The new Sizzix Big Shot Switch Plus Electric die cutting machine

Well it’s been a long wait hasn’t it? I first saw the Switch in action at the trade show in Frankfurt in January 2020 and I was so excited about it coming out. Literally as soon as we all got home from Frankfurt, the UK went into the first lockdown, and the launch was postponed.

It’s been worth the wait. Mine arrived on Wednesday and I was so happy to finally get to use it. I’ve put together two quick videos for those of you that might want to get one. The first video is literally just an unboxing video so you can see what you get with the machine (it comes as a starter kit with some dies and an embossing folder). The second video is a more detailed run through how to use it – so you can refer to this once you get your machine and want to see a run through.

For those of you in the UK, the machine will be available first on Create and Craft next week. I’ll update the links below as it becomes available more widely.

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Sizzix Color Story

I’m back at Create and Craft this Wednesday with some shows on the Sizzix Color Story (or Colour Story for those of us in the UK – it feels odd typing the word color, but Sizzix is a US company so that’s the correct spelling)

The Sizzix Color Story is a whole range of products, following the same colour palette. The first product released in this range was the cardstock pack, and all those colours have since been used for acrylic paints, embossing powders, beads and sequins, felt, sculpting foam, glitter, cards and envelopes etc. This makes your crafting so easy, because it all co-ordinates so well.

In my shows this week, we are going to take a close look at that colour palette, and I’ve put together some swatches so you can see how this one pack of cardstock, can take you through all the season’s and all occasions.

I’ve used just one die set – the Spring Foliage set by Pete Hughes, to create a wreath for each season:

Spring – Cherry Blossom, Limoncello, Ballet Slipper, Arctic Sky, Green Tea
Summer – Primrose, Sorbet, Mint Julep, Mango Tango, Mermaid Kiss
Autumn – Earl Grey, Hibiscus, Agave, Banana Blast, Caramel Toffee
Winter – Green Tea, Hibiscus, Earl Grey, Caramel Toffee, Lush Leaves

You can get such different looks from one die set just by switching up the colours. Pete Hughes put together some fabulous colour swatches – and you can find them on the Sizzix website, along with a video showing them.

So for different occasions, this card set covers those too:

Easter – Cherry Blossom, Primrose, Limoncello, Arctic Sky, Mint Julep
Valentines – Primrose, Limoncello, Cherry Blossom, Hibiscus, Ballet Slipper
Halloween – Cobble Stone, Earl Grey, Lush Leaves, Purple Dusk, Mango Tango
Festive – Hibiscus, Mint Julep, Lush Leaves, Agave, Caramel Toffee

Hope you can join me for the shows, I’ll also try and do a video on this for you, so will pop back to share that later.

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Sizzix Spring Best-Sellers

I’m back at Create and Craft TV on 7 January with a lovely selection of dies. First up is this lovely Jar of Flowers die set by Lisa Jones – it has a dimensional dome that matches so you can create fabulous shaker cards in seconds.

We’ve got the domes on the show too, so if you love using them this could be a good chance to stock up!

Also on the show is this Birthday Candle die. It’s one of my favourites, because I love how you can use the panel on any size card, but also use the candles on their own if you just want one or two. Of course I had to create a little rainbow!

If you have any weddings this year, then you might like this next die set – it’s called Confetti Pockets, and it creates these lovely little pockets along with some hearts and circles to make your own confetti.

There’s also one of my favourite embossing folders on the show, the Folk Doodle folder.

There are a few more dies on the show, but I won’t share all of them or this post will be too long!

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Best of 2021

I thought I’d have a scroll through my photos and pick out a few of my favourite projects from the past year. It’s been another fabulous year for me working for Sizzix, and I’ve been lucky enough to work with so many gorgeous products. The designers are Sizzix really are a talented bunch, and when I looked back through my photos it was hard to pick just nine photos.

The shows I did in the summer with the crepe paper flowers were a real highlight – having never made crepe paper flowers before this, I was amazed at how much fun it was.

