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  • Love Is All You Need

    Tuesday, 24 March, 2015





    Hi Sizzix fans,

    Welcome on the Sizzix blog on this sunny Tuesday! 
    Today I would like to show you a love lay-out that I made with some beautiful Sizzix dies. Sizzix offers quite a lot of dies that are just perfect for love-themed projects, such as the lovely Heartfelt die and the beautiful 'Handwritten Love' dies from Tim Holtz. I used several of these dies to make this love project about my boyfriend Jeroen.


    I first took the 'Mixed Media Set' to cut out two of these honeycomb patterns. The nice thing about these dies is that you can use both the pattern itself and the left-overs. So I decided to not only incorporate the honeycomb pattern, but also the left-over hexagons from this die. I added them on a few random places on my lay-out. 


    My photo is layered on top of several different papers. I also used the Tim Holtz Postage Stamp Frame die to cut out two postage stamp borders to tuck among the papers. 



    There was no better die to use for my title than the beautiful 'Handwritten Love' set from Tim Holtz. I cut out the word 'Love' twice from black paper and added these words below my photo. I also used the beautiful Heartfelt die, which is definitely one of my favourites from Sizzix, to cut out a few hearts. I incorporated two large hearts below my photo and several smaller hearts as well. 


    I hope you liked my project for today!
    Have a wonderful day!

    In Dutch:
    Hi Sizzix fans,

    Welkom op het Sizzix blog vandaag!
    Vandaag wil ik graag een liefdeslay-out laten zien die ik heb gemaakt met een aantal mooie Sizzix stansen. 
    Sizzix heeft een aantal stansen die perfect zijn voor liefdesprojecten, zoals de mooie Bigz Heartfelt stans en de prachtige 'Handwritten Love' stansen van Tim Holtz. Ik heb een aantal van deze stansen gebruikt op dit liefdesproject over mijn vriend Jeroen. 

    Ik heb eerst de 'Mixed Media Set' genomen om twee honingraat patronen uit te snijden. Het leuke aan deze stansen is dat je zowel het patroon zelf als de restjes kunt gebruiken. Ik besloot dan ook niet alleen het honingraatpatroon, maar ook de ruitjes in mijn lay-out te verwerken. 

    Mijn foto is geplakt op een aantal laagjes papier. Ook gebruikte ik de Tim Holtz Postage Stamp Frame stans om twee postzegelranden uit te snijden, die ik tussen het papier heb verwerkt. 

    Er was geen betere stans voor mijn titel dan de mooie 'Handwritten Love' set van Tim Holtz. Ik heb het woord 'Love' twee keer uit zwart papier gesneden en heb deze woorden onder mijn foto geplakt. Ook heb ik de Heartfelt stans gebruikt, één van mijn favorieten, om een paar hartjes uit te stansen. Op mijn lay-out heb ik twee grote harten en een aantal kleinere hartjes verwerkt.

    Ik hoop dat jullie mijn project leuk vonden.
    Fijne dag vandaag!

  • Mini photo shoot

    Tuesday, 24 March, 2015


    Hello everybody,
    Today, I am suggesting a mini album, very simple and fast to create.



    The pages size are the same than the pictures to simplify the pages cutting. You can use a photo in a classic format as a template to cut your papers and you can also add pages with a flap if you wish. I used 9 simple pages in the size of the photos and 2 pages with a flap on the right side.



    The binding is made with a spiral, but you can use rings just as well.

    I used white paper that I embossed with the textured plates of Brenda Walton to decorate my pages throughout the album. I did the same with black paper and to emphasize the embossed patterns, I put a small white or silvery inking on them.







    I used the sentences dies to write my journaling and the knot die to decorate my black and white photos.




    I kept the labels packaging to create a pocket for smaller pictures.




    Thanks to the Hexagons die, I played with the colours of the papers by cutting hexagons in the various papers.


    My very favorite : the Tim Hotlz’s heart die, this heart dresses so easily the layouts of this mini album, pure happiness !


