Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Blog Hop "BLOG CANDY" Winner

Hey Everyone,  
Thank you so much for participating in the Blog Hop over the week end.  

The winner of the Blog Candy that The Crafting Journals offered is:

I love your fun farm animals on the bicycle. So colorful, I like the 3-d and how you split the sentiment up. Following you on FB and Blog Lovin'.



Please send your mailing address to  

Please note that you may not get a reply until after the week-end- But I'll let you know I got your info as soon as I can.  :)  


Monday, September 22, 2014

Sew Easy Fabric ABC's

Hello Everyone!  Elizabeth here with a very late post ... like a week late kind of post. I’ve seriously had two weeks in a row that imploded ... or is that exploded? Not sure ... either way, what started out to be a couple of mild, less-than jammed packed weeks, turned out to be anything but boring and idle. So here I am just now getting to get a post posted.  Hope it will be worth the wait. If not, lie to me ... it’s been a long few weeks : ).

** Insert Spoiler Alert **
If you are reading this post and happen to have a child or grandchild(ren) under the age of three, just know that if you continue to scroll down, you will be viewing items that could potentially be a future gift. Just sayin’ you’ve been dully warned ... I now take no responsibility for any potential disappointment caused by not being surprised when you open a package from me : ).

Last year I came across this very adorable set of fabric letters on Pinterest.  I knew at once I wanted needed to make a couple of sets to give as gifts.  And f.i.n.a.l.l.y.  last week I was able to begin my letter adventure. Yay!

The letters were a lot of fun to construct ... although I must say the best part was picking out the fabric.  I know that others out there in the blog world made theirs from scraps, but my fabric scrap pile is not as large as my paper scrap pile ... so I took the opportunity to get lost in the fabric aisles of Joanns ... which I think was the definitive catalyst for my new found obsession ... ¼ yard cuts of delicately delicious printed fabrics. Swoon.

Ok. Could that last sentence have been any longer? Lol.

So here’s how I made my alphabets ...

First: Gather Tools

I would add a disappearing ink pen to the picture ... I found the pen worked better than the chalk pencil on some fabrics.  Just be sure to test the pen on the fabric first ... the pen I used was not recommended on red and pink dyed fabrics ... which I discovered was a very correct recommendation.  Test first. Trust me.

Second: Gather Fabrics, Batting and Letter Templates

  •  Since I was planning on giving these letters to little people, I decided to wash my fabric before I got started constructing.  Washing it removed the sizing and also allowed for pre-shrinking.  I am hopeful that these letters will get well used and subsequently need to be washed periodically ... pre-shrinking the fabric will hopefully keep them from getting misshapen.
  • Originally I had bought regular craft batting for the insides but my expert quilting friend put the kibosh on that idea.  She gave me some “warm and natural” batting to use instead and I must say “THANK YOU”.  It was a dream to work with!  I think you could get the same results from fleece if that’s what you have on hand.  Same texture and loftiness. 
  • My letters are sized to be 3 x 3 inches and I used Arial for the font.  Use a sans-serif font.  It will be much easier to sew.  Again, trust me.

Third: Cut Fabric and Batting

I used my rotary trimmer to cut my fabric and batting into 4 x 4 inch squares.  Basically you will be making a fabric/batting sandwich so for every letter you will need TWO fabric squares and ONE batting square. 

Fourth: Cut Letter Templates and Assign Fabric

  • Cut out the printed letters.  If I do this project again, I will print my letters on cardstock instead of regular copy paper.  The extra heft would make tracing the letter easier.
  •  I did print an extra set of vowels and some random consonants.  In addition, I made sure that there were the appropriate letters to spell the recipient’s name(s).
  • Matching the fabric to the letter was probably the second most time consuming part of the project : ).  Seriously ...  the kids I am making these for probably started college in the time it took me to assign fabrics to letters.  

Fifth: Trace Letters and Make Sandwiches

  • Mmmm ... sandwiches ... ice cream sandwiches ...
  • As I mentioned above, use either a chalk pencil or disappearing ink pen to trace the letter onto the fabric square.  The fabric color and pattern will dictate which you use.
  • Pin the sandwiches for sure ... and use small headed pins unlike shown in the picture.  Do as I say, not as I show : ).  I found there was less puckering on the back side of the letters when I left the pins in as I stitched.  Another thing to trust me on.

Sixth: Stitch

Only advice here ... stitch the inside sections of the letters first and backstitch like crazy when you start and stop in order to lock the stitches up.

Seventh: Trim

I wish the word “Trim” could be used to describe me ... lol ... anywho ... I chose to use pinking shears to trim my letters.  I like the look and it will definitely help to keep them from fraying uncontrollably.  Who wants hairy letters? Less Mess = More Happy Momma.

Eighth: Sit Down on the Floor and Play

Hope this tutorial inspired you to create your own set of fabric letters!  Or maybe to try other shapes and even numbers!   I’m heading back to the sewing machine ... only 117 more letters to go! Wish me speed and a never empty bobbin!


Sunday, September 21, 2014

The Barnyard Bash Blog Hop

Welcome to the Barnyard Bash Blog Hop Day #2

Old Mac Donald had a farm E..I..E..I..O
With lots of barnyard critters and tons of fabulous inspiration!
We are so glad you came back for our 2nd day of the Barnyard Bash.

