Friday, September 27, 2013

Graffiti Party

Hello,

Although the days in Canada are quickly cooling off, I find myself becoming increasingly excited as it's the season for homemade soups, baked treats and hot cups of tea. In fact, this is the time of year that I start planning, preparing, and creating for the holiday season. I will be posting many exciting projects this fall.

On the menu today, Make it Crafty and Little Miss Muffet Stamps are having a party. Not just any type of party, but, a fun filled Graffiti Party. Both companies have many amazing and creative images for you to choose from. Furthermore, they have generously gone out of their way to created a free starter kit to help get this party rolling.

To start, I chose to use the complimentary background as the ideal foundation for a story to be built upon. The worn bricks and crumbling concrete provide the perfect canvas for an aspiring artist, who finds himself with a few extra cans of paint. However finding the right images to match the story I wanted to tell was difficult, as there are so many to choose from. In the end the infamous and sketchy Urban Johnny, won me over. He is desperate for love, yet the lovely Keshia, the object of Johnnys' affections wants nothing to do with him. Keeping her eyes averted she strolls down the street as if he’s not even there. Besides having my background and wonderfully drawn characters, a few props were needed such as the bench, graffiti lettering and the trash can which really makes the scene come to life. Unfortunately, this seems to be a story without an ending, for now at least.




An incredibly fun setting for any graffiti party; comes to life after many hours of colouring.

Have a great day,
Susan

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Lazy Days of Summer

Hello,
As the lazy days of summer slowly give in to the crisp fall air and brightly coloured leaves, I chose to create a token for my father in-law to remember this past summer. For the most part we were kept up to date on the progress of their summer vacation by the wonderful photos they’d send. One such photo was of my husbands' grandmother sitting on the deck looking out over the lake, and my father in-law in the background, on a lounge chair fast asleep. Hence, this fun and lazy image from Sassy Cheryl's digital stamps, as the perfect choice for his birthday card. My father in-law is a more refined gentleman than this fellow, (he certainly would not be caught dead with a hole in his socks) however the overall feeling of relaxation is there.
So to my father in-law, wishing you a very happy and relaxing birthday, with lots of love.



Have a great day,
Susan

Saturday, September 21, 2013

Collages

Hi,
The cards I am sharing with you in these wonderful collages are from earlier creations. Putting them together in this manner not only displays several at once, but also allows for you to see the progression of my colouring.

 

Have a lovely day,
Susan
 

Yummy, Shortbread Cookies

Sorry today is a repost, I accidentally deleted my original so here we go again.

Hello,
Todays post started out simple yet inadvertently became a tad more complex after I came up with a grand idea to make a new post header for all future recipes.



First, my new header coloured with Copics. This fun yet versatile image came from Sassy Cheryl's, Oldies but Goodies section. Unfortunately right now it appears to be no longer available. Not only does it make for a great header, it can be used on recipe cards and for food gift labels.
Throughout the year family and friends go crazy for my shortbread cookies. Given that I haven't made them in such a long time, I figured I'd make a quick batch, and share the recipe with you all.
Surprisingly, this recipe originally came off a Fleischmanns cornstarch box many years ago. Its a simple yet extremely tasty recipe that produces a heavenly melt in your mouth cookie. Given the rate of consumption by my family one batch is never enough. therefore I usually triple or quadruple the recipe, but today I kept it to a double batch. With Christmas not to far off, there will certainly be more shortbread to help celebrate the season.


  • 1/2 cup (120cc), cornstarch
  • 1/2 cup (120cc), icing sugar
  • 1 cup (240cc), flour
  • 3/4 cup (180cc), soft butter
  1. Sift together the cornstarch, icing sugar and flour.
  2. Mix in butter until a soft smooth dough forms. Chill 30 -60 minutes.
  3. Shape into 1" (2.5cm) balls.
  4. Place 1 1/2" (3.8 cm) apart on a cookie sheet and flatten slightly and add a decoration.
  5. Bake 300°F (150°C) for 15-20 minutes. Transfer to a rack and cool.
(Makes about 24 cookies)






Make, bake and enjoy,
Susan

Saturday, September 7, 2013

Magic Pillowcase


Hello,


I love working on projects such as this and find the results very rewarding. Having a blog has allowed me to share my creative endeavours with friends, family, and blog followers. Therefore I have decided to come up with a tutorial to help you on your way.

