Thursday, 28 August 2014

Cotton and Steel


Hello - how is  your week turning out? I have my 3 grand-daughters staying with me this week - they are 1,3 and 5 - so as you can imagine there hasn't been a lot of sewing going on here! Well I have been altering some dresses for them as they are flower girls at a wedding next week - so I'll save showing you  their photo until they are all scrubbed and dressed up next week!
Needless to say I haven't had a moment to finish the bird table runner from last week - even though 5.30 a.m., has become a normal time in my day - so I'm afraid I'll have to postpone showing the finished item.
So why is the blog called Cotton and Steel this week - well it's because I have a selection of fabrics from the collection to start a new project -

There are quite a lot of fabrics in the fun new collection by some talented new designers - I love all the new colour and print mixes coming onto the market this year and hope it will continue for a long time. 
I have been given these to make a padded cover and top for a coffee table - we saw a picture of one we liked but decided that the budget wouldn't stretch to buying it - so we are going to make our own variation - so watch this space over the next few weeks to see how it progresses - and if it turns out the way we imagine!
Well the sun is shining and I have some little girls waiting to go shopping for a present for a birthday party tomorrow. When we come back we are going to use the Big - Shot and some Bigz dies to cut paper and card shapes to make some birthday cards and gift tags.
It won't be long now until bedtime - not the girls - mine!!
That's all for this week - I'm off to have some fun with 3 little beauties - more sewing news next time.
Angela

It's summer time ! by Karine


Hello!

Here is a new page 100% free style and full of colours! It’s summer so let’s take the opportunity to scrapbook the first portraits of the season.

Supply list:

Cardstock: American Crafts
Paint: Pébéo
Spray ink: Tattered Angels
Enamel Dots: Studio Calico
Stickers: Studio Calico
Die Cuts: Heidi Swapp
Masking tape
Stamps: Glitz Design, Craft Origine
Inks: Chalk Prima
Others: charcoal, buttons

Dies:

658300 : Sizzix Big Shot Starter Kit
659108 : Sizzix Thinlits Die Set 6PK-For the record
658334 : Sizzix Sizzlits Die-Flights of Fancy

I had fun creating a custom-made background with a white cardstock and green acrylic paint.
Apply the paint vertically with an old loyalty plastic card.

While the paint dries, cut some shapes with your Big Shot for future decoration.
I chose a little butterfly and photo corners.
These embellishments are cut out of white paper then shaded with Adirondack watermelon ink. Then I stamped on them for more fancy.

Have fun writing all that comes to your mind with your charcoal. Dim it lightly with your fingertips. Draw a heart free-hand.

Add some colourful dots, buttons and stickers.





Your page is done!

Have a lovely day,

Karine

Bonjour !

Une nouvelle page ce jour 100% patouille et haute en couleur ! C'est l'été on en profite et on scrappe les premiers portraits de saison !

Matériel :

Cardstock : American Crafts
Peinture : Pébéo
Encres en spray : Tattered Angels
Enabel Dots : Studio Calico
Stickers : Studio Calico
Die Cuts : Heidi Swapp
Masking tape
Tampons : Glitz Design, Craft Origine
Encres : Chalk Prima
Divers : fusain, boutons

Dies utilisés :

658300 : Sizzix Big Shot Starter Kit
659108 : Sizzix Thinlits Die Set 6PK-For the record
658334 : Sizzix Sizzlits Die-Flights of Fancy

Je me suis amusée ici à créer un fond sur mesure en utilisant un cardstock blanc et une peinture acrylique verte.
Appliquez la peinture verticalement à l'aide d'une carte en plastique.

Pendant que la peinture sèche, découpez des formes à la Big Shot en vu de décorer votre création. J'ai opté ici pour un petit papillon et des coins photos.
Ces embellissements découpés en blanc sont ensuite ombrés à l'encre Adirondack watermelon. Ils sont ensuite tamponnés pour plus de fantaisie.

Amusez-vous à écrire tout ce qui se passe dans votre tête à l'aide d'un fusain, estompez légèrement au doigt. Dessinez un coeur à main levée.

Complétez votre page avec des pastilles colorées, boutons et autocollants.

Votre page est terminée !

