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  • Patchwork Fun

    Wednesday, 23 April, 2014

    Quilting, patchwork and applique and indeed all forms of textile based crafts are experiencing a resurgence all over Europe, not that they ever went away! Sizzix steel rule dies, namely our Bigz and Originals ranges are perfect for cutting any type of textile from wafer thin voile through to leather. 

    I was flicking through our Quilting catalogue when I came across an elephant die which was designed for Appliqué/patchwork applications and I thought it was too nice not to share with my papercrafting buddies. The die in question is Elephant (658638) and is a Bigz L die.

    When we talk about elephants and patchwork in the same breath the first thing that springs to mind are the wonderful 'Elmer' series of children's books written by English author and illustrator David McKee. These books have become classics enthralling generations of children, in fact, I am reading a copy of the first Elmer book to my 3 year old daughter which belonged to my 22 year old son.

    I started by choosing 6 bright fresh patterned papers from the lovely people at Echo Park, the 6" x 6" paper pad is called 'A Perfect Summer' as the sun is shinning as I write this I thought it was appropriate, I hope the weather is great where you are too!! I cut the papers into 3cm squares and fixed them to a rectangle of stiff ivory card measuring 15 x21cm which covers the die perfectly.



    Once I have my patchwork rectangle I placed it face down onto the die and ran it through my Big Shot resulting in a body, four legs and an ear.



    I took each die cut and pierced a row of holes around the edges (you can use a pin or piercing tool) and joined up the dots with a fine brown marker to give the illusion of stitching. You can of course use a sewing machine if you have one to hand. Weathered Wood is one of my favourite Distress ink colours of all time, it's a lovely smoky grey colour and its great for edging your die cuts to add subtle contrast. Finally, I attached a white pearl button for an eye with a black adhesive pearl at the top this looks like the elephant is deep in thought trying to remember what he has forgotten, the knotted string around  his trunk completes the visual pun.




    Here is the finished card, the text was printed using my PC and the assembled elephant was mounted using 3D foam pads. Hope you like it, see you all next Wednesday!
















  • Pastel hexagons

    Wednesday, 23 April, 2014

    


     Hexagons are still on trend and I wanted to use them to create a modern and clean card.


    I wanted to use hexagons in various sizes and the easiet way to chose them is simply to look at the way they allign on the sheet the come on. I chose the smallest and three larger ones skipping one between each of them.

    Next up I chose four pastel colours and decided which order I wanted them to appear in. Using the Magnetic Platform made it easy to cut each hexxie using only small scraps of paper.


    I glue the four hexxies together (only lightly since I knew I wanted to stich them down as well) and attached them to a layer of purple and white cardstock.


    In order to finish the card I stamped a sentiment in the lower right corner of the white cardstock and mounted everything on a black card base.


    Supply list:
    Sizzix Framelits Die Set 10PK - Hexagons
    Sizzix Accessory - Magnetic Platform for Wafer-Thin Dies
    Cardstock
    Thread
    Stamps: Papertrey Ink

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    Sekskanter er en trend, der fortsat kører, og jeg ønskede at bruge sekskanter til at lave et moderne, enkelt kort.

    Jeg ville bruge sekskanter i forskellige steder, og den nemmeste måde at vælge størrelser, der passede godt sammen, var ved at lade dem sidde på pappet die'ene kommer på. Jeg valgte den mindste størrelse og derefter tre, som var større; jeg sprang en størrelse over mellem hver.

    Næste skridt var at vælge fire pastelfarver samt beslutte hvilken rækkefølge jeg ville have dem i. Ved hjælp af Magnetic Platform var det nemt at udstanse sekskanterne i små stykker restekarton.

    Jeg klistrede de fire sekskanter sammen (men kun lidt da jeg vidste, at jeg ville sy ned igennem dem) og satte dem på en sandwich af hvidt og lilla karton.

    For at kortet blev helt færdigt, stemplede jeg en tekst i nederste højre hjørne og monterede alt på en sort kortbase.


    Ingredienser:
    Sizzix Framelits Die Set 10PK - Hexagons
    Sizzix Accessory - Magnetic Platform for Wafer-Thin Dies
    Karton
    Sytråd
    Stempler: Papertrey Ink

  • For You

    Wednesday, 23 April, 2014

    Hello to everyone! Here is my new flowercard which I made using some Sizzix dies. I really like recycling and for this I used cardboard from the old box where I cut the flower.


