Saturday, March 31, 2007

{ cupcake apron extravaganza }


Yesterday Jill, Andrea & I had our apron sewing fest at Andrea's house. Here's the completed apron! Don't you just love the fabric? The pattern was a bit of a pain in the butt to work with, but thankfully a quick phone call to Quilt Essentials helped to solve one of our problems and we were able to get them done. Believe it or not this apron used way more green mirror dot fabric than chocolate chip cupcake fabric. All the green pieces are double sided and were cut on the bias. I'm hoping to make a tote bag or something with all the leftover bits.

Enjoy the rest of your weekend! What's the weather like where you're at? It's a gorgeous sunny day here. Spring at last!


PS. What do you think of the new look for my blog? I did it myself - woohoo.

Friday, March 30, 2007

{ win some crafty stuff }

Sarah is giving away some goodies on her blog! It's a little tricky though... there are sneak peek photos of 7 products and you have to guess/figure out which companies make each product. It took me awhile and I "think" I got 6 out of 7. #6 has me stumped! Good luck!

Thursday, March 29, 2007

{ card contest winner }

I'm so excited!! When I got home from taking the girls swimming I had an email from Tara at Creative Accents stamp store in Williams Lake saying that I'd won second place in the Stamping Bella category of her card contest!! You can see all of the entries on her blog here.

{ frayed ribbon tutorial & neat punch trick }

Yesterday when I was blog browsing I saw the cutest cards on Susan Farrant's blog so I emailed her to ask how she did the frayed ribbon. She directed me to this awesome tutorial on ribbon fraying and has allowed me to show you her card (to the left) here on my blog! I'll definitely have to give this technique a try. I love the look.

This tip is too good not to pass on! Visit Hop Art Studios to see how to use your square scallop punch to make an ultra cool tag! I love it when people think up new & creative uses for the punches we already own. And I love it even more when they share their ideas with the rest of us!

Monday, March 26, 2007

{ swap cards }

{ create your own scallop circle }

I just came across the coolest tip on another blog. I totally could've used this a half an hour ago! I was trying to cut our scallop circles with scissors and had to scrap my efforts since they looked like crap. This, on the other hand, is a great idea! Check it out here.

Sunday, March 25, 2007

{ so blessed }


Over the last few days I've received these 5 beautiful raks in the mail! I feel so blessed to be a part of such an amazing group of generous and talented women! Thank you Allison, Sarah, Monika, Rachel, and Julee! Your cards look so beautiful hanging on the card string in my stamping corner!

Have a great week!


{ blog candy winner }

To randomly choose a winner for my JammyBella stamp blog candy I asked my sister to pick a number between 1 and 172 and she picked 171, so the winner is:

Melanie Kuzik said...

Well you have ruled out stamping so will have to go with biking, hiking golfing and reading I love spending time with DH and the first 3 can involve him so they must be #1

Congratulations Melanie! Please email me with your address so I can get your stamp sent out to you later this week. Or if you already have this stamp please let me know who you'd like me to send it to as a gift.

{ card 3 }

Doesn't this card remind you of a sidewalk cafe in France? That's the look I was going for anyway LOL.

I can never remember the names of my bellas... this one is JavaBellas, right?

I love this coral ribbon. When I run out I'm going to have to find a source for more of it! It's such a gorgeous color.

Have a creative day!


Saturday, March 24, 2007

{ card 2 }

Here's the second card I made with the Paper Pretties box! I had a bit of a stamping accident while making this card. I was removing the guide or whatever you call it from my Stampin' Up! corner rounder punch to do the scalloped border and the plastic guide thingy snapped in half. How sad. :-|

If you look closely you can see that I sewed the ribbon to the card using a scalloped stitch on my sewing machine!

The stamp I used here is my favorite bella stamp... flowahbella.

{ bella blog candy }


Please leave a comment here with your name (un-named entries will be disqualified) and tell me what your favorite pass time is other than stamping or the computer. I will draw a winner on Sunday, March 25 after Desperate Housewives.

