Sunday, 21 September 2014

Happy mail, Snailmail, Penpals.

Hi, it's me Bente here today to show you a little of a fun 'new' thing I discovered from my eldest daughter. Yup, I'm sure you have heard about it before ; SNAILMAIL. 
Admit it, for most of you it has an oldfashioned ring to it and you probably have not sent one for years. For the young people (and even slightly older :-) ) there is something cool and fun about snailmail. There are several clubs where you can connect with likeminded to correspond with eachother. -This is much like the old penpal-clubs I remember from my highschool days.

 Here is the set I prepared and we are sending it off  to DD's friend Hillevi who's in London:

As you see we have not written the letter yet at this point, -maybe because we did not want it published all over the internet,...LOL!  Of course it looks alot cooler with the text in place, but at least the base for the letter is there. 
One thing not to miss when you send a snailmail is the ever popular 'tuck in' -the little something that you add to the envelope to make it all more interesting. I have made a few 'bagatelles' with my Sizzix dies to tuck in as well as added some old book pages, doilies and some pretty flair buttons.

I started by cutting down the 12X12 paper to a good letter size. I misted it and added a strip of paper where I wanted the name to go. Hillevi is really into movies and all that stuff so I thought the filmstrip die was a good one to grab and the chipboards for the name was made with a Bigz alphabet. Then I added some black chalk to make them stand out more.
Take a look at those dainty little butterflies, die cut from an old book page. Those belong to one of Paula Pascual's new die sets. They are so precious!

Below is the birthday baner I made to tuck in and I will present it in a small vellum envelope. You can also see the cute frame made with one of the new awesome cool thinlits sets. I added a couple of those cut from different papers. The 'smile' and the couple cut from red cardtock in the main photo are also from one of the new thinlits sets.
These are all rather nice little 'gifts' for those who don't own a Big Shot machine (or other,... gasp!)

I actually made some decorative chipboard decorations using my frameworks dies.  The fact that you can cut 'almost anything' with them is one of the many easons to love the Bigz dies. These chippies have been painted with gesso and then  misted with Prima's new Color Bloom mists and I think they look really nice. Especially considering they were made from an empty box of dishwasher tablets :-D I think they have certainly come up in the world :-)

Another cute little something that I made is a small sign for her to hang somewhere in her room. I imagine it dangling from a key for a cupboard or a wardrobe.

I diecut the quote and backed it with different coloured papers. Then I added a red frame all around before glueing it to a piece of thin cardboard. I used a heavy embroidery needle to add the red and white bakers twine.

Gorgeous Sizzix products that I have used:

The papers I have used are from  Prima Marketing ledger paper pad.  Buttons are by Lemoncraft.

Thanks for dropping by! Maybe you'll jump on the snailmail train yourself soon! :-)


Saturday, 20 September 2014

My vintage sewing machine cover

Hi everyone ! Do you remember I was working in a new project and I needed to finish  and I showed you here last summer ? Ok, finally it´s finished  and I looooooove it.
It´s incredible how tattered dies can be use  and how easy they are to enjoy in a quilting project.

I planned this cover for my loved Bernina some time ago. But as you know , some time projects have to wait for new ones. And this one waited  and waited and waited until at last I came back to it on summer.

Here it is the front of the cover with the lovely bird that I adore by Tim Holtz, so cute!!

And here it is the back. I can change the view when I want !!

My sewing accesories sewn before, like the very big  pincushion with the tuto , match perfectly as  it is my desire
If you want to see a video about how I did this quilting go to my post  Quilting leaves in my blog.

This cover has the size for a Bernina Aurora 440.  You must to take the size of your own machine.



Fabrics from your selection for the bird, leaves and flowers
White fabric for the three pannels:
       21"x 12"- 2 pieces 
       45.5 " x 9"- 1  long piece 
Batting ( Same pieces and sizes than the  white fabric )
Fusible web
Quilting thread matched with the fabrics
58 " bias 
piping or cord if you do it (two bias of 44" with piping)

First I started ironing  fusible web on the wrong side of the fabrics.
Then I cut with my old Big shot a lot of flowers, leaves and a bird.

