Tuesday, 28 July 2015

Crafts for children part two: Colouring and die cutting card

Hi everybody! Elena here. 

Are you enjoying your summer? Your children sure do, as they don't have to go to school, so we have to keep them entertained and one great way to do it is crafting with them. So today I want to show you a really fun card they can make with techniques than can be easily made by them: colouring and die cutting.

 Supply list:
  • colored pencils
  • Card: Green, white, pink, yellow, black
  • Adhesive
  • Foam squares

To create this card I have used the free Colour Your Own Papers by Sizzix that you can download just clicking on the image below.

You just have to print them in the card of your choice, I have used white and pink card, and colour them. You don't have to be great at colouring, just have fun! 

Then I have cut my coloured paper in 1 cm strips and have attached to my card base with foam squares.

Finally I have die cut my sentiment from the Happines Phrases Thinlits die set and the flower is from the Starter Kit. It matches perfectly with de coloured paper!

Have fun crafting with your children this summer!


Hola a todos!

¿Estáis disfrutando del verano?  Vuestros niños seguro que sí, ya que no tienen que ir al cole. Una buena manera de entretenerlos es haciendo manualidades con ellos y la tarjeta que os enseño hoy es perfecta para eso, ya que las técnicas empleadas: colorear y troquelar, las pueden hacer perfectamente.

He utilizado los papeles para colorear que os podéis descargar gratis en la página de Sizzix en este enlace y los he coloreado con lápices de colores. No se trata de hacerlo perfecto, solo de divertirse con ello!

Después he cortado el papel en tiras de un centímetro y las he pegado en la tarjeta con foam adhesivo. Por último he troquelado la palabra con el set de frases y la flor es del kit de inicio de la Big Shot Plus, que le va genial a los papeles.

Divertíos mucho este verano haciendo manualidades con vuestros niños!

Winged Tag by Romy

Hello Sizzix fans!

Sometimes when I see a new Sizzix die, I immediately know how I want to use it. That's exactly what happened when I saw the beautiful Bigz Angel Wings die. As soon as I saw it, I knew I wanted to use it to make a winged tag. Of course I also used some other beautiful Sizzix dies to embellish my tag. 

Sizzix supplies:

My tag was made with the amazing Movers & Shapers Tag & Bookplates Die. I cut out the tag twice from two different sheets of paper and cut off the edges of the pink tag, so that I could attach the tags on top of each other and a small black border would be visible. 

I used the Bigz Die Wings, Angel to cut out two wings from black paper and attached them on the left and right side of the tag, to make my tag look like it is winged. 

The main element on my tag is a layered butterfly, which consists of three different butterflies. I cut out the two largest butterflies with dies from the Big Shot Plus Starter Kit. The smallest butterfly was cut out with the Paper Punch Butterfly Large. I also punched an extra butterfly, which I attached above the layered butterfly. 

I finished off my tag with a lovely heart with branches, which was cut out with a die from the Thinlits Die Set Phrase Thank You with Hearts. I added a pearl in the middle of the heart for a more elegant look. 

Thank you for having a look at the Sizzix blog today!
Have a great day!

In Dutch:
Hallo Sizzix fans!

Soms zie ik een nieuwe Sizzix stans en weet ik eigenlijk direct hoe ik die wil gaan gebruiken. Dat is precies wat er gebeurde toen ik de mooie Bigz Angel Wings stans zag. Ik wist dat ik die stans wilde gebruiken om een 'gevleugelde' tag mee te maken. Naast deze stans heb ik ook nog een paar andere Sizzix stansen gebruikt om mijn tag verder te versieren. 

Sizzix supplies:

Mijn tag is gemaakt met mijn favoriete Movers & Shapers Tag & Bookplates Die. lIk heb de tag twee keer uitgestanst uit verschillende vellen papier en heb de randjes van de roze tag weggesneden, zodat er een randje van de zwarte tag zichtbaar zou blijven als ik ze op elkaar plakte. 

Ik gebruikte de Bigz Die Wings, Angel om twee vleugels uit zwart papier te stansen en heb deze links en rechts op de tag geplakt. 

Het centrale element op mijn tag is een gelaagde vlinder, die is gemaakt van drie verschillende vlinders. Ik heb de twee grootste vlinders uitgestanst met stansen uit de Big Shot Plus Starter Kit. De kleinste vlinder is geponst met de Paper Punch Butterfly Large. Ik heb daarnaast nog een extra vlinder uitgeponst, die ik boven de gelaagde vlinder heb geplakt.  

Om mijn tag af te maken heb ik nog een hartje met takken toegevoegd, die is uitgestanst met een stans uit de Thinlits Die Set Phrase Thank You with Hearts. Ik heb een parel op het hartje geplakt om het er iets eleganter uit te laten zien.

