Posts Tagged ‘easter’
Today is such a dark,gloomy,and rainy day here in Georgia, but I don't mind … I have the worst allergies and this rain is washing all the pollen away…not to mention all the wild fires we have been having …So I'm liking the rain today…..It's going to be a good day to get some spring cleaning done…..but before I'm off to clean …I had a visit with the Easter Bunny….. I love making treats… or at least making projects to put treats in anyway…..
So I was at the store and found these tiny chocolate Easter bunnies and thought they would be cute in a mini Easter basket…..and then I thought that the Petal Card Punch would be perfect to make mini baskets with …..
It is cute …but it is not what I had envisioned in my head …..it just seamed off …..it is really frustrating when you can make what you picture in your own mind's eye…..So I put the project down for a few days and came back to it …and came up with this …..
Better …. But…..Still not perfect …..so now I'm going to ask you what your ideas are … What do you think I could add or change to make this project go from " it's cute" to really WOW!!!!! Leave me a comment to tell me what you think …
I just love making these little candy treats… I make them for just about every holiday,season or event …..
Again, as you can tell, I used the Clearly for You Stamp Set, I really can't get enough of it …..I created the background and the focal point with that stamp set… I don't think there was a stamp in that set I didn't use….and of course I had to use the designer Pearls and Rhinestones…..
Don't forget that SALE A BRATION ends in 2 days …..hurry if you want free stamps …..contact me today….
Off I go … I just got a box of NEW toys to play with …..new stamps … I love it
Ciao Bella ,
It has been a while since I posted anything about my sewing projects using The BIG SHOT …..Well today I'm posting another adventure…and Tutorial… Yes I know I said tutorial …. but really it's more like my notes with pictures…why all of a sudden am I posting a tutorial … well it is part of my participation in Late Night Stampers Bootcamp … This Bootcamp is designed to help me grow my business and my self through service…and I hadn't really served you my online follows …. sure I post pictured of ideas but I hadn't really given you anything other than Blog Candy…So I decided I would try my hand at writing something like a tutorial .This Late Night Stampers' Boot Camp has also given me the confidence to even try something like this …..So Grab Your Grain of salt or two …. here we go ..
First and Foremost I don't sew…. second, please remember I failed straight lines and scissors in Kindergarten…..and third there is no measuring …
Ok so …. today I made this little Easter Basket using the Big Shot and the Scalloped Square Die …take a look …I designed it for a little boy and my 13 year old son approved…his only comment was it was too small to hold all the candy he requested from the Easter Bunny…..
WARNING…. If you are a TYPE A personality…. STOP… right now… this will drive you insane…..
the first thing I did was double over my fabric… and set the Big Square die on top to I would be sure when I actually cut the fabric it would fit…..
Next I left the fabric doubled and just laid it back and forth on itself until I had 6 layers total …. I used denim today .. otherwise I could get 8 layers in ……
I'm not showing you a picture of me running the fabric through the big Shot ….well because .. I forgot to take a picture……
Next I just eye balled the batting into squares smaller that the scalloped squares of denim…..
then I didn't glue the batting or anything …..I just matched up the scallops and put my pins in the sort of middle … just incase …there was any shifting…..
Now… here is the a tips for non sewing people … on the sewing machine there are little measurement lines or markers….
What I do is pick one of those marker lines and use that to Try .. key word being TRY….doesn't always happen ..but try to run my square through the machine in a straight line …..now this really doesn't the best when you are sewing the "X" on each square… so I don't stress about …go slow..and it comes out just fine …..
After I sew all the Squares with there "X"…. I lay out the squares to check to be sure I like the way the different fabrics look together…..
Next are a couple of pictures of how I pinned the squares together …..
lay your squares laid out like a plus sign …. I choose to vertically and sew the squares together … then add each square on the horizontal…
clear as Velum ?… I wish I knew who started that phase….so I could give then credit….anyway…
here is what it looks like after the sewing
As you can see NO WHERE NEAR PERFECT…. But that's ok for me … you can spend the time to make the corners perfect …I just don't have the patients for that ….. see I told you …. type A's …really really squirming about now …..
