Wednesday, August 5, 2020

Comfort Zone Crafting Dies + Giveaway

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I've told you before that when we finally got a TV when I was nearly 18, some of my happiest TV moments were spent watching Simon & Simon, Murder She Wrote, Magnum PI and Moonlighting with my mom while cross stitching. I LOVED cross stitch and needlepoint, and still to this day I cannot watch TV without doing something - probably because I didn't watch TV until I was technically an adult, and it felt weird (and still does) to just sit there.

So now when I watch TV, I either stitch or do crossword puzzles. So when my friend Nina asked if I wanted to try out her new Stitchables dies I was all YES PLEASE! So I've happily spent many evenings doing mini stitching projects which you will see today. 

Jennifer McGuire told me she prefers #5 Perle Cotton to embroidery floss for stitching paper and she's right. That's what I used for this whole project and it's awesome. I bought mine from Herrschner's which has great service. It's not as fiddly as multi-strand embroidery thread.

I actually MUCH prefer stitching on paper to stitching on cloth - it's so much easier and neater. I just used my normal stamping cardstock from the place I get mine cut

So to start with, I purchased these adorable, inexpensive Pokemon patterns on Etsy. OH MY GOSH. If you are playing Pokemon Go, you will love these. If you're not, you will love these. SO CUTE. This seller has a few great Pokemon patterns.

I created the coasters with these blanks - these are the right size for the dies, but they come in various sizes, and this super strong sticky tape to hold them together, and then this foil copper tape to make a finished edge. You will need medium binder clips to use as clamps, as you'll see. I never buy black ones - I always buy cute ones like these smiley ones

So here are the finished coasters using this adorable round die - you will see how to make them in the video below! 


Here is the view of the sealed sides of the coasters.

Here's the video for these coasters, and there are more stitched projects below!




The very FIRST project I did with this release was a beloved sugar skull. I downloaded this Dia de los Muertos pattern for free from DMC - I love that both Nina and DMC give you the stitch counts so you instantly know if your pattern fits your die cut. I ignored the colors on the pattern and went with my beloved aqua/red combo. The sentiment is from this bundle, as are the die cut and colored skulls, and this awesome square stitching die was perfect for this pattern.


Now for the Pokemon coasters! I started with this round Stitchables die and white cardstock. I used this ingenious plate for removing the chads, which you'll see in an upcoming video as a shaker card! Waste not want not! Remember, because stitching dies are making many tiny, intricate holes, depending on your cardstock weight you may need to run them through a few times before using the removal plate. Nina has a great video on this plate.

I used this download to stitch all five Pokemon characters - again, disregarding thread numbers and using what I had - just visually choosing the colors. 



Two other free DMC patterns stole my heart - I only have one of them today, but the other will be coming soon. I loved the Taste of Japan free pattern so much - the three girls are so cute I forgot about the sushi, and just stitched one of them on this beautiful Stitchables rectangular pinked die.


Here are all the supplies I used today - come back for giveaway details and a coupon code!
Pokemon Starter Sprites Mini Cross...
[ ETS ]
https://waffleflower.com/collections/...
[ WFF ]
Stitchable Pinking Circle Die
[ WFF ]
Stitchable Pinking Rectangle Die
[ WFF ]
A2 Piercing Panel Die
[ WFF ]
Stitchable Pinking Square Die
[ WFF ]
Hola Mexico Combo
[ WFF ]
Thinking of You Stamp Set
[ WFF ]
Taste of Japan pattern - Free Cross...
[ DMC ]
Mexican Day of the Dead Cross Stitch...
[ DMC ]
Amazon.com : Medium Metal Paper Clips...
[ AMZUS ]
Amazon.com: MEYA Set of 20pcs Clear...
[ AMZUS ]
Therm O Web 0.25 SUPERTAPE Double...
[ SSS ]
Amazon.com: Zehhe Copper Foil Tape...
[ AMZUS ]
Perle Cotton | Herrschners, Inc.  
[ HRR ]
My Sweet Petunia
[ MSP ]
Pre-Cut & Scored Cardstock
[ CTC ]
Art Anthology BIG CRAFT MAT 24x36 311473
[ SSS ]
Heavy Base Weight Card Stock- White
[ GNK ]
MISTI Stamping Tool
[ MSP | HA | SSS | ELH | MFT | UNT ]
Rotatrim Professional Series Cutter -...
[ BLIC ]
LightView 2in1 LED Magnifier for...
[ BRG ]
Teflon Bone Folder - Ellen Hutson LLC
[ ELH | SSS ]
Crafter's Companion GEMINI...
[ SSS ]
Scor-Pal MINI SCOR-BUDDY Scoring...
[ SSS ]
Essentials by Ellen Storage...
[ ELH ]
Die Storage - Clear Storage Pockets...
[ CHC ]
XL Stamp Storage Pockets
[ ELH ]
Mermaid tidy towel case and glue...
[ ETS ]
Lawn Fawn STAMP SHAMMY Cleaner LF1045
[ SSS | CST ]
Airtable: Organize your stamps & dies
[ ART ]
New Releases – WaffleFlower.com
[ WFF ]
Last Chance – 25% off with code...
[ WFF ]



