26 July, 2011

Fall Quilt

 This is my fall quilt. One of the most involved quilts and I think it's the best loved. Mike has been sleeping exclusively with this quilt for three years now. No other works for him as well as this, he says. The weight, the length, the warmth, all of it is perfect. I don't know what I did to make it so perfect, but I'm glad he likes it so much!

Snowman Quilt

 My snowman quilt! I went through and found as many snowman prints in blue as I could and cut them into strips. This was both the most easy quilt I've ever made and the hardest. It was easy to put together, and it sewed similar to a pillowcase style, but instead of being actually quilted it's tied instead. Every three inches or so there is a nice tie of white yarn to keep the layers together. It's a lovely warm quilt and because of the way I made it it's really fluffy.

25 July, 2011

Thug Life

THIS was fun! I took out an old Zany Zinnia kit and just Went. To. Town. These papers were so fun to work with, came together beautifully, and layered *really* well. I love this kit and these papers, and it goes so well with Viggo.
Rubber Stamp: Club Scrap (Time and Space)
Cardstock: Bazzil
Paper: Dream Street
Kaiser Craft rubons
Nail heads
Fringe ribbon
(All items from Zany Zinnia kit)


I think this paper really shows off Gambit's fur for some reason. It's funny that this kit was bought on a whim and yet I've enjoyed using it so much. It seems this page came together rather easily, which I love; although it took two days to complete because I wasted my scrapbooking time yesterday packing up purple totes and Mike came in and wanted to go to bed before I was even close to finished. But it came together quite quickly today.
Clear Stamps: KI Memories (Love,Elsie)
Paper: Prima (Whisper)
Prima flowers
Papertrey Ink buttons
Copic Spica pens

Thanksgiving 2010

My Aunt Yvonne gave me the photos from this last Thanksgiving and while I would normally just scrapbook them and move on, but with things going on lately I looked at them a bit differently.  Journaling reads: "I really wish there was some kind of cosmic warning system, but there isn't, and none of us knew that this normal Thanksgiving at Nana's is probably the last one we'll have together. Grampa most likely wont be with us much longer and we didn't know to appreciate that he was there, to be thankful on Thanksgiving. My parents of course had to protest the photo taking (lame), but at least we were all there in the moment together. We were, in fact, ALL together. Uncle Ed made an appearance for the first time in more years than I can even remember. So it was truly the entire immediate family, just like when I was a kid."
Cardstock: Co'ordinations
Paper: Imaginisce (Happy Harvest and Apple Cider)
Imaginisce stickers and die cuts
Imaginisce ribbons

18 July, 2011

Grampa's Quilt

 More about the quilt's progress. Here it is with all the rows sewed together. Five up, four across, makes a decent sized lap quilt. This is where I had to stop, because we didn't have a backing, or batting, or binding. I waited until Mike got off work early and we headed down the hill to Joann's. For some reason all these plaid flannels were right up front when we walked in, took us two seconds to find the backing. I love it. I got some nice natural cotton batting, never used it before, but it seemed ritzy, and we were done right quick.
 Then it was just a matter of spreading it out, pinning it, and marking the lines for the quilting. Mike did that part. He wanted to contribute. I quilted one direction, then then Mike marked the other direction.
 And here it is all quilted. Each square ended up having an X through it, *almost* perfectly. I mean, none of the squares were sewn perfectly straight, so it's no big deal that the quilting didn't end up perfect either. I was looking for the "rustic" look anyway.
Finally, Wednesday night, just before midnight, while Mike was still playing his video games, I finished putting on the thin binding I got. I, of course, didn't count on the fibers of the flannel shirts being a bit too loose to hold the stitches of the binding. By the time I got it to Grampa on Saturday it had pulled away in several places. Thankfully he didn't notice when I gave it to him and my aunt promised to add a thicker binding to it when she could ferret it away from Grampa without him noticing. 

