Princess - Wonderland Burp Cloths

Today I have a set of baby girl burp cloths to share with you.  These were made using the Snuggle Flannel with pink and brown polka dots from Joann Fabrics.  And since it was a pink colored fabric I thought that these two designs would compliment the fabric nicely.
For my 'wonderland' burp cloth I used the Alice in Wonderland sketch with autograph.  Don't you just love that autograph?  What a great idea it was to add that to the design.  And for my 'princess' burp cloth I used the Queen Elsa sketch.  Also from Thanks4theAdventure. 
In all seriousness, I really do love how these sketches stitch out and I think that they are a great, fun alternative to stitching filled designs and/or appliques.  If you do any embroidery and haven't tried these sketch designs yet you're really missing out. 

Buddy Boo Tee

I am very excited to share today's project with you.  Months ago when my hubby surprised me with a new embroidery machine I was determined to learn how to embroider clothes.  We took several free classes to learn about stabilizers, threads, applique and so on.  (Yes, hubby sat in those classes with me.)  We even did a bit of internet research and stumbled upon a product called JT Hoop It Up.

JT Hoop It Up, is an embroidery accessory that assists with embroidering on baby onesies and small children's tee shirts.  Perfect!  Just what I need and we purchased one for my 5x7 and one for my 6x10 frame.  I watched a couple of their videos showing how to use the frame and despite my best attempts I ruined two articles of clothing and said no more.

Until now!  I decided it was time to brave the waters again.  Only this time I wanted to start 'small'.  And now that I've discovered Thanks4thAdventure I can do that with her wonderful sketches.

I pulled out an 18 month sized tee from my stash (blank purchased from Hobby Lobby) and opted to use the Sully's Buddy Boo file from Thanks4theAdventure.  At first I was very nervous and I repositioned and re-adhered my shirt to the JTHoop several times.   Finally I decided it was now or never, lowered the needle and told my machine to start embroidering.

I am excited to report that my shirt stitched out beautifully!  Not even one pucker, and I could not be any happier.  Guess this means I'll be doing more clothes.  😀

Tangled Birthday

Today I am sharing a birthday card that I made using the Princess (Rosana) file from Treasure Box Designs.  She is another in the line of princess cards I've been making, and after piecing her together I thought she'd be perfect for giving to a little princess on her birthday.
As you can see on this card I opted for using a few crystal gems on my flowers.  I thought this would add the perfect touch of bling.  After all it is a princess card.
The background paper is from the DCWV mat stack Once Upon A Time.  This time I chose a paisley print which I thought complimented Rosana's outfit.
The stamped sentiment is from the Jaded Blossom stamp set titled Coworkers.

Springtime Flour Sack Towels

This past weekend I was determined to begin learning my embroidery software, Embrilliance.  Shortly after purchasing it I learned how to turn my embroidery files into SVGs so that I could cut my fabric for the appliques.  However, I quickly decided that while that was cool, I didn't really like it because I was having difficulty in placing the pieces perfectly for stitching down.  Since then I haven't really played with it much.
This weekend I opened the software, determined to learn how to merge files and/or use fonts.  And learn how to use fonts I did.  At first I was upset because I thought I was going to have to open the file for every letter separately.  But then I accidentally learned how to import my fonts and I was so excited!
After figuring out how to import fonts it was time to play around with using them.  Using the Snow White sketch from Thanks4theAdventure I found a quote from Snow White that I thought would work for a kitchen towel.  The font I used on this one though was pre-loaded with my software.
Then I wanted to play around with this Spring Bonnet Girl applique from Stinkin' Cute Applique.  I was very excited when I saw this applique because Marjorie Ann Designs had recently released this same Spring Bonnet Girl as an SVG file and I absolutely loved her.  Now I can have fun creating little housewarming gifts by combining the two.  (If you haven't seen the card I created you can view it here.)  For this towel, I used the Oceanside font from Applique Corner to stitch out the Bible verse.
This was my first time stitching on flour sack towels and I think they both turned out pretty good.  What do you think?

You Make Me...

