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.

Affiliate links are used at no cost to you
Sizzix Bundle of Flowers
Sizzix Bundle of Flowers
Shop at:
SZ | AZ | SBC | CC
Sizzix Bigz Gift Bag
Sizzix Bigz Gift Bag
Shop at:
AZ
Sizzix Nostalgic Bigz alphabet die
Sizzix Nostalgic Bigz alphabet die
Shop at:
SZ | AZ | CS | SBC | CC
Sizzix Floral Card Fronts die set
Sizzix Floral Card Fronts die set
Shop at:
SZ | AZ | SBC | CC
Sizzix Flutter On By die set
Sizzix Flutter On By die set
Shop at:
SZ | AZ | SBC | CC
Sizzix Bigz Banners & Labels
Sizzix Bigz Banners & Labels
Shop at:
SZ | AZ | SBC | CC
Sizzix Pro die Bag Treat w/windows
Sizzix Pro die Bag Treat w/windows
Shop at:
SZ | AZ
Sizzix 3D embossing folder Staggered Chevrons
Sizzix 3D embossing folder Staggered Chevrons
Shop at:
SSS | SZ | AZ | CS | SBC
Sizzix 3D embossing folder Hearts
Sizzix 3D embossing folder Hearts
Shop at:
SSS | SZ | AZ | SBC
Sizzix 3D embossing folder Paisley
Sizzix 3D embossing folder Paisley
Shop at:
SZ | AZ | CS | SBC | CC
Sizzix 3D embossing folder Doily
Sizzix 3D embossing folder Doily
Shop at:
SZ | SBC | CC
Sizzix Cardstock sheets
Sizzix Cardstock sheets
Shop at:
SSS | SZ | AZ | CS | SBC | CC
Sizzix Opulent Card - Rose Gold
Sizzix Opulent Card – Rose Gold
Shop at:
SSS | SZ | AZ | CS | SBC | CC
Sizzix Opulent Card - Gold
Sizzix Opulent Card – Gold
Shop at:
SSS | SZ | CS | SBC | CC
Sizzix Surfaces Texture Roll Gold
Sizzix Surfaces Texture Roll Gold
Shop at:
SZ | CS | SBC | CC
Sizzix Surfaces Texture Roll Rose Gold
Sizzix Surfaces Texture Roll Rose Gold
Shop at:
SZ | AZ | CS | SBC | CC
Sizzix Surfaces Texture Roll Silver
Sizzix Surfaces Texture Roll Silver
Shop at:
SZ | AZ | CS | SBC | CC
Sizzix Opulent Card - Charcoal
Sizzix Opulent Card – Charcoal
Shop at:
SSS | SZ | AZ | CS | SBC | CC
Sizzix Opulent Card - Ivory
Sizzix Opulent Card – Ivory
Shop at:
SSS | SZ | AZ | CS | SBC | CC
Sizzix Opulent Card - Silver
Sizzix Opulent Card – Silver
Shop at:
SSS | SZ | AZ | CS | SBC | CC
Sizzix Felt Sheets - bold
Sizzix Felt Sheets – bold
Shop at:
SSS | SZ | AZ | CS | SBC | CC
Sizzix Felt Sheets - pastels
Sizzix Felt Sheets – pastels
Shop at:
SSS | SZ | AZ | CS | SBC | CC
Sizzix makers tape
Sizzix makers tape
Shop at:
CS
Sizzix Big Shot Pro machine
Sizzix Big Shot Pro machine
Shop at:
SZ | AZ | CS | SBC | CC

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.

