• Butterfly monochromatic cards

    Friday, 15 August, 2014

    Hello everyone! It's again my turn to bring you brand new Sizzix inspiration today! Recently I created 3 monochromatic cards (one color with a few hues of it) in my favorite color palette. Today I would like to share with you how to make similar cards, because these are very easy to re-create and I think these are perfect for any occasion. My cards are with "just because" words, so I can use them whenever I will need.

    Main decorations on my cards are large butterflies, which I cut out and embossed using Sizzix Bigz Die w/Texture Fades - Layered Butterfly set. To make smaller decorations, I used also wings from the Sizzix Thinlits Die Set 2PK - Heavenly set, matching butterfly theme. Cards were supposed to be light, very layered and dimensional, so I decided to use vellum and cut out large decorative doily using die from the Sizzix Thinlits Die Set 2PK - Doily & Doily Border set.

    As my bakcgrounds are made using mediums, I decided to use them one more time to color large butterflies. I used color blooms and color shine mists and at the top I inked embossed parts using pale brown ink and added a touch of white gesso, as I always do. 

    Stave with treble clef from the Sizzix Thinlits Die Set 11PK - Juke Box & Music set is a very versatile motif, I decided to use it in a very pale, delicate version. Each of the layer (large butterfly, additional wings, stave and the words in scalloped circle) were adhered using 3D cubes, to add more dimension and depth.

    Sizzix supplies used:

    I strongly encourage you to craete your own monochromatic set of card in your favorite colors, using amazingly beautiful and very versatile Sizzix dies and embossing folders!

    Thank you for visit us today! 
    Have a lovely, creative weekend! 
    ~~ Karola ~~ 


    Witajcie! Dziś znów moja kolej na blogu Sizzix i dziś przynoszę Wam kolejną świeżą inspirację. Tym razem będą to 3 ostatnio stworzone monochromatyczne kartki w moich ulubionych kolorach. Monochromatyczne, czyli w jednym kolorze, lecz z wieloma jego odcieniami. Chciałabym pokazać Wam jak prosto wykonać podobne kartki, ponieważ są niezwykle łatwe do odtworzenia, a dodatkowo nadają się na każdą okazję. Moje kartki ozdobiłam neutralnymi napisami "just because", dzięki czemu mogę je wykorzystać kiedy tylko zajdzie taka potrzeba. 
    Główny motyw na kartkach to duży motyl, wycięty i zemnossowany przy użyciu wykrojnika i folderu do embossingu z zestawu Sizzix Bigz Die w/Texture Fades - Layered Butterfly. Dodatkowo, nawiązując do głównego motywu, postanowiłam użyć wykrojników ze skrzydłami, czyli Sizzix Thinlits Die Set 2PK - Heavenly, dodając po dwa, różne na każdej z kartek - skrzydełka. Ponieważ założyłam, że kartki mają być lekkie, przestrzenne i delikatne, pomyślałam, że warto wykorzystać trochę kalki i to właśnie z niej wycięłam duże, ozdobne serwetki, za pomocą wykrojnika z zestawu Sizzix Thinlits Die Set 2PK - Doily & Doily Border. Ponieważ do stworzenia teł moich kartek wykorzystałam media, postanowiłam wykorzystać je ponownie kolorując duże motyle. Po wyschnięciu mediów na powierzchni motyli,  potuszowałam wypukłe, zembossowane fragmenty za pomocą jasno brązowego tuszu, a następnie dodałam nieco białego gesso, jak to mam w zwyczaju. Motyw pięciolinii z kluczem wiolinowym jest jednym z klasycznych, uniwersalnych motywów, świetnych na każdą okazję i pasujących do właściwie każdego stylu. Wykorzystałam go w moich kartkach w bardzo delikatnej wersji, a pięciolinię wycięłam wykrojnikiem z zestawu Sizzix Thinlits Die Set 11PK - Juke Box & Music.

