Monday, August 31, 2009

Wedding Thank You cards

My sister and I made these thank you cards to give to my cousin who I made the Wedding Invitations for back in June. See them here. Originally we made 170 invitations, but we decided to make 100 thank you cards as a gift. Hopefully she will be happy with how they turned out!

We used plain cream card stock, stamped the same branch but in the lower left corner, hand colored them in with Prisma Colored Pencils and them stamped "Thank You" on the right middle side. We also used a Bone Folder and scored the bottom and both sides at 1/4".

Thursday, August 27, 2009

Grain Belt Sign

I was out appraising the other day and had to go take some photos in Downtown Minneapolis. It was an awesome sunny day and I drove past this sign. I have driven past this sign many, many times when driving from my house to the Upholstery shop for years. Every time I crossed the Mississippi River there she was. I get a warm fuzzy feeling when I drive past this sign. I had to get a photo. It feels a little like home.

Star Wars Guys & a Chair done

Yesterday was one of those rare days. The limited amount of days that you get when your child plays nicely next to you and you can finish a project that should have been done a while ago.

My daughter watched Star Wars with my husband the other day and now she is hooked! Steve went and found his old Star Wars Guys(and Trains and GI Joe Guys) and they started playing with them. I had been meaning to finish this chair but somehow the summer flew by. Finally I just had to do it. So downstairs we went to play with "Dad's Star Wars Guys".

She played for hours with them and built towers like in the movie, and even built Darth Vader a house out of Mega Blocks. How nice... So I was able to get my chair done. Finally.

Sometimes you think you can just get something done really quickly, but it turns out differently... The back on this chair threw me a curve ball. I am used to working with conventional fabric and this one is Oilcloth, which just doesn't have the same amount of "give" as I'm used to. But after processing it for a few extra weeks I finally figured it out :)

You can see the before photo here.

Thanks Naphtali for the challenge! You can find her at Second Street Designs

Tuesday, August 25, 2009


I have been working on a bunch of different projects lately. One of them that I had to get done pretty quickly were these cushions and pillows. The homeowner had a bench seat and storage for the mud room built-in and wanted something to protect the fancy wood and look nice at the same time.
He picked the fabric that matched up really well with the wood tones. The bigger pillows are stuffed with down. I have seen pillows like the little rectangle one and thought they looked cool. So I tried one & think it turned out nicely.

He already had the black pillow in the back for some added comfort.

Friday, August 21, 2009

Camper Towel

Wow, was has it really been so long since I last posted? Sorry, where did the time go? We are getting ready for the first day of kindergarten and I am having a hard time with it. Big changes to come...

I have been doing some projects: Cushions for a friends bench seat & mud room, A cool old chair that I ran into a curved back problem(that I am currently working on as I write), Thank You cards for a gift, Embroidery projects and I am thinking I am going to do a minor re-do on the bathroom.

Here is another pattern from Jenny Hart/Sublime Stitching I embroidered. It's part of the camping set. Love the fun old style camper. Once again my French Knots stink so don't look too close. thanks.

Monday, August 10, 2009

Masculine Fishing card

Another masculine fishing card that I made with the images that I made at my retreat. I found most of these layouts over at Card Positioning Systems You should check them, they have some awesome layouts when you run out of ideas.
This was stamped in Sepia Ink by Versamark on Whisper White paper. I slightly colored in the background with colored pencils.

Thursday, August 6, 2009

Deer Birthday Card

Here is another masculine card I made with some of the images I got at the retreat. Most of the paper is misc stuff that I had. The leafy print paper is some that I had gotten in a paper swap. I inked the edges with Chocolate Chip ink. I tried to keep these very simple because most men don't want a card with a bunch of ribbons & buttons & stuff :)

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Fishing Basket card

When I was at my Scrapbooking retreat a couple of weeks ago I stamped a bunch of images to bring home and use at a later date. They were all sorta masculine images and I am pretty sure they are all from Stampin Up, but I don't know what sets they are from.The brown background paper is some new stuff I found at Joann's and I thought it looked like a basket weave pattern. I slightly colored the image with colored pencils and inked all of the edges.

I may give some of these to my aunt, who bought a bunch of cards that I did with my cousin for her daughter's school fundraiser, she bought them hoping there would be more birthday and anniversary cards included. My aunt is super sweet so I should do this for her :D We also have a lot of hunter's and fisher-people in our family so I may just make as many as I can from these images and give them out as I need them.

Cool Dinosaur shot

Here is a fun photo from Dinosaur park in Rapid City, SD.

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Finally - I made some Cards

This card is based on a layout challenge over at Fresh & Fun I think I am too late to enter the challenge but it motivated me to try a new sketch.

My daughter and I got down to the craft room for a little while yesterday so I made a few cards I will be posting. I made some men's birthday cards for once. I kinda owe them to my aunt. I will tell ya about it later when I post them.
It is 6x6" square made with Ruby cardstock by Core Color Coredinations(new at joanns), The awesome striped paper is from a monster designer pad by We R memory Keepers. The blue, brown & green are scraps. White is Whisper White by SU. I stamped the Agapanthus Cluster by Stampendous in "Tea Leaves" (a Dew Drop thingy) by VersaMagic. The groovy blue flower and brad I got in a swap I did. I also punched a brown circle and crinkled it to go under the brad and bring the brown to the front corner.
Thanks for looking!

Monday, August 3, 2009

Mystery #2

Do you know what this is? We saw this while in Rapid City. Maybe that gave it away...


I saw this while out walking on our trip. We were by Pactola Dam. Can you guess what it is?