• Quick and Easy Candy Bag

    Saturday, 27 June, 2015








    Hello everybody,
    I told you the last weeks how many friends are invited us to some birthday parties and I like to give them something that I made by myself. For the daughter of a special friend I made a little candy bag. 

    Here is my list of supplies:
    Sizzix Big Shot Plus Starter Kit #660515 and the included Bigz Die Essentials
    a paper bag, some pieces of pretty paper and of course some candy ;)


    I die cutted some of the flowers with the Bigz Die from the Big Shot Plus Starter Kit and attached them together with my stapler. With bending the wings of the butterfly and the leaves it became a little more depth. The paper bag got a little texture on the bottom with one of my favorite embossing folders! I love the pattern with the cute hearts. 


    I filled it with a lot of candy, but you can also use other things like nailpolish, a little book, pens or other crafty things. :) Hope you like my little gift bag and wish you a beautiful weekend.

    Have a nice day, xo Julia


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    Hallo ihr Lieben,
    diese Woche habe ich für euch eine kleine Idee für eine Süßigkeitentüte. Zum Geburtstag einer Freundin habe ich, für deren Tochter, eine kleine Überraschungstüte zusammen gestellt. Sie ist nämlich eine kleine Naschkatze. ;)

    Materialliste:
    Sizzix Big Shot Plus Starter Kit #660515 und die darin enthaltene Bigz Die Essentials
    eine Papertüte, hübsch gemustertes Papier und ein paar Süßigkeiten

    Die Blümchen und den Schmetterling mit der Bigz Die und den gemusterten Papieren ausstanzen und mit einem Tacker zusammenheften. So ist alles schon locker, aber fällt nicht auseinander. Die Papiertüte bekommt mit dem Embossing Folder im unteren Bereich ein tolles Herzchenmuster (ich mag das total) und dann ist die Candy Bag eigentlich auch schon fertig. :) Mit doppelseitigem Klebeband habe ich mein Blümchengebilde an der Papiertüte befestigt.

    Dieses Tütchen macht sich auch toll als Geschenktüte für Nagellack, kleine Bücher oder Stifte etc. Da könnt ihr eurer Fantasie freien Lauf lassen. Ich hoffe meine kleine Idee hat euch gefallen und wünsche euch ein tolles Wochenende. xo Julia

  • A cute and vintage caravan kitchen cloth

    Saturday, 27 June, 2015


    Hi everyone!! Summer is one of my favorite seasons because we usually travel with our caravan.We enjoy a lot outside and  I take time to do what really I love living in touch with nature.
    So when I saw the new Sizzix Die by Eileen Hull with an adorable " Travel Trailer" I knew I had to do something , and here it is my project, a kitchen cloth you can use in different ways.






    First I chose my scraps and ironed some double side fusible web, cut out the pieces and press on a background fabric ( 8.5").









    Then I appliqué with black thread and straight lines. Using  Bigz XL 25" Die - Squares, 2" Finished (2 1/2" Unfinished) I  cut out squares and sew in a row. You can use Bigz L Die - Squares, 2" Finished (2 1/2" Unfinished) too.
    Sew around the square and you get the block finished.








    I finished my kitchen cloth with a nice lace around and same stripe fabric for backing.
    If you like doing camping you know the fridge is usually  small and many times  it doesn´t fill everything you want. So , frequently I put some fruit on a plate outside. Now I have got a nice cloth to protect from insect!