Très belle journée à vous

Karine

Wednesday, 27 August 2014

Christmas Tri


Now I know what you are thinking, " Silly old Pete has spelt Tree wrong!" well, I wasn't actually trying to spell 'tree'. I have made three different cards using the new Triplits dies from Stephanie Barnard and the word 'three' in Welsh is Tri so it turns out that I knew what I was doing all along...... for once!

Triplits are wafer thin die sets representing staggering value in the sense that they are incredibly versatile and offer multiple options for those wishing to flex their creative muscles.

 I'm concentrating on the Christmas Trees set which includes no less than 14 separate elements as you can see below.



Sticking with the 'three' theme I'm want to demonstrate how easy they are to use by showing the cards from start to finish in a series of three pictures, so without further ado.......

I used my PC to print my 'Merry Christmas' Greeting onto 3 separate A6 blank white cards, Next, I die-cut the base tree from corrugated card and the other elements from matt gold card which I then lightly distressed with a sanding pad.


I then assembled the tree and attached it to the base card using 3D foam pads. I also tied a length of natural twine around the base.
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For the next card I die-cut the base tree from deep red card and the other elements from patterned paper from a Hobbycraft 6 x 6 paper pad that goes by the name of 'Love Collection'. I attached these separate elements to the base tree using 3D foam pads.


I die-cut the star and attached everything to the base card again using 3D foam pads before decorating the base of the tree using a length of knotted pink ribbon tied in a bow.


For our third card I used the large tree die to cut an aperture through the front of the base card before die-cutting a smaller white tree and a selection of assorted circles from silver mirror card.

I attached a folded rectangle of turquoise card into the base card as my insert and mounted my die-cut white tree onto it through the aperture. I then decorated the tree using the silver die-cut circles and added the die-cut star.


Here are the finished cards seen all together, given time (a luxury in my line of work!) I'm sure I could have gone on to create dozens more even in this restrictive format. I love these clever little die sets and they are one of the first items on my creative Christmas list.


Last week I was in Norway, or to be more exact, the beautiful city of Oslo where I was representing Sizzix as the guests of Global Hobby who are based in Bergen (Stunning place!). They were fabulous hosts and I would like to thank Alf Christian and his team for making me feel so welcome. 

While I was there I thought that I would create few cards with a Norwegian flavour using some of the wicked Papicolor card which they distribute. It folds, cuts, tears and creases so beautifully... I think I'm in love!

The first thing I made was the gift box using the Tim Holtz Pillow Box die which I decorated with torn strips of card replicating the Norwegian national flag. I  then added some die-cut floral elements from the Big Shot Starter Kit.

With the card and tag I took a slightly different approach. I used the flag motif as before but I also wanted to celebrate Norway's proud history for exploration by using a Tim Holtz Texture Fades embossing folder from the Airmail & Compass Set and a few butterfly's die-cut using the Butterfly Frenzy decorative strip die

I really love the colours and it was so much fun to do I hope you like them to?















Chaotic photo session / Lettere kaotisk photo session


 
 
 
Sizzix has come up with some really cool products designed for those scrappers doing Project Life. I am a digital project-lifer but I love the products for cards and layouts.
 
 

 
I had had the nine pictures printed some time ago with a different page design in mind but I thought they were so much fun that I decided to use them this week. I mounted all nine pictures on a piece of cream coloured cardstock giving some of them a slight angle and leaving others straight.
 
 
 
I thought the speech bubbles from Thinlits Die Set 6PK - I Heart This and Thinlits Die Set 8PK - Basics would make for great embellishments and so I combined them with a die cut camera and the word smil (the die says smile but I cut the e off to make it a Danish word) from Thinlits Die Set 7PK - You & Me.
 
 
I did another cluster of speech bubbles in the top left corner of the layout. For all the speech bubbles I drew lines in black ink by hand giving each speech bubble a defining edge but still keeping everything playful and fun.
 
Supply list:
 
Cardstock
Vellum
Paper (October Afternoon)
Veneer figures (Studio Calico)
Sticker alphabets (LillyBee & JilliBean)
Stamp (Papertrey Ink)
Enamel dots (My Mind's Eye)
 
 
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Sizzix har lavet nogle fede produkter, som kan bruge til Project Life, men da jeg laver mit PL digitalt har jeg været begejstret for at bruge produkterne til kort og layouts.
 
Det er noget tid siden, at jeg printede disse ni billeder ud, og jeg havde egentlig et andet design i tankerne, men da billederne er så sjove, besluttede jeg mig for at bruge dem i denne uge. Jeg satte alle ni billeder på ét stykke karton: Nogle af dem sidder lige, andre er vippet lidt til den ene eller anden side.
 
