Friday, April 18, 2014

Follow Me!

Hi guys,
  I just wanted to pop in and let you know that I will no longer be posting to this blog...I have been terrible at keeping up with it and quite frankly..not the most exciting writer so far. So in an effort to liven things up a bit, Ive decided to start a new blog that will include a lot more than just cards and rambling ( ok maybe a little rambling still)..but there will be so much more! More about myself, more projects, more interesting stories, more everything. So, if this sounds good to you..Follow Me >>>> NEW BLOG
  Thank you all who have been following me thus of now I have 93 followers..which is pretty good for me! But I hope there will be many more in the future and I dont bore everyone to death =) So exercise that finger and click the link above..I'll see ya there!

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

DIY Christmas pillows

Hello all,
  Welcome back.. and so soon!? =) I've got another simple project for you today to cozy up your house for the holidays.
  I'm not sure why, but I've been in love with deer head silhouettes lately and had this and many other ideas in mind for you may see more of this guy later on.
 First, you'll need to find a silhouette shape that you like. there are tons to choose from online and you can freehand some of them pretty easily or if you have a die cutting machine like I do that's even easier. For my design I chose the Glitz Design deer from their finnely line in the Silhouette store.. there are several other layers to him but I only used the base. I have the Silhouette SD machine so my max is 8.5x11" I stretched this guy as much as possible to fit my page and cut away on some regular old cardstock. Here is my template =)

Now, you'll measure out how big you want your pillow to be. I was using up scraps of material so it ended up being a rectangle instead of the usual square but, I really love that about it. Place your stencil on the fabric and be sure to put some cardboard or scrap papers behind the front panel so your paint doesn't bleed through to the back of the pillow. I used some removable adhesive to keep it in place and just used some regular acrylic paint I had. I'm not exactly sure if acrylic paint is the best for fabric or if it would hold up to a washing machine but the bottle says it's permanent on any porous surface.. works for me. I put on two coats, one in Apple Barrel-Barn Red and one in regular Red to get the color I wanted. You may have noticed I made a little boo boo so I decided to outline him in some glitter glue (stickles in platinum) to hide it a didn't totally cover it up but I'm ok with it.
Let that dry completely.

Now all we have to do it sew it up.. so for those of you who don't sew I'll give you a quick rundown of what I did. Flip your panels so the fronts are facing each other and line them up along the edge. Sew around the edges and leave a little room for yourself to get the stuffing inside. Before you flip it right side out cut a slit on the corners from the corner edge to the stitch (this will help make your corners pointy) then flip it, stuff and close up the pillow by hand stitching. (I really stink at hand stitching things and making it look nice so I usually make sure to leave this area at the bottom of the pillow so nobody knows ;))
 And there ya have it. I made the green chevron one to add a little more color.

See you again soon! =)

Saturday, November 23, 2013

Book Page Christmas Tree DIY

Hello everyone,
  In case you didn't see my last youtube video update I'll share my quick update here. As of now this little blog of mine has been a pretty sad site with very sporadic posts and well..not a lot to say, so I've decided to shake things up and hopefully be posting here a lot more often and with lots of different content, from the occasional card to DIY home décor and on into my newest venture..Photography!

 Ok so for today I have my first little DIY project to share. These little trees are so super easy and quick to put together. First I bought some paper mache cones from the craft could also use Styrofoam  cones and extend the top paper to make it pointy since most of them are chopped off at the top. And if you're really feelin crafty you could make your own cones out of thick paper.

 The next step is to find an old book..I bought this one at the thrift store for about 15 cents. It is an old romance novel that happens to be titled "Deck the Halls" so it was perfect for Christmas =) Then all I did was hot glue the pages in all different directions and cut off any excess from the bottom and voila! You could spruce (pun intended) these up with glitter if you wanted but I like the more rustic look.
  Thanks for stopping by and I'll be back soon with some more of my Christmas diy projects.
                                                                                    - Toodles

Sunday, July 7, 2013

Just Beachy

Hey Guys,
  Im back again today with another Tiddly Inks image for ya! If you watch my videos you know Beach Babe Wryn is one of my absolute Favorite I just had to use her again. I have her as a clear stamp, but you can also find her as a digi in the shop! =) I colored her up with my Prisma pencils as usual and made a little scene behind her using Broken china distress ink and my fiskars cloud punch. For the papers, I pulled out my American crafts Shoreline paper from last year and used this sort-of shadow box technique that has become a favorite of mine.You can see it better in the 2nd photo. Well today's post is short and sweet but I hope you enjoyed and I'll see ya soon!

Saturday, July 6, 2013

Happy 4th of July!

Hey all,
   How was your Holiday!? Mine was busy spending time in the park with my jewelry booth and my hubby and boys. I spent about 5 hrs out there and got THE worst sunburn of my life on my back..YOWIE!! Thankfully my hubby was off and very helpful in lathering me up with Aloe and helping me out of bed in the mornings and going to the store since it hurts too bad to wear a bra haha.(sorry TMI)  Now 3 days later Im finally able to move around without hurting too bad..but I think it's safe to say I learned my lesson about not wearing sunscreen lol.

Anywho.. I know Im a little late posting this..I made the video tutorial for this card before the holiday, but forgot to post it on the ol bloggity blog.  But..better late than never right? This adorable image is by Tiddly Inks called Patriot Wryn, she is a digi stamp, the flag is blank so you can adjust it for your awesome is that! =) I used papers from WRMK Red,White and Blue line and the stars are from Papertrey Inks Seeing Stars die. Anywho..I hope you all had a wonderful holiday weekend and I'll talk to ya soon! =)

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Mom's Day

Hey guys,
  I'm back today with card #5 in my spring series. Today's card was a quick one since there was no coloring to do, but I hope you enjoy it anyway. Stamps are from Amy R's All About Mom Sentiments set and papers from MME Bluebell.You can watch the making of HERE and I'll be back very soon with another! =)

Monday, March 11, 2013

what's crackin'?

Hey guys,
  Im back with my third card for my Spring 2013 Series. Even though we got about 8" of snow a few days ago, my spring fever is still in full swing! Today Im using this stamp from cc designs called cracked Lula..isn't she the cutest!? Anywho, you can watch how I made this card HERE. I hope you enjoy and I'll be back soon with more springy goodness =) Later Gators!