    I hope you like this new project. I´m sure I will sew something more with this cute caravan with a vintage style I love.
    Happy summer days and I see you in two weeks
    Love
    Mercedes




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    ¡Hola a todo el mundo! El verano es una de mis favoritas estaciones porque solemos salir de camping. Nos encanta disfrutar al aire libre y disfruto mucho para hacer lo que me gusta al aire libre en contacto con la naturaleza.
    Cuando vi el  nuevo troquel de Eillen Hull con una adorable caravana ( " Travel Trailer" ), supe que tenía que planear algo con ella. Aquí está este tapete que puede tener distintos usos.
    Primero seleccioné todas las piezas  de retales y planché entretela de doble cara por el revés de cada tela. Corté la pieza usando la Big Shot Plus y las planché sobre un fondo de tela , en este caso de rayitas.
    Apliqué todas las piezas con hilo negro y un pespunte negro alrededor.Luego corté cuadrados con el troquel   Bigz XL 25" Die - Squares, 2" Finished (2 1/2" Unfinished)        los cosí en filas y los coloqué alrededor  formando mi bloque. Si no quieres usar éste tan largo tiene otro con menos cuadrados de igual medidas Bigz L Die - Squares, 2" Finished (2 1/2" Unfinished).

    Para terminar sólo añadí una puntilla de algodón    con una tela trasera igual que la que  había usado para el fondo del aplicado.
    Si a ti también te gusta hacer camping , sabrás que el frigorífico no es muy grande y que muchas veces debes dejar cosas fuera.  En ocasiones dejo la fruta sobre un plato. Ahora ya tengo algo para cubrirla y evitar a los insectos.
    Espero que te haya gustado este proyecto y estoy segura que coseré algo más con este troquel  en un estilo vintage que tango me gusta.
    Feliz días de verano y te veo en un par de semanas.
    Cariños
    Mercedes

  • the Wedding gift....

    Friday, 26 June, 2015









    Hi there,

    do you remember the wedding card i showed you weeks ago?
    Tomorrow is the big day - my boss will get married.

    And of course the bureau collected some money for a gift.
    But what to give, if the couple already owns everything???

    So we decided to give the money - but only packed in an envelope?

    Never...

    I made a little kitschy frame of it.

    All you need is:
    Sizzix Big Shot Plus Starter Kit (White & Gray)
    (out of this: Thinlits Plus Die Set (Basic Shapes) and
    Bigz L Die (Everyday Essentials))
    Sizzix Sizzlits Decorative Strip Alphabet Die - Alphabetical
    a frame
    some banknotes


    First i fold all the banknotes into hearts (yes, again hearts  ;-)
    How to do this, is shown here.

    Than i laid them into one big heart in the frame.



    Then i put some decoration all around.
    I used the Thinlits Plus Die Set (Basic Shapes) and the Bigz L Die (Everyday Essentials)
    out of the  Sizzix Big Shot Plus Starter Kit (White & Gray)

    Ready....





















    Have a great weekend,, Stephanie


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    Hallo ihr Lieben,

    erinnert ihr euch an die Hochzeitskarte von vor zwei Wochen?
    Ja morgen ist es nun soweit - mein Chef wird heiraten.

    Natürlich haben wir wie es halt so üblich ist auch Geld gesammelt für
    ein Geschenk. Aber was schenkt man einem Paar, dass schon alles hat?

    Wir haben uns daher für Geld entschieden - aber dann kann man ja auch
    nicht einfach so in einem Umschlag überreichen...

    nein niemals...

    Also habe ich einen - ein klein wenig kitschigen - Rahmen damit gemacht.

    Das benötigt ihr:
    Sizzix Big Shot Plus Starter Kit (White & Gray)
    (daraus: Thinlits Plus Die Set (Basic Shapes) und
    Bigz L Die (Everyday Essentials))
    Sizzix Sizzlits Decorative Strip Alphabet Die - Alphabetical
    einen Bilderrahmen
    Geldnoten

    zuerst habe ich all die Geldnoten in Herzen gefaltet - ja schon wieder Herzen ;-)
    Wie das geht, könnt ihr hier sehen.

    Die kleinen habe ich zu einem großen Herzen zusammen auf den Rahmen gelegt.

    Ein bisschen Dekoration ringsherum...
    fertig.

    Habt ein schönes Wochenende
    Liebste Grüße, Steffi

  • Set of summer cards, Part 2/2: Beach ball

    Friday, 26 June, 2015



    Hi Sizzix friends!


