• Christmas card by Minna

    Wednesday, 17 December, 2014

    Hello to everyone:) Here is my newest card where I have used a one of my favourite die, Snowflakes.

    Sizzix products:
    Sizzix Big Shot Machine 657900
    Sizzix Bigz Die - Snowflakes #3 659994

    Other products:
    Pion Design papers; Days of Winter, Sweet Baby, vintage image
    corrugated cardboard, white cardboard, page  of the book, glue, tape

     The card is size 10 cm × 15 cm. I have sewn all the edges and inked them with Distress Ink Walnut Stain.  Snowflakes are cut using die  Sizzix Bigz Die - Snowflakes #3 659994 . Cut them both white cardboard and corrugated cardboard. Finally place these all together like above.

    Happy crafting, Minna

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    Moi, enää viikko jouluun:)) Tässä vielä yksi joulukortti näytille jossa olen käyttänyt suosikkistanssiani, Snowflakes.

    Sizzix tarvikkeet:
    Sizzix Big Shot Machine 657900
    Sizzix Bigz Die - Snowflakes #3 659994

    Muut tarvikkeet:
    Pion Design papereita; Days of Winter, Sweet Baby, vintagekuva
    aaltopahvia, valkoista kartonkia, liimaa teippiä, kirjan sivu

    Kortti on kooltaan 10 cm × 15 cm. Papereiden reunat on ommeltu ja niihin on laiteetu Distress Ink mustetta Walnut Stain. Lumihiutaleet leikattu stanssilla   Sizzix Bigz Die - Snowflakes #3 659994   sekä kartongista että aaltopahvista. Asettele kaikki osaset kuten kuvassa:)

    Mukavaa viikkoa, Minna

  • Christmas decoration

    Tuesday, 16 December, 2014

    Hi everyone
    Today i will show you a Christmas decoration to boost your Christmas free or in a window

    Items i have used:
    Paper: White cardstock
    embossing gold /ranger, flowers
    How to make:
    I die cut the dies 2 pieces and glued them together to make it thicker.Then I emboss using gold embossing. I die cut Holiday greens and decorat the top front and back
    Thanks for stopping by, Wish you a great week
    Hej alle
    I dag vil jeg vise hvordan du  kan lave en juletræs dekoration eller et ophæng til dit vindue.
    Sizzix dies jeg har brugt:
    Papir: White cardstock
    embossing gold /ranger, roser
    Fremgangs måde:
    Jeg har udstanset die to gange for at gøre den mere stabil, derefter har jeg guld embosset den. Udstanset Holiday Greens og dekoreret med disse på begge sider.
    Tak fordi du kiggede forbi, ønsker dig en dejlig julet uge

  • Flowers and details with Lilith

    Tuesday, 16 December, 2014

    I know it is nearly Christmas and that winter is just around the corner but at this time of year I usually get a wee bit nostalgic and I start longing for summer again. When I started thinking about my project for this week I couldn't help myself and just had to use this cute photo of my sun sitting in the garden of our holiday home where we stayed this summer. He was observing every little detail: the grass, the flowers and most importantly the insects. I love how to see the tiniest things. I think as adults we sometimes forget to look more closely.
    I used an embossing folder with flowers to create one of the layers underneath my photo which I cut out using a frame die cut. I also spent a bit of time cutting around the embossed flowers. 

    Supplies:Paper: Shimelle's Collection (American Crafts), Maggie Holmes Open Book (Crate Paper), Other: Doily, American Crafts tiny attacher, American Crafts gold staples, white paint, Mr Huey's Mint Julep (Studio Calico),
    Sizzix Textured Impressions Embossing Folders 2PK - Wreath & Flowers Set 659815
    Have a wonderful week and see next Tuesday.


  • Last minute Christmas card with dies and masking.

    Monday, 15 December, 2014

    Hi everybody! Are you done with your Christmas cards? Just in case, here is a very quick idea for you using Tim Holtz Bigz dies

    • Foam squares

    You can use your dies in many ways. Here I have die cut the snowflake and I have use it as a mask to give some interest to the background of my card. Then I have used the actual inked snowflake in my card, so there is no waist!

    Then have die cut the presents with different pattern papers and have attached them to the card base with foam squares and to finish the card I have attached some red and green pearls and doodled some dash lines with white gel pen on the snowflake.


    Hola a todos! ¿Ya tenéis todas las felicitaciones navideñas hechas? Aquí os dejo alguna idea de último minuto para hacer con troqueles de Tim Holtz.

    La verdad es que los troquelados se pueden utilizar de muchas maneras, en este caso he utilizado el copo de nieve como máscara para entintar el fondo de la tarjeta y que tenga más interés. Después he utilizado el copo entintado como parte también de la tarjeta. ¡Aquí no se tira nada! 

    Después he troquelado los regalos con diferentes papeles decorados y los he pegado con foam adhesivo. Para terminar la tarjeta unas perlitas adhesivas verdes y rojas y unos toques de rotulador blanco en las puntas del copo de nieve. 

