Saturday, January 18, 2014

Homespun Fun

Happy Saturday to you!
Today I have two projects from the Homespun Collection by
SIMPLES TORIES
www.simplestories.com
This is one of my very favorites of the new releases...
It reminds me so much of the handmade quilts and dolls that my grandmother used
 to make using calico prints, ginghams and plaids. And the colors are
so vibrant and cheerful...it's hard not to smile as you thumb through
 the papers and sweet embellishments!

First up is a mason jar mini album that I put together. You can find the steel rule die on-line OR
 you can order the chipboard pre-cut, along with a template for tracing onto your patterned paper.
 

The new embellishment packs called Bits & Pieces come in handy for projects such as this.
 I like to add a square of foam adhesive to the back and then pop into a corner of a photo mat
...that's all you need!



I either cut out a 3X4 swatch from one of the 12X12 papers or used one of the SN@P Cards
 as the mat or journaling area for each page. In keeping with the homespun feel, I machine-stitched
 a zig-zag pattern around the edge.



Brads and buttons give that extra dimension and provide stability to the edges of stickers that
may pop up after years of wear. Because of this, I do like to hand-stitch my buttons on before
 attaching the finished page to the chipboard page.



The above pages are two examples of how I let the adorable artwork do the designing for me!
 Just fluff them up with a ribbon bow or other fun embellies.



Here are two pages featuring the doily motifs found in Homespun.
 Accessorize with doily-shaped die-cuts or pre-made doilies. After going back and looking
 at the completed album, I also had a thought that some cross-stitching would look
so cute as an accent with this collection!

Simple Stories Products:Homespun Collection- Grateful Paper; Stitched Together Paper;
Happy Family Paper; Beautiful Life Paper; Heart & Home Paper; Chipboard; Bits & Pieces;
4X6 Horizontal Journaling Card Elements; Insta-Squares and SN@P Cards

When I spotted the cute apron motif, I knew that I had to pair it with the apron card die that
 I have on hand, which is perfect for invitations, money or recipe holders. If you don't have
access to a die such as this, you can find a template for the shape on-line
 (just search 'apron card' template).

After die-cutting the teal dot paper into the apron card shape, I topped it with the apron card
found on the 3X4 Journaling Card Elements. I cut the journal card down to size and then
corner-rounded the top edges before applying pom pom trim to the back edge.

Inside the pocket, I tucked in a cookie recipe and then attached it to the front of
a mason jar filled with cookie mix. I also think it would make a wonderful
embellishment for the front of a recipe book!

 Simple Stories Products: Homespun Collection- Teal Dot Paper; 3X4 Journal
Card Elements; Decorative Brads; Chipboard.

That's all of my Homespun fun for now!  You will find loads of inspiration on the
Simple Stories blog using all of the new CHA goodies
www.simplestories.com


That puts a Homespun wrap on my blog post for today! I know you will enjoy all of the ideas yet to come featuring the latest and greatest from Simple Stories :)

6 comments:

  1. Oh my gosh...seriously AWESOME. The stitching just totally adds the perfect finish!

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  2. EEEEK! Those are both the cutest ever!!! ♥

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  3. Love love love love these!!! LOVING that mini!! Sooooooooooo cute!!!!!!!!

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  4. Are those dies the top dog dies to make both the album and the apron card?
    Thank you
    Deonna

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  5. This is fabulous Shellye! Amazing designs and great stitching!!

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