Monday, January 26, 2015

Sew Monday ~ ALYOF January

My husband got a new TV & DVD player for Christmas and we got a reclining love seat for the Den.  That meant lots of movies to watch in January and an early finish to my January goals.  I have a hard time just sitting and watching TV, so I enjoy doing needle work.  When the show is boring I can do more complex applique, when it is intense I can whip out a binding in no time.

January Finish

My ALYOF goal for January was to complete my Jelly Roll Race quilt.  If you remember I ran into a snag a couple of months ago trying to quilt it.  Literally TONS of snags.  My machine was eating my thread.  I finally figured out the problem.  I was using Aurifill thread I had won last year and didn't pay attention to the thread weight.  Silly me, I assumed they were like the others I had purchased at my local quilt shop.  Even though I changed threads, they were from the same pack, so they were all super thick.  Even changing my needle didn't work because I need a larger size eye than I have. 

The great thing about this mistake is that it gave me freedom to put my pedal to the medal and just freely quilt that puppy up.  There was no way I was going to pull out all those threads and start over.  I wanted this quilt done so I could give it away. 

Can you believe how sunny it is?!  Yesterday it was 61 degrees.  My husband and I almost took the top down on the convertible.  Almost.  :)  The weather could easily turn and we could have snow and ice next week, but today I am basking in the sunshine and soaking up some Vitamin D. 

How are you doing on your goals this month?  You still have a few more days to link up with Shanna & Melissa over at A Lovely Year of Finishes.  I need to complete another quilt so I have a binding to work on again.  :) 

Friday, January 23, 2015

Inspired By

Last week there were posts every day and this week there have been very few from me.  Sorry about that.  I was struck with a cold last weekend and though I am feeling better I am still tired and dragging.  My body must need extra rest.  :)

Today I am posted another tutorial in my Inspired By series over in the StampNation classrooms.   You will never guess what inspired me to make today's card.  Here's a sneak peek for you.

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Monday, January 19, 2015

Heart-full Stampin' Celebration Challenge

It's time for a new challenge at Stampin' Celebration.  Check out this amazing inspiration photo.

As soon as I saw this photo I knew I wanted to sew on my card.  I planned on sewing in white thread, but there was black thread in my machine.  The sentiment was black so I thought the black thread would look good and tie into the sentiment.  Now I wish I had chosen a lighter thread.

Aqua, pink, white or gray might have been better choices, but I don't think the person that gets this card will mind too much.  This card is going in my OWH box.  Even though it has hearts on it, it doesn't have "Valentine" anywhere so it can be sent all year long.

On the inside of the card I used a couple of my heart punches.  It adds a little bit of decorations, but leaves plenty of room for a long note of love.  <3

Stamps: Groovy Love (SU)
Ink: Black Staz-On
Paper: Pink Pirouette, Whisper White (SU); Smitten (Authentique)
Accessories: Heart Punch , Bitty Banners (SU); Rounded Stitched Rectangles (Lil' Inker Designs)

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Sew Sunday

Last week I was super busy with the StampNation Birthday Bash and didn't get any time at the sewing machine.  Today I needed to get a card made for the Stampin' Celebration Challenge that goes live tomorrow.  The inspiration photo for the challenge was a perfect opportunity to sew on my card.  I put it into my machine and discovered I still hadn't plugged it in from the sew-in before the last South Sound Modern Quilt Guild meeting.  My poor sewing machine must have felt so lonely.  

Sew In at Ruby Street Quiltworks with South Sound Modern Quilt Guild.

It's not a quilt, but it is fun.  Sewing on cards is so easy!   I wish I had chosen a different color thread, but not enough to re-thread my machine and remake the card.  :)

Much progress has been made on my ALYOF goal for January.  In fact I have finished adding the binding on the quilt, but I don't have a picture of the completed project yet.  Sorry.  I'll try to get a picture taken this week to share with you next weekend.  Now it's time for  me to take some more cold medicine and take a nap.  Hope your sewing machine is seeing more love lately than mine has.

Saturday, January 17, 2015

StampNation Birthday Bash Day 7 ~ Inspired By ~ Simon Says Stamp

Today is the last day of our week long celebration on StampNation celebrating our 4th birthday, and you aren't too late to join in.  Come in fashionably late because you have another week to get your cards made and enter the challenges for your chance to win some amazing prizes from our sponsors.

