Sew Fashionable!


Happy Thursday honeymuffins!!

Okay I am SOOO excited about today!! I finally get to show you what I've been cookin' up Smiley from  ... okay, not like that, but I do get to show off what I did with the Taylored Expressions exclusive April Key Ingredients Kit.


Our challenge this month was to create a shaped card, and to add a bit of sewing!  Well, give me those two things and I am in heaven!!  Smiley from

This month's kit is seriously gorgeous!! It features the new and super-delish "Material Girl" paper from Cosmo Cricket, with lots of yummy ribbon and sewing-themed embellishments! UGH!! I can't stand so much cuteness - it's almost like looking in the mirror! (I just totally threw that in there to see if anyone actually reads my nonsense!!) tee-hee..

Okay so, one of the things I LOVE to collect are retro-style aprons, and they were definitely the inspiration for my card today:


I drew up a template for my card so that it looked like a vintage dress complete with a very retro apron, and my Material Girl Paper was just perfect for it!! 

I used the same patterned paper "lining" template to make a sentiment panel for the inside of my card using Choice Buttercream Cardstock (also included in the monthly kit), and you can see how that looks inside here:

Is that too stinkin' cute or what??  I then drew a pattern for my little apron, which I stitched together and embellished with this delicious red ribbon.  My apron's pocket is "faux-stitched" using my paper-piercer and white gel pen. 

The apron is attached to my card using foam squares - only on the "ruffle" area though.  I used Sticky Tape to adhere the waist part to my card so that it only looked slightly raised from the bottom.  It really gives it a nice bit of dimension! I used my trusty and SO amazing Mono-Multi glue to add the ric-rac to my dress, and then used more sticky tape and some glue dots to attach the whole thing to my Cardstock panel.  

Of course, you may have noticed I can't help myself so I distressed everything using my daubers and my Vintage Photo Distress Ink, sigh.. So do you love it??

I hope so, but WAIT! there's more because I thought my dress looked a little lonely and decided to make a little matching tea holder to go with it!


This was so easy and fun!! I took a 4 1/4" by 6 1/2" piece of CS, and scored it 3/4" on the 4 1/4" side and scored the 6 1/2" side at 3 1/4" so that it would fold in half.  I made a little notch on the inside "flaps" (at the inside score line) so that it would fold neatly, and then added some more of that gorgeous ribbon from the kit!  Easy peasy! here's how it looks when it opens up!

I decorated the front using small pieces that were left from my dress and apron, and of course, I had one more excuse (as if I needed it!!) to use my beeeyuutiful label stamp and sentiment from my CreativiTEA stamp set.  I cut out the yellow mat for my image using my Labels 9 Nesties, and sponged everything up using my distress ink.

Here's a look at my set:

DO we agree this is totally retro??Smiley from

I just love that I was able to do this with just a tiny bit of stuff in my Key Ingredients Kit!  The kits are truly packed with an array of the newest (and coolest) products, and they are just perfectly put together for you to create a beautiful bunch of cards  in one sitting! All you need is at your fingertips, and what absolutely rocks MY world is that you get a handy container so that you can keep all your month's goodies in one spot (labeled with all the "ingredients" included (so cute!!)).  You don't have to go digging! whoo-hoo!! 

Another treat for the subscribers is of course, the gorgeous eye candy provided by the girls of the Baker's Dozen, so please visit these lovely ladies for a look at their creations using this month's Key Ingredients Kit:

Jeanie Witmer
Carolina Buchting
Karen Motz
Jackie Pedro
Sankari Wegman

and our stylish leader, Taylor VanBruggen

Thank you SOOO much for stopping by!  I truly appreciate you visiting and letting me share my little ol' creations with you!

Have a sassy & fashionable day!!


Stamp Sets: CreativiTea
by Ta
ylored Expressions.

Ingredients: ALL cardstocks & patterned paper from Taylored Expressions April Key Ingredients Kit.

Ink: SU! Basic Brown and Ranger Distress Inks in Vintage Photo, and Bundled Sage.

Accessories: Red Satin Ribbon and Blue Ric Rac Included in the Taylored Expressions April Key Ingredients Kit. Glue Dots, Labels 9 Nestabilities
, White Gel Pen, Paper Piercer.


  1. Oh wow! This is so awesome. I love the apron card with matching tea holder. You're choice of papers - just fab! You are so creative and talented!

  2. hi alex did you free hand the dress? can you show me at the lupus crop saturday thankx

  3. GASP!!!!! STUNNNNNNNNING!!!!!!!!!!!! Wowzers...that vintage dress is totally adorable with the blue ric rac trim!!!!

  4. I love your post title... SEW FASHIONABLE is right! I love that sweet dress card...who wouldn't love to receive that!?

  5. It's YOU that are too stinkin cute! What an imaginaiton. I have a friend who collects hostess aprons and I can't wait to show her this card! Do you plan on sharing your template you designed for the card??? (pleeeeze)

  6. Your work is absolutely flawless and beautiful to say the least. I am so happy to have come across you blog. Thank you :)

  7. STUNNING!!! You have nailed this kit and LOOOVE the apron...I'm such a retro girl and this is just beautiful! Hope you have a great weekend!

  8. this is tooooooo coool! are u going to share the template for the dress????? :)

  9. adorable! love it! so creative! TFS!
    Pam Going Postal

  10. This is absolutely too cute! Bravo!!!!

  11. Accccck!! Holy cow, how do you think of these incredible projects??? OMG, this is AWESOME!! Just beautiful Alex!!

  12. This totallty rocks...There isn't anything not to love..Great job

  13. Holy Fantastic Apron Batman! This is beyond awesome!! Get out with your creative genius! LOVE the card, love the dress, and love how you stichted it all up! You are simply A-MAZING Alex!!! Love it!
    Big hugs,
    S. :)

  14. These are so awesome. I LOVE them both. This is my first visit to your blog and I will be back. You rock!!

  15. Absolutey wonderful! Thank you for sharing.

  16. Hi Alex,
    GREAT JOB. I love it soo much. Can I buy this set or is it by subscription only? Thank you.


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