Saturday, 21 March 2015

Quilting Update ...

It's been a while since I posted about what I've been doing on the quilt front, so here's an update. 

I've finished the Opposites Attract quilt that I have been working on for months!  There was a lot of time spent piecing in order to get the curves right and a lot of time spent quilting.  I'm really pleased with the outcome and it's almost too nice to use ... so I'll have to let it just be admired for a while.

 I've also finished the Sparkle Punch quilt top.  The original pattern had the stars going right up to and off the edges, but as it came to life on my design wall I decided I preferred to keep the stars whole, so the outside edges were filled in with background fabric.  I've even used a couple of orphan blocks to make a pieced backing as the fabric I chose was a few inches too narrow :)

Friday, 20 March 2015

My Besties ...

I'd like to enter this card in the following challenges: Crafty Catz - #271 No Design Papers; Fusion Challenge - Floral Fusion using the sketch; and My Besties Aussie - #3 Tic Tac Toe using the line tags, swirls, brads.

The main image is a Sherri Baldy's My Besties image coloured with watercolour pencils.  The tag greetings are from LOTV.  The alphabet used to create the background is See-D's Smudgy Keys Alphabet - Distress Inks were applied to card, the stamps were used with water to remove ink, then stamped over again with DInk to create a layered image.  The swirl stamp that decorates the edges is from Tim Holtz's Visual Artistry Collection.  Glossy Accents and Jelly Roll glitter pen were used to highlight parts of the image.  Brads from stash complete the card.

Spring ...

I'd like to enter this card in the following challenge:  Fantasy Stampers #32 - Spring in the Air.

The main image was created with Hobby Art's Anna's Collection stamp set using Distress Inks.  The greeting tag is by LOTV. The ribbons are not showing in the proper colours in the photo which are pale lilac and lemon yellow.  A button from stash completes the card.

Tuesday, 10 March 2015

Birthday Hugs ...

I'd like to enter this card in the following challenges: Ribbon Girl - Any image with birthday theme; My Besties UK - Anything + 'Bling' and My Besties International - 3 Layers with optional buttons.

The main image is Ella Bella Buttons by Sherri Baldy coloured with watercolour pencils and mica powders (for added 'bling').  The greeting tags are by LOTV.  Background papers (one of which is foiled) are from a mixed pack I bought on eBay a couple of years ago.  Silver mirror card, lace and ribbon from stash complete the card.

This is the first time I've worked with a My Besties image and I think there's lots of room for improvement, but I have to start somewhere :)

Monday, 9 March 2015

Going Green ...

I'd like to enter this card in the following challenges: Sweet Stampin - Green and Crafty Catz - Song Title to Match Your Image.  My song title is The Little Mouse by Malvina Reynolds.
(Malvina is a folk-protest singer and if you're curious about the lyrics see them here.)

The mouse stamp is from Wee Stamps by Whimsey and was a magazine freebie.  The greeting is a discontinued set by LOTV.  Both are coloured with pencils. The frame shape was cut on a Brother ScanNCut, coloured with Distress Ink and glazed with embossing powder.  Ribbon and paper from stash complete the card.

Tuesday, 3 March 2015

Love you Bunches!

I'm going to enter this card in the following challenges: Fantasy Stampers - Mum's the Word; My Besties UK - Anything goes plus 'bling' (from the glazed backing paper and gemstone flowers).
; and Ribbon Girl - Add flowers.

The stamp is Wee Love You Bunches by Sylvia Zet, given as a freebie in Papercraft Essentials magazine quite a while back.  It is coloured with watercolour pencils.  The shape was cut with the Brother ScanNCut machine (which I am struggling to get the hang of!).  The backing paper is a glazed paper from a random set I bought from eBay a couple of years ago.  Gemstone flowers from stash complete the front.  Inside, I've stamped a tag greeting from LOTV highlighted with a small gemstone.

Saturday, 14 February 2015

Lonesome Cowboy ...

I'm entering this card in the following: Sweet Stampin' Challenge - Inspired by a Song and Crafty Catz - For the Boys.  The card is for my father-in-law and inspired by Elvis Presley's Lonesome Cowboy.

The scene was created with a number of Stampscape stamps and coloured with Distress Inks.  The greeting is a Stamps Away washables.  The borders were cut by the Brother ScanNCut machine - actually they were technically the waste after another border was cut, but the shape seemed perfect!