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  • Books, roses and love

    Wednesday, 22 April, 2015







    Hi everybody!

    Here in Catalonia (where I live) on April 23 is a very special day. All people have as a gift books and roses to celebrate love. The main points of every town and city are full of people walking between booths of books and roses, writers sign their works, a lot of cultural events are held ... This is Sant Jordi in Catalonia!

    As I said, books and roses are the habitual for all the lovers, and this year I decided to give an original handcraft rosebush.


    I'm very happy with this, I hope is gonna be enjoyed! Here you have a step by step:

    I use a real branch to stick with hot glue all my flowers


    Some details of my romantic roses bouquet


    Sizzix products used in this project:
    660515 Sizzix Big Shot Plus Starter Kit (White & Gray)
    656545 Sizzix Bigc Die - Flowers, 3-D

    Bon Sant Jordi and Be Happy!



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    Hola a todo el mundo!

    Aquí en Cataluña (donde vivo) el 23 de abril es un día muy especial. Todas las personas regalan libros y rosas para celebrar el amor. Las principales calles de cada pueblo y ciudad se llenan de gente que camina entre los puestos de libros y rosas, los escritores firman sus obras, una gran cantidad de eventos culturales se llevan a cabo ... Esto es Sant Jordi en Cataluña!

    Como ya he dicho, los libros y las rosas son los regalos habitual de todos los enamorados, y este año me decidí a regalar un original rosal hecho a mano.

    Estoy muy contento, espero que se disfrute!

    Podéis ver algunos detalles de mi proyecto

    Productos Sizzix utilizados en este proyecto:
    660515 Sizzix Big Shot Plus Starter Kit (White & Gray)
    656545 Sizzix Bigc Die - Flowers, 3-D

    Bon Sant Jordi y sed muy felices!

  • POIS gift bag

    Tuesday, 21 April, 2015


    Hi crafter!
    Each day the new big shot grows in me a lot of ideas ..!
    It's bigger, easier to use and faster. Is adorable.

    Today I prepared a gift for my friend and as usual I never find a shopper that I like.
    So I said to myself: why not use some dies to make the POIS?
    And then a flower, a word, a tag ... and here's a gift bag ready in 5 minutes.
    Would you like to try ??
    A beautifully packaged gift is a gift more ;)

    NECESSARY
    - Color Cardstocks and paper craft
    - Simple paper bag
    - Glue
    - Rattles
    - Twine for crafting (optional) 

    Have a lovely week!

    Manuela
    Pasticci di carta





    * per i lettori italiani *

    Ciao crafter!
    ogni giorno la nuova big shot mi fa venire in mente un sacco di idee..!
    E' grande e più facile da usare, e anche più veloce. E' adorabile.

    Oggi preparavo il regalo per un'amica e come al solito non trovo mai una shopper che mi piace.
    Mi sono detta: perché non usare qualche fustella per fare i pois?
    E poi un fiore, una parola, una tag…ed ecco una gift bag pronta in 5 minuti.
    Volete provare anche voi??
    Un regalo ben confezionato è un regalo in più ;)

    OCCORRENTE:
    - Cartoncini colorati e carta craft
    - Sacchetto di carta semplice
    - Colla 
    - Pinzette
    - Nastrino craft (facoltativo)

    Una buona settimana a tutti!

    Manuela
    Pasticci di carta










  • Two love birds on one lay-out

    Tuesday, 21 April, 2015




    Welcome on the Sizzix blog today!

    I absolutely adore the new Bigz Die Birds
    It was just perfect to make a lay-out about two love birds: my parents, who still love each other deeply after 24 years of marriage.
    I decided to make a tribute to their love using these birds and some other dies from Sizzix. 


    I cut out the two birds with the Bigz Die Birds. I cut out both birds twice from two different sheets of paper, so that I could give both birds wings. The standing bird actually looked to the other side, but I turned it over and used the reverse side. In that way, both birds were looking at my photo.


    I cut out small circles from black paper and used them, together with tiny white pearls, as the eyes of the birds. 


    For the border below my photo I used several dies. The circles were cut out with one of the Sizzix Framelits Circles dies. I made the flowers and branches with the Thinlits Floral Wreath set. This is such a cute set of dies, which are perfect for adding some bright and cheery details to your projects.


    Finally, I also used the Thinlits Handwritten Love dies to add the title 'Together' to my lay-out.


    I hope you liked my blogpost.
    Have a wonderful Tuesday!