Affiliate links are used at no cost to you
Sizzix Big Shot Plus Die Cutting machine
Sizzix Big Shot Plus Die Cutting machine
Shop at:
SSS | SZ | AZ | CS | SBC | CC
Sizzix Surfaces Texture Roll Gold
Sizzix Surfaces Texture Roll Gold
Shop at:
SZ | CS | SBC | CC
Sizzix Surfaces Texture Roll Gray
Sizzix Surfaces Texture Roll Gray
Shop at:
SZ | CS | SBC | CC
Sizzix Surfaces Texture Roll Rose Gold
Sizzix Surfaces Texture Roll Rose Gold
Shop at:
SZ | CS | SBC
Sizzix Surfaces Texture Roll Silver
Sizzix Surfaces Texture Roll Silver
Shop at:
SZ | CS | SBC | CC
Sizzix Surfaces Texture Roll Tan
Sizzix Surfaces Texture Roll Tan
Shop at:
SZ | CS | SBC | CC
Sizzix Surfaces Texture Roll White
Sizzix Surfaces Texture Roll White
Shop at:
SZ | CS | SBC | CC
Sizzix Eileen Hull Full Size Journal Bigz Plus die
Sizzix Eileen Hull Full Size Journal Bigz Plus die
Shop at:
SSS | SZ | CS | SBC | CC
Sizzix Eileen Hull Sweater 3D embossing folder
Sizzix Eileen Hull Sweater 3D embossing folder
Shop at:
SSS | SZ | CS | SBC | CC

Sizzix Effectz Creamy Acrylic Paints

I’ve put together a video all about the new acrylic paints from Sizzix and their unique properties.

Affiliate links are used at no cost to you
Sizzix Big Shot Die Cutting machine
Sizzix Big Shot Die Cutting machine
Shop at:
SSS | SZ | AZ | CS | SBC | CC
Sizzix Effectz Creamy Matte Paint
Sizzix Effectz Creamy Matte Paint
Shop at:
SSS | SZ | CS | SBC | CC
Tim Holtz Brayer
Tim Holtz Brayer
Shop at:
SSS | CS | SBC

21st Birthday card and gift bag

I can’t quite believe it, but my gorgeous niece Georgie is going to be 21 in July. Makes me feel very old. I decided to get my crepe paper flower dies out to make a bold statement flower to dress up a very plain kraft bag.

For the card, I used some dies from the recent Botanical collection by Lisa Jones at Sizzix, the Wild Wreath die is great for special cards.

I’ve put details below of all the other dies I used to create this gift bag and card.

Affiliate links are used at no cost to you
Sizzix Big Shot Die Cutting machine
Sizzix Big Shot Die Cutting machine
Shop at:
SSS | SZ | AZ | CS | SBC | CC
Sizzix Bold Alphabet
Sizzix Bold Alphabet
Shop at:
SSS | SZ | SBC
Sizzix Crepe Paper Vintage
Sizzix Crepe Paper Vintage
Shop at:
SSS | SZ | CS | SBC
Sizzix Flower making kit
Sizzix Flower making kit
Shop at:
CS | SBC
Sizzix Fold and Form making tool
Sizzix Fold and Form making tool
Shop at:
SSS | CS | SBC
Sizzix Wild Blooms #1
Sizzix Wild Blooms #1
Shop at:
CS | SBC | CC
Sizzix Wild Blooms #2
Sizzix Wild Blooms #2
Shop at:
CS | SBC | CC
Sizzix Wild Blossom Borders
Sizzix Wild Blossom Borders
Shop at:
CS | SBC | CC
Sizzix Wild Blossom Corners
Sizzix Wild Blossom Corners
Shop at:
CS | SBC | CC
Sizzix Wild Leaves Wreath
Sizzix Wild Leaves Wreath
Shop at:
CS | SBC | CC
Sizzix Wild Peony
Sizzix Wild Peony
Shop at:
SSS | SZ | CS | SBC

Sizzix Flowers and Crepe paper

I’m back at Create and Craft for the next couple of days launching these fabulous flower dies and crepe paper collection. I’ve never really made crepe paper flowers before and was really surprised how easy they were, and how much you can shape the crepe paper to create really realistic petals. It’s obviously personal preference as to how many of each petal layer you cut, and how you shape them, but I thought it might be helpful for anyone buying these if I list out exactly how I put mine together, then you can use that as a starting point.

Fringed Tulip

For the Fringed Tulips, I used – 3 of the centre pieces, 1 of each petal, 2 leaves. This is one of the easiest to put together.

California Poppy

For the California Poppy I used; 1 each of all of the dies. Again this is a very simple one to put together.

