Friday, November 8, 2019

Christmas Mini Banner with Eileen Hull's House Ornament Die

Hello crafty friends!  This month Eileen Hull's Inspiration Team theme is Celebrating the Holidays and I am sharing an easy little Christmas project! You may have seen the pillow I created in my last post.  I had used Eileen's House Ornament Die and Hearts Journaling Card Thinlits die set to cut fabric - and I had some leftovers!

Time to play...


First I wanted to share a little tip about die cutting fabric and felt.  I do not know why it helps.  I just know if you do this you are more likely to get a crisp clean cut with fewer threads.

Here's the tipplace a sheet of regular copy paper next to the cutting blades on the die and then layer the fabric/felt on top.

In this case, since I was using the House Ornament Scoreboard die to cut fabric, I also added a layer of cardboard on top of the fabric.  Then just create the normal sandwich using two standard cutting pads before running it through your Sizzix machine.


In my stash I had a little canvas and wood banner from Jillibean Soup's Mix the Media line. 


I stamped a sentiment with black Archival Ink. 

 

I wanted to add emphasis to the word "heart" so I darkened it with a micron pen.


I will mention that before I die cut the fabric I had already backed it with Wonder Under.  I simply peeled off the liner and positioned the die cuts before fusing them in place with an iron.


Ta-dah!  Let the holidays begin! 


Thanks for stopping by and I hope you find some time to play today!  Susie

Supplies for Christmas Mini Banner:

Sizzix Eileen Hull House Ornament Bigz L Scoreboard Die
Sizzix Eileen Hull Journaling Card Hearts Thinlits Die Set
Sizzix Hero Arts Snowman Framelits stamps and die set (retired) 
Jillibean Soup Mix the Media Wood & Canvas Panel, 6"x6"
Stamping Bella Christmas Sentiment Rubber Stamp Set EB894
Studio Calico Potty People wood embellishment
Pellon Wonder Under
Cotton Fabric
Archival Ink, black
Pigma Micron Pen, black

Monday, November 4, 2019

Holiday Pillow Party 2019

Welcome to the 2019 Holiday Pillow Party sponsored by Fairfield World! 


25 different creative bloggers have crafted a wide variety of holiday themed pillows using 20" inserts from Fairfield World!  There is something for everyone so prepare to be inspired!  



I share a link at the end of this post so you can get the details on all of the different designs AND there's a 
GIVEAWAY!

Thank you to our hostesses, Laura of  Laura Kelly Designs and Alexandra of  The Hedgehog Hollow, for letting me play along!   
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As a papercrafter, die-cutting is one of my favorite techniques so I chose to use my dies to cut cotton fabric for this project.  I used the well known sentiment
 "All hearts come home for Christmas!" 
as my inspiration and created this pillow as a gift for a very dear friend!  

I chose to incorporate non-traditional aquas and teals because those are favorites of my girlfriend and I wanted the pillow to fit into her decor!

Supplies:


Directions:

I started by die cutting paper shapes and laying them out on my fabric to work out the design. 


I actually raided a friend's stash (thanks again Claire!) and picked out some fun cotton fabrics.  Following the manufacturer's directions I ironed the Wonder Under onto the wrong side of the fabric and then die cut all the shapes I needed. 


I positioned the die cuts according to my plan and used an iron and a damp press cloth...


... to fuse them to the background fabric.  


Some of the elements required layering. 


Time to add the ribbon! 



I had lightly penciled in my grid lines... 


...and used Fabri-tac to adhere the ribbon in place.  It dried very quickly so I worked in about 6" segments, laying down a thin bead of the glue and then laying the ribbon down on top.


Once the decorating was done, I stitched up the side seams to the pillow and reached for the Premier Ultra Plush Pillow insert.  One really nice feature of these inserts is that they are zippered for easy washing and customization.


I  chose to remove a little of the poly-fil fiber because my pillow cover ended up being a 19" square and I thought the 20" insert made it look a bit overstuffed. 


What do you think?  Perfect, right?!


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As promised, you can get the details on all of the pillows

Giveaway Info:


a Rafflecopter giveaway

Winner will be announced on November 9th!  

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Tuesday, October 29, 2019

Celebrate Your Cat!

Did you know that June 4th was Hug Your Cat Day?  Don't worry if you missed it.  I did.  But I am going to be ready for January 22nd, which is Answer Your Cat's Questions Day.  To be prepared I created a very special cat-themed focal image for my notebook/mini-album!
(I get all my fabulous information from this Fun Holiday Calendar. Check it out so you can plan ahead, too!)

Disclosure:  I receive compensation in the form of free product and/or pay from companies and manufacturers in return for creating projects showcasing those products.  While the content of my blog is influenced by these products, my opinions regarding these products and projects are my own.
You can see the tutorial and get all the details HERE.


Blank Page Muse Stamp:
The Femmes Woman Snuggling a Cat Art Rubber Stamp - TTS103-03

Monday, October 28, 2019

Etched Glass Kitchen Window with etchall® etching crème

Hello crafty friends!  This past summer I etched a window in my bathroom and loved the way it turned out! (you can see all about it here) It made me look around my house at the rest of my windows when I spied this one above the sink in my kitchen.

Time to play...

Disclosure:  I receive compensation in the form of free product and/or pay from companies and manufacturers in return for creating projects showcasing those products.  While the content of my blog is influenced by these products, my opinions regarding these products and projects are my own.

I created a design and cut a stencil from vinyl with my Silhouette Cameo.


I applied it to my kitchen window...

 ...and removed the transfer tape.


I masked the edges of the window with painter's tape and protected the window sill with a plastic yellow tablecloth.


I covered the entire design area with etchall® etching crème.  This particular etching crème is dark brown because of age.  It starts out off white and darkens to caramel to dark ground with exposure to heat or time. The color of the product does not affect useability or performance.  I like to use older product on windows because it is thicker and easier to manage on a vertical surface.


After 15 minutes I scraped off the etching crème and returned it to the original container...
 

...and thoroughly cleaned the window with a sponge and water.


Once the window was thoroughly cleaned I removed the vinyl...


... to reveal the magic!


Thanks for stopping by and I hope you find some time to play today!  Susie

etchall® etching crème

Materials for Kitchen Window Glass Etching:

etchall® etching crème
Vinyl stencil
Transfer tape


Saturday, October 26, 2019

Alice in Wonderland Pocket Notebook Pages

I shared my Alice in Wonderland Pocket Notebook earlier this week (here) and promised you a peek inside at the rest of the pages! All the little hearts you see are cut from Rinea Foil or Kraftex using Eileen Hull's Hearts Journaling Card Thinlits die set.

Click on any of the images in this post to get a larger view. Enjoy!

















This tiny house is from Eileen Hull's new House Ornament Die.





I am working on one more post with the shrink plastic charms!  Coming soon!

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you find some time to play today!  Susie

Supplies for Alice in Wonderland Pocket Notebook:

Sizzix Eileen Hull Hearts Journaling Card Thinlits
Sizzix Eileen Hull House Ornament Scoreboard L Die
Blank Page Muse - Alice in Wonderland Characters Set 1
Blank Page Muse - Alice in Wonderland Characters Set 2
Stamping Bella - Alice in Wonderland Sentiments
Rinea Foil - Frosted Variety Pack
Kraftex - Paper Fabric, Red
Blank Slate - mini playing cards