Thursday, August 11, 2016

Back to School Teacher Gift with Deflecto

With school beginning supply storage is always on my mind. Imagine being the teacher who receives this! A Deflecto Caddy Organizer that you can add too!!! Add a new Caddy Organizer for Christmas, Teachers Appreciation, Birthday and end of the School year and they will ALL clip together for the perfect tote-able classroom supplies. Teacher can keep track of what supplies she needs at a glance with the see through and removable containers.  Customize with a little message or even add your favorite teachers name let me show you how I did it!

What you need:
Deflecto Caddy Organizer
DECO FOIL™ Peel n Stick Toner Sheets
Deco Foil™ Transfer Sheets • Pink Melon

Artistic Edge Digital Cutter
12" Foil Laminator 
1. Cut DECO FOIL™ Peel n Stick Toner Sheets desired message on your favorite digital cutter (I <3 3="" about="" artistic="" be="" edge="" inch="" janome="" letters="" my="" nbsp="" p="" should="" tall.="">2. Peel excess toner sheets away from lettering leaving letters on the paper backing.
3. Using parchment in Cut DECO FOIL™ Peel n Stick Toner Sheets place the letter with foil on top shiney color side up fold parchment over and send through laminator. let cook and peel foil away.
4. Peel letters from paper backing and place letters along front bar of Caddy Organizer Frame. Add bow fill with back to school survival supplies.

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Thursday, July 21, 2016

Celebrate Good Times!

So happy to have all the virtual travelers from Designers Crafts Connection here this week. Summer is the time to celebrate and what a fun way to do so. Shabby Chic Celebration for a sweet country gathering. Deflecto products can be found at local art, craft and educational stores in addition to online retailers such as Amazon.

Instead if sicking anything to the my dessert stand I made little skirts for each tier. This allows me to pull off and wash for a quick Follow these simple steps for a sweet skirted dessert stand.

3 Tier Dessert Stand - 20201 CR
Versa Grip Wide Clip Sign Holder - 20007 CR

Clear elastic
Fabric (rip a 1 1/4 inch strip)
Heat n Bond
Elna Sewing Machine
Measuring tape

Measure Around each tiers circumference. Cut elastic one inch shorter then each measurement. Set sewing machine for zig zag stitch. Place elastic at top edge of lace sew about 1/2 inch to secure pieces together. Pull elastic towards you lightly as the machine moves forward. Sew all they way to the end of your elastic in same manner. Match you ends and sew together to create circle.
The process is the same for each tier. The elastic will hold nicely around each tier and come off for cleaning after your event. if your little skirt keeps slipping you may want to add a glue dot or two to assist you in putting the skirt on the stand.

Now as the party moves on well wishes will be added to the naked sticks on the right with mini clothes pins...they aren't just for their looks they are super useful tulle pompoms will also be dangling from them but made a great space holder for the yummy treats baking in the oven.

This is a sponsored post. Deflecto has provided product in exchange for my creative ideas, views and opinions.

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Pin Minder, Summer Sewing with Deflecto

This summer this will be the first project will be a Pin Minder, this quick project is sew handy. As you sew pins can be quickly set on the magnet and between seems organized on the pin cushion. Sew quick and a I am always a sucker for a stash buster project...this may only take a little scrap of fabric and a few inches of elastic but it does up some fabric.

This is what you need:

Deflecto Mini Slanted Sign Holder, 3"x4" Item Number: 20006CR  

Deflecto Craft Magnetic Sheet - 3 Pack, Item Number: 5901

2 inches of 1 inch wide elastic
4 1/2 x 4 1/2 inch scrap of fabric

This is what you do:

Fold fabric in half with right sides together sew 1/4 inch from edge along long side leaving 1 1/2- 2 inches opening. Turn tube right side out.

With seamed edge lined up with center front place end of elastic centered on front, fold extra fabric over edge and sew with a 1/4 inch seam. Repeat on other end of tube.

Fill cushion with fluff, sew opening closed. Flip cushion right side around to conceal seam slide onto frame.
Cut magnet sheet to 3 x 3 and adhere to frame and wala you are done.

Happy Crafting!

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Thursday, June 2, 2016

Upcycle: Getting ready for Summer!

