Monday, November 24, 2008

Photo Shoot

So this weekend, I decided to try and take some pictures of the kid in his new shoes. This proved to be more difficult than I expected. Now that he's "crawling" (more like army crawling), he hardly ever sits still.

The last picture is my favorite! I was kneeling on the floor to take his picture and he decided to crawl up my lap to see what I was doing. I just love him to pieces!

Thursday, November 20, 2008

Baby Shoes!

Okay, I am really excited about this project! Soft-soled shoes are all the rage for babies these days. There's lots of brands on the market and they range from $20-$30 each. This pair cost me about $4. I used an old pair of jeans that no longer fit, a fat quarter of flannel for the lining and some Toughtek® for the soles. The pattern is free on Tacky Living.

The fun part about making your own baby shoes (besides the cost savings) is that you can decorate them however you chose! I just love this little snowman from Kim Hughes' Heartwarmers set on Cornish Heritage Farms. Before assembling the shoes, I stamped the snowman on the denim vamps in Palette Noir ink. Once it dried, I painted it in with Tulip soft fabric paints. It took two coats of paint for the white to be opaque. Then once it was dry, I backstitched the outline of the snowman with some embroidery floss.

I absolutely love these and can't wait to try them on my little guy on the morning! Now I can't wait to make another pair.

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Fall Wedding

The last wedding we went to was the last weekend of September up in the Catskill mountains in New York. We were expecting a beautiful fall weekend with the foliage nearing its peak, but instead we got tons of rain! Luckily it did stop for the wedding itself, but there was lots of mud to clean up when we got home.

Given the destination of the wedding, I wanted my card to have a woodsy / fall feel.

So, I chose Always Artichoke, Copper, Vanilla and Chocolate Chip as my color scheme. I first stamped the leaves with VersaMark ink on glossy cardstock and let them dry. Then I brayered the artichoke ink over top. I love the results of this technique. It looks so slick. Finally, I stamped the leaves' outlines with VersaMark and embossed them with copper embossing powder. I also had to sand the hodge podge hardware to reveal the true copper color instead of the brownish patina that it had out of the box.

The layout is from the Fall to Layout #11 from the Clean & Simple blog. I really love these layouts. They are so easy to adapt.

I love how this card turned out as well. So what do you think? All three cards look completely different, but I think they matched the various couples well.

Now that I'm all caught up, I can tell you about my sewing/stamping project that I've been working on for the past week. Stay tuned for more!

Stamps: Lovely Leaves from Stampin' Up! (retired), sentiment by A Muse
Ink: VersaMark, Always Artichoke
Paper: Chocolate Chip, Copper, Very Vanilla, Glossy White all from Stampin' Up!

Accessories: May Arts ribbon, Copper Hodge Podge Hardware, Dimensionals
Tools: Plain circle Nestabilities by Spellbinders, Brayer

Monday, November 17, 2008

Wedding Two!

The second wedding on Labor Day weekend was for a college friend. The happy couple has already been to Disney World once and that was also where they were going for their honeymoon, so it only seemed right to use the Fairytale set from Doodle Factory at Starving Artistamps.

I stamped all the images on a square Fabriano Medioevalis folded card in Palette Noir ink and then watercolored them with my Watercolor Wonder crayons and an Aquapainter. I also used quite a bit of clear stickles on the roof of the castle and the horse's bridle. The horse is popped up on dimensionals as well to make the castle look farther away. I was going to color in the ground and sky, but I didn't want it to look overdone or childish and I didn't trust myself to know when to stop. ;)

For the inside of the card, I stamped the happy couple and popped up a heart from a Kim Hughes set between them. I used more stickles on the princess and I used Crystal Effects on the knight to make his armour really shine. ;)

I love how cute this card came out and I think it was perfect for this couple.

Stay tuned tomorrow for the conclusion of the wedding card trifecta!

Stamps: Doodle Factory Fairytale and Fairytale Sentiments set from Starving Artistamps, heart from Baked with Love by Cornish Heritage Farms
Ink: Palette Noir
Paper: Fabriano Medioevalis square folded card

Accessories: Crystal effects from Stampin' Up!, Icicle Stickles, Dimensionals
Tools: Paper snips, Watercolor Wonder Crayons from Stampin' Up!, Aquapainter

Sunday, November 16, 2008

So far behind...

I'm sorry I haven't been blogging much lately. One reason is that I haven't been stamping much. Sewing my little guy's Halloween costume got me on a bit of a sewing kick, so stamping has taken a back burner. I'm hoping to marry the two with my next project so I'll be sure to share that with you soon.

In the meantime, I have some catching up to do. We went to 3 weddings in September (two on Labor Day weekend) and I haven't posted any of the cards yet. I'll start with the first and most simple one.

Our first wedding was for a couple of board gaming friends here in Connecticut. Their wedding invitation was a simple, yet elegant white card with scrolly lavender accents. So, I modeled my card to complement the invitation.

This card was so simple, there's not much to say about it. Come back tomorrow for the second wedding of Labor Day weekend. It has a completely different feel to it.

Stamps: Reversed scallop circle image by Impress, sentiment by A Muse
Ink: Palette Noir, Almost Amethyst
Paper: Shimmery White, Almost Amethyst

Accessories: Retired wide organdy and sweet shop ribbon from Stampin' Up!, Dimensionals
Tools: Scalloped circle and plain circle Nestabilities by Spellbinders

Sunday, November 02, 2008

Trifold Challenge Card

A couple weeks ago, I signed up for another challenge on the SSUS group. We were supposed to make a card with the layout from the trifold card on page 16 of the Holiday Mini catalog.

This was a fun fold! I decided to pull out my Crab & Company set from Stampin' Up! and make a Christmas card out of it. The front of the card was inspired by one of Lauren Meader's old Saturday Sketches, #35.

The card itself was made out of a piece of kraft cardstock that measured 11 x 5.5. Then I folded it into thirds. My Score-It made this task nice and easy! I colored everything in with an aquapainter and watercolor crayons.

Stamps: Crab & Company and All Holidays from Stampin' Up!
Ink: Palette Noir, Real Red, Basic Gray
Paper: Watercolor Paper, Basic Black, Kraft, Basic Gray, Real Red

Accessories: Kraft tafeta ribbon, Dimensionals
Tools: Watercolor Crayons, Aquapainter, Score-It