Last weekend was one of my closest friends birthdays, and even though I do not have as much time to craft anymore..Actually scratch that, I’ll be honest…. I don’t have as much interest in crafting anymore, I still had to make her a card.
I didn’t participate in the challenge, but I still used Stampin’ Royalty’s sketch last week:
And since I’ve retired and have a ton of stamp sets that I haven’t used from stampin up’, I thought i’d use the Established Elegance stamp set. The photo isn’t the best since I took it on the iphone..
Happy Saturday everyone!
This morning we celebrated our friend’s baby girl Kirsten’s 1st birthday! :) Happy Birthday! I made this a couple of days ago……..but I couldn’t have posted it until after the birthday celebrations of course. To find some inspiration……..I went to the Freshly Made Sketches blog…..
They had a Card Sketch Challenge..
And here’s my card………. Happy Crafting Everyone! :)
Wow..for the first time in months I’m finally feeling like I want to paper craft again :) I’m starting to get inspired!!! I MIGHT just tackle christmas cards next month……after I sew my halloween costume this week…. But anyways, back on track, I’m here to post the card I made for my husband’s birthday and to get some creative juices flowing, I always turn to card challenges. Today, we have two challenges that I can play with :)
One is from Mojo Monday – Mojo316 sketch:
The second one is from The Paper Player’s PP168 challenge:
and..here’s the card I made for Kent:
whoops…looks like i left the date stamp on…….. ah wells…… Happy Crafting Everyone!
Here’s another couple of simpler pages! Not everything I used was from stampin up of course…….these background pages were from Michaels…..
I did use the Nature Walk stamp set to accent this page though……you see the 4 small images? That’s from Nature Walk
Here’s the other side of the page……
Again with the Broadsheet Alphabet stamp set :) on a Fun Flower Big Shot die cut
So as i mentioned in a previous blog, I bought Lotta Jansdotter’s Simple Sewing book. This is another one of her projects that she calls “All-Day Tote” I’m calling it my work tote because that’s what I’ll be using this tote for. Even though I used all her dimensions, I made some modifications that will work better purpose.
The tote, after completion is approximately 14″ wide x 10″ tall and 6″ deep. I used her suggestion of choosing a thicker canvas type fabric since it will be used a lot. I decided to chose a dark pattern, and something that could go with all my work outfits. I’m a big fan of the vintage chic/ french modern country style hence the pattern you see.
What did i change?
- Lotta’s pattern had a large front side pocket for news papers etc, but I choose not to put one on since I don’t read the paper and I thought a side pocket wasn’t very practical to be honest.
- Lotta only had one side pocket for a water bottle, but I chose to have two, so i just added another one.
- I sewed an interface lining to all the panels to make it sturdier.
- and instead of folding the edges of the inside pocket in and then sewing it to the inside lining, I chose to line my inside pocket. Since my lining was black, it’s hard to see, so I also picked a different pattern so that the pocket would be more visible to me. I won’t be using this tote as a purse so it didn’t bother me that the lining pocket was visible.
Yes! the side pocket fits my thermos perfectly! I decided to add the additional pocket on the other side because it rains a lot in vancouver…so the other side will be for my small umbrella :)
If you look closely you’ll see my inside pocket and that it is a different patterned fabric. I also made the two sides more equal in shape because I’m not quite sure what I’ll be using them for.
One thing I wish I had done… I wish I went with my gut to make the tote a bit taller and the straps long enough to be a shoulder tote…but I have lots of left over fabric..so maybe I’ll make a matching larger tote another day!
Happy Crafting everyone!