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It’s the start of the birthday months here at Ruth’s Place. Most of our family and extended family’s birthdays fall in the months of September and October.

So I’ve been making a few cards. I’m thankful to friends and family who send me their scrapbooking scraps and odds and ends from their die cutting machines. A new injection of papers every so often helps keep the mojo going as I can put new combinations together. This card is thanks to Lisa and Kate.

fathersday card

In hindsight I should have inked the edges of the map and the flowers to tie them all in together…

flag birthday card

Again should have inked the edges…

Jbirthday card

Upcycling a page from an old diary.

 

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I think I am fighting off the flu. I feel very ordinary, so let me share with you some  happy paper play I did a while back.

Birthday cards.

happy birthday card d

A masculine one.

happy birthday card m

A feminine one.

And a scrapbook page using a very old photo from 1997. I’m thinking, in hindsight, that I should have left the edges of the page bare rather than painting on it…

wedding page 1

Hardly seems possible that I’ve been married that long. We got married at the height of the Australian summer, while I have some traditional park/manicured garden photos, we also took some in the Australian bush.

Now if you’ll excuse me I think I’m going to lie back down and have a little nap.

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As I was putting my last two scrapbooking pages away I realised that I’d made another layout which I had neglected to share on the blog. This is a nice simple layout which lets the lovely paper speak for itself. I can’t get over how much Gorgeous Girl has grown.

keukenhof page

These photos were taken on a trip to the Netherlands in 2010. Yeah, I’m slowly dealing with the scrapping backlog…

I started out in paper craft as a card maker. These days I do much more scrapbooking than cardmaking, but I still make all my own birthday cards. This one is heading out the door soon.

happy birthday card

After looking at the photo I’ve since added a white line around the black tag to finish it of a little more. The patterned paper is up-cycled from my 2013 diary.

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There’s been a little bit of crafty goodness happening here at Ruth’s Place.

I finished Brickless and wore it in Germany. It’s now in a ziplock bag in a box waiting for our next visit somewhere cold…

brickless finish one

brickless finish two

I’m pleased with how it turned out.

Needed to make a thank you card and I came up with this.

thank you card

I fussy cut the motifs from some paper. Leaf placement on the right could be a little better, but I think it works overall. Now just need to write in it and pop it in the post.

There has also been some scrapbooking. I am trying to use some photos of myself and Gorgeous Man, so that not all the scrapbook albums in the house are of Gorgeous Girl. These are very old photos of my graduation from my first degree. When I graduated I never expected that life would lead me in the direction that it has. For this layout I used the layout by Gisele Julien shown on the Let’s Capture our Memories blog for sketch 69. It was perfect for the photos that I had of this event.

graduation scrappage

I hand wrote the title and coloured it with water-colour pencils.

gradcloseup

A slip of the cutting knife meant that an embellishment was needed. Fortunately I had the perfect one left over from when I did a page for Dr. Gorgeous Man’s most recent graduation.

grad embellishment closeup

I suspect I must be the ultimate simple scrapbooker with only one embellishment on a page.

In real life the green leaves in the background paper and the green in the title match perfectly, but my camera didn’t want to play nice.

Right now I have some yarn cooling on the sink and some cooking on the stove. A very generous Raveller sent me some Kool Aid, so I’ve been experimenting with that. The over-dyed yarn is looking great, I’m reserving my judgement regarding the yarn on the stove.

Stay tuned for yarny photos.

 

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It’s been a bit of a busy time lately. I did manage to start putting a quilt top together.

scrapquilt

This is my leader and enders project there’s all sorts of fabric and fabric scraps in this. A lot of this is from a scrap bag of fabric I was given (literally scraps) and vintage quilting fabric from a retiring quilter’s stash.

I made some cards recently. This one is going to a lovely couple who are expecting their first child very soon.

baby card

Colour is a bit washed out in the picture. Huge thanks to my friend Kerin for the circles punched from her stash/scraps.

This one is for a birthday boy/teen.

birthday card

This one is for Mother’s Day.

mother's day card

Finally, the orchids are flowering. Gorgeous Girl took this picture.

orchid 2

I love these curly orchids.

orchid 4

This orchid smells fantastic in the morning.

orchid 3

We are heading off next week. We’ll be dropping Gorgeous Girl in Australia to spend time with family while Gorgeous Man and I head to some conferences in Germany and Poland. I’ve started washing the cooler weather clothes and sorting out craft projects to take while I’m on the plane, and have some down time.

