• Baby frame - Tutorial

    Friday, 22 May, 2015










    Hi Sizzix friends!

    Today I have made a baby frame to give as a newborn present. I have used some of the new dies designed by Doodlebug to Sizzix. In this post you will find something new!!! I have included a video tutorial where I show you how I’ve created this baby frame and one of my tips to die-cut burlap!!!


    I like this cute tree die designed by Doodlebug to Sizzix!!! 

    The materials I’ve used are: a white frame, white cardstock, burlap in two colours and scraps of patterned paper.


    I enjoy this kind of projects, during the creative process is very fun and finally we got a cute result.

    Here is a detail:




    And now, here is the video!!! Where I explain you how I've made this decorative baby frame.  I hope you enjoy it!!!





    I have used the following Sizzix products:


    I hope you have enjoyed this baby frame and its video tutorial. Thanks for your visit!


    Have a creative and happy Friday!


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    ¡Hola a todos!

    Hoy os enseño un cuadro de bebé que he realizado y que podría ser un regalo perfecto para un recien nacido. He utilizado algunos de los nuevos troqueles diseñados por Doodlebug para Sizzix. Pero, esta entrada viene con novedad!!! Y es que podréis ver el vídeo tutorial donde os enseño cómo lor he realizado así como uno de mis trucos para troquelar la tela de saco!!! 

    Me encanta este troquel de árbol diseñado por Doodlebug!!! 

    Los materiales que he utilizado son: un marco blanco, cartulina blanca, arpillera de dos colores, papel para scrapbook.

    Disfruto con este tipo de proyectos! El proceso es muy divertido y obtenemos un precioso resultado!!!

    Un detalle:

    Y ahora el vídeo!!! Dónde os explico cómo lo he realizado... ¡Espero que os guste!


    He utilizado los siguientes productos Sizzix:

    Espero que os haya gustado este cuadro para bebé y su vídeo. ¡Gracias por la visita!


    ¡Feliz y creativo viernes!

  • Wedding Layout for My Sister

    Thursday, 21 May, 2015








    Hi everybody!!!
    Today I want to share with a new layout created using 
    This layout is dedicated to my sister and her best day!



    I used:
    Sizzix Big Shot Plus Starter Kit 660515

    Scissors
    Glue
    Cardstocks
    The size of layout is approx. cm 30x20. 


    The flower was die cut with cute Sizzix Bigz Die-Flower Layers & Leaf #2.
    I used different cardstocks for flower and for leaves.


    The Be Happy phrase was die cut with Sizzix Thinlits Die Set 3PK - Happiness Phrases.




    I love my sister and I hope it always so smiling in his life.

    See you next week!!!

    PER LE LETTRICI ITALIANE
    Ciao a tutti!
    Oggi voglio condividere con voi un nuovo layout
    creato con le meravigliose FREE FLORAL PAPER DOWNLOADS!!
    Questo layout è dedicato a mia sorella e al suo giorno più bello!
    Ho usato:
    Sizzix Big Shot Plus Starter Kit 660515

    Forbici
    Colla
    Cartoncini vari
    Le dimensioni del layout sono approssimativamente cm30x20.
    Il fiore è stato fustellato con Sizzix Bigz Die-Flower Layers & Leaf #2
    usando cartoncini differenti sia per il fiore che per le foglie.
    La frase Be Happy è stata fustellata con Sizzix Thinlits Die Set 3PK - Happiness Phrases. 
    La cornice intorno alla foto è stata creata utilizzando 

    Io amo mia sorella e spero che nella sua vita sia sempre così sorridente!

    Vi aspetto giovedì prossimo!!



