Ruffles and Bags

Still on the sewing kick I thought I’d show you a bag I made with a couple of appliqué birds:

The bag is made from some old jeans. I appliqued the birdies on to some pretty fabric then attached it to the denim as a wide cuff.  It’s also fully lined, btw.


A quick aside – I was on the train the other day, nearly at Connelly, and the train was above the rooftops of the houses near by. Growing out of at least two chimney pots that I could see were Buddlias – the butterfly bushes!

Life finds a way!

Fabric Book Sleeve with Pockets

As the title says, it is a cover for a book and there’s not much more I can say than that. Except that it ties shut with a short length of grosgrain ribbon. And it has a layer of padding inside. And the material is a happy party-mad cakey design.

So here is the front cover.

The cover of the sketch book  (A4) slides into the jacket  like a dust jacket on a hardback book.

And here is the inside back cover showing you the pockets for, theoretically, keeping sheets of paper and notes etc in:

But could be a teddy toe toaster:

And the inside front cover:

Note the pocket with stitched down channels for rulers and pencils.

Fred likes it so I’m happy with that!

Thanks for looking.

I’ve written up the instructions should you like to have a go at making one yourself:


Bind It All with brads and blings and doodle things

Okay. One brad. No bling and a bit light on the doodle things.

This week I’ve been spending time in the attic room, shut away like some mad aunt in a Victorian novel, doodling, sewing, stamping and even using the Bind It All which I’ve had for a couple of years but rarely give time of day.

Feeling bored I tackled the matter of some pages for a BIA book I made ….. over a year ago.
I started by using the hard covers from some posh water colour pads I had. They were guillotined down and covered with papers I had stamped with ruffly butterflies. I never remember or take much notice of the brands or names of stamps but you’ll probably recognise them.

Stage two was the creation of the inner pockets. They were folded over, stitched down the sides and stamped.

The tags were first created in Illustrator and I used the Offset Path function to create a smaller inner copy. These were cut out using my Crafty Robot, whose precision eye and cutting accuracy surpasses mine a little bit. Ahem. Slight understatement  there. The smaller tag was stitched onto the larger one. I used ribbon  through the tops of the tags to make them easier to pull out from the pockets.

I used the fancy H, drawn using Illustrator and used on the making bubbles tutorial image and other things on my blog, on another tag and stuck on with dimensionals (is that what they’re called?).

Some blank, lined and squared paper (my favourite – reminds me of doing tens and units…) were added in between pockets.

Then the BIA tool punched the binding holes and squished the wires through to make the book.

My lovely assistant Fred the Ted can be seen here showing the cover of the BIA book. For those offended by nudity, please don’t look. Fred never wears clothes and enjoys sitting under an open window on sunny days feeling the breeze on his fur.

And here is a look at a couple of inner pages:

He was modest enough to cover himself for the photoshoot. But let’s just say he has an all over tan.

Make a Glass Bead in Photoshop

Glass beads add dimension to digi-layouts and are so simple to make. I have attached a 9-step pdf which shouldn’t take you more than 10 minutes or so to complete. I hope you enjoy making them. The picture below includes a fairy – simply add an image then go to Filter>Distort>Spherise to blend the image in.

Many thanks to Moha and Police Media for the butterfly brush.

Download the pdf here:


Madame Butterfly and PS Lighting Effects

I’ve been playing with lighting in Photoshop today and  really  like the flashlight effect used below.

I’m also looking for the originator of the brushes I used in the foreground… I’ve lost the link and want to give credit to the individual who created it. If you know who’s it is, please let me know so I can let them know how I’ve used their artistic talents to enhance my portrait. Many thanks in advance!

Many thanks to Moha and Police Media for the butterfly brush.

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