Sunday, March 28, 2010

My Easter purse and accessory bags

I've been hit with the sewing bug hard. I get a fever over looking at the beautiful spring fabrics and the only sure fired medicine I've found for this "bug" is to SEW! I'm having particular fun using fat quarters in ways other than quilting.

This purse was made from a fat quarter and the pattern for the purse, which is called a Buttercup Bag can be found on Made by Rae's blog HERE. Because I wanted to have the upper band and inside lining contrasting yet complementary to the butterfly fabric I used three different fat quarters that coordinated.
I LOVE how my bag turned out. It is so "spring-y" and fresh!

While it is a small bag, it has enough room for a pocket compartment. I used magnetic snaps for the closure. I had never inserted magnetic snaps before making this bag. They are so EASY to attach. I'm going to be using them on everything from now on!

See the buttons? I made covered buttons from the butterfly fabric. How sweet!

Since this bag was so fast to make and I had scraps from the lining, bag and upper left over, I decided to whip up a little zippy pouch. I think the zipper needs a butterfly charm on the pull tab. I'm going to see if I can find one for it.

And who doesn't need to keep a package of tissues handy in their purse? I made this tissue holder/cover in about 30 minutes from start to finish. It took me 30 minutes because I do everything slowly. I KNOW you can make one in 15 minutes. I'm so pokey!

See below? The tissue hold is just simply made like an envelope in which the package of pocket tissues are inserted through the back and you "dispense" clean tissues through the slit on top.

Here is the complete set. I'm so proud of it.

I made this set for someone special. I hope she'll like it!



Friday, March 26, 2010

Chocolate Bunny

This is a quick Chocolate Easter Bunny card that I put together quickly. With Easter a little over a week away and mailing sometimes very slow, I know I've gotten quite behind this year in my card mailing.

The Chocolate Easter Bunny image is one of the new Stampin' Up! stamps I bought in my last order. It is so realistic looking that one is *almost* tempted to lick the chocolate brown ink! tee hee hee!

Card Recipe:
Stamps: Stampin' Up!
Ink: Versafine Vintage Sepia and clear embossing powder
Paper/cardstock: Stampin' Up!
Accessories: Nestibilities oval and scalloped oval dies, Martha Stewart fence border punch, dots and dashes ribbon, prima flowers, pearls and swiss dots Cuttlebug embossing folder.

Brrrr...our weather has turned cold again. We've been spoiled with spring-like warmth but I think March is definitely going to go out like a lion before we will see more sunshine and warmth to help some spring bulbs to bloom. Have a wonderful weekend!


Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Spring is Sprung - POSTCARD

Has Spring Sprung where you live? It sure is trying to here. We don't have any crocus blooming yet but I'm watching for them soon.

Today's Serendipity Stamps Design team has been challenged to create a postcard or something that is stamped and flat that can be mailed without an envelope. For my postcard I used SERENDIPITY STAMPS Cling set Crocus #995QCL. I colored with copic markers and then tried to give my postcard a bit of a distressed/aged look by sponging lightly with Vintage Sepia Versafine ink on the edges and then took my postcard outside and spritzed/splattered with a toothbrush dipped in Walnut Ink.

For more Post Card Inspiration using Serendipity Stamps, be sure to check out the rest of the Serendipity Design Team members work:

Amy Cokley
Anya Schrier
Kathie Bailey
Lynda Benden

Have you made any postcards lately? This was a lot of fun to do...why not give it a try too?



Monday, March 22, 2010

Easter Blessings

Easter Blessings! I've had this gorgeous Stampin' up set for over a month now and finally got the chance to ink it up. Today's Mojo Monday Week 131 Sketch Challenge provided the perfect layout for this lovely set. Sarah Bigelow is this week's mojo sketch designer and her work and ideas for layouts are always outstanding! Sarah's mojo sketch is below:

I actually combined the Stampin' Up daffodils and sentiment stamp with a Papertrey Ink cross stamp.

Daffodils are one of my very favorite spring flowers and I know this bouquet will be among my favorites to use for a variety of occasions.

Card Recipe:
Stamps: Stampin' Up! "Abundant Hope" and Papertrey Ink "Everyday Blessings"
Paper: Martha Stewart designer paper
Ink: Momento tuxedo black and Versamark with antique gold embossing powder, Image colored with Copic Markers
Accessories: Nestibilities oval, rectangle and label dies, ribbon, stickles and gold gem stones.

