Sunday, 1 March 2015

Sweetie Bird package

Hello Sizzix Readers!
Happy sunday!

New Sizzix products are amazing but one of my favourite thinlits die is, with no doubt, the Sweetie Bird Set.
It is so funny to be used during this season because it is so lovely in pastel shades!
This Die Set is perfect to make garlands, greetings cards and for gift wraps too.
Guess what I did?!
A gift package of course ^^

You need:
Sizzix Thinlits Die Set 5PK - Sweetie Bird
Sizzix Textured Impressions Embossing Folders 2PK - Merci & Printer's Ornament Set
Cardstock (white, pale green, yellow)
Paper envelope
Cotton ribbon
Floral washitape
Cotton string

Emboss a rectangle white cardstock with Embossing Folder Texture Impressions (on sale now!).
Die cut the Sweetie Bird using white and pale green cardstock.
Die cut the Sweetie Bird's beak using a yellow cardstock.
Remove the Yellow beak using the tweezers.
Paste the bird with the glue.

Paste the floral washitape on the lower edge of the embossed cardstock.
Fill the paper envelope with the present and close it.
Fold the embossed cardstock on the upper edge of the envelope and fix it on the back with clear tape.
Fix the cotton string on the embossed cardstock with a stapler.
Fix the cotton string on the bird's back using clear tape.
Add a wonderful pink cotton ribbon and make a bow.
Our gift wrap is done!
Hope you like it!
See you next sunday.

* Per le lettrici italiane *
Buon pomeriggio lettori e buona domenica!
I nuovi prodotti Sizzix sono fantastici ma uno dei miei Die Set preferiti è senza dubbio lo Sweetie Bird Set.
È così carino ed è perfetto da usare in questa stagione perché lo immagino stupendo in tutte le tonalità di colori pastello.
È ideale per realizzare ghirlande, biglietti d'auguri e per abbellire confezioni regalo.
Indovinate per cosa l'ho utilizzato?
Un pacchetto regalo ovviamente! ^^
Ho usato:
Sizzix Thinlits Die Set 5PK - Sweetie Bird
Sizzix Textured Impressions Embossing Folders 2PK - Merci & Printer's Ornament Set
Cartoncini (bianco, verde pastello, giallo)
Busta in carta
Fettuccia di cotone
Washitape fiorato
Cordino di cotone
Nastro adesivo

Embossare un rettangolo di cartoncino bianco utilizzando Embossing Folder Texture Impressions (è in saldo!).
Fustellare l'uccellino utilizzando i cartoncini verde pastello e bianco.
Fustellare il becco dell'uccellino con il cartoncino giallo.
Rimuovere il becco dalla fustella, se necessario utilizzando una pinzetta.
Incollare tutte le parti dell'uccellino.
Incollare il washitape sul bordo inferiore del cartoncino embossato.
Riempire la vostra busta regalo e chiudeterlaa.
Piegare il cartoncino embossato sulla busta fissandolo sul retro con del nastro adesivo.
Fissare bene il cordoncino di cotone bianco sul cartoncino utilizzando una pinzatrice.
Fissare il cordoncino di cotone bianco sul retro dell'uccellino con del nastro adesivo.
Aggiungere una fettuccia rosa e fare un bel fiocco.

Non è dolcissimo?
Spero vi sia piaciuto!
A domenica prossima!

Hello! My name is Claire and I am thrilled to be joining the Sizzix blogging team. For my first post I'm sharing a little about myself and my crafting background.

I write a creative lifestyle blog called Claireabellemakes where I share DIYs, handmade finds and my life in Cambridge, UK. You might say I am a multi-crafter as there isn't one thing I stick to. I am obsessed with bicycles, stationery and my fluffy persian cat. I drink loose leaf tea every day from my vintage tea cup collection and always enjoy a piece of cake.

I love paper crafts and stationery and have recently taken up pocket based scrapbooking as a way to document my life. I have far too many notebooks and a little bit of an addiction to washi tape.

