Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Too Long to Recover by Dana Warren

Hello AI fans!!

Dana, here with a sweet and easy card featuring the new Doggy Kisses stamp set! Some times I just feel like coloring, so I usually pick a set, stamp all the images and color!! The hard part is getting around to making cards with all the images!! LOL!!! 

This card was fast and easy because I already had the image colored, it was just about making a card layout for it. I colored the image with Spectrum Noir Markers: BP1, CR4, PP1, TN3, TN5, TN7. The image was fussy cut out with a little bit of a white border.

I used some pretty pink pattern paper for the background, trimming it about 1/4 smaller than the card base. Then I trimmed a wide strip of white card stock and stamped the Hope It Won't Take Too Long To Recover sentiment at the bottom middle. 

Before adhering the pattern paper I wrapped black twine several times around the panel. I added the sentiment strip above the twine with double sided tape. 

Next, I added the cute doggy to the card above the sentiment with foam tape. Last I scattered 3 black enamel dots around the card.

Thanks for stopping by!! Happy Stamping & Coloring!!!

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Tuesday Threads with Karen Day

Hello Ai Sewing fans!
 It's the July edition of Tuesday Threads... and if you remember last month, I made a quilted mat for my sewing machine to sit on.  This month I have the matching sewing machine cover to share with you!
 I'm using the wonderful Shop Hop fabrics designed by Art Impressions owner/illustrator, Bonnie Krebs - available through Henry Glass Company
 I designed my cover partially based on a few ideas that I found on Pinterest, but I also wanted it to coordinate with the sewing machine mat, and the needle case I'd made a few months ago.  I really love the sewing notion print that I used for the front and back - so I wanted it to be the main focus.  To make it easy to assemble, I designed it with two identical side panels that I sewed up the sides, pivoted and sewed them along the top.  Two small rectangular pieces formed the top opening for the handle.  I fused the backside of all the pieces with a lightweight, fusible tricot interfacing from Therm O Web.
I used my Cricut to cut a heart template that I traced onto the pink floral print, and then I traced it onto Therm O Web's Heat n Bond Lite - a fusible adhesive that I fused onto the back of the heart, peeled off the backing, and then fused it onto the side panel.
 I  made a double pocket on the side panel in a contrasting fabric that can hold a few extra notions to keep my sewing table tidy.  I centered the heart just above the pocket.
 I used some pink embroidery floss to hand sew a blanket stitch around the outside of the heart to finish off the raw edges.
 Here you can see the top of the cover.  Each of the side panels ended with about a 5" gap at the very top.  I added the two side pieces underneath them, leaving a one inch opening for a sewing machine handle to pop through making it easy to carry the machine with the cover on.  I finished up by sewing some blue 1/4" bias binding around the bottom edge.
 Since I created the pattern myself, there was a bit of trial & error with this project!  After assembling it, it quickly became apparent that the interfacing that I'd fused onto all the pieces was not providing enough body to have the cover stand on it's own, or to retain it's shape.  So I took the whole project apart, and Therm O Web came to my rescue!  I used their High Loft Fusible Fleece on the front and back panels, and diagonally quilted them with 2" squares like I did for my sewing mat.  I fused pieces of medium weight non-woven interfacing onto the two side panels, right over top of the tricot I used initially.  The difference was night and day, and I am SO much happier with the end result.  Happy sewing, everyone!

Monday, July 24, 2017

Summer Diva by Kerry

Hello Ai friends and happy Monday!
Can you believe that it's almost the end of July?  Where did the summer go?  I guess time flies when you are having fun, hehe!  Well, time to put on the styling bathing suit and hit the beach with this adorable diva from the Tan It set!

And of course, I have to add an action wobble!  So so cute!!

Copic markers used:
B00, C1, C3, E11, E33, E43, E44, E47, E51, FBG2, R29, R30, RV14, Y38, YG05, YG21, YR31

Sunday, July 23, 2017

Spring Chicken Card Set by Reneé Matarese

Hello Ai fans!

Today I'm sharing one of the new Funny Farm sets.
This one is called AiCS40 – Spring Chicken Set.
I live in farm country and whenever possible I get my eggs from the farm up the street.  I just love chickens and roosters on cards!

Isn't she sweet?!

This is the inside of the card.

Copics used:
Y02, Y21, Y28, YR07, YR15, G07, W00, W1, W3, W5, E30, E31

Here's my second card.  I made this one interactive.  This fun little fella is on a wobble.  I REALLY put some spring in his step!

Here's the inside of the "spring chicken" card.

Copics used:
T5, R17, Y28, E30, E31, E33, E35