Monday, May 30, 2011

Insulated Lunch Bag

The lunch bag pattern is from the book "Lunch Bags!"  I made this as a gift for my sister-in-law.  She recently graduated from medical school.  I figure she'll have to "brown bag" it for a while so that she can pay off her student loans.  At least now she can take her lunch in style.  The flower I created and added seperately.  There is not a pattern in the book for it. 
I like that his bag kind of looks like a doctor bag.  I noticed that after I made it. 

close-up of bag
This bag has a wide opening and an extra long zipper.  It is also insulated. 
Since I like to make cards, I had to make her a card that matches her lunch bag.  :)
close-up of card

Other posts where I used patterns from the book can be found  here, here and here

Another bag...same pattern
Supplies (for card):
Stamps:  Martha Stewart Crafts-Sans Serif Alphabet, Inkadinkado-Bold Damasks, PTI-Polka Dot Basics

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Hoedown #17

It's Wed. and Hambo Stamp's Hoedown time.  This week's challenge is to use the moonscape image received for free for participating in last weeks challenge and/or use texture and another image.  For more info on the hoedown click here
Sorry, I don't have much to say this week.  I managed to pull a muscle in my hip/back.  It hurts to sit, stand, lay down.  Tomorrow is a new day. :) Hope you are having a great day!
Stamps:  Hambo Stamps-Moonscape-digi, Cool Cat-digi
Paper:  The blue paper with silver tinsel is mulberry paper...I've had it forever, don't know the brand.

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Make it Monday #16

This week's Make it Monday Challenge at Paper Trey Ink is to make a sympathy card. 
I admit that I never make sympathy cards.  I don't even like to buy stamps for the occasion.  I think that the only sympathy stamp I own is in the set "Out on a Limb" from Paper Trey Ink.  Sadly, I've had to make two too many sympathy cards in the past few months.  I'm glad to say that this one can go in my stash.  :)
Dies: Spellbinders Nestabilities-Labels Thirteen
Stamps-Paper Trey Ink-Out on a Limb
Punch-Martha Stewart Crafts

Monday, May 23, 2011

Lunch anyone?

I have posted about this Lunch Bags! book before. On this Apple-A-Go-Go post. I recently made an insulated lunch bag with a pattern from the book.  I didn't realize that I'd enjoy this book as much as I have.  I am in the process of making a few more lunch bags from this book. 
YOU'RE IN LUCK!  I was searching for something entirely different when I came across the pattern I used.  It is offered for free.  (see bottom of post for link)
While making this bag, I learned a few new things like:  how to quilt with my machine (I looked at her picture and guessed since, I've never quilted before), that a needle can break with only one stitch, that I've wasted too many hours trying to set grommets with a machine press or hammer--I spotted a metal mallet in the garage and WOW! it worked like butta!,  finally,  I can actually dull a needle (I usually break them before they have a chance to get dull.)

Here is the lunch bag I made.

It has a closure strap and a cute loop handle.

Here is a back view with an insulated drink pouch. (There should be a toggle on the elastic cord but the one I bought was too small. I will have to go on the hunt for antoher one.)
Inside there is a pocket to place a freezer thing--I know very techie of me, huh?--or to use for whatever.

Here are a few accessories that I made to coordinate with this lunch bag.

Sandwich wrap folded up.

This is the inside of the sandwich wrap.  It is made from rip stop nylon so it is water resistant.

These are velcro closure bags. Made from 100% cotton (inside)

I had to make another apple sweater.  Yep, it still makes me laugh.

Click here for a link to the pattern that I used (it's in the book). About 3/4 of the way down in the post you'll see
"And you are going to be happy with your cool, new, insulated lunch bag very soon as well. Click here to download the project instructions for Debbie Hogan’s lunch bag. Happy sewing!"

Enjoy your day!

Sunday, May 22, 2011


I had a little chance to play today. 
I needed to make a card for my daughter's softball coach.  So, I decided to use this week's MFT sketch. 

The Sketch
Just a quick post.
Enjoy your week. 
Stamps:  MFT-Let's go for a Walk!, PTI-Limitless Labels
Dies: MFT-Rolled Rose, Spellbinders Nestabalities-Labels 5

It's in the bag...

