November 20, 2014

Holiday shop is open today..

My holiday shop is opening at 10am Central Time today!  It's full of my annual Noel Notions and so much more!  Happy shopping.  
Here's just a sampling of the offerings.....vintage trays and Santa mugs. 
 Vintage holiday ornaments and tin.
 Tags made from vintage ribbons.
 Jolly Jingle Bells...always a favorite.
 My personal favorite this year....Candy Cane Clothespins.
 A woodland themed wrappings kit...
 A vintage mix of sequins.
 Cute wrappings for mason jars and more.
I've got a little something for everyone.  Here's a sampling of how I used some of the wrappings kits.  
I truly believe a handmade holiday is best.  I get so much enjoyment from creating handmade gifts.  I hope you find something you like too.  Enjoy!

November 15, 2014

Project Life...Week 32 (Gossamer Blue November Blog Hop)

Hey there.  Today the Gossamer Blue team is offering up some continued inspiration for the November kits.  You can visit the GB blog for the complete listing of blog hoppers.  I'm sharing my Week 32 Life Pages/Project Life. 
 Here's the left page. Nearing the end of Summer vacation for the girls, the garden is in full production mode and I'm still canning.
 The right page. Just daily life including garden veggies, home cooked meals and the county fair.
 Here's my main, dated 4 x 6 insert.  I used two cards in on slot.  I loved the little die cuts this month.  So cute to staple or stitch on.
 More added to my garden photo.
 Here I created a mini pocket insert by stitching some patterned paper to a 4 x 6 blank journaling card from the GB shop.  I tucked in 4 smaller photos of the girls night at the fair.
 The grasshoppers.  Oh, I'm glad they are gone.  Fresh jams and jelly on toast.  Now that is good.
 New shoes for Jordan and I'm gathering vintage props for Josey's Senior photo shoot. Love the colorful acrylic accents this month.  The YOU stamp is from the Main Life Pages Kit.  I designed it so that there can be an outline word and a filler word.  Love that look.
Hope you're enjoying your kits. The Lookbook sneak peeks should be up soon on the GB site.  December is going to be a fantastic month.  I'll be clearing off a spot on my work table also, getting prepared to assemble my December Memories album.  Always a fun time of year.  Have a great weekend everyone.  

November 11, 2014

Hello Cards using Gossamer Blue Gramercy Road + my shop kit..

Sharing a few more cards today made from my Rose Gold Craft Kit (now sold out) and the Gramercy Road collection from Gossamer Blue.  These patterned papers are some of my favorites from the line.  
I used Medium Manila Parcel Tags for some stamping with the set from the Gramercy Road collection.
On top of the tags I layered lots of little items from my shop kit plus added buttons, stitching and some notched, handcut pieces with more stamping and typed sentiments.
Lots of dimension, mixed textures and pretty little details.
Hope you enjoy & thanks for stopping by today.  I'll be back soon with my plan for December Daily + December Project Life.  Have a happy day!

