Tuesday, March 31, 2020
one of the flannel quilt tops I made up this past weekend!! I filled it with layer of cotton fabric and backed it with a cotton/polyester floral fabric in coordinating pastel colours. Really happy with how it worked out. It measures 36" x 46.5" and is fairly light in weight because of the lightweight batting and backing. I stitched up and down the columns beginning in the middle and moving to the edges rotating the quilt as I went to keep the quilt evenly quilted and not pulling in one direction because of the quilting seams. I did a self binding by leaving about 1.5" of the backing fabric all the way around the quilt and then double folding it and stitching it down. I used white thread to sew the top together and it worked very well for the quilting and binding seams as well. I have added it to the little bright coloured one I made a while back. Therese
CLKER onto white cardstock and trimmed it out of the letter sized sheet. I created the background by taping four pieces of cardstock with white/coloured cores together, embossing them with a swirly embossing folder (SX) and then sanding to reveal the texture. I added a rainbow organza ribbon with a tiny white one overlaid and adhered their ends to the inside of the card using double sided tape. I mounted it to a green card front. I watercoloured the laser printed butterfly in colours that coordinated with the background. I distressed the edges, layered it with a gold/green metallic paper and then mounted it to my card front using 3D foam tape. Therese
Monday, March 30, 2020
Pixabay. Once trimmed from the letter sized sheet of white cardstock I distressed its edges and then added a line of paper piercing using my pattern tracing wheel. To highlight the yellow in the wings I layered it onto a light yellow piece of cardstock leaving a bit extra on the bottom for embellishing. I punched it with the scallop border punch (SU), punched 1/16" holes in each one and then added two lines of embossing using my scoring tool I really like all the texture on this piece. I embossed a weathered brown cardstock with a swirly background, added a small strip of aqua over it and mounted this large element to an aqua card. I mounted the large butterfly element over the strip using 3D foam tape to finish off my card. Love the colours of this one!! Appropriate for sympathy, get well, thinking of you or just as a note card to a friend! Therese
Sunday, March 29, 2020
CLKER) which I laser printed on white cardstock and trimmed out of a letter sized sheet. I watercoloured the water and once it was dry I masked and sponged in a horizon and landscape beyond. I added a row of paper piercing using my pattern tracing wheel on all four edges. I tore a piece from the inside of an used bank envelope to create my background. I glued it in place on my black card and then secured it with this fun washi tape which my son gave me for Christmas!! The pattern is a subtle background with hashed lines in gray. I mounted the loon image over the background and added the little layered greeting using 3D foam tape. Therese
Saturday, March 28, 2020
I have decided to change the scope of this project as I have discovered more and more that the blue precut squares I chose for the backgrounds of these trees are not of a consistent size which will make assembling them into a column for a quilt difficult. I have been pondering this issue for several days now. I decided today that I will be stitching these squares to larger squares which I will cut to 6" in a variety of colours which means that I have already stitched enough little trees to make up the column I need for a quilt. So I dug into my stash and found some squares which are cut larger than 6" which I will use as backgrounds for these squares. I will be stitching these little squares to them and then they will be assembled into a column for a quilt. I am not sure how much stitching yet but for sure a row all the way around to secure it to the background. I am inclined to add a bit more but I am not sure exactly what manner that will be. Will invent it when I get there! I feel good about this new direction. It will make the squares more interesting as the little trees will be framed with colour. I will be getting started tomorrow! Looking forward to it!! Therese
CLKER which I laser printed onto white cardstock and trimmed to size. I watercoloured it, mounted it to a hand embossed orange layer inserting a tiny laser printed font greeting in between before pressing everything down. I left some an extra border of orange on the right hand side and the bottom which nicely highlights the puffin's beak and feet!! I adhered this large layered element to a black card front and thinking it still needed something I added dots and dashes around the edges of the image. That was much better!!
Friday, March 27, 2020
CLKER) which I usually colour orange but today I thought I would change it up and coloured it gray! I like it!! I used some red fiber and a large needled and gave him a scarf!! I simply poked two holes on each side of his neck and inserted the fiber using the needle. It adds some colour and texture to this little guy. After watercolouring him, I used my tracing wheel to add a row of paper piercing to all the edges. I mounted the cat to a piece of red cardstock and trimmed it to an even margin. I adhered this layer to a speckled navy card and then added a row of paper piercing to each side of the focal image with my pattern tracing wheel. I like the echo of the paper piercing - works well. Therese
Thursday, March 26, 2020
Pixabay. Once trimmed from the sheet of white cardstock, I distressed its edges and stamped the little greeting in black. The greeting is from Taylored Expressions. It was a freebie when I order my Bethlehem and Nativity dies last year. It stamps very nicely!!! I found a coordinating pink card and added gray randomly cut scraps which I embossed with coordinating embossing folders and then sponged with a bit of black ink to highlight the design. I mounted the scraps to my pink card and then added the floral image. Thinking it still needed a bit of something I added some faux stitching with a sharpie all the way around the edge. That was better!!!!!!! Therese
Wednesday, March 25, 2020
Calico Collage. After trimming, I layered it onto black cardstock and then added a silver metallic layer behind it. I added two pieces of ribbon to a red card front - one black satin overlaid over a white gros-grain one. Their ends are flagged and the other are adhered to the inside of my card using double sided tape. It will work wonderfully as a birthday, sympathy or thinking of you card!!
