Thursday, December 17, 2009

The Nativity

The real story of Christmas created with hand applique and machine piecing and quilting.


This poinsettia doesn't wilt or need watering!

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Stitchin Away

I haven't had time or much to post for the past couple weeks and was asked to put these banners on line for others to see. Been busy working on another set as well, my son's Christmas gift and a quilt for a November auction. The sewing machines have been very busy, the scrappin' table - not so much. And sewing projects generally take a bit (okay, quite a bit) longer than layouts... to find a balance. Maybe I'll just go on vacation next week instead!

Spirit of Life and Power

These banners were done for our new Pastor's ordination in July. Finally got a picture of them. Design is all mine. Banner background is suede cloth, lettering, wind and dove are satin. Sheer nylon shadow and crazy polyester (but the right color) flames.

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Baby Memories

Baby Memories

I was commissioned to do this baby/memory quilt. It included her maternity top with his sonogram picture as well as a variety of his clothes up to one year. It was made to fit his youth bed. I've done several t-shirt/memory quilts but this is the first from baby clothes.

Good Friday Banner

This is a quilted banner that originally was a banner back for the national convention of Lutheran Womens Missionary League. The hands were traced from ladies in our local organization. When I took the banner apart to remove the league specification, I decided to make it into 2 banners. This spring I finally got the inspiration to complete it by adding the border and statement "The hands that nailed are the hands redeemed". I am so grateful for the gift of forgiveness given me by my loving Lord Jesus. To Him alone be the glory.

Saturday, October 3, 2009

Easter Celebration

As viewed by the congregation.

I had been intrigued by the background fabric of these banners when they caught my eye in the store (in my favorite area, clearance). It is an embossed felt...not the fuzzy, limp stuff of years ago. So I bought it... and it sat for 3 years until this spring.

Letters are white satin and s shimmery sheer with gold lame for butterflies and crown. The crown of thorns are actually ivy branches...I'm blessed not to have to deal with the thorns. Christ took care of that! and so much more...

Thursday, October 1, 2009

Celebrate Beverly

A day of Celebrating Beverly as she received her Doctorate.
Die cuts are Cricut - Stretch Your Imagination

Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Once again, Practical Scrappers challenged me to use an item I never had before and I was able to use 3 transparency pieces - 2 hearts and then the fun little dragonfly which is 3d, stamped and glittered. I'm also submitting this to the Chirper Challenger "Sweet".
Cricut - dragonfly- Doodlecharm Script - Lyrical letters (My favorite font cartridge)
Dragonfly stamp - Michaels Ink - Color Box, fresh green
Ribbon - Offray
Brads - Making Memories
Paper - Miss Elizabeth (plain cardstock) Vellum - Beverly's

Saturday, September 26, 2009

Third Grade Grins

Aaahhh yes, the old school pictures. Trying to get rid of the glare was a challenge, but mostly successful. Simple layout, simple stickers, the Blog Hop Challenge made easier with an "Old School" picture.
Our trip to visit the baby calves.
Lettering is Cricut Keystone, corral is Cricut Paper Doll Dress up.
Stamp pad distressing is Close to My Heart and the cute little guys is from Sew Many Cards.

Down by the Sea

A fun layout to do and it brought back fond memories.
Die cuts - Cricut "Life is a Beach" - gulls and lettering
Various stamp pads from Close to my Heart used for shading and distressing.
Boulders are raised with Miss Elizabeth's mounting dots.

Buggin' Out

This layout came from a story my teacher friend told me about finding a "house centipede" and her daughter's desire to feed it...what happened to be a black widow. Guess who won! (and yes, her 8 year old caught the "spider" and put it in the jar...). All this just took place Wednesday and I wanted to surprise her with the page, which now I can use too!
The centipede is a caterpillar off Cricut "Walk in my Garden" but needed many more legs so cut
5 crabs on "Life is a Beach", split them in half and there's a centipede.
Jar is from "Stretch you imagination"
Spider and Web from "Paper Doll Dress Up"
Lettering is "Lyrical Lettering"

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

A Mother's Love

A close-up of "Love" trying to show the vellum shadow (which looks better in person, but you knew that).
A precious memory.

I'm kinda liking felt now... the added texture and depth. And I love the subjects :-)
Script is Cricut - Jasmine
Felt and jewels from Joannes. Paper hmmmmmmm

Merry 3rd Christmas

I had felt but have never used it as it always seemed too "heavy" to use on layouts. After looking at the design team's ideas, I was inspired...again. I love these challenges.

The felt is from Joannes. Paper is from Paper Pizzazz. Flowers K & Company.
Ribbon is from Michaels.
Misc. pearls, stars, gllitter from my stash

Sunday, September 20, 2009

Card "Lift"

A card that I "lifted" from my daughter!


Timmy's 1st birthday was a perfect match for this challenge...Hey, he's a perfect kid sooo! lol
Ribbon is from Michaels, paper was scrap or unlabeled.

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Ooops! Where'd the stickers go?

I was wondering what to do with misc. ugly stickers...their color even ruined random designs. So I made the designs anyway, then stamped on top. Removed the stickers and the white was left. May just work further on this technique. And I did use letters stickers...temporarily!

In the pink...

More fun with letter stickers. Background stamp is CTMH - "With love". Pinwheels are dimensional.

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Get Well Letter Designs

Another design using only letter and number stickers... fun to make designs out of an established shape!

Letter Fun

Practical Scrappers offered a challenge this week to use letter stamps in a unique way. The title may be normal but all the other designs are also stickers (including letters, numbers and punctuation marks).

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Water Fun

I love circles.
Didn't know that until it was pointed out to me how many of them I use in layouts. And I couldn't pick between the grandkids for the "Shape Challenge" on Practical Scrappers so you see them both in one of their favorite activities - anything to do with water. Most supplies are Miss Elizabeths.

Monday, August 31, 2009


Part of the "challenge" of this blog is behind the scenes. I am also learning "iphoto" and its editing power. If you've looked at some of these pix before and are saying "hmmm, I didn't notice that" it may be because the picture has been replaced/upgraded. Thanks to all of you who have commented and helped out...I am blessed by your help.

"Plans fail for lack of cousel, but with many advisers, they succeed." Proverbs 15.22


I have been trying to scrap these pictures since I took them about a year and a half ago and nothing worked. But I was specifically inspired by the swirls in the "Doodles" challenge and even more by the vellum swirls that Kim did on"Beautiful". I wanted to show his breath on the dandelion. Had the basic layout last night and saw the Challenge of the Week this morning ( so spent (waaayyyy to much) time with embellishments inspired by Katherine's layered butterfly, Kerri's jewels and sparkles in the snow and Kristina's stamping on vellum. I really pleased with the results. Thanks for your help!

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

The Biggest Leaf Pile Ever

A double challenge here...learning to upload a picture and entering a "contest" at Practical Scrappers. Their challenge was to use vellum so I added a little fall color to my vellum, loaded up the cricut and cut many falling leaves and bringing back one of my favorite memories with Timmy.

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Accepting New Challenges

The world of technology is moving on and every day I'm challenged to understand something new. So this is my answer to the new "school year". I will start slowly and learn about posting/blogging in a new way and work on updates/upgrades little by little. But to keep myself on task, I know that it must contain something that holds my interest. That's patches/patchwork/quilting and scraps of fabric. Scraps of paper is a fairly new hobby but scrapbooking can be quick and satisfying....especially when looking at my darling grandkids and our precious children.
So I got this set up. Next challenge some pix or a new background...we'll see just what the Lord has in mind for me and this site.