Wednesday, September 16, 2020

InKing Royalty Halloween blog hop

 


Welcome to InKing Royalty's September Blog Hop! During this year's blog hops, we are enjoying a year of celebrations - this month's projects are all about Halloween. Prepare yourself for wonderful mix of spooky, scary and sweet. We are excited to share our creations with you today! After you read my post, I hope you'll hop over to the next person on the list at the base of this post.



A black cat on a fence with a full moon says Halloween to me. To make it more so I added a frame with the rectangle stitched framelits so I could stringart cobwebs in the corners. It has been terribly smoky up here in the Pacific Northwest due to so many fires, so I chose a crumb cake background. The fence is made with 1/2" strips and the banners pick a punch. I do love that punch, and the cat punch!

Thank you for stopping by today.  I hope you'll hop along to the next stop on the blog hop, Shawn de Oliveira at Shawn Stamps. There's lots of inspiration to be found in this group - and you don't want to miss it!



Thank you for hopping along with us.  If you get stuck during the Blog Hop, please use this line-up as a guide:

Brian King at Stamp with Brian

Candy Ford at Stamp Candy

Ann Murray at Murray Stamps Ink

Sue Jackson at Just Peachy Stamping

Jackie Beers at Blue Line Stamping

Rachel Brumley at Artistic Designs by Rachel

Sheryl Sharp at Sharp Notes by Sheryl  → → You are here

Shawn de Oliveira at Shawn Stamps

Julie DiMatteo at The Paper Pixie

Pam Morris at Tap Tap Stamp

Lynn Kolcun at Avery's Owlery

Sheryl Abernathy at Elegant Sentiments

Linda Krueger at The Stamp Coach

Joanne Brown at The Inky Dragon




Friday, September 11, 2020

String Art with Stitched Triangles

Two of my loves are papercrafting and needlecrafting. This project combines both!




It took some Googling and watching YouTubes on string art, and then some trial and error. If you just stitch each color in succession, you will end up with the last color laying on top of the other two colors. To have each point overlap the other, you will need to take care to slip the needle under the previous color for each stitch on one side, necessary only on the last section. This is true for any shape (square, triangle, diamond, hexagon, etc.).


Sent this card to dear friends who gifted us with season tickets to Mariners games this year! In 2020 this means cutouts in the stands as no one can attend in person. What a fun, great gift! We are in Terrace Club, section 242:

A while ago these same friends gave me a box of 4-1/2 x 6-3/4" Fabriano Medioevalis single cards that they intended to use for their daughter's wedding but did not. Crafted in Italy by the Fabriano mill, this fancy cardstock is perfect for stitching! Thick and not easily torn. Used this special cardstock for this card. Thank you, Martha & Terry!!!

Stamps: MFT Essential Sentiments
Dies: SU Stitched Triangles, MFT Pierced Rectangle Frames
Misc: embroidery floss

I hope you find things that spark joy during these challenging times.







Saturday, August 22, 2020

Iris Folded Christmas Tree

It has been ages and ages since I made an iris folded card! This and teabag folding were some of the first few techniques I learned when I started papercrafting. That was way back before die cutting! We used to hand-cut the openings. The largest triangle in the Stitched Triangles set is perfect for this project!



Instructions have been requested, so I will include a link to a video I found as well as a few pics I took today.



Cut the tree out of a scrap of cardstock. You will only need this to trace the shape. Use the negative to trace the outline on another piece of cardstock or scratch paper. This will be your template. Mark 1/2" from each corner as shown.



Connect the marks.



Keep measuring 1/2" increments and draw lines until you reach the center. Now cut your shape from your card front and tape it face down over the template. I like to secure it with removable tape on one side so I can flip it to ensure I taped down the correct paper pattern. Here is a nice tutorial on iris folding if you've never done it before.



First strip taped down. I use 3/4" strips, scored at 1/2". It is helpful to pile your strips on each side of the triangle, sorted by pattern. I have numbered the order you need to tape the strips down to create the iris pattern.



