Friday, February 16, 2018

Tropical Wall Hanging - Anita Goodesign "Life's a Beach" Embroidery Designs

👉 The ocean stirs the heart, inspires the imagination and brings eternal joy to the soul.



Hey there,

Yay!  I finally managed to sew all my embroidered beachy blocks into this bright sunny quilt.  I just couldn't get a vision of my finished quilt and then it came to me like a ray of sunshine.  My decision to do white sashing helped everything fall into place.  I raided my stash for the jelly roll of festive Hawaiian fabric from my trip to Hawaii last summer.  The pieced border and cornerstones came to me one night while I was lying awake.  All I had to do was add a red and white striped beach umbrella-ish border to finish this cheery, breezy embroidered wall hanging.  Here's a link to a tutorial on one of my posts explaining how I do my machine embroidery. Check out my Anita Goodesign label for close ups of the blocks.


I used Anita Goodesign's "Life's a Beach"  Embroidery Design CD for my blocks.


Wouldn't these designs be cute on a beach bag or towel?  What a cute gift!


I separated my patterns into beach, sky and ocean themes...beige fabric for beach, blue for sky and green for ocean.
  

These are applique patterns so I was able to make polka-dot flip flops and  bright colorful fish from floral fabric.  I love embroidered applique so much!

Here's what I used:
  1. Anita Goodesign "Life's a Beach" Embroidery Design CD
  2. Kona cotton fabric in pastel beige, green and blue
  3. Timeless Treasures red and white striped fabric for binding.
  4. Isacord embroidery thread.
Thanks so much for visiting.
Go forth and create something fabulous.
Nancy





Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Seals and Butterflies by the Sea in Monterey - Cricut Valentine


Hey there,

Here's the last of my special limited edition wacky-tho-tasteful valentines for youthful adults.   This one is for my daughter who lives in Monterey, California...or as I call it, paradise.  It was obvious to me that I had to use a darling sea creature for her image.  I picked an otter because Monterey is an otter habitat and my artistically gifted daughter graduated with an Art Degree from UC Monterey...go Otters.  But I found out later  this is apparently a seal.  Whatever.   


Once again, I used the square Lori Whitlock Flip Flap svg card base.  This time I found some cute ocean images to embellish my card.  And since Pacific Grove (near Monterey) is a monarch butterfly habitat, I made sure to include some of these magical creatures flying around the lighthouse on the inner panel.

I had a fabulous time creating these landscapes in Cricut Design Space and I plan to use these card bases for lots of other fun cards.  The possibilities are endless.

Here's what I used:
  1. This Lori Whitlock svg file.
  2. Cricut Create and Critter Cartridge in Cricut Design Space
  3. Lighthouse, wages and fab sentiment image in Cricut Design Space
  4. Impression Obsession butterfly dies
  5. Tonic Studio Nuvo drops -  black for butterfly accents
  6. Cricut writing feature for sentiment
  7. Sun die.


Thanks for visiting,
Go forth and create something fabulous.Paper Craft Crew
Nancy


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Sunday, February 11, 2018

Happy to be stuck with you - Cricut Valentine for my favorite guy

👉 There is a certain happiness in being silly and ridiculous.



Hey there,

Yep, I can even come up with an embarrassingly cutesy Valentine for my hubby.  It takes a special talent, and a certain level of immaturity that I hope we all possess when we advance in age. But, honestly, can anyone keep from singing the happy Huey Lewis song when you see this card?  And I am, indeed, blessed to be stuck with a wonderful guy.   I used a rectangle Lori Whilock svg card base to accommodate my extremely  handsome and talented cactus guy. 
     

Originally, I had a brightly colored, multi-layered lizard in the center panel.  I was so proud of my handiwork until I added some black Nuvo drops to his eyes and then accidentally closed the card!!!!  I'm sure that never happens to you.  While cutting the complete card over again. because, of course, I had already glued everything in place, I  found this Southwestern heart in Design Studio.  I like it even better than my original lizard. Kismet.

Here's what I used:
  1. This Lori Whilock svg file.
  2. Cricut Southwestern cartridge images in Design Studio.
  3. Nuvo drops to embellish hat and marakas
  4. Cricut writing feature for front sentiment.
  5. HA stamp for inside sentiment.
  6. Sun die.
Thanks for visiting.
Go forth and create something fabulous.
Nancy

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Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Galentine for my besties - Copic colored Art Impressions Image

👉 Life is better when you're laughing.



Hey there,

Quilts, friends, cardmaking, holidays...these are a few of my favorite things!  I thought this adorable Art Impressions image was the perfect way to tell my friends how much I treasure them this Valentines day. These ladies are some of the loveliest, most talented and inspiring women I know and I appreciate any chance I get to thank them for their support and love. Since they know I adore everything quilts, they'll know this card comes from my heart.  


