Friday, November 9, 2018

Parkinson's Support Group Christmas Auction

November at our Parkinson's Support Group meeting, we have our Christmas celebration. It starts with a "Potluck" dinner. After that we have an auction of all the things members have brought in. Each year I have made the things that I donated. It started with a set of placemats. Then for several years I made a lap quilt. This year I made this tote bag using fabric from the Moda collection called "Forever Green". Beautiful fabric! I still have a lot left from projects that I made last year.

On the inside I added pockets and a loop for attaching a key ring. The clip part looked a little lost so a took a few of the smallest scraps and made a little nine-patch quilt block to add to the key ring. The finished size is approxmiately 2 1/4" x 2 1/4". It was a fun little project that took just minutes.

In addition to the tote, I made a table runner. I love doing things with color and love doing things that create an illusion. When I saw a table runner on Pinterest that fit both, I immediately fell in love with it and had to see what I could do with the design. The result is below. I love the way the red fabric creates the illusion of a printed ribbon being attached to the green (maybe a green wall). The design is made with half square triangles and a few squares. The finished size of the squares were 3 1/2". T he over all measurement is 19" x 40".

Saturday, November 3, 2018

Time For Change

For a long time now I have been thinking about a name change for my blog. Why? Because my love of sewing and quilting has made a big come back in my life. I started to learn to sew in the seventh grade. By the time I was in high school, I was making almost all my clothes, even adding my own design elements to my outfits. I went to college and majored in Home Economics. Again my love of sewing came to the forefront. I loved designing my own patterns. The love of sewing was always there over the years that followed.

For several years this love of sewing was set aside while I pursued a new love -- that of paper crafting. I have focused on stamping and making cards for over ten years. Some time ago the love of sewing began to resurface. Quilting has come to the forefront. I love playing with colors and design. I want to add my sewing projects to my blog so that is the reason for the name change. The name will now be "Stamping and Quilting From My Heart."  I will be posting both my stamping and sewing projects

This was a project that I finished back in July. We have a 36" round dining room table with two 12" leaves. I designed the curved placemats to follow the curve of the table. With the leaves in, I then needed the rectangle mats. So, a set of placemats for my table include 4 shaped mats and 2 rectangle mats. When I saw this fabric, I knew that it would make a wonderful set for my table, especially for during the summer time.


Sunday, October 28, 2018

Three More Cards

I want to share three more cards that I made last week. The first two are made using the stamp set "Painted Harvest". This stamp set is so versatile and one that I have really enjoyed creating with. If you have the stamp set, I hope that you will spend a little time playing with it.

A Christmas card made using "Painted Harvest"

Finally, as I was looking in a box that contained pieces from last years Christmas cards, I found the pieces to put this Christmas card together. I love it when that happens.

Friday, October 26, 2018

Favorite Fall Colors

The card challenge for my stamp Club meeting on this Saturday, October 27, is to make a card using your favorite fall colors. This  is my card for the challenge. We will also be making it as one of our cards. 

Stamps -- from the Stampin' Up sets Labels to Love, Label Me Pretty and Painted Harvest
Card Stock -- Cajun Craze for the card base, Sahara Sand (band under the green burlap ribbon) and Very Vanilla for the other elements
Inks -- Always Artichoke, Close To Cocoa, More Mustard and Memento Potter's Clay
Accessories -- Green burlap ribbon, coordinating punch and enamel dots

Thursday, October 25, 2018

Just For Fun

This card is "just for fun". Send it to a child, grandchild or even for the love of your life (your husband). I have had this set for quite awhile but had not used it. I have been looking at cards made with it for some time. I fell in love with this little guy. So I gave it a try. It was so much fun.

Stamps -- Stampin' Up Painted Harvest, In the Meadow, Crazy About You and grass stamp from "Stamps By Judith"
Card stock -- White card stock and some scrapbook paper from my collection
Inks -- Stampin' Up Crumb Cake, Old Olive, Soft Sky and VersaFine Onyx Black

"Lots Of Lavender"

"Lots Of Lavender" is the stamp set I used to create the focal image for this card. It was a stamp set available for the 2018 Sale-A-Bration back in January, February and March. I have had it all this time and have not had a chance to use it. Love it.

Information on supplies used--
Stamps -- "Wishing You Well" and "Lots Of Lavender"
Card Stock -- White card base, Pale Plum and Old Olive
Inks -- Memento Tuxedo Black, Lulu Lavender and Stampin' Up's Old Olive
Dies -- Oval and scalloped Nestabilities from Spellbinders

To create the background, I used a piece of Old Olive card stock measuring 3 3/4" x 5".  Using the wheat stamp from "Wishing You Well", I stamped it 6 times using Old Olive ink.