Flipped over to check the front. When you are finished, there will be a pile of paper on the back of your card front. I used thin foam tape on the back around the edges and around the tree.


Most of the samples you see have a solid piece in the center, often shiny gold or a solid color. This emphasizes the "iris" as in a camera lens. Instead, I chose to continue the pattern, then added a few rhinestones.

Hope you give this a try if you've never done this before. We have lots of pretty DSP to play with!


Thanks for stopping by, come back soon!

Friday, August 21, 2020

Lucky Quilt Block

 I have been playing with making some cards inspired by quilt patterns. I made a modern pineapple patterned card that I will blog soon. Today I played with a new die set, Stitched Triangles.


Mom made quilts, and some of them were incredibly labor-intensive. She cut paper and fabric hexagons, and hand-stitched everything. She would be amazed with the die cutting machines we have now. She probably wouldn't have even blinked if I told her I had to cut 32 little triangles for this card. Piecing everything together was a challenge because the triangle corners are rounded. If you're a quilter you know the points need to match up! I finally attached pairs of triangles to white squares in an attempt to get all of the squares to line up accurately.

I had already photographed the card when I thought maybe I should attach something to the center, it was a bit plain. The center had a little hole (no corners on the triangles). Light bulb moment to add a little heart from my stash. This square notecard is 4-1/4" square.

Love that you stopped by today!


Wednesday, August 19, 2020

Autumn Weather Silhouette



Welcome to InKing Royalty's August Blog Hop! During this year's blog hops, we are enjoying a year of celebrations. This month's projects celebrate Autumn Weather, so prepare yourself for projects that are filled with warm tones and beautiful nods to the upcoming change in weather. We are excited to share our creations with you today! After you read my post, I hope you'll hop over to the next person on the list at the base of this post.

 


The early espresso cattails silhouette from Friendly Silhouettes against the textured crushed curry cardstock transports you to pondside at sunset. The very vanilla panel is embossed with the subtle 3D embossing folder.

This sentiment is from Positive Thoughts. It was perfect for this card because I sent it to a college friend, Paul, who just had hip surgery. His wife was my roommate and we became great friends. He married Stan & I in their first church in Chinook, Washington. We practically eloped. Our best man couldn't make it due to a snow storm, so Thor (sweet elderly gentleman who turned the heat on in the church) proudly donned his brown suit and came over to witness the ceremony. He's in our group wedding photo, love it!

Stamps: Positive Thoughts 
Dies: Friendly Silhouettes
Misc: Subtle 3D embossing folder

Thank you for stopping by today!
 
I hope you'll hop along to the next stop on the blog hop, Sue Jackson at Just Peachy Stamping. There's lots of inspiration to be found in this group - and you don't want to miss it!

Thank you for hopping along with us.  If you get stuck during the Blog Hop, please use this line-up as a guide:




Tuesday, August 18, 2020

Peony Favor Box

The Peony dies are amazing! So easy to assemble, and with a little molding the peony comes to life.

The peony is made with vellum and sponged with a bit of blushing bride. The center is colored with daffodil delight. The Forever Gold Laser-cut specialty paper really makes any project extra-special! $15 for 6 12x12 sheets seems high, but wow you can embellish many projects! I used partial snippets on this box, and it really put the already beautiful peony over the top. The box is made with whisper white cardstock.

Thank you for stopping by today!


Sunday, August 9, 2020

Pinwheel Coffee Party

 Playing with The Greetery's Pinwheel Party for the first time, and it didn't disappoint. I used sponge daubers, but am looking forward to using blending brushes the next time I play with this set.

Sent this card to Amy Tsuruta, who is our Card Loving Cardmakers fearless and tireless leader. She loves her coffee, and green! Happiest birthday to Amy!

Stamps: The Greetery Birthday Blooms

Dies: The Greetery Pinwheel Party, The Greetery Birthday Blooms dies, The Greetery Twisted Crepe die, Memory Box Cozy Mugs

Stencils: The Greetery Pinwheel Party

Thanks for stopping by today!