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  • 'Hello Owl Friends', and what's so great about the Bigz die,.....

    Sunday, 19 October, 2014




    Today I have made a couple of cards using two popular dies and I wanted to let you see what the difference is between the two. As you see the images they produce are pretty similar; with the Bigz die producing a slightly larger owl. 

    The biggest difference however, is in the die itself. The Bigz die is something very special that Sizzix make and it is what's called a 'steel rule die'. They are much stronger than the common die on the market and also take a lot more to produce. -But the end result makes it all worth it.



    The Thinlits are great if you want to cut cardstock or patterned paper with your dies. If you rarely need to make more than one of each, thay are probably your best choice. However, if you want to get a lot more usage fom your dies you should take a good long look at the Bigz die.

    If you want to make lots of owl-cards, (-for party invitations for example), the Bigz will let you cut several layers of cardstock in one go. If you pick different colours cardstock that will leave you with several cuts that you can combine for a different-looking end result. No owl will be the same :-)
    The Bigz die will also cut most craft materials you can think of, and others too. You can make an owl (or whatever other die you use)  out of  an old cardboard box, or maybe out of a recycled soda can. The possibilities are endless! 
    Since being on the Sizzix UK team I have definitely grown to LOVE the Bigz die!! 
    Can you tell?? LOL!



    To make my simple cards I inked around each die cut piece before assembling the owls, and then I added some liquid pearl to enbellish them a little more. I finished off the cards with a small stamped sentiment.

    This first owl was made with the Thinlits dies.

     

    This one was made with the Bigz die.


    Ok so I hope this comparison was at least a little helpful and that you now will be making lots of owl cards of your own for friends 'owl' and new,...LOL!
    I know I find it handy to have a few extra cards on hand and these will be given to a couple of little girls who celebrate birthdays soon.
    Thanks for looking!

    The dies I used:
    Sizzix Big Shot Machine Only (Powder Blue & Teal)
    Sizzix Thinlits Die Set 9PK - Owl
    Sizzix Bigz Die - Owl #4
    Sizzix Framelits Die Set 8PK w/Stamps - Hello


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    Hejsan!

    I dag har jag gjort två kort med liknande motiv fast med olika dies. Den stora skillnaden är hur användbara Bigz diesen är. Ska du bara göra ett eller att par kort går det ju lika bra med Thinlits diesen. Med Bigs diesen kan du skära igenom de flesta tänkbara hobby materialoch troligen ännu fler. Du kan skära genom många lager av cardstock eller mönsterpapper samtidigt och sedan kombinera dessa för att gäng ugglor (eller något annat) där ingen är den andra lik,. Du kan dessutom skära ut fina motiv från en papplåda som annars var tänkt för återvinningen, eller varför inte metallen i en läskburk. Möjligheterna är många!!
    Tror nog ni har genomskådat mig nu :-),... JA jag har verkligen fått upp ögonen för alla fördelar med Bigz diesen sedan jag blev med på designteamet här på Sizzix UK!

    Jag inkade runt de utstansade delarna innan jag limmade dom på korten. För att ge mina enkla kort något litet extra använde jag liquid pearl som utsmyckning. Sedan stämplade jag en liten hälsning.

    Hoppas ni har någon nytta av min jämförelse och att det nu kommer produceras många fina ugglekort runt om i stugorna!! Jag känner ett par små tjejer som fyller år snart och då är det ju bra att jag redan ordnat med kort....Tack för att ni tittar inom!

    Jag har använt:
    Sizzix Big Shot Machine Only (Powder Blue & Teal)
    Sizzix Thinlits Die Set 9PK - Owl
    Sizzix Bigz Die - Owl #4
    Sizzix Framelits Die Set 8PK w/Stamps - Hello




  • A pink and green card by Olga

    Saturday, 18 October, 2014





    Hello all!


