Friday, March 27, 2015

The Most Wonderful Time of the Year

Sharing my DT card for this week's challenge at CASE-ing Christmas.  Below is the card that I was working from, my fellow teammie Judy made this gorgeous card.  It makes me think of paint chips with a little bling.

Judy's Original Card
Be sure to check out the challenge at CASE-ing Christmas.

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Inspire Me CardMaker

Mason Jar Flower Arrangement | VIBEKE DESIGN We have beautiful arrangements like these on!

We have had a really rough winter here in MA and I was inspired by this gorgeous arrangement of flowers from Pinterest to create this card.  I am in love with these word wood chips from Freckled Fawn.  This card was so easy to create using dies from Memory Box and My Favorite Things.
This side view shows the dimension on my flower as I popped up the green layer and pink center.  Spring is around the corner and I can't wait.
Supplies Used:
Memory Box Die Joyful Bouquet #98856
My Favorite Things Die Plentiful Petals
Lawn Fawn Petite Paper Pack #LF818
Freckled Fawn Word Wood Chips
Teresa Collins Wood/Cork Dots
Doodlebug Sprinkles
Twine from personal stash

Friday, March 20, 2015

Squarely Quilted

I am so in love with these new fabrics from Love My Fabrics.  I whipped up this quick quilt in a weekend using this gorgeous grey, navy and bright yellow coordinating fabric. The pattern is called Little P Though the Looking Glass by It's Sew Emma.   Be sure to check out the Love My Fabrics store and sister Love My Tapes store on Etsy.  The quilting was done by Quilts Everlasting.  Debbie is fabulous and does such a wonderful job.  Use my name if you send anything her way to be quilted.

Monday, March 16, 2015

Hello Friend CardMaker Magazine and Sakura Blog Hop

Hello Everyone:
Happy Monday.  We are starting off this week with a really fun blog hop with my fellow DT members from CardMaker Magazine Blog and Sakura.  We were lucky enough to receive some wonderful products from Sakura which I used on the card above.

I used a Memory Box Die called Verona Bouquet which was perfect for outlining with the Sakura Gelly Roll Classic White Pen.  This pen is so smooth when you work with it and dries very quickly so you don't have to worry about smudging it.  

The Quickie Glue Pen is one of my favorites and is perfect for gluing down delicate pieces of paper.  I always have a stash of them on hand for these types of projects.  If you didn't come to my blog as part of the hop you are going to want to go to the CardMaker Magazine blog and start hopping there.  You should have come to my blog from the very talented Lisa Lahiff's blog and next you will be going to the amazing AJ Otto's blog.  I have also included the whole hop list below for ease of hopping.  

Here’s the blog hop list:
CardMaker: < < - - - - Start hopping here
Anita Mulcahey: < < - - - - You are here
*AJ Otto: < < - - - - You are going here next

Project Materials:
Sakura of America White Classic Gelly Roll Pen, Quickie Glue Pen
Bazzill Cardstock
Memento Ink, Grape Jelly
Sizzix, Big Kick


Friday, March 13, 2015

Warm Winter Wishes

Hello, friends!  Welcome to CASE-ing Christmas!  We are a weekly challenge devoted to the holiday season--year round! ;)  How does this challenge work?  It's easy!  We give you a card to CASE and you CASE it!

If you've never CASEd a card, here's what you need to do:

  1. Look at the CASE card photo.
  2. Be inspired by some element of the card.  This could be colors, layout, image, etc.
  3. Make a card based on that inspiration.
See!  Easy peasy!  We cannot wait to see what you have for us this week and each week this year! Are you ready for the next CASE card?!  

Here it is ... 
Card by DT member Anita
So I am CASE-ing my own card for this challenge.  I stuck with the shape, bling and glitter paper.  What will you make of my card?  I can't wait to see what you make, please share it here.  My dear friend Kathy Skou created the Silhouette cut file, Hip to be Square, which you can download for free in the Paper Issues store.


Thursday, March 12, 2015

Love This Smile

Hi Everyone:
Anita here with a layout that I made using the March sketch from Paper Issues.  I was going through some photos and found this photo from Sean's year in Kindergarten.  He loved to dress up and was stylin' even back then.

Heidi Swapp Monthly Planner Paper Pad - Hello Beautiful which you can find in the Paper Issues Store
Dear Lizzy Thickers Royal
Heidi Swapp Flag Clips,
Paper Issues SWAG Bag - February
Freckled Fawn Word Wood Chips
Panda Eight Flair
Lawn Fawn Flair
My Favorite Things Dies
Bazzill Cardstock
Doodlebug Raised Hearts Vellum
 Lovebugs Red Hearts 12x12 Vellum-Doodlebug Sprinkles
Don't forget to use the code Nita to save 20%.  See you soon.


Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Love My Fabrics Hexi Pillow

I am so excited to share my first post for the Love My Fabric store using their lovely fabric.  I made this pillow for Mother's Day for my mother.  I had fun making piping which I hadn't done in a really long time.  I used the Louise Garden Quilt Pattern for the pillow and the instructions and template are fabulous.

Wildflower Fat Quarter Bundle
Cotton Fabric - Wildflower- Fat quarter bundle

This fat quarter bundle comes pre-designed with hand-selected coordinating fabrics that are very cute and flattering together. Each fabric in the bundle complements the other in a very eye-appealing way. 
Here are some close-ups of my pillow.

I took some photos for you of how I made my piping.  It is a great accent to so many projects.  Here are the steps that I followed:
1.  Determine the width of your bias by taking your cording size and multiplying it by two.  Then multiply the seam allowance .25 by two and add those together.  I had 1/2" cording so I multiplied (2 X .5) + (2 X .5) = 2 inch wide bias strips.
2.  Next to find the length of piping you will need double the pillow's width and length and then add an additional 4 inches.  Mine was 17" square so my formula looked like this (2 X 17) + (2 X 17) +4 =72 inches.  So I needed at least 72 inches of 2" wide bias strips.
3.  Fold the bottom left corner of your fabric up to and matching the top edge.  The fold that this makes is your bias and you are going to want to mark that line with a removable marker.
4.  You will then take your ruler and draw lines on either side of the main line two inches apart until you have enough length for the measurement from above.
5.  Your ends will have an angle to them and you need to trim them up.
6.  You will then need to match up your strips as shown below and draw a line down from the left corner as this will be your stitching line.
Once they are all sewn together you will have one long strip of bias tape that is ready to use however you want.
Hope you have found this helpful and have a great day.  Be sure to click on the link for the store and check out all the wonderful fabric.