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Friday, September 23, 2011

Thinking of you Card

Today I am going to show you a card that I made with the Tattered Angels Glimmer Glaze in Plumeria.  I had never used this Glaze before and I love it.  It is a thin substance and the brush is like a fingernail polish brush giving you great control.

The card that I made is monochromatic and I only used the glaze.  First I colored the May Arts ribbon NV01 and just added a little of the paint thru the middle and it spread out to the ends.  This paint also made the ribbon a little bit stiff and very easy to poke the hole thru for the brad.  I then painted a chipboard frame with the same glaze and the effect was a bit different since the chipboard was natural and not white, giving it just a bit of a shade difference.  I then painted a paper flower that I had laying on my desk and got yet another color with the type of paper the flower was made of.  I hope you liked my little tutorial and the use of one paint on different mediums.

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

From Scraps to an Apron

I got a new position at work that required that I carry around 2 phones a set of keys a badge and key card.  Needless to say I had a lot of stuff to keep track of.  I made this apron to keep me more organized and cute at work  :)
The entire apron was designed around this great piece of fabric.  It had peaches and shades of grey, and of course May Arts had the perfect ribbons to go with it.  The first thing you need to do is gather your supplies.

  • Canvas
  • Fabric and fabric scraps
  • Metal D rings
  • Therm O Web Heat N Bond Lite 5/8” (this will help keep your ribbons down)
  • Therm O Web Heat N Bond fusible interfacing (this will keep your fabrics down)

I cut out the main canvas 12 ¾ x 23 3/4, the main pocket also cut of canvas is 6 ½ x 23 3/4.  I laid out random bits of fabric, ribbons and lace on the canvas and ironed them down with the Therm O Web Heat N Bond and then quilted my main pocket.  I just did straight lines down with my sewing machine foot as my guide, nothing fancy.  I marked where I would sew this down on my main canvas piece, this is where my large pockets will be (about every 5” or so).

I cut a small pocket with my main fabric and sewed the peach lace with the suede grey cord woven thru it along the top.  I then sewed it down on top of the main pocket.  At this time I sewed the Main pocket to the Main canvas, sewing down the pocket where I marked the lines, use a heavy stitch here to make sure you have sturdy pockets.
I made a 2” ruffle along the bottom of the apron and sewed it to the bottom, then put my ¾” velvet on top of that to hide the rough edges.

I cut out a 3” x 44” strip of my main fabric and interfaced it with Therm O Web Heat N Bond Medium weight interfacing to give it some strength.  I folded it in half wrong sides together then sewed the ¾” ribbon over top to tie it all together.  I sewed the ties to the ends of the top of the apron and then attached my D rings and I am ready to go.  The ties wrap around the back across the front then loop into the rings.  I love it and it works really well for keeping all my stuff together.

Thanks so much for reading my tutorial today I hope it helps you keep yourself organized.  If you have questions or make one please post a link I would love to see what you create.