Today I am literally stepping outside the box! Halloween is definitely the occasion that is the most fun for me when it comes to cardmaking, and I knew that the Happy Haunting Set (Sku #4940) from Art Impressions required something special. This set is just screaming for you to make a scene! I decided that I would learn how to make a shadow box card:
I started by cutting a circle mask from a post-it note, and used my Distress Inks to sponge a spooky night sky:
I cut two pieces of black cardstock 5" x 7", scoring at 1/2" and 2". On one of them I used a 4" square die to cut out a window:
Using some lime green cardstock, I cut three hillsides in graduated heights, and scored each of them 1/2" from each side to attach them to the walls of the shadow box:
I coloured up the haunted house and owls on a branch using my Copic markers (I'm all about bright and fun for Halloween, so that dictated my colour choices):
I trimmed the background panel to 5" square, stamped the tree and bat, and trimmed the highest hillside piece to fit on it and glued it all down. I joined the two black pieces together, folding on the score lines. The house is attached to the middle piece, which sits 3/4" in front of the back:
I glued it all together, added the owls and the lowest hillside to the front of the box, and here is the finished product:
I stamped one of the seven sentiments that is included with the set, and I (ahem) *may* be sneaking a peek of a not-yet-released product that will be available soon on the Ai website! (shhh...) I had a blast making my shadow box, it took a little longer than your typical card, but the end result was worth it - oh, and it folds perfectly flat for mailing!
The new challenge on the Ai blog is "Off Kilter" - we want to see your tilted panels on your creations. *I'm going to go with tilted fences on mine! Here are all of the Halloween/Thanksgiving sets that are now available on the Art Impressions website:
These are the cutest images! Quick and easy to colour, too.
You can't see it too well in the photos, but I did some zigzag stitching with my sewing machine, using a metallic gold thread from Gutermann. I fussy cut around my image, and used pop dots to mount him and the paw print. I kept the next one fairly simple:
The Art Impressions Design Team are showcasing the three newest Ai woodmount stamps available in Hobby Lobby stores right now! I have the sweet little Halloween sentiment that needs just a touch of colour, and I made it up into a quick card and a matching tag and bag to hold some treats:
I used my Memory Keeper's Gift Bag Punch Board to make a small sized gift bag in matching papers to hold a few Halloween goodies. The Halloween stamp is perfect for a tag!
Here are the new stamps!
Our current challenge on the Ai blog is Orange & Purple! So head on over to the blog to see what the rest of the DT has to share, and you can link up your Halloween creation while you're there.
*Editing my post to add in this great promo put on by Ai for the rest of August - details are on the blog!
It's the August edition of Tuesday Threads with Karen.
I've sewn a few larger projects for my sewing room over the last few months, so I decided that it was time for something quick & easy... and more of a personal item. Here is my attempt of a quilted sunglasses case that I found on Pinterest (here):
I started out by drawing out my pattern on a piece of paper, metric & standard measurements as shown:
I taught myself how to do a "stippling" pattern of free motion quilting with my sewing machine - which is an irregular squiggle pattern that you create by twisting and turning the piece to be quilted, as you sew. I didn't have the right presser foot for my sewing machine, so I did the best that I could with my regular foot. Here's a better shot so that you get the idea:
I sewed a contrasting colour of bias tape around the perimeter of my shape, adding in a loop that will hold the case together when it's finished. I flipped it over and hand sewed the bias tape on the underside for a clean finish.
I folded the sides together as shown below, and stitched across them, about 2cm (3/4") in from each point. When you turn the case right side out, these form little square bottom corners that give the case some shape, and allow it to sit upright.
I slip stitched the side edges of the bias tape together, and anchored the opening with a whip stitch to secure the ends - this will keep the glasses snug inside the case:
And finally, I sewed a button on that will keep the case shut when the loop of bias tape is secured over it:
This was so fun to sew! It makes a great afternoon project, and would be a great gift for a Girlfriend.
These are fairly quick and fun - I let the patterned paper do the talking.
These are just a little larger than a regular A2 sized card - I made them 6" x 4 3/4". That oval die is a pretty good size, and I wanted to see more of the patterned paper. I coloured them with my Copic markers and cut the sentiment into a speech bubble before adhering it with Pop Dots.