Sunday, October 26, 2014

T-SHirt Dresses

Hi Everyone,

This post isn’t about scrapbooking today, it is about the sewing.  I had to share these cute little dresses,  They were so easy and I absolutely love them. 

If you can sew a straight line, then you can make these dresses.  I found the instructions on Pinterest, searching for a T-shirt dress my daughter-in-law wanted for my Grand daughter.  I have also pinned it to my wall, for a quick find.

Supplies you will need.  

Material of choice, I recommend at least a yard for the length, or you will have too many seams.
T-shirt in correct size, make sure you wash it, if you plan on adding an applique.
Sewing Machine

Here are quick instructions, if you don’t need to see a picture. For a 2T t-shirt I measured  the length of the t-shirt from the neck to the hem, which  is about 17”  You divide this measurement in half  and round to the nearest even number to get 8 inches.  Then measured the hem of the t-shirt, which is 11 inches, multiply this by 4 to accommodate the gathering, so I need a piece 44" long.  This gives you a piece 8"W by 11" long.  If your material is that long, cut two 8"x22".  A couple inches less for the 44" won't matter that much, it will just be a little less fuller skirt.  Watch the pattern of the material before you cut, my pattern ran one way, so I had to cut it in the right direction or my little flour di lis would have been sideways.  

Sew the side seam(s) and press the seams open, unless you use a serger.  Hem the skirt, by folding up once at 3/8”, then the second time 5/8”.  Sew your hem now, it’s easier before you gather and attach it to the t-shirt.

Mark the two sides of the skirt, fold in half and mark the two halves.  This gives you four marks evenly spaced on the skirt.  This helps with getting the gathers even around the skirt.

Gather the unfinished side.  If you don't know how to do this I'm sure you can find a video on the internet.  I usually sew a basting stitch along the edge at about 1/4"  then again at 7/8".  I pull the top threads to make the material gather.   Be sure the thread doesn't pull out the other end.

Gather it a little more than the size needed, as you pin it to the bottom of the t-shirt, right sides together. The t-shirt should be in the middle of the skirt, hanging downward.  Sew it together at about 5/8”, be sure to sew between the two gathering lines.  Turn it right side out and press the seam up towards the t-shirt.  Now on the outside, sew about 1/4” from the seam around the t-shirt to hold the seam up, it helps prevent bulk.  Pull out the gathering thread, and you are finished.

You can make this with any t-shirt, even one that already has a design.  I just used plain t-shirts and added my own, so I could personalize.  The Chevron alphabet I purchased from  My Vinyl Designer.    

The chevron Fleur Di Lis I created myself using an image on the internet.  I will be sharing this file next month to all my Close to My Heart Customers.  Please come back and place an order with me.

I will definitely be making more of these T-shirt dresses.

Till next time,

Happy Craftin!

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Chalk It Up Scrapbook Layout

Hi there!

Here is an adorable Scrapbook layout I created using the Close to my Heart Chalk It Up papers.  It’s perfect for scrapping school events and pictures, and it would be perfect for making something for your child’s teacher.


I got my inspiration from the Scrappy Friends Challenge.  You can enter each individual challenge or make one project that covers all three, which is what I did.  The rules are pretty straight forward and allow for your own interpretation.  Check them out and see how others have been inspired.

There are three separate challenges are as follows:

1.  The layout sketch is from GrandDiva’s Creative Corner October Sketch Challenge. This is a great layout, that emphasizes 1 photo.  I thought it would be perfect for that school year picture. 

2.  An October Tic Tac Toe challenge from, Through the Eye's of Rochelle. I went with the diagonal row, Paper clip, orange, and glitter.  It’s hard to see in the photo, but my black strip is Black Shimmer Trim, from Close to My Heart.  The Chalk It Up papers includes the color Sorbet, which is a shade of Orange, and my paper clip is from an old set Laughing Lola.

3.  And last but not least, the Scrappy Word Challenge, from Creating With Paper and More.  As you can see I chose the word sweet, which definitely describes this beautiful little face, oh to be young again and so enthusiastic about learning.

This is a fairly simple layout, once you figure out how to cut the sun rays.

I didn't photograph how I did this, but am in the process of doing another layout, following this sketch.  I'll take pictures of how I cut the rays and add a post later, so check back if you need a visual.