I'm wrapping up the week with a double video day.  The first one is here on my blog and the second card/video will be up on StampNation later today.  It was a fun process to see what I came up.  The challenge was to create a project inspired by one of StampNation members.  I chose Karolyn Loncon from Paper Therapy. You can see her original card in the StampNation gallery here.  Clicky

While I was cleaning up the mess I made from this first card I decided to make a second card instead of throwing the painted outline balloons away.  Here's a sneak peek for you of the card and video coming exclusively to StampNation later today.

 Don't forget to pick up your code and freebies today from our sponsor.  Some of them expire TODAY.  

Stamps: Celebrate (Simon Says Stamp)
Ink: Surf Blue (SSS); Peacock Feathers, Picked Raspberry, Salty Ocean, Seedless Preserves, Squeezed Lemonade (Distress) Onyx Black (Versafine)
Paper: 120lb White (Simon Says Stamp); Distress Watercolor Paper (Tim Holtz); Basic Black (Stampin' UP!)
Accessories: Balloon Bouquet Die, Happy Die (Simon Says Stamp); Clear Embossing Powder (SU); Washi Tape (Little B)

Friday, January 16, 2015

StampNation Birthday Bash Day 6 ~ Verve ~ Cards for Anyone

Tomorrow is the last official day of StampNation's Birthday Bash.    Have you been enjoying the fun?  The challenge today is anything goes.   I'm enjoying getting my stash of birthday cards up again.  It was seriously depleted, especially in the teenage guy category.  That is why I am back today with another masculine card.

My sponsor focus for this card is Verve Stamps.  Verve is one of the first companies I found that made high quality clear stamps.  I discovered them through one of my favorite sketch challenges: Mojo Monday.  They were a dream to work with, as were all our sponsors.  When I think of Verve Stamps I often think "pretty" and "floral", but that is not what I made.  I used this super cool set to create a card any guy would love to receive. (with a little money inside, because let's face, not many teenage boys are actually into cards)

This is a fairly "Clean & Simple" card for me, but I could have gone much cleaner and taken the basic design down to a one layer card.  That's not how I roll though.  :)  Check out the video to see how this card came together.

If you only enter one challenge this week on StampNation, this should be it, because the only limit is your imagination.  :)

In the video I mentioned I would give you a little more info about StampNation.   StampNation is online community of passionate paper crafters.  We have classrooms with video and written tutorials, weekly challenges, quarterly events (like the birthday bash), an amazing picture gallery that every member can submit their project to, and forums for us to just chat & share ideas.  Sound like something you might be interested in?  Membership is just $9 a month and you can cancel at any time by emailing them to let them know.   Give it a try for a month, enter to win one of fabulous sponsor challenges, watch as many videos as you can and see if it is something you might enjoy.

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Later today I will have another video going up exclusively for StampNation members.  Here is a sneak peek of that card.

Stamps: Better Together, Happy Birthday (Verve)
Ink: Garden Green, Tempting Turquoise, Versamark (Stampin' UP!)
Paper: Garden Green, Tempting Turquoise, Whisper White, Basic Black (SU)
Accessories: Stitched Rectangles (Lil' Inker Designs); Clear Embossing Powder, Mini Stapler (SU); Wooden Stars

Thursday, January 15, 2015

StampNation Birthday Bash Day 5 ~ Whimsy

All week long we are celebrating StampNation's 4th birthday with challenges and prizes from our sponsors.  The challenge today is to use 4 of something in honor of our 4th birthday.  :)  I chose to use 4 colors on my card.

This card was very quick to make.  Watch the video to see it come together.

Whimsy Stamps sent each of the design team members at StampNation this adorable Birthday Balloon stamp set.  Today it is being released in their shop. I didn't even know that I was getting a preview product until I looked for the link in their store.  :)  How cool is that?!  Thank you Whimsy!!!  If you are a StampNation member you have one of 3 chances to win gift certificate to their store.  Every member can also use a special code to get a FREE gift with purchase.  Clicky to find out more.

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Stamps: Birthday Balloon, Happy Everything (Whimsy)
Ink: Lavender, Mint (Simon Says Stamp); Bubble Gum, Soft Pool (Hero Arts)
Paper: Whisper White (Stampin' UP!)
Accessories: Glossy Accents

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

StampNation Birthday Bash Day 4 ~ Simon Says Stamp ~ Non Traditional

We are halfway through the Birthday Bash over at StampNation.   I don't want this party to end.  :)  Today I am highlighting one of our sponsors, Simon Says Stamp.  I call them SSS for short here on my blog.  Simon Says Stamp in an online super store for paper crafters.  If there is something you want to buy for making cards, chances are Simon Says Stamp has it.

