Altenew Twinkle & Shine Stamps/Dies/Stencils/Embossing Folders Collection Release Blog Hop + Giveaway

Hello, and welcome to Altenew Twinkle & Shine Blog Hop!! Today we are showcasing brand new stamps, dies, stencils, and embossing folders. If you arrived here from the talented blog, Emily Midgett then you are on the right track. If this is your first stop, then you will want to start at the beginning, the Altenew Card Blog.

Let’s take a look at my planner page:

What is a blog hop without an amazing gift? Yayyy!!!


To celebrate this release, Altenew is giving away a $50 gift certificate to 3 lucky winners! Please leave a comment on the Altenew Card Blog by 11/10/2020 for a chance to win.

Altenew will also draw a winner to receive a $15 gift certificate from the comments left on each designer’s blog on the blog hop list below. All winners will be announced on the Altenew Winners Page on 11/12/2020.

Next Stop on this Blog Hop is:

Dana Joy

You do not want to miss out on her amazing creations!!

Just in case you lose your place along the way, here is the complete list of participants so that you can find your way back:

Altenew Card Blog

Laura Bassen

Erum Tasneem

Kelly Griglione

Therese Calvird

Jennifer McGuire

Amber Rain Davis

Tenia Nelson

Nicole Watt

Terri Koszler

Nathalie DeSousa

Jenny Colacicco

Jaycee Gaspar

Victoria Calvin

Tania Ahmed

Amanda Baldwin

Emily Midgett

Kymona Tracey ←you are here

Dana Joy

Lilith Eeckels


Norine Borys

Vicky Papaioannou

Virginia Lu

Nenette S. Madero

Svitlana Shayevich

Keisha Charles

Maryam Perez

Vicki Finger

Laurie Willison

Reiko Tsuchida

Amy Hill

Agnieszka Małyszek

Anna Veach

Supplies used:

(Thank you so much for stopping by. Compensated affiliate links are used at no cost to you. The Altenew products were given to me since I’m on the design team. The other products were personally purchased. This post was not paid or sponsored.)

eucalyptus Hobonichi Planner

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Aurifil Artisan October Challenge – Bag Making

Hello everyone!! I’m here today participating in the Aurifil Artisan October Challenge – Bag Making! Yayy!!

I’m pretty excited about this challenge because I started my sewing journey with a tote bag. My daughter taught me how to sew a tote bag. I was so excited to see the finished bag. I held it up next to my daughter’s bag and laughed so hard. My handles were all wrong. My daughter said, “Mom, don’t worry, it can go on your bike handles.” I laughed even harder because I didn’t own a bike.

Since that day, I’ve been making bags and loving it.

Take a look at my mini bag:


This mini bag perfect for my daughter. Her keys, money, and ID can fit in this mini bag when we are going out. Now she can put her belonging in my bag and find them when she needs them, LOL!

sashiko stitching back

Bag Elements:

I used 5 different fabric patterns. Matching up the different fabrics was fun, and I need to do it more often.

The lining is just a cute as the outside of the bag.

Inside of the bag

I learned how to do Sashiko stitching some time ago. I love adding it to different projects. It was a must for this one. It adds texture and dimension.

Aurifil thread is perfect for a bag like this. The different thread weights create the texture.

The beaded zipper pull is a fun element that matches the fabric perfectly.


Take a Closer Look:

Sashiko stitiching

sashiko stitching back

Making this bag was fun and took no time at all. I want to make a bigger version and possibly add a wristlet. Now that would be cute.

Pattern found in the Making No. 6 Magazine.

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Craft Room Destash


It’s that time again for me to make some room in my craft corner. My crafting supplies have over my house again. I have to let go allow these supplies to make someone else happy. So lets DESTASH!!!!

I’m not using my supplies like I use to and it makes no sense to hoard them in my house when they could get the love they need in a new home.

Some of the items are new and some are slightly used. The majority of stamps and dies are in their original packaging.

Here are the details:

Each package costs $60 which includes shipping.

If your interested, email me at with the following information:

→ The address you would like your package sent

→ First come, first serve.

→ Each package would be full.

→ I’ll send a PayPal invoice (which needs to be paid within 48 hours).

