January This & That at Kill Devil Hills

Happy Monday, friends! Hope you all had a wonderful weekend! I have just returned from a wonderful five-day retreat with my crafty gals, and so I thought it would be fun to share a little bit of what I’ve been up to here on the blog today. For the past several years, my scrappy gang has gone to Myrtle Beach in January, but this year we tried something different and rented a house in Kill Devil Hills on North Carolina’s Outer Banks. There were ten of us in a massive 12-bedroom house, right on the beach. The weather was brisk and often cloudy, but overall very pleasant… and the view just could not be beat.

As usual when I go away on these craft retreats, I packed way toooooooo much stuff, and hardly touched any of it. It’s always so hard to judge how much will get done, or what I’ll feel like working on, so I like to go pretty heavily loaded. As is my standard MO at these events, I packed a lot of old collections and old scraps with the goal of seeing how many cards I could manage to make. I almost always take Christmas papers with me, as it’s one of the only times of the year when I work on them. And this time, I broke out my old stash of Simple Stories’ Claus & Co and ended up with 18 holiday cards to rebuild my stash.

I started with most of the 6×6 paper pad, chipboard frames, and scraps from the ephemera and SNAP pack….and even after all these cards, I feel like I didn’t make much of a dent in the supplies. But that just gives me another chance to attack the stash some other time. 😀

The other project I worked on is an old love of mine… counted cross stitch. I first learned to cross stitch and embroider back in elementary school, but it’s been years and years since I’ve worked on anything. For my first project I chose a Halloween chart to work on, for several reasons. Of course you all know I love the holiday, but I also thought that would give me enough time to make sure I could complete the project before the season hits. And I also like that this finished piece is relatively small, and only has a few colors of floss. This is called Simply Scary by The Drawn Thread, and I’m working on 14-count Aida cloth that I’ve coffee and tea dyed. I’m so excited about my progress so far, and will definitely share my finished piece here with you.

So that’s what I’ve been up to here. Hope you all are doing well and are having a great January. Anything fun going on with you?

Tim Holtz Sizzix Chapter 1- Cut Out Leaves

Happy Thursday, crafty friends! Today I’m so excited to share the first of my projects that I made for the Tim Holtz Sizzix Chapter 1 release.

Did you all get a chance to see Tim’s Facebook live reveal last week of all of Chapter 1? There are so many fabulous new die sets to play with, and best news is, you don’t even have to wait until Creativation for the new products. This shabby chic burlap panel project is one of my favorites from Chapter 1 and features the new Cut Out Leaves die set. Think the leaves will be versatile for year-round crafting, and I love all the different ways that they can be used.

The Cut Out Leaves dies are all about the negative space. The cutting blades actually only die cut the center spaces and the designs between the “veins” of the leaves, and leave the outside edge intact. For this panel, I die cut rows of leaves to create an overall background, and popped the panel up with foam dots over a background water-colored with Distress Inks. I went with springtime colors here, but I can really see this done with beautiful fall colors, too.

To add some extra detail to the canvas, I made a few “postive-shaped” leaves for accents. Some of the leaves were die cut from water-colored cardstock and hand-trimmed around the outside edges. Those I added directly on top of the background panel, just adding a thin line of adhesive behind the middle vein and allowing the edges of the leaves to remain free. I did some simple stitching with embroidery floss around that center line to add a homespun touch. And lastly, I die cut a trio of leaves, which were then adhered to Idea-ology patterned paper and trimmed out, to use as free floating embellishments on the left side of the frame. So lots of different ways to use these fun new leaves.

If you missed Facebook live, you can catch a replay of Chapter 1 on the video above.
Thanks so much for stopping by!

The supplies I’ve used are linked and/or listed below:

Ranger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Watercolor Cardstock - 8.5 x 11 - 10 PackIdea-ology - Tim Holtz - 8 x 8 Kraft Stock - ClassicAdvantus - Tim Holtz - Idea-ology Collection - 12 x 12 Paper Stash - MemorandaSizzix - Tim Holtz - Thinlits Die - Cut Out LeavesTim Holtz DISTRICT MARKET Burlap Panels BARE TH93063*Advantus - Tim Holtz - Idea-ology Collection - Ruler PiecesTim Holtz - Idea-ology Collection - Word BandsAdvantus - Tim Holtz - Idea-ology Collection - Typed TokensRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Paint - Picket FenceRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Paint - Twisted CitronRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Ink Pads - Twisted CitronRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Ink Pads - Mowed LawnRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Ink Pads - Squeezed LemonadeRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Ink Pad - Abandoned CoralRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Ink Pads - Festive Berries

Trim: May Arts, Stampin’Up, DMC

Tim Holtz Sizzix Chapter 3 Release- Seasonal Scroll

Happy Friday, crafty friends! It’s the last weekend before Christmas already, can you believe that? Are you all ready? For once I’m feeling pretty caught up… but I’m still working on putting together my gift packages and wrapping. So perfect time to share this gift packaging project with you.

