Starting the 2nd week of May I started the 100 Days/100 Blocks Tula Pink City Sampler Quilt Challenge. The goal of the challenge is to make one block each day for 100 days, using predominantly Tula Pink fabrics. I have completed over 40 of the blocks- feeling great!
Can’t wait to see them all blocked and assembled together.
It has been a while since I posted any quilts, however that is not to say I have not been busy making them. I am in the process of making several block of the month quilts, including the one shown here, Delilah.
I finished the first two blocks-
And now I have made the first of two for block 3
I will continue to update this post as I complete more blocks for the quilt. #delilahjenkingwell #deliahsewingparty
For the month of May our Character Constructions Tag Exchange was “Down on the Farm”, using Catherine Moore’s new line of stamps, Blue Daisy.
I wanted to use several of the stamp plates when creating my tag, including:
Blue Daisy, Plate #2- Outfit & Hat
Blue Daisy, Plate #3- Legs, Lamb & Flower Basket
Blue Daisy, Plate #4- Arms
French Laundry, Plate #10- Head
I always enjoy creating these images because you start with a line drawing and stamp various papers and then color them. This month I used Copic markers to color. There is so much detail in the images:
After putting the different pieces together I then added the rifle and paper flowers to the tag, along with the white picket fence. I cut gingham fabric and ric rac to embellish the card. #characterconstructions #copic @gregsnla
It’s one of my favorite times of the year with spring well into season and the weather feeling so great. There is also a freshness in the air that comes with all things growing. I love seeing the various fruit tress and flowers starting to bloom. Last weekend the cherry blossoms were in full bloom in San Francisco.
For Easter I challenged myself to incorporate as many of the Character Constructions stamps as I possibly could.
This time I chose to color the images with colored pencils. After coloring the images I back them with various colors of cardstock to give them more umph!
The images were as follows:
Mad Tea, #10- Large Egg
Mad Tea, #1- Small Egg Tag
Bird & Bee, #5- Bunny & Carrot
Blue Daisy, #7- Head, Bodice & Hat
Blue Daisy, #1- Arms
Inner Child, #1- Legs & Shoes
French Laundry, #6- Dress
Timekeeper’s Garden, #13- Flower
Paris, #8- Bow
Wishing everyone a very special and loving Easter holiday. May it bring great fulfillment to your heart.
Valentine’s Day has always been a favorite holiday of mine to make cards for dear friends. This year our Character Construction Tag Swap had a Valentine’s theme.
I chose to call my tags, “Love Is from the Heart”. For more than 15 years I have played on the theme of from the heart for all of my card making because of the feeling that I get when I make my various holiday cards for my friends and family. They are always from my heart that I create them.
The tag has several layers to it, starting with a base tag that is covered with a background paper with poetic words in gold. I then applied two lace hearts, one in red and one in gold.
The actual Valentine’s Lady was constructed using the following stamps from Character Construction:
Face, Beekeeper’s Tea, #01
Dress, Bird & Bee, #06
Apron, Bird & Bee, #01
Arms, Inner Child, #01
Legs, French Laundry, #14
I am always amazed how the different parts from the different sets end up going together so well.
I then decorated each lady with the following:
Hat was covered in rose stitched lace from Britex San Francisco
Apron was trimmed in white glitter and red ric-rac
Envelopes were cut out and flap covered in pink glitter with paper flower attached to the front
Lady is holding a crystal heart
Various decorative trims were used at the top of the tag
This month’s Tag Exchange had to do with the holidays. We were to make a tag based on the theme of a favorite Christmas carol.
I chose “Hark the Herald Angels Sing” as I can still remember as a kid how big and grand they hymn would sound during the holidays. It was very jubilant and full of life.
I enjoyed coloring and decorating these tags because of the rich colors and textures that I was able to use. It always amazes me how you can start off with a beautiful foundation Character Construction Rubber Stamps by Catherine Moore and build upon them. I used stamps from three different series, Mad Tea Party #2, Bee Keeper’s Tea #7 and Bird & Bee Paperie #10.
I am very excited to do this exchange and get the feedback from fellow artists. I hope you enjoy as well.
I spent today in Temecula at with Frank Garcia of Prima Marketing. Frank taught a Christmas Tag class at The Stampin’ Post that I have been wanting to take for over two years. Frank is amazingly talented and he is the Marketing Director for Prima and he is an incredible Brand Ambassador and teacher.
I always enjoy being the only guy in a class of 20 – 30 students. Frank was hilarious as he would refer to the group as, “okay ladies- and Greg”.
Frank has many followers that take his classes on a regular basis. What I like about Frank’s work is that he uses numerous layers on each card and has a great sense for color and detail.
I hope you enjoy as we get ready for the holidays.