Saturday, July 15, 2017

Free Sweets

Howdy.  I have had a busy few weeks with party planning and executing, as well as some time to re-group.   {deep breath}  I am trying to re-find my mojo, to get back on the crafting wagon.  {wishing, fingers crossed, and eyes closed}
I also, needed to create a 'card' and thank a frequent buyer of my cupcakes.  So, I bit the bullet, and just dove-in!  Into my craft room, that is.
I didn't want to chop-up full sheets of 'new' pattern papers, so I went straight for the scrap box.  I knew that I would be able to find something pretty, something that worked with my 'coupon'.  I did.  And now I needed a sketch.  I found an easy-to-use sketch, and reached for my tape runner.

I found this very workable sketch @ Sketch Saturday #472.  I love how you can add little 'pieces' of your own personality to this sketch and create something beautiful!  And, if you can't 'see' your masterpiece, check out what this design team has created.  You will be inspired! {smile}

and I just HAD to stop by Word Art Wednesday to see what their design team has created.  This paper crafting challenging site always has an anything goes theme.  And they have an inspirational quote that you are free to use (but don't have to).  You deserve to reward yourself and see what this clever design team has created.  {smile}
and here is what I created:

recipe:  this is a typical A2 size card: 4 1/4" x 5 1/2".  

I used two different, but coordinating pattern papers. I selected pattern papers that would not compete with the coupon.  I simply adhered them to vanilla/cream card stock, and machine stitched them.  I wanted a double border stitch, to give the card character without distracting.  I inked all the edges of the papers/cardstocks with kraft ink.  Not so much to give it a 'worn' look, but to define the edges.  I wrapped some sparkle-y ribbon around the card front.  I tied a simple bow, and trimmed the edges of the ribbon on the bias, to give the bow a bit of flair!   I used sparkle-y baker's twine to tie a vintage yellow button to the bow.  I selected a yellow button to match the accent on the coupon.  The sentiment banner piece, was adhered to the card front with foam tape, to 'lift' it off the card front.  Viola.  done.
Thank you for looking.  I hope you still have your crafting mojo.  If not, I really want you to do what needs to be done to find it.  We all have battles, and together, we can find our own strengths!  I know that I am blessed.  But, I too, struggle with the realization of that fact.  I need to feel those blessings in my heart, and not just my head.  I am working on that, everyday.  The struggle is real.  But I will win!

Saturday, July 1, 2017

Vintage Red, White/Cream, and Denim Blue

Howdy.  I've been busy trying to get out of a funk.  Trying to stay motivated to keep running.  Keeping up with chores.  And trying to find my passion for creating.
This little project took me about a week.  Only because I didn't want to spend any money completing this project.  I am seriously trying to 'use what I have on hand' instead of just buying more stuff.
I have seen several beautiful 'vintage' american flags on the internet.  Mostly Pinterest.  And well, I felt a desire to create one.  I used scraps of various fabrics, lace, and trim to create mine.  I wanted something that conveyed 'old', 'americana', and simply shabby chic pretty!  Here is what I made:

2 1/2' x 4'

To display your American flag, the union jack is ALWAYS at the upper left corner, regardless of its vertical or horizontal.
The union jack (blue panel) is made from denim.  I machine washed it, to give it a soft feel.  And then I machine stitched various red and white fabrics & trims.  The stars were cut with a star die, using scrap pieces of the blue/white fabric in the flag.  I wanted materials that looked vintage, or had that Americana 'feel'.  I am happy with how it turned out.  I just don't know 'how' to hang it.  Any suggestions?
The 3 I's in the center is for my family.  My ancestors were part of the American Revolution.  The 3 I's represent the 3% of Americans who originally fought against the British.  After the war, these fighters were awarded land 'out west' as payment by our government.  Thank you for your bravery! 
Some of the fabrics were not long enough, so I simply stitched pieces together, to create longer strips.  I think that this piecing together, helps give it a 'worn' look.  
Thank you for stopping by.  Enjoy your American Independence weekend.  Thank a solider for their service & duty, and remember those who have sacrificed.