Wild Peony

For the Wild Peony, I used; 4 of the fringe die, 4 of the double petal die, 6-8 of the small petal, and 6 of the large petal.

Carnation

For the Carnation I used; 4 of the strip die, 10 individual petals 1 green piece for the bottom, 1 or 2 leaves.

Classic Rose

For the Classic Rose I used; 4-6 of the smallest petal, 8 medium petals, 10 large petals, then the green piece for the bottom and the 2 leaves.

Ranunculus

For the Ranunculus I used; 6 of the small ovals, 10 of the medium and 15 of the large ovals, one green piece for the bottom and 1 or 2 leaves. I would say this flower is the most difficult and time consuming, as you do need to shape the petals in a nice cup shape the get a realistic flower, and this one also used the most petals, so takes a little longer. Saying that, I think this one is my favourite of them all.

I do plan to do a video later this week after the shows to demonstrate properly how to shape the petals, cover the beads etc., so hopefully that video will be ready by the time you get your dies if you order them from the show 🙂

New Sizzix Effectz range

Have you seen the new range of Sizzix Effectz products yet? It’s a whole range of paints, mediums, pastes, waxes, foils and flakes – everything you need to get started with mixed media. Obviously as they are from Sizzix, they will work perfectly with your dies to take your projects to the next level.

I did some shows on Create and Craft TV last week to show what you can do with all these new products, and I had a few messages from ladies who said they were really pleased I went right back to basics when explaining what you can do with them because they found that really helpful.

So, if you are unfamiliar with how to use dimensional pastes, waxes, pearlescent medium, gold flakes, foil etc. then this video is for you. It’s a bit of a long video (and probably not great viewing for experienced mixed media artists), but if you’re a relative beginner, then hopefully this is really going to be of use to you if you’d like to try these products.

Affiliate links are used at no cost to you
Sizzix Big Shot Die Cutting machine
Sizzix Big Shot Die Cutting machine
Shop at:
SSS | SZ | AZ | CS | SBC | CC
Sizzix Chrome Precision Base Plate
Sizzix Chrome Precision Base Plate
Shop at:
SSS | SZ | SBC | CC
Sizzix Cutting Plates Extended
Sizzix Cutting Plates Extended
Shop at:
SSS | SZ | CS | SBC
Sizzix Effectz Dimensional Paste
Sizzix Effectz Dimensional Paste
Shop at:
SSS | SZ | CS | SBC | CC
Sizzix Effectz Expand Paste
Sizzix Effectz Expand Paste
Shop at:
SSS | SZ | CS | SBC | CC
Sizzix Effectz White Gesso Primer
Sizzix Effectz White Gesso Primer
Shop at:
SSS | SZ | CS | SBC | CC
Sizzix Effectz Pearlescent Medium
Sizzix Effectz Pearlescent Medium
Shop at:
SSS | SZ | CS | SBC | CC
Sizzix Effectz 3D adhesive
Sizzix Effectz 3D adhesive
Shop at:
SSS | SZ | CS | SBC | CC
Sizzix Effectz Luster Wax Lilac Rainbow
Sizzix Effectz Luster Wax Lilac Rainbow
Shop at:
SSS | SZ | CS | SBC | CC
Sizzix Effectz Luster Wax Rose Gold
Sizzix Effectz Luster Wax Rose Gold
Shop at:
SSS | SZ | CS | SBC | CC
Sizzix Effectz Luster Wax Gold
Sizzix Effectz Luster Wax Gold
Shop at:
SSS | SZ | CS | SBC | CC
Sizzix Effectz Luster Wax Silver
Sizzix Effectz Luster Wax Silver
Shop at:
SSS | SZ | CS | SBC | CC
Sizzix Effectz Prism Paste
Sizzix Effectz Prism Paste
Shop at:
SSS | SZ | CS | SBC | CC
Sizzix Effectz Creamy Matte Paint
Sizzix Effectz Creamy Matte Paint
Shop at:
SSS | SZ | CS | SBC | CC
Sizzix Effectz Metallic Flakes Silver
Sizzix Effectz Metallic Flakes Silver
Shop at:
SSS | SZ | CS | SBC | CC
Sizzix Effectz Metallic Flakes Rose Gold
Sizzix Effectz Metallic Flakes Rose Gold
Shop at:
SSS | SZ | CS | SBC | CC
Sizzix Effectz Metallic Flakes Gold
Sizzix Effectz Metallic Flakes Gold
Shop at:
SSS | SZ | CS | SBC | CC
Sizzix Effectz Decorative Foil Sheets Silver
Sizzix Effectz Decorative Foil Sheets Silver
Shop at:
SSS | SZ | CS | SBC | CC
Sizzix Effectz Decorative Foil Sheets Gold
Sizzix Effectz Decorative Foil Sheets Gold
Shop at:
SSS | SZ | CS | SBC | CC
Sizzix Effectz Decorative Foil Sheets Rose Gold
Sizzix Effectz Decorative Foil Sheets Rose Gold
Shop at:
SSS | SZ | CS | SBC | CC

