• Rainbow Baby quilt

    Thursday, 26 February, 2015

    Have I mentioned that my nephews and niece are all expecting babies at about the same time!!
    Well the babies have all be born - in the space of 11 days - so now I have to get sewing pretty quickly.
    I had thought that I would design completely different quilts for each one - but reality and time pressure has won the day - I am going to make them all from the same fabrics but make each slightly different - my fabrics are these -
    I bought these lovely spotted fabrics a little while ago and hadn't decided what to do with them - so I've started by cutting a lot of rectangles using the new Big Shot Plus and Bigz die 659837 - 2" x 4" finished.
    To begin I cut 6 rectangles from each of the 17 fabrics.  I think it will be lovely to include all of the colours for the boys and the girl - no sex discrimination here!
    to cut white strips to form sashing.
    Now at the moment I don't know how many of anything I'm going to use for each quilt - I know that's not helpful but this is as far as I've got with the first quilt -

    All I can say is that you'll have to look at my blog again next week for more details - I plan to have this quilt made (maybe not quilted though), I'm after all the babies don't know I running late with their presents!!!
    Also next week I'll have a gift to make for Mother's Day.
    So now I'm off to have a cup of tea and some lunch before continuing the quilt.
    Last reminder that I'll be running workshops in Glasgow, Sewing Knitting and Quilting Show at the SECC. I hope to see some of you there.


  • Hello!!

    Thursday, 26 February, 2015

    Hello everybody, my name is Giovanna 
    and I am very very happy to start this collaboration with Sizzix

    I live in Italy with my family, in a small town in the province of Salerno, Casaletto Spartano. 

    I am a blogger for some years, I write for the blog HandMade byGio and I love everything handmade, especially crochet sewing jewerly and more.

    In my work I always prefer soft colors, pastel colors, natural tones such as white and all shades of taupe.

    I love the shabby chic and the recovery of ancient objects. I like to create objects such as frames or small pieces of furniture. My creativity has no limits and so I find myself doing several things at once.

    I like to learn new techniques! Maybe one day I will choose one to follow forever!!

    Thanks to my blog I made wonderful experience, I met many bloggers, I have often collaborated with them and many have become my friends. In the time I tried to improve myself, I studied photography to portray the most of my creations, and I always have a great care to the packaging. 

    The affection of followers gratifies me every day and motivates me to continue on this way with the same enthusiasm.  

    And now work for Sizzix is a great achievement for me but also a great responsibility! 

    Every Thursday we will meet here for a new project with the wonderful Sizzix products.
    See you soon!


    -Per le lettrici italiane-

    Ciao a tutti, sono Giovanna e sono molto felice di iniziare questa collaborazione con la Sizzix.
    Vivo in Italia con la mia famiglia, in un piccolo paese della provincia di Salerno,
    Casaletto Spartano.

    Sono una blogger da alcuni anni, curo il blog HandMade byGio e amo tutto quello che è Fatto a Mano, crochet cucito gioielli e altro ancora.

    Nel mio lavoro prediligo i colori tenui, colori pastello e le tonalità naturali come il bianco e le sfumature di beige.

    Adoro lo stile Shabby Chic e il recupero di oggetti di un tempo. La mia creatività non ha limiti e spesso mi ritrovo a fare più cose contemporaneamente!! Questo non mi disturba anzi, non fa che arricchire il mio mondo!

    Grazie al mio blog e alla mia avventura sul web ho vissuto meravigliose esperienze, conosciuto tante bloggers, con alcune ho spesso collaborato, tante sono diventate ormai amiche, ci scambiamo pareri quotidianamente! Uno scenario impensabile fino a non molti anni fa.

    Con il tempo ho cercato di migliorare il mio modo di propormi al pubblico. Ho seguito dei corsi tra cui uno di fotografia, con l'intento di ritrarre al meglio le mie creazioni.

    L'affetto di chi mi segue mi gratifica ogni giorno e mi sprona a continuare su questa strada con lo stesso entusiasmo.

    Ed ora, questo lavoro per la Sizzix rappresenta per me un grande traguardo ma anche una grande responsabilità.

    Ogni giovedì ci ritroveremo  qui, vi proporrò un nuovo progetto con le meravigliose fustelle della Sizzix.

    Vi aspetto numerosi!!!

  • Two lovely cards by Karine

    Thursday, 26 February, 2015


    Today let’s go back to card making with my favourite seasonal colour combo!

