Friday, January 16, 2015

Free Valentines and Projects!

This week I wanted to make something to add to my tree, but I am limited on time and wanted something quick and easy. I searched the web and found a wonderful place with free printables that you can use on a tree or just to decorate. I was also looking at her vintage cards that you can stand on a shelf, might print those out, this weekend.

I printed my designs out on card stock so they would be stiff enough to hang and the aged card stock gives the prints, more of an aged look, instead of using white.

I also printed out some by accident with regular paper, since I forgot to put a piece of card stock in. I used the paper hearts for the back of my hearts and just used a stick glue to put them together. I used a piece of black floss and made a hanger by threading it through the middle. Simple project to do while you watch tv.

I changed my kitty doll with the one dressed in red, to match the setting, better.

My camera was acting up again so I took a photo without the flash. It yellowed the photo, but the valentines are that color in person. I reduced the sizes of the hearts and the envelope to fit my tree. I used the hearts with flowers and the one with writing on it. You can find the designs for these and a lot more at Wings of Whimsy.

Another thing I wanted to try was, dying velvet. I read about dying velvet online and it all depends on what type  you have. I have no idea what type I had, but I assumed it was not natural fibers and I was right, it took the Rit Dye. The bad thing was, I used brown and without thinking, put the red piece in with the others, so the dye bath turned reddish brown.

The original colors I used were, bright red, tan and white. The red got darker and has a nicer mottled look, the tan turned browner and the white is a pinkish brown. Next time I will have to try it without the red. I like how it comes out, after washing and drying, gives it a nice aged look.

And I am also working on a new project. I wanted something simple that I could use for Valentines and spring and decided to use a pattern by Quilts by Cheri, called Live Simply. This is one of  her older patterns and there is a fourth block, but I decided to do three and make a longer piece for my wall. Once I finish the stitchery, I can put them together.

My camera flash decided to go wonky and for some reason when I take a shot, facing down, my lens starts moving on its own, so I guess it needs to go to a shop and see what is wrong and maybe get a good cleaning.

I am also using washable, one sided, fusible to see how I like it. I will talk more about what I do and don't like, after I finish the piece and my brain is working again;) I hope everyone has a good weekend.


Karen said...

The Cheri blocks are what caught my eye. The designs look familiar but I don't know which pattern/patterns they are from.

gracie said...

thank you for the link...I would love to try dying velvet...I will wit to see how your pieces turn out!

annie said...

great post!
love the little doll sitting under the cute tree!

Jacque. said...

So happy that you are keeping busy. Like that's ever a problem, hey?

Kate said...

You're brave to dye velvet and didn't it turn out beautiful - I like your new colours! What're your plans for the velvet. Thanks for the links. Your valentine tree and dolls look lovely ... I'm anxious to get my tree. :)

Saundra said...

You are one busy woman! I enjoyed all your projects you posted about. Have a great weekend.

Lori said...

What fun projects. Love the 3 Live Simply blocks. Have a terrific weekend!

Anna said...

ohhh I love how the velvet turned out!! Did you feed the card stock into your printer of the printer just pulled it...I didn't know you could use card stock in a regular printer?! I love Cheri's designs!

Rugs and Pugs said...

Your velvets are gorgeous. Can't wait to see what you make with them.
Hugs :)

Raymond Homestead said...

Thanks for sharing! I need to get out my hearts!

Carrie P. said...

what a cute way to decorate your tree.

Primitives By The Light of The Moon said...

Awesome colors on the velvet! Such a nice way to decorate your tree :)