Monday, February 25, 2013

Doodlebug "I Love Color" Layout

On the Doodlebug Blog this week the designers are creating projects about things they love.
I thought I'd express my undying love for color- particularly Doodlebug's bright happy color palate- in a layout about a very colorful event.

My parents and all the kids and spouses/girlfriends did a 5K this past summer called the Color Run.
It's the most fun non-competitive "race" you'll ever do.
For every K you run through, you get a different colored powder thrown on you, until you reach the end of the race and you're colored head to toe (and in places you didn't know colored powder could get) Ha!!

So fun.  For real.  You should totally do it.  But don't wear clothing you care about because the color won't come completely out of anything.

Don't you just love layouts with bad iPhone pictures on them? ;)
I wasn't about to bring a real camera with me, that's for sure!

The embellishments are actually all from a pack that I received last year at Doodlebug's National Scrapbook Day event.  We received kits to make layouts, but I didn't have time to do mine.  I used the two kits and put the papers and embellishments together and created a different layout.

These papers and embellishments are from several lines from last year, as well as petite prints.  The multi-color flower is a Doodle Pop, and the butterflies were made with a Martha Stewart Butterfly Punch.  The heart is a Stampin Up punch.

Thanks for visiting!


Saturday, February 23, 2013

Bella Blvd Fabric Style- Camera Strap

Here's my second fabric project today for Bella Blvd.  I posted a baby quilt earlier today, so be sure to check that out as well.

I recently got a new camera, and suddenly my old camera strap just wasn't good enough :)  I thought it was the perfect opportunity to use my Bella Blvd fabrics to create something a little more my style than black and yellow- know what I mean?

I used Bella Blvd's Sunny Happy Skies and Puppy Park for this project.  The aqua and apple green are my favorite color combination. 

Bella Blvd has a full line of buttons and fabric and crochet flowers, too.  These are two Blooms a Bella flowers that I stacked and sewed together.  I removed the white buttons they come with and stitched on two of Bella Blvd's designer buttons.

The back fabric is from the Puppy Park line.  It's a mix of aqua, apple green, grey and black.

and the front is a darling print from Sunny Happy Skies.

I made up the pattern as I went, but I the strap's a little snug, so I'd make it a bit bigger next time.  I cut mine 4" wide, but I think 4.5" would have been better.  I won't share my tutorial because of the measurements.  It was very hard to turn with the batting inside.

There are many very cute tutorials online though that you can follow if you want to make your own.
I found all of these on Google :)


Bella Blvd Baby Quilt- Freezer Paper Applique Tutorial

My sister is having a baby in a few months, and it WAS a boy :)
Then... next appointment... oops!

Now it's a GIRL!

So... the boy quilt I made will have to wait for another baby, and I pulled out my adorable Sunny Happy Skies fabrics by Bella Blvd to make her a brand new (and WAY cuter) baby quilt.
I searched for a cute girly pattern and found one that I just loved!

Isn't this the cutest pattern?  It's "Daisy May" from Stitch Studios: Designs by Cyndi Walker.
The pattern can be found HERE.  I picked mine up at my local quilt shop.

This quilt uses the "Freezer paper and starch" applique method.
There's a good tutorial HERE if you want a detailed lesson.  It even has the same shape pieces.

It's a much easier method for applique that allows you to form your fabric shapes before you sew them.
This way you don't have to embroider them with a satin stitch (miles and miles of thread) or finish the edges by hand (pain in the neck).

The shapes don't have to be cut perfectly because you'll fold the edges around a "stencil template"
I cut mine several at a time.

Then you make a stencil with Reynold's Freezer Paper (not to be confused with parchment paper or wax paper- SO not the same thing.  If you want your iron to work for a long time, be sure to buy the right stuff)

See how the stencil is made HERE.

Spray starch is sprayed into a bowl, and when the foam dies down, it's "painted" on the edges of the fabric with a paint brush.

The edges of the fabric are then folded under and pulled tightly against the edges of the stencil.
Then they are ironed for a few seconds until they're completely dry.

Put a layer of freezer paper over your ironing board, too.  If you don't, your ironing board will look like burnt toast when you're done from all the cooked starch.  When you're done you just pull the freezer paper off and toss it.

