Sunday, October 26, 2014

Crop and Create Thunderbay

With back to back events at Crop and Create Thunderbay and the Toronto Creativ Festival I have been busy and having a blast!

Thank you Thunderbay friends for a lovely welcome! It was fabulous meeting new crafters and catching up with some ladies I met at Crop and Create Winnipeg earlier this year.  In between teaching a couple of classes I had a chance to sample Thunderbay's famous persian pastry- oh yum yum and yum!  We also enjoyed a very nice steak dinner at locally acclaimed Prospector steak house- I am still dreaming about their fresh buns and garlic butter!

Lastly, loved spending time with some very special girls-  Angie, Nicole, Vicki and Catherine,  I don't need to use words how I feel about y'all ((HUGS!))

Drum up is Crop and Create Markham 2015!!

Here are the details, registration starts Monday Oct 27 for alumni and Tuesday Oct 27 for new attendees!!

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

DIY Starbucks Frappuccino with extra whip!

Hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving weekend sharing it with people that are special to you.  

The leaves are falling and Halloween will be upon us again!  You may remember a post last Fall where I shared Anna's Starbucks frappuccino costume.  I scrapbooked about it and the page layout is in Scrapbook and Cards Today's Fall issue:

I've had a few inquiries on how to make the costume so I thought it would be best to share it now before I forget the steps, lol.  The pattern I am sharing is my own design and fits a girl size 10.


1.5 yards each of caramel and white felt (purchased at Fabricland)
8 inch scalloped diecut (you can use an 8” circle too)
1 paper towel tube, green acrylic paint
1 white/cream toqueprintable fabric paper (purchased at Michael's)

Create the frappuccino cup:
1. Cut caramel felt to 38 x 24 inches.  Fold down the top edge 4 inches and sew a straight line 1” below the fold.  This creates a channel that will help gives the cup it’s shape. To create the arm holes, fold one vertical edge 8 inches in and cut a 6” semi-circle on the fold  2 inches below the channel.  Repeat for the other arm hole.  Sew the two ends end together to form your cup, leave an 8” long opening at the back so that it can slip over your child’s head.  I used a velcro tab to secure the back closed.
2. Flip the cup inside out. Slip the cup over your child’s head and through the arms. Right now the 3” yoke piece above the channel looks like a big floppy mess.  At the front in the middle, cinch 3” at the top edge of the yoke together and sew a dart to the top of the channel (sewing a straight line from this pinch point to the top of the channel). Trim the dart seam to reduce the bulkiness of the fabric gathered.  Repeat this dart in the position above each of the arm holes.  
Essentially you are tapering the yoke smaller making it extend away from the shoulders giving you that rounded cup shape.  Remember, you are working on the underside of the costume so this step does not have to be pretty.
3. Flip the cup back to it’s good side. Cut out twelve 8" scalloped circles from white felt. If you do not have a diecut, just use a round plate or scallop print-out as a template to trace and cut your felt.  Fold into quarters to enhance the swirly look and tack along the yoke, add more felt swirls if you want more ‘whip cream'.  To finish the neckline, add a double folded 2" wide white collar. Use seam binding to finish around the sleeves, feel free to skip this step as felt material does not fray.  
4. (note photo image 3 and 4 are flipped). Print logo and labels onto iron-on fabric paper.  I use the round logo on the front and the drink checklist at the back.

Create frothy cream hat and straw:
5. Paint your paper towel tube with green acrylic paint.  Using scissors slit 1” pieces around the bottom and fold them out.   
6. Cut an 8” scalloped circle from white felt, cut a hole in the middle so that it can fit over the straw and adhere it to the straw base (on the 1” pieces) with hot glue.
7. Glue (hot glue) the straw/felt base to your toque at the top on an angle.  Trim the straw to 6 inches.
8. Cut out 8 more scalloped circles.  Fold in quarters and cut a length (on a curve) at the folded point so that it will fit snug around the straw, attach to the base scallop using hot glue and continue until you have secured folded quarters around the straw.
Repeat again for a second layer.

Voila, one mocha frap+extra whip is ready for an evening of trick or treating!

Sunday, October 5, 2014

World Card Making Day at SCT wrap-up!

Hey all, just wanted to share with you a card I made to celebrate World Card Making day at Scrapbook and Cards Today! Hope you had a chance to be a little crafty this weekend.  If you have not been following the amazing hourly card crating inspiration and awesome giveaways you can read all about it here!  Grab a cup of tea or coffee and enjoy!

Friday, October 3, 2014

World Card Making Day October 4!

Mark this date- Saturday October 4 is World Card Making Day!  Do you have any crafty plans to celebrate this wonderful hobby of ours?  I have a couple of ideas that might fit into your schedule.

I'll be celebrating this special occasion at One Crazy Stamper along with my crafty friend Brigit.
Brigit and I will have some free mak'n takes.  Lora, owner of One Crazy Stamper, is opening her studio from 10 am to 4pm for you to bring your own crafty projects to work on.  The studio time is free but you do have to register by calling her store to book your spot.

I will be there bright and early from 10am to 12 pm.  I will have two mak'n takes, a card and a Halloween candy box (while quantities last)!  Hope to see you there!

Scrapbook and Cards today is celebrating the entire day on-line.  Catherine has done an amazing job at putting this online celebration together for you! Every hour a newly designed card will be posted along with a giveaway from some amazing sponsors!  Click here to check it out!

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

October PageMaps!

Hey all, new sketches are up at PageMaps! I love this time of the year, leaves are starting to turn, the night are getting a little cooler and time to put away the flip flops in favour of our scrapbook trimmer!  Fall is usually the time we start thinking about scrapbooking again, check out some new layout sketches to kick start your mojo.

This month my page celebrates the Autumn Moon Festival, a Chinese celebration of the full moon and wishes for a bountiful harvest.  Moon festival happens once a year and I always look forward to moon cakes.  I grew up loving these pastries- sweet lotus paste surrounding a salted egg, sounds like an odd combination but delicious.  It is very hard to find Asian inspired paper lines, when Graphic 45 and BoBunny came out with an Asian themed collection a few years back I snagged a lot of it!

The house and tag die are from Becky Fleck's Pocket Treasures's die collection released by Penny Black stamps.  You can see them here.