    Gorąco zachęcam Was do stworzenia własnego zestawu monochromatycznych kartek, w Waszych ulubionych kolorach, wykorzystując niesamowicie piękne i uniwersalne wykrojniki i foldery do embossingu Sizzix!

    Dziękuję za dzisiejsze odwiedziny na naszym blogu!
    Życzę Wam cudownego, kreatywnego weekendu!

    ~~ Karola ~~

  • Did you enjoy the show?

    Thursday, 14 August, 2014

    Well I hope you did.
    As always I am very tired after the Festival of Quilts - 27 workshops in 4 days is a lot, but as always it means that I met a lot of lovely ladies, and we also had a few lovely gents join us this year.
    The only down side for me is that I hardly saw any of the quilts on display - just a quick run round after the show had closed on Saturday evening, and also I don't have much time to be tempted to spend my money - although our stand was right by a rather lovely fabric stand which did cost me a bit - photos to follow in the next few weeks showing my creations.
    So for now I thought I'd show you the project we made at the show -


    a useful jewellery roll using one of the new Nel Whatmore applique dies -
    I think I'm going to have some fun with this die - I'm planning a little clutch bag with lots of beads or sequins on it for the Christmas session.
    Nik from The Cotton Patch had also been very busy creating a couple of new quilt kits which were on display at the show -
    This quilt was made using the 5" Half Hexagon die - and almost creates a 3D effect
     and this quilt uses another of my favourite dies  10" Dresden Plate -
    I love the vivid colours Nik used in this one.
    Well that's all for now folks - back to work on a quilt for Christmas.
    Next week I'll show you some of the completed ( yes I am giving myself a pat on the back ) table runners we used at the Festival of Quilts - as long as I've located the boxes they were packed in!!
    Enjoy stroking your purchases, reading your books, dreaming of having time to make lots of new projects. How about a nice cuppa?

  • A soft & masculine layout by Karine

    Thursday, 14 August, 2014

    Hi everyone!

    Here is a new page with my favourite subjects! Here are masculine but soft tones to highlight a summer mini picture.

    Supply list:

    Papers: Crate Paper, 4heures37
    Alphabets: Jenni Bowlin Studio
    Stickers: Studio Calico
    Die cuts: Heidi Swapp, 4heures37
    Badge: Studio Calico
    Heart: Studio Calico
    Masking Tape
    Stamps: Tim Holtz
    Ink: Chalk Prima
    Other: Stabilo Pen68


    658300 : Sizzix Big Shot Starter Kit
    659436 : Sizzix Bigz Die-Garden Greens

    I chose a squared paper as a background. I love school stationery! I partially worked on my background by printing several times nice butterflies in sky blue ink.
    Then I added a touch of watercolour effect thanks to my Stabilo 68 felt-tipped pens! Scribble on a Teflon mat, add a bit of water, withdraw the colour with a thin paintbrush and make splashes on your background!
    Let it dry in the open.

    While it dries, cut a nice foliage pattern with my favourite die of the moment, the Garden Greens! Use the same process to colour it with your felt-tipped pens.

    Then add a pattern paper piece, matching stickers and text stickers.

    Glue your small picture; add the title and the page is done!

    Have a lovely day,


    Bonjour tout le monde !

    Une nouvelle page aujourd'hui avec mes sujets préférés ! Des tons masculins mais très doux pour mettre en valeur une mini photo estivale.

    Matériel :

    Papiers : Crate Paper, 4heures37
    Alphabets : Jenni Bowlin Studio
    Autocollants : Studio Calico
    Die cuts : Heidi Swapp, 4heures37
    Badge : Studio Calico
    Coeur : Studio Calico
    Masking Tape
    Tampons : Tim Holtz
    Encre : Chalk Prima
    Divers : Stabilo Pen68

    Dies utilisés :

    658300 : Sizzix Big Shot Starter Kit
    659436 : Sizzix Bigz Die-Garden Greens

    J'ai choisi un fond de page quadrillé, les papiers de type scolaires sont mes préférés ! J'ai retravaillé partiellement mon fond en imprimant plusieurs fois des jolis tampons papillons en bleu ciel.
    Ensuite j'ai ajouté une touche d'aquarelle avec mes stylos Stabilo Pen68 ! Crayonnez sur un tapis téflon, ajoutez un peu d'eau et éclaboussez votre fond !
    Laissez sécher tranquillement.

