• Simple Circle Strings

    Monday, 24 November, 2014

    My son, Aidan and I have had lots of fun this week making super-easy circle strings to decorate the house and tree with this Christmas. Aidan has been fascinated by the Big Shot for a while and so was delighted to get the chance to help me use it. At 7 he's too young to operate it without adult supervision but he was more than happy to just be in charge of handle turning whilst I handled the die and dealt with the fabric.

    We used the Circles, 3/4in die to cut all of our circles and used 6 different coloured felts in total (as selected by Aidan).

    Once we had a sufficiently large pile of felt circles they were then fed them under the presser foot of the sewing machine one at a time, sewing straight down the centre. The next circle was fed under just as the last stitch was made on the previous one so that they were chain pieced together.

    I can't remember where I first saw the idea for these but I expect it was somewhere on Pinterest. They are so quick and easy to make and really effective, we made an 8ft or so string in little over half an hour from start to finish.

    They make a great simple decoration and could even be used as a trimming to tie around gifts too. We might try a different shape and colours next time, little hexagons would look good. Aidan is hooked on making them and so by the start of December I'm expecting the inside our house to be webbed.

  • Bente's Week 2 post 'Gift wrap & Tags'.

    Sunday, 23 November, 2014


    Hi and welcome to my week 2 post using the gorgeous free papers that you can download from the Sizzix web page. There is a link at the end of my post :-)

    This week here at Sizzix UK we are focusing on gift wrapping and making cute tags for the recipients. I have been busy doing some of that too, and here is the result:

    I used some of my fave dies at the moment for my giftwrap and tags.
    The 'Circles, scallop' finds it's way to most of my projects.And when I am thinking of a seasonal project the 'Winter Borders and Rosette' by the talented Paula Pascual is one of the first sets I look for.

    As I said I used the free downloadable papers here and the snowflake on blue is one of the neat little labels on them. I love how it turned out after I used the scallopped circle to cut it out.

    I used the snowflake-patterned strips as they are and added a single little white snowflake as well. For a different texture I also used a silvery chipboard snowflake. It is so much fun to use corrugated cardboard for giftwrapping as it will almost always turn out looking rustic and decorative. It is also such a great way to recycle something you would otherwise throw away. :-)

    I used:
    Free downloadable papers
    657900 Sizzix Big Shot Machine Only (Powder Blue & Teal)
    Sizzix Framelits Die Set 7PK - Circles, Scallop
    Sizzix Thinlits Die Set 9PK - Winter Borders & Rosette

    Thanks for looking today and as always thanks in advance for any comments you my leave me ;-)


    Hej och välkomna till vecka 2 av hur vi kan använda de fina papprena som du kan ladda ner helt gratis från Sizzix hemsida. En länk finns i produktlistan på slutet.

    Denna veckan har vi fokuserat på att göra fina inslagningar och tags. Det har jg också gjort och här är resultatet:

    Jag använde några av mina favorit dies för ögonblicket. 'Circles scallop' kommer med på de flesta av mina projekt just nu, och ska jag göra något vinter/jul relaterat så är en av de första jag använder  'Winter Borders and Rosette' av den duktiga Paula Pascual.

    Som jag sa så använde jag gratis papprena för mina paket och den lilla snöflingan med blå bakgrund är ett av de söta motiven att klippa ut.

    Jag använde de tryckte stripen med snöflingor som de är och la till en extra liten snöflinga i vitt. För att få lite extra textur använde jag en färdig silvrig chipboard snöflinga. Jag tycker det är jättekul att använd wellpapp för att slå in paket. Det ser så härligt rustikt ut och det är dessutom ett bra sätt att återanvända något som kanske annars skulle hamnat i soptunnan. ;-)

    Jag använde:
    Gratis nerladdningsbara papper
    657900 Sizzix Big Shot Machine Only (Powder Blue & Teal)
    Sizzix Framelits Die Set 7PK - Circles, Scallop
    Sizzix Thinlits Die Set 9PK - Winter Borders & Rosette

    Tack för att ni tittar inom och även för eventuella kommentarer ni är snälla att läna mig :-)

  • Chritmas Tag and Wrap by Olga

    Saturday, 22 November, 2014

    Hello all!

