Sunday, January 15, 2017

bath towels

Hello!  So after I sewed up the zippered pouches for my daughter's friends, I finally started on the towels I wanted to sew for our cousins' children.  Truth be told, I had found the towel tutorial super early on in the year and was pretty excited about making these.  I even bought a lot of the terry cloth material but after I got all the materials, I was just so unmotivated!  My sewing machine pretty much sat neglected for months and the my fabric just sat in the box.  I'm not sure, but I was always tired and didn't feel much like crafting.  I guess I was in a total crafting slump.  I think I started on these towels just a couple weeks before Christmas.  I prewashed everything to prevent shrinkage later.

This was the first towel I made using this tutorial HERE.  The only thing I did not follow was the rounded hood part because I think it's just easier to sew the binding on when it's straight.  It's just personal preference.  A rounded hood probably looks a bit nicer and would fit the child's head better.  I made 2 towels like these with the Avengers fabric.

Then I made 2 towels with this Tsum Tsum fabric.  Cutting terry cloth is very messy!  Little white fluffs of fabric everywhere.  I had to vacuum in between towels.

For a couple of the older children, I made just regular towels with a strip of fabric for decoration.  I really like how these turned out.  I might make more of these.  I also machine sewed the binding on.  That was a bit scary because you can't see for sure where you're sewing on the reverse side.  But I think after my 3rd or 4th towel, I was a lot better at feeling where I should be sewing.

Those were all my non paper crafting projects I finished for Christmas.  I'll share more of my paper crafts in the upcoming days.  Thanks so much for reading!


Friday, January 13, 2017

fabric pouch project

Hello!  I took a break from paper crafting to sew up some cute pouches for my daughter's friends.  It had been such a long time since I sewed that I had to look up the tutorial I always turn to when sewing these zippered pouches.  You can find the tutorial HERE.

I made 6 pouches using different fabrics and fun colored zippers that I already had in my stash.  I had the batting also.  So now hubby thinks I have way too much stuff.  And it also helped having a zipper foot and a walking foot to sew.  Such good investments to my sewing hobby.  So glad I didn't have to order anything last minute during the busy Christmas season.

This was the first pouch I made using a cute Tsum fabric from Japan.  Love these fabrics from Japan.  The quality of the material is really good.

Here is another Tsum pouch.  Love the print on here too but this one is not from Japan and the material is a bit on the thinner side.

Then I made a mochi panda one (from Japan).  Mochi panda is adorable right?  And the print is really funny.  Below that is a kawaii style Avengers fabric. 

These were the last two I made, Pokemon and Sanrio.  The purple Sanrio is so cute with the different characters, probably one of my favorites.  My daughter's friends all have different likes.  They are all girls but they like Pokemon and Avengers too! 

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Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Happy New Year!

Hello!  Happy New Year!  Yes, I know I haven't blogged in a really long time.  I didn't even realize it's been that long.  I think the days just fly by and time is accelerating!  I haven't shared all of my projects from 2016 either.  I stopped at Halloween and didn't share a bunch of my Christmas projects. I want to share that I did make more 2017 calendars to list in my Etsy store.  They are late as usual and I still have 4 more calendars to use.  The first batch I made, I ended up giving away as gifts to teachers and my kids' doctor's office because I just didn't have time to make new ones. 

I made 4 Year of the Rooster calendars using Mama Elephant's Lunar Animals and Lunar Extras.  I used a metallic gold cardstock back with pretty pink/red washi paper.  The whole calendar has a chipboard backing and an easel back to stand.

I love this arched die set that I got from MFT.  I think it fits the layout of the calendars nicely.  The background is blended with distress inks and the images popped up on dimensional tape.

Before I go, I want to share this cute photo of some baby owls I crocheted.  This pattern is by Josephine Wu and can be found HERE.  I think mine might be just a tiny bit smaller because I used a smaller crochet hook size.  I made 5 in different colors, one for each of us in the family.

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Saturday, October 22, 2016

Halloween cards

Hello!  It was a busy week so I did not really create very many new cards.  But I still have a back log of cards to share with you.

I was looking through my stamps and I realized I never used this cute Lawn Fawn Trick or Treat stamp set.  It's one of their small sets and I really like that it's very nicely priced too.  I did a little bit of distress ink blending for the background and cut out the candy corn images, stamped the simple sentiment and was done.  A simple card for Halloween.