New Sizzix Effectz range of paints and mediums

This week is very exciting, both Pete and I have shows on Create and Craft TV launching the new Effectz range of creamy acrylic paints, foils, pastes and waxes. So many exciting possibilities with these new goodies.

I do plan to do a video run through of all the new products, I’ve linked them all at the end of this post. I probably won’t get time to film it until next week though as I’m at Create and Craft on Wed, Thursday and Sunday.

Affiliate links are used at no cost to you
Sizzix Big Shot Die Cutting machine
Sizzix Big Shot Die Cutting machine
Shop at:
SSS | SZ | AZ | CS | SBC | CC
Sizzix Chrome Precision Base Plate
Sizzix Chrome Precision Base Plate
Shop at:
SSS | SZ | SBC | CC
Sizzix Cutting Plates Extended
Sizzix Cutting Plates Extended
Shop at:
SSS | SZ | CS | SBC
Sizzix Effectz Dimensional Paste
Sizzix Effectz Dimensional Paste
Shop at:
SSS | SZ | CS | SBC | CC
Sizzix Effectz Expand Paste
Sizzix Effectz Expand Paste
Shop at:
SSS | SZ | CS | SBC | CC
Sizzix Effectz White Gesso Primer
Sizzix Effectz White Gesso Primer
Shop at:
SSS | SZ | CS | SBC | CC
Sizzix Effectz Pearlescent Medium
Sizzix Effectz Pearlescent Medium
Shop at:
SSS | SZ | CS | SBC | CC
Sizzix Effectz 3D adhesive
Sizzix Effectz 3D adhesive
Shop at:
SSS | SZ | CS | SBC | CC
Sizzix Effectz Luster Wax Lilac Rainbow
Sizzix Effectz Luster Wax Lilac Rainbow
Shop at:
SSS | SZ | CS | SBC | CC
Sizzix Effectz Luster Wax Rose Gold
Sizzix Effectz Luster Wax Rose Gold
Shop at:
SSS | SZ | CS | SBC | CC
Sizzix Effectz Luster Wax Gold
Sizzix Effectz Luster Wax Gold
Shop at:
SSS | SZ | CS | SBC | CC
Sizzix Effectz Luster Wax Silver
Sizzix Effectz Luster Wax Silver
Shop at:
SSS | SZ | CS | SBC | CC
Sizzix Effectz Prism Paste
Sizzix Effectz Prism Paste
Shop at:
SSS | SZ | CS | SBC | CC
Sizzix Effectz Creamy Matte Paint
Sizzix Effectz Creamy Matte Paint
Shop at:
SSS | SZ | CS | SBC | CC
Sizzix Effectz Metallic Flakes Silver
Sizzix Effectz Metallic Flakes Silver
Shop at:
SSS | SZ | CS | SBC | CC
Sizzix Effectz Metallic Flakes Rose Gold
Sizzix Effectz Metallic Flakes Rose Gold
Shop at:
SSS | SZ | CS | SBC | CC
Sizzix Effectz Metallic Flakes Gold
Sizzix Effectz Metallic Flakes Gold
Shop at:
SSS | SZ | CS | SBC | CC
Sizzix Effectz Decorative Foil Sheets Silver
Sizzix Effectz Decorative Foil Sheets Silver
Shop at:
SSS | SZ | CS | SBC | CC
Sizzix Effectz Decorative Foil Sheets Gold
Sizzix Effectz Decorative Foil Sheets Gold
Shop at:
SSS | SZ | CS | SBC | CC
Sizzix Effectz Decorative Foil Sheets Rose Gold
Sizzix Effectz Decorative Foil Sheets Rose Gold
Shop at:
SSS | SZ | CS | SBC | CC

