Saturday, October 15, 2011

My Name is Nancy, but you can call me Slacker!

LOL! Kidding, I think the only thing I have been slacking on is blogging (I haven't even been blurfing!), and making time to stamp.
Since I've last blogged, I've had food poisoning, baked dozens upon dozens of cupcakes (nothing to do with the aforementioned food poisoning), camped, trail rode, swam, ran (these last two make up for all the baking I did), spent fun time with my family, hosted a bunch of PTA activities, and participated in (and finished!) my first aquathon. Whew! I think finishing the aquathon was probably my favorite. I've never been a runner, in fact, probably not coincidentally, I started running about the same time I stopped posting. I love how it feels to be able to run for some distance and not be completely wiped for the next 24hrs. It's kept me healthier than I remember -those colds, etc. that the kids bring home don't seem as frequent. Anyways...
So, I promise to be back sooner with some holiday card samples from my stamp-a-stacks. Until then, I still have a bunch of stamp sets still to clear out. There are holiday ones too, so if you'd like a deal of a set for your holiday projects, check the list below. Send me an email or a comment if you are interested, and keep in mind, I cannot ship outside of the US. Thanks for looking!
Also, here is a link to pictures of most of the set, and some of the sets shown are already gone.

Pad,Reinker, &Marker $4
Almost Amethyst
Barely Banana
Cameo Coral
Close to Cocoa
Orchid Opulence
Taken With Teal
Yoyo Yellow

Pad & Reinker or Marker $3
Apricot Appeal (R)
Basic Brown (R)
Really Rust (M)

Craft Pad & Reinker $4
Ruby Red

Wheels Jumbo-$4, Standard-$3
Leaf Prints
Lots of Hearts Jumbo
Petals Jumbo
See You Around Jumbo
Watercolor Joy
Watercolor Vine Jumbo

Embossing Powders
Cobalt Tapestry (dark blue w/gold flecks) hardly used -PSE $2
Copper 3/4 full -$2
Iridescent Sparkle 2/3 full-Hero Arts $1
Red Tinsel hardly used -PSE $2

Afterthoughts (clear) 10
All Holidays 20
Alphabits 5
Alphadots 14
Always 15
Best Wishes and More 12
Big Blossom (Bkgrd) 8
Big Deal Alpha 20
Birthday Bakery (clear) 10
Birthday Bliss 9
Boho Backgrounds NUM 8
Bon Voyage 13
Bugs and Kisses 15
By Definition (Bkgd) 8
Celebrate Everything NUM 10
Country Morning 6
Define Your Life 35
Doodle This 15
Eastern Blooms 12
Eat Cake 13
Fine Frames 5
Forest Friends 9
Four Square 6
Fresh Cuts 8
Friends 24/7 15
Fun & Fast Notes 20
Fun Filled 6
Good Egg,A 15
Halloween Frights 6
Happiest of Holidays 6
Happy Everything 8
Happy Harmony 6
Hello Again 5
Holiday Collection 8
Hope Happens 12
It's Your Birthday 15
Itty Bitty Backgrounds 4
Lexicon of Love 5
Little Birthday Cheer, A 5
Made From Scratch 5
Mini Messages 5
Monogram (Lg Bkgrd size): S, &, F, L
Nature's Wonders 6
Noteworthy 6
Of the Earth 8
On Gossamer Wings 15
Paint Prints 5
Polka Dots & Paisley 7
Polka Dot Punches 7
Punch Bunch (clear) 10
Rough Type Alpha (Clear) 15
Say it With Scallops 6
Schoolbook Serif Alpha 25
Short Order Numbers NUM 12
Slice of Life, A (clear) NUM 10
Stipple Stencils 4
Sweet of You 8
Things I Love 9
True Friend 10
Wanted 10
Warm Words 10
Watercolor Fun 8 (missing 2 greeting stamps)
Word by Word (Bkgd) 8

 Happy Stamping!!