    Here is my new card on any occasion. I used my favourite colours here - pink, yellow and green and my favourite dies - honeycomb, leaves and gears. Recently I also received wonderful dies - phrases and butterflies. They are very beautiful and perfectly match to any project. 






    The products I used:


    Have a nice day!

    Olga

  • An autumn table topper finished

    Saturday, 18 October, 2014



    Well, here I go again with my finished table topper with that autumn air that I love.
    I enjoyed a lot the hand and machine quilting with 8 cotton thread and a nice variegated Mettler for my Bernina.
    And here it is !






    If you remember, I started this table topper  that I told you here. It was a good opportunity to use my new dies by Sizzix:



    After I sew  the squares in a row 6 by 6, I quilted with straight lines and on the leaves by machine, then, some cotton thread around and inside . This give them some texture that I love.








     I added some cotton lace. Love how it can gave a different style. Here you can see how I sew between the the bias and the top.








    I love very much these new leaves by Tim Holtz that I have cut in fabric. As  you can imagine I pressed some fusible web on the wrong side before the cutting as it is usual before the appliqué technique.




    My backing  fabric is the same that  the bias, from a collection  by Fig Tree that I had some time ago in my stack.




    Autumn is living in my home, is it in yours too?
    Hope you enjoy your weekend. At last we are having some sunny days again after a cloudy week.


    Love
    Mercedes 

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    Bueno ,pues aquí estoy otra vez con mi tapete , ya por fín acabado, con un aire otoñal que me encanta.
    Disfruté un montón acolchando a mano y a máquina con un hilo de algodón del nº 8 y un matizado de Mettler para mi máquina de coser Bernina.
    Y ahí lo podéis ver, en la primera foto, listo  para colocarlo

    Si te acuerdas, lo empecé  la semana pasada y te lo conté aquí. Fue una buena oportunidad de usar los nuevos troqueles de Sizzix.








    Después de coser los cuadrados en filas de 6 por 6, hice el acolchado con líneas rectas y a máquina sobre las hojas, después usé el hilo de algodón alrededor y dentro de ellas. Esto ha conseguido darle una textura que me encanta.
    Añadí  una puntilla en algodón alrededor. Me encanta cómo puede cambiar el estilo  con este detalle. Puedes ver en la foto cómo la cosí entre el biés y el top.
    Me gustan mucho las hojas del troquel de Tim Holtz que he cortado en tela. Como puedes imaginarte, primero planché entretela por el revés antes de hace la aplicación.
    He elegido la misma tela del biés para  la trasera . Es de una colcección de  Fig Tree que tenía por casa hace tiempo.
    El otoño ya está viviendo  casa, ¿ está en la tuya también ?
    Espero disfrutes el fin de semana. Por fín estamos teniendo unos días soleados por aquí , después de una semana de lluvias.


  • Just for you Card

    Friday, 17 October, 2014

    Happy Friday everyone,

    On this wonderful day I would like to share with you my new card. This week I had fun making this card, playing with my Big Shot and using the new beautiful dies: Ornate Labels and Flower Intricate. It was so fast and super easy!

    cafe creativo - big shot sizzix - card flower (1)

    I used embossing folder to create a textured background on the white card.

    cafe creativo - big shot sizzix - card flower (2)

    I have die cut the elements of the card out from cardstock and patterned paper, I have adhered them with foam tape to create a little of volume.

    cafe creativo - big shot sizzix - card flower (3)
     
    Items used:
    Sizzix Big Shot Machine (657900)
    Sizzix Thinlits Die Set 14PK - Flowers Intricate (659975)
    Sizzix Thinlits Die Set 12PK - Ornate Labels (659711)
    Sizzix Textured Impressions Embossing Folders 2PK - Houndstooth & Dots Set (659745)
    cardstock
    patterned paper (We R Memory Keepers)
    tracing paper
    brad (Prima)
     
    Thanks so much for joining me today and I hope you like the card I shared with you.
    Hugs

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    Per le amiche italiane! :)
    Buon venerdì a tutti,

    In questa splendida giornata vorrei condividere con voi la mia nuova card.

