Tuesday, February 12, 2019

Valentines 2019

I had fun using embossing folder technique to make these backgrounds with acrylic paint. Used my new embossing folder called Whimsical, made by Park Lane from JoAnn's. It was on sale for $2.

If you have followed my blog, you will know that I really like these two tutorials for embossing folder stamping:
I used Adirondack Acrylic paint-Raspberry, applying it directly onto the "logo" or raised side of the embossing folder. Spritzed it with water, added paper, closed the embossing folder and pressed it down with a brayer. You can also just press with your hands.  Remove paper and set aside to air dry. Used Georgia Pacific 100 pound white card stock, but you can use watercolor paper if you wish.

When dry, I sponged the edges with distress picked raspberry ink.
Stamps used: Michael Strong and Hero Arts.

Below are some close ups and a few additional cards:
Michael Strong mini hearts were fussy cut and adhered with dimensional foam.

Sponged with distress inks: cracked pistachio, squeezed lemonade, picked raspberry.

On this background I added the paint to the "wrong" side of the embossing folder-NOT the side with the logo or raised side. It created a different look, so I added more sponging afterward. For the edges I sponged in distress hickory smoke ink.

Heat embossed Michael Strong's mini hearts on this card.


It's hard to see, but I used a strip of tulle on the side and tied it with a bow.

A loop of wide grosgrain ribbon for a bow, adhered with a glue dot.

Hope you have a very Happy Valentine's Day!
It's always been a special day for remembering...
my parents were married on Valentine's day 1953.

Wishing you heartfelt happiness today and every day!

Sunday, January 27, 2019

January 26 Drawing Fest with Grace

My sister Grace and I had lots of fun drawing yesterday.
Grace has done watercolors before but today she was experimenting with coloring pencils.
Grace used coloring pencils
She sketched this lady face using a Jane Davenport face as a guide.

Grace used coloring pencils
Then she drew this scene relying on a picture she found as her guide.

Left: I used oil pastels; Right: I used JD Magic Wand pencils (coloring pencils)
I drew these lady faces.
I'm always trying to improve, but I see that my faces always have that same "look".
Maybe I am drawing the same person over and over again, LOL!
The main thing is that we both enjoyed the process, had lot of laughs 
and had so much fun drawing together!

Thanks for visiting!
May your day be a happy one!

Monday, January 7, 2019

Crocheted Sweater Vest and Bow Headband

Thanks to Sarah Zimmerman of Repeat Crafter Me for sharing crochet instructions for this Sweater Vest and Bow Headband. I crocheted these for our granddaughter, Vivian for her 2nd birthday party on Saturday. I still need to add buttons to the vest. You can find the instructions for this sweater vest HERE. Sarah made it as a cute pumpkin vest. Something to think about for next fall!
When I saw coils of "self striping" yarn at JoAnn's last week, I could not resist!  This yarn is made by Premier and is called Sweet Roll. The color is called Bubble Pop.  It was on sale at JoAnn's: 2 rolls for $5. I bought 2 rolls and then went back for another 2 rolls. I used 1 roll and just a small amount of a second roll for the vest and headband. The roll label shows 5 oz/140g; 245 yds/224m.

I think the "self striping" would work better on an afghan. I am not happy with the way the "stripes" randomly start in this vest. I think it would look better if I had cut the yarn to make the strips start at beginning of rows. You can see on the front where the gray and pink do not match the opposite sides. Because I am not sure if this will fit, I will wait until after the party to fix this. I may just crochet another one. It was fun to make!

Sarah's instructions were sized for a 3-5 year old. I reduced the number of chains at the beginning. I wrote notes as I went along, but my notes do not match the stitches when I count them now. I think I started with 44 chains and I think I had 5 double crochet stitches between the 2 post stitch groups in the lower part. Heartfelt thanks to Sarah for all the work involved in creating crochet instructions! I found it difficult to keep track of  changes I made as I went along. It's not hard to make the changes, but very hard to write it down correctly. Thanks again, Sarah!

I did not add the "pumpkin coil" for a tie because Vivian is too young. 

Since I bought lots of yarn, I decided to make this bow headband, which Sarah calls her Griddle Stitch Winter Headband. Her free instructions are HERE. She has multiple sizes.

Addendum, Jan. 9, 2018- added 3 buttons

For the Button Loops, attach loop of  yarn on right side of gray SC trim.
Chain 1 then SC in same space
Chain 4, then SC in next stitch. Fasten off and weave ends into back of vest.

Thanks for visiting!
Wishing you happiness and good health in the New Year!

Sunday, December 23, 2018

Sewing for my Grandchildren

I have been sewing some last minute Christmas gifts for my grandchildren.
 Here are some doll clothes that are supposed to fit a Bitty Baby doll.
I have used 3 free patterns from ReadCreations. Instructions for this sleeper can be found HERE. I changed the pattern a little by adding sleeves (drew my own based on the armscye/armhole on the pattern). Also, I added a strip of cotton interlock knit for the neckline trim. Since Vivian likes Olaf, I used a woven Olaf fabric from JoAnn's. 

Read Creations has a free pattern tutorial for a shirt and pants. I liked how the white knit sleeves looked on the sleeper, so I used knit fabric for the sleeves of the top. 

Before sewing the interlock knit cotton strip to the neckline, I serged the back opening of the shirt, then pressed 1/4 inch under. On the white interlock knit strip for the neckline, I finished the ends by sewed the ends, then turned right side out. Placed the nice finished end at the folded edge of the back.  Sewed the white knit strip to the neckline, then serged over that for a nice finish. I serged over all the seams in this way. Instead of putting a long strip of velcro to close the back, I added 2 narrow pieces, one at the top, the other at the bottom. My strip of interlock knit at the bottom of the shirt was a bit too long, so I just matched my trim to the shirt and cut off the excess. Here again, I finished the ends of the trim before sewing it on the bottom of the shirt.

I'm hoping these doll clothes fit Vivian's Bitty Baby. There are a few more items that I would like to try to make...the diaper, the hat and maybe the button down the front sleeper.

I made this small pillow and pillowcase for Vivian. The pillow measures about 16 x 14 inches. I used white cotton fabric and stuffed it with polyester fiberfill. The Olaf fabric pillowcase measures about 19-1/4 x 16 inches.

Used a firemen print fabric for 2 pillowcases for Gavin. I love the Made Everyday by Dana tutorial.
I usually try to preshrink the fabric. 

Here is Alex's pillowcase, folded in half. Since he is not using a pillow, I just made him one pillowcase. If he wants a smaller pillow like Vivian's, I can make that for him.

I have thoroughly enjoyed sewing for my Grandkids!
I hope they enjoy these items!

Wishing you a very Merry Christmas if you celebrate
and a Happy Holidays!
With love!

Wednesday, December 19, 2018

Two More Christmas Cards

A few more cards are getting mailed...
Still using my large stash of Christmas papers
and Tim Holtz stamps with festive berries distress ink.

Love the look that old crimper gives on this holly paper.
Added a strip of  "red line tape" to attach the green ribbon, making loops here and there.
Thanks for visiting!
Hoping you are enjoying the season of Hope and Love!