Sunday, July 22, 2012

LIM77 - Sew and Sew...

Once again, I've completed several cards for this week's Less is More challenge.  Chrissie and Mandi have challenged us to complete a card(s) that include sewing...machine or hand sewing.. faux or stamped...even  sewing related images will work.

I've used several different "types" of sewing on my cards....so here we go...


This first card is my favorite of all my cards this week.  I used my new MB flower die for this.  I cut it once in green and again in red, then pieced it together. I cut a white panel and stitched a couple of wonky lines of stitching around the edges.  The sentiment is stamped on a Spellbinder banner and I added three teeny-tiny pieces of red bling. (I almost out of these time pieces of bling and NEED to find some more!)  The white panel and the sentiment banner are both backed with a piece of red.  I know it looks like a lot of layers...but honestly...it's still got lots of white space...right???


I think this is my next fave.  I cut the hexagons from some card stock and a piece of scrap paper using a die from My Favorite Things.  I adhered them to the card base and then added some "faux" stitching with a red pen between the hexagons.  Sentiment if from Flourishes.


This card was the result of something I wanted to try...probably won't try it again.  When my children were small, I made almost all their clothes and did a lot of hand stitching, and French hand sewing...pleats, insertion lace, entreduex, etc....so I thought I would see if I could still remember how to do a "faggoting" stitch.  I punched the holes using a EK Success border punch, then cut it apart between the holes.  I then punched the embossed scalloped border.  I adhered both pieces of the red on some copy paper so that I could keep my stitches evenly spaced and then joined the two pieces using the faggoting stitch with some light pink embroidery floss.  Very time consuming...and I might have liked it better if I'd used a different colored floss....live and learn. Sentiment is a very old SU sentiment stamped in SU real red.


I found some gold and silver "thread" in my old sewing things (I haven't dug around it that for a while!) and was playing around stitching a grid on a piece of white card stock.  It wasn't too bad, so I decided to add a little to it and make a card.  The ornament was cut with a Spellbinder die and the sentiment is from PTI.  I heat embossed the sentiment...and YAY ME!!! I didn't smear it all over the card!! Added a small gold border and layered it on a white card base.


I don't know why I'm even posting this one...I didn't like the end result at all, but I had these never been used chevron dies and just wanted to do something with them!  Cut three pieces of card stock, adhered them to a white panel, pierced down each side of the chevron and connected the piercing with a black pen...giving me a semi-realistic stitching.  Sentiment is a SU stamp that I found in my stash...don't know how long I've had it.


This was the last card I made...and only because I had colored these pears (Flourishes) several weeks ago and they were just lying there on my table staring at me....and all but saying ...put me on a card!!!  So....I did a couple of rows of stitching around the panel, stamped the sentiment (Flourishes), then distressed the edges of the panel before popping it on a green background on a white card base.  Is there enough white space.....I just don't know...you be the judge.

Also wanted to share another layout I did recently.  This is photos of my son when he was just a month or so old.


His Grandmother and Great Grandmother came over to our house to meet him for the first time.  I used My Mind's Eye papers for this layout.  I cut the hexagons with a QK die....notice that there's two sizes here. I added a label over the banner on the top...it was just too much pink for my "boy" layout. I've been trying to incorporate my stamps in my scrapping when I can, so the title work was stamped using a PTI stamp as was the name, Matthew.  The "ribbon" I ran through the name tag was embossed with the grosgrain embossing plate...kind of hard to see that here.  I also added quite a bit of faux stitching to each of the hexagons and on the tags.  This little boy is now 33 years old! It's so hard to believe how quickly time passes!!

Thanks so much for taking the time to stop by for a visit.  If you leave a comment, please know that I appreciate each and every one! Until next time...

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31 comments:

snapdragon said...

Always nice stuff - inspires me in my layouts and card making.
I am particularly fond of the hexagons. Gotta try those...
Thanks for sharing!

Chrissie said...

Oh my Susan, what a FABULOUS bunch of cards YET AGAIN!
You have done terrific sewing on all of these... and they are so varied.
I look forward to your entries every week and am never disappointed!
Thanks SO much
Chrissie
"Less is More"

Darnell J Knauss said...

Oh my cheese and crackers, Susan, one doesn't even know where to start with you!! Your talent and your brilliant ideas and designs are ridiculous. Seriously. All the adjectives I know don't do you credit.

debby4000 said...

