Retiring Stampin' Up! products - Get them before they're gone!

Friday, 30 September 2011

The new Stampin' Up! catalogue is just around the corner, and that means we know that certain products from the current one will be retiring.

Click to see the retiring products list and then call or email me to place your order.

There are some fab discounts to be had too!

Items will be available until September 30th, or sooner if they sell out, so don't delay!


More fun with fabric

Wednesday, 28 September 2011

On Monday I spent a few hours with my SU mummy Julie playing with fabric and making some projects for her all-day training event in a couple of weeks.

I'll hold off showing you most of the things I made so as not to spoil the suprise for my fellow demos attending, but here are two mini cushions I rustled up.

This is SU faric but unfortunately not a pattern available over here (its good to have friends overseas!).

The hexagon flowers are so pretty and easy to make. I used a technique called English paper piecing. Basically, you cut out small hexagons of paper (takeaway menus are the ideal weight!) and then tack a slightly larger hexagon fabric over them. Then stitch all the hexagons together into a flower (or any shape you want) and remove the tacking stitches and take the paper out. Not as fiddly as it sounds, but it's hard to describe!

I machine stitched them on to the plain fabric I had (don't ask me what it is or where it came from!) then made that into the front of the cushion covers, with an envelope-style back.

And here they are in situ on my blanket box. I even made proper tiny cushion fillers by chopping up a big cushion pad.

On to the next project ...


Potty for patchwork and an SU peek

Monday, 26 September 2011

Wow, I really am getting rubbish at blogging regularly! It's the end of September, only 90 days until Christmas and there just aren't enough hours in the day!

As usual, I have been working on several things at once, and card making is still playing second fiddle to sewing at the moment. I have bought so many pretty fabrics recently and my head is swimming with ideas!

But, I have made a couple of things that combine my love for sewing and Stampin' Up! What could such projects entail? Well, here you go ...

Stampin' Up! fabric! Oh yes! I am in heaven! There are five ranges in total, each containing three different patterns. Not long now until the new catty is launched and you will get to see them all, but being a demo I already got my little paws on some samples! Muhahaha.

I have been giving patchwork a go, so I made this star and stitched it on to a cushion cover. There is a name for the style of star, but I'm not yet up to speed with all the lingo!

And I couldn't not do a bag for life while I was at it. These were leftovers so I just created a geometric tower.

I have many more projects planned with the different Stampin' Up! fabrics, so keep an eye on my blog over the next few weeks! Best get on with some stitching!


A very special day

Sunday, 11 September 2011

Yesterday my dad got married at Runcorn Town Hall.

I managed to make them a card before I came back down, using some of the retiring DSP - Play Date, punches and my Big Shot.

I love the Cherry Cobbler red so that was my card blank and the big hearts, with the little ones also in the heart printed paper. I ran the Very Vanilla matting through the Perfect Polka Dots Embossing Folder and finished off with some Pearls on the little hearts.

We had a wonderful day. Jacki looked beautiful and they were so happy.

I had to do two readings at the ceremony, which I think went well (the registrar offered me a job so I could have a new career in public speaking!).

We had drinks at the pub then went for a curry. Then more drinks. I bought us some nice bubbly (Moet 1998 I think it was!) and there were plenty of stories and sillyness.

This is the beautiful rose bracelet the florist made for me.

And here's dad and Jacki cutting the cake.

Now the fun is over and I'm heading back to Leeds for a week of WI and work.


Japanese folded fabric patchwork

Sunday, 4 September 2011

One of the things keeping me quiet recently is Japanese folded fabric patchwork.

I learnt about this at the Knitting and Stitching Show last year, and I'll be learning more at a WI workshop later this year.

One technique uses two different sizes of hexagon fabrics, stitched together on top of each other at an angle with wadding in the middle.

I find them quick and easy to do and the best bit is the quilting is done with each piece as you go along.

I've done about 60 so far in all sorts of different materials (I had to do a lot of stash shopping- oh no!).

The plan is to make them into a quilt, for which I will need several hundred!

Each one takes about 30 minutes, so a few more hours yet ...


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