I’ve kept a little secret from you all… I have a new collection of die cutting dies! My new collection “Heartfelt Stitches” debuted this past weekend at the fall Quilt Market and is available for shipping now from Crafter’s Edge. I’d love to take a moment to tell you more about the collection and about these amazing thin dies.
I am just so thrilled with this collection and hope you love it as much as I do! We debuted it at Quilt Market with a variety of wool and felt samples, but this collection is so much more than a fabric collection.
Crafter’s Edge Fab Dies: the thin die that cuts like a steel rule die…
Crafter’s Edge Fab Dies have a deeper blade than other thin dies on the market. This blade allows you to cut multiple layers of materials or surfaces at one time. For instance, if you care cutting felted wool, you could cut 2 layers of wool in one pass. Cotton fabrics can go up to 6 layers in one pass! These dies also cut thin metals, cork paper and fabric, paper, cardstock… the list goes on and one. These thin dies are probably the most versatile thin dies on the market.
That is what caught my eye. At the AFCI show in Phoenix this past January I watched in amazement as the team from Crafter’s Edge cut metal with the thin dies. If you are familiar with die cutting, you know that up until now, if you wanted to cut materials like metal, magnet sheets, or shrink plastic that you needed to use the thick steel rule style die. That meant limited detail and shape.
Crafting without limits…
As a crafter and maker, I don’t want to be limited in what I make by the limitations of my tools. I want to create a variety of projects. Today it might be an appliqué project, but tomorrow it might be a piece of jewelry. I LOVE that my new dies will allow me to do just that
I’ll be showing you projects featuring each die very soon. Until then I wanted to give you a quick look at each one. The first is the Posey Basket. I simply can not tell you how very much I love this die! This die set includes 9 dies that when assembled create the most adorable little basket. It includes strips that actually weave through the body of the basket!
Just wait until you see this cutie cut out of cork fabric!!
The next set is Lovely Edges. This set includes 6 6″ long edge dies. What makes these edge dies different is that they cut only the bottom edge and are open-ended. That means that if you place them on a fold you could cut a detailed border wider than 6″. (I’ll share a tutorial on how to do that soon.) Use these edges on the side of a card, along the edge of a banner, or on a strip of ribbon to make your own intricately cut trim. There are so many possibilities!
3 Die Sets for Handmade Wool and Felt Succulents
It is no secret that I LOVE making fabric and wool flowers. I am really excited that I now have 3 sets of succulents dies to go along with my love of flower making!
Each of the succulents sets includes multiple dies to layer together to create dimensional plants using wool, felt, and paper.
You can also use the shapes as flat appliqué pieces. Set 3 creates a really lovely flower too!
You will be seeing lots of home decor tutorials with these succulents soon. I am just so excited to create fun little potted plants for my house.
If you follow me on Instagram you may have seen the photos I shared of the wool and felt flowers I made for my daughter’s wedding in June. It was hard to not tell you all that the leaves in the wedding flowers were made with my new Foliage dies! I love these greenery pieces so much! They all started as plants in my garden too! How fun is that?
Not only do they make great dimensional leaves, they also look amazing as flat appliqués. I can’t wait to show you more of both!
Die cutting die sets for making handmade flowers…
You know I love my posies! I couldn’t have a new collection of dies without having a posey set or two… or four!!
This first set is just so fun! Set 1 includes 6 dies that include a really lovely shaped flower in 3 sizes. Layer the flowers or use them as singles… so sweet! There is also a round flower center included. The set also includes two leaves. The larger of the two leaves can also be used as a feather.
Posey Flowers Sets 2, 3, and 4 include some of my very favorite posey and leaf shapes in different sizes. Use each set on its own or mix and match them all on projects. They all work wonderfully together.
The posey shapes are really cute as flat appliqué shapes and make wonderful dimensional flowers. The shapes work well as cute posies and as realistic millinery style flowers.
If you have been on Pinterest lately you know that DIY felt flowers are crazy popular. These dies are going to make it easy for you to create those super popular looks quickly and easily!
I’m happy to say that the entire collection of dies coordinate wonderfully with my line of stencils from StencilGirl Products too!
Can I use Crafter’s Edge Fab Dies with my Big Shot or Platinum Machine?
Because these thin dies have a deeper blade, they are thicker than thin dies from other companies. Crafter’s Edge has an amazing die cutting machine called the Crossover II. The cool thing about this machine is that the rollers are adjustable so that you can move them to work with any type of die. But what if you already own a die cutting machine like the Sizzix Big Shot or the Spellbinder’s Platinum?
You can use my Crafter’s Edge Fab dies with other brands of die cutting machines like the Sizzix Big Shot or BigKick (also Fabi and Vintaj) or the Spellbinders Platinum! You will need a Crafter’s Edge Metal Adapter (linked below) that will replace one of the clear cutting pads in the Sizzix and Spellbinders “sandwiches”. The Crafter’s Edge Metal Adapter comes in two sizes: Large and Small. You can see an example of the “sandwich” with the adapter HERE.
If you have an Accuquilt Go! machine you will need the Go! Conversion Platform Set.
Etched Metal Embellishments too!
I am beyond crazy in love with my new etched metal embellishments and based on the response at the release, others are too! For a very long time I have wanted a charm or tag that I could add to different handmade projects to signify that they are something handmade and from my heart. I am so beyond excited that I not only got my dream metal embellishments, but that they include my hand lettering!
Here is a closer look… as you can see, they are really thin which is nice because they won’t add a lot of bulk or weight to your project.
Fun Fact- The quilt block featured on this tag is the Missouri Star. I featured it as a nod to my home state of Missouri!
You can very easily add color to these or use them as is. I’ll be showing you several ways to add color to them in future tutorials.
Just imagine how cute these will look attached to your stitchery, appliqué, or quilt projects. And think about how cute they would be attached to a bow on a handmade card or dangling from a ribbon on a mini book. There are just so many types of projects and ways to use them!
And finally, check out this bar style? I can’t wait to put this one on the back of a mini book!
Keeping this collection a secret has been so hard! I can’t wait to show you some of the things I’ve made with the collection and to see what you’ve made with them! (Join my Facebook Group: Handmade Heartfelt Friends to share your creations.)
See something you need? Everything is available now through the Crafter’s Edge online store (see the links below).
Thank you for letting me share my excitement! I hope you love it all as much as I do!