• Shoefly Quilt Block

    Monday, 30 March, 2015

    Hello Sizzix friends! 
    I've not made much progress on the Vintage Dresden Quilt this month as I need to add some borders and figure out the best way to do the scalloped border - but I'm on the case ;-) Instead I thought I would share a simple Shoefly block I put together recently. 

    Dies Used:
    Square, 2" Finished (2.5" Unfinished) #657607
    Half Square Triangle, 2.5" Finished Square # 659831

    For each block cut the following;
    x1 square, dark fabric 
    x4 HST's, dark fabric
    x4 square, light fabric
    x4 HST's, light fabric

    Arrange as follows. If you are using directional fabrics ensure they are placed the correct way. 

    Starting with the HST units sew these together, then join so you have completed rows. Join the rows together to form your block. 

    Now the fun part is to decide what I'll be turning these blocks into! Sometimes I have an urge and just have to sew a few random blocks, with no plan - though I do have a sneaky idea for these… something along the lines of this. I've had that bag pinned on my Pinterest board for-ev-er with the intention of making one similar, so maybe now is the ideal time to make it as I'm off on a trip to France next month visiting a quilt show! A quilty bag for the quilt show! Perfect.

  • Teaching all the goodness of Sizzix

    Monday, 30 March, 2015

    I am really lucky to travel a lot for work, one of my favourite parts of my job is teaching die cutting in different places. I specially enjoy when it is in my native Spain, where I get to teach them in my mother tongue, Spanish. 

    This is the project I taught, a 4 x 4 mini album with many different tecniques of die cutting.

    Two weeks ago I taught for the second time in Mallorca where I grew up. And this time one of the students was my mum? Can you guess who she is in this photo?

    Then it was time to prepare for the following workshop in a shop in Barcelona. as I was cutting loads of Frameworks and of course I was left out with loads of bits.

    I thought to make pretty cocktail sticks, which are always useful in clases to poke things out of their dies and to attach glue. A fine and useful idea courtesy of Katie Skilton and Elena Roche.

    In the morning I taught this Big Shot Materclass. A bit too grand of a name, but basically this frame has over 20 different techniques and 16 different materials all die cut. Form embossing and sanding to paper patchwork and duck tape.

    I loved how two students made a different colour scheme. Love when they do that!

    And all of them finished the project! So proud!

    Just as a confirmation, I introduce you my mum! 

    My mum had never till three weeks ago used a die cutting machine but recently had said how much she would like one as it would be great to create craft projects with her granddaughter as well as to incorporate elements into her sewing, her true craft. My father, a professional full time artist, is now also very very interested in the Big Shot Plus, all those textures!

    And in just two weeks of having the Big Shot Plus is addicted! Everyone can die cut and everyone can have a great time crafting, even if you never thought that it would be possible.


    Monday, 30 March, 2015

    The end is definitely in sight, I still haven't quite finished my quilt but the actual quilting is now complete.

    I totally underestimated how long it would take to actually quilt the design I chose for it. It's quite a dense pattern and not being an experienced quilter I had no real idea of the amount of work involved (including all of the un-rolling and then re-rolling the sides whenever it was turned for quilting in the other direction).

    I am so, so pleased with the results though, it's been well worth the effort. The quickest part of making this quilt BY FAR has been cutting all of the half-square triangles on my Big Shot (using the Half-Square Triangles, 4 1/2in Finished Square die) at the beginning!

    Also since starting it I've realised how versatile half-square triangles are and noticed lots of great designs using just half-square triangles recently. It's such a useful die to have with so many options.

    So all that is left now is to hand-stitch the binding down on the back and as that's my favourite bit I'm saving that job to take away with me when we go away for a couple of days during the Easter break.

    The binding fabric, as with every other fabric except for one Michael Miller print (Tiny Tiles, Topaz), is Cotton and Steel. Sticking mainly with one manufacturer meant any concerns about how well or not the colours would work together were minimal, colour choice tends to be my weak spot and this seemed the safest way to use vibrant colours.

    Making this quilt has been a great learning experience, along with gaining a more realistic idea of the time involved in piecing and quilting, I've got to know my new sewing machine much better too!

  • Monogram favor

    Sunday, 29 March, 2015

    Hello Sizzix friends!
    Today I'd like to share with you a party favor idea.
    When we decide to arrange a party at home or outside it is always a good idea to make a small gift for our guests.
    In Italy we love this kind of candies so much that I decided to suggest you a nice way to pack them by customizing the package.
    You can choose the candies according to colours or flavours.