    We continue Christmas challenges with Sizzix and this time it's a Gift Wrap and Tag week. I love tags and ready to create them as often as cards)) I don't wrap presents this way but when I do this is a separate project for me)) I used again FREE Christmas Papers Downloads as the designs are so beautiful and so festive!

    I wrapped Kinder chocolate so I hope my kids will like to unwrap it))

    The products I used:

    Have a nice day!


  • The Christmas Blog Hop!!

    Saturday, 22 November, 2014

    Hello and welcome to the Sizzix Christmas Blog Hop! This is my first time posting a Blog Hop with Sizzix in my personal blog, and I´m very happy to invite you!
    I´m the last blogger  this week offering some gift idea for Xmas.
    You can find my tuto in Spanish and English.
    Take a look to preview post  and find more inspiration ,please !!

    The Blog Hop line-up!:

    Tuesday 18th November: Katy Jones 
    Wednesday 19th November: Jessie Fincham 
    Thursday 20th November: Angela Southey 
    Friday 21st Trudi Wood 
    Saturday 22nd November: Me!

    Don´t forget to enter the great giveaway  !!

  • Paper Trail Tour and more...

    Saturday, 22 November, 2014

    Hello friends! I have been off the blog for a while because I took off on the Paper Trail, a two month trip in my vintage camper all around the US. While on the road, I taught classes in stores using my Sizzix dies and Clearsnap inks. I loved it- although there were some disasters along the way. You can read about it here on my blog.

    Here's the invitation to the Paper Trail Blogger event that was held while I was out in California at Ellison Global Headquarters! What a fun time...

    Take a look at what happened at the party. My camper Scotty is parked in the background...

    More exciting news- my new collection, Vintage Kitchen, is now on its way to stores! You can create pretty and practical packaging for food gifts, jewelry and small treasures. See the all of the dies here.

    I hope you will check out my blog- every week there are amazing projects created by my super talented Inspiration Team. You are sure to be inspired... here are a few pics from this week. Please click on each designer's name to see the post about their projects.

    I hope you will add your latest project to our Art With Heart Challenge. Prizes are involved!

    Thanks for reading. See you in a few weeks!    Eileen

  • Blog hop - Advent cones

    Thursday, 20 November, 2014

    It’s that time of year for the blog hop – and as I prepare my contribution I start feeling excited about what our other bloggers will make – I can’t wait to see.

    Here's our Blog Hop line-up:
    Monday 18th November: Jo Carter 
    Tuesday 19th November: Katy Jones
    Wednesday 19th November: Jessie Fincham
    Thursday 20th November: Angela Southey
    Friday 21st Trudi Wood 
    Saturday 22nd November: Mercedes Jiménez Campuzano

    ... And to celebrate this festive Blog Hop, we have a giveaway with a selection of fantastic dies and the Big Shot™ Machine up for grabs! Click here to enter 
    So here’s my contribution – I’ve been thinking for a long time about making an Advent Calendar – but wanted to make something slightly different – this year I had this idea – hope you like it – I know my grandchildren will!
    So here they are! 

    Advent Cones
    You will need about 75 cm of fabric for the circles and about 1.25m of fusible interfacing.
    For the numbers you will need about 15cm of contrasting fabric.
    You will need 10m of ribbon cut into 20cm lengths ( you will need 48, two for each cone).
    I used the Big Shot Pro and die to cut 24 circles in Christmas fabrics and 24 in fusible interfacing. I fused the interfacing to the wrong side of the fabric circles.
    I used Tim Holtz Word Play die to cut all the numbers 1 -24 , for the numbers I fused some fusible web to the wrong side of some Michael Miller Fairy Frost fabric and then cut out the following quantity of each number ( remember to lay the fabric RS down to cut out ),  -2 x 0, 13 x 1, 8 x 2, 3 x 3, 3 x4, and 2 each of numbers 5, 6, 7, 8, and 9.
    Fold,  the circles in half to create semi-circles, press the fold and then fuse the numbers in place - 

