18 May 2009

I Need More... Magazine Inspiration [Welcome to Our Nest]

I love Simply Handmade magazine to get my creative juices flowing!  Inspired by their wall hanging (Feb/Mar 2009, pp. 120-1), I made a smaller version for my aunt.
Armed with a borrowed Cricut machine (Thanks, Celeste!), I cut the shape of the body, birds, a branch, and a couple of other things that didn't get used in this project.  The different papers are simply layered on top of one another, stitched for embellishment, or glittered with the most delicious glitter - Martha Stewart's glitter.  I used my Xyron machine in lieu of glue and a few foam stickies to give the birds a 3D quality.  The "Welcome" text and ornate frame (clip art) were printed on translucent vellum.  It all hangs from a simple string of beads.

01 May 2009

I Need More... Magazine Inspiration [Heart T-shirt]

I've made lots and lots of embellished onesies and t-shirts in my day.  And I'm always on the lookout for a new variation of something to stitch onto them.  Simply Handmade had a darling version in their Feb/Mar 2009 issue (pp. 28-35).  With help from my favorite Stampin' Up Consultant and dear friend, Kasia Jackson, and her fabulous Big Shot die cut machine, we produced the scalloped circle which is the base for the design.

Simplified directions:
1) Back fabric with fusible web like Wonder Under and cut out your shape(s).
2) Pin and stitch a length of ribbon onto the shirt and fuse your shape(s) on top of them.
3) Zig zag around your shapes to secure them in place.
4) Hand stitch a button somewhere onto your design.

Notes: Target has t-shirts for $5 in quite a few colors for boys and girls right now.  Snatch them up!  They go quickly.  How many shirts a day does your kid go through in a day?  Mine?  About a million!