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Friday, 6 May 2016

Sew Special at A Vintage Journey

Hello Friends

The talented Jenny (Buttons) is our host this month at A Vintage Journey and Jenny's theme is 
Sew Special.

Here is what Jenny says:  Add fabric to your entry in some way, be it felt, burlap, ribbon or cloth and if your really feeling brave maybe include a touch of real or faux stitching.  We are looking forward to seeing what ideas you have to incorporate this sew special theme in your vintage, shabby, mixed media, art journalling, industrial or steampunk projects.

My thoughts immediately went to Tim's dress form die when I saw Jenny's theme.  I was also inspired by one of Richele Christensen's quilting projects (a pin cushion) and I made a pin cushion 'button' box, using fabric I hand stamped and one of Eileen Hull's dies - the Cookie Box.  I also made a card to go with it.

There are a lot of photos so I will try to keep the words to a minimum.

  Using Blueprint Sketch paint I stamped onto some cream coloured cotton with Tim Holtz Dots and Floral stamps.  I didn't worry too much if I missed bits because I wanted a shabby look anyway.  Remember to wash your stamps immediately after using any paint on them.

Cut the fabric into triangles.
Machine stitch the triangles together.
Cut into a circle and hand stitch a running (gathering) stitch around the edge.
Pull the running stitch to form a circle and add toy stuffing.  Glue to a piece of card.
Make the Cookie Box (Eileen Hull Sizzix 659874) according to the instructions.  Paint the lid and bottom with Blueprint Sketch paint.  After adding a button to the top of the pin cushion, glue this to the top of the Cookie Box.
To make the card, I used Tim's Dress Form die, some paper from his Correspondence pack, some gauze and some ribbon.
I also used Tim's new Doily #2 Thinlit die and some Chit Chat stickers.  I machine stitched the elements to the base card.

I hope you like my projects, I had fun making them!


This month we are being sponsored by the fabulous Calico Craft Parts, a small, family run business who are offering a generous prize for one lucky winner, you can see all the details over at A Vintage Journey.  We really hope you will join in our challenge, it is such a great theme!

Thanks, as always for your visit, I hope to see you again soon!

Hugs, Anne xxx

33 comments:

  1. Hi Anne, I must pop over to calico Crafts. Thanks for the comment about my latest shrine at Mixed Media Monthly. I was thrilled to be chosen as their winner. I love both the projects but the card especially. Happy crafty week, Angela x

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  2. Both these are fabulous! Love the skirt on the dressform and the words too! Brilliant pin cushion button box - I have a sewing machine I bought from a friend but don't even know how to thread it! Will try and enter the challenge but may not involve actual machine sewing! Tee hee! xxx

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  3. Oh wow, Anne, these are absolutely amazing!! I love the pin cushion!! How creative!! The card is gorgeous!! The dress form and skirt are fabulous!! These are so beautiful!! I wish I had the nerve to try to sew fabric...paper is about all I can handle!! Love these!! Have a great day!! Big hugs :)

    Lisa
    A Mermaid's Crafts

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  4. I just love the blue and white on your card and sweet cushion box Anne! The lacy skirt with pretty flowers gathered at the waist is just the sweetest! Wonderful stamping and quilting on your little cushion top - such creative and pretty projects for this month's challenge! Julia xx

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  5. A really beautiful project, love those blue shades and the makes are gorgeous ! hugs x

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  6. Oh Anne these are absolutely delightful and when I first saw the photo on our CG blog Delft pottery immediately came to mind with the strong contrasts of deep blue and white and gorgeous designs. Love both the card and fabulous pin cushion which are both amazing xxx

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  7. Such lovely makes Anne. The choice of colour works so well.
    Beautiful creations.
    Toni xx

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  8. Wow, Anne, these are so beautiful! I love your pin cushion, I love your card, I love your sewing! Wonderful stamping, amazing color combo of blue and white and awesome quilting! You are such a versatile artist and I simply adore both of your creations! These are delightful! Big hugs to you! Branka xx

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  9. Anne your stamped fabric is just stunning, I now have that stamp set on my wish list for sure. What a treat that you have given us ideas not just for a delightful pin cushion, but a beautiful matching card to go along with it, both gorgeous creations. Mo x

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  10. What fabulous projects you have created here Anne x love the stamped fabric and layout on the card. Your pin cushion and button box looks great too

    Sending you and David my best wishes
    Hugs Annie x

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  11. So perfect for the challenge Anne. I love the fabric and box and pin cushion are so adorable along with the card it's beautiful. Hugs Rita xxx

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  12. Wow, what a gorgeous set Anne! I just love the blue and white with the dainty floral patterns, reminds me so much of the dish set that my Mom used to keep locked up in the cabinet! Love the frill you added to the dress form, feminine and stylish! hugs :)

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  13. Beautiful projects Anne, love your card and the button box is cute Karen x

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  14. Oh wow Anne, this is beyond clever! The stamping on the fabric looks amazing and I just love how you have put this whole matching set together, - just wonderful!

