• Downton dilema

    Thursday, 2 October, 2014

     Well it's only how to put the quilt together! - there's and easy way for the piecing, which is difficult to plan, or there is a difficult way to piece which is very easy to plan - still not sure which option to take - here are the options -

     I can make each pinwheel complete and then lay them out to get a balance of colour and pattern - but the piecing will be complicated, or
    I can stitch the shapes into triangles - but as you can see from the numbering on the pieces in each triangle that it is quite complicated - so I'm off to the sewing machine to see which method I'm going to adopt - back soon.
    The decision is made - this method was quite tricky to stitch precisely although as previously discussed it's easy to plan.
     This triangle method gives me a much neater result - not so many difficult half seams - so I'm going to attempt this method and hope that I can plan it well enough.
    As I have about 20 different fabrics to work with I think this method will work.
    My next task is to cut some more half hexagons with die - and get sewing again. I'm going to cut 24 half hexagons from each fabric and see how far I get - this may just end up as a bed runner-or a single bed quilt - I'm not sure yet. I'll keep you informed as it progresses!
    Next week I'm demonstrating at Alexandra Palace at the Knitting and Stitching show. I'll be on The Cotton Patch stand, I'm not sure of the number, so if you're at the show come and say hello.
    Hope to see you next week.


  • Mini book by Karine

    Thursday, 2 October, 2014


    Here are a few pages of a mini book that I will be delighted to teach in classes this term in France and in the Basque Country.

    Supply list:

    Papers: Basic Grey, Crate Paper
    Alphabets: Glitz Design
    Stickers: Glitz Design, Jenni Bowlin Studio
    Inks: Chalk Prima
    Stamps: Méli-Mélo, Florilèges Design
    Sleeves: Studio Calico


    658300 : Sizzix Big Shot Starter Kit

    I had fun retelling the story of our last holidays by filling the little Studio Calico’s sleeves, as in a kind of Project Life with a small format.
    I used papers with soft pastel colours and watercolour backgrounds which are enhanced with some Sizzix die cuts.

    As my theme was “the holidays”, the pretty butterflies seemed a really appropriate choice!

    They are both cut out of framing paper in different sizes. I particularly like the texture and colour of these papers which fit perfectly with the work done on my backgrounds.
    I put the emphasis on the die cuts by gluing them with 3D adhesive foam.

    Have a lovely day,



    Quelques pages d'un mini album que j'aurai le plaisir de présenter ce trimestre en France et au Pays Basque :)

    Matériel utilisé :

    Papiers : Basic Grey, Crate Paper
    Alphabets : Glitz Design
    Stickers : Glitz Design, Jenni Bowlin Studio
    Encres : Chalk Prima
    Tampons : Méli-Mélo, Florilèges Design
    Pochettes : Studio Calico

    Dies :

    658300: Sizzix Big Shot Starter Kit

    Sous forme de mini Project Life, je me suis amusée à raconter nos dernières vacances en remplissant les petites pochettes Studio Calico.
    Des papiers doux et pastels ainsi que des fonds à l'aquarelle que j'ai eu envie de réhausser avec quelques découpes Sizzix.

    Pour une thématique vacances, les jolis papillons me semblaient bien appropriés !

    De tailles différentes ils sont tous les deux découpés dans du papier encadrement. J'aime particulièrement la texture et la couleur de ces papiers qui s'accordent à merveille avec mon travail de fond.
    Ces découpes sont mises en valeur avec des adhésifs 3D.

    Très bonne journée à vous


  • Snowflake Alchemy!

    Wednesday, 1 October, 2014

    Firstly, Hello to all the gang at Sprinkle Twinkle in Kings Lynn where I was giving a demo day and workshop at the weekend, we had lots of fun looking at some of the new Christmas dies and sharing a few techniques.

    At the start of the day, a lovely lady named Tina brought me some Welsh cakes to make me feel at home so 'Diolch yn fawr iawn'. Next time I'm down that way I'm going to take them a few mountains, we've got plenty to spare in North Wales and they could do with a couple dotted about the place. I've never seen so much sky?

    One of my demos on the day involved a new set of Thinlits snowflakes from that man Tim Holtz who has hit a winner again with his gorgeous new collection of seasonal dies, click on this link to see what I mean!

