Friday, March 23, 2012

Fresh Vintage Box

This is a quick and cute box using the Sizzix die from Stampin'Up! Change papers for the occasion of your choice. These make great party favors, place settings, and little gift boxes. Directions can be found on my demonstrator website and all the supplies can be ordered from here as well.

Supplies Used:
• Fresh Vintage
• Pool Party Card Stock
• Everyday Enchantment Designer Series Paper
• Peach Parfait Classic Stampin' Pad®
• Everyday Enchantment Ribbon & Brad Pack
• Decorative Label Punch
• Lace Ribbon Border Punch
• Big Shot™
• Bitty Box & Envelope Bigz XL Die

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Flower Brooch by Shelli Gardner

Today I am taking out my scraps of fabric and making a few, or quite a few, of these cute brooches.  I plan to also make a few fancy ones to dress up my shoes for Spring.  These are so quick and easing using SU's Flower Folds Die (#115970), Antique Brads (#117273), or a favorite antique button, hot glue gun, and pin back or shoe clip depending on how you would like to use the gorgeous flowers.  The complete directions as well as step by step pictures can be find at the link below. (Why invent the flower, right!?)

Flower Brooch 

Here is a fancier version.

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Birthday Card

Cute birthday card using SU!'s By Definition and Sizzix Die Embossing Folder.

Saturday, March 3, 2012

Fabric Purse using Scallop Square Die Cut

Fabric Purse - pattern and other ideas.  Quick and easy directions are listed below the cute photos.

Such a quick way to cut out scallop squares to make a purse.  I made 6 to give as gifts this past Christmas but in the flurry of holiday hustle and bustle, did not take pictures.  I have a reminder note on my 2012 calendar to offer a class and this time take photos!  Here are a few from some fellow demonstrators to pique your interest until class:


  Batting - (27) 3 3/4" Squares of black Quilters Dream Cotton Batting
  Fabric - 1/4 yard each of 4 different fabrics - 27 Outside Squares and 27 Inside Squares
  Handles  -  1/4 yard of fabric, 1/4 yard 978F Fusible Pellon
  Accessories - Anywhere Glue (104045), thread.
  Tools - Big Shot, Scallop Square Clear Die (#115950), sewing machine


1.  Cut strips of 5" strips of fabric.  Cut the strips into 5" squares.  Then cut the squares with your Scallop Square Die running it through with approximately 6 squares (depending on fabric - I used cotton) at a time.  Use a thin cardboard shim to get them to cut out completely.

2.  To make your quilting sandwiches, lay down a fabric square of your lining fabric, wrong side up on the table.  Dab the center with your glue stick.  Lay down a square of batting in the center of the square.  Dab the center of the wrong side of an outside square and put down onto the batting.  Pin together.

3.  Sew diagonally across the square, creating an "X".  It saves a lot of time and thread if you chain sew these.

4.  Lay your squares out in rows or 3, 3, 3, 7, 3, 3, 3 representing your bag.  Using a 3/8" seam allowance, sew the squares together with the WRONG SIDES TOGETHER, so that the scallop edges are on the outside of the purse.  Sew in this order, the 3 x 3 Side Panels, then side gusset - to bottom - to side gusset.  Then sew the side panels to the bottom.  Then sew the side gussets to the side panels.

5.  For the HANDLES:  Cut 2 piece of fabric to 4 1/2" x 28" (or length of your choosing) and 2 strips of fusible pellon to 1 1/2" x 28".  Fuse the pellon to the center of the wrong side of your fabric.  Fold and press one side over the pellon.  Press a narrow hem on the opposite side and then fold and press that over the pellon.  Stitch close to the fabric edge.

6.  Insert the handle in the top of the outside front squares, being sure they are between the fabric and the batting.  Pin.

7.  Using a 1/2" seam allowance, stitch around the top edge of the purse.  Stitch again where the handles are about 1/4" above your first stitching.