Thursday, September 18, 2014

Quilt Block Tips

This post falls under the category of "Ask and You Shall Receive"!  Isn't it cool when that happens?  I was trying to remember the last time that happened to me - it may have been more likely that is was "Beware What You Ask For"!  Yep, that was probably it!

There's not a lot to beware of here, at least.  Several of you emailed and left comments asking questions about THIS quilt block card (with a free image offered by Free Pretty Things for You and me) that I posted on Monday.   So I'll show you how I did it.

You'll notice this cad has very few changes from the earlier one.  I already had quilt blocks die cut in the same paper, so I just changed the image - isn't she adorable - and the sentiment (and a couple of pink pearls).

The first thing I did for this post was Google Search "Quilt Block Die".  The reason for that is because this die is part of a Make It Market kit from Papertrey Ink.  I don't see that they are selling it by itself.  Maybe they will later.  I found one very similar at WPlus9, but they seem to be sold out.  I was surprised not to find more, maybe you know of another quilt block die out there that didn't show up in my search.  So, I'll make an offer to you:  if you would like you can send me paper and I'll be happy to die cut it for you or you can give me an idea what you're looking for and I might have something that will work for you.  You can email me and we can work it out.

One tip is that I think this card works best with coordinating pattern paper.  This paper is from Shabby Miss Jenn's from the Forever Fall set.

Running tape on the back of the quilt block makes all the difference in the world - talk about easy to put together - the tape grabs the pieces and keeps them in place so that you can easily place the pieced quilt block on a card.

Next, I taped the two quilt blocks together on the back, one beneath the other - measured them and cut a card base to match.  Before gluing the quilt blocks in place on the card, I glued the scallop border to the left side.

And that darling little girl can be found at Studio Shine Vintage.  Such cute things there!

Hope you've had a lovely week and are looking forward to a fabulous weekend!

Monday, September 15, 2014

Thankful + Free Image

It's time for Keren  (Free Pretty Things for You) and I to share some "Cute and Sweet" with you.  Ruth Newton's illustrations are certainly cute and sweet!  This one is from Ruth E. Newton's Mother Goose book - page after page of adorableness!

I thought it would be fun to create a thankful card.  Her dress made me think of autumn and it seems to me the puppy is thankful to the little girl for taking such good care of him.  

You can create your own project because Keren cleaned her up and even changed her cap and apron to pink!  You can download the cream colored apron image HERE.  Click on over to Free Pretty Things for You to get the pink apron version.  

So glad you stopped by!

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Vintage Halloween Cuteness!

Besides creating, what do you like to do?  I love to visit Lauren, have lunch with Dennis and with my parents, I love to read (zombies are a guilty pleasure), I love a vintage find!  I am in love with these darling pumpkin and black cat decorations.  Not exactly sure what they were, someone thought maybe a cake topper.  They are too big for a cupcake.   Well, whatever they were, I decided I would turn them into ornaments.

Some ribbon, twine, button, glittery black cat and star later (along with some fighting with the hot glue gun), I was perfectly happy!  This will make a nice addition to my Halloween decorations!  This little item was one of the Choux Box Kits.  A few other lovely ladies will be adding this cutie to their Halloween decorations, too!  

Hope you're having a lovely week and I'm so glad you stopped by!

Saturday, September 6, 2014

Owl Gift Bag

You can never have too much happy!  I've had a happy day:  lunch with Dennis, creating new things, seeing Lauren's pictures of her new puppy, Percival.  I hope you've had a happy day!

This owl project makes me happy, too:   It's cute.  It's easy.  It's fast.  It's fun.   It's all about how to get this from this:

Need a gift bag quick?  Use an envelope to make it.

Need a tag quick?  

Use a cute store bought card and make it even cuter!  I just added the Happy tag on the front and a cute sentiment inside.  It's kind of cool that it's a tag and still a card.

The last thing is a felt flower embellishment just to make it even better.

A little bit of washi to dress up the clothespin and some twine loops:

I like to use a thick glue, like Aleene's.  

Cut and layer some felt flowers.

I used Petals and Posies Dies from Reverse Confetti.

I leave you with more sweetness (this is Percival):

Have a great week!

Monday, September 1, 2014

Birthday Cards + Free Image

Are you one of those people who have all the birthdays you celebrate memorized?  Or are you one of those people who keep track of them all in a pretty book?  Or are you one of those people who find themselves saying things like, "Oh, it's your birthday!?"  In spite of creating several of the aforementioned pretty books, I (oh, so unfortunately) am one of the third type of people.  Sad, isn't it?  The people who asked for these two cards fall into the top two categories - I would love to be so organized!

Isn't she a cutie?  You can find her at Studio Shine Vintage.  

You know I love Agnes Richardson images.  This one is available to download below.

You can click on the image above or download it HERE.

I should probably create and actually write in a birthday calendar of my own.  I would love to have time to do that!!

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Cutie Circus Decorations!

Hi, there!  When was the last time you went to the circus?  I think we went one time when Lauren was little, so we're talking 25 years ago for me.   Dennis and I have been watching a show that reminds of a really awesome circus sometimes:  America's Got Talent.  We'd never watched it until this season.  Maybe they should combine several of the acts and take them on the road!

I guess America's Got Talent put me in the mood for something circus-y and then my grandma asked me to make a card for my little cousin's seventh birthday so...

Isn't this clown adorable?  I got it from Retrofair Graphics.  I don't think you have to be seven to enjoy this!

This cute circus elephant is from Studio Shine Vintage.

I can think of several ways you could use these circus decorations - cupcake toppers, party favor bag toppers, birthday bags or cards, a banner....I'm sure you can come up with many more!  Here's how easy they are to make:

Make fringe first.  I layered 6 strips of crepe paper - 2 of each color, alternating colors.   I've made fringe before by sewing down the middle, but I really think I like gluing down the middle better.  I thought it would be a great idea to cut it with fringe scissors, but mine cut way too thin strips.  There is no need for each cut to be exactly the same, just start cutting, stopping at the glue line.

Next, make the stars.  I cut three stars and glue them together.  This makes the star nice and sturdy and it holds up well to the glitter and the hot glue on the back.  The clown has stars that are displayed with wire.  I use 24 gauge wire for this.  Make a coil in the wire - the coil is great for adhering to the back of the star with hot glue.  I always glitter after adhering the star to the wire.  I hot glued the stars onto the back of the clown.

Cut off a small piece of fringe and glue to the straw.  I put a ring of glue all the way around the straw and wrapped the fringe around the straw.  Next adhere the clown, elephant or other image above the fringe.  And FLUFF the fringe.   Fun, huh?

If you want to use the decorations on a bag, a paper clip is a great way to hold it in place.

I stamped a cute ticket to use on the party favor bags I made.

Fun, sweet circus bags!

I wonder who will win America's Got Talent?

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Welcome Back to School

My friend, Souna, teaches first grade.  She's an awesome teacher and I adore her.  I needed a new partner and I knew as soon as she started talking in the interview that I had to have her.  She was a trooper - hired only two days before school started - can you imagine?  That was 15 years ago (or so) and we've been friends ever since.

Souna called me up before this school year started and asked me to make her a new door decoration.  She has a lot of holiday cutie signs that I've made for her, but I've never made her a Welcome sign.  

This was really fun to put together.  I used the apple print dies and stamps and a new die included in the County Fair Kit from Papertrey Ink .  The sign is made sturdy with three layers under the pattern scallop (110 lb. paper) and then another slightly larger.

Now it's happily welcoming first graders and their parents to class.  Happy school year, Souna!  
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