  • Mini Hexagon Stockings

    Monday, 15 December, 2014

    I'm sticking with hexagons at the moment and have been making some mini quilted hexy stockings (hang-on-the-tree size) to give to my sons' teachers for Christmas.

    I've never made presents for teachers before and so wanted to start off with something small but personalise it for each recipient.

    Out came the Big Shot and the Hexagons, 1in Sides #2 die to turn this pile of Christmas fabric scraps into a neat stack of hexagons.

    The Hexagons, 3/4in Sides was used to cut all of the papers to use with them.

    I English paper pieced the front of the stocking, joining the hexagons together until they formed a piece big enough to cover the template I'd drawn out (I did cheat a bit and adjusted the template here and there if the hexagons didn't quite reach by a fraction).

    I drew around the template with a water erasable pen, cut it out and then, because I'd just cut through some of the seams, machine-sewed around the edge to hold them together. With some scrap lining and a thin piece of batting I quilted the front with a simple diamond pattern.

    The template was used (in reverse) to draw out and cut the back of the stocking from a neutral fabric. Before pinning and sewing it to the front, I wrote Aidan's teacher's name on it in water erasable pen and embroidered over the top in red before sponging away the remaining visible ink.

    The front and back of the stocking were sewn together leaving the top open. The lining was made in the same way but the bottom of the foot part left open as well, to allow the stocking to be turned out the right way at the end.

    I basted a ribbon hanging loop to the top back of the stocking outer and then stitched the lining to the outer around the top, reversing over the section that held the loop before continuing on to make sure it was well secured.
    Then all that was left was to turn it the right way out and close the opening in the bottom of the lining. I say all that was left but I do still need to buy the bits and bobs to go inside...and make 2 more. One down though.

    Hope your Christmas makes are going well!

  • Bente's last minute Christmas cards

    Sunday, 14 December, 2014


    Hi Sizzix friends!
    Today I am sharing some last minute Christmas cards using the basic oval shape and a couple of the new sets this Winter.

     I used the ovals die to cut out a sweet vintage picture of  some wintery children I used the largest oval for this one.

    Here I used  the Tim Holtz 'Holiday block words' and one of the snowflakes from a lovely set by Paula Pascual.

    For the next one I used the Tim Holtz 'Holiday greens' die with four different  seasonal leaf/twig shapes.

    And here finally is a picture of all three cards in the set.

    So you see,...if you have not yet finished your cards it's still not too late.
    Making a few simple but cute cards is so easy :-)

    The dies I used are:
    Sizzix Thinlits Die Set 4PK - Holiday Greens
    Sizzix Thinlits Die Set 17PK - Holiday Words: Block
    Sizzix Thinlits Die Set 9PK - Winter Borders & Rosette
    Sizzix Framelits Die Set 7PK - Ovals

    The lovely papers are by the Polish manufacturer Lemoncraft

  • Present boxes

    Saturday, 13 December, 2014
    Hello all,

    it's my new Christmas card. Presents is what my kids are waiting most of all so I've decided to decorate the card with present boxes.

    I used some white acrylic paint to make the leaves look like covered with snow.

    The products I used:

    Sizzix Bigz Die - Retro Packages

  • A nordic quilt in progress

    Saturday, 13 December, 2014

    Well, here I am again with this big quilt in progress.

    As you remember I started it last week using these dies and cutting out some cotton fabrics by Ikea.

    I decided my blocks would be 12 " x 14" and  I ´m sewing  them as I like. A great thing is that you can choose , change and decide finally how big can be. So I need some more big blocks to finish and then  add the backing and do the quilting.
    Here  there are some of them so you can do some idea ......

    I love how it is " growing" as a big boy, even more than I thought.I have tried to combine the half squares triangles to create different blocks.

    This nordic quilt will be made by 25 big blocks. I need to finish two rows yet  ( 10 more blocks )and then it will be the right size  I want.
    I ´m sure family enjoy it as much as I want it does when cold nights  comes in Christmas time!

    Have a wonderful week full of creativity !!
    I wait for you next Saturday with this  nordic style quilt finished.


    Aquí estoy de nuevo con este gran quilt en progreso.
    Como recordarás lo empecé la semana pasada usando unos troqueles para cortar cuadrados y medios triángulos y cortando telas de algodón de Ikea.

    Finalmente he decidido que los bloques midan  30.5 cm x 35.5cm y los estoy cosiendo a mi gusto. Es estupendo que puedas elegir , cambiar y decidir cómo será de grande. Así que he decidido añadir algunos bloques más antes de darlo por acabado . Luego tocará añadir la trasera y hacer el acolchado que será sencillo ,simplemente para que quede sujeto.

     Si echáis un vistazo a las fotos podéis ver cómo van resultando los bloques. Me encanta como está “ creciendo “ este chico grande incluso más de lo que imaginé. He intentado combinar los medios triángulos para crear diferentes bloques.
    Este quilt de estilo nórdico tendrá 25 bloques y  tengo que hacer dos filas más para dejarlo acabado como me gusta , osea otros 10 más.
    Estoy segura que la familia lo disfrutará un montón sobre todo cuando lleguen las frías noches de los días navideños.