    I am also using a set of Thinlits Tags which everyone should make some room for in their die-cutting stash. Two other sets which proved very popular on the day and which I couldn't resist using are the Thinlits Holiday words collection and the Thinlits Labels collection. The embossing folder used is from a set of two namely Beaded Garland & Snowflakes. All of the products named are designed by Tim for Sizzix and I will be featuring more in the coming weeks because they are fab!

    I use the word alchemy in the title which was. of course, the pseudoscientific vain pursuit of turning base metals into gold. With Sizzix and a few Distress Inks however we can hopefully turn plain ivory and kraft card into crafting gold..... I hope!!!

    I die-cut the tag and word 'joy' from stiff ivory card and I die-cut three of the five snowflakes and the rosette label from kraft card. I then embossed or to be more precise, debossed the beaded garland onto the ivory tag before blending some of my favourite Distress Ink colours (Broken China, Shabby Shutters, Dusty Concord and Vintage Photo) over the top.

    I used a brayer to apply a thin coat of gesso to the label and snowflakes before strategically inking with the green, blue and purple. I then delicately spritzed the die-cuts with clean water to add a subtle mottling effect. Finally, I applied a little Vintage Photo inks to the edges. 
    Do you use Distress Glitter.... If not why not? It's super fine and adds a wonderful sparkle to whatever it touches, you can apply as much or as little as you want and it always allows the underlying colour to shine through. I applied a blob of PVA glue to my craft sheet and used my fingertips to apply some to the edges of the die-cut shapes in a random fashion before dipping it into the glitter. Next, I used 3D foam pads to mount the three snowflakes together before decorating with a few adhesive gems.

    I applied the glitter to the word 'Joy' which I attached to the label before adding an adhesive pearl in place of the die-cut dot over the letter 'j'. Next, I used a pokey tool to pop a hole through the top of the label and added a couple of jump rings.

    I used my Distress Inks to colour some Crinkle Ribbon and attached it around the base of my tag tied into a bow.

    And here is the finished tag, I added some paper string through the hole in the top from which I hung my label and mounted the snowflake with some more 3D foam pads. It may not be alchemy, but it's certainly very different from the raw materials with which we started our journey... More from Tim's new collection next week!

  • Scandi Christmas

    Wednesday, 1 October, 2014

    I am Scandinavian... that's no secret. And I do love snow and the idea of a white Christmas even if it has only happened a few times during my life. But the dream of winters with cold and clear weather shows itself when I create Christmas cards.
    When I received the Thinlits Die - Merry Christmas sporting its impressive moose I was immediately in love: Here was a die that lend itself perfectly to create a wintery scene. While I think it looks great with the frame around it, I wanted to try and do a scene on my own cutting away the frame and letting the moose go for an evening stroll. To achieve the night sky look I stamped and clear embossed multiple snowflakes on a dark blue paper.
    I die cut the entire frame in plain white cardstock and then I went in and die cut the details of the moose and the bird again using black and red cardstock. I then used red and black to fill in the holes and thus making sure that there was no gap between the white moose / bird and the coloured inlays. You could obviously just use cardstock behind the holes but I prefer this inlayed look because I find it to be more elegant. I also went over the details with a clear Wink of Stella pen and on the heart and the eyes I even added glossy accent.
    For the sentiment I used the letters that also get die cut when you cut out the frame. I like the white on white look of the snow banks and the sentiment. As a final touch I tied some black and white baker's twine around the entire card.
    I think it is great that you can chose to simply die cut the Thinlits Die - Merry Christmas and place on a card or you can do like I've done here and create your own little winter scene.
    Supply list:
    Sizzix Big Shot Starter Kit (Powder Blue & Teal)
    Sizzix Accessory - Magnetic Platform for Wafer-Thin Dies
    Thinlits Die - Merry Christmas
    Wink of Stella glitter pen
    Glossy Accent
    Baker's twine
    VersaMark ink
    Clear embossing powder


    Det er ingen hemmelighed, at jeg er fra Skandinavien. Og jeg elsker vinter, sne og kulde - og tanken om en hvid jul er altid attraktiv, selvom jeg kun har oplevet det få gange i mit liv. Men drømmen lever på mange af mine julekort.

