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Tuesday, 02 December 2014

Here we go again, another fun blog hop with Laura Kelly and some other very cool bloggers! I love Laura's Hat die which will be released in January by Ellison/Sizzix. Her hat fits another Sizzix die, the Monkey. Kids love monkeys and this is Christmas crafting with kids so how about a Monkey ornament for the tree! Using Kunin's Presto felt die cut several monkey faces and hats in the different bright colors. Have a selection of buttons, trim and ribbon scraps for the kids to choose from.

Now let the fun begin, with the Presto felt the kids just have to peel off the back and stick down the felt. They get to choose the colors for the face and features, placement and discover how funny a monkey can be if his eyes are crooked, far apart or close together. Use a fabric marker to add their name to the hat brim. Easy peasy Christmas crafting! Keep a little bin for extra parts not used and for future crafting adventures!

Check out the rest of the Christmas Kid Crafting adventures! Linky in the sidebar! A cool contest too, Rafflecopter posted on Twitter, www.twitter.com/DebraQCEO.

Thanks for stopping by!

Happy holiday crafting!

Debra

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Sunday, 30 November 2014

When talented designer friend Laura Kelly asked me to be part of a blog hop introducing her adorable hats, a 2015 Ellison Release Die-Cut Hats, I was so excited! She sent me a few to have fun with along with her buttons from Buttons Galore and products from iLoveToCreate.  The hats I received were all cut from Kunin’s Eco-fi Plus Premium Felt. How could I resist the one  in Candy Pink to create a snowflake tote to pop all those little extras in when taking baby Anna on a winter outing. The premium weight of felt makes a sweet yet sturdy tote. This is a two hour project or less using fabric glue. Sweet and simple!

You will need:
2/3 yard Kunin Eco-fi Plus Premium Felt, Candy Pink
1/3 yard Kunin Eco-fi Plus Premium Felt, White
Laura Kelly pink buttons by Buttons Galore
Scribbles Fabric Paint, Pink, White by iLoveToCreate
Quick Dry Fabric Fusion by iLoveToCreate
Circle Die & Big Shot by Sizzix
Scissors, pins, cutting mat, rotary cutter

   

How to:
1. From pink felt cut: two 13” by 14” for back and front, two 3” by 23” for straps, fourteen pink circles in total, 2”, 2 ¼” sizes. From white felt cut one 10” bottom piece, one 2” by 14” band, 5” by 9”, 6” by 10”, 1” by 3” pieces for bow, four circles.

2. Glue white band 1 ½” down from top end of pink front piece. Glue white bottom piece to bottom end of pink front piece. Glue back pink piece opposite end of white bottom piece. Fold piece in half matching side seams. Glue side seams with a thin line of glue close to the edge.


 

3. Refer to photo to paint snowflakes, stitch lines on bag and bow pieces, dots on hat. Let dry. Place bow pieces on top of each other centering the smaller piece. Pleat center and wrap the small white strip around the center overlapping and gluing. Set bow aside.

4. Fold pink strap pieces in half lengthwise and glue edges. Measure in 3” from each end of tote and glue strap end to the front, repeat for second strap and glue to back.

5. Glue polka dots to bottom of bag using photo as a guide. Glue bow in place on band. Glue on hat.

This tote can also be easily sewn, wherever the instructions call for gluing, topstitch instead. Make a grown up version with a black and pink color combination. For a wee boy, make a single bow for a bowtie in blue and white and add a blue hat. Have fun making this so cute tote!

Check out all the other super cute and fun designs using Laura's new dies! Enter to win an awesome prize!
RAFFLECOPTER LINK and LINKY in Sidebar!

Laura's Winter Hat Die-Cuts from Ellison Education and Sizzix will be available in January 2015!!!

Thanks for stopping by!

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Monday, 03 November 2014

1st Monday of the month we hop with the Designer Crafts Connection (DCC). This month's theme Gratitude, thank you cards and gifts. As felt is my favourite material to work with, I designed a felt envelope to hold a thank you note or card. I wanted a playful, whimsical feel to the project with bright colours and a simple embroidery. The reversed "y" was unplanned but I actually like how it looks, simple sincerity straight from the heart.

