Gab with Gaby

An engineer's creative corner studio.

Gab about Curtains

Crafts, Decor, SewingGabriela SimsComment

Hi there!!! Are you getting ready for spring and spring cleaning? Well I am and I have been making curtains for several rooms in my house. I started in my kitchen and used some cute coffee fabric (that my hubby helped pick out) to make these:

FullSizeRender.jpg

I love them! I loved them so much that I immediately bought more fabric to make curtains for my bathroom.

I used a very simple method that allows you to make curtains for any window. I used my travel iron and my press board (that I made a while back) and had these done in about 2 hours, including cutting time. I got the pattern out of this amazing book The Best of Sew Simple Magazine, unfortunately I do not see it sold new anymore. The great thing is that the pattern in this book is very simple and can be applied to just about any window or door in your home that needs curtains. I also made valances for the tiers using that pattern.

This is my pressing board and travel iron that I use in my sewing room, they help me do quick presses and their portable in case I go to a craft retreat.

This is my pressing board and travel iron that I use in my sewing room, they help me do quick presses and their portable in case I go to a craft retreat.

I finished those kitchen curtains and then made a set for my bathroom using the same method.

This pattern is so fun! It also gives me an excuse to update some things in my bathroom.

This pattern is so fun! It also gives me an excuse to update some things in my bathroom.

I had enough fabric left over from the kitchen curtains to make some matching placemats and mug rugs, so I already have my next project picked out.

Until next time, stay safe in these crafting streets!

Happy crafting.

-Gaby

Gab about Cross Stitch

Cross Stitch, Patterns, Crafts, Decor, Diy, Needle PointGabriela SimsComment

Well hello there! Today I am sharing a project that is close to my heart! I draw when I have the time and I am always imagining things to do with those drawings. This time, I made my drawing into a cross stitch pattern and then stitched the image!

IMG_2578.JPG
Hey girl!

Hey girl!

Let me start by saying one thing. So. Many. French knots. I spent a lot of time finishing her hair, but the extra effort was totally worth the time. Her hair has so much texture and it looks so full, plus I really like patterns that have French knots, so I made this pattern with all the French knots. Let’s get a close look at those.

FrenchKnotsForDays.JPG

I spent a weekend making this, but it was a joy. One thing I would like to do next time is to make a pattern for the full body. This image measures about 4” x 3” and it’s shown in a 7” hoop. If you would like to stitch this diva up, you can purchase the pattern here. That’s all for today and until next time, stay safe in these crafting streets.

Happy crafting!

-Gaby



Gab about Foiling - Embossing Powder and Stamps

Stamping, Tutorial, Sending All These Things, The Gab with Gaby Shop, Techniques, Gab with Gaby Stamps, FoilingGabriela SimsComment

Hello there! Today I am sharing a new discovery that I made using my Sending All These Things stamp set and my Minc. I love using my Minc and am always looking for new ways to use it; I’m also a big fan of stretching my stamps. I decided this technique would make a great video tute, so I filmed the whole process, this includes the first attempt that was a total disaster. 

 

 

If you do not have time to watch the video, what I learned is that you can use any stamp set that you have with clear embossing powder. Turn your Minc on to the “1” heat setting until the light is green, then let it cool down for about 5 minutes and turn it back on, you can set it to, “0” this time and run your image through with the foil on top inside the carrier folder (or copy paper) and you will get a crisp, foiled image. This means you can now foil tons of images and get completely new looks!

 

522D2221-1E1B-42FA-A4F5-B952BF0FF0DB.JPG
60B6CE5C-7FB1-4E2D-BC39-38F5E116802C.JPG

I foiled this stamp 2 times, 3 if you watched the video, and added some sequins and starts to finish the card. Any heat foil will work, I used some Deco Foil and some Minc Foil and both results were gorgeous. 

Until next time, stay safe in these crafting streets. 

Happy crafting, 

Gaby

I have linked the supplies I used below: 

Sending All These Things

Sunshine Sequin Mix

Gab about Lawnfawnatics - Happy Little Critters

Stamping, Copic Markers, Lawn Fawn, StampsGabriela Sims3 Comments

Hello there! The new challenge is all about critters so I pulled out several stamp sets and got to work. I decided to do a one layer card that involved Copic coloring and some masking. I wanted my critters to be doing something normal, so I decided to have them  delivering a handmade card. I used Toadally Awesome, Say What? Christmas Critters, Love Letters, Yay Kites, and Jump for Joy. I started by arranging my images to get an idea of what I would need to mask.

IMG_1189.JPG

Then I started stamping and masking using some Post-it tape. 

IMG_1190.JPG

I then used my copics to color the sky and grass.

IMG_1192.JPG

Next I peeled the images off one by one and started to color them.

 

IMG_1194.JPG

My sentiment is from the Yay, Kites set and I stamped it with some Versamark ink and heat set it with white embossing powder. I finished by adding some Spectrum Noir Sparkle Pen, some tiny hearts, and some Gelly Roll pen accents. I trimmed a piece of Gotta Have Gingham down and mounted it on a 4.25” x 5.5” card base. 

IMG_1199.JPG

This was a super fun card to make and it reminded me that I have quite a few Lawn Fawn sets that I really love. Until next time, stay safe in these crafting streets.

Happy crafting,

Gaby

I have linked* to the supplies I used below:

Yay, Kites

Toadally Awesome

Say What? Christmas Critters

Love Letters

Jump for Joy

Gotta Have Gingham

Embossing Powder - White

Gelly Roll Pen

VersaMark Watermark Stamp Pad

Copic Markers

*Affiliate links used at no additional cost to you.