I thought we'd visit with another princes.  This time we're going to Arendelle.  Okay, not really but today's card does feature the princess Elsa from Frozen.  She is part of the design file titled Ice Princess from Marjorie Ann Designs.
As I started going through my scrap papers trying to find the right ones for this file I was excited to find that I had the perfect pieces.  A little ice blue glitter paper for the gown and some velum for the sheer train.  Perfect!  Although the card does look better in real life.
For my background papers I of course had to use some of the snowflake prints from my Winter Solstice by DCWV.
Then on the inside of my card...
...I decided to carry over and stamp some more snowflakes.
The outside sentiment as well as the one on the inside are from the Happy Hello stamp set by Jaded Blossom.  The snowflakes are from the Winter Wonderland stamp set by My Craft Spot.  She is no longer selling stamps but if you were lucky enough to snag this one, or if  you're just curious, you can view the stamp set and gallery of cards made using this set on her blog here.

Deadpool Wall Art

Since it's Friday I thought we'd do something a bit different.  Today I thought we'd shift away from the Princess theme and look at one of my husband's favorite characters - Deadpool.   
I belong to several different crafting groups for the Silhouette on FB.  They're all for different fandoms (Harry Potter, Star Wars, Horror, Disney, etc, etc) and it's exciting to be able to get in there and see what everyone is crafting.  Recently one of my groups shared different Deadpool files and this is one that I knew would be perfect for something.
Remember a couple weeks back when I shared my Pulp Fiction wall art?  I had two of these frames that my hubby found in storage.  So when I did my thing with the alcohol inks, I did it for both frames that day.  Yep, that means I've been staring at this one for a couple weeks trying to decide what would be a good design.  That's when I remembered Deadpool.
Now I'll be honest and tell you that I initially used a different design.  This one was only the character so I found one of the movie posters and traced the Deadpool verbiage.  After looking at it for two days, my husband and I both agreed that we didn't like it.
I picked.  I peeled. And I picked some more until I got every piece of vinyl off the glass.  Then I wiped it down and started over.  This time using the design you see now.  (And yes, that is the same glass.  Funny how turning it different ways and using different colored vinyl makes it look different.)

Chipped or Cracked

I have a fun, interactive card that I'd like to share with you today.  Today I'm using Chip from the Beauty & Beast file by Treasure Box Designs.
Once again I wanted to do something that was different with this card.  I realize that Chip is not a princess but he's a downright cutie who was there for one.  So what did I do that was different you ask?  I know, just looking at my card you can't tell.
But, as you may have guessed, I did this....
I put my little Chip on an Action Wobble.  These little plastic springs are amazing and I love that this simple spring can add this much fun and charm to a card. 
The stamped sentiment on my card is from the Enchanted stamp set by Jaded Blossom.  This set is perfect for any Beauty and the Beast or other princess themed greeting card.
Have a great day everyone.

Belle Burp Cloths

We are half way there everyone.  After today it's a downhill slide to the weekend.  Until then I'm going to continue with my princess theme for this week.  But today I thought I would change it up a little bit and move from greeting cards to burp cloths.  Remember yesterday when I shared my new baby congratulations card I said that baby girls are our princesses?  Well why not have a princess themed burp cloth or two?
When I was shopping for some new flannel fabrics at Joann's a couple weeks ago I came across this gorgeous Beauty and the Beast flannel.  Of course I had to have some and so I bought a couple yards to play with.
I thought it would be fun to play with both a sketch and an applique for these.  After searching through the files at Thanks 4 the Adventure I settled on the Little Belle applique, and the Princess Belle sketch.
If you've never embroidered a "sketch" design you really should check out the ones that Thanks 4 the Adventure has to offer.  They are so quick and easy, and the possibilities are endless.  So pick out a design or two and give it a'll thank me later.  😉

It's A Girl Princess Card

Following along in my princess theme, I have a new baby congratulatory card to share with you today.  This one uses Belle as the princess inspiration.  She is part of the Beauty & the Beast file from Treasure Box Designs.
As I began to create my card I knew I wanted to do something a little different.  Since I was on this princess 'series' kick I wanted something other than the rectangular shape folded card.  So I did a bit of searching through my files and decided to use the ornate card base 3 from SVG Cutting Files.  I love how this shape adds just the right amount of dress up to go with my little princess.
And, since this is a princess card I used paper from the Disney Princess mat stack by EK Success as my background.  From there I wanted to do something a bit different as far as the card theme.  I didn't want it to be a birthday card or another friendship card.  The more I thought about it, the more I decided that Belle would make a good new baby card.  After all those precious baby girls are our princesses.
The stamped sentiment I used for this card is from the Sweet Baby stamp set from Jaded Blossom.

