Friday, October 31, 2014

Happy Halloween with Bella Blvd !

Happy Halloween!  I have one final sewing project for this month.  It was announced on the Bella Blog Tuesday that I will be moving over to the fabric design team!  Do not worry though, I will still be working with paper.  Just taking a break for now.  So this pattern is another Brownie Goose combo.  The Lazy Susan as a tunic and the Sleepy Jeans in Chambray.  I just love them.  The fabric is Too Cute to Spook by Riley Blake and Bella Blvd (Stephanie Hunt) You can pick up this line from-->  FREE SHIPPING on orders $35+ from

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Frozen Princess and Olaf the Trick or Treat bag with Heat N Bond

Well I don't know how to best describe how much I love these photos.  Parker being so happy with her costume was the best thing ever! Seeing it all together makes it worth all the work that went into it.  I have to thank my crafty stars for Heat N Bond Ultra.  If you have never watched a YouTube video on how to cut fabric with your Silhouette Cameo you are missing out! You can watch mine here:

The hat was purchased on Etsy from Amys Custom Crochet.  The dress I put together mashing up some patterns I already had.  I used the Tilly bodice, Cricket Sleeves, Lazt Susan back all by Brownie Goose.  I added length and I just literally winged the scalloped bottom.  The cap is by Seamingly Smitten although I don't recommend the pattern.  Grab Made for Mermaids instead, plus she has a tutorial on how to add the caplet to the top of her cape. 

The bag I created from fleece (no pattern) then Bill cut out Olaf's face in felt and I glued it right on with Fabric Fuse, new to Thermoweb! 

Monday, October 27, 2014

Make it Monday with Technique Tuesday

Happy Monday gang!  Technique Tuesday reached out to me with some new stamps and dies and asked if I would create something for them.  Of course !  They have a new monthly kit club featuring their steel dies.  It is called Fresh Cut Studio Kit and they also have the Memory Keepers Stamp Kit that coordinates with these dies.  I received the Going places Dies and Stamps

My favorite stamp is the circle arrow. I used Dew Drops Brilliance ink in Galaxy Gold then punched out a circle in vellum and stamped my sentiment.

There is just something so crisp about a steel die, am I right? I used a mixture of Pink Paislee's Solstice, Webster's Pages Ocean Melody & Paper Issues September Swag Bag. You can stop by Technique Tuesday's Shop HERE and their blog HERE for all kinds of inspiration! 

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Spooktacular Halloween with Bella Blvd

Last week was Halloween week on the Bella Blvd blog! I created a layout using the new Halloween Magic.  You can grab this line and all the new Bella lines in the Paper Issues Shop! Snag my code (or any of the girls codes) and save 20% on your order! 

Monday, October 20, 2014

Make it Monday with Sew Coordinated Kits

Howdy gang!  I have another outfit made from last months Sew Coordinated Kit.  You can see the Fallen Top HERE.  I ended up making 3 items from this kit with plenty of left over I just haven't had time to tackle the rest.  I used the Brownie Goose Blondie for the "top" which is really the dress length.  I paired the top with the Sleepy Jean pattern also by Brownie Goose. 

I am loving this layered looked.  Many of the things I am making I am trying to keep a size up and or layerable (is that a word?) so we get some extra wear out of them.  I searched high and low for the best undershirt and discovered them at H&M.  I didn't even realize they made kids clothes.  The sleepy jeans are nice and roomy! I used a lightweight Chambray by Robert Kaufman.  She can easily wear a paid of leggings under them and is in these pics.  I think I need to make them out of corduroy for winter. 

The dress fabric is by Dear Stella and the Woodwinked collection.  In this months kit was exclusive buttons by Bethany Lane.  Similar to Parker's buttons from my previous post ;) Her sister dress is off to Quilt Market to hang out in the Thermoweb booth.  Very exciting! 

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Modifing patterns and Camelot Fabrics

My new favorite thing is to put a sleeve on it.  I had made sleeves for the first time on a recent dress and once I did them I thought dang that was easy.  What I love about using the Brownie Goose patterns is the mixing and matching of pieces.  Amy really makes it easy with her sizing to modify and multiple HA.  So for this top I used the Tilly Top bodice, closed the back up and extended the bodice a touch.  I had the Cricket sleeves and a ruffle to the front.  The fabric is by Camelot Fabrics.  The line is called Fairyville, and it is so darling. 

