New Fabric Alert – Faux Suede by Spoonflower

IMG_2877Spoonflower have recently added a new fabric to their repertoire and it’s going to be a hit, let me tell you! Their new faux suede is an upholstery weight, 54″ wide, napped fabric with a stain-resistant finish. Basically that means it is the ideal choice for covering chairs, cushions, stools, ottomans, benches and any other upholstery project you can think of. Not only that, it has proved a success for making beautiful bags and totes and even clothing, giving projects a luxurious and tactile finish. I used it to whip up this quick Kindle case, and with a little of Pellon’s Fusible Fleece between the layers, it’s extremely padded and protective.

Of course, it’s also the perfect fabric to test out your Fiskars Amplify Fabric Shears!IMG_2903

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Cardboard Box Arcade

IMG_1547We are well into the throws of summer here, and between trips to the beach, swimming lessons, picnics and playdates, my kids are always looking for an opportunity to be creative at home. Having the kids work on making a cardboard box arcade will provide hours of fun and entertainment as well make memories to last a lifetime. My children are able to do most of this with minimal supervision from me, but if your kids are smaller, you may want to help with cutting cardboard boxes as they can be very tough!

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Create Behind the Seams ~ Winners!

The past month has been an exciting one as we got to see the wonderful entries into our Create Behind the Seams challenge we’ve been hosting with Pellon. The contest drew to a close yesterday, and it’s my pleasure to announce the first, second and third place winners today! All winners were picked at random from among the entries.CBTSwinnersWinners, please check the blog post at Pellon, who are collecting shipping info so that we can get your prizes packages sent to you!

Want to see what they won?!?

FIRST PRIZE – @sonwar5
Full set of Amplify Fabric Shears (3 pairs)
Rotary cutter12″ x 18″ cutting mat & acrylic ruler.
1 Queen-Sized Package Pellon® Nature’s Touch® Natural Cotton Batting
1 pkg Pellon® SF101 Shape-Flex®
1 pkg Pellon® 987F Fusible Fleece
1 pkg Pellon® EZ25S EZ-Steam® II
1 pkg Pellon® Perfect Loft® Cluster Fiber Fill
1 pkg Pellon® 70 Peltex® Sew-In
1 pkg 542S® Pellon® Stick-N-Washaway™

SECOND PRIZE – @icouldbefake
Full set of Amplify Fabric Shears (3 pairs)
1 Twin-Sized Package Pellon® Nature’s Touch® Natural Cotton Batting
1 pkg Pellon® SF101 Shape-Flex®
1 pkg Pellon® 987F Fusible Fleece
1 pkg Pellon® 100R Vinyl Fuse™
1 pkg Pellon® 808 Craft-Fuse®

THIRD PRIZE – @trashn2tees
Rotary Cutter and Titanium Rotary Blades (2 pack)
1 Crib-Sized Package Pellon® Nature’s Touch® Natural Cotton Batting
1 pkg Pellon® EZ25S EZ-Steam® II
1 pkg Pellon® SF101 Shape-Flex®

If you’d like to see all the entries in our challenge, check out this collage or search #createbehindtheseams on Instagram.

cbts-entrants

Stencil technique – with punches

IMG_4170Playing around with my new Fern Lever Punch the other day led me to come up with a stenciling technique that I had a lot of fun with and the more intricate the punch design, the better.

Start out by punching out your design from a scrap of card stock. IMG_4143Put the punched shapes to one side for a future project as you’re actually going to use the remaining card stock as the stencil. Place the stencil on a second piece of card stock and add color. I used an ink pad, but you could use gelatos, markers, water colors…

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