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Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Baby Shower gift with matching bag and card.

I made this cute quilt and car seat canopy for a baby girl shower gift using the nursery theme as my inspiration. I wanted the elephant the same as the bedding so I made my own pattern from a picture of the bedding I downloaded off the Internet.  




I saved the image to file then opened it in my photo software so I could crop it down to 1 elephant.   Then I imported the file into a Word document using “insert picture from file method”, which gives me easy control of the size of the picture.

 
Now you are ready to save and print out your pattern. Don’t worry if the picture isn’t real clear, as long as the image shape is usable you have a pattern.

The quilt was so easy to make, all you need to know how to do is sew a straight line.   I found this great technique on the Internet, it was developed by Marguarita McManus called Crazy Shortcut Quilts as You Go Method.  Ever since finding this method I have been excited about making quilts.  Check out her blog for inspiration and where to buy her book.  I even converted my Mom, she wasn’t sure she would care for it, but after we put my niece’s quilt together she was sold.  I have to get a picture of that one.  We appliqued about 20 animals on it, about 15 came from the Create a Critter Cartridge.

Back to my quilt, the pinwheels were surprisingly easy too, I used a simple method I found on the Internet, at Valerie's Custom Quilting website.  Just look under tutorials for the Pinwheel PDF file. She provides very clear step by step instructions for making pinwheels.  I started with 7 ½ inch squares to make my pinwheels, so I ended up with about a 13 inch square.  The outside border was 4” and the inside border was 2 ½ inches.  I sewed the border around the pinwheel square to make about an 18 1/2” square.  I trimmed the squares to square them up to 18 inches.  The middle was 2 - 8 inch squares and a 13 ½ x 8 inch rectangle, the center strips by the name were 2 ½ inches. The outer strips were 4 inches, the same as the other squares.  I sewed all the middle pieces together to make it one square.  I then used the Quilt as you go technique to connect it all together. 

I used Cricut “Mickey Font” Cartridge to cut out the name in lower case. The letters are about 3 inches (you may have to adjust this size based on the name).   I really love that font for the little ones.  It is so whimsical, plus it is so easy to cut out and sew when appliqueing on quilts.  I use the blanket stitch around my letters to sew them on, be sure to do this before quilting.  This was my first quilt and I think it came out great.  The finished size was about 36x48 inches; it is perfect for tummy time at Grandma’s house.   

For the car seat canopy I used the same material and theme as the quilt.   I used a canopy pattern I found on the Internet.  It was developed by a wonderful lady, Calli, who took the time to write out the instructions and share them with us.   Be sure to check it out on her blog Make it Do., she has a lot of great things on there.

I wanted to personalize it, so I used my Brother SE-400 to embroider the baby’s name on the material I was using for the elephant.  I did this on the material before I cut out the elephant.   I attached the elephant using Heat’nBond Lite and used a blanket stitch around it to permanently adhere it.  If you know someone who has an embroidery machine you can have it embroidered before sewing it together.  I myself am a novice at embroidering, I have only figured out small names. 
  
To finish off the gift, I decided to make a gift bag and card using the same theme.

I purchased a simple gift bag in purple at Wal-Mart and decorated it myself.    I used the Cricut Elegant Edges cartridge for the white circle cut at 11 inches.  The flowers were cut from the Spellbinders Grand Calibur Carnation Creations dies (just 2 layers). I curled the edges of the flowers to add dimension and connected the layers with white brads. These dies will also cut fine in the Cuttlebug; none of the dies are too large to fit on the 5x7 plate.  I also used the same font for the name. 



For the card I used “A Child's Year” cartridge to cut the card itself; the tag was cut from the Winter Frolic cartridge, but there are tags on several cartridges.  The scallop layers on the tag were cut using Spellbinders “Scalloped Rectangles”. I made the tag about 5”, but I had a large bag.  I used purple glitter paper and a pink polka dot paper on white card stock.  I had a congratulations stamp lying around I used or you could print it with your favorite font on the card stock before you cut it to size.   You can’t tell from the picture but the elephant is attached with pop dots.

The gifts were a big hit at the shower, the parents even framed the gift bag to hang on the nursery wall.  They thought it was too cute to throw away.  It is always a pleasure to have your gifts treasured so much.  That’s why I love giving things I made myself. 

Till next time

Happy Craftin”




Mini Monster birthday card


I made this card for a 10 year old boy.  I got the idea from a card I saw on Pinterest.  The original card used Stampin' Up punches, which I don't have.  I do have the Cricut Mini Monster cartridge and found these cute little monsters on it.  I thought they would be just as cute.

I made my own card using red card stock and trimmed it down to 5x7 inches.  I used white card stock for the background cut at 4 ½ x 6 ½.   The plain white paper seemed so plain, so I had an inspiration.  I remembered how we used to stipple paint on the walls with paper for that faux finish and marble affect.  So why not give it a try with ink on card stock? What’s the worst that could happen? I have to throw something away, I’ve done that before.  I pulled out the old saran wrap and crinkled it up in a little wad and used it to dab the ink around.  I used a very light touch, just re-wad up saran wrap for a clean spot for the next color; I used the same colors I cut the monsters out of.  I also had a star stamp and stamped a few of those around; most of those seemed to get covered though.  It added a little something and was just enough to brighten up the card without over powering it. 

