Saturday, September 30, 2006

{ faux stitching }

This afternoon I decided to make a card using the layout from a card on Nancy's blog and the color scheme from Taylor's blog. Thanks for the inspiring ideas, ladies! While I was at it I thought I might as well take pictures of the faux stitching technique and make a mini tutorial. It's a very simple and yet effective technique... so easy to do and looks so cool! There is no actual sewing involved in faux stitching... so even if you're afraid of the needle & thread you can easily accomplish this!

Stampin' Supplies
  • Ruler or Perfect Layers Tool
  • White Gel Pen
  • Piece of Fun Foam
  • Push Pin
  • Card stock
Stampin' Steps

1. Draw a straight line with a white gel pen along the edge of your ruler on your card.
2. Place card on piece of fun foam.
3. Poke holes in the white line using a push pin.

Completed card is shown above. The stamps I used for this card are all from Stampin' Up!: Paisley, Simply Said, It's Your Birthday. The colors are More Mustard, Cool Caribbean, Cranberry Crisp. For embellishments I used burgundy organdy, dazzling diamonds and signo white gel pen.

{ simply saturday }

This week a lot of my blog friends were on a "simple" card kick, so I thought I would follow their lead! This morning I created a couple of very simple cards using the leftovers that were on my stamping table from the last few cards I've made. I think they turned out alright, although they are a lot simpler than I normally like!!This card is 3.5" x 3.5" and is made using these card stocks: Blush Blossom, Certainly Celery, Bashful Blue, Confetti White, and then Petal Patch paper. I used my square punch to punch out pre-stamped with Paisley card stock, mounted the squares on the confetti white and then used my Perfect Layers tool to trim a nice neat border around the squares. The card base has been stamped with Linen using Blush Blossom ink.

This card is 3.5" x 5.5". The Cool Caribbean card stock has been stamped with a Linen background, then I used the Art of Life flower and "friend" from Noteworthy. It is finished off with a bit of organdy ribbon.

Thanks for taking a peek at my blog! Please feel free to leave your comments... I love reading them.

Friday, September 29, 2006

{ canvas transfers }

Awhile ago I saw this cool craft project on Trading Spaces and I knew I had to try it! Christi Proctor was the designer on this show. I love it when she's on because she always does something so creative!

You can learn how to make these canvas transfers by clicking on the Trading Spaces link above, but basically this is how I did it...

  1. Print photos in grey scale on T-Shirt transfers. On your printer settings select t-shirt transfer as the type of paper and your printer will automatically print in mirror image.
  2. Iron the t-shirt transfer onto a blank canvas. I picked these up at a local dollar store for $1 each. They are 8" x 10".
  3. Carefully peel away the t-shirt transfer backing.
  4. Hang on the wall and enjoy.

Thursday, September 28, 2006

{ altered ribbon tutorial }

Well, I decided to give a tutorial a try... I hope you all enjoy! I didn't invent this technique, but I do enjoy it and use it quite a bit. I first saw this striped ribbon in a swap I participated in last fall.

Stampin' Supplies:
  • Plain Celery Grosgrain Ribbon (or color of your choice)
  • Certainly Celery Marker (or color of your choice)
Stampin' Steps:

1. Cut a piece of grosgrain and lay it across a piece of scrap paper.

2. Use the brush tip of your marker to simply draw a straight line down the center of the ribbon. Be sure to keep the marker moving steadily or you will end up with a blob
instead of a stripe. The ink will soak right through to the other side, so your stripe will show up on both sides when you tie your ribbon in a knot or a bow.

3. Alternately you can use your marker to run a line down each side of the ribbon. This is the effect I was after for the card I created this morning. I think it looks really cool!

Here is the completed card! I used all Stampin' Up! images & supplies. The stitching was done with my sewing machine using cream colored Egyptian 100% cotton thread. For card stock I used Blush Blossom, Bashful Blue and Certainly Celery. The cute little tag stamp is from A to Z accents. The 3 strips of card stock are stamped in matching ink with Paisley. The striped paper is Petal Patch. Each piece of card stock has been slightly distressed using Direct-to-Paper technique with matching ink. I cannot stamp anything without doing DTP... it's an addiction!!

