Thursday, August 14, 2014

I've moved - won't you join me?

Hey crafty followers!  Just a quick note to let you know this blog has moved.  You can join me now at - see you soon!

Saturday, April 5, 2014

Road 15 Jelly Roll and Stampin' Up Spice Cake Chevron Quilts

I'm pretty sure only one person still checks this blog - right??  There's so much I want to share but life always happens and I can never seem to find the time.

I decided when I turned 30 last year that I would learn to quilt - two days later, I had finished my first quilt top.  I've done two full-size quilts since then so I thought I'd share those tonight.  They're a long way from perfect, but I love how they turned out and each little "flaw" is a learning experience.  The biggest lesson?  I need a LOT of practice with binding!

The first was make with Moda's "Road 15" fabric collection.  This was an easy jelly roll quilt, and I finished it with free-motion quilting.  I'm really happy with this one - it's a great size for one person, nice and warm, and the bright colours and fun patterns are so much fun.


Not long after this, I attempted a very large chevron quilt for a friend - and this was where I realized how much work I need with binding!  I think glue and a few staples might have done a better job than I did.  Regardless, it still *looks* pretty darn good - just don't get too close!  This was made with the now-discontinued Spice Cake fabric collection from Stampin' Up.  It was done with straight-line quilting in the chevon pattern.  I quilted it about 1/4" out of the ditch on both sides. 

I'll try and post more stuff in the near future - believe it or not, in spite of the lack of updates, I still have a stack of cards and scrapbook pages waiting to be shared!  :) 


Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Six new cards!

Hello again!  Just popped in to share a half-dozen new cards.  These were sent as part of a gift to my dad and stepmom.  I like to stock them with handmade cards (and they like to tease me that they won't be sending them back to me!) 

Thanks - I love being spoiled.
Supplies: All supplies by Stampin' Up.  Flower punch from the "Itty Bitty Punch Pack," stamp from "Afterthoughts."  

Happy Birthday! 
Supplies used:  Border punch from Fiskars.  Swiss Dot embossing folder from Cuttlebug.  All other supplies from Stampin' Up; flower stamp from "Button Buddies," sentiment stamp from "Something to Celebrate."  Isn't the Daffodil Delight/Baja Breeze combo amazing? 

Supplies used:  All supplies from Stampin' Up; sentiment stamp from "Word Play." 

PARTY!  Happy Birthday:
All supplies from Stampin' Up.  Sentiment from Itty Bitty Banners (and matching framelit.)  All other stamps from "Owl Occasions."  A lot of work went in to this card (and my Stamp-A-Ma-Jig saw a lot of mileage!) but the result is well worth it!

Lollipop card:  Cardstock by Bazzil; embossing folder by Sizzix; ribbon by Stampin' Up; twine by The Twinery.  I used a Gluber from Cosmo Cricket to create the lollipop.  

Sweet Baby:  
Supplies used:  All supplies from Stampin' Up except microbeads, from Walmart.  Rattle stamp from "Button Buddies" and sentiment from "Itty Bitty Banners." 

What kind of crafting have you been up to lately?  

Sunday, December 2, 2012

Baby Quilts - Aleks and Owen

I think I've mentioned before that we had quite the 2012 baby boom in our extended families; between my family and my husband's, there were four new arrivals this year!  I hand make a rag quilt for each of the babes as their gift; these are the last two for the 2012 year as we welcome Aleks and Owen to the family.  :) 

(Made from a variety of designers/lines.)

(Made from Riley Blake's "Rush Hour" line.)  

See you again soon! 

Sunday, November 4, 2012

Four cards for you!

This sweet baby card was made for my cousin.  I love the colour combination and the elephant paper; it says "baby" without being pastel or cutesy. 

Supplies:  All supplies listed are from Stampin' Up.
Cardstock:  Close to Cocoa, Crumb Cake, Early Espresso and Lucky Limeade.
Embellishments:  Chocolate Chip scalloped ribbon; So Saffron button; "Congratulations" stamp from Itty Bitty Banners; banner diecut from Bitty Banners Framelits.  The patterned paper is from Stampin' Up as well, but it's retired and I have NO idea what collection it came from.

I made this little treat holder for my husband and loaded it with cinnamon hearts.  I used this tutorial to create a sliding door; that way, the candy can be removed without ripping apart the card.  The "love" tag on the right side is the pull tab for the door.  Clever!  

Supplies:  All supplies listed are from Stampin' Up.
Cardstock:  Whisper White, Cherry Cobbler, and Pool Party.
Stamps:  Sweet Centers (heart and "I <3 and="and" love="love" p="p" tags="tags" tiny="tiny" you="you">
Miscellaneous:  Treat Cups, Circle punch (inside the treat cup), small tag punch (for the "love" tag.) 

I have a soft spot for scallops; this scalloped-front square thank you card is REALLY easy with the help of a die cut. 

Cardstock:  Wisteria Wonder, Very Vanilla, and Whisper White from Stampin' Up.  Sage green from Bazzil.
Stamps:  Vase from "Button Buddies," Thank You from "Short & Sweet," both by Stampin' Up. 
Embellishments:  Flower buttons by Stampin' Up; scalloped square by Sizzix; banner die cut from Stampin' Up (Bitty Banners Framelits); clear rhinestones (in flower centres) by Recollections.

This last photo really doesn't do the card justice; it is SO cute in person!  I love the shaker frames to add dimension and a little bit of sparkle without a huge mess! 

Cardstock:  Pool Party and Whisper White by Stampin' Up.
Stamp:  Button Buddies by Stampin' Up.
Ribbon:  Twine from Stampin' Up; chocolate ribbon salvaged from cupcake packaging! 
Embossing folder:  Cuttlebug
Glitter: Dazzling Diamonds by Stampin' Up. 
Ink:  Pool Party and Close To Cocoa by Stampin' Up. 
Transparency from office supply.  

Thanks for stopping in!  I've got a great cupcake shadow box to share - check back soon!  

Father's Day, pt. 2

Well, I've been completely delinquent about posting... sorry about that.  Maybe a certain someone will stop nagging me now (cough, cough, ALLISON!)

Here's the second of the father's day cards I made this year - this was from my son, for my husband.

Cardstock - Baja Breeze, Cherry Cobbler, Not Quite Navy from Stampin' Up.
Paper - October Afternoon (I *think* this is from the Campfire collection.)
Brads - Recollections.
Embossing folder - Sizzix for Stampin' Up.
Tie - yeah, I cut that bad boy by myself!  :)

More to come!  I've got lots of catching up to do!

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Happy Father's Day - 2012

This is my card for my dad this year - since becoming parents last fall, I now have two cards to make (at least until our son is old enough to wrangle some markers himself!) so there will be another one soon.  :)

Cardstock:  Navy shimmer stock from Bazzil; other cardstock from Stampin' Up (Basic Grey, Lucky Limeade, Whisper White.)
Patterned Paper:  "Alphabet Soup" by Jillibean Soup.
All other supplies (ribbon, twine, button, stamp) from Stampin' Up  (Stamp is from "Delightful Dozen" set.)  

Cheers!  See you again soon!