Sunday, July 26, 2015

Afrocentric Masculine Birthday Card

Hello everyone.

I know it's been a while since I posted anything but my Mojo went on a leave of absence and hasn't completely returned yet.

Anyway, I wanted to share a card I was asked to make. It was a little difficult because it had to be:
1. Afrocentric in nature - so off to Google I went
2. Masculine - yall know I hate masculine cards~no bling.
3. Have features 1 and 2 and still be a Birthday Card.

This is what I came up with. Thankfully the requester loved it. I hope the recipient did too.


I used: Stampin Up Bohemian Designer Series Paper
Stampin Up Island Indigo card stock 
Gold foil Candi Dots     
The image is one I traced off of Google and cut with my Cameo. 
I came up with the wording.
I popped up the oval to give more deminsion

Thank for stopping by!

Saturday, July 4, 2015

Cards made with the Misti Stamping Tool

I finally got to try out the Misti Stamping Tool on the retreat I went on last week. I must say that I am impressed! I never would have gotten these images this clear without it. The red flower one is a 3 layer stamp. While I didn't choose the best colors for it, I like the effect. I have always had trouble with stamping on dark cardstock. I either put too much ink or not enough. I stamped the black one very light at first, then repeated it until I got a clear, solid white image.
This is the white ink on black cardstock. The stamp is Stampin Up Thoughts and Prayers 1.
This is Stampin Up Lotus Blossum. Like I said before, I didn't you the best colors but you get the idea. lol
The Misti is pricey (you know I got it when she had a sale) but I think it is well worth it. If you buy it direct from the seller, My Sweet Petunia, it's about $10.00 cheaper than the other vendor that is selling them.
Now if you Google it, there are a few DIY stamping tools out there that you can use instead.

Thanks for stopping by! 

Monday, June 22, 2015

Embroidered Fraternity Towels

I tried my hand at towels for my husband for Father's Day. I watch plenty of videos before completing this task. He was surprised as he had gone out of town to visit his father. I finished these right before he walked into the house late last night. I'm tired!!!
I want to thank my friend Nadia aka With Glittering Eyes for doing a very informative tutorial on working with the Multi-positional-hoop and the Embrillance software.  I would never had made it through without it!

Sunday, June 21, 2015

Embroidered Key Fob

Happy Father's Day to all the fathers out there! I salute you today. Happy Father's Day to my wonderful husband, my Father-in-law and my Dad, Rev. L.C. Hines, who is resting in paradise.

I just learned how to do this yesterday so it's far from perfect. I had fun learning it though. It was trial and error and about 6 or 7 trashed ones but I made it through!

This is for my Father-in-law. We call him Buck! Just a little last minute something to add to his day.

Here's the link to the video by Sandra Cobb that I followed. It is short but very informative, click here.

I used the free key fob file from The Bean Stitch.  Click here for the website where you can  purchase files at a very decent price and also have a Facebook group where there are Freebies!!

The Mini Antlers can also be found for free on  . I used my embroidery software, Embrilliance Essentials, to merge the name to the antlers.

The Kam snaps and hardware are from MikriWorld, Love their customer service and prices!!! They also ship very fast!

The material was very, very soft so I hooped one layer of cut-away stabilizer, then added a layer of
Peltrex Ultra Firm Stabilizer between the the top layer and the backing. This made it stiffer and more suitable for wear and tear.  You can get the stabilizer for Joann's Fabrics. It's usually on sale or you can use a coupon.

Thanks for stopping by!!!

Friday, June 19, 2015

You're a Classic Father's Day Cards

Here's the last of my Father's Day Cards. Somehow I ended up making way more FDCs than I did for Mother's Day! How did that happen? Oh yeah, now I remember....I got request for them!

I did two of each design, 8 total. The cars flip open and says "One of A Kind!" and the inside of the card says "Happy Father's Day.
Inside the of the car
Inside of card

Close up of Cars

The car card is in the Silhouette Store.
Paper: Kumari Embellish, by Dena and G45 ABC Primer Collection
Candi dots colored to match with my Craftwell eBrush and Copic markers
Washi Tape and DCVW Foil paper for sentiments and accents.

Thank you for stopping by and Happy Father's Day to all!!

Sunday, June 14, 2015

Shirt Cards

Yesterday I saw some really cute shirt cards on Facebook and decided to give it a try. So off to   You-tube I went. I found this very good video  by Brenda Keenan and followed her instructions. I had a little trouble with the tie at first (green shirt) but finally I got it. I haven't decided what to do with them yet but I'm addicted to making them.
Here's a funky looking one, but I like it. 
I made it larger than the other two just to see if I could. It's 6 inches 
long and still folded at 5/8 inch from the top. You can follow the You-tube 
video for full instructions.
 Close ups:

Thanks for looking and have a wonderful day!

Friday, June 12, 2015

Tool Belt Father's Day Card

This card took me 3 nights (after work) to make! I saw a few Tool Belt cards on Pinterest and decided to give it a whirl. I spent one night designing my own and 2 more nights putting it all together. I love the way it turned out. I don't think I will make another though. This was tough! lol

I used the Silhouette print and cut feature for the tools. I also used eyelets, brads and candi dots for the embellishments. The pockets and belt were inbossed with the Craftwell @ebosser folder Delicate dots. Yes I said "inbossed"because the dots are on the wrong side of the design, but I ended up liking the way it looked, more masculine. The card base was embossed with the Craftwell @ebosser Dotted Elegance. The phrase is from the Silhouette store.
This is the inside
If you would like this file (.sil file format), Follow My Blog (click on join this site on the top right of my blog and follow the instructions,)and leave me your email address in the comments. I will mail out the file this weekend. You will need to come up with your own embellies though.
Thanks for looking!

Sunday, June 7, 2015

60th Birthday Card

Special Request Birthday Card made for a beautiful woman of 60. I hope she enjoyed it as much as I did making it.
 Inside (removed names)

Saturday, June 6, 2015

Graduation gifts and cards!

Finally all my babies have completed their graduation ceremonies so now I can post pics of their gifts! I'm so proud of these awesome kids!

These are the monogrammed t-shirts I made using the "knock-out" method with my Cameo. Be sure to check out the Subway Graduation Cards at the bottom!
I used glitter HTV for both shirts. It has been said not to layer glitter on glitter so the knock-out method  works best to give you that layer on layer look. Oh. and I did not follow the standard monogram rules because I did not like the way they looked. (Who says I have to follow the rules?)
 You can find the link to one of the videos I watched by clicking on the lime green knock-out.
Here's some close-up shots. You can see (or maybe not, if I did a good job, lol) that the names are sitting "inside" the black and red glitter, not on top. 
 Love the Rainbow glitter!

I made these subway art cards from a file that I got in one of the Silhouette Facebook groups. I changed the names, colors and the year. I was trying to match each card to their school colors but it didn't quite work out that way. 
I had to mail two of the gifts (along with checks, lol) but the one that was delivered local was packed inside this gift bag that I got from Michaels. The designs is from the Silhouette Store. I added the 2015.

Thanks for stopping by!

Monday, June 1, 2015

Mother's Day Cards

I forgot to post these cards for Mother's Day. I used a design from the Silhouette Store. Really quick and simple.