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  • My seed bag with the cute little fox

    Saturday, 4 October, 2014


    Hi everyne, how is going these first weeks  of autumn? I ´m really enjoying with the new dies by Sizzix. This time I chose the cute little fox die to sew a seed bag to  heat in the microwave for some pain or just  hot your bed before sleeping , again with civil war reproduction fabrics.







    Supplies

    656499


    657900

    659907

    11"x 15 1/4" dark fabric
    scraps of fabrics for the fox
    fusible web
    3 little beads
    39" beige lace

    Sewline glue or similar
    wheat
    lavender

    I took some pics for the process again. So it´s easy  you can make an idea.
    First I pressed the fussible web on the wrong side of the little scraps and layed on the Magnetic Platform , really good fr Thinhlits. It let nothing move it.!!

















    With all the pieces and did the little fox and sew with a glue for fabric. Then I  pinned it on the right bottom corner , around 1.5 ".










    Stitch with my Bernina  ( • stitch 45 )with a variegate Mettler thread. First pieces inside and after all around.
    Then sew the lace, folded the bag in a rectangle and sew on the wrong side with something open to fill the seeds.
    Sew the little beads for eyes and nose.










    Filled with wheat and  lavender and finished with hidden stitches

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    ..............And here it is , a good seed bag for this autumn and winter !!
    Oh, if you like the face foxes cushion can find my tuto here. 









    Hope you have a wonderful weekend!!!
    Love
    Mercedes

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    Hola a todo el mundo, ¿ qué tal van estas primeras semanas de otoño?

    Sigo disfrutando de los nuevos troqueles de Sizzix, esta vez con un pequeñito zorro que he usado para hacer una bolsa de semillas  para calentar en el microondas  para calmar dolores  simplemente  la cama antes de acostarte. Elegí telas de la era  civil americana.

    Materiales


    656499


    Sizzix Thinlits Die Set 9PK -Fox   

    28cm x 40cm de tela oscura

    99 cm de puntilla en color crema
    restos de telas para el zorrito
    3 abalrios pequeñitos
    entretela
    pegamento Sewline  o similar
    trigo y lavanda para rellenar

    De nuevo he tomado unas fotos para que sea más fácil seguir el proceso  y poder hacerte una idea.
    Primero planché la entretela sobre el revés de las telitas y corté con la Big Shot. Usé la  base magnética que ayuda bastante a que no se muevan los finos troqueles metálicos.
    Con todas las piezas hice el zorro , pegándolas y sujetándolas con alfileres  sobre la tela base, justamente  en la esquina inferir derecha, aproximadamente unos cuatro cm.
    Hice  un punto de festón ( puntada 45 de Bernina ) alrededor de las piezas internas primero y luego las externas. Usé un hilo matizado de Mettler.
    Cosí primero la puntilla alrededor y luego por el revés de la bolsa dejando una parte abierta por la que dí la vuelta. Cosí los abalorios para los ojitos y nariz
    Rellené con trigo y lavanda y cerré con puntada escondida..
    Y ya está , una estupensa bolsa de semillas para este otoño e invierno.
    Oh, si te gusta el cojín de las caritas de zorro ,puedes ver mi tutorial aquí. 
    Que tengas un maravilloso fin de semana
    Cariños
    Mercedes

  • Glittered snowflkes and lovely ornaments

    Friday, 3 October, 2014

    
    Hello Sizzix UK fans! Today I have for you 2 small Christmas inspirations. It would seem that now is even so far to Christmas, but usually we (crafters!) create Christmas cards much earlier. My today's cards are mine first Christmas cards this year!




    To create a custom shape cards I used dies from Framelits Die Set 12PK - Fancy Cards set. Due to the fact that the set contains many different sizes and shapes of dies, we can create an interesting card base in various sizes and create layers on our cards or pages.


    The main decoration on my cards are a large snowflakes, which I cut out using Bigz Die - Snowflakes #3. I love dies in this line, because we can cut out in thicker materials and shapes are always very impressive, both in terms of size and design. I painted my snowflakes using mint acrylic paint and then I added some glitter powder on the top.


    Tremendously love the dies in Christmas ornaments and baubles shapes. To add more Christmas touches on my cards, I cut out a couple of beautiuful ornaments using new Triplits Die Set 9PK - Ornaments. Each of the small ornaments can be further embellish or you can cut them with a variety of interesting materials. I added small dots made using 3D paint on these lovely elements.


