Tuesday, May 19, 2020

Happygrams for FCSS

 The Family and Community Social Services in our area has been giving out Happygrams to their clients.  There was an article in the paper this past week with an invitation for anyone who wanted to share a story, a joke, a drawing or anything else created from the heart to drop off their creations to help those who are struggling during this time of uncertainty.   I made a few fun little creations - mostly little panel cards - that I will be dropping off tomorrow.  I simply dug into my stash and found an item that inspired me and then gathered a few more bits to make it whole.  I also found some shrink plastic hearts which were created a while back.  I added holes, shrunk them and added hangers to them.  They would make fun window decorations!!  I had a fun day playing in my craft room in order to cheer others!!


After some internet research on Happygrams I found Tammy Tutterow had created a line of stamps with which to create Happygrams.  I downloaded some completed images, sized them and then colour printed them.  I layered them with cardstock and they will be added to my little creations and donated as well.          Therese

Monday, May 18, 2020

Another set of six crumb quilting squares


With the weather outside this morning being windy and cooler I decided to spend the morning on another set of crumb quilting squares.  I discovered two long strips of squares (2.5") which were obviously coordinating but not exactly the same so I decided to add what I could to make another set of six squares.  I started by dismantling the strips into the closest measure to ten inches, the final size I wanted for my finished squares.  Next, I cut strips from a piece of a green fabric which featured a country side landscape with flowers and animals and stitched them onto one side of six of the 10+ strips.  I then, stitched another piece of the original ones next to it.  I needed to add about 4" to what I had so I could trim out a 10" square.  I dug through my little stash of crumb scraps and found the brown and pink floral fabric of which I had enough to add a strip to each of the pieces I had already stitched together.  I then played with what was remaining of the original strips deconstructing and adding a floral pink fabric to make up the 4" that I needed.  I trimmed them all to 10" and have another set of six squares for quilting with.  It is interesting to me that this set also has a pink and green theme with brown thrown in as well.  These ones look much more quilted because of the originals strips I started with.     Therese

Sunday, May 17, 2020

Quilting - Crumb square for trading

I had a bit of time this afternoon so I thought I would get started on some crumb quilting squares for my sister.  She has agreed to pass on her fabric scraps to me and I will pass back some 10" crumb quilting squares.  I started with a fairly large quilted piece which came in a bag of scraps and found a few other pieces that coordinated and got started.  I just kept sewing on pieces and making strips to add on until I could trim what I had to 10" square.  I see that there is one that has less green than the others but they generally coordinate fairly well.  I am really enjoying the crumb quilting process but I prefer to crumb quilt with larger pieces rather than those that are really tiny.  I am looking forward to making a few more in different colours!!

Therese

Thursday, May 14, 2020

Slow Stitching - second little house

I have finished my second little house in my Slow Stitching project!!  I used a fused panel of fabric for the base of the house because it allowed me to match the pattern and have a slimmer house.  I added brown roof, a chimney, two windows and a double layered door.  I like the fun look of this house.  I stitched the chimney horizontally to give it more texture and interest.  I did three rows of stitching around the edge of the roof.  I used soft teal thread to make the three rows around the base of the house and I like the softness of the colours.  I added two windows and stitched them in place using similar colours instead of contrasting which makes them really bright.  I used two layers of fabric for the door - a brown in behind and a turquoise/peach pattern for the double door which echoes the house colours.  I added to dark red stitches for the handles one for each door. Happy with this one!  I will use try to change up a few things for the next house - roof line, windows and maybe a different front door placement.  We shall see!!!!!!!  Therese

Exchange cards featuring stamped greetings, decorative paper and punchies

For my Exchange cards this month I have made another attempt at creating cards from a card sketch which I rediscovered in my Inspiration file.  These are pretty much CAS cards though they are not necessarily quick in that some thought and auditioning has to be done with the elements you are using to get good balance.  I used rectangles and hearts in my last two cards and I thought that circles might work well so I hauled out my circle punchie stash and put together a few in varying size ( 1", 1.25", 1 3/8", 1 3/4") which I thought would work together.  Next, I went looking for some subtle decorative paper which I could use with my little collections.  After that I created coordinating cards to fit in the large envelopes I had chosen.  I cut the circles in about half - one part just a bit bigger than the other with scissors.  On hindsight, it might have been better to use my paper cutter because it cuts straight.  I found two different greetings  to use and stamped them onto the subtle papers I trimmed out in a coordinating ink colour.  I used a square triangle in order to get the lines of elements perpendicular to the sides of the backgrounds.  My purple greeting was created with magnetic letters - I am still missing my mount - so you can see that the greeting is not really straight but this only became very evident once I was gluing my elements in place so I decided to just go with it!!  I arranged all the half circles until I was happy with the layout of them, moved them up a bit, added a length of double sided tape and then glued the bottom ones in place on the tape and then added the upper ones over them using white glue applied with a fine tip applicator.  The circles give a more balanced look for this sketch but I did have to strongly resist adding dots or "something" to them.  I am enjoying the challenge of this sketch and look forward to using other elements to see if other shapes work better than the ones I have used so far.               Therese


