• Snacks with friends

    Thursday, 27 August, 2015






    Hi friends!!
    My daughter is growing up and often she invites her friends to snack. So to cheer the afternoons I invented a small theme parties to make them happy!! I think have succeeded because my daughter was very happy!!
    I used:
    Sizzix Big Shot Starter Kit 660515
    Sizzix Thinlits Die Set 2PK-Layering Daisy #2

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

    Pink and white cardstocks
    Glue
    Scissors
    Rafia
    Create little boxes with box thinlits included in Sizzix Big Shot Starter Kit 660515.
    One for nibbles, another for gift!
    Delicious!!
    and paste on glasses.
    It 's all ready but something is missing .....
     Of course!!!
    Can't fail an invitation card for all lucky little friends!!!
     This is my idea for a invitation card created with 
     And now let's go party!!!!
    -PER GLI AMICI ITALIANI-
    Salve amici e ben ritrovati!!
    Mia figlia sta crescendo e spesso invita le sue amichette per la merenda pomeridiana. Così per rallegrare il pomeriggio mi sono inventata un piccolo party a tema per far tutti felici!!
    E credo di esserci riuscita!!
    Per questo progetto ho usato:
    Sizzix Thinlits Die Set 2PK-Layering Daisy #2

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

    Forbici
    Colla
    Cartoncini bianco e fucsia

    Ho realizzato dell scatoline con la fustella adatta compresa  nel Sizzix Big Shot Starter Kit 660515.
    Le ho decorate con il castello incluso in Sizzix Thinlits Die Set 16PK - Card, Birthday Pop-Up.
    Una l'ho usata per gli snacks, l'altra per i regalini da fare alle amiche!
    Ho fustellato i fiori da incollare ai bicchieri.
    A questo punto mancava qualcosa....
    Certo, il biglietto invito!!!
    Delizioso!!

    Provateci anche voi!!!
    Alla prossima

    Giovanna  


  • Half Hexagon cushion cover

    Thursday, 27 August, 2015


     As it's nearly September I've started thinking about back to school and off to Uni - and that I haven't managed to complete many of my half completed projects!
    so I've combined off to Uni and finishing something, and made a cushion to brighten a student room.
    These half hexagon friendship braids have been lying around for ages - obviously they were cut using the Big Shot and the Half Hexagon die - 660175 http://www.sizzix.co.uk/product/660175/sizzix-bigz-die-5-half-hex

    So I cut some navy fabric stripes using the Big Shot Plus 660020http://www.sizzix.co.uk/product/660020/sizzix-big-shot-plus-machine-only-white-gray
    and the 2 1/2" strip 658328 http://www.sizzix.co.uk/product/658328/sizzix-bigz-xl-25-die-strips-2-1-2-wide , and used them to join 3 of the strips together -


    I trimmed the top and bottom to make the edges straight and then just added a backing in the same navy to complete - I am going to insert a cushion pad and then slip stitch the edges together -
     
     So I'm feeling pleased with myself - one less thing to finish
    Next week might be back to school - or it might be a mystery quilt.
    Until then have fun sewing.
    Angela

  • Play with your Project Life by Karine

    Thursday, 27 August, 2015


    Hello!

    Here I am today with pieces of a Project Life double page lay-out in a road book style!

    Supply list:

    Transparent pouches: Becky Higgins
    Papers: 4heures37, American Crafts, Bristol
    Alphabets: American Crafts
    PL cards: American Crafts, 4heures37
    Embellishments: Ephéméria
    Dies: Sizzix
    Inks: Chalk Prima
    Ink: Versamark
    Embossing powder: Zing American Crafts
    Stamps: Aladine, Kési'Art, Bloomini Studio, Craft Origine, Paper Source
    Brushos: Leaf Green & Turquoise

    Dies:

    650515 : Sizzix Big Shot Plus Starter Kit
    660320:  Sizzix Precision Base Plate for Intricate Thinlits Dies
    660804:  Sizzix Thinlits Die Set 3PK- Happiness Phrases
    657188:  Sizzix Bigz Die- Tiny Tabs & Tags

    I worked this double page in my favorite color tones: sea green! I worked on a sea green color chart to make my future holidays pictures stand out! This is a good way to think ahead of sun & beach! It’s perfect for your mood!

