Hopefully my hunnie doesn't read this before I give him this card : \ I love paper piecing and often use the technique including my stamps or sometimes designing from scratch like I did for this card. We have a new fabric collection with Riley Blake designs that ships in October 2014 and it features our owl designs - so while I had the little guys on my desktop, I thought I would incorporate the art into a Valentine's Day card "use what you've got around the house" I always say. If you want to make this card too you can follow the step-by-step tutorial below and download my pdf file here: Download KPOwl_AlwaysCard Just a little Valentine LOVE from me to you!
Download the pdf file and print (black and white) onto plain white paper (don't scale the image). My printer is an old HP laserjet. It can handle cardstock and different thicknesses of paper. For this technique you will tape scraps onto the first print-out; so make sure your printer can handle that.
Cut scraps of paper to fit over the images and use clear tape to hold them down as they pass through the printer - use small pieces of tape at the tops of images and make sure to stay away from printed areas.
Here is the print-out with scraps of paper taped down - I placed it in the manual feed tray and it's ready for me to press print.
The scraps of paper have been printed in the second pass and now we're ready to cut the pieces out.
I love my fine tip Westcott scissors - great for cutting around the small areas! I also cut out a 1" strip of green patterned paper for the grass border and a 1" circle shape that I'll use for the leaves on the stump. Don't forget to cut out a couple of tiny strips for the owl's legs.
Glue the owl together and assemble the pieces of the card. I used a tape runner for the larger pieces and liquid glue for the small bits.
Here's a fun trick I've tried many times - you can insert the punched circle back into the circle punch and cut away bits to make nice leaf shapes.
You can see here that I trimmed the grassy border then used a corner rounder punch on each of the corners of the white card before adhering the completed piece to the folded kraft colored card (5.5" X 4.25").
Made with newspaper, a small scallop punch (EK Success 1" scallop punch), a hole punch and a brad - you can make this flower in a jiffy. I have made these kind of flowers before with circle shapes, large scallop punches and even coffee filters but never with my teeny scallop punch. Try this if you have all the ingredients and 5 minutes to spare - it's fun!
Punch 10 scallop circles from newspaper.
Stack circles and punch a small hole through the middle
Push brad through the hole and secure at the bottom. Scrunch and twist the top layer of circles then continue to scrunch each layer one at a time until you have scrunched all 10 layers.
Finished mini flower - how cute!
It's final resting spot is on top of another punch cut flower made previously. Voila!
The CARDED exhibit is on at Cambridge Galleries (Cambridge, ON) and we're so thrilled to be a part of it!
Mario and I attended the curator's tea and tour reception at the gallery over the weekend - it was great to see such a wide variety of styles and different media used in the unique selection of cards but the highlight was getting to meet the artists behind some of the work. It's such an honour to have my work alongside this talented group. Greeting card designs were submitted from all over Canada so not all artists could attend but we got to meet some inspirational men and women each with different experiences and it was great to hear their stories and see first hand their approach to the subject.
Each artists work is displayed separately on custom shelving made specially for this exhibit. You are encouraged to pick up the cards to see the insides or any special details.
Lastly, me and my cards....it was a fun day at Cambridge Galleries! Check it out if you're in or around Cambridge, Ontario (runs till January 12th, 2014).
It's that time again - we're busy decorating and getting ready for the Trick or Treaters. I love making special packages for the little ones and these treat boxes are so cute and easy to make. If you'd like to make some too - the printable template can be found at the left sidebar and here:
Download Kp_treatbox . I used black cardstock to make the boxes, then decorated with our Halloween Die-cuts from K&Company - you can still find them at Michaels -
they're in the Halloween section of the Scrapbooking - sticker aisle.
Design at Riverside in Cambridge, Ontario is calling all artists to submit their Greeting Card designs for an upcoming exhibition called "CARDED". It's open to Canadian residents and you can submit your designs (up to 10 different Cards) by September 30, 2013 at 5pm (deadline was extended by two weeks). If you're interested in entering, I am attaching the pdf file
Download CARDED Call for Submissions.
It has the details and criteria for entries. I think I will enter some Card designs. What about you??
If you'd like more info,
contact Cherie Fawcett (gallery assistant) at:
The winner of the Fat Quarter + Panel is: Lyn Kaufmann! Bonnie Pfrimmer is the winner of the BONUS Panel on our Facebook page.Thanks everyone for your great comments. I wish I could give away even more samples, but I'm at the end of my "stash" for this collection. Happy quilting and enjoy the rest of your summer!!
It's time for another give-away! To enter to win: just leave a comment right here under this
blog post (and "like" our FB page if you haven't already). You have until Monday August 26 at midnight (EST) to leave a
comment. I will post the winner's name here and our facebook page on Tuesday August 27th. **Also I'll draw a name for a bonus prize from comments made on the Facebook post. Good luck everyone!
Here is the Morning Song Panel featured in a quilt. Norah from Sew Little Time created it for her mother-in-law.....and she kindly sent me pics. Isn't it awesome? Thanks Norah for the inspiration!
Have you ever tried "wet felting"? I just came home from a workshop where I made my first project - wrist warmer/cuffs. It was sooo much fun!
I started with a foam sheet template (white) and then grabbed "tufts" of fibres from the wool roving (black) and placed them horizontally in a layered format (like layering shingles on a roof).
This is my lovely cousin who was much faster than me - she is pulling a tuft from the black wool roving before laying it on the template.
One side is now ready for the water treatment. We layered the fibres horizontally, vertically and another layer horizontally.
We placed a sheer material over the wool, squeezed water onto the area, pressed down all over, then flipped it over and folded in the whispy wooly ends.
After folding in the whispy bits (left picture), we repeated the process on the backside and picked coloured wools for the embellishments. This is where I got carried away
(too much fun) and forgot to take pics when I added the embellishments. Try to imagine the piece becoming a "tube" without seams. We removed the template and continued to "full" the wet fabric until all the fibres were well worked together. There is about 30 percent shrinkage, so you must think about that in the planning stages.
Here are the finished cuffs. It's a little warm to wear now, but
I'll enjoy these in the winter months. Another Christmas gift idea