Wednesday, May 13, 2020

Birthday card featuring a stamped greeting, decorative paper and hand drawn bows

I have been reviewing my Inspiration file folder and found a few cards using a similar sketch and decided to see if I could make that sketch work for me.  I took me a while to decide what shapes I was going to use and finally chose rectangles.  I cut a brown card to fit in a large envelope and then found this subtle decorative paper which I thought would work well with it.  I used my Making Memories magnetic stamp set to stamp the greeting in dark brown ink.  My metal mount is MIA so I had to improvise - took a bit of time!  I have a lot of stamped greetings that were stamped before I was happy with the coverage and layout of the letters.  While it was drying I dug out my little stash of orange scraps and cut a variety of rectangles and auditioned them to make an arrangement above the words.  Once I was happy with it I adhered them in place.  I turned my background over and created another set of rectangles and glued them in place when I was happy with the layout.  After they were all mounted I thought they were a bit boring so I added little hand drawn bows on the tall ones and added kraft fiber bows to the two small ones.  It adds some texture which was nice.  On hindsight, I could have flagged the ends or cut them with decorative scissors or a border punch to add some interest.  I like the straight edges on the pieces which nicely highlights the greeting!!  Not as successful as the originals but I will try again.  Happy with the result!!           Therese

Tuesday, May 12, 2020

CAS Get well card featuring a digital greeting and decorative paper


Still finding scraps to make cards from in my green paper scraps stash!!  These scraps had to be trimmed to create this background on the blue card I created to fit in one of my smaller envelopes.  I found the greeting (Desert Diva) in my stash and it perfectly filled the middle section on this card.  I distressed the edges and then sponged on some blue ink.  I ran the pattern tracing wheel all the way around and the added a bit of green sponged ink in the center section.  I adhered it to my card using 3D foam tape.  Again, this is a card layout I have used in the past but not recently.   Therese

Monday, May 11, 2020

Anniversary card featuring an embossed background and die cut label and an serendipity heart embellishment

My parent's anniversary is coming up and they will have been married for 66 years!!!!!!  Good on them!!  They are still living independently and are safe and well during this health crisis!  We are all grateful. 
I started with a large envelope and I made a white card to fit inside.  I chose a double sided white core green paper and embossed and sanded it a bit to get some texture on it.  I added a wide white ribbon and then adhered it to my card front.  I tied the remainder to the bottom portion using a single knot to simulate a bow. I rotated the knot on the ribbon to have the knot behind which gives a more elegant look on the front.  I die cut a white core pink layer and embossed it with the Swiss Dot embossing folder.  I sanded the dots and edges for texture and interest.  I dug through my serendipity stash and found this die cut heart that coordinated very nicely.  I tied on some pink fiber and mounted it to the label using 3D foam tape.  I mounted this focal element to my card front overlapping the ribbon. 
Therese

CAS Birthday card featuring decorative paper, digital greeting and tracing wheel texture


I kept digging into my green paper scraps and found these three that worked together.  These had to be trimmed to size.  I was happy to find a layout that worked well with this colour printed font greeting which I found in my stash.  The scroll frame is from CLKER.  I added the colour and greeting digitally and then laser printed it.  It had a white border which was quite distracting so I fussy cut it off and used my distress tool on the edges.  I masked the scrolled ends and added a bit of green sponged ink to help highlight them.  I added texture to my card base using my pattern tracing wheel before I adhered all of my elements to it.  I made this red card to fit in a small envelope.  
Therese

Sunday, May 10, 2020

All occasion card featuring decorative paper and serendipity heart with a fiber bow

