You may have thought the fun is over - but no! Not yet! MelJen Designs is hosting a Birthday Bash! Woohoo!
You don't have to have a sewing machine or know how to sew to stitch on a card. I kept seeing cute cards with stitching on them and finally decided to try doing it by hand. It was easier than I thought!
- patterned paper
- paper piercer
- embroidery needle
- embroidery thread
- ruler or piercing template
- ink & stamps
Step 2 - With a pencil and ruler, lightly mark the paper every 1/8th of an inch. You could also use a paper piercing template for this step.
Step 3 - With your paper piercer, gently poke a hole on each pencil mark.
Step 4 - Thread your needle and start stitching, making sure to hide your loose end of thread on the back of your cardstock piece. (In the photo, the bottom piece of patterned paper is folded around to the back of the card.)
Here's another card where I used a punched flower and "free handed" some lightly penciled dots to outline the stem and leaves.
Add a button and sentiment, plus the stitching and here's a card sure to make someone smile.
Thanks again to Julie for today's tutorial! Be sure and visit her blog or leave a comment to let her know what you think. Also, if YOU would like to submit a Tuesday Tutorial, please leave a comment or write me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Thanks!
SRM Stickers loves our heroes - and they're throwing their own online bash this week!
Wow, can you believe it is the end of September already! Summer is over, the kids are back in school and the holidays are coming fast! We hope you have set aside a little time for stamping because you don't want to miss out on this week's awesome sketch challenge.
Today's beautiful sample card was created by the amazingly talented Paula. To see more of her gorgeous artwork, please visit her blog, Handmade by Paula.
Thank you, Paula, for the beautiful card!
To play along in this week's sketch challenge, simply upload a project using this week's sketch to your blog or online gallery then leave a direct link to your project using the Inlinkz widget at the bottom of this post. And remember, you may use this sketch at any time. Feel free to re-post the sketch on your blog along with your card… then come back and leave a link for us so we may all see your cards!
We encourage everyone to take a few moments to visit and leave comments for the other participants. Comments are a wonderful way to say thank you for sharing your creative project and inspires everyone to create.
Thanks for stopping by and hope you join in the fun!
To play along this week, please enter your name, URL and email address in the link below then press next step and select the photo of your creative project. An icon will appear on the blog featuring the photo you selected. If the photo doesn’t appear right away, don’t worry, it will after the page has been refreshed.
Lynn blogs at WindRryder Dreams where you can see more of her beautiful creations!
How did you hear about Operation Write Home? Actually, last October I did a search on the internet to find a charity or program that was related to helping Vets or deployed servicemen and women. This came at a great time since I was laid up with a broken femur and had very limited supplies to play with.
Lynn's cards are so cute, we know you're going to want to use one of hers as your inspiration today! Pick one to CASE - colors, design, whatever inspires you! Leave a link here so we can see what you've created!
Oooooh I am so excited to share today's challenge blog with you! It's a personal friend - with a fantastic new stamp company too! Sparkle's in my (Sandy's) monthly stamp group - we call ourselves the STD's - Stamping Together Divas! You are sooooo going to love what Sparkle has planned for you!
Be sure to check out the Sparkle Creations Rubber Stamps blog to see creations with newly released images and our weekly challenges on every Tuesday! While you are there, sign up for our newsletter to stay in the loop about upcoming images, get coupon codes, and advance notices of sales! You can find us on Facebook and Twitter as well.
To celebrate, we will be giving away a $20 store credit to one random winner of our challenge! Also, we’re giving a 10% off coupon for all of those who participate in our challenge. After you have uploaded your card on the Sparkle Creations Rubber Stamps blog, use the code OWH10BASH. The code will be good until Thursday, September 30th.
|A sample card by Sparkle herself!|
Today we bring you some more free digis, today from a brand new site...Hodge Podge!
The Hodge Podge Shop is a new digital image site. Currently we have two artists, with a third to be added soon. We offer a wide range of images.
Michael Oesterreicher, is a photographer. He takes his photos and converts them into images to be used for card making. Some are left in color and others he converts into a pencil sketch so they can be colored. He has anything from nature scenes with squirrels to buildings and barns.
Margaret Oesterreicher, (Mike's mom), is a fantastic artist and has been drawing and painting for most of her life. Her images are hand drawn. Right now we have some awesome Halloween images to choose from. She has been working on adding some terrific animals to her collection.
- You must have the rights to use the photo or illustration. That means you took the picture, or you have explicit written permission from the person who did. Please don't violate any copyrights for OWH! Magazine images and photos from storebought cards count as photographs too - if you didn't take the photo, please don't use it. There's a photographer behind that picture who didn't get paid, and we don't want something with OWH on it that violates their rights.
- You have to do something else on the card - please don't just print a photo on cardstock. Our heroes don't differentiate between that and a storebought card. They won't use ones that are simply printed on paper. So layer and embellish away!
- Be sure the photo paper sticks well to your other paper goods. We get some with gluesticks, and they do not hold permanently on a card. Liquid adhesives also work poorly, as the photo paper buckles. Use tape runners or ATG tape.
Today's tutorial is brought to us by Beverly, who recently included this beautiful card in a shipment to OWH. We thought you would enjoy seeing how she made it.
This is a great technique that Shari Carroll shared at the Hero Arts website. It’s easy, fun to do, and looks great. For this sample, I used the Hero Arts Friends Definition and the Hero Arts Three Ferns rubber stamps, clear embossing powder, Versamark Stamp pad, Tim Holtz distress inks, and Ranger’s Cut N Dry Foam pads.
Apply Distress inks to the cardstock (direct to paper) using the foam pads, going over the embossed areas and overlapping the colors as desired. I started with Antique Linen, the lightest in color, then the Peeled Paint and lastly the Rusty Hinge.
When you get the desired effect, ink the Hero Arts Friends Definition with Pumice Stone Distress ink and stamp over the embossed image.
Using a moist paper towel, wipe the embossed areas to remove the ink.