You will need:
9" x 12" craftcuts of Kunin Classicfelt TM, 1 White, 1 Red
Sizzix Fabi Flower Layers and Leaves Die
Sizzix Big Shot
Teal Craft Thread
Teal buttons
Hook and Loop Circle fastener
Aleene's Fast Grab Fabric Fusion
Scissors, pencil, ruler, pins, embroidery needle

How to:

1. Cut a piece of white felt 7" by 12". Diecut both red and white flowers and leaves.
2. Refer to photos and layer flowers, buttons. Stitch buttons to centers and use a straight stitch to outline petals.
3. Fold felt envelope 5" from bottom. Finger press. Use pencil to draw "thank you" on front of envelope. Straight stitch.
4. Add buttons to front and back. Fold envelope and blanket stitch sides. Straight stitch around top flap.
5. Glue on flowers Glue top flower to back. Add hook and loop circle to close.
6. Write a card to someone special to slip inside and deliver!

Enjoy other great projects from our talented designers! Our button is in the sidebar.

Thanks for stopping by! Keep creating!
Debra
 

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Monday, 06 October 2014

        

It is the first Monday of the month and we hop with the Designer Crafts Connection, this month Halloween inspired crafting! Living in a 175 year old house with several fireplaces and mantel I enjoy coming up with different decor for each one. The brick fireplace off the kitchen has a more vintage look inspired by my pumpkin kitty. The tree I sprayed with Krylon black paint. I added ribbon to some of my existing vases to tie in with the Halloween sign and black mantel. Using everyday items by adding floral or ribbon touches expands your decorating options. With five mantels to decorate I reuse vases, containers, boxes a lot!

I wasn't sure though what to add to the tree. Then I thought of trick or treating. Candy of course, the classic candy corn! Felt candy corn with black ribbon scraps I had been collecting.
 

Check out my easy peasy instructions for the felt candy corn on the Kunin Blog tomorrow. Meanwhile hop along on the DCC button in the sidebar for some great Halloween ideas!

Happy Haunting!
Debra

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Sunday, 07 September 2014

 

Creative home decor, Kunin Felt is co-sponsoring a Blog Hop with Beacon (www.beaconadhesives.com) and Buttons Galore (www.buttonsgaloreandmore.com) Professional CHA Designers from the Designer Crafts Connection are sharing great designs all week! There is also a great giveaway with over $150 worth of goodies from the three sponsors!

 

Home Décor storage solutions are always needed, this stylish container is both super easy and sturdy. Make several in different colors, they can be stacked flat and then assembled when needed in about a minute. Made from Eco-fi Plus™. “Eco-fi Plus is an 8-ounce premium felt that uses natural silver and copper cleansing ions to resist mold, mildew, and odor and is made from recycled plastic bottles.” This luxury weight of felt is ideal for both stylish wearables and sturdy functional home décor accents. Available in ten rich colors, match any room décor!


You will need:
½ yard of each color, cut by the yard Kunin Eco-fi Plus™, Red, Black
BigZ Circle die by Sizzix (www.sizzix.com)

Fabri-tac™ by Beacon Adhesives (www.beaconadhesives.com)
Hook and Loop circles, 4 pairs

Big Shot diecut machine, scissors, ruler, pins, pencil, paper, chalk, rotary cutter, cutting mat

 

How to:

 

  1. Cut two 18” square pieces for the container. Die cut 3 sets of circles in each color of felt. Cut two 3” by 4 ½” pieces from each color for handles. Draw a 3” by 4 ½” rectangle on the paper and cut out. Draw a half oval on the piece of paper piece making it 1” in width. Cut out to use as pattern. Pin to felt handle pieces and cut out.
  2. From each corner draw a diagonal line 7” in length. Draw a second line vertically across all four corners intersecting the ends of the diagonal lines. Cut out along both lines.
  3. Glue handle pieces in pairs, smoke with pink and black with red. Place cut squares in pairs on top of each other, red with black.. Glue along all edges.
  4. Insert handles into center of both long sides and press felt pieces together.
  5. Fold up one short end and overlap the long points over it. Insert a hook and loop in between points. Repeat for opposite side.
  6. Glue circles together in a contrasting stack of three. Center and glue to front point or to center point under handles.

 

 

Make several, experiment with different sizes and colors. Now get ready set go fill! And check out all of the great designs included by hopping along on the DCC button in the sidebar. Like the Designer Crafts Connection on Facebook and enter our great giveaway!
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Debra

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