April 18, 2014

Free Motion Quilting + GIVEAWAY

Today I wanted to tell you guys about this awesome new thread I've found and give you the opportunity to win a spool!

I don't have an embroidery machine, but I like to play around with free motion quilting every now and then and this thread is the best I've found. Trying to do free motion with cheap thread results in birds nesting on the back, missed stitches and broken thread.

I tried out this thread by quilting these fun spring flowers. There were no tangles (bird nesting) on the back of my material, and it didn't break at all! Amazing! Here is a little bit about Isacord Thread, also, scroll down to enter to win a spool!

Isacord embroidery thread is the thread of choice for maximum productivity and the highest quality embroidery among the largest embroidery houses. At nearly twice the strength of rayon thread, Isacord Thread is the smoothest running and most reliable thread produced. It has been engineered from the finest raw materials to provide just the right amount of elasticity to allow for high speed running without looping or puckering while virtually eliminating thread breaks.

I've got an extra spool of black thread that I want to give to someone! Use the Rafflecopter widget below to enter!

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*This post if not sponsored by Isacord. I simply love this thread and wanted to share!
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I Love Lucy Mini Album

Taylor and I have been Lucille Ball fangirls for years. We used to watch I Love Lucy all the time, (and we may or may not have done a couple of our own spoof videos.) so needless to say, we were super excited when we heard that "I Love Lucy - Live on Stage" was going to be in town at the Bass Hall.

We went to see it (which it was amazing, btw), and instagrammed a few photos while we were hanging around the Bass Hall. I decided to make this fun little mini album using those photos and a few cut-outs.

Do you Love Lucy? :)
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April 17, 2014

How to Build your own Scrapbook Kit

Today I wanted to share with you how I make my own "scrapbook kits" from my supply stash. I like to do this because it's a quick way to scrapbook pictures, a good way to use up some of my supplies and it's fun.

I've got the Ride2Recovery Clay Hunt Memorial ride coming up that we do every year, so I decided to whip up a kit that I can use to scrapbook the photos. It will go so much quicker if I already have the supplies I'm going to use picked out.

First I start off by choosing half a dozen 12 x 12 papers. I like to have a few muted papers like tone on tones or polka dots and a few patterned papers, like the bicycles.

My color scheme was inspired by this 4"x6"  The Good Life paper pad I have by Fancy Pants. My past layouts about the R2R have been mostly red white and blue (since we're riding with wounded warriors) but this year I wanted to go with blue and yellow with just a few touches of red.

Next I hit my sticker and embellishment stash. To go with the biking theme I found some cycling stickers by Karen Foster and a chipboard bicycle. I also picked out some arrow embellishments which I think go well with the biking theme.

Here are my tips for creating your own kit:
  • Keep it small. The reason you're making a kit is to have the supplies already picked out so that the process goes quicker, right? But if you're putting everything from your stash into your kit it kinda defeats the purpose. So keep it simple, choose a few sheets of paper, some embellishments and some letters. You can always go back to your stash while you're scrapping if you need something else.
  • Challenge yourself to use up older supplies or supplies you can't bring yourself to use. I have some papers that are a little bit older that I sometimes find hard to use and putting them in a kit makes me use them. This also works for supplies that you love so much you don't want to use.
  • Shop your supplies. Act like you're shopping at a scrapbooking store instead of your own supplies and pick out what you would "buy".

Do you make your own kits from supplies you already have? I'd love to know!

I do still love kits from kit clubs, but making custom kits like this are fun! You're also clearing out your stash which means you can purchase new kits and supplies!
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April 16, 2014

Custom Pokemon Vans

I recently got a request for a pair of Pokemon themed Vans shoes. I was never into Pokemon growing up, but my cousins were so I do know some of the characters.

On these shoes, I've got Pikachu on one foot and Raichu on the other with a bright, fun orange background.

If you're interested in a pair of custom shoes, just go to my etsy store. I do 4 types of shoes-

To see my portfolio of shoe designs, go here.
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PWP Gesso Stamped Cards

It's What's Up Wednesday on the Paper Wings Productions blog! I'm spotlighting a couple of cards I made recently using my new favorite mixed media technique- Stamping in gesso!

I love all of the fun texutre stamping into gesso gives your projects, and it stands out even more if you color over it with watercolors or spray mists. I used stamps from the Sacred Geometry set on the pink card and the Sunburst stamp on the blue card. I felt they were very Summer-y, so I made some embellishments using the fish and seahorse from the Mermaid stamp set as well as layering a few stickers.

To read more about my cards and new favorite technique, visit the PWP blog!
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April 15, 2014

The Graffiti Run Mini Album

Last month my Mom, Sister and I did the Graffiti Run 5k (which is another version of the Color Run.). It was our first time doing a color 5k and it was definitely the best 5k I've ever done. It was so much fun!

Since the 5k was so colorful (and the photos!) I wanted my mini album to be full of color! I used fun colorful patterned paper for the album base and matted my photos on white so that they stood out.

For the heart on the front, I cut it out of adhesive backed canvas, colored the edges with Gelatos and then hit it with some water to mimic the look of the color they threw at us.

It was such a fun 5k! I'm super pleased with this mini album and I even included my race bib number.:)
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