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  • Christmas Challenge week 2 with Lilith

    Tuesday, 18 November, 2014

    Welcome to the second day of the Christmas Challenge week. This week the designers at Sizzix will be bringing you ideas for wrapping and sprucing up your gifts. Today I'll be showing two tags I made. They are simple yet chic. They are also very easy to make and they will instantly make your gift something special. 


    I picked two tags from my stash and a doily which I layered over the tags just covering one side. Then I cut out two snowflakes from the Sizzix Bigz Snowflake Die #3 which I placed on top. A sentiment and a small shiny bead. Simple and elegant. 






     Supplies:





  • Chritstmas gift tags!

    Monday, 17 November, 2014


    Hi everybody! and welcome to the Sizzix Christmas Challenge 2014 week 2. In this week, my fellow Sizzix Bloggers and myself are giving you some ideas for your gift wrapping and tags.


    Today I want to show you three different tags I  made using two Tim Holtz Die Sets: The Labels (660060) and the Holiday Greens (658759) and, of course, the Big Shot Machine.





    This Thinlits are great because they are designed in a way you can cut, emboss and stencil with them. In these tags I have die cut the tags out of craft card and then I have inked them without taking out the die. This gives you a nice border without ink.




    To embellish my tags I have die cut some leaves out of green card, attached some red pearls and hand doodled some lines with a white gel pen. 

    These tags are very easy to make and you can make a lot of them in advance, so you are ready when It's the time to gift wrap!



    Happy Monday!

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    Hola a todos!

    Bienvenidos a la segunda semana del Christmas Challenge 2014 de Sizzix, donde mis compañeros bloggers y yo misma os vamos a dar algunas ideas para que envolváis vuestros regalos y hagáis vuestras etiquetas navideñas.

    Hoy os muestro tres etiquetas hechas con los sets de troqueles Holiday Greens (658759) y Labels (660060) de Tim Holtz y, por supuesto, la Big Shot!

    Estos troqueles son estupendos porque están diseñados de manera que puedes cortar, hacer embossing y estarcir con ellos. En esta ocasión he utilizado la última función y, una vez troquelados, he puesto tinta distress sin quitar el troquel. esto da un borde sin tinta que enfatiza la forma del tag.

    Para embellecer las etiquetas, he troquelado algunas hojas con cartulina verde, pegado algunas perlitas y pintados unas líneas con rotulador de gel blanco.

    Estas etiquetas son muy fáciles y rápidas de hacer, y puedes hacer bastantes con antelación para tenerlas listas cuando llegue el momento de envolver los regalos.

    Feliz lunes!

  • The Christmas Blog Hop!!

    Monday, 17 November, 2014





    Hello and welcome to the Sizzix Christmas Blog Hop! I will be starting off the festive inspirations over on my personal blog. 

    Follow me to see my gift idea and find out about the fantastic giveaway! Click here


    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: Mercedes JiménezCampuzano


    Hope you enjoy the week long gift inspirations!

  • Bente's card using the free paper downloads.

    Sunday, 16 November, 2014





    This week we have seen so much gorgeous inspiration from my fellow bloggers!
    Today I am rounding off the first week of Christmas inspiration where we have all shared our cards made with some beautiful seasonal free paper downloads.

    Here is mine:



    If you would like to download the free papers the link is HERE. 
    All you have to do is write your email address in the box on the downloadpage.

    Here are a couple of close ups:




    I used these products:
    Sizzix Big Shot Starter Kit (Powder Blue & Teal)
    Thanks for looking!!


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    Denna veckan har ni sett så mycket snygg nspiration från mina bloggar kollegor här på Sizzix. I dag rundar jag av den första veckan med kortinspiration där vi använder de härliga papprena som finns att ladda ner gratis på Sizzix hemsida HÄR.
    Allt du behöver göra för att ladda hem de fina mönstren är att skriva in din email adress i boxen på sidan. Sedan får du tillgång till pappren. 