    Supply list:

    Papers: Heidi Swapp, Gossamer Blue
    Cardstock: American Crafts
    Tracing paper: Studio Calico
    Transparency: Crate Paper
    Enamel Dots: Simple Stories
    Gold Masking Tape
    Stamp: Bloomini Studio
    Ink: Black Versafine

    658300: Sizzix Big Shot Starter Kit
    659994: Sizzix Bigz Die-Snowflakes #3
    659957: Sizzix Original Die-Phrase, Love #3

    These are two cards very easy to realise with paper scraps. They will come as a gift within my kits.

    The two cards are matted on dark kraft cardstock so that they stand out well.

    I used my Big Shot to cut out a pretty snowflake out of black cardstock. It is simply stapled, not glued) which means it can pivot on the card!

    So as to add brightness and a gold touch, I had fun with my masking tape. Three little strips of glitter gold masking tape are fixed on a paper scrap. With my “Love” die, I cut out two pretty hearts out of a pattern paper scrap.

    These are glued with 3D adhesive foam pieces.

    Simply add a “Thank you” stamp pattern on your cards.

    Have a lovely day,



    Aujourd'hui retour de la carterie avec deux nouvelles cartes avec mon combo de saison préféré !

    Matériel :
    Papiers : Heidi Swapp, Gossamer Blue
    Cardstock : American Crafts
    Calque : Studio Calico
    Transparent : Crate Paper
    Enabel Dots : Simple Stories
    Masking Tape doré
    Tampon : Bloomini Studio
    Encre : Versafine noire

    Dies utilisés:
    658300: Sizzix Big Shot Starter Kit
    659994: Sizzix Bigz Die-Snowflakes #3
    659957: Sizzix Original Die-Phrase, Love #3

    Retour de deux petites cartes très simples à réaliser toujours avec des chutes de papiers pour accompagner mes kits :)

    Les deux cartes sont mattées sur du cardstock kraft foncé pour bien les faire ressortir.

    J'ai utilisé ma Big Shot pour découper un beau flocon dans du cardstock noir, celui-ci est simplement agrafé et non collé ce qui fait qu'il peut pivoter sur la carte !

    Pour ajouter un peu de brillance et de dorure je me suis amusée avec mon Masking Tape. Trois petites bandes de Masking Tape pailleté or sont collées sur une chute de papier. A l'aide de mon die “ Love” j'ai ensuite découpé ma chute de papier afin d'obtenir deux jolies coeurs.

    Ces derniers sont montés en 3D à l'aide de mousse.

    Complétez simplement vos cartes avec un tampon en guise de remerciement.

    Bonne journée


  • Going Green.

    Wednesday, 25 February, 2015

    I know that if most of you look out of your rain-swept window this morning you will say that I am crazy but Spring is on it's way!

    How do I know? well, the crocus and snowdrops are bringing a little cheer to our woodland walks and on the roadside verges of every Welsh village the green shoots of daffodils are standing to attention ready to burst into bloom at any moment.

    I know we could still suffer one of those crazy snowstorms but you have to be positive at this time of year. I want to share with you all a new butterfly die and I know it's a little early for vibrant colours so I've gone with some of my favourite shades of green.

    I have chosen to use the new Sizzix Bigz Butterfly Duo die from Tim Holtz which is magnificent by itself, but when paired with it's very own Texture Fades embossing folder well, I'll let you be the judge!

    I die-cut the two butterflies below from watercolour paper to show you the beautiful shapes but I'm only going to use the top one. I then applied Shabby Shutters Distress ink to the centre of the butterfly and Peacock feathers to the wings. I spritzed the inked shape with clean water, this helps the colours blend and also adds a lovely mottled effect. Next, I embossed my die-cut butterfly using it's corresponding folder before gently applying Forest Moss Distress Ink over the embossed detail. 

    I love these three colours together, absolutely stunning!

    For the rubber stamping you can use your Distress Ink pads if you prefer but I chose to use the Distress Markers of the same colours but I added the colour Squeezed Lemonade to freshen things up a little. I went for  a Stampers Anonymous set (Nature's Moments CMS 001) which has always been a big favourite of mine. I started by stamping the text into the centre of the rectangle of white card (85 x 130 mm) using the Shabby Shutters ink pad to form a really subtle background pattern. Next, I coloured my plant stamp (Hogweed anyone?) using the Distress Markers before gently spritzing with clean water. The water just wants to sit on the surface and not run down the stamp. It's good to practice this technique a couple of times before committing to your project. When you are happy, apply to the stamp to the card.

    The rest is easy, distress the edge of the paper with the blade of your scissors and attach the stamped rectangle to an A6 base card made from wood effect paper. Gently curl the wings of the butterfly to add a little dimension and mount onto the finished card. 

    It's a really simple colour palette and the Shabby Shutters green seems to radiate from the centre of the butterfly. I love the mottled effect left by the stamped image too.

    See you all next week!

  • Hello!

    Wednesday, 25 February, 2015

    Hello everyone!!
    My name is Manuela and I'm very glad to start a work experience with and for Sizzix Blog team.
    I live in Rome (Italy) and the paper has always occupied a special place in my life.

    With my friend Sara have been running 'Pasticci di carta' (Paper Mess), for a few years so far.

    Pasticci di carta is the world of two bumblings, mothers and life friend, where the paper comes to life, and it becomes a game, a gift, an atmosphere, a fairy tale to tell, an idea to share.

    I always loved handmade and to create something great starting with something little and simple.

    I like to observe the paper under new points of view, like part of design, like creative recycling, like a simple and think gift.

    Since the blog was born, about one year, we have new relationship and we feel to share a style and a way to see the world through creativity, outside the geographical borders.

    Sizzix has been with us in this growth.

    Below we have added images from a previous project made with Sizzix dies which we really enjoyed creating. 

    We have
     already many ideas and projects to share with you using new dies and we hope you enjoy each Tuesday!!

    have a nice day


    - double adhesive tape
    - glue
    - scissors
    - cardstocks 
    - kraft wrapping paper
    sizzix bigz xl die country cottage 3d - House & Home (658743) by Brenda Walton 
    Sizzix Framelits Die Set 5PK - Hearts, Scallop

    Ciao a tutti!

    Mi chiamo Manuela e sono felicissima di iniziare questa nuova avventura nel blog team di Sizzix.
    Vivo a Roma e nella mia vita la carta ha sempre occupato un posto speciale.

    Insieme alla mia amica Sara da qualche anno abbiamo dato vita a Pasticci di carta ('paper mess'), il mondo di due pasticcione, mamme e amiche di vita dove la carta prende vita e diventa un gioco, un regalo, un' atmosfera, una fiaba da raccontare, un' idea da condividere.

    Sin da piccola ho amato le cose fatte a mano e la passione con cui si crea qualcosa di unico con poco.

    Mi piace osservare la carta da altri punti di vista, come oggetto di design, come riciclo creativo, come un regalo semplice e pensato.

    Da quando è nato il blog, circa un anno fa, abbiamo stretto nuovi legami, abbiamo sentito di poter condividere un modo di vedere il mondo attraverso la creatività, superando i confini geografici.

    Sizzix ci ha accompagnato in questa crescita, e le nostre 'casette pasticciate' nascono da qui.

    Abbiamo già un sacco di idee e di progetti per voi e speriamo vi piacciano..!!

    Al prossimo martedì!

    - bi-adesivo
    - colla
    - forbici
    - carta pacco
    - cartoncini vari
    -  sizzix bigz xl die country cottage 3d - House & Home (658743) by Brenda Walton
    Sizzix Framelits Die Set 5PK - Hearts, Scallop (657562)

  • Gold Selfie

    Wednesday, 25 February, 2015

    Hi Everybody

    I love gold! (I like it very much combined with white!)

    I love doing tags! And I really love a selfie I did in the Railway Museum a few months ago in Madrid!

    And why not put it all together? A gold and white tag with that photo I don’t want to have lost in my mobile phone.

    In this step by step you can see how I do it:

    The truth is that I love how it looks, has a very distinguished and elegant look, goes wonderful with the photo.

    here you can see some beautiful details:
    I'm sure that If you choose your favorite selfie and use it in a tag, you’re gonna enjoy it a lot!

    As you saw in the step by step, Sizzix products I'm using in this project are:

    657900 Sizzix Big Shot machine
    656938 Sizzix Movers & Shapers L Die - Tag & Bookplates
    660220 Sizzix Thinlits Die Set 4PK - Mixed Media
    660815 Sizzix Thinlits Die Set 3PK - Woodland Leaves

    Be happy!


    Hola a todo el mundo.

    Me encanta el dorado!  (Como mas me gusta es combinado con blanco!)

