• Recipe Box

    Saturday, 30 May, 2015

    Hello there,
    this recipe box is for a very good friend of mine. I hope she will like it.

    I made this flashcard-box with gray cardboard and this gorgeous vintage kitchen paper.

    On one side I attached a cardboard holder on which I clamped a clip for a penholder. I think that is very convenient to write shopping lists.

    I used canvas for decoration, which I have stitched and covered with double-sided adhesive film and finally glued onto the box.

    The Antiqua Capital Letters fit perfectly to the design paper. I punched the letters total of 3 times with my Big Shot. In white as a contrast, craftcolor for the main background and one time to use them as a Dummy to see exactly where I needed to stick. I used a ruler as a tool to ensure that the letters come straight to the box.

    I hope you will like the idea.
    Have a great weekend.

  • Two romantic Cards with Scallops & Eyelet Lace

    Saturday, 30 May, 2015

    Hey everybody,
    hope you had a nice week so far? :) It was so rainy the last days her in Germany, so I had a lot of time in my craftroom. And this week I show you two cards that I made with scallops and eyelet lace. 

    List of supplies I used:
    white cardstock, pattern paper and my sewing machine

    Using the scallops and eyelet lace for cards is very easy and brings a romantic touch on it. Especially the eyelet lace. :) I added the borders with my sewing machine, to get a visual transition between the different colored and patterned papers.

    The scallops are fitting perfectly to the pattern paper I choose. I think this is really pretty! :) Like a waterfall or something like that.

    So, what would you do with these dies? :) Hope you got a little bit inspired and I wish you a happy weekend. xo, Julia


    Hallo ihr Lieben,
    wie war eure Woche? In Deutschland hat es die letzten Tage viel geregnet und da konnte ich einige Zeit in meinem kleinen Scrapreich verbringen. Gibt schlimmeres, oder? ;) Diese Woche habe ich zwei romantisch angehauchte Karten für euch, die ich mit zwei unterschiedlichen Bordüren gestaltet habe.

    Hier die Materialliste:
    Weißer Cardstock, etwas gemustertes Papier und meine Nähmaschine

    Wie erwähnt bekommt man durch diese Bordüren einen tollen romantischen Touch auf Karten & Co. Besonders mit der Bordüre die aussieht wie Spitze. Wundervoll! Mit der Nähmaschine habe ich dann die gemusterten Papiere und Bordüren miteinander verbunden. So entsteht visuell ein schöner Übergang zwischen den unterschiedlichen Papieren.

    Die Bogenbordüre (nennt man das so?) mit den Wellen passte perfekt zu meinem ausgesuchten Pattern Paper. Finde ich mega hübsch, es wirkt wie ein Wasserfall der sich in einer fließenden Bewegung nach unten begiebt. Und zwischendurch, spritzen ein paar Wellen nach oben. ;)

    Welche Projekte würdet ihr mit diesen Stanzen machen? Ich hoffe ich konnte euch ein bisschen inspirieren und wünsche euch noch ein wahnsinnig schönes Wochenende. Hier kommt gerade endlich die Sonne wieder raus. :) xo, Julia

  • My Summer Book Bag

    Saturday, 30 May, 2015

    Hi everyone!Thinking in my next summer holidays I have designed a new  project with Sizzix dies.
    Usually I take some books with me and I enjoy reading and thinking something to sew when I come back home. I´m sure I´m not the only one !
    Last package from Sizzix, brought  a die I was wishing to try : Triangles Isosceles & Right.
    This die has a lot of possibilities and  diamond is the block I´m sewing before, one of my favorites and never done before !

    You get a good   12" size block, so  you can match different  blocks and take a new opportunity to get a quilt , table runner , or whatever you want.
    I have  used two more dies   and Big Shot Plus 

    I chose a mother of pearl button to close.

    I love Amy Sinibaldi style and her book came home the other day. This will be one in my summer book bag, yippie!

    My bag uses the same block  both sides.

    And now  here you can see how I have done the Book Bag. This is my first video for Sizzix , so I hope you like it!

    Have a nice weekend and see  you in two weeks


    ¡Hola a todo el mundo! Pensando en mis próximas vacaciones de verano , he diseñado un nuevo proyecto para Sizzix usando sus troqueles.
    Normalmente suelo llevarme algunos libros conmigo y disfruto leyéndolos  y pensando algún proyecto para hacer a la vuelta.Seguro que no soy la única ¿ verdad ?
    El último paquete que llegó de Sizzix    trajo un troquel que estaba deseando probar por primera vez. Se trata del Triángulo Isósceles al que veo muchas posibilidades.

