• Bookmarks by Olga

    Saturday, 25 October, 2014

    Hello all!

    Today I would like to share an unusual project with you. These are tag bookmarks. Now paper books are not much used though I think they can give much more pleasure during reading than electronic ones.
    I also used printed quotes about books for decoration:

    This might be a nice present for paper book fans))

    The products I used:

    Have a nice day and enjoy reading!))


  • Visiting Creativa Madrid Fair

    Saturday, 25 October, 2014

    Hi everyone!It looks like everybody is enjoying good weather in autumn, great! Here in Madrid it´s sunny and hot again, yippie! So, it was fantastic to go to Creativa Fair in the capital too with good weather. I imagine you read the post Elena Roche did  last Monday ,as usually she does, telling her great weekend spent in Creativa Madrid.

    This time my post won´t be about a new project but about the fair.
    If you have had the opportunity to visit a craft fair some time you will know how exciting it is.

    The best thing for me is meeting my old and loved friends, even if it is a lot of time you haven´t see them.
    But another great thing is finding new " goodies " for  next projects and of course know  new friends.
    So , I took the opportunity to meet some of   Sizzix´s people doing workshop or demos.

    One of the most great things was to meet Elena Roche at last.
    It was a surprise to find  Paula Pascual  Sizzix Designer too.
    You can imagine how I felt, really really happy.
    Both are fantastic!

    Manos Maravillosas stand was doing demos and giving away a  Sizzix prize!

    Here with Raquel  Reyes in Manos Maravillosas stand. We talked some minutes about Sizzix and how fun it is playing with dies and scrap  stuff... 

    At last I visited Innspiro stand with all their craft workshop during those Creativa days.
     I didn´t know this company. They are Sizzix  distributors. I had the opportunity to talked with some of the managers.... very interesting chat.

    They had cute wooden letters decorated with nice elements , some cut with the Big Shot machine.

    It was a wonderful weekend full of surprise!
    Hope you enjoy this one and have a creative week with Sizzix.


    ¡Hola a todos! Parece que todo el mundo está disfrutando de buen tiempo en este otoño !¡estupendo! Aquí en Madrid  hace calor y disfrutamos de unos soleados días. Así que fue fantástico trasladarse a la capital para ir a la feria Creativa el pasado fin de semana. Imagino que  habrás leído el artículo de Elena Roche  el pasado lunes,  como ella suele publicar , contando el estupendo fin de semana en  Creativa.
    Esta vez no hablaré de un proyecto nuevo  sino de la feria.
    Si has tenido la oportunidad alguna vez de  ir a una feria de manualidades sabrás  lo excitante que es.
    Para mí , lo mejor es volver a encontrarme con queridas amigas que hace tiempo que no veo. Por supuesto  ver nuevas “ cositas “ para los próximos proyectos y desde luego , conocer nuevos amigos.

    Así que fui a ver los stands en los que se encontraban algunas personas del equipo de Sizzix haciendo talleres o demostraciones con troqueles y la Big Shot.

    Una de las mejores cosas de este encuentro fue conocer a Elena Roche por fin. También fue una sorpresas  encontrar a  la diseñadora de Sizzix Paula Pascual. Podéis imaginar cómo me sentí , realmente muy contenta. ¡ Las dos son fantásticas!

    En el stand de Manos Maravillosas estaban haciendo  un sorteo de la Big Shot . Allí conocí a Raquel Reyes que enseñaba cómo manejar la máquina.  Ella  cuenta también desde su blog cómo hace proyectos estupendos con ella.

    Hablamos algunos minutos sobre Sizzix y lo divertido que es usar los troqueles  y los materiales de scrap.
    Por último  me acerqué al stand de Innspiro con todos sus talleres en marcha durante los días de Creativa. No conocía esta compañía catalana. Son distribuidores de Sizzix. También tuve la oportunidad de hablar con uno de sus responsables…… una charla muy interesante.
    En las fotos podéis ver las letras de madera  con su nombre  y decoradas con  algunos materiales cortados con la máquina Big Shot.
    Fue un maravilloso fin de semana lleno de sorpresas.
    Espero que tú también disfrutes éste y tengas una semana creativa con Sizzix.


