Sunday, March 29, 2015

Machine Embroidery

I hate to admit this but I've had my embroidery machine for almost 2 years and never used it. I was scared of the darn thing!  I've been sewing since I was 12 years old, but this is a different kind of horse. When I first got my Brother PE770 Embroidery machine two years ago, I was so excited! I immediately took it out the box, set it up and was ready to go. I can sew right?  So this should be a breeze right? Wrong-o-roony!!! First of all, where in the heck is the darn foot pedal? How does this thing know where to start sewing, if you just push a button? What the heck is Water Soluble Stabilizer? A pre-wound bobbin? Tear-away, iron-on, floating? Eeeek!!! I got a bit overwhelmed and pushed it it the corner, where it sat until a few weeks ago.

A friend of mine Susan, decided to host an Embroidery Retreat in South Carolina. Never heard of an Embroidery Retreat? Me neither , it was a first!! Myself, along with several other women loaded up our machines and accessories and headed to South Carolina.

I must say that we had loads of fun and I actually learned a lot from the few experts that were there. Poor Susan and another friend Mary. They were bombarded with "how do you" questions. They were patient and kind (much more patient than I would have been, patience wears off as you get older). I am finally learning to face my fears with this thing although I have a long way to go, I'm really enjoying it.

Here's a few things I've been working on. Now remember, I'm still a "newbie", so you are bound to see plenty of errors!

I spruced up some old kitchen towels by adding this design from +Designs By JuJu.  They have wonder designs that stitch beautifully.
 Close up 1
 Close up 2

 This is another +Designs By JuJu  file. It's an applique file embroidery file. Another old towel spruced up! You can savage a lot of old towels this way!! lol

 I got this bag from +PickYourPlum. This bag folds up into this cute little pouch. I added my name to the leather flap. I used a font from Blastostich. The placement is too high. I will get it right next time.
 Here's the bag open.
More old towels and another design from +Designs By JuJu .
These embroidery files are call Free Standing Lace, meaning just that....you embroidery directly on the stabilizer. This machine is amazing!
Here's the machine making doing it's thing!
Another FSL, you can use these for card embellishments or add a pin to the back and wear it as a brooch.
Here's the cards I made using FSL purses to give out at the Retreat.
 The inside
I'm sure there will be more to come, so check back soon!

Sunday, March 15, 2015

Birthday Card for U.S. Marine

This card was made by Special Request. It was a bit of a challenge because I had no idea what a Marine's Dress Uniform looked like and I told the person I was making it for that this may be above my skill level but she insisted that I could do it. After researching for most of the day, this is what I came up with. I used a file from the Silhouette Store and altered the collar to fit my needs. I got the emblem off of  Google and traced it. While it did take a bit for it to come together, I really enjoyed making it and I hope she likes it.
 The inside
 I popped up the collar a bit to give the card more depth.
#USMC #Military Card

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Birthday Card for 85 year old

My friend requested help. She was trying to send her grandmother 85 five birthday cards in celebration of her 85th birthday. I was more than happy to help out. What a Blessing it is to reach that age! I used Spellbinders Card Creator die and the Spellbinders Circle Scallop die. The sentiment on the front is from the JustRite Faith stamp set and the inside is from the  JustRite Grand Birthday Sentiments Stamp set.
 side view
 inside
Thanks for looking and have a great day!

Friday, March 6, 2015

Spellbinder Card Creator

I got the inspiration for this card from Pinterest and put my spin on it. I've had this Spellbinder Card Creator die for quite some time and have never used it.  I love how it turned out. I used my Craftwell eBrush to color the flowers to match the card. The label is actually silver foil, but I could not get a good picture of it. 
 Side View
 Inside
Here's the box I made for the card.

Thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Get Well Card

I made this card last night for a friend that is recovering from surgery. I hope it helps to brighten her day.
I didn't have any matching ribbon so I pulled out my Craftwell eBrush and my Copic Marker and made it. Other items used are listed at the bottom.
 Inside
Items used: Spellbinders Elegant Labels 4
                  JustRite Stamp - Chicken Soup Labels 4
                  Ebosser
                  Silhouette Cameo
                  Craftwell eBrush
                  Copic Marker B04

Friday, February 13, 2015

Valentine's Day Card

I made this card using a Dollar Tree Window Cling Decorations for the Valentine Box, then I embossed the background strip with the Darice Hearts and Swirls folder. The phrase is from the Silhouette Store. I was going for a masculine look with this even though it has some pink in it. It's for my husband so hopefully it will be ok.

here's a close-up of the window cling. I trimmed around the edges and glued it to the card stock.
Here's the inside. The heart border was cut on the Brother Scan N Cut.
This is the set I will be giving to my hubby for Valentine's Day along with a special dinner.
He deserves it!
It matches the Treat Cards I posted yesterday.
See you again soon!

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Victorian Romance Valentine Day Card

For this card I used the Cricut Victorian Romance Cartridge. I have owned this cartridge for years and have never used it. This year I decided to make myself use it. I love how it turned out. 
This is the inside
Items used: Cricut Victorian Romance Cartridge
                  Martha Stewart Holidays Paper Pack
                  Cricut Explore



Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Valentine Crayon and Sucker Cards

Okay,  I made a lot V-Day gifts....for girls. I forgot about two special little boys, KJ and Sean (my employee's sons whom I've known all their lives) so I came home tonight to make them some quick cards.

I want to thank my friend Kat Schriber for posting the file for the Valentine Crayon Card so I wouldn't have to spend to much time trying to design something. I did change them up a bit though. The original card file calls for 2 crayon holders. I changed mine to 3 crayons to give KJ (age 4) enough colors to color the TMNT.  I also made the image a lot larger to give him more room to color. I also decided to change up the one for Sean because he is 10 years old and probably doesn't want crayons. I substituted suckers on his card. I know he likes candy!
I also added a TMNT on the back of KJ's card so he can see what colors he needs to use. He probably won't because he's only four, but it's worth a try. LOL!!
Close up shot 1
 Close up 2
I hope they enjoy them as much as I did making them.

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Valentine's Day Lollipop Treat

It's time time of year again!! Love is in the air! 
I guess you can tell that I love Valentine's Day!

These lollipop card idea was 100% scraplifted from Pinterest!! No shame! 

I used my new Brother Scan N Cut for the scalloped edge cards, then I used my Stampin Up Heart Punch and Treat Cups. I got the popsicle sticks from Dollar Tree and colored them with my eBrush and Copic Markers.

I cut 3 scalloped cards on the Brother Scan and Cut. One at 2.75 in, and two at 3 inches. I punched the smaller scalloped card with the Heart punch, inserted the treat cup, filled it with M & Ms and then placed the background scallop on top of it. (I forgot to take pictures of this process, sorry). Then I took some Terrifically Tack Tape and put the popsicle stick in the center back.  I used my ATG to put tape on all four corners of the solid colored scalloped card (this will be the back) and adhered it to the background scallop.
 Side view
 You can use the back to add "To" and "From" to turn these into gifts for the kiddies.

Thanks for dropping by.



Monday, February 9, 2015

Valentine Lip Balm Pops!

Since I have about a bazillion lip balms I decided to try to do some more Valentine's Day goodies with them.

These were very easy to make. I used Dollar Tree clear wrap and ribbon. I did a print and cut for the labels. Easy Peasy!!
View 1
 View 2
 View 3

 Here's how I did them. I got these straws from Michael's clearance section for 59¢.
 Split the top and fold down
 Hot glue to the bottom of the lip balm

 That's it! Finish with wrap and ribbon
Thanks for stopping by!