Wednesday, June 24, 2009

In Stitches

First things first...The pictures suck I know that my camera is being fixed and so I had to use the little snappy so as soon as my other camera gets back I will retake the pictures!

Now gather your supplies, you will need:
a permanent marker
a piece of acetate (I use left over pieces of transparency paper from work)
a piercing tool (a push pin will work just fine)
a mouse pad or piece of cardboard
the design you would like to stitch (this could be a print out, a piece of chipboard, a stamp...)
Needle and thread

Start with your acetate over your desired design and grab your marker.

Trace your design like in the picture below with the marker.

Once the whole thing is traced use your piercing tool to punch holes in the acetate. It doesn't have to be perfect that is part of the charm. Remember to put a mouse pad or piece of cardboard underneath first. You are done creating your template. It will look like this.

Place your layout on top of the mouse pad or piece of cardboard then place your template on top of that in the area you want your stitching. Hold down with one hand firmly while you punch holes with the other. Make sure to go in the holes you created when making your template and you may need to push the piercing tool a little harder depending on the # of layers you are going through.
Once your holes are in the layout thread your needle and go to town! Here is a layout using this template.

For my smile page I traced one of the flowers from the red pattern paper to create the template for the red flower on the bottom right corner.

Finally, here is an example of a very detailed template. I got the tree body from a 2 piece foam tree stamp.

I hope you enjoy creating your own templates! Please feel free to ask questions or ask for clarification or better examples. I would also love to see what you come up with so share your pages with me and a picture of your template inspiration piece. There might just be an RAK for one lucky follower :)

New Blog

My friend Lynnette has started a new Blog Called Candy Shoppe Designs.

It is set to launch in September but there is a fun pre-challenge to help us pass the time. Check it out, and when you do, leave a message for her and tell her I sent you :)

Now I told you all I have been busy so I thought I would share some of my new pages and projects with you.
This is the ATC I made for the SBB era atc swap

This one is made form scraps from another lo.

This was for a challenge my friend Kathy is hosting over at Croppin Paradise

and this is for the DT call over at Scrapfreak

Lots of people have asked how I get the different designs stitched like the flower in this lay out. Well I have a How-to in the works and will be back to post it in bit :)

Monday, June 22, 2009

Just found this cool site

Thanks to my friend Sarah's blog I just found this cool site called Image Chef. You can create these awesome word mosaics like the one here
I plan to make this into an art piece for my scrap room.
I also found out that you can create your own license plate on the site too!
Can you tell I have some time on my hands lol Guess I should head out to my scrap room.

June News

First things first... SCHOOL'S OUT!!!!!! Finally. I was so busy trying to wrap up the school year I wasnt having much fun scrapping but great things were happening.

1. I won the 8.5 X 11 category in the PageMaps Anniversary contest. The page is featured in the June Newsletter which you can download till the end of the month on there website. But here it is so you can see it right away.
2. I am a Creative Chick this week at the Creative Crafts and Stickers Blog. Every day brings something new so check back all week.
3. I am working on my pages for my guest spot on the Category Stories Blog. I cant tell you anymore so check it out on July 1st!
4. I have been doing the Northern Lights Quilt Shop Hop this week and I hope to visit the last 6 of 17 shops this week. (Yes, I quilt too :) )
5. I am working on these fun 1950s Pin Up Girl ATC's so I hope you will come back here later this week to get a glimpse.
Have a great week!