Thursday, 12 July 2012

Watch the birdie


Good morning!  I'm up bright and early today, well actually I'm usually on my way to work at this time so actually I'm up later than usual, but it's fab to be at home at this time.  I've got the second jewellery workshop today so no work! I'm just having a quick blog hop whilst I drink my first coffee of the day, then I should really go and do some exercise... we'll see how that goes!

I had so much love for my polymer clay cane post that I wondered if you fancied a tutorial?  Let me know in the comments and if there is enough interest, I'll put one together.

I had a super productive Sunday, but I don't want to show you everything together so I'm just going to show you the cards I made in this post.  It's a friend's birthday on Monday and I wanted to make her a card.  I had a bit of an idea...

It started with this sketch:


And then I thought I might as well make 10 as make 1 as I hope to be able to sew some at a craft fair I've signed up for.  I got my scrap bin out and started cutting...




I sewed a strip of fabric on the bottom of each card to be the grass.  I used a very long stitch length so as not to perferate the card.  Some went well, others are a little buckled...



I added the birdies.  Now, I didn't do this the easiest  or best way.  Originally I was going to applique the birdies on to the card, so I didn't want to back them with Heat and Bond as I had problems sewing through the stuff.  By the time I got to adding the birds, I realised that stitching round them with a long enough stitch not to perforate the paper would be messy, so I stuck them on with glue.  Should have gone with the H&B...



Then came the bunting, that was fun.  I cut tiny triangles, stuck them down with a mini-dot (little glue circles), then put a piece of ribbon over the top and sewed down it.



Loads and loads and loads of thread tying later... I had my 10 cards, all slightly different.

I seem to have forgotten to take a photo, but I added a rectangle of pretty patterned paper which went well with the fabrics to the inside of each card to hide the stitching.



So what do you think?  Success or mess?


 









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26 comments:

Just-Do said...

What a lovely idea to use your scraps for. The cards look very cute.

Celtic Thistle said...

The cards look lovely, have a great time at your jewellery workshop. I look forward to seeing the results sometime soon!

Allie said...

What a cute idea, Wendy, I love it! And I LOVE your polymer clay post, someday I would love to try that, but I wouldn't do as good as you - perfect!

Lisa said...

Very pretty! Great way to recycle some old scraps!

Pam said...

The cards are AWESOME, Wendy. I love sewn cards and the birds and bunting are a great idea. Can't see any mess or buckling from here.

♥Duff said...

Are you kidding? Total success!!!!!! They are absolutely fabulous!

Federica said...

dear wendy
just a little message to thank you for the kind words you left in my blog but most of all to congratulate on you for all the lovely pretty crafts you make!!! I love the fact that you are a 360degree crafter.. more or less like I aspire to be :) so far sewing is taking 95% of my time but I have just learnt a bit of knitting, I love to play with paints and wood (but don't have the time) I also adore scrapbooking creations, but everytime I try I juest make a mess :P In the near future I'd like to improve my knitting, learning to crochet, a bit of watercolour and possibly some jewellery making :) so, your multitasking is quite an inspiration for me!
a big hug

federica

JoJo said...

Those are adorable, but how do you sew w/o perforating the paper?

Sandra :) said...

I always thought scraps were eye candy - now I *know* that they are - your cards are so cute!

CeLynn Peeler said...

What a clever idea,success hands down! Simply adorable :)

Rosa said...

Your cards are so, so cute! Very clever done:-)

Katherine said...

Seriously cute, Wendy! Love these cards.

I don't know if this is any help to you but, I used Heat'n Bond Lite for applique on cardstock and have had no problems stitching through it.

Anke said...

What a great idea!! I think I might have to try something like that using up all the scrapbook paper I have accumulated...

Ellebel said...

What a lovely idea. I love these little birds and the bunting you've made!
Ellebel

AmieAnn said...

These are soo stinking adorable... I just love the little birdies.. and the fabrics for the bunting are soo cute! Hope you will share with my Pink Hippo Party @ http://pinkapotamus.blogspot.com/2012/07/pink-hippo-party-87.html
xoxo
Amie @ Pinkapotamus

{northern cottage} said...

ahhhhhh - how stinkin cute is THAT??!!!

Kiersten said...

Love, love, love these!!! So sweet, and a unique twist on bunting!

Vintage Street Designs said...

A total success! So very cute!!! Just hopped over from Motivate Me Monday and I'm your newest follower. Would love to have you stop by for a visit and follow me back! http://vintagestreetdesings.com Blessings ~ Judy

Sue Daurio said...

That is so cute, very creative.

maria said...

The cards are so sweet, I'd buy one if I saw them at a craft fair.

Alex said...

Great idea! These are super cute, and I love the bunting !

Jennie Louise said...

Absolutely gorgeous... I LOVE them, so talented. Such a small amount of time and a beautiful outcome. Jennie. X

Baked In The South said...

Love this! Thanks for sharing! We would love to have you link up over at our party!

http://baked-inthesouth.blogspot.com/2012/07/made-it-by-monday-link-party.html

Hands to Work, Hearts to God said...

Definitely a success! This is delightful! And banners always make me think of "fiesta". In the Philippines, that is a BIG party! Patsy from
HeARTworks and
papemelroti

Lelanie Denso said...

these look so cute I am totally pinning it! thanks for sharing. I can't wait to see what you have for us next week! have a fun weekend!

Hugs,
Lelanie

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Misty @Creative Itch said...

I absolutely {love} these cards!

Thanks for sharing @'Sew Cute Tuesday'. I'll be featuring you tomorrow, so be sure to stop by and grab a 'featured' button!