As the temperatures skyrocket even my most pant wearing girl desires a cute pair of short. After spying a cute pair of lacey bottom cut off that were too short to consider more then a dishrag let alone a pair of shorts that would cover my sweet daughters derriere. So we quickly decided we could make a pair ourselves. Same evening I found a pair of jeans I had purchased a yard sale awhile back, perfect fit for the win. We found a lace in my stash and in about 5 minutes we had a new pair of short! Just a disclamer it did take longer to pick the right lace then it did to do the sewing...if you have a tween I suspect this will be the same for you...then she will want them done yesterday.

Here is a pair of similar to the dishrags we saw...cute idea not enough coverage. These run anyware from15-30 bucks from what I have seen.

DD wanted the shorts a little shorter then I did according to the marked line on the pant leg. I adjusted the length plan and cut.

Pin the lace under the frayed edge and pinned it in place overlapping the end about an inch.

I put a denim double needle in my machine and sewed around  the pant leg. Using the double needle allowed me to secure the lace at two points so it will lay nice and flat on the inside and not catch a toe or rip off for any reason.

Tadah 5 minutes to fabulous! For a pair of yard sale jeans and a dollars worth of lace from one on my new favorite local fabric stores it is a total win at a fraction of the cost.

She is all set for dress rehearsal for the school Talent Show.

Happy Stitching!

Thursday, May 12, 2016

Class of 2016 Frame: Deflecto

Graduations season is upon us. Weather your graduate is moving up from High School, College or even where a construction paper morter board and yarn tassel in their Kindergarten commencement they must be celebrated. After all the effort and support from mom and dad, the hours of home work, ALL those school supplies these grads deserve to be honored in style. I have used the same techniques from my last project, Marquis Frame, featuring led stickers to bring light and bling the sparkle in these great graduation stickers by Jolene all set on the perfect Deflecto frame awaiting your grads picture.

This is what I used:

Deflecto Clear 8" x 10" Frame - 597901CR
Chibi Tronics light
Jolene's Class of 2016 stickers
ThermoWeb 3D White Foam Squares • 1/2 in

This is a sponsored post. As a member of the Deflecto Design Team I have been provided product in exchange for my creative ideas, views and opinions

Sunday, May 1, 2016

Marquis Frame: Deflecto and Chibitronics

Electronic meets craft in this fun joining of forces of Chibitronics and Deflecto. The only knowledge needed is how to build a simple circuit. Fear NOT all of the instructions are included in the Circuit Stickers Sketchbook which is included in the STEM Starter Kit.

Black cardstock

Paper trimmer

1   Create simple circuit using copper tape provided in STEM Starter Kit. Centering circuit on black part of frame. I rigged my battery pack around the back so I can turn it on and off.
2   Space chibi lights evenly around frame making sure to keep ALL you positives on one side and negatives on the other. Test lights.

3   Create black top frame by cutting 5”x 7” hole in the center of a  7” x  9”  piece of card stock. Center paper frame over and press against lights (this will emboss the paper a bit to help find light placement). Punch holes where the lights embossed the location.
4   Punch holes in center of 14 ThermoWeb Foam Squares. Place these on black cardstock back centered on punched holes. Add a few more foam squares between light placements Peel away paper backing and place over lights.
Place picture and enjoy! Wouldn’t this be fun for a movie party!!
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This is a sponsored post. As a member of the Deflecto Design Team I have been provided product in exchange for my creative ideas, views and opinions

Sunday, April 17, 2016

Keeping Organized with Deflecto

Keeping organized with a little chalky paint and alot of Deflecto!! What a fun way to keep your organization personal.
Function and fashionable the Deflecto Carousel Rotating Organizer 9 Bin (Item Number: 3901CR) will hold and more then you can even imagine!  Mine are filled with key sewing supplies and labeled to match: piping, thread, elastic and the like.

What you need:
Chalky Finish for glass (used Deco Art ADCG02)
Cosmetic Sponge
Painters tape
Wax paper
Paper Punch (Used: Decorative Label Punch)

What to do:

1. Lay strips of painters tape overlapping on wax paper. Center punch on tape and punch to create template.


2. Peel template from wax paper.  Apply to center of container.

3. Apply chalky paint with a pouncing motion over the template. Let dry and add repeat. 3 layers seems to be a nice coverage. (If you are impatient like me you may choose to dry it with a heat gun or a hair dryer in-between layers)


This is a sponsored post. As a member of the Deflecto Design Team I have been provided product in exchange for my creative ideas, views and opinions

