Monday, 15 September 2014

A crafty way to keep track of flower dies

I am not sure about you, but I do love and have loads of flower dies. So many that sometimes it is hard to keep track of all of them. For this reason, I came up with an easy reference swatch book that allows be to look through the different flower dies as well as allowing me to check whether some of them look good together even though they are from different sets.

This is the finished swatch book. Here is how I made it.

I die cut all my flowers using different scraps of paper. I printed (as my handwriting is atrocious) the name of each set for easy reference. I attached the name of the set onto thick acetate and then glue the flowers on the acetate. Each set is on a separate acetate.

Using a Cropadile, I made a single hole on the top left corner of all the acetates, and linked them all with a ball chain, which is easy to open to add more or rearrange order.

Here is some of the pages of my swatch book.

This is how it works, by layering different pages I can find out how some of them will work together.

Some of the possibilities were a complete surprise how well they look together.

One of my favorite combinations was this one above, using the Intricate flowers 1 and Intricate Flowers 2. Even though they have similar names I did not designed them to work together at all. But they work really nicely so I am very happy.

To make a simple card, I stamped a message on the same paper and die cut it using one of the Sentiment Tag dies. As I wanted it a little bit shorter I place the die purposely over the edge of the paper, one of the beauties of the Framelits I know exactly how it is going to look once die cut.

And that is the finished card. The flower is the central point and I would have only come up with this combo because my new flower reference booklet.

Sunday, 14 September 2014

Christmas(cards) in September.

Hi Sizzix UK friends!!

I can't believe that half of September has already gone...! Ok, so let's face it; if you want an early start on those Christmas cards,NOW's the time to start!
Sizzix has really done a great job of helping us make gorgeous cards for this season as they have some really beautiful new dies out.

I made a couple of Christmas card in traditional colours and they were so easy to do. These dies have been designed by the talented Debi Potter and I think they are really beautiful.

And here is a close up of each card on its own:

I backed the design with some red cardstock to add to the festive feel and also added some pretty pearls to the design.

Ok, so that was my first seasonal cards of the year and I can see many more in the future :-)

Thanks for looking!

I used these lovely dies:

Papers and pearls are by Papirdesign.


Hej alla Sizzix vänner!

Kan ni fatta att snart har halva september gått!? Om man vil komma igång tidigt med julkorten så är det NU det ska ske :-)
Sizzix ger oss god hjälp på traven med de nya snygga diesen de kommit ut med. Med de nya diesen som Debi Potter har designat är det en baggis att göra vackra julkort. Dessa är riktigt snygga!!

Här är ett par bilder lite närmare inpå varje kort.

Jag backade motiven med röd cardstock för att öka julkänslan och jag lade till några vita halvpärlor också.
Ok det var årets första julkort, men så kul som det var kan jag se att många fler kommer att göras i god tid innan jul :-)

Tack för att ni tittar inom!

Dessa produkterna använde jag:
 Big Shot machine only (Powder Blue and Teal)
Sizzix Thinlits die - Merry Christmas

Papper och pärlor är från Papirdesign.

Saturday, 13 September 2014

Project with new dies

Hello all!

Some time ago I recevied a new parcel with wonderful Sizzix dies! I was really impressed by the sets containing dies and stamps - wonderful design and highest quality! I usualy use titles made of alphabet stickers so this time I really enjoyed playing with alphabet dies.
And here is my new layout with my kids on the photo.

The products I used:

Sizzix Framelits Die Set 5PK w/Stamps - Simply Lovely

Sizzix Framelits Die Set 8PK w/Stamps - Hello

A fabric cover for my planner

 Hi everyone ! New school year and new planner ! Starting a new year is always full of good ideas and this time I want to plan  everything in a nice planner that came some days ago to my home , at last !
I have used  again one my loved  hexagons dies and  I love  it !!