    Pendant ce temps-là, découpez un joli feuillage avec mon die préféré du moment, le Garden Greens ! Colorisez de la même façon avec vos feutres.

    Ajoutez ensuite un morceau de papier imprimé, des étiquettes assorties et des stickers textes.

    Collez votre petite photo, ajoutez votre titre et la page est terminée !

    Très bonne journée à vous !


  • Perfect 10

    Wednesday, 13 August, 2014

    It is ten years to the day since my wonderful girlfriend became my wonderful wife. She is probably the only woman in the UK who gets dragged into craft shops by her husband so I thank her for her patience and understanding.

    She does get a special handmade card every birthday/Christmas/Valentines/anniversary and she has amassed quite a collection thus far. I have made her a special card this time but I also wanted to commemorate the occasion with a little piece of framed art, the making of which I would like to share with you today.

    Once again I reached for the new Jillibean Soup collection of dies and folders because I LOVE IT! but more importantly because I think she will too. I haven't itemised the dies used but if you follow the link above you will get to see them all together as it should be.

    I also used the new Block Talk Lowercase alphabet die by Tim Holtz and the Decorative Strip die Antiqua Numbers by Brenda Walton which is one of my favourite go-to dies for birthday cards because it has what I like to think of as a contemporary vintage vibe! which is an oxymoron which makes perfect sense to me (and me alone probably!).

    I attached a square of pure white card to a 7 inch (just over 17 cm) square of mount board before die-cutting the number 10 from thin white paper and attaching to the board with low tack spray adhesive. I then proceeded to apply Distress Ink with an applicator, this was built up gradually blending the blue and the green (Broken China and Shabby Shutters) and the orange and red in the top right (Wild Honey and Worn Lipstick). Next, I took two Distress Paint daubers  and watered the colours to a milky consistency.

    After strategically splattering the paint onto the square with the paint brush I pealed off the die-cut numbers and traced around the masked area with a fine black marker pen, it doesn't have to be too accurate. 

    All the decorative paper used comes from a 6" x 6" paper pad from Basic Grey featuring the fab Hipster collection and I used a sheet of pale green patterned paper to cover some scrap mount board before using it to die-cut the letters for the word 'perfect' which I then attached to the square above the numbers. That extra dimension really makes all the difference for me.
    Now, this is where things get a bit crazy, random, scatter shot... take your pick!!

     I knew what I wanted to do with the photo which I printed from my PC before trimming into a Polaroid style shape before adding a few stamped sentiments using my Dear Lizzy roller stamp. After that it was just a question of cutting, stamping, sanding, inking and folding a seemingly disparate collection of designs in the vain hope that they might work together on the page... I'll let you be the judge.
    Here is the finished frame, you can see that I mounted the square into the centre of a box frame bought from IKEA (I think?) I spent a long time moving the various die cut elements around the page before I found a pleasing composition which for me is all part of the fun!

    Every thing is attached using double sided tape or 3D foam pads adding a sense of depth and dimension, you will also notice a random smattering of adhesive pearls/gems in a selection of hues and sizes.

    I hope you like it but more importantly, I hope my wife does too!

    Here is a bit of close-up detail.

