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41  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Effervescence Sandra Swoon Bag on: February 17, 2016 01:17:48 PM
 Its been a while since I have been on this board but February has been the month for me to get back into making purses it seems.
 I joined the Make a Purse and Fill It Swap and my partner had commented on a couple bags styles that she liked. I thought this bag did a good job of combining a lot of what she liked into one so I decided to give it a try.
 The bag has a flip up magnetic snap on the front to keep it secure and an extra front pocket. It also has a nice wide gusset so it held more than I thought it would originally. Which I was happy about.
 I think the solid black gusset keeps it from looking too busy, at least I hope so. My Mom saw this purse and liked it so I planned on making her one. I ordered her fabric but then she requested it be out of the same fabric so I made another one but with a different interior since my Moms favorite color is blue.
 This is the one I sent to my swap partner. She likes pink like I do. I think I like the front of this one best since it has more black at the bottom to break it up more.
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 This is the one I originally made for my Mom. I went ahead and made one out of the fabric I ordered for her and she ended up liking that one more (I knew she would, she loves blue) so I ended up taking this one.



 It has taken me three attempts to post this so hopefully (fingers crossed) this time works.
 Thanks for checking them out. I now have the purse sewing bug again! Grin
42  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Stewie and Walking Dead Bibs for Fun Parents on: September 29, 2015 05:54:32 AM
 I made these two bibs with the hope that my friend would have a good sense of humor about them. She did. LOL!
 Every time I see Stewie I think of him saying Mommy, Mom, Mama, Mommy, Mommy, Mom, over and over again. I made this bib with my friend. We had a sewing day so she could learn to sew a little. The bibs and burp clothes are so easy I thought they would be a great start.
 The Stewie bib and burp cloth have a super soft snuggly flannel for the backing and an extra layer of 100 cotton inside for absorbency.

 And here is the Walking Dead bib because I think babies can look a tad like zombies while they eat. Tongue LOL! It had a soft gray minky fabric with stars imprinted into it for the backing.

 Thanks for looking (and having a sense of humor with them).
43  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Mermaid and Woodland Animal Bib & Burp Cloths on: September 08, 2015 11:25:14 AM
 Ill be honest, I didnt even know this board existed! Tongue Tell me if I am on the wrong board but I figured this would work here since kids wear bibs???  Huh I dont have any kids or young ones in my family but I made these bib and burp cloth sets as a gift to my ex-BILs gf. I thought they would be a nice gift and I was dying to try out my KAM snap pliers. Ill probably end up making her some more stuff so I am going to check out this board for ideas! Cheesy
 I used a very soft and absorbent gray fabric for the backing. It has pretty little stars on it. I figured gray would work for both fabrics and not be overly girly.
 I couldnt help but get super girly with the pink mermaid set. I bought this fabric a while ago when I first saw it because it was so cute but had no idea what to make out of it. I think the bib worked out perfect. Both burb cloths are 10X18. I hope she likes them. I plan to make her a couple more sets as well.




 Thanks for checking them out!
44  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Faerie Bed and Twig Faerie on: July 13, 2015 07:13:43 AM
 I'm not sure if I have this in the right spot. Sorry if I don't! I don't normally make miniatures but decided to give it a shot and joined the miniature swap. I made this for my partner who is decorating a fairy house. I realized I wasn't that talented at paper crafting for the swap so I tried to sew for it since I am more comfortable with that.
 
 I used sticks from my yard and I wrapped wire and twine around it to keep it together. Then I glued and tied flowers and moss to it.

 Then I made a little mattress and was so excited because it was the first time I used the fancy stitches on my machine. LOL!

 I made a little patchwork quilt and pillows along with a Twig faerie to enjoy it. You can see the headboard a little better in this pic.

 Admittedly the fairy ended up looking like a creeper but I was aiming for a twig.  Undecided

 I hope my partner liked it. I had a lot of fun making it!
45  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Dictionary Pendants on: July 10, 2015 07:09:20 AM
 I tried to make the dictionary text pendants but I don't think I sprayed the large one with enough sealer. It's okay cas that was the one for myself. I wasn't sure if anyone else was as proud of their cat lady status as I am.  Tongue


 I still think it looks interesting. It has a more vintage and aged feel to it. Yeah, that's what I will go with.  Wink
 I used dictionary pages printed on cardstock and Distressing ink.
 
 Thanks for looking.  Grin
46  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Glowing Star & Steampunk Pendants on: July 10, 2015 07:01:29 AM
 I recently finished up the Pendant swap and wanted to share what I made.
 A while ago I made couple Steampunk Pendants out of Sculpey and decided to try it with another shape so I chose Stars!


