Friday, 30 January 2015

Setting the table

With Valentines just round the corner, this month I chose a rather lovely bundle of Cotton and Steel blenders paired with some Kona Snow and the Equilateral Triangle Die (658663) with my Big Shot machine.

I'm not one for making a huge deal out of Valentines, but with the new year has come a renewed effort to rid my home of clutter.  Its working!  The easiest spot to de-cluttered was the table, often found piled with papers, laptop, post, handbag, ... you get the picture.  So what better than to celebrate with a new table runner.

I had a rough plan, which I mapped out on EQ7, so I knew to cut 22 patterned triangles and 70 background.  To manage my time and fabrics easier, I cut 5" strips from my fat quarters of cotton and steel, and the same again across the width of fabric for the background.  This meant I could manage the fabric cuts to maximize yield.

you can get 7 triangles from one FQ strip or 14 from a full width of fabric strip.  Layer up your fabrics and position them just over the previous cut line with each pass through the machine.

I started by making background half hexi's from 3 triangles. a total of 22 of these. 

then laid everything out, to piece patterned triangles to the half hexi's and then into strips. Once you have 2 strips, joint these together. 

Trim the ends, ensuring you have 1/4" beyond the points for seam allowance.

measure your top, add borders, mine were 4" finished, layer up, and quilt as desired. 

Of course the pattern creates the perfect opportunity for some fancy quilting!

I trimmed up the runner after quilting and used the left overs from the fat quarters and the 2 1/2" strip die (658328) to cut my strips for a scrappy binding.

I'm really pleased with the result, and its making it easier to keep the table clear too!

If you haven't seen already, pop over to my blog to see what I used to keep the runner in place. 

This runner is 60" x 24" and is just perfect for my table.  I hope you'll give the equilateral triangle die a go, and create something beautiful in time for Valentines too.  

Thursday, 29 January 2015

Snug as a bug!

That's what I'll be when this little lap quilt is complete -
I decided to try to use up all of the wool fabric that I had - so this really is a scrap quilt - which is already becoming a favourite before it's quite finished - maybe partly because the weather forecast is for much colder weather and I will be able to curl up under this beauty!
To get the most out of the pieces of wool I had I decided to cut more squares and rectangles in different sizes - I have already cut out rectangles using Bigz die 658113 - 8 1/2" x 4 1/2" unfinished
and squares using Bigz Die 659838 - 4 1/2" unfinished square -
using the Big Shot machine, and then
I also cut out some 3 1/2" unfinished squares with die 
and some 3 1/2" x 6 1/2" unfinished rectangles -
My plan was to create 12" finished blocks - so I could make some using all of the 4"/8" shapes and some using the 3"/6" shapes --
The photo below shows the lay out for the 4"/8" pieces
 and this photo shows the layout for the 3"/6" pieces. ( the photo is a cheat because the proper one came out a very strange colour so I laid out another block but didn't have enough rectangles!!!)
I had enough pieces to make a total of 16 blocks which I decided to lay the pieces out randomly, but took care to make sure that the colours and patterns were mixed in each row.
I joined the blocks into 4 rows of 4 and then joined the rows - so I have a lap quilt measuring 48 1/2" square.
Just a note that I still only used a 1/4" seam and I pressed the seams flat open on the wrong side to try to reduce bulk at the seams.
I like it so much I'm going to add another photo -
I'm going to back the quilt with either a plain wool or fleece - I'll show you a photo of it finished next week.
And just as I was going to finish this blog - one of my friends, Alex, suggested that there were enough pieces left to make a cushion so I trimmed the remaining pieces to 3 1/2" squares and laid them out like this -
 which when stitched together became a cushion front -
which then just left this -
I'm very pleased to have used so much of these beautiful fabrics and will show you the finished quilt and cushion next week - along with a lovely valentine project.
Keep warm this week - I'm hoping for snow to go and play in with the grandchildren - we can hope.

