Monday, 3 August 2015

Mini Watermelon notebook

Hi everybody! Elena here. 

Today I found out that it is Watermelon Day, so I thought it should be funny to make a watermelon mini notebook to keep in my handbag in summer. 

 Supply list:
  • Card: Green, white, red
  • white copy paper
  • Adhesive
  • twine

Here you have a little video tutorial to make this cute mini notebook. It is so easy to make!

Happy Watermelon Day!


Hola a todos!

Hoy he descubierto que es el Día de la Sandía en Estados Unidos, que tienen un día para casi todo, y he pensado que sería divertido hacerme una pequeña libreta en forma de sandía para tener en el bolso. espero que os guste, es muy fácil de hacer y hoy os he preparado un pequeño vídeo.

¡Feliz día de la sandía!

One die - three ways with the Thinlits Plus Pillow Box Set

Today I was inspired by a series of projects that Sizzix recently did on one die many ways, in which 6 bloggers took this Pillow Box Thinlit set and each made a different version. (You can check them here part 1 and part 2!). But this time I wanted to highlight the fact that you can use the inner panel dies to create beautiful fronts of cards.

For this project you will need:

Sizzix Big Shot Plus Machine Only - 660020
Sizzix Pillow Box Thinlits Plus Die - 660844
Sizzix Accessory - Precision Base Plate for Intricate Thinlits Dies - 660320
Sizzix Accessory - Die Brush & Foam Pad for Wafer-Thin Dies - 660513

I took a landscape A6 folded card, and placed the intricate inside die for the pillow box and secure it with low tack tape in place (just right to the scored line). I used instead one of the cutting plates the awesome Precision Base Plate

Because there is so much detail in this die, you may have to run it two or three times through the machine. After running through machine just turn it over and check that you can see all the cut lines.

While the die is still in place, use the die brush to release all the die cut small bits. I love this brush! It comes with the black mat that  its quite static so all those pieces don't fly away.

Then I place the same die in the other part of the card. I tried to link them as closely as possible. There are many possibilities, I could have left a bigger gap  or even not die cut it at all.

Once run it through the die cutting machine, I saw that I overlapped it too much, but not too worry!  

I  trimmed a piece of the same white card and stamped the message on it. Then just attached it to the front.

To finish it off, I just added the wooden hearts.

Finally I just added a contracting panel for the background. If you are wondering where would you write the message, there two options, the back of the card or make the pink paper a folded one so that you can write inside.

The box is simple, and you can add a contrast panel for the flap.

And with the other panel you can create this simple card too. As you can see a single pass through the die cutting machine

I hope this inspires you to try your dies in a different way!

Sunday, 2 August 2015

Embellish a linen bag with a tag

Hello Sizzix Friends,
another sunday is here!
I love wrapping gifts up using linen bags.
They are so useful and I love decorating them in every way.
Today I want to show you how embellish them with a cardboard tag.

You need:
Linen bag
Sizzix Big Shot Plus Machine Only (White & Gray) (660020)
Sizzix Framelits Die Set 6PK - Hearts (657561)
Sizzix Thinlits Die Set 102PK - Alphanumeric (1" Tall) (660210)
Kraft Cardboard
Hole punch

My tips:
- Realize two hole in the tag instead of one.
In this way you will be able to close the linen bag with a cotton ribbon while fixing the tag on the bag. 
- Create several tags with different wishes (love, laught, live, dream...)
Wrap some presents up using the tags and you guest will choose the package with its favourite wish.

Enjoy your sunday!

*Per i lettori italiani*
Buon pomeriggio a tutti!
Adoro confezionare piccoli sacchetti di stoffa e ancora di più renderli personali decorandoli ogni volta in modo diverso.
Oggi vi mostro come ho abbellito l'ultima volta un sacchetto regalo.
Il tutorial è estremamente facile.
Ho usato:
Sacchettino di stoffa
Sizzix Framelits Die Set 6PK - Hearts (657561)
Sizzix Thinlits Die Set 102PK - Alphanumeric (1" Tall) (660210)
I miei suggerimenti:
- Create nella tag di cartoncino due fori anziché uno.
In questo modo riuscirete a chiudere il sacchetto con il nastro di cotone e contemporaneamente ad applicare la tag.
- Create diverse tag con diverse scritte e confezionate tanti diversi sacchettini per i vostri ospiti.
Ognuno sceglierà il proprio in base all'augurio che preferisce (sorridi, sogna, ama, auguri, vivi, ecc..)

A domenica prossima!


Gift Bag by Gerry van Gent

Happy Sunday Sizzix friends!
Today I am sharing a gift bag I created by using
once again products by Sizzix - dies, a punch and 
Free Colouring Download Papers. Hope you'll enjoy!

