Thursday, 5 March 2015

Mini Album Snowy Holidays by Karine

Mini Album Snowy Holidays


Let me show you today my latest wintery album! This “frosty” mini album isn’t that small after all since its size is 20x20cm. Your prettiest pictures from your holidays in the mountains will perfectly fit in this album.

Supply list:

Vacances à la neigekit
Cardstock: American Crafts
Papers: Studio Calico, 4heures37
Alphabets: Pink Paisley
Wood Embellishments: Studio Calico
Stickers: 4heures37
Sequins: Ephéméria


658300 : Sizzix Big Shot Starter Kit
658778 : Sizzix Texture Fades Embossing Folders 2PK-birch-trees-candy-stripes-set
660040 : Sizzix Bigz Die with Textured Fades-Layered Snowflakes

I am very proud of this mini album! It contains my favorite pictures at present and I love its color combo and its 1001 details!

For the first page I had fun cutting an XXL pretty snowflake out of Kraft cardstock!
It is glued with 3D adhesive and in its center I inserted a wood accent (glued in 3D), a small piece of ribbon and silver sequins. This pretty snowflake is self-sufficient and is a good way to let know what awaits you after this page!

To stick to the Nature atmosphere, I embossed a white cardstock with a “branches” folder. As for embellishments, I embossed some stamped patterns and added splashes with watercolor to bring some more softness to the whole…

Here are some pictures of this wintery album…

See you in a few!


Mini album Vacances à la neige
Bonjour !

J'ai le plaisir de vous présenter aujourd'hui mon dernier mini album hivernal ! Un mini pas si petit que ça complètement givré au format 20x20cm, pour vos plus belles photos de vacances en montagne.

Matériel :

Cardstock : American Crafts
Papiers : Studio Calico, 4heures37
Alphabets : Pink Paislee
Embellissements bois : Studio Calico
Etiquettes : 4heures37
Sequins : Ephéméria

Dies utilisés :

658300 : Sizzix Big Shot Starter Kit
658778 : Sizzix Texture Fades Embossing Folders 2PK-birch-trees-candy-stripes-set
660040 : Sizzix Bigz Die with Textured Fades-Layered Snowflakes

Un mini dont je ne suis pas peu fière ! Tout d'abord parce qu'il contient mes photos préférées du moment mais également pour son combo de saison et ses 1001 détails !

Je me suis amusée pour la page de garde à découper un joli flocon XXL dans du cardstock kraft ! Celui-ci est monté en 3D il est complété à son centre par une décoration en bois également montée en volume et d' un petit morceau de ruban et des sequins argenté. Une joli flocon qqui se suffit à lui-même et annonce bien la suite vous ne trouvez pas ?

Pour rester dans cette ambiance nature, j'ai embossé une plaque branches dans du cardstock blanc, côté décoration des tampons embossées et des éclaboussures à l'aquarelle pour apporter un peu de douceur...

Je vous laisse en images avec quelques visuels de mon album hivernal...


Flower cushion for Mother

Last year my daughters bought me a beautiful cushion for Mothers Day - I loved it then and still love it now - and the grandchildren aren't allowed near it!!
So this year I thought I'd make one as a gift for my mother in law  -

I've used 1/2m natural coloured linen for the cushion cover -
for the cushion front cut 1 x 17" square, for the cushion backs cut 2 x 13 1/2" x 17"
For the flowers I used small pieces of blue, green, yellow and coral plain cottons to which I fused web - (like Heat'n'Bond, Steam a Seam, Bondaweb) to the wrong side before I cut the shapes.
I used Bigz Die 657117, , to cut 6 petal in green and 6 in blue, and 1 centre in green and 1 in yellow
and Bigz Die 657114, , to cut the flowers, 1large and 1 small in yellow and coral.
Arrange the flowers quite high on the cushion front, so that there is room for the stitched stems and leaves, and I appliqued the flowers using a straight machine stitch, but you could use a zig zag stitch or hand stitch with back stitch or blanket stitch. For my stems and leaves I used a triple stitch on my sewing machine, but you could use stem stitch, back stitch or chain stitch, if you choose to stitch by hand.

