Wednesday, July 31, 2019
check out the pages of doodling I did while I was watching a doodling video on YouTube!! I did not always follow her instructions and did not do all the ones that she made but I was pretty happy with my pages of doodling. I recently found these in my craft room and decided to scan them so I could use them as digital stamps. I scanned all of the pages but only isolated about a half dozen images so far. I cleaned them up digitally before saving and printing them. I am pretty happy with this one!!!!! After printing I trimmed the image to fit in the opening I had cut in my panel with a rectangle die (Nestibilities). I added a ribbon below the opening and then a little gold star brad over the knot leaving the ends to extend on both sides. I adhered this large element to my large green card. I watercoloured my image and added it in the opening using 3D foam tape. I will certainly be doodling more pages of images - maybe butterflies or mushrooms next time!! There are a LOT of doodling videos online!! I will be making myself a few more digital stamps!! Therese
Tuesday, July 30, 2019
Monday, July 29, 2019
Sunday, July 28, 2019
Saturday, July 27, 2019
my sister made years ago which featured a large pressed leaf mounted to handmade paper. Unfortunately, the leaf had missing pieces due to its travels so I managed to remove it and so dug in my stash of pressed leaves and found this one that worked well with the green and the handmade paper. I wanted to add some ribbon below the leaf but that hid the end of the stem so I decided to cut the stem and rearrange the bottom down a bit. I used white glue to position both pieces to the handmade paper. When the glue was dry I added the maroon and gold ribbon which I had layered and mounted it over the bottom section of the leaf covering up the gap in the stem. I added three little square brads which I coloured to coordinate with a maroom sharpie marker. I glued the ends of the ribbon to the back of the green layer and then adhered this large element to the front of a large maroon card. I was happy to be able to give this card another go around!! Therese
My Mom is having a milestone birthday this year and we are celebrating as a family. Not sure she has ever had any sort of birthday celebration so I am so grateful to my sister for suggesting it and getting it started!!! I wanted to make her something special that would be just for her. She is a long time sewer and quilt maker so I thought it would be appropriate to have my gift connected to these activities. After a bit of time I was inspired to make her a needle book. Not sure she has one but I do know that she has a little metal box in which she stores her hand stitching supplies which she often took with her when they traveled and went camping. She certainly in the last few years has embroidered panels for quilts with little scenes especially for baby quilts. It keeps her hands busy when Dad is watching TV. So I went looking for inspiration online and there are a LOT of images and tutorials. I was tempted to make several of them but eventually came to the realization that I had to make a needle book that my Mom would appreciate rather than one that was most appealing to me. So I decided it had to have a quilted cover and it would be best to be rectangle in shape. Blue is her favorite colour so I choose four fabrics that coordinated and cut strips that when combined would give me a 5" x 8" rectangle. I wanted to include some hand stitching so I cut a strip from plain fabric and embroidered some flowers in pinks to echo the bit of pink in two of the fabrics. I went back to the notes I had made when I embroidered these felted wool coasters. I drew in a few basic lines, stitched the stems in green and then added the flowers which are all french knots in three different colours of pink embroidery thread. Love how they worked out!!!!! I stitched the panel to the area of my rectangle which would in the end be the front of my needle book. I cut a piece of batting and then a piece of cotton for the inside. I chose a subtle white and gray with a few pink flowers to again echo the pink from the front. I added an elastic loop then stitched around the edge leaving an opening so I could turn it inside out. Once I had it turned I pressed it really well. I hand stitched the opening closed and then added hand stitching to the rectangle to better incorporate the three layers and to give a bit of texture to the front. Finally, I machine stitched all the way around the edge to finish it off nicely. I cut two pieces of batting to create pages inside my needle book and stitched on ribbon to add a decorative feature and to help give a bit of order to the needles as they are added. I stitched the pages to the cover down the center using my sewing machine. I created a heart shaped button for my needle case using shrink plastic and embossed it with a rubber texture mat while it was hot to give some texture. I hand stitched to the front of my book and the elastic loop will now keep all the pages nice and neat.
