Thursday, 21 August 2014

Holidays memories by Karine


Here is a pretty unusual combo for me but I must say that I loved it! I took the opportunity to scrapbook a pretty picture from our holidays.

Supply list:

Papers: Kési'art, 4heures37
Cardstock: American Crafts
Alphabet: Glitz Design, Basic Grey
Sticker: 4heures37
Masking Tape
Stamps: Hero Arts, Glitz Design, Florilèges Design
Inks: Chalk Prima,Versafine
Others: Stabilo Pen68, charcoal


658300 : Sizzix Big Shot Starter Kit
658518 : Sizzix Textured Impressions Embossing Folder 2PK-Pom-poms & roses set

I wanted to scrapbook a minimalist but free style page! I started by reworking my white cardstock with my Stabilo68 felt-tipped pens and stamps!

I partially worked on my background by printing a nice heart stamp three times with turquoise blue ink. Stamp the three patterns without withdrawing any more ink to create a gradation.
Then I added a touch of watercolour with my Stabilo Pen68 pens! Make some doodles on a Teflon mat then add a bit of water. Withdraw some of this mix with a paintbrush and splash your background!
Colorize directly your background with a paintbrush.
Let it dry for a while.

Create patterns on a soft green patterned paper with the “roses” embossing folder. Make the embossed patterns stand out by scribbling on them with a charcoal.

Add a matching sticker, masking tape, your title and a bit of charcoal strokes!

Have a nice day,


Bonjour !

Un combo inhabituel pour moi mais qui m'a beaucoup plu je dois avouer ! J'ai scrappé pour l'occasion une jolie photo souvenir de vacances.

Matériel :

Papiers : Kési'art, 4heures37
Cardstock : American Crafts
Alphabets : Glitz Design, Basic Grey
Etiquette : 4heures37
Masking Tape
Tampons : Hero Arts, Glitz Design, Florilèges Design
Encre : Chalk Prima,Versafine
Divers : Stabilo Pen68, fusain

Dies utilisés :

658300 : Sizzix Big Shot Starter Kit
658518 : Sizzix Textured Impressions Embossing Folder 2PK-Pom-poms & roses set

Envie de scrapper une page minimaliste mais patouille ! J'ai commencé par retravailler mon cardstock blanc avec mes feutres Stabilo Pen68 et des tampons !

J'ai retravaillé partiellement mon fond en imprimant trois fois un joli tampon coeur en bleu turquoise. Ne rechargez pas votre encre et jouez sur le dégradé.
Ensuite j'ai ajouté une touche d'aquarelle avec mes stylos Stabilo Pen68 ! Crayonnez sur un tapis téflon, ajoutez un peu d'eau et éclaboussez votre fond !
Colorisez directement votre fond avec un pinceau.
Laissez sécher tranquillement.

Embossez un imprimé vert aux motifs soft avec la plaque “roses”. A l'aide d'un fusain faites ressortir les motifs embossés en crayonnant tout simplement.

Complétez avec une étiquette assortie, du masking tape votre titre et quelques coups de fusain !

Bonne journée


Wednesday, 20 August 2014

Fantastic Mr. Fox

The title of this blog refers to one of Roald Dahl's fabulous collection of children's books illustrated by the genius that is Quentin Blake. I am particularly partial to children's book illustration as is my good buddy and fellow designer Debi Potter.

Debi and I trained as illustrators at the same time, in the same college where I specialised in cartoons and she specialised in children's book illustration which brings us neatly to my point.

Debi has designed a range of woodland themed dies which are just adorable so if you like Die-cutting, foxes and owls you need look no further. Luckily for us Europeans it is exclusive to our region too.

For today's post I chose the Sizzix Bigz Die - Fox Face (659910) which I have used quite a bit recently for both paper and textile based projects. I began by die-cutting the face from ivory corrugated card and some Orange patterned paper from the My Mind's Eye Collectable range. I inked the edges of the die-cut shapes and attached the corrugated card shapes in position.

