Friday, 23 May 2014

Taller Scrapbooking en Zaragoza el 18 de junio mini album

Que ilusión hacer este anuncio! Por primera vez dare un taller de scrapbooking - mini album - en Zaragoza, mi ciudad natal! 

Este es el proyecto que haremos, un mini lleno de troqueles y diferentes técnicas.

Sera el 18 de junio a las 5 de la tarde en La Factoria Limonera. 

Thursday, 22 May 2014

A Letterpress workshop at Turnbull Grey

One of the best things that working in the papercraft industry has brought to me is getting to meet and become close friends with Julie Hickey. Julie, if you don't know, is one of the nicest and most helpful people around. 

Una de las mejores cosas que me ha traído trabajar en las manualidades del papel ha sido conocer a Julie Hickey, que es una profesional como la copa de un pino ademas de ser una persona excepcional, muy generosa y me ha ayudado muchísimo.

As my birthday present Julie invited me to attend a Letterpress workshop in London at Turnbull Grey (Craft Central, Clekernwell). We were lucky it was very sunny day, London is even more gorgeous with some sunshine. 

Julie me invito a asistir a un taller de Letterpress monotipo en Londres en Turnbull Grey (Craft Central, Clekernwell). Tuvimos suerte e hizo un día soleado, Londres es mucho mas bonito con un poquito de sol. 

The morning started with an abbreviated history of monotype and press by Turnbull Grey's Chris and Angela. I love their workshop. And do you see that beautiful drawer unit? For once it is full of what it was intended to be full with: type.

La mañana empezó con una pequeña historia sobre la imprenta y monotipo que nos dieron Chris y Angela, los que nos impartieron los talleres. Me encanto el pequeño estudio. Y claro me enamore de esos cajones que por una vez si estaba llena para lo que fue construida: tipos.

First we did the single letters print on the press machine. As a shortie (5' or there abouts) I had difficulty in making it work. But everyone else did fine. They are taller!

Lo primero que hicimos fue una impresión pequeña usando la prensa pequeña. Como soy muy bajita tuve dificultad en usarla, pero el resto no. Claro, como son altos!

Then we moved on to the hand operated roller press to create the poster. Julie wanted All you need is Love for her poster in two colours. So, Julie did first her All You need in grey.

A continuación, empezamos a trabajar con la prensa manual para crear el poster. Julie quiso hacer su poster en dos colores así que empezó con un gris para su ALL YOU NEED IS...

And then Chris helped her to create a beautiful pink. 

Y luego Chris le ayudo a crear un rosa para el LOVE.

I decided also on LOVE, but mine Love is Kind, was inspired on the Corinthians 13:4 verse: Love is patient, love is kind.
After debating for a long time which types I would use for each part, I settled on these ones which were quite different on what I had in mind. Caps and bold was the way to go I was told, so I listened. The spacing was less challenging that I thought.

Yo también quise hacer mi poster con LOVE, pero en mi caso es una cita inspirada en un verso de la Biblia. El amor es paciente, el amor es bondadoso-amable. 
Después de debatirme un largo rato sobre que tipos usaría para las palabras me decidí por esta combinación. Los expertos me dijeron que mayúsculas y letras marcadas quedaban mejor así que seguí el consejo. conseguir los espacios entre las letras fue mas fácil de lo que me esperaba.

And these are the results. I was elated with the results. I honestly did not expect it to be so happy with the poster.

Y este es el resultado. Cuando vi la primera impresión me sorprendió lo bien que había quedado. Honestamente no me esperaba que quedara tan bien.

Matthew, Julie's older son came with us as well and his poster was really good, very gentlemen's club in style. The three of us were very happy with the results and with the fun day we had. 

Matthew, el hijo mayor de Julie, asistió también al taller con nosotras. Su poster quedo super bien, muy Gentlemen's club en estilo. Los tres nos quedamos muy contentos con nuestros posters y con la experiencia. 

This is my poster at home, by the stairs, besides Omar's B&W photos. I love it and it is a good reminder to be kind.
Thank you very much Chris and Angela for teaching us and to Julie for the invitation!

