Been making cards again and thought this was the perfect place to keep copies. I have been practicing using just ink. Not normally my style but sure is fun to play with. These are starting to look the same. Now I want to try new colors and a couple different techniques. Learning and playing!
This year for my sister's birthday I stole an idea right out of one of my favorite magazines, Cloth, Paper, Scissors. This doll is a little on the creepy side but was so much fun to make. Although Linda will probably rename her, I called this little gal Gina after the Italian beauty Gina Lollobrigida.
In the mail this weekend was a package of goodies from Linda who has been hosting some monthly swaps at A Swap for All Seasons. Every month a lucky someone wins a prize. I was the July winner! Look at the fabulous things that were sent my way. Thank you Linda!
For awhile I have been seeing people creating things using Gelato Colors. After reading up on them and a few YouTube videos later, I decided I had to have some. As suggested by some online crafters I purchased Gel Sticks for ages 5 and up. Gelato Colors and Gel Sticks about the same. They are made by the same company and are about identical to the more expensive Gelato Colors.
My first simple project was this tag. There are a couple 'oops' on this tag but it already found its way onto a bag of goodies I brought to a friend in the hospital. The background color was made using the Gel Sticks. These are simple and fun to play with. There is a million different ways to use these little gems and I hope to learn some and try a few.
In the mail the other day I received a fabulous envelope from May in the UK. I absolutely love the card and tag May sent for the July swap. They are a among the favorites I have received in the Swap for All Season monthly swaps.
Thank you May for sharing your creativeness... and thank you for the goodies you sent along!
Four years ago I planted the start of this peony in my little garden. Every year since it has just barely poked through the soil. Last year I did not think it was going to survive the summer. But it has and I was excited when I noticed the buds. This one is for my mom.
March has been crazy busy so far. I am happy to finally have time to post pictures of the fabulous things Marie sent for the March SFAS card and tag swap. Marie is a very sweet and talented woman I met through swaps many moons ago. You can check out her blog here http://spunbyme.blogspot.com. There is lots of great things to see.
And some of the sweetest de-stash I have seen. I simply love these little Easter cards!
Thank you Marie. It was a pleasure being paired up with you!
My send-to partner for March was Sherry at Creatology and another talented person participating in A Swap for All Seasons swaps. We both share a love for sewing.
I made this ceramic Christmas tree for my mom back in 1983. Mom would set it out every year on top of a bookcase in the living room. I never would have guessed that 30 years later this tree would still be around and sitting in my home. It has been tucked in a box in my fruit cellar for a number of years now. When I pulled it out a couple days ago and plugged it in, I was happy to see it cheerfully light up. I set it on a file cabinet next to my computer and sewing machine where I turn it on and enjoy memories of Christmas past.
This year I got terribly behind of my Christmas craft making so decided to take to my sewing machine. I found this simple table runner pattern a number of years ago, dusted it off and started cutting and sewing. There is nothing fancy about this runner. It is all in the choice of fabrics... and I found some good ones.
These cones were made for 4 dear friends I played sports with for many years. Although our bodies got too banged up and old to compete, our friendships remain as strong as ever! God has blessed me with many wonderful friends over the years.
Happy Holidays/green was the December theme for the card/tag trade at A Swap for All Seasons. This month my mail from partner was the talented (and sweet) Joyce from Scrap for Joy. Her work is always fun and creative. Thank you Joyce! Love them both.
My mail to partner was Deb at Garage Sale Gal. Her blog is full of fabulous eye candy! Here is the card & tag I made for her! The 'O Christmas Tree!" stamp used on the card and picture of the little girl on the tag are from REDlead