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Sunday, June 1, 2014

A Flower in its Pot on a Tiny Sampler

Here is my finish of the April and May Foothills EGA project. I used threads from my stash and used my favorite color, peach, for the flowers.

This was a fun Gay Ann Rogers Project called "A Flower in its Pot on a Tiny Sampler" stitched on a 6" by 11" piece of white congress cloth. It calls for various Soie d' Alger silks, but I used this and other silks and cotton from my stash to complete. If you visit the Foothills EGA Website's Past Programs page you will see the project in blue, lavender or pink flowers. The supplies listed in the instructions are for the pink version.

I LOVE Gay Ann's designs and her instructions are fantastic. Check out her website for other designs, I think you will be pleased. This project is on her page under the "For Groups" section.

Sunday, May 11, 2014

Sampler Guild of Rockies Meeting Report

Yesterday was the Sampler Guild of The Rockies last meeting for the year. We meet on the second Sunday of the month Sept to May from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm. Since the second Sunday in May is Mother's Day, we meet on Saturday in May. This is also the time we celebrate the Guild's Birthday and have a Pin Cushion Exchange.

Here is the pin cushion I made. It is from The Prairie Schooler Book No. 115, Pins and Needles (c) 2004. I changed the head of the pins by using beads.

I made this label for the gift bag.... is the card I made to go with it. 
Inside I wrote the design information for the recipient and signed my name.

In return I received a lovely Flowers pin cushion (a Lizzie and Kate design) stitched by Nancy P. Didn't she do a great job? I just love it, especially the ribbon edging!!

 She also included this cute little potted flowering plant. It fits right in with my other house plants!

We also had a very fun make and take and most folks were able to finish it during the meeting, me included. 

This button scissor fob, was very fun to and not too difficult. It is based on a necklace the lady who taught us this made and everyone admired. 

As always, everyone received a birthday gift in honor of the Guild's birthday!

 by In the Company of Friends.

I think that is the report for now. 

Happy Stitching!!!!

Friday, May 9, 2014

Sampler Guild of the Rockies

I love my Sampler Guild of The Rockies. Such great ladies, fun projects and tasty food. This month we meet on Saturday, May 10 because our usual Sunday date is Mother's Day. It is also the last meeting until September, so lots of fun things happen at the May meeting.

We usually have a birthday celebration of some sort for the Guild and also a stitched pin cushion exchange. I forgot about the exchange and started late.......

But I have made good progress since this photo was taken a day or tow ago, but so as not to spoil the surprise I will only post this photo for now. I will provide the finished photo and a photo of the one I get as an exchange after the meeting!

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Secret Stitching

My primary stitching project right now is a special project I am doing for our Rocky Mountain Regional Seminar and entry into "Prospectors". Best described by following the link provided.

The theme this year is "Road Trip" and it struck a cord in me, so I am stitching something. I do not want to post any pictures or give away my idea, so this is about all I can say right now! I guess I could tell you it is approx 8"x 10" and on 28 count white Monaco fabric.

The Seminar is July 31 to August 3, so look for a photo and blog post about it in early August.

Wednesday, April 9, 2014


I am a little behind on some stitching posts, so here goes!

Last November, my Foothills EGA Chapter meeting program was a sweet little Brazilian Embroidery Poinsettia. It was a kit from Ed Mar taught by one of our members who is an expert in Brazilian.

I had a little trouble when I rinsed out the blue marker - the red thread ran. GRR!! I used cold water too. I have since rinsed it again and may have to do it one more time before I can finish finish it.

I also recently finished the back of my Santa Star by Homespun Collectibles - sadly it is out of print, but I have seen it on Ebay. I only did the Santa front - quite a few years ago, and only the Santa part of the design. Then I got the wild idea to do his back and make it into a star shaped ornament. Well I finally finished stitching the back. I still need to work on the details regarding actually making the star shape though.

I was also going to show you the front and back of a Red, White & Blue Biscornu, but could not find it to photograph. I am sure it is in a "safe" place and I can post on it another time!

Sunday, April 6, 2014

New Blog for Stampin' UP! Stuff

I decided to create a dedicated blog for my Stampin' UP! projects :

and I posted my first card there. Please check it out!!

Friday, April 4, 2014

Stampin' Up!

