Wednesday, February 27, 2008

I heart my serger

My sweet heart got me a serger, And I love it!!!!

I am only beginning to learn how to use it but is sooo fast and cool!!

Here are a few first week creations

Some receiving blankets

A purse for moi, with awesome remnant patch cinda gave me!

Re-usable shopping sacks

Tuesday, February 19, 2008

How to make pretty personalized cards

For a girl...

For a boy...

And a surprise!!!

  • Heavy paper (I use printmaking paper because it stands up well to the Sewing machine and other rough handling)
  • Glue, I use tacky, diluted a little Glue stick
  • Thread
  • Scrap material
  • Scrap paper

  • Ruler
  • Bone folder or chopsticks
  • Sewing machine
  • Heavy books for pressing
  • Paintbrush


When I make a card series I like to use my materials to help dictate the quantity and content of the cards. With this particular series I had a need for Three “congrats on your new baby” cards. We had one boy, one girl, and one undecided. So I decide to make them based on the classic gender color schemes. I scavenged my paper/cloth scrap boxes for three-color piles. I kept in mind to look for a large background piece of paper for each, then a swatch that was to be the focal point, and then some accents that might or might not make it into the composition.

Card size
There is nothing more frustrating then making a beautiful card to send to someone and you realize you don’t have an envelope big enough. If it is a non –traveling card this is no problem. I love making funky shaped cards for my honey. For the others I try to think before hand about how it will be delivered. All of these will be mailed. For mailing cards I almost always go with a standard card size envelope and make the card to that size or smaller. I really enjoy more creative solutions for envelopes so when it is a hand delivered card you can have more fun. Just keep in mind the postal service has gotten pickier in the last 6 years with mailed packages and you want your precious handmades to get there. So with all that said I made the cards all the same size by picking a scrap paper that would make size appropriate cards.


I like to use a heavy printmaking paper with some tooth. Printmaking papers are made to stand up to abuse and they press beautifully back into flat pieces of artwork. They also stand up really well under the sewing machine foot.

Burnishing and glue

I like to use a glue stick to secure paper that will later be sewn and really any rather thin paper or small scraps that might fall apart under glue.
The most important part of gluing is burnishing.
Use a cover sheet to protect your card and absorb any excess glue.
Be very serious with your burnishing, it will make your card look polished.
I like to use a bone folder (it is really hard)
But a chopstick will also work.

To make cards

  • Tear or cut your cards to size
  • Fold and burnish card
  • Glue your background in place (this could also be painted or stained or plain)
    burnish, burnish, burnish
  • Arrange your collage playing around with different scenarios and
    thinking about how you will eventually attach each piece
  • Attach your collage elements, burnish

  • When sewing on your card test on a scrap first
    (machine tension on paper and cloth can be tricky)

  • After the entire image has been secured cover the work on the interior of the card with a piece of paper the slightly smaller than the card itself,
    burnish, burnish, burnish.

  • Fold your card and using a cover sheet burnish entire card (lots of pressure)

  • Using heavy books press the cards for a day or so.
  • Send out your smile makers!!!

Tuesday, February 12, 2008

I dressed you up like a girl when you were little.

I will be able to say that to burger now and here are the photos to prove it. I made little Aleena a jumper dress and Burger had to model it before it was sent. I figured papa would growl but he just said, "you should have put tights on him". It was too late for tights however, the birthday dress was on its way to Cali. I used butternick B4841 and an olive green fat cord with contrasting jelly bean flannel. The buttons were my first real buttons with machined holes.So needless to say the button holes took me almost as long as the jumper( including time worrying about messing up the jumper with wack job button holes). I wish I had added pockets now(all toddlers need pockets ,right?) I also made her this green hat to match.

Tuesday, February 5, 2008

Pretty; Domestic

I just finished a new 4 card series called "Pretty;domestic"I used a general arches printmaking paper and painted the full sheet with a gold tempra wash. I then tore the cards down using the size of the paper as my guide with a tearing bar. The images are from a beautiful fabric scrap that my Cinda gave me many moons ago(thank you Cinda). I also used some oil cloth, Papa Bear found long ago when we were courtin'(heres to hanging on to things through a move and a baby). The rest came from my paper scrap and cloth scrap boxes. I suppose there is a bit of a self portrait here. I do use a clothesline (but i don't wear high heels to perform my household duties; much to papa's dismay). The cloth is stitched in place and the rest is acid free glue. The interiors of the cards are from an old navy paper shopping bag(each looks different they are blank otherwise).I thought they might make perfect Mother's day cards.