I stamped my the Sorbet layer behind the picture with my In The Background #D1540 stamp from Close to My Heart.  I used the Exclusive Ink Stamp Pad in Sorbet

The banner under the picture was from SVG Cuts, box card "Let's Celebrate". I cut two banners.  One one I added text and used the slice feature to cut it out.  I cut the ends off of this banner and  to  layered it on top of the other piece.

wrote the school name with my Explore, using a black metallic gel pen, and then I filled it in by hand.   I used an adjustable pen holder I purchased from Chomas Creations.  I love mine, it really has made using my gel pens easy and instead of spending money on new pens I didn't need I purchased this adapter for the ones I had.  It's worth the money if you already have a large stash of pens. I'm getting the marker holder next.

The think grow learn was cut from the CTMH Artbooking Cartridge.  This cartridge has a lot of great images.  My sister will add the journaling later.

Be sure to check out my website,, if you are interested in any of the products used in this layout.  Plus, we have 8 other perfectly coordinated packs for your scrapbooking needs.

If you order this month you can get the following deals.  

Plus, with your $50 order you can also purchase the Stamp of the Month for $5.  

Both of these items are valued at $24.95, and you get them both for only $5.  That's a $19.95 savings.  The SOTM is also sold for $17.95 during this month, but the ribbon is exclusive for this month's campaign and not for sale.

I hope you enjoyed this layout and please stop by or better yet follow my blog for more inspiration.  I don’t mind when you copy my designs, after all that is what this blog is all about and I certainly get my inspiration from other bloggers.

Till next time.

Happy Craftin!

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Art Philosophy Easel Christmas Card

I spent yesterday trying to create an easel Christmas card.  I was having a bit of trouble deciding how to put it together.  I found a little challenge from Stick It Down .  Very simple rules.  After seeing this sketch within an hour I had a finished card.  It gave me the kick I needed to pull it all together.

I was inspired by the color collection of Close to My Heart's Snowhaven paper pack.  I used the Glacier and Cranberry card stock included in this pack.  

My card face is White Daisy, cut at 5.5 x 4.25", I layered it with a piece of Glacier cut at 5.25 x 4".  I embossed this layer with Snowflurry by Anna Griffith.  For the frame and red strip I used Cricut Cuttlebug Swiss Dots.  I sanded the embossed images to bring out the white core and give it a patterned look.  This is definitely one advantage to white core paper.  

All of the images I used are from the Art Philosophy cartridge.  The sentiments were printed using the print feature on my Explore.  I had a stamp, but somehow it walked off, I sure hope I can find it.    I purchased a great little tool, the Chomas Creations Explore pen adapter.  I can use all the gel pens I already own with this adapter, I've tried other techniques to make my pens fit, and I found this to work perfectly.  It is definitely worth the investment.

It's hard to see in the picture, but I sprayed the card with pearl shimmer spritz.  I made my own with the CTMH Create A Shade paint and water.  This paint has retired, but you can use any pearl finish acrylic paint and water.

I used the Chevron ribbon that was this month's special.  It is no longer available, but with an order of $50 or more, you will receive a free roll of ribbon.

The stamped image is the October Stamp of the Month.  I stamped it with Versamark and embossed with a silver embossing powder.  I you are interested in this stamp, it is available for $5 with a $50 purchase.  If you want to purchase separately it is available for $17.95, through October 31, 2014.  It will no longer be available after that date.  So get yours now!

If you want to make this easel card, start with a piece of card stock 4.25 x 11".  Score it at 5.5 and 2.75 inches.  Fold it in half, then fold the top in half, see the picture below.   Attach the front of your card (4.25x5.5") to the bottom half, only.  

To make sure the front stands, use pop dots for your sentiment, or decorate with something that is not flat to the card.  You could use brads, gems, or buttons.  You just want something for the front to rest against.  If you use a colored base, cut a piece to layer on the bottom for writing you poem or message on.  I plan on stamping mine.

I also entered in two more challenges

Mema's Crafts October Tic-Tac-Toe and Craft-Dee Bowz: Monthly Challenge.  Both required ribbon on the project, I don't use a lot of it, but I did on this one.

That's another Christmas card finished, just have about 15 more to go.

Till next time,

Happy Craftin!

Artfully Sent Gift Bags Vol 2 - More than just cards,

Hi everyone, 

Thanks for taking the time to hop on my blog.  This is the second edition of Artfully Sent projects.

I have two quick gift bags I made using the Artfully Sent Cartridge. 

Both of these bags are the 5.25 x 8.5” size I purchased from Michaels.

The first one is a quick and easy Christmas gift bag that  took only about 10-15 minutes.  
I cut the Merry and Bright card, Image #M100C73 at 8.7”.   Before cutting change the score line to cut.  If you don’t want to waste the other half, use the hide contour feature and hide the card.  Then use the words and slice into what ever shape you like.  Here is how it looks.