The back of the cushion cover is made in 2 pieces, each with a 2" double fold along one long edge. Stitch buttonholes along the middle of one double fold, and then stitch the buttons on the other double fold - to match the buttonholes.
Do the buttons up and then lay the cushion front and back right sides together. Pin around all 4 sides and then stitch, with a 1/2" seam. I neatened the raw edges with a zig zag machine stitch.
Undo the buttons and then turn the cushion cover the right way out .
I think this is lovely for a gift for Mothers Day - I might even make one for myself!
Now progress on the baby quilts hit a stop sign at the weekend because I wasn't well - but I'm taking them to Glasgow with me - hoping that I can sew in my hotel room, in the evenings, after the show each day! Well let's wait until next week to see if that happened.
Enjoy the early spring sunshine and keep sewing!

Wednesday, 4 March 2015

Vintage Freestyle

I love vintage styles in all their forms from full on Steampunk to gentle shabby chic. I also love freestyle collage styles which is why I am having so much fun today because I get to work with the most amazing set of dies from that clever, clever lady Brenda Walton which allows me to indulge both of my favourite styles at the same time.

This set really is the best value for money and yes.... I know that I say that every week but we just keep turning out these great sets, what can I do?

the die set in question is called Floral Wreath You can see the set below and it comprises of 23 separate dies.... 23!!!

I also used one of my recent favourites the Mixed Media set of Thinlits from Tim Holtz. The thing that I love about freestyle collage is that sometimes you have no idea where you are going and that is exactly what I am going to do today! As you can see below I have prepared three separate blank cards in various sizes and.....well, that's it....that's my plan!

Lets see how it works out!
 Before I begin I would like to apologise for the fact that I have absolutely no idea where the patterned card stock comes from! I have it in my stash but without a cover.

I started by cutting a strip of pale blue paper before die-cutting a lattice pattern down one side. Next, I stamped some text onto the base card and attached the lattice together with a distressed rectangle of green patterned card. I continued to add die cut elements until I found my preferred balance of tones and shapes and that's the trick with this style!

Finally, I used my super-useful little rotary phrase stamp to stamp the phrase 'you are loved' five times onto cream card before trimming each to size with scissors and gently distressing the edges using Old Paper Distress Ink.

All that was left to do was attach the phrases using a combination of PVA glue and adhesive foam pads to add a little dimension. Once attached I rounded off the composition by adding a smattering of adhesive pearls and gems.

I think we have time for one more?

 I cut a strip of ivory patterned paper and distressed to top edge with the blade of my scissors before adding some die-cut detail to the bottom edge. I lightly stamped a vintage clock face onto my base card before attaching the strip and adding a row of faux stitching using a pattern wheel and fine marker.

I added a length of knotted twine and a green die-cut scalloped circle. I die-cut the butterfly from two shades of patterned card and gently curled the wings of the top butterfly before matting them together. Next, I tied a couple of lengths of twine into a bow and ran a pearl headed hat pin through the knot, the butterfly was then mounted onto the base card together with a die-cut banner.

I was sorely tempted to add a few more die-cut elements but with this style knowing where to stop is almost as important as knowing where to start. I did add the phrase made with my rotary stamp and a few staples... and that's it!

OK... definitely the last one!

I used the Hexagon mixed media die to trim a torn piece of blue card which I attached to the base card along with some of the separate hexagons and the scalloped circle. The bird was die-cut in two parts and mounted with adhesive foam pads and the 'Happy Place' phrase was stamped and over-stamped in the bottom right hand corner. Next I added a few extra die-cut elements and a selection of adhesive pearls and gems.

And that's as they say is that! Hope you have enjoyed it as much as I have although I don't see how that is possible because I had a blast!!!

Altered tiny cutting board

Hi everybody!

We can’t deny that Chalk Paint is very cool. Is great for painting cardboard, and die cut it to create beautiful embellishments for our scrapbook.

Recently I really like altering decorative objects, and few days ago when I saw a tiny cutting board in a supplies shop, I had to buy it with the idea to use in a scrapbooking project. And here is the result.

in this step you can see how I did it:

some details of my altered tiny cutting board
Hope you like it!

As you saw in the step by step, Sizzix products I'm using in this project are:

Be happy!


Hola a todo el mundo!

No podemos negar que la Chalk Paint esta muy de moda, y a mi me encanta usarla para pintar cartulina y troquelarla, creando preciosos embellecedores con un aspecto genial para usar en mi scrapbook.

Últimamente me estoy aficionando a alterar objetos de decoración, y el otro día cuando vi una minúscula tabla de cocina en una tienda de decoración no dude en comprarla para usarla en algún proyecto de scrapbooking. 

En el paso a paso puedes ver como lo he hecho.

Los productos Sizzix que he utilizado:

Sed muy felices!

