Tuesday, 2 September 2014

A birthday card by Olga




Hello, my dear friends!

Here is my new card. I like to use bright and soft colours in my projects so here I used dark violet flowers and white roses cut with Sizzix die. I created the background using sprays and stamps.






Here are the products I used:


Have a nice day!

Olga

A Birthday Book





Hi everyone
I hope you all had a great week, today i will show you a giftbox/ book for my grandson's 21 years birthday. The box/book should be a bos for a game and a gift certificate. I have used differents of the new sizzix dies
The box/book is 15x3x21 cm
Sizzix Dies I have used:
Sizzix Bigz Die Love Gears 659709
Sizzix Bigz Die/ w texture fades  Layered Butterfly 659578
Sizzix Bigz Die Artful Arrows 659433
Sizzix XL Alphabet  Die Block Talk lowercase 659442
Sizzix Framelits 6 dies set Enchanted 659702
Supply list:
Paper. Riddersholm design Tailgate Marked my street,bygone era,StudioLight-indutrial-, cardstock
ink. Black Distress ink
Viva ink gold-kopfer-, embossing powder -bronze- ultra thick from Ranger, Stencil Burlap TH 5007 tim Holtz Collection, old tape measure,buckle, recycled cardstock and metal corners
How to make:
The book cover is made of two pieces of cardstock 18x21 cm scor 3 cm into the short side glue the two spines(3x21cm) together so it be double cardstock in the spine. Inside the cover i made a box 14,5x2,5x20,5 cm. Cut out a cardstock 19,5x25,5cm scor 2,5 cm around and cut into all four corners and glue the corners. Glue the bottom into the cover.
I have decoratet the book using stencils and embossing powder bronze, some of the bigz die is cut out ind thick recycled cardstock, ink and put on bronze creme and glossy accent





Thanks for stopping by, wish you a lovely week
Pia
Hej alle
Jeg håber i alle har haft en dejlig uge. I dag vil jeg vise en gave bog som jeg har lavet til mit barnebarns 21 års fødselsdag hvor der skal ligge et spil og et gavekort. Jeg har brugt flere af de nye Sizzix dies som bare er så lækre.
 
Sizzix Dies som jeg har brugt:
Sizzix Bigz Die Love Gears 659709
Sizzix Bigz Die/ w texture fades  Layered Butterfly 659578
Sizzix Bigz Die Artful Arrows 659433
Sizzix XL Alphabet  Die Block Talk lowercase 659442
Sizzix Framelits 6 dies set Enchanted 659702
Andre materialer:
Papir. Riddersholm design Tailgate Marked my street,bygone era,StudioLight-indutrial-, karton
ink. Black Distress ink
Viva ink gold-bronce-, embossing powder -bronze- ultra thick from Ranger, Stencil Burlap TH 5007 Tim Holtz Collection, gammelt målebånd,spænde, genbrugs karton i pap og metal hjørner
Fremgangsmåde:
Bogomslaget er lavet af to stykker karton i18x21 cm scor 3 cm
ind på den korte side(3x21cm)dette er ryggen, lim begge rygge sammen så ryggen bliver dobbelt. indeni i omslaget skal være en boks på 14,5x2,5x20,5 cm. skær ud i karton 19,5x25,5cm scor 2,5 cm hele vejen rundt og klip lidt op i alle hjørner og lim boksen sammen. Lim den fast til indersiden af omslaget
jeg har dekoreret ved at bruge stencils og embossing powder bronze, nogle af Sizzix bigz die er skåret ud i genbrugs pap, sværtet og har fået bronze creme  på kanter og pyntet med glossy accent.
Tak fordi du kiggede forbi, jeg ønsker dig en dejlig uge
Pia
 

Monday, 1 September 2014

Butterflies card










I am really excited to be sharing my first project with my new collection of dies for Sizzix, Everyday Memories! It is my fourth release for Sizzix and I can not be happier about them.





