Wednesday, May 8, 2019

Memoranda Block Pillows

Hello friends! I've been taking some time to sew a little more lately and I made these quick and easy pillows with the new Memoranda fabrics. I love the soft colors and vintage vibe it's perfect for any decor.  
If you can sew a straight line you can make these pillows. Let's get started! 

Block Pillow 

Fabric Requirements:
A Memoranda From Camden PWTH092MULTI 1/4 yard (22.86cm)
B Memoranda Franc PWTH098GOLD 1/4 yard (22.86cm)
C Memoranda Receipt PWTH102AQUA 1/4 yard (22.86cm)
D Memoranda Horticulture PWTH094AQUA 1/3 yard (30.45cm)
Pillow Back (purchased separately)
E Memoranda Tickets PWTH091MULTI 5/8 yard (57.15cm)

Additional Requirements:
Sewing Machine
Rotary Cutting Supplies 
100% Cotton Thread
16” x 16” (40.64 X 40.64cm) Pillow Form 

Fabric A, cut:
(1) 6 1/2” x 16 1/2” (16.51 x 41.91cm)
Fabric B, cut:
(1) 10 1/2” x 5 1/2” (26.67 x 13.97cm)
Fabric C, cut:
(1) 10 1/2” x 4 1/2” (26.67 x 11.43cm)
Fabric D, cut:
(1) 10 1/2” x 7 1/2” (26.67 x 19.05cm)
Fabric E, cut: 
(1) 16 1/2” x 16 1/2” (41.91 x 41.91cm) (pillow back)
Cut all the pieces from the above chart.
All seams allowances are ¼” (.64cm) and pieces are sewn right sides together.

Sew the three rectangles RST (right sides together) as shown above.

 Press the sewn seams to the center or towards the darker fabric. 

Sew the large rectangle to the 3 sewn rectangles and press the seam to one side. 

OPTION: Add decorative stitching as desired before you sew the pillow together. 

Sew the pillow back to the sewn piece RST leaving a 10" opening on one edge for stuffing the pillow. Trim the corners as shown. 

Turn right side out, stuff the pillow inside cover and pin or clip closed. Hand sew (or machine stitch) the pillow closed with a ladder stitch. 

Love the simplicity of the block pillow. 

For fun add hand stitching to accent the seams. 

To view the Memoranda line click here
Click here to see the full Tim Holtz line of fabric. 

Even if you're not an expert seamstress I hope you will try the fun and easy pillows.
Thanks for stopping in!

Thursday, March 28, 2019

Hello friends! So happy to be on the Ranger blog today with these fun and cheery cards using the new Distress Oxide Sprays Stains and the Tim Holtz Mini Media Marks Stamp Set from Stampers Anonymous. The Spray Stains are fun to spray but you can also use them to color images. 

I hope you will stop by to see the full tutorial over on the Ranger Blog! 

Thanks for stopping in!

Thursday, February 14, 2019

Mini Love Cards - Happy Valentines Day!

Hello friends! Happy Valentines Day everyone! I love creating different shaped cards and making them small always adds the cute factor. Did you know you can use your Thinlits dies to create a folded card? It’s all in how you line up the die on the fold of your base card and look how perfect the Faceted Heart is on these cards. 

Mini Love cards!

Score and fold cardstock in half. The cardstock should be a little larger then the die you’re using. Place folded cardstock just below the blade on the die and tape with low tack tape. Die cut card with the Stacked Postage Stamp Thinlits Die.

Die cut the Faceted Heart from colored cardstock.

Cut cardstock to fit the front of card and add stitching as desired. 

Die cut “Love” from the Shadow Script and/or Valentine SideKick Side-order Thinlits die using colored cardstock. Fold Faceted Heart on all score lines and ink edges with Distress Ink on an Ink Blending Tool. Ink edgers of all the pieces as desired. 

Glue Faceted Heart together using the Sizzix Glue Gun

Tie ribbon around cardstock with a bow and then adhere layers to card. 
Adhere Faceted Heart and flowers to card.

These adorable cards will be perfect for the ones I love on Valentines Day. 

Thanks for stoping by! 

Sunday, February 10, 2019

Blog Hop Winners!

Hello and happy Sunday! 
Thank you all so much for stopping by all the blogs and leaving comments, I hope you were inspired I know I was. 
Now for the winners!

From Tami B's Blog "Plays Well With Paper"

Mel Roberts-Hareld said...
Tami...what a beautiful, beautiful home decor piece! You have hit it out of the idea•ology PARK, with this project! Wow! (your directions are terrific, too, as always)

From Debi Adams Blog "Doodles In My Sketchpad" 

You know what amazing me about your projects? You incorporated paper crafting into something unexpected! That wreath and birdhouse… thought those were floral greens and flowers from the craft store not created out of paper. And I gotta tell you I am now on the look out for a vintage watercolor tray to recreate your daisy project. Thanks for all the unique inspiration!