And the prize is.... JammyBella! If you already have this stamp you can let me know who to send it to as a rak/gift.

Have a great weekend!


ETA: Donna Baker came to the rescue with this adorable JammyBella card she just created! Thank you for allowing me to post it here Donna! It's so stinkin' cute!

ETA #2: If you're in B.C. there are 2 places you can buy bellas stamps. 1. Urban Trends store in Abbotsford and 2. Creative Accents store in Williams Lake, and of course you can always order them direct from Stamping Bella in Ontario. If you're new to the bellas I should let you know that they come un-mounted. They do not come on foam and wood like SU stamps.

Friday, March 23, 2007

{ blog candy }

There's some great blog candy to be found here. Let's help her get over 100 comments!!

{ train squares }

Hi again!

When we went away last week I packed some cotton yarn and a crochet hook in my carry on bag so I could crochet on the train. Here's what I have done so far. I'll post a picture once I've completed the afghan... that could be in a week or a year depending on what distracts me along the way. 


{ fabric card }


Here's a card I designed for my first Craft Critique report. You can read it here if you're interested! If you are a regular reader of Craft Critique you may have already seen it. It was posted last week while we were on vacation in Oregon.

Notice that I used a piece of fabric that was leftover from my last quilt project? I am still in love with that fabric! I have some left still and I plan to make some sort of tote bag with it. I originally planned to make a set of pillow cases to match the quilt, but I don't have enough fabric to make them both the same so I will probably pass on that idea.

Today I had the great fun of going with Jill to a Sewing and Crafts show at the Tradex. Wow, was it ever packed with eager quilters and other crafty ladies! I had no idea it would be so busy, but we didn't let that stop us from shopping! I bought the most adorable quilt kit to make Rachel for Christmas, plus a snowman quilt wall hanging kit, the adorable cupcake fabric for the apron that I've been longing to make... etc! Lots of fun!

Tomorrow morning I will be posting the blog candy that I've been promising you!

Have a creative weekend!


ETA: I attached the fabric to this card by sewing it on the sewing machine. I didn't use any tape or glue for the fabric at all.

Thursday, March 22, 2007

{ my pizza box arrived }

Both stamps are from Stamping Bella. The girl is called DaintyBella and the sentiment is (obviously) "oh happy day". The patterned paper is Crate and the card stock is bazill. The image was colored with ink & a blender pen.

Wednesday, March 21, 2007

{ blog candy listings }

I don't know how she does it, but Allison is the Blog Candy Expert Extraordinaire! Check out her blog daily to see who has Blog Candy up for grabs!

Tuesday, March 20, 2007

{ stay tuned for blog candy }

Just wanted to give you the heads up that I will have blog candy coming very soon!! Hmmm I wonder what it will be this time…. Any guesses?


Monday, March 19, 2007

{ rak from heidi }

Last week or so I won some ribbon blog candy on Heidi's blog and here it is with an adorable little card she sent me! Thank you very much Heidi. It's always fun getting mail like this instead of bills & flyers!

Sorry if you've emailed and I haven't gotten back to you… still busy busy busy and hope to be caught up very soon!

I hope you're enjoying spring break.


Sunday, March 18, 2007

{ rak from jana }


Thank you Jana for this beautiul card! I especially love the chipboard flower! I sure wish Cuttlebug would come out with a die like that. Can you imagine?! Thanks again Jana, it was a really nice surprise in my mailbox!

Have a creative day!


Thursday, March 15, 2007

{ scs blogger rak }

Trips to the mailbox are so fun lately! Look what arrived today... a beautiful card from Dawn! I've been a regular visitor to Dawn's blog for a few months and have been admiring her beautiful cards, so it's very exciting to receive one from her!

Thank you Dawn!

Check out the unique fold on this card! Isn't that amazing? So cool!

Woooooo Grey's Anatomy is on tonight and apparently it's not a re-run, which is nice! Did anyone watch Lost last night? Wasn't that SO good?! I never would've guessed that Jack had a half sister on the island.

