Thursday, June 4, 2015


I have been SEW busy with "Sew Many Hearts for Giving" that I have not added any post to this blog in a while. I will work on getting my new creations up in the next few weeks. Summer is also here so we know what that means. MORE OUTSIDE than inside doing outdoor activities. 

But in the meantime let me tell you how Sew Many Hearts for Giving is doing

As you can see above we have received over 100 crochet hats to distribute to our hospitals and cancer centers here in Northern Maine. 

I held our very first gather on May 16th and meet some great new volunteers

I packaged 4 baskets to distribute to our local hospitals Cary Medical, TAMC, NMMC and NMG

What a blessing it is to see this take off and come to life. This was a dream that Dawn (my dearly departed sister) and I started in 2013 but never went far with it due to her own diagnoses of pancreatic cancer. She lost her battle in January 2015. 

I made a promise that I would see it through and be sure I had just the right person to help me in this journey. I was very blessed to find Crystal Parent who is my co-leader and has the passion for 
"Sew Many Hearts for Giving" and what it represents. 

Hope on over to the blog and find out what we are all about. 

Wednesday, May 6, 2015


I designed a new Miss Downtown Abby III hat using a single 4 ply ww. 

 had several request to please see if I can convert my original bulky yarn Miss Downtown Abby hat to a single strand of 4 ply, for a spring and summer wear. With several trials and errors, I finally created this one. 

I sewed the button on the back of the flower so it can be on or off the hat.


I used CTMH retired paper packet "Laughing Lola" along with CTMH Cricut cartridge "Art Philosophy" and coordinating CTMH stamp sets "frame flair, flair" and "card chatter- sympathy occasions inked with white daisy. 

I used Whisper white ink to do the interchangeable labels to give it the chalkboard effect. 

The card box was created by Angie Juda "My Chic N Scratch" 
You can watch the video at the link below

CARD DESIGN 1 - first card on the left
Thistle solid color first layer- 4 1/8 x 5 3/8
Bottom checkerboard Print  - 4 x 4
Top Paisley Printed - 4 x 1 1/2
Flaxin solid color - 4 x 1 1/8 - punched with a flower punch one one edge

CARD DESIGN 2 - second card to the left
Bottom print paper layer - 4 1/8 x 5 3/8
Solid thistle color middle layer - 1 1/2 x 5 3/8
Printed paper top middle layer-  1 x 5 3/8

CARD DESIGN 3 - card in middle 
Flaxin solid color bottom layer - 4 x 5 1/4
Printed paisley layer - 4 7/8 x 3 3/4
Thistle solid color - 3 7/8 x 2 3/4
Flaxen solid color layers - 3 3/4 x 2 5/8
Printed paper - 3 5/8 x 2 1/2 - use paper punch on one long edge
Top printed paper layer - 3 5/8 x 1/2

CARD DESIGN 4 -  2nd card to the right
Printed paper layer - 4 1/8 x 5 3/8
Flaxin solid color middle layer - 5 3/8 x 2
Printed paper middle layer - 5 1/4 x 1 7/8
Printed paper top layer - 5 1/4 x 1 - use paper punch on one long edge

CARD DESIGN 5 - Card in the first row to the left
Flaxin solid color - 4 1/8 x 5 3/8
Thistle solid color layer - 3 @ 1 3/4 x 4
Printed paper layer - 3 @ 1 5/8 x 3 7/8

Monday, March 30, 2015



CARD DESIGN 1 - Card in the back on the right
First Layer - 4 1/8 x 5 3/8
Printed Top  - 4 x 1 3/8
Printed Bottom 4 x 3/4

CARD DESIGN 2 - Card in the second row to the right
Bottom Layer - 4 1/8 x 5 3/8
Printed Layer - 4 x 5 1/4
Middle Layer - 5 1/4 x 2
Printed Middle Layer - 5 1/8 x 1 7/8

CARD DESIGN 3 - Card in the first row to the right
Bottom Layer - 5 3/8 x 4 1/8
Printed Layers - 2 @ 4 x 2 1/2

CARD DESIGN 4 - Card in the second row to the left
Bottom Layer - 4 1/8 x 5 3/8
Printed Layer - 4 x 5 1/4
Middle Layer - 3 1/4 x 4 3/8
Top Layer - 3 1/8 x 4 1/4

CARD DESIGN 5 - Card in the first row to the left
Bottom Layer - 3 @ 1 3/4 x 4
Printed Layer - 3 @ 1 5/8 x 3 7/8

The box used in the first card set is  one I found on youtube by "ChicnScratch" The box is a very simple box to create and she explains it perfectly. 

This is another way I packaged this card set. In place of the brown matting, I used a teal card stock to make the labels pop. 

This class is being held October 11th in my home. I wanted to do my first one with a pretty simple design. I selected just your basic occasions and not a holiday one yet. I will be doing another one in a couple weeks for Christmas cards.
There are five designs two of each design for a total of 10 cards.
I designed the cards so that you can rotate the card either portrait or landscape and select any label you want.
I used the CTMH stamp sets listed below to make the labels. What's so great about these stamp sets is that they coordinate with the Cricut Cartridges "Artiste" and "Art Philosophy"
The card holder is made using the Cricut Cartridge "Artiste"
Page 47 cut both pieces at 5 3/4. This will comfortable hold the cards and labels.
  • Kraft & Brown Cardstock for the base of all the cards and card holder
  • The designer paper was a gift from a friend so I am not sure who it is by
  • Stamps from CTMH - Casual Expressions Occasions, Holiday Tags Occasions, and Cricut Art Philosophy Tags (this one came with the Cricut cartridge that is specialized just for CTMH).
  • CTMH specialized Cricut cartridges (can only be purchased through CTMH). "Artiste" and "Art Philosophy"

Sunday, March 22, 2015


This is by far my all time favorite project to do. That and each bag is done in less than 5 minutes. All you need is two 12 x 12 Double sided Printed card Stock, a score pal and some adhesive. 

Step it up with a matching card and stackable boxes that are filled with some goodies.

Here is the VIDEO to make the bag

I love to make matching nestable boxes to match my gift bags. 



This set is so adorable. I used Caron Simply Soft yarn in pink and black. 

The pattern is a free pattern that can be downloaded by signing up for a free Just Crochet subscription. When you go to the sight a pop up box will show up with this pattern. Just fill out the information and you will get the pattern for free. 


With spring around the corner, its time for me to make my little gift card sets. I like to make these up to give to family and friends when they host family gatherings. Or just give them as a special gift of appreciation for someones kindness. 

I used the two paper stacks above to make all the cards below. I used one stamp set and my Cicut cutter. I wanted to show that you do not need a lot of scrapbook materials to create beautiful designs and creations. 

I also designed the box to fit all the cards and envelopes. I needed a box bigger than most tutorials on Pinterest due to the dimension of some of the cards. 

The measurements for the card box are as follows:

Bottom of box -  cut 1 @ 9 7/8 x 8 5/8 
score all sides at 2"
Snip corners up to score line and assemble box bottom

Top of box - cut 1@7 15/16 a 6 3/4
score all 4 sides at 1"
Snip corners up to score line and assemble box top

For the box top cut solid color at 4 5/8 x 5 7/8
Printed paper 4 1/2 x 5 3/4

Side Matting
Solid color cut 2 @ 7/8 x 4 5/8 and 2 @ 7/8 x 2 5 7/8
Printed Paper 2 @ 3/4 x 4 1/2 and 2 @ 3/4 x 5 3/4


I matted the inside of each card to continue the elegant look and added a simple verse from the following CTMH Stamp sets.