• Love - Wedding Mini Album

    Friday, 25 July, 2014

    Hello! It's Anna here to share some ideas using Sizzix products.
    I love making mini albums and today I want to share with you a quick and easy mini album that you can make for someone you love.
    I made this mini album for a friend who got married recently. To make the cover I used an ring binder for office. Here is the cover which has been finished.

    Anna Draicchio - sizzix big shot - scrapbooking album (1)

    For embellishments I am using some Sizzix Dies: a Doily Classical Lace and dies of “Life Made Simple” collection.

    Anna Draicchio - sizzix big shot - scrapbooking album (2)

    To streamline the process, choose an easy size to work with. My album is essentially 20x20 cm, so trimming down papers was simple and fast. I love the look of albums with different size and shape pages, but those fabulous minis will take some extra time.

    Anna Draicchio - sizzix big shot - scrapbooking album (3)

    Anna Draicchio - sizzix big shot - scrapbooking album (4)

    I wish you all crazy creative weekend - see you soon on the blog!
    Items used:
    ring binder
    cardstock: vanilla, turquoise, kraft
    patterned papers
    acrylic paint
    washi tape
    Per le amiche italiane! :)

    Ciao, sono Anna e sono qui per condividere alcune idee utilizzando i prodotti Sizzix.
    Mi piace fare mini album da regalare e oggi voglio condividere con voi un mini semplice e veloce.
    Ho realizzato questo mini album per due cari amici che si sono sposati da poco, dopo anni di convivenza. Per loro non volevo creare il classico album da matrimonio tutto fiori e pizzi color avorio. Ho scelto quindi di fare qualcosa di più allegro e moderno, scegliendo di usare per la copertina, un quaderno ad anelli trovato da un rivenditore per materiali per ufficio. Ha la possibilità di infilarvi un foglio di carta nelle buste trasparenti esterne, così ho inserito carte fantasia, che prima avevo macchiato con qualche goccia di acrilico.
    Ho poi completato decorando con alcuni ritagli di carte, tag e naturalmente forme ritagliate con le mie belle fustelle!
    Ho fustellato un centrino turchese (Classical Lace) e poi ho creato una tag con la scritta LOVE usando la collezione “Life Made Simple”, con cui ho realizzato anche il fumetto con il cuoricino. Adoro queste fustelle!
    Gli interni, che non ho fotografato, sono comunque molto semplici per dare la possibilità ai miei amici di incollare le foto secondo le loro preferenze, giusto piccoli abbellimenti fustellati agli angoli di qualche pagina.
    Un consiglio per aiutarvi a realizzare mini album in modo più veloce: per semplificare il processo, scegliete una dimensione facile da lavorare, il mio album è circa 20x20 cm. Mi piacciono gli album con pagine di diverse dimensioni, ma occorre più tempo per la loro creazione. Se poi dovete regalarli e non avete da subito le foto da inserire, una misura costante quadrata permetterà di incollare le foto standard sia nel formato orizzontale che verticale.

    Auguro a tutti voi un simpatico week-end creativo! Arrivederci a presto sul blog Sizzix!
    quaderno ad anelli da ufficio
    cartoncini: panna, turchese, kraft
    patterned papers
    coloi acrilici
    washi tape

  • Pin cushions and tablerunners!

    Thursday, 24 July, 2014

     Are you enjoying the summer sun? I'm  hoping that it will be sunny tomorrow morning so that I can have breakfast on the patio - I'll pretend I'm on holiday and that the Festival of Quilts is still weeks away!
    I'm working in the office today - and have a fan blowing straight on me - it's the only way not to melt.
    I am making progress with the preparations for the show - this week the pin cushions are all completed - and one of the patchwork table runners is ready to be quilted - I've used the tessellating pinwheel for the table runner - , and the pin cushions were in last weeks blog.

    the next task is to make 2 more patchwork table runners -
    As you can see the pieces are already cut a nd ready to sew - the dies I've used for these are - Equilateral triangle - and the Half Hexagon -
    Without the Big Shot and the Bigz Dies I wouldn't even contemplate trying to get so much done in just under 2 weeks - because I haven't mentioned the applique table runners still to be made.
    I know I've mentioned counting down to an event by the number of sleeps - well in this case I feel it might be a case of how many sleepless nights are left!!!
    Well I'm going to switch from the computer to the sewing machine and see how much I can accomplish this afternoon.
    I hope you can keep cool and enjoy the summer.

  • Mini book by Karine

    Thursday, 24 July, 2014


    I hope you’re all fine and that you’re spending great holidays! Here is a new mini book that I will soon teach in class.