Today I am sharing a card that I made using two sets of dies, Thinlits™ Die Set 8PK - Butterflies, Intricate 659971, and Thinlits™ Die Set 6PK - Butterfly Cards 659972.


As you may know I love butterflies, so I was really adament that this collection should fature a set of intricate single butterflies and one that cut an aperture with them on. the idea then came to make an optional outer frame that was 3 x 4" (perfect for pocket scrap booking).







You can die cut every element on their own or together to create different effects. Mixing and matching! I use low tack tape to secure dies in their place when I cant find my magnetic mat under layers of paper.








You can cut two (the inner aperture and the outer at the same time to create the effect on the right.

















Other versions. As you can cut the the butterflies with the very thin edge, though it is very thin, or you can use it as a plain mat and layering. By cutting the outer postage stamp rectangle on its own, it creates a perfect under layer.







One of things I love to do is that elements of the collection mix and match perfectly, so of course the butterfly cards and the intricate ones match. this means that if you die cut the butterfly solid dies out of a contrasting paper and place them under it is a lovely detail.








I attached them with foam pads that come in a thin straight line, perfect for this project.









Finally I added it to the card, tilted over the edge. I stamp the message on a little Sentiment tag from the Sizzix Framelits Die Set 12PK - Tags, Sentiments 658612.







I hope you like the new collection!












Sunday, 31 August 2014

A layout with lots of different dies

Hello Sizzix friends!!
I am so sorry that my post is going up later than usual this Sunday, but the trouble is it's raining so much here that the basement of our house is flooded and I had to deal with that for most of the day. We have a pump that is supposed to take the water out but it really was no big help since the power was cut for several hours. Ok, that was my day. I hope you had a better one so far!! :-)

Anyway, I have a page that I'd like to share with you as usual:


And I even took some close up shots. 
Unfortunately the colours are not great due to the abysmal lightning conditions....


It was nice to play with some great Sizzix dies and stamps to take my mind off things.


The framelits stamps are great because you see exactly where you are supposed to cut out your stamped image. It's really easy to get a nice clean cut.


For my title I combined one of the Sizzix thinlits dies with some letter stickers.



Finally a close up of some of the bunting pieces I cut out with a new Bigz die and some Tattered florals with some framelits leaves.

These are the Sizzix Products that I used:
Sizzix Big Shot Machine Only (Powder Blue & Teal)
Sizzix Framelits Die Set 12PK w/Stamps - Here & There
Sizzix Framelits Die Set 5PK w/Stamps - Simply Lovely 
Sizzix Framelits Die Set 5PK w/Stamps - English Garden 
Sizzix Thinlits Die Set 7PK - You & Me
Sizzix Bigz Die - Tattered Florals 
Sizzix Accessory - Susan's Garden Tool Kit
Sizzix Bigz Die - Pennants

In addition I used  Heidi Swapp 'Dreamy' collection and letter stickers and flowers från Papirdesign -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Hejsan Sizzix vänner!

Ledsen att mitt inlägg kommer mycket senare idag! Mitt problem är att det är hundraårsregn i södra Sverige i dag och min källare är totalt översvömmat. Jag har tömt hinkar etc hela dagen, och nu börjar det regna igen.....Vi har en länspump som egentligen ska ta hand om vattnet, men när jag kom ner i källaren tidigt i morse var det redan fullt av vatten där pga elavbrott som gjorde att pumpen inte fungerade!! Detta var min dag. Hoppas din varit bättre!! :-) 

Men i vilket fall som helst har jag en sida att dela med er idag: 

Några närbilder blev det också, men tyvärr blev färgåtergivningen inte så bra med de dåliga ljusförhållandena vi har.

Det var trevligt att underhålla mig en stund sen med underbara Sizzix dies och stämplar för att skingra tankarna lite.

 Framelits stämplarna er kanon sedan du ser exakt var du ska lägga din die för att få en perfekt utstansning. Enkelt!!

