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Welcome! This is the place where I share my artsy and crafty projects. I am an evolving artist these days ... finding myself enjoying less of the cards and mini albums that I have made for years, and turning to art journaling and more artistic endeavors. I have always enjoyed some craft or other, and some of my earliest memories of my mother helping me make paper dolls and other crafts. I am now in my 60's and finding myself more passionately enjoying creating beautiful things and learning new skills and techniques and products.

While you are here I hope you will find inspiration and ideas for making your own projects, however any images or projects you find here are my personal property and should not be used for your own monetary gain, or for contests or challenges. Thank You!


The Kraft Journal 'Needle and Thread' Challenge

Hi Folks, and welcome!  I am so excited and happy about my latest opportunity in the paper crafting world!  I have been accepted as a Creative Team member for one of my very favorite challenge blogs ... The Kraft Journal!   The Kraft Journal is a challenge blog sponsored by Kraft Outlet, an online retailer specializing in kraft cardstocks, bags, pockets, journals, and all kinds of other products we paper crafters just love!  I have been participating in challenges at The Kraft Journal for probably close to two years, and have even made their top three a time or two!  When I saw their DT call, I knew I had to apply, and was so excited when I got an email inviting me to join the team!

The theme for this week's challenge is 'needle and thread', and a few days ago I found a vintage image HERE that I just KNEW I wanted to use in this project!   Here is my project for this week  ...

Sew Sweet Card
When I make a project I try to come up with a theme or concept first.  Well, the theme was already given to me, and when I found the image the concept began to take shape.  I gathered together all the supplies I thought I would need, and here is what I had in mind ...

I think the only thing that didn't make it into the project was the yellow seam binding.  Here are all the details about my card ...



  • Martha Stewart / EK Success Paper Trimmer
  • Martha Stewart / EK Success Scoring Board
  • Sewing Machine (Sears/Kenmore)
  • Epiphany Crafts 'Heart 25' Tool
  • Scissors, ruler, kraft knife 

 Tips and Techniques:

  • Before you sew letters on your canvas, cut a triangle the same size from scrap fabric or paper, and practice to see how you want to get your spacing.  Oh, and my sewing machine has the alphabet pre-programmed in one size, so it's pretty easy.
  • Fold your strip of eyelet lace into 1/3rds, then glue together so it won't come apart.  Then glue the edge into the inside of the bag so you don't see the selvage.  Or, you could glue it to only one side of the inside of the bag, and slip a gift card or special note into the bag.
  • Fussy cutting is one of the first techniques I learned when I started making cards.  It takes a steady hand, a good pair of scissors, and a good sharp craft knife.  Not to mention lots of patience!

I hope you've enjoyed my project today!  Please go pay a visit to The Kraft Journal and Kraft Outlet and participate in this week's challenge! 

Blessings folks!


Lynn said...

Sew cute!!! I love how you used the canvas banner. Welcome to The Kraft Journal design team!!!

Tracy said...

This is so sweet Becky! I love how you incorporated the little mini bag and especially the canvas triangle. Who can't smile at vintage peeps. :-) Hugs and a huge sqooshy welcome to the team!

Anonymous said...

Nice job, Thanks