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ABC’s it’s easy as 123

1 Apr

ABC’s it’s easy as 123

Sizzix Dies for cutting Letters and Numbers

  
Sizzix has a number Alphabet and Number dies of all types. Since we are talking fabric here my answer will always be stick to the Sizzix Steel Rule lines of dies marketed as Originals or Bigz as they provide the best frustration free die cutting possible. With your Sizzix BigShot/vintage/BigKick/Vagabond/BigShotPlus the Alphabet and Number dies currently available through Sizzix are: *Block Talk, *Word Play, Fresh Blossoms and Vintage Market *note some of these have the font all on one XL die. Most of the above cut letters 1-2″. For larger letters measuring 2 3/8″ there is a Stephanie Ackerman four die set. Don’t overlook the retired Originals dies (measuring between 5/8″ to 1 1/4″ – FunSerif and Lollipop. And…there are even retired Originals AlphaBars in several styles. Google Sizzix Alphabet and begin your hunt for the style you are after! I look forward to seeing what you cutout and create! 

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PS for the Sizzix BigShot Pro users you have even more options when you add in full height dies from Ellison, and Accucut-Craft/Studio. 

   
    
   

  

Die Cut Appliqué Minion

20 Nov

  
Isn’t this little Minion Pincushion cute?  He is an example of me being derailed. Does that ever happen to you? Needless to say the project list is long. But sometimes you just have to stop and do something fun or silly. This Minion is my prototype 1. I am working out a method to create my Minions from my die cuts and of course felted wool. Special thanks to my friend Evie for her inspiration and her Farmers Wife block for display. Put Free Minion Pincushion in your search engine and patterns by others are sure to come up. Happy Stitching! 

Die Cut Appliqué – Sayings, Lettering and Fonts

21 Aug

  
If you’ve followed me for any length of time you know I love all things Sizzix no affiliation (but I would like to).  Thus Autumn Splendor design was die cut using Sizzix steel rule dies, everything accept the lettering.  Sizzix does have alphabets though some can be pricey. Often a design requires a specific font style and size. What to do?  Well if you are competent with any of the electric plotter cutters you are good. If not, here is what I do. In Microsoff Word change margins to .5 and choose landscape then click on Word Art. Select the first lettering choice.  I prefer a font that is “welded” meaning the letters are connected. Script Bold is a good choice. Enlarge to taste. Click Rotate to Mirror image for tracing (flip horizontal)  onto fusible.  If your lettering doesn’t fit on one page make separate pages for each word.  

Cut something out and create!

Die Cut Appliqué – The Bees Knees

26 Jul

Do you appliqué or is it the “A” word as I have heard some quilters call it?  Well, for me appliqué is the Bees knees! Specifically I love die cut appliqué using primarily the Sizzix steel rule dies and felted wool. Never a scrapbooker, I have always used the Sizzix dies in my quilting and fabric crafts. I encourage you to cut something out and create! 

  
   
   
 

Beach Memories

31 May

imagePlaying in my wooly sandbox to kit up this felted wool appliqué candle mat in preparation for a workshop.  Aren’t the colors awesome?  This project is a great showcase for my hand dyed wools.  I am sure we all have memories of a wonderful beach trip!  Why not stitch those memories into a fun project?  I used my favorite Sizzix.com machines and steel rule Dies to cutout these motifs.   Cut something out and create!  

 

Let’s Have Tea

13 May

What could be better than Tea and stitching fellowship?  Not much in my little world!  Sizzix.com has a couple of great Teacup Dies and I created a fun make ‘n take Teacup Needle Book with Bigz Die 658093, Flower embellishments 657722.  You might think that a die cut project is pretty cookie cutter, but you would be wrong. My stitching friends blow me away everytime with their creativity. Here is a sampling of their progress today at our open house Tea in the Pretty Penny Precuts Studio. Die cut something soon and create!  May your needle always be sharp and threaded.  
 

   
            

Upcycled Stitching Notion – Petifore Emory Pincushions

10 Feb

Love a useful stitching notion. These Petifore Emory Pincushions fall into that category. The base/lid is from a Slimfast drink bottle. The wools are from recycled 100% wool garments some hand dyed. Even the Perle Cotton threads used to stitch mine were acquired at a local thrift shop. Of course I used my most favorite tools the sizzix.com Sizzix Bigshot Die Cutting Machine and Originals and Bigz Circle dies. The photos are the results of a Make n Take stitching session in my studio. Don’t they look good enough to eat? May your needle always be sharp and threaded!

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