Monday, June 19, 2017

I am sorry I have been gone for so long.  This photo showcases several interests in my life.  The framed piece is paper crafted.  The table runner is quilted.  Both those pieces are several years old.  The Uncle Sam's hat and cross-stitch pincushion are newly finished.  I made 3 of these sets, one for my daughter, one for my sister, and one for me.  The ensemble is called Hats Off to Uncle Sam by Blackbird Designs.

Saturday, April 18, 2015

Jackson card

This is a card I made for our CTMH Gotta Stamp Crew unit swap.  I used the new Jackson paper pack (which is a great outdoors, masculine paper set), a bulk card base, and cut images from the CTMH Cricut cartridges Artiste and Artbooking.  I also used buttons and a brad from retired CTMH embellishments.  I saw this card on Pinterest when I was searching for Artiste inspiration, the original creator is Karen Day

Patterned paper 2.5 x 5 inches and 5.25 x 5.5 inches 
Cricut cut bow tie - Artiste 0.80 inches, page 55, accent 3 (#M3B8BO for the Cricut Design Space)
Cricut cut name badge - Artbooking, page 68, icon both non-shift and shift 2.25 inches (width) x 1.62 inches (height) (#M447AB will import both base and badge together into Design Space)


Name badge: Import the image into Design Space and size as indicated.  Unattach the layers.  Using  the Hide Contour feature, hide the letters H E L L O.  Then, using a text box, replace them with the letters H A P P Y.  I used the Art Philosophy font, but you could use your favorite. Size the text box to fit on the badge layer and ATTACH them.  If you are not working with Design Space, you can do the same thing in the Cricut Craft Room.  I then used the Artbooking font in another text box and the WRITE function to print 'birthday' on the badge base.  Again, size to fit and attach.  (I LOVE the write function on the Explore, especially since I have acquired pens that work well)  You could use an appropriately sized stamp if not using the Explore.) 

Fold the smaller piece of patterned paper in half lengthwise and adhere   Fold the top edge back from the non folded corner to 1 7/8 inches from the bottom.  Do not completely flatten the fold.  Adhere the folded section. Trim off the part that sticks out.  

Fold back 1.75 inches lengthwise on the larger piece and adhere.  Fold this piece from the inside corner of the fold to 2 inches from the bottom.  Do not completely flatten the fold.  Adhere it just at the corner.  Adhere the smaller piece to the left side of the card base, then adhere the larger piece, matching it to the right side of the base.  There should be about a 1/2 inch overlap.

Assemble the bow tie and name badge and adhere them and the buttons.

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

October's projects

Here are two of the three projects I did with my ladies at the Assisted Living home.  I will post the third project next month.  The first is a birthday card.  I colored the stamped image with a combination of Copic and CTMH's Shin Han alcohol markers.  I love how you can deepen the colors by using multiple layers of the same color.  And since these are alcohol markers the paper doesn't get wet and 'pill,' no matter how many times you color over the same spot.  The stamp set is D1597 Hoppy Birthday.  While it is not in the current Annual Inspirations catalog, it is still available.

This second card uses an old CTMH paper pack when the B&T paper was lighter weight with the reverse side being a monochromatic copy of the primary side.  The center paper of this card looks like it is embossed but it is not.  But that does give me an idea for my unit swap card!  Anyway the stamps for the tag and cute little evergreen branches are from the Yuletide Carol WOTG G1084.  This Workshop on the Go has great layouts for Christmas scrapping.

Sunday, August 17, 2014

And on the paper crafting front...

I have been working hard on a card making class for my team's upcoming crop weekend which will include a project led by Close To My Heart's own Kristine Wittfield.  I won't post the cards for my class until after the event in late September but I did want to share this month's cards from my class with my lovely lady friends at the assisted living facility. This month we added a few new faces and I think they had a good time.

I especially like the one with the little ice cream cone (from CTMH's new petite perks stamp set - ask me how you can get one.)  It shows how even a single small stamp can be a big part of your project.

In September, we will get started on our Christmas cards.  CTMH has so many great new Christmas stamps and paper that I can hardly wait!

Saturday, August 16, 2014

What I am stitching today

There is nothing like posting photos of all (well, most) of my UFO's to motivate me to stitch!  I have worked on Rocky Mountain Christmas, the Mary Smithies repro sampler, and Winter Garden Gate, and my Angel of Healing.  My Angel now has both wings and her face (which is stitched over one) doesn't look quite so scary.  My current stitching project is the Berlin Wool Work Sampler.

Here are some photos showing my progress.  I will post the BWWS progress when I move on to the next UFO since I plan on stitching one small floral and one LARGE floral motif before moving on.

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

More per your request.

