Tuesday, December 10, 2013

What to do with a quilt gone wrong!

OK Quilters! You know exactly what I'm talking about! How many of you have made quilt blocks that look fabulous but when you go to sew them together something is wrong? Well, that's just what happened to me! Yes, even experts screw up!

I saw The Missouri Star Quilt Company did an hour glass quilt so of course I wanted to make one! I make everything they do!

I wanted to make a very basic table runner for Christmas. I decided to make an hour glass pattern. It's made up of half square triangles. Although it's easy, it can be tedious and that's what gets me every time!

So I ended up with rows and rows to sew together but as soon as I went to line them up, yep, uneven! These are not the types of squares that you can get away with that! So here I was left with rows and rows!

I had a total of 18 rows! So what the heck do I do with them? I grouped them into 4's thinking I would make a table topper. Then I couldn't find enough fabric to boarder it! AH! Ready to throw in the towel? Nope! Not yet!
So what if I just do 1 strip? Nice on an end table right? BINGO! Great way to use up a little bit of scraps on the boarder and binding too!
Add some boarders
and binding and before you know it....
So now I have enough to make one for every single person in my family for Christmas. That's not going to happen but I have enough :)
When you want to try a new block or your strips don't line up well all hope is not gone! Turn it into a runner or a mug rug and no one will ever know you didn't mean to do that in the first place!

Monday, October 21, 2013

Make it Monday

Today I took a break from sewing, scrapbooking and card making. I have an awful cold so I cuddled up on the couch this afternoon and crocheted! The hardest part was finding something to watch! Hopefully tomorrow I will be feeling better so I can get back to my list! I am dying to make a jelly roll race quilt top!  I have a boot topper pattern for sale in my Etsy shop!

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Simon Says Stamp Challenge

Well I guess I am enjoying these challenges! Today I am submitted this card for the Simon Says Stamp challenge.  I LOVE this card and even though it's early, we need to start working on our Christmas cards!

Monday, October 14, 2013

You knew it...

For those of you who have been  following my Blog should've seen this coming....

Come on! You know I can't do something just once! Shame on you for thinking that!

Sunday, October 13, 2013

Halloween Card

I made this cute Halloween card today using a Darice spiderweb embossing folder and a stamp from Art Impressions. These are two of my favorite companies to work with! Daric has so many craft supplies at bargain prices. I had to contact customer service a few months ago and they were wonderful! Check them out at your local craft store or Here.

Try to Dye

I have been wanting to dye my own fabric for awhile and I finally tried it! It was great! Time consuming but great. I love that I can have control over my fabric! Here is a photo of what I made.

I labeled each one with what I used. As you can see it really didn't matter if I used 1 or 2 cups of water. I thought using more water would give me lighter colors but not at a one cup difference.
If you would like to see how to do this please leave a comment below and I will make a video or tutorial!

Monday, October 7, 2013

Another TriFold Card and another Art Impression Entry

Why do I always have to do things in multiples? I made my first trifold card this morning and now, before I head to bed, I feel the need to make another! Oh well, here it is!

And of course....

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Art Impressions FUN FOLDS Challenge

I recently discovered Art Impression stamps and I have to say, I LOVE them! They have a wonderful Website and lots of ideas! As I was reading their blog this morning I came across a card Challenge! I am ALWAYS up for a challenge!

The challenge was to try a "Fun Fold". They give you a tutorial on how to make one but you can use any. They have created stamps specifically for folded cards! These people think of everything !

In honor of the Fall and Halloween approaching, I used one of my many new Art Impressions stamps and created this card. It is my first fun fold and it came out great!

Also, a big "thank you" to TheCraftyKitchen over at Youtube for her tutorial on how to make a fun fold card!

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Fall Card Challenge

Fall Card Challenge!

Who's In?

Anyone up for a challenge? I have not hosted one in a very long time and I think I'm due! 

Here's the skinny: Make a card using the supplies listed. Post your finished item. One winner will be chosen and receive a prize! You may use additional supplies but you must use a piece of each of the listed supplies.

Rules: Use supplies listed, otherwise there aren't any!


        Lime Green paper
        Orange Paper
        Purple Paper
        Flowers- you decide- dies, silk, stamp, etc  ( must use 3 flowers ) 
        Black  glitter 

OK!  I can not wait to see what all of you creative people come up with! Be sure to post your response! 