From Mae Nazareth's Blog "Just A Little Bit Sweet"
Tiffany Hopkins says
February 6, 2019 at 10:25 PM
Beautiful card, love the bees!

From Bobbi Smith's Blog "Vintage Muse Designs"

Dana M said ....
February 7, 2019 at 9:58 PM
Wow, amazing project! Incredible layers of colors, textures and patterns - so much depth and interest.

Congratulations to all the winners...
Please email me your address at 
I'll get the prizes off to you this week. 
Thank you all so much for participating in the Blog Hop. 

Tuesday, February 5, 2019

Tim Holtz - Creativation 2019 - Blog Hop

Hello friends! Welcome to the Tim Holtz - Creativation 2019 Blog Hop and give away. It's going to be a great hop full of amazing projects and inspiration! I hope you enjoy all the beautiful project from the talented artists. 
The Tim Holtz booths included Idea-ology, Ranger, Sizzix, Stampers Anonymous and Tonic Studios. A special thanks to Tim Holtz for inspiring us, creating products we all love to use and being so innovative with new products. Thanks to Mario for all the BTS! and a big thank you to Paula for all her hard work and dedication. 

First I took a paper cache heart and cut it in half with scissors. 

Cover the outside of the heart with Collage Paper using Distress Collage Medium in Vintage. Brush the heart with the Collage Medium then carefully res the Collage Paper to the heart, continue working until it's completely covered and let dry or dry with a heat tool.

Sand the edges to remove the excess Collage Paper. 

Apply a thin coat of Collage Medium over the top of the Collage Paper. 

Repeat the process and cover the inside of the heart. don't forget to apply a layer over the top to seal. If the inside of the heart is dark you may want to paint it a light color. 

Add Gadget Gears, Mini Gears, Sprocket Gears, Game Spiners, Keys, Story Stick, Pocket Watch. Hardware Heads etc... Use small wood blocks and/or foam tape to add gears at different levels.  

Once you're done here please head over to 
Stacy Hutchinson blog to see her gorgeous project! You are sure to be inspired! 
But before you leave please leave a comment below for a chance to win some prizes. Comments must be posted by midnight on February 9th and winners will be announced on the 10th. 

Thanks to everyone below for sharing their inspiration!

Products for making this project available at Simon Says Stamp. 

Sunday, January 27, 2019

Sizzix - Thinlits aren't just for paper!

Hello friends! When I think of Thinlits I think of using paper but they will also cut other thin surfaces like fabric. Here are a few projects I made for Creativations with fabric and felted wool. 

I purchased a tote from one of the chain stores so if you're not a sewer this is a great choice. I used a fusible web like Wonder Under* and ironed it to the back of my wool then die cut the flower and letters as if it was paper. Super easy. 
*Wonder Under is a paperbacked fusible interfacing. Peel one side and apply with an iron to the back of wool, die cut as usual, peel and stick to finished piece and iron again to adhere. 
Here is a close up! You could always add stitching if you want but it looks great just the way it is.  

Create a framed piece with a pot full of flowers. 

The pot was cut from cork fabric and a little tag was added.

Pillows are also a great option. The light bulb was cut from a steel rule die, ironed on to the background fabric then stitching was added around the bulb and the filament. 

I used a gold metallic embroidery floss for the filament.

Adding a verse to a simple pillow is very easy and could even be added to a purchase pillow. I love this new alphabet, Society XL Bigz die! 

Think outside the box when using your Sizzix dies! Fabric is always an option. 

Thanks for stopping by.

These dies available now from Simon Says Stamp... Click on the link for details. 

Saturday, January 26, 2019

Creativations at the Tim Holtz Sizzix Booth

Hi Friends! I'm back from Creativations and what a great show! I had the honor of working in the Sizzix booth in the potting shed. Shout out to Marty for his awesome craftsmanship! 
Here are a few photos from the booth and I'd like to add that the samples were so amazing, they were the BEST ever! 
Thanks to all the artist for the unbelievable inspiration. 

Can you believe the incredible samples? 
Check out Tim and Paula's video about all the projects! See the Tim Holtz blog for details. 

I'll be back soon with details for a blog hop from all the artist that made samples for Tim's booths, Stampers Anonymous, Ranger, Sizzix and Idea-ology. 

Thanks so much for stopping in!

Here are a few of the dies that are available now from Simon Says Stamps...