    Sizzix supplies used:



    Are you already create Christmas cards? If yes, don't forget to use some amazing new Christmas Sizzix dies!


    Thank you for visit us today! 
    Have a lovely, creative weekend! 
    ~~ Karola ~~ 


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    Witajcie! Dziś mam dla Was świąteczne inspiracje. Wydawałoby się, że jeszcze daleko do Świąt, ale zwykle tworzenie kartek świątecznych zaczynamy dużo wcześniej. Moje dzisiejsze kartki to moje pierwsze karteczki świąteczne w tym roku! 
     Do stworzenia nietypowego kształtu kartek wykorzystałam wykrojniki z zestawu: Framelits Die Set 12PK - Fancy Cards. Dzięki temu, że zestaw zawiera wiele różnych rozmiarów w kilku kształtach, możemy tworzyć ciekawe bazy kartek w różnych rozmiarach oraz tworzyć warstwy na naszych kartkach. 
    Głównymi ozdobami na moich kartkach są duże śnieżynki wycięti wykrojnikiem Bigz Die - Snowflakes #3. Uwielbiam wykrojniki z tej serii, ponieważ możemy wycinać nimi w grubszych materiałach a wzory są naprawdę imponujące, zarówno pod względem rozmiaru jak i designu. Moje śnieżynki pomalowałam miętową farbką oraz dodałam trochę sypkiego brokatu na wierzch. 
    Ogromnie podobają mi się wykrojniki z motywem świątecznych bombek i ozdób na choinkę. Aby dodać więcej świątecznych akcentów, dodałam do kartek kilka tego typu ozdób wyciętych wykrojnikami z zestawu Triplits Die Set 9PK - Ornaments. Każdą z małych bombek można dodatkowo ozdobić lub wyciąć je z różnych ciekawych materiałów. Ja ozdobiłam te urocze elementy dodając trochę kropeczek z farbek 3D.
    A czy Wy tworzycie już kartki świąteczne? Jeśli tak, nie zapomnijcie użyć kilku wspaniałych, nowych wykrojników Sizzix! 

    Wykorzystane produkty Sizzix:


    Dziękuję za dzisiejsze odwiedziny na naszym blogu!
    Życzę Wam cudownego, kreatywnego weekendu!

    ~~ Karola ~~

  • Happy Birthday Cupcake Card By Anna

    Friday, 3 October, 2014

    Good morning crafty friends! It's Anna here to share some ideas using Sizzix products.
    I wanted to share the details on the card I created. Who doesn’t love cupcakes?

    cafe creativo - big shot sizzix - cupcake card (1)

    cafe creativo - big shot sizzix - cupcake card (2)

    For this card I combined specific Sizzix products from the Stephanie Barnard Collection (Triplits) and Paula Pascual Collection (Thinlits).
    For my card, I used a standard A2 card base. I die cutted the frame with “happy” and added the word "birthday" to complete the sentiment.

    cafe creativo - big shot sizzix - cupcake card tutorial (3)

    By cutting and layering 3 different patterned papers and cardstock I created a cupcake which I adhered using dimensional stickers to add deepness.
    A simple card, but so cute with cupcake, polaroid frame, sequins, twine and stitching!

    cafe creativo - big shot sizzix - cupcake card tutorial (4)
     
    I hope you like my pretty cupcake card.
    Have a sweet day!
     
    Items used:
    cardstocks
    patterned papers
    sequins
    strass
    twine
    foam board tape
    sewing machine
     
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    Per le amiche italiane! :)

    Ciao, sono Anna e sono qui per condividere alcune idee utilizzando i prodotti Sizzix.
    Oggi vorrei mostrarvi la mia ultima card, decisamente "zuccherosa"!
    Chi non ama i cupcake, alzi la mano! Io li adoro, anche quelli non commestibili e sono un soggetto molto carino per i compleanni.
    Ecco quindi una semplice card, ma resa particolarmente dolce e festosa grazie alla cupcake e alla cornice con scritta “traforata”.
    Per la mia card, sono partita da una base standard A2 di cartoncino bianco.
    Ho fustellato la cornice tipo polaroid, con la scritta “happy” ed ho aggiunto la parola "compleanno" per completare l'augurio. Niente di più facile!
    Tagliando poi e sovrapponendo le varie parti, ho creato una cupcake, che ho incollato con scotch tridimensionale per aggiungere profondità. Con questa fustella sono infinite le combinazioni per creare la vostra cupcake preferita.
    Una cornice cucita con tante paillettes e un fiocco hanno completato il tutto.
    Come vedete, per questa card ho combinato specifici prodotti Sizzix della Collezione di Stephanie Barnard (Triplits) e Paula Pascual Collection (Thinlits).

