Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Workshop Cards W136, W137, W138

Here are some more cards we made at Joanne’s workshop this month.

Workshop Card W136
Paper: Cherry Cobbler, White, Merry Moments DSP.
Stamps: Happy Scene.
Ink: Always Artichoke, Marina Mist, Night of Navy.
Accessories: Stripes EF, White Chunky Glitter, sponge, Hearth and Home Thinlits die.

Workshop Card W137
Paper: White, Night of Navy, Grey.
Stamps: Lovely as a Tree, Warmth and Wonder.
Ink: Night of Navy, Marina Mist, Early Espresso.
Accessories: Woodland EF, White Chunky Glitter, Iced Rhinestone, sponge.

Workshop Card W138
Paper: White, Black, Night of Navy.
Stamps: Cozy Christmas.
Ink: Black, Night of Navy, Island Indigo.
Accessories: Hearth and Home Thinlits die, White Chunky Glitter.

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Friday, December 25, 2015

SU! Christmas Card SU255

Merry Christmas to you all!  Hope Santa found his way to each of your houses!

This card was CASE’d from Glendas blog called Glitter Window Technique (Dec 13, 2012).  Glenda has a video on her blog so please watch it.  Such a fun card to make!

Paper: Whisper White, Midnight Muse.

Stamps: Ornament Keepsakes.

Ink: Midnight Muse

Embellishments: Northern Flurry Impressions Folder, Dazzling Diamonds Glitter, Midnight Muse 3/8″ Stitched Satin Ribbon, Rhinestone Jewels, Pearls, Ornament Keepsakes Framelits, packaging tape.

Have a beautiful day!

Friday, December 18, 2015

SU! Christmas Card SU254

This card was CASE’d from Glendas blog called SU! Ornament Keepsakes (Dec 19, 2012).

Paper: Rose Red, white, Marina Mist, ? DSP.

Stamps: Ornament Keepsakes, Wacky Wishes.

Ink: Rose Red, Gumball Green, Versamark.

Embellishments: Gumball Green ribbon, mount, sponge, Heat and Bond, Dazzling Diamonds Glitter

Punches: Scallop Edge.

Friday, December 11, 2015

SU! Merry Christmas Card SU253

I was doing some cleaning in my stamp room and came across some Christmas cards I had never posted.  To make my background, I used the Shaving Cream Technique.  Messy but fun!

Paper: Marine Mist, White, Glossy, Night of Navy.

Stamps: ?

Ink: Night of Navy, Bashful Blue re-inker, Baja Breeze re-inker, Marina Mist re-inker.

Embellishments: Petals a Plenty EF, navy grosgrain, snowflake brad, sizzix bigz Snow Flurry.

Punches: Scallop oval.

Before I cut out the large snowflake, I added a bit of Night of Navy re-inker to my shaving cream and glittered the cardstock from my previous post How to add Glitter to Cards.  And don’t forget that you can Change the Color of Your Brads!

Friday, December 4, 2015

AG039 18” Doll Snow Queen Gown Tutorial

I started working on a pattern for this last January!  I even bought a couple patterns but I ended up taking about 6 hours to make them from start to finish!  Way too much work!  So, I started trying to come up with something a little quicker and more affordable!  After many, many, many gowns, I come up with this pattern.  It may not be exactly as Elsa’s costume but it’s my Snow Queen gown!  For the most part, I used Shwin and Shwin free pattern but I did make changes.

Bodice:  I used The Chloe Dress bodice.  Cut 2 from a sheer knit fabric - I used a nylon chiffon tricot in light blue.  Place right sides together and sew around the neck.

Pink, turn and topstitch.  Zig zag to hold bottoms together.  Press and set aside.


The Shwin and Shwin sleeve pattern was a bit loose so I altered it until it fit the way I wanted.  I wanted a point on my sleeve so I simply folded the sleeve pattern in half and extended it with a point.  I also made a facing for it.  Sew the facings to the bottom of the sleeves.

Pink, turn and topstitch.  Zig zag facing at the top to hold in place.  Press and set aside.

Train:  I used Ice Organza Silver Star fabric in turquoise from Fabric.com for the train.  I made my train wider at the bottom than Shwin and Shwin’s pattern.  I also curved it to make the sewing easier.  Serge both center back seams to clean finish.  Sew center back seam together with ½” seam allowance to about 10” from the bottom.  Press open and topstitch edges.

Serge then hem the outer edges.

Bar tack at the 10” opening.  Set aside.

Bodice Accent: I transferred the bottom dot to the front of my accent piece by placing a piece of scotch tape to the front and marking the dot.  I got this fabric from Jo-Ann’s fabric - it is called Ultimate Hawaii.  I don’t think they sell it anymore.

I just happened to have this pearl trim in my stash.  Sew the trim to the right side of the bodice accent piece until you reach the dot using the zipper foot.  Clip and continue sewing to the other side.  Remove tape.

