Thursday, March 11, 2010

Another Day, Another Craft!

Oh the things you can do with a Sizzix! I really wanted to show you how a die cut machine can be used beyond the scope of scrapbooking, card making and vinyl projects! I've already shown you some of the iron on appliques that I've done ... let's add another fabric project to the mix!!

This project was special to me for 2 reasons ... 1) I asked Al to come up with 3 inspirational words for our family and he came up with "take the time". I immediately loved it ... it has such a broad meaning. Take the time ... to enjoy each other, to relax, to sit, to do something for yourself, to enjoy the weather, to enjoy family, finish a masters' degree, it goes on and on! 2) See those cute buttons I used as embellishments? Those were my Grandma Reichlins' buttons from back in the 40's/50's! I never had the honor of meeting her as she passed away before I was born.

Look at that beautiful leather-wrapped button!

I needed something in the corner adjacent to my wreath ... and of course it had to coordinate. I think that's enough "color/fabric coordination" for this area now!

I found plain, "burlap-esque" (new word!) canvases for 1.40 euro and new exactly how I wanted to use them!

I mixed up the textures to make it interesting. This set of letters was cut in felt, I scrounged through my stash for some dainty ribbon, grabbed some burlap, leftover fabric from the wreath and bench, dug out one of my Grandma's buttons and VOILA!

I used fabric glue for the letters and hot glue for the rest.

Mixing up the font and fabric ... all with the Sizzix baby!

Tada! No more ugly, empty wall!

Mixing up the font and making each canvas different was actually a step outside my comfort zone ... even though they all "coordinate" they are all different ... I have a serious problem with everything having to exactly match... it's my biggest challenge.

I'm linking this project to ...

Tatertots and Jello (Weekend Wrap-Up Party)
Sumo's Sweet Stuff (Market Yourself Monday)
A Soft Place To Land (DIY Day)
Keeping It Simple (Motivate Me Monday)
Blue Cricket Desgins (Show and Tell)
Someday Crafts (Whatever Goes Wednesday)
Firelfies and JellyBeans (Show Off Your Stuff)
A Few Of My Favorite Things (Favorite Things Friday)
Tidymom (I'm Lovin' it Friday)


  1. Love it. Gorgeous, really. I can see though how you like everything to exactly match. It kind of looks like that area could use a pop of color. Bring back some bright orange from the table! Ha!

  2. Most people don't understand the full impact of "Take the Time!" Once again,impressed with my son in law!
    Jaime, within your craft(s) is a depth of personalization that makes them so very special.

  3. I love "Take The Time"! That's one thing that I need in my dining room, is a reminder to sit down as a family and enjoy a meal together. We don't do it enough. It's a beautiful reminder. Great job! Very creative.

  4. These are adorable! Love the little embelishments - Too Cute!

  5. That is super cute and I love the colors together.

  6. These are so cute. I love the leather button!

    Feel free to stop by my blog and enter my necklace giveaway!

  7. Hello from Wiesbaden! Nice to stumble into a fellow Military mom blogger! We are a Army family, and have been in Wiesbaden for 8 years! (Can you say "Craft store withdrawls!" Lol Loved your blog!

    From what I gathered, your husband is a pilot? My husband is an Air Traffic Controller...small world huh? lol

    I have two blog, one is craft stuff, the other is more travels and family stuff.

    I enjoyed reading your blog :)

  8. I love it and those buttons are AWESOME! : )

  9. I REALLY love that!! Come stop by my Favorite Things Friday Party if you would like to join in!

  10. Very nice. Thanks for posting...


  11. I love it! these are GREAT!! thanks for sharing!

    Thanks for linking up and have a great weekend

  12. That project is COMPLETELY ADORABLE! You did a fantastic job.

  13. Very adorable! You did a nice job with it! I'm wondering if my cricut would handle the felt?? I'm new to Cricuts.

  14. CUTE! That looks so neat on the wall...and with your wreath and cushions, too! =-)

  15. That is such a cute project! I love the colors - so classic and nice. And I'm so jealous of your Sizzix. Awesome!

    Thanks so much for linking up to my party! I really appreciate it!


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