Thursday, 3 September 2015

Back to school - kit bag

 It's the beginning of September and now suddenly it's back to school, and my granddaughter, Abi is starting school - so this week I'm making a little bag for her P.E. kit -

I have used 4 floral prints from the Little Bird Told Me fabric range from Lewis and Irene -
38cm x 30cms for the bag, and small pieces for the letters and flowers.
I fused web to the back of the fabrics for the letters and flowers before cutting them out - it makes it so much easier when stitching the shapes in place - no pins needed!
I used the Big Shot machine and the following dies to cut out the flowers and letters -
Flower, layers and leaves, by Dena Designs - 657690 -
for the capital  - Lollipop Shadow Capital letters - 657892
and for the lower case letters - Lollipop Shadow Lower Case letters - 660112
Remember when cutting out letters the fabric needs to be right side down on the die because the letters and cut in reverse.
The letters and flowers were fused into place one side of the bag -
I placed the letters about 12cm from the bottom edge, and 5cm in from the edge, but this doesn't have to be exact., and added the flowers underneath and to one side. I stitched all the letters and flowers in place as this bag may take quite a bit of hard use!.
To make the bag I folded it in half, right sides together and stitched the side and bottom - leaving a 2cm opening 2.5cm from the top -
and I used a zig-zag stitch to neaten the raw edges.
A 1cm fold was made around the top edge, onto the wrong side, and then folded over again 2 .5cm and stitched down -

The opening in the side seam allows a ribbon to be threaded through as a drawstring.
The bad is complete and can be turned right side out ready for use. If you like you can pull the ribbon through so that the knot is hidden inside.
I think I might have to make a new bag for her big sister - but that can wait until later.
Next week is a mystery.
Have fun stitching.

Insta Mini Book by Karine

Hello everybody !

Hope you're fine ? Ready for a new mini book ? I m happy to present you my new “Insta book” for my next workshop in Greece ! Are you ready ?

Material :

Album : We R Memory Keepers
Papers : 4heures37, Crate Paper
Cardstock : Ephéméria
Alphabet : Jenni Bowlin Studio
Embellishments : Epheméria, Peebles
Labels, Stickers : Custom&Craft
Stamps : Aladine, Kési'Art, Bloomini Studio, Craft Origine
Inks : Versafine, Studio Calico
Washi Tape

Dies :

650515 : Sizzix Big Shot Plus Starter Kit
660804 : Sizzix Thinlits Die Set 3PK-happiness-phrases

It's really fun scrapping a little book ! I really love playing with small details !

I used my Sizzix Dies as a finishing touch, for the decoration part.
The die “ Hello” is just perfect to welcome me in the nice island called Syros ! I advice you to glue it with a spray because the die is really cute and thin !

I wanted to bring a little texture to my book so I embossed a white cardstock with an embossing folder. I just add some stamps. Glue with 3D foam for more volume.

Here are some pictures for you !

Thank you for your visit !


Wednesday, 2 September 2015

Quick Knits!

Don't worry, I'm not getting my knitting needles out. In fact the last time I used knitting needles was to drum along to the song 'Born to Hand jive' by Sha-na-na which was featured in the movie 'Grease' as I'm sure you all know? I remember it like it was yesterday but it was actually some time around Christmas 1978!!!

It is September already which means the kids are back in school and it's time to turn our attention to Christmas and all our new festive collections.

Tim Holtz never disappoints at this time of year and he has come along with another classic collection which dovetails nicely with last years collection too. Do you remember the lovely Nordic knitting pattern embossing folders? well now we can enjoy them in die form too.

I know that the title says Quick Knits and that is because I came into the office today thinking that it was a Tuesday! my mental calendar is a bit out of sync thanks to the recent bank holiday here in the UK so I had to come up with a quick yet effective blog idea, I hope you approve?

The Thinlits Holiday Knit set is one that you will be seeing an awful lot of in the coming months I'm sure as it is super versatile. I measured the length and width of the die I wanted to use, added the two measurements together and cut a square of kraft card in that size.