15"x10" White fabric for the top
15"x 10" batting
15"x10" lining fabric
4.5"x 10" white fabric ( two pieces )  for the flaps
4.5"x 10" lining fabric ( two pieces )for the flaps
Scraps for the hexagons
2 pieces of pompom ribbon , 11" long
a cute charm ( mine it is a bird cage )

This project is very easy. Just cut the hexagons , sew them doing a flower and applique to the white fabric as I did with my wool bag . I sew by hand.
Lay the batting in the wrong side and do some quilting around the flower .

Sew   the flaps  now. White and lining fabric ,right side together,  just in one long side  and let free.

Lay both flaps on the lining and pin. Now do the same with the quilted top. Always right side together.
Pin the pompom ribbon  on the out borders. Sew around and let something open.

 Now just  turn out  through the  little open  side .

Finish by hand with hidden stitches and press .
Now sew the charm.

This is my second fabric cover tuto. You can see the first one here . The flaps are sew in different way here.
Now I can enjoy a lovely  cover and  keep my new  planner from Mr. Wonderful really great all year long.

Hope you have a wonderful weekend!!!

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¡ Hola a todo el mundo ! ¡Nuevo curso , nueva agenda! Empezarlo siempre trae buenas ideas y esta vez quiero tenerlo todo bien organizado con una bonita agenda que llegó hace unos días a casa ¡ al fin !
He usado de nuevo mis queridos troqueles de hexágonos y me encanta.





38cm x 25.5 cm de tela blanca para el top
38cm x 25.5 cm de guata
38cm x 25.5 cm de tela para  el forro
11.5 cm x 25.5 cm de tela blanca ( dos piezas ) para las solapas
11.5 cm x 25.5 cm de tela para el forro ( dos piezas ) para las solapas
Restos de telas para los hexágonos.
2 trozos de cinta de pompones de 28 cm cada una
Un adorno metálico ( el mío es de una jaulita de pájaro )

Este proyecto es muy fácil . Sólo tienes que cortar los hexágonos , montarlos  , como hice en la bolsa para las lanas , y coserlos haciendo  una flor. Aplícalos a la tela blanca. Yo los cosí a mano.
Coloca la guata por el revés y haz algo de acolchado alrededor de la flor.

Cose las solapas ahora. La tela blanca y la de forro por el lado del revés de cada una ,solo por un lado , dejando tres libres.

Pon las solapas en los extremos con los lados no cosidos hacia afuera y sujeta con alfileres. Has lo mismo con el top colocando también el lado derecho con el dercho. Sujeta con alfileres las tiras de pompones en los extremos y cose alrededor dejando una  pequeña parte  sin coser.
Ahora sól tienes que dar la vuelta por el pequeño hueco  abierto.
Termina a mano con puntadas escondidas y plancha.
Por ultimo cose el adorno.

Éste es mi segundo tuto para hacer una  funda. Puedes ver el primero aquí.  Las solapas están cosidas de diferente manera.
Ya puedo disfrutar de una bonita funda para mi nueva agenda de Mr. Wonderful durante todo el año. 

Que tengas un maravilloso fin de semana

Friday, 12 September 2014

Autumn greetings

Hello Sizzix UK friends! Today I want to share with you some ideas for autumn greeting cards. This upcoming season is full of warm colors and wonderful textures. That's why I decided to use browns, greens and some orange or salmon hues with an emboss twist and a "butterfly effect". 

For my first card I decided to use one of the special background with wooden texture that I receive from very special person - Pete Hughes (thanks a lot, Pete!). I was always under impresion how perfectly he use such patterns. This time, on my 1st layer I put 2 different diecuts: an oldie, but still absolutely fantastic On the Edge Die - Butterflight and one of the Frameworks designs (absolutely love each of them!) - Frameworks Die - Courtyard.

On my second card, in a tag shape, I used large, embossed butterfly as a main decoration. I cut out and emboss it using Bigz Die w/Texture Fades - Layered Butterfly and another interesting paper from Pete - the golden one. It is similar to metallic foil, that' why looks like embossed metal sheet. Amazing, huh?

