Monday, February 23, 2009

Come on Over to My House....

Well, after that brief sewing break I am back to paper crafting =) I am doing the Chunky House Swap on Craftster and you can read more about it HERE, but basically it is like a chunky page, but in the shape of a house. I loved the Chunky Page Swap I did last year so I knew I had to do it, plus I'm such a sucker for swaps...We were put in groups of 5, you make 4 for others and one for yourself.
Lucky for me, I have a whole bag full of dollhouse windows, and doors etc. that my Mom gave me a while back, so I knew I would use them. Once I picked all the paper I wanted to use, I painted a window frame for each house.

I used scrapbook paper for the houses, it's a new line from K&Company called Que Sera Sera and it is GORGEOUS! See the line HERE
So these are my finished houses, with all their embellishments, and paint and ink and buttons, and whatever else I could find:

This is the whole development:

This is what the backs look like, each one has different paper. I used my Cricut to cut out the letters...gosh I love that thing!

And here is a closeup of the happy lady smiling at you through the window:

I really hope my partners like them....I'm nervous!

Thursday, February 19, 2009

I'm Bringing Sewing Back! YEAH!

I was thinking that all I have been sharing on this blog lately is paper crafty stuff...but I have been sewing too! First I made 2 of this bag, one for me and one for a friend. I love this A.M.H. fabric, called Chocolate Lollipop. I know, it's from an older line, but I still love it. =) I saw some in Asheville this summer and bought a couple of yards, CHEAP! I used this pattern you can find HERE. I really like this pattern and plan to make more for gifts, etc.

Then a friend asked me to make a diaper bag for a friend of hers and wanted a lady bug theme. I found 2 great fabrics at Joann's and this is what I came up with. My own pattern, super simple with 6 exterior pockets. The middle pocket holds a wipes container and the outside pockets hold bottles/sippy cups.

Sorry about the blurriness of the pics, my camera is not working well...=/
I'm getting ready to go deliver it now, so hopefully she'll love it! 2 more diaper bags to make for our friends, everyone (not me) is having babies again! Go Mamas!!

Friday, February 13, 2009

Happy <3 Day!

These are the teachers' gifts for my son's teachers. Don't ya love the little cheese boxes?? Not my original idea, the tut for the box can be found HERE. I used a 6 x 12 piece of paper however, because I wanted to give a little more candy.

My son wanted to give his classmates a Florida Gator Valentine, he is a huge Gators fan. So this is what I came up with. The gator holds a Blowpop in his chompers =)

It was so funny to hear his NON Gator fan friends' reactions to these! LOL I think that might have been the main reason he wanted Gator Valentines!

Monday, February 9, 2009

Bluey Wins!!

"FLY" Little Blue Bird won the Papercrafts Challenge on Craftster, WOOOHOOO, TWEET TWEET!!!!
Thank you very much if you put in a vote for Bluey, I really appreciate it. You are awesome =) The prizes for winning can be seen HERE and HERE.
Pretty spiffy! Thanks Craftster!

Saturday, February 7, 2009

Charmed...I'm sure =)

My charms are done! First I made 2 sets of 7 Blythe themed charms for the Arte-du-Blythe charm swap. We have 7 people swapping so our bracelets will have 14 beautiful, different charms total. Can't wait to see the finished bracelet. Here are the sets I made:

And my lovely Fiona modelling the charms:

Then, my cupcake charms for the Craftster swap. I think I had as much fun making the cupcake cards as I did the charms.

We have 12 people in this swap, so the in the end we will have a nice chunky bracelet. I actually found the bracelet I'll use for these charms today at Michael's, big silver links with a really pretty "C" initial charm hanging in the middle. I'll post both bracelets when they are done.
I love charm bracelets...anyone else out there collect charms???

Monday, February 2, 2009

"FLY" little blue bird

I decided VERY last minute to submit an entry into the Craftster Paper Crafts Challenge: "Chinese Menu". The premise was to recycle common items into whatever you wished. These were the guidelines as posted in Craftster:
"Your project can be anything, but you must incorporate one item from Column A and two items from Column B in your project.

Column A (Choose one)
take out menu
junk mail
old postcard

Column B (Choose two)
magazine or catalog
phone book
childrens' book
sheet music
advertisement flyer
brown paper bag

So I rummaged in my recycling bin and found an ad flyer with a great colors and a map on it, a paper shopping bag from the Biltmore, and newspaper. I had sheet music, and used a 5x5 canvas I got for Christmas.

This was my finished piece:

I'm so glad I decided to do this challenge, even if I don't win, because I really like my little bird! =) And I never would have sat down to make this if it wasn't for the challenge.
If you are interested, go check out and the entries HERE
I think you may have to be a member of Craftster to vote in the challenge, but "FLY" on over anyway ;) and I'd be very grateful if you cast a vote for little blue bird xo