Friday, May 28, 2010

Be Inspired #85 Pennants

This weeks challenge is to create a pennant.  The 4th of July inspired me.  I made my pennants out of triangle pieces of fabric folded over.  I cut the letters with Pooh Font cartridge.  Then ran them threw the cuttlebug with the swiss dot folder.  I glued everything together with fabric glue.  When it was dry, I ran a blue and silver cord threw the top hole. 

Sunday, May 23, 2010

Embroidery on card stock

Hello everyone! I'm so excited to be doing my first tutorial for you!
For this weeks theme of Embroidery, I thought it would be fun to make a gift box with little note cards inside. I started off with a yellow prism gift box. I choose my colors I wanted to use to match. The pattern I choose to use I got from Darsie Bruno. You can find lots of fun patterns on her website,
A Sticher's Dream. First size your pattern to fit your project with your favorite photo editing program. Print out the pattern on regular copy paper. Lay your pattern over your heavy card stock. The side your finished project right side up. You start punching little holes in each place marked. (I use a needle that I glued a wooden bead to the end) When this is completed careful remove your pattern. Your ready to start embroidering. You'll want to use a long bead needle to embroidery with.
If your pattern calls for 1-3 stitch. That means you will be sewing between 3 holes. For example you'll bring the thread up at hole # 1, down in hole #3, up in hole #4, back down in hole #2, back up in hole #3 back down in hole #5, back up in hole #6, back down in hole Continue on this way through out your pattern.
Tape the beginning and end of your thread on the back. Do not tie knots.
The easiest way I finally understood this, is remember the old string art, how you wrapped the thread around the nails. It's on the same premise.
When you are done with all of the stitching, turn your work over and use a ball tool or a scooped tool to rub over the back to "heal" the holes.
I got this beautiful medallion from Fred She Said. You can get your free medallion here. Make sure you leave her some love for it! I used purple and yellow stickles on each layer.When the layers are dry use pop dots to assemble.
Tape Card stock to box and adhere medallion.
To finish off the top of the box I used stickles to highlight and give some sparkle!
For the note cards inside I cut the Basil card stock to 3 1/2" and ran it threw the Cuttlebug with the
Birds and Swill folder. I then cut white card stock to 3 1/4" and used the MS all around border punch. To finish off I used the center of the medallion to add a little touch of a flower on the note card.
Materials Used
A2 Birds and Swirls Emboss Folder #37-1609
Basil Card Stock
Purple Metallic Thread
Yellow Stickles
Purple Stickles
Yellow Prism Gift Box
White Card Stock
Tear-ific Tape
I hope this inspires you to give embroidering a try.

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Be Inspired #84 Photo Challenge

Boy am I excited.  This is my first Challenge as a Design Team Member of Cuttlebug Challenge.  It is such a honor to asked to join this fabulous team.  The challenge for this week is Photo's.  I first thought of Father's Day coming up so I decided a wonderful gift for my Dad was in order.  He absolutely loves his Grand kids so I decided to make him a Post-it note holder. 
I used an acrylic photo frame 5X7 for the base.  The leather looking paper is a paper sack that I cut to 5X7 and ran it through the Cuttlebug with the Hounds tooth folder.  The I used umber Versa Color ink pad and ran it over the top.  I used Stretch Your Imagination cartridge and cut out the wonderful photo book.  The whole in the middle wasn't quite big enough so I used small scissors and cut up both side about 1/2 "  then folded it back and taped it.  I placed the picture behind the photo book and taped them to the "leather paper".  I added a piece of ribbon across the middle.  I then placed the page in the photo frame and taped the top so that it was secured.  I used Tear-ific tape to tape the post-it notes to the frame.  I can hardly wait to give it to my pops....

Sunday, May 16, 2010

Be Inspired #83 Kid Inspired

This is a cute little Birthday Card I made.  I dry embossed the vellum with the Happy Birthday folder.  The image is by Dustin Pike.  I just love his little dragons.  I colored him using Bic markers.