Monday, 20 April 2015

Big Shot Plus Starter Kit card

Hi everybody! Elena here.

Last week I received my new Big Shot Plus Starter Kit and I couldn't help start playing with it in that very moment :)

My first project was this clean and simple card, made with the beautiful dies from the Starter Kit.

 I love how easy is to work with this fantastic machine, with the different platforms and adapters for all Sizzix technologies... and the A4 size, of course!!

 Supply list:

Happy Monday!


Hola a todos!

La semana pasada por fin recibí mi nueva y flamante Big Shot Plus con el starter kit y no me pude resistir a hacer mi primer proyecto con  ella nada más sacarla de la caja.

Me encanta lo fácil que es trabajar con ella, con las diferentes plataformas y adaptadores para todas las tecnologías de Sizzix... y por supuesto el tamaño Din-A4!!

Ya os iré enseñando más cositas de esta máquina... :)

Feliz lunes!

Trying Out My Big Shot Plus

Die used: Triangles, Isosceles & Right 4 1/2in H Assembled

Hello again! At last I finally got to try out my new Big Shot Plus last week and wanting to get straight into chopping fabric without planning anything too closely, I chose to cut some isosceles triangles and just enjoy some straightforward piecing amid the chaos of the school holidays.

I really loved using the Big Shot Plus, it's as easy to use as the Big Shot but the extra space gives greater versatility and makes cutting from larger pieces of fabric more comfortable. The grey and white design is simple and sleek and makes it look like the serious piece of kit that it is!

The extent of my plan was to make something bright that could potentially become a sofa cushion to replace a more 'wintery' one that has started to look out of place now that spring and a little sunshine has arrived. I cut 28 full isosceles triangles all from different fabrics and 8 right-angle half-isosceles triangles.

I arranged them in a square and then pieced them together in rows,

and then joined the rows to form a square.

It was all nice and straightforward and orderly, the perfect antidote to the school holidays!

Sunday, 19 April 2015

With love Box

Hello Sizzix Friends!
I'm totally in love with the new Sizzix Big Shot Plus.
It is amazing to be able to create boxes yourself, at home.
This week I created a simple treat box perfect for small gift or for a weeding-party favor!
I used a double-sided cardstock sheet so you will have a pretty box outside as inside :)

You need:
Sizzix Big Shot Plus Starter Kit (White & Gray) (660515) new!
Sizzix Thinlits Die Set 9PK - Layering Frames (660476) new!
Double-sided cardstock paper
White cardstock
Double-sided tape (thin)
Baker's twine (black-white)
Round stamp + black ink

Die cut the box shape using the thinlits plus die you can find in the Starter Kit and a double-sided cardstock paper (chevron-pois pattern).
Arrange the little box using double-sided tape and scissors.
Die cut some layering frame using the same cardstock but on the other side.
Stamp on a white cardstock using a black ink and a round rubber stamp.
Die cut the cardstock using a round framelits (I used the smallest size in the Sizzix Framelits Die Set 8PK - Circles ).
Paste the paper decorations on the top of the box using double-sided tape and glue.
Add some baker's twine around the box and make a double knot.

Our pretty box is done!
You can fill in with little sweets or with a present.

Enjoy your sunday!

*Per i lettori Italiani*
Buongiorno a tutti!
Sono totalmente persa per la nuova Sizzix Big Shot Plus.
Credo sia davvero fantastico poter creare da soli delle scatoline in carta.
Questa settimana ho voluto provare a creare una piccola scatola perfetta per piccoli doni o come bomboniera per un matrimonio o una festa.

Ho usato:
Sizzix Big Shot Plus Starter Kit (White & Gray) (660515) new!
Sizzix Thinlits Die Set 9PK - Layering Frames (660476) new!
Cartoncino con fantasia geometrica su entrambi i lati
Cartoncino bianco
Nastro biadesivo sottile
Baker's twine (nero-bianco)
Timbr rotondo + inchiostro nero

Fustellare la sagoma della scatola sul cartoncino a doppia fantasia usando la fustella Thinlits Die contenuta nello Starter Kit della macchina Big Shot Plus.
Comporre la scatola usando il nastro biadesivo sottile e le forbici.
Fustellare alcune piccole cornici decorative quadrate usando lo stesso cartoncino ma dall'altro lato.
Timbrate un cartoncino bianco usando il timbro rotondo e l'inchiostro nero (in coordinato con il baker's twine).
Fustellate i contorni del timbro usando una fustella di diametro simile (io ho usato la più piccola misura del Sizzix Framelits Die Set 8PK - Circles ).
Incollate tutte le decorazioni di carta sul coperchio della scatola usando il nastro biadesivo, quando possibile, e la colla stick.
Aggiungete lo spago avvolgendolo sui lati della scatola e fate un doppio nodo sul retro.

La nostra scatolina è fatta!
Riempita con piccoli dolcetti o con un bel regalo.