    Vi saluto e spero possiate trascorrere un "dolce" week end!!!
     
    Materiali:
    Sizzix Big Shot Machine (657900)
    Sizzix Triplits Die Set 9PK – Cupcakes (659927)
    Sizzix Thinlits Die Set 10PK - Phrase Cards (659977)
    cartoncini
    carte fantasia
    paillettes
    strass
    cordoncino bicolore
    scotch spessorato
    macchina da cucire

  • Paisley Daisy Feathers

    Friday, 3 October, 2014





    Hi, its my first day here, so be gentle with me! For the benefit of those who don't know me, I'm Trudi, I'm a Quilter, Long Armer, mother of both a teenager and an adult child, allotment grower, and on other days I also work part time.  Mostly, I'm a quilter.

    I'm absolutely thrilled to be here and have plenty of ideas of how to make life just a little bit simpler with the Sizzix Big Shot.  I've been quilting for close to 25 years now, a stroker and collector of fabrics, and mainly make big quilts.  I guess I am a modern traditionalist, I like all the pretties!  Since my children have gotten to the stage they can forage for themselves I get more time for quilting.

    So, to break myself in gently I recently went on a retreat, and part of which was to decorate the ticket tote for another attendee,  As a long arm quilter, I love feathers, and was recently lucky enough to demonstrate with the Nel Whatmore dies at Festival of Quilts.  Whilst there I had time to percolate a few ideas.



    I selected some Art Gallery fabrics from my stash, and the Paisley Daisy die, and with a few bits of packaging from a recent purchase cut myself some plain paisley shapes. 


    Having roughly cut the shape about 1/4" bigger than the cut papers, I like to glue baste them.  I use a cuticle tool, to smooth down the edges and ease the fabrics evenly on the convex (outside) sides.  It also helps snipping within a few threads of the edge on the concave (inside) curves as it  persuades the fabrics to lie flat. 


    Once the glue is dry, after a good press with a dry iron, I removed the papers, pressed again to ensure my seams would lie flat, and machine appliqued my paisley shapes to the back part of the bag.  Nothing fancy in this, I just used my normal sewing foot, and a straight stitch, but was careful to pivot with the needle down when I needed to adjust my direction of sewing. 

    As my bag had been deconstructed, I could load it up on the long arm for quilting.  As the quilting is small scale and dense around the appliqued shapes, they take on a trapunto feel about them. 

    The circle for the center was cut free hand, however, the Circles die would be a great addition for this, as it has 3 sizes to choose from. 


    I am pleased to report the recipient of the bag was thrilled!  As was I with the results, so much so, I have a  table runner planned, along with the addition of the Leaves die, which I intend to hand applique. A nice project for the cooler evenings now the nights are drawing in.



    Til next time, when I hope to have something a little seasonal for you. 

  • Downton dilema

    Thursday, 2 October, 2014
    

     Well it's only how to put the quilt together! - there's and easy way for the piecing, which is difficult to plan, or there is a difficult way to piece which is very easy to plan - still not sure which option to take - here are the options -
     

     I can make each pinwheel complete and then lay them out to get a balance of colour and pattern - but the piecing will be complicated, or
     
    I can stitch the shapes into triangles - but as you can see from the numbering on the pieces in each triangle that it is quite complicated - so I'm off to the sewing machine to see which method I'm going to adopt - back soon.
    The decision is made - this method was quite tricky to stitch precisely although as previously discussed it's easy to plan.
     This triangle method gives me a much neater result - not so many difficult half seams - so I'm going to attempt this method and hope that I can plan it well enough.
    As I have about 20 different fabrics to work with I think this method will work.
    My next task is to cut some more half hexagons with die -http://www.sizzix.co.uk/product/658880/sizzix-bigz-die-5-half-hex and get sewing again. I'm going to cut 24 half hexagons from each fabric and see how far I get - this may just end up as a bed runner-or a single bed quilt - I'm not sure yet. I'll keep you informed as it progresses!
    Next week I'm demonstrating at Alexandra Palace at the Knitting and Stitching show. I'll be on The Cotton Patch stand, I'm not sure of the number, so if you're at the show come and say hello.
    Hope to see you next week.
    Angela
     
    

     
     
     
     
     
     

  • Mini book by Karine

    Thursday, 2 October, 2014

    Hello,

    Here are a few pages of a mini book that I will be delighted to teach in classes this term in France and in the Basque Country.


