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Monday, June 29, 2015

Last TGF Card

Here is one more card I am squeezing in for The Greeting Farm contest using buttons. I wanted to use my stencils and embossing paste and since you can't quite mix the gold mist without losing that nice sheen I had to paint immediately after I spread the paste, not the cleanest looking but effective nonetheless and then I just kept with the gold tone theme.

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Post Father's Day card

So I am late sharing this card that I made in a rush to send in time to my father-in-law. I really wanted to draw a grill and add some trees but I just didn't have enough time.

The stamp is from Art Impression, and my FIL just loves these old guys. Perhaps he relates being 80 years young himself. I actually look for the odd ball funny stamps whenever I go to the expo. Art Impression and Rubbernecker café usually have something fun.

Sad to say my dh did not get a Father's Day card but a full day of cooking and baking sufficed any emptiness he might have felt from my lack of creativity. He did get a few gifts, one was a selection of different Jerky (elk, buffalo, alligator, ostrich, etc) from Man Crates and a big gold box of Sees Truffles. So he wasn't totally forgotten.

Monday, June 22, 2015

Burst of Sunshine

As I mentioned last week, I am using up scrap fabric by sewing children's clothes. Pictured here is another skirt I made with bits of leftover fabric but truth be told I had to go buy some fat quarters to have it completed in back. I didn't have enough fabric but I really liked the look so I really wanted to make this.

I did make it a size bigger than that pinks skirt because Evani 's mom let me know she wears a size 4 in most things but honestly I didn't think she was that big, she just turned 3 and this kind of looks huge to me, but if all else fails she can save it and wear it later.

So here is the front. I decided to keep just the one pocket because I liked the options it gave for having it on the left or right.

And here is the back

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Halloween Circle Skirt

Somehow when I ordered fabric to border the cute Bella Blvd quilt I made for my dd for Halloween I ended up with way too much fabric.

At the moment I am finding the best use of left over fabric is for children's clothing, it certainly doesn't use up a lot but does help with whatever odds and ends you may have laying about.

For this particular fabric I made a circle skirt for Evani (my dh's grandniece). Actually I have made her quite a few things and getting ready to send up a package to her so I am kind of excited to hear how it all fits.

This is supposed to be fairly easy but if you ask me it was but it wasn't, folding and pinning fabric underneath the sewn waistband certainly wasn't my favorite thing to do. I also didn't like I had to free hand the pattern, but none the less it still came out pretty darn cute and lets face it what little girl won't like to give this skirt a twirl and have it fan out.

As you can see it's fairly wide so when she spins she's sure to get a nice flare. 
 So I am back to working on my son's quilt. I don't need it until Christmas but hey better to have it done early rather than late.

Monday, June 15, 2015

Another TGF card - Celebrate

Here is another card for the button challenge on the TGF blog.
I was actually inspired by some tissue paper that came with some product I ordered. It was such a pretty aqua color.

Choose to use one of the Cheeky girls, this one is Cheeky beach. I also went out of my comfort zone and attempted to color her hair black. I say attempted because it wasn't as successful as I hoped to accomplish. The die cut clouds are from Simon Says stamp. The banner die from Nestabilities, the sentiment stamp from Papertrey Ink and the Celebrate die was from Die-Versions.

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Skirt for Evani

When I last went to Oregon I was overjoyed to be able to spend time with some of my dh's nieces. He has 6 of them and being that I have no sisters, I love the girl friendly environment they add.

I also was able to spend time with one of the little grand-nieces (or at least I think that's the correct terminology for a daughter of his niece??) She was so funny and cute of course what 3 year old isn't.

She had the best time swapping all the watches on our wrists so I went out the next day and bought her her very own Hello Kitty watch so now she can enjoy her own watch and I also knew she would love this fun little Saltwater skirt.

Have to say the best thing on the internet is finding free patterns. I had lost of remnants leftover so whipped her up this adorable skirt.

The tutorial had two pockets but I only had enough for 1 but I love how it's a little gathered one.

Here is the back

And the front, but honestly you can turn this skirt and wear the pocket so it's on the right or left or even in the middle front, it's very versatile.

And I can't help showing off the inside. I serged all the seams so it looks very professional inside..just look at neat and tidy.

I also have planned a Halloween circle skirt from leftover fabric from the quilt I made. Kind of wish I had enough of the other designs to make her another adorable Saltwater skirt. Maybe when I get done with my quilt I will. 

Monday, June 8, 2015

Smile - TGF Card

So I thought I would do a few cards for The Greeting Farm blog contest. Prize is a $50 gift certificate to their store, not to shabby if you ask me. And nothing gained if I don't at least try, right.

The challenge for this contest is to use buttons, easy enough. I was inspired by watercolor for this card. A bit of smooshing of colors provided a nice background. I colored one of my Creepin Crew girls, this one is named Abbey. I used a Stampin Up banner die along with some stickers and Simon Says sentiment stamp from their birthday set. Added a few buttons and a tiny epoxy heart sticker for the dot over the i.

I should have a few more cards since I have a whole month to participate which is very convenient for a busy person like myself.

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Good Times

So after that frenzy period of sewing I am back to scrapping, although I already have a couple of sewing projects I want to complete coming up very shortly.

I decided to first make another layout for my dh. After looking through them I realize they are adding up and will fill up an album nicely.

So lots of product being used up. The title is from some lovely chipboard I stock piled when that was all I used for titles until my electronic die cutter. Now I see how much I have and how I need to use it. I really did love how it added to the vintage feel of the page.

I also used a lot of schtuff that I had laying around. Often times I die cut or punch things out and I hate to waste them so I horde save them until I can find a proper home for them. And lastly I used a Project Life card (yea!!) and trimmed it down to use as a journaling spot. I just overlapped two pieces so it looks like one long strip.

Monday, June 1, 2015

Trick Or Treat

Ok first we had Christmas and now Halloween, yeah I am working out of order and way ahead but it's ok I like to be a bit organized with those kinds of things.

Well I decided after seeing this super cute Bella Blvd Halloween fabric that I just needed to make another quilt, sigh and actually decided I was going to make two. One for myself and one for my daughter but I did choose a different fabric for myself.

I went ahead and made my dd's and was able to give it to her last night when she came over with the grandbabies, it was a hit so I am happy to have that done and gone (I need the in my crafty room was getting tight)

I will confess that this pattern/fabric quilt has none of my creativity. The only thing I can take credit for was purchasing, cutting, sewing and the basic quilting of said quilt.

It went pretty quick since there was only one border and the size is a lap quilt (64x78) vs the twin size I did for the boys. I opted to just do a general wave for the quilting which is also a fairly fast method. All said and done it took me a week, but given that I work full time and have swimming on two evenings the only really full days I had to work on this was Monday and Saturday, my guess would be about ~15 full hours.