Wednesday, 17 September 2014

Flower frame

A few days ago I shared a post with some of the ways on how to layer the 6 petal flower from my new die set for Sizzix Intricate Flowers 2.

Today I am sharing the project I did using all of them.

I placed a couple of photos of my dear friend and also a die cut that spell happy from the Sizzix Thinlits Die Set 10PK - Phrase Cards.

Yes I went a bit crazy with all those flowers!

Although they look quite different, I only used one shape of the flowers.

The key, was layering them in different ways and colours.

Using patterned papers with tone on tone gave the flowers soft texture, but allowed me to die cut many at once.

It really makes me happy all those flowers!

Monday, 15 September 2014

New blog post for Sizzix: how to keep track of all your flower dies

Today i am sharing an idea on how to keep track of my flower dies that helps me crafting better by finding new ways to combine flower dies from different sets.

By the way, those on the photo are my new Intricate Flowers 2, a new set of dies for Sizzix EU.

Loads of different things you can do with this set, and also the matching (but perfectly stand alone as well) Flower cards.

Saturday, 13 September 2014

A few ways using of making paper flowers using the Intricate Flowers 2

Using just the 6 petals flowers from the new Intricate Flowers 2 I wanted to create different looks. So I die cut plenty of them in different colours.

Using the Sizzix Tool Kit mat and bigger ball tool, I shaped this flower from the top.  Then Layered on a flat one and added the stems - die included in the same set.

You can see that looks quite nice with the bottom showing through the top. On the right, I shaped that flower from the back to give that pillowy effect, but then press down on the centre from the front.

To create a peony/chrysanthemum sort of flower, die cut five larger flowers and two smaller sized ones. Using the Sizzix Tool Kit, I shaped the flower from the top. 

I really pressed strongly on the the centre. Then I did the same with the rest of the flowers and layered them.

I also die cut and shaped the stem dies that are included in the set. I used the small ones.

And here you have the full flower all layered up. Once I had the flowers I can use them straight away on a project, or keep them ready to add detail to a project.

Saturday, 6 September 2014

Butterflies homemade doily using die cut butterflies

A couple of days ago, I posted a project done with butterflies. Here you have another version.

I used the same elements but instead of a balloon I used one of the bowls. I spread the baseline on the inside and place the soaked butterflies on top. Once dried, they came off very easily and kept the shape of the bowl pretty well. Finally, I spray painted them.

This is what it looks like. Bellow, beside the larger butterfly bowl (tutorial here).

And here with a large tea light.

It fits beautifully, by pure chance, I did not plan it!

Anyway, i hope you will give this technique a try. It is fun, pretty cheap and effective results. What more can you ask for?

Thursday, 4 September 2014

Golden Butterflies - paper mache technique using a balloon

Today I am sharing a project that I have been wanting to do for a long time. It is based on a paper mache bowl project that i saw online. After watching the video, I thought it was a great idea that may work with die cuts. I tried with my new Intricate Butterfly dies and it work!

I used: 
  • a balloon, 
  • white glue, 
  • vaseline, 
  • a disposable bowl, 
  • a scoop to measure glue/water, 
  • water, 
  • paper, 
  • gold spray, and from 
  • Sizzix Big Shot 
  • Sizzix Intricate Butterflies
  • old newspapers

I mixed the white glue with water, about 1/2 ratio. This is not a fixed thing and you can make it more watery if you want. Then I spread a thin coat of vaseline over the ballon.

I die cut loads of butterflies using all three sizes from the intricate dies from the the Intricate Butterflies Thinlits set. Then dip them individually on the mix of glue and water so that they are completely covered.

I placed them carefully on the ballon, making sure that they all overlap, so that there is only a few free on the edges. And I let it dry overnight. Probably a few hours would have been enough, but I did not want to risk it.

Once it was completely dry, I pierced the balloon. Be careful as the whole thing tends to fly away. On the right you can see how it looks once the balloon is removed.

Finally I spray it all with gold spray, I used Krylon's 18KT gold plate, one of the best in my opinion but hard to get in the UK. I used another disposable bowl - a takeaway food container - to hold the butterflies in shape while spraying. Then I sprayed it also and trimmed the edge off to make a base for the butterflies.

 The finished result. I am so happy on how it looks.

And with the base looks nice too.

And you know what?

It also doubles up as a head piece. If I get invited to Ascot next year, I have my head gear sorted!

I loved this project so much that I did another version. But I will that for another day...

Monday, 1 September 2014

New blog post for Sizzix: First of my new collection!

Click here for my first project ( on the Sizzix blog using dies from my new collection of dies for Sizzix, my fourth release!

The collection is called Everyday Memories and you will be seeing more projects in the coming days in this blog!

Monday, 25 August 2014

Craft Asylum blog post: layout and card

This weeks blog post for Craft Asylum, a layout and a card using their latest collection Into the Woods is live now! Click here for the direct link.

Thursday, 21 August 2014

A trip to Rayher HQ

Late May I went to Rayher HQ (Lauphein, Germany) to demonstrate Sizzix, and just now I get a chance to blog about it. I had never been there before and it is always so exciting to go to new places and work with different companies that bring Sizzix to crafters all over Europe.

The day started early. Very early. Incredible early. At least for my standards. 5:15am pick up by the taxi. So I had to have Starbucks breakfast at the airport. On the plane I met Kay Halliwell-Sutton from IndigoBlu. We have known each other for years, but never quite had a proper conversation. As then I found out, germans don't speak as much English as I thought so it was nice to actually be with someone who speaks english.

As soon as we got to Rayher we were greeted by beautiful displays. I was in awe of the attention to detail in them. Beautiful displays for beautiful products and projects.

Some of those projects incorporated Quilling, but in a more modern and fresher way.

I quickly set up the table with the beautiful samples from Pete Hughes and Debi Potter. Plus some of mine too.

During the days I was there demonstrating I made some projects like the ones above or bellow.

And tried and tested different things. I loved showing european Sizzix retailers a few of my techniques like the paper patchwork.

Food was served in a tent, very nicely decorated with quite a few options for food.

This group? One of the highlights of the trip. They are from Croatia and with the Slovenians that came on the next day, they soon became some of my favourite people! 

And on the way back to the airport, we did some tourism. Not really, just that it was lovely to enjoy the landscape and buildings.

I really loved the landscape and I hope to really do some tourism in that area one day!

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