    Supply list:

    Papers: Basic Grey, Crate Paper
    Alphabets: Glitz Design
    Stickers: Basic Grey, Jenni Bowlin Studio, Glitz Design
    Wood embellishment: Scrapfellow
    Stamps: Florilèges Design
    Inks: Chalks
    Spray inks: Scrap Plaisir
    Others: tag, masking tape, 3D foam, twine


    658300 : Sizzix Big Shot Starter Kit
    657721: Sizzix Borders & Hydrangeas
    659436: Sizzix Bigz Die-Garden Greens

    I started by using one of my favourite dies of the moment: the foliage one! I colorized it with spray inks. This die is cut out of white Bristol and sprayed with two ink colours (green & turquoise). Use a water spray if you wish to lighten your shades and let the colours spread!
    Print a text stamp tone-on-tone.
    Let it dry in the open then glue on your page with double-sided tape.

    I also cut some little flowers in orange leather thanks to my Sizzix Borders & Hydrangeas die. It is cut really easily! You can add a brad or a button as a flower center.

    I wish you have a creative day!

    See you soon!


    Bonjour !

    J'espère que vous allez bien et que vous passez de bonnes vacances ! Voici aujourd'hui un des mini que je présenterai en atelier prochainement.

    Matériel :

    Papiers : Basic Grey, Crate Paper
    Alphabets : Glitz Design
    Autocollants : Basic Grey, Jenni Bowlin Studio, Glitz Design
    Décoration en bois : Scrapfellow
    Tampons : Florilèges Design
    Encres : Chalks
    Encre en spray : Scrap Plaisir
    Divers : tag, masking tape, mousse 3D, cordelette

    Die :

    658300 : Sizzix Big Shot Starter Kit
    657721: Sizzix Borders & Hydrangeas
    659436: Sizzix Bigz Die-Garden Greens

    J'ai tout d'abord utilisé mon die feuillage préféré du moment que j'ai colorisé avec des encres en spray. Celle-ci est découpée dans du Bristol blanc puis vaporisée avec deux couleurs d'encre ( vert et turquoise). Utilisez un vaporisateur d'eau si vous souhaitez éclaircir vos teintes et faire fuser les couleurs !
    Complétez avec une impression de tampon texte ton sur ton.
    Laissez sécher à l'air libre puis collez avec du double face sur votre page.

    J'ai également découpé des petites fleurs dans du cuir orange grâce à mon die Sizzix Borders & Hydrangeas. La découpe se fait très facilement ! Vous pouvez compléter le centre avec une attache parisienne ou un bouton.

    Je vous souhaite une très bonne journée créative !

    A bientôt


  • No Rust for the wicked!

    Wednesday, 23 July, 2014

    If I am wicked then my worst crime is the use of terrible puns in the title of my blogs as I'm sure you will all agree?

    A little while back I gave a beautiful die cut 1950's car the 'rusty' treatment and I said at the time that I will use it at some point in the future. I have scrapped the car idea but I want to use the rust technique which was featured in Tim Holtz' Creative Chemistry 102 online classes...Hey! if your gonna steal, steal from the best I say!!! 

    Seriously though, follow the link and sign up, it's jam packed with inspirational ideas showing how to get the best out of all your favourite inks, stains and acrylics and there's plenty of Sizzix inspiration to feast your eyes on too.

    The dies I'm using this week are:

    As last week, it's another mash-up of designs from different collections which work particularly well together. This week I am again using dies from Prima and Lori Whitlock with one of my old favourites namely the big ol' tag die from Tim Holtz.

    I started by die-cutting four cogs two heart locks (for layering), a key (which didn't make the final project) and a delicious butterfly from ivory card. Next I lightly applied some embossing ink before sprinkling with Vintage Photo Distress Embossing Powder which is great for adding a gritty texture and works in a different way to conventional embossing powders in that it gives random coverage, ideal for distress applications.

    I fixed the powder with a heat tool and inked the die-cuts with a combination of Distress inks to achieve the rusty iron look. Next I die-cut the beautiful flourish from ivory card and gave it the same rusty treatment.
    I applied a rectangle of patterned paper (My Mind's Eye Nostalgia Collection) to a piece of mount board before die-cutting the tag before selectively inking around the perimeter. Next I stamped onto the top right-hand edge using various Distress inks and my trusty Dear Lizzy Lucky Charm rotary phrase stamp before stamping onto ivory card, trimming to size and distressing the edges. Finally, I attached the phrase to the tag using tiny staples.