Next I pinned and sewed just one corner together at a time …. I also discover the the square that is the bottom of the basket will fold right out of the way … I add another pin to keep it out of the way …. I also like to start at would be the top of the basket and work toward the bottom…. there is less fabric at the top .. so for me it's easier to get it started feeding under the foot ….
So After I went around and sewed all the corners …..It's time to make the handle …. For that I used the scrap fabric from cutting the Squares and trimmed it …..
Now easy peasy I pinned them together "right" side together … and just ran it through he machine… a line down each side ……
Did an old flip a roo .. turned it inside out and got this …..
Now attaching the handles can be tricky… My machine ..had a part that comes off for feeding circular type projects …the next photos are with this part on and one without …..
Usually … I leave this wide "base " piece off … I can jam a bobbin so fast … or loose the bobbin thread … for me it's just easier to leave off….
Next I pinned my handles into the open top of squares….carefully fed it into the machine and carefully went into a circle ….at the handles … I did put my motor in reverse and go back and for a few times for strength……
Trim any thread…..and your done …. I turned mine inside out because I thought the raggy edges were a little too shabby Sheik for a boy…
so take another look at the finished basket …
Sorry I didn't fill the basket for you…. but If I dug out the hidden Easter candy… my teenage boys would have devoured it …and then there would be none for Easter.
I hope you enjoyed my little tutorial on how to make a rag quilted Easter basket…..If you like it let me know … If you want to copy it feel free to copy paste…..
Next week's adventure …..Hummmm…..I'll have think about that one …..
Thanks again to Sherrill Graff and her Late Night Stamper Bootcamp for helping me get out of my comfort zone a stretch……
Has it ever been crazy lately, I don't know where to start….
First I want to remind you that that SALE A BRATION is Almost over….have you got your FREE Stamps….
second .. All my Hostess that have held a workshop before March 31st will be invited to my exclusive Running of the Roses Brunch on May 1st
it is a all day event …Starting with Brunch and then on to some special projects just for them and winding up the day will be a viewing of the Run for the Roses …. The Kentucky Derby ….
Of course it wouldn't be an event with out our Derby Hats…..Each Hostess will get a Custom Hat, made just for them …..
Now this Easter bonnet picture was Shamelessly Borrowed from Tiffany Bauer at My Crafty World….. Thank you so much Tiffany….
But I have had no time to make one to show you and Since each hat is a custom design for each hostess …I didn't want to show "their" hat yet…
I'm so excited I can hardly wait ….This is going to be so much fun that I'm also going to include anyone who Joins my Stampin' Up! Team….so if you have ever thought about Joining STampin' Up!… between all the great discounts, free stamps, and a special Party ….Why Not?
I still have dates open in March if you would like to have a workshop? I will even hold it in my Home …all you need to do is bring a snack …
On a much different and sad note ….one of my dearest Uncles passed away yesterday morning ….due to colon cancer….so in between making family calls getting ready for a Briefing about my husbands up coming trip to the middle east I created this card
I wish I could share more of it with you… but the stamp set hasn't been released yet….and wont be until May… but it was so perfect for my Grandmother that I couldn't help myself…..It is so beautiful ….
have a good week ….
It's finally here … after a few days of trying to figure how to get this guy to work … here he is …..
This little man… ok lion … was inspired by the over 20 year running commercial for Cadbury Eggs….unfortunately I can't find any mini Cadbury Eggs to put inside……but trust me I will find those mini eggs….they are my favorite candy this time of year …LOL. I have to admit that I was stuck on how to build the card around the idea in my head ….Then the QUEEN of Punch Art Jackie Topa had designed a lion using Stampin' Up!'s Sweet Treat Heart Cups….and well 1 +1 = my lion …I just to change the colors up a little, I used Stampin' Up!'s In Colors…to brighten him and to stray just a little from the standard pastels of Easter…..
Would this be perfect for that little man in your life for Easter….no Bonnet for him but a Lion ….
Speaking of Bonnets….I have some of those for you coming up along with the announcement of the Quarterly Hostess Appreciation Event…..
I'm somewhere between 989 and 999 on my blog candy for the 1000 visitor to my blog … be sure to leave a comment so I can contact you if you are the winner….here is a picture just incase you forgot what the candy is…..