The points of the petals are pulled sharp and pressed again.  Then the stencil is removed and the fabric retains it's shape.  You can re-use the stencil until it gets too soggy and loses it's form.
When that happens you just make a new one and keep chugging along.

I made 64 of these fabric petals.  It took 5 hours.  


That includes cutting and pressing.  I sat and watched movies a few nights in a row until they were done.
If you're gonna watch movies you might as well do something productive at the same time, right?  Ugh.

Once you get all the petals completed, the rest isn't too bad.
They are pinned on and appliqued.

The centers of the flowers were made using a Clover brand "Yo Yo Maker"- size small.
You can find these at your local quilting or fabric shop.
Yo-yo's can be made by hand, too, but this way you don't have to stress so much.
They're nearly perfect each time, and they're uniform.  The little tool is pretty cool.

The yo-yo's took about an hour.

And I watched more TV.....

I sewed the yo-yo's onto the quilt with my machine instead of by hand because it's way easier
and because I don't want a baby ripping them off and putting them in her mouth.

I love that the border uses jumbo rick-rack.  It think it's darling.

I bound the quilt with rose-style (swirly) Minky in hot pink.
Minky is the most plush snuggly awesome fabric on the planet.
I want an adult size Minky blanket I can snuggle up in.

Thank you to my mom who just happened to stop by at the perfect time to be my quilt holder for this photo.

Maybe I'll make myself a giant Minky quilt so that I can wrap up in it and watch TV the next time I have to applique for hours.... and hours...... and hours........ :)

Anyway... I think my sister is going to love it.
And luckily I don't think she reads my blog-
So it'll be a surprise!


Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Pebbles "Basics" layout- Hello Sunshine

Pebbles released one of their best ever collections at CHA called "Basics."
It's one of those great collections that goes with everything, and can be a standard on any project.

They have 12 "Basics" colors and have created patterned papers, rhinestone flowers, banners, washi tape, clothespins, journaling cards, stickers, and more all in these fun bright colors.

For my layout I used 8 of the colors in three of the patterns of paper, as well as banners (begonia and white (powder-which is actually in a light blue pack), rhinestone flowers, washi tape (rouge and hibiscus), a journaling card, a "chip" chipboard circle, and a mini clothespin.

I got the basic sunburst from a Studio Calico misting mask, and then stitched with my sewing machine in coordinating colors.  This layout was super fun to make.

The letter stickers are awesome new "Thickers" called Basic in gold glittered foam.  LOVE them :)

See more on the Pebbles Blog.


Monday, February 4, 2013

I Love Everything About You

Anyone else out there married to your best friend?  The person you'd rather be with all day long than anyone else?  My husband and I have known each other since I was 14 years old.  We've been friends for so long that I don't remember much of my life without him in it.

He is my rock.  He is the one who keeps me going when things get hard, and supports me in all of my endeavors.  He is the one who cheers me on and encourages me to shoot for all of my dreams- the big dreams and the little things.  I can't express with any amount of words what he means to me, though I try every day to do so.  I love everything about him.

This layout is simple, yet expresses with words my admiration for who he is.  He is a wonderful husband and father.  He makes me laugh every single day.  I can't wait to see what the next 100 years brings :)

This layout uses Pebbles Walnut Grove and Country Picnic collections, as well as two Silhouette cuts you can find HERE and HERE. And if you are inspired to scrapbook the loves in your life, then please do so.  And find even more inspiration for "Love is in the Air" week on the Pebbles Blog.


Friday, February 1, 2013

You're So "Tweet" Card- Doodlebug Design

Doodlebug's Love Birds is the CUTEST thing!  
Here 's another card made with this collection.  I'm just loving the little birds!
And of course, the new Heart Pearls! 

Aaaand... Doodlebug's new WASHI TAPE!  Who doesn't love washi tape!!???!??
I'm so excited because they're coming out with a TON.  In a TON of their awesome colors and patterns.
*So excited!!!*

The cages were cut from the blue paper with an X-Acto knife so that they pop out from the red layer behind.  The blue "TWEET" are new letter stickers.  Isn't this such a cute font?

The little blue bird in the center is a Mini Doodle Pops sticker.  There was already a bird there, but the dimensional bird adds a little "pop."  You've got to pick up this collection.  I'm in love with it!
See more cuteness HERE


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