Monday, August 15, 2016

Awesome Paris Gift Bag!

I am honored to be on DIY Design Studio™  first Design Team with the other talented artist/designers: Trish Alger, Trisha Neal, Stephanie Siatta and Jean Moore.  Today I hope to live up to the expectations of this company and team. 

My first DIY project is upcycling my husband's jeans! About 3 weeks ago he was about to throw them in the trash... I told him they were too good to throw away!  He said, they are frayed and getting holes.  I replied, what better pair of jeans to make things from.  Here is my first project from his jeans!

Old pair of Jeans
Lace - 1 1/2 to 2 inches wide
Ribbon & Twine
Sewing Machine
Straight Pins
Paper Towel
Spray adhesive
Painters tape
Measure the jeans before cutting, use a bottle about the size you would like to use your bag for.  Here I have a bottle of wine.

Draw lines to guide when cutting directly on the jeans, this lines will not show when you are finished. 

Spray the back side of the Paris Stencil with spray adhesive, let set a minute before laying on the jeans, this will allow the adhesive to become tacky, not permanent.  This helps keep the paint from seeping under the stencil. Once you have the Paris Stencil in place use painters tape around the edges to keep the stencil in place.
Use Dixie Belle Paint - Flamingo with a dry brush and dab the paint over the stencil.  DO NOT use a brush saturated in paint, if it looks like there is too much paint on the brush dab the brush on a paper towel before applying to the stencil.  Let the paint set for a few minutes, dry to the touch. 
Next, highlight the stenciled image with  Dixie Belle Paint - Butter Cream. Use a very dry brush, wipe extra paint off brush on a paper towel before applying to the jeans.

Let the paint set for a few minutes, then remove tape and Paris Stencil, wash the stencil immediately after removing from jeans.   Let set over night!

I didn't have any lace that matched my painted jeans.  I made my own matching lace by painting it with Dixie Belle Paint - Flamingo!  Be sure to use a very dry brush when painting, after dipping my brush in the paint I dabbed it on a paper towel to get off any excess paint.  Let dry.

When the jeans & lace are dry sew the lace onto the jeans.  Pin the to the inside of the bottom of the jeans.  Use a heavy duty needle on the sewing machine as you will have to sew over some hefty jean seams.   

Carefully & slowly sew the lace on all the way around the bottom of the jeans.The frayed bottom of the jeans give the bag some character!

Now of the bottom of the bag, sew along the raw edge.  I did a straight stitch then a zigzag to keep the bottom from fraying and to be it was sturdy for the heavy bottle I might put in it!

Next create a flat bottom in the bag, with the bag inside out fold the bottom flat so that you have a point at one corner.  For my bag I used my large see-thru ruler to get a the seam in the middle to the two edges.  Draw a line and pin to keep the front and back side aligned. Repeat on the other side. 

Sew a straight stich where you drew the line on both sides. Now your bag should have two feet!

When you turn the bag inside out it should have a squared off bottom, as pictured below. 

Now the bag is ready to add twine, ribbon and an Eiffel Tower charm!!

Hope I have inspired you to create your own Dixie Belle painted gift bags!

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Box Cards!!!

I love sending these little box cards... people are so surprised when they open them!  They are not that hard to make.  I wonder why I haven't made more of them!

Robin's Nest Clear on Blue Swirl Glitter Cardstock
Robin's Nest Fleur Plum Cardstock
Sea Horse Glitter Chipboard
Dew Drops Water
Small Starfish
Double Sided Tape
Tacky Glue
Paper Cutter

Cut the Blue Swirl Glitter Card Stock 8 1/2 x 5 1/2, then score at 2, 4, 6 and 8 inches.  Then turn the paper and score in half (2 3/4 inches).

Cut off on of the 1/2 inch tabs and notch the remaining one (see image).

Fold all score lines.  To make the box add adhesive to the tab (the right side or the side with the glitter) fold the box and press flat, with the opposite side on box on the taped tab, press hard.

Form the Blue Swirl Glitter Card Stock cut two 2 3/4 by 3 inches squares, these are for the inside foundation of the box.  With the 3 inch side of the square at the top of your ScorPal score on the 1/2 inch and 2 1/2 inches.

Adhere the foundation pieces to the inside of the box as pictured (note: if they are a little off like mine, it is OK).  Most important is to make sure the box is able to close flat. 

Next from a contrasting paper, I am using Fleur Plum Cardstock, cut three pieces slightly smaller (depending on how much of a border you would like around them) than the flaps are 2 3/4 by 3 inches.  Adhere to the flaps.  Cut slightly smaller than 5 x2 inches for the back of the box from the Blue Swirl Glitter Card Stock, adhere to the inside back of the box.


