Friday, June 27, 2014

American Girl Doll Swimsuit Cover-up Tutorial and Headband Tutorial AG003

It is suppose to be summer so let’s get these girls ready for the beach beginning with beach cover-ups!

American Girl Doll Swimsuit Cover-up Tutorial

Kanani and Isabelle are showing off their new cover ups!  I used a couple different patterns for this.  I used Molly’s slip for the bottom part and the t-shirt pattern by New Green Mama for the top.  I turned it around so it opened in the front, of course.  I cut 8” of 1/8” elastic and sewed it at the dolls waist.  I cut the ties 6.5” long by about 5/8” wide, folded them in half and zig zagged before adding them to the front of the cover-up.

American Girl Doll Headband Tutorial

The headbands were pretty simple.

Cut knit fabric 1.25” wide by 10” long.  Serge.

Turn right side out.

Then thread with 12” of ½” elastic.


Join the ends of the elastic.


Move the seam into the tube of fabric so it is not seen.  Sew the ends of the fabric through the elastic.

On the next AG post, we will talk about their gorgeous sandals and their bikini’s!

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Workshop Cards – W103, W104, W105

Here are some more cards we made at Joanne’s workshop last March – yes, I’ve been a little behind in my postings of my Workshop cards.


Paper: Early Espresso, White, Cajun Craze, Soft Suede.

Stamps: Bronc Buster, Sincere Salutations, Hardwood.

Ink: Early Espresso, Cajun Craze.

Embellishments: Linen thread, vintage trinkets.

Paper: Crisp Cantaloupe, Pool Party, White, Sweet Sorbet DSP.

Stamps: Wild about You, Stacked Wishes.

Ink: Crisp Cantaloupe.

Embellishments: Decorative Dots EF. Crisp Cantaloupe string, Pool Party button, mount for his ear.

Punches: Scalloped Edge, Modern Label.

Paper: Midnight Muse, Chocolate Chip, Crumb Cake, White.

Stamps: Loads of Love.

Ink: Chocolate Chip, Early Espresso.

Embellishments: pencil crayons, twine, brads, vintage trinkets, pearls.

Punches: Itty Bitty.

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Friday, June 20, 2014

American Girl Rectangle Hair Styling Cape and Circular Salon Cape AG001, AG002

Olivia and her family were home last weekend (she lives about 3.5 hours from us).  I asked her if I could borrow one of her AG dolls until they came again on the July 1st weekend.  She brought Kanani, Girl of the Year 2011 - 'a cheerful girl who helps others by sharing the aloha spirit'.  We brushed her long hair, using the cape to protect her clothing.  Worked awesome!
When Olivia was at the American Girl (AG) Doll store in Los Angeles (original post HERE), they told her that you should never brush your AG dolls hair without misting it with water first.  I had bought the brush at the time I bought Isabelle as I knew the importance of a proper brush on any dolls hair. I used a spray bottle that I use to keep my cats under control – not quite as pretty as the AG brand but it works.  Little girls love to brush dolls hair so that brought me the idea of making a Salon Cape/Hair Styling cape. 

So, Olivia, which one do you want – the square or round one?  I will put the other one away for Kari’s daughter, Erin.  Keep reading for the instructions on how I made them (below) if anyone is interested.

Olivia's Aunt put Kanani's hair in a bun using a sock.  You Tube it if you have never seen this done.  Too cool!

Rectangle Hair Styling Cape AG001

I had a strip of this flannel backed tablecloth so I thought I would try this Hair Styling cape by Doll Clothes Patterns. I had the 20” long but I only had 11 inches wide.


I followed her instructions on finding and marking the center point of the rectangle with a dot and drew a line from the center point to the hemline on one of the long sides. I drew a 2 inch circle around the center point to create an opening for your doll’s neck. Then cut along the line and around the circle to create the opening.  She used this for her center front opening – I want it to be my center back opening.


I used a bowl to help me make curves instead of the straight edges as she did.


I serged all the edges except the neck opening – I did not want to use trim.  I used a double fold of interfacing at each neck opening to help reinforce the velcro placement.