  • Summer bag inspired by Chelse Flower Show

    Thursday, 21 May, 2015



    I love going to the quilt shows, and seeing all the amazing quilts and seeing lots of lovely new fabrics. This year I only managed to see a few of the quilts as I wasn't well and so didn't go to the show early - but I did manage to see some of the winners and some of the quilts on my way in.
    As always I'm impressed by the skill and originality of the quilts on display, and the wonderful mix of colour.
    So now I'm enjoying watching the Chelsea Flower Show - I love the vibrant colours and mass of different shapes of the flowers - so it may not surprise you to see that my project this week involves flowers
    I found some beautiful wool felt on Margaret Fox Floral Arts (https://www.floralcraftsupplies.co.uk/Margaret-Fox-Home  stand at Malvern - and decided to make this little bag with floral decoration.
    For the bag I cut -
    2 pieces of pink felt 24cm x 20cm (9 1/2" x 8") for the bag
    2 pieces of pink floral fabric 24cm x 22cm (9 1/2" x 9") for the bag lining
    2 pieces of pieces of pink floral 34cm x 6cm (13" x 2 1/2") bag handles
    Using the Big Shot Machine and Bigz dies -Heartfelt 660233
    Flowers, Layers and Leaves 657690
    and Flower layers #13
    I cut out and assortment of flowers and hearts in felt and the pink floral fabric.
     
    To make the bag I curved the bottom edges of the felt and fabric bag pieces.
    Then on one of the pieces of felt I arranged the flowers, and took a photo -
    so that I could remove the felt flowers and stitch on the fabric flowers -
    I used a large irregular running stitch to secure the flowers, and frayed some of the edges using a nail file.
    I then stitched the felt flowers in place with a central button, and the hearts with small stitches along themed line.
    Then I pinned the 2 felt pieces together, with the flowers innermost, and stitched the sides and bottom together ( a 6mm/1/4" seam allowance), and turned it right side out.
    I stitched the bag lining in the same way, but left an opening in the bottom to allow for turning.
    The bag straps were folded in half down the length, wrong sides together, and a 6mm/1/4" seam allowance was press along each long side, and one end was pressed to create a point. The straps were then stitched along the fold.
    I pinned the straps to each side of the bag -
    and then put the lining over the  bag, Right sides together, and pinned the top edges together. When the edge was stitched the bag was turned right side out, and the opening in the lining was stitched together.
    To finish the bag, the lining was tucked inside and the lining showed as a border around the top of the bag, I pinned and then stitched the bag and the lining together along the seam line.
    Tie the straps together and the bag is ready for use.
    I think this is a great little bag to a summer party, or for a little girl.
    I hope you've enjoyed this project - and as Chelsea is always a sea of colour I'm just playing with another project -
    
    I'm not sure that I like the colour for the cushion - but I think a few more flowers and then some leaves and stems - either in ribbon or embroidery will look great.
    So until next week - keep enjoying your sewing ( and Chelsea if you like flowers)
    Angela

  • Happy card by Karine

    Thursday, 21 May, 2015


    Hello!

    Are up to a birthday card? It has been inspired by a spring color combo. I hope the addressee will like this kind gesture!

    Supply list:
    Bristol paper
    Pattern paper: Heidi Swapp, 4heures37
    Alphabets: American Crafts
    Resin flowers, button: Ephéméria

    Dies :
    650515 :  Sizzix Big Shot Plus Starter Kit
    659964 :  Sizzix Textured Impressions Embossing Folders 2pk-Borders and Flowers Set
    660815 :  Sizzix Thinlits Die Set 3PK-woodland-leaves
    656545 :  Sizzix Bigz Die Flowers 3D

    When creating this card, I felt like having freshness & texture! I added some volume with a pretty rose created thanks to the Flowers 3D die.

    I cut my small flower out of white cardstock. Once rolled and glued, I shaded its edges with the Sunshine Yellow Distress ink. It will be accompanied by a pretty coral-colored resin flower.

    So as to add texture, I embossed a green pattern paper with the floral embossing folder. Nice result, don’t you think?

    An extra spring touch is added with the pretty foliage die cut which is stamped with sea green ink.

    The card will be mounted on a Bristol paper folded in half!





    Have a nice day,
    See you next Thursday,


    Karine

    Bonjour,

    Une petite carte d' anniversaire ça vous dit ? Inspirée par un combo printanier une petite attention qui fera plaisir je l'espère à son destinataire !

    Matériel :
    Papier Bristol
    Papier imprimé : Heidi Swapp, 4heures37
    Alphabets : American Crafts
    Fleur en résine, bouton : Ephéméria

    Dies :
    650515 :  Sizzix Big Shot Plus Starter Kit
    659964 :  Sizzix Textured Impressions Embossing Folders 2pk-Borders and Flowers Set
    660815 :  Sizzix Thinlits Die Set 3PK-woodland-leaves
    656545 :  Sizzix Bigz Die Flowers 3D

    Pour cette carte j'avais envie de fraicheur et de texture ! Un peu de volume avec une jolie rose crée grâce à die Flowers 3D.

