Sneak peek of a quilt in progress

I am working on a quilt at the moment. Done the patchwork and applique plus quilting – binding to do. Next I am adding 3D fabric flowers. It’s going to take me a while but I’ll share when it’s finished.

AW Quilt progress 3

I have used recycled cotton sheets for the patchwork. I added a new fat quarter for cutting the applique. I have had my first play with my Accuquilt cutter and dies. I used 4.5 inch squares, 2.5 and 1.5 inch strip dies for the border. The applique was cut using the Heather Feather dies. So much quicker to cut than with scissors – had the applique all cut in minutes. The lettering was cut on my Brother ScanNCut (built in font) electronic cutting machine.

I quilted using free machining. Some of it freeform and some using quilting rulers (from Alys Stitchy Fingers). It’s my first play with the rulers and they are fab for more controlled/accurate patterns. I also added some decorative machine stitching too.

I used another recycled polycotton sheet for the backing and will be making the flowers from recycled sheets and pillow cases too. Even the wadding is recycled from curtain interlining (I prewashed it to check suitability – some interlinings are too ‘fibrous’ and would shrink unpredictably plus shed fibres etc.).

I love to create something new from recycled stash.

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Bird of Joy Quick and Easy Cards

I created two colourways in this card using the Bird of Joy stamp from Chocolate Baroque. They are just about manageable in around 15 minutes.

AW Bird of Joy 1 CAS

AW Bird of Joy 2 CAS

I stamped the images with Memento Ink (Tuxedo Black) and coloured using Chameleon alcohol markers. These make colour blending quick and easy. I brushed over the birds with clear sparkle overlay to add shimmer and used a clear glaze pen to add shine to some of the details (e.g. eyes). I roughly tore a piece of paper to hold over the bird (and protect) while lightly spritzing with light blue mica ink. Tip: Alternatively they could be done very quickly by stamping in Versafine (Onyx Black) and embossing with clear powder and colouring with watercolour or Distress Inks. The embossing resists the ink making colouring really quick and easy.

Wish Flower card

Good morning. I created this one with the Wish Flower stamp from Chocolate Baroque.

AW Wish Flower

I used Memento dye based ink for stamping which is compatible with alcohol inks that I used for colouring. I used Chameleon pens which make blending of different colours really easy.

After colouring I added some highlights with a silver pen and added a layer of clear sparkle pen overlay for shimmer.

The background was created with Distress Ink (a little water was flicked over the background and blotted off with tissue to create a little texture). I added alcohol ink to the edge to frame before gluing to the card front.

Materials:

  • Wish Flower stamp (Chocolate Baroque)
  • 6 X 6 inch white card blank and white stamping card
  • Inkpads: Memento (Tuxedo Black), Distress Ink (Peacock Feathers)
  • Spectrum Noir Sparkle Pen (Clear Overlay)
  • Metallic Glitter Pen (Silver)
  • Chameleon Alcohol Ink Pens (PK3 with BG3 top)
  • Marker pen (black)

Valentine Soulmate Card

Good morning – well it is that time of year to show a little extra lovey dovey’ness and romance. I made this one with Words of Love, Harlequin Rose and Teardrop stamps from Chocolate Baroque, along with some heart shaped dies.

AW Valentine Soulmate

The theme for this week’s Simon Says Stamp (Mon) Challenge is ‘Love is in the air’ – so I have entered this one.

How it was done:

  1. The words and border were stamped with Versafine ink onto hammered card. Faux stitching was added with the fine tipped pen. The panel was mounted onto blue card and glued to the card front and ribbons added using red liner tape (extra strong double sided tape). Alcohol ink pen was used to edge the card blank to frame.
  2. The mandala was stamped onto white card with Versamark and heat embossed with Mica Boss powder. The embossed image remains sticky allowing you to apply gilding flakes, transfer foils or mica powders etc. I used mixed coloured gilding flakes. I then cut out one large and smaller hearts using dies.
  3. A decorative heart was cut from blue card to mat and layer the larger heart. This was glued to the card with foam pads for added dimension. Finished with PVA pearls.

Materials:

  • Words of Love , Harlequin Rose and Teardrop Baroque Ornament stamps (Chocolate Baroque)
  • A5 cream card blank, cream hammered card, blue card, white stamping card
  • Alcohol marker and fine tipped pen (blue)
  • PVA pearls (gold)
  • Mica Boss heat embossing powder
  • Gilding flakes (mixed silver, gold, copper)
  • Spectrum Noir Sparkle Pens (red, burgundy)
  • Inkpads: Versamark and Versafine Majestic Blue)
  • Organza (gold) and textured velvet (blue) ribbons
  • Heart shaped dies (Tattered Lace)

90th Birthday Card for a Friend

AW Jean 90

 

I had to make this card in a big rush for a friend when I realised that I needed it by the next day to deliver for her 90th birthday! Eeek. It can take me hours to make a special card.

Searching through my UFO pile (‘unfinished objects’) I discovered that I had a background card base and panel already stamped. These had been sitting in my stash for over a year waiting to be finished into a project. Now was the time to complete it.

It’s ‘Send a Card to a Friend’ over on the Simon Says Stamp Blog this week – so I entered this one.

How it was done:

The card blank had been stamped directly using Distress Inks.

A little Distress Ink was blended around the edges of the card blank and patterned paper.

The birds had been stamped and heat embossed in gold powder. I coloured them with glitter and gel pens, mounted the paper onto green card and glued to the card front with foam pads for dimension.

The die cuts had also been sitting in my stash. I shaped them lightly with a ball tool and glued to the card front.

I finished the card with peel off stickers (great when you are in a super hurry) and added glitter glue for extra sparkle. Et voila card done. Phew!

Materials:

Floral Notes and A Little Bird Told Me stamp sets (Chocolate Baroque)

8 X 8 inch card blank, 6 X 6 decorative paper (Crafty Individuals Shades of Summer) and green card for mounting

Inkpads: Versamark, Distress Inks (Victorian Velvet, Tea Dye)

Glitter and gel pens (Sakura and Pentel)

WOW Embossing Powder (Gold Rich)

Glitter glue (Stickles Diamond and gold)

Die cut foliage (Sizzix Tim Holtz), electronic cut fern (Tattered Lace ScanNCut), punched flowers (Tonic Petal Pairs)

Peel off stickers (gold)

Chocolate Baroque Landscape Edges stamps on Hochanda today

Good morning. The first TV show with Lesley and Judith was FAB. Next show at 11am (Freeview Channel 85 or watch on catch up via the Hochanda.com website).

 

These are a couple of samples that I created with the Landscape Edges stamp set a while ago. I have linked to the original blog post if you want further info and instructions.

 

AW Inspiring Sky

 

AW Red Sky