Close to my heart- Sugar Rush – stamping and fussy cutting – Love Art

Lately Friday nights have been crafty. 

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Last friday we stayed up late again with some watercolors.  I love how kids can just come up with 10 paintings in one night and adults can maybe…  maybe complete one.

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So I decided to snap a pic of her painting in her light up kitty ear headphones and scrap it… immediately.  lol.

The stamp set I used was the January Stamp of the month set.

This month is is this:

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So you can get prepared for Easter!  lol.  It’s a good idea to take advantage of the stamp of the month, because you can get it for $5 with a qualifying order. And then it’s gone…. sniff sniff….

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So for this layout I made embellishments by stamping, coloring and fussy cutting. You can see this process in the video below.

Stuff I used in this layout:

Micro tip Scissors

Water colors

Water color pencils

Sugar Rush kit

Foam tape

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And then I made a coordinating pocket page for the other side.  This seems to be my go-to style.  One 12×12 and a pocket page….  lol.

We did a part 1 and part 2 process since it was kinda long…

 

 
 

 
We’ll be back for more crafting next week!  God Bless!

xoxox

 

Ritty and Foo

 

I mean… Fitty and Roo!

 

 

 

 

 

 

12 Crafts of Christmas – Day 1- Old Book Advent Calendar

Well it’s the first day of the 12 crafts of Christmas series Roo and I are hosting for this year!  Here is the trailer we put together:

This will involve 12 DAYS of crafts that you can make to prepare for the holidays or just to watch for fun while you’re doing your own Christmas crafts… We hope to distract you from the stress and anxiety of Christmas and focus on setting aside time to have fun with friends and family!

Some of the projects are related to home decor, some can be used to make as presents, and some are just for fun. Skills included are some basic sewing, easy crocheting or knitting, kid crafts, and a little scrapbooking/altered type projects. From November 19-30, there will be one craft video posted each evening. Though we are by no means experts in any of this, we thought it would be fun to share what we like to do.  Because after all, that’s what life is about, sharing, growing, and connecting with people.  So feel free to comment with tips on more effective ways of getting the same results…. or maybe an altered version of one of our projects that you came up with! We love getting new ideas!

I have to warn you, so far these videos are turning out way longer than we had planned, so I’ll try and post minute markers as to where the meat is if you’re short on time. A little shenaniganing is expected but not completely necessary to make any of these crafts were are carrying.

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Day 1’s craft is going to be an ongoing thing throughout the 12 days.  Because it’s a rather lengthy project, it was not completed in entirety before video one was scheduled to be posted. So I thought it might be fun to do a final reveal on day 12. And because it’s an advent calendar, December 1st will see it’s first use anyway…    Also, I think it’s the kind of project that sparks ideas as you go.  So I don’t think it will ever be completely finished. I plan on adding photos to it for upcoming years as well.

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For this craft you will need:

  1. 25 Old books
  2. Mod podge
  3. Binder Clips or some sorta clamp
  4. Decorative fabric and paper
  5. Embellishments…  stickers… stamps… buttons… etc…
  6. Optional: paint or watercolor..
  7. An exacto knife, or anything you might think will work to cut through the pages easily.
  8. Coffee or hot chocolate
  9. Snacks

As far as the books go, I’ve collected them over the years at yard sales, flea markets, or consignment type shops. You can use new books, but I just feel the old falling apart ones give a little charm.  But after all, you are going to decorate them how you like, so you can give em a little antique look if they aren’t quite old enough. Or you could go for a more modern looking set. You might use newer books and make a sleeker design. Maybe even use a set of Christmas childrens books? There are endless ideas you could come up with….  easiest and more inexpensive way is to come up with something that uses stuff you already have.

And even if you don’t want to go to all the trouble to make an advent calendar, you could also just make a few to give as as photo gifts for grandparents or whomever!  Just use the book as a frame and decorate!

So here is Video 1 for the 12 Crafts of Christmas:  I reccomend watching in HD.


I’ve uploaded it to the max 1080, but 720 is also acceptable… lower than that and the craft is harder to view…   so just adjust your quality because I think the default is 360.  And on top of that, we were forced to record at night… and we used the ipad since I have yet to get a new camera since it busted…  so overall filming quality was not at it’s best from the get go…   yikes!

The craft actually starts around minute 9…  heh..

Thanks for watching, and stay tuned for our special guest in tomorrow’s video!

