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.

Monday, April 3, 2017

More Happy Celebrations and Celebrations Duo TIEF

A few days ago during a YouTube binge marathon, I stumbled across the video below. I don't have the stamp set (yet), but I do have the embossing folders. I used my Happy folder along with my Stampin' Up! Gorgeous Grunge stamp set to achieve a similar effect with the birthday card below.

Check out the video below and my own card version. Hope this gives you a little inspiration this Monday!





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Saturday, April 1, 2017

Stamp Club Projects

Tuesday night was stamp club night and I wanted to share some of the projects we created. Just so you don't get too excited, this weren't my ideas. Haha!

The pink dress card uses the really sweet Beautiful You set, we only inked up the top portion, and used watercolor pencils to draw and color the skirt. Very clever!

I love the shooting star die on the Happy Birthday card set, and I ordered this bundle for myself after seeing it in action.

The green graduate card opens up to reveal a gift card for the recipient. And even though it's "interactive," it was really simple to put together!


Friday, March 31, 2017

DOStamperStars Create & Play Kit

Last week I received a fun surprise in the mail. An envelope from my Stampin' Up! sponsor Dawn with a few pieces of Party Animal Designer Series paper, half a sheet of Emerald Envy cardstock, and the instructions to simply create something and share it with the STARS group. Well then. My first thought was that this was some kind of test, to see if I had enough skillz to hang with the DoStamping Stars. I chewed on that for a while, then finally inspiration hit and I added the cute little fox and called it a day.

Turns it it wasn't a test at all. Just a creative challenge to get the juices flowing!

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Monday, March 27, 2017

It's a Sara Thing!

There’s a big surprise coming in April to Paper Pumpkin! The kit was inspired and designed by Stampin’ Up! CEO Sara Douglass.

“Bold, vibrant, and artistic—with a little bit of sass,” is how Stampin’ Up! CEO Sara Douglass described the kit she designed for the April Paper Pumpkin.

Each April Paper Pumpkin kit will include a FREE gift. And check out that pop of lime green, that's a color I definitely don't recognize! Maybe a hint at one of the new In Colors? ;)

Contact me today to sign up by April 10th! You won’t want to miss this!

 (psst!  Buy a pre-paid subscription for Paper Pumpkin of 3 months or more by March 31st to choose FREE Sale-a-Bration stamp sets or papers.)

Brrrr!


The Stamp Krewe is here and boy are we cold! I relocated to waaaaay up north last year (aka Minnesota). Here's a picture of my daughters at Christmas with our new family member, Lucy. She's a one-year old Golden/Collie mix and I don't know what we ever did without her.

See that fireplace in the background? That's a new and exciting thing for us! Also, snow. LOL.

With all this cold weather I found myself with a lot more crafting time, and so I'm just pleased as punch to be able to offer Stampin' Up! products.

Lots more to come....

xoxox,
Aimee

Thursday, December 13, 2012

A Special Invitation

Once again I feel like the luckiest girl in the world. On Monday I've been invited to attend the White House Holiday Pinterest Party in Washington, D.C. I'll be tweeting, instagramming, and of course pinning the White House Holiday decorations.

I would like to invite you to follow me on Pinterest. I have a special board set up where I'm pinning all sorts of cool Christmas images from holiday's past, and check in on Monday to see my special live pin board.



Friday, November 2, 2012

Look who was on the side of the road

Recognize him? One of my favorite actors, filming something (a PSA?) near one of the launchpads at NASA's Kennedy Space Center. Luke Wilson. 

RECAP: Day 1 - NASA Social Atlantis

NASA is definitely OPEN for business in Cape Canaveral, Florida. The development of the new Orion capsule and Space Launch System as well as active programs for commercial transport of astronauts to low earth orbit mean that KSC is a hub of activity.

Yesterday the NASA Social group toured the facilities and received updates from NASA leaders on all the changes and developments. We continue today with the rollover of Space Shuttle Atlantis into it's beautiful new home at Kennedy Space Center. I hope you enjoy a few highlights from yesterday.

Please be sure to follow me on twitter @rusewcrazy and instagram @rusewcrazy for more updates throughout the day.

Also, for some really cool 360 degree views please see my Occipital 360 Panorama page - http://occipital.com/user/89d3-662758/aimee-gravelle 

Lots of photos below, I apologize they aren't in any great order. Please holler at me if you have ANY questions either about my experience or what is happening at NASA. I will be more than happy to try to get those answered for you.

John McBride and Bob Crippen. NASA astronauts. They were outside the NASA admin building while we were waiting for our hard hat tours of Atlantis' new home.

Joe Oppold leading my group on the new home for Atlantis, currently under construction now with a target opening of July 4, 2013.

Mr. Oppold explaining the exterior finish of the structure.

This is looking inside the building where Atlantis will be rolled in on November 2nd. It will be tilted at a 43.21 degree angle as if in flight. Once secure inside, a wall will be built to fully enclose the space shuttle.

The exterior of the main facade. The "swoosh" will be covered with a copper material which will change color depending on the time of day. It is designed to mimic the color of Atlantis as it goes through reentry into the atmosphere of the Earth.

A sample of the copper material to be used on the facade "swoosh". The upper portion of the facade will have tiles representing those found on the shuttle.

Jason Townsend of NASA leading roll call on the bus. Bueller, Bueller.

The NASA news center. It's a lot smaller than it seems on TV.

Launch pad (either 39-A or B, I will verify). Remains in shuttle configuration. NASA working with partners who may share this space for commercial use.

Bob Crippen.

A piece of space-flown material received in our swag bag. Pays to be a NASA Social participant!

The VAB - Vehicle Assembly Building. Holy Grail for space geeks.
Jules Schneider of Lockheed Martin. Lockheed Martin built a facility onsite to facilitate the construction of the Orion Capsule.
The famous countdown clock, located outside the Press center.
Angela Brewer, flow manager for the Atlantis program. Everyone at NASA is committed and friendly and she's a perfect example. She got a little emotional discussing the loyalty of the NASA staff let go at the end of the shuttle program.
ME on the hard hat tour. Yay! :)
Yes, yes it is. One of my favorite actors was filming near the launch pad. LUKE WILSON.
Press Room.
Where visitors will enter to see Atlantis.
There she is, Space Shuttle Atlantis. One of the last photos that will be taken of her inside the VAB as tomorrow she moves out into her forever home. 

Thursday, November 1, 2012

It's NASA Social Time

Good morning all! It's a gorgeous day on the East Coast of Florida and in a few minutes I'll be heading over to the Kennedy Space Center. The Atlantis NASA Social group today is going to be super-busy getting up to speed on all things NASA today as we prepare for the rollover of Atlantis tomorrow. I hope you will join me on Twitter (@rusewcrazy) and Instagram (@rusewcrazy) and I share pictures and stories.