Jag använde en die fra Sizzix thinlits settet 'You & Me' för min titel tillsammans med några alfabetsstickers.

Slutligen en bild på mina banners som jag gjorde med en ny Bigz die och mina Tattered florals med några snygga framelits löv.


Dessa fina Sizzix produkterna använde jag:
Sizzix Big Shot Machine Only (Powder Blue & Teal)
Sizzix Framelits Die Set 12PK w/Stamps - Here & There
Sizzix Framelits Die Set 5PK w/Stamps - Simply Lovely 
Sizzix Framelits Die Set 5PK w/Stamps - English Garden 
Sizzix Thinlits Die Set 7PK - You & Me
Sizzix Bigz Die - Tattered Florals 
Sizzix Accessory - Susan's Garden Tool Kit
Sizzix Bigz Die - Pennants

I övrigt använde jag papper från Heidi Swapp 'Dreamy' collection and letter stickers and flowers från Papirdesign.

 

Saturday, 30 August 2014

Stars in my cushion !!!




Hi everyone again !!!I was wishing to try the stars die that  Sizzix sent me some time ago, so I did another cushion in the same size  I showed  the last one in june.  Again  applique patchwork technique.







My cushion is 13" x 13 "

Supplies :


656339


14"x 14" rustic cotton fabric ( top )
14" x 9.5 rustic cotton fabric ( back )
14" x 5" rustic cotton fabric ( back )
14" x 2 " gingham fabric ( back ) 
Scraps of fabrics for stars ( 10 )
14" x 14 "  batting
14"x 14" white fabric for the backing
 53"   ruffle ribbon for the borders ( mine by Mokuba )
5"  ruffle ribbon for clousure ( mine by Mokuba ) 
1 Button
Vliesofix  termoadhesive ( doble size ) 


Here it´s is how I started. First I  chose the ten  fabrics and ironed the  termoadhesive in the squares of the fabrics  , then I cut the  big stars with the Big Shot machine. 











Peeled the paper from the wrong side of  each star and ironed on the rustic cotton square, three in a row., nine in total.



Then I sew  inside the stars with a multicolored thread for quilting  and  did a sandwich with the batting and white fabric for quilting just three stars  out of them ( 1/4 " )










Finally I sew the top and back in the same way I did in my Three Heart Cushion tutorial  but adding the ruffle ribbon before sewing the back of the cushion and a  another star on the right botton corner. Take a look to the pictures.











Hope you have a wonderful weekend!!!I can ´t believe  how summer is finishing and come back work again!!
Love


Mercedes

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¡¡¡ Hola a todo el mundo otra vez !!! Estaba deseando  probar el troquel de estrella que Sizzix me envió hace algún tiempo así que hice otro cojín del mismo tamaño del que te mostré en junio. De nuevo he  vuelto a la técnica del aplicado.

Mi cojín mide lo mismo : 33cm x 33cm
Las medidas de los materiale son casi las mismas con alguna pequeña variación.

35.5 cm x 35.5 cm de algodón rústico ( top)
35.5cm x 24cm  de algodón rústico ( trasera )
35.5cm x 12.5 cm de algodón rústico ( trasera )
35.5 cm x 5 cm de tela de vichi ( trasera)
Restos de telas para las estrellas ( un total de 10 )
35. 5 cm x 35.5 cm de guata  y lo mismo de tela blanca para la trasera del top.
135cm de cinta rizada para el borde ( Mokuba )
12.5 cm de cinta rizada para el cierre ( Mokuba )
1 botón
Fliselina termoadhesiva de doble cara

Esto es lo primero que hice, elegir las diez telas , cortar cuadrados a medida de las estrellas grandes  y planchar la fliselina en cada uno . Luego corté con la máquina Big Shot .
Le quite le papelito y situé   nueve estrellas centradas en el cuadrado grande de tela rústica. Planché y  cosí una costura dentro de cada estrella con un hilo matizado para acolchar. 
Luego hice un sanchwith con la guata y la tela blanca y acolché solo tres estrellas por el borde exterior dejando un margen de 1/4 “ .

