Saturday, October 9, 2010

Odds and Ends

I have a bunch of partially finished projects stashed here and there and my mission this weekend was to finish at least a few of them. So, I peeked in my embroidery box and found several embroidered and spirelli pieces that need to be put on cards.  All of them are at least a year old and some of them much older than that.  There are a few that are just ho-hum, but I can’t bring myself to throw them out (why? I don’t know!)

One of the spirelli pieces in particular caught my eye, so I decided to start with it.


I matted it on navy blue, then I used my die cutter and Spellbinders Pendants die to cut two pendants from textured silver foil gift wrap.  After mounting it all on a card, I decided the corners were too bare, so I put a piece of the foil gift wrap through my Xyron and cut it in thin strips and used that for the corners.  All in all, I think it turned out OK, although I could have been a little more consistent with the width of the strips of foil.

Next, was an ornament shape I embroidered who knows when with some interesting color challenges.  I wasn’t sure what to do with it until I saw the October Sketch Challenge on JustCards. That gave me just the right amount of inspiration and I pulled out my Christmas stack from DCWV looking for the appropriate papers.  The yellow stitching still looks a bit out of place, nevertheless this, I think is one of my all time favorites.


After that, the next one was easy.  Same idea, but all in blue.  I think I’ll call it “Blue Christmas.”


Wish I’d noticed how off-center that middle stripe was before I made it permanent, but hey, it’s handmade, it’s not supposed to be perfect, right?

You can find the embroidery patterns for the last two cards on my website at

That’s it for tonight.  I have several more to make, but I probably won’t be able to do much tomorrow because my son’s family is coming over.  If I do any crafting at all I will be helping my four-year-old granddaughter run scraps through my Cuttlebug.  She loves doing that and we usually end up with a pile of pink teddy bears.

Friday, October 8, 2010

Tea Bag Christmas Cards

After figuring out and writing up the tea bag folding instructions for the Open Center Star, I ended up with three completed medallions that I needed to do something with. I wanted to mat them and put them on a shiny background, but didn’t have any paper I liked, so I started rummaging through my gift wrap collection and found several rolls of metallic paper in various colors. Perfect!


Next, I glued the gift wrap to some medium weight card stock, got out my Cuttlebug and embossed it.  I am very happy with the results and it cost a fraction of what it would have if I had run out and bought the “right” stuff.  Yes, I know, it’s not acid free, but I’m using it to make Christmas cards and I don’t think any of them will be saved for long.  I would not do this for photos.

I used silver for the next card…

my cards 001

… and red for the last one.


I have a few more colors to try, so you’ll probably be seeing them here sometime in the near future.

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Tea Bag Folding

I’ve been working on updating my website and I came across a tea bag fold card I made quite some time ago but I never got around to writing the instructions.  I remember when I made the card that I wanted a fold that would show the picture on the tile, but I couldn’t find a fold I liked.  After playing around a bit, I came up with my own.  It’s fairly simple, so I’m sure someone else has probably done the same thing.  After all, there are only so many ways to fold a square piece of paper.  Here’s the result:


Of course, in order to write down the instructions, I had to figure out the fold all over again.  Fortunately it is an easy fold!  Here’s a link to the instructions:

Here are a couple more medallions I made while figuring it out:



I thought the flip side of this one looked interesting as well.  It looks like it was made with completely different tiles: