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Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Creative Team Monthly Blog Hop!

Due to circumstances beyond our control, blogger malfunctioned last week eating most of our blog comments making it impossible to choose a winner for our stamp set giveaway.  We are re-hopping starting Wednesday, May 18th, 2011.  Stop by any time between Wednesday and Monday the 23rd and leave a comment to be entered.  All the comments that still appear from last week will also be included.  I apologize for this inconvenience and hope that this works this week.  


Yikes...time keeps on ticking and not pausing for a moment. This month went by in a whirlwind as we count down to quilt market--which starts tomorrow! If you are going to be at Quilt Market...stop by and say, "Hi." I'll be hanging out by the Riley Blake booth.

Last blog hop, you may remember me asking for your help on choosing fabrics for my daughter's Easter dress...there were so many fabulous ideas for fabric combos, Tara's  comment won. She suggested that I use the cream with brown dot, the pink calico, the plaid, from my Cowboy 2 collection for Riley Blake, and a more solid color to set it all off  (which I interpreted as the tone on tone paisley.) This worked out quite well, as I wanted to design some appliques for the front of the dress. I also added in a few other fabrics from Wanna be a Cowboy 1 and 2. Well I'm thrilled to say that I finished it!  This was the most ambitious project I've attempted yet.  I used the Feliz party dress pattern from the book "Sewing Clothes Kids Love" by Nancy Langdon.  It's a super book for pointers on technique and embellishments, and ideas to make clothing unique for kids. I'm thrilled with the result. I could not have done this without the ideas in this book!
A little about the appliques...I knew I wanted a fun "spring scene" on the pinafore of the dress. I started shaping bunnies and flowers with scissors, then laying them out on the front of her dress. When she came home from school she looked at what I was doing...I thought she would love it...but to my surprise she said, "Those weren't the kind of bunnies I was thinking of." Truthfully, I was stuck with the arrangement and it wasn't going as smoothly as I had hoped...so I asked my daughter, "what kind of bunnies were you thinking of?" She said, "Well an Easter bunny...you know, Mom...the kind that's white with a pink bow and standing like this." She turned to her side and posed the way she thought an Easter bunny should look.  It made me smile...of course...that is why the applique wasn't going so well...I didn't involve my daughter's help.  She's full of good ideas.  So I cut a bunny that she liked (it's the white one with brown polka dots) and started my arrangement again, and everything clicked.  She knew just what the dress needed, and I was glad to have her help.  
On the back of the dress I used prints from both my Cowboy 1 and Cowboy 2 collections. If you are a store and you carried Cowboy 1 and have a little left on a few bolts, you can blend the Cowboy 2 with the Cowboy 1 collection perfectly.  (That goes the same for you sewers out there who still have Cowboy 1 in your stash...Cowboy 2 is a perfect match.)
So my 3 year old son, who is totally mesmerized by machines, sat and watched me make Sydney's dress for many hours.  He finally said, "Mom, can you make me a dress too?"  I told him I wouldn't make him a dress, but I would make him something he would love.  So I made him a bowling shirt, with cowboy appliques.  There's a boot on the front, and a suede star on his back (washable suede...the coolest stuff--I had to sacrifice an old Eddie Bower skirt that didn't fit right, but was made of a gorgeous tan washable suede.) Colin was thrilled.  When we walked into church on Sunday, he gripped his cowboy boot on his shirt and told everyone as we walked down the isle, "My Mom made this, My Mom made this." He embarrassed me a little...I swear he wasn't coached, but it made me smile because he was so proud to wear it. The smile says it all!
Now I've got three kids, and it really isn't cool to sew for two of them and not the third...so I sewed a tie for my oldest child, Talon. He was a good sport to wear it. 
Now for the blog hop...My creative team has been busy creating with my newly released Blossom and my Heidi collections for Creative Imaginations.  I'm excited to see what they've been working on, as they are always so creative.  I hope you enjoy hopping through their blogs today. Please let them know that you stopped by, by leaving a comment.  I know they love to hear from you!