→ Packages will be mailed within 24 hours of payment with a tracking number that will be sent to you.

→If there’s something you looking for, in particular, let me know in the email as well.

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How to Create Pillow Covers with a Snap Closure

Hello everyone! I’m here today to show you how to create pillow covers with a snap closure.

I have to admit, I’ve never spent this much time in my home. The stay at home orders all of faced has given us permission to lounge on our couches more. 

That causes me to realize that I don’t have enough pillows on them for everyone to be comfortable. So, I decided to make some.

Take a look at my new Pillow Covers:

pillow covers finished product

Aren’t these cute? The colors in this fabric match perfectly with my couch.

Let’s talk about this fabric collection:

bees life fabric

Bee’s Life was designed by Tara Reed, a good friend of mine, for Riley Blake Design. This collection comes with 15 pattern prints and 1-panel print in yellow, black, and parchment. Perfect for all kinds of projects. 

Here’s how to create these pillow covers:


Note: Some of the links below contain affiliate links.

Bee’s Life Fabric
Sewing Machine
Cutting Mat
Rotary Cutter
Plastic Snaps
Snap Pliers
Pillow Forms

Step 1: Cutting fabric

Cut one front panel to 18″ by 18″.

Cut two back panels to 11″ by 18″. 

pillow cover Cut fabric

Step 2:  Prep for sewing

To hide the raw edge of the back panel, fold over an inch on both panels. 

pillow cover edge

Press in place.

pillow cover pressing

Step 3: Sew the edge.

Sew the folded edge 1/8 inch from the edge.

pillow cover sewing edges

Repeat for the second panel.

pillow cover sewn edges

Step 4: Sew the pillow cover together

Once both of the back panel edges are sewn, lay the front panel right sides up. 

Place the back panels right sides down on top of the front panel, overlapping the sewn edges.

Pin in place.

pillow cover pin

Sew all the way around the pillow cover—no need to leave an opening because the back panel has an opening.

Turn the pillow cover inside out.

You can leave the pillow cover like this and just insert the pillow form, but adding snaps or buttons adds to the decoration. 

Step 5: Adding Plastic Snaps

Determine how many snaps you want to add to the outside flap on the pillow cover. I added five snaps.

Use the awl to create a hole where you want the snaps to go.

Place the snaps in the hole and use the snap pliers to attach them to the fabric. 

Follow the instructions that come with your snap pliers. 

pillow cover snap plier

pillow cover snaps

Step 6: Insert the pillow form

Insert the pillow form and close the snaps!

pillow cover finish product front

You’re done, and it took less than an hour. 

Now it’s your turn!

Supplies used:

bees life fabric    Bernina 570QE




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Hand to Hand Cowl + Tutorial

Hello everyone! I’m here today to show you how to create a beautiful Hand to Hand Cowl for the fall.

The cold season is upon us, and I must admit it’s not my favorite. I’m a spring and summer lady. The cold weather is not my friend. I find it harder to warm up than to cool down. So, I’m always looking for outerwear to keep me warm. 

Let’s take a look at my Hand to Hand Cowl:

Hand in hand finish product

I just love how this Cowl looks. The best part is how easy it is to make them using just a couple of fat quarters!! Yes, I know, crazy, right!

Let’s talk about this fabric collection:

hand in hand fabric

This collection celebrates common sisterhood. It comes with six patterns and two-panel options. I love the bright, bold multi-color palette that comes with this collection. Hand in hand was created by Amber Kemp-Gerstel of Damask Love. I had the pleasure of meeting Amber years ago at a craft convention in LA. Both of us were heavy in the papercraft world, so it’s nice to see her transition into the fabric world. 


Hand in Hand fabric
Sewing Machine
Cutting Mat
Sewing Needle
Rotary Cutter

Finished Size:

29.5″ x 16.75″ 

Here’s how to create this Cowl:

Cut out 6 fat quarters from the different fabrics. I used only two prints.

Line the prints on your table into two rows of three of the fat quarters. 

With right sides together, sew the first two fat quarters on the 18″ side with a 1/2 seam allowance.