One of my big passions is yarn crafts. I enjoy both crochet and knitting and made my first jumper last year. I like having longer term projects alongside more instant creations such as making cards.

I also dabble in jewellery making (I can't choose just one craft!) and have a store where I sell jewellery, accessories and gifts. Wooden letter tiles and fabric are my materials of choice.

Organisation is a big part of my life and I enjoy using my planner to keep my life in order. Decorating my planner is a weekly craft for me, so expect to see some ideas here for keeping organised in the prettiest way possible.

My favourite colours are pastels and metallics and I love combinations of dusky pink and grey. Bright primary colours aren't my style, so I tend to go for more muted tones in my craft projects. Here's a look at my pastel themed craft studio where all the projects are made and blog posts are written.

I hope to bring you lots of inspiration through the projects I share. I like to use Twitter to chat to my craft buddies, so do come and say hello there if you'd like to!


Colourful Cards by Gerry van Gent

Hello Sizzix Friends and Happy 1st of March!!

Can you believe it? It is already March? Time surely flies :-)
I am already in a Spring mood and I am absolutely looking forward
to some warm and colourful season like Spring. And by saying this
my projects today are two cards in bright, happy and cheerful colours. 

Cards 1
657900 Sizzix Big Shot machine
NEW 660220 Sizzix Thinlits Die Set Mixed Media
658701 Sizzix Framelits Die Set w/Stamps Word Labels
*       *       *
My first card is featuring the diamonds Mixed Media die....
You 1

I basically die cut the diamonds twice on a piece of white cardstock.
Then I misted the cardstock and adhered it on top of another white piece of cardstock.
After that I tore it diagonally somewhere in the middle - 
I kind of resized it to fit on the front of my (14 cm x 10 cm) card.
You 6

The stamped and die cut Word Label was used to decorate the flower.
I simply adhered it in the center of the flower.
You 3

I added glitter for a bit of shiny effect.
You 4

You 2

And my second card today...
To make this card I used the Circles dies with approx. sizes 4 1/4" and 3 3/4".
Hello 1
657900 Sizzix Big Shot machine
657551 Sizzix Framelits Die Set Circles
NEW 660220 Sizzix Thinlits Die Set Mixed Media
NEW 660210 Sizzix Thinlits Die Set Alphanumeric
*      *      *
I used white cardstock to die cut the Circle with size 3 3/4".
Then I die cut the Mixed Media die twice - top and bottom of the circle.
Once ready I misted it in green and placed it 
underneath another die-cut Circle with size 3 3/4". 
Hello 8

The Alphanumeric letters were die cut twice using white and red cardstock.
The red letters I used as shadow letters.
Hello 3

Hello 5

Hope you enjoyed my "Spring-inspired" cards today!

Thank you so much for visiting us today!
Have a creative Sunday!

Saturday, 28 February 2015

Pretty Milk Carton Packaging

Hello everyone,
do you know that I love cute packaging? I think an awesome packaging is so important, even for the tiniest things ever. :) This box shaped like a little milk carton I have made for a friend. I going to put some beauty items in it, just because I like her. And we all have that friend with THAT face while opening a gift, right? ;)

I die-cutted the phrase "hello" from a Mint Cardstock and applied my Glossy Accents to get a beautiful shiny and clear effect. Can you see that on the pictures? It is glossy and lofty, just like a raindrop on a leaf. :)

This Box Die from Sizzix is pretty perfect for a quick and easy way to wrap a beautiful gift. You can put some chocolates in it or a nailpolish, an USB-Stick for your husband or a voucher. The possibilities are endless. :) And you have a lot of space for cute embellishment. ;)

I wish you all a nice day, xo Julia

Products I´ve used:
Sizzix Big Shot Machine Only (Powder Blue & Teal) #657900
Sizzix Sizzlits Decorative Strip Die - Mini Paper Rosettes #657177
Sizzix Thinlits Die - Box, Milk Carton #658823
Sizzix Thinlits Die Set 3PK - Happiness Phrases #660804
Pattern Paper from Studio Calico
Clothepin, American Crafts Cork Arrow, Glossy Accents


