Wednesday, 27 May 2015


.... is Beauty! That's what is says on the rubber stamp and who am I to argue?

Although we love to marvel at incredibly intricate works craftsmanship, nothing quite compares to a simple artistic statement.

At times I love to listen to a fabulous symphony orchestra yet nothing quite compares to a simple 12 bar rock and roll tune bashed out by young musicians on cheap instruments.

I adore the complex flavours of a great curry with it's careful blend of herbs and spices creating a fireworks display on your taste buds but you can't beat fresh bread and olives?

I have made many large ornate projects for trade shows and magazines, most of them have been very well received but it's the still simple things that excite me.

Today I'm going back to the Thinlits Die Set 15PK w/Quiling Tool- Tiny Tattered Florals by Tim Holtz which we used last week, this time I'm using just ivory and green card and letting the dies do the talking.

I set out by die-cutting about 30 separate leaves before curling them on a foam mat using a large ball end stylus. This softens the card and adds those lovely little creases around the edges. Next, I creased each one down the centre. 
I die-cut each of the three spiral rose dies three times each from ivory card. To see how the flowers come together you will have to skip back to last weeks blog.

I cut an 11 x 13 cm rectangle of the same ivory card that I used to cut the flowers and stamped my sentiment across the base in grey ink using the New Day Stamp Set from the Precious Remembrance Shop before marking a circle in pencil using a circle Framelits die, you can use a compass if you don't have one!

I attached the leaves individually following the circle while trying not to be too precise. Next, I distressed the edges of the card with the blade of my scissors and added a faux stitched effect around the perimeter using a pattern makers wheel.

Once the flowers where all assembled, I attached them one at a time using my glue gun.

All that was left was to attach the rectangle to a  12 x 14 cm base card. It's tough to resist the temptation to add a few adhesive pearls or a little Distress Glitter but I managed somehow!

A picnic day in a frame box

Hi everybody!

I love when a fantastic day happens, choose one of the photos that I've taken and do a scrapbooking project to not forget. This time a picnic in a French vineyard was a great day!

I wanted that photography has a main place at home; a Frame Box (from Antique Wood by Alberto Juarez) would give me the perfect support for my Layout.

The colors I chose for this project were yellow and blue; the landscape was full of broom plant (Genisteae, I love this plant when is flowering) with a brillant yellow that stood out against the blue sky.

some details of the Layout:

This are the Sizzix products used in this project:
660515 Sizzix Big Shot PLUS Starter Kit (White & Gray)
656212 Sizzix Bigz Die - Branch w/Leaves
657491 Sizzix Texture Fades Embossing Folders 4PK - Springtime Background & Borders Set
660233 Sizzix Bigz Die - Heartfelt
657822 Sizzix Bigz Die - Flowers, 3-D #3
657551 Sizzix Framelits Die Set 8PK - Circles
657552 Sizzix Framelits Die Set 8PK - Circles, Scallop
660395 Sizzix Sizzlits Decorative Strip Die - Eyelet Lace & Scallops

Be Happy!


Hola a todo el mundo!

Me encanta cuando tenemos un día fantástico, elegir una de las fotos que he hecho y hacer un proyecto de scrapbooking para no olvidarlo. Esta vez un picnic en un viñedo francés fue el gran día!

Yo quería que la fotografía ocupara un lugar principal en casa; un Frame Box (de Antique Wood by Alberto Juárez) me daría el soporte perfecto para mi Layout.

Los colores que elegí para este proyecto fueron el amarillo y el azul; el paisaje estaba lleno de retama (Genisteae, me encanta esta planta cuando florece) con un amarillo brillante que destacaba contra el cielo azul.

Estos son los productos Sizzix usados en este proyecto:
660515 Sizzix Big Shot PLUS Starter Kit (White & Gray)
656212 Sizzix Bigz Die - Branch w/Leaves
657491 Sizzix Texture Fades Embossing Folders 4PK - Springtime Background & Borders Set
660233 Sizzix Bigz Die - Heartfelt
657822 Sizzix Bigz Die - Flowers, 3-D #3
657551 Sizzix Framelits Die Set 8PK - Circles
657552 Sizzix Framelits Die Set 8PK - Circles, Scallop
660395 Sizzix Sizzlits Decorative Strip Die - Eyelet Lace & Scallops

Sed muy felices!!

Tuesday, 26 May 2015

Candy Bag

Hi Crafter!

Today I want to create with you a candy bag with the new Sizzix dies . 
You can choose from many themes , and use for different events.
It' s a punch with which you can play a lot, there are writtens , flowers of different sizes and leaves . 
    I hope you like it. 
    I really enjoyed that !!

cardstock or paper scrap
stick glue or hot glue
transparent bag cm 13x13 

*per i lettori italiani*

Salve crafter!

Oggi voglio creare con voi una candy bag, o sacchetto per caramelle, con le nuove fustelle sizzix.
E' possibile scegliere tantissimi temi, e proporli per diversi eventi.
E' una fustella con cui si può giocare molto, ci sono scritte, fiori di grandezze diverse, foglie.
Spero vi piaccia.
Io mi sono divertita molto!!

cartoncini colorati e carta scrap
colla stick o colla a caldo
bustina trasparente

Floral Card

Hello Sizzix fans!

Today I would like to give you some inspiration on how you can use the beautiful floral square die from the Big Shot Starter's Kit. I made a vintage card to show you a unique way to use it. 

The basis of my card was made with the beautiful Postage Stamp Frame die from Tim Holtz. I then used the lovely floral square die from the Starter's Kit to cut out two squares from this card. I attached a piece of pink paper behind it so that the floral patterns would stand out nicely. 
I attached a chipboard embellishment in the middle of my card, so that the divide between the squares would not be visible anymore.

