Thursday, 31 January 2013

Hearts a flutter part 3

What a difference a few days make!
Last week as I wrote this blog the heating was on and there was about 10cms of snow outside, today the window is open, the sky is a beautiful blue and there are tiny snowdrops in bloom in the garden.
This week I have been away, with some of the team at Ellison, in Frankfurt at Paperworld.  Here we are with the stand set up – and it gives a tiny glimpse of things to come later in the year. 

 It also meant that I didn't have as much time to create as many blocks as I had planned, so I have decided  to make a wall hanging with 3 of my blocks.
 I chose 3 blocks that had a variety of shades of red and joined them together with 2.5” wide sashing as shown below.

I then added sashing down the sides to completely frame the blocks.

I layered the work with a backing fabric and wadding ready to quilt.
Next week I will complete the wall hanging and show you what comes next.
Happy stitching.

Baby Card


Here is a card for a baby boy that is born recently :) For this "Bienvenue" card, I used two different dies and an embossing folder.

657996 Card, Scallop Circle insert
658605Sizzix Thinlits Die Set 9PK - Doilies, Lovely

657809 Sizzix Textured Impressions Embossing Folders 2PK - Beatnik Bouquet Set

Supply list:

Papers: Basic Grey, Kési'Art
Brads: American Crafts
Die cut: American Crafts
Stamp: Craft Origine
Ink: Black Versafine
3D adhesive

In an anise green paper, cut out a large scallop circle with the die "Card, Scallop Circle insert".

Superimpose two circles with scooped-out heart shapes. Choose papers with totally different colors so that your accents stand out more.
The last circle is glued with 3D adhesives. The rocking horse is a die cut that is glued with 3D adhesive as well.

Add a title stamped with black ink.

Glue the whole on an embossed white paper. Then glue this rectangle on a red paper.

Then choose a matching background paper as a finishing touch.

Here you are! My card is ready to be sent!

Have a nice day!



Une petite carte de naissance pour un joli bébé garçon qui vient de naître :) J'ai utilisé pour réaliser cette carte "Bienvenue" deux différents dies ainsi qu'une plaque à embosser.

657996 Card, Scallop Circle insert
658605Sizzix Thinlits Die Set 9PK - Doilies, Lovely
657809 Sizzix Textured Impressions Embossing Folders 2PK - Beatnik Bouquet Set

Liste de matériel utilisé :

Papiers : Basic Grey, Kési'Art
Brads : American Crafts
Die cut : American Crafts
Tampon : Craft Origine
Encre : Versafine noire
Mousse 3D

Commencez tout d'abord par découper un grand rond festonné avec le die "Card, Scallop Circle insert" dans un imprimé vert anis.

Superposez deux cercles avec des coeurs évidés, sélectionnez des papiers aux couleurs bien opposées pour que vos décorations ressortent au maximum.
Le dernier rond est monté en 3D avec des mousses. Le petit cheval à bascule est un die cut monté élevé lui aussi à l'aide de mousse.

Complétez avec un titre tamponné en noir.

Collez le tout sur un papier blanc embossé. Le rectangle sera ensuite matté en rouge.

Enfin,choisissez un papier de fond assorti pour finaliser votre carte.

Et voilà ! Ma carte est prête à être expédiée !

Bonne journée


Wednesday, 30 January 2013

Easy as 1,2,3! (Part 1)

Just got back from the Frankfurt Creativeworld Trade Fair. it was lovely to be working for Rayher again and to bump into a few familiar faces along the way. I spent four days demonstrating Sizzix alongside Ranger ink  products which is easy because they compliment each other so well. 

With that in mind I thought I'd create a few tags using a fabulous new set of embossing folders designed by Tim Holtz. They are sized specifically to work with ATC's but they fit perfectly onto a medium sized tag too.

I have created three different tags which you can see above and I'll show you the steps to make each in the coming weeks but we will start at the beginning with Number one...

