Tuesday, May 12, 2015

An Introduction to--Sewing!

Many of those who have been following my blog, or know me, know that I have been paper-crafting for about 17 years now. Well, over the years my paper-crafting has become more of a job and not just a hobby. A job that I love! But, recently I decided I need to change things up on occasion. So, I decided to venture into sewing. I mean what paper loving girl wouldn't love to stand and drool over the colors and patterns in a fabric store!! Yes, please! The funny thing is, between my editing for CardMaker and my Sizzix projects my "job" and my "hobby" will still go hand in hand quite often with the addition of fabric. Gotta love it!

Anyway, that said I have been doing a lot of researching and learning a lot along the way--everything from tools to fabric to brands/products to stitches. So, in addition to my usual paper-crafting I would also share my sewing/quilting/home decor adventures with you! I already have lots to share and I hope you will follow along and learn with me. You can join me on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram as well....and bring your friends, both new and experienced, I'd love to learn together!

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Sunday, May 03, 2015

Quick & Easy Mother's Day Card

Happy Sunday! I'm back again today with a Clean and Simple (CAS) card design perfect for those last minute Mother's Day projects. 


*When using Originals dies use a die-cutting sandwich of: a Standard Cutting Pad, followed by the Originals die (cutting side up), cardstock  and tasecond Cutting Pad. 
*When using Thinlits dies use a die-cutting sandwich of: the Sizzix Magnetic Platform, a Standard Cutting Pad, chosen paper or fabric,  Thinlits die (cutting side down), and, finally, a second Cutting Pad.

Adhere snowflake Spotted cardstock to card front; trim to fit.

Die-cut large heart from patterned paper; attach to card front using foam squares.

Die-cut “MOM” from orange cardstock; adhere to card front.

Embellish card front attaching enamel dots to embossed pattern as desired.

And there you have it! 

Tip: Tie everything together using a simple element such as the dot design in this card. Easily accomplished by combining the dot patterned paper with the embossed cardstock.

Tip: This card can easily be customized by changing the colors and sentiment to fit the occasion/recipient.

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Thursday, April 30, 2015

Quick & Easy Mother's Day tag

Mother's Day is fast approaching so if you haven't already made your cards, tags and gifts now is the time to get started! I have a few "Mom" projects to share that I have recently created.  For today's project I have a quick and easy tag design.


1. Remove metal eyelet from light purple tag. *Tip: Removing the eyelet from the bottom tag allows easy layering without extra bulk.

2. Die-cut Mixed Media shape from center of white tag; attach on top of purple tag using foam squares. For this step you will use a Sizzix sandwich of your Sizzix Big Shot die-cutting machine and  sandwich of the Magnetic Platform, a Standard Cutting Pad, white tag, the Sizzix Thinlits Mixed Media die (cutting side down), and, finally, the second Cutting Pad.

3. Die-cut "MOM" from Gemstones cardstock; attach to tag using foam squares. Attach rhinestones along right edge. For Bigz dies, such as this begin with the a Standard Cutting Pad, followed by the Block Talk Capital die (cutting side up), cardstockr  and the second Cutting Pad. 

4. Wrap tag with ribbon as shown; tie in a knot.

5. Die-cut three flower layers from pastel purple cardstock using the same Sizzix sandwich as in Step 3; shape as desired.

6.  Layer die-cut flowers using foam squares. Attach pearl to center; attach to tag.

7.  Tie ribbon through top of tag. And there you have it!

Note: This tag can easily be changed to a Father's Day tag by changing the colors and adding a more masculine element in place of the flower!

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Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Customized Mug

Custom Mug Supplies:

Step 1: Trim patterned paper to the same size as supplied mug liner.

Step 2: Die-cut two 12-inch scalloped border shapes from Atoll Aqua color cardstock.

Step 3: Die-cut "MOM" from Heartfelt cardstock and heart from Love Potion cardstock. Adhere die-cut pieces to patterned paper liner.

Step 4: Insert customized liner into mug and replace inner liner.

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