Saturday, October 20, 2018

More Than All The Fish in the Sea

I get the distinct pleasure of sharing this lovely card that Brandy made with her Picket Fence Studios A Dose of Vitamin Sea stamp set.  She also used the Picket Fence Studios Ocean Waves stamp in this no line coloring with Polychromos colored pencils.

So delightful!

Andie for 

Thursday, October 18, 2018

Celebrating 94 Years!

My grandfather turned 94 earlier this month and I needed a special card for the occasion.  I shared that my grandmother, his wife for 72 years, passed away in early August.  The loss is fresh and raw and birthdays aren't much of a celebration.  Still, 94 years is important to mark and finding happy is possible when you have the perspective of almost a century of life.  I used my Art Impressions Windows to the World stamp since the sentiment seemed the most appropriate:

He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty.  Psalm 91:1

My handwritten sentiment expressed an understanding of the tension that exists now (and probably for the rest of his life) between celebration/happiness and his keen sense of loss.  When he opened the card, he looked at me and we both knew.... knew that the card hit just the right "note".  Exactly the reason that I make cards.

Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Sweet Treats - A Card Set

Brandy has been working with some of her recent purchases and these cards were made using her Waffle Flower Sweet Treats stamp set.  This set is so adorable, the cards almost make themselves.

A little ink blending on the dry embossed backgrounds make the perfect focal point to draw the eye to the delectable treats that she's made.  The cards are a charming to use as a card or give as a set.

Such soft colors and pretty results, don't you think?

Andie for 

Sunday, October 14, 2018

A Quilting Disaster Averted - A More-Than-Decade Long Project

I decided to share this finished project with you because I had previously shared progress.  Way back on August 2, 2015 in this post I shared my progress (for that year at least) in a post linking to a Our Beautiful World photo challenge blog.  I have worked on this hand quilted wall hanging for over a decade.  My fingers would get tender if I quilted for any prolonged period of time, so I would pull out the project and work on it for a few weeks and then it would go away for a while until I pulled it out again and worked some more.  I am certain I have way over 1000 hours of hand quilting on the project.  I finished this up last year (!!!!), but still needed to bind the edge.  I decided to wrap the background linen around to the front of the quilt and hand sew the binding together.  Rather than follow the steps by the YouTube video I watched, I decided to use my rotary cutter to cut the top piece "straight".  I put that into quotes because the quilting is slightly off (not much), but for all intents and purposes should have been my guide to trim the
quilt along the quilted edge.  My error occurred when I was about 75% done - I accidentally cut the back piece (meant to stay intact and wrap around the front).  In the end I had to repair about 18 inches along one edge.  The picture to the left shows the final repair after some cobbled together (high anxiety) actions involving lots of pins (see picture above), some Fuse fabric adhesive and a spare piece of the linen that was cut off.  It isn't pretty (actually looks like a cat took to the edge and I repaired that nasty feline's horrendously selfish act) up close, but it is passable at a distance.  Since the project is symetrical and does not orient to top or bottom, I'm thinking we can hide the repair under the hanger on the wall.

This project was "sponsored" by my twin sister who bought the preprinted kit and asked for my help.  I intend to give it to her on her birthday this year.  Shhhhh!

I'm linking this up with Simon Says Stamp's Wednesday Challenge Anything But a Card since it is truly anything but a card...

Friday, October 12, 2018

Finishing the Graphic 45 Card Kits

Of the three card kits that I found and completed, I think this set is my favorite.  I used the Moda Scrap Christmas Holidays 6x6 paper pack to accent these cards and in every case, the card is better for the background patterned papers. 

It's super hard to determine which card is my favorite, but this top card is probably it.  The snowflakes on the barnwood doors is just the right fit for me.  Hooray for using up some supplies in the stash.