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1  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Weddings and Bridal Showers / problems with powder/heat embossing on: April 05, 2007 06:38:05 AM
I finally got a chance to try powder/stamp/heat embossing last night and I couldn't get it to work correctly - Anyone out there with experience that they can share? I followed Martha's directions and everything. first time she's failed me! Sad

anyways, I used an embossing stamp pad with a rubber stamp. i covered generously with the powder, shook everything off, etc. I used the new heat gun, holding at a 45 degree angle 3" from the paper, and it just ended up being a crusty, crumbly mess. The powder didn't melt at all - it just clumped up. gah! I can post pics tonight form home if that will be helpful in diagnosing the problem.

Any thoughts on what I might be doing wrong? This was going to be a fairly important technique in my invitation making plans so I hope that you guys can help!
2  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Weddings and Bridal Showers / faking the look of letterpress? on: January 11, 2007 11:59:51 AM
so i love letterpress invitations but HATE the insanely expensive pricetag that goes along with it... plus I'm planning on crafting my invites myself.

so do any of you fabulous craftsters have any ideas on how to fake the look of letterpress printing for cheap?
3  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Weddings and Bridal Showers / Xmas cards = save the dates.. yay or nay? on: December 05, 2006 10:24:40 AM
What do you guys think of this idea? tacky? cool? I'm going to craft my invitations so i thought I'd get some practice under my belt by crafting combo x-mas/save-the date cards.. and we need to send the STD's ASAP because we just found out our hotel won't let us hold as many rooms as we need.. people will need to book right away to make sure they get in! (wedding is in september 07)

What do you think we should do for the STD's? should it be a separate insert? or just printed in the card itself?

I'm thinking a stamped & embossed design on the front since that will probably feature in the invites and i definitely need practice! then doing a computer print on the inside or maybe find a nice stamped card message?

4  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Halloween party finger foods? on: October 26, 2005 02:00:58 PM
So we are throwing a big halloween bash this weekend and i've been looking for some yummy yet spooky ideas for finger foods, dips, etc. without a whole lot of luck. Most of the online searches i've done have yielded mostly sweet foods or regular food with a "spooky" name but not a creative presentation.

The best i've seen so far are "bloody leg bones" -bbq chicken drumsticks with a fake legless-torso display around the platter made out of a stuffed old pair of pants.. Any more ideas out there along those lines?

Thanks! Smiley
5  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Baby Showers And Gifts For New Babies / Lucky Sprout ideas?? on: September 30, 2005 07:32:08 AM
My fabulous boss is adopting a baby girl from China in two weeks so I'm hoping to make something cute for a present that includes/plays off of the english translation of her Chinese name - "Lucky Sprout" - which has to be the most adorable name in the world! Do any of you amazingly creative craftsters have any ideas? I'm not sure what size she is so clothing is a no-go, but i'm open to anything else!

Smiley cheers,
kt
6  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / vintage menswear = mod purse on: July 11, 2005 01:54:16 PM
I bought an old suit jacket and some $1 ties from goodwill about a year ago and i finally managed come up with a creative way of using them. remind me NEVER to use the flimsy satin lining again.. it was the biggest pain, the inside is not so clean but the outside looks good Wink

-kt



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7  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / sweet ribbon handle beach tote TUTORIAL added! (& glasses case too) on: April 24, 2005 09:45:34 AM
I made this for my friend gina's wedding shower gift. We're going on a cruise for the wedding so i thought a tote would be ideal for around the ship and when we're in bermuda! it was interesting and swear-ful to get the handles to work, but they came out the way i wanted, so i'm pretty pumped. The glasses case was a random afterthought because i had a few scraps of the fabric left and it was such a gorgeous amy butler design i didn't want to waste it.

http://www.people.fas.harvard.edu/~ksylor/images/ginabags.jpg\

more pics on my website if you want to take a look!

http://www.people.fas.harvard.edu/~ksylor/crafts.html

*************************************TUTORIAL***************************************

Well, here is the tutorial! I can't believe how unbelievably long and complex it is, but it took me awhile to figure out and I wanted to make it as explicit as possible. Here you go!

You will need:

19 wide x 16 high with 3 square cutouts on each corner:
2 outer fabric
2 inner fabric
2 interfacing
http://www.people.fas.harvard.edu/~ksylor/images/tute1.gif

2 rectangles outer fabric for pocket 9 wide by 6 high
7 zipper
3 yds. Outer color 1 grosgrain ribbon, cut in half to make 2 strips
48 Inner color 1 grosgrain ribbon, cut in half to make 2 strips
2 pieces interfacing 1 wide by 23 long

First, make the handlesI probably used a roundabout way of doing this but DONT iron the interfacing on to the ribbon.. it melts the ribbon! I found that out the hard way! So, for each handle:

1) Baste interfacing strip onto short inner color ribbon.
2) Match up inner color ribbon (interfacing side in!) with the middle of the long outer color ribbon. I did it by folding each in half, then matching up the folds.
3) Pin ribbon together and sew along both edges. Make sure that your bobbin and top threads match each color. Its easier to sew it inner-side up so the top thread should match the inner color, the bobbin should match the outer color.
4) Pull thread ends through to inner fabric side and tie off. This will be hidden on the inside so dont worry about it being pretty, just make sure it doesnt unravel!
5) Remove the basting stitch.