Thursday, April 28, 2011

Not a card

So this tri-challenge "card" ended up not being a card at all. It started out as a card, and then I just wasn't feeling it, so I cut off the back, trimmed down the sides, and made myself a bookmark.
I used Waltzing Mouse's Sketch Challenge:
And, this weeks challenge at Pals Paper Arts: Buttons with a CAS layout (clean and simple):

Here is my bookmark take on all three:

I used: Waltzing Mouse set Roses in Bloom (thanks mom!); Chocolate Chip & Very Vanilla c/s; Chocolate Chip, Tangerine Tango, Pear Pizzazz, and Daffodil Delight inks; Sizzix Big Shot embossing folder -Vintage Wallpaper; Celery Satin Ribbon, buttons (Pear Pizzazz & Pumpkin Pie), Daffodil Delight brad, blender pens.
Here are a couple of closer pics of the florals:

Enjoy, and don't forget to check out my birthday post for some treats!

Friday, April 22, 2011

Happy 2nd birthday!

Today my blog turns 2! I can hardly believe it -time just flies, whether you are having fun or not! :)
I'd like to know how you celebrate birthdays. Whether it's your own, family, friends, your blog's, leave me a comment sharing a birthday tradition, or leave a link to a birthday card you've designed no later than April 30th.
What is a birthday without treats of some sort?
How about candy?
After the 30th, comments will be entered into a random drawing for some of my favorite card-making supplies...stamps and ribbon!! WooHoo!
How about cake?
Well, I'm not going to bake you a cake, but in preparation for hubby's upcoming birthday, just wanted to share what kind of cake he'll be having: Vanilla cupcakes with lemon curd filling and lemon buttercream icing. Yum! Since we love him so much and he wanted an actual cake, not just teeny versions of one, we'll also be baking a chocolate cake, with a frosting that is still to be determined...What is your favorite chocolate cake frosting counterpart?
How about a card (of course!)?
How cute is this little package gift card holder card?? I got the idea from a friend at a shoebox swap during the holidays, and she got it here at Stamp & Scrap with Frenchy. It's such a great idea, I had to adapt it for birthdays!

Now, don't forget to leave a comment!
Happy Crafting friends!

Thursday, April 21, 2011

A little something for a veteran

So this week, over at Color Throwdown, they're mixing things up a bit. They give you 2 colors, and you choose the third -how fun is that?!?

When I picture Navy and White together, the lines are so clean and sharp, kind of like Navy Whites.
Ask me to pick a color to go's got to be red *POW*  I can picture my Grandma in a Navy and White print dress wearing red pumps. Love it!
Now, I just got a new SU! Embossing folder for my Big Shot, and it's not quite available for another week and a half, but I couldn't wait to try it after getting it last night. I knew I wanted to make those poppies, Poppy Parade to put as my 3rd throwdown color.
However, getting those poppies just as I envisioned them was not working after several different techniques, I went for one last attempt. I colored directly onto the embossing folder (gasp), then embossed the paper. It didn't come out with the beautiful watercolored look I imagined, but I do like how it turned out (see the close-up photo). It's kind of got a stippled or sponged effect.
Now, the red poppies reminded me of the ones they sell on Memorial Day, which got me to thinking this would make a beautiful card to thank that special veteran in your life.

I used: Service & Sacrifice set; Night of Navy, Poppy Parade, Whisper White c/s; Night of Navy, Poppy Parade, Pear Pizzazz inks; Sizzix Big Shot Flower Garden Embossing Folder; Poppy Parade poly-twill ribbon.

A little Mojo and some "Embellish"ments

Good afternoon!
It's been sunny here, not warm, but sunny, so it's been hard to focus inside, when I just want to be out weeding, and tidying up the yard.

I did want to get at least one more challenge card in, so I took advantage of the great sketch at Mojo Monday and a beautiful crochet trim/color challenge over at Embellish Magazine's blog.

I couldn't resist these beautiful spring colors that reminded me a lot of what is right outside of my door. Can you relate?

