Monday, March 24, 2014

Batman Envelope Pillow Cover

Here is the latest sewing project that I made yesterday.  This is right on time for me to link up and participate in Ashley's "You Made It and Love It" link party at her blog Make It and Love It.  This is the second envelope style pillow cover I've made as they are so fun and quick to sew.  As with my first one, I again followed the instructions by TheCraftyGemini on Youtube.  I went shopping on Saturday and purchased the Batman fabric and a 18" Soft n Crafty Classic Comfort Everyday Design pillow form at Joann's.  I was looking for a 14" or 16" pillow form but was only able to find a 18" so I went with that size.  I only bought a yard of fabric thinking hoping :0 it was enough but with that size pillow form, the fabric was a bit short.  If it wasn't a directional print, and the pillow form was 14" it would have been fine but I did want Batman to be face up, LOL!  I checked my fabric stash and found the perfect blue fabric to complement the Batman fabric but I needed the front panel to measure 19"x19".  To make up for the shortage, I cut the front panel to 16x16 and added 1.75" strips (including 1/4" seam allowance) of the blue fabric to all four sides.  I didn't measure the strips correctly at first because I had it all worked out in my head. (oh yes, I can remember all this math and fractions, duh--math--my worst subject in school, oops, LOL) But, of course I forgot and luckily my memory kicked in and I measured the first strip, halfway sewn, and still under the needle!  So I ripped it out, cut 4 more strips correctly and finished up the front panel.  A few more seams and finally the cover was complete!
front view

back view

front view without pillow form

Saturday, February 1, 2014

A new year and a quilt from 2013

Wow, it's the first of February and this year seems to be going fast already.  I haven't been crafting as much as I'd like lately but I did manage to finish my first quilt a few months ago!  This was such a long process mainly because I worked on it intermittently over the last 5-6 months but it was worth it!  I didn't create it with much overhang but enough to cover the top of a twin size bed.  It's my first quilt and with very limited crafting space, I made it a size comfortable enough for me to handle. I had some left over Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (TMNT) fabric from a pillow I made for my son several years ago.  I thought a quilt would be a great use of this leftover fabric plus I've been wanting to make a quilt for a while now.  I did have to buy additional fabric to complement the colors in the TMNT fabric and I think it worked out fine.  And as I've read and heard from other quilters online, there is no quilt police!  You have creative freedom to make it your own!  I had to keep telling myself this to keep my nerves at bay and to keep from getting discouraged, when some of the seams didn't exactly line up, as well as reminding myself that it's my first quilt!  Woo, but I got through it of course, LOL!  I used my basic sewing machine (a Kenmore) and my dining room table!  I created a scrappy binding from strips of the various leftover fabrics.  And the backing? Oh my that was a challenge but I found a video on YouTube titled Backing.wmv by sewandquilt.  I am so glad that popped up in my search because it was the visual instruction I needed.  It helped me a great deal!  Also, one thing I would do differently is to mark the quilting lines before quilting.  I thought I could wing it and keep the lines straight but at one point, I was getting crooked so I tried doing a wavy design but that wasn't working so I went back to a straight line in the middle of stitching; oops, LOL!  Hey, it's the thought and love that goes into making it that counts, right? LOL!  Well, here are a few pictures.  Have a nice day!


Tuesday, November 12, 2013

A few cards and gift card holder

Here's a few cards and an envelope gift card holder that I made over the past several months for various family members that I'm now getting a chance to share. 

Floral images-Gina K Designs Elegant Flowers stamp set; sentiment-MFT Stamps Time for the Bubbly stamp set
Paper Pieced cupcake liner and Stickles added for some sparkle; stamped images-MFT Stamps It's a Cupcake Kind of Day stamp set
Floral image-Just Rite's The Greatest Joy stamp set; sentiment-Hero Arts Decorate it stamp set
I needed a quick way to present a gift card to my son--I followed this video here:

Thursday, May 16, 2013


This birthday card starts off with a white card base.  The pink panel, Pretty in Pink card stock from Stampin Up, was embossed with the Cuttlebug paisley embossing folder.  The floral image is from Stampin Up's Bloomin Beautiful stamp set.  The petals were colored with Copic markers R20 (Blush) and R22 (Light Prawn) and the stem and leaves with a Chromatix marker (Grass 2).  I used a die from Cuttlebug's Red Tag Sale font set to cut out the image and I added a pink bow to the top.  The word celebrate is from part of a sentiment in My Favorite Things' a la modes Time to Celebrate stamp set.  I inked up this word using Stampin Up's Pretty in Pink ink and cut it out using Stampin Up's word window punch.   Lace ribbon and three mini brads are the finishing embellishments.

Sunday, May 12, 2013

Happy Mother's Day

Happy Mother's Day to all the Moms including mine! 
The hydrangea image on this card is a stamp image from Rubber Stampede.  I stamped it onto watercolor paper and embossed with gold embossing powder.  I colored it in with some Marvy LePlume markers and finished it off with a ribbon bow.  The word "Mom" is an image from the Gina K. Designs stamp set called Lovely Shelf.  The completed image was cut and also matted using a few Spellbinders Labels Eight nestabilities die.  

Saturday, April 27, 2013

Sweet Birthday

My second card of the year!  I finally got some mojo to create this card for my cousin!  The cupcake image is from MFT's "It's a Cupcake Kind of Day" stamp set and the sentiment is from GKD's 100% Sweet stamp set.  I paper pieced the cupcake liner with KI Memories pp.  I colored the cupcake using Marvy LePlume II marker #85 (mocha) and American Crafts Chromatix markers (Rouge #1) and (Rouge #2).  I used Spellbinders' nestabilities dies to cut the plain and scalloped circle (My Mind's Eye pink pp adhered to a piece of card stock for thickness).  I added a Prima flower and a Making Memories brad for a bit of embellishment.  I added sparkle to the cherry and the paper using Stickles glue "Icicle".  I finished the interior with more of My Mind's Eye and KI pp and a sentiment from Fiskars' "Birthday Cheer" stamp set.

Saturday, January 12, 2013

Happy New Year

Happy New Year! 

For my first card of the year, I used the MFT Wednesday sketch #105.  The main image is from MFT's a la modes Big Birthday Wishes stamp set.  I colored it with Prismacolor pencils and gamsol.  I've tried this coloring technique a couple of times before so I'm still practicing but I really like how the gamsol really smooths out the pencil strokes.  The sentiment is a $1 stamp by Studio G that I purchased from Michaels sometime last year.  I really like how bold it is and it's size fit perfectly with the image.  The card base is cut to 6" x 5 1/2".  I used Stampin Up's night of navy and real red card stock, and the patterned paper is by My Mind's Eye.