Get ready for some more Paper Smooches sweetness!

I created this birthday card with one of the floral cluster stamps and some sentiments from the “Blossoming Buds” set.  I got out my trusty old Xonix colored pencils and colored the image using hues chosen to coordinate with the pattern papers I selected for the background layers.



I added some pearls for a little shine, and layered the pencil-colored piece on top of some dotted cardstock, which in turn is layered on a tiny floral with a strip of yellow grosgrain ribbon.


Inside, I used a single flower from “Blossoming Buds” to embellish the sentiment that I stamped from Lawn Fawn’s “To a Fungi” set.

stamps: Paper Smooches “Blossoming Buds”; Lawn Fawn “To a Fungi”
ink: Stampabilities
colored pencils: Xonix
patterned paper: Jillibean Soup, Bo Bunny
pearls: Queen & Co.
grosgrain ribbon, doily, white cardstock

I’m trying to renew our challenge from 2013 to make at least one new recipe from our two newer cookbooks each month.  I’m not doing very well on making new recipes every month, but we are occasionally delving into the cookbooks for new meals!  There’s a category on the blog for these posts called “recipe review 2016.”

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Recipe: Potato Frittata with Feta and Scallions from The Smitten Kitchen Cookbook (affiliate link; pages 39-41)

SK potato and feta frittata

SK potato and feta frittata

  • when did we make this? Sunday, June 5, 2016 for supper.
  • did we change anything? Nope.
  • what did we like?  This is a really delicious combination of flavors.  I don’t think I would have thought of putting bacon, feta, and potato together, but it is fantastic.
  • what didn’t we like?  Nothing!  It isn’t quite as eggy as I was expecting for a frittata, but it didn’t bother me:)
  • will we make it again (any changes in the future)?  Yes.  Especially if we are looking for an excellent brunch dish!

VBS headbands

It started out because Monday’s VBS had a theme of “nautical…”

At our church’s VBS, we have a ton of fun.  Each night has a theme, similar to a “spirit week” at school for homecoming or whatever.  I really love getting into the themes…

Anyway, I had no idea how to dress in a nautical way with what I had on hand, or help my daughter to do so, for that matter.  I got to thinking…  Boat-related…hmmm…maybe we could wear headbands with boats on them!!

The night before, I broke out the pipe cleaners…and then the floral wire because I had wimpy pipe cleaners, old scrapbook paper, and scraps of fabric–and my glue gun. (I went through so much glue gun glue this week!!)  While watching TV,  I made little paper boats with sails (similar to the one I made for B’s first birthday cake!) and tethered them to headbands for V and me.



The next night was “under sea” night.  Since the headband idea had worked the night before, I decided to continue with the theme, even though V had a mermaid costume to wear from her dress-up clothes.  I had a printed fabric panel with shells and fishes, so I fussy-cut them out with a matching felt backer.  (I made my blouse back in 2009!)



(Wednesday night was color night, so V wore her purple shirt.  I had ballet class, so I was unable to go myself.)

By Thursday, I had a reputation to live up to!  Thursday was pajama night, so I made moon-and-stars headbands for V and I to wear.  (See more about V’s robe HERE)



Friday was “wacky-tacky” night, and so I completed our outfits with heart headbands.  (Tutus HERE and HERE)



Each age group/class at VBS has a color associated with it– my daughter was a “Lil Purple Guppy,” and the adult support teams have colors, too– my team, the snack team, was aqua, and we received a color-coded bandanna to wear to identify ourselves.  I tried to make sure to incorporate our color (and in my case, pieces of my bandanna!) into our headbands each night!

Remember when I said that after making a double gauze baby quilt for my friend, I immediately wanted to make one for myself?

Well, I did!



I used some birthday gift money to treat myself to more double gauze from the Imagine Gnats shop–including this Charley Harper sea birds fabric that caught my heart when I first saw it.  I have a thing for sandpipers!



