It’s a Paper Pumpkin Christmas!

This month’s Paper Pumpkin kit was fun to play with. It originally came with supplies to make eight notecards. I wanted A-2 sized cards so I used some Stampin’ Up Mint Macaron cardstock for a base and white embossed with the Falling Snow embossing folder. Added some snow and sequins and together  made a calming winter scene.

Now…off to work on more Christmas cards! Thanks for stopping by!

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November Card Class

Last Thursday we met for our monthly card class. We made two cards using Stampin Up’s Very Vanilla cardstock. The first card uses Sahara Sand cardstock and the Detailed Floral thinlet die. This was cased from a card by KaseyCreations. I added the flower  for a touch of bling. The second card uses Tip Top Taupe cardstock with the Very Vanilla , the Baby Bear stamp set and the new Stitched Thinlet dies.

We made a Christmas card next. It was cased from crafter Diane Barnes. I like the nostalgic yet modern look it has. It uses Lovely as a Tree and the hostess set Time of Year. I love Time of Year and have used it alot already. The final card I gave out as a kit to take home as a gift to my friends/customers as a holiday thank-you. This pretty card uses Night of Navy cardstock and the beautiful Star of Light bundle. I started with a navy solid star on the bottom  then a white star  followed by three layers of smaller stars in silver cardstock. The ink in the background looks like silver but is actually Smokey Slate. Looking forward to using this set more and pairing it with others.

Thank you for stopping  by and taking a look! Have a Happy Thanksgiving!

Autumn Batiks

My favorite fabrics are batiks. I love how the colors and patterns of just one cut of these  can vary so much from one corner to the other; the colors are rich and the prints gorgeous. This past weekend I completed two table runners. One was for a friend and the other for our kitchen table.

This first one used part of a jelly roll of 2 1/2 inch strips. I used the quilt as you go method for the first time. You lay out the backing, right side down, then the batting. You begin sewing on the strips, starting in the middle , working your way out. It was really quite easy. This measures 12 inches by 30 as requested to fit a narrow table. I am really happy with the way this turned out . Best of all…so was she!

img_0648 My second table runner used a method I learned from the Missouri Star Quilt Company .To make the squares consisting of two triangles, sew two 5inch squares right sides together, around all four side with a quarter inch seam, then cut them diagonally into fours using a straight edge and rotary blade. Open and press. I’ve never made anything with triangles before, this was pretty fast to assemble. I love how it looks like falling leaves. The batiks and prints are beautiful! Both of these were hand finished using black thread.

Thank you for stopping by !

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Expressing Gratitude

November can be a stressful month as Christmas  commercials begin airing on tv and holiday merchandise starts to appear on store shelves . The holiday countdown begins and you find that you are way behind on your crafting. This describes me every year! Hopefully you are more organized than I am! I seem to start with a plan and a list and then I get side tracked with more projects. (This problem has grown with the creation of Pinterest!) One thing I’ve been aiming towards this year is getting my holiday cards completed three weeks ahead of the date. I barely made it for Thanksgiving…and I am grateful!

IMG_0635.JPGThis card is made using mostly Stampin’ Up supplies. I started with Soft Suede for the card base; one of my favorite neutral colors.  Very vanilla was used for the next layer using the Woodland embossing folder (139673). The leaves were cut with a Tim Holtz die in So Safron (sponged with Pumpkin Pie ink) Pumpkin Pie (sponged with Cajun Craze ink) and Real Red (sponed with Cherry Cobler ink) cardstock. They were then put through the BigShot in a retired spiderweb embossing folder and sponged once more with a bit of Crumb Cake ink.  A strip of Gold Foil cardstock (132622) lays behind a strip of Very Vanilla for the Sentiment from Sheltering Tree (137163). A liitle Linen Thread (104199) gives it a finished look.

Now it us time to finish my fall tablerunner!

Thank you for stopping by! Happy Crafting!

Martha