    Questa settimana mi sono divertita a fare questo biglietto per mia nipote, giocando con la mia Big Shot e con nuove e bellissime fustelle: Ornate Labels e Flower Intricate. Vi assicuro che l'esecuzione è stato più veloce di quanto possa sembrare.

    Ho usato la mascherina da embossing per creare uno sfondo a pois con texture sulla carta bianca. Con questo sfondo ho coperto metà card, per l'altra ho usato una bella carta fantasia.
    Ho fustellato poi gli elementi della card da cartoncini e carta patterned e li ho incollati con scotch spessorato per creare un po' di volume. Al fiore, creato con più strati, ho curvato i petali per dare un effetto 3D. Ecco fatto!
     
    Questi i materiali usati:
    Sizzix Big Shot Machine (657900)
    Sizzix Thinlits Die Set 14PK - Flowers Intricate (659975)
    Sizzix Thinlits Die Set 12PK - Ornate Labels (659711)
    Sizzix Textured Impressions Embossing Folders 2PK - Houndstooth & Dots Set (659745)
    cartoncini tinta unita
    carte scrapbooking fantasia (We R Memory Keepers)
    carta da lucido (per il fiore)
    brad (Prima)
     
    Grazie mille per esservi uniti a me oggi e spero che vi sia piaciuta le card che ho condiviso con voi.
    baci

  • Downton dilema resolved

    Thursday, 16 October, 2014

    I'm home again from working at the Knitting and Stitching show at Alexandra Palace, and what a difference a week makes - lights on, heating on, curtains closed. But then candles lit and cosy evenings with lots of lovely fabrics to piece by hand - or machine - maybe Autumn isn't so bad after all.
    On my way to the show I called in at the lovely Village Haberdashery shop -http://www.thevillagehaberdashery.co.uk/ , which is a shop I've looked at on line but this was my first chance to visit - it's a small shop but it's full of beautiful fabrics - so I bought just one bundle of fat quarters, which was very restrained. It's  Fly Away by Phyllida Coroneo for Dashwood Studios, and I love the way Kona plains have been added to the bundle - it's a project for the spring - just what project I'm not sure of.
     
     

    Now back to Downton - I have decided to make the piecing easy and so have started laying out the fabrics and stitching the triangles together - I cut all my16 fat quarters ( Lady Edith and lady Sybil ) into half hexagons using die 658880 http://www.sizzix.co.uk/product/658880/sizzix-bigz-die-5-half-hex  and started to lay out the 'whirligig' design -
    then I added the surrounding colours -
    
    then I separated the shapes out to leave me with 6 triangles to stitch -
    I then stitched the triangles together - but left the centre 1/4" unstitched -
    this is to enable stitching the other piece in (known as a Y seam) to complete the triangle -
    Repeat this until you have stitched all 6 triangles -
    After this you just keep adding triangles to complete each whirligig - this is how far I have progressed -
    When you have stitched all your triangles you can then join them into rows and then join the rows together - I'll show that next week.
    Now the question is will I finish the quilt before the end of the series?

    I enjoyed working at the show as always - meeting customers,  seeing new fabrics, new projects and I always think that I'll come away without buying anything - this time I was attracted to 'Flexi-frames'
    for closing bags - so there will be some bag projects coming up.
     
    Whilst working, on The Cotton Patch  stand  (http://www.cottonpatch.co.uk/ ) I decided to see what size quilt I could make out of a layer cake - so using the Big Shot http://www.sizzix.co.uk/product/657900/sizzix-big-shot-machine-only-powder-blue-teal and
    Bigz die 659853 http://www.sizzix.co.uk/product/657622/sizzix-bigz-l-die-triangles-isosceles-right-4-1-2-h-assembled
    I only cut the full triangle not the half, and managed cut 6 from each 10" square


     so I now have 252 triangles to make into a quilt for the grandchildren - I'm not sure how big this will be but I'll show you next week.
    Until then - enjoy the Autumn colours and keep stitching.
    Angela

  • Romantic & creative layout by Karine

    Thursday, 16 October, 2014


    Hello!