    Items used:
    Sizzix Bigz Die - Tattered Florals 656640 
     
    Supplies:
    Papers: Pion Design - A Day in May, cardboard or corrugated chipboard
    Others: Some paper flowers, alphapets, gesso, sewing machine, Distress Ink - Walnut Stain
     
    How to do:
    Choose four different patterned papers in different size. These will be the layers in your card. Sew all the edges and distress them usind Walnut Stain ink. 
    Diecut the flowers from the cardboard using  Sizzix Bigz Die - Tattered Florals 656640 and framework from the other patterned paper using Sizzix Frameworks Die - Chevron 659428.
    Placement all the cut flowers and a few other flowers like in the image below. Placement also your patterned papers and framework (which I have shortened)
    Finally fasten the flower to the card, add some gesso for the edges and set the sentiment using alphabet stickers.


    Have a wonderful day,
    Minna
     
     
    Moi kaikille:)
     
    Tässä taas uusi kukkakortti. Tykkään yleensäkin kierrätyksestä ja säästän kaikkea varulta jatkojalostusta varten:) Tässä kortissa käytin kukkaan pahvilaatikon pahvia. 

     Sizzix tarvikkeet:
    Sizzix Bigz Die - Tattered Florals 656640 
     
    Muut tarvikkeet:
    Paperit: Pion Design "A Day in May", pahvia tai aaltopahvia.
    Muutama kukka, tarra-aakkosia, gessoa, Distress Ink muste - Walnut Stain, ompelukone.

    Kuinka teet tämän kortin:
    Valitse ensiksi neljä erilaista kuviopaperia erikokoisina, nämä ovat kortin "kerrokset". Ompele reunat ompelukoneella ja levitä Walnut Stain mustetta reunoihin.
    Leikkaa kukka pahvista käyttämällä  Sizzix Bigz Die - Tattered Florals 656640 ja toinen koriste käyttämällä Sizzix Frameworks Die - Chevron 659428. 
    Kokoa kukka kuten pikkukuvassa ja asettele myös kuviopaperit ja hieman lyhennetty "framework" päällekkäin. 
    Kiinnitä lopuksi kukka ja tarra-aakkosia tai leimaa valmis teksti. Vähän gessoa reunoihin koristeeksi.
     
    Mukavaa keskiviikkoa,
    Minna 





  • Flower card

    Tuesday, 22 April, 2014

    Hi everyone,I hope you all had a Happy Easter. Today I wil show you a card using some of the new Sizzix dies

    Items used:
    Sizzix Frameworks-Courtyard Die-659429
    Sizzix Sizzlits Large-Flower-3D&vine 658064
    Supply list:
    Paper: Inkido-Beautiful Memories-, Reprint-With Love-
    ponture Paint-Pink_, Viva embossing creme-white-
    How to make:
    I have made a cardbase 14,5x14,5cm, cut a patternd paper 14,2x14,2 cm glue to the cardbase
    Die cut Sizzix Frameworks-Courtyard Die-659429 put on embossing creme and glue to the centre of the card. Die cut Sizzix Sizzlits Large-Flower-3D&vine 658064 here I again use the embossing creme, glue to the card and decorate using ponture paint



    Thanks for stopping by, wish you a great week
    Pia
    
    Hej alle
    Jeg håber du har haft en dejlig påske, i dag vil jeg vise et kort hvor jeg har brugt nogle af de sidste nye Sizzix dies
    Sizzix dies jeg har brugt:
    Sizzix Frameworks-Courtyard Die-659429
    Sizzix Sizzlits Large-Flower-3D&vine 658064
    Andre materialer:
    Papir: Inkido-Beautiful Memories-, Reprint-With Love-
    ponture Paint-Pink_, Viva embossing creme-white-
    Fremgangs måde:
    Jeg har lavet en kort base på 14,5x14,5cm, skær et mønstret papir  14,2x14,2 cm lim til kort basen
    Die cut Sizzix Frameworks-Courtyard Die-659429 put lidt  embossing creme på kanterne og lim til centret af kortet. Die cut Sizzix Sizzlits Large-Flower-3D&vine 658064 Her har jeg igen brugt embossing creme  lim til kortet og dekorer med ponture paint.
    Tak fordi du kiggede forbi, ønsker dig en dejlig uge
    Pia

     

  • Frameworks Tag

    Tuesday, 22 April, 2014

    Hi everyone...hope you all had a wonderful Easter. Today I have a easy tag made of Tim Holtz new  Frameworks Die to show you. Decorated with beautiful butterfly from Scrappy Cat


    Supply list:
    657900 Sizzix Big Shot machine
    659431 Sizzix Frameworks Die - Trellis
    658068 Sizzix Sizzlits Die Set 3PK - Butterfly Set #3 
    659573 Sizzix Sizzlits Decorative Strip Die - Spring Greenery   

    Paper: Chipboard, Manila cardstock. 
    Stamps: Stampers Anonymous Tim Holtz collection.
    Inks: Distress ink Pad - Dusty Concord, Frayed Burlap, Walnut Stain, Archival Ink - Jet Black, Distress Crackle Paint - Picket Fence, Perfect Pearls Mists - Heirloom Gold
    Other: Cheese Cloth, Seam Binding Ribbon, Pearls

    How to do:
    Die cut Frameworks in chipboard with  Sizzix Frameworks Die - Trellis 
    Paint with Distress Crackle Paint - Picket Fence. Let it dry.


