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Sunday, May 9, 2010

Happy Mothers Day!!!

A few weeks ago I decided I wanted to make all the flowers for this years Mothers Day cards. Last year I made all paper flowers & wanted to still do the flower theme but use something other than paper. So I hopped on You Tube and got lots of ideas for fabric flowers.

This is how I made the cards & put them together.

First I got my Sizzix die & my Cuttlebug and cut out lots of flower & a few leaf shapes.I cut out felt, tulle, fabric!

Using my bug to cut out fabric shapes. This fabric didn't cut so well, so I didn't use it. The tulle did ok, but I found that 100% cotton fabric was the best to cut out with that die.

Cut out flower shapes.

The I took the fabric & made some yo-yo's. The I sewed a button in the middle.

Next I took the fabric flowers and folded them in half and made layered flowers. I know there are videos on You Tube on how to make them, that is where I got the idea from. I used 4 large flowers and 4 smaller flowers to make the layers. Then I sewed a button in the middle.

Here is a most finished layered flower :) Just gotta sew on the button.

Then I made another kind of layered flower with the bottom layer tulle, the a felt flower & felt center. I took some DMC thread and stitched them together.

I wanted to do a little more to the tulle flower to make it show a little more. So I decided to ink or chalk the tips. I like how it does make the flowers pop a little more.

I hopped my on sewing machine and sewed a little edge around the leafs.

I took the Stylized Flower Cuttlebug folder and embossed the card stock.

Here is how I put them all together :) First layered fabric flower.

Then I added the leaf.

Next the tulle and felt flower.

Finally I added the fabric yo-yo!!!

All six done and ready to go :) They were time consuming but, so much fun to make!!!

Have a super day,

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Birthday Cards

Here are of the new b-day cards I have made. They are for two up coming b-days.
I love making the lollipop flowers. They are fun & super easy!

Connie :)

Saturday, May 1, 2010

Peppermint Lotion

I have been needing & wanting to make some new lotion the past week or two. It is strange I know but I get grouchy if I haven't made anything in a while. Same thing with wood crafts, paper crafts, scrapbooking, gardening. I know I made scrub a few weeks ago, but I still get the urge. So I thougth I would treat myself on Friday and make some. I have been busy doing school through US Career Institute for the past 3 1/2 months, and I am almost done(finals took me about 4 days to do). So I needed some fun:) As luck would have it my hubby came to me Thursday night wanting some lotion for his super dry elbows(guys elbows get so scabby & dry!!!). Can the guy read my mind or what!!! So here is the "NEW" Peppermint loton.

Body Mousse

Distilled water---------- 23 oz.
jojoba oil--------------- 1.8 oz.
sunflower oil------------ 1.2 oz.
olive oil---------------- 0.6 oz.
glycerin----------------- 1.5 oz.
e-wax-------------------- 1.5 oz.
stearic acid------------- 0.9 oz.
peppermint eo------------ 0.3 oz.
preservative ------------ 0.3 oz.

It turned out awesome. Here are the deets :)

Melt the oils, e-wax and stearic. I do it for 30 seconds, then check. You don't want to get the oils to hot.

Then warm up the water. For lotion making you need to keep the water at 160 for 20 minutes to kill the yuckys in the water. Be sure and use distilled water. After the 20 minutes I add the glycerin to the water.

Now comes the fun part. I start blending(with a stick blender)the water/glycerin mixture. Slowly add the oil mixture to the water. Just a slow steady stream. Keep adding the oil until it is gone. Then I blend for a minute then let it sit. Keep blending & letting the mixture cool down. When the mixture is cooled down to about 100 I add the peppermint eo & preservative.

I put the lotion in 2- 4 oz. squeeze tubes & the rest in an empty, clean ketsup container. The ketsup container is great for re-filling the tubes when the are empty.

Homemade lotion "ROCKS"