Friday, February 27, 2015

Milestone Birthday – 3 years old – B03d

This card is very similar to this card B03a.  I made the #3 in Word then mirrored it.  The ‘years old’ was also done on the computer.  I hand drew the tag.

Cardstock: Creative Memories, white, wild wasabi.

Punch: Dotted Ribbon Border.

Stamp: Party This Way.

Ink: Close to Cocoa.

Accessories: Drywall tape, eyelet, mounts, gold crochet thread, sponge.

Friday, February 20, 2015

American Girl Doll Horse Blanket Tutorial AG031

Olivia went to Disney World in January, 2015 so I was able to borrow her AG Horse while she was away.  I found this pretty plaid fabric in my stash – you can’t see it, but it is full of sparkles that don’t come off!  The reverse side is some type of fleece that I found in my stash as well.  I could only find one pattern on the net for an AG Horse blanket.  It didn’t fit Olivia’s horse so I created my own pattern.

Cut out plaid as pattern.  Lay it on top of a piece of fleece with wrong sides together. Cut it out a little bigger than the plaid – that is just to be sure I know I will catch it when I do my basting.  Pin well.

I put my presser foot at the edge of the fabric then moved the needle one notch to the right.  Baste together.

I want to finish the edges with the serger.  I changed my upper looper to wooly nylon thread and decreased the tension to about 1.5.  I increased the tension on the lower looper to 4 (my normal setting was 2 and I used regular thread).  I set my stitch length to 1.5.  I let the serger do the trimming of the fleece.

Quickly press with a press cloth as the wooly nylon thread will melt. Pin 2-1/2” of 1/8” elastic into a loop on one front.

Stitch in place.

Add a button to the other side.

Here is the reverse side.

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Tuesday, February 17, 2015

American Girl Doll Bubble Dress Tutorial AG024 has a great tutorial on how to make the bubble skirt; however, I wanted to make a dress.  I started out by using Samantha’s Party Dress Bodice front and back and her neckband.  I taped the front and back together at the shoulder seams to make one piece.

I wanted a short, puffy sleeve so I used Kirsten’s Apron DressSleeve and used a sheer fabric.   Serge and hem the bottom of the sleeve.  Run two rows of gathering between notches at the top of the sleeve.

Stretch and zig zag over a 5” piece of 1/8” elastic about ¾” from the hem.

Gather sleeve to fit armholes on the bodice.  Serge or pink to clean finish.

Add neckband.  Serge or pink to clean finish.  Top-stitch towards neckband. 

Sew side seams.  Serge or pink to clean finish.  Set aside.

The skirt is cut from satin.  It is 13” long x 26” wide.  With right sides together, fold the longest side of the fabric in half and press.

Sew a casing at the bottom of the fabric by stitching ¼” seam from the edge of the folded part.

Feed 16” of 1/8” elastic through the casing using a safety pin.  This is how it looks after feeding the casing with the elastic. Pull the elastic and adjust accordingly. This is still with the wrong side of the fabric facing you.

Now, open the fabric wide.

With wrong sides together, fold the fabric in half. You are hiding the casing and the fabric is now on its right side.  Chalk or pin mark into quarters.

Gather the fabric until it is the same width as the bodice.

With right sides together, sew the bodice and skirt together with ¼” seam. Serge waist to clean finish and topstitch towards the bodice.

Serge center back seam.  Attach ribbon at side seams.  Add a button to the center.  Sew back closed about 3-1/2” from hem.  Add velcro.

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Friday, February 13, 2015

Milestone Birthday – 3 years old – B03c

I used the stamp aligner to line up my cupcakes.  I’m calling the tag a price tag – don’t know if that is what it is called for sure.  The 1” circle punch fits perfectly in it.  This is what I used inside it.

Each birthday is a new beginning, full of promise and opportunity and the chance to make dreams come true.  May happiness fill your day and may sunshine fill all your tomorrows.  Happy 3rd birthday!

Cardstock: Taken with Teal, White, Crushed curry, Really Rust.

Ink: Black, Taken with Teal, Crushed curry, Really Rust.

Stamp: Wagon Full of Fun, Memorable Moments.

Accessories: sponge, yellow glitter glue, Taken with Teal marker, Crushed curry marker, Really Rust marker, price tag, 1/8” organdy ribbon on Calypso Coral.

Punches: Martha Stewart border, 1” circle, 1/16” hole.

Font: Chalkduster size 24.

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Homemade Birthday Cards Received

I received lots of nice birthday cards last month but I want to share the home made ones.
From my sister, Arlene.

From my sister, Barb.

From my 6 year old granddaughter, Addison.

From Joanne, our SU! Workshop hostess.

From Sue, a good internet friend of many years that I have never met.

Thank you again ladies and everyone else!  I had a very special day!

Friday, February 6, 2015

MDS 165 AG Doll Scrapbook Page – AG Doll Restaurant

This is page 9 of 11 that I scrapped for Olivia’s American Girl shopping adventure.  Page 1 is HERE.
Background -  Designer Series Paper\_Designer Kits\Love Letter - pattern 11.
Embellishments - Basic Pearls and Rhinestones\Basic Pearls and Rhinestones - rhinestone large.
Stamps - Simple Friendship - vine, Seriously Awesome - rectangle frame.
Punches - 1.25 Circle Punch, Curly Label Punch.

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