Monday, December 22, 2014

candy cane mice

Hi again!  I had plans today to take my boys for a haircut but the weather didn't agree with me.  It has been raining all morning and not just a light drizzle either.  It's pouring and the water is puddling around the yard.  So we decided to stay in and make our traditional ornaments that I'll share another day. 

Today, I want to share the treats I made for my boys' classmates.  My daughter doesn't pass out class treats anymore but just a handful of gifts to close friends.  They all got calendars this year!  While I was looking for simple crafts to do with my youngest one's class, I came across candy cane mice.  I'd never seen them before and my boys loved them.  Of course, because they like rodents.  I wasn't too sure if girls would like them but I thought since it is their treats to give I would let the boys decide.  There are tons of templates online.  I used this one HERE and found a cute poem HERE

If I had oval or egg shaped dies, I would've just used that but I don't so I ended up finding a circle die that was close in size to the template.  I cut out all the felt circles and then used the template to trim the excess off.  I sewed 2 pieces of felt together and left a small opening for the candy cane.  Because I used 2 layers for the body, I didn't cut out the 2nd pair of notches shown on the template.  I like the way this looks better.  If you want to just make one layer then you would need that 2nd pair of notches to hold the candy cane in place.  You can also make these out of paper too.  I sewed on the inner ears to the big ears also.  My boys helped with sliding the ears through the cut openings.  Then I did the hot gluing of the eyes and pom pom nose.

My youngest one wanted the mice bodies and ears to be mismatching.  Kind of more whimsical, I suppose.  He was able to put all the candy canes into the felt bodies.

My older boy wanted all matching bodies and ears.  I ended up making 45 mice.  I started early so I didn't have to rush.  Sewing them was fairly quick too.  They hang nicely too on the tree.  Just have to make sure the hole for the candy cane isn't too loose or the mouse will slide off.  After Xmas, these felt mice might look cute on pencils. 

I packed them all in clear bags and tied the poem around with yarn.  I love using yarn to pack up goodie bags.  My boys said their classmates loved them especially the younger ones.  I'm glad they thought the mice were cute.

Thanks so much for stopping by today!


Sunday, December 21, 2014

Poinsettias

Hello!  I am slowly working my way through my December crafts that I shared on Facebook but not on my blog. 

These are little gift bags I made to hold gift cards for family members.  I used Lawn Fawn's Goodie Bag die and Riley's ABCs to spell out the names.  The recipient's names were heat embossed in gold on the front of the bags.  On the back of the bags I put the names of my 3 kids.

Instead of twine or ribbon I thought these cute clothespins would be a nice touch.  I was lucky enough to win the poinsettia die from my bloggy friend, Karen.  I die cut the flowers in red and glued them onto some small clothespins.  I added some gold cardstock and dark red rhinestones in the middle.  I love how these came out!  I want to make a ton more!

I have a few other items to share in the upcoming days.  Thanks so much for stopping by!


Friday, December 19, 2014

Tooth Fairy Pillow

Hi!  I think it's been a while since I shared something here.  I made this pillow case in the beginning of December and now it's almost Christmas.  Can not believe that Christmas is next week!

Here's the pillow case I sewed up using this fun fabric I bought from Stitch Stash Diva on Etsy.  I love the bright colors and the rainbows, so girly.  I followed the instructions from here on how to sew this envelope style pillow case.  I kind of just guessed on the pocket and used some heat bond adhesive for the n.  I don't think I'm ready to do that complicated looking zigzag stitching around the letters and appliques.  I will try to practice that next year.

The pocket is large enough for some money or a little gift or maybe even a small toy.  The pillow is 12 x 16 inches.

These past few weeks have been a bit busy with lots of crafting.  I think I have just a couple more things to make and then I'm done.  So today is finally a kind of rest day and I am contemplating a nap before picking up my kids.

Thanks so much for stopping by!


Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Hello Kitty Monthly Planner

Hi everyone!  Have you started your Christmas shopping yet?  I can imagine it will be getting a bit crazy from here on out.  I still have a few things to get on my list and then it's wrapping everything that will take a bit of time.

Today I have the rest of my monthly planners that I finished up to share.

