25 Apr 2016

April Tag of the Month - Birthday Card

This month tag from Tim Holtz is a remix of two very interesting techniques.
The first ist "Paint Resist". I played a little bit with colours on a embossed piece of cardstock. The embossing folders I used are "Art Deco" from Cuttlebug.
On the left piece I used pink acrylic paint and on the right Distress Paint in Pine Needles.

After drying I used a variety of Distress Inks on both pieces - up to that point I could not decide which one to use in this project.

The second technique "Faux Mosaic" was only an inspiration for me. 
Because all the leftovers from my Bag of the Month were still on my table I made  use of  these leftovers for a fabric mosaic.
Here is a snapshot of the selected fabric snipets:

The fabrics were sewn together "Crazy Style" and cut out in a heart shape.

I used some alphabet Thinlits form Sizzix to cut out the "Happy Birthday" and glued it the the heart.

Here is how my birthday card looks like - with a little extra sparkle (a Swarowski heart).

24 Apr 2016

Bag of the Month - April - Espresso in the Park

This month's bag is completely my own design. The name of the bag is Espresso in the Park" it is named after the colour of the cork fabric (the dark brown one) and the main fabric of the interiour bag.

I made this bag as an entry for the Kork Design Award from Makerist.

I started the design process with drafting shapes on an old calender. I love working with sturdy paper in the design process and most times I use what I have at hand like old calenders etc. I learned the method years ago in a class at Quilt University (how much I miss this classes).
This is the design I came up with for my new bag:
An inner bag and an outer bag with a large handle-hole.

The outer bag panel are made of cork fabric (colour espresso).
The panel where glued to the main fabric.
For the backside I attached a hidden zipper pocket to the outer bag panel.

The front panel was embroidered using the pattern of the main fabric as a guide and stiched from the backside with embroidery thread in the bobbin.

Here is a picture of the embroidered panel...

... and a look at the finished bag:

For the inner bag the panels were constructed from quilted fabrics with "Soft and Stable" as batting. I attached a zipper pocket with a lace zipper to one panel and bellows to the other.
I learned sewing bellows in my Craftsy class: Sew sturdy : Home organizers with Annie Unrein.

Here is a peek inside the finished bag:

Can't wait to use the bag and see how it will work day by day.