     (as these are only used for a short time I haven't stitched the numbers in place but you can if you want to)
    Pin 2 lengths of ribbon to each semi- circle  - and zig-zag stitch around the edge, and across the ribbons.
    Overlap the straight edge of the semi circle, by about 4cms/ 1 1/2", to create a cone, pin and straight stitch in place photo 4

    Your advent cones are now ready to fill and enjoy, and they are large enough to put more than one chocolate in!!! I have made the ribbons to be tied for hanging so that you can hang them anywhere you like - so if you don't put your Christmas tree up until part way through Christmas you could hang the cones around the house - in a sort of treasure hunt. Have fun.


  • Christmas Week 2 with Karine

    Thursday, 20 November, 2014


    It is the Christmas tag’s week at Sizzix! Here is what I have done. I chose a glittery and natural combo which makes me think of the end-of-the-year celebrations :-)

    Supply list:

    Kraft bag
    Cardstock: American Crafts
    Glitter paper: American Crafts
    Note paper
    Embellishments: Teresa Collins, Freckled Fawn
    Stars: Studio Calico
    Ink: Distress Vintage Photo


    658300:  Sizzix Big Shot Starter Kit
    659958:  Sizzix Bigz Die-Banners and hearts
    659994:  Sizzix Bigz Die-Snowflakes #3
    660058 : Sizzix Thinlits Die Set 17pk-Holiday Words Script

    I didn’t want to create a classic tag for a change. So I selected a kraft bag and I had fun decorating it :-)
    I started by cutting out large banners out of note paper (with the die Banners).

    The beautiful large snowflake is cut out of white cardstock and shaded with Distress Vintage Photo ink to give it an aged aspect.

    The various elements are assembled and glued with double-sided tape.
    Small hearts are added as a finishing touch. They bring sparkle to the creation. They are cut out of American Crafts glitter paper; I just can’t stop using this paper these days!

    So here is my small tag (not that much small, isn’t it?) realized in a New-York’s minute!

    Have a lovely day,


    Bonjour !

    C'est la semaine des tags de NOEL sur Sizzix cette semaine ! Voici ma contribution, je reste dans un combo naturel et pailleté évocateur pour moi des fêtes :)

    Matériel :

    Sachet kraft
    Cardstock : American Crafts
    Papier paillettes : American Crafts
    Papier partition musique
    Embellissements Teresa Collins, Freckled Fawn
    Etoiles : Studio Calico
    Encre : Distress Vintage Photo

    Dies utilisés :

    658300 Sizzix Big Shot Starter Kit
    659958:  Sizzix Bigz Die-Banners and hearts
    659994 Sizzix Bigz Die-Snowflakes #3
    660058 : Sizzix Thinlits Die Set 17pk-Holiday Words Script

    Pour changer et ne pas partir sur un tag classique, j'ai opté pour une pochette en kraft que je me suis amusée à décorer :)
    J'ai d'abord découpé des larges bannières avec le die Banners dans du papier musique.

    Le grand et beau flocon est découpé dans du cardstock blanc, il est ensuite ombré à l'encre Distress Vintage Photo pour lui donner un aspect vieilli.

    Les divers éléments sont ensuite assemblés et collés au double face.
    Des petits coeurs sont ajoutés en touche finale et ajoutent une touche de brillance, ils sont découpés dans du papier paillettes American Crafts dont je ne peux me passer !

    Et voilà un petit tag pas si petit que ça réalisé en quelques minutes !

    Bonne journée


  • Boxing Clever

    Wednesday, 19 November, 2014

    Boxing Clever is an interesting idiom which I have hijacked for another of my cringe worthy little word plays. Pillow boxes it seems are a favourite amongst the paper crafting community when it comes to customisation (there are some stunning owls out there!) so I decided to create some festive themed custom jobs just for you.

    the ideas are not completely original however I will show you a few little tricks of how to give them a little extra spice by using your favourite Sizzix dies.

    Here is a list of dies used, click on each link to see the products:

    I wanted to make a couple of festive gift boxes which will compliment each other and what better double act than Santa and Rudolph.