Here it is how I  appliqued the flowers using my 20 foot and matching thread color with fabric.
I added the batting before as it is usual.

After quilting leaves I sew the three parts of the cover  and added a pipped edge around the cover. 
I did by myself  with a bought bias and some  cotton cord.
Finally I sew more bias at the botton of the cover and finished with hidden stitched by hand.

I have to say this is the most lovely machine cover for my Aurora!!

Hope you have a wonderful weekend!!!

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¡Hola a todo el mundo ! ¿ Recuedas que estaba trabajando en un proyecto que tenía que acabar y que te conté aquí  durante el verano ? Pues ya está terminado y me encanta.
Es incredible cómo me han servido los troqueles de las hojas, flores y pájaro que tanto me gusta de Tim Holtz.
La verdad es que ha tenido que esperar  porque como ya sabes , a veces otros proyectos caen en las manos.

En las fotos primeras  fotos puedes ver la parte delantera, con el pajarito , y la trasera. Cuando me canse puedo darle la vuelta y tener otra vista.

Mis accesorios de costura que he cosido antes, como el gran acerico que ya mostré en un tuto, coordina fenomenal , tal y como yo deseaba.
Si quieres ver cómo hice el acolchado sólo tienes que ir al artículo Acolchando en forma de hojas de mi blog y ver el vídeo que hice.

Esta funda tiene la medida para mi Bernina Aurora 440. Tú tienes que tomar la tuya de tu máquina .

Materiales :


Telas de tu elección para las hojas, flores y pájaro.
Tela blanca para el fondo de los tres paneles:
   53cm x 30cm - 2 piezas
   108 cm x 23cm- 1 pieza

Guata ( las mismas cantidades y medidas que la tela blanca ) 
Entretela de pegar con plancha
Hilo de acolchar del mismo color que las telas
Bies 147 cm 

Bies con cordón o cordón  y biés si lo quieres hacer tú ( 2 trozos de 112cm ya montado )

Primero empecé planchando  la entretela  por el revés sobre las telas que iba a  recortar .Después corté las flores, hojas y pájaro.
Las appliqué con un festón como ves en la foto con el mismo color de hilo que la tela. Antes coloqué la guata debajo como es habitual antes de empezar a aplicar y acolchar.
Hice el acolchado en forma de  hojas y cosí las tres partes colocando el biés con cordón por el borde lateral. Después añadí el biés inferior y lo rematé a mano.
Tengo que decir que es la funda más preciosa para mi Bernima.¡Me encanta !

Que tengas un maravilloso fin de semana

Friday, 19 September 2014

Romantic framed card

Hello everyone! Today is again my turn for sharing a Sizzix inspiration! This time it will be a card (again!). I'm in cardmaking mood recently, so I trying some new tools, dies, techniques, colors or tricks. My today's card is very feminine, sweet and romantic. 

Besides the (obvious) flowers, I wanted to keep my style, so I created a few 3D layers. I used fantastic dies from Framelits Die Set 6PK - Enchanted, starting from cut out the card shape and then a few next layers. I have not used all the dies from this set, but I encourage you to try out all the decorative frames in one project, I bet it will be a real layered masterpiece! In addition to the use dies in frames shapes, I decided to use one of my favorite and most versatile (in my humble opinion) motifs - butterflies. I just love the butterflies from the Thinlits Die Set 2PK - Winged Beauties, they are so beautiful and delicate - perfect match for projects in the romantic style!

Below you can see the close-up on an additional butterfly wing, this time from the Thinlits Die Set 2PK - Heavenly. Absolutely fantastic dies, that already had the opportunity to recommend to you earlier. On both sides of my card you can see the banner elements, glued horizontally. I cut them with a Bigz Die - Pennants. Definitely this is one of the most versatile sets - with its help you can create not only hanging banners but also just such a small decorative elements. 

