Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Let's Catch Up...what's been going on at the country home over the last four months!

I love my sewing room, so why don't I spend more time in it?

I suppose if I don't keep up with this blog in a timely fashion, I'm never going to have many followers.  I'm so busy that it's hard to find the time to do any crafting, let alone blogging.  I really don't know how others do it.  Anyone have any secrets they'd like to share?  

So, let's see, the last post I made was back in November.  That seems like such a long long time ago.  Since then we've been on two Walt Disney World trips, one in December, and one just three weeks ago, we've celebrated Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year's & Easter, we found out my daughter & son-in-law are expecting their first baby this coming October, two of my grandsons have had birthdays, my husband got a new job, and we're planning another Disney trip!  That's just the major highlights!

This leaves me the dilemma of what to blog about today.  Do I backtrack and try to catch up?  Do I just start fresh with what's current?  Ugh.  So hard for me to decide.  I think I'm just going to wing it and write about whatever is on my mind today.  Craft wise, I really didn't get much accomplished over the last few months.  For one thing, my scrapping/craft room is my double car garage, which is absolutely FREEZING in the winter, and this winter seemed to go on forever!!!  I told my husband we need to move my craft room to the basement, as I'm tired of giving up months of crafting every year.  I have resorted to moving supplies to the kitchen when I need to make a card, but moving things back and forth is a royal PIA, and I'm just not comfortable scrapping & crafting without all my "stuff" around me.  The basement could be a good alternative.  It's not finished, but it is warm in the winter and cool in the summer.  We do have to move stuff around though, and I need more outlets down there, so it's not like I can just pick up my stuff and move down there now.

My sewing room is upstairs in one of our empty bedrooms, so I have no excuse there.  Just my weird OCD that if I can't sew uninterrupted for at least most of the day, then I don't even want to start.  This is such a hard habit for me to break.  There's a popular quilter, can't remember who at the moment, who says just try to sew for ten minutes a day, anyone can fit that in.  I would like to do that, but it never happens.  I'm so so behind on quilts for my grandkids, for myself, for family.  Right now I have a beautiful half square triangle quilt in progress, that's been in progress for years, lol, and two completed quilt tops and a Christmas tree skirt to be quilted, and a huge stash just sitting there waiting.  

Check it out, the bottom quilt top is already sandwiched with backing & batting and ready to be quilted!  Oh if only I had a longarm!  Some day!  The top one is the tree skirt I made for this past Christmas, but never got to quilt it.  I'm hoping it will be ready for this upcoming Christmas!

Here is the last of the fabric that I organized!  It is Rouenneries Deux by French General, and it was part of a block of the month I joined many moons ago by Bunny Hill Designs, and the quilt pattern is Merry Merry Snowmen. 

 This is what the quilt should look like when completed.  So cute, right?

Below is some of my beloved stash!  I organize mainly by fabric collections, as I usually buy fabric with a quilt in mind, and try to stick to a particular collection of fabric for each quilt so that everything coordinates.  Another OCD, lol.

On a positive note, I've spent several hours over the last week reorganizing my stash, lol!  It was nice to see what I have and to actually remember what I have! 

Now that my daughter is pregnant, and I'd like to make her a baby quilt, I really need to get on the stick!  This baby will be a "rainbow" baby, so obviously, I'll be making a rainbow quilt.  I've got all the fabric & the pattern ready, so hoping to start it very soon!

Hopefully, it will look something like this when I'm done.

"A “rainbow baby” is a baby that is born following a miscarriage, stillbirth, neonatal death or infant loss. In the real world, a beautiful and bright rainbow follows a storm and gives hope of things getting better. ... A rainbow brings light but by no means replaces the angel baby.

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Better Late Than Never! Halloween Cards 2017!

I made Halloween cards for my kids & grandkids this year using a combination of stamping, embossing, & cutting file images from the Maple Manor SVG kit that I purchased from SVG Cuts, & cut on my Cricut Explore.  I love Halloween, and am always so sad that the fall season seems to pass so quickly!  As soon as the Christmas holidays are over I need to get right to work on all my fall projects for next year, that are works in progress!

Monday, October 30, 2017

A Nature's Friends Birthday Card!

It's hard for me to believe my first born child, Joe, just turned 38 years old, and has a four year old little guy!  Wow, everyone else is getting old, lol!  Using my favorite Penny Black stamp set, Nature's Friends, as inspiration, here is the card I made for Joe.

I fussy cut a 12x12 digital scrapbook paper file down to a 5x7 size in Photoshop Elements.  This paper file is from Holly Designs "Be Faithful" kit that I purchased from Shabby Pickle Designs many moons ago.  From searching Google just now, apparently Shabby Pickle closed it's online store back in 2012!  It's also looking like Holly Designs isn't in business anymore, either.  If any of you know differently, please let me know.