    Today let me show you a free style soft page realized with some of my favourite products of the year: the Stabilo Pen68 & Woody pencils! Are you up to pastel colours and romanticism?

    Supply list:

    Cardstock: American Crafts
    Paper: Webster's Pages
    Labels: Ephéméria
    Stickers: Studio Calico
    Stamps: Craft Origine, Florilèges Design, Prima Marketing
    Felt-tip pens & pencils: Stabilo Pen68, Woody
    Gold embossing powder: Aladine

    Photo credit: Les Jolis Moments

    Dies:

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

    Start by creating a 9-squared grid on your cardstock with a lead pencil. Colour each square with Stabilo Pen68 felt-tip pens: use different colours that fit together.
    Print some stamp patterns, add mini labels and write some text. Put an emphasis on the edges by outlining them with the Woody pencils. Add a watercolour effect to them for an airy note.

    Insert your small picture and finish with some flowers cut out of printed paper.

    Cut some foliage patterns from the Garden Greens set out of white paper. Colour them with sea green and blue shades. Once dry, emboss the edges of your leave with gold powder.

    Your die cut pattern will add volume and contrast to your creation.
    If your leave is crinkling, do not hesitate to put it under weight for an hour or so.





    I hope you liked today’s creation. I wish you a very lovely day.

    Karine

    Bonjour !

    Aujourd'hui je vous propose une page patouille toute douce réalisée à l'aide de mes chouchous de cette année les Stabilo Pen68 et Woody ! De la couleur pastel et du romantisme ça vous dit ?

    Matériel :

    Cardstock : American Crafts
    Papier : Webster's Pages
    Etiquettes : Ephéméria
    Autocollants : Studio Calico
    Tampons : Craft Origine, Florilèges Design, Prima Marketing
    Feutres : Stabilo Pen68, Woody
    Poudreà embosser or : Aladine

    Crédit Photo : Les Jolis Moments

    Die utilisé :

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

    Commencez par quadriller votre cardstock blanc en 9 cases égales. Utilisez pour ce faire un crayon en papier. Colorisez chacune des cases avec des feutres Stabilo Pen68 de couleurs différentes et assorties.
    Complétez avec des tampons, des mini étiquettes, du texte rédigé à la main. Renforcez les contours en utilisant les crayons Woody, aquarellez pour plus de légèreté.

    Ajoutez votre petite photo, complétez avec des fleurs découpées dans un papier imprimé.

    Découpez un des feuillages Garden Greens dans un papier blanc, colorisez en vert d'eau et bleu. Une fois sec, embossez les extrémités de votre feuille en or.

    Votre forme découpée ajoutera du volume et du contraste à votre création.
    Si votre feuille a tendance à gondoler n'hésitez pas à la mettre sous presse une bonne heure.

    En espérant que ma création du jour vous aura plu, je vous souhaite une très bonne journée.


    Karine

  • Winter season ornament

    Wednesday, 15 October, 2014

     
     
    This week I've branched out and used the Thinlits Die - From Our Home to create an ornament that would be great to hang in the windows during Christmas and Winter. You might even make it and put it on one of your Christmas cards and that way the recipient could hang the ornament in their own home.
     
     
    I started by die-cutting the Thinlits Die - From Our Home from regular white cardstock and then I mounted vellum on the back side of the motif. Using a pair of sharp scissors, I simply cut along the edge of the little snow scene to make sure cardstock and vellum were perfectly aligned.
     


    In order to add some detail to the project I added some of the small stars on top of the smoke trail and went over those stars as well as the negative spaces where they used to be with clear Wink of Stella.
     


