Friday, April 8, 2011

Quilts, quilts and more quilts

I haven't really been in a papercrafting mood frame of mind recently- a few cards from some kits and a gift for a friend, but that's about it.  I've been meeting my goal for OWH each month, but obviously not my goal to post a project once a week.  :S 

I have, however, been in a quilting frame of mind and have created 4 quilt tops in the last few weeks that are ready for quilting.  To date, I've only done in the ditch quilting, but I think I'm going to branch out and do some decorative quilting on these.  I just need to boost my confidence a little and then I'm on my way.  Here are the quilts- the pictures aren't great and I didn't take time to smooth the quilts out.  I fell in love with the fabrics when I was shopping and bought them with nothing really in mind.  I'm happy with the outcomes so far.  :)

 These two will both be backed with this material:

 These will both be backed with this:

And here are the cards.  They are all from a kit with a few modifications on my part, except for the last one.

Thursday, March 3, 2011

Finally back to crafting....

I've been under the weather for the last few weeks, so I haven't had much crafting time.  I'm feeling better now and am back at it...  Tonight was especially fun as Operation Write Home has a new weekly "tv" show where they do a few segments and we can chat-  It made me feel like I was crafting with my friends.  :)  Join us on Thursday nights if you aren't busy!

Anyway, I've been working on some Spring cards- Mother's Day, flowers, spring colors.  I will be taking a batch of cards up to my local OWH shipper this weekend.  I ended up with 20 for February and have 8 so far for March.  February was a busy month at the beginning and then I was sick at the end, so I didn't get as many cards done as I would have liked.  Oh well, I will try to make up for it this month. :)

I found this fun cherry blossom sticker at Walmart.  I was inspired by a sketch in a Paper Craft Magazine for this card.
This paper and sticker is actually from a scrapbook page kit that I got at Michaels on clearance for $1.99.  I bought 2, so I can make 2 of each of the cards that I make from the kit.

These next cards are all made using paper from a Basic Grey Card of the Month kit that I ordered from Oh My Crafts- it is the Olivia line.  Some of the cards are copies of their samples in the kit and others are my own design.  I love the papers in this line!
 I'm not really fond of this card- I think it's just the stamped Mom that is throwing me off.

 The heart paper on this card is my favorite in the set.

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Party Clutch

I felt like sewing yesterday and found this pattern-  I really love the simplicity of this bag and was looking for something fun to use this fabric on.  I was having a hard time getting cards to work the way I wanted them too, so it was nice to take a break and get back to my first love.  :)

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Operation Write Home S&S Sketch # 55

Haven't posted for a little bit, but I have been busy creating cards.  I ended up with 30 for OWH for January and am at 16 for Feb so far.  Working on Mother's Day and Father's Day now, need to get some Easter ones done, too. 

The paper for the next 3 is from a scrapbook kit at WalMart.  I love the colors...  I also tried some digital stamping on these- can't wait to try some more...

This is the sketch from last Sunday and my take on it.  

I got this paper at Michaels on clearance and thought it was perfect for Father's Day cards.  The paper in the bottom left has a wood grain on it- but that's hard to see in this picture.

Sunday, January 30, 2011

Operation Write Home S&S Sketch # 54

I finished 1 quilt and got most of the way done with another, but ran out of thread for quilting...  I hate when that happens.  :)  It won't take long to finish up- I'm about 2/3 of the way done quilting.  I have 2 more to quilt and bind too, hoping to get those done by the end of February.

Anyway, here is the newest OWH Stars and Stamps Sketch- # 54 and my take.  I'm working on spring cards for the Spring Thaw challenge- hoping for 20 Easter, Mother's Day and Father's Day cards and then 20 general cards.  That puts my goal for February at 40.  I ended up with 31 for January, so I don't think it will be a problem.

