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Good morning!  I thought I'd pop in and share a few things that I've been working on!  Last weekend we had a great time experimenting with all sort of different materials during Papertrey Ink's big Stamp-A-Faire event.  Several of the designers wowed us with how they transformed plain old paper into objects that resembled copper, leather, tin, and more!  

While I absolutely loved all of these great ideas, sometimes it's fun to play around with the read deal.  A few weeks ago I ordered a bundle of leather scraps.  I was wanting to create some leather labels and accents for a few knitting and sewing projects I was working on.  This led me to play around with combining my Papertrey dies with the leather.  A touch of leather, even just a label or tag, can really give a polished finishing touch to sewing, knitting, or even paper projects.  

I thought I'd share a few of the things I made!  

First of all is a hat that I knitted.  I shared a peek of this on Instagram last week -- it was my vacation knitting project and I love how it turned out!  


I wanted to create a cute fold-over tag to go on the bottom ribbing.  I used the Stitched Pinked Edge Label die, and also cut a heart using the smallest heart die from the Heart Prints die collection.  I folded it over the bottom edge and stitched it in place.  Now I'm just waiting for the fur pom poms I ordered to arrive to top it off!

 (knitting pattern by crazy hands)

Next I have a little sewing project.  My neighbor girl headed off to college last week and I wanted to send her some goodies in the mail.  I thought it would be fun to sew up a cute zipper pouch and fill it with some school supplies, fun pens, candy, etc.  I wanted to customize it with a monogram label.


I used the Stitched Circles dies to cut a circle, then used the Bookprint Upper dies to emboss the "T".  The leather I used here was pretty thick, so the dies didn't cut completely through.  I used the metal shim in my sandwich when I cut the circle, and just had to snip a few stubborn areas.  For the "T", I didn't use them shim because I didn't want it to cut all the way through, and it left the perfect embossed image. 

   (zipper pouch tutorial by pink stitches)

And of course, these two projects made me want to experiment even more, and incorporate some leather pieces into some paper projects.  First off is a thank you card.  My husband requested a couple of thank you cards for a recent church project -- one needed to be masculine, so I thought this would work perfectly.  


I started off with a card kraft card base, which I embossed with the In Bloom Impression plate, which has always reminded me of a design you might find embossed in leather.  I used a brayer to add some Dark Chocolate ink to the impression plate before running it through with my cardstock, and also sponged some Dark Chocolate ink to the bottom of the front panel after embossing. 


For the leather label, I diecut a rectangle using the Noted: A1 dies.  Again I used my metal shim in the sandwich when cutting the outer rectangle, because this leather was quite thick as well.  Then I pulled out my Big Basics: Thanks die and ran it through my Big Shot without the shim, so it didn't cut all the way through and gave me the cool embossed look I was hoping for.  I did the same with the small scroll detail die from the Cover Plate: Marquee die.  The remainder of the sentiment was stamped in Versamark and heat embossed with gold embossing powder, using a sentiment from the Thanks All Ways set.  I added some tiny brads to the corners for a final finishing touch.


My last project is another card.  I thought leather leaves would be pretty for fall, so I diecut some leaves using the Leaf Prints dies from an assortment of leather in different shades of brown and tied them into a cluster. 


Behind the leaf cluster is a leather oval.  Another fun thing to try, if you're working with the thicker leather, is to emboss a design using the Impression Plates.  Here I used the same In Bloom Impression plate that I used above, but this time I used it to emboss the leather.  I found it worked better to use a regular diecutting sandwich with the Impression Plate, rather than your typical embossing sandwich which includes the embossing mats.  I got more distinct pattern without the mats.


The sentiment label was stamped and diecut using the Kind of Corny set.  The plaid background was stenciled using the striped stencil from the Market Street kit.  I used Americana cardstock, sponged with Dark Chocolate ink.  


Well, that was kind of a random collection of projects, but hey, it's what I've been up to lately!  Thanks so much for letting me share and for stopping by!  I hope you enjoy your holiday weekend.  

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