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Posted in Design Team, Sewing DIY, Sizzix, tagged altered tag, Authentique/Hampton Art stamps, bigz flower 3-d die, bigz leaves die, Eileen Hull, embroidery, fabric collage, Framelits Hearts Scallop #2 die set, pillow, pinkeep on May 13, 2013 | 25 Comments »
I think most of you are well aware by now of my love for wee small stitchery things. There’s something about stacks of fabric and colorful embroidery floss that releases the happy, happys in me. Seems like I’ve almost always got some type of sewing project or other going on. Lately, I’ve been enjoying combining my new stash of Sizzix dies into my fabric creations. After all, die cutting isn’t only for paper.
This little heart pinkeep pillow was made with love for my mom for Mother’s Day. Just a little something to remind her how much she is loved. I’m hoping she can tuck this into some little nook or cranny, some basket or bowl or teacup, and that it will give her a smile and a warm hug from me every time she sees it.
For someone who likes instant gratification, like I do, a little pinkeep project like this is just the ticket. And with the help of dies to do all the cutting, half the work is already done for you. Do I ever LOVE that! If you’d like to make one of your own, here’s a few steps for you.
Start by die cutting several Framelits Scalloped Heart #2 shapes from the fabric of your choice. You will need two of the largest hearts for the base of the pinkeep, and one of the second-to-the-largest hearts to stitch and layer. I used plain muslin for my top stitched layer and the back of my pillow, and a pretty hand-dyed wool felt for the front. Run the fabric through your die cutting machine using the same “sandwich” used for paper. Most fabrics will cut cleanly with one pass, but if you find that isn’t the case, try rolling the fabric back and forth through the machine several times, or add a thin piece of chipboard to the top of your die cutting sandwich before running through.
Working with the smallest scalloped heart, stamp a sentiment onto the fabric. Use any die or archival ink that you may have. Since this pillow will most likely never be washed, it isn’t necessary to use specialty fabric ink.
Lightly draw a pattern onto the heart in pencil. Here’s where you can let your creative spirit flow.
Lightly tack stitch or adhere the smaller heart onto the felt heart that will become the front of the pinkeep. Place the two largest hearts together and machine stitch around the edges, leaving enough of an opening to fill the heart with fiber fill before stitching all the way closed.
Die cut the small flower from the Bigz 3-D Flower die using pink felt. Die cut two of the smallest leaves from the Bigz Leaves die in green felt. Starting at the outer end of the flower, roll the flower and secure with tacky glue. Adhere flower to the pillow.
Trim off the stems from the leaves and add some decorative stitching. Adhere leaves and a small button to the pillow.
Be sure to save the negative bits of fabric that are left behind after die cutting, as they can be used on other projects, like my artsy fabric collage tag.
I hope all you wonderful moms out there had a fabulous Mother’s Day yesterday, surrounded by those you love! Thanks so much for stopping by!
Stamps: Stampin’Up, Authentique/Hampton Art
Ink: Stampin’Up, Colorbox
Tag, Cardstock: The Kraft Outlet
Patterned Paper: SEI
Measuring Tape: Therm O Web
Fabric, Buttons, Hemp, Pin, Fiber Fill: Craft Supply
Lace: American Crafts
Although National Scrapbook Day was officially this past Saturday, the festivities are continuing all month at Little Yellow Bicycle. So if you are like me and didn’t get a chance to play along last weekend, there’s still plenty of time to join in on all the fun.
There are lots of challenges to choose from. There’s a spring/summer color challenge and a Hot off the Presses challenge using our brand new collection Poppy. Sketch lovers will adore the sketch challenge. And then there’s my favorite challenge……….the Favorite Collection Challenge. And since I didn’t get to play last Saturday, I’m sharing a card today featuring my favorite collection, Just Because.
Just Because I still can’t get enough of this beautiful line.
Papers are from the 6×6 Paper Pad. I used transparencies from the Clear Cuts and made my own pieced tag by combining bits and pieces of several of the Journaling Cards. Then I finished off with lots of goodies from the Naturals Collection. Love how seamlessly the Naturals flow with any paper collection.
If you haven’t had a chance to check out all the challenge deets, you can find them here. And for anyone who might be interested, Little Yellow Bicycle is offering a 20% discount on all purchases through today in their online store. Just use code: NSD2013
Wishing everyone a very happy Mother’s Day this weekend, whether you are celebrating the day for yourself, or sharing it with the wonderful women in your life! Thanks so much for stopping by! You all make my day so much brighter!
JB-304 6X6 Paper Pad (24 sheets - 2 each of 12 designs) JB-230 Clear Cuts Shapes - with foil accents (27 pieces) JB-134 Journaling Cards - with thermography (10 pieces) JB-277 Stick Pins (15 pieces) NA-JT20 Jute Pack - Bright (4 colors, 72" each) NA-BF20 Layered Burlap Flowers - Mum NA-CVB10 Canvas Borders - Style 1 NA-CW20 Canvas Words - Style 2
Therm O Web and Simple Stories are joining forces this week to bring you a ton of inspiration for last-minute Mother’s Day gift ideas. We’ve got lots of beautiful projects to share, and of course there are great prizes up for grabs. We’ll be giving away a collection pack of the gorgeous Vintage Bliss line, along with some amazing Therm O Web adhesive, of course. Be sure to visit both blogs for more details.
