Saturday, February 26, 2011
The paper is Stampin' Up! Night of Navy. The envelope was cut from the Cricut using the Wild Card cartridge and the Save the Date was from the Sweetheart cartridge.
Kelley, our oldest daughter drew the couple, designed the background and the cards.
If you pull on the ribbon, you get this...
Ashley has to check her list for addresses and will make labels. Tomorrow is a Bridal Show at the facility where she is getting married so the whole group is going. There will be about 30 vendors there, hor d'voures, champagne and hopefully some yummy wedding cake to sample. YUM!
Thursday, February 24, 2011
**Acronym alert!** :o)My youngest daughter Ashley is the B2B (Bride to Be) and when it came to a Save the Date card, she wanted something handmade. She is our former college softball player and not a crafty gal but she "steps up to the plate" (pun intended LOL) when she has to. She searched the Internet and found a Save the Date card she liked. We are making several changes so I guess you could say it was our "inspiration". She found it here if you'd like to see more of the sample.
I used my Cricut to cut the Save the Date words out from the Sweetheart cartridge. The words are all one cut so that made it easy. We cut a Shadow in silver card stock from Stamin' Up! to go behind the words. Ashley ran them through the Xyron machine after they were cut out to put permanent adhesive on the back, then she and Adina, her MOH (maid of honor) glued them down to the silver background. All 90 of them!
Kelley, my artsy daughter, created the cards we will use for the background page and the inserts. Since Ashley and Dave are getting married on 11/12/11, the numbers were too thin to do it like the inspiration card.
Monday, February 21, 2011
In case you need to do this to your machine, my sister gave me a hint a long time ago. Spray a little WD40 on your q-tips and all of this junk and fuzz, threads, etc. will stick to the q-tip for easy removal. If it's been a little while since you cleaned out your machine, maybe now would be a good time......go ahead, I'll wait. :o)
I pulled some more greens and creams from my stash so I could get a few more blocks made for my Jared quilt. I think when I get these done, I might have enough for the top.
Tuesday, February 15, 2011
I got lots of sewing done. I took my Juki machine and quilted this UFO. I sandwiched it at home so I only had to quilt it. I stitched in the ditch around the borders and around all the pinwheels. I forgot the binding so I still have to stitch that on before I can call this one finished but I'm almost there.
Here is a close up of the quilting I did on the borders. I didn't mark it. I just did it freehand and it shows! My loops and little curves aren't perfect but this quilt will be for my friend and she will love it anyway! :o)
Here I am sitting in front of the blazing fire, staying warm. A little too warm at some points of the weekend! I had the fireplace on one side of me and the wall heater on the other side. There were some points where that purple top came off and I was sewing in a tank top! lol The only other project I took to work on was my Jared Takes a Wife blocks from my class at Road to CA with Bonnie Hunter. This was a perfect project to take to the cabin. I chipped away at it for two days.
Monday, February 7, 2011
This is the photo album. I love this one. I made it for my friend who has lots of grandkids and loves Roses.
For the photo holders, we used card sleeves or clear envelopes from Stampin' Up!
Sunday, February 6, 2011
*Impera Magna - How long does it take to make one favor?
I used a die cutter called a Petal Cone. So you have to cut paper the right size and then roll them through The Big Shot machine. Because this favor needs to hold candy, you need to use "sticky" tape or red tape. That's probably what takes the longest. It would be much faster if we could use a tape runner. Once we decide what favor we'll make, we'll have an assembly party and it shouldn't be too many hours.
*Conni - How big is it?
It measures about 2 3/4" x 4 3/4". That might be why we either modify this favor or use a different one. It's a little big, especially if we're filling it up with chocolate. We saw a way to trim the bottom off and it looks a little like a small Chinese take out container. We'll keep playing until we get it right. Oh darn. :o)
*Isabel - How did you add the edging?
If you look at the link above for the Petal Cone, you can see the die shape and there is also a half scallop and a banner. You have to cut the cone twice so you have both sides (for a 4 sided cone) and if you put an accent color on the half scallop, you get the accent color piece. It sounds like more work than it is.
I went to a workshop with my daughter Stephanie today. We made 8 projects and they were cute! I'm going to go sit behind the sewing machine for a little while and then take pictures of the goodies we made. I hope to post them tomorrow.
Friday, February 4, 2011
The other thing I worked on last night was finger folding my four patch/nine patch units for my Jared Takes a Wife quilt. I didn't want to haul out my machine and all the paraphernalia that goes with it since I knew we would be having a gab-fest last night. It had been a while since we had gotten together. I was right. It's a miracle we can still talk after all that yakkin'! TGIF!!!!!
Thursday, February 3, 2011
My girls, their significant others and my significant other (aka, hubby) got me a Nikon Coolpix camera for my birthday. I took some pictures with it when I first got it but wanted to look over the manual to make sure I was getting all the settings right. The book is over a hundred pages so it might take me a while to get through it. If I was to sit and read all of it, I think I would fall asleep, it's that exciting! LOL
Anyway, here are some pictures I took to try out the different settings. A nickel on my couch using the macro setting.....
*****Dang, I clicked on the picture to see how it looked. Ewww, my fingers are hairy. LOLOL Isn't that a nice thing about growing older. Your eyes go bad so you can't really see the little things, like hair or wrinkles!!!!!
And since I will mostly be using my camera for quilting and family shots, I tried one of a quilt that is hanging in the dark entry way. Hmmm, I don't know about this. It might be the blog post so I'll have to publish this post and then click on the photo to make it larger and see how the detail is. Let's see how it works with a group shot.....Well, that's one kind of group. HA!
Here's a better bunch. Shhhh, don't tell but these are the baby makers. lol
Tuesday, February 1, 2011
It's even pretty on a cold and wet day! There was a wedding on Saturday so there are still pink rose petals on the ground and the chairs were still up.