Sew the third fat quarter in the same manner to the second fat quarter in that row.

hand in hand crowl top row

Repeat for the second row. 

hand in hand bottom row

Now, place the two rows right sides together and stitch down the top of the long side with a 1/2 seam allowance. Repeat on the bottom long side.

Turn the entire piece right side out. Iron.

Now turn the piece back inside out, like your peeling a banana so that the raw edges line up right sides together. 

hand in hand turn back on itself

Pin in place, matching the seams. Leave a 3-inch hole for turning. 

hand in hand pinning

Sew in a circle with a 1/2″ seam allowance.

hand in hand sewing close

I used two pins to remind me to stop sewing here. 

hand in hand sewing

Turn the piece inside out through the 3-inch hole. 

hand in hand turning

Hand stitch the hole closed with coordinating thread. 

Now you’re done!! That was so easy, and it took an hour from start to finish. 

hand in hand finish product

Now it’s your turn!

Supplies Used:


hand in hand fabric    Bernina 570QE


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Ready, Set, Splash Baby Gift Set and Tutorial

Hello everyone! I’m here today with an adorable baby gift set sewing project for those who are beginners and those who are more advanced.

Do you have a baby at home or a baby on the way? Or perhaps you know of someone who is having a baby and want to make them a handmade gift. This Ready, Set, Splash baby gift set is the perfect gift.

Let’s take a look at this Ready, Set, Splash gift set:

baby gift set

A set of burp cloths, a teether, and a quilt – It doesn’t get any better than that. Who wouldn’t love a new baby gift set like this?

Let’s talk about this fabric collection:

Ready, Set, Splash! was created by Sandy Gervais for Riley Blake Designs is one of the cutest fabric collections I’ve seen in a long time. All of the tiny critters and prints in blue, coral, and green are fun to look at. This collection has 25 prints and one panel.


Ready, Set, Splash! fabric
Chenille White
Rotary Cutter
Cutting Mat
Wonder Clips
Binding fabric
Minky fabric
Wooden Teether
Sewing Machine
Walking Foot

baby gift set - supplies

Finished Size:

Burp Cloths: 9.5 inches by 16.5 inches

Teether: 3 inches by 7 inches on the ring

Quilt: 35 inches by 43 inches

Note: sew 1/4 seams unless otherwise noted. 

Here’s how to create this baby gift set:

Birth Cloths:

Cut one piece of the Ready, Set, Splash fabric 10 inches x 17 inches.

Cut one piece of Chenille fabric 10 inches x 17 inches.

With right sides together, sew around the entire piece leaving a 3 inch opening for turning.

baby gift set - burp cloths

baby gift set - burp cloths

baby gift set - burp cloth

Clip the corners to remove the bulk.

Turn inside out and sew 1/8 seam around the entire piece closing up the opening.

Repeat steps for the reminding two burp cloths.

baby gift set - burp cloths

baby gift set - burp cloths

Baby Teether:

I used my Cricut to cut the Ready, Set, Splash, and Chenille fabric.

With right sides together, sew around the entire piece leaving a 3 inch opening for turning on the sides not close to the tip.

baby gift set - teether

Turn inside out and sew 1/8 seam around the entire piece closing up the opening.

baby gift set - teether

Tie the material around the wooden teether.

baby gift set - teether

baby gift set - teether

baby gift set - teether

baby gift set - teether


Baby Quilt:

Create a quilt sandwich with the Ready, Set, Splash Deep Sea Panel, batting, and Minky (in that order from top to bottom).

Baste the layers with spray and/or pins.

Quilt the layers together to your desire.

baby gift set - quilting

I free-motion quilted the above circles.

baby gift set - quilting

For the top half, I just sewed straight lines across the quilt top, not crossing over the frog’s face and body.

Once the quilting is done, square up all of the sides and add the binding.

Cut out your desired binding and stitch the pieces together, enough to go around the entire quilt.

baby gift set - binding

baby gift set - binding

Check out the finished quilt:

baby gift set - quilting

Don’t you just love this quilt? It’s so cute.

baby gift set - teether

Great teether!

baby gift set - burp cloths

Absorbant burp cloths!

This gift set is actually on its way to my cousin, who had her first baby this past weekend. She is a new mom, so I hope this set brings her some comfort.

