Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Hello! SEW happy you came by!

Hello blogging world! Some of you have followed me on my infertility blog
but since my journey for now is on pause since having my son, I decided to start a new crafting blog! Just a few things about me and my crafting "history" if you can call it that, lol. I really started crafting back in Jr. High when my sister became a Creative Memories consultant. It was short lived, but introduced me to the world of scrapbooking. After that, I did little crafts here and there, but really started to get in to it in High School when my best friend was a scrapbooker too and we used to get together on breaks or after school and scrapbook together. It was AWESOME. It is always more fun scrapping with someone is my thought! 

I got away from scrapbooking during my 7 years of infertility. It was a hard....I still did somethings here and there, but didn't really have a true scrapbook. Once I got pregnant (finally!) I started dabbling in some knitting (epic FAIL), and started making somethings for the baby. Ever since then I have pretty much be crafting but in the last 2 months, I have REALLY jumped back in to it, and really love it! 

I was doing a little bit of smashing while my son was a newborn/baby, but when I started his actual scrapbook, I just could NOT get myself motivated. Traditional scrapbooking takes a LOT of commitment. And I just couldn't find it. Enter, Project Life! (beckyhiggins.com) I love Project Life! I like to make cards, and so it to me mixes the best of both worlds, scrapbooking and card making. I am not sure if I will share my PL (project life) book on here or not, because I'm not too excited to share pictures about my son, or our personal life on here. It's more about the crafts. But I may show some cards I create, since I am part of some swaps. :) 

Anyhow on to the crafting. Tonight I am showing my first attempt at sewing on paper. I have seen this trend and LOVE it! I don't have too many pictures, because these cards were really quite simplistic. But I think they turned out cute none the less. My sewing machine sewed like a champ! All though I would HIGHLY recommend using a test sheet of paper. I forgot that I had a bigger, heavier duty needle in there so it made big holes! 

So here is my set up. I am currently using a Value Pack of note cards from the Paper Studio sold at Hobby Lobby. They aren't true A2 sized cards though, so I probably won't get them again. Then I have a yellow striped paper from the Sweet Matstack by DCWV. A scrap yellow sheet of paper ran through my cuttlebug, and I'm sorry I don't know the name of the folder it was sent through! I didn't keep any of that stuff. I guess I should get better at it. Then the Make a Splash, and little girl are from The Greeting Farm's Summer Fun set, and I colored her with Prismacolor colored pencils. Oh and the sentiment is stamped with Hero Arts Neon Ink in Blue. 

So I taped down both sheets with my Scotch ATG gun (which I am MEH about, I will do a review later). I first started stitching around the smaller yellow sheet first. And if you remember anything from home economics, when you go around corners leave you needle in the paper and lift up the foot. You will find if you read my blog, I can't cut straight, so I have pretty much accepted the fact that sewing straight is kind of like winning a million dollars for me. LOL, so please understand that. I am NOT a perfectionist, and personally I like how it looks sewn imperfectly. It looks more homemade and cute to me. I didn't change any settings on my sewing machine, and just did straight tight stitch. I will try zig zag next. Just wanted to leave it simple for this project. 

And here it is close up. I also sewed around the outside yellow card too. The girl is popped up a little on micro dots. I really like how it turned out! 

View of the whole card. Sorry for the horrible shot. I am going to have to borrow my Dad's little photo studio box. :) It turned out really cute though! 

Then I quickly threw this one together. The two flags are washi tape. Really like this look, and I will probably keep using it! :) 
Hope you enjoyed this first blog. Please keep coming back! I want it to be a fun place to connect with people, share how I do crafts, and review products that I like and don't! :)

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  1. Welcome to "Crafting" blog land Tami..
    I'm super honoured to be your first comment! ;)
    I am LOVING your post! I can't believe you took the awesome step into sewing on your papercrafts.. I love, love, love the look too!! I totally agree with the sewing not having to be completely straight, and to be honest, I think it looks better too when not perfect!!
    Your cards are fantastic! Love both of them and the washi flags, so cool!! Great colouring on the images too!!
    Thanks for sharing! I will be "bookmarking" your blog, so I can always come up and keep up to date..
    Cheers, Toni.. xoxo

  2. I enjoyed reading your blog and I love your cards! I need to try sewing on cards. I think you did a great job! I'll be back to check out your new stuff!
    Tammi Sue

  3. Hi Tami! I am Joan. Toni directed me your way and I am so glad I dropped by. Your blog is looking great! Super cute cards too! I look forward to seeing more. :-)
    I haven't really created much for either of my sons as far as a scrapbook is concerned. Like you said, so much effort is involved and then one needs to be motivated! My eldest will be 12 in a few months...I had better get started! lol

  4. Hiya found you from the uk via Toni. Wow these are brilliant . Where have you been hiding. Never tried sewing on a card but yours looks great. Love the Washi tapes flags they are super. I keep promising to scrapbookbut have yet to start. I shall pop by again . Hugs Trisha x

  5. Hello from Norway! I am so glad Toni pointed me your way! Really cute cards! I think the little boy card is just wonderful. If you enjoy making cards starting this month at Scrapping Everyday Miracles (a DT both Toni and I are on) we will be adding a card sketch to our Sketch Challenge... Check it out! It go live in about a week and half. Until then we have a current challenge to create a project about your pets. Hope to see you stop by! I am excited to be following your blog!

  6. I wasnt able to follow you because there wasnt anywhere to do that on your blog but dont worry I will check in often!

  7. Tami has a crafting blog!!!! Yay!!
    Love the sewing. Your cards turned out great!!!
    Guess I'm going to have to do this too. :)