Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Workshop Cards W112, W113

Workshop Card W113
The silver part of this card is ordinary tin foil that was folded 4 times and ran through the Lacy Brocade Embossing Folder.  Neat eh??

Paper: Garden Green, White, Cherry Cobbler, Snow Festival DSP, 4 layers of tin foil.

Stamps: Solemn Stillness, Home for Christmas.

Ink: Garden Green, Versamark.

Accessories: Lacy Brocade EF, Framelits Banners, silver ribbon, silver embossing powder, mounts, sponge.

Workshop Card W113

Paper: Island Indigo, Cajun Craze, Vanilla, Old Olive, Newsprint DSP.

Stamps: Natural Beauty, Bloom with Hope.

Ink: Island Indigo, Cajun Craze, Black, Old Olive.

Accessories: Aqua painter, Antique Brads.

Both Joanne and I are SU! demonstrators so if at any time you would like to purchase SU! products, give her a call or from my Blog, click on the Shop Now button.  Your order will be delivered right to you (you do have to give SU! a street address, not a box #).

Friday, September 26, 2014

Card SU245 With Sympathy Flower Shop

I love these colors together - Rich Razzleberry, Tangerine Tango and Pool Party!  I could not seem to line up the Pansy Punch with these flowers so I did a google on it.  Keenan Kreations has an example but there are lots of others on youtube as well.  Much easier to use once this tip was figured out for me!  I just eye balled it to cut out the flag ends.  The card didn't scan so good with the bulk of the buttons.

Cardstock: Pool Party, Tangerine Tango, White.

Stamps: Flower Shop, Gorgeous Grunge, Bloom with Hope,

Ink: Rich Razzleberry, Tangerine Tango.

Accessories: Petals a Plenty EF, Doily, sponge, mounts, linen thread, Pool Party button, Tangerine Tango button.

Punches: Pansy Punch.

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Recipe - Rhubarb Dessert

Another easy and delicious dessert without much effort!

5 cups rhubarb, sliced
3 cups miniature marshmallow (small bag)
1 pkg. strawberry jello
1 pkg. white cake mix
Grease a 9x13’ pan – I also laid a piece of parchment paper in the bottom of my pan in case I had a big sticky mess! 548 Spread rhubarb in pan and sprinkle with the box of jello.

 Top with the marshmallows.

Mix the cake mix according to the directions on the box.

Spread on top of the marshmallows.

Bake 45-50 minutes at 350.

Serve with whipped cream or ice cream.

Friday, September 19, 2014

Card SU244 With Sympathy Blendabilities

My sister had ordered the Blendabilities when they first came out.  I didn’t think I would bother with them but the more Blogs I browsed, the more interested I got in them.  We got together and she showed me how easy they were to use!  So much fun!  Now I am waiting for mine to come!

Cardstock: Daffodil Delight, Rich Razzleberry, White.

Stamps: Blended Bloom, Bloom with Hope.

Ink: Daffodil Delight, Black Memento.

Accessories: Daffodil Delight Blendabilities, Vine Street EF, Square Lattice EF, sponge, mounts, white gel pen, rhinestones, Sizzix embosslits Beautiful Wings.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Craft - How to Detangle Doll’s hair


I came across my girls Barbie dolls while we were packing to move to our new place.  They are at least 20 years old, poor things!  And what a mess their hair was!

So I did some googling and gave this method a try.

Because I was doing a lot of doll heads, I put about .5 cups fabric softener in a 2 cup measuring cup then filled it with water.  From what I have read, do NOT use fabric softener that is BLUE -  it will turn their hair blue.  The softener that I had was white so you can’t prove it by me.


I poured a bit of my solution into a 4 cup measuring cup then put Barbie in this very uncomfortable position in the cup making sure her hair was covered in the solution.  Leave her in there for at least 10 minutes - watch not to get water in her neck area.

Rinse the doll’s hair until the fabric softener is removed.