The colors are perfect for a boy or a girl.

Supplies Used:


Bernina 570QE


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How to Create Reusable Facial Scrubs

Hello everyone!! I’m here today with a project for you that is fun to make. I’m creating reusable facial scrubs for my daughter and niece. They are at the age were their face care is so critical to them. They have a morning and night routine. It tickles me.

This idea came about when they asked if I could buy them the paper cloths facial scrubs. I let them know that I could make them reusable facial scrubs.

Let’s take a look at my Reusable Facial Scrubs:


Creating these reusable facial scrubs was a breeze to make. You can make a dozen in no time.

Let’s talk about this fabric collection:

The Create Collection by Kristy Lea of Quiet Play for Riley Blake Designs. This collection has 30 different fabric prints. They are colorful and playful.


Create Main Multi
White Aurifil Thread
Waffle Fabric
Rotary Cutter
Cutting Mat
Wonder Clips
Acrylic Canister Jar

Finished Size:

3 inches by 3 inches

Here’s how to create these facial scrubs:

Cut 12 pieces of the Create fabric to 3.25 by 3.25.

Cut 24 pieces of the Waffle fabric to 3.25 by 3.25.

Each scrub will consist of one piece of Create fabric and two-piece of the Waffle fabric.

create reusable facial scrub

With right sides together, sew a quarter inch seam around the perimeter, leaving a 3-inch hole for turning.

create reusable facial scrub create reusable facial scrub

Clip the corners to remove the bulk.

create reusable facial scrub

Turn inside out. Fold the opening in a quarter of an inch and iron.

Stitch about 1/8 inch around the four sides closing up the hole.

create reusable facial scrub

Repeat with the rest until you have 12 reusable facial scrubs.

Easy as 1-2-3!

create reusable facial scrub

create reusable facial scrub

What do you think? Will you create your own facial scrubs? Please let me know.

Supplies Used:


Bernina 570QE

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How to Create a Set of Sashiko Mug Rugs with Aurifil 12wt Thread

Hello everyone! I’m so happy to be here today to show you how to create a set of sashiko mug rugs with Aurifil 12wt thread.

I’ve had some recent bumps in the road, but I’m on the mend in the right direction. I have a lot of catching up to do, but I’ve promised myself to catch up slowly, and that is what I intend to do!!

Today, it’s all about hand-stitching. It’s comfortable and therapeutic to do, especially if getting to your sewing machine isn’t an option at the moment.

Take a look at my brand new Sashiko Mug Rugs:

sashiko mu rug - aurifil 12wt thread

Such beautiful patterns that would look amazing on any coffee table.

I love using Auriful’s 12wt thread because it’s thick and stands out against this pretty blue fabric.

Aurifil 12wt Thread info:

It is the heaviest weight thread that Aurifil offer and is perfect for:

-hand applique
-hand embroidery
-hand quilting
-cross stitch
-handmade lace
-machine applique
-blanket stitch
-machine embroidery (especially for designs that use a longer stitch length)
-machine art quilting
-lower looper serging
-longarm quilting (which I hope to do someday soon).

Imagine all of those projects that this thread is perfect for. Let me show you how I used it on my project.

Materials Needed:

Aurifil 12wt thread white
Sashiko panels
Sashiko needle
Cutting Mat
Rotary Cutter
White Linen Fabric
Fusible Fleece Interfacing
Point Turner

Finished size:

5.75 inches by 5.75 inches

Here’s how I created these mug rugs:

Choose which sashiko panels you want to use.

sashiko panels

Thread your needle with Aurifil 12wt thread and tie a knot on both stands.

Stitch using double strands.

Follow the stitch lines on the panel for accuracy.

stitch each line

Once the entire piece is completed, place it on top of the fusible fleece interfacing and square up each panel.

Adhere the fusible interfacing to the panel with the iron.

Lay the sashiko panel right sides together with linen fabric and pin.

Machine stitch or hand-stitch all four sides together, leaving a 3 inch opening for turning.

machine stitch-BERNINA 570QEE

Once all four sides are stitch, turn the mug rug inside out.