For my oldest daughter I am sending her this very cute all occasion card!!!!!!!!  I started with a small envelope and made a green card to fit inside.  I added a piece of colour printed decorative paper which I printed off a while back with strips of colour and a leafy pattern.  I punched a coordinating serendipity heart  and added a bright yellow layered heart (SU diecut).  I adhered it to the card front using 3D foam taper and then added the little turquoise bow using a small piece of glue dot.  I love the simplicity of this design!!!         Therese

Saturday, May 09, 2020

Sewing - a fabric pencil case and coordinating book mark


Wanting to send a small gift to my grand daughter for her birthday I decided to make her something.  After a perusal of the options I decided on a pencil case and book mark. I found the heavyweight black fabric in my stash and then remembered that I had sorted through some very nice fabric scraps with black backgrounds a while back.  These floral strips were just the right colour to coordinate with the zipper I had chosen so I used them to accent the pencil case and the bookmark.  It took longer to decide on the project than it did to actually make it.  It was a fun little project and I hope she will find them useful.  Her large gift is one she is sharing with her siblings and because her brothers had their birthdays in February she already knows what it is.   This will be nice little surprise for her!! 
Therese

Friday, May 08, 2020

Anniversary card featuring embossed layers, border punched eyelet ribbon and serendipity hearts

Our daughter and son in law are celebrating their anniversary this month and I have made up this card for them. 
I started with a large envelope and created a brown card to fit inside.  I dug through my white core cardstock and found this similarly sized off cuts.  I embossed them with different embossing folders and then sanded their edges and middle to reveal the embossed design and them texture.  I adhered them to my card which left a gap perfectly sized for another scrap I had in my little stash.  I did not emboss the green one and trimmed it just a little longer.  I mounted red strip which was punched with the ribbon border punch from Stampin Up before mounting the green strip.  Thinking it needed a bit of something I stamped it with a script stamp (SU) in a dark ink which helped to unify the design.  I added two serendipity hearts punched with the SU heart punch over the green strip and then added three little brown rhinestones.  I found a coordinating greeting and mounted it just below the hearts.    Therese

Thursday, May 07, 2020

Birthday card featuring a fun cupcake with a star and some ribbon flags

A fun card for one of my grandaughter's birthday which is coming up soon!!!  I started with a large envelope and created an off white card to fit inside.  I cut the piece of polka dot red paper for my background and decided to embellish it.  With a black Sharpie I added some hand drawn circles and three dots in all the large circles and put a single dot in the each small circle.  Next, I coloured all the circles in with yellow.  Finally, I used the open end of a nerf bullet to stamp red circles in between all the other ones.  The result adds some pizzazz!! I adhered it to my card front.  I laser printed the cute little cupcake (Melonheadz) after adding the birthday greeting, trimmed it to size and then watercoloured it using shimmery paint on the icing and a clear glitter gel pen on the dots and the swirl at the top.  I ran my tracing wheel on three edges and just below the greeting on the bottom.  I punched the bottom with a scallop punch (SU) and then added four shimmery embellishments in the four full scallops.  I layered it with red cardstock and added seven little red checkered ribbon flags on the right hand side.  To finish off my card I used 3D foam tape to adhere this focal element to my card front.  I like how the star echos the little yellow circles in my decorative paper.          Therese

Slow Stitching - my first house is finished


I have finished slow stitching my first house in my new Slow Stitching project!!  I have changed my daily routine in order to add a daily walk outside so slow stitching has moved to the evening but I don't always get to it so this project may take a little longer than I expected but it is summer time and there are other tasks that will need to be a priority.  No problem, this is a relaxing activity and I will do it as often as I can. 
I pinned the house body - a 5" square - and then added the windows and the door which I cut from scraps.  I used a 7" hoop to stabilize the area and then started stitching.  I did the perimeter of the house body with three rows of running stitch using a light yellow floss.  I stitched the windows in place using running stitch and dark brown floss.  I went around twice filling in the spaces on my first row on my second go around.  I like how that works!!  I added some bright yellow running stitches on the corners of all the panes to create a highlight.  I stitched the door using purple floss and then added a half round window and a door handle in light yellow floss.  I removed the hoop, pinned the roof in place and then flipped the top edge and put the chimney in place and stitching it down with several rows of running stitch in dark brown.  I replaced the roof and stitched it into place using dark maroon floss using three rows of running stitch all the way around.  I added some small black stab stitches in each little black line in the roof to give it a bit of texture.  Pretty happy with how it worked out!!  I am hoping to give all my little houses their own unique look so we shall see what the next one will look like.  I will consider adding foliage and flowers in between and possibly in front of the houses once they are all stitched in place.  We shall see!!          Therese