Next, I employed one of my favourite paper craft cheats by using a pattern makers wheel and marker pen to create a faux stitched effect around the perimeter of the die-cut shapes. Sometimes, life's to short to pull out your sewing machine and change the bobbin! I die-cut the nose from brown card and attached it with a 3D foam pad. I used adhesive black pearls for eyes although you can die-cut them if you prefer.
I folded an 8 x 11 cm base card before trimming to my desired shape. Next, I applied Distress Ink to the edges to add definition and added my faux stitching.

I wanted to make a tail, so I die-cut the fox's cheek from orange patterned card and ivory corrugated card. I trimmed off the top of the ivory card and attached it to the orange die-cut before adding the stitching.

The next bit is all scissor work, I decided to smarten up Mr. fox by adding a collar and tie. The collar is cut from stiff ivory card and the tie from patterned paper from the Collectable range. I inked the edges and crumpled the tie before attaching both to the base card along with the assembled tail.

And here is the finished card, Quite dapper I think?

Black & White Arrows

I really like the look you can achieve when using embossing folders and the arrows you can emboss using one of the folders from Textured Impressions Embossing Folders 2PK - Arrows & Typewriter Keys is very cool. I wanted to create a card that show cased the arrows and this is what I came up with:
The design is very simple: I simply cut a piece of paper a little smaller than a standard A2 card and ran it through the Big Shot using the Textured Impressions Embossing Folders 2PK - Arrows.

Once I had done that I curled up each of the corners slightly because I wanted my card to have even more dimension than what you get when using embossing folders.

I wanted to add some stitching and I needed it to be very precise. That need led me to using the smaller rectangle die from Thinlits Die Set 8PK - Basics as a stencil: I placed the die in the middle of the card and lightly traced around it with a pencil prior to machine stitching with a black thread. Once I was done sewing, I carefully erased the pencil lines.

To fit in a sentiment I die cut a label using one of the dies from Thinlits Die Set 12PK - Ornate Labels, stamped my sentiment in the middle of the label, added some enamel dots as decoration and finally mounted the label on the card using foam adhesive.

Supply list:
Textured Impressions Embossing Folders 2PK - Arrows & Typewriter Keys
Thinlits Die Set 12PK - Ornate Labels
Thinlits Die Set 8PK - Basics
Sizzix Accessory - Magnetic Platform for Wafer-Thin Dies
Sizzix Big Shot Starter Kit (Powder Blue & Teal)
Stamp (Lawn Fawn)
Enamel Dots (My Mind's Eye)
Ink (VersaFine)


Jeg kan rigtig godt lide det look, man kan opnå, når man bruger embossingfoldere, og de pile der kan laves med en af folderne fra Textured Impressions Embossing Folders 2PK - Arrows & Typewriter Keys er rigtig cool. Jeg besluttede derfor at lave et kort, hvor pilene var hovedmotivet.

Jeg har anvendt et ret enkelt design, hvor jeg skar et stykke hvidt papir ud, som var lidt mindre end et A2 kort, hvorefter jeg løb det igennem Big Shot'ten med Textured Impressions Embossing Folders 2PK - Arrows.

Da jeg havde embosset papiret, valgte jeg at krølle hvert af de fire hjørner lidt, fordi jeg gerne ville have endnu mere dimension på kortet.

For mig er syning en af de fineste detaljer, man kan bruge på papirprojekter, og jeg ville naturligvis også have en syet detalje på dette kort. Det var vigtigt for mig, at syningen blev meget præcis, hvilket ledte mig til at bruge den lille rektangulære die fra Thinlits Die Set 8PK - Basics som skabelon. Jeg placerede dien midt på kortet, tegnede forsigtigt rundt om den med blyant, syede oveni blyantstregerne, og til sidst viskede jeg blyantsstregerne væk.

For at få plads til en hilsen på kortet, udstansede jeg en label fra Thinlits Die Set 12PK - Ornate Labels, stemplede teksten midt på og dekorerede med nogle enamel dots. Slutteligt monterede jeg labellen på kortet med 3d-puder.

