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I love creating keepsakes for friends and family using my passion for crafting and extensive crafty stash. One of my favourites dies for such projects is the Tim Holtz Mini Sewing Room die, as it is so incredibly versatile. I have used it to decorate a range of items such as notebooks, calendars and fridge magnets to name just a few.
This die is designed for use with a die cutting machine and can be used to cut a range of materials such as card, paper, grungeboard, foil, fabric, chipboard etc. The die set includes a cotton reel, a button and a mannequin die.
I use the mannequin and cotton reel die the most frequently. I tend not to use the button die as I do not think it looks very realistic, and prefer to use real buttons to add a different texture. However this is simply personal preference and I have seen the button die used to great effect.
I love to wrap ribbon, cord, string or twine around the cotton reel once die cut sometimes leaving a loose end trailing across my design or using mini safety pins to make the ends appear secured. The cotton reel looks lovey die cut from Core'dinations cardstock and the edges sanded. Sometimes I also add distress ink to the sanded edges.
This mannequin die looks lovely cut from either plain or patterned card and paper and then embellished. It really is so versatile and each and every time I have used this on a project I have created different finishes by using a range of materials such as lace, ribbon, twine, memo pins, buttons, miniature pegs, flowers, gems and pearls. It looks lovely inked (I like to use my Tim Holtz distress inks) or with glitter. The Tim Holtz Idea-ology range has lots of other items that also co-ordinate beautifully such as the Hangar clips or Ruler Ribbon.
This die is widely available from crafts shops and online and costs around £10.
I love this die it is incredibly versatile and makes beautiful and striking embellishments. I have used the die to decorate cards, notebook covers, wall hangings and even a calendar fridge magnet. Highly recommend.
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