Thursday, April 29, 2021

Craftiness is Happiness - Paper Shelter and Cricut

 “The desire to create is one of the deepest yearnings of the human soul. 
No matter our talents, education, backgrounds, or abilities, we each have an inherent wish to create something that did not exist before.”      Dieter F Uchdorf

Paper Shelter digi stamp, Cricut Design space and writing feature,
Copic markers, green acrylic dots, gold leafing pen, purple glitter card stock

Hey there, 
I'm certain many of you will enthusiastically agree with the notion that craftiness truly is happiness!  We creative types are so blessed to have found a passion that makes us feel so joyful and fulfilled.  Few things can compare with the exhilaration of creating something unique with our own two little ink stained hands and then displaying it or, better still, gifting it to someone wrapped in love.  It is often said that home is where your heart is.  I'll extend that to say your crafting space is where your creative soul is.
THIS  little paper crafting cutie from The Paper Shelter looks blissful surrounded by her tools of the trade.  It was so tempting to use a rainbow of  Copics when coloring this, with all the art paraphernalia surrounding her. With super human restraint,  I managed to keep my main palette to purple, green and blue, reserving the rainbow for her pencils markers and paper.  I created the shaped card base in Cricut Design Space, as well as the sentiment tag.  The focal panel is raised a bit with mounting tape and all the panels are lined with a gold leafing pen. 

Several of my crafty friends would be perfect recipients of this card, but I might just keep it displayed in my craft room to remind me how blessed I am to enjoy the raptures of being an ardent  craftophile.  Oh, wait...I made it myself...I could make more.  The perks of handmade! 

Thanks for visiting.
Go forth and fill your soul with crafty happiness.  
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Thursday, April 22, 2021

Accuquilt Chimney Sweep BOB Quilt

If you see me with a seam ripper, now is not the time.

Hey there,

Quilting is one of my favorite chill activities and, sadly, the one I seem to make the least time for among all my crafty pursuits.  I guess it's because it takes time and effort to set up my sewing space to my exacting ergonomic specifications  and it creates a bit of disarray in my craft room for a few days.  But I'm in heaven the whole time I'm sewing, so it's worth a little bit of temporary chaos.  And I LOVE creating unique treasures for my special tribe.  It's delightful to join a tapestry of  bright happy fabric in colors that only have one play well together.  When I proudly present my masterpiece to my beloved recipient,  I think of it as an enduring, adoring hug. Yes, I know a baby or a dog might leave his mark on it, but a few cycles through the washing machine (or not) will give it cozy character. 

I die cut this fun classic block with the Accuquilt Chimney Sweep Block on Board in just a couple of hours!  What's not to love about accurate piece cutting in so little time.  The pieces are much easier for me to sew together with  their uniform size.  I usually make lap or baby quilts because they go pretty fast and are within my price range to have professionally quilted. Longarm quilting is worth the cost to me because the results are so beautiful and durable...and it saves my aching back. 

My daughter is arriving from Denmark tomorrow to get her covid vaccination a few months earlier than she would in Copenhagen.  I haven't seen her for a year and a half, so I'm beyond excited.  She's an on-line therapist and will be working from here as she quarantines for a while, so I'll have some quiet time to sew.  It will be so nice to quietly work in my craft room knowing that my sweet baby, (37 years old) will be occupied quietly close buy.  I miss those days!!!

Thanks for visiting.
Go forth and dig out a UFO (unfinished object) that you've been longing to finish.

Friday, April 16, 2021

You Are So Special - Kit and Clowder Pretty Posies Class

 Adopt the pace of nature: her secret is patience. 
Ralph Waldo Emerson

Power Poppy Dancing Dafodils digi stamp, Copic Markers, gold metallic card stock,
white gel pen, Tattered Lace frame dies, card stand die, 

Hey there,

Three years of Kit and Clowder classes are tucked away in binders on my shelf, waiting for me to take the time to follow along with Alyce's expert video instructions. It's a treat to open them and discover my next coloring challenge.  Trouble is, I love coloring images of feminine women so I have lots of practice coloring skin, hair and clothing but not so much anything else. I have challenged myself to take on varied floral images to gain more confidence when they show up as part of my coloring.  

