Saturday, February 28, 2015

Sister Stamps Release #27 -- Kaleo

Hello again!  Today I'm sharing my Sister Stamps cards featuring Kaleo.  If you read my post yesterday, you'll see the cards today are kind of similar.  I was in a distress ink watercoloring kind of mood!

So Pua reminded me of Aloha, and Kaleo reminds of Mahalo.  I don't know why but that's just what popped into my head and I went with it.  To me, Kaleo should be singing and playing on the beach somewhere!  Again, I heat embossed the sentiment in white using PTI's alphabet stamps.  I colored 4 Kaleos just varying his hair color and shorts/slippers.  Also added the tiny musical notes from one of Lawn Fawn's background stamps with the rows of musical notes so some selective stamping going on.

And here are the birthday card versions with sentiments from CC Designs.  This guy is pretty awesome and adds such a sweet touch to any card.  Love the aloha shirt and his ukulele. 

As usual, please check out what the rest of the DT has created!

Jenny (Sister Stamps)
Linda's You Tube channel
Rina's You Tube channel

Hope you enjoyed this release and will pick up these cute kiddos today!  Thanks so much for stopping by!

Friday, February 27, 2015

Sister Stamps Release #27 -- Pua

Hello!  Yay, finally time to share some Sister Stamps projects.  I made these cards a while ago so I may need to refresh my memory of my crafty process.  But it's not too complicated since my cards are usually CAS to begin with.

Today, I'm sharing cards I made with Pua.  First of all, isn't she so cute?  Totally reminds me of May Day in Hawaii!  But she is a versatile image perfect for lots of occasions.  When I first saw her, I thought of Aloha so that is the sentiment I went with here made by heat embossing in white and PTI's alphabet stamps.  And rainbows!  Used my distress inks to make the rainbow colored backgrounds.  The right side is a bit brighter but I love the look of both.  I also colored the hair different for each girl and then added little white flowers to her her dress.  You can click on the photo for a bigger view.

And then, I made a couple of birthday day cards using sentiments from CC Designs.  Same process here with heat embossed in white sentiments and distress ink water colors.  So I colored 4 Puas!  Oh, I also used watercolor cardstock and Lil Inkers stitched rectangle die.  I love that stitched look around the cards and I probably use that die the most.

We don't have a guest this release but be sure to check out the rest of the Sister Stamps DT!

Jenny (Sister Stamps)
Linda's You Tube channel
Rina's You Tube channel

Thanks for stopping by!  I'll have another post tomorrow.


Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Bright Pinky Pink & some gold too

Hello!  Wow, so I made a card today to join in on a couple challenges!  Amazing, right?  The first challenge is TGF's Pinky Pink and the second is MarkerPOP's Bright Colors.

Okay, so I had this little Glisten Bean from TGF colored up (with Copics) for a while now.  But I didn't know what to add her onto until this morning when I saw Splitcoaststamper's neat watercolor bokeh tutorial.  Mine is not so much bokeh but I wanted to try the white ink stencil over some watercolored distressed ink.

I added Lawn Fawn's hello die cut in gold and some sequins.  I think it's pretty bright too!

That's it for now.  I'll be back Friday for some new Sister Stamps!

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

fabric needle case

Hello!  Before I share what I made today, did you all see Sister Stamps introductory post of their upcoming release?  The 2 new kiddos are so cute and are perfect for all kinds of occasions especially in Hawaii.  Can't wait to share my projects!

Today, I spent most of the day making a fabric case for my needles and other sewing stuff.  I have had the same pack of needles for a while now and the packaging is falling apart so I checked out Pinterest of course and found this cute tutorial.  I left out the ribbon and made the cover a little different.

I had a hard time picking which fabric to use and then found this one in my stash.  Just like paper, I have a hard time cutting up fabric.

So for the first time, I sewed some stitches down the cover (and batting) to give it a quilted look.  I was always hesitant to try it cause I didn't want to make crooked lines but I saw a clever tip on Pinterest using painter's tape as a guide to make evenly spaced and straight lines.  But I used washi tape and just followed the straight edge.  So clever!

Inside I added a couple pieces of wool felt.  I bought it on Etsy because I had run out of the ones I bought from PTI.  I did learn that even though the one from the Etsy store was 100% wool felt, it wasn't as thick as the ones from PTI.  It is cheaper and still good quality but I think I am spoiled by PTI felt.  It is more expensive but worth it for quality projects.

I like the inside pockets for storing some embroidery floss and small scissors and buttons.  Added in a couple of needles through the felt.

Here's how it looks closed.  So I'll be taking this along with me the next time I am waiting in the car line to pick up my boys.  Something crafty to do while waiting. 

Thanks so much for stopping by!


Monday, February 16, 2015

personalized composition book cover

Hello!  I have another sewing project to share today.  I have been looking all over the internet for a good tutorial on how to make fabric composition book covers.  I found a good one HERE

I made this cover for my youngest one's teacher.  This fabric is called Hello Tokyo from Robert Kaufman and I purchased it from one my favorite Etsy stores, Stitch Stash Diva.  I added the personalization by using some Heat Bond ultrahold and PTI's alphabet dies.  Usually I would print the name out and cut it all by hand but the letters had to be smaller to fit on the cover so the dies were pretty handy.  I also added some fray block on the letters to keep them more secure.

Here is a side view.  There are a lot of different tutorials out there.  I made this one just a bit different from the tutorial as well.  I wanted to use up the fabric I had already cut into so I made the flaps using the same print.  You can see that in the photo below.  And I didn't quilt this cover but maybe the I'll give that a try on my next one.

This is the flap cover.  I like that you can just replace the composition book and reuse the cover.  Hopefully his teacher will be able to use something like this for notes or whatnot.