Enjoy the rest of your Thursday!


Wednesday, March 14, 2007

{ heather bailey rocks }


Yesterday I was in Quilt Essential Fabrics in Abbotsford with Jill... just browsing, enjoying all the beautiful fabrics and quilts, not intending to buy anything other than a pattern for a tote bag or knitting needle organizer. Anyway, while I was there I was admiring this funky, fun, vintagey, retro quilt when all of a sudden I realized it was Heather Bailey's brand new line of Fresh Cut fabric! I'm a huge fan of Heather Bailey and have been reading her blog for quite awhile, so to stumble upon her fabric in a local quilt shop in my town made me jump for joy. Thank you Heather for designing such fun fabric! I am *SO* going to enjoy making a quilt with this! And I hope there's enough leftovers to make a cool tote bag.

So, the logical and sensible thing to do would have been to take a deep breath and quietly leave the store. Did I do that? No!! Of course not. Instead I bought 2 of the Fresh Cuts quilt kits! This will give me enough fabric to make a twin sized quilt for my oldest daughter. It will be her Christmas present or Easter if I get it done by then LOL.

Guess what else we saw at Quilt Essential... an apron made out of the most gorgeous cupcake fabric! Of course the fabric sold out almost instantly, so Jill & I will have to wait a couple weeks to buy some of this beautiful stuff so we can make ourselves some aprons! Andrea, you should join us in an apron making fest, I think!

Also on our adventures yesterday we made a trip over to a neat little stamp store called Be Creative where I was able to pick Haroldine's brains about her Terrific Tape. I will be reviewing this tape soon over at Craft Critique - you won't want to miss it!

Happy Creating!


PS. The quilt pattern I'm going to use can be found here. I'm going to double it and not put a ruffle on it, just a regular continuous binding. You can find excellent instructions for the binding on Heather Bailey's blog.

Monday, March 12, 2007

{ fun felted flowers }

Over at Sarah's blog she's holding a "Red Card Contest" and this is what I came up with for my entry. These little flowers are so fun to make. All you do is run the felt through your cuttlebug with the flower dies and, voila! You end up with these little cuties. I hope my red card has inspired you to enter the contest as well!

Have you been to the Craft Critique site today? There's an interesting article by Julie Fei-Fan Balzer and some beautiful quilt inspired scrapbook layouts! And later this week my article and projects will be published on the site- so exciting!

Happy creating!


Sunday, March 11, 2007

Saturday, March 10, 2007

{ latest watermark }

I'm so pleased with how this watermark turned out that I just had to share! Melanie emailed me about an hour ago to order a watermark and I had some free time this afternoon so I designed it for her right away.

Melanie recently started her stamping blog and she has a really adorable card posted. You've got to check it out! I love the background stamp especially.

Friday, March 09, 2007

{ so many punchy ideas }

You've got to check this site out and bookmark it, if you haven't already! There are SO many unique and creative ideas for using punches. Lots of out of the ordinary ideas that you might not think of. I especially love some of the ideas I saw for using the Giga Scallop Circle punch, which of course, is one I don't have!

Craft Critique: Paper Punch Carnival!

{ card }

Here's a card I just made. I bought this stamp at Michael's for 40% off after seeing it on Amy's blog the other day. My favorite part of this card is the linen stitching on the left side of the flower image. I think it's a nice touch! It's fun to combine sewing with card making.

Have a great weekend!

{ blog candy }

Help Melissa give away her Giga Scalloped Circle Punch!! This is something I would absolutely *love* to win! I have the square and oval, but I still "need" the circle! Anyway, if she gets 100 comments on her blog candy give away she will add a giga scalloped circle punch to her prizes! Woohoo.

Click here for Melissa's Blog Candy.

Thursday, March 08, 2007

{ a very rakky day }

I recently joined the Splitcoast Stampers Bloggers RAK Club and now my mail box is starting to fill up with pretty cards! If you are a member of SCS and have a stamping blog you should definitely join this RAK group! It's so fun to be able to send & receive cards to/from some of your favorite bloggers.