Sizzix mixed media shows with Lisa Jones Botanicals

I’ve got a very busy week of shows this week. Both on Create & Craft UK and US.

First up, I’m on Create & Craft US on Wednesday with a bit of a Sizzix takeover. There are 4 shows back to back, two will be mixed media shows with these gorgeous Lisa Jones botanical dies, then I’ve got 2 shows with the brand new Effectz range of paints and mediums. Check out the website for timings as I know they’ll be different depending on which time zone you are. For UK viewers that might want to watch them, you can watch if you go to http://www.createandcraft.com/us. I’m on from 9pm to midnight our time.

The UK shows are as follows – double Mixed Media show with these gorgeous Botanical dies (and the new Tim Holtz Colorize sets called Under the Sea) on Thursday at midday, then Pete takes over with the launch of the new Effectz range. He’s there Thurs/Fri/Sat, then I’m back on Sunday at 14.15 with my take on the Effectz range. I’ll share my projects with those in a separate blog post.

So it’s a very busy week on C&C for Sizzix!

Affiliate links are used at no cost to you
Sizzix Big Shot Die Cutting machine
Sizzix Big Shot Die Cutting machine
Shop at:
SSS | SZ | AZ | CS | SBC | CC
Sizzix Chrome Precision Base Plate
Sizzix Chrome Precision Base Plate
Shop at:
SSS | SZ | SBC | CC
Sizzix Cutting Plates Extended
Sizzix Cutting Plates Extended
Shop at:
SSS | SZ | CS | SBC
Sizzix Botanical Washi Tape
Sizzix Botanical Washi Tape
Shop at:
CS | SBC | CC
Sizzix Cardstock Botanical
Sizzix Cardstock Botanical
Shop at:
CS | SBC | CC
Sizzix Patterned Paper Botanical
Sizzix Patterned Paper Botanical
Shop at:
CS | SBC | CC
Sizzix Wild Blooms #1
Sizzix Wild Blooms #1
Shop at:
CS | SBC | CC
Sizzix Wild Blooms #2
Sizzix Wild Blooms #2
Shop at:
CS | SBC | CC
Sizzix Wild Blossom Borders
Sizzix Wild Blossom Borders
Shop at:
CS | SBC | CC
Sizzix Wild Blossom Corners
Sizzix Wild Blossom Corners
Shop at:
CS | SBC | CC
Sizzix Wild Leaves Wreath
Sizzix Wild Leaves Wreath
Shop at:
CS | SBC | CC
Sizzix TH Under the Sea 1
Sizzix TH Under the Sea 1
Shop at:
SSS | SZ | SBC | CC
Sizzix TH Under the Sea 2
Sizzix TH Under the Sea 2
Shop at:
SSS | SZ | SBC | CC

More sneak peaks ahead of my Create & Craft shows…

I really love this Spring Layered Scene die set, it creates such a pretty scene – and it can be used in a few different ways.

Another die that can be used in a few different ways is this Bold Floral Heart set. It has an outline die so you can use it directly into the card front, as a heart, or as a stencil.

I often think it’s a bit of shame after spending a lot of time making a card to put it in a very boring white envelope. I love this Foliage Envelope Liner die set, you get two different sizes of liner to add this pretty detail to your envelopes.

Just a few more cards to share. My shows tomorrow are at 9.45am and 5.15pm, hope you can join me.

