Tuesday 30 September 2014

Talleres Octubre 16-19 Creativa Madrid con Carrot Cake | Scrap & friends

 Mis primeros talleres en Madrid ya están aquí. Serán de la Mano de CarrotCake en Creativa Madrid este Octubre 16 - 19.

Como siempre, los mini están repletos de técnicas de die cutting y usaremos diferentes troqueles de Sizzix para completarlo.

Y ya puedes reservar las plazas (link directo en cada fecha).

Mini Album Butterfly

Jueves 16 (Tarde 16:00 - 19:00), Viernes 17, Sábado 18 y Domingo 19 por la mañana: 11:00 - 14:00 horas.

Mini Album Viejes

Ademas habra muchos mas talleres de la mano de Alberto Juarez, Quim Diaz y Elena Roche.

Friday 26 September 2014

Bumper Sizzix Tim Holtz giveaway!

There is a 1st prize and 3 runners up – all winning a Big Shot and a selection of brand new items from the Christmas Tim Holtz collection!

Click here for more!

The closing date is 10th October at 10am GMT.

The competition is open to all residents of the EU excluding Ellison employees. The products listed cannot be exchanged for goods, or towards the purchase of goods at any retail outlet. It cannot be exchanged for cash, or replaced if lost or stolen. An alternative prize may be given. Winners will be chosen at random on Closing date: Friday 10th October 2014 at 10am GMT. The decision of the judgement is final and no correspondence will be entered into.Your details will be processed by Ellison Europe (Creators of the Sizzix brand).

Thursday 25 September 2014

Flower cards for anniversary

Today I am sharing a card I made for my husband for our anniversary earlier this summer. Omar loves flowers as long as they are not pink or girly, he likes, actually he demands, that the cards I make for him have flowers and have some green - his favourite colour.

I decided to make the anniversary card using Flower Cards, one of the new dies set from Everyday Memories, my new collection of dies for Sizzix. These cards you can use for Pocket scrapbooking as they are 3" x 4" makes them all the more versatile.

I place the inner die on the front of the card and secure it in place using 3M low tack tape. Alternatively, if you have one of the Sizzix magnetic plates use it to secure the die in place. On the right you can see after I run it through the Big Shot machine, the die cuts the aperture with all the intricate detail.

Of course, me being me, I didn't really pre planned the card, so after I die cut the aperture I realized I wanted a green background. So I used the Rectangles 2 framelits which I designed to fit perfectly an A6 card, die cut using the second largest out of green card.

To place the aperture on the green paper exactly right, I place the Flower card die in the original place - which is easy as it just slots in to place - and then place the outer card die with the blade facing me and with low tack tape also facing up. Once I was happy I placed the green paper over and press on the sides where the low tack tape was and voila, I had the die exactly where I wanted.

As you can see there is an even white border all round. However, i change my mind and I wanted to add a thin yellow frame. To do this I just use both straight rectangles from the Flower Cards and de cut with the Big Shot. I also die cut one of the flowers from the Intricate Flowers 2 as it matched perfectly with the Flower Cards.

I place the orange flower behind one of the flower on the aperture and the yellow frame.
Finally, I stamped the message - from my Large All year Round stamps sets for Personal Impressions -  and die cut it using another of my Sizzix designes, Sentiment Tags.

To add more anniversary feeling, I added the two Heart veneers from Artcuts.

I love the floating effect of this aperture cards! And it has flowers and green, so my husband did like it after all.

Wednesday 24 September 2014

New Stamps! Everyday Tab Messages - CICSA6256

Today i present to you: Everyday Tab Messages - CICSA6256

13 individual clear stamps, with many stamping combinations! Usually I go for more rounded messages, but I thought it would be nice to have a mix and match set with simple essential sentiments. The numbers are a fun element that can make lovely backgrounds as demonstrated by Paula Whittaker - like this ones.
Also co-ordinates with Sizzix Framelits Die Set - Tab Cards 659970.
As usual it is an A6 size stamp sheet, it is made of high-quality, durable material (for use with an acrylic block - not included) and it is distribute by Personal Impressions, so all their stockists should be able to get hold of them.

Available now from:

Craftie Charlie

The Glitter Pot

Sir Stampalot

The shops listed are the ones that I have ordered from them and had an excellent service. I have no business relations with any of them and they are NOT affiliate links.

Monday 22 September 2014

Saturday 20 September 2014

3 x 4 Phrase Card Sizzix dies for Pocket Scrapbooking

 As I was explaining earlier this week, all the card dies ( ButterflyFlowerPhraseChristmasOvalFancy and Tab Cards) from the Sizzix Everyday Memories collection fit nicely on the pocket scrapbooking protectors.
I tried the following protectors: Project Life, Simple Stories, We are Memory Keepers... They all work well with the dies. They are also designed to work for other projects.

