Stenciled Toddler Skirt

Stars-Bow-Toddler-Skirt-Clearsnap-Colorbox-Crafter's-December-2014-Sabrina-AleryHey there. Hoping your week hasn’t been as frantic as mine, trying to get all these last minute things done before holiday break! Stitching up this cute stenciled toddler skirt was a nice little break from it all. You can find the details over on the Clearsnap blog today as well as a video packed with tips for stamping on fabric.

Free pattern for this skirt to follow soon!

If I don’t see you back here before Christmas, wishing you a wonderful holiday!

 

Coffee Lovers Blog Hop

 

Hello fellow coffee lovers! I am a bit late to the party, but too have a coffee addiction that needs to be addressed! Thanks to sweet Amy T for organizing this party – you can check out her post to find all the details including info about all the super sponsors and prizes!

But-First-Coffee-Gossamer-Blue-On-My-Desk-Sabrina-Alery-1I used the pretty On My Desk collection from Gossamer Blue and was inspired by a few popular coffee prints/sayings. “But first, coffee” and “No talkie before coffee.”

But-First-Coffee-Gossamer-Blue-On-My-Desk-Sabrina-Alery-2Although I do despise having to rely on an outside source to live my life, the fact is I’m addicted. We’re not coffee snobs though – Folgers French Roast or Colombian does the trick just fine. And the stronger the better. 
But-First-Coffee-Gossamer-Blue-On-My-Desk-Sabrina-Alery-3Complete with coffee “stains.” I’ve left those grounds out on my desk for a couple days now just because they smell so good!

And since I just didn’t have time to put together any papercrafting goodies, here’s a little blog candy for one of you. Just leave a comment and make sure your email is included for a chance to win :) Spread the caffeine love!

UPDATED TO ADD WINNER: Becca Kruger – I have sent her an email :)

Dream Catcher Ornament

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Hi there! I am very excited to be sharing my first post today for Waffle Flower Crafts. Since Christmas is right around the corner, we are trying to sneak in a few more handmade ornaments for the tree before it’s time to pack up again. I go back and forth each year between the traditional colors of Christmas and bright, kitschy cute stuff that makes my hubby roll his eyes. Like this dream catcher! Kitschy and bright are definitely winning out this year :)

Dreamcatcher-Ornament-Feather-Waffle-Flower-Crafts-December-2014-Sabrina-Alery-2Have you seen the cute feminine inspired dream-catchers that have been floating around the web the last couple years? Love them! I wanted to put something together in that style for this ornament.

Dreamcatcher-Ornament-Feather-Waffle-Flower-Crafts-December-2014-Sabrina-Alery-3Fun fact about me – my heritage is a 36th Cherokee Indian. It’s just a small percentage really, and the Cherokee weren’t the ones who created dream-catchers, but it has given me reason to take extra interest in native crafts.

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For this ornament, I pulled out a small embroidery hoop, some colorful ink and embellishments and the Feather More stamp and die set. It’s certainly one of the most lovely feather sets out there. I love the tribal feel of it.

Dreamcatcher-Ornament-Feather-Waffle-Flower-Crafts-December-2014-Sabrina-Alery-5To get started you’ll want to give your hoop a quick spray of gold – preferably outdoors! This 18kt. gold paint from Krylon has the best and most realistic finish.

Dreamcatcher-Ornament-Feather-Waffle-Flower-Crafts-December-2014-Sabrina-Alery-6When the hoop is dry, you’ll began weaving your thread or twine around the smaller, inside section of the hoop. Basically just wrap around the hoop and then begin weaving the thread through the existing loops and so on until the web is complete.

Dreamcatcher-Ornament-Feather-Waffle-Flower-Crafts-December-2014-Sabrina-Alery-7But it does take a bit for the hoop to dry, so while you’re waiting, stamp the feathers. I stamped onto a vellum cardstock because I think it will hold up better in storage over the years and because embossing on vellum looks so nice!

Dreamcatcher-Ornament-Feather-Waffle-Flower-Crafts-December-2014-Sabrina-Alery-8Pigment ink sits on top of the vellum and won’t ever fully dry without being set so it’s vital that you heat emboss the color. I used a clear powder to let the ink shine through.

Dreamcatcher-Ornament-Feather-Waffle-Flower-Crafts-December-2014-Sabrina-Alery-9The next step is to die cut the feathers using the coordinating Feather More die.

Dreamcatcher-Ornament-Feather-Waffle-Flower-Crafts-December-2014-Sabrina-Alery-10And then you can gather a few things to coordinate with the colored feathers. Tie it all on with the same red twine

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Finally, you can insert the smaller hoop back inside the larger hoop, give it all a few adjustments and then hang to adorn your tree or just as a piece of decor. Crazy color scheme is optional of course!

Thanks so much for stopping by and have a fabulous day!

Neon Christmas Card

Hi and happy Monday! I have a just for fun card to share with you today using non-traditional neon colors. Really, just about any card can become holiday if you add the right sentiment.

My sweet friend Jean sent me this house block die from Memory Box earlier this summer and I’ve been wanting to use it ever since. When the new colors of Petal Points arrived, I pulled them out to play and came up with this. The brighter, the better I think :)

You can see the cute inspiration photo I used from Vintage Current here.

Have a great day!

 

 

Snowflake Ornaments

Photo-1-Gossamer-Blue-December-2014-Sabrina-AleryHello there! It’s my turn today on the Gossamer Blue blog and I have a little tutorial to share for crafting these holiday ornaments with items from the December kits.

Photo-2-Gossamer-Blue-December-2014-Sabrina-AleryMaking pretty things with the kids to hang on the tree in definitely a favorite holiday tradition. Our tree is mostly ornaments made by the kids and I, and so it might not be the most photogenic of trees, but it is really meaningful to us. I love handling each ornament and seeing how the kids’ skills and creativity has grown each year and remembering the giggles, frustration, pride and lip pursing concentration that went into each one.

Photo-7-Gossamer-Blue-December-2014-Sabrina-AleryOne more batch of ornaments for the books! Click here to find the full post.

 

 

 

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