    J'ai découpé ma fleur, le petit modèle dans du cardstock blanc, une fois enroulée et collée, j'ai ombré le bord avec une encre Distress Sunshine Yellow. Elle sera accompagnée d'une jolie rose en résine couleur corail.

    Afin d'ajouter de la texture, j'ai embossé un papier imprimé vert avec la plaque florale, sympa le résultat non ?

    Une petite touche printanière supplémentaire avec la jolie découpe feuillage tamponnée en vert eau.

    La carte sera tout simplement montée sur une fiche bristol pliée en deux !

    Bonne journée à jeudi

    Karine

  • "What's in a name....

    Wednesday, 20 May, 2015



    ....That which we call a rose by any other name would smell as sweet" 

    One of Shakespeare's most quotable lines from Romeo and Juliet. Lets hope this blog post ends better than the aforementioned play?

    In case you haven't guessed we are working with roses this week, paper roses that is. I first used this Thinlits die set back in December and I am sure that it is going to be a huge success because it's such stunning value for money.

    The set comprises of 15 separate dies, six leaves and nine spiral flowers three of which are the roses I have used today. The set is called Thinlits set 15pk w/Quilling tool - Tiny Tattered Florals and is the brainchild of Tim Holtz. I didn't have access to the quilling tool at the time of writing this blog which is a shame because it makes things a whole lot easier; if you want to see the set together with the tool, follow the link above. Although spiral flower dies are nothing new the style and scale is perfect for smaller more intricate detail so beloved of mixed media and collage fans.

    There are three sizes of rose in total and I die-cut a couple of each from medium weight white card. To turn the flat spiral flower into a beautiful miniature rose couldn't be simpler. First grip the end with your tweezers (Quilling tool is preferable) and start to twist in a clockwise direction until you arrive at the centre. At this point, you can allow the rose to relax making it as tight or as loose as you prefer. I like to use a hot glue gun to secure the flower as it is both quick and permanent. Once secure you can then use your tweezers to curl back some of the individual petals to create a more realistic bloom.



    Crease each leaf down the centre and pinch in the centre as shown below to add realistic detail and dimension before attaching a couple to the base of each assembled rose. For the next stage, I wanted the card to be less absorbent so I painted each assembled rose with white gesso which dried in no time at all. To add a little vintage colour, I pressed my Broken China Distress Ink pad onto my craft sheet and gently spritzed with clean water to thin the pigment down before brushing it onto each flower allowing the colour to pool in places. this gives the flowers a shabby chic appearance.



    To create the background, I started by applying Broken China and Shabby Shutters Distress Ink to the white base card using a sponge applicator.


    Next, I applied clean water using a mister allowing the water to run down the front of the card as shown below.


    Next I used a combination of stamps from the Tim Holtz Stampers Anonymous range, the grey splats which you see are actually created using a rubber stamp!


    Finally, I used a Dear Lizzy roller stamp to add the multiple phrases.......


     ...... Before attaching the roses to the face of the card with a glue gun, 

    I'm sure that if Romeo had given his fair Juliet a card like this one, the story would have had a very different outcome? If only the bard had access to a Sizzix Big Shot! I guess we'll never know?



  • Flowery and joyful tag celebrates Spring

    Wednesday, 20 May, 2015







    Hi everybody,

    These days, here,  good weather has finally come (fingers crossed!). Also, in May in some cities such as Girona take place great floral exhibitions.

    With the arrival of the heat and these beautiful flower shows I wanted to celebrate spring.



    So with my Big Shot Plus, some watercolor paper, Color Bloom, and some golden pearls I wanted to make a very flowery and joyful tag




    Sizzix products used in this project:
    660515 Sizzix Big Shot Plus Starter Kit (White and Gray)
    656938 Sizzix Movers & Shapers L Die - Tag & Bookplates
    657822 Sizzix Bigz Die - Flowers, 3-D #3
    657823 Sizzix Bigz Die - Flowers, 3-D #4
    657491 Sizzix Texture Fades Embossing Folders 4PK - Springtime Background & Borders Set

    Be Happy!!