This tag is the last of the fabric projects that I made for the Tim Holtz Sizzix Chapter 3 release, and features the fabulous Seasonal Scroll Bigz and Handmade Alpha Bigz XL dies. I die cut the scroll from felt and added stitched detailing, and the rest of the tag and elements were given quite the Distress treatment with ink swiping and text-print stamping, paint splatters and even fabric painting to get that nice cranberry red.

I added a few hand-stitched x’s to the berries, and some of my favorite pom pom trim. Natural ribbon and twine and a big red button finish off the design.

Thanks so much for stopping by! Wishing you all a wonderful weekend!

The supplies I’ve used are linked below:

Sizzix - Christmas - Bigz Die - Seasonal ScrollSizzix - Bigz XL - Alphabet Die - HandmadeRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Paint - Picket FenceRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Paint - Aged MahoganyTim Holtz Distress Ink Pads - Brushed Corduroy

Tim Holtz Sizzix Chapter 3- Reindeer

Happy Tuesday, crafty friends! How are holiday preparations coming along at your house? I have barely scratched the surface of the pile of things I still need to do, and am definitely feeling the pressure. My parents arrive for their annual holiday visit tomorrow, and both kids will be done with classes by early next week….. so soon the house will be full and the festivities can begin. I just need to get my rear in gear before then.

Today I’m reaching back into my archives again to share a project that I made for the Tim Holtz Sizzix Chapter 3 release. This time, it’s a fabric project featuring one of the holiday bigz dies from the release called Reindeer.

Look at all the detail on that beautiful leaping reindeer! So hard to believe that this is a steel-edge die with all those intricate curves and thin lines. For this project, I pulled out some of my favorite flannel and vintage chenille fabrics and pom pom trim to make a Christmas stocking. The reindeer itself was die cut from sturdy wool felt, and added to the stocking using a hand-stitched blanket stitch.

I really love the simple silhouette look of the reindeer, so kept my embellishment to a minimum. Just a black seed bead eye and a twine bow tied with Idea-ology bells were all that were needed to bring the features to life.

I had such fun with my secret assignment of creating fabric projects for this release.  Just another way of using some of your favorite supplies. My Finley pup will be celebrating his first Christmas with us this year, and the little guy definitely needs his own stocking. I think this should be it, don’t you?

Looking for more holiday inspiration? Then be sure to check out the entire Tim Holtz Sizzix Chapter 3 Christmas reveal in the video above filled with amazing and inspiring holiday makes.

Thanks so much for stopping by! Wishing you all a very merry day!

The supplies I’ve used are linked below:

Sizzix - Christmas - Bigz Die - ReindeerIdea-ology - Tim Holtz - Christmas - Tiny BellsDoodlebug Design - Doodle Twine - Lily White

Tim Holtz Sizzix Chapter 3- Cauldron Bigz

Hello crafty friends! I’m back today with another project that I created for the Tim Holtz Sizzix Chapter 3 release. As you may remember, I was given a special secret assignment for this release to create some fabric projects using the new dies. And today I’m here to share the last of my Halloween inspired fabric creations…. this time, a spooky witch’s spell pillow made with the new Cauldron Bigz die and the fabulous Handmade alphabet font.

Of course Bigz dies are perfect for using with thicker materials like the wool felt and fabrics I used here, and one of my favorite things about using fabric with die cuts is the ability you have to manipulate the pieces. Because fabric has give, I was able to expand the slit at the top of the cauldron and back the opening with a contrasting fabric, as well as tuck the wisp of smoke into the inside. Love how you can now see the contents of the cauldron just bubbling away.

I used Distress paint to add details to the scene, like the shadow below the cauldron, the bubbles rising above, and all the white pieces so that they stand out. And of course a witch’s brew needs a good spider, which is hanging to the side of the cauldron by a thread. I used a bit of alcohol ink on the spider to really make it shine.

I added a few hand-stitched accents to the cauldron handles, and edged the pillow with some favorite pom-pom trim. If you’d like any additional tips for using fabric with dies, check out some of my previous posts (These Old Bones) and (Skull & Crossbones Dolly).

