Hi friends- I am happy to introduce a new feature to the blog! Every other Friday you will see the work of a featured Guest Designer.
Today we will meet Susie Bentz. She lives fairly close to me but I have only gotten to know her in the past year or so. Her work is exquisite. She helped me with some samples for my last release and I was fascinated to watch how she works… First of all- she was very comfortable putting together a 12″ x 12″ layout. That would take me a week!
She also thinks about how she wants to do something before actually doing it! This is revolutionary- (I am more of a “Let’s put it here and see how it looks” kind of person). Susie is one of those people that has a great eye for composition as I think you will see from her work. She has a clean style that is very pleasing to the eye and I love seeing everything she creates.
Here’s what Susie is up to…
Today I am sharing a layout I created using some new sewing themed dies designed by Eileen Hull for Sizzix. I love using dies to create custom embellishments for my layouts! It is one way to make sure that my pages are just a little bit different! I paired the die cuts with the Sew Lovely Collection from Carta Bella – perfect for My Little Seamstress!
I used the Flower and Leaf Stitchlits to create this little bouquet! The Thinlits dies cut through paper, fabric, foam, leather, denim, canvas and felt! I used multiple colors of felt for the flowers and leaves and used a green canvas for the stems.
If you take a close look you can see that two of the stems are pierced. This die system allows you the option of cutting solid or pierced elements – stems, flowers or leaves – so that if you wanted to add a little stitching detail it is super easy!
For the background, I tore a piece of paper off of a real sewing pattern I was done with and adhered it along the left side. On top of that I layered a strip of washi that looks like a mearsuring tape and some pieces cut from the Border Strips page. I sprinkled stickers from the Element Stickers sheet and more felt flowers around the layout.
My favorite element on the page has to be the die cut Embroidery Hoop! I covered mat board with wood grain paper before I cut it out. In the center, I used the Handmade Label die to cut the words from green and pink cardstock. I used the same die set to emboss cream cardstock then layered the letters on top. Finally I hand colored the heart in the center and added pen stitching.
If you would like to see more samples of projects using these wonderful dies from Eileen Hull, check out this video:
Thanks for stopping by and I hope you find some time to play today! Susie
Materials for Sew Lovely Layout:
- Sizzix Embroidery Hoop Die by Eileen Hull
- Sizzix Flower and Leaf Stitchlits Thinlits by Eileen Hull
- Sizzix Hand Made Thinlits Die by Eileen Hull
- Carta Bella Sew Lovely Collection
- Matboard – Sizzix Little Sizzles, white
- Washi tape
- Embroidery floss