Thursday, April 29, 2021

Zippered Paper Pouch Video Tutorial


My video tutorial for making a Zippered Paper Pouch has been posted on Splitcoast Stampers!  


This one has been in planning/progress mode for quite a while.   I made my first vinyl covered projects including a pouch last July and have been dabbling with ideas since that time.   In September I did a video of general concepts for using vinyl + paper for Spiltcoast Stampers.  More ideas kept popping up and soon I was zipping through my little stash of Pellon iron-on vinyl.  I discovered that you can buy it by the yard at Joann's.  Sale + a coupon and I was in business for making some really fun stuff! 

The Zippered Paper Pouch video was my first attempt at videotaping at the my sewing machine.   There was a bit of a learning curve and a few hiccups getting that all squared away.  I could have made a blooper reel about as long as the finished one!  


The written tutorial with step-by-step pics can be found on the SCS site. 

Here are links to some of my other vinyl projects:

VINYL BASICS: Video and notebook


COUPON HOLDER and other Pampered Pet projects  


Thursday, April 15, 2021

3D Thursday Guest Designer


My wonderful friend Twila Davis from Stamp A Little Longer asked me to be a guest designer for her 3D Thursday feature.  How fun!!  The button below takes you Twila's blog with the PDF for this project.



My project is a cute Kitty Key Cover.  (How is that for alliteration!)   

One of my childhood pets was a lovely gray angora cat with a very original name- Smokey.  This kitty's happy expression reminds me so much of her.  I can imagine her rumbling contented purr.


Pull the charm to conceal the key. 

The diecut pieces are covered with transparent vinyl to protect it before stitching the front and back together.  I have a series of posts with projects using iron-on vinyl.  The vinyl has opened a new wave of ideas for me.   I have a video of vinyl basics and one coming soon for sewing zippered pouches.  I have few more ideas that I need a bit a of time to work on!

Links to those posts:

VINYL BASICS: Video and notebook


COUPON HOLDER and other Pampered Pet projects  


Stamps: Pampered Pets
Paper:   Basic White Cardstock
Ink:  Memento Tuxedo Black Ink, Stampin' Blends
Accessories:  Playful Pets Trims Combo Pack, Heart Charms
Tools: Stitched Nested Dies
Non SU:  Clear Iron-on Vinyl

Sunday, March 28, 2021

Stamp Review Crew: Pampered Pets Edition

Hello and welcome to the latest Stamp Review Crew Blog Hop!   Our international crew highlights one Stampin' Up stamp set on each blog hop.  Hops are the first and third Mondays of the month with an extra one if there is a fifth Monday in the month (like today!)  Our hops are a great way to get lots of ideas for using a set!   Click on the banner below to see a complete list of Crew members and see all the past hops which we keep active.  


Of course I had to join in this SRC session as we are featuring the Pampered Pets stamp set and I cannot resist a cute cat stamp!

I have been on a roll making simple sewn projects with Stampin' Up supplies.  Each is covered with transparent iron-on vinyl before being machine stitched. 

They look so happy together!

The double sided paper is perfect as the inside is just as cute as the outside.  I am working on a video tutorial for making this zipper pouch and will post a link when I have that finished.

 The second project is a coupon holder.  The vinyl protects it making it great for slipping into a purse. 

Cut two pieces of scrapbook paper/cardstock 3-1/2” X 8-1/2” and 4-1/4” X 8-1/2”. Decorate as desired. Cover with iron-on vinyl.  Sandwich a loop of ribbon between the layers.  Use a sewing machine to sew around the sides and bottom close to the edge.

 The third is a little wristlet.


The inside has thin magnetic strips for the closure.  I put the magnets on the paper and then folded the vinyl over before ironing it in place.  (You have to be cautious not to get the iron too hot and move quickly over the magnet)

I have a video for using the iron-on vinyl with paper.  It is really a fun way to preserve your pretty stamping!  

I also have a shaker card with the cute doggie that I realize I never posted.  

