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Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Penny Black Cow

I haven't done any stamping in so long I almost forgot how. My sister in law just had a medical procedure done and will be recovering for a bit, so I made this card for her. She and her husband used to have a dairy farm, so that's why I used the cow. Plus she prefers funny or cute cards rather than the mushy type. I used an older sketch from Taylored Expressions AND I used my copic airbrush thing for the first time. It's definitely uneven and splotchy but I suppose it takes a lot of practice. I also paper pieced the balloon plus I shaded it with copics and I colored over it all with a clear spica glitter pen.

Oh and I completely forgot to take pictures of the markers I used.

stamp: Penny Black Stamps
Copic markers and airbrush kit
Spica glitter pen
Sakura Gelly Roll pen (white for shine on the balloon)
Stampin' Up cardstock, patterned paper and hardware
Sewing machine

Sunday, March 21, 2010

Happy Meal Toy

My kids love McDonald's-probably more for the toys than the food. Right now the toys are iCarly and Star Wars. My 12 year old LOVES iCarly so we've been to McD's a lot, where she has collected several of these little laptop notepad holders. I noticed that the size is perfect for holding a 3 x 3 post it pad so I took one and decided to fix it up a little. Here is the before and after:

before, closed

before, opened

after, closed

after, opened (I would probably find a better color post it pad-this is one pretty bright). Also the color is a little off in this-probably due to that post it pad (and my lack of skill with custom white balance).

Papers and flowers from Stampin' Up plus I used liquid pearls, a labels 1 Nestabilities die, and a Sakura Gelly Roll white gel pen.

And here's a sneak peek of the quilt I am working on right now. I'll post it when it's all done.

Friday, March 12, 2010

Maiden Voyage

I finally finished it-my first *real* quilt. The first one I've finished that isn't just a wallhanging or a stocking or a pot holder (ok I've never made a potholder-but I've made other small things). I pieced this top last year-or maybe it was the year before-in just one day. And then I sandwiched it and then it just sat in my fabric cabinet, neglected. I suddenly got back into sewing recently so I decided to just go for it and get it done. I took these before I washed it-it's in the washer right now so it's still a mystery how it'll be when it's all shrunk up.

the top

the top and part of the backing

the binding-I decided to machine stitch it to see how it turned out. I've always hand stitched it on the wall hangings I've done but I wanted this to be quicker and stronger. I used a zigzag stitch and I really like how it turned out.

I'm going to keep this one for us but now I am working on another one that will be a gift plus I'm going to be making some Downy Quilts for Kids soon. I'm planning to use up as much of my stash as possible making gift lap quilts and more quilts for kids so I can buy NEW stuff.
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