Fabrics: Charley Harper maritime: Sanderlings in double gauze; Nordic double gauze: Zinc Lozenges; L’s Modern double gauze: black stripes; Kobayashi double gauze solid white; Rough Cut double gauze: Arrows in black & white (for back).  All double gauze purchased at Imagine Gnats.  White flannel for “batting.”    

This quilt is constructed in exactly the same way as the baby quilt.  I did use some of the Kobayashi solid light grey scraps from that quilt to augment these scraps for the pieced binding.


I used my embroidery machine to add the date on a little tag, just like I did on the other quilt– except this tag is just the year, not a dedication, too:)


I absolutely love this quilt and I’m looking forward to snuggling under it when I’m reading or watching TV!

Recently, I was blessed to be a winner for a Scrapbook and Cards Today iNSD giveaway– and as part of that giveaway, I received a gift certificate to Paper Smooches!  It was so hard to decide on which stamp sets to choose, and I had a great time looking through all of the adorable stamps.  You’ll be seeing more cards made with the ones I selected soon!  I’ve been itching to make cards with them, and I don’t ever have as much time as I’d like (which I’m sure everyone can relate to!).

One of the sets I ended up choosing is “Space Cadet.”  I used it to make this card for a friend.


The background is a “watercolor galaxy:” a technique that I learned from watching Kristina Werner’s videos, specifically THIS one.  Oh my goodness, it is so FUN to make these space backgrounds!  I “borrowed” some Crayola washable watercolor from my daughter to make this one, but now I really think that I need to get myself some watercolors of my own.  The white “stars” are splatters of white acrylic paint.


I stamped the astronaut and planets from the stamp set (as well as the greeting) with black pigment ink and added clear embossing powder to add dimension.  I colored the images with my Crayola markers (nothing fancy here! ….yet….) and fussy-cut them out.

I made the “planet surface” for my astronaut to stand upon by curving an older stamp from My Mind’s Eye that looks like a line of stitching around a small circular dish to give it the shape I wanted, then heat embossed it with clear powder on grey cardstock.  To add the surface texture, I stamped an older stamp from Wplus9 with clear pigment ink and heat embossed it with clear powder.


The astronaut and planet surface are on a white cardstock frame popped up from the background galaxy and planet with a layer of craft foam.

I’m entering this card into the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge to “Create a Scene.”

stamps: Paper Smooches “Space Cadet”; Wplus9 “Funky Flowers”; My Mind’s Eye “Fine and Dandy: Tickled Pink”
ink: Stampabilities black; Inkssentials Big and Bossy
markers: Crayola
watercolor: Crayola
acrylic paint: Liquitex Titanium White
enamel dots: the Paper Studio
Strathmore 300 Series watercolor paper
craft foam
white and grey cardstock


I wrote this blog post back in April, when I made the quilt.  The quilt has traveled halfway around the world to my friend, and I have been waiting until she received it to post about it here!

When I heard that a very dear friend of mine was expecting a baby, I knew I wanted to make her something special.  I’m not exactly sure where I first heard about double gauze quilts, but this was the idea that came to mind.  Immediately after making this one, I added a double gauze quilt to my sew-for-myself list!!  (Spoiler alert– next week, I’ll post about my own quilt!!)


The background

I did a bit of research and found that there was a very useful post on the Imagine Gnats blog about what double gauze actually is, its various applications–and most importantly, sources for the fabric!  Further perusal led me to Rachael’s post on her simple double gauze quilt, which I absolutely loved.  I decided that I wanted to make a quilt with a similar design and attempt to coordinate the quilt colors with a furniture item that my friend was receiving for her baby.

The fabric


After checking out several online sources (I couldn’t locate any nearby shops that carried it), I decided to shop at Imagine Gnats for my double gauze.  This was my very first time ordering fabric online, and I was getting a bit overwhelmed trying to put together a set of coordinating fabrics based on website photos.  However, when I emailed Rachael, she responded within 15 minutes(!!!) with very helpful clarifications and advice.  I am so grateful!  When I got billed, she even refunded me (without me even saying anything!) for  a relevant coupon code that I hadn’t been aware of until after I had placed my order.

