Thursday, 24 July 2014

Mini book by Karine


I hope you’re all fine and that you’re spending great holidays! Here is a new mini book that I will soon teach in class.

Supply list:

Papers: Basic Grey, Crate Paper
Alphabets: Glitz Design
Stickers: Basic Grey, Jenni Bowlin Studio, Glitz Design
Wood embellishment: Scrapfellow
Stamps: Florilèges Design
Inks: Chalks
Spray inks: Scrap Plaisir
Others: tag, masking tape, 3D foam, twine


658300 : Sizzix Big Shot Starter Kit
657721: Sizzix Borders & Hydrangeas
659436: Sizzix Bigz Die-Garden Greens

I started by using one of my favourite dies of the moment: the foliage one! I colorized it with spray inks. This die is cut out of white Bristol and sprayed with two ink colours (green & turquoise). Use a water spray if you wish to lighten your shades and let the colours spread!
Print a text stamp tone-on-tone.
Let it dry in the open then glue on your page with double-sided tape.

I also cut some little flowers in orange leather thanks to my Sizzix Borders & Hydrangeas die. It is cut really easily! You can add a brad or a button as a flower center.

I wish you have a creative day!

See you soon!


Bonjour !

J'espère que vous allez bien et que vous passez de bonnes vacances ! Voici aujourd'hui un des mini que je présenterai en atelier prochainement.

Matériel :

Papiers : Basic Grey, Crate Paper
Alphabets : Glitz Design
Autocollants : Basic Grey, Jenni Bowlin Studio, Glitz Design
Décoration en bois : Scrapfellow
Tampons : Florilèges Design
Encres : Chalks
Encre en spray : Scrap Plaisir
Divers : tag, masking tape, mousse 3D, cordelette

Die :

658300 : Sizzix Big Shot Starter Kit
657721: Sizzix Borders & Hydrangeas
659436: Sizzix Bigz Die-Garden Greens

J'ai tout d'abord utilisé mon die feuillage préféré du moment que j'ai colorisé avec des encres en spray. Celle-ci est découpée dans du Bristol blanc puis vaporisée avec deux couleurs d'encre ( vert et turquoise). Utilisez un vaporisateur d'eau si vous souhaitez éclaircir vos teintes et faire fuser les couleurs !
Complétez avec une impression de tampon texte ton sur ton.
Laissez sécher à l'air libre puis collez avec du double face sur votre page.

J'ai également découpé des petites fleurs dans du cuir orange grâce à mon die Sizzix Borders & Hydrangeas. La découpe se fait très facilement ! Vous pouvez compléter le centre avec une attache parisienne ou un bouton.

Je vous souhaite une très bonne journée créative !

A bientôt


Wednesday, 23 July 2014

No Rust for the wicked!

If I am wicked then my worst crime is the use of terrible puns in the title of my blogs as I'm sure you will all agree?

A little while back I gave a beautiful die cut 1950's car the 'rusty' treatment and I said at the time that I will use it at some point in the future. I have scrapped the car idea but I want to use the rust technique which was featured in Tim Holtz' Creative Chemistry 102 online classes...Hey! if your gonna steal, steal from the best I say!!! 

Seriously though, follow the link and sign up, it's jam packed with inspirational ideas showing how to get the best out of all your favourite inks, stains and acrylics and there's plenty of Sizzix inspiration to feast your eyes on too.

The dies I'm using this week are:

As last week, it's another mash-up of designs from different collections which work particularly well together. This week I am again using dies from Prima and Lori Whitlock with one of my old favourites namely the big ol' tag die from Tim Holtz.

I started by die-cutting four cogs two heart locks (for layering), a key (which didn't make the final project) and a delicious butterfly from ivory card. Next I lightly applied some embossing ink before sprinkling with Vintage Photo Distress Embossing Powder which is great for adding a gritty texture and works in a different way to conventional embossing powders in that it gives random coverage, ideal for distress applications.