 

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Halloween Costume Re-cap

So I have to say Eleanor is pretty good about sticking to her Halloween costume plan…   This is the second time she decided on what to be almost a year before and hasn’t changed her mind.  So I kinda feel like that’s huge when it comes to making costumes.  I mean, what would happen if your kid decides to be a squashbutter ninja and then you go to the trouble of making the perfect  costume, and then they won’t wear it because they changed their mind and now want to be a Stripey fruit ninja!  If that was the case I probably wouldn’t have bothered with making costumes at all.. or I would …and I’d just have a lot more.

This year it was Sofia the First. If you don’t know who that is, here’s a pic:

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It’s a newer Disney Jr. show… and it meant another purple princess dress! (Last year was Rapunzel) Whoot!

So I’m always disappointed with the Princess dresses in the Disney store. They’re expensive and usually don’t look like the actual dress the princess wears… and to top it off, they always add some cheesey charm on them with the princess’ picture on it. SUPERCHEESE!
Roo wasn’t too impressed with them either because they lacked the “poofiness” that Sofia’s dress clearly has!
It wasn’t in my plan to buy one, but this October was busier than usual and there was a slim chance that I would just plum run out of time when it came to making Roo’s costume this year. I had some other people’s costumes to make, and some photo jobs to take care of, so my free time outside of work was pretty slim. But luckily I was able to make it work. I mean, I was down to the wire and had to forgo a couple last minute details but I at least got to the point where you could say “Ok, this is a Sofia costume no doubt about it!”

I’m not really going to go through a step by step but I at least took a few pics along the way:

I decided right off the bat that I was going to make an “under” dress first for two reasons:
One, I knew I needed a lot of layers of netting and fabric so I could get it poofy enough. Trying to sew all that together and keep it straight would be tricky. And the top purple layer needed to lay right due to the tulip type skirt. And two, I figured she could use it under other dresses that needed extra poof!
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So the skirt with a satin layer inside and the crinoline under-skirt looked like this:
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Looked poofy enough to me? It actually looked like it might swallow her whole!

And then I added the white cloth layer on top. I sewed on a strip of light purple ribbon to the bottom edge before I attached it. HW04 (1 of 1)

sry, these photos aren’t the best, but they were like the phone photos I was sending my husband as I was making this because I just thought it was funny looking.

So then I attached the white top and added a zipper in back, and I got this:
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There are a set of fangs in her mouth from an octoberfest phototaking job we did the day before.  She’s not wearing some weird Frankenretainer or anything…

So now I’m thinking I’m well on my way… well as the Halloween week days were closing, I realized this dress had so much more going on than I really thought through! But regardless, I got this far, I wasn’t turning back! Who doesn’t love a challenge!

SIDE STORY ALERT:
So I’ve got this big poofy white under dress thing but I just need to take up the top a little.
Roo decides she wants to paint. So I’m like, ok sure because I never really say no to any arts and crafts. I take off her dress, get her set up with paint and an easel…
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I call her back in the sewing room to try on the dress again so I can check the length of the top… It’s good. She starts dancing around again and before I know it, she decides to crawl under the paint easel (coz kids like to crawl under stuff) and I’m starting to freak cos she’s close to her paints. Well she didn’t touch the paint, but she did get some paint on the floor… which she’s now swept her white enveloped self through. The bottom edge of this white angel dress is now coated in blue paint. And not only that, but there are three random blue paint spots higher up on the outside skirt. Just when I think I’m going to lose it, I remember this spot remover I bought at Hobby Lobby that they sell right on the fabric cutting counter. I remember I picked it up and asked the lady cutting my fabric if it worked. She said she didn’t know firsthand, but that everyone she’s known to try it has only had good things to report. So it’s $3.99, I buy it. And as I’m throwing it in the cart I’m thinking in my head that I’m probably going to end up with a reason to use this. Well thank god I got it because boy did I ever need it and boy if it didn’t take that paint out like a champ then I don’t even know my own name. ( wait…) Or on the flip side, this all might not have happened if I hadn’t bought it at all.
The point is, if you see this:
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you better just buy it. You just never know when you’ll really need it.

So Grandma’s secret spot remover saved the day!!

Ok, story over. Back to the dress:

Now for the fun part! Starting the purple dress! For the top, I needed two shades of purple and some kind of dark purple trim to divide the two colors and add that little twist at the torso. I had this satiny fabric in a lighter purple which was annoying but I used it anyway coz I had it on hand. I ended up doubling the lighter fabric so I wouldn’t have to hem or turn under the edge when I was going to put the dark purple trim. I got this tiny dark purple ribbon and just sewed it on the folded side of the satiny light colored fabric with a matching thread.