Tuesday, 3 March 2015

paper little home

Good morning everybody!
We are still excited to be part of this fantastic team and today we show you our first project for Sizzix that it's a design object too, the SCACCIAPENSIERI.
It can become a very original gift and it can be composed with different parts.

We are great lovers about little paper home in every form and we used all the new collection Sizzix dies thinking about spring that coming.

Take your paper cutouts and choose color palette you think is best. 
Die cut the various forms of paper (little house, butterfly, flower..)
Join the sundry pieces that compose these elements, pasting.
Then take a cotton thread, of any thickness, and fix your figures by hot glue.
Complete your wires step by step, and then bind them to a horizontal support (in this case to a little branch).
This branch is attached to the end by a wire and it will serve to hang it.
It is permitted to tie, at the end of any wire, some element that produce sounds, like little bells, or little glasses..

Sizzix Originals Die - Houses
Sizzix Thinlits Die Set 4PK - Sweet Floral
Sizzix Thinlits Die Set 6PK - Home Sweet Home
Sizzix Thinlits Die Set 3PK - Sweet Butterfly
-foam board tape
-hot glue

And now what are you waiting for?
Start your work and drive away your bad thinks..!!
See you next Tuesday!
Have a good week.
Pasticci di Carta

Buongiorno a tutti!
Ancora emozionate per far parte di questo bel team, oggi vi presentiamo il nostro primo progetto per Sizzix che è anche un complemento d'arredo, lo SCACCIAPENSIERI.
Può anche diventare un regalo originale ed essere composto con figure differenti.

Noi grandi amanti delle casette di carta in tutte le forme abbiamo usato le fustelle della nuova collezione  pensando alla primavera che sta arrivando!!

Prendete i ritagli di carta che avete in casa e scegliete la palette di colori che più vi piace
Fustellate le varie forme di carta (piccole case, farfalle, fiori..)
Assemblate i vari pezzi che compongono gli elementi, incollandoli.
Prendete poi un filo di cotone dello spessore che preferite e fissate le figure con la colla a caldo
Man mano che completate i fili, legateli ad un supporto orizzontale (in questo caso un piccolo ramo)
Il ramo è legato alle estremità da un filo che servirà per appenderlo
E possibile inserire alla fine di ogni filo elementi che producano suoni, come campanelle, piccoli vetri, etc.

Sizzix Originals Die - Houses
Sizzix Thinlits Die Set 4PK - Sweet Floral
Sizzix Thinlits Die Set 6PK - Home Sweet Home
Sizzix Thinlits Die Set 3PK - Sweet Butterfly
- cartoncini
- forbici
- colla
- scotch con spessore
- cotone
- colla a caldo

E ora che aspettate??
Mettetevi all'opera e scacciate via i pensieri..!!
Noi ci vediamo il prossimo Martedì!
Buona settimana
Pasticci di Carta

Vintage Tag

Welcome on the Sizzix blog today!

It is probably not a secret anymore that I am a huge fan of the Tag & Bookplates die from Sizzix. I initially wanted to create a lay-out for today, but simply couldn’t resist to make something with this beautiful tag die again. So today I can show you another tag that I made.

I added several layers of paper on top of the tag base. I used the beautiful ‘Mixed Media’ die set to cut some small dots out of the black paper.

I also wanted to have a sentiment in an elegant script on my card and the ‘Happiness Phrases’ set from the Craft Asylum series was just perfect for that. I cut out the sentiment from black paper and added it above the embellishment cluster that I made.

I finished off my card by adding two tiny hearts, which were cut out with another favourite die of mine: the Heartfelt die. 

Thank you for having a look!
Have a wonderful day!

In Dutch:
Welkom op het Sizzix blog vandaag!
Het is waarschijnlijk geen verrassing meer dat ik groot fan ben van de Tag & Bookplates die van Sizzix. Ik wilde eerst een lay-out maken voor de blogpost van vandaag, maar kon het niet laten om de mooie tag stans nog een keer te gebruiken. Dus vandaag heb ik toch weer een nieuwe tag te laten zien.

Op de tag heb ik met verschillende lagen papier gewerkt. Ik gebruikte de mooie ‘Mixed Media’ stansset om de kleine stippen uit het zwarte papier te stansen.

Ik wilde ook graag een titel in een elegant handschrift op mijn kaart verwerken en daar was de ‘Happiness Phrases’ set uit de Craft Asylum serie perfect voor. Ik heb de titel uit zwart papier gestanst en bovenaan op de tag opgeplakt.

