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This month The Virtual Crafting Challenge is all about Die Cutting and Embossing. So here is a project featuring a die cut tag which I embellished.

Hand made tote bag with embellished gift tag

Hand made tote bag with embellished gift tag

The bag is an Easter gift for MIL, it features

  • Die cut was created using The Slice Elite and Design Card: Remember This
  • Zig Calligraphy Markers
  • Zig Art & Graphic Pens and Rock n Roll flower technique.
  • Zig Wink of Stella pens

Here is a close look at the tag

Die cut gift tag, with hand drawn elements

Die cut gift tag, with hand drawn elements

The calligraphy and hand drawn elements add a personal touch to a quickly made tag. How do you use your die cuts?

Best wishes and thanks for reading, see you soon

Billie :)

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In today’s post I’d like to share a video tutorial for more techniques in my Rock n Roll series with Zig Pens. This time I’ll show you how to create butterflies and bows.

 

For the projects on the video I used the following Zig Markers.

  • Brushables
  • Calligraphy Markers
  • Writers

You can also use the Art & Graphic pens too, I didn’t have those until after this film was made.

For more information on stockists and colours in each range, plese visit Kuretake’s website.

Best wishes and thanks for watching, see you soon

Billie :)

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Today a video tutorial featuring the Calligraphy markers by Zig. I’ll be showing you around the pen and then some techniques for using them.

Best wishes and thanks for reading, see you soon

Billie :)

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In today’s post I will be reviewing;

Zig: Calligraphy pen

Zig: Calligraphy pen

Product Details

  • Manufacturer/Brand; Kuretake, Zig Memory System
  • Item; Calligraphy

Reason For Buying

I was lucky enough to be sent some samples of these new pens, from Kuretake to try out.  I have been doing calligraphy on and off for years and have seen these pens on TV and was excited to get to try them.

Pros/Cons

Pros

  • Acid Free
  • Archival
  • Pigment ink
  • Double Ended; 2.0 mm and 5.0 mm
  • Plenty of colours in the range
  • Small nib great for larger projects and the smaller nib perfect for adding sentiments to the inside of cards or smaller projects.
  • Works great on; Smooth card, like the Rhymans card
  • Superb ink flow
  • Great nibs, not scratchy
  • Great range of  colours
  • You can watercolour with them
  • Co-ordinate with other pens in the Zig range

Cons

I tried to find some, but haven’t any complaints.

Build Quality

Excellent. These pens have well-fitting lids that are easy to remove. Stored flat the ink flows well, they write beautifully and if anyone is nervous of using traditional ink pens for calligraphy, I highly recommend these. So far I’ve been using Berol pens for calligraphy projects. These Zig markers are light years better than those,  a joy to use and so many colours to choose from.

Value for Money

Excellent. They are fairly priced for the quality of the product.

Would I buy it Again?

Yes!!! I need lots of these :)

Summing up

I really enjoyed using these pens, they work well and are reliable. There are so many lovely colours that you couldn’t get board with them. What I hadn’t expected was that you can even water-colour with these pens. So if you like colouring in stamped images you could do that with these, as well as writing a beautiful sentiment.

I had seen demos on TV, where they let the ink flow from a darker colour calligraphy pen, into the nib of a paler one. I was scared of wrecking the pens but I was brave and tried it. WOW the results are superb, really effective, and just like they showed on TV if you scribble on scrap card the dark ink will run out and you get back to the original colour scheme.

Try them, either a pack or just one, but do try them. Great quality, great value and great fun!

Links

Come back on friday, to see the video demo I made for these pens and some techniques for using them.

Many thanks to Kuretake for giving me the opportunity of trying these pens, they are superb and I look forward to using them for more projects.

Best wishes and thanks for reading, see you soon

Billie :)

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In today’s post I’d like to share a picture of the latest sewing project I just finished;

New tote bag for knitting kit

New tote bag for knitting kit

 

Now I seem to have been bitten by the knitting bug, I thought it would be nice to have a knitting bag, rather than a Really Useful box that I had been using for my yarn, especially for the longer needles!

This bag started from the fabric produce bag  instructions on Daisy Janie’s Blog. It evolved as I went on, and this is the second generation. I altered the order in which I created the seams to give a neater finish to the top edge. My fabric is upholstery weight so was too bulky for the shorter second handle, so I cut extra fabric to create the second handle. When I’ve had more practice it would be nice to add a pocket to the front for my notebook of instructions, and a ribbon to hold my needles to the inside. But this is a very nice compact bag to have just by the chair and not too bulky to carry around.

The small size also stops me filling the bag with everything I own relating to knitting, which I simply do not need next to me for the project in hand and would otherwise clutter up the bag! (You can tell I’m a new knitter eh, bet you get more and more stash and give up this neat freak thinking as you go along ;) )

When I get to grips with interfacing I’d love to try to make a Bagsket, as seen on Foofangle’s excellent tutorial, now this looks a great way to stop your ball of yarn disappearing across the room. But that is a project for much further down the line, when I stop buying other craft stash and have some funds left for buying fabric. ;)

The little tag features Zig Calligraphy markers, highlighted with Wink of Stella pens. I’m making one of these for MIL for a Mothers Day gift and wanted to practice the lettering.

There are some truly superb tutorials for sewing projects around blog land. I’ve collected some useful sites together at the top of the blog, under the tab marked ‘Textiles’. Just a few to get you started. If you have favorites you’d like to share, let me know and I’ll check em out :)

Best wishes and thanks for reading, see you soon

Billie :)

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