• Monochrome Butterfly card

    Monday, 27 April, 2015

    We have had the most glorious days here in South East England, days perfect for softer and beautiful colours like corals and soft teals. Inspired by those colours and the good temperatures as well as by the lovely butterflies that will come in a few weeks to my garden I created these two cards.

    Clean and simple!

    I used Butterflies, Intricate by Paula Pascual 659971 and Tab Cards by Paula Pascual 659970.

    To make the coral one, I trimmed a piece of the coral paper to fit the landscape A6 folded card. Then I trimmed the wave at the end using a circle cutter. I stamped the message using one of the clear stamps sets I have designed, called Tab messages that match beautifully the Tab Cards  dies.

    I die cut the butterflies using the solid large die (using white card) as well as the intricate large (coral paper). I layered them up and attach them to the card with glue only on the body of the butterfly. Then I placed the hexagon crystals through the body of the butterfly to give a bit the impression of being caught flying.

    To make the soft teal one, I trimmed a piece of the patterned paper to fit the landscape  card. Then I trimmed the wave in the middle using a circle cutter, and on the bottom left over i did the same. I glue them down.

    I die cut the butterflies using the solid large die (using white card) as well as the intricate large (teal paper). I layered them up and attach them to the card with glue only on the body of the butterfly. Then I placed the crystals under the body of the intricate butterfly but over the solid one.

    I stamped the message from the same set as before called Tab messages and then I die cut it using the long thin Tab Cards  die. Finally I added the three crystals in the body of the butterfly.

    I hope you like them!

  • Little notebook using the Big Shot Plus Starter Kit

    Monday, 27 April, 2015

    Hi everybody! Elena here.

    I'm still playing with my new Big Shot Plus Starter Kit and this week I want to show you a little notebook I made for my handbag.

    I love how well the different dies of the kit combine together. For my notebook I have used the little Thinlits leaves with the  Bigz branch and the Thinlits tag with the Bigz heart. Here you can see the step by step process to create the notebook.

     And here are the decorations and embellishments. Everything made with the starter kit papers and some white card.

     Supply list:

    Happy Monday!


    Hola a todos!

    Todavía sigo trabajando con el Starter Kit de mi nueva Big Shot Plus. En esta ocasión he hecho una pequeña libreta para llevar en el bolso.

    Me encanta cómo combinan entre sí todos los diferentes troqueles del Stater Kit, ene esta ocasión he combinado la rama del troquel Bigz con las hojitas Sizzlits y la etiqueta con el corazón.

    El proceso para crear la libreta es muy sencillo, lo podéis ver en las fotos del paso a paso. Y en las fotos de los detalles podéis ver que están todos hechos con los elementos del starter kit y un poco de cartulina blanca.

    Feliz lunes!

  • Triangles Cushion

    Monday, 27 April, 2015

    Die used: Triangles, Isosceles & Right 4 1/2in H Assembled.

    Happy Monday!

    Following on from my last post and the cushion front made with pieced isosceles and right triangles, the next step was to quilt it.

    Being a newbie to free motion quilting this seemed like the ideal opportunity to get some more FMQ practice in and try quilting some loops. After unpicking the first few goes I soon found a good rhythm and it wasn't long before it was covered in loops. Next it was squared and trimmed, an envelope back was added and it was all done.

    Cutting with a Big Shot saves so much time when cutting lots of pieces for a quilt but it's also really handy for smaller projects too. As well as practising FMQ whenever possible, I want to do some experimenting with colour and print to work on my understanding of how different fabrics work together to create depth and cushions are the perfect quick-make for this. Being able to choose a die, chop the fabric quickly and precisely and get straight to focussing on the aspects I want to work on is really helpful.

  • You are everything treat bag

    Sunday, 26 April, 2015

    Have I already said how much I love the new amazing Sizzix Big Shot Plus?!
    Well, it's the truth.
    Every crafter dream a machine like this and I'm so happy to share with you all the amazing things you will be able to do with it.
    Last week I realized a treat bag, it was so funny and the result such pretty!

