Monday, July 12, 2010

New Catalog Open House - July 17

Please join me for a Stampin' Up Open House, Saturday July 17 at my home, 1-4 pm. This is a preview of one of the projects you'll make, a beautiful bookmark, PLUS we'll have Door Prizes, refreshments, and retired products for sale at reduced prices! Sign up for my Stamp Club and receive a 2010-2011 Idea Book & Catalog FREE, plus a free $6.95 item with your first club order. The number of meetings and the minimum order per meeting will be determined by the number of club members who sign up.

Project details (all Stampin' Up):

  • Ink: Soft Suede

  • Paper: Pretty in Pink, Soft Suede

  • Stamp Set: Elements of Style (clear mount)

  • Ribbon: 5/8" Pretty in Pink Satin

  • Tools: 1-3/8" Circle Punch, Scallop Trim Border Punch, Crop-a-Dile, Bone Folder, Pastels (optional)
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Father's Day Card

This card turned out really pretty, and the sentiment could be exchanged for just about any occasion.

Project details (all products Stampin' Up unless otherwise noted):
  • Ink: Really Rust, Creamy Caramel, Old Olive, Always Artichoke, So Saffron
  • Paper: Soft Suede, Whisper White
  • Stamps: Inspired by Nature, Well Scripted
  • Embellishments: Dusty Durango Polka Dot Grosgrain Ribbon, Gold Brads
  • Tools: Horizontal Slot Punch, Key Tag Punch
  • Techniques: Masking, Sponging

T-Shirt Memory Quilt Tutorial - Part 4

Next, I use my design wall to arrange the blocks in a pleasing manner. I try to separate the light and dark colors from each other if possible. At this point, if I haven't already chosen fabrics, I can audition fabric choices next to the finished blocks to see what I like best. I do try to use fabrics that pull together all or most of the colors in the t-shirts so the finished quilt looks a bit more cohesive. Sometimes this is easy and sometimes not! :-) Then I cut all the fabric into cornerstones, sashing and borders, using the 60mm rotary cutter and large cutting mat.

Finally I can piece the quilt top together row by row. I use a walking foot and pins to make sure the layers don't slide. I remove the pin from the seam just before sewing over it. I never sew over pins! This can damage your machine needle or worse.

Knee High by the 4th of July

My cute little row of sweet corn was as high as my head on July 4, here in northeast Illinois, USDA Zone 5. We had nice amounts of rain and sunshine throughout June allowing all the garden plants to take off nicely. Now that the July heat is upon us, the tomatoes and peppers are finally producing. This raised bed garden box was built by my husband, and includes a bunny fence. However, I have to admit we have not had a rabbit population here for a number of years now due to coyotes, a natural predator.