November 7, 2014

Winged Blog Tour...Improv Quilted Pot Holders

Today I'm excited to take part in Bonnie Christine's Winged Blog Tour.  Bonnie is a fabric designer and I've just fallen head over heels for all of her lines.  If you follow along on my blog, the Honeybee fabric I used for my Catherine quilt is from Bonnie also.  I finally finished her and will be sharing photos soon.  For today I created some whimsical pot holders that I plan to give as Christmas gifts along with some note cards.  
Bonnie sent me these four fabric fat quarters and I just love how her lines are mixy matchy but coordinate so beautifully.  You can definitely choose fabrics from just this one line and get a really fun project going.  Bonnie was inspired by the first butterfly sightings of Spring for this line.  It evokes a new season, warmer weather and fresh blooms.  I think these fabrics will be perfect for my potholders come Spring time when we're all ready to be over with the holidays and cook something fresh and new.  
First, let me tell you that my process photos are a little wonky.  I like to work first thing in the morning when the light is bright so it wasn't the best timing for taking photographs.  But I wanted you to see my process so here goes.  I knew I wanted to cut out the butterflies and make them the center focal point of my potholders. 
 Next I trimmed fabric pieces from the other fat quarters.  No measuring, I just started cutting.  I used the improv style of quilting to create my pot holder fronts.  It's kind of like a wonky log cabin....there are no precise measurements.  Just keep cutting a piece, sewing it on, trimming and then continue on.
 Here's four of my pieces all cut and ready to sew.  I kept my potholders at a finished size of 8.5" so I just kept adding on fabric until I had a size big enough to trim to a 8.5" square.
 Here's my pot holder tops all sewn and pressed.  This is a great project for beginning quilters because you don't have to measure or be precise.  I am an experienced sewer and I like it because....well, you don't have to measure or be precise.  :)
 For the backing and batting I used all natural materials.  You don't want a polyester or some fabric that will melt when a hot pan is set on the potholder.  For my backing I used some fabrics from my stash.  For the batting I love to use Warm & Natural quilt batting.  I find it at JoAnn's and use a coupon when I need some.  It's all cotton and is fluffy and soft.  It makes the warmest quilts ever.  I had some large pieces leftover so I trimmed some out for my potholders.  I've also used old cutter quilts or layers of old flannels for the batting.  It's nice to have some thickness especially if you cook with heavy pots or cast iron.
 I sandwiched all my layers together and made some edge binding out of some fabric from my stash.
 Here are some of my finished pot holders.  Now don't hold me to perfect corners or even perfectly square pieces.  The pots aren't gonna care, folks.  :)
 What I love is the fun mix of fabrics, colors and patterns.
 To keep the fabric from shifting when washed or with extended use, I just top stitched over the butterfly squares.  This added a little poofy quilted look too.
I hope you enjoyed my project today.  This is a great blog tour and I've enjoyed Bonnie's previous blog hops so much.  Be sure to check out Bonnie's cute project from yesterday and then hop over to May Chappell's blog on Monday for another inspiring post.  There are 31 wonderful days to this blog tour so don't miss out.  Thanks for stopping by.  

November 6, 2014

Gift Sacks with Paperclip Fabric Flags...

Hi there.  I'm back today to share some gift sacks I made using the Rose Gold Craft Kit from my shop.  The kit is now sold out so thank you to all who ordered a kit or two. Remember, if you ordered some Gossamer Blue Gramercy Road items, the kit items coordinate wonderfully.  If you're interested in something similar you can check out my Indian Summer Paperclip Flags Kit.  You can also find the Large White Sacks and XL Manila Parcel Tags sold separately.   

I saved back some kit items for myself and here's a few gift sacks I created.  Lots of fun layering and lots of fun little pretties....which makes the gift sack just as special as the gift tucked inside.  
I use these for packaging up a few cards, a notebook, flat candy bars and treats, fat quarters and crafty supplies, etc.
Several of you have asked what you do with the fabric clips.  I created these extra long so you can use them as is, notch the bottoms like I did on my projects today, trim them down, cut an an angle, etc.  You get an old clothespin wrapped with lots of pretty seam binding.  I used this peach color below and ran it through my sewing machine with gold thread.  By just fold the ribbon over and over you create little messy pleats.  I put double sided tape on the back and just tucked the raw edges to the back of the sack. For the little sentiments, I used my vintage typewriter to type out just what I wanted.  

The key to making gift sacks with lots of embellishments is to just layer and tuck little items here and there.  I like to use flat items paired with dimensional items to create interest.  That's why you get so many little goodies in my kits, I just love creating them.  Hope you enjoy and thank you for stopping by!

November 4, 2014

Tray Tuesday....annual holiday notebook supplies

Well Halloween came and went & November just snuck right up on us.  Now that all the pretty leaves have blown away and the temperatures get cooler, I tend to go into hibernation mode.  I'm not one to decorate my home for the holidays until after Thanksgiving but as a crafter and little shop owner, I do like to get a head start on the holidays. I've been collecting items for my annual Noel Notions that will be trickling into the shop soon and then there's my annual holiday notebooks.  I like to create them every year for my lady friends.  They're a fun little pre-holiday gift that I give out in November, just in time to start making those little shopping and gifts lists + maybe some holiday menus or crafts to make.  You can click on the "notebooks" label at the end of this post to scroll through lots of my notebook posts.  