Nothing Is Impossible

We had a crazy, busy weekend meeting up with friends we haven't seen in a while, running errands and the start of seasonal yard work.  But I was still able to get some crafting in while everyone else was sleeping.  That seems to be the best time for me sit in my craft room and get things done anyway. 
So today I have a princess card to share with you.  This one features Snow White from the Snow Princess file by Marjorie Ann Designs.  I've been on a bit of a princess kick the past few days so you'll be seeing a lot of princess projects.  I guess you could say it's a new card series.  LOL
Anyhow, for this particular card I decided to use my swirls embossing folder to add some wave to Snow White's hair.  And you can see that I added a bit of "highlights" aka ink lightly smeared across the swirls.
The background paper is from the DCWV mat stack Once Upon A Time.  I chose to use a page that had a story line to it but had to make sure that I used the parts that didn't talk about the frog.  After all Snow White doesn't talk to frogs in her story.
The stamped sentiment is from the Jaded Blossom set titled Encouragement.  To finish off my card I used a couple of Purple Twilight colored skittles from DoubleClick Connections.

Mermaid Beach Cover

I found this cute beach cover up while we were at one of our local indoor flea malls recently.  Well, actually my hubby found it.  The tag said it was for an 18 month toddler and even though Ocean was only 8 months at the time we still picked it up.  At the time I wasn't sure what I'd do with it but I knew that I was going to do something to jazz it up.
After letting it sit for a couple of weeks while I pondered what to do with it I finally decided on a mermaid theme.  Perfect timing too since Thanks 4 the Adventure was running a surprise sale for a short time this past week.  I picked up a lot of new files, including the ones I would use on Ocean's cover-up.
On the front of the cover-up I decided to use the Flounder sketch.  And across the back I used this cute quote and sketch combo titled Dinglehopper Hair.
When my daughter saw it she fell in love, but she did ask what a dinglehopper was.  So I reminder her and told her she should sit down and re-watch the movie.  Of course as I think about it - it might not be a bad idea to start buying those movies so that we can have them at our house.  Next thing we know Ocean will be old enough to enjoy them.
Oh, and as you can see that 18 month size tag in the garment had to be off base.  Look at how perfectly that cover-up fits on a 9 month old.  Talk about luck.  LOL

Captain America - Favorite 'Sidekick'

It's a dreary, rainy day here in Florida. It started late last night and has been going off and on ever since.  They say it'll be out of here around lunch, but I guess we'll find out.  These are the days that I love to just sit at home and craft away.  But it's another work day so that's not going to happen.  ☹
On a brighter note though, I have another meeting of the crafting passions to share with you today.  It's another super hero set, and this time it features Captain America. 
For the burp cloth I used the Little Super Hero 1 file from Stinkin' Cute Applique.  He's one of four different hero appliques that are currently available.
The card was made using the Little Hero's set from Marjorie Ann Designs.  This set features the same heroes available from Stinkin' Cute Applique and more.  So if you have a little boy or even an older one that you're creating a gift for you can create a fun set with these two design files.
The stamped sentiment on my card is from Craftin' Desert Divas.  It's the stamp set titled Calling All Superheroes.  (FYI - this set was just moved to her retiring section so quantities are limited and once they're gone.....they're gone)
To finish off my card I used a couple of Red skittles from DoubleClick Connections.
And while this may not be a "traditional" looking baby shower gift set I'm sure it'll be a hit.  😊