    I used my Sizzix dies as a finishing touch, for the decoration part. I used my favorite Bigz die which is the “Sizzix Bigz Die- Tiny Tabs & Tags” to cut a small tab out of blue paper. It is so easy to insert in a project and it can be cut in various material!

    The die “Hello” is perfect to welcome me in this nice little town that is Cassis! I advise you to glue it with a spray can as this die is really thin!

    Then we end the decoration part by inserting a pretty lace heart coming from the Big Shot Plus Starter Kit! We will make it stand out by gluing it with 3D foam adhesive.

    Here are some pictures for you!






    Have a nice day,

    Karine

    Bonjour !

    Je vous retrouve aujourd'hui avec des extraits d'une double page Project Life façon Road Book !

    Matériel :

    Pochettes : Becky Higgins
    Papiers : 4heures37, Améerican Crafts, Bristol
    Alphabets : American Crafts
    Cartes PL : American Crafts, 4heures37
    Embellissements : Ephéméria
    Dies : Sizzix
    Encres : Chalk Prima
    Encre : Versamark
    Poudre à embosser : Zing American Crafts
    Tampons : Aladine, Kési'Art, Bloomini Studio, Craft Origine, Paper Source
    Brushos : Leaf Green et Turquoise

    Dies utilisés :

    650515 : Sizzix Big Shot Plus Starter Kit
    660320:  Sizzix Precision Base Plate for Intricate Thinlits Dies
    660804:  Sizzix Thinlits Die Set 3PK- Happiness Phrases
    657188 Sizzix Bigz Die- Tiny Tabs & Tags

    J'ai travaillé ici une double page dans mes couleurs préférés à savoir vert eau ! Tout un travail en nuances de couleurs pour mettre en valeur mes futures photos de vacances ! Un moyen d'anticiper soleil et plage ! C'est parfait pour le moral !

    J'ai utilisé mes dies Sizzix en phase finale, c'est à dire pour la partie décoration. J'ai utilisé mon Bigz favori à savoir le “Sizzix Bigz Die- Tiny Tabs & Tags” pour découper un petit onglet dans du papier bleu. Il est si facile à caser et se découpe avec toutes sortes de matières !

    Le die “Hello” pour souhaiter la bienvenue dans la jolie petite ville de Cassis ! A coller de préférer avec une bombe car cette découpe est ultra fine !

    Pour terminer un joli coeur dentellé provenant du kit de départ de la Big Shot Plus ! Celui-ci sera mis en valeur et en relief à l'aide de mousses 3D.

    Voici maintenant quelques extraits !

    Très bonne journée à vous

    Karine

  • Let it Faux!

    Wednesday, 26 August, 2015

    That's right folks, the terrible title puns are back! This week we are going to look at one of my favourite die-cutting techniques which is the art of faux embossing.

    Faux is of course a French word meaning false or fake but there is nothing fake about the quality of the embossed effect on show today.

    I am using dies from the Winter Wonderland range and as we stand on the cusp of September I can already detect a slight autumnal bite to the early morning air so I don't think it's too early to talk about Christmas cards?

    The dies I have used today are.....

    I started by die-cutting around a dozen snowflakes from card before attaching them to a piece of mount board using spray adhesive. Next I cut my deer using the Bigz die and primed it with white gesso, this forms a barrier to stop the acrylic paint being absorbed by the mount board.



    I chose three different shades of red Distress Paint and painted my deer. Once the paint was dry ( I used a heat tool to speed this up) 

    I put a little dark brown paint onto my craft sheet before diluting it with water, I then painted this wash over the deer so that the paint settled in the cracks before dabbing the deer with kitchen paper to remove excess wash. The idea of the wash is to just leave it in and around the die-cut detail to add contrast. 

    The final step is to very delicately apply white chalky paint using a dry brush technique. Always start off with less than you think you will need and build it up slowly.


    Before adding to the face of a simple white base card I wanted to create a craft card background. I applied Distress Inks around the edges before adding a couple of Christmas postmark stamps from Lily of the Valley. I scrunched up the card concentrating on the edges and attached a length of twine around one side finishing with a bow.


    Here's the finished card, as I promised the embossed effect is pretty cool!




    Next up is the bear, as you can see I used one of the Framelits Christmas tree dies to add the detail before applying them to the mount board.


