Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Sew Cute Sewing Machine

I'm sharing today this darling vintage sewing machine that I made for my sis-in-law. She's a quilter and had shared a different cardstock sewing machine that was posted on a quilting site. It was cute, but I remember seeing one that had a more vintage look. I went online and came upon a photo of a darling sewing machine posted, by coincidence, by a good crafty friend of mine, Misty (her blog is: cardsbygeyda.com, January, 2017 post).

The cut file for this sewing machine is from Cre8iveCutz.com. Of course, I had to put a couple of my own ideas into it. Firstly, I decided I wanted the box and extension to be really strong, so I made it in chipboard. And, added a real metal (So cute. I think it's Tim Holtz) drawer handle as well.
I have to admit, I made a huge mistake making the basic bones of the box. I had to throw it away, as I glued too fast and too many prongs at the same time. Word to the wise: Take your time and glue only two prongs at a time! It made all of the difference.

Thankfully, I hadn't put on any of the overlays on it yet, so only had to cut the basic machine, the inside part of the wheel and the spool holder.
One more note here: Having made this and experienced a massive fail the first time, I would suggest a small change in the pattern. It will be most helpful if you add a score line parallel to the bottom front fold line/score line. So, you will have two parallel lines on the bottom piece going from front to back on either side of the square hole that the needle comes through. The line would be .6525" from the front bottom score line, as shown in the following photo. It's very difficult to turn that corner without a score line. So, whether you score it by hand prior to applying the bottom to the front and back of the sewing machine, or you add a score line into your cut file (which is what I did), it will be quite helpful in putting it together.
 I found an image of an old J.&P. Coats thread spool, and altered it to use at the top of the spool using print-2-cut with my Sizzix Eclips 2. The spindle that holds the spool was open at the top, so I added a piece to close it off.
Here's the drawer open. The chipboard makes it so strong and substantial, and I'm so glad I went that route.
To make it a bit stronger, I made overlays for the top of the machine and the bottom, so they are two layers thick of cardstock. And just a note, the wheel on the right side of the sewing machine spins around freely.
I used a gold metallic cardstock for the needle guide and the head of the machine. I embossed it, and put some alcohol inks on to antique it a bit.
And, that's about it! Thank you, Misty, for answering all of my questions and for the support! You are the best!

Thanks for taking a browse. I enjoyed the process and the outcome so very much!

Be Sew Happy!

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Custom Chipboard Boxes

Firstly, I needed a box for an odd-sized gift, but I couldn't find one that would work. I got it into my head that I didn't want to put the gift in a giftbag, so I decided to make a chipboard box on my own.
The box was sized to hold 8 sets of acrylic stamps. It is about 2" high, 5.5" deep and 11" wide, and has a magnetic closure on the front. Here it is:
The box is covered with Basic Grey's Serendipity and Shine On cardstock. I combined two different papers and added the rik-rac pattern to separate the two papers on the top. By the way, I use digi paper and elements, so I can alter in Photoshop to use as I see fit. I also put a strip of Tyvek along the hinge edge of both boxes to make them more durable.
The box fit the stamp sets perfectly (from SMS).
Also, I made a quick enclosure card from the same cardstock.
Regarding the second box, I had been looking for such for some time. The new Eclips cutting machines don't have a tray pull-out like the original Eclips did, so I wanted to set just the right size box or container in front of the machine. Mind you, the cutting machine works fine without a tray, but I got used to it on the older cutter. I've looked on-line and looked in every store I've been in for just the right size box for months, but nothing was the right size. I don't know why it took me making the box above to think, "Why not just make your own box for the Eclips2!"
This box was made with cardstock by Glitz (Pretty in Pink), again printed myself from digital files. I faded out some of the pink before printing. It is 2-1/2" tall, by 4.5" deep and 9" wide, and again has a magnetic closure.
This fits just perfectly in front of my Eclips. It's also quite functional, as I can keep my extra blades and my pen holder housing in the box.

