Stamp of the Month Blog Hop- What a Hoot

Welcome to the August Stamp of the Month Blog Hop for What A Hoot

I stamped the owls using black ink, directly onto the patterned papers and card stocks, then paper pieced.  I added some silver sequins to the eyes of the large owl.  

I used the new ShinHan Twin Touch markers- Tender Pink, Cherry Pink, Turquois, Peacock Green to color and shade the sentiment.  

The August Stamp of the Month is available from August 1-30.  It is only $5 with a $50 purchase on my website!

The next blogger in our hop is Joy I know you will see amazing artwork there.  

Happy Hopping!!! 

Baby Boy Frames

This 12×12 frame uses an overlay cut in Lagoon card stock, a photo frame cut in Whisper card stock and backed it in an old blue pattern paper- Miracle.  I then cut Hello World, Baby Boy and the Owl on a Limb using Sky Blue,  Kraft & Slate Grey. I added some Aqua Dots to the layout as well.   All of the cuts are from Artbooking, cut at 11″.

This frame is a smaller version, at 8×8.  This frame features an overlay cut in Sky Blue, Photo frame in Chocolate.  Baby Boy and the Lion were cut in Chocolate & Kraft card stock..  I used some older Brown & Tan sparkles for accents.  All cuts are from Artbooking, cut at 7 1/2″.  

Take a look at the display at Oh Baby Ultrasound:  

Be sure to take a look at my Girl Frames as well :)

How to Make a One-Pattern-Piece Reversible Sunhat

June 27th, 2014     

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You can make a shady hat like this, from start to finish!

You can make a shady hat like this, from start to finish!

Cal Patch

Plot out the length and the half-width of the hat on folded paper.

Plot out the length and the half-width of the hat on folded paper.

Cal Patch

Draw a line straight up for half the length of the hat.

Draw a line straight up for half the length of the hat.

Cal Patch

You can make a shady hat like this, from start to finish!

You can make a shady hat like this, from start to finish!

Photo: Cal Patch

I’m a big fan of sunhats; they keep my face from becoming one giant freckle. I like to make them in all different fabrics so there’s one for every occasion, and they’re even better if they’re reversible! This is a very simple style that you can whip up the pattern for in a few minutes, and it works for any head size from baby to adult.

You’ll need:

  • A piece of paper, any kind will do (8-1/2 x 11 inches is plenty big enough; I used a scrap)
  • A pencil
  • A ruler (ideally one you can use for squaring)
  • Scissors
  • A tape measure
  • Remnants of two different light- to medium-weight woven fabrics

1. Take some measurements. Measure the circumference of your head at its widest; just above the ears should work. Jot this number down, then divide it by 6 (it’s a six-panel hat). Then divide that number in half because we’re going to make this pattern on a fold, so we’ll only draw half of it. This is the number you’ll need. My head measures 22 inches around, a sixth of that is 3.66 inches, and half of that is 1.83, or 1-7/8 inches. (You could just divide the circumference by 12, but I want you to understand what you’re doing and why.) Then measure the height, from the top of your head to the middle of your ear. Mine is 7 inches. Jot this down, too.

2. Let’s draft! Fold your paper in half lengthwise, and orient it so the fold is at left, as shown. Near the top of the paper, make a mark on the fold to indicate the topmost point of the hat. Measure down from this point the height you measured from your head, and mark. From this point, square a line out from the fold. Along this line, measure out your (half of) one-sixth head circumference measurement, and mark.

  Plot out the length and the half-width of the hat on folded paper.

Now find the halfway point between the top of the hat and the bottom. Draw a line straight up from the head circumference point to here.

  Draw a line straight up for half the length of the hat.

Then curve the line to meet the top point (at the fold) as shown.

  Curve the top half of the hat.