Tuesday, March 24, 2020
This card features another unicorn image from Pixabay. I love his magical body!! I sized it, added one of the greetings I created with fonts and then printed it on white cardstock. After trimming out the image I added clear glitter with a gel pen to the stars on its rump and added a border all the way around the edge. I added three little pieces of flagged ribbon securing them with double sided tape on the back of the image. I found this weathered brown cardstock in my stash and decided it would work with this little unicorn. I embossed it with a swirly background (D"vine Swirl - CB) and mounted it to a light aqua card. I mounted my unicorn image over the embossed background using 3D foam tape to finish off my card. Therese
Monday, March 23, 2020
Sunday, March 22, 2020
" You are Awesome" card featuring a cute little unicorn, a custom font greeting, some ribbon and a sanded white core background
Pixabay. I sized the image, added the fun greeting and colour printed it onto white cardstock. Once trimmed from the letter sized sheet, I coloured the open letters and added a border of clear glitter. I created an embossed and sanded background using three different scraps of white core card stock. I embossed them with three different polka dot backgrounds, sanded them and mounted them to a lavendar card front. I added coordinating ribbon to my unicorn image before mounting it to my card using 3D foam tape. I love that he is winking!!!
Saturday, March 21, 2020
Pixabay! I added the "You are awesome" font greeting I created then colour printed it onto white cardstock, trimmed it out of the letter sized sheet and mounted it to piece of black cardstock. When trimming, I left a large margin on the right hand side, punched the edge with the scallop border punch (SU), added clear rhinestones to each scallop and then added white cording between them and the image. I mounted this large element to a red card front. Therese
Friday, March 20, 2020
Thursday, March 19, 2020
"You are Awesome" card featuring a kitty digital background, a font greeting and some ribbon and stitching
Pixabay After some manipulation I made copies, sized them a bit differently and then copied six rows to make a full background of kittens. I moved one of them up a bit so it was very noticeable so I would be able to colour it later. I created the greeting from some fonts and added it to my background. It was printed on white cardstock and trimmed from the letter sized sheet. After watercolouring the cute little cat, I added three little ribbon snippets in coordinating colours at the top and used my sewing machine to add brown stitching all the way around. I mounted this large image to a layer of orange to coordinate with the little cat and then mounted this layer to a brown card. I will probably redo the background in order to more randomly distribute the cats but I am very happy with how this card turned out!! Therese
Wednesday, March 18, 2020
Sunday, March 15, 2020
I finished another little quilt today. It measures 39" x 51 1/2" and features a variety of flannel rectangles which were precut when I acquired them to about 4" x 5.5". I had quite a few plaid ones so I laid them out first and filled in with the animals ones. I did have to cut a few extra and then stitch together scraps to make up the last few I needed. I had to do some swapping as well to ensure that none of the same fabric touched each other or were too close in the same line. As I was stitching the top together I noticed that there are a few places where I missed ones that were touching or in the same line but that is the way it goes. I offset the lines which met that if the rectangles were not exactly the same size it would not be glaringly obvious. It did mean that I had to add some scraps to every second row to ensure they would be long enough to square off. Once I had the top assembled I washed it as it seemed to me that some had not been washed and I preferred to deal with the shrinkage before it was quilted. I only shrank 1/2" on width and 1" on the length. Not too bad. When I squared it for finishing I had one row that was too short but fortunately one of the scraps which I had cut off was just big enough to fill in the space so I undid a bit of the two seams, stitched on the scrap and redid the two seams. Perfect! I had to trim off less than 1/8"!! I used piece of cotton as the batting and added a plaid backing. Once I had very thoroughly pinned my sandwich, I stitched in the ditch on all the seams between the columns. I used the backing to bind the quilt by trimming it about 1.5" larger than the front and folding it over twice and stitching it to the front. I pressed everything and pinned it very carefully as well. I stitched all the way around and into the corners as well to ensure they stayed nice and neat. Worked out really well!!
Friday, March 13, 2020
Birthday card featuring plovers in the sand, trimmed ribbon, decorative paper and a layered font greeting
I am back at making cards for family this week!! The plover image is from CLKER. I laser printed it onto white cardstock and using masks I sponged the horizon line, the mountains in the background and added some brown for the sand in the foreground. I watercoloured their bodies a little after the sponging and added eyes with a white gel pen. I layered the image and the little font greeting with with black. I cut a tan card to fit in my large envelope, added a layer of decorative paper cut from a larger sheet and then added a purple ribbon which I trimmed with a wavy edges cutter. I mounted the plovers with 3D foam tape and the greeting with one side 3D foam tape and the other just double sided where it overlaps the image. To finish it off I added a decorative border using a black permanent marker on the background. Love how it worked out!! Therese
Wednesday, March 11, 2020
Christmas cards featuring glittery pine cone backgrounds (gift wrap), colour printed digital image of a cardinal, ribbon and layered greetings
Another set of Christmas cards for my stash!! I trimmed the glittery pinecone backgrounds from a large piece of gift wrap that came off of one our gifts this past season. I was able to trim about 15 or so 4" x 5.25" pieces. I used six to create these cards. These cards feature red card bases, the glittery green and white pinecone gift wrap, colour printed image of a cardinal, wide black satin ribbon and layered greetings. The top set has stamped Merry Christmas greetings in red that are punched with a small oval punch (SU). All of them are layered onto a larger oval punchie (SU). Two are layered onto a scalloped oval punchie (SU) as well. I have pierced the scallops on the large oval punchies and added faux stitching/dots on the large ovals. All are mounted with 3D foam tape as are the cardinal images.