Sizzix supplies used:
658300 Sizzix Big Shot Starter Kit (Powder Blue & Teal)

Thank you for visit us today! 
Have a lovely, creative weekend! 
~~ Karola ~~ 


Witajcie polskojęzyczni fani Sizzix! Dziś chciałabym podzielić się z Wami kilkoma pomysłami na jesienne kartki. Nadchodząca jesień pełna jest ciepłych kolorów i cudownych tekstur. Właśnie dlatego postanowiłam wykorzystać kolory z palety brązów, zieleni, pomarańczy oraz kolory łososiowego wraz z elementami wytłaczanymi oraz motywem motyli.

Jako tło w mojej pierwszej kartce wykorzystałam specjalny gruby i sztywny papier z motywem i teksturą drewna, który otrzymałam od wyjątkowej osoby - jednego z projektantów Sizzix - Pete'a Hughes'a. Zawsze jestem pod wrażeniem z jaką łatwością i perfekcją wykorzystuje on podobne motywy. Tym razem jako pierwszą warstwę w mojej kartce połączyłam wycinanki z 2 różnych wykrojników: nieco starszego, ale wciąż fantastycznego On the Edge Die - Butterflight oraz jednego z wykrojników Frameworks (absolutnie uwielbiam wszystkie wzory z tej serii!) - Frameworks Die - Courtyard.

W przypadku drugiej kartki w kształcie taga, wykorzystałam dużego, embossowanego motyla jako główną dekorację. Wycięłam i wytłoczyłam go za pomocą zestawu wykrojnika oraz foldera do embossingu Bigz Die w/Texture Fades - Layered Butterfly w kolejnym ciekawym tle od Pete'a - tym razem złotym. Tło jest podobne w kolorze i strukturze do metalicznej folii, dlatego tak wspaniale imituje wytłaczaną cienką blachę. Niesamowite, prawda?

Wykorzystane produkty Sizzix:

Dziękuję za dzisiejsze odwiedziny na naszym blogu!
Życzę Wam cudownego, kreatywnego weekendu!

~~ Karola ~~

Thursday, 11 September 2014

Coffee Table challenge!

How are you enjoying our extended summer - I've just sat outside to enjoy the sun whilst having my lunch - I guess there probably won't be too many more days like today so I decided to make the most of it!
Meanwhile back in the workroom -
I've covered the sides of the table with 1" foam - cut into strips 1" deeper than the side - I've notched the foam where it goes around a corner - I used a wide double sided tape to fix the it to the table.
Meanwhile I had extended the strip of patchwork that I had started last week so that it was a bit longer that the circumference of the table (just as a reminder I used the 10" Dresden plate die with my Big Shot
I turned the table right way up and stretched the fabric up over the foam and onto the inside edge of the coffee table side and stapled in place - it is a little tricky and you may need an extra pair of hands to get started - 

and the corners are sort of pleated together like this -

and so it looks like this -
I'm going to try taping the staples in further with a small hammer later - for today this is what it looks like -
Next week I'm going to cover the buttons and make the padded top - that should be a lot easier than all this stapling - so until next week - enjoy the extended summer.


One natural layout by Karine


Here is a page with very natural shades and pictures of me during my last trip to Africa. I selected colours that will remind us of the African savannah and which will make these beautiful pictures of zebras stand out.

Supply list:

Paper: October Afternoon, Crate Paper
Cardstock: American Crafts
Alphabets: Jenni Bowlin Studio, 7Gypsies
Die-cuts: American Crafts
Stickers: American Crafts, My Mind's Eye
Spray ink: Studio Calico
Ink: Distress Vintage Photo
Masking Tape


658300 :Sizzix Big Shot Starter Kit
659068: Sizzix Thinlits Die-Doily
659748: Sizzix Thinlits Die Set 3PK-Birthday#2

Let’s start by gluing my 2 pictures size 10x15 cm directly on my October Afternoon background paper.
Then I cut a nice doily out of beige cardstock. Once scooped-out, it will be shaded with brown ink (Distress Vintage Photo).
Once inked, it is partially inserted under ma second picture.

