Sunday, January 27, 2008

{ scrappy cabin }

Hello,

So, this is what I've been working on today. It's a log cabin quilt block made only from scraps. I followed this Scrappy Cabin Tutorial. This was lots of fun and a great way to use up those little bits of leftover fabric! The finished size is about 5" square. I plan to make a whole pile of these and then make them into a big quilt. There's a flickr group set up for these scrappy cabins... you can see it here.


Friday, January 25, 2008

{ 4 - 08 }

Hello,

I'm beginning to sound a bit like a broken record, but *wow* it's so beautiful and sunny here again! I could get used to this.

I had a great time stamping last night with Andrea, Rhonda & Sarah! I didn't get much done, of course, but I had fun so it's all good.

This is one of the cards I started last night and finished up this morning to make it bloggable! I just got the purely pomegranate card stock, ribbon & ink last night from Sarah. I love this color, so I'm not sure why I waited so long to get it!

Have a great weekend!







Stampin' Supplies:
Stampin' Up!: Embrace Life, Posy, Purely Pomegranate ink, card stock, ribbon, Regal Rose card stock, confetti white card stock, stazon ink.

Technique: watercoloring with a koi waterbrush and SU ink (I squished the closed ink pad to make a little puddle of ink in the lid, then picked up the ink with the waterbrush to color.)


Wednesday, January 23, 2008

{ cupcake wallet }

Hello,

Who wouldn't want a cupcake wallet? Don't you just love this fabric?! So cute. If you've been around my blog for awhile you may remember I made an apron with this stuff last year.

It's another sunny day here! I'd much rather have it a bit on the freezing side and have sun than have it warm and rainy.



Monday, January 21, 2008

{ wallet frenzy }

Good Morning,

I've decided to sew a few wallets & bags for Christmas gifts this year. Yes, I'm starting in January - shocking, I know! This little purple number is the first wallet I've ever made and I'm pretty happy with how it turned out - other than the color. wink I'm sure Tina will love it, though.

I have 4 more cut out and ready to sew, two black/white and two cupcake/green dot.

The pattern I'm using for the wallets is from Quilts and More Winter 2007. Thanks, Rhonda, for reminding me about these patterns.

This weekend was amazing over on my Craft Racks blog! Wow, I've never had so many hits in one weekend - and so many sales! Thanks to everyone who placed an order and everyone who plans to in the future. I love Splitcoaststampers for many, many reasons. mrgreen

Have a great week everyone. Enjoy the sunshine!

-Cindy

Friday, January 18, 2008

{ looking for sewing patterns }

Good Morning,

I'd like to sew a matching purse, wallet, cheque book cover, key fob, cell phone case and wondered if anyone could recommend a good pattern for these. I've seen lots of cute sets on etsy so there must be patterns out there somewhere. mrgreen
I've now made 9 of these bags - they are so fun and addicting to make!

-Cindy

Sewing Supplies:

* Fabric - Designed by Bernadette Mayer for Chanteclaire. Purchased at Liquidation World for 70% off.
* Ribbon - Stampin' Up! Wild Wasabi
* Pattern - Quilts and More Spring 2007 Page 62.

Thursday, January 17, 2008

{ 03-08 }

Hello,

Don't look too closely at the coloring on this card. ;-) I used about 3 different coloring techniques while trying to find one I liked. You'll see a little water brush/ink pad, prismacolor/gamsol, SU markers/water brush, etc. Would anyone like to trade me all of my coloring tools for a complete set of Copic markers? No? I didn't think so. LOL

Stampin' Supplies:

* Stamping Bella
* Stampin' Up!: Polka Dot stamp, Wild Wasabi, black and Whisper White card stock, wild wasabi double stitched ribbon, wild wasabi ink pad.
* Papertrey white card stock
* Palette ink
* All of the coloring products mentioned above

-Cindy

Wednesday, January 16, 2008

{ valentine bag }

Hello,

Here's a little bag I whipped up using some Moda fabric I got at Liquidation World last week for 70% off. I still can't get over that great deal! I'll make a few of these for my girls to fill with treats and give to their friends for Valentine's Day.

