Sunday, December 18, 2011

Pretzel Treat Bags

I like to make these little pretzel treat bags if I need just a little happy.

Cast of characters:

Use the pretzel rods and dip in the melted almond bark. Some get  sprinkles and some are leave plain-- I like the plain better.
I did find this time it was easier to work with the almond bark using the double boiler method rather than melting in the microwave.

I cut a piece of card stock for the backing in the cellophane bag. Then cut a  topper for the bag and fold in the center. The  topper is white cardstock with  a second smaller piece of scrapbook paper cut to add some color. Then it still seemed to need a little something so I punced a hole and added a green cardstock tag that I had cut earlier with the Cricut and stamped with the "JOY" stamp with silver ink. It was added by tying with a small piece of ribbon.

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Handmade Cards

Still working away on the new to me hobby-- papaercrafts.

I made this 6 card set including the envelopes. I used the Plantin Schoolhouse cartridge for the envelopes.

The cards are from 8 1/2 x 11 inch white cardstock. The corners are rounded. The cards are blank on the inside.

There are doubles of 2 of the cards and then a birthday card and  an inspriational card.

The thank you card is stamped with the "thanks" stamp and brown distressing ink with the edges of the cards are inked as well.

Next up is a card stamped with a bicycle in green ink. I love this stamp. The edges of this card are inked a little too.

The birthday card is stamped with a cupcake stamp and Happy Birthday.

and last but certainly not least is maybe my favorite card. It is stamped with a rubbed stamp with a scripture.  The edges are inked in pink and it has a pink  flower with a rhinestone in the center.


This set of cards isn't fancy at all and certainly made by a beginner but I enjoyed making them a lot.
I placed them in a cello bag and tied with a ribbon. I think I may give them to my friend who recently did some things for me as a thank you.

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Friday, December 2, 2011

Christmas Ornament

I am loving my Cricut. I have made each of the seven grandchildren one of these ornaments for Christmas. I used the clear ornaments from Hobby Lobby and the single letter of their first name was cut using the Plantin Schoolhouse cartridge and their names were cut using the Jasmine cartridge. The ribbon is wire edge ribbon from Dollar Tree.

I'm also making some of my own Christmas cards this year. I followed a card that I saw on You Tube.

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

While at Goodwill the other day I saw this frame on the end of an aisle and knew it would be a good redo using my Cricut. The frame cost 59 cents. A little scrapbook paper + a little vinyl = new Christmas frame.



Saturday, November 5, 2011

Emma Kate's Quilt

The throw size quilts for Christmas continues. This is for Emma Kate. She loves anything peace sign. I am not really knowledgeable about different quilts but I think this would be considered whole cloth.
it is just a single piece of fabric with a single piece on the back and done with stipple or free motion quilting-- still not sure what the difference is.

Just a little Cricut fun

I am very new to the Cricut as you can tell from my Halloween pumpkin but I am really enjoying it.

With Christmas right around the corner I start thinking about what I can make for little inexpensive gifts without it looking so inexpensive. I enjoy making some of my gifts because to me that makes it seem more Christmasy.

I picked up this charger for $1.99 at Hobby Lobby and used the Cricut to cut a monogram from the black vinyl. It was  a quick little 5-10 minute project and I love it. Oops it isn't a gift though-- it's mine.

From this...

To this....

Thanks for stopping by.....Judy

Sunday, October 30, 2011

A quilt for Madison

Earlier I posted a picture of Wyatt's quilt that I made for Christmas. Today it is Madison's turn. I saw a quilt pinned on Pinterest very similar to this one. I thought it would be great for  a little girl. I think she will be happy with it.

Monday, October 17, 2011

Nothing says fall quite like corduroy jackets. I have been making corduroy hooded jackets for the grands since Tripp was born eight years ago. they are always made with the fine wale corduroy for softness and lines with an assortment of linings- usually what would appeal to that particular child at that time.

Here are this years jackets. Their moms purchased the fabrics this year.

Dylan's jacket with the Alabama fabric lining. I knew for sure the jacket was a hit when Dylan said,"I'm going to wear it evva day."

Wyatt's with the Mickey Mouse fabric he selected for the lining.

Madison's jacket

Abby's jacket

Friday, October 14, 2011

A Cricut and a pumpkin

I recently bought a Cricut Expression and am slowly learning to use it. I cut out a large letter to make a stencil. I traced the letter on and then painted with acrylic paint.  I think I am going to like this Cricut.

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Saturday, October 1, 2011

Choo- Choo Quilt

This is for Wyatt for Christmas. Like most little boys he loves trains, so what could be appropriate for him?
 My goal is to make throw size quilts for each of the 5 oldest grands for Christmas. Should be cuddly for TV watching.

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Up-cycled Kitchen

After seeing so many cute little kitchens online made from various things and having grands that would like one it was a given that I should make one.

I found a rolling tv stand at Goodwill that looked to be just right.

A quick coat of blue spray paint.

A trip to Walmart for a few additional supplies. two wooden oval disks and a wooden "j" in the craft section. A plastic bowl from the kitchen and knobs saved from when I redid my kitchen cabinets last year.

The wooden disks were painted black to be used for stove eyes. Two knobs were screwed to the front to "turn on and off "the stove eyes.  The "j" and 2 knobs were painted gold. I would have used silver but was trying to use as much stuff that I had on hand as I could. The "j" was screwed on upside down for the faucett with 2 matching knobs.
A skirt was made for the front using some black checked fabric from the table cloth that was used on the grooms table at my daughter's wedding reception. It was attached using a small curtain rod to the inside.

I put a cuphook on the side to hold a matching towel. You know you just have to have a towel for a kitchen.

I knew it was realistic for a 3 year old when Wyatt said he needed water and turned the knobs for the faucet on the sink.

I think it was a success and many thanks for all the inspiration found on line for this project.

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Sunday, August 21, 2011

McCalls 6264

I haven't sewn as much for the grands lately as I usually do so I decided to make myself something. I've used this pattern before and it wore so well and I always had compliments on it so decided to use it again. The fabric is a  maroon knit-- almost like swimsuit fabric.

This time I added the fabric rosettes you see so much on blogs. I think they add a nice touch. The rosettes are applied with safety pins for now so they can be removed for a little more casual look.

I highly reccomend this pattern. It is fast,easy and comfortable.

Monday, August 8, 2011

Bella's blanket

When my last niece was born my husband made her a blanket and with that a tradition began.

I have one of the Incredible Sweater Machines and my husband, Randy ,uses that to knit each grandchild a blanket. this latest one was made for Bella. She arrived last Monday and is doing well.

He uses baby weight yarn for the blanket. It is knitted on the machine and has a hand crocheted edge. I have to get him started on the crocket and then weave the yarn ends in  and block the blanket.

I hope these blankets are  treasued items because it is a gift from the heart-- from Papaw.