Jeg syntes, at taleboblerne fra Thinlits Die Set 6PK - I Heart This ogThinlits Die Set 8PK - Basics  ville være gode som pynt, så jeg kombinerede dem med et udstanset kamera og ordet smil (jeg skar bare e'et af det engelske smile) fra Thinlits Die Set 7PK - You & Me.
 
I øverste venstre hjørne lavede jeg endnu en samling af talebobler, og på alle talebobler tegnede jeg sorte streger langs kanten for at give dem lidt kant, mens jeg fortsat holdt det sjovt og kækt.
 
Ingredienser:
 
Karton
Vellum
Papir (October Afternoon)
Finérfigurer (Studio Calico)
Stickers (LillyBee & JilliBean)
Stempler (Papertrey Ink)
Enamel dots (My Mind's Eye)



Little cards


Hello to all:) Today I show you these little cards I made using black and white colors. These are just so suitable f.e for the gifts.


Sizzix products:
Sizzix Big Shot Machine 657900
Sizzix Framelits Die Set 5PK w/Stamps - English Garden 659526
Sizzix Thinlits Die Set 10PK - Be Thankful 659766
Sizzix Textured Impressions Embossing Folders 2PK - Houndstooth & Dots Set 659745
Other products:
white cardboard
black marker
Archival Ink Jet Black
black mist
cement board seam tape
black flowers
glue
Cut the cards out from the cardboard (size 8 cm × 16 cm) and fold in half. Emboss the front covers using folders Sizzix Textured Impressions Embossing Folders 2PK - Hexagons & Chevrons Set 659744 and Sizzix Textured Impressions Embossing Folders 2PK - Houndstooth & Dots Set 659745.
Cut the flowers out using Sizzix Bigz Die - Floressa 659708. Draw the lines with black marker if you want but this is not necessary. Stamp the leaves and cut them using Sizzix Framelits Die Set 5PK w/Stamps - English Garden 659526,  cut also the butterfly using Sizzix Thinlits Die Set 10PK - Be Thankful 659766.
Finally piece all the embellishment together and finished cards:)
Happy crafting,Minna
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Moi, tässä pari tällaista pientä korttia, kivoja vaikka lahjapakettehin:)
Sizzix tarvikkeet:

Sizzix Big Shot Machine 657900
Sizzix Framelits Die Set 5PK w/Stamps - English Garden 659526
Sizzix Thinlits Die Set 10PK - Be Thankful 659766
Sizzix Textured Impressions Embossing Folders 2PK - Houndstooth & Dots Set 659745
Muut tarvikkeet:
valkoinen kartonki
musta tussi
Archival Ink muste "Jet Black"
saumausteippiä
liimaa
Leikkaa kartongista kortit 8 cm × 16 cm ja taita kahtia. Kohokuvioi etukansi käyttäen kohokuviointikansioita Sizzix Textured Impressions Embossing Folders 2PK - Hexagons & Chevrons Set 659744 ja  Sizzix Textured Impressions Embossing Folders 2PK - Houndstooth & Dots Set 659745.
Leikkaa kukat käyttäen Sizzix Bigz Die - Floressa 659708 , piirrä rajat mustalla tussilla jos haluat:) Leimaa lehdet ja leikkaa käyttäen settiä Sizzix Framelits Die Set 5PK w/Stamps - English Garden 659526 , leikkaa myös perhonen stanssilla joka on setissä Sizzix Thinlits Die Set 10PK - Be Thankful 659766.
Lopuksi kokoa kortit valmiiksi kuten kuvassa:)
Terveisin,Minna




Tuesday, 26 August 2014

A giftbox





Hi everyone
I hope you all had a great week, today I will show you a decoratet box using the  beautiful Layered Butterfly
Itemes I have used:
Sizzix Bigz / texture Fades Layered Butterfly 659578
Sizzix Bigz Die Floressa 659708
Sizzix Bigz Die Love Gears 659709
Supply list:
Paper: StudioLight-Industria, Tim Holtz paper stash-Menageria 8x8-
ink: Dew Drop-Brilliant graphite black-
Viva Pontura Paint-baby blue- and Inka gold, Black acryl paint to paint the box
Flower, ribbon
After die cut the butterfly I have put it into the embossing folder, ink using Black ink and some gold