Spero vi sia piaciuta!
Buona domenica!

"A Smile for Mom" by Gerry van Gent

Happy Sunday Sizzix friends!

Maybe you have already guessed (by the title!) that my
blog post today is dedicated to my mom. Living far away from
my mom is not only hard for me but also hard for my mom.
That's why I love sending her photos - and of course, some of
the photos are scrapped like this one today.
Perfect present for Mother's Day!
I chose my favourite "scrap" canvas which is A4 size and
perfectly matching the Sizzix Big Shot Plus machine.

A Smile for Mom_gerry

660515 Sizzix Big Shot Plus Starter Kit
660474 Sizzix Thinlits Die Set Decorative Bubbles
660222 Sizzix Thinlits Die Set Scribble & Splat
658506 Sizzix Sizzlits Die Set Vintage Doily
657176 Sizzix Sizzlits Decorative Strip Alphabet Typeset
558504 Sizzix Sizzlits L Die Flower Rose 3D
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My very first step was to emboss the background paper.
I used the A4 Embossing Folder included in the Starter Kit.


The die-cut letter "a" was adhered underneath an epoxy sticker.
I die cut a few times both of these Decorative Bubbles 
using different papers. Then I began mixing them and 
creating embellishments for my photo.


The big flower was created by using both sizes Bigz Die flowers included 
in the Starter Kit - I die cut them so many times until the flower looked "full".
For the centre I hand made the rose by using one of the old dies (558504 Rose 3D)
I added a bit of Stickles.
Other Products I used:
Maja Design Papers
Lindy's Stamp Gang Sprays
Prima Marketing Embellishments
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Thank you for visiting today!
Have a creative Sunday!

Embroidered Gift Tags

I adore gift wrapping! You can't beat pretty ribbons, tags and confetti!

I thought I'd share this simple embroidered gift tag as an idea you can customise for any pattern. You can even make monogram versions.

Supplies used:
  • Card stock
  • Embroidery thread
  • Embroidery needle
  • Sizzix Big Shot Plus Starter Kit
  • Tag die from starter kit
  • We R Memory Keepers Sew Easy piercer
  • Double sided sticky tape
I cut out the tags on kraft card stock so the stitching would really stand out in pastel colours. 

Using a piercer I made a pattern to stitch - you could easily mark your own with a pencil and awl.

Using all six strands of thread, I stitched the patterns using a simple backstitch. 

Using double sided sticky tape, I fixed another die cut tag to the back to cover the back of the stitching.

Add a contrasting ribbon, gift box and confetti and you've got yourself a custom handmade gift tag!

I love how simple this idea is and it uses one of my favourite crafts; stitching onto card or paper!

Have a great day and see you next time.


Saturday, 18 April 2015

for Kira

Hello there,
first of all I would like to say that I am a proud owner of the new wonderful SIZZIX Big Shot Plus now. Thanks a lot for it!!
I am really happy about this machine, it is an amazing help with my bookbindings, because I am no longer limited to 15cm paper size. The new 'Plus' is simply awesome!

Today I would like to show you an album for the little girlfriend of my youngest son.
He is invited to her birthday party on next Saturday. Suitable to a wallet for pencils I bought, she will get this personalized album for her paintings.

First I cut out her name from thick paperboard, to get really striking letters. I covered the letters with the same fabric of the albumcover. Grey fabric with white dots.... I love it :)
For the letters I used one of my favorite products of SIZZIX: Fresh Blossoms Alphabet #659963
This alphabet has a brilliant font style!

Afterwords, I used the SIZZIX Thinlits Die-Set 'Home sweet home' #660800 and pressed it into the same Paperboard. Of course, the Thinlits are too thin to use with a thick cardboard! But I cut out each image twice and helped a little by using a cutter. It worked easily! 
I wanted to have the houses in the same or even better thickness as the letters. Two houses will be merged to one single house. 

I also covered the houses with nice paper suitable for a nearly 5 years old girl.
 After this I built the file album also with strong paperboard, fabric and a ring binder mechanism.

I hope she will like it .... and you too :)

Have a lovely weekend!

Thoughts - Scrapbooking Layout

Hello everybody,
it´s saturday again and I (Julia) want to show you the first scrapbooking layout I have created with the Big Shot Starter Kit. 

All you need is - as I said ;) - the Sizzix Big Shot Plus Starter Kit #660515, yellow and grey cardstock or pattern paper, some alphabet stickers, white enamel dots and for the perfect last touch a brush and watercolors or gelatos. 

At first you have to die cut the flowers (you will find them in your starter kit). I choosed white cardstock for the bottom of the flowers, so I can edit some pretty light pink touches on the leaves with the brush. It´s so much fun and you can use every color you want to! :) 

When it´s dry you can staple your pieces of the flower together and place them on your layout. It´s a real simple one this week, but I really love the expression it gets by using this beautiful die cutted flowers! 