Affiliate links are used at no cost to you
Sizzix Big Shot Die Cutting machine *
Sizzix Big Shot Die Cutting machine *
Shop at:
SSS | SZ | AZ | CS | SBC | CC
Sizzix Heat tool *
Sizzix Heat tool *
Shop at:
SSS | SZ | CS | SBC
Sizzix Folk Florals*
Sizzix Folk Florals*
Shop at:
SZ | CS | SBC
Sizzix Bold Floral Heart*
Sizzix Bold Floral Heart*
Shop at:
SSS | SZ | SBC
Sizzix 3D embossing folder Tileable*
Sizzix 3D embossing folder Tileable*
Shop at:
SSS | SZ | CS | SBC
Sizzix Confetti Pocket *
Sizzix Confetti Pocket *
Shop at:
SZ | CS | SBC
Sizzix Birthday Candles *
Sizzix Birthday Candles *
Shop at:
SZ | CS | SBC
Sizzix Geo Stitched Frames *
Sizzix Geo Stitched Frames *
Shop at:
SZ | CS | SBC
Sizzix New Beginnings Clear Stamps *
Sizzix New Beginnings Clear Stamps *
Shop at:
SZ | SBC
Sizzix Celebration Cake Bigz die *
Sizzix Celebration Cake Bigz die *
Shop at:
SZ | CS | SBC
Sizzix Blossom 3D embossing folder *
Sizzix Blossom 3D embossing folder *
Shop at:
SZ | CS | SBC
Sizzix Bold Alphabet *
Sizzix Bold Alphabet *
Shop at:
SSS | SZ | SBC
Sizzix Spring Layered Scene *
Sizzix Spring Layered Scene *
Shop at:
SZ | CS | SBC
Sizzix Foliage Envelope Liners *
Sizzix Foliage Envelope Liners *
Shop at:
SZ | SBC

Create & Craft shows on 16 March

I’m back at Create and Craft next Tuesday for two shows with a lovely selection of dies. This cake die set is a Bigz die, so can be used with lots of different materials, however, for this card I’ve used some Opulent Gold card as well as some of the new Mystical Opulent collection – it’s hard to tell from the photo but I used the ombre holographic card for the cake and it’s a lovely sparkly, graduation of colour from a dusky pink to white. The background was created by using the Drifting Hearts die as a stencil with some gold texture paste.

Talking of the Drifting Hearts die, I used it here together with some silver Texture Roll, backed with some more of the Mystical Opulent card – this one is the glitter ombre.

More of the Mystical card here, together with the Birthday Candles die.

I really like the Birthday Candles die – you can pop card behind it, or paper piece it as I’ve done here. You can also just use the candles separately.

A very modern feel to this one – using the Geo Stitched Frames and Bold Alpha die sets.

That’s it for today – I’ll be back tomorrow with more (which include some lovely spring florals)

Affiliate links are used at no cost to you
Sizzix Big Shot Die Cutting machine *
Sizzix Big Shot Die Cutting machine *
Shop at:
SSS | SZ | AZ | CS | SBC | CC
Sizzix Heat tool *
Sizzix Heat tool *
Shop at:
SSS | SZ | CS | SBC
Sizzix 3D embossing folder Tileable*
Sizzix 3D embossing folder Tileable*
Shop at:
SSS | SZ | CS | SBC
Sizzix Confetti Pocket *
Sizzix Confetti Pocket *
Shop at:
SZ | CS | SBC
Sizzix Birthday Candles *
Sizzix Birthday Candles *
Shop at:
SZ | CS | SBC
Sizzix Geo Stitched Frames *
Sizzix Geo Stitched Frames *
Shop at:
SZ | CS | SBC
Sizzix New Beginnings Clear Stamps *
Sizzix New Beginnings Clear Stamps *
Shop at:
SZ | SBC
Sizzix Celebration Cake Bigz die *
Sizzix Celebration Cake Bigz die *
Shop at:
SZ | CS | SBC
Sizzix Blossom 3D embossing folder *
Sizzix Blossom 3D embossing folder *
Shop at:
SZ | CS | SBC
Sizzix Bold Alphabet *
Sizzix Bold Alphabet *
Shop at:
SSS | SZ