2019 Oregon State Fair Card Entries

So, a few weeks back I decided to do a thing and entered 14 of my recent cards into the Oregon State Fair Creative Living Competition. It was totally on a whim and I had zero expectations but thought it would be fun.

To my astonishment and surprise, I ribboned 10 out of the 14 cards.

Let’s start with the third place (white) ribbons.

From left, The Rabbit Hole Designs Caffeinated Narwhal was entered in the “card with movement” category, below that using Spellbinders dies went into “die cuts,” Inky from The Rabbit Hole Designs was entered in “coloring with alcohol inks” and the Avery Elle Christmas Magic card was entered in “Christmas.”

For the second place (red) ribbons we have…

The Lawn Fawn Costume Party card was entered into “Halloween,” and the Lawn Fawn Fairy Friends were in the “thank you/thinking of you” division.

And for the first place (blue) ribbons… Drum roll please…

Ta-da!!! The Lawn Fawn Fairy Friends were in “Halloween,” The Rabbit Hole Designs Pretty in Peony was in “thank you/thinking of you,” Newton’s Nook Scuba Newton was in the “birthday” division and finally The Rabbit Hole Designs Mermaid Hair was in the “coloring with alcohol inks” division.

I’m still flabbergasted and honored to have been recognized so many times over and in so many different categories. This was a really fun experience and plan to do it again next year.

Have you ever entered anything into your state fair? I think it would be fun to try my hand at other crafts and see how they do too.

I appreciate you sharing your time with me. Have a fabulous day!

Lawn Fawn Puffy Stars Wands

Happy 4th of July to all of my American followers! I hope you have a happy and safe holiday!

I love making my own decorations for the 4th. I don’t know why but I’m drawn to them every year. This year I made some wands to display in a jar at the table with our snack food and thought they would be fun to share with you.

Here’s how I made them:

  • Die cut 2 of the largest puffy stars and one of the smallest from all 3 Doodlebug papers that I had.
  • Scored each large star from the point to the indent directly across on all 5 points. Then fold the score lines alternating hill and valley around all of the stars.
  • Hot glued the tips of the coordinating stars together and then hot glued a paper straw inside the bottom of each.
  • Next, I hot glued a contrasting small star to the front of each large star and topped that with a clear sequin and a red gem stone.
  • Last I found some random red, white and blue ribbons in my stash and tied them to the straw for a little extra interest.

Here’s a closer look at the stars where you can really see the layered embellishments.

As a family, we love the 4th and are super excited to bbq, play games outside and celebrate all day long. What are you doing this year? I’d love for you to share in the comments below.

I appreciate you sharing your time with me. Have a fabulous day!

Ellen Hutson Plush Bear Hugs

Hello there! I’m so excited to be back today sharing these ADORABLE plush bears using wool felt and Essentials by Ellen Bear Hugs dies. They are so stinking cute and so versatile! Like many crafters I don’t just make cards. I love all things creative from crocheting and sewing to woodworking and painting. I watched a video by Nichol Spohr (click here to see it) and instantly fell in love with these guys. I had to have them. They are simple and so fun to put together.

In case you’re curious, I’ll run through how I put them together but if you’re more of a process person, I highly suggest watching Nichol’s video (and subscribing to her channel, she’s amazing!).

We’re starting off with a photo of the dies that come in the Bear Hugs set and the basics to create a bear cut out and ready to go. This time I didn’t use the die cut for the eyes and, instead, opted to make french knots. You could also use gems or pearls too! So many options!

As you can see, I’ve glued the nose on with fabric glue, stitched on a mouth and eyes and am ready to start stitching the bear together. To measure my embroidery floss I loosely wrap the string around the bear twice making sure that there is enough extra to tie it off at the end. I like to start at the bottom of the left arm and go up and around from there.

I stop right about here to stuff him lightly so he has good dimension but not so much that it’s bursting out the sides. Once he’s stuffed I just continue around a second time and then tie it off, hiding the tie in-between the layers of felt.

Here are two of these cuties all done and ready for some embellishing. From the photo of the dies in the set, you can see that there is a larger heart and a square to make a present for the bear to hold. I thought I’d make both to show you what they look like. The heart is always my favorite but I’m really excited to make a set of these with Christmas themed gifts in their hands. Imagine getting a package with one of these guys tied to it. I’d melt!

All done and ready to make someone smile. I also used a needle to thread a string through the top stitching so they can be tied to a gift bag or package.

One last little detail I got from Nichol was a mini heart on his bum because…it’s adorable! Who needs more of a reason?!?

I hope you enjoyed this little tutorial. Do you have creative outlets other than card making or stamping? I’d love to know in the comments below.

I appreciate you sharing your time with me. Have a fabulous day!