Good morning. How’re you today? I’m good. My elliptical workout is done. I’ve used it 13 times out of 18 days and while happening to weigh myself yesterday out of curiosity, I found out I lost 2 lbs! That was fun to find out. My plan is to just use the machine until Mother’s Day weekend. The week after that I will start using my weights again 3x a week.
Currently, I’m slowly catching up on your blogs and responding to your comments. I’ve been busy finishing up some projects that I was kind of stuck on creatively. But I’m happy to say I can now show them today.
Like I’ve mentioned before, with the exception of holiday fabric, Joann wasn’t inspiring enough for me. I started going online. You saw already what I had bought from Spoonflower. This zipper pouch is made from fabric I had ordered on Etsy. Aren’t they both cute? Here is a better picture of what I had used for the lining:
When I was finishing my Flax for STITCHES West, I had wanted to make a zipper pouch for Susan B. Anderson but of course had no time to. At her booth I had told her I had wanted to sew her a little something and if I could send it to her later. Well, two months later…LOL.
- Etsy shop: MilkshakesnSunshine
- green fabric: The Forest – Little Red Collection – Dear Stella Designs. 100% Cotton
- Little Red on White – Little Red Collection – Dear Stella Designs, 100% Cotton
- ½ yard each
If you ever want to buy fabric online, this is a great, Etsy shop. My order was processed quickly and I received it in three days. I even got a coupon code for 10% for my next purchase
After a text consult with my mum, I used red thread to contrast both fabrics. You know I’m a perfectionist so choosing fabric was a big thing for me because I would doubt myself. I loved the rich green of the outer fabric and who didn’t grow up on Little Red Riding Hood? I know Susan loves the outdoors so I thought these would be cute choices for her. In addition, many of her knitted toy designs are of animals.
Once I got that out of the way, I bought her a notebook, lead pencil with extra lead, and Coco Cola erasers that I thought would be helpful for her knitting designing. I also picked up a small bag of Ghiradelli chocolates from Target. The next big project to complete her gift was the card.
I had two fails before this design made me happy. I wanted to keep along with the outdoor theme since I know she loves to hike and run. I wanted to incorporate that red and green. And hey, you know I’m all about layers.
- I embossed some of the left side with a background stamp and blended ink over it.
- The right side I collaged Tim Holtz tissue paper in a postal design and then gesso’d over it to mute the black print.
- In pigment ink, I first stamped in the lighter green ink my evergreen trees and then again in a darker green because there was a gap that showed when I laid the brick wall over this layer.
- The area above the trees seemed so white so I stamped one of the stamps from Tim’s Itty Bitty Grunge set in Pumice Stone.
- I scored another piece of cardstock like a brick wall with my Martha Stewart score board and then used a color palette I had found on Pinterest.
- I hand tore the wall so it looked natural while exposing the first layer.
- I sometimes save some of the tea tags from the herbal teas I drink because of the little quotes so I used one here that says, “There is pleasure in the pathless woods” – Lord Byron.
- I used the butterflies from Tim Holtz’s Butterflight set, stamping them in Staz-On and coloring them with color pencils.
*wiping my eyes* (╯︵╰,) I had to take a break from this post because I had to talk to my periodontist. Not the news I had expected as I thought I was just about done with this implant business; it’s been seven years. Now it seems my four, front teeth have sucky bone and he wants to take them out and build more bone (pain, bruising, & swelling) before putting in three implants for a bridge that my dentist has to design and implement. I had tears.
Okay, back to business as I have one more card to show you:
I made this birthday card for a fellow, former PTA mum yesterday. Her birthday is Thursday.
I was inspired by the Tim Holtz Gothic stencil I have; it’s that black print. I looked up on Pinterest Gothic interior design and color schemes to get an idea of how to represent it. This card was the second try. The first try I made last Friday but I didn’t like the end results. And then we were Elk Grove for the weekend so I was like a train full steam ahead Monday to get this card done and to get it sent out.
- I scored a brick wall and blended Hickory Smoke and Shaded Lilac Distress Inks.
- On another paper, I embossed in black the Gothic stencil and then blended Dusty Concord all over.
- Hand tore the left side and glued it down onto the first layer.
- I used the Hampton Art Layer Roses set.
- The first rose is stamped in three shades of red.
- The second rose is stamped in Fired Brick, Hickory Smoke (can’t be seen really), and Black Soot.
- The leaves were stamped in Hickory Smoke and Black Soot.
- Stamping in Distress Ink creates a distressed look so I used the Tim Holtz Waterbrush to smooth out the first stamp layer a bit to spread the colors around a bit.
- This was adhered to the second layer flat.
- I used Word to type out what I wanted to say in the Old English Text font, printed it out on cardstock, and then cut it out with my paper trimmer.
- I lightly pressed Shaded Lilac onto it since printer ink runs.
Note: All edges were shaded with Black Soot. I didn’t think a brown color would go with the Gothic look.
Okay, I have to leave in 55 minutes to get my teenager. I’m off to forage for food. Thank you for hanging out with me today. TTYS.