Then I added tone-on-tone embies, stickers, masking tape and die cuts.

I also used scraps from a Project Life Card die cut which matches perfectly to my page as a paper addition.
All the small paper touches mix to my background with subtlety.

A few drawings with charcoal and some work with ink will come as a completion.

I hope you liked my page.

Have a nice day,



Une page cette fois-ci aux tons très naturels avec des photos de mon dernier voyage en Afrique. J'ai opté pour des couleurs rappelant la savane africaine et mettant en valeur ces beaux clichés de zèbres.

Matériel :

Papier : October Afternoon, Crate Paper
Cardstock : American Crafts
Alphabets : Jenni Bowlin Studio,7Gypsies
Die-cuts : American Crafts
Stickers : American Crafts, My Mind's Eye
Encre en spray : Studio Calico
Encre : Distress Vintage Photo
Masking Tape

Dies :

658300 :Sizzix Big Shot Starter Kit
659068: Sizzix Thinlits Die-Doily
659748: Sizzix Thinlits Die Set 3PK-Birthday#2

J'ai commencé par coller mes deux photos au format 10x15cm directement sur mon fond de page October Afternoon.
J'ai ensuite découpé un joli napperon dans du cardstock beige. Une fois évidé, celui-ci sera ombré avec de l'encre marron Distress Vintage photo.
Une fois encré il est glissé partiellement sous ma seconde photo.

Ma page est complétée avec des embellissements ton sur ton, stickers, masking tape ou encore die cuts.

J'ai ensuite utilisé des chutes d'une découpe carte Project Life parfaitement assorties à ma page pour rajouter quelques touches de papiers.
Celles-ci se mixent en toute subtilité avec mon fond.

Quelques dessins au fusain et un travail à l'encre seront ajoutées en touche finale.

J'espère que ma page vous aura plu.

Très bonne journée à vous


Wednesday, 10 September 2014

Just emboss!

The title sounds like an order, but I would never do such a thing. My very Britishness prevents it!

What I am trying to say is that embossing alone can carry a simple handmade card without any fancy die-cuts (although I slipped a couple of hearts into the second cards) The techniques I have used are so simple and achievable, even for a beginner. 

I know that many of you make batches of cards for charities or even to sell. When you are making batches of the same design, time is a very important factor and embossing is a great way to get where you want to go in a hurry!

There is a new range of Sizzix dies created by the very talented Stephanie Ackerman. They are ultra contemporary and will work equally well with textiles as they will with paper and card. This week however, I am focusing on the embossing folders in the collection which are quite possibly my favourites of the year so far, although Tim Holtz October collection is going to give them a run for their money.

I am using the Borders & Flowers Set for the following projects along with some Distress Inks and gilding wax.

You can use either stamps or die-cut letters for your card greetings, I however chose to print them directly onto the cards with my PC (Stereo and Candlescript for all you font fanatics!)

I cut a rectangle of white card and rounded off the corners before die-cutting 5 hexagons from the same card using my ever presents Hexagon Framelits die set. Next, I embossed everything using the flowers folder.

I wanted to add a splash of colour using some distress inks, namely: Mustard Seed, Ripe Persimmon and Broken china. I chose them for their ability to blend and create secondary colours as you can see below. I always start with the lightest colour and remember, less is more!

Here are the two cards, I hope you agree that they don't need anything else?

Next up, the borders folder. I created another couple of card blanks and cut two rectangles of black card before embossing in my Big Shot. I used some Treasure Pewter gilding wax to enhance the detail and create a metallic effect.

For the second card, I embossed a rectangle of dark brown card and used gold gilding wax before cutting it into random strips, this gives an almost tribal pattern look to proceedings. 

As I mentioned before, I added a couple of die-cut hearts, also from The Stephanie Ackerman collection. On the 'DAD' card I decorated the perimeter of the heart with 2mm adhesive pearls before applying the pewter wax and I decorated the brown heart with a length of twine tied into a bow.

 I love their simplicity. I hope that you do too?