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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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Wednesday, 03 September 2014

Back to school means early mornings, lunches to pack and then the scramble out the door to the bus. With seven grandchildren and two just starting preschool, kindergarden, cute little lunch bags are required. Laura Kelly's new Pet Shop Collection of dies with Sizzix/Ellison, can't get any cuter than that!

You will need:
9" x 12" Craft cuts of Kunin Embossedfelt™ , 2 Alligator Cocoa Brown
9" x 12" Craft cuts Kunin Classicfelt™, 1 Orange, 1 Walnut, 1 Cashmere Tan
Laura Kelly Buttons with Buttons Galore
Aleene's Quick Dry Fabric Fusion
Puppy Diecut from Laura Kelly Pet Shop Colection for Sizzix
Circle Diecut or circle templates, 2", 2 1/4", 2 1/2".
Sizzix Big Shot
Orange, brown embroidery floss
Velcro dot
Scissors, pencil, pins, needle, ruler

1. Overlap two pieces of brown felt by 2", glue. Fold right sides out with back piece extending 3" beyond front piece. Align sides and straight stitch with orange floss.

2. Die cut puppy from tan, bone from brown and cut three orange circles. Glue two circles together and straight stitch in brown around edges. Repeat for second circle, sew brown button in center of the second circle.

3. Glue dog to front of bag. Glue three buttons to dog's neck for collar. Glue bone to center of two circles. Glue top half of second circle to center of bag flap.

4. Open bag up and sew bone circles to corner with a 3" length of floss. Add Velcro dot to bottom half of inside of center circle. Press to main bag to mark and adhere opposite side of dot.

There you have it, a darn cute Doggie Bag, super quick, super easy and super fun! Laura's Pet Shop Collection is a reflection of her bubbly, creative personality, her fun outlook and her dedication as a Mom and Room Mother bringing fun and creativity into the school, home and everywhere!

Thanks Laura!
Debra


 

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Wednesday, 03 September 2014

                                 

























 




The beginning of each month we hop with the Designer Craft Connection blog hop.
The theme of this month, Vacation Memories. Now that I operate a Bed & Breakfast
along with my design work, my vacation time away is very
limited..                                                                         
Instead Guests come to me creating their vacation memories, This past weekend we
had a wedding in the back garden.  Celebrating, weddings, anniversaries, birthdays,
there are many occasions we celebrate with a bottle of wine or champagne.
I created this heart wine bottle charm to make
any occasion even more special!

You will need:
1-2 ½” Heart of Smoothfoam
Key Pearl Accent Cluster by Cousin
Trinkettes Chain by Cousin
¾” Heart
Silver Charm
Shimmering Silver Metallic paint by DecoArt
2-1” Cotter Pins
1” paint brush
Jewelry adhesive

                                          

  1. Paint the heart with two coats of silver paint. Let dry in between coats.
  2. Insert key cluster accent ring onto cotter pin. Repeat for trinket chain on
    second cotter pin.
  3. Insert cotter pin with key cluster into the end point of heart. Push in carefully.
  4. Insert chain on second cotter pin into center top of heart.
  5. Glue silver heart to center of Smoothfoam heart.
     

This is a super quick and easy project. It would make the next bottle of wine you
take as a hostess gift
extra special or make several to give as gifts at the holidays. Each time I
put it out for a guest or occasion
I am reminded it becomes part of the special memories. Follow the DCC button in the
sidebar to catch
some awesome memory ideas!

Happy Celebrating!
Debra

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