Dankjewel voor het langskomen op het Sizzix blog! 
Ik wens iedereen een fijne dag!. 

A little of card making

Hi everybody!

For our Tuesday meeting, I suggest you realize a very simple card.

You just have to choose 2 papers and a tracing paper.

Cut several pennants using the Speech bubbles die. Then stick the pennant next to each other and cover the top with masking tape. 

End with the message of your choice.

And here is a lovely card to offer!

Items used:
660804: Sizzix Thinlits Die Set (4PK) Speech Bubbles
paper: Swirlcards 
glitter tape: American Crafts
stickers: Studio Calico
strass: Scrapboukits


Un peu de carterie

Pour notre rendez vous du mardi, je vous propose une petite carte très simple à réalisée

Il suffit de choisir 2 papiers de votre choix et un papier calque

Découper plusieurs fanions à l'aide du die Speech bubbles. Coller ensuite les fanion les uns à côté des autres et couvrir d'un masking tape au dessus

Finir en inscrivant le message de votre choix et voilà une joli carte à offrir!

Bonne journée!

Monday, 27 July 2015

Holiday Hexies

Dies used: Hexagons, 1in Sides #2
                 Hexagons, 1 1/4in Sides

We're away on holiday at the moment and the last couple of times we've been away I've taken some English Paper Piecing with me and it's the same again this time - it may qualify as a habit now! When preparing a project to take on a summer holiday thoughts don't automatically go to Christmas but I was sent a couple of bundles of gorgeous Dashwood Christmas fabric last week and I wanted to use it straight away along with a few others from the festive section of my stash.

Also my son's teacher told me that her mum, who is a keen quilter, has recently made 30 mini stockings like the ones I made as teacher gifts using my Big Shot and posted about on here last Christmas. Suddenly making Christmassy things in July seemed thoroughly reasonable!

Using the Hexagons, 1in Sides die and a few sheets of scrap paper otherwise destined for the recycle bin, I cut a pile of papers. Then with the Hexagons 1 1/4in die I set to chopping the fabric.

They are intended to become part of a table runner which will need to be 2m long to fit our dining table and so Christmas 2016 may be a more realistic finish date if sewing is to be as relaxed and enjoyable as planned.

And so along with the clothes packing an EPP sewing bag containing all of the essentials had to be packed too.

Cutting the papers and fabric and getting the travel EPP kit together was so much easier and took a fraction of the time it took to pack one of the boys' bags! My Big Shot Plus really is an invaluable piece of kit.

Hopefully a week of relaxed hexagon sewing in the sunshine lies ahead!

Happy sewing!

Sunday, 26 July 2015

You Are Mine - Happy Birds Card

Hello Sizzix Friends,
This week has been so warm in Italy but yesterday finally rain has come!
I'm dreaming fall and winter seasons and their warm colours.
Red and mustard shades are always my favourites!

I realized a new romantic card with the Tribal Adventure dies.
I hope you enjoy it.

You need:
Sizzix Thinlits Die - Happy Birds (660497)
Sizzix Textured Impressions Embossing Folder - Chevron Texture (660506)
Banner from Sizzix Thinlits Die Set 4 PK - Speech Bubbles (660801)
Decorative Strip from Sizzix Big Shot Plus Starter Kit (White & Gray) (660515)
Sizzix Accessory - Die Brush & Foam Pad for Wafer-Thin Dies (660513)
White card
White mini card
Cardstocks (kraft, cream, chevron mustard, red)
Double-sided sticky tape

Emboss a white small card using Sizzix Textured Impressions Embossing Folder - Chevron Texture (660506).
Die cut a decorative strip using the die from Sizzix Big Shot Plus Starter Kit (White & Gray) (660515) and a Kraft cardstock.
Die cut the Happy Bird using a kraft cardstock first and a cream cardstock after.
Die cut a banner using a mustard chevron patterned cardstock and a die from Sizzix Thinlits Die Set 4 PK - Speech Bubbles (660801).
Paste the white embossed mini card on a bigger white card using the double-sided sticky tape.
Fix the decorative strip on one side of the card using a long piece of thin double-sided sticky tape.
Remove the excess paper from the Happy Birds using the Die Brush & Foam Pad for Wafer (660513).
Mix and match the paper pieces to get the final Happy Birds (I die cut the heart using a red cardstock).
Paste the double-sided sticky tape on the back of the birds to fix the paper pieces.

Realize a red label with a label maker and put it on the card using, if necessary, a thin piece of double-sided sticky tape (fix the banner between the card and the red label).
Add a romantic round sticker.
Remove the protective film from the back of the Happy Birds and fix them on the card.
Add two pieces of autumnal washitapes above the Happy Birds.
Add some alphabet stickers to get the word LOVE.