    Con este troquel he cosido un bloque con un buen tamaño      . Puedes montar varios y hacer una colcha, un mantel o cualquier cosa que te parezca.
    He usado ese troquel y dos más, un cuadrado y triángulos :

    En la foto podéis ver libro de Amy  Sinibaldi, su primero. Me encanta su estilo  y me vendrá genial para verlo tranquilamente en vacaciones. En mi blog Las Labores de Mercedes ya te he hablado un poco de él.

    Mi bolsa  tiene el  mismo bloque por delante y por detrás.
    Me he estrado con mi primer vídeo para Sizzix , espero que te guste . En él tienes  los pasos para hacerla.
    Que pases un buen fin de semana y te espero  dentro de un par de ellas.

  • Gift wrapping for mother-in-laws birthday....

    Friday, 29 May, 2015

    This week was my mother-in-laws birthday.
    It is always difficult to find the right present - so often it add up in a voucher.

    And often vouchers aren't really pretty, right?
    so I mad my own wrapping for the voucher.

    First i embossed a hole 8x12 inch paper with Textured Impressions Plus Embossing Folder (Dots)
    which is enclosed at the Sizzix Big Shot Plus Starter Kit (White & Gray).
    Than i cut out the Sizzix Movers & Shapers L Die - Pillow Box w/Labels.

    For sticking the box together i flattened the splice.

    Then i cut three of the leaves you can find on the Bigz L Die (Everyday Essentials)
    that comes together with the Sizzix Big Shot Plus Starter Kit (White & Gray) and cut them
    in to single pieces and curled them.

    Then fix them with some wire...

    Then i brought this little roses together with some leaves and a cute border...


    Sizzix Big Shot Plus Starter Kit (White & Gray)
    (daraus auch Textured Impressions Plus Embossing Folder (Dots),
    Bigz L Die (Everyday Essentials))
    Sizzix Movers & Shapers L Die - Pillow Box w/Labels 
    Sizzix Bigz Die - Garden Greens
    Sizzix Sizzlits Decorative Strip Die - Loopy Scallops

    Greetings, Stephanie


    Hallo Ihr Lieben,

    diese Woche stand Schwiegermutters Geburtstag auf dem Programm.
    Und weil es immer so schwer ist, für sie ein Geschenk zu finden, gibt es oft einen Gutschein.

    Und so Gutscheine sind ja oft nicht so hübsch,
    daher hab ich mir meine eigene Verpackung gebastelt.

    Zuerst hab ich eine Bogen Papier mit Textured Impressions Plus Embossing Folder (Dots)
    embossed. Der Folder kommt im Sizzix Big Shot Plus Starter Kit (White & Gray).

    Dann habe ich die Sizzix Movers & Shapers L Die - Pillow Box w/Labels daraus aufgeschnippelt.
    Um besser kleben zu können habe ich die Klebekante wieder geglättet.

    Dann hab ich drei von den Blätters ausgekurbelt, die ihr auf der Bigz L Die (Everyday Essentials) befindet (auch im Sizzix Big Shot Plus Starter Kit (White & Gray)).

    Die Blätter habe ich in seine Einzelteile geschnitten und die so entstandenen Blätter aufgerollt.
    Zu Röschen zusammenstecken und mit Draht fixieren.

    Zusammen mit einem Blatt von Sizzix Bigz Die - Garden Greens und der hübschen
    Sizzix Sizzlits Decorative Strip Die - Loopy Scallops auf der Box befestigen - fertig....

    Viel Spaß damit, Steffi

  • Jacob and his Ladder

    Friday, 29 May, 2015

    This month I am looking at the Jacobs Ladder block.  This variation is traced back to Grandmother Clark 1932, a series of booklets published by W L M Clark Inc of St Louis.  Such a simple and effective block, using just 2 dies along with the BigShot Plus.  I thought I would tell you a little about my process too!

    It all starts with an idea, an image that caught my attention, in a book, magazine, pinterest ... the options are endless, I have even been known to draw upon architecture and nature for inspiration.