As you can see the level of detail is fabulous and this might be a good time to invest in the Sizzix Die Brush which removes all those pesky bits of card from your dies in the twinkling of an eye.

Once I had made my first cut the rest was easy, it makes a great festive frame! The magnetic platform was a great help too as it held the die in place while cutting.

I measured the square in the centre of the frame and cut another square of kraft card slightly smaller. Next I die-cut the large star from the Festive Scribbles Thinlits Set (It's Fab!) and the word 'Joyful' from the Holiday Words Script 2 Thinlits Set.

Time to add a bit of colour. I'm Using 'Broken China' Distress Paint applied with a brayer.

If you don't load too much paint onto the brayer you can add it gradually to achieve a more random effect.

Finally a bit of white chalky paint added in the same way before matting them together.

Phew! That was a quick turn around thanks to my trusty Big Shot. I promise to spend a little more time and care next week although I'd be more than happy if this card dropped through my letter box come December.

Having fun with a bottle photo frame

Hi everybody!

For more than 15 years i've been teaching leisure instructors in Escola Empordà (Emporda School). And the last summers organize a Summer School with a lot of workshops and activities.

This year I wanted to prepare a fun workshop with the Sizzix Big Shot and some of my favorites thinlits dies. We've been making a very creative bottle photo frame.

All the leisure instructors students and the kids have a lot of fun doing this original bottle photo frame.

This are the Sizzix products used in this project:
660515 Sizzix Big Shot PLUS Starter Kit (White and Gray)
660815 Sizzix Thinlits Die Set 3PK - Woodland Leaves
660814 Sizzix Thinlits Die Set 5PK - Woodland Flower

Be happy!!


¡Hola a todo el mundo!

Desde hace más de 15 años estoy dando clase a monitores y directores de ocio y tiempo libre en la Escola Empordà. Y los últimos veranos organizan una escuela de verano con una gran cantidad de talleres y actividades.

Este año quería preparar un taller muy divertido con la Sizzix Big Shot y algunos de mis troqueles thinlits favoritos. Hemos hecho una botella-marco de fotos muy creativo.

Todos los monitores y directores de ocio y tiempo libre y los niños se lo pasaron en grande haciendo esta botella-marco de fotos tan original.

Estos son los productos Sizzix utilizados en este proyecto:
660515 Sizzix Big Shot PLUS Starter Kit (White and Gray)
660815 Sizzix Thinlits Die Set 3PK - Woodland Leaves
660814 Sizzix Thinlits Die Set 5PK - Woodland Flower

¡¡Sed muy felices!!

Tuesday, 1 September 2015

Back to school with Sizzix

Welcome back Crafter!
How was your holiday ??

I'm ready for a new year to spend among paper, scissors, glue, big shot and a lot of new punches to try.

Today I want to share with you a project I'm working on my brand, but you can also make your own if you have a good manual.

My daughter Eleonora always complains that his copybooks for school does not like, does not like the cover, designs, patterns, and then I tried to revisit them, adding some applications and creating various shapes with dies.

- a copybook
- color cardstock
- pencil
- white pencil
- marker pen
- ruler
- stick glue
- scissors
- paper puncher (different sizes)

I enjoyed a lot!
You can try to move the eyes of the image in different directions and you will realize how many different animals can give life to your copybook.

And now create!
next Tuesday with a new project!
Pasticci di Carta

*per i lettori italiani*

Bentornati crafter!
Come sono andate le vacanze??
Io sono pronta e carica per un nuovo anno in mezzo a carta, forbici, colla, big shot e tantissime nuove fustelle da provare.

Oggi voglio condividere con voi un progetto su cui sto lavorando per il mio brand, ma che potete realizzare anche da soli se avete una buona manualità.

Mia figlia Eleonora si lamenta sempre che suoi quaderni per la scuola non le piacciono, non le piace la copertina, i disegni, le fantasie, e allora ho provato a rivisitare il suo quaderno, aggiungendo qualche applicazione e creando varie forme con le fustelle.