    Supply list:

    Papers: Basic Grey, Crate Paper
    Alphabets: Glitz Design
    Stickers: Glitz Design, Jenni Bowlin Studio
    Inks: Chalk Prima
    Stamps: Méli-Mélo, Florilèges Design
    Sleeves: Studio Calico

    Dies:

    658300 : Sizzix Big Shot Starter Kit

    I had fun retelling the story of our last holidays by filling the little Studio Calico’s sleeves, as in a kind of Project Life with a small format.
    I used papers with soft pastel colours and watercolour backgrounds which are enhanced with some Sizzix die cuts.

    As my theme was “the holidays”, the pretty butterflies seemed a really appropriate choice!

    They are both cut out of framing paper in different sizes. I particularly like the texture and colour of these papers which fit perfectly with the work done on my backgrounds.
    I put the emphasis on the die cuts by gluing them with 3D adhesive foam.






    Have a lovely day,

    Karine

    Bonjour

    Quelques pages d'un mini album que j'aurai le plaisir de présenter ce trimestre en France et au Pays Basque :)

    Matériel utilisé :

    Papiers : Basic Grey, Crate Paper
    Alphabets : Glitz Design
    Stickers : Glitz Design, Jenni Bowlin Studio
    Encres : Chalk Prima
    Tampons : Méli-Mélo, Florilèges Design
    Pochettes : Studio Calico

    Dies :

    658300: Sizzix Big Shot Starter Kit

    Sous forme de mini Project Life, je me suis amusée à raconter nos dernières vacances en remplissant les petites pochettes Studio Calico.
    Des papiers doux et pastels ainsi que des fonds à l'aquarelle que j'ai eu envie de réhausser avec quelques découpes Sizzix.

    Pour une thématique vacances, les jolis papillons me semblaient bien appropriés !

    De tailles différentes ils sont tous les deux découpés dans du papier encadrement. J'aime particulièrement la texture et la couleur de ces papiers qui s'accordent à merveille avec mon travail de fond.
    Ces découpes sont mises en valeur avec des adhésifs 3D.

    Très bonne journée à vous


    Karine

  • Snowflake Alchemy!

    Wednesday, 1 October, 2014

    Firstly, Hello to all the gang at Sprinkle Twinkle in Kings Lynn where I was giving a demo day and workshop at the weekend, we had lots of fun looking at some of the new Christmas dies and sharing a few techniques.

    At the start of the day, a lovely lady named Tina brought me some Welsh cakes to make me feel at home so 'Diolch yn fawr iawn'. Next time I'm down that way I'm going to take them a few mountains, we've got plenty to spare in North Wales and they could do with a couple dotted about the place. I've never seen so much sky?

    One of my demos on the day involved a new set of Thinlits snowflakes from that man Tim Holtz who has hit a winner again with his gorgeous new collection of seasonal dies, click on this link to see what I mean!

    I am also using a set of Thinlits Tags which everyone should make some room for in their die-cutting stash. Two other sets which proved very popular on the day and which I couldn't resist using are the Thinlits Holiday words collection and the Thinlits Labels collection. The embossing folder used is from a set of two namely Beaded Garland & Snowflakes. All of the products named are designed by Tim for Sizzix and I will be featuring more in the coming weeks because they are fab!

    I use the word alchemy in the title which was. of course, the pseudoscientific vain pursuit of turning base metals into gold. With Sizzix and a few Distress Inks however we can hopefully turn plain ivory and kraft card into crafting gold..... I hope!!!

    I die-cut the tag and word 'joy' from stiff ivory card and I die-cut three of the five snowflakes and the rosette label from kraft card. I then embossed or to be more precise, debossed the beaded garland onto the ivory tag before blending some of my favourite Distress Ink colours (Broken China, Shabby Shutters, Dusty Concord and Vintage Photo) over the top.


    I used a brayer to apply a thin coat of gesso to the label and snowflakes before strategically inking with the green, blue and purple. I then delicately spritzed the die-cuts with clean water to add a subtle mottling effect. Finally, I applied a little Vintage Photo inks to the edges. 
    Do you use Distress Glitter.... If not why not? It's super fine and adds a wonderful sparkle to whatever it touches, you can apply as much or as little as you want and it always allows the underlying colour to shine through. I applied a blob of PVA glue to my craft sheet and used my fingertips to apply some to the edges of the die-cut shapes in a random fashion before dipping it into the glitter. Next, I used 3D foam pads to mount the three snowflakes together before decorating with a few adhesive gems.