Today I'd like to share with you the 3 cards that I've just received. The first one is from Beate Johns. For this card she's used a transparency overlay, which is attached only with the brads. All of the stamping is done on the transparency. It looks so cool! Thank you Beate! I appreciate the nice note you wrote me, too.

This next card is a beautiful cuttlebugged card from Kelly aka Emmistamps. Thank you Kelly! I love this color combo. It's one I will definitely have to try! Also, do you know where you got that stitched ribbon? Love it!!

The third card is a fun design by Nicole. I love how the little slip is colored and then covered with dazzling diamonds... such a pretty glittery effect! Thank you Nicole!

Wednesday, March 07, 2007

Tuesday, March 06, 2007

{ quilt is finished }

Here's my quilt! It's totally finished.

Quilt Recipe:

All the fabric I on this quilt is the Chocolat line by Moda Fabrics. I bought my fabric at Carola's and Hamels. I found a quilt online that looked like this one, but I couldn't find a pattern anywhere for it, so I got out my graph paper, ruler and calculator and figured out how to make it. I later learned that the pattern for this quilt is a Moda University pattern.

I had the quilt quilted professionally and they did an absolutely beautiful job! It's quilted in a nice meander. You can see the quilting on some of the darker areas.

For the binding I used Heather Bailey's wonderful instructions. I printed them out and laminated them to keep handy by my sewing machine.

When I started this quilt I decided not to pre-wash the fabric - shocking, I know! So then I was a little nervous about what would happen when I washed it.

Overall making this quilt was a very rewarding and enjoyable experience and I'm really looking forward to making more. I finished this one much quicker than I thought I would so I'm hoping to make my girls each a quilt for Christmas. If you see any good deals on quilt kits (particularly moda fabrics or similar quality) please let me know! I've been eyeing up the Emma quilt kit at Hamels, but I'd rather get it cheaper if I could. :-)

Monday, March 05, 2007

{ blog yum }

Head on over to Nancy's Creative Mess - she's giving away Blog Yum!

{ Julie K has blog candy }

Julie K gives away blog candy every month on her blog. I won in February and just received a fun package in the mail from her! She sent me a wonderful assortment of sequins, ribbons, vellum & other fancy papers as well as a few collage items. Be sure to check out her creative blog and get entered in her March Give Away!

Sunday, March 04, 2007

Saturday, March 03, 2007

{ what's this? }

Woohoo.... guess what this is a picture of and guess why it's so exciting!

ETA: Yup, you guessed it... it's the binding for my quilt. Yesterday I sewed the binding to the quilt with the sewing machine and then last night I was able to get half of it hand stitched to the back of the quilt. I hope to get the rest done tonight.

Friday, March 02, 2007

{ blog candy }

Help Alli choose a new name for her blog by voting for your favorite! Click here to vote.

{ some cards }

Here are a couple of cards I had fun making tonight when I was stamping with Jill & Sarah. Thanks for the fun evening girls!

All stamps, cardstock, ribbon & ink are SU. I'm not sure what brand the chipboard & the bling are and I'm too tired to dig through my stanley to find out. :-) If you have any questions about these card designs please post a comment and I'll get back to you with more details.

Have a great weekend!

PS. Thank you for all the watermark orders, everyone! Keep them coming! :-) If you're waiting to hear from me regarding your watermark I'm sorry I didn't get back to you today. The whole family hasn't been feeling well for a few days, but I hope to get all caught up on Monday.

Thursday, March 01, 2007

{ and the winner is }

I'm excited to announce the winner of the Flourishes stamp set from Paper Pretties!

Dawn Mercedes said...

My favorites:

1. that cute bandaid tin b/c I'd love to decorate one

2. Making Memories Tool Kit b/c I have it and LOVE it and USE it a lot

3. the Card Greetings set...b/c I WOULD use it a lot...

Along with the flourish set you are offering as Blog candy...pick me!

Dawn, please email me with your snail mail address so we can get your prize sent out to you!