    Da jeg modtog Thinlits Die - Merry Christmas med dens fine imponerende elg, var det kærlighed ved første blik: Her var der tale om en die, der var perfekt til at skabe en vinterscene. Selvom dien er rigtig fin med rammen rundt om, så ville jeg skabe en scene, hvor elgen gik igennem en mørk vinteraften. For at få himlen til at være mørk og vinteragtig stemplede og embossede jeg snefnug på et stykke mørkeblåt papir.

    Jeg udstansede hele rammen i hvidt karton, og så udskar jeg detaljerne på fuglen og elgen i rødt og sort karton. Herefter fyldte jeg disse ind i hullerne på det hvide karton. Naturligvis kan du nøjes med at sætte karton på bagsiden af det udskårne motiv, men jeg synes, det ser så fint ud, når detaljerne er indlejret i motivet, og det dermed alt sammen er i samme niveau. Jeg løb over detaljerne med en gennemsigtig Wink of Stella pen, og øjnene og hjertet fik ydermere glossy accent.
    Kortets hilsen består af de bogstaver, der også bliver udstanset, når man udstanser rammen. Jeg er ret begejstret for det hvidt-på-hvidt look, der opstår mellem bogstaverne og sneklædte bakker. Som et sidste touch bandt jeg sort-hvid baker's twine omkring hele kortet.
    Jeg synes, det er super, at man kan bruge Thinlits Die - Merry Christmas, som den er, til et helt enkelt kort, eller man kan bygge ens egen lille vinterscene.
    Sizzix Big Shot Starter Kit (Powder Blue & Teal)
    Sizzix Accessory - Magnetic Platform for Wafer-Thin Dies
    Thinlits Die - Merry Christmas
    Wink of Stella glitter pen
    Glossy Accent
    Baker's twine
    VersaMark sværte
    Clear embossingpulver


  • Fabulous, Beautiful...

    Wednesday, 1 October, 2014

    Hello to everyone:) Today I show you these two cards I made using some great Sizzix products:) Nowadays I just love to make simply cards using beautiful papers and dies:)

    Sizzix products:
    Sizzix Big Shot Machine 657900
    Sizzix ShadowPress Debossing Folders 6PK - Authentic Set 659855
    Sizzix Thinlits Die Set 6PK - Flower Cards 659974

    Other products:
    Pion Design papers; Vintage Garden with pastel blue and red colors, glue, tape

    Cut the flower cards out from blue and pink papers, backgrounds from light patterned papers using dies from the set Sizzix Thinlits Die Set 6PK - Flower Cards 659974 , glue them together. Cut the patterned paper backgrounds (size 11 cm × 15 cm) , Emboss the words using folders Sizzix ShadowPress Debossing Folders 6PK - Authentic Set 659855 . Finally make the cards finished like above:)

    Happy crafting, Minna
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    Moi, jälleen uusia askarteluita, yksinkertaisia ja nopeatekoisia kortteja pinkin ja sinisen sävyissä.

    Sizzix tuotteet:
    Sizzix Big Shot Machine 657900
    Sizzix ShadowPress Debossing Folders 6PK - Authentic Set 659855
    Sizzix Thinlits Die Set 6PK - Flower Cards 659974

    Muut tarvikkeet:
    Pion DEsign papereita kokoelmasta Vintage Garden, teippiä ja liimaa.

    Leikkaa kukkakortit ja taustat pinkistä ja sinisestä paperista käyttäen stansseja setistä Sizzix Thinlits Die Set 6PK - Flower Cards 659974 ja liimaa ne yhteen. Leikkaa kuviopaperista taustat kokoa 11 cm × 15 cm ja kiinnitä kukkakortit niihin. Kohokuvioi sanat käyttäen Sizzix ShadowPress Debossing Folders 6PK - Authentic Set 659855 .Lopuksi kokoa kortit kuten kuvassa:)

    Terveisin, Minna

  • Hello!