Snowflakes and winter layout by Karine

Hi everyone,

Here is a seasonal winter page with a picture of my son & me taken a few years ago

Supply list:

Cardstock: Scrap Plaisir
Glitter paper: American Crafts
Papers: 4heures37, Carta Bella
Stickers: Very Merry Kit EntreARTistes
Stamp: Bloomini Studio
Ink: Black Versafine
Masking Tape
Spray ink: Mister Huey's Studio Calico


658300 :  Sizzix Big Shot Starter Kit
659994 :  Sizzix Bigz Die-Snowflakes #3

Select a soft colour combo: beige, pink and icy blue. Sprinkle the whole with glitters by inserting an American Crafts paper. Splash some white spray ink and your page is done!

The two snowflakes are cut out of a Glitter Pow! Paper from American Crafts. It is really the ideal paper to use on your winter lay-outs. The snowflakes are stapled (not glued) for more volume. Simply add some golden stickers and some masking tapes strips put down here and there.

Finish by creating fake snowflakes with the help of your Mister Huey’s ink spray.

Have a lovely day!


Bonjour tout le monde,

Une petite page hivernale ce jour, bien de saison avec une photo de mon fils et moi-même prise il y a quelques années :)

Matériel :

Cardstock : Scrap Plaisir
Papier Paillettes : American Crafts
Papiers : 4heures37, Carta Bella
Autocollants : Very Merry Kit EntreARTistes
Tampons : Bloomini Studio
Encre : Versafine noire
Masking Tape
Encre en spray : Mister Huey's Studio Calico

Dies utilisés :

658300 :  Sizzix Big Shot Starter Kit
659994 :  Sizzix Bigz Die-Snowflakes #3

Sélectionnez un combo couleur tout doux à savoir : beige, rose et bleu glacial, parsemé le tout de paillettes en intégrant un papier American Crafts, saupoudrez d'encre en spray blanche et votre page est prête !

Les deux flocons sont découpés ici dans un papier Glitter Pow! American Crafts juste parfait pour illustrer et accompagner vos pages hivernales. Les flocons sont agrafés et non collés pour plus de relief. Complétez simplement avec des autocollants dorés et des petits bouts de Masking Tape collés ici et là.

Terminez en simulant des flocons blancs avec votre encre en spray Mister Huey's.

Bonne journée !


Wednesday, 28 January 2015

With love....

Valentine's day is almost upon us again so I am dedicating the next three weeks to creating a few different cards  in a variety of styles featuring some of the new Sizzix dies.

This week I am showcasing a lovely little Thinlits set called Happy Home designed by Craft Asylum which makes a cute bird house, perfect for fresh, clean contemporary styles I've also used the Meadow Sweet paper pad from Craft Asylum which complements the die collection beautifully.

 I began by die-cutting the main body of the bird house from the wood grain paper before using the heart die to cut an aperture in the centre. I then cut the trim for the roof and attached it to the birdhouse using adhesive foam pads before mounting onto a brown die-cut bird house to create a sense of dimension.

Once the house is assembled I used a craft knife to cut a strip of the wood grain paper to act as the pole on which the birdhouse stands. Next, I took the sheet of paper with the bird and branch printed on it before trimming to the size of my A6 white base card. I tore the sheet in half applied it to the top of the card onto which I had printed the legend 'make a little bird house in your soul' which was the title of a song released in 1989 by the American band They Might be Giants. it's such a cheery song and never fails to lift the spirits when it comes on the radio as it still does from time to time.

Before attaching the assembled birdhouse I used a pattern makers wheel to add a faux stitch effect around the edges which I adore as a finishing touch to many of my cards.
The last detail is provided by a double length of knotted twine. It's such a sweet little card and one that I would be more than happy to receive myself. i do hope you approve?

Hello friend - speech bubbles

I wanted to create a card with speech bubbles for today and I combined dies from Sizzix Thinlits Die Set 8PK - Basics and Sizzix Thinlits Die Set 6PK - I Heart This for this week's card.
I started by diecutting the larger speech bubble directly into a piece of white cardstock. I then added vellum behind the speech bubble on which I had stamped my sentiments.

