Saturday, July 28, 2012

Wearing Elmo!

 He is almost 3 and in love with Elmo. Isn't my grandson adorable! I have to machine embroider him another shirt, white cotton will be a much cooler and comfortable shirt!

Monday, July 23, 2012

Elmo T-Shirts for a Birthday Boy

I just discovered my little grandson is in love with Elmo! One day while he and my daughter-in-law were visiting a park, a birthday party was underway , featuring that well known Sesame Street celebrity, Elmo! Well, seeing Elm in the flesh or shall we say fur, was too much for the boy! He couldn't contain himself. The boy wasn't a guest at the party, but he ran to Elmo and kissed and hugged him and was none too happy about leaving this funny fuzzy creature either.

That's when an idea popped into my wonderful daughter-in-law's head...her son will turn 3 in August with an Elmo party! You have to see her blog at and all the things she is planning around her theme for my grandson.

In case you aren't familiar with Elmo, check out the T-shirts I machine embroidered for my hubby and the birthday boy!
 I practiced the machine embroidery on a shirt for my hubby first! Of course, when I went to take the picture, he started to mess around making funny faces!

 I actually did two small blue children's shirt, since a baby relative turned 2 years old this month. Maybe he likes Elmo too! If not now maybe later!

Friday, July 13, 2012

Fashionable Greeting Cards

I was visiting Gingham Button2 in Palm Coast, Florida, when I noticed a sale going on. Well, I couldn't resist a sale on card making supplies, so I went over to look and fell in love with Kanban Crafts! At first I bought an assortment of pretty parts, but then I went back and bought the "Luxury Card Making Kit." This kit contains: 2 sheets of punch outs, 2 sheets of printed card stock, 1 sheet of gold card stock, e white cards ans 4 white envelopes and best of all instructions and photos of a variety of cards to make. From this kit, my pretty parts, papers and embellishments, I completed some truly high quality, handcrafted cards.

In November I'm going to be selling my crafts at a fundraising luncheon, that will include a fashion show. The cards should work well for that venue and catch the ye of shoppers! Check these beauties out, aren't they wonderful?

Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Creating With Cuttlebug Quilled Flowers

Now that I have all three Cuttlebug Quilled Flower kits, I have been deciding how to use these small creations in my other art work. While I practiced doing each of the flowers, I've accumulated a bag full of these colorful blossoms.

For my project...using beacon 3 in 1 glue, I adhered a piece of red gingham check printed paper to a 12" x 12" white canvas. Using the Cuttlebug again, I cut 3 flourishes with the Original Large Sizzix die #656187. After gluing these in place, I picked out 4 blossoms and adhered them to the canvas with my hot glue gun. I added a ladybug made with my Cricut for added balance in the composition.

A lovely large photograph would be the focal point of this mixed media collage.

That would have been the finished project, had the Florida humidity not taken its toll on my beautiful creation. Alas the check printed paper began to separate from the canvas below and I needed to find away to salvage my work. It happen to both of my check time I will use better quality card stock and not printed paper.

So, very carefully, I pulled off the paper from my canvases and used the elements to make several 3D greeting cards. Although the quilled flowers are high off the cards, they still fit nicely into the envelopes! I would recommend the cards be hand stamped at the Post Office before mailing, so as not to damage the card.

So, with lemons, you make lemonade!