    Tuesday, 30 September, 2014

    Hello, hello! It's Jessie here, aka Messy Jesse as I'm known from my blog! This is my very first guest post on the Sizzix blog today! I'm so excited to be part of this fantastic and talented community. I had the pleasure of visiting the Sizzix base here in the UK over the summer and it was a brilliant day out in North Wales, meeting the team and getting to grips with all the dies and machines! There was lots of time for playing and chatting about all things Sizzix ...

    We all appreciated the kitchen sign ;-) I think I need this for my sewing room ...

    … And of course seeing some of the lovely projects cooked up by Angela, she's so inventive! 

    So shall I tell you a little more about myself? OK great. Literally love it! For the most part I'm a quilter but I do enjoy making soft toys and the odd dress-making project when I can find the time. Most of the time you will find me here …

    … in my sewing room! ah it's just heaven working in here. Can you tell I have an addition to mini quilts? (there's more added since this photo was taken!) I've always been creative for as long as I can remember, but picked up sewing in my late teens - after dabbling with projects here and there I finished my first quilt in 2011 and haven't stopped since! 

    I have a real passion for the traditional technique of English Paper Piecing (EPP). So I usually have a bigger quilt project in the works as well as a small EPP project on the go at all times. One of the reasons that I was drawn to Sizzix was the opportunities to use the dies for EPP - so I'm really excited about eliminating cutting time using my new dies! 

    My style of quilting is heavily influenced by vintage and antique quilts from the 1920s/30s as well as earlier quilts in the 1800s. Those classic blocks and bold colours always look so fresh to me. When I'm not sewing, I'm running my online fabric and quilt shop; Sew and Quilt! I write for my blog, I do some editorial sewing projects for books and magazines, I also have a day job + a saturday job (saving for our wedding next month, eek!) and love doing DIY projects around for our home in Cornwall - oh, and a very neglected undertsanding fiancé ;-) 

    So I've just recently received my father christmas delivery of dreamy Sizzix dies! Aren't they great?!  I can't wait to get started with them. 

    I'll be posting each month here on the Sizzix blog so I do hope you'll join me for some fun project ideas! See you then!

  • Card box

    Tuesday, 30 September, 2014

    Hi everyone
    Today i will show you a card box and a Card. I have used Sizzix Thinlits Die Set 10PK - Be Thankful  and Sizzix Thinlits Die Set 8PK-Butterflies, Intricate

    Items used:
    Supply list:
    Paper: Inkido-Beautiful-, Studiolight-Industrial-,Reprint,lace cake doily, gesso, 3D foam

    How to make:
    To the box i used a cardstock 14x12cm and one 14,2x12,2 cm scor 2 cm all around the edged. To the card 16x10 fold so you have a card base 8x10 cm. Cut patterned paper in 3 different size, glue together using 2 d foam and paint using gesso. Die cut the Sizzix dies and decorate the card and the box.

    Thanks for stopping by, wish you a great and creativ week

    Hej alle
    I dag vil jeg vise en boks med tilhørende kort. Jeg har brugt Sizzix Thinlits Die Set 10PK - Be Thankful og Sizzix Thinlits Die Set 8PK-Butterflies, Intricate
    Sizzix dies jeg har brugt:
    Andre materialer:
    Papir: Inkido-Beautiful-, Studiolight-Industrial-,Reprint,kageserviet, gesso, 3D foam,  pontura paint
    Til æsken har jeg brugt karton 14x12cm og et på14,2x12,2 cm scor 2 cm hele vejen rundt. Til kortet har jeg brugt katon på 10x16 cm, foldet det så du har en kort base på 8x10 cm. Udstans de forskellige sizzix die, skær mønstret papir i 3 forskellige størrelser og lim dem sammen med 3 d foam og mal det hele med gessso. Dekorer æske og kort.
    Mange tak fordi du kiggede forbi, jeg ønsker dig en fantastisk og kreativ uge

  • Layers with Lilith

    Tuesday, 30 September, 2014

    Hi there. It is Tuesday which means inspiration from me, Lilith. Today I wanted to show you a simple layout with lots of layers. I used different products from sizzix, each of which adds extra detail to the page. 
    I used a scrap piece of white cardstock and the smile embossing folder from the Smile & Plus set. I added some splashes of mist to draw attention to the detail of the embossing. You could also use watercolours and go over the embossed areas.
    Then I stamped with a stamp from the Hello Framelits Die Set with stamps and cut it out using the die. I also cut out some leaves from the Tim Holtz collection which I coloured with green and blue tones using watercolour paint. 
    Then I layered the different elements adding embellishments along the way. I love how the cluster of papers and the photo just pops off the layout. To create flow and movement I decided to incorporate a couple of buttons and enamels dots. 

