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Stitched Cards -a-thon…

Monday, December 14th, 2009

I am always looking for new ways to expand my creativity and try out different things, which is why I have recently purchased a simple sewing machine.

I never intended to use the sewing machine to make or amend clothes, nor did I intend to sew hand made dolls, home decor or bags (though I definitely do not rule out any of these).

My first intention for this sewing machine was to stitch papers with it.

I love the sewn look. It makes everything look better, well designed and finished.

So there is no surprise in me spending a whole weekend just fiddling with my new sewing machine, trying out different things and making about a gazillion cards, these are their stories…:

Handmade sewn cardsCast of Characters – American Crafts cardstock in “Earth Tones”; Cardboard; American Crafts white glitter button; Red embroidery floss; Patterned paper by Cosmo Crickt – “Jolly by Golly”; Handmade Mulberry paper; Papertrey Ink stamp “Messages”; Palette hybrid ink in “Dark Chocolate” .
Techniques – This one is pretty straightforward. I just ripped off a piece of cardboard and exposed the corrugated layer, then sewed it to the card over a couple of other patterned paper pieces, also sewn to the card base. Later I attached the button with a glue dot and stamped the greeting.

Handmade sewn cardsCast of Characters – Wausau heavy-weight cardstock; Patterned paper by Basic Grey from last year’s “Wassail” collection; Fiskars “Apron Lace” border punch.
Techniques – First I sewed the patterned paper strips to the card base and then cut the gift images from the paper with precision scissors and adhered them with pop-dots.

Handmade sewn cardsCast of Characters – Wausau heavy-weight cardstock; Ali Edwards stamp “Simply You” by Technique Tuesday; Palette Hybrid ink in “Poppy Red”; Red embroidery floss; Yellow button; Thin corrugated cardboard; Cuttlebug heart shaped die; Rangers yellow Stickles.
Techniques – I used the negative of the die-cut corrugated cardboard and teared it around the shape, then sewed around it. After that I sewed around the shape with no thread and hand-stitched it with embroidery floss, using the holes the machine poked in the card base. I added a button with a glue dot and added a sewn frame that holds an inner lining paper which conceals the hand-sewn stitches inside. For a touch of glitter, I went over the sewn frame with yellow glitter glue.

Handmade sewn cardsCast of Characters – Wausau heavy-weight cardstock; Mulberry paper heart die cuts; Papertrey Ink vintage button in “Poppy Red”; Palette Hybrid ink in “Poppy Red”; Ali Edwards stamp “Simply You” by Technique Tuesday; Yellow embroidery floss; We Are Memory Keepers “Corner Chomper”.
Techniques – This is probably the simplest card, but the one I love the most… All I did was to temporarily adhere the heart die-cuts to the card base and go over them with a couple different stitches Then I attached the button with a glue dot, stamped the greeting (I cut the clear stamp because I didn’t want to use the first part of the greeting) and voilĂ …

Handmade sewn cardsCast of Characters – Wausau heavy-weight cardstock; American Crafts cardstock in “Earth Tones”; Rangers yellow Stickles; Papertrey Ink vintage button in “Poppy Red”; Palette Hybrid ink in “Dark Chocolate”; Papertrey Ink stamp “Messages”; Red embroidery floss; Small square punch; We Are Memory Keepers “Corner Chomper”; Patterned paper by Basic Grey from last year’s “Wassail” collection; Handmade paper; vintage textbook paper.
Techniques –In this card I made a collage of different paper strips, sewn both horizontally and vertically with different types of stitches as well as hand-sewn with red embroidery floss. Then I adhered the paper collage with pop dots on another piece of cardstock, also sewn to the card base. After that I added the finishing touches – a button adhered with a glue dot, glitter frames and distressing the text paper with a baby wipe dabbed in the “Dark Chocolate” ink.
The greeting banner: I stamped the greeting on cardstock and cut it into a small rectangle. Then I fed the end of the rectangle through the edge of the square punch and created the slotted end. The I curled it with the blade of my scissors, pleated it in one end, distressed it with the baby wipe stained with the ink and adhered it by applying glue-dots only to its ends.

Handmade sewn cardsCast of Characters – Bazzill textured cardstock in “Butterfly” ; Papertrey Ink stamp “Messages”; Palette Hybrid ink in “Dark Chocolate”; Orange grosgrain ribbon; Striped patterned Paper by chatterbox; Rhinestones; Patterned paper by Basic Grey from last year’s “Wassail” collection.
Techniques – Simple. Simple. Simple. I temporarily adhered the paper strips to a piece of cardstock and sewed them to it. The stitch is very dense, so it was easy to tear up the cardstock excess. After finishing the sewing part I tied a ribbon around the cardstock, then I attached it to the patterned paper with some pop-dots. I added the rhinestones and the stamped greeting and that’s it. Simple…

Handmade sewn cardsCast of Characters – Wausau heavy-weight cardstock; We Are Memory Keepers “Corner Chomper”; Brown paper – recycled from a package filler; Striped patterned paper by Black River Designs (awesome papers, great quality, by the way…); Green patterned paper by Chatterbox; Papertrey Ink stamp “Messages”; Palette Hybrid ink in “Dark Chocolate”.
Techniques – I started by sewing the green paper to the card base with a zig-zag stitch. The I adhered the striped piece of patterned paper and attached the handmade flower with a few glue-dots.
The handmade flower: I punched 10 pieces of brown paper with a scallop circle punch by EK Success. Then I sewed all the pieces together in the center and crumpled all the layers, one after the other – starting with the top layer – until I achieved the look I was looking for.

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Cards. Cards. Cards.

Thursday, December 3rd, 2009

This week I was determined to dig deep into my stash and make stuff with forgotten products, side by side with some new products and toys I bought lately. Mix old with the new and get into the holidays’ spirit…

Card
Old: Chatterbox patterned paper, Scalloped circle punch, ink: Palette hybrid in Pure Poppy and vintage Cream by Papertrey Ink.

New: American Crafts cardstock, Bazzill kraft cardstock, Apron Lace border punch by Fiskars, Stamps: Papertrey Ink “Retro Basic Backgrounds”, Ali Edwards “You” for Technique Tuesday, Glitz Design “distress 2”.

Techniques: 1. The striped paper was cut diagonally for a diagonal design. 2. For the flower I punched a gazillion scalloped circles (ok, just 10) and attached them together with a brad. Then I crumpled each layer to create a super-dimensional flower.

Card
Old: Chatterbox patterned paper, wire rimmed ribbon, ink: Palette hybrid in Dark Chocolate and vintage Cream by Papertrey Ink, red felt marker, white gel pen.

New: American Crafts cardstock, Bazzill kraft cardstock, Corner Chomper, stamps: Ali Edwards “You” for Technique Tuesday, Glitz Design “distress 2”.

Techniques: 1. I pleated the ribbon, the wire rim helps it stay put. Then I took a strip of a strong double-sided adhesive and attached it to the cardstock and adhered the pleated ribbon to it. 2. For the layered, distressed background, I first stamped a generic houndstooth pattern in a cream colored ink, let it dry and then stamped a text pattern with brown ink over it.

Card
Old: Cream card, red-brown thread, Palette hybrid ink in Pure Poppy by Papertrey Ink, Kaiser Craft’s clear rhinestones, Fiskars 2″ circle squeeze punch.

New: Brother LS2125I Sewing Machine, American Crafts cardstock, Stamp: Papertrey Ink “Mixed Messages”.

Techniques: This is my first trial ever at sewing, so I’m pretty proud of the semi-straight border :) 1. The border is sewn with a zig-zag stitch. 2. the circle was punched with a 2″ circle punch and adhered to the card with temporary adhesive. Then I sewed freely inside and around the circle to create a rose-like abstract pattern. I also made one run with no thread, for a dotted-punctured effect.

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