I cut each monster at 2 ½ inches.  I only cut the basic and all the layers, I didn’t do any shadows.  I also hid the eyes on all the monsters using the "Hide Contour" feature in Cricut Craft Room (CCR).  I also, removed the mouths on the blue and green monsters too, I drew these in with a gel pen.  You can find tons of videos and instructions using the "Hide Contour" in CCR all over the web.  

I glued plastic wiggly eyes on each monster instead, which I think gives it much more character.  The green monster has two different size eyes.  I had them on hand from a previous project.  You can be purchase these at any craft store, they are about $.99 for a bag, Walmart may even have them.  You will have plenty left over for other projects.  (I use them all the time when I make little critters, the kids love them).  Before I glued each piece together I chalked or inked around the edges to add a little definition and then just added some details.  I find this just gives your cutouts a little better look and hides all the little imperfections. 

I didn’t have the perfect birthday stamp so I found a font to download on the internet.  I downloaded the font Spaceout Open from a free website and colored it in with my Bic permanent fine tip markers (These markers are acid free and work great if your paper isn’t too absorbent, so do a test first).  I created the label by welding a rectangle and two circles in CCR to cut out with my Cricut, I used Craft Room Basics (free with Expression 2 machine), but any rectangle and circle from other cartridges will work. I sized the rectangle approximately 3 ½ by 1 ½ inches and the circles were about ¾ inches.  Be sure your images welded together before cutting.  I printed the sentiment on white card stock in bold and then cut it to fit the label.  I put it all together with yellow brads.

I’ll post instructions for adding poems to your cards later.  Please visit me again to so my next project.  I have a few that have been completed I just need to write them up.

Until next time,


Happy craftin!

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Minnie Mouse 1st Birthday Banner


Tools I used:
Cricut Expression 2  and Cricut Craft Room (CCR)
Cricut cartridges used:  Disney - Mickey & Friends
                                       Disney - Mickey Fonts
Spool of Tulle - light pink
12 sheets 8 1/2 x 11 black paper
4 sheets of 12 x 12 patterned paper 
8 sheets of 12 x 12 coordinating solid paper (shadowing and scalloped circles)


My grand daughter just turned one this month.  It was a very exciting time for me; she is my only grandchild.  So being the proud Mimi I am, I wanted to make her first birthday special.  Mom and Dad decided that Minnie Mouse would be the theme, in pink and white. 

Finding pink and white polka dot paper during the winter months was difficult, but Michaels came through.  I caught it on sale too.  I can’t take credit for the design of the birthday banner, I got that idea from searching the internet.  I saw so many versions and then came up with my take on it.

I used my Cricut to cut everything.  I used Mickey and Friends for the Mickey heads and bows and the Mickey Font for the lettering.  I cut the Mickey heads at 5 inches and the bows and lettering are 2 1/2 inches.   I punched holes in the ears and used tulle to string it all together. 


This Minnie was cut using the Mickey font cartridge at about 6 inches.  I can’t remember exact size, the 5 inch size wasn’t an exact fit with the Mickey heads so I adjusted until it was about same size.  I added a little blush to her cheeks with chalk.






This Minnie was cut at 7 inches.  The background was cut using the Grand Nestabilities – Grand Scallop Circles (LF-124  I found this for a great price on Amazon $21, other wise shop Jo Ann’s they put these on sale 50% off).   I used the two largest dies.  You can cut this with your Cricut too, but I find the scallops aren’t as perfect. 


 I tacked it on the wall to decide where to punch the holes and adjust the drape.  I think it came out adorable.

I then punched holes (single hole punch used to punch holes in paper for binders) to put the tulle through so everything would hang just right. 

All the bows and lettering have a shadow layer, I did this to make them a little sturdier.  The printed paper was a little too light weight.  Since Mickey font is kind of quirky I didn’t really worry about how I placed the letters.  It really didn’t take much time to do once I decided on size and design.  I used four sheets (12x12) of printed paper for the lettering and bows.  You will need four sheets of solid for shading also.  I had 8 ½  x 11 paper for the Mickey heads (purchased a pack of black paper at Michaels when it was on sale).  If you use the scallop circles you will need another 4 sheets of paper (8 ½ will work for this).  If you get your paper on sale like I did it is very inexpensive.  I purchased the tulle from Hobby Lobby when it was on sale too.  So I would say this cost me less than $10. 

Hope you like it, I sure enjoyed making it.  I got rave reviews at the party.  Of course the little one could have cared less, but Mimi will be scrapping the whole event.


Happy Craftin!

Friday, January 24, 2014

Hello


Hello, if anyone happens to see this blog, please be patient with me.  I am in the process of getting it together. I am new to this and it is a learning process.  I have hopes of adding links and pictures of all my projects. 
 
My inspiration is my grand daughter, who just turned one and my 5 year old niece.  They are the driving force behind most of my projects.  Little girls are so much fun to create for. 

My first project I will share is a Minnie Mouse themed birthday party.  I made the cutest banner and cup cake tower decoration for the party.  I am trying to figure out how to link everything.

So please stop by again and share my creations.

Till next time, Happy Craftin!