Monday, July 16, 2018

Enjoying a Day at Lily Pad Lake

 One of the new stamp sets from Stampin Up that first caught my eye when I was looking through the new catalog was Lily Pad Lake.  The set has lovely boat and a heron with some lily pad images in it- just perfect for creating those lazy-day summer projects.

I decided to do a class using the set, starting at what the lake might look like in the morning when the sun first comes up.  Here you can see the ships sailing on the lake early in the morning when the sun first comes up.  Welcome to the Lake!  Can you just feel the cool breeze blowing the sailboats in its gentle wind? 

There's a hint of Wink of Stella on the waves that actually looks the glimmer of the sun's rays on the water!

Now that the sun has risen in the sky and lunch time approaches, you can see a heron hiding in the sea grasses.  Boats are still out on the lake and the sea is now calm.

Really, it's turning out to be a beautiful day on the lake today.  :)

As the day wanes, you can see the sun starting to go down.  The herons are still out on the lake, now wading through the lily pads.  I like the black diorama that especially highlights the white bird as he looks out onto the lake.

I added a back panel to the diorama so that you can put a saying on the inside of your card.

Here is what the inside of the card looks like attached to the back of the diorama.

And finally, as the sun is setting low in the sky, a lovely orange glow appears in the sky, this time making our heron look like a silhouette against its warm glow. 

Our day at Lily Pad Lake is almost done.  Did you enjoy your day crafting with me using Lily Pad Lake? 

Thanks to Patty Bennett, Joanne Hewins, Eimear Carvill and stampinsmilesbyJackie for their ideas for crafting a perfect day at the Lake. 

Spools of Thread Quilt

About 4 1/2 years ago I started working on a Spools of Thread Quilt.  I saw a photo in a magazine and got the idea that I wanted to make one.  While out at a local quilt shop, I picked up some "country" colors of fabric (not my usual color scheme) and decided to make the quilt using the country colors.

I drew up a pattern and started working on the "spools."  They are about 8" finished when put together.  I used scrappy cream colors for the background of each spool.

Once I started to put it together, I decided to complete it for a friend of mine who loves to quilt- these are the colors that she has in her home and likes to use in her quilts.  

Well, that was 4 years ago.  LOL

I've been dragging this unfinished quilt around to quilt retreats for the past 3 years.  But now that I got a new sewing desk and I'm all set up in my sewing room, I have been working on a lot of projects and actually finishing some of them!  

Originally the quilt was supposed to have more spools of thread in it, but somewhere along the way I decided that it had enough.  I added some smaller spools along the sides to make the quilt wider.  Now I think that it's just the right size.  :)

Today I finally finished the Spool of Thread quilt for my friend.  I'm giving it to her for her birthday, 4 years late.  But somehow I know that she will love it.  :)

Monday, June 18, 2018

New Catalog Kick Off

Every year when the new Stampin' Up catalog comes out, I have a New Catalog Kick-Off Party.  I always try to think of something special to make or do for my stampers.  This year I made desktop mini totes for each of the ladies from canvas and pretty fabrics.  They are sized to hold standard cards or a package of envelopes, etc.  I added the Statement of the Heart to the front of each one.  To love what we do and share what we love- I guess that's why I make crafts.  :)

I designed the little frame and had each of the ladies made this for their desktop as a reminder to love what they do.  Of course, it doesn't have to be stamping or crafts (I can't imagine why not), but just as an encouraging reminder to enjoy the good things in our lives.  

The little bag in this photo has Stampin Up fabric on it- did you recognize that?  And can you guess the color?  It's olive green.  

What sort of things do you love to do?  Make crafts, gather with friends, enjoy time with your family, read, sew or play Word Crac?  Those are some of my favorites.  :)

Baby Blanket & Accessories

A few weeks ago I bought a new desk for my sewing room.  The old one was very narrow and didn't fit my sewing machine very well.  So now that I have a nice place to sew I have been in my sewing room working on things and actually finishing up some projects!  I know, don't faint.  Sooner or later I do finish things.  Mostly the later.

One of our family friends had a baby last week and I made this cute little quilt for her.  I started it about a month ago and didn't finish it in time for her shower, but I feel good that the baby is only a week old and I have the gift done! 

I had all of the fabrics in my stash.  I used the girl with the fox image on the fabric as the focal point and worked in some cutesy colors to coordinate with her. 

The pattern was pretty simple and it went together in just a couple of days.  I would definitely make this pattern again. 

And then in my spare time (!) I made some matching bibs with terry cloth on the back.

I found a pattern for some little shoes and decided to try it out.  They came out cute, but I think they took as long as the quilt did to make!  They were very tiny and I had a hard time fitting them und3er my sewing machine.  Mostly I had to sew them by hand.  They may be the first and the last pair that I make -ha ha. 

Here are the bibs with the shoes.

And here is the entire gift.  I hope she likes it! 

Monday, May 28, 2018

Tiny Flags

Today is Memorial Day when we remember our servicemen and those that gave their lives for our freedom.  My dad and my brother were both in the Navy.  My dad served in WW II and my brother was in the Vietnam War.  While they are both gone, I am still proud of their accomplishments and service in the military.

Today I'm posting these cute little flag pins that I made a few years back.  I found some fabric that had flags on it and fussy cut them.  They are sewn together as tiny quilts with a pin on the back of them so you can wear them.  They measure about 2" lengthwise and 1 3/4" in the width. 

Are you working on any patriot crafts today? 

Friday, May 25, 2018

Making Birthday Photo Cards

Stampin Up has some pretty designer paper with photos on it called Picture Perfect Party.  I was avoiding getting it for a while, but I saw some cute ideas online and decided to take the plunge.  This week I made 5 birthday/celebration cards with it.  I used the Picture Perfect stamp set for the sayings.  I love the colors and how the simple images look on a card. 

The paper with the donuts on it can be used for much more than birthday cards.  And we all know someone that loves donuts, right? 

For each card, I mounted the papers onto black background to make the sayings stand out better.  Then I added some of the new colored pearls and cute stamped images to tie in the colors.

All in all I made 5 cards.  And to my delight, I found that they all matched the envelopes from Sale-a-Bration!  They make a cute set, don't they?

I like them all but I think the donuts "take the cake" today.  :)

Thursday, May 24, 2018

Making Microwave Bowl Holders

Some of the groups that I belong to on Facebook are ones that have to do with stamping or sewing projects.  (Hmm...Does that surprise you?)  One day I saw a photo of someone who had made some of these microwave bowl holders.  And she had a whole stack of them!

Anyway, I got that photo in my head and wanted to make some of these cute holders, so I took out some fabric and away I sewed.  They are so much fun to make, quick and easy and make a nice gift given with a bowl and some soup or something.

You can find the pattern on youtube- there's a lot of people making them.  I used mostly teals and some coordinating colors so that mine would match my kitchen.  Only problem is, I don't want to use them and get them dirty!  Ha ha!  I would just like to display them near my mircowave.  :)

Well, I might pick one to use.  If you get them dirty you can wash them in your washer.

Here is my "stack."  What do you think?