Friday, 24 August 2012

To Sew or Not to Sew - a SWAP card

Hi Everyone,

Well, I have tried and I've better than tried to sew on card with my relatively new sewing machine and I'm failing miserably. I just can't seem to get the tension right!?!? I'm not giving up entirely, I don't give up easily,  but as time was running out I chose not to sew for this tent style card.

Just a bit of faux stitching had to suffice.

With the exception of a few items, the materials are from Papermania's Happy Daze collection which is just perfect for the sewing theme. The front is covered with patterned paper which I carried over to the back comme ca ...

I've used one of the bracket-shaped die-cuts from the collection at the top of the front, again wrapping it over on to the back. I ran a row of blue faux stitching along the raw edges just to give them a bit of definition.

The elegant lady is from a Crafty Individuals stamp set and to get the topper just the size wanted, I have used a Spellbinders label as a template, first drawing round the inside and cutting out, and then drawing around the outside for the matting.

The vintage thread card is a download from Craft Stamper magazine and that's some embroidery silk wound round it - leftover from my cross-stitching days.

Just a glimpse of the inside decoration.

Materials used:
White square-shaped card base
Papermania's Happy Days Collection, includes design paper, designer die-cuts, flowers and embroidered brads
Crafty Individuals CI-323 stamp and Memento Rich Cocoa ink pad
Spellbinders Nestabilities Labels Twenty-Five
Zig Vellum Writer - blue
From stash - white embroidery silk; needle; button

We've just had a text to say that my SIL and grandson have been up to the jetty at Portencross (scroll down to yesterday's post for a pic) fishing and have brought back a fine catch of mackerel, would we like some? Apparently, there are so many fish there that catching them is easy and so they now have more than they need. The EM likes a bit of fresh mackerel and I don't think the Boss will turn her nose up at a morsel or two either but, while I like most fish, this is not one of them. All the more for them then :)

Oh, I found the missing die - thank goodness, they are a bit too pricey to lose. Clearly, I don't want that to happen again, it's not good for my aged heart, so I'm now on the hunt for some magnetic sheets.

And the best news of all, my wee sister, Margaret, got home from the hospital today - bunting out and all happy smiles  - I've warned her never to give us such a fright again :)

That's me done for today - two posts are more than enough anyway :))

Take care all, enjoy the weekend and happy crafting,


  1. Great card Elizabeth, love how you took the papers over the back and also in the inside. How cool is that? BJ

  2. Gorgeous. Very clever. Was this fiddly

  3. Beautiful card, I love that big flower :o)
    Jackie xx

  4. Hi Elizabeth! I need to do some catching up today on blogs as well as writing the roll call but just nipped in to say I adore this card! Sorry to hear the sewing machine isn't playing ball - trial and error I think is the name of the game. But, even without this is just a wonderful card, love all the clever touches.

    Also, you might be interested in this posting of mine - where I got the magnetic sheets for dies from is included in the post:

    The post was back in April and have found it works really well as a system for me - the magnetic sheets were the most reasonably priced a wee Northerner could find too! :)

    I'll be back later to check out your snippets entry.

    Di xx

  5. I really like this work! Love the retro feel. Reminds me of my nana's sewing box. Jenx

  6. Well the card is wonderful Elizabeth.

    So pleased to hear your Sis is doing well and is out of hospital.


    Have a great weekend.

    Sarn xxx

  7. Glad to hear that your sister is much better and also that you found your die. This is a wonderful card Elizabeth - you really are so very creative.

  8. What a Beautiful card Elizabeth. So many interesting things to see. Hugs Rita xxx

  9. Miss Marples here - I see you've been to peek at the old WOYWW blog posting and then hopped off to look at magnetic sheets - hope you find what you want Elizabeth! Di xx

  10. Beautiful sewing card Elizabeth - so much to see and touch (if I could!!).
    Glad you found the lost die and that your 'wee' (how I love that use of the word!) Sister is home and well again.
    Enjoy the rest of your weekend.

  11. Hi Elizabeth this is fabulous , love the details and that flower is amazing . I also love the scene cards below gorgeous creations Well done and thank you also for your kind words of support and encouragement you are so kind Hugs Elaine

  12. Hi Elizabeth,

    This is a very cool card - although I must admit, I love all of your cards!

    I see that you've been on a card making binge!! Good for you.

    Your Christmas cards in the above post are lovely.



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