  • Black & white by Karine

    Thursday, 23 October, 2014

    Hello !

    Are you up for neon colours? I’m being very trendy today with a page all in black & white with neon colours touches here and there!

    Supply list:
    Cardstock: American Crafts
    Paper: American Crafts
    Stamps: Méli-Mélo, Tim Holtz, Florilèges Design
    Labels: Ephéméria
    Inks: Aladine, black Versafine
    Felt-tip pens: Stabilo Pen68
    Masking Tape
    Others: Charcoal pencils


    658300 :  Sizzix Big Shot Starter Kit
    659956 :  Sizzix Originals die, Phrase # Hello 2

    Start by dividing your lay-out into 6 equal rectangles.

    Use the smooth side of your cardstock and print in each 15x10 cm rectangle several stamp patterns such as text, camera and foliage patterns. Use ink that dries rapidly like black Versafine.

    Cut your title “Hello” out of black cardstock with the new Originals die, Phrase #Hello 2. This is a die I could use on all my pages!

    Now insert some colour here and there with labels and printed stamp patterns. Splash your page with neon pink as a finishing touch.

    Your page is now done! It was a piece of cake, wasn’t it?

    Have a lovely day,


    Bonjour !

    Une page fluo ça vous dit ? Aujourd'hui je surfe sur la tendance avec une page toute en noir & blanc parsémée de quelques touches de fluo !

    Matériel :

    Cardstock : American Crafts
    Papier : American Crafts
    Tampons : Méli-Mélo, Tim Holtz, Florilèges Design
    Etiquettes : Ephéméria
    Encres : Aladine, Versafine noire
    Feutres : Stabilo Pen68
    Masking Tape
    Divers : Fusain

    Dies utilisés :

    658300 :  Sizzix Big Shot Starter Kit
    659956 :  Sizzix Originals die, Phrase # Hello 2

    Divisez dans un premier temps votre page en 6 rectangles égaux.

    Utilisez le côté lisse de votre cardstock blanc et imprimez plusieurs tampons, tels du texte, appareil photos, feuillages dans chaque rectangle de 15x10cm. Utilisez de l'encre à séchage rapide comme la Versafine noire.

    Découpez votre titre "hello" dans du cardstock noir à l'aide du nouveau die Originals die, Phrase # Hello 2. Voici une nouvelle découpe que je risque d'utiliser sur toutes mes pages !

    Intégrez maintenant quelques petites touches en couleur à l'aide d'étiquettes, d'impressions tampons.
    Eclaboussez votre page en touche finale avec du rose fluo.

    Votre page est maintenant terminée ! Un jeu d'enfant n'est ce pas ?

    Bonne journée


  • Clean and simple

    Wednesday, 22 October, 2014

    If you asked anyone I work with to describe me, the word 'simple' may crop up quite a bit although the word 'clean' would be conspicuous by it's absence (I'm a bit messy when I'm working!). Having said that, when it comes to card making Clean & Simple is what I prefer nine times out of ten. 

    A few weeks back I made some cards using hexagons which I have taken with me to various shows and demo's recently and they always seem to be popular which I why I want to revisit the idea but with a festive twist.

    I will be using a couple of the new Texture Fades embossing folder sets from Tim Holtz namely the Beaded Garland & Snowflake set and the Greeting & Greens set together with the Framelits Hexagons set.

    I will also be using a selection of Distress inks to bring the embossing to life.

    I started by using a 44 mm wide hexagon to die-cut an aperture in my base card behind which I placed a printed sentiment attached using adhesive foam pads to add a little dimension. I used the same hexagon to die-cut 4 shapes each of which I embossed using my 'Greens' folder.

    I inked over the embossed detail using Ripe Persimmon and Spiced Marmalade before adding a little depth to the edges with Fired Brick. Next, I coloured the berries white using a gel pen (Uni-ball Signo by the way, Good white pens are hard to find!) You may need to repeat the white colour up to three times.

     All that was left to do was attach the separate hexagons around the aperture using adhesive foam pads trimming the bottom one to fit the card.

    For the second card, I repeated the first three steps moving the aperture to the right and debossing with the 'Snowflakes' pattern.