 First, detach card image, the hide the card base.  You are left with the image you want to slice

Add the shape you want to slice this image to.
Center it, now select the two images and slice.

Move the sliced image, Now you have the image you sliced and and a new overlay.  Size as needed.

I layered mine with a white background to make it stand out more.   Super easy.  I added a bow and a tag I made using this month’s SOTM.

My second gift bag I made using the Roses Pocket Card, Image #MCDF49 (Page 37 of Handbook).  I adjusted the size to 4.25” W x 6” H, make sure to unlock the image before changing the size.

I added a piece of pink paper under the large rose and green under the stems and leaves.  This is an easy way to add a little more color to these images.  I layered it with a scalloped rectangle measuring 5x6.5”.  

I stamped the sentiment with CTMH Stamp set B1419,  Joyful Birthday 

and the  butterflies with CTMH Stamp D1627,  Your own Kind of Wonderful

I made a tag using the stamps included with Artfully Sent collection.  Since these images are a little difficult to find in Design Space I am sharing my file for all the frames that coordinate with this stamp.  I have started keeping all my coordinating images in files so I don’t have to look for them all the time.  Check out my Design Space Page, I have files for the stamps I own.  

Artfully Sent Stamps

Or here are the images I used, you have to ungroup these images for the stamps.

Add a little bling, a bow and your finished.

Quick and easy and as you can see, the Artfully sent can be used to create other projects.  Don’t forget those pocket cards are good for Picture My Life pages.  

Don't forget our October deals.

Plus, with your $50 order you can also purchase the Stamp of the Month for $5.  

Both of these items are valued at $24.95, and you get them both for only $5.  That's a $19.95 savings.  The SOTM is also sold for $17.95 during this month, but the ribbon is exclusive for this month's campaign and not for sale.

Try using this cartridge for other projects, you won't be disappointed.

Till next time.

Happy Craftin!

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Close to My Heart - Arfully Sent Cards Volume 1

I am going to make each card on the Artfully Sent cartridge.  I will be making at least 1 per week, so check back each week to see which one I made.
Arfully Sent Cricut Collection

My first card is a Halloween card, which I plan to send to a dear friend who loves giving and receiving cards.  She truly appreciates my efforts and really enjoys opening my new creations.  I cut this card at 10", this makes a 5x7 card.

It was my first one, and folding and adding the insert is a little tricky.  I don't think I did mine right, because it doesn't open all the way.  I need to view a few videos.

I am using the Scaredy Cat paper pack, available for purchase here!

Scaredy Cat paper, get it here!

The cover was created with a SVG file from Miss Kate's Cuttables.  I actually got it for free, she offers an SVG image each day for free.

I used the new Cut and print feature to create the cover label.  I thought it would be a little too difficult to cut individually.  I tried to match the colonial white color that coordinates with this paper pack.

I think it would look better if I had a better printer, this feature is only as good as your printer.  Mine is acting up these days.

Add a few embellishments and your finished.  These are really quick cards and there are so many to choose from.  I have a Get Well card that I made using three different card patterns, I will be posting later. For some reason I have been losing my posts that are in draft format.

It may be a little late to get your "Scaredy Cat" paper and create projects this year, be sure to add it too your wish list.  It will be available until the end of July 2015, when the new Idea book comes out.

Don't forget our October deals.

"FREE" roll of chevron ribbon with a qualifying $50 order. 

Plus, with your $50 order you can also purchase the Stamp of the Month for $5.  

Both of these items are valued at $24.95, and you get them both for only $5.  That's a $19.95 savings.  The SOTM is also sold for $17.95 during this month, but the ribbon is exclusive for this month's campaign and not for sale.

Get yours now!

Friday, October 10, 2014

Look Whoo's One - Birthday Card

Here is an adorable little card for the little ones.

I created this card to enter in Scrap It Girl's October challenge.  Since I needed a birthday card for a little girl turning one, I knocked two things off my list.  This will be my second entry, I previously entered one of my Christmas cards.  Jump on over to her blog and see what others have made.

I was inspired by the Lollydoodle paper pack from Close to My Heart for the color combination.  Unfortunately this paper pack is no longer available.

The card measures 6.5 x 5", you can start with a 10 x 6.5 " piece of card stock to make the base or used a purchased note card.

The green layer is 6.25 x 4.75".
The pink layer 6 x 4.5"
The white layer is 5.75 x 4.25", and embossed with Cuttlebug Honeycomb embossing folder.