Thanks for stopping by, wish you a lovely week
Pia
Hej alle
Jeg håber i har haft en dejlig uge, i dag vil jeg vise en genbrugs æske som jeg har malet og dekoret med den fantastiske sizzix Bigz Die Layered Butterfly
Sizzix dies jeg har brugt:
Sizzix Bigz / texture Fades Layered Butterfly 659578
Sizzix Bigz Die Floressa 659708
Sizzix Bigz Die Love Gears 659709
Andre materialer:
Papir: StudioLight-Industria, Tim Holtz paper stash-Menageria 8x8-
ink: Dew Drop-Brilliant graphite black-
Viva Pontura Paint-baby blue- and Inka gold, sort akryl maling til at male boksen med
Blomster, bånd
Efter at have udstanset sommerfuglen har jeg kørt den gennem embossing folder som giver det lækre mønster, sværtet med sort og gold
Tak fordi du kiggede forbi, jeg ønsker dig en skøn uge
Pia

 

Monday, 25 August 2014

Pink vellum card. Creating shadows with die cutting

Hi everybody!

Today I want to show you a clean and simple vellum card that can be used as a party invitation.

I have used pink vellum as my card base and I have adhered some pattern paper in the inside of the card. I love how you can see the inside paper though the vellum.


I have created a shadow effect die cutting the sentiment twice: One with glitter card and the other with the stamped image. Then I have adhered both together but the glitter one slightly down to the left.


Happy Monday!

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Hola a todos!

Hoy quiero enseñaros una tarjeta clean and simple que puede ser utilizada también como invitación a una fiesta.

Como base de la tarjeta he utilizado papel vegetal rosa y he puesto un papel decorado en el interior. Me encanta cómo se entrevé el papel decorado a través del vegetal. Para crear el efecto de sombra en la palabra he troquelado ésta dos veces, una con la cartulina de purpurina y otra con la imagen estampada y los he pegado juntos el de abajo ligeramente hacia abajo y a la izquierda.

Feliz lunes!



Sunday, 24 August 2014

A feminine and romantic card.








Hi there Sizzix friends!!
Today I have a card to share in a romantic and slightly shabby style.


I have used one of the the frameworks dies here as well as one of the framelits sets with both stamps and dies.


Almost no combination is as feminine and romantic as pink with light blue. I cut out my leaves from both cardstock and a patterned paper and quite like the effect of the patterned leaves.


I like to paint on my diecut pieces with gesso. Here I have diecut a piece of chipboard and I find the gesso makes it look a little softer.

Thank you all for looking today and for any sweet comment you like to leave me. It's so nice with a little feed back here on the blog!!

The Sizzix products I used are: 

Sizzix Big Shot Machine Only (Powder Blue & Teal)
Sizzix Frameworks Die - Courtyard
Sizzix Framelits Die Set 5PK w/Stamps - English Garden

Other products; Lemoncraft, Prima, Melissa Frances

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Hej Sizzix vänner!
Idag vill jag visa er ett kort i romantisk og shabby chic stil.
Jag har använt en av framework diesen och ett set med tunna dies och stämplar, som heter 'English Garden'.
Rosa och ljusblått är nog den mest romantiska kombinationen av alla. Jag stansade ut löven både i enfärgad vit cardstock och i mönsterpapper. Jag gillar jättemycket effekten av de mönstrade löven.
jag gillar att måla på mina stansade bitar med gesso. Här har jag stansat ut från en bit chipboard med en Bigz die och tycker att gesson mjukar upp intrycket lite.
Tack för att ni tittar in idag och för eventuella kommentarer ni lämnar mig.
Det är så trevligt med lite feedback här på bloggen!

Sizzix produkterna jag har använt: 

Sizzix Big Shot Machine Only (Powder Blue & Teal)
Sizzix Frameworks Die - Courtyard
Sizzix Framelits Die Set 5PK w/Stamps - English Garden

Andra produkter; Lemoncraft, Prima, Melissa Frances


Saturday, 23 August 2014

"Chewing kid" layout





Hello all!

Here is my layout with amazing Sizzix dies. There is my younger son on they photo - it was his birthday on that day and he was chewing something at the moment when I was making the photo. I like photos of this kind - they always look very "natural".






The products I used:

Sizzix Bigz Die - Love Gears


Have a nuce day!!