     I used two shades of grey and one of blue to get a little subtle contrast adding a dark wash before lifting it all with the dry brush work.


    Again, here is the finished card, I DO love this die!




     A slightly different spin, I am using both positive and negative die-cuts this time.


    I chose a couple of shades of pink before using a deep red wash finishing off with the dry brush technique.


    And last but not least.....








  • Hi! I'm Quim Díaz and I have a very ugly pencil case.

    Wednesday, 26 August, 2015








    Hello everybody!

    Holidays end, it's about time to return to school or work, and has come into my hands a very ugly pencil case!

    I thought a few days on how to do something cute with it. Finally with a little chalk and paint, and  one of my favorite Big Shot Plus Starter Kit dies I can have a beautiful pencil case.


    And if you want to see how ugly it was before, and do something similar, here you have a video tutorial where you can see how I did it.




    This are the Sizzix products used in this project:
    660515 Sizzix Big Shot PLUS Starter Kit (White and Gray)

    Be Happy!!

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    ¡Hola a todo el mundo!

    Las vacaciones finalizan, ya es hora de regresar a la escuela o el trabajo, y ha llegado a mis manos un estuche muy feo!

    Pensé unos días en cómo podía hacer algo chulo con el. Finalmente con un poco de chalk paint y uno de mis troqueles preferidos del kit de inicio de la Big Shot Plus, he podido tener un estuche muy bonito.

    Si quieres ver lo feo que era antes y/o hacer algo similar, arriba tenéis un video tutorial donde se puede ver cómo lo he hecho.

    Estos son los productos Sizzix utilizados en este proyecto:
    660515 Sizzix Big Shot PLUS Starter Kit (White and Gray)

    ¡¡Sed muy felices!!

  • Having Fun with Punches

    Tuesday, 25 August, 2015

    Hello Sizzix fans!
    Today I would like to show you how you can use the beautiful new Sizzix punches to create a beautiful card in only little time. I used two brand new punches on my card: the beautiful Butterfly Large and the Spiky Floral Medium punches. 


    Sizzix Supplies:

    My card is actually rather simple. I attached two rectangles on a white cardstock card. After that, I cut out a tag with the largest die from the Framelits Tag Collection Dies and attached that onto the background. I then punched out four flowers with the Paper Punch Spiky Floral Medium and three butterfles with the lovely Paper Punch Butterfly Large


    I inked the edges of the punched flowers and butterflies with brown ink to make them stand out more. I also added pearls to them for an elegant finishing touch. The sentiment 'Hello' was cut out with a wonderful Sizzix die from the Thinlits Happiness Phrases Dies.


    The Sizzix punches are so much fun to use and they make it really easy to make a card in only little time. So I encourage you to get out your punches and have fun!

    Thank you for stopping by!
    Happy crafting!

    In Dutch:
    Hallo Sizzix fans!
    Vandaag wil ik jullie graag laten zien hoe je de mooie nieuwe Sizzix ponsen kunt gebruiken om in relatief weinig tijd een leuk kaatje te maken. Ik heb twee gloednieuwe ponsen op mijn kaart gebruikt: de mooie Butterfly Large pons en de Spiky Floral Medium pons. 

    Sizzix benodigdheden:

    Eigenlijk is mijn kaart vrij simpel. Ik heb twee rechthoeken geplakt op een kaart van wit cardstock. Daarna heb ik een tag uitgestanst met de grootste stans uit de Framelits Tag Collection Dies en heb ik deze op de achtergrond geplakt. Vervolgens heb ik vier bloemen uitgeponst met de Paper Punch Spiky Floral Medium en drie vlinders met de leuke Paper Punch Butterfly Large

    Ik heb de randjes van de bloemen en vlinders aangezet met bruine inkt om ze meer op te laten vallen.Ook heb ik ze versierd met parels voor een elegante finishing touch. De titel 'Hello' is trouwens uitgestanst met een stans van Sizzix uit de Thinlits Happiness Phrases Dies.

    De Sizzix ponsen zijn zo leuk om te gebruiken en je kunt er ook een mooie kaart mee maken in vrij weinig tijd. Dus stof je ponsen af en ga ermee aan de slag! Ze zijn te leuk om te laten liggen.

    Dankjewel voor je bezoekje! 
    Veel knutselplezier!