An all occasion card featuring TH wild flower die cut in purple, a strip of serendipity and a layer textured with my tracing wheel

For Mother's Day I created this card for my youngest daughter.  I features a TH wildflowere die cut in dark purple which I layered onto a strip of coordinating serendipity paper which I punched on the bottom using a label punch (SU).  I inserted it from the back so I only punched the edge.  I like the look!!  I added a gray ribbon to finish it off.  I chose a pink layer and tore the bottom edge then ran my tracing wheel all over it to add some texture.  I mounted my serendipity focal element  to it using double sided tape.  Next, I cut a light purple card to fit in a smaller non standard envelope and mounted my large element to it using double sided tape.  After mounting it I decided to add a row of piercings on both sides using my tracing wheel which frames it nicely.    Therese

CAS Thankyou card featuring decorative paper, a font greeting and some tracing wheel texture


Another CAS card that I created with inspiration from some online that left less blank space.  I have trouble leaving a lot of blank space.  I had the green scraps on my desk from another card I decided to see if I could come up with another card from that stash.  I found these scraps and only hand to trim them to length for this card!!  I adhered them onto a red card which I created to fit in one of my smaller envelopes.  I found the greeting in my stash, added two lines of piercing using my pattern tracing wheel and layered it onto a coordinating piece of green cardstock before adhering it to my card front over the decorative paper.  It still needed a bit of something so I added two little red circle punchies which I adhered with my white glue fine tip applicator.  I have made this sketch before but not very recently.  It was nice to be using designs from the past.    Therese

Wednesday, May 06, 2020

All occasion card featuring a serendipity heart, decorative paper flags and a square of green cardstock

This is the card I am sending my Mom for Mother's day.  It is my favorite colour combination - green and pink.  I chose a small envelope and made a green card for it.  I mounted a square of green cardstock and then added two pieces of flagged decorative paper - a pink one with tracing wheel texture and a green and pink one with roses just a little offset from each other.  I mounted a coordinating serendipity heart over them and added a little pink fiber bow using a small piece of a glue dot.  I have been seeing a lot of double flag cards on Splitcoast Stampers and it is the first time I have made one!!  Therese

CAS Sympathy card featuring three decorative papers, a die cut sprig and a little font greeting

Needed a sympathy card this week and decided to see if I could do Clean and Simple.  I admire many of the CAS cards I find on the internet but usually I cannot convince myself to leave so much white space. I did find a few that had a little less white space so I took them as inspiration and got started. 
I started with a smaller envelope and made a white card to fit inside.  I had my green scraps on my desk and decided to see if I could find three that coordinated enough to make a card.  I found these three which worked and so I just adhered them to my white card front.  I found the little diecut sprig (TH) in my little stash of leaves and used white glue applied with a fine tip applicator to secure it in place.  The little font greeting punchie (SU - Word Window) I found in my stash and adhered with 3D foam tape.  I am very happy with the result!!  I made a few more which I will be blogging soon!!

Therese

Monday, May 04, 2020

Birthday card featuring fabric, buttons and a cute sewing machine

I made this sewing themed card for my youngest daughter who is celebrating a special birthday this year!!!!!!  She is the owner of Winnipeg Sews and has been drawn to sewing since high school and is now using her talents to spread the love of sewing and quality handmade clothes that fit.  I found this digital sewing machine image online, sized it and added a font greeting before laser printing it.  I watercoloured the image to coordinate with my background - a piece of beautiful fabric.  It is removable in case she decides to add it to a little something she is making.  I trimmed the printed buttons and watercoloured those as well.  The fabric is stitched to the brown embossed piece of cardstock with gold thread through the holes in the buttons.  After adding some texture with a few strokes from my pattern tracing wheel I added a fabric ribbon and a button to the image and then adhered it to the fabric using four tiny pieces of double sided tape. I adhered this large element to my large ivory card front.  Wishing her all that is good on her special day!!         Therese

A little cowboy quilt

I have been working on and off on this little cowboy quilt which has been made up from two fabric panels I have had in my stash for a while.  After a bit of playing around with them to figure out how I could make them into a quilt I discovered if I overlapped them the designs lined up so I stitched them together!!  All the fabrics are heavier than the regular so it worked out well.  I stitched the two outside strips from precut pieces and they make a really nice border.  I added a couple strips of a solid taupe in between to help make a cohesive design.  I added fabric as batting and then a heavyweight cotton as the backing.  The binding is dark brown polyester cut from a raveled pillow sham.  I am please with how it turned out.  I will be washing it tomorrow and adding to my little pile of quilts for donation.           Therese

Saturday, May 02, 2020

Christmas cards featuring word ornaments and custom decorative backgrounds


A few more Christmas cards!!  I cut the ornaments (SX) and words (TH_SX) while I was at it last time I made cards and so I have decided to get a few more made.  I dug out my box of Christmas paper to see what I had for backgrounds. I found several and made up a few more.  
For the first card, I taped three pieces of this beautiful metallic gift wrap together with regular tape and trimmed it, adhered to a green card front, used gold/green metallic paper to back the ornament and create the topper and added gold cording for the hanger.  
For the second card, I created a background by taping together strips of decorative paper together and trimmed it to size and adhered to a green card, used white pearly paper to back the ornament and create the topper and added white cording for the hanger. 
For the third card, I layered the green paper over some yellow decorative paper and glued this large element to a red card front, used yellow/orange hand decorated watercoloured paper to back the ornament and create the topper and used twine as the hanger.  It needed a  bit of something so I added a twine across the bottom and tied on a short length to simulate a bow and added the little layered stamped greeting (Nestibilities).  That was better!
For the fourth card, I taped layers of decorative paper together, added green/gold metallic paper strips over the joints and trimmed it to size then adhered it to a green card.  I used green/gold metallic paper to back the ornament and create the topper and added a gold embroidery thread for the hanger.  Thinking it needed a bit of something I added a coordinating oval punchie font greeting which I sponged with a bit of red before adhering with 3D foam tape.  
I am really liking the chance to change up the backgrounds on these cards.  I prefer to create one of a kind cards!!!!!!!!!!   Therese


Friday, May 01, 2020

Christmas cards featuring glittery pinecone backgrounds, die cut ornaments and silver foil accents


Made these Christmas cards using the last of this beautiful glittery pine cone gift wrap which arrived over the holiday season wrapped around one of our gifts.  I mounted the backgrounds to red cards.  I die cut the ornaments (SX) and then die cut the word (TH) out of the middle section.  These are not coordinating dies but they worked out really well.  Next, I dug out my oval Nestibilities to see if I would be fortunate enough to find one of them that would cut an oval appropriate for filling in the opening.  Yes, there is one that does the job perfectly!!!  I cut the ovals from silver foil and also cut the top of the ornament as well.  I trimmed the tops and used white glue to adhere them to the ornaments.  I used regular tape to adhere the ovals to the back of the the ornaments.  I added white thread hangers to them which I secured on the inside of the cards using regular tape as well and then used 3D foam tape to mount the ornaments to the card fronts.   Really happy to have a few more cards for my stash!    Therese

NOTE:  I am staying home as much as I can during the Covid 19 pandemic in hopes of not getting sick.  It has been nice to get ahead on Christmas cards during this time.  

Wednesday, April 29, 2020

Slow Stitching - sky, trees and ground fabric collage for my houses




I have been working on my fabric collage which will be the background onto which I will be hand stitching my little houses.  I did some research on fabric collages in hopes of finding a way to finish the edges of my fabric pieces in order for them to be solid and secure so this base would be strong enough to hold the houses once this piece is incorporated into a quilt.  I did not want to use fusible webbing because generally it creates stiffness and would make the handstitching of the houses more difficult.  I found this video tutorial called Edge Colouring Applique from Fourth and Sixth Designs which is a technique they developed to finish off their applique designs for their Full Bloom Block of Month quilt in 2014.  It was exactly what I was looking for!!!!!  I started with my brown strip.  I simply used this method to join my scraps to each other.  I had trouble with my tension when I used reverse and so it is a little wonky but I did not want to start over so I have decided to use as it is.  Its wonkiness will add to the texture of the background.  I did the green layer next and this time I chose to stitch all my scraps to each other using a single line of  straight stitch before I used this technique to "colour" the edges of my scraps.  This worked better.  I also changed sewing machines and used my Bernina 830 which worked much better.  The tension was good in both forward and reverse and gave me a good result with this technique.  I am really happy with how the green layer worked out.  As you can see the blue layer is a single piece of fabric which perfectly simulated a sky which is what I was looking for!!!! 

Check the images below for a close up of the stitching which I used to secure the edges of my pieces.  I simply laid my scraps over each other and the back and forth stitching of the technique securely attaches them to each other and also blends in the line of straight stitching I used to create the green collage.  This technique is a bit like free motion stitching and requires developing a rhythm to get it to go well.  Free motion stitching is also a technique they recommend for this "edge colouring" but I was not ready for a steep learning curve so I used this one that uses regular straight stitch instead. 

 

 Here is a portion of the finished piece with the three layers of the fabric collage attached in the same way as the scraps pieces were attached for the brown and green strips.  The blue is the sky, the green is the landscape/horizon line and the brown strip is the dirt/road in the foreground.  I expect this will not be used literally in that the houses will likely overlap all three layers.  They have yet to be invented.  That is work for another day. 
The first photo below is the finished fabric collage and then the bottom one has the bottom edge straightened in that it would be best to have the houses all sitting straight to the edge of the collage and perpendicular to it as well.  I would prefer not to have my houses looking like their are off kilter. 

So I will be working up pieces of houses next and will get back to slow stitching when they are ready to go.  I will be doing slow stitching in the day or evening for the summer to allow me to get a morning walk in every day.  Therese


Monday, April 27, 2020

A birthday card with bright colours, decorative paper and a large elaborate greeting (digital)


My oldest grand daughter will be 13 this month and I made her this card.  She is growing up and is now taller than I am.  She is a crafty person and loves making all sorts of things.  She is currently doing a lot of hand sewing  - little stuffies and badges mostly.  Her large card features a fun pennant piece of scrapbook paper which I cut into two pieces and mounted the other piece with the orange and yellow polka dots pattern showing.  My sister has made a donation to me of some of her beautiful double sided paper!!!!!!  I created a fun embellishment to cover the joint using a border punch (SU).  It punches a scalloped edge and eyelet holes.  I trimmed out the middle section between some of the holes and laced some blue satin ribbon through.  I mounted my background to a green card and then added my embellishment with double sided tape.  I added three little chevrons on the right hand side which I punched from a scrap because the punch faces upward and I wanted them facing downward.  Glued them in place using glue stick.  I printed the greeting large and watercoloured it to coordinate with the background.  I added some glitter using a clear glitter pen.  She loves glitter!!  I ran my tracing wheel along each edge before I mounted it to my card front using 3D foam tape.  The "Happy Birthday" greeting is from Craft Starters.  They have some fun images.  I downloaded some Kawaii images and printed them off to include in the card!!  

Therese

Slow stitched trees are all done!!

I have finally finished stitching my little trees to the bases.  I have added two rows of running stitch to all of them using yellow floss.  It frames them nicely, echoes the star and securely achours them to the squares.  Once I finished the stitching I trimmed all the squares to 6" and they will be used as an accent column in a future quilt.  I will have work on what sort of colour scheme will work and then get some fabric together.  For now it is on hold in the cabinet and I am working on my next slow stitching project.  It will be little houses!!!!!!!  I am currently working on the substrate for the houses which involves fabric collage and a new thread colouring technique. 

Therese

Tuesday, April 21, 2020

Jazzed up a reusable bag for a birthday gift

 
I jazzed up a reusable bag with music fabric and some accent pieces to package my oldest grand daugter's birthday gift. I simply created a strip of fabric using a piece of music note fabric from my stash and a few small strips of coordinating fabric and stitched it to the bag about 3" from the bottom which conveniently covered the words.  I did have to open the side seam to accomplish that but it was a relatively easy project and I think it will nicely package her birthday gift.      Therese

Sunday, April 19, 2020

Rainbow quilt top featuring my heart rainbow squares

I managed to get my rainbow quilt top made up today.  It features my little rainbow heart slow stitched squares which are in a column between the blue strips.  Without the strips they blended right in and were not very noticeable.  Very happy with the way it turned out.  I have a bit of trimming to do at the bottom and then it will be finding batting and a backing. 

