• 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...

  • 'Hello Owl Friends', and what's so great about the Bigz die,.....

    Sunday, 19 October, 2014

    Today I have made a couple of cards using two popular dies and I wanted to let you see what the difference is between the two. As you see the images they produce are pretty similar; with the Bigz die producing a slightly larger owl. 

    The biggest difference however, is in the die itself. The Bigz die is something very special that Sizzix make and it is what's called a 'steel rule die'. They are much stronger than the common die on the market and also take a lot more to produce. -But the end result makes it all worth it.

    The Thinlits are great if you want to cut cardstock or patterned paper with your dies. If you rarely need to make more than one of each, thay are probably your best choice. However, if you want to get a lot more usage fom your dies you should take a good long look at the Bigz die.

    If you want to make lots of owl-cards, (-for party invitations for example), the Bigz will let you cut several layers of cardstock in one go. If you pick different colours cardstock that will leave you with several cuts that you can combine for a different-looking end result. No owl will be the same :-)
    The Bigz die will also cut most craft materials you can think of, and others too. You can make an owl (or whatever other die you use)  out of  an old cardboard box, or maybe out of a recycled soda can. The possibilities are endless! 
    Since being on the Sizzix UK team I have definitely grown to LOVE the Bigz die!! 
    Can you tell?? LOL!

    To make my simple cards I inked around each die cut piece before assembling the owls, and then I added some liquid pearl to enbellish them a little more. I finished off the cards with a small stamped sentiment.

    This first owl was made with the Thinlits dies.


    This one was made with the Bigz die.

    Ok so I hope this comparison was at least a little helpful and that you now will be making lots of owl cards of your own for friends 'owl' and new,...LOL!
    I know I find it handy to have a few extra cards on hand and these will be given to a couple of little girls who celebrate birthdays soon.
    Thanks for looking!

    The dies I used:
    Sizzix Big Shot Machine Only (Powder Blue & Teal)
    Sizzix Thinlits Die Set 9PK - Owl
    Sizzix Bigz Die - Owl #4
    Sizzix Framelits Die Set 8PK w/Stamps - Hello



    I dag har jag gjort två kort med liknande motiv fast med olika dies. Den stora skillnaden är hur användbara Bigz diesen är. Ska du bara göra ett eller att par kort går det ju lika bra med Thinlits diesen. Med Bigs diesen kan du skära igenom de flesta tänkbara hobby materialoch troligen ännu fler. Du kan skära genom många lager av cardstock eller mönsterpapper samtidigt och sedan kombinera dessa för att gäng ugglor (eller något annat) där ingen är den andra lik,. Du kan dessutom skära ut fina motiv från en papplåda som annars var tänkt för återvinningen, eller varför inte metallen i en läskburk. Möjligheterna är många!!
    Tror nog ni har genomskådat mig nu :-),... JA jag har verkligen fått upp ögonen för alla fördelar med Bigz diesen sedan jag blev med på designteamet här på Sizzix UK!

    Jag inkade runt de utstansade delarna innan jag limmade dom på korten. För att ge mina enkla kort något litet extra använde jag liquid pearl som utsmyckning. Sedan stämplade jag en liten hälsning.

    Hoppas ni har någon nytta av min jämförelse och att det nu kommer produceras många fina ugglekort runt om i stugorna!! Jag känner ett par små tjejer som fyller år snart och då är det ju bra att jag redan ordnat med kort....Tack för att ni tittar inom!

    Jag har använt:
    Sizzix Big Shot Machine Only (Powder Blue & Teal)
    Sizzix Thinlits Die Set 9PK - Owl
    Sizzix Bigz Die - Owl #4
    Sizzix Framelits Die Set 8PK w/Stamps - Hello

  • A pink and green card by Olga

    Saturday, 18 October, 2014

    Hello all!

    Here is my new card on any occasion. I used my favourite colours here - pink, yellow and green and my favourite dies - honeycomb, leaves and gears. Recently I also received wonderful dies - phrases and butterflies. They are very beautiful and perfectly match to any project. 

    The products I used:

    Have a nice day!


  • An autumn table topper finished

    Saturday, 18 October, 2014

    Well, here I go again with my finished table topper with that autumn air that I love.
    I enjoyed a lot the hand and machine quilting with 8 cotton thread and a nice variegated Mettler for my Bernina.
    And here it is !

    If you remember, I started this table topper  that I told you here. It was a good opportunity to use my new dies by Sizzix:

    After I sew  the squares in a row 6 by 6, I quilted with straight lines and on the leaves by machine, then, some cotton thread around and inside . This give them some texture that I love.

     I added some cotton lace. Love how it can gave a different style. Here you can see how I sew between the the bias and the top.

    I love very much these new leaves by Tim Holtz that I have cut in fabric. As  you can imagine I pressed some fusible web on the wrong side before the cutting as it is usual before the appliqué technique.

    My backing  fabric is the same that  the bias, from a collection  by Fig Tree that I had some time ago in my stack.

    Autumn is living in my home, is it in yours too?
    Hope you enjoy your weekend. At last we are having some sunny days again after a cloudy week.



    Bueno ,pues aquí estoy otra vez con mi tapete , ya por fín acabado, con un aire otoñal que me encanta.
    Disfruté un montón acolchando a mano y a máquina con un hilo de algodón del nº 8 y un matizado de Mettler para mi máquina de coser Bernina.
    Y ahí lo podéis ver, en la primera foto, listo  para colocarlo

    Si te acuerdas, lo empecé  la semana pasada y te lo conté aquí. Fue una buena oportunidad de usar los nuevos troqueles de Sizzix.

