In the New Year, may your right hand always be stretched out
in friendship, never in want.
~ Old Irish Toast
This image from Eat Cake Graphics reminds me of the Christmas of the flannel pajamas. Back on 1959 Grandma made magic with an old treadle sewing machine exactly like this one. (I still have it in the Crop Crib.) Mom bought too much fabric so Grandma made matching jammies for me, my twin sister, my older brother, my Mom and Dad, my baby doll, and my Barbie doll, complete with stocking caps and booties. The dog was spared, but everyone else wore flannel!
I wish I had a picture of all of us, but it looked something like this. Yep, this curly locks is me! My family called me Yackie Doodle because I talked so much. Even at 16 months, a phone was the perfect gift for me. I hope you all got everything you wanted (and more) for Christmas.
There are just four days left to join the Catered Crop Recipe Challenge, FTR2. Just use any of the ingredients in the featured sample to join us and possibly win a sample of Baker's Twine. I cooked up this card with Stampin' Up!'s Word Window Punch, Copic Markers, Cuttlebug's Dotted Swiss Embossing Folder, Ribbon, Extra Fine Glitter, and Memento Tuxedo Black Ink – all from Risa West's sample card. Here's the full recipe for my card and the Copic markers I used.
- Paper – Stampin' Up!, Neenah, Bo Bunny Back to Basics and Bo Bunny A Gift of Love
- Stamps – Eat Cake Graphics 1097-M Sweaters for Christmas
- Inks – Memento Tuxedo Black and Copic Markers
- Tools – Stampin' Up!'s Window Tab Punch; Cuttlebug's Swiss Dots Embossing Folder; Nestabilities Classic Square
- Embellishments – Hobby Lobby flower pick, Stampin' Up! eyelet, button
- Fibers – Stampin' Up! Satin Ribbon, Stampin' Up! Silver Cord, DMC Embroidery Floss
- Glitter – Stampendous Ultra Fine Glitter
- Techniques – Sewing, Paper Piecing, Out of Bounds with Nestabilities
Do you like tips for paper crafting? Here are few for this card:
- Sewing on cards is one of my very favorite techniques. The very talented Jeanie Wilmer just posted a stitching tutorial that's fabulous, and, even though I've sewn on a lot of cards, I still learned a lot by watching her video. Like her, I usually attach my sewn panels to my card by using score tape over the stitches across the back of the panel. It keeps the stitches from unraveling. While stitching on paper is easy, it is less forgiving than stitching on fabric. If you make a mistake, you can't really pull out your stitches without risking tearing the paper. So, every time you change the thread or bobbin, change from straight to zig-zag, adjust the size or length of your stitches, etc., try a few stitches on scrap paper.
- Next time you're looking for fun embellishments for your cards, check out the artificial flower isles. My bouquet on top of the bow is a flower pick from Hobby Lobby.
- Embossing plates and folders aren't just for cardstock. Try them on your pattern/designer paper for an interesting effect. I used the Cuttlebug dotted Swiss embossing folder on the striped paper and the white card stock.
- Make a glittery frame around your image by sprinkling glitter over score tape applied around the outer edges.
Looking for fun challenges this week? I keep a list of all my favorite challenges at Cooking Up Challenges. Here are some I used for this card: Secret Crafter Saturday Challenge, Buttons and Bows; Cupcake Craft Challenges #122 Thank You; Cute Card Thursday #145 Thank You; Stamp Something, Glitter; and, finally, the Mojo Monday sketch, 171.
Your visits and sweet comments have been such a Godsend to me this past year. We when moved to a new town without knowing a soul, you never let me feel that I was without friends. I hope you'll think of this card as my virtual thank-you card and hug. Happy New Year dear friends.