• CHA 2015. Sizzix Booth tour

    Monday, 26 January, 2015

    Hi Everybody!

    As you may know at the beginning of January CHA has taken place in Los Angeles. In this trade show are presented all new releases for 2015. I was there and, of course I went to visit the amazing Sizzix booth to see all the fabulous new dies and the ideas of the design team.

    Do you want to have a look at the booth? Join Stephanie Barnard and Jen Long in these video tours that I prepared exclusively for the european Sizzix in three videos :)


    Hola a todos!

    Como muchos de vosotros debéis saber a principios de enero se celebró el CHA 2015 en Los Ángeles. Yo estuve allí y, por supuesto, fui a visitar el stand de Sizzix. ¿Os apetece ver todas las novedades? Pues Stephanie Barnard y Jen Long nos enseñan sus nuevas colecciones y además os hago un pequeño tour por el stand.



    Monday, 26 January, 2015

    I can't remember when or where I saw the idea to use raw-edge circles to make clamshells (Pinterest no doubt) but using circles last week to decorate the bunting and cups reminded me of it and so I decided to give it a try.

    I wanted to use very small circles to make a 'stripe' of teeny-tiny clamshells to embellish a small project and as my youngest son has been wanting a coin purse for a while, that seemed like the obvious project choice. I backed some fabric scraps with iron-on adhesive (fusible web) and from them cut a little pile of crisp circles using my Circles, 3/4in die.

    Cutting all of the circles with a Big Shot and keeping the edges raw so there's no tricky hem-folding must be the easiest way to make clamshells ever (okay, maybe this size of circle is too small and fiddly to be classed as 'easy' but with larger circles it's definitely a piece of cake). Using iron-on adhesive makes securing the circles for sewing simpler and also bonds the fibres on the raw edges to limit fraying.

    I cut 2 rectangles (measuring 6in x 4 1/4in) from upholstery weight fabric to make the exterior of the purse. Having peeled away the backing paper I laid a row of circles side by side across the front piece of the purse, using a ruler to keep them level and even. Once they were pressed in place with a dry iron, I sewed around the top halves of the circles in one continuous line from one side to the other.

    The next row was laid out so that the centre of each circle lined up with the joins between circles in the first row and a ruler used once again keep them all level. The circles were pressed and stitched in place as before. I repeated this for row 3 and 4 but as row 4 was the last row, after sewing along the top half of the circles I then sewed around the bottom halves in the same way so they were fully secured in place.

    After that it was just a case of making up the rest of the coin purse - the circles are penny-sized!

    I love clamshells and am really pleased with how this turned out but wish I'd been bolder with colour and gone for more contrasting fabrics so that each clamshell was more defined and stood out more. The little red car does stand out nicely though!

  • "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
    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
    *     *     *
    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.
    When I die cut the butterflies I carefully fussy cut three of them 
    so I can use them separately on my project!

    To make my project even more personal I hand made some of the flowers
    by using the super awesome die Tattered Florals.
    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.

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

  • LO about happy kids by Olga

    Saturday, 24 January, 2015

    Hello all,

    here is my new LO with the Sizzix dies. This time I used a very beautiful set - Phrase Cards which contains 10 dies - frames, words, hearts, etc. I think it can perfectly work as a photo frame. 

    A usually I've used watercolours for the background, and also some splashes and sprays. 


    The products I used:

    Have a nice day!!


  • "Fly , fly my love " brooch

    Saturday, 24 January, 2015

    Hi everyone! Here I go with a new Valentine project. This is my first time using Sizzix dies for making a brooch and I have to say I love  the idea.
    I have made a  cute and romantic brooch with  a lovely bird die by Brenda Walton and the little heart in the Stephanie Ackerman  die again.





    Thick white felt
    Scraps of fabrics for bird and heart 
    Little scraps of decorative fabric
    Double side fusible web
    A tiny mother of pearl button
    some of cream tiny ric rac
    Machine black thread
    Cotton  8  white thread
    safety pin

    This is a quick project , just you need to cut out the white felt, iron the fusible web on the fabrics for the bird and heart and cut out with the die and Big Shot machine.
    Iron the fabric bird on the bird felt.

    Sew  lines with black thread two times around , lay the little scraps of nice fabric with sequins in the middle of the bird and sew the vichi red heart with black thread too.