    Today I want to show you the second of the two summer cards I have made. I have used the same framelit but in this case the result is a fun beach ball.

    This is the card:


    The summer is a beach time, so this ball reminds me the fun days playing with our children, so it is perfect for decorating this card to welcome the summer. 


    Here are the materials you need to die-cut:


    For the beach ball a piece of green, blue and orange cardstock, the circles Framelits, pieces of different blue colours for the waves and the decorative scallops strip die.


    And now the steps to create this beach ball using only a circle die and the other steps to complete the card:


    Die-cut a blue, a green and an orange circles.




    Then die-cut only these parts of the orange circle.




    Then die-cut these parts of the green circle. 



    We have the beach ball pieces!!! 
    The green parts are slightly over the edges of the blue circle, 
    make sure the top is positioned well!!! (The die-cut blue circle is a complete shape)



    Then die-cut different blue colours cardstock using the decorative scallops strip die to 
    resemble the waves in our card.


    And now we have all the pieces for our card!!! 



    Draw a dotted line on the ball.  And don’t worry about the bottom of the ball 
    because anyway it will be hidden between the waves.



    Now we can put all the pieces together and stamp the message.



    More details of the card:





    To see the first summer card click here!!! 



    I have used the following Sizzix products:




    I hope you have enjoyed this summer card. Thanks for your visit!



    Have a creative and happy Friday!


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    ¡Hola a todos!
    Tal y como os comenté la semana pasada, hoy os enseño la segunda tarjeta del conjunto que preparé. En este caso he vuelto a utilizar el mismo troquel de círculo pero para conseguir un pelota de playa. 

    El verano es tiempo de playa, así que esta pelota nos recuerda a los divertidos días de playa con nuestros hijos, así que era perfecta para decorar una tarjeta veraniega.

    Estos son los materiales que necesitamos troquelar: cartulina azul, verde y naranja para la pelota, el troquel  troquel de círculo, diferentes tonos de cartulinas azules y el troquel decorative scallops strip. Con esta tarjeta podemos aprovechar nuestros retales!!!

    Y ahora los pasos para crear esta pelota de playa y el resto de la tarjeta: 
    • Troquelar un círculo de cada color (azul, verde y naranja)
    • Troquelar las siguientes partes del círculo naranja (nos quedamos con la pieza resultante)
    • Troquelar las siguientes piezas del círculo verde.
    • Ya tenemos todas las piezas de la pelota. Las piezas verdes están ligeramente desplazadas del borde del círculo azul, mirar que en la parte superior queden bien posicionadas las piezas.(El círculo azul lo utilizamos entero) 
    • Troquelar las diferentes cartulinas azules utilizando el troquel decorative scallops para simular las olas del mar.
    • Ahora ya tenemos todas las piezas para nuestra tarjeta!!!
    • Dibujar una línea discontinua en la pelota. No te preocupes por la parte inferior de la pelota, no se va a ver porque la esconderemos entre las olas.
    • Ahora ya podemos unir todas las piezas y estampar el mensaje.

    Más detalles de la tarjeta:



    Para ver la primera tarjeta puedes clicar aquí!!! 



    He utilizado los siguientes productos Sizzix:




    Espero que os haya gustado esta segunda tarjeta veraniega. ¡Gracias por la visita!


    ¡¡¡Feliz y creativo viernes!!!

  • Summer Sunshine - Rising Sun

    Friday, 26 June, 2015







    With summer in full swing, it seems a little unfair to bemoan the rising sun, however, 4.30 am in my bedroom window, beautiful as it is, I'd rather the dawn chorus would wait just a little longer.

    So this month, in my homage to the rising sun, I give you the Rising Sun Block.


    I found this beauty in the Quilters Album of Patchwork Patterns By Jinny Beyer


    and really, if you are into traditional patchwork blocks, then this is for you!

    I am loving finding all the blocks that I can use my Sizzix Big Shot Plus and Bigz dies for.  So I was pretty thrilled to be able to do all the cutting for this block completely by Sizzix.

