Saturday, May 31, 2014

Sister Stamps Release #23 -- Sakura-chan

Hello!  Today is the last day of previews for Sister Stamps Release #23 and the three stamps will be available June 1st.  While I love Momotaro and the Sakura Set, I think Sakura-chan is my favorite in this release.   

Isn't Sakura-chan so adorable?  I love her little pig tails.  And I finally used my gelatos for the background.  I saw a tutorial on how to create this matted, ombre look HERE.  I used pinks and purple and a bit of gold gelatos.  I heat embossed the sentiment from PTI and a couple of the smaller flowers from the Sakura Set in gold.  I also added some pink and cream colored sakuras as well.

Here's a close up of Sakura-chan.  Did I mention that these images were super fast to color up too?  Just mostly skin tones since the babies are naked.

Please check out the rest of the DT.

Lysa (Guest DT)
Jenny (Sister Stamps)
Debi
Linda
Linda's You Tube Channel

P.S.  The colors I used for the peach in my previous post, I think were Y21, YR23 and YR02.  Ha, I don't normally keep track.  Sometimes I just pick whatever 3-4 colors I think would look okay.  

Thanks so much for stopping by!


Friday, May 30, 2014

Sister Stamps Release #23 -- Momotaro


Hello again!  Welcome back to the second day of Sister Stamps previews.  I have another CAS card to share today.  I love how this one turned out too!

This sweet little guy is Momotaro!  Isn't he super adorable?  I chose to make him bald but you could color in a full head of hair.  Hmm, do you notice something else on my card?  I sewed a simple border around the blue!  Yeah, I am loving the sewing thing.  The sentiment is from CC Designs and the sequins from Lawn Fawn.

Here is a close up of the sweet guy.  Isn't he so happy?

Please head over and visit the following ladies too to see what they've created with this release.

Lysa (Guest DT)
Jenny (Sister Stamps)
Debi
Linda
Linda's You Tube Channel

I'll be back tomorrow with another preview.  Thanks so much for stopping by!


Thursday, May 29, 2014

Sister Stamps Release #23 -- Sakura Set


Hello!  Can you believe it's almost June?  I can't believe that school is over and it's summer already.  But at least that makes the next Sister Stamps release come that much quicker.  The stamps from Release #23 are so adorable!  I love these cute little babies and how pretty are the flowers?

I needed a thank you card so I thought this Sakura Set would be perfect.  I had kind of an idea of just making a CAS card but it took me more than one try!  I wanted to heat emboss or use my gelatos but in the end I just did a little bit of masking and colored in the flowers with Copics.  And I love how it turned out.  The sentiment is from PTI and is heat embossed in gold so I did get that to fit somewhere onto this card.

Please check out the guest DT for this release and the regular Sister Stamps DT as well.

Lysa Rohrer (Guest DT)
Jenny (Sister Stamps)
Debi
Linda
Linda's You Tube Channel

Thanks so much for stopping by!


Sunday, May 25, 2014

Teacher Cards & Gifts

Hi everyone!  Yay!  Sister Stamps previews will be starting soon!  Did you see how cute the stamps are for the June release?  I'll be back later to share my Sister Stamps creations.

Today, I have some cards to share that I made for the teachers.  These are all very simple since I made about 12.  Then I realized that I usually don't make special school themed cards.  Most of the time I give the cards I've been making through out the year.  Otherwise my stash of cards is just out of control.

See, simple right?  I used MFT's apple die and cut the apples with some red felt.  The sentiment is from Lawn Fawn.

A couple of other Thank you cards with different sentiments, also from Lawn Fawn.  I really liked how the felt apple turned out.

Then I made some washi paper apples for the Japanese language teachers.  I made 5 of these.  These apples turned out so pretty!

And more sewing!  These are longer than the ones I made for the children and also more complicated!  Instead of ribbon, I cut strips of Japanese fabric which is so time consuming!  Plus you have to fold over the edges and iron them down so they are nice and straight.  Well, sometimes it's not always straight so hopefully the teachers aren't eyeing the stitching too closely.  Ribbon usually has a ridge near the edge so I used that as a guide to sew straight but the fabric doesn't so I really had to concentrate.  But I really do love the look of this key chain.

And this is for all the Hello Kitty lovers!  This one was even more complicated than the above because the fabric is mostly white so you could see through the material when you folded over the edges.  So I ended up using some fusible webbing and a strip of white fabric under it.  But of course that made it bulkier and sewing was a bit trickier.  I have a couple that I ended up tossing to the side.  And yeah, sewing straight and near the edges was difficult on this one as well.  I need lots more practice!  But I think these turned out super cute!

If you're wondering how to make these, there are tons of tutorials, just Google it and etsy has lots of supplies.  Just search for the hardware on etsy and you'll get lots of stores. 

Hope you're enjoying the weekend!  Thanks for visiting!


Sunday, May 18, 2014

My First Sewing Project!

Hi everyone!  Wow, I can't believe I haven't blogged for the month of May yet!  Now that I have less DT commitments I have been trying other crafts, mostly sewing!  My hubby actually pulled my 10 year old sewing machine out from under my desk and cleaned it up and even learned how to thread it to teach me how to use it.  And then I was excited to make these ribbon key fobs that I've been seeing a lot.  I ordered some supplies through Etsy and decided to make a whole bunch for the kids in my 2 boys' classes.  But besides all these keychains I've also been planning parties for my boys' classes and helping with lei making for May Day.  It's been a busy month of May.  Just a few more days of school until summer.

Here's a photo of all the ones I've made so far.  In total, I've made 51 key fobs!  There is a mix of Hello Kitty, Frozen, Minions and Pokemon.  But even with my limited sewing experience, these were quick to make.  I know some tutorials don't even call for sewing to make these, just some heat bonding to adhere the ribbon to the webbing but sewing them together makes them a lot sturdier.

Here is a close up of them.  Hope the kids like these.  I thought it would be cute for them to hang on their backpacks.

I'm planning to make a few more for teachers so I'll share those in a few days.  I'll be back with some Sister Stamps projects later this month too so hopefully my blog won't be too neglected.

Thanks so much for stopping by!