Sunday, July 24, 2011

Fossil Purse Reconstruction Trial Run

Did I ever tell you this was my fav purse ever?! Well, it was! And I must tell you before you scroll down, prepare yourself for the horror!

AHHHH! I was just sick. I set it on the carpeted floor of a restaurant, not knowing the carpet was wet. This is the result the next day. It looked like it molded overnight. The restaurant said that I couldn't prove it happened there. (He had a lot of nerve!)
Well, I occasionally still look at it and remember all the good times we had together (in the 3 months we were together). SO! I decided to try to make my own in this same style. I would never dream that I could make a leather purse.
So I tore the lining out, and used it as a template to make a trial purse, to see if I would like it.
Notice the pleats on the front(they are on the back too).
I wanted a little hardware on there too, so I used some D-rings on the straps. And put a big Papertrey Ink brown button as the closure. I want to make a zippered one, but couldn't wrap my mind around it yet. Maybe the next one!

The only thing that I am not happy with is the way the bottom is kind of boxy, I would like my next one to be more rounded, so I am going to work on that too.
This fabric was something I had laying around that I had seen in the precut bargain bin for $1.00. Not bad for an afternoon of work!

Saturday, July 23, 2011

Stamp a faire Challenge 3

This card was done for the PTI Stamp a faire Challenge #3, use a punched hole, and tie ribbon or twine thru it. When I got out my winnings from Pink Paisley Soiree, I really thought this twine was green and gold, but in this photo, it looks yellow & gray?? Don't know what that is about. But it is 10:00 at night, and I don't usually stamp this late, but I had to do at least one challenge from the PTI Stamp Fair!!
This is PTI white & avocado paper, PTI Daydreamers & Mat Stack 4, A Muse Mad for Plaid stamp sets, and A Muse blackberry & Memento bamboo leaves inks.

Sunday, July 17, 2011

Fanatical About Botanical 2

I thought I would do a series of botanicals, I enjoyed the first one so much. (well, I don't know if 2 count as a series, ha! I may do more) This is for the Moxie Fab Fanatical About Botanical challenge. I had practiced the background, but some of the ink from the first vellum image damaged it, so I cut it off, and this is what is left. So I decided to do the poppy from the SU Botanical set.
I have ALWAYS been of the opinion that a poppy should be red! I know there are different colors of poppies, but when I think of one, they are always red in my mind. So, this one is very different for me. I colored it the same way that I colored the butterfly in the previous card. I used markers on the backside of the vellum, then added the brighter highlights to the front. Again, the flower in the background is done with an aquapen.

Saturday, July 16, 2011

Fanatical About Botanical

This is for Moxie Fab's Fanatical About Botanical challenge. I pulled out some retired Stampin Up stamp sets for this one, Botanicals & God's Beauty. I stamped some background in SU creamy caramel, added the leaves in old olive. I stamped the butterfly in Brillance black on PTI vellum, and then colored the back of the vellum with pumpkin pie, and then added the brighter highlights to the front.
I wanted the flower to bring some of the orange up to the top, so I used the aquapen and smeared some outside the lines. I am tickled pink at how it turned out.

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Plenty of Pockets Travel Tote

OK! Let me say, I know I went crazy with the pictures, but I love this bag so much, I wanted you see all the details.
This was an online pattern from Sew4home. And it was very easy to follow!
I wanted to show the size by putting a few things in the pockets.

The buttons are from Papertrey, they are Ocean Tides & New Leaf.
This is one of the changes I made from the pattern, they used a double needle for side by side stitching, and I decided to use one of my new sewing machines' decorative stitches, the vine.

Friday, July 8, 2011

Stamp It Cards Week

This is for the Moxie Fab Stamp It Cards Week Challenge. This is all stamping! almost one layer! The PTI Mat Stack is stamped in Memento Rich Cocoa on a PTI white base. I stamped the PTI Daydreamers flowers, punched it, and popped it up. Then stamped another large flower and cut it out, and curled the petal edges before I attached it. I also used a ribbon punch to cut a slit in the edge of the card for the PTI ribbon.