  • Christmas card by Olga

    Saturday, 15 November, 2014









    Hello all!

    I'm so pleased to show you my new project with the new  FREE Christmas Papers Downloads announced this week. The wonderful paper and amazing prints give so many ideas for creating Christmas projects!




    Have a nice day!!




  • Quilt Mary Ann Poter: the beginning

    Saturday, 15 November, 2014


    Hi everyone, I know you are thinking about new Christmas projects like me , so I will do someone in Xmas style later too. But I wanted to show you something  especial and really nice I was waiting to start in autumn- winter time. This is my beautiful Mary Ann Poter quilt that I´m designing right now using Sizzix dies. It will be a big quilt , maybe a queen size for our bed. I´m exciting about this experience and I hope to share with you during next weeks too. 
    It´s growing slowly but sure and I love it!!
    It has been a long time since I started to sew yo- yos and  hexagons and now it´s a cozy time at home to plan how it will be. 
    First I chose a central panel from one of the beautiful fabrics by Blackbird, one of my favorite designers, added some laces  and yoyos in the corners ........





    This is what I used at this moment:


    658322


    658317


    658318


    657900



    Then  I added  a first border with triangles and squares in the corners, then a second border with more laces and yoyos......








    ..... And here it is my progress. I love that antique stye I ´m getting as I wanted.......





    It´s time to choose how  planning the third  border........ I had to look for a new lace ( I try not repeating )   with the perfect size..... and bingo !! I found it in a village next mine!









    Now I have to finish the round with some yoyos and start the next one.
    It will be a long project, I know but I have to say I´m enjoying a lot and just I need more time to decide what Sizzix dies will be the next one !!





    I wait for you next Saturday in my  personal blog Las labores de Mercedes for an exciting Xmas Blog Hop!!
    See you there!!
    Have a nice week!
    Love
    Mercedes

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    ¡  Hola a todo el mundo ! Me imagino que ya estas pensando en nuevos proyectos para las navidades como yo. Haré alguno en ese estilo también y te lo contaré. Pero hoy quiero traerte algo especial y realmente bonito que acabo de empezar y que quería hacer para la época de otoño –invierno.
    Se trata del nuevo quilt que estoy diseñando y que se llama Mary Ann Poter. Será un gran quilt, quizá para nuestra cama de matrimonio.
    Estoy muy ilusionada con esta nueva experiencia y espero compartirla a lo largo de las siguientes semanas.
    De momento va creciendo despacito pero con buen pie, ¡ y me encanta !
    Hace ya tiempo que empecé a preparar los yo- yos y los hexágonos  y por fin ha llegado este tiempo para estar en casa y planear cómo irá avanzando.

    Lo primero que hice fue elegir un panel de una de las telas de Blackbird, una de mis diseñadoras favoritas, y añadí algo de tira bordada alrededor con yo yos en las esquinas.

    Estos son los troqueles que he usado hasta el momento:

    658322


    658317


    658318


    657900


    Añadí un primer borde con triángulos y cuadrados en las esquinas, luego un segundo con más puntilla y yoyos.

    En las fotos puedes ver mis progresos hasta el momento. Me encanta el estilo antiguo que está teniendo tal y como yo quería …….
    Ahora estoy planeando el tercer borde …… Tuve que buscar un  nuevo modelo de tira bordada porque no quiero repetir, y ¡por fin lo encontré en una ciudad cercana a la mía!

