Showing posts with label Brenda Pinnick. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Brenda Pinnick. Show all posts

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Die Cutting Paper: A Beautiful Bird Ornament

Quite simply, I have been having a ball with my Sizzix BigShot Pro. I was a little intimidated by it at first but soon I decided that it was just a really big die cut machine that has the capacity to cut some really cool materials. I love the mat board that Sizzix makes, it is lightweight yet sturdy and paints up very nicely. When I ran out last week, I decided to try and cut foam core board with the BigShot Pro and was amazed at the results.

I used the Beautiful Bird die to create some unique hand painted ornaments. Die cutting the foam board with the BigShot Pro was easy. Imagine all the birds you can get from one sheet of foam core board that generally costs less than $2.00.

After die cutting my pieces, I used a craft to trim any rough edges on the foam.

I painted the shapes using DecoArt's Antique White acrylic paint.

I applied two coats to the ornaments and let them dry on both the back and front. I applied Warm White to a large ornate foam stamp. Tip- You can also apply paint to the stamp using a cosmetic sponge.

I stamped the bird in random places on both sides of the bird shape and wings. I added some script on the bird and wings with Staz-On ink. I also added a black dot, made with the end of a paintbrush.

Not being one to pass up embellishing, I cut several flowers from red wool felt.

Stack multiple flower layers together adhering them together with fabric glue. Attach the wings with adhesive glue lines.

This ornaments can be made to hung year round or for a unique Christmas tree decoration. Thanks for letting me share.

Live Life Creatively,

Surfaces: foam core board
Fabric: Wool Felt- red
Stamps: ornate foam stamp; script stamp
Paint: DecoArt Americana Acrylics- Antique White, Warm White, Lamp Black
Ink: StazOn- black
Adhesive: Aleene's Tacky Lines; fabric glue
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Monday, May 28, 2012

Burlap Pillow with Sizzix Die Cuts

Burlap is hot! I used my Sizzix BigShot die cutting machine and dies to create this is easy and surprisingly quick pillow case cover. Bright fabrics combined with burlap plus Sizzix die cut shapes equals a fun Summer look.

Here is what you will need to make this pillow:

12" x 12" Square pillow form
1 yard burlap
fat quarters of four coordinating fabrics- I used green with pink polka dots, pink damask print, beige with brown script, and a funky colorful print
Black wool felt- about a 8" square
Fusible webbing
Embellishment of choice for flower center
Fabric Glue
Sewing machine and thread, iron and pressing surface, ruler, marker, hand sewing needle and thread

First, use the iron and pressing surface to fuse the fabrics and wool felt to the fusible webbing. Ensure that you are not using a steam setting on your iron.

After your fabrics have been fused, you are now ready to begin die cutting out your shapes with the BigShot machine. Choose a letter from the serif essentials dies. Cut a piece of fused black wool felt to the size needed to cut the letter from the die. Since letters are directional, make sure you are cutting paper side up. You don't want your letter to be facing the wrong direction.

The same applied to the bird, I knew that I wanted my bird to facing right, so I cut him out paper side up as well. Since the flowers are not directional, it doesn't matter what side your fabric faces when die cutting.

Now make a nice little house shape to hold all your die cut shapes. I used a 6" x 6 1/2" cardstock template to trace the house on the paper backing of the fused webbing.

Do the same for the roof. Use a ruler or straight edge to create a triangular shapes roof top.

Cut out these shapes with a pair of scissors and peel away the paper backing.

Cut two 13" x 13" pieces of burlap. If you are using another sized pillow form, simply add an 1" to the size so that when you sew the back and front together, you have a 1/2" seam allowance. Once you have the burlap pieces cut out, you can position your pieces in the center of one of the squares and fuse in place with the iron. For the wing, I freehand cut a teardrop shape from the remaining black wool felt, instead of using the wing on the die cut.

Now its time to begin sewing. I created a stem for my flower using several straight stitches in a contrasting "color" such as black.

Use free form stitching to sew the flower layers in place. You are not aiming for perfect circles here, but for more of a scrappy mixed media look.

Use a straight stitch to stitch all of the pieces in place by sewing 1/4" from the edge of each shape. For the monogram, stitch in the center to secure in place on the pillow.

I used a zig zag stitch between the house and roof.

Once all of your pieces have been stitched in place. Place the right sides of the pillow together.

Straight stitch the left, top and right sides together using a 1/2" seam allowance, leaving the bottom open for turning. Press the sides open with the iron set on a high steam setting.

Turn the pillow right sides out and insert the pillow form.

Sew the bottom closed using the hand needle and thread with a whip stitch. Finally, use the fabric glue to adhere a pretty flower center to the flower layers.

Apply fabric glue to the center of the flower.

Adhere an embellishment to the center of the fabric flower.

Thanks for letting me share my burlap pillow tutorial with you. I hope you learned how easy it is to create fun home decor with Sizzix!

Live Life Creatively,
additional supplies: 12" x 12" Square pillow form; 1 yard burlap; fat quarters of four coordinating fabrics; black wool felt 8" sq.; fusible webbing; sewing machine and thread; iron and pressing surface; ruler; marker; hand sewing needle and thread; and embellishment of choice for flower center.
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Sunday, April 22, 2012

Fluffy Bird, Spring Ornament

I love making ornaments! Anyone who knows me, will tell you just that. They are super fun to create, you can make them to fit any Holiday or theme and you can display them anywhere in your home, all year round. 

When I saw this adorable Fluffy Bird die, I knew I had to have it, and I knew I was going to create an ornament with it. Below, I have included some step-by-step instructions to help guide you in making your own. I hope you enjoy!

To create my fluffy bird ornament, I used the Sizzix Big Shot, Sizzix Fluffy Bird and Tiny Tabs / Tags.  I used Moda Bonnie & Camille Vintage Modern fabric as well as coordinating wool felt.

Starting with the fluffy bird die and your Sizzix Big Shot, fold fabric in half, with right sides together and die-cut. This will make two sides. Fold felt in half as well, placing the crease end of the felt at the end of the "wing."  Die-cut using your Big Shot (a Vagabond will also work).  When the wing is cut you will be able to unfold it and have 1 complete "wing". Repeat this step, so you have two "wings".

With right sides together, pin the body of the bird and sew around the body leaving an opening at the bottom.

When you're finished sewing, turn the body right side out and stuff using poly fiberfill.  Use a skewer to push the fiberfill into the corners. When finished stuffing, hand stitch the bottom of the bird closed, and set aside.

For the wings, place both wings together, and using 3 strands of floss, stitch a blanket stitch around the wings leaving a small opening.  Lightly stuff the wings with fiberfill.  Finish your blanket stitch all the way around.

Now your bird is complete. All that's left to do is embellish. Referring to the finished photos above, I created two "legs" from wire and adhered them to the bird using Fabri-Tac glue. While waiting for the legs to dry, apply a rub on to a small circular tag, die-cut from the Tiny Tabs & Tags die, which has been stained with walnut ink.  Wrap gingham ribbon around the tops of the legs, slip the tag and a rusty bell through the ribbon and tie closed, then secure also with a safety pin, to assure that the ribbon won't slip.

For the wings, I threaded a piece of bakers twine through the wings, tied it in a knot underneath, then glued the wings to the body using Fabri-Tac glue. To finish, sew mini buttons to the head for the eyes. Voila!! Your fluffy bird ornament is finished and you can sit back and admire what you've just created!

I hope this inspires you to create your own!
misc. supplies: ribbon, twine, safety pin, buttons, natural wrapped wire, rusty bell, thread, and sewing machine. 
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