    Thank you and bye for now 

    Supply list:

    658300:  Sizzix Big Shot Starter Kit
    658356:  Sizzix Textured Impressions Embossing Folders 2PK - Rose Vines & Trellis Set
    658541:  Sizzix Big Die - Brows
    658317:  Sizzix Hexagons
    667119:  Sizzix Thinlits Die Set 4PK - Scribbles & Splat NEW!
    660804:  Sizzix Thinlits Die Set 3PK - Happiness Phrases NEW! 

    Paper, Alpha, Labels & stickers: Kési'art
    Strass, Buttons & Twin : Scrapboukits
    Cardstock: Bazzill



    Thank you and bye for now





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    Bonjour à tous!

    Aujourd'hui, je vous propose un mini album, très simple et rapide à réaliser.

    Les pages sont à la taille des photos pour simplifier la découpe des pages du mini album (vous pouvez utilisez une photo au format classique comme gabarit pour couper vos papiers), auquel on peut ajouter des pages avec un rabat si vous le souhaitez. J'ai utilisé 9 pages simples à la taille des photos et 2 pages avec un rabat à droite.
    La reliure est faite avec une spirale, mais vous pouvez utiliser de anneaux sans problème.

    J'ai utilisé du papier blanc que j'ai embossé avec les plaques texturées de Brenda Walton pour décorer mes pages tout au long de l'album, j'ai fait de même avec du papier noir et pour mettre en valeur les motifs embossés, j'ai passé un petit encreur blanc ou argenté.

    J'ai utilisé les dies phrases pour écrire mes journaling et le die noeud pour décorer mes photos N&B

    J'ai gardé l'emballage des étiquettes pour créer une pochette avec plusieurs petites photos.

    J'ai joué avec les couleurs des papiers grâce au die Hexagones, en découpant des hexagones dans les différents papiers.

    Mon coup de coeur, le die coeur de Tim hotlz, ce coeur habile si facilement les mises en page de ce mini album, un pur bonheur.

    Merci et à très bientôt


  • (Almost) Monochromatic Lay Out

    Monday, 23 March, 2015

    Hi everybody! Elena here.

    Sometimes I like to go a little bit out of my comfort zone to create new things, like this LO I made using grey and yellow as my color palette.
     Supply list:


    I wanted to make a LO of these selfies with funny faces I made while waiting for someone, and they had these two colors in the background, so I tried to combine them in my LO. 

    I have used the Sizzix Frameworks Chevron under the photos, but I have also used my remaining card to create an original mat to my photos. I love this effect!

    Happy Monday!

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    Hola a todos!

    A veces es me gusta salir un poco de lo que acostumbro a hacer para probar cosas nuevas, como en esta página, en la que he utilizado gris y amarillo como mi paleta de color.

    Normalmente no escogería estos colores, pero como mis fotos tenían estos colores de fondo me ha parecido una buena opción... Y la verdad es que aunque no tiene nada de rosa me ha acabado gustando mucho el resultado!

    Debajo de las fotos he utilizado el troquel de chevron como base u además he utilizado la cartulina que me ha quedado para crear todo el marco. ¡Me encanta este efecto!

    ¡Feliz lunes!

  • Hexie Mat

    Monday, 23 March, 2015









    Any attempt to finish my quilt over the last week was thwarted when I ran out of the thread I'd been using on the back. It became apparent that the colour I was using was pretty obscure when it wasn't stocked in the 6 shops I visited (argh!) and so I had to order it online leaving me with some free time whilst I waited for it to show up.

    Having been working on a large and time-consuming project for a while I wanted to go the opposite way and make something small and quick - and that I could try out the new free motion foot that had recently arrived for my sewing machine. I always have a vase of daffodils in the house throughout spring to cheer the place up and a small quilted mat to stand it on rather than the usual coaster seemed like an ideal project.

    I love any excuse to do some English paper piecing with hexagons, using my Big Shot to cut both the papers and fabric makes it so quick and easy to get going. I used the Hexagons, 3/4in Sides die to cut the papers and then the Hexagons, 1in Sides #2 die to cut the fabric. I basted a few hexies and experimented with arrangements before settling on one and hand-sewing them together.


    Once the hexie flower was pressed and the papers removed, I pinned and hand-stitched it around the outside onto an 8 inch square piece of fabric.


