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Friday, March 21, 2014

Fun Cards Made at Party

If you read this previous post, I had a StampinUp! Party at my house last night. I thought I would share with you some of the fun cards she demoed and the one we made.

You can see on all of them she or we also stamped on the front of the envelope.  This first card she demonstrated using the Stippled Blossoms stamp set and two colors of ink each for the flowers and leaves. I think it makes for a stunning card and the stamp set is on my wish list!! She made the frames for the sentiment with framelits and the daffodils are from a different stamp called You're Lovely and is shaped just right to fit with the deco labels framelits.

For this next card she used designer paper (the flowery peach paper) and the decorative dots embossing folder for the white piece. The flowers are Petite Petals stamps punched out with coordinating punch and another punch and stamp set that I am not sure what it is called. Pearl basic jewels for flower centers and candy dots along with other colored paper complete the card.

This card is made with the same petite petals punch and stamp set as above, this time with rhinestone centers. This is the card we could make, or we could have it say Happy Birthday. As hostess, I was given each of the cards she demoed and then we all could make the Easter or Birthday card.

I chose to make the Happy Birthday card and here it is...ta da!!!

I was a lot of fun seeing the different products and learning about them too. I was not aware, until this class, just how thoroughly StampinUp! coordinates things. The paper, inks, pens, dots, ribbons etc. all coordinate and use the same color name so you can match. The even have a item called the "Color Coach" with a swatch of every color and on the back it lists colors that go together and the catalog lists the color used in the designer papers. All very easy and fun to work with.

I am still considering being a demonstrator and will let you know if I go for it!

Also you can order from my Party until March 27!

hostess code:E4Y46HBN

Thursday, March 20, 2014

StampinUp! Party

I am giving a Stampin Up! party on Thursday, March 20. I love the quallity of thier products and thought I'd share with you in case you are intersted in these type of products. 
If you live in the United States, you can buy some fun stamping and scrapbook items online and I still get credit for the order - if you use my hostess code.

Just visit the website below and use the hostess code provided.

An extra incentive this month is for every $50 spent you get a free item - woo hoo free stuff. Check out the Sale-a-Bration section on Lisa's website for more information.
For this reason you must place an order by March 27 to make sure we fall in the free stuff time frame!

hostess code: E4Y46HBN

I am thinking of being a demonstrator for them, so if you have any insight on that I would appreicate it too.
That is about all for now. I am working on a red white and blue biscornu and will post on that soon.
Happy Spring!!!

Friday, March 14, 2014

Candle Mat and Pin Cushion

I while back I purchased a Luminaris Shamrock Candle Mat Kit from one of my local needlework shops. I decided to get it done for St. Patrick’s Day this year and I did!!! It is a 8 ¾” precut kit, so all the pieces were cut and it came with the thread on a cool wooden thread winder.

It was very fun to make and I got it done in a couple of hours. It is now sitting on the table near the foyer with the other St. Patrick’s Day décor. I discovered I do not have a lot of March 17 stitching, this item is number three, if you don’t count the table runner I made.

Also the project for my Foothills EGA meeting this month was a Petite Project  “Assisi Embroidery Pin Cushion” designed by Janet Salerno.  We learned a little history about this technique and then worked on the project. It does not use the traditional colors, but an overdyed floss. I did not like the stripe affect I got on top very much (but don’t hate it so in it stays), so when I got to similar spaced area at the bottom I did not go all the way across. I stopped in the middle, but staggered the lines. I also cut the floss to give me more blue or tan areas, so as to get less striping. It was fun to experiment on a small piece – it is approximately 4 inches square.

Have a GREAT weekend everyone!!

Saturday, March 1, 2014

Some Finish Finishes

I finish finished a couple of things the past week or so and thought I would share them with you.

First is a small (approx. 12" x 18") wall hanging that I started in 1999 to match my larger sampler quilt I made in late 1998 which hung in the same room (in that particular house). There was a wall opposite that just said make me a matching quilt for here. Well I started to, and then we moved. It has been a WIP (work in progress) all this time!

Sampler Quilt completed in November 1998.

Below is the small crazy quilt wall hanging pictured sideways. The top is at right. It was easier to photograph that way.
Below is the top half (properly oriented). It has two areas with some tatting I made. The upper right curved corner is one of the areas with a bigger amount of tatting. At lower almost center is a single tatted circle.
Below is the bottom half, it has some tatting too (lower left) and spider web with spider. The strip of fabric on the left is the fabric I used to back this little quilt. Not sure I am the most creative crazy quilter, but it was fun and glad to have it done. I was even able to hang it in same area as the sampler quilt in our current house - bonus!!!

Then I decided out MBR should have a red white and blue theme, since the comforter in there is off white and curtains will be a dark red. Well I stitched this fun crewel piece from Mac-A-Doodles - Old Glory (MAC116) and ordered the frame from them. It was a fun stitch and I would do more from this company. The frame came yesterday and it was VERY easy to put in, following their instructions.

The stitched area is approximately 3"x 9"

To put into the frame you place the frame front side up onto cardboard (I used thick acid free/lignin free mat board) and trace the frame opening onto the board and cut out. Make two.  You then center the stitched piece on the mat board and press into the frame. Pull gently on stitching if needed to center, fold the fabric to the back and press the second piece of mat board into the frame. If the board is the right size and tight enough nothing else is needed to secure it.

That is about all for now. 

Happy Stitching!!