Happy Birthday...if you are reading this you know I'm talkin' bout you! :)
I am shocked that I now enjoy sewing as much as I do.  When I was in Jr. High took a sewing class.  I HATED it!  I tried sewing a few other times and still didn't like it.  On one occasion, the needle broke and flew into my eye.  I became terrified of the sewing machine. 
Then,  about 4-ish years ago, I saw a post where someone showed how to sew a simple tote.  I had an overwhelming feeling that I MUST work with fabric.  So, I made that little tote...and became hooked.  I can't seem to stop.  My favorite things to make are purses...maybe because I might have a slight addiction to them...or not.  SHHHH!  HAAA HAAA!  
As you might guess, I also like to give purses/bags as gifts. 
This is a birthday gift. 

There are two pockets on the on each side. 

Inside of the bag.  There are 4 large pockets.  She actually gave me the inside fabric for my birthday along with lots more fabric.  Ahhh!  She knows me well.   :)

 The pattern for this bag is in the book "Style Stitches" by Amy Butler

Several months ago, I made myself this bag.  I shrunk it a few inches all around. 

Happy {belated} Birthday! 

Friday, May 20, 2011

Hammin' it up at the Movies!

Welcome to  "Hamming it up at the Movies!" Blog Hop!  Sponsored by Hambo Stamps.

Today Hambo customers and the Bacon Bits Design Team are bringing you fun creations that depict movie titles! It might be our favorite movie, or just one that was fun to design.

If you arrived here from Mary's Blog  you are in the right place! If not, you might want to start back at the beginning at the Hambo blog to make sure you are eligible for the hopper prize!

Did I say PRIZE?!   Yep, A prize will be awarded to one participant whose movie-themed creation tickles the Bacon Bits’ fancy in a hammin’ jammin’ way!  Another prize will be awarded randomly to a hopper who comments on all the blogs along the way. The winners will be announced on the Hoedown blog, as well as on the Hambo company blog, Talk to the Ham, on Wednesday, May 25. Best of luck to everyone!

Phew!  Now on to other business!
Here are the projects I created:

This pic is kinda a group photo, if you will.  (Sorry, it was breezy when I was trying to take the pic.)
  Can you guess what movie I chose?  NO?  Well, actually, I chose a series of movies that center around five adventurous puppies.   My kids love these movies because they have cute golden retriever puppies in them.  I'll refer to them as the Buddie Movies.   These are the titles (and links): Air Buddies  Snow Buddies, Space Buddies, Santa Buddies, and my kids tell me there is one more coming out soon, Treasure Buddies

To create my projects, I used the Doghouse Set digital image from Hambo Stamps found here.  What a cute set!  The dog image reminds me of our golden retriever. 

As I mentioned earlier, the movies are about five pups that go on adventures.  The five "characters" are:  Buddah:  He likes to meditate, MudBud-always gets dirty--sounds like my own golden retriever, Budderball-likes to eat-I can relate to that.:)--also very much like my golden, RoseBud-only girl pup and she is into fashion, and B-Dawg-is the "rapper" dog.  I created projects to represent each pup.

First up is Buddah:

Buddah's Beach Bag
 For Buddah,  I made a beach bag because I thought the beach would be a good place to meditate.   I printed out Hambo's digital images,  Dog House Set, on to a t-shirt transfer then ironed it to the canvas pocket.  The fabric of the bag is made from indoor/outdoor canvas.  The free pattern and tutorial for this beach bag can be found here.  I love it because this bag can hold 4 beach towels and more!

MudBud--he is muddy.
For Mudbud, I cut out a shaker box using Cricut Tags, Bags, Boxes & More Cartridge.  I used the Paper Pups Cartridge to cut out the dog bones.  I used Hambo's Doghouse Set to decorate. 

Budderball's Lunch Bag
Since Budderball LOVES to eat,  I made a BIG lunch bag.  Again, I printed the Doghouse Set images on to a t-shirt transfer, ironed it on to the canvas pocket.  The inside of this lunch bag is made from rip stop nylon to make it easy to clean spills.  The pattern for the lunch bag can be found in this book.  The pocket is not part of the pattern.


Rosebud luggage Tag
Since the dogs are always off to new adventures, I thought Rosebud could use a luggage tag.  I followed this quick and easy tutorial to make the luggage tag.  I love being able to use fabric scraps.  In real life I'm going to put this on my daughter's lunch bag. 

Rosebud Card
 This is a card I made for Rosebud.  In the movies, she often has a flower in her ear.  My real life dog ate one of her flowers before I glued it down. LOL! Could that be considered life imitating art?  Or maybe, life eating art?   She (my real life dog) is combination of Budderball-will eat anything and Mudbud-it's not long after she has a bath that she is muddy/dirty/stinky.  When we go running she always heads for the puddles.