    Distress the edges with Distress ink Pad - Walnut Stain
    Die cut butterfly in Manila cardstock with Sizzix Sizzlits Die Set 3PK - Butterfly Set #3
    Color the butterfly with Distress ink  Pad - Dusty Concord, Frayed Burlap. Spray with Perfect Pearls Mists - Heirloom Gold. 



     Die cut greenery with Sizzix Sizzlits Decorative Strip Die - Spring Greenery   
    Glue cheese cloth, greenery and butterfly to the Frameworks. Add a bow in the top of the tag.


    Thanks for stopping by....wish you a great day ♥
    Anne Kristine

    ♥♥♥♥♥♥
    Heisann...håper du har hatt en fin påske....i dag har jeg en tag laget med de nye Tim Holtz Frameworks Die. Dekorert med en vakker sommerfugl fra Scrappy Cat.

    Materialer:
    657900 Sizzix Big Shot machine
    659431 Sizzix Frameworks Die - Trellis
    658068 Sizzix Sizzlits Die Set 3PK - Butterfly Set #3

    659573 Sizzix Sizzlits Decorative Strip Die - Spring Greenery   

    Papir: Chipboard, Manila kartong. 
    Stempler: Stampers Anonymous Tim Holtz collection.
    Inks: Distress ink Pad - Dusty Concord, Frayed Burlap, Walnut Stain, Archival Ink - Jet Black, Distress Crackle Paint - Picket Fence, Perfect Pearls Mists - Heirloom Gold
    Annet: Osteklut, Seam Binding bånd, perler

    Beskrivelse:
    Stans ut Frameworks i chipboard med  Sizzix Frameworks Die - Trellis 
    Mal med Distress Crackle Paint - Picket Fence. La det tørke.
    Distress kantene med Distress ink Pad - Walnut Stain
    Stans ut sommerfuglen i Manila kartong med Sizzix Sizzlits Die Set 3PK - Butterfly Set #3
    Farg sommerfuglen med Distress ink  Pad - Dusty Concord, Frayed Burlap. Spray med Perfect Pearls Mists - Heirloom Gold.
    Stans ut en gren med Sizzix Sizzlits Decorative Strip Die - Spring Greenery   
    Lim osteklut, gren og sommerfugl til Frameworks. Lim en sløyfe i toppen av tag'en.

    Takk for at du stikker innom og ønsker deg en herlig dag ♥
    Anne Kristine




     

  • Bookmark for two. Shadow die cutting

    Monday, 21 April, 2014

    Hi everybody!

    As you may know, next Wednesday is World Book Day and it is a great celebration in Catalonia, because we celebrate Sant Jordi (St. Georges) too. This Holiday, which celebrates love and reading and the streets are filled with roses and books, is actually my favorite holiday and I love taking a stroll around the streets of Barcelona and browse through the book stalls.



    It is very easy to create a shadow effect with Sizzix dies, as I did in this bookmark. You just have to die cut the same shape with black card stock and glue it a little bit to the side. I love the dimension of this simple technique.


    I designed this double bookmark so the book can be shared and read by two people at the time, but it creates also a cute embellishment if you leave the smallest tag out of the book.


    Happy Monday!
    ................................

    ¡Hola a todos!

    Seguramente sabréis que el miércoles es el Día Internacional del Libro y, en Catalunya, también Sant Jordi, una de mis fiestas favoritas, en las que las calles se llenan de rosas y libros. ¡Me encanta salir a pasear ese día por las calles de Barcelona y disfrutar de una fiesta tan bonita!

    Es  muy sencillo conseguir el efecto de sombra con los troqueles de Sizzix. Solo tenéis que troquelar una forma con cartulina negra y pegarla a la forma que quieras pero un poco hacia un lado. Me encanta el realce y la profundidad que se consigue con esta sencilla técnica.

    He diseñado este punto de libro para que se pueda usar por dos personas a la vez y que así se pueda compartir el libro y leerlo simultáneamente, pero también queda un adorno muy chulo si se deja la etiqueta pequeña colgando por fuera.

    ¡Feliz lunes!







  • A masculine card made with the die cut flowers?

    Monday, 21 April, 2014



    Often I hear crafters struggle for ideas to create cards for men. I am lucky that the men in my life like simple designs a style which comes natural to me. However, I do believe that there are a few things that men will like, mainly that the card is not feminine and that is mostly achieve by colours and embellishments rather than shapes.

    I loved this paper collection by Prima called Cartographer.