    Me encanta hacer tags! Y me gusta mucho un selfie que me hice en el museo del Ferrocarril de Madrid hace unos meses!

    ¿Y porque no ponerlo todo junto? Un tag en dorado y blanco con esa foto que no quiero que se quede perdida en mi móvil.

    En el  paso a paso puedes ver como lo hago:

    La verdad es que me encanta como ha quedado, tiene un aire muy distinguido y elegante, envuelve muy bien esta foto que tanto me gusta.

    Estoy seguro que si escogéis vuestro selfie preferido y lo usáis en un tag, lo vais a disfrutar un montón. Anímate!

    como podéis ver en el paso a paso, los productos Sizzix que uso en este proyecto son:

    657900 Sizzix Big Shot machine
    656938 Sizzix Movers & Shapers L Die - Tag & Bookplates
    660220 Sizzix Thinlits Die Set 4PK - Mixed Media
    660815 Sizzix Thinlits Die Set 3PK - Woodland Leaves

    Sed muy felices!

  • Shabby Chic with Romy

    Tuesday, 24 February, 2015

    Welcome on the Sizzix blog on this Tuesday!
    Today I would like to show you a shabby chic or vintage-themed tag that I made with some of my favourite Sizzix Alternations dies and a beautiful sentiment die from Sizzix.

    The Tag & Bookplates die from Tim Holtz is certainly my absolute favourite die from Sizzix thus far. I have probably used it over 150 times already, but still cannot get enough of it. The basis of this tag was also made with this beautiful die.

    I used the harlequin die from the Tim Holtz Mixed Media set to create the brown background on top of the pink tag.

    I further embellished my cards with some hearts that were made with the Heartfelt die. I used two large hearts and a couple of tiny hearts and added pink pearls to make them look more elegant. Last but not least, I added the sentiment "Sunshine" on the bottom of my tag. This sentiment was made with the beautiful 'Happiness Phrase Set'.

    Thank you so much for stopping by today!
    Have a wonderful day!
    In Dutch:
    Welkom op het Sizzix blog op deze dinsdag!
    Vandaag wil ik jullie graag een tag in shabby chic of vintage stijl laten zien, die ik heb gemaakt met een aantal van mijn favoriete Sizzix Alternations stansen en een mooie tekststans van Sizzix.
    De Tag & Bookplates die van Tim Holtz is absoluut mijn favoriete stans van Sizzix tot nu toe. Ik denk dat ik hem al minstens 150 heb gebruikt, maar toch kan ik er nog geen genoeg van krijgen. De basis voor deze tag was dus ook gemaakt met deze mooie stans.
    Ik heb de ruitjesstans van de Tim Holtz Mixed Media set gebruikt om de bruine achtergrond te maken bovenop het roze achtergrondlaagje.
    Ik heb mijn tag verder versierd met hartjes die zijn uitgestanst met de Heartfelt die. Ik heb twee grote harten gebruikt en een aantal kleinere hartjes. Daar heb ik roze pareltjes aan toegevoegd om ze eleganter te maken. Uiteindelijk heb ik ook nog het word "Sunshine" verwerkt onderaan op mijn tag. Dit woord is uitgestanst met de mooie "Happiness Phrase Set".
    Hartstikke bedankt voor je bezoekje vandaag!
    Nog een fijne dag!

  • How old are you?

    Tuesday, 24 February, 2015

    Hello everybody,

    For our Tuesday gathering, I suggest scrapping a page in the traditional format.
    The originality is in the layout of this project: the idea is to create a crown to emphasise your picture.

    For that purpose, you need to draw with pencil a circle of the size of your choice, big enough to not be confused with your picture: you can use a compass or a template (e.g. a plate can be used).

    Choose your dies to be cut:

    Then, following the line of your circle, you can decorate the crown with cutting shapes.
    Free your creativity by choosing shapes specific to your picture theme: flowers, leaves, hearts, triangles

    Play with colours and sizes of your shapes to boost and put into relief your page.
    Don't forget to add a small title, then you're done!

    Some details:

    I hope this page will have inspired you!