This months Contest Giveaway!!!
Giveaway details:
We are getting ready to feature Unity Stamps on our Blog hop next month...so to get you in the mood for a stamp-a-licious blog hop...I'm giving away a set of Unity Goodness...Butterfly Garden which coordinates perfectly with my Blossom Scrapbook Collection for Creative Imaginations. All you need to do is comment on my blog, to get extra entries, leave comments on my creative team's blogs, and if you jump back to my Facebook page and leave a comment there, you get one more bonus entry. If comments go to 100 or more on my blog...I'll give away a second set of Unity Goodness...This is Live Laugh Love...and it coordinates perfectly with my Heidi collection for Creative Imaginations. So tell a friend about our hop, and encourage them to leave a comment so that I can give away two sets. Don't forget to click the like button at the top to share the hop with your Facebook friends.

Blog Hop Directions if you haven't hopped before: Just click on the first name in this list, and enjoy the project(s) on her blog, then click on the next link from that blog, and enjoy another, until you come full circle back to my FB page!
Now for the hop order:










Enjoy!


56 comments:

  1. This new set is simply gorgeous! had a great time hopping and looking at those beautiful projects!

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  2. The new stamp set is awesome. I hope to win one of the sets since both sets are great.

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  3. Those creations are AMAZING! I used to love when my Mom sewed my clothes. She always had the bad habit of waiting until the day I wanted the outfit before sewing it though. LOL! Those Unity stamps are amazing as well. I love your designs!

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  4. Really pretty! Would love to create with them!!

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  5. Love the new set... hope to win one!!!

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  6. I love butterflies! Butterfly garden is one of my favorite sets.

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  7. You know I just love the dress, shirt and tie you made. You are so talented! Thanks for inspiring me!

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  8. I wish I was a little girl and my mom could make that dress for me! That is so adorable! Actually, I wish I had a little girl to make it for. Oh, wait... I wish I could sew too! LOL!

    Angel Hawks
    www.MakeSomethingCute.com

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  9. Your daughter's dress is absolutely lovely! And I love their grins as they show off your creations, even the oldest. Made me smile out loud! Thanks for sharing!

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  10. Your sewing projects turned out so cute! Your kids seem to be really happy with them too, which is always a plus. I would love to win the Unity Stamp set. Thanks for the chance!!

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  11. Oh My goodness.. FABULOUS!! I really need some material.. this is gorgeous beyond words.. AH!! I just love all of their outfits and that tie ROCKS!!

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  12. What a beautiful dress! And I have a son who's fascinated by my Kitchenaid mixer, so I get the "hours & hours" of watching, totally!

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  13. Love the new set of stamps just georgeous!


    america57@comcast.net

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  14. Such a beautiful dress!!! I love it! All three of the kiddos look great in their new duds. :)
    Thanks for the chance to win this great stamp set!

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  15. Adorable creations. I wish I knew how sew like that.

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  16. Oh my goodness, I love the sewing you did for Easter. Fabulous! I would love to win a stamp set. These are wonderful.

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  17. The dress is gorgeous, the shirt is cute and the tie is perfect for an older boy. My Mom used to sew some cute shirts for me when I was in grade school. I've only sewn a few things myself. My grandmother could go into a store, see a dress on a mannequin, go home and make the pattern from paper sacks - from what the dress looked like and be wearing it the next day. Unfortunately, I don't have her talent.

    Hugs,

    PattiM
    {Pattie's passion}

    I Scrap So All Moments Are Remembered!

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  18. Your dress turned out so amazing! I love all the ruffles in the back! And that little shirt and tie are also fabulous! I need to find a tie pattern for my son now.

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  19. The stamp set is gorgeous. I'm just getting into stamping, it's slow going for me, lol. The clothes you sew are gorgeous. So in awe! Adorable kids!

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  20. WoW! What's not to love about this post? The clothes are darling and the stamps are amazing!
    Thanks so much for the opportunity to win!

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  21. I love these pictures, so cute! Thanks for the chance to win!

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  22. Great stamps and such sweet kids! Thanks for hte chance to win!

