Hi There & HELLO DECEMBER!! I’ve been looking forward to this month at Our Creative Corner because of the challenge theme of —-
Our Challenge Hostess this month is my SUPER talented DT member Trish Latimer and here’s what she has to say about her challenge to us this month….
“My challenge to you all this month is a very simple one…Stars!
I have a passion for stars. Stars are incorporated into my email addresses, internet log ins, business name and even my tattoos :)
I would love for you all to share your creations, full of stars!! Star stamps, star die cuts, star embellishments, star shaped backgrounds-it’s up to you!! Use lots, or just the one, as long as there is a star somewhere, you’re good to go!!”
I Love stars, too, Trish!!
And with Christmas right around the corner, I thought about making things to send out, instead of just Christmas cards this year. So, I made a trio of very rustic, roughly machine stitched, simple, stamped & stuffed star ornaments. Gosh, say that 5 times fast! I took a few pictures along the way–let me show you :)
I used my Cricut machine to cut out chipboard stars to use as my patterns. I cut a piece of cotton muslin big enough to let me get 3 stars and off camera is a piece of star fabric that I’ll be using for the backsides.
I soaked my piece of cotton muslin (along with another piece) in coffee for about 15 minutes and air dried.
I ironed my two strips of fabric, traced out the stars and snipped out with sharp scissors.
I used the spare pieces of muslin to stamp all of the Christmas sentiments onto. I used Coffee Archival ink as that is permanent and won’t bleed if the fabric happens to get damp, and all of the sentiments are from the Christmas Chalk stamp set from Artistic Outpost.
I machine stitched borders around all of the words then trimmed to size and I frayed all of the edges with my craft scratcher.
I was doing a little placement dry run here and something I forgot to take a picture of, was the stamping of all of the red stars onto the dyed muslin stars. The star images are from the Chalkboard Wisdom set from AO and I used Vermillion Archival.
Something else that I forgot to take a picture of is the batting layer that I sandwiched between the two pieces of fabric. You can see some red fringe coming out of the star–I stitched that yarn onto both sides of the batting, that I had cut into a star shape, too, then stitched the three layers together. I left an opening at the top of the star so that I could add a little stuffing and the word bands are only glued on at this point.
I added a couple of star shaped eyelets to the top points of both stars, fluffed the stuffing a little, then sewed the top of the star closed. I then ran the star through my sewing machine to stitch the word bands into place and to give the stars a puffy, quilty feel.
After all of the stars were assembled, stuffed and stitched, I gave them all a spray of Pewter Perfect Pearls Mist. There’s a nice little shimmer to them, that didn’t get captured in the photos, darn it!
I almost started to add bling to all of the ornaments, but changed my mind, wanting to keep these as simple and vintagey as possible. Thank goodness I’ve completely ‘Embraced Imperfection’ with all of that rough stitching!! ;) :)
I don’t have a Christmas tree in the house yet, but I do have lots of trees outside that serve their purpose well, when I need a tree to hang ornaments on to photograph!! And look–there’s even a little snow left on the branches from our first snow storm!
What kind of ‘Wish Upon a Star’ creation will you dream up for our December challenge? We’re being sponsored this month by–
One lucky, randomly drawn participant, will receive a surprise parcel of goodies direct from Tando Creative! Then Trish will award her favorite Top 3 with OCC Blog Badges and her overall challenge winner will be a future Guest Designer at Our Creative Corner! You’ve got to be in it to win it, so Come On! The challenge is open until Monday, December 28th.
Thanks so much for joining me today! I can’t wait to see your Star inspired creations at Our Creative Corner!!
Until next time–Stay Artsy Fartsy!!
SUPPLIES I USED:
- Cotton Muslin Fabric; Red Star Fabric; Funky Red Yard; Cotton Batting; Fiber Fill; Sewing Machine (Kenmore)
- Stamps: Chalkboard Wisdom & Christmas Chalk (Artistic Outpost)
- Archival Inks (Ranger); Matte Decou-Page (DecoArt)
- Star Eyelets
- Craft Scratcher (Tim Holtz/Tonic Studios); Scissors; Eyelet Setter; Hole Punch; Bamboo Skewer