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Feb 26, 2015

Make Plush Toys Using Digital Stamps

 Ever since I made these plush wiener dogs, I've been wanting to create a dog that looks like our Boston Terrier.  I just needed to make a pattern.  I was looking at the new digital stamps that Studio Calico released today & a light bulb went on!
This adorable little doggie image reminded me so much of our Boston & it just needed a few modifications to make my plan work.  I opened the image in Photoshop and enlarged it to fit on a 12x12 background.

 I don't have a large format printer, so I just printed off sections of it onto letter sized paper and pieced the pages together.  (It helps to use the borderless printing option.)
 I cut the image out, leaving a 1/4" border along the edges to allow for the seam allowance.

Once my pattern was ready, I pinned it onto a piece of felt.  The higher the quality of felt you can use, the better.  This is 100% Holland wool felt & I love it!
 I cut out the outline of the dog & then cut out several other pieces using additional felt.  (I used the digital image as a reference.)
 I used a tight zig-zag stitch in color coordinating thread to secure each piece of felt in place.
 Once my felt pieces were secure, I hand embroidered some freckles/whiskers to my Boston's face.
 I decided that I wanted my dog to have a contrasting fabric back, so I cut a second piece (using the pattern above) out of chambray.  I placed the wool & chambray pieces facing together (front to front) and machine stitched around the edges, using a 1/4" seam allowance & left a 2-3" opening so that I could turn the pieces right side out.

I like to use my pinking shears to go along the edges.  It makes the fabric seam edges much less bulky.
 After I turned my dog right side out, I created a collar for him using ribbon, a jump ring, & a piece of gold felt.  Once stuffed, the collar can not slip over the dogs head & stays nicely in place.
 I stuffed the dog with polyfill.  I like to use small bits at a time and use a non-sharpened pencil to help push the fiber into tight places (like the ears, legs & tail.)
 I hand-stitched the dog's backside closed & he was all finished!
 I may be a little partial, but I LOVE the way my dog turned out!  He looks so much like our own Boston Terrier.  Both of my boys took one look and their faces split into a huge grin.
 This digital stamp coordinates with the new Calypso kit that's being released at Studio Calico tomorrow.  How cute would one of these plush dogs be if given as a gift & packaged with a hand stamped tag & gift wrap?!?  I'm very tempted. :)

Dec 3, 2014

Paper Crafts & Scrapbooking Magazine Blog Hop

Hello & welcome to the Paper Crafts & Scrapbooking magazine farewell blog hop!  This is a HUGE amazing collaboration between over 200 paper crafters around the globe to celebrate & share memories of one of the biggest crafting publications in the industry.

You can find the full list of participants at the end of this post.  Just to keep you on track, you should have come from Lydia Fiedler's blog.  Your next stop will be Lea Lawson's blog.

Here is a card I made for all of the people who made up PC&S:

You might be wondering why so many people have come together to say goodbye to a magazine.  The truth is, it was never just a magazine.  Paper Crafts has meant SO much to so many.  This magazine changed the course of my life.  It inspired a hobby that lead to a profession.  It pushed me, inspired me, and encouraged me along the way.  I have made so many lasting relationships - true friendships - because of this publication.  Doors have been opened over the years & it's been a true blessing to have been a part of it.

For me, it all started in 2007 when I received an email saying that I would be published for the very first time.  You can read my original blog post here.

A few years later, this happened:
Over the years, I got the opportunity to travel across the country & meet people like this:
There are just so many memories & I'm just so thankful for the time we had.  Love you PC&S!!!

Nov 28, 2014

Studio Calico December {Park Ave} Is Here!

I'm back to share some of the projects I created using the new December kits from Studio Calico.  This release has some of the cutest things included & they were so fun to work with.

If you're looking for a quick gift, this handmade desk set might be just the trick!  I used some of the new digital stamp brushes with my Silhouette die cutter & cut out these little cuties from vinyl.
 The notebook is just a kraft Moleskin notebook that I covered with paper from the card kit & a little washi tape from my stash.  The whole project can be finished in under 15 minutes!
 This is another great last minute holiday project.  Shipping tags are a great base for dressing up any gift!  I printed this owl (made from the same digital brush set as above) onto white cardstock & used stamps from some of the new stamp sets to dress it up.  The polka-dot bags are from the card kit & really bring this packaging up to the next level.
 These next two projects were made solely from this month's card kit.  The set isn't necessarily holiday themed, but it's easily alterable to be used for many occasions.
 As I mentioned in an earlier post, I am head over heals in love with Lizzy Mackay's art.  She has stamps found in the Waldorf add-on and the Birthday Stamp set.  Here are a couple of other projects I made with her stamps:
 This card was made with the new Talk Nerdy to Me stamp set.  My husband works at an engineering school and said this stamp set would go over really well there. ;)
These are just a small peek at all of the fun new products that are now available at Studio Calico.  You can find all of the kits & add-ons here.