    I wasn't feeling so great, my daughter, having finish college and waiting for the summer to pass blissfully in idleness before Uni in September declared boredom.  So I enlisted her to choose any fabrics from my stash, yes, really, ANY fabrics, showed her the picture of what we were going to make, and set her to work cutting away.  She was quite surprised at just how easy it was to wind the dies through the Sizzix Big Shot Plus, how well each Bigz die cut the fabrics the same shape every time and how fast we had everything cut ready for piecing. 

    The advantage of having help, that can sew, but chooses not to, is you realize just how important that 1/4" seam is.  Despite the accurate cutting, if the piecing isn't accurate, then the results are not going to be as pleasing.  Good job I know how to sew the seam accurately!  

    A happy compromise of me sewing, and the teenager pressing was agreed.  In no time at all, we were deciding on borders to make the block slightly bigger for a cushion. Quilted the block, and soon had a cushion.  


    We used the following equipment: 

    657611 Half Square Triangle 2 1/2" finished  (watch the video, it has great tips for cutting!)

    The block comes out at 16" finished, we added 1/2" finished accent to border the block, and 2 1/2" outer border.  Once quilted the cushion top was trimmed down to 20".  

    Things to remember with shapes like the trapezoid is to layer fabrics with either right or wrong sides together, so you get a left and a right shape.  If all your fabrics are layered on the die all facing the same direction, you will only get one shape, not its reverse as well.  

    I hope you'll have a go at this block, it was really quick to make, and for me is filled with happy memories of a pleasant afternoon of stitching harmony with my daughter. 


  • Owl and Fox card

    Friday, 26 June, 2015



    Hello everyone, It's Anna posting today.
    I love looking at my dies and trying to figure out different and unique ways to use them.
    If you know me then you know I love most things that are animal related but when it involves owls and foxes my interest is really peaked! :D
    I created this cards for kids birthday for charity, using more Sizzix dies design by Craft Asylum. These dies are so easy to put together and when you adhere one to the card it’s adorable!
    This cute little owl makes me so happy. I sure hope he makes the card recipient happy, too!
    The sentiment “buon compleanno” in Italian is “happy birthday”.
     
    Owl card - Sizzix - Big Shot Plus - Die Cutting - by cafecreativo (1)
     
    l think he/she is so cute and a perfect companion for my Woodgrain background.
    The card front has a hole and you can see the inside owl. I die cut a circle using Framelits to make the hole.
     
    Owl card - Sizzix - Big Shot Plus - Die Cutting - by cafecreativo (2)
     
    How cute is this little fox in the tree?!
     
    Fox card - Sizzix - Big Shot Plus - Die Cutting - by cafecreativo (1)
     
    The fox is peeking through a hole in an oak tree to ask “Who goes there?”
    Here’s the inside of the card:
     
    Fox card - Sizzix - Big Shot Plus - Die Cutting - by cafecreativo (2)
     
    The owl or fox inside is a bit of a surprise when you open it!
     
    Owl Fox card - Sizzix - Big Shot Plus - Die Cutting - by cafecreativo
     
    Thanks so much for stopping by! Have a lovely day!
     
    Items used:
    cardstocks
    patterned paper
    glitter paper
    twine
    ink pad
     
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    Per le amiche italiane! :)
    Buongiorno a tutti, sono Anna e come ogni venerdì tocca a me proporvi un'ispirazione con i materiali Sizzix.
    Chi mi conosce sa che mi piacciono molto i teneri gufi, ma anche le volpi non sono da meno! Per cui quando si è trattato di creare delle card di compleanno per donare un sorriso a dei bambini, ho pensato subito alle fustelle Sizzix disegnate da Craft Asylum, perchè riescono subito a dare un tocco simpatico e dolce a qualsiasi biglietto.
    Lui o meglio lei, visto che è una civetta, è così carina e si sposa perfettamente con lo sfondo effetto legno. Il fronte della card ha un buco da cui spunta la civetta, che è invece posizionata all'interno, proprio per simulare il tronco di un grosso albero. Per il foro, ho tagliato un cerchio usando i Framelits.
    Per dare rilievo alle sagome ho tagliato anche una base dal cartoncino nero.
    Anche la volpe è molto simpatica! Ed anch'essa fa capolino attraverso il buco dell'albero. Questa card l'ho pensata per un maschietto, quindi niente colore rosa :D
    Il gufo e la volpe posizionati all'interno sono, così, una piccola “sorpresa” quando si apre il biglietto.
    Questi piccoli animaletti mi mettono subito allegria, per cui spero tanto che possano regalare un sorriso ai piccoli destinatari :)

