Wednesday, 30 April 2014

Ahoy shipmates!

It's almost impossible to even read the title of this blog without effecting a cod Hollywood Cornish accent in a 'Long John Silver' Style  with it's accompanying facial contortions and for that I apologise.

Everywhere you look on the high street these days whether it be fashion, home décor, gift wrap Kids clothes the nautical theme is everywhere. I wanted to pay homage to that using my trusty Framelits circle dies and a couple of products from Tim Holtz' May releases.

For the record the dies/folders used are:
I started by embossing two rectangles of Kraft card using the woodgrain folder, next I cut them into strips (or planks if you prefer?) of varying length and width. I coloured the planks using pale green acrylic, I used a dry brush technique allowing the base colour to show through. 
Once dry, I used a brayer to apply magnolia emulsion and yes folks, that is a match pot paint sample from a DIY shop in the background, handy stuff and very cost effective too. 
Finally, to add a little weathered effect I watered down some brown acrylic and gently splattered the paint onto the planks.

If you have never used acrylic paints then a great place to start is with Tim Holtz' Disterss Paint daubers, they are a fabulous range of colours and really easy to use.

Next, I needed a Lifebuoy so I turned to my old faithful Framelits Circles and placed them face up onto my cutting mat placed over my magnetic platform which is a brilliant piece of kit if you need to get perfect registration with your wafer thin dies. I cut through two layers of kraft card at the same time ensuring I got two identical rings.

I used my brayer to thinly apply the magnolia emulsion allowing the base colour to show through slightly. I then used the same technique to apply red acrylic closely followed by orange. 

The great thing about these techniques is that they are completely random and always look great even if you have little experience you will get great results every time.

Once dry, I cut the red/orange ring in quarters attaching two of them to the white ring. Next I wrapped a length of hemp string four times around the ring where the red and white quarters meet and repeated at each junction . Finally, I attached another length of string to the rear with my glue gun.

I attached the planks to an ivory base card (17 x 13cm) using double sided tape and 3D foam pads as shown below.

Firstly, I have to say how much I LOVE this alphabet die, it's hitting the shops as we speak so get them while they're hot! I die cut the letters from kraft card and coloured them with the brayer using the magnolia acrylic in a really thin layer. I darkened the edges using the Walnut Stain Distress Ink pad applied with a foam blending tool and attached them to the base card using tiny pieces of 3D foam pad.
Here is the finished card, you can almost smell the sea!

I love using the wood texture folders in this way, and it's just one of many ways of getting the best from your embossing folders, a theme which I'm sure I will be returning to time and again!

Butterfly Birthday Wishes

This week I have a birthday card in cool pastel colours and with a butterfly as the center piece to share with you. I used one of the embossing folders from Sizzix Textured Impressions Embossing Folders 2PK - Swirls, Butterflies & Dragonflies Set to give the background dimension and texture.

1. I die cut a sliver of green cardstock using Sizzix Framelits Die Set 6PK - Squares, Scallop because I wanted to use it as a scallopped border on the card.
2. Using one of the dies that come with the Sizzix Big Shot Starter Kit I die cut two butterflies: One in a solid cardstock the other in a coordinating patterned paper.
3. I stacked the two butterflies on top of one another with the cardstock one in the buttom. I only glued them together in the middle which makes it possible for the wings of the patterned one to be lifted somewhat.
Once I assembled the card I added the scallopped border under the sentiment of the card. It was also embellished with a strip of glitter tape.

Lastly, I wanted to show how the wings of the patterned butterfly has been lifted from the page to make it look like the butterfly is "flying" and to make the cardstock butterfly look like a shadow.
Supply list:
Patterned paper
Glitter tape from American Crafts
Stamp: Papertrey Ink
Ink: Papertrey Ink and Memento


Ugens projekt fra min hånd er et kort i kølige pasteller og med en sommerfugl som hovedmotivet. Jeg brugte en af embossingfolderne fra Sizzix Textured Impressions Embossing Folders 2PK - Swirls, Butterflies & Dragonflies Set til at give baggrunden dimension og struktur.
1. Vha. Sizzix Framelits Die Set 6PK - Squares, Scallop kunne jeg udstanse en strimmel grønt karton, som jeg ville bruge som en kant på mit kort.
2. Med af af de dies, der følger med Sizzix Big Shot Starter Kit udstansede jeg to sommerfugle: En i ensfarvet karton og en i matchende mønsterpapir.
3. Jeg limede de to sommerfugle sammen med kun på den miderste del, således at vingerne på den mønstrede sommerfugl kan løftes lidt op.
Da jeg samlede kortet brugte jeg ud grønne kant samt lidt glittertape til at dekorere kortets titel med.
Som det kan ses på det sidste foto, løftede jeg den mønstrede sommerfugls vinger, så det ser ud som om den er ved at lette fra kortet - og så den ensfarvede kommer til at ligne en skygge.
Glittertape fra American Crafts
Stempler: Papertrey Ink
Sværte: Papertrey Ink og Memento

Butterfly card

Hello to everyone:) Here is my new card I have done. I always save every little pieces of papers because I love to use them in my cards, so in this card.

