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Quiltologie Mini Quilt Kit Review

Quilting, Tutorial, Decor, Reviews, Crafts, Sewing, How to, DiyGabriela SimsComment

Hello there everyone! I saw these wonderful quilt kits at JoAnn and decided to try one out. They come with everything except the batting, fusible web, and thread, but if you quilt, you already have those things! The pattern has all of the cutting and piecing instructions; so you can get started right away even if you do not have any batting handy. I did my cutting all at once and then started piecing.

 

 These are eyes! 

These are eyes! 

The most satisfying part was getting all of my fox blocks done.  This is also the most challenging part, if you make it through this, everything else is a breeze.

 

 

 Pressed and ready! 

Pressed and ready! 

I finished with some simple FMQ and this is now proudly displayed in my cube at work! 

 

 This was before the "final" press. 

This was before the "final" press. 

I had a great time making this and I was able to complete it in a weekend, but you could do it in a few hours if you focus. I think it's totally worth the price and if you use a 40% off coupon, you can get it for under $10. There are several patterns available, so if you want to start quilting, these are great! Thanks for stopping by, happy crafting!

-Gaby

Sizzix eclips 2 Review and Unboxing

Tools, Sizzix, Die Cutting, Paper crafting, Reviews, Unboxing, Crafts, eclips 2, DiyGabriela SimsComment

Hi there crafty peeps!  I am back with a video that I recorded a few months ago (I know!) to review and unbox the Sizzix eclips2! I am super excited about this and I cannot wait to do more projects with this machine.  I am especially excited about learning the ECAL software because I think it will allow me to make some cut files that I have been thinking about for a while, without having to go through Illustrator.  Anyway, check out the video below for the full review.

Overall I really like it and I'm excited to see what else it can do as well as what else is available in the Sizzix store.  One thing I mentioned in the video is that it is larger that my Cricut Explore, it is also bigger than the Scan n' Cut 2, just wanted to share that.  Ok, that's all for now, but I will be back into the regular swing of things pretty soon, I have some more reviews to share, including one on the We R Memory Keepers Stitch Happy. Happy crafting!

-Gaby

My Monthly Hero - April 2017 Review and Card

Cards, Crafts, Paper crafting, Reviews, Unboxing, Hero ArtsGabriela SimsComment

Hello there! I hope you are doing well.  I recently ordered my first kit from Hero Arts' My Monthly Hero Kit and I will be reviewing that today and making a card. I received my kit on Friday and made a card the same night because I was so excited about it.  I have been of the fence a few times with kits and ultimately did not buy them, but I am very happy with this one. You get a really nice value, the kit is $34.99 plus shipping, but the stamp and die set would probably cost that much on their own, so it's like all of the other things are free.  Check out the review below.

 

As you can see, I am very happy with this kit and that card came together very quickly. I have not started a subscription yet, but I will be keeping an eye out on the kit contents from now on.  Thanks for stopping by and happy crafting.

-Gaby

iPad Pro is Everything and I've Been Missing Out

Reviews, Graphic, Drawing, iPad Pro, Lettering, How to, Hand Lettering, Graphic design, Diy, ToolsGabriela SimsComment

Maaaaannnn, where do I begin!? I finally sat down to use an iPad Pro to try handlettering because I keep seeing everyone using ProCreate, so I wanted to try it. When I tell you that I literally improved my lettering in minutes, I am not exaggerating. I even rewatched a time lapse video of my first attempt and you could see the progress after 35 minutes! That's a really neat feature by the way; you can export a video of your art work. I am just starting out, so I am super excited about practicing and learning more. Before I was using my Wacom pad and Adobe Illustrator; I won't get rid of that, but I can tell an immediate difference in ease of use and results.

 Some lyrics from "This Town" 

Some lyrics from "This Town" 

Below you can watch the video of me starting to use the software and finally getting the lettering right. 

 

I cannot stress enough how excited I am! I even did another picture for the #DNDchallenge.  You can get the full list of prompts over on www.bydawnnicole.com along with some other cool tips and techniques about hand lettering! Yesterday's prompt was "Hot Pink" and I may have gotten carried away.

 So easy to do backgrounds!  

So easy to do backgrounds!  

I will be using this more than my Wacom I think, any letterers out there care to chime in? Leave a comment about what method you prefer; is it iPad, Wacom, or paper? Thanks for stopping by and happy crafting.

-Gaby