    You need:
    Sizzix Big Shot Machine Only (Powder Blue & Teal) (657900)
    Cardstocks (acid green, white)
    Glitter silver cardstock
    Plastic vial
    Lace ribbon
    Baker's twine (grey-white)
    Violet italian candies
    Fill the vial with candies. 
    Die cut the banners in two size (the biggest using the acid green cardstock, the small using a white cardstock).
    Die cut the monogram letter using the glitter cardstock.
    Die cut a small star (I used the smallest star from the Sizzix Framelits Die Set 5PK - Stars) using the acid green cardstock.
    Paste the white small banner on the green big banner with the glue.
    Cut the banners with a hole punch to get a tag.
    Paste the monogram letter on the tag and paste the star on the plastic vial.
    Place a piece of lace on the vial hole and made a knot.
    Place the baker's twine on the vial hole, above the lace.
    Make a knot, add the tag and make a bow.
    Cut the baker's twine in excess and cut the lace.

    This kind of favor is perfect for a party, to give your guests a little gift.
    You can fill the vial with candies or with a message.
    Thank you for reading.
    See you next sunday!

    *Per le lettrici italiane*
    Oggi voglio condividere con voi un'idea per realizzare un piccolo dono per i nostri ospiti.
    Quando decidiamo di organizzare una festa in casa o fuori, è sempre bello fare un piccolo dono ai nostri ospiti.
    In Italia amiamo così tanto queste caramelle che ho deciso di suggerirvi un modo carino per realizzare confezioni personalizzate.
    Potete scegliere le caramelle in base al gusto e ai colori disponibili magari in coordinato con le decorazioni della festa.

    Ho usato:
    Sizzix Big Shot Machine Only (Powder Blue & Teal) (657900)
    Cartoncini (verde acido e bianco)
    Cartoncino glitterato argento
    Fialetta in plastica
    Nastro in pizzo
    Baker's twine (grigio e bianco)
    Caramelle alla violetta
    Riempire la provetta con le caramelle.
    Fustellare le due misure di banner (la più grande usando il cartoncino verde, la piccola, usando il cartoncino bianco).
    Fustellare la lettera per personalizzare la confezione utilizzando il cartoncino glitterato. 
    Fustellare una piccola stella (io ho usato la più piccola disponibile dal Sizzix Framelits Die Set 5PK - Stars) usando il cartoncino verde.
    Incollare tra loro i due banners con della colla.
    Fustellare un foro nei banner ottendendo così una tag.
    Incollare la lettera sulla tag e la stella sulla provetta di plastica.
    Inserire un pezzo di nastro in pizzo nel foro del coperchio della provetta e fare un nodo.
    Inserire lo spago nello stesso buco, proprio sopra al nodo del pizzo.
    Fare un nodo, inserire la tag e fare un fiocco.
    Tagliare l'eccesso di spago e rifinire il pizzo.
    Potete usare questa idea di confezione per le vostre feste e decidere di riempirla con caramelle oppure con un messaggio. Che ne dite?
    Grazie per la visita.
    A domenica prossima!

  • 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
    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 
    *     *     *    

    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....

    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.

    I die cut the splats and honeycomb from white cardstock
    and distressed them just a bit with yellow ink to match the title.
    clear stamp egg - brand unknown
    papers "Easter" title - "Webster's Pages"
    white cardstock; yellow ink
    *      *      * 
    Thank you for your visit!
    Have a creative Sunday!

  • Easter Treats Gift Box

    Sunday, 29 March, 2015

    Easter is just a week away! I am hoping to spend the weekend relaxing and I'm crossing my fingers for some Spring sunshine.

    I love crafting for Easter as the pastel colours really suit my tastes. So today I'm sharing this cute pastel coloured Easter Treats Gift Box - the perfect place to hide all your chocolates.

    Supplies needed:
    Using the free Easter printables, I printed the tulip pattern onto white card stock. I then cut out my box template using the Thinlits Plus box die.

    I used a bone folder to run over the creases of the box folds.

    Then assembled the box using double sided sticky tape.

    I added shredded tissue to make a nest for my chocolate eggs and fixed the Happy Easter slogan to the front of the box with foam sticky pads.

    I hot glued a ribbon onto the bottom of the box, so it could stay in place when tied and untied.

    Tie the ribbon and your box is complete!

    The perfect way to hide your chocolate egg stash.....or maybe make these into gifts for your friends and neighbours.

    I hope you all have a very Happy Easter if you are celebrating where you are!