Got Your Nose Tee

Back in February I made my first one of these t-shirts and posted it on my blog here.  When my husband saw how the shirt turned out he was adamant that that was the shirt he wanted me to make him for our upcoming trip to Universal Studios.  We've been going every year for the past four years but this year will be special because it will be just the two of us.  That and it'll be a late anniversary celebration for us as well.
The design is one that was shared in one of my Harry Potter Facebook groups.  I've had several people ask if I could share the file with them, and since I am not the creator of the file I am unable to do so.  If you message me though I'll be happy to share the name of the group with you.
At first I was worried about applying HTV to the shirt my husband chose because it's a polyester blend and everything I've done has been a cotton blend.  I was honestly scared it would melt or something being pressed under all that heat.  But it pressed beautifully.

Because this is a polyester fabric that has some stretch to it I decided to use EasyWeed Stretch vinyl for the design.  I didn't want to take the chance at using regular vinyl and then having the design crack and get icky.  I will say that for me, personally, the stretch vinyl was harder to work with.  I had more issues trying to weed this vinyl than I have had with any other I've used.  I even had a couple of spots where the weeding got messed up and I had to make some quick modifications to correct it.  Fortunately everything turned out okay in the end, and when I showed the shirt to my hubby he couldn't see where any mistakes were made.  Whew!

Hello Gorgeous

Happy Monday everyone.  I'm not sure that I'm ready for Monday, but it's here nonetheless.  And today I'm excited to share this card with you.  I made it using one of the mermaids from the Sea Princess file by Marjorie Ann Designs.
It's been a bit since I've made a "scene" card rather than followed a sketch and I guess that's why I'm excited for this one.  Well that and all the fun elements/textures I've added. 
For the mermaids hair I embossed the pieces with a design that would add a flourish as if it were waves.  The sand on the bottom of the ocean floor, as well as the rocks, were created using sandpaper.  Finally, instead of cutting bubbles, I decided to add stream colored skittles from DoubleClick Connections in their place.
The stamped sentiment is from the Cardz TV Stamps set titled Favorite Phrases.  This was fun too.  Rather than stamping it in a straight line I wanted to do something different and stamp it around the curve of the mermaid's tailfin.  So I gently set the stamp on my block so that it would stamp that way.  Took a couple of changes to the curve to get it right but it was worth it.

I Ruff You

Today I have a fun card to share with you that features a cute little alien fighter pug.  He's from the Alien Fighters file created by Marjorie Ann Designs.  Years ago I rescued a Pug and a Puggle (and last year added a Terrier mix to the family) so when I saw this file I fell in love.
After piecing my little Pug together I had to find the perfect background paper.  I had two different outer space prints and couldn't decide which one to use so I thought I'd layer them and what you see is my final result. 
The stamped sentiment is from the Cardz TV Stamps set titled Lucky Dog.
The skittles used are the meadow color from DoubleClick Connections.

A Boy and His Owl Burp Cloth

It's been a few days since I've sat down to make a burp cloth and so I thought I'd share one of the new ones I just made with you. 
I found this great chevron print flannel over at Joann's and had an inkling that it would make a great backdrop for some burp cloths.  Not really knowing what I'd stitch on them I decided to pick up  a couple yards.  During this same trip to Joann's I decided to really stock up on some flannel since I don't get by there often.  By the time I was done shopping I literally had a cart full of fabric bolts.  You see, I'm addicted to fabric much like I am to my scrapbook paper. 
After arriving home with my new fabrics, I quickly set about getting them washed and dried so I could begin cutting what I'd need for the next round of burp cloths.  While waiting for them to launder I sat down to find the files I wanted to use for embroidery. 
It didn't take long to decide to stitch this wonderful Harry Potter and Hedwig sketch I found at Thanks 4 the Adventure.  I love the way that this sketch stitched out against the chevron fabric.
And there you have it, another burp cloth to add to my collection. 