I used a variety of Distress inks, mainly yellows and browns, I know people have their own favourites so feel free too use whatever you prefer. The Sizzix products used are:

  • Movers & Shapers Base Die - Tag & Tie by Tim Holtz (657859)
  • Sizzix 'Texture Trades' Embossing folders - Numbers Set by Tim Holtz (658573)
Die cut a tag from smooth heavy weight white card and choose a stamp about the same size as your tag, I'm using a nice floral garland, coat the stamp using an embossing ink pad and stamp directly onto the '1' embossing folder (negative/reverse side). The ink will remain wet so when you emboss the image will transfer onto your tag. remove the tag and sprinkle clear embossing powder over the surface before shaking off any excess, fix with a heat tool and you can now start to apply colour using yellow distress ink and a sponge applicator, the clear embossing powder resists the ink so it remains white.

Start to add more colour, perhaps one of the lovely orange shades before deepening the colour around the edges with a dark brown ink pad like Walnut Stain or Vintage Photo. Spritz some water onto the tag using a Mini Mister and blot the tag with kitchen roll to create an interesting finish. Finally, die cut a strip of lace border and ink the edges prior to attaching to the base of your tag.
I added a stamped clock face to the left of the tag, it just seemed to balance the design better. add some string or twine through the hole and your done, Hope you like it, if you do, tune in next week for part 2!

Small Mixed-Media Love-Notebook


I love to create a mixed-media projects, and thus work with paints, stamps, spray, stencils, etc. And Sizzix helps me to create interesting backgrounds. Also I often use the resulting figures as key elements of collage. This is very convenient, because I do not need to suffer and cut with scissors.

So today I want to show you a small notebook, which was made with mixed-media techniques.

Items used:
Craft paper
My Mind's Eye paper – Stella&Rose (6x6 pad)
Acrylic Paint – Yellow, Turquoise
Decoupage Glue – Art Potch
Adirondack Color Wash – Sunset Orange
Glitter Making Memory – Buttercup
Different Stamps and Rub-Ons

1. I used the Curly die to make more textural background. I cut out of the paper curl, and then used it as a mask with yellow paint.

2. I sprinkled orange spray and smeared it across the collage to change a shade. And then I used the spray to created drips.

3. I cut a flower-heart using Heart, Stem & Leaves  die.

4. I glued the parts of the flower-heart on the collage with decoupage glue.

5. Then I added shadows using paints and a permanent marker. Then I added decorative elements (rub-ons, stamps).
6. I cut a text using Inside Out die. Then I glued it using decoupage glue.
7. I covered the entire surface of the collage by decoupage glue, added glitter around the heart and in the middle of the flowers.

And notebook cover is ready. The notebook size is 6.5x15,5 cm.

Have a nice day,


Всем привет! 

Я очень люблю создавать миксд-медиа проекты, а значит работать с красками, штампами, спреями, трафаретами и т.д. И продукция Sizzix очень часто помогает мне создать интересные фоны (например, я использую получившиеся вырубки в качестве масок). Так же я часто использую получившиеся фигуры в качестве основных элементов коллажа. Это очень удобно, т.к. не нужно мучиться и вырезать ножницами.

Итак, сегодня я хочу показать вам небольшой блокнот, у которого обложка сделана в коллажной технике.

Бумага My Mind's Eye – коллекция Stella&Rose (набор 15*15 см)
Акриловая краска – желтая и бирюзовая
Декупажный клей – Art Potch
Спрей Adirondack Color Wash – цвет Sunset Orange
Глиттер Making Memory – цвет Buttercup
Различные штампы и натирки

  1. Для придания большей фактурности фону я использовала нож с завитками. Для этого вырезала из бумаги завиток, а затем использовала его как маску с желтой краской.
  2. Побрызгала оранжевым спреем и размазала его по поверхности коллажа, чтобы изменить немного оттенок. А затем этим же спреем создала потеки.
  3. С помощью ножа вырезала цветок-сердце, подбирая бумажки, подходящие под цвет фона. Сердце из одной бумаги, стебель и листья из другой.
  4. С помощью декупажного клея, приклеила детали цветка-сердца. От декупажного клея спрей может размазаться, поэтому наносим клей аккуратно. И даже если он размажется и попадет на ваш цветок, то ничего страшного в этом нет. Цветок просто еще лучше впишется в общую цветовую гамму коллажа.
  5. Добавила тени с помощью краски, обрисовала контуры тонким перманентным маркером. Добавила декоративные элементы (такие как штампы и натирки).
  6. Вырезала надпись, используя нож с алфавитом, и приклеила ее на декупажный клей.
  7. Промазала всю поверхность коллажа клеем. Добавила глиттер вокруг сердечка и в серединки цветочков. Дождалась пока всё высохнет и обвела буквы.

