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Any Winged Creatures At C2CU

December’s main theme at Crafts-Too-Challenge You is The Natural World. Below is my final make for the challenge this year which is Any Winged Creature.

Both background layers of corrugated cardboard were sprayed with dylusions inks called Melted Chocolate and Postbox Red.

The third layer was a piece of material which had molding paste scraped onto it with a Crafts Too stencil. This was then frayed and stitched onto the corrugated cardboard.

I wanted the butterfly as the main focal point of my card. It actually started life as a gold metal charm but this didn’t work too well.

Gold definitely didn’t go with my colour scheme so changed it into this fabulous blue metallic winged delight with white chalk paint and Treasure Gold Sapphire Gilding Wax from PaperArtsy.

Finished everything off with more stitching around the sentiment and a fussy cut G45 lady from the 12 days of Christmas collection.

Handmade flower and ribbon were both dipped very gently into the left over dylusions spray.

Natural 232Natural 22 2

Shirl

That Autumn Feeling

Not sure what the weather is like where you live but where I am things are definitely turning those delicious Autumnal tones. Our super sweet teemie Avril picked the theme this fortnight at Fashionable Stamping Challenges and it just had to be Autumn colours.

Autumn brings to mind my childhood days of wearing wellington boots, walking in the road by the kerb and kicking those beautiful, crisp and colourful leaves into the air. Not sure our grandchildren can do that nowadays with all the traffic about!!!

As usual my card evolved totally not the way I wanted it to. Leaves were going to be my focal point but when I saw this stamp lurking on my shelf an image came to mind of a genteel young lady playing the piano nestled in a bay window and looking out at the Autumn weather.

Pop on over to the main page at FSC and see what all the lovely teemies have made and remember Flonzcrafts wil be giving the winner $20 to spend at his store.

Shirl

Quilting Through The Year

Those were the days ahhhhh!!! Andrew and I lived in Kuwait for seven years and whilst there I met some amazing quilters who had set up a quilting class. I loved sewing and made my own clothes, curtains, cushions, novelty things like rag dolls, bags, Disney outfits but had never done quilting so I joined. Hooked or what, my time spent at those classes were fabulous.

Today I am showing you a Sunbonnet Sue All Through The Year quilt which I made for my first granddaughter a few years ago. Quilting is partly about preciseness and neatness which is sadly how my mind works … a right pain sometimes. Samplers are a good way to start but appliqué was the way I veered off and I loved every minute of the making. Still love my sewing but the cutting out plays havoc on my hands so I don’t make quilts anymore. In actual fact I use my rotary cutters and quilters rule for my cardmaking now (very useful) … I very rarely use a paper trimmer at all.

Lots of photos because this quilt is showing every month of the year, I have even added some cross stitch into the quilt … you do this by using waste canvas which is water soluble.

Can honestly say that each time a square was finished just couldn’t wait to start the next. The part I disliked the most is the tacking of the top layer to the wadding and bottom layer but when this was done I so looked forward to all the hand stitching to attach everything, all those swirls and hearts are hand stitched

This pic show most of the quilt.  Phewww all those french knots on the Christmas tree … labour of love.

January, February, March and April.

May, June, July and August

September, October, November, December.

Shirl