Use a point turner to poke out the corners.

pushing out the corners

Turn in the opening and hand-stitch it close using the 12wt thread.

hand-stitch closure

Iron the mug rug to flatten it and take out any creases.


aurifil 12wt thread

aurifil 12wt thread

Aurifil 12wt thread

Here’s my niece using a set of these mug rugs:

Supplies Used:

12wt thread small spoolsashiko panelsBernina 570QE


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Nobody Fights Alone Face Covering

Hello everyone!! I’m here today with a project for you that I thought I would have created back in March. The thing is I had no desire to make any of them since I work at a hospital and have to wear them all day long. Have you guessed what I’m talking about?

Yes, mask, wait, no face-covering. I decided to make some face-covering because an axillary group at my hospital decided to ask people from the community to make face-covering for individuals who can’t afford to get them and for those that live in hots spots within the hospital’s catchment area.

I saw the Nobody Fights Alone fabric from Riley Blake Designs, I knew it was time to make some face-covering.

Take a look at my Nobody Fights Alone Face Covering:

Making these face covering was so easy. I guess everyone knows that already, LOL.

Let’s talk about this fabric collection:

Nobody Fights Alone includes 13 fat quarters and one 35″ panel. This collection features classic icons representing nurses, doctors, EMS emergency dispatch, firefighters, police, and military on backgrounds of red, white, blue, black, gray, and a camouflage print.


Nobody Fights Alone Nurse Care Red
Nobody Fights Alone First Responder Red
White Aurifil Thread
HeatnBond Sew-In Interfacing
1/4″ Elastic Pins
Rotary Cutter
Cutting Mat

Let’s see what it takes to make these cute face-coverings:

Cut the fabric and interfacing to 9″ x 6″.

With the right sides together, place the interfacing on the wrong side of the top layer.

Sew the 9″ side of the fabric. Leaving an opening for turning.

Open the sides of the mask and add the elastic right up against the stitched lines. Try not to twist the elastic—pin in place.

Sew down the side, stretching out the fabric. Backstitching over the elastic ends.

Repeat on the other side.

Turn the fabric inside out and iron.

Fold three pleats and pin.

Sew all the way around, closing the opening and keeping the pleats in place.

Add a second stitch over the pleats for reinforcement but not necessary.

I will make 50 of this face-covering so that my department can participate in the project!

What do you think? Please let me know.

Supplies used:


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Gem Stone Lap Quilt

Hello and Happy July, everyone! 2020 has changed our lives in so many different ways. We can talk about all of the things we miss or haven’t been able to do, but I want to talk about what I’ve learned and loves about this stay at home time.

First, I saved so much money by not going anywhere or buy anything besides groceries. Second, I’ve been able to spend more time with my children. I realize how much I miss when we are off to school and work on a typical day. The third is more time to finish and start new crafts, LOL!!

Yes, I’ve been able to finish older projects and start new ones like my project that I want to share with you today.

Take a look  at my Gem Stone Lap Quilt:

The colors in this collection are so vibrant and fun.

Let’s take about this fabric collection:

Gem Stones Basics, by PSD2, is a stunning collection of fabrics featuring an ombre confetti design that runs selvage to selvage.

This collection contains 17 different prints.

Let’s dive into how to create this lap quilt:

Cutting fabric:

Cut 10 strips of different colors to 5 inches x the width of the fabric.

Sewing Strips:

Line the strips up in the order you want to see them as a quilt.

Place the first two right-sides together and sew a 1/4 inch down the length of the fabric.

Repeat this process until all of your strips are sewn together.

Once that is done, its time to cut the batting and backing.

Lay the quilt top on top of the batting and backing. Make sure the batting is bigger then the quilt top and the backing is more significant than the batting.

To make sure the quilt top doesn’t move, pin all three layers in place.

Now its time to quilt the quilt.

Once the quilting is finished, square up the quilt on all four sides.

The last thing to do now is to add the binding.

Cut 4 strips of 2.5 inch of the binding fabric.

Sew the strips together, then sew the binding to the quilt.

Sew the binding around the entire quilt.

Look at how pretty the Gem Stone Lap Quilt is!


What do you think? Making a Lap Quilt is fun and easy. Let me know what you think.

Supplies used:

 Bernina 570QE


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