Tuesday, March 05, 2019

No sew felt flower Spring banner using Tammy Tutterows Dies from The Crafters Edge

Hey Everyone! Just popping in to share a quick post with a new project I just finished.   This is a "no sew" Project that I'm sharing today.
So many of us are REALLY ready for winter to be over and Spring to arrive.  I know I am!  I worked on this piece for our front door.
Something a little bright and cheery, to offset this grey gloom. lol
I had found these canvas banner pieces at Hobby Lobby a while back and snatched up all they had. I've been watching, but haven't seen any more. They are available on amazon and a few other places online if you don't see them at HL.  ( actually they would be easy to make also).
When I found these at HL, it was around Christmas time and  they were 50% off... so that made it even better.  Gotta love a good bargain!
The thin wood letters are also from HL. There are two letters in a pack for 99 cents. They are unfinished wood, so I just gave them a quick coat of paint with a foam brush.
All of the felt flowers are Tammy Tutterows dies from The Crafters Edge. I didn't sew or stitch any of them... just put them together with hot glue. 
Of course you can use as many layers as you want to, to add more dimension.
I make a little tassel for the bottom with embroidery floss.

Here is a closer shot of the flowers.

The Crafters Edge

and for great inspiration for ways to use Tammy's dies... check out her blog.  Tammy Tutterow

Dan as been taking good care of me in surgery, and the dogs have been keeping me good company.  I'm getting a little spoiled, getting breakfast in bed.  I'm going to ride this out while I can. lol  He will have to go back to work next week.
I think the dogs are kind of enjoying it also. lol

Like me, they are patiently waiting for Spring.

Thanks for stopping by friends!  I'll be back soon with more to share.  I'm pumping out projects, just trying to keep my hands busy.

Hugs, Vicki

Thursday, February 28, 2019

Hand Stitched Decorative Mats

Hey everyone! Hello there!
All I can say is I'm so glad to have stitching to occupy my time while I'm laid up.  I really do love doing it, and it's something I can easily do without having to get upstairs to my studio for a bunch of supplies.
I have been using Tammy Tutterow's beautiful Dies so much, it's just crazy!
For this piece I used the slightly stiffer and larger felt sheets. (found at Hobby Lobby).
I wanted to use my accucut 12x12 die for the background piece so I need to use a larger piece of felt.
I get spoiled stitching on this stiffer felt, because it's a dream to work with.  It holds in place so well with no stretching or pulling.

I will be posting finished hand stitched projects for sale here, on my blog and on instagram.... so if there is something you are interested in please let me know.

Spring is just around the corner, and then before you know it, it will be Summer.  These would be pretty on a table with a Spring or Easter arrangement.  They are approximately 12x12 and all hand stitched on firm felt. Each one is backed so that no stitching shows on the back side.

They are $25 each 
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If you are just getting into stitching or need to practice up a bit, I totally suggest you try a couple of projects on this stiffer felt.  It's very forgiving.

And.... Tammy's flower dies from Crafters Edge are so great for stitching. There are so many to choose from.  You can see them all HERE

You can find lot of inspiration, tutorials, and patterns here on Tammys blog also 

as well as HERE on the Crafters Edge Blog




I'm so thankful to enjoy stitching so much , because it's really helped to keep my mind and hands busy since surgery.   Surgery went fine.  Really glad to have that part behind me.  Now... to manage to stay off my feet and not go stir crazy for the next 10 weeks.
We were able to leave the hospital Saturday morning to beat the snow storm that was quickly approaching.  We were so thankful to the Doctor and staff at Midwest Surgical Hospital for helping us get going.  I just can't say enough good things about that place. Superb care!

Speaking of care, .... my nurse here are home has done pretty well also. lol  Some days are defiantly better than others when it comes to pain. He's tolerates me even when I'm a smidge grouchy. lol
They harvested bone from my pelvis, so lifting that heavy cast around is not fun.
He keeps my diet coke cup full, so what more can I ask for. lol

Happier news!  Wes and Amy got moved into their new home!  We are so excited for them.   

(Jep too).  He is pretty excited about his new big back yard!

Hope things are well with all of you! As always, thanks for taking time to stop by.  If there is any items I post that you are interested in you can email me at vickichrisman@hotmail.com or message me on Facebook or instagram.


Thursday, February 21, 2019

Cheery felt flower banner

Happy Day everyone! 
We may have had a lot of snow here the past week, but today the sun is shining! Yippee!
It's amazing what a difference that can make.
I decided to squeeze in one more post.  Tomorrow is my surgery to repair my foot.  I'd be lying if I said I wasn't a little nervous.  Not as much about the actually surgery, but more about dealing with being laid up the next 3 months. I cant have any weight baring at all for that entire time. (cringe).
All I can say is .. "let the stitching begin".  lol No pun intended.  I'm referring to stitching projects to keep me busy. I've been pre cutting so I'll have that part done, and I'll be ready to go. Since they will have to harvest bone from my pelvis, I wasn't sure how much cranking of the die cutting machine I'll be wanting to do. No worries... it's done!
I hadn't had a chance to use the adorable set of borders set, so I couldn't wait.  Since I took down my string of hearts I had hanging on this chalkboard, I needed something else quick. (It being blank was driving me crazy). 
Although it is felt, not paper, I didn't do a lot of stitching on this. I did stitch the flowers and petals on this banner, but that's about it.  It was a quick project that I put together in just a couple of hours.
SO... if your needed a little something to brighten up a dreary February day.. a cheery banner might just do the trick!

