Wednesday, August 23, 2017

It's Your Day, Celebrate! by Dana Warren

Hello AI fans!!

Today, I have a fun and clean card for you! It's not really simple because it's a lot of paper piecing but definitely a fun card!!

I started by stamping the Party Girls Set on a white panel. Then I stamped the image many more times on different pattern paper from Me and My Minds Eye Hooray paper pad. 

With sharp scissors, I fussy cut the ladies tops, bottoms and balloons. Then with a black marker, I colored the edges of all the fussy cutting.

With my Spectrum Noir markers, I colored the ladies skin, shoes, and hair, oh and the confetti! I just matched the colors to the pattern paper. I used CR8, DR4, DR7, EB5, EB6, FS3, FS4, FS6, GY1, IG10, JG5, PP2, TN7, TN8.

After coloring, I used a liquid adhesive to adhere the paper pieced clothing and balloons. Liquid because I can move the paper around to line everything up correctly. Last I stamped the sentiment below the ladies and adhered the panel to a white card base. If you do this directly on a card base the coloring will show on the reverse side, to hide this I do all my stamping and coloring on a panel that gets's adhered to the card base!!

Thanks so much for stopping by! Happy stamping and paper piecing!!

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Tuesday Threads with Karen Day

Hello Ai Sewing fans!
It's the August edition of Tuesday Threads with Karen.
 I've sewn a few larger projects for my sewing room over the last few months, so I decided that it was time for something quick & easy... and more of a personal item.  Here is my attempt of a quilted sunglasses case that I found on Pinterest (here):
 I started out by drawing out my pattern on a piece of paper, metric & standard measurements as shown:
 I cut the pattern out of two different fabrics from the Shop Hop collection designed by Ai owner/illustrator, Bonnie Krebs - available through Henry Glass Co.  I also cut a slightly larger piece of Therm O Web's Heat 'n Bond High Loft Fusible Fleece that I sandwiched between the two fabrics.
 I taught myself how to do a "stippling" pattern of free motion quilting with my sewing machine - which is an irregular squiggle pattern that you create by twisting and turning the piece to be quilted, as you sew.  I didn't have the right presser foot for my sewing machine, so I did the best that I could with my regular foot.  Here's a better shot so that you get the idea:
 I sewed a contrasting colour of bias tape around the perimeter of my shape, adding in a loop that will hold the case together when it's finished.  I flipped it over and hand sewed the bias tape on the underside for a clean finish.
 I folded the sides together as shown below, and stitched across them, about 2cm (3/4") in from each point.  When you turn the case right side out, these form little square bottom corners that give the case some shape, and allow it to sit upright.
I slip stitched the side edges of the bias tape together, and anchored the opening with a whip stitch to secure the ends - this will keep the glasses snug inside the case:

 And finally, I sewed a button on that will keep the case shut when the loop of bias tape is secured over it:
 This was so fun to sew!  It makes a great afternoon project, and would be a great gift for a Girlfriend.
Happy Sewing everyone!

Monday, August 21, 2017

Hey, diddle, diddle by Diane Zechman

Hello Ai friends and happy Monday!
Today I am sharing a card using the AiCS39 – Udderly Fantastic Set from the Funny Farm line.  The old Mother Goose nursery rhyme, "Hey, diddle, diddle," popped in my mind when I looked at this cow the other day.  So, I paired it with the moon image from the 4784 – Old Bat Set and a sentiment from 4852 – Welcome Little One MTF.  Voila... a baby card!

I added a little Clear Wink of Stella to the balloons, moon, and waistband of the tutu to add a bit of sparkle.  The clouds were popped up with dimensionals.
It's fun to look at your stamps and think a bit outside of the box to find ways to stretch your collection and use them creatively.  Take a fresh look at your stamps and see how you can use them in different ways!
Have a great Monday and… happy stamping!

Sunday, August 20, 2017

Flaunt It! by Reneé Matarese

Hello Ai fans!

Today I'm sharing my last dance teacher card.
This card went to the owner Miss Nicky.

This year they had a dance called Red Lips that they won many awards for so I did the Lips prop in red glitter.  The girls also wore red glitter on their lips.  My girly is the second in from the right.  I wish you could see their lips better.  They looked SO cool!

Copics used:

T1, C00, C7, R17, R22, R27, R59, Y21
E00, E02, E25, E50, E51, E57, E81, E93, E97