Wednesday 18 November 2015

Sizzix | Giveaway

Win a Big Shot Plus machine

Win a Big Shot Plus machine! It has the versatility of working with the entire Sizzix product library (with the exception of Bigz Pro dies) but including our smallest to our big 9” wide dies and embossing tools. 

Don’t miss out and enter today!

Closing date: Friday 27th November 2015 at 10am GMT.

Friday 13 November 2015

Sizzix Competition

The Christmas Season is upon us and Sizzix is giving you a chance to win this fabulous prize? You can WIN the Big Shot™ Machine and a selection of festive dies including my snowflakes and Christmas trees, as well as other Christmas sentiment and more!

With this prize you can create wonderful holiday cards, decorations, wrapping paper, tree decorations and much more for your friends, family or yourself this Christmas.

To enter you need to click here and sign up on the Sizzix website (here)!


660200 Big Shot™ Machine
659999 Textured Impressions™ Embossing Folders 2PK - Yuletide Boulevard Set by BasicGrey®
659913 Thinlits™ Die Set 4PK - Christmas Trims #2 by Debi Potter
659914 Thinlits™ Die - From Our Home by Debi Potter
658622 Framelits™ Die Set 8PK w/Stamps - Snowflakes #2 by Paula Pascual
659002 Thinlits™ Die Set 5PK - Christmas Tree by Jen Long
660058 Thinlits™ Die Set 17PK - Holiday Words: Script by Tim Holtz®
659976 Thinlits™ Die - Ornament Tree by Paula Pascual
659978 Thinlits™ Die Set 9PK - Winter Borders & Rosette by Paula Pascual
659916 Thinlits™ Die - Merry Christmas by Debi Potter

By entering this competition you will automatically be signed up to the newsletter so you can be the first to hear the latest news, views and more! Closing date: Friday 27th November 2015 at 10am GMT.

Thursday 12 November 2015

10 things I learnt at Pinterest

A couple of weeks ago I attended one of the Pinterest UK seminars which was full of information about good practices on Pinterest:

  1. If you run a blog or love Pinterest, getting the business account is the way to go. Its free and allows you to access a whole load of information regarding popular pins, traffic and so on.
  2. The number of followers is not a measure of success, engaging is (repins, favourites, traffic back to site) you can access all that info from your business settings.
  3. Rich pins are an important way to engage more. As are authentic long descriptions of the images will make your pins more easily found.
  4. Make sure that your website and blog are optimised for mobile as it does help a lot with Pinterest.
  5. Put the very obvious Pin It button on your blog or website.
  6. Content is evergreen - there is no best time to pin, and you should not be worried to pin a whole load of stuff at the same time. Well, as long as your personal and professional life allows it!
  7. Don't delete boards or pins. Almost no one goes to the bottom boards anyway, so even if your pride wants to make you delete unpopular pins, its not necessary! Maybe edit the description to make more authentic and/or accurate.
  8. You should only join Group Boards with people you would go (and probably have gone) to dinner with. Otherwise, you never know what your may get!
  9. Images should be very good quality and vertical. Obvious, I know! But Instagram quality isn't good enough.
  10. Business centre is where you should find all your information.  Its a brilliant resource.

Also, I strongly suggest to follow Jennifer Priest on Social media or on RainMaker Media Works.

Now, I need to do some work on my blog...

Monday 9 November 2015

Sizzix | Tutorial Envelope die

One die a few ways of using the envelope

Last time I was here, I showed how to make a card using the actual envelpe die. Today I am still using the same die to create cards, but slightly different this time.

For this project you will need:

Sizzix Big Shot Plus Machine Only - 660020 (for the envelope you need the larger 9" width of the Plus)

Card, Stamp, tag and adhesives

I took a prescored card that was 5 x 5 inches square when folded in half.
I placed the square die in place and secure it with low tack tape.

Because the die is almost exactly 5" you can use your standard Sizzix Big Shot to die cut this die, but for the envelope die you will need the Big Shot Plus.

Because of the amount of detail, before lifting the die I always turn it around to make sure that I have cut it through. Usually with 2 passes it is perfectly cut, but it will depend on the card.

Gently I removed all the excess bits. Because they are rather large, I didn't use the die brush.

I cut a square piece of hot pink card and attached it to the back.

Finally, I stamped the message in a white tag and added a brad trough.

I used my Big shot plus to die cut a matching square envelope.

And this is another version which I think would be nice for a wedding, two halves!

I hope you like it and try to use your dies to be creative!

Monday 2 November 2015

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