These are large planners that I made pretty with some washi paper.  So usually I would try to make them all different by using different washi papers but it is so much easier just to make them all the same!  Plus I really like this pink washi paper.  I added Hello Kitty made from a Sizzix die and the year made from PTI numbers die.

This is the back.  The front piece overlaps to the back if you can see it.

Here is a different one I made since I ran out of the pretty pink washi paper.  I like this one too. 

This is a sample of the inside pages.  They all have vinyl covers too.

The past couple days I've been doing some sewing.  My intention was to start this project in the beginning of November but some how the days just flew by and only now did I get to it.  It is probably my biggest sewing project!

Here's a little glimpse of it.  I have to say I am really proud of how far I've gotten with sewing this.  If I had the rest of the materials I could finish it but I haven't been able to get to Walmart to get more fabric.  Gotta love these Doodlebug fabrics!  In any case, can you guess what I'm making?

Thanks so much for stopping by!


Saturday, November 29, 2014

Pocket Calendars -- Mama Elephant and Sister Stamps

Hi everyone!  Hope you had a great Thanksgiving holiday!  I am just getting over my turkey coma so I thought I'd post a little something today.

I finished up all my 2 year pocket calendars.  I think I take a long time to finish projects sometimes because I think I have to make each one look different.

These are the three that I shared previously using Sister Stamps.

Here are three new ones with more Sister Stamps.

These calendars feature Mama Elephant stamps.  Love these cute animals and the fun sentiments.

Here is a close up of the bunnies.  Love the bunnies!  I think they are my favorite.

Here are the bears.  So I kept the Mama Elephant ones fairly simple by using the same Copic colors and sentiments.  Trying to do things a little bit faster.

Here is a sample page of a month.

All of these are for sale too.  US orders and PayPal only.  Feel free to email me if you have any questions craftingthisandthat@gmail.com.

I'll be sharing some Hello Kitty montly planners tomorrow!  Thanks for stopping by!


Monday, November 24, 2014

two thousand fifteen

Hi everyone!  Sometimes I think I am so crazy for making the things that I make.  I'm sure my kids and the hubby too wonder why I do the things I do.  I think this was one of those projects that I was just about to give up on.  So time consuming because I didn't just make 1, I made 6 sets!  Oh boy, I need to give my fingers some time to rest.

If you are one of my FB friends, you might have seen this photo that I posted using Taylored Expressions new 3x4 calendars and a whole bunch of Sister Stamps images (the little pumpkin is from PTI).  I guess the purpose of these calendars is to use in pocket scrapbooking but I wanted them to be a bit more functional as well so I came up with a desk top calendar idea.  Once the month is done, you can add it to your scrapbook too.

Excuse my poor cropping here but I didn't want to rearrange the cards again to take a better photo.  I know, I am lazy.  I attached each month to kraft cardstock and added the holes with my Cinch.  By the way, I do like my Cinch but it is the older version.  I think now you can use smaller rings with the newer version?  I know they have a square hole version too, but I personally like the round holes better.

This is the front and I added the sheep from Sister Stamps too.  I used Lawn Fawn's alphabet stamps to spell out the year.  I don't know if you can see the stitched detailing on there but I added that with Lil Inkers rectangle stitched dies.  I think it adds a nice detail.  I added that to all the pages actually so there was quite a lot of die cutting going on.  Seventy eight pages of stitched rectangles to be exact! 

I had to figure out a way for it to stand so I added that little easel part in the back with some lightweight chipboard.

Here's another view of the calendars.

Oh and it never fails that one would get messed up right?  Somehow this card got glued to another and when I took them apart the TH came off too!  I tried writing it back in nicely but I think my hand was all cramped and tired so the letters are all messy.

I'd like to sell these (except the messed up one).  I'll be putting up a page soon of the things I plan to sell on anther tab on my blog.  But you can always email me if you're interested in something at craftingthisandthat@gmail.com.

Edit December 5, 2014:  Thank you everyone for your comments and inquiries about these calendars.  They are all now sold.  Maybe I'll make more for 2016?

My next projects will be way less involved.  Maybe not as much coloring.  I have to give my Copics a little break!

Thanks so much for stopping by!