Here is the Teddy Bear that I talked about in my other post.

This is my Marquior Sampler.  It is a free pattern that was offered on-line in parts, except that I am changing motifs to fit MY life.

This is another festival class on making buttons.  Once you have made the different buttons, you put them on the stitched piece.  Obviously, I have two buttons left to make.

Colorado Roll and Pinkeep.  All stitched, just needs to be finished.  2006

Patchwork Merklap.  I purchased several designs by a Dutch gentleman, Jan Houtman, who has since passed away.  This is all done over 1 and is not yet 1/4 done.

This is a Shepherd's Bush needleroll.  Must be done or almost done stitching.

This is an over one from a kit purchased at one of the festivals. Maureen Appleton design, over 1.

 Last of the Christmas ornaments from an early bird round robin class at one of the festivals in Des Moines. Early one, so probably SOXS (Spirit of Cross Stitch) in the mid nineties.  It is done on silk gauze.

There are more but these are enough for now.  Hope this satisfies you [2muchXS] gals!

Per request

I haven't posted much lately, and it has been a looooong time since I posted anything about my cross-stitch.  I really have to make myself stitch, although I love it, because I try to spend my creative time playing with paper.  But the activity on one of the cross stitch groups I belong to has picked up lately and they have requested that I post pictures of my work-in-progress stitching projects.  And I think they will be sorry they asked.  I took these pictures a couple of months ago, since then I have actually completed one project so got to delete the photo.

 This is a reproduction sampler Hannah Prescott.  I actually have a bit more done since the photo was taken.

 This is a jeweled sampler garden from Liz Turner Diehl.  I can't put my hands on it at the moment so I can't tell you the correct title.

 This is the Berlin Woolwork sampler.  It was published in 9 parts and I am completing part 3.

 This is a mystery sampler that was obtained through the Sampler Guild of the Rockies.  At the moment, it is dead in the water due to me having to make a color choice, I think.

This is MLI's Angel of Healing.

These are the supplies for a tray mat.  I think I have the linen set aside, too.  This was a SGR project.

 This is A Victorian Fantasy by Vintage Designs.  This was a class that I took at the 1999 Creative Arts and Textiles Show back when counted Cross stitch was just starting to decline in popularity.  I have worked more on this.

This fun project is a sampler turtle that finishes up into a  3D design.  I can't put my fingers on any of the patterns to tell you who the designer is, but there is also a teddy bear.  Two more classes that I took at cross-stitch festsivals. 

I think this one is called Winter Garden Gate by Moss Creek Designs, Rae Iverson.  I'm pretty sure this was another festival class.  I also have the Summer Garden Gate kit but haven't started that and the date on that one is 1998.

This is the beginning of the huswife from Sampler and Antique Needlework, vol 2.  Again, I can't put my fingers on the book, but it is somewhere in my stitching room.  Hey, I had to move the ENTIRE room downstairs and then back upstairs in the last 10 years, so I am never quite sure where things are.  But I know it is somewhere and if I want to work on this sometime, I will just have to look

This is Bands of Many Colors by Eileen Bennett.  It is so close to finishing that it is a shame not to get it done.

This project was another class.  More needlepoint than cross-stitch.  When done, it finished up into a wooden spool which is really quite neat.  I really intended to substitute a sampler for this, so probably will never finish this one.

This as the outside of what finishes up to be a needlebook.  Designed by the same gal that did the turtle and teddy bear.  It is done in a bargello-type pattern with lots of bugle beads.

Oh, yes.  This is a Thomas Kinkaid.  It still needs lots and lots of french knots.  It was supposed to be a wedding present for one of my sibling's kids -- who now has teenagers.

This is as far as I have finished the Strawberry Basket band.  I have the very nice woven oak basket that the whole liner fits into.

And here is Rocky Mountain Christmas that I am currently working on.

This is the Mary Smithies reproduction sampler from R&R Reproductions.  This was a class from 2001 at Liberty Gathering in Liberty, Missouri.  (That was a fun festival with all sorts of crafts - I took cross-stitch, quilting, even painting classes - taught by the husband of Chessie & Me cross-stitch designer.)  It is a Mormon sampler stitched by Mary while traveling to Utah.  I have quite a bit more done on this than shown.  It always causes comments when I take it to Saturday Stitch when I go as there as every tenth linen thread has to be removed and replaced with a blue linen thread to simulate the learning linen that was used at that time.

This is Stitch Little Darling Sewing Basket by Merry Cox.  I have about 1 1/2 sides of 4 done, then have the bottom inside of the basket to stitch before I can finish the thing, so still lots of work.

I think this is all I can put in one post but believe me, these are not all my UFO's!