I diecut two smaller speech bubbles and added them around the larger speech bubble. The final touch was a few enamel dots.
Supply list:
Sizzix Big Shot Starter Kit (Powder Blue & Teal)
Sizzix Accessory - Magnetic Platform for Wafer-Thin Dies
Sizzix Thinlits Die Set 8PK - Basics
Sizzix Thinlits Die Set 6PK - I Heart This
Patterned paper (Snap)
Enamel dots (My Mind's Eye)
Stamps (Winnie & Walter)
Embossing powder (Artemio)
Ink (VersaMark, VersaFine)


 Jeg ville lave et kort med talebobler, og derfor kombinerede jeg dies fra Sizzix Thinlits Die Set 8PK - Basics og Sizzix Thinlits Die Set 6PK - I Heart This til denne uges kort.

Jeg startede med at udstanse den store bobbel midt på et stykke hvidt karton. Derefter satte jeg et stykke vellum bagved udstansningen, hvorpå jeg havde stemplet min hilsen.

Slutteligt udstansede jeg to små talebobler, satte dem rundt om den store og pynede med et par enkelte enamel dots.
Sizzix Big Shot Starter Kit (Powder Blue & Teal)
Sizzix Accessory - Magnetic Platform for Wafer-Thin Dies
Sizzix Thinlits Die Set 8PK - Basics
Sizzix Thinlits Die Set 6PK - I Heart This
Mønstret papir (Snap)
Enamel dots (My Mind's Eye)
Stempler (Winnie & Walter)
Embossing powder (Artemio)
Sværte (VersaMark, VersaFine) 

Butterfly card

Hello to all, here is my new butterfly card:)

Sizzix products:
Sizzix Big Shot Machine 657900
Sizzix Thinlits Die Set 8PK - Butterflies, Intricate 659971
Sizzix Framelits Die Set 12PK - Fancy Cards 659967

Other products:
Pion Design papers; Paris Flea Market, Prima sentiment sticker, glue, douplesided tape.

This card is cabinet model, you can make the size you like.  Cut the two bigger backgroundpapers  size you like, the smallest one usind die from the set Sizzix Framelits Die Set 12PK - Fancy Cards 659967 . Cut the butterflies using Sizzix Thinlits Die Set 8PK - Butterflies, Intricate 659971 and make them finished. Finally place these all together like above:)

Happy crafting, Minna

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Moi, tässä uusi perhoskortti joka on cabinet mallinen.

Sizzix tuotteet:
Sizzix Big Shot Machine 657900
Sizzix Thinlits Die Set 8PK - Butterflies, Intricate 659971
Sizzix Framelits Die Set 12PK - Fancy Cards 659967

Muut tarvikkeet:
Pion Design paperit; Paris Flea Market, Prima tarra, liimaa, kaksipuoleista teippiä

Leikkaa kaksi isointa taustapaperia oman makusi mukaan:) ja pienin stanssilla setistä Sizzix Framelits Die Set 12PK - Fancy Cards 659967 . Leikkaa perhoset stansseilla  Sizzix Thinlits Die Set 8PK - Butterflies, Intricate 659971  ja tee ne valmiiksi. Lopuksi kokoa kaikki yhteen kuten kuvassa:)

Mukavaa keskiviikkoa, Minna

Tuesday, 27 January 2015

Some of my favourites ... by Lilith Eeckels

Today's post will be my last one here on the sizzix blog. I will still be posting projects on blog every month. Here are some of my favourites from these last couple of months

Other: Patterned Paper Studio Calico, ;Embellishments Crate Paper NOTES & THINGS 12 x 12 Chipboard Stickers, Studio Calico Wood veneer stars ;Mists: Mr Huey's Mint Julep,
Sizzix Framelits Die Set 8PK with Stamps Beautiful You
Distress Inks, Stabilo 68 pens, 
Paper: Carta Bella,
Embellishments: Studio Calico Color Theory Buttons, Enamel dots, 
Ink: Versafin Black Onyx.


OTHER: Studio Calico Poet Society & Dickinson Kit, doily, Mint Julep Mr Huey's,

 Thank you for following my journey here on sizzix. You can always visit me on my blog.

