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Monday, May 18, 2015

Rapid Transit Tag

This fortnight tag challenge from DragonsDream Tag It On is to have TEXTURE and use the color YELLOW and as always, to use one rubber stamp.

I don't use texture paste, so I had to figure out another way to add texture.  The bee is embossed with black and I added stitches all around.  I hope those count for texture.


The background on the front and back is scrapbook paper.


I was really stumped for an idea for this challenge. 

Here's what I have done with my tags.


Do you see that old skate key hanging there too?  Yes, from my actual steel wheel skates from my youth.  For the youngens, you needed that key to tighten the skate clamps to your shoe soles.  We didn't realise it at the time, but skating was a lot work.  Those wheels weren't made for coasting very far.  


It hasn't taken long to fill that dowel.  So I went looking for more display places.

I love these two old suitcases and the new Hobby Lobby trunks where I keep my precious received mail art.


Have a happy day.
Hugs,
Annie


Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Grounded Birdie

The Sunday Postcard Art this week is hosting the theme "UNIQUE"

I can't help but think these birds would have to be grounded.  


Then I had to try one larger...


They were quick and fun to create.  I found this bird on Pinterest and this blog: http://nicety.livejournal.com/910645.html  What cute things made in this paper and stitched technique.  Quite unique.

Please let me know if you'd like to find one of these grounded birdies in your letter box.  They'd be happy to fly in an airplane to get to you, or ride in the postal truck.

Happy Mail Day
Hugs
Annie

Sunday, May 10, 2015

Happy Mothers Day

Wishing all who act in the role of a mother in any way, a very 

HAPPY MOTHERS DAY


xxx
Annie

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Sisters By Choice

I feel we're more like sisters than friends.

This fortnights tag challenge is to use the color black and stencils.  And of course, one real stamp.


Donna of Inky & Quirky sent me a few tags on which she created some background starts on one side of the tags.  This is one of those tags.  She painted the glistening green and stenciled black squares.  I first adhered her tag to mat board.  I then stenciled some darker black squares over the originals and I stenciled the while letters and numbers.  I added washi tape, stamped the girls on separate cardstock, cut them out and adhered them to the tag with pop dots.  

The back is inked, stamped and washi taped.


Thanks Donna for the great tag start!  

DragonsDream Tag It On hosts this tag challenge every two weeks.

xxx
Annie


Sunday, May 3, 2015

Scrap Busting

My scrap busting projects are so small, they aren't busting anything.  But I'm busting with delight.

There is absolutely no noticeable dent in my scrap boxes.  Oh, who cares!  The fun is all in the fun of creating.  If I really wanted the scraps to disappear I'd toss them out on their ear.

The season for many refreshing cold drinks is nearly upon us and I'm getting ready for it.

After the wild orange keeper, came the wild red bottle/can wrap.


These little gems are such fun to make!  They practically design themselves with little effort from me.


Following is a tutorial for my process.  

Get your scraps together and some batting, a lining fabric choice and velcro.


Cutting measurements:

Body:
Batting - 8-1/4" x 4"
Lining - 8-1/4" x 4"

Tab:
Batting - 3" x 1-1/2"
Lining - 3-1/2 x 2-1/4"

Binding:
1-1/4" x 30"

Rubber Grip Strip:
7-1/4" x 3/4"

Velcro strips:
3/4" x 2-1/2" 


Glue the grip strip to the right side of the lining 1/2" from the top edge.  (It will get sewn down while you stitch the scraps on the front.)


For the body, layer lining piece right side down.  Place batting over lining.  Begin placing fabric scraps randomly on the batting.  Move the pieces around until your design looks pleasing.

For the tab, the batting is cut just inside the seam allowance so as not to add bulk after turning right side out.  Use the lining piece as a guide for placing the fabric scraps.  Allow 1/4" seam allowance on three sides and 1/2" seam allowance to the remaining long edge.


Here's my layout for both pieces.  Before pressing and sewing, I remove the spiral from the body piece and the bunting from the tab.  Also remove the lining from the tab (it gets sewn on later).  

Press the pieces to the batting.  I also use a glue stick to tack a few pieces down to help keep the scraps together while in the process of stitching them down.


After stitching the bases of the body and tab, I fused and stitched the spiral and the bunting.  You will have guessed by now what a marvelous time I'm having with fabric spirals.  They are a fun added element to the design.


The backsides look like this.  

For the tab, lay the lining piece right side down over the scrapy side.  Stitch the 1/4" seam allowance around the three edges leaving the 1/2" edge open.


Trim off the corners and turn the tab right side out and press.


Layer the tab right side up centered on the backside of the body piece (unstitched edge to the outside) I use a glue stick to hold it in place.


From the right side of the body piece, stitch the binding on all the way around.  Press the binding away from the body.  This is how it looks from the backside.


I stitch the binding to the backside by hand.  This is how it looks at this point.


Fold the tab piece out over the binding.  Press.


From the right side, stitch the tab in place by top stitching on the binding.  The photo below shows how that looks from the backside.


Add the velcro hook piece to the backside of the tab and the velcro loop piece to the front of the wrap as shown.


All done.


Now put that fun wrap to good use.

CHEERS!

xxx
Annie