    You need:
    Sizzix Big Shot Plus Starter Kit (White & Gray) (660515) new!
    Sizzix Thinlits Die Set 9PK - Layering Frames (660476) new!
    Sizzix Bigz Die - Flowers, 3-D (656545)
    Sizzix Movers & Shapers L Die - Sweet Treat Bag (660265)
    Sizzix Accessory - Premium Crease Pad, Extended (656159)
    Chevron cardstock
    Polka dots cardstock
    White cardstock
    Label maker
    Black label tape
    Floral washitape
    Tissue sticker
    Thin double-sided tape
    Golden ink + small pad

    The hardest part, even if, as a matter of fact, there is nothing so difficult, is arrange the treat bag with precision (I used a thin double-sided tape).
    After that you are able to decorate the bag.
    I decided to realize a cardstock tag, a cardstock frame and a 3d flower (I decorated the small flower using a gold ink and a small pad creating some shadows on its petals)
    I pasted all these decorations using double-sided tape.
    At the end I pasted a floral washitape with the same colours and some stickers.
    I hope you like it!
    Happy sunday and happy birthday to me ^^
    *Per i lettori italiani*
    Ho già detto quanto amo la nuova Sizzix Big Shot Plus?
    Beh, è la verità!
    Ogni crafter sogna una macchina del genere e sono felicissima di condividere con voi le cose pazzesche che si possono creare.
    La scorsa settimana ho realizzato un sacchettino regalo, è stato molto divertente e il risultato adorabile!

    Ho usato:
    You need:
    Sizzix Big Shot Plus Starter Kit (White & Gray) (660515) new!
    Sizzix Thinlits Die Set 9PK - Layering Frames (660476) new!
    Sizzix Bigz Die - Flowers, 3-D (656545)
    Sizzix Movers & Shapers L Die - Sweet Treat Bag (660265)
    Sizzix Accessory - Premium Crease Pad, Extended (656159)
    Cartoncino a fantasia chevron
    Cartoncino a pois
    Cartoncino bianco
    Macchina per etichette
    Nastro nero per etichette
    Washitape a fiori
    Label maker
    Adesivo in tessuto
    Nastro biadesivo sottile
    Inchiostratore oro e tampone

    La parte più complessa, anche se di difficile non c'è nulla, è montare con precisione il sacchetto (io ho usatio un nastro biadesivo molto sottile).
    Una volta effettuato questo passaggio scatenate la vostra fantasia e decorate il sacchetto come più vi piace.
    Io mi sono divertita creando una tag di cartoncino, una piccola cornice e realizzando
    un fiore di carta che ho successivamente decorato con dell'inchiostro oro, creando delle leggere sfumature sui suoi petali.
    Per completare il tutto ho attaccato un washitape che riprendesse tutti i colori utilizzati e alcuni adesivi.
    Spero vi piaccia!
    Buona domenica!


  • A "Mother's Day" Card by Gerry van Gent

    Sunday, 26 April, 2015

    Happy Sunday Sizzix friends!

    Did you check our Free New Baby Paper Downloads?
    They are so adorable and cute! And, yes, they are especially
    designed for new-borns....but today I used the softness
    they radiate to create a sweet card for Mother's Day.

    Mother's Day Card

    660515 Sizzix Big Shot Plus Starter Kit Machine
    660473 Sizzix Thinlits Die Set Decorative Trim #2
    *        *        *

    Card size: 15cm x 15cm
    I chose two different patterns for the background.
    Then decorated the card with different embellishments which 
    I cut out from the embellishment sheet - heart border, letters, 3 circles.
    N.B. I made my own banner from the heart border. I simply
    cut out small triangles in both ends of the border.

    {660473} Decorative Trim #2
    I used one to the hearts from the Decorative Trim #2 to adhere
    in the middle of one of the round shapes.
    The other Decorative Trim #2 I used to decorate the heart banner. 

    I found in my stash some matching pattern papers and used as add-ons.
    Added a matching button as well for more cuteness :-)
    Megs Garden pattern papers
    white cardstock
    a green button
    *       *       *

    Thank you for your visit!

  • New Baby Card - It's A Boy!

    Sunday, 26 April, 2015

    Happy Sunday everyone! I hope you all have a crafty day ahead.

    Lots of my friends are having babies or expecting lately, so I thought I'd make some quick and simple cards to get ready for the new arrivals!

    Sizzix are kind enough to give us free downloadable papers, so I started with these New Baby papers and printed onto white card stock on my home printer. Of course there are girl papers available too.

    Supplies needed:

    I love the A4 embossing folders! I firstly cut two speech bubbles using the thinlits dies and then embossed them to give a textured effect. I used foam pads to attach them to the front of the card.

    I used some alphabet stamps on the front of the card, but also on the inside for a congratulations message. I also added some star confetti - I love putting a little sprinkle inside the card!

    So.....do we think the Royal Baby will be a boy?!!

    I hope you liked this quick make today - happy crafting!


  • Decorative Bubbles

    Saturday, 25 April, 2015

    Hello there,

    today I will show you some colorful cards with the Thinlits Die Set 'Decorative Bubbles' #660474.
    I used my Big Shot Plus, one acrylic block, brush markers with water-based ink - this was very important for the watercolor-look, vellum, handmade paper, spray of water, Versamark ink pad with white Embossingpowder  and some embellishments for decoration.

