I'm taking a new class over at Online Card Classes - Clear and Sheer. It's all about vellum and acetate. The first days lessons are about attaching vellum to you card in different ways. While watching the videos I thought it would be cool to drag out the sewing machine and see if I could make it work.
This machine is about 34 years old, my Mother-in-Law got it for me. She was an expert seamstress in her day, she even made my wedding dress. Me? I can hardly sew a straight line and my Mom had to put the zipper in for me on the dress we had to make in Home Ec in junior high. But it was used for easy craft projects and super easy costumes for my kids.
But - it's working great for sewing on cards! After looking up the bobbin and threading instructions on-line I am ready to go! I did great okay.
Stamps are Best Mom Ever set from Simon Says Stamp.
I haven't had time to play with this fun butterfly set from Stampin' Up since I got it, last year I think?! It's a fun 3 step stamp - so you can pick and choose different colors to make a rainbow of butterflies.
Hard to tell on the photos but each one has some Wink of Stella clear on the wings to make them sparkle and shine!
Over on the Club Scrap blog they are having a technique challenge, this month it is watercolors. I do love working with watercolors - not that I'm super good at it but practice, practice, practice right? I used my Zig Clean Color brush markers on this gorgeous stamp from the Papillon kit (2011).
now... back to trying to figure out my Christmas cards!
Today we celebrate Veteran's - those brave men and women who have served our great country over the years. At my work we have two veterans, one Navy and one Marine. So I made them each a card to thank them for their service. The bottom card has a cool button on it that reads "the few, the proud".
Jennifer McGuire has a cool challenge going on this month, you can read about it over on her blog and hopefully find time to participate also!
Week 1 is about sharing with friends and family. I've chosen to make a couple cards for some of the guys on my "Happy Mail List'. I have a list of family and friends that I randomly send happy mail to throughout the year. Most everyone seems to like it. I don't always get direct feed-back from the recipients, but I'll hear about how much they liked it the next time I see them, or in the case of niece and nephews their parents tell me! I've just always thought that it brightens your day to get a card in the mail, especially a handmade one!
I think this is a fun challenge, there are three more weeks to go and we don't know what each will will bring.
These are the Bird Crazy stamps from Tim Holtz, I just love them. So fun to color and now that there are accessories you can "dress 'em up"! These are colored with Zig Clear Color Brush Pens.