Monday, January 7, 2019


A few years ago, Stampin' Up had some fabric in their annual catalog. When it appeared on the clearance list, I ordered some. I loved the prints but I could never figure out how to use it.

Earlier this week I pulled out a piece and decided to use it to make one of my zippered pouches. As I looked at the print,  I realized it was a directional print. By carefully cutting the two outside pieces, I was able to get the front and back identical. This pouch has a detachable handle. I really was happy with the way it turned out. After doing three others I think I am figuring out how I want to do the zippers. Here is the link to the tutorial that was my inspiration -- Date Night Wristlet. I made the inside just plain.

With the handle detached

For the inside, I used a soft beige cotton fabric

The following pictures of two other pouches I made this week. Not sure yet whether I like the boxed bottom better than the flat ones.

Made with two a fat quarters One for the outside
and one for the inside..

Wednesday, January 2, 2019

New Project

I have seen these little zippered pouches for sometime on Pinterest and I have wanted to make one, or two, or three. I have an idea that keeps running thorough my mind. Just not sure how it is going to all play out. This is the first one that I have made. A friend gave me a yard of this fabric for my birthday. Love it and it was the perfect fabric for this little project. The outer fabric is Urban Zoologie by Ann Kelle for Robert Kaufman Fabrics. It measures about 8" x 6". Had some trouble with the zipper. Watched several online videos. Oh, I am so thankful for gals that have taken the time to do great tutorials.

The fabric for the lining is called "Swiss Dots" from Riley Blake. It is gray dots on a white background. The perfect fabric for this project.

Here are links to two of my favorite tutorials--

My Favorite Zipper Pouch

Date Night Wristlet

Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Christmas Joy

Another Christmas card. I used the Stampin' Up set called "Painted Harvest". I love how many ways you can use this stamp set. I found the stripped paper in my stash. It worked perfectly with Stampin' Up's real red card stock. I cut the letters twice -- once in real red and the second time in black. The black card stock really made this card.

December 1 was the last card class I will have this year. For our Christmas celebration , we exchanged "Christmas Gift Tags". The is the tag I made. Very simple.

I was also working on this little milk carton. We didn't have time to make it. I love doing little projects like this. We will make it in class on of these days. You can find instructions HERE.

Saturday, November 24, 2018

Love Buffalo Plaid

I really love the new Stampin' Up's background stamp called "Buffalo Plaid". I used Raspberry Ripple ink on Very Vanilla card stock to create this background. The focal sentiment is from the stamp set called "Snowflake Sentiments". For the black accent piece, I used a 3-inch strip of card stock and a punch to create the decorative edge.

I tried to get a close up picture of the bow. I placed a small piece of Raspberry Ripple card stock in the embossing folder called "Subtle". This is a simple folder but it makes a big impact. After embossing the card stock, I cut out the bow keeping the grain going vertically. It made the bow look like it was made with grosgrain ribbon. 

Thursday, November 22, 2018

A New Baby Is Coming

I don't often need a baby card or a baby quilt. We have new neighbors that are about to welcome a new baby girl, their first, into their home. I had made a quilt top months ago. It was quilted -- just needed the binding. I got busy and finished it this past week. Here are the results.

I used a traditional quilt block -- the churn dash block in pinks and blues. I fussy cut the center squares so that the teddy bears were in the center. Each block finished at 12 inches, the overall size in 36 x 36 inches. For the backing I used white flannel with pink dots -- so soft.

For the card I used a cute Stampin' Up set from last years Sale-a-bration. called Party Pandas. This is such a cute set. This is a CASE of a card I saw on Pinterest.  Here is a link.

Oh, how I love pink and black together.

Wednesday, November 21, 2018

A Christmas Card

I struggled with this card all day. I searched and searched for ideas. Finally,I saw some cards on Pinterest that gave me some ideas. I especially liked the idea of embossing the Vellum with the SU Softly Falling folder. It softened the trees in the background and gave the impression of falling snow. That worked really well. It is one of the cards I will use for my class on December 1. I also added a little Stickles on the raised parts of the tree and along the curved edge of the bottom piece of white card stock.

Card Stock used -- Old Olive, Early Espresso, White and Vellum
Stamps -- Winter Woods with coordinating dies, Sentiment from Snowflake Sentiments
Ink -- Early Espresso
Embossing Folder -- Stampin Up Softly Falling

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