Inspired By July Challenge

Gah!  Where has the year gone?!?  We’re already in JULY!!!  Seriously, that’s just not right.

But, here it is a new month, which means… we’ve got a new challenge up on Inspired By!  Wooo hoo!

Here’s the Inspiration Photo:

Inspired By July Challenge

Inspired By July Challenge

And my take on the challenge:

July Inspired By Challenge

Inspired By July Challenge

Stencils: Studio Calico, Heidi Swapp
Embossing Ink: VersaMark
Embossing Powder: Zing
Pony Beads: Unknown
Ink: ColorBox, Marvy
Alpha: PTI
Paste: Liquitex
Wood Veneers: Studio Calico
Thread: Unknown

See those red dots?  Remember my post last week?  This is what I used them on!  Those are cheepo pony beads I got at a craft shop, then melted in my oven!  Here’s a closeup.

Embossed Wood Veneers, Modeling Paste Arrows, Melted Pony Beads

Seriously, they’re super easy to make!  And they look as awesome as the “real” ones you can buy in shops.  And sooooo much cheaper!  For more information on how to make them, and how to make them in different sizes, see my earlier post.

Don’t forget to upload your take on this challenge!


1 Down, 3 To Go

And, here’s the finished quilt, wonky seams, wobbly top stitching, uneven binding, and all.

Finished Quilt

The binding is not perfect.  I tried really  hard, but somehow it never seems to come out even for me.  But hey, it’s done.  I didn’t do much actual quilting.  Just followed the blue strips lengthwise down the quilt.  That’s all that is “needed” to keep the batting in place.  I asked Lois if she wanted anything more elaborate, and she said no.  So I just left it simple.  It does look pretty cool, though.  And, it’s queen sized!  I used a queen size sheet I had kicking around my house (I hate flat sheets!) and only had to trim a couple inches off to fit it.  Actually, the binding itself is another old sheet!  One from Lois.  The blues don’t match exactly (the twin was a bit lighter than my queen), but hey… you can’t beat free!

I have learnt loads from this quilt, and the next one will be improved.  It was just back luck on Lois’ part that she got stuck with my first attempt!

In the previous post, I had a comment requesting some detail shots (see, I do pay attention!) So, here you go.

Square with shirt buttons.

Square with shirt buttons and corner of pocket.

That gives you an idea of what I did to show that these were real shirts, not just pretty fabric.

Some of you have heard the story of my sewing machine.  It’s an old Kenmore machine.  It’s my grandmother’s machine, from around the time of her marriage, in 1949.  I don’t know if it was really that early, but it’s at least 50 years old, for sure, probably closer to 60.  Anyway, I had to have the electrical cord replaced the other week because the insulation was literally disintegrating in my hands.  It’s a fabulous machine, and sews like a dream.  I had it serviced at the time of the cord replacement, and when I got it back and started sewing again, I seriously had to check twice to be sure that it was actually stitching, because it was so smooth!  I didn’t originally inherit it when my grandmother died.  My sister has a couple of degrees in fashion and costume design, and does a load of sewing, so she inherited it.  I was living in England at that time, anyway, so it wasn’t a conflict of interest!  But this last year, since moving back to the US, Lois offered to let me have it, since she has another machine.  So, I’m very grateful to my sister for sharing the wealth!

Anyway, here’s a photo of the quilt on the machine.  It sits in this awesome cupboard that lets the machine drop down, and fold away.  Seriously, every machine should come with that feature!  It makes storing/using the machine so much more practical.

1st Quilt Top

A while back I started a project working with a bunch of old Hawaiian print shirts of my grandfather’s. When he died, my mom saved them all, and was going to make a quilt. Well, that was a couple years back, and she hadn’t done it, so in September when I drove up, I suggested that I do it, instead. I divided the quilts into 2 sets, the blues/neutrals and the brights. I decided I’d make 2 quilts, one for me and one for Lois. So, I made some inquiries (I made a quilt when I was 10, that was the only one I ever made!) and cut the shirts up (keeping as many of the interesting “shirt” bits as possible… things like pockets, seams, buttons…. to make it obvious that it was made from real shirts, not just Hawaiian print fabric.) I ended up having 16 sets of 8 piles of 8.5×8.5 squares! That meant my quilt would be 8 squares wide by 16 squares long. Ummm… ENORMOUS! And that didn’t count the framing fabric. Seriously, the thing would have been HUGE. So I started thinking about it, and what I came up with was either do 3 or 4 quilts. 1 for me, 1 for Lois both 8×12 and use the remaining 4 rows of each quilt to make an 8×8 quilt for our grandmother. Or 1 for me, 1 for Lois both 8×10 and use the remaining 6 rows to make 2 extra quilts, 8×6, 1 for mom, 1 for grandma. I talked it over with Lois, and we decided that 8×10 was going to be big enough to cuddle under on the sofa, or use for a picnic, and 8×6 would be a great size for a lap blanket while reading. So I’m making 4 quilts.

Anyway, last night, since I couldn’t sleep I finished up Lois’ quilt top! It was 8×6 when I started sewing last night, so I only had to attach 4 rows, plus the edging.


As you can see, even 8×10 is not small! Bless! It’s 75 inches across and 95 inches long (that’s 6’3″x8′)! That means I need to make 350 inches (just shy of 10 yards) of binding! Eeeeek!

Little Love Notes

So, in creating my template for the ikle envelopes,  I made another envelope!  Now what to do with this envelope?  Well…  What about making it into an….. ENVELOPE!  Shocking idea, I know.  But in this case, it’s the envelope for a Bitty Love Note.  I’m going to give this one to my sister.  She’s my best friend, and it’s been a tough year, month and week for her!

A little surprise for your pocket.

For tiny reminders of love!