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    Hola a todo el mundo,

    En estos días aquí el buen tiempo finalmente ha llegado (crucemos los dedos!) Además, en mayo en algunas ciudades como Girona tienen lugar grandes exposiciones florales.

    Con la llegada del calor y estas hermosas exposiciones de flores he querido celebrar la primavera.

    Así que con mi Big Shot Plus, un poco de papel de acuarela, Color Bloom, y algunas perlas doradas he querido hacer un tag muy florido y alegre

    Productos Sizzix usados en este proyecto:
    660515 Sizzix Big Shot Plus Starter Kit (White and Gray)
    656938 Sizzix Movers & Shapers L Die - Tag & Bookplates
    657822 Sizzix Bigz Die - Flowers, 3-D #3
    657823 Sizzix Bigz Die - Flowers, 3-D #4
    657491 Sizzix Texture Fades Embossing Folders 4PK - Springtime Background & Borders Set

    Sed muy felices!!

  • "Beautiful" - Lay-out by Romy

    Tuesday, 19 May, 2015

    Hello!
    Welcome on the Sizzix blog today!
    Today I would like to show you a lay-out that I made with a landscape photo that I recently took. On my lay-out I used a variety of both older and new Sizzix dies to coordinate with this photo. 


    I always like to use many layers of paper on my lay-outs. Sizzix offered me the perfect dies to add just another layer of paper without having to use an entire sheet of paper. I used the beautiful Decorative Strip Eyelet Lace & Scallops dies to cut out two scalloped borders and a lace border, which I attached on the left and right side of my lay-out.

    I also cut out several letters with the beautiful 'Block Talk Capital' dies set and arranged them in a rather random way on both sides of my photo as well. 


    I used the beautiful 'Mixed Media' dies from Tim Holtz to cut out two small patterns with holes in them. I tucked these pieces of paper among my paper layers and attached them above and below my photo. 
    Finally, I cut out the title 'Beautiful' with the wonderful "Handwritten Love" Thinlits dies from Tim Holtz.


    This was my blogpost for today.
    Thank you very much for stopping by!

    In Dutch:
    Hallo!
    Welkom op het Sizzix blog vandaag!
    Vandaag heb ik een lay-out te laten zien waarop ik een landschapfoto heb gescrapt die ik een tijdje geleden heb gemaakt. Op mijn lay-out heb ik verschillende oudere en nieuwere Sizzix stansen verwerkt.

    Ik werk altijd graag met verschillende laagjes papier op mijn lay-outs. Sizzix biedt dan de perfecte stansen om nog een laagje toe te voegen, zonder dat je meteen een heel vel dessinpapier nodig hebt. Ik gebruikte de mooie Decorative Strip Eyelet Lace & Scallops stansen om twee geschulpte randen en een kanten rand uit papier te snijden. Beide randen heb ik links en rechts op mijn lay-out geplakt.

    Ook heb ik een aantal letters uitgesneden met de mooie 'Block Talk Capital' set en deze heb ik verspreid aan weerszijden van mijn foto opgeplakt.

    Ik heb de gave 'Mixed Media' dies van Tim Holtz gebruikt om twee bubbeltjespatronen uit te snijden. Deze heb ik tussen de laagjes papier geschoven, zowel onder als boven de foto. 
    Ten slotte heb ik nog de titel "Beautiful" uitgestanst met de prachtige "Handwritten Love" Thinlits dies van Tim Holtz. 

    Dit was mijn blogpost voor vandaag.
    Heel erg bedankt voor je bezoekje!

  • Sunshine

    Tuesday, 19 May, 2015



    Hi everybody!


    Today, I am suggesting a page in the 12 ' x 12 ' traditional format to emphasize the photos of your last holiday.


    The layout of this page is simple, you need to realise 6 squares of paper scraps and to arrange them in the centre of your background paper. This page was inspired by Corrie Jones.