Thanks for checking out our Pampered Pet line up.  Please click on the buttons below to see more pet projects by the Crew!


This way to Cindy's cute creations!

This way to Lou's lovely blog!


Stamps: Pampered Pets
Paper:   Flirty Flamingo, Real Red, Basic Gray and Basic White Cardstock, Playful Pets Designer Series Paper
Ink:  Memento Tuxedo Black Ink, Stampin' Blends
Accessories:  3/8" Pool Party Sheer Ribbon,  Playful Pets Trims Combo Pack, Playful Pets Trinkets
Non SU:  Clear Iron-on Vinyl, zipper

Wednesday, March 24, 2021

Stamp Review Crew - Crew Spotlight


The Stamp Review Crew is a wonderful group that I am delighted to have been a part of since its beginning in 2013.   We host regular blog hops that focus on a chosen stamp set.   

Recently we have added something new to the Stamp Review Crew Blog.  The blog will be featuring individual Crew Members so you can get to know us a little better.  And this is my turn!   You can check out my "interview" HERE! 


I grew up on farm where I enjoyed summer days reading with plenty of cats, dogs and other assorted animals nearby.  My mom and both grandmothers taught me sewing, embroidery and crocheting as well as gardening and cooking.   

I chose the Summer Days stamp set for my feature project.    I incorporated treasured memories and some of my current creative interests in this grouping of projects.



This zippered pouch combines my love of sewing and stamping.  And my favorite technique is to use Stampin' Blends which fit perfectly inside! 


I began by stamping on Basic White cardstock, coloring with the Blends and then covering it with clear iron-on vinyl.  The vinyl adds stability so it can be stitched with a sewing machine and it protects the stamping beautifully.  I am working on a video tutorial for this and will add a link when it is done.  


I also stamped on both zipper tabs... it needed more kitties!


Then I made a sleeve to keep my ever-necessary Paper Snips around my neck.    (And added a ribbon and charm to identify them if I happen to set them down at a stamping event!)  The sleeve is also covered with vinyl and stitched with the sewing machine.

The image of the little girl is so reminiscent of my childhood that I really wanted to make a framed project with it.


Taking the time to hand color the Speciality DSP for the frame was relaxing.  The alcohol inks blend so prettily together.  I guess that is why they are called Stampin' Blends- lol!

The idea for the frame occured to me as I was working on a mitered border for a quilt.  Sewing + stamping again!   (I have a video for making the mitered frame and have added the link for that at the bottom of the post. ) 

This looks very much like me except for the shoes.  I was (and am) happiest in barefeet!  

My affection for kitties is on-going and led to the name Kitty Stamp for my blog.  It seems the majority of my childhood pictures have a kitty or two (or three) in them.


 Even before I could sit up without being propped by pillows there were kittens.


Sharing my favorite blanket with a kitten.  (The blanket was hand embroidered with a picture of a kitten and made by my mom. )

Well... this one has four kittens!

Big kitties too!

And not to neglect the puppies...


Well that was a fun little jaunt down memory lane.   Keep a watch on the Stamp Review Crew blog for other members to be featured!

Stamps: Summer Days
Paper:   Highland Heather and Basic White Cardstock, Ornate Garden Speciality Designer Series Paper
Ink:  Memento Tuxedo Black Ink
Markers:  Pool Party, Seaside Spray, Highland Heather, Ivory, Soft Sea Foam, Crumb Cake, Gray Granite, Daffodil Delight and Petal Pink Stampin' Blends Markers. 
Accessories:  3/8" Gorgeous Grape Sheer Ribbon,  Flowers for Every Season Ribbon Combo Pack, Playful Pets Trinkets
Non SU:  Clear Iron-on Vinyl, zipper


Thursday, February 25, 2021

Darling Birthday Donkeys


A quick post today of three birthday cards using the super cute and silly Darling Donkeys and Approaching Perfection sets.

A clean and simple design to show off this little darling.

The inside of the card is as cute as the outside.

These guys look like they enjoy a good joke.