    Depending on where I am, I might grab the nearest bit of paper and jot down my thoughts ... that happens a lot!  I will often then convert those thoughts onto the computer in EQ7 to see how it looks, play with layouts and colours until I am sure about where the idea is going, or surprised where it takes me.

    this was my basic layout, the plan was to use some new fabrics, just arrived in the studio
    (but you know how hard it can be to cut into new fabrics, right!)

    So these pretties were my alternative!

    Except,when I was piecing them, they didn't quite have that oomph, ok, that clear contrast that I was looking for,  though I did carry on.

    So I chose some more fabrics from my scrap box.  Really that's all this runner takes, and of course

    Each block is a combination of  4 patches and half square triangles, I like to chain piece all the pieces together in one go.  

    I position everything at the sewing machine so it is all at hand

    and in no time at all the four patches units are made

    Repeat the process for the half square triangles

    then with my scrap of paper at the ready, lay out the block

    once I've laid that first block out, I will layer up all the pieces so that I can take the piles to the machine and start chain piecing the pairs together

    Those blocks are pieced in no time at all

    join the blocks together

    add a couple of borders and hey presto! 

    A table runner is born!

    Back to those second choice fabrics ...

    you can see the contrast just isn't there,  but I still love it!

    This such a versatile block, that once you start playing around with colour and value, direction and placement of fabrics, all sorts of designs are created! 

    I hope you'll give this one a go, and let me know how you get on. 
    (I'm off to quilt those runners!) 

  • Live the moment... Layout

    Friday, 29 May, 2015

    Hi Sizzix friends!

    Today I show you a special layout for me. It is in a clean and simple style, I have used only a few materials, the ones which I found necessary to accentuate the feelings in the moment of taking the pictures.

    As you can see, I’ve only used two dies, the circles Framelits and the Decorative Strip Scallops designed by Doodlebug. And then I’ve played with the papers and their colours to match the picture.

    Here are some details: 

    I’ve die-cut circles in different sizes and combined patterns and colours. I’ve positioned the circles around the heart button to simulate the circles created by skipping stones on the surface of water. By doing this I wanted to give my son the message: “live the moment with your heart and grow happy”

    I’ve die-cut this decorative strip and glued partially to give some movement.

    I have used the following Sizzix products:

    I hope you have enjoyed this clean and simple layout. Thanks for your visit!

    Have a creative and happy Friday!


    ¡Hola a todos!
    Hoy os quería enseñar un layout muy especial para mí. Es una página muy clean and simple, con muy pocos materiales, tan solo los necesarios para poder resaltar el sentimiento que me invadió al hacer las fotos.

    Como podéis ver he utilizado dos troqueles, los Framelits de círculos y la cenefa decorativa de Doodlebug y he jugado con los papeles y sus colores combinándolos con las fotografías.

    Algunos detalles:
    He troquelado los círculos en diferentes medidas y colores. Los he situado bajo el botón del corazón posicionados como si se tratara del movimiento que surge tras tirar una piedra en el agua, que se va haciendo más grande. Con esto quería transmitir el siguiente mensaje: "vive el momento con el corazón y crece feliz"

    He troquelado esta cenefa decorativa y la he fijado parcialmente para darle un poco de movimiento.

     Espero que os haya gustado esta página clean and simple. ¡Gracias por la visita!

    ¡Feliz y creativo viernes!

  • Party Favor Box using Big Shot Plus Starter Kit

    Friday, 29 May, 2015

    Hello everyone, It's Anna posting today.
    This Friday I want to show you a project I made using the wonderful Big Shot Plus Starter Kit!
    I created this favor boxes for communion of my niece.
    My sister in law and my nieces helped me to assemble two dozen boxes. Pleasant afternoon!

    cafe creativo - sizzix big shot plus starter kit - favor box - scatolina bomboniera (1)

    For any event, these favor boxes will compliment your ceremony beautifully. Simply fill with your choice of yummy treats or fun trinkets.

    cafe creativo - sizzix big shot plus starter kit - favor box - scatolina bomboniera (2)

    As I said, for this project, you will only need Big Shot Plus Starter Kit!

    cafe creativo - sizzix big shot plus starter kit - favor box - scatolina bomboniera - tutorial

    Die cut all the boxes out of lilac cardstock using Big Shot Plus and Thinlits A4 size. Using the square intricate die create the window opening with flowers.
    Fold along the crease lines to assemble the boxes and glue.
    Fill the Box with candy. Wrap a ribbon around the Box and tie into a bow. Attach the crochet flower to the ribbon bow with glue.
    And that’s it! With just two die, I created easy party favors. Watch my video tutorial!
    cafe creativo - sizzix big shot plus starter kit - favor box - scatolina bomboniera (3)
    Hope you had an awesome time making favor boxes with me today! What would you create with this super cute die?
    Box - Items used:
    lilac cardstock
    crochet flower
    Per le amiche italiane! :)

    Buon Venerdì a tutti, sono Anna ed oggi tocca a me postare.
    Questo Venerdì voglio mostrarvi un progetto che ho creato con il meraviglioso Big Shot Plus Starter Kit!
    Ho creato questo scatoline come bomboniere per la comunione della mia nipote più piccola.
    Mia cognata e le mie nipotine mi hanno aiutato ad assemblare una ventina di scatoline, non male! E così abbiamo passato un pomeriggio piacevole giocando con la nuova Big Shot!
    Queste scatoline, sono facili da fare e vi aiuteranno a rendere speciale e personalizzata la vostra cerimonia. Provare per credere!
    Una volta assemblate, non rimane che riempire le scatoline con un sacchettino di confetti o un simpatico oggettino.
    Come ho già detto, per questo progetto, si avrà bisogno soltanto del Big Shot Plus Starter Kit.
    Come fare:
    Con la Big Shot Plus e la fustella Thilits formato A4, tagliare tutte le scatole di cartoncino lilla. Utilizzando anche la fustella quadrata con fiori si può creare l'apertura decorativa, sul fronte della scatola.
    Piegare lungo le linee di cordonatura per assemblare le scatole e incollare.
    Riempire le scatole con I sacchettini di confetti. Avvolgere un nastro intorno alla scatola e fare un fiocco. Fissare un fiorellino all'uncinetto sopra il nastro con la colla.
    Finito! Con solo due fustelle, ho creato velocemente delle bomboniere. Vi può essere utile visionare anche questo mio video tutorial.
    Spero vi siate divertiti a fare le scatoline con me oggi! Che cosa altro si può creare con questa fustella carinissima?
    Vedremo più avanti di trovare altre idee ;)
    Bomboniere - materiali:
    cartoncino lilla
    fiori all'uncinetto

  • Cinderella Card

    Thursday, 28 May, 2015

    Hello Sizzix fans!
    For this thursday I created a wonderful card using a very nice die!!
    What our daughters want for their birthday??? A princess party I believe!!
    And for a princess party we will also need a suitable invitation. So I thought at the story of Cinderella.
    I used:
    Sizzix Big Shot Plus Starter Kit 660515

    Sizzix Thinlits Die Set 16PK - Card, Birthday Pop-Up

    Craft Asylum cardstocks
    White and pink cardstocks
    white ribbon

    Die cut the card using the thinlits and pink cardstock.
    Die cut the castle, three balloons, the magic wand and the crown!

    Assemble the card as I did. Cut three pieces of cord and paste ballons.
    Create a little bow with the ribbon and paste it at the base of the cords.
    Created the pocket for the ticket and paste on card.
    Paste the crown and the magic wand on the castle.
    Your Cinderella card is ready!!! Do you like it????
    See you next thursday!!

    Ciao a tutti!!
    Per questo giovedì ho creato una meravigliosa card con una carinissima fustella!
    Cosa desiderano le nostre figlie per il loro compleanno??
    Ma una festa da principessa, io credo!!
    E per una festa da principessa abbiamo bisogno di una card adatta!
    Così ho pensato alla favola di Cenerentola.
    Per questo progetto ho usato:
    Sizzix Big Shot Plus Starter Kit 660515

    Sizzix Thinlits Die Set 16PK - Card, Birthday Pop-Up

    Cartoncini Craft Asylum
    cartoncino bianco e rosa
    nastrino bianco

    Fustellare la card usando la fustella adatta e il cartoncino rosa. Fustellare il castello, tre palloncini, la corona e la bacchetta magica. Assemblare la card come ho fatto io. Tagliare tre pezzi di cordoncino e incollarli sulla card, poi incollare i tre palloncini. Con il nastrino creare un fiocchetto e incollarlo alla base dei cordoncini. Creare la tasca per il biglietto e incollarla alla base della card. Incollare la corona e la bacchetta magica sul castello. La vostra Card Cenerentola è pronta!! Si può festeggiare!!!
    Grazie a tutti per i commenti!
    Un abbraccio

