Sunday, 14 August 2016

Large Bow Bag

I've spent my Sunday morning stitching this Bow Bag which is from one of the patterns on Debbie Shore's High Style Handbags CD.  This one has longer shoulder straps and is quite a bit larger than some of the others I've made.  The fabric used is what I had left over from making a mystery quilt a few years ago (only just about completed) - I finished putting the top together at the time using the monthly 'mystery' instalments and then I'm afraid I put it away instead of getting on with the quilting.

 Anyway back to the bag - this one took a bit longer to put together because of having to make the various components for the bow and the handles, all of which are made in such a way that they have contrast fabric showing on their edges.  I quite like the effect this gives and is an idea which could easily be incorporated into other projects.

Tuesday, 9 August 2016

Still into Bag Production!

Last Thursday I spotted a 'quick and easy' bag on Debbie Shore's sewing programme at Hochanda. It is called a Hippie Hobo Bag and is a soft slouchy style with ties for fastening and also for the handles which means of course that the length can be adjusted easily.  The ties can be either fastened onto metal or plastic rings (as here) or could simply be knotted together.  The fabric used is from a charity shop curtain and luckily I had some plain pink cotton for the lining to match the roses.  The lining is longer than the actual bag so that it forms a border around the top edge and I also added a floral pocket on the inside.

Sunday, 7 August 2016

Stitched Snippets

My contribution to the Snippets Playground this week is yet another bag made from fabric snippets.  I spent a whole morning during the week searching for some fabric which I just knew I had (needed it to complete a quilt which has lain unfinished for a while) and in the process uncovered lots of items I'd not seen for many moons.  Some odd strips of blue fabric came to light which I thought could maybe combined to make a bag so I set about working out how they could be arranged and this is the result.  Incidentally, just when I despaired of actually finding what I was looking for it came to light in the last - and least likely - place I looked!!

As usual there are some great 'picks' from last week and a lovely humming bird card to see if you pop over to the playground.

Saturday, 6 August 2016

A Bit More Stitchery

I've been doing a bit more stitching in an effort to use up some of my fabric mountain.  These little hanging storage pouches feature on Debbie Shore's Country Kitchen project CD and actually come in three sizes.  I started with the largest of the three but completely forgot to take a photo before I gave it away.  However today I've made the medium and small ones using up some quite small scraps of fabric and equally small pieces of wadding mostly left overs from layering up quilts because of course I can't bear to throw away the offcuts, knowing they will come handy someday!

The hearts are simply raw-edge shapes stitched on with a straight stitch and I finished off both of these little pockets by making  fabric yo-yo's from the same fabric and hand stitching them on with some ribbon and a button - yes I have a button mountain as well!!  Debbie's  patterns are so easy to understand and once the pieces are cut out the pouches are quite quick to make so I will probably be making a few more for the sales table at our next quilt exhibition.  The lining fabric on the blue one is actually a good match for the main fabric but because it has gold patterns on it hasn't photographed too well.

Monday, 1 August 2016

Butterfly Challenge 59

It is time for another challenge incorporating butterflies and the theme this time is PINK AND/OR PUNCHES - you can see the details and some inspiration HERE.  I started by colouring some watercolour paper with what I call the 'kitchen towel mop-up method' which I saw described on Loll's blog HERE - such a great idea which gives a subtle effect.  I then over stamped in pink using a magazine freebie  art nouveau stamp before die cutting the two panels.  I then cut a fancy oval from another piece of the coloured paper, adding a swirl cut from a scrap of Centura Pearl card.  The butterflies were stamped in pink on the remaining scraps of the coloured background paper, they were then cut out using matching punches.  Behind all this is a piece of pink paper from a pad which I've had for some time and luckily it just fitted the bill here.

Background - Tim Holtz Vintage Shabby
Border Stamps - Art Nouveau designs free with magazine
Dies - Panels by Tonic, Oval by Sue Wilson, Swirl also Sue Wilson
Butterflies - Papillon Potpourri stamps and matching punches by Stampin' Up

Sunday, 31 July 2016

Found some More Snippets!

I received this lovely bear stamp set yesterday and wanted to have a play - he was triple stamped on a snippet of white card using three different colours of ink and his bow tie was also done in a similar way as was the balloon he is holding.  Details of colours and stamps are shown below.  I had quite a few surplus die cuts left from the card I made for the Snippets Challenge a couple of weeks ago and have managed to incorporate some of them into the card for this week..  The brown layer was also a piece of 'waste' from a square frame which was die cut quite a while ago and the greeting was cut from more snippets of the turquoise card. I'm still surprised that my piles of snippets never seems to diminish despite using them whenever I can.

There is a pretty teatime/butterfly card to see and also of course the opportunity to be entered into a draw for a lovely prize if you pop over to the Playground to take a look (just follow the link above).

Stamps - Baby Bear and Balloon Celebration from Stampin' Up
Greeting - Britannia die
Die Cuts - Swirly Scribbles from Stampin' Up
Colours - So Saffron, More Mustard, Tempting Turquoise SU; Rich Cocoa Memento

Saturday, 30 July 2016

A Crafty Day

I've had quite a crafty day so far today starting with a great quilling workshop with Jill of Jill's Quills fame where we were shown lots of lovely ideas for quilled flowers.  I spent most of the time trying to perfect some of the more fiddly techniques such as 'folded' roses and fringed flowers using 3mm papers.  As Jill is also into Stampin' Up - See HERE - she delivered some stamps which I'd ordered from her.  It was difficult to decide which set to have a play with first but I settled on the floral set which, being triple stamped give the appearance of pen and wash.  I also made post-it note masks which I've saved in the case containing the stamps so that they can be used again if necessary.  I found some pieces of paper and card which went with the ink colours and made a quick birthday card - at least it was quick once I'd cut the masks and done the multiple stamping of the flowers!  Watch this space for something made from the second stamp set, also a multiple stamping set - I must say this technique is so much easier with the advent of photopolymer stamps .

Stamps - Penned and Painted by Stampin' Up
Colours - So Saffron, More Mustard, Certainly Celery and Wild Wasabi
Embossed border - Crafter's Companion