I fixed the powder with a heat tool and inked the die-cuts with a combination of Distress inks to achieve the rusty iron look. Next I die-cut the beautiful flourish from ivory card and gave it the same rusty treatment.
I applied a rectangle of patterned paper (My Mind's Eye Nostalgia Collection) to a piece of mount board before die-cutting the tag before selectively inking around the perimeter. Next I stamped onto the top right-hand edge using various Distress inks and my trusty Dear Lizzy Lucky Charm rotary phrase stamp before stamping onto ivory card, trimming to size and distressing the edges. Finally, I attached the phrase to the tag using tiny staples.

Now all I need to do is attach the cogs and flourish to the tag, I have used screw head brads in the centre of some of the cogs. I attached the layered padlock using a couple of tiny jump rings and then I lightly inked the butterfly before curling back the wings and dousing with Clear Rock Candy Distress Glitter followed by a little strategically placed crushed glass glitter around the edges, I had to add a bit of bling with all that rust, and I love the contrast it gives.

And that, as they that! except for a bit of Crinkle Ribbon dyed to match the rust colours for a finishing touch. I love the flourish so next week I'm going to put it to good use on my wife's birthday card. 

Notepad dressed up

A few weeks ago I bought a small notepad (on sale) at a new favourite store. My idea was to have the pad stay on my work table and be the place where I jot down lists of various kinds so I was slightly disappointed when I couldn't remove the sales sticker from the front.
Since it is just a little pad I decided to dress up the front covering the sticker with a fairly simple design and not a lot of bulk.
I cut an ombre paper the same size as the notepad and then I die cut a white delicately patterned paper and a bright green cardstock using the Frameworks Die - Courtyard. I began by attaching the white die cut and then I used a roller stamp to stamp multiple sentiments haphazardly across the paper. Finally, I added a few green diamonds to the white die cut.
I liked the idea that the green diamonds stand out due to the fact that I didn't stamp on them. It adds some contrast to the entire project.
Supply list:
Roller stamp (Hema)
Stickers (Søstrene Grene)
VersaFine, black ink
Paper (American Crafts)
For et par uger siden købte jeg en lille notesblok i en ny favoritbutik med den intension, at den skulle bo på mit skrivebord, så jeg kunne bruge den til diverse lister. Derfor var min skuffelse også stor, da jeg ikke kunne fjerne tilbudsklistermærket.
Løsningen blev at give blokken en ny og relativt enkel forside uden at tilføje for mange lag til den.
Jeg skar et stykke papir i samme størrelse som notesblokken, og derefter udstansede en hvid og en hidsig grøn figur ud med Frameworks Die - Courtyard. Først limede jeg den hvide figur fast, og stemplede med et rullestempel mere eller mindre tilfældigt over en stor del af forsiden. Herefter monterede jeg nogle af de grønne diamanter, hvilket gav en fin kontrast, fordi de ikke er blevet stemplet på.
Rullestempel (Hema)
Klistermærker (Søstrene Grene)
VersaFine, black ink
Papir (American Crafts)

If nothing ever changed....

Hello to all:) What a wonderful weather we have had here in Finland! The sun is shining and it`s really warm:) I and my family have spent the weekend at our cottage and I forgot my camera there, lol! So, sorry my photo taken by my phone:)

Here is the card I made to show you and I have used Prima butterfly dies released this month.

