Sunday, August 30, 2009

Cheerleading Uniforms

I haven't had time the past week or so to be creative with card making. All of my spare time has been spent working on cheerleading uniforms for my five year old granddaughter Sarabeth and her friend Kelly. Both of the girls are taking cheerleading and are "mascots" for a cheerleading squad that cheers for one of the Future Panthers league teams in their town of Benton. This league is made up of 4th through 7th graders. Anyway the moms didn't really want to spend $125 on a uniform for a kindergartener so Joy asked me if I would make Sarabeth and Kelly's uniforms.

This turned into quite a project trying to get them to match as closely as possible the big girls uniforms. Now you know that I like to sew for fun but at some point working on these uniforms ceased to be fun. I think it was when I had to rip a zipper out because I had stitched it too close and it wouldn't open. These old eyes had a terrible time seeing the navy stitches on the navy material.

We took the uniforms to Joy this afternoon and I got a pic of Sarabeth in her uniform.

I was so happy that my new embroidery lettering software has some sports fonts and I was able to copy the style of lettering that the big girls uniforms have on them. I used ribbon to mimic the tri color braiding on the skirt and the top yolk.

I am so glad that this project is finished.

Luck, love and laughter,


Wednesday, August 19, 2009

First Day in Kindergarten

Ya'll pop on over to my daughter Robin's blog and check out her wonderful post on my granddaughter Addison's first day at Kindergarten. She has posted some wonderful pics.
You can view it here.

Luck, love and laughter,

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

IC Sketch #29, Birthday Sewing, & Magical Monday

Our little great-niece Raegan turns two years old this week and her birthday party is Saturday. I knew that I wanted to use Minnie Mouse on her card so I used the Cricut Mickey & Friends cartridge and cut and assembled her and also selected some paper that I wanted to use with her. I then decided to wait for this week's Inspirational Card Sketch to see if it would work for Raegan's card using Minnie. The sketch is perfect and here is my card.

Now for the reason that I wanted to use Minnie Mouse on the card. My new embroidery machine is a Disney machine so I have all these wonderful Disney designs to use. For her birthday present, I made Raegan a denim jumper and embroidered Minnie Mouse on it. I added ribbon trim and decorative stitching at the hem line. I also made her a matching hair bow. I 'm not sure she has enough hair yet for a bow but we will see.

While rummaging through my stash of sewing things, I found that I still had a child's pink ball cap. I embroidered Raegan's name on it and added a bow and some hot fix crystals to give it a little bling.

You need to check out this week's Magical Monday at There's Magic in the Air. Nina has another free digital image that you can snag. The challenge this week is to made a card using the image and a sketch that she has provided. Here is my take on the sketch.

Luck, love and laughter,


Saturday, August 8, 2009

Another Orson with Cake Card

I love this printable stamp from There's Magic In The Air so much that I just had to make another card using it. I used a totally different color combo for this card and I think it really changed up the look. Check out my zig zag stitching -- it is straight!!!!! My new Duetta 4500D is fabulous stitching on paper. I even sewed the buttons on using it.

I am going to give this card to one of my co-workers who has a birthday next week. Here is the sentiment that I did on the computer for the inside of the card.

Time is running out for you to snag this adorable printable stamp freebie. So you need to pop on over here to get it while the getting is good. I can't wait to see what Nina will be offering on the next Magical Monday.

Luck, love and laughter,


Thursday, August 6, 2009

ICSketch #28 and Sketch Girl #2

Dawn's challenge this week at Inspirational Card Sketches was to make a Christmas card using her sketch. I rummaged around and found a me & my Big ideas pad of Christmas paper left over from last year and used paper from the pad for my card. I stamped and colored a couple of Christmas trees using a stamp from a Paper Studio set of Christmas stamps. I then added a couple of gems and used some Stickles.

This next card was done using sketch #2 at Sketch Girl. I love the black, white and red color combo -- I think it looks very elegant. The black and white paper is from the DCWV The All Dressed Up stack. I then used the Accents Essential cartridge to cut the black and red flourish and background for it. A red flower stack finished it off.

Luck, love and laughter,


Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Orson with Cake

My blogging friend Curt, Curt's World, has been selected to be on the design team for a new card challenge site. This is a well deserved honor as Curt's talent and creativity is truly amazing. This new blog is There's Magic in the Air. This week there is an adorable free printable stamp called Orson with Cake. The challenge is to create a card using the printable stamp with a theme of "celebrate". Here is my card which really was a challenge for me to create.

As I said, this card was quite a challenge for me. I rarely use colored images on cards as this is way outside my comfort zone. It took me 3 tries to come up with one that I would use. First, I tried using colored pencils and did not like the way it looked at all. Then I used Copics. I liked the look but had difficulty staying within the lines so it was very messy looking. Finally on the third try, I had a colored image using Copics that didn't embarrass me. I then gave the icing and flame a little punch with Stickles. The wonderful Celebrate stamp is by That's Jazzy Stamp Dreams.

I hear thunder rumbling outside so I guess we're in for more rain today. According to the weather on TV, we must have had some storms during the night. Thankfully, I slept through it.

Luck, love and laughter,


Saturday, August 1, 2009

Mickey Tote and Monogramed Towels

I finished the Mickey Mouse tote this morning. As I said in an earlier post, my daughter, Robin, laid claim to this tote bag when she saw the embroidery work finished earlier in the week. I think he turned out cute.

I also monogramed a set of towels today. My hubby went through the fonts on my new embroidery lettering software and picked out this font to use on the towels. He also selected the thread to use.

My new super duper machine.

The finished product.

I've still got lots of sewing projects to work on. I spent my lunch hour yesterday at Hancocks with my daughter Joy. She got material for several projects for Mom to do -- mini flags, cheerleading costume for Sarabeth, tote bags, etc. Plus, I have some that I want to do for myself.

But, I think I'll do a couple of card challenges before I do any more sewing/embroidery.

Luck, love and laughter,