Hallo ihr Lieben,
wenn ihr schon einmal auf meinem Blog wart wisst ihr es ja: Ich liebe süße Verpackungen! Kleine Geschenke verpacke ich für mein Leben gern und ich finde eine schöne Verpackung ist total wichtig. Auch für die kleinsten Geschenke und Mitbringsel. Diese hübsche Box in Form eines Milchkartons bekommt eine meiner Freundinnen mit einem Nagellack drin, einfach weil ich sie mag. :) 

Den Schriftzug "hello" habe ich aus mintfarbenem Cardstock ausgestanzt und dann mit Glossy Accents eine Art Überzug verpasst. Das sieht so toll aus! Es glänzt total schön und durch die Erhebung sieht es aus, als wären es Regentropfen auf einem Blatt. Wunderschön! :)

Die Milchkarton Metallstanze von Sizzix ist perfekt für schnelle süße Verpackungen von kleinen Geschenken. Es passen wunderbar Schokoladen rein oder, wie ich sie nutzen werde, ein Fläschchen Nagellack. Wenn ihr eurem Mann etwas schenken wollt findet z.B. ein USB-Stick wunderbar Platz darin. :) Die Möglichkeiten sind quasi endlos. Und man kann gaaaaaanz viele Dekoteilchen dran befestigen. Na also, was will man mehr? ;)

Habt einen schönen Tag, xo Julia

Sizzix Big Shot Machine Only (Powder Blue & Teal) #657900
Sizzix Sizzlits Decorative Strip Die - Mini Paper Rosettes #657177
Sizzix Thinlits Die - Box, Milk Carton #658823
Sizzix Thinlits Die Set 3PK - Happiness Phrases #660804
Pattern Paper from Studio Calico
Clothepin, American Crafts Cork Arrow, Glossy Accents

Friday, 27 February 2015

Bad Boys Layout

Hi Sizzix friends!

Today I show you the last layout I have made. As you could see I have used two new dies and one of my favorite die designed by Paula Pascual to Sizzix.

Our children grow up very fast, in every age, they live the photo moment in different ways. I took this photo 3 years ago and I remember this moment with a big smile on my face. It was a very funny day and a  funny picture. During few months, both posed in the same way when I took them a photo. So it was obviously that it needs a layout to remember this day and also these images.

I have used a black background, I love how the colours bright on it. Then I chose scrapbook papers in accordance with the photo. The title was clear for me “Bad boys” , due to how they posed  when they saw me with my camera… But “Bad boys”  is only a part of the title because the complete title is “ Momento foto a lo … Bad boys” In English it would be similar to “Let’s go to pose like … Bad boys”  
To make this long title I have used the Alphanumeric dies designed  by Tim Holtz to Sizzix.  I have used it in a different ways:  I have die-cut the letters to form the words and also I have die-cut the words on this fabulous Tab card die-cutting designed by Paula Pascual.    

Here are some images:

I have used the same black colour paper as the background to die-cut the letters. 

I love this die so much !!! And now with the Alphanumeric dies I think both will be a very useful couple !!!

This splat die-cut brings freshness to the layout.  I have used it on a piece of paper with the same colour as my son’s t-shirt, I have also used the small die-cutting drops !!!

If we don’t glue this splat completely,  it brings a little movement to our layout.

I have used the following Sizzix products: 

I hope you have enjoyed this layout. Thanks for your visit!

Have a creative and happy Friday!


¡Hola a todos!