Обложка для блокнота готова. Размер блокнота 6,5х15 см.

Хорошего дня!


Tuesday, 29 January 2013

Make your own background!


Embossing has been a very popular technique in my scrapbook classes over the last few years. People like that you can emboss paper and turn any piece of paper into a new one, adding texture and a 3D effect to your crafty projects.

Today, I would like to show you a 8x8 layout I made, mixing patterned paper with white cardstock that I previously embossed and inked!

But first of all, here's what you'll need for this layout : 

  • Big Shot (655268)
  • Sewing and measuring Tape Embossing Folder set (657671)
  • Papers (Studio Calico)
  • Stamps (Studio Calico, Technique Tuesday)
  • Badge (October Afternoon)
  • Wood veneers (Studio Calico)
  • Alphas (American Crafts)
  • Inks (Versafine)
  • Mists (Studio Calico)
  • Cut'n'Dry foam (Ranger)

First of all, you need to cut a piece of white cardstock size 4x4". Then, insert it once inside the embossing folder and run it through your Big Shot.

As the width of the embossing folder is 4", you just have to run it through your Big Shot once.

Once your white cardstock is embossed, grab your favorite Studio Calico mists and add colors to the top embossed designs, using a cut'n'dry foam.

While you let this dry, start glueing your picture on the upper right side.

You can start stamping your background (here I used a ROAD TRIP stamp by Technique Tuesday) and create embellishments with title stamp (like the I love this life stamp by Technique Tuesday).

Once your embossed paper is dry, glue it at the top of the paper, near your photo.

Use your sewing machine and sew all around the edges.

Add your title, wood veneer embellishments, badge and label and you're good!

I am loving this size more and more so you might see more of these layouts in the near future! :D

Have a great day!

4 you....

Hi everyone....I love to make tags and today I have use Manila Tag #12...LOVE this size ♥ it's perfect for cards. I have used some of my favorites Sizzix Dies in this project. 

Cardstock : Manila Tag # 12, Chipboard, Grungeboard.
Stamps : Stampers Anonymous Tim Holtz Collection
Distress Stain - brushed corduroy, broken china, black soot, gathered twigs
Inks - Distress Ink Pads - vintage photo, broken china, walnut stain, gathered twigs, 
           Archival Ink - Jet Black.
Dabber : Pitch Black, Silver 

 Ok..let us start to make this tag/card :o))
1. Distress the tag on the innside and outside with distress stain - broken china, brushed corduroy and water.
2. Fold the tag to a card.
3. Cut out Mini Ticket. 
4. Cut out Vintage Cabinet Card, Gadget Gears and Vintage Fan.
5. Distress it with dabbers, stains and distress ink pads.
6. Stamp on both sides of the card.

7. Stamp the banner on distresset Manila cardstock, cut it out.
Love this banner stamp and die ♥
8. Glue "4 you" on the banner.

9. Glue some 3D foam on the Vintage Cabinet Card and glue it to the card, (on the back of the card).

10. Sprayed the card with dylusions - black marble here and there.

 The card is you can see the inside of the card.

Some close up pictures.

Thanks for stopping by....see you next week :o))
Anne Kristine

Heisann. Jeg elsker å lage tags, i dag har jeg brukt Manila Tag #12. Kjempefin størrelse som passer perfekt til kort. På dette prosjektet har jeg brukt noen av mine favoritter blandt Sizzix Dies.

Kartong: Manila tag # 12, chipboard og Grungeboard.
Stempler : Stampers Anonymous Tim Holtz Collection
Distress Stain - brushed corduroy, broken china, black soot, gathered twigs
Stempelputer - Distress Ink Pads - vintage photo, broken china, walnut stain, gathered twigs, 
           Archival Ink - Jet Black.
Dabber : Pitch Black, Silver oss starte å lage dette tag/kortet.

