September 14, 2010

Happy Birthday - My First Stitched Card

Well thanks to Okie over at Okieladybugs Scrapnmore on the message board I got me the Janome Sew Mini machine.  She let us all know that it was on sale at Hancock's Fabric over the Labor Day weekend.  Well mine came yesterday and I was so excited but it was late so I did not get to "play" until today.
I still had one sketch left to complete at RAQ's Challenge this week and it happened to be perfect for using my new sewing machine.  Last night I watched video's on Stamp TV on how to use my new machine.  If you haven't been to this blog check it out there is so much useful information and techniques there.  So after watching the videos I was already to go this morning.  I picked out my papers fairly fast (10 minutes) for me and since I already had the sketch I was ready to go.
Now I have to share a little something with you so you will understand why sewing is such a big deal to me.  Three years ago they found a tumor inside my spinal cord and I underwent surgery to have it removed (long story short) but since that time I can not drive and do not have very good control over my feet.  I don't know where they are if I am not looking at them (not a good thing while driving LOL), well using a sewing machine is much like driving.  After a trial run I did OK, but the pedal kept getting away from me under my desk so I put my Cuttlebug (there are other ways to use it ha ha) down there and put the pedal against it so it would not move on me.
After I was done I came running out of my room, well walking with my walker, to tell my husband that I would be able to drive soon as the sewing machine was therapy for me.  He looked at me and smiled and said "oh good", you see he has had to drive me everywhere, Michael's Joann's etc..
Well sorry about the big story and with out further a due here in my first sewing card.

The paper is from a K & Company specialty stack that I mounted on a 5 x 6 1/2 inch base card.  The squares I cut using George, a green one at about 2 inches and a turquoise one slightly smaller then sewed them together around the edges using a zig-zag stitch.  I also sewed the strip across the bottom using the same two colors.  The scalloped circle is cut from Stamping cartridge at about 3 inches.  I do it all in Design Studio till I get the sizes I want so I don't have exact measurements.  The butterfly is a Martha Stewart punch, that I punched three times and layered.  Added some rhinestones down the center of the butterfly and then attempted to make a trail.  Here is a close up of the butterfly and my stitching.  I think I did OK for my first time.


mforquer said...

HOLY SMOKES - GORGEOUS I can't belive this is the first time you used this!!! great job - i was going to try my real sewing machine - hope I don't muck it up!

Diana said...

Very nice job!!! It looks like you have been doing it for years. Maybe the medical insurance will ay for your "therapy". haha

Carol<>< said...

very nice! what a new way to use your cuttlebug!
great colors too

Mom of 2 Monsters said...

You did an awesome job on this card. TFS.

I also purchased the Janome on Labor Day Weekend sale and because Okie loved it so much. I don't know the first thing about sewing. My BFF will stop by this weekend to give me a crash course.

Sharon said...

If you hadn't said this was your first time, I would have thought that you was an old pro at sewing! This is just awesome!! Wonderful card!! Love the butterfly! :)

Tracy (Jedi ScrapMaster) said...

That is beautiful! I would totally buy that card if it was sold in a store. It would definitely stand out from the others. Great job!