Saturday, January 31, 2015

New Paper Dolls & Photos From LA CookieCon

I just received one of Catherine Moore's lovely stamps for her latest collection called, Adventures in Tea. I couldn't wait to make some new paper dolls with it.
I stamped the doll image many times on different color papers from 6"x6" Crate Paper pad called Random. I adhered the dolls on a background of vintage book paper with an oversize tag. The best part was embellishing the doll with little bits and pieces. Here are close-up shots.
I experimented with free motion sewing. Some worked, some didn't. On the piece above I ran out of bobbin thread right in the middle of my loops - darn!
 I think this doll in the black dress above is my favorite.
I love the added stitches on the side of the green dress above and of course her black and white striped handbag!
 Okay, my free motion sewing totally looks like DNA strands - haha.
Thanks Catherine, love your stamps!

Last weekend, my daughter, Rachel and I went to LA CookieCon in Pasadena, CA. Rachel was sponsored by King Arthur Flour and gave a baking demo and was part of a YouTube panel on the main stage. She did a great job, I was so proud of her. Warning, below are lots of pictures from the event.
The event sold out weeks before the show. The line wrapped around the block.
Many girls stopped Rachel for her photo and autograph.
Inside the event were many booths, with lots of free samples.
Rachel stopped and talked with many of her fans.
We were excited to meet some of the chefs that competed on Master Chef. Below is Dara from season 2 of Master Chef Jr and Ahran from Master Chef season 5.
Here is a photo of Rachel on the stage getting ready for her baking demo.

They held a cookie and tablescape contest, here are some photos of the entries.
Won 1st  place
Won 1st place
These are the on-line bakers that answered questions for the YouTube panel. It was hosted by Monte, also from MasterChef season 3.
It was an amazing event and we had such a great time!

Enjoy the rest of your weekend!

Monday, January 19, 2015

Ribbon Craft Fun & More

This weekend we celebrated my sister Frances's birthday. Frances has a large stash of wire ribbon that she wanted to use up, so we created tags and cards using wire ribbon and mostly Catherine Moore, Character Construction stamps.
Below is a picture of what our supply table looked like.
And pictures of us playing...
And some close up shots of our finished products...
I love all of our tags! Admittedly, not everything used wired ribbon, but nonetheless, we all had a great time creating together. Happy Birthday Fran!

I've also been having fun decorating my calendar pages. Here's some of my pages and the stamps I've been using.
I cut out one of my Paige dolls and glued it to the page below.

And on a last note, I'm so excited for this upcoming weekend! My daughter Rachel will be giving a baking demonstration and on a YouTube panel at LA Cookie Con.

We're very thankful for King Arthur flour sponsoring our trip! If you're in the LA area, stop by - there will be lots of free samples and a few TV food celebrities will be there. I'm looking forward to a short little getaway this weekend!

Have a great week!

Sunday, January 11, 2015

New Paige Dolls, Gold Frozen Charlottes & More...

I know what you're saying, "more Paige dolls" - sorry if you're tired of seeing them, but I've been on a roll with them and they're so much fun to make! I keep trying new variations.
I made the following drawings on top of vintage text pages. The dolls on the top row are my originals and then I scanned and reduced them into 3 3/4" x 5 1/2" cards. I'm happy to sell the set of four cards (with envelopes) for $8 + shipping.
Below are some new kraft tags I made. The size is larger than the previous set I sold - these measure 3 1/4" x 6 1/4". I will sell the .jpg image for $3 and physical tags for $4 + shipping.
Email me at if you're interested in purchasing any of the cards, tags, or tag image file.
In other news, today I was at Michael's and came across Mod Podge Melts. I've never seen them before, but what drew me to them was that they came in GOLD! I've been buying anything in gold lately :-)
You can use a regular high temp glue gun and create castings with your molds. As you can see, I've made quite a few of my own silicone molds and couldn't wait to try it out.
 My favorite molds are the frozen Charlottes.
The Mod Podge melts work just like glue sticks, but colored. I filled up my molds with the Mod Podge melts and let it sit for about 5 min - they came out so easily!
Hmm, now what to create with my gold frozen Charlotte's? I'll be sure to post what I make. 

Then, one last project to share. Have you seen collage work with different shades of vintage text? I've always wanted to make something similar, so I recently tried my hand at making a daisy vintage text collage.
First, start off my making a sketch of your image onto some card stock. I choose a simple daisy pattern.
Next, cut up a variety of vintage text pages into 1/4" strips. Turn your image side over and glue on the vintage text strips, covering the entire page.
Then flip it back over and cut out your images and glue onto another piece of paper, I choose to glue it onto some kraft color paper. Finally, I outlined each petal with a black sewing machine stitch.

I scanned my final piece and reduced them into small cards. Something different to do with your vintage books you're collecting.

Thanks for stopping by, I hope you had a wonderful weekend!