Monday, 1 June 2015

Getting Stitchy at Crafty Cardmakers and More...


This fortnight at Crafty Cardmakers and More the theme is  

This can be done on a machine, or by hand or faux, the choice is yours!

I used my machine to stitch round the edges of my panels, I was going to add some hand-stitching too, but for the life of me I could not find my embroidery threads!!

The papers are some old ones I had in my drawers, sometimes it's nice to use things up rather than reach for a new pad every time!  That they went so well together and that brown and blue are my absolute all time favourites were an added bonus :-)

In keeping with the use of my old stash I reached for one of the first stamps I ever bought -  a Gorguss Girl image from long ago, she's still a cutie!   Just visible in this shot is the banner dies I got from Stampin' Up a while back - I cut each out, then trimmed a couple of millimeters from each and layered them up.  I've distressed the edges of these with Vintage Photo as I have each of the panels.

Again I've distressed with Vintage Photo, but lightened it up with a bit of Antique Linen.  The postmarks are stamped with a Stampin' Up pad (although I stamped first on a scrap of paper to take some of the ink out as it's a bit juicy!  I then sprinkled some Stampendous Embossing powders on the panel, before fussy cutting and layering my image on top with foam pads.

You can see  the stitching a bit better in this shot!  I've been playing with a HOTP die that came with a magazine recently, and love how it looks embossed and sanded.  The gems, button, charm, and pins are from my stash, and I just had to use this rich looking velvet ribbon over some lace.  I tried tying a bow, but because it's single sided it looked all wrong, so had to settle for a knot!

To mirror the banners at the top I hand cut a sentiment panel and distressed it too.  The sentiment is another item from my early crafting days and is from a Woodware set.  As I've been doing quite a lot lately, I bowed the sentiment, by fixing foam pads in the middle to stack it up, and double sided tape to attach the edges.


  1. This is just gorgeous Sue!! I love how you added the Frantage behind your image, what a great way to embellish your focal piece! Your extras are just wonderful, love that teeny tiny postcard and unique button! hugs :)

  2. This is so pretty Sue and your attention to detail is fabulous. Love the arrangement with the feather and your ribbon is delicious!! xx

  3. Such a gorgeous card Sue, lovely image,
    Hugs Julie xxx

  4. All your papers go so well together. A lovely card. I've yet to try using a sewing machine for stitching - how do you keep the papers flat?

  5. Beautiful card, wonderful image, papers and accents. Thank you for joining us this week at HIMCR.

    Sue - HIMCR DT

  6. Gorgeous card! I like it a lot! :-D Thank you so much for joining us in Aloha Friday Challenge at Kitty Bee Designs this fortnight. I hope to see you again. :-D
    Milka DT

  7. A really beautiful card Sue. I love your Gorjuss girl image and your blue, cream and brown colour theme is lovely. Your stitching is a great detail and your velvet ribbon is gorgeous. Sally.x.

  8. What a gorgeous card! Love the image and your color choice. Thanks for playing along with our Tic-Tac-Toe challenge at Creative Knockouts. Cathy xx

  9. Super cute card, great image & design!
    Great that you could join us for the challenge at Southern Girls, hope to see you come back soon!
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    Shell in Alaska ~ SGC~DT ~

  10. Sooo darn cute!! Love those vintage colors, and this beautiful layout. Always love the Gorjuss girls. She's very sweet. Beautiful job!
    Mahalo for joining our sew cute challenge at KBD Aloha Friday Challenge!

  11. Stunning creation thanks for joining the girly but not pink fun over at Polkadoodles and good luck.
    Anita (DT)

  12. It's a beautiful card Sue. I'm a big fan of blue/brown colour combos, the stamp is cute and your layout and embellishments are gorgeous. Thanks for sharing with the Southern Girls!

  13. Sue, this is an amazing card. The details are beautiful and make the perfect background for this little cutie. Brenda

  14. A beautiful project, Sue. Adorable image. Thanks for playing along with Polka Doodles Girly But No Pink challenge.
    x Asha (DT)

  15. Superb card and design! Love the colours and embellies. Thanks for joining us at Southern Girls Blog Challenge :)


Many thanks for taking the time to look at my creations - please leave me a comment as to what you think! I read every one, and it means a lot to hear what others think (good or bad!!) Thank you, Sue xx