    Now just sew the tiny button  with cream ric rac down and stitch by hand a cross stitch with white cotton thread next to  the button.

    Add the safety pin on the back and you have it !! A cute brooch for you or  as a gift .

    I hope you enjoy this new project I have designed for Sizzix. I will be wearing mine too !!
    Have a wonderful week and see you next Saturday!!

    ¡Hola a todo el mundo ¡ Ya estoy aquí con un nuevo proyecto para San Valentin. . Esta es mi primera vez usando los troqueles de Sizzix para hacer un broche y tengo que decir que estoy encantada.
    He hecho un bonito y romántico broche con uno de pájaro de Brenda Walton y otro de un pequeño corazón  del troquel de Stephanie Ackerman que ya he usado en otro proyecto anterior.





    Fieltro grueso blanco
    Trozos de tela  estampada para el pájaro y vichi para el corazón
    Entretela de doble cara termofusible

    Un diminuto botón de nácar
    Un trocito de
    Hilo negro para máquina
    Un alfiler para broche
    Hilo de algodón blanco del nº8

    En este proyecto rápido sólo necesita cortar el fieltro con el troquel de pájaro, planchar la entretela en los trozos  de tela  estampada y cortarlos con el  troquel de corazón y pajarito. Planchar éste último sobre el fieltro blanco y dejar pegado. Pasar un pespunte a la máquina con hilo negro , un par de veces.
    Colocar los trocitos de tela fantasía ( con lentejuelas por ejemplo) sobre el centro del pájaro , coser encima el corazón con el pespunte doble.
    Luego sólo añadir el botón dejando la piculina debajo  y bordar al lado una cruz con hilo blanco de algodón.
    Añade el alfiler por detrás y tendrás listo tu broche para tí o para regalar.

    Espero que te haya gustado este broche que he diseñado para Sizzix. Yo también llevaré el mío puesto. 
    Disfruta de la próxima semana y nos vemos el sábado que viene.

  • Craft & Hobby Show 2015

    Saturday, 24 January, 2015

    Last week, I returned from the Craft & Hobby Show (CHA). This is an annual trade show where manufacturers, press, store owners and designers from all over the world gather to see the newest craft products and tools. It is quite inspiring to experience this show and always fun to meet new and old friends.

    The Sizzix booth was busy the whole time! Each designer had a small area where their product was displayed. It is always so exciting to see my artwork transformed from flat art into 3D- it never gets old.

    I was so happy to finally be able to share my newest Sizzix collection- Vintage Travel- a collection of fifteen dies inspired by my Paper Trail adventures in Scotty, my vintage camper, in 2014. You can read about the trip on my blog. The dies will be available in April.

    Lucky me- my amazing Inspiration Team made awesome samples of the new dies for me to share at CHA. They worked all through the holidays to get the projects done and I am so grateful for the time, energy and incredible talent that they gave to help me. The sample designs were a huge hit at the show because they showcased the versatility of the dies and how you can put your own style on each one. Here's a small sample of their work... there will be more to come as the release approaches.
    Here's a quick video I filmed in the booth with While on the Paper Trail, I stopped in and filmed several videos at their warehouse in Arizona, so it was nice to see my friends again at CHA!

    Now I am trying to get everything unpacked and cleaned up after the flurry of packing and sample -making before the show. Wish me luck with that!

    Sending you all my best wishes for a happy and healthy 2015!

  • Homemade Cookies Layout by Anna

    Friday, 23 January, 2015

    Hi friends, how are you doing on this pretty Friday morning? It's Anna here to share some ideas using Sizzix products.
    I hope you are feeling creative today because my hands were busy preparing an inspirational layout for you!
    The Sizzix Bigz L Die - Stacked Snowflakes by Tim Holtz is so incredibly cute, and I thought it would be perfect to record my small love affair with these Christmas cookies. Let's be honest, with gorgeous well put together items like these...scrapbooking has gotten a whole lot easier :)

    cafe creativo - sizzix big shot - scrapbooking christmas cookies (1)

    Soothing colors, layers of doilies, die-cuts & tags with gold foil accents...
    Mix polyester fabric & paper glitters, creating the feeling of a chilly, snowflake filled page.

    cafe creativo - sizzix big shot - scrapbooking christmas cookies (2)