    I then made the quilt sandwich and after a bit of practice on some scrap fabric, had my first proper attempt at some free motion quilting - you might still be able to see where I unpicked some less-than-successful stitching here and there (FMQ is fun to do but I'm going to need a lot more practice to attempt anything larger than an 8 inch square). All that was left then was to bind the edges.


    All done, it's nice to get something finished!





  • Hello Spring and a gift package

    Sunday, 22 March, 2015









    Hello sizzix friends!
    Spring started and, as you know, spring isn't spring without flowers.
    Real or paper flowers..it doesn't matter ^^
    Here is my gift package idea for this season!
    Pastel colours, polka dots and some paper decorations, what else?!






    You need:
    Sizzix Big Shot Machine Only (Powder Blue & Teal) (657900)
    Sizzix Bigz Die - Flowers, 3-D (656545)
    Sizzix Thinlits Die Set 4PK - Speech Bubbles (660801)
    Sizzix Thinlits Die Set 3PK - Happiness Phrases (66080)
    Cardstock (pink, pale yellow, white)
    Glitter silver cardstock
    Paper envelope (for small gift)
    Hot glue gun
    Stapler
    Toothpick

    Die cut 3 little flowers with Sizzix Bigz Die - Flowers, 3-D (656545) using three different cardstocks.
    Arrange the flowers using a long toothpick and fix them with hot glue gun.
    Close your paper gift envelope with the stapler.
    Paste one paper flower on the staple.
    Die cut a white banner using Sizzix Thinlits Die Set 4PK - Speech Bubbles (660801).
    Paste the paper banner under the first flower.
    Paste the other two flowers just above the banner.
    Die cut the Hello word with Sizzix Thinlits Die Set 3PK - Happiness Phrases (66080) using the glitter silver cardstock.
    Paste it on the banner using hot glue gun.





     
    Our gift package is done!
    Enjoy your sunday!


     
     
    *Per le lettrici Italiane*
     
    Buongiorno a tutti!
    La primavera è ufficialmente arrivata e, come sapete, non esiste primavera senza fiori.
    Che siano veri o di carta poco importa.
    Ecco la mia idea di pacchetto regalo per dare il benvenuto alla nuova stagione.
    Colori pastello, pois e piccoli fiori di carta..non ci manca nulla!
     
    Ho usato:
    Sizzix Big Shot Machine Only (Powder Blue & Teal) (657900)
    Sizzix Bigz Die - Flowers, 3-D (656545)
    Sizzix Thinlits Die Set 4PK - Speech Bubbles (660801)
    Sizzix Thinlits Die Set 3PK - Happiness Phrases (66080)
    Cartoncini (rosa, giallo pastello, bianco)
    Cartoncino glitterato argento
    Busta di carta rosa a pois bianchi (per lettere o piccolo regali)
    Pistola colla a caldo
    Pinzatrice
    Stecchino di bambu

    Fustellare 3 piccoli fiori con Sizzix Bigz Die - Flowers, 3-D (656545)   usando 3 diversi cartoncini.
    Comporre i fiori aiutandosi con uno stecchino e fissarli su se stessi con della colla a caldo.
    Chiudere la busta regalo con la spillatrice.
    Incollare con la colla a caldo uno dei 3 fiori sul punto di spillatrice.
    Fustellare un banner bianco usando Sizzix Thinlits Die Set 4PK - Speech Bubbles (660801)
    Incollare il banner subito sotto al primo fiore.
    Incollare gli altri due fiori sopra al banner.
    Fustellare la parola Hello usando Sizzix Thinlits Die Set 3PK - Happiness Phrases (66080) e un cartoncino glitterato argento.
    Incollare la parola Hello sul banner con un piccolo punto di colla a caldo.

    Il nostro pacchetto è fatto!
    Spero vi sia piaciuto.
    Buon pomeriggio!



     
     

  • Easter Cards & Free Download Papers by Gerry van Gent

    Sunday, 22 March, 2015


    Happy Sunday Sizzix peeps!

