sew colorful...

We have a break from school for a week and I embraced the time to create...

If feels sooo good ! 

One of my friends, Dorien, became 50 yesterday ! I told her she has still the half of her life to live, so we had to celebrate this special  birthday :)


For her past birthdays, new yearsgifts,... I always made her something pink, sewing related or with a corset, I stick to that tradition so she can "collect" my gifts.:)


I made her a tagcard, based on the tag from Tim Holtz tagdie and the easeldie so it can stand up.


For the background I inked a detailed stamp with white ink and dryed it with the heatgun. When you overink with distress inks the white resists and shows the stamp subtle in the background.



A textstamp in pink added even more interest to the background.


Even me, at 47, finally needs "glitter", never thought I would like glitter, but I do love it on cards :)

I cut out "50" from cardboard with 2 sided-tape on with the worddie and added pink glitter.


I cut out 3 buttons with the "sewing" die of Tim Holtz out of shrinkplastic, inked them with permanent black ink and stamped the lacestamp on the shrinkplastic. And then I shrunk the plastic with my heatgun : voila, custommade lace mini-buttons.


The dressform is also made with a cutout from shrinkpaper. I love how the lacestamps come out on this.

One of the techniques I learned the students in my workshop past week is to overstamp an inked background. Much nicer to see then just an inked scroll.

A paperflower made with very thin old musicpaper adds some texture to the tag.


I while ago I bought the matchbookdie... but haven't used it yet. Time to USE what I have in my supplies ! 


I pinned Tammy Tutterows "for my love" matchbook a long time ago, so she was an inspiration to get started.


My friend loves sewing too, so I made her a little book to hold her sewingneedles together.

The matchbook was cut out with the matchbook die out of grungepaper.

I colored the grungepaper with distress stains in pink and the white one.

When it was dry I stamped on it with a lacestamp ànd embossed it with an embossingfolder with "fabricprint".


With the laceborderdie of Tim Holtz  I cut out a little border of white paper and aged it with distress inks.

I pricked little holes under the border and connected the dots with a white pen so it looks like it's stitched.


The dressform was made the same way I did on the birthdaytag.

A stamp of "sewingneedles" from Oxford impressions and a metal scissorembellisment finishes off the front.


On the inside I added pages in felt to put the needles on. I only got gray felt and I colored it with dylusionsspray "bubblegum pink" to match the book.

The edges got some decoration with an edge die.


Half of the present is how it is presented..

I put the gift in a bag, added tissuetape on top ànd one of my favorite Pinterestfinds : an easy to make flower ! 


This was fun to make, so ... I made more ! 

I found out both grungepaper as grungeboard work perfect for these sewingbook. 

You could make them from sturdy paper, but this sewingneedlebooks needs to be sturdy because they will be used a lot.

I think that waxed paper would be a good alternative, but I have to try that out in the future.


All the distressinks work perfect on the grungpaper/ grungeboard, so I made some really colorful :)

This one is made from grungepaper and embossed with a buttonembossingfolder.


The heartbuttons are my favorite on this one.

Hearts were cut out with the movers and shapers heartsdie from shrinkplastic.


I stamped stitches with a permanent black and reddish ink ( Stazon). I punched large holes in them and then shrunk them with the heatgun.

I overinked the back of the buttons with white permanent ink to make them stand out more from the background because they are clear.

A blue bear-needlesbook...

On this book and the next one I used dotted grungeboard I have  in my stash for .. years... but didn't find a good use for it until now.


After coloring with blues of the distress stains, I stamped over it ( after drying) with a permanent white ink and a little dotsstamp.

I did the same on the next book but then in red.


No shrinkplastic this time for the buttons, but plain paper...

I stamped bearstamps with permanent black ink on heavy paper.

Looking through the circlepunch I looked for nice details and then punched three circles. 


I punched little holes so I could stitch them later to the grungeboard.


All images were colored with distress markers.

I have these for almost a year, but don't use them very much. I still prefer/ preferred the few copic markers I had for coloring, or using the distress stains with a waterbrush to color in.


The distressmarkers often leave strokes when you color and you can hardly blend them. The paper starts pilling often too.


But that changed :)


On Tim' last video on distress markers ( distress marker coloring here) I learned that it all depends on the paper you use and the distressmarkers DO blend, but only on good watercolorpaper which I don't have.


BUT.. Tim showed another technique... Picking up a drop of water with the distressmarker and then start coloring. You start light but end up with your usual color of the distressmarker.

I tried this out and it works perfect on my cheap paper ! 


I could create different shades in my coloring and I love how this technique worked ! 


After drying I added four layers of UTEE on the circles which create the glossy buttoneffect.


Isn't that bearbutton cute ???


I love this technique to create my own embellishments.

Another needlebook, but made in grungepaper and a pink one...


Almost all the same techniques as above, but an extra embellishment in shrinkplastic ( the lady with her sewing machine)

Another pink book but made with dotted grungepaper, made in the same way as the blue and the red bear-books.


I also added a shrinked sewingmachine on this one.


These needlesbooks will be on sale on our yearly creativity-event Ratteljee which we will have on the 5th of may ! 


I know I have still some time to make stuff, but I need the time to make more cards, paperboxes,.... so I have something to show...


But I did not only create to sell... I finally made myself a needlebook ! 

I had my needles on some felt pinned together with a safety pin, but now I have a real needlebook :)

In my blues of course...


All the same techniques as above ! 

I love my selfmadebuttons... just one large art nouveaustamp I like and then picking some details to punch a circle out.


I used my needlebook constantly the past days, cause now I'm busy handsewing my harlequin softies ! 


I love how making a present for someone, evolved in making more varieties ànd a gift for myself :)



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Commentaren: 8
  • #1

    Gisa Maria (maandag, 11 februari 2013 14:42)

    Hi Inge,

    what a marvellous idea to use the matchbook die for those cute little sewing books-if I may call them that way.- Thanks for the inspiration. Greetings from Germany Gisa (soon to turn 65!!)

  • #2

    Eileen (maandag, 11 februari 2013 15:18)

    Brilliant idea, and one I plan to steal very soon!

  • #3

    Nancy Walker (maandag, 11 februari 2013 16:08)

    Very cute! Makes me want to go buy that die now!

  • #4

    Terrie (maandag, 11 februari 2013 18:29)

    Love your Matchbook Needlebooks Inge! LOVE what you did with the shrink plastic!

  • #5

    Gina (maandag, 11 februari 2013 22:12)

    Oh Inge, I love that you LIVE in color and splendor and such art filled creations!
    You just make me happy!
    XXO Gina

  • #6

    Bethan (maandag, 11 februari 2013)

    Flipping heck never cease to amaze me!! Is it 'our' Dorien that was 50?? she and I share the same birthday week! Awsome work as always...I LOVE those bear buttons!!x

  • #7

    Paula (dinsdag, 12 februari 2013 00:54)

    WOW! I love these so much! You have an amazing talent Inge!
    Happy Birthday to Dorien. I'm sure she loved her present. xx

  • #8

    Wendy Kirk (dinsdag, 12 februari 2013 13:57)

    Goodness me, you have been busy. Love the needle cases, a great use for the Tim die. Wish Dorien a happy birthday from me please.
    Wonderful work and tutorial Inge, hope to see you at Ally Pally.


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