I’ll start with the card and then do a quick review on the Pixie by Singer…

Today’s card uses some cute new Cosmo Cricket paper called Joy Ride.  The 3 latest paper lines by CC all have similar colour schemes which is a bit disappointing in one way but probably means they’ll be okay for mixing and matching.

I chose my patterned paper before I coloured the image and then tried to match the colours as best I could (I only own a couple of copics – skin tones – and I have 3 of the SU colour families in reinkers but I think I did okay).  I used a cute Whipper Snapper stamp that I’ve inked up before but never used on a card. (Speaking of Whipper Snapper, their Spring 2010 collection came out today.  I can hardly wait for them to have a sale so I can place an order – KAREN, are you listening?!)

Here’s my card:

Isn’t this little guy cute?  And WS has more cute stamps – several of them suitable for the boys (or men) in your life so check them out!

I didn’t have the exact shade of purple (I’m thinking Eggplant might have been a good colour match but I don’t own any) but I think the card turned out okay.  The ribbon might be a bit of a mistake but I couldn’t leave the card too plain so on it went!

Colouring was a hybrid – copic markers for the skin and SU reinkers for everything else. (well, the outline is a grey copic as well…)  I don’t know if I’m going to get the hang of copic markers.  It’s great that there are so many shades for skin colouring and outlining but I’ll be sticking with watercolouring for the time being. 

On to the Pixie.

As mentioned, I purchased a Pixie at Wal-Mart about a week and a half ago and I have used it enough times to do a quick review.  Here are my thoughts:

If you are in Canada and want a smaller machine like a Janome Sew Mini, this is probably a good substitute.  It’s small, it’s affordable, it runs on batteries if you want it to (though it works better with the adapter) and it has several stitches.

Some Pros:

It’s sturdy.

It comes with 4 bobbins (3 already spooled plus a spare), 3 spools of thread, a needle threader, and a spare needle.

There is a small compartment for holding spools/bobbins.

It’s compact.

It comes with an adapter so you don’t need to use batteries.

It’s not difficult to use – especially if you are already familiar with operating a sewing machine.

Some cons:

The zigzag stitch is not that great for cards.  It works but it’s not the right scale for card-making.

Batteries do not last that long (I used Duracell and only got 3 uses out of the machine before it slowed down)

You can’t use “regular” sized thread spools with the machine.  I’ve found a work-around but it will only be of use to you if you have access to another machine to thread bobbins.

It’s purple (that could be a pro or a con – it’s a con to me)

So, I hope that will help some Canadians in their decision.  Before I go, I will show you the work around I’ve come up with so I don’t have to buy smaller, more expensive spools of thread:

As mentioned, you will need access to another sewing machine.  All you have to do is fill a plastic bobbin with thread using a “regular” sewing machine.  You can use this bobbin as the spool of thread for the Pixie (the bobbin in the bottom of the machine needs to be metal as it’s held in place by a magnet)  Here’s a picture of my work around (I am using white thread – the bottom spool came with the machine and I’m just using it to give my “spool of thread” some height):

That’s it for tonight.