I laid her on a towel while I combed out the hair.  It is said that the best choice for brushing dolls' hair is a wig brush with metal teeth set into a rubber base.  I did not have such a thing so I used a Barbie brush thinking that it must be ok since it came with the doll.  I understand that the American Doll hair brush is a good one too.  However, I did not have it at the time I was giving these Barbie’s their hair treatment.

Wrap the hair in paper towels and let dry - it is not recommended to use a blow dryer.

People have successfully fixed Rapunzel’s and Ariel’s hair as well.  Apparently this method works on other “hairy” toys like My Little Ponies and others.  Sounds like it will work on the American Doll too.

It made a big difference to these Barbie’s, that’s for sure!

The best tip for basic hair care is to do it often. Don't let your doll's hair get really tangled.  Make Doll Hair Detangler by filling a spray bottle with 1 tablespoon liquid fabric softener and 1 cup water. Shake to mix well. Keep handy in the bathroom and use often.

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

SU237 Birthday Celebrations Owl Card

This SU Owl Builder Punch is just so darn cute! In the Punch Bunch stamp set, there is an owl that can be stamped then punched with the Owl Builder Punch.  The fence top is made using a Border Punch by Martha Stewat and after stamping the Woodgrain using Chocolate Chip ink I just drew lines down each section with the Early Expresso Marker and a ruler and added a bit of distressing with a sponge and ink. The grass at the bottom is made using Garden Green ink and the SU Inspired by Nature stamp set. The sky background is done using Bashful Blue ink and a sponge. 

Stamps: Woodgrain, Inspired by Nature, Upsy Daisy.

Paper: Whisper White, Chocolate Chip, Crumb Cake, Garden Green, scrap of unknown DSP.

Ink: Bashful Blue, Chocolate Chip, Garden Green.

Accessories: Martha Stewart Border Punch, Bird Builder Punch, Owl Builder Punch, Scallop Oval Punch, Large Oval Punch, Early Expresso Marker, ¼” circle punch, Crystal effects, Sponge.

Friday, September 5, 2014

MDS 160 AG Doll Scrapbook Page - So Much to See

This is page 4 of 11 that I scrapped for Olivia’s American Girl shopping adventure.
Background - Designer Series Paper\_Designer Kits\Twitterpated - designer series paper\Twitterpated – 2.
Stamps - Seriously Awesome\Seriously Awesome - rectangle frame.

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

American Girl Doll Smocking Dress with Elastic Thread Tutorial AG008

In my last AG post, I used basting thread to do my gathering; today I will use elastic thread.  Myagdollcraft site has a free pattern for this.  As usual, I have altered the pattern to suit Kanani.

American Girl Doll Smocking Dress with Elastic Thread AG008

I cut my eyelet fabric 9” long by 20” wide, serged and pressed under ½” on all four sides.  Start shirring ¼” from top fold.  There is lots of info on the net on how to shirr fabric if you don’t understand mine.

Lighter fabrics work best for this technique.  The elastic is not strong enough to gather heavy weight fabrics.   Use regular thread at the top of your machine and elastic thread in your bobbin.  Wind your elastic by hand - don’t wind it too loose but don’t pull it too tight either.  Just pull ever so slightly as you wind the bobbin then put it into the machine.  Pull it up through the bottom, just like a normal bobbin.  I increased my stitch length a wee bit and changed nothing else.

Starting at ¼” from the fold on the right side of the fabric, begin sewing like you would normally, and you will see the fabric beginning to pull from behind.   I used my presser foot as a guide to keep my rows straight and equal distant apart.  Make sure the fabric is flat going under your needle. Once you are done shirring 6 rows, press the iron down lightly over the shirred section, lift up and place on a new section.  The moisture and the heat will shrivel up the elastic from below and will pull in the fabric nicely.

I used velcro for the back closure and ribbon to make straps instead of ties.

American Girl Doll Cotton Panties Tutorial AG008a

I chose Molly’s Panties pattern to make these cotton undies.

I cut the front down about  1/4“ and the back down about  1“.  I also scooped the front at the waist.  Because I was only using the serger at the leg openings, I cut them back a bit too.  I needed to add about 1.25 “on to the side seams since I was using a cotton fabric.  I used 9” of ¼” elastic at the waist.

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