    In Dutch:
    Welkom op het Sizzix blog vandaag!

    Ik ben helemaal weg van de Bigz Die Birds
    Deze stans bleek ook perfect voor een lay-out over twee love birds: mijn ouders, die na 24 jaar huwelijk nog steeds gek op elkaar zijn.
    Ik besloot een aandenken aan hun liefde te maken met deze vogeltjes en nog een paar andere stansen van Sizzix.

    De twee vogels zijn uitgesneden met de Bigz Die Birds. Ik heb beide vogels twee keer uitgesneden uit twee verschillende vellen papier, zodat ik de vogels ook nog vleugels kon geven. De staand vogel keek eigenlijk de andere kant op, maar ik heb hem omgedraaid en de achterkant van de gestanste vogel gebruikt. Zo kon ik ervoor zorgen dat beide vogels naar de foto keken. 

    Ik sneed ook kleine cirkeltjes uit zwart papier en heb ze, samen met witte parels, gebruikt als ogen van de vogels.

    Voor de rand onder mijn photo heb ik verschillende stansen gebruikt. De cirkels zijn uitgesneden met één van de Sizzix Framelits Circles dies. Ik heb de bloemen en takjes gemaakt met de Thinlits Floral Wreath set. Dit is zo'n schattige stansset en de stansen zijn perfecct voor een vrolijk detail op je creaties. 

    Ten slotte heb ik nog de Thinlits Handwritten Love dies gebruikt om de titel 'Together' toe te voegen aan mijn lay-out.

    Ik hoop dat jullie mijn blogpost leuk vonden.
    Fijne dinsdag!

  • You are my ray of sunshine

    Tuesday, 21 April, 2015



    Hello!

    Today, I suggest a page in the traditional American format: A4.
     I realized this page thanks to the start up kit of the Big Shot Plus. With in particular its big embossing plate the size of my page: ideal to create yourself your background pages.
    I simply matted my embossed white paper with a lined paper to highlight it. Then I decorated my page with pastel colours to emphasize my photo in black and white.





    I used the foliage die by the upper right and lower left for an attractive layout. I brought relief with small chipboards in star shape, wooden embellishments and a flower in resin.





    A simple and fast way to realize a pretty page of scrap.
    Have Good day!
    Supply list:


    660515Sizzix Big Shot Plus Starter Kit (White & Gray  NEW! 
    659436: Sizzix Bigz die Garden Green de Toim Holtz NEW! 

    Paper: Bazzil, Swirlcards collection Primavera
    PL cards: Swirlcards
    Strass: Scrapboukits
    Wooden words: Boanita
    Wooden star & flower: Studio Calico
    Stickers: Kési'art

    Thank you



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    Bonjour,

    "Tu es mon rayon de soleil"

    Aujourd'hui,  je vous propose une page au format traditionnel américain A4.  J'ai réalisé cette page grâce au kit de démarrage de la Big Shot Plus.


    Avec notamment se grande plaque d'embossage au format de ma page:  idéal pour créer vous même vos fonds de page

    J'ai simplement maté mon papier de fond blanc embossé avec un papier rayé pour le faire ressortir.


    Ensuite j'ai décoré ma page avec des couleurs (très pastel) pour mettre en valeur ma photo en noir et blanc.
    J'ai utilisé le die feuillage en haut à droite et en bas à gauche pour une jolie mise en page.
    J'ai donné du relief avec des petits chipboards en forme d'étoile, des embellissements  en bois et une fleur en résine.
    Une façon simple et rapide de réaliser une jolie page de scrap.

    bonne journée.

  • Big Shot Plus Starter Kit card

    Monday, 20 April, 2015

    Hi everybody! Elena here.

    Last week I received my new Big Shot Plus Starter Kit and I couldn't help start playing with it in that very moment :)


    My first project was this clean and simple card, made with the beautiful dies from the Starter Kit.


     I love how easy is to work with this fantastic machine, with the different platforms and adapters for all Sizzix technologies... and the A4 size, of course!!


     Supply list:



    Happy Monday!

    ............

    Hola a todos!

    La semana pasada por fin recibí mi nueva y flamante Big Shot Plus con el starter kit y no me pude resistir a hacer mi primer proyecto con  ella nada más sacarla de la caja.

    Me encanta lo fácil que es trabajar con ella, con las diferentes plataformas y adaptadores para todas las tecnologías de Sizzix... y por supuesto el tamaño Din-A4!!