I really LOVE the Stampin' Up products. Great quality and coordination of supplies for making cards, scrapbook pages and other FUN stuff. Inks and papers and embellishments all in coordinating colors! Stamp and punch sets too! A paper crafter's dream come true!!

I love the stuff so much I decided to become a Stampin' Up! Independent Demonstrator. I have a dedicated website for it and everything!!

There is a spot for a blog on that website on which I will post examples of cards and things I make with the Stampin' Up! products along with instructions on how I made them. You can also go to my website to purchase items!

I will keep stitching too and continue to post here! Have a great weekend!!

Friday, March 21, 2014

Fun Cards Made at Party

If you read this previous post, I had a StampinUp! Party at my house last night. I thought I would share with you some of the fun cards she demoed and the one we made.

You can see on all of them she or we also stamped on the front of the envelope.  This first card she demonstrated using the Stippled Blossoms stamp set and two colors of ink each for the flowers and leaves. I think it makes for a stunning card and the stamp set is on my wish list!! She made the frames for the sentiment with framelits and the daffodils are from a different stamp called You're Lovely and is shaped just right to fit with the deco labels framelits.

For this next card she used designer paper (the flowery peach paper) and the decorative dots embossing folder for the white piece. The flowers are Petite Petals stamps punched out with coordinating punch and another punch and stamp set that I am not sure what it is called. Pearl basic jewels for flower centers and candy dots along with other colored paper complete the card.

This card is made with the same petite petals punch and stamp set as above, this time with rhinestone centers. This is the card we could make, or we could have it say Happy Birthday. As hostess, I was given each of the cards she demoed and then we all could make the Easter or Birthday card.

I chose to make the Happy Birthday card and here it is...ta da!!!

I was a lot of fun seeing the different products and learning about them too. I was not aware, until this class, just how thoroughly StampinUp! coordinates things. The paper, inks, pens, dots, ribbons etc. all coordinate and use the same color name so you can match. The even have a item called the "Color Coach" with a swatch of every color and on the back it lists colors that go together and the catalog lists the color used in the designer papers. All very easy and fun to work with.

I am still considering being a demonstrator and will let you know if I go for it!

Also you can order from my Party until March 27!

hostess code:E4Y46HBN

Thursday, March 20, 2014

StampinUp! Party

I am giving a Stampin Up! party on Thursday, March 20. I love the quallity of thier products and thought I'd share with you in case you are intersted in these type of products. 
If you live in the United States, you can buy some fun stamping and scrapbook items online and I still get credit for the order - if you use my hostess code.

Just visit the website below and use the hostess code provided.

An extra incentive this month is for every $50 spent you get a free item - woo hoo free stuff. Check out the Sale-a-Bration section on Lisa's website for more information.
For this reason you must place an order by March 27 to make sure we fall in the free stuff time frame!

hostess code: E4Y46HBN

I am thinking of being a demonstrator for them, so if you have any insight on that I would appreicate it too.
That is about all for now. I am working on a red white and blue biscornu and will post on that soon.
Happy Spring!!!

Friday, March 14, 2014

Candle Mat and Pin Cushion

I while back I purchased a Luminaris Shamrock Candle Mat Kit from one of my local needlework shops. I decided to get it done for St. Patrick’s Day this year and I did!!! It is a 8 ¾” precut kit, so all the pieces were cut and it came with the thread on a cool wooden thread winder.

It was very fun to make and I got it done in a couple of hours. It is now sitting on the table near the foyer with the other St. Patrick’s Day d├ęcor. I discovered I do not have a lot of March 17 stitching, this item is number three, if you don’t count the table runner I made.

Also the project for my Foothills EGA meeting this month was a Petite Project  “Assisi Embroidery Pin Cushion” designed by Janet Salerno.  We learned a little history about this technique and then worked on the project. It does not use the traditional colors, but an overdyed floss. I did not like the stripe affect I got on top very much (but don’t hate it so in it stays), so when I got to similar spaced area at the bottom I did not go all the way across. I stopped in the middle, but staggered the lines. I also cut the floss to give me more blue or tan areas, so as to get less striping. It was fun to experiment on a small piece – it is approximately 4 inches square.

Have a GREAT weekend everyone!!