April 12th, 2012
So Sophie, how many projects can we make from a 10×10 stack?
Project # 1 Baby Bib
This simple patchwork baby bib used only a few 2.5 squares. I cut one strip of 2.5×10 of each of the prints and then sub cut those strips into 2.5×2.5 inch squares. I then sewed those squares together in a simple patchwork pattern, added some linen and lace. I backed the bib in absorbent terry cloth and used my favorite baby bib pattern from the book One Yard Wonders.
You can see that there are still many pieces and scraps to play with. Next week I will share more projects made with the 10×10 left overs.
April 10th, 2012
Do you ever fall in love with a single stamp and want to use it everywhere? The starburst image from My Mind’s Eye’s Lost & Found Two Sunshine “Lovely” stamps by Jen Allyson had me at hello. All the images in this set are so unique and beautiful, but that starburst image is spectacular. I’m going to show you a quick way to use a single stamp to make a big impact on a card. I call it Repetition Stamping.
Start by stamping your favorite image onto a piece of scrap paper and measure both the width and height. This particular image was simple since it is a circle. Then, onto your cardstock, measure out in a grid format the dimensions of the stamp across the entire cardstock (make sure you have a light hand with your pencil!)
Now you can stamp! Lining up your stamp is a breeze because you’ve done all the measuring and have guidelines. Allow your ink to dry thoroughly and then erase your guidelines.
Finish your creation with a few fun embellishments. For mine, I inked the edges of the cardstock and added a wooden button from the Lost & Found Two: Sunshine Memories Collection and a sentiment tag.
I hope you try out Repetition Stamping! I feature it quite often on my blog, The Bald Dragonfly! Stop on over sometime.
March 31st, 2012
Have you considered grabbing some thread and your sewing machine to stitch on cards? Sewing on cards is so easy and quick,a and adds just the right touch. It can make a great stamp even better…it can make a good design into a top notch showpiece.
For my card today, I chose a pretty image from the Rosy stamp set from Lost & Found 2 Collection by Jen Allyson for My Mind’s Eye. I stamped and colored the image, as well as stamping the sentiment onto a neutral piece of card stock. I then flanked that with two strips of the paper from the Lost & Found 2 Blush 6×6 paper pad and a touch of lace, adhering the elements to the kraft card base on only the top and bottom portions.
Here’s what the card looked like without the stitching. A good enough card but I felt it needed a bit more.
I extended the line of the trapeze wire which rounded out the the design of the card too by completing a visual triangle.
Here are some tips to consider:
1. You don’t want to gum up your needle or machine, so be careful to not place adhesive where you will be stitching.
2. Draw light lines with a pencil to use as a guide when sewing, and erase later.
3. Attach lace or ribbon to your card with sewing to avoid those unsightly adhesive marks.
4. Choose your thread color to coordinate with your ink pads- also keep staple colors in your stash such as dark brown, black, white and tan.
5. Most machines have a few basic stitch designs, vary these on your card for added variety and texture.
I hope you’ll be inspired to pull out your sewing machine to add the little bit extra to your card!