For the card, I couldn't help but use another of those punched paper flowers that I'm getting pretty hooked on making. On the Mustard layer, I cut down the petal line and tweaked the petals a little to give them kind of a pinwheel effect.
Here are my supplies: Because I Care set; Daffodil Delight, Tempting Turquoise, More Mustard, Whisper White c/s; Daffodil Delight, Tempting Turquoise, More Mustard inks; XL Scallop Circle, 1" & 3/4" circle, Tiny Tag, Scallop Edge, and Itty Bitty Shapes punches; Crochet trim -Victoria, paper piercing tool, Basic jewels -pearl.


Monday, April 18, 2011

Flower fun

Well, sorry, it's been a couple weeks, let's just chalk it up to Spring Break and the fun that goes along with it! :)
So, to make up, I combined 3 challenges in 1 card! This is new to me, I've done two before, but I'm going for three this week. :)
Pals Paper Arts: Flower inspiration pic

Btw: as a little sidenote, I was really happy to be mentioned as a challenge pick at the color throwdown here. It was a really great way to kick off our quick Spring Break trip!

So, here it is:


I used: Waltzing Mouse Earth Angel set, Pear Pizzaz c/s & DSP, Whisper White c/s, Daffodil Delight and Tempting Turquoise DSP; Early Espresso, Daffodil Delight, Tempting Turquoise, and Pear Pizzaz inks; Sizzix Big Shot die -Island Floral; 3/4" circle and 5-Petal flower punch; clear rhinestone brads (lg).

**Check back later this week**
My 2nd blogoversary is coming up and I'd like to celebrate!!

Monday, April 4, 2011

Stamps 4 Sale! **Updated**

I'm selling a ton of stamps, paper, and other supplies 95% of  which are retired Stampin' Up! and the rest are random supplies I've accumulated and no longer use. The stamps are approx 50% off or more! Serious deals to be had! Prices do not include shipping, but I will ship within the U.S. Don't forget USPS has the great flat rate boxes and envelopes -I can get alot into those boxes!
As a US demonstrator, I cannot ship across country borders -please don't ask me to. :)

I am not including photos, but if you'd like to see an image of the set, Splitcoast Stampers has most of them alphabetically by set name here (just scroll to the bottom).
Without further ado, here is the list:


A Little Love 8 (16.95)
Alphabits 6 (15.95)
Alphadots 13 (26.95)
Best Wishes and More 14 (26.95)
Big Blossom 8 (16.95)
Big Deal Alpha 20 (40.95)
Boho Backgrounds 9 (17.95)
Bon Voyage 12 (24.95)
By Definition (background) 8 (16.95)
By Land 12 (23.95)
Celebrate Everything 10 (17.95)
Christmas Punch 12 (hostess L2)
Doodle This 17 (31.95)
Eat Cake 13 (25.95)
Fine Frames 7 (14.95)
Four Square 7 (14.95)
Fun Filled 8 (16.95)
Halloween Frights 8 (15.95)
Happiest of Holidays 7 (14.95)
Happy Everything 9 (17.95)
Happy Harmony (07SAB) 8 (16.95)
Holiday Basics 9 (17.95)
Holiday Collection 10 (part of Country Living holiday set)
It’s Your Birthday 15 (30.95)
Itty Bitty Backgrounds 5 (11.95)
Lexicon of Love 6 (16.95)
Little Birthday Cheer,A 7 (13.95)
Made from Scratch 5 (hostess L1)
Mini Messages 8 (16.95)
Monograms F,L,S,and & 10 (16.95)
Nature’s Wonders 8 (?)
Noteworthy (06SAB) 8 (16.95)
Of the Earth 8 (hostess L1)
On Gossamer Wings 14 (28.95)
Out of the Box 8 (hostess L1)
Paint Prints 8 (16.95)
Patterned Pines 8 (Holiday Hostess 09)
Polka Dots and Paisley 9 (18.95)
Polka Dot Punches 8 (SAB09)
Say it With Scallops 9 (17.95)
Short Order Numbers NUM 14 (25.95)
Stippled Stencils 5 (11.95)
Sweet of You 10 (19.95)
True Friend 11 (22.95)
Wanted 12 (22.95)
Warm Words 10 (20.95)
Watercolor Fun (missing greeting stamps) 12
Whimsical Words (Wood or Clear) 8 (16.95)
Word by Word background 8 (16.95)

Simply Scrappin’ NIP 10 (hostess L1)): Island Blossoms (2)

Bordering Blue NIP 5.50
Apricot Appeal NIP 5.50
Blush Blossom (22sheets) 5

Leaf Prints 3
Party Fun 3
Snowflake 3
Watercolor Joy 3
Lots of Hearts –Jumbo 4
Petals –Jumbo 4
See You Around –Jumbo 4
Watercolor Vine –Jumbo 4

Almost Amethyst (Pad, Marker, Refill) 6
Apricot Appeal (P,R) 5
Barely Banana (P,M,R) 6
Basic Brown (P,R) 5
Cameo Coral (P,M,R) 6
Close to Cocoa (P,M,R) 6
Orchid Opulence (P,M,R) 6
Really Rust (P,M) 5
Ruby Red CRAFT (P,R) 6
Taken With Teal (P,M,R)6
Yoyo Yellow (P,M,R) 6

Markers 2.00
Bordering Blue
Going Gray
Pale Plum

Refills 2.00
Creamy Caramel
Going Gray

Embossing Powders (all ¾+ full) 2.00
Classy Copper -SU!
Cobalt Tapestry (blue/gold) -PSX
Detail Gold -PSX
Red Emboss. Tinsel -PSX
Sparkle -Hero Arts

Chocolate Chip 15/16” Satin NIP 5
Double stitched felt (from Alpine Originals) NIP 5
So Saffron 5/8” Grosgrain NIP 5
Moss ¼” Taffeta 3yds/$1
Purely Pomegranate 15/16” Satin 3yd/$1
Rose Red ¼” grosgrain 5yd/$1
Burgundy  “         “            “
*Beads –Rich Regals NIP 3
*Color Coach (w/recently retired colors) 5
*Eyelet Setting kit 3
*Wire: SU! Red or Green $1

Catalogs: (free, I just ask for postage costs)
2005-06 IB&C to most recently retired
mini-catalogs from 2004-SAB 2011

Sunday, April 3, 2011

Cupcakes: Take 2

Wait, where is Take 1 you might ask. Too bad, it's already been eaten! They were Chocolate Salted Caramel cupcakes, but I would call them more Mocha cupcakes with Salted Caramel frosting. They were yummy and are now gone.
I've been having this cupcake "thing" lately, I think it started at our school's auction fundraiser. Our table won a bunch of cupcakes from Cupcake Royale. I had the Lemon Drop (YUM!) and then split a Chocolate Salted Caramel one with frosting that was just amazing!! They've been on the brain since then.
So, today in an effort to test-drive a recipe for a friend's birthday treat, I made Carrot Ginger Cupcakes with an Orange Ginger icing both recipes from

I'm not sure how this is different from a muffin other than the frosting on top. I'd be happier calling it a muffin and eating it without the frosting. If you know the difference between a cupcake and a muffin, other than frosted vs. unfrosted, please leave a comment and enlighten me. Also, please know that I belong to the camp that believes that Costco muffins are cupcakes without frosting.
Now, don't get me wrong...the cake is yummy, but not quite what I'd consider a cupcake in texture. The frosting was really flavorful and yummy, but not super fluffy considering the amount of dairy in it, and a little too cream-cheesy for my liking, but great combo of flavors. The ginger and orange together...mmmmmm.
This would be really good over your favorite gingerbread recipe!
If I were to try this again, I'd halve the cream cheese, up the butter and conf. sugar, and use milk or cream to smooth as needed. Also, thinking this might make a good loaf recipe...
I'm on a roll, but I'm not going to be so ambitious as trying a different one each week, but 2 a month is pretty doable!
I definitely will be attempting a Chocolate-Bacon-Maple Buttercream concoction I tried from Whole Foods about a month ago...stay tuned!

Thursday, March 31, 2011

Feelin' Blue

Well, I'm not, but this card sure is blue! I am a little bummed because I couldn't get a great picture of it. I'm going to try a few more...
Anyway, I used a great simple sketch from Waltzingmouse Sketch Challenge,

and the challenge from Pals Paper Arts (punches).
This is what I came up with:

I used: Roses In Bloom (WaltzingMouse) and Because I Care sets; Very Vanilla & Not Quite Navy c/s; Springtime Vintage DSP; Baja Breeze & NQN inks; XL Scallop, Lg Scallop, 1 3/4", 1 1/4", 1" circles punches, Scallop trim border punch, and small oval & scallop oval punches; Marina Mist 1/8" taffeta ribbon, Button Latte -white flower button, Rhinestone brads -circle ice, Basic jewels -rhinestones, stampin' dimensionals, Big Shot square lattice embossing folder.  

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Double dose of challenges


Today I found myself scrambling to put together a couple of challenges, to keep myself on track of weekly (at least) blogging.
I jumped on the color challenge at Color Throwdown, and the "Simon Says..." challenge at PaperCraft Star.

And here are the challenges:

At Papercraft Star: Challenge 39 - Simon Says Create A Card

Create a Card Using the Following Recipe:
Base 5 x 7
Mat: 3 x 4.5
Add Rhinestones
Add Flourish
Add Whatever Else You Desire

And here is the card:

Honestly, when I saw the color challenge, and I saw the Simon Says recipe, this just popped in my head. Rarely, does that happen and it translates to paper just how I envision it. YAY! It also is very reminiscent of the title on the Color Throwdown blog, so maybe I subconsiously CASEd the title. :)
I used:
Baroque Motifs set; Black StazOn ink; Basic Black, Very Vanilla, Poppy Parade, & Daffodil Delight c/s; Poppy Parade poly-twill ribbon, Beautiful Wings embosslit; Flourish Texturz plate; Jewels Basic -rhinestone; mini-glue dots.

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Sunny days...

...sweepin' the clouds away! It's been a Sesame Street kind of week, you know friendly neighbors, sunshine, the occasional grouch. :)
Spent some time outside with the kiddos in the yard -had some fun, did some work.
Here is an example of fun my son and I had:

I was pretty pleased with my no-previous-practice Cookie Monster, but my son added the verbage and the giant chocolate chip cookie to make it even better! We had some other characters hanging out in the driveway too, but C.M was my favorite.

 Now, for a couple of challenges:
 A little Color Throwdown, and mix in some Mojo Monday

And you get:

Believe it or not, the green in this card is Old looks way brighter, thanks to the fabulous sunshine we've got this morning. I loved the color combo in this weeks color throwdown, and the sketch was simple enough to my liking, but with enough elements to challenge me.
I used: Upsy Daisy set; Old Olive, Marina Mist, Naturals Ivory, Soft Suede c/s; Pumpkin Pie Patterns DSP (Brights pad); Old Olive & Versamark inks; 1 3/4" & 1 3/8" circle punches; Watercolor Crayons (Old Olive, Marina Mist, Pumpkin Pie, & a little Daffodil Delight); Big Shot Vintage Wallpaper Embossing Folder; Big Designer Buttons (Springtime Vintage -Olive); 1/8" taffeta ribbon -Marina Mist.


Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Sweet Sunday 109

Good afternoon,
Hope you are enjoying your first few days of Spring!
Our weather here has been relatively nice, but we have yet to get a good warm day. I can wait...there will be plenty of them ahead! :)

Here is my take on this week's Sweet Sunday Sketch:

I used: Crumb Cake & Blushing Bride DSP; Petal Patch DSP (I dug this up from my "archives") & InColor Patterns DSP in Blushing Bride; Crumb Cake & Whisper White ink; Friends 24-7 set & coordinating wheel -Friendly Words; Pretties Kit (Lg flower), White Satin ribbon, Big Designer Buttons (Springtime Vintage).

Sunday, March 20, 2011

A little rainbow for Spring

Here's one more that fits both the Waltzing Mouse Sketch Challenge and the Moxie Fab Trigger Tuesday
I wanted to something bright and cheery to kick off the beginning of's finally here!!

I used: WaltzingMouse Irish Blessings set; Crumb Cake and Whisper White c/s, Bold Brights Patterns DSP; Early Espresso ink & Stampin Markers (Old Olive, Pacific Point, Tangerine Tango, Melon Mambo, Daffodil Delight); 1 1/4" square punch, Ice Cream Shoppe buttons, mini glue dots.

Enjoy, and Happy Spring!!

New Challenges

Well, new challenges to me anyway...
This weekend I checked out the Waltzing Mouse Sketch Challenge :

and Moxie Fab World's Tuesday Trigger

So, my mom is a huge Waltzing Mouse fan, and I can see why. What great images and greetings they have!!
Unfortunately, I do not own any. I know the challenge rules say you can use other company products, but I felt guilty anyways, and called my mom. Lucky me, she had the new western style set  (Back in the Saddle)that would go perfectly with what I had in mind for combining these challenges. As for the Tuesday Trigger challenge, when I saw those button card napkin ring holders, it reminded me of my grandma and her button collection. I knew I wanted to use my Bingo card stamp, with an assortment of SU! buttons as game markers as an homage to those vintage button cards.
Here's my fun little thank you card:

*Remember, all supplies are Stampin' Up! unless otherwise noted*

I used: Waltzing Mouse sets Bitty Banners & Back in the Saddle; SU! Bingo card set; Riding Hood Red, Whisper White, and Crumb Cake c/s; Chocolate Chip, Crumb Cake, and Black StazOn ink, Red Gingham vellum from SU!/Country Living Summer Cookout Kit; Buttons -Bold Bright asst, Red Corderoy, and Button Latte; Linen thread, Stampin' Dimensionals, and Decorative Label punch.

Monday, March 14, 2011

A little more peekin'...

...and a little more card makin'. I found a couple challenges I could work nicely together; The first was a great color challenge over at Color Throwdown,

and the other a fabulous, simple sketch at Mojo Monday.

So again, I wanted to play some more with my Paisley Petals DSP. Although the yellowish color in it is River Rock, I used my blender pen and Daffodil ink in the River Rock parts to brighten them up and make them more Daffodil. I think it worked well enough!

I used: Daffodil Delight, Crumb Cake, Baja Breeze, and Whisper White c/s; Paisley Petals DSP; Baja Breeze & Whisper White ink; Upsy Daisy set; 2-3/8" Scallop Circle & 1-3/4" Circle punches; Big Shot Embossing Folder -Square Lattice, Daffodil brads, Daffodil taffeta ribbon.

A little sneak peek...SSSC108

I am on a roll! I've been looking for some fun, inspiring challenges to get my papercrafting juices flowing, and checked out Karen's Sweet Sunday Sketch Challenge.
She always has neat sketches and fabulous samples.
So here goes my take on this weeks challenge:

So, I was so excited to do this sketch and use my brand new SU! products from April's upcoming customer promotion -new DSP and stamps from the upcoming 2011-2012 Idea Book & Catalog.
However, I felt too lazy today to get out my circle cutter and try to keep the baby away from it, so I thought I'd go "little" and use my 2.5" circle punch on a 3" card. I'm really happy with how it turned out (with the exception of the crease down the center from the baby (she's really a toddler) grabbing ahold of the project, claiming: "Mine!".
Here's a close-up of the little embellie:
I used: Not Quite Navy, Whisper White c/s; *new* Paisley Petals DSP; Not Quite Navy ink; *new* Four Frames set; 2.5" & 3/4" circle punches; White Satin ribbon, Baja Breeze glass glitter, clear rhinestone brad, tombo multi-glue, stampin' dimensionals, button latte flower white (I think these are still available on the Clearance Rack).

Sunday, March 13, 2011

Embellish Color Challenge

So, it's been a typical March/November kind of day here, so yucky and rainy. I like to think that I have a really good tolerance for wet Northwest weather bred into me, but today just made me want to sing, "Rain, rain, go away..."
Anyhow, I've been missing my favorite challenge, Cinema Saturday, so I thought today would be a good day to venture out and find something new to me.
I found a couple, but I really liked the color/theme challenge at Embellish.

