Saturday, 6 August 2016

A Bit More Stitchery

I've been doing a bit more stitching in an effort to use up some of my fabric mountain.  These little hanging storage pouches feature on Debbie Shore's Country Kitchen project CD and actually come in three sizes.  I started with the largest of the three but completely forgot to take a photo before I gave it away.  However today I've made the medium and small ones using up some quite small scraps of fabric and equally small pieces of wadding mostly left overs from layering up quilts because of course I can't bear to throw away the offcuts, knowing they will come handy someday!

The hearts are simply raw-edge shapes stitched on with a straight stitch and I finished off both of these little pockets by making  fabric yo-yo's from the same fabric and hand stitching them on with some ribbon and a button - yes I have a button mountain as well!!  Debbie's  patterns are so easy to understand and once the pieces are cut out the pouches are quite quick to make so I will probably be making a few more for the sales table at our next quilt exhibition.  The lining fabric on the blue one is actually a good match for the main fabric but because it has gold patterns on it hasn't photographed too well.

Monday, 1 August 2016

Butterfly Challenge 59

It is time for another challenge incorporating butterflies and the theme this time is PINK AND/OR PUNCHES - you can see the details and some inspiration HERE.  I started by colouring some watercolour paper with what I call the 'kitchen towel mop-up method' which I saw described on Loll's blog HERE - such a great idea which gives a subtle effect.  I then over stamped in pink using a magazine freebie  art nouveau stamp before die cutting the two panels.  I then cut a fancy oval from another piece of the coloured paper, adding a swirl cut from a scrap of Centura Pearl card.  The butterflies were stamped in pink on the remaining scraps of the coloured background paper, they were then cut out using matching punches.  Behind all this is a piece of pink paper from a pad which I've had for some time and luckily it just fitted the bill here.

Background - Tim Holtz Vintage Shabby
Border Stamps - Art Nouveau designs free with magazine
Dies - Panels by Tonic, Oval by Sue Wilson, Swirl also Sue Wilson
Butterflies - Papillon Potpourri stamps and matching punches by Stampin' Up

Sunday, 31 July 2016

Found some More Snippets!

I received this lovely bear stamp set yesterday and wanted to have a play - he was triple stamped on a snippet of white card using three different colours of ink and his bow tie was also done in a similar way as was the balloon he is holding.  Details of colours and stamps are shown below.  I had quite a few surplus die cuts left from the card I made for the Snippets Challenge a couple of weeks ago and have managed to incorporate some of them into the card for this week..  The brown layer was also a piece of 'waste' from a square frame which was die cut quite a while ago and the greeting was cut from more snippets of the turquoise card. I'm still surprised that my piles of snippets never seems to diminish despite using them whenever I can.

There is a pretty teatime/butterfly card to see and also of course the opportunity to be entered into a draw for a lovely prize if you pop over to the Playground to take a look (just follow the link above).

Stamps - Baby Bear and Balloon Celebration from Stampin' Up
Greeting - Britannia die
Die Cuts - Swirly Scribbles from Stampin' Up
Colours - So Saffron, More Mustard, Tempting Turquoise SU; Rich Cocoa Memento