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!!


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!!  


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!!


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 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!!


Monday, March 3, 2014

Sweet Thank You Card

Today's post is going to be short and sweet!  Well, so is the card!  LOL Last Thursday I had SO much fun staying in my pajamas all day and playing with all of my papers, inks, stamps, embossing folders and embellies.  Much needed therapy, I tell ya!!

One of my favorite size of card to make is the 4 1/2 x 4 1/2 square.  The only problem is it won't fit in a regular sized envelope.  MAYBE I should make it a 4 1/4 x 4 1/4 so it will fit!  Now THAT'S an idea!

There is something about the colors of the Skylark paper pack that I have fallen in love with.  Funny thing is when I first opened the paper pack, I was a bit stumped as to how to work with it because the colors were so similar.  BUT throw in the Kraft CS and the Sweet Leaf and Lagoon colors just come to life.  Add some Burlap Ribbon and it gets even better!

Supplies used for this card are: Kraft, Lagoon, Sweet Leaf and White Daisy CS; A True Thank You; Aqua Dots; Burlap Ribbon; Lagoon Baker's Twine from the Paradise Baker's Twine Assortment; Dots Embossing Folder.  Cocoa, Lagoon and Sweet Leaf Inks were used for distressing.  Sweet Leaf and Lagoon Alcohol Markers were used to color in the sentiment which was stamped in Cocoa Pigment ink.  

Thanks SO much for stopping by!!

Hope this has inspired you to stay in your pajamas all day and PLAY with all of your scrapping/stamping goodies!!

Happy Scrapping, Stamping and Embossing!!