    Después de coser los cuadrados en filas de 6 por 6, hice el acolchado con líneas rectas y a máquina sobre las hojas, después usé el hilo de algodón alrededor y dentro de ellas. Esto ha conseguido darle una textura que me encanta.
    Añadí  una puntilla en algodón alrededor. Me encanta cómo puede cambiar el estilo  con este detalle. Puedes ver en la foto cómo la cosí entre el biés y el top.
    Me gustan mucho las hojas del troquel de Tim Holtz que he cortado en tela. Como puedes imaginarte, primero planché entretela por el revés antes de hace la aplicación.
    He elegido la misma tela del biés para  la trasera . Es de una colcección de  Fig Tree que tenía por casa hace tiempo.
    El otoño ya está viviendo  casa, ¿ está en la tuya también ?
    Espero disfrutes el fin de semana. Por fín estamos teniendo unos días soleados por aquí , después de una semana de lluvias.

  • Just for you Card

    Friday, 17 October, 2014

    Happy Friday everyone,

    On this wonderful day I would like to share with you my new card. This week I had fun making this card, playing with my Big Shot and using the new beautiful dies: Ornate Labels and Flower Intricate. It was so fast and super easy!

    cafe creativo - big shot sizzix - card flower (1)

    I used embossing folder to create a textured background on the white card.

    cafe creativo - big shot sizzix - card flower (2)

    I have die cut the elements of the card out from cardstock and patterned paper, I have adhered them with foam tape to create a little of volume.

    cafe creativo - big shot sizzix - card flower (3)
    Items used:
    Sizzix Big Shot Machine (657900)
    Sizzix Thinlits Die Set 14PK - Flowers Intricate (659975)
    Sizzix Thinlits Die Set 12PK - Ornate Labels (659711)
    Sizzix Textured Impressions Embossing Folders 2PK - Houndstooth & Dots Set (659745)
    patterned paper (We R Memory Keepers)
    tracing paper
    brad (Prima)
    Thanks so much for joining me today and I hope you like the card I shared with you.

    Per le amiche italiane! :)
    Buon venerdì a tutti,

    In questa splendida giornata vorrei condividere con voi la mia nuova card.

    Questa settimana mi sono divertita a fare questo biglietto per mia nipote, giocando con la mia Big Shot e con nuove e bellissime fustelle: Ornate Labels e Flower Intricate. Vi assicuro che l'esecuzione è stato più veloce di quanto possa sembrare.

    Ho usato la mascherina da embossing per creare uno sfondo a pois con texture sulla carta bianca. Con questo sfondo ho coperto metà card, per l'altra ho usato una bella carta fantasia.
    Ho fustellato poi gli elementi della card da cartoncini e carta patterned e li ho incollati con scotch spessorato per creare un po' di volume. Al fiore, creato con più strati, ho curvato i petali per dare un effetto 3D. Ecco fatto!
    Questi i materiali usati:
    Sizzix Big Shot Machine (657900)
    Sizzix Thinlits Die Set 14PK - Flowers Intricate (659975)
    Sizzix Thinlits Die Set 12PK - Ornate Labels (659711)
    Sizzix Textured Impressions Embossing Folders 2PK - Houndstooth & Dots Set (659745)
    cartoncini tinta unita
    carte scrapbooking fantasia (We R Memory Keepers)
    carta da lucido (per il fiore)
    brad (Prima)
    Grazie mille per esservi uniti a me oggi e spero che vi sia piaciuta le card che ho condiviso con voi.

  • Downton dilema resolved

    Thursday, 16 October, 2014

    I'm home again from working at the Knitting and Stitching show at Alexandra Palace, and what a difference a week makes - lights on, heating on, curtains closed. But then candles lit and cosy evenings with lots of lovely fabrics to piece by hand - or machine - maybe Autumn isn't so bad after all.
    On my way to the show I called in at the lovely Village Haberdashery shop - , which is a shop I've looked at on line but this was my first chance to visit - it's a small shop but it's full of beautiful fabrics - so I bought just one bundle of fat quarters, which was very restrained. It's  Fly Away by Phyllida Coroneo for Dashwood Studios, and I love the way Kona plains have been added to the bundle - it's a project for the spring - just what project I'm not sure of.

    Now back to Downton - I have decided to make the piecing easy and so have started laying out the fabrics and stitching the triangles together - I cut all my16 fat quarters ( Lady Edith and lady Sybil ) into half hexagons using die 658880  and started to lay out the 'whirligig' design -
    then I added the surrounding colours -
    then I separated the shapes out to leave me with 6 triangles to stitch -
    I then stitched the triangles together - but left the centre 1/4" unstitched -
    this is to enable stitching the other piece in (known as a Y seam) to complete the triangle -
    Repeat this until you have stitched all 6 triangles -
    After this you just keep adding triangles to complete each whirligig - this is how far I have progressed -
    When you have stitched all your triangles you can then join them into rows and then join the rows together - I'll show that next week.
    Now the question is will I finish the quilt before the end of the series?

    I enjoyed working at the show as always - meeting customers,  seeing new fabrics, new projects and I always think that I'll come away without buying anything - this time I was attracted to 'Flexi-frames'
    for closing bags - so there will be some bag projects coming up.
    Whilst working, on The Cotton Patch  stand  ( ) I decided to see what size quilt I could make out of a layer cake - so using the Big Shot and
    Bigz die 659853
    I only cut the full triangle not the half, and managed cut 6 from each 10" square

     so I now have 252 triangles to make into a quilt for the grandchildren - I'm not sure how big this will be but I'll show you next week.
    Until then - enjoy the Autumn colours and keep stitching.

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