Items used: 
Sizzix Big Shot Starter Kit 658300

Supply list:
Papers Pion Design - A Day in May, Distress Ink - Walnut Stain, sewing machine, cardboard, double sided tape, distressing tool

How to do:
Cut the backgroundpaper to size 12 cm × 16,5 cm and the other paper a little bit smaller. Distress all the edges with distressing tool ( I have used scissors) and add Distress Ink - Walnut Stain. Sew all the edges using sewing machine.
Search paper pieces wich are same toned than your backgroundpaper and fit them together  to your card. Cut the leaves using Sizzix Bigz Die - Tattered Leaves 656927 and two butterflies using Sizzix Big Shot Starter Kit 658300.  Glue the butterflies together and set all these to your card. Finally set the card to the cardboard

Thanks for stopping by,

Moi, tänään uusi kortti jonka olen tehnyt. Laitan talteen kaikki pienetkin paperinpalaset koska tykkään käyttää niitä korteissani, kuten tässäkin.

 Sizzix Big Shot Starter Kit 658300

Paperit; Pion Design - A Day in May, Distress Ink - Walnut Stain, ompelukone, kartonkia, kaksipuoleinen teippi, paperinressaustyökalu, kartonkia korttipohjaan.

Kuinka teert tämän kortin:
Leikkaa taustapaeri kokoon 12 cm × 16,5 cm ja toinen paperi hieman pienemmäksi. Ressaa kaikki reunat (minä käytän saksia) ja levitä niihin Distress Ink mustetta Walnut Stain. Ompele kaikki reunat ompelukoneella.
Etsi taustapaperin kanssa yhteensopivia paperinpalasia ja sommittele ne taustapaperille. Stanssaa lehdet käyttämällä Sizzix Bigz Die - Tattered Leaves 656927 ja kaksi perhosta käyttämällä Sizzix Big Shot Starter Kit 658300. Liimaa perhoset toisiinsa kiinni ja sommittele nyt nämä korttiisi. Lopuksi kiinnitä korttipohjaan.

Mukavaa keskiviikkoa,

Tuesday, 29 April 2014

It's your day album

   Hi everyone
I hope you all had a great week, today i will show you a album using Sizzix Vintage Cabinet Card

Items used:
Supply list:
Paper: 7dots studio-Nature walk 6x6 , Studiolight-shabby chic
ink: distress ink.vintage photo-Archival ink -jet black-
Stamp: Kaisercraft- birthday- clear stamp
Thanks for stopping by, wish you a lovely week
Hej alle
Jeg håber du har haft en dejlig uge, i dag vil jeg vise et album med sider lavet af Sizzix bigz die Vintage Cabinet Card
Sizzix die jeg har brugt:
Andre materialer:
Papir: 7dots studio-Nature walk 6x6 , Studiolight-shabby chic
ink: distress ink.vintage photo-Archival ink -jet black-
Stempler: Kaisercraft- birthday- clear stamp
Tak fordi du kiggede forbi, ønsker dig en dejlig uge

Let Your Light Shine Through...

Hi everyone...hope you all had a great I have a card to show you.

Supply list:
657900 Sizzix Big Shot machine
658073 Sizzix Sizzlits Decorative Strip Die - Card Edges, Flower Vines
658222 Sizzix Originals Die - Frame, Ornate #2
659573 Sizzix Sizzlits Decorative Strip Die - Spring Greenery   

Papers: Pion Design - A Day in May, Bazzill
Stamps: Lili of the Valley
Inks: Distress ink Pad - Pumice Stone, Memento - Rich Cocoa, Distress Paint - Picket Fence
Other: Glue N'Seal - Matte, Fran Tàge - Shabby White, cheese cloth, Flower - Wild Orchid Crafts

How to do:
Die cut borders in cardstock with Sizzix Sizzlits Decorative Strip Die - Card Edges, Flower Vines
Glue borders and cheese cloth with Glue N'Seal - Matte on patterned paper. Let it dry.
Die cut frame in chipboard with Sizzix Originals Die - Frame, Ornate #2
Paint the frame with  Distress Paint - Picket Fence and emboss it with Fran Tàge - Shabby White.
Glue patterned paper to main card. Glue the fram in front with 3D foam. Add a bow and a flower.

