Friday, November 26, 2010

Sparkly Fun Friday -- Less Sparkles, More Fun... and a Sale!

Sparkly Fun Fridays features a sparkly or glittery project using shimmer paints, embossing powders, glitters, rhinestones... anything shiny to welcome the weekend in a fun way!!!

Hi everyone,

I wasn't in the mood for sparkles or glitter today... can you believe that?! Plus, I had this idea roaming around in my head so I thought you wouldn't mind if I strayed from the usual Friday post. And get this: I sewed!!! Yes!!! Me! The one that has a love/hate relationship with her sewing machine. I took my courage and dug out my Sew Mini. Up until now, I was very happy to leave all that sewing to my partner in crime, Gen. And my mind is not usually geared towards "haute couture" projects but for some strange reason, this idea came to me during one of my late nights working.

So I dug out Card à la Carte's Cute and Cubby Tutorial (yes, I needed to follow my own instructions!) and modified it to add a cover.

Please don't look at it my sewing too closely... it is far from being perfect. But I didn't do too much of a bad job considering that I don't sew. So, as I was saying, I added a cover because I wanted my Cute and Cubby to look like a present. I also added a satin ribbon to form a bow over the cover and made only one pocket adorned with a flower.

What's inside, you ask? That's what got me thinking in the first place.

Coasters! Made with remnants of the fabric and the Scallop Circles #2 Bigz Die for the Big Shot!!! I also sandwiched some batting in between the two layers of fabric ... actually, I didn't have any batting so I used Swiffer Refills - HAHAHA! Talk about being creative! Then I just over-stitched all the layers.

What do you think?! Not bad for an inexperienced sewer, right?! And if I can do this... EVERYONE can do it!

Then I went a step further and thought to add a pocke to my Cute and Cubby and where you can put glass rings. You know, those things that lets you keep track of your glass when you're at a party so you don't accidently drink out of other people's beverage? I made mine out of a stamped image from  Stampin' Up!'s Just Believe Stamp Set and shrink plastic. I stamped with Black StazOn and colored them all a different color with permanent markers.

So all in all, this makes for a VERY SPECIAL GIFT for that very special someone at Christmas. I also added a some cocktail napkins in a coordinating color to complete the whole thing. 

Oh, and that cute fabric is the Candy Cane Christmas from the Holidays Mini Catalog from Stampin' Up! 

2nd Oh... Plus, it's on special right now: 6.25$ instead of 12.50$ -- that's 50% off!!! Win-win! Just send me an email if you'd like to order the fabric.

On the front pocket, I added a fabric flower made with the same Scallop Circles Die #2. Fun, fun, fun!!!

I hope this idea inspires you to create Christmas gifts. After all, there's nothing that says "I love you" more than an handmade gift! If you're interested in the Cute and Cubby Tutorial, now's the time to grab it. All of Card à la Carte's tutorials are discounted until Monday night, 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time.

Have a happy Black Friday everyone !!!