Here are the colors I used.

Lagoon (bottom layer owl and balloon)
Sorbet (top layer owl and sentiment)
Pear (leaves - green mat layer is actually a print from Lollydoodle)
Cotton Candy (bottom layer of hat and balloon)
Saddle (tree limbs)

These papers are available for purchase in bulk packages or in a combo pack.  They are included in the Whimsy collection, with the exception of Cotton Candy and Saddle.  Cotton candy is included in the Adventure color  pack, but they have Pixie in the Whimsy that would work just as well.  Saddle is in the Basic combo pack.

Here are all the images I used with the sizes.

The fonts used to make the sentiment were Holiday Cakes and Plantin Roly Poly.  I welded it all together, and added an extra layer on the Whoos.

The top layer is embossed using the Cuttlebug Honeycomb embossing folder.  I wanted to use dots, but I don't have a 5x7 folder.  I added that to my wish list.

I used wiggly eyes instead of cutting out the eyes on the image.  I left off the top layer of the hat.

I used my ShinHan Touch Twin markers in Tender Pink, Mahogany and Leaf Green to highlight the edges of the cut outs.

Don't forget our October deals.

"FREE" roll of chevron ribbon with a qualifying $50 order. 

Plus, with your $50 order you can also purchase the Stamp of the Month for $5.  

Both of these items are valued at $24.95, and you get them both for only $5.  That's a $19.95 savings.  The SOTM is also sold for $17.95 during this month, but the ribbon is exclusive for this month's campaign and not for sale.

Get yours now!

Till next time.

Happy Craftin!

Monday, October 6, 2014

Super Quick and Easy Christmas Cards

Make these cute little Christmas cards in just a few minutes.

OK, I exaggerate a little, but it really was a quick process.  The hardest part is selecting the paper.  Of course, using Close to My Heart paper packs really help, they all coordinate perfectly.

Both cards were made exactly the same, just changed the stamped image on front.  They are really so simple you can probably knock out 20 or 30 in an hour.

Start with a piece of card stock at 8.5 x 5.5 ".  Score a line down the center at 4.25 or just fold in half and use score tool to make a crisp edge.  Don't have a score too, a popsicle stick or ruler will work.  

Cut the first layer 4 x 5.25", this is your coordinating layer.  It's optional to emboss this layer.  I think if you use plain card stock, embossing just adds that right touch.  For the Bear stamped card the 2nd top layer is 4.75 x 3.5".  This layer was embossed with my Cuttlebug.

I made my strips on the Merry Christmas card 4.5 and 4" x 1.25.  On the Happy Holidays card, they are 5 and 4".  But you can made them any length you chose.

Layer the shorter on top and stamp your sentiment on the long layer or as I did on the first stamped image.  You can stamp anywhere you like, it's your preference.  Both of my sentiments came with the "Artfully Sent" Cricut Collection.

Next I stamped both images, I cut my images out on my Explore.  These images are available on the CTMH Art Philosophy cartridge.  If you don't own a Cricut, no problem, just stamp and cut by hand.  Of course, this will add a little time to making this card.

I added the images on both cards with pop dots, but of course this is optional.
Art Philosopy
If you already own this cartridge and have a Cricut Explore, here is the Design Space file that includes all images used.  

I actually embossed the image in Gold embossing powder on this card.  It went perfect with the "Yuletide Carol" paper I used.  The picture just doesn't do it justice.

This card is being entered into Scrap it Girl's October challenge.  The only rule was to use an embossing folder and I did that.  Check out the other projects entered in the challenge.

Here is the shopping list.


There is a Cardmaking and Scrapbooking Workshops on the Go in these  paper patterns.

Yuletide Carol
These products are also available from Close to My Heart.
Cuttlebug Snowflurry Embossing folder by Anna Griffith
Versamark Ink
Exclusive inks in Glacier
Gold Embossing Powder
Cranberry Twine (or ribbon, your choice)
Black Sparkles
Gold Sequins 
October Stamp of the Month
$5 with a $50 purchase
And last but not least,

My most favorite tool now, the Misti.  If you are terrified of stamping, especially on cut outs, then you need to invest in one of these.  I am all about stamping again.  If you are interested check out My Sweet Petunia blog site, she has them for sale.  She also, shows different techniques using them.  They are really hard to get your hands on, but worth the wait.

Don't forget our October Constant Campaign , you get a "FREE" roll of chevron ribbon with a qualifying $50 order. 