I’m hoping to have internet while we are away, but not sure how much spare time we’ll have. Expect me to inflict lots of photos on you on my return…

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I’ve been working, very slowly, on the hexagon quilt. I’m going to aim for a progress photo at the beginning of each month to keep me motivated. Here’s April’s update. Hopefully I’ll remember to do May’s…

Aprilhexi

I’m slowly starting to square it up. The colour is a bit washed out, but that’s what you get for taking pictures at 10.30 at night 😀

I made a card recently too.

bird card

That’s about all the crafting I’ve got to show.

 

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Some cards

Before we begin, I have to say that I can’t take much credit for these cards. These are the result of experimenting under the expert guidance of my SIL while we were in Australia over Christmas. She showed me how to layer paints onto canvas and add texture and interest.

The butterfly is stamped onto paper coloured by inks and then fussy cut out.

Card 1.

Detail of Card 2.

I added some doodling. Seems to becoming a bit of a signature of mine lately.

And another gratuitous shot.

I love how these turned out. I think I need to add paints and fancy markers to my shopping list…

I have some birthdays coming up, but Gorgeous Girl has already made two cards and is promising to make more, so these might go in the ‘need a card’ drawer and wait for a while.

I would show you Gorgeous Girl’s cards. They are very lovely, but she has asked that I stop showing her artwork on the blog, so until she changes her mind, you are just going to have to take my word for it.

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While we were in Australia I made the front of this card. I’m pleased with how this turned out. Really must get some inks of my own next time I’m back there.

It’s more purple and less blue in real life, also more green than yellow… could not get this to photograph correctly.

I finally got around to sewing in the ends on a couple of hats for charity. I’m planning on knitting a few more and then sending them off to a lady in one of my South African groups on Ravelry for delivery to a hospital in Cape Town.

I would need to double check the stash, but I think this is the last of the orange striped yarn. I still have a ton of the blue yarn left, unfortunately it is one of my ‘what was I thinking?’ yarns. I might do some crocheting with it next…

After a long absence my sewing machine has been run through it’s paces. I’ve added the borders to Gorgeous Girl’s Very Hungry Caterpillar quilt. (Yes, I’m aware that she has no need of a quilt here. Occasionally she gets her quilts out puts them on the floor to play on).

I need to lay it on her bed to check the length. I’m making this up as I go along, so the next step is to add some more coloured squares on the sides to make it wider.

 

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I’ve spent the last few days working on this little fellow.

In hindsight I should have put the ears closer together…

I’m pretty sure the recipient doesn’t read my blog so I should be safe posting it here. I can’t decide if he’s really cute or if I’m going to be the aunty that gives the weird gift…

If you’d like to make your own you can find the free pattern here. It doesn’t use much yarn. The one modification to the pattern I made was to line the body of the rabbit with fabric before sewing it together.

Gorgeous Girl has been helping me make Christmas cards. She chose the two background papers for this one. I think it works in a weird kind of way, and the summery island feel to the paper is entirely appropriate to an antipodean Christmas.

The stamp is from a Stampin’  Up set that was a gift from my good friend Kerin a few years ago.

It comes with ornaments too.

And song lyrics.

I probably should have torn the centre paper instead of cutting it. I’m not sure it works in it’s current form.

I think I’ll do the rest of the cards like this.

I coloured this one. Gorgeous Girl has been colouring some of the others, but they went to her teachers before I got a photo of them.

Nice and simple and quick to do.

My current crafting goal is to get my beaded yarn plied and off the spinning wheel before we head to Australia. I’d also like to get some more done on Gorgeous Girl’s new quilt and make her another pillow case for Christmas before we head off…Not sure if I’ll get all that done.

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It’s taken three weeks since the idea first popped into my head to make Gorgeous Girl and her best friend matching cats.

Gorgeous Girl’s cat has one pink eye and one sparkly eye.

She’s very impressed with herself for finding a glitter covered button in the button stash.

We have a play date this afternoon and Gorgeous Girl’s little friend is carrying cat around the house so I think it might be a hit.

I needed a card and so dug out the paper and punches. I used my new punch (corner rounder for the first time). I’m pretty pleased with this one.

I’ve worked out where my scrapbooking mojo has gone. It’s so hot that my arms and hands leave puddles and smudges on the paper. If I have the fan going, then the bits and pieces blow everywhere 😦 I think I need to clear a workspace in a cooler part of the house and see if that makes a difference.

I did the afterthought heel on the sock. The fit is odd. The sock feels very tight across the bridge at the front (where the ankle is). Any sock gurus out there who can tell me if this is because I began the heel in the right place, or if my foot/leg is too big? The sock fits fine in the foot.

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