What’s on Your Workdesk Wednesday #147

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Here it is Wednesday afternoon. The days of the week certainly whiz by! It’s been a few weeks since I’ve shared a photo of my workdesk and when I remembered that it was indeed Wednesday, I took the camera and went upstairs and snapped this photo…

Hmmm…not very much going on here.  A few weeks ago I did change the direction of where I face while working.  I do that now and then.  Right now I face my doll house which you can see in the background.  I started building that doll house back in 1979 and finished it in 1983 I think.  It’s a big farmhouse and I keep the back to the wall to keep the cats out of it.  When they were kittens they could get up there and climb through the window and take a nap inside!  The only project about to be started on the desk is some Copic coloring with the digi image that’s printed up on that paper to the left of the scissors.  Sorry that you can’t really see what the image is.  Other than that, for now it is all pretty neat.  Oh! See that template thing to the left of the sheet of white paper?  That’s for making bows.  I’m still trying to master it.  For now, I do better tying them myself but I’m not going to give up on it just yet. Ha, ha.

What’s on Your Workdesk Wednesday is a weekly meme and if you’d like to snope see other’s desks and projects, then you need to click here and visit the Stamping Grounds blog and if it’s still Wednesday where you are you can even join in on the fun.

Hope you’re having a great day—I’m thinking that maybe I’ll go and color on that digi image or sew a quilt block or something.

I took these photos several weeks ago for the blog but kept forgetting to do the post. This is my first “all about my quilting” blog post here on Sandy’s Crafty Creations. I gave my blog that name so that I could share any and all types of crafty stuff that I might become involved in. I’ve always known how to sew and have made many things from Barbie doll clothes  to my own wedding dress to Halloween costumes  to Easter dresses, Bridesmaid dresses and kitchen curtains. I had, however, never quilted. Well, I did make baby quilts but not pieced ones. I made those with applique designs–Mother Goose, Choo-Choo train and so forth. Back in September at a scrapbooking retreat that’s held at a retreat center that also hosts quilting retreats and has sewing machines and quilt kits for sale, I became inspired to piece a quilt. I had a sewing machine but for many years it has literally hated me and I hated it in return. Frustration with breaking thread and jammed bobbin thread drove me insane. Hubby had commented that he would buy me a new machine….well, at that retreat I bought me a Janome and took it home. Then in October I paid a visit to a quilt shop here in my town, Quazy Quilt Shoppe, and got introduced to block of the month kits.

Below are the first two blocks I’ve stitched up for a “Card Trick” quilt using 1930s reproduction fabrics. I love it and can’t wait to get it finished. I still have several more blocks to sew. I love the block of the month kits as they come pre-cut and you pick up a new kit each month. After 6 months on this one I have 12 blocks for my quilt.

Now, most people know that I love Halloween.  And when I was in the quilt shop last fall I just had to buy some Halloween fabrics for a quilt.  These I have to cut out myself.  Cut, stitch and press.  I’m doing a block of the month quilt that I found on line.  I’m way behind on this one but here is the first block that I stitched up.  I really want to have this little quilt done by Halloween so I think I need to get busy!

This is the quilt block before I stitched it.  I found a tutorial on Bee in My Bonnet  how to make design boards so I made myself two and I lay out the pieces that I’m going to stitch together on the board.  This one is still on the design board.

And there you are. Proof that I craft other things beside cards!

Sweet Sketch Wednesday #145

I made this sweet card last week or was it the week before last…hmm can’t really remember. Ha, ha. I made it for a challenge but missed the deadline. The card was made in time but I just didn’t get it in gear to actually post it on the blog and link it to the challenge. But anyway, I think it’s a lovely card so I’m going to share just because….

This card is a square 4.25″ and will fit in a standard A2 envelope.  I find that having an envelope to fit a hand crafted card to be a problem so that’s why most if not all of my cards are the A2 size.  I loved the punched out circle which came with the green dot zig zag design and the saying “it all starts and ends with family.”  I followed Sweet Sketch Wednesday’s sketch #145 for the design.

