Friday, August 27, 2010

JAI #32 - Just Add Fabric

This week's challenge at Just Add Ink was to use FABRIC.  As soon as I saw this challenge, I knew exactly what I was going to do, because I'd already given it a test run!

And this is what I made

It's a little coin purse that I have made using the Scallop Envelope Die.  And it is super easy to make.  I actually tried to make this a bit larger so I could add a zipper using this tutorial my friend Chris found.  Unfortunately, the smallest zip I could find was 5" and the opening is 4", so it was a no go this time.    Maybe with some more fiddling I can get the opening to 5" but I think it will throw the proportions out.

Here's a couple of other views:

From this view, it's a bit easier to see what I've done - cut 2 envlopes, one for the back, the other for the front of the purse.  The front envelope, I folded the scalloped edge to the inside and stitched close to the fold.  Then I cut the excess flap off, as close to the seam as possible.  Then it was just a matter of stitching them both together along the score lines, and then trimming as close to the seams as possible.

I actually used to do quite a bit of sewing and I'm embarrassed to admit that it took me quite some time to work out how to attach the press studs - it has been awhile *blush*.  The 'J' was cut using the Timeless Type Junior Alphabet sizzlet and attached using Crystal Effects.  (I have in the past tried to machine stitch the letters, the fact that I haven't here will tell you how that worked out, lol!)

 A word of warning:  Sizzlets are only recommended to be used with paper and cardstock.  However, they cut the blue felt with ease.  I have also tried them with the white that I used for the purse and they worked OK, but I had to trim them to get them out.  Other sizzlets I have didn't work at all with the white and some pink that I have in my stash.  Go figure!

Supplies Used:
From Stampin Up!:  Big Shot, Timeless Type Junior Alphabet, Scallop Envelope Die, Latte Button, Crystal Effects
Non SU!:  Sewing Machine, Cotton, Press Stud

Saturday, August 21, 2010

JAI #31 - Colour Challenge

This week over at Just Add Ink it's a colour challenge

I really had no idea of what I was going to do for this challenge except that I knew what colours I had to use and that I wanted to use my new Vintage Wallpaper Embossing folder.  Before I sat down to make this card, I sorted through all my stamps, putting all my retiring ones aside and putting all those staying back in the cupboard.  Whilst I was doing that I came across my lovely Dasher, who has lived at my house for quite a while now but who has never been used.  With the time flying like it is, I thought I'd get a start on my Christmas cards and this is what I came up with.

Isn't he lovely?  I 've stamped him in Chocolate Chip and I've added some Diamond Stickles to his antlers and to the bottom on the sentiment.  I love how they have turned a goldy colour on the Kraft, or soon to be renamed Crumb Cake.  I've rubbed some Versamark over the embossed piece to highlight the embossing.  It came together pretty quickly and I think it will be pretty easy to mass produce.

Supplies Used:
Stamps:  Dasher, Teeny Tiny Sentiments
Ink:  Chocolate Chip, Versamark
Cardstock:  Chocolate Chip, Kraft, Real Red
Accessories:  Real Red 5/8" Grosgrain, Vintage Wallpaper embossing Folder, Big Shot, dimensionals and Diamond Stickles (Ranger)

Friday, August 13, 2010

JAI #30 - Helphing Hudson - Just Add Wheels

This week the JAI team have joined in with the Helping Hudson Fundraiser team, and are doing a challenge in Hudson's honour - Just Add Wheels.  If you haven't read about Hudson, please visit the blog and check out his story and all the great challenges, prizes and tutorials available to purchase to help this cute little guy get his wheels.
This is my DT submission

The colour inspiration for this came from a pair of Harry's pjamas.  Light blub moment was using brads for the wheels, putting my previously unused Jumbo 5/16" brads to good use.  I used Crystal Effects on the windows to look make them look like glass and then another light bulb moment to have the sentiment look like it was coming from the smoke.  I made the template for the cloud using the large Oval Punch, 3/4" RD and 1/4" RD punches.  This card is for one of Harry's little friends who is celebrating his birthday on Saturday.

And yes, Choo Choo and Right On Track will be available for purchase again come September 1.

Whilst I like the end result, I wish I had have been as creative as the other DT girls, who have come up with the most awesome projects.  Be sure to check them out here.

Thanks for visiting and I look forward to checking out your creations.  Don't forget to Help Hudson too!

Have a good one!
Supplies Used:
Stamps:  Choo Choo, Right on Track wheel, Party This Way
Ink:  Going Gray, Real Red, Pacific Point, Tempting Turquoise
Cardstock:  Real Red, Whisper White
Accessories:  Jumbo 5/16" Brads (Neutrals), Brads (Antique), Crystal Effects, Large Oval Punch, 3/4" RD Punch, 1/4" RD Punch, 2 mm Handheld Punch, Sponge, Dimensionals