Mi sono divertita tantissimo!
Provate anche a voi a muovere gli occhi dell'immagine in diverse direzioni e vi accorgerete di quanti animali differenti possono dare vita al quaderno.

E adesso sbizzarritevi!

- un quaderno
- cartoncino colorato
- matita
- matita bianca
- tratto pen
- righello
- colla stick
- forbici
- perforatore per carta (varie misure)

al prossimo martedì con un nuovo progetto!
Pasticci di carta

Cat Lay-out by Romy

Hello Sizzix fans!

It's my turn to share a new Sizzix project with you today. Since World Animals Day is just around the corner, I figured I would create a lay-out about our cat Paco. We often call him 'Pacemans', so that's why I used this name as the title for my lay-out. 

I embellished my lay-out with a lot of die-cut images. I  used both beautiful dies from Sizzix and the new Sizzix butterfly punch.

Sizzix products:

I used the beautiful Sizzlits Decorative Strip Die Eyelet Lace & Scallops to cut out three scalloped borders, which I attached below my photo. I gently folded the scallops for a more dimensional look. After that, I cut out two large butterflies with the Bigz die that is part of the Big Shot Plus Starter Kit. The blue branch was also cut out with this die. 

I also punched several small butterflies from black paper with the Paper Punch Butterfly Large. I arranged all butterflies on my lay-out in a rather random way. 

I wanted to add a few hearts to my lay-out as well and the heart shape in the Bigz die from the Big Shot Plus Starter Kit was just perfect for that. I cut out three hearts from red paper with this die. I finally added a title in the right lower corner of my lay-out. I used the Thinlits Die Set Alphanumeric to cut the letters from black paper. I just love the bold font of this alphabet and thought it suited our 'tough' cat quite well. 

I hope you enjoyed my blogpost.
Do you ever scrap your pets? If not, I hope I could inspire you to do so more often.
Happy crafting!

In Dutch:
Hallo Sizzix fans!

Het is vandaag mijn beurt om een nieuwe Sizzix creatie met jullie te delen. Omdat dierendag niet meer zo lang op zich laat wachten, besloot ik een lay-out te maken over onze kat Paco. 'Pacemans' is ons koosnaampje voor hem, dus dat is waar de titel op mijn lay-out vandaan komt.

Ik heb mijn lay-out versierd met een heleboel uitgestanste figuren. Daarvoor heb ik zowel mooie stansen van Sizzix als de nieuwe Sizzix vlinderpons gebruikt. 

Sizzix producten:

Ik heb de mooie Sizzlits Decorative Strip Die Eyelet Lace & Scallops gebruikt om drie geschulpte randen uit te stansen, die ik onder mijn foto heb geplakt. Ik heb de randjes een beetje om te vouwen om ze iets meer dimensie te geven. Daarna heb ik met de Bigz stanse uit de Big Shot Plus Starter Kit twee grote vlinders uitgestanst. Ook de blauwe tak is hiermee uitgestanst.

Ik heb daarnaast een aantal kleine vlinders uit zwart papier geponst met de Paper Punch Butterfly Large. Ik heb alle vlinders vrij willekeurig over mijn lay-out verspreid opgeplakt.

Ik wilde ook nog een paar hartjes aan mijn lay-out toevoegen en de hartvorm in de Bigz stans uit de Big Shot Plus Starter Kit was daar perfect voor. Ik heb hiermee drie hartjes uit rood papier gestanst. Ten slotte heb ik ook nog een titel in de rechteronderhoek van mijn lay-out geplakt. Ik heb de Thinlits Die Set Alphanumeric gebruikt om de letters uit zwart papier te stansen. Ik vind het lettertype van deze stansen zo mooi stoer en het paste daarmee heel goed bij onze 'stoere' Paco.

Ik hoop dat jullie mijn blogpost leuk vonden.
Scrap jij weleens je huisdier(en)? Zo niet, dan hoop ik dat ik je heb kunnen inspireren om ze ook eens op een lay-out te verwerken. 
Veel knutselplezier!