It is not uncommon for me to make gifts for my family and friends, and as the years go by it seems that my list gets longer. About two years ago I found some great fabric for friendship bags. This fabric consisted flower fairies, coupled with inspirational words. However, after repeated trips to the shop I ended up buying enough fabric for twenty two bags. As the following year came around another brilliant idea popped into my head, pillow cases. Not just any type, but Christmas pillowcases, given along with handmade cards and gift bags. So there I went again, thirty pillowcases later I am done for yet another year. Granted, my husband thinks I’m either possessed or mad, he is not sure what drives me during these creative moments, and neither am I. Consequently,  whenever I take on a project making large quantities of a single item, I end up saying that I’ll never make another. Despite this the magic pillow case seems to resurface from time to time. 



Now you may be wondering just what is a magic pillow case? In short, its a design where the cuff of the case, encases all of the fabric into a tube that then gets sewn along its raw edge. As a result, when you pull the inside fabric through the tube you end up with a nicely finished cuff with no top stitching.


Our local quilt shop has recently closed down, resulting in some great deals on fabrics. Hence the pretty new pillow cases, a tutorial on how to make them, and this post:

To construct a standard pillowcase you will need to:

1. Cut a 29"or 73.6 cm piece for the case
2. Cut a 9" or 22.9 cm piece for the cuff
3. Cut a 1 1/2’’ or 4 cm piece for the flat piping
*All these pieces use the standard width of the fabric
First, place the cuff fabric, right side up, flat on the table.

Next you will place your main case fabric on top of the cuff, right side up, matching the raw edges.
Press the flat piping in half lengthwise with the right side facing outward. Next, lay the piping on top of the other two pieces aligning the raw edges.
Now that all of your pieces are in place, roll the bottom edge of your main fabric into a fairly tight roll onto the cuff.
Finally, take the bottom edge of the cuff fabric, bringing it over the roll aligning it with the four previous raw edges.



Pin this well so the fabric stays in place. Sew a 1/4" seam along the raw edge, being careful as to not to catch any of your rolled fabric.
Now let the magic happen. Pull the inside fabric out of the tube turning it right side out.

Next, press and trim your fabric. Do this by folding the width of your fabric in half, wrong sides together, square and trim up the uneven edges. After that, pin the piping and cuff seams so they match up perfectly. 
Sew a slightly smaller than a 1/4" seam along the side and bottom, this will form the start of your French seam. 
Once completed, turn the pillowcase inside out (right sides together) and press this seam once again aligning the cuff and piping.

Finally, sew a little larger seam that completely encases your previously sewn seam (side then bottom edges).To finish turn right side out, press, then they're ready to go.




I hope you enjoy this tutorial and make a few pillowcases for yourself.  
Until next time,
Susan

Monday, September 2, 2013

Spooktacular Challenge #154

Hello,
Today I am sharing with you another Kenny's Krafty Krews Challenge entery.
Despite not planning on making a card for this challenge, I was intrigued once I saw Kenny's new images, and together with the amazing projects from the design team, It was hard not to join in the fun. 
In spite of Halloween not being a favourite event to celebrate, I put my thinking cap on and decided upon two of the three images. The first being Hella Enchanta, the incredibly sexy witch with an edge, just waiting for something witchy to happen. Then there is her partner, the alluring yet sophisticated La'Spida; however you might not want to get too close or you may end up entangled in her web. 
After deciding upon which witches to use, the hunt was on for a background. Taking my inspiration from Make It Crafty, I decided to draw the graveyard myself allowing me to fit my two images into the scene. Although I feel I still need practice drawing, I am fairly happy with the results.


 
 As can you can see I enjoyed this challenge, furthermore, I hope you also feel as inspired like myself, by the design teams work. 
Have a great day,
Susan