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!
Here’s another page……..
I used a few stamp sets here……Artistic Etchings, Travel Post, and my roller wheel
The letters were cut out with my big shot alphabets that have long since retired……
isn’t it lovely??? The reflection is from the plastic…..i’m not the best photographer and I didn’t want to take all the pages out again……lol
and here’s the other side of the page……again ‘toujours’ is cut out with my big shot die alphabets