Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Cutting Cafe Acorn

This week is all about fall for the Cutting Café Design Team. We were given 3 files to choose from:
Acorn Shaped Card, Fall Shaped Card, and Welcome Fall

I chose Acorn Shaped Card and added Halloween and Fall Basic Shapes (leaf) and
When I Count My Blessings (autumn blessings) to create my project.

I enlarged the acorn a little and stretched it lengthwise a bit as well and cut 2 from burlap (which I had ironed on a lightweight interfacing to the back to help stabilize it) being sure to flip one image so they can be sewed together. Then I ironed fusible webbing to the brown fabric and cut and ironed to the acorn shape. (note: next time I will use a LIGHTWEIGHT webbing, what I used was way to stiff)

I printed "autumn blessings" on paper and pinned to my acorn and then just stitched right on the paper. The stitching "pierces" the paper making it easy to (carefully) tear from the stitching when done.

The stem is cut from felt and then I sewed the two acorn pieces together, leaving an opening to stuff with fiberfill and then sew closed. (2nd note: do NOT leave opening where burlap is, frayed WAY too much!)

I fused 2 pieces of flannel together and cut the leaf. The line down the leaf was embroidered. I attached it and the bow to the acorn with Tombow's Power Tabs.

I hope this project gives you more ideas of how you can use the cut/printable files. Be sure to stop by the Cutting Café blog Thursday morning to see all the other lovely fall projects the design team created.

Monday, September 23, 2013

Tombow Blog Hop for a Cause with Ema Perez

We normally have our monthly challenge the last week of the month, but we will continue that next month as we participate in a special hop this week with Ema Perez. Ema is involved in a mission to create 300 cards for children at St. Jude's Children Research Hospital.

 Here is a little background on why Ema got involved in this mission:
"I became involved with St. Jude's Children Research Hospital first just donating money. Then one day I received a phone call the my little nephew at age 2 had cancer and was taken to St. Jude's Children Hospital." According to Ema, "That's where it all began. I started to donate money and then it  hit me that there is something I do to bring a smile to each child's face. That's when I started to create cards for them just to put a smile on their faces and means the whole to me!"
For this week's hop we are asking people to get the word out about Ema's Project to create 300 cards for St. Jude Children's HospitalYou can leave your e-mail in a comment if you would be interested in creating cards to send to Ema that will help her reach her goal!
Here is the card that I created to send to Ema. I also went through my card stash and was able to find some other cards that would be perfect and will be sending those as well. This image is from Inky Antics. I colored it with Irojiten Color Dictionary  Pencils. The adhesive I used to adhered the image to the front of the card is Stamp Runner Dot Adhesive.

Tombow will be giving out 2 sets of the prize shown below.

Now it's time to hop over to Melissa's blog. Have fun hopping and I hope you all have time to create a card for a child.

Here is this week’s Line-up:
Tombow Blog
Ema Perez
Tombow Blog

Pinned It Made It Monday

I have another yummy Pinterest recipe to share with you today. This is called Chicken Bacon Ranch Pizza Casserole.

Since I still did not have an oven, I made this in a bread loaf pan so that it would fit in the toaster oven. The extra, I put in a smaller pan and sent home with my future DIL.
Chicken Bacon Ranch Pizza Casserole Recipe
source: Just a Pinch
I have made this twice now. The first time I made it like it said and used chicken thighs. The second time I used shredded chicken breast and like that even better.
I am linking this up to Country Girl at Home for her Pinned It Made It Monday challenge.

Saturday, September 21, 2013

BFB Forever Friday

"Forever Friday" is a beautifully written love story about a couple who found their soulmate. Adam Colby is a going through items from an estate sale for his business, when he finds an album full of postcards with a love poem that Gabe Alexander wrote to his wife Pearl every Friday for sixty years. Adam has gone through a divorce and is curious about their story.
I wasn't sure if this was a book that I was going to really like or not, but I loved it and had a hard time putting it down! I highly recommend this book!
Here are some fun links regarding the story:
I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review.

Monday, September 16, 2013

Tombow hops with Stacy Julian

This week we are hopping with guest designer Stacy Julian. She has her own company called Big Picture Classes where she teaches.

I got the idea for my project here. I am guessing from the sizes she says to cut the paper, she used a mini candy bar. I used a regular sized Hershey's Almond Bar, so you will have to adjust the measurements to fit the size of candy you want to cover. I also did not add the second white circle to the eyes.

Wouldn't it be fun to add a tag that says "I want my mummy"? Ü

I used scraps, which this project is perfect for and adhered them with Mono Adhesive Permanent.
Along with the hop we have another fun prize that is being given away. All you have to do to enter is “Like” BOTH TombowUSA and  Stacy Julian on Facebook. Then comment that you did and what you liked about the post.
 Tombow will announce the WINNER on FRIDAY September 20th at 3:30 EST on FB.

Now it's time for you to hop over to my friend Melissa's blog.
Here is the line-up in case you need it:
Tombow Blog:
Stacy Julian:

Monday, September 9, 2013

Tombow Blog Hop with Tifany DeGough

Welcome to Tombow's Blog Hop with Tifany DeGough! Today I am sharing a mini album in an Altoid box. This is the box decorated. "My photos" was created on the computer and then printed onto colored cardstock. The "P" was created on the computer, printed on the backside of patterned paper and then cut out. The papers were adhered to the tin with Mono Adhesive Dots Stamp Runner and Mono Glue Stick.