    Now all I need to do is attach the cogs and flourish to the tag, I have used screw head brads in the centre of some of the cogs. I attached the layered padlock using a couple of tiny jump rings and then I lightly inked the butterfly before curling back the wings and dousing with Clear Rock Candy Distress Glitter followed by a little strategically placed crushed glass glitter around the edges, I had to add a bit of bling with all that rust, and I love the contrast it gives.

    And that, as they that! except for a bit of Crinkle Ribbon dyed to match the rust colours for a finishing touch. I love the flourish so next week I'm going to put it to good use on my wife's birthday card. 

  • Notepad dressed up

    Wednesday, 23 July, 2014

    A few weeks ago I bought a small notepad (on sale) at a new favourite store. My idea was to have the pad stay on my work table and be the place where I jot down lists of various kinds so I was slightly disappointed when I couldn't remove the sales sticker from the front.
    Since it is just a little pad I decided to dress up the front covering the sticker with a fairly simple design and not a lot of bulk.
    I cut an ombre paper the same size as the notepad and then I die cut a white delicately patterned paper and a bright green cardstock using the Frameworks Die - Courtyard. I began by attaching the white die cut and then I used a roller stamp to stamp multiple sentiments haphazardly across the paper. Finally, I added a few green diamonds to the white die cut.
    I liked the idea that the green diamonds stand out due to the fact that I didn't stamp on them. It adds some contrast to the entire project.
    Supply list:
    Roller stamp (Hema)
    Stickers (Søstrene Grene)
    VersaFine, black ink
    Paper (American Crafts)
    For et par uger siden købte jeg en lille notesblok i en ny favoritbutik med den intension, at den skulle bo på mit skrivebord, så jeg kunne bruge den til diverse lister. Derfor var min skuffelse også stor, da jeg ikke kunne fjerne tilbudsklistermærket.
    Løsningen blev at give blokken en ny og relativt enkel forside uden at tilføje for mange lag til den.
    Jeg skar et stykke papir i samme størrelse som notesblokken, og derefter udstansede en hvid og en hidsig grøn figur ud med Frameworks Die - Courtyard. Først limede jeg den hvide figur fast, og stemplede med et rullestempel mere eller mindre tilfældigt over en stor del af forsiden. Herefter monterede jeg nogle af de grønne diamanter, hvilket gav en fin kontrast, fordi de ikke er blevet stemplet på.
    Rullestempel (Hema)
    Klistermærker (Søstrene Grene)
    VersaFine, black ink
    Papir (American Crafts)

  • If nothing ever changed....

    Wednesday, 23 July, 2014

    Hello to all:) What a wonderful weather we have had here in Finland! The sun is shining and it`s really warm:) I and my family have spent the weekend at our cottage and I forgot my camera there, lol! So, sorry my photo taken by my phone:)

    Here is the card I made to show you and I have used Prima butterfly dies released this month.

    Sizzix products:
    Sizzix Big Shot Starter Kit (Powder Blue & Teal) 658300
    Sizzix Textured Impressions Embossing Folders 2PK - Swirls, Butterflies & Dragonflies Set 658077
    Sizzix Thinlits Die Set 2PK - Winged Beauties 659707

    Other products:
    Pion Design papers; Alma`s Sewing Room
    corrugated cardboard
    Stempelglede sentiment stamp from the set "Follow Your Heart"
    Distress Ink Frayed Burlap
    douple-sided tape
    Archival Ink Jet Black

    How to do:
    1. Cut the piece of patterned paper (11,5 cm × 14,5 cm) and emboss it using Sizzix Textured Impressions Embossing Folders 2PK - Swirls, Butterflies & Dragonflies Set 658077.
    2. Distress all the edges, ink them with DI Frayed Burlap and sew all the edges.
    3. Take the other piece of paper ( I have used a one corner from the patterned paper). The lenght of the sides about 12 cm and 13 cm. Distress, ink and sew the straight sides.
    4. Take the piece of corrugated cardboard 2 cm × 11 cm and apply the gesso, allow to dry.
    5. Cut the butterflies (two small and a one big) using the  Sizzix Thinlits Die Set 2PK - Winged Beauties 659707. 
    6. Place  the embossed  and  the corner paper on to the cardboard (size 13 cm × 16 cm) and tape them. Attach the dried corrugared cardboard and butterflies using glue.
    7. Stamp the sentiment using Archival Ink and cut the words. Tape them on to the card.

    Have a wonderful day,Minna

    *   *   *   *   *

    Moi:) Mikä upea viikko ollut ainakin sään suhteen, ihanan lämmintä:) Olemme viettäneet aikaa mökillä ja unohdin kamerani sinne joten anteeksi tämä kuva joka otettu puhelímella:)

    Tässä kortissa käytin tässä kuussa myyntiin tulleita uusia Prima Marketingin perhosstansseja.

