Friday, August 14, 2015

The Puffies Have Left the Building!

Submitted by Linda
Several years ago, I saw a card made by Kristina Werner at and was obsessed with finding the supplies to make it. It included some "Puffies" stickers, which I found that summer (on a trip to Oregon) at a Michaels store. Then later on I hit the mother lode at my local Tuesday Morning.

At Tuesday Morning, they were so cheap, that of course I had to stock up. And by stock up, I mean I probably bought 15 packages of Puffies.

So, years later, this summer, when I did my annual 'craft room clean out', I came across them. In the spirit of Konmari (see this post HERE), I had really been getting rid of supplies that I probably wouldn't use. (How did I do this? My question to myself was: "If I were to work on a paper crafting project, would this item be in the top 10 supplies I would want to use?" If the answer was "no", then off they went!)

But these Puffies were so stinkin' cute! So at my our recent stamp club gathering, I pulled them out and used them up! This first one features Stampin' Up's new brick style embossing folder.
 The super-cute cursive font stamps are designed by Kristina Werner and can be found at Simon Says Stamp.
 The words on this strawberry card are from the SU Sweet Stuff set.
 On the fruits I was hoping to find some punny words, like "we make a great pear", but I didn't have anything on hand. So back to the cute font we go!
I think they are very fun and I will be happy to use them! Now, my next objective is to stay away from Tuesday Morning.

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Christmas in August: The Children Were Nestled....

Submitted by Linda
In January, my mom and I always go to the Road to California Quilt Show in Ontario, which is funny, because I am definitely not a quilter. But we always seem to find cute embroidery patterns, or fun buttons and trims. Last January, I bought a Crapapple Hill pattern for Christmas pillowcases. 

Whilst on the Clovis trip in March, I found the perfect red accompanying fabrics, so this summer, those pillowcases were on my to-do list. Now, I know many of you hate seeing the Christmas decorations out so early, but the truth is, if I'm going to do any holiday projects I must do them in the summer when I have time off.  

So here they are. And yes, I did pull out my Christmas Quilt for the photo!

I texted a pic to Michelle when they were done in all their rick-racked glory, and this was her reply: "If, God forbid, you die a sudden death, I have dibs on those pillowcases!"  I just can't wait to pull them out in December!

Thursday, August 6, 2015

Birthday Card, and My Pinterest Rule of Thumb

Submitted by Linda
Because I often stamp with friends, I find that when a birthday comes along, I don't have a 'fresh' card that they haven't yet seen. Recently I needed a birthday card for a stamping pal and I pulled this fantastic idea off of my pinterest board. 
To see the original, made by "Julie", click HERE. Now, as for Pinterest, I will confess that I have quite a few things pinned. My 'rule of thumb' for pinning card ideas is that I choose pins for supplies and stamps that I mostly have on hand (or can borrow). There are a ton of cute ideas out there, and that's my way of limiting my number of pins on my paper crafting board. 

Stampin' Up is always retiring stamp sets (probably to keep the demand up for what's new?), but I have a few retired sets that I use all the time. A perfect example of an 'oldie but goodie' is "Circle of Friendship" from 2006, shown in the center of this card. That little circle fits in a circle punch perfectly, and the set has sentiments for all occasions. (It's pretty cheap on ebay, if you 'need' to get your own!)

Thanks for stopping by!

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Crabapple Hill Mason Jar Dishtowel

Submitted by Linda
So, I wouldn't say I'm an advanced 'stitcher'. I basically do lots of backstitch, with a french knot here and there, and some lazy daisy stitches thrown in. In fact, I recently read that I'm not supposed to be making knots on the back, but am supposed to weave the threads in and out so that they don't come loose. This scares me, especially on a dish towel that is going to go through lots of trips through the washing machine. So I confess, I'm still a knotter.

Lately, as I've been doing lots of stitching at my mom's house, I have found that sometimes a stitching pattern doesn't take long enough. So I recently pulled out this Crabapple Hill Mason Jar pattern. It features several different bouquets, all in mason jars. It's designed for a quilt, but since I only sew on the machine when I absolutely must, I decided to put it on a dishtowel.  It took much longer than my usual projects, and I think it is just the prettiest thing (if I do say so myself). 
Please take a close up look at the dimensional flowers. This was a new stitch for me, and I love love love how they turned out! For beginners out there, every stitch you could ever want is online, diagrammed and on you tube. And you can find lots of simple and free patterns on Pinterest and on Bird Brain Designs.
I did end up adding some pink crochet trim along the bottom, just to top it off!

Monday, August 3, 2015

Sweet Stuff and Some "Contraband"

Submitted by Linda
Off and on for many years (mostly on), I've been a part of a "Stampin' Up Stamp Club". Basically, this involves being a part of a group who gathers to stamp and purchase more supplies, while giving each member an opportunity to enjoy the hostess benefits. This is a great way to build up your selection of stamps, tools, papers, and so on, without spending a lot at one time. One of our club member's husband accuses us of being a 'cult', with all of our cutting and pasting and spending. I remind him that if this is our only vice, then we're doing pretty well. And don't get me started on all of the joy and sunshine a handstamped card brings to the recipient! Not to mention the fun I have creating it all! So there!

For the most part, I will stand by the Stampin' Up products - their color families are amazing, and really help coordinate the inks with the papers, which can be a challenge. There are a very few "contraband" (non SU) items that I will buy at Michael's on a coupon (tombow tape runner refills, for one), but other than that, I try to limit my paper crafting purchases to my monthly club.

However, I'm about to get to the disclaimer. I love love love the October Afternoon product lines, and I will reluctantly admit that SU doesn't seem to ever offer much with a vintage vibe.  I also get tempted now and again by the Lawn Fawn line of stamps. 

Recently, I needed 2 cards for 2 girls who were turning 2! So I pulled out the October Afternoon Cake Walk papers, and came up with these cuties. The stamp is from SU's Sweet Stuff set. I used the Decorative Label punch for the sentiment. I love these papers, contraband or not!

Saturday, August 1, 2015

Stitching Update: Live Simply

Submitted by Linda
During my hiatus from blogging, I was still spending lots of evenings at my mom's house stitchin'. One of my projects was a birthday gift for Michelle. I love these Mill Hill kits because they're pretty easy, and they are stitched on paper (rather than fabric), so that you don't need an embroidery hoop. I think the dimension of the beads make it so cute!

I knew Michelle had one for fall, winter, and summer, so this was my choice for a spring design. She's also into simplifying her life, so this is apropos. 

Michelle's been on a big trip recently, so she hasn't seen the finished product yet, though she did see it 'in-process'. It turned out so cute, I may need to make one for me!