Hope you have a great week and if you’re an Aussie had a great Australia Day.
Today I am sharing my newest favourite stamp set. I will try to make a card soon using another stamp set.
Anyway my card today I am linking to two challenges
Firstly The Colour Tree Challenge here
Seize the Birthday here – sorry no toppings for me this time
This card is for the girl’s ex-dancing teacher. For many of you you would know my children dance. All three girls have been doing Jazz and tap for a number of years. For a couple of years Ms S and Mr M also did hip hop. The teacher sold her school to another teacher a couple of years ago, but still keeps in touch. Ms E and Ms S have been asked to perform a dance along with the rest of their group at the teacher’s 60th Birthday party next week. So of course the girls asked me to make a card.
I have used SU Number of Years stamp set with gold embossing powder die cut with the co-ordinating die and popped up with fun foam. I stamped other images from the set with black ink, SU Soft Suede ink and mint macaron marker direct to the stamp. This was placed on the rest of the card front with foam tape. The card base is white with a very vanilla mount and a smaller gold stripe mount from Winter Wonderland paper pack. I added a piece of mint macaron lace (NBUS) before attaching the mounts to the card base. I had to add some gold sequins from my stash for two reasons 1. I felt the card needed a little more bling! and 2. In recognition of all the sequin fabric we have had over the years!
Another pic taken when the sun was out briefly
Before I leave I hope to have a little more creative time soon. My second part time job has had a change of management and as a result my role will no longer be required as it is their policy to outsource this role to the local council. I am not sad as I am hoping I will gain a few more hours to play in my craft room soon :) In the first challenge I entered for the colour tree challenge Bronwyn included a pdf file for a spring planter box card, hopefully with the extra hours I gain soon I will be able to give it a go.
Until next time
Popping in with this card which I am linking up to the current challenge at The Colour Tree here
Uniko – Anything Goes Challenge here
Seize the Birthday here
I had all the best intentions to make this earlier in the week.
I have used SU What I love and Endless Birthday wishes stamped with SU Rose Red, Garden Green and Blushing Bride ink. For the 3 step flower I used Rose red stamped off first to get a third colour/shade of pink. I fussy cut 3 flowers and popped them up with foam tape. To colour the leaves I swiped some garden green ink onto my craft sheet and picked up the colour with a blender pen. The card base is crumb cake mounted with blushing bride and very vanilla. To finish I added sequins from my stash (you know a small bag from the local trimmings shop is going to last me a lifetime!)
Hoping the weather clears as we are planning a trip to Werribee Zoo twilights.
Last few days before school holidays finish. Hubby has been back to work most days, you wouldn’t believe he was on school holidays and I worked one day this week from home.
Enjoy the rest of your weekend
Thanks for stopping
For some reason my birthdays seem to come in batches!
This week we have 3 birthdays over 2 days.
Starting yesterday with Ms 16’s Boyfriend’s 16th birthday – yes she is older by 5 or 6 weeks!
He likes Star Wars – so much that he couldn’t wait until Christmas for his gift (a star wars t shirt & bag) because he wanted to wear it to the midnight screening of the new movie.
So after lots of googling this is what we decided on. We were inspired by this card here.
Some punch art with a simple stamped greeting from The Paper company Birthday stamp set. The whole darth vader image is popped up with foam tape.
I am linking this to the current challenge at The Sisterhood of Crafters here – something old, something new
All the punches used are old, as is the stamp set – the new are enamel dots.
Two more Birthdays today
Today is a double birthday – my friend’s daughter is 16 and Mr M turns 18.
Mr M is a huge Marvel Avengers fan along with Dr Who and Star Wars. As I made the Darth Vader card for Ms S’s boyfriend and I have made him a Dr who inspired card here and here in the past it was time for a Marvel inspired card. Again lots of googling!
I used A4 cardstock and cut to 10.5 cm and scored at 10.5 cm intervals to create a concertina card and added additional “pages” until I had the number I needed.
This is the inside of the card
left to right
Captain America, the Hulk, Thor, Iron man and the Black Widow (my version needs a little work she needs to be a little slimmer!)
I am linking this card up to the challenge at the Male Room here
To make the card front I used SU – Number of Years stamp and die set along with PTI Birthday Bash stamp set stamped with SU Real Red and Night of Navy ink and cardstock. I cut the numbers from fun foam to help raise them off the card front – this is so much easier than using multiple layers of cardstock. I have used lots of punches and dies to create the characters within the card. Some of these didn’t come out as expected, I am just going with it! I know the green arrow is missing and also hawk eye – maybe another time?
Ms 11 has put in a request for a card like this for her next birthday with little pet shop as the theme – in December!
and the final card for today
Once again I have used the SU Number of Years stamp set and die and used fun foam die cut to add dimension. I also used Inspired by stamping spring lilacs ribbon collection. Colours are SU very vanilla, perfect plum, so saffron and early espresso stamped off onto scrap first as I thought it may be too dark for this card.
I am linking this card up to the challenge at The Colour Tree here
This is the quilt I made for my friend’s daughter
Another disappearing nine patch. Quilted in the ditch around the 1/4 squares of the original nine patch. Quilt measures 130 cm x 160 cm . It consists of 8 fabrics cut into 180 5″ squares in the blocks plus backing fabric (plain white) and black cotton binding fabric. When I decided to make this quilt her colour preference was mauve and a French theme. I have spent a few months collecting the fabrics, who knew mauve wasn’t such a “big” colour and “French theme” isn’t so big either. I can bet next time I go into a fabric store both those themes will be everywhere. One of the fabrics has French words, the Eiffel Tower, lace and other images and is also mauve so that had to be included. I’m hoping her taste hasn’t changed significantly and she will use this for a few years.