Another highlight from the year was the Botanicals collection from Lisa Jones. Florals are always inspiring to me, and this collection features all my favourite colours. The whole range is beautiful, so this was another show I really enjoyed doing.

2021 was another fabulous year of releases from Eileen Hull. Her journals are some of my most-used dies, and she came out with two fabulous journals – the Folio Journal and the Full Size Journal, as well as some very clever dies to create extra elements such as a waterfall.

Happy New Year, and thank you for following me this year on all the various platforms. 2022 is going to be an exciting year for me. I am giving up my PA job to concentrate full-time on my crafting, so you will be seeing lots more of me – as well as doing more work with Sizzix, I’m planning to do lots more on my YouTube channel, I have so many ideas, and I can’t wait to have the time to put them into action!

I’ve listed below most of the products used on these projects in case you want to find them.

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Sizzix Eileen Hull Folio pages, pockets & flowers
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Accessories for the Sizzix Big Shot

I’m making the most of the spare time I have this week to get some videos filmed. Following on from the video I did last year on how to use the Sizzix Big Shot, I though it would be helpful to do a video on the various accessories that you can buy for the machine. I know as a beginner the range is a little overwhelming.

Here’s the video – it covers the magnetic platform, crease pads, storage caddy, chrome precision base plate, sticky grid sheets, emboss and transfer set (rubber embossing mat), makers tape and the mint and glitter cutting pads.

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Sizzix Boxing Day sale show on Create & Craft

I’m on Create & Craft TV this Boxing Day with some absolute bargains. Most exciting, is that I’ll have the Big Shot Pro machine at a special price.

If you’re not familiar with the Pro machine, it’s a huge, professional die cutting machine that allows you to use the larger 12″ dies. Along with the machine, there are lots of lovely dies (both thin metal dies and some Bigz).

Here’s a little sneak peek of some of my samples. I’m on at 12.45 and 18.45, so I hope you can join me.

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How to use the Big Shot Pro machine

I’ve got a new video on my YouTube channel today, featuring the Big Shot Pro machine.

The machine is at a really special price on my Boxing Day sale show, but since there will also be a lot of fabulous dies on the show too, I thought it might be a good idea to do a quick video, in case I don’t get much time on the shows to show the machine in much detail. I’ll be back later in the week to show you all the projects I’ve made for the shows.

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Sizzix Eileen Hull Full-size Journal

I’ve put together a new video to run through the new Eileen Hull journal, showing how to put it together and running through all the different extras you might need, along with how to add notebooks or your own signatures.

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YouTube collaboration with Toni Darroch

Today is the day! I’ve had such fun doing this video.

The lovely Toni Darroch asked me if I fancied doing a YouTube collaboration, and I agreed straight away. I find it hard to get the spare time to do videos, but I really enjoy doing them, so forcing myself into a deadline was a good way to motivate myself to find the time!

We decided to use a sketch and colour palette as a starting point, then create something from that, using whatever we wanted. Here’s the sketch and colour palette – feel free to print it/download it and use it for inspiration.

It’s always fun to see what someone else creates with the same products, or the same inspiration, so I couldn’t wait to see what Toni did, and her card is beautiful!

So here is the link to Toni’s video:

And here’s the link to mine:

Hope you enjoy watching these. If you have any suggestions for future videos, please let me know – I feel sure Toni and I will do another collaboration in the future, so watch this space……

Mixed Media Chipboard Tag

At first glance, this photo is a little deceiving because you imagine this to be a fairly small piece, like an average tag. However, I’ve used one of the Stampers Anonymous Etcetera Thickboard tags. This is the medium size and it’s about 12 x 6.5 inches.

I’ll apologise now for the length of this post – I’m going to take you through the steps to create this, and being a piece with lots of texture and layers, there’s a lot to tell you!