This bag is a variation of the one in the Spring 2007 Quilts and More magazine on page 62. The ribbon is from blog candy that I won last year. I finally found the perfect use for it. :-)

-Cindy


Tuesday, January 15, 2008

{ blog tag }

I've been tagged by Jennifer over at Inking Obsessions.

1. Name your 2 favorite Scrapbooking themes: Christmas and Spring.

2. What are the 2 best places you've been to? Alaskan Cruise, Maui.

3. Name 2 things you do every day: straighten my hair, drink diet coke.

4. What are your 3 favorite stores? Liquidation World (not my all time favorite, just a recent favorite because of the fabric bargains), Woolaroo, Urban Trends, Quilt Essentials, Hamels.

5. What are your 2 favorite accessories to stamp/scrap with? ribbon, cuttlebug (embossing folders & nestabilities dies)

6. What are your two favorite occasions to make cards for? I like making cards for no particular occasion the best.

I am supposed to tag some people:

Jill - Orange Moose

Rhonda - Quilt Nut Creations

Sarah - Stampinsars

Andrea - Oh, that's right... Andrea doesn't have a blog. ;-) (not yet anyway)

{ 02-08 }

Good Morning,

It's a nice cold, sunny day here today... much better than a soggy mess. Well, here's my second card of 2008, and I made 13 of them. Maybe I'm on a roll or something.

Stampin' Supplies:

* Stampin' Up!: stamps, paper, ribbon, punch, ink, stampin' dimensionals.
* Cuttlebug
* Nestabilities
* Scor-Tape (the best adhesive I've used in the 14 years I've been stamping)

-Cindy

Monday, January 14, 2008

{ 01-08 }

Hello again...

Here is my first card of 2008... fresh off my stampin' desk! I've decided to use Nancy's tip to keep track of how many different cards I make this year. So, this card is 01-08.

I made this card using one of the 20 Sellabella images that Rubbernecker (Julie) from Splitcoast stampers sent me. Thank you so much, Julie! One down, 19 to go. LOL

Stampin' Supplies:

* Stampin' Up!: Wild Wasabi card stock, Wild Wasabi double stitched ribbon, black card stock, bashful blue card stock, Cutie Pie designer paper.
* Papertrey white card stock
* Palette ink
* Stamping Bella
* A Muse oval
* Prismacolor Pencil Crayons
* Museum brand "gamsol" with a stump
* Nestabilities
* Cuttlebug

-Cindy


{ nesties frame completed }

It's been so fun over the past few days receiving all of your positive feedback on my Nesties (Spellbinders Nestabilities) Frame. I'd like to say "Hi!" to all the visitors from the Creating Keepsakes forum, The Stamp Shack and also from Alli Miles' blog. Welcome here!

You've all motivated me to decorate my frame and get it hung on the wall next to my Cuttlebug. I used my new Stampin' Up! Wasabi double stitched ribbon and Stampin' Up! buttons. Everything is attached with glue dots. If you click on the image to the left you can see it up close and personal.

Talk to you later,


-Cindy


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{ monday morning }

Don't forget to head over to Kristina Werner's blog for a Monday morning pick-me-up! Her "Make a Card Monday" video shows how she uses the blender pen.

Click here to watch <---------------.

Thursday, January 10, 2008

{ 2007 ends with me in stitches }

Hello!

I hope you don't think I have bloggarhea... 3 posts in one day - *shocking*! I thought instead of cleaning the house today I would catch up on blogging. Good idea, right?

Anyhoo... these are the quilts I made for my girls for Christmas! I finished up hand-sewing the binding on Christmas Eve, as I mentioned earlier. We went away for Christmas so I lugged the quilts, thread, needle, and my new leather thimble in and out of the hotel room, relatives houses, etc. I was determined to get them done in time, and thankfully I did it!

