Monday, May 3, 2010

bouquet bunch #2

ok, not the best photography, but I really liked how the leaf bunch looked as a background. what a fun new set! I used soft suede and old olive, with basic black for the highlight. more kisses notes too. love them!

Sunday, May 2, 2010

bouquet bunch

I used the elements of style set for the swirly background, and the kisses notes for the stamped bouquet bunch image. I know these are gone now from the occasions mini catalog, but they are so convenient for stamping a small image on a decorative piece, I hope they come back in the new catalog in july! I used more mustard ink on summer sun paper, and cameo coral for my small background. I'm sure going to miss that color!

Saturday, May 1, 2010

dog update

I went down to clovis last week to visit my sister ellen, and to go to the clovis rodeo. what a great time we had. I brought the dogs with me, of course, and they made themselves right at home by finding their spots on the bed right away. it was a little tougher than usual since I have a king sized bed at home and we had to all share a queen sized bed at ellen's, but we survived and actually got a fair amount of sleep. they love their aunt ellen and had a great time romping.

Friday, April 30, 2010

elements of style #4

ok, by now I'm sure you can tell I really like this set. I actually stamped 4 of this image on a single sheet of confetti white cardstock, then watercolored them all different colors. I thought this summer sun and old olive combination felt like a "simple" card, so I left it pretty plain. I think the image really stands on its own and doesn't need too much embellishment.

Thursday, April 29, 2010

elements of style #3

I love the new elements of style stamp set in the SU! summer mini catalog. I was doing some watercoloring on confetti white cardstock, and love the roses that have this color combo, so I made up mine with cameo coral and summer sun. I'm sure going to miss these 2 colors!

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

elements of style #2

while I was playing in the stamp room with the elements of style stamp set in the new summer mini catalog from SU!, I started cutting random pieces apart, and tried this card. I used lovely lilac and old olive, and the scallop trim border punch from sale-a-bration, which will be around in the new catalog in july! yay!

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

elements of style

I woke up early this morning and decided to spend a little time with the new elements of style stamp set from the summer mini catalog from StampinUp!. I used confetti white cardstock and black staz-on ink so I could water color with the aqua painter. on this card I used rose red and old olive. I cut the completed image into 1 1/4" squares and mounted them on old olive card stock and rose red cardstock. I used the melon mambo ribbon to complete this card. what a great new set!

Friday, April 2, 2010

easter baskets

in addition to the rag bags that are so popular, I got some easter fabric and made small easter baskets for the kids of coworkers. I didn't tack or "x" the individual panels, since I didn't think these were going to get the use that the regular purses do, so they went even faster. my coworkers are sure that the kids will be carrying them around as spring purses for awhile, and that makes me very happy. I used ribbon from last year's SAB stuff for the handles, and also one striped one (that was my favorite). super fun and quick and easy.

Sunday, March 14, 2010

this was a "test" card I made when I was playing with my new stuff. I sponged the bride paper for the strip with the butterflies, the large oval with the vintage label stamp, and the rectangle with le francais stamped. I was just playing, and added the baby rhinestones from the eggcellent easter kit to a butterfly.

Friday, March 12, 2010

hi, my name is sharon, and I'm an addict

hahaha! I am SO addicted to these rag purses, I spent a fair amount of time at the fabric store the other day and found some cute buttons to use in the center of each square as an accent. just wanting to try other ways of personalizing the purses. I'll be getting to those shortly.

in the meantime, I also bought some felt in 2 browns and a pink, to coordinate with the stitched felt sweet pea flowers. I made the bag with single layers of felt, except where I added both inside and outside pockets, using the browns to make a checkerboard look, and the pink on the sides. it's pretty easy for it to stand up on it's own without batting.

I added the felt flowers with a glue gun, and they didn't take any time at all. I think I'm going to use big grommets for the handles to attach (since it's a single layer), or maybe the preformed handles you can get at the fabric store. these are TOO much fun and highly addictive. use caution!

Thursday, March 11, 2010

rag purse

the wonderful rag purses are making the rounds, and all that I have seen so far use an "x" sewn through the scallop squares to keep the cotton batting in place. well, my sister ellen and I took a class 20+ years ago to learn how to make a "tied" quilt, so I wondered if it would work. I think it does! I wanted to add some extra bling, so while I was at the fabric store, I found some crystals that I tied on to the centers of the front scallops. it's hard to see, but it's nice and sparkly in person. I kept the outside black and white, but instead of using the same fabric to back the squares, I went for something with a little more punch, so it would show on the edges and compliment the tied yarn. it also makes a super cool inside!
I added pockets to the outside to hold my cell phone and keys which were super easy to add, and if I'd thought about it sooner, I would have added some to the inside as well. oh well, next time. I really liked doing the tied part, because it made it super easy to sit and do while I was watching television, then have a pretty easy time of sewing once all the pieces were ready. this one hasn't been washed yet to make the edges "raggy", but I think it'll turn out fine. I'll let you know if it's a problem!

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

vintage label

hi, my name is sharon. oh wait, I HAVE done this blogging thing before, it's just been ages. I made this card with the vintage label set. I wanted to do something a little different than a label, so I figured out how I could use as many of the stamps from this set at one time (3). I liked it so much I used it for my swap with the wonderful control freaks!