Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Quilted Sunglasses Case

 It's the August edition of Tuesday Threads with Karen.
 I've sewn a few larger projects for my sewing room over the last few months, so I decided that it was time for something quick & easy... and more of a personal item.  Here is my attempt of a quilted sunglasses case that I found on Pinterest (here):
 I started out by drawing out my pattern on a piece of paper, metric & standard measurements as shown:
 I cut the pattern out of two different fabrics from the Shop Hop collection designed by Ai owner/illustrator, Bonnie Krebs - available through Henry Glass Co.  I also cut a slightly larger piece of Therm O Web's Heat 'n Bond High Loft Fusible Fleece that I sandwiched between the two fabrics.
 I taught myself how to do a "stippling" pattern of free motion quilting with my sewing machine - which is an irregular squiggle pattern that you create by twisting and turning the piece to be quilted, as you sew.  I didn't have the right presser foot for my sewing machine, so I did the best that I could with my regular foot.  Here's a better shot so that you get the idea:
 I sewed a contrasting colour of bias tape around the perimeter of my shape, adding in a loop that will hold the case together when it's finished.  I flipped it over and hand sewed the bias tape on the underside for a clean finish.
 I folded the sides together as shown below, and stitched across them, about 2cm (3/4") in from each point.  When you turn the case right side out, these form little square bottom corners that give the case some shape, and allow it to sit upright.
I slip stitched the side edges of the bias tape together, and anchored the opening with a whip stitch to secure the ends - this will keep the glasses snug inside the case:

 And finally, I sewed a button on that will keep the case shut when the loop of bias tape is secured over it:
 This was so fun to sew!  It makes a great afternoon project, and would be a great gift for a Girlfriend.
Happy Sewing everyone!


Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Baseball anyone?

 I'm sharing a couple of cards made with one of the new Get Well stamp sets - here is Baseball Set (Sku #4904):
  These are fairly quick and fun - I let the patterned paper do the talking.
 These are just a little larger than a regular A2 sized card - I made them 6" x 4 3/4".  That oval die is a pretty good size, and I wanted to see more of the patterned paper.  I coloured them with my Copic markers and cut the sentiment into a speech bubble before adhering it with Pop Dots.
 Copics used - Skin tones: E11, E00, E000, E34, E31, R30, R20
Hair: Y26, Y23, E50, E18, E07, E02
Blues: B97, B95, B93, B91, B02, B01, B000, B0000
Oranges: YR07, YR04, YR02, YR00
Greys: W5, W3, W1
Browns: E55, E53, E51


Thursday, August 10, 2017

Showered With Love Challenge

The current challenge on the Ai blog is "Showered With Love" - we want to see your Shower cards, either Baby or Wedding.  I went with wedding, as I've had this bouquet idea using the Art Impressions Watercolor stamps for a while:
 Typically, the Ai florals are used with a pot or container of some kind, but I thought they would make a great wedding bouquet (although this would make a great birthday or thank you card, too!)  I stamped my flowers in shades of pink and purpley-blue, tucked in some greenery, then hand drew in the ribbon that ties them together.  Finally, I added the stems.  I used a damp paintbrush to soften all the lines.
 I used a stitched oval die to trim my watercolour paper, matted it with some Sorbet cardstock and mounted it with pop dots onto my base.  I stitched my patterned paper with my sewing machine before adhering it to the card base, then tied a white organdy ribbon around it and finished up with some epoxy bubbles in blue & green.
 Check out what the rest of the design team has to share today over on the Ai blog, and you can link up your shower creation while you're there.
Watercolour sets used are: WC Flowers

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Celeste

 I haven't coloured up Celeste from Art Impressions in a little while, and I came across this image already stamped and waiting for me, so I got down to business and coloured her up.  Here is Celeste Set (Sku #4326):
 She's priceless.  I adore everything about her - the clothes, the jewelry, and the diva vibe.  I coloured her with Copic markers, and added a little zigzag stitching with my sewing machine.
Happy stamping!
Copics used - E37, E34, E31, YR18, YR16, YR15, YR12, B97, B95, B93, B91, W3, W1, W00, BG13, BG11, YG03, YG01, E13, E11, R37, R35, R32, R30


Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Plaid Girlfriends

I made a trio of Art Impressions cards up for my girlfriend this weekend, using some of my favourite Ai sets, and those pretty Lawn Fawn plaids that I can't get enough of:
 Such gorgeous, summery colours!  Here is Out To Lunch:
 Here is Celeste:
 And here is Picture Perfect:
Patterned papers are Perfectly Plaid, Polka in the Meadow and Watercolor Wishes by Lawn Fawn; Cardstock is White Daisy, Pear & Chocolate, Close to my Heart; Copic Markers; Enamel dots are Your Next Stamp; Inks are Memento, Tuxedo Black & Onyx Black by Versafine;  Stamp sets are Celeste, Picture Perfect & Out to Lunch by Art Impressions

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Old Goat Birthday cards

 I can't believe that it's August 1st already... it means we're officially half way through summer!  And I have a ton of family birthdays in the fall, so I'm working on getting my stash of cards ready to go.  I am using another Funny Farm set today (I adore all the punny sayings in them!).  Here are a couple of cards using Old Goat Set (Sku #AiCS37):
 If I'm not mistaken... I believe this is the first time that I've ever coloured goats!!  I actually did a Google image search to make sure that I was doing it correctly (smile!).  They definitely come in an assortment of colours.  I coloured up the herd, fussy cut them out and adhered them to a matted circle with pop dots:
 It's a well known fact that goats like to chew... so here is one of them gnawing away on the decorations.  I coloured him with my Copics, matted him on black, and added a circle that I zigzag stitched down with gold thread:
 You can find all of the Funny Farm sets here - great images, and fun sentiments to go with them.
 Happy stamping!
Copics used - Browns: E57, E55, E53, E51, E50, E75, E72, E70
Greys - W5, W3, W1, W00
Pinks - R89, R85, R83, R81, RV17, RV15, RV13, RV11, R32, R30
Greens - BG18, BG15, BG13, BG11
Oranges - YR04, YR02


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