That's it!
Have a great Sunday!

 * Per i Lettori Italiani*

Buon pomeriggio!
In questi ultimi giorni in Italia c'è stato tanto caldo ma finalmente l'altro giorno è arrivata un po' di pioggia.
Sto già sognando la stagione autunnale e invernale e i loro caldi colori.
Rosso e senape sono senza dubbio tra i miei preferiti!

Ho realizzaro un nuovo biglietto romantico con le fustelle della collazione Tribal Adventure.
Spero vi piaccia.

Ho usato:
Sizzix Thinlits Die - Happy Birds (660497)
Sizzix Textured Impressions Embossing Folder - Chevron Texture (660506)
Fustella Banner dal Sizzix Thinlits Die Set 4 PK - Speech Bubbles (660801)
Fustella decorativa dal Sizzix Big Shot Plus Starter Kit (White & Gray) (660515)
Sizzix Accessory - Die Brush & Foam Pad for Wafer-Thin Dies (660513)
Biglietto bianco
Biglietto piccolo bianco
Cartoncini (kraft, crema, chevron senape, rosso)
Nastro biadesivo

Goffrate il piccolo biglietto bianco usando Sizzix Textured Impressions Embossing Folder - Chevron Texture (660506).
Fustellate la striscia decorativa usando la fustella presente nello Sizzix Big Shot Plus Starter Kit (White & Gray) (660515) e un cartoncino kraft.
Fustellate gli Uccellini Felici con un cartoncino kraft prima e crema successivamente.
Fustellate un banner usando il cartoncino chevron senape e la fustella presente nel Sizzix Thinlits Die Set 4 PK - Speech Bubbles (660801).
Attaccate il mini biglietto bianco sul biglietto più grande usando del biadesivo.
Posizionate la striscia decorativa su un lato del biglietto e fissatela con del biadesivo sottile.
Rimuovete l'eccesso di carta dagli uccellini aiutandovi con Die Brush & Foam Pad for Wafer (660513).
Componete gli uccellini mescolando i due cartoncini, usate come base gli uccellini kraft e applicate le decorazioni color crema fissando sul retro dei pezzi di biadesivo.

Realizzate un'etichetta rossa con un'etichettatrice e posizionatela sul biglietto usando, se necessario, un pezzo di biadesivo (ricordatevi di fissare il banner chevron tra il biglietto e l'etichetta).
Aggiungete un adesivo rotondo.
Rimuovete la pellicola protettiva dal retro degli uccellini e fissate anche loro sul biglietto.
Aggiungete due pezzi di washitape dai colori autunnali sopra le zampe degli uccellini.
Aggiungete degli adesivi alfabeto componendo la parola LOVE.

Buona domenica!

Happy Birthday Card by Gerry van Gent

Happy Sunday Sizzix friends!
Today I am sharing a card my daughter and I created for a friend of hers.
We used the Free Paper Downloads "Colour Your Own Papers" and
the New paper punch by Tim Holtz.
660163 Sizzix Paper Punch Bow, Medium
*       *       *

Before I adhered the cupcake I gave it to my daughter 
to colour it. She chose the colours herself and I matched with  
a coordinating double card. 
I cut carefully the top part of the cherry so when glued 
it will be on top of the card. I added two extra leaves -
- you will find a branch with a heart on the Free Paper Downloads.

I cut carefully the top phrase "Happy Birthday"
and gave it to my daughter to colour it in.

 Then I simply adhered it under the cupcake.
I used the two hearts for balloons. 

I added a punched bow for a fun touch.

Thank you for visiting us today!

Decorated Paper Drinking Straws

Planning summer parties is such a fun activity! I love throwing ice cream parties and making ice tea for my guests. At the moment we always have a jug of strawberry and cranberry ice tea in the fridge for hot summer days.

This week I wanted to do a DIY with some paper straws to make them more fun for a party.

I used the following products for my DIY. I wont list the steps as the photos show how easy these drinking straws are!

I think these are so cute for my glass jars with ice tea. You could even write the guests names on the hearts so people know which drink is theirs.

Are you throwing any summer parties this year?

Saturday, 25 July 2015

Gift Bag

Hi there,

today it's Saturday and I hope you have a nice weekend.
I would like to inspire you with a small gift bag made from the free Papers by SIZZIX. You can find them here

I printed the design on strong vellum and made a gift bag. The tag I printed on white cardstock and colored with watercolors.

I used my Big Shot Plus for the new SIZZIX BigZ Flower, Daisies. Isn't it beautiful?

I wish you a lovely weekend!
See you next saturday!