Sizzix products:
Sizzix Big Shot Starter Kit (Powder Blue & Teal) 658300
Sizzix Textured Impressions Embossing Folders 2PK - Swirls, Butterflies & Dragonflies Set 658077
Sizzix Thinlits Die Set 2PK - Winged Beauties 659707

Other products:
Pion Design papers; Alma`s Sewing Room
corrugated cardboard
Stempelglede sentiment stamp from the set "Follow Your Heart"
Distress Ink Frayed Burlap
douple-sided tape
Archival Ink Jet Black

How to do:
1. Cut the piece of patterned paper (11,5 cm × 14,5 cm) and emboss it using Sizzix Textured Impressions Embossing Folders 2PK - Swirls, Butterflies & Dragonflies Set 658077.
2. Distress all the edges, ink them with DI Frayed Burlap and sew all the edges.
3. Take the other piece of paper ( I have used a one corner from the patterned paper). The lenght of the sides about 12 cm and 13 cm. Distress, ink and sew the straight sides.
4. Take the piece of corrugated cardboard 2 cm × 11 cm and apply the gesso, allow to dry.
5. Cut the butterflies (two small and a one big) using the  Sizzix Thinlits Die Set 2PK - Winged Beauties 659707. 
6. Place  the embossed  and  the corner paper on to the cardboard (size 13 cm × 16 cm) and tape them. Attach the dried corrugared cardboard and butterflies using glue.
7. Stamp the sentiment using Archival Ink and cut the words. Tape them on to the card.

Have a wonderful day,Minna

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Moi:) Mikä upea viikko ollut ainakin sään suhteen, ihanan lämmintä:) Olemme viettäneet aikaa mökillä ja unohdin kamerani sinne joten anteeksi tämä kuva joka otettu puhelímella:)

Tässä kortissa käytin tässä kuussa myyntiin tulleita uusia Prima Marketingin perhosstansseja.

Sizzix tuotteet:
Sizzix Big Shot Starter Kit (Powder Blue & Teal) 658300
Sizzix Textured Impressions Embossing Folders 2PK - Swirls, Butterflies & Dragonflies Set 658077
Sizzix Thinlits Die Set 2PK - Winged Beauties 659707

Muut tuotteet:
Pion Design paperit; Alma`s Sewing Room
Stempelgleden tekstileima setistä Follow Your Heart
Distress Ink Frayed Burlap
kaksipuoleista teippiä
Archival Ink muste Jet Black
Kuinka teet tämän:
1. Leikkaa 11,5 cm × 14,5 cm kokoinen pala kuviopaperia ja embossaa se käyttäen Sizzix Textured Impressions Embossing Folders 2PK - Swirls, Butterflies & Dragonflies Set 658077.
2. Ressaa kaikki reunat, levitä DI mustetta Frayed Burlap ja ompele kaikki reunat.
3. Ota toinen pala kuviopaperia (minä olen käyttänyt yhtä kulmaa isosta paperista). Sivujen pituus noin 12 ja 13 cm. Ressaa, levitä mustetta ja ompele suorat sivut.
4. Ota pala aaltopahvia n. 2 cm × 11 cm ja levitä gessoa, anna kuivua.
5. Leikkaa perhoset (kaksi pientä ja yksi iso) käyttäen Sizzix Thinlits Die Set 2PK - Winged Beauties 659707. 
6. Asettele embossattu- ja kulmapaperi kartongille kokoa 13 cm × 16 cm ja teippaa kiinni. Kiinnitä kuivunut aaltopahvi ja perhoset käyttäen liimaa.
7. Leimaa teksti Archival Ink musteella ja leikkaa sanat irti. Teippaa korttiin.

Mukavaa keskiviikkoa, Minna

Tuesday, 22 July 2014

25 years card

Hi everyone
I hope you all had a great week today i will show you a card 15x 21 cm made for our niece and her husband who has been married for 25 years. i think it was so fine to use Tim Holtz bigz die Victorian Carolers

Itemes I have used:
Supply list:
Paper: Purple Violets design galeriapapiere
Stamp: Joy Crafts Typewritter Keys
Ink: Memento Sweet Plum
Viva Pontura paint Lilla, ribbon
Thanks for stopping by, se you nextT Tuesday
Hej alle
Jeg håber du har haft en dejlig sommeruge, i dag har jeg et kort at vise 15 x21 cm, kortet har jeg lavet til min niece og hendes mands sølvbryllup. jeg tænkte at Tim Holtz  Victorian Carolers var så fin at bruge til denne anledning
Sizzix dies jeg har brugt:
Andre materialer:
Papir: Purple Violets design galeriapapiere
Stempler: Joy Crafts Typewritter Keys
Ink: Memento Sweet Plum
Viva Pontura paint Lilla, bånd
Tak fordi du kiggede forbi, vi ses næste tirsdag

