Zipper Tunic Top Tutorial with the Brother Innov-Is 990D

This quick and easy blouse makes fun use of an oversize zipper and can also be worn as a vest! Make one to suit your individual sense of style with the Brother Innov-Is 990D Combination Sewing & Embroidery Machine! Dress it up by adding embroidery, or even make an upcycled fashion statement by creating it out of repurposed scarves. Super easy to make and super flattering this look is perfect for day to night!

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I am proud to be a Brother International Corporation sponsored blogger presenting truthful and accurate experiences with products provided by the Home Sewing & Embroidery Division of Brother.

Unicorn Pendant Necklace by Hydrangea Hippo

I absolutely love this unicorn pendant necklace created by Hydrangea Hippo!

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She made this beautiful design with ice resin and a die-cut made with the Unicorn shape cutting tool from the Modern Surrealist Marisa Pawelko collection for Sizzix! Enjoy this video tutorial and get inspired to create your next custom jewelry project!

 

Embroidered Office Folder Video Tutorial with the Brother Innov-Is 990D

I love this new office folder so much that I’m inspired to make a whole bunch in different themes! These would make great gifts for just about anyone and you could even use the built-in Disney embroidery designs that come pre-loaded on the Brother Innovis-990D Combination Sewing & Embroidery Machine to make custom folders for the kids to keep their homework in! The possibilities are endless!

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I am proud to be a Brother International Corporation sponsored blogger presenting truthful and accurate experiences with products provided by the Home Sewing & Embroidery Division of Brother.

A New Obsession Begins with Impress Art Metal Stamps

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I recently became the proud new owner of a fabulous assortment of Impress Art metal stamps! I am pleased to inform you all that this event marks the beginning of a new craft obsession for not only myself, but for my mother as well! First a little back story…

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My mother Dulce founded a successful perfume business called Talisman which lives on to this day in the hands of the current owner. She imported the exotic essential oils from Tangiers, Morocco. The oils were featured by numerous high end magazines and in upscale retailers around the globe. Here my sister Christy and I are with our mom on one of our many trips to visit her supplier throughout our childhood. My sister is being held by our gardener/manny Bacali.

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Flashback to current times, here we are together at mom’s birthday party last year. Oh and while I’m at it, I’d like to give a shout out to my equally creative and entrepreneurial sister Christy and her business World Fusion Cuisine! Please LIKE Chef Christy on Facebook! Did I mention I come from a very creative family???

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But back to the story at hand…

Recently our mom began work on a new brand of perfume called Begum Parfums. I invite you all to show your support and LIKE Begum Parfums on Facebook!

In the quest for the perfect bottle to house her new product she collaborated with a local silver master in his jewelry making workshop, here in our current hometown of San Miguel De Allende, Mexico. She created the first prototype which you can see here with her own two hands. Isn’t it amazing?! It’s not only a functional perfume bottle, but also a doubles as a beautiful wearable pendant!

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I was so inspired by her creation, that decided to join the workshop and begin my exciting journey into the world of silversmithing and metal stamping! But first, I had to get my hands on the ultimate gold standard in tools – a set of Metal Stamps from Impress Art! Well, I actually got several sets and predict that my collection will continue to grow as I delve deeper into this inspiring new genre!

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Look at all of the wonderful tools we have to work with! Next week I  join the silversmithing class. The teacher Abelardo Gil Perez is extremely excited to incorporate these metal stamps into the curriculum!

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We especially love these spiritual designs and have many awesome ideas swirling around our heads for projects using the different letter font stamp sets! Just look at these fabulous fonts!!!

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They even include punctuation marks, which I’m sure will appeal to mom’s creative sensibility. Did I mention she is a writer too?

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I’ve tried out Impress Art metal stamps at a trade show demo by Margot Potter of DIY Doyenne and The Impatient Crafter, so I know the imprint quality is phenomenal! I am super excited to devote some time to creating my own original pieces with the aid of these superb new tools! My journey into the world of metal stamping is just beginning, so please stay tuned!!!

Wine Tasting Party Projects with When Creativity Knocks

Try these fun projects when preparing for your next wine tasting party! The party kicks off with Elena showing you how to create upcycled wine goblets out of wine bottles that you can embellish with adhesive rhinestone sheets die-cut with the Modern Surrealist Marisa Pawelko collection for Sizzix line of shape cutting tools! Then Cindi makes a beautiful etched cheese board with 12″ x 12″ Rowlux. She also makes quick and easy wine goblet charms out of Rowlux die cut with the Chained Die from the Modern Surrealist Marisa Pawelko collection of shape cutting tools for Sizzix. You could also create this same project using Modern Surrealist Optical Illusion Project Sheets or the pastel sheets for spring! And to close the show Judi shows how to make the perfect wine tasting party invitation!

In part two of the wine tasting party project inspiration series, Ana and Judi share cool label and decor ideas and then I show you how to create custom embossed and distressed pewter coasters and a festive ice bucket embellished with Rowlux Illusion Film and Adhesive Rhinestone Sheets!

Embellished Patchwork Sneakers Video Tutorial with the Brother PE540D Personal Embroidery System

Easily customize your sneakers to reflect your individual sense of style or interests! Embroider these fun little peel and stick patches with the Brother PE540D Personal Embroidery System! Makes a great project for beginner and advanced embroidery enthusiasts alike! Try it on your sneakers then use the same technique on bags, jeans, craft projects and more!!!

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I am proud to be a Brother International Corporation sponsored blogger presenting truthful and accurate experiences with products provided by the Home Sewing & Embroidery Division of Brother.