Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Sew Cute

I can finally justify my button collection. Yessss. In a recent sewing class at Mama Said Sew (the coolest, funkiest sewing store in Fort Collins), I learned how to make clutches/wallets from the very talented (and patient) Katie.


I wanted to end up with something neutral that would go with a lot, so I chose a camel color felt (which is wool, and very durable I might add). Katie advised me to go with a contrasting interior, and I found the fun aqua cloth in their fat quarters suitcase, and knew “it” was the one. I fished the vintage button out of their $1 bowl by the register, added some vintage lace from my stash…and I was set.




Katie made the suggestion to add the lace on the pocket-and I love it!
I will certainly be making some more of these, I think they would make nice gifties, and they can easily be made larger if you use an additional piece of two of felt (I’m thinking cute envelope style larger clutch-yes!!). If you do the smaller size as shown here, two fat quarters ought to make two clutches…and you could switch it up and put fabric on the outside, and the felt on the inside-soooo many possibilities. A very fun, quick, inexpensive way to freshen up your fall wardrobe. I’m all over this.


I’d love to hear what fun things you’ve been making, ‘tis the season (to create!)

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

my own Corona commercial

So, I'm contemplating changing the way I scrap. Right now, I pick an album (or project), and scrap those photos beginning to end. The problem is, I get a little bored, and it starts to become tedious instead of fun. I think of all of the wonderful photos of more recent things and everyday life that I would LOVE to scrapbook, but can't, because I'm in the middle of xyz project. So...after this vacation album is done, I'm going to start scrapbooking in a non-chronological order. I'm sure there's a name for that, if anyone knows what it is let me know.


So, I'm one photo closer to being done with the St. Kitts album. This photo has always reminded me of the Corona commercials, with the sound of the ocean, the birds fishing, and the calmness...it was great.

I tried a few new things on this page-I used glimmer mist on the naked chipboard (a first for me, and I like it!!). I also used one of my new stamps from the stamp show (Rubbernecker Stamps), it's the torn cheesecloth stamp in the upper right hand corner. I also used my new Tim Holtz distressing tool, which I like very much but it is challenging on thin paper. I kept this page pretty simple, and if I would have done it all in one sitting it would have gone pretty quick. The sticker at the bottom of the photo is one that my husband got me years ago, when he gave me some scrapbooking goodies and a gift certificate to Treasure Box for Christmas, I have the sweetest hubby.
 
 
I am now gearing up for fall and am looking forward to some good quality creative time this weekend. I have so many ideas swirling in my head, it's time to put them to paper, so to speak. I also need to get in gear with starting some Christmas gifts, I'm making a lot of them this year!!

How about you, are you making any gifts this year? I would love to hear what you have planned!

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Sweet dreams bohemian card

I love fall, I mean I really love fall. But there's a piece of me that's just not quite ready to let go of summer yet. Maybe it's because I never made it to a baseball game, or the water park, or because I never tire of sitting on the porch enjoying the fresh, non-air-conditioned air and sweet flowers. This card is a last tribute to summer, it seems!


I had a bit of this vintage lace in my stash (from Mama Said Sew, where else?) and it went perfectly with this paper-I'm loving that rich green, it's unusual in a lace! I hand ruffled it, and it was ready to go! I also knew I wanted to use pearls, but mine were just plain...so I dyed them with ink, and they matched perfectly. The placement of the pearls in a soft sweeping arc near the sentiment was a last minute inspiration, and I love how it breaks up the lines on the card.



I experimented a bit on the inside with the scalloped photo corners, and I love that it carries on the sweetness of the card to the inside! The inside paper is lightly distressed (of course).


Fall has certainly inspired many projects around here, how about you? How does fall inspire you?

Thursday, September 2, 2010

One month...and counting!

One month ago, Kiss of Whimsy was launched. During this time I have learned...a lot. Everything from the technical aspect of running an Etsy store and blog to promoting my creative works (when sometimes I'm shy about them to begin with), it has all been a whole different experience.

In honor of this first month, I thought I would share a project with you that really kicked this whole thing off. I created some tags as part of a raffle for one of my favorite non-profits (www.PartnersMentoringYouth.org). I was in charge of the whole wine display (do I have photos you ask? No, sadly I don't). But I do have photos of the tags I created. I initially made three versions, varying the background script, to see which one I liked best-and found that I really liked all three versions! So, out of the 75 tags I made, I split them equally amongst the three versions, and got inky. I mean, my fingers were literally stained for days...I was a little embarrassed to shake people's hands in my day job, but oh well. It's all for charity, right?


Copper script
Plumeria script


Gold script

Tag (with gold script) on a bottle of yummy Vintages wine

Back of tags (blank and with options)
My favorites are actually the tags with the plumeria (reddish) ink, but I thought if these were around the necks of all of the wine bottles, it sent a subtle message that all of the wine was red wine...so the gold and copper were a nice mix. On the back went some clear Avery office labels, printed with the name of who donated the wine, a value, and in some cases a description of the wine. At the event I talked to a local store owner (her store is LOVELY), and she admitted she had touched every single one of the wine tags (that's a good sign, right??). Then she found out I had created them. :) 

For this photo shoot, a local shop named Vintages lent me some of their bottles to display the tags on. Vintages is such a unique place, you can blend (or not blend) your own wines, they bottle it for you, and you can even choose your own custom labels! They had some really neat ones for weddings that I eyeballed while they were preparing my bottles. Vintages also supports many local charities, so all the better-a fully invested member of the community!

How have charitable works inspired your creations? I would love to see what you have come up with!