Wednesday, January 30, 2013

A Bun in the Oven!

Supplies:  Oven - Plus One Set - Lawn Fawn, 
pp - Bright Side My Mind's Eye 6x6 (SSS Card Kit - Sept)
Wine Bottle die - PTI, tuxedo black ink - memento, copics, 
glossy accents, machine stitching, 6x6 card blank.

When I saw that Cardz n Scrapz had the "plus one" Lawn Fawn set in stock (reduced in price) I grabbed it straight up!

I love this patterned paper by My Mind's Eye and decided to use contrasting colours with a change in direction to create a banner for the little oven to sit on.  I raised the oven with pop dots.  I stamped straight on to the patterned paper and machine stitched to the card base.

I stamped "Congrats" on the inside of the card.  This card is currently winging it's way to close friends!

Thanks for peeking - hope you have a wonderful day.

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Fancy a cuppa?

Supplies:  Coffee cup - Food on the Go stamp set - Jane's Doodles, 
Cupcake - Frame It stamp set - Waltzingmouse Stamps, 5x5 
Card blank, copics, cork mat, pop dots, tuxedo black ink - memento.

A very clean and simple card to share today.  I knew as soon as I saw Jane's new set - "Food on the Go" I just had to have it.  I teamed the "to go coffee cup" with a fun cupcake by WMS.  I was going to add sprinkles to the top of the cupcake and decided it was perfect just the way it was!.  I stamped on cork and cut it out to create the sleeve for the cup.

I spotted last night that "Jane's Doodles" are now going to be carried by Simon Says Stamp - great news - congrats to Jane.

Simon Says Stamp Challenge - Lets get paper piecing (hope using cork counts for the paper bit!)
Creative Creations Challenge - Keep it Simple
Pause Dream Enjoy - Desserts
Paper Playtime - Use some brown

Thanks for peeking.

Monday, January 28, 2013

Cute baby shoes!

Supplies:  Baby Shoes Digi Stamp - Jellypark
sentiment - Signature Greetings Set - PTI, 
pp - Memoir Collection Studio Calico, red cardstock - Canson, 
machine stitching, button from stash, embroidery floss, 
black tuxedo ink - memento, gems - Lost and 
Found Christmas - My Mind's Eye, roller adhesive, red ribbon - Tesco 
Copics - 0, C0, C1, C2, R46, YG03, YG23

Yay... I am back with a card.  I had to make a card right away with this amazing free digi by Jellypark (available to members and it's free to join!).

I paired it with a sentiment from Papertrey Ink and gems from a Christmas Collection!  Lots of mixing and matching going on!  I decided to make this card in non traditional baby colours.  Sorry the photo is so dark - grey, grey here today! with no blue in sight.

I am entering it into this week's Jellypark Challenges - Button Up!

2 Sisters Challenge - It's a boy/It's a Girl

Thanks so much for stopping by and having a peek.  I hope you have a wonderful week.

Wednesday, January 23, 2013


I have been missing because I am nursing this little cutie after her spaying surgery.

She is needing lots of cuddles!  Be back soon!

Friday, January 11, 2013

Card using free sentiment from Paper Crafts

Mornin' - sorry I haven't been around - things are busy here.

I am sure like most people I am starting to use instagram to take daily photos with my phone.  Sometimes I take them and process them through instagram or else through snapspeed.  It depends on the photo and my mood!

I wanted to share one I took of a card I just made (sorry about the quality - trying to share it to myself onto my pc was a learning process!).

The sentiment is a free download from Paper Crafts - check them out here. I just printed it out and matted and layered on dark red/white cardstock.  I also used pop dots under the bottom layer for added dimension.  I would have liked to add a wooden veneer heart but didn't have one! so I added a pearl instead.

Thanks for peeking.  Happy Friday!

Saturday, January 5, 2013

18 inch Doll Bed and Bedding

Preview of the finished bed and bedding!
 In early December I had an "ah ha" moment and knew what I wanted to give my husband's two eldest nieces for Christmas.  Needless to say he wasn't getting away with doing nothing! and kindly took a little detour on his way home from a business trip to make a stop at IKEA for me.
 I started with these - DUKTIG doll beds from IKEA which are suitable for dolls up to 18 inches long (American Girl Dolls).
The bed comes flat packed with bedding in a plastic bag. 

They come in unfinished wood which is very soft (marks easily) but I assembled them in about 10 minutes each.
The assembled bed and bedding.
 I decided to varnish one and paint the other.  I had planned on cream paint but when I opened the tin it was solid!  Plan B - my choices were burgundy red, pottery barn boys blue or Farrow and Ball green.
I opted for the tin of unopened "Vert DeTerre" Farrow and Ball that had been abandoned for an uncompleted project and got to work.  It took one coat of undercoat and two top coats.  The varnished bed took 3 coats (despite the tin saying 2 coat finish!).
Mid way through the process!
I created mattresses for each of the beds.

I used the instructions/tutorial from here - on "So Not a Domestic Diva" blog.  I had a remnant of fleece cotton which I used and did the box pleats as Lea did in her video.  One mattress is probably a tad too big and one is too small (because it was all the material I had left!).  But the fitted sheet hides a multitude!.

I checked it for size before I hand stitched the end of the seam (visible in photo above).  I used toy stuffing in the second mattress but you could use wadding or whatever you have to hand.
I got the fitted sheet and pillow tutorial from "From An Igloo" and quilt ideas from Jaime over on "that's my letter". I didn't actually patchwork though... just bought fabric in Home Focus that resembles patchwork squares!. 

The step by step for the quilt was much the same as the sleeping bag (that post is here) - 3 layers (top layer - patchwork fabric, middle layer - fleece, bottom layer - cotton fabric).
I stitched along the lines on the red quilt to give the appearance of patchwork! and stitched on the diagonal on the blue quilt.
I like how they both turned out.  The undersides of the quilts matched the fitted sheet but I didn't have enough fabric to make top sheets!. I added bias binding around the edges with the machine on the front and hand stitched using a slip stitch (invisible) on the back of each quilt.
Here are the beds side by side dressed with their quilts and pillows.  Instructions for pillows are also on the doll sleeping bag post here.
I made my quilts long enough to reach just above the floor - or alternatively they can be tucked under the mattress when the doll is in bed.
The extra pillows .... accidents!  They were pillowcases that weren't quite right so I cut them down, created two bolsters pillows/cushions and one sealed pillow sham.

Thanks so much for peeking.  As I said previously - I have never attempted anything like this before (hence my two sewing posts are devoid of sewing jargon/details!) and my machine has only ever sewn paper!  

Thanks so much for stopping by - hope this post gives you the encouragement to try something new in 2013.
Happy New Year!
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