I hope you are enjoying a sunny new week!



Thursday, March 18, 2010

Fun with Fat Quarters

I've been doing quite number of small sewing projects lately. I've always been a clothing/tailoring and alterations seamstress but lately I've discovered "Fat Quarters" that most people use for creating lovely quilts. I do not quilt. Correction, I've made one quilt in my life. It was entirely handquilted and blocks sewn together by hand. After that one, I never made another.

Well, getting back to the fat quarters, I am finding a lot of fun small and very fast projects to make. The toddler's bib took me about an hour to whip up from cutting to completion. I can make two toddler's bibs from one fat quarter.

Here is another view with the neckline fastened. I used velcro dots for the closure and backed the bib with terry cloth.
We are having dinner tonight with the very special one year old I frequently refer to. (Paul's granddaughter, Alexis). I am bringing cupcakes for dessert and since I know the icing on them is going to be messy I thought perhaps Alexis might need a special bib to catch the crumbs and save her outfit.

I used one of The Pioneer Woman's cupcake recipes from her blog and if you'd like to make these yummy Yellow Cupcakes with Sticky Chocolate Icing you can find the recipe HERE. (yes, I admit I ate one ... ok two!!)

Until later.....


Friday, March 12, 2010

Thanks, Chickie!

I like chickens! I don't know why I'm drawn to chicken stamps. I just am. In fact, my kitchen is decorated in a chicken/rooster motif. This chicken stamp, by Whippersnapper Designs, just makes me laugh. She's just too cool. A simple outline drawing with pizzazz!

Card Recipe:
Stamps: Whippersnapper designs and the sentiment is Papertrey Ink
Ink: Momento Tuxedo Black and Stazon brown
Paper: Stampin' Up!
Accessories: Machine stitching Nestibilities dies rafia, button and stickles

It is a pretty simple thank you card but one I hope will give a giggle too.

Thanks for stopping by!


Thursday, March 11, 2010

LDS Humanitarian Service Project

I want to share with you today a few little somethin' / somethin's that I made and have sent off to a wonderful lady and blogger, Heather. You can view Heather's blog HERE. Heather's birthday was this month and she decided that she'd like to have a Birthday Service Project. Heather is collecting (and making) items for newborn kits to be sent to LDS Humanitarian Services for distribution to families in third world countries and other areas affected by disasters. You can read more about Heather's Birthday Project HERE.

If you go to the sites linked (above) you can read about what the LDS Humanitarian Service projects in detail. Heather is sending 10 infant kits. Each infant kit will include a layette gown, booties, receiving blankets, diapers, diaper pins, soap and zip lock bags. I chose to make layette gowns.

Each gown is made of 100% cotton knit and 100% cotton ribbing. They are very simple patterns and worked up quickly.

There are so many times when I feel helpless to assist others who are so very greatly in need of basic items for survival and comfort. This project gives the opportunity to reach out and help others and I am glad that Heather brought the LDS Humanitarian Service Projects to our attention.

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

1, 2, 3 Challenge

It is time for another Serendipity Stamps challenge and this week's challenge is called "1, 2, 3 Challenge." Each of the design team members is creating a card or project using 1 button or charm, 2 ribbons and 3 layers. These challenges are fun!

For my card I used one of the newly released spring cling sets titled, "Table For Two". This is set 1200QCL and also comes with the sentiment stamp, "Your friendship means a latte to me."

Card Recipe:
Stamps: Serendipity Stamps 1200QCL Table for Two
Ink: Momento Tuxedo Black and Color Box Cyan (blue)
Paper: Martha Stewart
Accessories: Stampin' Up! Scalloped border punch and Martha Stewart ribbon slot border punch, button, ribbon (yellow and teal satin ribbon from Michael's) and pop dots, copper stickles for the latte steam, and clearn dimensional glaze on the cups.

Speaking of a latte, have you tried the new Chocolate Cherry Latte at a famous house that I won't name names but is good! :)

For more inspiration using Serendipity Stamps and the 1,2 3 challenge, be sure to check out the rest of the Serendipity Design Team members work:

Amy Cokley
Anya Schrier
Kathie Bailey
Lynda Benden