Monday, November 10, 2014

Yuki ornament

Hello!  I feel sometimes scattered wanting to do so many different crafts.  I wish I had this huge crafty room where I had lots of large tables and each table would be designated for a specific craft.  Like sewing, coloring, paper crafting.  Then I wouldn't have to clean up everything to start another project.  Sewing definitely takes up a lot of space with the cutting of fabric, space for the sewing machine and even ironing.  That is the only ironing I am willing to do! 

Anyway, I finished this cute ornament yesterday.  You've probably seen them around blogland ever since PTI introduced their latest kit with the clear domes.  PTI's kits are so enticing with all the fun stuff included in them but they are just too expensive for me especially if I'm not sure I'd be using them often.  But I had seen the clear domes before at my local Ben Franklin store so I knew I could make those ornaments/tags without spending so much money.  Plus the domes come in all different sizes and pretty affordable. 

I colored up Sister Stamps Yuki.  She is one of my favorites!   I used maybe one of the largest ornament domes at the store.  I wanted to be sure that the image would fit nicely.  For the back, I used one of the largest stitched circle dies from Lil Inkers.  I even bought the fake snow from Ben Franklin's too.  These domes come in pairs cause they're supposed to fit together to make a round ornament.  So I have another one that I can play around with.

Here is a side view.  I used Glossy Accents to glue the dome onto the cardstock backing.  Then I added that ribbon all around.  This was a fun and quick craft.  My kids are gonna be making some of these for our annual ornament making tradition.  I bought them smaller ones and they are excited about what they can include in their little dome.

Thanks so much for stopping by!


Saturday, November 1, 2014

Sister Stamps Release #26 is today!

Hi again!  Today is release day!  Thought I would pop in to share my latest 2 year pocket calendars featuring Sister Stamps Ai and Mitsuyo. 

First up is Ai, the girl Taiko drummer.  I printed up some of these sentiments that I first saw with an Uptown Girl stamp.  I loved the sentiment and wanted to buy the stamp cause of it but I thought twice and saved some money by just printing the sentiments myself.  As usual, I used washi paper to cover the calendars.

Here is Mitsuyo.  I love the color combo of this one.  So pretty!  And the same sentiment.

Here they are in their vinyl covers.  I love the practicality of these calendars.  I mean, you get 2 years worth!  But I notice the calendars aren't cut exactly straight.  So that makes me have to fiddle a bit with the washi paper to cover everything up nicely.  Not sure if it's just my order that was cut crooked but I think these are still cute and worth the bit of fiddling.

Really, I thought maybe this year I could try out a craft fair but I think I'm still not ready!  But I am willing to sell my calendars through my blog if anyone is interested.  Just send me an email and we can work something out. 

Thanks all!  Hope you got some yummy chocolates from Halloween!  That is one of the perks of having 3 children.  I can rummage through 3 bags for my favorite chocolates! 


Friday, October 31, 2014

Sister Stamps Release #26 -- Ai

Welcome back & Happy Halloween!  Sorry, nothing Halloween-y to share today.  I am still in the process of making calendars!  Yeah, I make a lot of calendars but I think they are so practical to give away as gifts.

Here is a larger planner that I found at Walmart!  Now these calendars were so cheap and they came with a vinyl cover so I got some to pretty up.  Again, I used washi paper over the covers.  They were orange before!  Then I added the gold cardstock and used the negative part after die cutting the numbers out.  This strip kind of added a teeny bit of bulk when putting the vinyl cover back on so next time I'll probably not do that.

Here is a close up of Ai.

And here is her boy counterpart, Yoichi.

Please be sure to check out the DT!

Christine (Guest DT)
Jenny
Debi
Rina
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Thursday, October 30, 2014

Sister Stamps Release #26 -- Mitsuyo

Hello everyone!  Ready for some new Sister Stamps?  There are 2 new images coming out November 1st.

The first image I'm sharing today is called Mitsuyo!  It is purely coincidental but that is also my daughter's middle name.  She was named after her Great-Grandma Mitsuyo.

