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Monday, June 17, 2019

A Place To Start /Mid-Month Project -Stencil Me In

Hello Crafty Peeps!
It is time for our mid-month DT make at A Place To Start.  I decided to create this fun pincushion using an Ann Butler tutorial.  This is my first attempt and I had a few issues but decided to post it anyway because our blog is all about new beginnings!
I used Ann Butler's Easy Design Elements (EZ-De's) Stencils for Stencil Girl to create this cute little pincushion.  I don't often use my very fancy Brother's sewing/embroidery machine but as part of my self-challenge for 2019, I am using sewing more on my projects.  The stitching was a little "wonky" so my corners did not turn out as evenly as they should have and there were a few other "oops" but in general, I am pleased with the outcome.
I am posting the link to the tutorial down below but I want to share some changes I made when creating my pin cushion.
  • I really did not want to purchase more craft inks, so I decided to see if the Distress Oxide Inks would work and they did. 
  • Because I am capable of losing anything while I am working on a project, I added a tassel to my pincushion.  
  • I also decided to use two buttons in the center of my cushion instead of one.
  • Rather than filling my pincushion with Fiber Fill (used in pillows, etc.) I used ground walnut shells.  This material keeps your pins sharp.
I am including the YouTube Video but I recommend that you use the Step Tutorial HERE on Ann's Blog for correct measurements and cutting and sewing instructions!

Links to Stuff I used:
Fabric: Muslin



Thanks for stopping by!  I look forward to seeing your fabulous stenciled project in our challenge!


Tuesday, June 11, 2019

One More Stationery Box

Hello, Crafty Peeps!
I am back with another Stationery Box.  This one I created as a gift for the young lady who works in the front office of my Physical Therapy practice.  I have reached my Medicare Cap for this year, so I will not see her again until next year.   

I have been hoarding Pink Paislee and Webster Pages papers for years.  I am so glad I saved them because they are perfect for my current fixation on Stationery Boxes as gifts.
 I try to vary the contents based on the recipient.  Taylor is a college student, so instead of 3"x5" cards and gift tags, I included additional post-it notes and a small composition book in her box.
I left the small pocket empty, but before I gave it to her I added a few small clothespins (with the days of the week on them) and a few fancy paper clips. 
 I totally forgot to pay attention to my paper design when cutting the triangles for my post-it note cover.  Fortunately, I had a scrap left that matched up kinda okay when I added the magnetic closure.
There are many iterations of what to include with your box.  Some folks do calendars, others make small notebooks.  I like the idea of post-it notes because they can be refilled. 
I am thinking of eliminating the stamp holder from my next SB.  Not many young people use snail mail these days.  I have an idea what I will add in its place.  Can't wait to try it out on the box I am currently working on.

Thanks for stopping by!
I hope you have found some inspiration here!

Sunday, June 9, 2019

A Barrel of Monkeys - Wednesday Sketch Challenge Entry

Hi, Crafty Peeps!
The Wednesday Sketch Challenge provided a great opportunity to put another check in another box on my list of personal crafting challenges for 2019.  I actually used "flowers!" YAY!  I have literally hundreds of flowers that I bought because they were "so cute" and hundreds more that came with "kits."  I long ago stopped buying embellishments.  I use what I have on hand, or I create it.  Among my "mostly not used" stash are several flower creation sets and flower dies.  These days the most I buy are glue, paper, and on occasion a die or stamp needed for a DT project.  Otherwise, 2019 is purely stash projects. 
 A Barrel of Monkeys
 Here is the challenge sketch.

I have grown to love critter cards (this is new territory for me) and I was looking for the perfect sketch/layout in which to use them.  I tried to incorporate the little monkey holding a balloon, but couldn't make that work...maybe next challenge.

My biggest challenge was my attempt to create the look of a barrel on a flat surface.  Determined not to bother The Hubster, I played around with a few iterations and finally decided that putting my scoreboard to use was the best choice. A stencil and some distress ink gave me all the barrel "suggestion" I needed. 

I was not happy with all the blank space on the card in the lower left-hand corner.  So, I checked my personal challenge list to see what boxes remained unchecked and one was "Use More Flowers."  A long, long time ago, I purchased a kit that used the Prima Engraver series.  That was back during my "I love mini albums" phase.  Of course, that mini was never made but I was able to cut up one of the floral sprays and use it on this card.

I like this sketch and will probably use it for other projects.  Why don't you give it a try and join the Wednesday Sketch Challenge?

  Thanks for Stopping By!
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