Words simply cannot describe how happy the Vintage Bliss collection makes me. The sweet prints and soft color combo with a modern vintage twist are sooo up my shabby little alley. So of course I had an absolute ball creating this fun little gift set for Mother’s Day. There’s a pretty card for mom, and a giftie pocket pouch, too.
The card is lots of layers of my favorite patterns from the 12×12 Collection pack, mixed with matching cardstock stickers and rustic trims. I threw in some of my new Sizzix dies, as well. Created an unusual reverse-scallop border using the negative of the interlocking ovals decorative border strip die along the right side. I do so have a hard time letting anything go to waste. I played with negative space with the tags, too.
The pocket pouch can be filled with all sorts of sweets for mom. And you can easily adapt the size of your pocket to fit a variety of treats and customize it to perfectly suit your theme. Does Mom love coffee or tea, sweets or candy? How about filling this pouch with seed packets for a mom who loves to garden. Or bath and body products to pamper mom. The possibilities are endless.
I’ve got the full step-by-step directions for creating this gift pouch on the Therm O Web blog, if you’re interested in taking a peek.
Thanks so much for stopping by, my friends! It’s still rainy and gloomy here, but on a bright note……I just realized this is my 1,000th blog post. Phew! That’s a lot of yacking! I owe all of you a HUGE thank you for all the visits and sweet comments you’ve left for me over those 1,000 posts. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again…..blog buddies are the BEST!
Therm O Web Stitchn’Sew Woven Sew-In Interfacing- Soft
Therm O Web Fabric Fuse Tape
Therm O Web XL Memory Tape Runner
Therm O Web 3D Adhesive Squares
Therm O Web Medium Zots Clear Adhesive Dots
Simple Stories Vintage Bliss Collection:
12×12 Collection Kit and 12×12 Simple Basics Kit
Dies: Sizzix- On The Edge Distressed Doily, Thinlits Die Set Tags, Decorative Border Strip Ovals, Interlocking
Trim: Stampin’Up, American Crafts, Craft Supply
Posted in Authentique Paper, Design Team, tagged altered gift tin, Footloose Stamp Set, Grateful Heart Stamp Set, Hampton Art, Keep Me Posted Stamp Set, Remembrance Collection, stamping on May 6, 2013 | 22 Comments »
I am so excited to share an altered gift tin with you today that pairs Hampton Art/Authentique co-branded stamps with Authentique’s gorgeous Remembrance collection. Truly a perfect partnership! And a fun way to upcycle an old empty tin into something useful and new, too.
I have to admit that I’m sort of a sucker for pretty packaging, and I love coming up with new ways of boxing up those special gifts. It’s really quite easy dressing up the front of almost any recycled container, like this Maya Road embellishment tin. I’m sure I’m not the only one who has a whole stash of those just waiting to be used!
The lid of the tin is almost the same size as a standard card base, so that’s what I started with. Once I was done with the card, I added a bit of extra lace on the bottom, and it was pretty much a perfect fit.
I have a step-by-step photo tutorial up on the Authentique blog, if you’re interested in taking a peek.
Thanks so much for stopping by my friends! We’re starting off another week with cold and gloomy rain. I’m really craving some sunshine right about now. Hope things are a bit sunnier in your neck of the woods!
Postage Stamp Punch: Fiskars
If that old saying about April showers is true, with the beginning of the month of May, it’s time to start thinking about planting some flowers. So today we thought it would be fun to showcase our own garden of creativity with our Fern and Forest Girl Paper Flower Kit on the Little Yellow Bicycle blog.
FNG-304 6×6 Paper Pack (24 sheets – 2 each of 12 designs)
FNG-305 Paper Crafting Kit (88 pieces)
FNG-279 Chipboard Shapes – with glitter accents (28 pieces)
NA-SP10 Stick Pins – Wood Buttons
Making up a package of treats is one of my favorite simple gift ideas. They are quick and easy, and work for pretty much everyone on my gift-giving list. They make fabulous party favors, too. And best of all, you can adapt them to any size or theme you wish, making this gift idea perfectly customizable for any occasion.
Today I am excited to share some spring-inspired sweet treats I created for my first official design team project on the Sizzix blog. Wouldn’t these be a great idea for those end-of-the-year teacher appreciation gifts? Or perhaps some sweets for Mother’s Day? If Mom is a gardener, you could substitute seeds. Or tea for the tea lover? The possibilities are endless.
The base of these sweet containers are made from just a strip of paper and a few simple folds. I created a window opening in the front panel and secured a cello bag filled with candies inside. They really could not be more easy and quick to put together. Then have fun dressing up your containers to match your theme. For me, pretty much every occasion seems to call for flowers and butterflies.
Aren’t those flowers just beautiful? I am always so smitten with the rolled flower dies. These are the Scrappy Cat Sizzlits 3D Rose Flower die. I added the flowers to a simple topper made from die cut On the Edge Distressed Doilies, tied with pretty trim. Tuck in a few leaves and a quick banner strip, and you are done. I have a full step-by-step photo tutorial on the Sizzix blog, if you’d like to see more.
Thanks so much for stopping by, my friends! I hope you all had a wonderful weekend, and I hope today is even better!
Cardstock: Stampin’Up (Naturals)
Patterned Paper: WeRMemoryKeepers (yellow gingham), October Afternoon (blue dots), My Mind’s Eye (green)
Embellishments: Maya Road Canvas Butterflies
Trim: Stampin’Up (seam binding), Craft Supply (string)