The subtle color gradient and sparkle of the Rainbow Glimmer Paper make the balloons very special.
Stamps:  Darling Donkeys, Approaching Perfection (both are Sale-a-bration sets)
Paper:  Real Red, Bermuda Bay and Basic White Cardstock. Basic White Thick Cardstock, Snail Mail Designer Series Paper, Rainbow Glimmer Paper
Ink:  Tuxedo Black Momento,  Real Red Classic
Stampin' Blends:  Gray Granite, Crumb Cake, Petal Pink, Burmuda Bay
Accessories:  Flowers for Every Season Ribbon Combo Pack, Mini Glue Dots,  Sequins for Everything (carryover product)
Punches:  Balloon Bouquet
Big Shot:  Layering Squares, Stitched with Whimsy, Layering Ovals, Floral Gallery and  Happy Dies                                        

Sunday, February 21, 2021

Stamp Review Crew: 2021 Sale-a-bration Bonus Hop #2


The Stamp Review Crew has a second bonus hop featuring Sale-a-bration goodies.  In case you missed the first one you can check it out HERE.    The format is a little different for our Sale-a-bration hops. Instead of each member creating with the same stamp set as we usually do we are all using different Sale-a-bration products.   As always though we are archiving the hop for future reference.  Please click on the banner below to see past hops and to check out the bios of the crew members. 



My projects focus on the Punch Party host stamp set.  This one stamp set has sentiments and images for a whole "host" of occasions ;)  I used just a few for these little candy boxes.   Each box holds three Hershey's kisses.  The small flower and heart stamps are just the right size to decorate the upside-down chocolates.


The Oh So Ombre paper is also a Sale-a-bration item.  I really love the color gradient! 

The Oh So Ombre DSP is 6" X 6" so I tweaked the measurements of a box that I had previously designed to fit with this size paper.  For all the measurements and a video tutorial for making the box scroll to the bottom of the post.


The fun purple fluff is made by unraveling some of the Gorgeous Grape Sheer Ribbon. 

Another version using the Love You Always Specialty Paper.  Very elegant!  This one has no insert and holds three chocolate hearts.

 I trimmed the thin binding edge from some Blushing Bride Metallic Ribbon with scissors and used that to tie the tag.  I then unraveled the ribbon to make the fringe on the foil belly-band.

We have a lot of Crew members participating in this special bonus hop so be sure to click on the links below to see them all!

This way to Lou's lovely project!

This way to Jay's super blog!
Stamps:   Punch Party
PaperThick Basic White Cardstock, Oh So Ombre Designer Series Paper, Love You Always Specialty Paper, Love You Always Foil Sheets
Ink:  Gorgeous Grape, Granny Apple Green, Bermuda Bay Classic Ink
Accessories:   Blushing Bride Metallic Ribbon, Gorgeous Grape Sheer Ribbon, Mini Glue Dots, tombo Glue, White Embossing Powder, Resin Hearts
Punches:  Timeless Label, 3/4 Circle
Big Shot:  Message Dies,  Hydrangea Dies
Box Directions:  
PLEASE NOTE:   To make the box fit correctly note that the box BOTTOM is made from CARDSTOCK.  The box TOP and box INSERTS are made from Designer Series Paper.   If you use a different weight paper the lid and insert will not fit properly.
I have a past tutorial for the boxes.  The pink box above is made according to those measurements.   The 6" x 6" Oh So Ombre boxes have the following adjustments.  The insert is a new addition and is not part of the original tutorial.

Box Bottom:     5-1/4" X 7-7/8" CARDSTOCK
                            Score at 1" and 2" on all sides
Box Top:          3-3/8" X 6"  DESIGNER SERIES PAPER
                           Score at 1/2" and 1" on all sides
Box Insert:       2-1/4" X 4-3/4" DESIGNER SERIES PAPER
                            Score at 1/2" on all sides
                            Punch three holes with 3/4" Circle Punch before cutting tabs and assembling.
Original tutorial: