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Monday, 05 January 2015

The first Monday of the month we hop with the DCC, Designer Crafts Connection. This month's theme, favourite new product in 2014. I work regularly with the Kunin Group who manufacture felt from chipped up water bottles, millions of bottles every year! This past year they released their new premium felt, Eco-fi Plus, a heavy 8oz weight not only for crafting but for home decor and fashion. The felt is weather resistant, fade and mildew proof, it becomes softer when washed.

I have been creating all kinds of projects for my home from this new Eco-fi Plus felt. In the photograph above my new sewing machine cover. Because of the weight of the felt it stands on its own.

Such a quick easy project, here's how!
I measured the height, length and width of my machine using these measurements I cut two curved ends. I also cut one piece double the machine measurements. Using fabric glue I glued the ends to the straight piece on ether end. For embellishments I added  Tim Holtz  sewing die cut.

Below are some photos from the kitchen over the holidays, the window valance, mini Christmas trees



So now you know my favourite product of the year, check out my other designer frineds to find out theirs, just hop with the button in the sidebar!

Next week we are off the CHA Craft and Hobby Show in North America, Kunin Booth #401!

Happy crafting! Debra

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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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