    Sizzix products:

    Other: Inks and mist, Studio Calico patterned paper, Studio Calico buttons, Glitz Design Finnley embellishments, doily, American Crafts kraft tag,

    Have a wonderful day and see you next week with another crafty project. 



  • Blackboard Elements Frame

    Monday, 29 September, 2014

    I have been wanting to do this idea for a while, but I couldn't find the right product. Then, on a lazy Sunday in Brighton I found the decal blackboard material in a kitchen supplies shop and then I realized I didn't look for the right words! Blackboard Vinyl thats what I should have looked for!

    Anyway, I found it as well as some coloured chalk, a deep IKEA frame and with two of my new dies sets, the Sizzix® Framelits™ Fancy Cards 659967 and Oval Cards 659968.

    The Fancy and Oval cards are designed to fit pocket scrapbook protectors as they are just under 3 x 4" but they are useful for so many different things, like this project.

    The vinyl is thin enough to die cut with Framelits as it is just about a card thickness wise. I die cut two of the largest ones and two of the smaller ones (no smallest). I cut some stripy paper to the same measure of the frame, which is 9 x 9".

    Because of the vinyl nature, they are re positionable so don't worry to much at putting them exactly perfect. I placed the glass so it's all the way back which will leave me an edge to place the chalk.

    And there you have it. A quick and simple project!

  • Hello Fall

    Sunday, 28 September, 2014

    Hi it's me Bente with you here today.

    I used one of my new lovely dies to make a couple of seasonal cards. Fall/Autumn is upon us and we might as well do the best we can with it,...LOL! Not a Fall/Winter person myself :-)

    My two cards are fairly similar as you can see, but I often like to see how colour and texture can change the appearance of a project and achieve variation with a little less effort..

    I used the Leaf die with embossing folder here. It's a wonderful Bigz die and it cut through the chipboard I used for one of my leaves like butter. Before adding the leaves to my cards, I use my sewing machine to add some stitching as extra embellisment.

    These are the Sizzix products I used:

    Sizzix Big Shot Starter Kit (Powder Blue & Teal)

    Sizzix Bigz XL Alphabet Die - Block Talk Lowercase

    Sizzix Bigz Die w/Texture Fades - Layered Leaf

    Sizzix Thinlits Die Set 6PK - I Heart This

    Apart from this I used papers from French manufacturer Les Papiers de Pandore.

    Thanks for looking in today!! :-) 


    Hej, det er jag Bente,  som vil vise dere noe nytt idag.

    Jag använde en av mina nyaste dies för att göra ett par höstinspirerade kort. Hösten är här antingen vi vill eller inte och man kan väl säga att det inte är min favoritårstid... :-)

    Dagens två kort är som ni ju kan se ganska likartade. Jag kan tycka det är kul att se hur små variationer i tekstur eller färg kan ge ganska olika resultat utan att kräva så mycket extra av ansträngningar.

    Jag använde den fina Bigz diesen med ett stort löv och tillhörande embossingfolder . Det är härligt att jobba med Bigz diesen som skär genom de flesta material som smör! :-) I detta fallet använda jag en bit chipboard för mitt ena löv. Innan jag satte fast löven på kortet sydde jag på dom med maskin som extra prydnad.

    Dessa Sizzix produkterna har jag använt:

    Sizzix Big Shot Starter Kit (Powder Blue & Teal)

    Sizzix Bigz XL Alphabet Die - Block Talk Lowercase

    Sizzix Bigz Die w/Texture Fades - Layered Leaf

    Sizzix Thinlits Die Set 6PK - I Heart This

    Dessutom har jag använt papper från sen franska tillverkaren Les Papiers de Pandore.


    Tack för att ni kikar inom! :-) 

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