A Random Assortment of Cards

Sometimes when I get in a carding groove my cards have a theme, and other times  I am experimenting with techniques, paper or stamps. Here is a random assortment of cards I made when I was in an experimenting mood one afternoon. A few are birthday cards and some are thank you cards. All were made with Stampin Up stamps and punches.

With two of the birthday cards I was playing with embossing and using my new stamp set Elementary Elegance which was offered for a limited time during the Sale-a-bration event. I love embossing stamps and think the gold really sets off the swirls in the stamp.

 

With the third birthday card I made was experimenting with the eggplant embossing powder that my friend had brought over. I ended up giving this card to my sister for her birthday. I love the cupcakes on the bottom.

I continued the butterfly theme with my thank you cards. I was making these cards for the wonderful volunteers who had helped us with the overnight at the Nature Museum. Our museum is known for its fabulous butterfly haven so I thought the butterflies would be appropriate. I used the Flight of the Butterfly Stampin Up set and the butterfly punch. I used paper from The Green Stack by DCWV. (Which was the first paper stack I ever bought so it holds a special place in my heart). I used this card I found on Pinterest for inspiration.

 

I couldn’t help myself and had to use my favorite punch and  “put a bird on it” for the last thank you card.

The bird just makes me so happy and I love the strip of birds in the trees on the side. Do you have any favorite stamp sets or card techniques? Leave them in the comments.

 

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Eye Mask for Nights at the Museum

In our work at the Nature Museum we sometimes end up spending the night at the museum for overnight events. The events are exhausting and a lot of fun, but not a good nights sleep. On my first overnight I went in prepared with an eye mask to block the safety lights that have to remain on all night and ear plugs to block out the sound of hundreds of people shuffling and snoring in their sleep and the clumping steps of the security guard doing his rounds. I was shocked to find that some of my coworkers were less prepared (ie. no eye mask or ear plugs.) As a huge proponent of a good nights sleep and the owner of a new sewing machine, I decided to try and make an eye mask for my coworker who does the most overnights.

Since Pinterest is an amazing place for crafting projects I started my search for an eye mask tutorial there. I found a number of them and ended up using this one and this one in a choose your own adventure sort of way. I picked the pieces I liked from each and went for it. I started with a trip to JoAnn’s where I picked up some zebra flannel for the front of the mask, a silky black for the part on the eye, some red bias tape and white lacy elastic. I thought the red would really pop against the black and white zebra. I went with the flannel because I wanted it to be cozy and soft.

Once I had all the supplies I traced my trusty eye mask to make a pattern and then cut one piece of zebra and two pieces of the black. I decided to double up the black material because I wanted it to completely block the light. I then sewed them together following Teresa Down Under’s directions minus the embroidered part.  I have not used bias tape since my middle school sewing days, so  I struggled a bit with the narrow bias tape I bought, but all in all am very happy with how it turned out. My coworker  is looking forward to using it at the next overnight.

Have any of you ever made an eye mask? Or do you have tips for how to handle narrow bias tape? I would love to hear about it in the comments.

Grazie! Italian Wrapping Paper Thank You Cards

My sister manages Sally Bourne Interiors, a interior design store in London, and sometimes sends me fun little wrapping paper remnants from the shop. I like to use these to make cards. Here are a number of thank you cards I made with some of the red and green paper she sent.

I used a variety of Stampin Up sets including “Art of Life” and “All the Best”. I also went back to my Portland roots and  put a bird on it with the Stampin Up bird punch. Which is one of my very favorite crafting tools. I love me some embossing so I embossed stamps and the paper on most these cards.  I am excited to make more cards with these beautiful papers!

Feels Like New Pants

When I found the tutorial on making infinity scarves I was also drawn to Merrick’s Wide Leg Trouser refashion tutorial. As soon as I saw it I was thinking of 2 pairs of pants I wanted to try it with. Both pairs have been part of my wardrobe for a long time and I always struggled with the blue Old Navy pair, because I often felt like they were very pajama like.

My Old Navy Pants before the refashio

 

My tan trousers before the refashion

Above are both pairs of pants before. I did the Old Navy pair first. I carefully followed Merrick’s tutorial. With both pairs of pants I found that I needed to start sewing way higher than I first thought. I always did the right leg first and would start narrowing just above my knee. Then when I finished that leg and put them on to see it looked as though I had bloomers, because the thigh area bulged out above the narrower area below. I just then started narrowing much higher. On my first pair I had to pin and try 3 times. I was working on the second pair on one of those days where I maybe should not have been trying to sew. My sewing machine was having threading issues and it took me about 5 tries. However, the second leg was always a breeze. And it was all worth it, because I simply love how both pairs turned out.

The first day I wore my Old Navy pair a parent in a workshop I was teaching asked me if they were the new pants from J. Crew! I decided that was the best compliment and love that without spending any money I felt like I have two new pairs of pants!

