Tuesday, July 31, 2012

More Ruffled Scarves !!!

Here are some close up pictures of the ruffled scarves I will be selling at the craft shows this fall.  The colors are gorgeous and the scarves are so much fun to wear!  I order the yarn directly from the manufacturer in Turkey, as it is not available in the USA.  I'll be placing an order soon for the local school colors, since I'll be participating in quite a few of their fall craft shows.

Halloween Cats!

Cat bodies stitched together

Cat bodies ready to be stuffed

appliqued cat faces

Completed cats with halloween ribbons

These cats are from a Simplicity pattern -- I found some glittery Halloween fabrics to use as the bottom strip of each cat.  The face sections were appliqued using a wonder under fabric.  The eyes are cut from a glittery black felt and really add a nice touch to the facial features.  The ribbons are perfect for these cats!!!

Making Primitive Ghost Wreaths

Ghost bodies stitched, faces painted, and tea stained

attaching ghosts to grape vine wreaths

close up of attached ghosts

finished wreath embellished with fabric pumpkins, moon, and hanging spider

Here are the steps I took to make my ghost wreaths -- muslin ghost bodies and stitched in one piece and then top stitched to separate individual bodies.  I tea stained the fabric after stuffing to give the ghosts a well-worn look.  I attached some grapevine fencing to the front of the wreaths and stuffed with some moss.  The ghosts were hot glued to the inside of the wreaths and let to dry completely.  The pumpkins and moon are stitched and then stuffed with a little polyfil and attached to the wreath.  I used a pigma pen to draw the faces on the pumpkins and then added a little stick to each pumpkin top as the stem.  My die cutting machine was used to cut out each spider from felt.  Love the way they look hanging from the side of the wreath!

Doll and Bear Pieces and Parts!

Mini Annie Doll Bodies

Annie and Andy Bodies, arms, and heads all attached!

Annie and Andy arms, bodies attached to heads

Painted bottom part of legs white
Painted red stripes on legs....

I've been busy designing some new raggedy annies and andies...thought I would take a few pictures of my dollmaking process.  

I'll post more pictures as the dolls progress!!!

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Salsa Scarves!!!

Here is a picture of my hand-knit salsa scarves displayed at a craft show held in Orland Park.  I bought the wire manequins and suitcases to display the various types of scarves I knit.  The purple scarf on the manequin is my favorite! 

50th Wedding Invitations

A lady who purchased a few of my greeting cards at a craft show last fall called me to see if I might be interested in designing invitations for her and her husband's 50th wedding celebration.  I scanned a copy of their wedding photo and cropped it down to the size I would need to balance the front of the invitation.  I chose four different printed cardstock designs and started tearing and distressing the paper until I came up with this design.  I stamped the word "Memories" on one of the printed papers and attached two antique brads to the sides.  I distressed all edges of the papers and photo to give it a vintage look.  A small silk flower with a pearl center is attached with a tiny glue dot after the edges were distressed.  I found a golden-colored organza ribbon that gives the card a little more elegance and wrapped it around the entire front of the card.  The inside of the card was printed directly from my computer.  The couple was thrilled with the results and originally ordered thirty invitations. A week later, they order an additional ten invitations!  I am really proud of the result!!!

Thursday, May 10, 2012

Mother's Day Card from Kids

Front of card

Inside of card

Here is the Mother's Day card I made for my co-worker 's kids 
to give to their mom.  

I used a printed cardstock for the front, printed the words on my computer, cut out the tags and attached them to the flower stems using bright yellow-orange twine.  

The inside verse was placed over a pink cardstock mat that coordinates with the front of the card.

Let me know what you think!

More Mother's Day Cards!

Here are three more cards I designed for Mother's Day, each one is unique!  The first one uses a die cut that is in the shape of an apron.  I embossed the entire shape after it was stamped.  I then added stamped flowers that I cut out individually and attached using small glue dots for a little dimension.

The second card was distressed on the edges of the mat, the border strip that I cut from a new Martha Stewart punch, and the flowers made from a Tim Holtz die cut -- lots of fun!  