     First I stamped with a Versamark ink pad a nice aphorism on the handmade paper and embossed it with white Embossingpowder. Than I colored directly on my acrylic block with the markers and sprayed water on it. I pressed the block on the handmade paper and I got this beautiful watercolored impressions.
    The watercolor rolled off the print and it looks really great.

    You get different results with using different quantity of water. Try it by yourself, you will see, it is very simple.
    I like to decorate these cards with the SIZZIX Decorative Bubbles, I think it matches well.

     Great cards for different occasions!I hope you enjoy and wish you a lovely weekend!

  • Butterfly Kisses and Flower Petal Wishes

    Saturday, 25 April, 2015

    Hello crafty people out there,
    it´s me again, Julia. I hope you guys had a nice week? :)
    The last days I got totally into heat embossing. I just bought a bunch of new colors of embossing powder and couldn´t stop trying it out. So that´s why my project for this week is heat embossed all over it.

    This is what you will need:
    (it includes all Dies you need: the box, butterflies and flowers)
    embossing powder, embossing ink pad, heat embossing gun, cardstock
    If you are ready making a few of butterflies with your Big Shot Plus and the Framelits, you can start giving them a glittery finish with your embossing powder. Just dip the wings onto your embossing ink pad and cover your whole butterfly with the embossing powder of your choice.

    With a brush you can remove it on places you won´t like to have the embossing powder. I am always using a big wood cloth pin while heat embossing, because I don`t want my hands to get burned. ;)

    I think it looks pretty real, as they would fly away in a blink of an eye. :) Do you like it? Hope you got inspired a little bit to combine heatem bossing with your die cutting projects.
    Have a nice day everyone, xo Julia


    Hallo ihr Lieben,
    ich bins wieder, die Julia. :) Derzeit bin ich total im Embossingwahn. Da mussten diese Woche auch direkt ein paar neue tolle Farben gekauft werden. Das macht ein Spaß! :) Und aus diesem Grund gibt es  heute ein Geschenkschachtel mit glitzernden Schmetterlingen. 

    Was ihr benötigt:
    (hier sind ALLE Dinge drin die ihr zum Stanzen benötigt: die Box, die Schmetterlinge und auch die Blümchen oben auf)
    Embossingpuder, Embossingstempelkissen (z.B. Versamark), Embossingfön

    Wenn ihr die Schmetterlinge ausgestanzt habt, legt ihr immer nur die Flügel in euer Embossingstempelkissen. Dann das Embossingpuder drüber geben (ich bin da immer recht großzügig ;) ) und den Schmetterling wieder herausheben. Das Embossingpuder bleibt nur an den Stellen haften, die vorher auf dem Embossingkissen lagen. Mit einem Pinsel könnt ihr noch an den Stellen das Puder entfernen, die frei bleiben sollen. Dann den Embossingfön anschmeissen und das Puder zum schmelzen bringen. Bei solch filigranen Formen verwende ich immer eine große Holzklammer, damit ich mir die Finger nicht verbrenne. ;)

    Ich finde die Schmetterlinge sehen zauberhaft aus, oder? Vielleicht seid ihr nun auch ein wenig inspiriert eure Embossingpuder herauszukramen und mit euren gestanzten Projekten zu kombinieren.
    Habt einen tollen Tag, xo Julia

  • Butterfly Frame... A Mothersday Gift...

    Friday, 24 April, 2015

    Hello crafters out there,

    just a few days and Mothers Day is here.
    Time to think about the perfect present.

    I love my mother... she brought up two lovely kids ;-)
    and she is also a loving grandmother since one year.

    So i made her a special "Grandmothers Day" present...
    A butterfly frame with a picture of her grandson...

    All you need is an embroidery frame and a photo,
    a coloured pen, cardboard,
    Sizzix Big Shot Plus Starter Kit #660515
    Bigz L Die (Everyday Essentials) (comes together with the Starter Kit),
    Thinlits Plus Die Set (Basic Shapes) (also with the Starter Kit).

    First of all you need a lot of butterflies...

    Don't throw away the pickings from the inside of the filigree butterflies (Thinlits Plus Die Set (Basic Shapes))  - some of them look like cute little hearts - we need them later.

    Then i took the cardboard and cut out a background for the embroidery frame
    and painted it white.

    Now i arranged all the butterflies on - first the full ones, then the filigree ones...