Monday, 21 July 2014

This week I have been inspired by the Prima dies that just been released this month.
I love Gears, I do think they are great as less feminine flowers, a perfect add on to cards and layouts, but the also make lovely jewelry.

I made a similar one using the old Tim Holtz gear dies a few years a go. But as it is made out of mount board - or passepartout as it is called in some areas, the stuff used to mount art piece on frames - it tends to age fast if worn a lot.

So I decided to make a new version using the new Prima die Sizzix Bigz Die - Love Gears 659709.

I die cut several gears out of mount board. At the end I only used two designs out of the four included on the die. I attached them together with strong wet glue and I let them dry completely.

Then I used Liquid Leaf which is a high shine metallic medium and painted all over it. To distress it a bit, I added some other metallic tints using a wax from the same manufacturer.

Finally I added a chain using a jump ring and the own circle hole of each gear to unite it.

It is an statement piece, but I think it is perfect as they are all the rage now!

Sunday, 20 July 2014

'Alex' using Frameworks die and Tattered florals and leaves

Hi friends!
I am very happy to be back here with you to share my latest page.
I used a lovely picture of my eldest DD  (I can't believe I have grown up daughters already,.... :-D )
and some of my favourite Sizzix dies.

1. I started by prepping my background with gesso and then modeling paste.
2. When dry I sprayed with two different colours of mist.
3. I cut and distressed strips of papers and arranged them on my page. I then stitched them in place.
4. I used the Frameworks die to cut three pieces from corrugated cardboard that I painted with gesso.
5. I I cut and assembled some Tattered florals and Tattered leaves.
6. I die cut  my photo with the ovals die set and also some white Bazzil to back it.
7. I arranged and glued down all my elements and added the title.

I used one of the Susan's Garden tools to scratch a pattern into the leaves to make them more dimensional.

I really love the way the Bigz dies let you cut almost anything.
Today I upcycled an old cardboardbox that I received soem scrapbook supplies in.
The Bigz die cut through it 'like butter'.

These are the Sizzix products I used:

Most other ther supplies are by Papirdesign. 
Brads are by Kaiserkraft. 
Pink and brown fabric flowers are by Prima.
Prima Color Bloom mists.


Hejsan, kul att vara tillbaka här med en ny sida att visa.
Jag använde en vacker porträttbild på äldsta dottern (kan inte fatta att jag har så vuxna barn,.... :-D ) och några av mina favorit dies från Sizzix.
1. Jag startade med att preparera bakgrunden med gesso och modelleringspasta.
2. När det torkatsprayade jag på det med två olika färger av mist.
3. Jag klippte ut och distressade några pappers strips och arrangerade dom på sidan. Sedan sydde jag fast dom.
4. Jag använde Frameworks die Trellies och skar ut motivet från en bit pappkartong från en låda jag fått scrapsaker i. Sedan målade jag dom med gesso.
5. Jag skar ut och satte samman några Tattered Florals och Tattered Leaves.
6. Jag ville ha en annan form på fotot så jag skar ut det med Sizzix framelits ovals. Jag skar även ut en som var snäppet större i Bazzil för att ha som bakgrund för fotot.
7. Jag placerade slutligen ut mina element där jag ville ha dom och limmade fast dom.

Jag använde ett av verktygen från Susans Garden tool kit att skrapa på löven så det såg ut som bladnärver.

Jag gillar skarpt hur du kan använda Sizzix Bigz dies för att skära ut nästan vad som helst!