I further decorated my card with tiny hearts cut out with the beautiful Bigz Heartfelt die. I also cut out two branches with one of the lovely Thinlits Floral Wreath dies.

I hope I could inspire you with a new way to use these beautiful dies.
Thank you so much for stopping by! 

In Dutch:
Hallo Sizzix fans!
Vandaag wil ik jullie graag wat inspiratie geven voor hoe je de mooie stans van een vierkant met bloemen uit de Big Shot Starter's Kit kunt gebruiken. Daarom heb ik een vintage kaartje gemaakt waarop ik deze stans op een unieke manier heb verwerkt. 

De basis voor mijn kaart is gemaakt met de mooie Tim Holtz Postage Stamp Frame stans. Ik heb vervolgens met de vierkante stans uit de Starter's Kit twee vierkanten uitgestanst uit de postzegelvorm. Daarachter heb ik een stuk roze papier geplakt, zodat de bloemenpatroontjes beter zouden opvallen.
Verder heb ik een chipboard embellishment geplakt in het midden van mijn kaart om de scheidingslijn tussen de twee vierkantjes te verbergen. 

Ik heb mijn kaart verder versierd met kleine hartjes die zijn uitgestanst met de Bigz Heartfelt stans. Ook heb ik twee takjes uitgestanst met een van de stansen uit de Thinlits Floral Wreath set.

Ik hoop dat ik jullie met mijn kaartje heb kunnen inspireren.
Heel erg bedankt voor je bezoekje!


Hi everybody!

For our Tuesday meeting, I suggest creating a small card, quick & easy to realize.

First, you will need to prepare a background on a watercolour paper and to add it a splash of colour using a brush or a water pen and watercolour paint.

You can matt your background on a paper of the same colour or on a darker paper to bring some contrast.

Simply decorate with a cut of the " Scribbles & Splat " Die of Tim Holtz, then write the small message that to wish to deliver with this card.

Here you go, a pretty card to offer!

Items used:

Good day to you all!


Pour notre rendez-vous du mardi, je vous propose de réaliser une  petite carte, facile et rapide à réaliser.

Il suffit de préparer d'abord un fond sur un papier aquarelle, et d'y réaliser une tâche de couleur avec un pinceau ou un stylo à eau et de la peinture aquarelle.

Vous pouvez mater ce fond sur un papier de la même couleur ou sur un papier plus foncé pour donner du contraste.

Décorez simplement avec une découpe du Die "Coeurs" de Tim Holtz, puis écrire le petit message que vous souhaiter faire passer avec cette carte.

Et voilà une jolie carte à offrir!

Bonne journée

Monday, 25 May 2015

Recycled 3D flower centerpiece

Hi everybody! Elena here.

Today I want to show you a gorgeous centerpiece you can make reusing old newspaper.

 Supply list:

As you can see in the step by step photos, the process to make these flowers is very simple. You can make a lot of different flowers with this Bigz die fom Eileen Hull, the ones I made are just one of them!

I find this centerpiece very elegant, and you can use it for many occasions. I bet your guests never will guess that you have made the flowers with old newspaper ;)

Happy Monday!


Hola a todos,

Hoy os enseño un centro de mesa hecho reciclando hojas de periódico viejo. 

Tal como puedes ver en las fotos del paso a paso, estas flores son muy sencillas de hacer. Con este troquel se pueden hacer un montón de flores diferentes, éstas son sólo un ejemplo!

Este centro de mesa es muy elegante y lo puedes utilizar en un montón de ocasiones. Apuesto a que tus invitados nunca adivinarán que lo has hecho con periódicos viejos ;)

Feliz lunes!

A chocolate box using basics and tribal dies

I know the word Basics sounds a bit off, but when it comes to crating I think Basics are the most important thing you can have in your crafting area. And die cutting is no exception, I think one of the best investments you can do for your crafting aside from a Big Shot (Plus!) is to get a few basics dies like boxes and tags that will stand the test of time. One of my favourites, the Milk Carton (659196):

To add some decoration I used the latest dies from Craft Asylum Tribal Collection. 

Because my intention is to add something inside that may stain a bit, like chocolates, I wanted to make sure there was a plastified inside. Sticky back plastic to the rescue! I attached it to the back side of the paper.

Note that I am using the Big Shot Plus, so the die is smaller than the aperture. If I was using the Big Shot, the die would still fit nicely but would occupy the whole aperture. I used first my crease pad to die cut the box. However it didn't cut that well due to the plastic.

Now, this is an important photo on the right. Most wont think it is, but basically this is to showcase the difference when to use the Crease Pad (It comes in 4 sizes aprox:, 6x8, 6x13, 8x15 Plus, and 13 x 13 Pro) or the regular cutting pad. 

The Crease pad is perfect for making sure that the score blade does not cut, while the cutting blade still cuts. This is specially important in a dry place, including places with high heating or strong air con.

As you can see, because there is plastic on the back, I needed to cut it through using the cutting plate and not the crease pad. If I was die cutting just paper or card, I would need to cut it through with the crease pad, why? because although I live in damp England, my studio is kept warm and dry all year round!

I folded the score lines and to glue it together I used red line tape. Wet glue would not have work because of the plastic.

I glue both ends. Remember to use a strong tape for this.
Then I was ready to decorate it using the Tribal Borders die, die cutting it twice and joining them by overlapping them.

I glue the top first and then the bottom. Then I die cut one of the flowers from the Intricate Native Florals.

I die cut it a second time using coral paper and then layered them inside a blck 2 1/4" circle.
I attached it to the box using a foam pad.

The finished box.

You can see here than the pieces fit nicely in the inside of the flower, except one that I messed up a bit gluing it down.

And then there is the back, a little more simple.

I hope you like it!