Some Bunny Special

This Easter will be my granddaughter's first Easter, and we can't be more excited.    So of course being the grandma that I am I had to sit down and make an outfit for her.  I didn't want anything fancy - after all Ocean is a beach and sand baby.  (In case you couldn't tell by the name)  For that reason I wanted simple and cute.
Using one of the cap sleeve dress blanks from Hobby Lobby I chose to applique the dress with the Easter Bunny Applique from Stinkin' Cute Applique.   Okay, well, I didn't choose.  My daughter did.  I sent her pictures of a few different bunny designs and this was the one she settled on.
My daughter also loves to put headbands on Ocean.  Not the ones with the bows as big as her head, but the small, simple ones.  And they look great on her.  So with that in mind I had to make this adorable bunny ear headband I found over at the Applique Corner to go with the dress.  To ensure that the two went together I used the same fabric for the Easter basket on the dress as I did for the headband.
But wait, that's not all.  😁  I also made an Easter card that matches with her outfit.  That's right.  Marjorie Ann Designs has an SVG file titled You're Eggstra Sweet that compliments the applique.  Pretty nifty, huh?
The stamped sentiment on the card is from the Jaded Blossom stamp set titled Honey Bunny.
Yep, I just love it when my crafting passions can collide so wonderfully.....

Super Birthday Wishes

I am happy to announce that today I am a guest designer over at Die Cuttin Divas.  This week it's Challenge #310 and Anything Goes.
For my project I decided to create a special birthday card for my I Run 4 Buddy who's birthday is this week.  I Run 4 is a group where runners are paired up with those who are unable to get out there an run.  So those of us who can run or just love being active get out there and do it for them.  When we do organized races such as our Spartans or marathons we send them a medal from that race.  And when we're just out there in the gym or hiking or whatever we let them know that we were out there getting it done - in their honor.
Now back to my card.  My Run 4 buddy is a big fan of Superman so I decided to use the Superman from the Super Chubbies Super Heroes file from Marjorie Ann Designs on his card.  Of course Superman has to stand out and for that I thought this paper from the Little Man mat stack from Paper House would be perfect. 
To finish off my card I used the Super Hero 2 stamp set from Jaded Blossom for my sentiment.  On each side of the sentiment I added a single red skittle from DoubleClick Connections.
Now that you've seen my project for this week's challenge, be sure to create your own (remember Anything Goes), link up and play along with us.  We can't wait to see what you create.

Pulp Fiction Wall Art

My husband loves the movie Pulp Fiction.  So, when I saw this file Pulp Fiction file over at Cuttable Designs I knew that I had create something with it.  Now hubby is not the type to wear something like this on a shirt so it would have to be something different.  Something he could display.  Since he has his own game room I thought I'd create a piece of wall art for him.
He recently went through a bunch of boxes he's had in storage and one was full of nothing but different award certificates he had framed.  Given that he's not been with that company for almost 10 years he decided it was time to take them out of the frames.  And when he did I snatched a couple of them to "recycle".
After cleaning the glass and allowing it to dry I grab my bottles of Purple Twilight and Stream colored alcohol inks.  I applied a couple drops of Purple Twilight to the applicator felt and began stamping across the glass.  I then applied a couple drops of blending solution followed by the Stream color and started stamping across the glass in the opposite direction.  As I did this I ensured that I filled in any spots missed while stamping the purple.  Then I decided to gentle smear the colors together on one side of the glass to add more textural look.  Once satisfied with the ink coverage I allowed it to dry overnight.
Once the ink was cured, I added a sheet of white paper behind the side that was inked and closed the frame.  Then, on the outside of the glass I applied the vinyl design.
And now, my hubby has a cool and unique piece of art to hang in his room.

Hello Sugar Angel

Happy Friday everyone!  Today I have a cutie of a card that I'd like to share with you. 
I woke up pretty early this morning and thought I'd play in my craft room while the hubby was still sleeping and I had some time before having to get ready for work.  After going through a couple of files I decided I'd used this Sweet Sugar Angel from Marjorie Ann Designs as the focus of my card.
Then using Mojo Monday's sketch #442 I pieced together my card.
The stamped sentiment is from the Jaded Blossom stamp set titled Hello Hello.
I also used some watermelon colored skittles from DoubleClick Connections as the center of my bows.
And finally, over at Cut It Up challenges the current challenge is to use either faux or real stitching on your card.  As you can see I opted for faux.
Now I'm off to enter my card into the following challenges:
Cut It Up - You've Got Me in Stitches - Ends April 5th
Hiding in My Craft Room - Designer Paper x3 - Ends March 25th

