Big Shot

Breast cancer awareness "skinny bags"

In an effort to do my part to raise money for breast cancer research, I made these pink and white M&M "skinny bags".  Each bag holds roughly 25 M&Ms.  My dear friend has offered to sell these for me at her various fundraiser events which I am SO grateful for. Take a look:

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The tags were made with Pretty in Pink card stock.  I cut the oval out with a punch and then ran the oval through my Big Shot using the Perfect Polka Dots embossing folder.  I then stamped the ribbon (non-SU) in Pretty in Pink ink onto white card stock and cut it out and adhered it to the oval with glue dots.  The adorable rhinestone ribbons were part of a bracelet kit I bought a number of years ago from Oriental Trading.  I'm not sure if they are still available, but I wanted to use them on this project.  And, finally, I tied it all together with Stampin' Up!'s 1/8" white taffeta ribbon. 

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An unexpected surprise

Last Friday my husband came home from work telling me he had a surprise for me.  "You do?", I asked  "Yes", he said.  "I thought you needed it", he continued.  Oh, I LOVE surprises!  Look what he bought me...

Sewing machine

 

If you've been following my blog for the last month or so you'll recall the not-so-favorable adventures I had with my previous sewing machine.  My old machine is about 10+ years old and had two stitch options.  Everything about it was old, but it still did the trick...just not very well.  The new machine?  OMG, not only is it light, but it practically sews by itself!  I feel like a pro already.  I have a lot to learn about it but I just had to use it right away.

I'm making Easter baskets for the family.  Just like the rag bag I made a week or so ago, these use the scalloped square die for the Big Shot.  I didn't want the ragged edge on these so I turned it inside out for a finished look.  I've finished my daughters but my husband's is still a work in progress.  I still have to make my son's and one for the dog (yes,the dog). Take a look:

Baskets

Snack bag

I also made a snack pouch for when Kayla (the dog) and I go for our walks.  It only took about an hour to make and I'm really lovin' how easy this new machine makes it.  I know, for you sewing experts that have the $500+ sewing machines and years under your belt this is no big deal, but for me I feel like a ROCK STAR! 

So, why did my fabulous husband buy me this awesome machine?  I don't know...maybe he was concerned with the number of expletives coming from my mouth with the old machine, but I have a feeling it has more to do with keeping me busy so he can spend more time on the golf course. 

Works for me!

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Stampin' Up! Milk carton birdhouse

I seem to be a trend follower these days and not a trend setter, but 'better late than never' as they say. I have been slow to post my birdhouse creations for some reason, maybe because blogland seemed to be inundated with them for awhile.  These birdhouses are popular now due to Stampin' Up!'s recent release of the milk carton die for the Big Shot.  There are some very clever ideas being posted especially with Easter looming around the corner.

Birdhouse closed 
  

My stampin' buddy, Pam, came over the other day because she took on the daunting task of making 60 of these for an upcoming luncheon.  The hostess of the luncheon wants some kind chocolate in each and put them at each place setting.  The one obstacle people keep encountering is how to make these without destroying the bird house to get to the treats.  EASY!  Look, below...I've got it all figured out:

Birdhouse open

Oh, the wonder of velcro!  A half piece of velcro works like a charm!  Now you will never have to worry about ruining your clever creation again!  The velcro remains hidden with the "roof" is closed so you'll never know it's there.  Now you can have your chocolate and eat it too!  (Sorry...couldn't resist).

Have a great weekend!
 


Big Shot Scalloped Square Rag purse

I swore I wasn't going to do it.  There was no way, no how.  But, the urge consumed me and I had to.  I'm talking about making none other than the...rag purse.  The rag purse, also known now as the Savannah bag was first made popular by Angie Juda.  I don't know if she realized what a firestorm she was going to create when she made her easy-to-follow video, but these bags are all the rage right now.  If you are interested in seeing the video for yourself, you can see it here.

The biggest problem I had making this purse was knowing I had to contend with my not-so-friendly sewing machine.  I've already expressed in numerous previous posts about the love-hate relationship I have with my sewing machine, but I was willing to give it a try.  It took some coaxing and a few expletives slipped out along the way, but I did it.  It's not great and there were a number of errors along the way, but for a first attempt I am more than satisfied with the results.

Rag purse


For those of you who may not understand the correlation between this bag and Stampin' Up!, the quilt squares are made from the Scalloped Square die and the Big Shot.  Clever, huh?  I have yet to wash the purse which will make the scallops appear more ragged.  I also didn't put a closure on it...kinda wishing I had now.  Oh well.

So there you have it...my first (and possibly my last) rag purse.

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Big Shot Felt projects

I pulled out my Big Shot the other day and for the first time ever used material other than paper.  Seems strange that I've had the Big Shot this long and have never been adventurous.  Felt was on sale at my local craft store and it was too cheap to pass up.  Today's projects aren't original and it's probably not the first time you've seen something similar.  It was a first for me though!

Felt

You'll notice I also pulled out the sewing machine.  I have a love/hate relationship with my sewing machine but I was determined to make it work with these projects.  I was too lazy to change the thread so everything that I've sewn on has had white thread.  Could be worse, I suppose.

Heart felt


Like I said, this idea is not new, but I love how the petal card die is perfect for making a unique chocolate holder.  Ghiradelli chocolates fit perfectly in the pouch.  Typically I have seen ribbon or a belly band around the center, but I really wanted the heart to be the focal point.  The heart is the Sizzix Embosslit called Heart of Hearts.  I was concerned about the felt with the embosslits but it cut with no problem at all.  For some added dimension I added a clear button back with some Kaleidoscope designer paper.  The heart is adhered to the pouch with mini glue dots.

Birthday felt Brown felt

So as not to get into a Valentine rut, I also made a scalloped envelope with a birthday message.  So cute!  The flower not only acts as the focal point, but it also keeps the envelope closed (see top photo).  I am able to tuck the edge of the flap behind the flower and it stays closed without a problem.  The flower is from the Baskets and Blooms die and is secured with a epoxy brad found in the new Stampin' Up! mini catalog.

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