Okay, so I screwed it up, ala ME, but he liked it a lot. Grampa wears a lot of flannel shirts and the quilt was real warm, so I guess it worked out.

14 July, 2011

Jarfuls of Love

I wanted to make a card for Grampa to go along with his quilt (which I'll post in a bit). Originally the idea was this sentiment with a heart inside it radiating light, kinda like a lightning bug? Well, I couldn't figure out how to do that and then I found this stamp from Prima (which REALLY need sanding) and lo and behold it fits in the jar. I coloured the girl to look a bit like me and worked on getting the balloons to look transparent... a bit. It's hard to do the real technique on something so small.
Clear Stamps: Papertrey Ink (Friendship Jar) Prima (Jack and Jill)
Cardstock: Papertrey Ink
Patterned Paper: AC Dear Lizzy, Basic Grey (Basics)
Sizzix embossing folder
Papertrey Ink buttons
Copic Colours: V25/22, E39, YG67, B000, RV32

13 July, 2011

Half Done

Took me half an hour, and got the quilt top half done. Not bad at all! I think it looks pretty cool too, I mean, I've been planning a quilt like this for a while now, I might have gotten on it a bit faster if I knew it would come out this pretty. I'm sure Grampa will love it now!

12 July, 2011

Quilt for Grampa

  Well, if you don't know from reading my Facebook, my grampa has recently been diagnosed with lung cancer and has been given a prognosis of about 2-3 months. Well, I've been telling my parents to keep me informed on what's going on and Dad IMed me last week, saying that I should come as soon as possible to see Grampa. He's worried that something sudden, like a heart attack, might happen, or that Grampa might get so sick he forgets everyone. This happened to someone Dad knew and he doesn't want Grampa to forget Mike and I before we're able to see him. So I said we could be there right away, but Dad doesn't have time off, so a weekend was a better idea. We'll be going up to NorCal Friday afternoon and spending a lot of time there on Saturday. 

Well, I'm pretty far away, and Grampa can't talk on the phone, so while I can visit for this small amount of time I can't actually *do* much. As a crafter, my idea of helping is making something. So I called my Aunt Yvonne, also a crafter, and asked her what I could do. A scrapbook page? Some sort of frame or something? What? She suggested a quilt, if I could manage it, to put over his legs while he sits in his chair and watches TV or plays his handheld games. She said she knows it will be a stretch, but he would appreciate it a lot to have something like that that I made myself.

I can do that. But, if you have any idea where Big Bear Lake is, you'll know that I'm a *little* secluded up here. There's no craft store, there's no WalMart, there's no NOTHING that might sell me fabric of a manly nature for a proper quilt. BUT, shoved over in the corner where I keep my fabric, were several of Mike's old flannels. He wears one nearly every day, since I met him over 10 years ago, and sometimes they rip or he outgrows them. I've been saving them so I could make a quilt because they're perfectly soft, and they're manly, so there you go! Aunt Yvonne said that was a perfect idea.
 The cutting in the beginning had to be done with scissors. It was a bit tough cos my wrists aren't that strong, but there's seams to work around and whatnot and you can't do that with a rotary cutter. I had five flannels and one pair of sleep pants to work with, that's it. Mike calculated how many squares of fabric I'd need and I set to cutting.
 Problem is, cutting is BORING. I HATE the cutting part. It's so tedious. I had a really hard time concentrating on it, which of course makes me feel terrible because this is for Grampa after all and if all he's (not even) asking me for is a tiny quilt then the least I can do is get it done.
I powered through the boringness late in the afternoon and got all the squares cut and ready. Then it was on to chain stitching! It's so simple, just put two random squares together and sew them, then do it with two more, and two more, never cutting or breaking the "chain" between them. Then all you have to do is sew six pairs together, take another pair and add a free square to it, and so the line of three to the others and you've got a nine patch!
Like this one. Twenty nine patches in a 4x5 strip configuration and you've got yourself a quilt top. Tomorrow when we go down the hill I'll be getting some backing, maybe a nice fabric for a border (cos that's a bitch to make out of old flannels) and some sort of binding. Sadly my Wednesday is packed and Thursday we're going down in the evening to see Harry Potter so while the beginning of my week I could do this no problem, the hard *quilting* part of this project will need to be crammed into Wednesday night and most of Thursday. It's going to be a stretch. 

