Tuesday, February 9, 2016

My Quilting Adventures

Happy Tuesday Everyone! For those of you who have followed me for a while or who follow me on Instagram, you may know that about 3 years ago I took up quilting. It was something I was always fascinated with and I now  am truly addicted to this most therapeutic past-time. I am thinking of starting to talk more about it and posting my projects on this blog. I don’t do many….. I wish I had more time. If this is something you would like to see, just email me or leave a comment.

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The sole reason I actually started in the first place was because I stumbed across a fabric and pattern designer’s blog (Camille Roskelly) and she had just filmed a class for Craftsy. It seemed to be the perfect way for me to learn and so  I decided to go for it and haven’t looked back.

If you want to give qulting a try, I highly recommend Craftsy. I have taken three classes that have taught me so, so much. I refer to them often as I create quilts. What is more, you receive multiple quilt patterns, detailed instructions, amazingly detailed instructional videos and there is a question board….and they are there for you watch whenever you wish….they don’t expire.
Craftsy is celebrating their 100th class with a huge sale. If quilting doesn’t interest you, then there are knitting, crocheting, cooking and cardmaking classes!

*affiliate links used*


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I have personally taken these three courses and highly, highly recommend them. They were so very well done and I literally learned everything I know about quilting from them!



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This was the first class that I took and it was amazing. Camille Roskelley teaches you the basics and as a mother of 3 boys, she has loads of tips and tricks to help you get a lot accomplished in short little pockets of time. I learnt how to cut my fabric precisely and how to chain piece! Love this one! I have used two of the patterns from this course and I can’t wait to try my hand at the legendary Swoon Quilt.

Another course from Camille and it is full of helpful techniques to create fun and fast quilt projects. Love how she breaks everything down, explains and then demonstrates. Another really helpful class.




This course is taught by Joanna Figueroa. She is awesome. No fuss, practical and funny. I am in the middle of finishing off one of the class projects. I love how it is turning out and I would have never thought I could attemp this kind of project before taking this class.
 
Here’s what is on my wish-list:




I hope that if you have ever wondered or dreamed about creating your own quilt that this post has encourage you to give it a try :)
Have a great rest of the day.
Hugs Jeanette xxo

Sunday, February 7, 2016

I Love You Little Rabbit

Happy Monday I hope you enjoyed your weekend!  My weekend just flew by (again). Today I am here to share a card I made with a Gorjuss image. This one is called I Love You Little Rabbit.

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I used Prismacolor pencils to color up the image but for a change, I did not blend the pencils with Gamsol. I think you can see what a different effect this gives to the coloration. I think I like it :) If you want a video on this, just leave a wee comment at the end of this post.

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I kept the card desing very simple so that the image and the coloration were the real stars. Still, I love these backgrounds dies from Mama Elephant with the stitch lines and cross-stitches. Very subtle but enough to keep it from being way too plain.

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This stamp and many others can be found by clicking on the link below:

Supplies:

Thanks for swinging by and enjoy the rest of your weekend.

Hugs Jeanette xxo

Friday, February 5, 2016

Whimsy Frog Prince + Copic Video


Happy Wednesday! If you follow me on Instagram (you can find me HERE as inkspots) then you might have seen a sneak peek of this next project.

I made a quick copic coloring video using the soon to be released Whimsy Frog Prince which is illustrated by the fabulous Sylvia Zet. Such a cute and sweet image and the accompanying sentiments made me laugh out loud the first time I saw them.

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I used Copic Markers to color the image as well as to create the dot background. If you want a more comprehensive video featured the dot technique, just leave a message below and I will get one made :)

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I stamped the image and the sentiments onto Neehah Solar Crest White cardstock. After coloring, I cut it to measure 3.25” x 4.75”. I sponged the edges with Tumbled Glass and Peacock Feathers Distress inks and then added white dots with a Sharpie White Poster Paint pen. I also darkened the eye with a Black Wink of Stella gitter pen and added white highlights  using a White Gel pen. I cut a mat using Neenah measuring 3.5” x 5.) and my cardbase measures the standard A2 size at 4.25” x 5.5”. I used a green cardstock from Stampin’ Up but I no longer have the packaging so I am not sure of the cardstock name.

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With such a whimsical image, I thing the dot technique pairs really well with it. I have to remember to use it more often.


Video Tutorial
Click HERE to see it over at my YouTube Channel

Whimsy Supplies: 
Frog Prince Rubber Stamp Set * * available February 11,  2016

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Copic Markers Used:Frog: YG11, YG13, YG17, R30, R20, YG00
Rock:  W1, W3, W5
Flower: RV52, RV55, RV25
Flower Stem & Foliage: YG67, YG63, YG11
Small Flowers: RV25, C3
Pebble: B00, C3, C00
Crown: YR30, YR31, YR24
Background Dot Technique: B000, B00, B01, B02, B04

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Thanks for swinging by this lovely February Friday. Have a great weekend :)

Hugs Jeanette xxo

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