You can find Tammy's beautiful dies here at
The Crafters Edge

and for great inspiration for ways to use Tammy's dies... check out her blog.  Tammy Tutterow

 Yesterday us girls got together at the Corner Cafe here in my little town. (Yes, it's on the corner and yes, it's name is actually the "Corner Cafe". lol  We love meeting here. It's super cozy and quaint ... Oh, and the food is great!

It was a perfect time to celebrate Birthdays for these two kind hearts. Karen and Julie.

We celebrated and chatted a couple of hours away. (easy).   I'm so blessed to have these sweet friends.

We always include our gem of a waitress, Monica, in our group photos.

There was a table of about 6 elderly farmers at a table behind us, but I'm beginning to wonder if all our cackling may have had something to do with them wrapping up their card game early. lol

Any way you look at it, it was a great time.  I always feel so uplifted after spending time with these gals.  We just "get" eachother.   Trust me, there is never much of a lull in the conversation.

We seem to have so much in common. Family is so important to all of us. We often share about our children and Grandchildren, and about our parents who have passed. We all care deeply about preserving memories.  Which seems quite fitting since scrapbooking is how most of us met in the first place.
We often group next with eachother between our get togethers. Just silly things, recipes, memes, you name it. This past week Karen shared photos of her Granddaughters learning to hand stitch. Karen was teaching them. I remember my Aunt and my mom teaching me to embroider, and it is such a precious memory for me. 
Writing about  this made me think a embroidery piece I did as a kid. I wondered if I still had it, so I went to look in my keepsake bin.  Sure enough.. there is was

I have many doilies, embroidered pillow cases, and quilts that my mom and Grandma made, that mean so much to me.
Karen was telling me about a project she is putting together for all of her Grandchildren. I thought it was an awesome idea and asked her if it was okay to share.  It's Karen..and she's the sweetest, so of course she said yes. lol

Her mother in law has colored many of these designs ( similar to adult coloring books), while she sits with her husband at the nursing home.   She literally has a stack of them.
Karen is working on framing groupings of them together as a keepsake for each child.
What a cool way to preserve this memory of their great grandmother.

 I'd love to hear about a memory you have of  a time in your childhood when someone took time to teach you something you enjoy.  Cooking? sewing? gardening? fishing? Whatever it is. Leave a comment and share.

   I will be back sharing as soon as I'm feeling up to it. Until then.....  here's a hug


Tuesday, February 12, 2019

Dreamcatcher with Tammy Tutterow dies from Crafters Edge

Hey friends, I'm hoping all is well in your world. I think I've finally wrapped up my felt heart stitching for the year. Thank you to everyone who ordered. It makes me feel so good that so many people still appreciate "hand made". 
I was extra inspired this year, to stitch heart, after receiving Tammy's new dies from Crafters Edge.
They are so beautiful and fun to work with.
Today I thought I would share a new project I just finished up using some of Tammy's dies.
I just can't get enough of these flowers. LOVE them!
You can read more about these great dies and how they work here

Dies used


You can see all of Tammy's Dies here at The Crafters Edge
These dies are a dream, because they can cut multiple layers. That made cutting the lace sooo easy!
I used a mix of linen, canvas, lace and felt to create these flowers.

I also thought I'd share some photos of the last batch of hearts. 

I think this garland is my favorite.  It was actually a bit hard to part with.  It went to a good home, and I know she will be so happy with it.

Oh, and of course I have to share a photo of Emmett showing of his Dog house/Valentines Day box for school.   He and I had a great time putting it together.

As for me...

I will be having surgery to try to repair my foot, a week from Friday.  I am still dealing with the pain since my first surgery after  my car accident over a year ago.  I have been hesitant to have this done because it means another 3 months of "no weight bearing".  Ugh..... sitting around is not my thing.  I have been trying to line up projects I can do to keep busy.
  I will be able to post projects and blog, this time around. I have the advantage this time of being able to plan ahead.. so that's good!
The surgery entails a bit more then we thought in the beginning. I was  sent on to a surgeon who is more specialized.  She will be doing a triple fusion and build up, using bone from my pelvis.
We have been busy lining up things for the main floor bedroom, wheelchair, walker, knee scooter ect.   Like I side, this time we can prepare.  
Dan is taking vacation to he will be here to help me, and I'm so lucky to have a loving and supportive family who is always offering to help.
It will be so good to have this behind me, so we can enjoy the Summer!