Elephant Parade - Part 2/2

Hey everyone,
do you remember my project from last week? Yes, this is the second part of it. I love the elephants! That´s a fact. ;) I am always looking for pretty gift wrapping ideas, especially things that I can make by myself. When I saw the elephant dies I had the idea to make my own garland for birthday gifts, maybe for a little baby girl or a little girl who loves pink. :) 

I die cutted a lot of circles in a light pink and a cardstock with a floral pattern. For the elephants I choose a white and a pink cardstock. Believe me, the pink elephants are a blast! :) Need to make a project with them very soon. :) 

Of course I needed a sparkling detail on my gift-wrapping-garland, so I took some sequins in white and gold to sew them onto the circles. :)

List of Supplies:

Do you like it? I think I have to make some more… Sewing with paper is so much fun! Can´t wait to wrap it around a beautiful gift. :)

Have a nice weekend, xo Julia

Inspiring me Quilt : Blocks 10-15

Hi everyone! I come back with more blocks for my Inspiring me Quilt. If you remember I talked to you in this post as my own challenge using just Sizzix Dies!!
My idea is getting 100 blocks!
I have designed six more , some of them with a little of embroidery with DMC floss.

Hope you  like them and enjoy , I´m sure maybe you can sew some project with a block you can find here. 

Ok, here I go with the blocks.
First of all a new one for me and one of the traditional blocks in quilting,
It´s fantastic how quick you  have have these pieces cut and just start to sew!!

You can see a video tutorial at the web.

I came back to hexagons again and I have designed a new block.
Hexagons, 1 1/4" sides ( for fabric )
Hexagons, 1" sides ( for pattern)
For the squares I have used


I cut the fabric with the 2" die and my cardstocks with 
I have try this big hexagon now and I have to say I love this size too.So I ´m sure I will do more things with it!!

This is my first time trying this apple core block. I have to confess I was wishing to have this die at home , especially because this is one of the traditional block that is complicate  to be cut BUT easily with the Big Shot Plus , so you can have a lot of apple cores cut in just some minutes.
Thanks so much to Sizzix who let me to enjoy new and waited blocks!!

You can find a video tutorial at Sizzix web.

I have cut the block assembled  to my size block in a square 8.5"

Here it is my last one , the Drunkard´s path. 
If you love this block as me, you can check my projects  Valentine Square Cushion ,Vane quilt  or even my lovely Drunkard´s Path cushion with pom poms



This is some details of my embroidery.

And here they are all my 15 blocks 

Hope my project inspire you!!
Have a wonderful weekend and see you in two weeks.

¡Hola a todo el mundo! Hoy vuelvo de nuevo con algunos bloques más de mi quilt Inspiring me. Si recuerdas, te hablé  en éste artículo  sobre él y cómo está siendo mi propio reto para usar sólo los troqueles de Sizzix.
¡ Mi propósito es conseguir hacer 100 y espero conseguirlo!
He diseñado seis más , algunos de ellos con bordado usando hilo de DMC.
Espero que te guste y que lo disfrutes, estoy segura que a lo mejor te anima a idear algún proyecto con alguno de ellos.
Echa un vistazo a las fotos.
El primero ha sido una  novedad, Robbing Peter to Pay Paul es uno tradicional que quería probar y que he tenido la oportunidad gracias a Sizzix. Es comodísimo cortar de una vez todas las piezas del bloque.
Tengo que mejorar el montaje porque ha sido mi primer bloque pero no dudo que haré más cosas con él.
Pincha en los enlaces de las fotos para ver los troqueles.

Vuelvo a los hexágonos y pruebo por primera vez el troquel grande de 2 pulgadas de lado. Me gusta esta medida. Es cómoda y para hacer los patrones he usado el troquel que ya tenía de  1 ¼ de  pulgada en los lados.

Otro bloque  que he hecho por primera vez ha sido el de Corazón de Manzana , Apple Core,  otro bloque tradicional en un buen tamaño. Le tenía ganas  la verdad. Lo bueno es que puedes cortar un montón de una vez con la Big Shot Plus y no tienes que estar usando patrones o reglas con lo que te ahorras un montón de tiempo. Por cierto en el enlace junto a la foto podrás ver un video tutorial.
Por cierto , éste lo he cortado  en un cuadrado de 8.5” para adaptarlo a las medidas de  mis bloques.

Por último otro bloque que repito, Drunkard´s Path  y que me encanta por la cantidad  de combinaciones que puedes hacer con él.  Si te gusta tanto como a mí puedes ver otros proyectos que he cosido como   Valentine Square Cushion ,Vane quilt   o también  el cojín Drunkard´s Path cushion with pom poms.

En la última foto puedes ver todos los que  ya tengo hechos así como el detalle de los bordados. 
Espero que mi proyecto te inspire  y que tengas un maravilloso fin de semana.
¡Te veo en un par de semanas !