Use tacky glue to adhere one of the Sea Horse Glitter Chipboard to the back.

The second and third Sea Horsed will be attached to the two foundations pieces, using tacky glue on their tails.  The fourth is adhered to the front flap, aligning the tail with the bottom of the flap.  Before they are dry, be sure the card can fold flat and nothing sticks out the sides... if it does the card will not fit in the envelope!

Add Dew Drops Water for a little bling and  Small Starfish to the three panels!  Also if you like add a little bling to the outside of the box.

Since the fourth seahorse's head sticks above the fold when I mail the card I will not flip that panel up.  Now it is ready to put in the envelope! Using the measurements of my card this will fit in an A2 envelope.  Since I have the Dew Drops Water and Small Starfish on the outside of the box I would not mail this in the US mail unless it was inside a box or something to protect it... the metering machine a the post office would eat this card up!  You can write a short message on the back of the box... or I usually include a tag with a message!

When the recipient opens the envelope they have a beautiful box card!


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Thursday, August 4, 2016

Awesome Star Book made with Robin's Nest Papers

Star Books make great gifts, coffee table books or center pieces on a table!  Once you make one of these you will be addicted!  I love making them with Robin' s Nest Cardstock since there are so many coordinating colors.  When I make a book I love to use a mix of pattern papers the are monochromatic patterns: Honeycomb Daisy Glitter CardstockHoneycomb Fleur Cardstock and
Tropicana Fleur Cardstock were a perfect combination for this book.  Also I like to use two sided papers since you can see the back of the paper in the finished book... Let's start!!!

Chipboard - 2 pieces 4" x 4"
About 30 inches of ribbon
Double-side tape
Glue stick

Honeycomb Daisy Glitter Cardstock 3 sheets
Honeycomb Fleur Cardstock 4 sheets
Tropicana Fleur Cardstock 3 sheets

The Robin's Nest Embellishments
Paris Fleur Glitter Chipboard
Time Flies Rub-on
Rosy Cards Ephemera

Cardstock Cutting instructions
3 sheets of Tropicana Fleur cut to 7 pieces 8" x 4"
3 sheets of Honeycomb Daisy Glitter cut to 7 pieces 6-1/2" x 4"
3 sheets of Honeycomb Fleur cut to 7 pieces 5-1/2" x 4"
1 sheet of Honeycomb Fleur cut to 2 pieces 5-1/2" x 5-1/2" to cover chipboard

Tip when using pattern paper that has any writing pay close attention to the direction the paper is facing before taping.


From one sheet of the Honeycomb Fleur cardstock cut to 2 pieces 5-1/2" x 5-1/2" this will be the cover of your book. Use glue stick to adhere your 5-1/2 x 5-1/2 pieces of patterned Honeycomb Fleur to your chipboard. Cut corners diagonally for an easier fold. Fold over and adhere each side to chipboard.

Cut your remaining pieces of Tropicana Fleur, Honeycomb Daisy Glitter and Honeycomb Fleur as stated above. You will have seven pieces of each size.

Fold all pieces exactly in half.

Starting with your 5-1/2 x 4" Tropicana Fleur cardstock, adhere double-sided tape to the back side, 4” side only. Line the edge of one of the taped one with one of the 6-1/2 x 3-1/2 Honeycomb Daisy Glitter cardstock (middle sized).

Repeat on the other side so that the Tropicana Fleur cardstock is adhered to the Honeycomb Daisy Glitter on both sides. They should gap a bit in the middle.

Repeat until all the Tropicana Fleur cardstock has been adhered to the Honeycomb Daisy Glitter cardstock in this manner.

Next, adhere double-sided tape to the back side the 4” edge of the Honeycomb Daisy Glitter cardstock . Try to place it as close to the edge as possible.


Line up the edge of the Honeycomb Daisy Glitter cardstock with the 4” edge of the Honeycomb Fleur cardstock. Do this on both sides. Repeat until all seven sections are finished.

You are now going to adhere all seven sections together, leaving the ends to attach to the covers. Place your double-sided tape on the outside of the Honeycomb Fleur cardstock as shown, right along that 4” edge as close to the edge as possible. Place the next section right on top of the adhesive being careful to make sure to line your edges up.

Note the sections are only adhered at edge of the cardstock and are not adhered in the center of the book.

Adhere the ribbon to the insides of your covers, leaving a gap of about a half inch to allow for the thickness of the book. Adhere the covers to each side of your star book so that the ribbon will be on the inside.

NOW Decorate the inside pages of your mini album adding photos and embellishments: Paris Fleur Glitter Chipboard, Time Flies Rub-on and Rosy Cards Ephemera.

Hope I have inspired you to make a monochromatic project with The Robin's Nest cardstock!