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Saturday, December 3, 2016

Christmas Pom Pom Pals

I made a group of 24 Christmas cards using 
Papertrey Ink's Pom Pom Pals. 
There are three images in the set, so I decided 
to create 8 cards for each design!! 
I was able to use a production line assembly technique, 
which simplified the process, 
but it still took me quite some time 
to colour and stitch the various elements.

Pom Pom Pals

I used the following supplies for all of the cards.  
(PTI, unless noted)
Pom Pom Pals, Rustic Wreath (sentiment)
Memento Tuxedo Black; Versafine OnyxBlack
Stamper's Select White
Stitched Circles, Stitched Rectangles, 
Stitched With Love (circle mat)
Stitching Impression Plate; copic markers; 
embroidery floss; Glossy Accents

Winter Wisteria Card stock 
Stamping Up' Tempting Turquoise card stock
Pure Poppy card stock


Scene It: Celebration stamps; Bright Buttercup ink
Stitching Line
Sew Simple Borders Mini Stamps; Pure Poppy ink

I had a leftover stamped image of 
the snowman, so I used it to make a tag.

Hawaiian Shores, Pinefeather, Limeade Ice inks 
were stamped onto Tag Sale #4 with a 
confetti stamp (Birthday Style) and finished 
with a turquoise Baker's Twine.

Thanks for visiting today.
Karen C.

Wednesday, November 30, 2016


Snowflakes are a great choice for winter and holiday cards. 
I used Papertrey Ink's Phrase Play #9 stamps 
and dies along with  Blueberry Sky 
ink and papers to create two variations:

Card Back

Additional Supplies (PTI unless noted)
Snowflake Stamps -Snowflake Medley, Peace Be Still,
Other - Clear Sparkle embossing powder; Clear rhinestones; Corner Rounder

Snowflake Details

Additional Supplies (PTI unless noted)
Snowflake Stamps - Winter Penguin
Inks - Spring Rain,
Other - Canvas Impression Plate; small white adhesive pearl; Clear Sparkle embossing powder

Thanks for visiting today.
Karen C.

Sunday, November 27, 2016


 Here's another Christmas card that was quick and 
simple to make, using a variety of dies!!

Supplies (PTI unless noted)
Paper - Stamper's Select White, Tropical Teal; Recollections:White Pearl 
Dies - Wet Paint, Limitless Layers; My Favorite Things:Let it Snowflake 
Other - Cuttlebug Swiss Dots Embossing Folder; Stampin' Up Candy Dot

Thanks for visiting today.
Karen C.

Thursday, November 24, 2016

Plaid Tinsel & Tags

Tinsel and Tags is still one of my favourite sets for Holiday cards. 
I found a piece of plaid patterned paper in my stash and 
used it as the card front for this rustic Christmas card.

I die cut the various circle pieces from the dies: 
Kraft Scalloped Circle mat
Lemon Tart Circle 
White Circle - sponged with blue ink to create a night sky
White Layer - trees and hillside
White Layer - snowman, house and hill
Sentiment was stamped with Pinefeather ink. 

Since there are so many layers, the focal panel 
has lots of dimension, but was quick and simple to make!! 
That's always a bonus when you're making 
lots of cards for one occasion.

Supplies (PTI unless noted)
Stamps - Tinsel & Tags Kit;
Inks - Kraft, Dark Chocolate' Pinefeather, Black; 
Close To My Heart:Vineyard, Outdoor Denim
Paper - Kraft, Lemon Tart; Stampin' Up:Rustic White; 
The Paper Co:Blond Columns; Plaid Patterned paper (from my stash)
Dies - Tinsel & Tags Kit
Other - Copic Markers; Sakura Glitter Gel Pen

Thanks for visiting today.
Karen C.