  • Set of CAS cards

    Wednesday, 13 August, 2014

    Prior to using the Framelits Die Set 12PK w/Stamps - Here & There for last week's layout, I used them on a set of clean and simple cards.
    I thought that even though the arrows have a slightly distressed / worn look they would work well for a very simple card design. I simply stamped a row of one of the arrows along the bottom of each card using a dark brown ink.
    To give each card a little something something, I stamped one of the arrows in a bright colour and then I die cut this arrow. Finally, I added it towards the right side of the card using foam adhesive. This adds some dimension and interest to this very clean design.
    Simply changing the colour of this contrasting arrow really makes each card different from the other cards. So when making a set of cards sometimes just using different colours is enough to ensure your cards remain fresh and fun.
    The last step in finishing each card was to add a sentiment and I used one from the Framelits Die Set 10PK w/Stamps - Flowers & Tags using the same brown ink as the majority of the arrows.
    Supply list:
    Sizzix Framelits Die Set 12PK w/Stamps - Here & There
    Sizzix Framelits Die Set 10PK w/Stamps - Flowers & Tags
    Sizzix Accessory - Magnetic Platform for Wafer-Thin Dies
    Sizzix Big Shot Starter Kit (Powder Blue & Teal)
    Ink (Memento and Papertrey Ink)
    Inden jeg brugte Sizzix Framelits Die Set 12PK w/Stamps - Here & There på sidste uges layout, brugte jeg de samme stempler og dies til at lave et sæt enkle kort. Jeg mente, at til trods for at pilene har et slidt look, kunne de bruges som motiv for et stramt kortdesign.
    Jeg stemplede en række pile nederst på et kort i en mørk brun sværte, og for at give hvert enkelt kort noget ekstra, stemplede jeg en af pilene i en konstrasterende farve. Denne farvede pil udstansede jeg med sættets medfølgende dies, hvorefter jeg monterede den på 3d-puder hen mod den højre side af kortet.
    Noget så enkelt som at ændre farverne på hvert enkelt kort kan være med til at holde hvert kort i et sæt friskt og unikt.
    Det sidste skridt var at stemple en tekst på kortene, og her valgte jeg at bruge en hilsen, som stammer fra Framelits Die Set 10PK w/Stamps - Flowers & Tags.
    Sizzix Framelits Die Set 12PK w/Stamps - Here & There
    Sizzix Framelits Die Set 10PK w/Stamps - Flowers & Tags
    Sizzix Accessory - Magnetic Platform for Wafer-Thin Dies
    Sizzix Big Shot Starter Kit (Powder Blue & Teal)
    Sværte (Memento and Papertrey Ink)

  • Wedding card

    Wednesday, 13 August, 2014

    Hello to everyone:) It`s Minna here and my turn to show you this wedding card I made.

    Sizzix products:
    Sizzix Big Shot Starter Kit (Powder Blue & Teal) 658300
    Sizzix Frameworks Die - Courtyard 659429
    Sizzix Thinlits Die Set 2PK - Heavenly 659704
    Sizzix Thinlits Die Set 8PK - Pandora 659705

    Other products:
    Pion Design paper; Days of Winter
    Distress crackle paint Rock Candy
    baker twine
    "Wedding"sentiment stamp

    How to do:
    1.Cut the patterned paper size 13,5 cm × 10,5 cm and emboss it using folder which is included  Sizzix Big Shot Starter Kit (Powder Blue & Teal) 658300. 
    Sew all the edges and tape it on to the cardboard.
    2. Cut the framework out from the cardboard using Sizzix Frameworks Die - Courtyard 659429  and paint it with DI crackle paint, allow to dry.
    3. Cut also the wings, key and lock using dies Sizzix Thinlits Die Set 2PK - Heavenly 659704 and Sizzix Thinlits Die Set 8PK - Pandora 659705
    4. Take the other piece of patterned paper, sew the edges and place it on to the other side of card.
    5. Place the framework on to card and attach it, glue the flowers and wings. Tie the key and lock together using baker twine and glue them on to the card. Finally stamp the sentiment.