Inside the card

Thanks for stopping by ♥
Anne Kristine


Heisann...håper du har hatt en fin uke...i dag har jeg et kort å vise deg.

657900 Sizzix Big Shot machine
658073 Sizzix Sizzlits Decorative Strip Die - Card Edges, Flower Vines
658222 Sizzix Originals Die - Frame, Ornate #2
659573 Sizzix Sizzlits Decorative Strip Die - Spring Greenery   

Papir: Pion Design - A Day in May, Bazzill
Stempler: Lili of the Valley
Inks: Distress ink Pad - Pumice Stone, Memento - Rich Cocoa, Distress Paint - Picket Fence
Annet: Glue N'Seal - Matte, Fran Tàge - Shabby White, osteklut, blomst - Wild Orchid Crafts

Stans ut border i kartong med Sizzix Sizzlits Decorative Strip Die - Card Edges, Flower Vines
Lim border og osteklut med Glue N'Seal - Matte på mønsterark. La det tørke.
Stans ut ramme i chipboard med Sizzix Originals Die - Frame, Ornate #2
Mal rammen med  Distress Paint - Picket Fence og emboss med Fran Tàge - Shabby White.
Lim panel til hovedkortet. Lim rammen i front med 3D puter. Lim på en sløyfe og blomst.
Takk for at du stikker innom her ♥
Anne Kristine

Monday, 28 April 2014

Today I am sharing a fresh table decor using a dry branch from my garden and the Big Shot Starter Kit.

First I die cut several Hearts and Circles using chipboard and the Bigz die included in the Starter kit. Then I die cut the same shapes out patterned of paper. I used the RSVP collection from Basic Grey. 
I attached die cut papers to either side of the chipboards shapes. Usually I die cut the chipboard with the patterned paper already attached, but as I wasn't sure what papers I wanted for each shape, I decided to do afterwards.

 I then made a hole on the top of the shapes. I used large jump rings and attach them to each shape.

In some cases, I linked two of them in some cases and in others just the one.  Finally I used a hot glue gun to attach other shapes directly on to the branch.

I put the branch on a glass jar filled with sand. That is the finished project, I hope you like it!

Prairie from Dashwood

 Have you seen this new line of fabric from Dashwood Studios?

Prairie is by Rebecca Stoner and it's a gorgeous collection of colours and prints - designed by a British designer for a British company, which is always something to champion, isn't it?

You can find Prairie at many online retailers, including Fabric HQ

I think I'm going to make a triangle cushion using this die,I think it'll look fab, don't you?

Sunday, 27 April 2014

Bente's Sunday layout using the Tattered florals die.

Hi, I am happy to be back here on the blog this lovely Sunday to share one of my latest projects. 
I was lucky to get the beautiful Bigz die 'Tattered florals' by Tim Holtz to play with and as you can see I did just that. I could hardly stop making those  shabby looking beauties :-)

 When you start diecutting the different layers there is no rule for how many layers you add. Depending on the size you cut the flower will look different. It is really versatile. These flowers are the very first I made so you see anyone can make them,....

 I found it's a good idea to add pop dots between some of the layers to get the flowers more 'natural' looking. You can of course easily choose to bend and shape the petals with your hands. I, however, discovered an awesome tool for making flowers that now I would not manage to be without.
 It's the 'Susan's Garden Tool Kit' and it is really awesome. There is a link for it below in the list of products used. If you like to make your own flowers you should definitely try these tools.
I found out how to use them from some great movies on YouTube with Susan Tierney Cockburn.

For the diamond shaped bits peeking out here and there I used one of the new framework dies, lattice.
This time I decided to use the patterned side of the paper so the diecut would be a little less conspicious. HERE you can see it used with a solid colour .

Sizzix products used on this page:

Other products:
Scraps of Elegance April kit
Papers Glitz 'All Dolled Up', Bo Bunny 'Primrose',
Flowers Prima, Petaloo,Metal frame Maya Road,
leaves and daisies from my stash.


Hejsan! Vad roligt att vara tillbaka här på bloggen för att visa er min senaste sida!
Jag hade turen att få diesen 'Tattered Florals' skickat till mig och helt ärligt kunde jag knappt lägga den ifrån mig.

Det finns inget bestämt antal av blomlager som du behöver. 
Det är upp till dig och hur du vill ha din blomma. Om du inte vill ha en stor blomma så trycker du bara ut de mindre blomdelarna. Jag gjorde både små och stora blommor till min sida.