    Next i put the photo on... painted the small leftover hearts golden and spread them
    on the frame...

    finished.... i hope my mom will love it...

    embroidery frame and a photo,
    a coloured pen, cardboard,
    Sizzix Big Shot Plus Starter Kit #660515
    Bigz L Die (Everyday Essentials) (comes together with the Starter Kit),
    Thinlits Plus Die Set (Basic Shapes) (also with the Starter Kit)

    Greetings, Stephanie


    Hallo Ihr Bastler,

    nur noch ein paar Tage bis zum Muttertag.
    Zeit sich Gedanken um das perfekte Geschenk zu machen.

    Ich liebe meine Mama.
    Sie hat zwei zauberhafte Kinder aufgezogen :-)
    und seit einem Jahr ist sie jetzt auch schon eine liebevolle Oma.

    Und so hab ich Ihr ein "Großmutter Tag" Geschenk gemacht.
    Einen Schmetterlingsrahmen mit dem Bild ihres Enkels.

    Alles was ihr braucht ist ein
    Stickrahmen, ein Foto,
    einen farbigen Stift (ich hab einen goldenen Edding genommen), Pappe,
    Sizzix Big Shot Plus Starter Kit #660515
    Bigz L Die (Everyday Essentials) (kommt zusammen mit dem Starter Kit),
    Thinlits Plus Die Set (Basic Shapes) (auch zusammen mit dem Starter Kit)

    Zuerst braucht man eine ganze Menge Schmetterlinge.
    Hebt auch die Kleinteile aus den filigranen Schmetterlingen auf - einige
    Teilchen sehen aus wie kleine Herzen - die brauchen wie dann noch.

    Dann habe ich aus Pappe einen Hintergrund für den Stickrahmen geschnitten
    und diesen gestrichen.

    Arrangiert nun die Schmetterlinge auf dem Rahmen.
    Zuerst die gefüllten, dann oben drauf die filigranen.

    Dann habe ich die kleinen Herzen (ihr erinnert euch an die Reste aus den Schmetterlingen?)
    golden bemalt und diese zusammen mit dem Foto auf dem Rahmen verteilt....

    Fertig - ich hoffe meine Mama mag es.

    Liebste Grüße, Stephanie

  • Layout: Spring Time

    Friday, 24 April, 2015

    Hi Sizzix friends!

    During the Easter Holidays we discovered new beautiful nature trails on a little village we often visit. And in one of the walks we saw lot of almonds trees in bloom. So to remember these Spring days with our parents I make this layout with a branch of the almonds trees. 

    The flower die of the Big Shot Plus Kit is perfect for this layout so I have used combine different colours papers !!!

    We can see swallow on this season that’s why I have used the Flying bird die designed by Brenda Walton for Sizzix. I have die-cut two birds and glued with a little movement to create a shadow effect. This bird is fliying to the almond tree doesn’t it? 

    I have curved the scrapbook papers to create dimension effect at the page:

    I have die-cut the title of this layout with the Alphanumeric dies in the same colour as one of the strips papers.

    I’ve choose these beautiful papers designed on my country, they are very floured and perfect for my layout because the colours match with the photo.

    The Spring give us a lot of colour and beautiful flowers but for me the tree's flowers are the most beautiful!!! 

    I have used the following Sizzix products:

    I hope you have enjoyed this Spring layout. Thanks for your visit!

    Have a creative and happy Friday!

     ¡Hola a todos!

    Durante las vacaciones de Semana Santa descubrimos nuevos senderos en un pequeño pueblo que solemos visitar. En uno de los paseos nos encontramos con unos almendros en flor preciosos. Así que para recordar esos paseos con la familia he realizado esta página con una de las ramas de almendro en flor.

    La flor que incluye el kit de a Big Shot Plus era perfecta para esta página. Y, cómo en primavera se puede ver la llegada de las golondrinas, he utilizado el troquel de Flying bird, lo he troquelado en dos papeles para pegarlos un poco desplazados y hacer ese efecto de sombra. Parece que vuele hacía el almendro ¿verdad?

    He curvado los extremos de los papeles decorados para darle volumen. Y cómo no, el título lo he troquelado con los Thinlits Alphanumeric utilizando uno de los papeles de las tiras laterales.

    Para esta página he utilizado papeles diseñados en nuestra casa. Además eran perfectos para el tema y combinan perfectamente con mi fotografía.

    La primavera nos regala colores y flores, pero sin duda las flores de los árboles son las mejores de la estación!

    He utilizado los siguientes productos Sizzix:

    Espero que os haya gustado esta página primaveral. ¡Gracias por la visita!

    ¡Os deseo un feliz y creativo viernes!

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