I received from ale0059 and kfad yesterday. Wonderful cards from each!
These were from kfad: several thank you notes, a Thanksgiving card, and a jar of joy. For some reason the colors are faded in appearance in the photo, but are actually much more intense in shade.
Several birthday cards, a Hello note, and a Christmas card.
More Christmas cards. The trees have silver stickles as ornaments and are on a silver dotted background.
And a set of cute gift tags with tiny pom-pom and velvet ribbon trims.
Then these came from ale0059, Halloween monsters with coordinating origami-style envelopes. Since we have four female family members with Halloween birthdays (one on Oct. 30th, the other three on Oct. 31st), the monsters may be wishing them a Happy Birthday rather than a Happy Halloween. The kids will love them! Much more fun than the usual cards they get!
Kfad, these are the shots I took. Just one technical comment: I used aluminum heating and air-conditioning duct tape for the steampunk cards. It can be embossed, painted, sanded, and die-cut among other techniques, comes in several widths and has a paper-coated adhesive backing. It can be found at home supply stores like Lowe's, Home Depot, Atwood's. This was my first time to use it and I'm in love with all it can do, so thought I'd spread the word so the rest of you can try it, too.
I nominate Onyxnox "Queen of the Crafted Notecards Swap". It's hard to even know where to start with her artistry. First up, the cute, little, heat embossed card she sent with a note.
Then let's start with the "generic" notecard - She created two of each design and made matching envelopes for each card. At the top of each photo you'll see the front and back of the envelopes. The exterior and interior of the cards are shown in the bottom of each shot. On these cards she used a delicate, silver embossed, scroll design for the background, then topped it with a double layered mat and the stamped pen nib image. So elegant!
Then she went with my holidays theme: Halloween - DD#1 claimed these, but only because her sister hasn't seen them yet. I suspect there may be a battle over them. Luckily there are two cards, so I foresee I may have to do a King Solomon on them; split them and give one to each.
Thanksgiving - Even more heat embossing on these gorgeous beauties. This time in copper and a dark brown. They look so professional and just shout out "Fall". They look so rich yet earthy!
And then my favorites: Christmas. The photos don't even begin to do them justice. (I tried flipping this photo several times but no luck.) The stamping and embossing were done in silver which stands out so beautifully on the blue cardstock. The interior paper is a white pearlized cardstock. Although the snowflakes on the front look white, they're actually a silver foil and the ribbon strip down the center is more of the pearlized paper that has been embossed with snowflakes.
Love these cards: simple, elegant, beautiful, and rich with understated details. Thank you again, Onyxnox!
Is this it? Yes, yes, I think it is! This is my spot.
Group 1 Sloth003 - block 1 & block 3
Stellou - Friendship Star blocks
Sparkledust - Anvil blocks Even though two of the blocks look blue, I promise they're really purple. I had hoped that photographing them outdoors would give true colors, but guess the problem is with my camera rather than the lighting.
Alwaysinmyroom - Garden Fence blocks
Group 2 Carolmb - Road to Oklahoma blocks. My paternal grandmother was born in Indian Territories, which became eastern Oklahoma, the first member of her family not to be born in France. My paternal grandfather immigrated here from Italy. My maternal grandfather came from St. Louis but his mother came from Bohemia. My maternal grandmother was born in Texas, but her ancestry traces back to Scotland, Ireland, Wales, a co-author of the Declaration of Independence, and a signer of that document. So the Road to Oklahoma block truly does represent the paths my family took to arrive here. The background looks like dust swirls, which reminds me of the Dust Bowl that ravaged western Oklahoma in the 1920s and 30s. The green represents our trees and grasslands. Oklahoma is home to one of the largest and last untouched grassland prairies left in the US and my part of the state is referred to as Green Country.
Skatergirl, now you need to do Lilo so Stitch isn't lonely.
My partner finally sent all her crafted notecards, so I got mine this morning. Yeah! She said she tried to use a different style for each of her partners (She had 5 counting me, so we'll see how she did when the others arrive in Canada, Texas, and Oregon). She said she's been on a scalloped lace and flowers kick, so that's the style she used on most of mine.
Have been making a ton of cards (mostly but not entirely from stash). Was getting burnt out last night so I whipped out some beads and memory wire for some 'change of pace' projects.
Made two bracelets for myself and two garden whimseys. Sorry but the garden whimseys tend to blend in with my crepe myrtle a little too well, so they're hard to see. Basically they're just longer versions of my bracelets. I've also been trying to use up the partial skeins of sock yarn in my stash. Have made another three miniature pouches. Think they'll make good doll purses.
Love the quilts, especially the diagonally striped one. Cute pillow cases. Kids will love those fabrics. UTM, those necklaces are ve-e-e-ery nice! Not familiar with Moonrise Kingdom, but the stitching looks very well done. Reminds me of the stitch samplers our ancestors made, but with a bright modern take.
Our Dutch oven group had its monthly cookout yesterday, so thought I'd share with you what I made. Everything we make is done in cast iron Dutch ovens using charcoal as our heat source. Makes controlling the heat a challenge, especially when it's very cold, windy, or raining. A cherry upside down cake made from some of the fresh cherries I've been processing this week (No, not the brandied ones or the ones in vodka. Just plain ol' cherries.) And to keep things simple since it's so hot here, Italian sausages braised with bell peppers and sweet onions.
Challenge entry: 1/2 gallon of brandied cherries that I made yesterday. I still have about 8 lbs. of cherries to deal with, so am going to preserve some in vodka, dehydrate some, freeze some, and make the rest into jelly or jam. Not sure which I'll like best so that's why I'm planning to preserve them in so many ways. I think these brandied cherries may ultimately become Cherries Jubilee over ice cream or pound cake in a month or so.
Some plain gift tags I received in the Box of Sunshine Swap, then what I did to them yesterday.
My most recent market bag. AIMR, I changed the pattern slightly. I made the handle 10 stitches across rather than 8 and put 4 hdc between petals on round 24 rather than 2 hdc. It opens the mouth of the bag up a little more and widening the handle gives more support to the top of the bag.
Close up shots of the petit point emblems I stitched for the Twinches Swap. They were mounted into a square reversible pendant, then attached to a book thong for my partner Tapestrymlp. I used 40 count silk gauze, a size 28 needle, and a single strand of DMC thread throughout. The pendant case and domes are from Epiphany Crafts: Charm Settings Square 25 and Shape Studio Square 25. I did have to manually trim the finished pieces though because the matching punch wouldn't cut fabric.