"FREE" roll of chevron ribbon with a qualifying $50 order. 
Both of these items are valued at $24.95, and you get them both for only $5.  That's a $19.95 savings.  The STOM is also sold for $17.95 during this month, but the ribbon is exclusive for this month's campaign and not for sale. and  

I hope you liked my easy Christmas cards.  I would love for you to follow my blog so you can see more Christmas projects I am planning to make.

Till next time,

Happy Craftin!

Saturday, October 4, 2014

Close to My Heart is a Great Value

Today I want to talk about Close to my Heart paper packs.  These packs are really a great value.  For $9.95 you receive 12 sheets of card stock, 6 sheets of Double Sided prints (3 patterns) and 6 sheets of coordinating card stock in CTMH Exclusive colors.  Our print card stock is double sided, so it is heavier than most of the pattern prints you purchase at Hobby Lobby and Michaels.  We also offer coordinating embellishments, inks, and ribbon.  I have really been able to create some beautiful projects with everything coordinating perfectly.  You can also purchase how to books that have sketches of layouts and cards and there are recipes for all the projects shown in the Idea Book.

Since Christmas is around the corner, purchase a pack of the paper with the inks and coordinating embellishments and give it a try.  I promise you won't be disappointed.

I have been working on birthday projects and decided to see how many items I could make using one pack of paper.  I used the "Confetti Wishes" paper pack and made all of these projects. 

 All this from one paper pack, and I still have some paper left over for cards or embellishments for more layouts.   I did add a couple sheets of white card stock and one sheet of the Fundamental paper (Whimsy packet). 

Even adding a few sheets to the paper packs makes them a great value.  Everyone has basic white in their paper stash, but if you want a good quality white card stock the CTMH White Daisy and Colonial White are both great.  The Colonial White coordinates perfectly with the patterned paper.  CTMH paper cuts really well with your Cricut machines and only cost $.40 per sheet (package of 24 sheets $9.50).  

If you want to have all of CTMH colors in your stash, you can purchase combo packs.  The Whimsy pack will color coordinate with the "Confetti Wishes" paper.  It is also, the paper pack that includes the new colors for this year.

All of the embellishments where also CTMH, with the exception of the sequins.  I had some white ones left over from years back when I made a junior bride dress, I just colored them with my ShinHan Touch Twin markers.

I will not go into every card or file I used to make these projects, I wasn't thinking of providing tutorials, but showing what a great value the CTMH paper is.  Of course, if you would like to know about a specific item, please leave a comment and I will gladly provide you with the information.

I can tell you the easel cards were SVG files from MyScrapChick, both the Cake cards and the shaped easel card.  The birthday box, was also included in a previous blog post.  I got this SVG file from SVG cuts.  I have had good success with files from both of these sites.  I have also had great customer service when I ran into some issues.

During the month of October you get a "FREE" roll of chevron ribbon with a qualifying $50 order. 

Plus, with your $50 order you can also purchase the Stamp of the Month for $5.  Both of these items are valued at $24.95, and you get them both for only $5.  That's a $19.95 savings.  The STOM is also sold for $17.95 during this month, but the ribbon is exclusive for this month's campaign and not for sale.

Stop by my website, and place your order today.  

Happy Craftin!

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Close to My Heart - Christmas Countdown!

Only 84 days until Christmas.  It's time to start thinking about those Christmas cards and holiday decorations.

Feeling creative and want to make your own cards, we have two Holiday paper packs to choose from.    Need a little more help?  We also have a card making kit available in the Snowhaven paper pack.  It includes everything you need to make 15 cards, with a little left over.  The stamp alone is a $17.95 value and only available with the kit.

Place an order of $50 and get the new STOM shown here.  All of the stamps coordinate with the Art Philosophy cartridge.  You can also purchase this stamp set for $17.95 during the month of October.

Added bonus, there is a link below for a Design Space file that already contains all the images from the Art Philosophy cartridge that coordinate with the SOTM. (Images are only available if you own this cartridge, they are not included in DS Subscription, get your own cartridge here).  

Design Space file :
 Home for the Holidays

A SURPRISE FOR YOU!  During the month of October, place that $50 order and you also get a free roll of Chevron ribbon in Ruby or Outdoor Denim.  Which one you get is a surprise!

Quantities are limited, so place your order soon. 

Bottom line, place an order of $50, you get the SOTM for $5, and a free roll of ribbon.  That's a great deal.  So what are you waiting for, Shop with Me!

Happy Craftin!
Kim (Mimi's Craft Room)