Fast forward a couple of days: This sweet box did not work in the capacity for which it was made. I think it was too tall, and was made with textured cardstock. These two factors, either alone or together, caused too much "drag" for my mat to feed though the machine, so I scrapped that idea. But, instead I decided to use it on my desk for other purposes, and to modify/add to as follows:

 I made a couple of small boxes that fit into the box so that I have some compartments. It's perfectly functional and I love seeing it on my desk.
I'm so happy with it! Didn't realize I needed it until I revised it.

So of course, now I had to make another one to take place of the previous. I made this box 1/2" shorter and 2" less wide, the dimensions now being 7" wide/4.5" deep/ 2" tall. I printed my cardstock on the smooth side instead of the textured side. I've tried it with my Eclips 2 and it works perfectly. And, all of my cutting machine accessories still fit perfectly.

The cardstock used for this one is Carina Gardner's Apricot & Persimmon (digital paper purchased from Snap Click Supply company).

 I learned a little bit after making each one. Love the way they turned out. However, I'm amazed at how long I can spend making each box. Way too much time, that's for sure. These would never be economical to make to sell, as the time to make them would be prohibitive. But, that won't stop me from making them again. Very fun and I love the finished product.

Live and Learn!

Sunday, June 11, 2017

Safari Adventures at the Zoo

Lucky me, I got to have my daughter and grandson for an entire month! My husband bought me a zoo pass that lets me take one guest in with me, and my grandson is free, so we ended up at the zoo six times. I wanted to document the visits, so the photo album I had started in a workshop at the Scrapbook Expo in Anaheim, hosted by Pine Cone Press, was the perfect opportunity to do so.

The Graphic 45 Safari Adventure paper gave the perfect backgrounds for the book. As all G45 paper, it's simply gorgeous. My sis-in-law and I were lucky enough to be at the Expo on a day when Diane, the owner/designer of Graphic 45, and her children were there. She knew we had taken the workshop, and asked that we post our finished project. So, here you are, Diane! We so enjoyed talking with her. She is so gracious, and her daughter and son were lovely as well.

Here's the front of the book:
I purposely did not use a lot of embellishments, pop dots or dimensional foam pieces on this project, as was demonstrated in the workshop, since it is for a 2-1/2 year-old who might fuss with them and also because I wanted it to slide in and out of a bookshelf without worrying about it getting damaged.
 This book has lots of little flap openings, such as in the bottom right of the photo, which lifts up and displays another photo underneath.
I think my grandson was probably more interested in the statues of the animals that he could play on than he was with the live animals.
I think he fancies himself one of the monkeys! Hanging on bars was the funnest.

Another fold-up flap proving that "snacks" really are what the zoo is all about.
 This gorgeous G45 paper collection is beyond beautiful and just perfect for this project.

The back inside cover had a waterfall photo album, which worked out great for a nice grouping of photos.
Oh, and speaking of snacks, the really special one was getting a soft serve ice cream treat. Note: We didn't get one for each of the six trips to the zoo...only two! But, it was definitely a highlight!
Thanks for taking a look at our zoocation! We loved going to the zoo and meeting up with so many friends and their kids. I miss this little guy and his mommy already.


Monday, April 17, 2017

Rooster Egg Box

Quick post here. I'm just a little bit obsessed with this rooster treat box. I made it for my grandson for Easter, and it's large enough to put quite a few plastic Easter eggs into, along with grass. It's a really good size, the height to the top of the comb being about 8", and the width across the largest area being a good 5". I was able to see a video of him opening it, and he loved it. I just think it's so cute. It comes from Germany, a company called  Sunshine Hobby Works. The entire site is in German, so you kind of have to wing it to figure it out, but it was worth it because I love the cut file. I cut this on my Sizzix Eclips electronic cutting machine.

Here's a little screen shot from the video of my little grandguy. He's having fun opening eggs!

Happy Easter!

Sunday, April 2, 2017

Iris Fold Cards

I've probably already posted most of these individually over the years, but wanted to make a complete posting because I really like them.