Because my thread was a good match to my fabric, I topstitched the pearl trim now.  I found that it cooperates a bit better later on.   Pin right side of bodice to wrong side of dress (Two Tone Taffeta fabric in aqua from Fabric.com) front and sew along the top. Clip to dot and pink the edges.

Turn accent piece to the front.  Topstitch along the top for better cooperation later.

Pin in place.

Topstitch along the pearls again to secure to the dress front using the zipper foot.

Pin accent piece to bodice front and sew in place along the side seams, armholes and across the top over your previous topstitching.  Set aside.

Back Skirt:  baste wrong side of train to right side of skirt backs.

Pin and serge to the back bodice.

Serge center back edges to clean finish.  I also serged over about a 4” length of interfacing at the top to prevent stretching.

Cut two pieces of ¼” elastic each 3” long.  Mark ½” from each end for a tail to hang on to.  Pin one mark at ¼” from side seam and the other mark at ½” from the center back.  Stretch and zigzag elastic over the waist seam.

Sew center back seam closed with ½” seam allowances about 7” from bottom.  Press to one side and bartack.

Sew in the sleeves.  Pink edges to clean finish.

Serge one side seam – avoid catching the train in the seam.  Press.  Serge hem and press at 3/8”.

Serge the other side seam being careful not to catch the train in the seam.  Hem skirt.  Add about 4” of Velcro at the back.

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Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Workshop Cards W133, W134, W135

Here are some more cards we made at Joanne’s workshop.

Workshop Card W133
A Christmas Wish

Cute eh?  Once we punched the tree from the DSP, we ran a bead of glue up each side and placed our linen thread garland in place.  I glued the tree punch itself to the inside of my card.

Paper: White, Mossy Meadow, Merry Moments DSP, Gold Glitter.

Stamps: Home for Christmas.

Ink: Mossy Meadow.

Accessories: Linen Thread, Burlap Ribbon, mounts.

Punches: Star, Tree.

Workshop Card W134

Joyful Christmas Wishes

We clear embossed the poinsettias onto the Sahara Sand cardstock then sponged them with Cherry Cobbler ink.  Love the look!

Paper: Sahara Sand, Early Espresso, Cherry Cobbler.

Stamps: Joyful Christmas.

Ink: Early Espresso, Cherry Cobbler, Versamark.

Accessories: Clear EP, Basic Pearls, Cherry Cobbler Bakers Twine, sponge.

Workshop Card W135

Thinking of You

Paper: Soft Suede, Vanilla, Well Worn DSP.

Stamps: Sincere Salutations, Morning Meadow.

Ink: Soft Suede, Versamark.

Accessories: Clear EP, Boho Chic EF, Neutral Candy Dots, Lots of Labels sizzlit die, sponge.

Thank you for stopping by.  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, November 27, 2015

Elf on the Shelf Idea Day 6 of 6

We spent the night at our daughters this day.  They have a snowman collection they set up around their fireplace at Christmas time.  Elf wanted to be part of it I guess so he moved a couple to the stairs and disguised himself as one too!

Here is more info I took from wikipedia.org on Elf:

The story ends on Christmas Day with the elf leaving to stay with Santa for the rest of the year until the following Christmas season.

Friday, November 20, 2015

Milestone Birthday – 8 years old – B08d

Ohhhh!!  Where would I be without Pinterest!  I think it was Pat’s card that inspired me the most.   The background paper was something I found in my stash.

Cardstock: Wild Wasabi, Sunshine Yellow, Real Red, Pacific Point, Whisper White.
Ink: Wild Wasabi, Black.
Stamp: Happiest Birthday Wishes, Memorable Memories.
Accessories: sponge, Stampin Chalk, Swiss Dots EF.
Punches: ½” circle, ¾” circle.

The Lego measurements are as follows:
Four button block in Real Red:  1-1/4” x 1-1/4”.
Six button block in Sunshine Yellow:  1-1/4” x 1-3/4”.
Eight button block in Pacific Point:  1-1/4” x 2-1/2”.

Used the same poem as B08b.

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Elf on the Shelf Idea Day 5 of 6

Ohhhh!  Another mess that the granddaughters were not impressed with!

I did a tutorial on making Bendable Arms and Legs for Elf on the Shelf (on my December 23, 2014 post).  We found lots more of ideas on Pinterest we could have him do for next year, if he was bendable!

The girls informed me that their Elves were girls so I did a Skirt tutorial for Elf on the Shelf (on my December 26, 2014 post).


Friday, November 13, 2015

Elf on the Shelf Idea Day 4 of 6

Brynn had a tough time finding Elf this morning.  Grandpa finally asked her to get him a spoon and look what she found!

Here is more info I took from wikipedia.org on Elf:

The book tells how the magic might disappear if the scout elf is touched, so the rule for The Elf on the Shelf states, "There's only one rule that you have to follow, so I will come back and be here tomorrow: Please do not touch me. My magic might go, and Santa won't hear all I've seen or I know." Although families are told not to touch their scout elf, they can talk to it and tell it all their Christmas wishes so that it can report back to Santa accurately.

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