    I used Shabby Shutters, Peacock Feathers and Dusty Concord Distress Inks to add the colour. Once dry, I added tiny 2 mm adhesive gems to the centre of each snowflake and sprayed them with silver 'Spray & Sparkle' to enhance the colours and add a bit off 'Bling'.

    I attached the hexagons as before and that, as they say, is that!

    This is the sort of card I would be more than happy to send or receive and I'm sure that there are endless colour and embossing combinations that you could play about with to equally good effect.

  • Noel candy cane

    Wednesday, 22 October, 2014

    Back to Christmas card again this week and I've gone with one of my favourite colour combinations for Christmas: Kraft, white, red and gold. Love the way those colours come together and instantly remind me of Christmas. This week's card features the new Thinlits Die Set 9PK - Christmas Phrase Cards as well as the new Thinlits Die Set 9PK - Winter Borders & Rosette.
    I kept the card relatively simple and let the card feature a rather large slice of white space.
    On the left most side of the white cardstock, I diecut one of the borders from Thinlits Die Set 9PK - Winter Borders & Rosette. Then I used the same border to cut red cardstock to fill in the empty spaces in the white cardstock and thereby achieving the candy cane look. The second border, also from Thinlits Die Set 9PK - Winter Borders & Rosette, was diecut in a gold paper. I made sure to reserve the stars from the border to use as a detail near the sentiment.
    To create the sentiment for the card I diecut four (and ended up only using three) "noels" using one of the dies from Thinlits Die Set 9PK - Christmas Phrase Cards. Glueing the three diecuts on top of one another will give your diecut dimension as well as stability.

    Once I had mounted three "noels" on top of one another I added the sentiment to my card. I then strung the baker's twine around the card and tied a bow just above the sentiment. To make sure that the ends of the bow remained arranged in a nice way, I put a little glue under each end. The final touch was to add three of the little gold stars above the sentiment.
    Supply list:
    Sizzix Big Shot Starter Kit (Powder Blue & Teal)
    Sizzix Accessory - Magnetic Platform for Wafer-Thin Dies
    Thinlits Die Set 9PK - Christmas Phrase Cards
    Gold paper
    Baker's twine
    Jeg er tilbage til julekortene i denne uge, og jeg har arbejdet med en af mine favorit farvekombinationer til julekort: kraft, hvid, rød og guld. Jeg elsker den måde, de farver arbejder sammen og umiddelbart minder en om jul. Denne uges kort er lavet med dies fra Thinlits Die Set 9PK - Christmas Phrase Cards og Thinlits Die Set 9PK - Winter Borders & Rosette.
    Kortet er hold enkelt og med et relativt stort white space område.
    På den venstre side af det hvide karton udstansede jeg en af strimlerne fra Thinlits Die Set 9PK - Winter Borders & Rosette. Jeg brugte den samme die til at udstanse rødt karton til at fylde i hullerne i det hvide karton, hvorved jeg fik candy cane looket frem. Den anden strimmel, også fra Thinlits Die Set 9PK - Winter Borders & Rosette, udstansede jeg i guldfarvet papir. Jeg sørgede for at gemme de små stjerner, så jeg kunne bruge dem et andet sted på kortet.
    For at lave teksten på kortet udstansede jeg fire "noel" (jeg endte med kun at bruge tre af dem) med en die fra Thinlits Die Set 9PK - Christmas Phrase Cards. Når man limer flere udstansede motiver ovenpå hinanden, får man et stabilt og dimensionelt motiv uden at bruge 3d-puder.
    Da jeg havde limet de tre "noel" ovenpå hinanden, limede jeg dem på det kortet. Herefter vandt jeg baker's twine om kortet, og bandt sløjfen lige over teksten. For at være sikker på at sløjfens ender blev siddende på en pæn måde, limede jeg dem fast med en lille klat lim. Det sidste touch var at montere tre af guldstjernerne over højre side af hilsnen.
    Sizzix Big Shot Starter Kit (Powder Blue & Teal)
    Sizzix Accessory - Magnetic Platform for Wafer-Thin Dies
    Thinlits Die Set 9PK - Christmas Phrase Cards
    Guldfarvet papir
    Baker's twine

  • Best New Year Wishes

    Wednesday, 22 October, 2014

    Hello to all:) It`s never too late to start making Christmas and Happy New Year greetings cards, so here is a one of my, a tag.