Next attach the handles to the outer fabric:

1) Iron large interfacing onto wrong side of outer fabric.
2) Layout where the handles will go on the right side of the outer fabric. This is the really tricky part and you really have to be precise with this so that the two sides match:
  a. The bottom edge of the inner fabric on the handles should be 2-3 from the top edge of the fabric (depending on how long you want the handles to be. There should be an inch or two of ribbon at the ends that is longer than the fabric.
  b. Measure 5 from the outer edge on each side, and 2   from the cutouts on the bottom.
  c. Inside should be 5 wide.
http://www.people.fas.harvard.edu/~ksylor/images/tute2.gif
 
3) Once you have it in place, pin just the very top and very bottom edges.
4) Gently lift up the ribbon and run a very light, thin strip of fabric glue along the middle to hold the ribbon in place. Let it dry.
5) Sew along edges of ribbon, matching up with the seams from where the inner ribbon is attached. Pull thread through to wrong side of fabric and tie off.
http://www.people.fas.harvard.edu/~ksylor/images/tute3.gif

Next, put the zipper pocket into one piece of the lining fabric. I used SewPixies tutorial http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=11808.0 it is SOOOO easy and Ive gotten lots of compliments on how professional it looks! Thanks SewPixie!

Finally, put the whole bag together, mostly following the same procedure as the Jordy bag tutorial http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=32204.0. Use a seam allowance for everything.

1) Follow steps 3-6.
2) Skip step 7
3) For step 8, make sure that you tuck the handles inside so that the right sides of the inner fabric and outer fabric meet all around the top edge of the bag DONT sew over the handles!
http://www.people.fas.harvard.edu/~ksylor/images/tute4.gif

4) Follow steps 9-11
5) For step 12, make sure that you again keep the handles folded down so that you dont sew over them when you stitch around the top edge of the bag.
http://www.people.fas.harvard.edu/~ksylor/images/tute5.gif

6) Finally, sew a box with an x in the middle on each side of the two handles to hold them down so the edge of the inner color isnt visible. Leave about of space from the top edge of the bag, and make sure that you sew down to where you stopped when you attached the handles to the fabric.
http://www.people.fas.harvard.edu/~ksylor/images/tute6.gif

7) Pull thread ends through to the inside and tie in a knot, then use a needle to pull the thread under the fabric to hide it.

Voila! You now have an outside-handle totebag!

I know it's complex so feel free to ask questions!

Smiley kt
8  CLOTHING / Shoes: Discussion and Questions / re-dying old bridesmaid shoes? on: April 18, 2005 07:59:20 AM
So I re-discovered an old pair of dyable bridesmaid shoes while organizing my new apartment over the weekend.. i really like the style but their indigo blue color doesn't match a THING in my wardrobe.. I want to dye them black so that the insane amount of money i spent on them wasn't totally wasted! has anyone out there tried to re-dye old bridesmaid shoes before? Can I just use black RIT? I don't want to end up with huge black lines on my feet! any suggestions/ideas?

thanks!

Wink kt
9  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Discussion and Questions / beach tote ideas? on: March 10, 2005 10:52:44 AM
so my friend's bridal shower is in a few short weeks and I decided to make her a beach tote because they are getting married on a cruise to bermuda -she'll be able to use it on the cruise and all. I know what I want to do but I'm getting stuck on some technical construction details.. I haven't started sewing yet -the fabric hasn't arrived! -but i'm not sure how to do a few things that aren't typical Jordy-type constructions.

this pic is what i'm thinking of doing.. this is the actual Amy Butler Fabric that I'm using so I modified a picture of one of her bag patterns.. i'm going for a sort of modified jordy-bottomed bag with straps, etc. similar to one of those LLBean canvas totes.



Where I'm having trouble is how to attach the straps on the outside.. I'm thinking  i'll have to pre-attach them to the outside fabric BEFORE i sew the two halves together, but i'm worried about what will happen when i sew the lining in... Do i not sew the straps all the way to the top of the bag so I can keep them folded down and out of the way, then secure them when I do the final stitching around the top? does that make sense?

Also, I was thinking of using 2 layers of thick interfacing to make sure that it really keeps it's shape. Should I iron it on to both the outside and the liner? I want to do an inner zipper pocket so should I iron two layers of interfacing onto just the outside fabric?

and finally, what do you think are good dimensions? she's a tiny little thing, only about 5' tall. i'm 5' 9" so what would work for me might be too big for her...

What do you guys think? any other creative solutions? do i need to explain myself better? help!!!!

Smiley kt
10  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Get Product and Website Opinions / to all the cat lovers out there.... and everyone else too! on: February 02, 2005 08:25:48 AM
So I'm hoping that the large numbers of cat owners i've seen on Craftster can give me some advice/inspiration for a new pipe dream of mine!

I have two friends who just got new cats and I am going to adopt one myself in a few weeks when i move to a place that allows pets... well, i was in Petsmart looking for gifts and toys for all the new fuzzies and I had a flash of inspiration -instead of buying some of the cheesy catnip toys out there (most of which are shaped like mice and are poorly made) why not use my crafty skills and make my own out of felt and faux fur!?!? Then, inspired by the amazing things i've seen people do on craftster this soon grew into -why not start my own business making them for sale?

So, I'm wondering what sort of things/shapes funky crafty cat owners would like to have for catnip toys.. stuff that's really unusual or cool or fun that you wouldn't mind having lying around on the floor when people come to visit.

some of my ideas so far:

sushi rolls
i-pods w/ headphone strings to swing it around with
planets
rocketships
aliens
monsters
purses
books
Stenciling celebrity faces onto fabric
beer bottles
buddha
flowers
animals other than mice (monkeys, dogs, giraffes, etc)

I was thinking of "Hip Nip" as a brand name of sorts.. So, what do you guys think? any ideas/requests?

Thanks a ton for your inspiration!

Smiley kt
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