Sizzix supplies used:

Thank you for visit us today! 
Have a lovely, creative weekend! 
~~ Karola ~~ 


Witajcie! Dziś znów moja kolej na inspiracje Sizzix, tym razem będzie to kartka (znów!). Jestem w kartkowym nastroju ostatnio, zatem staram się spróbować różnych nowych technik, rozwiązań, trików, kolorów i oczywiście narzędzi, a szczególnie - wykrojników. Moja dzisiejsza kartka jest bardzo kobieca, słodka i romantyczna. 

Postanowiłam, jak zwykle, stworzyć kilka przestrzennych warstw i tutaj pomocą posłużyły mi wykrojniki z zestawu: Framelits Die Set 6PK - Enchanted. Zaczęłam od największego, którym wycięłam fantazyjny kształt kartki oraz wzorzyste tło, następnie skorzystałam z kilku mniejszych wzorów z tego zestawu, aby stworzyć kolejne, "piętrowe" warstwy w mojej kartce. Nie wykorzystałam wszystkich wykrojników jakie kryje ten zestaw, ale Was gorąco do tego zachęcam, jestem pewna, że powstaną prawdziwe przestrzenne i warstwowe arcydzieła! Kolejne wykrojniki, które wykorzystałam to jedne z moich ulubionych, ponieważ ze zdecydowanie (w mojej skromnej opinii) najbardziej uniwersalnymi motywami - motylami. Thinlits Die Set 2PK - Winged Beauties - Fantastyczny zestaw, który już wcześniej miałam okazję Wam polecać. Po obu stronach kartki przykleiłam chorągiewki, które mogą być zarówno elementami wiszącej dekoracji, jak i takimi właśnie, niewielkimi elementami dekoracyjnymi, kiedy przykleimy je poziomo. Wytniecie je za pomocą wykrojnika Bigz Die - Pennants. Na koniec, do mojej warstwowej, kwiecistej i romantycznej kompozycji dodałam niewielki ale znaczący element - dodatkowe skrzydełko, wycięte wykrojnikiem z zestawu: Thinlits Die Set 2PK - Heavenly. I to wszystko - prawda, że nieskomplikowane?

Wykorzystane produkty Sizzix:

Dziękuję za dzisiejsze odwiedziny na naszym blogu!
Życzę Wam cudownego, kreatywnego weekendu!

~~ Karola ~~

Owl sweet Owl

Hello everyone! Anna here to share some fun owls with you using the Sizzix Owl Bag Bigz XL Die by Lori Whitlock.
I’ll be showing a cute owl gift basket. It's a really cute bag and I think this would look great in a Halloween theme or Christmas too.

cafe creativo - big shot sizzix - owl - gufo set cucito (1)
Since the die cut out more materials, I wanted to try use felt to create a sewing kit. A simple little stitching project for a beginner stitcher, or gift for a beginner!
cafe creativo - big shot sizzix - owl - gufo set cucito (2)
cafe creativo - big shot sizzix - owl - gufo set cucito (3)
Owl Bag
Items used:

patterned papers
ink pad
foam board tape
Die-cut an Owl Bag and its embellishments out of patterned papers. Emboss one scallop piece. Fold along the crease lines to assemble, layering materials and adhere (Instructions: Download PDF). Embellish with ribbon bow and twine.
cafe creativo - big shot sizzix - owl - gufo set cucito (4)
Owl sewing kit
Items used:

felt and thin felt
sewing machine and thread
Die-cut two Owl shape and its embellishments out of felt. To make the front: layering materials and sew or glue. To make the back: fold in middle a felt rectangle and sew. The felt pages are for needles and stuff. With your scissors in place, check the position of your Scissor Pocket. Sew front and back together in the bottom side. Embellish with ribbon bow and twine. If you want add a button to close.
I love how customizable this is, and you can use scrap that you already have. You can also use the owl shape on a card front or scrapbook page.
Thanks for stopping by. I hope you enjoyed my little project, perhaps it will provide some inspiration for one of you.
Per le amiche italiane! :)