Hoy os quería enseñar la última página que he realizado. Como podréis ver he utilizado dos de los nuevos troqueles y uno de mis favoritos diseñado por Paula Pascual para Sizzix.
Nuestros hijos crecen muy rápido y en cada edad viven el momento foto de una forma diferente. Les tiré esta foto hace 5 años y recuerdo ese momento con una gran sonrisa. Fue un dia divertido y la foto es de lo más divertida. Durante unos meses posaban así cuando me veían con la cámara. Así que era evidente que necesitaba una página para recordar ese día y las fotos con esa pose.

He utilizado como base una cartulina de color negro, me encanta como lucen los colores sobre este fondo. He escogido papeles con colores acordes con la foto. El título lo tenía muy claro "Bad boys" debido a la pose... Pero "Bad boys" es solo una parte del título porque el título completo es " Momento foto a lo... Bad boys" 

Algunas imágenes:
He usado la misma cartulina negra para troquelar las letras.  
¡Me encanta este troquel! Y ahora con el troquel Alphanumeric creo que ¡van a hacer muy buena pareja!
Este troquelado con forma de gota aporta frescura a la página. He utilizado el troquel en un papel de un color similar a la camiseta de mi hijo. También he utilizado las pequeñas gotitas. 
Si no lo pegamos completamente, le da movimiento a la página.

 He utilizado los siguientes productos Sizzix: 

Espero que os haya gustado esta página. ¡Gracias por la visita!

¡Os deseo un feliz y creativo viernes!

dreaming of spring

Hopefully spring is just around the corner, yes I'm hopeful!  So to brighten things up, I figured it was time for an intervention.

The snowdrops are still blooming in my garden, and the crocus have shown themselves, the daffs are making good headway already.  I'm ready for some colour!

So armed with some pretty wool felts from Hantex, a 12" polystyrene ring, a bunch of ribbon, a handful of dies and my Big Shot machine I set to work.

Dies used were:

656520 Flourish, Floral with leaves  for the blue forget me nots

I stitched a small dart into the leaves to give them some structure. 
The Flourish flower I folded in four.  I used my Long Arm pins for the flower centers, The pearl heads were perfect.

I am thrilled with how this turned out, 

And thanks to Angela, I was lucky enough to attend one of her 'make & take' sessions at Stitches trade show, I don't think my spring wreath would have quite so good.

So after this adventure with felt, and a discussion with a colleague, there may be a few wedding decorations in the future too!  I am really excited at the creative possibilities these opened up.

Bedroom door sign and Bookmarks for girls by Anna

Hello! It's Anna here. How are you doing on this pretty Friday morning?
Today I made this simple personalised door sign, perfect for a child's bedroom, for any princess in your life!
It's a very satisfying, relatively simple project and super charming...
sizzix big shot - door hanger-canvas-decor-girl-room - targa-fuoriporta-bambini-cameretta  by Anna Drai - cafecreativo (1)
sizzix big shot - door hanger-canvas-decor-girl-room - targa-fuoriporta-bambini-cameretta  by Anna Drai - cafecreativo (2)
Let me show you how it’s done!
sizzix big shot - tutorial - door hanger-canvas-decor-girl-room - targa-fuoriporta-bambini-cameretta  by Anna Drai - cafecreativo
I started with a sheet of cardboard and a piece of fabric.
I die cut the names of my nieces from Alphanumeric Thinlits Set.
Extra dimension was added with various felt hearts die-cut with Bigz Die Heartfelt by Tim Holtz.
If you want add stitches.
sizzix big shot - door hanger-canvas-decor-girl-room - targa-fuoriporta-bambini-cameretta  by Anna Drai - cafecreativo (3)
I used a mix of pale colours including lilac, pink, aqua, but it can be personalised with a special name and colour scheme.
A perfect gift for all occasions, ideal for a new baby, that can be hung from a bedroom door or perhaps above a bed.
An idea for your craft room door, also ;)
Furthermore, with my “negative” die-cut names, I created two fun bookmarks:
sizzix big shot - kids girls bookmark -  segnalibri by Anna Drai - cafecreativo (1)
sizzix big shot - kids girls bookmark -  segnalibri by Anna Drai - cafecreativo (2)
It's quick and easy to make a personalised bookmark with this fabulous die set!
All this productivity has made me weary! I think it's time for a coffee! :D
Enjoy the weekend! ♥
Bedroom door sign - Items used:
Sizzix Big Shot Machine (657900)
Sizzix Thinlits Die Set 102PK - Alphanumeric (1" Tall) (660210)
Sizzix Bigz Die – Heartfelt (660233)
polka dots fabric
scraps of felt and fabric
glitter foam sheet
sewing machine and thread
double-sided tape
Bookmarks - Items used:
Sizzix Big Shot Machine (657900)
Sizzix Thinlits Die Set 102PK - Alphanumeric (1" Tall) (660210)
Sizzix Thinlits Die Set 20PK - Arrow Base w/Layering Shapes (660103)
Sizzix Thinlits Die Set 20PK - Notebook Base w/Layering Shapes (660110)
patterned papers
scraps of felt
wooden beads
Per le amiche italiane! :)

