Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Tuesday Threads with Karen

 
I am posting a sewing project on the Art Impressions blog today!   I've had a creative long weekend, gardening, card making and sewing up several projects.  I have one of them to share with you today.  When I first saw the wonderful Shop Hop fabrics designed by Bonnie Krebs, I had the idea to make a fabric bunting to show off all of the different prints in the collection.  And while I've only used ten of the fabrics (there are 18 in the collection!), you get the idea of how pretty these are.
 I have a large shelving unit in my craft room that is right behind where I stand at my drafting table, with all of my supplies on it.  It was looking a little blah... so the bright Shop Hop fabrics will jazz it up a little.
 I drew my pennant shape on a piece of paper (each pennant is 6" x 9") and added a 1/4" seam allowance.  Then I cut two of them out of each fabric, and one of a medium weight fusible interfacing that I ironed onto the backside of one of each print.
I sewed a 1/4" seam on the two long sides of each pennant, turned them inside out and ironed them flat.  The Therm O Web medium weight fusible tricot interfacing gives them the perfect amount of body to hang nicely:
I kept an inch of space between each pennant, and sewed them all onto an 8 foot length of turquoise seam binding.  I cut a bunch of 1" x 6" strips of the different fabrics and tied them along the bunting between each pennant.
The Art Impressions Shop Hop fabrics are available through Henry Glass & Co. - happy sewing everyone!


Saturday, May 20, 2017

Inspired By All The Little Things #57

I am the hostess this week over on the Inspired By All The Little Things blog!  Here is this week's inspiration photo:
I just adore the colours in this photo, and we are right in the middle of tulip season here north of the border.  I went with the pretty Rainbow Plaid papers from Lawn Fawn, and a really old floral stamp set from my days as a Close To My Heart rep!  The sentiment and die are from Verve.
I have a former teammate of mine, Shari MacLaughlin as my Guest Designer this week - and she has some mad colouring skills that you're going to want to check out.  You can see what Shari and the Design Team have come up with based on the photo, over on the blog.  Laurel Seabrook is a special guest this week as well.  I hope you'll have time to play along!

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Dots and Stripes Challenge

The Art Impressions Design Team are all sharing cards using the newly released Pop Cards on the Ai blog today.  These are such fun 3D cards!  I am using  Horse PopCard (Sku #4861):
 Since PopCards feature the images on the inside of the card, I kept the outside of my card fairly simple.  I added a diecut cupcake, and a plain "Happy Birthday" sentiment from Chocolate Therapy (Sku # AiCS28).  I used the Window Die (Sku #4619) so that you can peek through to the inside.
 And here is the 3D Horse image on the inside, along with the sentiment included in the set.  Each part of the horse is a different stamp, that I've coloured up with Copic markers and cut out using the dies included in the set.  The horseshoe die was included as well!  When the card is shut, it is completely flat, and when you open it, that little strip is attached to the back of the horse, and it pulls him up into his 3 dimensional shape.  I used the PopCard Template (Sku #4862) which you need to purchase separately, and threaded all of the pieces onto it - you can see how in the photo below:
For a great step-by-step tutorial on creating PopCards, click here to go to my teammate Diane's blog!
Check out what the rest of the DT has to share today, and you can link up your creation to our current challenge, which is "Dots & Stripes".  Happy stamping!
Copics used - R32, R30, E57, E55, E53, E51, E50, E78, E75, E72, C1

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Bird Watercolour

I am posting on the Art Impressions blog today.
I am on a mission in 2017 to stretch myself with the Ai Watercolor stamps!  With such a great new selection of sets to use... I want to step outside the box a little.  As soon as I saw the new WC Birds Set (Sku #4872) I had this card in my mind:
This was a combination of several stamp sets!  I started with the long twig stamp from Clay Pot (Sku #4701), stamped twice to create the branch.  Then I used the large and small leafy stamps from WC Foliage Set 2 New (Sku #4867) to create the leaves.  I added the nest & bird from the WC Birds Set.  I scribbled my blue Marvy marker onto my palette, and used it to watercolour in the suggestion of the sky.  The sentiment is an oft-used one by me - it is from the Garden TF Set (Sku #4203).
Happy painting!


Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Mooove It Mini Shaker

I am posting on the Art Impressions blog today!
I am shakin' things up a little today, with the Mooove It Mini Shaker (Sku #4797):
 You're probably singing the song now, aren't you?  There's just something about dancing cows...  I coloured them up with my Copic markers, and you'll notice that the hind quarters on the front cow also come as a separate stamp.  After colouring his derriere, I used the die cut included in the set to cut it out, and used a Mini Action Wobble to pop it up - giving him a wonderful shimmy when you flick it!  You can see where the Wobble is a bit better here:
There are three cute sentiments in the set, so I cut one of them out in a pennant shape, and added the little milk carton on pop dots as well.  I made a second card with a few paper changes, a different sentiment and some zigzag stitching:

Happy stamping!
Copics used - Browns: E47, E44, E43, E41, E53, E51, E50, E35, E34, E33, E31
Pinks - R32, R30, E000
Oranges - YR16, YR15
Yellows - Y26, Y23, E51
Greens - BG13, BG11


Thursday, May 4, 2017

One Layer Ladies

The Art Impressions design team are all showcasing the two new wood mount stamps that are available right now in Hobby Lobby stores across the US.  And... the current challenge is "One Layer Ladies" - now you don't have to do an all female card, but we are wanting to see one layer cards from you!  Here is my effort using Entertained:
 I stamped the ladies onto some watercolour cardstock, and painted them with a combo of distress inks and Marvy markers scribbled onto my watercolour palette.  I added a few Nuvo drops and a bit of sparkle to the ladies using a Wink of Stella pen.
 Head on over to the Ai blog to see what the rest of the team has to share, and you can link up your one-layer creation while you're there.

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Par Tee Golfers

 I am in love with all things GOLF when it comes to card making, so I was thrilled when Art Impressions came out with the new Par Tee Golfers Set (Sku #4902):
 And of course, they wouldn't be proper golf cards without some bright & bold papers to match his stylish attire.  I coloured up a couple of the images, switched up the papers a little, and used two of the five sentiments that come in the set.

 In addition to the little golf ball, there is a flag image, and a wonderful female companion for our male golfer.
 Happy stamping!
Copics used: Skin tones - E13, E11, E00, E000, R30, R20
Greys - C9, C7, C5, C3, C1, C00
Greens - YG05, YG03, YG01, YG00
Blues - B02, B00, B000, B0000
Browns - E34, E33, E31


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