    El próximo sábado te espero en mi blog personal  Las labores de Mercedes para un nuevo y excitante Blog Hop de Navidad.
    Te espero allí la semana que viene .
    Cariños
    Mercedes

  • Christmas Step-Ups Card by Anna

    Friday, 14 November, 2014

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    Happy Friday everyone,

    Today, I am sharing a Christmas card that I have created using Sizzix Framelits Die Set 21PK - Card, Basic Step-Ups and FREE Christmas Papers Downloads!
    I was looking this cute die and I thought it would look cute with snowflakes.

    cafe creativo - sizzix big shot - Christmas Step Card (1)

    cafe creativo - sizzix big shot - Christmas Step Card (2)

    The die is easy to use: Die-cut the Basic Step-Ups Card out of cardstock and fold along crease lines to assemble. Die-cut the panels out of patterned paper and attach to the Card base.
    For this card it's just a case of using the dies to cut the snowflakes, printing (or stamping) the sentiment and adding some rhinestone for some sparkle.
    I hope is clear, if you have questions do let me know.

    cafe creativo - sizzix big shot - Christmas Step Card (3)

    cafe creativo - sizzix big shot - Christmas Step Card (4)

    That's all I have for you today, thanks for visiting. Why not take a look at the other, wonderful Christmas projects that the design team have come up with!

     

    Items used:
    Sizzix Big Shot Machine (657900)
    Sizzix Framelits Die Set 21PK - Card, Basic Step-Ups (660023)
    Sizzix Bigz Die - Snowflakes #3 (659994)
    Sizzix Bigz L Die - Stacked Snowflakes (660052)
    white cardstock
    glitter cardstocks
    patterned papers: FREE Christmas Papers Downloads
    rhinestones
    brad
    thread
    foam board tape
     
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    Buon Venerdì a tutti,

    Oggi vorrei condividere con voi un biglietto per gli auguri di Natale, che ho creato con Sizzix Framelits Die Set 21PK - Card, Basic Step-Ups e le carte digitali messe a diposizione da Sizzix FREE Christmas Papers Downloads.

    Osservando questa simpatica fustella, ho pensato che sarebbe stato carino darle un look invernale e natalizio con i fiocchi di neve, usando altre bellissime fustelle naturalmente! :)

    La fustella base è facile da usare e da piegare: fustellare la Basic Step-up Card dal cartoncino bianco e piegare lungo le linee; tagliare con i pezzi del set anche i pannelli di carta fantasia e incollare sulla base.
    Questa card l'ho abbellita con le carte messe a disposizione da Sizzix e scricabili gratis qui.
    Poi ho aggiunto i fiocchi di neve. Il fiocco principale, più grande, è composto da vari fiocchi sovrapposti ed è incollato su di un filo bianco attorcigliato.
    Ho stampato la scritta con l'augurio, che ho tagliato a mo' di banner ed infine aggiunto qualche strass per dare tocchi di luce.

    Spero sia tutto chiaro, ma se avete domande fatemi sapere.
    Questo è tutto per oggi, grazie della visita.

    Date un'occhiata anche agli altri meravigliosi progetti di Card natalizie che il team Sizzix ha creato per voi questa settimana!

    Ciao
    Anna
     

    Materiali:
    Sizzix Big Shot Machine (657900)
    Sizzix Framelits Die Set 21PK - Card, Basic Step-Ups (660023)
    Sizzix Bigz Die - Snowflakes #3 (659994)
    Sizzix Bigz L Die - Stacked Snowflakes (660052)
    cartoncino bianco
    cartoncini glitter
    patterned papers: FREE Christmas Papers Downloads
    strass
    brad
    filo bianco
    scotch spessorato

  • Quick Scandi Christmas block

    Thursday, 13 November, 2014

    How are you - I hope you're enjoying the build up to Christmas and that you have a lot more fun and enjoyment than stress.
    Last year I thought it would be nice to start a family tradition - a quilt for Christmas eve - when the grandchildren can snuggle up under the quilt, in their Christmas pyjamas, and  enjoy watching a film together.
    So we are only 6 weeks away from Christmas and I'm just starting the blocks for the quilt! Well that is progress, and even though I might not get it finished for this Christmas, I am moving in the right direction.
    So I have chosen these lovely Scandi style fabrics, and plan to keep the design quite simple -
     