Phrase Cards - all the shapes included

That is why I designed then so the outer 3 x 4" die is separate from the inner detailed die. That way you can die cut both at once or separately for aperture cards.

To die cut one LOVE card innie and outie, I place both of them on to the paper and secure them in place with 3M low removable tape. Alternatively (especially if you are not taking pictures of the process!) you can use the Sizzix Magnetic plate to secure them in place.

One top tip, with a die that has a perfectly straight edge/s (any type of die from any manufacturer) it is best whenever possible to run it at angle so that when it goes through the machine, the rollers don't have to cut that straight line all at once and making a horrible clunking noise.  The angle just makes a smoother operation! (And probably will cut better too.)

Before I remove the die, I made sure that it had cut all the lines. I shouldn't have worried, but since it was foiled thick card, I wasn't sure. On the right you can see the die cut and  leftovers, which are usable!

You can die cut the photo or if you prefer you can just glue the LOVE card on to the photo and then trim the excess old fashion style.

 Also, you can use the leftovers as another frame on the right!

Friday 19 September 2014

New Stamps! Bold and Beautiful - CICSA6256

Introducing Bold and Beautiful!

This is one of the sets that I am most excited about, and lets be honest I am pretty excited about all of them. I had never done something so big in terms of sizes, and I wanted something Bold, Big and Beautiful to use not only in cards but also in scrapbooks and home Decor projects.

The stamps sets looks like this:

This set contains 15 individual clear stamps, sizes varies as you can see above, offering many possible stamping combinations. Basically each line is a separate stamp, and they all work together in terms of sizes.

Available right now from:
As usual it is an A6 size stamp sheet, it is made of high-quality, durable material (for use with an acrylic block - not included) and it is distribute by Personal Impressions, so all their stockists should be able to get hold of them.

Here there is a quick tutorial on one of the uses of the stamp set. 

I took a white A6 card and a separate smooth white card. I stamped first the Thank You message with black ink. This Bold and Beautiful is reminiscent of the old fashioned blackboard so the font is a tiny bit distressed when stamped.

After the main sentiment was stamped, I kept stamping in different colours at the same angle, in some cases as in the WISHES I repeated it several times.

I thought it would look nice to add more detail so I used another new stamp set called Everyday Tab Messages. I used the numbers in pink and the script Thanks in black.

On the white card I added the spotty bright pink paper so that it would be on the left. As I felt it needed something else, I thought a button on a pink circle would do the trick. 
The best way was to remove the white out. The technique is simple but very useful:

  1. Punch it out of scrap paper using the exact same punch. 
  2. Place that punch out in the exact place where you want it punched. 
  3. Then, slide the whole card and align the punched-out-shape with the punch and just punch it out.

And this is the finished card, which I added some ribbon at the bottom. 

Thursday 18 September 2014

Mini notepad using die cutting

One of my favourite sets from my fourth collection of dies for Sizzix is this one, the Tab Cards!

Like all the other cards dies from this collection (Butterfly, Flower, Phrase, Christmas, Oval, Fancy and Tab Cards) these dies are just under 3" x 4" so they are perfect for pocket scrapooking, and they fit all* of their protectors. (* I have tried 8 different manufacturers, including the official Project Life ones, and the die cuts fit in all of them perfectly.)

However, I designed all of these dies to be vesratile, whether you do pocket scrapbooking or cardmaking, or paper crafting in general, these dies will be helpful.

Today, I made a mini notepad using the Tab Cards as well as the Christmas one (just the plain 3" x 4" die).

I started by selecting four colour sprays. I chose Heidy Swapp's Color Shine which I got from Sugar and Spice Crafts. (Tienda en España: Cromatismes)

I spray them on to watercolour card. As I had some samples I used them! I like to make use of everything.

I used Tim Holtz ruler to make a perfectly centred holes.

I hold the pages together and punched the holes using the larger hole from the CropaDile. Then I used small binding rings. (I love how you can buy in Spain these rings that are completely smooth ie no bulgy bits.) (Tienda en España: Cromatismes)

I then die cut several layers of copier paper (80-90 gsm) at once using all three dies. Remember the regular one is included in Christmas card set.

I made the holes using as a template the watercolour sprayed card. And layer them the white card tabs just after the exact same shape card tad cover.

This way it is easy to get to the right section quickly.

The tabs are designed to work well together.

A simple project, but very useful for the handbag, and you can always add more pages and store safely the old ones.

Finally, to finsihed the front I added the banner (from the same Tab Cards set) as well as the flower which is from the Intricate Flowers 2 set.

I just love the simplicity, texture and the colours!
I hope you do like it too! 

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.
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