Therese

Saturday, April 18, 2020

Birthday card featuring a vase of flowers (digital), decorative paper and a font greeting

I made this large card for my sister whose birthday is coming up!!  I used a piece of scrapbook paper with brown on the left and blue polka dots on the right with stripes in between.  I trimmed it and adhered to an ivory card base.  The flower and vase image is one I have recently downloaded from Creating Paper Hugs.  I laser printed it onto white cardstock, trimmed it out of the letter sized sheet and watercoloured it to coordinate with my background.  Once it was dry I ran my pattern tracing wheel on all four edges before adhering it to my card front using 3D foam tape.  I found this little laser printed font greeting which I layered onto brown before adding to my card.  Voila!!  It is fun to be back to making cards!!! 

Therese

Thursday, April 16, 2020

Finished the little heart & star quilt top


I have finished the little quilt top I mentioned the other day!!  I had enough the wrinkly gray fabric to create a binding.  I cut it 2.5" wide and folded & ironed it in half.  I stitched a single edge to the front of my quilted top and then folded it over the edge and then folded in another quarter inch and pinned it over the stitch line.  My corners are soft and rounded.  Not sure what exactly I did wrong but I will investigate and see what I need to do differently for next time.  For this time around they are soft and rounded and that will be fine.  I used dark thread on the top and stitched in the ditch from the front.  I did have a few places where I missed the fabric on the back - less than last time - so I will have to be more careful with my next one though I am considering not stitching in the ditch and actually stitching on the front edge which should guarantee that I do not miss the backing.  It is trial and error!!  Proficiency comes with experience and repetition!! 
This quilt finished at 36" x 46".  I used a cotton polyester fabric as a batting and a gray with soft stripes sheet on the back.  Glad to have given this little quilt a chance to bless another person in the world.  It will be headed to the Linus Project when things get back to "normal".           Therese

Tuesday, April 14, 2020

Slow Stitching - Trees

 I have been working on my slow stitching tree project for the last few weeks getting the little tree squares stitched to larger squares.  I have used blue floss for all the stitching in order to have the trees remain the focal points.  It has been fun to find stitches in my books which I have not done before that will overlap the edge of the square  - cretan, fern, closed fern, etc.  I have also used blanket stitch and a variety of combinations as well including fern, stab, daisy, etc. 
I am feeling like there is not enough stitching to keep these little squares attached to the larger one so more stitching will definitely be added.  Not yet inspired as to what exactly that will be so I will sleep on it and see what I can come up with tomorrow.          Therese





Birthday card featuring a watercoloured coffee cup, some hand stitching and embossed velvet paper

 I made this card for DH birthday later this week.  I found some brown velvet paper in a box of serendipity supplies when I was making this heart in support of front line workers who are out there every day during this health crisis.  I embossed it with a coffee bean border from Pink Cat Studio which belongs to a set I bought a while back.  I simply laid the rubber stamp on the velvet surface of the paper and passed it through my Big Shot with very little pressure. Worked really well!  I adhered this little piece of embossed paper to a piece of mottled watercolour paper which I had stamped with a script stamp (SU) in brown.  I added a strip of red cardstock which I border punched with a ribbon/eyelet punch (SU).  I added stitching by hand using ivory and gold floss using the holes in the border.  I tied another short end to the left hand side before adhering it over where the two paper join.  I adhered this large layer to a dark brown card front.  For my focal image I chose a large coffee cup (Stamp Barn) which I stamped and gold embossed.  I watercoloured the cup and added a bit of colour to the background to make it less stark.  I used my distress tool on the edge and then smudged it with a brown stamp pad to help it stand out from the background.  I mounted this large image to my card front using 3D foam tape and then trimmed and layered a small font greeting with brown which I tucked under its bottom edge and adhered in place with double sided tape.   Therese

Another quilt top


I found this quilt top in my stash when I was sorting through fabric on the weekend. It was square and fortunately I had cut pieces and scraps of the same fabrics as well. I added a strip of the colourful fabric at the top and then a narrow piece of the wrinkly gray fabric and then at the bottom I added a narrow strip of the colourful fabric and then another of the wrinkly gray fabric.   Using the scraps I created pieces that were 3.5" wide and then arranged them into piles so I could evenly distribute the colours and textures into the border that I needed to add all the way around to get the quilt top to be about 35" x 45".  I stitched the border pieces to each other and then added a length of the border to each side which worked out really well.  I think the quilt looks reasonably balanced the large white areas are pretty much centered.  I will now have to find some batting and a backer.  I will also investigate if I have enough fabric left to actually create a binding for it.  It would be really nice if it coordinated.  If not, I will see if I can find a piece of dark green which would work very well for the binding.  Very happy to be able to give this little quilt top another chance!!!!!!!!  Therese