Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Be Inspired 78 more pink elephants on parade!

I can hear the collective "awwwwe"  out there in bloggyland as all the baby lovers join us at cuttlebug challenge be inspired this week. I just adore this weeks challenge to celebrate all things baby!
 I decided to continue the pink elephants on parade theme, and make a bib using the little birdie secrets template. I just loved making all of the elephant projects, and one more seemed like a good way to go!

How to make an appliqué  using your cuttlebug: 

Start by using a temporary adhesive or pinning your paper template to fabric and a layer of fusible web. Cut out shape.

It looks a little unfinished at this stage, but don't worry it will look much nicer once you get it stitched.I just wanted you to see that the beginning stages look a bit unsightly, and thats no cause for alarm :)

Iron your fusible web to your bib, or any other project, here is another post explaining this process.Stitch into place, I used an appliqué stitch, you can also use a blanket stitch or a ziz zag. Your stitch width set at 2.5 and length at 0.2 for a really good satin stitch. Test your machines settings before sewing on your actual project, as each machine is different. Of course you can do a blanket stitch by hand, If you are not a big fan of sewing you can use fray check on all of the raw edges.

I cut my chenille heart with  the provocraft die, you can also cut out your main image with a die. There are so many wonderful shapes and images to choose from! { note } you may need to add a shim on these thick hard to cut fabrics, just roll them through slowly and maybe even roll it twice.

I used a satin stitch on the elephants ear, with fabric on both sides and a stabilizer in the center, I wanted the ear to kind of stand out so it is only attached at the top. Her eye is a securely sewn on button.

It is extremely important to use the utmost caution when crafting for baby.
I can not stress enough that all items should be safe and secure.

The gift tags were made with the sizzix scallop tags die, and provocraft swiss dots embossing folder, and "Olivia" alphabet dies. The flower is 4 layers of the Olivia flower just puffed up by hand, and adding a a bit of bling to the center. I used zip dry to adhere the letters, and the elephant. I really like the touch of shimmer that the core'dinations gem paper has....not sure you can see it in the photo, but if you use you imagination...
well anyways, I promise its quite pretty :) 

* shower update* Amanda The sweet Mommy to be just loved her pink elephant invasion!! I have known Amanda since she was in the third grade, she and Meagan were like sisters all through school, she has always been a very special member of our extended "family"
  I cant wait to see baby all bundled up her her pink elephant blanket!!


ellen s. said...

oh gosh these are so darn cuuuuuuuuuuuute! you are fabulous, girl!

June Houck said...

I love elephants because my grandma loves them. When I find little ones, I buy them for her...of course she always reminds me that their trunks must be up for 'good luck' :) I adore your girly good luck elephants!

Anonymous said...

Hi Shantaie, your whole assemble is `stunningly beautiful` TFS I must try that applique technique!!love it love it..Amanda will be absolutly tickled `Pink`
Have a fab week my `friend`:)xxx

Karen said...

You seriously rock Shantaie! I'm tickled pink over this elephant set! Everything is adorable and you've highlighted my fave...circus peanuts in there too!! :)


mimiof2 said...

These are all so cute. You did a fantastic job, and I really appreciate the tutorial. I too have always loved elephants.