    Ciao, alla prossima!
     
    Materiali:
    Sizzix Big Shot Plus Machine Only (White & Gray) (660020)
    Sizzix Framelits Die Set 8PK - Circles (657551)
    Sizzix Thinlits Die Set 5PK - Friendly Fox (660812)
    Sizzix Thinlits Die Set 4PK - Little Owl (660813)
    Sizzix Thinlits Die Set 5PK - Woodland Flower (660814)
    Sizzix Thinlits Die Set 3PK - Woodland Leaves (660815)
    cartoncini
    patterned paper
    cartoncino glitter
    twine
    inchiostro tampone

  • Happy birthday card

    Thursday, 25 June, 2015






    Hi readers!!!
    Today I want to share with you a delicious card perfect for birthday!
    It's very simple!!!
    I used:
    Sizzix Big Shot Plus Starter Kit 660515

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

    Scissors
    Glue
    White cardstock
    Two toothpick
    Golden glitter
     Die cut the Happy Birthday card. Embellish with pois paper from 
    Die cut two cup cakes and two flags.
    Paste flags around the toothpick and paste behind the cup cake.
     Die cut Be Happy fhrase and the little candle.
    Paste golden glitter on flame of the candle.
     Assemble all as I did.
     Perfect!!! Very nice!!
    Do you not??
    -PER I LETTORI ITALIANI-
    Ciao a tutti!!!
    Oggi voglio condividere con voi una semplicissima card perfetta come invito di compleanno.
    Ricca di particolari eppur molto semplice da realizzare!

    Per questo progetto ho utilizzato:
    Sizzix Big Shot Plus Starter Kit 660515

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

    Colla
    Forbici
    Cartoncino bianco
    Due stuzzicadenti
    Glitter dorati
    Provateci anche voi, divertitevi a realizzare con i vostri inviti di compleanno con la fustella
    Sizzix Thinlits Die Set 16PK - Card, Birthday Pop-Up.
    Alla prossima!!!

    Giovanna

  • Pinwheel Pencil case

    Thursday, 25 June, 2015



    Hello again, I thought it would be nice to do some patchwork this week and decided to use the smallest half-square triangles to make a pencil case -
     

     
     
    You will need –
    5” x 20” in 2 co-ordinating fabrics, 1 light and 1 dark, for the pinwheels
    6” x 40” navy fabric for the outside and lining of pencil case                                                                               
    1 x 10” navy zip

    Sizzix® Bigz™ Die Half-Square Triangles, 1” finished 659983 http://www.sizzix.co.uk/product/659983/sizzix-bigz-die-half-square-triangles-1-1-2-assembled-square 
    Using the Big Shot machine and the die cut 40 triangles out of each of the patterned fabrics.
    Stitch 1 light and 1 dark triangle together to make a square, repeat with all the triangles.
    Press the seams together towards the darker colour
    Stitch 1 pair of squares together – see photo below.
     
    Press the seams and then stitch 1 pair of rectangles together to make a square, taking care to match the points in the middle.
    Join the squares together in 2 sets of 5 to make 2 strips.
     