 The backgrounds glow in that dark but I couldn't get a decent picture of it.
 Here are the ones I made earlier. They glow too.

 I tried tinting them with chalk but in the end likes the look of alcohol inks better on them.
47  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Birdhouse Pendants on: July 10, 2015 06:52:41 AM
 I always want to wear more necklaces in the summer since I don't have a scarf covering them up. I joined the pendant swap this round and this is one of the designs I decided to try. I have always loved the birdhouse pendants but thought cutting the roofs would be cumbersome and a pain. I found the squares with holes and pegs at Michaels and decided to try using Sculpey to make the roof. I think it turned out pretty cute and saved my fingers from some unwanted bloodletting.
 Here are the fronts

 and the backs

 I love the look of Dictionary pages in artwork and wanted to use inspirational and nice words on them.

 While I was doing the clear coat I realized what this one said on the back. It was completely random so it made it so much funnier to me. Yes, It reads "beat a person" in bold text no less.  Roll Eyes

 Here's a shot of how I made them taller. I glued, painted and sanded them before adhering the dictionary pages.

 Thanks for checking them out. I had a lot of fun making them and suspect a couple family members might get some for Christmas.
 
 
48  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Books and Cats on: July 06, 2015 08:18:49 AM
  Remember that commercial where the pig goes "and boots and pants and boots and pants....." I think of it and say books and cats every time I see this fabric. LOL!
 I made this purse as my quick weekend outing purse. I can just throw a couple thing in it and go instead of digging thru all the day to day stuff I carry around.
 I had to have this fabric when I saw it. It's so dorky and I love it. Books and cats. Two things I love and can't live without. Add in a little sewing and it pretty much sums me up. Big ol' nerd.

I was cropping the pic of the back and laughed when I realized my black cat Dahl had stuck her nose in. She's black so you have to look hard at the black chair. She camouflages well.  Wink

 Here in an in progress shot of the inside pocket.

 and just one to show off my other cat, Venkman.  Tongue

 Thanks for looking!  Grin
49  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Ellie Travel Cases on: June 14, 2015 11:04:27 AM
 I found this free pattern on line and decided to try it.
http://fabricmutt.blogspot.com/2014/01/ellie-travel-case-tutorial.html
 Here's what I came up with.

 I made two bags for the Summer Games. The pattern was really good and clear. The zipper was a little tricky due to the thickness and the curves, just go slow and you'll be fine if you decide to attempt it. It was the first time I had done straps like this too. I pinned the edge of the fabric down until I had my needle firmly in it to keep it from unfolding.

 To help it go faster I made them at the same time.

 I got lots of help setting the zippers in. That's Venkman inspecting them. I call him quality control.,
 And here is a pic of getting the second side of the zipper. Sorry about the cat butt, he is always right next to me.
 I don't recommend doing the zipper with the bit of linen showing. I did both ways and the one with the linen showing had a weird pucker to it.
 Here's the first one I finished. I have had this abstract bird fabric in my stash forever and thought it would work well with this project.

 The inside is a blue polka dot. I liked that the bird showed on top too.

 For the second one I bought this fabric when I got the linen. I thought it was really pretty. A classy pretty instead of the normal flashier stuff I do. Cheesy Front & back.  
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 The inside was a soft yellow-ish beige with white polka dots.

 These pics are just for size reference and to show off my beautiful Dahlia.

 Thanks for checking them out!
50  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Christmas Cat Tags on: June 09, 2015 12:12:12 PM
 It's June so we all know what that means, half way til Christmas! Wink LOL!
 I do my shopping year round and this month on the Summer Games the Battle is creepy vs cute. Don't know what the Games are? Check it out here...
https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=439402.0
 They are super fun and really get your creative juices flowing. You can join any time and right now is perfect since the Games just started.  Wink
 Anyhoo... back to what I was saying. I decided to go ahead and make tags for my Christmas gifts. I wanted to make them myself this year to be a bit more personal (and possibly because I am cheap).
 Here's the finished results. I plan to double stick tape the backs of them or punch holes to dangle them depending on the package.

 I started off with the sketch in the top center and placed it under the other sheets and traced it and added different themes to it. Bunny1kenobi helped me come up with ideas (thanks Bestie!).
 
 Then I scanned it into the computer and traced them all in Photoshop. Sure there was an easier way but I am not great at Photoshop so this was how it was done.  Tongue

 I colored them in, which wasn't as easy as I thought, and then shrunk them down so they would equal three across.

 Then I printed them on cardstock and cut them out! I normally use markers to color everything so this was a different result for me. I thought they turned out cute. Cute was my goal.  Wink
 Thanks for checking them out!
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