1. Distress tag'en på både innsiden og utsiden med distress stain - broken china, brushed corduroy og vann.
2. Brett tag'en til et kort.
3. Stans ut Mini Ticket. 
4. Stans ut Vintage Cabinet Card, Gadget Gears and Vintage Fan.
5. Distress disse med dabber, stains og distress ink pads.
6. Stemple på begge sider av kortet.
7. Stemple vimpelen på distresset Manila kartong og stans ut med Sizzix Die.
Liker veldig godt dette vimpel stempelet med tilhørende dies. 
8. Lim "4 you" på vimpelen.
9. Lim noen 3D puter på Vintage Cabinet Card og lim det på baksiden av kortet.
10. Spray kortet med dylusions - black marble her og der.
Takk for at du stikker innom her og vi ses neste uke.
Anne Kristine 

Recyled Box

Hello all Sizzix fans.
Now it's Tuesday again and it's my turn to show you what I have made this time.
This Tuesday I will show you a recycle and decorated box.
My nephew who lives in London, has taken the Christmas Pudding cake to Denmark.
My family knows I love to recycle and decorate boxes.
This box I decorate with paper from Riddersholm design, used embossing powder, alkohol ink and distress ink.I have used different sorts of Sizzix dies and stamps.
Dies I have used:
655258  Big Shot Machine
657496  Distressed Doily
656631  Hanging Sign
656632  Hardware Findings
657916  Flowers, Daisies

Supply list:
Paper: Riddersholm design-Fall Flea Market-
Manila tag: small one
Ink: Distress Ink-Dosty Concord
Ink: Hero Art Shadow Ink-Cup o' Joe-mid-tone
Embossing powder:Distress powdre-Dusty Concord
Alcohol ink: Wild Plum, Terra cotta, gold
Pearl:Half pearls Pontura paint-purple-

Thanks for stopping by and hope it gave you some inspiration. See you next Tuesday

Genbrugs æske.
Hej alle Sizzix fan.
Nu er det tirsdag igen og det er min tur til at vise hvad jeg har lavet.
Min nevø som bor i London har taget denne Pudding kage æske med hjem til Danmark.
Min familie ved at jeg elsker at genbruge og dekorere æsker
Denne tirsdag vil jeg vise min genbrugsæske som er dekoreret med Riddersholm design papir, brugt embossing pulver, alkohol ink og sværte. Jeg har brugt flere forskellige Sizzix dies og stempler.

Dies jeg har brugt:
655258 Big Shot Machine
657496 Distressed Doily
656631 Hanging Sign
656632 Hardware Findings
657916 Flowers, Daisies

Andre materialer:
Papir: Riddersholm design-Fall Flea Market-
Manila tag: en lille str.
Ink: Distress Ink-Dosty Concord
Ink: Hero Art Shadow Ink-Cup o' Joe-mid-tone
Embossing pulver :Distress powder-Dusty Concord
Alkohol ink: Wild Plum, Terra Cotta, Gold
Perler: Half pearls Pontura paint-Purple-
Tak fordi du kiggede med og jeg håber du fik lidt inspiration.Vi ses næste tirsdag

Monday, 28 January 2013

Winter notebook

I love notebooks. I have always a variety on hand to write down anything I want to remember and also I think they are a great gift because who does not love a notebook totally customized and handmade?

Today I showcase this notebook conceived as a  winter journal and the simple step by step to make it.

Supply list:

Cut out a pattern paper a centimeter smaller than the cover of your notebook, ink the edges with distress ink and glue it to the cover. Then, using the Big Shot, die cut all the frames with pattern paper and cardstock. Ink everything and glue it well centered on the cover.  Die cut also the title of the notebook,  glue it and varnish with Glossy Accents.

Now let's decorate the notebook with a touch of white gel pen, rhinestones,  some twine stucked  around the paper to make it more finished and make the closure with a colorful bow.

Happy Monday!