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    Moi, tällainen hääkortti tällä kertaa:)

    Sizzix tarvikkeet:
    Sizzix Big Shot Starter Kit (Powder Blue & Teal) 658300
    Sizzix Frameworks Die - Courtyard 659429
    Sizzix Thinlits Die Set 2PK - Heavenly 659704
    Sizzix Thinlits Die Set 8PK - Pandora 659705

    Muut tarvikkeet:
    Pion Design paperit; Days of Winter
    Distress krakleerausmaali Rock Candy
    "Hääparille" tekstileimasin

    Kuinka teet tämän:
    1. Leikkaa kuviopaperi kokoon 13,5 cm × 10,5 cm ja embossaa se käyttäen kansiota joka sisältyy settiin 
    Sizzix Big Shot Starter Kit (Powder Blue & Teal) 658300. 
    Ompele kaikki reunat ja kiinnitä kartonkiin.
    2. Leikkaa frameworkkartongista käyttäen stanssia Sizzix Frameworks Die - Courtyard 659429 ja maalaa se krakleerausmaalilla, anna kuivua.
    3. Leikkaa myös siivet, avain ja lukko stansseilla Sizzix Thinlits Die Set 2PK - Heavenly 659704 and Sizzix Thinlits Die Set 8PK - Pandora 659705.
    4. Ota pala kuviopaperia ja ompele reunat, kiinnitä kortin toiselle reunalle.
    5. Kiinnitä kuivunut framework, kukat ja siivet. Solmi lukko ja avain leipurinnyörillä yhteen ja liimaa korttiin. Leimaa teksti "Hääparille".




  • Birthday card

    Tuesday, 12 August, 2014

    Hi everyone
    I hope you all had a great week, today i will show you a card
    Itemes I have used:
    Sizzlits medium 3 Dies Lovely Labels Set 658051
    Sizzix Bigz Die Artful Arrows 659433
    Supply List:
    Paper: Graphic45 Steampunk Spells
    Ink: Arhival ink watering can
    Ribbon and glossy accent
    Card base 14,5x 14,5 cm
    I cut patterned paper, 2 pieces 14x14, one 13x13, one 12x12, one 11x11 cm


    Thanks for stopping by, wish you a great week
    Hej alle, håber I har haft en fantastisk uge, i dag vil jeg vise et kort jeg har lavet
    Sizzix dies jeg har brugt:
    Andre materialer:
    Papir: Graphic45 Steampunk Spells
    Ink: Arhival ink watering can
    Bånd og glossy accent
    Kort base 14,5x 14,5 cm
    Jeg har skåret i mønstret papir 2 stykker 14x14, 1 stk 13x13, 1 stk12x12, 1 stk 11x11 cm
    Tak fordi du kiggede forbi, ønsker dig en dejlig uge

  • Hexagon bee card

    Monday, 11 August, 2014

    Hi everybody!

    These summer days I have been a lot in the country and I have seen a lot of bees, so I thought that it would be nice to use my basic shape dies to create a funny bee card :)

    To create the bee you just have to die cut some ovals and circles out of yellow and black card and some vellum as shown in the picture. Then just ink the edges and put it together with some adhesive. I have made the eyes using both sides os my Crop-a-dile to create small circles and the little antennas are made with two head pins. Isn't it cute?

    For my card base I have used the Hexagon Framelits die set. I thought It went so wellwith my bee and that shape is quite unusual for a card, but it works very good :)

    Happy Monday!


    Hola a todos!

    Estos días de verano he estado bastante en el campo y he visto muchas abejas, así que se me ha ocurrido utilizar las formas básicas de los troqueles de Sizzix para crear una tarjeta con una abeja.

    Para hacer la abeja sólo hay que troquelar algunos círculos y óvalos tal como veis en la foto con cartulina amarilla, negra y papel vegetal. Después entintamos los bordes y lo juntamos todo con pegamento y foam adhesivo. Para hacer los ojos he utilizado los dos agujeros de mi crop-a-dile. ¿Verdad que queda mona?

    Para la base de la tarjeta he utilizado el set de framelits de hexágono. Me ha parecido que es una forma muy original para una tarjeta y que además le venía muy bien a mi abejita :)

    ¡Feliz lunes!