Connie Can Crop is playing Old Mac Donald for this hop and is the first stop on this super fun Blog hop so if you missed out on yesterday please start at Connie's blog for the day #1 projects. 
This is a two day blog hop and we appreciate your leaving a comment for all of these talented friends who are here sharing their ideas and creations.
I am giving away some blog candy here on The Crafting Journals blog.  To be eligible to win blog candy from us please be sure to 1.  Comment below  2. Follow us here on the blog through blog lovin & 3.  Follow us on our facebook page.  (You can get the links at the top left of this blog post.) (The lucky winner will be posted here on Tuesday, 9/23/2014.)
In addition to the blog candy I am giving away--We have two awesome sponsors and giveaways for this hop!  
Connie Wallenbrock
You could win an awesome package of  Prima Goodies from Connie's Crafty Cart. 
is giving away a $10 gift certificate to CTMH

What do you need to do to win? Easy... become a follower of each of the fabulous blogs in this hop and leave each of them a comment letting them know what you like best about their projects.

You will have until 12:00 am Monday to finish the hop and leave your comments.

Winners will be announced on Wednesday at Connie Can Crop.

Be sure to follow everyone and leave a comment along the way!


 Grab your pitchforks and your overalls because this hoe down is about to begin!!
For my project I made "Everything is Fun with You" Card. 

This card is made featuring a Penny Black stamp…"for a spin." I just couldn't resist this adorable stamp! Sentiment is from Lawn Fawn "Love You S'more" stamp set and the pattern paper is from Jenni Bowlin Die Cut Journaling Card Pad. I used my Copics to color the image. I decided to make this card 3 dimensional by stamping twice and fussy cutting the adorable chickens and the head to the cow. I adhered them using foam dots to add a little more dimension. I topped off this card with some pretty ribbon, jute and cute buttons I had in my stash.

Thank you for stopping by today. 
Be sure to leave a comment on the blogs to be eligible to win the give-a-ways.
Your next stop of the hop is:  ALICIA over at  
Just in case you get lost along the way~I have listed all the participants below with the links.  
1.  Connie
2.  Denise
3.  Anna
5.  Lucy
6.  Beth
7.  Holli
8.  Miranda
9.  Sarah
10.  Jenny
11. Theresa

1. Connie  
2.  Debbie
3. Pam
4. Darlene - (The Crafting Journals) *** You are Here ***
5. Alicia
6. Lisa
7.  Angela
8. Linda
10.  Lori
11.  Melissa

Friday, September 19, 2014

Check This Out!!

Hey there Friends,

The Crafting Journals is part of a blog hop This week end.  Our day to post isn't until Sunday but be sure to check it out.  There will be give-a-ways & Blog Candy.  :)  Did I mention a Cow & a Bicycle...?  Yep, Only Darlene can pull that one off.  Wait until you see it!!


Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Artist Spotlight: Michelle Blohm

Hello Everyone! Darlene here and it's that time again!

It's Artist Spotlight Time!

If you are interested in being featured as one of our future Artist Spotlights please send an email here:

This month I have the honor of introducing a very talented lady who is also my sister. Our September Artist Spotlight is Michelle Blohm. Michelle has so many artistic talents from graphic/web design, miniature work, drawing, painting, knitting and crocheting. This month we are so excited to share some of her beautiful crochet work with everyone.

Tell us a little about yourself?

Since I started crocheting at the age of 4 and I don’t think there has been a day without yarn or thread in it since then. At school my crochet hooks would often get taken away, so crocheting potholders, scarves and afghans with my fingers was rather normal, then I would make my own hooks from jumbo paper clips and that became how I managed doilies. Necessity is INDEED the mother of invention.  

Favorite item to crochet?

I love to make granny squares mostly. It’s was something my mother taught me and I just never tire of it. They remind me of the vintage afghans with so many colors, you can make just about anything out of them and did I mention how great this stitch pattern is for using up scraps of yarn?

I hear people knit and crochet everywhere... Where do you love to crochet?

My projects are always with me, but just the small ones like hats, scarves or shawls but the afghans have to stay home. I have no problem whipping out a project anywhere at all and if stares could be redeemed for cash – I’d have even more yarn stash. Lately I’m able to finish so many small projects on the commuter train and shuttles – sometimes several projects a week!

Your favorite project?

Shawls are my favorite to make because when you’re finished you have soft, beautiful, love and comfort around your shoulders and they last forever. I love how portable they are and I don’t know of a better way to show off beautiful colorways of hand dyed yarns and to try some new techniques. I often have a few going, like a complicated lace one at home and an easier stitch pattern for on the go.

Do you have any favorite tools for crochet and why?

Crochet hooks are an obsession of mine and I’ll admit, I do collect some of the antique ones. I have some hand carved from wood and bone but my everyday choice is the Susan Bates inline hooks, not the egg shaped tip ones which make up most of the rest of the ones offered today, I can make double the stitches in the same amount of time with these.

Favorite Yarn?

My favorite yarn, crazy as it may seem, is the very simple and inexpensive Berocco Vintage in all weights. I love the softness, colorways and easy care of it so that makes it great for gifts and babies. I have so much love for the rest of the yarn offerings out there though and as long as it’s not too textured, I probably have it in my stash – or something similar.
You can find Michelle's work at any of the places below.