These are called Iris Fold cards, and are made from patterns by SVG Cuts' in their Iris Fold Cards SVG Kit. There are quite a few pieces, but Mary (designer) has marked each piece so that they are easy to place. It's so fun; like putting a puzzle together. You can watch her youtube video tutorial for step-by-step instructions. She makes it so clear exactly what to do. It's pretty cool to see how they go together. I made most of these around five years ago, but the one I made recently left me wanting to revisit them.

This is the heart iris fold card. I made this for my sis-in-law's birthday. I believe the paper is by Fancy Pants, It's the Little Things. I was obsessed with this paper pack for a good long while. I kept buying it whenever I saw it. Along with these floral prints were lots of other patterns that were also really fun.
This next one is a flower pattern. The paper for this card is from the Togetherness paper pack by Cosmo Cricket. Gee, so far I've remembered who made the paper without having to look them up! Guess I must have loved this one as well. I used a couple of Epiphany Craft embellishments on this one. I have to admit, I never gave this one away. Just couldn't part with it.
Here's a different flower iris fold card, this one with a stem. It was shown as a sympathy card, but as you can see, you can use any of these for any occasion you choose. I made this one for one of my aunties. The paper for this one is from GCD Studios, called Funhouse. (I guessed wrong on this one. I thought it was Fancy Pants as well, but it wasn't.)
This one is a really cute house iris fold. Great for a house warming or the like. I added some space above it for a sentiment. I think I made a couple of these. Again, I added a couple of Epiphany embellishments, one in the center of the iris and the other a flag at the bottom right. The paper is by Cosmo Cricket, called Circa 1934.

And, the last one from this particular collection is a baby carriage iris fold. This one is very different than the others. Not your typical iris fold, but a much easier version of paper folding. The folded portions are all one piece, as opposed to the many pieces on the other cards. It's still adorable, though. I have no clue where the printed flower paper came from, but it's really sweet.

Finally, one more of the iris fold cards, this one from SVG Cuts' Sew Crafty SVG Kit.  This one was for another sis-in-law, a quilter, for her birthday this year. I believe there is a blog posting made earlier this year that describes it.
That's it for today. Hope you enjoy the iris fold cards, and give them a try. They are really fun, and turn out just beautiful, and I think very interesting.
Spring is here! Enjoy the flowers!


Thursday, March 16, 2017

St. Paddy Day Slider Card

I must say it is really fun having a grandboy to make really silly cards and treats for, and who thinks it's funny. You can't really get away with things like this for adults. But, I had so much fun designing this for him.

I made the cut file for this slider card, which is used for the cover of the mini book/card, in Photoshop, then turned into a svg file for cutting with my Sizzix Eclips.  I snatched some leprechaun images from google, and removed all of the faces and replaced them with said grandboy's face (2 years old). All of the clover and gold coins were covered with Wink of Stella to give it a shimmer.

 I designed the pages in Photoshop with the silliest of poems, and printed them booklet style, two sided. Then I used the Mini Album dies from Sizzix, by Lynda Kanase for the pages. I used only two die cuts, which made three inside spreads.

The binding was tied with some thin craft twine.

If you're interested in making a spinner card, there are lots of instructional videos you can watch on youtube. Also, you can find dies for your die-cutting machines (like the Big Shot) that will perfectly cut you slider tracks. I just happened to make mine from scratch.

Little Emmett's parents sent me a video of him opening the card, making the little leprechaun spin down the track, and reading through it. It was the sweetest! He chuckled through the whole thing, and each time it was over he would say, "More!"

Thanks, little guy. EB's enjoyment watching you with your little book was at least equal to the enjoyment you displayed reading it. Love you tutto il mondo!

Happy St. Patrick's Day!