Hope you like it and I inspired you to create something pretty with your Big Shot Plus Starter Kit! :) Believe me, you won´t regret buying it! ;)

Have a nice day, xo Julia


Hallo ihr Lieben,
für diese Woche hatte ich (Julia) euch ja ein Layout versprochen. :) Als das Big Shot Plus Starter Kit bei mir ankam wusste ich sofort das ich diese Blümchen auf einem Layout haben möchte. 

Alles was ihr für dieses Layout benötigt ist  - wie erwähnt ;) - das Sizzix Big Shot Plus Starter Kit #660515, weißen Cardstock, grauen und gelben Cardstock oder auch Pattern Paper (mag man evtl. nicht annehmen, aber ich habe wirklich gemustertes Papier verwendet :) ), Buchstabensticker, ein paar Enamel Dots in Weiß und für den letzten Schliff Aquarellfarben oder Gelatos und einen Pinsel.

Zuerst werden die Einzelteile der Blümchen ausgestanzt - die verwendeten Dies findet ihr in dem Starter Kit der Big Shot Plus. Ich kann euch sagen, da ist echt ne Menge drin. Für den Unterteil der Blumen habe ich weißen Cardstock verwendet, weil ich diesen mit Farbe ein wenig in Form bringen wollte. Das schöne ist, dass man wirklich jede Farbe nutzen kann, die man möchte! :) Ein bisschen Wasser und ein Hauch Farbe bringt Leben aufs Papier. 

Die Blumen habe ich dann mit meinem Tiny Attacher zusammen getackert und mit etwas geknüddeltem Nähgarn dann auf dem Layout aufgeklebt. Ich bin total begeistert von dem Effekt den diese Blumen auf dem Layout haben. Es wirkt irgendwie so als würde es sich bewegen... :)

Ich schau mir mal noch weiter ein paar Blüten an... ;) Habt einen tollen Tag, xo Julia

My Ohio Quilt : the beginning

Hi everyone!! I´m a  star quilt lover and I was wishing to do a new one with the  traditional Ohio Star , very familiar between quilters. Well, when I saw  the new collection by Erin Turner  "Aesop's Fable" I could´t resist  and I bought some fabrics ( just some 1/2 and 1/4  yards ) Here it´s my selection. Love these red prints.
So this was a good opportunity to try the ohio star block!

I used the big square  die  4 " finished ( 4 1/2" Unfinished)   and  a die with four triangles  ( Triangles, 2 1/2 " H x 4 1/2" W unfinished ). Both match together  perfectly when  you sew the triangles to make a square. You can cut out until six layers!

I cut out squares and triangles in cream and print fabric.This is  the block before you sew all the pieces.  I love how quick you can get them  with the  Big Shot , now with the new model in white, much bigger!

Then I sew a pair of cream and red  triangle.

Now all the squares together.

And finally in a row.

I  have got  six blocks right now and ready more to sew.

I don´t know how much will be the  quilt size.I will spend all the fabrics and I hope I can get a nice quilt .

I love my free time sewing this block  and I´m sure I will show you more later.
Enjoy these spring days! See you in two weeks.


¡Hola a todo el mundo!Soy una apasionada de los quilts con estrellas y estaba deseando hacer uno con  el tradicional Ohio Star , muy familiar entre las quilters.Bien, pues cuando vi la nueva colección de Erin Turner “ Aesop’s Fable” , no lo pude resistir y quedé prendada. Así que compré algunas telas. En las fotos veis la selección que hice. Suficiente para hacer un quilt, algunos medios y cuartos de tela.Me encantan estos estampados en rojo , de modo que fue una oportunidad estupenda para probar este bloque.

Utilicé el troquel de cuadrado grande    ( 4 " finished ( 4 1/2" Unfinished)   y  otro con cuatro triángulos   four triangles  ( Triangles, 2 1/2 " H x 4 1/2" W unfinished ) .Ambos combinan fenomenal entre sí cuando coses los triángulos  y los conviertes en cuadrado.

Corté los cuadrados y los triángulos en tela crema y en los estampados de la colección.En la foto grande podéis ver cómo quedan dispuestos antes de coserlos. Me gusta mucho lo rápido que puedes tenerlos cortados con la troqueladora Big Shot ( hasta seis capas de tela de una vez ) ,  ahora con el nuevo modelo en blanco ¡ mucho más grande!

Cosí primero las parejas de triángulos hasta hacer un cuadrado y luego todos los cuadrados juntos.Finalmente en filas hasta dejar el bloque acabado.
De momento tengo seis acabados y más preparados para seguir cosiendo.

Realmente no sé cómo será el quilt de grande pero gastaré todas las telas y espero que quede un buen tamaño.
Disfruto mucho en mi tiempo libre  cosiendo este bloque así que espero no tardar mucho en mostrados más avances.
Disfrutad de estos días primaverales. Te veo dentro de un par de semanas.