Sunday, December 25, 2011

Merry Christmas

I would like to wish you all the blessing of Christmas, and I hope you have the good fortune of spending time with those you love this holiday season. We have all our family gatherings on other days so today we will be spending the day with friends and all the lovely people at our local soup kitchen.
I created this frame using a wonderful piece of word art I found as well as the Classic Christmas digital paper pack from Kindred Creations.

Friday, December 16, 2011

Scarf

I came across a lovely scarf on this blog and I decided I would try and make myself one, and while I was at it I could whip one up for my niece for Christmas as well to go along with the gift card I got her.

I only used a single layer of fabric because I felt it would be quite thick and only suitable as a winter scarf and I thought the flower detail was too pretty to hide under a coat.  I rounded the ends of the 8" wide fabric before ruffling it.  I added 13 flowers (only because that's what I could get out of the remaining fabric).  I hand sewed the flowers and added 3 silver seed beads to the centre.  I then sewed them to the scarf making sure to keep the stitches at the back of the scarf neat and tidy, and starting and finishing my work on the back of the flower. Frankly I'll admit I was lazy and tried washable fabric glue and when I hand washed it 4 flowers fell off, but I also noticed that the flowers looked crappy after coming out of the wash.  Although I had already noticed that they looked a little limp and the tops were falling down when I lifted the scarf up.  To remedy that I took some no-sew seam tape to attach the flowers to the scarf further.  The flowers right now look a little flat from ironing on bits of seam tape, but they should puff back up a little.  I only attached them in two or three places.

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Retro Christmas Tree

I have a new card to share with you.  Kindred Creations Scrapbooking has two new digital kits out today, Retro Red Christmas Tree and Retro Green Christmas Tree.  These packs are wonderful for the digi scrapper, but also those who don't mind printing out their own paper, which I did.  I also used the Ornate Merry Christmas Title which I changed to a green colour (although the greens appear quite black in the photograph).  I cut the image out using a Spellbinders Labels 17.  I layered the Red Tree Top paper over white and dark green card stock and stitched them together.  I also took a strip of Green Retro Trees paper and stitched it across the lower half of the card front.  I then added the image using foam adhesive and finished it off with some Kaisercraft clear jewels in the top right hand corner.