    Today I created for you two cards using the beautiful and so fresh
    Free Easter Paper Downloads - these papers are perfect for your Spring
    or Easter projects! The patterns are playful, bright and fun and when you combine
    them with your favourite Sizzix dies make your project personal and unique!
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    657900 Sizzix Big Shot Machine
    NEW 660097 Sizzix Thinlits Die Magical Butterfly
    NEW 660095 Sizzix Thinlits Die Fanciful Fairy
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    My first card using the FREE EASTER PAPER DOWNLOADS and
    the intricate Magical Butterfly die ... 
    Happy easter 2

    I die cut the butterfly twice and added pearl dots ...
    2a

    2b

    My second card ....this time using the pretty Fanciful Fairy die ...
    Happy Easter 1

    I die cut the Fanciful Fairy die twice.
    From the 2nd die-cut I used only the wings which I added
    to the first Fanciful Fairy die. Once again I added pearl dots.
    1b

    1a

    Hope you enjoyed my cards today!

    Don't forget to check the FREE EASTER PAPER DOWNLOADS !!!
    Free Easter papers 2015

    HAVE A CREATIVE SUNDAY!

  • Simple Easter Card

    Sunday, 22 March, 2015






    With Easter just around the corner, I wanted to try making some cards with the new Big Shot Plus Starter Kit. I love the pretty pastel themes that go along with Easter crafts, so I chose to use the free Sizzix Easter papers which can be downloaded here.


    I started by embossing some blue scrapbooking paper using the embossing folder from the Big Shot Plus Starter Kit. I then used one of the starter kit dies to make an embellishment trim for the front of the card.


    I printed the free yellow polka dot papers onto white card stock and cut out an A6 rectangle using a craft knife and metal ruler.


    Using a bone folder, I folded the A6 cardstock piece in half and then used a punch to give the card rounded corners.


    I cut out two 'bunny ears' using pink card stock and added foam sticky pads to the top of the ears to fix them to the card front.


    The free papers also included some little Happy Easter banners which I fixed at the bottom of the bunny ears with double sided sticky tape. I used a glue stick to attach the embossed die cut along the bottom of the card.


    And that's it! A cute little pastel Easter card which doesn't take long to make at all.


    I am definitely going to be doing more Easter crafting over the next week (it may also involve consuming a few chocolate eggs too!).

    Have a super crafty Sunday!

    Claire 


  • Gift bags

    Saturday, 21 March, 2015








    Hi everyone,
    today I would like to show you some giftbags for pretty little things. I like to decorate the presents for my lovely girlfriends and think, they would be even happier if the wrapping would be something special.

    I used one of my favorite dies: The SIZZIX Movers & Shapers XL Die Bag w/Flap #659197 and the SIZZIX Thinlits Die Set 3PK - Happiness Phrases #660804.

    First I cut out the Bag with Flap with my Big Shot and looked for nice embellishments like brads, ribbons and add some nice flowers and a feather for decoration.
    I used double-sided adhesive tape, some gluedots and brads.
    The Happiness Phrases are beautiful for a ‘wordwindow‘ inside the box or also for a decoration outside.



    I hope you will enjoy and have a lovely weekend!
    Annika



  • What my Cat needs to be happy - Scrapbooking Layout

    Saturday, 21 March, 2015








    Hey everybody,
    Julia here and today I want to show you a Scrapbooking Layout with a diecutted background. And Catcontent... obviously. ;) You know what she (and of course all the other cute cats on this planet) needs to be happy? :)

    Here is the list of supplies for this Layout:
    American Crafts Cardstock White and Grey
    Pattern Paper from Crate Paper 
    Some Embellies like Sequins and Badges
    Sewing Machine and Clear Stamps
    Alphabetsticker


    All you need is a piece of Cardstock in the width of the Layout and the heigh you want. You have to die cut this one a view times with the Happines Phrases Thinlits and your Big Shot, but as you can see it is totally worth the work. And really doesn´t take a lot of time! ;)


    I sewed it on my background Cardstock and totally love how it looks like, it´s so smooth and a beautiful eyecatcher. Do you like it? :) Hope this inspires you to create some awesome pieces for your Layouts with your Big Shot and some Dies.

