Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Welcome Baby Josiah!

Josiah David Bishop
June 9, 2010- 1:20pm
9lbs, 6oz and 21" long

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Baby Thank-You's

No, I have not had my baby- yet! 6 more days and counting! But I have started a batch of thank-you cards. I was completely blessed & spoiled with a church shower on Saturday! I say spoiled because most people don't have showers with a 4th baby! But we believe every baby is a special blessing and celebration & so do my church friends! Anyway, I decided I better get started on my thank-you cards, as the gifts keep coming in! Josiah will definitely be well-stocked with diapers & wipes!
This card actually has little stamping, but the inspiration came from a tiny sailboat stamp that I have from a retired set. I decided to try to re-create the image & used punches to do so. The bottom of the boat is half of a 1" circle. The sail on the boat is half of a 3/4" square. The boat image is layered on a 1 3/8" circle and then a scallop circle. Notice the tiny button- it's one of the clear bitty buttons from the new summer mini! I tied some blue thread through it and used a glue dot to adhere it to the card. The patterned paper is from last year's SAB package- prints that are perfect for a baby boy! I stamped on the white scallop trim & that completes the card! I love making cards in batches. A hint- cut, punch, & assemble all pieces before putting the cards together. And sometimes this has to be done in several sittings, but it's much quicker than trying to put together one card at a time.

Sweet Flower Card

Here is a quick, sweet little card- no stamping involved! I used a white crocheted fleurette flower with a piece of the Sweet Pea stitched felt inside & leaves. The cardstock is Pink Pirouette- yes this color is returning!- + Regal Rose. The ribbon is a piece from one of the Clearance Rack packages (formerly retired). I love this little 4x4 size- so easy!

My 2nd Big Shot Rag Quilt Purse

Well, here is my 2nd attempt at the Big Shot rag quilt purse. Try to overlook the picture quality. I had to take this on my way out the door to actually deliver the bag! I used the scallop squre die + Big Shot to cut the squares, which are a little less than 5". I think this one definitely turned out better than my first, so I was pleased! This adorable little bag is going to a sweet little 3 year old girl as her birthday present. I thought the fabric was perfect for a little girl & I actually have everything cut out to make Isabella an identical bag! I bought the fabric in a bundle, so all of the pieces coordinate. And what a value- the bundle only cost me $6 & I cut 2 bags from it! As you can see from the picture, I used 6 different fabrics, which all coordinate. One reason this bag turned out better than my first is because I used cotton batting instead of polyester. I also used a SU gluestick to glue the batting between 2 fabric pieces. This made sewing the squares much easier because everything stayed in place. The other difference in this bag as opposed to my first is that I intentionally left the scallops on the inside, leaving the outside with neat squares. I actually really like that look better. And of course this bag is made up of 4 squares front and back, instead of 9. Let me know what you think!