.
    2a

    Other Products I used:
    Webster's Pages Pattern Paper
    Stamps - Donna Downey, Pink Paisley, Prima Marketing
    A fussy cut bird - Prima Marketing pattern paper

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    I hope you enjoyed my project today!
    Have a creative Sunday!

  • Two projects by Gerry van Gent

    Sunday, 6 April, 2014


    Hello Sizzix Friends!
    Gerry's here today sharing with you two projects.
    My first project is a card where I mixed a few dies and
    I also used one of the Sizzix stamps.
    You are so sweet {sizzix}
    657900 Sizzix Big Shot Machine
    658720 Sizzix Bigz Die Ornate Frame
    658837 Sizzix Framelits Die Set w/Stamps Love, Hugs & Hearts
    658927 Sizzix Thinlits Dies Dress & Shoes
    658932 Sizzix Thinlits Dies Rosettes
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    The phrase was first stamped on some leftover pattern paper 
    and then the label die (658932) was used to die cut it.
    As an addition to the stamped phrase I added three die-cut flowers.
    You are so sweet {sizzix}

    You are so sweet {sizzix}
    OTHER PRODUCTS I USED:
    Webster's Pages - "Party Time!" paper collection 
    Webster's Pages - "Growing Up Girl" paper collection

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    My second project is a layout.
    I used here only one single die which was (in my opinion) 
    the perfect decoration for my photo.
    You're Beautiful
    657900 Sizzix Big Shot Machine
    659127 Sizzix Thinlits Dies Frame Layers & Flowers #2
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    You're Beautiful
    OTHER PRODUCTS I USED:
    Webster's Pages - "Sweet Routine" paper collection 
    Prima Marketing - Flowers; stencil
    Imaginarium Designs chipboard
    IndigoBlu unmounted stamps
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    Have a creative day!

  • A "Mum" Card by Gerry van Gent

    Sunday, 23 March, 2014

    Hello Sizzix Friends!
    Today I have another card to share with you 
    which was created by using the Free Mothers's Day Papers.
    In case you didn`t check the papers yet here is a link for you:

    FREE PAPER DOWNLOADS for MOTHER'S DAY

    Card size: 10 cm x 15 cm
    Mum
    657900 Sizzix Big Shot Machine
    658221 Sizzix Originals Die Curly Gate
    658711 Sizzix Sizzlits Decorative Strip Die Ironwork Gate
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    I used two of the pattern papers for my background.
    Then I began decorating the card from top to bottom by
    adding cut outs from Mother's Day Paper Downloads
    and combining them with the beautiful dies.
    The banner is originally a small one but to make it look
    long I cut into two parts and added them to both sides of the heart.
    Mum 1
    Mum 2
    Thank you for your visit!
    Have a creative Sunday!

  • Mother's Day Card by Gerry van Gent

    Sunday, 16 March, 2014


    Hello Sizzix friends!
    Did you check already our free to download 
    beautiful papers for Mother's day?
    I did :-) and I even created already a card
    using a few of the papers.
    In case you missed them here is the link for you:
    Free Paper Downloads for Mother's Day

    My double card is based om white cardstock
    and it has sizes: 10 cm x 15 cm
    On Mother's Day_Fotor
    657900 Sizzix Big Shot Machine
    659436 Sizzix Bigz Die Garden Greens
    658850 Sizzix Thinlits Die Conservatory Window
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    I didn't use the Conservatory Window itself but 
    the "leftover" frame. I used a pair of scissors to round
    the top corners and then adhered the frame on top of the pattern paper.
    OMD_Frame

    I fussy cut two of the patterns and one phrase 
    so I can use them on my card.
    I combined the banner with the heart and
    added the phrase above them.
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    For the Garden Greens I used white cardstock -
    simply because they pop up very well against the background.
    Then I added three cute flowers as a final touch.
    OMD_close 1

    I didn`t miss to adhere most of the card "ingredients" :-)
    with my favourite foam squares so I will have more dimension.
    OMD_close 3
    Other Products I Used:
    Prima Marketing Flowers
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    Thank you so much for visiting today!
    Have a creative Sunday!

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