Happy shopping! :)

Nov 27, 2014

Don't Miss These Big Sales at Studio Calico!

I just wanted to pop in and give you a heads up on some awesome specials going on at Studio Calico this weekend!
Black Friday -
Mystery Kits and Grab Bags Sale starts Friday at 10am EST
Small Business Saturday -
Saturday Spectacular Class Sale starts Saturday at 10am EST
Cyber Monday -
Digital Shop Sale starts Monday at 10am EST

Set your alarms for 10am EST and come shop! You don't want to miss the biggest deals of the year!

Nov 26, 2014

Take a Peek at Studio Calico's December Kits!

Tomorrow is going to be a fun day filled with family, food, a thankful heart... and the reveal of Studio Calico's December Kit {Park Ave.}!  Take a peek at what's in store.  I think you're going to love what you see.  :)
As you can see in the picture above, the Park Ave. card kit comes with a lot of non-holiday products as well as some really fun holiday masking tape.  I wanted to challenge myself to use some of the non-holiday products to make Christmas cards (two down, 5 million to go...) and I loved how they turned out!

 I liked the taxi wood veneer in the kit, but I like it even more after it was altered.  I chopped off the taxi sign, colored the car red, added some enamel dots, & created a dimensional Christmas tree for the top out of cardstock.
 These buildings got all dressed up for the season.  I made some trees from patterned paper that I stamped.
 Studio Calico is introducing an amazing artist this month.  Lizzie Mackay makes the most adorable images & I had so much fun with her stamps.
 I've been sewing like crazy here at home & wanted to bring some of that to my projects this month.  I love how this stitched balloon turned out.  (Is it ok for me to say that I love my own work?  Because I do.) ;) 

I am also kind of addicted to fabric right now, especially plaid.  This bowtie below was so simple to make, but really makes this card spiffy, don't you think?
 Here's another of Lizzy's critters.  It just looks like it was meant to hold this little envelope!  Btw, this envelope was made with a new die that's part of the December release.  So cute!
So... if you have time to sneak away from your Thanksgiving dinner, come take a look at all of the new goodies that will be available at noon EST to subscribers.  And, if you're too full of stuffing to think about new kits, check back at midnight for the full reveal.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Nov 15, 2014

Makers Gonna Make

We went from fall to winter overnight & although I dislike winter with a passion, I love the change in pace that it brings to our lives.  Cold weather makes me want to make.  It's like a fierce craving & I can't rest unless I give into it.  Of course, I love making things with paper, but while I'm waiting for my next kit to arrive, I love working with different mediums - like colorful fabrics, wool felt, and yarn.

If you follow me on Instagram you might have seen peeks of some projects I've been working on lately.  I have a new niece coming soon & I've been busy making things to fill her nursery.  (I'm making a few extras too that will be in a little pop up shop soon.)
These little dolls are very time consuming, but so fun to create.  I love their Mary Jane's and their sweet faces.  Their brother is pretty cute too, if I do say so myself.  :)  I'm addicted to buffalo plaid right now & thought he needed to have a trendy flannel in this print.
I'm also making a pack of dachshunds for my shop.  These are so soft & cuddly & I think they'll look adorable tucked in a little one's bed.
My sister's baby shower was a couple of weeks ago & I was frantically crocheting up to the last minute to get her baby blanket finished.  I think my fingers are still a little numb. ;)  I used a pattern from Very Pink to make this Granny Ripple blanket.  If you're interested in learning how to crochet, I highly recommend her site.  This was my first big crochet project & her video tutorials are so helpful!
 I also made her a couple of pillows to add to her nursery.  Her husband loves owls. :)
One of my favorite bloggers, Amanda Rydell, posted pictures of these adorable house pillows that she created.  I wasn't quick enough to snag one for myself, so I decided to make my own version.

I used stamps from a Studio Calico set as a template for my embroidery.
So, what about you?  Do you get the itch to craft when the weather turns cold?

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