Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Moda Gift Set

I love when I can come up with an idea that will make a wonderful gift! I made this mini tote (tutorial here), mini chipboard scrapbook "Life is Good" and a candle to match. I love how it all fits in to the mini tote as gift wrap and is echo friendly as it's all reuseable!

Monday, September 28, 2009

Harvest Puppies

I made this card using a digi stamped image from Squigglefly. I used CPS135 sketch and am entering it for this weeks cuttlebug spot challenge. I also entered this card in the Secrect Crafter blog.

Beauties and Butterflies

I made this card today for the PTI princess challenge. This weeks challenge was to make a card not using white or cream. I thought this was the perfect opportunity to use my K&Co. cut and paste paper and Inka butterfly stamp from a contest I won on the Spotted Canary. I used this weeks sketch from A Spoonful of Sugar.

Beautiful Butterflies
Stamps: Inkadinkado, Fancy Pants, PTI sentiment
Ink: Martha Stewart Black and Walnut
Paper: Cut & Paste K&Co.
Other: Offray ribbon, PTI vintage buttons
Can you tell I'm blogging today.....LOL

Check out the awesome new pp at GCD

Second Scrap Box Post

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If I don't win the big box I would settle for this...Isnt' this a cool desk!

The Original Scrapbox, Scrapbook storage, Workbox

I'm trying to win again, if you would like to help me out stop by and leave a comment saying I sent ya. I could so use this, and I'm sure you could as well. Stop by and play along for your chance.

Sunday, September 27, 2009

Moda Mini Tote with fabric flower

Yesterday I received some happy mail! Woohoo! I love trying new crafts. I picked up some Nastalgia fabric squares by Moda on ebay and thought I would recreate a small tote I saw on Michelle Woodersons blog. I'm really new to sewing so I turned to the internet for help.....Oh what yummy goodies you can find on the net. Here is what I came up with today and thought I would take you along on my journey.

Click on photos for larger picture.

First I sewed 4 5" squares together for the base fabric. (Isn't it pretty!)I pressed my seams so they lay nicely. (this is the most I've used my iron in a long time!)

*if you want a sturdier bag you can apply fusable backing. I've never tried it but I see alot of sights recomending it for totes.

Sew around the sides and bottom of your fabric square, right sides together.

Square corners and mark 1.5" squares on both sides of the bottom of your fabric.

Square corners and sew across pencil line.

Cut away remaining corner fabric. (it's so easy and makes for a very nice bottom of your bag)

I chose a slightly sturdier lining in a matching color. Cut your lining on the seam fold with the fold being the bottom of your bag.

Sew the sides of your lining and press.

Mark corners with a 1.5" square, square, sew and cut away remaining fabric as above.

Here is where you decide if you want your handles to be attached to the inside or the outside of your bag. If you want them sewn in the liner position and pin on the wrong side of lining.

Place the liner seams together in the front of bag. Seams together. Pin in place and sew around the top leaving a 1.5" hole to turn.

Turn fabric out and you have the base of your bag.

Handles~ I used the same fabric as I did for the lining and cut 1.5" X 20" strips. Place wrong sides together and sew around the long sides and one end. Turn straps and finish end. I use a dow to help turn my handles. This is the hardest part of the tote.

Sew handles on the bag if you did not sew them in the seam earlier.

I finished my bag with a fabric flowers made with 5 3" squares of fabric.

Press wrong sides together for form 5 triangles.

Then stitch (you can use a machine but I like how the hand stitches looked) around the open sides of triangles, pull to bunch fabric and then attach the next triangle until you have all 5 together.

I hand stitched my flower to my tote and added a vintage button. PTI vintage buttons can be found here

This is my finished tote.

Check out this halloween hop....

I made this a while ago but wanted to share a Halloween project for the hop! Thanks for stopping by and check out the EIO blog hop for more fun stuff!

Tricks and Treat Blog Hop!
Halloween is just around the corner!

Think way back.....way back when you were a little kid. Its October 31st and its time to do some serious trick or treating. After 6 months of Mom fussing over your Halloween costume, which streets are safe and how big your candy sack should be, you are finally on your way! Time to score some serious candy!