One of my favorite things about Simon Says Stamp is their exclusive line of products.  They fit my style.  :)  You can find stamps with coordinating dies, ink with matching paper and stencils that are completely unique.  SSS doesn't just follow the paper crafting trends, they create them.  If you've been following along my blog this week you have already seen me use their ink & paper.  Today I'm showcasing their stamps, dies and stencils.

In the video you will see several "experiments" and at least a couple of "fails", but I think I turned them around and turned them into two beautiful cards I would be proud to send to anyone. 

Stamps: Celebrate, Cupcake Party (Simon Says Stamp)
Ink: Picked Raspberry, Squeezed Lemonade, Worn Lipstick (Distress); Versamark
Paper: 120 lb White (SSS); Distress Watercolor Paper (Tim Holtz); Basic Black (Stampin' UP!)
Accessories: Happy Die, Tiny Dots Stencil (SSS); Sequins (Pretty Pink Posh); White Embossing Powder (SU)

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

StampNation Birthday Bash Day 3 ~ Whimsy ~ For Kids

I'm back for Day 3 of the Birthday Bash with another card using supplies from Whimsy Stamps and adding in some ink + cardstock from Simon Says Stamp (another fabulous Birthday Bash sponsor that I will highlight tomorrow).  Today's challenge is to create a card for kids.

This little set is so cute I couldn't make just one.  I had to make one for a boy and one for a girl.   Check out the video to see how you can make your own sweet as candy card.

Be sure to check out the StampNation challenge forums for your coupon code to get a free gift with $50 purchase from Whimsy Stamps.  Trust me, it's going to be easy to fill your cart at this fun store.  

Whimsy stamps is also giving away $25 gift certificates to 3 lucky StampNation members who play along with this week's challenges.

Members click here to find out more
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StampNation is sponsoring Operation Write Home as their charity for this event.  These cards were made with our troops on my mind.  I picture a mom or dad writing to their son and daughter and I tear up every time. 

Stamps: Sweet As Candy, Birthday Balloon (Whimsy Stamps)
Ink: Audrey Blue, Doll Pink (Simon Says Stamp); Smoky Slate (Stampin' UP!)
Paper: Audrey Blue, Doll Pink, White 120 lb (Simon Says Stamp)
Accessories: Aquapainter (Stampin' UP!); Birthday Die, Sweet As Candy Die (Whimsy); Wink of Stella Pen; Glossy Accents

Monday, January 12, 2015

StampNation Birthday Bash Day 2 ~ Whimsy ~ For Him

The party is going strong over at StampNation celebrating its 4th birthday.   New challenges every day, along prizes and gifts from our sponsors.  If you aren't yet a member, it's not too late join.  Sign up today and you can take full advantage of the Birthday Bash fun along with everything else that StampNation has to offer.

Each day I will also be posting challenge cards on my blog and spotlight our sponsors.  Today I have a card made with stamps & dies from Whimsy Stamps.  This company is fairly new to me, but I am already in love!  In fact, I'm about to place my 3rd order to take advantage of the special offer for StampNation members only!  Woot Woot!!!

Today's challenge is to create a masculine card.  My supply of masculine cards is completely depleted so I made a card exclusively for StampNation, one for my blog and another card is probably coming later this week.

It can be difficult to find patterned paper that works for teenage boys, so I decided to make my own with stamps.  Check out the video to see how.

If you are a StampNation member, be sure to check out the forum to see all the special offers from our sponsors and get your code for a FREE gift with purchase from Whimsy Stamps.  If you are not a member, join now and get in on all the fun.

Stamps: Distressed Background & Ink Splats, Happy Everything (Whimsy Stamps)
Ink: Slate (Simon Says Stamp); Sahara Sand, Smoky Slate (Stampin' Up!); Black Onyx (Versafine)
Paper: Basic Gray, Sahara Sand, White (SU)
Accessories: Clear Embossing Powder (SU); Birthday Die (Whimsy); Metal Dots (Cloud 9 Designs); Washi Tape (Little B)