Sunday, May 21, 2017

Gifts for Co-Workers

I embroidered these dishtowels using a cocktail design by AnitaGoodesign, in the set On The Beach. Each recipient will receive a towel with that design and with her name. The tags were from the Papertrey Ink set, Gran's Garden. I stamped the base in Distress Ink Spun Sugar, then added the next layer with PTI Hibiscus Burst. The centers were PTI Harvest Gold, and I added a few black dots with a pen. 

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

A couple of Easter cards

Loving the new So Sweet stamp set by Papertrey Ink. Three-year-old Erin loved it, too, and made a card for her mom.

Saturday, March 11, 2017

Papertrey Ink Packaging challenge

Part of the Papertrey Ink's anniversary celebration includes challenges. I decided to participate in the Packaging Challenge

I had about 20 minutes to embroider a dishtowel and package it up to gift to a friend. Luckily I have a commercial embroidery machine, so I set the file up, hooped my towel and put it on the machine to stitch out my friend's name. (The towel was a Threshold flour sack towel from Target, which had a 2017 calendar on it as well as a graphic print that matched well to the succulents on the tag). Then I quickly made a tag. I used the PTI Succulents Paper pack. I trimmed off the edge of a large graphic piece, and stamped Enjoy, Friend onto the tag, using Bitty Bouquet stamp set. I rolled and tied the embroidered towel, and put it into a cellophane bag, and tied the tag onto the bag. Fast and simple. I package almost all my stuff in cellophane bags for gift-giving. 

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Baby Gifts

My niece is having twins. For her baby shower, I made burp cloths from the Moda line of fabric called Farm Fun. This is the fabric that she is using to decorate the nursery with its farm theme. The fabric line also has a panel of farm animals with pockets that hold 2 I thought that was perfect for the twins! The embroidered farm animals are from the Anita Goodesign farm set. I also included a dozen or so flannel burp cloths...can never have too many of those! 

Friday, February 10, 2017

Baby Shower for Twins

There is a baby shower this Sunday for my niece and her twins who are due in April. These are the cards that myself and my daughters will be giving to her. 

I have always loved the On The Farm Set. And the theme that my niece chose for her twins' nursery is "farm" I thought that these would be very appropriate cards to put with the shower gift! I was very happy with how they turned out. 

Monday, January 16, 2017

December Baby Shower Gifts

I made some cute burp cloths for a recent baby shower, and now I am once again sewing burp cloths for a baby shower for twins next month. The cloths are sporting some labels I had made...I got the idea from the blog. The embroidered elephant is a design from Strawberry Stitch. Fabrics are the Riley Blake Vintage Daydream line. Flannels for the shaped burp cloths were ordered from

Sunday, September 18, 2016

Papertrey Ink, Create Along With Us, September

There sure were a lot of wonderful new stamps and dies this month from Papertrey Ink. I especially loved What the Doodle: Ornament, and the Christmas Faith Stamps and dies. My order is on its way and I can't wait to dive into some fun new stuff. This card by Heather Nichols appealed to me because of the use of a watercolored background, and I just love the dove stamp and die.

I had not previously done the emboss resist, so this was a new technique to try. My dove stamp was cut out of fun foam (a Sizzix die cut that I scaled down) which I stamped in the Versamark Ink and then heat embossed with PTI white powder. The sentiment is from PTI Warmest Wishes. After the white embossing dried, I watercolored with Spring Moss and Simply Chartreuse, and some olive watercolor paint. I didn't wait long enough for that to all dry, and so when I stamped the stars, they kind of ran a bit. The stars were from Scene It: Celebration. The olive branch is from Tinsel & Tags: Sprigs. I used the PTI Ric Rac die to do the edge, and then adhered it to a Kraft card base, tying the side with the PTI twine.  I couldn't resist adding some black pen at the tail feathers. Not sure I should have done that! Here is how mine turned out: