Saturday, 3 June 2017

Time for Some Card Making

I'm still sewing, quilting, embroidering etc. I thought it's time I shared some of my card making since it's been a while since I last posted any cards here.

At the beginning of each month I check to see who I need cards for during the month. This month I needed 6 cards, and since none of what I have on hand screamed "pick me" I had to make 6 cards in preparation.

I really like the Stampin Up Cable Embossing Folder. Hence my use of it here. A variety of looks, I'm really happy how each one turned out.

Card one uses Pacific Point and Whisper White and a lace doily, the tiny punched flowers are using a mini punch set now retired. The sentiment is from Birthday Banners Stamp Set.

 Card 2 is using Swallowtail Stamp from Stampin Up, this now also retired. I really wanted to do this technique, I've not seen it anywhere else, but they do say there is nothing new under the sun.
After stamping the image in  Bermuda Bay ink, I use a craft knife to cut around the wing then I brushed Wink of Stella clear over the wing to give it some glitter. The sentiment is from Rose Wonder.
 Card 3 again uses the cable embossing folder, with a piece of lace doily around the neck. I placed pearls down the front and will add the same sentiment as shown in Card 4 ( I left it sitting on my desk when I took the photo.)
 This next card (4) is another one of my own designs. I've a number of dies which you can once cut thread ribbon through. I decided to keep my theme with doily and colour and matched the ribbon. The sentiment is as before, from Rose Wonder. I used a retired SU punch to punch it out.
Card 5 is a CASE card I saw on Pinterest, the person who  posted it saved it from somewhere else, who the actual designer is I don't know. but would acknowledge them if I knew.
I use Whisper White, Pretty in Pink and a white doily. some pearl brads, tiny pearls, my corrugater, I used SU Large Circle Punch, tiny flower punch and tiny blossom punches and a Heart die. some edges are inked in Pretty in Pink.
 This final Card (6) is very simple in its layout. No matting, I used SU Rose Garden Thinlits to cut the basic design from Pretty in Pink, then cut again selected sections from Melon Mambo, and Pear Pizzaz. Next time I do this I'll add layering I think. Again this is not a card I've seen anywhere, it could be an original, but then again..........
you never really know.

So that's my cards made for this months birthdays. Now back to the sewing machine.
Thank you for calling in today.
Happy Crafting.

Saturday, 1 April 2017

B&W With a Touch of Blue

I have reached a level of confidence in my quilting where I’m comfortable in changing elements to suit myself. I have even designed a quilt of my own, very basic, let's not get too excited here.... a simple 4 patch for a very fussy granddaughter who despite looking through my dozens of quilting books, and even more quilting magazines, was unable to find a design she liked.
After a lot of questions, I did eventually get an idea of what she would like, and the B&W touch of Blue was born. Since it’s a simple 4 patch, it didn’t take long to both design cut and piece.
For the quilting, I used one of the Westalee Rulers called ‘Circle on Quilts, Wreath 15 COQW15’. If you're interested in these rulers, which are becoming quite famous, you can find them at   Judy has worked closely with Bill and Leonie West who developed and produce these rulers, I have participated in two on line courses  in the use of these rulers, and there are now a myriad of You Tube videos showing how to use them.
Other places to purchase these rulers are Cynthia's Ark and Kornacraft.
These rulers are for guided free motion stitching, and do take a bit of practice to get used to, but let’s be honest, if I can do it, then anyone can. Some people have natural talents, my humble skills are born of sheer persistence, and a refusal to be beaten till I’ve given it my very best shot.

That quilt is long finished and here it is.

Jaime-Leigh's colours of choice were black and white with a touch of blue. hence the name 'B&W Touch of Blue' I believe she really likes it. It is what it is, made with love just for her.

Thank you for viewing my blog today, hope you call back again soon.

Happy crafting, Sewing etc.......... and remember, 

Life is too short to fill it with things which don't satisfy your soul, Quilting is one of mine, housework is not! fortunately for me, I have a very lovely husband who takes care of all those mundane things for me. Yes, I know, I'm truly blessed.  (and I do help occasionally)