The pants.  Let's discuss these shall we.  My girl has some serious junk in the truck.  Standard pants she is typically in a 5T but they are far too long and  usually don't fit well in the crotch.  Making her some pants this year is SO much better.  For these I used another Brownie Goose pattern called Lola Bells.  Bell bottoms with a wide leg.  I still made a size 5, but with a 4 length.  I also added our brand new buttons!!!!  I posted about these from Bethany Lane a few weeks ago and they finally arrived.  I LOVE them. The fabric is a medium weight denim from Joann's that has a bit of a stretch. 

Monday, October 13, 2014

Make it Monday - Halloween style with Doodlebug & HeatNBond

Yano what's awesome? Scrapbook companies who make fabric!  Doodlebug has fabric made by Riley Blake (like Bella Blvd & Fancy Pants)  So I snatched up the Halloween Parade fabric and used my trusty Silhouette Cameo and some HeatNBond to make Parker a Halloween dress.  The leggings came from Bethany Lane

Her Pop Pop and Mom Mom sent her these cute Halloween dolls, so she was a tad distracted.  She insisted they be in the photos too! 

The pattern I used is the Blondie by Brownie Goose.  I cut out the cat and bats using HeatNBond in my Cameo.  Video HERE on how you do that.  Then I zig zagged around the edges to keep them put.  I used some sweet little candy corn button my friend Cassie sent me.  I just love how it came together.  I ended up cutting the eyes out of the bats all together (picture below)


A little tip for this.  Once I cut out the eyes the stitching is black but the fabric base is white so you could see the threads.  I got out a sharpie and colored those bad boys! ;)

Friday, October 10, 2014

Fancy Pants Guest Designer!

Jen Chesnick- Heck Yes- Fancy Pants
Woot! Fancy Pants as been a favorite of mine for a long time.  When I was asked to Guest Design for September I was more than thrilled.  I've created several projects and answered some fun Q&A's for y'all.  Stop by their blog HERE for all kinds of inspiration.
- What is your favorite kind of project to create?  This is a tough one! Mini Albums really are a staple for me and I love creating them.  I know for most people they take a long time, but typically I can put one together faster than a layout! Hard to believe, but if you have great products and inspiring photos I think its easy.
- What is you current favorite FPD product?  Die-cuts, hands down!  Although the Burlap Bows are to-die-for.  Each collection has such great die-cuts.  They add so much depth to a page and the designs are always so cute.
- How has your work grown throughout the years?  Gosh! Again another hard question.  My style has certainly evolved over the past 7ish years.  I also think my photography skills have gotten better as well.  So the photos of my projects are better.  I look back at older layouts and think gosh that would look much better if the photo was better.  I’ve found my style and what I like to work with and I’ve stuck to it.  I don’t hoard supplies like I used to.  I buy what I know I will use and love.
Heck Yes: This layout is my favorite of the bunch.  The large title in black (I rarely use black!) just stands out and screams at ya.  I love that.  I used 3D foam squares to pop the title up even further.

Heck Yes Collage

Vacation Happy:  For this layout my starting point was actually the titles cut file.  Fancy Pants has files available in the Silhouette store and I snagged them all up.  Again I used black so it would stand out around all the pretty colors of Me-ology.
Jen Chesnick- Vacation Happy- Fancy Pants- large file

Vacation Happy Collage

You & Her: This was the last layout I made in my tear through all the fun bits of Me-ology.  I really couldn’t help myself.  I used a glitter marker to change the color of the ampersand to fit my scheme better.  I also wanted to be sure to sneak that big camera into a layout somewhere.  The corrugated paper makes a nice backdrop for pattern papers and adds some heft to your projects.
Jen Chesnick- You and Her- Fancy Pants

You and Her Collage

You are my Greatest Adventure:  This mini album took me no time at all.  I truly LOVE how it came together.  I used a wood album I picked up my local craft store.  I sprayed the wood gold and layered up every flower I could cut out from Burlap & Bouquets.  The burlap bows are by far my favorite thing EVER.  I printed my photos out at roughly 4×6 and made them the star on each page.
Jen Chesnick- Mini- Fancy Pants

Mini Collage1

Mini Collage2

Mini Collage3

Mini Collage4

Mini Collage5Fancy Pants Designs collections used: Burlap and Bouquets, Me-ology