My colors weren't spot on, but I went with the closest SU! colors I had: River Rock, Soft Suede, Rich Razzleberry, and Regal Rose. I also liked the music theme to this -I've got some fab Newsprint DSP that has a sheet music design I've been wanting to use.
Here it is:

Here's what I used: River Rock, Soft Suede, Rich Razzleberry, Regal Rose, & Very Vanilla c/s; Soft Suede ink; Clearly for You set; Newsprint DSP; Smooch Spritz in Gold Glow & Log Cabin; Shimmer Paint in Champagne Mist; 2.5" & 1-3/8" Circle, 2-3/8" & reg. Scallop Circle punches; Crochet trim-Victoria; Sticky Strip; Stardust gel pen.
All the colored punched pieces were wet and rumpled, then dried with a heat tool, and though it's hard to see, Shimmer paint was applied to all edges.
I did "zazz" the card up a bit with pearls and more shimmer, but the first version translated to computer much better. :)

Saturday, March 12, 2011

Something old, something new...

So, I'd like to challenge myself to get back into gear, and start blogging weekly.
I feel bad not having blogged for over 3 months -can you feel the guilt emanating from my 3 posts in the last 24 hours?? LOL!

I held a stamp-a-stack at the beginning of the year, and this was one of the cards we made:

It uses the Poppin' Pastels technique which I hadn't used in years. But I was inspired by my updated pastel kit, and this beautiful new SU! set "Nature Walk". I love it!! This wasn't my original sample, but I like this version with a more realistic robin color (the cages were Chocolate Chip and the robin was Garden Green in the original).
I used: Natural Ivory, Early Espresso c/s; Early Espresso & Versamark inks; Pastels (More Mustard, Garden Green, Early Espresso, Cajun Craze); Gold brad, Celery satin ribbon, sponge daubers, bone folder (for distressing edges).
Enjoy, and remember, for those who've had a tough Winter, Spring will be here soon!

Friday, March 11, 2011

Getting in touch with my fabric side

So, as of late I have been working much more with fabrics than with paper...not that I didn't want to, but that is just how it's been.
Well, my stamp club met last week, and I had just finished with the auction quilt, and simply had fabric and quilting on the brain -was having some trouble coming up with something for my club (48 hrs prior). Why not combine the two? Why not indeed!
Here's what we did:
 First, a little something with fabric. Gathered a strip of fabric around for a ruffled flower, and to make the ruffled strip, just loosened up a thread down the center and gently worked it. Watch out though, the threads snap pretty easily! Then used a pretty antiqued brad for the center.

Second, used small squares of DSP and a 9-patch template to make a pretty paper "quilt" square. Made freehand "stitches" with coordinating markers.

Last, and definitely my favorite is this faux quilted card based on the tutorial here by Diana Gibbs.
I had done this technique before, but without the embossing, which totally makes a difference.
Love it!

So, if I can get back in the near future, I will add the "ingredients" for these projects.
In the meantime,

Christmas is coming...

Thought I would take a break from cookie baking, etc. to post what will likely be my last blog of the year.
I just wanted to share a few things I've been working on, but as I mentioned before, I can't post many so I won't spoil any Christmas surprises.

(fade to new year)

Happy New Year everyone!!
I started getting this post ready some months back and got swallowed up by the holidays and the busy-ness of whatever rolled my way.
I've missed you!

Here are a couple of bags I made as Christmas gifts:

Gifts I made also included button bracelets, ornaments, tons of cookies and goodies, snuggies for the kids, and one for my brother-in-law that included a matching one for his rifle. That was a hoot to make and give.
Hubby was busy too and made some beautiful wooden puzzles.
The new year has just flown by so far, I once again volunteered to lead  a class auction art project (same teacher, different child this time). Again, I opted to do a quilt. This time, instead of having the kids draw on it, they got to design their own squares, which my helpers and I translated to fabric. It turned out amazing!! Here's a sneak peek:

I'm so excited to attend the auction and see how it does -every dollar counts for the schools in this economy!!
If you missed it the first time, here's a link to the first class quilt I did.