Showing posts with label Bags. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Bags. Show all posts

Monday, October 22, 2018

Eileen Hull Sizzix dies for Halloween and Thanksgiving!

This month Eileen Hull's Inspiration Team is creating fall projects using various Sizzix dies designed by Eileen.

Today I have used her Bookmark Tag and Pocket Dies, and Bookplate Hinges and Label Dies 
to make treat bag toppers for Halloween. 
The toppers measure 2 1/4" high and 2 1/8" wide (including the points of the name labels).  The bags are 3" tall x 2 1/4" wide folded as shown
 and name place cards for Thanksgiving!
The place cards measure 2 3/4" tall to the top of the leaf and 2 1/4" wide including the point on the name labels - so they are sweet and petite!
For the Halloween Treat Bag Toppers -  I cut out all the pieces from patterned papers.  I used the pattern paper for both front and back of these.  These papers are thick so they are sturdy without having to layer them to card stock.  The labels and smallest flowers are die cut fro card stock.
 I adhered the flower pieces together (the largest one is cut from purple/black glitter paper so it's shiny IRL!)  I stamped the names on the labels (these are Karen Foster Alphabet snap stamps - no longer available).  I glued the backs to the fronts just at the top rounded area.  I added an orange rhinestone to the center of each flower.
 I filled the bags (from a Stampin'Up monthly project box - gifted to me by my blogging friend Mary as she wasn't going to use them, thank you Mary!) with Hershey Kisses, folded down the bags and sealed them with a piece of tape.  Then I put ScorTape along the bottom edge of the front and back of the 'toppers' and adhered them to the bags.
 Those are tiny spiders on the clear bags!  really yucky spooky!  I added a skeleton sticker to the boys bags and a Halloween Kitty to the girls bags (both from Michaels).  They are glittery as well.
It was pretty much the same process for the Thanksgiving Place Cards.
This patterned paper from PTI was thinner and I only used the pattern on the front so I cut 6 out of the patterned paper and 12 out of Vintage Cream card and adhered the patterned paper to the Vintage Cream for sturdiness.  I used Tim Holtz/Sizzix Funky Foliage set for the leaves and acorns which I die cut out of Coredinations Kraft Core Nostalgic Collection papers.
I scored along the inside of the back pieces so they would bend nicely to stand up when I adhered the top section of the fronts to the backs .
I adhered the acorn pieces together as well as the leaves and veins gluing them to the top of the fronts.  The acorns are popped up on a foam dot.  I glued the fronts to the backs just along the top above the score lines and added the name tags to the front. 
I adhered orange rhinestones on each side of the names for a little sparkle.

A side view.

So that's it!  A creative way to use Eileen's Bookmark and Bookplate dies! I hope you have been inspired by my projects today!   
Please check out Eileen's blog for the month of October where she will gather all of the teams projects and post them weekly on her blog!  Lots of fall inspiration for you!!

I'm linking my Place cards to:
Happy Little Stampers

The Cupcake Challenge

Stamps:  Karen Foster Snap Alphabet Stamps - no longer available.
Paper:  Orange Zest, Vintage Jadeite, Vintage Cream, Rustic Cream, Text Style Autumn Abundance - PTI, Core-dinations Kraft Core Nostalgic Collection, Glitter Paper - Michaels, Moonlit Manor Paper Pad - Michaels, Ghosts & Goblins Mat Stack - DCWV.
Ink:  Hero Hues Black.
Accessories:  Bookmark Tag and Pocket Dies, Bookplate Hinges and Label Dies - Eileen Hull/Sizzix,  Funky Foliage Thinlits - Tim Holtz/Sizzix, candy bags - SU October kit, Skeleton and Cat Glitter Embellishments - Michaels, rhinestones - Kaiser Craft, ScorTape, Tombow Glue.

Monday, August 27, 2018

Another Eileen Hull Journal Purse!

As I mentioned in last weeks leather 'purse post'! -  I made a second one to share today - and this time I attached a leather cording loop to it so it could be carried on the wrist - or through a belt loop.
 I used Eileen's Sizzix Wrapped Journal Die for the purse and die cut the flowers using her Flower Heart and Soul die.  I used brown, grey and burgundy colors of leather that I purchased on Amazon.
 In the same fashion as  my first purse -  after folding up the bottom half of the journal die cut - I sewed around all the edges on my sewing machine with a 1/4" seam allowance.
  I hand sewed a large snap onto the flap and the body of the purse for the closure. This brown leather is softer and thinner than the gray I used last week - and it was much easier to get the needle through to sew on the snap!
I glued the layers of flowers together with Beacon 3 In 1 Advanced Craft Glue and then put a brad through the center hole.  I glued the flower to the front of the purse over the stitching that showed from attaching the snap.
 To add the handle, I punched a hole with my Cropadile on the top fold of the purse about 1/2" in from the edge.
 When I bought the scraps of leather - I also bought a package of leather cording.  