Finalmente coloqué la cinta rizada sujeta con alfileres y cosí  cojín de la misma manera que hice  en el tutorial del  Cojín de los tres corazones, solo que antes cosí  la última estrella que quedaba en la esquina inferior derecha . Echa un vistazo a las fotos.

Que tengas un maravilloso fin de semana. ¡ No puedo creer que el verano se está acabando y vuelvo al trabajo la semana que viene !

Cariños
Mercedes

Thursday, 28 August 2014

Cotton and Steel


Hello - how is  your week turning out? I have my 3 grand-daughters staying with me this week - they are 1,3 and 5 - so as you can imagine there hasn't been a lot of sewing going on here! Well I have been altering some dresses for them as they are flower girls at a wedding next week - so I'll save showing you  their photo until they are all scrubbed and dressed up next week!
Needless to say I haven't had a moment to finish the bird table runner from last week - even though 5.30 a.m., has become a normal time in my day - so I'm afraid I'll have to postpone showing the finished item.
So why is the blog called Cotton and Steel this week - well it's because I have a selection of fabrics from the collection to start a new project -

There are quite a lot of fabrics in the fun new collection by some talented new designers - I love all the new colour and print mixes coming onto the market this year and hope it will continue for a long time. 
I have been given these to make a padded cover and top for a coffee table - we saw a picture of one we liked but decided that the budget wouldn't stretch to buying it - so we are going to make our own variation - so watch this space over the next few weeks to see how it progresses - and if it turns out the way we imagine!
Well the sun is shining and I have some little girls waiting to go shopping for a present for a birthday party tomorrow. When we come back we are going to use the Big - Shot and some Bigz dies to cut paper and card shapes to make some birthday cards and gift tags.
It won't be long now until bedtime - not the girls - mine!!
That's all for this week - I'm off to have some fun with 3 little beauties - more sewing news next time.
Angela

It's summer time ! by Karine


Hello!

Here is a new page 100% free style and full of colours! It’s summer so let’s take the opportunity to scrapbook the first portraits of the season.

Supply list:

Cardstock: American Crafts
Paint: Pébéo
Spray ink: Tattered Angels
Enamel Dots: Studio Calico
Stickers: Studio Calico
Die Cuts: Heidi Swapp
Masking tape
Stamps: Glitz Design, Craft Origine
Inks: Chalk Prima
Others: charcoal, buttons

Dies:

658300 : Sizzix Big Shot Starter Kit
659108 : Sizzix Thinlits Die Set 6PK-For the record
658334 : Sizzix Sizzlits Die-Flights of Fancy

I had fun creating a custom-made background with a white cardstock and green acrylic paint.
Apply the paint vertically with an old loyalty plastic card.

While the paint dries, cut some shapes with your Big Shot for future decoration.
I chose a little butterfly and photo corners.
These embellishments are cut out of white paper then shaded with Adirondack watermelon ink. Then I stamped on them for more fancy.

Have fun writing all that comes to your mind with your charcoal. Dim it lightly with your fingertips. Draw a heart free-hand.

Add some colourful dots, buttons and stickers.





Your page is done!

Have a lovely day,

Karine

Bonjour !

Une nouvelle page ce jour 100% patouille et haute en couleur ! C'est l'été on en profite et on scrappe les premiers portraits de saison !

Matériel :

Cardstock : American Crafts
Peinture : Pébéo
Encres en spray : Tattered Angels
Enabel Dots : Studio Calico
Stickers : Studio Calico
Die Cuts : Heidi Swapp
Masking tape
Tampons : Glitz Design, Craft Origine
Encres : Chalk Prima
Divers : fusain, boutons

Dies utilisés :

658300 : Sizzix Big Shot Starter Kit
659108 : Sizzix Thinlits Die Set 6PK-For the record
658334 : Sizzix Sizzlits Die-Flights of Fancy

Je me suis amusée ici à créer un fond sur mesure en utilisant un cardstock blanc et une peinture acrylique verte.
Appliquez la peinture verticalement à l'aide d'une carte en plastique.

