Friday, 3 June 2011

Summer Brights Projects

It feels appropriate that I'm posting my projects made with the Summer Brights kit today, as it's been boiling hot here, with glorious sunshine in a vibrant blue sky all day. Very nice I'm sure, but at 8 months pregnant it's a bit too sweltering for me!

Here's the kit I've used:

And I utilised it on a layout, a cuff bracelet, and on altering a top.

Here's the layout, a nice colourful one to match the kit:

Cardstock = Papermania, Alphas = Thickers 'Sprinkles' and 'Rootbeer Float', Also used a cocktail stick
and home-made acrylic mist, Everything Else from Summer Brights Handmade Embellishment Kit. 

I wanted to mist the yellow cardstock, but leave a rectangle in the middle free for the photo, embellies, and title to stand out. So I simply cut a rectangle of paper and stuck it onto the cardstock with low-tack masking tape while I sprayed the mist:

And then once it was dry I just had to write the journaling and stick everything down! I used strong glue dots to adhere the summer brights embellishments to the page. The fabric along the bottom is about 10.5" long, so there was some left for my cuff bracelet! 

I made an extra embellishment for the page by glueing (I used Copydex) a tiny scrap of the vintage fabric onto white cardstock, cutting it into a triangle, then piercing a cocktail stick through it, so it looked like a little flag. It helps balance out the layout - otherwise the right hand side was heavier because of the journaling:

I took what was left of the vintage fabric, and used it as the main inspiration for this cuff bracelet:

As the fabric was just under 8" long I cut a 8¼” x 1¾” piece of denim from some old jeans to back the fabric with and give it strength. I didn't hem the edges as I wanted them to fray:

Then I just sewed the fabric button and blue crochet flower onto the vintage fabric, machine stitched the vintage fabric onto the denim, and then made a button hole. It was the first time I've ever made an automatic button hole using my machine, and it took me quite a few goes on spare fabric to get it right! My button was just under an inch across.

I quite like the pretty / rough contrast of the finished cuff:

Finally I used up the bits from the kit by altering a cheap vest top. I had to buy one as I was fed up of my warm-weather tops not quite covering my bump! But it was a bit boring until I added some lace trim and flowers:

Now I feel summery, though still too hot! I definitely think I'll be altering more tops like this though, as it was so easy to stitch the lace trim around the neckline and then sew on the flowers. And it makes my top one of a kind - I like to be different! Have you altered any clothes to make them less high-street?

Hope you've found some inspiration from these projects. The Summer Brights Kit is available in my Etsy shop, along with some kits in different colours.

Bye for now, x


Sarah said...

Wow, you did get a lot out of the kit and it's all beautiful... especially love the cuff!! hope the heat doesn't get too much for you and bump!!! x

Clair said...

Love how you've altered your top - the trim looks perfect!

Micayla said...

What a lovely kit and congrats on the bump.... When are you due?
The cuff is just gorgeous and I love the summery layout, gotta dig yellow!
Have a lovely weekend.
Micayla x

Alison said...

Love what you did with the kit...You and the bump stay cool!
Alison xx

Lea said...

Wow, when somebody else is pregnant it seems to go buy so fast! Those embellis look awesome and I love what you did with the misting and masking!!!

Rachel Brett said...

I love your customised top again jennifer, I think I am going to have to have a go at this :)

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