  • Travel voucher

    Saturday, 28 March, 2015

    A few weeks ago we have been invited to a birthday party and we presented a coupon for a trip to Denmark.
    For another invited couple I made an additional coupon for the same trip.

    I used different alphabet dies and cut out the german word for voucher/coupon 'GUTSCHEIN'.
    I used the same white cardstock as the cardstock for the card, so the letters looks like embossed.

    You need:
    Big Shot (Powder Blue & Teal) #657900
    SIZZIX Bigz XL Alphabet Die - Block Talk Capitel #658563
    SIZZIX Bigz XL Alphabet Die - Block Talk Lowercase #659442
    SIZZIX Bigz XL Alphabet Die - Word Play Tim Holtz #657837
    SIZZIX Framelits Die Set 6PK - Hearts #657561

    I found the flag of Denmark on the internet, printed it and cut it out with one of the SIZZIX framelits hearts. Finally I add some beads and ribbon.

    I hope you`ll like it.
    I wish you a lovely weekend.

  • Let´s make an Owl… ehm… Chickenbag for chocolate eggs

    Saturday, 28 March, 2015

    Hello everyone,
    it´s time for some easter projects right? :) I (Julia) made a cute Chickenbag for chocolate eggs and other small little gifts you wanna give to someone you like.

    So here is the list of supplies:
    Cardstock in White and Yellow, Glue and of course
    Sizzix Big Shot Plus #660020  or the Sizzix Big Shot Starter Kit #658300
    Sizzix Bigz XL Die - Bag, Owl #659720

    Yes, that´s right! You will need the Owl Bag Bigz Die. I totally love Owls, so I necessarily needed this cute Sizzix Bigz Die. But let me show you how you can make a Chicken Bag with it, too :)

    Just make aaaaaall the little bits and pieces you need to make the Owl Bag. The eyes, the body of it, the  borders for the feathers….

    And here comes the trick: Just take your scissors and cut off the ears of the owl. That´s it! :) Glue all the pieces together and fill it with some treats.

    Isn´t that cute? I hope I inspired you a little bit to create your very own unique gift bags. :) Have a nice day, xo Julia


    Hallo ihr Lieben,
    heute möchte ich (Julia) euch eine supersüße Idee zeigen, wie ihr eine Verpackung, in Form eines Huhns, für schokoladige Ostereier basteln könnt. Was ihr dafür benötigt sind folgende Dinge:
    Cardstock in Weiß und Gelb, Kleber, ein Stück rötliches Pattern Paper und natürlich die neue

    Jap, richtig gelesen! Ihr benötigt die Bigz Die für die Eulentasche. Wie ihr ja vielleicht wisst liebe ich Eulen und da musste ich diese Bigz Die unbedingt haben. Ist ja klar. :D Aber nun zum österlichen Projekt.

    Ihr nudelt die alles wie gewohnt durch eure Big Shot, sodass ihr alle nötigen Teile zusammen habt. Nun kommt aber der Clou: Damit die Eule zum Huhn wird schneidet ihr einfach die Ohren ab. :) Ok, wir wissen alle das Eulen eigentlich keine Ohren haben… ;) Sind ja theoretisch nur Federn. Aber so lässt es sich einfacher erklären. :)

    Alles wird ganz normal zusammen und aneinander geklebt. Mit Federn und Seidenpapier könnt ihr dann ein schönes Nest für Schokoeier und andere Kleinigkeiten bereiten. Süß oder?

    Ich hoffe ihr nehmt ein wenig Inspiration für eigene individuelle Verpackungsideen mit. :) Habt einen schönen Tag, xo Julia

  • a bunch of autumn leaves

    Friday, 27 March, 2015

    Hello there,

    I know spring is close....
    but is this a reason not to use a whole lot of autumn leaves on my layout....?

    No! There will be enough time to use flowers and spring things the upcoming weeks.

    And i sooo much wanted to create a layout with a lot of
    leaves (Tattered Leaves #656927) again...

    Tattered Leaves (#656927) together with Bookplates (Tags & Bookplates #656938)
    made a perfect frame for the hiking pictures of last years vacation...
    At least a short title made with the funny Wordplay-Alphabet (Bigz XL Die - Word Play by Tim Holtz #657837)...

    finished.... i love how it turned out...


    Hallo Ihr,

    ja ich weiß, der Frühling ist schon ganz nah...
    Aber ist das ein Grund nicht jede Menge Herbstlaub auf einem Layout zu haben?

    Nein! Es ist demnächst schon noch genug Zeit für Blümchen und all die Frühlingssachen.

    Und ich wollte so gern wiederein Layout mit jeder Menge Laub
    machen (Tattered Leaves #656927)...

