The Stamps I Use

Sunday, August 27, 2017

When hobbies collide

Hi folks,

Back today to share another finished quilt that actually made use of some of my paper-crafting tools!

Here's the finished quilt - it's the Sweet Dreams Little One Nap Quilt by Wilmington Prints.

The lower left block? That's where my paper-crafting tools came in handy.

I wanted to applique the baby's name in coordinating fabrics so I pulled out my Block Alphabet Thin Cut dies from Close To My Heart to make the task a little easier.  
First, I ironed some Heat 'n Bond Lite to the back of my fabric, then I simply cut out the letters with my dies and Cuttlebug. Ironed them on to the quilt and then machine sewed them in place. Ta da! Easy peasy!

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Annual Inspirations Blog Hop

Hi folks!

Welcome to our August Blog Hop featuring creations using up our stash with some new products.

We have an amazing group of talented ladies all across Canada and they would sure love to hear from you. So, before you hopping along to the next stop in the hop, be sure to leave a comment about what you loved.

If you've arrived from Dominique's post then you are in the right place. If you would like to start at the beginning of the hop and travel from East to West, you can start here at Michelle's post.

To purchase any of the items you see along the hop today, be sure to get in touch with your local consultant.

The first pages I turn to in each new idea book are those featuring the new paper collections. If you are a regular visitor, then it probably comes as no surprise that my favourite collection in the new idea book is the Basics Fundamentals - I love the new neutral palette collection.

So, today I am sharing a card I created with several of the papers in that collection.

I also used the new White Pearls for my embellishments on the sentiment panel - which by the way is one of the mini stamps in the new idea book. ps. For the layout I used the August Viva La Verve sketch.

In addition to the Basics Fundamentals, my eye was also drawn to the Adventure Fundamentals for this card.

The heart print, blossom and lagoon papers are from the new Adventure Fundamentals collection. The polka dot mat is from an older, textured Adventure Fundamentals.

You might recognize the "Sweet Birthday" stamps and Thin Cuts as well. These make for a quick card make when you need a birthday card "toot sweet"! (sorry, I couldn't help making the pun).

And, of course, some white dots for embellishment.

That's it for me! Your next stop in the hop is Diana - enjoy the rest of the hop!

If you get lost along the way, you can head on over to Michelle's post as she has the full list of hop participants.

Thanks for hopping along with us today. We hope we were able to inspire you to get creative using some of the designs, products, and techniques you saw along the way. We hope you will be able to join us again next month when we will be featuring creations using products from the new Holiday Expressions Idea Book. So mark September 15th on your calendars and hop along with us.

Friday, August 11, 2017

Grandma's Kitchen Quilt-A-Long - my blocks so far

Hi folks!

Back again today to share another quilt related post. This is not a completed quilt but rather a quilt-a-long.

Basically, each week, a new block is published by the author of the quilt-a-long, Pat Sloan of "I Love to Make Quilts". The idea is to make each of the blocks, on your time, and at the end of the 25 weeks, you will have a collection of blocks to turn into a quilt top.

The details of this particular quilt-a-long, Grandma's Kitchen, can be found here.

So far, seven blocks have been published and I am actually up-to-date now on getting all of them done (there was a vacation away from home that put me a few blocks behind for a little while).

Anyways, here are all seven blocks that I have done so far. I'm using a stash builder bundle of Colonial Manor fabric in blues and creams (no longer available) that I picked up some time ago on Craftsy.

Block 1

Block 2

Block 3

Block 4

Block 5

Block 6

Block 7

Anyways, for the remaining blocks, I'll try to post them as I go along and complete them.

As always, thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

What HAVE I been up to?

Hi folks,

Wow... I took a peek here at my blog and realized I haven't posted in quite some time.

Paper-crafting is but one of my many hobbies and I've been devoting more of my time to one of my other hobbies recently - quilting!

Would you like to see some of my recent finishes? How about THIS week's finishes? Three baby quilts!

These two use the same fabric charm packs - Lullaby by Moda with some white Kona thrown in. I just quilted them each a little differently so they would be different. Not sure to whom these two will be gifted, but I have them at the ready.

Then there is this little ocean themed one -  for our youngest niece born at the end of June (yes, I'm late but my sister doesn't mind).

I have two more quilts already sandwiched and waiting to be quilted. I'll share those when they are finally completed. Oh, and three OTHER tops finished and waiting to be sandwiched. And....and... I've lost track of how many are "in progress" and "in waiting".

And a few others that have been completed and not yet gifted. I'll have to find the photos of those and share them as well. There's one of which I am particularly proud - it's huge and was quilted on my domestic sewing machine.

Anyways, that's what I've been up to in case you are a regular visitor and have been wondering about my absence.