I am looking forward to giving it to her and I hope it will always be a reminder of a special day and how much I love her and how much I appreciate how much of an inspiration she has been for my life. It sometimes takes years to really appreciate how another's life has been an inspiration for your own!!!! I am grateful my mother is still here with us so I can tell her in person!!!! Therese
A birthday card for my Mom (85) featuring a blue tag, an embossed collage background and a beautiful silk flower
Friday, July 26, 2019
A birthday card featuring a sanded embossed background, bit of decorative paper and a layer with an image, a greeting and some fiber
Beccy's Place) in my stash and the greeting as well. I watercoloured the image to coordinate with the paper and distressed its edges when it was dry. I also distressed the edges of the trimmed greeting. I mounted them to a coordinating rectangle of brown cardstock and added a leather looking fiber in between. I tied a shorter piece to the front to simulate a bow!! I mounted this large element to the front of my card using 3D foam tape. Really like how this one turned out and it was fun to use free supplies!! Therese
Thursday, July 25, 2019
A large card featuring a beautifully embossed card front, some shimmery paper and a collaged focal image
Wednesday, July 24, 2019
I made a few sympathy cards for my Mom. They are at an age that they are often in need of them and she is no longer making them. I chose a few envelopes and made cards to fit in them. This one is a light green one and I trimmed this image from the front of a used card just fussy cutting on the to left and then cutting the other portion straight to the edge of the panel. I used scalloped decorative scissors on the right hand edge and embossed a line using my scoring tool. I used a push pin to pierce each scallop to add texture and interest. I punched an opening in the card with the regular oval punch (SU) and then punched a little laser printed greeting with the small oval punch (SU). I wanted to add a ribbon to the top right but needed a slot behind the layer to bring the ribbon up so I drew a very light line and used an exacto knife to cut it in the front of my card. I inserted the pink ribbon into the slot from the back (inside of the card front) and the through the opening when I glued my decorative element to my card front. I was then able to tie the two ends on the front with a double knot. I sponged the edges of my little oval greeting before positioning it in the opening. I will make a few more for her. Therese
Tuesday, July 23, 2019
my sister made years ago that features a paper napkin image of a schooner which she laminated onto a piece of white handmade paper - a very fun and effective technique!! The greeting below it was stamped and clear embossed. Not much had to be done as this was originally a large card so I trimmed it from the back and mounted the card front to a large white card. Perfect!!
A large birthday card featuring a stamped & stenciled background, a bit of teal doily and a butterfly punchie
Sunday, July 21, 2019
A Teesha Moore cover for our trailer journal!!!!!!! I have been making Teesha Moore inspired squares for quite a while as I really love the hand stitching and the very creative look of them. For some reason I have been resistant to combine them into larger projects though there is enough inspiration online to make a wide variety of projects from journal covers, trivets, mug rug, and bags!! I did do a composition book journal cover a few years ago. You can check it out here, but have not really come up with anything else for quite a while. Recently, we purchased a travel trailer and at an event on the weekend my aunt, Maria, suggested that we keep a trailer journal to document our travels and the repairs and improvements along the way. I was immediately inspired to use my stash of Teesha Moore patches!!!!!!!
I dug out my bag and started sorting them to general size and then placing them on the cover of a composition book leaving a bit of over hang on the top and bottom so I could stitch up the flaps on both ends that will hold the book in the cover. It was so great!!!!! I decided to use my three stitch zigzag on my sewing machine and multicoloured thread to attach them to each other. The stitch is wide enough to have decent purchase on both pieces and with the multicoloured thread I found it did not distract from the colourful hand stitching I had done on the edges of the patches. I ensured that I double stitched at all the joining points to ensure integrity in the cover and it went together fairly quickly using the sewing machine. I had individually hand stitch the surface of the patches and then used hand stitching to combine them into a cover when I made the last cover which was a bit time consuming. I still plan on hand stitching the individual patches on this cover and using one of them to give it a title - probably the coral ferny one which will give the best contrast. It will be a great hand stitching project for around the campfire!! I am so very pleased with it!!!!!!!! Here are a few more photos!!
The back of the cover! Love that little rainbow on the right hand side of the front.
The two inside flaps. The one on the left is quite loose so I will be adding an elastic to the inside to tighten that up a bit but the extra give will allow the storage of a pen or two.
Here is the inside of the cover with the composition book removed. You can see here that I used a blue bobbin thread and it is less beautiful than the cover. It might have been better to use a neutral colour but in the end no one is likely to ever see this part of it so all is good!!
