Sewn: Shwin Designs Stella Tunic

by Meghan Rowe on September 8, 2015, one comment

I recently purchased two patterns from Shwin and Shwin – the Stella Tunic and Leggings, and the Maggie May Tunic/Dress (photos to come soon). I made this Stella Tunic as a birthday gift for a friends daughter. There are so many incredible pattern designers to be found online right now! I also want to make this, and this, and this, and this, and this!
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My daughter was only too happy to model before we gave the tunic away!

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I used a rayon and loved how it moved with her as she played in the yard.

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The Stella Tunic was pretty easy to make, though it took me two days to work up the courage to make the buttonholes (the first ones I’d made since grade 9 sewing class). Thankfully the buttonhole foot on my Babylock made it a snap.

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I had a question about the skirt facing and sent an email to Shauna at Shwin and Shwin. She replied quickly with an answer which was super helpful. I really appreciated that she took the time to respond.

IMG_3077The drop skirt in the back is lovely, and the addition of a cardigan and long leggings will look great in the colder months. My daughter will not wear anything if it ‘feels funny’; she was very comfortable in this and was a little sad to give it away. I’m excited to make one for her now!

Celebrate

by Meghan Rowe on October 30, 2014, no comments

I was trying for a collage style card, not quite sure if I hit the mark or not; but regardless, I really like how this turned out!

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Stamps: SU!, Altenew Paper: PTI, SU! Ink: VersaFine Onyx Black Accessories: Teresa Collins, Random Bits from Stash

Happy Birthday

by Meghan Rowe on October 25, 2014, no comments

PTI’s Ombre Builders is such a versatile set. Here’s a super simple birthday card:

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Stamps: PTI Paper: PTI Ink: Hero Arts, VersaFine Onyx Black Accessories: Thread from Stash

Birthday Wishes

by Meghan Rowe on October 15, 2014, no comments

Aga at Just Made from Paper makes wonderful cards; she made this card a while ago. Here is my version:

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Stamps: PTI, SU!, WPlus9 Dies: SU!, WPlus9 Paper: PTI, SU! Ink: VersaFine Onyx Black, Hero Arts Accessories: Tissue Paper & Thread from Stash

Make a Wish

by Meghan Rowe on October 10, 2014, no comments

Now that my kids are in school we receive a number of birthday party invitations throughout the year. To keep up, every few months I try to make a big batch of the same simple card; here’s the most recent one:

Make a WishStamps: PTI, WPlus9, Mama Elephant Paper: PTI Ink: SU!, VersaFine Onyx Black Accessories: Doodlebug

Birthday Wishes

by Meghan Rowe on October 5, 2014, no comments

Altenew’s Painted Flowers is one of the prettiest stamp sets I’ve ever seen…

Birthday WishesStamps: PTI, Altenew Paper: PTI, SU! Ink: SU!, Versamark, Hero Arts

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A Baby Card With Sparkle

by Meghan Rowe on September 28, 2014, no comments

I love making cards for precious new babies!

IMG_1952I adore SU!’s glimmer paper, and it’s so pretty paired with enamel dots. There is a little multi medium matte on the twine bow tails to help them curve.

IMG_1973And on the inside,

IMG_1961Stamps: PTI Dies: PTI Paper: PTI, Pattern Paper from Stash, SU! Ink: VersaFine Onyx Black Accessories: SU!, Doodlebug

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Color Theory Thank-You

by Meghan Rowe on July 25, 2014, one comment

Color is something that does not come naturally to me. When making cards I find a palette that works and tend to stick with it and variations of it. I love the confident way Dawn McVey uses color – I would never think to use the combinations she does; the schemes she chooses for her cards always look inspired, fresh, and well composed.

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This card came out of my desire move outside of colors I find comfortable. I used two shades of red, and one pink to represent colors side by side on a color wheel, along with kraft and gold. In the first picture you can see a bit of shimmer in the gold ink – those triangles are from PTI’s Ombre Builders Stamp Set. The flowers are PTI’s Bigger Blooms, and the sentiment is Altenew’s Label Love.

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Stamps: PTI, Altenew Dies: PTI Paper: PTI, SU! Ink: SU!, VersaFine Onyx Black, Encore Gold Accessories: Pink Thread from Stash

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Quilled Thank-You

by Meghan Rowe on July 22, 2014, no comments

I don’t order from Papertrey Ink very often as I live in Canada (I love the products, but their international shipping rates are a little high for me). On occasion, if I know I am going to cross the border I will place an order and have it sent to a shipping company in the town I’m visiting. Hello low or no shipping fees!

Quilled Elegance is a set I’ve longed after for quite a while. I finally picked it up this spring on a ‘cross border order’. I love the large image below, it suits this layout so well and the filler stamps make this such an easy card to make or re-produce. This set is also a winner for me because it comes with sentiments – wonderful practical ones like ‘happy birthday’ and ‘thank-you’.

Notice that my bow is sitting quite nicely – not Kristina Werner nicely of course, but not too bad at all; that is a rare occurrence around here!

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Lately I’m loving embroidery thread; it comes in so many wonderful colors, looks like twine, and it’s cheap, cheap, cheap! I found a decent selection at Wal-Mart last week for $0.45 each. The cashier was a little confused when she asked me if I was doing embroidery and I replied ‘no, it’s for cardmaking’ – she didn’t seem to have a clue what I was talking about so obviously an awkward silence ensued.

Last winter, a lady at a Mom’s group I attend was giving her stash away; that day I was able to take home up a bunch of great thread!

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This card was made for my Mother in Law, who held a lovely dinner party for my birthday and gave me a very thoughtful gift.

Stamps: PTI Ink:  SU!, Hero Arts, Memento Paper: PTI Accessories: Embroidery Thread

Have a wonderful day!