Sew bias tape around the neck opening, leaving a little tail at both ends.


Bury these tails under the velcro and sew velcro in place.

Bar tack the rectangle about 6” from the top fold between the shoulder and the hemline.





Circular Salon Cape AG002

I used to cut a lot of hair (human) in my day and I still cut hubby’s.  I took a look at my capes and came up with this.

I made a dot of this flannel backed tablecloth and drew a circle 8.5” away from it.

Until I had a large circle.


Fold it in half then in half again.

Draw a 1” circle at the point and cut away.

Cut to open one fold.

It should look like this.

Fold in half.  Lay a bowl on the fold you just cut open and draw a curve.


Cut it away.

Now your circle should look like this.


Repeat to finish as for the Rectangle Hair Styling Cape above except there is nothing to bar tack.

These can be made using raincoat fabric, a shower curtain or any water resistant fabric.

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Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Recipe - Ice Cream Sandwich Cake

3K Oil had their annual Summer B’que at their cabin at the lake.  As usual, the supper was fantastic!  Then Loralee brought out this Ice Cream Sandwich Cake!  It was absolutely to die for!  I had to try making it! 

12 vanilla ice cream sandwiches, unwrapped

1 liter container Cool Whip

250ml jar Smucker’s chocolate topping, room temperature

250ml jar Smucker’s caramel topping, room temperature

1 cup Skor toffee bits

Arrange a layer of ice cream sandwiches in the bottom of a 9x13-inch dish.  I cut some so they completely covered my pan.

 Drizzle with a layer of chocolate and caramel topping .  Use the back of a spoon to blend slightly.

Cover with Skor bits.

Spread with Cool Whip and top with more Skor bits.

Because I was making this for coffee time for the men doing the reno’s at our house, I stopped there.  The recipe I found repeats another layer of ice cream sandwiches, toppings, skor bits ending with a top layer of Cool Whip and Skor Bits. I was afraid my men would think they needed a snooze if I made it that big for them!!  LOL The recipe above is the full recipe but I only used half of everything.

Cover dish with aluminum foil and freeze until set, at least 30 minutes.

This looks pretty sad to the one Loralee made but hey, my guys went back to work!

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

SU234 Graduation Owl Card

Another idea from Pinterest!  The card front was embossed with SU's Square Lattice Embossing Folder.  Sponged the edges of most everything then pounced the script with black ink as well.  I cut the diamond part of the grad hat about 1.25” wide by 5/8” tall and used a 1 1/4" circle punch on a ½” wide strip of card stock to get the curved bottom portion of the hat.  To make the diploma I cut a 1 1/4" wide X 1" tall piece of typing paper and just rolled it up.  Adhere it together and tie a linen thread knot around it and glue in place.

Stamps - Teeny Tiny Wishes, En Francais.

Card Stock - Black, Cherry Cobbler, White.

Ink - Black, Cherry Cobbler.

Accessories - Black grosgrain ribbon, sponge, Owl Builder punch, 1 1/4" circle punch, Square Lattice embossing folder, Word Window punch, 4” linen thread, Petals a Plenty embossing folder, Label punch, plain paper, Bird Builder punch.

Friday, June 6, 2014

MDS 157 American Girl Shopping

This is page 1 of 11 that I scrapped for Olivia’s American Girl shopping adventure.
Background - Card Stock\Textured Card Stock\Textured Card Stock - Regal Rose.
Embellishments - Staple & Stitching\Very Vanilla - Stitching Zigzag; Designer Kits\Downtown Grunge - embellishments\Downtown Grunge - frame3; Brads\Basic Black – brad.
Stamps - Extreme Elements\Extreme Elements - stars, Color = BASIC BLACK; Vintage Overlays\Vintage Overlays - texture 12; School Days II\School Days II - star 3; School Days II\School Days II - star 1, Color = REGAL ROSE; Jolly Bingo Bits\Jolly Bingo Bits – star; Designer Kits\You're My Sunshine\You're My Sunshine - ornate border.
Punches - Scallop Edge Punch, Fill Color = BASIC BLACK.

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