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It’s graduation season!  Husband works with the high school ministry at church, and so we know several graduates from there, and another friend’s son is graduating from high school.  When we started receiving graduation announcements and invitations, I volunteered to make some cards for him to send– another “excuse” to get to use my Copic markers!

For these four cards, I used the Paper Smooches Space Cadet stamp set and colored each image before cutting them out by hand right against the stamped outlines.  I used my Silhouette to cut the front panel of the card with a circular window.

I created a watercolor space background (I LOVE making them!) to insert behind the window, which I lifted with foam for some dimension.  I attached the planets flat to the starry background and lifted the rocket on foam, too.

On the inside of the card, I used an oldie-but-goodie Hero Arts sentiment stamp to simply say, “Congratulations.”

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Each card is a little bit different, even though the general design is the same.  I customized the rockets with colors of either the school the graduate will attend or the school from which they had just graduated!

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Even though the cards took a bit longer to create than I’d expected, I really did enjoy the whole process.  I love the results, and I hope that the recipients enjoy them, too!

 

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I keep noticing these really cute cards around the internet… ones where people have cut a grid of little windows, and they pop cute critters inside them, peeking out.  I’ve been wanting to make one myself for a while, and I finally did!

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I made this card using Paper Smooches’ “Surf-n-Turf” set for a friend of mine, and I had so much fun making it that I immediately made another one for another friend!  As an extra added bonus, I got to use my new Copic markers that I bought with birthday money!

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I am so excited about this design, and I’m already plotting more cards with my other stamp sets!

 

P.S. I’m entering this into the Paper Smooches “Fun” challenge for May 2018, and also the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge to “use more than one stamp.”

Blank Slate Patterns has re-released the Catalina Dress pattern!  I got to work on testing some of the updates to the pattern.   This pattern works with woven and knit fabrics(!), has a tank or cap sleeve bodice and button placket bodice option with three lengths.

For my version, I made the tank bodice with a maxi skirt, and I think it can look pretty dressy this way:

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I love maxi-dresses in summer.  They can be dressed up or down.

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And there are pockets!

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I’ve been wanting to sew up a Rivage Raglan dress for quite a while now!  The style reminds me of a particular dress made by a multi-level marketing company.  I love the style, but I wanted more choice in my fabrics.  I think this is a perfect fit!

This first dress (of many, I hope!) was made as a muslin, and I love how it turned out.  I used the last bits of a floral knit (see more HERE and HERE!) and supplemented with a black-and-white striped knit.  I’m usually not so adventurous in my mixing of patterns, but I really love how this turned out!

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Here I’m wearing it with leggings (it was a chilly day!) but I think it’s going to be super cute without leggings, too.

And I’m particularly pleased with how the neckline binding turned out!

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One of my goals for this year is to finish my son’s Project 365 album.  I’d really like to finish it by his birthday (near the end of June), so I decided to get started.  In April, I finally submitted a HUGE order of photos to Persnickety Prints– I’d spent quite a bit of time over the previous months (and months…almost a year?!) planning inserts and determining where I was missing photos in my daily pockets (I also printed photos for other projects).  I’m still not finished with that process, but I was getting antsy and wanted/needed to start actually putting things together.

After my order came in, I spent an hour or two cutting smaller photos apart and slipping photos into their appropriate pockets.

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My approach for finishing the inserts will be to just pick whatever one strikes my fancy at the moment!

This past weekend was iNSD, and even though I was slammed with a cold and allergies on Saturday, I mustered my strength on Sunday to get started on one of the inserts: the one for Thanksgiving 2014.

When I was planning out the page, I’d pulled a few older products (some paper lace, chipboard, and some felt embellishments) from my stash and stuck them into the album to remind me to use them.  It was a good starting point when I feel so out of practice with pockets!

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I added in some scraps of patterned paper and some Project Life cards (Jade edition).

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For the journaling, I used some navy print-and-cut labels I’ve made (and keep making!) with my Silhouette.  I think I need these in every color in multiple sizes.  I’m loving labels for adding little bits of story onto my photos.

On the back of this insert, I highlighted one of the days from this weekend when we celebrated my daughter’s birthday.  Since it’s my son’s album, I focused on his part of that story.

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This time, I used some old Project Life patterned paper (remember the Cherry Edition, before it was called the Cherry edition??) and more of those labels, this time in black.  The one Project Life card (middle right) is from the Baby Edition (the old yellow one).

In honor of iNSD this past Saturday, I have some scrapbook layouts to share!

First up, this “traditional” layout that I made with BasicGrey’s gorgeous Highline collection.

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I love how this layout turned out.  It is one of my favorite memories from this past summer, and the inspiration for the design came from a layout that I saw on the Citrus Twist blog a while ago.  As soon as I saw the layout, I could envision these photos used in a similar way– I especially love the top third drawing the main focus.

I used a lot of old stash for this project.  First, I finally opened the collection pack of BasicGrey Highline that I’ve had for a while– I have no idea why I’ve never used it!!  It’s so pretty.  I used several papers for layering as well as a few of the stickers from the included sticker sheet.  I also added in some doilies for softness, and some pink patterned vellum that I inherited.

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I used some Maya Road grey acrylic letters for the “Goose” part of the title, and did a print-and-cut of the script words to pop up on top with foam adhesive.

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I added droplets of Tattered Angels (Vivia Pink) and Heidi Swapp (Gold) mists and a few black enamel dots to finish everything off.

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Bunny and Bug

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I’m not exactly sure what gave me the idea, but I decided that each of my kids should get a special mommy-made softie for Christmas.  I love Ikat Bag’s Menagerie pattern, and since I’ve already made a squid, I knew that the pattern is really straightforward and well-written– and therefore manageable in the short amount of time I had free before Christmas.

I chose to make a Bunny and a Bug, because those are nicknames I use for my children.

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Bug is made from “anti-pill” fleece from Joann.  He is soft and snuggly, but I must say, I am super unimpressed with the “anti-pill” nature of the fabric.  He was pilled almost as soon as my son hugged him!  But thankfully, that doesn’t inhibit him from being cuddly.

I found some faux fur in a nice grey color for Bunny (I was surprised (and happy) that when I asked V about the color of an ideal bunny, she chose grey instead of white.  I love grey!!). The inside of Bunny’s ears and her tummy are made from scraps leftover from V’s bathrobe.

These softies were a quick and inexpensive project to make, and since B isn’t much of a softie kid in general, and since V has a seemingly endless supply of them, I didn’t expect these two to become beloved toys.  I was delighted, though, when Bug became B’s most-snuggled animal, and V was so taken with Bunny that she wanted to bring her for show-and-tell at school.  Both kids insisted on bringing them on the airplane for our holiday travel (and Bunny got pulled aside in security because she was so dense! Whoops!).

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Even months later, Bug and Bunny are counted among the “favored few” of the kids’ stuffed animals.  That makes my maker-mommy heart so happy.

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just look at those faces!