Sunday, May 19, 2019

Still Stamping

I've made quite a few cards since I last posted about it. I think that some people think it's not very creative since I am using commercial stamps, but I beg to differ. There are so many ways to use them and put them together that creativity does help to get an attractive finished product. I really don't care because I am having so much fun.

My new favorite ones to make are "fancy folds" and I will show you just my three favorites at the moment.

 This first one is a pop-up card and it will go to a friend whose birthday is next month and loves pop-up books. It involved a lot of stamping and folding. I really like it.

This one was very easy to make. I used some metallic card stock that I got on sale at Joanne's. It came in a pad of 6" x 6" and had several different gold and white prints.

This last one is called an easel card. This is how it looks from the front. Anyone who knows me knows my fondness for gingkoes. I have used them in many different fiber art pieces. This is a stamp I have had for ages and has been used many times. They were stamped from the same ink pad. The top one was straight from the pad, the next one without going to the ink again and the last using what was left on the stamp. The process is called "stamping off". I then cut them out andI popped them up on little foam sticky bits.

When you open the card you prop it up on the sentiment, which is also popped up and it makes a little easel. I think it's pretty cool and plan to make some more using different stamps and papers.

The last couple of days here have been glorious! Spring has finally arrived and I have been busy planting. I still have a fair amount to finish and I hope to get it done this week. I do love my flowers!

Friday, May 17, 2019


I really have been slogging along with this jacket, but now it is finished. Actually I will miss having it to work on. I already have my next jacket in my head, but that will be a winter project in Florida.

Here is the back, which I have shown you before.

And the front. I didn't want to do too much.

The ombre circle on the front shoulder. This took forever! I was trying to perfect my ombre technique and this was more successful than the smaller one on the back. I did some thread blending when going from one color to another. It must have a million French Knots. It also distorted a little and it is slightly oval. The jacket has a small amount of spandex and it stretched a little. If I had to do it again, I would put a very light iron-on interfacing on the inside.

I just did half circles on the front panel. I didn't think that this was the place for whole circles.

So that's it, folks. Now that it has finally warmed up a little here in the Northeast it is time for some gardening. So I won't be in the studio, altho I do have some projects in the works.

I am linking up with Off the Wall Friday.

Sunday, May 5, 2019


There's nothing like a quilt show to get your creative juices flowing. As you may have noticed I have been pretty stagnant in the fiber art category lately. What with being away for the winter and other things, I haven't made a new art quilt in many months. I go to a huge Catholic church in Naples while in Florida that is very contemporary in design and has the most amazing stained glass windows. They also are very contemporary and abstract, just the style that appeals to me most in my quilting designs. Every Sunday I think that I am going to have to make a quilt inspired by these windows.

My original idea was to piece it in my hand dyes and then today at one of the booths at the quilt show I saw these incredible Dupioni silks, one of my favorites to use along with my hand dyes. These fabrics just sang out to me, so I bought a few quarter yard pieces. When I got home I had very similar colors at home, but that's OK. At least my brain in working now.

Can you see why I got so excited? How scrumptious are these colors? I have a LOT of Dupioni silk at  home that will play very well with these. 

The quilt show was the Northern Star Quilters Guild. I had been a member for many years, but dropped out this year because I miss so many meetings. The meeting are at night, not my favorite time to drive, and I am away so much. It's always a nice show and this year was no exception. 

Another group of which I am a member, FANE, always has a special exhibit at the show. It is always three dimensional and very different. This year we were asked to make 6 to 8 pieces of surface designed fat quarters, dip them in liquid starch and then drape them over objects. They were then arranged in a color sweep, attached together by those fabulous tiny very strong magnets. 

Very effective, don't you think. 

One of the good things about this exhibit is that when we get our pieces back after the show, we can just wash that starch out and the fabric can go back into our stashes. Pretty cool!

Tuesday, April 30, 2019

Something different

This winter in Florida my sister and I went to a craft show where one woman had wonderful stamped cards for sale. I bought a few and she told me that she gave workshops so my sister and I went to one and got hooked. We had such a good time and wanted to make more, so we ordered lots of stamp sets, card stock and inks. We didn't get our supplies until last week and this past weekend we had a stampathon at my house. We made lots and lots of cards. So welcome to my new obsession hobby.

These stamps from Stampin Up are not at all like the old wooden stamps you may be familiar with.
These are clear plastic that you adhere to a clear acrylic block. The sets give you many choices of how to put them together. The first set was used to make the first two cards below. Don't they look like watercolors?

I masked  the trees at the back to give it dimension.

I used this set to make the card below. Each petal used three different stamps layered. Then they were cut out and mounted on little foam dots to raise them up 

I loved this set that gave me many choices of assembly. The three cards below used this set. Again, I think they look like water colors.

I added a whimsical frog from another set. The flower used three different stamps layered.

More cards using the aforementioned frog set. I think they are cute, but I prefer the ones that look like watercolors.

And one last one. This shows the card opened and closed.

I made 20 cards, so I'm only showing a few. The inside of the cards are also stamped and decorated, as are the envelopes. That's it for now since I have a busy week, but I will be making more. If you are on my birthday card list, you will be getting a hand made card from me. I've always liked sending (and receiving) cards so this is right up my alley.

I am linking up with Off the Wall Friday.

Thursday, April 25, 2019

A Little More

I took the advice of blog comments and my sister. Blog comments said to add more circles to the yolk and my sister suggested that I have one bigger circle going over the shoulder seam and onto the front. I am pleased with the results.

I also finished my auction piece for the annual Benefit Auction. The auction isn't util September, but they have to be in by June 1.

I am calling this Snake in the Grass. I don't know if you can tell by the picture, but there is a raised section at the top right that looks like a snake.

I will be linking up with Off the Wall Friday.

Friday, April 19, 2019

Finished, for now

I'm not sure how many new circles I made this week, but I am calling the back finished. This is the first time I put it on my dress form and now I'm wondering if the back yoke would benefit from one more, off center. What do you think?

When I started this I was using a purple disappearing pen to mark the circles. It worked great, and the ink disappeared quickly, but that was a problem. If I marked a circle and didn't finish it on that day it would sometimes disappear all by itself. So I could only mark one circle at a time.

Then I switched to the blue disappearing marker and I could mark as many circles as I wanted. had to be really soaked in water to truly go away. Sometimes you would think it was all gone, only to have it show up the next day. Even tho I submerged the back of the jacket last night and rolled it in a towel to absorb the excess moisture and laid if flat to dry, you can see see a slight smudge on the bottom of pictures 4 and 5. The whole jacket will be submerged when I finish all the embroidery.

Next I will go on to the front, embroidering the right yolk and the left lower pocket area.

I am linking up with Off the Wall Friday.

Friday, April 12, 2019

Moving Right Along

I managed to get five circles done this week. I don't think that I am going to fill up the whole area on the back. I like the randomness of it now. I will do a few more, but then will move on to the front.

Laced Running Stitch

French Knots

Parallel Laced Running Stitch
Egad! On these close-ups you can see all of my mistakes. Fortunately they don't show if you are just looking at the whole jacket back. Practice make perfect and I need a lot more practice!

Satin Stitch

Whipped Woven Circle Stitch
I am linking up with Off the Wall Friday. Go see what some talented people are doing.

Thursday, April 4, 2019

Still Stitching

I managed to get three circles done this week

Lazy Daisy Stitch and straight stitch

French Knots

Straight Stitch with x's at intersections.

I am going back to CT tomorrow. I will be sorry to leave this beautiful weather, but I'm looking forward to getting back to my studio.

I am linking up with Off the Wall Friday.