I cut the lining paper by tracing the envelope on the back.  Then I cut smaller than the pencil marks.  Once I got that done, I cut the background paper to 1/4 inch smaller than the size of the envelope.  And the white paper to 1/4 inch smaller than that.  And then I cut the hearts.  They’re so tiny!  Seriously, a challenge to cut.  I also stitched them on, since they look so sweet stitched.  And, of course, you knew I had to ink the edges.

All of these are leftovers from a previous project.

Leafing Memories Blog Hop

Hey!  Welcome to the final stop along the Leafing Memories Blog Hop!  If you didn’t arrive here from Heidi’s Blog, please jump to Amanda’s to get started!

There’s a change in the air!  I get inspired to pull out my hot chocolate and spiced cider drinks.  My kettle boils at least 3 times/day.  And I love it!  One of the best things is, of course, the Autumn colours.  This year I had a visitor in from the UK, and we went camping in Yellowstone for 2 nights.  Rather than driving home the normal way, we took a slightly longer rout and went through Grand Teton National Park.  Sadly, it was raining, so we couldn’t see the tops of the mountains, but the colours along the road were inspiring!  That’s where I got my photos for this blog hop.

Materials used:

  • PP – BasicGrey – Mellow
  • CS – Co’ordinates and Reflections
  • Letters – Thickers
  • Stitching – Gutermann Thread

The tree is an SVG file that I cut with my Cricut.  The file is free, and available here.  It’s actually available as both SVG and PDF file formats.  After I cut it, I filled the windows with different scraps from another LO.  I then used the cut outs from the original, and paired them with additional cut out leaves.  If I were to do the stitching again, I wouldn’t have the curl on the left side on that one line.  But, you learn, right?  I was free handing!

My LO is vaguely inspired by a PageMaps Sketch.

As usual, I’m offering a prize!  To enter, you need to do one of the following (one entry/option)

  • Comment here!
  • Become a follower (either with the Follow Button at the top, if you’re a WordPress User, or with the “Email” option on the right hand side.  If you’re already a follower, let me know.)
  • Post a link on your blog, FB, Google+ etc… account to this post (and make sure you leave me a note).

You have til Monday, 17 October, 9.00 am Mountain to get your entry in!  If you win, you’ll get this cute card (if I may say so, myself!) I made with the scraps, along with some fun scrappy goodies from my stash.  The epoxy square is Karen Foster.

Don’t forget, there’s a Grand Prize going over on Amanda’s Blog.  Make your own LO and submit it by the 23rd of October, and enter to win!

Thanks for playing, and Happy Autumn!

Rugby Match

Ha!  Look at that. I managed to do some Paper Scrapping tonight!  Had a friend (snipsansnails from the Club CK MB) round this evening for some quality scraping time!  She’s a super quick scrapper.  I’m a super SLOW scrapper.  But hey, we both got fun stuff done!

This is my favourite from tonight:

Seriously, love it.  And it’s kind of exciting because I’m actually submitting it to two different sites!  I’ve never submitted a LO to anything before, so this is very exciting for me.

Snispandsnails brought a couple of challenges with her.  One from Sassy Lil Sketches, for their September Week 2 Sketch:

September Week 2 Sketch


Now, obviously I flipped the sketch, and added a 3rd photo.  Also, my bunting is a little different.  Oh, and I don’t have any word strips… but this was the sketch that started me off.  It’s still related, you can see it.  Just, not a duplicate!

The second challenge is from Frosted Designs.  Their Friday Challenge was to use a punch on your work this week.  Well, I certainly did that! My banners are all created using the Martha Stewart Crown Edge Punch.  It’s a fabulously useful punch, I think!  I thought it made a perfect bunting edge!

If you’re interested, the materials I used were:

CS – Reflections White
PP – DCWV Green Tea Stack
Punch – MS Crown Punch Around the Page Corner and Edge Punches
Title – Jenni Bowlin Studio Vintage Brown Stickers; AC Thickers Chit Chat
Stitching – Coats Thread
Ink – TH Distressing Ink Linin

Here are the other 2 pages I got done this evening:

The papers are still all DCWV Green Tea Stack and Reflections White.
Get In Title is AC Thickers Daquiri
Get In clear { is BoBunny Acrylic Charms
Ink is Zag Black

Ok, there you have it!  I managed to be productive this evening!  And, that completed the photos from the Ruby Game!  Woot.  So I’ll have to make my friend some good digital copies and have them sent to her (in England).  When I initially started with these photos, I’d intended to send the real ones to her.  But… I liked the 1st LO too much to give it up.  So she’s getting copies.

2nd Sketch Play

*Shock!*  I know.  I’ve been getting so much done on my scrapbooks these past 2 weeks!  You’re all having to pick yourself up off the floor that it’s not been months between posts!  Yes, I know.  I’ve been a bit rubbish for a while about getting anything outside of work and my PhD accomplished.  Anyway, I managed to do another LO based on the Ali D sketch (same as the previous post):

Isn’t that Bee just adorable?!?  I was so excited to find him.  He’s just so charming.  Love that his wings are pained.  I made them glossy using Glossy Accents, which is one of my favourite toys ever.  It’s just so much fun to use.  Anyway, if you want to use the Bee, it’s a free svg file I found here.

Materials Used:

  • PP – Cosmo Cricket – Garden Variety
  • CS – Coordinates – Naturals, Reflections – Basic Colours
  • Ink – StazOn – Blazing Red, Uniball Black Pen.
  • Bees – SVG free download from here.  Cut on Cricut with SCAL.
  • Bee Wings – Ranger – Glossy Accents.
  • Title – MetropolisNT. Cut on Cricut with SCAL.
  • Stitching – Hand drawn and punched stitching lines.