This sentiment is such a clever play on words and, of course, we know it takes a block of friends (kind of like a village) to help us navigate through this "crazy quilt of life."  I was excited to find this bright colored sewing themed DP in my stash to embellish my die cut card base. The background layer dies were included with the set, along with several other fun embellishments that I'll use on another card.  

Here's what I used:
  1. This Sizzix 5 x 7 Framelits die set.
  2. Art Impressions stamp 
  3. Copic Markers
  4. Friends die (not sure what brand)
  5. Tonic Studio Nuvo drops - Red, Blue
  6. Rick rack trim
  7. Computer generated inside sentiment.
Thanks for visiting.
Go forth and create something fabulous.
Nancy

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Saturday, February 3, 2018

Zebra Valentine in Cricut Design Space - Lori Whitlock Flip Flap svg

👉 Creativity is contagious.  Pass it on.    Albert Einstein



Hey there,

This looks like a cutesy card for a small kiddo, doesn't it?  Well, no...actually, this is a Valentine for my 30-something daughter. My husband and I and our two grown daughters are quite a silly group and I'm pretty sure my daughter will be delighted with this fancy zebra telling her how "fab" she is.  Maybe it's because I don't have grand-kids (meh), but I often send my friends and adult family members cards with fun juvenile-ish images because they are fresh and darling and they make me smile.



Of course I had to fancy up my card to impress my mature recipient, so I took advantage of a Lori Whitlock Flip Flap Card svg.  I love these flappy cards because there are tons of options for adding pictures and sentiments.  I would normally have left the panel on the inside of this card blank for a note, but I couldn't resist adding this with little tree with the hearts on the truck that I found in Cricut Design Space.  All of the images here were "free"with my monthly subscription to Cricut Design Space.  All the layers for the card were included in the Lori Whitlock svg file.

Here's what I used:
  1.  This Lori Whitlock file.
  2. Create a Creature Cartridge in Cricut Design Space for zebra.
  3. Writing function in Design Space for sentiments - it's easy...try it!
  4. Tree, grass and fab sentiment - miscellaneous Design Space files.
  5. Tiny flowers - Impression Obsession die.  Sun die (don't know the brand)
  6. Assorted card stock
  7. Dot embossing folder for tree.
  8. Small rhinestone for Zebra's flower.
I had a delightful time making similar cards for my other daughter and husband.   I'll be posting them soon.

Thanks for visiting.
Go forth and creative something fabulous.
Nancy

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Friday, January 19, 2018

Pieced Valentine Hearts Wall Hanging - Accuquilt Go Wonky Hearts

👉 "What the heart gives away is never gone ... It is kept in the hearts of others."

- Robin St. John



I had the most fun cutting this fun Wonky Heart pattern on my Accuquilt Go Electric Fabric Cutter.  The pieces are truly wonky and I had to hold my tongue in the right place to make sure everything came out perfectly but I love the results. This YouTube video  has excellent instructions.

I used a Valentine fabric layer cake to get this cute random pieced look. In this case, it was well worth a little extra expense to get to choose from so many darling fabrics.  I tried to pair lights with darks as much as possible, but I wasn't obsessive about it.  I really like the look of the sashing with corner stones and it sure helps keep all the blocks lined up.

I tied everything up with crisp striped binding, my absolute favorite choice for my quilts these days.  I got lots of good practice piecing these hearts and now I'm ready to make some baby and lap quilts for family and friends using some bright sunny fabrics.  Who wouldn't adore cuddling up in a fabulous quilt full of  so much love!

Thanks for visiting.
Go forth and create something beautiful.
Nancy





 


Monday, January 15, 2018

Forget Me Nots Fairy in Copics - Norma Burnell Digi

👉 The practice of art isn't to make a living. It's to make your soul grow.   Kurt Vonnegut


Hmmm.  What do I create for my amazingly talented artist friend for her birthday card this year?  I could be intimidated and frustrated with all my efforts, but, as it happens, I love making cards for her because she is one of my most ardent supporters.  I have presented her with some pretty feeble attempts at art for many years, and she is always gracious and complimentary about every card I give her.  

My daughter with an art degree is the same way.  I think people who create art also appreciate the time and emotion that goes into any art piece. They are the ones who cherish and display our creations with love.  I adore the handmade cards my friends make for me and I save them all. 

I don't get too upset, however, when I think my handmade masterpieces might end up in the trash of some of my less artistically inclined recipients.  They are appreciative but just not as obsessed with the creative process.  Besides, I don't make my cards to be admired...I make them because I admire the person I'm sending them to.  I do have a mental list of "card worthy" friends whom I know cherish and display my cards and they, of course, will get more of them.  (One darling friend has created a banner with them!) And it sure makes me beam with joy when a true artist gives me some props!

I used Copics to color this gorgeous Norma Burnell digi.  The floral background and oval frame are die cuts.  My embellishments are Elizabeth Crafts peel off border stickers and a few pearls for the butterflies.  The finished card measures 5" x 7". So, do you think my friend will like it? 

Thanks for visiting.
Go forth and create something fabulous.
Nancy

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