Sunday, September 11, 2022

Some paint needed

I haven't bought any scrapbooking materials in a long time.  Is it still hard to get a bright blue color?

If so, this solution can work for you as well or for any color that is difficult to come by.  You just need some paintable Thickers or chipboard.  For the Thickers, use watercolors.  For chipboard, use any kind of acrylic paint.

Here's the video of my layout with a painted title and some embellishments.

Thanks for watching!

Tuesday, August 30, 2022

Using some stickers

Birthday pages for us are usually about how we celebrate the birthday.  Typically that is with a day out but this year, we celebrated my husband's birthday at home with, what else?  Cake!  Cheesecake, actually Black Forest Cheesecake to be more specific.

This page remembers a tasty dessert and a tradition of licking the bowl.

Here is the process video for the page:

Thanks for watching and I appreciate all your feedback.

Wednesday, August 17, 2022

I have a new scrapbook process video!

In this video I share 2 layouts already completed and then go through a 3rd layout. These are one photo pages which is unusual for me.  I typically have 2 or more photos per page.  Sometimes though one photo tells the story or a one photo page can be the start of a section in your scrapbook.  Sometimes one photo is all you have.

I apologize for a quality issue in the video.  In trying to switch over to doing HD videos and using a phone instead of a camera, there is a focusing issue.  After filming this, I think I've figured out the secret and hopefully the next one won't focus in and out all the time.

Process Video

Thanks for watching!

Friday, June 3, 2022

Baby Quilt and Free Motion Quilting Videos


Hello!  I've been busy gardening and quilting.  And I'm back making videos - this time I'm making quilting videos!

Recently I completed this baby quilt for a family member welcoming her first baby girl. She has boys.  The nursery is decorated in navy and peach.  This is my take on the color scheme.

I think it is one of the prettiest quilts I have ever made.

The fabric for the nursery has large peach flowers.  Using the Sister's Choice quilt block, I arranged the fabrics to replicate an open flower.  The quilting further accentuates the design.  Part one of a two part series of videos shows how I created the quilting.  This can be done on a home sewing machine or a long arm.

Here's the first video:

For the border, I used a slightly darker thread so it would show up a little more but not so much contrast as to highlight my mistakes.  I've created a double arch border with lots of loopy quilting.  Also some curved crosshatching fills in the gaps and adds to the arched effect.  

Here is the video for the border quilting.

And a couple more close up photos:

Thanks for stopping by.  This is my first set of videos on quilting techniques. Also I used my phone rather than a camera so I'm open to feedback on content or the quality of the videos.  

Sunday, March 6, 2022

Instagram Quilt Fest

This month over on Instagram, quilters from all over the world are sharing their work and their stories in the #IGQuiltFest2022 sponsored by Amy's Creative Side blog.  This used to be a blogging event but moved to Instagram at some point.  I didn't jump in until day 3. I'm really enjoying the quilts and more importantly the stories behind them.  

Each day has a prompt and the participants, which can be anyone, post a photo that relates. Today's prompt is "Origin Stories."   An example is 'how did you get started quilting?'  My answer was my first recollection of asking a family member how to quilt.  My grandmother didn't have a quilt in front of her, she had given up quilting when her family was grown and she moved to small home.  She answered by using the corner of her apron to emulate how you would stitch in arcs to put together a quilt. I now know that this is the Baptist fan pattern.

Yesterday's question was about Why we each like to quilt.  My answer is that quilting can be so many things and I used the quilt pictured here as my example.

To make the design above, I sketched the hearts and a little of the swirl and then quilted in black thread just adding the rest of the stuff as I went.  It is a style of graffiti quilting.  Then I painted in the hearts and all the rest - one red heart for my husband one one more pink one for me.  I haven't put a binding on it.  I love the design but there are some flaws. I'd like to redo it sometime and make it a little more perfect. I'm not a perfectionist so I don't aim to not make any mistakes, just less noticeable ones.

Tomorrow's prompt is Lesson Learned.  I'm not sure what I'm going to choose for that one.  There are so many lessons I've learned about sewing and quilting over the years.

What I'm most enjoying is reading everyone's posts.  It is giving me some much needed inspiration.

Check out the posts with the hashtag #IGQuiltFest2022 on Instagram and see what a world of quilters are up to.  Thanks for stopping by!


Tuesday, March 1, 2022


My latest quilt in my Etsy shop!

This modern quilt is made with gelli printed fabric, long arm hand guided quilting and hand painting.  

Here is the listing for more information and many more photos.  Etsy Listing

This one took quite awhile to evolve.  I printed the fabric several weeks ago and then I stared at it often hanging on my design wall before I cut it and started sewing and painting.  Sometimes you have to live with a design for awhile before it can progress.  

I love the energy of this piece.

Thanks for visiting today!

Saturday, February 26, 2022

Watercolor Series Video - Backgrounds


The final video in the watercolor series is up. In this video, I create two cards with watercolors used on embossed resist backgrounds. These impactful backgrounds are easy to do.  With watercolors, you can create an endless number of colors.  I stick to the palette in this video but you can always combine colors to get what you want.  It would have been easy for me to get the purple I was missing by just mixing some red and blue in a dish.  It's much harder to color mix with stamp inks.

I've enjoyed this series and I hope you have as well. Thanks for watching!

Saturday, February 19, 2022

Coloring stamped images with Watercolors

In my quest to pare down my craft supplies, I assessed all the things I have to color with.  Markers, colored pencils, watercolor crayons, inks and blender pens.  So many things and honestly, coloring isn't really my favorite thing to do.  So why do I have all this stuff?!

I've also discovered that I can color with the same medium that takes up little space and is great for so many other things - watercolors. In the video, I share some comparisons I did between watercolors and other ways to color.  I make the 'for you' card above.

Thanks for stopping by today.  There is one more video in this series so look for that next week.

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