Saturday, 20 December 2014

Crafting On The Go

I am just returning from a trip to Disney World with our daughter, SIL and grandsons- 2 1/2 and 10 months old. What a fun and magical experience to see the Disney characters through the eyes of little ones.

I have to say I did miss my creative time- those guys kept us hopping! But one thing I like about die cutting is that you can cut things ahead of time and bring them with you. I cut a stack of the new Recipe Cards & Labels and a few Recipe Card Boxes from the new Vintage Kitchen collection and tucked them in my bag. I was able to pull them out at various points when I had a few minutes to myself to create (after the little ones were in bed!) 

These dies are versatile- you can use them in so many ways! I really like how they feel when you die cut them from matboard- they are nice and sturdy to write on and take inks and sprays really well- but they are great cut from watercolor paper or patterned paper too.

The Recipe Card measures 3" x 4"- the same size as Project Life cards so they will fit in pocket pages. Or as the name suggests, they may be used for recipes or you could fill a box with coupons (one batch of cookies every month), flash cards for spelling or math, or adhere a gift card to the front. If you fold a piece of paper in half and place the fold just inside the cut line of the die, you can also make a small card. 

You can fit about eight to ten matboard cards in a Recipe Card Box. I also like to write on the box- on this one I lettered Eileen's Journaling Cards- but you can easily personalize it with a person's name, event or occasion.

The Recipe Card Box goes together so easily with just two lines of strong double sided tape- 
I used iCraft tape by ThermOWeb.

Today we had seven hours to kill at the airport waiting for our flight and I was able to work on some cards.

Visit my blog to see how to make these Quick and Easy Journaling Cards and for lots more ideas and inspiration on ways to use these Vintage Kitchen dies.

Here are just a few more ideas to tempt you! They were created by my amazing Inspiration Team:

 Lisa Hoel creates a festive gift basket with the Loaf Pan!

Shelly Hickox creates an adorable ornament with the Cookie Box die.

A walk down Memory Lane with Michelle Zerull- a storefront made from the Canister die.

 Tracy Evans makes an adorable Winter Wonderland Birdhouse with the Canister die!

Anne Redfern creates a Caroling vignette with the Artist Trading Blocks dies!

I hope you will join our Art With Heart Challenge and show us what you have been working on. A prize is involved!

New Year card by Olga

Hello all, 

here is my new card with the wonderful Sizzix dies. It's another New Year card. I really like those leaf dies so I often use them for my winter projects.

The products I used:


A nordic quilt finished

Hi everyone! After a week full of work I could to finish this " monster ", my super warm nordic quilt that all family love.

 The size is  59.5 " x 68" ( 5 blocks x 5 blocks ) and it is a really heavy and big quilt .

As you remember I used  these two dies.

I sew big blocks   , each one is 12"x 14" ( finished )  and are made for one or two rows of  3 little squares or  half square triangles plus a big rectangle and sometimes 4.
I added some big block made of one fabric and other I had to adjust the size.

One of the best things  about this quilt is the backing, a nice fleece fabric I found in my local store.

I did a sandwich but I changed the  position of the layers. First  the backing upside, then the top, right side with right side and  finally the batting. 

 I did in this way because I was  going to sew all around , leaving  something opened and  taking out everything through the " big hole " . 
Anyway, I want  to explain  this technique much  better in my blog Las labores de Mercedes  next week . So go there  if you want to see more details in the  pics. 

I didn´t want a traditional quilting with my machine. I preferred  tied the quilt and don ´t loose the idea I had at the beginning. 
 So I used some white wool  and a needle to  do a knot  on the corners of every big block 

I hope you enjoy Christmas Eve and Christmas Day  with family . Have Happy Holidays !!

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¡Hola a todo el mundo ¡ Después de una semana llena de trabajo, pude acabar este “ monstruo “ mi super cálido quilt de estilo nórdico.
El tamaño final es de    151 cm x    172 cm  y está hecho de 5 bloques por 5 bloques y es realmente  un quilt  grande y pesado. 

Como recorderás he usado dos troqueles para cortar cuadrados y medios triángulos.

Cosí  bloques grandes de  una medida de 30.5 cm x 35.5 cm ya terminado. Están hechos de una  o dos filas  de 3  cuadrados o cuadrados con medios triángulos más un rectángulo grande  . En algún caso  he cosido filas de 4 bloques pequeños.
Alguno de los bloques grandes están hechos de una sola tela.También tuve que ajustar en algún caso los bloques para completar la medida requerida . 

Una de las mejores cosas de este quilt es la trasera que he elegido , un bonito borreguillo como aterciopelado en color crudo que compré en  la tienda de retales de mi localidad.
Hice el sandwich cambiando la posición de la guata , top y trasera. Primero coloqué la trasera boca arriba y encima el top, derecho con derecho y por último la guata.
Lo hice así porque iba a coser todo alrededor dejando una parte sin coser y luego sacando por ahí todo el quilt para darle la vuelta.
De todas  maneras , la semana que viene  lo explicaré mejor con algunas fotos en mi blog Las labores de Mercedes .
No quería un acolchado tradicional a máquina sino que preferí atar unos nudos con lana blanca sobre las esquinas de los bloques grandes. Esa siempre fue mi idea desde el principio.

Espero que disfrutes la próxima Nochebuena y Navidad con la familia. 
¡¡Que tengas Felices Fiestas !!