Monday, December 21, 2009

From a card-making evening....

Sorry it's been so long - between a need-to-do list that seems a mile long, and being down with bronchitis for almost a week - well, you get the picture!
Anyway, I was at a friend's house a few weeks ago for a card-making party, and we did this fun card. It looks really complicated, but it's made from 1 piece of cardstock, and with a bit of attention to what folds where, some fun papers and a bit of stamping, we end up with this! The first pic is the card closed, and in the 2nd it's open.

Monday, November 30, 2009

It's not a card or quilt!

I went to a Christmas card-making workshop last weekend, and one of my favourite projects from that day is this:
It's a pillar candle, to which we added the rose swirls, using tissue paper, and then very carefully "warmed" the candle so that the paper bonded to the candle. The candle sits on a small glass candle dish, and then on a base, which we also made that day - it's a large can of beans, covered with a section of crimped cardstock, and a strip of designer paper and a ribbon and Voila! - a beautiful gift!
I have a few more projects from that day to share, but I'll have to leave them for another day.....

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

new swap blocks

I was going to say that I couldn't believe that it had been almost a month since I last posted anything, but then again, I do seem to recall that October was extemely busy, so.....
Thankfully, I finally was able to do two of my favourite things lately - shop for fabric, and create with fabric. I belong to a quilting group on the web, and we currently have two different swaps going. One is a straight-up swap with a partner (you consult with your partner to find out the size she wants, and any theme or colour preferences) and the other is a block lotto - one person chooses a particular pattern, decides on the colour scheme, and then, at the end of the month, she draws the name of one of the block-makers, and that person receives all of the blocks that were made that month.
The blocks here are my block for the lotto, which was a Christmas Star block, and the second one is for my partner, who is making a Christmas quilt, and wanted a Christmas-sy block. I don't have any block designing software, so I go to a site that offers over 1,000 block ideas! I chose one that wasn't specifically a Christmas block, but done up in red, white and green makes it look like Christmas.

Friday, October 9, 2009

World Card-making Day!

I know it was on Saturday, but I figured everyone else would be posting their pics then, and no one would remember my absolutely beautiful cards! (hahaha) I actually did make this card on Sat. but it was almost midnight, and I didn't think anyone would be looking for it then. Besides, I wanted to post the pic of my table-runner before that, so now that you've all seen it, I can finally post my card....
I needed a few birthday cards, and I love this layout, so I made about 4 of them in 10 minutes. I just got some new DP and the new In Colour cardstock from Stampin' Up, so I put them together and voila!

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

My table runner

I've been wanting a table runner for a while now. I have an oak dining-room table, but it needs to be refinished, so it's generally covered up. I have a Dutch woolen tablecloth, but sometimes I just want something a little less "heavy" on the table. I've made a few runners, but they always were for someone else. I finally sat down last week, found a pattern that I liked, and made this one! It was designed to have "points" at both ends, but I ran out of one of the fabrics I needed, and I decided that square ends would be just fine. I love the saying "Better done than perfect" - it's one I can live with!

Thursday, September 17, 2009

A Birthday Card

I've been wanting to make a card with a realistic-looking sky, but I found out it wasn't as easy as it looks! I've finally figured it out though, and I'm quite pleased with the result:

Saturday, August 29, 2009

not quite a quilt...

This is a quilted wall-hanging that's been "in the works" since last summer, but I finally finished it last week. I know someone that's interested in it, but if she changes her mind, I'll finally have a new decor item for Christmas!

Monday, August 17, 2009

Card or Quilt?

Okay, I'm really new at this - I've just spent 20 minutes trying to figure out how to post a new entry... Why do the kids all go away just when I need them?
But, I'm here now, and I'm debating whether to post a card or quilt project today, because I have both. If I share just one today, I'll have something left for another post, and that will be a good thing!
I guess it will be a card - and this is my latest one:
I love the combination of Kraft cardstock and black ink, and the Stampscapes stamps are among my favourites. The size of the panels means that the card has to be a square one, but I like mixing things up sometimes!
I'll be posting my quilt project in a day or two - stay posted!

Monday, August 3, 2009

A friend of mine has been bugging me to start a blog, so here it is (finally!) I do a bit of quilting, and some card-making, so that's mostly what you'll see here.
You're very lucky, because today, I'm actually going to be posting 2 quilts I just finished. A quilting friend heard about the need for quilts for girls in an African orphanage, and decided to take on the challenge of providing a quilt for each of the 33 girls! Seeing as I have lots of bits and pieces of fabric, I decided to give her a hand, and make a few for her - so here they are:

The first one is called a disappearing nine-patch, and the second one is a variation of Easy Street. Both were made from scraps, and I've found that I really enjoyed the process!