I cut patterened paper to fit inside the tin and accordian folded it. Here is one side.

Here is the backside. Now it is ready to just add photos.

Would you like a chance to win some Tombow goodies? Be sure to comment on each of the blogs for a chance to win the following:

Next up on the hop is the super talented Melissa Cash!

Here is the line-up in case you get lost along the way:
Tombow Blog:

Sunday, September 8, 2013

Cutting Cafe Apple Keychain

Hello! This week the Cutting Cafe DT is creating projects using one of the following 3 files:
Apple Treat Box
Bus Shaped Card
School Borders

I chose to go "out of the box" using the Apple Treat Box file. I had seen this post and knew I wanted to create a key ring using Regina's file.

I ironed the fabric onto Heat & Bond and then cut out 2 apples (with one file flipped horizontally) with my Silhouette, it cuts the fabric like butter...♥ it! I ironed one apple to cotton batting and then trimmed. Then I sewed the two apples with cotton batting and brown grosgrain ribbon between them. I cut 2 leaves from felt and sewed it to the apple.

I shrunk the apple pattern down to 2" wide. This would make a great gift for a teacher.

 Be sure to stop by the Cutting Café Blog Thursday morning to see the fun projects the rest of the DT created with our Back to School theme.

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Mini Note Set

This week the new Cutting Café DT is sharing projects of their choice. I chose 2 sets: Mini Note Pad and Card Set and Apple Treat Box. I used the lined note card and in WORD added "from the desk of...". Using the Apple Treat Box file, I shrunk the apple down to 1" and cut 12 of them for my note cards.


Tombow's Mono Adhesive Dots is the perfect adhesive for adhering tiny pieces. Just run the adhesive on the tiny piece that is laying on some scrap paper and then lift up. You can rub the little adhesive dots away that stick to the edges.

I had fun creating these and think they turned out pretty cute. Hope the recipient likes them too. Ü

Monday, September 2, 2013

Tombow Hops with Fancy Pants

I am so excited to share that we at Tombow are hopping with Fancy Pants this week. They were SOOO generous in sending us goodies and I had a hard time deciding what to use to show you for this hop. I ♥ Fancy Pants!

If you came from the Tombow blog you are on the right track. I have 3 super fun pillow pumpkins to share with you.
I saw this idea on Pinterest and knew I had to make some of these. I used the pattern from Silhouette. I dressed mine up quite a bit and used tree branches (we have a ton of them since the tornado!!) that I cut for the stem. I cut felt leaves using this pattern from Miss Kate Cuttables. I will fill them with fall candy and give to friends.

I will break these down and let you know what I used on each one. This pumpkin uses the wood grain paper from Collecting Moments called Hallmark. The green strip is a sticker strip from the Collecting Moments line as well. The little banners and sticker letters are from the Happy Go Lucky line.

The solid paper for this pumpkin is "Strips" from Collecting Moments...(the other side has strips). I used a stripe sticker from Happy Go Lucky and the "Good Times" sticker was adhered to a green polka dot strip from Happy Go Lucky as well.
This last pumpkin uses a polka dot paper (that I need a BUNCH of! ♥ it!!!) is "Golden Road" from Collecting Moments line. The ticket was cut from "Playful" in their Happy Go Lucky collection. It is a patterned paper with tickets all over it.
I sewed sequins to thin paper making French knots and then tore the paper away and adhered them with Mono Multi Liquid Glue. Mono Multi was also used to adhere everything else except for the doilies, and for that I used Mono Adhesive Dots.
 here is a close up of the sequins
I spritzed all 3 pumpkins with Dual Brush Pen 977 Saddle Brown using an air art gun. It helped tone down the white doily and gave it a fun look. 
Leave a comment each day on the blogs playing along for a chance to win some fun prizes and "like" both companies on their FB pages (Tombow & Fancy Pants) and then comment that you did and what you liked about the post.  Giveaway is only open to US/Canadian residents.
Foam Tabs (https://tombowusa.com/craft/detail/52129)
Pink Stamp Runner (https://tombowusa.com/craft/detail/62162)
Fancy Pants:

Now it's time to head over to the Fancy Pants' blog.
The schedule for the week will be:

·         Tombow Blog: http://blog.tombowusa.com/
·         Debbie: http://debbiedee.blogspot.com/
·         Fancy Pants: http://www.missfancypants.typepad.com/
o   Nicole & Amy
·         Tombow Blog: http://blog.tombowusa.com/
·         Melissa:  http://www.inkclinations.blogspot.com/
·         Fancy Pants: http://www.missfancypants.typepad.com/
o   Diana & Mindy
·         Tombow Blog: http://blog.tombowusa.com/
·         Jennie: http://earthyscrap.blogspot.com/
·         Fancy Pants: http://www.missfancypants.typepad.com/
o   Pamela & Jess
·         Tombow Blog: http://blog.tombowusa.com/
·         Marie: http://mariebrowning.wordpress.com/
·         Fancy Pants: http://www.missfancypants.typepad.com/
o   Angie & Greta
We will announce the winners of the blog hop prizes at 3:30 Eastern Time via Facebook and the blog!

Because I got this idea from Pinterest, I am linking this up to Country Girl at Home for her Pinned It Made It Monday challenge.

I am also entering this in Silhouette Blog challenge.