Sitting Bunny

Today I have a cute bunny burp cloth that I'd like to share with you.  This one features a relatively recently released applique from the Applique Corner titled Bunny Sitting.  The one thing that I really loved about stitching this one out was that it required only three pieces of fabric.  This made the creation process faster and the cutting so much easier.  Yes, I could have used my Embrilliance software along with my Silhouette and pre-cut my fabrics, but I still need to get the hang of that.  Right now I prefer to do it all myself.
For this cloth I used another flannel that I picked up from JoAnn's.  It's called I Love Mommy - although it clearly also says I Love Daddy.  Initially I purchased one yard of this fabric which has yielded about 2 1/2 cloths so I need to get back there and buy some more while it's still on sale.
And when I go back I think I'll keep an eye out from some French Terry fabric because I'm thinking about making my own baby bibs instead of using pre-done blanks.  Hmmmmmmm

Niffler and His Diamond

We are just a week away (minus a day) from the release of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them on DVD, and I for one am excited......along with the other who knows how many Harry Potter fans.  So in honor of the upcoming release date I thought I'd play around at making a small t-shirt with one of the creatures that just steals the show (and a great many other things) - the Niffler.
These little creatures have a penchant for anything shiny.  Thus his holding onto his diamond treasure. 
I made a onesie with this Niffler a couple months ago.  Only then I used a different holographic HTV for the diamond.  That one didn't show up as well since it was on a color other than black.  I was so bummed out by it that I went in search of a better holographic that I was confident would work.
And my file?  Well, it's one that was share in one of my Harry Potter FB groups. 
Now to wait for Tuesday to get here so we can re-watch this wonderful addition to the Harry Potter collection.

Sleepy Bear

I found this Snuggle flannel fabric in my stash the other day.  I completely forgot I had it because my current cabinet is so over packed and I can't see half of what I have.  (But that's going to change very soon.  More on that at a later date.)  My original intention was to use this fabric for a scarf liner but then I never got around to making those scarves.  In the long run that works out better for me because this fabric is perfect and much better suited for the burp cloth craze I've found myself in lately.
Since this fabric has little bears printed on it I thought it would make sense to use a bear applique.  So I chose the Bear Sleeping Girl Applique from Applique Corner.  She stitched out beautifully and compliments this burp cloth well.

Happiness Enclosed

I have an Easter card that I'd like to share with you today.  I made this one using the Easter Bear file from Marjorie Ann Designs.  I've had this file in my stash since last year when it was given as a freebie in her FB group Free SVG's ~ Games & More ~ Marjorie Ann Designs.  Not sure why I waited so long to use it because it pieces together nicely and he's cute as can be.
When putting my card together I decided to also pull another sketch from my stash to use.  It's another one I've had for a while but haven't used until now.  At first I wasn't sure if I like the colors and such but the more I look at the card the more I like it.
The stamped sentiment I used is from the Craftin Desert Divas stamp set Happy Thoughts.


Tomorrow is my first Spartan Race of the season.  And while I won't be able to do many of them this year, this one always holds a special place in my heart.  Not only is it my first race every season but it's one I run every year with my oldest daughter and this year one of my son's will be running it with us as well.  I hear a lot of people say they couldn't run a race like this but I'm here to tell you that if people that are blind, missing arms/legs and all other sorts of 'health' issues can do it anyone can. 
Knowing that I'll see adaptive athletes out there on the course tomorrow I thought it fitting to end this week with a superhero project.
So today, I'm sharing a Superhero card I created using the Little Heroes set from Marjorie Ann Design.  My boys have always had a thing for superheroes, and some of the still do to this day so I find myself drawn to them. 
The sentiment on my card is from the Jaded Blossom stamp set Super Hero 2.  And as I often do these days, I added some skittles to my card.  These are the stream color from DoubleClick Connections.
Not only that but I found this great applique to match over at Stinkin Cute Applique.  This one is called Little Superhero 2.  Like the other appliques I've stitched from Stinkin Cute this one was easy and fun to put together.  And I love how he turned out. 
Together this combo will make a fun baby shower gift for any mom who's expecting a little boy.