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Then I just added simple sleeves, nothin’ fancy.

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After thinking about it, I decided the best way to put the skirt together was to just cut four big ovals flat on top and sew them together from the middle up. I didn’t want any seams going through the white applique design.

So that seemed to work out well. I pinned them together and laid them over the white dress and adjusted the shape until I was happy with how they looked. Once I was satisfied, I sewed them together loosely and started making the appliques.

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The applique was made with the leftover white thick satin material I made the innermost layer of the white dress with. I ironed on the fusable interfacing, and started cutting out the shapes. These also weren’t cut with any precision or measurements. I just kinda cut one tear drop shape, placed it on and cut it down until it looked right, and then make 15 more. And so on with the other shape. After I did that, I ironed them on and then sewed around each shape with a white tight zig zag.

So here I’m thinking that I’m really almost done! I haven’t attached the skirt yet because I still have to decide on how to add that scooping of beads on top.
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Even though in Sofia’s dress, it really doesn’t look like there’s an extra layer of fabric on top of the tulip skirt, I made the choice to add one. I just kinda thought it would look better than just sewing a string of beads in a scoopy shape on either side. So here’s where we’re at now without having actually sewed on the beads just yet. They’re kinda just pinned up for now.
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Now this is where I ran out of time. These beads were supposed to also trim the big purple tulip skirt…and the neckline but since they had to be hand sewn, I only had time to trim the extra layer and the top. I mean, I guess I could still add em’ now if I wanted but I think it actually looked good enough as it was. It was getting busy already and it was pretty darn close to looking almost exactly like Sofia’s dress.

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So after sewing on the beads the night before Halloween, I’m pretty convinced that’s the last I’m going to do for this dress instead of losing another hour of sleep. I’m definitely happy with how it turned out… and Eleanor (roo) is thrilled with it but slightly disappointed that I never got around to making Norma a dress… or myself for that matter so we could be the mom and step-sister. Perhaps I can make up for it at Christmas with matching elf outfits for the three of us.

So here’s what went out on Halloween!

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She’s already put in her order for a “Shake it Santa” dress but “bigger” for Christmas. I’m trying to talk her out of it so we can make something different… but we’ll see. Maybe the girls from the Shake it up show will have something new on that she’ll like. So I’ve pretty much come to the conclusion that I’ve become her dress making slave, but honestly I’m so happy to be.

Oh, and I can’t leave before I show you one more pic… Kevin was dying to try on the dress, so we all agreed he wore it as well as Eleanor. Points if you can find him!!
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Anwyay, so if you have any questions about the making of this dress, feel free to ask! I’m kind of a fly by the seat of my pants sewninja. Ninja seems to be my choice word currently. I’m asked a lot how I sew things without patterns and I’ll just answer that here.
There’s a couple reasons and the first is that there usually isn’t a pattern for the things I want to make. A lot of the dresses I make for my daughter we either make up, or she sees on TV so I honestly think it’s a waste of time to look for a pattern because it probably won’t fit them exactly, and it will probably won’t even look like the dress anyway… like the disney store dresses! I can’t say this is true 100% of the time, because the first time I looked for a pattern for a particular dress was the last time… and that was a while ago. But it’s probably a safe bet. And the second is that I’m just not that used to reading patterns. I never took home economics. I was never taught how to read a pattern. I’m not saying I never bought a pattern… I have. I did make a purse from a pattern and some other things along the way… but for the most part, I would end up changing the pattern anyway. The fun of sewing for me is making up something new… or being challenged to make something from a character or picture and seeing how close I can get. It’s like those logic puzzles in those puzzle magazines I used to get in my Easter Basket: Identify the pieces. Figure out where they need to go. Decide which order they need to be attached. And I’ve taken out many stitches this way, but it’s all for the fun of it!

I started sewing after my daughter was born… and it started with stuffed animals and bunting. The first dress I made her was for the 4th of July and she was already close to 2 years old. And the way I did was by taking clothes that I knew fit her well and using them as a guide. I just kinda mentally un-did the seams and pictured what they would look like flattened out. And now a days I just kinda put a piece of scrap paper on her back and mark her shoulders and whatever that way… once you have the basic shape, you can adjust it to almost any type of clothing. Honestly, I think trial and error over a few years has taught me the most about sewing. I still want to take some classes, but everytime I sign up for one at the community school, it gets canceled for under enrollment. Maybe I’ll start my own…

Anyway, sorry for the long post!!!
TFR!!