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New Product Blog Hop- Chalk It Up Fancy Fold Card

Honey Sweetened Lemon Curd – The Quick And Easy Way

Do you love lemon curd? I do! And it can be such a nourishing treat, if you use the right ingredients! Ah, but wait – it’s a pain to make. All the separating and stirring  and then you have to strain it, so you don’t have all the little bits of egg that seem to inevitably occur. And even if you’re willing to do all that,  you’re still left with all the egg whites in your fridge. Not any more!

Scaredy Cat Workshop Kit Now Available

Scaredy Cat is such a fun paper pack, but CTMH did not produce a workshop kit for it :(  BOO so sad!  
So guess what???  I DID!!!!  I am so excited about this workshop! 
Create THREE 2-page layouts PLUS THREE cards with this fabulous Scaredy Cat Workshop!   

I’m sure you are wanting to know how to get your kit, right?
CUSTOMERS:  When you order the following items, I will send you the files! Here are the items that you will need to complete your workshop:
X7185B Scaredy Cat Paper Pack 9.95
X7185C Scaredy Cat Compliments 4.95
Z3011 Scaredy Cat Assortment 6.95
Z1992 Purple Glitter Paper 5.95
Z1919 Purple Shimmer Trim 4.95
Z2013 Silver Sequins 2.95
Z2010 White Enamel Stars 3.95
3 Sheets White, 3 Sheets Black Cardstock -from your stash

1386 Black Cardstock                             14.50
1385 White Daisy Cardstock                  9.50
D1605 Halloween Greetings 17.95
September Stamp of the Month 5.00

Additional Supplies Used
Z2105 Black Ink 5.95
Z1151 Foam Tape 5.95
Z697 Sponge 1.25

Z1790 Artiste 99
*CCR files included for use with Artiste*

Once I receive the confirmation email from Close to my Heart, that states you have ordered, I will email the files to you!
CTMH CONSULTANTS:  If you would like to create this workshop & would like to teach this class to your customers, place an order on my website, of $20, I will send you the files.  Please contact me after you order, and I will also include the consultant release.
Thank you to all of my friends and customers!
I will be posting each of these layouts and cards over the next few days, so that you can see details :)  
Contact me with any questions :)  I can’t wait to see YOUR Scaredy Cat layouts and cards :) :)

Cricut Artfully Sent- coming soon!


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How to Make Flowers Using a Vintage Flower Loom

July 11th, 2014     

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Fluffed flower!

Fluffed flower!

Photo: Cathy Callahan

I get lots of ideas for projects from vintage craft books and magazines. One day I ran across a copy of Swistraw and Flower Looms written in 1972 by LeJeune Whitney. As I looked at the pictures, I just fell in love with the flowers made on a small round loom using “Swistraw”-a brand name for a synthetic form of raffia.

Of course I just couldn’t wait to get started but soon found out that the supplies were no longer being produced. I then embarked on a mission to seek them out. One thing led to another, and I ended up with so many supplies I started assembling kits that I sell at craft fairs. So many people tell me that this craft brings up happy memories of their moms, grandmothers, or aunties making flowers on a loom.

For this how-to, I’m using the “Multi-Fleur” loom. It’s about 3-1/2 inches across and has two rows of pegs. The pegs are numbered 1–12 going counterclockwise. When you are first learning, it’s probably a good idea to follow the numbers, but honestly once you get the hang of it you don’t really need to.

You can use yarn, synthetic raffia, ribbon, string, even wire. I love the look of the vintage “Swistraw”-especially the colors and textures-but the synthetic raffia now marketed as gift ribbon is basically the same thing.

Starting with a 36-inch tail, secure the material in the notch near peg #7. Working counterclockwise, wrap your material around each of the outer pegs. You work in a figure 8 as you wrap the material around opposite pegs (1 to 7, 2 to 8, 3 to 9, 4 to 10, 5 to 11). Each time all the way around the loom creates one layer. Go completely around two to three times (i.e., two or three layers). Secure the end in the notch, leaving an 8-inch tail.

  How to wrap the material around the pegs in a figure 8.
  The first layer.

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