Sunday, May 1, 2011

Pin Up Girl

Good morning! It is (hopefully) another sunny day here in Canberra. As usual I am actually typing this post just before I go to bed and scheduling it to appear first thing in the morning :o)

Today it is time for a new challenge at Magnolia Down Under Challenges and this week we are looking for LACE AND RIBBONS... easy peasy.

I decided to make something a little bit different for a change. I was sitting at my desk hunting around for a packet of pretty pins I had stashed somewhere. I don't know about you, but I have packets everywhere.  I was in need of a pretty storage solution for them - and a child safe one in case my little boys broke into my craft area (hmm... yes, it does happen!).  And then I thought back to my sewing and quilting days and went on the hunt for some pretty quilt fabrics I knew I had somewhere.. yes, another treasure hunt :o)  I have stamped and coloured on fabric before knew it could be done so I thought this may just work...


I actually made a few because I thought I would like to post some off to friends. They are stamped with Memento Rich Cocoa onto pre-washed Calico and coloured very quickly with Copics. I then added some pretty fabrics, lacce, ribbons, buttons and charms to girly them all up. Each pin cushion has a little loop of ribbon at the top so it can be hung up nice and high.

When colouring on fabric, it is important to prewash the fabric to remove the 'size' (the chemical added to the fabric during manufacture). It is also important to know that the copic ink tends to feather very quickly so you have to work fast. Normally when colouring faces I use five different colours to blend. On fabric because you are unable to blend as effectivly, I used  R21 for the cheeks and then only three shades for the skin. Try to stay a little further away from the stamp lines than usual until you are comfortable with how far the ink will feather.  The only other tip I really have for you is that these are not wash proof... if you wet them, the ink will run and create quite a pretty faded rainbow :o) So it is best only done on items that don't get washed... such as these pin cushions.

This last one isn't quite finished as I ran out of stuffing. It is a bit larger and more embellished. 

I have used some of my favourite stamps on these pin cushions:
Beautiful Tilda and Tilda with Lace Jeans - Butterfly Dreams Collection 2011
Tilda with Hearts - Love Collection 2009
Lovely Tilda - Cozy Autumn 2010

We would love for you to join us at Magnolia Down Under Challenges this week for our challenge. We always love to see what you create to share with us. 

Thanks for checking out my little project today - enjoy the rest of your weekend!


Unknown said...

Wow these pin cushions are stunning. Thank you for all the handy hints I may try this myself for mothers day.

Anonymous said...

just one word...STUNNING! i love them kylie. what a wonderful ide. oooh, my fingers starts to ich now. i so wanna try this. they really are amazing. thanks for the inspiration. hugs!

Sassy Scrapper said...

OMG These are absolutely amazing. I can't tell you how much I love them. So very unique and prefect for your pins. How wonderful. Boy I wish I could sew!
hugs Bonnie

Unknown said...

Wow this is brilliant! They look fantastic!

Bribrie said...

C'est trés originale cette façon d'utiliser ces personnages ! Et superbement bien réalisé ! Bravooo

marjoleincreatief said...

Amazing, how original!!!! I wish i was one of the friends who will get one...;-)

Greetz, marjolein

Kirsty said...

Hi Oh My These are so beautiful what a supertastic idea !!! Every detail is so perfect. This should be sent to Magnolia if you have not already !! Totally inspired thankyou for all your thoughtful tips. Kitty :)

Lillemor said...

Wow I can´t belive how gorgeuss these turned out! What a great job you have done Kylie! They all look so pretty. Hugs/Lillemor

Jodie from Oz said...

Omg Kylie, I love love love your pin cushions. You are so creative. They are are amazing, your colouring & choice of gorgeous fabrics are stunning. Hugs Jodie from Oz xx

Durvina said...

This is absolutly stunning!!
I love this very very much, maybe i gonna try this on my own!

hugs, Durvina

sara said...

omg kylie these are just amazing you are so clever !!
Hugs sara x x x

Anonymous said...

OMG! This has to be the most gorgeous project I've seen in a long time, Kylie! I really love this and would love to try something like this one day. Very elegant pin cushions - very Victorian style.

Wow! I need to take another look at this. Brilliant job Kylie! hugs, Angela

Leslie Anne Avila said...

Wow, this is such a cute idea. It's always great to see someone thinking outside of the box! Awesome job.

Ann said...

I really think you should submit this project to Magnolia, for the world to see. They should print it in the next Magazine. I think they are crazy if they don't include it., this very creative, and cute. Great job. Can't wait to make some. Hugs, Rea

Diana Louwerens said...

Wow they are sooooooo pretty, love them

Elly P said...


What a great idea, and how beautiful they have turned out...I think the lady who suggested you submit them to Magnolia was absolutely right!..they are simply gorgeous.

Elly P
x x

GirlGeek101 said...

These are adorable. A wonderful idea for gift giving to my seamtress friends! Thank you so much for sharing with us!

Monique Lokhorst said...

These creations are so beautiful! I love the idea, it looks great.

Monique xxx

Carol said...

Oooo Kylie, this is absolutely stunning Hun!! You're one talented lady! Could you kindly give me your email addy so that I may send you my addy for the candy you held for me whilst I was away on holiday, thanks to you and my dear friend Paola. Lotsa luv, hugs xxxx

Janine - Ellabella said...

Woooowwww STUNNING!!!! Hugs Janine

Stampin Mindy said...

OH WOW!!! Kylie!!!! These are gorgeous! I WANT ONE!!!! LOL they are just amazing. You colored so beautifully on fabric. I've got to give this a try! You are so inspiring!

Hugs, Mindy