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1  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Discussion and Questions / help with silhouette centerpieces on: February 27, 2008 12:09:35 PM
For my wedding that is in less then two weeks I was trying to make my own centerpieces. I made a silhouette of my fiance and I and tried to use posterboard to cut them out.  I am having a problem cutting them out because the center of the paper is white so and if the cuts aren't exact the top layer of paper is ripping and the white is showing through.  I am not sure if I should be using a different kind of paper, or if i am using the wrong kind of cutting tool. The paper needs to be thick enough to stand up, it should be about 12 inches tall.  i have even started trying to look for like a printing place that would be able to do it but I am not having any luck because i am not sure what I should be looking for.

It seems that some of these scrapbook machines might be able to do what I want but I am not going to buy a machine just to make 16 center pieces. 

This the image:

any help would be amazing
2  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Discussion and Questions / bag interfacing question on: May 09, 2007 02:51:56 PM
i got a pattern that calls for a layer of polyester fleece for just the top part. Can I use any thick material or maybe that really stiff fusiable interfacing to cushion or pad the handle part?
The pattern I am using is

it's kind of hard to see the purse part but hopefully you can...

and it just calls for the fleece in the flat closure part if that makes sense. 

what do you all think?
3  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / 60's mod skirt I made (with some help from a craftster friend!) on: March 03, 2007 11:22:44 PM

The skirt was based on a skirt I saw when I was about 16 years old in a thrift store, but it was too tiny for me to even consider buying. I always dreamed of making one and then I had this djay event I was promoting and decided that I must make it in time to wear it to out on that night. 

I am not sure what other information you need...I made the skirt using a simplicity pattern, and then made a template for the arrows using a quilting ruler, cut out a front and back for each arrow, and then sewed them together and turned them inside out...sewed them on and voila!

My partner in crime is Desiree, (I love needles) she helped me a lot and is a huge part of the reason it turned out so fab!
4  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Discussion and Questions / smudged sulky pen on: October 11, 2006 10:17:40 PM
Okie I have a problem everytime I use the sulky pen it smudges all over the fabric that I am using.  What am I doing wrong and how do I stop this from happening?  I just ruined two brand new pillow cases (because the design had smudges all around it, the design itself was fine)and now I have to out and buy new ones!  I try and be careful, and I don't think there was any pen on my hands...maybe that's the problem? Help!!!

That's why I love sublime stitching, her transfers alway come out perfectly!
5  NEEDLEWORK / Sublime Stitching Embroidery / Hi on: September 13, 2006 09:47:40 AM
I haven't been around for a while. I have been working on a big project that had lots of frustrations (I actually posted about it too) and I had to put the needles down for a little while. It's actually still not done. I made some non embroidery stuff, but I haven't had a chance to post that either.  I just got a new digi cam and now that its fall I plan on doing tons of projects! I am excited!

This week I am going to start working on two sets of pillow cases for my friends that I am going to be visiting in Vancouver and Portland in November.

Anyway I just thought I would say hi and see how you all are doing.
6  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / my first solo sewing project. A sha sha dream bag! (sort of img heavy) on: July 29, 2006 03:36:54 PM
My Mom usually helps me a lot with sewing, and by a lot I mean she takes over and does half of it herself, heh.  but they went away this weekend, and I needed a last minute birthday present so I decided to attempt a sha sha dream bag, mainly because it requires little to no measuring (well in my head anyway).  I totally forgot to do a bunch of stuff like measure from the edge of the material to make sure my pattern was straight, but I think it ended up pretty good anyway.  Comments would be awesome!

note the surrounding disaster area!

me after my first solo sewing project!

I should look happier, but I am just tired!

7  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Discussion and Questions / okie I have ideas for the wedding present, but I need some feedback! (img heavy) on: July 06, 2006 02:49:39 PM
Okie so I was thinking of doing a banner type thing (like the kind you can buy from sublime stitching) and since they are kind of into the whole rockabilly/tattoo style thing, I thought I would use some vintage looking images (plus they are easy to turn into patterns) If I decided to use them I would obviously buy the images because I can't draw to save my life! yay!

Here's the most traditional bride and groom deal..

then I thought maybe I could use this cute dancing couple, and put the juke box in there, and maybe some cute swallows, and stuff like that...

or then there are these faces taht are cute, but I don't know maybe floating heads would be super creepy?

I could always do the really traditional heart/dagger thing with other traditional tatto elements...

Okie so tell me what you think and be honest, if my ideas are crap i would rather know now!

8  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Discussion and Questions / wedding present on: June 29, 2006 02:01:48 PM
My friends are getting married next year, and i wanted to make something for them. I know there is another forum for this, but I wanted specifically to embroider something for them.  I made them pillow cases as a house warming gift with some swallows and a banner saying sweet dreams (sublime stitching) and I was thinking of maybe trying to do a wall hanging type thing.  They love tattoos and rockabilly stuff, so I was thinking something along the lines of that.

Does anyone have any suggestions of how to put a design together, and what kind of time line I should give myself? 

Or any other suggestions of what I can make them? I wish I knew they were getting married when the bought the house! I would have given them the pillow cases for the wedding!

9  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Discussion and Questions / help refinishing a linen/hope chest on: June 21, 2006 11:52:36 AM
Alright, I have this really cheap hope chest that I bought a long time ago.  I am using it for a coffee table at the moment, (it will go back in my room or somewhere else sometime in the future) and I think it's really ugly.  I wanted to try and stencil it or paint it somehow, but I can't decide on a theme.

I was thinking either using one an album cover, and using that as the theme with the band logos stenciled on it and what have you

Or I was thinking of doing it Sailor Jerry/old school tattoo theme with the birds, and what not.  I am not sure I would really stencil the birds, maybe for the outline, and then free hand paint them, or get someone that was good at art to do that. I can do a lot of stuff, but drawing is not one of them.

I have never stenciled before so I am not even sure what I am doing, but I have been doing a lot of reading, and I think I can handle it.

What do you all think? or do you have a different even better theme? I am open to suggestions!


It sort of looks like that, but without that detail on the top. it's even plainer.
10  NEEDLEWORK / Sublime Stitching Embroidery / Take pity on me please!! Help! on: June 12, 2006 07:57:41 PM
I know this is most likely frowned upon, but I thought maybe if someone heard my tale of woe they may take pity on me, and help me out.

I am trying to make a purse for my Mom who is in the hospital, (well she just got out today).  She had a stroke a couple of months ago, and while she was there for that, they realized that she had a 25 pound fibroid mass tumor. They removed it on Thursday and she's pretty down, and in a lot of pain. 

Anyway I am having so many problems, I want to cry. First I screwed up the pattern, and I was going to just flip the purse over but it bled through, then I was using my sulky pen, and I guess some got on my hand and left two huge black marks on the light pink fabric.  I am using the China town pack, and so I was going to put the dragon over top because it would cover it perfectly,  I was tracing the pattern with my sukly pen, and suddenly I guess I pressed too hard, and a huge splotch came out, and completely ruined part of the head of the dragon.

I am going to freak out. I just wanted to do something nice for my Mom, and I can't even do that. 

I was wondering if anyone could lend me the dragon pattern so I could print it off, and trace it again. 

I'm sorry, but I just don't know what else to do here.

thank you for listening.  and I am putting the needles down for the rest of the night, because obviously it's just not working right tonight.

Crisis averted. I just cut out the yuckie bit, and I will draw it in later.  I hope I can cover all the black marks though. I will show you all when it's done how it turned out.

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