    Use a large die-cut snowflake with doily & sequins, adding further Christmas/ Winter Ambience.
    The word Cookies was die cut using Tim Holtz’s Word Play XL Bigz alphabet die.

    cafe creativo - sizzix big shot - scrapbooking christmas cookies (3)
    cafe creativo - sizzix big shot - scrapbooking christmas cookies (4)

    Thanks for joining me today! Happy Friday!
    Items used:
    Sizzix Big Shot Machine (657900)
    Sizzix Bigz L Die - Stacked Snowflakes (660052)
    Sizzix Bigz XL Alphabet Die - Word Play (657837)
    scrap of paper patterned
    glitter paper
    polyester fabric
    paper doily
    gold tags (Ikea)
    paper clip
    foam board tape
    stapler and staples
    sewing machine and thread
    Per le amiche italiane! :)

    Ciao, sono Anna e sono qui per condividere alcune idee utilizzando i prodotti Sizzix.
    Questa settimana le mie mani sono state impegnate a preparare un layout, che spero possa essere di ispirazione per voi!
    La fustella Sizzix Bigz L Die - Stacked Snowflakes di Tim Holtz è talmente carina, che ho pensato fosse perfetta per creare gli abbellimenti della mia pagina, che documentano la realizzazione dei biscotti regalati agli amici a Natale. Onestamente, con fustelle splendide come queste... lo scrapbooking è molto facile! :)
    Per realizzare questa pagina ho optato per colori rilassanti come il turchese-verde acqua, sovrapposizioni di centrini, candidi fiocchi fustellati e tag con effetto oro metallizzato.
    Ho inoltre mescolato pezzetti di tessuto poliestere (quello finto organza, per le tende!) e tocchi di carta glitter, per creare la sensazione di una giornata invernale, riempiendo la pagina di fiocchi di neve.
    Ho aggiunto al centro della composizione un grande fiocco di neve fustellato, che insieme al centrino ed alle paillettes, contribuisce a creare l'ambiente natalizio/invernale.Sapete poi che a me le cuciture sulle pagine mi piacciono sempre molto e fatico a non metterne qualcuna ;)
    La parola Cookies l'ho creata tagliando del cartone con la versatile fustella di Tim Holtz Bigz XL Alphabet Die - Word Play.

    Grazie per avermi seguito fin qui! Felice Venerdì!
    Sizzix Big Shot Machine (657900)
    Sizzix Bigz L Die - Stacked Snowflakes (660052)
    Sizzix Bigz XL Alphabet Die - Word Play (657837)
    strisce di carta scrap
    carta glitter
    tessuto di poliestere (simil organza)
    centrino di carta
    tag oro (Ikea)
    spago bicolore
    scotch spessorato
    cucitrice e graffette
    macchina per cucire e filo

  • Welsh warmers

    Thursday, 22 January, 2015

    With the cold weather continuing I have decided to use up my stash of beautiful welsh wool fabrics to make a lap quilt - but before I show you that - here is my little bag, from last week, finished with a lovely pair of handles -
     I was so pleased to find these handles locally - and they were so simple to hand stitch in place as the holes were pre-punched in the leather heart.
    I think I will make some more of these bags - experimenting with different size squares to change the size of the bag.
    So now for the lap quilt - it's only cut at the moment - and I'm not sure how big it will be, or if I'll be able to use all of the different colours together -
    I have cut out rectangles using Bigz die 658113 - 8 1/2" x 4 1/2" unfinished
    and squares using Bigz Die 659838 - 4 1/2" unfinished square -
    This should be a very quick quilt to make - and I'm going to use a fleece fabric for the backing - so next week I hope to have a quilt to show you.
    Keep warm - and keep sewing.

  • Hello Boy ! by Karine

    Thursday, 22 January, 2015


    Today I will show you a new page “Hello Boy” which is very colourful and dynamic and built around 4 small portrait pictures.

    Supply list:

    Papers: 4heures37
    Stickers: Me & My Big Ideas, Hema
    Felt-tip pens: Pen68 Stabilo
    Resin flowers: Miss Clic, Ephéméria
    Masking Tape
    Others: sewing


    658300 : Sizzix Big Shot Starter Kit
    659963 : Sizzix Bigz Alphabet Set 4 Dies-fresh-blossoms-alphabet
    659958 : Sizzix Bigz Die-Banners & Hearts

    I started by gluing 4 small pictures on a beige background. I chose a mix of black&white and colour pictures.