    Have a nice day, xo Julia

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    Hallo ihr Lieben,
    das gestalten von Scrapbooking Layouts habe ich (Julia) in letzter Zeit ein wenig vernachlässigt. Das hole ich nun aber wieder nach und freue mich total über das Ergebnis, das ich euch heute zeige.

    Materialliste:
    American Crafts Cardstock White and Grey
    Pattern Paper from Crate Paper 
    Some Embellies like Sequins and Badges
    Sewing Machine and Clear Stamps
    Alphabetsticker

    Ihr schneidet euch aus dem weißen Cardstock einen Streifen in der Breite eures Layouts zurecht und überlegt euch welche Höhe dieser haben soll. Ich wollte das der Schriftzug "be happy" zweimal übereinander passt. Dann nudelt ihr das ganze ein paar Mal durch die Big Shot. Das klingt als würde es echt ewig dauern, aber das war in weniger als einer Minute erledigt. ;)

    Mit der Nähmaschine habe ich den ausgestanzten Streifen dann auf dem Layout befestigt. Ich finde das es total klasse aussieht. Total weich und sanft... Wie findet ihr es?

    Ich hoffe es inspiriert euch die Big Shot und ein paar Stanzen für eure nächsten Scrapbooking Layouts hervorzuholen. :) Habt einen schönen Tag, xo Julia

  • My beautiful Spring Bag

    Saturday, 21 March, 2015

    Hi everyone! Today is the first day of Spring! Yippieee at last! Nothing better that starting with some flowers around us, so here it is  my Spring Bag with a lovely flower I showed you some weeks ago in this post  and how I used one of the Net Waltmore die to appliqué the flower  and freezer paper.





    Polly Doodle die  is going one of my favourite dies because I can mix  the different pieces as I like and  get multiple options  in my sewing.
    You will  see  soon how I use it again!

    Well, come back to my bag made in linen that I designed by myself.
    After I appliquéd  the flower with hidden stitches I embroidered with some stitches in 8 cotton thread matching the colors of the beautiful Liberty fabric. First with straight lines around and later with some french knot in the middle.



    Then  I  only quilted the big panels  by hand , top and back.
    I did some bias with Liberty fabric to tie right and left side.
    Sew  all the sides together and adding four bias  as you can see in the pic. After that I sew bottom  linen piece.



    I did the same with the lining fabric and added a pocket inside with some lace and a metal closure.









    Before sew  the linning I  added the handles and some print folded fabric all around.






    And here it is with some details. I´m more than happy  to enjoy this unique bag.

    I hope you like  this project. Have a wonderful weekend and I see you in fifteen days.
    Love
    Mercedes

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    ¡Hola a todos! ¡Hoy es el primer día de la primavera por fin! Nada mejor que empezarlo  con flores alrededor de nosotros, así que aquí está mi bolso de  primavera con una preciosa flor aplicada y que te mostré cómo hacerlo en este artículo anterior.  Utilicé uno de los troqueles de Nel Waltmore para aplicarla con freezer paper.


    Polly Doodle die está siendo uno de mis troqueles favoritos porque puedo mezclar las piezas que trae y hacer distintas composiciones , así que muy pronto verás otras posibilidades  con él.
    Pero volvamos al bolso en cuestión que he hecho en lino y diseñado por mí.
    Después de aplicar la flor con puntadas escondidas bordé con hilo de algodón del nº8 alrededor con puntadas rectas y en el centro con nudos franceses.
    Luego acolché sólo los paneles principales y dejé los laterales sin  hacerlo. Con la tela Liberty preparé  biés para hacer unas cintas para cerrar los laterales.
    Cosí los cuatro lados de lino incluyendo las cintas para el cierre y por último cosí la base del  bolso.
    Para el forro seguí los mismos pasos pero antes añadí unos bolsillos interiores rematados con puntilla y un cierre metálico.
    Antes de coser todo el forro dentro del bolso coloqué las asas y  en la parte superior tela plegada que previamente había preparado.

    En las fotos puedes ver los detalles. Estoy más que contenta con este bolso único y espero que te haya gustado.

    Feliz fin de semana y nos vemos en quince días.

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