As I mentioned yesterday this is my current favourite
Sizzix/Alterations Bigz Die called
I think I like it so much because it reminds me of
the fairytale 'The Tinder Box' by Hans Christian Anderson.
Not that the soldier in the story was a toy one, and having
just re-read the story as an adult it's a little bit unsavoury - lol.
I thought the soldier was a good guy, but he cut off the witch's
head when she wouldn't tell him why the tinder box was so special -
oh well, never mind, I still love this Bigz Die.
I decided to make some bunting with it and it
became advent present number 19 for my swap partner Victoria.
I cut the soldiers from felt and card,
painted their legs, boots and faces
and grunged them up with some pencil.
I stitched them with military looking buttons onto some navy ribbon.
Following the tutorial on YouTube
I did just that and decorated it with some
old sheet music and another of the soldiers.
This is probably my favourite of all the gifts I made
and I think I'll be using the die over and over again.
.... shame I'm now dis-illusioned about that soldier in
The Tinder Box story though -
next I'll find out that Father Christmas doesn't really exist!!!!
Thanks for looking :)