I tried something new this time around.  I had a set of 6 brown plastic coasters that had a sticker on them.  So I ended up peeling them off and then using some Goo Gone to get the rest of the adhesive off.  Then I added a couple of layers of gesso to cover up the brown.  I used some mod podge to adhere some washi paper on to the coaster and then to glue the images on too.  Then I added lots more mod podge over the whole piece.  I didn't add any clear acrylic spray on yet though I've read that is recommended.

I think it came out cute but didn't realize there are so many different kinds of mod podge!  I used the shiny one cause I like shiny things but then it comes out kind of streaky.  I tried sanding the streaks out in between layering but that didn't seem to work.  Then I read maybe using matte finish is better with less streaks.  Oh well, I guess you have to pick and choose.  There is also an acid free formula called paper mod podge and maybe that's the one I should've used instead to lessen the chance of yellowing in the future.  Or maybe the water resistant one cause I want to actually use these as coasters.  So many choices!  So that leaves me a bit confused.  And also my black copic (Mitsuyo's hair) bled a little when applying the mod podge.  So hopefully, you will research mod podge better than I did before trying something like this!

This is the first coaster I made to kind of test it all out.  I think it came out pretty, streaks and all.  Lots of texture to it.

Different view.  I have 4 more coasters that I haven't quite decided what to do with.

Please be sure to check out the rest of the gang.  We have a new DT member too so be sure to stop by and say Hello!

Christine (Guest DT)
Jenny
Debi
Rina
Rina's YouTube Channel

Did you know there is also a Sister Stamps channel on YouTube?  Check it out!

Thanks so much for stopping by!  I'll be back tomorrow!





Wednesday, October 22, 2014

blood, sweat and tears

Hello!  My post title sounds a little gross but that is what it took for me to finish my latest sewing project.  Okay, maybe it was mostly just sweat cause it is so hot and humid again here but there were some frustrating sewing moments.  Just wanted to throw my hands up in the air and then bang my head on the sewing table and maybe just silently say some choice words but I am so happy that I'm done. 

Here is my youngest one holding all three fabric Trick or Treat bags.  I love the print on here.  Both the black and green liner fabrics are from Riley Blake Doodlebug.  The gingham fabric on the bottom of the bags was from Walmart.  I am so happy I found the gingham fabric.  I was looking for just plain black or orange or some other Halloween-y color but couldn't find any so thought I'd try the gingham and it adds so much fun to the bags.

I found this tutorial HERE and used the measurements as my starting point for the bags.  I also knew I wanted to try personalizing these bags.  I cut the letters out using thin felt from Walmart and my PTI alphabet dies.  I used the Ultra Hold Heat n Bond adhesive to stick the letters on the bag.  I didn't want to sew over the letters so I hope the adhesive really is ultra hold strong!

All the bags have a wide square bottom and I ironed on a backing on the fabrics for added support.

All the handles are a bit different because I was using up all the scraps of fabric.  Even with the headaches that came with sewing these bags, I love them.  Hmmm, sounds a lot like children.  I plan to give them to my kids' teachers' children for Halloween.  Hope they like it!

Thanks so much for dropping by!




Friday, October 17, 2014

thirteen!

Hello!  My daughter turned into a teenager one morning!  We recently celebrated her 13th birthday.  She didn't want a big production over turning 13 even though I thought maybe she'd like to have a dinner or something with a few close friends.  But she's very low key and much like us, a homebody so she didn't want to do anything special except have cheesecake for dessert.  It was a yummy cheesecake!

As usual, I made my traditional bookmark birthday card.

I turned this one into a shaker card too.  I was able to order the foam adhesive sheets from PTI which made it much easier to make this.  And I finally caved and bought this stamp set from Mama Elephant.  I love this set cause they are so cute!  I used the smaller version of the animals for this bookmark.  I was really tempted to buy the matching dies but it is so expensive to buy matching dies for every stamp set!  But it is convenient.  I ended up fussy cutting these out.

Here is a close up of the cute guys!

Sometimes I feel like I'm splitting in a few different directions because I want to do so many different crafts from paper crafts to crocheting and sewing and I even bought resin supplies!  Haven't quite started with that yet but soon.  I need a much larger crafting table and area!

Thanks so much for visiting and leaving such nice comments!