Monday, June 30, 2014

Sister Stamps Release #24 -- Anuhea

Hi again!  Continuing with previews for Sister Stamps today.  Since it is Sister Stamps' 3rd birthday, I thought it would only be fitting to make a birthday card.  I think these shave ice kiddos are perfect for birthdays.

My birthday card features Anuhea and her yummy shave ice.  The sentiment is from CC Designs and it is heat embossed in white on Lawn Fawn's journal die cut.  Cute papers are from Doodlebug.

Here's a close up of Anuhea with her pink plumeria.

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Sunday, June 29, 2014

Sister Stamps Release #24 -- Anuhea & Ekahi

Hello!  It's another day of Sister Stamps previews.  Today I'm sharing a card featuring both Anuhea & Ekahi. 

I think this is my favorite card for this release.  I love that it is bright and fun.  I used water color cardstock with gelatos.  I drew in the sand with my black Copic multiliner and then colored it in with Copics.  On top of that, I rubbed on some gelatos in varying colors and blended them in with water.  I let that all dry and added Anuhea and Ekahi. 

I had a different layout in mind originally but that meant I had to buy more crafty stuff.  In the end I just went with what I had for the sentiments.  The hello is heat embossed in white using PTI's alphabet stamps and the summer is from Lawn Fawn.  Then I added some Doodlebug sequins.

Here is a close up of the two.  I love Anuhea's flower.  I wanted it to look like a plumeria.  I love yellow and pink plumerias.  Maybe I should've made this one both colors.  Next time.

As usual, please check out our Guest DT and the Sister Stamps DT.

Rina (Guest DT)
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Jenny (Sister Stamps)
Debi
Linda
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Saturday, June 28, 2014

Sister Stamps Release #24 -- Leilani

Hi everyone!  Welcome to Sister Stamps Release #24 previews.  This release will also mark Sister Stamps 3rd birthday!  Yay, and congratulations to Jenny and her sister, Denise!  Hopefully you have been following up with Jenny's introductions of these 3 new shave ice kiddos.  Today, I'll be sharing a card I created with Leilani.

Leilani has the saddest face ever!  Isn't this the saddest thing when your yummy treat falls to the ground?  So sad.  I haven't personally done this and my kids haven't either but I can imagine how she's feeling and don't we all have times when we're totally bummed like this?  Leilani would be perfect for a Cheer Up or Feel Better kind of card.  But she reminded me of the Keep Calm sayings that are around these days.  I found a free Keep Calm font, made my own sentiment and turned it into a shaker card with Doodlebug sequins. 

Here's a close up of sad but sweet Leilani. 

Please be sure to visit our talented Guest DT and the regular Sister Stamps DT as well.

Rina (Guest DT)
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Jenny (Sister Stamps)
Debi
Linda
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Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Flutter Anya

Hello!  How's summer going?  It's been kind of lazy for me but I did craft!  And I actually made something to enter into a challenge.  It's been a long while since I joined in on TGF's Farm Fresh Friday so I thought I'd do the current one Make Your Own Background

I have been playing around with Faber-Castell's Gelatos to make some backgrounds.  These are so easy to use and can be less messy.  I was going to just rub some gelatos around on a piece of water color cardstock but then I noticed I still had this blank canvas I bought a while ago on sale.  So thought I'd use that to make something pretty and hang around my crafty desk or somewhere.

I used a 5x7 canvas and rubbed some pink, purple, blue and gold Gelatos on it.  Then I took the brush the Gelatos come with and added some water to blend the colors together.  I had to wait until everything was dry before I could glue stuff onto the canvas.  I used TGF's Splotchy and Blush Heart in the background.  Those were heat embossed in white.  It's kind of hard to stamp nicely on canvas but I didn't need for it to look perfect.  The sentiment was also heat embossed and is from TGF's Spotlight Kit.  Then my main image is an oldie but a cutie, Flutter Anya.  She is one of my favorites.  I used my white gel pen around her.  Then I added some cheese cloth, flowers, rhinestone sprays and stars to complete the look.

