Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Have a little cake with that Stamparatus...

It's a new month, and a new year! Our pup Lucy just turned three and we're finally started to feel (a little) settled in Minnesota!

Today's card uses the Stampin' Up! Icing on the cake set - it's not new, but I'm so happy it's returned in this years Annual Catalog.  I also heavily used the Stamparatus. This tool allows for perfect placement of your clear or cling rubber stamps. I have to admit, it took me a while to fall in love with the Stamparatus. I've tried other brands, and I just never quite got the feel for it. The beauty of the Stamparatus is the ability to remove the clear plates, so you can flip and maneuver your stamps to get your image exactly where you want before committing the ink to paper. And if your ink needs a little more attention, you can restamp without worries of shadow images.


 This set is uses two-step stamping. In other words, many of the images have different stamps that are stamped in different colors to give the image a three dimensional look. Here I've got my image started on the Stamparatus and the bottom layer of one of the icing roses stamped in a lighter color. I'll later stamp the details in a darker coordinating color to get the effect.














See how the roses look now? I decided to cut them out later, but you can still get the idea. Check out also how I can use the Stamparatus to line up my greeting exactly!



















Boom! The final card! (Ignore the giant smudge. It's not really there) :D


PS - Lucy, the birthday girl says Hello!

Thursday, January 4, 2018

Sewing on Girl Scout Patches & Badges

Over the years of being mom to a Girl Scout I've learned a few things about sewing patches and badges onto a Girl Scout uniform. There are a ton of different ways, and I've tried most of them. he easiest and most secure method is using a sewing machine, and I'll share some tips.

Iron-On
Many patches come with iron-on adhesive already applied. Problem is, even these tend to fall off. Some do last a long time, especially the thinner patches like number, council identification, flags and badges. The adhesive on locally produced council "fun" patches isn't always so great and they don't stick even with perfect ironing technique. Ironing can be quick and a great option if you don't sew but you'll have to learn another method, as not all patches have iron-on adhesive applied.

Hand Sewing 
Hand sewing is great for longevity but it is REALLY HARD to sew through some patches that are heavily embroidered. Ouch!

Badge Magic
Honestly, I hate Badge Magic. This is a product sold in Girl Scout stores and expensive, about $8.75 per 8.5x11 sheets! You trace around your badge and cut out a piece and apply. Easy and quick, but in my experience, the patches don't even survive one meeting. We lost several patches which was kind of heartbreaking as some are irreplaceable. Most craft stores sell a product called Peel & Stick Fabric Fuse. I haven't

tried this but it appears to be a similar product, maybe it would work as intended!


Velcro
I thought I was really onto something when I tried adhesive velcro. I thought it would be quick and easy and give us some flexibility with moving patches if needed. But, the velcro caused the badges to stick out and generally just didn't look very cool.


Sewing Machine Method
My #1 method. Works with every patch and is quick, looks great and lasts forever. Downside, you need a sewing machine! (What a great excuse to learn how to sew!)

You'll need:

  • Denim Needles
    • Regular needles just won't cut it when going through the heavy twill of the vest & the thick patches.
  • Thread - Purchase invisible sewing machine thread for your need and standard thread for your bobbin (I use white but you can use a color like green, khaki or blue to match your scout's vest or sash). JoAnns sells invisible thread in the thread section that is fine and smooth enough for your machine but durable enough for the patches. Don't use it for fishing line though!
  • Use a longer stitch setting (I like to use 3) and go nice and slow.. 
  • Enjoy your scout's beautiful vest!

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Llama Llama Llama

Have any of you seen the show "Milo Murphy's Law" on Disney XD? It's an adorable show and if you liked "Phineas & Ferb" then  you'll love it (even if you're over 12 years old) :) A recent episode was FULL of llamas and is the inspiration for today's challenge card - featuring the soon-t0-be retiring Stampin' Up! Birthday Fiesta stamp set. If you've seen the episode then you probably have that song stuck in your head! :)
The best of this stamp set is the gorgeous coordinating Designer Series Paper, full of bright colors and patterns. There is also a coordinating die set. I cut the llama by hand and layered him over a white panel with a bit of the paper peeking through the back. I used the marker technique on some of the stamps to color them. 

My doggie Lucy wanted to say HI this week:
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Sunday, May 14, 2017

New Cricut & Some Cards

I've had a Cricut die-cutting machine since they came out, and finally upgraded to the Explore Air 2 a few weeks ago. My Expression worked perfectly fine, but I wanted to upgrade to some of the new features!

The top card uses the fun maze piece from My Favorite Things and the rest was cut out using my Cricut. The swiss cheese feature was super easy to put together in design space. I simply added the cheese holes to a rectangle using the slice feature.

I used the Cricut writing tool for the sentiment on the banner.


This card is CASE-d from the wonderful Melania Deasy - I love her style and beautifully blended backgrounds!

Maze Products
- MFT Maze Piece
- Cricut Explore Air 2

Happy Birthday Card
- Distress Oxide Inks
- Cricut Explore Air 2


Thursday, April 13, 2017

I love this week's color challenge, it's full of fresh, vibrant colors that make me happy. I love color! I decided to step outside my comfort zone with the card size and made a non-traditional card at 3 1/2" x 6". The beauty of having the envelope maker is the freedom to play around with different card sizes.
I created the background for this card using my new Pacific Point watercolor pencil that came with this month's "A Sara Thing" Paper Pumpkin kit and then just layered several balloons and clouds on top.