Friday, April 5, 2013

More Great Grandbaby Fun

Now that the goodies have been delivered I can post pictures of them.  These are for Baby V that is due next month to my beautiful Granddaughter Elizabeth and her hubby David.  They are doing the super hero theme for his room so I thought that she would like these.  Of course, being who I am I had to add a couple teddy bears!
After doing many really neat things with my new sewing machine I was really disappointed when I couldn't get it to work right, and it kept tangling the threads in embroidery mode and couldn't do a straight stitch in sewing mode.  So I took it to the dealer today and come to find out, it was only dust particles in the tension discs!  I was so gloriously happy and ready to get back to it now. 

Saturday, March 9, 2013

Shifting Gears

I am not giving up card making, but something else has entered my life.  My husband gave me a new embroidery machine for Christmas (well, actually before Christmas, he's not very good at keeping secrets).  I did some sewing for my expected first great grand baby but was scared to try the embroidery for three whole months!  I am signed up for a usage class that is next week, but I got tired of waiting, so I jumped in!
 I made these towels from some muslin that was given to me by a friend.  They are 30" x 30".  This is actually one towel with a design on either end.
 One big problem is that if you have an error, like thread breaking, or bobbin matting up it ruins the whole design and you have to start over again.  Maybe in my class I will learn a way to fix that problem.  I've wasted a couple towels and a few hours work already.
These are "flour sack" towels from Target.
 I love the snowflakes.  Each one takes about an hour to make and they are finished of with Swarovsky crystals which you cannot see on the scan.  I plan on using these on my cards at Christmas.  I think I will attach them with ribbon so that they can be easily removed and used on the tree.

Sunday, February 10, 2013

Wedding Card Re-Do

I did this card about a week early, but then kept looking at it and thinking it was missing something (posted previously). The brown roses are some that I bought at the Scrapbook Expo in Puyallup.  They were so cute, but really too big and bulky to use on a mailed card, or for that matter, most any card. So I cut the bottom off to make it flatter, removed a few pedals to make it a little smaller, and squished it down which I think made it more vintage looking.
The red and white flowers were some paper pointsettia's I bought for Christmas cards.  But on looking them over I wasn't real happy with them, and I think I might have used them once.  I cut the red one in half and buried the cut side under the lace flowers.  I really like the white petals though.  I cut single petals off and put them under the edge also.  You can't see real well here but they ave a snowy-like clear glitter on the ends that really helped add a little bling.  I was happy with the results.

Friday, February 1, 2013

Simple Elegant Leaf

I am real happy the way this turned out.  I almost didn't do it because my leave die is so delicate.  The purple leave is actually the negative of the die.
White base is then embossed. Leaf die is mounted with dimensional dots that have been cut very small.  The entire base is mounted three times with two purple and one lavender.  The background of the negative die is actually a modeled pattern paper, bu tit is hard to see in a scan.

This will be a birthday card for CWRES but I want to keep the simplicity of it by not mounting a greeting on the front.

Monday, January 28, 2013

Happy Monday!  I did this card this weekend for my brother in law who is getting married next month.  Their colors are red and tan-ish, in my neices words.  Hopefully that tannish is close enough. 
The flowers are from a roll of lace flowers that I cut out.  Flourish die is Memory Box Valentia Border.  Background paper is Prima Almanac Collection 6x6 pack.  Stamps are Close to My Heart.  This is the first 6x6 card that I'v made.  I bought 50 6x6 envelopes for the birthday cards and then found out that the post office charges a  surcharge for square cards :(. 

Sunday, January 27, 2013

I haven't posted for so long that I thought I would add something so that those that do follow my blog don't get entirely bored with coming here and having nothing to look at. I have been busy however.  I completed 25 Birthday cards for my company, and have started the next batch. The first one I used some handmade washi tape.  I've been wanting to try this for a long time, and finally got around to it.  Iused regular white tissue paper, and colored it with Distress Stains, then stamped it.  Then I turned it over and put score tape on it, then trim.  I really like the look and there are so many possibilities.
 Another technique I've been wanting to do, but I have done it before.  Stamping and then cutting apart and mounting like a mosaic.  The stamp and paper are a free gift from the British Paper Crafts magazine that I subscribe to.  The articles are "so-so", but I love their gifts that you get every month.
 The second time I have done this style with the frame cut with two dies.
 I have struggled and really had to stretch myself to get ideas for mens cards, and I have to have half of my order for the company for men.  I like this one though with the gears, the pocket watch and the Tim Holtz stamp behind.

 Also wanted to try this masking technique to get the trees behind the car.  I think it turned out pretty good.
On the other end of the spectrum of my life, I continue to manage the property here at Auburn Hills.  While winter is a little slower for me as I don't have gardening issues, it does always bring challenges with concerns of snow storms and freezing pipes and such in the community, but so far so good this year. 

I started a really great weight loss program last fall.  It is a Christ centered life style program called "Losing to Live" and I am really excited about it.  I did it for 3 months and then started a class at my church.  I am very anxious to see the changes it, and Christ can make in the lives of my friends as well as with myself.