Deck the halls challenge

Another quick post. There’s the ”Deck the hall” challenge at Hero Arts blog and its only few hours left for the deadline.

I really wanted to take part so I did these two snowmen quickly using Hero Arts Frosty Wishes and its coordinating Frame cuts die Snowman.

I stamped the main details of the snowman and added some scrap fabric for the scarf and hat. A small piece of orange felt for the nose. I also cut one more piece of felt for the back to cover the twine that I put on top. With that twine, I can hang them now in the Christmas tree.

For more fun, I added googly eyes instead of just the plain dot.


That’s it! Now I have a snowman ornament that I can add in my tree.

Felt crown for the little boys

I did this handmade felt crown for the little boys. It’s been pending for a while but so glad I finally made it. I have a girl version of this that I also did here for KC.

I used die cut stars and circles of felt as embellishments plus the glitzy buttons to add a feel of royalty 🙂 I also added my favorite ribbons and colored pompom ribbon.

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Autumn glow

Popping in to share September’s monthly challenge at Sarah Hurley challenge blog.  September’s challenge is Autumn Glow hosted by Jessica.

For my project, I used the autumn leaves from Sarah’s Farmers Market Autumn Themed digital scrapbook kit and made it as pattern to cut felt. I have a stash of felt from previous works that I kept and organized by color. I love how the felt mimics the same colors from Sarah’s digi kit. Putting them altogether gives this rich autumn color, orange, reds, and brown.  The strips of patterned paper at the bottom are also from the same autumn kit.

The challenge will be on until end of September so there’s plenty of time to play along.

I’m entering this card to Simon Says Stamp, Anything Goes challenge.

Also in Sister Act Card Challenge # 22, Anything Goes.

Cut Felt leaves using Sarah Hurley Farmers market theme digi scrapbook kit

Cut Felt leaves using Sarah Hurley Farmers market theme digi scrapbook kit

Autumn leaves from Sarah Hurley Farmers Market digi kit

Autumn leaves from Sarah Hurley Farmers Market digi kit


Cut Felt leaves, details

Cut Felt leaves, details


Cut felt autumn leaves using Sarah Hurley's autumn leaves from Farmers Market autumn theme digi kit

Cut felt autumn leaves using Sarah Hurley’s autumn leaves from Farmers Market autumn theme digi kit

Felt Wand

After finishing the felt crown project, I started working on a coordinating wand to go along with it. I use the same color scheme of felt, and the same flower die (smallest size) from Papertrey ink. For embellishments, I used sequins and ribbons. I didn’t get any wooden dowel to use in the wand but got this pink plastic knitting needle (12mm size) as alternative. Just fit for the my color scheme.

So, let me know what you think.


wand full

Edited: I’m linking this project to Ginger Snap Crafts {wow me} Linky Party

Felt Crown DIY

My little girl, KC will be celebrating her 7th birthday this month and before that day comes, I’m already looking for something that she could use or play around with. So, since she really wanted to have a Barbie theme birthday, I decided to make her a crown of her own, like a Barbie princess.

I found awesome site and tutorials when I was searching for a crown and I’m sharing here my own take in making my version of the crown using felt. My stash already have almost all what I need, I just bought additional buttons that look like diamonds.

I took photos during the process and you’ll see them how I did the elements. Note that this project took almost 3 days to finish since I worked on it only during the times that I’m free to craft. It’s an easy project to do but since I’m doing it only after work, it took a little bit of time to finish.

So here’s how I did it:

1. Gather all your supplies. Most of these are available in craft stores.

  • Felt – I used 2 shades of pink for the front and back
  • Pellon – for sturdier backing
  • Assorted buttons
  • Twine
  • Ribbons
  • Elastic band, scrap fabric to cover elastic (not shown)
  • Flower and Spellbinder dies (Optional) – you can free hand cut a shape and flowers. There are flower templates available online too. It just so happen that I have the Beautiful Blooms II #1 Die from Papertrey Ink
  • Water soluble marker (Optional) – a pencil will
  • Others – fabric glue, cut letters or other shapes or whatever embellishment that prefer for your crown


2. Print the crown template. I found this one made by Tara Miller. I adjusted mine, I made a little bigger than the template size before printing. Cut 3: back, front felt, pellon.

cut felt

3. Add the diamond-like-button in the crown’s top and colored ribbon below.

Note, I adhere only the front felt and pellon while I’m working with the embellishment. The light pink felt serves as a final cover, I put them later to hide the stitching I did in the buttons.

button ribbon

4. Add the other embellishments. This is how I did the flowers, I hope the photos explain them all 🙂

diecut flowers

flower assembly

assembling flowers

This is how I assembled them


5. I closed the top crown using blanket stitch. It can also be machine sewn but I’m too bad sewing curved lines. If machine sewn is to be done, you need to do it before putting the embellishments.

elastic end

The length of the crown is a little small than my girl’s head so I added covered elastic band at the back. I did the elastic this way


elastic stitch


Attached them at the back of the crown. It’s better to use a wide elastic so you don’t need to do it twice, it just happen that I have a thin one in my stash.