660515 Sizzix Big Shot Plus Starter Kit
659197 Sizzix Movers & Shapers XL Die Bag w/Flap
660159 Sizzix Paper Punch Butterfly, Large
660500 Sizzix Thinlits Die Set Intricate Tribal Flowers
660485 Sizzix Thinlits Die Set Layering Daisy #2
657551 Sizzix Framelits Die Set Circles
*         *        *

My very first step was to die cut the bag. 

By the original Bag belongs a flap which I removed so
I can create my own (hand)bag.
I added two strings which I used for the handles.

This is how it looks like the original
659197 Sizzix Movers & Shapers XL Die Bag w/Flap

I distressed the edges with green ink pad and prepared my embellies.
I used the matching Circles die to die cut the "present" and I 
coloured it in with Copic markers.

I love that Daisy die - no wonder I often use it on my projects :-)

Imaginarium Designs chipboard
Prima Marketing Sugar Dots
Prima Marketing/Ingvild Bolme Distress Ink pads
Copic Markers 
*        *        *

Have a very creative Sunday!

Send A Positive Postcard

Snail mail is my jam. Ever since I was 7, I've had a penpal and I love putting together stationery packages for friends. My Dad and I always make sure to send postcards when we travel, but I also love the idea of sending postcards just for fun.

So today I'm sharing some positive postcards if you want to make some too!

Supplies used:

I used a gel pen and a ruler to mark out the address and postcard sections on the card stock.

I'm looking forward to sending these! If you're not into sending mail you could also use them as larger journalling cards or notecards.

I hope you all have a crafty week ahead!

Saturday, 1 August 2015

Flower Basket

Hi there,

today it's Saturday and I'm invited to my girlfriends birthday party.
I looked for a nice flower bouquet and made one by myself with the nice BigZ Native Florals by Craft Asylum.

I used different Cardstocks in nice suitable colors, a stapler, some gluedots, a glue gun, some brads for the decoration and my big shot plus.

Have a look.... here is a overview of the making-off:

I hope you and my girlfriend will like it.

Have a nice weekend, see you next saturday!

Hello Unicorn

Hey everyone,
this week I wanna show you a simple card that I made with the new Bigz Die Tribal Hearts from Craft Asylum. I love the textured hearts. It is so easy to combine pretty colors and give them all a special look.

The unicorn and sentiment is printed on a journaling card that I found in my stash. I attached it to the blank card and added all the hearts in pretty pink and orange, but the hearts in the middle are made with gold foil.

The white "hello" is an easy way to get attention, especially with the copper twine in the background. It looks a little bit like unicorn hair, right? ;)

List of supplies:
Sizzix Bigz Die - Tribal Hearts #660495
Sizzix Big Shot Plus Starter Kit (White & Gray) #660515
Sizzix Thinlits Die Set 3PK - Happiness Phrases #660804
Blank card, Cardstock in your favorite colors, glue and a journaling card of your choice

I hope you like my card. What kind of projects would you like to do with this Die? :) Tell me, I´m curious.

Have a nice day, xo Julia

Friday, 31 July 2015

just an experiment....

as you surely know, watercoloring is the newest trend - and of course
this is a trend i have to try...

All you need for this experiment is:

Sizzix Big Shot Plus Starter Kit (White & Gray)
Sizzix Textured Impressions Embossing Folder - Chevron Texture
Sizzix Framelits Die Set 5PK - Stars
Watercoloring Paper, Watercolors and of course water...

First of all you have to emboss the paper.
I choose the Sizzix Textured Impressions Embossing Folder - Chevron Texture.

But this time you do not only dry embossing - first you add
water and color onto the embossing folder - wet embossing quasi ;-)

Then i added the paper and put it into the the Big Shot...
a little decorating.... perfect...

Have a beautiful weekend, Stephanie


Hallo Ihr Lieben,

wie ihr sicher wisst, ist Wasserfarben-Matschen gerade total in....
Und das ist ein Trend den ich auch versuchen muss....

Für das Experiment braucht ihr:

Sizzix Big Shot Plus Starter Kit (White & Gray)
Sizzix Textured Impressions Embossing Folder - Chevron Texture
Sizzix Framelits Die Set 5PK - Stars
Aquarell Papier, WatercolorWasserfarben und natürlich Farben...

Zuerst müsst ihr das Papier embossen.
Ich habe mich für den Sizzix Textured Impressions Embossing Folder - Chevron Texture entschieden.

Aber diese mal wird nicht einfach trocken embosst.
Zuerst muss noch Wasser und Farbe in den Folder - Nass Embossen sozusagen ;-)

Papier rein und durch die BigShot kurbeln.
Ein bisschen dekorieren, fertig....

Ich wünsche euch ein wunderschönes Wochenende, Steffi