    I die cut the two rectangles using the Rectangles 2 Framelits which is a perfect A6 size and it frames from there downwardly so its perfect to create mats and layers. 
    The label I die cut using the larger label Framelit die from the Big Shot Starter Kit.


    I stamped the sentiment on to the patterned paper and die cut using the smaller label from the Big Shot Starter Kit.


    Then I die cut the flowers using the Big Shot Starter Kit framelit flower and the one included in the Sizzlit. I shaped them using the Susan's Garden Tool kit - which is excellent and really well put together.

    I finished the card by adding some Finnabair Prima metal embellishments and self adhesive black pearls.


    I hope at least some men will like this card!

  • mason jar pincushion

    Monday, 21 April, 2014


    



    Hi! Happy Easter!I hope you had a lovely relaxing weekend, and the Easter Bunny brought you lots of treats.

    I wanted to show you a nice and quick little hand sewing project that is perfect for using up those tiny tiny scraps of precious fabrics that you can't bear to throw away. If you have a look online (just google mason jar pincushion) you can find loads of different mason jar pincushion tutorials, and this is just the same except I pieced together some hexagons to make the fabric for the pincushion.



    Use the 3/4" hexagon die to cut hexagon papers, and the 1" hexagon die to cut the fabrics (my hexagons are actually 1/2" - I had a little pack of pre-cut papers, so I cut the fabrics with my 3/4" die, but using the slightly bigger papers will just speed things up a bit. I'm sorting through my precious scraps at the minute to make some kits to take to a retreat I'm going to as gifts).






  • Invitations 'Made Simple'

    Sunday, 20 April, 2014


    

    Hi there. 
    I hope your Easter is all you could wish for. 
    I know it has been a well needed break for me, and I am sure you loved getting some time
     to spend with friends and family.

    In my DT package from Sizzix I got some new and really cool dies, called 'Life Made Simple'. 
    They are great for the pocket page scrapbooker but can be used for so much more. 
    They are perfect as embellishments on a page much like a traditional journalling card or why not as lovely card toppers,...


    I love it when I get to use up some of my scraps. 
    I feel that you can never have too many cards in store.


    For both cards I used the large basic shape (659747) as a base on top of white cardstock. On the first card I used the embossing folder from the Big Shot starter kit to add texture. I also added a strip of contrasting cardstock behind the arrows to make them stand out even more.


    Also simlar on both cards is the double butterfly. Even here I used the Big Shot starter set. There is a Bigz die with the basic shape and a medium Sizzlits die with the ornate butterfly and as they are very conveniently  the same size :-)



    Sizzix products:

    658300 Sizzix Big Shot Starter Kit (Powder Blue & Teal)

    659747 Sizzix Thinlits Die Set 8PK - Basics

    659755  Sizzix Thinlits Die Set 3PK - Smile for the Camera 

    Other products used:

    Paper: Bazzil cardstock, Heather Bailey paper pad.

    Letter stickers: My Little Shoe Box

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    Hejsan!
    Hoppas Påsken varit så lugn och rofylld ni kunnat önska!
    För min del ar det varit välbehövlig avkoppling, och jag gissar att ni alla som en njuter av 
    ledig tid med vänner och familj.

    I mitt DT-paket med härliga Sizzix produkter fanns de allra senaste 'Life Made Simple' diesen. 
    De passar såklart bra för en mer dokumentär typ av scrapbooking men är även perfekta som dekorationer typ som journalling cards eller som kortdekorationer.

    Jag gillar att använda slut på mina små pappersbitar som blivit över från andra projekt. - Och man kan ju inte ha för många kort på lager,... För båda korten använde jag den stora kort-formen(659747) som bas över vit cardstock. På det första använde jag även den embossing folder som följde med start kitet för att ge extra textur. Jag la en bit vit cardstock bakom raden av pilar så den skulle stå ut lite extra.

    En annan liknande sak på båda korten är den dubbla fjärillen. Även denna kom med i Big Shot starter set. Där finns en Bigz die med basformen och en medium Sizzlits die med den sirliga formen. Som av en tanke är de precis samma storlek!


    Sizzix products:

    658300 Sizzix Big Shot Starter Kit (Powder Blue & Teal)

    659747 Sizzix Thinlits Die Set 8PK - Basics

    659755  Sizzix Thinlits Die Set 3PK - Smile for the Camera 

    Other products used:

    Paper: Bazzil cardstock, Heather Bailey paper pad.

    Letter stickers: My Little Shoe Box

  • Saturday, 19 April, 2014


    Hello all!

    Today I would like to share with you my new layout. I like to use water color splashes and buttons in my projects and Sizzix rounds perfectly match them. I used here several kinds of rounds from 2 sets (the links are below).




    Looks like "chevrone" is going to be my another favourite die.


    Here are the dies I used:


    Sizzix Big Shot Starter Kit (Powder Blue & Teal) 658300


    Have a nice day!

    Olga

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