Monday, August 29, 2016

My Other Creations: Matchbook Sewing Kit

This week's Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge is, "It's a Stitch Up!"  Translation: incorporate stitching or sewing somehow into your project.  I decided to make a sewing kit out of a matchbook.
You've seen the outside view.  Here's a peek inside:

To make this, I used the Tim Holtz Matchbook die, then I used some Tim Holtz fabric panels for the inside.  I cut out two felt rectangles, then sewed two pieces of fabric around the felt (like a sandwich with the felt in the middle).  This made the fabric panels more "padded" and the pins and needles stayed in them very well. 

I sewed these panels into my matchbook, then I gave them some more oomph by gluing on some fabric that I'd stamped and colored.

I wrapped some embroidery floss around a ticket , which fits inside nicely, and there you have it!  I used a lot of fun supplies on this project that you can find at Simon Says Stamp:

I can't wait to see what you come up with for this theme!  Just upload your project to the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog for your chance to win $50 to the Simon Says Stamp store!

Monday, August 22, 2016

My Other Creations: Fancy Fabric Fish

For this week's Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge theme, which is "Go Fish," I decided to whip out the sewing machine and make some fabric fish.  I can't follow a pattern to save my life (too much like math...or hieroglyphics perhaps?), so I just free-styled these with a hand-drawn fish template that I traced onto fabric and sewed around.
 One of my favorite crafty techniques is to stamp onto fabric.  On the "joy" fish, which started out as white fabric, I stamped the tail with a Writer's Block stamp from ArtFoamies.  I added numbers from Tim Holtz's Sideshow set and the flowers on all three fish are Prima Documented flowers which I've added ink to.  I also smudged Distress ink on the fish's body using Picked Raspberry, Squeezed Lemonade and Ripe Persimmon.  I added some background Washi tape for the stripes and for the Joy sentiment.

On the "grateful" fish, I used Tim Holtz's dictionary fabric, but I turned it inside out for a more subtle pattern.  I stamped additional patterns onto the fabric using Dina Wakley's Scribbled Text set.  I used Distress Ink in Twisted Citron and Peacock Feathers to add more color to the fabric and stamped a piece of fabric with pink polka-dots.  The sentiment and stripes are Washi tape.

 The third fish, "love," is made the same way.  I started with white fabric and added Distress Ink in Salty Ocean, Shaded Lilac and Wilted Violet.  I stamped the fabric with Dina Wakley's Borders stamp set and My Favorite Things' Whimsical Wishes.  The sentiment and stripes are Washi. 

For each of my fish, I drew the eyes on white fabric with a Sharpie pen.  I glued everything together using Aleene's Turbo Tacky Glue.  People ask me what type of ink is best to use on fabric.  For fabric you won't be washing that's decorative only (like these fish), I don't care much which ink I use.  But if I'm stamping on clothing or something I'll need to wash, I like to use Memento Luxe ink, which is fabric-safe.  You do still have the "set" the ink by ironing the stamped fabric before washing, but it works well and maintains its colors nicely.

As for these little fishies, I made them a nice tin to rest in while they wait for their next adventure!

Here is a visual list of the main supplies I used:

You can get these fabulous supplies from Simon Says Stamp:

I am excited to see your interpretation of "Go Fish"!  Be sure to upload your projects to the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog to inspire the rest of us and to give yourself a shot at winning the $50 voucher to the Simon Says Stamp store!