    Supply list:

    658300:  Sizzix Big Shot Starter Kit
    667119:  Sizzix Thinlits Die Set 4PK - Scribbles & Splat NEW!
    660210:  Sizzix Thinlits Die Set 102PK - Alphanumeric NEW!
    660801:  Sizzix Thinlits Die Set 4PK - Speech Bubbles NEW! 
    656545:  Sizzix Big Die - Flowers, 3-D
    658541:  Sizzix Big Die - Brows
    657119:  Sizzix Big Die - Leaves

    Paper: American Crafts, Heidi Swapp, Crate Paper
    Strass: Artemio
    Alpha & Stickers: Fancy Pants Design
    Feather & Flag: Bella BLVD

    Have a good day, 



    Bonjour à toutes et tous,

    Pour notre rendez-vous du mardi, je vous propose une page de scrap au format traditionnel.

    L'originalité est dans la mise en page de ce projet: l'idée est de créer une couronne pour mettre en valeur votre photo.

    Pour cela, il suffit de tracer au crayon un cercle de la taille de votre choix, suffisamment grand pour ne pas être confondu avec votre photo: vous pouvez utiliser un compas ou un gabarit (une assiette pas exemple peut convenir). 

    Ensuite, en suivant le trait du cercle, vous pouvez "décorer" cette couronne avec des découpes de formes. Laissez libre cour à votre créativité en utilisant des formes spécifiques au thème de votre photo: fleurs, feuillages, cœurs, triangles...etc….

    Jouez avec les couleurs et les tailles de découpes pour donner du dynamisme et du relief à votre page.

    N'oubliez pas d'ajouter un petit titre et le tour est joué

    J'espère que cette page vous aura inspiré!
    Bonne journée

    matériels utilisés:
    658300:  Sizzix Big Shot Starter Kit
    667119:  Sizzix Thinlits Die Set 4PK - Scribbles & Splat NEW!
    660210:  Sizzix Thinlits Die Set 102PK - Alphanumeric NEW!
    660801:  Sizzix Thinlits Die Set 4PK - Speech Bubbles NEW! 
    656545:  Sizzix Big Die - Flowers, 3-D
    658541:  Sizzix Big Die - Brows
    657119:  Sizzix Big Die - Leaves
    Papiers: American Crafts, Heidi Swapp, Crate Paper
    Strass: Artemio
    Alphabet & Stickers: Fancy Pants Design
    Plume & Drapeau: Bella BLVD

    Bonne journée,

  • Pintxos LO

    Monday, 23 February, 2015

    Hi everybody! Elena here

    Today I want to show you a LO that i made using a photo of food. One of my favorite things to do when I travel is to try new kinds of food, and normally I take some photos to remember it. But sometimes is difficult to make a beautiful LO from those photos, because they don't have people on them.

    Supply list:

    In this case I gave some importance to the photo by placing a Polaroid frame on it and I have die cut some elements to highlight the photo and I have die cut the title and all the embellishments on the page. I have used some ink and a black gel pen to give more importance to the tittle.

    Hola a todos! Hoy os enseño una página hecha con una foto de comida. Una de las cosas que más me gusta hacer cuando viajo es probar nuevas comidas y sabores y, normalmente, suelo hacer bastantes fotos para recordar esos momentos. Pero muchas veces esas fotos no son muy bonitas, porque no suele aparecer gente en ellas. En la página que os enseño hoy he resaltado la foto con un marco Polaroid y he troquelado todos los elementos de adorno y el título.

    ¡Feliz lunes!

  • Emergency Party Tags

    Monday, 23 February, 2015

    My half-square triangles, offset-chevron quilt top is coming along nicely - I've managed to sew a couple more blocks over the half-term holiday but I'm having a little departure this week from sewing.

    It was my youngest son's 4th birthday party on Sunday and when I dug out the books I'd bought and stashed away a while ago to put into the party bags, I realised that there was no way they were going to fit into a standard party loot bag. Cue a frantic dash to the shops to find some larger bags and the best I could find on short notice were packs of brown paper sandwich bags.
    With little time to spare I needed a quick and easy way to make them a bit more party-ish and so immediately turned to my Big Shot and Lollipop Shadow Numbers, 01234 die and cut a batch of number 4's from some blue glittery card.

    With a hole punched in the top and some string threaded through and knotted they were instantly turned into tags.

    And then tied to a handle of a bag. I'd already used my Lollipop Shadow Numbers die a few weeks back to make bunting and decorate the party cups and so the bags actually now fitted in nicely!

    A very quick way (thankfully) to spruce up some plain bags and make them a bit more personal. Of course now I wish I'd had more time and could have cut out some multi-coloured spots using my Circles, 3/4in die to decorate the bags further so that they were really party-ish and matched with the bunting and cups - if only I was more organised!

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