    To give the windows of the house some shine I added multiple layers of Glossy Accent to the inside of alle three windows. This actually gives the windows some bulk as well as the right glassy shine.
     
     
    Finally I used some silver thread to be able to hang the ornament: Using a small needled I threaded the silver thread through the vellum part of my ornamet.
     


    Now all that was left was to hang the ornament and enjoy the way it turns into even more of a silhouette cut once it is hung in a window.
     
      
    Supply list:
    Sizzix Big Shot Starter Kit (Powder Blue & Teal)
    Sizzix Accessory - Magnetic Platform for Wafer-Thin Dies
    Thinlits Die - From Our Home
    Cardstock
    Vellum
    Wink of Stella
    Glossy accent
    Silver thread

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    I denne uge har jeg udfordret mig selv til at bruge Thinlits Die - From Our Home til at lave et ophæng, som vil passe fint i vinduet til jul og i løbet af vinteren. Man kunne endda sætte det på forsiden af et kort, således at modtageren selv kunne bruge ophænget i deres vinterhjem.

    Jeg startede med at udstanse Thinlits Die - From Our Home i almindeligt hvidt karton, hvorefter jeg monterede vellum på bagsiden af motivet. Med en skarp saks klippede jeg langs ophængets kant.

    For at give røgsøljlen lidt ekstra detaljer brugte jeg nogle af de små stjerner som dekoration. Jeg løb dem og de negative områder, hvor de havde siddet, over med Wink of Stella for at give dem glimmer.

    Jeg brugte Glossy Accents to at give vinduerne i huset et rigtigt glas-look, hvilket gav vinduerne en del mere tyngde samtidig med at det minder om vinduesglas.

    Sidste skridt var at sætte sølv tråd i ophænget ved at stikke en tynd nål igennem vellum-delen af ophænget. Og så er det allersidste bare at hænge ophænget op og nyde, hvordan det ligner en silhuette endnu mere, når det er oplyst udefra.
     
    Ingredienser: 
    Sizzix Big Shot Starter Kit (Powder Blue & Teal)
    Sizzix Accessory - Magnetic Platform for Wafer-Thin Dies
    Thinlits Die - From Our Home
    Cardstock
    Vellum
    Wink of Stella
    Glossy accent
    Silver thread

  • Frozen fractals all around!

    Wednesday, 15 October, 2014

    What on earth is a fractal I hear you cry and you are not alone? If you really want to know the answer, ask any little girl from the age of three upwards. The title of this blog itself is in fact a fractal of a lyric from the song 'Let it go' which comes from the Disney movie 'Frozen' and if you have a young daughter or granddaughter you will no doubt be familiar with both the tune and the lyrics.

    My own daughter dressed up as the character Elsa for a Frozen themed lunch at her school last week complete with regulation blond plait so I thought I would use this weeks blog to create a frozen themed card featuring some of the new Tim Holtz collection.

    The dies I used are:

    You can see the different dies/folders by clicking on the links above.

    OK! so it's Disney, it's one of the biggest grossing movies of all time, and my daughter will never speak to me if I get it wrong.... no pressure!

    I took a 10.5 x 14 cm rectangle of white card and applied Broken China Distress Ink across the surface. Next, I applied the darker Chipped Sapphire working closer to the corners before going around the edges with Black Soot.

    I next applied Perfect Pearls (Biscotti) which comes in a mister bottle. This serves to add a lovely pearl sheen and it also gives the inked surface a lovely mottled look if you spray enough on. After embossing with my snowflakes folder I used a little white gesso applied with my brayer working from the corners inward. I wanted the effect to be quite random and it brings out the embossed detail beautifully.




    I die-cut the gorgeous layered snowflake and inked using Broken China and Chipped Sapphire and embossed with its corresponding Texture Fades folder (they come packaged together). Next, Iused my brayer to apply some white gesso in a thin layer.


