Happy April Fools everyone! It's only the morning time here, and the April Fools jokes have already been plentiful in our house. Everyone in the family is partaking in the pranks: plastic wrap on the bedroom door, happy faces drawn on the toilet paper rolls, purple milk, surprises in the cabinets, Barbies in Daddy's briefcase (he'll discover them later when he gets to work), and a fake "present" from the cat on the bathroom rug. The fake cat ... er, um ..."dropping" hasn't been been discovered yet. Maybe if we're lucky, someone will find it before I finish writing this blog post. Did I mention I have the sense of humor of an 8-year-old boy? Please refer to my last blog post. ;-)
Since Spring has sprung, here's a very "Springy" layout I did for the Creating Keepsakes blog a few weeks ago. I was inspired by a plethora of ruffles that I saw on Pinterest. I grabbed some colorful Close to my Heart fabric
and stitched up a few ruffles of my own. I used them on this layout:
Products used: Cardstock: American Crafts and Close to my Heart; Fabric
and patterned paper: Close to my Heart; Chipboard letters: American
Crafts; Flowers: Prima; Stickers: Crate Paper and Jillibean Soup; Paint:
Jacquard; Die-cutting machine and die: Sizzix; Pen: American Crafts.
There are many different ways to make ruffles using either a sewing
machine or by hand-stitching. To start, cut a strip of fabric that’s
approximately twice as long as you want your ruffle to be. The fastest
way to make a ruffle is to stitch along the fabric strip using a simple
running stitch, then pull the thread at one end so that the fabric
gathers into pleats. I made my ruffles using a slightly different
technique. I wanted the top edge of the ruffles to lay flat on my
page, so I pleated the fabric strip with my fingers as I went along and
added 2-3 stitches to the top of each pleat to keep them flat.
Here’s a photo showing how I stitched my pleats:
Oooohhhhhhhhh . . . my hubby is about to go into the bathroom and find the fake cat "surprise" on the rug . . . wait for it, wait for it . . . and there it is!!! Got him!!! Bwahahaaaaaaa!