    I printed several floral-patterned stamps on my paper and I colorized them afterwards.
    I cut some leaves out of 4h37 pattern paper and added some stickers to complete my background.
    Two pink hearts are cut with my Big Shot. I underlined their inside edges with a thin-tipped black pen. Then they are glued with 3D adhesive foam for more volume.

    The title “Hello Boy” is made of stickers and letters made with my favourite alphabet Fresh Blossoms. The three letters XXL are cut out of 4h37 paper scraps.

    Then simply add some splashes realized with white ink spray and insert some pretty resin flowers as a finishing touch.

    See you next Thursday for a new creation!



    Aujourd'hui une nouvelle page colorée et toute simple avec ma citation préférée du moment.

    Matériel :

    Cardstock : American Crafts
    Papiers : 4heures37, Crate Paper, American Crafts
    Autocollants : Crate Paper, Hema
    Tampon : Studio Calico
    Encre : Versafine noire
    Encre en spray : Mister Huey's
    Crayons : Woody Stabilo
    Fleurs résine : Miss Clic, Ephéméria
    Masking Tape
    Divers : mousse 3D

    Dies utilisés :

    658300 : Sizzix Big Shot Starter Kit
    659963 : Sizzix Bigz Alphabet Set 4 Dies-fresh-blossoms-alphabet
    659958 : Sizzix Bigz Die-Banners & Hearts

    J'ai commencé par coller mes 4 petites photos sur un fond de page beige, j'ai opté pour un mix de photos en noir et blanc et couleur.

    Mon papier est ensuite tamponné de plusieurs motifs florals que j'ai ensuite colorisé.
    Des feuilles découpées dans un imprimé 4heures37, des autocollants viennent compléter mon fond.
    Deux coeurs roses sont découpés à la Big Shot, l'intérieur est souligné avec un stylo noir fin. Les motifs sont ensuite montés en 3D pour plus de relief.

    Le titre “Hello Boy” est composé d'une première partie en autocollant, pour la seconde j'ai utilisé mon alphabet fétiche le Fresh Blossoms. Les trois lettres XXL sont découpées dans des chutes de papier 4heures37.

    Complétez simplement avec quelques éclaboussures réalisées à l'encre en spray blanche et de jolies fleurs en résine.

    A jeudi pour une nouvelle page !


  • Rainbow smile

    Wednesday, 21 January, 2015

    We have had a few days where it almost seemed like spring and maybe that was what made me want to create a bright and happy card.


    I chose to combine Framelits Die Set 12PK - Fancy Cards with the rainbow and sun from Thinlits Die Set 7PK - You & Me to build my little scene.

    You cannot have a rainbow without rain so I made a shaker bag behind the rainbow scene. Here I added blue sequins as well as silver glitter. I double stitched along the edges of the vellum but some glitter will still escape... Just think of that when you chose who to send a card like this to.

    Supply list:
    Sizzix Big Shot Starter Kit (Powder Blue & Teal)
    Sizzix Accessory - Magnetic Platform for Wafer-Thin Dies
    Framelits Die Set 12PK - Fancy Cards
    Thinlits Die Set 7PK - You & Me
    Enamel Accents (Ranger)
    Wink of Stella

    Måske blev jeg inspireret af de par forårslignende dage vi har haft over de seneste uger, da jeg besluttede mig for at lave et friskt regnbuekort.

    Jeg valgte at kombinere Framelits Die Set 12PK - Fancy Cards og Thinlits Die Set 7PK - You & Me til at bygge min scene op med.

    Man kan jo ikke have en regnbue uden at have regn, så jeg lavede en shaker-pose bag motivet. Heri fyldte jeg glimmer og blå pailetter. Selvom jeg syede to gange rundt lang vellummets kant, så slipper der stadig lidt glimmer ud. Det skal man lige tænke over, når man vælger, hvem man sender kortet til.

    Sizzix Big Shot Starter Kit (Powder Blue & Teal)
    Sizzix Accessory - Magnetic Platform for Wafer-Thin Dies
    Framelits Die Set 12PK - Fancy Cards
    Thinlits Die Set 7PK - You & Me
    Enamel Accents (Ranger)
    Wink of Stella

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