Friday, November 25, 2011

Santa Card

Here's a happy Santa card.  I am LOVING the Santa belt ribbon, so cute!  Got it 1/2 price at Michael's.  The card stock is from the Recollections 'Jolly and Bright' Paper Pad with their matching brads and embellishments.  This has to be one of the cutest Santa's I have ever seen and one of my most fave Christmas paper pads ever.  Love!

Everyday Cards

Here is a card order of 25 everyday cards that my best customer ordered from me recently.  I used various pieces of the 'Antiquities' Sheet Collection Pad from gcd Studios and added a few stamps, stickles, and bling here and there. 
You may notice a very nice looking couple and a very handsome man in the picture behind the display of cards and they would be my beloved Grandparents.  I did a sort of collage of pics for my Gram one year of older photos of her and my Gramps.  The young looking pic of my Gramps is when he was a soccer player in Rochester, New York.  He was an amazing soccer player from what I hear and went on to be an even more amazing coach to so many children and has a soccer field named after him as well as an award given away in his honour every year.  Love them both and miss them so.
And speaking of Gram, it's just about that time of year when I must start the Christmas cookie tradition that she and her Mom started so many years ago.  I am going to start making some of the dough from the wonderful family recipes that have so kindly been passed down to me.  I am trying to be more prepared this year by making some dough and freezing it in advance so that I am not in a big panic the week before Christmas like I seem to be every other year.
So, onto crafting, baking, and other fun stuff.  I hope that you all have a great Friday!
Hugs and Pugs to you all!

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Jersey Material Ruffled Scarf

Now this is super easy.  I bought some jersey material at Fabricland at 50% off, a total bargooon, and some elastic thread at 50% off as well.  I had never worked with elastic thread before, so I looked it up online and found that it is really straight forward to use.  You have to wind it onto your bobbin loosely by hand.  Don't be afraid of it, because it is amazing to use.
I cut two long pieces of the jersey material.  I apologize that I didn't measure, I just kind of eye-balled them.  And remember to cut them long enough because when they are ruffled, the pieces will be quite a bit shorter.  I kept them together and just sewed a straight stitch with the elastic thread down either side of the material and they ruffled!  Then, because I LOVE ruffles and I wanted more, I stitched more along the sides, but separated the pieces along the sides so that the ruffles would be more delicate.  Can you believe how easy this is?????????
Now my machine got all mad at me and jammed up, so I am going to give her a little rest for today.
I hope that you have all had a great weekend.  Talk again soon!  And thanks for stopping by.
Hugs and Pugs!

New Scarf From Old T-Shirt

 My obsession with making something new from old t-shirts continues and I don't think it will stop anytime soon!  I saw this idea on the internet and I printed it out a while back.  I had copied and pasted it into a word document and I cannot find the link even though I searched and searched for it today.
So here goes:  I took this old t-shirt, pictured above, that had, ahem, shrunk, and no longer fit me.  That's my story and I'm sticking to it.

 I cut the t-shirt straight across underneath the arm holes, using my rotary cutter, which makes a fabulous clean cut.
 Then I cut strips using my quilting ruler and rotary cutter, at about 1/2 inch each, from the bottom hem of the shirt to about half way up.

I then hemmed the inside seam of the top of the scarf so that it would fall in a nice sort of cowl and then cut off the excess after finishing the stitching.

And here it is, on my wonderful model!  I just love that we can make things from stuff that we already have and upcycle/reuse/recycle.  I am looking at things around the house in a whole new way.  Sometimes a little too closely, so look out!
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Sunday, November 6, 2011

Peacock Coloured Fabric and Tulle Brooch

Yesterday, my Mom and I went to Ottawa Street in Hamilton to look for fabric and I found THE most awesome tulle for 98 cents per metre!  I bought a whole bunch because I am going to attempt to make a Christmas wreath with it this year.  It's no secret that I just LOVE peacocks and all of our Christmas decorations are in peacock colours.  I just had to use some of the tulle today so I made a fabric brooch exactly the same way as I made the felt flower brooch last week.  I am really pleased with how it turned out.  I added some ribbon as well for an extra touch.  I bunched the tulle up and stapled the pieces together at the bottom and then glued the pieces to the felt base before gluing all of the petals on.  Love the colours!
Well, that's it for tonight.  Back to work tomorrow.  It's so hard to concentrate at work when I have all of these crafting ideas running through my head.
Have a great evening.  Hugs and pugs to everyone!
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Christmas Card/Gift Card Holder

Today I made a Christmas Card that doubles as a gift card holder on the inside.  There is also room to write a nice sentiment.  I made it really girlie because we have many sweet girls in our family, so I have a feeling that I will be making quite a few this Christmas season.  Of course I used the Silhouette SD to cut out the card and gift card holder portion and the beautiful dimensional poinsettia that is on the front.  The paper that I used is from and sei 12x12 paper pad called Bright Blossom, one of my all-time faves.
It's exciting to be making Christmas things.  I hope that you are all having a great weekend!