Here is a batty version too. 

Can you believe it will be Halloween soon?  I wish time would go a bit slower.  Maybe I could squeeze in more crafting.

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Saturday, October 15, 2016

mini note cards

Hello!  I just had to sift through my photos to see where I left off on blogging and sharing! 

Today, I want to share these cute mini note cards I made using some Mama Elephant stamps.  I love their stamps and dies and just bought some cute stuff from them the other night to take advantage of their sale and free items with purchase.  Think I might have gone a bit overboard.  Sigh, might have to go on another stamp buying freeze.

First set of note cards uses these cute ants and sentiments from Small Talk.

Here's a closer photo.  These guys and sentiments are super fun. 

My next set of note cards uses these cute emoji guys from Little Emotions.  I love that they come with little bodies!  So funny!

A closer photo of this set.

This is my last set of cards using the same emoji guys but no sentiments.

These guys have such cute expressions.

My boys have been on break this past week and I swear the week went by so fast!  Next week is gonna be busy again for us and I am kind of dreading it.  Sometimes I wonder why there are so many projects for my kids at school.  It can get so tiring.

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Saturday, October 8, 2016

Catching up again & a FREE shipping offer

Hello!  I am playing catch up again!  I have a bunch of cards to share today and probably the next few days as well.  I am falling behind blogging but the days are busy and sometimes I am just not feeling crafty if that is even possible.  I have to really push myself to get going these days and try to stay motivated.  So blogging tonight is part of trying to stay motivated!

I've already sold this card but wanted to share cause I love these Birdie Brown images.  I am falling behind in collecting her new stamp sets but I will eventually get them!  The background is blended with distress inks onto watercolor cardstock.

Here is a doggy version using another Birdie Brown stamp set.

And last is the piggy one but this is a missing you card instead of an apology card. 

Before I go, I want to mention that I am having a FREE shipping offer over at my Etsy store (banner on sidebar) with a minimum $12 purchase.  There is a code on the top of my store so please use that if your order qualifies for free shipping.

Thank you so much for stopping by!


Wednesday, September 21, 2016

hats off to the graduate

Hi!  Well, this is like a record these days, posting 3 days in a row!  Time to share my third and final entry for MFT's Superstar Card Design contest.

This card let me play around with MFT's Blueprints 30.  I wanted a different way to present gift cards which is why I purchased this set. 

The first thing I did was stencil on some stars using MFT's horizontal starry sky stencil.  Yup, I have both the horizontal and vertical stencils.  I like them a lot for creating night time sky lines but they're also great just to create a star pattern.  Then I cut out my first piece on the left above.  I also wanted to cut out a bottom layer exactly the same but I didn't want the opened flap part so I did partial die cuts on all the edges (cut, rotate, cut, rotate) until I got the piece on the right.

This set comes with a die that cuts the openings to hold a gift card.  The one on the left I didn't like because if you see closely you can see the imprint of the entire die.  So I redid the whole thing but on the right I did partial die cutting of just the rounded parts of the die to avoid getting that impression because I knew I wanted to stamp a sentiment on there.  Hope that makes sense.

I assembled all the pieces and placed the adorable elephant from Birdie Brown's Adorable Elephants stamp set onto the flap.  I love this set and this guy in particular is pretty versatile with his arm (leg) in the air like that.  He could be holding something or waving hello or throwing a grad cap in the air!  The dashed trail line is also in the elephant set.  The grad cap is from MFT's Graduation Accents die set. 

I also added the small piece of cardstock to hold the flap closed into the thin opening (all dies come conveniently in this set).  I scored it in 2 places so opening and closing would be easier.

When you open it, there's the gift card!  Sorry, I scribbled all over this one because that's how I know we already redeemed it. 

When you remove the gift card, you can see the sentiments from MFT's Happy Graduation which is fitting for the image on the front.  I like having this matching bottom layer where the sentiment is stamped so the gift card holder cuts don't show on the other side of the card when you open the card.  Hope that makes sense too.

Here's another view of the graduating elephant.  I'm glad I got to play around with this one cause I'll be using it for Christmas.  Such a fun way to gift a gift card!

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