Oh these cards are fabulous but my fave is the layout, its absolutely beautiful.
luv
Debby

Loli. eltallerdelosrecuerdos@gmail.com said...

Hola Susan, you're always surprising us with your fantastic cards , they are a fantastic set of sewing cards, i think the first one is my fav, but all are awesome!!!!
Your layout is so close, amazing memories, the scrap is a great form for remember the people and to collect wonderful memories.
Hugs from Palma

Jenny said...

These are all brilliant Susan, you've showcased so many different types and styles of sewing my fave is card no. 1 & 4.
Jenny x

Mrs Harry said...

Hi Susan. I think you've put a lot of effort into your cards and they are all lovely but I do agree with you about the first one. I like that new Memory Box flower die, every time they bring one out, I love it and buy it and then they bring out another one. Do you think they can see me?? The Hobby House have a wide range of small gems and pearls in a large range of colours, not sure if you can get them over there. Regards, Pat

Craftilicious said...

Another fabulous set of cards Susan - I think the hexagons is my fave but I really like the chevrons too. Think I must be in a geometric mood. I LOVE the hexagons in the layout you did = they work perfectly.
Tara
x

Kathyk said...

Boy oh boy, stitching inspired you this week didn't it? What a great selection from you - hard to pick a fave but the first one is just lovely

Kathyk

Valerie said...

Oh lordy Susan another fabulous array of cards, you put the rest of to shame:) I love the hexagons, I'm off to look for these dies, love the patterns you can make with them:)
Val x

Gillian said...

Very pretty cards. You have been very busy

Sandra H said...

Absolutely stunning cards, x

Caggy said...

I often struggle to come up with one concept yet you produce soooo many varied cards! Love the first one and the Christmas bauble one; bothe very simple but striking. Caggy x

Marijke said...

OMG, this is just stunning, all the cards you made are gorgeous and so different, great job.

Faith A said...

Oh! Susan an amazing array of cards, all so different, I must say I love your first card, no I love ALL your cards.

Just catching up on all your projects too.

Meggymay said...

A wonderful selection of cards, all so different and beautiful.
Yvonne

Rosemary said...

gorgeous set of cards, susan! my favorite is the first one! so pretty... and the layout... beautiful!

Diane said...

You have been very busy...these are stunning and can't even begin to pick a favorite....I saw a hexagon challenge this week, you should enter the one in that...I have been wanting the die, and Papertrey Ink has one, too...and couldn't decide which one to get, so have neither yet...lol..also peeked down your blog...LOVE your Zentangles, too!

Karen said...

oh wow Susan - you've been a busy bee yet again. What a fabulous range of cards and layout. Love them all but especially the hexagon card........looks just like patchwork.

Karen x

Lynne said...

They are all fabulous Susan, I don`t think I could choose a favourite.
Lynne xxx

Mynnette said...

Hi, Susan!!! Thanks for stopping by and reminding me about OLW--I've already linked but I should do it again!!! Your stitching projects are all amazing--gorgeous work, woman! :)

Judy1223 said...

Again, Susan, with the MULTIPLE GORGEOUS cards! I struggle with one! I am IN LOVE with the first card, although I also adore the hexagons. Yum! All beautiful!

Brigitte said...

WOW!!! wonderfull cards - so beautifull - I love them all!!

Brigitte

Viv said...

Gorgeous set of cards Susan, can't choose a fav. Lovely scrapbook page too :) Viv xx

Sally said...

These are all super cards & all so different. My fave is the one with the hexagonals.
Sally x

Marlena M. said...

Wowee~you have stunning work here Susan!

Dotty Jo said...

Thanks for sharing all this wonderfulness Susan - you are so creative! Jo x

Mandi said...

Wonderful array of cards as always susan
Love the hexagons
Outstanding effort once again
Thanks very much
mandi
"Less is More"

Gibmiss said...

Hi susan
What gorgeous cards .... Fabulous work ....as usual...
Hugs sylvie xxxx

mustavcoffee, Gay Peplow said...

WOW so many great cards, I think I agree on the first is my favourite, but thay're all just wonderfukl:0) Your scrapbook page of your son as a baby and his grandmothers is just so special, I love the touch of plaid, great colours, Gay xxx

Bonnie said...

I'm so far behind, Susan! I have missed so many of your fabulous posts. I love the red die cut flowers! They are so crisp and delicate. And the hexagons are really pretty and making me want some. The gold and white is so elegant especially with that stitching! Great job!

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