    Ya os iré enseñando más cositas de esta máquina... :)

    Feliz lunes!

  • Trying Out My Big Shot Plus

    Monday, 20 April, 2015









    Die used: Triangles, Isosceles & Right 4 1/2in H Assembled

    Hello again! At last I finally got to try out my new Big Shot Plus last week and wanting to get straight into chopping fabric without planning anything too closely, I chose to cut some isosceles triangles and just enjoy some straightforward piecing amid the chaos of the school holidays.


    I really loved using the Big Shot Plus, it's as easy to use as the Big Shot but the extra space gives greater versatility and makes cutting from larger pieces of fabric more comfortable. The grey and white design is simple and sleek and makes it look like the serious piece of kit that it is!

    The extent of my plan was to make something bright that could potentially become a sofa cushion to replace a more 'wintery' one that has started to look out of place now that spring and a little sunshine has arrived. I cut 28 full isosceles triangles all from different fabrics and 8 right-angle half-isosceles triangles.


    I arranged them in a square and then pieced them together in rows,


    and then joined the rows to form a square.


    It was all nice and straightforward and orderly, the perfect antidote to the school holidays!


  • With love Box

    Sunday, 19 April, 2015









    Hello Sizzix Friends!
    I'm totally in love with the new Sizzix Big Shot Plus.
    It is amazing to be able to create boxes yourself, at home.
    This week I created a simple treat box perfect for small gift or for a weeding-party favor!
    I used a double-sided cardstock sheet so you will have a pretty box outside as inside :)





    You need:
    Sizzix Big Shot Plus Starter Kit (White & Gray) (660515) new!
    Sizzix Thinlits Die Set 9PK - Layering Frames (660476) new!
    Scissors
    Double-sided cardstock paper
    White cardstock
    Double-sided tape (thin)
    Glue
    Baker's twine (black-white)
    Round stamp + black ink
    Tweezers

    Die cut the box shape using the thinlits plus die you can find in the Starter Kit and a double-sided cardstock paper (chevron-pois pattern).
    Arrange the little box using double-sided tape and scissors.
    Die cut some layering frame using the same cardstock but on the other side.
    Stamp on a white cardstock using a black ink and a round rubber stamp.
    Die cut the cardstock using a round framelits (I used the smallest size in the Sizzix Framelits Die Set 8PK - Circles ).
    Paste the paper decorations on the top of the box using double-sided tape and glue.
    Add some baker's twine around the box and make a double knot.

    Our pretty box is done!
    You can fill in with little sweets or with a present.

    Enjoy your sunday!
    Silvia

     
     
    *Per i lettori Italiani*
     
    Buongiorno a tutti!
    Sono totalmente persa per la nuova Sizzix Big Shot Plus.
    Credo sia davvero fantastico poter creare da soli delle scatoline in carta.
    Questa settimana ho voluto provare a creare una piccola scatola perfetta per piccoli doni o come bomboniera per un matrimonio o una festa.

    Ho usato:
    Sizzix Big Shot Plus Starter Kit (White & Gray) (660515) new!
    Sizzix Thinlits Die Set 9PK - Layering Frames (660476) new!
    Forbici
    Cartoncino con fantasia geometrica su entrambi i lati
    Cartoncino bianco
    Nastro biadesivo sottile
    Colla
    Baker's twine (nero-bianco)
    Timbr rotondo + inchiostro nero
    Pinzette

    Fustellare la sagoma della scatola sul cartoncino a doppia fantasia usando la fustella Thinlits Die contenuta nello Starter Kit della macchina Big Shot Plus.
    Comporre la scatola usando il nastro biadesivo sottile e le forbici.
    Fustellare alcune piccole cornici decorative quadrate usando lo stesso cartoncino ma dall'altro lato.
    Timbrate un cartoncino bianco usando il timbro rotondo e l'inchiostro nero (in coordinato con il baker's twine).
    Fustellate i contorni del timbro usando una fustella di diametro simile (io ho usato la più piccola misura del Sizzix Framelits Die Set 8PK - Circles ).
    Incollate tutte le decorazioni di carta sul coperchio della scatola usando il nastro biadesivo, quando possibile, e la colla stick.
    Aggiungete lo spago avvolgendolo sui lati della scatola e fate un doppio nodo sul retro.

    La nostra scatolina è fatta!
    Riempita con piccoli dolcetti o con un bel regalo.