Stay tuned for a Scrapbook layout using these Halloween pics!

xo FITTY!

Keep Happy in a box, that way you’ll never lose it.

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So one of my favorite people to follow on Youtube is a gal who’s channel goes by the name of PAPERSPEAKS.

Her name is Mel and she has a fun sidekick Pat ( a big white gloved pointer ).  She’s a super duper nicehead and she does a lot of hand-made journals and cards and really cool stuff.

She recently posted a challenge to create something that would be like an aid when you’re creatively blocked, or, as she put it, when you’ve lost your mojo.

And it happens to all of us no matter what we’re into.   We play a crappy game of baseball, we sing bad notes, or sometimes we just wanna sit in the corner and cry.  And it’s times like that where even the thing we love doing the most seems like a waste of time.  Though it probably doesn’t seem like it… I feel like that quite often. I just wanna pack up my paper and photos in boxes and try to forget that I ever enjoyed scrapbooking. I start to wonder who I’m doing it for…  Will my daughter dread having her entire life documented in volumes when she’s older?  I’m pretty sure the dog (s) don’t mind.

Well anyhow… what I decided to make for myself was a recipe box just simply filled with photos that I like to look at. Because for me, the photo is what makes me want to scrapbook.  It’s not the scrapbooking stuff…  it’s taking a photo, printing it out and thinking…  SQUEEEEEEEEEEEEE… this photo is so delicious I could eat it!  And what makes it hard is that I take a gazillion photos a week, so just picking out a few to scrapbook is tricky. So for me ( for you for me… )  scrapbooking isn’t solving my problem of getting photos out of boxes (or hard drives) and into scralbums, it’s just highlighting what’s in the boxes. I may actually get some good ol’ fashioned photo albums and coordinate them with my scrapbooks.  So I can have the bulk of a photo shoot in a photo album, and then the real important stuff in the scrapbook.

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So this was one of those CTMH recipe boxes I’ve had forever.   I had two.. but Roo decided to make one also.  She filled hers with smurf.  Who doesn’t get a little happy from a box of smurf?

So I have different sized photos in here, some I took from Pinterest, some I took from my own photo stash, and I just tabbed the tops so I can pull em’ out easy.

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So out of all the challenges I’ve missed, I’m glad I was able to sneak this one in, because I think I actually will pick through this box when I’m feeling blue.  There’s plenty more room in it to keep adding stuff so now as I come across something, I can just toss it in there.

Here’s a link to what Mel made to help get her Mojo back.  I love it!

And thanks again Mel for the great challenge idea!  Looks like everyone got a very good something out of it!

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Ladies with Lenses – a twelve by twelver

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WEEEEEEE! What we did with the Studio Calico June kit (so far…)
The following pic is actually the back of the 12 x 12 layout. Sometimes the back looks cool enough to use as a background for another layout.. haven’t decided yet. But this is all my sewing nonsense…  no thyme or reason… or sage. But def. cinnamon!
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So anyway, this post is really about spending time with your kid(s). A lot of people tell you to enjoy them while they’re young and don’t hate you yet… so I decided to listen damn it!
It’s all true and that’s why I’m just trying to enjoy every second with her. I have a couple jobs, like most moms these days so most of my day is spent away from my daughter, but when I come home… I feel like spending time with her is more important than rushing her off to bed. Schedule Smedule!
So we have fun no matter the day or time! And since my daughter is a veteran at making videos of herself… I decided it would be fun to do a youtube series with her.
We call it Ladies with Lenses. When I got all those stickers from Paperchase, I also found a pencil topper that was a pair of glasses. They were so cute, and as soon as Roo saw them, she immediately took em’ over. So when she grabbed them during our first “share” video, the title of the series was born.

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And we invited Norma in to take part in the lenses wearing!