Fabrics: Nordic double gauze: Zinc Lozenges; Nordic double gauze: carbon triangles; Kobayashi double gauze solid kelly green; Kobayashi double gauze solid light green; Kobayashi double gauze solid light grey (for back)



The construction

I cut strips of fabric straight across from selvedge to selvedge and pieced them together to create an approximately 60″ x 42″ quilt top.  I got the idea from THIS beautiful double gauze quilt to topstitch each of the piecing seams.


I used flannel for the “batting,” and discovered that my craft room table is almost perfectly sized to lay out a quilt sandwich for this size quilt!  Yay!  I used painter’s tape to secure the bottom layer (a 2-yd piece of solid grey double gauze) to the table, and then it was nice and flat and “un-shifty” to lay on the next two layers.


I pinned with straight pins, even though it was a bit prickly during quilting!


The quilting is simply straight lines about 1/2″ on either side of each piecing seam.  For additional security, I added a line of stitching in each of the large grey pattered sections, too– purposely placed off-center.


I used the scraps of quilt fabric to make a pieced binding (I really like the look of a scrappy binding…).



I also used my embroidery attachment to create a dedication tag to sew into the binding.



One thing I have neglected to mention was that I had a bit of a looming deadline for this gift!  This might be the fastest quilt I’ve ever (and will ever??) make.  I’d wanted to start it earlier, but with this-that-and-the-other going on in my life, I was delayed.  I ordered my fabric on a Saturday night and received it on Thursday.  On Thursday afternoon, I cut it out and started piecing. Friday naptime saw more piecing and topstitching of the piecing seams.  On Saturday, I made the quilt sandwich, pinned it, quilted it, made the dedication tag and binding, and machined the binding onto the front.  I spent every free moment on Sunday and Monday hand-stitching the binding so that I could mail it on Tuesday!  Special thanks to my friend B who stopped by at very last-minute notice to take photos of me holding the quilt so that I could have some of its entirety!!

As soon as I started making V’s princess album, I realized that my son would also probably like to have a little scrapbook to look at–focused on his favorites from the trip.  It turned out to be a longer process than I’d expected!

It was easy to select photos, and I purchased an 8″x8″ album the next time my local Hobby Lobby had a sale… and then I got stuck on patterned papers.  Which is so silly, right?!  I hemmed and hawed, and tried to use papers I had in my stash, but I just didn’t like the way they looked.  Finally I went out and purchased a Simple Stories Sn@ap! “Color Vibe” 6″x6″ paper pad.

The next hangup was that unlike V’s album, for which I came up with a basic layout formula for each spread, I had varying numbers of photos in both orientations for the nine favorites I’d picked for B’s album.  I’m not sure where I got the idea, but I finally decided to color block/collage the photos together with monochromatic patterned papers to coordinate with each photo set.



Also unlike V’s album, each page was a different topic, so I opted to create a title.  I used the font “Lobster 1.4” and cut each word three times from black textured cardstock.  I glued the layers together to give the words some substantial dimension before I added them to the page.


I kept the embellishments minimal.  Not only is the album for a two year old, I also wanted it to be finished quickly!  I used the cut-apart tags from the “Color Vibe” paper pad and kraft tags from Jillibean Soup (jb0413), to which I added some crochet thread.  (By the way, I had to make a few more tags because I wanted to stick to only a star motif– I just used a 1.5″ circle punch and a tiny star punch I have that just happens to match the Jillibean tags perfectly!).  To top it all off, I added some Hobby Lobby enamel dots.


For the title page, I broke from the color-block look and instead did some layering.  I chose the “classic” Disney colors (red, gold, and black), and added aqua for some kick.  Again, I embellished with the enamel dots and kraft tag… and the title is triple-layered die-cut cardstock.


The 8″x8″ album I purchased at Hobby Lobby had a photo window in the front, so I chose a photo of Husband, B, and me from our day in Epcot and added a quickie title in PSE, using the same font (Lobster 1.4).


(pardon the reflection, the protective plastic over the photo created quite a glare!)





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