Thursday, July 27, 2017

I'll Text You

The current challenge on the Art Impressions blog is "I'll Text You" - we want to see your cards using sentiments only!  With that in mind, I decided to use one of my favourite Ai sentiments : "Never underestimate the power of being properly caffeinated" the stamp is called Caffeinated (Sku #G4144):
 I knew that I had this cute little coffee cup die set, that would work perfectly.

Check out what the rest of the Design Team has to share over on the Ai blog - and you can link up your project there as well.

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Sewing Machine Cover

Hello Ai Sewing fans!
 It's the July edition of Tuesday Threads... and if you remember last month, I made a quilted mat for my sewing machine to sit on.  This month I have the matching sewing machine cover to share with you!
 I'm using the wonderful Shop Hop fabrics designed by Art Impressions owner/illustrator, Bonnie Krebs - available through Henry Glass Company.
 I designed my cover partially based on a few ideas that I found on Pinterest, but I also wanted it to coordinate with the sewing machine mat, and the needle case I'd made a few months ago.  I really love the sewing notion print that I used for the front and back - so I wanted it to be the main focus.  To make it easy to assemble, I designed it with two identical side panels that I sewed up the sides, pivoted and sewed them along the top.  Two small rectangular pieces formed the top opening for the handle.  I fused the backside of all the pieces with a lightweight, fusible tricot interfacing from Therm O Web.
I used my Cricut to cut a heart template that I traced onto the pink floral print, and then I traced it onto Therm O Web's Heat n Bond Lite - a fusible adhesive that I fused onto the back of the heart, peeled off the backing, and then fused it onto the side panel.
 I  made a double pocket on the side panel in a contrasting fabric that can hold a few extra notions to keep my sewing table tidy.  I centered the heart just above the pocket.

 I used some pink embroidery floss to hand sew a blanket stitch around the outside of the heart to finish off the raw edges.
 Here you can see the top of the cover.  Each of the side panels ended with about a 5" gap at the very top.  I added the two side pieces underneath them, leaving a one inch opening for a sewing machine handle to pop through making it easy to carry the machine with the cover on.  I finished up by sewing some blue 1/4" bias binding around the bottom edge.
 Since I created the pattern myself, there was a bit of trial & error with this project!  After assembling it, it quickly became apparent that the interfacing that I'd fused onto all the pieces was not providing enough body to have the cover stand on it's own, or to retain it's shape.  So I took the whole project apart, and Therm O Web came to my rescue!  I used their High Loft Fusible Fleece on the front and back panels, and diagonally quilted them with 2" squares like I did for my sewing mat.  I fused pieces of medium weight non-woven interfacing onto the two side panels, right over top of the tricot I used initially.  The difference was night and day, and I am SO much happier with the end result.  Happy sewing, everyone!

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Par Tee Golfers - the female version

 A few months back, I shared some fun Art Impressions golf cards using the male image in a golf cart from Par-Tee Golfers Set (Sku #4902), so today I am featuring the female golfer included in the set:
 She has a bit of a "live-wire" expression on her face, so I paired her with the "Let's Par Tee" sentiment included in the set (there are five different sentiments to choose from).  On my first card I paper pieced her top, and used the same paper to die cut some clouds.
 If you're like me, and have whole bunch of golfers in your family... you may want to pick up this stamp set asap.
Copic Markers used - Skin tones - E11, E00, E000, R30, E34, E31 
Blues - B26, B24, B23, B21, B02, B00, B000, B0000
Reds - R37, R35, R32
Greens - YG03, YG00
Hair - E55, E53, E51, E18, E07, E02
Greys - W5, W3, W1 

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Bling, Glitter or Glossy

There is a new challenge on the Art Impressions blog - "Bling, Glitter or Glossy"!  So show us your glimmery creations :o)  The Ai Design Team is also helping to launch two new Girlfriends stamp sets, so I am sharing Latte Love Set (Sku #4889):
 I love all of the Ai Girlfriends!  And since they're dressed in somewhat wintery clothing, I decided to make it into a holiday card, using a Christmas plaid from Lawn Fawn, and adding some glittery snowflake die cuts.
 Be sure to visit the Art Impressions blog to see what the rest of the Design Team has come up with.  *I am also entering this into the Plaid Challenge on the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge blog!
Copics used - Skin tones: E11, E00, E000, R30, E34, E31, E53, E51, E50
Hair - E55, E53, E52, E50, Y26, Y23, E18, E07, E02, C7, C5, C3, B21
Reds - R37, R35, R32, R30
Greens - YG07, YG05, YG03, YG01, YG00
Blues - BG49, BG45, B01, B00, B000, B0000
Greys - C9, C7, C5, C3, C1, C00

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Udderly Fantastic

 I am sharing some of the newly released Funny Farm images today!  Here are two cards using Udderly Fantastic Set (Sku #AiCS39):
 I decided to do some fussy cutting, after colouring my images with Copic markers, then used pop dots to mount them on some matted circles.  I used some soft coloured birthday papers from Echo Park, with a few black accents that made the cows stand out a bit.
 Birthday cows, does it get any better?
 I'm going to be making a lot of projects with all of the new Funny Farm sets - they're awesome!  You can find them all on the Ai website here.  Happy Stamping!
Copics used - C9, C7, C5, C3, C1, BG15, BG13, BG11, R89, R85, R83, R81, R22, R20, E43, E41, E40, Y11, Y32.

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Spring Chicken Set

 Time to share more of the newly released, Ai Funny Farm sets.  Here are a couple of cards using Spring Chicken Set (Sku #AiCS40):
 I've used two of the three images that are included in this set, and coloured them up with Copic markers.
 I used my sewing machine to add a bit of zigzag stitching around my image, then used pop dots to mount the fun sentiment.
 This sentiment cracks me up!  I put this springy chick on a Mini Action Wobble (Sku #4776) so that he could shimmy a little, and decided to make a shaped circle card.  You can find all of the Funny Farm sets here on the Ai website.  Happy stamping!
Copics used - E15, E13, E11, E00, YR16, YR15, Y21, E07, E57, E55, E53, E51, E50, R89, R85, R83, R81, B00, B000, B0000, YG03, YG01, R37, R35, R32, W1


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