    I started by die cutting and assembling the box from red patterned paper (My Mind's Eye Collectable Collection) 
    Next, I die cut a scalloped square from gold matt card and a square of black card. I then cut a strip of black card long enough to wrap around the box and trimmed one end to a point. I scrunched the strip and black square into a ball to add a little texture before lightly applying a little pewter coloured gilding wax with my fingertip.

     The rest was easy, I wrapped the 'belt' around the box and matted the black square onto the scalloped buckle before attaching to the belt. For the finishing touch I threaded a couple of small wooden buttons with raffia and attached to the box using a glue gun.

    Isn't it amazing how a few simple shapes and colours combine to leave you in no doubt as to who or what the image represents?

    Rudolph is a little more challenging and even though you can find some ideas on the internet, I made this without seeing any of them as I had a few ideas I wanted to try out.

    I wanted to start with Rudolph's eyes. He may be the baby of the reindeer team but he's been pulling that sleigh for centuries now so I wanted to give him a Sagacious, world weary disposition and the best way to convey a characters emotion is through the eyes which after all are the windows to the soul!

    I folded a piece of white card in half and placed a circle die so that it slightly overlapped the crease, I ran this through my trusty Big Shot and ended up with two linked circles. I then repeated these steps using a slightly larger circle and corrugated card.

    I folded the two corrugated circles back together and trimmed at an angle to make Rudolph's eyelids. Next, I die-cut two small black circles and carefully snipped away a couple of triangles before attaching to the whites of the eyes, This adds the illusion of highlights (Check out early Mickey Mouse cartoons). Finally, I gently inked the edges of the eyelids to add contrast using Vintage Photo Distress Ink and attached them in place with adhesive foam pads to add a little dimension.

    I die-cut and assembled the pillow box from corrugated card and gently inked the edges before mounting the eyes. The nose was cut from red glitter card, after all, as the song says, it was 'very shiny' 
    To create the ears I die-cut a circle from corrugated card and folded it in half before placing my circle die back onto the folded card in such a way that I ended up with two leaf shapes which I then inked around the edges.

    The ears were attached with a glue gun and the last thing to do was brave the elements and collect a few suitable twigs to use as antlers. I sealed the top of the box and used a craft knife to make a couple of slits at the corners into which I inserted the trimmed twigs.

    I think they make a lovely couple, I hope you agree?

  • Red and white gift wrapping

    Wednesday, 19 November, 2014


    This week's Christmas Challenge 2014 deals with gift wrapping and tags. I don't think I've ever had Christmas presents all wrapped up so early in the season but it feels great to get started on the wrapping.

    Using Triplits Die Set 15PK - Tags in combination with Framelits Die Set 6PK - Leaves, Holly & Berry, some white glittery wrapping paper and a red and white gingham ribbon I wrapped three presents for my sister-in-law. Essentially all three gifts are decorated the same way but with slight differences; especially when it comes to the design of the tags.

    This tag was cut a little shorter by partially diecutting it with the scallopped rectangle from Triplits Die Set 15PK - Tags. 

    I kept this tag very simple but layering two tags from Triplits Die Set 15PK - Tags and then stamping the text.

    The larger of the gifts was decorated with a larger set of holly leaves and I also wanted the holly berries to be a little larger than on the other two packages. This led me to use one of the circles from the Thinlits Die Set 9PK - Winter Borders & Rosette set to create the berries. For the tag I layered two tags on top of one another and diecut a heart using a die from Thinlits Die Set 6PK - I Heart This in the top tag.

