Saturday, October 23, 2010

Saturday, October 16, 2010

.... and the winner's are!

Thanks for the lovely comments you all warmed my heart this week. I wish I had something to send to everyone.

Winner of the Fat Quarters is:



Sarah Craig said...




I'll read you not being profound, if you'll read me not being profound! Actually, I really enjoy your blog - keep up the good work and congratulations on your 100th post!



The winner of the Sizzix Sidekick is:

scottylover said...

Wow congrats on 100 posts! I haven't had the guts to start a blog. Not sure what I would write about anyway! I sure do love reading them, though and have added yours to my reader.

Thanks for the chance to win these goodies!

Sandy A


Thanks to everyone for playing. They will be going in the mail as soon as I get your addresses :)

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Happy Day... and the number 100

Hi Everyone,

I do not know what was wrong with me yesterday but... phew I am glad it is over. If you didn't read it DON'T. I still think that the Sizzix is a great deal. Especially if you get the new one becuase all kinds of dies fit in it. I just bought the older one so of course it didn't work perfectly with the new fangled stuff :) Silly me. I am still super excited about it and having a great time playing with it.

Today is my 100th post ... it took me long enough huh? Well, I can't always think of interesting things to say and I hate to drone on and bore everyone. I have two fun prizes to give away for my happy 100th.

First as hinted at before:


Six fat quarters of this lovely Anna Maria fabric. One of each of the fabrics you see here.

Second in an attempt to share my joy of all things Sizzix:



This Sizzix Sidekick (Hello Kitty dontcha love it?) some adhesive
shantung textured papers (to make stickers), and the snowflake die I
demonstrated before (you could make snowflake stickers for your Chritmas card
 seals). I don't think the little one will cut fabric but
you are welcome to try.

We will have two winners and the first winner will get the fabric, the second the Sidekick.

The only rule for this is that you leave a comment on this post (you will want to give me a way to contact you too). You don't have to follow me or do anything else. I wanted this to be for just those who like me enough to hang around even when I am not being profound :) I will pick a winner on Saturday morning. Comments are open until midnight Pacific Time on Friday 10-15.

Thanks for all the comments. Thanks for the friendship. Thanks for the inspiration.

Hugs!
Julie

Ps: I am now a follower of all my followers...duh...why didn't I think of that before. Those who's personal blogs I couldn't find I am not following. let me know what your blogs are and I will add you.

Monday, October 11, 2010

I take it all back.... post #99

Ugh... it is hard to admit when you are wrong... I was wrong. I got the Sizzix... I got the dies...



The newer Sizzix is slightly wider than the one I bought, and the Go! dies do fit in it (I have seen it with my own eyes). They don't fit in the older version that I bought. Luckily hubby has a band saw and he knows how to use it :)  So don't believe Accuquilt when they say the die is 6" it is actually 6 3/8th




See it is such a small amount over you can hardly see it in the picture.

so that extra 32nd of an inch that my machine is narrower makes it impossible to use without cutting it down.


The Sizzix dies do work fine, of course. I bought the 2 1/2 half square triangle die thinking that it meant 2 1/2 inch sewn square or 2 inch finished... I was wrong it is 1 1/2 finished.
Oops started pulling it off before I took a picture.



The funny thing is neither Sizzix or Go! make a 2 inch finished HST and that is the size I use most.

Edit: Pat says "Actually, the Go! has a die that makes the 2" finished HSTs -- it's the die that comes with the cutter. The die has a 4" (finished) square, 2" (finished) squares), and HSTs that make a 2" (finished) square." Yay! So now we know.

So now I am trying to decide if I want to tough it out with the Sizzix or ask for a GO! Baby for my birthday. I think I want both... the Sizzix for all of the amazing shapes it cuts and the Go! for just the geometric stuff.... hmmm decisions decisions.

Keep a look out tomorrow is my 100th post and a give away. I have a couple of fun things for you.

Talk soon!


Monday, October 4, 2010

Are you ready for "quite a tale"?

Hi Everyone...

Jumping right in here... you know how everyone is hosting give aways of Go! Cutters? You may or may not know I haven't won one :) I really have been trying ever so hard. So on Friday, when they announced the Go Baby, I promptly told my hubby I wanted one for my birthday. I can't afford a Go! I know lots of people can and I am really happy for them. I just can't and I understand that. My frugal little heart still hopes...

PS: I Have a Notion has Go Baby pre-orders for a super price. (oops sorry about the youtube video I was trying to show someone how to make a wig, no it isn't me in the video) link is fixed.

Sunday rolled around and I got an email from Joann's (yay coupons) and there is a sale for Sizzix die cutters. I don't scrap book. No, seriously, since the digital age came we don't even have printed pictures. I have done some stamping, but if I got a new hobby there would be no place to house it :) .... but I digress. I always wondered if those dies would cut fabric. Guess what, you might already know, they do!!! Now Joann's has the Big Shot and the Big Kick on sale for $69.99  frugal little heart beats faster... but will they have dies that I as a quilter will want to use on fabric? Oh joy of joys, YES! They have teamed up with Westmister Fibers to offer quilter's dies. Now I know they are new to the market and don't have a lot of dies available for quilting yet but they have thousands of other dies to choose from and some of them are perfectly well suited to applique shapes. But guess what else??? Promise not to send the Accu Police after me? The Go dies work in the Sizzix machines (at least the ones that are a size the fit into the platform) probably the ones that the Go Baby can use, but I will have to check so don't quote me. Unfortunately the Sizzix don't go in the Go machines because they are thicker.

So today I got out my Joann's coupon (just in case there was something else there I couldn't live without) and went with my little pocket book to pick up a Big Shot... they only had the Big Kick but they are the same as far as I can tell and the dies I want to use work in both... this is an older version but again the only difference is the color, and I like red anyway... ta da!

Ain't she cute?
Comes with a multi purpose platform (for use with different thicknesses of dies) and two cutting mats/boards.

Aren't these adorable? (used my coupon on the reindeer he wasn't on sale) Can't you just see a cute little Christmas wall hanging.

This little tiny thin die is called a Sizzlit it is not recommended for fabric. Did that stop me? I figured one thickness of fabric was no worse than a piece of card stock. It worked fine, I might not do it all the time... just sayin'. Above you see the die on one of the cutting mats and the platform.

With the fabric on the die. When cutting fabric with the thinner dies putting a piece of paper on top is supposed to help... so I used some junk mail (Joann's is good for lots of things).

With junk mail on top.

with top cutting mat on
ready to go

cranking

Yay! Junkmail snowflakes!

Yay! Fabric snowflakes. Just iron on some fusible before you cut and they are ready to go.

So now I need to order some quilting dies when I save up a few dollars. As soon as I get some I will be back for a review...with the Go ones too :) 

PS: one more post until the big 100

Talk soon!

Almost finished... and a question..

Here is my Dream On Quilt:


It is almost finished... I even got the machine part of the binding sewn on yesterday. It is tangerine... LOVE IT!



Here is the back... you can't see the vertical lines in the picture but it is quilted horizontally and vertically with wavy lines. I wanted to keep it simple 'cause it is that kind of quilt :)

So my question is do any of you have favorite scrapbooking blogs? I would love to find a few. You might (with luck on my part) get to see why I am asking tomorrow.

Talk soon!