Today I'm sharing a fun bundle of goodies for Tray Tuesday.  Tis the season for gathering up the holiday supplies. I grabbed this old, wire office basket which is perfect for holiday all my items. 
When I start a project, I tend to gather and collect.  I like to shop my stash of crafty supplies and sometimes I like to order something brand spankin' new.  Each year I like to order a few supplies that are selected specifically for my holiday notebooks.  This year I chose the Webster's Pages Gingerbread Village line by Adrienne Looman.  It's a whimsical little collection with the most delightful holiday colors and patterns.  
 Some of my staple shop items always make it into my supply basket.  Here I chose Small Clothespins, Small White Tags, Small Manila Tags, Medium Manila Tags, White Dainty Doilies and Gold Foil Doilies.  It's good to always tuck a few of these in because they're just good old stand bys for me.
 I also added in some holiday colored Washi tapes, gold scalloped tape and some vintage ribbons from my stash.
The papers will steal the show this year.  Just look how cute and whimsical these are.  You can google the line and various online shops pop up that carry these supplies.
Can't wait to get started on these little gems as they are always fun to package and hand out to the ladies.  Have you started on any holiday projects?  I'd love to hear what's on your list this holiday season.

In other crafty news, the Gossamer Blue 2014 December Memories Kit is now available.  It's jam packed full of holiday crafty items + there is a 6 x 8 album that goes with the kit.  We just added a December Memories 2014 section to the forum so we'd love to chat it up this season with you.
We teamed up with Elle's Studio to bring my sketches to life for the stamp set for the kit this year.  I can't wait to start working on my album.  I'll have posts of my process in the near future.
Also, I'll be joining in on the Winged Blog Tour this week with Bonnie Christine.  She designed this wonderful fabric line for Art Gallery Fabrics and has invited me to share some creations with you.  Check back this week for my post.  You can follow along the blog hop each day for 31 full days right here.  Lots and lots of good inspiration here.
Here's a little peek at the fabrics I'll be working with:
Sooooo....lots of good stuff to come.  I hope you'll pop back in often.  Also, I post a lot more photos on Instagram.  You can follow me on the left hand side bar.  :)  See ya back here soon.

October 28, 2014

Tray cards with embossing + watercolor

It's Tray Tuesday and today I'm sharing the watercoloring process I used on these cards over on the Gossamer Blue blog.  In my tray, which is a vintage wooden utensil tray, I have the Get Happy holiday collection from Gossamer Blue.  
Get Happy is wonderful holiday collection of patterned papers, embellishments and stamps.  There's the traditional red and green plus a lot of fun colors and patterns mixed it.  Just what I like in a scrapbooking collection. 
So these are the holiday cards I created with the Get Happy collection.  I mixed in my own cardstock bases, ledger paper, twine and sentiments. 
All of the focal images on the cards are images from the Get Happy stamp set.  I used journaling cards for easy bases and embossed all the images with gold embossing powder.  Next I got out my watercolor set and mixed up a nice holiday green that coordinated with the patterned papers from Get Happy.  I first painted over and around my embossed images with clean water.  Then I dipped my brush into the green paint and let it bleed into the water soaked paper.  
The paint soaked into the wet areas, creating a wonderful organic look.  I especially love it looks with the embossed wreaths.  I also dipped my brush in paint and flicked more paint onto my journaling cards.
You can see the shiny look of the embossing against the watercolor really well in the photo below.  I colored in the snowflakes too which gave the appearance of stained glass.  I had my gold leaf pen handy so I ran that along the edge of all my painted pieces.
Lots of paper layer and some red stitching for a fun, homespun look. 
I finished my cards with lots of wood veneer pieces, hand cut flags, paper clips, typed sentiments and gold baker's twine. 
The gold embossing and all the little gold finishing touches really make the cards sparkle and shine. 
Add in some woodgrain paper and wood accents and you a little woodland look to holiday projects. 
Six holiday cards in my stash. That's a good thing. 
It's early in the season so you could definitely break the steps down into separate crafting sessions.  Maybe do the embossing one day and the watercoloring another day.  Maybe the rest of your items could be organized and ready to go in a fun tray.  You know I love that idea.  
Thanks for stopping by today.  I haven't forgotten about Halloween this week...or Thanksgiving...but it's always good to see samples and have a plan, right?  While we're talking about the Christmas holiday....the December Memories kit is coming right along.  Final products are making their way to Lori and we'll be seeing more sneaks hopefully soon.  So stay tuned.  :)
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