The sketch:
 And here is my take on it...
 The paper is from Basic Grey- the Sultry line.  I love the colors for Mother's Day/spring.  I got the paper on clearance at Michael's, which is always nice.  :)
 I have been wanting the stamp since I picked up a project card at Michael's that used it, but they haven't had it in stock.  I found it today and am so happy with it.  I used my colored pencils to color the flowers and felt like a kid again. :)
I also got this stamp set at Michael's today- on clearance also.  I love the monkey- he is so cute- and I love the colors on this paper.  It is from a DCWV paper stack- not sure what line it is from, but it's so bright and cheery. 

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Operation Write Home Sketch Challenge # 53

I'm hoping to take part in the OWH sketch challenges and mid-week throwdowns each week to keep up my card making for the group.  I'm at 25 cards now- need to make a trip up to Federal Way to get them to the shipper.  I've been shopping for supplies for Mother's Day cards too so I can get a jump start on those. 

Here is my card for sketch #53- after the sketch image.

I used the Garden Party stack from DCWV and the stamp is from the $1 bin at Michaels.  I'm not sure where the sticker is from- it was just in my stash.  I wish I had more of that particular sticker so I could make more of this card- I like the colors.

I also made these over the weekend:
 This is with paper that I got at Michaels for $.05 on Saturday.  It was marked as $.19, which I thought was a great deal, so I was super excited that it rang up at the price it did.  I wish I'd picked up some more!
This paper is from a free stack that came with a Papercrafts magazine- I love the colors and I got to use my Cuttlebug.  I don't use it enough but I always love it when I do.

My next project is finishing up 2 quilts- I'm making myself finish those before I do any more cards...

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Operation Write Home Midweek Throwdown Challenge- 01/19/11

The OWH MWT for this week is "White on White with a Pop of Color."  I made this using plain white cardstock, my birthday embossing folder for my Cuttlebug and stickers from Me & My Big Ideas.  It was too easy but I think it is cute- kinda felt like I was cheating!  I did some Christmas cards like this and thought they were very classy...  I am now officially at 15 cards for the month (not counting the 25 I turned in for Valentine's Day) and I stil have another week and half to go.  :)

Sunday, January 16, 2011

Operation Write Home Sketch Challenge Anniversary

Operation Write Home posted their 52nd sketch challenge today- a whole year of challenges.  I wish I'd taken part in more- this is only my second.  I love taking a sketch and making it mine.  Maybe that should be one of my goals for this year too....  Anyway, here are my cards for the challenge- one for the 52nd sketch and one for the missing 34th. :)

 Sketch # 52....
...and my take on it.  I used the DCWV Cafe Mediterranean line for this one. 

Sketch #34....
...and my take.  I used My Mind's Eye paper that I got in a Cardmaking Magazine.  I think the line is Pretty Please, but I could be wrong.  :)
I'm now at 14 cards for my 15 card goal for OWH.  Guess I'll have to up my goal for February.  It sounds like my kids daycare is going to help with some Any Hero letters for OWH too- I'm really excited to see how that turns out!

Saturday, January 15, 2011


So far, so good for 2011...  I'm more than halfway done with my goal of 15 cards for January and I'm meeting my goal to post at least once a week.  ;)  Last weekend, I finished 2 quilt tops (one that had been started previously) and I finished another that was a long time work in progress last night.  I'm loving my new setup.  :)  I'll post pictures of the quilts once they are done- just need to get batting for all 3 and backing for one. 

Here are my cards for Operation Write Home- I made 2 of each card, so a total of 12 cards.

 This is with paper that I got at JoAnn's- I can't remember the brand, but it is photo paper.
 This paper is from the DCWV La Creme line.  I really like how this looks- think I'll try some different color combinations and sentiments with this one.
 I used George and Basic Shapes for the stars, the paper is the same as the 1st card.
 This is more of the photo paper line.
 This paper is from the DCWV Citrus line.  I absolutely love the colors in this line.  I'm not sure how I like the stamp shows.  I think I need to stamp the sentiment on a plain piece of paper...
I used the Sweet Treats cartridge for this- what a fun cartridge.  I used a card in a magazine for inspiration on this.  I don't normally mix colors like this, but I like how it turned out.