Saturday, April 2, 2016

World Autism Awareness Day: Weighted Lap Fuzzy

Inspired by a service project I spotted online my original plan was a striped inch worm. As the project moved forward with these fabulous Cuddle fabrics by Shannon Fabrics they look more like a soft candy treats tied up with pretty ribbons by May Arts.
If you are not familiar in the value of weighted items for autism here is a little info I found that explains it perfectly:
"Weighted things like weighted blankets, weighted lap pads and weighted vests can be very calming for some children with autism. The weight provides calming proprioceptive input and many occupational therapists recommend appropriate weight for individuals with autism and sensory issues who can be overstimulated or anxious. Weight can also help some kids with autism or ADHD focus and pay attention in the classroom or during mealtime."
I will be using these myself as I filled them with rice and I can toss them in the freezer if I need a cold pack or the microwave if I need a hot pack. ;) I LOVE multi-fuctional items that are awesomely cute too.

Friday, March 25, 2016

Minnie Pattern Mash-Up Bag

Simplicity 1439
3/4 yard cotton fabric,lining
1 yard cotton fabric, ruffles & outer
Wood handles 9"
Masking tape
1.      Measure and adjust pattern pieces 15 (reduce 2 1/2" in width), 18 (reduce 3" in width and add 4" in height depending on handle size) & 22 (reduce 3" in width).

2.      Cut Four (4) 3 1/2" strips WOF from ruffle fabric. Cut 2 fabric and 2 lining from piece 15. Cut 1 piece 17 from lining fabric, Cut 2 piece 18 from outer fabric, and Cut 1 outer and 2 lining from piece 22.
3.      Roll hem the bottom of each strip 3 1/2 inch strip of fabric.

4.      Place lace along raw edge of  3 hemmed fabric strips and baste along edge. Pull thread to gather. 
5.      Follow pattern directions for Bag C. using piece 22 for bottom instead of piece 16, this creates a rounder shape for a fuller skirt look! Use on laced ruffle layer at top.

6.      Complete as directed by pattern.
Any bag that makes you smile should be the one you carry every day! Happy Sewing!

Thursday, March 24, 2016

Simply Sampled: my 2 cents

I have never really considered myself a quilter, although I have dabbled a bit in it, I thought taking a class would be a fun way to acquaint myself with the terminology and hone some self taught skills. Authorized Sew & Vac was offering a class based on Simply Sampled by Jeni Baker. I am 2/3rds of the way in and really enjoying the class. I absolutely love having others around to bounce ideas off of and to cheer each other as we succeed.

Today I completed "Block #3:  Disappearing Nine" today independently. This is a fun twist on a classic block, for the full instructions you will want to go get the pattern, I wanted to share my 2 cents on how to make a key directional fabric be right side up at the completion of the block.

My focal fabric are these fun type writers from the Windham Fabric collection Type by Julia Rothman. Since this block has a fun twist I flipped the fabric upside down on the top left and bottom right corners of the nine patch block.

Here is where the fun comes in...this block divides into quarters and then.....

Flip! and magically those upside down type writers are right side up!

and done!

I have several more blocks to go but am feeling more like a quilter each session. I may have a crush on it...and of course all the beautiful fabrics are addictive so I may be a goner!

happy sewing!

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

May Arts/ G45 Hop: just in case

What a fun pairing of fab May Arts ribbons and beautiful graphic 45 products. Welcome so glad you clicked over. I am so happy to share my fun little project. Before we get down to what I did don't forget about the fun opportunity for free goodies! 3 - $25 gift cards from May Arts Ribbons and a prize pack worth $60 and includes May Arts ribbon so you can also create from the beautiful inspirations you have seen on your journey this week. All you have to do to enter is comment here on the blog and on May Arts blog or on the graphic 45 Facebook Page. May the odds ever be in your favor.

My project is a fun chipboard lunch pail style gifting box. If the outside looks this cute the gift inside must be delightful. Using a sanding block I distressed the graphic 45 paper and chipboard pieces. A note or card can be slipped in the envelope for the perfect functional embellishment. 
If you have any questions or comments I would love to hear them!

Supply List:

5/8 Inch Natural Crochet Ribbon

3/8 inch Navy Mini Pom Pom Ribbon

1/4 Inch – RIC RAC – IVORY

Natural Burlap String


Children's Hour 8x8 CALENDAR Pad

Children's Hour Journaling Chipboard 

Shabby Chic Ornate Metal Keys

3D White Foam Squares • Combo Pack

Sticky Tape Mini Runner™

Kraft Glassine Envelope 

Cute paper lunch box ( I grabbed mine at Marshalls, random I know!)


Sanding block





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