 I cut a piece about 12" long, folded it in half and pushed the two ends through the hole on the purse.
I pushed a threaded needle through the soft parts of the leather cording and wrapped the thread around the pieces a few times - then knotted the thread.
I laid the end flat and put a big dab of glue under it.
 It seems to be holding on quite well so far!  I've been walking around the house with it dangling from my wrist!  And you can't really put a ton of stuff in the purse that would make it super heavy!
The closed purse measures about 4 1/2" x 5".
All this month, members of Eileen's Inspiration Team are making projects using some of their favorite Eileen/Sizzix dies.  Please check out her blog where Eileen is gathering all of the projects!


Accessories:  Wrapped Journal Die, Flower Heart and Soul die - Eileen Hull/Sizzix,  leather scraps and leather cording - Amazon, Urban Prairie Glazed Brad - Basic Grey, Sew On Snap Size 10 - Joann, strong black thread, sewing needle, sewing machine, Cropadile, Beacon 3 in 1 Advanced Craft Glue - Walmart.   

Monday, August 20, 2018

When is an Eileen Hull Sizzix Journal not a Journal?!

This month Eileen Hull's Inspiration Team is making projects using some of their favorite Eileen Hull/Sizzix dies.  She is gathering all the projects and will have weekly posts on her blog in August.

Today I have a project using her wonderful Wrapped Journal Die - but I didn't make a journal -  I made a purse/wallet!  I also used her Flower Heart and Soul die and her Movers and Shapers Floral Cut outs die.
As you can see - you can pack a lot of 'necessaries' in this little purse that measures about 5" x 4 1/2" when closed up.
I  die cut the journal out of some beautiful grey, wonderfully supple, leather.  (more on that below).  I placed the rough side of the leather against my die to cut it.  There are score lines created with the die - and they might cut through the leather if you put the 'good' side down on the die.  You can see the score lines created in the photo above. 
(They are there so the journal will bend when cut from matboard)
I laid the Floral Cut out die inside the space on the journal die to get this lovely floral edge.  Some of the petals didn't quite cut through and I left them on at first, liking the dimension added, but ended up snipping them off as they probably would have torn off when tucking the purse into a pocket book or carrying it around.
There are 4 holes in the middle of the die on each edge, that are used to tie the pages into the journal - I made the bottom fold of the purse where those dots are, matching up the top and bottom dots, and held the fold with clothespins until I sewed the edges.

I don't usually work with leather so I was winging the techniques a bit -  I did put a heavy duty needle in my sewing machine and used a heavy duty thread.  I sewed up from the bottom fold about 1/4" seam allowance.  I had to pull the leather forward as it stitched a bit where it's doubled (maybe there's a thickness adjustment on my Singer - but I didn't think to check that out!) - and I sewed from the bottom up along the side, across the single layer top and back down to the bottom on the other side. 
I think stitching will help keep the leather from stretching out of shape (?)
I die cut one of the flowers from Flower Heart and Soul for the front as a decoration and also to hide the stitching from attaching the large snap I used for the closure.  I used another piece of leather for the flower - this one has texture and a molded design on it - I added a purple gem brad to the center.
I stitched the top of the snap on the inside of the purse and the stitches show on the outside, of course, but will be covered with the flower.
I stitched the other side of the snap on the bottom as shown.  It was a little tough getting the needle through the leather -  perhaps there are better tools if you work with leather a lot?  But I did get it secured.  I double stitched through each hole in the snap to be sure it won't pull away with a lot of opening and closing.
I used a strong craft adhesive to apply the flower and leaves to the front - over the stitches.  Beacon 3 In 1 Advanced Craft Glue I found it at Walmart on line.
(I learned about this adhesive when checking out another sewing project where they were adhering a metal closure to a purse so thought it would be good for this application - so far everything glued is still attached quite soundly!)
So I got my leather pieces from Amazon -  I got two packages of scraps - looking for descriptions that said the package included some larger pieces - hoping they would be large enough for a journal!(these are just some of the larger pieces left)
I purchased two packages - and so far have had enough large pieces to cut out 7 wrapped journals.
I'll be posting my second journal/purse next week so please check back!  I added a little loop strap to that one!
One of the packages included 4 small pieces of snake skin!  Not sure what I'll use that for, but it looks pretty cool -  it's thin, of course, and apparently real!!
I hope you like my little journal purse!  And that you will think outside the box about some of your dies too!!
Please check out Eileen's blog this month to see what favorite dies the rest of the Inspiration Team is creating with!
Accessories:  Wrapped Journal Die, Movers and Shapers Floral Cut Outs die, Flower Heart and Soul die - Eileen Hull/Sizzix,  grey leather scraps - Amazon, Sew On Snaps Size 10 - Joann, strong black thread, needle, sewing machine,  strong white thread, Vintage Brad - Creative Charms, Beacon 3 in 1 Advanced Craft Glue - Walmart. 