This set has laser printed greetings layered onto red cardstock. All are sponged a bit on the edges. I trimmed the middle one with scallop decorative scissors and paper pierced the scallops. The last one has three little clear rhinestones on the end of the greeting.
I am happy to be on track for getting my Christmas cards done by the end of the year!!!!
I will have more cards with this pinecone paper as a background. Will be inventing a different sketch with different elements!! Therese
Thursday, March 05, 2020
Wednesday, March 04, 2020
Birthday card from a kit featuring an embossed circle, watercoloured funky flowers and a stamped and layered greeting
Black Berry Jelly) using my Nestibitilities, watercoloured the image and the sponged the edge with blue and green ink. I mounted this focal element to my card front overlapping the circle. To continue the theme I created a layered stamped greeting. I stamped the greeting in green, punched it with a 1.25" punch (SU) and then layered it onto a 1 3/8" turquoise circle punchie. I added a blue sequin flower using a green rhinestone brad and mounted this little greeting to my card front using 3D foam tape. Enjoying the process of using card kits and changing up the sketch.
Tuesday, March 03, 2020
Birthday card from a kit featuring a stamped floral motif with embossed layers, a layered greeting and colour printed background paper
September cardmaking class. I trimmed out the circle to make a long sort of tag shape. I trimmed the stamped image and then used the bottom edge of the tag to trace the curve on the back of the image then fussy cut it to coordinate. Once trimmed I used an embossing folder and manually embossed around the little floral stamped element. I layered the image onto the tag and punched two holes at the top and used the ribbon to make an innie-outie bow then added a bit of colour with markers and added a bit of glitter using my clear glitter gel pen. I mounted the colour printed background to my green card, adhered the finished tag to the front on the left and then added the little layered greeting (font greeting with Window Punch - Modern Label Punch - SU) to the card using 3D foam tape overlapping the tag. I am really making interesting cards with these kits. I would not likely think of this sketch if I was starting from scratch to make a card. It is fun to be stretching my creativity with these card kits!!
Monday, March 02, 2020
my September card making class. I modified some the elements from this kit - I cut a doily (SX) from the circle, die cut the cake image (Black Berry Jelly) using Nestibilities and changed up the greeting and tied on the ribbon. I mounted the background to my blue card, added the doily using double sided tape in the solid center and then mounted the watercoloured image centered over it using 3D foam tape. I did add clear glitter for the icing and on the flames of the cake and sponged the edges in blue. I found this long greeting in my stash, flagged the end, layered it with a coordinating blue cardstock and tied on the green ribbon on the left hand side. I mounted it with 3D foam tape as well below the doily.
Sunday, March 01, 2020
Birthday card from a kit featuring an embossed circle, a watercoloured heart (digital image) and a font greeting
September cardmaking class. For this one I embossed the circle and trimmed it. I adhered the stamped decorative paper onto my aqua card, added a little strip of aqua cardstock from top to bottom and then adhered the trimmed circle to the right hand side of the card. I trimmed the heart image (Melonheadz) and used a corner punch on all the corners. I watercoloured the heart to coordinate and then added clear glitter to the dots and in the striped fabric and then sponged the edges with purple ink. I mounted the heart image over the circle using 3D foam tape. I tied the purple ribbon to the greeting and mounted it below the image using 3D foam tape. I did a bit of sponging on the greeting as well to soften the edges so it would blend a little better.
Birthday day card from a kit featuring a resist background, textured border punched strip and a glittered butterfly
my last cardmaking class in January The resist background is silver embossed and watercoloured. I changed up quite a few elements for this one - added a textured strip, replaced the oval with a round and removed the vellum layer. I created the white strip by using the Eyelet punch (SU) on both sides of the strip and then adding embossed lines using my score tool. I really like the look!! I trimmed it to size and glued it over the front of my card. I cut and embossed a circle to replace the oval in the kit. I added a glittered butterfly to replace the white punchie from the kit. I found a greeting in my stash, trimmed it to size using my cutter on both ends and scalloped decorative scissors on the top and bottom. I used a push pin to paper pierced all the scallops and then sponged it with pink ink to help it blend in. I mounted the circle with glue and the butterfly and greeting with 3D foam tape. I added four little clear rhinestones to indicate the butterfly's flight path. Worked out really well! Therese