    Once the gesso had dried I used My Fingertips to apply PVA glue to the arms of the snowflake before sprinkling on a little Clear Rock Candy Distress Glitter. Next I die-cut a couple of the smaller snowflakes using the Stacked Snowflakes die (LOVE this die!!!) before embossing both with the same folder. You can use this folder with snowflake die you may already have because they all conform to the same symmetrical six sided shape. I inked, applied the gesso and glitter as before and mounted all three snowflake together using adhesive foam pads to build up a little dimension before mounting toward the top of my embossed rectangle.


    I took the final and most famous line from the song 'Let it go' and printed it onto white cardusing several fonts in different shades of the same blue colour. Next, I used scissors to cut them into asymmetric rectangles before lightly inking the edges



    I attached the separate words using a combination of glue and foam pads before nervously crossing the room to seek the approval of Nichola and Natalie, our resident 'Frozenologists'
    for there stamp of approval which I'm happy to say it received...PHEW!!

    Now all I have to do is run it by my daughter (Jorja and Jessica too!!!) like I said, no pressure! 

    I hope you like it though?










  • Four little Christmas card

    Wednesday, 15 October, 2014

    Hello to everyone:)  Today I like to show these four little Christmas card I made. They all are size 8 cm × 10 cm, suitable for any purpose:)


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

    Other products:
    Basic Grey papers; Wassail, white cardboard
    tape, glue (paper mod podge)

    How to do:
    Cut the phrases and elements out from cardboard using dies from the sets  Sizzix Thinlits Die Set 9PK - Christmas Phrase Cards 659973 and Sizzix Thinlits Die Set 5PK - Christmas Trims #2 659913.
    Cut pieces of patterned papers size 8 cm × 10 cm and glue the cut outs using mod podge. When dried tape the covers on to the cards.
    Really easy and quick:)

    Wishing, Minna

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    Moi, tällaisia pieniä joulukortteja tein tällä kertaa. Nopeita ja helppoja tehdä, vaikka pakettikorteiksi:)

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

    Muut tarvikkeet:
    Basic Grey paperit Wassail,   valkoinen kartonki, teippiä, liimaa (mod podge)

    Kuinka teet nämä:
    Leikkaa fraasit ja kuviot kartongista stansseilla jotka ovat seteistä Sizzix Thinlits Die Set 9PK - Christmas Phrase Cards 659973 ja Sizzix Thinlits Die Set 5PK - Christmas Trims #2 659913. Leikkaa kuviopaperit koko 8 cm × 10 cm ja liimaa leikekuviot papereihin mod podgella. Kun ovat kuivuneet teippaa korttipohjaan.

    Terveisin, Minna

  • Pink Christmas

    Tuesday, 14 October, 2014





    Hi everyone
    Today i will show you a pink Christmas card using the new beautiful dies
    Itemes I have used:
    Sizzix Thinlits 9 PK Dies Winter Borders & Rosette 659978
    Sizzix Thinlits 12PK Dies Ornate Labels 659711
    Supply list:
    Paper. -Cristmas Story- Craft & You Design
    Ink: Archival ink-watering can-
    Stamp: QuicKutz -merry christmas-
    Acrylic  paint White used on the edges, 3 D foam ,ribbon and Pontura Paint



    Thanks for stopping by, wish you a great and creativ week
    Pia
    Hej alle
    I dag vil jeg vise et lyserødt julekort hvor jeg har brugt de skønne nye Sizzix dies.
    Sizzix dies jeg har brugt:
    Andre materialer:
    Papir. -Cristmas Story- Craft & You Design
    Ink: Archival ink-watering can-
    Stempler: QuicKutz -merry christmas-
    Akryl maling-hvid- som jeg har malet alle kanter med  , 3 D foam, bånd og Pontura Paint
    Tak fordi du kiggede forbi, jeg ønsker dig en dejlig og kreativ uge
     Pia

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