Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Freshly Made Sketches 133

Thought I would share my creation using the sketch from the Freshly Made Sketches Blog.  I was pretty tickled with the way it turned out!  Although I missed the actual challenge, I still wanted to share!!

Again, I am using the "Free To Be Me" papers from Close to my Heart's National Scrapbooking Month special.  You too can get your hands on this BRIGHT AND CHEERY paper pack starting May 1st through May 31st!!!



I kept this simple, yet sweet as I tend to do MOST of my cards!  LOL  I used Lagoon and Smoothie Baker's Twine from the Paradise Baker's Twine assortment.  LOVE how it adds just a bit of fiber, without taking away from the arrows on the background paper!

Thanks SO SO much for stopping by!!

I hope that this inspires you to play along with the weekly sketch challenges over at Freshly Made Sketches!  I believe a new one is released tomorrow!  Stay tuned for that sketch too!

Happy scrapping and stamping!

Jen

Monday, April 28, 2014

Mojo Monday 343 with Sneak Peak of May's special!!

Recently, I have lost my crafting Mojo.  But if I am going to be honest here, I had lost my Mojo in all other areas of life as well.  This winter was a DOOSY on my spirit.  BUT I am FIGHTING to get it back and I think I am WINNING!!  LOL

You know how I LOVE to play along with the Mojo Monday sketch challenges.  SO I am not only posting THIS weeks sketch, but LAST weeks sketch as well!!

 How do you feel about "signs" in your life?  I believe that everything happens for a reason and that there are signs along the way that tell me things are going to be ok.  As I am sitting here, typing this out, I realized something.  The name of this SUPER CUTE paper pack that will be making its debut in May is called "Free To Be Me".  How fitting that is for where I am at in my life right now!!  No wonder I am falling in love with the BRIGHT AND CHEERY colors and patterns from this pack!!

Mojo Monday 343

May is National Scrapbooking Month, as most of us scrapbookers/stampers know and Close to my Heart ALWAYS has a GREAT special to go along with the celebration.  This year is NO exception!!  Starting May 1st -May 31st you will be able to purchase this pack for just $5 with a $50 purchase.  Check out my website www.jenbennett.ctmh.com for complete details on what comes in the paper pack and how you can purchase it starting May 1st!

ALSO available starting May 1st is the PERFECT stamp for ALL card occasions!  It is the May SOTM called You've Got a Friend.  The COOLEST part of it all is that when you purchase the "Free to be Me" paper pack, with the qualifying $50 purchase, you also get the SOTM for $5!!  I think it is a deal you CANNOT pass up!!

Mojo Monday 342

This card uses one of CTMH's mini stamps called "Perfect Polka-Dot Day".  I cannot tell you how much I LOVE these little stamps.  For just $2.95 each, they go PERFECTLY with most sized cards and they are SO STINKING CUTE!!  I colored this in with a retired Ruby alcohol marker.  The feathers were fussy cut from the feather paper in the "Free to be Me" paper pack.  They were pretty simple to cut out, otherwise I would not have taken the time to do it!   LOL

Thanks SO much for stopping by today!!  

I hope this has inspired you to treat yourself in May to this AWESOME deal that CTMH has for us!!  

Happy Scrapping and Stamping!!

Jen

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

My Lazy Daisy April Flavor of the Month - Creamy Dreamy Delight

Each month, My Lazy Daisy introduces a new Flavor of the Month.  April's Flavor of the Month is Creamy Dreamy Delight and is filled with GORGEOUS neutral fabrics and projects for you to create or add to your always growing fabric "stash"!

If you would like to order any or ALL of this Flavor of the Month collection, website at www.mylazydaisy.net/jenbennett under Flavor of the Month.


Creamy Dreamy Delight is available April 1st through June 30th, 2014 OR while supplies last.   



Cotton Collection Kit: Carrying Case (fits a notebook and your iPad). Approx. 20” x 11.5” finished. SKU: 90033. Retail Price is $29.95. 


Cuddle Creation Kit: Florentine (quilt). Approx. 58” x 70”. Soft, minky quilt kit. SKU:  90034. Retail Price is $74.95.