Pendant que la peinture sèche, découpez des formes à la Big Shot en vu de décorer votre création. J'ai opté ici pour un petit papillon et des coins photos.
Ces embellissements découpés en blanc sont ensuite ombrés à l'encre Adirondack watermelon. Ils sont ensuite tamponnés pour plus de fantaisie.

Amusez-vous à écrire tout ce qui se passe dans votre tête à l'aide d'un fusain, estompez légèrement au doigt. Dessinez un coeur à main levée.

Complétez votre page avec des pastilles colorées, boutons et autocollants.

Votre page est terminée !

Très belle journée à vous

Karine

Wednesday, 27 August 2014

Christmas Tri


Now I know what you are thinking, " Silly old Pete has spelt Tree wrong!" well, I wasn't actually trying to spell 'tree'. I have made three different cards using the new Triplits dies from Stephanie Barnard and the word 'three' in Welsh is Tri so it turns out that I knew what I was doing all along...... for once!

Triplits are wafer thin die sets representing staggering value in the sense that they are incredibly versatile and offer multiple options for those wishing to flex their creative muscles.

 I'm concentrating on the Christmas Trees set which includes no less than 14 separate elements as you can see below.



Sticking with the 'three' theme I'm want to demonstrate how easy they are to use by showing the cards from start to finish in a series of three pictures, so without further ado.......

I used my PC to print my 'Merry Christmas' Greeting onto 3 separate A6 blank white cards, Next, I die-cut the base tree from corrugated card and the other elements from matt gold card which I then lightly distressed with a sanding pad.


I then assembled the tree and attached it to the base card using 3D foam pads. I also tied a length of natural twine around the base.
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For the next card I die-cut the base tree from deep red card and the other elements from patterned paper from a Hobbycraft 6 x 6 paper pad that goes by the name of 'Love Collection'. I attached these separate elements to the base tree using 3D foam pads.


I die-cut the star and attached everything to the base card again using 3D foam pads before decorating the base of the tree using a length of knotted pink ribbon tied in a bow.


For our third card I used the large tree die to cut an aperture through the front of the base card before die-cutting a smaller white tree and a selection of assorted circles from silver mirror card.

I attached a folded rectangle of turquoise card into the base card as my insert and mounted my die-cut white tree onto it through the aperture. I then decorated the tree using the silver die-cut circles and added the die-cut star.


Here are the finished cards seen all together, given time (a luxury in my line of work!) I'm sure I could have gone on to create dozens more even in this restrictive format. I love these clever little die sets and they are one of the first items on my creative Christmas list.


Last week I was in Norway, or to be more exact, the beautiful city of Oslo where I was representing Sizzix as the guests of Global Hobby who are based in Bergen (Stunning place!). They were fabulous hosts and I would like to thank Alf Christian and his team for making me feel so welcome. 

While I was there I thought that I would create few cards with a Norwegian flavour using some of the wicked Papicolor card which they distribute. It folds, cuts, tears and creases so beautifully... I think I'm in love!

The first thing I made was the gift box using the Tim Holtz Pillow Box die which I decorated with torn strips of card replicating the Norwegian national flag. I  then added some die-cut floral elements from the Big Shot Starter Kit.

With the card and tag I took a slightly different approach. I used the flag motif as before but I also wanted to celebrate Norway's proud history for exploration by using a Tim Holtz Texture Fades embossing folder from the Airmail & Compass Set and a few butterfly's die-cut using the Butterfly Frenzy decorative strip die

I really love the colours and it was so much fun to do I hope you like them to?