Flowers come in such an array of  gorgeous forms and colors, they are a joy to shade and shape with Copics. I colored the lovely blooms in this Kit and Clowder January 2020 class for a spring card for my friend.   Alyce shows us how to add texture and depth which is useful on any type of floral image. I usually make a card of my finished artwork so I can pass it on to someone I love.  Since my shaped card base doesn't  stand flat for display,  I created a die cut stand in white. I printed the sentiment using the writing feature in Cricut Design Space.

Flowers are such a delight to color and very forgiving with all their uniqueness.  After all, nothing in nature is perfect but  most of it is absolutely stunning. I think I'll set out for a walk and fill my eyes with all the hues and textures of my magnificent southwest landscape.  It's a happy sunshiny spring day out there. 

Thanks for visiting,
Go forth and observe the beauties of nature and then create something fabulous in their image.
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Thursday, April 8, 2021

You Are Something Magic - Conie Fong Princess Kiara

Let your dreams be your wings. 

Conie Fong Kiara Princess digi, Copic markers, Cricut frame, Cricut sentiment,
gold glitter card stock, Xpressit blending paper, pink iredescent gems, gold Stickles 

 Hey there,

You know that magical  place where exquisitely beautiful princesses fall in love with dashingly handsome princes and they ride away together on a magnificent white steed to an enchanted castle in the clouds? I think it's at the corner of Hallmarkland and Craftyville.  I'm so happy to visit there regularly when I sink into my craft room chair and survey my hoard filled kingdom.  I love to escape my real world challenges to a mystical burg where fairies, princesses, unicorns and well dressed animals  communicate affectionately with each other and live together in harmonious bliss. Even the witches in my world are lovely and kind. My super power is a very inventive and vivid  imagination.  What's yours?

I recently found the time to color THIS gorgeous Conie Fong Princess Kiara image from a Kit and Clowder class.  Dress folds and transparent fabric are often a bit challenging for me, but I always love  practicing my shading skills on something pretty like this princess frock with gradient shades of blue and pink.  Flowers are also a neglected skill that I enjoy revisiting.  I fussy cut my image to include the castle in the distance and mounted it  in sections with mounting tape on a glittery gold Cricut-cut frame embellished with pink iridescent gems.  I embellished the flower centers with gold Stickles and created the sentiment tag in Cricut Design Space.

My card recipient is my beautiful daughter who turns 41 this month.  She's Disneyland-obsessed so I know she'll appreciate this nod to Cinderella. She'll always be the little cutie who sat and watched Disney movies with me for hours back when the world seemed a little more mellow.  Young souls never grow too old for magic. 

Thanks for visiting.
Go forth and BELIEVE.
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Thursday, April 1, 2021

Happy Birthday, Doll - Julie Nutting Cassandra Stamp

The meaning of life is to find your gift.  
The purpose of life is to give it away.    William Shakespeare

Julie Nutting Cassandra stamp, Copic markers, Cricut card base, gold leafing pen,
 dp for dress and background, handmade flowers, beaded lace bow, butterfly die,
 beaded swirls, assorted gems, pom pom trim, 


Hey there,

Yipeeee!  Covid vaccinations abound and my friends and family are finally able to visit us in our new home.  Next week we will have two families staying just two days apart.  I'll be joyfully anticipating and frantically preparing for their stays.  One of our guests, my darling niece, has a birthday on Monday, so it'll be fun to celebrate and give her this card in person with a big hug.  

I've loved my stash of Julie Nutting paper doll stamps forever and I never grow tired of dressing them up in fancy frocks and creating girly cards.  Have I mentioned I had a class with Julie in person?  Okay, maybe only a dozen times because it was so exciting and I'm in awe of her talent which she so generously shared.  I dressed this cute Cassandra doll in a paper pieced party dress and mounted her on an elegant card base which I elongated  in Cricut Design Space.  I embellished the subtle DP in my background with handmade flowers, a beaded lace bow and a die cut metallic butterfly with added vellum wings. I created even more sparkle by adding gems to my birthday girl's metallic crown and swirly vines for her to dance in.  Every birthday card needs a bit of bling, right?  My stamped birthday message found a perfect place to live amongst all the party hoopla. 

I'm slowly getting on the slimline card bandwagon and this card might qualify because it fits in a regular size 10 envelope.  I'm collecting a few pretty slimline dies, so stay tuned for some proper skinny cards to come.  I think a little change is in order as the pandemic fog lifts! 

Thanks for visiting,
Go forth and get vaccinated and then hug some vaccinated loved ones!
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