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Study Hall: Stitching with Cut Files —– —– —–


Salutations! Sophie here and I hope you are ready to have some fun with cut files today.  I think cut files are versatile and inexpensive tools to create with. Beyond using them with an electronic diecutting machine, they are perfect as stitching templates too. Here’s how.

Materials You Will Need

Materials Needed

  • Printout of selected cut file (I’m using the sunflowers digital cut file from 17 Turtles)
  • Scissors
  • Paper piercer (Mine was damaged, so I taped a needle to the handle and it works great too!)
  • Needle
  • Embroidery Floss / thread (Some floss have different tones in the same strand, like the pink one in the photo above. Using floss like these makes it easy to get different tones of the same color without having to switch thread colors)
  • Washi tape
  • Coloring medium (Paint, coloring pencils, water color etc.)
  • Cardstock
  • Foam mat (or a mouse pad)


Step 1

Step 1

Roughly cut out the printed sunflower and attach it to a piece of cardstock. Use only a little adhesive to hold your die in place. I would suggest placing glue on areas outside the pattern. For a clearer view of where you would be piercing the holes later, you can use a black pen to outline the shape of the sunflower if you like.


Step 2

Step 2

Using your paper piercer and foam mat, punch holes on the sunflower. Start at a corner and space your holes as evenly as possible. Try not to punch the holes too closely together, as the paper may tear when you stitch later.


Step 3

Step 3

Separate the printout die carefully from the cardstock and erase any residual tape. Thread your needle, knot the end and stitch through the holes. Here, I used the embroidery floss as it is, to achieve a fuller looking bloom. If you like your stitched image to have a thinner outline, use less strands of the floss. Once all your stitching is completed, you can either knot the end or use a little washi tape to secure it.


Step 4

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Color in your image using your medium of choice. Trim away excess cardstock around the image and you are done! As you can see from the photo, I chose not to stitch the center of my sunflowers. Instead, I left the holes empty and outlined them with a brown marker. You can use a French knot for the center or perhaps use some perfect pearls to dot it too.

And here’s a look at my layout using these stitched sunflowers:

Sunshine Smile, @Colortypes Sophie @CliqueKits, #Cliquekits #scrapbooking #DIY #CKhomecoming


Remember I mentioned using floss that come with different tones? The roses on the layout in my previous blog post were stitched using it. This resulted in blooms that had darker outlines in the middle and lighter pink tones on the outer petals.

Sewing Detail Small


Well, I hope you are inspired to create some stitched images of your own. Try different stitches and floss for completely different looks. If you are on the look out for some awesome cut files, don’t forget that you get to take 25% off your order at 17turtles with CK17TURTLES25. And, to make the deal even sweeter, you get to enjoy 25% in the Clique Kits shop using CKNOV25. Both promotions are till the end of November 2014. Do share and leave a comment should you find yourself picking up your needle! Happy stitching and creating!





Locker Room: Tassels Anyone?


Salutations! Sophie here and thank you for taking the time to join me today. Love tassels? I do! I think they make a great embellishment for scrapbooking projects and I love creating my own from scratch.

I love the twine that was included in this month’s kit. Using it, a pair of scissors, a piece of cardboard and some other embroidery floss, I made tassels for the following page:

Little Day Out, @Colortypes Sophie @cliquekits, #cliquekits #scrapbooking #DIY #masqueradeball

Here’s how you can make your own too:

Tassel Floss 1 Small

1. Cut a piece of cardboard (length of cardboard = length of tassel). Cut a small slit at the top of the cardboard and attach one end of the twine through the slit.

2. Wind your twine around the cardboard about 12 times (more rounds = fuller tassel).  Ensure that the last round ends at the bottom of the cardboard.

3. Using a short piece of floss (about 15cm), slide it under all the loops and pull it to the top.

Tassel Floss 2 Small

4. Tie a secure knot at the top.

5. Remove the tassel from the cardboard. Be careful to keep the shape of the tassel.

6. Using another piece of twine, wind 3 rounds near the top of the tassel, before securing it with a knot. Cut through all the twine at the bottom.

And you are done! Cluster your tassels to add greater dimension to your page. If you rather they not swing around too much, staple them on. Here, my tassels help to draw attention to all the tiled black triangles on the page, while adding some playfulness at the same time.

Little Day Out @Colortypes Sophie @cliquekits, #cliquekits #scrapbooking #DIY #masqueradeball

I love how tassels add color to a page and soften the overall feel of the layout.

Little Day Out @Colortypes Sophie @cliquekits, #cliquekits #scrapbooking #DIY #masqueradeball


Tassels can be made from other materials too – like the glassine bag I found in my kit. On this page, I stringed the tassels in a row to resemble poms-poms and stapled them at the bottom of the page.

Do the Write Thing, @Colortypes Sophie @cliquekits, #cliquekits #scrapbooking #DIY #masqueradeball

I love how it appears as if the tassels are swaying pom-poms, to cheer my little girl on, as she learns to write.


To create these glassine tassels,

Tassel Glassine Steps Small

1. Cut a strip of paper along the length of the bag (wider strip = longer tassel). If you want to add color to your tassels, now is a good time to paint them.

2. Snip along the length of the paper, leaving a little margin at the top. To save time, you can fold your paper in half or thirds before doing this.

3. Unfold your paper if you have folded it. Roll paper into a coil tightly and seal the end with a little glue.

4. Finish the tassel by wrapping the top with a little washi tape or patterned paper if you like.


There you have it. Handmade embellishments ready to grace your next page. Have fun making your own tassels and do leave a comment and share your projects that include tassels too!



Prom Committee: October Kit Sneak Peeks



Happy Tuesday everyone! I’m switching it up today and giving you some inspiration for our upcoming kit, Masquerade Ball. Now this kit is already sold out (crazy I know), but if you LOVE our kits and don’t want to miss out on the scrap action, we are welcoming new subscribers in November 2014.

October Mood Board


Above you see a mood board with colors and images (found on Pinterest) with the feeling of our October kit! I have to say, there are some amazing things in this kit! Including… oh wait, I can’t give it away quite yet. We are only a few days away from the reveal! But how about a few sneak peeks of the kit?!?!

CK_Oct14_sneak1  CK_Oct14_sneak2  CK_Oct14_sneak3


Do you see something you LOVE? How about all of it?

Don’t forget to stop by tomorrow for our September Blog Share with our subscribers! Check out what they have created with our September kit and comment on the blogs along the share for a chance to win a prize from us!

Thanks for joining me today! Have a scrap happy rest of your week!