    Cut the navy fabric into 2 pieces 2 1/4" x 10 1/2", 2 pieces 4" x 10 1/2" these 4 pieces are for the outside, and 2 pieces 6" x 10 1/2" for the lining.
    Stitch a 2 1/4" and 4 " piece either side of a pinwheel strip, and press. Repeat to make the 2nd side.
    To put the zip in - lay it across the top edge of one of the outside pieces -
    lay a lining piece on top, matching the edges, and stitch, with a 1/2" seam - when opened to the right side it will look like this -
    Repeat with the other side of the zip. Now open the zip at least half way.
    Lay the outside pieces, right sides together, pin, matching the raw edges.

    Stitch around the 3 sides, back stitching at each end to secure the seam.
    Repeat with the lining - but leave a 5" opening in the bottom edge.
    Trim off the extra length of the zip at both ends.
    Turn the pencil case right side out -
    Stitch the open edges together, and tuck lining inside the pencil case.
    Not quite such a quick project as I thought it would be - but still fun, and if I start now I might make enough for all of the grandchildren for September term at school.
    I'm off now to enjoy a cup of tea in the garden, while the sun is still shining.
    See you next week.
    Angela
     

  • A layout in few minutes ! By Karine

    Thursday, 25 June, 2015


    Hi everyone!

    This is a lay-out that I realized in a few minutes! Yes, I promise it is true! Grad a white cardstock, watercolour felt-tip pens and pencils, pretty inks, nice colourful labels and here you are!

    Supply list:

    Cardstock: American Crafts
    Labels: Swirlcards, Ephéméria
    Wood leave: Ephéméria
    Adirondack inks: Citrus, Clover, Watermelon
    Studio Calico inks: Sunny Day, Blush Crush
    Stamps: Stampin'up, Stampers Anonymous, Florilèges Design, Studio Calico
    Felt-tip pens: Stabilo Pen68
    NécolorsII/Woody


    Dies

    650515 : Sizzix Big Shot Plus Starter Kit
    660815 : Sizzix Thinlits Die Set 3PK-woodland-leaves
    659436 : Sizzix Big Die-Garden Greens

    Start by gluing labels (different sizes and colours) in the middle of your page. Start by the largest.

    Glue your small black & white picture.

    Stamp flower & foliage patterns all around your picture with inks of different colours (green, pink & yellow).

    Cut two beautiful foliage die cuts out of white cardstock. Colour them with turquoise blue watercolour felt-tip pens.

    Add masking tape, tiny stamp patterns, a flower and a small embellishment. Simply draw with your Neocolors II or Woody pencils.

    Make some splashes as a finishing touch!

    Here you are: your page is done!

    Have a lovely day,

    Karine




    Bonjour tout le monde !

    Une nouvelle page en ce jeudi, réalisée en quelques minutes ! Oui oui je vous l'assure ! Munissez-vous simplement d'un cardstock blanc, de feutres et crayons aquarellables, de jolies encres, de belles étiquettes colorées et le tour est joué !

    Matériel :

    Cardstock : American Crafts
    Etiquettes : Swirlcards, Ephéméria
    Feuille bois : Ephéméria
    Encre Adirondack : Citrus, Clover, Watermelon
    Encre Studio Calico : Sunny Day, Blush Crush
    Tampons : Stampin'up, Stampers Anonymous,Florilèges Design, Studio Calico
    Feutres : Stabilo Pen68
    NécolorsII/Woody


    Dies

    650515 : Sizzix Big Shot Plus Starter Kit
    660815 : Sizzix Thinlits Die Set 3PK-woodland-leaves
    659436 : Sizzix Big Die-Garden Greens

    Commencez par coller au centre de votre page plusieurs étiquettes de tailles et couleurs différentes en commençant par la plus large.

    Collez votre petite photo en noir et blanc.

    Tamponnez autour de votre photo avec des encres de couleur ( vert-rose-jaune) plusieurs motifs tels des fleurs et feuillages.

    Découpez dans du papier blanc deux belles découpes feuillages. Colorisez en bleu turquoise avec des feutres aquarellables.

    Complétez avec du Masking Tape, des mini tampons, fleur et petite décoration et crayonnez simpelment avec des NéocolorsII ou des Woody.