Sorry for such a mammoth post
Thanks for hanging in til the end
Until next time
I hope you have had a wonderful festive season and a great start to the new year.
All the Christmas prep was completed just in time.
I applogise these photos were taken really late on Christmas Eve. The gingerbread house was being held until the icing set with some cooking twine – which was removed just before serving on Christmas day. I had a small disaster with the first batch of gingerbread I made was to soft and I had a rather large wall cave in. I couldn’t save it (which my kiddos were very happy about!) so after some googling I found a new recipe here and made a new one Christmas Eve. Miss 11 and I decorated 2 cakes, one for Christmas day and one for later. The little santas you see were inspired by Judy May here. A few weeks before Christmas a couple of friends came over and we made about 100 of these. 50 of these went with my friend just before Christmas to an orphanage in Cambodia she established a charity for. The children really loved them from the pics she has sent me.
I did finish the engagement card I needed for my hubby’s nephew. Images are from Flourishes wedded bliss stamped in tip top taupe and finished with ribbon and lace from my stash.
So what have I been doing since the fat man arrived?
After the post Christmas sales – yes more shopping, Mr almost 18 needed a birthday present for 15th January and the girls had birthday money & vouchers which “needed” to be spent i.e. were burning a hole in their pockets!
I have started the quilt I mentioned in the last post. Top all done ready for backing, basting and machine quilting. Should have time to complete before the birthday next week. Will share when finished.
In the last week we have spent some time away in Yarrawonga with a couple of hubby’s brothers and some of their children.
I couldn’t go past the quilt shop without stopping and making a small purchase. I’m hoping I have some fabrics in my stash that will go with this.
A great opportunity while away to read a book (the Nightingale – Kristin Hannah) and start another one (Written in my own hearts blood – Diana Gabaldon). I also got a little knitting done, nothing finished though.
If you are around my part of the world I hope you are managing to stay safe and cool.
Great excuse to stay in and create.
Today I am sharing a few Christmas projects – Sorry very long post.
I made multiples of these tags and packaged them into clear bags and gifted them to my 2 work colleagues. My third colleague due to religion, does not celebrate Christmas so I gifted her a pack of birthday/celebrate/thank you gift tags I had on hand.
Sets used include PTI Communique Curves, Flourishes Forest of Trees, WMS Teeny Trees, SU Chock full of Cheer, SU Endless Wishes, PTI Winter Penguin, ME Winter Wonderland, Uniko Pure Florals Poinsettia, Uniko Background builders winter vines, ME No Peeking, ME Cozy Christmas, SU Festival of Trees, SU Many Merry Starts, SU Delightful Decorations and SSS Christmas. Along with SU Lucky Limeade, Old Olive, Real Red, Cucumber Crush, Watermelon Wonder, Night of Navy, Memento Tuxedo Black, SU Coastal Cabana, Bermuda Bay, Smoky Slate, Baked Brown Sugar, Versafine Onyx Black and finished with ribbons and twine from my stash and the odd splash of kindy glitz and flocking.
I made 6 – 8 of each of these designs. Far more than I needed. So next year you might see them on card fronts.
My book club/walking friends are meeting up this week to discuss our last book (Jack and Harry no turning back – Tony McKena) before Christmas and exchange gifts.
I did plan to make a set of 3 wash cloths for each member – that turned out to be rather ambitious.
So instead they will each receive one with soap from a local gift store and a homemade bath bomb made with scented tea.
Patterns used left to right Mollie Makes washcloth, Garter Basketweave (from Little Red Hen), Alaina’s simple Seed Stitch and two more Mollie Makes washcloths. I used Bendigo Woollen Mills 4 ply and 8 ply cotton yarns. Link to patterns on ravelry. Note I haven’t blocked these yet.
I haven’t decided how I will package these yet. I might use some of my stash of pattern paper and make some little bags or pop them in a ready made box (this is probably the winner at the moment!).
Before I go a Wedding card.
Yesterday in the heat hubby and I attended a wedding of a colleague of hubby’s. I did have a card in my stash but hubby informed me the bride & groom’s colour scheme was “black and white”. So before the wedding I made this card. Pretty quick and easy.
I used lifestyle crafts die, SU Mr & Mrs stamp, Itty bitty punch accents with black brads (I have to use these up! maybe they will become trendy again!), black and white cardstock and SU Everyday Chic pattern paper. Perhaps I should have left the black cardstock out – hope the bride and groom like it anyway. As I made this 15 cm square I also made an envelope with my punch board.
I intend to spend some time in the coming weeks starting my next quilt project. I decided some time ago to make a quilt for my friend’s daughter who is turning 16 in January. When I made that decision it seemed so long away, now it is only a few short weeks.
Hope all your holiday prep is done or not to stressful anyway. I have almost finished. Ms 20, Mr almost 18, Ms 16 & her boyfriend and I spent a whole day shopping last week and pretty much got everything sorted. Must admit the boys aren’t much into shopping and we needed to stop and refuel! Just a few little extras to get and Mr almost 18 needs a gift for under the tree – shoes I think are on the list. So I can say pretty much under control.
Thank you to all my wonderful followers. I appreciate the time you take to leave your comments, some of you have been with me since the start of this journey. I always read your comments and they often bring a smile to my dial.
As this will be my last post for a while. I wish you and yours a Merry and safe Christmas period.