Y este es el poster en mi casa, en las escaleras al lado de fotos de Omar en blanco y negro. Me encanta como queda y es un buen recordatorio de lo que es el amor.
Muchas gracias a Chris y Angela por lo que nos enseñaron y a Julie por invitarme!

Monday, 19 May 2014

Family Birthday's - Mum birthday card

I have been itching to create a card using some of my newest clear stamp sets. So I grabbed a few things that I have been hoarding for a good occasion, namely The Hobby House Pearl Strings and Basic Grey Hey You papers.

The stamp set chosen was Large Family Birthday which is really useful as you get all the names of relations and Birthday messages.

When I name a set of clear stamps Large it refers that the size of the circle is going to be perfect for a 2" circle punch or die. 
On the left, the die is this one Sizzix Framelits Circles and on the right you have a Fiskars 2" handheld punch, but any 2" circle punch will work. Either way, punch or framelit dies works really well. 
I don't recommend other type of wafer thin dies as they usually have the blade in the middle, making it difficult to centre the die perfectly and leaving residual embossing - ie even if you dont want any, it will leave a mark.

I took another coloured ink to stamp MUM and a grey ink to stamp DEAR from the same set.

I used the dots from the Congratulations Messages and stamped them with a second impression of the Smokey grey pad. Second impression means that I stamped first on to a different paper and without reinking and stamped n the desired paper, this creates a much lighter
And then I went to town with the The Hobby House Pearl Strings, they are so lovely that even if you put loads still looks classy - I think so anyway!

This is the final card with three wooden hearts from Art Cuts. Simple but hopefully effective.



  • 2"
  • 2 1/4" 
  • 2 1/2" scallop


Inks: Versafine Spanish Moss, Smokey Grey | Archival Maroon

Friday, 16 May 2014

Creativa Barcelona Spring Edition - part 2

So my adventures in Barcelona continued...

Mis aventuras en Barcelona continuaron...

Saturday morning I had the chance to visit 100x100 Manualidades I am back there on the 21st of June teaching two workshops on die cutting.

El sábado por la mañana aproveche un rato para ir a 100x100 Manualidades. El 21 de junio volveré a 100x100 Manualidades Barcelona para dar dos talleres - dos mini albums distintos, como siempre llenos de técnicas de troquelado.

I really liked the shop. Its full of great and new products as well as classics that should not be without.

Me encanto la tienda. Llena de productos preciosos y novedosos así como los clásicos que no deben faltar en una tienda.

After the visit to the shop, I went to Elena Roche's talk about her job as a freelance scrapper. She is super nice and talented and focus. An inspiration.

Después de la visita a la tienda, asistí a la charla de Elena Roche sobre su vida profesional como scrapera. Es estupenda, con mucho talento y dedicación. Toda una inspiración.

After Elena's talk, we had a round table about Scrap with Frederic Dorion de Aladine e Isabel García de Dayka (a spanish company of home decor and scrapbooking).

Después de la charla de Elena, participamos en una mesa redonda sobre las tendencias del Scrap, junto a Frederic Dorion de Aladine e Isabel García de Dayka - una compañía española de decoración y scrap.

I have enjoyed my days in Barcelona and I cant wait till I am back, which is good since I am going back to teach in a months time, first to Salamanca and then again to Barcelona.

Me lo he pasado genial y me he quedado con ganas de mas, lo que es ideal ya que vuelvo a España para dar mas talleres dentro de un mes, primero a Salamanca - el 14 de junio - y luego a Barcelona - el 21 de junio.

Thursday, 15 May 2014

Creativa Barcelona - Talleres, scrap y amigos - Workshops, Scrap and friends

The last few weeks have been a bit manic because of personal and work trips, in a month I only have been home for fourteen days and four of  them I have had my parents at home. And the next weeks are more of the same. But I am not complaining. I love to travel and I love my job, though I miss home routines somedays.

Las últimas semanas han sido un ir y venir por razones personales y profesionales. Desde el miércoles santo (16 de Abril) hasta hoy (15 de mayo) he pasado solo en casa 14 días en casa, y cuatro de ellos con vistas (mis padres) en casa. Y las próximas semanas son mas de lo mismo. Pero no me quejo. Me encanta viajar y me encanta mi trabajo, pero echo de menos la rutina de casa.

