Saturday, September 21, 2013

All Stitched Up

September is national sewing month.  My project this month centers around sewing and papercrafting.  I am an avid sewer so this is just my cup of tea.  I enjoy quilting as well as machine embroidery.  There are so many ways that sewing can be incorporated into paper crafts.  So whether you use straight or zigzag stitches, stitching on paper adds so much detail to your project.  For my project, I took a dollar store mini composition book and covered it using zig zag and straight stitching.
I took a piece of plain white paper and measured it to fit the notepad. Then I stitched strips of pattered paper together using a zigzag stitch.  I also die-cut some flower pieces and stitched them together in the middle and adhered it to the base page.  Next, I again die-cut some hearts and used a single straight stitch through the middle to hold them together.  I hot-glued the hearts to the base page.  Near the top of the base page, I cut a piece of muslim fabric and used a straight stitch to adhere it to the base page.  Taking one of my rubber stamps, I stamped a sentiment on the fabric.  Finally, I hot-glued the stitched base page to the notepad. Viola, a simple yet memorable gift idea.  So stitch up your paper projects today! Happy National Sewing Month

Sunday, September 15, 2013

Still CREATING......

Yes, I am still CREATING but I have taken a turn in the road so to speak of my creative journey.  I'm going down a path that I have traveled before.  I'm currently renewing my interest in machine embroidery and sewing.  I'm also still doing a little art journaling.  So whereas I use to frequently turn on my Cricut or Silhouette machines, I an now reaching to flip on my Janome 300E and my Brother PE770.  Poor Cricuts andCameos are sitting idle for right now but don't worry, I shall return(I promise).
The face for the art journal page on the right was created using an embroidery file. The eyes are the part   that is embroidered on fabric, then I added the other facial features. I colored in the eyes using one of my markers. In the background is one of my embroidery hoops and a monogramed circle I recently did.  To the left is a framed Bible verse that I also embroidered.  I'm having fun with my crafty detour.