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

More Baby Gifts

My daughter-in-law asked me to make a 
Diaper Clutch/Changing Mat, similar to this design.
 I used two coordinating prints, 
a bright orange for trim and yellow 
terry cloth to make the clutch/diaper pad. 
When it is opened the two flaps have pockets 
that can hold a diaper on one side and baby wipes 
on the other. The yellow terry cloth was layered 
over several pieces of flannelette and the 
printed fabric before quilting them together.

Since I had leftover Owl fabric and terry cloth, I made two bibs.

Extra terry cloth was used to make a hooded bath towel. 
It was trimmed with the dotted fabric. 
Two more bibs were also made with this printed fabric.

I found a pattern on Pinterest here for this cute 
Sunshine & Ribbon Toy, so I used the leftover 
yellow terrycloth and other scraps from 
my fabric stash to make this for the baby.

Thanks for visiting today.
Karen C.

Sunday, November 20, 2016

Baby Swaddle and Burb Cloths

I've been sewing and knitting for my grand daughter 
who will be making her debut at the end of November. 
Here are the first of some items I made.

Baby Swaddle 
I used  this pattern to make a 
flannelette swaddle for the new baby.
I used a combination of 2 prints and 
a light pink solid for the swaddle.

When the swaddle is open, you can see
the little pouch where the baby is placed. 
The two "wings" fold around the front of 
the baby to create a cozy wrap.

Receiving Blanket

I used the same colourful print on one side 
and a light pink for the backing. 
Bright pink decorative stitching holds 
the two layers together.

Burb Cloths
I really liked the shaped design of this pattern 
and used it to make 6 burb cloths with various
flannelette prints and solids.

I used a dark pink on the backing and then added the same fabric as an accent band.

The second burb cloth uses a white flannelette backing.

This burb cloth uses a light pink for the backing and an accent band on the front. 

Dark pink backing and accent band.

Another dark pink backing and band.

A bright green backing and accent band.

Thanks for visiting today.
Karen C.

Friday, November 18, 2016

Giftts for Baby

My son and daughter-in-law are expecting their first baby 
at the end of November, so I've been busy making a 
variety of things for the new baby. 
Today I'm sharing a Baby Shower card and envelope
using a variety of stamps and dies.

I cut a white rectangle using 
Lawn Fawn's Stitched Rectangles and 
then repeatedly stamped it with 
a heart (Sweet Baby) using 
Sweet Blush, Lovely Lady, Hibiscus Burst 
and Raspberry Fizz, to create an ombre look.
I cut another rectangle and stamped it with 
Vintage Jadeite using Background Basics: Gingham, 
securing this piece at the bottom of the card front.

Flower Power (C.C.Designs) was stamped 
with Memento Tuxedo Black Ink and coloured 
with copic markers. The focal panel was 
matted with Lovely Lady card stock. 

The sentiment ( ) was stamped with 
Vintage Jadeite onto white card stock 
and also mounted onto a pink mat, 
then dimensional foam tape.
BABY (Polka Dot Parade Alphabet) was added. 
Several letters together to create dimension. 
Stamping Bella pink dots accent the card front.

Another white rectangle was die cut for the interior of the card. A row of hearts was stamped across the bottom and the sentiment (Hanging Out) was added.

The envelope front was stamped with the 
same sentiments as the card front and then the
teddy bear from Polka Dot Parade #4 was added.

Supplies (PTI unless noted)
Stamps - C.C. Designs: Itzie Inkie Flower Power; 
Background Basics: Gingham; 
Polka Dot Parade Alphabet, Polka Dot Parade #4, 
Sweet Baby (heart), Hanging Out (sentiment)
Inks - Sweet Blush, Lovely Lady, Hibiscus Burst, Raspberry Fizz, 
Vintage Jadeite, Fine Linen
Paper - Stamper's Select White, Lovely Lady
Dies - Polka Dot Parade Alphabet Die Collection,  
Polka Dot Parade #4; Lawn Fawn Stitched Rectangles
Other - Copic markers; Stamping Bella Pink Dots;

Thanks for visiting today.
Karen C.