Ciao, sono Anna. Cosa state facendo di bello in questo venerdì? Vi state preparando per un week end creativo? Bè, spero di darvi alcune ispirazioni...

Oggi ho usato alcune nuove fustelle tra cui Alphanumeric Thinlits Set. E' un nuovo set di fustelle sottili, progettato da Tim Holtz, che ha il pregio di poter scrivere sia in “positivo” che in “negativo”, in quanto si possono posizionare le singole lettere sul cartoncino. Ovvero ci sono più pezzi di una stessa lettera, per cui è possibile scrivere una frase breve, senza problemi.

Ho pensato quindi di giocare con questo alfabeto per creare due progetti differenti.

Nelle foto in alto, vi mostro dunque la targa, che ho realizzato per la nuova camera delle mie nipoti. Devo dire che questo è un progetto relativamente semplice, ma che regala grande soddisfazione! Lasciate che vi mostri come si fa...
Ho iniziato con un rettangolo di cartone di recupero (non butto via niente!!!) ed un pezzo di tessuto a pois un po' più grande.
Come vi dicevo, ho tagliato i nomi con Alphanumeric Thinlits Set. Ho fissato le lettere con la colla ed ho aggiunto delle cuciture per impreziosire.
Allo stesso modo ho cucito una fila di cuori in feltro differenti, fustellati con la Bigz Heartfelt, sempre di Tim Holtz. Adoro questa fustella!!! Ho già in mente altre idee da fare con lei :)
Ho usato un mix di colori tenui, tra cui lilla, rosa, verde acqua, ma ovviamente, se vi piace l'idea, potete personalizzare a piacere con una diversa combinazione di colori.
Penso possa essere un regalo adatto a molte occasioni, come la nascita di un bebé... ma anche un regalo per se stesse, creando finalmente la targa della propria craft room ;)

Il secondo progetto, è nato nel tentativo di utilizzare i nomi fustellati in "negativo", così ho creato due simpatici segnalibri. Come vedete, con questo favoloso alfabeto, è piuttosto facile realizzare un segnalibro personalizzato. Io li ho poi abbelliti con cuori in feltro, ritagliati sempre con la Heartfelt, e altri piccoli dettagli fustellati con altre Thinlits.

Bene, tutta questa produttività mi ha reso piuttosto stanca, penso sia ora di un buon caffè! :D Come mi piacerebbe prenderlo insieme a voi!