    I hope you feel inspired to start wrapping this year's Christmas presents yourself - I can only recommend getting a jump start on this job :o)

    Supply list:
    Sizzix Big Shot Starter Kit (Powder Blue & Teal)
    Sizzix Accessory - Magnetic Platform for Wafer-Thin Dies
    Triplits Die Set 15PK - Tags
    Framelits Die Set 6PK - Leaves, Holly & Berry
    Thinlits Die Set 9PK - Winter Borders & Rosette
    Stamps (Lawn Fawn & Papertrey Ink)
    Ink: VersaMark, Simon Says Stamp
    Patterned Paper (Prima Marketing)
    White gelpen
    Wrapping paper
    I denne uge drejer Christmas Challenge 2014 sig om gaveindpakning, og jeg tror ikke, at jeg tidligere har været i gang med gaveindpakningen så tidligt, men det føles godt.
    Jeg har kombineret Triplits Die Set 15PK - Tags med Framelits Die Set 6PK - Leaves, Holly & Berry samt glimmergavepapir og rødternet bånd ved indpakningen af tre gaver til min svigerinde. Overordnet set er pakkerne ens, men der er små forskelle især hvad angår gavemærkaterne.
    Den første tag har jeg skåret lidt kortere ved delvist at udstanse bunden af de to forskellige tags med en anden die fra Triplits Die Set 15PK - Tags.
    Den anden tag er holdt helt enkel ved blot at lave en sandwich af to tags i forskellige farver og derefter stemple teksten direkte på taggen.
    På den store pakke har jeg brugt et sæt større kristtjørnsblade, og jeg ville sikre mig, at bærrene også var lidt større, så derfor brugte jeg en af cirklerne fra Thinlits Die Set 9PK - Winter Borders & Rosette til at udstanse kristtjørnens bær. Taggen består af to forskellige tags lagt ovenpå hinanden. I den øverste har jeg udstanset det lille hjerte fra Thinlits Die Set 6PK - I Heart This, hvilket betyder, at der kommer en lille fin detalje frem.
    Jeg håber, at du er blevet inspireret til selv at komme i gang med gaveindpakningen - jeg kan kun anbefale det, for det skal jo gøres ;o)
    Sizzix Big Shot Starter Kit (Powder Blue & Teal)
    Sizzix Accessory - Magnetic Platform for Wafer-Thin Dies
    Triplits Die Set 15PK - Tags
    Framelits Die Set 6PK - Leaves, Holly & Berry
    Thinlits Die Set 9PK - Winter Borders & Rosette
    Stempler (Lawn Fawn & Papertrey Ink)
    Sværte: VersaMark, Simon Says Stamp
    Mønstret papir (Prima Marketing)
    Hvid gelpen


  • Christmas crafting week 2 - Minna

    Wednesday, 19 November, 2014


    Hello, it`s Minna and my turn to show you some Christmas crafting ideas, themed gift wrap and tags:)

    Sizzix products:
    Sizzix Big Shot Machine 657900
    Sizzix Thinlits Die Set 9PK - Christmas Phrase Cards 659973
    Sizzix Thinlits Die Set 5PK - Christmas Trims #2 659913
    Free festive papers

    Other products:
    Seam binding ribbon, baker twine, paper bag, glue and tape

    Cut the tag size 9 cm × 17 cm. Cut the snowmans and frill out using die from the set  Sizzix Thinlits Die Set 5PK - Christmas Trims #2 659913 , phrases and frame from the set Sizzix Thinlits Die Set 9PK - Christmas Phrase Cards 659973  . Hearts are from the Free festive papers. Finally plase them all like above:)

    Happy crafting, Minna

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    Hyvää huomenta kaikille! Tällä viikolla teemana tagit ja lahjakoristelut:)

    Sizzix tarvikkeet:
    Sizzix Big Shot Machine 657900
    Sizzix Thinlits Die Set 9PK - Christmas Phrase Cards 659973
    Sizzix Thinlits Die Set 5PK - Christmas Trims #2 659913
    Free festive papers 

    Muut tuotteet:
    saumanauhaa, leipurin nyöriä, paperipussi, liimaa ja teippiä

    Leikkaa tagi 9 cm × 17 cm. Lumiukot ja kiemura stansseilla setistä  Sizzix Thinlits Die Set 5PK - Christmas Trims #2 659913, fraasit ja kehys stansseilla setistä  Sizzix Thinlits Die Set 9PK - Christmas Phrase Cards 659973 . Sydämet sisältyvät ilmaisiin ladattaviin papereihin jotka löytyvät täältä. Lopuksi liimaa ja teippaa kuviot kuten kuvasssa:)

    Terveisin Minna

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