Textured Impressions Embossing Folders 2PK - Arrows & Typewriter Keys
Thinlits Die Set 12PK - Ornate Labels
Thinlits Die Set 8PK - Basics
Sizzix Accessory - Magnetic Platform for Wafer-Thin Dies
Sizzix Big Shot Starter Kit (Powder Blue & Teal)
Stenmpler (Lawn Fawn)
Enamel Dots (My Mind's Eye)
Sværte (VersaFine)

Hello my friend

Hello to everyone:)  Today I want to show you this card I made using my new dies.

Sizzix products:
Sizzix Big Shot Machine 657900
Sizzix Thinlits Die Set 3PK - Overall Patterns 659758
Sizzix Framelits Die Set 6PK - Enchanted 659702
Other products:
Pion Design papers; Vintage Garden, Sweet Baby
white cardboard
Archival Ink - Jet Black
3d pillow
cement board seam tape

How to do: 
1. Cut the cardboard size 10 cm × 14,5 cm. Take the piece of cement board seam tape and attach it on to the cardboard.
2. Stamp the flower and leaves and cut them using set Sizzix Framelits Die Set 5PK w/Stamps - English Garden 659526.
3. Cut the wire using die Sizzix Thinlits Die Set 3PK - Overall Patterns 659758,  tear the piece off and fasten on to the card using fastener.
5. Stamp and cut the sentiment using  Sizzix Framelits Die Set 8PK w/Stamps - Hello 659464
6. Make the card ready combinig all the embellishments like picture above.  Glue the leaves and use 3d pillows for flowers.
Happy crafting,Minna
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Moi, tällainen kortti tänään:)
Sizzix tarvikkeet:
Sizzix Big Shot Machine 657900Sizzix Thinlits Die Set 3PK - Overall Patterns 659758
Sizzix Framelits Die Set 6PK - Enchanted 659702
Muut tarvikkeet:
Pion Design paperit: Vintage Garden, Sweet Baby
valkoinen kartonki
Archival Ink muste - Jet Black
3d tyynyjä

Kuinka teet tämän kortin:
1. Leikkaa kartonki kokoon 10 cm × 14,5 cm. Ota pala saumausteippiä ja kiinnitä kartonkiin.
2. Leimaa ja leikkaa kukat ja lehdet käyttäen Sizzix Framelits Die Set 5PK w/Stamps - English Garden 659526.
3. Leikkaa verkko käyttäen stanssia Sizzix Thinlits Die Set 3PK - Overall Patterns 659758 ja ota siitä palanen ja kiinnitä korttipohjaan.
4.Leikkaa kehys käyttäen stanssia Sizzix Framelits Die Set 6PK - Enchanted 659702.
5. Leimaa ja leikkaa teksti käyttäen Sizzix Framelits Die Set 8PK w/Stamps - Hello 659464.
6. Tee kortti valmiiksi kooten kaikki koristeet. Liimaa lehdet ja kiinnitä kukat 3d tyynyillä.


Tuesday, 19 August 2014

Birthday Mini Album

Hi everyone, I hope you all had a lovely week, today i will show you a mini birthday album using the beautiful sizzix dies/ Prima
Items i have used:
Sizzix Framelits 6 dies Enchanted 659702
Sizzix  Bigz Die Floressa 659708
Sizzix Thinlits Pandora 8 dies 659705
Sizzix Thinlits Winged Beauties 659707
Supply list:
Stamp:Kaisercraft-Birthday- and .Today-, Stempelglede-Follow Your Heart-, JustRite-happy Birthday-
Ink: Archival ink-watering Can-, Color box-brown-
Paper: Pink, green and creme cardstock, old book page
ribbon, 3D foam and brads

Thanks for stopping by, wish you a great week
Hej alle
Jeg håber i har haft en skøn uge. I dag vil jeg vise et lille fødselsdags album hvor jeg har brugt de nye Sizzix dies /Prima
Sizzix dies jeg har brugt:
Andre materialer:
Stempler:Kaisercraft-Birthday- and .Today-, Stempelglede-Follow Your Heart-, JustRite-happy Birthday-
Ink: Archival ink-watering Can-, Color box-brown-
Papir: Pink, grøn og  creme karton, gammel bogside
Bånd, 3D foam og brads
Tak fordi du gav dig tid til at kigge forbi, jeg ønsker dig en dejlig uge

Monday, 18 August 2014

A rainbow necklace made with shrink plastic and a Bigz banner dies

A few weeks ago I shared a necklace I made using the Prima Love Gears in this blog. I was one of my favorite projects I have done and today I would like to share another necklace project but this time with a very different look.