    Eclaboussez votre page en touche finale !

    Le tour est joué, votre page est terminée !

    Bonne journée à vous


    Karine

  • Leather and metal

    Wednesday, 24 June, 2015






    Before we start, I would like to say a big thank you to the staff and customers of Pink Tulip in Warwickshire, not far from Stratford-upon-Avon, I had a wicked day demonstrating all things Sizzix and we had a bit of a giggle too. It is a fabulous shop, full to the brim with all the latest craft goodies so if your ever in the area its well worth a little excursion.

    NOW! from the title of this post you could be excused for thinking that I am writing an Iron Maiden fanzine and thankfully for both of us you would be wrong.

    I have always been fascinated with combining different textures and materials to create amazing effects with die-cutting and embossing, sometimes the simplest combination of materials can yield some very surprising results. 

    I think it is so important to keep exploring the endless possibilities of our chosen medium otherwise we get stuck in a creative rut which would drive me nuts!!!

    All this brings us back full circle to leather, metal....... and embossing!

    Metal is too tough and leather is too soft for embossing (although there are ways!!) so I need to look for ways to create the illusion of both materials.

    metal is easy, but this is a great technique because it is very simple to do and the results can be incredible. I decided to apply the embossed effects to a couple of picture frames.

    I am using the new PLUS embossing folders. Excuse the capital letters but they are huge! The folders themselves are A4 in size which opens up so many more creative avenues to explore. The folders that I am using today are Field of Diamonds and Botanical Swirls

    I started by attaching a sheet of craft metal to a sheet of heavy weight card, this makes the metal sheet more rigid and less prone to damage when applied to your creation. Next, I used the empty picture frame as a template to mark out the size. It's always good to make it about 5mm longer than needed to allow for shrinkage after passing through the machine, you can always trim off any excess.

    I cut the metal/card to size with a Stanley knife and placed it into the folder before running through my Big Shot Plus machine 




    I used Black Soot Distress Paint moving quickly over the entire embossed area (any acrylic paint will work for this technique) the Distress Paint is just easier and less messy to apply. Before the paint starts to dry I took a piece of kitchen roll and wiped most of it away. I accelerated the drying time using my heat tool before using a kitchen scouring pad to remove much of the paint from the raised surface using circular motions, this also polishes the metal to bring back the shine.


    All that is left to do is to mount the metal onto the frame and insert your chosen photo. Hard to believe this little monster is 18 years old....where does it go!


    Let's move onto leather. This is a technique I developed after looking at some beautiful spanish leather wall coverings at a place called Plas Newydd in my home town of Llangollen. I wanted to mimic that rich, deep emboss using paper and this is the nearest I have come so far.

    I started by taking a piece of kraft card slightly larger than my chosen frame before scrunching it into a ball repeatedly until it was covered in cracks and creases much like a piece of leather would appear. Next, I used my picture frame as a template to mark out my area before cutting to size using a craft knife.
    The next stage was the inking of the folder, I used a StazOn Timber Brown ink pad because for this technique, I prefer the way that solvent ink pads transfer from the folder but feel free to explore other alternatives. I placed the card frame against the clean side of the folder and closed it carefully before passing through the Big Shot Plus debossing and transferring the ink at the same time.

    The surface of the leather that I was using for reference is a rich mixture of tones but I didn't want to overdo it so I restricted myself to Wild Honey Distress Ink to add a little warmth. I used my sponge applicator in a random fashion brushing gently over the surface. Next, I used Vintage Photo Distress Ink applied with a tiny piece of Cut-n-Dry foam. I worked around the embossed detail to enhance the effect.


    Before mounting onto the frame with double sided tape I used a little Walnut Stain Distress Ink around the perimeter. Be very careful with the darker colours and apply gently to begin, building up the depth gradually. The little monster is magically transformed into a little angel for this picture, funny how they are either one or the other with no grey area in between?

    See you all next week!


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