A couple of weeks ago, I wrote a post about stitching on your cards. Today, I'm doing some sewing on my cards, using (drumroll) the sewing machine! Mind you, my sewing machine had a bit of dust on it, as my sewing days have long taken a back seat to my paper crafting.
But I love the look of all the stitching I've seen on cards, and when I went to make a card for a quilter friend, and had paper that looked like quilt blocks, well, it just screamed to be stitched. So, I blew off the dust, sneezed, and proceeded to sew on the card I made her. Of course, I loved it, and couldn't stop.
I sewed on the card I made for my daughter, Faith (previous post), and on another card in a previous post. I have posted two or three times since the last Technique Tuesday, so if you'd like to check them out, just scroll down.
OK, now on to some cards for today:
TIP: Be sure to let the card go through the presser foot at it's own pace. I found that if I'm in a hurry and pull the card slightly, the thread will break, as it's being stretched when you pull.
I don't remember the manufacturer of these stamps. They are images I had stamped a couple of years ago. I borrowed the stamps when I was at a stamping crop and stamped some images to use "later." Just dug them up and colored them for this card.
I hand-stitched the vellum "pocket onto this card. I wanted to make the bookmark a part of the card, and love to use vellum. I thought it might make a nice pocket holder, so pulled out some embroidery floss and commenced sewing.
Finally, on the halloween card below, I cheated and "faux stitched." Yep, that's just plain ole fine tipped marker stitches along the border panel. I used some straw mesh "paper" I had to give this card a fun texture. The bats are from a halloween punch. I also stitched around one of the tags. I don't know if you can see it (click on card to enlarge and you may be able to see), but I used a piece of velvet paper for the black tag, and ironed it over a Trick or Treat stamp. More on that technique in another post.
I'm really feeling all Martha Stewart-y today. I've been sewing (even if only on cards), and I made a big batch of sausage and peppers and a batch of Texas Cavier for Faith's baby shower on Thursday. Her friends are giving her a shower for the baby, so I'm off to Buffalo again. Twice in a week!
Here are a couple of pics of Keeley from the festival on Sunday:
That's it for tonight. Be sure to stop back soon, as I just received a VERY generous package of brand new holiday stamps from Penny Black for Design Team work. I'm just itching to get at them and make some cards. so I wouldn't be surprised if I post a few before next week's Technique Tuesday. Thank you so much PB!!
Enjoy these last hot days. As for me, I'm very anxiously waiting for fall! I just want to be able to breath again!
Blessings and peace,