Idag gav jag nytt liv till en gammal pappkartong som jag fått scrapbooksaker i.
Bigz dieen skar genom det som om det vore smör.....!

Här är de Sizzix produkt jag har använt:

De flesta andra produkterna är från  Papirdesign. 
Brads kommer från Kaiserkraft. 
Rosa och bruna tygblommor tillverkas av Prima Prima.
Dessutom Prima Color Bloom mists

Saturday, 19 July 2014

Summer Happenings

I hope you all have been enjoying your summers! I am back from my #PaperTrail Tour teaching crafts from my vintage camper. Read about my teaching travels on my blog here.

It was so much fun I am now gearing up for the next one. Here's my feature in Where Women Create! Road trip!

I leave on September 2 for TWO MONTHS. There are all kinds of fun events planned along the way, including stops to teach in stores, visiting craft celebrities and I'll be teaching private classes too. Scotty is being set up as a Pop-Up Trailer Shop as we speak, and will be loaded up with dies and vintage embellishments. I can't wait and am so blessed to be able to take the time to do this. I hope you will follow along on my Facebook page and blog where I will be posting pics and videos.

My Inspiration Team has been going to town creating beautiful projects while I have been on the road. Please hop on over to my blog on Tuesdays to see the latest designs from them- I promise it is worth the trip! Each month we have a theme for our Art With Heart Challenge. For July it is Red, White and Beautiful. You are invited to play along and post your latest creations- there's a fun prize involved too!
Here are a few inspirational peeks...

Visit Shelly's blog for a great tutorial on how to construct this amazing Garden Tote.

Michelle Zerull shows how to make a cool Mail Box.

Anna-Karin Evaldsson created a summer album- love it! 
Rina Gonzales makes a cool summer banner from the Canning Jar die.

Here's a fun patriotic block from Tracy Evans.

A flower arrangement by Donna Budzynski makes a great patriotic centerpiece!

On Thursdays we have new projects posted on The Artists on the Block site where artists from all over the world are taking the Sizzix 3" Block/Cube/Bank die to the next level- exploring new techniques and combining the blocks to make storage pieces- so inspiring!

Pam Bray created this beautiful block for her son's wedding. So many flowers and all handmade!

Next time I will share more Team ATB photos. Keep on crafting...

Bunch of flowers Card

Heloo all!

Today I would like to share with you my new card where I used several kind of flowers - they are ones of my most favorite dies as I often use flowers in my projects.

The dies I used:

Sizzix Thinlits Die Set 10PK - Flower, Primrose

Appliqueing Tattered Dies

Hi again, today I wanted to share a project in work I have been doing some time ago.It´s about applique again but this time using some of my favourites Tim Holtz dies,  bird and flowers and leaves.

Sizzix Bigz Die - Tattered Florals

Sizzix Bigz Die - Tattered Leaves

Sizzix Bigz Die - Caged Bird

My first idea was triying to use some different dies that are not especially for quilting and see how they work.
I must to say I loved what I got.
Here they are some pics.

Now I need to finish some quilting and sew all the pieces. Then , I will show you the finished project.

This is a project that I´m wishing to finish because I have been working on it a lot of time so I hope I you can see it soon.

Hope you have a wonderful weekend!!



Hola de nuevo a todos, hoy quería compartir un proyecto  que he estado haciendo hace tiempo. Se trata de nuevo de hacer aplicaciones pero esta vez usando los troqueles de Tim Holtz, concretamente unos que son mis favoritos, flores, hojas y pajarito.

Mi primera idea era usar troqueles que no fueran específicamente para patchwork y ver cómo funcionaban.
El resultado me ha encantado y ahí podéis ver algunas fotos.

Ahora tengo que terminar de acolchar, coser y hacer el montaje y entonces te  enseñaré cómo queda acabado.

Estoy deseando acabarlo  porque he estado trabajando bastante tiempo en ello  asi que espero que pronto lo puedas ver. 

Que tengas un maravilloso fin de semana