    Sizzix tuotteet:
    Sizzix Big Shot Starter Kit (Powder Blue & Teal) 658300
    Sizzix Textured Impressions Embossing Folders 2PK - Swirls, Butterflies & Dragonflies Set 658077
    Sizzix Thinlits Die Set 2PK - Winged Beauties 659707

    Muut tuotteet:
    Pion Design paperit; Alma`s Sewing Room
    Stempelgleden tekstileima setistä Follow Your Heart
    Distress Ink Frayed Burlap
    kaksipuoleista teippiä
    Archival Ink muste Jet Black
    Kuinka teet tämän:
    1. Leikkaa 11,5 cm × 14,5 cm kokoinen pala kuviopaperia ja embossaa se käyttäen Sizzix Textured Impressions Embossing Folders 2PK - Swirls, Butterflies & Dragonflies Set 658077.
    2. Ressaa kaikki reunat, levitä DI mustetta Frayed Burlap ja ompele kaikki reunat.
    3. Ota toinen pala kuviopaperia (minä olen käyttänyt yhtä kulmaa isosta paperista). Sivujen pituus noin 12 ja 13 cm. Ressaa, levitä mustetta ja ompele suorat sivut.
    4. Ota pala aaltopahvia n. 2 cm × 11 cm ja levitä gessoa, anna kuivua.
    5. Leikkaa perhoset (kaksi pientä ja yksi iso) käyttäen Sizzix Thinlits Die Set 2PK - Winged Beauties 659707. 
    6. Asettele embossattu- ja kulmapaperi kartongille kokoa 13 cm × 16 cm ja teippaa kiinni. Kiinnitä kuivunut aaltopahvi ja perhoset käyttäen liimaa.
    7. Leimaa teksti Archival Ink musteella ja leikkaa sanat irti. Teippaa korttiin.

    Mukavaa keskiviikkoa, Minna

  • 25 years card

    Tuesday, 22 July, 2014

    Hi everyone
    I hope you all had a great week today i will show you a card 15x 21 cm made for our niece and her husband who has been married for 25 years. i think it was so fine to use Tim Holtz bigz die Victorian Carolers
    Itemes I have used:
    Supply list:
    Paper: Purple Violets design galeriapapiere
    Stamp: Joy Crafts Typewritter Keys
    Ink: Memento Sweet Plum
    Viva Pontura paint Lilla, ribbon
    Thanks for stopping by, se you nextT Tuesday
    Hej alle
    Jeg håber du har haft en dejlig sommeruge, i dag har jeg et kort at vise 15 x21 cm, kortet har jeg lavet til min niece og hendes mands sølvbryllup. jeg tænkte at Tim Holtz  Victorian Carolers var så fin at bruge til denne anledning
    Sizzix dies jeg har brugt:
    Andre materialer:
    Papir: Purple Violets design galeriapapiere
    Stempler: Joy Crafts Typewritter Keys
    Ink: Memento Sweet Plum
    Viva Pontura paint Lilla, bånd
    Tak fordi du kiggede forbi, vi ses næste tirsdag

  • Monday, 21 July, 2014

    This week I have been inspired by the Prima dies that just been released this month.
    I love Gears, I do think they are great as less feminine flowers, a perfect add on to cards and layouts, but the also make lovely jewelry.

    I made a similar one using the old Tim Holtz gear dies a few years a go. But as it is made out of mount board - or passepartout as it is called in some areas, the stuff used to mount art piece on frames - it tends to age fast if worn a lot.

    So I decided to make a new version using the new Prima die Sizzix Bigz Die - Love Gears 659709.

    I die cut several gears out of mount board. At the end I only used two designs out of the four included on the die. I attached them together with strong wet glue and I let them dry completely.

    Then I used Liquid Leaf which is a high shine metallic medium and painted all over it. To distress it a bit, I added some other metallic tints using a wax from the same manufacturer.

    Finally I added a chain using a jump ring and the own circle hole of each gear to unite it.

    It is an statement piece, but I think it is perfect as they are all the rage now!

  • 'Alex' using Frameworks die and Tattered florals and leaves

    Sunday, 20 July, 2014

    Hi friends!
    I am very happy to be back here with you to share my latest page.
    I used a lovely picture of my eldest DD  (I can't believe I have grown up daughters already,.... :-D )
    and some of my favourite Sizzix dies.

