Thursday, 2 July 2015

Summer's here - Flowers a plenty

Phew - it's raining, very gently - but it has made the temperature drop a little. Now don't get me wrong I love the summer - but it is nice that it's cool enough today for me to be able to think straight!
So I thought I'd have a little fun and see how fabric printing with sponges cut into flower shapes would work - now obviously I've used the amazing Bigz Dies and Big Shot Plus Machine  - because it's the one I have at home.
So I used the Bigz Die - Flower Layers & Leaves by Dena Designs™ - 657690 to cut the sponges -


Choose a sponge that is between 1.5cm and 2cm deep - you can use the sponge with scourer attached but buy economy as the more expensive ones are too thick to cut well, but you are more limited on the size shape you can cut -
I had planned to decorate some t-shirts for my grandchildren - but decided to see how it all worked on some plain cotton. so I laid out newspaper and then plain paper on my dining room table and selected some fabric dyes, along with some plates, and plenty of kitchen roll I was ready to roll!
I decided to start with the daisy flower and some blue die -
as you can see the flower on the left in the picture is a bit mis-shappen because I pressed too hard on the sponge - but that can be covered or disguised as we progress.
I added a darker blue using the same flower shape, and then decided to use the large flower shape with pink - and I don't think I like it - so I'll cover that later -

so I added some more daisies in a deeper pink and tried over dyeing one of the paler pink flowers.
I also tried a leaf shape - but there was too much dye on the sponge and it's just a blob -
When there was less dye on the sponge it was much better -

but when I tried over dyeing a blue daisy with a yellow circle for the centre - oops!!
so I decided to add the yellow as petals -
Why am I showing you this when some of it clearly hasn't worked too well - it's because I want to show  you next week how I have managed to redeem it. I went to a silk painting class a few years ago and the teacher was amazing at showing us how to redeem our mistakes or disasters! and so I want to encourage you too.
So next week I hope to have added some net or voile, and some embroidery to enhance and to conceal - will it work - I don't  know yet - we'll all have to wait and see!!
Until next week enjoy the summer sun.

Summer Cards By Karine

Hi everyone!

It’s Thursday again! Here are two cards with trendy patterns that you will create really quickly!

Supply List:

Papers: 4heures37, Crate Paper
Cardstock: American Crafts
Stickers: Studio Calico
Spray ink: Aladine Dye Ink Mer du Sud
Black Versafine ink
Stamps: Paper Source
Stabilo Pen68


650515: Sizzix Big Shot Plus Starter Kit
660804: Sizzix Thinlits Die Set 3PK-happiness-phrases

These are two simple cards that I really like! Undoubtedly filled with summer colours & trendy products: Pineapple and pink flamingo!

Start by printing these two patterns on a white paper. Add some masking tape and some flower dies cut out of pattern paper.

Add a little color to your patterned background with felt-tip pens or spray ink.

Cut two words “Hello” out of scrap papers with your Happiness Phrases die set. This die shape is quite thin so gluing it will prove difficult. I found a better solution: sew it with your sewing machine!

Have a lovely day,


Bonjour tout le monde !

En ce jeudi, deux petites cartes très rapide à faire avec les deux motifs phares du moment !

Matériel :

Papiers : 4heures37, Crate Paper
Cardstock : American Crafts
Stickers : Studio Calico
Encre en spray : Aladine Dye Ink Mer du Sud
Encre Versafine noire
Tampons : Paper Source
Stabilo Pen68


650515: Sizzix Big Shot Plus Starter Kit
660804: Sizzix Thinlits Die Set 3PK-happiness-phrases

Deux petites cartes super simples que j'adore ! Des couleurs estivales sans nul doute et des produits tendance de l'été ! J'ai nommé l'ananas et le flamant rose !

Commencez par imprimer ces deux motifs sur du papier blanc, un peu de Masking Tape, quelques découpes de fleurs dans du papier imprimé.

Colorisé légèrement votre fond et motif à l'aide de feutres ou d'encre en spray

Découpez deux mots “ Hello” avec votre die Happiness Phrases dans des chutes de papiers. Pouir éviter de le coller car il est assez fin, sortez votre machine à coudre et le tour est joué !!

Bonne journée


Wednesday, 1 July 2015


I am not the world's greatest photographer, I do have a decent camera but it is always set on automatic. These days most of my snaps are taken using my phone and some of them are great. Its so important to compose your shot and get the light right  because without those two things being in place all the fancy equipment and Photoshop trickery is a waste of time.

Having said all that, I do love old cameras from the fifties and sixties. It's a time when photography was becoming accessible to all and companies were fighting for a share of the 'cheap and cheerful' market with ever more colourful plastic creations. 

Some of those cameras look fabulous today, I even have a private Pintrest board dedicated to 1950's consumer goods featuring many such cameras. It makes me smile!

And so to today's blog, Sizzix have just released a new collection of Bigz dies designed by the good people of Echo Park. I had so much fun with these big, bold shapes while making projects for our trade shows and they are perfect for appliqué too. But today is all about the camera die.