Ciao a tutti! Anna è qui per condividere alcuni simpatici Gufetti realizzati grazie alla fustella “Sizzix Owl Bag Bigz XL Die” disegnata da Lori Whitlock.
Con questa fustella ho realizzato due cosine, perchè è sempre bello guardare le fustelle con occhi diversi: una simpatica scatolina regalo (scopo per cui è nata la fustella) e un kit cucito in feltro, il tutto a forma di gufo!
La scatolina è molto carina e credo che potrà essere usata da molte di voi per creare bomboniere o declinarla in tema Halloween o Natale. Vi ricordo, che essendo una fustella di tipo XL, necessita dei cutting pad più lunghi.
Poi, come vi dicevo, dal momento che la fustella di tipo Bigz taglia diversi materiali, ho voluto provare ad usare anche il feltro e la stoffa per creare un Kit da Cucito. Un piccolo semplice progetto di cucito, adatto anche ad una principiante od un regalo per una aspirante sartina! ;)
Per fare entrambi i progetti ho scelto di usare colori simili, così da farvi vedere le differenze tra i materiali e le potenzialità della fustella. Inoltre il kit cucito può essere riposto dentro la scatolina gufo, se la si vuole regalare, un'accoppiata perfetta! :)
Anche se dalle foto si intuisce, vi spiego comunque come ho fatto...
Scatolina gufetto

carta fantasia
inchiostro (per sporcare i bordi)
biadesivo spessorato
Fustellare una scatolina gufo e i suoi abbellimenti da carta fantasia. Embossare una delle strisce scallop per dare maggior varietà. Piegare lungo le linee di cordonatura per assemblare la scatolina e incollare. Sovraporre e incollare i vari pezzi sul fronte della scatola (istruzioni complete qui: Download PDF). Infine abbellire con un fiocco e due fiorellini.
Gufetto set cucito

feltro e pannolenci
stoffa fantasia
macchina da cucire e filo
Fustellare due forme grandi di Gufo con feltro spesso e le sue decorazioni con feltro sottile. Per fare il fronte: sovraporre e fissare i vari pezzi con cuciture o colla a caldo. Cucire parzialmente la sagoma gufo più piccola su quella grande, in modo da creare una taschina utile per riporre qualche materiale da cucito. Per fare il retro: piegare a metà un piccolo rettangolo di feltro e cucire. Le pagine di feltro così create, serviranno per riporre aghi e spille. Sistemando le forbicine, controllare la posizione dove fissare il nastro che le terrà ferme. Cucire il fronte con il retro lungo il lembo inferiore, creando così un libro-gufo di feltro. Abbellire il fronte con un fiocco e due fiorellini tagliati con la fustella. Se si desidera, aggiungere un bottone come chiusura.
Con questa fustella potete creare lavori come questi, personalizzati a piacere. Inoltre non è necessario avere tanti materiali, basta utilizzare gli avanzi, soprattutto per i dettagli.
Altri usi: provate ad utilizzare la sagoma del Gufo su di una card, un mini album o una pagina scrap ecc. ;)

Grazie per la visita. Spero vi sia piaciuto il mio progettino, forse potrà fornire qualche ispirazione a uno di voi ;)
Ci vediamo sempre qui fra due settimane.

Thursday, 18 September 2014

Any one for coffee?

 Yes that's right - the coffee table is finished and it's time to sit back and relax - and at least in North Wales it's a lovely mild afternoon with a pale blue sky - just right to sit back and enjoy.
To create the top I had a piece of hardboard cut to the inset size of the table. I marked a grid onto the hardboard and drilled holes for the thread for the buttons.
I covered the hardboard with 1" foam and then covered that with grey wool fabric, smoothing it out across the foam.
Using the Big Shot and Bigz die I cut 18 circles to use to cover buttons for the top.

It made covering the buttons even easier - especially as I used a 'self cover button tool'
Insert the fabric and the button top into the soft rubber holder, place the back over the button and press in with the rigid plastic tool - so easy -

I then stitched the buttons through the foam and the hardboard - tying the threads at the back to give some tension.
The edges of the grey fabric were laced together to hold in place.
It's then really simple to place the top into the top of the table - and now it's an attractive unique piece of furniture.