Scallops (72 cotton scallops in soft neutrals, 24 of each size: 4 ½”, 3 ½”, and 2”) SKU: 90031. Retail Price is $22.95


Charms (package of 24 – 5” x 5” assorted cotton prints in soft neutrals): SKU:  90030 Retail Price is $12.95. 


Cakes (package of 24 – 10” x 10” assorted cotton prints in soft neutrals):  SKU: 90029. Retail Price is $19.95


Fat Free Smoothies (package of 6 fat quarters in soft neutrals) packaged in a smoothie cup, complete with a straw. SKU: 90027, Retail Price is $19.95.



4 pack Fat Free Smoothies (comes in a darling tote). $74.95. SKU 90028. Retail Price is $74.95.  



Sprinkles:  A variety of embellishments that coordinate beautifully with our Creamy Dreamy Delight collections (in soft neutrals), hand picked by our experienced staff. Order multiples for lots of variety!  SKU: 90032. Retail Price is $18.95

Can't decide which one to order??  You can have it ALL for just $179.95!!  When you order the FULL Kit and Kaboodle, you will also qualify for $25 in FREE Hostess Rewards!!  Contact me to find out how!

Thanks SO much for stopping by!!

Hope this has inspired you to order some FUN new fabrics and projects that you can add to your "collections"!!  LOL

Happy Scrappy Sewing!!

Jen




Sunday, March 23, 2014

Pillowcase Dress Made into a Pillowcase for ME!

Yesterday, I sat down to put together the Pillowcase Dress Kits that I purchased from My Lazy Daisy.  Thank goodness I had watched Val sew the Minky Pillowcase a couple of weeks ago, or I may have been a bit lost as to how it was all supposed to come together.  Then again, maybe it was a BAD thing to have watched her assemble it as when it came to sewing the side to form the dress version, I ended up sewing the bottom as well.

After realizing that the pillowcase DRESS had just become a pillowcase...I REALLY LIKED IT as it was....a PILLOWCASE!  SO I finished it and put it on my pillow, instead of taking the seam out and completing it as a dress.



It is hard to tell from the picture, but there is a 1 1/4" band that goes between the striped fabric and the floral fabric.  I LOVE this extra touch and will be adding it to all of my pillowcase projects from here on out.  

I don't know about you, but I don't use pillowcases that coordinate with my sheets.  It's not that I don't have any, it's just thatI spend a LOT of time on my pillow and I want it to be FUN and personal.  Not to mention, my hubby and I have the same pillow, so to keep them straight, I have always had to put different pillowcases on them to tell them apart!!  LOL  SO why not have a personalized pillowcase??  When the kids were little, I embroidered their names on the edges of the pillow and sewed Ric Rac at the seam to add a bit more color to them.  

Thanks SO much for stopping by!!

I hope that this has inspired you to go get some fabric and make yourself a pillowcase so you too can have something fun to sleep on!! 

Happy Crafting!!

Jen

Friday, March 21, 2014

Cupcake Surprise Quilt Top

I probably should get back to paper crafting...but I am having SO much fun sewing this last couple of weeks!  My BFF has been coming over on her day off to "play" and I feel like a little kid waiting for our play date each week!

When I joined My Lazy Daisy, the consultant kit included several projects to get us started on our new journey.  One of the kits that I received was the Party Topper - Cupcakes.  While I LOVE the fabrices that come in the kit, I wanted to do something more with the fabric than sew it in a 46" square.

SO I went through a baby quilt book that I recently purchased at my Bernina store here in Omaha and found a quilt that I could make using the amount of fabric that came in the Party Topper kit.

I really feel like these photos need to be rotated...but I honestly don't want to spend the time to do it!  LOL SO just imagine them laying horizontal!!



I thought it would be fun to show you the process of putting it all together!  Kind of cool to see each piece taking shape as they are sewn together.  


After sewing the 3 1/4" square to the 3 1/2 x 6 1/2" rectangle, cut off excess fabric, leaving 1/4 inch seam allowance.


Repeat with 2nd square to end up with partial block below...


Next, sew a 3 1/2" block to both sides of rectangle...