Today I have used the Bigz camera die, the Thinlits alphabet set Alphanumeric and the Textured Impressions Butterfly Lattice set. Click on the highlighted text to see the individual products.

I started by die-cutting all the elements to make up my camera, the main body and the focus ring are backed with mount board to add a little depth to the shapes. I love this dusty pink, it's one of those classic American 1950's colours which I love so much so I used it for the body of my camera. as you can see, I embossed the pale metallic gold card with my lattice folder, it gives the perfect gold anodised look so popular at the time.

I trimmed about 5mm from the top of the embossed rectangle and mounted it onto the brown rectangle before attaching to the main body of the camera.

Next, I added the other elements. I used a hole punch to pop out a tiny pink circle which I added to the lens to create a highlight effect. 

While I was taking the individual letters from the Alphanumeric die set I had a revelation! I saw a word within a word which changed my approach to the whole card. I cut a rectangle of the lovely retro green/blue card and rounded off the bottom corners with a punch before placing all the letter dies across the base spelling the word 'SMILE' before removing the letter 'M' and 'E' and passing it through my Big Shot machine.

I die-cut the letters 'M' and 'E' from the pink card and attached them to the rectangle using thin strips of adhesive foam to add dimension. Next, I used my trusty Dymo machine to print out the legend 'YOU MAKE...'  above the word 'SMILE'; the 'ME' of course is part of the word. 

Here's the finished card, I think the Dymo strip adds to the retro vibe? 
it makes me smile anyway!


The summer sun in a tag

Hi everybody!

The summer arrived definitely, and when sunny days happens I love swimming in lakes. In Banyoles there's one of my favorites

We take a beautiful picture this day, and I was decided to make a tag putting there all the summer sun, using this beautiful Craft Asylum thinlits dies and lots of yellow

Here you have my beautiful tag full of sun!

Some details (I love it!)

I think this tag is full of light, and even seems generate warm and sweat to me (yes! I'm a little fool, I know).

This are the Sizzix products used in this project:
660515 Sizzix Big Shot PLUS Starter Kit (White and Gray)
660432 Sizzix Thinlits Die - Spring Garden
660434 Sizzix Thinlits Die - Spring Garden #3
660429 Sizzix Thinlits Die Set 3 PK - Ornamental Border

Be Happy!


Hola a todo el mundo!

El verano ha llegado definitivamente, y cuando hay días de mucho sol me encanta bañarme en lagos. En Banyoles hay uno de mis favoritos.

Tomamos una preciosa foto ese día, y estaba decidido a hacer un tag poniéndole todo el sol del verano. con los preciosos troqueles thinlits de Craft Asylum y un montón de amarillo.

Arriba podéis ver el tag y algunos detalles.

Creo que tiene un montón de luz, e incluso parece que provoca calor y sudor (Si! estoy un pelín loco, lo se)

Los productos Sizzix usados en este proyecto:
660515 Sizzix Big Shot PLUS Starter Kit (White and Gray)
660432 Sizzix Thinlits Die - Spring Garden
660434 Sizzix Thinlits Die - Spring Garden #3
660429 Sizzix Thinlits Die Set 3 PK - Ornamental Border

Sed muy felices!

Tuesday, 30 June 2015

tree little card

Hi crafter!

Today I want to create a special tree, greetings card for a child that's in my heart, because the tree is a lot of us, of our life, of our roots.

And so among flowers, butterflies, clouds and animals, this little card has grown more and more.

And you ??
What are you waiting to create your favorite tree ??

cardstock or paper scrap
stick glue
white pencil

See you next project!
Pasticci di carta

*per i lettori italiani*

Ciao crafter!

Oggi ho voglia di creare un albero un po' speciale, un biglietto d'auguri per una bimba che ho nel cuore, perché l'albero rappresenta molto di noi, della nostra vita, delle nostre radici.

E così tra fiori, farfalle, nuvole e animali, questo biglietto è cresciuto piano piano.

E voi??
Che aspettate a creare il vostro albero preferito??

Cartoncini colorati o carta scrap
colla stick
matita bianca

arrivederci al prossimo progetto!
Pasticci di carta

Tags on a Card

Hi Sizzix fans! 

Today I would like to show you a new card that I made using several beautiful Sizzix dies. I love creating both cards and tags and decided to use a combination of these two on today's card. 

Sizzix supplies:
Tim Holtz Postage Stamp Frame

The basis of my card was cut out with the beautiful Tim Holtz Postage Stamp Frame die. After that, I cut out two tags with the Framelits Tag Collection dies. I cut out one large tag from a pink sheet of paper. In the middle of this tag I added the word 'Hello', which was cut outwith the Thinlits Die Set Happiness Phrases . I put this tag inside a semi-transparent envelope, which I attached in the middle of my card. I also cut out a smaller tag from a purple sheet of paper and added that on top of the envelope. As you can see on the photo below, you can pull the tag out of the envelope as well.

On the left and right side of the card I added several diamonds, which I cut out with the Tim Holtz Thinlits Mixed Media Dies and slightly accentuated with brown ink. The pretty heart with branches on the bottom of my card was cut out with the Thinlits Die Set Phrase Thank You with Hearts dies.