Last week I was in Creativa Barcelona given my first workshops in Spain. I love the Creativa shows, they are well organised and beautifully displayed.

La semana pasada estuve en Barcelona dando mis primeros talleres de scrap en España. Los hice en Creativa Barcelona (La Farga de Llobregat). Me gustan mucho como estan organizados los Craft Shows en España, con mucho espacio y todo muy cuidado.

The project I taught was a mini album full with die cutting techniques.

El proyecto de los talleres era crear un mini album con un montón de técnicas de troquelado.

Here I am with the girls that came on thursday morning. I enjoyed their company and teaching them so much. And they all finished it.

Aquí estoy con las chicas del jueves por la mañana. Disfrute un montón, y todas acabaron el proyecto.

And with MariCarmen who came to the Thursday afternoon workshop. I really enjoyed the workshops.

Y con MariCarmen de por la tarde. Que bien me lo pase con los talleres. 

It always makes me happy to see Paperartsy on the stand of Natural Scrap. And the stand of Cromatismes? I love it. Aurea has such a good taste and her layouts are wonderful.

Me encantó encontrarme con productos de Paperartsy en el stand de Natural Scrap. Y el stand de Cromatismes? Una preciosidad. Aurea tiene un gusto estupendo y sus LO son una maravilla.

Friday was so much fun. After a fun workshop, I met for lunch with Anam Stubbington, and old scrap friend who is living in Barcelona.

El viernes fue fantástico, comí con Anam Stubbington, una de mis amigas del scrap desde hace años. 

After lunch there was a crop/ scrap meeting with Elena Roche with the colaboration of Azza and Aladine. It was so much fun!

Y luego participe junto a Elena Roche en una crop encuentro de scrap de la mano de Carolina de Azza y Aladine. Fue super divertido.

For dinner  Quim Diaz, Elena and myself went for tapas. to central Barcelona 

Después de la crop, Quim Diaz, Elena y yo nos fuimos de tapas por Barcelona.

Tapas. Glorious Tapas.

Barcelona is pretty at night too even more because of the company.

Y Barcelona preciosa de noche y mas en compañía de amigos. 

Tuesday, 13 May 2014

1000 posts

I dint think it would have been possible to me to find things to say or photograph, but I have. Who knows how many more...

Saturday, 10 May 2014

Introducing: Congratulations Messages | Clear stamps for Personal impressions | CICSA6146

The last one of my new clear stamps sets for Personal Impressions, Congratulations Messages.

It is designed to be mixed and matched with the different elements on the set. Includes the little dots background which I find very helpful.

Congratulations Messages

At the minute it is avaible from:

And any Personal Impressions stockists should be able to get hold of it for you.

Friday, 9 May 2014

Introducing: Paula Pascual Clear Stamps | Large All Year Round Messages | CISCA6144

Another new set of clear stamps for Personal Impressions. Large All Year Round Messages

This one is based on one of my most popular sets, All Year Round. This one is larger with the large circle measuring just under 2" perfect to fit in any circle tool of that size.

As the previous one, it can be built to say many useful greetings through the year, including: Christmas, Easter, New Year, Father's Day...

At the minute it is available online from:

Craftie Charlie

And any Personal Impressions stockists should be able to get hold of it for you.

Thursday, 8 May 2014

Viernes 9 de mayo y Sabado 10 en Creativa Barcelona

Este viernes (9 de mayo) por la tarde estaré en Creativa en la Crop y el sábado participare en la mesa redonda.

Que ilusión!

Y por supuesto el jueves y viernes doy los talleres.

Wednesday, 7 May 2014

Introducing: Large Family Birthday Clear Stamps | Personal impressions CICSA6142

Another new set:

I have been asked in the past to create a clear stamp set for members of the family. Finally I got down to make them and here they are. They all mix and match with each other as well with other of my stamps sets.

As you can see it comes with a Large circle message so it will fit on a 2" one. As usual on the back of the packaging you have a guide of the sizes.

