Saturday, April 25, 2015

Another Dollar Tree hat

I'm still playing around with my stash of Dollar Tree hats. I'm practicing (a lot) before I move on to the more expensive hats. I want to be sure I know what I'm doing before I mess up a really nice hat. My daughter (these are her initials) is going to be so sick of  Monograms by the time I finish playing around!!!

I bought the denim at Micheals and frayed the edges on the band and the patch, then I glued it on the hat.
 Close up

This is what the hat looks like before the transformation.

Friday, April 24, 2015

Nike Birthday Card

I must admit that I am not up to date on the latest Nike shoe craze, so when I was asked to make this card I had to go to Google. I had no idea what a Nike "Fruity Pebble" sneaker even looked like or how I was going to make it into a card. It was a challenge, but with the use of the Cameo print-n-cut, Wink of Stella markers and some bling, I think I got it.

The card is for a special girl I know, Ke'Mani, who loves, I mean really loves her Nikes!!! It's okay though because she is really smart and helpful so she earns them.

Her mom says that the card looks exactly like the shoes that Ke'Mani owns so I hope she likes it.

 Card open
 This is the inside. I used the gradient feature in the Cameo software to match the colors on the sole of the shoe.

Thanks for looking!!!

Saturday, April 18, 2015

Incredibles! Birthday Card

I had forgot about this card. It was by request of a mother in one of my Facebook groups for her son Chad. Chad has Austism and had a birthday coming up. He has few friends and rarely gets invited to birthday parties. She wanted to do something special for him to cheer him up and requested help from others.  I was more than happy to help out. She said he loves Super Heroes (so do I) so I came up with this.

I hope he enjoyed it.

Friday, April 17, 2015

SpongeBob Birthday Card

I had a request to make a SpongeBob card for a 15 year old that loves him. I don't know much about SpongeBob so I had to go to Pinterest to draw inspiration. This is what I came up with and it was really fun to make.  I used circles, triangles, rectangles and squares, basic symbols. I cut them out with my Cameo, What? You thought I did them by hand? Bahahahahaha!!

Here's the front:
The inside:
  Naiwooder is the family nickname for Danai.  I use the print -n-cut feature for the characters.
I hope she likes it and I wish her a very Happy Birthday!!

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Monogrammed Dollar Tree Hat

I transformed a plain Dollar Tree hat with my Embroidery machine, ribbon and shabby roses that I have had for about 2 years (see, I really do use my stash, it just may take me longer than others, lol)

This is the final product:
 Not exactly perfect but this is practice for me and the hat was only a buck.
 This is what the hat originally looked like. They are cheaply very cheaply made but you can transform one to wear at least for one season, maybe longer.
I am still learning my Embroidery machine so I do plan on going back to DT to get more practice hats so stay tuned!

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Super Hero Cards

I made this two cards for a special little guy's birthday. His Mom said he loved Superman and asked me to make him card. When I finished the card, I noticed that I had made the inside from my husband and I instead of from his parents. Ugh!!!  I called her and she said that it was okay because she just wanted him to have a card with Superman on it.  I then spoke to Mr. K.J. himself and said "so you like Superman huh?".  I was immediately corrected by Mr K.J. as he announced her likes "both Superman AND Batman"!  Lol  His Mom was like "Ugh, he keeps going back and forth!" No problem, Cameo print and to the rescue!

This time I made the card from the parents! lol
 This is the first card I made.
Matching T-shirt

I can't wait to see his face at his birthday party! He's such a sweet and funny little man!

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Machine Embroidery

I hate to admit this but I've had my embroidery machine for almost 2 years and never used it. I was scared of the darn thing!  I've been sewing since I was 12 years old, but this is a different kind of horse. When I first got my Brother PE770 Embroidery machine two years ago, I was so excited! I immediately took it out the box, set it up and was ready to go. I can sew right?  So this should be a breeze right? Wrong-o-roony!!! First of all, where in the heck is the darn foot pedal? How does this thing know where to start sewing, if you just push a button? What the heck is Water Soluble Stabilizer? A pre-wound bobbin? Tear-away, iron-on, floating? Eeeek!!! I got a bit overwhelmed and pushed it it the corner, where it sat until a few weeks ago.

A friend of mine Susan, decided to host an Embroidery Retreat in South Carolina. Never heard of an Embroidery Retreat? Me neither , it was a first!! Myself, along with several other women loaded up our machines and accessories and headed to South Carolina.

I must say that we had loads of fun and I actually learned a lot from the few experts that were there. Poor Susan and another friend Mary. They were bombarded with "how do you" questions. They were patient and kind (much more patient than I would have been, patience wears off as you get older). I am finally learning to face my fears with this thing although I have a long way to go, I'm really enjoying it.

Here's a few things I've been working on. Now remember, I'm still a "newbie", so you are bound to see plenty of errors!

I spruced up some old kitchen towels by adding this design from +Designs By JuJu.  They have wonder designs that stitch beautifully.
 Close up 1
 Close up 2

 This is another +Designs By JuJu  file. It's an applique file embroidery file. Another old towel spruced up! You can savage a lot of old towels this way!! lol

 I got this bag from +PickYourPlum. This bag folds up into this cute little pouch. I added my name to the leather flap. I used a font from Blastostich. The placement is too high. I will get it right next time.
 Here's the bag open.
More old towels and another design from +Designs By JuJu .
These embroidery files are call Free Standing Lace, meaning just embroidery directly on the stabilizer. This machine is amazing!
Here's the machine making doing it's thing!
Another FSL, you can use these for card embellishments or add a pin to the back and wear it as a brooch.
Here's the cards I made using FSL purses to give out at the Retreat.
 The inside
I'm sure there will be more to come, so check back soon!

Sunday, March 15, 2015

Birthday Card for U.S. Marine

This card was made by Special Request. It was a bit of a challenge because I had no idea what a Marine's Dress Uniform looked like and I told the person I was making it for that this may be above my skill level but she insisted that I could do it. After researching for most of the day, this is what I came up with. I used a file from the Silhouette Store and altered the collar to fit my needs. I got the emblem off of  Google and traced it. While it did take a bit for it to come together, I really enjoyed making it and I hope she likes it.
 The inside
 I popped up the collar a bit to give the card more depth.
#USMC #Military Card

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Birthday Card for 85 year old

My friend requested help. She was trying to send her grandmother 85 five birthday cards in celebration of her 85th birthday. I was more than happy to help out. What a Blessing it is to reach that age! I used Spellbinders Card Creator die and the Spellbinders Circle Scallop die. The sentiment on the front is from the JustRite Faith stamp set and the inside is from the  JustRite Grand Birthday Sentiments Stamp set.
 side view
Thanks for looking and have a great day!

Friday, March 6, 2015

Spellbinder Card Creator

I got the inspiration for this card from Pinterest and put my spin on it. I've had this Spellbinder Card Creator die for quite some time and have never used it.  I love how it turned out. I used my Craftwell eBrush to color the flowers to match the card. The label is actually silver foil, but I could not get a good picture of it. 
 Side View
Here's the box I made for the card.

Thanks for stopping by!