    Then you just have to decorate with embellishments: cuts of the "Scribbles & splat" Die of Tim Holtz, tag and butterfly of the Big shot Plus start-up kit. The banner has been realised using fagnons, cut using the Craft Asylum "Speech Bubbles" Die. The title has been cut with the "Happiness Phrases" Die.




    Take out your scraps of paper and have fun! 

    Items used:

    paper : Crate paper "Loves Notes" 
    Wooden embellishments: Boanita
    Ribbons & Chipboards: Studio Calico
    Strass: Kési'art
    Ribbon and Twin: Scrapboukits
    Good day to you all!


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    Aujourd'hui, je vous propose une page au format traditionnel 12' x 12' pour mettre en valeur les photos de vos dernières vacances.

     La mise en page de cette page est simple, il suffit de réaliser 6 carrés avec des chutes de papiers et de les disposer au centre de votre fond comme ceci:

     Puis il ne reste plus qu'à décorer grâce aux embellissements réalisés avec les découpes de Die "Scribbles & splat"  de Tim holtz, le tag et le papillon du kit de démarrage de la Big shot Plus.

     La banderole a été réalisée gâce aux fanions découpés avec le Die Craft Asylum "Speech Bubbles" 
     Le titre a été découpé avec le Die "Happiness phrases"

    Sortez vos chutes et amusez-vous bien!

  • Embossed background LO

    Monday, 18 May, 2015

    Hi everybody! Elena here.


    Today I want to show you an A4 size LO that I made recently. I have created a completely embossed background with the help of my Big Shot Plus and the A4 embossing folder from the starter kit.

     Supply list:

    As you can see, I have also put some Distress Ink on the edges to create more interest to my embossed background.

    To make my tittle, I have die cut twice the letters, once with some chip board and another time with blue card. Then I have glued both words together.


    And I have also used the Bigz Die from theStarter Kit to create this double heart embellishment. You can create so many things with this Starter kit!


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    Hola a todos,

    Hoy os enseño esta página hecha con el Starter Kit de la nueva Big Shot Plus. Para hacer el fondo he utilizado la carpeta de embossing A4, me encanta el tamaño! También he puesto un poco de tinta Distress para conseguir un poco más de relieve en el fondo.

    Las letras las he troquelado un par de veces, en cartón y en cartulina y las he pegado juntas para hacer el título.

    Y para crear el adorno de los corazones también he utilizado el troquel del Stater Kit. Se pueden hacer un montón de cosas con él!

    Feliz lunes!






  • Rainbow Dots Cushion

    Monday, 18 May, 2015








    Die used: Circles, 3/4in

    Hello again!

    This is the last cushion for a while I promise as our sofas and chairs will soon be fully brightened up for spring and summer!
    I had planned to make a bolster cushion but bolster pads had sold out when I went to buy one and so the idea for this came into being whilst staring at the range of cushion pads and trying to think of an alternative - forced inspiration often results in some of my favourite projects which I think this might well be!

    Wanting a change from rectangles and squares I chose a circular cushion pad which automatically led to thinking about a circles die. There have been some beautiful rainbow-coloured quilts appearing on my Instagram feed lately and with that as colour inspiration I dug out some rainbow scraps from my scraps box.


    I pressed some iron-on adhesive (fusible web) onto the reverse of the fabric pieces and then using my Big Shot Plus and circles, 3/4in die, cut a pile of rainbow spots - as many as would fit from some of the smaller scraps.


    From some solid white fabric I cut out a circle (approximately an extra 3/4 inch all round the edge than the pad) for the cushion front and laid it out on a doubled-over towel on a table-top. Next the backing paper was peeled away from all of the small circles and then arranged them so that they radiated out from the centre point in colour groups.


    Once happy with the layout they were fixed in place with a careful press from the iron. A quilt sandwich was assembled with some batting and scrap lining to back it, basted together and then it was time for some intense free motion quilting practice.


    I toyed with the idea of quilting it with small squares (I do like neat and ordered) but decided to go against my need for uniformity and try some scribbly, chaotic FMQ quilting. The idea being that the combination of squiggly quilting and scattered spots would give more of an impression of a colour explosion.

    I'll finish the cushion this week, maybe even finally learning how to do a buttonhole on my new sewing machine in the process (I've said it so have to do it now)!

    Happy sewing!



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