AND - the amazing Nina has created some free, downloadable patterns herself! You can get those here. This is just a tiny sample of what's available. 




There is an awesome blog hop happening with these dies today - and you can win one of THREE $25 gift certificates by leaving comments on the hop. Your next stop is Tessa, and you can see the full hop list starting here. Entries close on Sunday the 9th and you can see winner info here on the 12th. And while you're shopping, use code LASTCHANCE to get 25% off HERE


Have fun stitching! Loveyameanitbye.


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75 comments:

  1. Oh so cute! I, too, cannot just sit and watch tv. I do knitting or needlepoint. May have to try these:)

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  2. Amazing designs and lovely Creations.

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  3. So many cute stitching projects!

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  4. Love your projects! Can’t wait to try some stitched cards!

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  5. Love your projects! Can’t wait to try some stitched cards!

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  6. Love your projects! Can’t wait to try some stitched cards!

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  7. These are so cute. Thanks for the tip on pearl cotton.

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  8. Awesome projects! Love the coasters...
    Thanks for sharing.

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  9. Your sushi girl is adorable. Love the colors!

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  10. Cross-stitch was one of my first crafts that I taught myself to do. Love that this combines a current craft love with something I’ve done in the past. Used cross-stitch on plastics and have done paper before and it is much nicer than fabric. Lave your projects. Thx

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  11. these projects look so gorgeous!

    hugs and kisses from Germany
    silvi

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  12. Definitely some different patterns on the ones you did. These are verstile

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  13. Great designs that are different

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  14. I haven't seen these before. They look great
    Claire Mrs H's Crafty Corner

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  15. Love the patterns available. Gorgeous projects

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  16. My daughter-in-law LOVES Pokemon Go! These will make a perfect gift,and my grandson,who's 4, loves to spin things

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  17. Oh my word! I adore your little Pokemon coasters! How creative! Can't wait to try some out for myself! Thanks for the wonderful inspiration!

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  18. I also LOVE to stitch and these new dies are so very welcome to my world!! Thank you so much for sharing your talents!

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  19. How cute, never thought to try stitching out some to make coasters.

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  20. Beautiful stitching, Lydia. Love the Pokemon coasters. Super cute!

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  21. This is wonderful. I did this many years ago. I still remember spending hours in a craft store going through dozens and dozens of cross stitch books looking for patterns. Really excited about this new release.

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  22. Absolutely love stitching! Cross stitching, stitching on layouts and cards! Stitching obsessed! I too stitch while the family watches movies! Great products and projects!

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  23. These are all amazing! So very cute

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  24. Your story of stitching and watching those shows fits me to a T! I used to stitch lots, until I detached both retinas. I'm thinking I could do this on larger stuff now, instead of the tiny Aida cloth. I switched to card making, but with these dies, I bet I could stitch once again! Love what you have created.

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  25. So much cuteness! I spent a lot of time cross stitching once upon a time. Your projects are such fun!

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  26. Such cute cross stitch...love how you made the coasters. Very creative!

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  27. Coasters!? Genius. Also, the little girl is adorable! Need to show my exchange student. She will love.

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  28. I agree with you about keeping my hands busy while watching TV. Creating a card with these dies would be great for that purpose!

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  29. Great look at the project ideas. So useable in many projects.

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  30. Oh so fun Lydia!! Tool my son to some raids and decided to watch your video while he played and he giggled as I listened. Think I will be making some Pokémon coasters!!!

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  31. Such a great thing to do while my family watches tv. So cute!

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  32. Super cute projects! I have a friend that loves sugar skulls - shirts, purse and lanyard for school. I'm going to add these dies to my wishlist.

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  33. You are in my thoughts is such an adorable design! SHE IS ADORABLE!

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  34. Oh my gosh I love it all! Such great projects! My son would freak out over those coasters lol

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  35. Great idea to make coasters. Love the stitching. TFS

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  36. Every thing is adorable. Great idea with the coasters.

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  37. I love your coasters! What a great idea! I just love the stitchables collection and the possibilities are endless! Thanks for the inspiration!

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  38. Your coasters are adorable! ūüíó

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  39. Your taste of Japan card is literally the cutest thing ever. She is so sweet, I was want to hug her! Thanks for sharing your creativity!

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  40. I love the coaster idea. Thank you.

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  41. Talk about fun dies
    to use! Love them
    and your cute cards.
    Great designs.
    Carla from Utah

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  42. These are all so fun! I love the idea of trying #5 Perle Cotton! Thanks for sharing that info. I'm anxious to try this out! Looks like a lot of fun!

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  43. Wow, your projects are fabulous! I'm crushing hard on these dies.❤

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  44. What a creative idea to make coasters. That way you enjoy your work much more.

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  45. Super cute, and the possibilities are endless!

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  46. ACCCKKK!!!! The sugar skull design. Dang cute!!!

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  47. The coasters are such a cute idea! I love your cards too, especially the sweet Japanese girl!

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  48. You have made really cute Pokémon coasters, I love them. The Japanese doll looks so pretty.

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  49. I rarely just sit and watch tv too! I didn’t get a coloured tv until I was a teen and of course thought I was the only kid in the world to have to suffer such hardship! It’s nice to meet someone who can relate! Your creations are so cute!

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  50. What fun ideas :) The coasters are a fun touch for the kids :)
    Look fabulous :)

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  51. So cute! I would have never thought about coasters! Great unique gift idea!

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  52. Love this new release! Cute stitching projects!

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  53. I've been adding cross stitch pieces to my cards for decades, so it's awesome to try these dies.

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  54. I got my needlepoint out of the closet (put
    it there when I got into paper crafting)a
    few weeks ago. Got tired of reading, doing
    jigsaw puzzles, and spending time on the
    computer. Loved seeing these dies. Now
    I can combine two crafts - card making and
    my needlepoint. Your projects are fun.
    thanks for sharing
    txmlhl(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  55. Fantastic designs! They really are very special and super cute. I’ll have to get my old cross stitch books out.

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  56. LOVE the idea of making coasters! Wonderful projects!

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  57. I LOVE those lil pokemon! Gotta cath 'em all!

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  58. Such fun projects!!! I especially love that you stitched Pokemon and made coasters out of them!! Thanks so much for sharing and inspiring!!!

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  59. So cute! Do you play Pokémon Go? Want a new friend?

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  60. Love love love your projects! I need these stichables in my ife! They'd be perfect for crafting while also enjoying TV!

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  61. I think these new stitchables are too cool. Love your coasters and I am getting that Pokemon pattern. My grandson was crazy for Pokemon and even in his 30's still loves the characters.

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  62. They look wonderful!
    Making stitched cards would be so much fun!
    Thanks for the inspiration.

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  63. Your Pokémon coasters are amazing! My daughter is all about Pokémon right now.

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  64. So cute!
    Thanks for sharing.

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  65. Awesome ideas...thanks for sharing your video!

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  66. I am soooo excited with the counted cross stitch die. Actually for years I wished for this. I have soooo many books and have tried to poke holes to do this. Cannot wait to get this! THANKS WAFFLEFLOWER a wish come true! (May I suggest that you make a die that has proper placement to sew on sead beads too and soon, because they are not square!?.)yay

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  67. Very cute way of using these dies. I love cross stitching, but usually knit or crochet when watching something on TV.

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  68. I like your fun stitched projects.

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