     
     
    Spero vi sia piaciuta!
    Buona domenica!
     


  • "A Smile for Mom" by Gerry van Gent

    Sunday, 19 April, 2015


    Happy Sunday Sizzix friends!

    Maybe you have already guessed (by the title!) that my
    blog post today is dedicated to my mom. Living far away from
    my mom is not only hard for me but also hard for my mom.
    That's why I love sending her photos - and of course, some of
    the photos are scrapped like this one today.
    Perfect present for Mother's Day!
    I chose my favourite "scrap" canvas which is A4 size and
    perfectly matching the Sizzix Big Shot Plus machine.

    A Smile for Mom_gerry
    siz

    660515 Sizzix Big Shot Plus Starter Kit
    660474 Sizzix Thinlits Die Set Decorative Bubbles
    660222 Sizzix Thinlits Die Set Scribble & Splat
    658506 Sizzix Sizzlits Die Set Vintage Doily
    657176 Sizzix Sizzlits Decorative Strip Alphabet Typeset
    558504 Sizzix Sizzlits L Die Flower Rose 3D
    *       *       *

    My very first step was to emboss the background paper.
    I used the A4 Embossing Folder included in the Starter Kit.
    how1

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    c1

    The die-cut letter "a" was adhered underneath an epoxy sticker.
    c2
    I die cut a few times both of these Decorative Bubbles 
    using different papers. Then I began mixing them and 
    creating embellishments for my photo.
    how

    c3

    The big flower was created by using both sizes Bigz Die flowers included 
    in the Starter Kit - I die cut them so many times until the flower looked "full".
    For the centre I hand made the rose by using one of the old dies (558504 Rose 3D)
    I added a bit of Stickles.
    c4
    Other Products I used:
    Maja Design Papers
    Lindy's Stamp Gang Sprays
    Prima Marketing Embellishments
    *      *      *
    Thank you for visiting today!
    Have a creative Sunday!


  • Embroidered Gift Tags

    Sunday, 19 April, 2015






    I adore gift wrapping! You can't beat pretty ribbons, tags and confetti!

    I thought I'd share this simple embroidered gift tag as an idea you can customise for any pattern. You can even make monogram versions.


    Supplies used:
    • Card stock
    • Embroidery thread
    • Embroidery needle
    • Sizzix Big Shot Plus Starter Kit
    • Tag die from starter kit
    • We R Memory Keepers Sew Easy piercer
    • Double sided sticky tape
    I cut out the tags on kraft card stock so the stitching would really stand out in pastel colours. 



    Using a piercer I made a pattern to stitch - you could easily mark your own with a pencil and awl.


    Using all six strands of thread, I stitched the patterns using a simple backstitch. 


    Using double sided sticky tape, I fixed another die cut tag to the back to cover the back of the stitching.


    Add a contrasting ribbon, gift box and confetti and you've got yourself a custom handmade gift tag!


    I love how simple this idea is and it uses one of my favourite crafts; stitching onto card or paper!

    Have a great day and see you next time.

    Claire

  • for Kira

    Saturday, 18 April, 2015








    Hello there,
    first of all I would like to say that I am a proud owner of the new wonderful SIZZIX Big Shot Plus now. Thanks a lot for it!!
    I am really happy about this machine, it is an amazing help with my bookbindings, because I am no longer limited to 15cm paper size. The new 'Plus' is simply awesome!

    Today I would like to show you an album for the little girlfriend of my youngest son.
    He is invited to her birthday party on next Saturday. Suitable to a wallet for pencils I bought, she will get this personalized album for her paintings.


    First I cut out her name from thick paperboard, to get really striking letters. I covered the letters with the same fabric of the albumcover. Grey fabric with white dots.... I love it :)
    For the letters I used one of my favorite products of SIZZIX: Fresh Blossoms Alphabet #659963
    This alphabet has a brilliant font style!

    Afterwords, I used the SIZZIX Thinlits Die-Set 'Home sweet home' #660800 and pressed it into the same Paperboard. Of course, the Thinlits are too thin to use with a thick cardboard! But I cut out each image twice and helped a little by using a cutter. It worked easily! 
    I wanted to have the houses in the same or even better thickness as the letters. Two houses will be merged to one single house. 


    I also covered the houses with nice paper suitable for a nearly 5 years old girl.
     After this I built the file album also with strong paperboard, fabric and a ring binder mechanism.



    I hope she will like it .... and you too :)

    Have a lovely weekend!

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