Deadline: October 14, 2013 8 AM

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Friday, October 4, 2013

A few Halloween cards

I am behind schedule, as usual! I wanted to do a countdown to Halloween but my SIL is getting married tomorrow and I am still behind with that!. He are a few cards I have made this week. I am in love with my new stamps! I promise in a later post ( soon) I will give you all of the details on where you can buy these!

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Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Tutorial: Henna Card

My sister and niece recently vacationed in Myrtle Beach and came home with Henna tattoos. My niece, 16, became fascinated with them and being the artist she is, she began doodling them everywhere. I came across a henna embossing folder and knew I had to have it! But once I got it I wasn't really sure what to do with it. Here's what I came up with:
Not too bad! Let me show you how I did it- it's a really cool technique using wax paper!

This is the folder. It is by Darice and I found it at Joann Fabrics on sale for $1.99. Plus, because I belong to The American Sewing Guild I get an additional 10% off! Whoohoo!

Cut a piece of wax paper and place it in the folder. If you are using a Big Shot put it on the last folder. I tried it on the same one you would emboss paper but it ripped the wax paper.

This is what you get. It's a little crumpled but don't worry, this is a distressed card and doesn't require perfection.

Place your wax paper on a piece of cardstock.

Now the risky part- something your mother would have beat you with a wooden spoon for! Place another piece of cardstock on top of the wax paper and iron it for just a few seconds.

This is what you get when you pull the paper back. The edges are just from the crumpled wax paper. This actually makes an awesome background without embossing folders! Just crumple, flatten and iron.

The image you see now is actually darker than it really is. To bring the image out I am using Distress Ink by Tim Holtz. I love his products! If you look closely on the front there is a little dot. I inked paper with all of my distress inks and then hole punched each one and attached it to the front of the pad so I can see the colors without pulling each out.
You can use the foam applicator by Ranger ( top left) or you can use a makeup sponge from your dollar store ( top right)

               Distress inks are not meant to be used the same way our normal inks are. You want to tap, tap, tap in the ink and then apply to your cardstock in a circular motion. You may have to use a little muscle when rubbing! The above photo shows the right half with ink. You can see how it really brings out the design!

Almost finished! If you see any light spots go back over them until you are satisfied!

Now cut your cardstock for the back of the paper and prepare to ink again with the distress ink.
Instead of using circles, I dabbed this one!

Color test: Remember the other sheet of cardstock you used to iron? Well use that to test your colors. One side always comes out better than the other so the less embossed side becomes my color tester! Use different inks and sparkles to see what you like best.

I chose black! I thought it really popped!

I put small dots all around the circle areas of the design!

Here's another one I did a little bigger and using blue stickles. It takes on a different look just by changing the sparkles!

If you have any questions please post them below!
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Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Friday, September 20, 2013

Alcohol Ink Bug??? Oh NO!

Many of you are like me, when we get a bug we just can't shake it! Well,,,,,,, I have an alcohol ink bug! I only have a few but I am in love!!! Let me show you why................
For this card I used orange and yellow alcohol inks on photo paper. Then I stamped it with an awesome sunflower stamp. Cut it out, cut a piece of burlap, embossed my background and tied a bow! How easy was that???

This card was made the same way only using purple and blue alcohol inks.

If you would like to see a tutorial on how to use alcohol inks leave a comment below and I will upload a video!

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Thursday, September 19, 2013

Alcohol Inks- What can they do for you?

I bought a few alcohol inks some time ago because like many things in my craft room, I had to have it! I wasn't really sure what to do with them so there they sat, lonely and full! Well, it's time to break them out! With the leaves changing and the the crisp air of fall I wanted to really feel that in a card. I am tired of stamping pumpkins and ghosts ( Ok, not really tired of it!) and I wanted something different. That's when I broke out the inks! The best part about them is that you really can't mess up!

I really like the way this came out! If you would like to see a tutorial on how this was made leave me a comment below!

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Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Fall Cards

Fall Cards

I have been making so many cards over the last few weeks. Here are some of my recent ones:
I fell in love with this stamp and I knew I had to have it. I colored it using my Spectrum Noir markers. Would anyone be interested in a Spectrum Noir tutorial?

I really needed a scrappy project. I had so many fall scraps laying around I was starting to go crazy! Using the scraps as vertical strips on these cards was perfect for them.
Do you need a scrappy fall project already?

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Is it Fall already???

The leaves are starting to change here in NC and I am so excited! Fall is my favorite time of year. The colors are so beautiful and the crisp air is so refreshing. This is our first fall in NC so I am hoping it is a good one. With that said, let's get move onto the fall crafting world!