    I applied the glitter to the word 'Joy' which I attached to the label before adding an adhesive pearl in place of the die-cut dot over the letter 'j'. Next, I used a pokey tool to pop a hole through the top of the label and added a couple of jump rings.

    I used my Distress Inks to colour some Crinkle Ribbon and attached it around the base of my tag tied into a bow.


    And here is the finished tag, I added some paper string through the hole in the top from which I hung my label and mounted the snowflake with some more 3D foam pads. It may not be alchemy, but it's certainly very different from the raw materials with which we started our journey... More from Tim's new collection next week!













  • Scandi Christmas

    Wednesday, 1 October, 2014

     
     
     
    I am Scandinavian... that's no secret. And I do love snow and the idea of a white Christmas even if it has only happened a few times during my life. But the dream of winters with cold and clear weather shows itself when I create Christmas cards.
     
     
    When I received the Thinlits Die - Merry Christmas sporting its impressive moose I was immediately in love: Here was a die that lend itself perfectly to create a wintery scene. While I think it looks great with the frame around it, I wanted to try and do a scene on my own cutting away the frame and letting the moose go for an evening stroll. To achieve the night sky look I stamped and clear embossed multiple snowflakes on a dark blue paper.
     
     
    I die cut the entire frame in plain white cardstock and then I went in and die cut the details of the moose and the bird again using black and red cardstock. I then used red and black to fill in the holes and thus making sure that there was no gap between the white moose / bird and the coloured inlays. You could obviously just use cardstock behind the holes but I prefer this inlayed look because I find it to be more elegant. I also went over the details with a clear Wink of Stella pen and on the heart and the eyes I even added glossy accent.
     
     
     
    For the sentiment I used the letters that also get die cut when you cut out the frame. I like the white on white look of the snow banks and the sentiment. As a final touch I tied some black and white baker's twine around the entire card.
     
    I think it is great that you can chose to simply die cut the Thinlits Die - Merry Christmas and place on a card or you can do like I've done here and create your own little winter scene.
     
    Supply list:
    Sizzix Big Shot Starter Kit (Powder Blue & Teal)
    Sizzix Accessory - Magnetic Platform for Wafer-Thin Dies
    Thinlits Die - Merry Christmas
    Cardstock
    Wink of Stella glitter pen
    Glossy Accent
    Baker's twine
    Stamp
    VersaMark ink
    Clear embossing powder

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    Det er ingen hemmelighed, at jeg er fra Skandinavien. Og jeg elsker vinter, sne og kulde - og tanken om en hvid jul er altid attraktiv, selvom jeg kun har oplevet det få gange i mit liv. Men drømmen lever på mange af mine julekort.

    Da jeg modtog Thinlits Die - Merry Christmas med dens fine imponerende elg, var det kærlighed ved første blik: Her var der tale om en die, der var perfekt til at skabe en vinterscene. Selvom dien er rigtig fin med rammen rundt om, så ville jeg skabe en scene, hvor elgen gik igennem en mørk vinteraften. For at få himlen til at være mørk og vinteragtig stemplede og embossede jeg snefnug på et stykke mørkeblåt papir.

    Jeg udstansede hele rammen i hvidt karton, og så udskar jeg detaljerne på fuglen og elgen i rødt og sort karton. Herefter fyldte jeg disse ind i hullerne på det hvide karton. Naturligvis kan du nøjes med at sætte karton på bagsiden af det udskårne motiv, men jeg synes, det ser så fint ud, når detaljerne er indlejret i motivet, og det dermed alt sammen er i samme niveau. Jeg løb over detaljerne med en gennemsigtig Wink of Stella pen, og øjnene og hjertet fik ydermere glossy accent.
     
    Kortets hilsen består af de bogstaver, der også bliver udstanset, når man udstanser rammen. Jeg er ret begejstret for det hvidt-på-hvidt look, der opstår mellem bogstaverne og sneklædte bakker. Som et sidste touch bandt jeg sort-hvid baker's twine omkring hele kortet.
     
    Jeg synes, det er super, at man kan bruge Thinlits Die - Merry Christmas, som den er, til et helt enkelt kort, eller man kan bygge ens egen lille vinterscene.
     
