Sewing/quilting is my other love. Over the years I have made quilts, table runners, placemats, tote bags, etc. For the past 10 years I have taken something hand made to our Parkinson's Support Group's Christmas Auction, This year I took two table runners and three sets/boxes of greeting cards. Now I wanted to do something that would be mine. Selfish? Maybe.
Back in June, while visiting "Quilts at the Marshall House" in Marshall, Michigan I saw this Christmas panel that I fell in love with on the spot. I brought one panel. They had only one coordinating fabric to go with the panel. I got 2 yards. A few weeks later, while in Frankenmuth, I discovered that there were other fabrics in the family called "Forever Green" by Moda. I visited Missouri Star Quilt Company's web site and found that they had just about all of the different fabrics. I placed an order and ended up with a number of half yard pieces. I knew that I wanted to make a wall hanging and maybe some table runners. It took me longer to find a pattern than it took to finally make the wall hanging. Yesterday, November 20, I finished the quilt and got it hung in my living room. Now I have a spot that I can hang other quilts in the future.
And I still have enough fabric left for those table runners.
"Into the Forest" is today's CAS challenge over at Splitcoast Stampers. This challenge was the motivation that I needed to try to make the card that has been playing around in my imagination for several weeks.
After breakfast one morning at Cracker Barrel, I saw this wooden plaque that really caught my attention. Right away I could tell that it was going to be the perfect inspiration for a special Christmas card. I did not get a good picture because, at the time, there were lots of things in front of it.
The card was perfect for today's challenge.
The card basically used dies. The trees are from Impression Obsession. The deer is from Memory Box (I think). The larger stars were made using a punch, and the tiny stars were cut from a new Stampin' Up die in the set called "Card Front Builder Thinlet Dies".I was hoping that the small tree and the tiny stars would add depth to the picture. For the background I used Night of Navy card stock. For the die cuts I used a beautiful glitter card stock from Core'dinations. The greeting is from the Our Daily Bread Designs set called "Luke 2:11" which was heat embossed with silver embossing powder.
Our Parkinson's Support Group Christmas auction is coming up in a couple of weeks. I am making some sets of greeting cards to put in the auction. I think that these are the last two one sheet wonder sets that I will be making. They are all from the same pad of designer paper. (The other set of cards was posted on October 25.) I will put six cards in each box -- two cards from each set.
This month's challenge for the Create, Challenge, Encourage stamp club was a "Tic-Tac-Toe" challenge. You pick three things that are in a row, either across, down or diagonally, to use on your card. I chose the last row going down for my card.
My blue color was Night of Navy. I used a scalloped punch and navy and white checked ribbon. Two stamps sets were used. The first stamp was from the set called "Thoughts and Prayers". I would have to say that this stamp set is a real classic. It has been around since the summer of 2009. The sentiment comes from a new set called "Beautiful Bouquet". I would also say that this card fits in the category called "Clean and Simple".
Between taking my husband to doctor's appointments and finishing up a couple of table runners for our Parkinson's Support Group Christmas auction, I was able to get back to my card making for part of today. I have been working on some projects for an upcoming class this weekend. We will be focusing on making a set of cards with a matching box that could be used as a gift. I don't have the box finished because I want to do that in the class.
I used the "One Sheet Wonder" sketch that I used back in September. This is such a neat way to make coordinating cards.
I used one sheet of 6" x 6" designer paper from the "Pretty Petals" paper pad. The card bases were Mint Macron, Old Olive and Calypso Coral. Black became the accent color for all the cards, and Very Vanilla was the neutral card stock. The three sentiments were from the Stampin' Up set "Simply Sketched".
If you have trouble using your beautiful designer paper, this is a great way to create a beautiful set of cards.
I am not much into Halloween but my grandkids have looked forward to the event each year. I have made fun cards in the past and sent a treat (a few dollars) with their card. As they have gotten older I have not done it in a couple of years. I have one granddaughter going to college in California and her mother told me that Sarah was really into Halloween this year. So, I thought that maybe I could make a couple of mug rugs to send to her along with a card. Got the package in the mail this morning.
I really don't have much Halloween in my supplies, so I chose to go with a pumpkin theme. I made these pumpkins with the Swirly Bird dies and used the traditional black and orange color theme.
For the mug rugs, I purchased two quarter yard pieces of fabric, found some green and black in my scarp bin and made two. The finished size was about 6 x 10-inches. I was pleased with how they turned out. I hope she likes them. I just wanted Sarah to know that we love her and are praying for her each day. I hope these little mats will make her smile.
Wednesday again. I love to do the sketch challenge at Splitcoast Stampers on Wednesday when I have a chance. So----------
I stamped the image onto watercolor paper with VersaFine Black Onyx ink and heat embossed it using clear embossing powder. I used my distress ink markers and the aqua brush to add color to the image. For the card base I used a piece of Baja Breeze card stock. I still have a few sheets of this retired color and I still love it. I found the glitter paper at JoAnnn's this past week. It is by core'dinations and so easy to use.