my cricut goes paperless…

hi all!

i hope your week has been off to a good start!  i had meant to have this posted this morning but we got a call from our next door neighbor to go to Loudoun Sports Bounce with another neighbor and all the kidlets.  we had not been before and it was FUN.  well for pez – i don’t get to actually play on it 😛  it is basically a warehouse with a bunch of giant inflatables to jump in, climb on, slide down – how cool is that??

then we tried to make a kid’s garden stepping stones from one of those kits ya know?  WOW did that not go well.  it hardened before i could get it mixed much less smoothed, handprinted and embedded with the fabulous gems that came with it.  i am thinking real cement would be easier.  hubby said he would help.

we also dropped off my entry into a local fiber crafts show and contest.  each person is given a fat quarter of fabric by our local quilt shop – Web Fabrics – the BEST fabric store EVER.  then we have to make something and some piece of that fabric has to appear in the project.  how fun right?!?!  so that is what i am going to show you today!

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i decided to make a book bag for pezza:

**SQUEAL** – i just ADORE this fabric!  it is actually two different fabrics obviously.  i started by ironing ultra bond onto the back of the fabric so i could cut it on my Cricut.  I used the Songbird cartridge for the letter flowers and the bird on a branch.  i cut the name plate with my nesties (yep they cut fabric!)  i used Ashlyn for the lettering – i made a stencil using vinyl.

the bag is a plain canvas bag from Michaels – i think i paid $1 for it.  i started by stamping randomly with some Inkadinkado Stamps and VersaCraft ink – versacraft ROCKS for fabric stamping and is permanent after heat setting it with an iron or heat gun.  Next I ironed on my die cuts.  i cut them from paper first so i could space them and size them correctly – i know some folks would do this on DS or gypsy.  next i used some Viva Decor Pearl Pens to seal the edges f the fabric really well – in case i need to wash this bag it will be washable.  i did pezza’s name by putting my vinyl cut out onto the nesties fabric cut with contact paper and then smoothed on Viva Pearl black pen.  now my fave part – the little layered flowers.  i used some fabric and some AMAZING felt from papertrey inc.  i sewed the layers together by hand along with the button center.

Final touches – the bag came with AWFUL nylon straps.  i wanted to replce them.  then i melted one and the decision was made.  off came the nylon and on went the fabric straps!  i also add the matching ribbon around the top using ultra bond.

i liked this so much i am thinking about making a lady bug one!

ok i am off to play with crazy miss!


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5 Responses

  1. How creative can you get! This is FAB, luv it…crazy miss? ohhhhhh, wonder where that comes from! lol, you are a great Mom!

  2. Oh, this is so pretty!

  3. Nice bag!

  4. Marti, love the bag! You’ll have to let us know how you do in the contest. Good luck!
    I didn’t know you could cut fabric with nesties—-now you’ve given me something else in the long list of things I want to try!

  5. Great bag Marti! Great thought about fixing for those times it just needs to be washed 🙂

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