What's hot in my craft room:

I have been working on fall and Halloween cards. scrapbook pages and sewing. My favorite so far is my fall (coffee) table runner. This was such an easy project. It took me a long afternoon to complete. 
I followed this video from The Missouri Star Quilt Company to make this. Jenny did the video as a scrap buster but I wanted mine with new fall fat quarters I had purchased at ACMoore for $1 each!! Can you believe that? If you have an ACMoore near you they have seasonal FQ's usually in a spinning display for $1 all of the time. If you get a 20% off total purchase or $5 off $20 or more then you are REALLY in for it!! That's about $.75 per FQ- who ever heard of such a thing???
Geez, sales get me so excited! As I was saying about the video... Jenny made hers much wider than I did. The idea is the same so you can make it any size you want. Starting in the center cut a block to whatever size you choose.  Cut your strips and apply in order, just like a log cabin. After I pieced the top of course I thought how easy it would have been to do this as a "quilt as you go" project! Oh well, next time!
Apply your binding and you're done!
I really love Missouri Star Quilt Company. I have ordered many items from their shop and the tutorials are wonderful. If you aren't subscribed to the videos you should and if you don't get their daily emails you should! The always have a great " Deal of the Day" and I have picked up many charm packs for only $2.99.  Ok, enough of the plugs! :)
On to the next craft....
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Saturday, June 8, 2013

Accu Quilt- A mighty fine investment!

Well, it's no news that I have an AccuQuilt cutter- it's in my photos! But, this was not an easy or spontaneous purchase. I though long and hard about purchasing this "machine" to help save time and money. I can cut fabric pieces in no time and also appliques. Say goodbye to little scissors or hand cramps!

Of course I investigated price, over and over again. I am an avid scrapbooker and card maker so I though maybe I would purchase a  Sizzix Sidekick and that would do the job of the applique pieces and it did..... but that doesn't come close to the Accuquilts large dies capability.

             Wouldn't you know that you can cut paper in the Accuquilt too??? Who would've thought??? :) How nice it is to cut 6 layers of paper into shapes without using or storing a punch!

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Friday, June 7, 2013

To Be a Stampin Up Demonstrator or not to be... That is the question!

      Big life changes are heading my way! Soon we will be saying good bye to the armpit of the north east ( NJ) and hello to hush puppies and great BBQ ( NC). I am taking the opportunity to reinvent myself and really pursue a small business of my own by helping other crafters make some extra money! That idea will be blogged shortly!

     My aunt is (and has been since the very beginning) a Stampin Up demonstrator. She has card class every Wednesday night and I have been attending most classes for about two years now. I love, love, love going to class and also making the cards. I have toyed with the idea of becoming a demonstrator when I move for two reasons:

                         1- Well, of course, the extra money!

                         2- Meet new people

   The reasons I am hesitating:

                         1- Fear of buying too many supplies ( I already have a lot!) and not actually using any of the income I make on anything other than Stampin Up!

I guess even if I use the money to support my habit I would still be ahead! I would love to hear the pro's and con's if anyone would like to share!

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Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Tag Blankets: What's the big deal???

You've probably seen them but if not, you will now. Tag Blankets. What are they and why on Earth would a baby want of need one?
I have a photo of my niece when she was about 2 years old on a hot summer day. She was napping on a doll bed ( no, she didn't fit but she didn't care either!) and she was wrapped up in a big, heavy crocheted blanket. I remember sweating that day as I watched her bundled up in 90 degree weather! Wish I had a tag blanket then!
That's not the only purpose though. Babies love crocheted blankets because they love to put their fingers through holes. Well with plenty of tags you have plenty of holes! The best part? It doesn't take nearly as long to make as crocheting does!
Basically a tag blanket is a two for one special: small blanket for security but very portable and perfect entertainment for baby.
Best part for the crafter? Supplies are very minimal ( I only use scraps for mine!) and time consuming? Only if 20-30 is consuming for you!

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

If you do not have an Accuquilt Die Cutter and you are an avid quilter or appliquer then you need to start saving your pennies for this machine! It is a very simple concept; put the fabric on the die, roll it through and then you have your perfectly cut fabric !

I purchased mine through HSN which had the cheapest price ( even cheaper than Accuquilt.com) for a bundle package. Of course I added a few dies to my collection but if you keep your eye out you can get some really good deals online ( and on auctions!).

I am making a Halloween table runner with my Rag Quilt Die I just received. It took me literally all of 10 minutes to cut all of the farbic, backing and batting. That's not the best part though.... This die actually cuts the fringe too!!!!

So now all I have to do is sew the blocks together!!!
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