     Sizzix products:
    Sizzix Big Shot Machine 657900
    Sizzix Bigz Die - Snowflakes #3 659994
    Sizzix Textured Impressions Embossing Folders 2PK - Borders & Flowers Set 659964

    Other items:
    Pion Design papers Silent Night, vintage image, white cardboard
    embossing powders;Silver and Snowflake, watermark stamp pad, embossing heating tool
    vintage seam binding ribbon blue

    Cut the tag out from the cardboard (size 16,5 cm × 8 cm) and patterned paper at same size, tape them together. Emboss the piece of paper using border folder included the set  Sizzix Textured Impressions Embossing Folders 2PK - Borders & Flowers Set 659964 , tape it on to the tag. Cut the snowflakes out from the cardboard using die Sizzix Bigz Die - Snowflakes #3 659994 and emboss them with powders.
    Tape the image and snowflakes , glue the seam binding ribbon bow and finally greeting. That`s all:)

    Happy crafting, Minna

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    Moi taas, tein tagin uuden vuoden tervehdyksellä, voi yhtä hyvin laittaa myös jouluisen tervehdyksen:)

    Sizzix tarvikkeet:
    Sizzix Big Shot Machine 657900
    Sizzix Bigz Die - Snowflakes #3 659994
    Sizzix Textured Impressions Embossing Folders 2PK - Borders & Flowers Set 659964

    Muut tarvikkeet:
    Pion Designin paperit; Silent Night, vintage kuva, valkoinen kartonki
    embossausjauheet; Silver ja Snowflake, vesileimamuste, kuumailmapuhallin, saumanauhaa

    Leikkaa tagi kartongista ja kuviopaperi kokoa 16,5 × 8 cm, kiinnitä ne yhteen. Kohokuvioi pala kuviopaperia kansiolla setistä Sizzix Textured Impressions Embossing Folders 2PK - Borders & Flowers Set 659964  ja kiinnitä kuvioitu paperi tagiin. Leikkaa lumihiutaleet kartongista stanssilla Sizzix Bigz Die - Snowflakes #3 659994  ja embossaa ne jauheilla. Teippaa kuva ja lumihiutaleet, liimaa saumanauharusetti ja lopuksi tervehdys. Siinä kaikki:)

    Mukavaa keskiviikkoa, Minna

  • Clean and simple

    Tuesday, 21 October, 2014

    Hi everyone
    Today I will show you 3 clean and simple cards
    Items i have used:
    Supply list:
    Paper: Craft & You Design.-Frozen Paper-, . Hello Baby- size 10x 10cm
    Ink: hero art-Art Print brown-, Bubble Gum-, Archival ink-Watering wan-, distress ink-Peeled Paint-, -forest Moss-, Vintage Photo
    3 d foam, Pontura paint -White -and -Pink-

    Thanks for stopping by, wish you a great week
    Hej alle
    I dag vil jeg vise kort som er i clean and simple stilen
    Sizzix dies jeg har brugt:
    Andre materialer:
    Papir: Craft & You Design.-Frozen Paper-, . Hello Baby-størrelse 10x 10cm
    Ink: hero art-Art Print brown-, Bubble Gum-, Archival ink-Watering wan-, distress ink-Peeled Paint-, -forest Moss-, Vintage Photo
    3 d foam, pontura paint -White -and -Pink-
    Tak fordi du kiggede forbi, ønsker dig en dejlig uge

  • Simple goes far ... by Lilith

    Tuesday, 21 October, 2014

    When I got my Big Shot it came with a Bigz die (Basic Shapes). I use it all the time. For this layout I started off with some stamping and made a feature of the stamped images by highlighting them with enamel dots. Then I cut out a heart from some Heidi Swapp 6*6 paper which I placed to the side of the stamping. Then I cut out the shapes using the Bigz Die which I used as embellishments. 

    Other: Favorite things by Heidi Swapp, Studio Calico Color Theory inks, enamel dots, Mr Huey's Mint Julep,

  • Sizzix at Creativa Madrid 2014

    Monday, 20 October, 2014

    Hi everybody! Elena here

    This weekend was very busy for the Sizzix team in Spain. The Feria Creativa Madrid 2014 took place from Thursday to Sunday and me, and other fellow spanish Sizzix bloggers were there!