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  23. wow haven't seen this set..it is gorgeous!!! your kiddos dress it absolutely beautiful

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  24. Wow Samantha that dress is simply gorgeous! I wish I had half your talent in my pinky alone! Your new stamp sets are BEAUTIFUL too and since I'm a bit obsessed with Unity lately its even better :) Just take a look at my blog, I think they are the only stamp I have used in months... Thanks for a chance to win some of your awesome designs and keeping my creative juices flowing :)

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  25. The dress turned out wonderful. The unity stamps are great. I am excited about this blog hop. Thanks for sharing. I am a new follower
    Trish
    krazykcrafters at msn dot com

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  26. I was SO hoping that you would show the dress after I recommended my choice of fabrics. Thanks.

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  27. Hi Samantha ~

    I ordered "Sewing Clothes Kids Love" on monday night after reading your blog post about it.

    It literally arrived 30 minutes ago and I'm looking at the Feliz dress instructions and NOT seeing anything about all the ruffles in the back (which is what riveted me to the dress in the first place).

    What am I missing?!!?

    (and congrats on your fab new lines!!)

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  28. Your sewing is amazing! Love the stamp sets. First time hoping with you. tfs daughtersare3@yahoo.com

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  29. I hopped to all the designers' blogs and then to your facebook page. Awesome projects and products!

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  30. WOW - that dress is simply amazing! WOW, WOW, WOW!!! The shirt and tie are great, but the DRESS!!!! I hope you save it forever so maybe if she has a little girl it can be passed down. Definitely heirloom material!

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  31. butterflies, I love them
    I use them a lot on my grand-nieces' LOs:-) tks for the chance to win:-))

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  32. Beautiful--the clothes and stamps!

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  33. Your outfits were amazing! I have not done Easter dresses in a couple of years! I need to get off my bum and start doin this again! Thanks for sharing the lovely dress and the boy things too! Oh and the stamps! LOVE THEM!!!

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  34. Love the new set! Off to hop around and check out some great inspiration!

    Carol B
    ciaoitalia2007(at)gmail(dot)com

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  35. Your daughter's dress is amazing. The stamp sets are beautiful!!

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  36. What a great hop! Love the stamps too!

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  37. I look forward to inspiration and ideas from you and your design team! These stamps are great, very useful for that journaling I so struggle with.

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  38. I love the set they are so pretty I hope I am doing this right?

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  39. Samantha I had bought some of your designs at Silhouette but I did not know you were so multitalented!!! Your kids are so cute and that dress is amaaazing,where can I get the pattern for the tie? I have two boys who could use some, too bad my girl is almost 16 if not I would love to learn to sew more to make one like your little girl's!!!
    I tried to do the blog hop yesterday but there was a problem with blogger :(

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  40. Your daughter's dress is absolutely charming. Great job. Thanks for a chance to win some candy.

    Babe
    youiesmom@att.net

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  41. Wow - the outfits you made are wonderful! love the unity stamps sets too. thanks for the lovely giveaway.

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  42. Your sewing is just amazing!! I loved sewing clothes for my children when they were little.

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  43. Would love to win one of the sets :)

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  44. I could have sworn I had already commented on this post but don't see it anywhere :( Your sewing projects are gorgeous. Love everything you made. Great stamp sets given away, I'm just getting into stamping, loved looking at all the great creations.

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  45. These pics. of the children are so darling! Thank you for sharing!

    Thanks to for the chance to win these awesome stamps!

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  46. How sad that blogger took all your comments away.
    I love the way the dress came out and the tie and shirt are great. I am going to have to find a pattern for a tie for my son now!

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  47. Beautiful set! Had a fun reading everyones blog!

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  48. My goodness, your creations are a-maz-ing!!! My favorite is that absolutely beautiful Easter dress, and my favorite part about it are the ruffles on the back. That is just too adorable! I also adore what you created for the boys, but since I have a daughter, I'm especially fond of the girly stuff :)

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  49. I love this Unity Stamp set. It is beautiful. Enjoyed seeing your cute creations.

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  50. I enjoyed the hop! [Oh, waah, blogger at my comments!] Lovely work by all!

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  51. The stamp sets are great. What amazing work you do with sewing. Love it.

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  52. i so enjoyed your post about the right kind of easter bunny and cowboy boots on shirts. your models are adorable! your kids are blessed to have such a talented mom!

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  53. It's all so yummy...I love it all.

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  54. love the dress so cute

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  55. Your latest creations are really gorgeous ~ Love the new stamp set, too! Thanks for a chance to win!

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