But its' worth it for Grampa.

06 July, 2011

Why Am I SO Fat?

I should add an exclamation point to that. Anyway, this it just some of the foods I have for lunch. A nice antipasti plate, a veggie stir fry, some veggie soup... and yet I'm 161lbs!!!! WTF!! Ah well. I don't know what it is with me and red/orange/yellow of late, but it's interesting. And it's nice to be using up older papers. I layered the hell out of this one so it used up a good chunk of the collection.
Cardstock: Co'ordinations
Paper: Basic Grey (Offbeat)
Imaginisce iTop punches
Basic Grey stickers

04 July, 2011

Live Crabs

The second layout of the day. This is about the live crabs we bought from 99 Ranch Market and cooked at home. We've done it several times now, but this was the first. This paper is supposed to be about camping and whatnot, but I saw Kelly Purkey use it for something fun, a restaurant layout I think, so I decided to mix it up. I didn't want to play to the red colours of crab, so what else could I really use?
Clear Stamp: Lawn Fawn (Say Cheese)
Paper: American Crafts (Campy Trails)
McGill circle punch
Jolee's San Francisco stickers (crabs)

03 July, 2011

Shooting All Star

I found the remnants of this old Zany Zinnia kit. It's from 2007. I know that, because it had the map of Busch Gardens Tampa in the bag and we went to FL in 2007 to visit BIL and SIL. Anyway, this paper is actually nice. It's rustic and clean at the same time, with even patterns and I had these photos of me target shooting at Mike's grampa's house during our *recent* trip to PA. I'd been wondering what papers to use and these ones just fit.

I wanted to use as much of the kit as I possibly could, so I got the metal ribbon charm on there, the rest of the twill, all of the buttons, and I punched some of the patterned paper out to make embellishments as well. What I find interesting about this one is it's a little divergent from how I usually make my pages. The plain cardstock goes in the background usually, and then I build on the patterned paper, but I like it this way better. Makes the whole thing look cleaner to me.
Cardstock: Bazzil
Paper: Dream Street
Martha Stewart border punch
McGill circle punch
(Paper and elements from Zany Zinnia kits c.2007)

02 July, 2011

Thanksgiving at Nana's

The problem with taking so long to scrapbook things is I forget all the journalling that I would usually write because I'm too dumb to make notes. These pictures are from 2009 and I don't remember that Thanksgiving at all. I do know that no one is in this picture because my family hates pictures, so this is the food. That one stamp, that took SO long to colour, I have no idea why. I like the border strips on this layout, it's two layered on top of each other and then orange buttons placed on the bigger dots of the strip. I think it's cute anyhow. 
Clear Stamp: Imaginisce
Cardstock: Bazzil Kraft
Paper: Basic Grey (Autumn Splendour)
Basic Grey stickers
Papertrey Ink buttons
Copic Colours: YR18/16/14, G28

01 July, 2011

Happy Birthday

I settled on BasicGrey's Oxford to go with these photos. I took some more of the busy patterns and punched some borders and random linedy things that I see everyone doing on their pages now with all the patterns and layers and whatnot. Then, since I was bored, I had to colour with my Copics so I put a cute little kitty with a present on there. I dunno, not much to say about this layout other than it wasn't a total disaster and I used Oxford in a way I actually like.
Clear Stamp: Penny Black
Cardstock: Co'ordinations
Paper: Basic Grey (Oxford)
Martha Stewart border punch
Basic Grey brads