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  15. Well, Anne, what can I say? Both the card and pincushion you have made are superb. You have captured the Challenge theme so well in both . I thought the background on your card was paper when I first saw it and am really 'wowed' to learn its stamping on fabric . What an incredible result! Love the skirt around your dress form too - it gives wonderful dimension to your card .
    As for the pin cushion well I adore it and such a creative way of using the cookie box die . Thank you so much for being kind enough to share how you made it , I may have a go at one myself one day.
    You totally nailed this challenge theme Anne and as always you never fail to inspire.
    Hope you have a lovely sunny weekend.
    big hugs xx

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  16. Brilliant to stamp your own fabric and make what you want...I LOVE the choices! The pin cushion is fabulous, and love the tutu!!! Gorgeous makes!

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  17. Love both of these Anne! The pin cushion is darling and the card so very sweet. Beautifully made, both. So clever to stamp on the fabric, reminds me too of china set. I reckon you can craft fabulously with just about anything. Nicola x

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  18. Such gorgeous colours Anne for two fabulous projects. The stamping on the fabric is jut stunning! and your talent in creating the pin cushion is just amazing! What a fabulous interpretation of our challenge this month. Inspired !!! Jennie x

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  19. This is wonderful anne ... and i spy another stamp i need!!! Amazing printing on the fabric... beautiful work altogether! Big hugs rachel x

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  20. Oh, you've stolen my heart with these! (much more so than the octopus!!!) My 2nd craft love was quilting, and the card with all the sewing memorabilia is just so lovely and old-fashioned...just my kind of thing. Clever you to add in the pin cushion to add to the impressive WOW factor! Love the way you've done up this dress form with the gauzy skirt, all the sewing embellies, the wonderful background and stitching. Distressing the pretty blue around...oh I just love it all!!! Another well detailed project! You rocked this one fer sure!! TFS & Happy wkend.

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  21. Totally forgot to say the fabric stamping was VERY impressive too! (I have tons of muslin - and lots of these large background stamps!). Inspiring indeed what you've shown here!

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  22. This is such a stunning card and pincushion, Annie! I love that you made your pincushion a "Buttons" container for Jenny's challenge!! And your dress form is stylin'!! Hugs, Darnell xxoo

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  23. I want to know, is there anything you can't do!!! Your card is delightful and the skirt is really a fashion statement. Love the little scissors! A button box with pincushion - great idea. Wonderful, wonderful post Anne - and a very American Happy Mother's Day to you!
    Sandy xx

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  24. Genius! A card, a pin cushion and a lovely end result! Wowzers! The blue stenciling on the fabric reminds me of fine china and is so delicate and feminine. Your card is full of sew many wonderful elements! Fantabulously stunning and awesome sauce! Hugz to you muffin! ~Niki

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  25. Oh, Anne - double delights! I love your monochrome bluesy palette - and the fabric stamping looks just stunning. Wonderful creations for the theme!
    Alison x

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  26. Your bespoke fabric is outstanding and imaginative Anne and I love the delicate card you've created to match. As ever you rise to a challenge and make it your own xx

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  27. What a wonderful creation! Love how you created your own fabric ! The card is fantastic love blue and white! ! Barbara

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  28. Oh how wonderful - this pair is fabulous Anne and sure makes me want to sew p something beautiful. I love your color combo and attention to detail here. Great inspiration! Hugs, Autumn

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  29. You have such a talent with your sewing machine Anne. Your projects are beautiful and the stamping onto your fabric is a great extra finishing touch.
    Julie x

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  30. Two gorgeous projects ...... love your stamped fabric. Xx

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  31. This project is so adorable Anne. What a great idea to make the cute gift and a matching card. I love the colors you used and how everything works so well together. S@ndy xx

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  32. Wowzers! I love how that background stamp looks stamped in blue and your gorgeous quilted buttons box is fabulous!

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  33. Well I love the colors and both projects are beautiful!

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Thanks so much for visiting, I love reading your comments! Hugs, Anne x

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