Introducing the Twinkle Light and Simple Scalloped Circle Ornament Dies
Good morning, friends! Welcome back for another day of holiday excitement (just a reminder, all of our new products will be available on Saturday, October 1st at Noon EDT)! Thank you so much for your enthusiasm for yesterday's introductions. We have even more to share with you today, so let's get to it!
The Twinkle Light Die (retails for $9) is inspired by strings of vintage lights. This charming little die packs a whole lot of cute in a small package. The unique foldover design makes it effortless to securely string your sweet little bulbs onto twine or yarn for garlands and home decor that will keep on shining for years to come.
The Simple Scalloped Circle Ornament Die (retails for $38) is a basic ornament shape that's sure to become a staple in your collection! The Simple Scalloped Circle Ornament includes three decorative medallions and a circular window element that can be used to create a wide assortment of ornaments that coordinate beautifully without feeling too matchy-matchy. The Simple Scalloped Circle Ornament Die also includes an Inspiration Guide for handy reference.
Let's check in with our guest creators to see what everyone has made with these wonderful new dies!
Chari is working with both of these new dies, but I just couldn't help but share this amazing, colorful strand of lights! See her garland in action along with her beautiful ornament over on her blog HERE!
Dana is making simplicity shine with her Simple Scalloped Circle Ornament project today. The contrasting stitching is so striking against that Cardinal felt! Check out her projects HERE!
If there's one thing that you can count on, it's that Shara is going to think outside the box and come up with something completely amazing. Her votive holders certainly don't disappoint! Check out her Instagram HERE for even more!
Now it's time to share what I've done with today's debut dies. I'm going to start things off with the Twinkle Light Die.
I chose stick with a basic garland for my project today, but I have another home decor project showcasing this die that I'll share later in the week. I wanted today's garland to really lean in to that vintage realism vibe.
I cut several of each color of bulb (six each of Cardinal, Marigold, Tidepool, Arugula, and Tundra; plus Pine Forest for the caps) that resemble the strands of twinkle lights my grandparents used to use in their outdoor light display. I used to love driving around as a kid, looking at the lights. Last winter, we took Tilly out almost every night after dinner. She and I both had the most fun with the colorful houses.
I added just a tiny bit of stuffing to each of my bulbs, but that's truly optional. I just sewed around the bulb parts first and then went back to add the caps. The cap piece simply folds over the end of the bulb, creating a little space that you can slide your yarn or string through. I think yarn gives a more accurate, string light appearance, but you could use whatever you have on hand. These lights are really easy and they're so, so cute! This string of lights is probably 8' or so long.
Next up for today is the Simple Scalloped Circle Ornament Die. I've heard loud and clear that you're all interested in some basic ornament shapes. Hopefully this ornament fills that need a bit.
I've created ornaments with both the Holly Hill and Rustic Cabin Color Stories. Let's start today with Rustic Cabin.
As I mentioned before, this die includes three medallions. This is the largest of the three. You can stitch the teardrop layering shapes either atop or behind the aperture openings for different looks. I'm showing them all here behind the openings.
This is the medium sized medallion. The teardrops on this design are the same size as those in the large medallion, so the layering pieces work for both designs. I also used a couple of layers of quilt batting to stuff this ornament, rather than use the typical polyfil. This results in a slimmer silhouette while still having a bit of softness and dimension.
This is the smallest medallion. For this one, there is a layering piece that encompasses all of the teardrop openings. I love the scallops on this ornament because they lend themselves so nicely to embellishment!
This large medallion may be my favorite though. I love how many opportunities there are for incorporating different colors and embellishments.
I chose to add a monogram to the back of this ornament using the Monogram Alphabet and Inline Monogram Alphabet. The latter just makes it a little easier to place and stitch on the former. There would be plenty of space for initials using the Accessory Alphabet if that's your preference.
Next up, let's take a peek at this ornament in Holly Hill!
See what I'm saying about those scallops being prime embellishment territory?!
You can also use the smaller medallions without the window layer. I like the alternating sizes of sequins here. It's a subtle detail but it adds interest.
The window layer, just like the teardrops, can be sewn either atop or behind the opening. Here I've used a contrasting stitch to bring out that green again.
This last ornament uses the small diamond embellishment included with the die. This is an optional detail, but it's another great way to bring in another pop of color. I want to make oodles of these!
Well, that's all I have to share with you today, but tomorrow is another jam-packed day of introductions. And don't forget to visit the Guest Creators and show them some appreciation for all of their hard work!
THIS GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED:
In the meantime, it wouldn't be a grand debut without a giveaway! Leave a comment on this blog post letting us know if you prefer bright and colorful lights or classic, simple white lights in your holiday decor before 7am EDT on Thursday (9/29) and I will randomly select one winner to receive a $50 credit to our store! The winner will be announced on Saturday (10/1) morning's post at 9am. The winner has 30 days to contact Customer Service (firstname.lastname@example.org) and claim their prize. Good luck and we'll see you tomorrow for even more inspiration!