Wednesday, November 21, 2012

pretty papers

Whenever there is occasion to send a card, I try to make one by hand. For one thing, I can be pretty frugal and another, I have a lot of pretty papers and punches to make one.
Lately, I have been in the habit of using my xacto knife to cut out shapes and motifs. I usually spend over an hour on a card. Once I get going, I tend to get a bit carried away... On this card, I used a stencil to draw out the large floral shape and the smaller motif on the bottom. I cut them out and put a contrasting color behind them. I love, love, love complementary colors and try to incorporate them as much as I can. I've also been using brads to create little accents here and there.
This is a card that I recently made for my sister's birthday. (However, she will probably see this picture of it before it gets to her; a little sneak peak- Happy Birthday, Alice!)
I hope that everyone has a blessed Thanksgiving!
**There's still over a month away before Christmas and plenty of time to be crafty-- keep those hands moving! <3

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

the owl and the bunny

After several months, I finally return with a new post! My husband and I spent the summer living in the country; he working on an organic dairy farm and I working on an organic vegetable farm. Without internet at our house, blogging was put on the back burner, but now I'm back and with many projects to show and tell! These two are my most recent creations.

Last year, I gave an elephant as a baby shower gift and the mom asked me if I'd make an owl. He was fun to create, but I need to write down what I did, so I can make more of him.*

The bunny was for my newest niece, who recently had to have heart surgery. On the bunny's sweater, I stitched a heart. I hope that this bunny makes my niece feel loved.

*Both the owl and the bunny were started using other stuffed animal patterns, and then tweaked to make the different parts bigger or longer.

Has anyone been working on Christmas presents? I started back in July and still have more to do! If you haven't started, you still have time! Let's keep the holidays handmade. <3