Saturday, February 28, 2015

Green Sundress

Green Sundress

In 2009, my granddaughter, Brooke, was age 5. I had made her several cute dresses that year and this was one of them. The green material is a multi-toned cotton blend. It has a fitted bodice trimmed with a white lacy ruffle and shiny ribbon. The skirt portion is gathered onto the bodice and the hem is embellished with two rows of white lacy ruffles and shiny ribbon. The dress also has a tie back. All materials came from Joanne, Etc.

More Dresses for Brooke

More Dresses for Brooke

More dresses lovingly made... all sewn from the same pattern but styled differently. All have back zipper closures and sashes tied in a bow.
No. 1: Dotted print cotton blend dress with lavender border trimmed in yellow ric-rac. Buttons are stacked yellow on white. Bodice lined in lavender.
No. 2: Turquoise with daisy print cotton blend dress with two-tiered skirt embellished at waist with a bow and a yellow button. Bodice lined in white. (In retrospect, the bow should have been made in a different color.)
No. 3: Pink cherry print cotton blend dress trimmed with pink and white satin ribbon. Bodice lined in pink.

More Dresses for Brooke

Dresses for Brooke

More outfits handmade for Brooke and sewn with love.
No. 1: Brown floral gathered corduroy jumper lined w/blue cotton blend fabric & coordinating blouse.
No. 2: Gray pleated corduroy jumper lined w/pink dot cotton blend fabric & coordinating blouse, covered buttons and appliques on pockets.
No. 3: Red gathered corduroy jumper w/lined red print cotton blend bodice & coordinating blouse.
No. 4: Red plaid A-line polyester blend jumper with center pleat & velvet ribbon with white cotton blend blouse trimmed with picot edge.
No. 5: Teal A-line corduroy jumper with cotton knit mock turtleneck shirt.
No. 6: Periwinkle blue seersucker sundress.

Friday, February 27, 2015

Happy Birthday - Masculine (Wetlands)

Make a Wish
Update: This card qualified for the "Top Three" at AHSC!

This is a masculine birthday card for a family member. For inspiration I used the Atlantic Hearts Challenge, Sketch #96, using a favorite color combination. I also entered the card into the challenge at Retro Sketches.

My card was in the Top Three for the Atlantic Hearts Challenge, Sketch #96!

I wanted the card to have depth and tried to show it by taking the photo at an angle in the sun. The image and sentiment banner are popped up with foam tape. The sentiment banner was curled using a bone folder. By design, the card was placed to the left on the card base with a strip of brown showing on the right as demonstrated in another photo below. The inside is embellished with a piece of Very Vanilla cardstock stamped similarly to the front of the card.

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Happy Birthday - Masculine (Moose)

Latched Gate Fold
Update: The AHSC team chose this card for the Top Three!

Today's card is being entered into three challenges: the Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge #95, The Paper Players #233 and MFT Challenge and Inspiration. Next month I will need a masculine birthday card for a family member who is a hunter and fisherman so I thought this would work quite nicely for him. The photo does not show the paper very well. The plaid paper is brown, gold and soft aqua. The print paper is soft aqua. The sewing machine thread is bright aqua.

After creating the card I realized I had not used any elements from MFT ("My Favorite Things"), which carries fabulous products and from whom I have purchased many stamps and dies. I'll be more careful in the future!

The card qualified for the "Top Three" in the Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge #95. My thanks to the design team for selecting my card.

This card is styled as a Latched Gate Fold and I folded it so the front edges were off-center allowing for button placement on-center. More photos are below.

Sunday, February 15, 2015

Thinking of You

Thinking of You

With the deadline approaching, I decided to enter another card in the Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge #94. I love pretty paper so decided to use cardstock and paper from one of my favorite paper packs - "Brushed" from Close to My Heart.

Saturday, February 14, 2015

You're a Great Catch!

St. Valentine's Day

This is the card I made for my husband, Bob. Masculine cards are a challenge for me so I started this card using only the sketch from the Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge #94 for inspiration, which has a decidedly Valentine theme. The interior is stamped with a red heart, leaving sufficient space to write a note.

Sunday, February 8, 2015

Oodles of Love

I decided to enter another card in the Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge #93 so this is my second entry. I realize I am competing against myself but submitted it anyway. This card was CASE'd from a card found here. I used a different sentiment, changed the colors slightly, added another stamped image, repositioned the focal image and changed it into a Valentine. The interior is also different.

Friday, February 6, 2015

Sending Wishes

Sending Wishes
Yippee! I'm delighted that my card was in the "Top Three" for Challenge #93.  My sincere thanks to the talented design team at Atlantic Hearts.


This is a card I made specifically for the Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge #93 and is my first-ever submission to a challenge. I have been making cards for about two years. This card was CASE'd from a card found here. The primary differences when CASEing the card: I added more pearls and used non-alcohol markers in colors other than the original, which was colored with alcohol markers. The inside is decorated differently as well. I did not use pop dots or mounting foam because I will be mailing this card and wanted to keep it flat.