    Sizzix Big Shot Starter Kit (Powder Blue & Teal)
    Sizzix Accessory - Magnetic Platform for Wafer-Thin Dies
    Thinlits Die - Merry Christmas
    Karton
    Wink of Stella glitter pen
    Glossy Accent
    Baker's twine
    Stempel
    VersaMark sværte
    Clear embossingpulver

     

  • Fabulous, Beautiful...

    Wednesday, 1 October, 2014

    Hello to everyone:) Today I show you these two cards I made using some great Sizzix products:) Nowadays I just love to make simply cards using beautiful papers and dies:)




    Sizzix products:
    Sizzix Big Shot Machine 657900
    Sizzix ShadowPress Debossing Folders 6PK - Authentic Set 659855
    Sizzix Thinlits Die Set 6PK - Flower Cards 659974

    Other products:
    Pion Design papers; Vintage Garden with pastel blue and red colors, glue, tape

    Cut the flower cards out from blue and pink papers, backgrounds from light patterned papers using dies from the set Sizzix Thinlits Die Set 6PK - Flower Cards 659974 , glue them together. Cut the patterned paper backgrounds (size 11 cm × 15 cm) , Emboss the words using folders Sizzix ShadowPress Debossing Folders 6PK - Authentic Set 659855 . Finally make the cards finished like above:)

    Happy crafting, Minna
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    Moi, jälleen uusia askarteluita, yksinkertaisia ja nopeatekoisia kortteja pinkin ja sinisen sävyissä.

    Sizzix tuotteet:
    Sizzix Big Shot Machine 657900
    Sizzix ShadowPress Debossing Folders 6PK - Authentic Set 659855
    Sizzix Thinlits Die Set 6PK - Flower Cards 659974

    Muut tarvikkeet:
    Pion DEsign papereita kokoelmasta Vintage Garden, teippiä ja liimaa.

    Leikkaa kukkakortit ja taustat pinkistä ja sinisestä paperista käyttäen stansseja setistä Sizzix Thinlits Die Set 6PK - Flower Cards 659974 ja liimaa ne yhteen. Leikkaa kuviopaperista taustat kokoa 11 cm × 15 cm ja kiinnitä kukkakortit niihin. Kohokuvioi sanat käyttäen Sizzix ShadowPress Debossing Folders 6PK - Authentic Set 659855 .Lopuksi kokoa kortit kuten kuvassa:)

    Terveisin, Minna





  • Hello!

    Tuesday, 30 September, 2014

    Hello, hello! It's Jessie here, aka Messy Jesse as I'm known from my blog! This is my very first guest post on the Sizzix blog today! I'm so excited to be part of this fantastic and talented community. I had the pleasure of visiting the Sizzix base here in the UK over the summer and it was a brilliant day out in North Wales, meeting the team and getting to grips with all the dies and machines! There was lots of time for playing and chatting about all things Sizzix ...



    We all appreciated the kitchen sign ;-) I think I need this for my sewing room ...


    … And of course seeing some of the lovely projects cooked up by Angela, she's so inventive! 



    So shall I tell you a little more about myself? OK great. I.love.sewing. Literally love it! For the most part I'm a quilter but I do enjoy making soft toys and the odd dress-making project when I can find the time. Most of the time you will find me here …


    … in my sewing room! ah it's just heaven working in here. Can you tell I have an addition to mini quilts? (there's more added since this photo was taken!) I've always been creative for as long as I can remember, but picked up sewing in my late teens - after dabbling with projects here and there I finished my first quilt in 2011 and haven't stopped since! 

    I have a real passion for the traditional technique of English Paper Piecing (EPP). So I usually have a bigger quilt project in the works as well as a small EPP project on the go at all times. One of the reasons that I was drawn to Sizzix was the opportunities to use the dies for EPP - so I'm really excited about eliminating cutting time using my new dies! 



    My style of quilting is heavily influenced by vintage and antique quilts from the 1920s/30s as well as earlier quilts in the 1800s. Those classic blocks and bold colours always look so fresh to me. When I'm not sewing, I'm running my online fabric and quilt shop; Sew and Quilt! I write for my blog, I do some editorial sewing projects for books and magazines, I also have a day job + a saturday job (saving for our wedding next month, eek!) and love doing DIY projects around for our home in Cornwall - oh, and a very neglected undertsanding fiancé ;-) 

    So I've just recently received my father christmas delivery of dreamy Sizzix dies! Aren't they great?!  I can't wait to get started with them. 


    I'll be posting each month here on the Sizzix blog so I do hope you'll join me for some fun project ideas! See you then!

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