Now to plan some projects for Christmas!!!
Until next week have fun.

A love layout by Karine

Hi there!

Today let’s go for romanticism and colour to illustrate a nice picture taken by my friend Valérie from the Jolis Moments.

Supply list:

Papers: Jenni Bowlin Studio, Webster's Pages
Cardstock: American Crafts
Alphabets: American Crafts
Labels: Ephéméria
Stickers: American Crafts, My Mind's Eye, October Afternoon
Felt-tip pens: Stabilo Pen68
Spray ink: Tattered Angels
Masking Tape


658300 :Sizzix Big Shot Starter Kit
656545: Sizzix Bigz Die-Flower 3D
659752: Sizzix thinlits Die Set 3PK-Love

A simple page built with lots of cascading little details.

Here I used a Project Life card from the set “Life made simple-Amour” which is just perfect for my theme.
Cut out of white cardstock, it will be colorized with a turquoise blue spray ink.

The 3D pretty flower will be reworked the same way. While my dies dry, I had fun cutting out nice flower bouquets in a Webster’s Pages paper.

The various elements are glued to my background. I made some splashes with my Stabilo Pen68 felt-tip pens to add texture.

Add mini text stickers as a finishing touch.

My page is now done!

See you next Thursday!


Bonjour !

Aujourd'hui du romantisme et de la couleur pour illustrer une jolie photo prise par mon amie Valérie des Jolis Moments.

Matériel :

Papiers : Jenni Bowlin Studio, Webster's Pages
Cardstock : American Crafts
Alphabets : American Crafts
Etiquettes : Ephéméria
Stickers : American Crafts, My Mind's Eye, October Afternoon
Feutres : Stabilo Pen68
Encre en spray : Tattered Angels
Masking Tape

Dies :

658300 :Sizzix Big Shot Starter Kit
656545: Sizzix Bigz Die-Flower 3D
659752: Sizzix thinlits Die Set 3PK-Love

Une page toute simple composée en cascade avec plein de petits détails.

J'ai utilisé ici une carte Project Life des sets “Life made simple-Amour” juste parfaite pour ma thématique.
Découpée dans du papier blanc, celle-ci sera colorée avec une encre en spray turquoise.

La jolie fleur toute en relief sera travaillée de la même façon. Pendant que mes découpes sèchent je me suis amusée à découper des jolis bouquets de fleurs dans un imprimé Webster's Pages.

Les différents éléments sont ensuite collés à mon fond, les éclaboussures faites aux feutres Stabilo Pen68 ajoutent un peu de texture.

Complétez avec des mini stickers textes.

Ma page est maintenant terminée !

A jeudi !


Wednesday, 17 September 2014


I know I don't often feature Scrapbook layouts on this blog mainly due to time constraints, but I do love scrapbooking, especially as it is responsible for so many great products to play with and innumerable cool techniques to learn, all of which filters into my other crafty interests.

I was going to make a card with the magnificent Thinlits Die Set Winter Borders and Rosette designed by my good buddy Paula Pascual. this is one set from Paula's new Everyday Collection released this month, I implore you to check it out (if you love delicate butterflies then look no further!!!)

When I say I was going to make a card, I promised Barbara at a show in Manchester that I would do just that, however I couldn't resist doing a little layout, I hope you will forgive me?

Below you will see the die set mentioned previously, an 8" x 8" square of card (all the card is from the My Mind's Eye Lost & Found 3 Collection) and three photo's of my daughter Poppy taken in the heavy snow we had in the UK a couple of years back.

At this point I have no idea what I am going to do!

OK! I now have a rough plan/idea so I'm going to start by die cutting a circle from Kraft card using the largest Circle Framelits die. I have combined both sets of Circle Framelits and between them I have every size I need ( 657551 and 658604). After die-cutting the first circle I place the die which is the next sized down onto the die-cut circle slightly offset. I repeat this twice more until I have three thin kraft card rings. Next, I use a brayer to apply a thin layer of gesso.