Yep, trick-or-treating is finally here! All you want is candy, candy and more candy! Ring the bell, yell Trick-or-Treat and score! A quick thank you as you turn around and run to the next house and you're good! Piece of cake.....until......

You end up on the porch of the couple that actually expects you to perform a trick to get the treat! Are you kidding me? What a lame couple! Just gimme the candy! The next house gives BIG candy bars!!!

The Embellish-it On-line Design team would like to assist you to forever forget those painful memories! We are here to change those frightful, let's see you do a trick, childhood events! How? We're providing the trick and you get the treat!

Each of the Embellish-it On-line Design team members are creating some wonderful treats for you to see and will share a trick/tip with you as your hop along our September Blog Hop. Not only do you get to see their special eye candy/treats and get a trick/tip or two, but you also will have the opportunity to win a REAL treat! An awesome Prize Package filled with scrapbook paper and embellies!

Have we got the tricks and treats for YOU!

Hop along the blogs and you will have two chances to be entered in a random drawing for the prize package. You can...
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Friday, September 25, 2009

PTI September Challenge Blog Hop

It is a current trend to see just how "green" you can be with your contributions to a cleaner environment.
We want to focus this month on reusing & recycling portions of your newly arrived Papertrey order in an
earth-friendly way! This month your challenge is to reuse, repurpose or recycle packaging from your
Papertrey Package. Whether it is the clear boxes that the stamps come in, the tissue that is used to
wrap each item so carefully, the brown packing paper that keeps your items from shifting, the corrugated
cardboard wrapped around the ends of your precious cardstock or even the shipping box itself. We will
be excited to see all the clever ways to incorporate any of these items into a beautifully executed project.
And just to serve as a little friendly nudge, you just *may* want to hold onto everything from your
package this month regardless if you use it on your project or not, just so you can recreate what others
have done!

September Blog Hop

I had to dig way back in the recycle boxes to find my PTI box from last month. I used the technique challenge at SCS TLC239 to make layered buttons. I also used just paper scraps for these cards. GO GREEN!

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Heat Pad

Today I made this heat pad from the direction on Nichole's blog. Thanks Nichole!

I used prequilted fabric and a coordinating backing. I filled with beans, but they do give off some odor when heated. I'm going to try adding some essential oil and I'll let you know how it turns out. I plan on making the next ones a bit smaller and adding to a coordinating mini tote bag for a cute little gift.

Thanks for stopping! And happy fall!

SCS CAS33~Trick or Treat

I made this quick note for a swap package for the Trick or Treat swap on the cricut mb's.

Cricut Giveaway Week 3

Those fine folks over at Provocraft $ the Cricut MB's are giving away some awesome prizes to celebrate their 100th cart. Don't you wish you had them all!

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Party Girl

This was tonights fun card using the Creative Cuts and More Birthday Girl card kit. I used the MMSC20 sketch. The stamp is a Studio G and the paper and brads are doodlebug.

Saturday, September 19, 2009

Fall Handbag

Sorry I posted this without explanation earlier but had a very busy weekend. Just got back in after helping my parents pick new carpet and then clean and paint their living room. I'm exhausted! Anyway....this was my first sewing project. I made a fall handbag using a Butterick pattern. It was a bit of a challenge. I learned a few things. First I need more bobbins so I can have some in different colors. The machine I purchased doesn't have the stitch to sew around material the frays easily. And I can't cut a straight line with material either!

I'm very happy with how it turned out, although I'm going to look for a bigger button or broach.

Monday, September 14, 2009

Cricut Cart Giveaway

Check out the new winter cart for your cric

I love snowmen, I keep saying I really don't need another cart, but who can resist this cutie!

Friday, September 4, 2009

I'm off to the beach.....

but wanted to get a quick post in before I go. This weekend my wonderful husband and I celebrated our 17th wedding anniversary. We had a lovely dinner and I spent the weekend cropping. My husband got me 30 copics and a sewing machine. This is my favorite lo that I've sewed on so far.