Sunday, February 19, 2017

Showering Some Love on a Mommy-To-Be

I was honored to be able to organize a baby shower for one of my dearest friends today (with her own mom at my side). I have known this young lady since she was born, and she is my own daughter's most cherished friend. And, like my own daughter who now has a 2-year-old son, this friend is going to be following suit with a son of her own. We could not be more excited.

I designed and printed her invitations myself, and carried the theme to the envelopes as well. (Pertinent information has been changed.)

I had so much fun making decor for the shower. The first thing I'll share is this block tower. I had trouble finding perfectly square boxes, so finally ended up gluing two 10x10x5" cake boxes together. I then covered them with white paper (I got a roll of 18" wide kids easel paper). I decorated them with some silver decorative tape, and I cut out the letters, stars and circles out of silver metallic card stock on my Sizzix Eclips. I know it may look gold, but that's just the reflection of those tones in the room.

This little stork diaper bundle was pretty easy and so fun to make. Used some Honest diapers, so she can give them a try. I hear that diapers fit all kids differently, and what works for one doesn't necessarily work for another. So, this will give her a chance to try at this type.
Made this centerpiece or fireplace mantel  decor using some mason jars painted with acrylic paint. I added jute string and some silver starfish charms, Then, made a mini-banner put onto some painted dowels with Marley's name on the flags. Set it off on the side with photos of the new mommy and daddy when they were little, and both on merry-go-rounds.
I made some onesies to hang on a clothesline off of the fireplace. The mommy-to-be specifically requested the designs.
I made this cupcake box that I used to box four of the onesies. I customized the top with the baby's name. Also, inserted a sock in each "cupcake" to represent a cherry on top. The basic cupcake box came from SVG Cuts' 3D Numbers Party SVG Kit.
And, a 3D M from SVG Cuts' 3D Letters SVG Kit. These letters are about 6.5" tall. I added some rocks inside to weigh it down.

These little gift card boxes were made from SVG Cuts' My Day With Dad SVG Kit. Acetate was used for the clear window. Easy, fun little box to make. The main box is one piece, and then there's an insert inside to hold a gift card.
This is probably not too post worthy, but I really love this gift bag made from SVG Cuts' Acorn Autumn SVG Kit. I made it at 80% of the original size. And, I think the reason I like it so much is that I designed and printed the arrow cardstock myself.
I think my favorite piece for the shower decor is this rustic wall hanging. I got the branch from our front yard (we're not great gardeners, but when we need something like this it rocks!). I tied the jute twine along the top, and attached the dried flowers where I felt they worked. I draped open some of the center tendrils so that I could put the frame on the wall.
The party favor design came from Simply Simple Stamping's blog, where she called it Be Mine Hershey kisses Window Box. So easy. I took the manual cut and score info and made a svg file, so I can cut the entire thing with scoring in one fell swoop, four at a time. I'm way too lazy to cut and score each one by hand. I initially made these as Valentines treats for my bunco group. They were so cute I redesigned them and made them for this shower.

Here's the entrance table. We had the party favors, then a sweet children's book that was given to the Mommy-to-be, and was used as a guest "book." Also, the mom of the mommy-to-be got some blank note cards, and each person addressed an envelope to themselves to make it easier for her to send out thank you cards.
And, now just a bit of the food table. Here's the cake. Isn't it adorable?! It turned out just as we had hoped. That little surfboard is a real handcrafted custom surfboard made by baby-to-be's uncle. It's a beautiful board.
I made sugar cookies and tried my hand at decorating for the very first time. It's pretty obvious that I could use A LOT of practice. My sis-in-law came and spent the day with me decorating too. It was pretty comical. We had no idea what we were doing. I was almost going to toss them all and forget about it, but after walking away from them for a while and then coming back, I decided they weren't too horrible, just pretty amateur. Not sure I'm up to trying it again, but I know I'd do better next time.
Here are a couple more photos of the food table. Love the flower arrangement that another friend brought for the table. It was glorious. 
Well, there you have it. The shower was such fun. Two more showers the next two Saturdays, but I get to just be a guest! Now, that will be nice too!

Spreading Baby Love!