Jag tycker att det är en god ide att lägga limkuddar mellan några av lagren så blomman
kommer lite mera 'upp'. Den blir lite bulligare och mera naturlig då.
Det går såklart ganska lätt att böja och forma blommorna med fingrarna. Jag har dock ett hett tips!
Jag upptäckte några fantastiska verktyg för att göra egna blommor som heter 'Susan's garden tool kit'. Jag vill verkligen tipsa er om dessa. Nu när jag har dom hade jag inte klarat mig utan!
Det finns en länk till verktygen i produktlistan och om du gillar handgjorda blommor rekommenderar jag att ni kollar dom :-) Själv lärde jag mig använda verktygen genom att titta på en film på YouTube med damen som kommit på detta; Susan Tierney Cockburn.

För de diamantmönstret som sticker fram här och där i bakgrunden har jag använt en av de nya framework diesen kallat 'Trellies'. Jag använde den mönstrade sidan av pappret nu för att få ett lite mjukare uttryck. HÄR kan du se diesen brukt med ett mörkt papper, något som ger större kontrast.

Sizzix produkter brukt her:

Andre produkter:
Scraps of Elegance April kit
Papper Glitz 'All Dolled Up', Bo Bunny 'Primrose',
Blommor Prima, Petaloo,Metal frame Maya Road,
löv and andre blomster fra mina gömmor.


Saturday, 26 April 2014

Two cards

Hello all!

Today I would like to share with you my new cards. They are quite different but I was so much inspired by Sizzix dies that just couldn't stop))


Here are the dies I used:

658300 Sizzix Big Shot Starter Kit (Powder Blue & Teal) 

Have a nice day!


A very big vintage pincushion

Spring is coming again  to my sewing  room and  I have  given a new opportunity to the Primitive Heart Die as I used in my last post , the fabric cover for my patchwork folder where I have all my Sizzix projects.

This time I have done a very big pincushion that is colorful and full of vintage air  with this print of Lecien that I love.

Supply List :

Flower Sugar fabric by Lecien ( white background with little roses and red with dots):
Two circles of each one ( 9.5 " diameter ). I used an usual big plate for template. Give 1/2 " seam around
White fabric for the middle sized hearts
31" embroidered strip
55" perle thread
Two buttons
fusible web

Take a look and let the pictures talk by themselves.
I used the same method that I told you here to do the fabric heart using the die, be careful to center the rose in the heart if you are going to use the same fabric. Fusible web is on the back .
I used the middle size heart this time.
I tried to centre  the five hearts around the big  rose in the middle of the big circle  and sew around two times doing the applique.

When you have done the round pincushion , fit with stuff and finish sewing by hand.
Now start down with the perle thread in the needle  and go up through inside the pincushion until you go face up. Turn round and go down again. Repeat for four time more and it will be a thread between each heart.
Finish with a button up and down.
Now I can enjoy a nice pincushion  matching with my patchwork folder.
You can want to change the size of your pincushion if you want , using the smaller hearts or the biggest.

Hope you have a wonderful weekend!!!

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De nuevo la primavera llega a mi habitación de costura. Le he vuelto a dar una nueva oportunidad al troquel de corazones que usé en mi ultimo artículo, la funda en tela para mi archivador donde tengo todos los proyectos de Sizzix. Esta vez he hecho un acerico grande  , alegre y con cierto aire vintage gracias a las telas y a la tira bordada que hay alrededor. 


 656335   Sizzix Bigz Die - Hearts, Primitive

 Tela Flower Sugar de Lecien ( fondo blanco con rosa pequeña y roja con lunares):
Dos círculos de cada una ( diámetro de 24 cm) Usé un plato llano grande como plantilla.Añade medio cm de costura.
Tela de fondo blanca para los corazones
80 cm de tira bordada
1.40 cm de hilo perlé grueso
Guata para relleno
Dos botones
Entretela de doble cara para pegar con plancha.  

Echa un vistazo y deja que la fotos hablen por sí solas.
Utilicé el mismo método que te conté aquí para cortar los corazones con la troqueladora colocando la entretela por el revés.Ten cuidado y centra  las rosas si usas la misma tela .Intenté centar los cinco corazones alrededor de la rosa grande que había en el círculo de tela roja. Hice el aplicado cosiendo dos veces cada uno. Cuando hayas acabado de coser el acerico  del revés , con la tira bordada por alrededor, dale la vuelta , rellena y remata a mano y plancha. Luego haz la separaciones usando el hilo de perlé . Empieza desde abajo ,  en el centro , atravesando el acerico relleno con la aguja e hilo y sube hacia arriba. Rodea , entre cada uno de los corazones y vuelve a repetir hasta que hayas completado las cinco veces. Remata y cose un botón arriba y abajo. Yo aproveché lo que me quedó del mismo hilo de perlé. Ahora ya tengo un bonito acerico grande que hace juego con mi carpeta.Puedes variar el tamaño si quieres,usando el corazón más pequeño o más grande.

Que tengas un maravilloso fin de semana