Monday, 26 January 2015

CHA 2015. Sizzix Booth tour

Hi Everybody!

As you may know at the beginning of January CHA has taken place in Los Angeles. In this trade show are presented all new releases for 2015. I was there and, of course I went to visit the amazing Sizzix booth to see all the fabulous new dies and the ideas of the design team.

Do you want to have a look at the booth? Join Stephanie Barnard and Jen Long in these video tours that I prepared exclusively for the european Sizzix in three videos :)


Hola a todos!

Como muchos de vosotros debéis saber a principios de enero se celebró el CHA 2015 en Los Ángeles. Yo estuve allí y, por supuesto, fui a visitar el stand de Sizzix. ¿Os apetece ver todas las novedades? Pues Stephanie Barnard y Jen Long nos enseñan sus nuevas colecciones y además os hago un pequeño tour por el stand.



I can't remember when or where I saw the idea to use raw-edge circles to make clamshells (Pinterest no doubt) but using circles last week to decorate the bunting and cups reminded me of it and so I decided to give it a try.

I wanted to use very small circles to make a 'stripe' of teeny-tiny clamshells to embellish a small project and as my youngest son has been wanting a coin purse for a while, that seemed like the obvious project choice. I backed some fabric scraps with iron-on adhesive (fusible web) and from them cut a little pile of crisp circles using my Circles, 3/4in die.

Cutting all of the circles with a Big Shot and keeping the edges raw so there's no tricky hem-folding must be the easiest way to make clamshells ever (okay, maybe this size of circle is too small and fiddly to be classed as 'easy' but with larger circles it's definitely a piece of cake). Using iron-on adhesive makes securing the circles for sewing simpler and also bonds the fibres on the raw edges to limit fraying.

I cut 2 rectangles (measuring 6in x 4 1/4in) from upholstery weight fabric to make the exterior of the purse. Having peeled away the backing paper I laid a row of circles side by side across the front piece of the purse, using a ruler to keep them level and even. Once they were pressed in place with a dry iron, I sewed around the top halves of the circles in one continuous line from one side to the other.

The next row was laid out so that the centre of each circle lined up with the joins between circles in the first row and a ruler used once again keep them all level. The circles were pressed and stitched in place as before. I repeated this for row 3 and 4 but as row 4 was the last row, after sewing along the top half of the circles I then sewed around the bottom halves in the same way so they were fully secured in place.

After that it was just a case of making up the rest of the coin purse - the circles are penny-sized!

I love clamshells and am really pleased with how this turned out but wish I'd been bolder with colour and gone for more contrasting fabrics so that each clamshell was more defined and stood out more. The little red car does stand out nicely though!

Sunday, 25 January 2015

"This Moment" by Gerry van Gent

Hello Sizzix peeps!
Hope you are all enjoying a relaxed Sunday!

Today I want to share with you a canvas I created
using awesome Sizzix dies. Scrapping on canvas is an 
absolute pleasure for me for the last years.
So here is one I created especially for you :-)

0 This Moment
657900 Sizzix Big Shot Machine
658837 Sizzix Framelits Die Set w/Stamps Love, Hugs & Hearts
659133 Sizzix Thinlits Die Moroccan Card Front
657495 Sizzix On the Edge Die Butterflight
656640 Sizzix Bigz Die Tattered Florals
658506 Sizzix Sizzlits Die Vintage Doily
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For the die Moroccan Card Front I used black cardstock in order to have
contrast to my pastel coloured background. Once it was die cut I separated 
it in a few pieces and added as decoration to the photo.
When I die cut the butterflies I carefully fussy cut three of them 
so I can use them separately on my project!

To make my project even more personal I hand made some of the flowers
by using the super awesome die Tattered Florals.
I chose brown fabric canvas which I combined with some white lace and ...
of course a brad to fasten the pieces altogether.
I also die cut two small flowers extra to use them on the canvas.

The two hearts were stamped and die cut with Love, Hugs & Hearts Die set.
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I hope you enjoyed my canvas today!
Have a creative day!