There are rectangles that do not get the squares sewn to them.  They will be sewn to the sides of a 6 1/2" square and will look like the block below...


Sew each layer to create this block...


Then sew 2 blocks together, matching seams, to create 3 rows of blocks that you will sew all together and add 1 3/4" strips of fabric to both sides then top and bottom.


Lastly, sew 4 1/2" strips to the sides, then both top and bottom to complete the top of the quilt.  


I will use the blue fabric as my binding once I have it quilted.  My back will be a soft Minky, which I have not purchased YET!  lol I will not be quilting this myself as I do not have the confidence to do so at this time.  

Let me know if you have any questions!!  

Thanks for stopping by!!

Hope this has inspired you to get out one of those kits you purchased YEARS ago and use it for something completely different than what you purchased it for!!  This was a FUN challenge and I cannot wait to get started on my next project!!  Now to find a baby girl to give this to....

Happy Scrappy Sewing!!  

Jen

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

My Lazy Daisy Projects

Last week I had fun "playing" with my new box of goodies from My Lazy Daisy!!  After almost 8 years of scrapbooking/stamping with Close to my Heart, I forgot how much I LOVE LOVE LOVE sewing!!  There is just something about the hum of the sewing machine and the process of cutting the materials, sewing them together and having a beautiful completed project!!

My BFF and My Lazy Daisy Downline, Val,  came over on Friday to work on the Minky Pillowcase Kit that she purchased from the April Flavor of the Month, Black Bubble Tea.  I have to be honest here...seeing this online, I was not too excited about "needing" to order it.  BUT as with most things, seeing it and feeling the Minky in person in addition to seeing the completed project, changed my mind!!  I now NEED to order it!  LOL


The Black Bubble Tea Minky Pillowcase Kit can be found on my website under Flavor of the Month.  This kit is available during the Month of April, or while supplies last!  



Because the pillowcase took Val NO TIME AT ALL to complete, she SO VERY KINDLY put together these SUPER CUTE Hot Pads from the Farm Fresh Blue collection!  These measure 9x9" and would make a GREAT gift for anyone who has a kitchen in their home!  LOL



Last but not least...this was the tea towel that I completed using the Farm Fresh Brown Ruffled Tea Towel Kit.  This tea towel is HUGE!!  Including the ruffle, it measures 20 x 32".  There are several other tea towel kits to choose from, including one that coordinates with the hot pads above!!  

Thanks SO much for stopping by!!

I hope that this inspires you to either learn how to sew...or dust off your sewing machine and fall in love with sewing all over again!  LOL

Happy Scrapping, Stamping and Sewing!!

Jen


Saturday, March 8, 2014

Embossed Kraft CS Using the Quatrefoil Folder

When I purchased all 5 of Close to my Heart's embossing folders, I had NO idea that I would fall in love with them SO quickly!  Mainly because I had been using other companies embossing folders with my projects for a few years now.

I have gone through phases with embossing over the years as well.  When I first purchased my Cuttlebug and my first few embossing folders, I embossed EVERYTHING!  LOL  Then I tired of the look and forgot about them.  Then I would go online and see the fun cards/projects that people were making with the NEW folders that were coming out.  SO I would buy the new ones and play for a while with them and then forget about them once again!

Then Close to my Heart introduced their 5x7 embossing folders in the Spring/Summer 2014 Idea Book and I fell in love all over again!  LOL  AND that brings me to my card today...


This card was kept fairly simple, yet it turned out pretty darn sweet!  I LOVE the burlap with the Kraft CS and the Lagoon Baker's Twine adds just the pop of color it needed to bring out the Lagoon CS and Lagoon Patterned paper from Skylark.  The flowers were cut at 2 1/2" and 2" using Close to my Heart's Art Philosophy Cricut Cartridge.  The "thanks" sentiment was actually cut out from a larger stamp...one of the perks of CTMH's stamp sets!!

ANYHOO...thanks SO much for stopping by!!

I hope that this has inspired you to play with the different embossing folders and paper that you have in your stash!!  

Happy Scrapping, Stamping and EMBOSSING!!

Jen