These quilts were dreamed up way back in March/07 when I spotted these luscious Heather Bailey fabrics at Quilt Essentials in Abbotsford. At first I was going to use Heather Bailey's pattern and make one twin sized quilt with a ruffle, but after reading it I realized that you'd waste a lot of fabric, so I decided to look for a different pattern. I found one in the Quilts and More magazine (Summer 2007) called Cottage Romance by Dorothy Faidley, which is the pattern I ended up using. On a side note, I sure wish you could subscribe to Quilts and More. I *love* that magazine! It has so many simple, do-able ideas with complete and clear instructions.

So anyway, back to my quilt story. I cut out and pieced one quilt only to realize that this thing was GINORMOUS! It was way bigger than a queen sized bed! Soooo.... I un-sewed (me, a stitch ripper and 3 cans of diet coke) it down the middle and made it into two twin sized quilts.

I had my friend Rhonda (the Quilt Nut) add my borders since I am measurement challenged and she also quilted them on her longarm quilting machine. You can see close ups of the amazing quilting job she did! Each quilt is done with a different butterfly design.

So, there you have it, my last crafty projects of 2007. I wonder what my 2008 quilts will look like.

-Cindy

PS. Click on the photos if you'd like to see a close up.


{ storage solution for your nestabilities }

Hello,

Here's a pretty and functional storage solution I came up with for the nestabilities dies, a "Nesties Frame"!

Supplies:
-Any size picture frame
-Magnet sheets
-Patterned paper
-Adhesive

Step by Step:

1. Adhere magnet sheets to the top of the glass on the picture frame.
2. Cut the patterned paper with your paper trimmer to the size of the glass and adhere it to the magnet sheets.
3. Put your nestabilities dies on. The magnets will hold them in place!
4. Decorate the frame with ribbon and buttons.
5. Hang your pretty frame on the wall near your die cut machine.

-Cindy

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{ gorgeous fabric, and cheap }

Hello,

FYI... Liquidation World in Chilliwack has A LOT of top quality designer quilter's fabric at 70% off. The regular prices are all around $15 per meter. They also have a whole pile of patterns, ribbon, thread, etc. If you're in the area, it's worth checking it out!

Speaking of fabric... I finished the matching Heather Bailey Freshcut quilts for my girls. I was hand-sewing the binding right up 'til the last minute on Christmas Eve then gave the girls their quilts for Christmas. They love them! I'll take a picture... once I figure out how! I need good lighting (sun) and a place to put them for a photo.

-Cindy

Thursday, January 03, 2008

{ looking for a cuttlebug }

Hello,

Just wondering if anyone knows where my friend can get a good deal on a cuttlebug? Please leave a comment here or email me. Thanks!

-Cindy

Wednesday, January 02, 2008

{ request }

Hello,

I was just wondering if anyone had some extra stickers from the MarketPlace IGA grocery store that I could have? I've been collecting the free dishes from there and almost have enough stickers to get my 5th place setting. The deadline to get stickers from the store was Dec. 31, but you can cash them in until January 12. Anyway, if you have some to spare I would be thrilled to receive them. Please email me. Thanks so much!

-Cindy

{ did you resolve to get organized this year? }

Hello,

I've noticed a lot of blog posts today where people are resolving to be more organized this year, especially in their craft rooms. I thought I would pass along how I keep my ink pads neatly organized in case it might help someone out there. If your ink pads look anything like this picture - you need help! LOL

Last year I teamed up with David from Ontario, Canada. He builds these awesome "Craft Racks" in 4 different styles and I sell them online.

<--- See how neat your ink pads can be with a Craft Rack! I just love mine! You can get one that holds 75 ink pads (practically any brand will fit), there's one for organizing your ribbon, another one for wheels, etc., and another that holds 55 ink pads plus several spools of ribbon.

Craft Racks are only $42 USD or $40 CDN plus shipping. If you'd like more info please check out the Craft Racks blog and then you can email me directly if you'd like to order one.

All the best in 2008! I hope you'll reach all of your goals; crafting and otherwise.

-Cindy

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