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.

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

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!)