I cut a rectangle of the pale blue dotty paper and trimmed away one edge using the snowflake border die. I applied some rows of faux stitching using a pattern makers wheel and a white gel pen before attaching all the separate elements to the layout together with a die-cut silver snowflake border.
From the same dotty card I cut two halves of the snowflake rosette and proceeded to lighten the tips by dry brushing with gesso. Next, I concertina folded the two halves before attaching end to end to form a crown before folding in toward the centre to create the rosette. I usually secure this at the rear with a piece of scrap card attached with a hot glue gun to get a solid bond. I next die-cut a deep blue circle, a silver snowflake and a deep blue border strip whose edges I gently sanded to add a little contrast.

I attached all the elements to the layout together with the photos and a rectangle of green patterned card which has been lightly distressed. I covered a piece of mount board with the deep blue card and used the Block Talk Lowercase Alphabet Die to cut the letters and printed the word 'Princess' onto the green card using my PC. I have a set of similar alphabet stamps which would work equally as well. After attaching the words to my layout I started to add a little bling in the form of assorted adhesive pearls and gems.

Finally, I die cut a circle from card and used it as a template around which I attached a row of clear adhesive gems using my trusty tweezers before removing the card circle.

Here is the finished article, lots of fun to do as always, I think the green really lifts it especially as I could use pearl gems of a similar colour. I love the way the circles give it a sense of movement. 

So many little time!

A little bit of crazy

Today I've gon crazy with colours, embossing and sequins but once in a while I think we all need a little bit of crazy.
I die cut the frame from the Thinlits Die Set 6PK - I Heart This and added some patterned paper behind the opening in the frame. The frame says "I {heart} this" and that didn't really fit with my card so I cut a fish tail banner for my main sentiment and added above the "I {heart} this".

Next up I stamped three different flowers from Framelits Die Set 5PK w/Stamps - English Garden in VersaMark and heat embossed them using different colours of embossing powder. I scattered the flowers in two corner of the frame and layered them on top of one another using foam adhesive.
The final touches to this playful card was some sequins, a smaller sentiment and a hand drawn line running around the entire background.
Supply list:
Sizzix Big Shot Starter Kit (Powder Blue & Teal)
Sizzix Accessory - Magnetic Platform for Wafer-Thin Dies
Thinlits Die Set 6PK - I Heart This
Framelits Die Set 5PK w/Stamps - English Garden
Patterned Paper (My Mind's Eye, Simple Stories)
Embossing powder (WOW)
Embossing tool
Stamps (Simon Says Stamp)

I dag har jeg et lidt tosset og farvestrålende kort til jer - nogle gange har man bare brug for lidt fis og ballade.
Jeg udstansede rammen fra Thinlits Die Set 6PK - I Heart This, og satte noget mønstret papir inde i rammen. Da die'en udstanser sætningen "I {heart} this", hvilket ikke passede til mit korts tema, valgte jeg at skære et banner ud, hvor jeg stemplede kortets primære hilsen på. Jeg satte dette banner henover "I {heart} this" delen af rammen.
Næste skridt var at stemple tre forskellige blomster fra Framelits Die Set 5PK w/Stamps - English Garden med VersaMark og derefter varmeembosse dem i forskellige farver af embossingpulver. Jeg spredte blomsterne i to hjørner af rammen.
De sidste skridt til at gøre dette legefulde kort færdigt var at tilføje pailetter, en mindre hilsen og en håndtegnet linje hele vejen rundt langs kortets baggrund.
Sizzix Big Shot Starter Kit (Powder Blue & Teal)
Sizzix Accessory - Magnetic Platform for Wafer-Thin Dies
Thinlits Die Set 6PK - I Heart This
Framelits Die Set 5PK w/Stamps - English Garden
Mønstret papier (My Mind's Eye, Simple Stories)
Embossingpulver (WOW)
Embossing tool
Stempler (Simon Says Stamp)