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

A Heartfelt Purse and a matching 5th Birthday Card!

This month Eileen Hull's Creative Team will be posting their creations using Eileen's Heart Felt Dies and Kunin Felt.  They will be gathered over at Eileen's blog each week.

My little grandniece, Mila, is turning 5 in August - and she just LOVES all of her little purses where she keeps ALL of her special treasures - so I knew I wanted to make Mila a little shoulder bag!  I also made her a matching personalized card
Here's how I made them:
First the shoulder bag!
I die cut the house frame with the stitch holes out of pink Kunin Felt twice from Eileen's House Pocket Stitchlits set.  I cut off the roof part of one of the cuts to use as the front of the purse.
I used a blanket stitch all the way around the edges including the single layer of the top. (You tube has lots of videos on how to do the blanket stitch - here is one.
I wanted the closing to be strong since this is going to a 5 year old (!) so I hand sewed a snap on (rather than Velcro which can also be used)
Here it is unadorned and snapped closed!
After I put it together - I decided I should have put her name somewhere on the purse - it would have been easier to do this before I put it together - but it worked out ok.    I used Eileen's Word Stitchlits which just happen to have all the letters for Mila's name within the words of the dies.  So I die cut the words on a piece of white card.
and then cut out the MILA and laid them over the back of the purse - trying to space them evenly!
Then I marked the dots with a Sharpie pen.
And used a back stitch with the embroidery thread -  it was easy to reach inside the purse since the letters were located towards the middle of the back piece.
(Oops!  I didn't quite get the A spaced properly but that's ok - it's handmade!)
I had this funky twisted pink/blue/white yarn in my stash and thought it would make the perfect shoulder strap for this little purse -  I simply glued the ends inside the purse on each side.  I may try to put a little stitch on it - but it seems to be held quite firmly with the glue.  I put the clothespins on to hold it all together tightly while the glue dried.
I used more of the Kunin felt to cut the bird from Eileen's Birds and Butterflies Thinlits.
The hearts are part of the House Pocket die set.  I glued all the pieces onto the front of the purse, added a black pearl eye to the bird and pink rhinestones to the hearts.
I added three more hearts (without rhinestones) to the back around her name.
 And now onto Mila's personalized card.
I used Eileen's Mailable Frame die (on sale while supplies last!) for my card base so the card will stand up nicely on it's own!  I left the frame cut-out piece in the front (outline just seen on right side below) and covered it with paper on the outside to hold the piece in place.  (see photo below this one)
I used 2 pieces of patterned paper from Eileen's new Heartfelt Paper Pad to cover the front and back.  It looks like one sheet here -  but this is the front and back of the Frame card so each piece starts in the middle and each faces the opposite way!  
I cut another bird, a butterfly, and a branch using Birds and Butterflies and the flower from House Pocket from the Kunin Felt to decorate the front - see how the paper matches the die cuts??!!    I stamped the Happy Birthday, added a die cut 5 stamped with 'th' and printed her name with my Brother Label Maker.  I added black pearls to the butterfly, flower and bird.   I put foam dots under the wings of the butterfly to hold them out and glued along the center of the body.

I adhered a different page from the Heartfelt Paper Pad to the inside and printed this note with my Brother Label Maker.
Mila loves to color so she will enjoy the fact she can color on her own card!
And here's the back - with more images to color!
Now I just have to wait until August to see how Mila enjoys her gifts!
Be sure to check out Eileen's blog for more inspiration from the Creative Team using these fun new dies and Kunin felt!
Stamps:  happy birthday from Studio Calico Limited Edition,  th from Karen Foster Snap Stamps - retired.
Paper:  White Little Sizzles Matboard - Sizzix, Heartfelt Paperpad - Eileen Hull/Sizzix, Simply Chartreuse - Papertrey Ink.
Ink:  Archival Jet Black
Accessories:  House Pocket Stitchlets Die, Birds and Butterflies Die, Word Stitchlits, Mailable Frame Die - Eileen Hull/Sizzix,  Kunin Felt - Pink, Aqua, black and Olive, Snap Fasteners, Black Sharpie Marker, embroidery thread and needle, Rhinestones and Black Pearls - Kaiser Craft, yard from stash,  #5 die - Papertrey Ink, Brother Label Maker, foam dots, Tombow liquid glue.