Tuesday, 28 May 2013

The Craft Barn Extravaganza!

This coming weekend, the 1st and 2nd of June, I will be demonstrating at The Craft Barn Extravaganza.
It is one of the best craft events in the South of England, and if you can come, you should definitely do it.
 The list of demonstrators is amazing as is every year! And all demos are free, no entry fee, free parking.
I will be there with my Sizzix dies!
All info here.

Thursday, 23 May 2013

Pop' n Cuts video

I found this little video tutorial using Karen Burniston Pop'n Cuts die system. Can't watch it myself, as I cant stand my accent in English (in my head I speak proper) but I hope it will help explain the system.

I love the way it works, so simple and easy to use. Personally I would only dare to make a pop up card using this fab system designed by an engineer that happens to love papercrafting, Karen Burniston.

The dies I used are:
657802 Sizzix Pop 'n Cuts XL Die Set - Card, Horizontal A2 w/Circle Label, 3-D (Pop-Up)
657788 Sizzix Sizzlits Die Set 3PK - Hello Set

And to see the full line of the Sizzix Karen Burniston Signature line, click here.

Saturday, 4 May 2013

Free Crafty Storage Download for Old Labels dies

You all know how much I love craft storage and organisation - Crafty Storage is testimony to that is there was ever one! 

In any case, I wanted to do some labels that had that older look for those boxes that I have that do not have a metal label holder, so I decided to make my own using the Sizzix Old Labels dies set from my Everyday collection.

And as I like to share, I have uploaded the pdf of the labels click bellow. 
The one on the left has the names of the stuff and the other one is empty so that you can write your own.

You can download them for free.

You will need to print at 100%, borderless and with no expansion! 
And remember that is free for personal use. Any other use contact me!

PS: if you cant download it, just let me know.

I like to print it in matt card 170 gsm as my printer struggles with anything thicker than that.

I place the die on top of one of the printed labels and secure it with a low tack tape.

You can see I did cut quite a few. I love seeing all those die cuts together!

 Then I used the larger die from the same set Sizzix Old Labels dies and cut two at once using thin mirri card.

Then I use the bookplate embossing folder to emboss the edge, depending which side it is facing up. To make sure it doesn't move I used low tack tape. Yes, I use low tack tape a lot!

You can see the slight difference of the different way the emboss pattern goes.

But they both look good to me once layered, so I guess it doesn't matter that much which way you emboss the mirri card.

You can see above without the silver outliner and bellow with it. Also, I really like how it looks well with proper metal ones bellow. 

Anyway, I hope you like the labels.

Friday, 3 May 2013

Framelits Circles

I love charts and diagrams. They truly help me to find easily the right size dies and circle dies are the ones I used the most - is there any instance where you can not use a circle? is a no brainer to make a one chart with all the Framelit Circles available from Sizzix.

Sizzix Framelits Circles, Circles #2 and Circle Wrappers have all nesting circles, but none of them have repeated sizes. 

And bellow in cm:

As you can see no repetead sizes. 

Feel free to download these images if that help you out.

Wednesday, 1 May 2013

A fancy Wrap and Fancy Charm tutorial - part 2 of 2

So, this is another quick tutorial on how to make a background using any of the Square Fancy Charms  - Sizzix Framelits Charmas, Fancy. Part one is here.

I started by die cutting loads of Fancy square charms using the same die ut different papers. Here I am using Bo Bunny Double Dot, one of my favourite papers to die cut. I placed them together and moved them around until I was happy with colour distribution.

Once I was happy, I turn them down one by one. Remember that it will be mirrored. And then I made sure that I aligned them properly with the craft mat's lines.

I placed foam pads on the back with the backing already removed.

This way, they did not move at all once they had the foam pad.

I took my 6 x 6" card and with the scored line on the right, I gently placed it over the die cuts.

Again, I used the lines of the craft mat to make sure the card was straight.

I pressed gently all over the card and then lift it. This is what it looked like. As you can see there are empty areas and over flown areas.

I first trimmed the bits that overflow by turning the card over and using strong non stick scissors as some areas will have the foam pads.

Then I used the left overs to cover the empty gaps.

Once the card wall filled I added a flower from the intricate flowers.

But you could use this background for far more elaborate work!

I hope you liked it.
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