Ok, here's the card.............

When I started creating this card I thought it would be an upright, tall card... but when it was completed I thought it looked better going horizontally.

Please let me know if you've found this tutorial helpful.

Wednesday, September 27, 2006

{ I *heart* Poetry Collection }

I started a beginner's quilting class last night at a LQS! I must say it was an excellent class and I thoroughly enjoyed myself. The picture on the left is the first block I made.

I fell in love with these fabrics in the summer when I went to a Fibre Arts Festival. One of the vendors had an "Emma Quilt" on display and it had 20 different fabrics from the Poetry Collection by Moda Fabrics. Ever since then I'd been dieing to get my hands on this gorgeous stuff, so when I signed up for the class I knew I had to make my first quilt with it!

Our homework was to complete 4 of these blocks... I finished them this morning and just had to post pictures!

Monday, September 25, 2006

{ new arrival }

Stitching isn't *just* for cards anymore... today my new baby arrived, I mean my Pfaff Sewing Machine! Since I quit Stampin' Up! I've decided to take up quilting. I just bought this wonderful used sewing machine today and am half finished my first project.

Last year in the CST Christmas Gift Exchange I was given a pile of 4" Christmas themed fabric squares. As a practice project I am using these squares to create a Christmas table runner, as you can see in the photo.

Sunday, September 24, 2006

{ can you say luscious? }

mmm.... I aboslutely adore the Wild Rose stamp set! I fell in love with it the moment I saw it in the Stampin' Up! catalogue and ordered it with my "must haves"! When the catty first came out at the end of June I made 2 lists, a "Wish List" and a "Must Haves" list!

I made a batch of these cards while in Gibsons this summer, or was it Bowser? It was so fun and relaxing stamping while we were away. At Bowser (near Qualicum Beach on Vancouver Island) we stayed at a gorgeous waterfront home and I set up my stamping stuff out on the deck. What a beautiful setting for stamping!

In this card I used the new SU Recollections paper. I must say that I do love these papers! I will have to order another pkg for sure. Isn't that new SU Stitched Cranberry Crisp grosgrain ribbon to die for? It ads such a nice finishing touch to a card.

Thanks for reading my blog, and especially for posting your comments! I plan to add a post daily, so I hope you'll check back. :-)

Saturday, September 23, 2006

{ christmas }

A brown Christmas card?! Sure, why not? I made a batch of these cards while staying on the Sunshine Coast this summer. They were fun to make and not very time consuming. I used my new Festive Favourites stamp set, aged copper Hodge Podge hardware. I added a splash of color with my Watercolor Wonder Crayons and aquapainter, then finished it off with a touch of SU ribbon.

Last year I made a whole pile of beautiful blue Christmas cards using Lovely as a Tree and the reflection technique. I made them in October, so a little too early to mail. I stored them away safe & sound in a card box on a high shelf and promptly forgot about them! I just re-discovered that box of cards this summer..... ooooops! I guess I'll have to find more people to send cards to this year!

Friday, September 22, 2006

{ cupcakes }

mmmm.... yesterday I decided to make some cupcakes. Aren't they cute? :-)

{ new ribbon }

I was so excited today to discover some cool new ribbon! Ok, I didn't discover it, Nancy told me to go to Michael's and get ribbon and I listened.

This is the first non-Stampin' Up! ribbon I've purchased in 2 years... and I love it!

This card isn't all that exciting... but hey, the ribbon is gorgeous so there you go!

I cracked open my pkg. of Cool Caribbean card stock, stamped the Paisley background & Trimtastic in Cool Caribbean ink, then stamped Art of Life on vellum. I attached the vellum with a strip of tape and hid it with the ribbon.

Don't you just love striped ribbon?!