Saturday, February 22, 2014

Scrapbook page re-do

I've been looking at this scrapbook page layout for some time now, and decided to re-do it.  I detest re-do's, my free time is precious and limited.  I did learn a few things:  a redo is still creative time; a redo is a chance to step out of habits; a re-do is okay because it says no one is perfect; I really like this re-do so it wasn't a waste of time.

I did this layout of my boys as a rush job at a November crop.  I don't know the paper brands or anything, they were part of the crop goodie bag.  It's okay, it shows the humor of the pictures, but the balance & details are wrong.

This is the re-do using CTMH products.
The redo was inspired by Make it from your heart Volume 2, page 9 pattern 2 adaption.  The base paper is "white Daisy" with a 3/8" border of "sky" blue paper.  The large "Sorbet" colour gear is cut from Cricut CTMH Artiste cartridge 10", and sponged with twilight ink.  The border gears are cut at 1.5" from "twilight"colour paper.  The centre band of paper is "Twilight" colour, textured with the Quatrefoil embossing folder.  The stamp in the upper right corner is B1433 Hostess Rewards "Family photo" set.  The stamp in the lower left corner is C 1566 "Tech speak", inks used are sorbet and twilight.  I used the Masking technique, a blending pen #3174 to highlight, and the "Rock and Roll" technique.  Between the pictures is faux matting of Lagoon Houndstooth Washi tape #Z1850 on strips of the "sky" coloured paper.  Sorry to be so link heavy, I don't know a simpler way to list all the stuff simply without getting too wordy.

I hope you are having fun playing with your supplies too.  Thanks for stopping by to take a look.

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Baby washclothes

A break from paper crafting, back to an earlier project I tried, really liked & needed to repeat.  My first attempt at flannel/terry faceclothes were 7" x 7", a bit small but passable.  I got the idea from Pintrest, and I can't remember the original site to credit to save my life. 
On the left is paired & waiting for the serger, the right is waiting for tidying.
Another assembly line job.  A few days ago I did all the cutting out.  I ripped the flannel to save time.  I did the terry cutting with a rotary cutter & board on the floor.  I can tell you, it is a great "butt" workout, since all those muscles are still speaking up!
The top (pink) a perfect corner, the duckies show knobby corners, I will tell you more about that.

Hack away the excess before coming to the corner so the serger can make nice corners.

Boomer being a Ham!  He paused long enough in his rocketing around the house for a picture.

A fierce wilder-beast hiding among the vegetation.  Indoors is his natural habitat. 

A cat can pretend, a kitty needs to enjoy his imagination.  He's been dumped in the sn*w, It doesn't impress him for some reason.

I don't measure so well it seems.  My attention wandered, whatever.  It was easy to line up one corner (2 sides) make 2 sides flush & 2 sides goofy.  I start where my finger points, and serge along the 2 goofy sides, then it all works out by the end.

Here is where I pause serging to hack away a piece big enough for the blade to get around.  
 Some of them I didn't lop off, so the extra fabric bulges the stitches to make nice knobby corners, (shown in the second, tri-corner, picture) in case that is the look you want to go for.
Then stitch right down to the edge. 

Hand-wheel off the edge one or two stitches, leave the needles up.

Lift the presser foot, pull the fabric to your right & turn that corner.

Then jam it right back in there, back in alignment, lower the presser foot and continue sewing until you run out of corners. 

When the pile was all done I pulled the chain tail, tied an overhand knot as close to the stitching as possible, and clipped the remaining tail off.  There are great Youtube videos for many serger brands showing how to do this with all the specifics of their brands.  That's how I learned how to make my Brother serger turn the corner.  This would be a great student learning project, or a "re-acquainting with your patiently parked serger project."  Its also a good idea to show the serger some love by cleaning it before putting it away. Mine just got a mighty "puff" to blow the lint out ;-)

I hope everyone is surviving winter and enjoying making things, or at least goofing off!

Saturday, February 8, 2014

Cloud 9 Kit Remake

card 1

card 2

card 3

card 4

card 5
The top card of each picture is the Cloud 9 January 2014 promotion.  The bottom pair were made with the discontinued Avonlea paper pack currently $2.00 in the "while supplies last" section on my CTMH online business address, and different inks, washi tapes and embellishments.  I think they turned out more neutral looking or even masculine, but definitely successful.  These kits come with instructions that can be remade 5 different ways: different papers, and different orientation x 4.  How's that for "bang for your buck!"

Monday, February 3, 2014

Create with Cricut® Collections

I have never shared a video on this blog.  This one is directly from Close to My Heart (CTMH) all about their 3 exclusive Cricut cartridges.  The artwork & information is pretty too :-)  Please leave me a comment if you like this type of sharing, or even if you don't.  Thanks for stopping by to visit!

Saturday, February 1, 2014

LollyDoodle Card Kit!

I just finished making this 15 card kit.  I couldn't resist the fresh spring-like youthful happiness it enthuses!

This kit is in the new Close To My Heart Idea Book Catalogue, Spring/Summer 2014 found on page 75, order number G1080.  I plan to make this kit again in a different paper package, why not?  All the formula work & calculations are done in the instructions, YAY for simplicity!  It's mighty chilly these days, may as well enjoy indoor time.  Thanks for having a look, I'd love to know what you think.