I cut out one scalloped circle with  one of the dies from the Big Shot Plus Starter Kit and added that on top of a chipboard piece. I attached a regular circle on top of it, which I cut out with the Framelits Die Set Circles. I finally added a cherub on top of it.  

Thank you for stopping by!
Have a wonderful day!

In Dutch:
Hoi Sizzix fans! 

Vandaag wil ik graag een nieuwe kaart laten zien die ik met een paar mooie Sizzix stansen heb gemaakt. Ik vind het leuk om zowel kaarten als tags te maken en besloot dit keer een combinatie van beide te maken.

Sizzix benodigdheden:
Tim Holtz Postage Stamp Frame

De basis van mijn kaart heb ik uitgesneden met de mooie Tim Holtz Postage Stamp Frame stans. Daarna heb ik twee tags uitgestanst met de Framelits Tag Collection stansen. Ik heb een grote tag uitgestanst uit roze papier. In het midden van die tag heb ik het woord 'Hello' geplakt, dat ik heb uitgestanst met de Thinlits Die Set Happiness Phrases . Ik heb de tag in een semi-transparant envelopje gedaan, dat ik in het midden van mijn kaart heb geplakt. Ook heb ik een kleinere tag uitgestanst uit paars papier en deze heb ik op de envelop geplakt. Zoals je hieronder kunt zien, kun je de tag uit de envelop schuiven. 

Links en rechts op de kaart heb ik een aantal ruitjes geplakt, die ik heb uitgestanst met de Tim Holtz Thinlits Mixed Media Dies en heb geaccentueerd met bruine inkt. Het mooie hart met takjes onderaan op mijn kaart is gemaakt met de Thinlits Die Set Phrase Thank You with Hearts stansen.

Ik heb een cirkel met geschulpte randjes uitgestanst met de Big Shot Plus Starter Kit en heb dit op een chipboard figuur geplakt. Daarop heb ik een gewone cirkel geplakt, die is uitgestanst met de Framelits Die Set Circles. Tenslotte heb ik daarop een engel bevestigd. 

Dankjewel voor het langskomen!
Fijne dag!


Hi everybody!
Life isn’t just about scrap… So today I suggest to create your own headband thanks to Sizzix and the Big shot!

I cut the rosette die of Tim hotlz into a fabric to create a pretty pattern that will be paste on a simple headband.

Once the rose window was made, I pasted it on a round of felt to stiffen it a little, then I decorated its center with a brad covered of fabric.

I put all in place where I wanted it then I pasted another round of felt underneath, to maintain the rose window in position on the headband.

And here is a lovely present to customize as you wish! 

Have a good day and see you soon 


Serre-tête de Cléo

Comme il n'y pas que le scrap dans la vie… je vous propose un petit serre-tête à créer vous même grâce à Sizzix et la Big shot!

J'ai utilisé le die Rosace de Tim hotlz dans du tissu pour créer un joli motif à coller sur un serre-tête tout simple

Un fois, la rosace découpée, je l'ai collé sur un rond de feutrine pour la rigidifier un peu, puis j'ai décoré son centre avec un brad recouvert de tissu.

J'ai positionné le tout à l'endroit souhaité sur le serre-tête puis j'ai recollé un rond de feutrine en dessous pour bien maintenir la rosace en place sur le serre-tête…

et voilà un joli à cadeau personnalisante à souhait!

Monday, 29 June 2015

Star Quilt: Part 4

Dies used: Half-Square Triangles, 4 1/2in Finished Square
                Square, 4in Finished (4 1/2in Unfinished)
                Star, Nested

There are 2 lessons that I really should have learnt from making my last quilt:

1. Multiply the amount of time expected to complete the quilting by 4

2. Buy 1 more reel of thread than required

Oh and maybe a third lesson should be added on:

3. Never say 'X should be finished in time for my next post'.

Sure enough the quilting has taken an enormous amount of time, largely because it's so dense to make sure the die-cut applique stars are well secured (I love those little stars so much alongside the big, pieced ones). I'm in complete awe of people who can quilt a substantial item in a day or so.

And of course my thread ran out within a whisker of the end, again. Ho hum.

Before basting and quilting a border was added all around the edge to increase the overall size to just larger than that of a single duvet so that when on the bed there won't be any duvet sticking out from underneath. The backing fabric is from Ikea, it was half price in the sale and although it is a heavier weight than is ideal, the larger apple print was too good to resist.

This quilt is for my son, Aidan he turned 8 last week and his birthday made a natural target deadline. Unfortunately it wasn't possible to meet that deadline but as things worked out his birthday became a bit of a non-event as he became ill with a throat infection the day before. As a result his trip to Legoland had to be cancelled and replaced with 2 visits to the doctor and he didn't manage a single mouthful of his own birthday cake. A re-run of his birthday once he's fully recovered is set to take place. In the meantime he can snuggle next to me under this quilt and watch films as I hand sew the binding down.

See you next time when this quilt should, lesson 3, I won't say it.

Happy sewing!