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Who loves a sale? Who loves a 70% off sale?! The Sweet Stitches Designer Fabric (see it online) is part of the retiring accessories sale (see the list) and instead of $9.95, it’s $2.99. This fabric is just about the cutest thing since buttons with holes. If you’re looking for a project for it, then pull out your Big Shot and try making a few Scallop Square Totes:
These little totes are the perfect size for SO many goodies — here are a few ideas:
- Clear Acrylic Blocks (you’re a stamper, after all!)
- Card storage (can you picture them all lined up on a shelf?)
- Swap Totes (are you going to the Stampin’ Up! Convention this summer?!)
I have a Video Tutorial on how to use your Scallop Square Die to make these Extended Square Totes – you can watch it on my blog. In addition to the fabric, you can even get the matching buttons on my Clearance Rack online right now — while supplies last!
Each year we hold a large demonstrator training event called Spring Into Stamping. This year was our 6th annual event, and I wanted to share a few highlights. Except now I’m having trouble distilling the event into just a few highlights, so I think you’ll be seeing highlights over the next few days!
It takes many many demonstrators to put the event together, and we have helpers for Make N Takes, a Demonstration Fair, Registration, Shoebox Swap, AV help, etc. Plus we have a talented group of coordinators who coordinate some of these areas.
This year I made special Thank You gifts for the coordinators, based on a gift that Shelli Gardner, CEO of Stampin’ Up!, made for us as a gift at Founder’s Circle this year.
Shelli created these with her daughters for 100+ of us, and I appreciate their work even more now! My mom helped me finish these up in time, so ours was a family project, too. The bags would be terrific for Easter gifts, wedding or baby shower favors, or satchels for potpourri.
The bags are filled with chocolate, and created from the Pennant Die (see it online) for the Big Shot (see it online). The Pennant Die is one of my favorites (check out some of my other projects). Just cut two pennants, stitch the top down to make a little sleeve for the ribbon, sew the two sides together and you’re all set with a simple cinch bag with a sweet scalloped edge.
The fabric is from the Occasions Mini Catalog (available only til April 30). The Springtime Vintage Fabric (see it online) is a perfect match for the Vintage Flower Adornments (see them online) that I used to decorate the tag and the medallion on the bag.
The blue Scallop Square piece under the Adornment rosette is actually punched from the matching Springtime Vintage Designer Series Paper (see it online). With the paper piece, there is a little more stiffness to help the medallion stand up a bit more than the fabric pieces.
The ribbons are the Rose Red Seam Binding and the Victoria Crochet Trim (love them both!).
The tag is from the Two Tags Die (see it online) for Big Shot. This wasn’t one of my first die purchases, but it’s always at the top of my stack now. In fact, watch tomorrow for the other gift project I created, also using the Two Tags die!
The stamp set I used is Nature Walk (I’ve been using it a lot recently). The “Thank You” is from the Elegant Engravings stamp set (love it–see it online). And you probably recognize the flower Adornment. The colors here are Early Espresso, Baja Breeze and Crumb Cake, with a touch of Rose Red.
Last week my daughter and I were invited to a party where the girls were supposed to wear an apron and help serve snacks to the moms. Lots of fun, but we didn’t have a little apron on hand. What’s a stamping Mom to do?
Make an apron, of course!
I googled ‘little girl apron pattern’ and came up with a fabulous tutorial by Cindy and I based my apron on her pattern.
The apron uses the Sweet Stitches Designer Series Fabric (see it online). The pieces for the pocket were cut with my Big Shot Die Cut Machine (see it online), using the Scallop Square Die (see it online) for the pocket.
I started by cutting strips (4″ wide) for my ruffle and waistband. The ruffle pieces are 4 x 28″ and I cut two and seamed them in the middle. The strips for the waist ties were 4 x 18″ and I cut two and seamed those in the middle, too. You may need to cut your strips to 4 x 28″ for longer ties–these fit my daughter, but her waist is fairly small.
Have fun with this project! The steps are below in picture form.
Did you see the Video Tutorials yesterday for creating the Extended Scallop Square Tote? You’ll want to check them out if you missed them!