Large Family Birthday

And any Personal Impressions stockists should be able to get hold of it for you.

Monday, 5 May 2014

Introducing: Everyday Messages | Three New Clear Stamps for Personal Impressions 2014!

There are three new Everyday Messages in Small (1 1/4") , Medium (1 1/2") and Large (2"), from left to right. They have a variety of messages that cardmakers use everyday.

On the back of each set there is guide of the different circle sizes that will fit on which should be helpful in the shop floors.

To be completely honest they have been out for more than a month but they have been really popular so I didn't get my samples until recently, plus I have been so busy I haven't had time to actually do a tutorial on them.

A few shops have some of them in stock:


Craftie Charlie
The Glitter Pot


Craftie Charlie
Grafton Crafts
The Glitter Pot


Craftie Charlie

 I will try to update this list as I can, if you are a shop stocking them email me with the link to them.

Thursday, 1 May 2014

How I store Wafer Thins dies with matching Stamps

I shared over time a few ideas on how to store dies, specially Sizzix dies since I worked closely with them everyday. I have shared on this same blog how I store entire collections of Framelits or Wafer Thin dies here or how I store Bigz and Movers & Shapers here on the Sizzix EU blog.
Today I am sharing how I store those sets that come with matching clear stamps - not the ones with rubber stamps.

He compartido en mas de una ocasión como guardo troqueles, es especial los de Sizzix ya que trabajo con ellos cada día. Previos post sobre los otro tipo de troqueles como colecciones enteras de Framelits sin sellos o como guardo Bigz y Movers & Shapers en el blog de Sizzix EU.
Hoy comparto esta ide de como guardo los troqueles super finos - los de Sizzix se llaman Framelits - que vienen con sellos transparentes solamente no los son sellos de caucho. 

Like this one above which is one of the ones I have designed for Sizzix, Leafy Trees, but it will work with any of the Sizzix Framelits with clear stamps sets - at least released before April 2014!

Me refiero a sets como el de la foto de arriba que es uno de los que he diseñado para Sizzix. Pero esta solución funciona para cualquier Sizzix Framelits con sellos transparentes, al menos los que han sacado con anterioridad a abril de 2014.

I use CD calendar cases. Traditional clear CD cases without the disc holders will also work, but in my eyes not as well as they have an aperture in the hinged edge as showed on the right photo. This can and probably cause problems such as loosing dies and/or stamps.
The CD calendar cases instead become completely closed and are exactly the same size as traditional clear CD.

Utilizo cajas de Calendario tamaño CD. La diferencia entre estos y las cajas tradicionales es que las tradicionales tienen un abertura/ranura en el eje izquierdo - este se crea cuando se quita el sujeta disco. Esta diferencia es para mi fundamental porque he perdido sellos/troqueles gracias a esta ranura, en la foto de la derecha se puede ver bien como cabe mi dedo en la ranura. Aparte de eso, las cajas de Calendario son iguales a las de CD.

On the side with the ridge I place a piece of magnetic sheets - I like the ones from Woodware as they are good value, not too heavy but strong magnet. On the other side I place the reference sheet with the stamps on and attach it with two glue dots. All safely inside and ready to use together or in its own.

Dentro de la caja pongo los troqueles con una hoja magnética, me gusta la de Woodware porque no pesan mucho pero son fuertes. En el otro lado pogo los sellos con su transparencia de referencia pegada a la caja con dos glue dots. Así están seguros y fácil de encontrar el correspondiente troquel-sello.

And here you can see how I store them with other Sizzix dies. I use a DVD clear box from Muji which acts like a shelf in this case. Texture Impressions folders, CD cases, Bigz dies and DVD cases for Framelit only collections all fit beautifully.
I hope this was helpful. You know I love my Crafty Storage!

Finalmente, podéis ver como guardo las cajas junto junto a otro tipo de troqueles de Sizzix. Uso una caja para DVD de MUJI que utilizo como estantería en la cual los Bigz, las texturadoras y las cajas de DVD  caben perfectamente. Espero que os haya gustado/sido útil este post. Ya sabeis que me encanta el Crafty Storage!
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