Buon week-end! ♥
Targa con nomi per camera - Materiali:
stoffa a pois
ritagli di feltro e stoffa
gomma crepla glitter
macchina da cucire e filo
colla e scotch biadesivo
Segnalibri - Materiali:
cartoncini vari
carte per scrapbooking
ritagli di feltro
spago colorato
perline di legno

Thursday, 26 February 2015

Rainbow Baby quilt

Have I mentioned that my nephews and niece are all expecting babies at about the same time!!
Well the babies have all be born - in the space of 11 days - so now I have to get sewing pretty quickly.
I had thought that I would design completely different quilts for each one - but reality and time pressure has won the day - I am going to make them all from the same fabrics but make each slightly different - my fabrics are these -
I bought these lovely spotted fabrics a little while ago and hadn't decided what to do with them - so I've started by cutting a lot of rectangles using the new Big Shot Plus and Bigz die 659837 - 2" x 4" finished.
To begin I cut 6 rectangles from each of the 17 fabrics.  I think it will be lovely to include all of the colours for the boys and the girl - no sex discrimination here!
to cut white strips to form sashing.
Now at the moment I don't know how many of anything I'm going to use for each quilt - I know that's not helpful but this is as far as I've got with the first quilt -

All I can say is that you'll have to look at my blog again next week for more details - I plan to have this quilt made (maybe not quilted though), I'm after all the babies don't know I running late with their presents!!!
Also next week I'll have a gift to make for Mother's Day.
So now I'm off to have a cup of tea and some lunch before continuing the quilt.
Last reminder that I'll be running workshops in Glasgow, Sewing Knitting and Quilting Show at the SECC. I hope to see some of you there.


Hello everybody, my name is Giovanna 
and I am very very happy to start this collaboration with Sizzix

I live in Italy with my family, in a small town in the province of Salerno, Casaletto Spartano. 

I am a blogger for some years, I write for the blog HandMade byGio and I love everything handmade, especially crochet sewing jewerly and more.

In my work I always prefer soft colors, pastel colors, natural tones such as white and all shades of taupe.

I love the shabby chic and the recovery of ancient objects. I like to create objects such as frames or small pieces of furniture. My creativity has no limits and so I find myself doing several things at once.

I like to learn new techniques! Maybe one day I will choose one to follow forever!!

Thanks to my blog I made wonderful experience, I met many bloggers, I have often collaborated with them and many have become my friends. In the time I tried to improve myself, I studied photography to portray the most of my creations, and I always have a great care to the packaging. 

The affection of followers gratifies me every day and motivates me to continue on this way with the same enthusiasm.  

And now work for Sizzix is a great achievement for me but also a great responsibility! 

Every Thursday we will meet here for a new project with the wonderful Sizzix products.
See you soon!


-Per le lettrici italiane-

Ciao a tutti, sono Giovanna e sono molto felice di iniziare questa collaborazione con la Sizzix.
Vivo in Italia con la mia famiglia, in un piccolo paese della provincia di Salerno,
Casaletto Spartano.

Sono una blogger da alcuni anni, curo il blog HandMade byGio e amo tutto quello che è Fatto a Mano, crochet cucito gioielli e altro ancora.

Nel mio lavoro prediligo i colori tenui, colori pastello e le tonalità naturali come il bianco e le sfumature di beige.

Adoro lo stile Shabby Chic e il recupero di oggetti di un tempo. La mia creatività non ha limiti e spesso mi ritrovo a fare più cose contemporaneamente!! Questo non mi disturba anzi, non fa che arricchire il mio mondo!

Grazie al mio blog e alla mia avventura sul web ho vissuto meravigliose esperienze, conosciuto tante bloggers, con alcune ho spesso collaborato, tante sono diventate ormai amiche, ci scambiamo pareri quotidianamente! Uno scenario impensabile fino a non molti anni fa.

Con il tempo ho cercato di migliorare il mio modo di propormi al pubblico. Ho seguito dei corsi tra cui uno di fotografia, con l'intento di ritrarre al meglio le mie creazioni.

L'affetto di chi mi segue mi gratifica ogni giorno e mi sprona a continuare su questa strada con lo stesso entusiasmo.

Ed ora, questo lavoro per la Sizzix rappresenta per me un grande traguardo ma anche una grande responsabilità.

Ogni giovedì ci ritroveremo  qui, vi proporrò un nuovo progetto con le meravigliose fustelle della Sizzix.

Vi aspetto numerosi!!!