Saturday, August 12, 2017

A little bit of happy, a little bit of sad...

I'll start with the happy.  My Aunt Sophie, who is my dad's sister, and my aunt & Godmother, turned 90 years young this past Thursday, August 10th, 2017!  I just had to make her a birthday card for this special occasion!    For the background I sponged several colors of Ranger Distress Ink, then spashed some color with watered down ink that I stamped first on my non stick craft sheet.  I then loosely colored the daisies with watercolor pencils, added a few sequins & beads, and a twine bow to complete the look.

Now for the sad.  My longtime school mate & friend, Danny DelConte, passed away on July 24th, 2017 suddenly & unexpectedly, at the too young age of 61.  Danny was my bestest "guy" friend all through high school, and we had lengthy phone conversations every night talking about anything & everything.  We lost touch over the years, but he will always be in my heart.  For this card I stamped flower & heart images with Versamark, then embossed with white embossing powder.  Then I randomly washed Shimmerz Inklingz watercolors on the background, & spritzed with water until I got a pattern I liked.  I added small droplets of Ranger Inkssentials Glossy Accents to mimic tear drops, stamped the sentiment, and added a darker mat.

Monday, July 17, 2017

Happy Birthday, Patrick!

My son-in-law, Pat's, birthday was this past Saturday, July 15th, so I whipped up this quick birthday card for him.  I'm such a procrastinator, and wait until the last minute way too often, so I needed to make a card that wouldn't take me all day, but still had meaning & thought put into it.  I like getting inspiration from others, & while checking out Pinterest, I came across this card.

Perfect!  My daughter, Lauren, & son-in-law, Pat, live on a lake, they are nature people, and Pat is a surfer!  I have made a commitment to use my Cricut Explore more often, so since I didn't have a cat tail stamp, I went into the images section of Cricut's Design Space, and found a perfect image from the Wild Card cartridge called "Grass".  

I inked the background with Close To My Heart stamp pads using a Ranger mini blending tool, masking the moon with a circle shape cut out of Design Space before inking, and then using the attach, writing & weld features of Design Space for the sentiment & cutting the card.  I would have liked the sentiment to be a little lower on the card, but I had to guesstimate where the sentiment would land, since I had to ink the paper before loading it into my Explore.  I came pretty close! Practice makes perfect!  The grass was cut & attached separately.  Then I sprayed some water droplets to create more interest to the background, since the ink is water based, so reacts with water.  I stamped the birds from Penny Black's stamp set, Nature's Friends.  I love this stamp set, as it's so versatile, and I use it quite frequently.  As a finishing touch, after masking the grass & the moon, I flicked some dark blue watercolor splotches on the card, and inked the edges to ground the card on the white card base. Hope you enjoyed this quickie tutorial!

Patrick & Lauren
Ocean City, NJ
January 1, 2017

Monday, July 3, 2017

Happiness Is...

Spending time in my sewing & needle arts craft room is one of my favorite things to do, second only to spending time in my scrapbook & general crafts room, of which I'll show you all in another post. Fabric, threads & Disney!  What's not to love!

Designing larger blocks from half square triangle blocks using "Fresh Cottons" fabric by Fig Tree Quilts

"Fresh Cottons' fabric by Fig Tree Quilts

Dies for my Go Fabric Cutter

Autumn, Halloween, Winter & Christmas wool/felt/cotton embroidery & applique projects. Center pattern is from the
"The Mystery of the Salem Witches Guild"

Disappearing 9 Patch quilt top using the "Martinique" fabric line by
 Moda French General

Quilting & fabric creations books

Quilting & Craft  mags
My daughter, Lauren's, Disney princess hat, bought by her
Great Uncle Leo at Walt Disney World in 1990

There's a hand painted Christmas Mickey plate by my son, Mike, when he was a little guy,
hiding behind the Mickeys.

My daughter, Lauren's parasol, bought by her great Uncle Leo at Walt Disney World in 1992.
My son Joe's first Phillies jacket.

Crayons for crayon tinting my Crabapple Hill Studio patterns.

Quilt top made using Moda French General Martinique fabric & Fig Tree Quilt's Fresh Cottons.

Machine Embroidery Thread

Quilting, Embroidery & Applique Thread

My wonder machine!

Embroidery Attachement

Things I love:  Darkroom sign that belonged to my Godfather & Uncle, Leo
My nephew & Godson, Dominic's, putting green flag, named Orange Fox, his gamer name
Special Disney World posters

My wide format printer, for printing those 12 x 12 scrapbook pages!

Friday, June 30, 2017

The Salvation Poem

So my husband was working on his truck this morning, a Ford F250, trying to figure out why it won't start.  When he removed the panel down by where the front seat passenger's feet would be, he saw this little paper with a cross attached tucked in.  The phone number on the back is to a church in Mississippi.  His truck is from Mississippi, and we've had it for six years.  What a nice little surprise. He is wondering if he should put the prayer note back where he found it.

Sunday, June 25, 2017

Patriotic Pinwheel Sampler Quilt Along

Many many moons ago, Almost 7 1/2 years ago to be exact, I was a brand new wanna-be quilter.  I roamed quilting blogs, and happened upon Rachel Griffith's ps i quilt.  I also saw that she was doing a quilt along.  What's a quilt along, I wondered.  Being the adventurous person that I am, I thought, why not?  How hard can it be?  Famous newbie quilter last words!  Suffice it to say that I have finally finished this quilt, 7 1/2 years later!  Darn, but matching up those points was hard!  There are more mistakes in that quilt than I have fingers (and toes), but I love it all the same.  I even made it reversable

I  have become a half decent quilter over the years, even doing all my own free-motion machine quilting, and have completed around 7 quilts, including this one.  I have two more completed tops that I also started seven years ago, that are just waiting patiently to be finished!  I'm sure this is small potatoes compared to many quilters.  My excuses for not accomplishing more is that I have about ten or a hundred more other crafty loves that take up quite a bit of time, and I just have a busy life in general.  My sewing room closet is filled with the most awesome fabric collections, just waiting to be turned into something wonderful some day.  Some day....

If you would like to do this quilt-a-long, here is the link.  Just scroll down to Rachel's  tutorial page to get to the Pinwheel Sampler Quiltalong instructions.

And now I present to you my Patriotic Pinwheel Sampler!!!