  • Craft Foam Stamps

    Tuesday, 25 August, 2015


    Hi friends!

    Craft Foam Stamps


    Today we will use our Sizzix Big Shot Plus to make Craft Foam Stamps that we can use over any surface. I used stamps for printing on fabric, renewing a boring white cloth.

    Craft Foam Stamps


    You Need:


    Cut Craft Foam with your Big Shot and the die chosen. Glue the shape onto cardboard using white glue, taking care to cover the surface well with glue for sticking it perfectly. Let dry.

    Extend the fabric on the table covered with a plastic protection, distribute the paint on the stamp with a brush or sponge and put pressure with the stamp on the fabric. Let dry and iron to fix the paint following the maker's instructions.

     To continue using a Foam Stamp, remove excess paint before saving. With the Foam Stamps can be customized fabric, paper and any type of material, using the proper paint. It is also a good entertainment for kids!




    What do you think about this idea? Until next week with more original ideas for maximizing our Big Shot!
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    Ciao amici!

    Oggi useremo la nostra Sizzix Big Shot per fare dei timbri di gomma crepla che potremo usare su ogni superficie. Facili, veloci e pratici!

    Io ho usato il mio timbro per stampare su tessuto, rinnovando una tovaglia bianca e noiosa.

    Materiali:
    • la vostra Sizzix Big Shot
    • Fustelle (Io ho usato la Sizzix Bigz Die - Garden Greens)
    • cartone
    • gomma crepla
    • colla vinilica
    • vernice per stoffa
    • pennello
    • tessuto da personalizzare
    Tagliare la gomma crepla con la Big Shot e la fustella scelta. Incollare la forma ottenuta su un cartone con la colla, tenendo cura di coprire tutta la superficie con la colla per farla incollare per bene sul cartone. Lasciar asciugare.

    Sistemare il tessuto sul tavolo protetto con la plastica, distribuire la vernice sul timbro con il pennello, appoggiare sul tessuto e far pressione. Lasciare asciugare e stirare per fissare la vernice, seguendo le istruzioni del fabbricante.

    Per poter continuare a usare i timbri, pulire bene eliminando ogni eccesso di vernice.

    Con questi timbri di gomma crepla si può stampare su carta, tessuto e ogni genere di materiale, se si usa la vernice giusta, ed è anche un ottimo lavoretto da fare con i bambini!

    Che ne pensate? Alla settimana prossima con altri progetti originali per far fruttare al meglio la nostra Big Shot!

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    Hola amigos!

    Hoy usaremos nuestra Sizzix Big Shot para hacer sellos de goma eva que podemos usar sobre cualquier superficie. Fáciles, rápidos y prácticos!

    Yo usé los sellos para estampar sobre tela, renovando un paño blanco y aburrido.

    Materiales
    • Nuestra Sizzix Big Shot
    • Troquel(Yo usé la Sizzix Bigz Die - Garden Greens)
    • cartón
    • goma eva
    • cola vinílica
    • pintura para tela
    • pincel
    • tela para personalizar
    Cortar la goma eva con la Big Shot Plus y el troquel elegido. Pegar la forma sobre un cartón usando cola vinílica, teniendo cuidado de cubrir bien la superficie con cola para que se pegue perfectamente. Dejar secar.

    Extender la tela sobre la mesa cubierta con una protección plástica, distribuir la pintura sobre el sello con un pincel o esponja y hacer presión con el sello sobre la tela. Dejar secar y planchar para fijar la pintura siguiendo las instrucciones del fabricante.

     Para poder seguir usando el sello de goma eva, eliminar los restos de pintura antes de guardar.

     Con los sellos de goma eva se puede personalizar tela, papel y cualquier tipo de material, usando la pintura adecuada. También es un buen entretenimiento para los niños!

     Qué os parece la idea? Hasta la semana próxima con más ideas originales para aprovechar al máximo nuestra Big Shot!

  • My file of recipes

    Tuesday, 25 August, 2015




    Hi everybody!


    For this week appointment, I am suggesting a small file which never leaves my kitchen!


    I decided to group all my recipes in a small plastic file, easy to handle in the kitchen.



