Friday, September 12, 2008

Happy Birthday, Mom!

When I saw the inspiration handbag (Fossil Madeline Satchel) for Theresa's Designer Handbag Inspiration Challenge #6, I immediately thought about sewing on paper. My Mom's birthday is next week, so this was a perfect time to make a card for her. She taught me to sew when I was about 10 years old.

This challenge is also a good excuse to pull out some very neglected supplies. I've had several packs of origami paper for years. I've also had this brown paper that looks like leather for a long time. I even have the matching brown envelopes.

I mounted several pieces of origami and brown paper on white cardstock. The seams of the paper were right next to each other. With my exacto blade, I cut 1/2" strips of paper at an angle. I lightly mounted the 1/2" strips to cream colored cardstock. I sewed each strip of paper onto the cream cardstock. I cut 4 pieces of 1/2" thick strips of the brown cardstock. I sewed them onto the base of the card. The circle buckles were made with the 2 sizes of circle punches. I attached very thin strips of brown cardstock to the circles to make a buckle. On some of the brown cardstock I rubbed VersaMark and used clear embossing powder to give it the look of a darker leather.

Have a great weekend, everyone!

Card Ingredients
Stamps: Birthday Whimsy
Paper: Silver foil (Only the Best Los Gatos), cream paper, leather-type paper (CA Paper Goods), origami paper (Hanko Designs)
Ink: VersaMark, Brilliance Cosmic Copper
Other: Clear embossing powder, sewing machine/thread, dimensionals, 3/4" & 1" circle punches

4 comments:

chloe said...

This is so reminiscent of the inspiration pic! Love what you did with the sewing!!

Theresa Forseth said...

Your card is wonderful! Thank you so much for playing this week!!

Catherine said...

this is so pretty!

Jennifer Muraoka said...

STUNNING! How gorgeous and BEAUTIFUL! I love your interpretation of the handbag. All that work! Wonderful job!