Thursday, August 17, 2017

Minion Love

Hi!

I've been working on a special project for my sister for a few weeks...
A Minion Quilt!

Truth be known, I started planning this in January, but finally got it going in June.
I cut out the fabric in January at my mom's when I was visiting.

It had to be put aside for a while then I started piecing it in my quilting class.

After a few weeks of assembling blocks, then rows, the connecting the rows...

I pieced the back of the quilt too, then brought it to my newest friend, Shawna with Aba Daba Quilts to pick out a pattern and thread.  She quilted it on her long arm, edge to edge.

I finished the binding in time to enter it in a local quilt show at St. Joseph's Island.
 Here's Shawna again at the show with the backside:)


My first show...
Now I just have to bring it to my sister for her birthday present at the end of August.
Hugs!
Cindy :)

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Canada Cards

Hello!

I seem to finish my cards just before an event and therefore do not leave myself enough time to post them before hand!  Oh well!  Hope you like these anyway.

I am selling my cards at a local store that was started up for local artisans in May.  So each celebration that passes, I try to make new cards to sell. Mother's day and Father's day passed in a blur, then came Canada Day.

I decided to use some left over scraps from my Canada quilt that is almost done :)  I hate wasting such beautiful fabric, so they went into these cards.  There were more, but I had to bring them in fast and forgot to photograph them...


On Canada Day the store had a $1.50 table in honour of Canada's 150th birthday this year.  As I did not want to sell my cards for that low a price, I made up these bookmarks.  They're selling great!


Thanks for checking in!
Cindy :)

Friday, July 21, 2017

Christmas in July

Hi there!

Working on a few projects right now, but thought I'd share a Christmas card design I used in 2014.
Washi tape is an easy and quick way to add fun to cards.
I saw other similar cards around the internet and figured this was up my alley for making about 100 cards...


Spray the cards with gold spray.
Then add strips of Washi tapes, overlapping slightly.
In the top sample I stamped a background shape before stamping the greeting over top.
Then I embellished with a die cut poinsettia, or the bell enhanced with metal flakes.


See ya!
Cindy

Monday, July 3, 2017

Way overdue!

Hi!

I'm going through websites and deleting ones bookmarked that haven't posted this year.  Then I check and I THOUGHT I had posted at the beginning of June, but NO!  It was May!  SO sorry to those that check my site!

I've been quite busy it seems making seasonal cards for sale and then emergency cards for dear friends and family.  I've been selling my cards at a local shop that opened here in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario.  The Artisan Emporium is a shop that was opened by a local lady to highlight local artisans of all types.  We have potters, sewers, jewellery makers, photographers, painters, etc.  As a holiday approaches, I make a few cards to se if they sell, and to my surprise they have, then I need to quickly make more before the holiday passes! 

I've been forgetting to take pictures of all of them, but I'll catch you up as best I can.

Mother's day cards: I've been collecting doilies and handkerchiefs for a while to make cards with them and finally got brave enough to do so.




Father's Day:  After showing a new friend how to use stencils and inks, I got inspired to make a mess one day and made a pile of backgrounds.  This is one of the cards I made that I remembered to photograph!  Having lost our fathers to cancer 9 years ago, this is tough holiday for both my husband and I and our families, but it's getting easier, if I think of making a card they would have enjoyed.

Clay cards:  I'm still making cards for Clay It Forward, a not for profit group here in the Soo.  Sandra is such a great promoter of causes!  I draw inspiration from the clay pieces/ ornaments she gives me to use.






Tuesday, May 2, 2017

The Artisan Emporium

Hello!

I have been sharing some exciting news with local friends, and tomorrow it will be happening!
A group of local artists have come together to sell our handmade items in a store environment.  A local lady decided to take the risk of renting a building here in Sault Ste. Marie and setting it up.  So tomorrow at 10 am The Artisan Emporium will be open for business!


I went into the store and set up the finishing touches on my display today, complete with some new Mother's Day cards. 



The hours for now will be Wednesday, Thursday and Saturdays from 10-6.  Com by and let me know what you think!

Friday, April 7, 2017

More Clay Cards!

Hello!!

As previous mentioned, I've been ramping up my card making lately.
I got a call from Sandra at Clay it Forward to tell me the cards I gave her were selling very well and she needed a refill!  SO excited to hear that!

So, here are some of the cards that will be available this weekend at the Mill Market in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario!









It's Spring!

Hello!

I've been working like a busy bee the past two weeks!
Another craft table day at Vintage Coop is coming up AND I've signed up to sell cards at The Artisan Emporium!  A group of ladies decided to rent a main floor of a building and have fellow artisans come and display/sell their works!  I was happily accepted and have geared up production!

Here are a few new springy cards I created:



Yes, I have been adding my cross stitch skills to the cards again!

Hugs!
Cindy


Sunday, March 12, 2017

Recycled Puppy Cards

Hi there!

When possible, I try to reuse paper products in my cards. (I also use other items, but that's another story)  My hubby has fear of throwing out anything just in case I say "but I was going to use that!". 

I was given a pile of past Shetland Sheepdog calendars to create something out of and decided on this series of cards.

Using a 1" square punch, I punched out the images I wanted from a 'puppy a day calendar'. 

The punched images were then placed on cards fronts using images from magazines for the background.  Sometimes I used a strip of paper to mat the images and sometimes not.

Then I add my greeting, decorate the inside and we're done!

See you next time!

Thursday, March 2, 2017

Clay It Forward

HI!

I love to try to used found items or unique items on my cards.  Since we've moved here to Sault Ste. Marie, I've been trying to make connections with others and this is one of them.  Clay It Forward is a community art initiative started by a new friend Sandra Hodge.  Check out her website for more details!  So I asked her if she would be willing to share some clay pieces for me to place on cards. 

Well some of the shapes are used to bring awareness to certain groups.  For example, heart shaped pieces with a little girl is for Days For Girls, bone and dog shapes are to bring awareness to mental health issues, veggies are for a local community garden...

Here is some of the cards I have created:








Keep tuned for more cards in the future!

Sunday, February 26, 2017

Published card!

Hi there!

It's been a while since I've had a card published.  Mind you, it's been a while since I submitted cards too.  I've started to again before Christmas, but it takes about 6 month minimum to see if it is published.  Sometimes longer, as magazines will keep items for a few years to publish at a later date for a specific theme.  The feeling never grows old though!  Love it!

This latest one was published the 2017 Winter Just Cards magazines. 

My other published items are in the other pages of this blog.

Later!