    First I decorated the cover, I used  the die " Garden greens " of Tim Holtz. Then I brought a touch of gilt with glitter tape and I stuck on my title in cork letters, which brought bit of relief and material…


    I carried on with the creation of dividers to separate my recipe cards: starters, main course, desserts…




    I kept a glittery style on each divider, then I decorated with the the die " Garden greens " of Tim Holtz.



    For the dividers of the side dishes, I had fun with the amazing die tree of Doodlebugdesign by cutting the small leaves in several different papers!



    That's it for today, Have a good week

    paper: Swirlcards and Bazzill
    Glitter Tape: American Crafts
    Stickers: American Crafts, Studio Calico and Fancy pants
    Dies cuts and Alpha: American Crafts
    Clips: Heidi Swapp


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    Mon classeur de recette,

    Pour notre rendez-vous, cette semaine je vous propose un petit classeur qui ne quitte plus ma cuisine !

    J'ai décidé de regrouper toutes mes recettes dans un petit classeur en plastique, facile à manipuler dans une cuisine.
    J'ai décoré d'abord ma couverture, j'ai utilisé le superbe feuillage de Tim Holtz puis j'ai apporté une touche de doré avec du glitter tape, j'ai collé mon titre en lettre de liège, ce qui apporte un peu de relief et de matière…

    Et comme j'étais bien partie, j'ai créé des intercalaires pour séparer mes fiches recettes: entrées, plats, desserts…
    J'ai gardé l'idée de paillettes sur chaque intercalaire, puis j'ai décoré avec le feuillage "Garden Greens"

    Pour l'intercalaire des "accompagnements", je me suis amusée avec le superbe arbre du Die de Doodlebug design en découpant les petites feuilles dans plusieurs papiers différents!

    Voilà pour aujourd'hui, 
    bonne semaine à toutes set tous!

  • Dies and Distress Inks. Hello Card

    Monday, 24 August, 2015








    Hi everybody! Elena here. 

    I have been playing with my Distress Inks and dies lately, and today I want to show you a clean and simple card you can make with some dies, white card and Distress Inks.




    Supply list:



    To make this card I have die cut the little bird, the branch and the sentiment out of white card. Then I had some fun with my inks and markers, blending all the colours very well and misting some water on the leaves to create more interest.




    Finally, I have attached my die  cuts on a white car panel, I have bent the leaves to create some dimension and I have attached everything to my card base using some foam squares.

    I hope you like it!

    Elena

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    ¡Hola a todos!

    Estos días he estado jugando un poco con mis tintas Distress y mis troqueles y hoy quiero enseñaros una tarjeta Clean and Simple que podéis hacer sólo con troqueles, tintas y cartulina blanca.

    Primero he troquelado todos los elementos en cartulina blanca y las he coloreado con tintas y rotuladores Distress, difuminando muy bien los colores y pulverizando un poco de agua en las hojas para conseguir un efecto más realista.

    Después he pegado todos mis troquelados en un panel de cartulina blanca doblando un poco las hojas para crear más dimensión y lo he pegado todo a la base de una tarjeta con foam adhesivo.

    ¡Espero que os guste!

    Elena

  • Circles Baby Quilt

    Monday, 24 August, 2015









    Dies used: Drunkard's Path Quarter Circle
                     Drunkard's Path & Fan Background


    Last time I posted about the baby quilt I had just begun for my friend's baby that is due in a couple of weeks time. Having made the first four circles as a test run it was time to work out how the rest of the quilt was going to come together. After going through my entire stash of blue fabrics I opted to use some blenders to bring out some of the more detailed prints and not to repeat any as I'd originally intended and instead use 16 different fabrics.

    I have to say that I'm not sure I'd have managed a quilt even as small as this if I had to cut all of those curves by hand! Here are all 16 circle blocks ready to be sewn together.


    I always photograph my final intended layout and use the photo as a guide to work from as once sewing them all together gets under way I always lose track of what goes where! They were sewn together into four 2 x 2 blocks and then joined in pairs and then together to give the final quilt top.

    The quilt is now basted and the backing is some super soft organic brushed cotton with a clouds design, perfect for snuggling a newborn under.


    Quilting has begun and the plan is to have 4 different quilting designs for the circles, so there will be 4 of each style. One down, 15 to go.


    As it's only small it's easy to manoeuvre on the sewing machine and fun to quilt. Next time I post there may be a little baby tucked up in it!

    Happy sewing!





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