    1. I started by prepping my background with gesso and then modeling paste.
    2. When dry I sprayed with two different colours of mist.
    3. I cut and distressed strips of papers and arranged them on my page. I then stitched them in place.
    4. I used the Frameworks die to cut three pieces from corrugated cardboard that I painted with gesso.
    5. I I cut and assembled some Tattered florals and Tattered leaves.
    6. I die cut  my photo with the ovals die set and also some white Bazzil to back it.
    7. I arranged and glued down all my elements and added the title.

    I used one of the Susan's Garden tools to scratch a pattern into the leaves to make them more dimensional.

    I really love the way the Bigz dies let you cut almost anything.
    Today I upcycled an old cardboardbox that I received soem scrapbook supplies in.
    The Bigz die cut through it 'like butter'.

    These are the Sizzix products I used:

    Most other ther supplies are by Papirdesign. 
    Brads are by Kaiserkraft. 
    Pink and brown fabric flowers are by Prima.
    Prima Color Bloom mists.


    Hejsan, kul att vara tillbaka här med en ny sida att visa.
    Jag använde en vacker porträttbild på äldsta dottern (kan inte fatta att jag har så vuxna barn,.... :-D ) och några av mina favorit dies från Sizzix.
    1. Jag startade med att preparera bakgrunden med gesso och modelleringspasta.
    2. När det torkatsprayade jag på det med två olika färger av mist.
    3. Jag klippte ut och distressade några pappers strips och arrangerade dom på sidan. Sedan sydde jag fast dom.
    4. Jag använde Frameworks die Trellies och skar ut motivet från en bit pappkartong från en låda jag fått scrapsaker i. Sedan målade jag dom med gesso.
    5. Jag skar ut och satte samman några Tattered Florals och Tattered Leaves.
    6. Jag ville ha en annan form på fotot så jag skar ut det med Sizzix framelits ovals. Jag skar även ut en som var snäppet större i Bazzil för att ha som bakgrund för fotot.
    7. Jag placerade slutligen ut mina element där jag ville ha dom och limmade fast dom.

    Jag använde ett av verktygen från Susans Garden tool kit att skrapa på löven så det såg ut som bladnärver.

    Jag gillar skarpt hur du kan använda Sizzix Bigz dies för att skära ut nästan vad som helst!

    Idag gav jag nytt liv till en gammal pappkartong som jag fått scrapbooksaker i.
    Bigz dieen skar genom det som om det vore smör.....!

    Här är de Sizzix produkt jag har använt:

    De flesta andra produkterna är från  Papirdesign. 
    Brads kommer från Kaiserkraft. 
    Rosa och bruna tygblommor tillverkas av Prima Prima.
    Dessutom Prima Color Bloom mists

  • Summer Happenings

    Saturday, 19 July, 2014

    I hope you all have been enjoying your summers! I am back from my #PaperTrail Tour teaching crafts from my vintage camper. Read about my teaching travels on my blog here.

    It was so much fun I am now gearing up for the next one. Here's my feature in Where Women Create! Road trip!

    I leave on September 2 for TWO MONTHS. There are all kinds of fun events planned along the way, including stops to teach in stores, visiting craft celebrities and I'll be teaching private classes too. Scotty is being set up as a Pop-Up Trailer Shop as we speak, and will be loaded up with dies and vintage embellishments. I can't wait and am so blessed to be able to take the time to do this. I hope you will follow along on my Facebook page and blog where I will be posting pics and videos.

    My Inspiration Team has been going to town creating beautiful projects while I have been on the road. Please hop on over to my blog on Tuesdays to see the latest designs from them- I promise it is worth the trip! Each month we have a theme for our Art With Heart Challenge. For July it is Red, White and Beautiful. You are invited to play along and post your latest creations- there's a fun prize involved too!
    Here are a few inspirational peeks...

    Visit Shelly's blog for a great tutorial on how to construct this amazing Garden Tote.

    Michelle Zerull shows how to make a cool Mail Box.

    Anna-Karin Evaldsson created a summer album- love it! 
    Rina Gonzales makes a cool summer banner from the Canning Jar die.

    Here's a fun patriotic block from Tracy Evans.

    A flower arrangement by Donna Budzynski makes a great patriotic centerpiece!

    On Thursdays we have new projects posted on The Artists on the Block site where artists from all over the world are taking the Sizzix 3" Block/Cube/Bank die to the next level- exploring new techniques and combining the blocks to make storage pieces- so inspiring!

    Pam Bray created this beautiful block for her son's wedding. So many flowers and all handmade!

    Next time I will share more Team ATB photos. Keep on crafting...

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