Saturday, October 29, 2011

Making cards for my quilting retreat

Hello! I wanted to share some cards I've been making for sale at a quilting retreat I'm going to next week. I made about 35 cards using a strip of patterned paper stitched onto the card front, then stamped with one of the PTI Think Big Favorite sentiments. Then I pulled out my Quilter's Sampler set and started making some specific quilt cards. Here is one of the simpler sets:
These are all Birthday cards. I used PTI white cardstock, the Quilter's Sampler stamp set, and bakers twine from The Twinery. 

Then I looked on Nicole Heady's blog at the release of the QS set, and fell in love with her miniature quilt she created with the set here. So I had to try my hand at it, given that I am a quilter. I ended up making two different sets, each card different, with 5 cards per set. Here is a sampling of them:

They are addictive! I just love making them, and think my next big project will be to make a larger one that I can frame and hang up in my quilting room. I made the miniature quilt using the directions Nicole gave in her blog. I'm charging $2 each or 6/$10 for the TBF cards, 4/$10 for the simpler quilt cards, and 5/$15 for these last miniature quilt cards. We'll see how they go.

I also took these same quilt blocks from the QS set, and scanned them in my computer to use to digitize them for machine embroidery. I recently purchased two Button-Up machines from Hope Yoder. After stitching out these designs, I made them into flatback buttons and glued them onto scissor zingers. I will sell them at the retreat also (at least I hope I will!). Here's a picture of them:
Thanks for stopping by!

Monday, October 24, 2011

Papertrey Blog Hop October 2011

Hello! I am participating in the Papertrey October 2011 Blog Hop. The photo below is supposed to be our inspiration for our Blog Hop card. You can get all the details over at Nicole's blog here.
I chose to key in on the prints on the fabric in the pumpkins, as well as the pumpkins themselves. Here's my card. I used PTI white cardstock, papers from the Fall Prints patterned paper, Tag Sale #4, sentiment from Take Three Fall, and the pumpkin is a Hero Arts stamp. The ribbon is from my stash. I also inked the edges of the paper with the tea dye duo. Hope you enjoy! Have fun looking at everyone's creation!

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Papertrey Make It Monday #35 - Making Washi Tape - Card Three

Ok, this is my last card for this evening - I promise! This is just so much fun! Check out Nicole Heady's tutorial on making your own washi tape here on her blog. It's addicting though, so be forewarned! After making bunches of the tape, I thought maybe it would be fun to take a chunk of tissue (I had some cute polka dot tissue in my wrapping stuff), and cover the back with scor tape, then use some PTI die cuts to make washi flowers. I don't know if that counts as washi tape or not, but they sure turned out cute! Here's a picture of the tissue I started with:
I covered the back with scor tape (I guess you could use your Xyron machine if you have one - I don't). Then run it through your die cutting machine with the dies, just like you would with regular cardstock. Here's what I got:
Then, just use the flowers on your card. Note: it's a little tricky (but doable) to peel the tape off the back of these flowers because it's in pieces some places). So here's my finished card:
I used PTI sweet blush cardstock, Scor tape, the tissue from my stash, the Beautiful Blooms #3 dies, Around & About Sentiments stamps, and some fun pink fiber for my tie. Hope you enjoy! I know I did :)

Papertrey Make It Monday #35 - Making Washi Tape - Card Two

I'm back! And having so much fun making this washi tape for the Papertrey Make It Monday Challenge! Here's a Christmas card using some tape I made. I used red tissue paper stamped with fresh snow ink, and then white tissue paper stamped with Versafine Satin Red ink. The stamp set I used was Background Basics Christmas from last year, and the sentiment is from one of the Fillable Frames - not sure which one. I can't wait to make some more tape - the cards come together so quickly using them! Fun, fun, fun!

Papertrey Make It Monday #35 - Making Washi Tape

Hello! It's been a long while since I've written on my blog. But I have a good reason. I'm a new grandma! My daughter Katie had a little girl on August 23rd, and I've been spending lots of time with her, and making things for her. I'll have to do some blog posts on the cute things I've been making, but for now, I'd like to share a card I made for this week's Papertrey Make It Monday. This challenge to make your own washi tape sounded like fun. I had never heard of washi tape until recently, and really hadn't much an idea what it was. But when I saw how easy Nicole made it seem to make your own, I thought I'd give it a try. All I had in my stash was 1/2" Scor tape, so I found stamps to work with it. I've been hugely in BABY mode lately, and PINK baby mode at that, so it's only natural to have pink washi tape, right? So here's my attempt at it - I just LOVE this technique!!!
I used PTI white cardstock, Scor tape 1/2", Bitty Baby Blessings, Ribbon Tails, and little labels die cut. For the tissue paper, I used regular white on the polka dot ones, and pink tissue paper on the little baby ones.  Hope you enjoy it! I certainly enjoyed making it!  Hint: if you are impatient and want to use the tape as soon as you make it, instead of waiting for it to dry - zap it with your heat gun!  :)