Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Twinchies!

So, I signed up for a twinchie swap at Everything Wendy Vecchi, figuring how much trouble could making 6 two inch squares be?  Hah!  It is amazing how much more difficult I find it to design for a small piece than a large one.  Also amazing is just how much junk artistic elements can fit on such a space.
My twinchies are in celebration of my new-found interest in my former nemesis, the sewing machine.
The base is a 2" square grungeboard piece, that I embossed with a cuttlebug folder, then dragged through a puddle of ink and water, then brushed with some perfect pearls.   On the left I attached a bit of paper tape measure and Graphic 45 paper with a zig zag stitch.  I did a zig zag stitch!  Check out the cool multi colored thread.  It has a sheen too.  Soon I'll give up my paperqueen crown and be the threadqueen.  
I stamped Wendy's little stamp on a 1" square stampbord (great product!) in coffee archival ink, then put some rusty hinge distress ink over top.  I hate naked buttons (buttons without thread) so sat and threaded and knotted all 18 buttons by hand.  
I thought I was finished, but it seemed to want more.  So I punched some little rounds (standard size hole punch) of grungepaper, glued together a double thickness of those, then attached the tiny Jenni Bowlin letters to write "sew."  I really wanted to write "stitch," but after thinking about doing all that for a three letter word vrs. a six letter word, "sew" won out.
And here's a closer view of one of the twinchies.

18 comments:

Nancy Lynn said...

I love what you did with the 2" square. Very very nice. It all came together so well.

Lori said...

Hee hee. Grungeboard, now why didn't I mention that as a surface??? lol. These are fantastic! So, now that you've discovered sewing again, I can see there is no stopping you now. lol These turned out really fab, Eileen, can't wait to see what the others come up with! (namely, myself, lol)

Nancy said...

Very nice! Can't wait to get to mine. Congrats on rediscovering sewing!

Diann said...

It's just super fantastic! You are doing good incorporating your sewing into your ART...love this tiny work of ART! Diann

Penny Duncan Creations said...

Oh Eileen I LOVE these!!!!!!! I'm loving the sewing on them!!!!!! GREAT job ma'am!!!

Wanda H said...

Wonderful!!! Grungeboard for a base is a fabulous idea!!!!

2amscrapper said...

as usual, very clever--who would've thought grungeboard for the base! These are dynamite--love all of the junk--uh, elements!

Patti said...

All that in just a two inch square and sewing too. They are gorgeous!

Kerry said...

Love them! Amazing how much you can get on a little square! Love all the detail. Thanks for sharing. Kerry P.

Betty said...

Love what you did with these. Terrific job!

jonaks said...

its lovely!!!

Kathy Eddy said...

Wow, these are great Eileen. I love the grungeboard as a base for them and the stitching really adds to it. You are right about the buttons, the thread really adds to it!

Sandi M said...

They look great! I've been considering using grungeboard for the base also. Thanks to you I now know it will work :)

lovetostamp said...

Eileen - These are awesome! Love all the ideas you came up with for the small space you had to work with. Great Work!

LynneZ

Hels Sheridan said...

Fabby Twinchies.. they look amazing hun, hope I get one *hint hint to Lori :O))* Hels x

Patzee said...

Sew amazing what you can do with that machine!! Your twinchie certainly celebrates your new playmate. Love the little format, challenging and awesome at the same time.

Angie Hall Haviland said...

OH EILEEN!!! Those are SEW FABULOUS!!! :O)

Seth said...

These are very cool. They may be small but they make a big impact.