Last but not least B-Dawg: 

For B-Dawg, I figured he needed lots of bling.  So, I made a clip board with lots of bling.  I cut the clip board with Cricut Fabulous Finds Cartridge.  I printed the Doghouse Set images. 
I hope you enjoyed your visit.  Come back soon!

Now, dance on over to Judy at  for another great movie scene.

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Hoedown #16

Hello everyone!
Do you ever have one of those days where you wonder what you are thinking?  You know, like when you go to make coffee and you wait and wait...check to make sure you plugged it in and started it...eventually you realize you forgot to add the water.  Welcome to my day! :)
This morning, when I opened up the e-mail with this week's Hambo Hoedown image--which is another awsome one--I was quite excited.  I sat down and tried to make a card.  I really did.  I have tons of chipboard in all these great shapes that I never use.  But of course this being one of THOSE days, I decided I should pull out my un-loved Sizzix dies...the ones I've had forever and have never used.  I came across the toast die.  I started chuckling to myself thinking of the possibilities.  And because this is one of THOSE days, it kind of explains why I made this:

This week's challenge is to use chipboard.  I made these by die cutting the toast(s) and toaster with chipboard.  I then die cut them out out of colored paper.  For the toast, I printed Hambo Stamp's Sumo Digi stamp on to tan-ish paper then I traced and cut the toast around my printed image.  I then die cut the make the cut edge neater.    I glued it to the chipboard and layered the darker brown crust.  I also used colored pencil around the image in an attempt to make it look like it had been stamped with a toast stamp.  Have you seen a toast stamp?  Do you know what I'm talking about?
I's one of THOSE days! 

So, I decided maybe I should try to be a little more "normal."  So, I sat down to make another card. 
This is what I came up with:
A book mark
I die cut chip board with the Sizzix Paper Clips die.  I used the oval shaped clip.  I then cut and glued patterned paper on both sides.  I printed, colored, and cut out the Sumo image and the sentiment. 
remember these? 
I gave the items I made today to my children.  They are enjoying them. 
I hope you have a great day!

Stamps:  Hambo Stamps-Sumo-Digi
Dies- Sizzix-Paper Clips, Toaster, Toast, Jam, Butter

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Make it Monday #15

This week's Make It Monday challenge is to use a re-inker to make a spay mist. 
I decided to make flowers with the spray mist I made.  It was fairly simple...just spray spots.  I used my heat gun to dry them.  For the centers of the flowers, I used a flower image from the Green Thumb set stamped in blue ink.    The sentiment is from Year of Flowers Rose.  I also ran it through the Linnen and Canvas Impression Plate. 

I tried to do a close-up so you can see the texture. 
This is the re-inker I used.  I don't know the brand. 
Supplies:  All supplies listed are PTI except the re-inker, mini mister, and cardstock. 

Thank you for all your kinds comments!
Have a great day!

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Hoedown #15

It's Wed. and that must mean Hambo Hoedown time!  Yippee!
This week's challenge is to use bright and bold colors and to paper piece. 
I have to admit.  My schedule got changed around this week.  So, I am shocked that I got a card made today.  :)  I made several different mistakes.  I was originally going to make my image smaller and go a different direction with the card.  I made an unrepairable ooops.  When I reprinted I accidentally printed the image larger.  LOL!  Oh well, just go with the flow. :) 
I chose bright pink and orange for my "bright and bold" colors and I paper pieced the balloon and the basket. 
Isn't this a cute image? I've seen all kinds of balloon images lately.   I now have an awsome one thanks to Hambo Stamps! 
If you'd like to read more about the Hambo Hoedown and see what all the other talented participants have created click here
To purchase this "Balloon Girl" digital image click here
Enjoy your day!

Stamps:  Hambo Stamps-Balloon Girl Digi,
Patterned Paper: DCWV

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

MOJO #190

Do you ever have one of those days where you are playing around with your card, you like it, so you glue it down then can't figure out what changed...but something isn't quite what you expected?  I think that's what happened to me.  LOL!
I sure do love Mojo Monday sketches, though.
I do, however,  like this card enough that it's not going to the trash!  In fact, I, once again, created a card to meet my self-imposed challenges of making cards that are (1) more masculine and (2) mail-able. 
Enjoy your day!
Stamps:  B Line Designs-Car Cube, PTI-Button Botique
Cricut-Paper Lace Cartridge, Plantin School Book Cartridge
Patterned Paper-Cosmo Cricket
Dies: PTI-Button#1

Monday, May 9, 2011

Make It Monday #14

It's MONDAY, Monday, MoNdaY!
I actually had some time to play today.  So, I took on this week's PTI challenge to selectivly ink.

For the background, I used the stamp set "A Little Argyle"  I inked it in brown then randomly removed the ink from a few diamonds.  I stamped it on my paper.  I then went back with the single diamond (in the set) and stamped missing diamonds in blue. 
I kept with my self imposed challenges of  (1) creating more "male" cards and (2) make it mail-able.  Yippee!
Since it's Monday, I hope everyone has a great week!
Stamps:  Paper Trey Ink-A Little Argyle, It's a Celebration, Button Botique, Enjoy the Ride, Martha Stewart Crafts-Sans Serif Alphabet
Dies:  Paper Trey Ink-Button #1, Enjoy the Ride

Friday, May 6, 2011

Gift Bag and Card

I have been putting off decorating this plain brown gift bag.  But my time is running out.  I need to give this gift soon!  So,  I had an idea (happens every so often) that I should use this week's MFT sketch.  Ahh!  Yes! :)

But wait!  My gift bag multiplied!  It's like a bad version of the Gremlins...must of gotten wet and eaten after midnight!  :)  Ok, so really, in making the gift bag I made a few oppsies.  So, I had another idea (two in one day...can't be good) I shall make a card.  Now, it looks like I meant to be all coordinated and together like that.  Gotta love when that happens.
I also used up a small stash of supplies that I've had around for a little longer than I should.  Love when that happens, too.  Now, I'm off to the store to collect more stuff and fill that void.  LOL!   
Well, it's Friday!  Bring on the weekend!
Hope you all have a great one!

Stamps:  MFT-A La Modes-Take Time
Cricut-Paper Lace Cartridge
Paper: KI Memories-don't know the line
Dies: MFT-Rolled Roses

Thursday, May 5, 2011

Teacher Appreciation

Next week is teacher appriciation week. 
My daughter has a male teacher.  I am guessing he wouldn't be into a card that is frilly and floral.  So, I made this card.

I combined two challenges to help me.  I used Mojo Monday Sketch 189 and this week's Make it Monday Embossing plate technique. 

embossed paper before adding items 
I used the linnen plate and the Enjoy the Ride die.
The sketch. 
Enjoy your day!
Stamps:  Paper Trey Ink-Enjoy the Ride, Faux Ribbon, Hero Arts-alphabet
Embossing Plate-PTI-Linnen& Canvas
Dies:  PTI-Enjoy the Ride, Nestabilities-square, fancy labels
Patterned Paper:  Cosmo Cricket
Punch:  Martha Stewart Crafts, Unknown-circle punch

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Time to Hoedown--#14!

Yippee!  I love Hambo Hoedown time! 
This week's challenge is to use stripes and dots on your project.  The fun image that we received for free for participating in last week's challenge is Farm Chicken. 
I found out that it is Respect for Chicken's Day.  LOL! 
Hummm...I wonder what we'll have for dinner?  NO!  I won't go there!  Yet, I did.  Perhaps I should start showing some respect for chicken. I'll work on it.
Ok, on to card business.  I went through my card stash last week and noticed that I don't have enough cards for men/boys.  The few male cards that I do have are only ok.   Also, I need to start making my cards mailable--is that a word?   I love dimension but need to keep away from those tempting buttons, pop dots, bows, etc...
This card came together rather fast.  I like how it is a general occasion card. 

My card.  I love how versitle the Farm Chicken image is. 
Stamps:  Hambo Stamps-Farm Chicken-Digi, Cornish Heritage Farms-lined paper, Technique Tuesday-Funcuation.
Ink:  Ranger Distress Ink-Fire Brick
Paper and cardstock:  unknown

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Flower Burst Handbag

Wow!  With all these crochet posts you'd think I was an avid crocheter.  I'm not.  This is the longest I've crocheted.  It's been maybe a month.  LOL!
I really appreciate it when people are kind enough to offer free patterns.  Since I am new to crocheting, I am not yet willing to spend money on a pattern when I'm still "green".  I am glad I can practice my skills on cute free patterns.  They even make great gifts.  OOPS!  If you know me then disregard that last statement. :)
Here is the link to this Flower Burst Handbag pattern.

I changed the pattern ever so slightly.  I added more rows at the bottom and crocheted less rows at the top.
Click here for another style of crochet bag. 
Enjoy your day!