I fussy cut out the small flowers from the printed  background paper and used  brads to attach them to the card.  The center flower is metal (it was in my stash…have no idea what or where I got it) and I added a flower brad to the center.  All the papers are from my scrap stash so I can’t even start to guess what line they are from.  I really liked how this Sweet Sketch had the different papers stacking up for depth.  A perfectly wonderful card to send a hello or thinking of you note to someone in your family….

I had to go to the bank today and it is so nice to drive around with the windows down.  I saw lots of lovely wildflowers blooming and wished that I had my camera and the time to snap a few shots.  While in town I stopped by the quilt shop and picked up a block of the month kit I’m working on and material/finishing kit for another quilt.  Hopefully I’ll  get a bit of time to sew a few more blocks.  Winter this year was very mild and did not provide any “stuck in the house” snow/ice days for quilting projects!  Not that I’m complaining but still…

Hope your day is lovely where you live!

Hambo Hoedown ~ Spring Colors + Easel Card*

Clear It Out ~ Easter + Use Up Pastel Colors
Mojo Monday ~ Sketch Challenge # 234 Circle or Square
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*My apologies to Hambo and those visiting from their site.  I forgot to create an easel card for this challenge and the linky thing is closed so I cannot remove it.  Hopefully Hambo will remove it and again so sorry that this card isn’t an easel one. (Creating an easel card with the pastel colors was this week’s challenge)  Still love the Bunny Parade digi!  Thanks Hambo!

It’s time for another dance with the Hambo Hoedown challenge!  This time I’m using the adorable BUNNY PARADE-digital image by Hambo Stamps and lovely Spring colors: Lavender, Yellow, Pink, Green & Blue.  And yes! I used all five colors in my card creation!  I also created this card using today’s Mojo Monday Challenge  and made a square card following their Sketch #234.  And, since I used pastel papers that I had in my stash, this card is also for the current Clear It Out challenge to use up some of my pastel colors and create an Easter card.
 The colors in the printed paper I used is a pastel background with flowers in pastel lavender, pink, and green.  The printed pink paper has blue squares in the design.  I colored the Bunny Parade digital image with the same colors ~ lavender, pink, yellow, green and blue. I also added clear Spica glitter pen on the trim of the eggs and on Bunny’s hat, jacket and basket.  The bow is a light yellow tied from Hug Snug Seam Binding ribbon.

The Copics shown below were used to color Bunny Parade.

Easter will soon be here.  Spring is definitely here in North Texas.  Flowers are blooming, the grass is green and our temperature in the afternoon is in the 80s.  Hard to believe for March but that’s the way it is in Texas.

Hope you’ve had a great Monday!

Sketch Inspiration #312

Happy Saturday to you! I’m taking it easy today (well, really have been all week) to let the new meds for my back/hip problem do their job and hopefully take away most if not all of the pain and then next Friday I’ll know more when I go back to the doctor or will have some tests done to check out my hip and finally know what’s up with me! I’m a bit weary of not getting to do much. However, when I feel good I like to make cards and last Sunday I created this card for the current Sketch Inspiration challenge #312. 

I used double sided printed paper for the background and design of the card and sage seam binding ribbon for the bow plus a bit of white lace along the edge under the ribbon and bow.  In my embellishment  stash I found this oval metal mini frame with the flower image inside.  I used the colors of those flowers to color white paper flowers with my Copic markers to match and used brads in the centers of the flowers to attach them to the card.  The sentiment “you make my world happy” is a rubber stamp from Unity Stamps.

I’m pretty sure that Spring is here to stay in my part of Texas.  The wildflowers are blooming and it looks like we’ll have a bumper crop this year!  I’ve also noticed that my pecan tree is putting out it’s leaves and I have noticed in the past that when the pecan trees wake up then Winter is indeed gone.

Here’s hoping you have a wonderful day!