6. Sew both ends with blanket stitch and back-stitch

And the end project…

full front

the flower details


side flower details

If there’s any other questions regarding this project, just leave me a comment or send me an email 🙂

EDITED: I’m linking this project to  And Sew We Craft Together Linky Party

And Sew We Craft

Happy sewing!

Diecut challenge

Happy Saturday!

I am just thrilled to share my projects today 🙂 If you came from the Sketch-N-Scrap blog, I’m so glad that you visit me in my small nook.

May is a birthday month for Sketch-N-Scrap and the celebration continuous until end of May. There are challenges and inspirations plus a lot of amazing prizes in store for the month-long celebration so be sure to check Sketch-N-Scrap  everyday to see what’s being offered on the day.

So now, I’m here to share with you the way I use and combine die cuts into a card. This is the first time I tried doing a shaped card using my Spellbinder Nestabilities, circle and labels 19 dies. I used both shapes as the card base then later added a selection of dies that are mostly from Papertrey Ink.

For my circle card, I cut a label die and arranged an ‘I (heart) you’ dies over it to cut again. I put a different colored paper behind the cut letters & shape for contrast. Noticed that I cut the heart shape only by half? I did partial die cutting, a technique I saw online.

This circle card is not too big so I did minimal embellishment so even if I put this to mail, it will not be too bulky either. I used die cut cork + heart and finished it off with buttons and ribbon. Faux stitching too on top and below the card base.

For the Labels shaped card, I did random die cut elements using different materials. This is just to show you how other materials would work well on your dies and not just only paper. I used most dies from Papertrey Ink. The word ‘i heart you’ was from the negative of my circle die.

I did minimal stamping in my card base too, see the musical stamped background? My die cut materials are a mix of paper, cork and felt. I added some texture in my felt heart by stitching along the same heart shape, then added ribbon and a button. I love buttons too!

Faux stitching it is to finish off the card.

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I would also love to see how you use your dies. As part of Sketch-N-Scrap’s birthday bash, I’m giving away a pack of embellishments to one lucky winner 🙂 who will join in the challenge . The pack will include die cut piece embellishments, birthday stamp, rub-on, stickers and ribbons.

So grab your die cuts now and create one to enter the challenge. You can add your project using the inLinkz below. This is my first time using the InLinkz tool so if you happen to encounter any problem linking your project in, please let me know immediately so I can look into it.


The challenge is open until 31st May and I will be announcing the winner by the first week of June.

Please note of some simple guidelines though

The rules:

1. Be a follower of my blog (if you are not yet one)

2. A project must be made after this challenge on the time this challenge went live

3. You must have a working text link to Heart for Handmade Die-cut challenge to be in your blog to be eligible for a win. You can also link to Flickr or other online gallery if you do not have a blog.

4. And the most important one, you must have FUN!

Thanks for stopping by!

Diecuts challenge Sneak Peek

How time flies.. It’s already Thursday and tomorrow will be a weekend here in Qatar.

I will be hosting a blog challenge on Saturday, 11th May for Sketch-N-Scrap month-long birthday celebration 🙂 so before my scheduled challenge goes live, I’m sharing here a sneak peek of what you will see on Saturday’s post.

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You can always go back to Sketch-N-Scrap blog for more blog candies, challenges and prizes that are given away!


Fall fun

This week’s challenge at CAS-ual Fridays is to create a clean and simple project inspired by autumn, CFC71

I freehand cut the felt leaf I used here, then embossed a woodgrain background to add a little texture. The stamp came from Ali Edwards’ Simply you stamp set.

The colors mainly follow the autumn colors and I love the simple monochromatic (in-a-way) colors are applied on this card.

Felt leaf

Felt leaf

Autumn inspired

Autumn inspired


Felt and Fabric wrap

I got excited when I knew this month’s blog hop theme at Papertreyink. They have the felt and fabric wrap challenge open to all Papertreyink customers. The first thing I think of are the Favor It dies that I already owned. I have three and I already used them before during last year holiday to hold some chocolates for the kids.

Warning: lots of photos in here.

Apparently, I pretty much get overwhelmed and did some random designs to decorate my bags. I used some fabrics, felt and cardstock for the main bag while embellishment came from Layers die and rick rack border die that were also from PTI. I love those 3D flowers on those bags. The gray flower one is made of fabric. I love how they complement the beige lace and washi tape that I put across. Creating the ribbon leaves were one of the things I learned from PTI Make it Monday as well as the fabric & rick rack rosette technique. 

Anyhow, here’s my take. Candies and chocolate kisses will fit perfectly in here. This can be used as favor gift bags for a shower, birthday and others and the decor will follow the same theme whichever that is.

Mini Gift bags

Mini Gift bags

Mini Gift bags set

Mini Gift bags set

Set of 3

Set of 3

Mini favor gift bag made of fabric

Mini favor gift bag made of fabric

Mini favor gift bag made of felt

Mini favor gift bag made of felt


Mini favor gift bag

Mini favor gift bag


Favor gift, red & blue

Favor gift, red & blue


Finger puppets

I also did some finger puppets made out of felt. The bigger ones (monkey, lion and hippo) were inspired from Nicole Heady.

I did smaller finger puppets too in the past and I’m trying them out again here for the second time. It was all so fun to make. Feels like I’m a small kid again.

Finger puppets

Felt finger puppets

Felt finger puppets