Friday, July 19, 2019
Anniversary card featuring piece of a teal doily, laser printed decorative paper and heart die cuts and a tiny greeting
I have been gifted a little stack of these teal doilies and decided to see what I had that coordinated in my paper stash. I had this fun flower decorative paper which is a digital image which I laser printed a while back. I had started with a large white card and it seemed too stark so I sponged the edges with pink to help it coordinate with the paper. I added two sections of the teal doily in opposite corners and then added two embossed white heart die cuts which I also sponged with pink to make them less stark. To finish off my card I tucked a tiny laser printed greeting among the hearts which worked very well. Those teal doilies have a lot of presence!! Therese
Monday, July 15, 2019
Two more thank you cards featuring punched greetings, decorative paper backgrounds and glittered embellishments
These two cards are made up from kits from a previous class. I followed the sketch for the pink one - punched a hole in the decorative paper, added an embossed strip with a bit of ribbon tied to it and used 3D foam tape to adhere the flower into the opening!! I sponged the greeting before adhering it to my card front using 3D foam tape. This large element was adhered to a coordinating card front. I changed up the other one to include a longer strip, punching the opening to the side, using a landscape format but I did use the same type of greeting which I sponged a little before adhering with 3D foam tape. Chose not to add ribbon as the greeting was going to be placed across the strip instead. Therese
Sunday, July 14, 2019
I started by finding a large pink envelope and made a dark pink card to fit inside. I trimmed the card front, layered it onto black cardstock which I trimmed to leave an even border when placed on the dark pink card. I punched the bottom edge with a eyelet border punch (SU) and then added a length of iridescent ribbon in between the pattern and the card front which coordinates with the glittery accents on the image! I adhered this large element to my dark pink card to finish it off!!
I had the opportunity to do a creating with clay session earlier in June and my creation was finally dry enough to paint so the last week of school I went back and started painting him. It was a short session so I did not get it finished but I did manage to bring him home. I finished painting him at home with the acrylic paints I have on hand and it worked out pretty good.
How did this come about???
My friend and neighbour, Alison gave me a call and invited me to come at the last minute to make a clay creation so I headed out with her to the art classroom at her school and was given a large block of clay and encouraged to make something with it. We had basic tools and mostly used our hands to get the clay to look like we wanted. There were more than a dozen people there - staff as well as friends. With such a short timeline I did not have many ideas. For some reason I thought a Minion would be good, though as you can see from my creation I did not have the finer aspects of their construction down pat so he is a bit of a hybrid. I only came to that realization when I searched for an image to get the colours right!! So this one is wearing a vest over his denim overalls!!! I had already started with some of the elements the wrong colour so I had to change those but in the end it worked out quite well. The acrylic paints dried quite quickly so I was able to clear coat him the next day. I gave him about 3 coats of glossy clear finish so I think that will keep him looking good for a quite a while. The others in the session were much more creative that I was - Alison made a cute little pig to add to her collection. There were angels, movie characters, etc!!! The art teacher made a very well executed Viking!!!! Therese
Saturday, July 13, 2019
Thank you cards featuring hand printed maple leaves, laser printed greetings and some border texture
A couple more Thank you cards!! I found these printed maple leaves a while back and they have been hovering in my craft room for a bit!! I printed these a while back using acrylic paint onto my own handmade paper!! I trimmed down their backgrounds and added greetings - a punched greeting (SU- Word Window) with a copper brad and a vellum greeting folded over the edge of the handmade paper. I added texture to their borders using an embossing folder on one and my tracing wheel on the other before mounting them onto coordinating card fronts. Love these printed leaves!! Therese
Friday, July 12, 2019
I made fabric name tags for our reunion this month!! I started with scraps of fabric about 3-4 wide and stitched them all together making sure they were not too wide so there would be different fabrics in each tag. I made a LONG strip and then folded over the edges and pressed it to be 2" wide. I then cut white cotton strips 2.5" wide and folded the edges over until them met in the middle to provide more opacity. I used multi coloured embroidery thread as my top thread and stitched both sides of my piece strip making a wavy line on each edge. Next, I laid my white strip (folded side down) on the open side of my strip to cover the raw edges and stitch up both sides to secure them together. Then, I cut this long strip into 3.25" pieces to make each name tag. I then stitched all around the edges of each tag with a few extra on the raw ends to secure all the pieces to each other and provide stitching between the raw edge and the hole for the tie. Once they had all been top stitched I ironed them and stack 4 to a pile and punched the holes for the ties using my Cropadile. Worked beautifully!! I had a few ties (T Shirt yarn) cut but my sister has cut a lot more in vibrant colours which she will bring along. You can see below how the ties are threaded into the holes.