    
     I just love these colours and designs.
    I have used the following dies for my star block -
     1 square in red with white stars.
    With the Big Shot and die 657520 http://www.sizzix.co.uk/product/657520/sizzix-bigz-l-die-half-square-triangles-5-finished-square , and red with cream heart outlines, I cut
     8 half-square triangles.
     4 x 4 1/2" squares.
    To begin I stitched 2 half square triangles to each side of the quarter square triangle -
    and then I stitched these to opposite sides of the 8 1/2" square -
    
    and then I joined the 41/2" squares to each end of two of  the pieced triangles -
     To complete the block these were stitched to  opposite sides of the centre square -
    So that is my quick make for Christmas - it is a 16" finished block - so it could be a cushion or a table centre. I am still hoping that I can make a quilt for Christmas - and so I plan to use the same design for all of the quilt blocks, and mix and match the various fabrics I have from the range.
    Will it be finished for this Christmas? - I have no idea, but, for the first time ever, I have the beginnings of a quilt for Christmas - I feel quite warm and cosy inside!
    That's all for now - have fun.
    Angela
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     

  • Christmas Week 1 with Karine

    Thursday, 13 November, 2014



     Hello,

    The end-of-the-year celebrations are coming closer now and it’s time to prepare greetings cards! All this week, the entire Sizzix team will show you how to create pretty and easy cards to inspire you again and again…

    You can download the wonderful papers and die cuts offered by Sizzix by clicking here: http://www.sizzix.co.uk/free-festive-papers-2014-downloads

    Here is a card with my favourite winter colour combo:

    Supply List:

    Papers: Sizzix downloadables
    Cardstock, glitter paper: American Crafts
    Coloured dots: Ephéméria
    Glitter adhesive: Pause Créative
    Label: Freckled Fawn
    Others: gold leaf, pin

    Dies:

    658300 : Sizzix Big Shot Starter Kit
    659426 : Sizziz Sizzlits Decorative Strip Die-Bow-Tied
    658759 : Sizzix Thinlits Die Set 4PK-holiday-greens
    660042 : Sizzix Texture Fades Embossing Folder 2PK-greetings-greens-set

    Start by printing the nice snowflake pattern paper – you can download it here :)

    I have printed this pretty snowflake pattern paper on a white cardstock.

    Emboss a white cardstock with the Season Greetings folder. Cut a nice foliage pattern out of glitter paper.
    Add a small bow knotted with glitter adhesive from Pause Creative. Assemble the whole in the lower right corner and you’re nearly done with your card!

    Add some volume by inserting a pin and some colourful dots!

    I hope you liked my card!





    Have a lovely day,

    Karine

    Bonjour,

    Les fêtes arrivent à grand pas, il est temps de commencer à préparer ses cartes de voeux ! Toute l'équipe Sizzix vous propose cette semaine de belles cartes faciles à réaliser pour toujours plus vous inspirer :)

    Je vous propose de vite télécharger les superbes papiers et découpes offertes par Sizzix en cliquant ici http://www.sizzix.co.uk/free-festive-papers-2014-downloads

    Voici une carte dans mon combo hivernal préféré :)

    Matériel :

    Papiers : Sizzix à télécharger
    Cardstock, papier paillettes : American Crafts
    Pastilles couleur : Ephéméria
    Adhésif paillettes : Pause Créative
    Etiquette :Freckled Fawn
    Divers : feuille dorée, épingle

    Dies :

    658300 : Sizzix Big Shot Starter Kit
    659426 : Sizziz Sizzlits Decorative Strip Die-Bow-Tied
    658759 : Sizzix Thinlits Die Set 4PK-holiday-greens
    660042 : Sizzix Texture Fades Embossing Folder 2PK-greetings-greens-set

    Commencez par imprimer le superbe imprimé flocon en le téléchargeant ici

    J'ai imprimé ce joli papier flocons sur un cardstock blanc.