  • Little birds for a baby

    Thursday, 28 May, 2015

    The long anticipated baby has arrived - and it's a boy - James Arthur, brother to 3 beautiful girls!
    So there will be a quilt for him - but I really must finish the quilts for two of his sisters and one of his cousins before I start his ( the good news is that all 3 tops are made - I just need to layer them up and quilt them!!)
    So a quick gift is what I need - so here it is -
    a little string of birds that can fix across his pram - I did think of adding some little bells to this but know that my daughter, Naomi, wouldn't appreciate it.
    I used Bigz die 657685 http://www.sizzix.co.uk/product/657685/sizzix-bigz-die-birds-3 and the Big Shot http://www.sizzix.co.uk/product/660200/sizzix-big-shot-machine-only-white-gray  to cut the birds in felt - I chose grey and aqua - cutting 4 birds, 2 wings and 2 eyes in grey, and 2 birds, 4 wings and 4 eyes in aqua.
    I started by stitching the eyes and wings in place, using a small running stitch, but this can also be stitched on a machine. ( remember to make pairs of birds)

    Then I stitched 2 grey birds together, with a length of grey ric rac running through the middle, and adding a little toy stuffing before completing the stitching -
    it just remained to complete the other 2 birds in the same way.
    I now have a little gift to take when I visit again tomorrow.
    An alternative would be to make the birds into a mobile - hanging the birds from ribbon attached to the back.
    I could also make a little quilt to match - or even add a bird to a tiny t-shirt - I'm sure my granddaughters will help me decide on the next thing to make for him.
    So that's all for this week, have fun sewing.

  • Exotic layout by Karine

    Thursday, 28 May, 2015


    Are you up to a sunny page? That is what I will show to you this Thursday with a new page, size 12x12 for a change!

    Supply list:

    Cardstock: American Crafts
    Stickers: Crate Paper
    Labels: 4heures37
    Stamps: Bloomini Studio, Stampin' Up
    Inks: Adirondack Citrus, Clover
    Black Versafine
    Spray ink: Studio Calico
    Stabilo Pen68
    Masking Tape


    650515 :  Sizzix Big Shot Plus Starter Kit
    660815 :  Sizzix Thinlits Die Set 3PK-woodland-leaves
    659957 : Sizzix Original Die-Phrase, Love #3

    I start by gluing three small black & white pictures on my white cardstock. Then I had fun printing pretty green foliage patterns around my pictures (Bloomini Studio stamps).

    I cut two dies out of white cardstock: the word LOVE and a pretty seasonal foliage pattern. With a very colourful background, these elements will stand out in a perfect way.

    I made some splashes with black spray ink to spice the whole up and I stapled a scooped-out butterfly. It is stapled, not glued, to keep all of its volume.

    The background will be worked with anise green & citrus Adirondack inks.

    I hope you will feel like going through your latest holidays’ pictures!

    Have a nice day,


    Bonjour !

    Une petite page ensoleillée ça vous dit ? C'est ce que je vous propose aujourd'hui, jeudi avec une nouvelle page au format 12x12 cette fois !

    Matériel :

    Cardstock : American Crafts
    Autocollants : Crate Paper
    Etiquettes : 4heures37
    Tampons : Bloomini Studio, Stampin' Up
    Encres : Adirondack Citrus, Clover
    Versafine noire
    Encre en spray : Studio Calico
    Stabilo Pen68
    Masking Tape

    Dies :

    650515 :  Sizzix Big Shot Plus Starter Kit
    660815 :  Sizzix Thinlits Die Set 3PK-woodland-leaves
    659957 : Sizzix Original Die-Phrase, Love #3

    Trois petites photos en noir et blanc sont dans un premier temps collées sur mon cardstock blanc, je me suis ensuite amusée à tamponner tout autour de jolis feuillages en divers coloris verts (Tampons Bloomini Studio)

    Dans du cardtock blanc, j'ai découpé deux dies : le mot LOVE et un joli feuillage de saison.
    Avec un fond des plus coloré ces deux éléments ressortent parfaitement.

    Quelques éclaboussures à l'encre en spray noire pour relever le tout et un papillon évidé qui est agrafé et non collé pour conserver tout son volume.

    Le fond de page sera retravaillé avec les encres Adirondack vert anis et Citrus.

    J'espère que cette page vous aura donné envie de vous plonger dans vos dernières photos de vacances !

    Bonne journée


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