Monday, January 28, 2013

some ac digitals love.

geez.  I feel like I have been out of it for a while!

I have been working away at project life.  it is a blast!! 

(more on that later..)

for now, here’s some good stuff from ac digitals:


this is all ac digitals “soho garden”.

well, except for the stitching..

stitching:  anna aspnes frames no. 3

the next two kits are on sale this week at ac digitals!!

go grab them!


this layout was mostly created with pebbles “with love”  new today in the store.

here are the exceptions:

chevron paper:  pebbles “walnut grove”

all stitching:  anna aspnes (circles no. 2, white no. 3, and frames no. 1)

frame:  katie pertiet “curled photo frames”

ric-rac:  splendid fiins “feedsack” elements pack 2

pink photo corner:  splendid fiins “feedsack” elements pack 1

twill ribbon:  katie pertiet

staple:  dani mogstad “chasing rainbows”

rhinestones:  dani mogstad “a lot like christmas”

date stamp:  liv.edesigns “needs + wants it’s a date stamp”

font:  “my type of font”


this is all ac digitals, “city park”.

well, with the exception of the stitching, again..

stitching:  anna aspnes (white 1, loops white 1)

AND liv’s brownbagger paper.


“bebas neue”

“pea sugar noodles”

Friday, January 25, 2013

snow much fun and more brownbagger.

have I ever mentioned how giddy I get when I see vol. 1 following any of my favorite digi products?

I do.

I get downright giddy!

I was so excited when liv created her first brownbagger paper, and then followed it up with that ‘vol. 1”.

every week when new products were released, it was like christmas eve!

well, she’s done it again!

brownbagger vol. 4 is a collection of our favorite brown bags, tattered, some even torn to perfection.


(click on layout for full list of credits.)

lake powell 2012

and that is not all for this friday, liv does not disappoint!

here are some darling kids, that I would claim as my own if I could.


these cuties come in both sketched and water colored varieties.

I was a little disappointed in myself with the lack of snow pictures I have this year, and even last year, so I dug through older pictures, trying to find something that was just right.

I found just what I wanted in my january 2008 file, that was after going through 2004, 2005, 2006, and 2007..  talk about a trip.

I was left feeling a little homesick for my little girls, and simpler days..

(click on layout for full list of credits.)


go grab them while they are on sale this weekend!

Friday, January 18, 2013

knock on wood.

don’t you just love that phrase?

it kinda gets me excited, you know, when someone shares something good, something exciting that is going to happen?  then they follow it up with a, “knock on wood”, just to secure the deal?

well, there’s plenty more to be excited about with those three words.

liv’s new paper pack.


I would love to have these printed off in vinyl to use as backdrops..

quite delicious!

and here’s my layout with one of these gorgeous papers:

(click on image for full credits.)


I hope you like it!

knock on wood. Winking smile

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

cozy kindle


or is it “kindle cozy”? 

my words are getting so mixed up what with all the FREEZING weather we have been having.  today it is supposed to reach 19.  that is warm considering the other day our high was 3.

don’t believe me?

take a gander at my porch:

jan 089

there is NOT A THING I can do about this situation.

not a single thing.

ice melt..

pffft.  three times a day.

I have even tried a hammer and a garden hoe.  that method helped the top step and the walkway, but not the bottom guy there.  merrill already has a home improvement project lined up for when there isn’t so much snow outside. 

two words: heat cable.

we already have it on the roof, but he’s going to put it in the rain gutter and the downspout.  this is where the problem lies frozen..

yes, my porch is a death trap, but that is not what I am really here to blog about.

onto the kindle cozy!!


lynnie-lou got a kindle fire for christmas (I am dropping hints like crazy as to what someone can get my for my birthday…) and the girl LOVES it.  she is our bookworm.  we also got her a case, which is awesome, but darn pinterest!  I saw the most darling kindle/tablet/nook/iPad cozys there and I HAD to make one.


I used amy tangerine digital papers from AC digitals, printing them off on inkjet fabric sheets.  I did the same thing for the embellishments I used, adding some heat and bond to the back making it just a smidge easier sewing those babies in place. 


I took the cute little corduroy button with the silhouette that looks amazingly like lynn, and using a button cover kit, covered a button to use as a fastener.

the construction was fairly easy.

first, I assembled the front pocket piece by ironing on my embellishments, and sewing where I wanted them sewn as well.  I stenciled the “L” using fabric tempered acrylic paint.  then I cut my pieces.  I cut 4 pieces of fabric, and one of thin batting, at 7 1/2 x 9 1/4 inches wide (big outer pocket pieces) and 2 pieces of fabric, and one of thing batting, at 7 1/2 x 8 3/4 (smaller outer pocket). 

I matched up my fabrics into the big pocket pieces and the outer pocket piece.  (I used the yellow chevron, green and white polka dot, blue sky with clouds, and the little paper dolls on grey.)  I then sewed, with the right sides of my fabric together, and a piece of batting on the bottom, just the top edge.  I pressed the seam open, and then flipped it right side out and pressed and then top stitched along the top edge so it would look pretty.  I stacked them with the outer pocket sitting the way I want it to, but had the main big pockets right sides together.  it is easier said than done, sewing down the sides and along the bottom, I had to adjust my tension and change my needle to a denim needle.

after they were all straight stitched, I overcast stitched the edges.  I kinda love an overcast stitch.

I marked the middle inside of the back piece and the middle front of the outer pocket.

I took a 2 and a half inch piece of elastic, looped it, and attached it to the inside of the back piece, letting the loop stick above the top of the piece.

I sewed a good few stitches to attach the button to the outside of the front pocket.

lynn loves it, and well, so do i!

if you love these patterns and embellishments as much as I do, click on the pictures to take you to the AC digitals store.


Friday, January 11, 2013

friday is the new monday.

no more “more in store mondays” at jessica sprague, the new releases are now coming out on fridays!!  improving your weekend one step at a time….

some of the most exciting news this year has to do with one of the creative teams I am a part of.

liv ct

isn’t it amazing!?!

well, if that doesn’t quite getcha, go and explore her store. 

she has some of the digi basics that we all need..  stitches, eyelets, gorgeous textured papers, amazing brushes..

love. liv.

and her newest creation is just as awesome!

meet “loopies vol. 3 – here we go loopy-loo”.


and here is what I created with this little loopy of goodness:


all goodies are liv’s creations, but for a full list of credits, please, click on the layout!

I am looking forward to all the fun I will get to have with liv and her talents, not to mention the awesome group of ladies I get to work with.