    Embossez ensuite toujours sur un cardstock blanc la plaque Seasons Greetings. Découpez un joli feuillage dans un papier pailleté.
    Ajoutez un petit noeud relié par un adhésif pailléte Pause Créative, assemblez le tout dans l'angle bas droit et votre carte est pratiquement terminé !

    Rajoutez un peu de volume en fixant une aiguille et des petites pastilles assorties !

    J'espère que ma carte vous aura plu !

    Bonne journée

    Karine

  • Christmas Krafting (Part 2)

    Wednesday, 12 November, 2014


    I'm back with part two of my kraft card/Sizzix Extravaganza. If you remember, I created two cards last week to add to my display at the Hobbycrafts show in Birmingham. In truth, I started with one card and another one quickly followed at which point I was having so much fun..... you know the story!!

    To complete my little vignette I decided to design a couple of Christmas packaging ideas using dies from the new Tim Holtz Christmas range.

    Here is a list of the dies that I used, all of which are designed by Tim, and you can see each set by clicking on the links.


    I started by die-cutting a pillow box from craft card before using one of the Holiday Words dies to create the aperture cut. I applied a little acrylic gesso to my craft sheet before spreading with my brayer, it's important not to have too much gesso on the roller when you apply it to the gift box as we are looking for a random effect rather than a total white-out! Before assembling the boxI attached a rectangle of clear acetate film to the inside of the box behind the aperture word. At this point you can insert your gift (diamonds are always a safe bet in my experience!)


    It's time to create our pine cone. I die- cut the pine cone together with some Christmas foliage from kraft card. the pine cone starts off as a spiral of card and the first thing I wanted to do was apply the gesso as above. I used a scrap piece of card as a mask and once complete I applied a little Walnut Stain Distress Ink to the edges. As I said last week, Walnut Stain is a very dark dye so be very careful!!

    The next task is to flip the pine cone over and grip the edge between a pair of straight tweezers. Start to roll the tweezers towards the centre until you have gathered up all the separate 'petals' and secure with a glue gun 

    Apply a little gesso to the foliage and ink the tips. Once they are dry you can gently curl the edges to add a little more dimension. Cut a strip of hessian/burlap and wrap it around the pillow box secured with a length of knotted raffia.
    Use a glue gun to attach the foliage followed by the pine cone. For the finishing touches, add a couple of frosted berries and a raffia bow. The berries can be found in many good craft shops or garden centres this time of year. 
    The end result is so effective and those berries set it off perfectly.


    I wanted to add just one more thing to give a little visual balance once all the projects were placed together. The box I used has a 7.5 cm square base and is 15 cm tall. I started by wrapping it in parcel paper before adding a band of hessian followed by a length of knotted raffia. Next, I die-cut a small tag and aperture cut the word believe before following up with a little gesso.

    I Die-cut three of the four snowflakes from the magnificent Stacked Snowflakes die before applying a little gesso and Walnut Stain ink to the tips of each die-cut. I layered the snowflakes together using adhesive foam pads before adding a sparky crystal to the centre.
    I attached the tag with a length of raffia before adding the assembled snowflake with a glue gun.... Simple!!!




    Here is the gang all together at last, I think I may use this style/theme for my own Christmas cards/gifts this year because it is a quick and easy style but is also very effective.



    I would like to take this opportunity to say a big thank you to everyone who stopped by the Sizzix workshop area at the Hobbycrafts show in Birmingham last week. The classes were very well attended and we had lots of fun getting messy using inks and gesso to bring the wonderful die-cuts and embossing folders to life. Everyone did a great job and even though  it was four days hard work it never seemed like a chore, I can't wait for the next one! In total, and including my own we made 297 cards and I'm sure I can say without fear of contradiction that they all turned out fabulous!

    Below is a picture of me back at Sizzix Central with some of the 27 cards which I made.



















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