Then I used the "happy" and "birthday" digital brushes from the Defining Words:Birthday Brushes & Stamps by Katie Pertiet, sold exclusively at Designer, to add the sentiment.

After printing this image, I stamped the deer and berry bush stamps from "Nature's Friends", using Color Box archival dye ink in Wicked Black.  I used my Misti stamp tool to align the stamps up right where I wanted them.  I can't tell you how much I love my Misti!  It's really invaluable when stamping.  I was able to upload the happy & birthday stamps to Cricut Design Space, isolating the words happy & birthday, duplicating them several times, and then cut them out using orange cardstock.  I then glued them together to give them dimension, and added them to the card. 

I love card making, and I love how this card turned out!  Happy Birthday, Joe!

Monday, October 9, 2017

A Secret Garden Goes Halloween

I should be receiving my new coloring book by Johanna Basford, Ivy and the Inky Butterfly, tomorrow, from Amazon, and I can't wait to see it!  In the meantime, I just finished a page from Johanna's Secret Garden.  Since Halloween is one of my favorite holidays, I decided to add a spooky twist to my page.  I used a copyright free image as my inspiration, and drew in a haunted house & graveyard!  I love how it turned out!  If you're a fan of coloring, and don't have any of Johanna's books yet, you should be sure to get one!  I have all of Johanna's coloring books, and I think you'll love them as much as I do! 

I colored my picture with Prismacolor Premier & Faber-Castell Polychromous pencils, adding sparkly touches with clear, gold & black Wink of Stella glitter brushes, as well as touches of assorted Sakura Gelly Roll pens here & there.  This page was so much fun to color!  Who says you have to stay in the lines?  Use your imagination, and go wild!

Saturday, October 7, 2017

In Honor of National Card Making Day, Happy 84th Birthday, Mom!

This past Sunday, October 1st, was my mom's 84th birthday, and we celebrated by having a big traditional Italian spaghetti & meatball/sausage gravy dinner to celebrate (yes, we call red sauce gravy here in this part of southern NJ).  All of my mom's grandkids and great-grandkids were here, and it was a wonderful day.  My daughter made some home-made spaghetti, as well as the birthday cake, which was a spiced caramel apple cake, and everything was yummy & delicious!  Here is the card I made for my mom's special day!

I used Distress Oxide inks to shade the background, Kuretake ZIG Clean Color Real Watercolor Brush Pens to color in the design, and my Cricut to write the sentiment!

I used sequins, jewels, Nuvo Crystal drops & Wink of Stella clear glitter marker to add some pretty accents!

My mom, the birthday girl in the white sweater, and my mother-in-law in the black sweater!

My beautiful & talented daughter who made the home made spaghetti & birthday cake!

The great-grandkids!  Trying to get them all to smile & look at the camera at the same time is impossible at this age!

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

The Grandsons' Happy New Year Back To School Cards!

I have four adorable grandsons, Jaxon, age 11, Wesley, age 5, Gavin, age 4 & Lucas, age 3.  I wanted to make them special "first day back to school" cards, to go along with a few "celebratory" gifts.  Not only was it their first day back to school, it was also the first day of kindergarten for Wes, and the first day of pre-school for Gavin.  Luc isn't in school yet, but I couldn't leave him out of the celebration, and he loves anything with a motor, so I thought the school bus card was appropriate for him.  It was his first day of helping get his big brother, Wes, off the school bus!

I purchased the files for the apple cards and the school bus card from SVG Cuts.  They are from the Back to School Box Cards set.  Jaxon's First Day of 6th Grade card is from Miss Kate Cuttables.  I forgot to take individual pics of Jaxon's card, but you can see it in the photos I took of their back to school gifts below.  Most of the paper I used is from the Doodlebug Back To School paper pack, and I purchased it on Amazon.  Of course, I used my amazing Cricut Explore to cut out all my designs!  I bought this machine three years ago, but rarely used it.  Over the last few months I've rediscovered it, and don't know how I ever crafted without it!  One other crafting tool I can't live without is the We R Memory Keepers Envelope Punch Board!  It is truly amazing, and so easy to use!  Got mine on Amazon.

The front of Wesley's First Day of Kindergarten card

The back of Wessie's card

Isn't this paper adorable! 

The front of Gavin's First Day of Pre-School card

The back of Gavin's card

Cutest scrapbook paper ever!

Luc's School Bus card.  I had a lot of fun making this!

We are proud of Luc for using the big boy potty!

I just love these little tail lights!  I had the scrapbook gems from years ago, and have no idea where I got them.

The front of the bus

You'd be surprised how easy these cards are to make!  Don't let it intimidate you.

Jaxon's First Day of 6th Grade card & gift

The grandkids loved their First Day Back to School cards & presents!