    Tattered Leaves (#656927) zusammen mit Bookplates (Tags & Bookplates #656938) ergibt
    einen tollen Rahmen für die Wander-Fotos aus dem letzten Jahr.
    Zum Schluss noch ein kurzer Titel mit dem lustigen Wordplay-Alphabet (Bigz XL Die - Word Play by Tim Holtz #657837)...

    Fertig - und ich mag so gern wie es geworden ist...

    Sizzix Big Shot Plus (#660020)
    Sizzix Bigz Die - Tattered Leaves (#656927)
    Sizzix Bigz XL Die - Word Play by Tim Holtz (#657837)
    Sizzix Movers & Shapers L Die - Tags & Bookplates (#656938)

    Habt ein schönes Wochenende
    Liebste Grüße, Stephanie

  • Easter bucket and a card

    Friday, 27 March, 2015

    Hi Sizzix friends!

    The project I show you today is an Easter project. I have used the digital paper you can download here and some Craft Asylum desing dies to Sizzix to make a pretty bucket for chocolates and a card.

    Where I live is a tradition to give to ours godchildren a cake with chocolate figures or chocolate eggs. This year I have decided to make this bucket in different colours for my godchildren. 

    The Happy Home die is perfect to decorate the bucket. I have die-cutting the birdhouse and after this I have made an emboss with the same die, using the silicon rubber and the impression pad.

    Here are the steps and the explanation:

    1. Die cut the birdhouse
    2. Don't remove the paper from the die.
    3. Use the multipurpose platform in number 2, the rubber silicone and impression pad.
    4. Put all together in this order: multipurpose platform in number 2, one clear cutting pad, the die with the die-cut face up, the rubber silicone and the impression pad.
    5. This is the result, a beatiful emboss that decorate the birdhouse.
    6. You can do the same with the other pieces of the "Happy Home" die.

    A larger detail of the birdhouse: 

    Inside the bucket the children will find the chocolate eggs and some surprises.

    I have also made a card wish a Happy Easter:

    The colours of these papers are perfect for Easter!!! I have stitched the background paper, and to give the message I have used the Love bird die. The results is this lovely bird in a beautiful colours. 

    I have chose blue and pink color for the bird.

    Some adhesive pearls in the same colors as the dots paper.

    Behind the circle appears some leaves.

    I have used the following Sizzix products: 

    I hope you have enjoyed this Easter bucket and card. Thanks for your visit!

    Have a creative and happy Friday!


    Hola a todos!

    Los trabajos que os enseño hoy son proyectos de Pascua. Para realizar este bonito cubo y tarjeta, he utilizado los papeles descagables que encontraréis aquí y algunos troqueles diseñados por Craft Asylum para Sizzix.

    Donde vivo es tradición regalar un pastel con figuras de chocolate o bien un huevos de Pascua a nuestros ahijados. Este año he optado por preparar este cubo en diferentes colores para mis ahijados.

    El troquel "Happy Home" es ideal para decorarlo y darle ese aire de Pascua. He troquelado la casita de pájaro y con el mismo troquel le he hecho el relieve utilizando la silicona y la almohadilla de impresión.

    Los pasos y las explicaciones de cómo lo he realizado:

    1. Troquelar la casita de pájaro.
    2. No quitar el papel del troquel.
    3. Utilizar la plataforma múltiple en la posición 2, la silicona y la almohadilla de impresión.
    4. Ponerlo todo junto con este orde: plataforma múltiple en el número 2, base transparente, troquel y papel troquelado mirando arriba, silicona y almohadilla impresión.
    5. Este es el resultado, un bonito relieve que decora la casita de pájaro.
    6. Podéis realizar el mismo proceso con el resto de las piezas del kit del troquel "Happy home".
    Un detalle más grande de la casita:

    Dentro del cubo los huevos de chocolate y alguna sorpresa !!!

    También he realizado una tarjeta para felicitar la Pascua:

    Los colores de estos papeles son ideales para esta celebración. He cosido el papel del fondo y para transmitir el mensaje he troquelado este pajarillo con el trorquel "Love Bird" el resultado es un dulce pajarito.

    He utilizado los colores azul y rosa para el pájaro.
    Algunas perlas adhesivas con los mismos tonos que el papel.
    Detrás del círculo aparecen unas hojas.

    He utilizado los siguiente productos de Sizzix:

    Espero que os haya gustado este detalle y la tarjeta de Pascua. ¡Gracias por la visita!

    ¡Feliz y creativo viernes!

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