Here is how it looks tied on to my wrist! They will be wristbands which is a new way of doing things but this way some of my stash disappeared, used up some thread that was older and what was thin on spools and maybe they will actually keep them for future use. If not, we will collect them and maybe we can use them to make a book cover or something!!! We will be provided black fine tip markers for them to add their names. I expect we will find them tied to all sorts of things like ankles, belt loops, hat bands, buttons, zipper pulls, etc which works just as well. I was able to tie this myself because the t-shirt yarn is so stretchy!! I am happy with them though they did take a bit more time than I first thought. I did change up the design a bit using decorative fabric instead of the plain white and creating finished edges on two sides as well. Initially, I thought a rectangle of white, gray or denim, two holes and a t-shirt yarn tie. Not to pretty - but quick and easy!!! Therese
Thursday, July 11, 2019
Thank you cards featuring felted wool acorns with hand stitching, embossing and a laser printed greeting
Needing a few more thank you cards I dug through my kits to see if there was any that I could make up. I found these two which were created for my May cardmaking class. I changed them up though which often happens with me as I always have more inspiration of how it could be done. I tore my papers and embossed the center space before adding the decorative papers to my layer. I adhered these large layers to my coordinating card fronts and then adhered only one little acorn in the gap. I trimmed and sponged some coordinating laser printed greetings from my stash and adhered them to my card fronts to finish off another two cards!! Therese
Wednesday, July 10, 2019
Wednesday, July 03, 2019
I chose this fun digital of cute little birds for this card. I added a font greeting to it and left enough space in the between to add a ribbon. I printed it onto white cardstock and trimmed it to size. I added a dark pink ribbon which echoes the colours in two of the birds adhering the ends to the back with double sided tape. I trimmed the bottom edge with scalloped decorative scissors and used a push pin to pierce each scallop to add interest and texture. I used my distress tool to roughen up the other three edges. I mounted a piece of coordinating green decorative paper to the front of a white card and added my large focal element!! Thought it needed just "a bit of something" so I added three clear rhinestones above the ribbon on the left hand side. Better!!! Therese
Tuesday, July 02, 2019
Birthday card featuring a digital image of leaves, a sanded embossed layer and a laser printed greeting
Anne's Cards4U) from my image stash and trimmed it down some before watercolouring it. I layered a piece of yellow cardstock on the left hand side and then added a green strip next to it which spanned the width of the card. I trimmed it even with the background at the top and flagged the bottom edge. I adhered this layer to the background leaving the lower part of the strip free as I wanted to tuck my little laser printed greeting under it. I flagged the end of the greeting and tucked it under the strip and then glued down all the pieces. I adhered this large element to the front of my gray card!! I thought that my image needed a bit of something so I added little bits of clear glitter with a gel marker on the leaves and most of the dots. That was better!! Therese
Monday, July 01, 2019
In anticipation of bringing our own dishes to our family reunion this year I worked on making carriers for them this weekend. I had thought I would make them square but when I got started it seemed that round would work better so they are round. I made one for me and one for DH. I used polyester/cotton upholstery samples and included some mesh in order to allow the dishes to dry if they are stored away wet or damp. I included a zipper just above the middle making sure it was going to be wide enough to insert my plate. I cut the back 12.25" and then used the scrap to create the top of my front and inserted a zipper. I thought the zipper in the mesh might not work quite as well. I added the mesh and trimmed it to be the same as the back. I used the small scraps to make a hanger and positioned it at the top and then with right side facing each other I stitched all the way around double stitching where the holder was. I turned it inside out and ironed it flat ensuring that the seam created a nice edge. I added two lines of stitching - one about 1/8" from the outside edge and one about 1/4" from the outside edge. Worked out really well!!!!!! I stitched a napkin from fabric and added it to my carrier. It works well to wrap the utensils in the napkin which prevents the tines of the fork from poking out of the mesh!!
All the girls at Guide camp have to bring dishes to camp which they use for all of their meals. It produces so much less garbage and each girl is responsible for her dishes and for washing them after every meal. It creates an awareness of environmental responsibility as well a personal responsibility for their own "stuff". We are encouraging everyone coming to the reunion to bring their own dishes in order to drastically reduce the amount of garbage we will be producing. Therese
I cut the sleeves off the navy one and simply turned over the edge and used pink thread and a triple zig zag stitch to finish it off. I left the navy one as it was and cut the pink one long enough to make the cover up just above the knee on me so it will be a little shorter on my grand daughter as she is grown a lot this year. Once I cut the pink t shirt I ran a basting stitch along the cut edge, gathered it just enough to fit in the bottom of the navy one and folded the seam allowance over on the stitching line. I pinned the fold to the inside of the navy one to line up with the stitching on the hem. I used the same triple zigzag stitch using pink thread to sew the two together which put the decorative stitch just nicely within the two lines of stitching on the hem of the navy shirt. It helps to make it look like it was originally all one piece and coordinates with the stitching on the arm holes. I cut a strip off of the remaining piece of the pink shirt to make a tie knotting each end and fringing the ends. I dug through my stash and found a piece of trim that coordinated so I made two loops and hand stitched them to the cover up on either side of the middle just a bit lower than the natural waist line so that there would be a bit of extra on the top when it gathered. I embellished the loops with pink buttons. These will be easy to move should they not be in the right place as I did not have my grand daughter around to try it on when I was sewing!! I am sure it will do the trick for her trip and will be a good thing to have for the summer when they got to the beach. Therese