Thanks so much for stopping by! Hope you all have a wonderful weekend ahead. I’m planning to head to Richmond to visit my boy. We’ve got belated birthday celebrating to do, and this ol’ mamma can’t wait!

P.S.- I’ve added a few Halloween spooks to my AudOnes Prims Shop. Come take a peek!

The supplies I’ve used are linked and/or listed below:

Sizzix - Halloween - Bigz Die - CauldronSizzix - Bigz XL - Alphabet Die - HandmadeTim Holtz Idea-ology WICKED Metal Adornments TH93305Ranger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Paint - Black SootRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Paint - Picket FenceRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Adirondack Alcohol Ink - Sunset OrangeSigno - White Uni-ball Impact Pen

Floss: DMC
Cotton Print Fabric, Wool Felt, Pom Pom Trim

Feeling Corny with Therm O Web & AudOnes Prims

Hello, friends! Happy Wednesday! Today is a somber day as we remember all those affected by the tragedies of 9/11. We shall never forget this day that changed the history of our country forever. I have just come from dropping my parents off at the airport after a very wonderful three week visit with them, so today is just that little bit extra hard to have them leave and fly on this day.

After being on vacation mode these past several weeks, I’m hoping to play catch up here on my blog with a project post today for both Therm O Web and my little AudOnes Prims shop. It’s been quite some time since I listed anything in my shop, but that is my plan for the next few days, starting with these silly sweet corn on the cob prims that I made over the summer for the Therm O Web blog. These little cuties feature a combo of my favorite fabrics from Crossroads Denim and Blend Fabrics designer Cori Dantini along with Therm O Web Stitchn’Sew fleece.

If you’d like to give these corny corns a try, I’ve got the full step-by-step tutorial up on the Therm O Web blog.

Or, you can find this trio of cobs listed now in my Shop! (And hopefully a few other cuties will be joining them, too)

Enjoy the rest of your week, friends! And happy weekend ahead!

These Old Bones with Tim Holtz Skull & Crossbones

Happy Fri-yay, crafty friends! I’m back today with another fabric project to share featuring dies from the new Tim Holtz Sizzix Chapter 3 release.

Earlier this week I posted a spooky sweet rag dolly that I made using the Skull & Crossbones Bigz die, and once again, this little pom pom pillow features the same set of bones along with a continuation of some of the tips and tricks I use for working with fabric die cuts. If you missed part one of the tutorial, simply scroll down or click here.

We left off here last time, with the step of attaching fabric appliques using Therm O Web Fabric Fuse glue. For larger die cuts that I’m planning on adding stitching to (like this skull), just small dots of glue are all you need to keep the pieces from shifting and moving around…

Fabric Fuse adhesive is also particularly helpful in attaching smaller, thinner, and more intricate appliques that would be rather difficult to sew around. If I’m using small pieces, like these die cut letters, I make sure to cover the entire surface of the back side with the glue, so that the appliques will be secure without the need for stitching. Just squeeze a continuous thin line of adhesive all over the applique. You can spread it out with your finger or a paintbrush, too.

The key is to be sure to get the whole applique tacked down, since there won’t be any stitching to hold things in place. If you missed any spots, you can lift the edges and add more glue. Once I had my finished design, I went back in with Picket Fence Distress paint to add detailing to the negative facial openings and the letters and bones. Stitching was added once everything was dry.

The lettering for this pillow was die cut from Therm O Web fleece using the Tim Holtz Bigz XL Cutout Lowercase Letters die. Additional o’s and the dot from the j die cut from olive and black felt were used to make the eyes. And for a final step, I dragged a Black Soot mini Distress ink pad over the edges of the bones to emphasize the design.

I hope you enjoy these quick and easy tips for using fabric with your dies. Have a great weekend, everyone, and thanks so much for stopping by!

The supplies I’ve used are linked and/or listed below:

Sizzix - Halloween - Bigz Die - Skull & CrossbonesSizzix - Tim Holtz - Alterations Collection - Bigz XL Alphabet Die - Cutout LowerStitchnSew Fleece Sew-In High Loft (White 45 in. d/f x 1 Yard pack)Ranger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Ink Pads - Mini - Pumice StoneRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Ink Pads - Mini - Hickory SmokeRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Ink Pads - Mini - Black SootRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Paint - Picket FenceTim Holtz Glass Media MatRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Sprayer - 2 OuncesRanger Ink - Artist Brushes - 7 Pack

Other: Indygo Junction Crossroads Denim, Wool Felt, Pom Pom Trim, Polyfill Fiber Stuffing