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Vintage Sewing Greeting Card Blog Hopping with Really Reasonable Ribbon

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Hey there Peeps! Very excited to be blog hopping today with the team at  Really Reasonable Ribbon.

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We’re using the Country Holiday Collection Ribbon Club Assortment.

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You should be coming to me from my friend Gloria. If you’re just joining in you’ll want to go to the Really Reasonable Ribbon Blog to start at the beginning.

I created a Vintage Sewing Greeting Card.

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I was inspired by the beautiful shades of blue in the collection.

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I’ve added an assortment of flowers to coordinate with the ribbon.

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Twine and spiral stamens are tucked in to fill in the arrangement.

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Fanciful findings like a little charm filled with matching  Prills, and shiny sequins add detail.

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I used the Chipboard Lace Frame from Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts as a base for all the embellishing.

Additional Really Reasonable Ribbon Supplies~Ivory Burlap String, Blue Spiral Stamens.

Okay your next stop in the hop is the lovely and talented Cheryl.

Wishing everyone a happy and productive day : ) G

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A Little Valentine Fun with My Girls

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Had lot’s of fun with my girls at movie night at the shop. We have our snacks, and our shows, and we get our craft on : ) This time I actually got a project completed!!! Theme for the night??? Vintage Valentine of course : )

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You know I love me some layers. Chipboard and crepe and pearls and buttons and glitter oh my : )

IMG_0761This ruffly accent was easy to make ( now that I figured out how to refill the bobbin on my really old machine the right way! ) I’m pretty sure we got some pizza sauce on the machine last night while we were up to our usual shenanigans. But it’s all good : )

IMG_0755To hide the clips holding my Valentine heart to the little hanger I added some poofy bows with my Really Reasonable Ribbon Pink Wrinkle Ribbon and Cotton Candy Bakers Twine.

Well that’s it for me today…gotta get ready to head to the shop. It’s still bitterly cold here so I’ll be enjoying shutting myself in to create more projects and dreaming of Summer.

Hope you all enjoy a happy and productive day and find some time to be creative : ) G

London Market Pocket with Tags

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This was a super fun project to make with more of the London Market ephemera pack and papers from Pink Paislee.

I really loved the little hearts with the flag motif so I gave them a good inking with Tim Holtz Walnut Distress Ink, then sewed them to the banner die cuts with a map pattern. I curled up the edges to give  a very dimensional effect.

I created this sweet little tag by layering on lot’s of the ephemera pieces over a small doily. I added Liquid Pearls for embellishment and some tiny vintage buttons. I love that little bird : )

The companion tags are actually finished off with a vintage image from Graphics Fairy of the London Tower. How fun is that????

The inside of the pocket if finished with Pink Paislee paper with a lovely butterfly pattern so it looks just as good without the tags inside : )

To cover the back of the bag I choose the companion floral print.

Quick shop update…..all the construction and finish work is done and I’m pretty excited to be getting the keys tomorrow. I’ve been very busy wrapping up all the last minute details and we plan to start moving in this weekend : )

If you haven’t yet entered the giveaway for our 100,000 blog visit you should do so now by viewing the previous post and following the super simple rules. This pocket and tags were made with the same papers and ephemera pieces from the prize so if you win you can get started creating your own fabulous projects.

Flowers For Margie

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After requests from new friend Margie I created a tutorial to make flowers like the ones I have been using on my projects. They are really very simple and quick to make.

Here is the finished flower…

The fabric I used came from the local quilt shop owned by my friend Jennifer. They sell bundles of coordinating patterns that are 5″ squares. Each square is enough to make 1 flower.

The bundle I choose has many vintage inspired patterns. : )

I chose this pretty blue pattern. Start by cutting the square into 6 strips. No need to be super accurate here…neatness doesn’t count.

Next cut 1 side of each strip with a scalloped edge. Good sharp fabric scissors are essential!!! The scallops do not need to be even….but they should be deep enough to emulate a flower petal. Begin a straight running stitch being very careful not to backtrack your stitches otherwise the fabric will not gather when you pull the thread.

Stitch through each section on the same thread until you have all the sections sewn into one long ruffle. Use care not to gather them too tightly otherwise they may not lay properly in the finished flower shape. Once again…the fabric will not gather if you backtrack your stitches.