Me encantan las libretas, siempre tengo una gran variedad a mano para apuntar cualquier cosa que quiero recordar y, además, me parecen un regalo estupendo porque, ¿a quién no le encanta una libreta totalmente personalizada y hecha a mano?

Hoy os enseño esta libreta decorada pensada para utilizar como diario de invierno y el sencillo paso a paso para realizarla.


Corta un papel decorado un centimetro más pequeño que la tapa de tu libreta, entinta los bordes con distress y pégala al lomo. Después, utilizando la Big Shot, troquela todas las medidas del marco con papel decorado y cartulina, entíntalo todo y pégalo a la tapa bien centrado.  troquela también el título de la libreta (en este caso invierno) y una vez pegado barnízalo con Glossy Accents.

Ahora vamos a decorar la libreta con unos toques de rotulador de gel blanco, unos brillantitos, un cordón pegado alrededor del papel para que quede mejor terminado y un lazo bien vistoso como cierre.

¡Feliz lunes!


scrappy 9 patch pouch tutorial

Hello again everyone! I hope you all had a wonderful weekend and if you've had snow it is starting to thaw out!

Today we're going to make a simple drawstring pouch using scrap fabrics. It's lovely little pocket sized project that won't take you more than about half an hour and once you've made one I'm sure you'll be itching to make more. They're ideal for keeping your sewing-on-the-go kit all together, or for handbag essentials like your keys, lipstick, a pack of tissues and so on. You can also fill them with little treats for birthday presents - try travel size toiletries for grown ups and sweets or small toys for children.


Dies used;

Sizzix Bigz Die - 2" finished (2 1/2" unfinished)
Sizzix Bigz XL 25" Die - strips 2 1/2" wide

If you have a Big Shot Pro you can also use;
Sizzix Bigz Pro Die - square, 6" finished (6 1/2" unfinished)

Finished size - approx. 6" square


Use your 2" finished die to cut a total of 18 squares from a variety of fabrics. The more the merrier!
Cut 1 strip using the strip die 2.5" x at least 14"

Cut 2 x 6.5" squares for the pouch lining



Using scissors, cut the strip into 2 pieces, each measuring 6.5" in length. Fold the edges over by 1/4" or so, and press, and 1/4" or so again, and press. Then fold each strip in half along the length, wrong sides together, and press again. Set aside.

Assemble your patchwork pouch pieces by sewing 2 sets of  9 squares into 3 rows of 3 (a 9-patch!) Press well.
Pin a folded strip to the outside top of each 9-patch - aligning the raw edges together, and sew on using an 1/8" seam


With right sides together, and with the now attached folded strips at the top, pin and sew around the sides and bottom of the pouch. Leave the top unstitched - that's the opening! Once stitched, turn right side out and press.


Repeat with the lining pieces - right sides together, sew down each side and across the bottom - leaving an opening at least 2" wide for turning.

Now place the patchwork pouch inside the lining - right sides together, and lineup the raw edges at the top. Pin and sew all the way around the top using a 1/4" seam.


Turn right ways out - pulling the patchwork pouch out through the hole you left at the bottom of the lining. Close the opening in the lining, either by hand stitching or by sewing close to the edge with your machine.


Push the lining into the patchwork pouch.


Use 2 lengths of ribbon or cord, each one approximately 15" long and thread through the folded strips that have formed the drawstring channel (use a bodkin or safety pin to help you with this!), and either knot off each end, add a bead, or button or use a small scrap of fabric as a tab.

Stuff with your choice of essentials and you're done!

drawstring bags

You can adapt this idea to make a pouch of any size. It's a great way to use up stray quilt blocks you may have made - simply change the measurements of the lining pieces and the strips for the drawstring channel accordingly. For example - 12.5" unfinished blocks would need 2 strips 2.5" x 12.5", and 2 squares for the lining each measuring 12.5" square.

Quick rule of thumb - your unfinished block size is the same as the lining squares size (cut 2) and the drawstring channel strips (width of unfinished block = length of each strip). You need 2 lengths of ribbon or cord for the drawstring that are approximately 2.5 x the width of the pouch (eg - for the 12" pouch, cut 2 lengths each 30" long)