    Espero que tengas una maravillosa semana creativa y te espero el próximo sábado para verlo acabado.


  • Christmas Home Decor - Let it Snow

    Friday, 12 December, 2014

    Happy Friday everyone,
    You can create some easy Christmas Home Decor this holiday season with Sizzix.
    Always on the lookout for fun, homemade gift ideas, I made this home decor using a simple frame and Sizzix Thinlits Die - Let it Snow by Debi Potter.
    cafecreativo - sizzix big shot - christmas home decor (1)
    cafecreativo - sizzix big shot - christmas home decor (2)
    To Make:
    Die-cut the snowman motif from blue polka dots paper. Die cut the snowmen from white cardstock. Apply a stripe red glitter cardstock behind small hearts, a stripe orange behind noses.
    Die cut the scarves from red cardstock, trim to size and apply to the snowmen.
    Cut a rectangle of glitter cardstock to fit across the snowman motif. Glue the snowmen and other composition. Then adhere onto a rectangle of red patterned paper. Insert in the frame.
    Add a few rhinestones, buttons and snowflake.
    cafecreativo - sizzix big shot - christmas home decor (36)

    Well, I hope you enjoyed it!
    Thanks for stopping by and have a wonderful weekend!

    Items used:
    white and red cardstock
    patterned paper (Magenta – Malie, Pebbles - Basics Collection - Powder Mini Dot)
    glitter paper (DCWV - The Christmas & Winter Combo Glitter Cardstock Matstack)
    bakery twine red and white

    Buon venerdì a tutti,

    Con Sizzix è possibile creare facilmente decorazioni ed home decor adatti a questa stagione natalizia.
    Così, sempre alla ricerca di cose allegre, d'idee regalo handmade, ho realizzato questo home decor utilizzando una semplice cornice e la bella fustella Sizzix Thinlits Die - Let it Snow by Debi Potter.

    Vi spiego come fare:
    Fustellare il motivo dei pupazzi di neve da carta celeste a pois e cartoncino bianco. Ritagliare a misura i pupazzi di neve bianchi. Applicare una piccola striscia di cartoncino rosso glitter dietro ai cuoricini, cartoncino arancione per i nasi.
    Con la stessa fustella, tagliare le sciarpe dal cartoncino rosso, tagliare con le forbici a misura e applicare sui pupazzi di neve.
    Tagliate un rettangolo di cartoncino glitter della misura del motivo coi pupazzi di neve da usare come base della composizione, incollare. Quindi incollare il tutto su di un rettangolo di carta fantasia rossa. Inserire infine nella cornice.
    Abbellire la cornice con qualche strass, bottoni e fiocco di neve. Ecco fatto!

    Bene, spero che il progetto di oggi vi sia piaciuto!
    Grazie per la visita, buon weekend!


    cartoncino bianco e rosso
    carta scrapbooking (Magenta – Malie, Pebbles - Basics Collection - Powder Mini Dot)
    cartoncini glitter (DCWV - The Christmas & Winter Combo Glitter Cardstock Matstack)
    spago bianco e rosso

  • Christmas present

    Thursday, 11 December, 2014

    Is it really only 2 weeks until Christmas? yes it is and I haven't really started my Christmas shopping, or written a single Christmas card yet. At this point I have the choice to panic!! or roll up my sleeves and get started. Seeing as the first option will take me to next week with nothing done my sleeves are being rolled up and the fun begins - but first I have to help my colleague Kayleigh with a cushion for her niece for Christmas.
    To begin we cut the fabric for the cushion front - 45cms by 35cms from Little Red Riding Hood fabric. For the back we cut - one piece of red and white spot, and one of plain red - both measuring 45cms x 30cms.
    We ironed fusible web onto one side of the plain red fabric before cutting out the letters, once cut Kayleigh positioned the letters onto the cushion front and ironed them in place - now because Kayleigh hasn't done any sewing I stitched around the letters for her.
    We cut 4 circles of plain red using the 2" circle on die 659845, to use to cover 4 buttons for the back fastening.
    A double 5cms fold was pressed along one long side of each of the fabrics for the back of the cushion. Using the red spot piece we marked the position for the 4 buttonholes -
    Once the buttonholes were stitched, through the double fold of fabric, the buttons were sewn onto the double fold of the red fabric, to match the buttonholes (the fabrics overlap by 5cms).
    The cushion back and front were pinned right sides together and Kayleigh, carefully machine stitched around all 4 sides, and then turned the cover the right side out.
    Here is the cushion - and Kayleigh's smile just shows her sense of achievement ( next year she might attempt a small quilt!)

    A good evenings work!
    Now this only took a couple of hours for Kayleigh to make - and if you are confident sewing then it could be made in about an hour - so their really is still time to make that special gift.
    Now where is my pile of Christmas cards to write?

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