Cut a small circle shape from heavy cardstock or file folder. Apply a generous amount of Tacky glue to the center of the circle and begin forming the outer edge of your flower taking care to keep the ruffled edge on the outside of the circle.

Continue wrapping the center in and press into the glue. There is plenty of time while the glue is wet to get the desired shape and size. You can pull it off and start over if you need to…but be careful not to get glue on the outside of the petals. Use a pretty brad or button for the center…or better yet find an old piece of costume jewelery for a true vintage look. Once the glue is set you can easily pull off the tiny threads from the petals using a tweezer. If you wish to leave them as I did…it gives a more textural and handcrafted look.

This looks really lovely just like this or you can add fibers and bits of sheet music or typography. I’ve also used lace trim and ribbon leaves. Pearls or beads or buttons would also make a pretty center.

Here is one more look at the finished flower. Guess I better come up with a blue project tomorrow so I can use it.

Here is a look at my lovely fabric selection to make flowers with. 

You could easily adapt this basic tutorial to your own tastes simply by cutting a different scallop shape, or using additional fabric. In a previous post I shared a flower that was solid creme colored fabric that I stamped a polka dot pattern on then inked it….so you can customize these flowers very easily.
Use these flowers for any paper or crafting project like cards, scrapbooking, tags, banners, headbands.  If you do use them on cards…beware that there is extra postage for shipping.

Okay Margie….there is your tutorial : ) Hope it helps! Email me some pics of your flowers when you start making them…I would love to see your creativity and how you use them on your projects.

The boys have left for Scouts swimming event and as I am still recovering from a root canal yesterday I think I will go curl up on the couch with scooter and a festive beverage and find something to watch on Netflix….Goodnight all : )

Practical + Pretty = Shabby Chic Pen Holder

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Just popping in with a quick post this morning. I want to get out and run my errands while the sky is filled with beautiful sunshine. I get to visit the super nice Mary Kaye today while I’m in Dexter : ) taking care of some shop details. She helped us pick colors and flooring for the new building. Such a pleasure it was to work with her : )

So here is a little project for the shop. We are remaking the checkout counter to better reflect our vintage style with some nice creamy white paneling and trim. I recently finished using the instant coffee(gasp!!!!) that was in this glass jar. Yes I will drink instant occasionally….desperate times do call for desperate measures : ) The shape of the jar was just calling out to me to make a pen holder since the top is narrow…and the bottom is wide to keep all the pens standing up and not tipped over.

I just love how it turned out. The french text on the rim and layers of the flower is from a beautiful vintage image from Graphics Fairy. I inked it well to add instant age.

See how well it works to keep things standing up??? I will really have to invest in some nicer pens though. LOL

Another pretty fabric flower I have been so obsessed with making lately. I topped this one off with a fancy shmancy bling center and wrapped some dreamy colored natural fibers around the outside to soften the edge. The ribbon that is layered on top of the lace started out pale creamy white. I inked it with several different colors of Tim Holtz Distress Ink and Stampin Up ink. I then stamped a french script on with black ink to blend with the clipart on top.

So much for a short post right????LOL Guess I talk too much even when I’m typing. Anyway…I can’t wait to put my new shabby chic pen holder to use in the shop soon!!!

So I Sewed

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I always said I wasn’t going to become a sewer. I’m a paper girl! But I have been spending time in our great local quilt shop. Jennifer’s Quilt Shop to be exact. I fear I may become a fabric hoarder!

This project actually started by falling in love with a pretty felt flower that I found while browsing on pintrest. Had to make one for sure. But then where to put it??? I selected some beautiful patterns of fabric ( insert gasp here) from the amazing selection at Jennifer’s. Thought maybe if I stuck to straight lines sewing I couldn’t get into too much trouble right??? I carefully traced around a cd holder…since thats the way scrapbookers make patterns and came up with what I shall refer to as prototype.

How awesome is that flower???? The bag is nice too…but I did make a few rookie mistakes. Another trip to fabric land….and Jennifer kindly advised me on how to make simple changes to the process for my next project to make something that could be “good” even better. She is very patient LOL

Unfortunately for my craft stash…I have also pinned lots of shabby chic and vintage fabric storage displays for my studio. What to get next????