I will be back here in no time...
until then


Hugs, Vicki

Tuesday, January 29, 2019

Stitched hearts with Tammy Tutterows new flower dies from Crafters Edge

Hey friends!  Popping in for a little hello and to share some new some new projects..... and some fun news.
It's that time of the year.. when love is in the air, so there has been some serious heart stitching going on. lol
The hearts I'm sharing today are all adorned with some of Tammy Tutterow's beautiful new flower dies.

As many of you know, who have visited here before.. I am a huge fan of this talented lady. I met her thru the crafting industry many years ago, and have been admiring her work all along,  I am thrilled to call her my friend.
Tammy has teamed up with Crafters Edge to share some of her beautiful designs. These designs are wonderful and the dies exceptional.  You can read about what all these dies can do HERE on Tammy's blog post about them and about her new designs.

You can find her designs here at Crafters Edge

There is some other fun news.  I was asked to join her creative team! Happy Dance! 
I had made the choice a while back to give up all my designs team commitments, but in this case I knew these new dies were able to easily cut fabric and felt as well as paper.  AND, it's Tammy, and I love her designs, so how could I say no, right? ( that was one long running sentence) lol

For those of you who are looking for card making more than stitching, no fear... I still LOVE playing with paper! You will still be seeing that here. Promise.  Right now, with the problems with my foot, stitching is much easier for me, as my paper crafting is all upstairs in my studio.

I will be having reconstructive surgery done with in the next few weeks, than will have me off my feet for the next 3 MONTHS :(
A date will be set at my appointment tomorrow.  I have been dreading being laid up that long again, but it's just time to get this done so I'm not dealing with pain every step I take.
I will keep you posted.
The good news is, I got an iPad for Christmas, so I will be able to blog from downstairs.YAY
When you have an accident, of course there is no time to prepare. This time we know what we need to have ready, so we can line things up ahead. That is a good thing.

Here are some closer shots of the hearts.

And if your needing some paper/card inspiration, check out Linda Brandyberry's blog
She has a beautiful card posted make with Tammy's dies.

Well, friends before I go, here is a little bit of the sunshine we had over the weekend. Maddy and her mommy and daddy were here for a visit. (her daddy is our Nephew on Dan's side of the family but he is  also the son of my dear friend Sally who passed away a few years ago.)
I feel so blessed to have these kids in my life. I enjoy them "double", once for me and once for Sal.
It makes me sad that she didn't get the chance to watch her Grandkids grow and learn.  She would have been such an amazing Grandma.  I will give them extra hugs, and tell them stories about their Grandma Sally when they get older.

Thanks for stopping by friends!

Hugs, Vicki

Monday, January 21, 2019

Valentines inspiration

Hey, Hello everyone!

Here we are past Christmas and jumping right into Valentines Day!  I finally put down my stitching to play with paper a bit this week. It seems like it's been forever since I made cards.  I have been working on the scrapbook pages I'm doing for hire, so I guess it's been fulfilling my paper crafting needs. lol
The girls group got together at Karen's for a little crafting and some chatter this past week, so that was fun. With the holidays and the passing of Julies sweet momma, we hadn't been together for anything fun for a bit.
These are the little Val Day treats I made to take to the girls.
 Simple but fun.

These girls are the sweetest, kindest friends anyone could ask for!  I don't know what I would do with out them.

Karen had lined up this fun heart shaped wreath project for us. We crafted, ate, and solved the worlds problems. lol

Last week I worked on a few Valentine cards using Tammy Tutterows fun stamps. She now had some super fun dies coming out with Crafters Edge, that I'm super excited about. I"ll be sharing more about that in the weeks ahead. (excited).

Of course I've been stitching more hearts.  Some of these are from last year, but I've been working on more of the same.

These are also smaller tie ones that I made last year... and more again this year.

Here are some of the bigger ones I've been making this year. These are close to 12x12. Flower Dies are from AccuCut.

And here is a pillow I just finished.

I didn't get lots of Valentine Day decor out this year, but I always have to get these cuties out.

I am going to have to start blogging a bit more often because so much happens in between posts, I cant fit it all in. lol

I have seen the Orthopedic Surgeon about the fusion surgery for my foot. ( which I broke in the car accident a while back).  He said the surgery will be more extensive than we first thought, so he is referring me on to a more specialized surgeon. I will see her next Friday, and get a better idea of what needs to be done and when it will be.
We have just been preparing for what we will have to deal with for the 3 months after the surgery. I will have to be ( None weight bearing ) for 3 months. 
We went and picked out a recliner for the living room that would be easy for me to get in and out of.
I have been working on cooking and getting some meals into the freezer. Preparing as much as possible.
This is something I have been dreading having done, but it's just time.  Living with pain each step I take is just no way to live, if it doesn't have to be. SO.. it's just time.

ps. I did get a tablet for Christmas.. so I will  be able to blog.

Anyway..... Happy Valentine thought coming your way!

Hugs, Vic