I started with the blank MDF tag, and gave it a coat of white gesso (I used the Sizzix gesso as this is nice and thick and I only needed one coat, but any gesso will do). After that, I added some of the Ideaology collage paper. I put a piece along the bottom, and then another torn piece towards the top left of the tag. I used collage medium to stick it down, then added a little more on top to seal it. After that I started layering some colour. I used various Oxide sprays as well as the standard Distress sprays, colours used were – Speckled Egg, Antique Linen, Salvaged Patina, Hickory Smoke, and Gathered Twigs. I added several layers of colour, spritzing with water and drying in between to stop the colours mixing too much.

Once that was dry, I added a little bit of texture with a stencil and some texture paste (Prima Icing Paste in White Gold). I used a Stampers Anonymous stencil that looks like splatters. I also added some brown texture paste through a Prima script stencil.

Once the paste was dry I added a little more Distress spray. Once that was dry I added some stamping here and there, and die cut some honeycomb elements from the Sizzix Mixed Media die set from kraft card. I sponged some black paint on these before adding to the tag. Next I added some gold Sizzix Luster wax around the edges of the tag and on the reinforcer. Then I added some embossing ink (using WOW Mixed Media Embossing brush), and heat embossed with some of the Stampendous embossing enamel – I used Aged Teal and Aged Bronze. This gives a lovely melted metal look.

Now it’s time to add the elements. I die cut the Perspective Moth three times from black card and layered them up so the wings could be shaped. I added glossy accents to the body and sprinkled on some of the new Tim Holtz black glitter. I spritzed the wings with various colours of Izink sprays which have a lovely sparkle. I decided I wanted a darker colour though, so went over this in places with some of the Prima Sparks Acrylic paints. I then glued the moth to the tag.

I gathered together a few different elements to provide an area to put some text. I cut a piece of lace ribbon and coloured it with Gathered Twigs Oxide spray. I die cut the Sizzix Seal die from kraft card then painted with Sizzix Gold acrylic paint. I tucked this under the ribbon, then added some buttons and a metal flower. I took one of the Tim Holtz quote chips and covered it with Distress enamel in Speckled Egg and added some gold acrylic paint around the edges. For a final touch, I took a metal number (again from a Tim Holtz set), but the silver colour didn’t go with all the gold tones, so I added some alcohol inks in green and copper, then added some DecoArt Texture Sand paste mixed with the Stampendous Aged Teal Enamel and heated it to give a distressed, rusty patina kind of look.

Then, the final touch was just to add some splatters of black paint all over.

This is the first time I’ve used one of these large tags, and I have to say, I really like the size and thickness for mixed media projects. I’ve listed most of the products I’ve used below.

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Distress Paints
Distress Paints
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Distress Water Sprayer
Distress Water Sprayer
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Prima Acrylic Paint
Prima Acrylic Paint
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Prima Art Basics Brush set
Prima Art Basics Brush set
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Sizzix Effectz Creamy Matte Paint
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Sizzix Effectz Luster Wax Gold
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Sizzix Effectz White Gesso Primer
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Sizzix Mixed Media Thinlits set
Sizzix Mixed Media Thinlits set
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Tim Holtz Brayer
Tim Holtz Brayer
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Sizzix Switchlits TH Seal
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Sizzix TH Perspective Moth
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Stampers Anonymous Etcetera Medium Tags
Stampers Anonymous Etcetera Medium Tags
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Ranger Glossy Accents
Ranger Glossy Accents
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Stampers Anonymous Field Notes
Stampers Anonymous Field Notes
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Tim Holtz Distress Embossing Dabber
Tim Holtz Distress Embossing Dabber
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Tim Holtz Quote Chips
Tim Holtz Quote Chips
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Ranger TH Halloween Sparkle set
Ranger TH Halloween Sparkle set
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Ranger TH Distress Mica Set 1
Ranger TH Distress Mica Set 1
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Ranger TH Distress Mica Set 2
Ranger TH Distress Mica Set 2
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Aladine Izink sprays
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Stampendous Embossing Enamel
Stampendous Embossing Enamel
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Tim Holtz Idealogy Collage paper - Entomology
Tim Holtz Idealogy Collage paper – Entomology
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