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!
My daughter was only too happy to model before we gave the tunic away!
I used a rayon and loved how it moved with her as she played in the yard.
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.
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.
The 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!
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!
Stamps: SU!, Altenew Paper: PTI, SU! Ink: VersaFine Onyx Black Accessories: Teresa Collins, Random Bits from Stash
PTI’s Ombre Builders is such a versatile set. Here’s a super simple birthday card:
Stamps: PTI Paper: PTI Ink: Hero Arts, VersaFine Onyx Black Accessories: Thread from Stash
Julie Ebersole of Paper Trufflez made this card; I love just about anything she does. Below is my version:
Stamps: SU!, Altenew Paper: PTI, SU! Ink: SU!, VersaFine Onyx Black Accessories: Ranger
Aga at Just Made from Paper makes wonderful cards; she made this card a while ago. Here is my version:
Stamps: PTI, SU!, WPlus9 Dies: SU!, WPlus9 Paper: PTI, SU! Ink: VersaFine Onyx Black, Hero Arts Accessories: Tissue Paper & Thread from Stash
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:
Stamps: PTI, WPlus9, Mama Elephant Paper: PTI Ink: SU!, VersaFine Onyx Black Accessories: Doodlebug
Altenew’s Painted Flowers is one of the prettiest stamp sets I’ve ever seen…
Stamps: PTI, Altenew Paper: PTI, SU! Ink: SU!, Versamark, Hero Arts
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I love making cards for precious new babies!
I 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.
And on the inside,
Stamps: PTI Dies: PTI Paper: PTI, Pattern Paper from Stash, SU! Ink: VersaFine Onyx Black Accessories: SU!, Doodlebug
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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.
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.
Stamps: PTI, Altenew Dies: PTI Paper: PTI, SU! Ink: SU!, VersaFine Onyx Black, Encore Gold Accessories: Pink Thread from Stash
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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!
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!
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
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