    I was teaching theese two projects in six different workshops, and more than 50 people learned how to use the Big Shot, Bigz dies, framelits and embossing folders!

    Paula Pascual, Sizzix Designer and blogger was teaching also there, and Raquel Reyes was doing Big Shot demos for Manos Maravillosas. I had the opportunity to meet Mercedes Jiménez Campuzano for the first time there, she was visiting the craft fair. You can see her patchwork works with Sizzix on the blog every Saturday.

    With Mercedes Jiménez Campuzano

    With Paula Pascual and Mercedes Jiménez Campuzano

    With Raquel Reyes
    We had a lot of fun teaching and demoing Sizzix products! Next stop: Creativa Barcelona in November!

    Happy Monday!


    Este fin de semana fue muy activo para el equipo Sizzix de España. Se celebró la feria Creativa en Madrid y yo estuve dando estos dos proyectos en seis talleres diferentes. ¡Más de 50 personas aprendieron a usar la Big Shot, los Bigz Dies, Framelits y carpetas de embossing!

    Paula Pascual, diseñadora y blogger de Sizzix también estaba allí impartiendo talleres y Raquel Reyes estuvo haciendo demostraciones en el stand de Manos Maravillosas. También tuve la ocasión de conocer a Mercedes Jiménez Campuzano, que nos hizo una visita. Podéis ver sus maravillosos proyectos de patchwork con Sizzix en el blog todos los sábados.

    La verdad es que nos lo pasamos genial enseñando y demostrando los productos Sizzix en la feria. Próxima parada: ¡Creativa Barcelona en noviembre!

    ¡Feliz lunes!

  • Advent Calendar part 3

    Monday, 20 October, 2014

    The last stage in making the advent calendar is assembling all of the component parts.
    Before adding the pockets to the pieced background, I made a quilt sandwich with the background, batting and some backing fabric and quilted it with basic diagonal lines. Once the pockets are in place the quilting options are restricted and not doing any beforehand would leave quite large un-quilted areas - as a general rule I like to have a maximum gap of 3in between quilting lines. My pre-pocket quilting was just basic diagonal lines running opposite to the pieced stripes, I had to keep it basic as my walking foot broke as I was fitting it to my machine (aargh) and so all of the sewing was done with a regular presser foot (aargh).

    Once the background was quilted the pockets were arranged on it centrally, 1in apart. I arranged my numbers randomly despite my 7 year old son's insistence that they should be in order - but surely half of the fun with an advent calendar is spending 10 minutes hunting for each number in turn, so he was over-ruled.

    I pinned the pockets in place and then stitched 2 lines of running stitch along the sides and bottom, closing the opening in the bottom of the pocket as a result. The double line of running stitch was for strength, to ensure the pockets were firmly fixed (my two sons aren't renowned for their delicate touch, especially where chocolate is concerned).

    The last job before binding the calendar was to add channels, top and bottom, to the back which would house pieces of (12mm diameter) dowel enabling it to hold its shape as it hangs. Each channel comprised of three sections, to make one complete channel I cut 3 pieces of fabric, two measuring 4in x 2 1/4in and one measuring 12 1/2in x 2 1/4in. Each of the shorter sides on the longer piece were hemmed by folding the ends over twice, a 1/4in each time. The two shorter pieces had the inward facing ends hemmed but the outer ends need to be sealed to fix the dowel inside, one was sewn shut but the other folded in to be closed by hand once the dowel was inside.

    All 3 channel pieces were then folded lengthways and then pinned and stitched along the top/bottom of the back of the calendar starting 1in in from either side.
    All that was left then was to bind the edges, slide the dowel into the channels and sew the ends closed once it was in.

    That's it, done. I love the numbers on it, they're so crisp and consistent having been cut with the Lollipop Shadow Numbers die and the pockets are a good size, allowing more options of what little treats that could fit inside. It will be easy for Santa to slip the note into pocket 24 that tells my boys where he's hidden their new pyjamas for Christmas Eve...

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