Hey Look, It's Woody

I was strolling through Etsy the other day when I stumbled across this shop called Thanks4theAdventure.  The owner has all sorts of great designs for applique and embroidery and what I found most intriguing was that she has "sketches".  I've never stitched anything like that before but I was willing to give it a try to see how I liked it.
Knowing that I had this green, plaid looking fabric I needed to turn into a boyish burp cloth I searched for what I thought would be a good file to try.  That's when I found Woody.  I thought the colors needed would be perfect for this fabric, and after getting it all stitched out I'd say I was right.  🙂
I really liked the way that this sketch stitched out.  It didn't get lost in the fabric and you can tell who it's supposed to be.  Yep, I do believe I'll be stitching out more of these type files on my projects.  Best of all I love that it brings another variation to the crafting table.

Deathly Hallows Shirt

My husband and I will be celebrating our 15th anniversary this coming Monday and this year we told each other we'd take a belated trip to Universal Studios as our gift to each other.  So as we count down the days until our trip (we put it off to May when the weather is warmer) I have made my first shirt.
I don't know how many of you are Harry Potter fans or how many of you may have read the books or at least watched the movies.  Throughout the series Harry comes up three different 'mythical' objects that together are known as the Deathly Hallows - the cloak of invisibility, a wand that cannot be beaten and a stone that is said to bring the dead back to life.
So when I saw this file for the Deathly Hallows shared in one of my FB groups I thought it would be a perfect one to use for my shirt.  I thought it would be more difficult to weed than it was and so I was pleasantly surprised with how easy this was to create.
Now I just have to wait to be able to wear it.....

A Bear and His Friends

I didn't get much sewing done this past weekend because I bought a new china cabinet to use for my fabric storage.  Before I could begin using it though I had to do a lot of clean up because the lady I bought it from had it sitting in her garage.  Then after I got it cleaned up I had to make room for it because it was a bit wider than her description said.
So while I didn't get much done I was still able to sew and today I would like to share one of the burp cloths I made.  For this one I decided to stitch out another new file from Stinkin Cute Applique.  This one is called Bear & Turtle Friends.  As soon as I saw it I knew it would be a perfect design to use with this green flannel I picked up.
This was another great project to stitch out, and I had a lot of fun with this burp cloth.
Speaking of fun, do you ever wonder where some of the fun fabrics I use for my appliques come from?  Several months ago we had a new fabric store come to town called TJ's Fabrics.  Best part is that you can order online and they have more choices available online.  And I have to say that after years of buying fabric from Hobby Lobby and Joann's this stuff is top notch.  Now that's not to say I won't buy from the others because I will.  It just means I'm more selective now.  And with cute projects like this Bear and his friends you gotta have the good stuff.

Hopping By

Easter is only a month away so I thought I'd get started on some Easter projects.  Today I'd like to share a card I made using the recently released Ginger Loves Easter set. 
If you've followed my blog over the past year or so you have probably noticed that I am a sucker for Marjorie Ann Designs' gingers.  There's not a single ginger that doesn't scream out "make me! make me!".   😀 
For this ginger, I decided to use a card sketch that I've only used once before (and that time it was an Easter card too).  I thought it would be perfect to showcase this svg design and I think that it did so beautifully.
Now I will admit that when I decided to use this particular card blank I had no idea that I was going to be in for some trouble.  (Guess that'll teach me that all deals are really deals.)  After putting my card together and adding my sentiment I noticed that the ink was not drying.  I let it sit as I always do, but it still smudged after several minutes of dry time.  That meant I had to add some extra elements to my card that I did not originally anticipate.
My sentiment is from the Jaded Blossom stamp set Honey Bunny.  As you can see I ended up stamping it onto a piece of regular cardstock and then adhered it to the card.  I also added some blue skittles from DoubleClick Connections to finish it off.
So while these elements weren't planned for my card everything turned out okay in the end.....