Here is a link to the card that was my inspiration.

Wednesday, October 24, 2018


Where do you find inspiration? Sometimes I feel like I have no creativity. That's where I have been for sometime. When pressures of life press in around us, the ability to create can take a back seat. So often I have found "Pinterest" to be a help. At least it can give you a start.

As I was preparing for my upcoming class, I ran across a card that inspired me. As I was trying to CASE the sample, I had trouble. After trying several times with no success -- it finally came together.

This is a link to the card that was my inspiration.

The things I used--
Card Base -- Soft Suede card stock
Other card Stock -- Crumb Cake and Very Vanilla
Inks -- Soft Suede and Crumb Cake
Stamp Sets-- Country Home and Waterfront

I started by tracing an oval in the lower right hand corner.I know that it is hard to see in this picture but it is there.

Second, I placed my stamped images around that oval. 
Because I wanted to add a little texture to the background, I used a little stamp from the set called "Waterfront". Using crumb cake ink, I stamped off before adding it to on my card.

Finished card front.

Don't forget to decorate the inside of your card and the envelope. This is a wonderful stamp for doing that.

Tuesday, October 9, 2018

First Post Since July

So much has happened since my last post. I can hardly believe that almost three months have past since then. Sometimes life takes us down a different path than what we were planning or would have chosen. There have been times of joy--our oldest grandson was married on August 4th. The whole family was able to be there and rejoice in the celebration. One grandson was not able to be there because he was in his Basic Cadet training at the Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

Sarah was home from California so she came with her parents from Chicago. So all three of our granddaughters were together for the first time in many years. What a joy to see all their beautiful smiles.

After the wedding Don and I made a quick trip to Middle Tennessee to visit my brothers. Again we were blessed to be able to visit with them and their families.

Shortly after returning home our lives took a sudden change. On August 16, Don had open heart surgery with three bypasses. Since then we have been in recovery mode. And again the Lord has been with us and provided the healing that has been needed.

Last Saturday, I was able to return to my cards and my card class. These are the four cards that I had chosen for us to make.

This first card was a Christmas card using the new die set from the Peaceful Poinsettia Bundle from the Holiday Catalog. The card stock was SU Cherry Cobbler and white.

The second card used the Stampin' Up set called "Accented Blooms" with the coordinating Tailored Tag punch. The color was Tranquil Tide.

The third card uses the new Stampin' Up set from the Holiday Catalog called "Wishing You Well" It also uses the new embossing folder "Tin Tile Dynamic Textured Impressions Embossing Folder". Very Vanilla card stock was used with Soft Taupe and Cherry Cobbler ink.

The last card uses designer paper from 45 Graphic . I wanted the paper to speak for itself, so I kept every thing else very simple. I case'd this card using a picture that I had printed, probably off of Pinterest, some time ago.

Saturday, July 28, 2018

Anniversary Card

Life is sometimes a little overwhelming. This is my first post in just over a month. I needed a short break. I think stress had created a block against creativity. I just needed to stop for a while and focus on something totally different. I did some quilting and tried to focus on some projects that needed to be done around the house.

I needed an anniversary card this afternoon. My sister-in-law took Don to his Rock Steady Boxing class so I had a chance to make the card before we left for the 50th wedding anniversary celebration.  I love the beauty of simplicity.

Stamp set:  Flourishing Phrases
Accessories:  Petals & More Thinlits
Card Stock:  white for the card base, gold foil and Designer Series Paper.
Ink: VersaMark and gold embossing powder

Inside Message

Monday, June 25, 2018

Two More

There were two other cards that we made on Saturday at our stamp club. In my travels around town, I had been seeing rows of beautiful colored Adirondack chairs setting in front of different hardware stores. Those chairs were my inspiration for this card. But--I did not want them sitting in front of a building; I wanted to see them on the shore of some lake.

Stamps -- Waterfront, High Tide and Sitting Pretty
Card Stock -- Crumb Cake, Soft Sky and white. The chairs were cut from scraps.
Inks -- Crumb Cake, Soft Sky and Smoky Slate
Accessories -- Pretty Park Framelits and Seasonal Layers Thinlets

For this second card, I used one of my new stamp and die sets.

Stamps -- Serene Garden
Cardstock -- Very Vanilla and Melon Mambo
Inks - Memento Tuxedo Black
Accesssories-- Die from Garden Scene Framelits and Copics to color the leaves