Sunday, December 29, 2013

sewing snow

This weekend we spent a little time at the shop with needles, threads, papers, sewing machines and more!  I thought those of you who could not be with us might like a little tutorial!  Here goes girls!

1. Gather your goodies.

burlap, felt, warm and natural, wool batting (love it for the color)

paper bags

needles, thread, scissors (pinking and sewing scissors), pins, protractor (optional), 3-in-1, embroidery floss, printed paper, black buttons,  and a sewing machine.
2. Prep everything
cut your patterns from paper bags...I used the protractor to get a better circle but the heart is all freestyle.

Cut three warm and natural circles with pinking sheers

Cut six paper bag circles slightly larger than the warm and natural circles.  Use Pinking shears for these as well.

Cut out red felt hearts for the cheeks...freestylin'!

Cut orange felt noses for the snowmen...freestylin'!

Cut four printed paper hearts from pattern...use pinking shears.
Cut four wool batting hearts slightly larger...use which ever scissors you like
Cut four burlap hearts with straight edge scissors...if you cut on the bias it will ravel less.  Cut these slightly larger as well.

3. Make faces.
pin your cheeks and noses in place on the warm and natural circles.  There are three ways to affix the features to the snowballs.
1. hand stitch using a variety of embroidery stitches.  In class the girls came up with wonderful faces I would not have thought of using all kinds of stitches including cross stitch, lazy daisy, couching stitch, outline, button hole, running stitches, and just tacking.
2. machine stitch faces.  I did this on the sample with a zigzag mouth.  I like the mouth machine sewn but I prefer the noses and cheeks hand sewn.
3. glue it!  I like 3-in-1 glue for this.
Don't forget the mouth and the eyes!  You can also add cute little eyebrows for more character

4. Sew Snowballs!
I layered the snowball and two pieces of brown paper bag for this.  Just machine sew around the outside of the snowball.  If you want to you can leave and opening and stuff him with a little bit of fiberfill.  It is all up to you.  I used black thread for all the machine sewing!  You can use a straight stitch, a zig zag, a button hole or any decorative stitch for this!
5. Layer up your hearts
For each heart you have burlap, batting, and printed paper.  I used fluid chalk ink around the edge of each paper heart to add something extra...your choice.
Layer up the hearts and sew...the same options apply to this step...choose your stitch and stitch in black.
6. String your snowball and hearts

Using a pearl cotton floss I hand tacked each heart to a snowball.  I then tied some pretty ribbon into small knots and glued the knots over the stitches.  So cute!  When your string is complete you can make ties for each end using fabric strips (my choice), wide ribbon (so cute in black and white!) or any kind of twine.  Tack this to the end hearts.
As a finishing touch I added little knotted ribbon ties to each snowball.  It is up to you but I like it!
For this project I cut the letters L-O-V-E with a cricut using the Doodletype cartridge and 4 inch letters.  I glittered them but on Saturday some of the gals added faux stitches to them with a white pen and that is my new favorite!
Either way and which ever way you make your banner I hope you will have fun doing it!  If you are interested in a kit to make one like mine we have a few left at the shop.  Just call us at 208-734-8592! 
Enjoy the process!  I hope you express a little creativity every day!
Lisa and michele

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

We are giving thanks!

We are so grateful for another year filled with Girlfriends fun and creativity.
Now with Christmas just a couple of weeks away we are offering our last few workshops for 2013!
The day after Thanksgiving we are clearing off the tables and rolling out the paper so we can all work on our wood letters and photo holders and whatever else is inky or painty or just messy!


Then on Saturday at 11 am we are making our wonderful distressed Christmas Book using the sweet Tim Holtz Christmas book covers and the ring binders...LOVE THESE!
This workshop is so cute and so much fun but we only have a few kits left so please call and reserve a spot in our workshop!
We have restocked our Christmas papers one more time so now is the time to come in and choose from our outstanding selection!
We also have a few of the paper mache houses available.  These come in a set of two and sell for $12.95
You know how we don't do Black Friday...well nothing has changed but we are running all of our remaining yarns at BUY ONE GET ONE FREE!
Also all our stamps are on sale through Saturday for 20% off.

I think that is all the news there is to tell...We wish you a very happy Thanksgiving and a safe and happy weekend.
Lisa and michele

Friday, November 15, 2013

Dear Santa...

We are offering another whimsical workshop Saturday Nov. 23rd 11 a.m.

We are going to be creating a whimsical Christmas mini album using Heidi Swapp Believe papers, file folders and embellishments. This is a hands-on workshop where thinking out of the box is encouraged, laughter and giggles are demanded and we insist you bring your holiday spirit!

Cost for this workshop is only $34.95 and includes all materials for the project.

Please bring your basic kit including paper trimmer, bone folder, adhesive, foam tape, fluid chalk pad, etc.

To reserve your space in this workshop please call the shop at 734-8592.


Tuesday, November 12, 2013

'tis the season to get glittery


Join us this Saturday at 11 a.m. for our Christmas House workshop. You will create two houses with your choice of papers. Please bring a low temp glue gun and your basic kit including scissors, adhesive and fluid chalk pad. Cost for this workshop is $32.50 for two lighted houses

Call Girlfriends at 734-8592 to reserve your place in class or to secure a kit


Sunday, November 10, 2013

It's a Joy

It is a joy to teach women to create beautiful books in which they will keep their treasured memories.  I think I forgot to tell my sweet friends how much I enjoyed our workshop today and how very grateful I am for their patience and friendship.
Our workshop today was the very unique SCORE, CUT & FOLD Altered Book.  It is a lot of work to create a book like this for all of us!  As students they need to listen, work exactly and ask for help as they need it.  My wonderful students did a great job at all these things.  Each book will be different as they are completed and each book will hold a myriad of memories.  I hope they are enjoyed by all the families they go to.
Following is a series of pictures of each page so the girls can finish up anything they may have missed in class.
Page 1


Page 2

Page 3

Page 4

 Page 5

Page 6

Page 7 & a variation of 6

Page 8

Page 9-file folder

Page 10 & 11

Page 12 & 13