Oh, I also wanted to share this little pouch I made out of a LEGO magazine page!  It's kind of like that upcycling Pokemon pouch I made a while ago.  I really wanted to try to make more pouches using snack bags and candy bags but I can't really get the smell out even after washing them a number of times.  I don't have a dishwasher which I think would take out a lot of the food smell in the wrappers.  But then I got this light bulb moment after reading something and tried it out.  The page is covered on both sides with clear contact paper and just simply sewn together. 

There's a little velcro to hold the flap together.  I'm thinking about making a bunch of these to hold some treats for end of the school year gifts for the boys' classes.  Simple and functional, and not too costly since we get the magazines for free.  I still have a huge roll of contact paper too.  Just have to think about what to fill these with since they are a little skinny.  I think you could easily do these with some fun wrapping paper too! 

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Saturday, February 14, 2015

travel size tissue covers

Hello!  Happy Valentine's Day!  It's a very windy day today.  Feels like a hurricane blowing outside.  Plus we got caught in the rain when we went out to run some errands this morning.

Anyway, I have a sewing project to share today.

I made 11 little tissue covers following this great tutorial I found HERE.  There are a lot of tutorials on how to sew these but I like that these have boxed corners and the opening is not centered but off a bit to accommodate the opening of the tissue packets.

This is the first one I sewed for myself.  You can see the tissue packet has its opening near the top and not centered.  

After I made this first one, the cover felt a bit roomy so I made the top opening overlap the bottom just a tiny bit but it still feels a bit loose around the packet.

This one shows the overlap of the opening.  I like that it stays a bit closed instead of opened.  

I think whenever I find a cute project to do, I always want to make a lot of them using all the different fabrics I have.  But I'm glad I'm using the stuff I have.  I'll be hoarding these little covers for a little while and maybe gift them throughout the year.

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Monday, February 9, 2015

more metal bookmarks!

Hello!  I did some cleaning up of my blog just now.  More tabs and less stuff on my sidebar.  Looks cleaner!

Today I have more metal bookmarks to share.  I made a couple to give as gifts, one for my daughter's English teacher and one for a friend's daughter who loves to read.  The third one was kind of a mistake but I like the way it turned out anyway.

These are the three I made.  I also made a couple of pom poms in school colors to go with the bookmarks.  The one in the middle is the whoops one.  I thought I was stamping an apple at the top but I had the moon instead!  So I went ahead and stamped the whole thing out anyway.  I'll have to think about who I can gift it to.

Here's a close up of the moon quote.  I love the stars!

Here is the one for my friend's daughter.  It's the Dr. Seuss quote about reading and learning.  I also stamped out her name on the bottom but then blurred it for this post.  I love that these can be so personalized!

Here's the one for my daughter's teacher.  The apple is not centered, darn it!  But oh well.  This is personalized with the teacher's name on the bottom.  Stamping these makes me so nervous because I don't want to make a mistake!  Metal blanks are a lot more expensive than cardstock!  But I think I am getting better and more consistent.  I have to just hammer evenly!

I felt really unfocused today during my crafty time.  I really do feel like there are a million things going on in my brain.  Hopefully tomorrow I can concentrate and get things done.

Thanks so much for stopping by!


Tuesday, February 3, 2015

soccer key chains

Hello!  Thanks everyone for your positive comments!  I guess as long as the kids are happy with their Valentine's Day treats then it's all good.  I've already got something in mind for Easter so can't wait to get started on that. 

Today I wanted to share some key chains I put together for a couple of girls' soccer teams.   I made 17 key chains in total.     

I found this cute ribbon on Etsy and the mom who ordered these key chains loved the ribbon too.  Plus the team color is pink so I think it was a good fit.  Each piece of ribbon is sewed onto some black webbing.  I think I'm getting faster at sewing these!  Yay for practice!  I have some secrets in making these too now that I've made a few, like close to a 100.  So I think these are my best made key chains yet. 

Also made these little soccer hair ties as a small thank you too.  I found the soccer ball pieces on Etsy.  I don't think I say it enough, but I love Etsy!  I literally spend hours just searching various stores.  There is so much to look at!  Each shop is different but I find that in general, shipping is so much faster from these smaller shops than larger craft stores. 

BTW, did you see the new Sister Stamps banner on my sidebar?  Cute, right?  I'll let you know that I've already made my projects for the new upcoming release.  Can't wait to share them in a few weeks!  This list making stuff really works for me in getting stuff done.  Tomorrow, I'm onto a different project.

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Monday, February 2, 2015

Valentine's Day treats

Hi everyone!  I finished up some crafts this weekend including the Valentine's for my youngest one's classmates.  I mentioned before how I had bought Papertrey Ink's Love You to Pieces: Airplane and die set to make this year's Valentine's.  I'm still not very happy with this set and how it does not work well (for me) with PTI's coasters.

Because I couldn't get the die to cut the coaster through evenly, I had to improvise and use some thin chipboard I have that I usually use for the backs of the calendars I make.  Not really happy with using brown chipboard but oh well.  And then stamping on the colors was not so great either.  I wanted to buy new red and blue ink pads but couldn't get to Ben Franklin and so I bought a small square of each color from Walmart.  It was Studio G brand and it's just kind of bad.  The ink doesn't stamp or dry well and stains the stamp like crazy.  I actually soaked the stamps overnight to try to get most of the ink stains off.  So hassles!

I packed them all into bags with the directions that you can download from PTI and then made the tags using the stamp set.  Kind of bummers that I probably won't use this set again.  What an expensive Valentine's this year!  I just hope the kids can punch all the pieces out and assemble the plane nicely.  And they don't fly so that's not so great either.  I'll need to think of a better Valentine's idea for next year. 

Thanks so much for stopping by!