I used Sizzix Bigz Pennats die 659739, a Big Shot, shrink plastic either in frosted or clear, Versamagic ink pads in different light colours, a 3/16" whole Punch, jump rings, heat gun, link chain and if possible jewelry tools.

I started by die cutting the banners.  One of the beauties of Bigz dies is that you can cut pretty much anything you can cut with scissors, so two layers of shrink plastic is no problem, so with one go I die cut 12 banners. A part from time saving, die cutting makes sure than all are exactly the same, which is very important when you want a handmade look not a homemade look. I placed them in a row to make sure that the right mix of shapes in the "right" order.

I made a template to place the wholes in all the banners. The holes are about 5mm from top and left/right edges. I used the template to punch out each hole in all banners. I place the ink pads in order so I would know which ones to use in which order.

 I colored each banner separately on a piece of scrap paper. This is important since if ink gets to the other side will show later. Then I placed it on a heat resistant surface and heat it up with a heat gun. If you font have one, you could always use the oven with very low heat, but follow the shrink plastic manufacturers instructions!

I love watching the shrink plastic get all curly and more curly. It looks that it is all going wrong, but you just need persevere to keep the heat on.

Once that it looks pretty even, still is very hot, so if you would like to flatten it use a acrylic block or any heat resistant flat object.

On the left you can see how they look colored and shrinked beside the original size. On the right, you can see all the coloured banners.

One of the things you need to consider with shrink plastic is that the colour intensifies, so some may not look as you thought they would, like the pink and purple. So I redid them with a different ink pad to get the right hue. Once I was completely happy, I started to link them with jump rings.

OK, this step I recommend to do before than I did this. To preserve the color layer it is best to apply some sort of glaze all over the back of the banners. I like to use a clear gloss spray glaze from DecoArt and let them dry completely.

Open each jump ring with the help of two flat nose pliers or similar. Then I thread the banners  through the jump ring: right hole from one - left hole of the next one.

Once I had them all linked, I used a link chain and joined the ends. Finally I added a lobster clap in the middle.

And here it is, a rainbow banner necklace!

I love how colorful it is and how shinny looks.  I hope you do too!
And give shrink plastic + Bigz dies a go!

Sunday, 17 August 2014

Some useful cards.

Hello, Bente here! :-)
I hope you had a good week. I started working again this week and I suppose in some ways it's nice to get back to the old routines, but I sure loved having he extra time to create....

Some days ago I received a very generously sized new box  of dies and folders from my friends at the Sizzix European HQ. I could kiss them!!... Such a gorgeous chest of new treasure to play with!!

Of course I could not wait to try out my new toys, and decided to put my die cut, stamped and embossed little pieces to good use. There are always occations for a cute card and and here are three that came about just for fun.

I love that little saying. Some good advice there ....

Both the typewriter and the butterfllies are part of sets that lets you die cut a stamped image. This time I left the butterflies 'bare'. Below there is a picture of the sets I have used here.

That typewriter is just sooo cute.
Actually, when I made this I could not find my 'good' ink pad but it turned out ok anyway.

These are the Sizzix products I used for my cards:

Sizzix Big Shot Starter Kit (Powder Blue & Teal)

Sizzix Textured Impressions Embossing Folders 2PK - Houndstooth & Dots Set

Sizzix Framelits Die Set 4PK w/Stamps - Noted

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

Sizzix Thinlits Die Set 10PK - Be Thankful

Sizzix Thinlits Die Set 6PK - I Heart This




Saturday, 16 August 2014

Chevron Layout

Hello all!

Today I would like to share with you my new layout. There is my elder son on the photos. My favorite style with splashes and watercolor. I didn't use a scrappaper for the background - it's just a white watercolor one. I often use it in my projects as it let create any background to your taste.

My favorite dies (Chevron and Love gears) perfectly matched the style.

The products I used:

Sizzix Bigz Die - Love Gears

Have a nice day!