Olga

Rectangles and Squares quilt finished




Hi  everyone! How is August going ? Today I  want to show you my Rectangles and Squares quilt finished at last . It took some time sewing and quilting but I was wishing to have it on my hand finished and in some place at home. 
The tutorial can be found in this post , just the last day in May , some more than two months ago.
I´m  in love with this quilt because it ´s better than I hope after deciding the quilting. 










For the back  I   added some more rectangles and squares , red fabric and  some rest of a soft beige .
The same red looked like great as binding.








Supplies


658324
Sizzix Bigz XL 25" Die - Squares, 2" Finished (2 1/2" Unfinished)

657605 ( 659837 new code )

Sizzix Bigz Die - Rectangle, 2" x 4" Finished (2 1/2" x 4 1/2" Unfinished)656847  Sizzix Accessory - Cutting Pads, Bigz XL 25", 1 Pair

657900Sizzix Big Shot Machine Only (Powder Blue & Teal)



Note:  this time I don ´t say size exactly as this is a quilt that you can sew as big as you want.

For the top :

White fabric 
Print fabric 

For the backing:

White and print fabric
Red fabric
Some fabric that matches with the print  on the top.
Light cream thread quilting

Batting , mine it is  a mix of cotton and acrilic

Binding :
Red fabric






I usually think about how to quilt a quilt when it is finished.  It´s not an easy thing everytime .  Just  look and try to " see " what it is better  or how I would like . This time I only knew I wanted  to sew  the same thing on the squares, as a " ladder ". This was a big swirl.
You can see more pics of my quilting process in my Instagram
Then I decided to fill the rectangles in white with continuos very little swirls, so the big ones look like pop up and I love  this effect. Don´t you ?
Big and long swirls too for the border 

The size is 39.5" x 44"





It´s incredible how just simple geometric shapes can do a beautiful quilt. Thanks to Sizzix for making these useful dies !!



Hope you have a wonderful weekend!!



Love


Mercedes

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Hola a todo el mundo !¿Qué tal va agosto ? Hoy quiero enseñaros mi quilt Rectángulos y  cuadrados por fin acabado. Me llevó algo de tiempo coserlo y acolcharlo . Estaba deseando tenerlo en mis manos y verlo en algún lugar de la casa.

El tutorial lo puedes encontrar en este artículo, justo el ultimo día de mayo , hace ya algo más de dos meses. Estoy enamorada de este quilt porque ha quedado mejor de lo que esperaba después del acolchado.

Para la trasera añadí un tira más de cuadrados y rectángulos y algo de tela roja y  un resto que tenía en un suave beige. La misma roja la usé para el biés.

Materiales :

658324
Sizzix Bigz XL 25" Die - Squares, 2" Finished (2 1/2" Unfinished)

657605 ( 659837 new code )

Sizzix Bigz Die - Rectangle, 2" x 4" Finished (2 1/2" x 4 1/2" Unfinished)656847  Sizzix Accessory - Cutting Pads, Bigz XL 25", 1 Pair

657900Sizzix Big Shot Machine Only (Powder Blue & Teal)
  

Nota: Esta vez no digo ninguna medida exactamente porque es una colcha que puedes hacer  como tú quieras.


Para el top:
Tela blanca
Tela estampada

Para la trasera

Tela blanca y estampada de nuevo
Tela roja
Algo de tela que  venga bien con la estampada del top.
Guata, la mía es  una mezcla  algodón y acrílica

Bies:
Tela roja

Normalmente pienso cómo acolchar  cuando está acabado. No es fácil siempre. Solo le echo un vistazo e intento “ ver “ lo que es mejor o qué me gustaría. Lo que sí sabía era que quería  hacer lo mismo en todos los cuadrados a modo de “ escalera “ reptitiendo el mismo acolchado.  Al final fue un remolino grande.
Después decidí rellenar los rectángulos en blanco con más remolinos pequeñitos de modo que los grandes  sobresalieran. Me encanta este efecto y  ¿ a vosotros ? Puedes ver el progreso de acolchado en mi Instagram.
Es increíble  cómo formas geométricas sencillas se puede hacer un precioso quilt. ¡Gracias a Sizzix por hacer estos útiles troqueles!

Acolché con remolinos grandes y largos en el borde.


La medida del quilt es 100 cm x 112cm

Que tengas un maravilloso fin de semana.

Cariños
Mercedes