  • 'A Simple Life'

    Sunday, 10 August, 2014

    Time for another post from me here on the blog.
    Today I have a page with a photo and colours to celebrate 'The Simple Life'.

    I used a sheet of jeans-patterned paper as my base and also used my Tattered Florals die to make jeans-flowers. I love the fresh blue colour that goes so well with seaside pictures.

    I added a couple of Prima flowers and some from Norwegian Papirdesign for extra measure and a diecut from Heidi Swapp to make up my title, 'Simple Life'.

    I find I like to use my Frameworks Trellis die more and more.
    Since it's a Bigz die I especially love using it with cardboard to make cuts that resemble  rich wonderful chipboard.  Like I did here....

    As you can see I altered the Trellis die cut a little. Firstly I painted it with gesso, and when dry I used a script stamp from Prima to add extra interest to the cardboard.

    The cute butterfly is from the latest collaboration between Sizzix and Prima, a collection  called
    Flora Grande. If you look closely behind my flower clusters you will see something pink and lacey peeking out. I used half of a die cut flower from the same collection for some softness.
    Underneath it all I used loads of Prima Color Bloom mist in a gold shade.

    I hope to se you here on the Sizzix blog next Sunday again!
     Have a great week!

    Sizzix BIg Shot Starter kit
    Sizzix Thinlits dies Whinged Beauties
    Sizzix die set Heavenly
    Tattered Florals Bigz die
    Susans garden tool kit

    Patterned papers-Papirdesign
    Flowers- Papirdesign, Prima, handmade
    Letter stickers- Papirdesign
    Die cut title- Heidi Swapp
    Mist- Prima


    Tid för en ny blogg post här på Sizzix bloggen.

    I dag har jag en sida att visa er med ett mjukt foto och färger som betonar 'Det Enkla I Livet'
    Jag använde ett ark i blått jeansmönster som bakgrund och gjorde även jeansblommor ed min Tattered Florals die. Jag gillar verkligen den fräscha blåa färgen som passar så bra med strand foton.

    Jag använde några Prima blommor och några från Papirdesign tillsammans med en diecut titel från Heidi Swapp.

    Jag har kommit på mig själv att jag gillar min Frameworks trellis die mer och mer....
    Sedan den är en Bigz die är det speciellt kanon att stansa ut saker från pappkartong så att det liknar härliga chipboard bitar. Som här.....

    Som du ser så ändrade jag utseende på min 'chipboard'. Först målade jag den med gesso och när det torkat stämplade jag på ytan.
    Den söta fjärillen tillhör den senaste gemensamma kollektionen mellan Sizzix och Prima som kallas Flora Grande. Om du tittar närmare bakom mina blomklasar kan du se något rosa skirt som tittar fram. Det är två halvor av en utstansad blomma från samma kollektion.
    Under mina lager har jag sprayat med Prima Color Bloom mist i en guldig kulör.

    Hoppas att se er snart igen här på Sizzix bloggen!
    Ha en skön vecka!

    Sizzix BIg Shot Starter kit
    Sizzix Thinlits dies Whinged Beauties
    Sizzix die set Heavenly
    Tattered Florals Bigz die
    Susans garden tool kit

    Mönster papper-Papirdesign
    Blommor- Papirdesign, Prima, handmade
    Bokstavs stickers- Papirdesign
    Die cut titel- Heidi Swapp
    Mist- Prima

  • A blue and yellow card by Olga

    Saturday, 9 August, 2014
    Hello all!

    Today I would like to share with you my new card. To make it look light and soft I created a "napkin" on the background using a very beautiful die - "Heavenly". It contains several kinds of wings and I decided to use them in a different way. I cut several wings to 2 parts and then put them circle-wise.

    I also used my favorite flowers dies:

    The products I used:

    Sizzix Thinlits Die Set 2PK - Heavenly

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