My tan pants after the refashion

My Old Navy pants after the refashion

Happy Mother’s Day!

I am aware that this is a week late. Believe it or not, I did this on purpose. I wanted to share the Mother’s Day cards I made, but didn’t want to give away the surprise. Also, mother’s are wonderful enough to celebrate everyday!

       

 

I made all of these cards with various Stampin Up stamps and punches. I didn’t have any “Mother’s Day” stamps so I thought about what the holiday meant to me and found stamps to match. I am really happy with the results. I love the gold embossed flowers and I can’t get enough of the blossom punch. I think it is so beautiful and look forward to buying some of the stamps that go with it. Most importantly I was happy to send these cards to some amazing mothers in my life. Love you mom!

Up Cycled Infinity Scarf

I had one infinity scarf and love the ease and look of it, so I was thrilled whenI found a gal on pinterest who turned a number of her regular scarves into loop scarves.
I had plenty of scarves and my new machine so I decided to give it a whirl. The first one I did was a scarf Kelsey had given to me. It was beautifully colored, but I was not fashionable enough to handle it’s large width. I decided to sew it in half width wise first. I sewed the two sides together inside out to make a long tube and then turned it right side out and sewed the ends together. It turned out better than I could imagine. I wore it the next day and know it will be great for spring, summer and fall.

I was then hooked on creating looped scarves so I turned to a lightweight polkadot one from gap that I have had for ages. Again I loved the pattern, but was never thrilled with how it wrapped.
I started by cutting the fringe off both sides and then sewed it together and zig zagged the ends. I then loved it so much I took it on the family trip Ireland. It is featured in the picture below. My mom is wearing her same Gap scarf in another color, and it has not been turned into a loop. (She is better at wrapping it than I am!)

More Snack Packs

I was so giddy with sewing after the first crafternoon, I ordered my Brother sewing machine and couldn’t wait for it to arrive. When it finally got here (after only a few days, Amazon is so fast) I jumped right in to sewing some more snack packs. Well, I started sewing right after a quick trip to Michaels where I picked up some thread and pins. I had remembered the big stuff, sewing machine, but not the crucial small things.  I had so enjoyed making the first snack bag , and I had all the materials cut and pinned for a second little baggie. So there I sat in the dining room with my shiny new machine and iPad opened to the tutorial. I whipped out one, then two more snack packs in quick succession that first night.

After the early success I was feeling good and decided to get a little fancy. I had pinned a tutorial about monogrammed oil cloth snack bags. I didn’t have any oil cloth, but I used her advice for how to make and sew the letter. I decided I would make 3 bags with Ks on them for myself, Kaitlyn and Kelsey and one with a J for mom. I was sailing along, feeling like a pro, so I decided to cut multiple Ks at a time, since I needed three in all. I folded the fabric over, pinned my paper K on and cut. It was only after when I had my Ks that I realized my mistake, one of them was backwards! Not one to waste fabric or time I just told myself it gave it character and used that one on my snack bag. From there I made them following the first tutorial, but made them smaller because I didn’t really need that many snacks!

Once all of them were finished I brought mom and Kait’s bags to Ireland and mailed one of the Ks to Kelsey.  I am now thoroughly hooked on sewing and think I may make a few of these little pouches for things other than snacks, like to hold the thread and bobbins I now own or to use to corral the clutter that is my purse. So many possibilities!

 

Crafternoon- The respark of an obsession

I have always been a fan of crafts. Throughout my life I have taken sewing lessons, made jewelry, spent hours arranging perler fuse beads onto the peg board only to spill them on the way to the iron and start all over again. I have always loved the creative outlet crafts provide. My most recent obsession is card making. Lots and lots of card making. In fact my carding was growing so large we designed our dining room table around my need to make cards. (It turned out gloriously and I adore it).

At my current job I have stumbled into a nest of fellow crafters. On March 18th Laurel hosted a Crafternoon at her house. The projects of the day were baprons (baby aprons) and reusable snack packs. This day turned out to be pivotal for my crafting obsession for two reasons. The first is that it served as my introduction to pinterest. Yes, I realize I was extremely late to that party. But what I lacked in timeliness I have since made up for with enthusiasm. The second is that crafternoon reminded me that I enjoy sewing (something I hadn’t done since 8th grade) and that I am capable of sewing. It was also excellent because I ended up with a fantastic reuasable snack bag.

At crafternoon some people chose to make baprons for various baby showers they had in the near future, and some of us worked on the snack pack, all under Laurel’s guidance.

Above are photos of some work in progress, as well as a few finished and oh so cute baprons and my snack pack. Crafternoon was such a joy that I came home and bought a sewing machine three days later. I am very happy with my little Brother machine that I ordered from Amazon and have lots of projects to share with y’all!