A different view.  I left the sides clean but maybe I should've added Gelatos there too?

While I was crafting I noticed that my craft table is pretty big.  I should have lots of room to craft so why is my actual work area so small?

I have too much stuff on my table!  See the little space on my mat?  That's the space I have to make stuff.  No wonder I feel so squished sometimes.

Thanks so much reading!  Oh, be sure to stop by Sister Stamps!  Introductions to the July release have started and the stamps are super cute! 




Wednesday, June 11, 2014

kero kero keroppi!

Hello!  I don't know what it is about summer but it sure makes me feel lazy.  Well, I guess it's because we don't have such a strict routine of activities and the kiddies haven't started summer school yet and the hubby is on vacation this week too.  We went to the beach one day and drove around to see the sights today and ate out a little and celebrated my little one's birthday too.  And I got a long nap today too so yeah, I've been feeling lazy. 

But my youngest one has a birthday party to go to soon so I thought I'd make another little coin purse to hold a giftcard. 

I have some Keroppi fabric so thought that would be cute for the birthday girl.  This coin purse has a D-hook ring attached to it.

The inside is lined with some matchy green and I used a green zipper too so that it looks more fun.  I sewed everything with a light pink thread for a little bit of contrast.  I don't know if you can tell but the coin purses I've been making have a bit of poof to it too.  I add a layer of batting so it is soft and squishy.

I am trying to work on another sewing project too but we'll see how lazy I'll be feeling the next few days.  Ha!

Thanks so much for stopping by and I hope you're enjoying your summer!


 

Sunday, June 1, 2014

my adventures in sewing

Hello everyone!  Hope you were able to grab your own set of Sister Stamps June release today. 

Today I wanted to share about my newest hobby, sewing!  I was spending a lot of time learning how to sew and just trying to get used to my sewing machine that I think I forgot how to color with Copics and how to make cards.  Card making does require some practice!  But so does sewing.

Anyway, I've always wanted to sew but I guess I was a bit lazy and maybe a bit scared to try.  What it really took was making something that looked not so great that got my perfectionist side to learn to sew.  I bought those Papertrey Ink Coin Purse Dies because in theory it looked simple and cute too but in actuality I couldn't stand how the stitching looked around the zipper.  It drove me kind of crazy and I tried to figure out a way to hide the ugly stitching on the inside.

This is the coin purse I made using the PTI dies.  The fabric is cute right?  And the outside stitching I guess is okay but the zipper stitching bugs me.

Here's the inside and you can see all the ugly stitching from the zipper.  I guess someone had suggested adding fabric tape over it?  Anyway, my hubby saw it and he didn't think it looked too great either so he set up my sewing machine and read the directions!  So then I was off sewing.  I think these PTI dies are okay for making coin purses for children but definitely not for adults.  Plus it was hard to cut the fabric even with multiple passes through my Big Shot.  It would cut the holes on the long side but not the short side.  Kind of frustrating.

My first sewing attempt was making some keychains.  I made these for some teachers using fabric instead of ribbon. 

Here is my first coin purse I made with my sewing machine.  This was my practice one and my zipper is a little too short since I had bought all these short zippers to go with the PTI dies!

This is my second coin purse and matching material with the keychain.  I used a bit longer zipper and just trimmed it to fit the coin purse.  This is large enough to fit a gift card so I put one in there for one of the teachers.

And look, it's lined!  And the zipper part doesn't look too bad, does it?  I was pretty proud of this one.  Hehe.

So I made another matching set!  I put gift cards in here too. 

And again, it's lined!  I really love that the lining covers the zipper and looks pretty.  I followed a tutorial from The Crafty Gemini HERE.  I just followed the basic steps to make a smaller coin purse.

So now I don't know what I should do with the PTI dies.  I guess I could use them in making cards but seems like a waste of money.  At least I can sew a little now so that makes me happy.

I had a lot to say in this post!  Thanks for reading!