She looks nerdtastic in them I think!
So in true Project Life fashion, I decided this was an opportunity to make a layout as well to document the start of our video fun… however long it lasts…

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The products used are all from the latest Studio Calico scrapbooking kit:

ROUNDABOUT Scrapbook Kit

Cardstock:
Kraft (American Crafts)
Vanilla (American Crafts)
Surf (American Crafts)
Blush Red Medium (Bazzill)

Patterned Paper:
Carte Postale “Canal Street” (Basic Grey)
Pack Your Bags (Simple Stories)
Divine this line (ILS)
Jet Set (Simple Stories)
Today (Paislee Press)
Pier “Carousel” (Crate Paper)
Optimism (Studio Calico)
Sky Atlas (Studio Calico)

Embellishments:
Black & White Die Cut Clouds (Studio Calico)
Acetate Alpha (Basic Grey)
1 Yard Airmail Divine Twine (Whisker Graphics)
2×2 Stamp Set ( Life-Love-Paper for Studio Calico)
3×3 Photo Overlays (Crate Paper)
Silver Stars (Basic Grey)
Camera and Geo Tag Resin (Freckled Fawn for Studio Calico)
Urban Traveler Chipboard Stickers (Simple Stories)

So I have plenty left for tons more LO’s and PL’s.

Here’s the building of this layout via Youtube:

Thanks for stopping by Fitty’s Arty blog!

Don’t pretend you outgrew stickers!!

IMG_0131So there used to be a Borders in the local mall.  And it’s life there was short…  but while it was there, I enjoyed it’s beans and stationary.  And by beans, I mean brew… and by stationary, I mean PAPERCHASE!    Man, I love paperchase stuff.  Pencils… notebooks, photo albums, lunch boxes, .. and stickers. And when border closed, I went a while without cool stickers… until I started looking around online. And just recently I got the crazy idea to actually search for paperchase products online…  duh.  (btw, paperchase is having a sale right now…  www.paperchase.co.uk)  link up there too.  So anyway, me and Roo scored all these juicy sticks right from the source!  Look at those tapes and buses!  C’mon!!

I used to be anti-sticker.  True story.  Well, not anti-sticker in general, but anti-sticker in scrapbooking.  I was like…  NOOOOO… you can’t just slap a sticker down?!  That’s cheesy cheating!  You must stamp it out or draw it or burn that image onto your page!

But then again, stickers have come a long way since I started scrapbooking.  In the beginning it was leave stickers for fall… and it was flip flops for summer and that was about it folks.

I started getting back into the sticker habit when I started teaching piano lessons.  They were my “bribe” for a while…   (didn’t even work half the time!) .. but occasionally upsetting would happen when I withheld them for a bad performance.  (I’m so mean!)

But now I’m def. addicted for my own reasons…  I really can’t say what those reasons are…  but some folks out there are making some pretty sweet sticks and I am eating them up and on the hunt!

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Having said that, I do have to admit that scrapbooking is still not the main event for my stickers though.  I use them mostly in my planner…  or just to decorate notes for friends and family…  and also for my students.

So in conclusion.  Give stickers a chance!  They might really get stuck on you…  like for reals…

oh, and here’s a video me and Roo made to express further our enjoyment of the aboved referenced topic.


We started a new series on Youtube called Ladies with Lenses…  It’s just a chance for us to be silly… and share crafty stuff…

So thanks for being here and have a FANTASTIC week!  Weeeeee!

If your bear needs to help with the cooking…

Then you might want to let them help in the cutest way possible!

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I decided to put my holiday material to good use and whip up some aprons for my new shop.
It’s less than a day old, so I only have a few things… but I picked out some super duper cute paper crafting items from my favorite suppliers (studio calico, pebbles, american crafts… etc.) and they are on the way and will be shortly available to get started on some Holiday paper crafts!                                                                                                                     APRONSThese aprons make adorable gifts or grab em’ for your own little sweetie to help you in the kitchen, or for playing in her own kitchen! I also take custom orders, Just send me a note through my contact page!

I wish I could say I have more of this yellow material with the

“kitchen ladies” on it… but I’m afraid this is it. It just makes me wanna bake and bake and bake and let my husband think I tattooed the smile on my face!

Well, I hope everyone is well on their way to a Merry and Happy season!  If you are shopping, shop indie! It’s more personal and makes it highly unlikely that the person will already have that thing!  So check out my new Fitty’s Arty Shop page! Like I said, it’s like a naked christmas tree right now, but I figured, why wait..  you can even register so when the Christmas scrapbooking kits come in, you won’t have to re-type all your info!

Hope the rest of your week is awesome!  And tomorrow, tell someone how nice their sweater is… unless it’s not nice. Then offer them yours.

Happy Baking while looking super cute!

Oh, and here’s some extra entertaining from Roo..