Today’s Video Tutorial demonstrates how to make the Eyelet Flower Embellishment for the tote, using the Perfect Setting Die for the Big Shot Die Cut Machine.
Stampin’ Up! Supply List: (order 24-7 through my Online Store)
- Big Shot (113439)
- Perfect Setting Bigz XL Die (115961)
- Extended Cutting Plates (113478)
- Scallop Circle Die #2 (113469)
- Sweet Stitches Designer Fabric (121818)
- Sweet Stitches Designer Big Buttons (122302)
Here’s Part 3 of the Extended Scallop Square Tote Video Tutorial:
If you’ve enjoyed this project, be sure to check out some of my other projects using the Big Shot Die Cut Machine, as well as more of my Video Tutorials on a variety of stamping and crafting techniques and projects.
I think many of us have seen the sweet Scallop Square bags that can be created with the Big Shot Die Cut Machine and the Scallop Square Die from Stampin’ Up! (check out my bag from a year ago).
But this winter I decided that I needed a small tote that’s a little wider than the regular Scallop Square size. No problem! I’ve come up with a solution and created a Video Tutorial to show you how to make these bags on your own.
Here are 2 Video Tutorials for the Extended Scallop Square Tote. Part 1 includes directions on cutting your fabric with the Big Shot Die Cut Machine. Part 2 shows the sewing instructions for assembling your bag. Watch for Part 3, coming tomorrow, for directions on creating the Eyelet Flower Embellishment.
Yes, be very afraid, I have created a tutorial on sewing. **Disclaimer: I am NOT a seamstress, I just play one on tv**
And here is Part 2 of the Video Tutorial:
The finished tote comfortably fits a 4-1/4 x 5-1/2″ card, so this is the perfect tote for carrying a few swap cards at a Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator Event, or for making a really special set of cards for a gift.
Stampin’ Up! Supply List: (order 24-7 through my Online Store)
- Big Shot Die Cut Machine (includes regular Cutting Mats) (113439)
- Scallop Square Die (115950)
- Sweet Stitches Designer Fabric (121818)
- Early Espresso Stitched Grosgrain Ribbon (115615)
As I’m posting this today, I’m also working on finishing 10 of these Extended Square Totes for the demonstrators on my LovenStampfuls Team who are headed to the Stampin’ Up! Leadership Conference in Nashville this week. Here’s hoping there’s not too much snow for those Southern gals!
Need a fun ornament for the purse from yesterday? The flower below was cut and quilted from the same fabrics that I used for the purse, this time using the Flower Folds Big Shot Die (see it online).
These flowers are perfect for tying on a purse handle or backpack–they’re quite the rage! They’d also make a cute headband, if you’re 10 years old or if you can get away with wearing one in your hair.
The small Scallop Circle in the center is from the Scallop Circle #2 Die (see this one online). Each flower layer is made up of three pieces — the bottom fabric layer, the middle cotton batting layer and the top fabric layer. All 3 pieces were top stitched together by sewing machine.
After all the 3 flower pieces were stitched, I used scissors to cut a slit in the center of each, then put the 1-1/4″ Striped Grosgrain Ribbon through the flower center. I tied a small knot in the center and fed the ribbon end back through the holes.
Thanks to Jill Olsen for the inspiration on this project! After seeing some of her quilting projects at the Founder’s Circle Retreat the last few years, I’ve been inspired to brush the dust from my own sewing machine.
What should every crafter have on a Wish List? My top pick is the Big Shot Die Cut Machine.
The Scallop Square die for the Big Shot is probably in my top 5 favorite dies, and for fabric or quilting projects, I think it’s my #1 favorite.
My most recent project was a quilted Bible cover. This time I made a different kind of quilted project — a small tote or purse.
This is actually a pretty easy project–and quick, too! The Big Shot will cut 6-8 layers of upholstery or quilting fabric at one time. And I can cut 4-6 layers of the cotton quilting batting with no problems.
From uncut fabric to finished purse, this bag didn’t take all that long to complete–only about an hour.