Als finishing touch voegde ik twee kleine hartjes toe, die zijn uitgestanst met een andere favoriete stans: de Heartfelt stans

Dankjewel voor je bezoekje!
Fijne dag!

Miss Lilou

Hello everybody,

For our weekly gathering, I wanted to show you a page of scrap made with a picture of my first daughter. This was taken last summer... I fancied a bit of sun!

That's why I chose warm and joyful colours, like yellow and fuchsia, that I contrasted with darker colours such as black and green.

For the technique, I centred my layout with 2 strips of papers and masking tape at the top and bottom of my work. 

I centred the rest on a rectangle paper in the middle of my background page. I emphasized my black and white picture with a cardboard piece.

I wanted to play with the volumes, using embellishments such as the badge, the metal claw and the buttons.

Also the cutting shape of the "knot" die gave the same effect of volume.
I chose to put my daughter's name as a title, using Alphanumeric dies... perfect for writing what we want!

I decorated with a pretty banner of pennants realized with thread, 2 brads and cuttings of the "Speech Bubbles" die.

I hope this page will have inspired you!

Supply list:

658300:  Sizzix Big Shot Starter Kit
660210:  Sizzix Thinlits Die Set 102PK - Alphanumeric NEW!
660801:  Sizzix Thinlits Die Set 4PK - Speech Bubbles NEW! 
658541:  Sizzix Big Die - Brows

Paper: We'r Memory Keepers, Studio Calico
Chipboards: Studio Calico
Wooden words: Boanita
Wooden star: Studio Calico
Brads, tag and badge: Kési'art
Buttons: Scrapboukits

Have a good day, 



Bonjour à toutes et tous,

Pour notre rendez-vous hebdomadaire, je vous propose une page de scrap réalisée avec une photo de ma grande fill, prise l'été dernier… j'avais envie d'un peu de soleil!

C'est pourquoi j'ai choisi des couleurs chaudes et joyeuses, comme le jaune et le rose fuchsia,  que j'ai contrasté avec des couleurs plus foncées comme le noir et le vert. 

Pour la technique, j'ai cadré ma mise en page avec 2 bandes de papiers et de Masking tape en haut et en bas de ma réalisation. J'ai centré le reste sur un rectangle de papier au milieu de mon fond de page.

J'ai mis en relief ma photo en N&B pour la mettre en valeur avec un morceau de carton. J'ai voulu joué avec le volume grâce au embellissements, comme le badge, la pince en métal et les boutons.

Du coup la découpe du die "noeud" donne le même effet de volume. J'ai choisi de mettre le nom de ma fille en titre, grâce aux dies Alphanumeric … idéal pour écrire ce que l'on veut !

J'ai décoré avec une jolie banderole de fanions réalisée avec de la ficelle, 2 brads et des découpes du die "Speech Bubbles"

J'espère que cette page vous aura inspiré!
Bonne journée

matériels utilisés:
658300:  Sizzix Big Shot Starter Kit
660210:  Sizzix Thinlits Die Set 102PK - Alphanumeric NEW!
660801:  Sizzix Thinlits Die Set 4PK - Speech Bubbles NEW! 
658541:  Sizzix Big Die - Brows

Paper: We'r Memory Keepers, Studio Calico
Chipboards: Studio Calico
Wooden words: Boanita
Wooden star: Studio Calico
Brads, tag and badge: Kési'art
Buttons: Scrapboukits

Bonne journée,

Monday, 2 March 2015

Embossed background card

Hi everybody! Elena here

Today I want to show you a card I made and how to make this embossed background.

Supply list:

To achieve this background you have to emboss one piece of light green card using the Typewriter textured impressions embossing folder. Then you have to file it a little bit to reveal the white cord of the card. Then ink it with Cracked Pistachio Distress Ink. To complete the card die cut some hearts, stamp and die cut the sentiment, glue some white pearls and attache all to the card base using some foam squares.

Hola a todos!

Hoy os quiero enseñar cómo hacer esta tarjeta con embossing como fondo. 

Para hacer este fondo primero haced el gofrado de fondo con la carpeta de embossing de las letras. después limadlo un poco con una lima de uñas para revelar el fondo blanco de la cartulina y depués poner un poco de tinta Distress Cracked Pistachio. Una vez tengáis el fondo, troquelad algunos corazones, estampad y troquelad el mensaje de la tarjeta, pegad algunas perlitas y pegadlo todo a la base de la tarjeta con foam adhesivo.