Freckled Fawn | Pen, Pencil & Post-it Pouch


Can we talk about Freckled Fawn's pouches?!

Like, I have a ka-jillion of them!  There is absolutely nothing wrong with that, mind you, but I wanted to utilize them a bit more since I have so many.

So, I made this gusseted pen, pencil and post-it pouch!




What is a gusset? If you look on any bag that tends to stand up on it's own, it's that extra triangle piece in the corner that give the back some dimension rather than flat.
 That way when you are trying to pack more than a piece of paper, it can hold washi tape, stamp pads and a whole lot of pens.  Plus when you are at, say, Starbucks and take it with you, it stays open and upright for easy grabbing of all your essentials.

Here is how you can transform yours!
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  • Turn the pouch inside out
  • With a sewing machine and matching thread, sew 2.5 inches from the bottom of the pouch
  • Trim  off the extra pouch below the sewing line leaving at least .25 inches

  • Line up the side seam and the bottom seam and flatten down the pouch.  It should resemble a triangle
  • Sew 1.25 inches down, across the tip of the triangle and trim extra pouch off , again, leaving .25 inch seam allowance
  • Repeat for other corner
  • Turn right side out and fill to your hearts desire
Enjoy and let me know if you have any questions!

XOXOXOXO
-Kim


'Bulletin Board' Layout


Hey there! 
I really wanted to channel my inner college student with this layout!  Somehow all these little sayings and words of encouragement throughout this fabulous kit reminded me of my college dorm bulletin board.  I used to cut out things from magazines and put random candid pictures up.  Honestly, I still kinda do that now in my office!



Those little bits of Pretty Little Studio word strips caught my eye as little fortune cookie papers.  Grouped together they look like I've had too much takeout!


I used a lot of those little dot stickers from Fancy Pants Designs as replicas of push pins.  


The faux layering of elements is something that my real bulletin board already looks like.  Just sticking another saying up on top of another is achieved but adding little bits of patterned paper.


That squirrel was so cute I attached him to a piece of the exclusive journal cards.  Random staples on word strips add another level of informality.


By having the top of the 12x12 paper be 2/3rds of the KaiserCraft dot paper, that left the lower 1/3rd plain white.  It allowed the journal cards and pics to hang off the edge of the 'bulletin board' just as they would have been in my dorm.


It has been a blast being on this team for Clique Kits and I hope to see you around all my social media outlets and blog!  Create lively my friends!


Pocket Page with the September Clique Kits

I met my mail lady in the yard, opened it within 10 seconds and started working with it 1 minute after that.  Yes, my Cliquers.....it is that FANTASTIC!



The colors matched so well with the last of my 2015 pictures (insert hang head in shame emoji here:), it was such a cinch to put together!
I have never done a Design Z layout so I thought it was about time to try!  



It came with these Kaiser Art 2-sided journal card paper where I got this triangular and moon shaped card.

  All I did was add a yellow plus sign from the Dear Lizzy 'Hello' Thickers and bam! Instant card.  Thicker hearts were also added to the door in the picture below. 

By far my favorite piece of paper from the whole kit!


Exclusive Clique Kits designed paper is what I used for both journaling cards!


I had fun with with this 3x4 piece of exclusive paper by adding a whole bunch of word stickers from Pretty Little Studio and some enamel dots to finish it out!



This bottom card is a a hodge podge of Thickers, paper and end cuts.  


What a fabulous kit this month!  I will definately be using every last inch!

Thanks for stopping by!
XOXOXOOX
-Kim



Precious Rememberance/ Clique Blog Hop




Welcome to a fantastic opportunity to see the work of two teams...working together!
(AND LETS NOT FORGET THE PRIZES TOO ;)

Today I've got a quick and easy artsy-fartsyISH technique called Crayon Resist!


The supplies for this technique are probably already in your stash!
I've got a process video,  linked right here, of how I made journal cards with this simple method so I won't go into too much detail here but I can basically explain it in one sentence: Stamp with the black Stayz-on, use the crayon to wax in places you don't want, lightly color with the other pigment ink and wipe the ink off where you waxed with the crayon.  Really, it's that simple!





This 6 minute video also shows how I composed full 12 x 12 pocket page layout after making the 3 cards.









Truely, so much fun trying a new technique and a new quality stamp from Precious Remembrance!

Thanks for bunny hopping by today and I hope to see you really soon too!
XOXOXXOXOXO
-Kim


From here the Blog Hop Continues with LISA





Kellie Stamps | July Release


I'm not sure what the connection with me and Kellie Stamps products but she inspires me to no end every month with her creations!


This month is no exception. She has two digital stamps coming out -  Outdoorsy and Therapy along with her second set of planner stamps and Therapy in clear (which I can't wait to get in the mail)!

This month I felt let lead to embrace my inner quilter this by making some outdoor pillow covers for my front porch.



From their humble beginnings, I'll show you how you can create such a neighbor worthy project!


I have had this $3 Target Dollar Spot bag in the corner of my craft room and it was about time to put it to goo use since the handle ring was shot.


I cut it apart and was left with a great outdoor-type canvas fabric to work with.