For directions on how to put together purses like this, check out my post from last winter. The only difference is that here I added a layer of natural cotton batting between the front and back pieces of each purse panel.
Then this Book Cover is a great project! You can customize to any fabric or book size (here I used the gorgeous Deck the Halls Designer Fabric from Stampin’ Up!).
This book cover happens to be a Bible cover that I made for a friend’s birthday. She has just started taking CCD classes and I sent her a copy of the Life Application Study Bible (love it). But I thought her Bible needed a quilted book cover
- piece of the quilting fabric
- then a piece of natural cotton batting
- then the top piece of fabric
Here are the basic steps:
- I assembled quilted squares until the fabric was large enough to cover the open Bible.
- I laid the Bible on top and folded the ends in, then closed the book to make sure the cover would fit when the spine is closed.
- Finally, I stitched the ends to make a pocket for the front and back cover.
- Lastly, I embellished with a Scallop Circle flower cut from the Scallop Circle #2 Die.
For the Scallop Circle flower, the end result is impressive, but the steps are easy!
- Cut 4 of the larger Scallop Circles and one smaller for the center
- Fold each larger circle in half (wrong sides together) and begin to weave them. I find it easiest to tack them quickly with a little bit of Glue Stick so they don’t unfold while I’m weaving.
- Add 4 circles together so the last circle is under the previous but on top of the first… makes sense in the picture.
- Tack together with needle and thread, then add smaller Scallop Circle to center.
These turn out really well, especially with a bit of matching Cherry Cobbler Seam Binding Tape and Victoria Crochet Trim held on with a Antique Brad. Nifty! I added this final flower embellishment to the front of my book cover (yes, needle and thread).
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Would you believe that you can STAMP a custom hand knit creation? Now you can, with the new Hand Knit stamp set. (117012 – order online through my website)
Join me for a class at the Klose Knit Yarn Shop in Urbana, IL!
On Sunday, September 26th (2 – 4 pm) you’ll make and take home 3 gorgeous “hand knit” gift tags created with high-quality Stampin’ Up! papers, inks and embellishments plus a set of ‘hand knit’ greeting cards perfect to use yourself or present as a hand-crafted gift.
All supplies for the gift tags and greeting cards are included in the $9 class fee.
BONUS PACKAGE: If you choose to pre-order the Hand Knit stamp set (set of 6) as part of your class, cost for the class is only $4. Please add $17.95 for your wood mount stamp set (free shipping and tax!) or $13.95 for the Clear Mount set. You can take your stamp set home with you the night of the class as long as you register by September 1st.
Want to make your knitting tags and cards at home? Just sign up for the Class Kit To Go by emailing me at email@example.com. Add $5 mailing cost to your class fee. Supply your own inks and stamps at home and I’ll send you the pre-cut card stock and embellishments that you’ll need, along with printed directions. Kits will mail on September 20th, the day after our ‘in person’ class at Klose Knit.
This is the knitting project I’m working on right now. It’s a really sweet knitted swing top for my daughter Abby. She’s excited for me to get finished with it so she can finally wear it. I’m hoping to complete it before the weather is too cool for her to wear it! (fingers crossed)
And here’s the yarn stash I got this past weekend at Klose Knit. Wow, so many projects and so little time! I picked up a fun Malabrigo yarn for a lace scarf pattern that was on display (see it in my bag?) and a couple skeins for an Entrelac project that I’ve been wanting to start.
You might recognize my knitting bag from past blog posts… I’ve found that it’s perfect for holding a project and a back up project to take with me wherever I go. The bag was created with Scallop Squares of fabric cut with the Big Shot Die Cut Machine from Stampin’ Up!.
And the flower you can see if you click on the photo is also a Big Shot Die Cut Machine project. Directions for that project are posted on my blog here.
Okay, if you’re tired of these flowers, then I promise that I’m almost finished!
And if you’re not tired of them, then you’ll be excited to see the latest video–with the ‘how to’ on making the double flowers with the nested petals.
Supplies: Island Floral Bigz Die (118871), Circles #2 Big Shot Die (114526), Big Shot Die Cut Machine (113439),