Poppy Onesie

Earlier this week I shared a card I made with a cute little troll inspired by Poppy from the movie Trolls.  (If you missed it, you can view the card here.)
Today I want to share a onesie with you that I made using a sketch that was also inspired by Poppy from Trolls.  I used another 'sketch' file from Thanks4theAdventure.  This one is called Little Pink Poppie.  I thought she'd be perfect for this last pink onesie I had purchased from Hobby Lobby.  I love that I can run right down the street and pick up blanks so easily, and pink is just one of the several solid colored creepers they have in stock.
I love that way that it turned out and was excited to try it on my granddaughter.  Of course momma thinks there's something wrong with me that I'm embroidering all these items that don't have faces as she calls them.  For me it's just a wonderful form of abstract art and I love it.

Teddy Bears Rule

Today I'm sharing a fun teddy bear pirate card using the You Are My Treasure file from Marjorie Ann Designs.
I changed up the octopus from the way that it was laid out in the file.  Instead of cutting his body in two parts I welded them together.  I also decided that I didn't want to cut out all those highlight pieces for his different colored spots so I chose to emboss him instead.
For the background of my card, I had the perfect paper in my stash.  It's from the mat stack titled Little Man by Paper House Productions.
The stamped sentiment used on this card is from Cardz TV Stamps and is titled Beary Sweet.

Tangled Dress

Remember the Tangled princess birthday card I shared with you?  Well today I have an infant's cap sleeve dress that I embroidered with the princess and I'd like to share it with you.
I embroidered this one using the Rapunzel from Tangled sketch by Thanks4theAdventure.  These sketches are an embroiderer's dream.  Not only do they stitch out beautifully but they stitch out quickly.
The dress is one that I picked up at Hobby Lobby.  It's an infant cap sleeve dress and I have purchased in different sizes up to the 12 to 18 month size.  The 3 to 6 and 6 to 12 month were great.  They fit my granddaughter beautifully.  But the 12 to 18 month that I recently purchased and used for her Easter dress did not work as well.  The head hole was too small and I ended up having to cut a slit in the dress and add a hook and eye closure so that she could wear it.  Of course I reached out to Hobby Lobby about the issue and they were gracious in listening and helped me find my lost receipt so I could return the other dresses I had not yet used.
But this dress will be a great gift for another little princess...

Team Quidditch

Last week I decided to give embroidering on clothes another try.  After the successful turnout of my Boo Sketch I thought I'd be brave and go one step further and try an easy applique.  Only it wasn't that easy.  At least not for me.  I even enlisted the help of my JT Hoop It Up and still had difficulties getting my small shirt in place without shifting on me.
It took three attempts to get my shirt set and ready, and as much as I wanted to just give up I refused to do so.  In the end I won out and was able to create this fun Harry Potter Quidditch tee.
For this shirt I used the Harry Potter One applique from Appliques with Character.  At first I thought about putting the design on the back of the shirt.  That way it would look like a sports team shirt, but then I thought that since this was for a small child I'd be okay with it on the front.
The fabric I used for the applique is one that I found at Joann's and while it was still available in my local store this past weekend I was unable to find it listed on their website.  Instead they have some new designs that I did not see in my local store.  Guess that's how it goes sometimes but I sure do wish they would let you buy it online and ship it to you like they do other fabrics.  Oh well, I guess that just means I'll have to keep my eyes open next time I'm there.

Troll Mine

Well it's Monday, and that means that play time is over for most of us as we prepare to begin another work week.  Hopefully you had a good weekend.  I spent mine hanging out with my baby sister on Saturday.  Then Sunday we spent time with our daughter and granddaughter.  In between all that I did get a bit of crafting done.
Today I want to share with you one of the cards I made yesterday.  I had a lot of fun playing around with this one and I'm pleased with the turn out.  For this card I used the recently released You're My Treasure - Trolls file by Marjorie Ann Designs.  This wonderful file has four different trolls and all just as cute as can be.
The mine background is a digi stamp called Mine Digital Stamp, and it's from Craftin' Desert Divas.  Now I'm not great at coloring and even though I have all these Spectrum Noir stamps I decided to color this stamp a bit different.  For this go round I opened the stamp in my paint program and added the colors.  I then opened it in another photo editor to change it up a bit (unfortunately I do not have Photoshop) until I was satisfied.  To get the background the size that I wanted for my card, I inserted into Word and changed up the size then printed on a piece of white cardstock.
The sentiment is from the Jaded Blossom Stamp set titled Sweet Travels.
To finish off my card I used a couple of slate colored skittles from DoubleClick Connections in the top corner.
And since I haven't done a challenge in a while I thought it would be fun to enter this one into the Fun Day Friday Challenge at Jo's Scrap Shack.

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 try....you'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.