Using my Cricut Explore to import the design, I then cut each digital stamp onto sticky vinyl which I adhered to the cloth.



Then, using a quality acrylic, I started dabbing in small amounts to fill in the negative space left by the stencil.  Can I repeat, QUALITY, again.  Those, 2 for $1 craft paints may work, but they need to be heavy bodied and stiff or it will seep under your stencil.  The fabric teacher in my cringed as I am technically using the wrong paint.  But I want to make sure this is accessible to everybody, not just us art teacher snobs.  {If you are curious here is the link to the proper paint you should use.}


Here is round 1 and 2 done.  You'll want to make sure that you don't overlap your stencils onto the existing wet paint.  Patience and drying time is important so you don't smoosh it up!


I cut each finished square 11 inches.  I cut this Kaffe Fassett Fabric into 2 and 1/2 inch strips and added a border using a seam allowance of 1/4 inch to make the front pillow 15 inches (because that is what size pillow I was working with) . 

Cut 2 more 15 inch squares from the same fabric for the backing of the pillows. With right sides of the pillow top and back together, sew along 3 of the edges.  Turn right side out, insert to pillow form and hand stitch the 4th side closed.  


Here is my finished and pressed project!  You didn't think I was going to put those wrinkly things out there, did you?!  I think they turned out pretty cool!



Now if you'll excuse me, I'll be relaxing on my front porch!

Thanks for stopping by!
-Kim





Clique Kits July Blog HOP | Raskog


Howdy hey Everyone!  Thanks for joining me on this blog hop for the Clique Kits July blog share!

I LOVE this kit and I did several projects right out of the gate!


It came with some Embossing Paper by Bazzill Basics.  I dry embossed this dashboard for my planner, embellished it with some Pink Fresh StudioAcetate Die Cut Words and use wet erase markers on it to jot down daily to do's!



This card was made for a special lady inside and out!  Just like the recipient, I wanted it to be as modern and sleek as I could.    


If you haven't noticed yet, I'm a BIG planner girl!  I used little bits from the cut-aparts, acetate words again and journal cards.  It pairs so well with the black and white, don't you think?


Here is the layout I made especially for this HOP!



There were so many bits and bobs I couldn't help myself!



I'm not sure I've used so may sequins in a layout before! 


From one corner to the other, I tried to have a diagonal focus along with all the triangle shapes of paper.


Here is the full layout!
Thanks for stopping by!
-Kim


Maryam is next on your list!

Clique Kits https://cliquekits.wordpress.com/
Gia Lau https://giaaloha.wordpress.com/
Erica Thompson https://ericarosecreates.wordpress.com/
*Justyna Kowron http://made-by-justt.blogspot.com/
*Elisabetta Margini https://abcdeliblog.blogspot.com/
*Aliza Deutsch http://peopleofthescrapbook.blogspot.com/
*Candace Perkins http://findingeverydayperfection.com/
Janet Perafan-Babar http://janetperafanbabar.blogspot.com/
Sandy Gonzalez http://craftythought.com
Kim Allen http://kimsscrappyblog.blogspot.com/
*Leeann Pearce http://thepaintbrushgoesspottie.blogspot.com/
*Kim Oedekoven http://krodesigns.blogspot.com/ *************************ME
Maryam Perez http://maryamperez.blogspot.com/
Caroli Schulz www.carolinaschulz.com
Donna Espiritu http://scrappydonna.blogspot.com/
Sara Mishler www.sarascrapsblog.wordpress.com
Leigh Ann Odynski http://www.artfulleighcreative.com



Flops to Fab....

Sometimes I don't realize how many projects I don't show you during the month!  I'm hoping to change that with a post that is later in the month (crossing my fingers that it's a regular occurrence) which shows you what is going on and what I didn't show you on social media!  My mistakes, flops, fabulousness, and wha-wha-whas!



First off I have to show you this pic from last weekends planner meetup.  I'm rarely goofy but couldn't help myself getting some time in front of the prop wall.  Seriously, life is short and I need to ham it up a bit more. Hi Leesa!!!



Here is my attempt at making a planner sticker for the event!  This is why I buy from people....They are on a whole 'nother level! Making this one sticker took and hour and it's a hot mess!  


About 30 seconds after I posted my #littlesummerjoy cover on IG, I changed it.  I hated it the way it was after I saw the posted pic and honestly, I still really don't like it even after I added the black chipboard piece and star embellishment. #UGGG Stay tuned for the next installment of 'keep adding stuff to make it look better' in next months flops to fab. :)


 I made a card for a friend and I actually liked the inside better than the out (can I say that?!?!)  But who wants to see a picture of the inside of the card?!?!?.  




Plus, right after I took this picture, I wrote my sentiment on the upper left blank space.  On the 3rd mis-spelled word, I finally gave up and ripped off the journaling card and replaced it.  My English teacher, Ms. Cunningham would have been severely displeased.  But thankfully, I liked the inside better with the new paper and better handwriting too.


Well, I hope you liked June's honest rendition of my crafty sucking and successes! 

 Much Love XOXOXOX
-Kim

P.S... It feels so good to post about the absolutely frivolous details of my crafty life!!!