The third card used three embossing folders:  one for the top section of the card, one for the bottom section, and the third for the hat.  I used a circle punch, a scalloped oval punch and a smaller oval punch to make the hat.  Added a small width ribbon to the hat brim, punched a small flower, added a tiny yellow pearl in the center of the flower...and added the vintage lace around the center for texture.  

Let me know what you think!

Straw Hat Mother's Day Card

Vintage Mother's Day Card

Apron Mother's Day Card

Mother's Day Card

One of the people I work with asked me to make him some Mother's Day cards, including one for his wife.  I found some floral paper that was embossed with a sparkle effect and a paper with words that complimented the floral paper.  I used a third paper to punch a border to place between the two papers, covering up the seam.  A light turquoise taffeta ribbon with a brown border was a perfect match to the papers, so I attached it to the back of two paper flower using a brad and then used a large glue dot to adhere it to the side of the verse.  A different border punch was used along the top and bottom borders of the mat behind the verse to add a little texture to the card.  I also used a mat on the inside of the card to coordinate with the front.

Let me know what you think!

Front of Mother's Day Card for Wife

Inside Mother's Day Card for Wife

Giraffe Baby Shower Invitations!!!

Are these cute or what !!!!!

Front of Baby Shower Invitation

Inside of Baby Shower Invitation

I was asked to design baby shower invitations for my sister's friend.  Not knowing if the baby is a boy or a girl made it challenging to find the appropriate cardstock and paper to use for this occasion.  I fell in love with the quilt paper and knew it would be perfect for this invitation.  I then found the giraffe embossing folder in a brand new set by Cuttlebug -- perfect size for what I was looking for!  I started to play with various designs until I decided upon this one in particular.  I added the border strip to bring a little texture to the invitation...but it was still missing something.  I then decided to use my "baby" stamp and punch out the small tag and attach it to the ribbon knot using white bakers twine...that was exactly what was needed to put the finishing touch on the card front!

I used the same giraffe embossing folder for the inside of the invitation, tweaking the word to fit the area around the giraffe, balancing the words to the embossed image.  I decided to use a green font color to coordinate with the green mat underneath the giraffe on the front of the invitation, to pull the theme together.  I am so happy with the results!  

Let me know what you think!

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Hand-Crocheted Wash Cloths

Here are some hand-knitted wash clothes I made from 
100% cotton grown here in the USA.  
I displayed them in a ceramic old-fashioned bath tub --
these cloths are perfect for baby!!

Annies, Teddies, and Cats ... Oh My!!!!

Here are some pictures of my annies, teddy bears, and cats
on display at a craft show

Scarves, anyone????

Samba Glitz Scarves

Salsa, Flamenco and Samba Scarves displayed at a craft show in small suitcases and on wire manequins
Absolutely luscious yarns!!!  And lots of colors, too!

a picture of my crochet necklaces, scarves, and cards at a craft show

The making of my teddy bears.....

teddy bear bodies stitched up and ready to embellish...

hand-stitched, stuffed and embroidered mouth/muzzles
hand- sewn buttons for eyes;
added blush to cheeks and inside ears
attached antique quilt pieces to arms;
tied ribbons around necks --
Ready for adoption!!!!

Here are my teddy bears -- 
I've taken pictures of the production time frame:
I sewed their body parts together, stuffed them, and hand-stitched the arms and legs...
then hand-stitched and stuffed the muzzles...
then hand-embroidered muzzles and mouths...
then hand-sewed buttons for eyes...
then attached a piece of an old quilt...
added ribbon around their necks...
and voila!  the finished teddy bears!!!!
Funny how each has it's own personality...

My Craft Room!

Here are pictures of my craft room where I design raggedy annies, teddy bears, cats, and lots of greeting cards!  This is after I cleaned up from my last craft show -- normally you can't even see the table top!
My sewing machines are in the back corner of the room while my large work table is in the middle of the room.  There is only one window, so light can become a problem.  I love my Ott lights -- really bring true color to whatever I am designing!